Chapter 20: Unworthy
Judged by the way Ning Zhiyuan spoke, he seemed to know already who Qin Chu was.
In fact, it wouldn't have been hard to figure it out. Qin Chu's name appeared on finance newspapers and TV shows quite frequently these days.
"Zhiyuan, I spoke with him today, and I'm never going to see him again," Huo Mian explained patiently. "I just want to be with you. Don't be upset anymore, okay?"
"Like I'd believe any more of your bullshit. Do you still think I'm going to marry you? I would have to be insane! What, am I just going to wait for you to have your little affair after the wedding?" With that, Ning Zhiyuan picked up his leather suitcase bitterly and headed towards the door.
Huo Mian reached out to stop him. "Zhiyuan, have you calmed down? Did you really mean what you just said?" she asked again.
"Get out of my way! I don't want to talk to you. If you ask me, I think it's better for you to quit your job. After all, it wouldn't be good for us to work at the same hospital anyways. I'm a doctor, so I'm naturally not going to quit. You're just a nurse without much prospect, so why don't you just go find your ex-boyfriend and live the high life?"
With that, Ning Zhiyuan angrily shook off Huo Mian's hand, shoved open the door, and left...
As she watched Ning Zhiyuan walked away, Huo Mian was surprised that she didn't feel the slightest bit of sadness.
It was as if she could finally let out the breath that she had been holding for a long time. But… how could that be the case?
She was left dumbstruck by her own realization...
A moment later, she took out her cell phone and sent a WeChat message to Zhu Lingling.
"Lingling, what are you doing right now?"
"I just got off a flight, and I'm eating instant noodles right now."
"Come out for a drink, my boyfriend and I just broke up. I should be upset, right?"
"Ahem… You guys broke up? What happened? Did Qin Chu leave the country again?"
"Please, girl. My current boyfriend is Ning Zhiyuan."
"Oh, that guy. You should've gotten rid of him long ago. He wasn't good enough for you anyways."
"Alright, stop blabbing. Are you coming?"
"Of course! You find a place, and I'll be right there."
Huo Mian's best friend, Zhu Lingling, was indeed true to her words. Twenty minutes later, she arrived at Dark Night Bar.
As a flight attendant, her appeal was unquestionable, and the skin-tight black dress she wore made her look especially alluring.
Huo Mian, on the other hand, didn't look like someone who was enjoying a night out at all. In fact, she looked more like a waitress.
"Come on, we're out to play. Can't you dress up a little? Don't be like an old maid."
Huo Mian smiled, "I've never had that many clothes to begin with."
Over the past few years, half of her salary had gone to support her brother in his studies, and the other half had been saved to buy a home with Ning Zhiyuan. She didn't spend much money on herself.
It was true that she didn't have a lot of nice clothes. Even the dress she had worn to the high school reunion originally belonged to Zhu Lingling. Zhu Lingling bought it a while ago but then decided that she didn't want to wear it, so she gave it to Huo Mian.
For such a beautiful young girl of only twenty-four years old, she really hadn't indulged in the finer things in life.
"Mian, leaving Ning Zhiyuan is no big deal. He's doesn't know what he's losing. You know what they say, some people don't know a good thing when they see it. He's blind, and that's why he left you."
"Don't say that. I'm not as perfect as you think," Huo Mian said quietly as she picked up her cocktail glass.
"Says who? As far as I can see, you're one of a kind. You're a genius with an IQ of 130——"
"Okay, stop." Huo Mian quickly interrupted her before she had the chance to finish. "I swear you're going to keep bringing that up for the rest of our lives."
However, what Zhu Lingling said wasn't wrong. Huo Mian was twenty-four, yet all her classmates were twenty-seven or twenty-eight. This was because she'd skipped three grades.
Besides, she was admitted into C City's 2nd High School, an exclusive academy for the elite, with a grade of 697.
The exam had 700 points in total. At the time, it had been quite the event and she was even featured on the newspaper.
Her stepfather was still alive back then. That night, the whole family went to celebrate at a five-star hotel to enjoy a luxurious buffet.
Now, everything was different...
If she didn't date Qin Chu, she wouldn't have incurred the wrath of the Qin Family, and her stepfather wouldn't have been killed.
Her future should have been a bright one as well. In her second year of high school, she received an acceptance letter from the top school in America, with a full scholarship.
However, she rejected several opportunities in order to be with Qin Chu, yet what she had gotten in return was a death in her family and a broken home.
Right then, she heard a voice, disrupting her thought.
"Hi, Huo Mian, it's been a while."
She turned her head and was caught by surprise when she saw the man's face.
"Why are you here?" Huo Mian's attitude took on an antagonistic edge.