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Season 7

Episode 29

(Why do you like charlie so much)

"This is not exactly a guest room," Charles replied. "I had this room decorated back when Autumn was still pregnant. Since I wasn't sure of the baby's gender, I prepared two rooms. One was decorated with a girlish style and the other one was embellished with a marine style. That room was the one Charlie is using right now," Charles explained with a gentle smile.

'This room was originally prepared for his future daughter. No wonder the room is filled with dolls,' Sheryl thought to herself.

"Uh…" Sheryl turned to Charles. "Have an early night," Sheryl urged Charles to leave. "Now that you are still injured, you need to have a good rest," she added.

"Yes, I know that," Charles replied. "By the way, there are a lot of new clothes in the wardrobe that Shirley can wear."

Charles didn't tell Sheryl that those clothes had been just bought recently.

'What I really want is for Sheryl and Shirley to come into this house for good,' Charles thought to himself. "Oh, alright."
Sheryl slightly nodded. When Charles left, Sheryl opened the wardrobe and found that there were a large number of clothes like what he said.

However, what surprised Sheryl the most was, the clothes were of different sizes, probably ranging from 0 to 10 years old.

It seemed that Charles had really fully expected the baby in Autumn's belly.

Sheryl couldn't understand why she suddenly felt a little upset and envious. She sighed and selected a pink nightgown. Then she went to Charlie's room. Charlie's room was just like what Charles had said, decorated in marine style with dark blue wall and corsair-shaped bed, giving out an aura of sea adventures.

Sheryl saw Charlie reading a book while Shirley was playing happily with some toys on the mat. She walked over to Shirley and said, "Shirley, how about staying here tonight?"

"Yes!" Shirley replied and nodded exuberantly. She felt extremely happy that she could stay with Charlie.

"It's late and Charlie needs to sleep now. Let's go to our room. I will help you take a shower before you go to sleep," Sheryl urged Shirley with a smile.

Shirley cast a glance at Charlie's direction before looking at Sheryl with her big round eyes. "Sher..." She was hesitant to continue. "Can I sleep here in Charlie's room?"

"Wh... What?!" Sheryl couldn't believe her ears. It seemed that she couldn't keep her daughter with her anymore. Shirley had grown up and no longer needed her mom.

"I want to sleep in Charlie's room," Shirley repeated slowly. She thought Sheryl didn't hear her. There were so many interesting toys in Charlie's room and Shirley also loved Charlie's company so she wanted to stay in his room.

Afraid that Sheryl might misunderstood her, Shirley tried to persuade her more. "Sher, you told me before that I couldn't sleep with you all the time because I have to become independent, right?"

Sheryl felt funny as she never expected that Shirley would one day use her own words against her.

"Just let her sleep here. Anyway, they are just kids. You have nothing to worry about," came Charles' voice from the door.

"Even so, Shirley needs to take a bath," Sheryl countered. Sheryl glanced at Shirley, hoping that she could change her mind. "Okay, you want to sleep with Charlie. But have you asked Charlie if he is okay with it?"

Shirley hastily turned to Charlie and asked, "Charlie, could I sleep with you tonight?"

As Charlie nodded in agreement, Sheryl's last hope went away.

She had no other choice but to give in. It was 3 versus 1. "How about you take a shower in our room first, and then I'll just take you back here after? Would that be okay?" Sheryl suggested.

Shirley nodded in agreement and asked Charlie to wait for her.

When they were inside the bathroom, Shirley was so in a hurry that she kept on nagging to Sheryl to start bathing her. "Sher, be quick, quick, quick."

Sheryl had no other choice but to carry Shirley into the half-filled bathtub.

When Sheryl was drying Shirley with a towel, she curiously asked, "Shirley, why do you like Charlie so much?"

Shirley paused for a long time trying to think. But she just couldn't find the answer so she just replied, "I just like him for no reason."

Shirley was too young to understand that liking someone didn't really need any reason.

Sheryl smiled wryly and reproached herself inside, 'I must be silly. At her young age, how could she know why?'

In a few minutes, Sheryl dressed Shirley with the pink nightgown she had chosen earlier. When they went back to Charlie's room, Charlie had already taken a shower and was already in a blue pajamas.

Charles then took out another quilt. So, even though the two kids would be sleeping on the same bed, they would be using two different quilts.

Shirley was still excited tucking into the quilt. She kept on pestering Sheryl to tell them some stories.

Charlie knew that Sheryl had a hard day today so he volunteered to tell Shirley a story. "Sher, just go to your room and get some sleep. I will tell Shirley some stories."

"Yes, yes, yes! I want Charlie to tell me stories," Shirley clapped her hands and exclaimed excitedly.

Sheryl nodded slightly, looking at Charlie like a mother-in-law assessing her son-in-law. Sheryl heard that Charlie was telling Shirley about Cinderella.

After Charlie softly tucked Shirley into the bed, Sheryl turned off the light, went out of the room, and closed the door behind her.

When she went to her room, Sheryl remembered something. Since she didn't intend to stay over night in Charles' house, she didn't take any clothes with her. Now she was in trouble. Where could she find clothes to wear here? The wardrobe only contained children's clothes.

The weather was so hot and she cooked lunch during the day. She smelled sweat and she felt sticky. How could she stay the whole night without changing her clothes? She couldn't even take a shower.

While Sheryl was racking her brains, she heard some knocks on the door. When she opened it, Charles was standing there holding a bag in his hand which seemed to be clothes. Then he said kindly, "I bought these clothes for Autumn before but she hasn't used them yet. You can wear them after taking a bath, if you don't mind."

"Thank you," Sheryl expressed her gratitude to Charles. She then took the bag from Charles' hands. When she came near him, she smelled alcohol from him.

"Did you drink?" Sheryl asked in surprise.
"Yes, I drank a little. I couldn't sleep without drinking alcohol," Charles replied and nodded slightly. "I am going back to my room now. Have a good sleep." Then Charles considerately closed the door for Sheryl.

When she opened the bag, Sheryl found a pajama, a dress and a set of underwear. Surprisingly, the sizes fit her well.

But Sheryl didn't think too much about it. She quickly took a shower. After taking a shower, she looked around for a hair dryer but she couldn't find any. She thought of going downstairs to look for it. But when she went out of her room, she saw that Charles' door was still open. After hesitating for a moment, she eventually decided to go there to check if he was okay.



1 comment:

  1. Am eagerly awaiting for the re union of Charles and Autumn


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