Treat Me Just Like That [Part II]

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Chapter 39 They Are After the Twins

After spending some time watching the twins sleep, Caroline walked out of the bedroom. She closed the door and found Vincent walking towards her. “You know, we have many more rooms. They don’t have to stay in your room.”

“It’s fine. I want them close to me.”

“You must really love them,” Vincent commented. “Of course, they’re my kids. I love them more than anything in this world. I would do anything for them.”

“Who would have pictured you would be the first to get married and to have children.”

“Please, let’s not talk about my marriage. I only have terrible memories from that.”

“What happened between you two?”

“We divorced and went our separate ways. We shouldn’t have been together, to begin with.” As much as it pained her heart, Caroline wanted to feel like she and Liam were meant to be, but given the current events and how he treated her four years ago, she felt like she had to move on and forget him, but she couldn’t or didn’t want to because he was engraved in her heart.

“Caroline, I actually wanted to talk to you for a moment.” Just then, Mia opened the door. “Mommy,” she called out as she rubbed her eyes. Caroline stepped closer to her and crouched down. “What is it?”

“I want you to sleep next to me.” Caroline showed a tender smile as she caressed Mia’s cheek. “Of course.” Caroline stood back up and looked at Vincent. “Can whatever you have to say to me wait until tomorrow?”

“Yes, of course.”

“Good night,” Caroline said before going inside the bedroom. She walked to the bed with Mia and tucked her into bed. “I will take a quick shower and then I will come to sleep, okay?” Mia nodded.

After Caroline showed, she walked to the bed and laid in between the toddlers. She pressed a kiss on their foreheads and fell asleep happily with her children next to her. She has missed sleeping next to them. There was truly nothing she loved more in the world than her children.

The next day, after having breakfast, Caroline was walking around the giant garden as she watched the twins run around, playing tag. She wore a smile on her face as she looked at them going after each other. Caroline then began to walk to a table near the manor. She took a seat in front of a table filled with a lavish amount of desserts. She continued to watch over the twins as she took a sip of her perfectly brewed tea.

Right at that moment, Alexandra walked closer to her and took a seat on the chair next to her. The butler grabbed the porcelain teapot at served some tea on Alexandra’s teacup. Alexandra took a sip of the tea and then said, “I never pictured you having kids.”

“Why not?”

“I guess I never really wanted to picture you with kids... It suits you. You make a great mother.” Caroline chuckled softly. “You think so?”

“I see the love you have for them in your eyes. Just like how I looked at my children when they were young. Just like how your mother used to look at you and Mark... Just like how I used to look at you. You have that spark in your eyes.” After a pause, Alexandra added, “I love you so much, Caroline. I love you as if you were my daughter.”

“Do really think I can be the perfect mother for them?”

“There is no such thing as perfect in this world. No mother is the perfect mother, Caroline. The only thing you can do is raise them and lead them to the right path. And of course, love them. Love them unconditionally,” Alexandra spoke, “how are things with Liam? Is he the father?” Caroline was about to take a sip of her tea before she paused. She placed the teacup back on the saucer and looked at Alexandra. “Can we refrain from talking about him?”

“Of course, dear.” Caroline looked over the children who were now playing with Mark and Charles. Carline finished her cup of tea and looked at the designer watch on her wrist. She said as she stood up, “excuse me.” She walked over to the toddlers running around in the garden and Charles walked over to them. “Let’s go to the stables,” Caroline said. “Alright.”

Charles led them all the way towards the stables. They walked inside the white-colored stables, brightly illuminated, and horses sticking out their heads from the stalls. Caroline held the twins’ hands as they walked past the stalls. Caroline stopped walking when she found a gorgeous black stallion. She walked closer to the stall and let go of the twins’ hands. She gently neared her hand towards the horse and then softly pressed her hand on the horse’s head.

“Be careful. He’s not very... friendly.” Charles’ words were cut off when he saw Caroline gently petting the horse in front of her. Caroline smiled and looked at him. “Why didn’t you tell me you had a Friesian here?”

“You never asked.”

“What’s his name?”

“Blackie,” Charles responded, making Caroline chuckle. Caroline looked down at the children by her side and asked, “do you want to pet him?”

“Yes!” Mia exclaimed. Caroline picked Mia up and slowly neared her to the horse. Mia gently petted the horse before Caroline let her back down to pick Ian up. She let him pet the horse as well before going walking around the stable again. “I see Vincent really had everything built the same.”

“Yes, he wanted everything to be the same. At least this stable was preserved during the fire.” Caroline again spotted a horse that caught her attention. She walked closer to the brown horse with a white blaze marking on its head. She approached the horse and began to pet it. “What’s his name?” She asked. “Blaze,” he responded. “What’s the breed?” Charles asked, waiting to see if Caroline would be able to recognize the horses’ breed.

