Intense Love / Fall In Love with My Doctor 韫色过浓 – Chapter 16.1



Chapter 16.1 - Shao Suying (1)

“Hey, you can keep holding it, I don’t mind.” Su Jinbei ‘shyly’ pinched his sleeve, “We’re already engaged, stuff like this should be fine, right?”

Su Jinbei was inherently charming. If more charm was added to her speech, she could be considered a witch.

Zhou Shiyun’s eyes were faint, “Don’t pull.”

Su Jinbei snorted, who was the one pulling just now.

Zhou Shiyun didn’t pay attention to her anymore and walked out along the corridor. Su Jinbei followed a few steps behind him, speaking while walking, “Zhou Shiyun, you said just now that it was perfect. What was perfect? My bare face?”

Zhou Shiyun, “…”

“Zhou Shiyun, be honest, am I prettier with or without makeup?”

Silence.

“Oh, I got it, you think I look good either way.” Su Jinbei chuckled, “Seriously, you’re so hard to read.”

“Zhou Shiyun…”

“Be quiet.” Zhou Shiyun finally said helplessly.

Su Jinbei shrugged, “Okay, okay, hey, wait for me. Don’t walk so fast.”

Zhou Shiyun didn’t speak, but he actually slowed down his pace. Su Jinbei hurriedly stepped forward and hooked her elbow into his.

Not waiting for Zhou Shiyun’s reaction, she quickly said, “Don’t pull away, your grandma and brother must want to see us being affectionate.”

“…Oh.”

Su Jinbei linked arms with Zhou Shiyun all the way from the bedroom to Yi Shi Tang. Occasionally, when employees of the Zhou family passed by, greeting them, Su Jinbei would happily respond with a smiling face.

After the two entered Yi Shi Tang, several servants of the Zhou family whispered amongst themselves, “This is Miss Su, our second younger fiancée?”

“Yeah, yeah, she looks so pretty, and she seems to be a nice person, she just smiled at me.”

“I know her, she is a big star on TV.”

“Me too, I have seen her show before, but I really did not expect that she was our Young Master’s fiancée.”

“Hush, let’s stop gossiping about this matter.” An older man said, “Just focus on doing your job.”

“Of course, but I was really surprised. Second Young Master is very hard to get close to usually, I didn’t expect him to be so intimate with his fiancée.”

“Nonsense, would she be his fiancée otherwise?”

There was a large round table in the middle of Yi Shi Tang, and there were many people sitting around it. When Zhou Shiyun and Su Jinbei came in, they immediately attracted everyone’s attention.

The man’s facial features were handsome and gentle. The woman’s face was bare of makeup and she looked dazzling. The two next to each other formed an awe-inspiring combination.

Huo Wanjun who was sitting in the seat directly in front of them first broke the silence, she raised her hand and motioned to Su Jinbei, saying, “Jinbei, sit next to Grandma.”

Su Jinbei glanced at Zhou Shiyun, walked to Huo Wanjun and sat down, “Good morning, Grandma.”

“Well, how was your sleep.”

Su Jinbei, “En, very good.”

“That’s great.”

“Since everyone is here, let’s eat.” The person who spoke was Zhou Shiyun’s brother Zhou Zhengxian.




“Suying also came back yesterday, she should be here soon.” Huo Wanjun’s second son Zhou Yueqian said.

Zhou Zhengxian, “Suying is back? I didn’t know.”

Huo Wanjun smiled faintly, “Suying this rascal jumps all over the place, how unruly.”

“Grandma, what are you saying about me, I can hear everything~” The voice was heard before the figure was seen. The crisp and pleasant voice came from outside the hall, causing everyone to look outside.

Su Jinbei, of course, followed everyone’s line of sight. She saw a girl around twenty wearing a lotus pink coat come in from the outside. She had fair skin, intelligent eyes and a pretty face.

“She’s saying you’re not punctual. Do you know what time it is?” Zhou Yueqian pretended to be angry.

“Come on, Uncle, I was only late for a bit. Grandma won’t be mad at me, right, Grandma.”


Huo Wanjun glanced at her, “Oh, you, hurry and sit down.”

Shao Suying sat down happily. After sitting down, she suddenly found that there were two more people at the table. She was surprised, “Eh, Second Brother, you’re back.”

Zhou Shiyun nodded to her.

“Second Brother, I haven’t seen you in a long time,” Shao Suying said while looking at Su Jinbei, slowly smiling, “Are you… Su Jinbei?”

Su Jinbei smiled politely, “Hello, I am Su Jinbei.”

Shao Suying stared at her suspiciously, “Why are you suddenly here?”

“Suying.” Zhou Zhengxian smiled, but his tone was serious, “Miss Su is a distinguished guest of our family.”

Zhou Yueqian said, “What distinguished guest, she should be considered family, Suying, this is your future sister-in-law.”

Shao Suying pouted and suddenly stopped talking.

“Okay, let’s eat quickly, Suying. You can say hello to Jinbei after.” Huo Wanjun said.

Shao Suying replied with an ‘oh’, her face lukewarm.

Everyone became quiet, there was only the sound of the chopsticks against each other. In the dining room, Su Jinbei gave Shao Suying a few more glances. This lady didn’t seem to welcome her very much.

