“Maddy, I have examined that woman for you. You can’t beat her, so you should just give up,” advised Maggie.
One look at Christina was sufficient for Maggie to tell that the former was a calm and graceful person.
Earlier on, she was nitpicking and trying to test Christina’s patience.
However, Christine did not panic at all. Instead, she came up with excellent designs. Judging from her character, Christina was clearly a composed person who would never act recklessly.
“Grandma, I can’t believe you’re defending an outsider instead of helping me!” Madison was so angry that her eyes turned bloodshot.
Maggie patted the back of her granddaughter’s hand. “If he isn’t married, I will definitely help you. now that things have come to this, you should just give up.”
Give up? How could I possibly give up?
She had been pining for him for so many years. There was no way she was going to give him up.
“If I can’t marry Nathaniel, I’d rather not get married at all this lifetime.”
Meanwhile, Christina did not return to the office. Instead, she went to the supermarket and bought a few different flavors of candies before heading to the kindergarten to pick up the children.
Christina stood at the entrance, waiting for the children when school was over. However, there was still no sign of Lucas and Camila even after all the children had left.
In the end, the two kids came out with their teacher, Stacy.
“Hi, you must be Lucas’ mom. There’s something about Lucas that I would like to talk to you about.” Stacy appeared upset.
Christina nodded and told the children, “I have bought you some candies, and they are in the car. Why don’t the both of you wait for me in the car?”
“Okay, Mommy!” With that, Lucas grabbed his sister’s hand and ran to the car. The driver opened the door for them to get in.
Stacy brought Christina to an isolated corner before saying in a serious manner, “You see, Lucas is a bright child, but he doesn’t like learning. That’s not good. He never completes the homework I assign them. Camila, on the other hand, will finish all her homework!”
Camila, being obedient and adorable, was well-loved by all the teachers.
Though they were fraternal twins, there was a vast difference between their characters. One was docile and obedient, while the other was mischievous and naughty.
“How come I don’t know there’s homework?” Christina would ask about the children’s studies once in a while, but they would always tell her that there was no homework.
“That’s because Lucas doesn’t like doing homework. Every day during lessons, he would impatiently ask us to skip to the next question and claim that he already knew the answers.” Stacy sounded exhausted and frustrated as she recounted Lucas’ antics.
“Also, he loves to fool around. When the kids are lining up, he will stand at the back and cause trouble. He’d even get his classmates to join him in messing around and ignoring the rules Stacy put her hand on her forehead and sounded helpless
“I’m sorry, Ms. Jacobs. I will go back and have a talk with him.” apologized Christina, embarrassed.
Being a mother was no easy feat. She had to be the one apologizing for her child’s mistake.
Stacy sighed. She didn’t want to make things difficult for Christina upon seeing how sincere the latter was “Actually, Lucas is an outstanding boy. He’s just a little too mischievous. Though it’s not a big problem, he still has to watch his manners and complete his homework.”
“Thank you for your concern, Ms. Jacobs. From now on, I will make sure to keep an eye on him.” Christina lowered her head sheepishly, so embarrassed she wished the ground could swallow her up.
After listening to Stacy’s complaint, she felt that she was partially responsible for Lucas’ misdeeds.
Christina left the kindergarten after speaking with Stacy.
Back in the car, the twins had already opened up the candies and made a mess.
“Mommy, let’s go home.” Lucas pouted his colorful lips and wanted to kiss Christina.
She carried the boy and placed him on her lap. Looking at the boy’s face that resembled Nathaniel’s, she asked solemnly, “Tell me. Did Ms. Jacobs assign any homework for you?”
Lucas’ heart skipped a beat. Please don’t tell me Mommy has found out that I have been lying.
Seeing how he remained silent, Christina was quite sure that he was hiding something from her. “Give me your school bag.”
“There’s nothing inside my bag.” Lucas immediately hugged his bag tightly and looked wary.
Christina’s face clouded over. “Camila, give me your school bag.”
Camila dared not say anything in response. Stealing a glance at her brother, she obediently handed Christina her bag.
Christina unzipped the bag and found the girl’s workbook. Neat rows of numbers and some simple phonics and words were written on the pages.
Stacy had given Camila full marks on almost every page and even smiley stickers as well.
On the contrary, Christina almost fainted when she checked her son’s workbook. The teacher wrote the following on the blank pages: Please complete your work.
There were over twenty blank pages in the workbook with only the teacher’s warning written in red. Apparently, he didn’t complete any homework for almost half of the semester.
“Mommy…” All of a sudden, the candy in Lucas’ mouth lost its flavor.
Smiling amicably, Christina looked at her son with as much love as she could muster.
She let her expression do the speaking.
That night, Nathaniel walked into Scenic Garden Manor with Sebastian and the technical director trailing.
The trio entered the study with grim faces.
They had been working on the system for such a long time but were unfortunately forced to pause work because they suddenly encountered unforeseen challenges.
“Mr. Hadley, why don’t we hire a better technician? That way, I’m sure we’d be able to complete the system. in less than a month’s time,” said the director.
In truth, the system was only completed on a superficial level. They still had no idea about the core
Sebastian was the one who recommended the technical director to join in on the system’s development. Now that there was a problem with the system, he, too, wanted to do everything he could to help solve the issue.
“If we hire one more person, it will increase our costs. We have already invested a huge amount of funds before this.” Sebastian gave his analysis.
After working with Nathaniel for so many years, he could more or less guess what was on Nathaniel’s mind.
The director’s eyes lit up suddenly. “We can ask Mr. Lucas to help us. I’m sure he can help us resolve this tricky issue.”
Nathaniel’s face darkened. “If the both of you are audacious enough to get Lucas to help, you might as well get your resignation letters ready. Get lost.”
“Yes, Mr. Hadley.”
In less than three seconds, the two men disappeared from Nathaniel’s sight.
In the corridor, the technical director looked at Sebastian, troubled. “Do you think Mr. Lucas will help us?”
“I doubt so because Mrs. Hadley has forbidden Mr. Lucas from dabbling in information technology.” Sebastian was not hopeful.
At present, Christina was unrestrained and could do as she pleased. Even Nathaniel could not keep her in check, let alone them.
“Let’s give it a try. Otherwise, I will lose my job.”
When the technical director and Sebastian passed by the children’s study, they instantly recognized the tiny figure sitting inside.
The technical director’s eyes practically lit up like a cat’s in the dark.
He pushed the door open and cautiously walked up to Lucas. “Mr. Lucas, what are you doing?” he asked in an ingratiating tone.
Lucas snorted. “Are you blind? Can’t you see?”
The technical director felt awkward. Mr. Lucas sounds just like his father….
Lucas was puffing his cheeks and completing his homework with a pencil.
He had been doing his homework ever since he finished his dinner.
Christina had told him that he was not allowed to go out and have fun unless he had completed his backlog of homework.
How unfortunate! Is this considered child abuse?