697 Bi Zheng, I was wrong about you!
"Yes, I know."
She looked at him hopelessly. Having spent time with him, she knew how stubborn he could be.
"You may be more inclined to believe your girlfriend—"
He butted in mid-speech.
"Wrong. It's ex-girlfriend now. She's no longer my girlfriend."
His tone carried a hint of sadness and loneliness.
"Right. Your ex-girlfriend." She looked at him, unsure of how to react. "Still, do you really know your former girlfriend? Do you really think that she's a victim here?"
"If not a victim, what then? The perpetrator?" He smiled sarcastically.
"What if I said that that's the case?" She, too, smiled sarcastically as she looked at him with a cold gaze.
"I refuse to believe that you don't know what kind of person your ex-girlfriend is. Yes, perhaps in the past, she's innocent and kind, but right now, there's no way she's still like that."
"…" His expression froze a little when he heard her words.
"I know you're not dumb. Although you look cold and slow on the surface, you're certainly not dumb. You've been with her for so long; I don't believe that you haven't noticed her change! Please wake up and stop deceiving yourself!"
"You can't harm a kind and innocent girl just because you refuse to admit that your ex-girlfriend has changed," she censured critically.
"It's okay if you have no feelings for Qitong, but you can't wrong her. She loves you so much. If not for you, she likely wouldn't meet Li Yumeng, nor would she lose her only brother to her. She'd certainly not be involved in things like this and be set up by your ex-girlfriend…"
Just those words went past her lips, she saw him look at her in surprise.
"What did you say?" His expression was off.
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"I said your ex-girlfriend set up Qitong. Why. Don't want to admit it?" She eyed him coldly.
"Did you just say that Mengmeng had gotten together with Qitong's brother of her free will and not because Qitong had forced her?" He looked at her incredulously, his voice full of shock.
Pei Ge did not even know how to respond to his question.
"Was that… what your ex-girlfriend told you? That she was forced to break up with you because Qitong had her brother harassed her?"
He looked at her in a daze. While it was not exactly what she had said, it was more or less the same.
She got her answer from his reaction.
Laughing coldly and rolled her eyes, she said, "Why are you so 'innocent'? You actually believe that nonsense; I give up on you."
"Please leave first; I need some time alone."
He was defeated by her cutting words.
Before he could lie to himself. Now…
All his delusions had been broken by her.
He could no longer lie to himself and trap himself in the box called 'Li Yumeng'.
The sister he grew up with in the orphanage was long gone. Li Yumeng was no longer the innocent and kind girl who refused to even step on an ant.
They… could never go back to the way things were before.
"No. you must bring me to your ex-girlfriend's hospital ward; I want to see her." She shot him down immediately, not intending to let him off the hook.
"I'm not going." He was just as stubborn.
"Don't you wanna get to the bottom of this and clear Qitong's name?" she asked, knitting her brows.
"…" His mouth moved slightly, but he did not speak in the end.
Frustrated by his silence, which seeming to favor his ex-girlfriend, she spat, "I was wrong about you! And to think Qitong loves you so much! Even her family got implicated."
She got up from the couch and made a beeline for the door. All along, she was glaring at him in disappointment.
However, when she got to the door, she took a flash drive from her bag.
"She wanted me to pass you this when I visited her at home yesterday." She placed the flash driver on a countertop. "I'm leaving it here for you. Watch it if you want. If not, you can throw it away."
After that, she left his apartment.
Bi Zheng returned to himself at the closing of the door.
He got up off the couch and headed to the door with an awful face.
Glancing at the lone red flash drive on the countertop, he reached out and took it in his palm.
He tightly held it for a while and, as if coming to a decision, eventually went to his study.
"This will be the death of me! This will be the death of me!" Leaving his place, she grumbled about the man being a fool.
In that moment, she felt really hopeless. She hoped that the young man could leave the 'dark side' and take their side. If he did, Qin Qitong's issue would be a lot easier to handle.
After all, he was really skilled at hacking. He also grew up together with his ex-girlfriend in that orphanage. Having lived together for so long, he must know things about her that others did not.
Alas, right now…
"Huh! Seems that this matter still depends on Ziming…" she mumbled, her voice filled with helplessness.
Just as she was pondering on this, her phone rang.
"Hello, hello, Sister Pei Ge! I really didn't do it! I didn't do it! I really didn't do anything…"
She felt an ominous feeling rise in her when she heard Qin Qitong's nearly hysterical voice over the phone.
"Qitong, what happened?"
"That woman is bleeding… She said that I had pushed her… I didn't… I didn't…"