No, this man would not collapse so easily.
She only hoped that he would stop probing here. He should know what kind of earthquake would happen if the rest of the Qiao family found out about this—not only because of her identity, but also because of the well-known past between her and Qiao Yanze. At that time, Qiao Yanze’s siblings would never let go of this opportunity to attack him. His life might not be able to recover because of this past.
She and Madam Qiao had spent so much time hiding it to avoid such an outcome.
Qiao Yanze definitely knew the stakes and hoped that he wouldn’t let her down.
For a moment, Li Yinian almost wanted to call him to remind him, but she quickly rejected the idea.
There must be no more contact between them. Absolutely not.
“How does it taste?”
Qin Hongyu’s voice snapped her out of her trance.
She looked up and forced a smile. “Yes, it’s delicious.”
Qin Hongyu pursed his lips. After a few seconds, he said self-deprecatingly, “I don’t think you can taste anything at all.”
“Sorry…” Li Yinian’s eyelashes fluttered.
“Don’t be like this. I’m not blaming you…” Qin Hongyu struggled for a few seconds before saying, “You said that you won’t fall in love with anyone else that day because you still love Qiao Yanze, right?”
Li Yinian’s breathing became erratic.
She shook her head firmly. “No.”
To this day, she should not have any feelings for this man. Just thinking about it was enough to make her hate herself.
“Were you happy when you were with me?” Qin Hongyu asked suddenly.
Li Yinian was stunned and nodded. “Of course.”
“No.” The man smiled in disappointment. “When you’re with me, you’re very calm. I won’t make you sad, but I can’t make you happy either because you don’t have any feelings for me.”
Li Yinian was stunned and speechless.
“Qiao Yanze… He can make you suffer and grieve, which means you still care about him,” Qin Hongyu said softly.
“No.” She retorted quickly, her voice weak. “I’m not in pain because I still love him… Hongyu, stop talking about him. Please.”
“Sorry, I won’t say anymore.” Qin Hongyu immediately stopped her. He hesitated for a moment and looked at her bowl. “If you can’t eat, don’t force yourself. I’ll make you something to eat when you’re hungry.”
Li Yinian smiled apologetically and slowly put down her chopsticks. She indeed had no appetite.
“Lie down and rest for a while,” Qin Hongyu said as he held her shoulders and helped her lie down.
Li Yinian didn’t refuse. She wrapped herself tightly in the blanket and sank into the soft sofa, as if that was the only way she could get a moment of peace.
Qin Hongyu’s breathing became erratic as he watched her close her eyes.
This woman was indeed a stunner. Even though her face was pale, she was still a ravishing beauty. She was calm yet fatal, like a needle hidden in cotton. It was as if her beauty would kill you before you even realize it.
Qin Hongyu felt that he was bleeding without knowing it.
Perhaps Qiao Yanze’s situation was more serious than him.
Therefore, even though Qiao Yanze looked like he had given up, he still felt a sense of danger.