Chapter 216: Going Together
Chapter 216: Going Together Translator: Noodletown Translated Editor: Noodletown Translated "Dad had another heart attack last night, and he's in the VIP room of the First Hospital now. Can you visit him? He wants to see you." "I don't have much time, that's all." Huo Mian quickly hung up after she spoke. Why would she care if Huo Zhenghai was ill? Didn't he have plenty of devoted kids? There was Huo Siqian, Huo Siyi, and that Huo Yanyan. She would be inviting abuse onto herself if she went. Plus, he never even acknowledge her existence, so why would she go just to be humiliated? Also, what kind of family identity would she go as? It was ridiculous… After she hung up the phone, Huo Mian oddly enough headed back to her mother's and bought some fruits, vegetables, and beef along the way. When she entered the yard, Yang Meirong was playing Mahjong with a couple of women in her neighborhood, and they were all quite happy. "You're back, Mian," everyone smiled and greeted her. Huo Mian smiled, and then went in to start on lunch preparations. At noon, with only her and her mother left in the room, she hesitated for a bit before saying, "Mom, Huo Siyi, that boy Shen Jiani gave birth to, called me today. He said that Huo Zhenghai had another heart attack and wants to see me in the hospital, but I don't want to go. I know many people would call me an ungrateful daughter, and say that I don't even care for my own father's life, but I don't want you to feel bad. I only consider you and Zhixin my family, and I don't want you guys to be sad." Huo Mian's words moved Yang Meirong… However, she didn't say anything for quite a while afterward, as she ate in silence. But, after the meal was finished, she suddenly said, "Get your stuff, and come with me to visit him in the hospital." Huo Mian slightly froze, as she didn't expect this kind of response from her mother… "Mom…?" Huo Mian wanted to convince her otherwise. "I know what I'm doing, so come with me." Then, Huo Mian cleaned up the dishes and headed towards the First Hospital with her mother. Huo Mian didn't speak at all on the taxi, because she didn't know why her mother wanted to go, or what she wanted out of this. Maybe her heart softened because he was sick and wanted to mend things with him, regardless of what had happened in the past? Or was it because she knew that he was sick, and that he had been punished by karma, which alleviated her hatred, and that she wanted to see him fallen from grace? Regardless, at that moment, Huo Mian decided that she would support her mother no matter what. Even though her mother had always been harsh to her, she did feed her and raise her. She knew that she had to be grateful to the person who raised her, and she would always keep that in mind... In the VIP room of the First Hospital, news of Huo Zhenghai's hospitalization was completely sealed; none of the media outlets knew. There were two bodyguards standing outside, and just as Huo Mian and her mother arrived at the door, Shen Jiani happened to walk out from inside. She smiled strangely when she saw Yang Meirong, "Go in, he's waiting for you." Yang Meirong didn't say anything; she looked at Shen Jiani coldly and then walked in with Huo Mian. Yang Meirong was actually quite beautiful, but because of all the years of rough times, she already lost all of her beauty. However, it was different for Shen Jiani. Even though she and Yang Meirong were about the same age, she had spent her years in luxury. She had been living well and eating well, and therefore looked at least fifteen years younger than Yang Meirong. Her temperament was different as well. Shen Jiani glanced at Huo Mian, with mockery and disdain in her eyes. Huo Mian didn't care about her at all and just followed her mother into the room. When Huo Zhenghai saw Yang Meirong, the apple he was holding in his hand dropped to the floor. "You…?" He was quite surprised. "Mr. Huo, it's been a while." Yang Meirong handed her bag to Huo Mian as she sat down on the chair in front of Huo Zhenghai, with a graceful smile on her face.