When he called her once, Xia Rou had lowered her voice and let him know she was studying in a study room. Wei Qi, lovesick with no way to express it, could only hang up the phone unhappily.
On the weekend, after just one round of dinner, Xia Rou received quite a few messages. Because she was at home and wouldn’t disturb her classmates with noise, she didn’t mute her phone. She took out her phone several times to check the messages, smiling whenever she put her phone away.
Cao Yang asked her what she was smiling at. She continued to smile as she responded, “Nothing.”
Cao Yang: “……” Translated by The Novelst
He was upset. He felt that after Xia Rou entered university, she seemed to grow up very suddenly. Though she didn’t move out, she felt distant.
He felt as though he had lost something.
But the saddest thing was that Xia Rou had a boyfriend, and he had to hear this news from Hu Xuan!
“Bro! How could you be so careless to let our Xiao Rou walk away with a white collar boy!” Hu Xuan said when he saw Cao Yang at a party, immediately dragging him to the side to complain.
Despite how shocked Cao Yang was, he didn’t reveal anything on his face. He took a drag of his cigarette and gave Hu Xuan a sidelong glance. “Where did you get that news?”
“Didn’t I just return two days ago? I met with everyone yesterday. Li Qun’s cousin-brother told me about it,” Hu Xuan said, looking sorrowful.
“He told me it was a man in his twenties who was working already. He saw him come to school to look for Xia Rou a few times. He even had dinner with her at the cafeteria.
“I’m telling you, he doesn’t even have a car. He took a taxi. What the hell! What is Xia Rou thinking? She must have fallen in love. If she wanted a boyfriend our circle is so large that it’s impossible that she can’t find a suitable man!” Hu Xuan felt wronged.
“Even if her surname is Xia and not Cao, she’s raised in your family. Bro, can you control her a bit?”
Cao Yang took another few puffs of his cigarette and glanced at Hu Xuan. “What does that have to do with you!”
He walked away.
As soon as he returned home, he summoned Xiao Yang to ask him about it.
He learned that Xia Rou had asked Xiao Yang to not come a few times, instead choosing to use a taxi. This had happened two or three times since the new year.
It was indeed a little unusual.
Why would she do that? Was she trying to hide something?
Though Cao Yang wanted to know very badly, he couldn’t get an answer straightaway. Xia Rou was still at school. She was done with her exams, but said she wanted to hang out with her classmates for two more days, so she didn’t return home immediately. She would pack her bags and come home the day after tomorrow.
But was she really hanging out with her classmates?
Cao Yang wasn’t at ease inside. The feeling he had now was difficult to verbalize.
“Aren’t you working right now? Why come over? It’s just a little packing, I can do it myself.
“Really, there’s no need for you to come over. My brother is coming to fetch me, didn’t we already talk about this?
“The books are fine too. My brother is going to be here, he can help carry them.
“Don’t worry and go back to work. I have to clean my room, I’ll talk to you later. I’m hanging up now!”
“That was Senior Wei, huh?” Zhuang Xiao smiled mischievously.
Xia Rou smiled and said, “Mn.”
“What? Was he planning to skip out on work to come help you pack?” Xie Yun stuck her body out from her bed and asked.
Xia Rou chuckled. “He said it’s the end of the year and there’s not much else to do. Even the leaders don’t care.”
“Oh, that’s too sweet!”
“Such a big bowl of dog* food. It’s enough to celebrate the new year already!”
Everyone joked around.
Xia Rou’s phone rang again. She picked up, “You’re here? Tell the auntie you’re here to help pack and she’ll let you in. Mm mm, yes, room 427!”
When she hung up, she lifted her head to say, “My brother is here; you guys better get dressed!”
Swiftly, the ladies who were outfitted only in their inside clothes put on their pants. It was fine to be comfortable in the dorms, but they would definitely be reluctant to show outsiders that image.
Soon enough, there was a knock on their door.
Xia Rou shouted, “Coming!” She brought him in.
He was tall, in a tidy uniform. Under his cap were a pair of sharp, lively eyes above his prominent nose bridge.
There was a moment of silence in the room.
Inside the room, only Xia Rou’s voice, soft like a bird, could be heard: “Why are you here in your uniform?”
“I came straight from the office.”
“Oh. Let me introduce you guys. This is Zhuang Xiao, Xie Yun, and Li Jingwen. You guys, this is my big brother.”
The girls then greeted him politely, “Hello, Xia Rou’s big brother.”
“Hello,” Cao Yang greeted back with a smile.
He had come straight from the office in his black uniform under his black coat. He was entirely black, with only the badges on his uniform gleaming.
He looked at the things she had prepared. “Is that all?”
“Uh huh. You just have to carry the books. I can carry the box and the quilt myself. The books are pretty heavy.”
Cao Yang held the quilt in one hand and picked up the two piles of books with the other and looked at Xia Rou.
She shut up immediately.
“Then we’ll be going first. Happy New Year everyone!” said Cao Yang.
“Happy New Year to you too!”
“Goodbye, big brother.”
The ladies bid a polite goodbye to the siblings.
As soon as they left and the door shut behind them, the room was arrested in a strange silence.
Silence. Translated by The Novelst
And then they exploded!
“Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh so freaking handsome!!!”
“It’s a uniform ahhhhhhhhh!”
“Damn that Xia Rou! How could she not bring out her brother earlier when her brother is so handsome ahhhhhhh! I can’t forgive her so easily ahhh!”
“Right! We’ll settle this with her when school starts again!!!”
*Dog food (撒狗粮): Public Display of Affection
Proofread by: Hannah
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