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|"Past and Present"|
September 23, 2016
Past and Present
Min was happy about the fact that she and her father finally were going to move out from Nora's apartment. She listened to the radio while bringing her clothes from the closet and into her suitcase. Mike arrived.
"Hi, Min," he said.
"What are you doing here?" Min asked.
"I'm going to bring some stuff to Mei," he explained.
"Is she also going to move out?" she asked, unknowing about the fact that her best friend was infected by the Virus of the Dead Lotus and currently hospitalized.
"She's at the hospital," Mike informed. Min could not hear him, due to the high volume of the radio music. Mike turned it off.
"Mei is hospitalized. She has been infected by the Dead Lotus," he explained. Min was shocked.
Meanwhile, Mei was laying in the bed at the hospital. Her mother Nora sat next to her, telling her that everything was going to be fine.
And elsewhere, in Miranda's apartment, her grandchildren, the twins Sun and Moon sat at the table.
"Today I'm going to conquer Wilbert!" Sun declared, while Moon was busy with his computer where he searched for movie reviews. .
"But are you sure Wilbert is ready to become your boyfriend?" he asked.
"Of course," she answered, drinking a cup of tea.
"Take a look at what's coming at the cinema," she said, referring to the cinema in the middle ring of the city.
"Sun, remember that it wasn't that long ago since Wilbert and Mei broke up," he said.
"And now he is only thinking about me," she said, completely ignoring her brother's suggestions, as usual.
"Let's watch a scary movie! Then he has to hold around me. Or maybe we should watch a deep movie with meaning," she suggested. While she was talking, their step grandfather and Wilbert's father, William, arrived at the kitchen. He noticed that they had made some red food which was messing up the whole workbench.
"Excuse me, what have you made here?" he asked.
"Flaming fire flakes," Sun said, got up and went to him.
"It's delicious! Moon can make it for you someday. Do you want a taste?" she asked.
"That must be some other day. I need to talk to Wilbert," he said and leaved towards the neighbor apartment where his son lived.
"You know what? Wilbert hasn't thought of Mei since they broke up," Sun said to Moon.
However, it might have been that Sun was a bit wrong there. Because in exactly that moment, Wilbert had went to the hospital, and was now sitting in a chair right next to his ex-girlfriend's bed.
"Aren't you angry at me?" he asked.
"No. Why should I be?" Mei asked.
"You were sick when we were together. I should've shown more respect," he said.
"If you'd known, I'm sure you'd done," she declared.
"Ever since dad told me you were sick, I've thought of you every second. I really want to be here with you," he admitted.
"I don't think that's necessary," she declared. He sighed.
"Wilbert. I want you to go on with your life," she explained.
"I can go on with my life even if I'm here," he said.
"Can't you just wish me to get well soon? That's the best kind of support I can get from you," she explained.
Moon was sitting in the couch, listening to the radio. Then, Wilbert arrived, and he was pretty sweat.
"Hi. Is dad here?" he asked. Moon turned off the music and answered:
"I guess William's at work."
"Yeah. I guess you're right," Wilbert said and was about to leave.
"Are you okay?" Moon asked.
"Yes," Wilbert answered short.
"Are you sure?" Moon asked again, as it didn't look like he was.
"Yes," he still answered.
"Wilbert. I can tell it's something," Moon said.
"You maybe know that Mei is sick? She's infected by the Dead Lotus. A type of virus," Wilbert explained.
"Oh..." was the only thing Moon managed to say.
"I'm coming from the hospital right now," Wilbert explained.
"Is she really bad?" Moon wondered.
"She has been infected by a deadly virus," Wilbert underlined and continued, while sitting down in the couch as well, meaning that his speech was going to be quite longer.
"She pretends like nothing. She's only caring for everyone else. Classic Mei. It was weird. I wanted to say a lot. I wanted to do everything I could for Mei. However, she just ... She just tells me to go on with my life."
Moon did not really know what to say, so he just listened in silence. However, when Wilbert started crying, Moon felt he had to do something.
"You ... Wilbert ..." he tried, but he was interrupted by his intense twin sister, Sun, who arrived in the living room with a bunch of clothes.
"Moon? We ..." she started, but then she spotted Wilbert, sitting there and crying like none of them had ever seen.
"Wilbert! What's wrong?" she asked as she sat down next to him and placed her arms around him in attempt to comfort him.
Elsewhere, in the Lobby Office at the Agrarian Park Hotel, Zing Dang was sitting in a chair, while Huang-Gi, who worked as the concierge at the hotel, was sitting at the desk, working.
