“Well, praying means going to the church and telling your wishes to God. Then, God will fulfill your wishes,” Raymond explained.
Lucas and Camila stared at him incredulously because they couldn’t believe such an incredible place that could grant people’s wishes existed.
“Mr. Patel, could you please tell us where this church that you are going to is?” Lucas asked eagerly.
“It’s located at Dawson Lane in the north of the city. I find God to be the most responsive there!” Raymond put on a hat and smiled. “I’m going off now, Mr. Lucas, Ms. Camila.”
Then, he turned and walked out of the front gate.
The housekeeper led the two children into the dining room for breakfast before taking them to the kindergarten.
After entering the classroom, Lucas and Camila immediately noticed Norman, who was dressed in branded clothes. He was holding a new model airplane and surrounded by many children who wanted to have a closer look at the new toy.
“My daddy bought this for me. It’s a limited edition! None of you have it,” Norman exclaimed proudly
He deliberately spoke loudly to catch Lucas’ attention.
Lucas held Camila’s hand and found seats for both of them. Since there was some free time before class, they chose a storybook and began reading it attentively.
Camila tilted her head and looked at Lucas. “Does God really exist, Lucas?”
“I think He does. Mr. Patel will never lie to us,” Lucas replied confidently.
Propping her chin up with her chubby little fist, Camila said with anticipation, “Isn’t it amazing that wish can come true? I really want to go to the church and pray too!”
Lucas felt the same deep down. “Me too.”
Their innocent thoughts were soon interrupted by the ringing school bell. Their day at the kindergarten was packed with activities, but they were allowed to spend their time freely in the afternoon. While Camila was having an art lesson, Lucas remained in the classroom.
Lucas was reading a book halfway through when a model airplane suddenly blocked his sight. He was slightly taken aback and recognized it as the toy that Norman had been showing off that morning.
Lucas stared at Norman warily as he raised his delicate chin. “Take it away.”
“This is the latest model airplane, and it’s remote-controlled. It even makes realistic sounds. I didn’t let the –other kids touch it even if they wanted to, but I’ll let you feel it,” Norman said arrogantly.
The reason he had brought the airplane to the kindergarten was to show off in front of Lucas. However, he didn’t expect Lucas not to glance at him at all the whole day.
Lucas impatiently shoved the airplane in front of him aside and turned sideways with his book, rejecting Norman’s offer.
Norman’s face instantly became pully with anger. After picking up the airplane, which was shoved onto the ground, he smashed it onto the floor again.
The model airplane was instantly reduced to pieces.
Lucas stared at the scattered pieces of the airplane on the ground with his eyebrows furrowed. Why did he smash the airplane for no reason?
The next moment, Norman started wailing. Pointing at Lucas, he sobbed, “Ms. Jacobs, Lucas broke my airplane…”
Feeling anxious, Lucas jumped from his seat and refuted, “You’re lying! I didn’t break your toy!”
“It was you! I didn’t want to lend you my toy, so you broke it!” Norman glared at him, his anger convincing enough for people to believe him.
At that moment, Stacy Jacobs, their teacher, walked over to ask about the incident after hearing the
Pretending to be aggrieved. Norman lay on Stacy’s shoulder and tearfully recounted what had happened. After putting the blame on Lucas, he pretended to be forgiving and said, “Ms. Jacobs, I don’t think Lucas. did it on purpose. As long as he apologizes to me, I won’t hold a grudge against him.”
Lucas had never seen anyone better at pretending than Norman. “Apologize to you? Dream on!”
Why should I apologize when I haven’t done anything wrong?
“Lucas, what happened to you? You never misbehave like this. You damaged a classmate’s toy, yet you refuse to apologize.” Stacy was already convinced that Lucas was the one at fault. “Go stand outside the office as your punishment!”
“I didn’t break Norman’s toy airplane, Ms. Jacobs!” Lucas yelled, his eyes widening in anger.
Stacy was livid. “You are so disrespectful to your teacher! You will stand outside the office, and I’m going to call your parents!”
“Go!” Stacy grabbed Lucas’ hand roughly and pulled him out.
Watching as Lucas was taken away, Norman couldn’t help snickering triumphantly.
Lucas was frustrated, but Stacy wouldn’t listen to his protests because she believed Norman, who had played the victim well.
After class, Christina received a phone call from Stacy and rushed to the kindergarten.
As she turned the corner and entered the hallway, she saw Lucas standing outside the office with his head. hung low. It pained her heart to see him so disheartened.
Beside Lucas was Camila, who was holding a drawing board in her hand and tightly gripping her brother’s hand with another.
Christina quickly picked up her pace and walked over to them. Squatting down in front of the kids, she asked with concern, “What happened, Lucas? Why did the teacher punish you?”
Lucas could no longer hold back his emotions the moment he saw Christina. “Mommy…”
One thing that Christina couldn’t bear to see the most was her kids crying. Patting Lucas gently on the back, she comforted. “It’s okay, Lucas. Can you tell Mommy what happened?”
Lucas took a while to stop crying. Then, he told Christina about everything that had happened.
“Who is Norman? Why would he do that on purpose?” Christina couldn’t understand Norman’s intentions despite knowing that he was framing Lucas on purpose.
“He said he’s Daddy’s son with another woman. Camila and I don’t like him, but he always bothers us. Mommy, I don’t want to be in the same kindergarten as him. Can we transfer to another kindergarten?”
He didn’t want to face Norman every day, who was hypocritical and full of lies.
Norman is Madison and Nathaniel’s child. No wonder Lucas and Camila asked if he has another child with another
Christina clenched her fists tightly. Did Nathaniel intentionally arrange for Norman to be in this kindergarten?
Christina had thought it was fine as long as they didn’t see each other because she wanted to stay out of Madison and her child’s affairs. However, this arrangement of them was intolerable.
Just then, Stacy came out of the office and approached Christina. “Are you Christina Steele, Lucas’ mother?”
Christina looked up in anger. “Ms. Jacobs, don’t you think it’s unfair that you didn’t listen to Lucas’ explanations before reprimanding him?”
Stacy felt pressured by Christina’s domineering aura, but she couldn’t lose her authority in front of a parent. “I have understood the situation completely. Lucas disrespected his classmate and showed no sign of remorse. There’s no problem with me punishing him” Looking down at Lucas, Stacy maintained her calm demeanor as she asked, “Do you admit your mistake now?”
“I won’t admit it because I didn’t do anything wrong.” Lucas clenched his fists and glared at Stacy.
“My brother will never break someone else’s toy!” Camila added, defending Lucas.
If Lucas said he didn’t do it, he definitely didn’t. Camila believed in him completely.
Christina stepped in between the two of them. “It seems like this kindergarten is only respectable on the surface but not on the inside. You are not fit to be my son’s teacher with that attitude of yours!”