Mu Rulan was staring at her screen, waiting for the man to respond to her text. But before one came through, a drunk man appeared instead.
He seemed to be very heavily intoxicated. He ran to her and ravished her form with his eyes, before beginning to speak gibberish: “Mu… Mu Rulan… I… Hic, Liked you for a long time already, please… Please marry me, I-I’ll…”
Before he finished speaking, he lunged for her.
Mu Rulan avoided him swiftly, but he still managed to grab the corner of her dress. He stared at her white legs, wanting to touch and feel…
Just as she was prepared to use her high heels to stomp on him, a basketball fell from the sky, impact large enough to knock him out and making the man fall to the ground. The hand clutching her dress unclenched.
Mu Rulan raised her head to see Lan Yiyang standing at the window looking down at her expressionlessly.
Mu Rulan was shocked for a moment before pulling on a smile. She waved her hands at him, lightly, as though seeing an old friend.
Her bright smile almost caught him off guard. He had nearly forgotten how she had hurt him with those cold words. He almost wanted to forgive her and proceed like nothing had happened…
He watched her turn to Lan Binglin, who was walking to her. He watched the same smile blossomed on her face for Lan Binglin.
It seemed to be telling a cruel truth. He thought he was special to Mu Rulan. At the very least they seemed like friends, but in her eyes there seemed to be no difference between him and Lan Binglin… He was probably overthinking, right? Didn’t he already know what kind of person she was?
It was all his own self-delusion. Translated by The Novelst
He leaned against the wall by the window, hands covering his face, a bitter smile on his face.
The banquet finally came to an end at midnight.
Mu Rulan and Ke Wanqing left together. Ke Wanqing seemed very joyful and relaxed. She had obviously succeeded in persuading the Lan Family to help the Mu company.
Mu Rulan sat to the side, watching Ke Wanqing’s reflection with a faint smile on her face.
The phone in her hand vibrated.
——Leniency to those who confess, but thou will sit at the bottom of the prison; Severity to those who resist, but thou will go home and celebrate the new year.
Mu Rulan almost burst into laughter. After over half a day of waiting, the man had replied like this? Wasn’t this the typical schpiel that law enforcement gave to criminals to tell them to keep their mouths shut?
But it clearly was him not letting her off?
It was rare that she found him interesting enough to willingly tell him how she had committed the crime, but he had actually replied in such a way. Wasn’t he trying to tell her that if she told him she would be an idiot?
“What’s so funny?” Ke Wanqing was attracted by the sound of Mu Rulan’s laughter and seeing her looking at her phone, she moved her head closer to Mu Rulan to see what she was looking at.
However, before she could read anything, Mu Rulan tucked her phone away.
“It’s just a friend that I find interesting.” Mu Rulan answered.
Ke Wanqing was a little unhappy. “Your finals are coming soon. Don’t get too carried away playing with your friends.”
Mu Rulan smiled in response. Play? She indeed had been playing, but didn’t play with her friends. Mummies and puppets – how could she share that with anyone? She might scare them away ya.
Ke Wanqing saw that Mu Rulan didn’t answer, which meant she disagreed with her words. It had been like that since she was young: though Mu Rulan would listen to her words, she wouldn’t obey every order. Her face darkened. “Mu Rulan!”
“Hm?” Mu Rulan blinked innocently, surprised to see Ke Wanqing get angry. What had happened?
“You…” Just as Ke Wanqing wanted to start lecturing her, Mu Rulan’s phone vibrated again.
She glanced at the screen, immediately picking up with a happy tone, “Hello? Grandpa! Why are you still awake?”
Her voice was soft and delicate. Grandpa Ke on the other end felt his heart get lighter.
Mu Rulan and Grandpa Ke began to chat casually. Ke Wanqing’s expression was ugly as she sat to the side. She had wanted to lecture Mu Rulan but those words were stuck in her throat.
She suddenly felt that the young girl before her wasn’t someone that could simply be scolded. Mu Rulan was the little princess of the Ke Family, while she had been kicked out. Mu Rulan had the entirety of the Ke Family to dote on her, while she had to work hard by herself to lift the Mu Family.
If it was in the past when she had still been the princess of the Ke Family, she wouldn’t have to bear this sort of hardship.
Looking at Mu Rulan, she felt a little jealous.
The next second, Ke Wanqing slapped herself on the forehead.
She must have gone crazy! It was good that Grandpa Ke favored Mu Rulan so heavily. In the future when he passed, he would definitely leave something for Mu Rulan.
Look, hadn’t Grandpa Ke gifted Mu Rulan Loulan Court when she turned fifteen?
That was right, Loulan Court! Wasn’t there still Loulan Court?
After all her busy nights, she had forgotten all about it. Loulan Court’s business was booming, so the profits must be rolling in…
Once Mu Rulan’s call had ended, Ke Wanqing spoke out. “Lan Lan, I won’t give you pocket money starting next month.”
Mu Rulan was surprised. “Huh?” Translated by The Novelst
She couldn’t believe her ears. They were so poor that Ke Wanqing couldn’t give her pocket money?
“Since you’re not short of money anyway,” Ke Wanqing continued. “Lan Lan, tomorrow I’ll go and help you look at the accounts for Loulan Court. You’re so busy with school that you might not have time to check it on your own. That won’t do. Who knows if someone began embezzling.”
Mu Rulan stared at Ke Wanqing wordlessly.
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