"I guess you've heard that Min has moved out?" Zing Dang said to his ex-wife.
"What?" Huang-Gi asked, proving that she had not heard that yet.
"It's over between me and Nora," he explained.
"That was sad," she said.
"It's okay," he said.
"Where are you two going to live now?" she asked.
"Here, actually. Temporary, of course," he pointed out.
"So we're live-ins again?" she joked.
"Yeah. Finally the family is together under one roof," he joked back.
"Why haven't we thought about that before? Each of us having our own rooms, our own locks, and our own bathrooms. Maybe things wouldn't have turned out so bad," she joked further.
"Don't you think?" he asked.
"Yes," she answered, and the two of them laughed together. Then, their daughter Min arrived in the office.
"Mei's gonna die," she said. None of them understood.
"Die?" Zing Dang asked. Min broke into tears and ran into the hands of her father, who comforted her, while looking worried at Huang-Gi.
Back in Miranda's apartment, Moon again sat in the couch and listened to the radio, while Sun arrived in the living room, looking quite disappointed.
"I guess we're not going to the cinema after all. It's so bummer that Mei has become infected by that stupid virus right now," she complained and sat down next to her brother.
"Wilbert is heartbroken. Now I have to figure out something else," she said. Moon could not believe that his sister was that selfish, so she knew the perfect suggestion to what she could do now.
"You can pull yourself together. This stuff Mei's going through is serious," he said.
"I didn't mean it that way," she claimed and got up from the couch again.
"Wilbert is really sad. I need to get closer to him in some other way," she realized. Her brother didn't answer.
"Can't you help me? What should I do?" Sun asked.
"I don't know," Moon answered and looked at her. She sighed again.
"I guess I should go visit him now," she said. That made Moon wanting to make her stop.
"My advice for you, dear sister: Stay away from Wilbert!" he nearly yelled. Sun kind of laughed.
"Is it YOU or ME who's in love with Wilbert?" she joked. However, what if it was something it? What if Moon actually was in love with Wilbert?
Back at the hospital, Myrdin came to visit Mei again. She was currently sleeping, and Nora and Mike were both there too.
"How are you?" Myrdin asked.
"She's fine," Nora answered and smiled. Myrdin sat down next to Mei, and as she barley woke up, he asked how she felt.
"How did it go at home, Mike?" Mei asked, referring to him bringing her stuff from home to the hospital.
"It worked out. I think I got it all," he said.
"I want some music," Mei said.
"Then you'll get that," Myrdin said, and turned on the radio.
Elsewhere, in Wilbert's apartment, he sat on the couch, still very sad about Mei. Then, Sun arrived.
"Do I disturb?" she asked, though she did not really care about that. She sat down next to him, and understood that he was sad about Mei.
"Is she really bad?" Sun asked.
"I'm sorry that I've been whining so much," he apologized and got up from the couch.
"So everything is fine?" she asked.
"She tells me to go on with my life. That's not easy," he explained and continued worrying.
"What if she suddenly ... I want to do something. To be there for her. I really want to do something," he explained.
"You can. Maybe she wants to feel a bit normal," Sun suggested, got up and placed her arms on his shoulders.
"Maybe you should think that everything will be fine? Give her some more space. You're doing it for her sake, right?" she asked. .
"Yeah. Thank you," Wilbert said and smiled. She smiled back.
"If there is something, I'm in the neighbor apartment," she said and leaved.
Back at the hospital, Mei was laying in the bed, listening to the radio. Nora and Mike had leaved for a while. However, Myrdin was still there.
"Feeling better?" he asked.
"A bit," she answered and smiled.
"Just tell me when you want me to leave, so you get to be alone," he said.
"You can't leave. I don't manage to be alone now. And you're not like the other's; afraid and hysterical," she explained.
"I think it may be smart to be alone too," he said. Then, Min and Zing Dang arrived. Zing Dang held a bouquet of flowers.
"Aren't you going to hug me?" Mei asked Min, who immediately broke into tears and ran from the door and hugged Mei, who started crying as well. Zing Dang gave Mie the flowers. However, he and Myrdin understood they had to leave the girls alone for a while.
"I've never felt THAT mean. I've been mad at you. But I've only been very jealous. That had hurted so much. I should've known about this earlier. You're the best friend I have. You're nearly my sister. And ... And I'm not letting you die!" Min said to Mei, still cryng.
