Qi Cong’s younger uncle was called Qi Hun. As his name implied, he was a very mischievous man. When he was young, he was idle and lived off his parents’ money. Later, when he didn’t have the elderly to chew on, he used to find some excuse from time to time to go to his relatives’ houses and cheat them of money.

Grandpa Qi Cong was the wealthiest member of the whole Qi family, and in the past, he was cheated by Qi Hun. When he was a child, Qi Cong, saw a lot of the repulsive face of this younger uncle, so he was disgusted with this family member of the elder generation.

In the past, Qi Cong had some scruples about his mother and his grandfather’s affection towards the relatives from their hometown, so he kept his disgust hidden in his heart and tried to sustain the courtesy of the younger generation when facing Qi Hun. But now, the Qi family had changed greatly. He heard that his younger uncle came to use his parents when they were already in trouble, and that emotion in his heart could no longer be concealed.

Without waiting for Qi Hun to answer, he continued, “Not only the five hundred thousand for the repair of the tombs, but also the seven hundred thousand you cheated from Grandfather with a fake medical record when you lied that you had a serious illness, and other small amounts of money as well. Looking at Younger Uncle’s appearance now, you must be doing very well. Now that my parents are having a hard time, it’s time for you to return all the money.”

The living room was quiet. Everyone, except for  Shen Jia, had dazed expressions, including Qi Hun, who was targeted by Qi Cong.

Qi Cong frowned. What’s with this reaction?

Qi Yin suddenly stood straight and changed her previous indifference. She almost rushed towards Qi Cong, raised her hand, and held Qi Cong’s face in her hands. Her tone was urgent, “Cong, look at your mother!”

Qi Cong hurriedly held Qi Yin’s hand and looked at Qi Yin. When he met Qi Yin’s eyes, which were obviously not well-rested and very red, his heart trembled and his body softened. He couldn’t help calling out, “Mom.”

Qi Yin stared at Qi Cong, her fingers trembling. Suddenly, she lost all her strength and hugged Qi Cong, her shoulders shaking as she cried silently.

“Mom?” Qi Cong panicked. He held Qi Yin’s back and wanted to see her face, but he didn’t dare to push her too hard. Unexpectedly, when he saw Qi Yin’s hair mixed with white hair, he suddenly wanted to cry and hugged Qi Yin back.

“Mom, don’t cry. It’s my fault. I’m sorry.”

When the others finally returned to their senses, Lin Hui came to Qi Cong and asked excitedly, “Cong, do you remember?”

Qi Cong blinked his eyes to suppress his tears and replied, “What? I had amnesia?”

At the critical moment, Shen Jia still proved reliable. He leaned over to Qi Cong’s side and said in Qi Cong’s place, “Uncle, Brother Cong remembers everything now. From childhood to adulthood, he remembers everything.”

Lin Hui got more and more excited. “Really?”

“Really. It’s absolutely true!”

Qi Cong felt more and more confused at Shen Jia and Lin Hui this time. He was about to question them when Qi Hun, sitting on the sofa, suddenly opened his mouth.

“Xiao Cong, it’s a good thing that you can remember the past, but just like food cannot be eaten at random, words cannot be said at random. What do you mean by cheating? Didn’t I repair the ancestral graves? Now that I am well, this does not mean I wasn’t ill in the past? It doesn’t make sense.”

Qi Yin’s shaking shoulders froze.

Qi Cong calmed his mind and his face turned cold again.

Qi Hun still continued saying, “Xiao Cong, I know you are short of money, but you can’t have any ideas about your own cousin. You still use your parents as an excuse. It is really unkind—”

“Shut up!” Qi Yin interrupted Qi Hun.

Qi Hun choked and looked discontentedly at Qi Yin, who had withdrawn from Qi Cong’s arms. “Fourth Sister, how do you—”

“Didn’t you hear me when I told you to shut up?” Qi Yin freed herself from Qi Cong’s embrace and turned to face Qi Hun. Her eyebrows, which were similar to Qi Cong’s, and her expression were almost the same as Qi Cong’s, but her momentum was stronger and her tone was deeper than that of Qi Cong. “Third Brother, Qi Cong is back. It’s time for you to go. You don’t have to come back anymore. It should be more than enough to pay the debt my father owed to your mother with the money you cheated, borrowed, and stole from my family over the years. Anyway, our two families are not from the same branch, so the kinship should be severed.“

Qi Hun couldn’t believe it. “Do you know what you are saying—”

“Lin Hui, take Third Brother out!”

