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“Miss Yuri, you can leave today.” Dr. Brown
“I’m fully recovered due to your careful treatment.
Thank you.” Yuri said, packing up her books.
“You know, Mr. Vacur is a fine young man.” Dr.
Brown said suddenly.
Yuri looked up in surprise.
“Yes indeed he is.”
“Do you really think he can replace Mr. Simon’s
place in your heart?” the doctor stopped cleaning
and looked down at his hands.
“He will never be Simon, you know. My wife died, and
though I’ve met some fine young women, they will never
replace her. Are you really loving him or just using him
as a mere shadow of Simon? If you’re just using him,
you will hurt him more than you can imagine.”
Yuri looked down too. Now that Dr. Brown mentioned it,
she wasn’t sure anymore if she wanted Thomas. She
didn’t want to hurt him and use him merely because
he looks like Simon. She can’t pretend he is Simon
because he’s not. That would be too unfair for him.
Yuri suddenly realized she was still standing in the ward.
She quickly bid the doctor goodbye and left.
Yuri reached her dormitory thirty minutes later. Emily
stood there, glaring at her.
Emily slapped Yuri across the face.
“You filthy little hag, how dare you get involved
with Thomas?” the girl snapped, her face in a frightful
“I told you to stay away. He’s mine. You just
like him because he looks like that wretched brother of
yours, Simon! You have to break up! You’re hurting
Thomas rather than loving him!” she glared at Yuri,
hate blazing in her blue eyes.
Yuri stared intently at Emily, tears in her eyes. They weren’t
tears from the stinging pain but from the fact that Emily
“I can give him real love! How can you just come in
and break us apart? We were a fine couple before you came
in! You’re so unfair to me and to him!” Emily
glowered at Yuri and then stormed out of the room.
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“Students, as you all know,” Mr. Spiel’s
voice came through the loudspeaker.
“The annual music ball is to be held in one week.
The gym will not be available due to decorating works. Please
Thomas looked eagerly at Yuri. He had gone to the last
ball with Emily but this year, he was looking forward to
a real nice and romantic time with Yuri. However, she wasn’t
looking his way. Was she avoiding his eyes?
After class, Thomas managed to catch up with Yuri.
“Yuri, let’s go to the ball together.”
He said, taking her hand.
“It’ll be great.”
She didn’t reply.
“Thomas, I… I don't think I’m going to
the ball.” Yuri stammered, to Thomas’s surprise.
“I’m a little ill this week. I think I’m
going to rest for a bit.” Yuri shook free of Thomas
and walked away with her head bowed.
A few minutes later Emily came up to Thomas to his dismay.
“Thomas,” she said sweetly.
“Since Yuri’s not going to the ball, are you
willing to go again with me?” she batted her eyebrows
furiously at him in a cute way.
Thomas stared after Yuri who was well out of sight already.
He then looked back at Emily who was looking anxiously at
him. He nodded. Emily’s beautiful face broke into
“It will be a success.”
She took his hand and gave it a gentle squeeze before leaving.
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“Yuri, please tell me what’s wrong.”
“I told you, I’m ill.” Yuri replied.
“I can tell you’re avoiding me.”
Yuri bit her lip then turned to him.
“Thomas, I don’t want to hurt you OK? I don’t
know if I really love you or I’m just seeing Simon
through you.” She blurted out.
Thomas looked astounded.
“But I thought…”
“Yes, you thought I love you! I don’t know if
it’s real love, Thomas! Just, please, go with Emily!”
Yuri began to tremble uncontrollably.
She got up and ran all the way to the dormitory, well out
of Thomas’s sight.
“Yuri, you have to go to the ball.” Emily pleaded
with a purr in her voice.
“Go with Randy. He asked you. That way you won’t
hurt Thomas and you will get to have fun also.”
Emily reached into her suitcase and pulled out a beautiful
red satin dress. She quickly matched it against Yuri’s
“We’re about the same size. Here, this is a
dress of mine. It fits you perfectly. You can have it.”
Yuri looked at Emily, surprised at her sudden kindness.
