Chapter 1146: Ordinary Friend
General Murray’s words were clearly intentional. On one hand, he genuinely admired Dustin. Being exceptional both in martial and scholarly pursuits with a bright future ahead and a good character, such a young prodigy was scarce in the entire Dragonmarsh. If Dustin could become his grandson-in-law, it would provide a safeguard for the General’s family in the future.
On the other hand, he had taken his granddaughter, Shiela, into consideration. She possessed a kind heart and a somewhat naive disposition, easily susceptible to deception, and in need of strong support and protection. Dustin undoubtedly appeared as the ideal choice. When the two of them were together, they seemed like a perfect match.
In the present moment, Shiela stood in silence behind them, not uttering a word. Her pretty face sported a faint flush, revealing a blend of shyness and eager anticipation. She was awaiting Dustin’s response, hoping to hear the answer she longed for.
“Thank you for your generous words, General, but someone like me, a commoner, is not deserving of Miss Shiela,” Dustin courteously declined.
“Young man, I am well aware of your background. There is no need for such formality. I will ask you directly: do you hold any affection for my granddaughter, Shiela?” General Murray inquired once more.
“General, Miss Shiela and I are simply regular friends, nothing more,” Dustin replied resolutely.
“Just ordinary friends?” General Murray raised his eyebrows. Why did those words sound somewhat awkward? Weren’t they treating each other like siblings before? Why did it suddenly become distant?
Upon hearing the phrase “just ordinary friends,” Shiela’s expression froze, her eyes reflecting disappointment.
“Young man, would you not reconsider?” General Murray seemed somewhat reluctant.
He was willing to go to great lengths to ensure his granddaughter’s happiness.
“General, trying to force something won’t make it genuine. Let’s simply set aside the matter,” Dustin firmly shook his head, his gaze resolute.
“Sigh… Very well, I won’t interfere in the affairs of you young people,” General Murray finally relented.
“Dustin, Bro Dustin…”
Unable to contain her emotions, Shiela called out.
“Yes?” Dustin turned to look at her with a hint of confusion. “Miss Shiela, is there something else?”
“Bro Dustin, I misunderstood you before. I’m truly sorry, and I sincerely apologize to you,” Shiela said, her face filled with guilt as she bowed deeply while speaking.
“Miss Shiela, you haven’t done anything wrong, and I’ve never blamed you. There’s no need to apologize,” Dustin shook his head, feeling no resentment.
Some things were not about right or wrong; it was purely a matter of trust. Shiela had made her choice, and he had no complaints.
“Bro Dustin, can we still meet in the future?” Shiela held onto her clothes, feeling nervous and hopeful.
“If fate allows, we will meet again. Farewell,” Dustin replied with a faint smile and walked out of the General’s Mansion.
Watching his departing figure, Shiela felt a deep sense of emptiness in her heart, as if something important was slowly slipping away.
“Girl, what exactly happened between you two?” General Murray couldn’t help but ask curiously.
“I…” Shiela hesitated for a moment and eventually recounted the whole story briefly.
Listening to this exchange, General Murray couldn’t help but feel exasperated. “Child, how could you be so easily misled? Can’t you differentiate between truth and falsehood? You accepted those unfounded accusations without any doubt and slandered someone who was genuinely trying to assist you. You… you… you truly infuriate me!”
“Grandfather, I acknowledge my mistake. Is there anything I can do to make amends?” Shiela asked softly.