I pursed my lips and let out a giggle out of nervousness, much to his confusion.
“What are you laughing about?” he asked.
“Oh, it’s nothing! Why are you suddenly okay with me helping Marcus out?” I said, trying my best to appear calm.
Ashton took a deep breath. “You’re willing to trust me even after all that has happened, so what right do I have to complain? Besides, you chose to be with me, didn’t you?”
“Yes, I did.” I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry in response to that. Had Ashton not been forced to tell the truth, we might never truly be able to trust each other our entire lives…
“How are the babies? Have they been behaving? Did they give you a hard time?” Ashton lowered his gaze as if he wanted to rest his head on my tummy through the screen.
I tilted my phone slightly downwards so he could see it and gave it a little rub as I said, “They’ve been really good. I haven’t felt them kicking at all.”
When I didn’t get a response from Ashton for quite a while, I tilted my phone back towards my face and saw his camera pointing at the ceiling.
He was probably too tired and fell asleep while looking at my tummy.
“Good night,” I whispered softly into my phone so as to not wake him up before putting it on silent next to my pillow. I then lay down on the bed and imagined him being next to me as I drifted off to sleep.
My babies didn’t move much that night, so I was able to sleep very soundly.
By the time I woke up, my phone had switched itself off automatically when its battery died. Looks like Ashton got a good night’s sleep too, or he would’ve hung up by the time he woke up.
Tossing the covers aside, I made my way into the living room to charge my phone before taking a shower.
Emma came running over excitedly with a stack of documents the moment I stepped out of the bathroom. “You passed, Letty! You passed!”
“Calm down, Emma. What are you talking about?” I asked in confusion.
“The bar exam! Here, see? Your admission to the bar came in the mail this morning, and along with it an internship invitation from a law firm!” Emma said while handing me the files.
“Seriously?” I exclaimed, feeling overjoyed as I read through the documents.
It’s been so long that I had almost forgotten about the bar exam! This is a really pleasant surprise! Looks like my hard work throughout the past two years paid off after all!
After taking a moment to calm down, I began reading through the internship invitation. “Tinsel Group Law Firm…”
Wait… Why does this sound so familiar? I feel like I’ve heard this name somewhere before…
“Oh? Tinsel Group?” Emma snatched the invitation letter over and skimmed through it. “This law firm is situated in K City’s most bustling street ever! It’s a huge company, Letty! You’ve got a bright future ahead of you!”
I took the letter back from her and took another look at it.
Hmm, she’s right… But why would a law firm of this caliber take interest in an absolute newbie who has just passed her bar exam?
Upon closer inspection, I saw that the invitation was only valid for a month. However, my babies weren’t due until two months later, and postpartum confinement would take another month. As such, I decided to ignore the invitation.
Three weeks soon passed, and I had almost forgotten about it completely until I got a call from someone claiming to be the secretary of Tinsel Group Law Firm.
“Hello, is this Ms. Stovall? I’m calling to check if you’ve received our invitation for an internship here,” the woman said politely in a soft voice.
“Yes, I did,” I replied with a nod while sipping on some warm milk.
“I see… Did you choose to go for a different company instead? Or is there something about Tinsel Group that concerns you?”
“No, it’s a personal reason. I’m currently pregnant, and the baby is due pretty soon, so I’m unable to take up your offer at the moment. Thank you for the opportunity, though!”
I had conducted my own research on Tinsel Group, and it was said to be the best law firm in the city. Practically everyone who has passed the bar exam dreamed of doing their internship there as it would look great on their resume.
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It’s a bit of a shame giving up on such a great opportunity, but nothing matters more than giving birth to my babies safely!
“Oh, about that… The company has decided that you are an incredibly talented individual and would be happy to arrange for an online interview instead. What do you think?”
Hmm? That’s very tempting and all, but… Why is a company like Tinsel Group going so far for a nobody like me?
Although I found it a little odd, I figured it should be safe and agreed to their suggestion.
The interview was scheduled to take place at nine in the morning tomorrow. I wasn’t expecting much from it, but I woke up really early anyway thanks to the kicking from my babies and was readily waiting in front of my computer thirty minutes prior to the interview.