After breakfast, Old Madame Huo left first, then Zhou Yueqian and his wife also left. In the end, there were only four juniors: Zhou Shiyun, Su Jinbei, Zhou Zhengxian and Shao Suying.

Old Madame Huo had two sons and one daughter. Her eldest son died early, leaving Zhou Zhengxian and Zhou Shiyun. Her second son, Zhou Yueqian, had one son and one daughter, while the third daughter married to a high-ranking politician in the Imperial Capital and only had Shao Suying.

From the way the elders talked to her, Su Jinbei could tell that Shao Suying was pampered in the Zhou family. “You keep looking at me, is there a problem?” At this moment, the pampered lady staring at her was not very friendly.

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The Love Equations 舟而复始 (致我们甜甜的小美满) Chapter 18.1



Chapter 18.1 - Holiday Trip (5)

Zhou Xiao was feeling very gloomy, secretly clutching a button in her hand. When she walks, she likes to pull Zhao Fanzhou's clothes, sometimes by the hem of his clothes, sometimes by his cuffs. However, she hasn't tried to pull the button off. She glanced at the button in her hand, and then at the thread on his sleeve. Hey, why do sleeves have buttons? Should I tell him? Forget it, later he will nag at me again, or when I get back, should I secretly fix it when he goes to the bath. The question is-where to find the needle and thread?

Zhao Fanzhou felt very strange. She kept rushing him to take a bath as soon as she entered the room. What does she want now? Finally, discover his masculine charm and feeling impatient?

As soon as he entered the bathroom, Zhou Xiao rushed to the service counter to borrow needles and threads. It seemed that the service staff rarely encountered people borrowing needles and threads, and it took a long time to find needles and threads. She sat on the edge of the bed to sew the button, thanks to her love of sewing clothes for her dolls since she was a child. Her needlework really has nothing to say, and it only took about five minutes to sew a button.

When Zhao Fanzhou came out of the bathroom, he happened to see her sewing something very seriously, "What are you doing?" Zhou Xiao was taken aback, why so fast? Didn’t he take a bath for a long time yesterday? It is all the service staff fault, they took so long to look for a needle and thread! She subconsciously wanted to hide clothes back, but who would have known that the needle in her hand pierced her hand in a panic. She was dying of anger, why is she so unlucky?

Zhao Fanzhou shook his head helplessly. Why is this girl so frizzy? He walked over, "Let me see where it pierce?" She pouted and raised her pierced hand, gave a pitiful look on her face
╯﹏╰.

He looked at her hand, with a snort, he turned around and went to the table to get his wallet, and took out a band-aid from his wallet. The one he bought last time finally came in handy.

Zhou Xiao saw something fall from his wallet while he was pulling the band-aid. Just when she was about to say something, upon seeing that he was preparing to nag at her with a serious expression on his face, she retracted her words.

"Paste it." Zhao Fanzhou handed her the band-aid.

"You help me paste it." Zhou Xiao raised her hand in front of him and said aggrievedly.

"What were you doing just now? If I'm not mistaken, this is my shirt?" he asked as he pasted it.

"I tore off the buttons on your sleeves." At this time, she has to pretend to be innocent. As innocent as she can be. She blinked and looked at him with wide eyes, and looking like she might burst into tears anytime.

"If you drop it, just let it drop. Why do you want to hide and sew? See what happened now, stab yourself in the hand, when do you think you can stop being so frizzy when doing things? 

Zhou Xiao kept her mouth flat and thought: Why hide and sew? I'm afraid that you will nag at me like how you are doing now.

...Well...someone is still nagging...Why at times like this his words are not as rare as gold? She missed Zhao Fanzhou, who spoke very succinctly.

"No, actually...you quickly paste it, so that I can quickly sew the buttons." Zhou Xiao couldn't help but interrupt him. In fact, he didn't need to paste a  bandaid. How much blood could the needle stab through a small hole? It is estimated that it will not fill a teacup full even till tomorrow. But she didn't dare to say not to paste it, otherwise someone would be endless. By the way, why didn't the Tang Monk in Stephen Chow's "Journey to the West" ask him to act in it? He will give an absolutely natural performance.

He glared at her, and then quickly put the band-aid on: "Don't scold me secretly in your heart." 

This person is a fortune teller, definitely a fortune teller!

The needle moved quickly in her hand, and finally, she very handsomely tied a knot. Zhao Fanzhou looked at her in amazement, “It's really rare that you have times where your hands and feet are so nimble. ”

"Are you stuck silly? Feel that you admire me very much? Think I am really a good wife and mother? Really want to marry me home?"  It's rare for Zhou Xiao to be arrogant.

“In this case, it's not that I'm struck silly, but I’m blind. ”Ah~~Why is there such a kind of person? As soon as he speaks, you can't help but want to beat him up!

"Go to the service desk to return the needle and thread." She gritted her teeth. Calm, calm, distract him, we must distract him, otherwise, she cannot help but let him vomit 100 meters of blood.

"Why am I the one going to return it back?" “Because I really want to stab you with a needle now, you will be riddled with holes. If you don't take the murder weapon away soon, you will be at your own risk. ”

He curled his lips and obediently took the needle and thread to return it.

