Warren saw his uncle sitting on his usual chair with a gloomy expression on his face.
However the moment he saw Warren, his expression immediately changed. He hurried over and embraced him.
It was a little bit awkward for Warren since his uncle was never one to openly show emotion like this. Something must be bothering him, otherwise he would never be so affectionate now.
"Warren, it's good to see you my boy. It has been way too long!"
Warren responded by smiling and saying "Yes Uncle. It has been too long, I hope my absence wasn't too much of a hindrance to you and Aunt Joanne. "
"Not at all," Uncle Geoffrey laughed.
He made small talk with Warren until Aunt Joanne called them for dinner. Time really flies when you're having fun, and since Warren and his uncle had so much to talk about, they didn't even notice that almost 3 hours have passed.
Aunt Joanne made her specialty: fried rice with braised pork balls in gravy. Warren enjoyed the meal since he missed home-cooked meals so much when he was on campus.
Aunt Joanne pulled out all the stops and made this meal specifically for him. If you ever heard of the last meal that prisoners on death row would receive, this would be equivalent to that. She made it to her heart's content, since she wanted Warren to enjoy it for one final time.
After the meal Aunt Joanne was busy tidying up and cleaning everything when Uncle Geoffrey called Warren to accompany him to his room. Geoffrey nodded once at his wife and gestured to Warren to enter his bedroom. After that he pulled out a key from within the drawer in his room.
The key looked familiar to Warren and he couldn't register where he had seen it. His uncle then declared "Warren what I am about to share with you is something that has been eating away at me for the past 17 years. I cannot keep this from you any longer."
Warren had a puzzled look on his face, when his uncle continued "You have seen this key before and have constantly prohibited you from ever touching it. This key is to a chest that carries the secrets of who you are."
'Who I am?' Warren thought to himself. 'I am Warren Cole, the one and only son of Elizabeth Cole. Is there something that I'm missing?'
Reading his mind, Uncle Geoffrey then said "My sister made me promise to keep this a secret from you, but I cannot do it anymore. Even if I do so, I'm afraid it would be meaningless, since you will find out about this sooner rather than later."
Hearing this, Warren immediately starting feeling uncomfortable. 'What is going on? And why is Uncle Geoffrey so serious now all of a sudden?'
After that Uncle Geoffrey strode towards his bed. He used all his energy as he pushed it to the side. Where the bed stood, was a trap door. Uncle Geoffrey used another key to open the trap door and pulled out a chest. The chest was very dusty and after blowing on it, he used the key that he showed to Warren earlier, to open it.
Holding his breath, Warren expected to see countless golden coins, only to be greeted by some documents lying around.
Uncle Geoffrey reached out his hand and pulled out his birth certificate. On it was his name, his mother's name and a rather strange name.
"Johnathan Parker. Who's this?" Warren asked puzzled.
'The name sounds very familiar. Where have I heard it before?' he thought.
Without responding, Uncle Geoffrey reached into the chest again and pulled out a photograph. Warren could determine with a single glance that the photo must be at least 20 years old.
In the photograph he could instantly make out the familiar face and figure of his mother, since he had seen plenty of photographs of her.
The person next to her, however, looked foreign, yet also very familiar.
"That is Johnathan Parker. He is your father," Uncle Geoffrey said.
Startled, Warren could only ask "M-my f-father?"
"Yes. He is also Johnathan Parker, one of the richest people in The Cape Continent. You might have seen his face somewhere before."
This news was like a bomb which exploded right in Warren's face. He couldn't register what his uncle just told him. It's impossible right? This has to be a joke, but why would his uncle lie about this. And why did this man who was with his mother in the photograph look so familiar? Upon closer inspection Warren realized where he had seen him before.
There is a billboard right in front of the campus with his face on it. His name was also Johnathan Parker.
'How on earth can he be my father'
Warren couldn't accept it.
"Are you trying to make fun of me, Uncle Geoffrey, because this isn't funny. You know our financial situation all too well, so why would you declare that one of the richest people in all of the Cape Continent is my father?"
"That is because he is your father. He was your mother's greatest love and also her greatest loss," Uncle Geoffrey responded solemnly.
There was a hint of sadness in his tone.