“No, this is too beautiful and exquisite…”
she began, but Emily shoved the dress into Yuri’s
“You simply must go, Yuri. I’ll wait for you
at the ball.” Emily said hastily and left before Yuri
The night of the ball was cheerful and wonderful. Yuri
finally gave in to Emily’s endless nagging and decided
to go to the ball dressed in the red satin dress. Emily
and her crowd of friends were to meet their dates in the
gym but Randy waited for Yuri.
Thomas and Emily stood chatting. Thomas wore a long and
handsome black suit with a tie while Emily also wore a red
satin dress. The gym was crowded with people among which
half of them were Emily’s snobby and popular friends.
Thomas’s mind kept drifting to Yuri and he went for
the door twice with every intention to visit her but he
was stopped by Emily.
Just then, Thomas’s eyes caught a flash of red on
a person that just entered the gym. It was Yuri and Randy
and she was wearing exactly what Emily was wearing. Thomas
was so shocked that he dropped his cookie. Emily noticed
and suddenly put a hand to her head to pretend she was upset.
“I feel so ashamed, Thomas. Yuri told me she didn’t
like that dress and it was ugly and a waste of money. In
spite of that, she went and bought the exact same one for
the ball. I think I’ll go back to my dormitory before
she sees me.”
She sped away before Thomas could stop her. He stared at
Yuri in stunned silence. He had a look of disbelief and
disgust on his face. She had lied to him and she had lied
to Emily. She told him she wasn’t coming and yet she
turns up with Randy. What kind of rotten heart does she
Two days have passed since the ball and Thomas refuses
to speak a single word to Yuri. He stayed with Emily who
was beyond happy. She had finally won Yuri Kowan.
Yuri began to feel the horrible pain more often and sometimes
she felt weak and tired. She decided to ignore it but the
pains and weakness were recurring more often so she went
for a check up with Dr. Brown. Yuri waited patiently outside
the examination room while Dr. Brown concluded the results.
He came out two hours later with his face looked sombre.
The conclusion paper shook in his trembling hands.
“Yuri, the results showed that you have leukaemia.”
The doctor said.
For a moment, Yuri was sure she had misunderstood him.
“I… I’m sorry, Dr. Brown?”
“You have been diagnosed with leukaemia, a cancer
that affects your blood.”
Yuri looked carefully at the doctor to make sure he wasn’t
“M-Maybe you should do the results over again…”
“Yuri, I did it three times already. There is no mistake.”
The doctor said gravely.
“I’m afraid the only way to cure leukaemia is
through bone marrow transplant operation. However, it is
difficult to get a suitable donor and the price is unreasonably
high… I suppose you can always try medication...”
“I’ll take that, then.” Yuri said quietly.
The medicine bottle shook in Yuri’s hand as she stumbled
back to the school. Leukaemia? How could it be this serious?
She never imagined it was that bad. What will she do now?
Certainly she couldn’t afford the operation. But what
else is there to do? Maybe, just maybe, Yuri thought, the
medicine will cure me. I’ll just have to wait and
Thomas glanced uneasily around him. He had a feeling someone
had been following him ever since he had left Emily. They
had gone to a music class together before she went off shopping.
A dark shadow flickered past again. Thomas spun around
quickly but there was nobody in sight. Damn it, he thought.
He escaped again. He moves really quickly. He was just about
to turn back when the culprit lunged out at him. Thomas
yelled in surprise but ducked just in time. The shadow fell
a few feet before him but got up quickly in a flash. It
was Randy. Randy pulled out a gun and pointed it at Thomas.
Yuri returned from the hospital with her ears pounding
“You will not live for long,” Dr. Brown’s
words rung in her ears.
“If you don’t do the operation, there is a chance
that you will die shortly. Even with the operation, it can
only extend your life span and not fully cure it.”
Yuri was immersed in her thoughts when a deadly voice reached
“I am son of the gang leader, your filthy father’s
It was Randy’s voice! Yuri quickly ducked behind a
building to listen to the conversation.
“My father?” Thomas’s said in a surprised
“Your father, Marcus Vacur, was a filthy piece of
crap. He stole money from my father when he was broke. He
deserved to be killed. Now that my father is dead, the gang
is dismissed, and I’m the only one who remains loyal
to my father.” Randy held out the gun.
