IN LOVE WITH A SOLDIER
(Talk in the study (2)
"Are you here to look at your former home?" asked Cherry, cautiously.
The moment Cherry finished her question, Mond's face changed. He then looked at Cherry and furiously shouted, "Shut up!"
Inside the study, Andrew was sitting in front of the desk, with Jackson standing beside him. The atmosphere in the study was a little heavy.
"I will call your sister later to tell her not to make any trouble tomorrow. You'd better talk to Cherry also and remind her not mind about past things. I hope that our family will be harmonious and warm," said Andrew.
"Okay, I got it. Grandpa, don't worry about it! Cherry isn't a mean woman," said Jackson. He clearly knew what kind of person his wife was, and that she definitely wouldn't bear any grudge against Lucia for what had happened last time. She wasn't narrow-minded like most people are, but instead very generous.
"That's good!" said Andrew, while nodding his head.
Jackson then looked at Andrew, and asked concerned, "Grandpa, how are you feeling these days? Is everything okay?"
Andrew wanted to say that he was feeling pretty good, but when he thought that there were only the two of them in the study, he considered that there was no need to tell any unnecessary lies.
Jackson was his beloved grandson, and it was meaningless to hide the truth from him any longer.
Andrew suddenly shook his head, and after he let out a long sigh, said, "Oh, Jackson, I'm old, and it's in nature's law for every old man's life to eventually come to an end."
After he heard his Grandpa's dolorous words, Jackson walked towards him and squatted down beside him. As he held his hand into his, he said, "Grandpa, don't say that! You're very healthy, and you can still live for a long time; I don't want you to leave us!"
Andrew didn't speak, and instead patted Jackson's shoulder gently. He then said to him in a tender voice, "Jackson, now you're all grown up and have your own family. I am old and someday I will have to face my end."
After he said that, Andrew paused for a moment, and then continued, "If I leave you one day, you must promise me that you will protect Cherry and Joe and our entire family. In this world, nothing is more important than family!"
Then, Andrew turned his head aside to look outside the window. He felt very sad.
Jackson was grieved also. After he kept silent for a while, he started to speak to him in a low voice, "Grandpa, if I hadn't been so wilful all those years, our Chu Family would have been just another common military family in the residential compound, and you wouldn't have to bear so much pressure on you shoulders. Many things wouldn't have happened, and I wouldn't have been so worried nowadays. Oh, how I wish that I lived an ordinary life with Cherry, and just take good care of you and Joe!"
After some time, Andrew said, "Jackson, I've been retired for so many years already, but I can never forget the days I spent in the army. I will not blame you for that, because I love you very much and you're my only grandson."
"Grandpa!" shouted Jackson with deep emotion in his cry.
"My child, you're all grown up now. You're independent, and you don't need my care anymore. You have to learn to handle things by yourself, and as for what happened in those years, it doesn't matter anymore whether what you did was right or wrong; those times have passed, so don't think about them anymore. I used to worry about you, that you would abandon Cherry and go for Sally instead, but now that I see you treating Cherry so well, and that you get along with each other, I'm not worried about that anymore. I'm happy for you, Jackson, and even though some people have wronged you, let them be. You have to cherish what's yours now," said Andrew.
"I understand, Grandpa," said Jackson firmly. "I do love Cherry with all my heart!"
"Be good to her then, she deserves your love," said Andrew. "And also love Joe, your son, the only descendant of our Chu Family."
"I will," said Jackson, as he diligently nodded his head in front of his Grandpa. He knew what he had to do in his heart.
Suddenly, Andrew looked back at Jackson, and in a very serious tone said," Jackson, I have one more request." "Yes, Grandpa, tell me," said Jackson.
"After I die, if Mond still appears in your life, try not to hurt him," said Andrew, while gazing into Jackson's eyes with sincerity. He knew very well about his health condition, and he wanted to handle everything in a perfect manner while he was still alive, but this was the most troublesome issue, more troublesome that it was even beyond his imagination.
"I know, and I don't intend to hurt him," said Jackson. He clearly knew how to treat Mond.
"That's good!" replied Andrew, as he nodded his head satisfied with his grandson's answer. He knew that Jackson had the wits to handle everything rationally.
"But Grandpa, he often goes to find Cherry. I'm not worried about what he would tell her, I'm worried that..." said Jackson, but he didn't finish his words because he knew that Grandpa already understood what he meant.
After he heard what Jackson said, Andrew got lost in his mind. He could understand his grandson's feelings and why Jackson was so worried, because he shared the exact worry with him. After all, he knew better than anyone else what kind of person Mond really was.
"Gosh!" said Andrew, who then heaved a great sigh.
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