In this life, she was closer with Lady Fang as compared to her past. She realized that Lady Fang was a hard worker, was kind and treated others with sincerity. That was probably why she had a foothold in the Cao Family, and her colleagues also turned a blind eye toward He Lili’s actions.
She was actually a pretty good person, but she was brought down by her daughter.
Xia Rou remembered that Lady Fang was suddenly dismissed in the past.
She didn’t like Lady Fang then, so she felt a little happy when she learned Lady Fang was leaving and didn’t think too deeply on the reason. Now that she was thinking back, it was fishy.
Although she was just an aunt who was employed by the family, Madam Cao had very high expectations of her. Even when Madam Cao fell ill, she was entrusted with taking care of the two younger sons.
That was why Cao Xing and Cao An were close to her. Cao Xiong and the two elder sons would also respect her.
He Lili might have thought her mother was very valuable to the Cao Family, but she didn’t know that the Cao Family was willing to give Lady Fang only a little bit of favor.
This was because the Cao Family members weren’t people to let others step over them.
Cao Xiong left during the day again. Translated by The Novelst
When it was lunchtime, Xia Rou went to the main building dining room by herself. When she walked to the door, she saw Cao Yang already in his seat. He Lili was standing in front of him, her head lowered, her fingers uneasily crossed over each other.
Xia Rou’s footsteps immediately came to a stop.
But Cao Yang had already noticed her, even greeting her: “Xia Rou, come eat.”
Xia Rou slowly moved to the table.
Then she heard him say to He Lili: “I understand, let’s speak later. You can go back first.”
After he finished the sentence, he didn’t say anything else to He Lili.
Couldn’t he just tell her, “It’s already time for lunch, let’s eat together”?
He Lili glanced at the dining table, bitterness filling her heart as she watched Xia Rou slowly walking to the table. But she knew that if she continued to stand there, she would be embarrassed because she was the only one standing, and that tattletale would also get a change to watch her get humiliated.
Most of what she had said to Xia Rou like “growing up with the Cao Family brothers from a young age,” was all actually made up by He Lili.
When she had arrived to the Cao Family, Cao An as the youngest was already eight years old, at just the age that boys were usually playful like monkeys. Who would actually be patient enough to play with a girl?
Even when they became older, with the protection Cao Xiong arranged for his sons, how would it be possible that he would let a mere aunt’s daughter to become close to them?
To put it bluntly, the relationship between herself and the brothers was nothing but acquaintances, just knowing each other and sometimes greeting each other when they met. And the privileges given to her were all due to the slight affection they had for her mother. Otherwise, she wouldn’t be able to speak out even a word in the Cao Family.
Looking at Xia Rou coming nearer, she answered with a “Mn” and turned to walk out.
No matter how slowly Xia Rou walked, the distance between the door to the dining table was too short. She stood beside the table, waiting for He Lili to turn around so she wouldn’t feel embarrassed.
She always felt that she could see a shadow of her past self in He Lili, so making He Lili embarrassed felt like she was embarrassing herself.
It was impossible for Cao Yang to not notice her slow movements. He thought on it a bit and immediately understood her intentions, and couldn’t help but to take a few more looks at Xia Rou.
But he didn’t say anything about it. The pair had lunch together.
Xia Rou held the rice bowl, recalling her past where she would always lower her head when listening to Cao Yang’s lessons.
But most of the time, she would sit in front of him. As for Cao Yang, he would either sit behind the study table and stare at her, or lean on the table in front of her while silently taking a drag. He would also sometimes walk around back and forth while he smoked.
She wouldn’t dare to even raise her head, only staring at his black leather shoes pacing in front of her. Only then would she know that she had caused a lot of trouble for him and put him in a difficult position.
But no matter what it was, he would always manage to fulfill her requests. Even the last time they had met, he lost his temper and smoked several cigarettes, but in the end he still promised to help her resolve that matter.
In order to protect her value. Translated by The Novelst
Because as Xia Rou, the only valuable thing she had was the relationship between herself and the Cao Family.
If she couldn’t beg the Cao Family to resolve her troubles, then to someone’s perspective she was nothing but a useless woman.
Anyhow, Xia Rou already had a faint understanding of it in the past, but she just didn’t want to face the reality.
And big brother must have known it all along. Probably because of this, he would try his best to fulfill all her requests.
Slowly, she started to think that he was omnipotent. As long as he was there, except for her fear of him, there was nothing else she had to be afraid of.
Until the moment she fell from that tall building, when she had finally realized the truth.
Cao Yang ah… he wasn’t really that almighty!
He did so much for her, but in the end he still couldn’t protect her life.
But she didn’t blame him at all. The one who should be blamed was her own self.
The moment she fell, she could even see that face getting further and further away. It was a frightening face.
She knew it wasn’t intentional. It was just an accident.
Because he wasn’t brave enough to murder her deliberately.
Because both he and she knew, if she died at the scene, her so called big brother Cao Yang would definitely… take revenge for her!
Proofread by: Hannah