Chapter 65: A parent child relationship
T/N: So, I went full tilt at hiking and...sprained my leg- in two places. Got shipped back home. So, bed rest people. This is it for trekking this summer. ┐(‘～`；)┌
But, I have you guys, so get ready for more releases.
Xiaonian chose a small coffee shop nearby and messaged the address to her mother.
She ordered a coffee and waited looking out the window and almost sprayed out her drink when she saw Gong Ouyang’s car parked by the curb.
So, he did follow her after all. But it was fortunate that he was not here in the store.
In a few minutes, Lu Rin came and sat across her and ordered a cappuccino looking slightly harassed.
“What is it?” Xiaonian asked worriedly.
“Xiaonian,” Lu Rin started looking slightly suffocated, “your dad and sister are not doing so well these days. I had to accompany Ah due to shopping and events to make her feel better, that was why I couldn’t contact you sooner.”
Xiaonian looked at her for more details.
“Shi Yue and Mu Qian Chu are fighting a lot these days,” Lu Rin said with obvious pain.
Shi Yue and Mu Qian Chu are fighting? It was hard to imagine that Mu Qian Chu who treasured Shi Yue so much would do that.
“I’m sure it’s tempoarary. They love each other a lot,” she tried to console the lede woman.
Lu Rin looked at Xiaonian peculiarly before she said, “the maids said that the reason they are mainly fighting is because of you.”
Xiaonian furrowed her eyebrows in confusion.
How can they fight because of her?
After the wedding, she never tried to contact them again and only met with Mu Qian Chu once and that too only for details on Tang Yi. How can it be about her?
“Mom, I think there must be a mistake,” she said, “They love each other so much, how can they fight about me? It’s impossible.”
Lu Rin felt uncomfortable, “no, the maids and servants have heard your name a lot of times in their house.”
Xiaonian’s body went stiff at that information. Is this the reason why she visited her today?
“Your sister is frequently calling home crying and even I cant talk anything to persuade them.”
At that time, the waiter came with Lu Rn’s order.
Xiaonian sat there silently, trying and failing to understand how she became some over whom they quarreled.
She had been there for years and it had never made any difference, why now?
However, Mu Qian Chu was behaving rather strangely the last time she saw him. But, he was courteous at the most and that too might be because she stayed away from their lives.
“When your father heard this, he was so angry that he didn’t sleep straight for days together. He is now constantly in a bad mood and both his business partners and the family are unhappy with the way he’s dealing with things..”
Here, Lu Rin wanted to say something more but she hesitated.
When Xiaonain looked at her, she looked undecided and quickly blurted out the words, “tat, Xiaonian, today your father asked me to let you sign this document.”
She placed a official looking document before her.
Xiaonian was still holding her hot cup of coffee when she glanced at the title of the document and her hand involuntarily shook spilling hot coffee all over her hand.
Lu Rin excalimed and immediately took a napkin to wipe her hand off while Xiaonian was still sitting there in daze at what she saw on the document.
A document to cut off their legal parent child ties..
“No, I’m fine,” Xiaonian said quickly and took the tissues from Lu Rin’s hand and started wiping away the aching spot in daze.
“Xiaonian, I’m so-”
“No, no,” Xiaonian interrupted her agin, “this is the right thing. I’ll sign it,” she said picking up the document.
Her hand on which the coffee spilled now turned red and looked ugly on her fair skin.
“Xiaonian, I’m sorry! I tried to talk to your father. I even argued with him, but he is so adamant that I’m unable to change his mind.”
A waiter came and cleaned the table and Xiaonian silently looked at the stains disappearing away.
“Xiaonian,” Lu Rin called her once again, her voice awkward as if she didn’t know what to say.
Xiaonian slowly swept over the document talking about why they were disinheriting her and something else about her conduct.
“I thought I was expelled from the house when I was asked to move out and earn a living for myself all those years ago,” she said almost to herself, “but, there was still this, ah..”
Was this any different.
This was just making things legal, that is all, isn’t it?
Not a big deal.
Lu Rin looked at her in sorrow.
“Why?” Xiaonian suddenly asked Lu Rin, her eyes filled with tears.
She really was prepared for all this, but for some reason, her tears wouldn’t just stop.
A bodyguard who was covertly keeping a watch on Xiaonian placed a call to his owner.
“Xiaonian, you don’t be like this,” Lu Rin tried to console her with out any result. But a this point she couldn’t do anything more and could only helplessly watch her adopted daughter cry.
Xiaonian kept crying.
Why does she still care? They obviously abandoned her a long time back, made her look after Mu Qian Chu while he was invalid and then shoved her away and made sure that he and Shi Yue became a couple, and she gave them their blessings and stayed away, wasn’t it all to retain some familial relations?
After few minutes, she restrained her sobs and pulled the documents towards her.
Her hand shook as she signed her name on the two documents front and back.
“Xiaonian, I’m sorry. I will come see you secretly,” Lu Rin said feeling bad for the little girl but Xiaonian refused to look at her and stayed silent interrupted by soft sobs.
“What happened here?” said an extremely cold voice came as Gong Ouyang pulled out a chair beside Xiaonian and sat down.
Lu Rin was shocked at the freezing look the young handsome man before her gave. She had never seen such a ferocious aura on a man his age.
“Are you Xiaonian’s mother?” Gong Ouyang interrupted her question and asked her.
“Ah-, Ah, yes, I am,” Lu Rin said stuttering. He really made her feel intimidated.
Gong Ouyang laughed mockingly at her reply when he saw the title on the documents Xiaonian just signed.
Her whole face was botched red and she looked like a miserable little girl. And yet she insisted that he not come!
How can she take care of herself if she is effected so much by insignificant people like this?
He became more gloomy as her soft sobs continued as if she couldn’t stop them.
He turned his fierce gaze back at the older woman before him, he could just flatten them with the flick of a finger and they dare do this to his woman?
“From now on if I hear you referring to yourself as Xiaonian’s mothe-”
“Gong Ouayng..” Xiaonian clutched him sleeve and looked at him pleadingly to stop his threats.
Lu Rin was shocked into silence. Did she hear correctly?
No wonder she thought he looked slightly familiar. She was only able to get a glimpse of him during the wedding.
What was his relationship with Xiaonian?
She covertly looked between both of them and her gaze landed on Xiaonian’s hand on his.
“What are you looking at?” Gong Ouyang snapped at her furiously and Lu Rin almost fell out of her chair in scare.
She cannot offend this man!