The driver took out the coin. Liu Zixing snatched it instantly, only to hold on tightly before he calmed down and slowly sat down on the edge of the bed.
Under the driver’s surprised gaze, Liu Zixing tossed the coin upwards. After looking at the coin revealing tail, he sighed and closed his eyes again, lying on the bed, motionless.
“Sir, you… are you okay?” The driver asked cautiously. He saw this guy behave strangely when he woke up for fear that the patient had lost his sanity.
“Why did I come to the hospital?” Liu Zixing suddenly opened his eyes.
“Don’t you remember?” The driver was taken aback and immediately told what had happened before, “Sir, I will tell the traffic police officer to come over! You will tell him I didn’t hit you, not even a slight. You rushed out of the road by yourself and then fainted!”
Seeing this nearly 40-year-old uncle looking terrified, Liu Zixing nodded, “I’m sorry, brother. I didn’t want to hurt you.”
Hearing Liu Zixing’s words of apology, the driver didn’t feel too wronged in his heart. The driver heaved a sigh of relief and sat down again. “In fact, it’s okay. Everyone has bad luck. We should empathize with each other. But, you should pay attention next time. Don’t rush out stupidly. Think about your family; you will worry them!”
“Family…” Liu Zixing shook his head with his eyes in a daze, but he didn’t speak anymore.
Only then did the driver remember what the traffic police officers once mentioned that the patient might not have a good relationship with his family. The driver felt embarrassed.
The two people at the bedside fell into silence. The driver saw that Liu Zixing was playing with the one-yuan coin with both hands at this time and finally couldn’t help but curiously asked, “What’s the special meaning of this?”
Liu Zixing stopped. After a while, he explained, “Not really, but there’s something about it… I just can’t let it go.”
The driver was taken aback and said, “Actually, I think there is nothing you can’t let go of in life! The most important thing is your health and safety. Think about it; your body is your capital!”
“That’s right.” Liu Zixing smiled slightly.
If he lost his life, he naturally wouldn’t qualify to use this coin to gamble with that boss again. Liu Zixing sighed, feeling that his life might be tenacious. Although he was unlucky, he hadn’t lost his life yet.
The pain came to his ears, reminding him that he was still a patient with tetanus. It could get serious at any time.
“By the way, man, your ear…” The driver hesitated to ask at this moment and then realized that he might be too nosy. He waved his hand quickly, “It’s fine. I just asked. Treat it as I didn’t!”
Liu Zixing replied “en” and didn’t intend to talk about it.
He never thought that he would spend this festival in the hospital. The person accompanying him would be just a stranger. There was nothing more wonderful in life than this.
Liu Zixing raised his head and looked at the source of the sound. It was a ten-year-old girl with a red face wearing a small cotton-padded jacket, but she ran all the way into the public ward.
Liu Zixing watched as the little girl plunged into the arms of the driver, but he felt as if something had been moved in his heart.
Not only the little girl but behind the little girl was a woman in her thirties.
“Oh, why are you here!” The driver put his arms around his daughter and put his hands directly on her cheek for fear of her being cold.
The woman hurriedly walked over and glanced over, seemingly reproachful, “I was worried about you, so I came over to have a look. You are still in the hospital even though it’s so late. This little girl is crying and making trouble. I really can’t help it!”
“Oh, does our baby miss her father?” The driver, ignoring his wife’s anger, stuck his face to his daughter directly, “I’m sorry, baby. I will make something delicious for you later when I come back home.”
“Present! Christmas present!” The little girl was sly. She pushed the driver aside, “Your beard hurts me! I don’t know how my mother is willing to kiss you!”
“Hey…” The driver immediately covered his daughter’s mouth and then looked at his wife in embarrassment.
The wife glared and showed an ugly face to the driver. In the end, probably seeing that the driver was also pitiful tonight, she only rolled her eyes and muttered reluctantly, “Are you hungry? There is nothing much, so I can only prepare you some dumplings. Grab a bite!”
The little girl took the thermos from her mother and took it to the driver’s side. The driver was also hungry. He twisted the lid open and took a bite with relish. He was glad that his wife was still worried about him.
