More than an hour later, the operating room opened its doors.Jiang Sese was wheeled out.Jin Fengchen and Jin Fengyao immediately stepped forward."Doctor, how's my wife?" Jin Fengchen's voice was filled with impatience"She's safe. It was a close call; the bullet pierced just three inches away from her heart! We have to monitor her for a few days as she recovers. You have to be very careful when tending to her, so don't let her wound come into contact with water."The doctor's words elicited a sigh of relief from Jin Fengchen, but his eyebrows remained knitted. The heartache he felt for Jiang Sese couldn't be hidden.Jiang Sese was sent to her ward. She remained unconscious as there was still anesthesia in her system."Brother, apart from the one who escaped, the rest of the kidnappers have been arrested."After answering a call and hearing what the person had to say, Jin Fengyao put away his phone and reported the situation to his brother."Escaped?" Jin Fengchen frowned.
Lu Zheng headed to the hospital the moment he found about Jiang Sese's injuries, and he ran straight into Jin Fengyao."Wait."Jin Fengyao stopped him."Lu Zheng, correct?" Jin Fengyao smiled faintly at him."What do you mean by this, Second Young Master Jin?" Lu Zheng met his eyes with a blank expression.Jin Fengyao raised an eyebrow and nonchalantly responded with a question of his own. "What do you think?"How could he let a stranger ruin a moment for his brother and sister-in-law when they had reunited after so much difficulty?That would ruin the moment!His intention didn't escape an intelligent person like Lu Zheng."I'm Sese's senior."He spoke one simple sentence to clarify his relationship to Jiang Sese."Senior?" Jin Fengyao curled his lips without commenting. It was true that his sister-in-law considered Lu Zheng her senior, but this man didn't see her as only his junior.He was obliged to deal with any problem or person that could threaten his older brother.
If it wasn't for Xiaobao's kidnapping, she might have never returned to Jin City and reunited with him.She didn't know how to face him.The thought made her smile; perhaps this was fate playing a trick on them.Having learned her lesson, she realized that it would be very hard for her to leave them now.Jin Fengchen had a lot of questions for her but kept his mouth shut in the end.Now that she was back, nothing else felt important."I'll go and get the doctor," he said.Jiang Sese nodded. "Okay."It wasn't until he left that she scrunched her face. "That hurts!"Recalling the dangerous situation still left her in fear.She didn't know if she should be grateful that the kidnapper had bad aim, or if she should rejoice that she narrowly avoided death. The first bullet had grazed her shoulder and, though the wound hurt, it was just a superficial injury.The second bullet had pierced her shoulder. It didn't hurt while she was running away, but now, even moving her body caused e
Su Qingyin's eyes glimmered when she noticed the gauze wrapped around Jiang Sese's arm. Displaying a look of concern, she asked, "Miss Jiang, where did you go? It's been so long since I last saw you."Jiang Sese's gaze cooled when she remembered what Su Qingyin told Xiaobao. "Business trip," she said apathetically."Oh, a business trip."Su Qingyin acted as if she had just realized something and beamed at her. "I thought you had an argument with Fengchen and broke up with him."Jiang Sese's eyebrows twitched, but she soon laughed out loud. "Miss Su, you must be disappointed."Su Qingyin was stunned. By the time she had processed Jiang Sese's words, she could no longer maintain the smile on her face.She had wanted to embarrass Jiang Sese, yet this surprisingly sharp-tongued woman had fought back instead."Of course not. Well, it's just that Auntie Qin has been matchmaking Fengchen and Li Yuanyuan while you were away. That was why I thought you had broken up with him."She was s
Jiang Sese's injuries had mostly recovered after spending more than a week in the hospital. She had also put on some weight.Jin Fengchen told her that he felt more at ease seeing her get plumper.She couldn't understand his way of thinking at all.Neither of them mentioned her leaving without a word of goodbye and acted as if she had never been gone.She tried to bring up the topic a few times, but she could never get the words out.Bringing the matter up would inevitably bring up the past as well, and she was too ashamed to talk about it.She became terrified of losing the comfortable days that she had gotten accustomed to.Thus, she decided not to mention it.Her workplace in South City contacted her while she was in the hospital, so she took the chance and resigned. It seemed impossible for her to leave now.Lu Zheng called her as well."Sese, focus on your recovery. I'll arrange for the hospital to take good care of your mother."He was as thoughtful as ever.Without h
"Dad, I'm your daughter! How can you say that about me?"Mr. Su's words angered Su Qingyin so much that she yelled at him and ran upstairs."Look at how your pampering has ruined your daughter!"Mr. Su yelled at his wife while pointing in the direction that his daughter ran off, panting with rage."What did I do?! Mrs. Su was just as furious. "You're at fault here! You know how much Qingyin likes Jin Fengchen, yet you still said such things to pour cold water over her!""She has to give up no matter how much she likes him."He sat down on the couch and continued, "Do you think our family is a match for their family? If we somehow anger Jin Fengchen, that'll be the end of us. Do you know that?"Mrs. Su didn't think that things would turn out to be that serious. "We're family friends. Fengchen wouldn't dare to go so far.""Wouldn't dare?" Mr. Su let out an exasperated chuckle. "Did you forget how he treated us after Qingyin pushed Miss Jiang down the mountain?"His words reminde
"If you haven't forgotten, then why did you allow that girl to move in?" Mrs. Su started her interrogation again.The conversation steered back to the starting point.Mrs. Jin considered her answer for a moment, ultimately deciding that there was a need to make things clear once and for all."First of all," she said carefully, "she did us a favor by saving Xiaobao. Secondly, there's no one taking care of her while she's injured. Thirdly, her moving in doesn't mean that I've accepted her.""I've said everything I have to. There's nothing I can do if either you or Qingyin still feel uncomfortable about it."It was Mrs. Jin's first time feeling annoyed at them.She disliked people who continuously pestered her.Her sudden unfriendliness didn't escape Mrs. Su's attention, and she understood that she had become too aggressive just now."Mulan, the only reason I came today is to remind you of your words. Everyone knows about the friendship between our families. It won't do us good if
Mr. and Mrs. Jin were polite and kept telling her to eat more.She survived dinner thanks to Jin Fengyao playing the mood maker and entertaining them with interesting stories.After dinner, Jin Fengchen was summoned to his father's study while Jin Fengyao took Xiaobao out to play.That left Jiang Sese on her own. She wanted to return to her room, but Mrs. Jin stopped her."Miss Jiang, come and sit here for a bit."She had no choice but to nod. "All right."Mrs. Jin sat down on the couch first. When she saw Jiang Sese not moving, she beckoned her and said, "Hurry up and come here."Jiang Sese walked over and sat down in the couch diagonally across from her.Both women sank into silence.Jiang Sese's lowered head and clasped hands over her lap betrayed her nervousness.After a while, Mrs. Jin finally said, "Miss Jiang..."Jiang Sese interrupted her. "Auntie, you can call me Sese."Her request caught Mrs. Jin off guard, but the latter soon chuckled and accepted it. "All right,