This time, Lu Jinnian only said a single word. He didn't hold back or hesitate, and gave a simple, "Yes."
Qiao Anhao really hoped that Lu Jinnian would reply negatively to her every question. As long as he denied it, she would have disregarded everything she had heard Xu Jiamu say at the door and believed him unconditionally. As long as he denied it, even if all the news outlets reported that he bough up the Xu Enterprise, she could still act ignorant. However, as things turned out, he admitted to all three of her accusations. He even looked calm, as though the things he'd done were right.
She knew that someone was working behind the scenes to sabotage the Xu Enterprise, but she had never imagined it would be Lu Jinnian.
She didn't know a lot about him, only that he was an illegitimate son of the Xu family, but he had never lived with them. He grew up with his own mother, and Xu Wanli and Han Ruchu didn't seem to like him at all.
Though he was a child of the Xu family, she didn't know why he couldn't take control of Xu Enterprise. He and Xu Jiamu were always close, and he managed his own company quite well, so how could he suddenly steal Xu Jiamu's a.s.sets without warning...
She still clearly remembered the night she found out about Xu Enterprise being in trouble. She had even mentioned it to him. At the time, he was calm and composed, so much so that when she asked him to show Xu Jiamu he cared, and he didn't hesitate to said "All right".
At that instant, Qiao Anhao felt like she couldn't read Lu Jinnian. She instinctively muttered her questions. "Why? Why did you do it?"
The office remained quiet for a long time. Lu Jinnian observed Qiao Anhao's expression for a long time, and couldn't quite tell what she was thinking. Right now, he didn't have the evidence with him. He wasn't absolutely sure that if he explained it now, she would trust him, but he still opened his mouth, "Qiao Qiao..."
When Lu Jinnian called Qiao Anhao's name, he took of the tone of her last words, the way she was questioning him. He slightly lowered his eyelids to mask the sorrow in his heart. Even though he already knew that she'd have questions when she found out, but when the time came for her questions, it still hurt him.
Lu Jinnian gulped. He forced himself to stop caring so much and continued to speak in a deep voice. "I only did this because our..."
At the same time, Qiao Anhao had become agitated, and she said in a slightly trembling, somber voice, "Lu Jinnian, for you to do these kind of things... If it were brother Jiamu, he definitely wouldn't have treated you..."
When someone faces a situation that's difficult to accept or believe, it's hard not to confuse themselves. In that moment, Qiao Anhao felt completely defeated by Lu Jinnian's admittance. She had no idea that the words she unknowingly just said... how she heartlessly compared the two, was practically killing Lu Jinnian.
Lu Jinnian's following words seemed to completely disappear from his mouth. His stare into Qiao Anhao's eyes became more complicated.
For Xu Jiamu to experience this, get angry and not believe him, that he could understand.
For her to hear Xu Jiamu's words and not believe him, he could tolerate.
All because he knew in his heart that he had to back down to be able to shatter the beautiful facade of Han Ruchu in their hearts.
But for her to compare him to Xu Jiamu and wholeheartedly believe that Xu Jiamu would never do such a thing, without even considering that that he might have had a good reason for everything he'd done...
So in her heart, all along, he was never as good as Xu Jiamu. After doing all of this, how could he take that? How could he take that!