“I know why you decided to leave me. Why didn’t you tell me the first time we met?”
Larry caressed her face affectionately.
Having heard Larry’s words, Joan knew that she had to come clean with him.
Taking a deep breath, she looked at Larry and replied, “Larry, it’s time we clear the air. The reason I left you then was because I had a tumor in my head that needed to be treated overseas. Furthermore, I didn’t even know whether I could survive. To save you the pain, I told you that I was in love with someone else, hoping that you would forget me.”
She continued, “After that, I traveled to A Nation and there was where I met Dustin. He was my doctor then and treated me exceptionally well. His care and concern were both attentive and meticulous. However, I only ever saw him as a good friend.”
Joan slowly immersed herself in her own memories.
“All these years, there was never a moment where I wasn’t thinking about you. However, I kept reminding myself to forget you. Just when I finally buried you deep down in my heart, I ran into you again only to find that your heart had been stolen by someone else.”
Pausing for a moment, Joan sneered at herself. So what if I still love him?
Although Larry was aware of most of what Joan told him, his heart still ached when he heard her say it out loud.
However, he was also delighted that the reason she didn’t tell him the truth was that he already had a girlfriend.
Holding that thought, Larry smiled. “You have always been the only one in my heart. Do you really think I have a girlfriend?”
Stunned by his response, Joan asked doubtfully, “Isn’t Gabriella your girlfriend?”
Everything suddenly clicked for Larry. Joan must have assumed that Gabriella’s my girlfriend when I pretended to be intimate with her.
“You foolish gal. How can she be my girlfriend? I was only faking it in front of you,” Larry explained with a smile as he stroked her head affectionately.
“Really?” Joan asked, tilting her head. Her silly expression simply made her look adorable.
Now that the misunderstanding had been cleared up, Larry was overjoyed.
As for Joan, she giggled like a child when she found out the truth. Never in her dreams did she think that it was all just a mistake.
“Do you blame me for hiding the fact that I’m leaving?” Joan asked with a serious expression.
“Of course I do!”
Larry’s expression changed as he glared at her. “When you decided to leave without telling me, did you ever stop to consider my feelings?”
It seems he has yet to forgive me.
When she saw the look on Larry’s face, Joan’s buoyant mood was suddenly gone. She felt so depressed that she was on the brink of tears.
Noticing the shift in mood and the disappointment on her face, Larry quickly cheered her up. “Since you didn’t tell me you were leaving, your punishment will be to stay by my side forever!”
When she saw Larry’s mischievous expression, Joan wasn’t confused for once and quickly realized that Larry was just teasing her.
She waved her fist at him and almost pounded him on his chest.
Beaming in response, Larry pulled her into his embrace.
Just like a kitten, Joan curled in his arms and relished in the warmth of his body. At that moment, she was overwhelmed with a sense of bliss.
Larry, everything is perfect when you are by my side.
Joan whispered to herself.
As Larry’s injuries were minor, there was no need to stay overnight in the hospital. Hence, he was discharged on that day itself.
Before long, his bodyguards arrived at the hospital and prepared to send him home.
After helping Larry into the car, Joan felt reluctant to see him leave. However, without any excuse to stay back, she had no choice but to say goodbye.
“Larry, rest well at home. I’ll visit you when I’m free,” Joan remarked.
“Joan, I’ll likely have trouble moving around for the next few days due to my injuries. Can I trouble you to take care of me?”