Fia could hear the commotion inside her grandma’s ward when she arrived outside.
She quickly walked in. Then, she heard her eldest aunt’s, Beth Lawson’s, sharp screech as soon as she stepped into the room.
“You must be getting senile! What right do you have to give that project that Uncle Maxwell and you worked for to Fia? Isn’t it enough that she stole Esme’s rightful place as Mrs. Maxwell? Is that still not enough?!”
“Please, Beth! I beg you! Mom’s health is deteriorating!”
“Who do you think she’s fooling? She’s always been healthy! The only reason that she’s admitted to the hospital is because she wants to use this as an excuse to stop Fia from divorcing Conrad!”
“Beth! Mom isn’t pretending!” When Echo saw that her mother was so angry that her face was turning pale, she stood up with difficulty to pull at Beth’s arm.
“Don’t touch me! It’s all thanks to you that our family’s reputation is destroyed! Your daughter and you are birds of a feather!”
Beth pushed Echo away and advanced toward her own mother who was lying in bed, with a vicious expression on her face.
Fia quickly helped her mother up and went over to stop her aunt by holding her arm.
“Aunt Beth, this is the hospital!”
While she had never been strong, she would not stand on the sidelines to see her family being harassed.
“Let me go, you wh*re!” Beth cursed.
Her aunt was much taller and stronger than her, and even Fia couldn’t stop her for long. She held her by the waist with both her arms and tried to pull her back.
She even rang the bell, and a nurse quickly came.
She and Fia pulled Beth away and stopped her from getting closer to the bed.
Fia stood in front of the bed and stared at Beth as if she was a mother hen protecting her chicks.
“Aunt Beth… Are you really grandma’s daughter?!”
Beth stared at Fia angrily as she pulled back the hair that was on her face.
“You two have been staying in Lawsons for far too long. So… The reason that your mother never remarried is because of that project!”
Fia felt that she could never communicate with her, so she said to the nurse, “Please make her leave.”
The nurse held Beth by the arm and said, “Excuse me, Ms., please stop. She’s not feeling well and needs rest.”
“Oh, shut up, you wh*re! Your entire family are wh*res too!” Beth didn’t care who she was, and she immediately cursed at the young nurse.
The nurse was shocked for a few seconds before running out while covering her face.
“Hmph! Who do you think I am? You think you can stop me?” Beth spat as the nurse left. She then thought of something wicked and yelled out, “Such a vicious pair of mother and daughter! As long as I’m here, don’t think you can get a cent from my mother!”
“You… You fool!” Thea let out a moan of frustration.
“Me? A fool? Did you give me a house when I got married? Have I asked you about the project? Are you thinking I’m a fool because I never asked about it?!”
“Fia.” Thea waved at Fia. “Help me up.”
Fia then said worryingly, “Don’t get angry. Doctor Evans said that you can’t be angry.”
“She can’t anger me just yet!”
Thea then pointed at Beth. “You’re no fool! And I wouldn’t dare treat you as one! How much has Manning Corporation leeched off my three sons‘ companies all these years? Just because we didn’t say anything doesn’t mean you can ignore it!”
Beth dodged the questions and said, “That has nothing to do with me! I’m saying that you’re playing favoritism and your favorite is her!”
“So what if I give her an apartment because Echo wanted to watch after Fia and refused to remarry? How much is the apartment worth? Meanwhile, your husband took advantage of the Lawsons and bought so many four–bedroom apartments in Gryphon! Shall we talk about that then?!”
Beth was unable to find anything to refute that and she could only stare at Thea.
“How heartless can you be?! My three sons care a lot about family and didn’t treat the Mannings as
outsiders. They passed on so many business opportunities to Hank for free too. And the reason? Because they’re worried that Hank’s business will go bust and you’ll live a miserable life!”
Fia looked at her aunt in shock.