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(I won't let her forget you)

Beryl was witty and full of life, but she was still a child. She was still naive and Sean knew that. He took advantage of her innocence and easily fooled the kid.
Her expression changed as she looked at Sean with a small glimmer of hope.

But her voice still sounded uncertain as she slowly asked again, "Are you really gonna let me see my mommy if I behave well?"

Sean breathed a very small sigh of relief, 'Finally!' He smiled a little too big and nodded his head as he answered, "Of course, I give you my word. I promise you will see her. Pinky swear?"

"Well.. Okay." Determination filled Beryl's little face. She took Sean's words seriously. With her forehead creased in concentration, she strongly promised, "I will make mommy better."

Sean decided to go along with Beryl's steadfast determination. He looked at her seriously and earnestly replied, "I believe you will, Beryl. I know you will do the right thing."

Oh to be a child! She was such an innocent kid. It was so easy to make her believe anything. A few encouraging words made her turn around and change her mind.


Early morning the following day, the private teacher Sean was talking about arrived. Beryl took different classes with her teacher. She started and ended her day with her studies. She hardly had time to play the last few days due to her focus on her classes.

Though Beryl wasn't a fan of their arrangement, she knew she had to do it for her mommy. She also knew if given under any other circumstance, she would never agree to this.

But the thought of seeing her mommy and making her feel better kept Beryl going. It made her strong and determined to finish her studies day by day.

In less than half a month, Beryl had already made progress in her studies.

She earned higher scores and was constantly improving. Seeing her score card made Beryl ecstatic. She quickly took it and ran to see Sean. Upon seeing her scores, Sean smiled and led the way to Emily's room.

Beryl was finally going to see her mommy. She was too excited and giddy as they entered Emily's room.

From time to time, Beryl thought of slipping into her mommy's room without her Uncle's permission. But Emily's room always had a guard standing outside, and she never got her chance. Apart from that, she was too busy with her classes that she barely had time to think of a plan or to even stop and do other things.

"Mommy!" Beryl ran to her mother's bed and gently shoved herself to Emily. Muffled by her embrace, Beryl burst out, "I miss you so much!"

She held her mommy close, but Emily did not reciprocate the hug nor the excitement. She looked confused and did not seem to recognize the kid hugging her. With a weak voice she asked, "Who... are you?"

Beryl looked up at once, but did not let go of Emily. She tilted her head, tears threatening to spill out. Her voice was shaky as she asked, "Mommy? What happened? What are you talking about?

It's me, Beryl. I'm your daughter, mommy. Don't you remember?"

"Beryl, keep your voice down. You might frighten your mommy." Startled, Beryl looked behind her. Sean was suddenly in the room behind her. He ignored Beryl's confusion and reminded her to be gentle.

"But... But mommy doesn't seem to know who I am! She doesn't recognize me!"

Beryl was starting to panic. She had no idea what to do or what to say. She lost control and a shower of tears dropped down her cheeks.

Sean affectionately patted her back and said in a whisper, "Don't worry. She was just ill. You have to give her some time to recover and remember. She will remember you. She just needs time."

"Really? Are you sure, Uncle Sean?" Beryl sobbed. Her heart ached for her mommy.

Sean's heart ached for her. It hurt him to see her like that. After all, he watched Beryl grow up. He cradled her; he took care of her, and he could even say that he raised her. She was just like his own daughter. And he loved her as much.

"Of course, Beryl. Please stop crying.

Your mommy will not recognize you if your face is all scrunched up and full of tears."

He gently wiped the tears on her cheek away.

"O..okay..." Beryl couldn't form her words.

Her head went blank. All she could do was listen to Sean and stop crying.

As Sean and Beryl exchanged words, Emily was staring at her daughter.

Suddenly, recognition dawned on her face, "OH! You're Beryl, my baby daughter Beryl! I have such an awful memory now! I am so sorry, baby. I can't believe that I didn't even recognize you."

Beryl looked at her mommy. Suddenly, she giggled. She could not help herself.

