"What kind of reaction is that? Don't tell me you guys haven't… done it yet," said Zhu Lingling, looking stunned.
"Of course not, we've been sleeping in separate bedrooms."
"What? Separate bedrooms? So, what the heck was the point of getting married?" Zhu Lingling asked with slight disdain.
"Just because we are married doesn't mean we have to sleep together. You already know that I only agreed to marry him so Zhixin could get the surgery."
"But you guys are husband and wife now, and that's a fact."
Huo Mian replied with silence, as a melancholic look appeared on her face.
Huo Mian had no idea that things would turn out the way they did. She no longer had any idea of how she and Qin Chu would get along from now on.
"Okay, I will stop talking about this depressing topic. This is my new boyfriend, what do you think?" Zhu Lingling pulled out her phone and showed Huo Mian a photo of her standing intimately next to a man.
"Will this one last more than three months?" Huo Mian asked with a worried look on her face.
"This one is rich and talented. I don't think there will be a problem. Ha! This guy is a smart businessman, and I'm going for the long-run this time. It's for real this time, girl!"
While Huo Mian listened to Zhu Lingling's sincere and serious promise, she still felt a little skeptical about the whole situation.
"You say you are 'for real' every time, but it never lasts for more than three months."
"Not my fault that none of my relationships were true love." Zhu Lingling rested her chin on her palms and smiled.
"Fine. Have you ordered food yet? I'm starving." Huo Mian smiled back.
"Yup, you are treating today! You've married rich! I must rip you off a little!" Zhu Lingling stuck out her tongue playfully.
"It's on me, no problem." Huo Mian patted her chest reassuringly.
"Whoa! Must be nice to be rich! Here, boss, a toast to you. Congratulations on your marriage."
"Let's change the blessing, this one is no good," Huo Mian said indecisively.
"Who cares. Let me tell you something, Mian. We only live for so long, don't be so hesitant all the time. Don't dread the past, fear the future, and end up accomplishing absolutely nothing in the end. Don't wait until you are old, and then regret the choices that you didn't make. If you ask me, your relationship with Qin Chu is a simple one. You love him, and he loves you. So, be together, and deal with the rest later. "
Huo Mian smiled bitterly.
"Lingling, things are not as easy as you crack them up to be. Sometimes it's difficult for you to try to walk a mile in my shoes. It can be hard for you to understand what I'm going through. But it's fine, let's not talk about this. We barely have time to have dinner together anymore, so let's just enjoy ourselves."
The two women raised their glasses and toasted.
The meal cost 700 yuan, so it was a little luxurious indeed.
But as soon as Huo Mian paid for the bill, Zhu Lingling stuffed a big red envelope into her hands.
"What is this?" Huo Mian asked in disbelief.
"Your wedding gift."
"Dude, I didn't even have a wedding." Huo Mian didn't know whether she should laugh or cry.
"Yes, but you guys are married on paper. It's common courtesy."
"Fine, you win." Huo Mian willingly accepted Zhu Lingling's red envelope.
Just by the look of it, there were at least five thousand yuan in there. If there was anything that made Huo Mian feel happy these past years, it was the fact that she had Zhu Lingling as her best friend.
She was always by her side whenever Huo Mian needed help.
Huo Mian used to think that perhaps friendship would last longer than love.
After dinner with Zhu Lingling, Huo Mian took a taxi back to Imperial Park.
Her phone started ringing right as she was about to get off the taxi.
"Ms. Huo, I'm Mr. Luo, the Lawyer."
"What do you want?" Huo Mian's face turned dark as soon as she heard the voice on the other line.
"Ms. Huo, I'm calling you to tell you that you no longer need to go through the trouble of suing anymore."
"Are you trying to settle with me again?" Huo Mian laughed coldly.
"No, something happened to my client."
"What?" Huo Mian couldn't believe her ears as she asked again.