After he went out, Zhou Xiao began to prepare to change her clothes. When passing by the table, her eyes just swept over the thing that had just fallen on the ground from Zhao Fanzhou's wallet. What? She squatted down to pick it up. She was slightly short-sighted, so she didn't know what it was until she picked it up. She swears that if she knew what it was, she would not have picked it up! If she knew that Zhao Fanzhou would come back as soon as she picked it up, she would definitely not pick it up!

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Unrequited Love 暗恋橘生淮南 Chapter 19.2



Chapter 19.2 - Hints of A Person (2)

    During the winter in the 2nd year of high school, there were rumours in the school about "golden boys and girls" who did not know each other. She has always hated this jewel-like term, but when she sat on the windowsill and looked at the desolate artificial lake outside, she learned that they were talking about the top student in the arts stream, Luo Zhi and the top student in science stream, Sheng Huainan, and the corners of her mouth moved, her smile reflected in her eyes through the glass windows, showing some hope.

    A little hope that made her suffer later.

    Not wanting to continue this topic, she asked Baili: "Quarrel?" 

"Our conversation turned sour. He is frustrated with me mentioning the old things."

    "Is it?"

    "Actually, he also didn't like me in high school." Belle shrugged and blurted out.

   Also? Luo Zhi smiled bitterly, Jiang Baili really stabbed her in the heart.

    "I confessed many times at that time and felt I was treating myself lowly, there was always a feeling of despair in the face of a setback, but he knew it, but he still wouldn't care about me, in fact, he expressed his liking very naturally. However, later, when we were really together, I started to feel that I don't have face in front of him because my past actions were very embarrassing. I was afraid that he would laugh at me and that others would think we got together because he pitied me, I didn't even dare to meet my high school classmates and obviously didn't attend the party as well. There were other reasons for not attending the party…. I am afraid that when I see the girl he liked before, I would feel embarrassed and at a complete loss "

    “Baili..."

    "However, this kind of thought only occurs when we quarrel, although some thoughts occasionally come up. I always don't show it. I already lost enough from the complete start, so it's better not to lose my your family's wealth.. However, no matter how I concealed it, no matter how much I pretended, it was all useless. He still remembered, he still knew, he always maintained his superiority in front of me. I love him so seriously, he also knows - the most terrifying thing is that he knows so clearly how much I love him. "

    There is a clear liquid floating under Baili's eyes. Luo Zhi hurriedly went to get the tissue, but Baili held her hand.

    "Therefore, this relationship is tattered, but I still refuse to give up—the thought of breaking up feels quite free and easy, but I will cry. Every time I am the one proposing the breakup, but as long as he coaxes me a bit, I will go back to him, how lowly of me. "

    All of Luo Zhi's comforting words were choked in her throat, and her eyes were sore.

    Baili is not beautiful, although her personality is genuine and real enough, but it was not cute, if it weren't for Luo Zhi's indifferent roommate who doesn't care about everything, They may have fought and lifted the roof of the dormitory a long time ago. However, whenever Luo Zhi thinks of such a girl who does not care about anything and desperately loves someone like a female lead in a romance novel, there is always no way to laugh coldly at her stupidity. 

"He liked my good friend in high school. Don't look at him always flirting around, in fact, he still likes her. "

The dry and simple statement sounds sad.

    Chen Mohan is the most beautiful girl Baili has ever seen in her life, and she is the daughter of the deputy mayor, very compatible with the handsome Gobi family and they were childhood sweethearts. Jiang Baili read bluntly. Even after reading hundreds of Taiwanese romance novels, she never thought that she, who came to the city from an ordinary junior high school, would be the deskmate of a character in a melodramatic plot.

    But she didn't know that at that time, this was not the most melodramatic thing. The most melodramatic thing was that she acted as a perfect side character until today. She was featured countless times and promoted the development of the plot countless times, but in actual fact, she has nothing to do with the main story.

    The perfect lover had to separate for some reason, and then she, the second female villain who has been obstructing endlessly from the beginning and has been together with the male protagonist for a period of time. Now that the two main characters have gone through a long period of separation and waiting, they will eliminate misunderstandings and clear up the past, and plan to continue to lead the story.

    Even if Jiang Baili has no ambitions and regards herself as ordinary, it does not mean that she was willing.

    In her first year of high school, she and Chen Mohan were at the same table. Jiang Baili came to the city from the county. On the first day, she was secretly stunned at different things and told herself that this was the city's focus, which was different from her messy ordinary middle school. These things include - new desks and chairs in the classroom, stainless steel windows, a get out of class bell that sounds as good as the little cherry maruko cartoon, clean bathrooms with mirrors, hand sanitizer and dryers, and wavy curly hair deskmate, Chen Mohan.

    Baili opened her wallet and pulled out a small photo.

    Baili was shocked when she saw Luo Zhi unexpectedly, and she couldn't help feeling flustered. Chen Mohan is the most beautiful woman she has ever seen in 20 years of real life. she was just a sophomore girl but had thick wavy hair and snow-white skin. Raising the corners of her red scarf and black windbreaker, in the birch forest, she strode forward, raising her head high, with a wanton smile on her face, which was extremely beautiful.

    "Look, she is beautiful right, even you have this expression." Baili smiled reluctantly.