"What do you mean when you say he was my mother's greatest loss?" Warren asked puzzled. Thinking about what he just said, Uncle Geoffrey immediately frowned and said "Never mind.""Although we kept this a secret from you for such a long time, I want you to know that your mother had a very good reason for it.""She had know an indescribable joy when she met your father. But you should know that when someone learns to love so deeply, they are even more vulnerable to disappointment and heartache." Still trying to come to terms with the fact that his father is one of the richest men in all of the Cape Continent, Warren couldn't help but feel that his uncle's reasoning made sense. What happened between his mother and father? Even though something terrible might have occurred, it didn't make sense that he and his family had to suffer in poverty for such a long time, when he had a father who could afford anything he wanted. "Warren, I know that you're confused
'He just had to say it, didn't he?' Warren thought to himself.It is true that 'Wax Man' is just a name that Gary came up with in order to taunt Warren, but the name in itself also carries a lot of weight. Back in high school, Gary was a real bully. He had his ocassional pranks with which he would unnerve a lot of students. One time he poured super glue in Warren's hat, and when Warren put it on, the hat became stuck. Warren had to forceully remove his hat, but in doing so, he lost the majority of his hair. In order to avoid any more embarrassment, he cut his hair bald. This action, however, caused a lot more harm than good. A lot of his other classmates also started bullying him more fiercely when they saw his bald and shiny head. Warren had to stay at home for two to three weeks so that his hair may grow back. The bruised ego he suffered back then, caused him to become even more introverted as well as enhance the fear he felt for Gary. He could never forgive nor forget that
After he paid for the groceries, Warren walked back home. On his way there, he encountered a little girl sitting on the sidewalk. She couldn't be more than five years old, and her neat and clean dress, oozed wealth.What caught Warren's eye was the trace of a teardrop down her cheek.'Why is she crying? Where is her parents? Is she lost, or something?' Warren had a lot of questions running through his mind. He couldn't handle his curiosity any longer, so he approached the little girl and asked her "Hello, may I ask where your parents are?"The girl stared at him and just shook her head.'She doesn't trust me enough to tell me anything. Guess it can't be helped. Especially since I'm a stranger and I often come across as shady because of my sense of dressing.'Warren didn't want to bother her any further, since he felt that this was a scenario he didn't want to get too involved with. So he decided to leave.However, the
Still looking in awe at Warren's back as he was leaving, Miss Sun's thoughts were interrupted when Kayla pulled on her hand."Miss Sun, could you please call my mommy. I want to go home. It is not right of me to bother you on your day off." Kayla didn't want her teacher to feel bad, since she already felt as if she was a burden to her."Don't worry, Kayla. I will call her immediately so that you may be reunited with her."After that Miss Sun called a number and conversed with a certain individual for a minute or two.30 minutes later a Porsche Taycan arrived at the school gate. Out stepped a very beautiful and elegant woman. She looked as if she was in her mid twenties and her exquisite and classy demeanor could turn any men's knees into jelly. She greeted Miss Sun and after a few pleasantries, she left with Kayla.Warren, on the other hand, just arrived at home. His aunt was waiting for him with her arms crossed in front of her c
One hour later Cassidy was driving towards the location that Warren sent to her on WhatsApp. She was surprised when she saw the area in which Warren was staying. It seems so underdeveloped. However, it makes sense given Warren's family's financial situation. She drove for a few more blocks until she arrived in front of a rather small house. Before she could send a message, she saw a familiar figure open the door and wave at her. She recognized Warren instantly and got out of the car to meet him.Cassidy didn't have any romantic feelings for Warren, she just felt pity for him. It breaks her heart seeing her classmate living in such conditions. She felt that it would be best if Warren attended Gary's function so that he may at least interact with people of a higher social class. This could help him in building his own relationships and connections, which will be beneficial to him in the long run."I'm sorry I arrived a little bit earlier. I didn't have any br
'A mansion for 2 million dollars? She must have a substantial amount of money if she could afford that,' Warren thought."So is she coming to join us then? It would be an honor to meet such a great person," Warren said embarrassedly as he laughed."Don't be so flustered, she is a rather down to earth person. She's already at the venue of the function, so she will only be able to join us in 1o minutes. In the meantime we could order so long."Warren didn't know what to think. He only wanted to spend some time alone with Cassidy. Although there were no romantic sparks flying in the air, it was the only opportunity he had to talk to someone as beautiful as her. If her sister were to arrive then the half hour they had left before the function began would be wasted. He would most probably be relegated to being the third wheel when Cassidy and her sister started talking.At that moment a Porsche Taycan arrived at the entrance of The Ligh
The three of them continued their meal in relative peace. When they were done, they went downstairs to pay the bill. When Warren saw how much the food cost that they just ate, he instantly became nauseous. 10 thousand dollars for breakfast is just insane! He became nervous because he could even afford a tenth of the meal. Why would Cassidy bring him here, if not to embarrass him? Warren didn't know what to do."I will pay this time, I remember distinctively it was you who paid the last time," Cassidy said nonchalantly."I don't think so. You paid the last time, so now it's my turn. In addition to that, I will also pay for his meal," Claire added as she pointed towards Warren.Warren was confused. Why would they argue about who should pay for the meal? Do they not see how outrageous the amount is? It is impossible for the breakfast to cost that much.After a few more exchanges between the two. They finally reached a consensus and Claire p
Warren and Cassidy found Gary's current behavior pleasant, since he wasn't so domineering and irritating as he was at first. Gary on the other hand knew exactly why he had to be in his best behavior now, since he had something special planned at the end of the event.The function proceeded without any mishaps and Warren enjoyed himself. It was at this moment when Gary signaled for everyone to quiet down. He had something important to say."Ladies and gentlemen. I would like to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to attend my humble event. The reason for the particular festivities today, is to pay homage to Mrs Evans for her purchase on her new villa. We as Robertsons Equity Estate would like to thank her for her wonderful contribution towards the company. "There was a round of applause as everyone congratulated Claire. She was used to this kind of attention. It comes with the privileges of being wealthy. So she smiled nonchalantly a