In the beginning, his plan for her had always been to raise her to adulthood and give her some money, send her off in marriage, and let her live her own life.
He didn’t know when it had changed, but eventually he had stopped thinking of this matter. It had been so long since he had thought of this… the thought that Xia Rou would be leaving sooner or later.
When Xia Rou brought it up, his heart… was suddenly uncomfortable.
“You ungrateful little thing!” He knocked her head and scolded, “I brought you up since you were pooping and peeing around. Do you think it was easy? And now all you’re thinking of is getting married!”
Xia Rou cried out an “ow!” and rubbed her head. She objected, “What do you mean, poop and pee! I came here when I was fifteen. Fifteen!”
“Are you dating someone?” Cao Yang straightened his expression and asked.
Cao Yang wanted to tease her, but didn’t expect her to remain quiet…
He paused. “You’re really dating?”
“No,” denied Xia Rou. Translated by The Novelst
“If not then why not say so immediately?” Cao Yang said petulantly. He continued, “How old is he? What major is he in, and which year? What do his parents do?”
“I said I’m not dating!” Xia Rou was helpless.
Cao Yang didn’t believe her.
“I’m really not!” Xia Rou wanted to curse heaven and hell.’’
Cao Yang snorted out a “hmmph,” and knocked her on the head again. “Remember to report to me if you start dating. Don’t keep it a secret.”
This time Cao Yang really hit her head. Xia Rou was in pain.
“I have you!” Xia Rou glared at him, covering her head. “It hurts!” She had always been afraid of pain since she was young.
Cao Yang’s heart softened. He wasn’t sure why, but whenever he saw Xia Rou hsi heart would always melt. When he was young he had used his leather belt to whip his little brothers until they shrieked. He wasn’t sure where that fortitude had gone now.
He patted her head. “Don’t move, I’ll blow on it for you…”
And then as if he was trying to coax a child, he really began to blow on her head.
Why did she even need a boyfriend, or to get married! If she could stay here forever and get treated by big brother like a child, that would be the best!
Xia Rou nearly teared up.
But she knew it was impossible. It was impossible for her to continue staying with the Cao Family and not leave. The Cao Family had already given her too much. She shouldn’t be too greedy.
And for Cao Yang, sooner or later he would have to get married. Even if the person wasn’t Wang Man, even another woman would probably dislike seeing a person like her in the house.
And as for her, she knew that whether it was Cao Xiong or Cao Yang, they wouldn’t allow her to be alone. They would only be rest assured if she was securely married.
Xia Rou couldn’t help but think of Liang Ziheng. And thinking of Wei Qi… she was upset.
“You’re really crying?” Cao Yang’s voice sounded deeply by her ear.
A powerful hand turned her chin to him. She saw him bend down slightly, his face nearing hers. She could feel his hot breath wash over her face.
His solemn eyes stared at her, hints of teasing dancing beneath the surface.
She had the feeling of being caught off guard, so she slapped his hand away. She glared. “I hate you!”
She jumped down from the windowsill and ran away cradling her teacup.
She heard Cao Yang shouting from behind her, “I wasn’t really trying to hurt you…”
Her nose felt even more sour.
After Xia Rou ran off, Cao Yang threw his book onto the windowsill and lit up a cigarette.
He was tall. Despite taking a seat on the windowsill, his legs still rested on the ground. When Xia Rou sat on it, her foot couldn’t even touch the floor.
Just how young was she planning to get married? He thought sadly in his heart. He hadn’t even thought of marriage, and he was already “so old.”
But he knew that even if he didn’t think of it, sooner or later it was bound to happen. The slim, weak girl who had just arrived would grow up and leave home.
Thinking of what would happen in the future, his heart couldn’t help but feel disappointed.
He could tell that she probably… had a boy she liked.
If not, she wouldn’t keep quiet the first time he brought up the word “boyfriend.” She didn’t deny it from the beginning. In just the blink of an eye she had already grown to the point… of dating someone…
Cao Yang let out a stream of smoke.
The sunlight streamed onto his back and his face was submerged in shadows.
Against the light, he smoked quietly…
Even through the last rehearsal, Wei Qi couldn’t find a chance to talk to Xia Rou personally, since his role as the main character kept him very busy.
Every time the director shouted to stop, he would immediately look for Xia Rou.
She always stood behind the crowd, but he knew that she… always looked at him.
Her gaze wasn’t as passionate as Zou Yue’s. Zou Yue’s eyes always carried a strong admiration for him alongside the shyness of a young girl. But Xia Rou’s gaze was calm, and sometimes she would even space out when looking at him.
When she was woken or called by someone beside her, she would always take another look at him before moving her eyes away.
Wei Qi felt that he must have thought too much last time. That girl probably didn’t have the same feelings he did, falling in love at first sight.
But at least she was paying attention to him, right?
At least she noticed him. That was good.
Wei Qi’s eyes shone brightly, the corner of his mouth pulling unconsciously up into a smile.
No matter what, as long as he took the initiative to fight for something, there would always be a result.
It would soon be the new year. Translated by The Novelst
Xia Rou told Cao Yang that she was going to participate in theatre during the new year. She was too shy to say anything else, because Cao Yang was usually very busy during this time.
But if the future was unchangeable, she hoped to at least bring Cao Yang to participate in more of her life and make more memories.
How would it be possible for Cao Yang to be unaware of what she was trying to express. He found it funny.
If he was to say that she hadn’t yet grown up, he couldn’t ignore that her figure had filled out nicely, and she carried the charm of a woman. If he was to say that she had already grown up, her maturity… was still at the level of a kid trying to beg for candy.
But it was possible that she only acted like a child before him. Thinking this way, his mood was sunny, but he only said, “Good luck. Hope your theatre work goes well.
Xia Rou was a little disappointed and lowered her head. “Are you very busy over the new year?”
“Mm,” Cao Yang said seriously, nodding his head. “I have activities to attend during the day and still have to rush to a dinner, very busy.”
Looking at the little girl walking sadly away, shoulders drooping, Cao Yang smiled softly.
So on the day of the new year, the people who didn’t have the chance to grab a seat in the theatre itself would catch a tall soldier garbed in a black coat leaning against the wall out of the corners of their eyes.
And a smile on his face as he looked at the stage.
Proofread by: Hannah
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