As loathing seeped out of Avery’s eyes, she could not hold her voice back.
Mike and the two children simultaneously turned to look in their direction.
Elliot immediately pulled Avery toward her bedroom.
“What happened? Why are they fighting again?” Mike mumbled under his breath as he pulled out his phone and texted Chad.
Chad: [Watch the kids. Don’t care about anything else]
Mike: [No wonder you didn’t want to come over tonight. Did your boss decide to let Chelsea Tierney go?”]
Chad: [Watch your mouth. He has his reasons no matter what he decides to do.]
Mike: [D*mn it! I shouldn’t have shown you the evidence!]
Chad: [Chelsea isn’t in the country right now. How do you expect us to find her? Find her yourself since you’re so amazing.]
Mike: [I see. If that’s the case, then Avery won’t be mad.]
In the bedroom on the first floor, Elliot shut the door, then gazed deeply at Avery and said, “Have you met someone with a mental illness, Avery?”
His words made Avery’s brows furrow tightly. “Are you trying to say that Chelsea has a mental illness?”
“No, I’m just asking if you’ve met someone like that.” Elliot saw that she had calmed down, so he led her to the bed and had her sit down.
Avery pondered for a few seconds, then nodded and said, “I have, but why are you asking me that?”
“If someone had a mental illness, committed m****r, and escaped legal persecution, would you hate them?” Elliot stood next to Avery. His deep-set eyes were fixed on her, so he did not miss even the tiniest of emotion.
“It depends on who they m******d. I won’t hate them if it was a bad person. If they k****d—”
“What if they k****d their own family?” Elliot asked, cutting her off.
Avery felt breathless. She raised her brows and said, “That’s a weird question, Elliot. If this person really does have a mental illness, they are not in control of their actions. What are you trying to get me to do? Do you want me to judge a sick person from the perspective of a typical person? I don’t know how to answer that, because I’ve never come across something like that.”
“I see.” Her answer was unexpected. His eyes darkened as he said, “Sick or not, k*****g one’s family is unforgivable.”
“What are you trying to say?” Avery glared at him. “I just want to know what happened when you went to look for Chelsea today.”
“Her brother said she’s suffering from a mental illness.” Elliot’s fists clenched slightly.
He did not have to courage to take the risk.
Avery’s reaction to his question gave him little room to move. He felt like he had no choice but to endure the threats that Charlie made.
“If she found out about my mental illness and how he had m******d my father, would she be afraid of me? Would she take the children and leave me?” he thought.
“Just because her brother said she’s got a mental illness, does that mean it’s true?! Do you really trust them that much? You’re just accepting that because you don’t want to confront her, right?!” Avery was emotional and tears welled up in her eyes. “Every time I start to believe you, you always let me down! I’ve already lost count of the number of times this has happened!”
She had had enough of this emotional torture.
If she stopped trusting him, then she would no longer depend on him or have any expectations of him. That way, she would no longer be disappointed!
Elliot’s Adam’s apple bobbed in his throat as seething grief and sorrow flashed across his eyes.
“Other than this, I will give you anything you want, Avery.”
“I don’t care about anything else but this!” Avery stared at him with resolute eyes and said adamantly, “What do you think you can give me, Elliot Foster? If you can’t even do this one thing right, then what else can you do for me?!”
Her words stabbed Elliot’s heart like a sharp knife.
“What else can I do for her?” thought Elliot.
He could not come up with an answer.