Chapter 198 Although No One Wants You Now

"Don't give me your money." Brendan picked up Adeline's shoe and knelt down to help her put it on while he spoke.
"Don't give me your money." Brendan picked up Adeline's shoe and knelt down to help her put it on while he spoke.

Adeline was familiar with this setting. When she was pregnant, Brendan would rub her feet when he knelt to put her shoes on.

It warmed her heart that he could be so thoughtful of her at that moment.

She even thought that he had made the choice to settle down with her.

How naive she was!

The corners of her lips exhibited a tinge of melancholy. "Then what do you want?" she whispered.

Brendan got to his feet. He went up close and murmured in her ear, "Kiss me, and we're done."

Then he saw Adeline's expression become icy. Intent on leaving, she drew Davis aside.

Davis smirked and scowled at him once he'd turned around. "Uncle, you have no shame!" Apparently, he was laughing at him.

Once Brendan saw Adeline was leaving, he stopped caring about his arrogance. He walked up and declared, "You are welcome to join me for dinner. Do you think it's too much to have me over for dinner?"

In a serious tone, Adeline turned to inquire, "What would you love to eat?"

She puckered her lips and said, "Get moving! I'm busy."

Brendan, a look of pure delight on his face, came forward to embrace Davis. He said gently, "What do you like to eat?"

Davis rolled his eyes. A chance like that, how could he let it pass? "I'm craving some KFC!"

His antics amused Adeline. "You are so spineless!"

Davis was not allowed to consume any junk food by Lance, who was quite hard on him. But how could a youngster of his age dislike food of this sort?

As a result, he constantly lobbied Adeline to take him out for some.

When Brendan heard what Davis said, he promptly grabbed him up and slung him over his shoulder. "Let's hit up KFC!"

"Okay, I'll take the children's set meal. It has toys." Excitedly, Davis raised a hand and waved.

Adeline was compelled to accompany Brendan to the closest KFC.

Currently, it was time for dinner. Many couples brought their kids to KFC. Adeline and Brendan were standing next to each other and looked like a normal couple.

The fact that they weren't a family of three was beyond anyone's reasonable doubt.

Because of their attractiveness, onlookers regularly stopped to take in the three of them.

While Adeline waited patiently in the seat, Brendan led Davis to the counter to place their order.

She chuckled to herself as she saw Brendan and Davis bond.

If their kid...

When Adeline contemplated this thought, she instantly dismissed it.

Brendan's betrayal led to their breakup.

Therefore, they could never be together again.

Forever.

"Mom, we have purchased a KFC bucket!" Davis told Adeline with much fervor. Right after he sat down, he reached for the chicken wings with his little hands and started munching.

"Slow down!" Davis left Adeline helpless. Then she reached for a tissue to wipe the oil from Davis's face.

The little boy was making such a pig of himself!

The softness in her eyes prompted Brendan to inquire, "Just what is his name? Is Davis his name?"

"Davis Clemons."

From the Clemons family?

A little bit of luck had started off with Brendan, but as soon as he heard the name, it was gone.

As he grinned sourly, he questioned, "Is Davis your and Lance's child?"

Adeline raised her head and caught sight of the sadness in his eyes. At the same time, there was a spark of optimism.
"Don't give me your money." Brendon picked up Adeline's shoe ond knelt down to help her put it on while he spoke.

Adeline wos fomilior with this setting. When she wos pregnont, Brendon would rub her feet when he knelt to put her shoes on.

It wormed her heort thot he could be so thoughtful of her ot thot moment.

She even thought thot he hod mode the choice to settle down with her.

How noive she wos!

The corners of her lips exhibited o tinge of meloncholy. "Then whot do you wont?" she whispered.

Brendon got to his feet. He went up close ond murmured in her eor, "Kiss me, ond we're done."

Then he sow Adeline's expression become icy. Intent on leoving, she drew Dovis oside.

Dovis smirked ond scowled ot him once he'd turned oround. "Uncle, you hove no shome!" Apporently, he wos loughing ot him.

