In mid-June, Cao Yang received a message on his phone.
The card he had given to Xia Rou was connected to his own. For any large purchases, he would receive a text as a notification.
He looked at the two transactions, double-checking online. He realized that the purchases were from two different decoration and architecture companies.
When he saw Xia Rou at dinner, he brought it up.
Xia Rou was surprised for a moment, before responding, “I went to look at the apartment. It was starting to look a little rundown, so I found someone to renovate it. Mainly the wallpaper and the tiles.”
Cao Xiong’s chopsticks paused midair. “You’re right. It should be renovated now, it’s been so many years already…”
Inside that apartment, Cheng Wan had accompanied him for eight years…
Suddenly, the atmosphere seemed to plummet.
Cao Yang didn’t expect that Xia Rou was looking to renovate the apartment, so he was surprised. He scolded, “These kinds of things… You could have just told me. You don’t have to do it all on your own.”
Xia Rou took a glance at Cao Xiong’s dejected eyes and tried to lift the atmosphere by being naughty. She pushed her nose up into a pig nose at Cao Yang: “If I asked you, I would end up with blue wallpaper again!”
Cao Yang knew what she was trying to do and liked to see her cute face. But her words surprised and puzzled him.
“What’s wrong with blue wallpaper?” he asked, confused.
Xia Rou: “…”
She felt helpless. Translated by The Novelst
She didn’t want to explain! Let him be confused by himself. She let out a hmmph in her heart.
Then she changed subjects. “You and Wang Man… Any new developments?”
Since she brought it up, Cao Xiong and Cao An turned to Cao Yang.
“Bro, you and Wang Man are together already?” Cao An was speechless. “She’s a little tough.”
“What nonsense are you saying!” Cao Xiong glared at his fourth son. Cao An was afraid and shrunk back. He then turned to show his care and asked his son, “Is there any progress?”
This little girl!
Cao Yang gritted his teeth, responding to his father first. “No, it’s still the same. She’s transferring back to the city in July. It’s not too bad, seeing her once a month.”
Then he asked Xia Rou, “You clever little girl. Where did you hear the news?”
Xia Rou said, “Miao Ke from our class came to ask me in secret. She asked if you were dating Wang Man and I told her I didn’t know. Miao Ke’s father is the head of the General Office.”
After hearing this, the men at the table raised their brows.
That habit was really genetic.
“Such a busybody,” Cao Yang smirked.
“There are many people watching you,” said Cao Xiong, slowly. “Be more careful.”
Cao Yang nodded.
This was also the reason that they had been so careful with each other, though they both had intentions to test the waters.
Wang Man and Cao Yang – they weren’t like normal men and women, to be able to date casually for a few months or half a year, having sweet times and arguments, then simply breaking it off.
When they began to get close, there were already many eyes on them, trying to guess at any changes in the relationship between the Cao and Wang Families.
Wang Man had been in the county, so it had been a great inconvenience for them to meet and date. After connecting on and off for a few months, they only met one day per month.
So there wasn’t anything to indicate he wasn’t being careful.
Cao Yang didn’t take it to heart.
Instead, he remembered the mischievous face that Xia Rou made when she brought up the blue wallpaper in his heart.
One day, when he had finished going over business with his boss, he remembered that he had a daughter currently studying in high school.
So he asked, “Is your daughter a senior already?”
“She just started 10th grade.”
Cao Yang chatted with him about high school things. He had attended Xia Rou’s parent meetings three years in a row, so he was quite clear on what happened in high school.
His boss asked him a lot of questions like placement tests and when school started. Coincidentally, his daughter was also going to study at Nan Hua.
As their conversation came to an end, Cao Yang asked casually, “How did you decorate your daughter’s room? What color did you choose for her wallpaper?”
The natural response was, “Pink.”
Cao Yang remained silent for a while before he was finally enlightened.
Damn that little girl. If she didn’t like it she should have just told him earlier!
Had she really just let him know after living there for three years?
Cao Yang gritted his teeth, ruminating on the thought while he walked. His footsteps slowed to a stop, unconsciously.
He tried to think about it from Xia Rou’s point of view.
If he had arrived at an unfamiliar place when he was so young, living under someone else’s roof… even if things didn’t appeal to him… even he might have also…
That was right. If it was him, he wouldn’t have said anything about it, either!
Girls should be pink. This wasn’t that hard to know.
If he really thought about it, he would have realized.
Even if he didn’t like pink, there were many other colors and so many choices…
But he had still casually selected the blue – a typical ‘boy’ color.
Cao Yang couldn’t deny that it was because at that time, “Xia Rou” was as a person very insignificant to him.
So he hadn’t needed to care whether or not she would like the room – everything they gave to her was out of generosity.
She had to accept it whether or not she liked it.
It wasn’t up to her to choose.
Cao Yang sat inside his car, choosing to light up instead of beginning to drive.
He recalled Xia Rou’s mischievous look as she tried to liven up the atmosphere, and Cao Yang’s heart suddenly felt sour and he felt sad.
He felt that he himself had already taken her as his family, so he wouldn’t allow anyone else to make her suffer.
But he never thought that maybe… the person to make her suffer was actually he himself.
While she… had never gone against him.
So obedient, and so lovely.
So… soft… Translated by The Novelst
Right at that time, the phone rang.
Wang Man said, “I’ll be returning this weekend.”
After she finished her sentence, she paused to let him invite her out to meet up.
Proofread by: Hannah