Yun Shishi shifted her gaze on to the older twin lying motionlessly on the other stretcher. Attracted by her every move and smile, he scrutinized her with much intensity.
When he saw that she was looking at him back, his face turned beet red, and he hastily looked away, not knowing where to put his hands in his rush.
She slowly reached out her hand and placed it on his.
The warmth traveled from her palm all the way to his heart.
His face blushed even redder this time as his heart pounded harder. Dong, dong, dong. He was so nervous he did not dare to meet her eyes.
"Are you alone?" she asked. "How come I don't see your daddy with you?"
His face turned sullen ever so slightly at the mention of his father.
"Daddy doesn't want me anymore…" His tone was laden with dejection and grievance.
"How can that be? He loves you very much."
"He really doesn't want me…" The boy clenched his fist so tightly his fingernails almost punctured the skin of his palm.
"Don't make wild guesses. What happened?" she prodded gently.
With a little nudging and coaxing, the little fellow finally poured out his woes.
He told her everything in great detail of how Mu Yazhe had brought him to the theme park as a birthday surprise and the intrusion of the Song sisters.
Toward the end of his recount, he spoke of how his father had ditched him for the first time because of Song Enxi. He was determined not to shed a tear, but her motherly care somehow set him off, and tears started falling uncontrollably from his misty eyes. It was apparent that he had been deeply hurt by this incident.
She was deeply affected by his tale, but she really could not imagine Mu Yazhe being such a heartless father who would leave his child alone in such a large theme park.
Li Hanlin shared earlier that the man had instructed him to safeguard his son while he was away.
While she did not agree with entrusting the child to the care of an outsider, she did not doubt Little Yichen's importance to the man.
As for the earlier incident, although the boy was in the wrong, the man, as a parent, should be patient enough to learn the real issue behind the willful behavior and to counsel the child on the correct way of resolving the conflict.
Ultimately, however, a father was not as sensitive as a mother and was unable to see a child's subtle, emotional needs through his rebellious act; he was, therefore, incapable of tackling the root issue.
For now, what she could do was untie the knot in the child's heart and make him understand his father's perspective rather than blindly agree with the child and incite further contradictions.
Thus, she said, "Your daddy definitely loves you a lot; you shouldn't think of him in that way."
"He only cares about Song Enxi. It's her he likes and not me!" With his eyes rimming red, the little lad tried to hold back his tears. "Today is my birthday. We are supposed to have a good time together!"
She continued to console him patiently and advise him not to overthink this matter.
The ambulance soon arrived at the hospital.
The two little fellows were immediately transferred to the hospital gurneys and sent into the emergency room for treatment. She followed closely behind until the nurses politely stopped her from entering the room; she could, thus, only wait for updates about the children's conditions on the long bench at the waiting area in grave apprehension.
Time seemed to stretch indefinitely as she anxiously endured the wait…