APY Ch. 187.1

Translator: SJade, Editor: Dj22031

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The man on the other end of the phone went silent for a second, then he suddenly shouted excitedly, “Oh my god, Ann, it’s you, you finally called me, you’re so heartless, you haven’t contacted me for years.”

Austin was lying on a chair basking in the sun, but he suddenly jumped up, startling the butler who was waiting on the side.

Listening to Austin’s lively voice, Shen Qinglan had a faint smile on her mouth, “I’m sorry, I haven’t called you in so long.”

That’s what Austin said, but he couldn’t bear to really blame her, “Ann, where are you now? Are you with Andre?”

Shen Qinglan hummed, and Austin immediately picked up his suit jacket and was about to go out, “Then I’ll come to you now, Ann, wait for me.”

“Wait.” Shen Qinglan called him, “Austin, let me come to you. I just want to ask you for help.”

Austin stopped and handed the clothes in his hand to the housekeeper, “No problem, just ask me what you want me to do. My father happens to be at home, and he has told me countless times that you should have a good meal with him when you come back this time.”

“No problem, I’ll be there in about an hour.” Shen Qinglan finished speaking, and hung up the phone.

Andre stood up, “Let’s go in my car.”

Shen Qinglan didn’t object, and Jin Enxi didn’t follow. She knew Shen Qinglan’s relationship with Austin, so she wasn’t worried at all.

In front of an old but solemn castle, Shen Qinglan’s car have just driven in when she saw a figure of a young man. She didn’t get out of the car, but the man opened the door and got in the car.

“Ann, I haven’t seen you for six years. You are becoming more and more beautiful. You have grown up, you were still a little girl when you left.”

Shen Qinglan didn’t look at him, but said lightly, “I haven’t seen you for six years, how are you?”

Austin smiled, “Very good, I just missed you.” If Shen Qinglan hadn’t said that they were not allowed to go to her, maybe he would have gone to that distant country to see her long ago.

The car drove into the old castle, and the road was full of flowers and greenery, “It’s still beautiful here.”

“How long do you plan to stay in Country Y this time?”

Shen Qinglan was slightly silent when she heard the words, “Austin, I…I have to leave in three days, and something has happened to my friend.”

Austin’s face changed slightly, “Can I help?”

Seeing the building that was approaching, Shen Qinglan did not continue to speak, but said, “I’ll talk about this later.”

Shen Qinglan got out of the car and handed over the car keys to the maid who was waiting on the side, then Austin opened the door for her and welcomed her in. “Uncle Ian, long time no see.” Shen Qinglan greeted Ian, the housekeeper who was standing by the door and was bent slightly towards her.

The housekeeper, Ian, smiled slightly, “Miss Ann, long time no see.”

The maid looked at Shen Qinglan curiously. She had an oriental face, was very beautiful, and was probably the most beautiful woman she had ever seen.

“Who is this?” The maid asked her companion in a low voice. The companion shook her head lightly, expressing that she didn’t know. They all just came here in the past two years, and they had never seen Shen Qinglan before, so naturally they didn’t recognize her.

“The housekeeper seems to know her.” Not only that, but he was also very respectful, this young woman seemed to have a lot of connections.

“This is not something we can manage, let’s work quickly.” Another maid said in a low voice, and the others took it seriously and hurried to work.

Austin took Shen Qinglan upstairs directly and entered a study room. In the study room, an old man in his fifties or sixties was waiting there. When he saw Shen Qinglan, he had a smile on his face and opened his arms. Shen Qinglan walked over and hugged him, “Welcome back, my child.”

“Uncle Kent.” Shen Qinglan spoke softly, with a gentle tone and a slight smile.

The Duke of Kent was very happy, then he let go of Shen Qinglan to look up and down, and nodded, “You have become more beautiful, it seems that you have had a good life these years.”

Shen Qinglan nodded, “Yes, but I am very sorry that I haven’t come back to see you for so many years.”

The Duke of Kent didn’t think so, “As long as you live well, my child, how is your family treating you?”

Shen Qinglan smiled, “They are very good to me.”

The Duke of Kent was happy and nodded again and again, “It’s good that they are nice to you. If you are unhappy at home, remember to come back, this will always be your home.”

Shen Qinglan’s heart warmed slightly, and she nodded with a smile, “After all these years, is your body okay?”

“I’m fine, now I have to go out for a run every morning.”

“Father’s health is better than mine now, and the company’s affairs are all entrusted to me, riding a horse and drinking afternoon tea every day, his life can’t be too wonderful.” Austin answered.

The three of them chatted in the study for a long time, most of which were recent events in the past few years. The Duke of Kent didn’t ask Shen Qinglan the purpose of coming to country Y this time, and Shen Qinglan didn’t say anything until the housekeeper said that dinner was ready.

There were only the three of them on the big long table, but the meal was very pleasant. After the meal, Shen Qinglan stayed overnight.

