Anika came with the ambulance.
After coming out of the hospital, her phone had been crippled in the accident and it was not easy to
take a taxi.
She wandered aimlessly down the street for a while.
When she regained her senses, she realized that she was standing in front of a somewhat familiar
Ten years later, LZ Middle School had also moved to a new campus.
The old campus had long since been abandoned and had been rezoned as a citizen's library.
The original fence was demolished and was replaced with flat stone slabs.
Anika, on the other hand, recognized the spot beneath her feet as the spot where Zac had climbed
over the wall.
Still standing was the large banyan tree above her head, which had lush branches and leaves.
The surroundings faded away as time passed.
Only this tree remained standing, as if it had blended over time, transporting her back to the past.
She had moments of cowardice when she first arrived here.
She even considered returning to X County due to her dissatisfaction with her surroundings.
Anika would walk around the playground when she was in a bad mood.
The playground's corner was blocked by a large tree.
It was very well hidden.
Anika had met Zac before, who had tried to skip class on several occasions.
Carefully speaking, he was much more unprofessional at that time than he was now.
Anika stood on the side of the road and took a taxi back to the villa after gathering many of the mixed
Anika opened the door and went in.
There was no light in the living room.
The man sat quietly on the sofa in the living room.
On the coffee table, there was a gradually fading red light.
Anika smelled the pungent smell of smoke.
"I'm back." Anika said.
Zac did not stand up, and his voice was muffled by his emotions.
"Did you go to the hospital?"
He knew what had happened and where she had gone.
When he received Anika's text message, Zac was still in the car.
He had the driver take a detour to the hospital to find her, but they stopped at the hospital gate.
"Are you not going in, Sir?" the driver asked.
"Let us go back to the villa" Zac instructed.
Anika’s gentle grunt drew Zac's attention away from his thoughts, and she turned on the living room
"Is there anything you want to say to me?" the man asked as he turned to face her.
"Did you interfere with the rumors about Kayden and Lucy after I returned to Florida?" Anika asked, her
eyes meeting his pitch-black ones.
Before being taken away by the police, Lucy looked at Kayden, who was pushed into the ambulance.
Her expression was dejected, but she suddenly turned her head and said to her, "Anika, do you think
no one else added fuel to the fire to those scandals back then?"
At first, Anika did not understand, but later, she remembered Kayden’'s words.
She didn't know why Lucy had suddenly confessed.
Perhaps she really gave up on Kayden at that moment, or perhaps she just wanted to create a gap
between Anika and Zac.
She did have to admit, however, that she was enraged.
"I just let the search continue for another two days,’ Zac said, his brows knit and he paused for a long
"What about you and Kayleigh?"
Anika asked, nodding.
"It is a little complicated.I can't remember” Zac said, his lower lip pursed.
"Can't remember?" Anika asked, smiling and calmly looking at him.
They appeared to be silently confronting one another.
Zac extinguished the cigarette butt in the ashtray after a brief pause, "Yes, I purposefully split you up."
Even if she did not want to know, denying it was clearly a worse option because she had already
"Why did you do this?" Anika muttered under her breath.
"Anika, from the past until now, I have had no idea what to do." His mouth curved slightly.
"I admit that this method is a little extreme.However, if you are offended, you may punish me.’
"You have the option of breaking up with me as the harshest punishment.However, divorce is not an
option.Breakups always end in reconciliation, and divorce is never fully recovered." Zac held on to his
"Alright, then let us break up first, Anika said lightly, her voice calm.
"You do have the option of reconsidering..."
"There is no need." She intended to cause a ruckus.
Zac held his breath and tried his hardest to remain calm.
"Yes, I will take the lead"
The man got up and headed for the stairs, knowing he needed to calm down, but she stopped him.
"Hold on a second."
"There are still five minutes left; Anika said, looking at the clock on the wall.
Zac turned around and stepped back a few meters.
He looked down at her, as if he could not understand what she was saying.
"Zac, I have not given you your birthday present yet’’ Anika smiled as she stared at the slightly
She locked her gaze on his enticing brows, the outline of which remained in her mind.
She remained the same after such a long time.
Anika recalled going to school on the day she graduated from high school to pick up her archives and
She stood by the window of the teaching building after leaving the office and saw Zac, who she hadn't
seen in over a month, standing in the playground not far away.
He left Tony by his side that day and went to stand under the banyan tree beside the playground for a
The students only returned to school once after the college entrance examination.
She had no idea why he had purposefully gone under the tree when he returned to school at the time.
She only recently discovered traces of him in the tree trunk.
There were engraved figures, both deep and shallow, on the tall and upright branches.
They all appear to have been condensed into the past.
Only Anika knew that on the left were his exam results, which appeared to be in a state of disarray.
It was hers on the right. 556-671 593-689 604-685 He most likely left the last trip, which ended with the
college entrance examination, behind when he returned to school.
True, he was enraged by the fact that he had been kept in the dark.
When he saw those things, however, her anger dissipated by more than half and was replaced by a
thick sour sensation.
He had always maintained that enthusiasm, stepping on those missed opportunities and approaching
her step by step, just as he had when he was a teenager.
He did not want to force himself to deal with logic and karma any longer.
She had also promised that she would give him the best birthday present this time.
If it had previously been his meticulously planned effort, it was now her turn to take the initiative.
Anika fixed her gaze on the man standing in front of her.
"Zac, since you are separated, are you willing to forgo love and accept my proposal now?" She asked,
her gentle voice meticulous and sincere.
She was always aware that they had bypassed the marriage proposal and lacked a wedding that was
"What did you say?" the man asked after a brief pause.
"I am making an official proposal to you.Of course, if you do not want to, you can think about it again’
Anika said with a smile.
"Anika, are you playing with me?" Zac asked, frowning as he saw her smiling eyes.
"Are you the only one who can deceive me?" He had also devised a strategy for her to enter the pit one
step at a time.
"Then, do you agree?" She asked again with a serious expression.
Zac did not answer.
He breathed a sigh of relief and asked, "Such a good opportunity.Didn't Kayden make any excessive
He did not deny that if it was him, he would always try to hold on to her.
"I did mention it.” The man frowned.
"Then, what did you say?"
"Can you forgive his concealment?" Anika suddenly remembered Kayden's words.
"I told him" She smiled at him.
"There's nothing I can do. I love you.This is more important than anything else’’ Anika had always
believed that, out of the countless possibilities, she would always only have the ending that led to him.