This child… she knew to be grateful inside and stick to her heart. Every time Cao Yang looked at her, his heart went soft.
He stooped down to hug her, his lower jaw rubbing softly on the top of her head.
He patted her back, coaxing softly, “Don’t cry… Good girl…”
Xia Rou cried for a long while as her feelings poured out of her until finally the tears came to a stop.
She realized abruptly that she had turned the conversation into a dead-end from the lecture – she had been inconsiderate.
She looked again at the form she’d filled out, stammering, “T-Then… My application…”
Cao Yang became angry again as he heart this topic being brought up again.
“I filled it out for you again,” he said, gritting his teeth.
Just as she had expected… She knew that since Cao Yang had found out, her plan… must have been thrown to the wind.
“Then…” She spoke haltingly.
Cao Yang was fired up. Translated by The Novelst
“Damn little girl, how dare you play the trick of appearing to comply but opposing inside!” As he scolded her, he used a finger to poke her head.
“And you even snuck around to renovate your apartment without a word. If I hadn’t seen the transactions on the card, were you planning to do it yourself without even calling Xiao Yang?”
Xia Rou was like a dehydrated mushroom, shrinking smaller and smaller.
“I’m telling you now, Xia Rou,” said Cao Yang, “As long as I’m here, don’t even think of leaving to fly on your own.”
“You think that you’re so great now that you’re eighteen? Do you know how messy the world is? There’s always a story on the news about eighteen-year-old college students being kidnapped into the mountains to become a wife!”
“Don’t even think about moving out alone, either. The universities I selected for you are all in the capital and there’s no need to go into a dorm. Xiao Yang will drive you back and forth,” he said.
Again, here it came again!
In the past, Cao Yang not only prohibited her from applying to foreign universities but also had her be a day student. But at that time, she had thought that staying at home was more comfortable. She didn’t want to enter into a four-person dorm, so she had travelled between the Cao Family residence and the university every day.
But when Wang Man married into the Cao Family, they were then stuck with each other for every waking hour.
Their mutual disgust and dislike slowly fermented, day by day, just like that…
“That won’t do,” Xia Rou said, covering her head after the painful poke from Cao Yang. She opposed him in tears.
“Why not?” Cao Yang let out a cold snort.
“If I don’t stay in the dorms, what’s the difference? It’s the same as studying in high school,” she said, plucking up the courage to speak out. “Everyone says that college is the last chance you have to make friends. That when you step out into the world, it’s very difficult to find a true friend.”
“Big brother, do you want me to be friendless in the future?” Xia Rou was speaking pitifully.
Cao Yang paused, considering the point that Xia Rou made.
Even men, who prioritized work, also needed one or two confidants.
But girls… He did hope that Xia Rou could make a few good friends so that she wouldn’t be lonely.
And the universities he had selected were all in the capital. Most were even in the center of the city, and the furthest was just at the newly developed area of the city. If anything were to happen, he could rush over anytime.
He thought for a few seconds and finally agreed, “Fine. You can live in the dorms, but you have to return on the weekends.”
“Instead of keeping your apartment empty,” he continued, “Why not just rent it out? It’s no good to keep it empty for a long time.”
Cao Yang didn’t really care about the small amount of rent that apartment could generate.
And since Cao Xiong had accepted Xia Rou, he doted on her heavily. He must have made other arrangements for Xia Rou’s future; she didn’t need to worry about that money either.
But he was angry that she had the thought of moving out and living alone, so he thought that it was better to rent it out than to keep it empty and let her continue having these thoughts.
So she wouldn’t keep it as a possibility any longer.
But the apartment had precious memories of Cheng Wan in it. Xia Rou didn’t want to let just anyone move in and destroy those closely-guarded memories of hers.
Also, though she didn’t need to leave the Cao Family just yet, it didn’t mean she could continue to stay with the Cao Family indefinitely.
“My mother stored a lot of her things there… Also… I grew up in that apartment…” she said.
Since she had brought up Cheng Wan, Cao Yang couldn’t oppose her. He let it go.
Cao Yang sighed, stretching out a hand to brush her bangs to the side, revealing a clean forehead.
“Next time, if there’s anything like this, don’t keep it to yourself and tell me properly,” he said.
Xia Rou was a little embarrassed.
Indeed, she had been incorrect. She had thought everything would be resolved if she moved out.
But now she was clear.
Her past life and this life were different now. And the largest difference was Xia Rou herself.
That was right. She wasn’t the stubborn, greedy girl that people hated anymore.
Though she wasn’t able to move out, at least she had managed to get permission to move into the dorms. This way she wouldn’t need to face Wang Man every single day and night.
In this life, she wouldn’t cause any more trouble for Cao Yang. She wouldn’t let him worry about her and clean up after her any longer.
That way, she wouldn’t be so disliked by others, right?
When Wang Man entered their family, she would be a good girl and try not to let her sister-in-law hate her. Now that she thought of it, it wasn’t that impossible.
If she had known earlier that she just had to talk to big brother about it… She was regretful.
In the past few days, because of this matter, she had been stressed and suffering alone. It was stupid of her.
But Xia Rou had to admit… Translated by The Novelst
For Cao Yang’s sake she had decided to leave the Cao Family.
But… since she couldn’t leave…
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