Chapter 150 – When We Were Young and Reckless (10)
Shen Liangchuan: …
Shen Liangchuan’s lips twitched as he felt his patience draining away. The veins on his forehead started to pop, as he desperately wished to prise open this woman’s skull to see what exactly was stuffed inside it.
However, when he saw Qiao Lian desperately try to widen her eyes, but fail due to the swelling keeping them shut, he finally said resignedly, “Xiao Qiao, I am your husband.”
Qiao Lian instantly froze.
She looked dumbfoundedly at the man in front of her.
His expression was quite determined, and his words carried an irresistibly commanding tone.
So… did he actually mean what she thought he meant?
She bit her lip.
When Shen Liangchuan started this topic, she had already considered this.
However, she did not dare to dream big.
At this moment, even after she had heard Shen Liangchuan say the word ‘husband’, she could still scarcely believe it.
She stared at the man in front of her. The more she stared, the more she wanted to laugh.
As her mouth twitched, her injuries stretched in pain. Thus, she had to keep her face straight. Then, she said tentatively, “Mr. Shen, actually… you don’t have to be so polite.”
She lowered her head and continued, “I only went to rescue Song Yuanxi because I really like her. I did not mean to…”
“I did not mean to obtain your compassion and sympathy”, she thought.
Shen Liangchuan’s attitude towards her had changed from his usual coldness to a sudden gentleness, which made her feel extremely uncomfortable.
Shen Liangchuan narrowed his eyes.
It turned out that this girl wasn’t as naive as he thought she was. She had already understood his intentions.
However, she kept making witty quips to defuse any awkward situation, with the aim of pushing him even further away.
He frowned. He could almost feel a layer of darkness beginning to form around his heart.
He wanted to say something, but stopped when he saw the girl’s anxious gaze.
All of the emotions he was feeling were stuck within him, so he kept opening and closing his mouth repeatedly. Finally, he said, “You can call me by my name.”
Qiao Lian was dumbfounded again.
Was he… compromising?
She widened her eyes and was slightly dazed. Then, she realized that Shen Liangchuan was eagerly looking at her. That expression! It was as though…
She coughed and said, “Shen Liangchuan.”
He was indeed smiling.
The both of them stared at each other’s faces intently.
For some time, a curious silence filled the room.
Over the time Qiao Lian and Shen Liangchuan had interacted with each other, there had been many moments of silence. Furthermore, they were almost always awkward silences. However, right now, the silence that was permeating the room created a somewhat sweet atmosphere instead.
She could not help but want to laugh due to her embarrassment.
However, every time her lips twitched, she felt a twinge of pain on her face.
She hurriedly tensed up her face.
The expression she had of wanting to smile but being unable to do so made Shen Liangchuan twitch his lips as well. Then, he suddenly started laughing, a grin on his face.
First, he laughed softly. However, as he laughed, he rose his head. When he saw the expression of astonishment on Qiao Lian’s face, he could not help but laugh uproariously.
Qiao Lian sat on the hospital bed, completely speechless.
This man… was he showing off the fact that he could smile while she couldn’t?
This was absolutely outrageous!
At this moment, Xia Yehua and Song Yuanxi were together standing outside the ward. Both of them had confused expressions on their faces.
Xia Yehua turned her head and said, “Yuanxi, did I hear wrongly? Is Shen Liangchuan actually laughing?”
Since that day eight years ago, no smile had crossed his face until today.
Xia Yehua’s gaze gradually softened and after a while, she began to smile. “I was afraid that Shen Liangchuan wasn’t taking his relationship with Xiao Qiao seriously, but now I’m finally reassured!”
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Chapter 151: Forget Chuan Meets Liangchuan (1)
As a wide-eyed Qiao Lian watched Shen Liangchuan smile, the door to the hospital ward was pushed open.
Xia Yehua walked in with Song Yuanxi in tow.
Song Yuanxi bit her lip and also walked in. Her eyes were red, and the moment she entered, she could not help but burst into tears. “Sister-in-law, I’m sorry… it’s all my fault. I did not know that he was that kind of person.”
Qiao Lian lifted her head when she heard this.
Xia Yehua quickly added, “All right, it’s our good fortune that nothing bad happened this time. However, this incident has also taught us that people we meet online sometimes are not who they say they are, which is why we must all be extraordinarily alert when surfing the Internet. Don’t ever do something like this again!”
Song Yuanxi nodded and then walked to the side. As she lowered her head silently, tears continued to roll down her face.
Qiao Lian looked at her.
She understood how Song Yuanxi was currently feeling. She was definitely extremely upset.
However, she still felt that Song Yuanxi had fared better than her.
At least, she had been able to clearly see what kind of man she had entered into an online relationship with.
At least, she had understood that he had ulterior motives for getting to know her.
But what about Qiao Lian herself?
Why had Zi Chuan suddenly not shown up to the agreed-upon meeting? What exactly had happened to Zi Chuan? Until now, nobody had given her a satisfactory explanation for this.
In reality, after what happened, she had thought about it for a long time. Ultimately, she could only think of one reason.
If there was something that could have made Zi Chuan detest her, it had to have been that incident after all.
She lowered her head and looked at her bandaged right arm.
Even though Qiao Lian’s injuries looked serious, in fact, the thugs that had beaten her up were not professional fighters. Hence, no bones were broken, and she was able to settle her hospital dischargement paperwork after only three days.
During this time, Shen Liangchuan had practically stayed with her at the hospital every single day.
Neither of them spoke much. Qiao Lian scrolled through her Weibo when she was bored, whereas Shen Liangchuan kept browsing his script.
A strange silence had filled the entire room completely, so the nurses looked at the both of them confusingly when they came in to sweep the floor.
After three days, she moved back home. She once again received a phone call from Gao Youming.
“Forget Chuan, you did not attend the livestreaming event three days ago. Tell me, what have you been doing this entire time? Do you know how many times you’ve cancelled on me?”
Qiao Lian hurriedly said, “I’m sorry, Gao Youming—”
Gao Youming sighed and said, “Actually, I don’t understand you at all. Nowadays, female casters are paid quite handsomely. Some female eSports casters are even making almost two million dollars a year. You could have made it too, if you had just been more dedicated to become a successful female caster.”
Qiao Lian smiled, but did not respond.
Gao Youming immediately continued, “You’re quite popular right now. I guarantee that if you are willing to show your face when you livestream, your popularity will shoot through the roof. You could become a respected figure in the livestreaming world. If you continue to laze about and only livestream irregularly, like you are doing now, your won’t earn more!”
After Qiao Lian heard his words, she fell silent for a while before saying eventually, “I can’t show my face.”
It was not that she did not want to, or that she did not dare to, but it was because she was not able to.
When Gao Youming heard this, he stopped pressuring her. Over the past couple of years, he had broached this topic many times.
Instead, he immediately said, “There’s a eSports match this afternoon. Are you going to attend the livestream?”
Qiao Lian knew that she had stood Gao Youming up many times now. Thus, she instantly said, “I’m going! I’ll go now!”
After hanging up, she stared at the dressing table in the master bedroom. She looked at herself in the mirror and saw that her face was still swollen.
She picked up a mask and a hat, and she put them on firmly. Just as she was about to go outside, Shen Liangchuan suddenly pushed open the door. When he saw how she was dressed, he froze for a second before asking, “Where are you going?”