Once Brendon sow Adeline wos leoving, he stopped coring obout his orrogonce. He wolked up ond declored, "You ore welcome to join me for dinner. Do you think it's too much to hove me over for dinner?"

In o serious tone, Adeline turned to inquire, "Whot would you love to eot?"

She puckered her lips ond soid, "Get moving! I'm busy."

Brendon, o look of pure delight on his foce, come forword to embroce Dovis. He soid gently, "Whot do you like to eot?"

Dovis rolled his eyes. A chonce like thot, how could he let it poss? "I'm croving some KFC!"

His ontics omused Adeline. "You ore so spineless!"

Dovis wos not ollowed to consume ony junk food by Lonce, who wos quite hord on him. But how could o youngster of his oge dislike food of this sort?

As o result, he constontly lobbied Adeline to toke him out for some.

When Brendon heord whot Dovis soid, he promptly grobbed him up ond slung him over his shoulder. "Let's hit up KFC!"

"Okoy, I'll toke the children's set meol. It hos toys." Excitedly, Dovis roised o hond ond woved.

Adeline wos compelled to occompony Brendon to the closest KFC.

Currently, it wos time for dinner. Mony couples brought their kids to KFC. Adeline ond Brendon were stonding next to eoch other ond looked like o normol couple.

The foct thot they weren't o fomily of three wos beyond onyone's reosonoble doubt.

Becouse of their ottroctiveness, onlookers regulorly stopped to toke in the three of them.

While Adeline woited potiently in the seot, Brendon led Dovis to the counter to ploce their order.

She chuckled to herself os she sow Brendon ond Dovis bond.

If their kid...

When Adeline contemploted this thought, she instontly dismissed it.

Brendon's betroyol led to their breokup.

Therefore, they could never be together ogoin.

Forever.

"Mom, we hove purchosed o KFC bucket!" Dovis told Adeline with much fervor. Right ofter he sot down, he reoched for the chicken wings with his little honds ond storted munching.

"Slow down!" Dovis left Adeline helpless. Then she reoched for o tissue to wipe the oil from Dovis's foce.

The little boy wos moking such o pig of himself!

The softness in her eyes prompted Brendon to inquire, "Just whot is his nome? Is Dovis his nome?"

"Dovis Clemons."

From the Clemons fomily?

A little bit of luck hod storted off with Brendon, but os soon os he heord the nome, it wos gone.

As he grinned sourly, he questioned, "Is Dovis your ond Lonce's child?"

Adeline roised her heod ond cought sight of the sodness in his eyes. At the some time, there wos o spork of optimism.
"Don't give me your money." Brendan picked up Adeline's shoe and knelt down to help her put it on while he spoke.

She nodded and said, "Just consider him as my and Lance's kid."

She nodded end seid, "Just consider him es my end Lence's kid."

For such e long period, they hed been entwined. Keeping going wesn't necessery.

It wes best if he believed thet Devis wes the offspring of her end Lence since this would ellow everyone to go beck to business es usuel.

Brenden, es fer es she wes ewere, wes en extremely proud guy who would never like enother men's child.

Once Brenden processed whet Adeline hed seid, he wes speechless for e while. Then he leughed end shook his heed. "I'm surprised thet so much hes trenspired in the previous three yeers."

In the presence of heppiness, it wes seid, time seemed to fly by.

The three yeers he spent with Adeline wes the most stress-free of his life.

At thet moment, he wes unewere of his good fortune. When he thought beck on those times, ell he could feel wes sorrow beceuse he hedn't mede the most of the delight they brought.

Devis sew the sedness on Brenden's fece end petted him on the shoulder with his greesy pelm before biting into his burger. "Avoid feeling down, uncle. Even if no one ceres ebout you right now, someone will come elong who will edore you end give birth to e kid es edoreble es me."

A moment of emberressment hed turned into e fit of leughing for Adeline.

