The Male Lead Knelt Before Me - Chapter 146
The first thing I saw was a hospital room with new white wallpaper on all sides and an IV needle stuck in the back of my hand.
I was in a daze for a moment as I discovered the drip that was connected to the end of the string.
I was wondering where I was.
If it wasn’t because of my parents and Yoo-Young who came into the room at the right time, I might have tried to escape.
Well, even if I did escape, I would have been stopped by the hospital official before I could take a few steps.
Anyway, thanks to my parent and Yoo-Young that I was able to grasp the situation.
That I just had a car accident and my heart stopped once on the way to the hospital.
Afterward, with the efforts of the paramedics, my heart started beating again, but I went into a coma.
Even when the medical staff said they weren’t sure when I would wake up, my parents didn’t give up on me, and I eventually came to my sense after a month in a coma.
‘It is a miracle……’
This was what everyone, including the medical staff, said to me.
Contrary to what the doctor said that there would be aftereffects, by the time I was discharged from the hospital, my body was in a healthy state no different from before the car accident.
Even the surgical scars that usually remain as scars have healed without a trace.
How much the doctors and nurses whispered every time they saw me, saying that this was the first time they had seen such a patient.
Of course, it wasn’t that there were no aftereffects at all.
Obviously, there was no problem with me using my body normally, but the color of my eyes became brighter and lighter.
Originally, I had a lighter brown eye color than most of people.
However, after the accident, even a little bit of light made my eyes look like gold.
Just like when I was Elena.
Every time I looked in the mirror, my eyes reminded me of the time when I was Elena and it brought me a deep nostalgia.
Among them, Caleb was the one I missed the most.
I have no idea how I was able to come back to my original self.
Maybe there was something like this at the end of the original story that I hadn’t known, so I tried to find and read <Flower of Elphida> again.
I also wanted to find and remember traces of Caleb, who would not exist in this world, and I wondered how the conversation would have flowed if I had been Vivian.
Fortunately, ‘My Memory’ was as vivid as before I became Elena, so it was not difficult to find and enter the serial site.
But there was one thing I didn’t expect.
The entire text of the novel was deleted, leaving only one sentence.
[God will find out and recompense in whatever way if something goes against the natural order of things.]
Except for that sentence, the writer deleted everything without leaving any reviews or content behind.
The shock I received at that time was……
I tried to send a note or e-mail to the writer, but the message was blocked and I couldn’t send it.
I couldn’t find out the e-mail because the address was not listed.
After a month or two, I remembered it again, and when I looked it up, even the series had been deleted.
Thus, <Flower of Elphida> disappeared into my memory.
Since then, I have dreamed of the time when I became Elena several times, and I expected Caleb would also visit me in my dream one day.
Of course, it did not take long for that expectation to turn into disappointment.
A month, two months… a year, and even after two years, it still hasn’t happened.
And because of that, the time when I was Elena felt like I just had a long dream, so I was trying hard not to think about it.
“Ah, that’s right!”
I stopped thinking at the sudden cry from the side and looked at Yoo-Young.
“I have to go to the parking lot for a moment.”
“Why the parking lot?”
“My oppa said that he would be waiting for me there.”
“But you don’t have opp…… Ah… I see.”
Immediately after realizing the existence of Yoo-Young’s ‘oppa’, I fixed my expression.
“But are you going to go like that? Isn’t it better if you change your clothes first?”
“I will change after meeting him. I was so busy and exhausted during the performance that I hadn’t met him these days.”
“I get it, I get it. Then, go see your boyfriend.”
“I am going to see him even if you don’t tell me. But do you really have no boyfriend? Should I ask my oppa to introduce you to his good friends?”
“It’s okay. I don’t really want to date.”
“But you don’t know if it will be different when you actually meet.”
“Well, I am not sure……”
“Well, anyway, if you change your mind later, let me know. Got it?”
I don’t think that’s going to happen.
Swallowing those words, I tried to laugh and spit out another word.
“Yeah, I will.”
“Then I’ll be back! Go to the waiting room first!”
The sound of footsteps running in the opposite direction resonated cheerfully.
After waving my hand until Yoo-Young went far, I lowered my hand and touched my left ring finger for no reason.
I had become familiar with it, my ring finger with nothing.
Even so, I still felt the bitterness every time I saw it.
As soon as I thought of him, I tried to put the name in my mind, but as always, the only thing that came back was emptiness and anguish.
‘Can I forget him when I meet someone new like Yoo-Young said?’
As soon as the thought flashed, I smiled and shook my head.
‘It can’t be.’
Because if it was possible, I would have already forgotten about him in the past two years.
I straightened out the hand that was touching my ring finger and went back to the waiting room.
On the dressing table in the waiting room, a bouquet of flowers and a flower basket were placed for Yoo-Young and me.
They must have been brought by the staff after fans asked them to bring them.
Sitting in front of the dressing table, I decided to loosen my hair first.
As the musical was set in the modern Western era, the decorations were also splendid, and it was clear that my hair would get caught on clothes if I changed like this.
After I pulled out the bobby pins that kept my hair from falling out while I was curling it and tying it up, the hair on the back of my head flowed down like a ponytail.
‘How do I untie this?’
While I was tying the back of my hair, I was taken aback by the fact that the back of my hair was more firmly fixed than I thought.
What should I do? Do I have to stay like this until Yoo-Young or the stylist come?
