Amanda hurried to Mitchell’s office.
After pushing the door open, she spotted the little ones inside. They were sitting on the couch in the office and swinging their legs nonchalantly.
The boys lit up at the sight of Amanda. Scrambling off the couch, they ran toward her excitedly. “Mommy, you’re finally done! I thought you’d be staying in the laboratory forever!”
“Mommy, you’ve worked hard! Are you tired? Sit down. I’ll give you a massage.”
They led Amanda to the couch so she could take a seat.
As Amanda took in their concern, she suddenly felt it was worth it to get yelled at.
“Look at how obedient you are. You weren’t like this when you hacked into my computer earlier!” Mitchell huffed angrily behind his desk.
Alvin declared, “It was all your fault, Professor Morgan! You kept asking Mommy to work overtime. Look, she’s getting malnourished!”
“That’s right! Mommy’s an ordinary human being. How could you ask her to work day and night?” Elliot chimed in as he kneaded Amanda’s shoulder.
His temper spiking, Mitchell gave a bark of laughter and responded, “You’re too overprotective of her! Everyone in the research institute does the same!”
With that said, he shook his head and turned to Amanda. “How did your research go?”
Amanda shot him a grin. “It went smoothly. I’ll send the data to you later.”
She paused before asking, “Have you restored the data in your computer?”
Mitchell ran a hand through his hair in frustration. “It has been an hour, but I still can’t restore anything.”
Amused, Amanda patted Elliot’s hand. “Elliot, go restore Professor Morgan’s computer. Don’t be naughty. What if he loses some important data?”
Elliot immediately replied, “That won’t happen. I prepare a backup and various security levels every time. He won’t lose a thing!’
As he said that, he trotted over to Mitchell and restored the latter’s computer.
The little boy’s fingers typed on the keyboard furiously and produced lines of codes.
A few minutes later, the computer screen blinked and returned to normal.
Mitchell took one look at his computer in admiration. He had to admit his mentee’s sons were geniuses.
At a young age, Alvin was already a medical genius. He was capable of differentiating thousands of herbs and showcased his talent in medicine. He also had a sharp eye for investments.
Elliot, on the other hand, was interested in programming. He was now a little hacker who was very sensitive to numbers. Like his brother, he also did great in investments.
Besides, both of them were adorable and considerate.
Thus, he couldn’t bring himself to yell at them whenever they kicked up a fuss. Instead, he could only vent his frustrations on Amanda.
Amanda immediately offered an apology. “I’m sorry, Professor Morgan. Please don’t blame the kids for their naughty acts.”
Please don’t yell at me, too. I can’t always be their scapegoat, can I?
Mitchell chuckled at her reaction. “Don’t worry. I didn’t summon you here to yell at you. I have a task for you. Listen, I’ve been planning on setting up a research institute back in the country. It will be focusing on traditional medicine. However, I’m still busy here and can’t leave for now. After careful consideration, I’ve decided to send you back!”
Amanda had no idea he would say that. She froze and hesitated.
Go back home?
She never thought of going back to that place again after leaving six years ago.
After all, she didn’t have a family or someone she cared about back there.
Besides, she had grown to love Yowhayton.
Her first reaction was to reject the offer. “Professor Morgan, I—”
Mitchell interjected, “Amanda, I know you don’t want to head back, but I hope you’ll consider my suggestion. You’ve been my student for years, so I believe you know how wide and profound traditional medicine is. There aren’t enough herbs here for you to do your research. In Clusia, you’ll have all the herbs you want. You can use and study them freely. Most importantly, many hidden and prestigious families are in possession of ancient medical skills in Clusia. I remember you’re interested in that, right? That was why I made the suggestion for you to return to Clusia. You have a bright future ahead of you. Besides, you’re different now. No matter what happens, or who you run into, I believe you can handle everything calmly, right?”
At his words, Amanda fell silent.
He’s right. I’ve changed into a completely different person now. I can face all obstacles without fear. Besides, it has been six years. Perhaps that man is already married to his first crush. Why am I afraid?
With that thought in mind, Amanda took a deep breath and nodded solemnly. “All right, then. Professor Morgan, I’ll listen to you and return to Clusia.”
Mitchell beamed. “I’m glad you made up your mind quickly. Don’t worry. I’ll ask Katerina to come with you. I’ll also arrange a team to help you out there.”
“Great. Thank you, Professor Morgan!” Amanda gave a curt nod.
As they were conversing, Alvin and Elliot shared a look. They could sense each other’s excitement.
Mommy’s finally returning to Clusia!
In fact, the two of them had been dying to head back for ages. After all, their father was back there. They wanted to see him in person. Of course, they also wanted to teach him a lesson for deserting his wife and children.
Two days later, Amanda and the boys landed at the international airport in Hofcaster.
Amanda was finally back in Clusia after six years.
After disembarking the plane, they walked out of the hallway. Just then, Elliot squeezed his legs together and tugged at the corner of Amanda’s skirt. “Mommy, I need to pee now.”
Amanda and Alvin giggled at the sight of his urgent expression. “Okay. Let’s go, then.”
She reached out to ruffled Elliot’s hair.
At once, Elliot trembled violently. “Stop it, Mommy. I’m going to pee my pants!”
With a chuckle, Amanda led him to the door of the restroom.
Alvin then brought him inside while Amanda waited outside with their luggage. She didn’t forget to send her professor a text to inform him about their arrival.
Suddenly, a familiar voice rang out.
“Idiots! How could so many of you fail to keep an eye on a little girl? What use are you if you can’t even complete such a simple task?”
There was a hint of fury in the man’s melodious, deep, and rich voice. It was pleasing to the ears.
Amanda’s hands, which were initially typing out a message on her phone, froze instantly.
Six years had passed since she last heard this voice, but she still found it eerily familiar.
Looking up, Amanda spotted the tall figure some distance away.
Standing not far off was a tall man. His black suit accentuated his long legs and added a touch of elegance to his figure. Even in the crowd, he was eye-catching.
Amanda could see his perfect side profile from her line of sight.
His tall nose and sculpted features were the envy of many. In fact, he looked so handsome that other men paled in comparison to him.
Amanda’s heart clenched at the sight of him.
She had no idea she’d run into him on the day of her arrival.
The feelings she had buried deep in her heart emerged temporarily, but she quickly put a lid on them.
Her gaze turned frosty.
She could finally appear calm before him.
Right then, the boys emerged from the restroom. “Mommy, we’re done!” they declared cheerfully.
Amanda snapped out of her reverie and nearly had a heart attack.
The first thought that popped up in her mind was that she needed to leave right away. I can’t let Alvin and Elliot see him. They bear a resemblance to him. If they bump into each other, he’ll definitely realize something’s wrong!
Amanda refused to get involved with him yet again.
Flustered, she urged, “You’re done? Come, let’s go. You don’t want your godmother to wait, do you?”
Without waiting for a reply, she dragged her luggage away.
Halfway through his phone call, Miles heard a familiar voice and turned at his shoulder.
From the corner of his eye, he spotted a familiar female figure.
Amanda Dickerson? Is that her? She’s back?
Miles ran after her immediately, but her figure had already disappeared into the crowd.
As his gaze turned dark, Miles was about to explode with rage.
She left the country so resolutely and even abandoned the kid. There’s no way she’s back!