1117 Perplexed and Smitten 177
He had no choice but to call for help. "Nurse!"
An Xiaoning chuckled and threw the empty milk bottle into the rubbish bin before standing up. Pointing at a white button above his head, she said, "This is the best ward in the hospital. There's definitely a call button. See, it's here."
"What are you waiting for? Hurry and help me!" Henry exclaimed with a sullen expression on his face.
An Xiaoning helped him up slowly to the toilet bowl in the bathroom. He then shrugged her hand away and supported himself with one hand against the wall. "Get out," he hissed.
She remained quiet and left.
Before the door even closed, she heard the sounds of water flowing. She turned around to see that he was trying to pull his pants up even though he still wasn't done with relieving nature's call. Feeling embarrassed and exasperated about being half-naked in front of her, he barked, "Hurry and scram!"
An Xiaoning shrugged her shoulders nonchalantly and taunted, "Are you going to hit me if I don't?"
He pulled his pants up and remained quiet. Despite feeling extremely peeved and disgruntled, he had no choice but to let her help him out of the washroom.
There was a large number of friends who came to visit Jin Qingyan at the hospital.
Long Tianze and Mei Yangyang were the first two.
As soon as Long Tianze entered the ward, his forehead creased into a frown and he strode toward the hospital bed. He then grabbed Henry's other hand, which was not attached to the tube, and exclaimed teasingly, "I'm so relieved to see that you're alive. What am I supposed to do if you kick the bucket? I don't want to become widowed. You're so mean!"
He then punched Henry's chest, causing Henry to be dumbfounded.
Henry retracted his hand from Long Tianze's and said in disdain, "Don't touch me."
Long Tianze did not find anything unusual with Jin Qingyan since he was used to being despised by the latter. Hence, he chuckled and said, "Rest well and recover soon."
Not long after Mei Yangyang and Long Tianze left, Jin Qingyue and Ling Ciye arrived.
Subsequently, Gu Beicheng, Lin Mingxi, Mr. Jin, as well as Jin Qingyan's business partners and associates, began to show up one after another. An Xiaoning spent the entire morning welcoming and tending to the visitors.
After having her lunch, An Xiaoning finally had the time to lie down on the bed and take a nap.
"You may just get a nurse to look after me. You don't have to stay here anymore. Go home and take a nap instead."
"Whether or not I want to stay here all depends on my mood. Stop making such a fuss or I'm not going to spare you."
That was the last warning she gave him before she dozed off.
An Xiaoning slept through the entire afternoon and only woke up in the evening, during which Fan Shixin arrived with Jin Yiheng and Jin Rongyan.
"They saw the news on the mobile phone and insisted on coming to visit you in the hospital," Fan Shixin explained.
An Xiaoning shifted her gaze onto Henry, who was lying on the bed, and said to Fan Shixin, "Let's go together later."
"I'll go home to change before coming back again."
Fan Shixin nodded and said, "Alright."
The two of them exited the ward, leaving Henry alone with the two children.
Jin Yiheng and Jin Rongyan stood beside the bed, hand in hand. They stared at Henry with reddened eyes and remained silent.
The way they were staring at Henry gave him the chills.
"Why aren't you saying anything?"
"Daddy… does it hurt?" Jin Yiheng asked with a sullen expression, staring at the cast on his right calf.
"Why doesn't it hurt anymore?" Jin Rongyan said, "Daddy, don't drive at such a high speed anymore from now on. Drive slowly, got it?"
Staring at the two children, Henry nodded and said, "I'm going to bed now. Get your mommy to go home with you guys."
"Alright, Daddy, rest well."
The two children left together, and Henry heaved a sigh of relief. He grabbed his mobile phone and began surfing the internet for news about An Xiaoning and Jin Qingyan.
He looked down and perused the article for a long time before proceeding to read the comments.
"Young Sir, there's a Ms. Hu who's asking to visit you," said one of the bodyguards who did not know about Jin Qingyan's dissociative identity disorder.
"Let her in," he said while switching off his mobile phone, which he then left on the table.
Hu Xin was wearing a pair of cropped ankle jeans and a white buttoned shirt. She entered with a basket of fruits and said, "Mr. Jin… I read about your accident in the news. I wanted to come visit you during the day, but Ms. An was here all along so I decided to wait for her to leave before entering."
"Has she left?"
Hu Xin nodded and said, "Yes… I saw her entering the elevator together with the children and Chief Fan."
She was filled with fear and anxiety. In fact, she was surprised that she could even enter, because she thought that he wouldn't let her in even if An Xiaoning was not around.
Little did she expect…
Seeing that he was remaining silent, Hu Xin stammered and said, "Um… I don't mean anything else. I just wanted to visit you."
"Have a seat."
She nodded in surprise and pulled a chair toward her. She sat down and began tensing. "It'll take a long while for you to recover. Mr. Jin, rest well in bed and return to work only after you've recovered," she said nervously.
Feeling a little guilty the moment she saw him looking at her, she hurriedly said, "You may have sacked me, but I still remember all the help you've rendered me in the past. I thought that it would only be right for me to visit you."
Sacked her? Slightly taken aback, he asked, "What are you working as now, then?"
"I've recently opened a small cosmetic store."
"Do you still live in Ben Yang District?"
"Yes, the rental for houses in that district are much cheaper compared to other places."
Hu Xin found that Jin Qingyan was rather peculiar; she could sometimes enjoy a peaceful conversation with him, yet he would also give her the cold shoulder out of the blue.
She was baffled and bewildered.
However, she found that he had become much more charming than before.
Hu Xin clutched her heart in shock and amazement the moment she realized it.
Upon seeing her actions, he asked, "What's wrong?"
"I'm a little hungry. Could you run an errand for me and go downstairs to get me some food?"
"What would you like to eat, Mr. Jin?"
"I want to eat… just get lots of delicious food." He grabbed the wallet and took out five hundred dollars. He handed the cash to her and said, "There."
"It's okay, I have enough cash. I'll go get you some food now." Hu Xin was on cloud nine. She was grinning widely from ear to ear when she exited the ward, unable to contain her happiness at all. She ran toward the entrance of the hospital and proceeded to buy lots of food and drinks from the nearby stores before carrying them to the ward.
The bodyguards outside looked at each other in puzzlement. However, they dared not make any comments after asking Henry about it.
However, they did not stop at that.
In reality, they still gave An Xiaoning a call behind his back.
However, An Xiaoning did not answer because she was in the midst of taking a shower at home.
They decided to call Fan Shixin instead and have him relay the message to her.
An Xiaoning made her way downstairs with her cosmetic pouch after coming out of the shower and getting dressed. She was greeted with the sight of Fan Shixin standing by the stairwell.
"Young Madam, I've been waiting for you for a long while."
"What is it?"
"The bodyguards at the hospital called me just now to say that Hu Xin had turned up at the ward and Henry had allowed her to enter."