Yuri clapped her hand over her mouth in horror. She reached
quietly into her purse and pulled out her cell phone. She
glanced uneasily at them to see what Randy was doing. She
dialled 911 and gave them the address. The police said they
would be there shortly.
She turned her attention back to Randy but Thomas was talking
“I never knew my father and I don’t have one
either.” He said coolly, glowering at Randy.
“For years I have followed you to try and kill you.
I have killed three of the disloyal gang members already.
Now, I need to get rid of you.”
Yuri gasped. She heard sirens, but Randy did not seem to
notice. Yuri ran to the police cars. Officers leapt out
and they ran to Randy and Thomas.
Halfway there, Yuri heard a blast. There was no doubt Randy
had pulled the trigger. There was a muffled yell and Yuri’s
“Yuri,” Dr. Brown informed Yuri who was waiting
outside the emergency room anxiously.
“The situation is grim. Thomas was shot severely in
the stomach and a whole part of his liver is ruined. The
only way to help him is for someone to transfer part of
their liver to him. But…”
“I’ll do it.” Yuri said instantly. Dr.
“I was afraid you would say that. But you have to
understand that you have leukaemia and if you transfer your
liver or part of it to Thomas, it will shorten your life
“Please, Dr. Brown… Please, I have to help him!”
Yuri begged. The doctor sighed.
“Well, alright. I see you truly love him.”
“Please don’t tell him I did it.” Yuri
said. The doctor looked astonished.
“But why would you not want him to know of your love
for him?” he asked.
Yuri looked away.
“I have hurt him enough. I don't want him to know
that I sacrificed part of me. He’ll regret and feel
bad for the rest of his life. Just say that you cured him,
The doctor sighed for the third time.
“Well alright since you insist. Please come to the
The next day, Yuri’s operation to transfer part of
her liver to Thomas was successfully completed. Thomas was
still unconscious but Yuri was awake and getting ready to
“Thank you, Dr. Brown. Please don’t tell Thomas.
Take good care of him.” She said.
Just then the door opened and Thomas entered. His face was
pale and tired. Yuri gasped and hid herself quickly in the
closet in the doctor’s office.
“Thomas, what are you doing away from your bed?”
she heard Dr. Brown ask.
“I’m alright, Doctor. Thank you. I expect I
will be able to leave in a few days?” Thomas asked.
Yuri thought his voice sounded hoarser and more strained
Suddenly Yuri felt pain rapidly streaming through her bones
and muscles. Her whole body felt immensely weak and rubbery.
Her vision was blacking out. Yuri fell with a loud thud
as she couldn’t control herself. Thomas turned as
he was heading out for the door. Yuri was saved by some
quick thinking from Dr. Brown.
“Oh, damn it. It must be the books in my closet again.
And I just restacked them!” he said exasperatedly.
Thomas smiled wanly and left. Yuri began to cry. She wanted
Thomas to know she loved him, but she didn’t want
to hurt him anymore. The doctor helped her out and let Yuri
“Hi mother. How are you?” Yuri said into the
It was night back at the dormitory and she was calling her
“I’m fine Yuri dear.” Susan Kowan’s
“I’m…“ Yuri considered telling her
mother about her situation, but decided against it.
“I’m alright, mother. Can I ask you if you could
ever forget father?” she asked quietly.
“No Yuri, I will not forget your father ever.”
Mrs. Kowan answered.
“I will not, and I cannot. Because once someone is
deep in your heart, you will never be able to forget him.”
Yuri felt tears roll down her cheek.
“Thanks, Mother.” She whispered.
“I’ll talk to Thomas then.” She added
vaguely before she knew what she was doing.
“Thomas who?” Susan Kowan suddenly demanded.
“Him?” cried Mrs. Kowan to Yuri’s great
“You have to break up. You cannot be with him.”
“Why? Do you know him, mother?”
“N-No. Well yes, Yuri. I’ll fax an article to
you right now and then you’ll understand.”
They chatted for a while longer before Yuri hung up. She
watched the fax machine as an article was printed out. She
read it, and gasped.
