"What is going on?" A shocked Xia Mo dashed over to the bed and, as she gently stroked her mother's sunken cheeks, the tears started to roll down her face. "Stop scaring me! Are you feeling unwell?"
"Mo Mo, if you still insist on staying here, then I shall starve myself to death!" Liu Yanzi had not eaten or slept for a few days already so, just then, her voice sounded weak and lifeless.
"But why?" Xia Mo dared not shake Liu Yanzi too violently, as the latter was just skin and bones right now. "I told you. I will think of something. Why won't you trust me? If you die, what am I going to do?"
"Mo Mo, I will be able to live as long as you leave this place. I will make sure to stay alive and wait for you to come save me. But if you continue to stay here, my life will become more miserable than death." Liu Yanzi started to cry, as she continued to plead with Xia Mo. "Promise me that you will leave this place! When you leave the villa, somebody will come to pick you up. He owes me a life debt, so he will definitely escort you safely away."
"Mom--" But Xia Mo had no intention of leaving. There was no way she could stop herself from worrying about her mother. At the same time, she also could not bear to part with either Ling Yuanqi or Ling Yichen.
"Please, I am begging you. Leave this place right away!" Then, when Liu Yanzi saw that her pleas had no effect on Xia Mo, she let go of her hands and closed her eyes. "If you insist on staying, then you will see me die before you! Maybe my death will lessen Ling Yichen's hatred for you!"