Chapter 10 – Imminent death warning: within the next five minutes, hold hands with Ji Qingqing. (1)
Old Master Lu had invited a few doctors here in preparation of his grandson coming home. A lot of medical equipment had also been brought over from the hospital and placed in Lu Lixing’s room to constantly monitor his physical condition.
There wasn’t anything good to say. In the eyes of the others, Lu Lixing had returned home to wait for his death.
Facing death, one should be like a leaf that fell to its roots. Most people didn’t want to die in a hospital, so the doctors would go along with their patients’ wishes and allow them to return home.
Lu Lixing had an accurate understanding of his body’s current condition. But, if he said that he had fully recovered, it would sound unimaginably outrageous. He couldn’t speak frankly. He could only euphemistically say to Old Master Lu, “Grandfather, don’t worry. I feel much better.”
However, after he said these words, the faces in the room sank. Even Ji Qingqing was looking at him with a sympathetic gaze.
They thought; sure enough, he was having the last burst of energy and lucidity before his death.
“Good, it’s good that you’re feeling better.” Old Master Lu’s hands trembled around the prayer beads he was holding. He was shaky as he stood up. Ji Qingqing, who was next to him, quickly supported him.
“Have a good rest, grandfather… grandfather will come back to see you later.” Old Master Lu waved his hand, “Go out, all of you go out!”
Everyone slowly shuffled out of the room with heavy countenances. They left quietly without making any sounds.
Aunty Pei was broken-heartedly crying in the living room. Seeing Old Master Lu coming downstairs, she quickly stood up. So choked up with emotions, she had to stop and start again as she asked, “Elder Lu, is there really no way to save Young Master? Can’t he go to a better hospital? Or find a better doctor. Or, he could go abroad for medical treatment…”
She was crying so much that she couldn’t get the remaining words out. She couldn’t accept that Lu Lixing was going to die soon. “Young Master’s vitality seems good to me. He can walk, smile, and speak. Perhaps, his condition isn’t as bad as the doctor said it is?”
The old man briefly closed his eyes after hearing these words. In the past month, he had consulted countless medical experts. If there was even the slightest hope, there was no way he would have easily given up.
“I know that you’re feeling awful seeing him so unwell. As his grandfather, I feel the same way. As the Lu family’s successor, this child hadn’t had a free day of his own since childhood. If I had known this was going to happen…” Old Master Lu paused. The remaining words were stuck in his throat.
In a tearful voice, Aunty Pei said, “Elder Lu, I… I really can’t bear to watch as Lixing… He’s young. He’s not even married yet. How can he just leave the world like this?”
“Once something becomes a foregone conclusion, we can only try to come to terms with it. At the hospital, Head Doctor Chen already told me that Lixing won’t be able to make it past the next few days. We should start making arrangements.”
Panic-stricken, Aunty Pei asked, “Arrange what?”
Old Master Lu closed his eyes. He deeply sighed. “Make arrangements for his funeral.”
Once the word “funeral” came out Old Master Lu’s tired mouth, it seemed as if this tough old man had aged several years in the span of a second.
It was so cruel of fate to have a white-hair person send off a black-hair person to the afterlife, especially for Old Master Lu, who had already lost his son and was now going to lose his grandson too.
“Funeral?” Aunty Pei asked in a trembling voice. She stared at Old Master Lu for a long time. She suddenly collapsed back down on the couch. “Elder Lu, Young Master, he…”
“Death is inevitable for everyone. Back when Lixing’s father died, I couldn’t immediately accept it either.” Old Master Lu tiredly waved his hand. “I’ve already assigned this task to Qin Shao. It’s inevitable that some things will be missed when a man handles this type of matter. You should check that everything is done properly.”
Aunty Pei shakely stood up. She tried her best to push down the sorrow in her heart. “I understand.”
Old Master Lu moved his gaze to Ji Qingqing. There was still a glimmer of hope in is heart. Great Master Wu had said that if Lixing married Ji Qingqing, he would be saved. Right now, modern medicine couldn’t save Lixing, so he placed all of his hopes on Ji Qingqing.
“Qingqing, you know about Lixing’s condition. I know that I’m imposing on you by asking you this, but I hope that you can keep him company during the next few days.”
Elder Lu’s words were earnest. He didn’t even notice how pleading his voice sounded.
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