During his seven years abroad, he experienced far too many trials and tribulations, which molded him into steel. He had learned how to endure things and how to hide his thoughts in order to survive, but the outrageous behavior of his stepmother, Zhou Manlan, was more than he could bear.
Fan Hunjun turned to find Zhou Manlan, but Li Shanshan yelled after him. “Hey, what are you doing?”
Fan Hunjun suddenly came back to his senses. Karma would find you in the end. If it hadn’t arrived, that just meant it hadn’t found you yet.
His return home this time was so that he could collect from all the people who had wronged him in the past. Other than his father Fan Zhongzhen, his stepmother Zhou Manlan was the person who wronged him the most. From the looks of it now, it seemed that the debt that Zhou Manlan owed him—with interest—far exceeded that of his father’s.
No worries, I have all the time to toy with her!
Fan Hunjun adjusted his breathing and turned to ask Li Shanshan. “Right, do you know which nursing home my grandma is in?”
Li Shanshan gave a frosty laugh. “Hmph, I heard that she’s in a nursing home run by some farming peasants on the outskirts of the city. It’s a pretty rundown place, but it’s cheap.”
“Overall, what kind of place is it?”
“Go ask the neighborhood authorities. The officials there probably know.”
Fan Hunjun nodded. “Thank you. We’ll discuss that matter later. I want to see my grandma.”
“I’ll have to tell you this then. If we don’t sleep together these two days, then we’ll have to wait till next month.”
Fan Hunjun never thought of sleeping with Li Shanshan. Even if they were legally wedded, they would still have to wait till the wedding had been held, wouldn’t they?
He merely smiled faintly at Li Shanshan’s words. “I’m in no hurry. I thought we haven’t held the wedding ceremony yet? We still have plenty of time.”
“We can hold the wedding after my father is out of the hospital, but saying that we have plenty of time is a little like fool’s talk.”
“Are we close with each other?”
Fan Hunjun blinked as he stared at Li Shanshan, unable to comprehend what she wanted to convey.
“Thoughtless Hun, you and I are well aware that us being together is just a transaction. The reason why I’m in a rush to sleep with you is to have a child, so that I can hurry up and clear my debt with Fang Youqin. As long as I get pregnant, then you better not think of touching me for the rest of our lives.”
“You mean, that if you get pregnant after we do it once, then we’ll only ever do it that one time?”
“If your comprehension abilities had been this good back when we were studying, you might have been able to study overseas instead of being cheap exported labor!” Li Shanshan barked at him.
Goddammit, even pitiful people have loathsome qualities to them. It’s no wonder that Li Shanshan doesn’t have any good connections despite being so pretty. If you can’t recognize the value of things when there’s something of worth right in front of you, who else can you blame?
How Fan Hunjun wished he could change those 600,000 bucks into coins and drop each and every coin onto Li Shanshan’s face.
He believed that Li Shanshan could do anything and endure anything just for money. Even if her face became swollen from the coins, she probably wouldn’t so much as complain, right?
“Li Shanshan, I remember that your grades in math were quite good back when we were in school, so why is it that you’re suddenly incapable of doing some basic math?”
“What are you trying to say?”
“600,000 bucks to sleep together for one night. I’m afraid that only second-tier female celebrities would have that price, hm?”
“What are you saying, your thoughtless habits acting up again? If I had known that you’ll be like this, I should have just let Liu Zhenqiang beat you till you’re disabled!” she said in fury.
“So you’re saying that you called Liu Zhenqiang over?”
“So what if I did?”
Liu Zhenqiang and his gang had come by themselves. However, Li Shanshan had been angered by Fan Hunjun. Not only did she refuse to explain more, she even pretended that she was the one who called them.
Fan Hunjun didn’t say anything and turned to enter a shop that was still under renovation. He wanted to ask them where the neighborhood office was.
“Thoughtless Hun, give me your phone number.”
“Ask Fang Youqin for it.”
Li Shanshan glowered at Fan Hunjun and immediately fished out her phone. However, she didn’t phone Fang Youqin. Instead, Liu Zhenqiang was the one she called.
