Jiang Wangshu returned home. Just after sitting down, he received a phone call. He lifted his phone to find that it was his mother, Ji Cai.
Jiang Wangshu’s fingers slightly trembled, he neither answered nor declined the call. He left it on the table and let it ring until the other party hung up.
After sitting for a long time, Jiang Wangshu called her back. His mother answered immediately and asked, “Why didn’t you answer my call?”
Jiang Wangshu lied, “I was driving just now… Mom, is there something wrong?”
“I heard that you’re divorced. Are you really?”
Jiang Wangshu was taken aback for a moment, but then he realized that Duan Xiuze probably already contacted his family.
Good job, Duan Xiuze. You just can’t wait to go home, can you?
Jiang Wang felt a twinge of pain in his heart. After a while, he said, “I am.”
“See, I told you before, don’t be rash and delusional. Your father finally got a foothold in the Duan family. You don’t think about your father at all. It’s already so hard for him, but look at you. You eloped and divorced only after two years. What were you trying to do?”
Jiang Wangshu wanted to say something, but Ji Cai interrupted him, “The Madam is heading to where you are right now. She should be looking for you. Do you know how to talk then?”
“…What did you say?”
Ji Cai scowled, “You have to apologize! Admit your mistakes and promise that you’ll never go back to find Xiuze. Never get involved with him ever again. You have to promise!”
Jiang Wangshu gritted his teeth as he muttered, “…Hello? Mom, your voice is too low. Can you repeat that? I didn’t hear you.”
Ji Cai vehemently repeated her words, but seeing that Jiang Wangshu still acted like he couldn’t hear her, she spit out, “You’re still so stubborn! When you abducted Xiuze, you thought your father and I wouldn’t come to fix you? It was the Madam who stopped us from looking for you!”
She took a deep breath before she continued, “You stupid fool, you’re close to the Duan family. The Madam also treated you favorably. As long as you kept up your good work, she would’ve helped you find a good marriage partner. Naturally, you would’ve risen to the top. But what did you do? You abducted Duan Xiuze and married him. Are you stupid? You’re ruining your future!”
Jiang Wangshu had already put his phone aside for a while and went to read a book.
“But you’re quite lucky, you know? The Madam likes you. If you can sincerely admit your mistakes, she’ll forgive you. She definitely won’t hate you.”
Jiang Wangshu couldn’t take it anymore. Now that Ji Cai was nearing the end of her rant, he said, “…No, Mom, I still can’t hear you. I’ll just hang up.”
“You have to remember what I said!”
“Mn.. I still can’t hear you,” he softly added.
Jiang Wangshu hung up and threw his phone onto the coffee table. He raised his arms to cover his face in a daze.
As Duan Xiuze looked through his phone, he found that he had blocked his mother’s number.
Not only that, on the blacklist, there were his father, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, and so on.
Duan Xiuze was amazed, frankly.
His mother resisted the urge to come and kill him on the spot. A mother’s love is truly endless.
Although Duan Xiuze told Jiang Wangshu that he wanted to go back, when saw the lengthy blacklist, he was kind of afraid to.
Boys at this age valued face the most. He already blocked them all, yet here he was, wanting to contact them to say that he wanted to go home. How shameful.
But he had to consider the fact that this presidential suite costed 8000 yuan per day.
He checked all of his accounts and found that the total was less than 20000 yuan.
Duan Xiuze was lost in thought. Since he had more than a billion yuan in savings, why was it that he barely had any money right now?
Oh, right. He handed it all to Jiang Wangshu.
Never thought to save some for yourself, did you?
Since he divorced him, he couldn’t ask Jiang Wangshu for pocket money. Duan Xiuze humbly changed to an ordinary room for 1000 yuan a day, which would allow him to do more psychological construction for the next ten days or so.
In the afternoon, Meng Wen called him again. He said to him, “I told your mother about your divorce. Your mother is on her way there.”
Duan Xiuze: “??”
His annoyance went through the roof, “Who asked you to do that?”
“It’s called fixing your mess. Since you’re divorced, you should come back quickly.”
Duan Xiuze was unexplainably irritated. He said he wanted to go home, but when he went home should be decided by himself, not anyone else.
Duan Xiuze hung up and looked at his mother’s number on the blacklist. But in the end, he still didn’t dare to pull her back.
With a move of his finger, he dialed a call to Jiang Wangshu. As a result, it rang for a while before the automated message said, “The number you’re trying to call is currently busy. Please try again later.” – Obviously, he was ignored.
Duan Xiuze couldn’t believe it. He made another call, but the same thing happened. It continued for the third, the fourth, the fifth…
Until the twelfth call, Jiang Wangshu finally picked up. He exasperatedly said, “Are you insane?”
“I’m afraid I have to go home today. Do you have anything to say to me?” Duan Xiuze cheekily asked.
Jiang Wangshu sneered, “Go back if you want. What do you want me to say? ‘Ah wait, please stay with me‘? Are you that full of yourself?”
Duan Xiuze: “…”
“That’s not what I meant—”
“Doesn’t matter. Also, is it that you don’t have anyone else to talk to, you can’t stop crowing at me? How sad.”