At this time, the daughter asked curiously, “Sir, why are you crying?”
The family looked at Liu Zixing at the same time. The driver then remembered that there was a man next to him. The driver’s wife over there panicked and didn’t know what to do.
Liu Zixing wiped his eyes at this time but smiled and said softly, “Your family relationship is excellent.”
“Uh…” The driver was startled and didn’t know what to say. Then, somehow, he blurted, “Then, brother, would you like to eat too? I think you are hungry too.”
“Yes, yes, I made a lot!” The driver’s wife quickly snatched the thermos, put back the lid, and sent it to Liu Zixing. “Try it, fresh mushrooms. For the stuffing, I chopped it up during the evening. It’s fresh!”
“Thank you.” Liu Zixing nodded and accepted it with both hands.
He couldn’t help but tear incessantly again.
He bit, chewed and tasted the given food.
Later, the traffic police officer came over. Liu Zixing personally wrote a guarantee letter in front of the driver, which made the driver’s family breathe a sigh of relief.
After the busy night, the family returned home. The traffic police officer came and left swiftly, just let Liu Zixing take a good rest in the hospital.
When the driver left, he didn’t take the thermos away. There were still many dumplings left in it, saying that Liu Zixing could have something to eat when hungry.
As for the thermos bottle, it didn’t matter if he returned it or not.
Liu Zixing didn’t know the driver’s name. He didn’t ask specifically, and the driver didn’t take the initiative to talk about it. It was just strangers coming together by chance. They won’t see you again in the future.
Liu Zixing carefully finished eating all the dumplings in the thermos and then slowly closed his eyes as if reminiscing the taste in his mouth.
When he opened his eyes again, there was a new sense of vigor in his eyes.
He took out the coin but did not throw it out as he waited silently. Not long after, Liu Zixing looked at the window and saw that someone was standing by the window.
“Guest, I heard your call.” Boss Luo smiled at Liu Zixing at this time, “Are you going to continue the gambling game between us?”
Liu Zixing suddenly said, “Have you eaten?”
“I have eaten. Thank you for your concern.” Luo Qiu responded politely.
“I’ve eaten too.” Liu Zixing lowered his head and glanced at the thermos bottle. “I had a meal, but the most common home-cooked meal.”
“Really.” Boss Luo nodded, walked over to the bed, and whispered, “That must taste good.”
Liu Zixing smiled and said, “Actually, the taste is terrible. The instant noodles I ate when I stayed in a hotel a few days ago were even better than this.”
Like a small chat between old friends who had not seen him for a long time, tension and fear no longer overwhelm Liu Zixing when he chatted with Luo Qiu.
Suddenly, Boss Luo sat down and looked at the coin in Liu Zixing’s hand, “Are you not gambling?”
Liu Zixing sighed and said, “Why gamble even if you know you lose?”
Luo Qiu nodded and asked again, “Are you still gambling?”
Liu Zixing shook his head, “If I don’t, where is the future?”
Liu Zixing looked at the mysterious boss, his eyes filled with strange brilliance, “I know that I will lose everything I bet now, so I won’t bet again. But I will wait until my chance comes back again. After that, I will bet with you again!”
“The qualifications for the guest and I to bet on a fair game have always existed until you die.” Luo Qiu nodded.
“I will bet with you.” Liu Zixing took a deep breath, “But in the future, when I bet with you again, I will not bet with you on the family love that I sell. I know that I may not win but lose even more. I’m sorry. So I will bet on a chance with you! Bet on a chance that I can repair the relationship with my family. You give me a chance. In this way, the price I bet on should be lower. So I have more possibilities to win.”
“Indeed.” Luo Qiu smiled, “If it’s just an opportunity, the stakes are not too high. But what I have to remind you is failures are linked to opportunity sometimes.”
Liu Zixing said calmly, “But in this way, I can preserve my life as long as possible. Without life, I have nothing. But when my life is still there, I get to start over.”
“I hope you can beat me… Dear guest.”
The boss disappeared into the night.
Liu Zixing looked at the night outside the window, suddenly smiled. He laid on the bed, slowly closing his eyes.
At this moment, he only felt that the nightmare was gone. He was enlightened with more longing for the future.
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