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(Anthony's Ex-girlfriends)

In the hospital   

 After Anthony finished diagnosing the last patient, he turned around to look at supper Autumn delivered, and almost immediately a warm and content smile flashed across his face.    

 Anthony had been busy studying medicine and he was slow-witted man when it came to his heart and expressing his feelings. Though he had been with Lisa for quite some time when he was in America, it was Lisa who took the initiative to woo him. However, once they got along with each other and had been together for some time, Anthony realized there were severe cultural discrepancies between them which were hard to overcome. Moreover, they had totally different personalities.     

Autumn was the first girl who he fell in love with almost at the first sight, but it was beyond late for him to make her acquaintance in that regard as she was married.   

Looking at the dinner basket, Anthony heaved a sigh.     

Anyway, people strongly believed that the best way to love someone was to let them loose and protect their happiness. Now this was the only thing Anthony could do for her wholeheartedly.    

 "Hello! May I come in?" Just when he was lost and immersed in his thoughts, someone knocked the door, drawing him back to reality suddenly. 

Anthony took a look at the intake form and felt confused since there was no one scheduled for this hour. He did finish diagnosing all patients. So who was knocking the door at this time?     

He opened the door hesitatingly and a blonde haired girl stood across from him with a bright smile across her face. 

"Anthony surprise!" the girl stared at Anthony as she cheerfully exclaimed.

   She then held his neck tightly, and began kissing him softly and was reluctant to loosen her grip. "Anthony, I missed you so much..."   

 "Lisa, what are you doing here?" Anthony asked her in shook as his eyes widened. Anthony shook off her hands, took two steps back and maintained a certain distance with her. "I told you many times.

 It is over between us. We have already broken up with each other. Which part of that don't you understand?" he tried to be polite but there was a hint of impatience to dismiss her reflecting in his note.    

 "Anthony..." Lisa looked at him with a pitiful look and said, "Why are you so resolute about things in the past? I missed you so very much over the past days. I missed you every single second and I can't live without you. It was just crazy chatter when I said I wanted to break up with you. I did not mean that. 

Please forgive me and let us pick up where we left things. We are meant to be together and you will see that. Anthony, please just give me one more chance."  

Lisa grabbed his hands and refused to let him go while Anthony had no other options but to shake off her hands over and over again. It got tiring but he was trying to send the message across loud and clear. "Lisa, we are adults. There is an old Chinese saying which goes likewater once spilled cannot be gathered. You took the decision all by yourself to end things with me and I respected your decision while agreeing with it. Now we are two independent individuals without any relation. If you want to travel here, then I will welcome you. But if you came all this way to reconcile, then you might as well give up,"  said Anthony, his eyebrows raised. 

    "Why are you so persistent? Can't you consider what I am suggesting for a second?" Upon hearing this, Lisa looked at Anthony, with puppy dog eyes and said, "It was simply a joke when I said I was going to break up with you. I know it was in bad taste and ridiculous. I didn't mean it, not one bit. I am sure you know me well after all these years. I am just childish and act rather impulsively without thinking much. But I have come round after realizing what a grave mistake I made and have decided to woo you again."  

"Don't utter nonsense here. There is no point talking about this any further..." At this point, Anthony was unable to control his impatience and conceal his emotions. "Don't lobby around here like a limpet. We broke up. You are an American citizen and with that said it is impossible for you to stay here with me. 

Go back as soon as possible and stop harrowing me any further. I am sure your parents are worried about you."   

 "But if I promise you that someday in the near future I will be able to stay with you in this city, then will you change your mind and agree to be with me again? I am willing to do anything and everything just to be with you. Please believe me when I say that." Lisa was not going to back down, not after realizing what she had lost.    

 The doctors and patients who were passing by kept passing glances at them and tried to hear their intimate conversation curiously. After all Lisa was a beautiful blonde girl and it was easy for people to be distracted by her. She was after all conspicuous.   

After noticing all the unwarranted attention, Anthony could not help but frown. It was time for him to end his shift as he was done winding up all the work, so he took off his white gown, and simply held Lisa and gestured her to follow him outside.     

"Slow down. You are hurting me,"  Lisa said in a upset tone.     

"I am so sorry. I didn't intend to hurt you." With his growing anxiety, Anthony didn't realize that he hurt Lisa's arm by dragging her out so suddenly. Upon hearing this, he hastily loosened her grip, apologized to her and then took her out for coffee near the hospital. "Do you still want a cup of Americano?" He asked as usual and in that moment it seemed like nothing had changed after all.   

"Yes, I will like that very much. Thank you." Lisa smiled gently as she heard this. Though they had been broken up for over half-a-year, Anthony still remembered her favorite coffee beverage. 'This means that he still loves me. He is not as resolute as what he said. There is still scope for things to get better...' Lisa thought to herself.     

Just with this thought, Lisa got ecstatic and tired to hold his hands. "Anthony, I know I am too capricious and ill-tempered, but I would like to rectify all the mistakes I made and work on our relationship,"  Lisa sincerely requested him for forgiveness.     

After a small pause, she then continued, "I have mulled over this for a long time. Now that I have decided to be with you, I will not go back to my country right away not until you agree to be with me."    However, Anthony just withdrew his hands from her grip and chose to remain silent.   

He was clear about it from the start of their conversation that it was impossible for him to be with her anymore, because he simply didn't love her anymore. The only relationship he could think of sharing with her was that of friendship.They could not be lovers since he was reluctant to reconcile with her.    

 Then there was no need for her to wait here and waste her time.     

Just when he was about to say something, the waiter served two cups of coffee. Taking a small sip of the coffee, Lisa frowned almost naturally and asked, "It tastes a little weird. What is it?"    

After hearing this, Anthony smiled and then replied, "You see, it is hard for you to get used to even the coffee here since you are an American. Lisa, there are too many problems between us which have not been resolved. And the most important factor is that I don't feel the same about you anymore. I don't love you. Our story is in the past and we cannot move past it. Do you understand?" Anthony tried to persuade her patiently.   

"This is utter bullshit!" Lisa still could not accept they were over. She could not compromise and said to Anthony," You still remember my favorite coffee. It clearly means that you haven't forgotten me let alone my tastes and choices. Why can't we just reconcile?"    

She held his hands again and said, "Anthony, please give me a chance to make it up for after that you can make your final decision. I will prove that I am a woman worthy of your love and loyalty."    

Anthony just realized that talking to her at this point was rather useless as she was adamant. She was trapped in her own thoughts and denial deeply.    

 "Yes, I do remember your favorite coffee, but it is just a habit which I developed at the time when we were in relationship. 

And it has nothing to do with love." After saying this, he let out a sigh and went on," Now I only regard you as one of my friends. I can take you to visit some places in Y City if you are interested but beyond that I am simply unavailable especially not to entertain such requests of yours. I can't do anything else for you."  

"Is there really no way I can make up for?" Lisa stared at him almost numbly. She missed him so much these past few days and she finally got a chance to come back to Y City, so she came to him eagerly with so much hope.     

Nothing could stop her to unite with him.     

She was determined to tell him that she still loved him so much and couldn't live without him. She hoped Anthony would be with her again even if she had to pay a heavy price for her mistakes. She was willing to go the extra mile, because for her, he was worth everything.     

Lisa had even thought that if Anthony declined her suggestion to settle back in America with her, then she would compromise and live with him in China because all that mattered was that they would be together.   

She was confident that Anthony would be moved by her sincerity, but now her hopes and dreams were broken into what felt like a million pieces. Anthony did not accept her apology while refusing to give her another chance to mend the situation.

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