Mu Jingzhe tried her best to convince him. "Just for one day. I won't scratch it or make a dent in it. Please, for Mu Xue's sake…"
"You still dare mention Mu Xue? You have the nerve to mention Mu Xue?"
Tang Moling interrupted Mu Jingzhe in an annoyed tone.
Mu Jingzhe replied, "Yes, I shouldn't have brought it up, but this is a matter of life and death. You've met Little Bei too. She's still really young. Mu Xue likes her a lot and she was also very anxious last night. If something happens to Little Bei, she'll be sad."
Tang Moling's expression softened.
Indeed, Mu Xue was kind, but that was no reason for him to lend her his car.
While he admired Mu Xue and thought that she was kind, he couldn't help but feel jealous.
Little Bei and those kids were Shao Qihai's children.
Mu Xue had liked Shao Qihai before. Later on, Shao Qihai had died. She had been at her saddest when she'd saved Tang Moling. It was Tang Moling who had kept her company through those sad days.
Tang Moling was very jealous of Shao Qihai. It could be said that he was jealous of him throughout the entire book. Even though Shao Qihai was dead, he still had a strong presence. He had always been playing the role of a tool to further their relationship.
As for Little Bei and her siblings, Mu Xue loved them because they were Shao Qihai's children, so Tang Moling didn't feel good about them.
He wasn't that kind-hearted. There were many pitiful people in the world. How could he help them all?
Tang Moling turned to leave.
"Wait a minute, Tang Moling. If Mu Xue finds out that you helped, she'll definitely be very happy and look at you in a different light. You and Mu Xue are both talented and beautiful. You must want her to be happy, right?"
Mu Jingzhe's words pleased Tang Moling.
He flicked the keys with his fingers and smiled at Mu Jingzhe. "You have some foresight."
She had finally said something that was pleasing to the ears.
Tang Moling looked at Mu Jingzhe and saw the anxious look in her eyes. Her performance was pretty good. She looked as if she was really worried about her stepdaughter.
She hadn't even had to do it herself, but the burden had been sent away. She had to be feeling ecstatic inside, yet she was putting on an act in front of him. Upon seeing how much effort she put into acting and then looking at Shao Qiyang beside her, Tang Moling thought of teasing her.
Alright, he had nothing to do, so he might as well play along with her since she'd shown up. He wanted to see how long she could keep up her act. He could also use this opportunity to avenge Mu Xue.
"It would not be impossible for me to lend you my car, but…"
This was obviously a lie. Of course, he wouldn't lend her his car.
This was because he simply didn't believe that the girl needed to be rescued. Leaving her stepmother was a good thing. It was better than suffering in her stepmother's hands.
When Mu Jingzhe heard this, her eyes lit up. "But what? Please tell me."
"I can't remember at the moment."
Tang Moling shrugged.
His temperamental personality made Mu Jingzhe's angry mind flash with images of her snatching the key, but she forcefully restrained herself. Shao Qiyang, who had heard everything, could no longer stand by and watch.
"Stop begging him. It'd be a wonder if someone like him helped."
He had noticed Tang Moling's teasing gaze.
Tang Moling looked at Shao Qiyang with a faint smile. "Someone like me? You mean someone with a car?"
The male protagonist and the supporting male protagonist couldn't escape the fate of becoming enemies and finding each other an eyesore.
"If you find me an eyesore because I have a car, you can go buy one too."
"You…" Shao Qiyang's anger was instantly ignited. He raised his fist, ready to punch him.
Mu Jingzhe quickly stopped him.
With her holding him back, Shao Qiyang couldn't break free no matter how hard he tried.
"Don't be calculative with him. He's just too anxious about losing his niece. I really need your help. If you have any conditions, just let me know. As long as I can do it, I will. Okay?"
Tang Moling saw that Shao Qiyang's face was red. Not knowing it was because he was trying to break free from Mu Jingzhe's grip, Tang Moling misunderstood.
He sized the two of them up and said, "I was wondering why you suddenly became interested in the child. Are you doing this in hopes that your younger brother-in-law will see you in a different light and accept you?"
Shaking his head, he added, "It's not impossible. You just have to be shameless enough. Although you're his sister-in-law, you're still a virgin, aren't you?"
"What kind of nonsense are you talking about!"
Shao Qiyang glanced at Mu Jingzhe and felt very uncomfortable, especially when Tang Moling said that she was a virgin.
Mu Jingzhe was frustrated as well. "Tang Moling, you've already mocked me. Can you state your conditions now?"
It was just a question of whether he wanted to lend her the car or not. By speaking excessively, they were losing precious time.
"No." Tang Moling saw that Mu Jingzhe had finally revealed her true colors and gave her a nasty smirk. "Not unless you kneel down and beg me."
His eyes were filled with malice and mockery. He knew that this was impossible. He was only doing this to make her give up and expose her true colors.
"Tang Moling, say that again."
It was all clear to Mu Jingzhe now.
She had originally thought that this was what Tang Moling's personality was like. She'd thought she would just endure it for a while and it would pass. She hadn't expected him to take things this far.
"I said that if you kneel down and beg me, I'll lend it to you if I am happy."
Tang Moling repeated himself.
"Kneel… You wouldn't lend it to me even if I did kneel, would you?"
No one in this world liked to kneel, but it was nothing compared to saving someone.
In the past, when a younger child in the orphanage had fallen ill, the orphanage had not had the money to treat her. It was Mu Jingzhe who had gone kneeling door to door behind her back and begged for money to treat her.
To her, kneeling meant living. It was life.
Between life and kneeling, she was very aware of what was more important.
This concerned a girl's life. Kneeling down once was nothing. If she could save her by doing this, even kneeling down a thousand times wouldn't be a problem.
However, this was provided that it would be of use. Mu Jingzhe had knelt down time and again. Sometimes, even if it was a small amount, she was still given money after kneeling. However, there were also some people who would only mock her after they asked her to kneel.
At the time, she had always told herself that she would never have to kneel down and beg anyone ever again. She had done it again eventually.
She hadn't expected to encounter such a situation again today.
Furthermore, she was facing malicious teasing.
It was up to Tang Moling whether he would lend her his car or not, but he shouldn't tease her like this. No one knew what would happen due to this delay.
Mu Jingzhe was furious.
The anger made her crush the rocks in her hand one by one.
Mu Jingzhe had casually picked them up along the way. She'd thought that if she was lucky enough to catch up with the people who had taken Little Bei, these would come in handy.
Tang Moling, who had a smug smirk on his face, was left speechless.
His mind cleared up as he watched the crushed rocks fall.
He suddenly thought of his hurt hand and the chopsticks that had been deeply inserted into the Mu Family's dining table. Oh right, he also recalled Shao Qiyang's strange look just now.
There was indeed something wrong with Mu Jingzhe.
A chill ran down his spine. He suddenly realized that if he admitted that he had tricked Mu Jingzhe, his head might suffer the same fate as those rocks.
Tang Moling unconsciously took a step back. "I was joking. I'll lend it to you."
Mu Jingzhe raised her head. "Really?"
She dusted her hands nonchalantly. She didn't even realize what she had just done, nor did she know why Tang Moling had suddenly changed his mind.
Still, it was good that she had managed to borrow a car.
Tang Moling held onto the keys uncomfortably and reluctantly opened the car door.
Then, he suddenly realized… Wait… He was just lending her a car. He hadn't said he would be her chauffeur.