“Why are you looking at me like that? I come here to talk about your daughter. Here, in this magazine, I saw her. I want to know about the scholarship too. Does she win?” Her voice declared she was very excited.
The woman opened the magazine called “Femme”. Caleb saw many beautiful girls in ‘Lexy’ jeans, a popular fashion brand among adolescents nowadays.
He spotted a girl with light-brown and medium hair who owned a pair of illuminated blue sapphires in her eyes. With that kind of face, the staffs at the child adoption center named her ‘Angela’ before Caleb and Bianna took her to their family and she became their ‘Alexis’ since then.
“She’s so beautiful, Caleb. The girl is prettier every time I see her.”
“Yes, she is.” Caleb could not hide his proudness though he was familiar with the positive words people complimented all of his children.
“Congratulations father of the year—no of every year, I think.” She gave a wink.
Caleb shook his head modestly, “You overrate me. They are naturally special and smart. God gifted them the gracefulness. Bianna and I are very lucky parents.”
She rolled her eyes when he mentioned the word ‘God’; it was like that word irritated her ears.
“You raised them well, you and Bianna. No god’s work, honey. I just heard that Alexis got accepted to the Medical School yesterday. Amazing jobs, doctor. They’re amazing and you too. All of your children are good and smart. It’s because of you. Don’t be humble. Tell me, which one does the girl choose? Medical school or modeling job?”
She did not just speak but rubbed his feet with hers.
The doctor politely removed his feet from the dangerous position. His heartbeat eccentrically danced, not because of the sexual arousal, but the fear of her quick move.
Caleb had neither fallen into to the trap nor curious to learn her charm. On the contrary, he was afraid if someone came and mistook the situation. The only ones he cared were his wife and his children, the most precious treasure he would never let anything taking them away.
“I’m married and I love her so much. How many times did I tell you not to do this? I don’t like your game. I despise it. Delete my name on your list.”
“Okay, relax.” She gave a shrugged, no sign of understanding. “So?”
The doctor held his breath patiently. “Alexis wants to do both but it’s hard to study and work at the same time. When she’s going to be a medical student, she will focus on her study only. This work…” He tapped his finger on the photo, “…just a part-time job. She earns good money but she knows what she has to do,”
The woman grinned. “Sound like your answer, not hers. How about the scholarship? I heard she tends to win and that means a lot of money. And your family may have to relocate.”
She talked about the government scholarships offering to five students who had excellent grades and live in the fourteen states. It meant the big fortune for the winners. They will be admitted to the private University of Futuristic Metropolis, the same title of the capital, where all the elites and the best of the bests education courses were there.
After the graduation, the scholars would be admitted to work in the governmental organizations depending on their field. It was not only about money but also the bright future.
“The result will be announced next week. There are almost hundred candidates from all over the nation. Honestly, we wish she’ll win but the other kids are the crème too. Well, since Jesse and Bryce couldn’t, we tried not to hope because we don’t want to pressure her. Just see their names as the candidates, we’re so proud.”
Caleb stood up and arranged his bags. It was eight and his wife might finish her shift. Bianna might be waiting while chatting with her mates. He would not risk his life letting her find him with this woman alone in his office.
Women had the superior sense than men, especially towards women. And Bianna was a woman who knew this nurse’s notorious reputation well. His wife was not too positive to think they were just talking. This woman had few friends among the other nurses here.
“You’re on duty? Night shift?” asked he.
“Yes, night shift. You don’t have to shorten our conversation, doctor. I know you love her but just talking with me for a few minutes will not hurt anyone. Can you just give me sometimes?”
“You don’t think people know you are the real heartbreaker? Last month, Phil kept himself and spoke to none. Last year, you broke Nathan’s heart into pieces and he had to request for transfer.
Oh, and there are many men out there. We’re getting old. Why don’t you stop playing and find someone like your sister did. I mean to find the right one?” His tone sounded like a father in the church.
She almost opened her mouth to make the counter argument but Caleb stopped it.
“Don’t,” he said glaring at her pretty face. “Don’t argue. And don’t come into my office like this again. Next time, I report to Erin for sure, I will.”
Erin was the nurse who had the first date of her forty years and also the head of all nurses here. He hoped to see the fear in those bright green eyes. However, his intention completely failed.
She stood up with an arrogant smile. “Your words hurt me enough, Caleb, such a cold.” She pinched her voice just to make fun of him.
However, before she walked out of the room, Caleb inhaled and left the final message with the purpose to kill her stubbornness and this time was colder than ever, “I’m serious, Mary, please has some senses. You’re not a child anymore.”