After a while.
Li Yinian closed her eyes and took a few deep breaths to calm herself down.
She struggled for a bit, but Qiao Yanze did not insist. However, when he let go of her, he grabbed her warm right hand.
Li Yinian tried to pull her hand back, but the man held it even tighter, as if he wanted to comfort her with the temperature of his palm.
Li Yinian suddenly felt that it was ridiculous. Her hand still hurt because she had just slapped him. The slap mark on the man’s face was still there, but he was feeling sorry for her hand.
She bit her lip hard and said in a low voice, “Qiao Yanze, you’re always thinking too much.”
“Perhaps.” He laughed softly, his gaze of agony still on her.
“Now that you know everything, you should understand that there won’t be any possibility between us.” Her smile was mocking. “Not to mention that I don’t love you, even if I did, I wouldn’t be so cheap. I can’t accept your mother. I can’t even not vent my anger on you.”
Qiao Yanze clenched his right hand tightly. He closed his eyes for two seconds before opening them again. There seemed to be a hint of darkness in his dark eyes.
“So, you planned to keep that baby back then,” he said hoarsely.
Li Yinian hesitated for a moment. “No. I was going to tell you before making a decision, but I didn’t expect your mother to receive the news so quickly.”
Qiao Yanze took another deep breath.
“Since you don’t care about my feelings, why didn’t you tell me after that? Shouldn’t you be happier to see me in pain, heartache, guilt, and regret? Also, don’t you hate my mother? If I knew the truth, she might have lost me, her son.”
“These are meaningless to me.” Li Yinian was expressionless.
Qiao Yanze stared at her face as if he wanted to see the depths of her soul. After a while, he asked, “Is that so?”
Li Yinian bit her lips and turned her face to the side. She didn’t seem interested in this question.
Qiao Yanze smiled.
“But after so many years, I still know,” he said slowly. “Besides, I might feel more pain, regret, and guilt than before.”
Li Yinian’s eyelashes fluttered before she said, “Don’t say that you want to make it up to me. If you really want to make it up to me, you should understand what I want.”
“You want me to stay away from you and never bother you again.”
“That’s right.” She smirked.
Qiao Yanze seemed to be in deep thought. After a while, he said, “Go back to Vienna immediately. I’ll make some arrangements there. You’ll be very safe. You don’t have to worry about being implicated by me.”
Li Yinian was stunned and looked up at her.
Perhaps it was because she had just been washed by tears, but her eyes seemed even darker and even more childish.
Qiao Yanze’s throat moved and his voice became even lower and hoarse. “As for your father… It’s up to you to decide what to do.”
Li Yinian’s heart skipped a beat. “What?”
“You suggested that he switch to internet finance. I guess you want to dig a hole for him to jump into.” Qiao Yanze’s tone was calm. “With his character and ability, once he steps into this field, it’s only a matter of time before he commits a financial crime. When that happens, you can settle your mother down.”