Standing before that alcohol-addled man, Xia Rou was completely unaware of the roaring waves under the surface.
In the past when she had died, she was only 25 years old. She had never developed a deep understanding toward men, those living beings.
Most of all, in her heart of hearts, Cao Yang was her big brother.
Not a man. Translated by The Novelst
She loved him and respected him, felt regret and guilty toward him, in both the past and present.
In her eyes, Cao Yang was nearly omnipotent, almost perfect.
Naturally, she ignored the word “almost.”
It was so natural to her that she couldn’t imagine that her perfect big brother… was no different than any other man, to succumb to attraction.
She was actually unhappy with her powerless self, for being unable to stop the building attraction between Cao Yang and Wang Man.
If they had already met each other at this time in the past, then it was in two years, when she would be studying in her first year of college, that Wang Man would become her sister-in-law.
No matter how you looked at it, they were a perfect couple. However, their relationship started to strain and collapse after only nearing four years.
Xia Rou didn’t know what had actually transpired between Cao Yang and Wang Man.
But she knew that if it was something that neither of them were able to solve, then she probably shouldn’t even try… Because it was useless for her to even try to help.
Her way of conducting herself in public, her ability to handle matters – no matter if it was Cao Yang or Wang Man, either person were ten thousand miles beyond her abilities.
Now that she thought of it, she felt so frustrated.
“Yang Yuhan asked me when I will be changing my surname back to Cao,” she said.
The name didn’t sound familiar, but Cao Yang thought hard and managed to pinpoint her origins: “Yang Naicheng’s daughter?”
Cao Yang paused at the foot of the stairs, sneering, “Don’t bother with her. That’s not the first time the Yang have tried to pick on us.”
Then he continued, “What did you say to her?”
Xia Rou stood two steps above him, turning around to shrug her shoulders. “I said my father’s surname is Xia, and that Uncle Cao allowed me to stay under his roof. Why would I change my surname?”
“Wait until school on Monday, the word will have spread,” she said. “That’s good.”
Cao Yang thought Xia Rou was unaware that having the status of “Cao Xiong’s daughter,” was probably the best for her to benefit from.
In reality, the Cao Family brothers had already been asked quite a few times already about Xia Rou. But they all had the same thought and none revealed the answer. To outsiders, not declining outright was almost the same as admitting.
Who would have thought the person to reveal the matter directly would be Xia Rou herself?
But Cao Yang liked to see the open-minded side of Xia Rou.
If she was someone to seek fame and fortune, it wouldn’t be worth it to treat her well.
The Cao Family wasn’t a charity. It was due to Xia Rou’s likeability that they wanted to treat her better.
Xia Rou didn’t know the thoughts running through Cao Yang’s mind. If she did know, she would have been surprised.
The winding roads of life were so unpredictable.
“Go to school and you’ll see how their attitudes change. Then you will see what the human heart really is,” said Cao Yang. “It’s time for you to learn this.”
The human heart, huh… Xia Rou thought it was the hardest thing to grasp.
“I don’t want to, it’s too hard!” She rejected the thought with confidence. “I have you, anyways.”
She smiled proudly and turned to run away.
Cao Yang realized it was quite convenient for him to keep her hair long.
For example, when he tugged her hair backwards, the wicked girl could only say, “ouch, ouch!” and stand still.
“Let go!” huffed Xia Rou.
“Running away, are you? Your feet are so fast. Keep running!” Cao Yang held onto his cigarette and laughed.
Xia Rou felt that Cao Yang was different than usual.
Actually, she had already found him strange starting from when they had entered the house.
He must have drunk too much!
“Go and sleep! Don’t go overboard while you’re drunk!” She was struggling valiantly to rescue her hair from his grip.
They scrambled over her hair all the way to her room.
“I’m here now. Hurry and let go,” she said, slapping softly at his hand.
Cao Yang didn’t let go, pulling backwards instead. Her head was pulled to the side from the force.
“You and Hu Xuan are getting too close,” he said.
“Ah?” Translated by The Novelst
“That little brat isn’t the white sheep he seems to be. Also, his family is planning to send him to study abroad. He’s probably leaving in a few months. Don’t be swayed.”
Most importantly, that bastard had a handsome face. If he acted like a gentleman, he could really sweep people off their feet. Especially women.
Even if he was going overboard while he was drunk… He was still concerned about her, huh. Scared that she might be fooled…
Xia Rou’s heart was filling with something soft. It was like a pool of water, a spring so full that it overflowed.
Proofread by: Hannah