December 28th, 2001
Mr. Leon Spiel came to Sacramento for some meetings he had
to attend in the name of his father, Mr. Aaron Spiel. It
was then that he lost his young life. Late in the night
of December 14th, his car collided with that of Simon Kowan’s
and he was sent directly to the hospital. Simon Kowan was
killed instantly after the crash. Leon had received a severe
bump in the head and a variety of cuts but was in no big
danger. He was sent back to London, England two days later,
where he lived with his father and adopted stepbrother,
Thomas Vacur. However, four days later, it was said he developed
a tumour from a bump in his head and he died a week later.
Yuri looked up, stunned. So it was Thomas’s brother
who had killed Simon. Leon had killed Simon. Thomas was
as good as the murderer of her brother.
Thomas bumped headlong into Yuri after music class the
next day. She looked up at him firmly.
“Yuri, let’s not break up.” Thomas, said,
grabbing her arm.
She looked up at him and gave him a look. He wasn’t
quite sure what it meant.
“I’m sorry, Thomas. We were never meant to be
together. We can never be together either.” She said.
She swung free of him and walked away. As she did, a piece
of white fax fell out from her bag. Thomas picked it up
and read it. As he did, his eyes widened in horror and he
understood. His brother had killed Simon, the person Yuri
had loved the most in her life.
“Father, how did Leon die?” Thomas asked Aaron
The man stopped in his tracks and looked at Thomas in surprise.
“Why do you ask?” he asked sharply.
“Tell me!” Thomas exclaimed.
“Don’t you know he died of cancer?” Aaron
“He killed Simon Kowan, Yuri’s brother, and
then developed tumour from the crash, right?” Thomas
His father froze.
“How did you find out?”
Thomas shoved the fax into his father’s face. The
man read it and sighed.
“I knew how much you love Yuri and I didn’t
want you to know.” Mr. Spiel said.
“How did things become this way?” Thomas yelled.
“Why is love so unfair? Now she will hate me forever.
I am the brother of Simon’s murderer!”
Meanwhile, Yuri was back in her dormitory with her cell
phone held tightly in her hands. She dialled Simon’s
beach house number hesitantly.
Yuri waited for the four rings to pass before hearing Simon’s
voice, “Please leave a message.”
“Simon,” Yuri whispered into the receiver with
her voice choked with misery.
“I haven’t called you in a long time. How are
you? I am in love with the brother of your murderer. I can’t
control my emotions, Simon. You had always given me good
advice. Please help me.” Yuri paused so that her tears
would not spill.
She swallowed a lump in her throat and went on.
“Help me, Simon. I don’t know if I should love
him or not. Mother said a person who is deep in your heart
is unforgettable. That person was you but I’m not
sure if Thomas has replaced you or not. Please help me decide…”
Yuri’s voice trailed off as she broke down completely.
She felt burning pain in her muscles and it drained out
her energy. She squinted with pain as the telephone receiver
fell out of her hand and crashed to the ground. The power
button hit the floor and the phone shut off. Yuri slumped
onto the floor and clutched her chest, wincing in pain.
She crawled to her bed and climbed in.
Yuri didn’t know how long she slept. However it was
school break and she didn’t have to worry about school.
When she woke up, the sun was shining through the curtains.
She still felt weak but didn’t feel any pain. Yuri
got up and dressed herself. She was about to leave when
there was a knock on her door. Yuri opened it and found
Thomas standing at the doorway.
“Oh, hello.” Yuri said quietly.
Thomas studied her.
“Yuri, you look terrible.” He said, concerned.
He reached out to touch her face but stopped.
“Uh… I just wanted to tell you that Mr. Spiel
has appointed me to study in France and… and…”
he stopped and looked down.
“And well… I just wanted to tell you that.”
He turned to walk away.
Yuri felt her heart break again. Thomas was going to leave
‘What should I do?’ She thought desperately.
He is going away right now, leaving me forever just like
Simon. Before Yuri could decide what to do, she ran up and
hugged Thomas around the waist. He stopped moving and stood
“Thomas, I love you!” Yuri whispered. Her tears
fell and she laid her head on the back of his shoulder.
She tightened her arms around him.
Thomas felt the prickling feeling at the corner of his
eye again. However, he didn’t let the tear fall. He
placed his hands on hers.