“Liu Zhenqiang, was what you said by the entrance to the hospital true?”
“When you said that you’ll beat up Thoughtless Hun each time you see him?”
“Hehe, what’s up? Is our great beauty Miss Li aching over this?”
“I’m here to tell you that when you beat him up, go for broke!”
“Of course I can do that. Say, Shanshan, do you think that the two of us have a thing for each other?”
“And you’re part of the upper crust too. Don’t you know that you can’t tease a friend’s wife?”
“No way, you’re really thinking of yourself as Thoughtless Hun’s wife? Besides, Thoughtless Hun isn’t even my friend.”
“I’m talking about Zhang Junhao!”
“Oh, I get it, you’re just with Thoughtless Hun as a stopgap plan? Goddammit, I just don’t get it at all. How did Fang Youqing come up with such a crappy plan that doesn’t even benefit her at all? She…”
“I’m not going to continue this conversation anymore, I still have urgent stuff to do. Hanging up now!” With that, Li Shanshan hailed a taxi and left.
She didn’t really want Liu Zhenqiang to pummel Fan Hunjun into paste; she just wanted to teach Fan Hunjun a good lesson. When Fan Hunjun came crawling back begging for her, she would have power over him.
However, Li Shanshan didn’t realize that her words just now had made Fan Hunjun lose all hope for her.
Of course, Fan Hunjun understood that Li Shanshan’s attitude toward him was primarily because of Zhang Junhao, so he filed this debt under Zhang Junhao’s name.
Fan Hunjun arrived at the entrance of the shop that was being renovated. Just as he was about to ask the workers there, he suddenly caught sight of someone who looked like the shop’s owner. He was pointing here and there, instructing the workers on how they should be doing things.
The shop owner happened to turn and see him the moment Fan Hunjun entered the shop.
Whoa, he had been searching all over the place for this guy to no avail. The shop owner turned out to be that shady middleman from back then, Chu Zhaonan.
“Mr. Chu, good to see you.”
Chu Zhaonan was a run-of-the-mill greasy man. He was roughly in his fifties, his hair combed back till it shone. There was even perfume on him.
Even though they hadn’t seen each other in seven years, he was still the same as ever; when he saw a woman, he would be all smiles and welcomes, but when he saw a men, it was as if he was looking at someone who owed him a great deal.
“Is there something I can help you with?”
Chu Zhaonan surveyed Fan Hunjun. When he took in the set of cheap clothes that Fan Hunjun was wearing, his dirty appearance, and how his face was red and swollen seemingly from a beating, Chu Zhaonan’s face immediately darkened. He thought that this guy was either here to ask for food, or he was a laborer. He might even be here to ask for a job.
However, he still didn’t understand how this shabbily dressed Fan Hunjun knew that he was called Chu, and how he knew that he was the boss of this place.
Fan Hunjun gave a faint smile. “Are you still working as an intermediary?”
“Of course. Studying abroad, postgraduate studies, travel, labor export, immigration, and all that. What do you want?”
“You don’t recognize me anymore? I’m Fan Hunjun. Seven years ago, I applied to be a foreign worker through you.”
Chu Zhaonan had the head worker lead the others to continue their work, and then surveyed Fan Hunjun once again. “I send out hundreds of people every year, so how can I remember them all? Everyone earned big bucks when they came back from working abroad, but looking at you…”
“That’s because when they went overseas, they were sent there for construction. However, you sent me to the war-torn S Country. Being able to come back alive is already considered a miracle.”
Chu Zhaonan froze. Although he didn’t recognize Fan Hunjun, he still had some recollection about this, because the one who had him arrange this was the wife of the Fan Group’s chairman, Zhou Manlan.
He suddenly realized that Fan Hunjun was likely here to stir up trouble, but when he eyed Fan Hunjun’s clothing, he figured that Fan Hunjun wasn’t able to do anything to him at all.
Chu Zhaonan glared. “Just what do you want to do?”