664 A Million Times for You 26
She felt an enlarging bulge against her hips, causing her to blush red with embarrassment as she fell silent.
"Why aren't you moving anymore?" he asked in a deep and hoarse voice with a smirk on his face.
An Xiaoning took a deep breath and said, "Let's talk things over calmly. Will you let go of me first?"
"I tried talking to you calmly, but you refused to listen so I have no choice but to treat you to a cup of hot tea I made."
"Why don't I believe you at all?"
"My priority is to treat you to some tea, followed by…" he paused in his speech on purpose.
"Don't even think about it."
He twisted the car keys and buried his chin in her neck. "Don't move about randomly. Our lives are in your hands."
He began driving slowly and steadily.
She sat uncomfortably in his embrace, all the way until the entrance of Wei Ni Estate.
The car finally came to a halt.
An Xiaoning pushed the door open. As soon as she stuck one leg out of the car, she felt a smack on her buttocks, which threw her off balance and caused her to stumble forward.
She turned around to glower at him. "Do you have any shame at all?" she hissed.
"No, I don't," he answered self-righteously.
"You're nuts," An Xiaoning scorned.
"How did you know?" He closed the door and continued, "Ever since we got divorced, I've been diagnosed with a mental disorder. The psychiatrist said that I'm clinically depressed. So, I have to rely on sleeping pills to fall asleep at night because you're not by my side."
"What… what did you say?" Her blood was gushing through her veins and rushed to the top of her head.
"Because of you, I haven't been able to sleep well at night."
An Xiaoning did not doubt his words, for one's mental health was not to be joked about.
"Do you think I'll forgive you just because of that?"
"I've never thought of that. I just wanted to let you know. As the saying goes, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. How would you have known about my condition if I didn't tell you about it? It'll be best if it could tug at your heartstrings a little and make you feel guilty toward me," Jin Qingyan said with glistening eyes.
"Psht… who's the heartless one between us two? The pot calling the kettle black. People usually mature and grow more sensible with age. Why is it the opposite for you?" she chastised, raising her chin to glower at him.
"Didn't you say that I was only three years old?"
"Since when did I say that?"
"You forgot. Do you want me to carry you in or would you like to walk on your own?" he questioned, pointing at the door.
"I'll walk on my own."
She got out and began walking toward the door of the mansion while he followed closely behind.
The bodyguards on duty turned their heads and stared wide-eyed at the ongoing situation.
Xiao Huang: "What's going on?"
Xiao Lu: "Have they made up with each other?"
Xiao Bai: "Doesn't seem like it, but look how widely Young Sir is smiling. He definitely took liberties with her."
Xiao Huang: "They came home together at such a late hour. Don't tell me, they're planning to spend a blissful night together?"
Xiao Lu: "Young Sir brought Ms. An home, hehehe…"
Xiao Bai: "Wow, so graphic."
An Xiaoning sat on the carpet in his bedroom, leaving a small wooden table in between them.
He followed suit and sat onto the thick carpet, dressed in a white buttoned shirt and a pair of trousers.
He folded his sleeves and began brewing some tea.
"Jin Qingyan, I'm really repulsed by how you're forcing me."
He looked up at her and said, "I'll send you home after we finish the tea."
"What did you add in the tea?"
"Poison. It won't kill you, though," he teased.
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She was still vigilant and on her guard at all times. Her only worry was that he would spike her drink.
"About Yuan Mingzhu… did you find out that she was the one who put a death curse on your mother?"
"Yes." He glanced at her and continued, "I called you tonight because I heard that you had gone to visit Yuan Mingzhu's apartment with the police. What did you tell them about it?"
"That's none of your concern. But sending your people to watch and tail me at all times does seem like something you would do."
"I'm just trying to protect you."
She scoffed and said, "And monitor me at the same time."
"You may do the same to me too, I don't mind it." He poured the brewed tea into a teacup and handed it to her. "Give it a try, others don't enjoy the privilege of drinking tea I brewed myself."
An Xiaoning took the teacup from his hands and took a few sips slowly, only to find that it was indeed very fragrant.
"You knew I had eyes on you, yet you still had the audacity to go out on a date with another man. Aren't you afraid that you'll bring disaster to others because of your willful behavior?"
"What has me going out with a friend got to do with you? Don't be such a tyrant and kill whoever you detest. I don't have any comments if you want to date other women either. It's up to you to do whatever you want," An Xiaoning said in disgruntlement, placing the teacup onto the table.
"I'd definitely do that if you really betrayed me and stopped loving me. I'll find another woman. But I know you weren't unfaithful toward me and you still love me. I was just reading too much into things before," he said, staring at her longingly.
"You guessed correctly. I did betray you, and I don't love you anymore."
"An Xiaoning, do you think I'd believe you?"
"That's really strange. You refused to believe me when I denied ever being unfaithful toward you and tried to explain myself over and over again. Now that I've admitted that I no longer love you and have fallen for another man, you still don't believe me. Just what do you want?"
"Hmph! If you dare say that again, don't blame me for forcing you to do something against your will again," he warned, sounding extremely upset.
"Forget it, let's drop the subject and have some tea." She picked up her teacup again and began drinking the tea.
"Aren't you curious about how I'm planning to deal with Xu Youran?"
"That's your business…"
"I haven't forgotten about the fact that she tried to kill you time and time again."
"Don't tell me… you're thinking of taking revenge for me while also avenging your mother's death?" she asked with a smile.
He was pleased to see the gentle smile on her face. "I must let her know what it feels like to be in a living hell and to wish she were dead instead."
"Seems like I don't have to take any action myself since a benevolent Samaritan is going to help me get rid of this malicious troublemaker. Mr. Jin, let me toast to you with tea in place of wine," she said, holding a cup of tea with both hands and handing it to him.
Jin Qingyan smiled and clinked his cup against hers, producing a loud and crisp sound.
Once she returned to the Gu family mansion and lay down in bed, An Xiaoning recalled the scene earlier. He had really sent her home after having tea, contrary to the ungentlemanly behavior he exhibited when he brought her to Wei Ni Estate.
Seems like pigs were going to fly.
Shi Shaochuan and Jin Qingyue went to court to battle over the rights to Jin Bao'er's custody.
During the court trial, the two of them were adamant about not giving in to each other.
There was an intermission halfway through the trial.
In the end, Jin Qingyue managed to keep the rights to Jin Bao'er's custody while Shi Shaochuan lost the case.
A grave expression formed on his face.
Shi Shaochuan stopped Jin Qingyue in her tracks when they exited the court.