For a transient moment, I deluded myself into thinking that the two of us could stay like this forever, and that our family of three could live happily ever after.

The car stopped in front of a cozy-looking restaurant. I got down and went straight into the restaurant to find us a table.

It looked like not many people came here at night, so as soon as I sat down, the waiter handed me a menu. Since Ashton already had his dinner and I was having an upset stomach, I ordered some light bites and a bowl of pumpkin soup.

To my surprise, after Ashton parked his car, he came in with Rebecca and Joe flanking him.

A coincidence? Or did they plan this beforehand?

Seeing that I was already seated, Ashton and the two of them came over to join me. When Rebecca saw me, there was a subtle shift in her expression, but she didn’t make any remarks since this was a table meant for four.

Because I was already seated, Rebecca sat down next to me before Ashton could. She peered at me and asked in a voice as sweet as nectar, “You don’t mind me sitting beside you, right, Scarlett?”

Could I say that I minded it?

Of course not!

Hence, I remained silent.

“What did you order?” Ashton asked as he took the menu from the waiter.

a bowl of soup,” I

a few items from the menu. Just then, Joe pursed his lips and complained, “Don’t order

and gave the menu back to the

of them started to chat. I couldn’t join in their conversation,

Ashton naturally pushed it toward Rebecca and said in a deep voice, “I ordered this for you.

beamed. “Pumpkin soup is my absolute favorite! You really do

was like a knife stabbing straight into my

her was something I could never

used to bring me here, so I know.” Without waiting for me to reply, Rebecca

shook my head and pushed the bowl back with a smile. “I ordered one too. It’ll

chatting with the two men,

noticed that I had also ordered pumpkin soup and smiled innocently at me. “It looks like you like pumpkin soup too, Scarlett. Let me tell you a

could feel her breath on my neck. I didn’t like it

pumpkin soup was spilled all

knee-jerk reaction was to stand up, but I accidentally bumped into Rebecca who was leaning close

of tissue to wipe the soup on my legs. Before coming out, I had only changed into a dress because Ashton was already waiting for me. The dress was thin, so my

wiping most of the soup from my legs, I looked up to see that Ashton was crouched in front of Rebecca as he


glaring at me as he spat, “Are you always

at a loss for

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