Chapter 20 Who Bullied You?
Valerie caught the last bus back to the Horton’s home.
The sky became darker.
Jayvion was already waiting at the door.
This time, he was really anxious.
Today was utterly different from usual. Valerie was over an hour late!
“Why isn’t Ms. Valerie back yet?”
Just as he was about to enter the room to tell Reese and Reyna about this, Valerie’s figure slowly appeared in the distance.
“Ms. Valerie? Ms. Valerie!”
Jayvion came forward with a happy smile and quickly took the bag in Valerie’s hands.
“Ms. Valerie, why are you so late today? Did your teacher keep you back?”
“No, Jayvion. My classmates wanted to ‘chat with me‘, so I missed the last usual bus and came back late.”
Jayvion breathed a sigh of relief.
Ms. Valerie, you must be starving. Come in, and I’ll get you dinner.”
The door was open, and Reyna was smiling brightly as she walked out
of the dining room with Zoe in her arms.
Instantly, Valerie smelt the rich aroma of food.
The sound of the door opening attracted both Reyna and Reese’s attention.
“Valerie, how come your class ends so late?”
Reyna thought, “It’s almost 7:00 p.m.
Something was missing at dinner, but I just couldn’t remember.
Now that I see Valerie, I realize why
All of a sudden, her language skills began to deteriorate again.
“Well, Valerie… Your sister had to eat at 5:30 p.m., so we ate. Are you hungry? I’ll ask Jayvion to fix you something.”
“It’s fine. You don’t have to wait up. I think I’ll almost always be back late.”
Valerie’s tone was cold and polite, but it was a little strange to those close to her.
Reese was aside, and he pulled a long face.
“You shouldn’t be talking to your mom like this.”
Reyna immediately turned to glare at him.
Reyna then smiled and said to Valerie.
“Ignore him. By the way, I’ll take you to school tomorrow morning, OK?”
Valerie thought, “Is she asking me whether I’ll be delighted?”
She raised her head and looked at Reyna, who was taller than her.
“OK. As long as you’re happy.”
Valerie did not have the excited attitude and expression that Reyna had imagined.
Reyna was very embarrassed.
Also, she was upset and furious.
Reyna thought, “What kind of attitude is that?
She’s getting more arrogant, isn’t she?
I’ve already tried my best to be nice and talk to her like that. Am I supposed to hold her and coax her?
She’s older than that!
I’m suddenly having second thoughts about my decision to send her to school tomorrow.
Yet I can’t go back on my word.”
Suddenly, Reyna thought of the room.
“I have a big surprise for you today, Valerie! Come and have a look!”
Reyna carefully handed Zoe from her arms to Reese and wanted to hold Valerie’s hand.
Reyna, a little excited, moved faster.
Valerie stood in the doorway, watching Reyna’s hand stretched out toward her on top of her head.
Valerie remembered what the orphanage director had done to her after she was kicked out in her last life.
She also remembered Reyna grabbing her hard and pushing her hand just before she was kicked out.
Valerie’s pupils were constricting violently. The memories chilled her limbs.
She reflexively threw her arms around herself in a defensive position.
Valerie’s actions sent a shiver through the hearts of everyone present.
Her defense with all her might was pitifully skilled.
Her clenched fists showed how wary she was now.
His eyelashes quivered.
“Valerie, what are those on your arm?”
He went forward and threw Zoe back to Reyna.
He crouched down slowly and reached out to grab Valerie’s arm.
Her arm was covered in red scars.
They were either long or short.
The scars weren’t exactly big, but they were obvious enough.
They were like battered dead wood, and the cracks inside were starting to grow bigger.
Reese was furious.
He thought, “Someone is bullying the Horton family?”
It was the first thing that came to his mind.
“Who did this to you? Who bullied you? Someone in your class? Why did they bully you?”
His three questions in a row made Valerie relax.
“No one. I fell while running in the playground today. It was those particles on the ground that scratched my arm.”
The playground was paved with plastic tracks.
Reese stopped being angry and let go,
The scars on her arms were very dense.
It was very likely that they were scraped by the plastic runway.
“You shouldn’t be so careless.”
His excitement a minute earlier seemed fake.
Valerie knew that he just didn’t want the Horton family to have a bad reputation.
The daughter of the Horton family was bullied at school.
If words got out, Reese would be humiliated.
Valerie pulled her hand back and rubbed the place where Reese gripped her.
The damp sensation gave her goosebumps.
She was not used to it.
She clenched the skin of that hand heavily and tried to wipe it hard secretly.
Jayvion on the side saw her red skin and wanted to say something.
Yet he felt sorry for her when seeing her expression.
Her face was pale, and she frowned slightly because of her disgust.
She had a horrifyingly empty look in the eyes.
And her arm was covered with scars.
Jayvion didn’t think things were that simple.
And of course, Reese could tell.
He claimed that he believed Valerie, yet after he got up, he secretly winked at Jayvion.
He motioned Jayvion to find out what had happened.
Jayvion nodded slightly, accepting the mission.
Valerie, of course, sensed the two’s interaction.
She felt that it was unnecessary.
If Jayvion looked into it, her identity as the daughter of the Horton family would be exposed.
And she didn’t want anything to do with them.
“My classmates are great. After I fell, they were worried about me.
They came to talk to me and took me to the infirmary.”
Indeed, they came to talk to her. After all, they blocked her way after school.
And the part about the infirmary, however, was a lie.
She had no idea where the infirmary was even till now.
Reese looked down at Valerie, who suddenly started to share her school life with hin
Reese looked into her bright eyes.
He tried to figure out the true meaning behind her bright eyes.
Yet there was no change in her. She was just as she had been the last few days.
She looked at him sincerely and seriously, but he felt the distance. between him and her.
Reese thought, “Fine.
As long as she isn’t bullied.
She shows no negative emotions.
Looks like she really did fall on the plastic track.”
Reese and Jayvion looked at each other.
They decided to let go.
Valerie came to Reyna.
“Mom, didn’t you say you had a surprise for me? What is it?”
Chapter 20 Who Bullied You?
“That’s right. I’ll show you now.”
Reyna was still shocked by the scars on Valerie’s arm.
Seeing that Valerie came to her voluntarily, she hurried to show Valerie her room.