Chapter 837: Xia Ruya Is Sick
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Xia Ruya was in deep trouble, a stark contrast to Wen Xinya, who was basking in her success.
After settling the rest of the procedures of the resolving of the case with Ning Yuya yesterday, Xia Ruya left instead of visiting Ning Shuqian at the hospital with the excuse of feeling unwell.
On that very same night, she began to get a headache and a cough. After taking some medicine, she slipped into a daze and dozed off.
Xia Ruya felt extremely uncomfortable, and all she could think about was the excruciating pain in her head and the burning sensation in her dry throat. She felt as if she had been set on fire. Moments later, she felt cold like she was in a freezer.
While she was in a daze, the loud sounds of the doorbell rang in her ears, making her feel incredibly annoyed. She had no choice but to get up and drag her feet to the door.
She looked through the peephole to see that it was Ning Yuya and Ning Shuqian. She heaved a sigh of relief and opened the door.
“Oh dear! Ruya, what has happened to you?” The door was pushed open and Ning Shuqian stared at the emaciated Xia Ruya who was dressed in white pajamas. She was much skinnier than Ning Yuya and she looked paper-thin, so much that it seemed the wind could blow her away.
Her long locks were draped across her chest and back and her cheekbones were pronounced because of her hollowed cheeks. She turned as pale as a sheet. Her large, almond-shaped eyes seemed to be hanging deep in her eye sockets and she looked a little gruesome.
Stuck with a splitting headache, Xia Ruya said feebly, “Aunt Ning, Yuya, come inside and take a seat!”
Ning Shuqian grabbed Xia Ruya’s hand, only to discover that it was a little warm and sweaty. “Ruya, you’re running a fever!”
Xia Ruya placed a hand on her forehead in confusion, only to discover how high her temperature was. “I think I’m indeed running a fever.”
Ning Shuqian quickly held her and said, “Ruya, you’re ill. Hurry and tell me where you’re feeling unwell.”
After some thought, Xia Ruya answered, “I have a terrible headache and my throat is dry. Hmm… I’m feeling weak and achy all over. Hmm… that’s all.”
She had clearly taken some medicine before she went to bed yesterday. Yet, she still got a fever. She began to feel giddy and her head started spinning. She fell backward.
“I’m alright, I’m just feeling a little giddy. Aunt Ning… don’t worry about me.” Xia Ruya was merely feeling dizzy and did not actually faint. She feebly tried to placate Ning Shuqian’s emotions.
Ning Shuqian quickly helped her onto the couch and poured her a glass of warm water before feeding it to her.
Xia Ruya felt much more comfortable after drinking the water. “Aunt Ning… what brings you and Yuya here? How is your health?”
If she had not guessed wrongly, Ning Shuqian should not be allowed to roam around freely now that she was still in the nursing home.
Ning Shuqian teared up, feeling touched to hear that Xia Ruya was still concerned about her health despite being ill herself. “I heard from Yuya that you weren’t feeling well, so I decided to come and visit you,” Ning Shuqian answered.
Extremely touched, Ning Yuya said, “Ruya, my mother is alright now. Don’t worry.”
Xia Ruya heaved a sigh of relief and smiled, though her smile was rather pale and weak. She looked haggard and frail. “I was planning to visit you at the nursing home together with Yuya yesterday, but…”
Ning Shuqian held her hand and said, “Silly child, don’t talk anymore. You’re so severely ill, I’d better send you to the hospital.”
If she did not discover Xia Ruya’s illness early, the results would have been dire.
Xia Ruya frantically shook her head and refused. “Aunt Ning… I don’t want to go to the hospital. I just caught a cold. I’ll be fine after taking some medicine. Don’t worry.”
She seemed to have a phobia of hospitals and she felt as if all of the secrets about her body would be exposed once she went to the hospital. She could not bring herself to let others know that she had been stained.
Ning Yuya held her hand and advised. “Ruya, listen to Mother. Let’s go to the hospital. You’re so sick. We’ll only have peace of mind after you get a checkup done.”
She did not expect Xia Ruya to be so seriously ill.
Xia Ruya’s mind was in a frenzy and her conscious began to blur. She did not hear Ning Yuya’s words clearly, and all she heard was the mention of a body checkup. She immediately screeched. “No… I don’t want to go to the hospital… I don’t want to get a checkup done.”
Ning Yuya got a great shock and was rather dumbfounded. She had no idea what was going on with Xia Ruya.
Ning Shuqian quickly held her hand to comfort her. “Okay, okay… let’s not go to the hospital. We won’t send you for the checkup. Don’t get too agitated…”
Ning Shuqian did not think too much about it and merely thought that it was normal for Xia Ruya to feel frustrated and throw a tantrum because of her illness. Whenever Ning Yuya fell ill, she was much more angst and willful than Xia Ruya.
“Let’s not go to the hospital, let’s not go to the hospital…” Xia Ruya murmured incessantly before getting a grip on her emotions.
Ning Yuya and Ning Shuqian helped Xia Ruya back to her room, after which Ning Shuqian measured Xia Ruya’s body temperature, only to discover that her fever had reached 39.8oC. She immediately shuddered in shock and almost dropped the thermometer.
Ning Yuya found the medicine kit, which was rather well-stocked. Ning Yuya put a cooling pad on Xia Ruya to help dissipate her fever and gave her some flu and fever medicine.
Xia Ruya fell asleep after taking the medicine.
Ning Shuqian patted her forehead with a cold towel to help her reduce her fever.
About half an hour later, Xia Ruya’s breathing became regular and Ning Shuqian knew… that Xia Ruya’s fever had dissipated.
Ning Yuya looked at Xia Ruya and said to Ning Shuqian, “Mother, Ruya seems to be seriously ill. We’d better send her to the hospital for a checkup! I’m feeling uneasy about this.”
Ning Shuqian was stuck in a dilemma, though she was afraid that the medicine might not work. Besides, they didn’t know if Xia Ruya had gotten a lung infection.
At this moment, Xia Ruya tossed and turned uneasily and murmured, “No… I don’t want to go to the hospital.”
Ning Shuqian said, “We’ll observe her condition for a few hours. Ruya… doesn’t want to go to the hospital.”
Ning Yuya had no idea why Xia Ruya was so dead against the idea of going to the hospital. Glancing at her mother, she said hesitantly, “Mother… Ruya… I find that she has been acting differently ever since she returned after going missing. I wonder what happened to her!”
Ning Shuqian stared at Xia Ruya and said with a look of sympathy, “Not only has Ruya been abandoned by the Wen Family, but the Xia Family has also severed ties with her too. She’s even been labeled as a heartless ingrate. Ruya has always been competitive and prideful. How could she possibly accept the setback?”
Even Ning Shuqian could not tolerate all the unfortunate events that had been happening to her lately, let alone Xia Ruya, who had just turned eighteen.
After giving it some thought, Ning Yuya nodded and said, “Ruya is so pitiful!”