The secretary started the video call right on time, and I answered it after giving my appearance a quick fix. However, my jaw dropped in shock when I saw the face of my interviewer.
Zander? Oh, my god… I didn’t think I’d see him again, so I didn’t even keep his business card! I can’t believe he ended up becoming my superior…
“All right, let’s get this interview started.” Zander began the interview before I could even regain my composure.
I calmed down a little when I saw how professional he was being, and we went through the interview process smoothly.
I was able to answer all of his questions easily thanks to my two years of hard work, and the fact that he ended the session without any difficult questions helped a ton as well. “Okay, we’ll end the interview here. When will you be able to start work here, Ms. Stovall?”
“Wait… Does this mean I’m hired?” I asked in surprise and disbelief.
Zander leaned against his leather armchair and spread his arms as he said, “Your qualifications suit the company’s needs perfectly, so it would only make sense to hire you. Is there a problem?”
“No, not at all!” I felt a little excited at having my abilities acknowledged, but I also made sure to explain my situation to him, “Did your secretary tell you that I’m pregnant? I’ll only be able to start work about three months later.”
Zander paused and frowned when he heard that.
Having prepared myself mentally for this outcome, I pursed my lips and said, “It’s okay, I understand that three months is too long for…”
“All right.” Zander snapped his fingers at me all of a sudden. “I’ll just take it as a maternity leave taken in advance, then. You will not be allowed to take another maternity leave within the next five years. Is that okay with you?”
That condition of his makes no difference to me! Given my physical condition, I won’t be having any more children after giving birth to this pair of twins anyway!
With that thought in mind, I put on my most solemn face possible and nodded at him. “I accept your terms!”
Zander smiled and leaned back against his chair as he waved at me. “Congratulations, Scarlett! I look forward to working with you!”
The weather got increasingly colder as winter came, and the temperature in K City often dropped below thirty-two degrees. The sky was rather gloomy as it was both raining and snowing at the same time. Thanks to my huge tummy and many layers of clothing, I looked like a polar bear as I sat by the window with Emma.
The plants in the garden had all withered, and the whole place was covered with a thick layer of snow.
The tranquil moment was interrupted when Louis’ assistant came running into the room frantically. He was dressed in a plain fleece jacket, his warm breath clearly visible as he asked, “Is Mr. Stovall in?”
He was looking for John.
“What happened, Mr. Cooper?” Emma asked.
The assistant was about to say something when John appeared at the stairs and stopped him. “Mr. Cooper, let’s talk upstairs.”
Seeing as John called the shots in the house and was the person he came looking for, to begin with, the assistant followed him upstairs without another word.
Emma thought John was trying to spite her and grumbled angrily, “Hmph! It’s not like I wanted to hear it anyway!”
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I shook my head helplessly. Oh, these two are going to be fighting with each other for life…
We heard footsteps coming from upstairs moments later, and saw John hurrying down with his assistant after getting changed. When the two of them got to the front door, John paused in his tracks and called out to us from afar, “Remember, don’t leave the house! Do not go anywhere until I get back!”
“Got it!” I nodded.
He then turned towards Emma and waited for her to mumble a response before leaving the house.
Looks like something has happened to Uncle Louis…
“Don’t worry. Uncle Louis is a good man and has dedicated his life to serving the people, so I’m sure he’ll be fine,” Emma said calmly and continued staring out the window.
What she said made sense, but I still found myself worrying about Louis as there was simply no telling what would happen these days.
Emma got up from her chair and walked towards the window. “Rain and snow mix so well together, so why can’t we just…” she mumbled to herself while placing her hand against the glass.
Despite her claims about wanting to let go of John and move on, she obviously still cares about his words and actions. I bet she’s feeling upset because of his cold behavior earlier…
I was about to console her when I felt something warm gushing out from between my legs and short bursts of pain in my lower abdomen.
I looked down and saw a huge puddle beneath my feet, a sight that I knew all too well.
The pain was so intense that I couldn’t even call out to Emma.
Not hearing a response from me, Emma turned around and freaked out when she saw me sweating profusely. “Oh, my god! What’s going on, Letty?”
