“Ms. An, I’m not in a good mood. Thus, I may sound a little impatient. Please don’t take it to heart.”
“Tell me your birth characters again. I still remember Mr. Ling’s clearly but I’ve already forgotten yours,” An Xiaoning inquired.
“Alright.” Song Yan then told An Xiaoning her birth characters and timing of birth.
“Ms. Song, you and Mr. Ling don’t have a future together. Don’t bother clinging onto any hopes of getting back together anymore.”
“Did you only say that because Ciye is dating your sister-in-law?”
Her words had infuriated An Xiaoning, who retorted, “Since you’re so doubtful, why did you even bother looking me up?”
Song Yan was at a loss for words.
“Is it really impossible between us?”
“How about him and Jin Qingyue?”
“I’m sorry, but this is a separate matter that I can’t divulge. Do you have any more questions pertaining to yourself?” An Xiaoning asked.
“Will I have a blissful marriage in the future?”
An Xiaoning was not sure how she should answer her question. Although she would always speak the truth, she felt that it’d be better to sugar-coat the truth and tell a white lie.
However, she could not risk tarnishing her reputation as an accurate and honest fortune-teller. She began to regret her decision to read Song Yan’s fortune. She would have turned her down straight away had she known earlier.
“The definition of a blissful marriage is different for everyone. What’s considered a blissful marriage to you?”
“Of course I’d want a husband who dotes on me and happy, adorable children of our own,” Song Yan answered.
An Xiaoning avoided disclosing the harsh truth and answered tactfully, “You’ll have a husband and children.”
“Is it… not going to be blissful?” Song Yan asked, seemingly sensing that something was amiss.
“It’s not too bad, but it won’t be your ideal marriage.”
“Can I alter my fate?” Song Yan asked dejectedly.
“Alter your fate? There’s no definite answer to that. Some may succeed while others fail no matter how hard they try. It all depends on the individual.”
“Could you help me alter my fate then?”
“Which aspect would you like to tweak?” An Xiaoning asked.
“I want to continue being in a relationship with Ciye.”
An Xiaoning was speechless, flabbergasted by her absurdity. “I’ve heard about your relationship with him before as well as the countless times you’ve broken up and reconciled over and over again. Ms. Song, I suggest you stop dragging this on stubbornly,” said An Xiaoning.
After pondering for a while, Song Yan said, “I don’t think I’m going to act in accordance with what fate has in store for me. But anyway, thank you for your time today.”
An Xiaoning stood up at the same time as her and said, “Goodbye.”
An Xiaoning was merely being tactful with her words earlier. In fact, Song Yan was not destined to lead a blissful life. Sometimes, it is true that one’s personality decides his or her fate.
As soon as she exited the main entrance, she was greeted with the sight of Jin Qingyue, who hurried toward her and asked, “Sis-in-law, was that Song Yan?”
“Yes, she came to have her fortune told.”
“Did you do it for her?”
“Yes, but not for free. She paid me a million dollars.”
“Sis-in-law, what did she ask about?” Jin Qingyue asked softly.
“She asked about her future marriage prospects and whether she would have a blissful marriage. I avoided breaking the cold hard truth to her and instead answered her vaguely. But, she indicated her interest in altering her fate. From the looks of it, she’s planning to marry Mr. Ling.”
“Sis-in-law, is it really possible to alter one’s fate?” Jin Qingyue asked worriedly.
“It works for some, but there are also those whose painstaking efforts end up being futile. She seems very determined to succeed though. But then again, everyone wants to lead a joyous life. She asked me to help her alter her fate, but I didn’t agree to it. However, I think it’s very likely that she’ll seek the help of another fortune-teller. Qingyue…”
“Seize the opportunity to pursue your happiness and don’t ever falter in the face of failure or obstacles,” An Xiaoning encouraged, giving Jin Qingyue a pat on her shoulder.
“Thank you, Sis-in-law,” Jin Qingyue exclaimed, full of gratitude.
“I’m heading to the police station now. Go ahead with your day.”
“Sis-in-law, are you free this afternoon?”
“This afternoon? Is there something important?”
Jin Qingyue looked down and chuckled slightly before answering, “Sis-in-law, I’d like to buy some nice men’s clothing, could you help me pick a few…”
An Xiaoning immediately understood her intentions. “We’ll play it by ear. I don’t know if I’ll be free in the afternoon, but I’ll give you a call if I have some time to spare.”
“I’ll get going first.”
“Alright, drive safe, Sis-in-law.” Jin Qingyue waved her goodbye.
An Xiaoning quickened her pace and got into her car. She buckled up and set off from Wei Ni Estate.
It had been way too long since she reported to the police station.
Since she no longer had to tend to business matters at the company, she decided to continue doing some meaningful things, apart from searching for her biological parents.
To An Xiaoning’s astonishment, there was a new team leader who replaced her in the Special Investigations Unit.
The police officers were dumbfounded at the sight of her sudden appearance and frantically reported the matter to Pan Zhenghui.
A look of dismay formed on An Xiaoning’s face the moment she saw the new female team leader sitting in her office.
Everyone in the office quickly stood up while Ma Jianguo exclaimed, “Xiaoning, why have you come by all of a sudden?”
“Am I not allowed to?”
“No, that’s not what I meant. Didn’t you take charge of managing operations at the Jin Corporation? We all thought you’d never come back again,” Ma Jianguo frantically explained, breaking out in cold sweat due to the overwhelming anxiety he felt at the sight of the sullen expression on An Xiaoning’s face.
An Xiaoning realized that the woman who took her place seemed rather unfamiliar.
However, she must be a capable person to have been able to replace An Xiaoning.
“Nice to meet you, I’m Yuan Mingzhu, the newly-appointed leader of the Special Investigations Unit.”
Ding Liang hurriedly served An Xiaoning a cup of tea. “Sis Xiaoning, please have some tea.”
“Thank you. How have all of you been so far? I haven’t seen you guys in such a long time.”
“Great,” they chorused.
At this very moment, An Xiaoning could not help but feel like her presence was redundant. Although she was aware that the decision to replace her was made because she could not report to duty for a period of time, she was rather peeved by the fact that they did not even bother informing her of the changes.
That was what she was upset about.
Pan Zhenghui soon arrived. At the instance that he saw An Xiaoning, he smiled wryly and greeted, “You’re here, Xiaoning.”
“Otherwise, how else could I’ve found out that I was replaced without any prior notice?”
“Well… we all knew that you were far too busy with running such a major corporation. Thus, we thought you wouldn’t have the time to help out in cracking cases at the police station anymore. We didn’t inform you about it because we thought you wouldn’t mind and we were afraid of imposing on you,” Pan Zhenghui explained.
“A simple phone call is not going to disturb me. You could’ve just informed me about the replacement. Initially, I was still rather reluctant to take on the duty of solving cases, but you guys were the one who kept urging me to accept the offer. Wasn’t that the case, Bureau Chief Pan?” An Xiaoning retorted.
“Yes, yes, it was. Xiaoning, this is a mistake on our part. If you’d like to continue working with the Special Investigations Unit, the leader position will still belong to you…”
Before he could even finish speaking, Yuan Mingzhu interrupted, “Bureau Chief, I was transferred here by the higher-ups. Besides, I possess the same abilities as Ms. An. I can tell the outcome of things just by reading birth characters as well. We’re the same.”
“You’re psychic?” An Xiaoning asked.
“Yes, why else do you think I’d be able to rise to this position?” Yuan Mingzhu said in admittance.