Xia Rou hadn’t seen Wang Man since the dance party.
As she finished her final exams, she heard some news about Wang Man.
At the dining table, Cao Bin brought it up casually, “She’s really something. Her father placed her in the county, probably to help her gain some experience. But then that gang rape happened, and she pulled some strings and sent the police of Xu City there… And by the end she really managed to wrap that case up perfectly. I heard the higher-ups were nervous…”
Cao Yang praised her, “She really is very competent.”
If she was so competent, you should go after her! Leaving someone with such excellent abilities alone, what are you doing everyday?
Xia Rou remembered that when Cao Yang got drunk and entered her room, he smelled not only of alcohol but also of a thick perfume, feeling depressed.
However, she knew herself well, and didn’t dare presume her intelligence was enough to show off, so it was better for her not to pull anything. So she didn’t dare try to hint at anything.
“Hey!” Translated by The Novelst
A hand waved before her. She raised her head to notice it came from Cao Yang.
“You’re spacing out even when we talk about your goddess. Don’t tell me you space out in school like this too?” he stared at her.
“Of course not,” she said sadly.
“How were your finals? Are the results out yet?” Cao Yang didn’t let her off. “What rank do you think you got this time?”
“…” Xia Rou lowered her head. “Ah, this porridge is so good!”
The Cao Family: “…”
Her grades were, of course… middling at best, as usual.
Her junior year was finally over and summer break had finally begun.
Her classmates had planned a trip outside the country, for one last hurrah before they entered a stressful senior year. Xia Rou also joined in.
Over the past two years, she had been living a simple life, so she also wanted to adventure. But she was only a seventeen-year-old, Cao Yang and the others would definitely not let her go alone.
But since she was with her classmates, it would be fine.
The classmates who were going along on the trip all had good families behind them, not to mention their wealth.
Before she left, Cao Yang had given her a card to use outside the country. He also video-chatted her twice, and after confirming that she was safe, he was relieved and told her to have fun without worrying about the money.
“Don’t drink, and don’t let boys into your room. Especially the boys who like to drink, you hear me?”
Xia Rou crinkled her nose at him.
Cao Yang laughed. If it wasn’t that there was an ocean between them, he would’ve pinched her cheek.
Xia Rou was gone for half a month, having a lot of fun abroad.
The day she returned, Cao An was supposed to pick her up, but something came up so he arranged for Xiao Yang to pick her up instead.
On the way home, Xiao Yang let her know that Cao Xiong had gone to the capital.
Xia Rou hadn’t seen them in over two weeks, so it was a little disappointing to see the house empty as she returned.
She ran a bath to wash herself of the airplane feeling, before taking out her luggage and organizing her souvenirs, before going to the reading room with her hair still wet.
The collection of books in the Cao Family was quite well-known. There were many precious books that had since gone out of print, and most had been collected by Madam Cao.
The room itself had a history, filled with the unique scent of aged paper. Xia Rou took a deep breath – within those short two weeks, she had already begun to miss this room.
The house… counting both her lives, had accompanied her for over ten years.
She found a foreign language translation book, sitting down to begin reading.
In the past, math had been her weak point, and language was the only subject she dared take on. That was why she’d applied for the Chinese language course at college.
It was the same for Cheng Wan.
The room had always been a little warm and humid. During the summer, the air conditioning was quite cooling. Xia Rou’s hair wasn’t yet fully dry, so she hadn’t even reached the halfway point in the book when she started sneezing furiously.
She rubbed her arms, looking around. Atop the wide windowsill, the sunlight shone brightly on the carpet. She took off her shoes to climb up, arranging a few cushions for maximum comfort.
She stretched out her hands to feel the air, then pulled the curtain to block the cold air coming from the vents.
Xia Rou sunbathed as she read the book, before feeling sleepiness overcome her.
She was jetlagged. It was afternoon now, but it was actually bedtime for her.
After struggling to stay awake for a while, she couldn’t stand it any longer.
The sun was shining on her so gently that she didn’t want to return to her bed. So she put the book aside, leaning her head on the cushions to succumb to the pull of sleep…
She woke to a strange sound.
Well.. not really strange.
Xia Rou rubbed her eyes, groggily listening for a while before she finally realized it was the heavy breathing of a man intermingled with the suppressed moans of a woman… and some other… unmentionable sounds…
Her mind blanked out.
Although she’d never participated herself, it didn’t mean that she didn’t know anything about it.
Hearing just the sounds, she knew she was separated from what was happening in the reading room by just the layer of a curtain.
But this… had happened before, in the past as well.
But the timing was off. Translated by The Novelst
Xia Rou clearly remembered the time she’d accidentally walked in on something like this. It was during the summer of her senior year, so this was one year early!
She didn’t want to admit it, but it was possible that maybe this kind of thing happened more frequently than she realized. It was just that she’d walked into it only in her senior year…
Proofread by: Hannah