Jeremy narrowed his eyes and asked, “Are you close with the owner?”
Corinne nodded. “Yes. We always came here for supper in the past.”
“Yea… My friends and I!” Corinne answered.
Suddenly, he remembered the owner saying he was more handsome than the last guy Corinne brought here before. Did that mean Corinne always brought guys over too? Who were they?
Jeremy’s eyebrows furrowed. “Friends? Your ex?”
Corinne nodded honestly. “Nope. I’m ashamed to tell you this, but I’ve never had a boyfriend before, so I don’t have exes. I came here with my classmates and some friends I grew up with.”
Jeremy’s dark eyes sank. “Classmate? The one who gave you his button?”
“No, not him,” Corinne answered without thinking about it, but seconds later, realization dawned on her. “Wait! How did you know someone gave me a button before?”
Jeremy snorted with a stone-cold expression. “Unfortunately, I was around to witness it.”
Corinne thought back and remembered Jeremy and her walking together on her graduation day. They bumped into her junior classmate in the hallway, and her junior had asked if he could talk to
“Yea. He was nearby to see it, alright,’ she thought.
“He’s my junior. We don’t really contact each other on normal days. He gave me the button to commemorate our friendship. I even wondered when button-gifting became a trend, but I accepted it because it wasn’t an expensive gift.”
Light returned in Jeremy’s eyes. He raised his brow. “So you don’t know what that means?”
Corinne blinked in confusion. “There’s a meaning behind it? I don’t know. Wait. Let me check!”
As she said that, she grabbed her phone and was going to search for it on the Internet.
Jeremy stopped her by holding her hand and phone.
“It’s not that important; you don’t have to look it up. Come on, finish up, and let’s go home.”
Jeremy’s odd behavior confused Corinne. Nevertheless, she did not think too much about it and started to finish her food.
With her food finished, she burped with satisfaction and felt stuffed. She was starving the whole day after having endured Sherlyn’s torment, so it did not dawn on her that she ate too much. Her stomach was so full and round that she could barely stand.
Just as she grabbed the edge of the table to stand, Jeremy extended his hand to her like a gentleman.
Dumbstruck, Corinne looked up and saw Jeremy looking at her with a helpless expression. She hesitated and knew it was going to be hard standing up by herself.
Thus, she accepted Jeremy’s kind gesture and grabbed his hand to stand up.
Corinne thanked him and wanted to withdraw her hand, but Jeremy did not let go and walked toward the car while still holding her hand.
Flustered, Corinne said, “Mister, wait! I haven’t paid yet!”
Jeremy gave a signal to Tommy and had him pay for them.
Butterflies fluttered in Corinne’s stomach as Jeremy continued to hold her hand. His calloused, strong hand encompassed her palm but without hurting her. His strength was just enough that she could not pull back.
“Look! That man is so handsome. He came to pick up his girlfriend!”
“Her boyfriend is so handsome, gentle, and caring! I have no idea what to say except I envy her!”