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   Chapter 42 For the last time

Under the Sakura By Elria Cortez Characters: 8659

Updated: 2018-12-05 23:16


Yousuke felt a little better when he saw Hiro's reaction. He could not be happier knowing that a man like Hiro, who is cold and powerful, would look at him with such a somber expression and reddened eyes that were about to cry.

"You must go to America, Yousuke." Hiro said finally, turning his back on him.

Yousuke smiled bitterly.

"I don't have to, Hiro. My doctors in Europe have consulted my condition to the best doctors in America. This is a rare chronic illness. One doctor told me that having a polycystic liver and kidney disease is usually not deadly. However, you have seen the medical report. I don't only need a kidney transplant, but a liver transplant as well. Money aside, who would donate a liver to me? It would be great if I only need a partial liver transplant but no, I need a whole liver transplant. And of course, my gallbladder…"

Yousuke's voice trembled and his hands shook. He looked down and saw beads of liquid fell down the floor next to where his feet where.

When he found out about his kidney disease, he wasn't that much affected. He knows that he could definitely found a kidney donor that will match him with the right amount of money. Then he was told that his liver is almost filled with cysts, that it will soon cease functioning if not replaced. He knew that it would be an ordeal to find a donor, but with his connection, he knew that he will have a high chance.

Then his gallbladder was diagnosed with an adenosquamous carcinoma just a week after their wedding. A rare type of cancer in the gallbladder.

Cancer.

His world almost came crashing down on him.

Even Steve Jobs died of cancer.

Hiro kept his back on him.

They remained not talking to each other for about 5 minutes.

When Hiro turned around, he has an adamant look on his face.

"You will go to the US, I will arrange for you to move on our branch there. Get a treatment Yousuke, undergo whatever surgery you have to."

At Yousuke's expression, Hiro's jaw clenched tightly.

"Damn it!"

Yousuke smiled.

He feels lucky that even before his time has ended, he saw and felt how Hiro cares for him. At least, he was lucky that he was not mistaken in giving him his loyalty. Hiro was so worth it to be his friend, and the memories they shared has proved how they stood beside each other, the three of them. No one was behind, they all stood beside each other, in equal position.

"Hiro, just take me back please. I want to sleep with my wife."

----

When Hiro took Yousuke back home, he asked Yano to take him home as well. Upon arriving at their house, he noticed that the children were not around. Of course, it was already 11:00PM. He went up the stairs and when he opened the door, he saw Ivy sitting in front of the dresser, combing her long black hair.

"Welcome back, honey." She stood up and walked towards him, and when he felt her hands on his cheeks, that was when he broke down.

Hiro wept on Ivy arms as he leaned on her shoulder. Ivy was awed by his sudden display of weakness. She had never saw him breakdown like this except when his mother died.

Did somebody die again?

She gently patted his back as she held him tightly close to her. She did not say a word and just patiently waited for him to calm down.

----

Yousuke arrived at their house, and with very light steps, he went up their bed. He saw Sachie's sleeping figure, and he felt the urge to cry to her and embrace her. He wanted so much to tell her how much he loves her and how much he cares for her.

But if he did it, she might fall in love with him, and it would certainly break her heart once he was gone. He could not bear it.

Looking at her softly, he touched her smooth cheeks, and she moved. After blinking several times, she opened her eyes.

----

It was the first time that Sachie saw how beautiful Yousuke's eyes were. They were especially twinkling against the darkness of the night. But somehow, his eyes appeared to be so solemn, broken and forlorn. His expression appeared lost, as if he does not know what to do.

Her heart went to him. She was drawn to the solitary aura that he emanates, as if he was wordlessly asking her to touch him, to feel him, to embrace him.

And she did.

She reached out and pulled him to her, their lips met, and she tasted his sa

lty tears.

She broke their kiss and cupped his face firmly on her hands.

He is indeed crying!

"Yousuke? What's happened?"

He nodded his head, and smiled faintly at her while wiping the tears on his eyes.

"I put on an eye drop because my eyes were itchy with some pollen. I'm not crying." He said, and stroked her cheeks gently.

Sachie did not reply. She tasted his tears, no doubt.

She pulled him again and they kissed, long, deep, and passionate.

It was him who pulled out that time.

"Sachie, it's already late, let's sleep." He said gently, feeling that if Sachie continues to touch him, he would not be able to control himself anymore.

Bu Sachie felt that there is something wrong with Yousuke, but she does not want to be too privy. She knows how Yousuke hated to be questioned.

If he has a problem, the only thing I can do is to ease his worry by making him comfortable, she thought.

She mustered her courage and pulled him close to her face again.

"Yousuke, I want to pleasure you, please let me, " she said in a shy voice.

Yousuke swallowed hard. He had never allowed any woman to touch him, even once. In fact, when there was a time that he had to make believe to be with a woman, he never allowed that woman to touch his private parts. He felt nauseated the whole time.

But only Sachie could make him react like this. Only her touch and her warmth could elicit fire from him, and within minutes of her amateurish ministrations, he finally succumbed.

He laid down on the bed feeling spent, but satisfied. He glanced at the sleeping woman beside him, and he was filled with guilt, regret and sadness.

If only he could divulge his everything to her.

But she would definitely hate him, and he could not bear to see hatred in her eyes. Until the day that he dies, he want to see in her eyes that she likes him.

----

Another week had passed in a blur, and Sachie still continued to work under Kaname. It was Friday afternoon when she was asked by Yoshida to go to the 13th floor, because Kaname has asked for her. It was already past 5:30PM and all the workers in her room already went home.

With a questioning look in her eyes, she entered his room.

She immediately noticed the change in the office, it was so neat and looking so empty. All the books on the rack were now gone and even the wall decors were replaced. His collection of liquor on the bar was also gone, and his desk was clean.

Then, she saw Kaname stood up from his desk, and walked towards her.

"Sir Hill, " she bowed slightly to him.

She noticed that his expression did not change from the moment she entered the room until he reached where she was standing. He stopped a few steps before her.

She involuntarily back away a little, feeling uncomfortable with their proximity.

"Sachie, " he murmured her name, and before she knew what was happening, he was already kissing her.

Her eyes widened in utter shock, she was so dumbstruck that she did not know how to react. Her eyes closed by itself, and her mouth opened by itself, too. Before she could understand what was going on, she was reciprocating his kiss.

Then suddenly, Yousuke's face flashed on her mind. With all the willpower she could muster, she pushed Kaname. He looked at her with confusion, and she immediately turned around before he could touch her again. She was running out of his room.

She went directly to the stairs and went to her room. She put both of her hands on her heart, which was beating rapidly.

She wept, realizing that after all her efforts to forget him, just a mere kiss from him would make her fall in love with him again. How weak could she get?

Then, the door to her room opened, and she looked up to see Kaname. His eyes were full of concern for her, and more.

"Sachie, I'm sorry. I didn't mean to…" at her pained expression, he sighed. "I did meant to kiss you, for the last time."

She looked at him in puzzlement.

"What do you mean…for the last time?" Her heart was beating faster than usual, and she felt her hands becoming sweaty with tension.

Kaname walked towards her, and gently touched her shoulders. He looked at her with saddened expression.

"This is the last time I will be in this office. From tomorrow, I will be moving to the Europe branch."

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