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 Season 8

Episode 29

(Sisters' pillow talk (3)

"Fortunately, my instructor had a talk with me after class and I told her my intentions of designing. She didn't censure me but gave me lots of pointers.

 She told me that to cover someone's defects, the design must be unique and distinctive. I had to find out a one-of-a-kind style for people with defects,"  said Alice, smiling. 

She felt an immense gratefulness to that instructor. Without her guidance, she wouldn't have designed the special evening dress for Violet and she wouldn't have won first prize. Throughout the years, she had insisted in her own design style, even though she would sometimes be ridiculed by her peers and others outside of her circles. Her only motivation was the instructor's recognition and encouragement and her goal of turning Violet into the most attractive woman in the world. Now she did it!     

"Thank you, Alice!" Violet was deeply touched and this was all she could say. She had the most amazing friend in the world. Violet was the center of Alice's design career.   

"Violet, let me tell you. You are the biggest inspiration in my heart. I told myself that I had to protect you and be with you. Though I had a tough time abroad, all I had to do was think of you and it made me very happy. Now, I have had my day and my design is highly recognized in the fashion community. I could design fashionable clothes even for detectives, but my classmates could only design mass production clothes. I had the advantage over them and you are the person who brought me that advantage." A smile of joy flitted across Alice's face.     

"You've gone through a lot to get where you are today." Violet put her hand on Alice's shoulder and snuggled next to her. She knew how much Alice had suffered for her achievements. As the saying goes,"Behind each success are blood, sweat and tears." It was the same for Alice.   

  "Maybe..." Alice didn't deny it. She didn't hide anything from Violet. "I usually spent my spare time in the library to browse magazines. I also did street photography. When my classmates were studying design theories, I had to study the design for specific demographics. 

After finishing the courses based on the curricula by teachers, I had to study other courses because I was very clear about my design goals. I had to work hard and make you the proud princess, receiving the admiration and praise from the whole world."  

"Alice, you did it! You really did it!" Violet was very proud of her. "I am indeed a princess! Not only the princess of the Chu family, but the princess of JC Group.

 I have you and Greg, my parents and my brother. You all love me so much and I am very happy."    

"This is the Violet I'd like to see!" Alice gave her another hug.   

  Violet sunk herself into Alice's embrace.     

After a short moment of silence, Alice said in a more serious voice,"Violet, Greg must also have had suffered much these years, hasn't he?"  

Violet also became serious. How couldn't she know what Greg suffered these years? Though Greg didn't say anything to her, she could feel it.     

"You are right! He must have suffered a lot, for me." Violet lowered her head, feeling guilty.     

"Medicine is more difficult to learn than design. I know Greg returned home with great achievements as well. But to cure the scars on your body, I am not sure whether he was 100% prepared. He wouldn't do the operation on you without 100% assurance." Alice spoke out her speculation. She could relate with Greg on being abroad alone, that life was not easy for him as well.     

Violet didn't follow Alice's words.    

 In a soft voice, she said,"Alice, you know what? I have been feeling guilty all these years, not for the scars on my body, but..." She paused for a second and then continued,"I feel so sorry for Greg, my brother and you."  

Alice didn't say a word because she knew what Violet was going to say.    

 "It's all because of me that your lives have been disrupted. You all struggled and suffered for me, worrying about me and caring about me, but I could do nothing..." Violet was so sad that she couldn't help but get emotional.    

 "Violet..." Alice said softly, trying to comfort her.    

 "We all know that Greg liked drawing very much when he was young. And he was very good at it." Violet continued.   

  "Yes, I know,"  Alice nodded her head.  

   "But he gave up drawing and studied medicine, for me! I know he didn't like it at all! I couldn't imagine how much he had suffered all those years to engage in a field that he didn't really care for. But he persisted and overcame all challenges and now is highly recognized by the public. I do think he is great! He has done too much for me!" Violet expressed her gratitude and love for Greg without any inhibitions.   

"Perhaps that was his goal in his heart and he would do anything to achieve that goal!" said Alice.     

Violet agreed with a nod. She then went on to say,"And my brother! My mother once expected him to be a pianist or pursue a career in music. But now, my brother is studying business administration and I am sure that this is not what he wanted."   

 "Violet, we must trust Lawrence! He is an awesome guy and I am sure he will be excellent in whatever field he is engaged in. Even if he takes over the JC Group in the future, he still could play the piano in his spare time." Alice comforted Violet as she caressed her hair.     

Violet looked up to Alice and continued to say,"Alice, do you know? You are the person I feel sorry to, the most. Greg and my brother after all are men and they have stronger endurance. But you are a girl and you..."    

Before she could finish her words, her mouth was covered by Alice's hand.   

Alice interrupted her,"Don't say that, Violet! Let me tell you. Before I was ten years old, my only dream was to stay with you every day and we can go abroad together for further study. I always imagined us learning anything within our interests. But that year, when that thing happened, I made up my mind to become a fashion designer. I should thank you because you were the one who pushed me to build that dream. And I like this field. Look! I've already had certain achievements. So, don't feel guilty and don't put the blame on yourself, okay?"   

 Violet gratefully looked at Alice, not knowing how to express her gratitude.     "Actually, if you did not get hurt then, perhaps we may still have chosen fashion design together, right? So, let it be and don't feel sorry for me at all! I am really living a happy life!" Alice gave her an encouraging smile and continued,"Actually, this is what I had to experience."    

Alice's words consoled Violet a lot and she gently nodded her head.

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