Sure enough, after he mentioned these, Maxine’s expression softened considerably.
James began coaxing Maxine to speak. He started to ask about his child.
“Maxine, did Thea come to you? Did Thea suspect that there was something going on between us so you two got into a fight, and that’s why you took the child?” James asked tentatively.
“No.” Maxine shook her head.
“So why did you?” James inquired, perplexed. “We seemed to have a close relationship. We endured hardships together. We’ve become friends through adversity. Why did you kidnap my child?”
“What do you think?” Maxine looked at James with a smile.
James had been trying to figure out what Maxine was thinking. He had already guessed. However, he did not reveal it.
“Maxine, I really don’t know. I’ve always thought of you as my little sister. Why are you doing this?”
“Little sister?” Maxine sneered. “Don’t play dumb, James. You know what I’m thinking. I gave up so much to help you, but all I got in return was a thank you. I don’t need your thanks.”
“Then what do you want?” James asked sternly.
“The same as I said before. Kill Thea. If she lives, the child will not.”
Maxine was unyielding. Her current self was entirely different from before. Sheresembled a demon, eager to take the lives of others whenever she pleased.
“But I really have no idea where Thea is,” James said exasperatedly.
When Maxine heard that, she started to get lost in her thoughts.
‘Where is Thea? Where did she go?’ she pondered.
She also began to reflect on what James had said. She wondered if James and Thea really did have a falling out.
After a while, Maxine eventually said, “James, marry me, and I’ll let the child go. And…”
She pointed to Cynthia and Tiara, who were standing nearby.
“You should marry three people all at once.”
Cynthia and Tiara were both nonplussed. They never expected Maxine to say something like that.
‘What? Is this not good?” Maxine looked at the two of them, who were standing to the side, and said, “Don’t tell me you have a problem with this. The entire world is about to change right now. It’ll be the end of the world soon. Are the outdated notions of monogamy and loyalty between two people still relevant?”
They were both stunned and did not say anything for a while. Even James was taken aback.
Maxine was forcing him to marry her. This made sense. However, why did she involve Cynthia and Tiara in this?
James looked at Maxine. He did not speak.
Maxine turned to Cynthia and asked, “Cynthia, do you have any objections?”
“I…” Cynthia stole a glance at James and shook her head, saying, “I-I don’t. I’ll do whatever you say.”
“How about you, Tiara?”
Tiara finally sat down after that. She looked around at everyone present and said with a pout, “What the hell are you guys doing? I’m not in the mood to mess around with you.”
“You must marry three people at the same time. Otherwise, the child will die.” Maxine was very adamant. “After three years of marriage, I’ll bring the child back. Consider this carefully.”
She stood up holding the Doomsday Sword, then turned and walked away.
James was left flustered.