    "The reason I'm surprised is that you actually have photos of your rivals in your wallet all year round. Your personality is really admirable."

    Belle rolled her eyes and stared at her.

    "She is my inner demon," she said frankly.

    Luo Zhi gave her usual contempt for her description of this literary style: Still, no wonder you said she has no friends."

    "What do you mean?"

    "Even if she's not arrogant, she also won't have a so-called close friend. Schopenhauer once said that a truly beautiful woman does not have a true same-sex friend”

    So, why don't you walk with your head up presumptuously?

Baili showed a slightly startled expression. Luo Zhi didn't know that her own words pierced Baili's heart and convicted all the girls in her entire high school of a sin.

Jealousy

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Autumn's Concerto / Next stop, happiness 下一站幸福 Chapter 10.3



Chapter 10.3 - Final Destination: Next Stop Happiness (3)

Guangxi didn’t go home for three whole days after he requested for a divorce. He only got a carrier service to send over two sets of divorce papers which he had already signed.

No one had any idea where he was. He switched off his hand-phone and he didn’t report to work at his office. It was as if he had disappeared from the surface of Earth.

Even though Mucheng told herself that she had to be strong after she received the divorce papers, she still couldn’t take the blow after all. She became sick right after that.

Xiaole saw his mother lying on the bed and running a temperature. He heard her calling out for his father and he was very worried. He wanted to contact his father but no matter how he called his number, no one picked it up. Then, he suddenly thought of the signal-sending device that his father gave to him.

He found the wristband but he didn’t know how to use it. He meddled with it and accidentally broke the wristband instead.

Oh no! Did he spoil the signal-sending device?

He was on the verge of tears and he held tightly onto the broken wristband. He started to call for his father in the courtyard. “Daddy, Daddy, do you hear me? Xiaole is calling for you. Please come back now! Mummy has fallen sick…”

Perhaps the signal-sending device really worked. Or perhaps it was because the kind Heaven heard and sympathized with Xiaole. But whatever it was, Guangxi really returned home after Xiaole did that.

“Daddy…! You’re back!” Xiaole ran into his father’s arms happily. “My signaling really worked. Mummy didn’t lie to me.”

“Xiaole.”  Having wandering around for 3 days had taken the toil on Guangxi’s mental and physical health. He was suddenly energized after seeing his son. “Daddy missed you badly.”

“I missed you too, Daddy! Why didn’t you come home for so many days?”

That was because he was afraid to face the separation if he came home. He couldn’t bear to take the terrible pain of losing both his wife and son at the same time.

Guangxi puckered his lips as he stroked his son’s head. “How have you been then, Xiaole?”

“Not good.” Xiaole shook his head fiercely. He lifted his head and showed his face which was full of tears. “Mummy has fallen sick.”

“Mucheng has fallen sick?” Guangxi was shocked.

“Mummy is running a high temperature.” Xiaole replied,

How did this happen? Guangxi was very worried. He immediately rushed upstairs and back into their bedroom. True enough, he saw his wife sleeping on their bed. She was as pale as a sheet.

“Guangxi, don’t… Please don’t leave me…” She muttered while she was dreaming away. Tears could be seen in Mucheng’s eyes.

“Mummy kept calling for you. She really wanted to see you.” Xiaole’s eyes turned red too

Really? Did she really want to see him? He thought that she would have ran into her lover’s arms happily after receiving the divorce papers from him…

Guangxi was lost. He walked up to the bedside. Mucheng seemed to feel his presence and she stretched out her hand, which he grabbed onto hesitantly.

“Daddy, Mummy will get better, right?” Xiaole asked worriedly.

“Of course she will.” Guangxi used his other hand to hold onto his son’s hand. “Daddy promises you that it’s true.”

“That’s great.” Xiaole was relieved. He then snuggled into his father’s arms. It was then he realised that he was still holding on to the spoilt wristband. “I’m sorry, Daddy.  I have something that I want to tell you and I hope that you will forgive me.”

“What are you talking about?”

“This.” Xiaole said as he unveiled the wristband that was broken into two. “I’m sorry, Daddy. I spoilt the signal sending device that you gave to me.”

“I see.” Guangxi smiled. “It’s okay. I’ll get you another one.”

“Nope! This is the first gift that I got from you, Daddy. We can’t just let the matter rest like this.” Xiaole was troubled.

“Alright then. Let me see if I can repair it.” In order to stop his son from crying, Guangxi took the wristband from him to check if he could repair it. But he found a memory card unexpectedly in the wristband. “What is this?”

He took out the memory card and the secret from 6 years ago unveiled…

Mucheng saw a cosy and warm sight when she woke up. The man she loved was hugging onto their son who she adored dearly and the two of them feel asleep by her side.

Both the father and son wore smiles on their faces. It seemed like they were having a happy dream.

She gazed at the two of them and she suddenly felt a surge of emotions in her. She didn’t want to cry but her eyes just brimmed with tears.

Guangxi was suddenly jolted out of sleep and he placed his hand on Mucheng’s forehead after seeing that she was awake. “Your temperature has gone down.”

She felt warmth from his expression and that shook her to the core.

“Hold on for a moment.” He smiled and carried Xiaole back to his room. He was holding onto a piece of document when he was back.

