Ivy had only meant to talk to Mike and had not expected him to offer his help. Neither had she expected him to be capable of finding out where Lucas was studying. After coming all the way to Edelweiss, she did want to find out and would love to visit the university where Lucas was studying. She did not plan on searching for Lucas, however, since he would not recognize her either she did not mind having a look around."Uncle Mike, can you really find out where he is studying?" Ivy asked."Of course. Just tell me his name.""His name is Lucas Woods.""Oh... So, this guy... he never looked down on you for being ugly?" Mike said.Ivy nodded. "He is a really good guy. He got mad at me for something I did the last I saw him, though… But he really is a great person. The best person I know apart from my grandma.""Silly girl," Mike thought. "If he was mad at you and could not be bothered to tell you why, he doesn't care about you, and here you are thinking that he is a great guy."Mi
"That's right! I've known your mom since she was twenty-something. She had a bit of baby fat at the time and wasn't as thin as she is right now. She has always been pretty, though," Mike said."Dad is handsome, too.""Haha! Do you like your dad that much?""He is nice to me," Ivy said without hesitation."Well, your dad isn't so bad. He started to grow on me ever since he stopped fighting with your mom." Mike no longer despised Elliot as he had in the past, and the two had not argued for a long time."Your mom is the reason why I'm alive right now. She saved my life," Mike said. "After she cured me, I was determined to stay by her side no matter what. It's a good thing that I made that decision, or God knows where I would have ended up!""Uncle Mike, what did you work as in the past?""I was a hacker."Impressed, Ivy said, "So you are really good with computers?""Of course! I was your older brother's teacher, you know?" he said smugly. "Of course, he got even better than me."
Her phone rang.Avery had called her after seeing her message, so Ivy immediately answered. "Mom, we've arrived. We are at the hotel waiting for our food to be served right now.""Edelweiss is in a different time zone. Are you feeling okay?""I slept on the plane, so I feel alright."Relieved, Avery said, "Good. Remember to eat healthily, and make sure that your food is thoroughly cooked. It's best that you drink distilled water from the bottles instead of the water or any drinks there. Your sister had food poisoning and came down with a fever when she went there!"Avery had mentioned this to both Mike and Chad but decided to remind her daughter again."I know. I will be careful.""Be safe! I will be waiting for you at home.""Okay. I will take photos of the aurora to show you if I see it.""Sure. I look forward to it."After the call, the waiter began serving the food.Mike helped serve Ivy and said, "Your mother said that you aren't picky.""Yeah! I can eat almost anythin
"This is proof that I'm better now. I didn't have the energy to ask you these questions last night!" Layla leaned against the headrest. "Aren't you going to bring me my skincare products, too?"Eric carried the bucket away and went into the bathroom to collect her skincare products.Layla had just moved in and did not have many belongings with her, so he spotted the skincare products right away."I just need lotion. I don't need the rest." Layla did not have the energy for a long skincare routine. "You said that you are staying here, but my guest bedroom isn't ready, so how exactly are you going to stay here? You can't just sleep on the couch all week... You don't have your personal belongings, too...""I will get someone to send them over later. Don't worry about me"You are probably just as clueless as me in regards to taking care of yourself, right? You've been served by others most of your life, and you haven't even tried taking care of others." Layla knew that Eric would not
Eric re-entered the apartment with the business card in hand. After saving Amy's contact on his phone, he put the card away in a drawer.Remembering that Layla had vomited after breakfast, he hurried into the kitchen to take the fruits he had bought.The doctor had told him that she could not eat anything cold so he washed the apples and steamed them.Apples were not as acidic as some of the other fruits and would be perfect for Layla, who was having a stomach ache.Once the apples were steamed, he took them out and cut them into pieces before carrying the plate of apples into the bedroom.Layla was lying in bed with her phone."I bought some fruit. Do you want some?" Eric set the plate down on the nightstand. "Have you taken your medicine?"Layla immediately set her phone down and reached for the plate. After vomiting, her stomach was completely empty and she was starving."I took it. Should I have taken it before breakfast? I forgot to take it this morning," Layla said as she
Amy squeezed two drops of eye drops into both her eyes and crawled into bed next to Layla. Layla took a deep breath and made the call. Eric stood by the bedroom door to watch the two.Avery answered the call right away, and Layla started lying through her teeth. "Mom, I can't come home this weekend! Amy got dumped, and I need to stay with her this weekend!"Avery was taken by surprise at first, but soon noticed Amy, who appeared to be sobbing next to Layla."Amy, it's going to be alright. Don't cry!" Avery had met Amy before. Layla had brought her home for dinner, Avery's impression of Amy was that she was a polite and enthusiastic young woman."Aunty, I'm just so upset... I need Layla to stay with me for a few days... Is that okay with you?" Amy sobbed, tears rolling down her cheeks."Of course... I know that you two are close. Layla will stay with you then. Don't get too upset, okay?" Avery said hastily. "You will definitely find a better boyfriend in the future. If you broke
"What are you talking about? He has a girlfriend. I was going to call Robert last night but called him by mistake.""So he came over last night to look after you?" Amy asked excitedly."Yeah. Don't read too much into it. He brought a doctor over to give me an IV infusion, and I fell asleep halfway.""Oh. What happened, Layla? Are you running a fever? I remember that you suffered from food poisoning last time, and you came down with a fever then…""I don't have a fever... but I feel worse. I didn't vomit as much back then either. I feel like I'm puking my guts out," Layla said. Suddenly, her stomach twisted, and she scowled."I had an IV infusion and took the medication I am supposed to, how am I still nauseous?" she thought to herself.Layla wanted to run to the bathroom but realized there was no time and vomited into the trash can next to her."Why are you still vomiting? I thought that you had been examined by a doctor?" Amy frantically stroked Layla's back before reaching for
Seeing that Layla was already asleep, the doctor whispered, "Your arm must be numb by now.""I'm fine."The two exited the room."Does she still need to be dripped tomorrow?" Eric asked as he flexed his wrist."Depends on her condition tomorrow. If the vomiting stops by tomorrow, she won't need to be dripped and will just need to finish her medication," the doctor said. "It's crucial that she does not consume any rich food. She should recover by next week.""It will take a week?""Yeah. It's best that she rests and only consume food that is easy on the stomach, like soup, till she gets better."Eric fell silent. Layla had told him that she will be going home this Friday. Taking the doctor's advice into consideration, she might not be able to go home.The next morning, Layla woke up starving. She pushed away the blankets and left the bed in search of water. The room swayed when she stood up, and she leaned against the wall for support. Supporting herself against the wall, she