“Hurry and get up, it’s already 8 o’clock.”
Upon hearing her call, An Xiaoning and Jin Qingyan opened their eyes instantly.
They were suddenly reminded of Mr. Jin’s instruction to turn up at the old mansion by 9 o’clock.
Without further ado, they quickly got out of bed.
After drawing open the curtains to find that it was snowing outside, An Xiaoning hurriedly put on a long feathered jacket.
An Xiaoning then put on some makeup after washing up and headed downstairs for breakfast together with Jin Qingyan.
While serving breakfast, Mei Yangyang asked An Xiaoning about what happened, and she got a great fright upon hearing An Xiaoning’s explanation.
“How has Mo Li been lately?”
“The wound on her wrist has completely healed and she can move about freely now. But to be safe, I seldom let her out.”
“Pregnant women ought to get some light exercise too. But given the current weather, she’d better not move about too much, lest she slips and falls. Once the weather turns sunny, let her wear my human skin mask and go to the hospital for a prenatal checkup,” An Xiaoning instructed.
“Sis, you’re so nice to Mo Li,” Mei Yangyang said with a grin.
“It’s been hard on you lately. You’ve been taking care of her while I was away for the past few weeks.”
“Sis, you ought to get some good rest in the days to come. By the way, they’ve begun publicizing and advertising the movie. I’m going to film for a TV program tonight.”
“Have some fun, Yangyang, just let your hair down. You have to speak more and be more outgoing on variety shows.”
“I know, but I’m so nervous. It’s my first time filming for a variety show. Thankfully Tianze will be going with me.”
An Xiaoning took a look at the time and said, “It’s half past eight. Qingyan, hurry up and finish your breakfast. Before I forget, have you called Qingyue yet?”
“I tried, but I couldn’t get through. Let’s drop by her house to bring her along later,” Jin Qingyan answered.
They set off at forty minutes past eight in the morning. By the time they arrived at Jin Qingyue’s doorstep, it was already five minutes before nine.
Once they arrived at the entrance of the Shi family home, they alighted and entered the house.
An Xiaoning once again stepped foot into the home she had once lived in for two years.
She was extremely familiar with the place and knew her way around.
Meanwhile, Jin Qingyue was called to go downstairs before she had even gotten out of bed or had her breakfast.
After months of not seeing each other, An Xiaoning was stunned beyond words to see that Jin Qingyue had put on a massive amount of weight. Compared to the way she looked before, Jin Qingyue indeed appeared less pleasant and attractive.
However, it was rather understandable, given the fact that she was pregnant.
“You woke me up at such an early hour. What’s the matter?” asked a sleepy-eyed Jin Qingyue, who had not washed up yet.
“Father wants you to go home together with me. He mentioned that he had something important to tell us,” said Jin Qingyan.
“Father? What’s the matter?” Jin Qingyue asked in bewilderment.
“We’ll know once we get there. Let’s go,” said Jin Qingyan as he grabbed her by her arm.
“But I haven’t washed up or had my breakfast.”
“Do that at the old mansion.”
Jin Qingyue was then pulled into the car by her brother.
“An Xiaoning, weren’t you imprisoned? Why are you with my brother?”
“Don’t look at me like that. The truth is clear that I wasn’t the murderer,” An Xiaoning clarified.
“Of course, murderers wouldn’t admit that they killed someone.”‘
Sensing that Jin Qingyan was glaring daggers at her, Jin Qingyue hurriedly defended herself, “I’m just speaking the truth.”
“Truth? More like nonsense. We went to Grandma’s grave last night and we even met her. Grandma said herself that Xiaoning wasn’t the murderer. Now that you know the truth, stop spouting nonsense, otherwise you’ll get it from me,” Jin Qingyan warned sternly.
Jin Qingyan glared at her again and added, “And… you are to address her as Sister-in-law from now on. If I hear you calling her by her full name again, Jin Qingyue, I’ll teach you a lesson myself.”
“Brother, aren’t you being a little too protective…”
“I can’t help it, she’s mine. You’d better address her properly.”
“Fine fine, I’ll do whatever you say. No wonder Mother says you’re bewitched by her. In fact, you’re crazy about her,” exclaimed a disgruntled Jin Qingyue.
“Aren’t you bewitched by Shi Shaochuan yourself? Why are you always so quick to criticize others before taking a look at yourself?” An Xiaoning rebuked.
Recalling how stubborn she had been about insisting on marrying Shi Shaochuan back then, Jin Qingyue began to feel like she was too blinded by love. Thus, she stopped speaking and began stroking her taut and rounded belly.
By the time they arrived at the Jin family old mansion, An Xiaoning took a look at the time and realized that it was a quarter past nine.
Mr. Jin was seated on the couch alone while Mrs. Jin was nowhere in sight.
Upon sight of their arrival, Mr. Jin motioned for them to take a seat.
“Father, what’s the urgent matter? Brother came to fetch me here before I even got out of bed,” Jin Qingyue asked.
Mr. Jin gazed at them with an austere expression on his face.
“Uncle,” An Xiaoning greeted.
“Give me a few strands of Qingyue and Qingyan’s hair.”
“Alright…” An Xiaoning stood up and proceeded to pluck a few strands of hair from Jin Qingyan’s scalp before moving on to Jin Qingyue. However, Jin Qingyue vehemently refused to allow An Xiaoning to pluck her hair.
“Father, tell me first, what are you doing this for?” Jin Qingyue questioned.
“I’ll tell you after we pluck your hair.”
“Okay, okay, I’ll do it myself. Don’t tell me you’re going to send the hair samples for a DNA test?” asked Jin Qingyue as she plucked a few strands of hair from her scalp.
An Xiaoning grabbed her hair samples and placed them onto a sheet of white paper on the table.
“Yes, I’d like to send them for a DNA test.”
Before the pair of siblings could even respond, two medical professors dressed in long, white coats entered through the door.
One of them was carrying a small box.
“Since both Mr. Jin and Ms. Jin are here, we shall begin now.” The professors stepped forward and placed the box onto the table.
“What are you guys going to do now? Are you going to draw our blood?” Jin Qingyue asked worriedly, appalled at the sight of the tubes.
“Yes. Please cooperate with us,” a professor said smilingly, motioning for her to remove her coat and roll up her sleeves.
Upon sight of Jin Qingyan removing his coat, Jin Qingyue followed suit.
Sitting in between them, An Xiaoning seemed to have guessed something as she watched them get ready for their blood samples to be taken.
“Ahh!” Jin Qingyue shrieked in pain.
“Ms. Jin, please stop moving. It’ll be done in no time. If you keep moving about, we’ll have to start all over again,” the professor instructed gently.
Jin Qingyue’s face twisted into a grimace due to the unbearable pain.
The blood samples of Mr. Jin and the pair of siblings were ready in no time. The two professors then proceeded to leave with the blood and hair samples they collected.
As soon as they left, Jin Qingyue burst out in agitation, “Father, we’re already all grown up. Do you actually still suspect that we’re not your biological children?”
“This has nothing to do with age. The results will be out in a couple of hours. I really hope I haven’t been raising and doting on someone else’s children,” Mr. Jin answered bluntly without mincing his words at all.
Jin Qingyue was completely flabbergasted and puzzled by her father’s actions. “Father, are you out of your mind? Why would Brother and I not be your biological children? Aren’t you being a little too ridiculous?”