It was the divorce papers!

Mucheng was shocked and she felt cold. “Do you still insist that… we get a divorce?”

“Don’t you want that?” He answered her question with another question

She gazed at him, lost and confused. After struggling for some time, she finally decided it was time for him to know her true feelings. “Yes, I don’t want that, Guangxi. I don’t want… to divorce you.”

“Why not?”

“That’s because you’re the one… I love.” Mucheng clutched on tightly onto her blanket and tried to hide her sorrowful expression from him. “Even if you hate and want me to leave, I still want to tell you that… you’re the one I love no matter if it was then or now.” She was choked with emotions and was struggling to confess to him. “It was my fault 6 years ago. I thought that my decision was the best for you. I really want you to be happy but I didn’t know that things would turn out to be like this. I’ve hurt you deeply, right? I’m really sorry, Guangxi, I really am. Please don’t hate me, okay?”

She kept apologizing to him. He knew that she was really upset.

“That’s enough.” He stopped her gently. He then sat down on the side of the bed and used his thumb to wipe away the tears on her face. “Do you know where I’ve been to these few days?”

“Where did you go then?”

“I went to Shengde University. I also visited the places that we’ve been to together. I even went to Huatian Village to take a look at those flowers that you took pains to grow.” He paused and gazed at her. “Mucheng, the truth is; I can’t bear for you to leave me too.”

Mucheng was stunned for a moment. “Then why…”

“I thought that you don’t love me at all.” Guangxi smiled bitterly as he explained to Mucheng. “Do you know that I was waiting outside of our room on the night we got married? I was hoping that you’d come out to look for me but you didn’t. I was very angry and I felt that you didn’t care for me at all.”

Was he hoping for her to care for him? Mucheng gazed at her husband and looked deep into his eyes. Then, slowly, she saw his feelings for her there. She then realised that she must have hurt him badly that night.

“It really hurts here.” Guangxi pointed to his chest. “That was why I was always home late and my attitude to you was always cold.”

Mucheng’s heart ached. “I’m sorry.” Why did she always have to hurt him?

“This is how I have always been. You should know very clearly too. The more I cared for something, the more indifferent I will pretend to be.” He mocked. “It’s exactly the same as it was 6 years ago.”

6 years ago? Mucheng blinked her eyes in uncertainty.

Guangxi was a little embarrassed and he stood up with his back facing her. “6 years ago, I pushed you away. But it wasn’t because of Yiqian; it was because I knew that I was suffering from brain cancer and I heard that the chances of survival aren’t high. I didn’t want to trouble you then.”

Mucheng was shocked. She stood up too and said, “But Mum said that you dated Yiqian for the sake of Shengde Hall.”

“I knew that she’d say that to you.” Guangxi turned around and sighed. “I’ve never considered about dating Yiqian. All I know is you’re all I want.”

That means that she had misunderstood him. She thought that he was having a difficult time then because of Shengde Hall. But the real truth was; he had to let go of her because of brain cancer. “You left then because you felt that it would be good for me, right?” Guangxi asked obscurely.

Mucheng was stunned for a moment and she felt a surge of emotions. She stretched her hand out and covered her mouth so as to stop her urge to cry.

Her assumption actually caused them to be separated. She wasn’t by his side when he really needed her to be there.

“I’m sorry, Guangxi. I’m really… very sorry.” Tears flowed as Mucheng apologised.

Guangxi raised his hand and used his fingers to wipe away her tears. “I was at fault too. I shouldn’t have kept you in the dark about my condition then.”

She was even more depressed when she saw that he was so gentle to her. She cried while lying in his arms.

“Were you serious just now when you said that you love me?” Guangxi lifted Mucheng’s face and asked her hoarsely.

“Yes.” She replied honestly.

“Me too.” He smiled softly at her. His smile was full of emotions.  “I fell in love with you again before I regained my memory.”

“Really?” She couldn’t believe it.

“Yes! I’ve really been tortured badly by you during this period of time. You actually thought that I married you so that I can take revenge on you. I was so mad when I knew about that.” Guangxi said as he pinched the tip of her nose slightly.

She smiled with tears in her eyes. “I’m sorry. It’s all because I’ve been too petty about things.”

“Promise me something then since you know that you’re at fault.”

“What is it?”

“Go on a date with me tomorrow.”

***

The first thing they did for their date was actually to take a bus ride.

Mucheng was shocked. She hesitated before boarding the bus. Both of them sat in the last row of seats.

“Why are we doing this?”

“Why are you still asking me that question?” He smiled as he looked at her. “Isn’t this your wish?”

“What?” She was stunned for a moment.

He took a memory card out from his pocket. He then started to wave it in front of her. “It seems like there’s a certain woman who has made used of this to confess her feelings for me.”

“What? You found out about it?” She blushed and wanted to snatch the memory card from his hands.

He allowed for her to snatch it from his hands. He then took out his hand-phone. “It’s okay. I’ve already saved everything that’s important here.”

“What?” Mucheng’s face turned redder. She was thinking if she should snatch his hand-phone from him too.

“It seems like a certain someone is really in love with me. She took so many photos of me secretly.” Guangxi teased as he raised his hand-phone and chose a photo. “Look, she even took a photo of me when I was sleeping. I bet she looked at me for a long time and was definitely drooling away while she took this photo.”

