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“You’ve already got plenty of money yourself, why do you still love money so much?” Gu Beicheng remarked as he let out a silent laugh and poked her on her forehead teasingly.

“Because money is the only thing that stays true to you. It’s up to you to do whatever you want with it, as long as it’s yours. Let’s go.”

Gu Beicheng placed her luggage in the trunk of the car before driving off.

They arrived back at the Gu family home, only to be stunned at the sight of Chi Rui’er and Gu Dongcheng chatting merrily amongst boisterous laughter as they too made their way towards the living room.

The four of them made it to the living room at the same time. Chi Rui’er was dressed in thin stockings that exposed her bare thigh, seemingly not afraid of the cold at all. She turned towards An Xiaoning and said with a pretentious smile, “I watched the video of Qingyan at the press conference earlier today. Congrats on being single again.”

“Thanks. I won’t congratulate you though. I don’t want to stoop to such a lowly level,” An Xiaoning said calmly.

The smile on Chi Rui’er’s face stiffened upon hearing An Xiaoning’s sarcasm. She then cuddled up to Gu Dongcheng and said in a coquettish tone, “Dongcheng, let’s go pick out a diamond ring later and get our bridal photos taken as well. We don’t have to take too many, just a few will do.”

“Alright,” Gu Dongcheng agreed right away. Initially, he had never intended to marry Chi Rui’er at all. However, he made a trip down to the hospital together with her, only to hear from the doctor that she would never be able to conceive again should she decide to abort the child she was carrying. In a moment of pity, he decided to agree to let her keep the baby. Since it would be inappropriate for the child to be fatherless, he had no choice but to end up marrying her.

Every now and then, Chi Rui’er would shift her gaze onto An Xiaoning, though the latter had never once stared back at her and was instead texting Mei Yangyang.

“Oh, by the way, who’s going to be the best men and bridesmaids during our wedding?” said Chi Rui’er, as if the thought had just struck her mind all of a sudden.

“We won’t have to worry about the best men, I’ll just ask a few of my friends. Do you have any friends yourself?” asked Gu Dongcheng, for he had never seen any friends around Chi Rui’er ever since they’d gotten to know each other.

Chi Rui’er shook her head and answered, “No.”

Not bothered by the fact that she did not have any friends, Gu Dongcheng said, “We’ll just find a few random people to stand in as your bridesmaids then.”

“How can we just look for someone random to be the bridesmaid? We should at least ask someone we know. How about Xiaoning? Perhaps some of our blessings can rub off on her. Hopefully, she’ll find her Mr. Right soon.”

Gu Dongcheng shot Chi Rui’er with a stern glare as soon as she finished speaking.

Nonetheless, it would still be inappropriate of him to chide her in front of everyone else. In a bid to save her some face, Gu Dongcheng turned to speak to An Xiaoning instead. “Xiaoning, you don’t have to agree if you’re not feeling well.”

An Xiaoning chucked her phone inside her pocket and answered, “I’m indeed not feeling my best as of now. I doubt I’m a suitable candidate for a bridesmaid. Please look for someone else instead, Eldest Brother.”

“No worries, it was just a casual suggestion from Rui’er. Well, we’re gonna go get a wedding ring now,” said Gu Dongcheng.

“Alright, sure.”

Gu Dongcheng grabbed Chi Rui’er by her arm and pulled her away. As soon as they got up the car, he began to chastise her, “Are you out of your mind? Xiaoning had just gotten divorced and she’s yet to fully recover. Yet you actually had the cheek to ask her to be your bridesmaid?”

“It was merely out of goodwill. I just forgot about that,” Chi Rui’er explained herself, though she was exceptionally thrilled deep down. Taking the chance to spite An Xiaoning was exactly what she had wanted to do, as the slightest thought of the things An Xiaoning had done to her was enough to get her blood boiling with anger. She wished she could just shred An Xiaoning into pieces. However, to Chi Rui’er, this was merely the beginning, and she had a long way ahead to plan her revenge.

