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An Xiaoning giggled and said, “You actually know you were childish.”

“Of course…”

Mo Li went for a prenatal checkup in the morning and returned to the hospital to collect her results in the afternoon.

She was there alone since Ye Xiaotian was busy with work and could not accompany her.

When Mo Li arrived at the gynecologist’s office, the gynecologist looked at her with a grave expression and said, “Ms. Mo, the results show that your fetus has a facial deformity known as a cleft lip.”

Mo Li was dumbfounded to hear the news.

“Is it accurate, Doctor?”

“Yes. I suggest you abort the fetus. With the current medical technology in the country, we still can’t treat the fetus’ condition completely. But, we will have to seek your agreement before going ahead with the abortion.”

“I want to get an abortion. I don’t want to keep the baby,” Mo Li said straight away.

She was firm and steadfast in her decision.

“Alright, the fetus is growing bigger day by day. When would you like to undergo the abortion?”

“As soon as possible. Please make the arrangements, Doctor.”

After discussing with the gynecologist, Mo Li decided to undergo the surgery tomorrow.

Her heart was heavy throughout the entire journey home.

She felt like she was almost suffocated.

Mrs. Ye waited at home for her to return from the checkup.

Upon realizing that Mo Li had gone back to her own house instead of hers, Mrs. Ye had no choice but to go look for her.

“How did the checkup go?”

Staring at her, Mo Li answered, “The fetus has a cleft lip. I’ve already arranged with the doctor for an abortion surgery. It’s scheduled for tomorrow.”

Mrs. Ye rolled her eyes as soon as she heard the news. “Since it’s a girl, there’s no harm in aborting it. A cleft lip is going to be hideous anyway. Rest and recuperate for a while before trying for another baby. I’ve already sought help from someone to help me find the secret to falling pregnant with a son. Once I get some news, follow the prescription and take the medicine regularly. I heard it’s very effective.”


“Don’t look so grumpy all the time. Look how well you’re living after marrying Xiaotian. Be more understanding and caring towards Xiaotian. He has a hard time handling the matters at the company every day. Don’t just leech off him and spend money mindlessly without doing your part for the family. You’ll be rewarded if you give birth to a son,” Mrs. Ye further instructed.

“Mother, I’m human, not a baby-making machine. I can’t give birth to a son alone. Don’t keep putting the blame on me for not being able to bear a son, I don’t get to decide the gender.”

“Mo Li, get your facts straight and please be reminded of your status. Don’t think you can do whatever you want just because Xiaotian dotes on you. Don’t forget, I only agreed to let Xiaotian marry a divorcee like you because he fancies you.”

Mo Li let out a long sigh and retorted, “Don’t you know that your son was once divorced too?”

“Will you stop talking back to me?”

“Mother, I’m not talking back to you. I’m just stating facts. Stop exaggerating things. I’m not in a good mood, please leave if there’s nothing else.” Mo Li turned around to return to her bedroom and closed the door shut.

Mrs. Ye was boiling with anger. To her, Mo Li will never be good enough to deserve her son.

Mo Li sat by her bed, filled with misery upon hearing Mrs. Ye’s snide remarks and grumbling outside the room.

She looked down at her baby bump with tears in her eyes.

A while later, Ye Jiani entered the room and said, “Mommy, come play with me.”

“Jiani, go play by yourself. Mommy would like to take a nap.”

“Hey, Mommy, don’t take a nap. You spend every day sleeping. You don’t even play with me at all. Let’s go, accompany me to go play,” Ye Jiani whined, tugging her hand.

Mo Li had no choice but to go with her.

After playing with her daughter for a while, Mo Li grew vexed and frustrated. She decided to call her mother to tell her about the abortion surgery she would be undergoing tomorrow. Mrs. Mo immediately rushed to Mo Li’s place and pulled the latter into the bedroom before asking softly, “Is the diagnosis accurate?”

“Yes, Mother. The baby has a deformity. I must abort it.”

“I shall accompany you to the hospital tomorrow then.”

“Alright. Mother, I’m so stressed. Mother-in-law stated very clearly just now that I must give birth to a son.”

Mrs. Mo humphed and remarked in contempt, “It’s not up to you to decide the baby’s gender, is it? His mother’s making a fuss out of nothing, just ignore her. Rest well and nurse your body back to health after the surgery tomorrow. We’ll talk about the rest after your body recovers. Don’t worry, you’re still young.”

Mo Li felt much more relieved and comforted after hearing her mother’s words.

It was already late at night by the time they returned to the hotel.

Gu Beicheng and Lin Mingxi lay down on the bed in their hotel room where the doctors came by for a visit to check up on their condition. Being well aware of who they were, the owner of the hotel came by personally to apologize to them, offering them a lifetime gold membership card, which would grant them an unlimited number of free stays at the hotel as a token of apology.

Gu Beicheng and An Xiaoning accepted the cards.

An Xiaoning took a shower as soon as she returned to her room. Before she even came out of the shower, the assistant knocked on the door from outside and reported, “Young Madam, Young Sir is calling you.”

“Got it, leave it there first. I’ll answer it when I’m done showering. Go get me something to eat.”

“Alright,” the assistant acknowledged before exiting the hotel room.

Unbeknownst to An Xiaoning, Jin Qingyan had already called her more than twenty times throughout the short period of time she took to shower.

By the time she came out of the shower, her phone was almost blowing up.

She was greatly taken aback to see the huge number of missed calls from him.

When Jin Qingyan called again, she immediately answered the phone, thinking that it was something urgent.


“What were you doing? You took so long to answer the phone!” Jin Qingyan hollered, startling An Xiaoning.

“I was showering,” she said calmly.

“I’ve been trying to call you since afternoon but I couldn’t reach you at all. It finally went through just now. Yet, you didn’t answer. I was worried sick about you. I thought something happened to you. An Xiaoning, have you gotten that brazen without me around!?! Why don’t you tell me anything at all? I wouldn’t have known about the mishap Gu Beicheng and his wife had met with if I didn’t ask your assistant. But of course, their safety is not what I’m concerned about. I was mainly worried about you!”

An Xiaoning was at a sudden loss for words, stunned by his bombardment of questions. However, she was also elated to see that he was extremely concerned about her.

“Why aren’t you speaking?” Jin Qingyan prompted.

“Because I was thinking about how I should explain to you. We’ve already made it back safely. I didn’t tell you because I didn’t want you to be worried.”

“You’re really going to be the death of me!”


“I’m going to dry my hair now. I’ll be hanging up.”


An Xiaoning was drying her hair when the assistant entered the room with some food.

“Who allowed you to call Young Sir?”

“It’s because Young Sir… kept questioning me. I told him that you were busy but he insisted on making you answer the phone. I had no choice but to tell him the truth.”

After a moment of silence, An Xiaoning said, “Okay, you may go out.”

“Alright, Young Madam.”

An Xiaoning sat on the chair and began digging in on an empty stomach. She was famished from not eating the entire day and thus wolfed the food down hungrily.

Within 10 minutes, he managed to finish eating her food, which would originally require 15 minutes to finish.

After having her meal, she brushed her teeth and shut the balcony door and windows tightly. Just as she was about to go to bed for a comfortable sleep, she was interrupted by the doorbell as soon as she closed her eyes.

“Who’s there?”

There was no response. It can’t be a stranger who pressed the doorbell since there were bodyguards keeping watch outside the door.

Thinking that it might be Gu Beicheng or Lin Mingxi, she got out of bed and began walking towards the door.