1426 Qu Jingwan cooks up a scheme.
She choked, unable to continue. Her beautiful eyes misted over, making them look as beautiful as the bright moon in his eyes.
"I know about all of it." He lightly assured her, then leaned forward against the lamp post next to her. "You don't need to say anything. I know about all of it."
Pei Ge lightly nodded. No matter their ending, she was already very satisfied that someone like him was waiting for her among the sea of people.
Qu Jingwan stood under the Chinese parasol tree, looking at the couple moving closer to each other. As their lips met, her fingers curled up to the point of her knuckles turning white.
The sweetness of the woman's lips was akin to opium to the man, making him unwilling to end it.
The bright moon was reflected in the swimming pool along with theirs, and their image in it seemed to merge into one.
After a long while, the man finally released the woman.
"I have to tell you something." Blushing, Pei Ge looked up at him.
"Say it." Ji Ziming nodded, his eyes turning warm, like the sun when it was setting.
"I think Ping An is about to remember me."
At the mention of his son, the man recalled how that boy had stolen his woman's attention at the dinner table. His eyes turned dark as unknown emotions swirled in them.
"He didn't reject me when I told them a bedtime story today. He also didn't reject me when I put food in his bowl but only hesitated a bit before eating the food in the end. Do you think he's about to remember me?"
It was only after she finished speaking that she realized that the gentle expression on his handsome face had disappeared.
Surprised, she tugged at his clothes. "What's wrong?"
"I can also eat it." He grunted.
"What?" It took her some time to register that he was jealous.
"Ha ha! You…"She poked him on the chest, laughing. "Are you getting jealous of our son? How old are you already?"
"I don't care." His obsidian eyes turned slightly bright, making them feel warmer under the cold moonlight.
"I'll take note of it next time."
"How will you do that?"
How? This question made her pause.
"At most, I will just make more cucumber for you."
"I don't want to eat cucumber."
"Then, what do you want to eat?"
"I want to eat you."
He gave a sly smile, looking down at her as the danger in his eyes turned up a few notches.
Behind the Chinese parasol tree, Qu Jingwan stared at the couple coldly. She thought of when she could drive the woman out of this house. She knew that she could not act recklessly given the latter's status and identity. Although her heart did not lie with this man, she would definitely help the one she loved get what he wanted.
"Pei Ge, I'll drive you out of this house sooner or later!" She made a solemn vow with her fists balled up.
"I'm no cucumber, so no eating involved here."
"You're much tastier than cucumber." He released his hold of her arm and turned to hold her hand, instead, saying, "Let's go. I'll bring you to another place."
"Where else do you wanna bring me?" She asked with a smile. The love in her eyes and the sweetness of her smile could not be hidden, making the lady, who was watching them from a hidden corner, burn with jealousy.
"Hey, let's go on a family trip in our free time." Pei Ge stood in the same spot while looking at the man seriously.
"No." Ji Ziming's eyes turned slightly heavy.
"Why?" she asked, confused.
"Because we need to get married first." The corners of his lips curled up. The sight of this little woman's overturned emotions made him happy.
After the couple moved away, Qu Jingwan made her way back to her room. When she recalled the scene she had just witnessed, a scary plan started forming in her mind.
After breakfast, she eyed the vase on top of the wooden cabinet in the living room. She knew that the vase was Madam Ji's prized possession. She was rejected yesterday when she asked to put some flowers into the vase. One could see how much the elderly woman cherished the vase.
She had shifted it slightly outward last night. As long as that woman neared it, she would definitely knock the vase off. That was because she had smeared some oil in front of the cabinet.
Meanwhile, holding a fruit basket, Pei Ge watched the three kids play on the sofa with a smile. Using a toothpick, she picked up a slice of apple and passed it to Ji Chi.
"Ping An, come and have one." The boy eyed Qu Jingwan, who was sitting beside him. Seeing that she had no reaction, he then hesitatingly reached out and received it.
"An An, Ran, Ran, come and have some apples, too. Mommy will poke one for you."
"Thank you, mommy!" Her daughter obediently looked up at her and smiled. She received the toothpick with a slice of apple from her and put it into her mouth.
"Baby, look; there's a small bird outside the window." The missy pointed at the window next to the cabinet. A small bird had indeed landed on its sill. The lively bird made the lad put down the toothpick as he moved to catch it, but she stopped him.
This tug made Pei Ge halt her movements as she looked at the other woman, unable to understand the reason behind the latter's actions.
"Why are you pulling him back? Let him go if he wants to."
"I… He won't be able to catch it. The little bird will have already flown away by the time he gets there."
"How will you know without letting him try?"
"Then, you go. You can go catch it for him."
Qu Jingwan examined her expression after saying this.
The other thought for a while. Seeing the bird was still perched atop the window sill, she put down the toothpick in her hand. However, just as she stood up, the little bird quickly flapped its wings and flew away.
"Mommy, it has flown away already!" exclaimed her daughter.
"Mhm." She sat back down and looked at Ji Chi. "It'll come back."
With a look of mockery, the lady said, "All because you scared it away."
"Go call it back if you can do it."
"What are you saying? How am I supposed to call it back when it has flown away? That's a bird—not a person."
"That's it; isn't it?"
"You—" Qu Jingwan was incensed at this. What kind of woman is this? She's so affectionate with Ji Ziming yesterday, and now she's acting like a shrewd, little chili.
"What about me? Did I say anything wrong?" Pei Ge narrowed her eyes at the lady. If not for her son still being unwilling to acknowledge her as his mother and for the sake of his present condition, she would have chased her out long ago.