Finding no reason to keep him here, Guangxi packs and readies himself to leave — that is, until he gets a call from Mucheng, telling him about Xiao Le’s kidnap. Now empowered with an ego-preserving mission to stay, Guangxi drops his traveling plan and rushes to Mucheng’s side.
Conflict, however deeply rooted, dissolves at an eventual point in time. The core of the problem isn’t so much dealing with it but recognizing it and facing it.
Had Guangxi made his insecurity transparent, he would have learned the truth of Mucheng’s feelings instead of letting uncertainty dangle in the air. But he is, understandably, terrified of rejection and must therefore suffer the consequences of his cowardice. That is, paranoia, distrust, and a dispensable detour en route to his happy next stop.
Some readers have expressed their hopes for me to continue recapping this drama — thanks for letting me know, otherwise I would’ve stopped at episode 11 — while others are curious where recaps 7-10 went. To clarify, 7-10 weren’t written. When in doubt, the complete list of recaps for any given drama can be found in the archive page for dramas or by browsing the drop down menu under Categories on the right-hand panel.
As for future recaps, with Bloody Monday 2 premiering later this month and a few back burner projects still going on (this being one of them), I’m inclined to only recap selective episodes at a slow pace. How many will I write and how slowly will I write them? I can’t say exactly. All I can promise is that there will be a few more recaps before I wrap it up with the recap for finale.
The few days Guangxi spent in Hua Tian Village has helped him rediscover his conscience. He’s learning words like “altruism” and “kindness” that his mother “accidentally” forgot to teach him. As he is all out of practice — the time when Mucheng reformed him was six years ago and, he’s got no memory of it — the concepts come slowly. Too slowly. By the time Guangxi starts to feel sympathy running in his veins, the villagers have also found out about his affiliation with the big bad company guys who have their dirty little paws on the land. So the angry villagers pick up their pitch forks and light their torches, they want Guangxi the traitor OFF their land.
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Did I mention Ren Guangxi has a brain tumor? Well, he has a tumor and it’s 5 cm in diameter; big enough, bad enough, that if he doesn’t surgically remove it, he’ll have only a few months to live. If he does decide to remove it, there is only a 15% chance for survival. Say, he does the surgery and survives it, he’s still susceptible to blindness, paralysis, or become a vegetable. Oh, just so you know, the aforementioned conditions are only a few of possible byproducts of the operation.
It’s no wonder Guangxi is spotted staggering out of the hospital, running like a mad man.
He has every reason to do so.