Madison started panicking. “We got rid of all the computer equipment back then. The computers we’re using now are all new, so there’s no way you can check on that.”
They had replaced all of their computers with new ones for security reasons after they failed to find out who had stolen the company’s information back then.
“How could a young kid know anything about something as complicated as computer programs?” Madison mocked in a low voice while quietly clenching her fists. I recall that at the time, not even the director of the technical department could figure out what had happened.
Sebastian turned to her and replied solemnly, “You don’t know this, but Mr. Lucas just helped the company resolve a crisis. Also, I didn’t get rid of all the computers back then. I’ve been keeping one at home. I hoped we might one day meet an expert who could help us find the mastermind, but I never expected the expert would turn out to be Mr. Lucas!”
At that time. I remember feeling as though getting rid of the computers was equivalent to destroying evidence. Hence, I asked to take one back and hid it at home.
Madison was shocked as she had always thought the computers had been destroyed. It had never occurred to her that he might have taken one back with him, and she could not help cursing inwardly, Damn it! Why did he have to keep something that shouldn’t still exist?
“That’s good. I’ll definitely help you find out who did it. Lucas promised while patting his chest.
Nathaniel patted the boy’s head. “Wait here for a while. Once I’ve finished up some work, I’ll take you to get something to eat.”
“Okay!” Lucas blinked playfully, his dark eyes shining as brilliantly as though they hid thousands of stars in their depths.
As Nathaniel went to do his work, Lucas wandered the corridors out of boredom. Daddy’s office is so big that I could play soccer here. The next time I come, I should bring a soccer ball to kick around.
When Madison saw him walking about alone, she could not help thinking how much his appearance took after Nathaniel, especially his eyes. His calm gaze had a maturity that went beyond his years. However, his delicate chin resembled Christina’s, and the more Madison looked at it, the more intense her hatred became.
She walked over and said, “Mr. Lucas, you shouldn’t be wandering about like this.”
Raising his head, Lucas looked at her with a hint of contempt. “This is my daddy’s company. I can go wherever I want.”
“It’s not like you’re his only son. You saw that I was holding the hand of a little boy the other day, didn’t you?” she asked while narrowing her eyes, her gaze sinister.
Lucas was momentarily taken aback. I remember that rude little boy, of course.
Madison moved closer and continued frostily, “He’s also your daddy’s son, so don’t be so cocky. If you don’t behave yourself, your daddy will abandon you.”
Children are not as good at controlling their emotions as adults. Lucas glared at her and shouted hotly,
“He said there are only three precious people in his life-me, Camila, and Mommy! It doesn’t include that little boy you’re talking about!”
Seeing him angry filled Madison with glee. “Well, your daddy lied to you. If you don’t believe me, you can go home and ask your mother.”
As he recalled how Christina had seemed evasive while answering his question the previous day, his confidence wavered.
“You’re a bad person. I don’t believe you!” Fuming, he pushed her aside and ran into the office.
Madison’s lips curved into a slight smirk. As expected, it’s easier to deceive children.
When Nathaniel finished his work and returned to his office, he saw Lucas sitting on the couch with his cheeks puffed out in anger.
He walked over and caressed Lucas’ head. “Are you angry because I’ve kept you waiting for very long?”
“Hmph!” Lucas looked away, refusing to meet Nathaniel’s gaze. He was a jumbled mess of emotions and did not know whether to continue believing the latter.
“Let’s go. I’ve reserved a table at a kids’ restaurant. We’ll pick up Camila and have a meal there together.”
Carrying Lucas in his arms, Nathaniel noticed the boy’s mood showed no sign of lifting. “You’re a boy. You can’t be so petty.”
“I’m not being petty!” Lucas retorted. I just don’t want to share my daddy with others!
Lucas sighed, not knowing what to say.
When they arrived, Christina led Camila, whose class had ended, into the restaurant.
The two children were distracted by all the interesting toys and started playing in the spacious ball pit.
Nathaniel had ordered the dishes in advance. No sooner had they sat down than the waiters brought out all their food.
As he cut his steak, he asked, “Why haven’t you ever mentioned that Lucas is a computer whiz?”
Christina’s heart lurched violently. She looked up at him and asked, “How do you know he’s good with. computers?”
I’ve been hiding this matter very well. In fact, to ensure Lucas’ safety, I don’t allow him to touch any electronic devices, I even monitor him whenever he needs to use the tablet.
Seeing how strongly she reacted, Nathaniel knew she was aware of Lucas’ talent. “Learning computer skills isn’t something dangerous. It won’t be harmful as long as we monitor his screen time.”
I know that exposing children to electronic devices for extended periods can be bad for the eyes and brain development. However, if we set reasonable limits, it won’t be a big problem.
Christina’s expression immediately turned as cold as ice. “I’m not talking about that. Did you know his exceptional skills caused him to be pursued by lawless criminals?”
The memory of what they had gone through while abroad still made her shudder.
After a pause, she continued, “I admit he’s very talented. However, that was also what brought him trouble. Just after he turned three, he became a well-known figure on the hacker list due to his incredible skills. He cracked many Trojan programs that many adults could not. Not long after that, a local organization. wanted him to hack into a major corporation’s system to gain profit from it. I had to take the kids and flee from city to city to escape from those people. Did you know that?”
Her eyes instantly reddened as she recounted the harrowing incident. Those people wanted to use Lucas’ skills to make money illegally. How could I stand by and watch my son get involved in something so horrible? In order to protect him. I’ve never revealed his talent to others. All I want is for him to have a normal childhood.
An invisible force seemed to grip Nathaniel’s heart. He had a suffocating sensation in his chest, making it hard for him to breathe. I knew they had a difficult time overseas, but I never thought their lives had also been in danger. No wonder Lucas said she doesn’t allow him to use electronic devices. So, this is the reason.
“Christina, it’s my fault for being inconsiderate, Nathaniel said, deeply apologetic. I’ve been doing a pathetic job, carelessly upsetting them at every turn.
Christina lowered her gaze and did not look at him. “I’m not blaming you. I don’t ask for much. However, since you insist on forcing your way into our lives, I ask that you maintain an image a father should have in front of the kids. I don’t want them to get upset because of you.”
During this period, I’ve finally gotten over what happened. Lucas and Camila like him a lot, and I’ve no reason to deprive them of their right to need a father.