Chapter 430: As Long As You’re Happy
Translator: Atlas Studios Editor: Atlas Studios
Xia Ling did not know that Li Lei would go to this extent.
He did not even know that he was the biological father of her child but was still willing to let her return to his side with someone else’s child. The way he made a concession for her was a display of deep love.
There was no one else on this world who was able to give her this sort of love.
However, she could not turn back.
Looking outside the window, she resisted her sorrow. “My child needs its biological father. I won’t leave Pei Ziheng.”
Li Lei had a pleading look in his eyes as he looked at her with sadness and despair.
She turned her head away, refusing to look at him.
For a long time.
Suddenly, she heard him ask softly, “Will you be happy?”
“The baby, Ziheng and… I will be happy as a family of three.” She used all of her might to force out this hideous lie.
Li Lei did not persuade her further. He only said lowly, “I’ll send you back home.” He was unwilling to let go but had no other choice because he did not dare to force her or argue with her. Since she was pregnant now, no matter who the father was, getting into conflicts would only harm her body.
He did not want to see her hurt.
He instructed the chauffeur to drive to Pei Ziheng’s villa.
It resided in a high-end residential area with tranquil and beautiful scenery. The street lights on the avenue softly glowed in the middle of the night, and the dreamy lights spread into the distance. Li Lei told the chauffeur to stop the car and asked, “Walk with me for a while?”
The car was driven too quickly. He could not bear to let this last part of the journey end in a flash.
She was also reluctant, so she quietly got out of the car.
Slightly lowering her head, she strolled along the side of the street. Li Lei followed by her side, their shoulders brushing and so close that they could feel each other’s breath. Both of them walked very slowly with comfortable silence. This short distance was a luxury to them, and they had to cherish every moment.
To test the waters, Li Lei reached out and held her hand.
Her body was slightly stiff. Suddenly, she lost all of her strength and could not resist him.
She felt Li Lei’s grip getting tighter. Their fingers interlocked as if they would never let go. It was said that couples that interlocked their fingers would last forever, but it was a lie… All just a lie.
At the end of the street, a villa surrounded by countless roses and ivy appeared. The second-floor study room window was still quietly lit. Xia Ling stopped in her footsteps.
“We’re here.” She had a hard time saying the words.
“It was really fast.” He was despondent and hoped that it was a never-ending road, but they reached the end so quickly.
She turned around and looked at him. “Li Lei, in the future… you have to live well.” Her voice was quivering.
In the end, he still could not hold back and hugged her.
“Don’t say anything. Just let me hug you for a while.” His voice was hoarse as he carefully hugged her and closed his eyes. His beloved woman was about to leave forever. He was going to lose her…
Their last hug was like the lasting impression of midsummer.
However, Xia Ling lightly pushed him away in the end.
“Forget me.” She hardened her heart as she said that, turned around and left.
She did not dare to turn back or look at the person behind her. With a pale expression, she stumbled back into the house and went upstairs.
He felt her lingering warmth between his fingers. However, he had lost her forever.
Xia Ling ran to the window, lied down on the glass of the floor-to-ceiling window, and looked downstairs. That man whom she always thought about was still there. He was also looking up at the villa. The lonely figure looked heartbreaking in the midsummer night wind.
She did not blink.
However, suddenly she heard someone calling her. “Xia Ling, you actually still came back.”
In a fright, she spun around to see a man standing beside the bedroom door. His tall figure was as lonely as the one downstairs.
There was a faint smell of smoke on his body.
“Pei Ziheng…” She leaned back against the window and wished she could retreat behind the curtains as if she were in an awkward position after being caught in the act of adultery.
Pei Ziheng looked at her, and his gaze fell on her body and hands. Suddenly, he said, “Xia Ling, do you think I don’t ever feel sad?” After finding out that she was surrounded by people at Yanyun Hotel, he immediately sent people to save her while waiting at home. However, in the end, it was not his subordinates who saved her and sent her back home, but another man who held her hand and tenderly walked past the long street with her.
There was also the hug in front of the door.
He saw it clearly from the window in the study room.
It turned out that no matter how much he tried to salvage it, his position in her heart could never compare to another man’s.
He suddenly felt very tired. Turning around, he walked away.
Xia Ling stood at her original position in shock. His voice echoed in her ear limitlessly. “Do you think I don’t ever feel sad?”
She almost forgot.
No, actually, she had never thought that such an overbearing and cold man like him could ever be sad. In her heart, Pei Ziheng was invincible like an all-powerful demon that caused people in front of him to shiver in fear. However, this invincible man was sad today.
Pei Ziheng had never shown his vulnerable side in front of her; thus, she almost forgot that he was still a human being. Xia Ling dropped to her knees. What had she done? She hurt Li Lei and now even Pei Ziheng…
Did Pei Ziheng deserve it?
She did not know. She only knew that she was also very sad.
She knelt there for a long time until daylight came and Nanny Zhou walked in.
“Oh my god, Miss Ye…” She exclaimed incredulously as she helped Xia Ling up from the ground. “Why are you kneeling here? Are you ok? You look so unwell. Come, I will help you lie down on the bed for a while. Should I call for a doctor?” She blurted out a lot of words, but Xia Ling was not listening.
Nanny Zhou helped her on the luxurious bed, poured some hot water, and covered her with a blanket.
She was worried and kept asking Xia Ling if she should call for a doctor. Xia Ling weakly shook her head and covered herself with the blanket. As she lay in bed, she stared at the ceiling in a daze and recalled all the events that led to today starting from the day she met Pei Ziheng. Xia Ling thought of the happy and tragic past events. It was as if unconsciously, step by step, she arrived at such a terrible state. Including Li Lei, no one out of the three of them was happy.
Pei Ziheng once said, “Xiao Ling, seeing you happy is my greatest happiness.”
However, how could she be happy?
Just like that, she aimlessly wasted a day.
The next evening, Nanny Zhou looked for her. “Miss Ye, Mr. Chu Chen called and said that there’s something urgent.”
“I’m not answering it.”
“Mr. Chu Chen said that the matter is really very urgent.” Nanny Zhou was in a difficult position. “He said that he could not contact Mr. Pei the entire day…”
He could not contact Mr. Pei the entire day?
No, that was impossible. Pei Ziheng’s lust for power was extreme, and he cared for his business more than anything else. Xia Ling even remembered that there was a year when he had Pneumonia. He had a fever that made him dizzy but still insisted on having a conference call. How could Chu Chen lose contact with a man like that?