The sky gradually dimmed, lights on the road shining on the tall trees to create huge, dark shadows.
There were many people who came to the ecological park to run in the summer night. The shadows flickering on the track were all people running along, carefully following the same direction and trying not to bump into one another.
The back outlined in front of her was steadily jogging up and down, rhythm set by his footsteps.
His shoulders were very broad, the short sleeved exercising vest tight on his body, showcasing the beautiful curves of his muscles. From his broad shoulders to his slim waist, the muscle throbbed to the beat of every step he took, silently hinting at the bursting energy contained within his body.
Xia Rou couldn’t match his pace any longer.
When she was 25, this speed and distance didn’t really mean much to her, it was just that this time she had overestimated the physique of her 15-year-old body.
Her lungs were burning, but she stubbornly kept powering on, wanting to follow that shadow in the dark, unwilling to fall behind.
“Are you alright?” Cao Yang turned his head to ask, his breath still steady, not even a pant to be heard.
Xia Rou noticed his gaze filled with concern.
But the concern was shallow, probably because the time they spent together was negligible and their feelings were not deep.
Xia Rou suddenly recalled her past – every time she reached her limit and couldn’t run any further, he would pass her a water bottle with a smile and tease her: “Little girl, tired already?”
At that time, they were so close… Translated by The Novelst
In the last few days, because of the changes she made, many things seemed to have gone in a different direction. Although most of the changes were good, but…
A butterfly flapping its wings was said to have caused a hurricane on the Pacific Ocean.
Big brother and herself, would they be able to be as close as they were in her past?
Would he be able to take her as his own younger sister and dote on her again?
She was swayed by her anxiety over the gains and losses of her situation; the spicy feeling was grumbling in her chest. Xia Rou raised her gaze to look at the figure standing two steps ahead of her. Cao Yang was turning his head to look straight into her eyes…
She clenched her teeth and readied herself for a sudden final sprint, and then ran crazily like a bolt of lightning.
Cao Yang was happy to see her continue running, so he upped his pace and followed behind her, wanting to see how much further she could get.
In the end…
Huff! Huff! Huff!
Xia Rou bent down with her hands on her knees, painfully gasping in large breaths. She felt like her chest was going to explode!
That was only a few meters of sprinting! Cao Yang was rendered speechless.
Her physique was really weak compared to the kids in the army! But, he reminded himself, he mustn’t compare her to the male soldiers in the army, or even the female soldiers.
Look at that skinny and weak physique of hers!
Even her arms were slim!
Look at her legs… hmm, quite straight.
Anyways, this child was too flimsy. Even for a girl, being too weak was not a good thing.
Cao Yang didn’t like the trend nowadays where women kept themselves as skinny as skeletons. He grew up in an army so he saw a lot of masculine beauty. He likes women with small waists, but she had to be healthy. He felt only fit women could match his taste.
No matter how she would be raised in their house, there was still time. It would be fine for him to train her to be fit in the future, Cao Yang thought.
Looking at Xia Rou repeating, “I’m going to die,” he felt it was so funny that he couldn’t help but to tease her: “Little girl, tired already?”
The little girl who was still breathing hard immediately raised her head. In the dark, there were tears brimming in her eyes.
Cao Yang was stunned.
Xia Rou started to cough so fiercely that her tears almost fell.
Cao Yang put his palm on his forehead and brought out her bottle from her bag to give to her. “Take it easy, drink some water.”
The next day, they were again awake early, the three of them sitting together to have breakfast.
“Are you getting comfortable here?” It was rare for Cao Xiong to ask something like this.
“Quite fine.” Xia Rou replied, “Yesterday I went for a run at the ecological park.”
Cao Yang smiled and asked: “Are you going again today?” Yesterday her face clearly had expressed: “I’m going to die.”
“Mn, after dinner.” Xia Rou seemed to enjoy running at night.
“Wake up early, running in the morning is much more effective.” Cao Xiong said.
Xia Rou explained seriously: “I’m scared to tan in the morning sun.”
Cao Xiong: “….” He can’t really refute her!
It was rare for his father to have no response. The corner of Cao Yang’s mouth couldn’t help but to tilt upwards.
Cao Xiong shot him a glare and chided him within his heart.
But their house was too masculine and he didn’t have any experience raising a girl. Cao Xiong suddenly started to wish for the good old days of hitting his sons with a leather belt, telling them to work out under the hot sun until their shirts were drenched in sweat….
On Lady Fang’s walk from the main building to the side building, she saw Xia Rou sitting on a wooden chair under the big tree in the center of the courtyard. She was reading a book.
Such a quiet child. Translated by The Novelst
Even after her arrival to the house, there weren’t many changes to the family. Lady Fang’s previous worries were all for nothing. This girl was very sensible and didn’t cause any trouble, very easygoing.
“Xia Rou, reading books again?” Lady Fang greeted her.
Xia Rou put down her book: “Lady Fang.”
“There is a library on the second floor, when the renovation is done you can stay inside to read your books.” Lady Fang kindly explained to her. “The second floor is too messy right now. They put all the construction materials in the corridor, so don’t go up now or you might injure yourself.”
“Alright, thank you Lady Fang.” Xia Rou replied.
The change of Lady Fang’s attitude towards her was the biggest achievement in her new life.
Since no matter how she acted, the Cao Family always took care of her and was nice to her, the same went for this life. However, Lady Fang had shown dislike towards her in the past, but her gaze now became gentler.
This gave Xia Rou confidence. She thought if she could avoid all the stupid actions she made in the past, maybe she could really fix their relationship.
This, could this be the reason for her reincarnation?
Proofread by: Hannah