SEVEN YEARS WITHOUT YOU
"No Qin Chu, that's not it. I just… didn't want you to worry about me."
"You might as well just say that I'll always be an outsider in your eyes."
"No, that's not it…"
Finally, the two of them sat in the car in silence for quite a while, with no one saying anything.
Qin Chu didn't speak because he was angry, and Huo Mian didn't speak because she didn't know what to say.
Huo Mian felt hints of pain on her head. After she reached over to touch it, she frowned.
"Ouch..." Huo Mian couldn't help but to make a sound because of the pain.
In that moment, Qin Chu's heart immediately softened...
After he got out of the car, he held onto Huo Mian's hand as they walked upstairs.
Then, he took out the first-aid kit to disinfect Huo Mian's wound.
He gently moved Huo Mian's long hair to the side and saw a purple bump on the left side of her head. It seemed to be a bruise.
Qin Chu felt terrible…
"Hold on for a bit, I'm going to disinfect the area with an antiseptic wipe first."
"Okay." Huo Mian nodded.
After Qin Chu disinfected the area with a cotton swab dipped in isopropanol, he wrapped a boiled egg and pressed it onto her head.
"I'll be fine on my own, you should go to work."
"I have my priorities and don't need you to remind me," Qin Chu said not-very-nicely.
Huo Mian immediately fell silent…
It was as if Qin Chu had eaten gunpowder today. He was terrifying, especially when he was beating up the man at the police station a while ago.
She even thought that if Gao Ran hadn't pulled him back, he would have beaten that man to death.
Qin Chu took out his phone and called Assistant Yang. He told Yang that he wouldn't be going back to the office in the afternoon and ordered him to push everything back.
Then he took out his laptop and sat with Huo Mian on the living room sofa, as he looked for news that came out from the discussion threads on the forum.
"There must be someone behind it for things to get this bad. However, I don't think that that patient's family members are capable of doing something like this," explained Qin Chu as he flipped through the discussion threads.
Huo Mian nodded in agreement. "I agree. There must be someone behind them that's pushing for this, that's why things escalated so quickly. Plus, it seems that they've planned for what happened this time, and I'm not sure why the media reports have been censored. Maybe our director did something?"
"If your director could really do something, then would he still only be a director?" Qin Chu looked at her nonchalantly.
"Uhm… anyways, after the media pressed things down, the patient's family members immediately spread the news all over the forum and then onto their WeChat friend circles. It doesn't seem like something they're capable of doing, given how meticulous this plan is."
"Have you bothered anyone at the hospital recently?" asked Qin Chu.
"Yes, I have." Huo Mian nodded, and then she continued, "My relationship with one of the doctors in the gynecology department, Wu Xiaoxue, is awful. She's been wanting to get rid of me for quite some time, but the director never approved it. Also, because she's the director's niece, she can do anything she wants in the hospital. A lot of people hate her, but she especially despises me."
"I don't think a doctor would hate a little nurse for no reason," Qin Chu calmly analyzed.
Just then, Huo Mian coughed and said quietly, "She's Ning Zhiyuan's current girlfriend, so…"
"Who is Ning Zhiyuan?" Qin Chu never seemed to care for unimportant names.
"Ahem... Ning Zhiyuan was the man I was supposed to marry," Huo Mian replied as she tried to explain things.
Of course, Qin Chu's face turned dark when he heard this…
"You really know how to cause trouble for yourself. If you knew that they're working in the same hospital, why didn't you just transfer to another one?" Qin Chu was upset.
"I didn't think that she would be so harsh on me, but this still seems odd. I don't think Wu Xiaoxue did this."
"Could it be someone else?" Qin Chu was confused.
Huo Mian nodded, "I just think that even if Wu Xiaoxue was an idiot, she still wouldn't joke around with the hospital's reputation since she still has to continue working there. Plus, her uncle will also be affected."
"She could have also done this out of desperation, hurting you completely at the cost of damaging herself as well," Qin Chu guessed.
Huo Mian shook her head once again, "This doesn't seem like something Wu Xiaoxue would do, given her personality. She might be prideful, but she isn't radical. She wouldn't do something like that to only cause harm to me. Plus, if things were revealed, and people started digging out the names, her ditching work that evening as the on-call doctor would be revealed as well. By then, she will be just as vulnerable as I am."
Qin Chu nodded, as he thought that Huo Mian's deductions made sense, and, after a moment of thought, he asked again, "Then aside from Wu Xiaoxue, is there anyone else you suspect?"
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