Chapter 117: Self-Abuse

"I don't think that's a good idea. If word gets out, my mom will be the first in line to chop me in half." Huo Mian sat in the passenger seat, sipping coconut water as she sighed.

"Is your mom still not over what happened seven years ago? Technically, she can't really blame Qin Chu for what happened, since he was already abroad by then. His god-damn parents committed the crime, and it had nothing to do with Qin Chu. Your mother is too traditional. If it were up to me, you and Qin Chu getting married is a great thing! He's good-looking, rich, treats you well and, most importantly, is completely lovestruck by you."

"It's not as easy as you think. If it were, then none of us would have anything to worry about."

"You're right, but she will find out sooner or later. You'll have to brace yourself for when that moment comes."

"I still think that it would be best if Qin Chu and I got divorced before our relationship is exposed," Huo Mian sadly murmured.

"But what if you guys accidentally spend the rest of your lives together?"

"Is that even possible?" Huo Mian couldn't imagine the scenario Lingling set forth.

"This is a big world with endless possibilities. You shouldn't burden yourself too much."

Zhu Lingling drove Huo Mian to the entrance of Imperial Park.

After a heart-to-heart, they said goodbye to each other, and Zhu Lingling drove away.

As Huo Mian headed into the residential district, she casually took out her phone, and was immediately shocked by what she saw…

In her high school group chat, Qin Chu, who had never participated in any of their conversations, sent, "I had dinner with Huo Mian last night."

This one sentence blew the chat up like a bomb.

"Huh? Didn't Siying say she had dinner with you? She even sent us a photo."

"Yeah, did she photoshop that photo?"

"The man-in-question already denied it! What a smack on a certain somebody's face. Pa pa!"

"Hey Prince Charming, did you get back together with Princess Huo?"

"Ying, what really happened?"

Everyone discussed amongst themselves, but Liu Siying didn't reply…

She sent a photo to the group to show off, but in the end, all she got in return was the embarrassment.

Furthermore, she didn't expect Qin Chu to actually send a message to the group.

She thought that he never went on WeChat. If she had known, she wouldn't have made a fool out of herself with that photo.

At this thought, Liu Siying added Qin Chu as a friend; in the greeting message, she wrote, "I'm sorry, please forgive me."

Qin Chu just ignored her and exited the group chat.

When he was added to the group, all he cared about was what Huo Mian was up to.

Now that she was by his side, he was no longer interested in that group…

After Qin Chu left the group chat, his classmates began making assumptions…

The gossipiest of people tagged Huo Mian and asked her, "What's going on?"

Not knowing how to reply, Huo Mian decided that it would be easier to just exit the group chat as well.

Truth be told, aside from Zhu Lingling, she wasn't close to anyone else in that group.

Especially after what happened with Wei Dong, things became more awkward for her.

Now that Qin Chu had left the group, he had created a perfect opportunity for her to leave it as well.

When Huo Mian opened the door to their condo, she saw Qin Chu standing by the living room window, with a glass of red wine in his hand.

"You're home," she casually said.

"I went home last night. Liu Siying and her dad were there. I was with them for a little bit but didn't have dinner. I had dinner here. I also didn't take her out for a drive."

She was surprised that Qin Chu explained everything that happened last night; he was obviously aware of what was happening on WeChat.

"Oh." Huo Mian nodded, acknowledging that she understood.

Qin Chu turned around to place the empty glass of wine by the wine cabinet and walked towards Huo Mian.

Then, he picked up a box on the coffee table and handed it to her.

"What's this?"

"I bought this for you." Then, Qin Chu turned around and went upstairs.

Huo Mian wanted to decline it, but he was already gone.