Chapter 55

       Li Zhenruo somewhat felt chilled.

       He always thought that the answer he got from Aunt Wu this time would be Li Zhentai. Zhu Kai, and Li Zhentai. Zhu Kai got his blood sample from Aunt Wu and then gave it to Li Zhentai, who asked Yue Zijia to send it for a paternity test.

       Before, he always wondered, where did Li Jianglin’s semen come from? He believed it was not possible that Yue Zijia would go as far as seducing Li Jianglin, right? Now he was beginning to suspect the possibility that Li Jianglin’s semen was also obtained by Zhu Kai.

       Li Jianglin had always doted on Zhu Kai. Zhu Kai caused so much trouble at Li Zhentai’s wedding and Li Jianglin could not hold him accountable. He even took him when he went to recuperate.

       Although there were many illegitimate children and mistresses, in Li Zhenruo’s impression, since Zhu Yun’s death, Li Jianglin had never had any involvement with other women. He always felt that it was from Li Jianglin’s affection for Zhu Yun. Now that he thought about it, Zhu Kai and Zhu Yun looked similar. Could it be that Li Jianglin simply took Zhu Kai as a stand-in for Zhu Yun?

       He took a deep breath and told himself to calm down. He needed to sort this out.

       Aunt Wu was still crying, but Li Zhenruo didn’t have any resentment toward her. After all, she was only being used, and even without her, under the same roof, Zhu Kai could always find some other way.

       Li Zhenruo had inquired about what he wanted to know, but Aunt Wu was still trapped in self-blame and couldn’t get rid of it. Before he left, he gave Aunt Wu two hundred yuan and asked if he could take the kitten away.

       Aunt Wu agreed without much thought.

       Li Zhenruo carried the cat in his arms to the car, and Yan Xiujie was hesitant to say anything. When the car left the small road and entered the main road, he finally couldn’t help but ask, “What’s your relationship with Li Zhenruo?”

       It was not that Li Zhenruo couldn’t trust Yan Xiujie. On the contrary, among his many relatives and friends in the past, Yan Xiujie was probably one of the people he trusted the most. But once a lot of things were said, there were too many things to explain, and it would implicate too many people. For him now, it was best to continue the previous statement with Li Zhenran.

       So he said to Yan Xiujie, “I am his friend. I believe his death was not an accident.”

       Yan Xiujie turned his head to look at him, “You’re his friend? But I’ve never heard him mention you.”

       Li Zhenruo said, “But he often mentions you to me. He trusts you very much and thought that his relationship with you is more of a friend.”

       Yan Xiujie seemed to squeeze the steering wheel tightly.

       Li Zhenruo reached out and pressed lightly on his arm, “Do you believe that Jason’s death was just an accident?”

       Yan Xiujie said calmly, “I don’t know, but I didn’t doubt it before.”

       Li Zhenruo was not Li Jianglin’s biological son and had been kicked out of the Li family, as long as the two appraisal certificates were not overturned, he would never have a chance to turn around. So who would kill him? What was the point of killing him?

       This was not only unimaginable to Yan Xiujie, but even Li Zhenruo still found it strange.

       But Li Zhenruo himself knew that the person’s appearance that day was purposeful. It was not some accidental robbery, but he came for Li Zhenruo. In this world, there was really such a person who wanted him to die.

       He wanted to find the person.

       Li Zhenruo said to Yan Xiujie, “Whether you believe it or not, I hope you can help me. No matter what the result is, we have to know the truth, don’t we?”

       Yan Xiujie took a deep breath, “I can help you what I can do, but what I can do to help you right now is really limited.”

       What the current Yan Xiujie could do was indeed very limited. After all, he was just an ordinary employee of Yunlin.

       Li Zhenruo said, “No matter what, thank you.”

       After speaking, he lowered his head and gently stroked the top of the kitten’s head.

       Yan Xiujie saw his gentle movements and asked, “Do you like cats very much?”

       Li Zhenruo said “um”, “I like it.”

       If it wasn’t for being a cat himself, he thought he wouldn’t like cats so much.

       Yan Xiujie asked him again, “Are you going back?”

       Li Zhenruo was stunned, “Where to?”

       Yan Xiujie said, “Go back to see Second Young Master.”

