If it was true, then this baby certainly couldn’t stay.
Grannie Anita watched Anastasia with affection-filled eyes, especially when her gaze fell on Anastasia’s baby bump. Her acting was so convincing that she deserved an Oscar for
Anastasia glanced at Herman, her eyes questioning his intentions. Despite being married into the Salstrom family for quite some time, she hadn’t really spent a night well in the Salstrom house.
Sensing Grannie Anita’s desire for Anastasia to stay, Herman nodded in agreement. “Alright, Anastasia and I will stay the night.”
On hearing this, Grannie Anita, overjoyed, instructed the housekeeper to prepare the room. Flynn chimed in, “Herman, Ana, Grannie hasn’t been this happy in a long time. Why don’t you just move back in? The house will be livelier.”
Herman diverted the topic. “When are you bringing a girlfriend home, Flynn? The house will be even more vibrant then.”
Flynn laughed, “Why are you dragging me into this? I’m not as lucky as you, bro, to have found a wonderful wife like Anastasia. I’m going to bed before I become a third wheel.”
After Flynn left, Grannie Anita, wearing a warm smile, advised Anastasia, “Pregnant ladies should walk a bit after meals. It helps with the delivery. Stand up and take a stroll.” All of Grannie Anita’s words were centered around Anastasia and her unborn child’s well-being. Anastasia, with a faint smile, replied, “Sure. After every meal, Herman and I will take a walk in the yard.”
“That’s good,” Grannie Anita responded. “Stay active, and rest well.”
Anastasia wasn’t quite used to Grannie Anita’s sudden affectionate attitude. It was unsettling to see Grannie Anita’s smiling face when Anastasia remembered how she usually behaved. Grannie Anita’s concern for her that night was somewhat overwhelming.
However, Anastasia didn’t let it show, thinking she was probably overthinking.
Herman took Anastasia for a walk in the yard, and Anastasia glanced at Katelyn’s room on the second floor. The room light was on, and the sound of Feiman talking to Katelyn could faintly be heard. Feiman’s voice was a bit loud. Anastasia looked at Herman: “Are they arguing?”
Herman said, “Don’t worry about it. The more they argue, the better.”
Anastasia was pelplexed, “Who would wish for their parents to fight?”
Herman said, “My mother has been holding it in for these few months. If she doesn’t vent this anger, there will always be a grudge between the two.”
The fact that a husband cheated and even had an illegitimate child is not an easy hurdle for anyone to overcome. In a marriage that she thought was loving and honest, she found out that she’s deceived from the very beginning. Who can accept this?
Anastasia didn’t say anything more, refraining from commenting.
After taking a stroll in the yard, Anastasia and Herman went to their room.
Pregnant women’s feet tend to swell. Anastasia would soak her feet in warm water every night before bed. As Herman was helping her with this, Grannie Anita spotted them from the hallway. The sight of Herman caring for Anastasia agitated her. Never had she seen her grandson so attentive to someone. He even washed a woman’s feet. It was quite unbecoming.
Anastasia, used to Herman’s care, was glowing with happiness. The happier Anastasia looked, the more upset Grannie Anita felt.
Upon noticing Grannie Anita, Herman called out, “Grannie, why are you still up?”
Seeing Grannie Anita, Anastasia quickly pulled her feet back, feeling slightly embarrassed. “I was just heading to bed,” Grannie Anita responded. Her demeanor was changing rapidly. She wore a loving smile and said, “Pregnancy can cause swollen feet. Herman, pregnancy is not easy for women. You must take good care of Anastasia.”
Herman nodded, “Mhm.” He too found Grannie Anita’s sudden change of heart quite
After Grannie Anita left, Herman went to dispose of the water while Anastasia pondered
over Grannie Anita’s words. Her unease was growing.
Even if Grannie Anita cared for her great-grandson, seeing Herman wash Anastasia’s feet couldn’t possibly make her cheerful. This was highly irregular.
Was this the same Grannie Anita who used to chew her out?