Chapter 25 - Triggered?
If her memory was serving her right, the first time they met, he had warned her to stay away from his son. When they were at the movies the day before, he had also given her another warning.
Was the man suddenly out of his mind?
Seeing her surprised, a somewhat uncomfortable look came over Justin's face.
In order to get close to him, that woman had done everything possible to get Pete's approval. Therefore, she would never miss this opportunity!
He was just thinking about it when he saw Nora casting her eyes downward coolly. "You must be mistaken, Mr. Hunt. I'm not a childcare teacher. Neither do I have any fantasies about you."
Nora took a step forward. With a momentum that didn't lose out to his in any way, she said, "Also, if the hospital really wants to hold me accountable, please contact my lawyer."
After saying that, she covered her mouth, yawned, leisurely walked past Justin, and left the operating room.
She was already on the verge of falling asleep. How would she possibly have the time to play with a kid? The most important thing now was to hurry back home and sleep!
Even Justin didn't have the right to detain people at will.
If he couldn't find Anti, then the only thing he could do was release them.
In the car back to the hotel, Lawrence complained, "Can Anti be an eel? Why is she so slippery? How did she get out when I was obviously standing guard outside?"
Justin, who was in the back seat, replied, "There are three possible explanations. One, our intel was wrong and Anti is blond. Two, Anti has very good moves and managed to escape, but this is unlikely."
"Yes, we surrounded the area very securely. Unless the hospital has an underground tunnel or she can fly, there's no way she can get out." Then, Lawrence asked, "What's the third possibility?"
Justin kept quiet. Then, he turned and looked outside the car and slowly said, "Nora Smith is Anti."
The corners of Lawrence's lips spasmed a little. "Compared to that, I'd rather believe the second one. We've already thoroughly investigated Miss Smith. Someone who has never even gone to school can't possibly be Anti. Speaking of her, though, it turned out that she was the one that emailed Anti. That was why Anti had come. No wonder she was always so calm whenever her aunt's surgery was mentioned. As it turned out, it was because she had total confidence…"
Justin pressed his lips together tightly and frowned. Then, he suddenly said, "Find someplace where we can buy a Barbie."
In the stairwell on the top floor of Hotel Finest, the two children had sneakily met up.
An aggrieved Cherry whined, "I haven't played any games for two days, Pete! Daddy is too strict. He doesn't let me use the cell phone!"
Pete replied, "Let's switch back for now."
Cherry nodded. "Yes, yes, yes! Let's switch again after I've played my games for a day!"
Cherry sighed. "Daddy really hates Mommy, Pete. What should we do?"
Pete frowned. After pondering for a while, he said, "if the soft approach doesn't work, then let's try the hard approach."
Cherry's eyes lit up. "What kind of hard approach!"
The two little ones put their heads together and discussed for a long time before they finally reluctantly separated.
Before leaving, Cherry blinked and said triumphantly, "By the way, the doctor made me do an IQ test today. My IQ is really high! The doctor rewarded me with a prize, and even Daddy was speechless with astonishment!"
Mommy had also let her do something similar before, and even praised her and called her a genius.
She had made her brother proud today!
Pete, who believed her again, praised her. "You're so awesome."
He returned to the room. He was just about to enter the study and spend some time doing some revision when he heard the door open. Justin strode in.
He took off his coat. Then, he walked over and said, "Don't be mad anymore, Pete. Take a look at the toy that Daddy bought you."
Pete's eyes lit up.
The tyrant was always urging him to study every day and rarely let him play. He had actually bought him toys today?
Then, he saw Justin walk over with a big pink Barbie and place it on his desk.
A question mark slowly appeared in Pete's mind again.
Seeing that his son didn't react, Justin thought he was still mad and asked gently, "Shall Daddy play with you?"
Pete stared at him with an indescribable expression. "…"
Seeing that he was finally reacting, Justin braced himself and suggested, "Let's style Barbie's hair and change her."
He opened the Barbie's box packaging and took out the doll. However, after picking up a lock of hair, his fingers—which were extremely nimble and flexible while playing the piano—froze.
With a constipated look, Justin looked at his son and asked, "Do you know how to tie a braid, Pete?"
Pete was speechless.
After the two stared at each other for a long time, Pete finally slowly uttered, "…This is so stupid."
Justin's face instantly darkened. For some reason, his son's calm and unflappable expression made him unable to control his anger. "I'm doing this all for you!"
Pete lowered his head and flipped open the book, completely ignoring him.
Justin was shocked.
Then, he stared at the question that his son was looking at. The question was beyond Pete's current syllabus, so he asked, "Can you understand such a difficult question when you don't even have a strong understanding of your basics?"
Pete raised his head and glanced at him again. Which part of this simple question was difficult?
The tyrant's behavior was simply a mystery today.
He said coolly, "Don't disturb me when I'm studying."
Justin felt very speechless when he saw how his son was acting as if he totally understood the question when he clearly couldn't solve it, and he said, "Fine, do what you want!"
He would see for himself how long Pete could carry on the pretense for!
After dinner, a perplexed Justin sat in the study.
His son had obviously been behaving very adorably, so why did he suddenly become reserved and taciturn again?
Although he seemed more normal now, for some inexplicable reason, Justin instead missed the way he had wheedled and how animated and quick-witted he had been previously.
He picked up his cell phone and called the family doctor straightaway. He asked, "Why is Pete's personality switching back and forth?"
The doctor thought for a while and replied, "Maybe something had triggered him previously, causing his personality to change."
A trigger… What could have possibly triggered him?
Could it be that woman?
Nora took a bath and fell into a deep sleep immediately after she came back.
With her cell phone in her hand, Cherry sat on the sofa and played games with Chester.
Chester was as talkative as ever while they played. He said, "Did you get into an argument with Justin again? That behavior doesn't work on him. Why don't you wheedle instead? Also, Justin didn't manage to find Dr. Anti today, so he's in a bad mood. Aren't you just asking for it by doing that?"
He was looking for Dr. Anti?
Cherry was stunned. She glanced at the bed in the bedroom and asked, "Chesty, why is Daddy looking for Anti?"
Chester replied, "Isn't it obvious? It's for you—"
Before he finished, the doorbell rang.
Mrs. Lewis was busy in the kitchen, so Cherry jumped off the sofa and walked over to the door. She didn't think much and opened the door right away.
Justin was currently outside the door. He wanted to try asking Nora again to go upstairs to take care of his son.
He got ready to speak when the door opened, only to spot Cherry right away.