Jack’s reaction was very solemn. He replied, “Please don’t joke. She’s a colleague at my company.
She’s just a young woman, and she doesn’t have a boyfriend. If you say that, people might
The instructor was taken aback. After a moment, she turned and apologized to Cheryl. “I’m sorry, I
shouldn’t have asked.”
Actually, it was a common joke in Easton, so Cheryl didn’t take it to heart.
But seeing how serious Jack had been, she became flustered. She suddenly felt like she was seen
as something precious.
Outside the classroom, Cheryl followed behind Jack. “Jack, Caroline asked me to invite you to her
place tonight to watch Sonia’s new show. Do you want to come?”
Jack didn’t think much about it. “Sure.”
When they got to the elevator, Cheryl looked at Jack’s broad and solid back. She said softly,”
Actually … you didn’t have to be so serious just now.”
“That instructor was just joking.”
Jack tilted his head and said, equally somberly, “I know, but I only consider you like my little
sister. I don’t want her to misunderstand the pure relationship between us.”
The smile froze on Cheryl’s face. “L–little sister…”
“That’s right. I’ve always wanted a sweet and sensible little sister like you. Cheryl, is that okay?”
Cheryl was flabbergasted. Why was Jack so clueless? She pressed her lips together but managed
a sweet smile in the end. “A–alright.”
Jack patted Cheryl’s shoulder. “Alright. I’m in a great mood today. I’m going to buy you a gift.”
Cheryl couldn’t find the voice to speak.
Caroline only noticed the gold bracelet on Cheryl’s wrist that afternoon when she got into the car
“When did you buy that?” Caroline asked.
“Jack gave it to me,” Cheryl answered honestly. Her gaze fell on Jack as he drove in the front seat.
Jack was still very excited. He joyfully asked Caroline, “What do you think of this bracelet, Ms.
Caroline lifted Cheryl’s wrist and looked it over carefully. After a moment, she said, “It’s very
pretty. It’s not cheap, is it? Mr. Jack, you’ve finally got it.”
“Got it? What do you mean, Ms. Evans?”
Cheryl hurriedly interrupted and said, “Big brother, what Caroline means is that you finally got it
and bought this bracelet for me in exchange for all the dinners I made you.”
As she said this, she kept winking at Caroline.
Caroline said, “Big brother?”
“Yes, we’re like siblings now. The kind that don’t share parents.”
“Siblings with different parents?” For a moment, Caroline really didn’t know how to react.
“Yes,” Cheryl said. She really didn’t know what else to say, either.
After they got out of the car, Caroline finally had the chance to ask Cheryl what was going on.
Cheryl told her about what had happened earlier, which caused Caroline to throw her head back
Seeing the vexation in Cheryl’s eyes, Caroline patted her on the shoulder as she held her stomach.
“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to laugh. I really didn’t expect Mr. Jack to be so clueless.”
“Yeah. I really can’t believe someone like him could have had a crush on you before,” Cheryl said
Caroline pressed her lips together, wanting to laugh, but she knew she shouldn’t. Seeing Jack
come closer, she couldn’t hold it in anymore. She burst into laughter again.
Jack was confused when he returned after parking the car. “What’s so funny, Ms. Evans?”
Caroline laughed even harder after Jack said this.
Right then, Jack suddenly saw Kirk with many bags of different sizes. Jack was agog and looked
at Kirk as if he were an alien as he came closer.
Kirk had seen Caroline and the others when he had turned the corner. Seeing how happy Caroline
was, he almost doubted that it was her.