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“Mother!” Jin Qingyue snapped, looking at her mother in disbelief of what she just heard. “You, Father, and Brother just don’t wish for me to be together with Shaochuan. What Sister-in-law said may be true to a certain extent, but it’s not entirely believable. I’ve decided to go against her words and prove her wrong. Shaochuan and I are going to end up in a blissful relationship!”

Mrs. Jin grasped her chest in anger and hollered, “I think your brains are fried! That bastard must’ve brainwashed you.”

“I know clearly what I’m doing. Stop trying to justify my happiness according to your selfish standards. The more you guys try to stop me, the more I want to be with him and prove you all wrong,” she retorted.

“You…” Upon seeing how stubborn her daughter was, Mrs. Jin turned around and returned to her room immediately. She quickly instructed Jin Qingyan to try and change her fate. They could not afford any further delay.

Changing her fate was their last and only resort.

Jin Qingyue headed upstairs to grab her bag and left in her car.

Sitting in the car, she stared at the dialpad on her phone. She was constantly torn between giving him a call and dismissing the idea entirely.

While she was stuck in that dilemma, her phone began to ring. It was a call from Shi Shaochuan.

She hesitated for a few moments before finally picking up, “Hello.”

“Qingyue, it’s me. Where are you?”

“Where are you?”

“I’m at home.”

“Has everything been settled?” Jin Qingyue asked.

“Yes. It’s all settled. Let’s meet at our usual haunt. I miss you,” said Shi Shaochuan.

“Alright,” Jin Qingyue agreed.

The pair met up at the five-star hotel they frequented. Jin Qingyue felt an overwhelming sadness the moment she finally saw him. It was the first time they had seen each other after a long period of time.

Despite missing her very much, Shi Shaochuan remained silent the moment he saw her, letting his actions speak louder than words.

He expressed his emotions through his actions.

“I really thought you wouldn’t be able to escape,” Jin Qingyue said as they laid on the bed, their eyes meeting.

“That’s what your family wishes for. Yueyue, I don’t blame you at all for changing your statement. I understand that you were terrified.”

“You’ve underestimated my brother. They didn’t go all out because I was involved in the matter too. Otherwise, your family definitely wouldn’t have managed to save you,” said Jin Qingyue.

“Yes, yes, that’s right. I’ve thought about that too. However, I’ve realized that it’s no easy feat for them to try and separate us. All I wanna do is to have some fun with you.” Shi Shaochuan gave her a kiss and continued, “Qingyue, will you obey your family and break up with me?”

“No. It’s just, Shaochuan, you shouldn’t have killed that woman.”

“I didn’t wish for her to die, either. I just got really nervous the moment I saw her. I’ve already broken up with her before we got together, yet she’s still clinging to me like a stubborn leech. She really got on my nerves. I was afraid she’d sow seeds of discord between us, and I didn’t want to see you getting upset over her either. Thus, I couldn’t control myself in the heat of the moment,” he explained. “Actually, I’ve been feeling rather guilty about it, but there’s nothing we can do now that she’s already dead. I’ve given her parents a large sum of money, I guess that’ll serve as some form of compensation,” Shi Shaochuan said softly.

Upon hearing his words, Jin Qingyue dropped the subject. “I knew you couldn’t control yourself because you were afraid I would find out… Forget it, it’s over now, Shaochuan. We can’t go on like this, why don’t we get married?”

“Get married? You really want to marry me?” Shi Shaochuan asked in delight.

“Yes. Why, you don’t want to?”

“Of course not, I just didn’t expect you to initiate it. Is it appropriate to get married now?”

“I’ve thought about it. As long as we get married, my family will stop trying to break us up.”

“That’s true, especially if we get you pregnant. Why don’t we make a baby right now?” Shi Shaochuan chuckled.

“Hey, we’ll talk about having children after marriage,” Jin Qingyue said coquettishly.

“No, I want it now,” he refuted and pulled the blanket over their heads.

“What happens if your family is still insistent on objecting to our marriage?”

“Then we’ll just tell them that we’re pregnant…”

“…”

Jin Qingyue refused to resign to fate. Perhaps she did believe An Xiaoning, but not entirely. She refused to believe that her destiny was already set in stone.

Everyone in her family objected fervently when she brought up the idea of getting married to Shi Shaochuan.

“But I’m already pregnant,” said Jin Qingyue, almost causing Mrs. Jin to faint in shock.

“What… did you say?”

“I said I’m pregnant, Mother, just let us get married.”

“Over my dead body. Get an abortion. I’m not going to sit back and watch you dig your own grave. Do you know how hard it’ll be to draw a line between you and him in the future if you have a child?”

“No, I’m going to marry him, and that’s it. No way I’m getting an abortion either.”

An Xiaoning had been keeping her thoughts to herself. However, at that point, she could not help but speak up, “But, Sister-in-law, I don’t remember reading any signs of you bearing a child out of wedlock, the previous time I read your fortune.”

“How nosy of you, it’s none of your business.” Jin Qingyue glowered at her.

Upon hearing what An Xiaoning had said, Mrs. Jin hollered, “Qingyue! You’ve really let me down. She’s your sister-in-law, how dare you say it’s none of her business? Your sister-in-law is concerned about you. Otherwise, she wouldn’t be bothered if you were just anyone else. Are you deceiving us?”

In fact, Jin Qingyue was taken aback and astonished at the fact that An Xiaoning could actually read that she would not have any children before marriage…

“Mother, I’m marrying him no matter what. If you must object to it, then I’ll just move in with him. Everyone will know we’re cohabiting then. I know what you’re going to say, but I’m not giving up until I see it for myself. I just want to be open about our relationship. I haven’t thought about the rest. I’ll have no regrets, even if we don’t make it until the end,” Jin Qingyue insisted.

Despite seeing how obstinate and infuriated she was, Mrs. Jin did not wish to argue with her. Instead, she said calmly, “Head back inside first, I’ll discuss this with your Father, Brother, and Sister-in-law.”

“Alright,” she stood up and headed upstairs.

After a brief moment of silence, Mrs. Jin said, “Qingyan, is everything prepared?”

“Yes.”

“Let’s just give it a shot. If we can’t change her fate, then there’s nothing else we can do anymore. She’s such a stubborn child. I just hope she doesn’t regret her decisions in the future.”

“Mother, it’ll really only keep her in line for a certain period of time. Some methods may change her fate entirely, but some may also be completely useless. Just be mentally prepared,” An Xiaoning cautioned.

“It’ll all depend on her luck. It’s almost like she’s possessed or something, she doesn’t listen to any of us at all.”

——

Ever since her wedding with Byron, Mo Li had been putting her entire mind and soul into learning the local etiquette and language.

She was a focused and fast learner.

Within just a short period of time, she had managed to pick up some simple conversational phrases, despite having no background in the local native language at all when she first started learning. Over time, she gradually managed to speak the language rather fluently.

The social etiquette, however, was rather precise and complicated. Every single gesture had to be perfect, for one could easily come off as rude should there be any minor slip-ups.