Yuna had only told the hacker to erase the traces of her calls with Barnes, but in her panic, she completely overlooked the bank accounts – a crucial piece of evidence she had forgotten to cover up.
But why on earth would Freddie suddenly decide to check her bank statements without any cause? Did he suspect something all along?
A wave of unease washed over Yuna as she realized her scheme was on the verge of exposure. In a moment of desperation, she collapsed to her knees at Frederick’s feet.
Marguerite was taken aback by Yuna’s display.
This woman was truly adaptable, dropping to her knees without a second thought, a stark contrast to her once haughty and defiant demeanor.
Then, Yuna began to sob uncontrollably, playing the victim as she told her story, “Freddie, I transferred the money… I only did it because he threatened me! Three years ago, when I was at the beach house for the pregnancy retreat, that’s when it started. He threatened me! He demanded… he demanded I sleep with him!”
As Yuna recounted the story, tears streamed down her face, and she twisted the truth beyond recognition.
Three years prior, it was she who had seduced Barnes, eager to conceive and alleviate Frederick’s concerns. She had stripped down, standing bare before Barnes.
If it weren’t for her advances, Barnes wouldn’t have laid finger on her. After all, to everyone else, Yuna was Frederick’s woman – who would dare touch her?
Barnes listened to Yuna’s account with an incredulous smirk, eyeing her as if she were insane.
He was curious to see how she would spin the story.
Yuna continued, her sobs growing louder, “And many times… he tried to force himself on me. But Freddie, you were the only one in my heart. How could I let him touch me? When I resisted, he started threatening my parents! Back then, everyone on the island was under your control, including Barnes. He even said that if I told you, he would kill my parents!
That’s why I kept transferring money to him! Freddie, I’ve been living in such oppression all these years, all because of his threats!”
Yuna’s tears flowed like a floodgate had been opened, her sobs even more violent.
Enraged by her words, Barnes shouted hysterically, “Yuna, you have the nerve to say that? It was me! I was the fool you manipulated from start to finish!”
“You’re talking nonsense! What have I used you for? You were the one who started threatening me for money!”
Yuna, desperate to extricate herself, didn’t realize that in her haste, she had slipped up again.
Barnes immediately countered, “Then tell me, what did I supposedly threaten you with? Can you even articulate it?”
Yuna was speechless, unable to utter a word.
Every time Barnes came to her for money, he would bring up little Hayes! He threatened her that if she didn’t pay up, he’d go straight to Freddie and reveal the true parentage of the child!
Under such pressure, she had no choice but to keep transferring money to Barnes!
Now Yuna was trapped, with no way out. How could she dare tell Frederick the truth?
If Frederick ever found out, wouldn’t he skin her alive?
“Why stop talking, Yuna? Tell me the reason I threatened you, Come on! Even a screenwriter couldn’t spin tales as well as you do, turning black into white! To lie in front of Mr. Winston?”
Frederick, tired of the ongoing quarrel between Barnes and Yuna, turned to Barnes and asked directly, “What reason did you use to threaten her?”
Barnes locked eyes with Frederick, thinking that since he and Yuna had already burned bridges, he might as well go down swinging.
Without hesitation, he revealed the truth, “Mr. Winston, the leverage I had over her was your child!”