A week passed without a trace of news. Nonetheless, she was not worried that he would disappear, especially after just seeing Charles.
The car stopped at the airport an hour later. Sasha immediately found a place to sit while Leah and Olivia handled the check–in and stood nearby watching Sasha.
Leah looked worried, apparently forgetting the scene of seeing Charles in the hospital. Olivia, on the other hand, spoke up at this moment. “Leah, do you remember that person from earlier?”
Leah paused, her thoughts finally returning. “You mean the boy from the Ward family?”
Olivia smiled and said, “Who else can it be?”
Seeing Olivia’s expression, Leah roughly understood the meaning behind her question and said, “Of course I remember, but I only knew he was abroad until today. I had no idea he was in the country. I was surprised when I saw him just now.”
She hesitated for a moment, then continued, “I didn’t expect him to be with Naomi. I don’t know when they met.”
Everyone with eyes could see that Charles treated Naomi differently, especially when Sasha collided with Naomi and Charles quickly held her. His gaze was the caring look of a man toward a woman.
Nonetheless, it was quite expected for Naomi to already have a man by her side, having only been divorced from Scott not long ago.
Charles‘ concern and attentiveness to Naomi were evident to Olivia, especially when he held her. Naomi did not reject Charles‘ touch; her smile even deepened.
“Fate is really hard to explain.”
Leah looked at her and said, “Yes, just like you and Scott.”
Olivia smiled. “Everything is just right now.”
A plane from Mindlesia landed smoothly on the runway at Willowstown Airport. In the VIP lounge, Scott walked out from inside while answering his call. He looked impeccably dressed in a shirt and suit pants, his wrist wrested on a suit jacket.
“Ms. Naomi has left the hospital and returned home. Ms. Sasha and Ms. Olivia also left the hospital today, and they went to the airport. Accompanying them is Ms. Sasha’s mother, the expert in literature, Mrs. Leah Newman.”
Scott walked forward without any pause. “Is the ticket booked?”
“It is. Your flight is ten past eleven.”
Scott checked his wristwatch as the hour hand pointed at ten. He strode toward the security
Meanwhile, in Horizon City, the four of them returned to the old residential area, marked by the traces of time. Donna quickly prepared lunch, and within an hour, a sumptuous meal was
laid out on the table.
It was the first lively meal they shared in quite some time.
After lunch, Donna asked Naomi to take Charles for a stroll around the city. Naomi had been somewhat bored during her time in the hospital, making it the perfect opportunity to take Charles out.
She agreed, guiding Charles through the city streets.
“Where we live isn’t considered downtown. The pace is much slower, perhaps because this place is populated by the older generation. Everyone takes things easy, and material desires. are low, as long as we have enough to eat and wear,” Naomi explained as they walked.
The city exuded a simple and clean atmosphere, devoid of the hustle and bustle of larger urban centers. People walked leisurely, and even drivers were unhurried.
It seemed that for the residents of this city, nothing was urgent. Money, whether a lot or a little, was not a significant concern. They took everything in stride.
Charles nodded with a smile. “Indeed.”
His life had been a continuous cycle of studying and researching. Even after going abroad, he continued his scholarly pursuits, attending various academic conferences and spending most of his time in the research lab. His life was monotonous and dull.
Everything felt different at this moment. It was as if the desolate place had bloomed with flowers and rivers, marking a new beginning that he found quite appealing.
“There’s a theater up ahead with over two hundred years of history. Let me take you to see it.” “Sure.”