Meanwhile, Maxine had been assisting Quincy with matters related to New Era Commerce while James was away at King Quavon’s Mausoleum.
During this period, she heard a couple of things from Quincy about Thea’s condition.
“Are you saying she doesn’t have long to live?”
Maxine looked at Quincy in disbelief and asked, “You’re absolutely certain about this?”
“Of course. James brought Thea to see my teacher, Callan. I was there and personally heard him say that Thea only had a couple of years ahead of her if they couldn’t find a way to treat her condition,” said Quincy.
“This…” Maxine was stunned.
Thea looked fine, so how was it that she barely had much time left on this earth?
At that moment, a sudden thought flashed in her mind.
“I’ll go check on Thea.” She bid farewell to Quincy.
Soon, Maxine arrived at Thea’s house.
Thea had not left her house in two days and stayed home trimming the flowers and plants.
When Maxine reached, she spotted Thea, who had finished tending to the plants in the yard and was heading to rest in the gazebo.
“Oh… Hey, Maxine.” Seeing Maxine approach, Thea greeted her softly.
“Mhm…” Maxine walked over and sat down beside her.
“What’s the matter? Is something wrong?” Thea spoke very calmly.
“You…” Maxine looked at Thea.
Apart from the hair color, everything else about Thea seemed normal.
“What are you trying to say?” Thea looked at Maxine.
Maxine thought for a while to choose her words and asked, “I heard from Quincy that there’s something wrong with your body and you only have a few years left to live. Is it true?”
Hearing this, Thea’s expression grew slightly gloomier.
She gently nodded and replied, “Yeah…”
“H-How did this happen? You were fine all this while, so how did you suddenly become like this?” Maxine asked worriedly.
“Hah…” Thea sighed.
She did not want to talk about it. She no longer cared about mundane concerns. For now, every single day was important to her.
“Thea…” Maxine’s expression suddenly turned serious.
“What is it?” Thea looked nonchalant.
She had already accepted her fate and simply wanted to raise a child with James in the last few years of her life.
“Thea, I think you shouldn’t be burdening James with your current condition.” Maxine said solemnly, “James is madly in love with you… With your condition, he won’t be able to focus on anything else. The Capital is stable for the time being, and it should be fine if nothing sudden happens in the future. James will surely search for a cure for your condition. You should already now you’re not going to survive in this state.”
Thea looked at Maxine. She was confused by what Maxine was trying to convey to her.
Thea asked with narrowed eyes, “What are you trying to say?”
Maxine replied, “James is at the prime of his life. He’s the most powerful man in Sol. Do you really have the heart to see James give everything up just for you?”
After a moment of silence, Maxine continued, “If I were you, I’d leave quietly so James wouldn’t have to worry about me. He might be sad after you leave, but it’ll only be temporary. Time will heal all wounds… Perhaps after three to five months, he’ll get over the sorrow of losing you. When he recovers from the pain, he’ll bounce back. Then, he’ll control and lead Sol to become the greatest country in this world… He’ll become a legend to be remembered for all eternity.”
Hearing this, Thea fell silent.