1329 She feels more like the girl in his memory than that woman.
"It's just that I don't like Ji Chi's mother…"
Ji Ziming could not understand why Pei Ge would be angry over such a small matter.
Actually, he loved his son, but whenever he looked at him, he would subconsciously think of Qiao Jingyun, and when he thought of that woman, he would think that he… had lost his loved one because of her.
Whenever he thought of this, he would feel awkward around his son.
He knew that what he was doing was wrong, but he could not help but be angry at him.
"He's merely a child and unlike his mother! You can't blame him for her sins!"
She looked better after hearing his reason for treating the child aloofly, but it was obvious that she was still slightly dissatisfied with him.
"I dislike that woman, too, but I know how to distinguish between the boy and her."
For some reason, she felt as though her heart were being stabbed when she heard this man say that he had never taken care of the boy and even felt distant to his son just because of the boy's mother…
"He's your son; don't forget that."
Seeing her big reaction, the man frowned in confusion.
Back then, she took it to heart when she learned that Qiao Jingyun was pregnant, but why was she being so magnanimous with that woman's son now? She was even treating him as if he were her flesh and blood.
"Why are you so nice to him? Do you… really not dislike him at all?"
She rolled her eyes at him.
"Do you think I'm you?"
"…" The corner of his lips twitched but he kept his mum in the end.
He poured some tea into a cup and placed it in front of her.
She looked at the man following his action and calmly picked up the cup to sip the tea.
"What? Do you dislike that woman now? Isn't she your benefactor? Didn't you like her in the past?"
Sipping the sweet yet slightly bitter tea, she raised a brow teasingly at him.
The man's hand, which was holding a teacup, trembled slightly, answering eventually, "That was a long time ago."
It was so long ago that it felt as if it had happened in his past life.
That girl in his mind had become a blurry figure. He would even sometimes wonder if he had recognized the wrong girl.
Why did he feel so estranged to Qiao Jingyun when he finally saw her again?
Pei Ge huffed. She was not a petty person, but when she thought that this man used to like that woman and that his first love was her, she would still feel uncomfortable inside.
"Of course, the person I like now is only you. You're the only one I love."
As he said that, Ji Ziming held her hand, placed it in front of him, and gently kissed its back.
"You're the woman I love the most in this life and the only one who can be my wife."
All her unhappiness about that woman was swept away by his confession.
"Hey, why don't you tell me how you got kidnapped back then and how you were rescued by that woman? I really wanna know what kind of girl she used to be since you liked her so much at that time."
Her words were not farce as she was not someone who could be calculating. Upon hearing the man's heartfelt confession, she had totally let go of past grievances.
She was just really curious about the kidnapping incident involving the young him.
She was also curious about what kind of girl would make him fall in love once.
The man was slightly taken aback by her request. Seeing that Pei Ge was purely curious about it, he nodded lightly and acquiesced, "Alright."
He then began narrating in his deep voice how he was rescued by a girl a long time ago.
He was not strong before, while the girl was not detestable then.
The girl in the story was valiant, kind, and quick-witted.
She was like the sun, giving the boy warmth and rescuing him…
Even Pei Ge was mesmerized by it…
As he spoke, Ji Ziming suddenly had this thought that he had made a mistake and recognized the wrong person. That was because… the girl in his memory was unlike Qiao Jingyun at all.
The one before him now felt even more like the girl in his memory than that woman.
Alas, there were only the two of them in that small, dark room, and everything that woman had said could be corroborated.
Did the girl in his memory really change?
"Were you truly talking about that woman? Why do I feel that the girl you spoke about is a different person?"
Pei Ge pouted at him disbelievingly.
He merely snorted but did not reply to her question.
"Still, I don't know why, but your story feels familiar to me…"
She frowned as a look of confusion descended on her face.
"I really don't know why, but it truly sounds familiar…"
Could I have heard about it somewhere before?
She rubbed her temples, and for some reason, her head started aching. It was as though something would pop out of it.
Just as he was feeling confused regarding the woman's reaction, the man saw her frowning and looking pale.
"Hey, are you alright? Are you feeling uncomfortable somewhere?"
He quickly stood up and walked anxiously to her side.
"I'm alright; it's just that my head started hurting slightly."
She shook her head, softly reassuring him.
"You look really pale, though; let's go to the hospital!"
She stopped him before he could carry her.
"There's no need for that. I'm just feeling tired; I'll be fine once I take a nap. Don't worry."