Nathaniel wrapped his arms around Christina and said softly. “Perhaps they left the manor because they were being playful. I’m sure nothing will happen to them. Let’s go check the surveillance footage.”
Christina forced herself to stay calm. Perhaps they really were being playful. The most important thing right now is to look for them. If I keep panicking. I can’t concentrate, and it’ll be more challenging for us to find them,
After leaving the gates of the manor. Nathaniel took off his suit jacket and placed them around Christina’s shoulders. “Don’t catch a cold.”
The deep voice ringing in her ears snapped her out of her daze. She nodded and got into the car.
They hurried to the police station. After thoroughly explaining the situation, the police brought them to check the surveillance footage.
Fortunately, surveillance cameras were placed everywhere on the street past the manor. The police adjusted the time to when the children left the manor, and two small figures appeared on the screen before them.
Even though it was late at night and no people were around, Lucas and Camila obediently followed traffic rules and walked on the right side of the road. They traveled from the gates of Scenic Garden Manor to the bus stop before heading north.
Christina felt her heart clench as she stared at the two figures on the screen. Nathaniel grabbed her cold hand and assured her. “Don’t worry.”
At that moment, words of assurance to Christina did not have much effect, but at least they could calm her down.
The two children on the screen understood traffic rules well. Even if there weren’t any cars, they waited. for the light to turn green before they crossed the road.
There were no dangers along the way, but the children seemed to have stopped beside the road at some point.
They watched as Camila sat on the floor and stared up at Lucas cutely.
The surveillance camera was too far away, so it could not catch the children’s words.
After the children drank some water, Lucas had Camila climb onto his back before they continued their journey.
The two figures looked tiny compared to the long and wide road. The people watching the footage unknowingly felt touched by the children’s determination.
After that, the footage showed the two children entering a church. All footage after that showed no signs of them leaving the place.
“Why did they go to a church?” Suspicion filled Christina.
Nathaniel held Christina’s hand and said, “Let’s head over now.”
It was already daybreak when Lucas and Camila arrived at the entrance of the church.
The bright morning light hit their backs as they entered the church. Because of the rain, their hair was
stuck to their faces, making them look smaller than they actually were.
“Lucas! Put me down! We’re here! Yay!” Camila exclaimed excitedly as she tried to jump off her brother’s
Lucas was exhausted. He bent down to let Camila climb down before he sank to the floor, panting as he sat cross-legged.
Camila had rested for some time and was now more energetic. She pulled Lucas’ arm and urged. “Lucas, come on! We need to say our prayers!”
Seeing that Lucas was tired and did not want to move, Camila took a bottle from her backpack and gave it
Lucas drank some water before getting up and staring at the cross. His heart thumped in excitement as he turned to look at Camila and said, “Let’s go and say our prayers, Camila.”
It was early in the morning, so there were not many people. Those in the church were busy with their own things and could not be bothered by the presence of the two children.
The children watched and learned from the people who prayed before them. They kneeled before the cross and clasped their hands. Sincerity was written all over their faces as they stared up at the cross.
Camila was about to say something when she stopped and turned to look at Lucas. “Lucas, what should we say?”
Lucas pondered over it momentarily before replying. “Just say what you want. I’m sure God will hear our prayers!”
Camila nodded despite not understanding what Lucas said. She was silent for some time before saying, “I want to eat a lifetime of chocolates. I also want many pretty dolls…”
Lucas held his forehead, then reached over and flicked hers. “Ask Him for the important things. Stop talking about food.”
“Can’t He make my wishes for food come true?” Camila pouted.
“You can make one wish. Don’t ask for more.” Lucas was speechless. They didn’t travel far to pray for good food.
Camila rubbed her forehead. It wasn’t easy for us to find Him. I can’t waste this chance. Of course, I would try to ask for everything I want.
“If that’s so, dear God, I wish Daddy and Mommy will be together forever!”
Lucas clasped his hands together. His eyes were filled with sincerity, and his voice was loud and clear as he said, “Dear God, Camila and I have never had a daddy would always be bullied by Peter from next door. He would always laugh at us and call us orphans. It
since we were born. When we were younger, we wasn’t easy for us to have a daddy, but Daddy is stupid. He always likes to make Mommy angry.”
Camila nodded earnestly in agreement. “Lucas is right. Since young, we only had Mommy’s love. Mommy is always tired from taking care of us. We don’t want Mommy to be angry, but we also don’t want to lose Daddy.”
Tears welled up in her eyes as she said that.
Lucas sniffled as he continued, “Dear God, Mr. Patel told us that You would make our wishes come true. Please make sure that Daddy and Mommy stay together. In exchange for that, I’ll give you my favorite toy.”
Tears fell from Camila’s eyes as she pleaded. “Please, God, I wish Daddy and Mommy would stop arguing. I’ll give you my favorite chocolate and dolls in exchange. If Daddy and Mommy break up, we’ll become pitiful orphans. Don’t You think we’re pitiful?”
Camila could not control her emotions as she leaned against Lucas and started crying.
Lucas wrapped his arms around Camila and hugged her as tears streamed down his face. He did not forget. to comfort Camila despite crying himself. “Don’t worry, Camila. I’ll always be by your side.”
The two children were wrapped in a tight embrace. The sounds of their sniffling and crying echoed across the hall.
Christina had arrived at the church not too long ago. She could not help but burst into tears herself as she watched the scene unfold before her.
The rollercoaster of emotions she had felt since she woke up hit her like a truck as tears fell from her eyes.
She and Nathaniel had arrived just a few moments ago and seen the children enter the church and followed after them.
Christina wanted to know the reason for the children’s difficult journey to the church. Instead of confronting them immediately, she stood behind the door and eavesdrop on their conversation.
It turned out the children had overheard her and Nathaniel fighting. To them, the overwhelming fear of hearing their parents arguing was far scarier than watching the monsters and witches on TV.
How can I bear to put them under such pressure at their young age…
Christina rushed forward. She hugged Lucas and Camila, apologizing. “I’m sorry. I’m so sorry…”
It’s all my fault for not taking good care of my two babies.
Nathaniel hurried over and joined in on the hug. At that moment, the four of them were wrapped in a tight embrace.
“Good boy, Lucas. Good girl, Camila. I promise you. I will never leave you!”
Lucas and Camila immediately stopped crying. When did Daddy and Mommy arrive?