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"ENCHANTED LOVE" SEASON 5, EPISODE 29"

ENCHANTED LOVE

 SEASON 5

EPISODE 29

(What did you see)

While Autumn was waiting outside Anthony's office, she spotted Leila's boyfriend in the hospital. What really staggered her was that he was a doctor. And what a coincidence! He worked in the same hospital with Anthony. 

Although he was wearing a white coat, she recognized him at the first sight.    

 Myriads of thoughts came crowding into her mind. 'Charles fired Leila, and she had submissively submitted her formal resignation. It was so weird to see her give up Charles so quickly and start dating somebody else. And what a fine face he has! It's really impressing. And since she seemed to be pregnant, I hope they live happily and stayed away from me. Thank God, I could get rid of her finally.'    

"Come in." Anthony's voice broke into Autumn's thoughts. He had finished up with the previous patient.   

Autumn was about two months pregnant, so Anthony asked her to have an ultrasound scan in order to see the baby's condition. After the ultrasound picture was printed, Anthony was tickled pink. "What's wrong with you? Why are you so happy?"   

 Inquired Autumn.     

Anthony put down the ultrasound picture and explained, "Miss Zhao, I admire your good luck. You… you are expecting twins." Anthony couldn't be happier for Autumn. If the twins could be born safely, her status would be consolidated.     

"Twins?" The words escaped Autumn's mouth before she realized what she was saying. "You… you mean I have two babies in my womb?" Never had she imagined that it would happen to her. She was wild with joy.     

"Yes," Anthony replied with a smile. "You have to provide for two babies. Do pay attention to your diet." As a doctor, it was his duty to remind her of taking in nutritious food in her pregnancy. In his heart of hearts, he had to restrain his vague feelings for her. After all, she had got married and obviously she loved Charles.   

"Okay, I will," Autumn replied. Tears of joy rolled down her face. She was overwhelmed with joy. Her determination to save her babies became stronger. She never expected to have twins in her womb. Maybe her persistence paid off.  

   "Why are you crying?" Anthony comforted Autumn. "It's good news. Stop crying." He had no experience of consoling a crying woman, let alone this special patient.   

  He glanced at the table and spotted a box of tissues. Impulsively, he hurried to draw a tissue out of the box. But before he could reach out to dry Autumn's tears, he recalled her identity and pulled back his hand. It was known to all she had gotten married. Although he had a very special place for Autumn in his heart, he knew that he could not show his feelings towards her. If you loved a woman truly, you shouldn't do anything that would bother her.   

After convincing himself, he put the tissue on the table.     

With her eyes still brimming with tears Autumn replied, "I am fine. I am crying out of joy."    

"Let's go. I'll drive you home," Anthony offered. He was always willing to do anything to help Autumn. Besides, it was unsafe for a pregnant woman to go back home alone.   

  "You… Aren't you on duty today?" Autumn asked in surprise. It sounded not bad to be driven back home by Anthony. However, if that influenced his work, it was not what she intended.     

"I did the night shift. Now, I am off duty," Anthony assured her as he took off his white coat and put on his own coat.   

  Anthony's waiting on purpose gave Autumn a warm feeling. She was glad to be cared and treated like a friend. She hesitated for a moment. After all, it was not proper to agree to a man to drive her back.   

She felt a little uneasy at first but then tried to make herself comfortable by remembering the family relationship they both shared. After all, his grandpa and her grandpa were friends. She followed him out of the office and suggested, "I am going to have twins. This is really a piece of good news. Why don't we have lunch together? My treat."   

 "Lunch? Is it not too early?" Anthony stared at Autumn, smiling reluctantly. He knew her funny words were uttered because she was ecstatic at that moment. It was not good to make fun of a radiant mother, so he just reminded her of the time.    

 "Yes, I agree," Autumn replied after checking her watch, "I have another idea. Since you are off duty just now, why don't we have breakfast together? It's on me." It was nine o'clock in the morning.   

"Great," Anthony finally agreed. There were a number of good restaurants around them. Considering Autumn's health conditions, they chose a restaurant that provided congee. After they sat down, the waitress brought a menu for them. Autumn ordered pork rib soup with scallops and some specialties. After the dishes were served, Autumn helped herself by filling her bowl with the soup. When she gulped down some soup, she found Anthony sat still in his seat. Nor was he eating anything.     "Why don't you have some food?" 

Autumn asked. It confused her to see a man off duty refusing to eat anything.   

  "I am not hungry. You can go on eating," Anthony replied, pretending to be calm. He sat watching Autumn savor her soup. She looked so cute enjoying her food. It seemed to be one of the happiest things to watch her eat.   

