“Daddy!” Jin Yiheng exclaimed while running downstairs with tears in his eyes.
Jin Qingyan sprung up from his seat and hurried toward the stairwell. Jin Yiheng leaped onto him and cried, “Daddy! Daddy!”
He was bawling and trembling from head to toe at the same time, seemingly having suffered a great shock.
“Son, what’s wrong? Tell Daddy, what happened? Did you have a nightmare?” He turned around and carried Jin Yiheng toward the dining table.
Jin Yiheng turned as pale as a sheet with tears streaming down his face uncontrollably. He buried his head in Jin Qingyan’s shoulder and wailed in agony.
Jin Qingyan and Fan Shixin had never seen him bawling so intensely before.
“Little Sir, just what happened? Hurry, tell Uncle Shixin and Daddy.”
Pointing at the stairwell, Jin Yiheng yelled, “Chase that person away quickly!”
The two of them looked toward the stairwell, only to find that there was not a single soul in sight.
“Little Sir, there’s no one there.”
“There is! Daddy, there’s a hole on her face and she’s bleeding. Daddy, I’m scared, I’m scared!” Jin Yiheng screeched, clutching tightly onto his father’s collar.
Fan Shixin and Jin Qingyan were greatly taken aback by his words, and so was Auntie Chen.
Jin Yiheng handed his son over to Fan Shixin and walked toward the stairwell. “If you don’t leave my home now, I’ll hire a Master to perform a ritual and get rid of you. Scram!” Jin Qingyan yelled into thin air.
Fan Shixin shifted his gaze to where Jin Yiheng was staring and asked, “Is she gone?”
“She’s… gone.” Jin Yiheng nodded in between sobs and said, “It was so scary. It was too horrifying.”
Noticing how petrified Jin Yiheng was, Jin Qingyan believed that his son was not lying even though he could not see the spirit himself.
He went upstairs to retrieve the amulet An Xiaoning had left for them and placed it inside Jin Yiheng’s pocket. “Keep this properly. With this, you won’t have to be afraid anymore. You won’t be able to see those spirits again. You may sleep with Daddy from now on too,” he instructed.
Jin Yiheng hugged his father’s neck and said, “Daddy, I was really terrified just now.”
Jin Yiheng then asked, “Daddy, why couldn’t you see it?”
“Because you inherited your Mommy’s genes and her psychic powers. Your Mommy can see spirits too,” Jin Qingyan explained patiently.
Jin Qingyan was rather perplexed at the thought of his son sharing the same birthday as his wife. He did not know that psychic powers could be passed down to the next generation. But now it seemed…
He was unsure if it was a good thing or not.
After breakfast, he instructed Fan Shixin to take Jin Yiheng outside to play while he sent An Xiaoning a text message and briefly explained what happened.
It was An Xiaoning’s first time hearing about Jin Yiheng being able to see spirits, just like herself.
She had been taking care of her son ever since the day he was born, and he had never met with such an encounter. Could it be that his supernatural powers would only begin to show gradually as he grew older?
She did not have an answer.
In her reply to the text message, she especially instructed Jin Qingyan to make sure that Jin Yiheng keeps the amulet properly with him. She also mentioned that she would be giving him a few more special amulets the next time they met.
She was not exactly pleased about the fact that her son had taken after her.
Well, because, that would mean that she would not be able to read his fortune based on his birth characters should he turn out to be an extraordinary person.
Moreover, An Xiaoning remembered that she used to be plagued with the fear of seeing spirits every day, which she would pretend did not exist, when she was younger. Fortunately, she managed to ward off evil and mask her Third Eye temporarily with the aid of the amulets her Master had given her every day. In fact, the thought of the terrifying spirits she used to see would still give her the chills.
She was allowed to take one day off from duty each month. Thus, she decided to wait two months before going back home.
“Mu Ning! What are you doing? Her Highness is calling for you,” Zhi Yin yelled.
