Gertrude and her daughters are taken aback to find her doing the unthinkable yet again.
Everyone knows that these children are hardly ever genuine about anything - or at least, as genuine as they appear to be right now. The three brothers just kept making these expressions during the whole time they're talking with her - genuinely pleased, astonished, delighted and even flattered.
It's quite a sight to see since they never shared this kind of relationship with Cassidy. They never acted chummy nor even showed any sign of wanting to be close with this dull and somber aunt of theirs.
Yet within five short minutes only, they had gotten considerably close.
"That ever timid Hugo even agreed to let her carry him," Olivia mused out loud in slight awe.
"Why a skateboard, though? Didn't Edward forbid that kind of toy since it kept breaking things in their house before?" Irish pointed out with a brow lifted.
"Hmph...! Now, she's teaching my grandsons how to break rules. She's so gonna get an earful..." Gertrude huffed in miff, crossing her arms and shooting her unaware daughter-in-law with a disapproving, sharp gaze.
"What a show-off, not to mention."
At that same time, Adrian and Edward are watching the entire scene from the other side.
Starting from the part where Cassidy greeted the three up until when she started carrying Hugo, they were standing still on the same spot. They're just as thrown off guard as everyone else.
After a moment of not saying anything, Edward finally broke the silence with a loud sigh of relief.
"Thank goodness. It seems like Damien is smiling for once," he thought out loud, making his brother turn to look at him.
"What do you mean? He didn't smile the whole night?" he asked in bafflement.
"Well, he did, but he appeared to be just faking it, especially in front of the a.d.u.l.ts. I was worried that only the guests would end up benefiting from our efforts in organizing this entire thing... Really, how relieving."
"You may as well be saying that you're glad that my wife and her skateboard have saved the day."
At that, Edward falls silent again, taken aback by his uncalled-for remark. His eyes widen a little the moment Adrian splatters a soft and genuine smile. His brother doesn't only appear somewhat smitten, but he sounds endeared as well.
Despite these things, though, it doesn't seem like he's aware of what kind of face he's making now.
"Say, Adrian, what happened?" he ended up blurting out, unable to hold his curiosity back any longer.
"Oh, right. I hadn't told you why we arrived late yet," his brother replied as he snapped out of his trance-like state, misunderstanding his inquiry.
"No, not that. Well, there's that, but... What I mean is, did som
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