The thought of never again having the same bonds with his family scared Yul as he gripped the phone. The fear might have been evident from his face and Zeng once again let him know that he was there.
The doctor lifted Yul's hand and kissed his knuckles, grazing his thumb over them. He might not know what they had been talking but he knew it was hard for Yul and he would be here for him, effectively chasing his fears away as Yul smiled back a little. At least this person wouldn't leave him for who he was.
"Yul-ah, listen to me." Mrs Wang said sternly, "I am not talking on behalf of your father. He can't dictate me, especially if it's about my son. I want you to know that you are my precious child. You will always be. It doesn't matter to me if you like a man or a woman. As long as you are happy, I am fine with it. Just…" her voice hesitated, "Just don't distance yourself from me." She sobbed through the phone.
Yul shook his head, suddenly wishing that he was to hug his mother to his chest and wipe her tears away, "I will never do that, mom. I don't hate you guys. You should know that but please try to understand me. That's all I am asking for."
Mrs Wang nodded, taking a seat on the empty chair where her family had sat just this morning. She had prepared her son's favourite meal since it wasn't every day that he came back home. He had been away for two years in the academy and ever since he was posted in the police station, he didn't have long enough holidays to visit them in his hometown. He had come after such a long time and Mrs Wang was beyond excited to welcome him home but all her happiness shattered with the sudden turn of events. But was it really sudden? How come she never noticed it? Or did she even pay enough attention to know what he was going through?
The more she thought about it, the more she could find the hints that she never bothered to dig further. She should have. It would have made things easier for her son.