Both my fists and teeth were tightly clenched, and I could barely say anything. “G-Get…the doctor… T-The…baby is coming…” “You’re what? B-But the baby isn’t supposed to be due yet!” Emma was panicking a lot as it was her first time experiencing something like this.
After taking a moment to calm down, Emma shouted in the direction of the living room at the top of her lungs, “Someone gets the doctor! Letty is about to give birth!”
Fortunately, John had arranged for the doctor to be on standby in the house, and the servants were well-trained to handle such a situation. Within minutes, I was put on a wheeled stretcher and brought to the delivery room that they had prepared beforehand.
As I lay on the stretcher, I grabbed Emma’s hand tightly and forced the word out of my mouth, “C-Call…”
Emma understood what I meant right away and started calling Ashton on the way to the delivery room.
It was a little far from the living room and took about two minutes for us to get there, but the call had yet to get through even when we arrived at the door.
Emma decided to hang up and call him again. “He probably just happened to be busy. I’ll try calling again.”
“Y-Yeah…” I was practically sobbing at that point from the pain and bit down on my lip as I stared at her.
“Come on, pick up! Pick up, damn it!” Emma stomped her feet anxiously as she waited, but there was still no answer.
She turned towards me with an apologetic look on her face when the call dropped on its own. “I’ll have him come over the moment I get through to him, okay? Just head on inside and try to relax.”
Emma then gave me a comforting pat on the arm before nodding at the doctor who wheeled me into the delivery room.
Professor Zidd had mentioned that my body was fit enough to have a natural birth. Since babies born through natural births turned out healthier, I agreed to it without any hesitation when the doctor asked for my decision.
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Having lost a child before, the excruciating pain felt a lot more tolerable, and I was able to hang in there for a few hours.
However, with neither Ashton nor John around, I eventually found myself unable to muster any more strength.
“Hang in there, Ms. Stovall! Don’t give up! Your first child is about to come out!” the doctor called out to me, his words hitting me like a dose of adrenaline.
I bit down on my lip and tightened my grip on the bedsheets as I continued to push with all of my might.
Pain tore through my body, and my pelvis felt like it was being shattered, but I kept on pushing anyway.
After what seemed like an eternity, I was finally able to hear the sounds of a baby crying in the delivery room.
“It’s a boy! He may be a little skinny, but he’s definitely in good health! Here, have a look!” I was panting heavily when I heard the nurse’s voice in my ear and turned towards her.
They say premature babies tend to look skinny and ugly, but that isn’t the case with mine! He even has Ashton’s nose!
Even the nurse couldn’t help herself from giving a compliment. “It’s been forever since I’ve seen such an adorable baby boy!”
I pursed my lips and smiled in response. The joy I felt was so overwhelming that it made the pain I suffered earlier seem trivial in comparison.
“Get the baby to the incubator! We need her to stay focused! There’s still another one!”
The nurse carried the baby out of the room upon hearing the doctor’s instructions, and I prepared myself for a second push.
After about half an hour, the sounds of a baby’s cries filled the room once again.
“Congratulations, Ms. Stovall! It’s a girl! You’ve got yourself a boy and a girl!”
I was able to get a clear look at my newborn daughter’s face right before passing out from exhaustion. She looks…a little chubbier than her brother…
It was already the next morning by the time I woke up.
The window was open, and the room was a little chilly even with the warm rays of the morning sun pouring in.
Upon fully regaining my consciousness, I saw Emma sitting right next to my bed while Emery stood in a corner of the room.
“Letty! You’re finally awake!” the two of them called out to me simultaneously when they saw me open my eyes.
I kept quiet and simply stared weakly at Emma in response.
She lowered her gaze and said hesitantly, “I… I haven’t been able to get a hold of Ashton…”
For some reason, I felt empty inside when I heard that.
“Here, have some warm water, Ms. Stovall,” the nurse said as she brought me a glass of water.
I had been asleep after giving birth yesterday, so I hadn’t eaten anything at all.
After gulping down half a glass of water, I scanned the room I was in and saw no sign of my babies. “Where are my babies?”
“We had the servants bring them to the nursery as we didn’t want them disturbing you,” Emma replied.
