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“Just as I arrived home, I received a call from Chief Pan. He told me that Qingyue had turned herself in and admitted that she was the one who ran Wang Fangfang over. She claimed to have done it because she was infuriated at Wang Fangfang for refusing to abort Shi Shaochuan’s child… However, after speaking to her this morning, I’m rather certain that she hadn’t known about the pregnancy at all, prior to this. Why would she have run her over in this case? I reckon she must’ve done it to cover up and take the rap for Shi Shaochuan, thinking that she could escape scot-free because we definitely wouldn’t leave her in the lurch,” said Jin Qingyan.

Despite having noticed how furious he was, An Xiaoning still went ahead with what she wanted to say, “You’re all worked up and angry now, but you’re still going to help her in the end. You can’t possibly watch her get sent to prison for murder and not do anything about it, can you?”

His face turned stiff, a cold glare was in his eyes. Contrary to what An Xiaoning had expected, he replied, “Since she decided to be the scapegoat for Shi Shaochuan, then I’ll just sit back and wait until she finally caves in and reveals the truth herself.”

“Well, when the time comes, one of them will have to be imprisoned, and they’ll have no choice but to be separated then,” An Xiaoning added.

“What do you think of that?” he asked while running his fingers through her hair.

“It doesn’t matter what I think, what matters is what your parents think…”

“They’re fine with it.”

“Although I’m well aware that nothing is fair in this world, I’d still hope to see some justice in our society. What right does one have to take the life of another without having to pay the price simply because of connections? What right does one have to cause the death of two lives, without feeling a tinge of guilt or fear at all? This is not how the world should be,” said An Xiaoning, feeling the injustice.

Jin Qingyan felt a sudden urge to kiss her as he watched her voice her thoughts with such gusto.

In fact, he had gone ahead with his desires and planted kisses on her lips, one after another.

“If you ever decide to become a policewoman, you’d be an upright and strong-valued one who’s sure to serve the people well,” he complimented.

“Unfortunately, I did not graduate from police training school. Neither have I ever attended school or received any formal education, since I grew up in the mountains. I don’t think I would even qualify to be a doorman, let alone a policewoman.”

“I could give you a little push, if you’d like.”

“I won’t resort to any underhanded means.”

“Forget it then,” Jin Qingyan said nonchalantly.

“By the way, I heard your business is still in the process of getting registered at the Business Administration Bureau, although it has already been some time since the store opened. Why is it taking so long?” he continued.

“Yeah, what’s wrong?” An Xiaoning asked. She had gone down to the Bureau multiple times, in hopes of speeding up the registration process, but to no avail. She had always refrained from employing connections. However, this time, she realized that it was indeed rather difficult for a commoner to get errands done quickly.

“I could give you a hand, all it takes is just one call to get the matter done. So, have you decided if you’d like to have a helping hand from your husband? One word from you and I’ll get to it right away, my dear wife,” he said with a smirk.

“If you’d really like to help me, you would’ve done so and settled everything for me quietly. That’s just the duty of a husband, unlike what you’re doing right now — taunting me and trying to get me to please you!”

“You may choose not to accept my help too, I’m not forcing you… I’ll head upstairs,” he said as he stood up.

Reminded of the multiple failed attempts at getting her business registered, An Xiaoning finally gave in to the idea of seeking his help, which she had been strongly against at first.

Well, he was her husband, anyway. It would be a waste not to employ the resources he had.

Thus, she quickly made her way upstairs only to find that he was in the shower.

Placing her home slippers at the door, she entered the bedroom while stepping on the carpet in her socks. She then removed the stuffing from the life-sized teddy bear, stuck her entire body inside, and pulled the zipper up.

Jin Qingyan did not seem to find anything amiss in the bedroom when he stepped out of the bathroom, clad in nothing except a bathrobe.

As he sprawled himself across the bed, the life-sized teddy bear appeared out of nowhere all of a sudden, giving him a great shock. Startled, he fell off the bed.

“Ahh! What’s that?!” he exclaimed in horror at the sight of the teddy bear jumping up and down on the bed, wagging its tail at him.

“How do you like the surprise I prepared for you, dear husband?” asked a grinning An Xiaoning as she pulled down the zipper to reveal her face.

“Surprise? More like a horrible shock.”

An Xiaoning stepped out and put the stuffing back inside the teddy bear before zipping it up. She then placed it against the headboard of the bed and used it as a pillow. “Help me settle the issue with the registration procedure,” she said while gazing at him as she laid on the bed.

“I won’t do it if I don’t get anything in return.” Jin Qingyan laid down beside her, a hand supporting his head, and said while staring at her, “Women are the best at subduing men.”

“I heard your business rivals had tried to distract you with women in the past, but their efforts were only futile.”

“That’s because the problem lies with the women they’d sent.”

“Well, if it had been Chi Rui’er, it would’ve definitely worked, wouldn’t it?” she sneered.

He raised his eyebrows and answered, “It would have worked if it had been you.”

His sweet and alluring voice made her heart melt at the instant that she heard his words.

“Jin Qingyan, tell me truthfully, how many women have you had before me?” she asked.

“You’re the first. I know you’re not buying that,” he answered.

“Obviously not, I would be out of my mind if I did. But then again, it doesn’t matter if you’ve had any, since it was all before you met me anyway…”

“I haven’t had any. I really haven’t,” he eagerly protested.

“What I meant was, it really doesn’t matter whether you’ve had any women in the past, what matters is whether you’ve had any after we got married. Ever heard of that saying?”

“What?” he asked in confusion, with a raised brow.

“Women are the most vicious. If you ever get yourself involved with another woman while we’re married, I won’t kill you, but I’ll definitely cut off something down there, which you hold dear to your heart,” she warned while sliding her hand across her throat.

Jin Qingyan was speechless. “At what age did you start becoming so ruthless?” he asked rhetorically.

“Ever since the day I was born. Look how frightened you are, I was just kidding. I absolutely detest going through too much of a hassle, and I still have to serve a jail term for killing you. I don’t want any of that. It would be so much easier to just get a divorce,” she said, grinning.

“I wasn’t frightened, I was just surprised. I’ve never been frightened my entire life,” he corrected her.

“Tsk, tsk, but you almost fell to the ground when I tried to scare you with the teddy bear, earlier on,” mocked An Xiaoning, who clicked her tongue against the roof of her mouth.

“You would’ve reacted the same. Perhaps you’d have been so scared that you’d even plunge your head into the toilet bowl,” he retorted.

“You’re asking for something in return, just for helping your wife out with a trivial matter. What kind of a man are you?” An Xiaoning lamented with a humph.

He gripped both her wrists tightly and lifted them above her head as he stared deep into her eyes and said, “I’ll settle the matter for you. As my wife, it’s only right that you be intimate with me. Please me.”

“It’s still broad daylight, what’s the rush?”

“My parents are definitely going to call me home for a family meeting afterwards. Looks like I won’t be getting any rest tonight.”


An Xiaoning was beginning to find him rather over-the-top lately.

There had not been a night where he let her off, without having done the deed. It was driving her insane.

After they were finished, An Xiaoning was surprised to find that Aunt Flo had arrived.