“Coach 4, row 12, seat C.”

Tang Tian checked the seating once again, with one hand holding up her train ticket and the other arm wrapped around her bag. 

“Let me put your bags away for you.” The woman beside her swiftly picked up the luggage next to Tang Tian and placed it on the luggage rack. 

She was a well-built lady, despite being a few inches shorter than Tang Tian, and she lifted that luggage up with little to no effort, not even needing any help from Tang Tian.

“Thanks.” Tang Tian plopped down onto the window seat, pulled her backpack over her shoulders, and hugged it against her chest. 

It was rather loud and noisy in the train coach, whose walls were all painted green.
It was a day in July, and with so many passengers on board, the air was stuffy and hot despite the air conditioning.
Sometimes, one could smell the stench drifting from the toilet.
There were also a few kids on the coach, wailing and screaming, being intolerably rambunctious. 

Tang Tian frowned and clenched her fist against her stomach as it started throbbing in pain.
All this time, she had been on flights, and high-speed railways, and now she was on another train.
Extreme fatigue had piled up.
Now, she felt unbearable discomfort, but she still endured it on her own, not wanting to show her vulnerable side to anyone. 

“Are you in pain again? Take some medicine.” After taking care of their luggage, Wang Li sat down and handed a bottle of water to Tang Tian.
Her features were similar to that of an honest countryside woman, her eyes filled with care and sympathy as she looked at Tang Tian.

Tang Tian said a brief thanks, accepted the bottle and placed it on the table without drinking a sip.
If she drank this cold water, her stomach would ache even more.
She had just taken some painkillers before the start of the journey.
Looking at the time, the meds only lasted two hours.
It was becoming less effective. 

In her current state, taking any medication wouldn’t help much. 

So, out of wilfulness, she decided not to take any more.
She had gotten used to the pain anyway.
Their seats were at the end of the train coach.
Both were seated on the same row, facing the wall.
There were no empty seats next to them.
Tang Tian rested her head on the little table, with one hand underneath her head and the other against her stomach, facing the window while she closed her eyes to rest.

“Ring-” After a loud sound was blasted by the train horn, the train shook slightly and began to move.
Wang Li drank a gulp of water from the bottle and placed it back on the table after wiping her mouth with her hand.
She shot a glimpse at Tang Tian. 

From her peripheral view, the girl’s figure that was bent over on the table seemed as thin as paper.
The darkness beyond the train window contrasted the girl’s pale, sickly features.
Her silky, jet-black hair framed her face softly while her eyebrows were slightly scrunched up.
Her long eyelashes cast a blurry shadow under her eyes.
She had a high nose bridge, leading up to a slim and round nose tip.
Her lips which were tightened into a line were extremely pale.
It was as if her face was like a piece of calligraphy art painted with a brush dipped in light-colored ink.

Even if her sickly complexion was filled with exhaustion, her beauty still shone through. 

Under the woman’s gaze, the younger woman seemed to feel less pain.
So, she unclenched her fist and placed it on her thigh.
Her slender wrists seemed so frail, that one might just crush them with a simple pinch.
Blue-green vessels that lined the back of her hands were clear to anyone’s eyes as she had porcelain white skin.
Her fingers were also unconsciously twitching for some reason. 

The young lady’s side profile reflected on the train window showed an image of a girl with pallid features afflicted with sickness.
Throughout her 20 years of labor in this particular industry, she had seen it all.
Her heart was now numb to anything and everything.
But, somehow, due to this frail silhouette, she recalled how this girl endured her illness throughout t

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