Thomas and Yuri walked along the sandy beach with the waves
crashing at their bare feet.
“I’m sorry, Yuri.” Thomas said after a
moment of silence.
“It’s ok... It’s not your fault.”
Yuri said quietly, shifting her feet.
“And plus, it’s already in the past. You’re
right; I can’t live in the past and the shadow forever.”
She felt a sudden gust of wind hit her insides and closed
her eyes and waited for it to go away.
“I’ll leave on the day after tomorrow. My stuff
is packed already.” Thomas said awkwardly.
Yuri took his hand.
“Thomas, when will you come back?” she asked.
“In a year.” The boy replied.
Yuri thought about how long and painful that period of
time would be without him. Tell him not to go! He’ll
listen. A part of her brain was saying that. She opened
her mouth but the other half of her brain restrained her.
No! If you want him to be happy, think for him, think for
his career. This is very important to him, let him go. She
suddenly felt weak and her stomach churned with pain. Yuri
put her hands over her stomach and she knelt down while
still holding Thomas’s hand. Her weight pulled him
“What’s wrong, Yuri?” he asked.
“I… I slipped and I fell.” Yuri said before
she could stop herself.
It was the lamest lie she had ever heard herself tell. Thomas
laughed and pulled her up.
“Good luck there, Thomas. I’ll wait for you
to return.” Yuri said, squeezing his hand.
He squeezed her hand in return to show his appreciation.
Yuri felt her stomach churn again and she flinched. Thomas
put his hand around her waist and she felt better. Her vision
“Thomas, it’s cold. I think I’ll go rest
now.” Yuri said.
“I’ll walk you to your dormitory.” Thomas
“How could you let him go?” Emily pointed a
finger at Yuri and screamed.
“I let him go because it was his wish.” Yuri
said sincerely and sat down on her bed.
“Yuri Kowan! How dare you say you give him true love!”
“If I were you, I would not leave him! If I were you,
I would always be at his side! If I were you…”
“Emily, you’re only thinking about what you
want. How could you be so selfish?” Yuri took a step
toward Emily and asked.
“How could you say you truly love him? Have you ever
considered what he wants? You think about what you want
him to do! Not what he wants for himself!” she stopped
and glared back for once.
“There are many ways to love. You always think that
everything you do is for the best. However, it doesn’t
mean that your way is the best way. And just because I don’t
want him to leave doesn’t mean I don’t truly
love Thomas!” Emily turned on her heels and stormed
“Thomas, please don’t go to France!”
She and Thomas were in an empty classroom.
“I’m your girlfriend, please don’t leave
me!” she hugged Thomas.
“Emily I’m sorry, but I have to go.” Thomas
“Then let’s get married and I’ll go with
you!” Emily went on as she tries to stop Thomas from
mentioning Yuri’s name.
“What are you talking about, Emily?”
“Why is that girl so much better than me?” Emily
“If Yuri said this to you instead of me today, would
you say yes?”
“I’m not going to answer that question.”
“Because Yuri would never be so unreasonable!”
Emily burst into tears.
“Do you mean that loving you and not wanting to loose
you is being unreasonable? Fine, go to France! I don’t
care!” she ran out sobbing.
“Thomas, take care.” Yuri said.
They were at the airport terminal.
“Remember, I’ll wait for you.”
“Emily came to me yesterday and said loads of nonsense.
She didn’t want me to leave.” Yuri forced a
“Well, I don’t want you to leave either. But
you’re coming back.”
They bided goodbye and Thomas turned toward the departing
gate. Yuri stood gazing after him. She didn’t want
him to go. She wanted to call him to come back. The pain
that struck Yuri got worse as she watched Thomas step into
the terminal gateway. ‘Thomas, don’t go.’
she whispered in her heart as tears started to flood her
Thomas, please don’t go, I need you. Yuri felt her
vision blacking out and she placed a hand on her head to
Thomas, come back... Please don’t leave me. Come back.
However, the airplane had taken off. She watched the plane’s
wheels lift off the ground and Thomas was gone. Yuri felt
tortured by pain. She coughed and felt something on her
hand. Yuri slowly lifted her hand from her mouth. It was
blood. She had coughed blood.
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