Chapter 1723: Before Love
Qin Haoshan did not expect Gu Nianzhi to be so smart. He was surprised that she could guess who he was talking about in such a short period of time.
He was instantly tongue-tied and his eyes bulged out. He stared at Gu Nianzhi, unable to utter a word.
Everyone knew Gu Nianzhi was right when they saw his silly look.
Xie Qingying was so angry that the veins on her forehead popped out. She took a step forward and whispered, “Did Wen Shouyi teach you to lie to me just now?!”
Qin Haoshan pursed his lips and refused to speak again.
In response, Gu Nianzhi smiled coldly and nodded. “Okay, it looks like she can’t wait any longer. I told everyone to have a good new year, but she’s been pestering me all day. I really can’t cure her, can I?”
As a lawyer, Wen Shouyi was very good at skirting the law.
She kept making moves and making mistakes, but she was always wandering in the gray area of the law.
It was too hard to catch her off guard.
Gu Nianzhi sometimes wanted to set her up, but she would always suppress her own thoughts after some consideration.
As a legal practitioner, if she gave up self-discipline, the consequences would be worse than ordinary people who did not know the law.
Xie Qingying, on the other hand, was not as calm as Gu Nianzhi.
Because this incident had crossed her bottom line.
She walked to the door without a word and took out her phone to call Wen Shouyi.
Wen Shouyi stood in front of the French window of her luxury apartment on the top floor with a glass of wine in her hand, waiting for news of Qin Haoshan.
Once she heard her phone ring, she quickly answered it. It was a call from Xie Qingying.
Wen Shouyi narrowed her eyes.
She didn’t like Xie Qingying now. She really, really didn’t like her.
However, Xie qingying calling her on the fifteenth of the first lunar month was also very unexpected.
Gradually, Wen Shouyi swiped the phone open and picked up the call.
Before she could say hello, Xie Qingying’s angry voice came from the other end of the phone. “Wen Shouyi! You came up with such a vicious idea. Aren’t you afraid of retribution?!”
Wen Shouyi’s heart skipped a beat. This is bad. Did that Idiot Qin Haoshan give her up?
How is this possible?!
Upon a quick thinking, Wen Shouyi immediately said, “Is it Miss Xie? Did you call the wrong number? I had a meeting almost all night yesterday and I just woke up today. I don’t understand what you’re talking about.”
“You don’t understand?” Xie qingying sneered again and again, she imitated Qin Haoshan’s tone and replied, “She won’t mislead me! She worked hard for the Qin family and didn’t have a good new year. She kept having meetings and trying to find ways to save her grandfather and aunt! On the contrary, you, the granddaughter of the Qin family, went crazy and sent your own relatives to prison! Wen Shouyi, do you know who said that? Are you the one who had been in meetings all this time?”
Wen Shouyi gritted her teeth so hard that they were about to shatter.
It was indeed Qin Haoshan, the guy who couldn’t do anything right and ruined everything…
At the moment, she held back her anger and said gently, “Miss Xie, I think there must be some misunderstanding. Why don’t you just let Qin Haoshan talk to me? I’ll ask him what happened.”
Xie Qingying saw that Wen Shouyi still refused to admit it and didn’t want to continue arguing with her.
She held the phone and said word by word, “Wen Shouyi, I have no grudge against you. You used such a vicious method to humiliate me. I’m not done with you!”
“Listen, I am not a kind person. Don’t expect me to show any mercy!”
With that, Xie Qingying hung up the phone.
She did not want to go back to the restaurant and face Qin Haoshan’s hateful face again.
Xie Qingying held her phone and walked a few steps in front of Xiang Xue Hai clubhouse. She then called He zhichu.
He Zhichu was on duty at a military station at Xiangshan, which meant he would only go home after today.
This place was quite close to Xiang Xue Hai clubhouse.
When he raised his head, he could see the direction of the Xiang Xue Club. He could imagine who had been eating there and what dishes they had ordered…
He had specifically instructed the kitchen not to add onions to any of the dishes today.
So when he heard his phone ring and saw that it was Xie Qingying, he answered the call without hesitation.
“Is it Qingying? What’s the matter? Did Nianzhi and the others come to Xiangxue?” He Zhichu stood in the empty space in front of the barracks with a cigarette in his hand.
Once Xie Qingying could hear He Zhichu’s cold voice, her restless heart gradually calmed down.
She took a deep breath and smiled. “I miss you. I want to see you.”
He Zhichu dusted his cigarette and looked at the withered grass on the ground. Then, he said plainly, “I’ll be off work in an hour. Let me pick you up.”
“But I want to see you now,” Xie Qingying said stubbornly. “I have something else to tell you.”