Duan Xiuze choked on his words, “Why is your temper worse than when you were seventeen? You weren’t this bad before.”
Jiang Wangshu’s blood pressure surged. He sarcastically said, “Then your eyes must’ve gone bad. You can’t see how good it is.”
Duan Xiuze said honestly, “No, that’s not right. I know that you look good, but your temper doesn’t.”
Jiang Wangshu ignored him and continued, “The Madam is coming. I’ll admit ‘my’ mistakes. Just be a good son and go back to inherit the family.”
And with that, he hung up.
Duan Xiuze tried to call him again, but found that he’d been blocked. Again.
Duan Xiuze: “…”
This guy is addicted to blocking people, isn’t he?
At the same time, Duan Long got off her private jet and told Jiang Wenyi, “We’ll go see Wangshu first.”
Jiang Wenyi hurriedly nodded, “Yes, Madam.”
Jiang Wenyi sent a message to Jiang Wangshu, asking him to meet him at a certain cafe.
Duan Long said to Jiang Wenyi, “I haven’t seen Wangshu for two years. I heard that he started his own company. He’s really young and promising.”
“It’s just a small company. Nothing famous nor worth much. The child is just confused.”
“It shows that he’s capable. I used to think that after graduation, he’d be assigned as Xiuze’s right-hand man, but it’s good that he’s showing off his talents,” Duan Long said with a smile.
Jiang Wenyi was extremely embarrassed. Knowing that Duan Long was also angry, he said, “I’ll teach him a lesson when I see him. I’ve raised him for more than 10 years, if I had known he’d end up like this, I would have sent him to the countryside…”
Duan Long didn’t let him continue, “Well, don’t say that to his face. Children have to be disciplined, but you can’t scold them too harshly.”
Her short yet elegant hair swayed in the wind. Her face might not be the gentlest, but it was sharp. Bright and radiant.
She smiled as she said, “Now then, shall we go and see our pair of little ones?”
After receiving Jiang Wenyi’s message, Jiang Wangshu went to the bathroom to shower. He changed into a casual, simple set of white shirt and black pants. He ruffled his hair down and styled it. His fine bangs succesfully hiding the indifference in both his eyes and eyebrows.
Looking like this, it’s like I’m a student again, Jiang Wangshu scoffed.
There was no need to dress too formally. If he did, it’d seem like he cared too much. He went to put on his shoes and headed out.
This time, he still took a taxi. When he got on, his phone received a call from an unknown number. An oddly familiar tone greeted him as he answered. It was Duan Xiuze. He asked, “Where are you meeting?”
“Why ask me if you could just ask your mother?”
“I think I blocked her. I didn’t dare to pull her back.”
Jiang Wangshu was a bit surprised. He thought Duan Xiuze was the one who contacted his family, but no?
Since it wasn’t Duan Xiuze, it could only be Meng Wen.
Jiang Wangshu relaxed a little and spoke to him in a better tone, “Ask her yourself.”
“Jiang Wangshu, I’m asking you. Can’t you just tell me?”
Jiang Wangshu thought that it was kind of funny. Although they grew up together, his memories of the teenage Duan Xiuze had long been blurred. Now seeing him like this, it’s… quite novel.
“And what would I get out of that?” he calmly asked.
Duan Xiuze said, “Naturally, I’ll tell my mother that it wasn’t your fault. I took you to elope with me. It’s not like you could force me to marry you, after all.”
“You know, if you and the 23-year-old you were two different people, he would’ve strangled you to death the moment you first spoke,” Jiang Wangshu suddenly said.
“What?” Duan Xiuze didn’t know where that came from. He asked, “What do you mean?”
“I mean, you loved me. Don’t feel so wronged about marrying me. You took the initiative from the start. You took ninety-nine steps towards me, while I only took one. From the beginning to the end, I never asked for anything.”
Duan Xiuze: “…”
The image of him begging like a dog suddenly appeared in his mind. Duan Xiuze was unable to accept this future of himself, but he did have no bottom line.
“Why aren’t you saying anything? Don’t you still want to show off your good-will or whatever?”
At seventeen, do you really think that you’re on top of the world?
“…Where will you meet? Can I go with you?” Duan Xiuze asked again.
“Alright, I’ll give you the chance to be the hero, coming to the beauty’s rescue.”
Duan Xiuze: “…”
He obviously got what he wanted, but why does it feel so unpleasant?
“Uh right, okay, I’ll come right away.”
Seeing that Jiang Wangshu was more willing to talk to him, he added, “By the way, can you unblock me?”
Duan Xiuze agonizedly roared, “Ah, why!!!!!”
“You’re too annoying.”
“So did you also dislike the ‘annoying’ me before?”
“No, he was quite good.”
Duan Xiuze: “?”
Duan Xiuze: “Why’d you use ‘he’? Aren’t we the same person??”
Jiang Wangshu: “No.”
Duan Xiuze: “???”
Jiang Wangshu: “He’s a man, you’re a dog.”
Duan Xiuze: “…”
Duan Xiuze: “ww.”
Jiang Wangshu: “What?”
Duan Xiuze: “Woof, woof.”
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