Candies were lit in the church. The white walls were clean and calming to look at.
They could hear the faint sound of hymns being played and the sound of a bell. Melanie looked at Xander. “Why did you bring me here?”
Xander said, “We’re here to light a candle.”
Many people were in the church, but it was surprisingly quiet.
It was as though everyone had come up with a tacit agreement to speak and do their things softly, afraid of disrupting the peaceful atmosphere in the church.
Xander looked at the floor, saying, “I came here to light a candle for my grandma when I was young”
The place to light the candles was in the backyard. The volunteer responsible for keeping the records muttered a blessing with his eyes closed before handing Melanie the candle.
Melanie pursed her lips and looked at the candles on the rack silently.
Only when the breeze swayed the fire on the candles did Xander speak, “My grandpa said lighting a candle here can help the ones we love find their way to heaven.”
Melanie slowly lit up the candle.
As the wick caught on fire, Melanie placed the candle on the rack as she prayed earnestly and sincerely.
Back at her house with the red paint still on the door, Melanie looked at the sight for a while before opening the door. The house had been left empty for a few days. Shabby houses like this would get dusty easily. A gust of dust assailed them as she opened the door.
Melanie stopped Xander from entering. She said, “It’s messy inside.‘
Xander fruze for a minute before saying, “Call me if you need me. I’ll be around the area.”
Melanie modded. She closed the door only after Xander had left.
It was indeed messy in the house. She left in a hurry the last time and did not have the chance
to clean the mess.
Melanie sat on the sofa for a while, looking at the furniture. She thought she could bring Albert back to his house and live with him soon enough.
She had everything planned.
However, she could no longer do what she had planned.
Melanie stayed in the house for two days, and Xander would bring her food. He even watched
her finish it.
She was not starving herself. It was just because she had no strength and appetite.
All she did was look out of the window in a daze.
Xander did not come on the third day, and it was Yvonne who came instead.
She still wore her high heels as usual. She stepped into the house. Only when she saw Melanie did she stop from shock.
Melanie did not look well. Her face was pale, and she looked skinnier. The clothes look like a big rag on her.
Yvonne was only startled for a moment, though. She took Melanie to the sofa with a troubled expression. “I just came back from abroad. He threw me on a deserted island and made me live there for a few days. I heard about your grandpa from Xander.”
She tried her best to comfort Melanie. “I know this is a huge blow to you, but you shouldn’t give up on yourself, right?”
Melanie nodded. Her voice sounded hoarse as she had not been talking much these few days. I know. I’m trying to gain the strength to move on from this.”
Yvonne asked, “Have you taken a roller coaster ride before?”
Melanie was forcefully taken to the theme park by Yvonne. They headed straight to the roller coaster ride.
Before the ride started, the staff checked Melanie’s condition repeatedly.
Melanie seldom played such thrilling rides. She wanted to play when she was young, but no one could accompany her and she was afraid of going alone.
When she started working, she did not get a chance to go to a theme park.
Yvonne held her hand and told her before the ride started, “When the ride gets to its highest point and rushes down, you can say whatever you want to because no one will hear what you say.”
Melanie pursed her lips as she grabbed the handle tightly.
Yvonne was right. Only screams could be heard when the ride rushed down the highest point.