Lucas looked in the direction Camila was pointing at. Sure enough, the two figures had gotten into a Maybach.
Madison was holding a boy in her arms as she sat beside Nathaniel. Her gaze was tender as she glanced at the man. “Thanks for picking me up. My car broke down, and it’s quite difficult to hail a cab here.”
“It’s fine. We’re heading the same way anyway.” Nathaniel kept his eyes on the documents on his tablet, not really minding the woman sitting beside him.
Madison had known that Nathaniel would be going to the amusement park for his meeting at this time. That was why she had deliberately called him and told him her car had broken down. She had been tailing Christina the moment she left the performance venue, counting down the exact time to have them see her getting into Nathaniel’s car.
“Daddy.” The boy who spoke was Norman. He really liked Nathaniel and saw him as his idol.
Nathaniel hummed in response and patted the boy’s head.
Norman reminded him of the two childish kids in Scenic Garden Manor. I suddenly miss them so much.
“Drive, Nathaniel said coldly.
“Yes, Mr. Hadley.”
As the car slowly drove away, Lucas glanced at the car plate number, and disappointment flashed across his naive-looking face. “That’s Daddy’s car… Why did that woman get into his car with a boy?”
Disappointment and confusion were written all over both children’s faces. Upon seeing that they were waiting for an answer, Christina felt her heart sink.
How should I explain to them that the boy earlier is their little brother from a different mother?
Just thinking of it made her feel horrible.
Christina couldn’t bear to hurt her children.
She found the strength to force her anger down and tried her best to act calm. “That woman is Daddy’s assistant. Perhaps they bumped into each other coincidentally, so they’re going back together.
Soon enough, a driver from Scenic Garden Manor arrived, and Christina said gently, “The car’s here. Let’s head back!”
Camila and Lucas were still confused, but they didn’t continue asking questions when they saw their mother wasn’t keen to explain much.
They got into the car and went back to Scenic Garden Manor.
It took about half an hour to travel to the manor, and the children were feeling drowsy by the time they arrived.
Nathaniel was sitting on the couch, looking absolutely perfect from every angle. Upon seeing them, he put down the tablet he was holding elegantly.
Lucas’ eyes lit up the moment he saw his father. He ran up to Nathaniel and asked, “Will you put us to bed. later, Daddy?”
Camila walked over as well. “I want you to tuck me into bed too, Daddy,” she said adorably.
The corners of Nathaniel’s lips tilted upward. He carried both children in his arms and said, “All right. I’ll help you two shower first.”
Christina went over to them, trying to take Camila back from him. Nathaniel would purposely shower the children and wet his clothes each time. Then, he would use that as an excuse to stay the night.
“It’s fine. I’ll shower them.”
Right when she reached out to carry them, Nathaniel quickly headed up the stairs with the children in his
Christina felt uncomfortable as she watched him walk away.
I didn’t know he was so good at time management. He was with Madison earlier, yet he’s found the time to come here already.
Nathaniel helped to dry the children’s hair after bathing them, then carried them to bed.
He lay down in their bed after putting them to sleep, slowly letting out a breath as he did so. It turns out that caring for children is so tiring.
“What story do you want to listen to today?”
Camila and Lucas were like two little koalas as they climbed onto their father’s chest. They blinked and said to Nathaniel. “We don’t want to listen to stories today, Daddy. Let’s play some question games!”
The man chuckled when he saw the serious look on their faces. “All right, but lie down first before you
“Okay!” Camila and Lucas answered in unison before lying down obediently.
After that, Lucas asked eagerly, “How many babies do you have, Daddy?”
Nathaniel was confused by his question..
Camila quickly explained, “How many little babies like us do you have?”
“Three!” Nathaniel answered with resolution while holding up three fingers.
“What? You’ve got three babies, Daddy?” Lucas whined. A bitter look appeared on his face as if someone had snatched his favorite candies away from him.
That means the boy we saw earlier, the one who got into Daddy’s car, is also his baby!
Camila’s eyes reddened. She pouted and looked like she was about to burst into tears.
It looks like Daddy has another baby other than Lucas and me, I’m so sad…
Nathaniel had no idea what they were thinking about at all. “That’s right. One’s your mommy, one’s Lucas, and one’s Camila.”
Lucas’ disappointment instantly vanished when he heard that. “Don’t lie to us, Daddy!”
Nathaniel rubbed his head affectionately. “Of course, I will never lie to you.”
Camila and Lucas jumped up and down when they heard how certain he was when he answered. “Yay! Daddy’s the best!”
Their father could not understand how their moods could change so drastically.
Are all children like this?
“All right. Both of you should sleep now. Otherwise, your mommy is going to criticize me later.”
Nathaniel tucked them in again, only managing to get them to sleep when he read them a story.
Later, he finally walked out of their room. The lights in the corridor shone from above, elongating his shadow as he walked into the bedroom.
Christina walked out of the bathroom right then. She had taken a bath with hot water to wash away all her frustrations. Her tense muscles from earlier seemed to have finally relaxed after the shower.
Christina was drying her hair with her towel when she saw Nathaniel walking in.
“You should go home now,” she said, making it clear he should leave.
Nathaniel felt as though he was playing a video game. He had spent so much time and energy to clear a level but was sent back to the starting point the next day and needed to start again.
Every night when he felt that his relationship with Christina had improved, she would go back to being cold to him the next day.
However, Nathaniel felt as if he had been put under her curse. No matter how much shade she threw at him, he was still more than willing to get closer to her.
He walked over. Taking out the hairdryer, he plugged it in and began drying Christina’s hair.
“I… don’t need your help,” she said, reaching out to grab the hairdryer. As she leaned in, Nathaniel conveniently wrapped an arm around her waist. His eyes instantly met with her cautious ones the moment he lowered his head.
“You must be tired from taking care of the kids all day. Let me do it.”
He pressed her down so that she was seated on the couch and turned on the hairdryer again.
Nathaniel combed through Christina’s hair with his fingers in gentle strokes.
The woman looked up and could vaguely see his reflection through the glass windows.
No one would ever get tired of watching him while he was so engrossed in completing the task at hand.
“I only realized how tiring it is to take care of children after experiencing it myself in the past few days. It’s so exhausting, even more so than reading documents.”