“Whether it’s worth mentioning or not, just tell me,” he said gently, lowering his head. “Xiao Rou, in the future, if you have any thoughts, don’t keep it inside and tell me… Got it?”
His voice resonated just by her ear, low and gentle…
Somehow she was almost unable to hold back her tears and lowered her head even further.
She looked at the top of her head, his heart softening. He couldn’t help but lower his head as well to kiss the crown of her head, “Don’t cry, as long as you know now.”
A kiss like that, at the top of her head, felt like the love of family, mixed with a hint of doting. It didn’t cross any boundaries. Xia Rou didn’t notice anything strange, instead feeling unspeakably sad.
Two lives, and in both, big brother… loved her so much…
Facing this kind of big brother, how… would she be able to tell him she wanted to leave?
After purchasing the sofa, he wanted to buy her a new desk.
She pulled him away, “My desk is an antique, I like it. And I’m already used to it too.”
So he gave up. Translated by The Novelst
She tugged him until he was out of the shop. “Let’s eat, let’s eat! I’m hungry!”
Her long, curly hair swung behind her back.
Cao Yang looked at her, a smile playing at the corner of his mouth.
He let her pull him along.
But he remembered that day she had been so happy, insisting on drinking because she thought she could spread her wings and soar to greater heights if she got into foreign universities.
He couldn’t help but grit his teeth.
There were only a few more days until the results of the national exam came out…
By that time, she would realize. Her dreams were too beautiful to be true!
They got to the car and prepared to look for food. When the car drove out of the intersection, another car happened to be across from it.
Inside that car, Wang Man suddenly turned her head back, but that black Hummer had already made a turn and she wasn’t able to see the license plate very clearly…
“What’s wrong?” her mother asked from beside her.
“I saw a familiar car,” she answered.
Very familiar. Though she wasn’t able to see the license plate, Wang Man knew the man driving the car was Cao Yang, and in the passenger seat had been a young woman with long hair. The car drove very quickly so she hadn’t seen her face.
Cao Yang told her that he was busy this weekend…
Wang Man pursed her lips, not saying anything.
Before the national exam results came out, Cao Yang received another document.
That day Xia Rou had gotten drunk, she mentioned Liang Ziheng once again. Though she had been speaking nonsense, Cao Yang asked someone to investigate once more. And this time, they’d discovered something.
He looked at the papers in front of him expressionlessly.
It looked like Cao Yang’s connections were quite extensive, thought his friend who worked at the police station.
“Indeed, this exceeds my expectations,” he said. “When you first told me, I only checked for anything between that Liang guy and Xiao Rou, and didn’t look into the people related to him. Now that you mention it, if only I’d looked into it before – who would’ve thought that they had such a relationship between them.”
“So what are you going to do, tell the little girl?” he continued.
“What use is that?” Cao Yang asked, slipping the piece of paper back into the envelope, lighting up a cigarette. “Ever since she arrived to our house she already became a child of our family.”
“……” His friend exclaimed, “Your family is really sincere about her.”
“My father took her as a real daughter.” Cao Yang said.
“So you’re going to keep it from her? After all.. They are related by blood…” his friend said.
“Related by blood?” Cao Yang smirked. “He didn’t bother to find her for ten yeras. If they hadn’t met my father, both that little girl and her mother might not have anywhere to stay right now. That kind of blood relation – it’s much better to cut it off.”
He returned home and holed up in his study. He brought out the document again.
To be able to find this sort of thing, it was also out of his expectations.
In the afternoon, he was able to say that kind of thing decisively before his friend, but now that he had calmed a little, he took another look at the name written on the paper. He couldn’t help but feel annoyed.
He lit up once more and remembered what his friend had told him… related by blood…
The Cao Family had always valued their blood relations. The relationship of blood ties, Cao Yang understood very well.
Knock, knock, knock. The door sounded.
“Come in,” he answered.
Xia Rou stuck her head in. “Big brother, it’s dinnertime.”
“Mm, I’m coming. You go first.”
Just as she popped her head back out, she heard him call for her. “Xiao Rou.”
She stuck her head in again. “Hm?”
Cao Yang sat behind the desk, looking at her from a distance.
Her long hair spilled over her shoulders, the tip of her hair swaying. She blinked at him a few times in confusion.
Cao Yang took a few puffs of his cigarette, suddenly asking, “Are you living happily right now?”
“Yeah. Why?” Xia Rou was baffled, both her eyes glaring roundly.
Cao Yang looked at her for a while before smiling suddenly.
“Wait for me for just a second. Let’s go down together.”
He stood up, taking the document off the desk to stuff it into the shredder.
He then followed her down to eat dinner.
On top of the dining table, the family talked and laughed, the a
Cao Yang looked at her for a while, suddenly he smiled.
“Wait for me a second, I’ll go down together.”
At the table, the family talked and laughed together, the atmosphere relaxed.
Cao Yang would occasionally glance at Xia Rou.
He didn’t know when he had gotten used to seeing her gentle smile on that pure face at the dining table.
Since she came to the Cao Family, she was now a child of the Cao Family.
She would be carefully protected by the men of the Cao Family. She was so lovely and so clever.
No one… could take her away. Translated by The Novelst
Inside the study room, the shredder buzzed, the white page slowly shredded to pieces.
The name Xia Hongjun disappeared, sliced into scraps…
Proofread by: Hannah