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   Chapter 28 Not Want To Be Apart

Crisis Of Lust By Berenice Characters: 10737

Updated: 2020-05-13 00:13


Jarred's sudden visit threw the entire villa into chaos. Claire and Chason scrambled to dress neatly before rushing downstairs, only to see the old man sitting on the sofa with a serious expression on his face.

Instantly, Claire felt flustered, not knowing how to face the patriarch of the Jiang family. Did Jarred come here for that matter?

"Grandpa, what brought you here so early? Next time, please tell me beforehand if you're coming to visit so that I can wake up early and welcome you," Chason uttered, trying his best to sound casual although he was slightly confounded. Then, he grabbed Claire and whispered in her ear, "Grandpa is here. Behave yourself."

Meanwhile, as Jarred saw their hands intertwined, his expression softened a little. "Do I have to make an appointment in advance to come here?" he asked coldly.

"Grandpa, you know you can come here any time. But Claire lives here now. We slept too late last night…"

As Chason foolishly mumbled, Claire immediately gazed up at him in shock, only to see that he was eyeing her with a faint smile. People who didn't know about their relationship would undeniably misunderstand.

Was he using her as an excuse? Well then, she wouldn't allow it!

Meanwhile, Jarred was pleased to hear those words from his grandson. It seemed that Claire was better than he had imagined after all. It was only a matter of time for her to win his grandson's heart. At first, the old man thought he made the wrong decision of marrying Chason to this woman. Because he knew his grandson who would not let poor Claire live a peaceful life.

"Grandpa, I'm sorry. I wasn't feeling well last night, so..." Claire rode Chason's excuse, not knowing if she should feel bad or mad about it.

Taking a sip on his tea, Jarred replied, "Well, you young people always make a fuss. It's alright. But the most important thing is my great-grandson, the baby you're carrying."

Surprised and confused at the same time, Claire glanced at Chason. The latter tried to mediate and said, "Grandpa, Claire knows that the baby is important. She follows the doctor's advice on what and what not to eat."

"Yes, Grandpa. I'm very careful," Claire echoed guiltily, but she felt Chason pinching her hand behind.

Jarred knew that the couple was just protecting each other's back, and he didn't know whether to feel angry or happy about it. "Can't you afford to hire a secretary? Why are you letting Claire work given her condition?!"

Hearing how the old man's tone rose, Clare instantly turned pale. Was he here because of this? To talk Chason out of letting her work?

She thought her husband could keep this from his grandfather, but it seemed that Claire was wrong. Not a week had passed, and Jarred already learned about their work arrangement.

'Oh my God! If Chason tells the truth, his grandfather might blame me. After all, I'm pregnant with the baby he cares most.' Well, it looked like she would have to kiss her work goodbye from now on.

Just as Claire thought of giving in, Chason looked at her with a smile before saying, "Grandpa, so you only came for this. I thought there was an emergency."

"You don't think this is a big deal? A lot needs to be done in your office! What if Claire gets tired and hurts the baby? What if she falls by accident?" Chason's answer obviously made his grandfather very upset.

"Grandpa, here is the thing..." Claire decided to explain, not wanting to hide behind Chason anymore.

"Grandpa, you know how newly-weds are. Claire and I don't want to be apart for so long. Also, I recently injured my hand, and I need someone to help and assist me. But I don't want to find anyone else to take care of me. So, I temporarily let Claire be my secretary. I promise she won't be tired."

What did he say? Did she hear it right? Newly-weds who didn't want to be apart? This man was really an expert in fabricating lies! He might as well be a con-man!

Thankfully, after hearing his grandson explain, Jarred finally cooled down. In fact, he was worried that Claire and Chason would have a rough start, but looking at them now, it seemed that there was no need to worry.

"I just want to have a healthy great-grandson, so you must be careful."

The two promised, and Jarred left after chatting with them for a while.

As soon as he was out of the house, Claire breathed a sigh of relief and said, "Thank you."

"For what? For lying for you? Don't worry. I just don't want to be scolded," Chason replied casually while eating his porridge.

Whatever his reason for it was, Claire was just grateful for him today. After all, Jarred really cared about the baby. He would surely not forgive her if something terrible happened to the heir of the Jiang family.

But hearing how Chason lied just to protect her today, Claire was extremely thankful.

"I promise I won't go to work until I give birth to the baby," she announced in between greeted teeth after coming up with such a hard decision. It was not that she gave in and compromised, but that she suddenly had some other ideas after entering the study last night.

