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Looking at Zhai Sheng who was leaving with the porridge, Qiao Nan kept feeling something was not right. However, Zhai Sheng looked so calm and composed that Qiao Nan did not feel that he was lying.
“Gee, I forgot to tell Brother Zhai again. On the other hand, it is also uncertain whether the method is workable.” At the thought of her owing Zhai Sheng 1,500 yuan, Qiao Nan’s pretty and fresh-looking face revealed uneasiness all over.
After a sigh, Qiao Nan scooped the remaining chicken porridge from Zhai Sheng into a thermal food container, leaving not a single drop for Qiao Zijin. Thereafter, she left for the hospital.
At the smell of the extremely fragrant chicken porridge, Qiao Zijin, who was so hungry, swallowed her saliva a few times. “Nan Nan, is there any porridge left at home?”
She did not believe Qiao Nan only cooked her father’s portion and that there was no extra portion.
Strangely, when she was home yesterday—not to mention shredded chicken porridge—she did not even see a single chicken feather.
“No,” Qiao Nan replied to Qiao Zijin as she fed Qiao Dongliang the porridge. “Dad’s health is weaker. I did not cook much. The portion is just enough for him. If you want to eat, you can cook by yourself when you are back.”
“…” Qiao Zijin pursed her lips. Qiao Nan seemed to be implying that she was only concerned about food and not her father. “How do I cook this?” Shredded chicken porridge… She was uncertain whether she would be able to make a pot of porridge.
“Zijin, go home and rest. Nan Nan will take care of me during the day. You can come and take over Nan Nan at night.” After Qiao Dongliang finished the porridge and drank some water, he seemed to be in much better spirits.
“It’s me again tonight?!” Qiao Zijin stomped her feet. “Dad, I have looked after you for two nights in a row. Why don’t we have Nan Nan stay over for tonight?”
To Qiao Zijin, who had never missed a night of sleep, staying awake overnight was an extremely painful affair.
Furthermore, whenever Qiao Zijin was able to grab a rare opportunity to nap, she would always be awakened by other people’s movement in the ward. Qiao Dongliang was not the only patient in the ward. As such, Qiao Zijin did not even manage to have a full hour of uninterrupted sleep throughout the night.
“Dad, don’t worry. Tomorrow… I will be here again tomorrow night.”
Qiao Zijin was a little afraid of Qiao Dongliang now. If this was how her father expressed his love and care for her, she would rather let Qiao Nan have this love and care. It was too much of a torture.
Her mother’s idea did not work at all. Her father’s reaction was not what she wanted!
“Are you not willing to?” Qiao Dongliang turned his head and looked at Qiao Zijin with his dark, deep eyes. “If you are not willing to, let Nan Nan stay behind, then.”
“No, it’s not that I’m unwilling to.” Qiao Zijin was bitter and was close to tears.
When did her father become so unreasonable? She was tired but could not even rest for a night.
“It’s good that you’re willing to. You must be tired since you stayed overnight yesterday. Go home and have a good sleep. Come again tonight.” Qiao Dongliang nodded his head.
“…” Qiao Zijin took a deep breath and asked as she opened her dry mouth, “Dad, then what do I eat when I go back?”
Qiao Nan would definitely not leave any food for her. What about her breakfast, lunch, and dinner—the three meals? What would she eat when she reached home?
“Nan Nan, what is available at home?”
“Rice. As for vegetables, I think there is one cabbage left.”
“Alright, Zijin. When you are back, cook some rice and fry the vegetables. When your mom returns at night, ask her to buy some food for you.”
“…” Hearing this outcome, Qiao Zijin did not even have the energy to laugh. “Dad, then I will be leaving first.”
“Okay, be careful on the roads.”
When Qiao Zijin was present, it was not appropriate for Qiao Nan to say certain things. Hence, after Qiao Zijin left, Qiao Nan said, “Dad, I can swap with her tonight.”
“Are you feeling sorry for your sister?” Qiao Dongliang’s stiff expression turned into a smile.
“…” Could she ask her father to pretend as if she had not said those words?
Feeling sorry for Qiao Zijin? It was more like she was concerned about her own father.
The result of putting her father under Qiao Zijin’s care was that he had to undergo a second surgery. Fortunately, Brother Zhai was around at that time and was sharp enough to realize that her father’s condition was not right. Otherwise, she did not know what would have happened.
“Your sister has been spoiled by your mom. If I still do not think of a way to change her character, she will become like your mom,” Qiao Dongliang said with deep thoughts. “I can’t possibly let her cause harm to the whole family, could I?”
“?” Feeling puzzled, Qiao Nan raised her eyebrows.
“For the sake of two sets of new clothing, Zijin let your mom worked overnight for a month. Your sister was not concerned about your mom at all, and neither did she help your mom with the work. Of course, your mom deserved it. But your sister’s attitude is not right. Your sister has a sweet tongue but a bitter heart. She can bluff people for a while but not for the rest of her life.” The character of Qiao Zijin, his elder daughter, had gone astray.
“Oh…” After a long time, Qiao Nan then responded without expressing much feeling.
She was still puzzled by the change in her father who suddenly seemed like he wanted to torture Qiao Zijin. It was similar to how her mother tortured her. In the end, after a long day of hassle, her father did it for Qiao Zijin’s sake.
That’s right. Her mother was totally heartless to her. But her father could not do that to Qiao Zijin.
“Looking at the situation, Sister looked like she was about to cry. Dad, whether my words sound good or not, please remember what I say. My sister… What you did may cause her to resent you.” Qiao Zijin would not care if her father was doing it for her sake. She only wanted practical benefits.
“She won’t. Your sister is still young. When she is older, she will understand. No matter what, I’m still her dad. I can only blame myself for not interfering when your mom spoiled her in the past, which resulted in her going astray. Even if she resents me, it will be temporary. Take it that I owe it to her.” Qiao Dongliang gave a long sigh.
How could Qiao Dongliang not know that his elder daughter was unhappy?
However, the daughter had to marry eventually. Zijin was already so heartless to her own family. Both Old Ding and he would not do anything to her as they were her biological parents. But would others treat her in the same way?
Qiao Dongliang was concerned that if Qiao Zijin continued with her ways, her marriage with her future husband would definitely suffer, and it would be huge suffering at that.
Children are debts owed by their parents. What could Qiao Dongliang do?
“Nan Nan, it is really hard for you in this matter. You are younger than your sister, but our family still had to rely on you for support when things happened.” After talking about the elder daughter’s matter, Qiao Dongliang looked at Qiao Nan. “Dad’s life was saved by you.”
“…” Qiao Nan, who had her head down, did not say anything. Somehow, Qiao Dongliang’s concern and persistence toward Qiao Zijin made her feel a little uneasy.
Nevertheless, although Qiao Nan could not forgive Qiao Dongliang’s attitude, she could understand it.
Unlike her, her father did not experience those pain and sufferings that she did. He certainly did not lose his hopes for Qiao Zijin and Ding Jiayi.
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