Just as Vivian was worried sick, she heard a low, coarse voice from behind. Then, she was lifted into the air and before she realized it, she was seated on Finnick’s laps.
“Finnick…” Vivian was shocked.
As Finnick observed her pale and cold body, he felt as though a thousand needles were stabbing through his heart. He wiped away the tears from her cheeks and assured her, “Don’t worry. I will be here with you.”
It was a simple but weighty statement that warmed Vivian’s heart. Indeed, with his assurance, she gradually calmed down.
All of a sudden, she felt extremely tired. This time, she did not fight back and just nodded in silence. With her remaining strength, she coiled up in his arms and stared at the “Operation In Progress” sign at the top of the door.
As she lay in his arms, Finnick could discern a unique scent from her. All of a sudden, it was as though his cold heart melted slightly after being frozen for decades.
After a long while, the lights above the door turned red.
Vivian, upon seeing this, jumped up from Finnick’s lap and dashed towards the door. The doctors and nurses exited the operating theatre looking drained.
“Doctor! M-My mother…” Vivian did not even know what to say at that point.
The doctor looked at her and smiled as he informed her, “Congratulations, Ms. William. The operation was a success. Your mother will be awake by tomorrow.”
Mom will be awake?
At that very moment, her tensed body loosened up and she felt so relieved. She desperately wanted to thank the doctor, but suddenly, her legs went numb and she collapsed.
However, her skin did not come into contact with the cold, hard floor. All she felt was a strong, sturdy chest.
She lifted her chin to see Finnick’s face.
It was him who made his way over in the wheelchair just in time to catch her.
His usual cold expression was gone too. There was a slight smile on his face as he stroked her hair gently. “This is good news,” he echoed.
Those simple words instantly made Vivian tear up. She had been holding it in for too long.
It was cathartic for her as she released her emotions. She stretched out her arms and wrapped them around Finnick’s neck as she sobbed in joy. “Yes, it’s good news! Very good news!”
Over dinner, Finnick got a few calls from work.
Vivian knew that he had accompanied her for the entire day and felt rather apologetic. She took the initiative and said, “Why don’t you head back to work? I will accompany Mom here.”
Finnick turned to look at her. As she ate in a hurry earlier, there was spaghetti sauce at the corner of her lips. Instinctively, he wiped it away for her.
“I will head off first then. I’ll be back tomorrow.” He continued in a low voice, “Let me know if you need anything.”
Vivian nodded. However, she frowned when Finnick did not get up. “What’s wrong?”
The latter stared at her purposefully. Then, casually, he raised the finger which he used to wipe her mouth earlier and licked it clean. “Nothing, I just think that you looked rather serious when you nodded.”
Vivian looked on as he did this. Her mind went blank and she did not even hear what he said.
I-Isn’t that too much?
If someone else did this, I might even say that it’s unhygienic. But why did it look so… so sexy when he did that? His slender fingers… his thin lips…
“Huh? What? Serious?” Her cheeks flushed hot red again as she looked away and shot random questions at him.