The moment Xu Jiamu heard that voice, his entire body trembled.
He distinctly heard the sound of Lu Jinnian's voice behind him draw closer, then stop on the spot.
He figured Lu Jinnian must've seen him by now.
Xu Jiamu was crouched down in front of the coffee table with his back towards the entrance. He didn't dare turn his head to glance at the person behind him.
Lu Jinnian's face looked distinctly anxious, but he was seemingly frozen the very instant he saw Xu Jiamu. As he stared at his back for quite a long time, he then turned his line of sight down to Qiao Anhao. His lips moved but he didn't say a word.
This was the first time the two brothers saw each other since Lu Jinnian acquired Xu Enterprise.
Qiao Anhao clearly felt that the atmosphere in the room was a little off. She put the cup in her hands down and stood up. "I was stopped by reporters just now. It was Brother Jiamu who helped me."
Lu Jinnian slightly nodded, but didn't say a word.
The house slipped into silence.
Qiao Anhao stared at Lu Jinnian, and then at Xu Jiamu. "How about you both sit down?"
"That's alright," said Xu Jiamu, as though he'd snapped back to reality. He pulled a smile and looked over at Qiao Anhao. "There's no reason for me to stick around, so I'll be off."
As he said this, he put the iodine in his hands down on the table. Without turning around to see Lu Jinnian, he spoke again. "Qiao Qiao fell over just now."
Even though Xu Jiamu didn't say his name, but the people in the room knew who he was talking to
Lu Jinnian stood on the spot for a long while with a calm expression and let out an "uh huh".
Xu Jiamu didn't speak again, but stood up from his crouched position. As he got up, he furrowed his brows and felt the immense pain in his arm where the camera had crashed into it. Without a single grunt, he acted as though it was nothing, then said "Goodbye."
Before Lu Jinnian said anything, Qiao Anhao opened her mouth to say, "Goodbye."
Xu Jiamu turned around and walked right out the door. When he walked past Lu Jinnian's side, he wanted to raise his head to glance over at him, but in the end, his footsteps never stopped, and he sped out of the villa.
After Xu Jiamu left, the room was silent for a whole minute before Lu Jinnian suddenly strode over to Qiao Anhao. "Are you alright? Qiao Qiao?"
As he said this, he scanned Qiao Anhao up and down to find that she had grazed her palms. He furrowed his brows, then helped her take a seat. He picked up the cotton bud and iodine Xu Jiamu had put on the table, and helped Qiao Anhao clean the wound.
"Didn't I tell you you not to go outside? Why didn't you listen and still went out there?"
"The reporters left. Then a delivery came to the door, which is why I went out. I never imagined that the delivery person was a reporter in disguise. As soon as I opened the door, reporters came rus.h.i.+ng in and surrounded me."
"Apart from the graze on your wrist, are you hurt anywhere else?"
"Nope," said Qiao Anhao in a delicately sweet voice, then burrowed herself into Lu Jinnian's arms.
He reached his arm out to hug her, then lowered his head and kissed her hair. With a slight hesitation, he asked, "What about Jiamu? Why was he here?"
"I don't know either... I was squashed between the reporters on the floor. They surrounded me and no matter how I tried, I couldn't get up. Then Brother Jiamu appeared..."