The chilly words caused Murong Shan and Caden’s smiles to freeze instantly.
In their eyes, the third brother was the most favoured and significant person in the family.
Now that we’re reunited after a long separation, shouldn’t a father be happy?
Why are you still wearing such a stern expression?
It’s been five years. Is there any misunderstanding between father and son that can’t be resolved?
“Dad, it was my own ignorance and confusion. I’d like to offer my apologies to you.”
Dustin spoke and bowed deeply. “I’ve had time to reflect over the years. It was indeed my mistake. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me this time.”
Murong Zhenguo raised an eyebrow, looking quite surprised.
His youngest son had always been headstrong, always pushing boundaries without looking back.
He hadn’t expected that after several years apart, Dustin would actually know how to apologise.
It seemed he’d matured quite a bit.
“Dad, the past is behind us. The third brother has recognised his error; please find it in your heart to forgive him.” Murong Shan began to mediate.
“Yes, Dad, what happened back then was all a misunderstanding. Our family is in harmony, and there’s no obstacle we can’t overcome.” Caden agreed.
Seeing Dustin’s contrite demeanor, Murong Zhenguo’s expression finally softened. He waved his hand and said, “Very well, I hope you return safely. Please, take a seat.”
“Thank you, Dad.”
Dustin bowed once more.
“Third brother, come and take this seat.”
Murong Shan was very welcoming and guided Dustin to sit in the prominent spot.
He’d always held his youngest brother in high regard.
Now that they were reunited after such a long separation, they were naturally overjoyed.
The key members of the Murong family also exchanged warm greetings and smiles.
Everyone knew that Murong Zhenguo had always carried a burden, particularly when it came to Dustin leaving home.
To the extent that for the past five years, no one dared mention Dustin in front of Murong Zhenguo.
Now that Dustin had returned, and had taken the initiative to admit his mistakes and seek forgiveness from Murong Zhenguo, the misunderstandings from that year had been completely cleared.
They believed that henceforth, the Murong family would shine even more brightly.
As time passed, many dignitaries arrived to celebrate the birthday.
Each guest was accompanied by two bodyguards.
Of course, the bodyguards weren’t permitted to sit; they stood in two neat rows against the wall.
Dustin scanned the room and noticed that these bodyguards were all formidable, exuding a palpable air of battle experience.
They’d clearly seen combat.
Once all the guests were in attendance, Murong Shan rose first and declared, “First and foremost, I welcome you all to my father’s birthday gathering.
Father has always advised me to avoid ostentation and keep things low-key whenever possible.
However, it’s hard to turn away your kind gestures after you’ve come all this way. So, on behalf of my father, I’d like to extend my heartfelt gratitude.
Come, allow me to raise a toast to each of you.”
With that, Murong Shan poured himself a glass of wine and downed it in one go.
The guests were considerate and promptly raised their glasses in return.
“Next, let’s hear a few words from our birthday celebrant.”
Murong Shan turned his gaze and directed the attention to Murong Zhenguo.
In the next moment, thunderous applause filled the hall.
Just as Murong Zhenguo was about to rise, Dustin suddenly stood and said with a smile, “Before that, may I say a few words?”
Murong Shan was a tad surprised. He glanced at his father, and after a nod of approval, he acquiesced, “Third Brother, if you have something to share, please feel free. We’re all family here, so don’t hold back.”
“Father, for today’s birthday gathering, I’ve taken great care in preparing a gift. I hope you’ll find it to your liking.”
Dustin smiled gently and handed over the gift box with respect.
“Yes, you’ve certainly grown much more sensible.”
Murong Zhenguo nodded approvingly and accepted it. “A prodigal son can indeed return home. I’m truly pleased to see such a change in you.”