Finnick couldn’t stop himself from imagining Vivian being raped by the men after hearing what she said. It was as though his wife was calling for help right by his ears, “Help me, Finnick! Help!”
“That’s enough!” he snapped and interrupted her. The wound that had just been stopped from bleeding opened up again due to him clenching his fists so tightly. The off-white handkerchief was stained red, and the sight of it was absolutely horrifying.
“I’m sorry, Finnick. I’m not saying these to you on purpose. I just feel that it’s all too sad. I couldn’t help but feel upset now that I think about how she looked like when in the warehouse.” As she spoke, Evelyn started crying again. “How can they do such a cruel thing to her?”
However, what she didn’t realize was that her crying had annoyed Finnick. He took a few deep breaths and tried to calm himself down before saying to her, “You should head back first. I want to be alone with Vivian for now.”
She couldn’t find an excuse to stay after hearing what he said, so she had no choice but to get up and leave.
“Evelyn,” he suddenly called out to her.
“What is it?” Evelyn turned around in surprise, and she anticipated what he was about to say.
“Thank you and Benedict for saving Vivian.”
Disappointment flashed across her face, but she replied, “You don’t need to thank us. Vivian’s a good friend of ours as well.”
Evelyn turned back and continued walking, seeing that Finnick wasn’t going to say anything else.
The man then sat alone outside for a long time. He wanted to go take a look at Vivian but didn’t have the courage to do so.
He didn’t know how to face his wife who was covered in injuries. What am I supposed to say to her when she finally wakes up?
Knowing that running away wasn’t a solution, Finnick finally stood up and slowly made his way to the ward.
Once he pushed open the door and got a better view of Vivian, tears instantly welled up in his eyes. It’s all my fault that I wasn’t able to protect her.
His vision was blurry as he walked towards the bedridden woman. He took a seat on the chair beside the bed but couldn’t find the courage to reach out to her.
Tears fell from his face, and his vision became clear again. Yet he would rather that he could never see clearly forever.
Her face was white as a sheet, and her lips were dry and cracking. There was a little blood staining the gauze on her head, and her skin that wasn’t covered up was full of scratches.
Finnick held her hand and put it on his lips. His tears landed on the back of Vivian’s hand before sliding down onto the bedsheets.
“I’m sorry, Vivian. I wasn’t able to protect you well. I swear I will never let you get hurt anymore. I’ll make those who hurt you pay for what they did. I will stay by your side no matter what you’ve gone through, Vivian. I’ll spend the rest of my life with you.”
Even though he wasn’t sure if Vivian could hear him while in her coma, he kept talking to her. He talked about how sorry he was and how much he loved him. He even talked about their future together.
No matter what happened, he would be by her side as they lived their life together.
Meanwhile, Evelyn didn’t actually leave the hospital. She had found a secluded corner of a stairwell and was making a call to someone.
After a while, the doctor who was supposed to check up on Vivian appeared.
“You did well. I’ll wire the leftover money to your account later.”
“Thank you, Ms. Morrison,” the doctor said with an appeasing smile on his face. He was obviously a bootlicker, and he didn’t have the look of someone who saved lives at all. “Is there anything else that you need my help with?”
“Just continue with this act with that man in the next few days. You don’t have to make it too obvious, just enough to make him believe that his wife was really raped,” Evelyn whispered.
“Understood. Don’t worry, Ms. Morrison. But about my reward…” The doctor had a look of a villain at the mention of money.
“I won’t forget to pay you. As long as I’m satisfied with the results, I’ll definitely complete the transaction,” she replied disdainfully.