Xia Micheng’s hands and feet were cold. Just when they could finally reunite on the day grandpa woke up, it turned out that he was poisoned. The family reunion became a farewell instead. The joy from before disappeared as Xia Micheng grabbed grandpa’s hand tightly with tears in her eyes. “Grandpa, don’t leave. I beg you! You’re my only family!”
Grandpa Xia could only caress her hair with regret and glanced at Xia Chunyang. The latter fell onto his knees in front of the bed and called out, “Dad!”
Grandpa Xia mouthed his final words, “Micheng is the Young Miss of the Xia Family. Therefore, everyone must listen to her, including other family members in Beijing, such as your uncles. After my death, someone from Beijing will come fetch you. You’re not that capable so you shouldn’t go with them. Just goof off in Haicheng City.”
It came as a surprise to Xia Chunyang that his dad’s final words for him was to “goof off”. It was hard to tell if the speaker or the listener was more hopeless and sad.
Grandpa Xia then closed his eyes slowly for one last time and passed away peacefully.
Xia Micheng’s eyes were blurry with tears. “Grandpa! Grandpa!”