Things would only get more complicated if he were to find out the truth. The situation between the three of us would worsen with the addition of this child.

Hence, I figured that leaving was the best option—a win-win situation for everyone.

I grew frantic upon parking outside the villa. Taking Ashton upstairs was not going to be an easy task.

After contemplating for a moment, I alighted the vehicle, walked toward the passenger seat and opened the car door. “Ashton,” I called out while tugging at his sleeve.

Ashton instantly woke up upon hearing his name. His stomach was probably giving him a hard time from all the whiskey he had drunk.

The man slowly opened his eyes and glanced at me before scanning his surroundings. “You brought me here?”

I nodded, unsure if he was already sober or still drunk. “Come on down. It’s late.”

It was already almost dawn by now. Being pregnant, I simply didn’t have the energy to stay up with him.

Ashton sat up straight, showing no intention of getting down the car. His dark eyes appeared harmless, but I knew he was in a volatile mood.

After giving it some thought, I eventually spoke up. “Do you want me to help you get down?”

“I’m going to bask in the sun for a while,” he answered and sat there motionlessly.

taken aback. Bask

How drunk is he?

Feeling too awful to stay with him outside, I headed

and lay in bed. Then, the silence coming from the living room began to fill me with concern. What if he decided to head outside and

To my surprise, Ashton was already


into a deep slumber and

and headed out the door. By the time I arrived at work, Caleb was already waiting for me at the

smiled apologetically upon seeing me. “Sorry

over, I calmed my breathing and had Stacey pour Caleb a glass of water. Then,

offered, “It’s already noon. I suppose you haven’t had lunch, Ms. Stovall? How about a meal together? My wife’s been wanting to thank you. Do you happen to have

me. Hence, I smiled and turned the man down. “You’re too kind, Dr. Ludwick. I should be the one thanking you both. I’m afraid I have something to take care of today, so let’s meet up another


to Stacey. “Mr. Fuller wants you to see him at his

See him?

furrowed my brows, feeling stunned. “Has our department done anything wrong recently?” Ashton normally


nodded. “Finance has approached Mr. Fuller regarding the issue with Dr. Ludwick. Mr. Fuller seems rather

I answered and headed to

gave off the same cold, stern vibe that he did.

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