Chapter 407: Working Overtime To Do The DNA Test!
Nora took it from him naturally. Then, she took out a small plastic bag, placed it inside, and put the bag into her pocket.
When taking DNA samples, one must rub the cotton tip in the subject's mouth with a bit of force in order to get the oral mucosa.
Therefore, it would feel a little uncomfortable.
However, the kind Mia endured the discomfort without saying anything and played along with the game.
After the DNA sample was successfully retrieved, Cherry, in an attempt to play along with Pete's game, said, "It's my turn now, Pete!"
He glanced at Cherry disdainfully and said, "Don't you find this very childish? Let's not play this game anymore. Of course, if you really have to, I don't mind playing along."
She shut up and took out her phone. "I still find mobile games more fun, after all."
While the children were talking, Justin, seemed to have realized what Nora was doing. He went to Nora and asked softly, "Are you suspecting that Mia may be Tanya's daughter?"
Nora nodded. "Tanya gave birth to a baby five years ago, but she lost the child."
Something clicked in Justin's head and he asked, "Do you need me to look into it for you?"
Nora thought for a moment. "Alright."
She didn't have enough manpower. Besides, it was not her forte, either. She and Tanya didn't know each other before five years ago. The two had met while looking for their children.
With Justin's help, the investigation might progress faster.
Justin suddenly asked, "Do I get any reward if I help out?"
Nora stared at the man's visage right in front of her. Even after being out for a day, the man still looked clean and refreshed, and didn't look greasy at all. In particular, in the dim lighting in the car, the man's face even seemed like it had a veil of light over it.
Nora suddenly withdrew her gaze, and her throat moved a little.
If she continued looking at him any further, she felt like she might not be able to stop herself from kissing him.
She coughed and replied, "Forget it, then. You don't have to help me."
Joel took Tanya back to the villa in the suburbs.
The villa was a little far, so it was already half-past nine by the time they reached the suburbs.
As soon as the car stopped, Tanya got out of the car. She waved at Joel and said, "Bye!"
"… Aren't you going to invite me in for a glass of water?" asked Joel.
She simply knew Joel too well. Asking for a drink was just an excuse. She picked up a bottle of mineral water and handed it to him instead.
The thick-skinned Joel said, "Oh, my bad. Can I use the bathroom?"
She couldn't refuse anymore!
Surely she couldn't make him hold it in for over an hour, right?
Joel got out of the car casually and followed her into the house. Tanya couldn't help but complain, "You obviously went to the toilet before we left the amusement park!"
Without batting an eyelid, Joel replied, "Yeah. My kidneys aren't so good."
However, Joel didn't go to the bathroom after he entered the villa. Instead, he pulled Tanya to the sofa and sat there. Before Tanya could say anything, he leaned in and pushed her down.
Tanya had already realized what he was intending to do the moment he grabbed her. They could feel each other's breath on their faces at this moment. Tanya was so nervous that her throat went dry. She asked coquettishly, "What are you doing?"
"I've already held myself back for a whole day," replied Joel.
Joel said, "I've been wanting to kiss you since I saw you at nine o'clock this morning."
Tanya's cheeks turned even redder.
However, the next moment, he asked quietly, "Tanya, will you marry me?"
Tanya was about to reply when he went on. "Are you willing to be Mia's mom?"
The bashful look on Tanya's face froze, and her heart suddenly went cold.
Her child was still missing, yet she was enjoying bliss and happiness… She wasn't worthy of having such happiness!
The thought made her suddenly push Joel away. All her shyness from just now disappeared. She looked at him in a panic and said, "I… I need to give it some thought. Why don't you go for now?"
The suggestive atmosphere disappeared instantly.
Joel knew that it was because he had been too impatient. Even if he wanted Tanya to accept Mia, he had to persuade her bit by bit. He shouldn't have mentioned that just now.
After all, asking someone to be their child's stepmother was very impolite behavior.
He lowered his gaze. After spending the day together, he'd thought that Tanya was indeed fond of Mia. That was why he had brought it up.
He nodded, neatened his clothes, and walked out of the house.
As she looked at how lonely he looked from the back, Tanya wanted to explain and tell him that it wasn't because she disliked Mia. She just… felt that she was not worthy of being happy. However, she couldn't bring herself to say it.
Elsewhere, Justin took the rest of them back to the Smiths' manor. Cherry was a little reluctant to part with Nora.
Although Nora was always disciplining her—unlike her father who spoiled her and let her do whatever she wanted—Cherry still missed her Mommy.
Cherry was very sensible. She knew that her brother needed Mommy more because he hadn't recovered from his illness yet! Thus, no matter how much she missed her mother, she had to go with her father.
Cherry hugged Nora's leg and said, "Mommy, I will miss you!"
Sensing how clingy her daughter was being, Nora squatted down and gave her a kiss on her forehead. "You can come whenever you want to see me."
Cherry nodded at once. Only then did she walk over reluctantly to Justin.
Justin reached his arms out toward Nora and suggested, "How about a goodnight hug for the two of us, too?"
Nora rolled her eyes at him. She wanted to refuse, but when she met the man's bottomless and aggrieved eyes, the words at the tip of her tongue did a U-turn. In the end, the resigned woman stepped forward and gave him a hug.
The man put his arms around her shoulders and hugged her a little tighter as if he wanted to embed her into himself.
His low voice rang out beside her ear. "Goodnight."
Nora pushed him away without saying anything.
Justin then took Cherry into the car and left the Smiths'.
After the car left, Nora finally whispered, "Tsk. Goodnight."
She then held Pete's hand in one hand and Mia's in the other and led them into the living room.
Mia's nanny was waiting for her in the living room. When she saw her, she took her hand, took her back to her bedroom, and got ready to clean her up and tuck her in bed.
Nora took Pete upstairs.
As soon as she arrived upstairs, the door to the guest room Lily was staying in opened. Lily was wearing pajamas and looked like she had just finished taking a shower, and was drying her hair with a towel. She said, "You're back, Anti."
Nora paused and looked at her. "Are you done with work?"
Lily had been busy ever since she returned to the States. She hadn't even returned to the manor for quite a few days. She had finally finished her work that day and had just reached home and taken a shower. She was planning to have a good night's sleep later.
Unexpectedly, Nora took out two familiar-looking bags from her pocket the next moment.
The corners of her lips spasmed as she said, "Boss, this is exploitation. You know that, right?"
Nora coughed. Even she herself knew that she was being a little too much, so she offered, "How does a 20% pay increment sound?"
She paid Lily a very high salary. Her annual salary reached as high as several hundred thousands of dollars. A 20% increment would mean at least 150,000 dollars!
Lily immediately beamed at her and took the two bags from her. "No problem! Boss, what are you checking for?"
Nora yawned. "Mother-daughter relationship."
Lily looked at Nora in surprise. "You found yourself another mom, Boss?"
Lily also felt that she must be mistaken. She glanced at Pete and asked, "You have another daughter? You gave birth to triplets back then?"
She coughed and said gently, "Get lost."
"Okie-Dokie! I'll get changed and work overtime right away! I'll let you know the results tomorrow morning."