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858 Cannot Be Played Dirty

 "Don't try to change the topic." Ma Qiqi pretended to be stern. However, her smiling and sparkling eyes gave her away. "Let me tell you, even if you intend to be together with Professor He, you have to control yourself. You have got to wait until we graduate. Do not blind anyone in the school!"

Gu Nianzhi sighed and put down her spoon. She took a piece of tissue to clean her mouth and said exasperatedly, "I have no romantic feelings towards Professor He. It's true. However, it is also true that Professor He has been extremely nice to me. I feel... towards him... I feel... how should I put it..."

Gu Nianzhi was confused as well. If she said that she had absolutely no feelings for him, it would be a lie.

She was a human with feelings. How could there be no feelings?

However, the feelings that Gu Nianzhi had towards He Zhichu were not romantic.

Gu Nianzhi was absolutely clear about that.

"...I am sorry if I am being blunt. I am closer to Professor He than other people. I have no idea why either." Gu Nianzhi shrugged. "I am serious. Sometimes, I think that having an older brother like him wouldn't be that bad, but I would never ask Professor He to do disgusting things like to be my sworn brother or something."

"Well, that is true too." Ma Qiqi nodded in agreement. "What I detest most is that the man that I like is telling me that he treats me like a sister... Sister your *ss! If he did not like me, that would be it. Why should he be so cheap?"

Gu Nianzhi smiled and whispered, "...That is why I'm telling you, nothing is going on between Professor He and me. Even if he feels like an older brother to me, it is merely something that is on my mind. To be honest, I would never be lucky enough to have such an amazing brother as him."

"Professor He is cold on the outside, but a passionate person on the inside. I really cannot tell which girl could be good enough for him," Ma Qiqi said as she began admiring He Zhichu again. "So handsome, he looks like a movie star when he talks and walks. No one can tear their eyes away from him..."

Gu Nianzhi was speechless.

She waved her hand in front of Ma Qiqi's face. "Wake up! Qiqi, you already belong to someone!"

"Oh yeah..." Ma Qiqi heaved a heavy sigh, then said happily, "That is why I can only admire from afar. I cannot play dirty!"

"Nonsense!" Gu Nianzhi slapped her hand playfully. "You can play dirty with brother Xiong. Professor He is too perfect, therefore you should only admire him from afar. Do not pollute him with your dirty thoughts."

"You are the nonsensical one!" Ma Qiqi slapped Gu Nianzhi's hand playfully as well. "Brother Xiong and I have not reached the level where we can be dirty with each other. You don't have to worry, alright!"

Gu Nianzhi laughed gleefully.

It was such an amazing weekend morning with good food and a best friend. Gu Nianzhi could not have asked for more.

After they were done with breakfast, Gu Nianzhi headed to the library to prepare the documents that she would need for the hearing on Monday.

This time, both sides were going to be well prepared. They would be fighting face-to-face in court.

After the two times, she and Gu Yanran both knew that they were enemies.

The assassination attempt a few days ago also made Gu Nianzhi realize that Gu Yanran very much wanted her dead.

Gu Nianzhi had initially wanted to fight for only half of the inheritance and freeze the other half. She had not expected Gu Yanran to be ruthless enough to try to kill her. Therefore, she would not play nice anymore either.

This time, she would be fighting for all of the inheritance. She wanted Gu Yanran out of the family without a penny.

It would be tough though.

No matter what, the person in a vegetative state, Gu Xiangwen, had the same DNA as Gu Yanran. Gu Nianzhi was merely an adopted daughter. If an adopted daughter was able to get all the inheritance from the biological daughter after a lawsuit, it would be talked about for years.

Gu Nianzhi looked at the documents and the set of answers that Ye Xuan had given to her and went deep in thought.

She could tell that Gu Yanran had protected all the information about the Gus very well. No one had been able to find out anything about the family. All the old servants from the Gu mansion had been killed in that "kidnapping incident" in Barbados. Ye Xuan had been in a boarding school in America the whole time.