Qi Yin stopped paying attention to Qi Hun and grabbed Qi Cong’s arm to pull him into the master bedroom on the right side of the living room, slamming the door behind them.

The door, just like the main door, was made of wood. The door panel was even thinner and could not seal off any sound. Outside, Qi Hun made a scene, shouting and wanting to rush in to find Qi Yin to explain clearly but was stopped by Lin Hui and Shen Jia.

Qi Hun’s words were terrible, making Qi Cong clench his fist.

He felt that his hand was suddenly warm. Qi Cong bowed his head and saw Qi Yin holding his hand and gently pulling open his clenched fist. He reflexively relaxed.

Qi Yin didn’t look up and said softly, “You have a habit of clenching your fist when you are angry.”

Qi Cong answered habitually, “If I change it now, Mom will have no excuse to hold my hand.”

“. . .” Qi Yin tightened her grip on his hand and looked up at Qi Cong. “How much do you remember?”

How much he remembered of what? Qi Cong didn’t quite understand.

Outside the door, Qi Hun was probably stopped because his voice suddenly grew louder and his words became much uglier.

“No wonder Qi Cong became such a waste. It’s not surprising when he has such unkind and mean parents like you! It’s already good he turned out like this! Qi Yin, you said you wanted to break our relationship, then you can first pay off the debt your family owes my mother! If it hadn’t been for my mother, how could your father expand Sanmu? Sanmu’s trademark should be mine!

“Qi Yin, come out! If you don’t sell me the trademark today, I’m not done with you. Do you think you are still the rich lady who used to be the boss? Don’t be shameless and force me to become serious!”

Qi Cong withdrew his hand from Qi Yin without clenching his fist and restrained his temper as he said, “Mom, I’ll go out for a while. You just sit and have some rest.”

Murmurs could be heard.

“I’ll be back soon.” Qi Cong sat Qi Yin on the bed, opened the door, and went out, closing the door with his back turned.

Seeing Qi Cong coming out, Qi Hun, who was held by the arms by Lin Hui and Shen Jia, got more and more excited. Lin Hui and Shen Jia both had thin bodies, and they couldn’t stop the tall and very fat Qi Hun, so Qi Hun broke away from them.

Bang! Qi Cong picked up the porcelain teapot from the table and smashed it.

Qi Hun’s struggle stopped, but his mouth did not stop. “What, do you want to scare me with this? I’ve been out for so many years, but it’s not—”

Qi Cong stooped to pick up the largest fragment and in the middle of Qi Hun’s speech, he suddenly grabbed Qi Hun’s collar and raised the porcelain fragment to stab Qi Hun in the eye.

Lin Hui was startled and quickly let go of Qi Hun to stop him, “Cong, don’t!”

Qi Cong steadily stopped the porcelain fragment at a distance of only two centimeters from Qi Hun’s eye then stepped back for Lin Hui while looking at Qi Hun, who had turned white from fear. 

He threatened, “Barefooted people are not afraid to wear shoes. I have nothing, but my parents still have Sanmu. If you dare to touch them, I will dare you to fight with me. Do you want to be haunted by me for the rest of your life, or do you want to get out of my house immediately? Get out of my house now!”

Without any restriction from Liu Hui, Qi Hun easily broke free from Shen Jia’s restraint and stepped back two steps. Breaking into a cold sweat, he touched his eyes, looked at Qi Cong, looked at the fragment Qi Cong was still holding in his hand, and his expression twisted a few times. As he walked to the door, he swore in a low voice.

When he got out of the door, his voice became louder again. “No wonder Jiang Zhaoyan doesn’t like you. You are a madman! You want to be a star and make a lot of money? Just Look at yourself!”

Shen Jia angrily rolled up his sleeves. “You TM, say another word!”

Qi Hun quickly ran away. Lin Hui immediately closed the door. Bang.

Qi Cong threw away the fragments, looked around the room, and found a dustpan and a broom. He carefully swept the fragments of the teapot; looked at Lin Hui, who came over; and bowed his head and apologized, “Dad, I’m sorry. I dropped the teapot.”

