Published at 22nd of November 2020 03:50:11 PM
Beads of perspiration had formed on their foreheads and they were taking in big gulps of air .
Shen Liangchuan threw Shen Zihao a glance and said calmly, “So do you feel better now?”
Shen Zihao lowered his head and asked after a moment of silence, “Big Brother, were we wrong?”
Shen Liangchuan cast his gaze down and replied, “It wasn’t us . It was me . This had nothing to do with you . ”
Shen Zihao looked up with an astonished expression .
Shen Liangchuan looked at him and continued, “I was the one who schemed it right from the start . What has it got to do with you?”
Shen Zihao clenched his fists tightly .
After a moment, he said, “Dad was right about one thing . ”
Shen Liangchuan looked at him .
The younger man said, “I can’t match up to you . ”
Shen Liangchuan chortled .
Shen Zihao hung his head . “I know Dad never really liked you and it was because you were strong . Grandad often called Dad a good-for-nothing, he said that he could not even match up to you . Once, he even said in front of Dad that he was going to let you take over the family business . Dad was extremely upset . ”
Shen Liangchuan did not say anything and listened to his brother quietly .
“I know Dad had a bad temper, and sometimes would get really explosive . But he treated me… very well . ”
“Dad wasn’t clever enough, but he actually worked very hard in the family business . ”
“He kept criticizing Mom saying that she had betrayed him, and a whole lot of other things, but I have observed countless occasions when he would spend a long time staring blankly at Mom’s picture . ”
As Shen Zihao spoke, he felt a growing pain in his heart .
“He wasn’t a nice guy and wasn’t a good father to you, but he was good to me . ”
Shen Zihao buried his head in his knees and frowned . He continued, “I tell myself all the time that Dad became like this because Mei Feng confused and misled him—”
Shen Liangchuan interrupted him at this point, “Don’t push all the blame on that woman . If he had had a firm stand, would he have been so easily misled and confused? Would he have been seduced by a woman I sent?”
The root of the problem lay in the fact that Shen Xiu couldn’t hold his ground enough .
He was ignorant, petty and narrow-minded .
But what was the point of saying all of these things now?
He was dead and any greater hatred or desire for revenge would now have to be let go .
In any case, this man was Shen Liangchuan and Shen Zihao’s father and they were his flesh and blood . They felt no joy, only loss and helplessness .
Shen Zihao fell silent . The parking lot was silent .
Ever so often someone got out of a car, or a car drove away, avoiding the two men in their paths .
They sat there still, as though they were going to sit there till the end of time . It was as though this was their way of paying their last respects to the dead man who had been their father .
After some time, Shen Liangchuan’s cell phone rang .
He looked down and saw that it was Qiao Lian .
He picked up the call and heard her asking, “Where are you guys? When will you be back?”
He answered, “Right now . ”
“Ok, we’ll wait for you at home . Is Shen Zihao… ok?”
He glanced at his brother and said, “He’s ok . ”
After he hung up and got ready to take Shen Zihao home, a man suddenly came up to them .
The man stood in front of Shen Zihao and said, “Master Zihao, it’s really you . There’s something I need to tell you . ”
This man had been Shen Xiu’s chauffeur .
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