1333 As much as I am shameless, I will never do anything like that!
"Huh… Do you really wanna know?"
Tang Xiaoyu scoffed at her.
Her face looked so pale that it was as if she were a terrifying monster which had crawled out of hell.
"…I want to let you know that, no matter what, you're my best friend. It has always been like this and will always be. Don't be so sarcastic toward me; that'll only make me feel very sad."
Pei Ge walked over, sat on the stool by the bed, and looked at her best friend gently yet miserably.
She really did not like her current attitude toward her.
The other curled her lips at the corner as she shot her a glance.
This woman, who had just patched things up with her the other day, was like a different person today, and this made her uncomfortable.
"Xiaoyu, what are you going on about?"
She pursed her lips, feeling very upset.
She truly did not expect that the two of them, who were like blood-related sisters, would end up like this all because of a man.
"Do you know how I lost my child?"
The other did not reply to her question, though, but merely smiled at her.
Nevertheless, she could sense the chilliness in her smile.
"My child… died when I fell from a car on a street."
Pei Ge's hands balled into fists upon hearing that, and she looked at her best friend with watery eyes.
"…That must've been very painful."
She sounded so hoarse and heartbroken when she stated, but the other woman seemed oblivious to it as she merely continued speaking while smiling.
"Do you know why I met such an accident, though?"
She automatically shook her head at that.
"Ha ha! Don't know; don't know… You don't know, of course."
Tang Xiaoyu laughed out loud as tears streamed down her face.
It was a heartbreaking sight.
At least, her heart hurt so much that she felt constricted inside.
"Stop laughing. If you don't feel like laughing, then don't laugh…" She held her best friend's hand tightly as she said this in a choked voice.
"No, I must laugh. That's because it's really too funny—really too funny…"
There was an unspeakable sense of hurt in the other's laughter. Her voice even trembled when she spoke about why she had had that accident.
That tremble was one marked with… helplessness and grievances.
"My best friend. My best friend in this life. How hilarious that you're my child's indirect murderer…"
Tears fell like raindrops from her best friend's eyes, which reflected her crippling pain and despair.
Pei Ge was filled with so much despair and remorse she could not help thinking that she was already in hell.
She wanted her best friend to stop talking but was unable to do so in the end when she saw the tears in the latter's eyes.
"That day, I went to find Zhengrong to discuss our wedding but was told by him that he can't marry me because my child isn't his, claiming that he didn't touch me at all…"
Taking a deep breath, Tang Xiaoyu forced back the tears in her eyes and smiled at her.
"Ha ha! Don't you find that amusing? He actually claimed that my child isn't his… and thought that I was evil enough to scheme on him using it."
She gripped Pei Ge's hand tightly. Those sharp nails of hers dug deeply into the latter's flesh, breaking the skin and drawing blood, from her use of too much force.
It should be painful, but Pei Ge seemed numb to it as she looked at her best friend heartbrokenly.
"No matter how shameless I might be, I'd never cheat on him just to get a child I could claim as his, yet he actually thought badly of me." Exhaling heavily, her best friend continued. "I, of course, had to defend myself, but he told me that he can't make the same mistake again; even if you don't like him in this life, he'll still break up with me and confess to you…"
She was trembling as she spoke about it. Although there was a smile on her face, it was only full of despair.
"In the heat of the moment, while we were fighting…" Her eyes and face seemed to be devoid of life and emotions at this point. "He pushed me and I fell out of the car on the walkway…"
She could not continue after this, but Pei Ge already got how that incident had panned.
Once she heard everything, for a moment, she did not know what to stay.
Other than holding her best friend's hand tightly, there was nothing much she could do.
Even if she had nothing to do with this directly, she, just like what her best friend had said, hurt her indirectly.
"You told me to treat you just like before, but how will I do that when the very sight of you makes my heart burn with jealousy and causes me to think: If only you weren't around, Zhengrong wouldn't be so cruel to the point of denying being the father of my child?"
Tang Xiaoyu looked at her with tears in her eyes. "Last night, I kept thinking that you have nothing to do with it and that I shouldn't blame you for it, but… I realized that it's impossible for me to do so. I can't do it…."
"Stop saying that. Please stop saying that…" Pei Ge reached out and pulled her best friend in her arms. "I understand your pain and why you're blaming me. I'm not angry at you because I know that you need time. That day will come when you finally let go…"
She patted her back gently as though she were consoling a child.
She understood why her best friend, who had lost everything, was blaming her. Even if the latter knew that this matter had nothing to do with her, she could not help but be mad at her still.
"Just remember that… no matter what happens, I'll always be your best friend. I'll always stand by your side."
Tang Xiaoyu cried following her declaration and slowly drifted into a sleep.
Pei Ge covered her with a blanket and carefully left the ward.
The moment she left the ward, she saw her man standing at the corridor, waiting for her.
"Come on; let's go home."
This simple invitation swept away all the despondency in her heart.
"Okay. Let's go home."