146 The Father of My Choice

    As Gu Nianshen carried a tray of ice-cream of different flavors, his other hand remained tucked in his pocket. While he walked, he would turn around to make sure that the kid was still following after him before he moved forward.

    Finally, he saw an empty spot by the corner. Immediately, he walked over to claim the empty space.

    After he had sat down, Lin Xiaoyu leisurely walked over to him.

    Xiaoyu obediently sat down on the chair across from Gu Nianshen. Meanwhile, Gu Nianshen pushed the tray closer to him. "Hurry up and eat."

    Gu Nianshen placed his arms on the table as he frowned.

    "Mister Gu, aren't you going to eat?" Xiaoyu asked with his head tilted.

    "No, I'm not eating," he said before retrieving his phone and handing it over to Xiaoyu. "Now, call someone from your family. Tell them you're at Haagen-Dazs on the departure floor."

    Gu Nianshen was worried that Xiaoyu's family might have called the cops if they were not able to find him.

    If that were to happen, he might be blamed for having kidnapped the child.


    Xiaoyu took the phone and began to dial in a series of numbers.

    "Sorry, your call cannot be completed at this time..."

    Xiaoyu placed the phone on the table. "Uncle Bai Se has already turned off his phone."

    Right then, Xiaoyu was completely focused on the ice-cream in front of him. After speaking, he picked up the spoon and began eating again.

    "Who is Uncle Bai Se?" Gu Nianshen asked, confusedly.

    He remembered that Xiaoyu was also looking for Uncle Bai Se the last time they met.

    What kind of relationship did Uncle Bai Se have with his mother? Could he be their neighbor?

    "He is Mother's good friend," Xiaoyu said, after swallowing a spoonful of ice-cream. He suddenly lowered his voice "Mother has told me not to believe anyone other than Uncle Bai Se. Also, she said that I shouldn't talk to strangers."

    As Xiaoyu spoke, he even wagged his finger and shook his head as he imitated his mother's gestures.

    He seemed very cautious.

    "Then why are you speaking to me?" Gu Nianshen frowned.

    Gu Nianshen wished that this child would stay away from a stranger like him.

    Xiaoyu shook his head. "No, Mister Gu is not a stranger. You are the father of my choice."

    He was being serious.

    Gu Nianshen felt speechless.

    He decided to give up on the conversation as he feared he might have a stroke if they continued. "Hurry up and eat. We'll look for your family after you're done."

    Gu Nianshen looked around to see if anyone was looking for a lost child. Normally, if a child was missing, his or her family would have sought help from the security guards and they would be all over the place in search of the child.

    However, the airport seemed very quiet at this moment.

    Meanwhile, Qi Shaodong had also not found out anything about a missing child at the arrival hall. 'What was going on?' Gu Nianshen thought.

    With a look of confusion on his face, Gu Nianshen picked up the phone and began to dial the same number Xiaoyu had dialed earlier. It was a number from New York in America.

    As his gaze returned to Xiaoyu's face, he could see that the child was engrossed with eating the ice-cream in front of him. It was almost as if he had never eaten ice-cream in his life.

    Xiaoyu was trying each flavor in succession with a small fork in his tiny hand.

    As Gu Nianshen observed, he suddenly felt helpless as he shook his head before returning his gaze to his phone.

    Although the child spoke English fluently, it was clearly not the case with Chinese. Moreover, the number he had dialed was also from America. Based on these factors, Gu Nianshen was certain that he had grown up in America.

    After thinking for a while, Gu Nianshen made the call once again. However, he received the same response, which meant that the phone had been shut off.

    Gu Nianshen wondered why his family was so relaxed. How could they shut their phones off when their child was missing? It was awfully strange.
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