  "Forgive me. I have developed a voracious appetite since I got pregnant," Autumn said blushing. "By the way, how is Grandpa Craig?"  

"He went back," Anthony said causally. He poured a cup of tea for Autumn but didn't hand it over to her though. Instead he put it next to him till the time it was not so hot. Then he spoke as he placed the cup in front of her.     

"My grandpa just accompanied me to register. Since I have got adapted to this hospital, he returned home," Anthony explained.     

"Then, do you live alone in this city?" Autumn inquired.  "Or do you have someone to take care of your diet and daily life?" She was uncertain about whether he had a girlfriend or not.   

  "You overthink things," Anthony forced a smile and said. "I don't have a girlfriend." 

   "You don't have a girlfriend? How could it be possible? You are handsome and outstanding," Autumn retorted. Obviously she didn't believe what he said.   

"Is it weird?" Anthony said reluctantly. "I fell in love with a girl in college. She was a foreigner. We managed to overcome many cultural differences. It was a good time. However, things changed when I decided to return home. She refused to come back with me, so we broke up peacefully." If possible, he would rather hide his past from her. If she came to know about his love experience, her attitude towards him might change.   

  "After that, didn't you find anyone else?" Autumn urged, waiting expectantly for his reply. According to her, it was easy for him to find an ideal partner. After all, he came from a rich family. Besides, his appearance was remarkable.     

"No," Anthony shook his head and explained, "I… I have been absorbed in herbs since my childhood. Nothing else can attract my attention."  

"Then what kind of girl do you like? If I meet anyone that matches your preference, I will introduce her to you," Autumn laughed heartily and asked curiously.     

"Why are you so concerned about my love life?" Anthony said as he gave a small sad chuckle.     

"It was a word of advice," Autumn smiled. "Keep the goodies within the family, as the old saying goes. You are so handsome. I certainly intend to introduce some good enough woman to you if I know any."    

Autumn looked at Anthony and said, "If you fell in love with a girl I introduced to you, I guess, even Grandpa Craig will appreciate it." Her big eyes were sparkling with intelligence.     

"You, naughty girl!" Anthony grumbled to Autumn, pretending to be unhappy. "Don't worry about my love life."   

 It made Anthony uncomfortable to keep discussing about his personal affairs. 

When he saw Autumn put down her chopsticks, he asked, "Have you finished eating? If you are full, I will drive you back."  

Autumn nodded and called the waitress to bring the bill. She had said the meal was on her treat. When the waitress returned with the bill, Anthony insisted on paying for it. Autumn attempted to persuade him, but failed. Then, Anthony drove Autumn home. When the car stopped at Dream Garden, he reminded her to have more rest and take the medicine regularly. It was normal for a doctor to talk to her about the dos and don'ts. No one would suspect his intentions.     

"I see, I see. You really talk a lot," Autumn said with a broad smile. "Whoever will marry you, she would find you annoying."    
Anthony knew she was kidding, so he said goodbye and left. As Autumn entered the lobby, it was already noon. 

Although Nancy had prepared lunch, Autumn refused to eat. She had enjoyed much food with Anthony. After taking a nap upstairs, she woke up to find it was dark already outside the window.   

"Are you awake?" Charles stared at Autumn and asked eagerly, "How did your doctor's visit go today?"    

"Oh, look!" Autumn was sleepy and didn't want to open her eyes. Charles's question about her pregnancy quickly refreshed her. She stopped feeling drowsy and groggy, and sat up at once. 

She pulled her ultrasound picture out of her bag that was kept on the nightstand. Holding it up in the air, she said to Charles with a cheerful smile, "Look!" It seemed as if she was lifting something precious and priceless.    

 "What is it?"   

 "My ultrasound picture," Autumn tried to conceal her excitement and replied casually. "What do you see?"  

"How could I read the picture? You know I am not a doctor. Tell me, what on earth is the matter? Is our baby unhealthy?" 

Charles asked anxiously, holding Autumn's hand. He had been looking forward to their baby, but the drug she had taken made him anxious.    

 Charles's anxiety pleased Autumn. She burst into laughter and consoled him, "Our baby is fine. Don't worry." She used the word "baby" instead of "babies" in case Charles guessed they would expecting twins.     

Autumn continued while pointing at the shadows, "Look at here. What do you see?"    

"Stop testing me. Tell me the truth. What's wrong?" Charles became pale and urged her. If anything bad happened to their baby, he worried that Autumn would become desperate and her mental illness would get worse.
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