At around noon, the bell rang to indicate that class was over. Mu Rulan hadn’t even finished handling her documents yet, but the door was pushed open. Mu Rusen and Mu Rulin both rushed to try to be first into the office, which resulted in the two getting stuck and being unable to move.
“Mu Rulin, get out, I’m stuck!” Mu Rusen twisted his body, trying to squeeze in past Mu Rulin’s arm, which was blocking his way.
Mu Rulin’s expression remained calm, but he didn’t want to let Mu Rusen do as he liked. To him, it wasn’t just taking a step back out of her office, but it was like withdrawing from Mu Rulan’s life. “I’m also stuck, I can’t move.”
“You bastard…” Mu Rusen really wanted to give him a kick.
Mu Rulan was surprised before she burst into laughter. “What are you both doing?” They were wearing their sports uniforms, obviously coming from a physical education class.
“Sister, I’m so hungry. Let’s go eat,” Mu Rusen mumbled, his handsome face dotted with sweat and his white skin flushed from activity. It made him appear more young and spirited, active and cute.
Mu Rulan shook her head and smiled, pulling the two out of their positions in the doorway. However, because of her exertion, the sleeves on her arms pulled upwards, revealing a huge black-purple bruise on her left arm. Mu Rulin’s eyes behind his glasses immediately narrowed.
“Sister…” Mu Rulin stared at Mu Rulan’s arms and called her in a deep voice.
“Alright, alright, yes, let’s go to eat…”
“Sister!” Mu Rulin raised his voice all of a sudden, tone cold, shocking both Mu Rulan and Mu Rusen.
“What happ-” Translated by The Novelst
“Where’s this bruise from?!” Mu Rulin pulled at Mu Rulan’s left arm, rolling up her sleeve to reveal the bruise on her arm. The purple bruise stood out brightly on her snowy white skin. Mu Rulin’s face paled, when had she been hurt? Just when the Zhou Yaya incident had passed, she’d already been injured? Was it the people from the day before who hurt her? There’s no way there were more bruises hidden on her slim body that they didn’t know about, right?!
Obviously, Mu Rusen was also shocked, his expression turning much worse than Mu Rulin’s. Although he wasn’t as calm and observant as his brother, if Mu Rusen had learned of the prior day’s incident instead of Mu Rulin, he would probably have already gone to find the hooligans and beat them to death.
Mu Rulan withdrew her arms and tugged her sleeves down. She smiled and explained it away: “Don’t overthink it. Yesterday I was careless and accidentally hit my arm.”
They were still worried about her after her explanation, but their expressions at least had eased. Mu Rusen was still dissatisfied: “I told you not to go so often to the old house, it’s so dark and dimly lit. Look, you even stumbled and hurt yourself.”
Mu Rusen didn’t know that Mu Rulan had gone to the hospital, so he assumed she got hurt in the black house. He was thinking inside that he would secretly sneak into the house to install a few more lamps for her. Since Mu Rulan didn’t let them near that house at all, he had no choice but to sneak in without her knowledge if he wanted to do that.
Mu Rulin didn’t say anything. He had asked Chen Hai yesterday so he already knew that Mu Rulan went to visit Lan Yiyang at the hospital before going to the black villa. He also heard that Lan Binglin and Li Yan, who were both on bad terms with Lan Yiyang, had also been at the hospital as well.
He wasn’t rest assured, so he had called the hospital to ask for details, just to hear that the food Mu Rulan had brought were all swept to the floor by Lan Yiyang, and that information combined with the new knowledge of the bruise on Mu Rulan’s arm…
A cold light flashed in Mu Rulin’s eyes.
“Alright, let’s go eat. Today Qing Qing will be eating with us, so turn those frowns upside down, yeah?” Mu Rulan stretched out her hand to squeeze Mu Rulin’s stinky face, trying to comfort him with a smile.
