“You called a taxi?” he asked.
Cao Yang glanced at her and asked, “That little kid still doesn’t know our family situation?”
Xia Rou was surprised. Translated by The Novelst
“I haven’t told him yet. I feel that…” she lowered her head a little. “It’s not necessary to tell him right now. It’s still early…”
She thought that even if she was to marry, she would wait until she had graduated from university. That was still a long way off.
A few years would be enough for them to stabilize their feelings. She had already planned her future: she would need to move out of the Cao Family and become independent. Then she would tell him everything.
By that time, the Cao Family would seem to have housed and raised her once she had lost her mother. That way, it would be easier for Wei Qi to accept.
It was unnecessary to tell him, was what Cao Yang thought.
He was only her first love. The simpler their relationship, the more beautiful it would be. It would be best to not let other factors mix with their feelings.
In the future, these would be her first and best memories in life. That’s how it should be for a girl.
She should have beautiful memories of this sort.
The taxi stopped outside of the gates. Cao Yang helped her put on her coat and tucked her hair behind her ears. He said, gently, “Go.”
“Mn!” Xia Rou smiled sweetly before leaving in the taxi.
Cao Yang walked to the window, leaning on the lattice and lighting up a cigarette. His gaze followed the car through the colorful glass windows as he sent her off .
The different colors of the windowpane reflected onto his face, obscuring the expression on it.
The winter holiday was short. In just a blink of an eye, school had started.
Xia Rou and her roommates were discussing the exchange program when the speakers at the door sounded. “Xia Rou of room 427, your family is looking for you. Xia Rou of room 427, your family is looking for you.”
She didn’t expect that after she had rejected Liang Ziheng’s call, he would come to look for her.
But seeing the middle-aged man who was quite handsome, standing beside him, she immediately understood that the reason he was reaching out was what she had guessed.
Xia Hongjun: her biological father. In the end he found out about her.
Xia Hongjun was standing at the entrance of the dorms. When he heard Liang Ziheng call, “Xia Rou,” he turned around to see the girl at the staircase. He knew immediately that she was the right person.
She was really his daughter.
She looked so much like Cheng Wan, and at the same time… looked like him too. This child had received the best of him and Cheng Wan. Her features were much better than theirs.
His guilt burst from his chest like sea waves.
He felt the choice he made that year wasn’t wrong. At least, after he had abandoned Cheng Wan he was able to find success; that alone could prove he made the right choice.
But as he aged, slowly… he came to want a child.
In order to guarantee Lu Jialan’s path in life, his wife was unwilling to give birth to another child. All the company’s equity was in the hands of the Liang Family, and he didn’t dare cheat on his wife.
So Xia Rou… was his only hope.
In the last two years he would sometimes think about her, but he didn’t ever expect to be able to meet her again!
His eyes became wet as his emotions grew.
But the gaze Xia Rou leveled at him was very cold.
She walked down the stairs to meet Liang Ziheng. “What do you need?”
“I called your phone but you didn’t answer so I had no choice but to come look for you,” said Liang Ziheng helplessly. He glanced at Xia Hongjun and tested the waters. “This is my uncle. Do you… does he seem familiar?”
“Xia Rou! You… Do you remember me?” Xia Hongjun was a little excited. “I… I am…”
“You shouldn’t have come to look for me,” said Xia Rou quietly, staring at him. “Since that day you pushed me to my mother, I have nothing to do with you any longer.”
Xia Hongjun was astonished. “You! You recognize me?”
Xia Hongjun remained silent for a moment before answering. “I saw you on registration day.”
He remembered the day he came to send Lu Jialan off for registration. He had vaguely registered the name “Xia Rou,” somewhere. He thought he had heard wrong that day, but it turned out he had heard clearly.
His eyes turned wet. “Xiao Rou, forgive me…”
“You… You could recognize your father with just a glance. That means you’ve really missed me, right?” he sobbed, wiping his eyes.
She had not.
Xia Rou had lied.
In her past life, when she had met him again, they had not recognized each other. The changes brought on during their years of separation were too great, and their memories were getting blurrier by the day.
She was in the company’s corridors when she encountered this handsome, middle-aged man. He was well-dressed with a smile on his face. He asked her where the restroom was, so she brought him on her way there.
Once she came out she saw him smoking outside.
“You seem very familiar. Have we met before?” The man took a few more glances at her and asked curiously.
Actually, Xia Rou also felt a sense of familiarity.
Having a blood relation was actually so miraculous. The ties between them, despite the time and distance, was still not cut off regardless of the abandonment or the mass of bruises that remained.
Just right then, one of her colleagues came out of the restroom and said, “Xia Rou.”
With that one shout, everything came to light.
The man who had abandoned his wife and daughter was reunited with his child that he had abandoned.
Soon afterwards, Xia Hongjun came to find her.
It wasn’t that he wanted to recognize her as his child. His status in the Liang Family was shaky and he did not have the courage to bring back his previous wife’s daughter back home.
He wanted to give her some money behind his wife’s back and wanted to buy her a house to use as a dowry.
Xia Rou’s heart was filled with resentment and she felt wronged, and did not want to accept it. She had her own house. Though it was old, it was still a high-class apartment.
Xia Hongjun was shocked and began to ask her where those assets came from. That was how he discovered the Cao Family was behind her.
In the end, their relationship came to a turning point.
He introduced her to his nephew. The nephew was young, handsome and rich. He treated her well and held her up, and was even willing to marry her.
Hit biological father tried to matchmake and that young man persuaded them both.
In the end, she reconciled with Xia Hongjun and became engaged to Liang Ziheng.
Within those two years, she lowered her head before Cao Yang again and again to beg him.
Half those times were on behalf of Liang Ziheng, and the other half were for Xia Hongjun.
He said that all his assets were in the hands of the Liang Family, so he was in no position to say anything.
Only when he could get out of their control would he be able to back her up.
So he needed her help. Translated by The Novelst
And in the end, she was still tied up by their blood relation, unable to get away.
Proofread by: Hannah
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