Grandfather: A Short Story

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Inside a hospital, an old man laid on the hospital bed, his bright and profound eyes that did not fit his old age stared at the figures before him.

Four people were standing beside him with teary eyes, crying.

One of the figures, a little girl around the age of seven took a step forward.

“G-Grandpa, please don’t leave us!” she said in a stuffy voice.

These figures were the old man’s family, his legacy.

The old man whose bright eyes were starting to dim smiles at his granddaughter.

“My dear little Mu, do not be sad. Do you remember what grandpa always tell you?”

The girl nods, her tears dropping faster.

“A happy Mu is a happy grandpa, even in Heaven.”

The old man’s smile widened, but the light in his eyes noticeably dimmed.

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My legacy, it is in your hands.”

His son who has not cried since the day his wife died ten years ago bawled his eyes out, releasing all his held up tears for the last ten years.

“Yes, father!”

“Ah Luo, thank you for gifting me such a little angel, making my painful days much endurable.”

He was speaking to his son’s wife, Ah Luo.

“Anything for father,” she replied in a gentle voice, afraid it might hurt his worn out hearing.

“Thank you, for putting up with my son for all these years, and please continue doing so.”

The light in the old man’s eyes dimmed some more, it was like a candlelight at the end of its lifespan, ready to go out any second.

However, with his last strength, he looked the beautiful young lady who was wearing a professional suit.

“This is my second time seeing you cry, my little girl,” he spoke in a voice like whispering.

“I am sorry for showing such a weak state in Grandmaster’s final moments.”

Hearing the words of the young lady, the old man slowly shook his head.

“My little girl, have you figured out why I gave you that name the day I adopted
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I still have no idea where I am or why this happened to me. Reincarnation, I guess it is a real thing, huh… But I thought one’s memories would be erased before being reborn, so how come I still have my memories?

Creeek.

The sound of door opening resounded in the baby’s ears.

Is it time already?

Two people walked into the room, a male and female.

“..... ……. …...”

The old man who was the baby now watched their mouths move, but he was unable to understand them. It has been like this for the past month. The only thing he could decipher was one word that is always repeated whenever they see him.

Jade.

The couple now stood next to his crib and gazed at him with tenderness in their eyes.

The female who was also his mother spoke.

“Jade, …. ……. …. ……”

“....”

The baby looked at the couple calmly. Apparently, Jade was his name.

Seeing no reaction from Jade, they sighed.

“....... …. ……, Jade ….. …..”

While Jade did not understand, the couple was actually worried about their newborn.

Ever since he was born, he has not cried even once. Babies are supposed to cry, that’s just how babies work, but their baby, Jade, was obviously not
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