In both these two lifetimes, Cao Yang had taken her as his own responsibility, as his own little sister in the house.
However, in this life, she had tucked away all her thorns, not being so stubborn nor allowing her inferiority and low self-esteem make her sensitive.
She was obedient, quiet, and cute. Translated by The Novelst
Before her, Cao Yang didn’t have to put on a mature adult act, nor did he need to keep his distance from her. He was very relaxed before her.
So in this situation, before either of them had noticed, she had already subconsciously become much more close with him than her previous life.
As for Xia Rou, she had been taking care of Cao Yang as her big brother from her past who would furrow his brows every time he looked at her.
She had never seen him as a man.
He had always only been her family. The most, most important, inseparable, family that would destroy her to lose.
But that was Cao Yang of her previous life – not the Cao Yang of her current life.
This point was something that Cao Yang didn’t know, while Xia Rou couldn’t yet comprehend.
“Don’t turn around. I’m telling you…” Xia Rou tiptoed all of a sudden and whispered in his ear, “Wang Man… She’s glanced over here a few times already.”
“Hm?” Cao Yang wasn’t paying any attention.
Her hot breath swept by his ear, a fragrance floating to his nose.
When she tiptoed, her soft breasts even pressed against his chest.
…Who cared about Wang Man being a snob.
“Eh, did you hear me?” Xia Rou was so anxious she pinched his shoulders.
“Yes, I heard. So what?” Cao Yang said helplessly. He felt that this little girl… wasn’t on the same frequency as him.
“Wang Man was peeking at you!” Xia Rou’s eyes sparkled like stars.
“And so what?” Cao Yang was speechless.
“Why aren’t you putting it into your heart!” It was really like the emperor was not worried, but his eunuch Xia was worried to death. “I’m telling you, Wang Man is super arrogant. There were so many people who tried to chase after her, but she just wasn’t interested in any of them!”
“She’s interested in you!” Her eyes twinkled brightly.
Cao Yang found it funny. “What are you so proud of?”
“Wang Man is so arrogant. She doesn’t look up to anyone but my brother! Why can’t I be proud?” Xia Rou’s nose was stuck in the air.
Cao Yang raised his head to look at the ceiling, letting out a slow breath.
He released his hands just slightly and pulled away from Xia Rou…
But Xia Rou was relentless, drawing even closer to him: “Later, you should go and invite her to dance!”
Cao Yang replied with a “mm,” without expressing his opinion.
The song ended, and before Xia Rou could urge Cao Yang to invite Wang Man to dance, she herself approached him.
“Cao Yang,” she said, poised. “Do me a favor and dance with me?”
“My pleasure,” he smiled, holding her hand.
The playful, naughty side of him that came out with Xia Rou was immediately tucked away.
When facing Wang Man, not even a second was necessary for him to change to mature mode.
Xia Rou was struck dumb.
T-That was also a sort of skill, huh.
Cao An could also switch so freely.
Even Hu Xuan could change smoothly from a perverted ghost to a polite gentleman, and it was as natural as breathing.
Xia Rou was amazed. Translated by The Novelst
She mumbled a few words to herself, feeling relieved as she watched the two dance together harmoniously.
It was hard to reject the attraction between two outstanding people, right? Just like those two.
She had decided that since her junior year was almost over – she had just one more year! All she had to do was study hard in senior year and get into a nice university. At the very least she didn’t want to repeat the events of the past, when she got into a third-tier university in the city. Cao Yang hadn’t let her stay in the hostel and asked her to commute instead.
So when she entered her first year, that would be when Wang Man would marry into the Cao Family, and Xia Rou as the annoying white lotus would not be around any longer.
She wouldn’t affect their relationship!
Without her wrapped around his leg to hold him back, both Cao Yang and Wang Man were both intelligent and had high EQ. They should be able to live a happy, fulfilled life, right?
As Xia Rou thought further, her eyes slowly turned red…
Luckily, there wasn’t anyone paying attention to her. She tried to hold back her tears, going to the buffet and grabbing a non-alcoholic drink.
Then she heard someone call her, “Eh, aren’t you Xia Rou? Who are you here with?”
Xia Rou turned her head. The man speaking to her was twenty-five or six, looking very refined like a courteous gentleman.
I’m telling you that you’re very beautiful and that you’re not even related to them. If you were to stay in our house, I’m not trying to scare you when I say that you’d be eaten right up within three days by either my brother or myself. It would simply be a matter of who gets there first.
Hu Xuan’s words echoed in her mind.
Whenever Xia Rou encountered such a person who spoke and acted in such different ways, and she couldn’t see through them, she would feel scared. She could sense her scalp begin to numb as she addressed him: “Brother Hu Chen.”
Hu Chen smiled in response, asking, “Who’d you come with? Cao An?”
“No, I’m here with big brother.”
“Brother Yang is here? Nani! I’m going to greet him.”
“Don’t go,” Xia Rou pulled at his sleeves. “He’s dancing now.”
It was easy for Hu Chen to spot Cao Yang and Wang Man.
Yo, it was Wang Man!
He immediately understood what was going on, smiling, “I get it. I’m not going to get in the way. I’ll leave first then.”
After he finished speaking, he walked back to his own circle.
Xia Rou’s shoulders relaxed.
Before Hu Xuan left, he had given her a heads-up.
The people of that circle, the image they portrayed before people and their actual behavior, he had briefly described it all for her. That day, she had been instilled with a huge amount of negative energy.
It made her feel creeped out now that she saw those people.
She drank some juice to suppress her emotional reaction.
Xia Rou took another careless glance in Hu Chen’s direction.
A handsome young man in the group had turned around, facing Xia Rou’s direction.
Under the bright lights illuminating his face, she could clearly make out his face.
Xia Rou suddenly felt the blood in her veins freeze like ice.
Proofread by: Hannah