Chapter 146 How Can This Happen?!
Linda took a deep breath and blurted. “Of course I won’t feel uncomfortable.”
Meanwhile, Elisa escorted Julia to her seat.
She cast a glance at Jerry and nodded at him with a smile.
If truth be told, she hadn’t figured out an appropriate way to address Jerry.
Her relationship with Monica was hostile, so she didn’t find it awkward to address her as ‘Mrs. Wickam’.
However, she was in a quandary when it came to Jerry. She couldn’t address him as ‘dad’ because Gareth and she had divorced, but she didn’t want to address him as ‘Mr. Wickam’ either because Jerry was genuinely kind to her and she didn’t want to appear aloof from him. As such, she chose to remain quiet.
Although she had addressed him as ‘dad’ when they last met, she couldn’t bring herself to address him the same in front of so many guests.
Soon, Darren walked into the hall, beaming ear to ear as the guests fawned over him.
Linda instinctively observed the surroundings. That’s strange. Why isn’t Garry here yet?
Just then, Julia held Elisa’s hand and said to the crowd with a wide grin. “Hello everyone, I’d like to introduce to you, my biological granddaughter.”
The crowd was flabbergasted.
Biological granddaughter? We never knew Old Madam Wickam has a granddaughter.
Even Monica gazed at Julia in shock because she was clueless about what was going on.
While the guests were dumbfounded, Julia pulled Elisa closer to her while Elisa wore a shocked look. “Grandma?”
Julia smiled and explained, “In the past when Elisa was my granddaughter-in-law, I’ve always deemed her as my own granddaughter. Even though she has already divorced my grandson, to me, she’s still my dear granddaughter.”
Darren cast a glance at Julia. Although he was slightly displeased, his gaze was still tinged with affection.
Julia was his beloved woman. Despite having devoted his life to his career, he couldn’t bear to separate from his wife.
As such, Darren allowed Julia to do as she pleased when it came to insignificant matters. Moreover, today was her birthday, so he naturally wouldn’t want to upset her.
Julia ignored the shocked gazes of the others and continued, “I’m glad to see so many of you here today. I hereby announce that Elisa will be a member of the Wickam family from now on. Both her parents have passed on, so I’d like to include Elisa in our family tree. This is a decision made by Darren and me after a discussion yesterday.”
There was a change in Monica’s expression. “Mom…”
Before she could finish her sentence, Julia nodded with a smile and interrupted, “Yeah, I know you’re fond of Elisa too. Since she has called you ‘mom’ before this, let’s get her to address you the same from now on. Although she and Gareth have divorced, it would be great to maintain the bond between us. What do you think?”
Monica’s expression turned stiff. Since Julia has already announced it in public, what else can I say?
Before she spoke up, Jerry chimed in with a smile. “You’re right, Mom. Elisa will still be my daughter. I won’t want to lose a daughter just because she and Gareth are not husband and wife anymore.”
A stiff smile tugged at Monica’s lips while she was hot under the collar.
On the other hand, the panicked Linda clenched her fists subconsciously.
Julia had utterly embarrassed her in public today. She was proving to everyone that the one whom the Wickam family approved was Elisa, not Linda.
Besides, what Elisa said during the interview yesterday was not helpful to Linda at all. Given the current situation, there was no way she could marry into the Wickam family anymore!
How can this happen?!
Nonetheless, Linda would never know that Julia had long intended to make that announcement. When she saw Elisa’s interview yesterday, she was…
Chapter 146 How Can This Happen?!