Catalina looked up at Carolyn and asked, "Mrs. Carolyn, what do you want me to do?"
Carolyn adjusted the prayer beads in her hand and slowly said, "Marry Warren, become his wife, and take care of him for the rest of your life!"
Catalina's eyes widened and her breath quickened for a moment.
In the next instant, she regained her composure and lowered her head, "I'm sorry, Mrs. Carolyn. Except for this, I can promise you anything!"
As Catalina said that, inexplicably, her heart suddenly ached and her eyes turned slightly red.
How could she marry Warren?
Of course, she couldn't!
For the past few months, she spent with Bennett, although Bennett could pretend that nothing had happened, she couldn't.
It had happened, and it was a fact.
Four years ago, she had given her virginity to Bennett.
Even though she was forced at the time, the fact remained.
In those four years, Bennett and she had gone through so much together.
Although it was only herself who felt that. She couldn't pretend it never happened. They hugged, kissed, and even slept together.
How could she pretend that nothing had happened and marry Warren wholeheartedly?
How could she even let Bennett call her 'sister-in-law'?
It was utterly absurd!
She asked Bennett to call her sister-in-law previously was just a momentary slip of anger. She had never considered remarrying Warren, nor would she let her words come true.
In the past, she didn't want to marry him, and now, she still didn't want to!
She couldn't let the tragedy repeat itself.
"I'm sorry, Mrs. Carolyn. I can't marry him."
Catalina said resolutely as she had never been before.
"I admit that I owe a duty and responsibility to take care of Warren for a lifetime, but I would rather become his servant and attend to all his daily needs than become his wife. I'm sorry!"
That was Catalina's bottom line.
She wanted to adhere to it.
But she had forgotten that nobody like her couldn't talk about the bottom lines.
Her words didn't seem to provoke any anger in Carolyn.
Carolyn turned around and returned to the Buddha's feet.
She lit three sandalwood incenses, chanted "Amitabha," and then knelt, bowed sincerely three times before rising again.
Catalina didn't understand what Carolyn meant.
She felt anxious, yet she didn't regret her decision.
Carolyn inserted the three sandalwood incense into the censer, without turning around. She simply said, "You may leave now."
Cataline was taken aback.
She was completely surprised by how calmly the conversation with Carolyn had begun, and even more so by the smooth way it ended.
It was entirely unexpected.
"Kyler, walk the guest out!"
"Yes!" Kyler responded from outside.
The door was pushed open again, and Kyler stood at the entrance, making a respectful gesture of invitation to Catalina, "Ms. Grant, please."
She turned around to glance at Carolyn who was inside the Buddhist hall.
Carolyn had resumed striking the temple block and chanting the scriptures.
Her emotions seemed as calm as if nothing had happened.
The calmer Carolyn appeared the more restless Catalina felt.
"Goodbye, Mrs. Carolyn!"
She bid farewell and left.