John spoke up just then, alleviating the awkwardness.

“Dicky waited for you for over an hour. He usually naps earlier.”

Cordy’s heart skipped a beat, but she pursed her lips and said, “Actually, Mr. Levine, you could’ve just explained that I’m not his mommy.”

John simply watched her with his black eyes quietly then, and the sudden silence left Cordy wondering if she had misspoken.

Still, she did not dwell on it and continued, “The fire was just an accident anyway. You didn’t have to bring me lunch or have those maids take care of me. And how much for the phone? I’ll wire the money to you.”

“I thought you were smart, Ms. Sachs.”

Cordy was at a loss. Was there anything about her that made her look stupid?!

“Dicky needs a mommy,” John continued in his alluring voice, as if it was only natural.

“So?” Cordy raised a brow.

John simply kept his dark eyes fixed on her for a long while.

After the pause, his pitch seemed to deepen. “And he likes you. So you might be able to tell that I’m wooing you, Ms. Sachs.”

Cordy was speechless.

She could never have told. All she felt was that everything he did was imposing!

“You don’t need to respond immediately, Ms. Sachs. After all…”

John then trailed off, as if musing on the right words, “We’re not acquainted yet.”

Obviously, they were just strangers who crossed paths by chance.

Taking a deep breath to calm herself, Cordy said, “Don’t you think you’re being a little childish about a relationship, Mr. Levine?”

John raised a brow—she was already a difficult person, and she appeared even more distant now.

“Wooing me just because your son likes me? Am I just a tool to you? What if your son stops liking me and chooses another woman to be his mommy one day? Are you going to woo her too, Mr. Levine?”

just then, as she noticed that she was getting a little harsh. “I’m sorry, Mr. Levine, but I don’t share

son. He just happens to like you too, just as I do,”

actually thought she misheard.

sudden declaration of love… It must be a joke,

just met hours

my son falling for another woman either, Ms. Sachs,” John said, enunciating every word. “Devotion runs in

was left

man just endorse himself and

offering her… a promise?!

not respond to the feelings of people she just met. “Whatever you’re aiming to do, Mr. Levine, I’m serious when I tell you

at her

don’t disturb me ever again, Mr. Levine. All you have to do is offer me due

your rejection,” John said, cutting

even know my past? I’m not as ideal as you’d like to think.”

do I

told me that before too, and you saw

how would she ever trust

me to

suddenly turned silent.

slightly, his expression so icy it left Cordy’s heart skipping

feel as if she genuinely insulted

laughed without knowing the

because there was still someone in this world

her—a notion shared

and he said, “In the days to come, I will demonstrate the difference between myself and

go all out

reluctant to waste more time on this

no one could change his mind

quickly stopped him when she came to her senses.

stopped, but he did not

find out about my

have to.”

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