The only response he got was the sounds of the rain crashing down in the middle of the night.
Jin Qingyan had a lot on his mind. However, that was all he could manage to say.
Tears began to well up in his eyes. He did not utter another word.
Jin Qingyan took a look at the caller display to see that it was a call from Jin Qingyue.
He swiped to answer the call. “Hello.”
“Got it, I’ll make my way there at once.”
After hanging up the phone, Jin Qingyan took one last glance at her tombstone longingly before rushing off with Fan Shixin.
As soon as they arrived at the entrance of the Shi family home, Jin Qingyue, who had been waiting all day, quickly hopped into the car while carrying her child in her arms. Her child was asleep at the time. “Brother, this is the USB drive that contains all the evidence of the company accounts,” said Jin Qingyue.
Jin Qingyan took the USB drive from her hands and asked, “Let me ask you one last time. You won’t regret this?”
“No, not at all. I think this is the best thing I’ve ever done,” Jin Qingyue answered with much gusto.
“Okay, I’ll send someone to gather the evidence of his infidelity and adulterous acts. I’ll get Shixin to bring it to you tomorrow morning.”
Shaking her head in refusal, Jin Qingyue said, “Brother, help me expose the evidence on the media. I’m getting a divorce for sure.”
“Since that’s your wish, I’ll help you with it.”
“Brother… if only I listened to your warnings back then. If only I heeded Sis-in-law’s advice, things wouldn’t have turned out this way. I absolutely regret it now. But thankfully, I still have my brother to help me. Thank you,” Jin Qingyue lamented, filled with immense regret.
Jin Qingyan smacked her gently on her head and said, “What are you thanking me for? We’re family. You’re still very young. There’ll still be chances for you to start afresh.”
Jin Qingyue nodded in agreement and handed the child to Fan Shixin. “Help me take care of the child for a few days. That’ll make it easier for me to handle the matters here.”
“Alright, I’ll get the nanny to look after the child.”
Jin Qingyue took another glance at her child before alighting from the car hurriedly.
Her figure slowly began to fade in the rain.
After closing the door of the house, Jin Qingyue strode towards the living room hastily.
Shi Shaochuan did not return home at all that night.
She had completely given up hope on him.
She sacrificed a ton for him.
Yet, how did he treat her in return?
He criticized her for gaining weight and resented her for this and that.
To make matters worse, he even cheated on her again and again.
Jin Qingyue made her way upstairs with a straight face.
She laid in bed and allowed a million thoughts to fill her mind.
She pondered over everything thoroughly and made several decisions carefully.
Shi Shaochuan finally returned home at five in the morning.
The moment he switched on the lights, he was greeted with the sight of Jin Qingyue leaning her head against the bedhead and staring at him with her eyes wide open, which gave him a great scare.
“You… why… why are you wide awake in the middle of the night?”
“Did you think I was waiting for you? I’m just suffering from insomnia,” she scoffed.
Shi Shaochuan walked towards the bathroom calmly and took a long shower, which lasted ’til six in the morning. He changed into a fresh set of clothes after exiting the bathroom.
This was the umpteenth time she witnessed him showering or changing in the morning.
Ah… the irony.
“Shi Shaochuan, do you think there’s any point in continuing our marriage at all?”
Shi Shaochuan stopped in his tracks and turned around to return to the side of the bed. Looking down at her from above, he questioned, “Are you thinking of leaving me?”
Jin Qingyue nodded and answered, “Yes, I can’t tolerate the fact that you keep having an extramarital affair.” Appearing calm and unfazed, Jin Qingyue continued, “Are you surprised that I’m aware that you’ve never repented and that you’ve been committing adultery over and over again?”
Shi Shaochuan was infuriated. Realizing that she had already found out, he decided to stop denying it or covering it up with more lies.
“I do have an affair. But why did I cheat? Isn’t it all because of you? Go take a look in the mirror and see for yourself just how fat you’ve gotten. You must weigh almost 200 pounds now, eh? You’re fatter than a pig now. Do you think I’d still get aroused at the sight of you?”
Jin Qingyue was shocked speechless. She initially thought she had gotten used to his snide remarks. Yet, she realized that she could actually still get upset and hurt by his derogatory comments.
“Yeah, I am fatter than a pig now and I don’t attract you anymore. Is this the reason you had an affair? Shi Shaochuan, what’s the point of shifting the blame on me when you’re the one who’s promiscuous? Get off your high horse and quit finding excuses for your philandering ways. Let’s get a divorce.”
“Jin Qingyue, don’t keep trying to threaten me with divorce. I’ll still be a promising and attractive bachelor even if I’m divorced. But you? You’ll become no more than a secondhand good. And an obese one at that.”
She looked up at the familiar face she used to love deeply, only to realize all of a sudden that she no longer knew who he was.
“Even then, I still want a divorce,” she insisted.
“Since you’re so insistent on a divorce, I’ll agree on the condition that I get the custody of the child and you leave with nothing. How about that?”
Clenching her fists in anger, Jin Qingyue retorted, “Did you get your facts wrong? It should be the other way around!”
“No, why? Do you still want a divorce?” Shi Shaochuan gibed.
“Of course. Shi Shaochuan, don’t forget, I belong to the Jin family. You want me to leave with zero share of the assets? You must be dreaming!”
“You belong to the Jin family? Do you think I won’t know just because you don’t tell me? Your parents are long divorced, and you’re not a member of the Jin family at all. You are the bastard child your mother had with the butler of your home. People may not talk about this in the open, but everyone already knows about it,” Shi Shaochuan sneered in contempt.
Glaring daggers at him, Jin Qingyue quipped, “So what if that’s the case? Don’t forget, Jin Qingyan is my brother and he always will be. He will never leave me alone in the lurch!”
“Wow, wow, wow. You still have the cheek to seek help from your brother despite all the misdeeds you committed then?”
Jin Qingyue got out of bed and stood up to face him. Staring at him in the eye, she rebutted, “Not only do I want to get a divorce, I’m also going to get a hold of the child’s custody. The assets must be divided equally between you and me. Shi Shaochuan, when you ran Wang Fangfang over and killed her back then, if it weren’t for my help, you would’ve been sentenced to death no matter how many times your grandmother had kowtowed. You’ve ruined my life completely. You really jinxed your family to death. You’ve also brought harm to me and the child. Yet, you still have the cheek to criticize and chastise me. We shall wait and see what the outcome will be in the end.”
Overwhelmed with shame and anger, Shi Shaochuan threatened, “Jin Qingyue, you’d better not try and provoke me. Otherwise, I will kill you too.”
Jin Qingyue was utterly thankful deep down that she had made the necessary preparations to destroy him beforehand. Indeed, women can’t be soft-hearted. Otherwise, they will only bring down suffering on themselves.
“If you want a divorce, then you’ll have to concede to the conditions I stated earlier. If not, you’d better behave yourself and stay at home to take care of the child. Count your blessings for the fact that I didn’t initiate a divorce. How dare you want to divorce me? Just what are you thinking?” Shi Shaochuan added.
“I still remember, the previous time I mentioned a divorce because I found out about your affair, you swore that you would die in a car accident if you ever dare to cheat on me again. It’s already been so long since you’ve had multiple affairs, why aren’t you killed by a car yet? Looks like Heaven must be blind.”