Cao Yang had always been a very patient man with an abundance of perseverance and a strong mind.
So he held his temper all the way to West Xinjiang even though Xia Rou dared to lie to him, trying to pull the wool over his eyes and sneak around.
In that time, Xia Rou had avoided them multiple times and taken phone calls in the corridor. Even before she boarded the plane, her mouth was turned up in a smile as she texted someone. Only when the plane was departing in the very end did she reluctantly turn off her phone.
He had witnessed this kind of unusual Xia Rou without even batting an eye, but recorded her actions in his heart.
Even when the plane landed, Xia Ru didn’t bother with the luggage and chose to turn on her phone and reply to messages instead .
Cao Yang gritted his teeth and… held back. Translated by The Novelst
He opened the luggage compartment above her head and took out her jacket, saying, “Put this on.”
West Xinjiang was much colder than the east. Once they got off the plane, they would be walking through the corridors, but from the plane doors to the staircase there was a covered bridge at about ten meters. The temperature was enough to freeze Xia Rou solid.
“Um, um, right away!” Xia Rou didn’t even raise her head, continuing to type on the phone until she was done. Then she tucked her phone away and stood up to take her jacket.
Cao Yang: “…” Hmph!
Several cars were waiting to pick them up. Cao Yang pushed Xia Rou to Cao An and got into a car with Cao Xiong.
Xia Rou didn’t see him again until dinner.
“You’re done with business now?” she asked. “What about uncle?”
“He can’t get away,” Cao Yang replied.
Xia Rou didn’t take it seriously. Wherever Cao Xiong went, it was always the same. It could be considered pretty fast if she was able to see him the next day.
So she continued to lower head to look at her phone.
Cao Yang’s face was extremely dark.
“Xia Rou!” He knocked the table with his knuckles and reprimanded, “When did you develop this kind of bad habit? Do you think it’s appropriate for you to focus on your phone during our family dinner?”
It was truly inappropriate. It also violated the standard Cao Family etiquette, not even to mention that it was Chinese New Year’s Eve.
Xia Rou stuck out her tongue, sending one last message to Wei Qi:【I got scolded! I need to put my phone away for a while! 】
Wei Qi responded with a laughing tears emoji.
Xia Rou put away her phone but her mouth was still curved, her sweet smile undeniable.
Cao An glanced at Cao Yang’s stormy face and felt that he shouldn’t remain watching Xia Rou dig her own grave. In consideration for their siblinghood, he gave her another chance: “Who are you chatting with? You seem so happy.”
Little girl, your brother can only help you to this point: you better have some self-awareness and confess!
But Xia Rou was still blissfully unaware. She brushed him off, “My classmate.”
Cao Yang: “…”
Cao An: “…”
Cao Bin and Cao Xing couldn’t bear to watch any further and turned their heads away. Xia Rou just stared at her phone screen, laughing at times and smiling at others, her face sweet like honey…
Who was she trying to fool?
After dinner they went to the hot springs. They were surrounded by ice and snow, even a thick layer of snow beside the pool that was steaming hot.
The boxx had prepared a separate pond for the Cao Family. There was a passageway connected to the building. The upper half of the pool was stacked with stone to form a cave, and the other was open-air. They could raise their heads to look at the dark sky full of stars.
Cao Bin and Cao An wrapped themselves in bathrobes and walked from the passageway. Cao Ying and Cao Xing could swim in the winter, so they came straightaway with towels instead of bathrobes.
After entering the pool, Cao Yang asked, “Where’s Xiao Rou?”
“Girls change slower,” guessed Cao An.
Just as he said that, a cotton-like figure came from the passageway.
Xia Rou was bundled in two bathrobes. Da da da, she ran to the poolside and quickly disrobed. With a thump, she jumped into the pool; it generated waves so large that Cao Yang was splashed in the face with hot water.
“Ah~ So warm!” Xia Rou sank in satisfaction into the hot water.
Cao Yang: “…” He wiped his face. Translated by The Novelst
Their holiday was very relaxing this time around.
They didn’t need to handle any business, nor did Xia Rou have any holiday homework. There was nothing more comfortable than soaking their bodies in the hot springs in the snowy night.
Cao Xing had disappeared at some point, unnoticed. Cao An snitched on Cao Xing, saying that he had taken a fancy to a waitress, and left to hit her up.
The remaining three brothers played dice and began to drink.
Cao An was thinking to ask Xia Rou to join them, but he was prevented by Cao Yang.
“What are you doing, having her get used to drinking!” Cao Yang scolded.
Cao An chickened out, mumbling, “Aren’t we celebrating the new year, it doesn’t matter if she has some low-alcohol content drinks…”
All he received in return was a glare from Cao Yang. He immediately went quiet and did not dare speak anymore, instead looking for Cao Bin to have a drinking match.
Proofread by: Hannah
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