Chapter 861 Daddy Is Lying
Soon, Lucian stopped his car in front of James’ psychiatric clinic. As Lucian had made the call while he was on the way, James was already waiting at the door.
After getting out of the car, Lucian walked over to the other side to carry Estella, who was still crying. Upon seeing his outstretched hands, she dodged to the side.
“Let me do it,” James offered as he stepped forward. He reached out to Estella and said gently, “Essie, good girl. Let me carry you.”
Estella shook her head and choked out, “I want Ms. Jarvis…”
James couldn’t help but frown in confusion and glance at Lucian.
Lucian had mentioned that Estella wouldn’t stop crying on the phone earlier, but he did not get the chance to explain what had happened in detail.
Meeting James’ eyes, Lucian furrowed his brows and said, “Let’s talk inside.”
James gave him a nod before turning around to coax the girl again. “Ms. Jarvis will be here soon. Come with me first and let’s wait for her inside, all right?”
Estella stared at James doubtfully for quite a while upon hearing that.
James’ face gave nothing away. After all, he was a professional psychiatrist.
Having detected no flaws in his expression, Estella finally stretched her arms toward him and allowed him to carry her out of the car. All the time, she continued to sniffle.
At the sight of her father standing beside them, she whimpered and hid her face in James’ chest. It was clear that she did not want to see Lucian.
Lucian’s eyes darkened when he saw his daughter’s attitude toward him. Nevertheless, he stayed quiet and followed James into the clinic.
James’ confusion grew as he looked at the little girl in his arms.
She had exhibited a similar behavior before, but this was the first time she had shown such strong resistance to Lucian.
What in the world happened?
Arriving at the treatment room, James sat down while holding Estella and signaled Lucian to take a seat across from him.
Estella’s crying had toned down to a mild and quiet sobbing.
After taking a look at her, James turned his gaze to Lucian. “So, tell me, what happened?”
Lucian rubbed his temples. With a deep voice, he began, “It’s because of me. She’s been wanting to tell me something since last night, but I didn’t communicate with her properly because I was preoccupied with work. Earlier, she mentioned visiting the two kids, but I said no. That’s why she got so upset.”
To avoid triggering Estella again, Lucian tried his best not to bring up Roxanne.
Despite that, Estella got all worked up and cried out, “Bad Daddy! Daddy is lying!” Then she started sobbing once more.
James stroked her head and consoled her, “Calm down, Essie. I’ll make your daddy tell the truth.”
He lifted his head and raised his brow at Lucian, his intention evident.
Even the little girl could tell that Lucian had left out the main part of the story, not to mention James.
A troubled look flashed across Lucian’s eyes as he looked at Estella, who just wouldn’t stop weeping.
“I won’t be able to console Essie if I don’t know the specific reason behind this,” James prompted with a shrug.
Lucian cast Estella another glance before finally saying, “She seems to be very concerned about my relationship with Roxanne.”
Puzzled, James scrunched up his eyebrows.
“Roxanne and I had some disagreements yesterday. Perhaps that affected her mood.” Lucian scowled and looked away from James, displeasure written all over his face.