His only evidence was that when he was the one in charge of finance in the family. He knew slightly more about the inheritance, which was why he was able to provide Gu Nianzhi with a list of everything. By having the only other big player in a vegetative state, everything about the Gu family fortune had to be decided by Gu Yanran.

Gu Nianzhi used her marker to draw circle after circles and line after line of notes. Eventually, everything pointed back to Gu Yanran.

She'd had a blurry idea a long time ago. Since Gu Yanran was the main person in charge of everything to do with the Gus, her point of attack should directly be on Gu Yanran herself.

Other evidence supported this. The only thing that she needed to confirm was Gu Yanran's real identity. Gu Nianzhi would never believe that Gu Yanran was Gu Xiangwen's biological daughter.

Even though Gu Nianzhi was not sure if she herself was Gu Xiangwen's biological daughter, she was extremely sure that Gu Yanran was not.

So... Who exactly was Gu Yanran?

Gu Nianzhi took out the information about Gu Yanran that had been discovered by Huo Shaoheng for her reference. First Class Honors graduate from St. John's College. She was the perfect candidate to be a good housekeeper. On top of that, before she'd entered St. John's College, her high school and junior school records were all blank. No one could trace which schools she'd attended during those times.

Gu Nianzhi added another point of suspicion on her list.

...

The weekend passed quickly. Gu Nianzhi spent two entire days in the library. Monday arrived in a blink of an eye.

That was the day she and Gu Yanran would fight it out in court.

Gu Nianzhi woke up in the morning, washed up, and changed into a business suit from Versace and a black pair of high-heeled leather shoes by Manolo Blahnik. She tied her hair into a bun at the back of her head. She looked more mature like that.

Gu Nianzhi looked at her reflection in the mirror and still felt slightly unhappy.

She almost wanted to get a pair of black-rimmed glasses to put on. Those would help her to look her age... However, she did not wear glasses normally. She also hadn't worn any glasses to hearings in the past. If she put some on now, they would attract too much attention.

Therefore, the glasses were just a thought in Gu Nianzhi's mind.

After she was done preparing, Ma Qiqi headed downstairs with her. Ma Qiqi would be going to the hearing as well. After getting together with Yin Shixiong, she didn't give up any chances to spend time with him.

Yin Shixiong would be listening in on the hearing between Gu Nianzhi and Gu Yanran to represent Huo Shaoheng. Therefore, Ma Qiqi tagged along.

Yin Shixiong was waiting for them in the lobby of their dormitory. Gu Nianzhi and Ma Qiqi boarded the car. Gu Nianzhi took the back seat immediately, leaving the front seat for Ma Qiqi.

Ma Qiqi hopped into the car happily, blushing the moment she saw Yin Shixiong.

Yin Shixiong had never been in a romantic relationship before. Therefore, he did not know the feeling of being in love. However, he knew that he was extremely happy each time he set his eyes on Ma Qiqi. He liked spending time with her and enjoyed being together with her.

Yin Shixiong started the engine and began chatting with Ma Qiqi. Since both of them were chatterboxes, they'd realized that they had many similarities from the moment they began talking. A good example was that they both loved to swim, eat, rock climb, and camp.

By the time they arrived at court, Yin Shixiong and Ma Qiqi had already set a day for that weekend to go rock climbing at an indoor sports complex.

Their relaxed atmosphere made Gu Nianzhi feel very much at ease. She allowed her mind to go blank and not think about anything, closing her eyes to rest in the back of the car.

When they alighted from the car, Gu Nianzhi saw Gu Yanran and Jin Wanyi waiting at the entrance of the courthouse.

Gu Yanran looked extremely haggard. Even though she was still rather pretty, she was not as good looking as before. Jin Wanyi, however, looked normal as she stood elegantly at Gu Yanran's side.

However, the moment she saw Yin Shixiong open the door with Ma Qiqi in his arms, it was clear that her elegant expression fell.