Hugh had his rules, one of which was that phones should be turned off during morning meetings.
Gilbert quickly retrieved his phone and was about to end the call.
Hugh scolded, “Take it!”
Gilbert then coughed. “Dad, it was an unknown number, I…”
Hugh put his teacup aside and ordered, “Take the call and put it on speakers!”
Bryson and Jonas looked pitifully at Gilbert.
Gilbert had no choice but to pick up the call and put it on speakers.
They were taken aback when they heard a small voice.
“Hello… is this uncle? I’m Lilly Hatcher… My mommy is Jean Crawford… Are you my Uncle Gilbert?”
The little girl’s voice was weak and indescribably monotonous, like a small robot, with no discernible emotions in her tone.
The looks of the Crawford family changed drastically!
Clack… Hugh’s pen cap dropped from his hand.
They could not utter a single sound, as if everyone had their throats strangled.
The child’s tender voice sounded again on the other end of the phone.
“Uncle… I’m so cold and hungry… I didn’t push my stepmother, but they don’t believe me… Daddy dragged me to the gate to kneel… but I’m cold… Uncle, will you help me…”
As she spoke, her voice grew weaker and weaker.
The sound of the snowstorm blowing could still be heard from the other end of the call, but her voice had abruptly stopped.
Gilbert finally got back to his senses and grabbed his phone, holding it close to his mouth as he yelled frantically,
“Hey, Li-Lilly? Where are you? Tell me your location now!”
However, there was no response.
Hugh, panicked, stood up, and his previously rigid and stern look had already gone as if he had aged in an instant.
Investigate the number and location
before finishing the call and dropped the phone in the
for his phone and saw Lilly lying there,
“It’d be better if she’s
he found a woman on the street who was poorly dressed and in bad condition. He took her back to his apartment
up, he discovered that
confused. As Stephen was enamored by her
a fool in love, he doted on her, telling her to not force herself to do
that Stephen thought about it, he
like her was taken advantage of
Lilly have any
suspicious, Stephen never wanted to do a paternity test because if it turned out that he was not the father, he would be the most foolish
me, Stephen! I’m wondering if
acquainted with the Crawford family? Oh, my company’s just
was intense, and Lilly was still lying on the
conscious but could no longer force her
if her father abused her, she never shed a single
she wanted to
uncle, there was
me too? Then
die and mommy
from the cold, were pressed together as she
won’t cry… Lilly’s a good
heard a loud
black down coat got out of the first car and opened the
snowstorm, the snow had already covered
anxiously looked around. On the phone, Lilly
he noticed a small
shoved the snow away, causing his hands to redden from the cold. Finally, he
this was their Lilly – her face was a splitting image of their sister when she was
most beloved and cherished sister’s child –
and the person had even taken off their coat to wrap
feeling an instant of warmth, she still felt bone-chillingly cold, causing her to shiver