Maybe she needed time to really think about what she loved to do instead of simply working just to earn a salary.

Claire regretted listening to her father in choosing a major she was not interested in. She only did so out of practicality

, to secure a job and earn a living. She always thought that life was all about landing a corporate job, getting married to the man she loved, and eventually starting a family.

All her life, she had always played it safe—just as how she was taught.

But now, it was different. She wanted to be herself, to be free.

Chason, on the other hand, was bewildered to hear her revelation. This was not like the Claire he knew. Did she finally compromise because of his grandfather? "You don't have to do that just because Grandpa says so..."

Claire shook her head and interrupted, "No, I made this decision not because of him."

In honesty, she came up with this as she intended to pick up the brush again. She had not received any formal art training and only learned to draw by herself.

Even with that, she chose to resign and stay at home partly because of Chason. She was grateful that he could stand up for her, and she really didn't want to make things difficult for him. The less she got tangled with the Jiang family, the easier it would be for her to leave in the future.

Also, it was her first time to have so much free time. Why not give herself a holiday and do what she liked?

However, it was obvious that Jarred did not intend to let her go so easily. To formally inculcate her as the young madam of the Jiang family, the old man invited an instructor to teach her about etiquette.

"You Jiang family is really a busybody!" Claire couldn't help but retorted when she learned about the etiquette class being forced on her.

"Grandpa just really takes you as his granddaughter-in-law. You know he's concerned about you; that's why he wanted you to take this class," Chason uttered with a frown. Perhaps it was because Jarred saw how deeply in love Chason and Claire were that he finally decided to formally welcome her into the family.

But she was not Chason's real wife. They didn't marry for love! Whoever would marry him in the future must be the one to take the class! It was all Chason's fault. He was afraid that his grandfather would blame him, so he fooled the old man into thinking they were so crazy for each other.

Ah, never mind! She heard that there was also piano class, so she might as well make the most out of it for the sake of her baby.

"It's so awful!" Chason mocked as he watched Claire play the piano.

Furious, Claire pierced him with an intense glare. It was her first time learning how to play, so it was only normal that she would suck at it! "If you keep on mocking me, then I won't learn anything at all!"

"Budge up. I'll teach you." As he spoke, he sat beside her and began to take command of the keyboard. His warm hand held hers, instantly igniting an unprecedented feeling in Claire.

She had to admit—Chason was really good at playing.

"You... How can you play the piano?" Freeing her hand from his, Claire managed to utter after a long time.

"There are still many things you don't know about me. I'm not like you who can do nothing," Chason sneered.

How could there be such a person like him?! He was practically praising himself while looking down on others!

"But I remember that you do know something..." Suddenly, Chason stood up and let Claire follow him into a room where he handed her a big, heavy box.

Placing it on the table, she glanced at him in confusion. "What's this?"

"Open it, and you'll know," he responded, raising his eyebrows.

After opening the box, Claire was surprised to see different kinds of oil painting materials.

"Are you giving all these to me?!" she asked, bewildered.

"Painting is the only thing you're good at. If you don't pursue it, my child will think that her mother knows nothing. Wouldn't that be shameful?" Chason uttered calmly while leaning against the wall with his arms crossed.

This man really had nothing good to say about her! Those who were into oil paintings knew that it was such an expensive hobby to pursue. Claire had always been frugal, and even then, she never afforded to buy herself a complete set. Suddenly, something occurred to her. "I'm pregnant. Can I use this?" With that, Claire subconsciously took a step back away from the box.

Perhaps it was a mother's natural instinct to protect her child, but Chason suddenly felt moved when he saw her did that.

Their baby might have been conceived out of wedlock, but it was clear that Claire treasured the child. Chason had been worried that she would not love their baby at all. In fact, he couldn't accept it at the beginning too, but he somehow felt that he was bound to his wife and child.

The feeling was so subtle that even he did not notice when he first realized it.

Because of the baby, Claire refused to pursue the one thing she loved.

Smiling, Chason held her hand and gently said, "Do you think I'm that stupid? This set was brought from abroad. It is safe, and it won't hurt you and the baby."

It was like a wall between them that had finally been torn down. Embarrassed, Claire quickly pulled out her hand and uttered, "Thank you."

She had been holding herself back for years, thinking that her dream to be a painter was a punch to the moon. Now it was this man who made her realize otherwise and even helped her take the first step.

Chason noticed how she tried to get away from him, but he kept mum about it.

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