“Mind your words and think twice before you speak in the future. Although you don’t necessarily have to come from a wealthy family with a high social status in order to be married into my family, you ought to still possess some basic manners and courtesy. It’s okay to be yourself at home, but you mustn’t embarrass me or my family when we’re outside. Otherwise, you’re going to get it from me,” Gu Dongcheng warned her vehemently.

“Got it.”

An Xiaoning was very much pleased with her room, which was just a few steps away from Gu Beicheng’s.

She drew the curtains open to find that she could enjoy a clear view of the backyard from her room.

Overwhelmed with fatigue from the sleepless night she had the night before, An Xiaoning laid onto the bed and fell asleep as soon as she closed her eyes.

Having noticed how exhausted she was, Gu Beicheng took the initiative to help her close the door of her room. To his astonishment, he stumbled upon his mother just as he was turning around, greatly startling him.

“Mother, you’ve scared me!” he said, lowering his voice.

Mrs. Gu then pulled him inside his room and asked sternly, “I knew there was something off about you long ago. I reckon you’re the only one who’s happy about Xiaoning’s divorce, aren’t you?”

“Mother, since when was I happy? Don’t wrong me.”

“Putting on an act in front of your mother, huh? Do you need an Oscar Award for your superb acting skills? Tell me honestly, are you fond of Xiaoning?” Mrs. Gu said with a sneer, her arms folded.

“Yes.” After a moment of hesitation, Gu Beicheng continued, “I know you won’t agree to it though.”

“I definitely wouldn’t approve of it if it were someone else. There’s no way I would ever allow a girl who’s twice-divorced and even had a miscarriage to become my daughter-in-law. But in this case, I don’t mind since it’s Xiaoning. Besides, it doesn’t bother you anyway. I’ll have a daughter and a daughter-in-law, what’s not to love? Son, Xiaoning’s not going to accept you now though, since she’s just gotten a divorce.”

“I never intended for her to accept me right now. We’ll just let nature take its course.”

“Ah, how apt that Xiaoning is moving in with us for a period of time. You ought to treasure this chance to get closer to her, though I doubt you’re going to succeed. So, I suggest that you shift your attention to other girls,” Mrs. Gu warned him.

“Alright, Mother, why are you getting so anxious? I’m not the least bit in a hurry at all. Okay, I’d like to get some rest, please leave quickly, Mother,” said Gu Beicheng as he quickly pushed Mrs. Gu outside before closing the door shut.

Gu Beicheng sat in front of his desk and took out a few pieces of letter paper from the drawer.

With a smirk on his face and a fountain pen in his hand, he began writing some words on the letter paper and waited for the ink to dry. He then followed some instructions online and folded the piece of letter paper into a heart shape.

He paced back and forth in his room while holding onto the love letter, feeling as if he had gone back to the days of being a teenager in love — overwhelmed with excitement, nervousness, and uncertainty, all at the same time. Will she tear it up before even reading the letter? he wondered to himself.

Since he had already written it, he might as well just give it to her.

He tiptoed inside An Xiaoning’s room stealthily and placed the love letter beside her pillow, before scurrying out of her room quickly.

——

After taking his aim, Ye Xiaotian released the trigger, after which the bullet struck the bull’s eye on the target with a loud bam. The spectators applauded fervently and praised him. “Young Sir, your shooting skills are getting more and more accurate.”

Ye Xiaotian then continued to fire a few more bullets, all of which struck the bull’s eye.

“Young Sir, you’ve got a call.”

He handed the pistol to his subordinates and answered the call. “What’s up? Shoot.”

“…”

“Got it,” said Ye Xiaotian as he began smiling widely.

He ended the call and began walking towards his subordinates, both hands in his pocket. “Get my private jet ready, I’m making a trip down to Y Nation,” he instructed.

“Young Sir… are you going to look for Ms. Mo again?” asked the butler.

“What’s the matter? Do I have to report to you who I’m going to look for? Go prepare the jet at once, stop wasting my time,” Ye Xiaotian snapped and glared at the butler, after which he quickly walked away.

The subordinates had no choice but to take every order from their capricious employer, for they were not allowed to interfere or stop him at all.

After taking a shower, Ye Xiaotian changed into a black-colored suit and boarded his private jet towards Y Nation.