Elliot pursed his lips tightly. Avery’s voice made him slowly come to his senses. He let his hand go and Hayden immediately ran upstairs!
Avery did not let go of Elliot’s arm. “Elliot, what were you doing! You said you wouldn’t force the children! What were you doing there then?”
Elliot swallowed his saliva. His voice was hoarse. He enunciated, “I-I only wanted to apologize to him.”
“The way you’re doing it is not right. He is a child, not an adult. You were too forceful.” Avery pulled him along and pressed him down on the sofa. “Elliot, you were badly affected by your family. The trauma is still there now. Why did you think Hayden would reconcile with you so quickly?”
Elliot lifted his head and looked at her closely. “I’m not blaming you.” Avery inhaled rather helplessly. “Don’t be so impulsive in the future. You made Robert cry. Layla was surely frightened too.” “I’m sorry.” Elliot looked in the direction of the children, self-reproaching.
Mrs. Cooper was carrying Robert. Robert was no longer crying. Layla was standing behind her with her homework in her hands. She snuck glances at the living area. She did not dare to head over there.
“Avery, I bought presents for the children. I’ll pass it to you to give it to them.” Elliot had already calmed down. He acknowledged his problem. “I’m afraid they wouldn’t want it if I were to give it to them.”
Avery said, “We’ll talk about this tomorrow! Have you calmed down?”
“Did you drive or did the driver drop you off?” Avery wanted him to leave.
“I drove here.” Elliot understood what she meant. He immediately got up from his sofa. He took two steps before suddenly thinking of a question. He stopped in his tracks. “What were you doing in Bridgedale? You’re back so quickly. It’s like you took two flights consecutively.”
“Just think of it as if I was bored!” Avery was not in the mood to tell him about Adrian. “I’m adjusting to the time difference. I’m a little tired.”
“Hmm, go be with these children.”
“I don’t need you to tell me.”
Avery sent him to the door. After he left, she returned to the living area. Mrs. Cooper carried Robert over with an apologetic expression. “Avery, I’m sorry!” “You don’t have to apologize to me. I knew that he wanted to come over. It’s not that you
invited him,” Avery said and looked at Robert. “Babe, did he scare you? Don’t be afraid. No one will dare to bully you.”
Robert pouted his lips, blowing bubbles.
His comical look made Avery forget all about her exhaustion. She perked herself up and walked over to Layla. She took Layla’s homework and glanced through it.
“Layla, don’t be afraid. Daddy won’t hurt you.” “Mommy, I am a little scared. Although I know that he won’t hurt me, I’m still scared.” Layla looked at Avery worryingly. “Hayden was so angry. I’m feeling bad for him.”
Avery hugged Layla in her arms. “The issue between your Daddy and Hayden is a little complicated. They would not come to terms with each other for the time being but don’t be afraid. Daddy has promised me that this would not happen again.”
“Hmm, Mommy, go and see Hayden,” Layla said understandingly. Avery placed Layla’s homework down. “I’ll look at your homework later.” “Hmm.”
Avery walked upstairs and entered Hayden’s room. She saw Hayden sitting on a chair, frowning, and looking at the computer seriously in a daze. She walked over to Hayden and bent down. “Hayden, I’m sorry that I can’t give you a good environment to grow up in.” “It has nothing to do with you.” Hayden’s voice sounded depressed. “I don’t want to see him.”
“Then, I won’t let him come to our house again in the future,” Avery promised, “But he really wants to attend your’s and Layla’s birthday party. I promised him before that he could attend. Can we let him attend? I’ll look out for him and make sure he won’t come close to you.” Hayden responded and held Avery’s hand. “Mommy, I’m hungry.”