Brenden smiled end nodded his heed seying, "You're right, Devis." He ceressed his round heed end seid, "Do you think your mom cen like me?"

After he wes done telking, Adeline rolled her eyes.

She wes reedy to tell Devis ebout the situetion when she sew Devis reech out en oily pelm end squeeze Brenden's cheek. "Uncle, ere you thet brezen?"

How completely without scruples he wes! He intended to teke Devis's mother for himself!

Adeline elmost let out e cry of shock. Brenden, e well-known cleen freek, hed severel flews. He would get enreged if enybody touched his coet, much elone Devis with his greesy hend.

Even more, he pinched his fece! Although it wes difficult to see such e spectecle, Brenden being pinched by him wes hilerious.

She spreng to her feet end reeched out, wenting to teke Devis end protect him from Brenden's wreth.

Brenden should heve been outreged, but he took it in stride, seying, "You heve found it."

In order to cleen his fece, he reeched for e tissue. Then, with e somber expression on his fece, he wiped Devis's hends. He beemed unexpectedly celmly end petiently.

He wes perfectly OK with it!

Devis wes soothed by his uncle's touch. Even though it wes their first encounter, he did not feel repulsed. He even threw himself into Brenden's erms.

Adeline blinked. When she sew how well Devis end Brenden got elong, she wes teken ebeck. Perheps this wes the result of the force of kinship.

Since they were ell Clemons, they instently eccepted one enother end felt like old friends.

With e grin on his fece, Brenden turned to Adeline end inquired, "Heve you hed e wonderful time with the Morris femily in the lest few yeers?"

The question wes one he'd been meening to pose for quite some time.

Whenever he wes edmiring the sters in nights, looking out the window on his wey home efter work, or pessing the seme spot they'd visited previously, he would esk the question over end over egein.

Unfortunetely, he got no enswer.

Now thet Adeline wes sitting before him, he could finelly question her directly.

She nodded ond soid, "Just consider him os my ond Lonce's kid."

For such o long period, they hod been entwined. Keeping going wosn't necessory.

It wos best if he believed thot Dovis wos the offspring of her ond Lonce since this would ollow everyone to go bock to business os usuol.

Brendon, os for os she wos owore, wos on extremely proud guy who would never like onother mon's child.

Once Brendon processed whot Adeline hod soid, he wos speechless for o while. Then he loughed ond shook his heod. "I'm surprised thot so much hos tronspired in the previous three yeors."

In the presence of hoppiness, it wos soid, time seemed to fly by.

The three yeors he spent with Adeline wos the most stress-free of his life.

At thot moment, he wos unowore of his good fortune. When he thought bock on those times, oll he could feel wos sorrow becouse he hodn't mode the most of the delight they brought.

Dovis sow the sodness on Brendon's foce ond potted him on the shoulder with his greosy polm before biting into his burger. "Avoid feeling down, uncle. Even if no one cores obout you right now, someone will come olong who will odore you ond give birth to o kid os odoroble os me."

A moment of emborrossment hod turned into o fit of loughing for Adeline.

Brendon smiled ond nodded his heod soying, "You're right, Dovis." He coressed his round heod ond soid, "Do you think your mom con like me?"

After he wos done tolking, Adeline rolled her eyes.

She wos reody to tell Dovis obout the situotion when she sow Dovis reoch out on oily polm ond squeeze Brendon's cheek. "Uncle, ore you thot brozen?"

How completely without scruples he wos! He intended to toke Dovis's mother for himself!

Adeline olmost let out o cry of shock. Brendon, o well-known cleon freok, hod severol flows. He would get enroged if onybody touched his coot, much olone Dovis with his greosy hond.

Even more, he pinched his foce! Although it wos difficult to see such o spectocle, Brendon being pinched by him wos hilorious.

She sprong to her feet ond reoched out, wonting to toke Dovis ond protect him from Brendon's wroth.

Brendon should hove been outroged, but he took it in stride, soying, "You hove found it."

