Chapter 315 Privacy
When Chen Jiahe’s mother saw the bite mark on the back of her son’s hand, she immediately flared up, “Oh! Who bit my son like this? Who did it? What a foul action it was!”
Du Xiaoxian quickly apologized, “I’m sorry! It’s our fault! It was Niannian who was wrong. I didn’t teach her well. I’m really sorry!”
Du Niannian could not bear to see her mother eat humble pie in front of outsiders. She stared at Du Xiaoxian with her big black eyes and shouted, “Mom, he insulted me first!”
Then Chen Jiahe’s mother glanced at Du Niannian and said irritably, “Your daughter is so rude at such a young age. She will be terrible and might do things more harmful when she grows up…”
Chen Jiahe’s father poked her, motioning her not to go too far. He asked his son, “What did you say to her?”
Chen Jiahe took two steps towards his mother and pouted. “I didn’t insult her. I just said that she didn’t have a father.”
Du Niannian glared at him. “You called me a wild child without a father!”
“So you are a child without a father. No wonder you are so rude!” Chen Jiahe’s mother said with sarcasm.
Lu Haochen coughed heavily, “How could you say that? I’m her father. My daughter shouldn’t bite your son. It was indeed her fault, but it was because your son insulted her first. Her mother has already apologized. I think we should just let this incident go! Don’t be unforgiving!” He admitted that she was wrong, but his tone was really…
Chen Jiahe’s father hadn’t said much. But seeing Lu Haochen’s attitude, he felt a little uncomfortable and said, “I do plan to let this pass as it is not a big deal. But this is not the way to admit the mistake!”
Chen Jiahe’s mother also said, “It seems that it is exactly because of you that your daughter dares to be so lawless!”
Originally, the incident was about to be settled down. Lu Haochen suddenly interfered and made it complicated again. Du Xiaoxian was in a dilemma. She glared at Lu Haochen and said with a smile to Chen Jiahe’s parents, “I’m sorry, this is our fault. No matter what, my daughter shouldn’t bite your son. Your son has also suffered. So I should compensate him for it.”
Seeing that his parents had the upper hand, Chen Jiahe became a little proud and showed the teeth marks on his neck. “Mom, she even bit here.”
When Chen Jiahe’s mother saw this, she became even angrier and shouted at Du Xiaoxian, “Is your daughter a dog? Why does she like to bite people so much? Look at how she bit my son. No, my son must go to the hospital to see a doctor.”
As soon as Chen Jiahe’s mother shouted, Lu Haochen became angry. How dared she challenge Du Xiaoxian in front of him! He got furious, “You should behave properly before criticizing us. What are you shouting for? Are you taking a voice contest? Going to the hospital? Fine, let’s go. Let your son have a thorough examination, okay?”
The teacher hurriedly said, “I’ve already taken him to the health center. The doctor said that he didn’t need an injection and had disinfected the wounds.”
“What is the use of the health center? What if the doctor had an erroneous diagnosis? He must go to a big hospital. Human saliva can be poisonous.”
Chen Jiahe’s father was knowledgeable and stopped his wife. “Forget about it. The teacher has said that there’s no need for an injection. As long as they apologize properly, we can forget about it.”
Ever since Du Niannian called Du Xiaoxian “Mom”, Lu Haochen had been in a bad mood. He never expected that Du Xiaoxian had a daughter. He had long been filled with anger. When he heard this, he became even more furious. “What do you mean by apologizing properly? Didn’t we already apologize? Do you want us to kneel and kowtow to you?”
As soon as he roared, Chen Jiahe’s father also got angry. “If this is your attitude, then we won’t let this pass!”
“That’s my attitude. What’s wrong?”
The two men glared at each other and were ready to fight. The atmosphere became tense.
The teacher hurriedly smoothed things over. “Let’s have a peaceful talk. It’s all for the sake of the children. You should calm down.”
Du Xiaoxian stood in front of Lu Haochen, and Chen Jiahe’s mother pulled her husband back. “Forget it, don’t lower yourself to their level!” She looked at Du Xiaoxian. “Since you said that you would compensate us, fine, just do it. We will bring our child to the hospital for an examination. Pay us the examination fee first. If there are any follow-up fees, you have to pay us more.”
“Isn’t it just about money? No problem, how much do you want?” Lu Haochen snorted and took out his wallet.
His domineering attitude made Chen Jiahe’s father even unhappier. He said, “You want to show off your wealth, don’t you? Then I want 10,000 yuan!”
“10,000 yuan for just one bite mark!” Du Xiaoxian couldn’t be steady anymore and thought to herself. “Although we are in the wrong, they can’t be so unreasonable! This amount of money is equivalent to what I have earned in the past two months.”
But before she could say anything, Lu Haochen directly pulled out a cheque and handed it over. “After the examination, you can think about how much you want and write it on the cheque!”
Although Chen Jiahe’s parents were people who had seen the world and had a decent family background, they were still stunned. They looked at each other for a while before reaching out to take it. This was a blank cash cheque. Was it really given to them like this?
Lu Haochen handed over a business card. “This is my lawyer’s name card. If you want a further negotiation, just contact him directly.”