“Alright, I’m coming.” She chucked her mobile phone inside her pocket and quickly walked toward them.
“I’m going to the agreed meeting location in a while. You and Zhi Yin will keep a lookout for me. Inform me immediately if you see someone going over.”
“Got it, Your Highness.”
Tuoba Danxue stood up from the dressing table and made her way downstairs merrily with the two of them.
After passing by the sidewalk and making several turns and bends, they finally arrived at a bogus cave opening.
The three of them were punctual for the rendezvous while Feng had yet to show up.
Thus, they stood there and waited patiently.
Noticing that he still did not arrive even after ten minutes, Tuoba Danxue asked, “Did you really hand him the note?”
“Yes, I gave it to him myself.”
“Why isn’t he here yet? Is he busy?” Tuoba Danxue wondered out loud, growing impatient as her excitement began to fade.
No one answered her, and they continued to stand under the scorching sun, which was rather overbearing.
An Xiaoning felt incredibly uncomfortable and suffocated, especially since she was wearing the mask. She could not help but wonder if she would eventually become disfigured if she did not remove the mask every night to allow her skin to breathe.
After waiting for another ten minutes, they finally heard footsteps approaching.
Tuoba Danxue craned her neck to take a look. She beamed with joy at the instant that she caught a glimpse of her crush.
“Feng…” She rushed forward and tried to hold his hand.
To her disappointment, Jiang Feng pushed her hand away relentlessly and said, “Your Highness, please respect yourself.”
“Come with me, I have something to tell you.”
“There’s no need for that. I understand my status and background. I’m not worthy of your love, Your Highness. Please stop avoiding reality and obstinately persist in going about things the wrong way. I went home this time to become engaged to someone my family has set me up with. I’ve also tendered my resignation to His Highness. Being thin and frail, I’m not suited to continue being a bodyguard. Thank you for your understanding,” Jiang Feng said calmly.
As soon as he finished speaking, he bowed down to Tuoba Danxue and turned around in a bid to leave.
Tuoba Danxue quickly grabbed him and asked in disbelief, “What? Did you say that you’re engaged?”
“Yes, we’ve already settled on a date for the wedding and I’ve already tendered my resignation. I’m afraid we won’t be able to see each other anymore from now on. I hope you’ll find a man whom you can rely on for the rest of your life soon, Your Highness.”
“But I adore you. Am I not pretty enough? Why won’t you accept me? Is it because of my status? I can talk to my parents about it!” Tuoba Danxue pleaded anxiously.
“Your Highness!” Jiang Feng’s tone grew harsher as he continued, “It’s impossible between us. I have no romantic feelings for you at all, Your Highness. Please stop pestering me incessantly, Princess. You’ll only become overbearing if you keep insisting.”
He turned around to leave with a stern expression on his face.
Tears began to well up in Tuoba Danxue’s eyes at the thought of his heartless remark and how he left without looking back.
Her pride told her not to cling onto him anymore.
“Your Highness… he’s not worth your tears. Who does he think he is? He just doesn’t know better. It’s his blessing to be able to gain your admiration and affection, Your Highness,” Zhi Yin interjected.
“I know he doesn’t have the guts to fancy me and accept me. He’s just afraid of bringing trouble to his family. Let’s head back,” Tuoba Danxue said after taking a deep breath.
Tuoba Danxue remained silent throughout the journey and locked herself in her room upon returning home, refusing to allow anyone to enter. Afraid that she would let her imagination run wild, Zhi Yin decided to barge in to comfort her.
An Xiaoning guarded by the door. Having experienced a great deal in life, she felt that Jiang Feng had made the right decision.
For someone like Tuoba Danxue, who did not even have the power to decide her own destiny, how could she possibly possess the ability to protect the person who’s worlds apart from her in terms of status? Jiang Feng was merely protecting himself and his family by making the right decision to get engaged with another woman from his hometown.