Chapter 470 A Satisfying Slap
Gu Mingchen drove home and saw Gu Ruoxin running out of the security booth. He was shivering as he was dressed thinly. His gaze became frosty. Zhou Hailan really doesn’t care about him at all.
He opened the car door and ordered, “Get in the car.” “Daddy, I don’t want to go in. There’s an evil witch in your house. She’s bad, and she wants me dead,” Gu Ruoxin accused.
Gu Mingchen’s gaze cooled several degrees. He carried Gu Ruoxin into the car but drove around instead of towards the manor. He turned up the heating in his car. “Who did you say is an evil witch?”
Seeing his father angry, Gu Ruoxin hesitated before answering, “She kidnapped me and made my Mommy leave you.”
“How do you know that?” asked Gu Mingchen. “Mommy told me,” Gu Ruoxin answered confidently. Gu Mingchen immediately called Zhou Hailan in front of Gu Ruoxin.
Three rings later, Zhou Hailan picked up the phone. He put the phone on loudspeaker. “You told Xin that Nian kidnapped him and forced you to leave me?” Gu Mingchen questioned.
“What, isn’t that true?” Zhou Hailan replied maliciously. “How can you leave me if we were never together?” Gu Mingchen asked sharply.
“Did you never like me?” Zhou Hailan asked.
“Like you? Where is this coming from? You’re nothing compared to Nian. You have the gall to tell such horrid lies to your kid; no wonder Su Xuyan doesn’t like you. That’s why he’d never once cared for you even though if you’ve been pining after him for years,” Gu Mingchen said angrily.
“Gu Mingchen, what sort of nonsense is that? I’m nothing compared to Bai Rong?” Zhou Hailan was enraged. “That’s right, how can you ever compare to Bai Rong? Looks? Personality? Character? You’ve pushed the only person who cared for you into hell.”
“You’re calling your own place hell?” Zhou Hailan shot back.
“You’re pushing Xin into hell by asking him to come here alone. You let him leave the house dressed in barely enough layers to keep him warm, and you’ve incited his hatred for Bai Rong so he wouldn’t be able to call this place his home. You’re pushing him into a life filled with hatred—wouldn’t that be hell? Plus, were you even worried for him when you knew he was kidnapped? No, you weren’t. Your first thought was to set someone up to blame,” Gu Mingchen scorned disdainfully.
“That’s nonsense! You’re just trying to sabotage my relationship with Xin so that he hates me,” Zhou Hailan replied frantically.
“Fine, I’ll give you a choice now. Do you want Xin or not? If you want him, he’s yours to keep forever. In return, I will cut ties with both of you. I’ll make sure you’re both financially taken care of, but that is the extent of my care. I will not concern myself with any other matters. If you don’t want him, then he’s mine, and you will no longer have a right to intervene in his life,” Gu Mingchen said coldly, a hard expression on his face.
If I show even a hint of mercy now, it will only cause more harm to Bai Rong in the future.
Zhou Hailan paused for a long moment.
Gu Ruoxin’s fists were clenched as he held his breath, waiting for Zhou Hailan’s answer.
“Is Xin next to you right now?” Zhou Hailan probed.
Gu Mingchen stared at Gu Ruoxin and answered coldly, “What does that have to do with your decision? I’ll tell you right now that he’s next to me. So think carefully before you answer. He’ll be listening earnestly to your every word.”
“He’ll be better off with you. He’ll only suffer if he stays with me.” Zhou Hailan’s tone softened considerably, and she sounded helpless.
Gu Mingchen sneered, “I know you’re purposely saying these words so that Xin thinks I’m tearing the two of you apart. Well, if he follows me, I’m going to send him overseas. He’s not going to be any better off. If he follows you, you’ll have ample resources to live off of for the rest of your life. Are you still sure that you don’t want him?”
“Gu Mingchen, just what are you trying to do?” Zhou Hailan sounded annoyed.
“It’s what you’re trying to do. At least try to be more honest, or Su Xuyan will never look your way. He’ll only spurn you otherwise,” Gu Mingchen replied coolly.
“I have no idea what you’re saying.” Zhou Hailan hung up.
Gu Mingchen looked at Gu Ruoxin. “Do you understand what’s going on after hearing all that?”
Gu Ruoxin stared at him, his eyes reddened with tears as he asked softly, “Am I the kid that both you and Mommy don’t want to keep?”
“What kind of person do you want to be in the future?” Gu Mingchen didn’t answer his question.
“I want to be someone like daddy,” Gu Ruoxin answered determinedly.
“Nian told me that you’re a kind, responsible kid who takes a stand for the weak. But I hope you don’t let others take advantage of your kind traits. If you’re going to treat Nian with hatred, what do you think is going to happen?”
Gu Ruoxin chewed his lips and started crying. “Daddy, are you really going to send me overseas? I won’t be able to see you or Mommy.”
“Xin, I’ve always only loved the woman who is now my wife, not your Mommy. I didn’t separate from your Mommy because of someone else, so you cannot hate anyone for it, do you understand?” Gu Mingchen asked sternly.
“If I say I understand, will you not send me away?”
“How about this? Do you want to stay with your Mommy or me? Think carefully before you answer,” Gu Mingchen asked his son.
Gu Ruoxin lowered his head. “If I come here, Mommy will be all alone. Isn’t that sad? But she doesn’t want me, and you don’t want me either. So I don’t know who I want to stay with.”
“Go have a chat with Ms. Wu. Whether you stay or leave depends on your conversation with her.”
“Why? Is she more important to you than me? But I’m your son!” Gu Ruoxin couldn’t understand.
“In my eyes, she’s more important to me than my life. When you’re older and fall in love with a lady, you’ll understand how I feel. It’s not that I don’t want you, but I’m trying to find a way to resolve things more smoothly. No one likes trouble, you understand?”
“So, you still want me, right?”
“Do you know what she told me? She said that you’re my son and I should be a good father to you. So what you know of her is not a complete image of her, but merely what your Mommy thinks of her. I hope you can grow up to be a person who acts logically and isn’t easily swayed by others, alright?” Gu Mingchen advised seriously.
Gu Ruoxin lifted his head. “I want to talk to her.”
“Ok.” Gu Mingchen nodded and drove the car towards the manor.
He brought Xin indoors and asked the housemaid, “Where’s the Young Mistress?”
The housemaid looked at Xin before turning back to Gu Mingchen. “Mr. Gu, the Young Mistress kicked the Young Master out just now. Why, she didn’t even give him a coat. She’s reading a book leisurely at the basement right now.”
“Aunt Wang, when my mother is back, you can collect the rest of salary and leave,” Gu Mingchen said coldly as he led Gu Ruoxin to the basement, leaving a dumbfounded Aunt Wang standing there.