Lin Hui sighed and touched Qi Cong’s long hair gently. “It’s alright, but don’t do it again. When you use force, whether you hurt others or others hurt you, you will suffer in the end. Solve the problem rationally, understand?”

“Mm-hmm.”

The door to the master bedroom opened, and Qi Yin came out.

Qi Cong froze and instinctively hid the dustpan containing the fragments of the teapot. Before Qi Yin could open her mouth, he said, “Dad, Mom, you can’t live here anymore. Younger Uncle will not give up easily. He lost face today, but he will definitely come back. We can’t control the access to this building nor is there any security in this neighborhood, and the door can be opened with a small push, which is too unsafe.”

Qi Yin glanced at the dustpan behind Qi Cong and then looked away as Qi Cong stiffened and changed the topic. Her gaze softened as she asked, “Move to where?”

Move to where?

Qi Cong was stunned for a moment. After “sleeping” for three years, he didn’t know where he lived or where he could move his parents. But he quickly thought of a way and replied, “First, find a nearby hotel to stay. Mom, Dad, you should pack up the things you want to take away. JiaJia and I will go to the hotel and pick you up when we have booked a room.”

What Lin Hui wanted to say was stopped by Qi Yin, as she nodded and said, “Alright. Your parents will be waiting for you at home.”

After Qi Cong and Shen Jia left, Lin Hui looked at Qi Yin and said, “Do you really want to move?”

“Didn’t you see? He just started a fight with Qi Hun on purpose.”

Lin Hui froze. “On purpose?”

“Mm-hmm.” Qi Yin smiled, and her beautiful apricot eyes were slightly curved. He could vaguely see her charming and moving appearance from when she was young. “He loves us and was looking for an excuse to let us move. Lin, it seems that he really got better this time.“

 

 

In the orange sports car, Qi Cong asked Shen Jia, “Where did I live before I was hospitalized?”

“You rented a small apartment in Tianhua District.”

“How big?”

“One bedroom and one living room.”

Qi Cong was silent and frowned slightly.

Shen Jia looked at Qi Cong and tentatively said, “I have a small villa in Jinxiu District. It was a birthday present given to me by my father last year. Anyway, it’s empty. Why not—”

Qi Cong shook his head. “It’s not suitable. You can lend your house to me, but you can’t lend it to my parents. My parents wouldn’t live in a house of the younger generation. It would be hard to say it. JiaJia, do I really owe the bank eight hundred thousand?”

Shen Jia choked and replied implicitly, “With my understanding, maybe . . . it’s more than that.”

More than that? Qi Cong frowned even more. More than eight hundred thousand. How much was it? One million? Two million?

Shen Jia tried again. “Brother Cong, don’t worry. I can help you return—”

Kah. Qi Cong cracked his knuckles expressionlessly.

Shen Jia changed his tune in time. “. . . I can lend you a sum of money in case of emergency! You’ll pay it back when you earn money. Of course, I’ll charge interest. As the old saying goes, even blood brothers should settle accounts clearly.”

Qi Cong loosened his fingers and stopped scaring Shen Jia. He patted him on the shoulder. “Thank you, JiaJia. If it wasn’t for you . . . Thank you.”

“You don’t have to be polite to me.” Shen Jia quickly turned his head and grinned at Qi Cong, then moved his eyes back to the road, sniffing secretly. “I only wanted to say that, without you, there would be no me now. As long as you are good, everything else is just a minor matter.”

 

 

After booking the hotel, Qi Cong and Shen Jia went back to the neighborhood to pick up Qi Yin and Lin Hui. Qi Yin was already in poor health, and that afternoon, thanks to Qi Hun, she was involved in an altercation and now she was moving. In addition, her mood rose and fell, so she went to sleep as soon as they arrived at the hotel.

Qi Cong didn’t stay long. After talking with Lin Hui, he got in the car with Shen Jia and set off for his rented apartment.

On the way to the apartment, Qi Cong asked Shen Jia something he didn’t understand. For example, the words that Shen Jia said to Lin Hui before that he “remembers everything” and the name, Jiang Zhaoyan, that came out of Qi Hun’s mouth, and Shen Jia’s job that could easily earn seven figures in a year.


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