“What are you talking about?” Mucheng protested. “I didn’t drool.”

“Are you admitting now that you did look at me for a long time then?” He chided.

“I…” She was stumped.

“That’s no surprise at all.” Guangxi pretended to fling his hair. “I’m so handsome and charismatic. It’s hard for women not to fall for me.”

“You…” She was angry at his comment. “You’re really thick-skinned.”

“Thick-skinned, you say? Do you want me to say things that are more embarrassing than this for the pleasure of all the passengers on the bus?” Guangxi continued to tease her.

She breathed deeply when she heard that. She knew that by hook or by crook, she’d have to snatch his hand-phone from him. “Give that to me! Don’t you dare create a mess, okay?”

He chuckled and they started to fight with each other like children. They were so rowdy that the other passengers couldn’t stand the noise and gave them stares.

In the end, Mucheng was tired. She had no choice but to admit defeat. She closed her eyes so that she’d not have to look at the complacent smile on her husband’s face.

Suddenly, an earphone was stuffed into her left ear. She then heard crystal like sounds.

It was “Air on The G-String”. She felt her heart quiver after she recognized that it was the very recording she made years ago.

After the piece ended, she heard her own voice making her confession shyly---

“I like you, Ren Guangxi, I really like you…

I like your stubborn streak. I like your proudness. I like the air of arrogance and confidence that surrounds you when you’re playing ice hockey. I like it when you’re reading your law texts for me seriously. I like it when you always don’t mean what you say; you’re always doing things for me and yet you’d always pretend that you’re indifferent.

I also like the childish look on your face when you’re asleep.

If life is to be a bus ride journey, I hope that my final destination will be you. But I don’t think that is possible because you have greater dreams to fulfill. I can never match up to that.

But it is alright. I have no regrets even though I can only take the bus ride with you for a short while. That’s because I’ve managed to see the most beautiful scenery at your stop.

Thank you, Ren Guangxi.

I love you even though your happiness isn’t at my stop.”

This was the very confession she recorded then.

Mucheng felt mixed emotions as she heard the recording. It felt like she had returned in time and experienced the taste of teenage love.

There was silence for a few seconds before she heard another warm and low voice---

“Liang Mucheng, I like you too.

I like it that you have a strong will. I like it that you’re very understanding. I like your expression while you play the piano. I like the fierce look on your face when you try to lecture me about things. I like it that you say that you should be protecting me too.

I also like it that you’re always so shy when we kiss.

Thank you, Liang Mucheng.

I love you. My happiness is at your stop.”

THE END

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Autumn's Concerto / Next stop, happiness 下一站幸福 Chapter 10.2


Chapter 10.1 - Final Destination: Next Stop Happiness (2)

“What is going on now?”

Guangxi came back for his mother’s birthday party after Xiaole wanted him to do so. He was shocked to see his mother smiling away. It was even more unbelievable to see his mother talking and laughing away with his wife.

“What magic tricks did you use?” He asked his wife when they were alone.

“It’s nothing to do with magic.” Mucheng said, smiling. “I only let Mum know that her grandson would love her a lot if she’d open up herself.”

“Love?” Guangxi was stunned. “My mother doesn’t believe in that!”

“She chose to be so because she was hurt deeply by love in the past.” Mucheng raised her gaze and looked at Guangxi. “You still don’t know, do you? Your father left back then because he was having an extramarital affair.”

“What?!” Guangxi was taken aback.

“I heard that he’d meet up with that woman in Shengde Hall.” Mucheng explained. “That is why Shengde Hall maybe a place that represents happiness for you. But for your mother, it reminds her of her pain and failure. She never mentioned any of these to you and has even tried her best to keep Shengde Hall for your sake.”

“Why won’t she… tell me?” Guangxi was shocked and suspicious. He still couldn’t believe that the truth was so ugly.

“Don’t you understand?” Mucheng sighed. “She didn’t want to tarnish your father’s image in your heart. She knew how much you admired him and she didn’t want to break your heart.”

Is that so? Guangxi clenched onto his teeth. The person at fault back then was actually his father instead?

“In order to maintain your father’s image in your heart, she chose to let you hate her instead. I’m a mother myself. My heart broke when Xiaole told me that he hated me then – How can you say that your mother doesn’t know anything about love then? She doesn’t have to torture herself like this if not that she loves both you and your father.”

Guangxi was shocked. He regretted deeply how he had hated his mother in the past and how he had wasted so many years before he could think about the feelings between him and his mother.

“How did you know about all these?” He stared at his wife. He was surprised that she could see a secret that he couldn’t.

“Mum told me some of it while I guessed the rest of it.”

“Why did she tell you all of these?”

Mucheng didn’t reply him and looked away. But Guangxi sensed something amiss from her actions and expression. Suddenly, he realised something—

“Don’t tell me that it was my mother who told you to leave me back then?”

***

It was true that it was his mother’s doing when she left back then. But she had willing done so and accepted that decision.

That was why she wasn’t resentful at all. She thought that Guangxi would able to return back to his normal life and be happy as long as she leaves him then. That was why she didn’t mind at all. But she didn’t think that it would be so coincidental and they’d meet again. And till now, the past was still a tangled mess that they have yet to be able to resolve.

