Chapter 990 Leave Essie To Me
“Lucian…” Aubree’s expression stiffened when she saw him. “Why are you here? I thought you were indisposed, so I came to fetch Essie.”
Lucian glanced at her calmly. “I don’t recall asking you to do such a thing.” The expressions of the people around them changed the moment they heard the words.
Pippa began to feel fearful. Although she knew about Aubree and Lucian’s relationship and that Aubree would not dare to do anything drastic to the little girl, Estella was not an ordinary little girl.
If Pippa were to allow Estella to be taken away unknowingly, she would likely face repercussions. Thank goodness Essie didn’t go with her…
Relief washed across Archie’s and Benny’s faces. They had thought that it was weird for Aubree to come to pick up Estella when their father knew the little girl did not like the woman.
It was the evil woman’s ploy all along! Hmph! Good thing we stopped her. “Come here, Essie.” Lucian held out a hand toward the girl.
Still shaken, Estella sniffed aggrievedly and took her father’s hand. Lucian turned to look at Archie and Benny. Before he could speak, a strong gust of wind suddenly blew.
Lucian covered his mouth, trying to stifle his cough. “I won’t be waiting with you today. Will you boys be all right?”
Under normal circumstances, Lucian would have waited with Archie and Benny until Lysa arrived.
However, he did not have the energy to do so today.
Archie and Benny nodded obediently. “We’ll be fine!” They knew that their father was currently sick.
Pippa, who was standing nearby, hurried to reassure Lucian, “Don’t worry, Mr. Farwell. I will watch over the boys.”
Lucian nodded and walked away with Estella in tow.
Since Estella knew that Lucian was feeling unwell, she went with him obediently.
Aubree, on the other hand, was filled with guilt and annoyance after Lucian’s sudden appearance.
Lucian had made her look bad in front of so many people. Despite that, she stubbornly went after them.
After Lucian helped Estella into the car, the car started. From the corner of his eye, he could see Aubree following them in her own vehicle.
Displeasure flashed across Lucian’s eyes.
“Are you okay, Daddy?” Estella stared at Lucian, concern in her red-rimmed eyes.
Lucian patted her on the head. “I’m feeling much better.” He wrinkled his brow and said apologetically, “I didn’t tell Ms. Pearson to pick you up.”
Estella grinned. “Yup, I know!”
Lucian patted the little girl’s head and did not speak for the rest of the journey.
Without waiting for Lucian to carry her, Estella scrambled out of the car the moment they arrived at the Farwell residence and grabbed his hand.
Just as they were about to enter the mansion, the sound of a car door slamming shut sounded from behind them.
Puzzled, Estella turned to see Aubree getting out of her car and marching toward them.
“Daddy…” Estella instinctively shrank toward her father.
Lucian gripped her hand comfortingly. “You can just ignore her.”
Uneasy, Estella stood by his side silently.
Aubree approached them, smiling warmly as she glanced at Estella. It made the girl edge closer to her father. “Lucian, you must be exhausted. Leave Essie to me.”