After all, what truth existed in a relations.h.i.+p built on a foundation of lies?
Chen Jingrong went to open the door. As soon as she saw Mo Zixi, she immediately revealed a smile, "Did something happen at home?"
"Yes and no," Mo Zixi walked into the apartment and sat down on the sofa.
"What's wrong?" Chen Jingrong immediately asked as she knelt caringly in front of Mo Zixi.
"Jingrong, there's something I want to clarify with you," Mo Zixi lifted his head and looked at Chen Jingrong.
"What's so serious?"
"That night, 4 years ago, did we really sleep together?" Mo Zixi asked in seriousness.
Chen Jingrong immediately looked awkward and her hands began to tremble.
"Why...why are you suddenly asking about this? If it wasn't me, who else could it be?" Chen Jingrong asked. "Did you hear any ridiculous rumors?"
"We've been together for 4 years so I asked you to move in with me because I thought our relations.h.i.+p was stable enough, but you rejected me and said that you wanted to wait until we got married. Was it because you were scared that I'd discover you're actually a virgin?" Mo Zixi asked in self-ridicule. "I've been respecting your decision all along, but now that I look at it, I'm thankful that you did that because it stopped me from taking things further with you."
"If things continued the way it was going, the problem would have been much more serious. How did you plan to keep it from me and how were you planning to resolve the matter? Were you planning to do surgery?"
Chen Jingrong stood up and was suddenly unsure how to respond.
"I'm disappointed that you would go to any lengths for love."
"At the same time, it breaks my heart that we were together for 4 years and I didn't see what kind of person you were. You're too good of an actor."
Chen Jingrong began to tremble because she didn't know what Mo Zixi knew.
"So, Jingrong, let's just end things here. I don't want to spend the rest of my life with someone that's lied to me for 4 years. It's tiring to guess if you're lying every day."
"This is for the good of both of us. I came just to tell you this. I won't spread word of this, but let's just break up."
After saying this, Mo Zixi stood up from the sofa and prepared to leave, but Chen Jingrong suddenly hugged him, "Zixi, listen to me, I won't lie to you again. It was just that once; really."
"Jingrong, leave both of us with a bit of self-respect because I'm not the only person you hurt."
After speaking, Mo Zixi tore Chen Jingrong's arms away from his body, "Everything officially ends here between us."
Chen Jingrong tried to grab on to Mo Zixi's hand, but Mo Zixi brushed her away. However, she couldn't accept this, so she chased after him barefooted and tried to cling onto him, but Mo Zixi left without turning back.
He knew that if he left any loose ends, it would be very irresponsible towards Chen Jingrong as well as Yao Anqi and Xingzhe.
So, he left Chen Jingrong's place and went to his colleague's apartment to share a few drinks with him.
"Have you clarified everything with Chen Jingrong?" his colleague asked. "You didn't wrongly accuse her, did you?"
"She admitted to it," Mo Zixi shook his head in self-ridicule as he filled his own gla.s.s with alcohol.
"Who knew that Chen Jingrong was such a bad person? You can't be blamed. Even we didn't see through her act and we were cla.s.smates with her for so many years."
Mo Zixi laughed as he emptied the gla.s.s in his hand down his throat.
"Since it's in the past, let's not talk about it anymore. Shouldn't you be happy that you became a father?"
"Now that you've resolved the matter with Chen Jingrong, what about Yao Anqi? She gave birth to a child for you, so it won't be easy for her to get married in the future. Shouldn't you take responsibility?"
"I think it's a jerk move to go look for another woman straight after breaking up," Mo Zixi explained. "Let's let things flow naturally. It's lucky that she isn't a clingy person. Our main priority now, is to take care of Xingzhe's health."
"I understand you."
Mo Zixi laughed at this response. Who in this world could actually understand another's pain?
They were just words of comfort!
That's how the two drank and chatted until late into the night. Afterwards, Mo Zixi turned to leave, but his friend suddenly stopped him, "Sleep here tonight. Chen Jingrong might be waiting at your front door."
Mo Zixi patted his friend on the shoulder and laughed, "There's no need. I'm going to visit the hospital."
"OK, be careful then. Are you sure that you're not drunk?"
"I'm very awake!" Mo Zixi said as he grabbed his jacket and headed for the military hospital. That's when he saw Yao Anqi working busily in the emergency department.
Was she a robot? How could she not get any rest for 24 hours?
But, he simply stood to one side and watched her help a patient with their wound without disturbing her. As he watched her, he noticed a black mole on Yao Anqi's ear lobe. All of a sudden, all his memories of the night flooded back.
Back then, he noticed this mole, but he didn't find it on Chen Jingrong, so he thought he was imagining things.
Plus, he never noticed Yao Anqi after that night, so he never considered that she was actually the woman that he slept with.
"Dr. Yao, you need to st.i.tch up a patient. Can you still handle it?" a nurse asked as she chased after Yao Anqi.
Yao Anqi turned around and nodded her head, "Yes, I'm fine."
A moment later, she spotted Mo Zixi. At first, she was surprised, but she quickly drew back her gaze.
"Let's go in now."
Mo Zixi watched as Yao Anqi left, but he did not chase after her or show any concern; he didn't want to cause her any trouble. After all, he had just broken up with Chen Jingrong.
Soon, Mo Zixi returned to the army base to apply for leave and deal with Xingzhe's matter.
After his superior knew about his matter, he pulled him over to the office and lectured him, "Tell me, what did you do?"
"Chief, I'm guilty!"
"Since you've got a child, you need to take responsibility. Hand me a marriage application soon. If word gets out about this, then both of us are dead."
"And what happened with Jingrong?"