"Hey! On a serious note, go and meet your grandfather once. Although he is out of danger right now, looking at his old age and health condition these attacks should not be repeated. If you are his motivation to live, then don't leave him alone and become his strength" Feng Jianyu tucked a strand of hair behind her ear and pushed her to meet Mr. Zeng Shihong.
Xiu Mei stared at him feeling reluctant and asked, "I-I need some time. Mr. Zeng is a good person and he surely loves me a lot. But how can you expect me to accept everything overnight? You are saying as if everything was my fault and what Mr. Zeng did was absolutely right. Can you please not take a side?"
He sighed and pulled her in his arms before talking to her in a soft voice, "If it ever comes to taking sides, this husband will always take his wife's side. But don't expect I'll support you blindly even in wrong decisions. What you both did was wrong. If Mr. Zeng was wrong in hiding the truth than what you did yesterday was not worthy to be praised. Have you ever thought this impulsiveness might be the very reason why Mr. Zeng didn't told you anything? Or why don't you go and ask him the reason behind it?"
Xiu Mei pressed her lips together as whatever Jianyu said was true. She indeed acts on whim and her last night's behavior was a fresh example. Instead of torturing herself and Mr. Zeng why not talk to him and hear out his reasons and tell him that she needs some time.
"I'll meet him"
"Good! But freshen up first. If Mr. Zeng will see you in this ghost avatar he might get another stroke…. Do you have any idea how scary you are looking right now?" Xiu Mei punched him on his chest while shouting, "You bully! How dare you call me scary?" Feng Jianyu laughed and hugged her tightly.
ZENG SHIHONG'S ROOM
Xiu Mei entered inside the room with heavy steps hiding a white rose behind her back, which she had plucked from the hospital garden. In the silent room, only the beeps of the machines could be heard. Mr. Zeng was comfortably lying on the bed, probably still in sleep.
A tear dropped from her eyes looking at his pale face. She placed the rose on the side table extended her hand to press down the frown lines on his forehead but it comes back again as if he is disturbed in his sleep too. She had just settled down on the stool when she heard his soft murmur, "My child, come back… don't leave me…"
Her heart broke on watching him so sad and crying in his sleep. She wiped the tears from the corner of his eyes with her fingers and gently caressed his head. "M-Mr. Zeng, I'm right here. I'm not going anywhere…. Please calm down"
Few Hours Later
"It was not a case of a heart attack but a temporary heart condition that's often brought on by stressful situations, such as the death or separation of a loved one. People with this condition may have sudden chest pain or think they're having a heart attack and eventually faints"
"It's called Broken Heart syndrome in which there's a temporary disruption of your heart's normal pumping function in one area of the heart. Thankfully it's treatable, and the condition usually reverses itself in days or weeks. But I'm keeping him under observation for a week to make sure there are no complications"
Xiu Mei wakes up hearing Dr. Wang's voice and looked around. Wang Shi was explaining Zeng Shihong's condition to Lu Xion, holding a detailed analysis report. Unknowingly while coaxing the old man, she slept holding his hands.
She was still in a daze when a trembling hand comes over her head. She looked up and indeed it was Mr. Zeng's hand caressing her hair with a smile on his lips. "Did they disturb your sleep? Should I send them out?" His voice was hoarse but gentle and full of love.
"No I'm fine" She walked straight to Wang Shi and snatched the report from his hands.
"Dr. Wang, will it leave any harmful effect? Did you checked his asthma, it's quite severe too? Can you please do a full health examination on him, he is really careless when it comes to health? I read an article about lung therapy, to strengthen the lung muscles. Do you think it will benefit him? Please check his medicines also. In fact, I think you should revise his complete prescription. Why there are some red marks in this report? How can we….."
"Miss. Mei, what are you doing here? Did I give you permission to leave your room? Instead of asking about red marks of this report, should I show you how many red marks are there on your report?" Wang Shi mercilessly chided her in front of Lu Xion and Zeng Shihong.
"Yes. I want to see her reports"
"Yes. I want to see her reports"
Both the men looked at Wang Shi and demanded her reports.
Xiu Mei "…."
"Dr. Wang, if you are done can you please give us a moment?" Xiu Mei pleaded him not only with her words but with her eyes too.
"Alright, I'll examine you after two hours" Before leaving he gave a secret glance to her, hinting to be careful with the old man's condition.
After Wang Shi left, she locked the door and sat beside the old man. Tension was thicker in the room, Xiu Mei was not getting the exact words to start with. Hearing Wang Shi's diagnosis, her guilty conscience was eating her from inside.
"I'm sorry. I'm very sorry" With a soft voice, she started with the sentence that came first in her mind.
"Yesterday I-I behaved like a bitch and didn't consider your feelings. Instead of behaving rationally by discussing the matter with you, I choose to run away from the situation. I'm sorry…."
"I'm sorry you suffered so much because of me. I'm sorry I forgot about everything you have done for me in the last seven years. I'm sorry for acting like a spoiled brat. I'm sorry for being a disappointment. I'm sorry for everything….." Holding her ears with both hands she cried, her sobbing turned into hiccups as she tried hard to breathe from the mouth.
"Shh… Quite. No more crying my child" Before she could say anything, Mr. Zeng shushed her by holding his finger against her lips. "You know there's nothing in this world that hurts me more than your tears. Why are you sorry? This old man should be sorry for hiding the truth all these years. I'm sorry I failed you as a grandfather. I'm sorry I deprived you of your rights. I'm sorry I failed to protect you for sixteen years. Please forgive this old man. I'm willing to be your Mr. Zeng but don't leave me alone. Please don't….Cough…cough…."
Zeng Shihong choked on his words and coughed furiously. Before Lu Xion could rush up to him with a glass of water, Xiu Mei was one step ahead and hold the water near his lips while she rubbed the chest of old man with her other hand, trying to comfort him.