904 The Result of the Investigation
Seeing her mouth agape and eyes wide, Ji Ziming cocked an eyebrow.
"Why? Are you finding it too slow or too fast?"
His voice was laced with intimidation, as though he would be unhappy if Pei Ge replied that it was fast.
Of course, it's fast! It's obviously fast!
I thought that our wedding would be held a month from now.
If so, I could still slim down a bit!
Of course, seeing his cold expression, she was not foolish enough to voice out her thoughts.
"No, no. I find it… too slow!"
Her lips curled up into a coaxing smile.
"I also think that twenty days is too long."
With a raised brow and curled lips, he nonchalantly suggested, "Maybe I should bring it forward for another few days."
She was made speechless by this suggestion.
"That… Ziming, I think that since it's our marriage, and it may be the only one we will have, we should not be careless about it. As the old saying goes, 'fine products come from slow work—'"
He cut her off before she could finish speaking.
"Don't worry. There won't be any carelessness on our wedding. I'll make sure to give you the grandest wedding."
His lips curled into a gentle smile as he looked at her.
In that instant, his tender and loving gaze made her not want to push back the wedding.
"Mhm. I trust you."
With that, she happily hugged him.
"Mm! Your body having more meat is still the best for hugs."
He circled her waist and brought her closer to his body while muttering in satisfaction.
Upon hearing this, her happiness was replaced by rage.
She pushed him away and then glared at him with balls of fire in her eyes.
Indeed, I should've started slimming down earlier!
"Why? Are you angry?"
He shook his head in amusement.
"Be obedient. Don't think about losing weight. You are my wife and not anyone else's. As long as I like it, you needn't care about others' gazes and opinions."
Pei Ge looked at him in surprise, totally not expecting him to know why she wanted to lose weight.
He actually knew what she was thinking.
She initially thought… that he knew nothing.
"I'm marrying you not to restrict or forbid you from doing anything but to live a comfortable and happy life with me as my wife."
He reached out and held her hand.
She felt warmth course through her body, causing her insides to be filled with bliss.
"I don't wish for you to be unhappy and tired after marrying me." He lightly tugged her into his embrace and then continued speaking. "Pei Ge, I like you not for your looks but for being you. I've seen many beauties, but to me, you are the prettiest of them all."
Each word he spoke struck her heart, making it accelerate and pound harder.
"You are honest and kind. Although you are rash, your intentions are always good. You do stupid things at times, yet you have a smart brain. Everything is a novelty when I'm with you. I even find this world a better place with you right by my side."
Her heart thumped faster.
Unknowingly, her face had also turned red.
"Promise me that you won't mind others' opinions. Just be yourself; I'll always be behind you, supporting you in whatever you do…"
She tilted her head up to look at him through her tear-filled eyes.
Her eyes, shimmering with tears, were filled with love and devotion.
This man is actually mine; I'm truly very happy!
She tiptoed, circled her arms around his neck, and planted a kiss on his lips.
The man was, thus, 'forced into a kiss' by her.
Feeling the soft touch on his lips, the shock in his eyes slowly turned into mirth as he took the initiative from her by sliding his tongue in her mouth.
The presidential suite was soon charged with heat.
After a long time, the couple's lips parted as they passionately peered into each other's eyes.
Once her heart regained its normal beat, despite her blushing cheeks, she bravely met his eyes.
"Even though you said all that, I still want to lose some weight."
The man's eyebrows furrowed slightly, not understanding her adamance. Still, before he could speak, she continued.
"I'm not doing this for others but for myself. I want to be a better version of myself."
This time, I will try to lose some weight not because of others' judgmental gazes but because I want to stand by his side with my head held high.
He can't be the only one making an effort here. I, too, must work hard for him.
Finally relenting, the man helplessly pinched her cheek. "But lose too much weight; just ten pounds or so."
"… Ten pounds don't make a difference!"
She protested in the next instant with lips twitching at the corners.
"What I mean is a maximum of ten pounds."
"No! I want to lose about twenty pounds!"
"There's plenty of delicious food here in Zhangjiajie. Let's go have lunch."
"Okay—no, wait! You obviously have an ulterior motive for mentioning that now!"
"Hm? Have I?"
"Yes, you have! You're truly evil! Clearly, you're aiming to fatten me, instead!"
"Don't play dumb with me! Hng! I won't fall for it!"
On this end, the couple had a happy time bantering.
In the capital, which was not far from where they were, some people had done a covert investigation of Pei Ge's past, and they were finally done with it…
"Hello, little sister. I'm done investigating that woman's a decade or so past. The result is…"