There were only three of them in the huge room. The atmosphere was strangely quiet.
The waiter left after serving the food.
Elliot was thinking about what to say, and just as he was about to say something, Avery beat him to it. She had spoken because she did not want him to say anything that might upset Hayden.
“Hayden, didn’t you say you were hungry? This restaurant is quite good. Have more food.”
Avery placed a huge pile of food on Hayden’s plate.
Hayden lowered his head and ate. He did not even look at Elliot.
Elliot picked up a ladle and scooped some soup for Avery. “When are you planning to return to Aryadelle?”
Avery did not want to talk to Elliot in front of Hayden because Hayden was extremely sensitive to Elliot. She was worried that the rift between father and son would worsen with a single misspoken sentence.
“Let’s eat!” Avery lowered her gaze and ate small mouthfuls of food.
A moment later, Hayden was full. He placed his utensils down. “Mommy, I’m tired. I’ll go home.”
Avery immediately placed her utensils down. She wanted to go with him.
“Mommy, you’re not finished yet! I’ll get the bodyguard to send me back.” Hayden grabbed his bag and headed out.
After the little third wheel left, Elliot could finally speak.
“Hayden is going back to summer camp tomorrow. When are you planning to return to Aryadelle? We could head back together,” Elliot said.
“I don’t want to return tomorrow.” Avery was politely refusing his offer.
“Then, I won’t go back tomorrow,” Elliot said, changing his mind.
Avery was speechless.
“Don’t worry, I won’t bother you.” Looking at how stunned she looked, he changed the subject. “Soon, our child will be six-months-old. Time passes quickly.”
“Is that so?” Avery thought otherwise. Many things had happened, and when she thought about it, she could not help but feel like she was stuck in some strange nightmare.
“Life passes by quickly too.” Elliot’s gaze was lost in the distance. “Recently, I’ve been thinking about the things I used to do when I was younger. The past few decades have passed by in the blink of an eye. It feels like if I were to blink again, I’ll be old, and my hair will be white.”
“Did you have an unhappy childhood?”
“What makes you say that?” Elliot smiled but his expression remained neutral.
“I guessed.” Avery took a sip of the soup and said peacefully, “You find it hard to trust others, including me.”
“What about you then?” Elliot’s tone was peaceful too. He did not want to provoke her or start a fight. “Shea and I are innocent. Why are you angry? Avery, you don’t trust me, and yet, you expect me to give you my complete trust.”
He won this round.
Avery had indeed gotten angry at him because of Shea.
“All the problems between us, can we lay it out on the table tonight? Let us get it over with once and for all.” He fully intended on resolving all the conflicts that lay between them.
The child was going to be born soon, and they needed to raise this child together.
“We don’t have problems.” Avery set her spoon down. She did not want to discuss such a heavy topic. “I’m a little tired. I didn’t nap this afternoon.”
“I’ll send you back.” Elliot got up from his chair and walked over to her. He helped her up.
“Where are you staying?” asked Avery as she picked up her bag.
Avery caught the light blush that dusted his handsome face. Her heart skipped a beat. “Elliot, don’t tell me that you came here without booking a hotel? Is today your first day here?”
“Hmm, I’ll find a hotel near your place.” Elliot looked like he wanted to reassure her, but at the same time, there appeared to be a part of him that wanted the exact opposite reassurance. “Anyway, I do not have my bodyguard with me along this time. I can stay anywhere. It’ll be easy to find a place.”
“He did not bring his bodyguard!” she thought as she furrowed her brows tightly.