“You’re at this age already, you should focus on settling down,” he said. “I’m already at this age; when are you planning to let me hold a grandson?”
Every parent in the world hoped for their children to settle down early so they could have grandsons, and just the same every child was annoyed by their parents rushing them to get married. There were no exceptions to this, even for the Cao Family.
“Don’t listen to that silly girl. I’m only thirty-one!” Cao Yang was helpless.
Cao Xiong made a noise of disapproval. “When I was thirty-one, your fourth brother was already born. Where’s my grandson, huh?”
“But times were different then,” Cao Yang peeled a salted egg for his father. “Look around – nowadays, not just men in their thirties but even women in their thirties haven’t yet married. It’s normal now.”
“Also, even if you want me to get married, I need to find a suitable partner first, right?”
Cao Xiong thumped his fingers against the table gently. “Your Uncle Li and Uncle Zhao’s daughters were all quite fine.”
“I didn’t feel anything,” replied Cao Yang. Translated by The Novelst
Their social circle wasn’t that large and there were limited families to choose from. Cao Xiong thought deeply and said, “That Wang Man – she’s not bad.”
“Indeed, she’s quite excellent,” Cao Yang praised her.
But that was just one sentence.
He didn’t actually have the thought to get married and settle down just yet. And most importantly, he hadn’t yet met a woman that had moved him toward marriage.
“Don’t be so picky,” said Cao Xiong, dissatisfied. “What kind of person are you looking for? Tell me.”
“I don’t know,” rejected Cao Yang.
“What kind of house do you want? You should think about it. At your age, you should already have been thinking about it,” was Cao Xiong’s response.
What kind of house did he want?
Wasn’t he already in his own house?
Cao Yang still didn’t have any thoughts about settling down. But as Cao Xiong reminded him, his mind unconsciously conjured up an image…
Sunlight shimmering through a French Window, a quiet woman reading a book until she saw him return. She happily put down her book and ran into his arms. Her face wasn’t clear in the bright sunlight, but she felt slim and soft in his arms…
This image appeared in his mind for just a moment before disappearing.
After that he was reminded again that Xia Rou, that brat, didn’t have any awareness of being a woman in front of him.
Don’t say that… was it because… in her heart, he was already an old man?
Cao Yang: “…” Translated by The Novelst
That was impossible, right?
In the end that made him feel so bad he couldn’t finish his breakfast.
The day after that, he didn’t return home, instead going to stay the night with one of his female companions. Out of nowhere, he asked, “Am I old, already?”
The woman traced his abs and pouted prettily. “If you’re old, then what are the other men?”
Then she tangled with him like a water snake…
That reply made the crown prince feel satisfied. He enjoyed his restless night, tiring her out until she was unable to even lift her fingers.
There – he really hadn’t gotten old yet!
Just because that little girl was young didn’t mean he was old! He thought hatefully.
Xia Rou was sneaking around, watching to see if Cao Yang had an official date with anyone.
She didn’t dare ask him directly, but she couldn’t see any trace of it. The little intelligent she had compared to Cao Yang – it was better not to utilize it to dig a hole for herself.
After that, she was unable to stand it any longer and asked Cao An.
“Big brother? I’ve never heard of him dating someone seriously before,” said Cao an. “Well, he has women, but I’ve never heard of a girlfriend.”
Xia Rou covered her ears and refused to listen. “Don’t tell me those kinds of things!”
She didn’t want to know about Cao Yang’s affairs at all.
Ever since she’d spoken with Hu Xuan, she realized that spanning her past to her life today, she actually… had never really understood Cao Yang fully.
She had only seen what was before her eyes.
Brother – that was the tag he had above his head, that defined his existence to her.
Because of her respect and guilt toward him, this word had been plated with a layer of gold in her heart. It was infinitely beautified by her rose-tinted glasses.
But Hu Xuan had forcefully torn off that layer of gold by painting a completely different picture – a different perspective to look at Cao Yang.
This made her feel that Cao Yang was pulled from his original position on a pedestal.
Before Hu Xuan left, he told her things in snippets. Each time she learned more about Cao Yang, she felt that Cao Yang moved further and further from the big brother she had remembered.
She was scared.
She was scared that if this continued she wouldn’t be able to find her big brother from the past.
That big brother had always been very serious, stiffening his expressions to frown and scold her. However, he would always have her in his heart and worry about her constantly.
This made her feel that she had almost lost him, and what remained was… another Cao Yang that felt unfamiliar to her.
“What is there that can’t be said?” Cao An tsked. “You’re going to be eighteen next year, turning into an adult now! There are things that you need to start learning now or you’ll be deceived by men in the future.”
He thought for a bit, before saying, “No worries. If there’s a man who dares to deceive you, we brothers will definitely make him suffer to death!”
Then, revisiting the thought, he said in a worries tone, “Oi, oi! But don’t be stupid and be willingly deceived by men just because of what I said just now!”
In the end, the conversation had turned to be, don’t start dating before the national exam, you need to study hard and make progress every day…
After that, he turned to Cao Yang and exclaimed, “This little lady has grown up, so worrisome. I wanted her to be pure and innocent, but now I’m worried that she’ll be deceived by men.”
“Oh, right. She doesn’t want to hear about your life. As long as she doesn’t listen, you’ll still remain a saint that doesn’t poop or fart, with no shortcomings or mistakes, and no desires! Hahaha, this little girl is too interesting.”
This little girl was trying to put him on a pedestal?
Cao Yang raised his brows. Translated by The Novelst
Proofread by: Hannah