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“You’re at the peak of your career now, continue to work hard. Also, it’s time you quit drugs, lest something happens to you. There’s always been an abundance of famous actresses in the entertainment industry, most of whom possess superb acting skills. Look at those who have ruined their careers by abusing drugs or getting into car accidents — none of them have managed to make a successful comeback. Weiwei, don’t lead yourself onto a path towards death,” Ye Xiaotian advised earnestly, which was rather rare of him. Perhaps it was because he had too much time on his hands.

Feeling a little touched, Sun Weiwei answered, “Brother Xiaotian, I know where you’re coming from. But I just can’t quit it, I’ve already become too reliant on it. Besides, I’m becoming more and more addicted recently.”

“Go for rehab in secret, maybe?” said Ye Xiaotian, staring at her with a look of pity in his eyes.

“I’m not going for rehab. It’s not like I can’t afford to continue doping anyway. I’ll be fine,” Sun Weiwei said nonchalantly.

“It’s not about the money, it’s that drugs are detrimental to your health.”

“Brother Xiaotian, you’ve made me who I am today, with the constant support you’ve been providing me with. I’m really dependent and attached to you, and I want to stay by your side forever…”

Before she could finish her sentence, Ye Xiaotian interrupted coldly with a stiffened expression, “That’s enough, I absolutely detest hearing mushy stuff like that. You should get going and head for work.”

Taken aback by his words, Sun Weiwei got up slowly and said, “Alright, have a good rest then, Brother Xiaotian. I’ll visit you again when I’m free.”

“Okay.”

As soon as she left, Ye Xiaotian reached his hand out from beneath the blanket. The screen of his mobile phone lit up in his hands.

It was a notification about the latest news of Byron from Y Nation — he was asked if he had any plans on having children with his newlywed wife recently, to which he had answered blatantly, saying that she was nourishing her body in preparation for a pregnancy.

Preparing for a pregnancy?

Was that the case?

——

Chi Rui’er had stayed alone at home for two days.

Yet, she still had not come up with a solution.

There were only two ways out.

That is, to either abort the baby or to give birth to it.

Gu Beicheng came to her mind all of a sudden while she was washing up.

He must’ve gotten together with me back then for the sake of spiting Jin Qingyan, who was his archenemy , she thought to herself.

Hah, how ironic…

She quickly rinsed her face, put on some makeup, and gave Gu Beicheng a call, only to find that he had blocked her number.

Chi Rui’er then got dressed and headed out.

The weather was marvellous that day. The sun was out and shining bright, which was rare to come by during wintertime.

Chi Rui’er flagged down a taxi and headed straight to the office building of the Gu Corporation, where she requested to see Gu Beicheng at the front desk.

The receptionist then arranged for Chi Rui’er to proceed upstairs upon the approval of Gu Beicheng.

Having expected to be rejected, Chi Rui’er was surprised to hear that Gu Beicheng had allowed her to see him.

A million thoughts flooded her mind while she made her way towards his office.

Gu Beicheng was dressed in a black, casual suit, along with his trademark blue diamond earring.

He was holding a teacup in one hand while supporting his weight against the desk with another. Upon sight of Chi Rui’er, he placed the teacup onto the desk and said calmly, “What did you come here to see me for?”

“You’ve blocked my number.”

“Of course I did. Am I supposed to keep it so I can continue to contact you?”

Chi Rui’er looked up at him. He was the person whom she fell head over heels in love with, the one whom she left Jin Qingyan for.

He often appeared cool and aloof on the surface, despite having a gentlemanly side, which not many have the privilege of seeing.

“Gu Beicheng, I’m pregnant.”

Startled, he answered, “Oh. It’s pretty spot on.”

“What’s spot on?” she asked inquisitively.

“I’ve asked Xiaoning to read your fortune, and her readings are rather accurate. She read that you would get pregnant within six months, so I decided I didn’t want to see you anymore, because I know the child wouldn’t be mine, for sure.”

“You broke up with me because you had my fortune told?” she asked in astonishment.

“Not entirely, but that’s one of the reasons. Well, but I broke up with you mainly because you’ve had an abortion once, and you’re going to be pregnant with another man’s child. You don’t deserve to be with me,” Gu Beicheng explained nonchalantly, his words like a million daggers piercing through her heart.

“How did you find out? You checked up on me?” she asked as her lips trembled in fear and shock.

“Haven’t you heard of the saying ‘If you don’t wish others to find out about what you’ve done, then don’t do it in the first place’?” he said, brushing her off.

“Did An Xiaoning predict that?” she asked in disbelief of An Xiaoning’s accurate fortune-telling. An Xiaoning… Chi Rui’er wanted nothing more than to shred her into pieces at that very moment.

“It doesn’t matter whether she did or not. What matters is that you’re indeed such a lowly woman.”

Biting her lip in anger, Chi Rui’er snapped, “Gu Beicheng, stop giving me excuses, you just don’t like me to begin with. You only asked me to be your girlfriend just so you could spite Jin Qingyan. If you truly loved a woman, you’d never leave her, no matter how many abortions she’s had.”

Gu Beicheng did not try to deny and said instead, “I’d first have to find a woman like that. Are you here to discuss the standards I ought to follow when looking for a girlfriend in the future?”

“Of course not. Don’t you want to know who the child I’m carrying belongs to?”

“No, I don’t.”

“…” Chi Rui’er walked towards him and said, “I’ve been pregnant for more than a month now. Recalling the chronology of events, you broke up with me about a month ago. I believe the media will take my word for it, if I claimed that you fathered the child.”

“If you dare do that, I’ll kill you, believe it or not. Try me,” he warned coldly with a squint.

“Gu Beicheng, don’t try to threaten me, I’m not afraid of you. I’ve already prepared myself mentally before coming here to look you up. I’m sure we’re both aware that the child obviously doesn’t belong to you. I’m just kidding, why so serious?” she said with a smirk.

“You’re just kidding? Don’t joke with me again in the future. Otherwise, you shall face the consequences, regardless of whether you’re kidding or not and of who the bastard child you’re carrying belongs to. If this is all you’re here for, you may get lost now,” Gu Beicheng said, seething, unsure of what she had up her sleeve.

Chi Rui’er stayed put and continued to speak, “The child belongs to Jin Qingyan.”

“Is that so?” Gu Beicheng asked, keeping his eyes fixed on her.

“Yes.”

Knowing that Jin Qingyan loved her, Gu Beicheng said, “Shouldn’t you go look for him instead? Why did you come to me?”

“An Xiaoning may be your Godsister, but I know you’ve never been on good terms with him. Why don’t we help each other out?”

“Chi Rui’er, are your brains fried? Do I look like I need your help?”

“Do you not? Just think about how badly it would reflect on his family, once news about me carrying his child begins to spread,” Chi Rui’er explained.

“In that case, have you thought about the consequences you’ll face once the DNA test results are out and it’s verified that the child does not belong to him?”

Chi Rui’er felt a chill down her spine, but then again, how worse can things get, when she’s already in such a sorry plight?

“He is indeed the father of the child. I know this because he was the only person I’ve had intercourse with. The child I aborted previously belonged to him as well,” Chi Rui’er said confidently without a single tinge of guilt, as if she was indeed speaking the truth.

“I won’t resort to such despicable means. You’ve gone to the wrong person,” Gu Beicheng answered apprehensively.