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 Season 7

Episode 25

(Discharging violet from the hospital (2)

"Dad, Mom, I am genuinely sorry for what happened to Violet. Every time I see her, I am tormented with guilt. Furthermore, I hate my school and the class I am studying in. Lately, I can't focus on my studies. Since I was planning on studying abroad anyway, I decided, I would rather go now than wait till college. I want to finish high school overseas, and then go to a university there,"  said Lawrence patiently while thinking, 'I can't go into details in front of Dad.'    

Cherry held Lawrence's hand while weighing the facts, 'I have paying close attention to Lawrence lately, and he is different. Violet's accident must have hit him hard. He must think a new environment will help him forget the unpleasant things that happened.'  

"Lawrence, give us some time to discuss this, okay? Your Dad and I will talk, and then we'll give you our decision in a couple of days, sound fair?" Cherry asked. "Even if we agree to let you go, we will need to make some formal arrangements to allow it, and that takes some time. While you are waiting for our answer though, I hope you will continue to study hard at school. You do know it isn't easy living in a foreign country. You will have to adapt to a lot of new ways, and make changes,"  she stressed.     

"I appreciate that, Mom. However, I think you should know, that while I hate the idea of leaving you, Dad and Violet, my performance in school has suffered lately. I have lost my drive, and feel like I am a zombie. That's why I..." Lawrence had a troubled look and stopped explaining.     

Cherry put her arm around Lawrence's shoulder offering comfort, and in a motherly tone said,"I know sweetheart, and I understand how you're feeling."  

"Thank you Mom,"  Lawrence replied calmly as he gazed into his Mother's loving eyes.     

After Lawrence left the room, Jackson and Cherry lay in the bed cuddling. They were each in deep thought and had scowls on their faces.     

"Honey, what are your thoughts about Lawrence's request?" Cherry asked.    

 "If he wants to go now, then I say, let him. He is grown and knows the life he wants to live,"  replied Jackson.     

"I was thinking the same thing. But, Lawrence has always been with me. I can't bear to see him leave,"  Cherry commented as she stared at the ceiling upset about the ordeal.     

Tightening his grip around Cherry, Jackson pulled her closer into his chest and soothed her,"Even if we send our son to study abroad he can come home when he is on break. Don't fret so much. 

Look, if you miss him, we can always travel overseas to see him."  

Cherry assessed her feelings inwardly, 'It isn't fair! I know all good things come to an end, but, I find it difficult to accept my son leaving so soon. I'll feel lost with him gone. He's been by my side, since birth, and he means the world to me.'    

Nodding, she said,"Okay."    

Cherry turned to look at Jackson and in a severe tone said,"Honey, please look into the study abroad procedures tomorrow."

    "Okay, I will,"  Jackson said.     

The next morning, Violet opened her eyes and got out of bed, the second her alarm blared. Then she quickly got dressed and made her bed.     

After Cherry knocked on Violet's door, she opened it and found her daughter ready.     

"I'm ready for breakfast, Mom,"  Violet said ecstatically.     

"Oh wow! My dearest, you are such a good girl!" Cherry smiled praising Violet as she stroked her hair.   

"Let's get downstairs and have breakfast! Then you can take me to school!" Violet suggested eagerly, grabbing Cherry's hand.     

"That sounds like a great idea!" Cherry cheerfully replied as they walked hand in hand out of the room.     

When they got downstairs, Jackson was out in the yard exercising and Lawrence was sitting at the dining room table.    

 "Good morning, my lady! You're up early today!" Lawrence exclaimed in amazement.    

 "Shouldn't you give me some praise too?" Violet asked standing there with her arms crossed and a triumphant look on her face. Giggling inwardly, Violet thought, 'I shouldn't waste this chance to remind Lawrence that I haven't been late since I was admitted into the hospital.'   

 "Yes, of course! Please, my Queen, receive my sincerest greeting,"  Lawrence humbly said as he pulled the seat next to his out for Violet.   

Taking the seat Lawrence offered, Violet fiddled with her hair as she stated,"Well, I'm quite satisfied with your demeanor today. Keep at it. Can you handle that, my loyal servant?"    

"As you command it, so it share be,"  Lawrence replied bobbing his head obediently.     

Seeing her children behaving like they used to and getting along so well made Cherry happy. She casually said,"Lawrence, ask your Dad to come join us for breakfast, please."    

"Okay Mom,"  Lawrence said and jumped up to go get him.     

Listening to her Mom, Violet stated abruptly,"Mom, next time you want Lawrence to do something, please, ask me first, and I will instruct him to do it. I think that will be better."   

 Looking at her mischievous daughter, Cherry shook her head thinking, 'As always, she enjoys bullying her brother.'  

"Good morning Lily!" Violet beamed,"What do you think of my outfit, Lily? This purple one is my favorite!"    

Lily gave Violet an admiring smile. 'She looks quite lovely in the T-shirt, ' she thought.     

"You look very pretty today,"  Lily answered immediately.     

"Will we be picking Alice up, Mom? Or is Aunt Amy taking her to school?" asked Violet suddenly.     

"Aunt Amy didn't ask me to pick Alice up, so, I guess she will drive Alice in today, and I will escort you to school,"  Cherry replied thinking, 'If Amy didn't have time to bring Alice, she would call me as usual. But, Amy didn't call, which means she is free today. So, I only need to worry about getting Violet off to school.'

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