She was overjoyed that her mommy finally recognized her. She slipped into Emily's arms and hugged her tightly, "Mommy! You remember me! But it doesn't matter whether you remember or not. Uncle Sean is such a talented doctor. I'm sure he will cure you."

"Yes, he will, won't he?" Emily responded slowly and with hesitation. She glanced at Sean with the corner of her eyes, while confusion and uncertainty continued to fill them. "I hope that works."

Beryl sensed something was wrong, but she was overwhelmed by joy. She was finally with her mommy! They had a lot of catching up on.

Not long after, Emily felt tired. Her face full of exhaustion, she could barely keep her eyes open.

Sean noticed the change in Emily's strength. He gently took Beryl in his arms and said to Emily, with a light tone and slow speed, like he was hypnotizing her, "Rest if you feel tired. Just sleep for a while, okay?"

"Okay..." Emily nodded her head and lied down the bed. She immediately fell asleep.

Sean tucked her in carefully. He put his hand on her forehead to check her temperature. She was fine, and he sighed and felt at ease.

"Mommy..." Beryl felt disappointed. She frowned. They haven't even talked that much. She wanted to spend more time with her mommy.

"Shh..." Sean signaled Beryl not to speak and took her out of the room.

"Your mom is still weak. I let you in because you behaved well recently. We need to let her rest. Let's not disturb her sleep."

Even though she felt sad, Beryl nodded with tears sprinkling in her eyes. "Yeah, I can do that. But when can I see her again? I still have a lot of questions to ask her."

Sean looked at her deeply, "Beryl, are you going to ask her about your dad? I've already told you that he left. I don't want you to mention this to your mom ever again. You wouldn't want to make her situation worse, right?"

Beryl felt a little shocked with what Sean said. Was mommy ill because of daddy? But why did daddy leave them behind. He left so suddenly, and he didn't even say goodbye.

Daddy... He loved mom and her so much! Beryl was sure of that. So why?

"Beryl, I hope you understand. I will never hurt you and your mom. I only want to protect you both."

Beryl nodded, though she was not sure if she understood well enough. She turned her head around to have another look at the room. With expectation and eagerness, she turned to face Sean, "Uncle Sean, I will do what you want me to do. I will follow your orders. But can I just go inside to be with mommy?

Please? I promise I won't make a sound and I will keep quiet. I will not disturb her."

There was no change on Sean's facial expression. He said nothing.

Tears started to pour down like pearls on a string less strain on Beryl's face, "I really miss my mommy so much. I could barely even sleep at night. She's all I think about. I just really want to be with her for a longer time..."

Sean sighed and eventually gave in. "Alright. How can I say no when I see you cry like this."

Beryl burst into a tearful smile, "Really? You will let me stay? Thank you so much, Uncle Sean!"

"For what? No need to thank me, Beryl. It's only natural for a daughter to be with her mommy." Sean held her hand and guided her in another direction, "But before you go in, I need to clean your face."

"Okay. No problem." Beryl's tone was finally light and happy.

Sean just smiled inside. She was really still a child. It was not difficult to comfort her. If only Emily was as easily comforted as her, everything would be easy.

That would save him time and he wouldn't have to take so much risks.

While Sean cleaned her face, Beryl couldn't help but ask, "Uncle Sean, can you really cure mommy? I'm worried that mommy might totally forget about me."

"Of course I'll cure her. I will do everything I can." Sean cleaned and dried her face patiently, "Don't worry. Even if she forgets all the people in the world, I won't let her forget you."

And there was no doubt that he would never let her forget him, as well. It was enough for Emily to remember only him and Beryl. If it were up to him, he would rather have her remember only him.

But that would be too cruel for Beryl.

Sean would not want to see Beryl cry. She was the only daughter of Emily. In turn, she sure was his only daughter, too. Since Jacob had left, he would be the father for Beryl. That he was a hundred percent sure of.

After he comforted Beryl, Sean took her back to Emily's room and let her sleep beside her mommy.

Like a fish returning to the ocean, Beryl felt extremely happy and satisfied. She lay silently beside Emily as Sean reminded her to stay quiet.



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