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Love's Song Part 3

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“Miss Yuri, you can leave today.” Dr. Brown informed her.
“Feeling better?”
“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, what…”
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 glare.
“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 was right.
“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 prepare.”

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 a smile.
“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.” Thomas begged.
“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 body.
“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 arms.
“You simply must go, Yuri. I’ll wait for you at the ball.” Emily said hastily and left before Yuri could refuse.

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 have?

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 joking.
“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 pray.

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 slightly.
“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 her ears.
“I am son of the gang leader, your filthy father’s master.”
It was Randy’s voice! Yuri quickly ducked behind a building to listen to the conversation.
“My father?” Thomas’s said in a surprised voice.
“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 now.
“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 heart stopped.

“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. Brown sighed.
“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 span.”
“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, please.”
The doctor sighed for the third time.
“Well alright since you insist. Please come to the operation room.”

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 leave.
“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 then usual.

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 cry.

“Hi mother. How are you?” Yuri said into the phone.
It was night back at the dormitory and she was calling her mother.
“I’m fine Yuri dear.” Susan Kowan’s voice replied.
“And you?”
“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.
“Thomas Vacur.”
“Him?” cried Mrs. Kowan to Yuri’s great surprise.
“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 Spiel.
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 Spiel said.
“He killed Simon Kowan, Yuri’s brother, and then developed tumour from the crash, right?” Thomas cried.
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 her.
‘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 still.
“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 back.

“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 was clearing.
“Thomas, it’s cold. I think I’ll go rest now.” Yuri said.
“I’ll walk you to your dormitory.” Thomas offered.

“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!” Emily shouted.
“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.
Emily sneered.
“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 out.

“Thomas, please don’t go to France!” Emily begged.
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 said.
“Even Yuri…”
“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 screamed.
“If Yuri said this to you instead of me today, would you say yes?”
“I’m not going to answer that question.”
“Why not?”
“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.”
Thomas nodded.
“Emily came to me yesterday and said loads of nonsense. She didn’t want me to leave.” Yuri forced a laugh.
“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 eyes.
Thomas, please don’t go, I need you. Yuri felt her vision blacking out and she placed a hand on her head to steady herself.
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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