Chapter 1562: Her Majesty, Queen Gu, Speaks Her Mind
Qin Zhiyuan was stunned by He Zhichu’s words. He quickly asked anxiously, “Then what do you mean? Are you going to shoot my brother? ! But he really doesn’t deserve to die? !”
He Zhichu raised his hand and pressed it on Qin Zhiyuan’s shoulder. His sparkling almond-shaped eyes were dark as he said coldly, “Whether he lives or dies, Qin Yaoguang doesn’t have the final say. I don’t have the final say either.”
“Then who? ! Who has the final say? ! Your father? ! But I begged your father, and he said…”
Before Qin Zhiyuan could finish his sentence, he was interrupted by He Zhichu. “Of course the victim has the final say.”
Qin Zhiyuan’s heart turned cold. He looked at He Zhichu with grief and indignation. “Zhichu, I hadn’t offended you all these years, had I? Yet you’re playing me like this? ! You know Gu Nianzhi was already dead, yet you still want her to have the final say? ! If you want him to die, just say it!”
He Zhichu’s tone was cold, and his almond-shaped eyes seemed to be brewing snow. “Who said she’s dead? Who told you she’s dead?”
Qin Zhiyuan: “…”
His heart, which had just sunk to the bottom of the valley, suddenly started beating violently.
“You mean she’s not dead? ! She’s really not dead? ! That’s great!” Qin Zhiyuan wiped the sweat off his forehead, but he was still so happy that he started to cry.
No matter what, since the “victim” didn’t die, then his younger brother’s life was saved.
“He Zhichu! How dare you play your oldest cousin like this!” Laughing with tears in his eyes, Qin Zhiyuan punched He Zhichu’s shoulder. “Do you know that I was almost worried to death?!”
He Zhichu sat back on the sofa, crossed his legs, and said coldly, “Who told you to come here and stir up trouble? No one told you that Zhining would be shot, so why are you jumping around and being used as a gun?”
Qin Zhiyuan finally understood. From the beginning to the end, someone had been playing tricks on him.
“… My brother wouldn’t be shot at all, right?” Qin Zhiyuan rubbed his head and sat down opposite He Zhichu.
The curtains in the room weren’t opened, and the light from the well-shaped ceiling lamp on the ceiling shone white, pouring down from He Zhichu’s head, covering his face in the shadows.
He Zhichu held his coffee cup with two fingers and said lightly, “I told you, whether he will be shot or not depends on whether the victim forgives him, so don’t get involved.”
“But he’s my younger brother. Tell me where Gu Nianzhi is, and I’ll personally beg her. I’ll agree to whatever conditions she asks for!” Qin Zhiyuan quickly expressed his conditions.
“What if she wants your brother to die?” He Zhichu scoffed. “Don’t be so full of yourself.”
Qin Zhiyuan felt choked, and he smiled wryly. “Zhichu, you don’t understand my feelings. When I found out that my brother might be shot, I really felt like the sky was falling. My parents died early, and my brother and I lived together. We lived in an orphanage for several years before your mother, my aunt, found us and brought us up in the imperial capital. If I can’t save him, how could I have the face to meet my parents in the afterlife?”
He Zhichu was silent for a moment before he said, “I understand how you feel. When I saw Nianzhi get shot in the back and stop breathing in my arms, I felt exactly like you. The sky was falling, and I didn’t want to live anymore.”
Qin Zhiyuan closed his eyes. “I understand now. Zhichu, Nianzhi was your fiancée, and you’ve always liked her. Zhining has gone too far this time. I’ll discipline him well, and might persuade him to leave the army.”
He Zhichu sipped his coffee and looked up after a while. “I told you not to get involved in this anymore. I still have use for Qin Zhining. If someone wants to use him to stir up trouble, it’s not safe to let him out.”
Qin Zhiyuan’s heart was still in the air. He really wanted to see Gu Nianzhi.
However, He Zhichu said, “Nianzhi has just recovered from her serious injuries, so she can’t be too tired. Don’t worry, unless she agrees, Zhining won’t be shot.”
Qin Zhiyuan quickly said, “I just want to see her. After all, it’s my brother’s fault. As his older brother, it’s okay for me to apologize on his behalf and make compensation for him, right?”
“Okay, you wait first. We’ll talk again when we have the chance.” He Zhichu was perfunctory, and he wasn’t in a good mood. However, he reminded Qin Zhiyuan, “Don’t pay attention to Qin Yaoguang. Don’t spread the news that Nianzhi is still alive. After all, someone is counting on receiving the ‘body ‘for the funeral…”
Qin Zhiyuan saw that He Zhichu was fighting with his stepmother. He rubbed his nose and said, “I see. Looks like I was really used as a gun.”
