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   Chapter 28 I’m heartbroken

Fateful Encounter By Elria Cortez Characters: 8553

Updated: 2018-10-11 21:11


Mita went outside the room, crying silently. Her tears were a mix of guilt and sadness. Only herself knows why she was feeling guilty.

Hiro was not in the mood to go after his mother, while Sachie went to follow her mother. Ivy sat on one chair, her mind fuzzy with the truth that was told to her. She does not know what to feel. Since she was young, she was told that her father died before she was born, so she never thought anything odd about it. Now she understands why some of her mother's relatives always talked behind them, calling Andrea names like a mistress. It was because they never saw her got married, nor saw any man she dated. When Ivy was young, her classmates even bullied her and told her that she was born from the bamboo tree, because she has a very fair complexion which was not common in their village, and she does not have a father. She frequently went home with bruises then, until she got used to it with time, and just ignored them. Eventually, her classmates find it boring that she was not irritated anymore with their bullying and stopped. She remembered that whenever she went home with the bruises, Andrea will look at her sadly, and always telling her not to believe them, just believe in her. That was what she did, she chose to believe her mother, the one who gave birth to her.

After 22 years, she finally met her father. She should be happy, right? She does not feel angry at him, not only because he did not intended to abandon them, it was her mother's choice, but it was because all these time, she thought that he was dead. She never once expected to meet him after all, and was used to living only with her mother and grandma.

However, her heart is in pain. Because now, realization dawned on her why her mother told her that the feeling she have for Hiro is not what she thinks it is. Was it their blood talking?

As she glanced up at him, she shivered. He has an indescribably hard look on his face, his eyes unreadable, but his face was a bit pale than usual. His lips were set in a tight firm line, he looks like a volcano that will explode in any moment. Her heart went to him. He must be in the same boat as me, she thought.

Hiro's hands were both in his pockets. If the person who told the story just now is not his own father, he would have beaten him senseless. His hands are clenched in a tight fist. He is mature enough to know that his father was not joking, when he said that Ivy is his daughter.

What he wants to do is to break everything that is within his reach. He wants to break something, or somebody, as a punishment for breaking his heart. He has to look for a way to release the mixed emotions he is feeling right now, otherwise he will explode. After a few moment of silence, Hiro went out of the room, not even looking at Ivy, nor at his father.

Yukio looked tenderly at Ivy, with reddish eyes. He was suppressing his tears, for the feeling of longing to finally meet his daughter to the only woman he ever loved.

"Ivy", Ivy's head turned up, and met the old loving eyes of the man who is her father. What should she do? How should she react? Her hands are shaking as she clasped them together, and stood up near her father.

When he extended his arm to touch her face, his hands became wet with her flowing tears. And his also fell…

After about an hour, Mita and Sachie went back to the room. Mita with a weary look on her face, and Sachie, she was excited. She actually hugged Ivy as soon as she saw her.

"Big sister!" she said with a cheerful smile, "I have always wanted a big sister!" she announced.

As Mita was observing them both, she saw the undeniable resemblance between Sachie and Ivy, except for Sachie's eyes, they almost look identical. She sat beside Yukio, gently patting his hand. Yukio turned to her, a pleading look in his eyes.

"I am sorry" he began, "Will you forgive this old man?"

Mita smiled tenderly. He was not her first love, but her respect for him, and her guilty feelings for what she did to him, led her to patiently understand him. She did not know when she started to love this man, but she knows that before she became pregnant with Sachie, she already loved him then. Even though she never felt him loved her, he always treated her w

ith kindness. It was not hard to love him.

"We are husband and wife. We are old now to dwell on past mistakes, and just use the remaining years of our lives in harmony", she said.

Yukio smiled at her in appreciation. Aside from the incident that led him to banish her for almost five years, he never had any problem with Mita. She is a good wife, and good mother.

"Can you accept Ivy in our house?" he asked, still with doubt.

Mita nodded. "She is your own flesh and blood. She has the right to stay with you, and with her siblings" she said the last word in a sad tone.

Meanwhile, Hiro was in his private ship. He asked the captain to go out to the sea, but did not give any specific direction. He just wanted to think. He called his best buddy back from high school up to university, Kaname Hill. He is half-Japanese from his mother's side, and half-American from his father.

As they were drinking in the bar, Kaname was just eyeing him carefully. For almost 10 years of being his friend, this is the first time he saw him like this. He had always been a very reserved and controlled man. But as he looked at him now, with two unbuttoned long sleeve shirt, disheveled hair, and bloodshot eyes, his face was such a mess. He looked like some men who have been cuckolded by their wives, and is now drinking himself to death.

"What's the matter?" He asked casually.

After gulping the alcohol, Hiro put his hand on his forehead, as if massaging it. He looked at the deck. Remembering how he was just with her on this ship barely 2 weeks ago, star gazing, and the first night they released their passion to each other. Her inviting lips, her warmth, her intoxicating scent, her soft body, her sweet voice, how could those belong to his sister?

Kaname was startled as a glass hit the wall.

"Hey! Hey!" he said, "calm down, will you?"

Hiro shot him a cold glance. Then poured himself another drink. But instead of drinking it, he just played playfully and run his fingers on the rim. He was remembering how soft her lips were.

"What happened man? This is so unlike you" Kaname ventured, "Yeah, " Hiro said, "I'm heartbroken"

Kaname almost choked on his drink. He looked at his friend unbelievably.

"Seriously?"

"Yeah"

"With a woman?"

Hiro cast him a cold look.

"Do I look like somebody who would be heartbroken with a man?"

Kaname laughed, even he himself could not imagine it. It was indeed a hilarious thought.

"Who is the lucky one?"

"Her name is Ivy, and I just learned tonight that she is my long-lost sister", Kaname looked at him with a curious expression. He knows his parents, and they never had any third-party relationship. How could such a long lost-sister appear suddenly?

"I wanted her to meet my parents tonight. Then my father recognized her as his child. There goes my wife-to-be", Hiro laughed surprisingly, his laughter was so cold that it sent shivers to Kaname.

Hiro continued drinking.

"How sure is your father that she is indeed his daughter?"

"My father instantly identified her."

"Do you believe that?"

"Damn!" another glass hit the wall, and Kaname just closed his eyes. Hiro was handed another glass by the expressionless bartender. "What could I do? It was my own father who identified her and the proof was there".

"What proof?"

"An old locket that contains their picture as a family of three, when she was just a baby".

Kaname shook his head.

"Hiro, this is modern day. How could you believe such nonsense?"

Hiro cast him a dubious look. He looked angry and was about to say something, when Kaname raised his hands on the air.

"Don't be mad at me, ok? I suggest that you make her undergo a paternity test to confirm it. Who knows, maybe she is not the one your father thinks she is, right?"

Hiro seemed to freeze in time. Why didn't he think about that? His anger got the better of him. It was his father's statement, there is no way from his expressions that he would be lying. But what if Ivy's mother is the one lying? What if the baby on the picture was not really her? What if she was not really his father's daughter? His heart began to beat faster.

Before Kaname could drink again, Hiro was dashing out of the bar, dragging him with him.

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