“President, what do you want for lunch? Shall I order takeout for you? Or do you want to go to the staff cafeteria?”Nicole paused to think about it. Her story was quite widespread online for a while, so a lot of people knew about it.She did not want to face everyone’s prying eyes and sympathetic gazes, but she was uncomfortable eating alone.While she was hesitating, Julie sent Nicole a message with a restaurant location.“Come here and have lunch with me!”Nicole smiled and put away her phone.“No need. I have an appointment.”Logan nodded. “Okay.”He also breathed a sigh of relief.Nicole used to spend more time alone, but after Clayton was gone, Nicole did not like being alone anymore whether she was at home, in the office, or at the Stanton Mansion.Sometimes, Nicole would vaguely see Clayton in the office lobby, walking toward her with a gentle smile to pick her up from work, to eat with her, or to send her clothes and documents.He left his trace in every detail of h
Nicole was puzzled by the teacher’s attitude.However, the teacher did not say much and pushed open the door of the classroom.“Chatty, your mom is here to pick you up.”Chatty turned her head in surprise. She looked delighted to see her mother and rushed over at once.“Mommy…”Nicole’s heart instantly melted. She just wanted to give her precious daughter the best things in this world.She hugged Chatty. The little girl looked so obedient and kissed Nicole several times. Then, she wrapped her arms around Nicole’s neck without letting go.“Mommy, I miss you so much!”Nicole’s heart ached, and she felt a little guilty for paying too little attention to Chatty these days.Children were always more sensitive, so Chatty probably sensed Nicole’s indifference toward her.However, Chatty did not blame her and held grudges.What a cute angel!Nicole could not help but feel sorry for her daughter and thought, ‘From now on, I’ll definitely love her even more on behalf of Clayton!’“B
Nicole clicked her tongue and glared at Chatty.She beckoned to Fischer and said, “Come over here. You two must apologize to Chance.”Chatty resolutely rejected the idea. “I don’t want to apologize. I didn’t do anything wrong. He helped the person who bullied me, so he’s my enemy!”Fischer nodded on the side.“That’s right. I won’t apologize either. Anyone who dares to bully Chatty is going against me too. I will never apologize!”The teacher looked away helplessly.She had been trying to persuade them for a long time, but these two children were really stubborn.Nicole stood there in embarrassment.“Chatty…”She knew that Fischer only listened to Chatty, so if she could persuade Chatty, Fischer would be easy to deal with.However, Chatty sat on the floor, hugged Nicole’s leg, and cried.“I don’t want to apologize! I want Daddy to teach him a lesson because it’s his fault! Daddy said he’d protect me…”Nicole was startled.In an instant, it seemed that something was poking
Nicole hung up the phone decisively.She wished she did not make that call.Luca was a little surprised to see Eric following them, but what was even more unexpected was that Chance got into their car.Fortunately, Eric did not sit in their car. Otherwise, Luca would feel awkward as he did not know how to address him.However, come to think of it, Eric’s opportunity came now that Clayton was gone.Thus, Eric would certainly find a chance to get close to Nicole.That was justifiable.What a pity…If Luca could see through Eric’s motive, Nicole could too.“Let’s go to KFC.”“Okay.”In the car, Chatty was talking to Fischer in words that others did not understand.Nicole really did not understand what they were saying. Levi covered his ears as he was not interested in understanding their conversation.Chance wanted to know what they were talking about, but he could not understand what they were saying.It was so complicated with so many twists and turns.Nicole thought that
Chance was stunned by Fischer’s sudden remarks.His expression was tense, and his gaze was uneasy as he looked at Chatty.Although Chance was young, he remembered the past clearly because all his experiences were unpleasant.That was his fate, and he had no strength to resist.While he grew up, no one paid attention to his emotions.That unforgettable birthday party was the day that Chatty was pushed into the water.Chance would always remember that he and his mother were involved in it.Compared to a mother who used him to hurt others, a father who only disliked and ignored him was considered a good outcome for Chance.At least, his father did not make him do things he did not like.His father just did not like him.Chance stood there with apprehension and embarrassment.The unhappy memories swarmed up.He clenched his fists nervously and remained silent.Fischer’s fair and tender face was full of disdain for Chance.To them, Chance’s silence was his admission of guilt.
The Stantons had everything – love and money.However, they did not splurge or waste anything.Nicole pursed her lips. “Thank you, Dad. Let’s go upstairs.”Floyd nodded.Nicole went to help him. Floyd had undergone surgery, so he was not as strong as before. He needed a cane to walk.In the dark, Nicole blamed herself for ignoring Floyd too much while she had been immersed in her own grief.Floyd was getting old too fast.He was no longer the forever invincible figure that he was in her memory.Nicole suddenly teared up, and subconsciously wiped away the tears at the corners of her eyes.She should not have thought of ending her life when something bad happens.She was not so cowardly and pathetic and should be stronger than others imagined her to be.She did not live for a man.Regardless of whether Clayton was dead or alive, Nicole must live a fulfilling and happy life.Nicole wanted to send Floyd back to his room, but Floyd paused in his footsteps.“I’ll watch you go i
Coincidentally, Mr. Anderson was downstairs talking to someone.When he saw Nicole coming downstairs, he quickly greeted her.“Miss, come and have brunch!”Nicole smiled. “I won’t eat. I still have work to do at the office.”Floyd came in with a bucket and looked like he just came back from fishing.“Don’t worry about the office. Go after you have a meal. Anyway, you’re already late, and your brother already called me.”Nicole opened her mouth guilty and scratched her head.“Well… He can’t blame me. My phone ran out of battery last night, and no one woke me up this morning.”The butler smiled.“The Chairman didn’t want us to wake you up. You worked so hard yesterday, and the Eldest Young Master came back early last night. How could he understand your hard work?”Nicole immediately forgave herself when she heard the butler’s words.“You’re right!”Seeing that the dining table was full of her favorite food, Nicole was not in a hurry to leave. She put her bag aside and went to
Nicole looked at the opened document. On the other side was Clayton’s name.She was familiar with his handwriting.It was presented in front of her eyes in this way.Nicole gritted her teeth and hesitated to sign.Roland pursed his lips.“Madam, you can only take over everything of Mr. Sloan after you sign this. That way, I can officially start the formalities. Mr. Sloan also bought an additional fund for Chatty and Michael. However, Michael can only receive his after reaching adulthood, and Chatty can withdraw hers at any time. Some projects abroad require the follow-up signature of the administrator. If you don’t sign, it’ll be completely put on hold. Madam…”He hesitated to speak and was in a difficult position.They did not hold a funeral for Clayton because they did not want to admit his death.They were more hopeful that he would appear one day, or that he only disappeared temporarily.The Stanton family was silent about this, and Roland had no reason to intervene.Howe