“You can choose not to believe, this is your daughter’s life, and no matter what you choose, the decision on how good or bad her life will be is yours.”
He pursed his lips and held his head in his hands, his fingers in his hair, tugging at it as if he was thinking, or as if he was having a hard time making a decision.
After a long moment, he looked up at me and spoke, “Yes, but I have to give guarantees, and you have to give them to me!”
I nodded, “Yes!”
He hmmed and was silent for a long time before he said, “River City, Century Garden City, you go to my wife, tell her about me and tell her to meet me here with what I’ve given her!”
I nodded, “Do you need to bring the rest?”
He shook his head and spoke no more.
Coming out of the prison, I looked up at the darkening sky of the capital, it had been about a month, the sun never seemed to come out in the river city.
It was always foggy, and there was a little rain, or a little snow every now and then, it was quite annoying.
However, it should usher in spring as soon as the Spring Festival is over.
Raising my hand to look at the time, just in time, I went straight to the Hunan restaurant in the southern suburbs that Shen Changlin had mentioned.
When I arrived, only Shen Yu had arrived. When he parked his car and saw me coming too, he raised his eyebrows and said, “So early?”
I shrugged my shoulders, “Aren’t you too?”
He smiled lightly, “Third Uncle asked me to come over early to order the food, so that when Elder Xu comes later, he will be well entertained and won’t be rude.”
After going upstairs with him and taking care of the good things, we went straight into the private room.
Ancient sounding and ancient compartment, the entry door was a noisy screen embroidered with light lotus flowers, extraordinarily elegant and noble.
Seeing me staring at the screen, Shen Yu smiled and said, “The most famous thing in this Hunan cuisine is this distinctive decorative style.”
I nodded, but it was true, found a seat, and seeing my lack of interest, he couldn’t help but speak, “What’s the situation when you see Li An?”
It was only here that I remembered and spoke, “You can help me find a reliable person to meet Li An’s wife at Century Garden in Jiangcheng later, and tell her to come to the capital with what Li An gave her to see Li An.”
He raised an eyebrow, indicating that he knew, only to look at me and wonder, “Don’t you have no use for him anymore? Why did you go to see him in prison again?”
I pinned my chin, somewhat mentally ill, “I decided it would be too kind to make Lin Wan suffer a small loss, and I suddenly wanted her to lose her reputation.”
He frowned and narrowed his eyes, “Lin Wan has approached you again?”
I didn’t say anything, but silence was acquiescence.
He sighed, a little helpless, “Shu, have you ever thought about finding your real parents?”
I froze, not expecting him to mention this out of the blue, and after some thought, shook my head, “No, it’s been so many years, and the fact that they thought of dropping me in the first place means that I wasn’t that important to them, not to mention the fact that birth grace is not as great as parental grace, all I have to do in my life is remember my grandmother, and nothing else.”
He pursed his lips and looked at me a little tentatively, “If you see your real parents one day will you still recognize them?”
“No!” All those years had pa*sed, what would be the point of admitting it? The biological parents were only looking for their child to atone for their sins, to make up for the regret they once felt inside, and it wasn’t love to say the least; if it was love, they wouldn’t have thrown it away in the first place.
He paused and spoke no more.
I pestled my chin, thinking about what Lu Xinran said that day. I wasn’t worried, but since we’ve all torn our faces off, there are some things that should be guarded against.
Seeing me dazed, he raised his eyebrows, “What are you thinking about?”
“Shen Yu, they say that a snake is beaten by seven inches, do you know where my fatal point is?”
If Lu Xinran wanted to make a move, I don’t know what else she could think of other than to start with the people around me?
He was a bit surprised and thought for a moment, “Your fatal point, of course, is me!”
I raised my eyes, gave him a blank look and said unkindly, “Speak properly!”
He shrugged, “It’s usually said that a person’s fatal point is the person or thing they care about the most, think about what you care about the most, and also, the other thing is a person’s reputation power status, what you’re having, what you care about, what you’re pursuing.”
The person who cares?
Fu Shenyan and Muzi, Lu Xinran couldn’t do anything with them, so if Lu Xinran really had a mind to mess with me, it would only be my reputation.
Destroying a person’s reputation?
It’s not like Lu Xinran couldn’t do it.
The two old men of the Shen Changlin and Xu families came together, and after all, it was a dinner, so they were just talking about trivial matters.
With their daughter and grandson gone in quick succession, the two old men have aged a lot and their white hair has increased.
After greeting each other, we all sat down and the waiter started to serve the food. Grandma Cheng looked at me and said, “Shen girl, I see that you have lost weight recently, you should eat more.”
I quickly took the dishes she served and thanked her, “Thank you, Grandma!”
Shen Changlin smiled and said, “It’s almost Chinese New Year, I think I’m almost done with things now, next Monday is a good day, I’ll think of adding Xiao Shu’s name to my Shen family tree, you two must come to witness this girl then.”
“Come on, come on!” Grandma Cheng spoke up and laughed, “I saw that this child had a great destiny when she and Ah Han came to the Xu family, and now that she is in your Shen family tree, it is naturally a great destiny.
At this point, Grandma Cheng choked up a little, knowing that she was referring to her grandson. When she felt sad, Grandpa Xu patted her hand and said, “Okay, okay, we who are alive ah, have to look ahead.”
The atmosphere was a little low for a while, so I couldn’t help but get up and walk over to the two old men of the Xu family and kneel down in front of them, kowtowing three times heavily.
“What are you doing, you girl, get up, don’t make it, don’t make it!”
Grandma Cheng stepped forward to pull me, but I didn’t get up, instead I choked out, “Grandma I’m sorry, I was there the day Gu Han had his accident, it was my fault, if it wasn’t for me, he wouldn’t have had his accident.”
Grandpa Xu froze slightly as the two old men helped me up and said, “You can’t be blamed for this, we watched the CCTV footage, he was in an emotional state, if it wasn’t for you, he wouldn’t have had the sense to get out of the car, it was fate, no one can be blamed!”
Looking at the two old people, I said, “Grandpa and Grandma, if you don’t mind, I’ll be your granddaughter from now on, I’ll take care of you for Gu Han.”
“You child, it’s rare that you have such a heart, and no wonder Ah Han takes care of you in every way.” Grandma Cheng spoke up and sighed, “It would be a pity if Ah Han was still …… around.”
I’m not sure what I’m talking about. Is there something unspeakable about it?”
Shen Changlin and Shen Yu hadn’t said anything, but when they heard Xu Lao ask, they both looked at me.
I froze and spoke, “Gu Han’s death was due to despair, Auntie Xu and Uncle Gu both left before and after, I was also to blame for that period of time, I was negligent, I didn’t think that he wouldn’t be able to carry on and would go away with his uncles and aunties.”
Xu Lao narrowed his eyes slightly and said, “What is going on between Xiao Hui and Ah Han’s death, and Fu Qingyin?”
I thought about it and told the two old men what had happened ten years ago, and also told them about Uncle Gu’s intention to give most of Gu’s shares to Fu Qingyin, only the reason was because Fu Qingyin had given her whole life in Xu Hui’s name, and all Gu Hengyang had given her the shares as a thank you.
The two old people had probably never paid attention to the headlines in the capital and knew nothing about what happened ten years ago. After hearing me out, Grandma Cheng burst into old tears, “It’s unfortunate for the family!”
The old man Xu was still calm, and only after half a second of silence did he let out a silent sigh, “It’s just that it’s all a sinful fate!”