       Li Zhenruo seemed to sigh unconsciously and said, “I’ll go back. I’ll go see him.” His relationship with Li Zhenran shouldn’t be so unclear, even if it was over, they should face it.

       With Yan Xiujie driving him, it took a lot less time to go back than when he came, but it was still almost evening when he entered the city.

       The first thing that Li Zhenruo did when they returned to the city was to ask Yan Xiujie to find a pet clinic and treat the wounds on the kitten. The kitten was meowing in pain. Li Zhenruo stood beside it and felt distressed.

       While he was watching the veterinarian deal with the kitten, Yan Xiujie made a phone call outside. After a while, he came in and said to Li Zhenruo, “Second Young Master asked me to take you to him.”

       Li Zhenruo nodded.

       After treating the cat’s wounds, Li Zhenruo got in the car and looked in the direction Yan Xiujie was driving, and suddenly realized that they were going to Li Zhenran’s apartment in the city, and not Li’s family villa.

       He didn’t know if Li Zhenran had been living there for the past two days, or if Li Zhenran went there to wait for him today.

       Yan Xiujie drove downstairs and stopped to let Li Zhenruo get out of the car. Before leaving, he said to Li Zhenruo, “Call me if there’s anything.”

       Li Zhenruo nodded and replied, “Drive carefully.”

       Yan Xiujie left, and Li Zhenruo walked into the neighbourhood with the cat in his arms. He stood under the apartment building and suddenly realized that he couldn’t even enter the building without the key, let alone the elevator.

       He took out his mobile phone and called Li Zhenran.

       The phone was quickly connected, and Li Zhenran’s voice sounded emotionless as he said, “What?”

       Li Zhenruo suddenly felt a little sullen and wronged, and said, “I can’t go upstairs to your floor.”

       Li Zhenran heard the words and replied, “Wait a minute.” After that, he hung up the phone.

       Li Zhenruo stood outside the unit building door and waited for about two minutes. He saw that the building door was opened. Li Zhenran was wearing a light grey casual sweater and light grey sweatpants. He stood in front of him with slippers on the soles of his feet.

       Obviously, they met in the school yesterday morning, but Li Zhenruo felt that he hadn’t seen Li Zhenran for a long time so his eyes were sore when he saw him.

       Li Zhenran looked down at the cat in his hand and said, “What? Found your destiny?”

       Li Zhenruo was a little angry. He remembered the woman he brought to Li Jianglin’s birthday banquet, and turned to leave.

       Li Zhenran stepped forward and grabbed his wrist and said, “Had you had enough of playing? Are you willing to come back with me?”

       Li Zhenruo muttered, “I’m not playing.”

       Li Zhenran said, “I know, you are investigating the cause of Li Zhenruo’s death. So what did you find out this time?”

       Li Zhenruo looked up at him, hesitating whether to speak.

       Li Zhenran said, “Let’s go upstairs first.”

       This was not a suitable place to talk. Li Zhenruo felt Li Zhenran take his hand to walk inside and did not refuse. However, Li Zhenran didn’t let go of his hand until he got into the elevator.

       The elevator went up quietly and smoothly. Li Zhenruo stood behind Li Zhenran, looked down at the hand he was holding, and said, “Li Zhenruo’s death may have something to do with Zhu Kai.”

       Li Zhenran didn’t look back, but said, “Really? Weren’t you very close to him?”

       As soon as he finished speaking, Li Zhenruo didn’t react at first and looked at him in confusion. After a while, he felt a chill on his back, and goosebumps climbed from head to feet.

       He began to get nervous and wanted to break free of Li Zhenran’s hand that was holding him, but Li Zhenran was holding on so tightly that he couldn’t break free at all.

       Until the elevator stopped, and the elevator door slowly opened.

       Li Zhenran wanted to pull him to go outside, but Li Zhenruo refused to go. He pressed his back firmly against the inner wall of the elevator and stared at Li Zhenran with a terrified expression.

       The two were deadlocked for a moment because the elevator door was blocked by Li Zhenran, it could not be closed for a long time, and an alarm sounded.

       Li Zhenran said to Li Zhenruo, “Can you come out first?”

       Li Zhenruo said, “Let go of me first.”

       Li Zhenran let go of his hand and exited the elevator first, but just pressed the button outside to prevent the elevator door from closing.

