“I only agreed to let Momo stay. I didn’t say you can,”
Charmine reminded Anthony.
With a dignified look on his face, Anthony walked
toward her. “Apologies. Momo might have sudden
convulsions anytime throughout the night, so he’ll
need my help. It worries me to leave him alone here.”
“Mommy, just let Daddy stay. He can cook, do laundry,
and housekeeping. He can be handy!” Chris pleaded,
his voice charmingly adorable and cute.
Charmine frowned, though surprised still. “Your dad
does laundry and housekeeping?”
“Yes! You can ask him if you don’t believe me.” Chris
blinked at Anthony.
Anthony hesitated for a few seconds, and under
Charmine’s questioning gaze, he nodded. “Yes, I do.”
“Alright then, you’ll stay over and make u s supper.
Nothing too fancy. Just three dishes and one soup
should be fine, as long as it’ s healthy,” Charmine
ordered. Since no one was sending her supper
tonight, having someone to make her food was not a
After all, he volunteered to stay.
Charmine’s detailed order stunned Anthony for a
good few seconds. Nonetheless, he took off his suit
and carried the bags of fresh vegetables to the
kitchen. He had a rather attractive body with his
biceps bulging under his white shirt—utterly
muscular and attractive. Charmine could not help
herself as she stole glances of him from time to time,
her heart beating faster than usual.
How strange. She had seen all kinds of handsome
men, but why would her heart beat so fast when
Anthony was around?
“Mommy, I’m sleepy. Can you read me a bedtime
story?” Chris asked softly.
Charmine quickly snapped out of it and composed
herself. “Of course. Close your eyes and I’ll read you
one.” With that said, she carried Chris in her arms,
walked him to the bedroom, and laid in bed with
Chris closed his eyes as told, his tiny body curled in
her arms as his head rested on her wrist. Gently as
she could, Charmine then began, “Once upon a time,
there was a big grey wolf…” 1
She was unaware of how her usual bold and unruly
voice became so gentle. Her face was filled with
warmth and love, nothing like herself. She assumed
that this storytelling session would take a while, but
she was surprised that Chris fell asleep after two to
three sentences. His breathing calmed and his hands
He fell asleep already?
She gently caressed Chris’ pouty face. Seeing as he did
not respond to her touch, she slowly maneuvered and
removed her arm from under his neck. She gently
covered him with a blanket and changed the room
temperature to 26 degrees Celsius before she tip-toed
out of the MOM.
Meanwhile, in the kitchen, Anthony was frowning in
front of the table filled with ingredients.
“Need help?” A teasing voice came from outside the
Anthony looked over to see Charmine standing at the
door with her hands on her hips. She leaned against
the door and looked at him with a teasing grin.
Anthony did not flinch and kept his cool. ” Hmph. I’m
just deciding whether to steam or fry the dish.”
Charmine laughed him off. She walked over and
pulled on his wrist to move him aside.
“Fine, fine, go out and wait for me. Don’t ruin my
kitchen.” Her eyes matched the goading grin on her
It did not shock her that he could not cook. Why
would a high-ranking executive like him know how to
Charmine took out the vegetables and rinsed them
with water before she started chopping the spices.
A faint smile appeared on Anthony’s lips a s he
watched Charmine cook with full concentration.
Preparing the ingredients, she pressed on the green
chili with one hand and chopped them with the other,
fluidly as she did.
She wore casual long black pants topped with a tight
black top, and they flattered her alluring body. It was
like a hot martial artist practicing with her sword
when, in reality, she was just preparing to fry a fish.
Whatever she did, Charmine always seemed so bold
and confident. Anthony stood by the side as he
enjoyed the scene unfolding before him. Not long
after, the prawns turned red in the wok—a whole
wok filled with bright red prawns. She scooped them
into a bowl and brought it out of the kitchen.
As she walked past Anthony, she stopped short. “What
are you standing here for? G o grab us a fork.”
Anthony snapped out of it instantly. No one had ever
spoken to him in such a tone, but since it was
Charmine, he did not feel offended. He took out two
pairs of cutleries from the cupboard and followed her
out of the kitchen.
Charmine took a seat in front of the matte -black long
rectangular dining table. She picked up one prawn
and started to eat. Unlike other women who faked
their elegance as they ate, the way Charmine ate was
a little unruly but not rude in any sense.
Even though Anthony was not used to having supper
this late, he decided to join in after watching her
enjoying the food so much.
The food was good. This woman never ceased to
surprise him. After a while, he paused his meal.
“About the Prince Simon thing… How are you
“It’s just a small matter. It’ll resolve itself,” Charmine
answered nonchalantly as she took out her phone
and photographed her prawns. 3
Assuming she was hiding her inner turmoil, he went
about the matter in another way. “I do have ways to
help you out.”
“Oh? How so?”
No longer beating around the bush, he blurted,
What? Marry him? 1
“I’ve given you the answer before,” Charmine refuted,
Anthony’s eyebrows twitched, but he pushed on,
“Charmine, once the world knows you’re my wife,
who’d believe that you’re ruining Simon Gray’s
Although Diamond Prince’s family was super wealthy,
it was still limited to the diamond industry in South
Africa. Meanwhile, the Bailey family had investments
in medical research and technology. The family
background could completely submerge Simon
If Charmine married him, all rumors would be
Lips curled, she reached out her hand to touch