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Almost four years later
“How are you? Nervous?”
“Yeah, I’ve finally opened my own gallery here in New Haven after a month of graduating college.”
“Relax, honey. I’m sure everyone will love your art.”
“Even if you tell me that. You can’t just expect me to relax. This is New Haven. My hometown.”
“Even if it’s Americans, Asians, Europeans… everyone loves your work.”
“You’re just saying that because we’re going out.”
“I’m not. Even before I courted you, I always have said that.” He chuckled on the other side of the phone.
“Sorry, I gotta’ go. Grandpa Luke is calling me.”
I turned off my phone before he could even say anything and turned around to face the intimidating old man.
Throughout the years’, grandpa Luke was like a father to me. He would always be there in times of my need. Even though we were not blood-related, he had been more than family to me than my original ones.
“What are you doing outside? Come on inside. You have to greet your guests.”
I walked towards him before he could even start to lecture me and locked my arm around his. He always liked it if I grabbed his arm, like a daughter about to be married holding to her father’s arm.
“Where’s Leanna? Is she coming?”
I nodded and gave out my best smile to the incoming guests before answering him.
“After graduation, Cain Fay practically kidnapped her for their honeymoon. They’re going to roam around the world for a year. Can you believe that? I’m so envio– I mean… poor Leanna…”
I pursed my lips. Couldn’t help to feel jealous of my best friend who was probably experiencing heaven and hell at the same time right about now.
Grandpa Luke just sighed response.
“Grandpa Luke, you should smile. You’re scaring my guests.” I teased.
Grandpa Luke snorted before he managed a nod.
Well, that’s enough… I guess.
“Ant… Zo-e! Ant… Zo-e!”
I turned around and found a mesmerizing angel toddler desperately toddled towards me with his adorable wiggling cheeks and fatty arms and legs.
I immediately went over and carried him in my arms and showered kisses on his chubby pinkish cheeks.
“Hey, my favorite guy. How come you’re alone? Where are your parents?”
He immediately pointed his round fingers at the two approaching people.
“It’s good that you still manage to come.” Grandpa Luke said in a mocking voice.
“Sorry grandpa~ we run in late because Zhander just had to push me in the bathroom for a quick–!”
Zhander immediately held Estela’s mouth before he nodded towards his grandfather and politely smiled at me.
Estela glanced at Zhander with a frown when the man released her mouth.
“Why did you stop me from telling the truth?”
“That’s not something they need to know.”
Estela was about to retort back, but Zhander walked towards me and extended his hands.
“Come now, Zach. Don’t bother your aunt Zoe.”
Zachary obediently extended his arms towards his father.
I wanted to protest that I didn’t mind at all hugging that soft marshmallow, but holding a child while greeting guests was a little…
“Congrats, Zoe! You’ve finally opened a gallery here in New Haven!” Estela hopped towards me and tightly hugged me, and before I could even hug her back, she let go and roamed her gaze around.
“So, where’s your boyfie~?”
I rolled my eyes.
She never changes.
Estela had gotten herself pregnant with Zhander’s child when we were just first year in college. So imagine our shocked at that time. Well, shocked because mostly it was Zhander who wanted her pregnant, and not the other way around, because of that incident that…
…. well, that’s their story to tell.
Estela just finished her first year and had to stop for a year to give birth, so she didn’t graduate together with us.
“He won’t make it.” I replied.
Estela pouted and kissed grandpa Luke on the cheek instead.
“Hello grandpa. Miss me?”
“How can I when we just saw each other in your house a while ago?”
“That’s a while ago,” Estela exclaimed and hopped towards Zhander and her child which made her husband frowned.
No matter how much I saw it. I still couldn’t picture Estela as a mother. She’s…. well, she’s…
“Estela, how many times do I have to tell you that don’t hop.”
Zhander lightly tapped the girl’s forehead, and I smiled at the warm gesture.
“Relax, will you? It’s not like I’m hopping that high. The baby has a tight grip.”
“Baby? What baby?!”
I exclaimed, shifting my eyes between the two of them.
Estela guiltily bit her lower lip at Zhander which the latter just sighed in surrender.
“Well, it’s supposed to be a surprise but… I’m having my second child. Surprise!!” Estela loudly exclaimed, garnering eyes on us as she dramatically waved her hands in the air.
Grandpa Luke was stunned before he shook his head. “I need another wine.”
The old man indifferently said, yet I felt the happiness radiating from him.
“Wow. Estela, congrats!”
I said in a daze as I walked towards her in an embraced. Then I nudged the man beside her.
“Zhander, do you have any plans at all to let my best friend here graduate?” I teased and pinched little Zach’s cheeks.
Their child was so beautiful. He had Zhander’s face with Estela’s emerald eyes.
Zhander just cleared his throat and smiled at me.
“Don’t tell Leanna! I want her to be surprise when she gets back here and find that I have another baby in my arms.” Estela snickered and hugged her husband and child.
They’re so happy.
I felt a melancholic feeling aroused in me and quickly shook it away.
“Wow! Looky! Looky~! Whose here~!” Estela nudged me while her eyes locked on one place.
I turned around and was immediately touched at the sight of him.
I walked towards him and flew in his embrace, not minding the bouquet of roses in his arms.
“I thought you couldn’t make it.”
“Well, that business deal was important… But not as important as the opening of your gallery. And I think I’d rather be here with you in this once in a lifetime event than on a boring deal that I can get any time.” He grinned.
I pecked his lips and smiled at him.
“Thank you. You don’t know how much this means to me, Elliot.”
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