       Li Zhenruo hugged the cat in his arms tighter. He felt cold from head to toe, and only the cat in his arms was still warm. He finally got out of the elevator, but still leaned against the wall to look at Li Zhenran and said, ” When did you know?”

       Li Zhenran’s expression was calm, “I have my suspicion for a while. I wasn’t sure until just now, Li Zhenruo.”

       It was not the first time that Li Zhenruo heard his name from Li Zhenran’s mouth, but it was the first time to address him face-to-face, and it was as if he had returned to the past. At that time, he was at home, and Li Zhenran came back from the outside. When Li Zhenran saw him, he just nodded coldly, without even a smile, turned around and went upstairs directly.

       This was the relationship he had always had with Li Zhenran. Even though they grew up together, they had never been intimate, and they did not intend to ease or improve this relationship.

       He clearly thought in his heart that he could not continue to rely on Li Zhenran, but at this moment, Li Zhenruo realized that what he was most afraid of was that Li Zhenran would never accept him again.

       They were brothers, and he had been deceiving him and taking advantage of him, what would Li Zhenran think of their relationship?

       Li Zhenruo stared at Li Zhenran. He didn’t even know what to say, but he just wanted to see Li Zhenran’s reaction clearly.

       However, at this time Li Zhenran said, “Not going back yet? How long are you going to stand here?”

       Li Zhenruo said, “I…” He only said one word, and the rest was stuck in his throat. He didn’t know what to say at this time.

       He took a step forward carefully but did not get out of the elevator. He hugged the cat tightly with one hand, leaned against the elevator door, and his other hand secretly pressed the elevator door closing button.

       The elevator door began to emit an alarm sound. Li Zhenran slightly lowered his head and glanced at his hand, seemingly aware of his movements. At this time, he released the hand holding the elevator door.

       Immediately after he let go, the elevator door slowly closed.

       Li Zhenruo saw that Li Zhenran kept looking at him, and at the last moment, before the elevator door closed, he saw that Li Zhenran showed a sad expression.

       However, the elevator door still closed tightly with a soft sound and then began to descend.

       Li Zhenruo suddenly felt a little weak in his legs and squatted down in the elevator with the cat in his arms.

       He ran away, and he didn’t even know why he was running. At that moment, his emotions were too complicated, he was nervous and scared, and he didn’t dare to face what he had to face next. He was afraid to listen to what Li Zhenran would continue to say.

       Walking out of the neighbourhood where Li Zhenran lived, Li Zhenruo walked a short distance and sat down on the edge of the flower bed beside the road with the cat in his arms. He buried his face in the soft body of the kitten and closed his eyes.

       Li Zhenruo felt that he was quite useless. When the time came, he only knew how to escape, and he didn’t even have the courage to face it.

       The kitten was uncomfortable and started to struggle with a purring sound.

       Li Zhenruo quickly raised his head and said to it, “I’m sorry.”

       It didn’t matter if he wandered outside alone, but he just felt sorry for the kitten. Of course, he didn’t have the energy to keep another cat now, but until the time came, he hoped to find a responsible owner so that no one would hurt it again.

       Li Zhenruo stood up and turned to look at the tall buildings in the neighbourhood, but found that he didn’t even know which building and which window it was. He couldn’t help but recall Li Zhenran’s look, and suddenly felt a stuffy pain in his chest.

       He suddenly felt a little regretful, and thought would it be better if he didn’t run away? But if he didn’t leave, what would Li Zhenran say to him? What was the look in Li Zhenran’s eyes mean? That he was lying to him and he was disappointed? Or that he was Li Zhenruo, and did he think it was still possible between them?

       Li Zhenruo shook his head vigorously to stop himself from thinking about it. He couldn’t stop himself from thinking in a more pessimistic direction, as if today was the end for him and Li Zhenran.

The author has something to say:

The manuscript is almost gone, I can only reduce the number of words to maintain the daily update…

Lmao, how lame it was? Zhenran cooly answered Zhenruo’s call but then realised Zhenruo can’t come in coz he didn’t have the key so he need to come down and picked him up (´∀`)
Zhenran knew it from the start, huh?

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1 Comment

  1. ming

    omg i knew he would have realised… especially since the bloody tissue incident…….

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