"I need to be here at the hospital to become hale," Mei explained. Min cried even more.
"It may well be that I survive. I will be hale," Mei said.
"What am I supposed to do?" Min asked.
"Nothing," Mei told.
"I'm so sorry for everything I wrote about you. I'll never write something that mean about anyone again. Especially not about YOU," Min promised.
"You know that I really, really love you?" Mei said and smiled. Their hands met each other's.
"Can we do fine again?" Min asked.
"I suppose so," Mei said, noticing how much Min was crying.
"Oh my gosh. It's not you who are sick. it's me," Mei said and laughed, as so did Min.
Zing Dang was in the corridor, as so was Nora, Mike, and CeCe. Nora went to Zing Dang. Mike was a bit surprised when he noticed that the ex-couple were talking together, so as they did, he got up from his chair and took CeCe with him on his way towards them.
"How are you?" Zing Dang asked.
"Well," Nora said.
"Tell me if there's anything I can do," he said. She nodded, followed by her eyes meeting Mike's.
"Should we go back to Mei?" Mike suggested, as he wanted Nora and Zing Dang to stay away from each other. Nora looked back at Zing Dang.
"Thank you for caring," she said.
"I just want the best," he said. Nora seemed to get kind of emotional, so she leaved. Mike felt like saying something to Zing Dang.
"Zing Dang. Nora's in a pretty vulnerable situation right now. I think it's best if you leave her alone," he said, and followed her.
William arrived home in the apartment, which he found to be very messy. He knew that it was Sun and Moon who was behind it.
"Miranda! You just have to take a look here," he said to his girlfriend, who was right behind him. Miranda came in the door too, and noticed the messy living room.
"This is quite unbelievable," he said and started walking through the room while continuing talking about it.
"It must be possible for those teenagers to understand that they have to show respect."
"I'm going to talk to them," Miranda said.
"You're not their servant. You're actually the Avatar," he pointed out.
"It's pretty normal. They're teenagers," she said.
"There isn't normal to act like this where I come from. It has to be some woman who can guard them a bit," he said.
"I like the fact that they live here," she admitted.
"But you're not liking all the mess?" he asked.
"It's enough with our charwoman," she declared.
"Actually, there is a large apartment next to this one," he said.
"They're 14 years old. They can't live alone," she explained.
"They would have lived together with Wilbert," he said.
"I am responsible for them, and they are going to live here," she declared.
"I think we should talk to them," he said.
"William, they are going to stay here," she repeated.
Back in Mei's room at the hospital, Mike had brought CeCe for a visit. While Mei greeted the baby, Nora sat beyond her daughter's bed. Afterwards, Mike took a look at Nora, and noticed that she was crying.
"Nora, calm down," he said.
"Mom ... Don't you cry so much!" Mei tried. She did not like the look of her mother almost laying in the bed, crying like Mei was already dead.
"My little girl!" Nora screamed.
"If you don't stop crying, you just have to leave. I won't be able to comfort you now," Mei explained. However, her mother continued.
"I can't live without you!"
"Mom! Stop!" Mei said to her mother who was in a total breakdown right now, causing Mei to push her out of the room. When Mei was alone in the room, she naturally cried herself once again.
- This is the third chapter of Book Two, including the prologue, to end with someone crying.
|Book One: Start (開始)|
|- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -|
|Book Two: Disease (疾病)|
- - - - - Chapter 5: Family Drama - Chapter 6: Preparations - Chapter 7: The Auction - Chapter 8: City vs. Heart - Chapter 9: The Crossroads of Love - Chapter 10: Wilbert Alone - Chapter 11: Healing - Chapter 12: The Lack of Forgiveness - Chapter 13: The Search of Jin-Zul, Part 1 - Chapter 14: The Search of Jin-Zul, Part 2 - Chapter 15: Separation - Chapter 16: Virus of the Dead Lotus, Part 1 - Chapter 17: Virus of the Dead Lotus, Part 2 - Chapter 18: Virus of the Dead Lotus, Part 3 - Chapter 19: Virus of the Dead Lotus, Part 4 - Chapter 20: Virus of the Dead Lotus, Part 5 - Epilogue: After That
Ba Sing Se Girls - Fireballs and Lightningbolts - Harmony Games - Legend of Gaoling
|- - - - - - - Pei Qi - - Nora - Zing Dang - Mir - William - Mike - Sun and Moon - Wilbert - Mei - Min - Pablo - Jen - Nini - Mir Jr. - Peony|
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