Anthony and Nial followed right behind
Charmine and Chris.
They entered the congee shop, and
Charmine ordered a pot of congee with
some light dishes. Once the waitress took
the order and left, Charmine eyed both
men sitting opposite her and scolded,”
Can’t you two men behave appropriately?
The boy is still so young. How can you
feed him spicy food? Growing tall by
eating spicy food is a complete bullsh.t.
How can men like you two believe in such
“We—. NMI refuted instinctively in an
attempt to explain.
Anthony kicked him under the table, and
with a solemn and undersMnding
expression, he spoke, “Miss Jordan is
right. I’ll take note of that. Is there
anything else tattooed take note of?”
“Mommy, Daddy always signed me up
for tuition classes,” Chris chimed in. “I
have classes till twelve o’clock every
night!” He continued, “Oh, and Daddy
always leaves me alone at home, only
sharing one meal with me every week.
Also, he brings me out to play only once a
month!. he lamented. “All my friends
have parents to play with them, but I’m
What a poor kid. Charmine listened as her
heart melted with sympathy before she
scowled at Anthony, “Mr. Bailey, you’ve
got it all wrong. Even though he was born
with a surrogate mother, he bleeds your
bloodlYou.re his father, and you have to b
e responsible. He’s still a young boy!Why
sign him up for so many dasses? You
can’t just treat him like a robot; he needs
a happy childhood.Also From then on,
Charmine rambled on and on, and there
was no space for interjection.
Still, Anthony was not offended stall! he
silently listened as he refilled her water
every now and then. Once she finally said
her piece and settled down, he took out
his phone and curtly asked, “Miss Jordan,
could you please leave me your number?
This is so that you could impart your
knowledge on educating children with me
in the future.”
“Yeah, Mommy. You’ll have to remind
Daddy every day of what you just said, or
he’ll forget everything.” Chris nodded his
tiny head approvingly.
Without even hesitating, Charmine took
out her phone and added him on
Whatsapp. Nial, on the other end, was
confused. How did that happen? Did they
just get along so well that they added
each other on Whatsapp?
Out of the blue, Charmine’s phone lit up
with an incoming call, and the caller ID
was ‘Eric’. Although Eric was his agent
and friend, he usually would not ring her
unless there were urgent things.
charmine hastily walked away and
answered the call.
Anthony’s chest tightened with jealousy.
Eric? That was a man’s name!
Nial muttered under his breath, “Gut it,
I’ll find out who it is.”
Charmine stood outside the door as she
listened to Eric’s explanation.
“There are two things: Fleshy, Kay found
the list of names of those that visited
Phoenix Hotel five years ago…”
Charmine’s body instantly quaked the
moment she heard that name: Phoenix.
She unconsciously turned to look back
Maids the restaurant.
Anthony was picking food for Chris. He
caught her looldng at them and nodded at
her. Charmine could not explain this
feeling, odd as it was. She felt like she
should not speak of this matter—the fiveyears-
ago incident—to Anthony.
“We’ll talk more when I get back,” came
Charmine’s swift reply. With that, she
When he noted her strange behavior,
Anthony asked in a concerned tone, “Is
“It’s nothing Charmine frowned.
What just happened? Whywas she
worried Anthony would find out what
happened in the hotel? now peculiar.
She recollected herself and curtly replied,
“Something happened, and I have to go
back The repair company finished
repairing my motorbike and they’re
sending it over. Take good care of Mom,
and don’t make him eat spicy food.”
“Mammy!” Chris got up quickly and
hung on to her thigh; he did not want her
Charmine ruffled his hair. “Be good,
Moron I’ve added your. father on
Whatsapp, and I’ll be keepMg a close eye
him. Make sure hes not mistreating
“Alright then! Mommy must remember
o video-call me,” beamed Chris with his
doe-eyes. He looked much like a kitten
Charmine nodded, lust as she was about t
o leave, Anthony stood up and followed
behind her. “I’ll walk you out.”