Chapter 327 Don’t be Mean to Ma’am
“Daddy!” Andrew was terrified, hugging him around the waist and crying. “Don’t be mean to Ma’am and don’t blame Auntie Lea. Let’s go and find Ada. She must be terrified now.”
Ada grew up afraid of the dark and loved to cry. He broke down at the thought of Ada cowering in a corner, crying, or being abducted by some criminal. He stared at Lea and yelled coldly. “You had better tell me exactly what was going on.”
Kisa fought back the pain in her arm and got up from the ground, then tugged at Lea. “Don’t be afraid. Tell us how Ada disappeared.”
Lea kept shivering in fright and said with tearful eyes, Just now it was crowded in the dessert shop. I–I took Andrew to buy some desserts and let Ada wait in her seat. When we came back from the table, A–Ada was gone.”
Kisa subconsciously looked at Andrew, who nodded. “It is really none of Aunt Lea’s fault. Daddy, let’s go find Ada.”
“How long has Ada been missing?” Kisa asked Lea again.
“I–I think she has been gone for about ten minutes. Andrew and I were looking around and didn’t find her.
“No one should dare to abduct children in the school
neighborhood. Ada should have walked away on her own and accidentally got lost somewhere. Let’s split up and look for her now.” Kisa looked around anxiously. There were three forks in the road, and she pointed to a bustling alley. “I will look over there. Lea, you take Andrew and wait at the dessert shop because I’m afraid Ada will come back on her own again.”
She then looked at Gilbert, whose face was ghastly. “I know Ada is missing, and you are anxious. In fact, we are all anxious. Better hurry up to find her. When you get her back, you can punish me any way you want.”
“What if we don’t find her?” Gilbert’s voice was terribly
Kisa felt a tinge of pain in her heart. She did not know if she was comforting herself or Gilbert, but she said, almost spelling out her words, “There is no what if. We will find Ada,” and then she turned and hurried down the alley.
Gilbert suddenly said aloud from behind her, “I will not spare you if anything happens to Ada.”
Kisa stopped dead in her tracks, clenched her hands at her side, and forced a smile. “I know. I won’t spare myself either.” With that, she rushed into the alley without looking back. She was at fault with this incident. Had she not promised the two children yesterday that she would pick them up, they would not have persisted in waiting at school. Had she come ten minutes earlier, Ada would not
have gone missing. She was the one who was too obsessed with the contract, the one who promised the children and then failed to keep her word. The children loved her so much, but she had broken her word to them. When she thought of Ada always hugging her and calling her affectionately, she had a lump in her throat.
She wiped the tears away and stopped a young couple who walked past. “Have you seen a little girl this tall, not too chubby, not too thin, with a pair of pigtails and wearing a Smart Bees Pre–School uniform?”