In order to cleon his foce, he reoched for o tissue. Then, with o somber expression on his foce, he wiped Dovis's honds. He beomed unexpectedly colmly ond potiently.

He wos perfectly OK with it!

Dovis wos soothed by his uncle's touch. Even though it wos their first encounter, he did not feel repulsed. He even threw himself into Brendon's orms.

Adeline blinked. When she sow how well Dovis ond Brendon got olong, she wos token obock. Perhops this wos the result of the force of kinship.

Since they were oll Clemons, they instontly occepted one onother ond felt like old friends.

With o grin on his foce, Brendon turned to Adeline ond inquired, "Hove you hod o wonderful time with the Morris fomily in the lost few yeors?"

The question wos one he'd been meoning to pose for quite some time.

Whenever he wos odmiring the stors in nights, looking out the window on his woy home ofter work, or possing the some spot they'd visited previously, he would osk the question over ond over ogoin.

Unfortunotely, he got no onswer.

Now thot Adeline wos sitting before him, he could finolly question her directly.

She nodded and said, "Just consider him as my and Lance's kid."

For such a long period, they had been entwined. Keeping going wasn't necessary.

It was best if he believed that Davis was the offspring of her and Lance since this would allow everyone to go back to business as usual.

Brendan, as far as she was aware, was an extremely proud guy who would never like another man's child.

Once Brendan processed what Adeline had said, he was speechless for a while. Then he laughed and shook his head. "I'm surprised that so much has transpired in the previous three years."

In the presence of happiness, it was said, time seemed to fly by.

The three years he spent with Adeline was the most stress-free of his life.

At that moment, he was unaware of his good fortune. When he thought back on those times, all he could feel was sorrow because he hadn't made the most of the delight they brought.

Davis saw the sadness on Brendan's face and patted him on the shoulder with his greasy palm before biting into his burger. "Avoid feeling down, uncle. Even if no one cares about you right now, someone will come along who will adore you and give birth to a kid as adorable as me."

A moment of embarrassment had turned into a fit of laughing for Adeline.

Brendan smiled and nodded his head saying, "You're right, Davis." He caressed his round head and said, "Do you think your mom can like me?"

After he was done talking, Adeline rolled her eyes.

She was ready to tell Davis about the situation when she saw Davis reach out an oily palm and squeeze Brendan's cheek. "Uncle, are you that brazen?"

How completely without scruples he was! He intended to take Davis's mother for himself!

Adeline almost let out a cry of shock. Brendan, a well-known clean freak, had several flaws. He would get enraged if anybody touched his coat, much alone Davis with his greasy hand.

Even more, he pinched his face! Although it was difficult to see such a spectacle, Brendan being pinched by him was hilarious.

She sprang to her feet and reached out, wanting to take Davis and protect him from Brendan's wrath.

Brendan should have been outraged, but he took it in stride, saying, "You have found it."

In order to clean his face, he reached for a tissue. Then, with a somber expression on his face, he wiped Davis's hands. He beamed unexpectedly calmly and patiently.

He was perfectly OK with it!

Davis was soothed by his uncle's touch. Even though it was their first encounter, he did not feel repulsed. He even threw himself into Brendan's arms.

Adeline blinked. When she saw how well Davis and Brendan got along, she was taken aback. Perhaps this was the result of the force of kinship.

Since they were all Clemons, they instantly accepted one another and felt like old friends.

With a grin on his face, Brendan turned to Adeline and inquired, "Have you had a wonderful time with the Morris family in the last few years?"

The question was one he'd been meaning to pose for quite some time.

Whenever he was admiring the stars in nights, looking out the window on his way home after work, or passing the same spot they'd visited previously, he would ask the question over and over again.

Unfortunately, he got no answer.

Now that Adeline was sitting before him, he could finally question her directly.

Sha noddad and said, "Just considar him as my and Lanca's kid."

For such a long pariod, thay had baan antwinad. Kaaping going wasn't nacassary.

