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Hearing Cui Dingchen’s call, Xu Fan crying slowed down slightly.
Cui Dingchen gently called, “Xu Fan, come here.”
Xiao Zhao placed Xu Fan on the ground.
Compared to Xiao Zhao, Xu Fan was a bit closer to Cui Dingchen. Xu Fan wobbled to Cui Dingchen. A handful of tears and snot streaked his little, meaty face, dirtying it. He was even hiccuping from crying, making Cui Dingchen very distressed. He took out a checkered handkerchief from his pocket and gently wiped Xu Fan’s face.
Xiao Zhao walked over and asked, “How is Xu Zhao?”
Cui Dingchen replied in a low voice, “Don’t know yet.”
Xiao Zhao added a sentence, “He should be fine.”
Cui Dingchen didn’t speak. He didn’t know if Xu Zhao would be okay or not. All he knew was that while carrying Xu Zhao here, Xu Zhao didn’t make a single sound. It was as if he was asleep. Terror filled his heart. He had never been so afraid before. He was afraid of something happening to Xu Zhao. What would he do then?
What would he do?
At this moment, the door of the ward opened. Cui Dingchen rushed forward and learned from the doctor that Xu Zhao only had a little injury on his head. It wasn’t a huge problem, and he should wake up soon. He rushed into the ward with Xu Fan and stayed by Xu Zhao’s side to wait for him to wake up.
10 minutes passed.
20 minutes passed.
One hour passed.
Three hours passed.
Xu Zhao still didn’t wake up. Even the doctor was confused. According to common sense, the patient should have woken up by now. He didn’t have some kind of sickness, did he? The doctor did dare dare make any guarantees. After all, the medical abilities at the County Town Hospital Center were limited. He immediately decided to transfer Xu Zhao to the West Prefecture City People’s First Hospital.
People’s First Hospital was also uncertain. They only said to observe for one day and had Cui Dingchen wait a bit longer.
Cui Dingchen could only wait. He took Xu Fan to sit in front of Xu Zhao’s hospital bed. He looked at the sleeping Xu Zhao, filled with distress and self-blame.
“Daddy,” Xu Fan called.
Cui Dingchen turned to look over.
Xu Fan continued to call, “Daddy.”
Xu Zhao naturally wouldn’t answer Xu Fan.
Xu Fan turned to look at Cui Dingchen and asked, “Why isn’t my daddy waking up?”
Cui Dingchen rubbed his red eyes, and steadied his grief. She softly said, “Daddy is sleepy. He’s sleeping.”
“Sleeping? T-Then when will Daddy wake up?”
“Very soon is when?”
“I don’t know either,” Cui Dingchen honestly said.
In front of Xu Zhao, Xu Fan could not ask why without any restraint. But in front of Cui Dingchen or anyone else, Xu Fan wouldn’t do that. He blinked his watery eyes and stared straight at Xu Zhao.
Cui Dingchen was staring in a similar manner. They kept looking into the evening. Xu Zhao didn’t have any signs of waking up. He got up and called Mother and Father Xu. While avoiding the important matters, he dwelled on the simpler ones as he spoke of Xu Zhao’s situation. He told the two elders to not worry, that he would take care of Xu Zhao and Xu Fan.
After hanging up the phone and returning to the word, he saw Xu Fan intently staring at Xu Zhao. From time to time, he would whisper “Daddy”. His heart felt like it was being pricked by needles. There was intense pain as he walked to the bed and gently called, “Xu Fan.”
Xu Fan turned his head to look over.
Cui Dingchen asked, “Are you hungry?”
Xu Fan nodded.
“Let’s buy you something to eat, okay?”
“Okay. Buy food for Daddy too.”
“Daddy is sleeping. He’ll eat later.”
“Daddy will eat after waking up.”
He carried Xu Fan downstairs to eat noodles. When Cui Dingchen returned to the ward, he rented a bed from the hospital for Xu Fan to sleep on. However, Xu Fan was unwilling as he said, “I want to sleep with Daddy.”
Cui Dingchen looked at Xu Fan.
Xu Fan immediately flattened his small mouth.
Cui Dingchen said, “Don’t cry.”
Xu Fan was scared and didn’t dare flatten his mouth anymore.
