IN LOVE WITH A SOLDIER
All day long, Cherry was absent-minded while working. She kept thinking about what Selina had told her earlier in the morning.
It was not until she left the building of the JS Group and got in her car that she finally called Wilson.
Wilson answered almost immediately. "Hi, Cherry, " he said.
"Wilson, are you still in the company?" asked Cherry.
"Yes. What's wrong?" Wilson had no idea on why she called him.
"I'm off duty now, and I'm going to pick up Joe from school and take him out for dinner. Tell Mom and Jacob not to wait for us for dinner when you get home, " said Cherry.
Wilson was a little surprised, and asked, "What happened? Why are you eating out today?"
"Nothing, " hastily said Cherry. "I'll be away on a business trip for a few days, and I want to take Joe out to a meal and tell him about it."
Pondering for a moment, Wilson considered that he didn't have anything left to say except a simple, "Okay."
After she hung up, Cherry drove straight to the school. Joe was very pleased to see her there, and after he got in the car he said delightedly, "Mom, I didn't expect you to pick me up today! I thought Uncle was coming to pick me up."
Cherry smiled while driving, and said, "I came because I'm free today. Joe, what would you like to eat for dinner? We'll skip the family meal and eat out tonight."
Hearing the good news, Joe cried out joyfully, "Really? Can we really eat outside?"
Cherry smiled as she looked at her cute boy, and said, "Of course, I already told your Grandma and Grandpa not to wait for us for dinner because I'm taking my baby out for a feast!"
Joe then stretched his arms and made a victory sign. "I'm going to have dinner with my Mommy alone! I'm so happy! Mommy, I want spaghetti!" said Joe cheerfully.
"Okay, let's have spaghetti, " Cherry felt delighted when she saw Joe's sweet smile.
They arrived at a fancy restaurant and took their seats in a corner. Joe happily ordered with the menu in his hands while Cherry kept silent, allowing Joe to have anything that he wanted.
After dinner was served, Cherry only nibbled on her food and instead just watched Joe enjoying his meal.
But Joe suddenly noticed that his mother had hardly eaten anything and that she was just staring at him. He thought that she was a little odd tonight.
"Mommy, why aren't you eating?"
Cherry looked at her son, and answered him, "I ate too much at lunch and I have no appetite now. Just enjoy your meal."
"But I can't finish all of it!" said Joe. In fact, Joe hadn't ordered too much food and he actually could finish it, but he wanted Cherry to eat with him.
"You really can't finish it? It's just a little food. You need to grow, baby. Come on, have some more, " gently said Cherry.
Reading his mother's thoughts, Joe took a couple of more bites and then asked, "Mommy, is there something that you want to tell me?"
He was actually having a guess. Looking at Joe, Cherry felt a little embarrassed, and said, "You've hit it again."
While little Joe was trying to act like a real man, he said, "It's okay, Mommy, you can tell me. I can know, right? How am I supposed to guess every time?"
Cherry looked at her sensible boy and pondered for a moment. She then said, "Joe, I have to go out of town for a business trip, and I might be away for some time."
Joe was slightly upset, because if she left he wouldn't be able to sleep with her every night and see her every day. The thought made him sad.
"Okay, " softly replied Joe.
Seeing his expression, Cherry quickly added, "Joe, I won't go if you're upset. I'll go to my boss tomorrow, tell her that I can't go and stay at home with you."
After Joe pondered for a moment, he said, "No, Mommy, you should go, because your job is more important." He then suddenly looked as if he were very brave and strong, and said, "Mom, I'm alright, don't worry. You know what? I'm Joe, a real man! I'll just stay at home and wait for you."
Cherry felt bad when she saw Joe pretending to be strong. She owed her lovely son too much, and although he was unwilling to let her go, he was also too considerate to say it out loud in front of her.
Cherry started to say, "Joe, I..." but was quickly interrupted by her son.
"Listen to me, Mommy, just go! Don't worry about me, I'll be busy reviewing for my tests anyway.
Uncle Wilson will pick me up from school, and if I can't fall asleep at night, I'll go to Grandpa and he'll tell me stories. His stories are wonderful!" It seemed that Joe had handled everything perfectly, and that Cherry had nothing to worry about.
Hearing him, Cherry thought bitterly that maybe the only thing that she could do was to leave. She said, "Okay, my dear, but promise me that you'll stay at home, be good, and wait for me."
"I definitely will!" replied Joe delightedly.
Cherry smiled, but tears streamed down her cheeks. It was only when she was faced with her son that she could reveal her true feelings. She thought to herself, 'Joe, just wait for another few days. When I figure out the best way to tell your father about it, I'll take you to him, and then we'll live together happily ever after.'
As soon as they got home and walked into the living room they saw Wilson, who was waiting for them on the sofa.
Joe yelled joyfully, "Uncle Wilson!"
"Welcome home, Joe, " said Wilson as he stroked his nephew's hair.
Cherry and Wilson then looked at each other for a moment, and then Cherry said to her son, "Joe, go upstairs and take a shower. I'll be up later."
Joe replied obediently, "Okay, " and then turned to Wilson, and said, "See you, Uncle Wilson!"
"Goodnight, Joe! I'll drive you to school tomorrow, " said Wilson.
Wilson stared at Joe's back, and after he left he turned to Cherry.
"Did he agree?" he asked.
"Yes, " nodded Cherry, "But I think that he's a little bit upset."
Cherry still felt bad about it, because how was she supposed to be happy if her son wasn't?
Wilson comforted her, "It's alright, don't worry, kids always do that. I'm actually not very busy these days, so I'll take care of him in my spare time. Everything's okay, don't worry."
"Thank you, Wilson."
Wilson smiled, and replied, "Don't mention it. Take care of yourself while you're away." Later he added, "Oh, I forgot to ask you. How long will you be gone?"
Cherry shook her head, and answered him, "No idea. Miss Selina only said that it would take a while. I don't know other details."
"When are you leaving?" Wilson asked.
"The day after tomorrow. I told her that I need to think about it today, and that I'll give her an answer tomorrow."
"Okay. Tell my Dad and your Mom about it tomorrow."
"Okay, I..." but before she could finish, her phone rang in her bag.
Cherry stopped talking and took it out to see who was calling her at this hour. It was Jackson
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