After struggling to untie my hair like that, I gave up and was sitting still when Yoo-Young came into the waiting room.
“Huh? You haven’t changed your clothes yet?”
“Yeah. Because I can’t get my hair done…… I was waiting for you or the stylist to come.”
“Well, I saw it when you were tying your hair up earlier, and it was really tight. Hang on a minute. Let me put this down first, and I’ll help you.”
Yoo-Young chuckled and closed the door. A basket and a bouquet of flowers were in her arms.
I looked at Yoo-Young without much thought, but a mango tulip catches my attention.
It was a bouquet of yellow mango tulips that I hadn’t been seen in recent years.
Perhaps that’s why my voice trembled without me knowing.
“Did your boyfriend give it to you?”
“Huh? Nope. My boyfriend gave me this one.”
Yoo-Young lifted the flower basket hanging from her arm and showed it.
It was a basket full of flowers whose name I didn’t know.
“Then what about that bouquet?”
“This is not mine, this is for you.”
“Yeah. I went and see my oppa, then a man came and asked if I could deliver this to you.”
“A man? Who?”
“I don’t know. I’ve never seen him before. Anyway, take this.”
Unexpectedly, I reached out my hand to Yoo-Young.
A bouquet of flowers was soon in my arms.
“At first, I want to refuse him as usual. Since he can ask the staff to deliver it instead.”
“He was so handsome.”
Yoo-Young said, scratching her head.
“He looked like a foreigner with silver hair, but he was really handsome. He was also very tall… He originally just asked if I could pass it on to you, but I unknowingly held out my hand and received it.”
Don’t tell me……
At the word silver hair, Caleb’s face passed through my mind.
No, don’t be excited.
Because it could be just a coincidence.
However, my heart was already beating so fast that it was useless to remind myself.
“Oh, it looks like there’s a card in it too.”
I looked inside the bouquet.
As Yoo-Young said, I saw a small card the size of my palm.
As I picked up the card, I felt my fingertips tremble.
“Open it up quickly. I’m so curious.”
Before I knew it, Yoo-Young was already next to me.
I took a deep breath and slowly unfolded the card.
And when I checked the contents, I stopped breathing without even knowing it.
Yoo-Young, who read the card together, muttered in a small voice.
“What, this is all there is to it?”
I thought there was more to it.
At first glance, it looks like the name of a flower shop, but which flower shop puts only their shop name on the card……
“Yoo-Young. You said that the man who gave you this… his hair color was silver, right?’’
“Huh? Yeah. Yes, it was.”
“Where did you get this?”
“I got it when I broke up with my brother in the parking lot and walked into the building.”
“Do you remember where he went?”
“I think it was on the right side of the building entrance. Was it on the side with the cherry blossom trees? But why are you asking…… Hey! Where are you going!?”
From behind, Yoo-Young shouted my name, “Ji So-Eun!”
However, I couldn’t even give an answer.
I pressed the elevator button and looked at the number board, realizing that the elevator was a long way up, I turned toward the stairs.
Grasping the handrail of the stairs, I rushed down to the first floor, and my breath caught in my throat.
I exhaled and repeated Yoo-Young’s words.
‘She said to the right from the entrance.’
Taking a deep breath, I grabbed the hem of my dress and ran to the entrance. And then immediately turned right.
The silver-haired man, the silver-haired……
I looked around frantically and searched for a silver-haired man.
However, it was difficult to find the man because there were so many people. No, I couldn’t find it.
Am I too late?
Has he already gone?
Or am I just mistaken?
It’s definitely Caleb.
Caleb is the only one who would call me Elena.
It was a time when I still couldn’t give up and walked the streets.
At a glance, I saw a man with silver hair not far away.
The man who had been standing under the cherry blossom tree as if waiting for someone slowly turned around.
As there was a gap between us, the man’s face was firmly invisible.
Still, I ran recklessly. There was no such thing as a moment of hesitation.
Just the instinct to catch that man before he disappears among the crowd, so before I miss him, made me move.
But the distance was too far, and even if I ran, it was difficult to catch up with the man.
Fearing that I would lose the man like this, I called out the name that I had missed so much.
The man didn’t look back.
I could see Caleb’s back through the crowd.
No, it’s still too early to give up.
“Wait. Caleb! Wait a minute……!”
I kept running, asking for people’s understanding.
Gradually, I was out of breath, and my legs trembled.
It’s okay. Almost there. All I have to do now is call him!
It was just when I opened my mouth. One of my feet slipped on the hem of the dress. In an instant, my body leaned forward.
It was when I closed my eyes, feeling the pain that was about to come.
Someone wrapped around my waist. Strong power immediately pulled me into my arms, and a friendly voice landed in my ears.
“Are you okay?”
Tears welled up before I could even check the man’s face.
The man who held me carefully removed me from his arms.
Then, naturally, he looked around to see if I was hurt.
The man visibly shuddered at the words that I had spat out in a small voice,
Soon, the man looked up at me with a clear look of surprise.
I can see his dark-gray eyes under the silver hair.
It’s a different color from what I remember, but I’m still certain of the man’s identity.
Fallen cherry blossoms, swaying in the wind, are scattered in the air.
I opened my mouth as I watched the light pink petals land on the man’s shoulder in all directions.
“You are Caleb, right?”
The man who paused for a moment smiled as if he had never done that.
Just like the one that exists in my memory, that gentle smile that I never forgot.
“Long time no see, Elena.”
The Male Lead Knelt Before Me