Dylan looked at her tearily. “Really?”
Melanie tried to pull her up, but Dylan was too strong. Melanie could not drag her up at all.
Dylan quickly stood up on her own. She wiped her face and anxiously grabbed Melanie’s hand. “Mel, I’m sorry, but I raised Peachy with my own hands. I just can’t…”
Melanie’s mind was calm. As she listened to Dylan’s rambling, she realized that she barely felt
anything for her mother anymore. “Just tell me what the hell is going on.”
Dylan began to wipe her tears again. “The doctor said that Peachy needs a new course of medicine to survive from now on, but the medicine costs tens of thousands of dollars every month. How can I possibly afford it?”
Melanie’s heart sank, and she pushed Dylan away. “I’ll ask the doctor.”
“He’ll say the same thing if you ask him. Oh, heavens, why us?!”
Melanie picked up her pace as Dylan wailed behind her.
Xander gave chase as she left the ward in a hurry. “Wait, Melanie.”
Melanie was getting a little upset right now, so she turned to Xander and said tiredly, “Sorry you had to see that.”
Xander’s expression was the same as usual. “I have a friend from the hematology department. I can introduce him to you.”
Melanie paused for a moment, and Xander quickly took out his phone. After a while, he said, “I just sent you his contact.”
Melanie took a deep breath and whispered, “Thank you.”
“Stephen told me to take care of you.” Xander paused and added, “And you helped me.”
He was talking about the files she had organized that morning. Melanie was still pale, and she could not even force a smile. “You guys could have done that without me.”
As they spoke, they arrived at the doctor’s office.
Xander accompanied her inside. The attending doctor’s diagnosis was clear. Peachie was born with this illness, and that expensive medicine was her best shot.
The doctor continued, “She’s still young, so you have to make sure she gets the nutrients she needs too. She’s clearly malnourished.”
When Melanie and Xander returned to the ward, only Viola and Dylan were left.
Dylan rose to her feet quickly. “The doctor said I was telling the truth, right?”
Melanie looked at Peachie lying on the bed. The doctor’s words echoed in her ears.
She asked her mother, “Why is Peachie malnourished?”
Dylan hastily dodged the question. “How can Peachie be malnourished? I’ve been keeping her well- fed.”
“The doctor must have told you.” Melanie considered throwing caution to the winds, but she quickly decided against it. Her voice was much colder now. “Isn’t Peachie your beloved daughter? Or was that just an act?”
“I just…” Dylan tried to explain, but she just could not find the words. Her expression was bitter.
Melanie looked at her, suddenly struck by how different Dylan was from the capable and caring mother in her memories.
Dylan was shrewd, calculating, and selfish.
Was she really still the mother Melanie remembered?
Melanie’s eyes turned completely cold. Dylan felt guilty, but she was also worried that Melanie would abandon Peachie in a fit of anger.
In the end, Dylan decided to come clean. “I didn’t give the money to anyone else. I just saved some.
“I–I thought you would…”
Dylan did not finish her sentence, but Melanie already understood.
Dylan was afraid that Melanie would stop giving her money someday, so she had been saving some of the allowance for a rainy day.