After Qin Zhiyuan left, He Zhichu called He Chengjian and said righteously, “General He, please transfer Qin Zhining’s case to me. No one else is allowed to interfere.”
He Chengjian saw that He Zhichu was finally willing to call him. He was delighted and agreed immediately. “Okay, okay, okay. Whatever you say. I won’t care about Qin Zhining anymore. It’s up to you.”
He Zhichu snorted and said, “And when are you going to officially divorce Qin Yaoguang?”
He Chengjian immediately said, “Right away! I’ll have the Civil Affairs Bureau handle the paperwork personally!”
He Zhichu still wasn’t gratified even after Qin Yaoguang had finally been kicked out of the He family. He still had some anger left in him as he said, “That woman is crazy! Why didn’t I know she was that crazy before? !”
She could no longer suppress her evil intentions towards Gu Nianzhi. The thought of it made He Zhichu’s stomach churn.
He Chengjian also knew that Qin Yaoguang’s condition was for Gu Nianzhi’s “body”.
He sighed. “Your mother was right back then. The development of technology without laws, morals, and ethics isn’t the progress of mankind, but a disaster.”
“Back then, I thought Gu Xiangwen was the only crazy person. Now, it seems that these people who only think about science are all crazy. Look at Qin Yaoguang, what has she become?”
“When I first met her, she was still a smart and knowledgeable scientist. Now, she has become a monster with no humanity at all.”
He Zhichu’s eyes sparkled and he changed the subject without batting an eye. “Father, Nianzhi survived this time. Please stop meddling in our business. If you continue meddling, I’m afraid I’ll do something that will make you sad for the rest of your life.”
He Chengjian was afraid of He Zhichu’s threat.
This son of his had risked his life to go to the other world to find Gu Nianzhi. Now, if Gu Nianzhi lost her life on their side, he didn’t know what his son would do.
This time, Gu Nianzhi had unexpectedly chosen to commit suicide. He Chengjian was also deeply shaken.
Looking at the video of her bodly embracing her death, he couldn’t say a word.
“Children are all debtors…” He Chengjian shook his head. “Don’t worry, I won’t meddle in your affairs anymore, but you have to hurry up…”
After all, he was a father, so he couldn’t avoid nagging.
He Zhichu nodded perfunctorily. “I know what I’m doing. If you don’t meddle, you’ll be doing me a huge favor.”
He Chengjian solemnly promised to give him and Gu Nianzhi the freedom to decide their relationship.
He then asked in a fawning manner, “Zhichu, today is Christmas Eve. Our He family’s Christmas party is tonight. Will you be back?”
He Zhichu replied with an “mhm.” “You’re divorced, so of course I’ll be back.”
He Chengjian was overjoyed. “Then I’ll get someone to decorate the ballroom. By the way, do you want an invitation? I’ll get someone to send it to you? You can invite your own friends, colleagues, and subordinates.”
The He family’s Christmas party was considered an annual event in the Huaxia Empire. It received more attention than their national television station’s Spring Festival Gala.
Although the ball wasn’t broadcasted live, the people who came in to attend the ball would walk the red carpet at the entrance.
The major media outlets usually couldn’t get invitations. They could only take photos of the people who attended the ball at the entrance of the He family’s house and post them on the internet to show off.
Other than the cabinet, senate, military bigwigs and their families, there were also a small number of invitations for outstanding people in the business, entertainment, sports, and academic circles.
The number of people in this group was very small. There were less than fifty people each year, so the competition in this area was very fierce. It was much more difficult than getting an invitation to the Academy Awards Party.
He Zhichu hadn’t been here for the past few years. He hadn’t appeared at the Christmas party. Secretary Lin had even used this opportunity to chat with him the last time.
He Zhichu called He Chengjian. One of his goals was to get an invitation to the Christmas party.
He nodded. “I need some invitations. How many can you give me?”
“Ah-Chu, don’t talk to your old father like that.” He Chengjian was heartbroken. “This is your home. Tonight’s Christmas party is in your home. You’ll be hosting it. You can have as many invitations as you want.”
He Zhichu’s voice softened. “Okay, give me ten. There are some friends I want to invite.”
“No problem! I’ll get someone to send you twenty! If it’s not enough, I’ll make it up to you!” He Chengjian quickly called his personal secretary, who was in charge of the Christmas party, and instructed them to fulfill He Zhichu’s request.
He Chengjian’s personal secretary obviously knew the importance of He Zhichu. Moreover, He Zhichu was definitely going to take over He Chengjian’s position in the future. He would be their future leader. Even if he didn’t curry favor with He Zhichu now, he would definitely not make things difficult for He Zhichu now, and risk making him angry.
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