Nonetheless, with a determined and focused look on his face, his one hand clung on to a safety handle within the capsule and the other held Youyou's arm firmly.
Yichen was holding on to his dear life on both ends. Unknowingly, he had been fiercely biting his lower lip from the effort, and this caused a streak of blood to seep through one corner of his mouth.
Youyou tried to grab the cabin door with his other hand, but the distance was well out of his reach, so he could only give up in the end.
Time ticked by.
Yichen's physical strength was running on empty.
He struggled to keep his eyes open, and even when beads of sweat dripped and stung them, he dared not to blink.
Looking at his brother, he slowly opened his mouth. "Youyou, I'm afraid I can't hold on for much longer."
He knew the limit of his strength.
Ten minutes was the utmost he could hang on to him.
It was already considered as a miracle that a child like him could endure for long when even an adult man could not make it this far.
He knew very well that, if this were to go on, his arm would lose its sensation and might dislocate or even break…
Youyou was surprisingly calm it was almost eerie.
He was also aware that it had been an uphill task to persist for so long and that his older brother had done his best to save him without a consideration for his own safety. By now, the latter had reached his limit.
He wanted to open his mouth to tell him: If you can't hold on anymore, then you can let go!
At least, one of them would survive.
He also wanted to tell him: If I can't preserve my life this time, please help me look after my mother!
However, before he could say all these, his twin calmly said, "Don't you worry, though; I won't let go."
Stunned, the younger one looked up. His eyes slowly lost their focus as he stared dully at his sibling.
With his vision fuzzy and overlapping, Little Yichen revealed a rare doting and gentle expression, which was so unlike his typically aloof personality, as he declared matter-of-factly, "I am your brother; I will protect you!"
Youyou's heart shook from his sibling's shocking words!
In simple wording, with no preamble, and accompanied by a peaceful tone, his brother expressed his heartfelt feeling for him.
His calm and tacit lips, thus, curved into a soft smile.
If even his older brother refused to give up on him, then all the more that he should not give up!
He would not give up even if it meant that this struggle was an otiose endeavor!
He closed his eyes and tried to visualize the cabin interior. With a rough idea in his head, he said, "I have a plan."
With a frown, Yichen quickly queried, "What's the plan?"
"There should be a safety belt at the seat behind you. Can you see it?"
The older twin looked backward and, seeing the belt, nodded. "I see it!"
"It can bear the weight of about 200 kilograms. Can you grab it?"
"Let me try!"
"Don't do it yet!" He explained, "It is easy to dislocate your shoulders if you exert both at the same time!"
Startled, his brother could only ask, "What do we do, then?"
"I can hold onto your arm with my two hands; that will lessen the burden on it. With that arm, you can carefully reach for the safety belt and then use it to pull me up!" He paused after saying that but quickly added, "You'll dislocate your arm without a doubt."
"All right! You hold on tight to my arm now!" Yichen seemed oblivious to his last statement and merely struggled to hook that safety railing. Bending his body slightly, he made sure that his younger twin could hold on to his arm.