“Eh? Why do we have to eat with that woman?” Mu Rusen wasn’t content. Every afternoon, having lunch with Mu Rulan was the one thing he looked forward to the most. Why was there an extra light bulb getting in the way now?
Mu Rulin was also unhappy, but looking at Mu Rusen clinging to Mu Rulan’s arms, he furrowed his brows and said: “I heard Zhou Yaya came to school in third period today, Sen.”
“So what?” Mu Rusen didn’t think further and replied in annoyance. He wanted to eat with Mu Rulan, who cared about Zhou Yaya.
Mu Rulin was displeased. He pursed his lips into a straight line: “Are you still interested in her?”
“I am, I am,” Mu Rusen replied impatiently. But his gaze was still following Mu Rulan’s actions in tidying up her things to follow them to lunch.
Mu Rulin clenched his fists, wanting to punch his brother. This Mu Rusen was really like a stone in a toilet, hard and stinking. No matter how hard he tried to nudge him into chasing after Zhou Yaya instead of Mu Rulan, in the end he would still appear at their sister’s side. Worst of all, he didn’t even want to let go of Mu Rulan, like an annoying fly that wouldn’t go away!
“Let’s go,” said Mu Rulan, putting on her coat. When she turned around, she stilled her movements. Wasn’t that person at the door Zhou Yaya, the subject of the boys’ conversation? The incident happened just yesterday, but she had returned to school today. Looked like she was a tough girl.
“Excuse me, Senior Mu…” Zhou Yaya stood at the door, looking through the two young boys to Mu Rulan. Her eyes exhibited her gratitude mixed with a hint of apology, and she seemed to be hesitant and nervous.
Zhou Yaya had come to shower her gratitude toward Mu Rulan for the incident the day before. But after they all spoke, especially with Mu Rulin’s deliberate persuasion, Zhou Yaya was in the end convinced to join them in the canteen for lunch.
Bai Suqing hadn’t yet arrived, but neither Mu Rusen nor Mu Rulin noticed nor did they care. The moment they stepped in the room, both hungry boys immediately rushed to the front for food.
Mu Rulan smiled and shook her head. Noticing that Zhou Yaya seemed a little uneasy and withdrawn, she initiated, “I hope you don’t mind that they’re always like that. Young boys at that age are usually childish.”
Zhou Yaya looked at Mu Rusen who stood out from the crowd, then looked back at Mu Rulan’s kind smile. In that moment, she felt the deepest part of her heart warm up as if basked in the sunlight. The strange, contradictory feeling she had before when she couldn’t accept that her savior was actually the person she most hated slowly disappeared. “Mn.”
Mu Rulan then left to grab drinks, while Zhou Yaya went to pick up food. By the time Mu Rulan returned, the two boys were already back, an empty space between them, and in front of them were two sets of dishes.
“Sister, come to eat,” said Mu Rusen, one of his hands holding a lobster and the other patting the middle seat.
“Mn,” replied Mu Rulan, putting a cup of orange juice at Zhou Yaya’s spot and handing out the other two to the boys. She put another at Bai Suqing’s spot and placed a cup of red tomato juice at her own seat.
“Sister, today’s lobster is super fresh. Try some.” While Mu Rusen was speaking, already handing over the lobster that he peeled to Mu Rulan. Translated by The Novelst
Mu Rulan opened her mouth and took it from him in a natural movement. Mu Rusen’s eyes sparkled brightly and his cheeks were flushed red: “How is it? Delicious?”
“Mn.” Mu Rulan nodded her head, stretching out her hand to sweep off the lobster bits around his mouth. She noticed that his dish was full of meat: “Eat more rice and vegetables.”
Zhou Yaya’s footsteps slowed as she approached the table holding her plate. The three figures getting along so well gave her a strange feeling like she couldn’t enter the conversation. Especially… She looked at Mu Rusen and furrowed her brows. They were really close to eat other; so close that she found it a little uncomfortable…
Proofread by: Hannah