“No…” I stood in shock. “NO!!!” I grabbed the paddles and continuously shocked his body. His body bounced up and down from the shocks. The scared nurses went to find another doctor, to tell him that I was crazy.
I didn’t know if I was crazy or not. I just wanted to save my lover. Even though we fought all the time. Even though he never showed me his love. I still wanted to save him. He still owed me a card. He couldn’t die! I threw away the paddles and began to press on his heart. I pressed with all my strength, hoping it would revive him, but he didn’t wake up. He didn’t even say “It hurts”. He just laid there with his eyes closed, punishing me with his silence.
Dr. Jian angrily pushed me away. By that time, I couldn’t see clearly anymore. I cried. I wailed. I bowled until no sounds could come out of my mouth.
“It’s too late, Dr. Shu. He’s already dead. I’m sorry.” Dr. Jian patted me on the shoulder. They knew each other and ate together once. I introduced them.
“He can’t die.” I shook my head. “He can’t die!!” I struggled to run to him.
“Dr. Shu, control yourself!” Dr. Jian slapped me. “I understand what you’re going through, but you’re a doctor.”
Yes, I’m a doctor, but I’m also a regular person. How can Dr. Jian understand how I feel? I’ve loved him for so many years that it’s become a habit. How can I just throw away a habit? Besides, he still owed me a card. “I want him to live! I want him to live!” I ran to him again and tried to knock the life back into his body.
“Take her away!” That day, I lost my control and my professionalism.
And that day happened to be Valentine’s Day.
Afterwards, I asked his co-workers why he left work early that day.
They told me that after I hung up the phone, he tried to call me several times but couldn’t reach me. Worried, he drove to the hospital to find me and got hit by a large truck on the way.
When I heard this, I froze. My tantrum killed him. Just because of an unmailed card, he died. After that, I lost my privilege to be childish.
Like an abandoned cat, I couldn’t even cry anymore. After his death, I couldn’t cry anymore, regardless of how touching the plot or how tear-jerking the dialogue. They didn’t affect me anymore.
Now, I’m only left with a cat and a seldomly used computer. Stepping over the cat, I turned on the computer. Even though I know no one will send me a mail, I still hoped that someone will remember me on this day.
Meow, meow. I looked at Christine to see what’s wrong. She finished her milk. I went into the kitchen to get her more milk then came back to look at the computer screen.
I have…. 100 emails! Who would be bored enough to send me 100 junk mail?
I was just about to delete them all when I received another mail, and this one said: “Because of system error, we could not send these until today.
We apologize for the delay.” The sender was my ISP.
I looked at the 1st mail. It showed the send date is last year’s Valentine’s Day. My heart began to beat fast. Could he have sent these?
With a trembling hand, I opened the mail. The first thing that popped up was a gorgeous red rose set against green leaves. Then a beautiful melody began to play…. “Only Love”. I couldn’t believe it. The rose was so beautiful and the music was so dreamy. I almost thought I was in a fantasy. Most touching of all were the words underneath the rose, because the words read like a beautiful poem.
That’s my name.
“Knowing you so many years, I’ve never sent you any flowers. Today I send you a rose.”
I received it and it’s so beautiful.
“You know we are always fighting. We can never really open our hearts and tell each other how we feel.”
Yes, but it’s all your fault for being so distant.
“I know I always make you mad by the things I say.”
Good that you’re admitting it.
“But today I want to say to you: I’m sorry, and I love you.”
I waited so many years for those words.
“And I want to tell you a good news. I finally saved enough money.”
You already have enough money. Why did you need so much?
“So Hwei, let’s get married!! I was afraid to propose to you, because I didn’t trust in my ability to give you the good life you deserve. But now I’ve saved enough money so we don’t have to wait anymore.”
Who wanted you to wait? I’m already yours.
“Today, I use this card to propose to you. Will you marry me, Hwei? Will you?”
That’s the content of the whole card. Like a fool, I kept reading his words and talking to him. It’s like I can hear his voice and see him again.
As if it’s back to 1 year ago with us constantly fighting.
The song played over and over. Repeating Nana’s heartbreaking voice.
Only love can make a memory. Only love can make a moment last. You were there and all the world was young and all it’s songs unsung. and I remember you then when love was all, all you were living for,
and how you gave that love to me….”
The lyrics of this song fits our love so closely. When he was alive, my world was so young. Every day, I could find a something different to fight with him about. But after he left, my life is only left with memories and coldness that will never go away.
“Will you marry me?”
When I read these words, my tears unconsciously came, wetting the keyboard.
Will I? If he’s in front of me, I will definitely kick him and call him a big fool. If I wasn’t willing, I wouldn’t have waited until today.
So I moved the cursor over the “Reply” box, and typed the response that I’ve already prepared for so many years – “I will.”
I will – be by his side for the rest of my life. I will – fight with him forever. That is how I answered him, but the only response I got was the repeating song “Only Love.”
Nevertheless, I opened every single letter, accepted every singled rose, and typed the same response: “I will.”
I replied 100 times, and “Only Love” played 100 times. In this cold Valentine’s night, the line that’s been broken for 1 year finally got reconnected.
I answered you. What about you?