Falling in Love With A One-Night Stand by Melina Levine
Chapter 22 Matthew, You Spoke!
After sending Anna and Tammy home, the car was caught in a traffic jam,. Matthew would usually become very frustrated when he was stuck in traffic. But today he quietly drew on his notepad. Wayne was still pondering in disbelief at what happened at the restaurant. He could understand Matthew’s fondness for Anna because Anna saved him. But what about her daughter? Although Tammy was very likable, he had never seen Matthew accepting another child that easily. Wayne snapped back to his senses when Matthew excitedly tugged his sleeve. Wayne looked at what Matthew drew. On the notepad was a drawing of a man and a woman each holding onto a boy and a girl. The sky was blue and the grass was green with a golden sun. It looked picture perfect. Wayne looked at the picture for a while before asking, “Matthew, do you want a mommy?”. Matthew frantically nodded and his face turned red as he struggled to say the word,” Mommy!”. Wayne was shocked with his eyes and mouth wide open. He then smiled radiantly and exclaimed, “Matthew, you spoke!”. He had not heard Matthew speak a word since that high fever three years ago!”. This was the first time in three years he heard Matthew’s lovely voice! Matthew held onto the book tightly and waited for Wayne’s answer. Wayne composed himself and assumed Matthew was envious after seeing Anna and Tammy together, which made him feel guilty. When he decided to have a child to satisfy his grandfather, he was young and did not consider the consequences thoroughly. Now that he loved his son so much, he was determined to give Matthew the good life that he deserved. He understood the importance of a complete family. He patted Matthew’s head and said tenderly, “Daddy will find a mommy for you. Matthew was ov erjoyed. Anna spoke to her fr iend, Peace Brooks, when they went home. Peace was her friend when she was overseas
They were very close and Peace became Tammy‘s godmother. The apartment they stayed in belonged to Peace,. “I made some inquires. I have a distant rel ative working as a teacher at a private kind ergarten. It’s opposite a General Hospital. “Is it difficult to get in?” Anna asked. Peace replied, “Yes, I‘ll send you the registration form and you can have a look. ” “Okay. ” It was late when Peace sent her the form and Anna was shocked at how difficult it was. The registration for the private kindergarten still requi red approval from the local authorities! Could all the ki ds there be related to high–ranking government officials? . Anna was troubled by this and could not sl eep the entire night. The next day, Anna went to work and was struggling to stay awake when someone knocked on the door. It was Gabe. Anna was surprised to see him, “Gabe, what brings you here?” It was rathe r far from the Carousel Group to her hotel. Gabe smiled, “I‘m here for another issue and took the opportunity to speak to you. ” “Please go ahead,” Anna said. “Mr. Wri ght asked when you can submit the plan for the hotel anniversary celebrations,” “Anniversary celebrations?” Anna asked in s urprise, “Am I in charge of this?” “This is the hotel‘s policy. Perhaps you don‘t know because you’re new. ” Gabe explained. “The anniversary celebrations are attended by all the middle and senior management. It is voluntary for the regular staff but mandatory for the management. This is also our tradi tion. Mr. Wright was afraid that you don‘t know about it and sent me here to remind you
Anna was doubtful to be talking about something i n two months when her bet with Wayne had not been determined and she was not confirmed to the job. But she still answered politely, “Okay, I‘ll star t with the planning. ” “Wait a minute, Gabe. ” Anna took out a box of sandwiches and handed it to him. “I made some sandwiches for lunch. Mr. Wright‘s son seemed to like these. Sinc e you‘re here, can you give him these?” . Gabe was stunned and he normally would not do these for colleagues who tried to find favor with Mr. Wright. But he was unsure about Anna. R ecently there had been numerous gossips about her and the boss. He asked, “Th en what about your lunch?” . “I’ve been busy with registering my daugh ter for kindergarten and have to leave du ring lunch. I won’t have the time to eat. Gabe could not re fuse and took the box of sandwiches. Back at the office, Gabe began to report to Wayne on the several hotels that the Carousel Group owned. Wayne asked, “Matthew, what are you eating?”. Gabe was startled and looked a round only to see Matthew hold ing onto the box of sandwiches, . “Ms. Gabriel asked me to bring this for him,” Gabe explained. Wayne looked relieved after he was told that the box was from Anna. On seeing Wayne’s reaction and the typically fussy Matthew, Gabe became even more puzzled regarding the relationship between his boss and Anna