Li Yinian bit her lips and asked hoarsely, “Will you really not stop me from leaving Yang City?”
“Of course.” Qiao Yanze raised an eyebrow. “You’ve been gone for almost half a year. When did I ever look for you?”
Li Yinian clenched her fists.
Now, she could only choose to believe his words. No matter what he thought, it was fine as long as they did not stay together.
This was the best outcome she could think of. Although she did not understand why this man had suddenly changed his mind—was it really because he felt guilty and owed her?
She looked down and hid the obscure emotions in her eyes. She said in a hoarse voice, “Okay. Let go of me first. I have to sleep early. I have a flight to catch tomorrow morning.”
Qiao Yanze paused for a moment before letting go of her.
After escaping from the shackles, Li Yinian heaved a sigh of relief. She picked up the hairdryer and walked towards the closet, saying, “You can leave now.”
Qiao Yanze looked at her back and said slowly, “I don’t want to go back. It’s too quiet there.”
“It’s none of my business.”
“I won’t do anything to you if I stay here. After all, this is the first time I’m finding out that I had a child. No matter how crazy I am, I won’t touch you at this time.”
The man’s voice was calm and hoarse. He spoke very slowly, almost enunciating every word.
Li Yinian paused.
“Whether you touch me or not, you shouldn’t stay here.” She placed the hairdryer where it should be and turned to look at him. “If you don’t leave, I’ll call security. It won’t do you any good if you cause a scene. Your brothers are all watching you, Fourth Young Master Qiao.”
She deliberately emphasized his identity.
Qiao Yanze chuckled and said, “You’re the one who forced me to participate in the battle for the position of successor. Now, you’re also the one threatening me. Do you think I care?”
Li Yinian bit her lower lip, seemingly regretting her rashness. That’s right, she had finally made him focus on the fight for the inheritance. How could she allow him to give up?
“Qiao Yanze, since you’re already involved, there’s no chance for you to quit.”
The man smiled indifferently. “At most, I’ll return everything I have. I’ll just be scolded for being useless. It’s not a big deal.”
Li Yinian bit her lip hard.
“Of course, I won’t do that.” Qiao Yanze suddenly smiled. “Since you want me to win, I won’t let you down.”
“But it’s really boring to fight with them.” The man changed the topic and his eyes became focused and ambiguous. “I still prefer to be with you.”
Li Yinian tilted her face slightly and clenched her fists.
The man’s tone was calm and natural. The more he said that, the more it meant that he was thinking from the bottom of his heart.
“I haven’t had a good sleep in months.” He suddenly sighed and lay on the bed. “I’ve been staying in a hotel recently. Every time I wake up, I’m in an unfamiliar environment. It feels terrible.”
He didn’t sound like he was complaining. Instead, he sounded like… wheedling?
It was as if he wanted to gain her sympathy.
However, he had to admit that his method was very useful. At least, Li Yinian couldn’t order him to get lost again.
However, the uneasiness in her heart grew stronger. It was probably because he had been too persistent for the past three years, so she could not believe that this man had given up just like that.
She hoped that she would be able to return to Vienna tomorrow.
Li Yinian was about to turn around and go to the guest room when she realized that the man on the bed had closed his eyes. His handsome face was so quiet that it made one pity him.
She could not help but stop.