What Cao Yang said was really what he felt.
Although Xia Rou was already a grown lady, like a blooming rose, Cao Yang didn’t look at her as a woman at all.
From the day of her arrival to the Cao Family, he could already see in her eyes that this girl had a kind of longing for him. This was different than the lust other women had in their eyes when they looked at him. Xia Rou’s gaze indicated she longed to be close to him.
She seemed to desire his care, wanting to become close to him.
When he smiled and patted her head, he could see an indescribable satisfaction in her eyes. When he relaxed before her and laughed aloud, her eyes could curve happily into crescents.
Her attitude toward him was truly from the heart, and her eyes had always conveyed this to him clear as day.
And so Cao Yang was slowly able to reveal his relaxed self before Xia Rou.
This made him feel very comfortable and at peace.
He liked it a lot. Translated by The Novelst
“About you, I can be rest assured,” said Cao An. He angrily rubbed at his shoulder and continued, “But you still have to think from her perspective.”
“Ah, a young girl growing into puberty, who knows if she can enter spring easily. And ah, with big brother, such a charming person… Ouch ouch ouch, take it easy! Let go!”
“It’s been a long time since I’ve taught you a lesson, eh? There you go, speaking nonsense again,” Cao Yang held a cigarette between his lips and stared at him.
Cao An rubbed the bones that had almost been crushed by his brother. He had actually missed that death stare from his big brother.
No matter how bad his brother was, only his siblings could understand him the best.
In the past few years, his big brother had started to act more like their father. Each year when they returned home, the brothers realized that Cao Yang liked to act strictly. That posture, that aura; if it wasn’t that his face wasn’t wrinkled, they would have believed their father had learned to use a shadow clone.
Where did that handsome tyrant of a big brother who used to bring the three of them along to run wild and rampant through the four provinces go? Could it be that during the time the brothers were away, his father had exchanged him with an alien?
Even his second brother had changed. He went around smiling every day, looking like a fake gentleman. Who didn’t know he was a wily man with tricks up his sleeve!
Third brother had also turned much more honest after being trained by his father; it had been a long time since Cao An heard his third brother beat someone until their bones broke.
Haiz, all his brothers were turning more and more serious by the day. Wait, no, fake serious. He was the only person in the house that maintained his real personality…
“I’m being serious here!” Cao An said unevenly. “I know you’re fine, but think of Xiao Rou. It would be so easy for a naïve girl like her to fall in love with a mature man like you. You may think you’re not hitting on her, but sometimes it still hits even when you’re not trying. What are you going to do then? You’ll be alright, but isn’t Xiao Rou going to be sad?”
Originally, he didn’t want to let Cao Yang keep asking why he’d returned so early in the weekend, so he’d tried to change the topic. But as he continued to speak, he began to become serious about it.
“You should be careful,” he reminded his big brother.
What Cao An had said made a lot of sense.
But Cao Yang took a puff, thinking back to the look in Xia Rou’s eyes. That child, toward him… didn’t have any of the desire between a man and a woman. He could confirm that. Women had always been weaker than men when it came to emotion, and their eyes always easily showed their feelings.
From the very first day Xia Rou had stepped into the Cao Family and laid eyes on him, her eyes only held respect for him.
As if she took him as a biological brother.
“It seems you really understand this well. Then why don’t you know how to keep your distance? I’ve seen you around a few times, why do you keep running into Xiao Rou’s room? It’s a lady’s room, how can you step so carelessly in!”
Cao Yang’s iron grip closed in on Cao An’s shoulder once more.
Cao An felt that he should check the date again today. Today must not have been a good day to meet his family.
Damn, he couldn’t even explain the situation to him! Xia Rou was the person who understood him the most in the house. He couldn’t say those things to other people. If he didn’t speak about it with Xia Rou, he might explode!
Not only was it that Xia Rou’s lips were sealed, she also had a calmness and a cool personality that defied her years.
Especially toward the matters between Cao An and He Chengzhe, she could sometimes pinpoint the problem in just one or two sentences, even though it made him so mad he would usually storm out. But… due to this, he’d started to take Xia Rou as his confidant.
“Aiyo, ouch, ouch, ouch!” Cao An shouted. “Let go! Damn! Am I even your younger brother?”
Cao Yang smirked, “To have a little brother like you brings me shame. You can’t even compare to Hu Xuan. I broke his arms but that little kid grit his teeth and bore it all without letting out even a sound, he’s more like me than you are.”
His fourth brother had been abroad for a few years. Without having been trained by their father, he’d turned into such a weak chicken. Cao Yang was ashamed for him.
“Hu Xuan? Hu Chen’s little brother?” Cao An asked curiously. “What did he do?”
Cao Yang had become more mature and reserved these past few years. The bad temper of this crown prince had already been restrained. He didn’t get angry easily, not to mention that Hu Xuan was a little kid with such an age difference between them.
“That little kid’s eyes are quite sharp. He had his eyes on Xiao Rou and set his hands on her,” Cao Yang said, blowing out smoke.
Cao An’s face darkened. Translated by The Novelst
The actions of the men of the Hu Family, they were all clear on that.
And men naturally had the desire to protect women. Not only between lovers, but also between family members; from father to daughter and from brother to sister.
Xia Rou was considered the Cao Family’s little girl by the four brothers. To hear that she was harassed by some guy, no matter the reputation of the Cao Family, was not something that the men of the family could stand.
“Damn!” scolded Cao An. “You didn’t even beat him to death?”
“I taught him a lesson,” Cao Yang replied.
Cao An then remembered that big brother had told him he’d “broken his arms,” viciously saying, “That’s too cheap for him.”
Proofread by: Hannah