“Stop crying!” Benjamin had never seen his son cry out loud. He did not know how to calm him down. “No one thinks that!”
“Really?” Jasper buried himself in Benjamin's embrace and held him tightly. His body was trembling. His pitiful voice could cause others to choke up.
Benjamin could tell from his voice that Jasper was afraid of being abandoned. His heart sank as he patted the boy's head. “Really,” Benjamin said with confidence.
Danna looked at the father-son duo and secretly sighed a breath of relief.
However, Ethen, sitting in the front, noticed her expression. His eyes flickered with a hint of suspicion. Ms. Adams and Gavin were not like this in the past. Although they were not as close as other mothers and sons, they still wouldn't have fought like this.
Meanwhile, Arissa had arrived home with the four children and had started cleaning the house.
Gavin hid in the bathroom to watch the surveillance footage of his own home.
He was relieved when he saw that Jasper had returned home with Benjamin. He finally exited and went to help with the chores.
It was dinner time already when they had finally settled down. The mother and children ordered takeout and ate together at the dinner table, making the atmosphere full of life.
Gavin was afraid that he would accidentally reveal himself if he spoke too much. Thus, he would only add a little here and there to the conversation when everyone was talking. In the end, he managed to avoid any suspicions of being the odd one out.
Zachary was the only one who thought his brother was a little different, but he did not question him further on his identity.
After dinner, Arissa instructed her kids to shower and head to bed. She, too, washed up quickly and went to sleep.
On the other side, Jasper had dozed off on the way home to the Graham residence with Benjamin after all the weeping.
Benjamin glanced down at the boy in his arms, who still had tears caught in his eyelashes. He wiped them away and carried him out of the car.
“Benjamin, let me!” Danna wanted to come with Benjamin. However, the man turned around and stated with a distant look, “No need.”
Danna felt slightly helpless. She could tell that Benjamin was angry.
Benjamin carried his son and walked forward a few steps before stopping. He turned on his heel and shot a cold glare. “Next time, if you think that he is in the wrong, keep your attitude in check and speak nicely! You can leave now!” Benjamin spat and signaled the butler to see the guest off before entering the house.
Danna was startled. She watched the man's silhouette as he entered the house. Her heart was filled with pain. It has been five years. Why is he still so cold to me? Does he still blame me for that drugging incident? But I did that because I liked him. Was I wrong to challenge his boundaries? I know that he dislikes people scheming against him. Was I too desperate?
“Ms. Adams, please get home early and have a rest!” The butler stepped forward as he spoke.
Danna looked at the butler and smiled. “Edwin, I bought this gift overseas for Benjamin. It has calming properties. I forgot to give it to him earlier, so please give it to him for me!”
She reached into her bag and pulled out a delicately packaged box before handing it over to the butler along with another one. “This one is for you!”
“Thank you, Ms. Adams, but this is too expensive. I can't take it!” Edwin Whitley took over the one for Benjamin but did not take the one Danna intended to give him.
“It didn't cost much. Just take it. I can't use it anyway!” Danna forcefully pushed it into Edwin's hand and turned to get in the car. She then looked at the mansion. Her eyes glinted ever so slightly.
She had already come all the way here. Thus, she thought that Benjamin would ask her to stay the night.
“Ms. Adams, take care,” Edwin said politely, then instructed the driver to drive slowly. He watched the car leave and headed back into the house.
Benjamin carried his son upstairs into Gavin's bedroom and gently let him down.
“Mommy...” Jasper whined and turned around, putting his feet on the bed.
Benjamin's eyes flashed. He bent over to take off his son's shoes and reposition his sleeping posture. As he draped a blanket over him, he noticed a mole on Jasper's wrist. His gaze became tense. This kid did not have a mole, right?
Benjamin picked up Jasper's hand to take a closer look. He was still unsure. After all, the father and son did not interact frequently. Thus, he had not paid careful attention to such details.
Placing Jasper's hand down, he gazed at the boy's sleeping face and reached to stroke his head before getting up to leave.
When the butler saw that Benjamin had come out, he politely handed the gift to him. “Mr. Graham, Ms. Adams brought this for you. She said it has calming effects!”
Benjamin glanced over and showed no intention of receiving it. He then looked at the butler and said, “Next time, don't just accept things!”
The butler froze and acknowledged, “All right!” Mr. Graham's relationship with Ms. Adams was good in the past. After they had Gavin, he became colder and colder. No one knows why for sure. Everyone expected Mr. Graham to marry Ms. Adams. However, their relationship did not grow deeper in the past five years. Instead, they grew further apart.
The butler looked at Benjamin's indifferent face and couldn't help but sigh inwardly. He wondered who could enter Benjamin's heart and make him smile.
Benjamin turned to return to his bedroom. He stopped in his steps and turned around to look at the butler. “Edwin, does Gavin have a mole on his wrist?”
“Mole?” The butler was dumbfounded. He looked at Benjamin with confusion. “I don't think so!”
As he was the one who always cared for Gavin and frequently helped him get dressed, he did not notice any mole.
Benjamin furrowed his brow. No mole. Then what I saw earlier...
Edwin was puzzled when he saw that Benjamin was serious. He rushed into the room and looked at Jasper's wrist, finding a noticeable mole there.
He rubbed it but it did not come off. The butler furrowed his brows. “This... wasn't here before! Unless it grew recently?”
As Benjamin wanted Gavin to be independent, he did not let the butler help him get dressed anymore and wanted Gavin to get dressed without help. Thus, it had been some time since the butler had taken care of Gavin in close proximity.
Benjamin narrowed his eyes as his heart surged with worry. “Get the doctor!” There was no mole previously. Now suddenly, there is one. This is not a good sign.
“Yes!” Edwin rushed to give the family doctor a phone call. He instructed the doctor to come to the Graham residence immediately.
Shaun Bailey rushed over as he assumed something had happened. But it turned out they were asking him to look at Jasper's mole. He performed a quick check and found that there was nothing wrong with it. “You guys are making a fuss over a minor issue. This kind of mole would grow later in life, too. Gavin is still young. Growing a mole is very common!”
“Give him a blood test!” Benjamin did not trust his quick checkup.
The corner of Shaun's mouth twitched. Under Benjamin's pressure, he was forced to take some blood from Jasper's fingertips.
“Ouch!” Jasper was awakened by the pain and saw that someone was pricking his finger. With a glare, he kicked the man.
Shaun was caught off guard and was kicked directly. He stumbled back and fell to the ground.
“Gavin, it's me...”
“Why did you prick my finger!” Jasper shouted in rage while he clasped his hand tightly. This guy is horrible for poking me in my sleep.
Shaun was speechless from Jasper's question. He got up and turned to Benjamin.