680 I cannot live without her.
His answer stunned Zhang Manhua.
Sweeping her eyes on his chiseled face, she then looked at her daughter's round face.
Hm! Ge Ge is my daughter, and I don't think she's ugly, but I still can't go against my conscience and say that she's an absolute match to a man like Xiao Ji.
Logically, with this type of matching, it's usually the lady chasing the guy…
"Mom, why are you looking at me like that?" Pei Ge blinked in confusion when she noted her mother's suspicious stare.
"Well, it's just that, no matter how I look at it, shouldn't you be the one confessing Xiao Ji…" her mother commented.
That made her lips twitch.
"Mom, sorry to disappoint you, but it's really that guy in front who confessed to me."
She lifted her chin smugly. "Also, his confession was very romantic."
Zhang Manhua looked at her daughter's blissful face, and hers broke into a happy smile.
This is great… My daughter is happy.
Hubby, can you see this from up there? Our daughter finally found a boyfriend, and our future son-in-law looks very reliable, too!
"He he! I didn't expect my family's daughter to be this attractive." She grinned.
Along the way, the family of 'three' reached the apartment complex amid laughter and chattering.
When they reached home, it was already getting late.
Most of their neighbors had already gone to sleep.
Reaching the fourth floor, Zhang Manhua took out her keys from her bag. She was about to open their apartment when the door opposite theirs opened.
"Sister Zhang, you're back. Is your body fine now?"
"Hey, I'm fine. Just had a minor fever."
She smiled at their neighbor.
"Eh? This person is…"
The neighborhood auntie quickly noticed Ji Ziming. When her gaze shifted on him, she could not shift it away again.
"Oh, this is our Ge Ge's boyfriend."
She introduced him happily; her tone was filled with pride.
The neighborhood auntie's eyes widened at once, and as though she had seen a ghost, her eyes darted between him and Pei Ge. The longer she looked, the more incredulous she found this situation.
"It's already late, so we'll go inside now."
With a face filled with smugness, she led her daughter and future 'son-in-law' into their apartment.
The sound of the door closing startled the neighborhood auntie awake.
"Ge Ge's… boyfriend?! That must be a lie!"
"Xiao Ji, sit, sit. Auntie will go cut a plate of fruit for you."
The moment they entered the apartment, Zhang Manhua's strength returned, and she happily moved to cut some fruit for Ji Ziming.
"Mom, I'll do it. You just recovered."
Pei Ge helplessly pulled her mother back to sit on the sofa.
"You don't need to trouble yourself. I don't like—"
Before he could reject them, Pei Ge's eyes drifted over to him. He shut up at once and sat on the sofa obediently.
His obedient look gave her much satisfaction as she made her way to the kitchen.
Zhang Manhua involuntarily burst out laughing at their interaction.
"Xiao Ji, you said that you had confessed to my daughter first, right?"
He sat up straighter and, looking as if he were listening to a lecture, nodded.
"Then, what do you like about her? From what I gather, you two have known each other for quite some time; why did you confess to my daughter only today?
"Also, did you confess to my daughter with marriage in mind? Do your parents agree to this?"
Her smile slowly dimmed and her face turned solemn.
She asked him all those questions without a break.
If it were anyone else, they would likely feel intimidated, but as for him, he did not at all.
When her questions got heavier, his face also turned solemn.
"Auntie, you asked me what I like about her, but I don't know how to answer that. You may not believe this, but she's… the first woman who can make me feel different kinds of emotions."
A light smile appeared on his lips and a doting quality colored his voice as he spoke.
"I get mad when she's with another man, I feel happy when I see her, I feel worried when she's hurt, and I get… nervous when she's gone."
The tension in her heart finally eased with his reply. She could tell that he indeed liked—no, he loved her daughter.
"Actually, I've long liked her, but I've only realized it recently. When she got transferred out of town, I realized that I couldn't live without her anymore."
"So you confessed?" she asked with a smile.
"Yes." He nodded, his lips curling upward as he casually said, "I confessed to her with marriage in mind. As for my parents, the person getting married is me and not them; it doesn't matter even if they don't agree."
Actually, he was not pleased with the way her father had handled Pei Ge, and that was why he had not returned home for quite some time.
"That can't happen. Marriage isn't an issue between two people but two families. If your parents don't like her and don't agree to your marriage, then no matter how good you are, I won't entrust Ge Ge in your hands."
Her smile instantly dimmed.
She could see that he came from a good family background, and this was exactly what she was worried about.
Instantly, when her face turned cold, he felt lost.
"Rest assured, auntie; there won't be problems on my parents' side."