After both Matthew and Sasha hopped into the car, Matthew drove straight to Lakeside Garden, during which Sasha tried multiple times to pry information about the surprise out of him. However, Matthew only responded with a smile throughout the journey. That, of course, only made her itch with curiosity.
It did not take long before they arrived at the entrance of Lakeside Garden.
“Why did you bring me here?” she asked, clearly confused.
Still, Matthew held on to the suspense and continued driving ahead with a smile.
Seeing how the distance between them and the gates of Lakeside Garden was gradually closing in, Sasha nervously yelped, “Matthew! Why are you heading this way? Hurry, stop the car! We will be entering Lakeside Garden’s compound if you keep going. You know that outsiders aren’t allowed in there!”
Seeing how the car kept moving at the same speed, she quickly added, “We should still respect Mr. Newman’s authority even though you are on good terms with him. He did say that no outsider is allowed to step foot into this place. We will only cause trouble for him if you go in like this…”
Unbeknownst to her, they had already reached the gates before Sasha could even finish her sentence.
A look of embarrassment soon appeared on her face. Just what was Matthew thinking?! What if they were stopped by the security guards of the area? Or even worse, what should they say if they had to explain themselves to the guards?
However, what happened next was not at all what Sasha had expected. Not only did the guards not stop Matthew, they even respectfully bowed before directing them into the compounds of Lakeside Garden.
Sasha was momentarily stunned by the unexpected hospitality, but when she finally found her tongue, she blabbered, “What… What just happened? Why didn’t they stop us? Doesn’t Lakeside Garden belong to Mr. Newman and his people? Not even the important figures from the Ten Greatest Families could come in. Not unless they are the owners of this place.”
Her words made Matthew smile, and he then kept driving without giving a reply. His reaction resulted in a stupefied look on her face, and she gingerly asked, “Matthew, what exactly is going on? Just what kind of surprise are you hiding from me?”
Sasha suddenly remembered something Matthew had said to her before. At the thought of that, she could instantaneously feel her heart thumping hard in her chest. Matthew had mentioned wanting to buy her a house in Lakeside Garden!
Could this be the surprise he had for her?
Matthew continued driving a short distance before they eventually reached the biggest villa situated at the best location in the residential area. Then, he parked his car in the big yard.
Sasha’s eyes and mouth were agape as she stared at the building. At a glance, she could easily tell how much this villa must have cost.
“Sasha,” Matthew called out smilingly. “Didn’t you want to meet Nat all this while? I have brought you here today to see her.”
Sasha had not had the chance to get close to Natalie, as the wedding between Matthew and Sasha had been carried out rather hastily. Furthermore, Natalie had been so sick that the Cunninghams did not allow her to attend their wedding. Following that, the Cunningham Family had not permitted Natalie to set foot in their home, which was why she had been renting a place to stay outside ever since. The Cunninghams, too, never once visited her to make sure she was fine.
“Natalie? Where is she? Has she returned home?‘ Sasha asked, obviously agitated.
Sasha had asked Matthew multiple times about when Natalie was coming home, she clearly missed his younger sister. In order to keep Sasha in the dark about what was actually happening to Natalie, he had told Sasha that Natalie had been receiving medical treatment somewhere faraway. At that moment, the doors to the villa were opened from inside.
Natalie peeked her head out to check the source of the chattering, and when she spotted Matthew, she joyfully hopped over while she singsonged, ‘Matthew! Matthew!”
Sasha’s eyes widened as she looked at the figure skipping happily.
Natalie, still unaware of Sasha’s presence, threw herself into Matthew’s arms before hugging her brother close.
Matthew smiled while he patted her on the head and began to introduce them to each other, “Sasha, meet my sister, Natalie…”
He then looked at his sister and said, “Nat, let me introduce you to Sasha. She is my wife, which makes her your sister-in-law…”
However, Matthew was not able to finish the introduction before Natalie’s voice rang out. “Aren’t… Aren’t you the lady with the sunglasses?”
Matthew confusedly asked her a question in return. “Lady with the sunglasses? What are you talking about, Nat?”
Natalie immediately answered, “Don’t you remember, Matthew? l have told you about her before. A lady with sunglasses used to visit me often when l was sick. She even brought me a lot of presents!”
She then proudly declared, “This is the lady with sunglasses I told you about!”
Matthew’s eyes unconsciously widened as they gradually turned moist from the tears that began to fill them.
All this while, he thought that Sasha had never paid Natalie a visit. It was only now did he realize that he had been misunderstanding the whole situation all this while!