578 The Secret About the Past 196
Jin Qingyan stood up immediately and walked toward the door.
Fan Shixin shifted his gaze to the computer screen, feeling a little dismayed at the sight of the unrefreshed webpage.
He clicked the refresh button, after which the web page vanished, as expected.
He then went out of the room as well.
"Has Little Sir eaten?"
"No, he refuses to eat."
"Let him go hungry then. He'll eat once he's hungry enough," Jin Qingyan said coldly.
"Go coax him a little. Little Sir is still a child, after all," Fan Shixin suggested.
"How's my father been doing at the casino?" he asked nonchalantly while cutting himself some steak with a fork and knife.
"Old Sir has been on a losing streak. He has already lost a ton of money, which Sister Hong had sent over," Fan Shixin answered while standing beside him.
"Keep a close eye on him and make sure he loses, regardless of which casino or gambling den he visits. There'll definitely be a day when he loses everything."
"Yes. The reporters will definitely hound you tomorrow. Young Sir, do you plan to clarify matters?" Fan Shixin asked.
"No, there's no need for that. Forbid her from seeing Yiheng from now onwards," he instructed Fan Shixin with an icy cold stare in his eyes.
He then left the living room and bumped into Bu Xianxian, who asked, "Chief Fan, is Nick in the living room?"
"What are you trying to do?"
"I want to look for him."
"Did you forget that you're not allowed to enter the main mansion?" Fan Shixin reminded her.
"Is it true that Nick and An Xiaoning have gotten a divorce?"
"What has that got to do with you?" Fan Shixin hissed before turning around to leave.
Bu Xianxian sneaked inside the mansion while no one was looking.
She ran toward Jin Qingyan and called, "Nick."
"Didn't I already forbid you from entering?"
After a moment of silence, she answered, "I just came by to verify something. Did you two really get a divorce?"
"Yes. Can you go out now?"
Bu Xianxian smiled and asked, "Nick, why did you two get a divorce?"
He slammed the knife down onto the table and bellowed, "I told you to get out, do you not understand human language!?!"
The smile on Bu Xianxian's face vanished as she quivered in shock and fright. "Okay, simmer down. I'll go out right now."
Jin Qingyan did not look at her and continued eating.
Jin Qingyue resisted the urge to look for her brother and stayed home for the entire day.
Upon realizing that there was no longer any news of them online, she said to Ling Ciye, "Someone must've been behind this."
"That's obviously the case. I can't believe they really got a divorce. I still find it so surreal right now. However, I think Qingyan must've been mistaken about something," said Ling Ciye, leaning against the headboard.
"What do you mean?"
"I heard from Tianze that Xiaoning had entered the Autumn Palace to search for her parents. I can't really explain the details, but I think it's something along the lines of your brother getting hold of some evidence. I asked Fan Shixin to let me have a look at the evidence, but he refused to show it to me and Tianze. I reckon it must be something rather severe."
"Don't tell me my sister-in-law was unfaithful toward my brother?" Jin Qingyue shook her head and continued, "I think my brother is already an excellent catch. I doubt Sis-in-law would be so heartless as to do something like that."
"Who knows? After all, we don't know what actually happened. Perhaps your brother will tell us out of his own accord once he gets over it."
"Will that affect your perspective toward marriage?" Jin Qingyue asked.
"A little, I guess. Even a pair of lovebirds like them would end up in a divorce. I'm really starting to wonder, is there still true love in this world?"
"Of course there is. Aren't Tianze and Yangyang a perfect example?"
"That's true. Go rest in your room. Bao'er is waiting for you."
"Okay." She got up from the bed and returned to her own room.
Just as Ling Ciye was about to switch off the lights, he heard a loud shriek coming from the room beside his. He immediately got out of bed and scrambled outside. "What's the matter?"
"Bao'er is missing," Jin Qingyue cried. Ling Ciye searched the entire house for Jin Bao'er, but to no avail.
"Perhaps she had gone outside," said Ling Ciye.
"Maybe." Jin Qingyue and Ling Ciye then scurried out of the house.
They boarded the elevator and went downstairs, after which Jin Qingyue immediately proceeded to ask the security guards at the guardhouse if they had seen Jin Bao'er. After checking the surveillance camera footage, they found that Jin Bao'er was hiding behind a car.
By the time they made their way there, Jin Bao'er was still squatting behind the car.
Realizing that she had been exposed, Jin Bao'er stood up calmly and asked, "What do you want?"
"Why are you hiding in here? Didn't you know how worried I would be?" Jin Qingyue questioned indignantly.
Jin Bao'er did not answer her. Instead, she walked past her and headed toward the staircase.
Jin Qingyue stood rooted to the ground and stared at Ling Ciye. All of a sudden, she leaned against his chest and buried her head in his shoulder. "I was really frightened just now."
"She's protesting against you." Ling Ciye held onto her shoulders and said, "Let's go back. She doesn't know the passcode. I'm afraid she can't enter."
They exited from the elevator to see that Jin Bao'er was indeed standing by the door.
Ling Ciye unlocked the door with the passcode, after which the three of them entered and returned to their respective rooms.
Jin Qingyue and Jin Bao'er lay down on the same bed. Jin Qingyue then held her hand and said, "Bao'er, you're still so young and yet you're already so heartless. What's going to become of you when you're older?"
"I just want Daddy and Mommy to be together. That's my biggest wish. I don't want Daddy to find me a stepmother and Mommy to find me a stepfather. Do you know what I'm thinking?"
"What are you thinking? Tell me about it," said Jin Qingyue.
"I want a complete family. Daddy has never brought another woman home before. But what have you done, Mommy?"
"Mommy and Uncle can give you a complete family too. Uncle is a very nice man. Mommy just wants you to know that Daddy and I will never get married again," Jin Qingyue said patiently.
"No matter how nice Uncle may be, he still isn't my biological father. Anyway, I won't matter anymore since you and Daddy won't be getting married again. You may go ahead and marry Uncle and give birth to a child with him. Daddy might also find me a stepmother and give birth to a younger brother in the future. You adults really know how to have fun," Jin Bao'er hissed.
Jin Qingyue knew that it would take some time for Jin Bao'er to accept reality and, thus, decided to take things slowly.
"Mommy, since you won't marry Daddy again, can you not find me a stepfather too?" she asked.
"Do you think it's good to let Mommy be alone all the way until she's old?"
"You can find another man when I'm older."
Jin Qingyue was at a loss for words.
She did not answer her daughter, clearly not going to take the latter's opinion into consideration.
She yearned for happiness and wanted to be loved and treasured by a man.
Such things would never come by again if she were to miss them.
It was nighttime.
An Xiaoning placed a glass of milk beside the bed and said, "Your Highness, you'll sleep better after having some milk."
He grabbed the glass of milk and chugged it down in one go.
He then brushed his teeth and lay down in bed to sleep.
An Xiaoning switched off the lights and took a seat on the couch.