Since Evelyn was unwilling to admit it, Hunter decided not to press on for fear of raising her suspicions. If that happened, everything he did would be for naught.
“What do you plan to do to Vivian next? I’ll help you with it.” Hunter changed the subject and tried to find out what Evelyn’s next scheme was.
“I haven’t thought of it yet.” She wasn’t the least bit suspicious. “I’ll give you a call when I need your help.”
“Alright.” Hunter acknowledged. “I will do my very best to help you.”
“Thank you.” Evelyn looked touched. But Hunter wasn’t sure if she was really moved by his words or if she was just pretending.
“Now, I’m regretting the fact that I didn’t accept your overtures then,” Evelyn remarked coyly. “But no matter. There’s still a lot of time. Our time will come.”
Hunter forced himself to smile at Evelyn. “I hope you don’t forget what you have said today.”
F*ck! Who the hell wants to be with you? All Hunter could do was swear silently in his heart.
Smiling at him knowingly, she looked at the glass of water on the table and asked, “Do you want some water? I’ll get some for you.”
“It’s alright. It’s better you go now,” Hunter replied. “Vivian is about to return anytime. I’m worried that she will suspect something if she sees us together. If that happens, everything I have done will be for naught.”
After giving it some thought, Evelyn felt Hunter was right. “Fine, I’ll take my leave then. You must do your very best to gain her trust and convince her that your feelings for her are true.”
“Mmm-hmm.” Hunter nodded with his heart filled with resentment.
After nagging Hunter to be careful not to expose himself, Evelyn whirred her wheelchair out of the ward.
Once she was gone, Hunter didn’t hide the contempt in his expression. He had been trying to endure the pain from his wound while dealing with her at the same time, causing him to feel extremely frustrated.
Shortly after Evelyn left, Vivian returned with a piece of paper in her hand. “I have listed down everything the doctor said you should be mindful of during your recovery. You should take a look so that you don’t do any of them.”
After receiving the list, Hunter couldn’t help but feel all the frustrations evoked by Evelyn being wiped away. Even the pain he felt had eased significantly.
“Evelyn just came by,” Hunter informed Vivian. “I asked her about it but she denied sending the assassin. However, I have a feeling that it definitely must be her.”
“It isn’t,” Vivian replied, “as I was the one who arranged it.”
“What?” Hunter was shocked and couldn’t believe what he just heard. “It was obvious that the man was trying to kill you. How could you have arranged it?”
“I really did,” Vivian admitted as she gave Hunter an apologetic look. “I’m sorry to have caused you such a grievous injury.”
When he saw the guilt written on Vivian’s face, Hunter finally accepted what he just heard. He asked in a stern expression, “Why did you do that?”
“Because, I want revenge,” Vivian uttered solemnly as her eyes were filled with hatred. “I want to pay her back for everything she has done to me over the years.”
“It’s fine if you want revenge. You can just tell me and I’ll think of a plan. But why the need to hurt yourself?” Hunter asked anxiously. Did you know how dangerous it was? What if you were stabbed? He didn’t even dare imagine it.
Vivian was moved by Hunter’s words and could feel his concern for her.
“Five years ago, when I was still with Finnick, Evelyn invited me to a café and fell down on purpose. After that, she cut her own face with glass.”
Suddenly, Vivian began to share her past with Hunter.
“However, she accused me of pushing her because I was jealous of her beauty and worried that she would take Finnick away from me. At that time, Finnick, my mom, and the surrounding crowd believed her. I tried to desperately to explain myself but no one was willing to believe me. The feeling at that time…”