“Dad, you can’t leave me. I’ll be all alone if you leave me. I’ll be bullied, like I was when I was young.”
“My poor daughter.”
Olivia tried her best to convince Jeff. “Dad, you still haven’t seen my children. How can you leave now? I don’t want to suffer through life alone. My children are already without a father, so don’t let them be without a grandfather too.”
Jeff’s expression changed a little. He looked at Olivia gently and said, “Liv, you’re the one thing in the world I can’t bear to leave behind.”
Olivia grabbed his hand and said, “So you have to stay. My children need their grandpa. Dad, I know you’re tired. But please stay, for me and my children. If you leave me, I’ll have no one else in this
Jeff didn’t respond. It was like he was deep in thought. Tears rolled down Olivia’s eyes as she kneeled before Jeff.
“I’ve already lost my mother. I can’t lose you too,
mother. I can’t lose you too, Dad. Don’t you love me anymore? Please don’t go,
Sighing, Jeff said, “Alright, I won’t leave.”
“Dad!” Olivia opened her eyes abruptly and woke up from her dream.
Ethan grabbed her hand. “Are you okay, Liv? Do you feel uncomfortable anywhere?”
Olivia didn’t answer. “Where’s my dad? How is he doing?”
At that moment, Kelvin rushed into the ward and said, “Good news! Mr. Fordham suddenly regained
his will to live.”
Olivia lifted her blanket, about to get off the bed. “Where is he?”
“He’s in the ICU. He just went through a round of emergency treatment. It’s fortunate that he has the will to live now. The resuscitation was a success. Visitation is not yet allowed, so you can only look at
him from outside.”
“Alright. I need to take a look at him, just one look.”
Olivia rushed to the ICU and looked at Jeff, who was in a coma, from behind the glass. She recalled the dream she just had, and tears started falling.
Jeff’s life was too hard. He was hospitalized for two years, followed by a coma of over six months as well as the shock he received just now. It was no wonder he lost the will to live.
Olivia knew he stayed because she wanted him to. He survived with the help of the machines he was hooked up to.
She looked at Jeff, who was surrounded by nurses and doctors. Then, she looked at the tubes and needles that were keeping him alive. Was she being too selfish?
Jeff was already despaired by the world, but she forcibly kept him around. Every moment he lived would be mental and physical torture for him. Even so, she didn’t want to go through the pain of losing a family member again. If he passed, she would be all alone.
“You still have me, Liv.” Ethan’s voice sounded from beside her ear.
Olivia pushed his arm away with tears in her eyes. She said coldly, “Don’t touch me. Leave me alone.”
Ethan was the reason Jeff ended up like this. She didn’t want his pity.
Ethan opened his mouth but couldn’t think of anything to say.
“I don’t want to see your face, Mr. Miller.”
Olivia put a hand over her stomach, which was hurting. She wondered if it was because she didn’t eat breakfast. After all, she suddenly felt a lot of pain in her stomach.
The pain that she hadn’t felt in a long time sent her reeling.
Ethan saw that Olivia’s face had suddenly paled, and her forehead was covered in sweat. He held her hand and asked, “What’s wrong, Liv?”
Olivia was in too much pain to speak. Frowning, she said weakly, “It hurts…”
“Sit down now. I’ll get a doctor.”
Olivia tugged at his sleeve weakly and said, “No need. Just bring me some food and a glass of warm
water. I’ll be fine.”