"Does this mean that Mu Wanrou is the girl who stole your jade 15 years ago?" Qin Zhou voiced out his suspicion.
Yun Shishi nodded as her orbs dulled.
"I heard of Mu Wanrou being reclaimed by the Mu family 15 years ago. Rumors have it that Old Mu once had an adopted daughter he doted on dearly; she's called Mu Qingcheng. Although she's not of the Mu bloodline, Old Mu treated her like his own child and treasured her a lot. However, over two decades ago, she conceived a child out of wedlock; Old Mu ordered her to abort the baby to cover up this scandal. Later… Mu Qingcheng disappeared. Old Mu scoured the entire capital to find his beloved daughter, almost turning the entire place upside down, but it was all to no avail. Nonetheless, as long as there were traces of her location, he would search that area for her fervently! Eventually, I heard that…"
His voice suddenly dropped an octave. "Mu Qingcheng was found… but she was already dead."
Her heart skipped a beat. "Dead?"
"Mm. Dead via a car accident. It was so horrendous." He helplessly shook his head. "Old Mu was devastated by this. From then on, he started searching for the two children Mu Qingcheng had given birth to."
"Mu Qingcheng…" Yun Shishi repeated her name mindlessly. "I only know that my mom's name is Qin Cheng."
"Did your mom not talk to you about your birth?" He popped his doubt.
She wiggled her head in defeat. "My mom kept mum about my birth. She only told me that a certain Mu Sheng of the Mu family in the capital is the most ruthless murderer in the world. She reminded me repeatedly never to step foot into the Mu family no matter what."
He sprang to his feet in agitation and spoke in a serious tone. "There's only one Mu family in the capital that has a person called Mu Sheng. That man happens to be the head of this powerful family. Is your mother possibly Mu Qingcheng?!"
"…" She suddenly fell silent.
He resumed speaking after a brief pause. "Perhaps, Mu Wanrou stole your mother's keepsake, and when Old Mu happened to find her, he brought her to the Mu household as a family member upon recognizing the jade, thinking that she's the child of Mu Qingcheng."
"It probably happened… like that!"
"Doesn't that mean that you are the actual Young Madam Mu? Mu Yazhe's actual fiancée?" He raised a handsome brow, thinking that life was really full of surprises.
The current Young Madam Mu was a fake all along!
The actual princess was accidentally left roaming the mortal realm instead.
… This was so dramatic it could be turned into a soap opera.
"I won't return to the Mu family. I just want her to return the jade to me, the rightful owner of it!" She tilted her face upward and said, "That's the last memory my mom left behind. Because of that woman's selfishness, I was treated badly at the welfare center…"
"I think I have a bit of recollection of that place." He carefully tracked his thoughts and abruptly palmed his forehead. "The director of that welfare center back then is called Luo Hanjin, right?"
Upon hearing that name, her face froze for a moment and then she instantly paled, just like a white sheet of paper.
She never knew the name of that director, but to her, that man was absolutely a monster – a frightening demon who should be banished into deepest corner of hell!
He did not notice the changes in her expression and simply continued his speech. "This Luo Hanjin… Wasn't he found guilty of committing depraved acts on children a few years ago? This piece of news got entirely blown up, and many children at the welfare center were discovered to have received varying degrees of sexual assaults – simply outrageous."