Cui Dingchen stretched out his hand to carry Xu Fan onto Xu Zhao’s bed. After Xu Fan fell asleep, he carried Xu Fan to the other bed. Meanwhile, he sat beside Xu Zhao and stretched out his hand to touch Xu Zhao’s cheek. Distress, guilt, self-blame, uncontrollable anger, and killing intent welled up in his heart.
He slowly stood up, walked out of the ward, and walked to the hospital’s phone. He dialed a number, then said, “Shen Jiayang is now in the East Street police station. Make him have a good rest of his life.”
His tone was as calm as ever. But at the moment, there was a strange chill, especially when he said, “a good rest”. The person on the other end of the line immediately replied, “Boss, that won’t be good. Didn’t you say that for the sake of our families, we should do things upright and with dignity? For us to follow the right path? That we absolutely shouldn’t… Boss, the system is stricter now. You also know this. Crooks like us who are mixing with the honest folk, it wasn’t easy for us to climb ashore. If we act like before, what if…”
“Who’s the boss?” Cui Dingchen asked with an icy tone.
“You are. Boss, you’re the boss.”
Cui Dingchen didn’t have the slightest change of expression. He spoke a bit longer on the phone, and while at it, he added Qi Shuai to the list. After he hung up the phone, his expression was the same as usual. He walked into the ward and sat by Xu Zhao’s bed. Looking at Xu Zhao with gentle eyes, his slender fingers rubbed Xu Zhao’s hand back and forth as he whispered, “Xu Zhao.”
Xu Zhao didn’t react. Not only that night, but the next morning as well. This continued until the next afternoon. Xu Zhao didn’t have the slightest reaction and didn’t look like he was going to wake up at all. This made the doctors at West Prefecture City People’s First Hospital very confused, but at the same time, they were unable to do anything. They could only recommend Cui Dingchen to transfer to Shanghai’s best hospital. If there was still no result, then this would be an emergency that was beyond the human medical level.
This news completely stunned Cui Dingchen, but he retained some reason. He drove overnight to take Xu Fan to Shanghai, but the only news they received was that the cause of his sickness was unknown. He might wake up or he might not.
He might not wake up.
He might not ever wake up—These six words plunged into Cui Dingchen’s heart, making him bleed. Cui Dingchen, who had always been calm, finally couldn’t help but explode. He became completely crazy.
Cui Qingfeng, who came with him, quickly hugged him and shouted, “Youngest uncle, Youngest uncle, the doctor already said that there’s a chance he’ll wake up. He’ll wake up!”
Cui Dingchen fixed his gaze on Cui Qingfeng.
Cui Qingfeng’s eyes were red as he said, “The doctor said that he might wake up.”
Cui Dingchen slowly calmed down. His eyes gradually became focused, focused on Xu Zhao. He knelt down and slowly buried his face into the nook of Xu Zhao’s neck. His tall body curled up as he slowly trembled.
This was the first time Cui Qingfeng had seen Cui Dingchen like this. In his heart, his youngest uncle was extremely powerful and not swayed by anyone… It turned out that his youngest uncle cared for Xu Zhao this much.He stretched his hand to wipe his tears and comforted, “Youngest uncle, Xu Zhao will wake up.”
Xu Zhao will wake up—
Cui Dingchen also believed this, so the next day, he took Xu Zhao back to West Prefecture City People’s First Hospital. While observing and treating Xu Zhao, he also started returning to his daily life.
Besides his own work, he also went to South Bay Village everyday. On one hand, it was to help with Xu Zhao’s work, on the other hand, it was to take care of Xu Fan.
Xu Zhao initially thought his daddy was asleep, so he was very well-behaved for the first two days. However, he later found out that his daddy wasn’t waking up, so he started making a fuss. Every night, he would cry for a long time, crying for his daddy. He cried for three days straight and wasn’t as lively and talkative as before. He had become much more silent.
Mother and Father Xu were also in a poor state.
Cui Dingchen took care of them as well, and carried all of Xu Zhao’s burdens together with him. He gave Father Xu medicine, washed bowls for Xu Fan, helped Xu Fan bathe, and coaxed Xu Fan to sleep. In fact, he had seen Xu Zhao take care of Xu Fan, so he knew the general process. He had never done it before, but he had to do it.