Chen Jiahe’s father took it over. When he saw the big golden characters—”Lawyer Li Mingchun” on it, his eyes widened in surprise. Li Mingchun was a famous lawyer in the country. Even if one had money, he might not be able to hire Lawyer Li. However, Lawyer Li was the regular lawyer of the man opposite him. His heart skipped a beat. Just now, he was so angry that he only focused on arguing. When he looked at the man carefully now, he saw the man opposite him was tall and handsome. With only one glance, he could know this man was not an ordinary person. Yawan was a coastal city where a lot of rich and powerful people lived. It was better not to accidentally provoke a big shot!
He quickly returned the cheque and his attitude immediately changed. “How can I really take your money? I was just angry. Children often fought. We don’t have to be like this. Moreover, we had a problem with our attitude. Please forgive us.”
When he humbled himself, Du Xiaoxian felt embarrassed again. “It’s our fault. We should at least indemnify you.”
“No need, no need. We really don’t need it.” Chen Jiahe’s mother was also a very observant person. She smiled. “You don’t have to take it to heart. My son was in the wrong first. We don’t blame your daughter.”
The atmosphere suddenly softened. Both sides kept admitting their mistakes and apologizing to each other. Only Lu Haochen stood there without saying a word. However, his expression eased a lot.
The teacher also breathed a sigh of relief. As long as the parents settled the incident on their own and did not cause any trouble for the kindergarten, it would be fine.
On the way back, Lu Haochen was silent and expressionless. Du Xiaoxian secretly looked at him several times. She wanted to say something but stopped. In the end, she did not speak.
When they were almost at the entrance of the company, Lu Haochen said, “Don’t you have anything to say to me?”
“I,” Du Xiaoxian bit her lips, “have nothing to say.”
Lu Haochen parked the car but did not turn off the engine. He turned to look at Du Xiaoxian and said, “I remember that according to your resume, you are unmarried.”
Du Xiaoxian looked at him without fear. “I’m indeed not married. I just have a child.”
“Who is the father of the child?”
“This is my privacy. You have no right to ask about it.” Du Xiaoxian said, “Boss, now you should know why I rejected you. I am an unmarried mother.”
Lu Haochen looked at her and did not speak. Du Xiaoxian chuckled. Then she opened the car door and went out. Her heart was relaxed. Thinking of Lu Haochen’s attitude, she believed he would not pester her anymore. However, she might lose her job again.
Lu Haochen sat in the car for a long time. What happened today was really shocking to him! He had thought of everything about Du Xiaoxian, but he didn’t expect that she had a child! He did not care about those undeserved reputations. He knew that Du Xiaoxian had someone in her heart. It did not matter. After all, it was just a shadow. He was confident that he could erase the shadow from Du Xiaoxian’s heart. But now he knew she had a child!
He guessed that the man in Du Xiaoxian’s heart must be the child’s father. Although he left her, his child was with her, constantly reminding her of the existence of the man. What could he do?
His parents were open-minded. Even if he married a wife from a poor family, they might only reproach him but would accept her in the end. But if he married an unmarried mother with a child, this was a bit…
This matter was no longer as simple as he thought. He got off the car and went straight to the Security Department. Du Huayue was not there. It was said that he was patrolling around.
Lu Haochen felt that Du Huayue was indeed a good employee since he was patrolling around under such a scorching sun. However, President Lu was unwilling and angry. He slapped the table of the manager of Security Department. “Go and find him. Now, immediately!” As he spoke, he stormed upstairs.
Not long after returning to the office, he heard someone knocking on the door outside.
Lu Haochen’s voice was heavy. “Come in.”
Du Huayue walked in and carefully looked at his face. “Boss, are you looking for me?”
As soon as Du Huayue sat down, Lu Haochen slammed the table. Du Huayue was so scared that he jumped up again. “Boss…”
Du Huayue looked at Lu Haochen in panic and slowly sat down. This time, he was so shocked that his forehead was covered with sweat. He did not even dare to wipe it.
“Why are you hiding it from me?”
“Du Xiaoxian has a child!”
Cold sweat appeared on Du Huayue’s back. How did Lu Haochen know about this? But it was good for him to know this as it would be revealed sooner or later.
“You didn’t ask me about this, so I didn’t say it,” Du Huayue said gently, “Besides, this is Xiaoxian’s privacy. It’s inappropriate to tell it to outsiders.”
“Am I an outsider?” Lu Haochen angrily slapped the table again. “What privacy? Your tone is the same as hers. What did I say last time? I asked you to tell me everything about her. But you hid the most important thing from me!”
Du Huayue was frightened by the slap and trembled again.
“Who is the father of the child?”
“Boss,” Du Huayue raised his hand to wipe his sweat and said awkwardly, “It’s really inconvenient for me to say this. Xiaoxian has no contact with the child’s father now. So there’s no need to mention him anymore. Otherwise, both of you will get uncomfortable.”
That’s right. There was no need to bring up the past again. Bringing it up would only make Du Xiaoxian sad, and it would also make him unhappy.
“Did they really break up completely?”
“Yes. The child’s father is already married,” Du Huayue said confidently, “I promise they won’t have anything to do with each other anymore.”
Lu Haochen leaned against the office chair with an expressionless face. He was silent for a while and said, “You can take your leave. I want to be alone for a while.”
“Boss,” Du Huayue smiled fawningly. “Niannian is a sensible child. You should be happy to have a daughter out of the blue.”
“Yes!” Du Huayue tilted the chair as he hurriedly stood up. He adjusted the chair with his hand and quickly left.