My Dreamy Old Husband Chapter 1374
Falling for My Old Husband (sophia edwards and michael fletcher) Chapter 1374
It took a while before Joel finally decided to meet Bailey. Before this, Tiffany had contacted him, but he refused to meet her.
He stared at Lola, who was playing with the kids happily. She was different from all of them. The Fletchers were a military family, and they were extremely sensitive when it came to marriage. Traditionally, they would not marry a foreigner, so mixed-race children were rare in the family. At the moment, Lola was one of the most unique children amongst the Fletchers.
Her green eyes were too eye-catching.
Besides, her father was killed by the Fletchers.
They desired for this secret to stay hidden forever. If it couldn’t be kept secret…
Joel looked at Michael. Celine had become retarded, so regarding Lola’s future, Michael, as her uncle, should have a say.
However, Michael was struggling to handle Lola too. He thought it would be better if Lola stayed with the Fletcher Family. Yet, he was afraid that Bailey would visit them every day using Lola as an excuse, and disturb his daughter…
Joel turned to look at Justin. He… could be considered a stepfather. As a stepfather, he should have an opinion too. But, Justin chose to avoid his gaze. Lola’s existence was his greatest pain. He believed he was extremely generous to allow Lola to visit them so often.
In the end, Joel announced solemnly, “Lola is already ten years old. She gets to call the shot sometimes.”
In response, Bailey nodded. Standing up, he walked toward Lola.
“Lola, I’m Bailey. I’m your great-uncle. Come here. I have something to tell you.”
Lola stared at the young-looking great-uncle in surprise. She turned around, seeking Joel, but she saw Joel smiling at her. “This is your biological father’s relative. He has something to tell you.”
As if she had noticed something, Lola followed Bailey in a daze.
On the balcony on the second floor, Bailey and Lola sat down face to face under the dim light.
Starting from Lola’s identity, Bailey began, “Your biological father, Blade, was one of the Adams. He was a lost child and had you when he was outside. You are the blood of the Adam Family, and I want to bring you back.”
Upon hearing that, Lola was puzzled. She had no memory of her biological father. No, there were still some vague memories. She knew when she was very young that there was always an uncle who would come and visit her. He always brought her a lot of delicious food. He told her to study hard, so she wouldn’t end up like him.
Apart from that, she remembered nothing about her own father and mother.
Seeing that Lola wasn’t speaking, Bailey asked again, “Do you want to come with me, Lola?”
Lola stared at him and shook her head. She said, “I like the Fletchers. Is it okay if I don’t go with you?”
At that moment, Bailey’s gaze froze. His gaze was fixated on her and he couldn’t move his eyes away.
As if she was a little worried, Lola explained, “I don’t want to leave my parents and my brother.”
She didn’t want to leave the Fletcher Family at all. In fact, she liked it here a lot. She loved the atmosphere; she loved Joel, Maddie, Drew, and every friend she had around her.
The air fell silent for a short moment.
In the end, Bailey could only ruffle her hair and nodded. “Of course. It’s your own choice. If you want to go with me one day, you can call me anytime.”
Turning around, Lola ran away without looking back. Bailey, who was standing on the balcony on the second floor, could see Lola running into the garden.
Joel was waiting for her inside the garden. He had been eavesdropping on their conversation from downstairs, afraid that Bailey would tell Lola something he shouldn’t have said. However, Bailey didn’t say anything out of the ordinary.
Although he knew about everything, he didn’t mention them to Lola. She deserved to have a healthy personality. She deserved to live in a blissful family and grow up happily. For the time being, some things were better left unsaid.
“Daddy!” Lola rushed toward Joel.
Although Joel looked like a hard father, there was something about him that inadvertently showed his love for Lola. He said, “Lola, you’re still young. You can go anywhere you want. I will not stop you.”
Gleefully, Lola exclaimed, “I want to stay with Daddy and Mommy!”
When she first joined the Fletchers Family, she wanted to go back to her previous home. However, they said she could never go back. Thus, she could only stay. Slowly, she adapted to life at the Fletchers. Every day, she woke up to the noise of the army’s morning training. She would quickly get up, make her bed, and brush her teeth. Before leaving for school, she joined the training to keep up with her health.
She loved that kind of life, she loved the Fletcher Family, and she loved her current parents and brother. She would never go anywhere else!
From the second floor, Bailey remained expressionless as he stared at the happy father-daughter pair.
The reason he wanted to adopt Lola was simply that she was the heir to an inheritance. Anyone who adopted her would be her guardian, and they would be able to take control of the money.
However, he felt that Lola would be more content to have a happy family rather than a cold inheritance.
Once upon a time, he had a happy family too. His parents were his role models and were strict in educating him. From a young age, he was involved in the family business, learning to become a decision-maker. His parents had high hopes for him, but they never forced him to do the things he didn’t like.
Unfortunately, that year, his parents died in an accident and everything changed.
His house became an empty shell. Like a tornado, it swept away everything from his world.
Later, there were a bunch of kind-hearted relatives who wanted to take him in. Just like Lola’s case, once they adopted him, they would be able to control the inheritance left over by his parents, and they would be able to take away everything that once belonged to his family.
Back then, he didn’t want to be adopted. Instead, he took over everything left by his parents. Clenching his jaws, he propped up a piece of his own sky and found himself a bright future in the gloom.
That year, he was probably about ten years old, just like Lola.
When Bailey was diving deep into his thoughts, the young Carmen was already quietly seated on the chair where Lola had sat earlier. Staring at him with her bright eyes, she suddenly asked, “Bailey, are you unhappy?”
Although Bailey knew she was there, he continued to look outside the balcony, staring at the night view of the Imperial in a daze.
“Happy? What does it mean to be happy? What does it mean to be… unhappy?”
As he blinked, his long, curly eyelashes fluttered. With a deep voice, he went on, “Happiness means nothing to me.”
Yet, Carmen continued to look at him blankly. She probably didn’t get what he was trying to say.
Turning around, Bailey observed her adorable expression. There was a layer of softness rippling in his heart and an unprecedented smile crawled onto his face. “You’ll understand that when you grow up.”
He was very jealous of Carmen. She was loved by her parents, grandfather, and uncle. She even had the love and support given by the other three families.
Isn’t it good to live carefreely and happily?
He lifted his head from hell to look at her, who was in heaven. He saw the shining halo on her head and jealousy flowed through his eyes.
Meanwhile, Michael was looking for his daughter. She had gone missing in a blink of an eye. As if by coincidence, he went upstairs and saw Carmen talking to Bailey.
Damn you, old man! Why are you staring at my daughter with that sketchy look? Why are you acting like there are a lot of regrets in your life?