“I won’t help you. You can go after Liberty by yourself. If you manage to pursue her, Seren and I will support the two of you together. If you don’t, then stop pestering her. After all, your mother doesn’t approve of her.”
Zachary did not stop Duncan, but he would not help him either.
“We’re good friends, Duncan. I know you’re a man worthy of lifelong commitment, but your mom. looks down on Liberty and doesn’t approve of you two together. Liberty already experienced one failed marriage. I don’t want her to be bullied by her in–laws again after remarrying.”
Duncan hurriedly said, “Zachary, don’t you understand my temperament by now? When has my mom ever made my decisions for me? I’m in charge of my own life. I know my mom is biased against Liberty, but that’s because she doesn’t know Liberty well. She’ll accept Liberty after she gets to know her.
“Even if she doesn’t accept Liberty, it won’t affect us. I don’t live with my parents. I won’t let her suffer from my parents‘ anger.”
Zachary glanced at Duncan and said, “You’re still naive, Duncan. When it comes down to it, you’ll realize that some problems are unavoidable. You’ll have to face them either way.
“If Liberty gets with you, won’t you still see your parents in the future? They’re your parents, after all. I suggest you wait a little longer. Maybe your mother will agree when Liberty’s career takes off.
“Besides, Liberty has no plans on remarrying now. She’s completely focused on her business and has no illicit thoughts about you. If you confess to her now, she’ll reject you without hesitation. She doesn’t have the confidence to stand by your side now.
“Give her some time to change. She’s right under your nose now, so you don’t have to worry about her being snatched away by other men.”
Without a second thought, Zachary knew that Duncan would fail if he tried to pursue Liberty now.
Duncan was silent for a long time before saying, “I’ll think about it, Zachary. Of course I won’t confess to Liberty now. I’ll wait and see when she recovers. I’m willing to wait. I’ve been single for thirty–six years. What’s a few more?”
The older he got, the more anxious his mother would be, which greatly increases his chances of being with Liberty.
The two men chatted as they walked and soon arrived at Liberty’s ward.
Serenity raised her brows when she saw Duncan again, but she said nothing.
Sonny greeted Duncan sweetly when he saw the man come in.
Duncan responded with a smile, placed the items down, and asked Liberty with concern, “How are you feeling, Liberty? Does your wound hurt?”
“Thank you for your concern, Mr. Lewis. I’ll live. The wound hurts, but it’s tolerable.”
Liberty did not notice Duncan when she just woke up. She did not know that he watched over her all night.
Serenity did not tell her sister either. She planned to talk to Liberty about Duncan after she was discharged from the hospital.
Duncan looked at Liberty deeply for a moment and said, “You’re still looking very pale. Did the doctor say whether you could eat?”
Serenity answered, “She can only eat liquid food starting tomorrow.”
Duncan nodded again.
For a moment, he did not know what to say.
In the end, he could only say a few common pleasantries like other visitors did before bidding goodbye.
He could not stay and watch over Liberty tonight.
It would arouse her suspicion if he stayed too long.
In Liberty’s eyes, Duncan’s care for her was because she was Zachary’s sister–in–law. 1
Thus, she was not surprised when he visited her. However, she would find it odd if he was overly concerned about her.
Zachary saw Duncan out of the ward while Serenity sat on the edge of the bed with Sonny, talking about stuff that would make her sister happy.