Chapter 601 Emotional Baggage
Timothy uttered coldly. “Say it.”
“Mr. Yerck and Mr. Nigel are indeed father and son Jasper continued, “I’ve asked someone to investigate Mr. Yerek’s identity, and he’s confirmed to be Mr. Nigel’s illegitimate child. Mr. Nigel was wary of Mrs. Gibson’s influential natal family, so he did not recognize Mr. Yerek as a member of his household. However, Mr. Nigel didn’t want his only son to be homeless, so he tricked you into adopting Mr. Yerek.”
Surely, a more complex and insidious scheme is involved behind the scenes. It seems like I’ve underestimated my brother. There was no need for Jasper to state it explicitly. Timothy could connect the dots and was quite confident in his guess.
Although Nigel was the one who managed Gibson Corporation, it still belonged to Timothy. If the latter could not locate his biological daughter. Yerck, the adopted son, would become the next-in-line to inherit.
That way, after retiring from Gibson Corporation, Nigel could still stay in power and run the company through Yerek
Consequently, the entire Gibson family would be in Nigel’s control. He could effortlessly enjoy the fruits of Timothy and his wife’s hard work. On the contrary, Timothy would continue to be seen as a useless piece of trash whom others criticize and despise.
Timothy angrily swept a desk lamp off the table. The loud crashing noise made Jasper, who was on the other side of the line, fall into a brief moment of silence.
Jasper asked worriedly, “Mr. Gibson, are you okay?”
Timothy asked, “Who else knows about this matter besitles you and me?”
“Mr. Yerek and Mrs. Lazuli had known this secret a long time ago.”
Timothy took a deep breath upon hearing that. A determined look flashed across his reddened eyes, and he said, “Jasper, help me look into one more thing…”
After leaving Jasper with some instructions, Timothy hung up the phone. He sat by the floor-to-ceiling window, uncapped a bottle of whiskey, and downed almost half of it while looking at the dazzling city lights.
At that moment, he recalled what Christina told him.
Had I been calm and sober back then, I would have understood the meaning of Christina’s words. Yerek is Nigel’s biological son! Those people bogged me down with emotional shackles and played me like a fool just because I’m handicapped!
Timothy took a large swig of whiskey as he recalled all the outrageous things he had done to Christina together with his family, and it made him want to slap himself hard on the face.
Christina doesn’t recognize me as her father, and this is the retribution for my actions. It’s karma!
“I’m sorry, Veronica. I’m sorry for doing those things to our daughter.” Timothy covered his eyes sobbed in pain.
That night. Azure could not sleep at all. After calling all her close friends, she managed to collect only a few million.
The deadline set by the kidnappers was fast approaching. Left with no choice, Azure resorted to seeking Timothy’s help. She knocked on his room door, wanting to apologize and persuade him to sell the property and raise the much-needed funds.
She stood outside his room and rang the bell for quite a while, but Timothy did not answer the door.
Then, she tried calling his phone, but no one picked up.
Right then, the hotel housekeeping staff came over with a cleaning cart. “Madam, the guest in this room has checked out early in the morning.”
Azure was shocked. “He has left? When did he check out?”
The cleaner replied. “Around three in the morning.”
Azure was extremely displeased with how Timothy acted on his own accord. How dare he leave me behind without saying a word? Does he even respect me as his mother?
Fuming, Azure went back to her room and decided to leave Timothy a voice message. “Timothy, it wasn’t very nice of you to leave without telling me first. I know I said something awful to you last night, but that’s the truth, and the truth hurts. I can’t do anything even if you don’t like to hear it. You’re my son, and I’m your mother. Nigel is now suffering in jail, and the Gibson family has a long list of messes waiting to be dealt with. How long are you going to stay mad at me? You’re an adult and should know your priorities. well. Do come back and see me once you’re done wandering about.”
Azure received Yerek’s call as soon as she hung up. Immediately, her attitude changed faster than she could blink.
“How did it go, Yerek? Did you manage to collect some money?”
“Yes, I did. I’m going to transfer them to you now.”
“Sure, this is great! As expected, I can always count on you. Anya is finally saved.”
“Hurry up and pay the ransom, Grandma. When Anya comes home in one piece, we’ll gather as a family and have a reunion meal.”
Yerek’s words struck a chord in Azure’s heart.
He added, “I’ve already made use of my connections to deal with things. Uncle Nigel will be released in two days’ time.”
She was over the moon, shedding tears of joy. “That’s wonderful! Nigel didn’t love you for nothing.”
“I’m going to hang up now, for I need to go meet a client. Call me if you need anything. Gibson Corporation needs more investments, so I’m afraid I can’t stay by your side all the time. I’m really sorry about that.”
“It’s all right. I can manage. You go ahead and focus on your work.”
Azure cared more about Yerek than she did Timothy, viewing Yerek as her savior. After ending the call, she sent a text message to the kidnappers.
Upon receiving the money transferred by Azure, the kidnappers promised to release Anya. However, they did not specify the exact time. Hence, Azure could only continue to wait anxiously.
Obviously, Anya would not return to see her family right away. After paying two of her subordinates, she carried on and made an appointment with the manager requested by Emilia. Anya then signed a contract with the manager on Emilia’s behalf and paid the person a year’s worth of remuneration.
Subsequently, she brought the contract to Emilia. In return, she demanded the latter to delete all the video recordings. She then transferred the remaining sum to Emilia for her to buy herself a property and
Emilia was a decisive and straightforward person. She did as Anya said and deleted all the video evidence in front of her before chasing the latter away.
Anya pawed at the door and asked dubiously, “You didn’t save a copy of the evidence, did you?”
Emilia arched her brow and snapped. “Of course not!”
“Hmph! You’d better keep your word. If I were to find out about a backup copy, that will be the end of I can make you famous, and it goes unsaid that I can ruin you too,” warned Anya before leaving.
Emilia did not keep any duplicates, but she sold those videos to an experienced reporter, Big V, at an exorbitant price. Whether the other party would reveal Anya’s scandal in the future was no longer something Emilia could control.
Last night, Christina and Nathaniel stayed the night at the Hadley residence. After breakfast, Nathaniel left for work, whereas Christina drove her two kids to the kindergarten. She then went back to Scenic Garden Manor alone to collect some soup for Sharon and Bailey who were hospitalized.
Soon, the car arrived at Scenic Garden Manor. Raymond greeted Christina as soon as she got out of the car. “Mrs. Hadley, there’s a guest here, and he wants to meet you in person.”
Christina frowned. She was sensitive about receiving visitors. “Who is it?”
Raymond answered, “The guest said he’s your father’s personal butler from Hallsbay with the name. Jasper.”
What did Timothy’s butler come to see me for?
“I’ll go inside and take a look.”