IN LOVE WITH A SOLDIER
(Things will get better (1)
After Jackson stopped the car at Wilson's house gates, Joe immediately ran out of the car when he saw that his grandparents were already standing there waiting for them. He joyfully cried, "Grandpa, Grandma, I'm back!"
"Oh, my dear honey," said Elsa, and embraced Joe in her arms the moment after he ran to her.
Jacob looked at Joe, who was in Elsa's arms, and said, "Joe, why haven't you come and visited us for such a long time?"
"But Grandpa, I'm here now! And Daddy and Mommy have also brought a lot of presents for you!" cleverly replied Joe.
At that time, Wilson also saw that Cherry and Jackson were taking things out of the car, and he quickly walked to them. While he helped them with the presents, he said, "Jackson, welcome! Is this the first time for you visiting my family?"
Jackson nodded, and said, "Yes, it is."
Cherry looked at Wilson happily, and said, "Brother, I haven't seen Mom and Uncle for some time; I hope you are not going to hate me for this."
"Ho, ho, Cherry, since they don't mind it, I have also nothing to say about it," said Wilson, with a smile on his lips. Although he had looked forward to Cherry's visit, sometimes he had thought it was understandable for Cherry not to come back so often, because she was too busy taking good care of Joe and also going to work at the same time.
Cherry replied to him with a smile and then walked towards Elsa.
Joe was already gone from Elsa's arms, playing aside by himself.
"Mom, Uncle, I'm back!" said Cherry. She joyfully held Elsa's hands, and because she was close to her mother again, she was immediately filled with happiness.
"My child, it's so wonderful that you have come back to us, so wonderful!" said Elsa with a bright smile.
At the same time, Jackson looked at Elsa and Jacob and greeted them politely, "Good morning, Aunt and Uncle."
Jacob nodded and greeted him, "Good morning." He was pretty happy to see that Jackson had accompanied Cherry there, because it was the first time they met at their house, and because he knew that Jackson, with his high social position, was often very busy, and that time was limited for him.
"Jackson, I'm very happy that you visited us! Come in, have a seat inside," said Elsa with great enthusiasm.
Wilson also patted on Jackson's shoulder in high spirits and said, "Let's go and chat inside."
Jackson just nodded his head without uttering a word.
The whole family then sat together and happily chatted with one another. Cherry was tenderly snuggling in Jackson's arms, and Joe was playing one of his video games in Elsa's arms.
"Cherry, have you gotten used to living in the military's residential compound?" Elsa asked, very concerned.
Cherry thought that Elsa might believe that the military's residential compound was under the military's jurisdiction, and that it was different from other places.
She explained to her, "Well, mom, I'm fine, and everything is okay. The military's residential quarters are the same as any other place. There's nothing different."
Elsa nodded, and said, "Okay, that's good. It's good that you got used to living there."
"Please don't worry; I'm taking good care of Cherry and Joe," said Jackson.
Hearing Jackson's words, Jacob nodded, and said, "Well, since Cherry is accompanied and cared by you, we can put our minds at ease that everything is alright."
Cherry looked at Jacob and said, "Uncle, I'm not a child any more! Don't worry so much about me."
"Cherry, if you can work off your stubbornness, I promise that I won't worry about you anymore," said Elsa.
Elsa's words moved Cherry, because it was always her dearest mother who knew her best. She tenderly replied to her, "Mom, thank you for loving me."
"Since Cherry and Jackson are here, let's stop the sentimental topics and talk about something else," said Wilson with a smile.
Jacob looked at Joe and his heart was filled with joy. "Well, Cherry, always remember to take good care of my precious grandson with Jackson," said Jacob, grinning from ear to ear.
"Yes, Uncle, you and mother don't have to worry about me. I'm joyful everyday," said Cherry, also beaming with joy.
Elsa then just nodded and said nothing more.
Wilson glanced at Cherry's bright smile; although he could easily feel the happiness emanating from it, somehow he was still a little concerned about her.
After the lunch, Jacob, Jackson and Wilson went to the study and chatted with each other. Joe also went upstairs to his Uncle's room and took a nap, and there were only Elsa and Cherry left sitting in the living room.
Elsa held Cherry's hands, and lovingly asked her daughter, "Cherr, are you really happy there in the Chu household?"
Elsa couldn't help worrying about her daughter, because she knew her very well. Cherry had always kept sad things hidden in her heart that burdened her, and she had always been reluctant to share them with anyone else. She felt sad about this, because Cherry had suffered a great deal ever since childhood. How could Elsa bear the thought that her daughter would still have to suffer more?
Cherry thought for a while, and after she looked at Elsa, said, "Mom, I really have a good time in the Chu Family. Grandpa loves Joe very much, and he's also always kind to me, but..."
Cherry hesitated for a moment, because she had no idea whether she should continue to say more or not.
"But what?" quickly asked Elsa.
Cherry then looked into Elsa's eyes, and seriously said, "Mom... Jean, my step-sister, she's back."
"What? Jade's daughter is back in the city?" Elsa couldn't believe her ears, and inquired, "Didn't she disappear?"
After Elsa had come back China for some time, she had heard from some of the rich ladies of the other Families that Jean had disappeared and that nobody could find her. How could she have come back now?
"Eh, yes, she was gone for some time, but I've heard that she's back now.
However, I haven't seen her yet; I don't know where she is." Cherry had no idea where she was, but if she met Jean one day, she had to have a serious talk with her. If she intended to harm Joe, she had to persuade her not to do it.
"But Mom, after all, she's still my sister, and I can't stand to see her wandering alone outside. I also want to know how she lives, if she's doing well, " said Cherry. The expression on her face easily showed her concern about Jean.
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