Cao Yang noticed that Xia Rou didn’t question Lady Fang’s resignation.
He guessed she already knew what had happened.
Even though his schedule had been packed lately, he still came back one day a little early to accompany Xia Rou for a nighttime jog.
When they reached the end of their jog, he handed her water like normal before asking her, “You already know about He Lili’s matter?”
Although XIa Rou was surprised, she still nodded.
Cao Yang didn’t ask how she knew. He just furrowed his brows ferociously and said to her: “Xia Rou, don’t you dare learn from her! If you dare act like that I’ll beat you to death!”
This was the first time Cao Yang had spoken angrily toward her.
Xia Rou was very taken aback. Translated by The Novelst
Then her eyes began to well up with tears.
In her past life, Cao Yang never dared tell her about the circumstances surrounding Lady Fang’s resignation, nor did he speak that way toward her.
If only in the past he had furiously warned her, “If you dare act like that I’ll beat you to death,” then maybe she wouldn’t… wouldn’t…
There was no such thing as a “maybe.” Because in life, there were no “if”s.
She’d already lived her past life through, and that couldn’t be changed any longer.
The only thing she could change was this life she was living now.
Cao Yang saw her tear up, and couldn’t help the softening of his heart, thinking she was frightened of him, or feeling wronged.
He used a gentler tone and patted her head, saying, “You’re different than her. You’re our little girl. Whatever you want, anything your heart desires, all you have to do is tell the family, or come to me. Don’t think too much, okay?”
He thought to himself, girls were too easily swayed by wealth. Even He Lili was very simple and cute when she was young.
But now, all that was left in that woman’s eyes was only greed for wealth and pride.
He wouldn’t be able to bear seeing Xia Rou’s eyes turn like that.
He liked to see Xia Rou’s pure gaze. Not many people around him could have this kind of clear gaze. He was born to this kind of family with a father who had power and influence; even his grandfather had deep roots in a prestigious family.
He was destined to be surrounded by who weren’t simple in any way.
That was why he liked to be refreshed by a simple smile from Xia Rou when he came home.
He liked to see her outfitted in casual loungewear, revealing slim arms and straight legs. A calm, soothing aura emanated from her being, head to toe.
In the beginning, he’d only felt a small bit of pity for her.
He pitied her because he knew the feeling of having lost a mother just at that age, so he could understand her pain.
But slowly, he could feel the little girl’s soft-spokenness, obedience and simple mind grow on him. With that, slowly his pity toward her became a tender affection.
His mother had actually yearned for a daughter her whole life. Before she gave birth to Cao An, he’d lost count of how many times she’d said she wanted to give birth to a little sister for him. Too bad it was another stinky boy. He already had two other stinky little brothers jostling for his mother’s attention anyway; he didn’t care if he had one more.
He could still remember that when his fourth brother was still very young, his mother grew his hair out so she could tie it into braids. She also had him wear a dress. In the end, it was their father who told her that it wasn’t good to do this to a boy; that was when she finally stopped dressing him up.
He looked again at Xia Rou. He felt that this must have been the kind of daughter his mother wanted.
He actually wouldn’t mind if Xia Rou was really his blood-related little sister.
When his mother was still alive, his parents got along very well. His father had never cheated; even after his mother had passed, he had rejected a few marriages that could have greatly helped his career.
If his father really had another child, a younger sister, outside the house, it was actually… not that big a deal.
In the beginning when his father had assigned him to her, he had only thought to raise her only until she became an adult.
But his affection for her slowly grew and became deeper and deeper until he wanted to naturally treat her better.
When he allowed her to address him as “big brother,” like his little brothers did, he had already taken her on as a responsibility, same as he took his brothers.
Well, who told him he was born to be a big brother.
He patted on her head continuously, even a little upset that she wasn’t his biological little sister. If she was, he could treat her even better.
But even as it was now it was quite good. This time his father had spoken out and allowed Xia Rou to attend the banquet, giving her an identity to stand on.
No matter whose child she was, or what surname she held, she now belonged to the Cao Family.
He was afraid that she might not be able to understand this point and take the wrong path as He Lili had.
But, he thought that it would probably be fine.
He was looking at her right now, wasn’t he? He wouldn’t let her take the wrong path.
Xia Rou pursed her lips and said, “I… won’t learn from her.” There was a firmness in the sentence that only she herself could understand.
“Good girl,” Cao Yang said, still rubbing her head as though coaxing a child. “You just have to listen to my words.”
She did… She wanted to listen to him… Translated by The Novelst
Ever since she realized she had rebirthed, she had thought from the first moment she was able to meet him again that this time, she would definitely listen to whatever big brother told her.
She would not make him mad, nor would she make him worry ever again.
As long as she could keep her heart, obedience was probably the easiest path for her to take.
As Xia Rou was thinking, she raised her head up to solemnly promise him: “Alright.”
When the school year started once again, Xia Rou was already a junior.
Hu Xuan called Cao Yang a few times to tell him, “There are a few boys chasing her.”
“Bro, everyone is saying that Xia Rou’s actual surname is… Cao.”
Their families had a good relationship, so Hu Xuan was given the task to look after Xia Rou at school. He was actually happy about it since this meant he could get closer to Cao Yang.
Cao Yang asked Xia Rou about it.
Proofread by: Hannah