He tried giving Xu Fan a bath, but his hand strength couldn’t be controlled and made Xu Fan cry. He learned from Xu Zhao what tone to use to talk to Xu Fan, but with his stammering, Xu Fan ignored him. He made a bottle of milk for Xu Fan, but Xu Fan was burnt and cried. He told Xu Fan a story, but because his voice held no emotion, Xu Fan didn’t listen at all… All in all, everything that Xu Zhao easily did, once it was his turn, it turned into a mess. Even after doing it for three days, he was still a mess.
A complete mess!
However, even if he was still a mess, he still helplessly coaxed Xu Fan to sleep. He carried him to Mother and Father Xu’s east wing room. On the way, he brought out the two elders and Xu Fan’s dirty clothes and quickly washed them and put them out to dry in the dark yard. He then took Xu Zhao’s small book and talked with Mother and Father Xu. He quickly drove out of South Bay Village to the hospital.
Just like the previous two days, he went to check on Xu Zhao’s situation. He then sat down in front of the bedside in disappointment. Turning on the flashlight, he read through Xu Zhao’s notes about crops. He recalled the growth of the crops he saw today and wondered if they needed to be fertilized, picked, or other things.
Thinking it over, the scene of Xu Zhao working hard in the greenhouse appeared in his mind. It was so warm, good-looking, and lively… He shifted his gaze to Xu Zhao. Xu Zhao was sleeping quietly as if he wasn’t even breathing.
He gently called, “Xu Zhao.”
Xu Zhao still slept quietly and didn’t give any response. He reached out and gently touched Xu Zhao’s warm cheek. He remembered Xu Zhao saying that he had a headache before. He didn’t take it to heart, but he should have.
If he had taken it to heart, then Xu Zhao wouldn’t be in a coma just because of a minor injury. This wouldn’t have happened.
Suddenly, he couldn’t read the notes nor stay in the ward anymore. So he got up and quickly walked out of the ward and to the end of the corridor.
Through the window, he saw the cold and clear moonlight. A moment later, he took out an unopened box of cigarettes from his pant’s pockets. His fingers had just touched the seal when he suddenly thought of Xu Zhao’s words—
“Youngest uncle, don’t smoke in the future. It’s not good for your body.”
His fingers paused. In the end, he didn’t break the seal. His back was against the window and he slightly glanced to the side to look out the window. His mind was full of Xu Zhao and Xu Zhao’s voice.
“Youngest uncle, what are you doing here?”
“Youngest uncle, don’t make a fuss.”
Youngest uncle, what do you want to eat? I’ll make it for you.”
“Youngest uncle, I also like you.”
A fresh breeze blew over. He felt coolness on his face. He reached out and touched his face, realizing that it was a trace of liquid. He rubbed it again, then turned and walked to the faucet. After washing his face, he returned to the ward and sat by the bedside. He once again turned on the flashlight and read the contents of the notebook. Xu Zhao peacefully slept beside him.
He also slowly drifted into sleep. When the East was diffused in light, Cui Dingchen went to bother the doctor again. He hoped that the doctor would pay more attention to Xu Zhao. He then called Father Cui and asked Father Cui to look after Xu Zhao. He needed to take care of the vegetable greenhouse today.
When Father Cui came over, the sky was already bright. When he drove the car through the streets, he saw someone selling buns and bean curd jelly. Recalling how Xu Fan loved to eat these, he ordered three portions, then drove to South Bay Village. When he arrived at the Xu residence, Mother and Father Xu were already awake. Their attitude was lukewarm when they saw Cui Dingchen.
Cui Dingchen knew that Mother and Father Xu blamed him for how he had handled the situation with Shen Jiayang and involving Xu Zhao. He admitted he was wrong, so he greeted the two elders with utmost respect as always.
The two elders returned the greeting.
“Is Xu Fan awake yet?” Cui Dingchen asked.
Father Xu said, “Not yet.”
Cui Dingchen asked again, “Have you guys had breakfast yet?”
Father Xu said, “Not yet.”
“I’ll take you to get breakfast. Let’s eat together.”
Father Xu looked at Cui Dingchen. It had only been a few days, but Cui Dingchen had already lost a lot of weight. Father Xu sighed and said, “Okay.”
Cui Dingchen brought the breadsfast out of the car and into the kitchen. When he exited the kitchen, he saw Mother Xu come out in a panic and quickly said, “Xu Zhao’s father, Sanwa has a fever.”
Cui Dingchen was immediately shocked.
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