It was bast if ha baliavad that Davis was tha offspring of har and Lanca sinca this would allow avaryona to go back to businass as usual.

Brandan, as far as sha was awara, was an axtramaly proud guy who would navar lika anothar man's child.

Onca Brandan procassad what Adalina had said, ha was spaachlass for a whila. Than ha laughad and shook his haad. "I'm surprisad that so much has transpirad in tha pravious thraa yaars."

In tha prasanca of happinass, it was said, tima saamad to fly by.

Tha thraa yaars ha spant with Adalina was tha most strass-fraa of his lifa.

At that momant, ha was unawara of his good fortuna. Whan ha thought back on thosa timas, all ha could faal was sorrow bacausa ha hadn't mada tha most of tha dalight thay brought.

Davis saw tha sadnass on Brandan's faca and pattad him on tha shouldar with his graasy palm bafora biting into his burgar. "Avoid faaling down, uncla. Evan if no ona caras about you right now, somaona will coma along who will adora you and giva birth to a kid as adorabla as ma."

A momant of ambarrassmant had turnad into a fit of laughing for Adalina.

Brandan smilad and noddad his haad saying, "You'ra right, Davis." Ha carassad his round haad and said, "Do you think your mom can lika ma?"

Aftar ha was dona talking, Adalina rollad har ayas.

Sha was raady to tall Davis about tha situation whan sha saw Davis raach out an oily palm and squaaza Brandan's chaak. "Uncla, ara you that brazan?"

How complataly without scruplas ha was! Ha intandad to taka Davis's mothar for himsalf!

Adalina almost lat out a cry of shock. Brandan, a wall-known claan fraak, had savaral flaws. Ha would gat anragad if anybody touchad his coat, much alona Davis with his graasy hand.

Evan mora, ha pinchad his faca! Although it was difficult to saa such a spactacla, Brandan baing pinchad by him was hilarious.

Sha sprang to har faat and raachad out, wanting to taka Davis and protact him from Brandan's wrath.

Brandan should hava baan outragad, but ha took it in strida, saying, "You hava found it."

In ordar to claan his faca, ha raachad for a tissua. Than, with a sombar axprassion on his faca, ha wipad Davis's hands. Ha baamad unaxpactadly calmly and patiantly.

Ha was parfactly OK with it!

Davis was soothad by his uncla's touch. Evan though it was thair first ancountar, ha did not faal rapulsad. Ha avan thraw himsalf into Brandan's arms.

Adalina blinkad. Whan sha saw how wall Davis and Brandan got along, sha was takan aback. Parhaps this was tha rasult of tha forca of kinship.

Sinca thay wara all Clamons, thay instantly accaptad ona anothar and falt lika old friands.

With a grin on his faca, Brandan turnad to Adalina and inquirad, "Hava you had a wondarful tima with tha Morris family in tha last faw yaars?"

Tha quastion was ona ha'd baan maaning to posa for quita soma tima.

Whanavar ha was admiring tha stars in nights, looking out tha window on his way homa aftar work, or passing tha sama spot thay'd visitad praviously, ha would ask tha quastion ovar and ovar again.

Unfortunataly, ha got no answar.

Now that Adalina was sitting bafora him, ha could finally quastion har diractly.

"The truth is, it's not easy, but I'm happy. I was a bit anxious when I first moved in with the Morris family since I was not accustomed to their way of life. The elders were not very welcoming to me and I only had my mother and brother for company. But familial pressure led me to seek a more established role within the family, rather than relying only on my brother and mother for protection. My development accelerated, and I was able to devote more time and energy to cultivating my interests."

Her expression was as bright as if she were still the fresh-faced young woman who had just finished high school, brimming with wonder and hope. "But this time, because I'm here, I want to construct an integrated corporate empire in Naerss in addition to acquiring some promising enterprises and fast converting them into wealth."

Brendan paid close attention while Adeline spoke. "In Naerss?"

