Su Yue frowned and mumbled unhappily, “He’s so rude. He didn’t even say goodbye.”
She walked back to the bed and sat down. She was deep in thought for a long while before she picked up her phone from the bedside cabinet.
She wanted to look at the time, but she diverted her attention to the WeChat notification shown on the screen.
“Call me when you wake. What do you want to eat? I’ll get it delivered to you.”
It was from Ming Ansheng.
Su Yue read through it and didn’t reply. She was dazed for a while before turning her phone off.
She looked down and pulled down the neck of her shirt. The swelling seemed to have gone a little.
Her gaze swept over the empty ward and she felt a sudden emptiness inside. It was something she had never felt before.
“Forget it, I’ll just go home.”
Su Yue decided to head back and tell Xuxu about her tattoo.
She then immediately started packing her stuff. Without informing the hospital, she hailed a taxi and left in her pajamas.
Xuxu had just finished her stroll in the courtyard and went in to get a glass of water. She was sitting on the sofa when she received a call from Su Yue, saying she was coming back but didn’t have money to pay for the cab, so she asked Xuxu to wait at the entrance for her with some money.
After the call ended, Xuxu laughed and shook her head. “This lass.”
She grabbed some money and left the house. At that moment, a cab stopped in front of the entrance of the courtyard.
The door opened and Su Yue got off.
“Third sister-in-law,” she called, waving at her.
Xuxu hastened her steps and paid the driver. She then frowned as she sized Su Yue up. “Why did you come back in pajamas?”
She looked at her face and worry gripped her. “Why have you lost weight?”
“Third sister-in-law, I’m sorry. There’s something I’ve been keeping from you.”
“What’s wrong?” Xuxu asked, grabbing her elbow and looking her up and down. “Are you sick?”
Su Yue shook her head and answered, “No.”
She grabbed Xuxu’s arm and hesitated. Then she stammered, “I… I got a tattoo on my chest and it got inflamed after a shower. I was afraid that you’ll worry, so I didn’t tell you.”
Xuxu got worried. “You silly girl, let me take a look when we get inside.”
She held Su Yue’s hand and walked back into the house.
When they arrived, she pulled down Su Yue’s collar. When she saw the inflammation, her heart clenched. But she couldn’t bear to scold her.
Su Yue said that she kept it from her because she was afraid that she would worry.
*’If I were to scold her and if anything were to happen again, she would definitely keep it from me.’ *
Xuxu thought, and replied softly, “Don’t let it come into contact with water for the next few days.”
“Mm,” Su Yue replied, nodding. She scrutinized Xuxu’s expression for a long time. She was relieved that she didn’t seem angry.
When Su Yue returned to her room, she wiped herself down and changed into a new set of clothes before going downstairs.
She told Xuxu that she didn’t eat breakfast, so Xuxu got the helpers to make something for her.
In the dining room, they sat opposite each other. Xuxu was drinking from a cup and Su Yue was eating her breakfast.
Xuxu stared at Su Yue’s chest for a long while before asking, “Where did you get the tattoo?”
Su Yue replied, “Sister Meiduo did it for me.”
Xuxu frowned. “So that day, when Ming Ansheng brought you to Meiduo’s house, it was to get you a tattoo?”
Her tone sounded certain.
Su Yue was afraid that Xuxu would put the blame on Ming Ansheng so she hurriedly tried to explain, “Third sister-in-law, I was the one who begged him to take me there. It has nothing to do with Uncle Ming.”
“This Ming Ansheng!”