Hello Mr. Major General Chapter 356
Chapter 356 Even I Cant Understand Him
Translator:Nyoi-Bo StudioEditor:Nyoi-Bo Studio
Grandfather Huo nearly lost his balance. He muttered incoherently as he supported himself on the sofa to sit down.
Huo Guanchen quickly walked over to ask. "Father, are you still ok?"
"Still ok? You might as well kill me!" Grandfather Huo glared at Huo Guanchen and raised his hand to slap him hard in the face. He jabbed a finger at his sons nose and shouted, "Why didnt you tell me sooner if you knew already?" All the rage was being taken out on Huo Guanchen. He accepted it all.
"You two can cry to each other now. I wont be joining in." Huo Shaoheng buttoned his coat and said, "Goodbye."
"Stay right there!" Huo Guanchen barked at Huo Shaoheng sternly. "Thats enough! Have you not embarrassed our family enough?"
Huo Shaoheng stopped in his tracks and put his hands in the coat pockets before turning around, the corners of his mouth turned up as he snickered and shook his head. "You shouldnt have gotten into such messes if youre worried about being embarrassed."
"Its one thing to teach your own father a lesson, but you dared to humiliate your grandfather." Huo Guanchen was livid. "Ill have to go ask Song Jinning how she raised such an insolent son!"
"Thats where youre wrong." Huo Shaoheng bowed slightly and responded with politeness. "I was raised by Grandmother. Father, are you going to heaven to ask Grandmother how she raised me?"
Huo Guanchen deflated and lost all his anger at the mention of his wife. He collapsed on the sofa next to Grandfather Huo and cradled his head in his hands as he said helplessly, "If Mother was still alive, none of this wouldve happened. Mother loved Guanyuan the most, and if he was still alive"
Huo Shaoheng looked at his watch and answered calmly, "My mother will be restarting the experiment very soon. We will find out what happened to Uncle." Huo Shaoheng had grown up under his grandmothers care and was thus familiar with his uncle, Huo Guanyuan. Huo Guanyuan had been the closest to Xie Ziyan, while Huo Guanchen had been closer to Huo Xuenong.
Huo Guanchen stood up instantly. "Your mother is restarting the experiment? When? Is she still living with you?"
Huo Shaoheng glanced at him and shook his head before turning to leave. This time he didnt look back no matter what Huo Guanchen said.
Huo Guanchen saw that he wasnt able to convince his son, so he could only try persuading Grandfather Huo. "Father, Shaohengs temper is always like this. Hes earned the respect within the ranks by hiding his feelings more and more. Even I cant understand him."
"I know. Shaoheng was promoted to Major General at a young age and is the most successful person in our family. Hes more intelligent than Guanyuan was, and can endure even more than you do. Its only natural that hed surpass you both." Grandfather Huo sighed as he huddled in the sofa and refused to get up.
"About Head Nurse Zhang" Huo Guanchen said, glancingat Grandfather Huo, "What are you going to do?"
"Ill go see her tomorrow. Itll be the last time. I still need to ask her a few things." Grandfather Huos eyes were very bright for his age, but now, devoid of energy, he could barely keep them open.
Huo Guanchen was unsure of what to say and so went to the coffee table nearby to serve him a cup of tea. "Drink a little tea and dont get too anxious. Is your blood pressure going up again?"
Grandfather Huo took his time drinking the tea and placed the gold rimmed china cup on the coffee table. He looked down. "This was your mothers favorite tea set all those years ago; havent I said over and overto store it safely? Why is it being used?"
Huo Guanchen was uneasy. The tea set had been in use for a long time, but his father only realized it now. "Jialan asks the servants to set out everything being used in the house." Huo Guanchen coughed, awkward. "But, this tea set was only takenout for use by Jialan because Head Nurse Zhang said shed liked it."
Grandfather Huo was dumbfounded. Sitting on the soda, he appeared like a clay sculpture: weak and unsteady. After a long time, by which the sky outside had already grown dark, he finally asked Huo Guanchen in a low voice, "Shaoheng said you knew too What did your mother do at that time?"
"She actually didnt do much." Huo Guanchen poured himself a cup of tea uneasily and gently blew at it to hide his embarrassment. "She just gave her a little warning when Head Nurse Zhang had her professional title evaluated."
"A little warning?"
"Yes. Head Nurse Zhang seemed to want to make a move back then. It was at the critical time when Father was being promoted to Lieutenant General. Mother had wanted her to know that if word came out that she had an illegitimate son, she would not only lose the chance of ever getting married, but would also risk losing her own military rank. She would be forcibly discharged and have to go back home to make a meagre living," Huo Guanchen finished the anecdote and went on to continue, "But Mother didnt do anything but let Auntie Chang start a bit of gossip with a few people. Head Nurse was a smart person and had gotten the hint; she never showed up in front of Mother again."