The both of them were trapped in an unwanted marriage now and feeling very breathless because of it.

Was it her mistake at all? Perhaps she shouldn’t have made such a decision back then. But how could she have known that he’d rather let go of He Yiqian and punish her instead…?

Mucheng let out a sigh. Where was this marriage of hers heading to? Was it happiness or destruction? She felt very lost and didn’t know what to do.

Her hand-phone rang, shocking her. She picked up the phone and she heard a worried and flustered voice over the other line.

“Mucheng, are you Mucheng?”

“Aunt Hua?” She was stunned and didn’t know why Tuoye’s mother suddenly called her. “What’s the matter? Did something… happen to Tuoye?”

Aunt Hua was almost on the verge of breaking down. “Mucheng, you must think of a way to save my Tuoye! He’s dead meat; he’s really a goner this time round…”

 “What are you talking about? Don’t panic and tell me slowly, Aunt Hua.”

“It’s all the Village Head’s grandson Bin’s fault! I have already told Tuoye to leave that rascal alone but they grew up together and that was almost impossible. But look at what trouble he has landed Tuoye in now!”

“What is going on?” Mucheng wasn’t able to understand what she was saying and that made her anxious. “Aunt Hua, what happened to Tuoye?”

“He has been arrested by the cops. They suspect that he has murdered someone…” Aunt Hua said, choking with emotions.

“Murder!?” Mucheng was shocked.

“It’s Bin’s fault! He had to get involved with a gangster leader and the other party sent someone to kill him. Tuoye was just trying to save him…”

“Was that how he killed the man accidentally?” Mucheng was in a daze. How could that have happened?

“Tuoye didn’t kill him. Tuoye said that the man fell down the building because he wasn’t standing properly… It’s not Tuoye’s fault but the police refuse to believe what he said and insisted that he’s the murderer…” Aunt Hua cried as she talked to Mucheng.

“Aunt Hua, compose yourself. We’ll find a way to help him since Tuoye is innocent. Dry your tears and don’t worry anymore.” Mucheng coaxed her. But she was dripping in cold sweat and looking very pale herself.

“Mucheng, can you please get your husband to help?” Aunt Hua begged. “He’s a famous lawyer. He will definitely be able to help Tuoye. Can you please do that? Can you please get your husband to help to save my son?”

She was to get Guangxi to help? But…

Mucheng frowned and thought about the cold and awkward relationship they shared. She really wasn’t too sure if he’d help them.

“Take it that I’m begging you to do so!” Aunt Hua thought that Mucheng wasn’t agreeable to it and she begged her desperately. “I know I wasn’t nice to you in the past but I… didn’t mean it at all! I was just worried for my Tuoye. You do know that I’m very nice to Xiaole, don’t you? I’d often give him sweets and toys…”

“I know, Aunt Hua.” Mucheng comforted her. “Don’t worry; I’d get Guangxi to help to get Tuoye out of this. Please dry your tears and calm down.”

“Okay, that’s great.” Aunt Hua was very grateful. “Thank you, Mucheng. I’ll await news from you then.”

***

What was going on 6 years ago?

Was Mucheng really breaking the promise they made when she left him then? Or perhaps there was another reason that she couldn’t tell anyone at all?

Did this reason have anything to do with his mother then?

It was already late at night when Guangxi was still working in his office. He was preparing the documents that he needed in court tomorrow. But he was listless and often ended up thinking about the dazing look that his wife wore on her face.

He always felt that Mucheng had kept something from him 6 years ago. He thought about everything that happened 6 years ago and tried to analyse her journey in life then logically.

The more he thought of it, the more he felt suspicious about it. His wife was never a materialistic woman. If it was like what she claimed; she was tired and wanted a good life, why did she have to end up in Huatian Village and raise Xiaole all on her own then?

Such a woman wouldn’t be afraid of hardships. She was experiencing them all the time!

Guangxi felt his heart ached as he thought about how Mucheng had raised Xiaole solely all these years. It had really been difficult for her…

He regained his composure when someone knocked on his office’s door. He lifted his head and was shocked to see the woman who he missed dearly standing right at the door.

She looked pale and she was wearing a forced smile. She looked at him apologetically, as if she was worried that she had interrupted him.

“Why are you here?”

“I realised that it was late and you weren’t home yet so…” She took a deep breath and raised the container that she was holding in her hand. “I came to give you some supper.”

“Supper?” Guangxi was surprised and he stood up and walk towards his wife. Was this her way of making peace with him?

“Are you hungry? Have you had dinner already?” She asked and stared uncertainly back at him.

“I had dinner. But it was just a sandwich.” He smiled. “What do you have for me?”

“Beef rice.”

Beef rice? He was stunned for a moment.

“Do you want… to have some?” She asked after she spotted his hesitant expression.

He wasn’t hesitant at all. The truth was; this dish of beef rice reminded him of their bittersweet memories, happiness, pain and losses.

“Take a seat.” Guangxi lead Mucheng to the sofa. He opened the container and he immediately picked up the aroma of the beef rice. It reminded him of those past memories. He took a mouthful of it and began to chew gently. Guangxi felt nostalgic.