“Bring them to me, please…” I was missing them as I had only seen them once so far. I guess this is what they call a maternal bond… You can’t see it or touch it, but you can feel it right in your heart…
“Go on, bring them in here,” Emma instructed the nurse.
The nurse left the room and returned shortly after with another nurse, each of them carrying a baby in their arms.
Emery helped me into a sitting position before handing me one of the babies.
They were still crying when they first came into the room but stopped the moment Emery and I were holding them and simply stared at us curiously with their arms outstretched. Wait… I remembered his nose being a little taller than this…
“Hey, Letty! Seeing as Summer is older than Xavier, how about betrothing this daughter of yours to him instead?” Emery said jokingly while cradling the other baby in her arms.
However, I wasn’t in the mood for jokes at all. I placed the baby down on the bed and opened up the blanket around him to get a closer look at his face. This is strange… He doesn’t resemble Ashton and me at all…
An overwhelming feeling of shock filled my heart as I pulled my hands back and stared at Emery with a pale look on my face. “This isn’t my son!”
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“What are you saying? This is your child, Letty! The doctors and nurses have been watching over them the whole time!” Emma said as she came over and picked up the baby.
Without giving it much thought, I climbed out of bed and snatched the baby over from Emery.
Upon seeing her familiar chubby face, I nearly collapsed when the sudden realization hit me like a truck.
I remember my daughter being a little chubby, whereas my son looked skinny and had a tall nose… The one in Emma’s arms is clearly someone else’s baby!
“Hey! You can’t get off the bed just yet, Letty! Get back in bed right now!” Emma shouted as she came running towards me. “That’s right, Scarlett! Maybe you just remembered it wrongly?” Emery too tried to talk me out of it.
No, there’s no way I’d be mistaken! I remember how they look very clearly!
At that moment, a commotion was heard from the living room. “I saw it! The person who took my baby came in here! Give me back my baby or I’ll call the police! None of you are going to get away with this!”
I didn’t have time to think and simply ran downstairs in just my thin nightgown.
I was able to get a clear idea as to what happened as I made my way down the stairs. A family had broken into the house after having their newborn son stolen from the hospital last night, and the kidnapper was last seen in the back garden of the Stovall residence.
Emma and Emery came down with the babies as well, and the family got even more agitated when they saw them. “Where’s our baby? Give him back!”
I turned around and took the baby over from Emma before asking the woman in front of the crowd, “How can you prove that this child is yours?”
Noticing something off about my behavior, Emery stepped forward and gave me a gentle nudge with her elbow. “Are you okay?”
I frowned and shook my head at her, motioning for her to shut up.
“My son has a birthmark on his right ankle! There’s no way I wouldn’t recognize it!” The woman seemed soft and weak, but her tone was incredibly aggressive.
I lifted the blanket around the baby’s leg and there really was a birthmark on his right ankle.
“What? How could this be?” “This is impossible…” Emery and Emma both expressed their surprise at the same time when they leaned in and saw the birthmark.
I took a deep breath and handed her the baby with trembling hands. “Here, you can have your child back.”
The bodyguards let her through upon hearing that, and she ran straight towards me with tears in her eyes. “Yes! I knew it! There’s no way I’d ever forget about this birthmark!” she cried out while showing his ankle to everyone around her.
I had nothing else to say, but I was certain I knew how my son looked like.
As if afraid that we would gang up on them, the woman’s family members quickly escorted her out of the house.
“Letty, is this some sort of misunderstanding? The babies have never left the house, so how could anyone have possibly swapped out the baby? W-What am I going to tell John when he gets back…” Emma could only stand by and watch as they brought the baby out of the house.
I ignored her question and asked, “John didn’t come home at all?”
Emma was a little confused but nodded anyway. “No, but he did call once and said he’d be home tonight.”
“What about Ashton? Did you manage to reach him?”
Emma shook her head hesitantly. “No… I don’t know why, but I haven’t been able to contact him this whole time.”
With that, the entire living room fell into an eerie silence.
After what seemed like forever, I broke that silence by bursting into a fit of manic laughter. I was laughing so hard that my eyes teared up, and my body was trembling all over.
Heh… So much for Ashton saying everything would be fine… I’ve been so careful and stayed home this whole time, and he hasn’t even shown up even though his son is missing…