With a face like that, it would be difficult for her to live a decent life, not to mention revenge.
Ron Batton was Xyla Quest’s life savior. However, she broke the promise between them.
Her heart sank whenever she reminded herself of her irresponsibility and incapability. She found herself standing as rigid as a pole at the gate, her legs frozen to the ground. It took some time for her to recover from her dejection before she dragged her suitcase and strode into the courtyard.
The first thing that she saw as soon as she stepped into the villa was a traditional style courtyard decorated with different species of flowers and shrubs. It looked the same as it was before she left. Spring was definitely the most beautiful time of the year. The cherry blossoms in the courtyard were fully bloomed and the petals were dancing in the air as the cooling wind blew across the house, carrying a tinge of floral fragrance with it.
Stepping across the ground covered with fallen leaves, Xyla made her way to the entrance of the main building under the rustle of the leaves before pulling open the door.
When the maids saw her entering the house, all of them came forward to greet her. She returned their greetings one by one and headed to the living room.
In the living room, an old man was sitting on a sofa made of fine rosewood while enjoying his tea. Across the rosewood coffee table was a lit incense concocted by the old man himself, which helped to keep his mind refreshed.
Upon seeing Xyla, Ron Batton eagerly stood up and walked to her with a delighted expression. “Xyla, you’re finally back.”
As he spoke, his hands clasped firmly on Xyla’s shoulders and his eyes studied her body from head to toe. “Come on, let Grandpa take a look at my good girl… Eh? Have you lost some weight? Your face looks pale too, like you’ve just had a surgery.” Ron examined her face closely while mumbling to himself.
While Xyla tried to suppress the complex feelings in her heart, she forced herself to beam a smile at him. “No wonder you’re my master. I really had a surgery about a week ago, a minimally invasive surgery. It was appendicitis.”
“Nonsense! How can you travel all the way here to my place when you’ve just had surgery?” Ron’s face went serious instantaneously.
“Because it’s your birthday.” And there were a lot of things she wished to tell him because she was tired of hiding them to herself.
The longer she kept them in her heart, the more terrible she felt.
“Quick, have a sit on the sofa and rest well.” Ron carefully held Xyla’s by her elbow and led her to the sofa, sitting down together with her.
“Give me your hand.” He held out his hand at her.
Without any reluctance, Xyla placed her tiny wrist in his palm. He felt the pulse at her wrist with full concentration for a moment. Then, he began, “Your body is recovering well but your qi and blood are still very weak I’ll cook some herbal medicine which can help with your post-surgery recovery later.”
“Grandpa, it’s your birthday today and you’re supposed to enjoy and relax.” Xyla rejected his offer.
“Do you think I can enjoy and relax when you’re not fully recovered from your surgery?”
“I wouldn’t have told you if I’d known you’ll be like this.”
“I’ll find out about it too even if you refuse to tell me.” Ron teased.
Xyla smiled in her helpless position. “Well, that’s true.”
Shortly after, she got up from the sofa and pulled her suitcase near to her feet before opening it.
She took out a classy square box made of rosewood from her suitcase and handed it to Ron.
Ron stared at the box with curiosity. “What is this?”
“Open it and you’ll know. It’s something you’ve always had in mind,” Xyla responded.
Immediately, he placed the box on the coffee table and opened it carefully. An exquisite ‘Silver Censer with Openwork Design of Grapes and Flying Birds’ came to his eyes as soon as the cover of the box was removed.
“I got this when I went to an auction last time. Didn’t you always say that you wanted this so badly? I bought it for you.”
“This must’ve cost a fortune! Why are you wasting money again, silly girl?” Ron started to nag her.
“It’s okay for me to spend money on you. After all, you’re my life savior.” Xyla grinned. “By the way, happy birthday Grandpa!”
The smile on Ron’s face beamed wider as his eyes filled with his love for Xyla. “Thank you so much, Xyla.”
After that, Xyla walked around the living room and scanned the house before adding, “Is it the same as usual for today? I don’t see any guests here.”