1314 I Only Want You 12
"I actually didn't want to tell you. But the main reason was because a brazen idea came to my mind after I saw that mural."
"I wanted to use your hair sample to get a DNA test done. I wanted to verify if we were related by blood."
"Psht." An Xiaoning had never expected that to be his reason.
"That's why I didn't tell you. I was afraid that you would be repulsed."
"Why would I be?"
As soon as she finished her sentence, Xiao Lu reported, "Young Madam, the people from the Donggong family are here. They're right outside the entrance."
She had long expected that they would come for her, just not so soon.
"Let them in."
"Should I… hide?" he asked.
"No, what for? Are you afraid of them?"
"Of course not."
An Xiaoning waved at the servant and said, "Make me another cup of coffee."
"Alright, Young Madam."
The people who had come forth included Old Mr. Donggong's sons and a few of his grandsons.
They were the members who held a higher status in the Donggong family.
"Have a seat."
The seven men sat down, and the eldest son of Old Mr. Donggong took the initiative to speak. "Ms. An, we came here with a purpose this time. One is to offer you our sincere apology and the other is to plead for your mercy. Will you please release our elder?"
"I accept your apology, but you want me to let your elder go? Why should I do that? I don't even know who he is. What does he look like? What's his name?"
Wu Lianzhi did not expect that she would deny it straight away. Seemingly having guessed her intentions, he remained seated quietly.
However, the men were dumbfounded.
"Ms. An, let's not beat around the bush. We've already found out that he's here."
"Do you have any evidence?"
They looked at each other, and one of them answered, "No… but we're very certain that he's here."
"I'm sorry, but I can only believe you if you have concrete evidence. Talk is cheap. You can't just accuse me casually," said An Xiaoning.
The second son said, "Ms. An, name us your condition. We'll agree to your request as long as you release him."
"Do you need me to repeat myself? I really didn't take your elder away," she said composedly.
However, they knew that she was just denying it.
They were at a sudden loss for what to do.
Little did they know, An Xiaoning was planning to make them make a wasted trip because she would never let Wu Haigang stay alive.
After a minute of silence, the eldest son said, "Ms. An… if you're willing to let our elder go, the Donggong family shall be loyal to you from now on. These are the exact words from my father."
Wu Lianzhi was dumbfounded.
"Why did your father…"
"Our family has long stopped practicing witchcraft and black magic. Elder is the only one who possesses those skills. We'll never be able to pass the skills onto the next generation if he were to die."
An Xiaoning quipped with a smile, "Pass on? Are you going to expand and develop your witchcraft and use it to harm others?"
"That's not what I meant."
An Xiaoning did not waver at all. "I'm sorry, but I really didn't bring him away, and I have no idea who he is either. If there's nothing else you'd like to say, please leave. I won't entertain you any longer."
She was clearly chasing them out.
They were at a complete loss, for they had even pulled their last trump card. Yet, she was nonchalant and refused to budge at all.
There was nothing they could do.
Feeling helpless, the eldest son got onto his knees.
"What are you doing? I really haven't seen him before. Am I supposed to do a conjuring and make him appear magically?"
At last, they had no choice but to leave empty-handed.
There was nothing they could do at all.
A silence filled the air in the living room. Noticing the deadpan expression on Wu Lianzhi's face, An Xiaoning asked, "Do you think that I was being cruel too?"
"No. I understand your considerations and, standing from your perspective, I know what you did was right. I've already severed ties with the Donggong family, so I'm in no place to comment about someone else's family matters," Wu Lianzhi said solemnly.
"Once the curse is broken, all of this will come to an end. To be honest, I still have you to thank. If you hadn't tried to contact me first, I wouldn't have known about your existence. Or rather, it would have taken me much longer to find out about you. If it weren't for you, I wouldn't have been able to learn about all these things within such a short amount of time. You see, Xiao Chenyang once tried to search for the descendants of the Wu family, but he never managed to find any clues. So many years had already passed, after all. It would definitely be tough to find them. We initially thought that they had all died because of karma."
"I'm really glad to have been able to help you in such an unexpected way. Fate and destiny are such incredible things. We got to reunite in such an amazing way."
As soon as Henry arrived downstairs, he caught sight of An Xiaoning and Wu Lianzhi smiling at each other. He stood by the stairs and yelled sluggishly, "Come upstairs, I have something to tell you."
"What is it?"
"You'll know when you come upstairs," he said before turning around to head upstairs. An Xiaoning followed suit, thinking that he actually had something to say to her. Yet, it was not the case at all.
"Didn't you say that you wanted to tell me something? Were you fooling me?"
"So what if I was?"
An Xiaoning glared at him and said, "Fine, as long as you're happy. I'm going downstairs now."
"What is it again?"
"When are you going to make that fellow leave?"
"I'll let him stay here for the time being. We'll talk about it again next time," said An Xiaoning, who decided to make further arrangements only after the curse was broken and after Wu Lianzhi's household register was approved.
"Talk about it again next time? I don't like having a stranger around at home," Henry snapped.
"Go ahead and be upset about it. You'll be fine, just bear with it."
"An Xiaoning, this is my property!"
"Does that mean you're admitting that you're Qingyan?"
"Who was the one who said that he and I are the same person?"
"Good. I have some special needs now. I hope you'll fulfill them," she said while sitting down on the bed and placing her hands behind her.
Pursing his lips, Henry said, "There you go again…"
"What do you mean again? Isn't this very normal? Henry, I think it's absolutely necessary for our bodies to communicate with each other properly. I hope you'll consider my suggestion seriously."