“Is it nice?” She asked him gently.

His eyes were red and he took a few more mouthfuls before nodding his head.

Mucheng was worked up as she saw him taking in big mouthfuls of the rice. It was a bittersweet feeling and she was choked with emotions.

Guangxi ate very quickly and he ended up choking on his food. She immediately poured him some water and patted his back for him.

He looked at her and mocked.  “This is so embarrassing, right?”

She shook her head.

“But this rice is really delicious.” He praised her.

“It’s great that you like it.” She answered him as she gazed softly at him.

He knew that she had something to say. “Do you have something to say? Shoot then.”

“I… I was thinking…” Mucheng bit onto her lips and her hands clung onto her skirt.

“It’s okay; just say whatever you want to.” He encouraged her gently. He thought that perhaps she wanted to confess to him the reason why she had left him back then.

“I want to ask you for a favour. Can you… please help to defend Tuoye?”

“What?” Guangxi was taken aback. That was nothing close to what he had expected to hear.

“He has been framed by someone!” She explained anxiously. “He didn’t murder anyone but the police refused to believe him. He is innocent!”

He stared back at her. It was after a while when Guangxi replied in a hoarse voice. “That’s the reason why you sent me some beef rice for supper tonight, right?”

She wasn’t trying to make peace with him. She did all of that for Hua Tuoye! Why was he so foolish? He actually thought that she still cared for him because of their past relationship. The truth was, the person who she really cared for wasn’t him; it was Hua Tuoye…

“Guangxi, what is your answer then?” Mucheng asked him cautiously.

Guangxi laughed and stood up with his back facing her. He then gazed out of the window. “Would you leave with Xiaole someday again if I don’t do so?”

“I…” Mucheng was stunned for a moment. She didn’t know why but she felt that her husband’s words and attitude were really cold and that made her heart ached.

“Okay, I promise you that I will help.” He turned around and looked at her. “Don’t worry; I will save the life of the man you love.”

***

The couple’s relationship aggravated ever since Guangxi agreed to defend Tuoye. Even Xiaole couldn’t act as the lubricant between them anymore. Guangxi would always put on a face when he was home. His attitude to Mucheng was just absolutely cold.

Fang Derong couldn’t tolerate what she saw. She decided to speak to her daughter-in-law personally. “Is Guangxi so because he is still upset about what happened 6 years ago? I should have told him that it was actually me who’s the one…”

“It’s not that, Mum.” Mucheng rejected her mother-in-law’s kind offer. “This is a problem between me and Guangxi. We should solve these ourselves. Guangxi isn’t only upset about me for what happened 6 years ago.”

“What is he upset about then? How do you want to resolve this?” Fang Derong was anxious for her son and daughter-in-law. In the past, she would have just closed an eye but now, she really hoped that the couple would understand and appreciate each other well. In that way, they’d be able to walk down the path called Future together.

“It’s okay. You don’t have to worry for us. I will think of a way.” Mucheng comforted her mother-in-law. She sounded confident but she knew that deep inside, she was actually extremely worried too.

Guangxi actually thought that the person she loved was Tuoye. This was a really huge misunderstanding!

The problem was, how was she supposed to explain it to him that it was a misunderstanding? Guangxi was always avoiding her. The only matter he’d discuss with her was Tuoye’s case. Even then, his attitude was cold and business-like. Every time when she tried to get closer to him, she’d be able to feel him moving away from her.

Did he really hate her that much?

Her heart ached when she saw him working late into the night for Tuoye’s case. She’d prepare some supper for him but he’d always leave her kind intentions alone.

She didn’t know what to do. The more one cared for somebody, the more one would be afraid that he’d be cold towards yourself. Her heart was full of wounds now that she didn’t want to add another to it.

Eventually, she could only care for him from a distance. She’d get the maids to send the supper to him. She also got Xiaole to serve him the chicken soup that she specially took time and effort to boil for him.

She could only iron and wash his clothes secretly. She never wanted him to know and be touched about it. She just hoped that by doing so, she would able to take some load off his shoulders. That was her way of supporting him while he worked late into the night.

Two weeks later, Guangxi found the crucial evidence that helped to clear Tuoye’s name. Mucheng was very happy when she learnt of the news.

“Thank you, Guangxi. I knew that you can definitely do it. Thank you!” She thanked him.

Guangxi, on the other hand, was rather emotionless. He paused for a moment before speaking coldly to her. “I’ve already delivered what I promised. It’s now time for you to repay me now.”

“Repay you?” She was stunned for a moment. “What do you want me to do then?”

“I want you to… leave my world from now on.”

“What?!” She was shocked, as though she had been stroke by lightning.  “You mean that…”

“I want a divorce.”

Divorce! He wanted a divorce with her?

Mucheng’s mind went blank and she almost fainted. “Why? Guangxi, why are you asking for…a divorce?”

“Isn’t this what you want?” He replied coldly. “Don’t worry; I won’t threaten to take Xiaole away from you again. I’m sure that Aunt Hua is very grateful to you after this time. She won’t stop you from marrying Hua Tuoye again. I wish you happiness then.”

He actually wished her happiness?

Mucheng’s heart broke.  Her tears flowed. She closed her eyes and her body slumped against the wall.

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