He opened his eyes to a snow-white world and closed his eyes to a bottomless abyss.
It was a dark time. He hated the antiseptic smile that accompanied him at all times.
Back then, he could only observe the sunlight from the window of his ward. He had a faint memory of a patch of grass just outside the hospital from a place he could see.
Many children visiting their kin at the hospital ran and played on that grass lawn. They either chased one another or frolicked with helium balloons in their hands.
One of the balloons slipped loose from a hand and floated high above the sky.
Propping his head in his palms, he stared dully at the floating balloon as it vanished into the horizon.
This was one of those rare moments of fun.
His mother saw his face turning white and knew that he was recalling bad memories.
Youyou knew that his health was poor, yet he still wanted to play with other kids, but the doctor was stern on his stance that he was not to run around or do anything strenuous, for it might trigger a shortage of blood supply to the heart, which would then lead to dyspnea or even shock in serious cases.
Hence, his mother seldom let him out to have fun with other children. She would, oftentimes, just play some puzzle games with him.
His health got better under her tender and loving care and attention.
She smiled slightly. "Youyou, you mustn't think like this. Mommy and Yichen have separated for six years; you, in contrast, have enjoyed the love that is meant for you two all this while."
"Oh…" He appeared flabbergasted.
Is that so?
It was him who had robbed Mu Yichen of his rightful share?
She continued to speak. "Today, you told me that your brother had saved you."
He nodded dully. Indeed, Mu Yichen had saved him.
If it had not been for his interference, the consequence would have been unthinkable.
Deep down, he knew that that killer was after him!
He had mulled over this fishy matter on their way to the hospital.
He did tell his mother that he wanted to nap, but when he closed his eyes, this matter would occupy his mind.
There were just too many questionable issues.
Of course, she did not know what was on his mind as she continued. "Mommy also finds it incredible! Your brother is great to save my Youyou; mommy is so grateful to him. Aren't you grateful, too?"
He came around and hastily replied, "Of course, I'm grateful for him saving me. I'll do anything for him in return!"
"Youyou is such a sensible boy." Relieved, she laid a kiss on his forehead between his brows.
He awkwardly refused, "But I'm unable to share my mommy's love to him."
"Mommy loves Youyou!"
His mother reiterated this fact to him.
Hearing that, he nodded with a pout. "Yes, mommy loves Youyou, and Youyou can feel it!"
"Mommy loves you, as well as your brother, but that doesn't mean that you'll lose mommy. You have the love of your brother, too, haven't you?"
Stunned, he became pensive.
He pored over his mother's words and caught her meaning fast!
He was undoubtedly a smart kid and easily got what she was driving at.
In that case, he would not make things difficult for her, but he still needed time to accept Yichen as a family!
He came out of the washroom and quietly returned to his bed.
She followed him from behind. As she watched him climb into the bed, tidy the quilt, and cover himself neatly, she could not help sighing in resignation.