202 Arthur’s Tears
“Lea, I have to go with Owen to the city. Can you come see my sister once in a while?” Kai asked as he opened the car door.
“Yes, take it easy, Kai. I’ll look after your sister,” Kalea replied with her sweet little smile.
“Alright, thank you. Let me know if there’s anything.”
Kalea nodded, waving as Kai’s car pulled away. Usually if Kai started selling the produce from his farm, he would be home by late afternoon. Kalea decided to check on Ilene, the woman seemed to be fast asleep. The look in Kalea’s eyes was getting sadder, she could not talk to Ilene anymore because Kai’s sister was having trouble speaking. Her immunity was getting weaker, it seemed that even medicine could not relieve the disease.
Kalea spent her time in the TV room which was not far from Ilene’s room. Just in case she needed anything. Suddenly, she thought of Arthur. She had not seen her ex sugar daddy in two days. Arthur did not come to see her at all like he usually did. Kalea did not want to think too much about it, maybe Arthur had given up.
“That’s actually very good,” Kalea muttered as she sipped her tea.
In the afternoon, Kalea began to feel bored. She went back to check on Ilene and the woman remained in her position. However, Ilene had already woken up.
“Sister Ilene,” Kalea called as she entered the room, and the woman only smiled weakly. Kalea sat on the edge of the bed, watching Ilene’s condition which made her sad. “Did you sleep well?”
Ilene just nodded.
“Do you want a drink? Or do you want me to read you a you haven’t finished yet?” Kalea asked as she picked up one of Ilene’s s. A bitter smile was etched on Kalea’s face, remembering the times when Ilene loved to read s and could joke with her. It had not been that long, but suddenly everything became like this.
Ilene moved her hand, making a gesture of wanting to drink water. Kalea carefully gave the woman a drink.
“Kai might be home soon, is there anything you want? I can send Kai a message,” Kalea asked, but again Ilene shook her head slowly. Looking at Ilene, Kalea remembered her mother. How is mom now? Kalea really wanted to live with Freya, but that woman preferred to be placed in a nursing home because she did not want to trouble Kalea’s life anymore.
In fact, the only thing Kalea has is Freya.
Ilene took Kalea’s hand and stroked it. Her mouth opened as if she wanted to say something. “L-le... a ....”
“I–if ... I–i’m gone ... can y–you still ... b–be by K–kai ... side?”
Kalea wrinkled her forehead, turning around to clasp Ilene’s hand. “Don’t talk like that, you have to be enthusiastic about getting well so Kai doesn’t feel lonely anymore. And also, instead of being treated at home, wouldn’t it be better to go back to the hospital?” Kalea tried to sulk, but Ilene shook her head again.
Kalea did not know what to do, she was afraid. Afraid that something would happen to Ilene, she did not want Kai to be sad. Kalea had experienced being abandoned by someone, who was none other than her own father. However, her father was still alive and was a jerk. What Kai experienced was certainly much more painful, at least Kalea’s heart had been planted to hate his father, there was no more sadness like at that time. However, Kai was different. Kai lived happily with his family, his parents had already left him, Kalea could not even imagine if Kai’s sister would follow their parents to heaven.
After about an hour and a half, Ilene fell asleep again after eating. That woman was sleeping more and more often and would usually wake up again at night. With slow steps, Kalea walked out of Ilene’s room and closed the door tightly.
She was bored, Kalea wanted to go out. However, she was still hesitant to leave Ilene alone at home. After thinking for a while, Kalea finally decided to go out for a while but not far from home. Kalea intended to play on the swing that Kai had made for her. The hill was not very high but Kalea could see a beautiful view of the village especially in the afternoon like this. The breeze blew Kalea’s short hair, she was panting a little because of the baby in her stomach. Kalea sat her butt on the swing seat. She swung her legs slowly, enjoying the cool air with her eyes closed.
A very familiar voice made Kalea open her eyes, she was a little surprised because now in front of her was Arthur. After two days of not seeing him, the man came again.
“I thought you would never come again,” Kalea said.
Arthur was still silent, a look of sadness on his face. Kalea did not understand why Arthur suddenly came in this condition. Arthur’s footsteps approached until Kalea could only stand still without swinging her legs.
“Lea, have you been asking about my whereabouts for the past two days?” Arthur asked, making Kalea frown.
“To be honest, I’m not confident right now. Lea... can I still place your heart again? Is it too late?” Arthur asked as he crouched down in front of Kalea, his reddened eyes looking directly into Kalea’s hazel eyes.
“What the hell are you talking about? Why are you suddenly like this?” Kalea asked back, quite surprised by what the man was doing.
Arthur’s hands clenched tightly, he closed his eyes briefly and then exhaled slowly. Before he finally said, “I can’t lie anymore if I’m sick of seeing you with other men. I know I was wrong and deserved your cold treatment. I tried to be patient and fine in front of you, but I can’t help feeling jealous,” Arthur said at length, he could not even hold back his tears.
Kalea’s hazel-eyes were perfectly rounded, she was really surprised that Arthur was like this because she saw him and Kai so close. Arthur was crying? His tone was so heartfelt, as if it was true that all this time Arthur had been holding back his painful feelings.
“I love you so much, Lea. I’m sorry that I realized it too late. I’ll do whatever it takes to get you back to me,” Arthur continued as he grasped Kalea’s hand, Arthur’s hand was shaking and cold.
“Stop crying, Arthur. This isn’t like your usual self.”
“Fuck it, I don’t care what I used to be like. Lea, please... I’ll take responsibility for our baby, this second I’m willing to marry you.” Arthur kissed the back of Kalea’s hand, her crying had not subsided. “I don’t want to repeat the same mistakes.”
“Arthur, I told you to stop crying,” Kalea said again, she really did not know how to calm the crying of this man who was much older than her. Really like a baby.
Until finally there was no other choice, Kalea hugged Arthur, making the man a little surprised. However, Arthur did not want to waste the opportunity. He hugged Kalea back tightly as if he did not want to let go of the girl for the second time.
“I love you, Lea. I have totally fallen for you.”
Kalea just patted the man’s sturdy back lightly with a look in her eyes that was hard to interpret.