The 99th Divorce - Chapter 2231
Chapter 2231: Throwing Away a Picture of My Mother
“I was doing my part-time shift that day,” Quan Jingyi said plainly .
“You work part-time?” Li Jianyue asked, looking surprised .
“Yeah,” Quan Jingyi said as he leaned forward indolently . His demeanor was in sharp contrast to his unwavering calmness at the office moments before . “I was selling some trinkets . You even bought them from me . ”
“Oh!” Li Jianyue suddenly recalled it . “I bought them from the Kumamon Bear . Were you wearing a Kumamon Bear suit that day? Were you the one who sold me the bunny ears?”
Quan Jingyi bowed his head slightly as a gesture of admission .
“Whoa! I can’t believe it was you!” Li Jianyue was amazed . “So, why didn’t you tell me then? I can’t believe it! You’re remarkable!”
“Yeah! You’re so remarkable!” Li Jianyue was oozing with admiration . “You’re studying while at the same working part-time . The weather was so hot that day, and you wore such a thick suit in a crowded place . I can’t even bear the thought of it . My grandfather used to say ‘no pain, no gain . ’ I think it’s fantastic that you’ve already started training yourself . ”
Quan Jingyi laughed when he heard Li Jianyue’s heartfelt words . “The only reason I work part-time is to earn money . ”
“Earn money?” Li Jianyue looked at him and blinked her eyes . “Your father doesn’t give you any money?”
“Yeah,” Quan Jingyi walked on . “But it doesn’t matter . If he doesn’t want to give, he doesn’t have to . I can earn it on my own . ”
“Why won’t your father give you any money?” Li Jianyue caught up with him . “I heard from the other students that you don’t have a good relationship with your father . Is it because you insisted on pursuing your art despite your father’s objections? Is that why your relationship soured?”
Li Jianyue sounded very puzzled . Her tone carried a certain endearing immaturity and innocence peculiar to her age .
Quan Jingyi turned his head to face her . He noticed straight away the doubt and curiosity on Li Jianyue’s pink face .
“That’s just part of the reason . ”
“So, what’s the other part of the reason?”
Quan Jingyi paused for a second . It was then that he realized that Li Jianyue was relatively short .
As they stood next to each other, the top of her head barely reached his chin .
Li Jianyue mistook his pause for reluctance . “It’s fine if you don’t want to answer the question . I was just curious . You don’t have to tell me anything if you don’t want to,” she said quickly .
Quan Jingyi pursed his lips . “There’s nothing that can’t be said . You’ve probably heard it from the others . My biological mother died, and my father remarried . My stepmother gave birth to a son . ”
“Uh, huh,” Li Jianyue nodded her head .
Li Jianyue had heard that Quan Jianyi’s father had remarried . But she was unaware that his stepmother had given birth to a little brother .
“During my stepmother’s confinement, I had a verbal conflict with her . ”
Li Jianyue widened her eyes . “That was wrong of you . My mother told me that a woman should, at all costs, avoid getting angry during her confinement . If she were to get angry, the damaging effects on her body would last a lifetime . ”
Li Jianyue had felt proud of her mother when she explained it to her .
Her mother had met a good man . And because of that, she was very well cared for after she had given birth twice .
Quan Jingyi lowered his eyes slightly and hummed in affirmation .
Li Jianyue noticed that Quan Jingyi seemed downcast . She became worried that she had made him unhappy . “But I believe that you wouldn’t have gotten into a conflict with her for no apparent reason . So, why did you?” she prodded further .
“Because she wanted to throw away a picture of my mother . ”
Li Jianyue was shocked . “No way! If your mother’s picture was offensive to her, why didn’t you hide it?”
“I hid it in the drawer in my room . ”
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