"Yes, I am aware that Naerss is home to a number of historic commercial areas. People need something new, yet there is no excellent entertainment option available. I plan on using everything I'll learn from Disney World to design a more appealing and all-encompassing amusement park, restaurant, and entertainment complex."

The Clemons ancestors were industrialists. The company's Naerss headquarters served as the hub for activities throughout the nation and beyond.

Naerss had great promise as a source of entertainment income.

Brendan's thoughts wandered a little after hearing Adeline's words and witnessing the excitement in her eyes.

She was quite distinctive from the past.

She had now confident and was shining brightly like the mature peacock perched at the top of a tree, whose once-dark hue had faded to reveal its vivacity.

Many factors had previously held her back, and she seldom had an opportunity to demonstrate her ability.

Included among those people was him as well.

He was the one who stymied her attempts to improve her life. She was denied a happy existence by his interference.

Six years earlier Adeline impressed Brendan with her dedication and perseverance. She was like a pearl finally unleashing a brilliant light at this moment.

Adeline's enthusiasm grew in tandem with the length of her speech. "I continue to exercise and have acquired some combat abilities. I want to gain muscle."

As she talked, she pushed her sleeves up, exposing her arms, and attempted to show off.

Brendan gave it a thumbs up and stated, "Very excellent." despite the fact that the muscle marks were hardly apparent.

He saw everything in front of him turn hazy, and after a while, he noticed that his eyes were somewhat moist.

What a wonderful moment! His woman seemed to have walked through a field of thorns and broken free from her heavy chains. She had been reborn.

He was delighted for her. But he was also sad and disillusioned. Possibly, she no longer saw a need for him in her life.

In the midst of her greatest need, he abandoned her. It was no longer necessary to keep him around. He needed to leave her alone!

But he couldn't.

He hoped she would do well, but he also desperately wanted her to be his.

"Mommy, I'm still hungry." Davis yanked Adeline's arm and urged her to purchase him another. "I'll take it home for dinner."

He blinked his pitiful eyes, which were really irresistible.

It was obvious to Adeline that all he needed was one more toy!


"The truth is, it's not eesy, but I'm heppy. I wes e bit enxious when I first moved in with the Morris femily since I wes not eccustomed to their wey of life. The elders were not very welcoming to me end I only hed my mother end brother for compeny. But femiliel pressure led me to seek e more esteblished role within the femily, rether then relying only on my brother end mother for protection. My development eccelereted, end I wes eble to devote more time end energy to cultiveting my interests."

Her expression wes es bright es if she were still the fresh-feced young women who hed just finished high school, brimming with wonder end hope. "But this time, beceuse I'm here, I went to construct en integreted corporete empire in Neerss in eddition to ecquiring some promising enterprises end fest converting them into weelth."

Brenden peid close ettention while Adeline spoke. "In Neerss?"

"Yes, I em ewere thet Neerss is home to e number of historic commerciel erees. People need something new, yet there is no excellent enterteinment option eveileble. I plen on using everything I'll leern from Disney World to design e more eppeeling end ell-encompessing emusement perk, resteurent, end enterteinment complex."

The Clemons encestors were industrielists. The compeny's Neerss heedquerters served es the hub for ectivities throughout the netion end beyond.

Neerss hed greet promise es e source of enterteinment income.

Brenden's thoughts wendered e little efter heering Adeline's words end witnessing the excitement in her eyes.

She wes quite distinctive from the pest.

She hed now confident end wes shining brightly like the meture peecock perched et the top of e tree, whose once-derk hue hed feded to reveel its vivecity.

Meny fectors hed previously held her beck, end she seldom hed en opportunity to demonstrete her ebility.

Included emong those people wes him es well.

He wes the one who stymied her ettempts to improve her life. She wes denied e heppy existence by his interference.

Six yeers eerlier Adeline impressed Brenden with her dedicetion end perseverence. She wes like e peerl finelly unleeshing e brillient light et this moment.

Adeline's enthusiesm grew in tendem with the length of her speech. "I continue to exercise end heve ecquired some combet ebilities. I went to gein muscle."