He Zhichu was also curious when he heard how serious she sounded and how she could not wait for even a minute.
He looked at his watch. There was still an hour before his shift change.
He could not leave the base, but Xie Qingying could come and sit in the reception room for a while.
He zhichu said, “Then come down. I will wait for you at the entrance of the base.”
“Okay.” Xie Qingying’s heart was warm, but she was also uneasy.
She really wanted this moment to last longer. If He Zhichu could not accept her past, she would not have such a good time in the future.
Xie Qingying went in to get her bag and called another manager to deal with Qin Haoshan’s matter. She left Xiangxue Hai clubhouse in a hurry and went to the base at the foot of the mountain to see He Zhichu.
He Zhichu was wearing a military coat in winter. He leaned against the wall at the entrance of the barracks and smoked.
The sky was so blue that there was not a single trace of impurity.
The winter sun was bright. The trees in front of the barracks were only left with their trunks and their leaves were all gone.
He Zhichu stood under the withered tree. His slender figure was as lonely as the big tree.
Seeing He Zhichu like this, Xie Qingying’s heart softened beyond belief.
She really loved him very much, but in the past, she loved him so much that she idolized him.
She loved him so much that she never thought that she would be with him.
She still lived like a normal person. Looking at him from afar, she hoped that he would live a happy life with the person she loved.
Although she had envied Gu Nianzhi before, she had never been jealous.
But now, she actually had the chance to grow old together with the person she loved deeply…
This change in status and mindset made her realize that her secret love had become more substantial. She no longer loved him like a fan idolized him, but loved him as her own man.
She did not want to lose him, but the first prerequisite for two people to be in love was to be honest with each other.
If there were any secrets in their relationship, it would be a ticking time bomb in the future.
Xie Qingying wanted to be together with He Zhichu for a long time, so there couldn’t be any shadows between them.
Right then, He Zhichu raised his head and saw a tall and voluptuous woman standing opposite the gate of the base.
It was the nervous Xie Qingying.
He Zhichu waved his hand without batting an eyelid. “Qingying, come here.”
Xie Qingying walked over as if she had been summoned by a demon.
He Zhichu held her hand and brought her to the small reception room of the base.
This reception room was specially used for visiting relatives and friends outside the base, which was right outside the gate of the base’s barracks.
Xie Qingying sat on the sofa in the small reception room. He Zhichu brought her a bottle of fruit juice and placed it in front of her. He asked with a smile, “How is the club? Is it lively today? Are you ready for the Lantern Festival tonight?”
“It’s all ready. There are many people today, and it’s very lively.” Xie Qingying was extremely nervous, and she answered He Zhichu’s question mechanically. She was getting more and more afraid to look at his amorous eyes.
“What’s wrong, Qingying?” He Zhichu leaned forward. “You’re a little distracted. Is there trouble in the club?”
After pausing for a moment, He Zhichu inquired, “Who is Nianzhi with? Are they in trouble?”
Just then, Xie Qingying looked up at he zhichu and said slowly, “They’re fine. There’s not much trouble. It’s been resolved. I’m here to confess something to you.”
Xie Qingying’s fingers subconsciously dug into the corner of the conference table. She lowered her head and mustered up her courage to say, “Young master he, I used to have a boyfriend, but we broke up a long time ago…”
She did not dare to look into he zhichu’s eyes.
She was afraid that she would see disappointment, anger, and pain in his eyes. She could not bear any of these.
If she had known that she still had a chance to be with him, she would have waited until she was thirty years old to keep her virginity.
But there were no ifs in life.
Xie Qingying did not hear He Zhichu’s words before she braced herself and continued, “I’ve always had a crush on you, but I can’t see any hope. In order to get out of this hopeless crush. When I was studying abroad, I dated a man who was pursuing me for a year.”
He Zhichu chuckled and took a tissue from the conference table to wipe the sweat off her forehead. He said lightly, “That’s it? I thought it was something big.”
“Don’t You Care?” Xie Qingying raised her head abruptly and stammered, “I-I used to be a couple with him… W-We…”
“There’s no need to say it.” He zhichu gently covered her mouth. His palm was dry and warm, which was a huge contrast to his cold and clear voice.
He said, “I used to have a fiancée too. You have an ex-boyfriend. We’re both adults. What does that have to do with anything?”
He Zhichu was already thirty years old, and Xie Qingying was about twenty-seven or twenty-eight years old.
“Really? You really don’t care?” Xie Qingying asked in surprise.
He zhichu smoothed her hair and asked softly, “Do you still love him now?”
“No, not at all.” Xie Qingying shook her head like a rattle-drum. “In fact, he broke up with me because he thought I didn’t love him that much.”
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