“Miss Ann, this is your room. It is still reserved for you. The servants come up to clean it on time every day. The Duke said that one day you will come back to see him.” Ian said with a smile.

Shen Qinglan looked at the familiar room with a dazed expression. She had lived here for two months. At that time, she was seriously injured and had recuperated here for two full months.

“Thank you, Uncle Ian.”

Ian withdrew, and the maid put down the clothes prepared for Shen Qinglan, and also withdrew.

Shen Qinglan lightly touched the familiar yet unfamiliar furniture, those distant memories suddenly revived and frantically flooded into her mind.

Getting acquainted with the Duke of Kent was actually an accident.

Seven years ago, she was on a mission, and when she was retreating, she happened to run into the Duke of Kent who was kidnapped by BK. Because she couldn’t understand BK’s behaviour, she was nosy and rescued him.

It was later discovered that the rescued person was the only royal duke of country Y, the Duke of Kent. Originally, this incident should have ended here. After all, she was not trying to save him at the time, but to fight against the people of BK, however she did not expect that she would also meet Austin by chance and saved him twice, and one time after that, she seriously injured herself, and Austin took her home.

During the two months of recuperating here, she established a deep relationship with the two owners of the family. The Duke of Kent was the first person who gave her the care and warmth of an elder, but her identity was sensitive after all. After some time she left, rarely setting foot here except occasionally to see the Duke of Kent.

Hearing the knock on the door, Shen Qinglan went to open the door, and sure enough, she saw Austin outside the door. He held a glass of milk in his hand and handed it to her. Shen Qinglan took it, but didn’t drink it. She didn’t like milk.

“What help do you need from me this time?” Austin asked proactively.

Shen Qinglan closed the door. The sound insulation effect of this ancient castle was very good, so there was no need to worry about being overheard, “Austin, I need a batch of weapons, not many, just enough to equip myself.”

Austin’s expression froze, “Ann, what are you going to do?”

“My companion was taken away and I have to rescue him.”

“Ann, as far as I know, you have quit this life, I can help you with this kind of thing, you can tell me where your companion is, and I’ll ask someone to help you rescue as many people as you want.”

Austin knew Andre, and also knew the relationship between Andre and Shen Qinglan. If he didn’t know Shen Qinglan’s identity at the beginning, then for the sake of Shen Qinglan not deliberately concealing him, he would still have known.

“Austin, I can do this myself, you don’t need to get involved, you can help me get what I need. If you don’t want to help me, I can do it myself.”

Austin looked annoyed, “Ann, why are you saying this kind of thing, you know that no matter what kind of request you ask, I will agree.”

His eyes were full of affection, and the friendship in it could be seen by anyone with a discerning eye.

Austin didn’t know when he fell in love with Shen Qinglan. How old was she when he met Shen Qinglan, fourteen or fifteen? At such an immature age, it could be said that she was still a child, but her eyes were so cold. Such a person should be cold-blooded and ruthless, but she saved him time and time again, and even almost died saving him.

He fell in love with this girl who was five years younger than him. He wanted to wait for her to grow up and marry her, but she left before he could start to act. Before leaving, he went to her and asked if he could come to find her?

What did she say? Let him think about it, oh, he remembered, she said that if he dared to look for her, then he would never see her in his life.

He knew that she had this ability, so he was afraid. For so many years, in countless late nights, that beautiful and immature face would always appear in his mind. He was clearly thinking about her until he felt like he was going crazy, but he failed to muster up the courage to go see her even once.

Didn’t Shen Qinglan know about Austin’s feelings for her? Not necessarily, but knowing that it was impossible, why give people hope, it was better to let him forget her than to make him suffer. And time was the best medicine.

Originally, she thought that after so many years, Austin should have forgotten her, but now it seemed that she was thinking too much.

“Austin, I invite you to my house after this matter is over.” Shen Qinglan said.

Austin’s face was full of ecstasy, “Really, Ann, can I visit your house?”

Shen Qinglan nodded, “Of course, please come and see my living environment, as well as my family and husband.”

The ecstasy on Austin’s face just froze on his face. He looked at Shen Qinglan incredulously, “Husband? Are you married?”

“Yes, I have been married for more than half a year. My husband is a soldier and treats me very well.”

Austin’s face was deeply shocked, however Shen Qinglan was cruel, and continued, “When this matter is over, you can come to see him, if he knows that I have a good brother like you, he will also be happy.”

Austin didn’t speak, he was very sad now, the girl he was waiting for, now told him that she was married. He couldn’t tell what he was feeling in his heart at the moment. Looking at the face in front of him that he had missed for many years, a wry smile appeared on the corner of his mouth, “Ann, you are so cruel to me.” She didn’t even want to leave him with any hope.

Shen Qinglan pursed her lips and said nothing, but the atmosphere froze for a moment.

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