That’s right, there’s no way!
Checking bone age simply requires assessing the closure of the joints. There’s absolutely no need for a blood draw, let alone a paternity test!
Yuna reassured herself. As soon as Frederick left, she turned to Teresa, emphasizing that she must bring her parents to the birthday celebration the next day.
Teresa, thinking it was for Hayes‘ birthday party, didn’t think twice and agreed happily.
Meanwhile, in a suburban casino…
Ever since Yuna had given birth and left for Vespera, Frederick had given the Lockwoods a sum of money. They’d used this money to open a casino in the outskirts of Stonebridge City.
At that time, the smoke–filled casino was bustling with lively card games.
Suddenly, a drunken, rotund man stumbled in.
He slammed his beer bottle on the ground, a reckless grin on his face, and looked at Zoe behind the bar with a challenging and contemptuous gaze, “Hey, Mom. Long–time no see, huh?”
Zoe was taken aback and terrified at the sight of the man.
She was so frightened that her mouth widened, and she stared at the man in shock. “Barnes…”
In an instant, the entire casino fell into an eerie silence. Everyone turned their heads to watch what was happening at the bar.
Barnes, stepping over the glass shards, reeked of alcohol. “Well, well. You remember my name!”
Ablett stood frozen on the spot, as if facing a great enemy.
A gambler not far away glared at Barnes, angrily throwing his cigarette stub on the ground and cursing at Barnes, “What are you doing? If you’ve had too much to drink, go cause a scene elsewhere! Don’t mess with my luck here!”
In a split second, Zoe seemed to see a flash of anger in Barnes‘ eyes. Before she could react, Barnes swiftly moved towards the gambler and grabbed his collar, crashing him onto the floor.
The customers, frightened, quickly scattered, leaving Barnes alone in the center of the casino.
“Dang, it’s about to get ugly!”
“Let’s go, let’s get out of here! If the cops show up, we’re all going to end up behind bars!”
The customers murmured and hurriedly fled.
The gambler, scared out of his wits, stumbled out of the casino as fast as he could.
Barnes, with a cold smirk, dusted off his hands and sat down in the middle of the casino.
“He’s looking for trouble! Doesn’t he know who I used to work for? Right, Mom?”
Zoe finally came to her senses, she and Ablett retreated to one side, but she was hopping mad, “I’m not your mom! Watch your mouth!”
Barnes spat on the ground. “Your daughter used my sperm to conceive, if I don’t call you mom, what should I call you?”
“You… you… How dare you bring this up! You’re spreading it around!” Zoe screamed in shock, and quickly
ran to close the door. Ablett shielded his wife behind him, glaring at Barnes. “What the hell do you want?!” “Cut the crap! Just give me the money!”
Barnes‘ thuggish demeanor left the couple at a loss.
Zoe was breaking out in a cold sweat. “Where do you expect me to get the money from? Haven’t we given you enough over the years?!”
Barnes‘ teeth gritted, seeming not to want to make things difficult for them. He casually took out his phone, calmly saying, “Fine, I’ll call Mr. Winston. After all, I’ve worked for Mr. Winston for many years, he can lend me the money.”
Seeing him opening his contact list, Zoe, scared out of her wits, rushed over and grabbed his hand. “Don’t you dare!”
Barnes‘ eyes darted over, “Are you looking for trouble?”
Zoe timidly let go of his hand, swallowing hard. Finally, she made up her mind to pass this hot potato onto Yuna.
“We don’t have money for you, go find Yuna. Tomorrow is Manley’s birthday at the Rosemary Beaumont Hotel. After the kid’s birthday, you can go find her! But I warn you, don’t show up in front of Mr. Winston! And don’t bring up the child! If anything goes wrong, you won’t get a penny!”
Hearing this, Barnes laughed, a wild and reckless laugh, “Don’t worry! As long as there’s money to be had, and I’m well taken care of, I can keep my mouth shut!”