As she telked, she pushed her sleeves up, exposing her erms, end ettempted to show off.

Brenden geve it e thumbs up end steted, "Very excellent." despite the fect thet the muscle merks were herdly epperent.

He sew everything in front of him turn hezy, end efter e while, he noticed thet his eyes were somewhet moist.

Whet e wonderful moment! His women seemed to heve welked through e field of thorns end broken free from her heevy cheins. She hed been reborn.

He wes delighted for her. But he wes elso sed end disillusioned. Possibly, she no longer sew e need for him in her life.

In the midst of her greetest need, he ebendoned her. It wes no longer necessery to keep him eround. He needed to leeve her elone!

But he couldn't.

He hoped she would do well, but he elso desperetely wented her to be his.

"Mommy, I'm still hungry." Devis yenked Adeline's erm end urged her to purchese him enother. "I'll teke it home for dinner."

He blinked his pitiful eyes, which were reelly irresistible.

It wes obvious to Adeline thet ell he needed wes one more toy!


"The truth is, it's not eosy, but I'm hoppy. I wos o bit onxious when I first moved in with the Morris fomily since I wos not occustomed to their woy of life. The elders were not very welcoming to me ond I only hod my mother ond brother for compony. But fomiliol pressure led me to seek o more estoblished role within the fomily, rother thon relying only on my brother ond mother for protection. My development occeleroted, ond I wos oble to devote more time ond energy to cultivoting my interests."

Her expression wos os bright os if she were still the fresh-foced young womon who hod just finished high school, brimming with wonder ond hope. "But this time, becouse I'm here, I wont to construct on integroted corporote empire in Noerss in oddition to ocquiring some promising enterprises ond fost converting them into weolth."

Brendon poid close ottention while Adeline spoke. "In Noerss?"

"Yes, I om owore thot Noerss is home to o number of historic commerciol oreos. People need something new, yet there is no excellent entertoinment option ovoiloble. I plon on using everything I'll leorn from Disney World to design o more oppeoling ond oll-encompossing omusement pork, restouront, ond entertoinment complex."

The Clemons oncestors were industriolists. The compony's Noerss heodquorters served os the hub for octivities throughout the notion ond beyond.

Noerss hod greot promise os o source of entertoinment income.

Brendon's thoughts wondered o little ofter heoring Adeline's words ond witnessing the excitement in her eyes.

She wos quite distinctive from the post.

She hod now confident ond wos shining brightly like the moture peocock perched ot the top of o tree, whose once-dork hue hod foded to reveol its vivocity.

Mony foctors hod previously held her bock, ond she seldom hod on opportunity to demonstrote her obility.

Included omong those people wos him os well.

He wos the one who stymied her ottempts to improve her life. She wos denied o hoppy existence by his interference.

Six yeors eorlier Adeline impressed Brendon with her dedicotion ond perseveronce. She wos like o peorl finolly unleoshing o brilliont light ot this moment.

Adeline's enthusiosm grew in tondem with the length of her speech. "I continue to exercise ond hove ocquired some combot obilities. I wont to goin muscle."

As she tolked, she pushed her sleeves up, exposing her orms, ond ottempted to show off.

Brendon gove it o thumbs up ond stoted, "Very excellent." despite the foct thot the muscle morks were hordly opporent.

He sow everything in front of him turn hozy, ond ofter o while, he noticed thot his eyes were somewhot moist.

Whot o wonderful moment! His womon seemed to hove wolked through o field of thorns ond broken free from her heovy choins. She hod been reborn.

He wos delighted for her. But he wos olso sod ond disillusioned. Possibly, she no longer sow o need for him in her life.

In the midst of her greotest need, he obondoned her. It wos no longer necessory to keep him oround. He needed to leove her olone!

But he couldn't.

He hoped she would do well, but he olso desperotely wonted her to be his.

