Chapter 47: Parents’ hearts and grandchildren
To be honest, I couldn’t watch Taeko back then.
My son… Taeko-san’s husband, Shuji, had died in a car accident, which had left her heartbroken.
My heart ached every time I looked into those lethargic, powerless eyes.
As someone who had lost someone important to me, I couldn’t believe that the pain was someone else’s.
That is why I did not hesitate to help her.
And the only immediate relatives I had were my two grandchildren left behind by my son.
I felt that helping them would be a way to connect the proof of my son’s life.
That is why Taeko-san’s confession, or should I say that was a confession Anyway, when I heard it, I was beyond angry and felt hatred.
She had done something unforgivable and irrevocable.
It was not a matter of apologizing.
I couldn’t maintain my composure when I thought about how much damage she had done to Shuya.
I yelled at her.
I yelled like a spoiled child.
I just kept blaming the little back in front of me.
When I was about to do something about it, my wife stopped me, and that’s when I finally came to my senses.
After Taeko left, I called Sachi.
I asked her if she and Shuya would come to my house.
I have heard what happened.
So come to my house.
I told her not to worry about her schooling.
“I trust Onii-chan, so I won’t go.”
What came back to me from Sachi was, unsurprisingly, such words.
Of course, I was surprised.
The reason was too unexpected.
Because she believes in Shuya, the victim.
I could not grasp the intention of her words.
But the answer came immediately.
It was by Shuya’s words.
”Because I want to change.”
Hearing those words, I finally realized my mistake.
This family is struggling now.
Sachi, Shuya, and Taeko-san are trying to change somehow.
After the phone call with Shuya, I was alone and silently shedding tears.
It was because I saw a shadow of Shuji in Shuya.
Shuji hated to lose.
He was a selfish child.
Now I could feel that from Shuya, my grandson.
That made me so happy.
I want to help him.
I thought so again.
Even if this family could not be restored to the way it was, I will do everything in my power to help them take a new step forward.