Ice and Fire

Chapter 58 Meeting At The Door

After he left home, John had no idea about where he should go next. He thought for a while, and then decided that he should go to the bar, because Jean would never come after him there.

Inside the bar, Emily was on the early shift, and had just started work. She was surprised at first when she saw him, and she knew that he had broken up with Cherry, but when she thought more about it, she decided to treat him as any other person that she had already met before.

When he saw Emily, John walked towards her.

John stood in front of the bar, and stared at her.

Emily got a bit strained with his gaze fixed on her, and asked, "What are you doing here at this hour? If you want to have fun, come at night, there's nothing happening now."

John slightly began to speak, and said, "Arrange a quiet VIP room for me; I want to sleep."

Emily was astonished by what he said, and replied, "If you want to sleep, you can go home. Why did you come here?"

John then turned his head away from her, and said, "I don't want to see Jean's horrible face."

Emily was shocked, and couldn't believe that John could describe Jean's face with the word "horrible". It seemed that he didn't love her after all.

She didn't ask too much because she saw the lingering fatigue on John's face.

Emily entrusted John to one of her colleagues that was standing beside her to take him to his room.

John rested there until the afternoon, and after he came out of it, he noticed that the bar had gotten very busy with people.

He sat down on a random seat in a corner, summoned a waiter, and ordered some bottles of wine.

While he was tasting the wine, John looked at the people in the middle of the dancing floor having fun.

He then gradually got lost in deep thought, and his mind filled with the memories that he had with Cherry. He remembered of their first encounter at the university, and of his complete sacrifice to chase her and make her happy. The period that he had been together with her had been a lovely time.

Little by little, tears started to glisten in John's eyes. He had lost Cherry because of his confusion and imprudence for the moment, not to mention that, somehow, she had eventually become his aunt. Every time he saw Cherry and his uncle together, and every time he saw the affection between them, his heart would ache with pain. Cherry should have belonged to him, not to his uncle, and he wondered how she could even stand beside him. Jackson was pretty aggressive and strong, and always hid Cherry behind him. He kept anyone else away, and even John himself, Jackson's own nephew, had no chance to get close to her.

John didn't feel too well when he thought about these things. How much had he and Cherry really love each other before? He had even sacrificed anything for her and she had also said that she would stay by his side forever, but how was it even possible that she had now become his aunt?

John felt pretty bad and broken, and the only thing that he could do was to poison himself with plenty of alcohol. Glasses of strong drinks went into his mouth, but alas, they still couldn't help him release his distress. Eventually, his head dropped onto the table, and his mind was filled with shadows of Cherry's memory.

Suddenly, it occurred to John that Cherry might haven't forgotten about him so soon, and that she might still love him in her heart and cherish the happy memories that they had together.

"Yes, that's it, Cherry must still love me!"

He then decided to ask her if she still loved him face to face. If her answer was yes, he would be together with her, despite his position of state governor. He couldn't lose Cherry under any circumstances.

John then rose from his seat, and intended to get out of the bar to find Cherry.

John had drunk a lot and could barely stand on his feet. After taking a few steps, he almost fell down to the ground. He held the chair beside him, then couldn't help but shake his head. He tried to calm himself down, and finally staggered out of the bar.

At the bar's entrance, Jon hailed for a cab and went straight to Jackson and Cherry's house to confront her.

Cherry had just woken up from a nap and was stretching her body on the balcony. Although it was boring to stay at home alone, she was also free to decide what to do next.

Cherry thought about it and then decided to watch TV in the living room. She had a keen interest in some recent soap operas.

As she turned into a couch potato with the remote control in her hand, Cherry got lost in the soap opera's plot.

All of a sudden, Cherry heard that there was someone knocking the door. Cherry was a bit surprised, because no stranger had come there before except for Derek. She thought that if Jackson wasn't at home, then why was Derek there? Furthermore, since Jackson was at the army base, then Derek should be there as well with him. Who was knocking on the door then?

As she sat on the sofa, Cherry still couldn't figure out who was outside the door. Because of the continual knocking, she thought that it must be something pretty urgent.

Cherry finally got up and walked to the door and intended to open it.

As soon as she opened the door, she caught a strong whiff of alcohol, and then she saw that John was drunk, and was about to fall on her. Cherry quickly extended her hand to keep him away, and then pushed John out.

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