"Is that so" Grandmother Huo closed his eyes. "Your mother was truly smart; even though she had come from a high class family and was spoiled as a child, she wasnt unreasonable." He had meant to say that Xie Ziyan had been stubborn and had never compromised; when they had fought during the times theyd dated, he would always be the first one to apologize. A woman like that had actually endured the incident with Zhang Feng silently. Grandfather Huo felt horrible now as he thought about it.
"Father, dont be too hard on yourself. Mother was very stubborn and Shaoheng has her exact temper." Huo Guanchen tried to console him. "Its been so many years since it happened, and you have a son who has grandchildren of his own too. Dont worry about it anymore." Time would never turn backthe things done and said would always leave a mark. What evidence was more damning than a live person?
Grandfather Huo knew he would never feel at ease again. He stood up and said wearily, "Ill go take a rest. You should try to sleep earlier too." However, Grandfather Huo was unable to sleep when he returned to his room. Tossing and turning all night, he got up before dawn the next day. After a rushed breakfast, he called for the driver and went to see Zhang Feng.
Huo Shaoheng got wind of this and personally followed him. He arrived at the visitation room in the detention center where the military police temporarily held prisoners. While Grandfather Huo went to visit Zhang Feng, Huo Shaoheng had already ordered Zhao Liangze to take control over all the video recording equipment in the room. If the two argued and revealed any sensitive topics, he would be able to cut off the camera in time. Grandfather Huo and Zhang Feng knew they were under strict surveillance, but didnt realize that Huo Shaoheng was the one in control.
"Half your assets have been auctioned off already and it was only enough to pay off half your debt." Grandfather Huo sat down and surveyed Zhang Feng. "What do you plan to do about the other half?"
"Auctioned off? How could that be?! Who allowed this?" Zhang Feng shrieked. "Thats the money Im leaving for Baochen and his children! How could you be so cruel?!"
Grandfather Huo frowned as he asked tersely, "You think Im being cruel?"
"Elder Huo, that money was for Baochen and his children," Zhang Feng begged weakly. "They dont have the Xies backing them like Shaoheng does. My family relies on me to support them, but I cant depend on them for help."
"Dont you still have the other half left?" Grandfather Huo warned icily, "Cant you just leave the other half to them?"
"I cant give them the other half right now." Zhang Feng felt pain all throughout all body when she thought about half her fortune being auctioned off. She begged Grandfather Huo desperately, "Grandfather Huo, please. Ive never asked you for anything all my life."
"Youve asked me for many things all your life. You always say the same thing everytime you ask me for something, but now youre going to say youve never said that?" Grandfather Huo raised his brows, "Zhang Feng, is your memory that bad?"
Zhang Fengs face flushed under Grandfather Huo questioning. Her mouth sagged as she wept pitifully and said, "I dont have anything. I only have you. I can only beg you."
"You only give me trouble, right?" Grandfather Huo scoffed. "Didnt you make some great plans back then? You even told Ziyan some things purposely at her sick bed" Grandfather Huos voice grew severe, and he raised his voice and said, "Zhang Feng, you have no shame!"
Zhang Feng was floored. Jerking her head up, she muffled her face and looked at Grandfather Huo with surprise as she objected reflexively, "I didnt!"
"You didnt? Its one thing to treat me like an idiot, but you made a mistake when you took Ziyan for an idiot as well." Grandfather Huos heart wrenched at the thought of Xie Ziyan knowing the truth about Zhang Feng and him as she wasted away on her sick bed.
"Elder Huo, Elder Huo! You have to save me!" Zhang Feng saw that things were not in her favor and began crying instantly. "I only have you. I dont want to go to jail! Ive been by your side for so many years now, and we have a son together. If you wont help me and I cant think of another way, Ill just have to"
"Have to what?" Grandfather Huo slammed the table angrily. "Youll have to tell everyone the unspeakable thing that happened between us?!"
Zhang Feng shrunk away from him and stammered, "I-If you help me get out of here, Ill never tell anyone." In other words, Zhang Feng wasnt going to let Grandfather Huo live down what happened and reveal everything if he didnt help her.
Now that things had ended up like this, Zhang Feng had become a leech, Grandfather Huo realized. Whereas, Xie Ziyan had tolerated the situation and protected everyone. Grandfather Huo looked at Zhang Fengs averting eyes and found it strange that he had actually intended to marry this woman. He stood up and managed to say, in a raspy voice, "You should have known whats good for you. If you dare say anything to anyone, Ill be the first one to make sure you stay quiet."
"Elder Huo!" Zhang Feng couldnt believe her ears. She had served Grandfather Huo, had taken care of Huo Xuenong for decades, and yet he was actually saying such heartless things to her. "Whats going on? Who told you these rumors? Theyre all lies! I just want whats good for you!" Zhang Feng rose up to lunge forward and grab Grandfather Huos sleeve from across the narrow table. "Did you forget all the things you said to me?"
Grandfather Huo pushed her away without saying a word. As he turned to leave, he saw the door to the visitation room open. Huo Shaoheng stood there, arms crossed as he leaned against the door frame. Holding a flash drive, he shook his head at Zhang Feng. "If it hadnt been for my supervision, you wouldve revealed everything today."
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