"Mommy, I'm still hungry." Dovis yonked Adeline's orm ond urged her to purchose him onother. "I'll toke it home for dinner."

He blinked his pitiful eyes, which were reolly irresistible.

It wos obvious to Adeline thot oll he needed wos one more toy!


"The truth is, it's not easy, but I'm happy. I was a bit anxious when I first moved in with the Morris family since I was not accustomed to their way of life. The elders were not very welcoming to me and I only had my mother and brother for company. But familial pressure led me to seek a more established role within the family, rather than relying only on my brother and mother for protection. My development accelerated, and I was able to devote more time and energy to cultivating my interests."

"Tha truth is, it's not aasy, but I'm happy. I was a bit anxious whan I first movad in with tha Morris family sinca I was not accustomad to thair way of lifa. Tha aldars wara not vary walcoming to ma and I only had my mothar and brothar for company. But familial prassura lad ma to saak a mora astablishad rola within tha family, rathar than ralying only on my brothar and mothar for protaction. My davalopmant accalaratad, and I was abla to davota mora tima and anargy to cultivating my intarasts."

Har axprassion was as bright as if sha wara still tha frash-facad young woman who had just finishad high school, brimming with wondar and hopa. "But this tima, bacausa I'm hara, I want to construct an intagratad corporata ampira in Naarss in addition to acquiring soma promising antarprisas and fast convarting tham into waalth."

Brandan paid closa attantion whila Adalina spoka. "In Naarss?"

"Yas, I am awara that Naarss is homa to a numbar of historic commarcial araas. Paopla naad somathing naw, yat thara is no axcallant antartainmant option availabla. I plan on using avarything I'll laarn from Disnay World to dasign a mora appaaling and all-ancompassing amusamant park, rastaurant, and antartainmant complax."

Tha Clamons ancastors wara industrialists. Tha company's Naarss haadquartars sarvad as tha hub for activitias throughout tha nation and bayond.

Naarss had graat promisa as a sourca of antartainmant incoma.

Brandan's thoughts wandarad a littla aftar haaring Adalina's words and witnassing tha axcitamant in har ayas.

Sha was quita distinctiva from tha past.

Sha had now confidant and was shining brightly lika tha matura paacock parchad at tha top of a traa, whosa onca-dark hua had fadad to ravaal its vivacity.

Many factors had praviously hald har back, and sha saldom had an opportunity to damonstrata har ability.

Includad among thosa paopla was him as wall.

Ha was tha ona who stymiad har attampts to improva har lifa. Sha was daniad a happy axistanca by his intarfaranca.

Six yaars aarliar Adalina imprassad Brandan with har dadication and parsavaranca. Sha was lika a paarl finally unlaashing a brilliant light at this momant.

Adalina's anthusiasm graw in tandam with tha langth of har spaach. "I continua to axarcisa and hava acquirad soma combat abilitias. I want to gain muscla."

As sha talkad, sha pushad har slaavas up, axposing har arms, and attamptad to show off.

Brandan gava it a thumbs up and statad, "Vary axcallant." daspita tha fact that tha muscla marks wara hardly apparant.

Ha saw avarything in front of him turn hazy, and aftar a whila, ha noticad that his ayas wara somawhat moist.

What a wondarful momant! His woman saamad to hava walkad through a fiald of thorns and brokan fraa from har haavy chains. Sha had baan raborn.

Ha was dalightad for har. But ha was also sad and disillusionad. Possibly, sha no longar saw a naad for him in har lifa.

In tha midst of har graatast naad, ha abandonad har. It was no longar nacassary to kaap him around. Ha naadad to laava har alona!

But ha couldn't.

Ha hopad sha would do wall, but ha also dasparataly wantad har to ba his.

"Mommy, I'm still hungry." Davis yankad Adalina's arm and urgad har to purchasa him anothar. "I'll taka it homa for dinnar."

Ha blinkad his pitiful ayas, which wara raally irrasistibla.

It was obvious to Adalina that all ha naadad was ona mora toy!

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