Falling in Love With A One-Night Stand by Melina Levine
21 Let Tammy Play At My Place. They concluded that Matthew had autism. “I‘m sorry, I didn‘t mean to intrude. ” Anna apologized, “I‘ll pay for this meal as an apology. Wayne came to his senses and could see that she was genuinely sorry. He also realized that his reaction was too strong considering that she had saved Matthew. He softened his tone and said, “Matthew can speak. He just chose not to. Anna nodded and did not ask any further. At the play area, Matthew sat among the sea of colorful balls and looked worried when he could not find Tammy. Suddenly Tammy jumped up from under the balls and laughed, “I’m here!” Matthew was startled as if this was the first time he had played with another kid. Tammy was stunned, “What‘s wrong, buddy?” Matthew shook his head, grabbed her hand, and pointed to the table. Tammy nodded, “Are you hungry? Let‘s go!” Matthew insisted on sitting with Anna at the table regardless of what Wayne said. “Let him sit with my mommy since he likes my mommy so much. I‘ll be fine here. ” Tammy said. Wayne then said, “His name is Matthew. ” “Hi, Matthew. ” Tammy nodded and asked again, “How old is Matthew?” “Five years old, his birthday is on August 14th,” Wayne said. Anna was stunned, the same day as Tammy? What a coincidence! “What about you?” Wayne asked. Tammy looked at Anna as she could not remember when her birthday was. Somehow Anna said that she was a month younger than Matthew, “Tammy was born on September 14th
Tammy and Matthew seemed to like the same type of food. They both like sweets. Tammy spoke as she ate while Matthew kept quiet. But they were both happy to see the desserts. After lunch, both of them went to the play area again. Anna noticed that it was getting late and said, “Tammy, for the last time, we need to go home now. Tammy emerged from the sea of balls and said, “No, I want to play with Matthew. ” “Tammy Gabriel,” Anna called her full name sternly whenever she was naughty. Usually, Tammy would relent but this time Tammy ignored her and continued to play with Matthew . Anna stepped into the play area and carried her out, “Look at the time, it‘s time to go home. Tammy managed to grab Wayne‘s jacket and begged, “Sir, save me!”. Wayne had set aside his entire day to accompany his son and did not mind how long he played. He swiftly carried Tammy in his arms and said, “It‘s all right for them to play a while longer. Tammy clung to his neck and made faces at Anna, “Mommy, you don‘t have anything to do at home an yway. Why don‘t you chat with this handsome man?” . Anna almost had a stroke when she heard that. “What nonsense are you saying? Tam my, come down and apologize to Mr. Wright or I‘m going to s***k you…” . Tammy clung to Wayne like a chimp. Anna fe lt that it was inappropriate for her to s** ** Tammy when she was in Mr. Wright‘s arms. “Mr
Wright, please for give her, I‘ll discipli ne her when we go home. “It‘s okay. ” Wayne smiled, “Tammy‘s really adorable and very active. It‘s a rare opportunity for them to play together. Tammy was very intelligent and seized the opportunity, “Then can mommy bring me to play at Matthew’s house?”. Anna’s face turned blue and yelled, “T ammy!” How could she be so bold as to invite herself to someone else’s house? . “I‘ll go home with you if you promise. ” Anna was about to fo rcefully grab Tammy and leave. Matthew quickly took a notebook from his bag and scribbled for Wayne, “Let Tammy come home to play. Wayne was stunned by Matthew’s request as he rarely requested to play with other kids. He then remembe red the doctor’s advice to let Matthew interact with more people, especially kids of his age. He then s aid, ‘How about Saturday? I’ll have someone to pick you up and you can play with Matthew at our house. “What?” Anna was stunned. Tammy quickly got down from Wayne’s ar ms and gave Matthew a high five, “Yay y ay! Matthew, I can play at your house. Anna could not refuse and acce pted the arrangements. They th en left the restaurant together . Wayne’s driver arrived with the car a s soon as they stepped out of the mall . “I‘ll send you back. ” Wayne offered. Before Anna could respond, Tammy already jumped into the car and waved for Anna to get in, “Get in, Mommy, this car is so comfortable!”. Anna narrowed her eyes and glared at Tammy . She was sure that Wayne would think that she failed as a mother to discipline Tammy!