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(Dowry For Xiaye( 1)

Xi Mushan took a deep breath and looked at Xi Xiaye apologetically. “I’m sorry to you and your mother. I’ve made too many mistakes.”

He remembered what Mu Yuchen told him before, “I know you are afraid to lose. You’re afraid that Mother will reject you, so you don’t dare to…”

“Xiaye and I will always treat you as our father, whether it comes to you or mother, we’ll have your back.”

“Father, I hope you can compensate the paternal love she’s been lacking in the past twenty years…”

His wandering heart finally found a place to land. He glanced over at Mu Yuchen beside Xi Xiaye.

Mu Yuchen, who was holding an umbrella, nodded at him with a smile. His eyes were filled with encouragement and kindness.

“Alright, we’ve done what we can. The rest is up to you.” Xi Xiaye smiled as she took the white flower off her chest and placed it onto Xi Jiyang’s tombstone. She then turned to Mu Yuchen. “Let’s go back.”

Mu Yuchen nodded before glancing at Xi Mushan who tipped his chin. He then went back down with Xi Xiaye.

Xi Xiaye suddenly stopped as she reached the end of the stairs. she turned back and looked at the huge tombstone as she mumbled, “I hope Grandfather’s soul can rest in peace and forget about all the mistakes in the past.” Her eyes teared up a little.

“Alright, let the past stay in the past. He’ll rest right here and we’ll move forward. You’ve been a real a crybaby recently…” His tone sounded gentle. It did not feel like he was nagging her at all.

Xi Xiaye sniffled and then nodded. She took a deep breath and forced a smile. “I’ll be fine after today.”

“Mmm, we’ll head back early, have a shower and take a good rest. You must be exhausted from the past few days. I’ll make you a nice dinner tonight.”

“A candlelight dinner?”

“We don’t have candles at home!”

The two of them arrived at their car and quickly got in.

They did not know that soon after they left, a car from Shen Residence parked at the spot they had just been moments ago.

“We’ve arrived West Hill Cemetery. Be careful. I’ll help you to get down!”

As the car just stopped, Aunt Wu opened the door and carefully helped Shen Wenna get out of the car.

“Miss, these are the chrysanthemums you wanted.” Lan Zilang handed a bouquet of chrysanthemums to Shen Wenna.

“Thank you! Help me get up there,” Shen Wenna said with the bouquet of flowers in her hand.

“Alright, be careful. Slowly. It’s the staircase in front…”

After some hard work, with Lan Zilang and Aunt Wu’s guidance, Shen Wenna finally reached Xi Jiyang’s grave. However, Lan Zilang and Aunt Wu’s subsequent greeting made her feel uneasy.

“Hi, Sir!”

“Sir, you’re still here?”

Xi Xiaye and Mu Yuchen had told Aunt Wu and Lan Zilang beforehand, so they were fully aware of Xi Mushan and Shen Wenna’s situation. They were really supportive when Xi Xiaye and Mu Yuchen told them to help Shen Wenna and Xi Mushan reconcile.

Shen Wenna’s sacrifices and hardships throughout the years were obvious. She was such a strong woman. If her happiness could only be provided by Xi Mushan, why would they not work with Xi Xiaye to help this couple out?

“Hello!” Xi Mushan’s voice reached them. His gaze was set on Shen Wenna since a long time ago. He could already hear her voice when she was just halfway up the staircase.

“Wenna, I thought you wouldn’t come.”

Xi Mushan quickly took the flowers from her as she seemed to be struggling about where to put the bouquet. He gently put them before Xi Jiyang’s tombstone and then he held Shen Wenna.

She struggled slightly, but he held her tightly, as if afraid that she might escape.

“Let go…”

“Wenna…” Xi Mushan called out to her gently, but he let go of her hesitantly. It took him a long time to reach this stage, and he did not want her to hate him right now.

Shen Wenna clenched the walking stick she was holding tightly. Her empty eyes were facing Xi Jiyang’s grave while she had a complicated expression on her face.

“Father told me to apologize to you for him…” Xi Mushan’s voice sounded sad. His depressed tone stunned Shen Wenna for a moment, yet she quickly put on a self-mocking smile.

“What’s the use of saying it now? Can it turn back time?” Shen Wenna’s voice was like the wind dispersing in the air. “Many times, many grudges end up this way. They leave with the person when they are gone. I don’t want to talk about the past anymore and you don’t have to bring it up either.”

“I know about your resignation too. It’s a lot of hard work getting there.Why did you quit so suddenly?” Shen Wenna asked.

Xi Mushan closed his eyes. “I was worried about Father, and I don’t want to work in the political field anymore. I just want to be what we planned a long time ago: a lecturer in University A… It’s nothing bad. I just want to take care of you for the rest of my life, Wenna.”

Shen Wenna remained stationary. After a while, glitter appeared in her empty eyes. She took a deep breath and turned around quietly, about to leave.

“Na Na…” Xu Mushan called out to her, “I’ve divorced Yue Lingsi…”

Shen Wenna trembled slightly.

“Are you still willing to accept me who has nothing, like how I was in the past?” Xi Mushan asked quietly.

Shen Wenna paused and did not reply to him. Instead, she just followed Aunt Wu and Lan Zilang to head back.

After she took several steps slowly, Shen Wenna felt a breeze from behind. Before she could react, Xi Mushan lifted her up in his arms.

“It’s easier for me to just carry you down. Even if you hate me, you have to take care of yourself.” Xi Mushan interrupted whatever Shen Wenna was about to say and just walked down the staircase.


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