With her attention preoccupied on the beautiful stallion in front of her, she responded, “Andalusian.” Charles was taken aback by Caroline’s response. “Okay, what about that one?” Charles pointed at the white horse in the stall in front of them. Caroline turned around and responded, “Lipizzaner.”

After a pause, Caroline added, “you have a wide variety of horses here. She looked at the gray Fjord nearby and admired its beauty. The mane varying from white and black triangles. She was petting the horse when the caretaker walked up to them while leading a horse by the reins.

“Hello, Mr. King,” greeted the man. “Hello, Nicolas.” Caroline smiled, showing her pearly white teeth. “Hello, I’m Caroline King.” She extended out her hand and shook his hand. “Nicolas Fox.”

“Pleasure to meet you.” Charles then spoke, “this is my cousin, and these are her children, Mia and Ian.” Nicolas shifted his gaze from Caroline to the toddlers standing next to her. “Hello. Pleasure to meet you.” Mia waved her hand as she said in a cute voice, “hello.”

“Hello,” Ian greeted. Caroline looked at the man and commented, “that’s a beautiful Thoroughbred.” The man looked at the horse next to him and said, “you sure know your horses, Ms. King. His name is Pepper.”

“Well, we don’t want to take much of your time. I’m sure you have to go home to your family. Have a good day, Nicolas.” Charles stated leading Caroline out of the stable. As they walked back to the mansion, Charles said, “so, what do you want to do now?”

“I don’t think there is much to do. Dinner is later tonight. Vincent, Victor, and Mason have disappeared. My mom and Roxy went out shopping and Alexandra probably joined them. Mark is probably in the living room doing the work he procrastinated. Though I do wonder why you are trying to distract me. Where are Vincent, Victor, and Mason and why did they ask you to keep me distracted?”

Charles let out a chuckle. “We can never fool the great Caroline King, can we?” Caroline looked at the twins and said, “how about a race back to the manor?” The twins began to run ahead, and Caroline stayed behind with Charles. She crossed her arms and commanded, “speak.”

“We have been receiving letters... they have been threatening our family. In the most recent one...” Charles took out an envelope from his pocket and handed it to Caroline. Inside the envelope were pictures of the twins when they arrived yesterday at the manor. The picture portrayed the twins running around in the garden right before sunset. “What the hell is this?”

“I think they are after the twins.”

“Who the fuck did this?”

“We don’t know yet. They are trying to find out who it is.” Caroline let out a sigh. “Those useless waste of space. How could they not tell me someone knew about the twins? I have done everything to protect them.” After a pause, she added, “if you don’t find whoever is after the twins in the next twenty-four hours, I will take matters into my own hands.” Caroline hit Charles’s chest as she handed him the envelope.

Caroline walked away and hurried to the twins. When she reached the manor, she found them sitting on the couch as a maid handed them a glass of water. She walked past them and made her way to Vincent’s study. She opened the door and barged inside the study.

Looking at the men inside, Caroline exclaimed, “where the fuck have you?”

“Caroline,” Vincent calmly spoke, “what is going on?”

“Tell me, who was the genius that thought it would be a great idea to keep the fact that we’re being threatened and that my children are part of their target?” The men inside the room stayed silent. “One of you useless wastes of space better have a solution. Tell me that the person that was once after us is already on their way to hell.”

“Caroline, calm down,” Mason spoke, “we are still looking for the culprit. We have improved security. There are bodyguards everywhere. Your children are going to be fine.”

“How could you let this happen? What is wrong with you?”

“Caroline, this is not the first time we get these sorts of letters,” Vincent spoke, “sooner or later, we will find whoever is responsible and we will take care of it.”

“Is this what you wanted to tell me yesterday? Why didn’t you tell me before? Why did you send your little errand boy to keep a close watch on me?”

“Caroline, that’s-. We received that envelope this morning. We are working to find who sent the pictures, don’t worry.”

“You have twenty-four hours. If you fail, I will take care of this situation and if anything happens to my children, I will make sure all of you pay.” Caroline stormed out of the study and bumped into Charles as she strutted by.

“Why did you tell her?” Vincent asked. “She has the right to know,” Charles responded, “if anything, she has the motivation for taking care of this issue.”

“Never mind Caroline. She does not have what it takes. We can deal with this by ourselves.” Charles chucked. “You need to stop underestimating your sister. All that underestimation will come and bite you in the ass later.”

“I am not underestimating her. She doesn’t have what it takes. I have worked alongside father all these years. I know what to do in a situation like this.” Charles let out a sigh. “Don’t say I didn’t warn you.” Charles looked at Vincent and said, “you better find whoever it is before she does. There is no telling what she might do.”

Then, Charles turned around and walked out of the study. He walked to the living room where he found Mark focused on the laptop screen in front of him and the twins sitting alongside him. He looked around for Caroline and found her outside with her cellphone in one hand and a cigarette in the other. She placed her cellphone by her ear as she made a phone call. “Joseph, I know it’s thanksgiving, but there is something you must do.”

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