Ignoring the pain that laced his own body, Robin swiftly scooped Katharine into his arms.
“I’ll take you to the doctor.”
“Take her to the doctor, so he can abort the baby.” York’s words felt more painful to Katharine than the slap he had given her earlier.
Her father was afraid that her pregnancy would affect his business alliance.
In the end, it seemed that her parents didn’t truly love her as much as she thought.
Without paying any heed to York, Robin quickly carried Katharine out of the ward.
After they had left, York turned back to gaze at Eleanor, her face covered in burn marks.
He had agreed to find Eleanor because he heard from Robin that she was Vanya’s daughter.
When he found her on the deserted island, he had mistaken her for Vanya, and was dazed for a while. But York was rational and didn’t let his emotions get the best of him.
To him, Vanya was just a girl he had loved in his youth. Despite the lingering affection, it was all in the past now.
York shook off his thoughts, shifted his gaze away from Eleanor, and left the room. After they had left, Hailey picked up the ointment that the doctor had left behind and continued to apply it to Eleanor’s burns, “I don’t know why Katharine would take her anger out on you.”
Hailey felt more empathy for Eleanor than she did for Katharine.
“She was upset, she reacted strongly. Once she calms down, she’ll be okay.”
Seeing that Eleanor didn’t blame Katharine, Hailey let out a sigh and refrained from complaining further. Eleanor turned to Cedric sitting beside her, “Cedric, can you go check on Katharine? I’m worried about her baby…”
Exposure to blood could easily trigger a miscarriage, and Eleanor was genuinely concerned.
Cedric didn’t really want to go, but he left the room anyway.
After a long while, Robin and Cedric returned.
Upon seeing Eleanor’s face covered in ointment, Robin’s first concern was for her, “How are you feeling? Does it still hurt?”
Eleanor, propped up against the headboard, shook her head and asked about Katharine’s baby.
“It’s gone.” Robin replied.
Eleanor and Hailey were both shocked, especially Eleanor who felt a sudden wave of guilt.
“It’s not your fault. My father did it.”
When Robin heard the doctor say that they couldn’t save the baby, he wasn’t sure how he felt.
He thought that maybe it was God’s way of giving Katharine a second chance by taking the baby away.
After all, his sister was still young and had a long life ahead of her. He doubted that God would want her to be stuck at this point.
But his sister’s luck was truly terrible. She had lost the love of her life and her first child. It was heartbreaking.
Eleanor couldn’t even begin to imagine how devastated Katharine must be right now. Her heart felt heavy, and tears began to flow.
As Hailey embraced Eleanor, trying to comfort her, all she could do was to clean Eleanor’s tears with a damp cloth.
“If anyone’s to blame, it’s my father. He didn’t want her to keep the baby and was ruthless, not caring about her health when he slapped her.”
Before they returned, Katharine had already bled a few times. York knew she was weak, yet he acted as he did.
Robin felt he had seen the true colors of his parents. Disappointment filled his eyes, but he also felt drained because he couldn’t protect Katharine’s baby.
“Eleanor, it’s not good for your eyes to keep crying.” he consoled. Then, turning to Hailey, he gently requested, “Ms. Vulpe, would you mind taking care of her? I need to be with my sister.”
Hailey nodded, and Robin left the room, his steps heavy.
After a while, Eleanor’s crying subsided, but her lower abdomen began to ache.
Hailey was frightened and hastily called for the doctor.
The doctor advised her to control her emotions and not to cry excessively, or else she might lose the baby.
Eleanor stroked her belly, turned to the side, and gazed out of the window, her heart aching so much that it was hard to breathe.
Caleb was dead. Katharine had lost her baby and was no longer herself. How could she atone for all this?
Eleanor eventually decided to visit Katharine.