No wonder someone like Cheng Wan in her thirties could ensnare a man like Cao Xiong.
To think that he had a child that was unable to be born, Xia Hongjun’s heart was a little regretful. But what was stronger than that was the anxiety of wanting to resolve his current situation.
“I’m a bastard!” He covered his eyes and began to sob. “I’m so sorry to your mother… I… Commander Cao, I know I was wrong. Now I just want to compensate Xiao Rou. I want her to come home with me… I…”
His acting skills could be said to be top-notch. But none of the three people inside the room were touched by his act.
Xia Rou lowered her eyes. Translated by The Novelst
Cao Yang gripped her hands tightly.
Cao Xiong looked coldly at him. He had no intention of giving him any more chances to embarrass Xia Rou.
He interrupted him. “Do you remember what you said to me?”
Xia Hongjun was surprised. He didn’t remember at all what he said in that call he had already forgotten.
But Cao Xiong remembered.
“You said you had already divorced Cheng Wan and paid Xia Rou’s childcare expenses. No matter if it was Cheng Wan or Xia Rou, neither of them have anything to do with you anymore. You asked them not to come and bother you any longer.
“From that day forward, Cheng Wan and Xia Rou… have been living with me. And they indeed have nothing to do with you now.
“Though Xia Rou is not my child, I have raised her for over ten years. She’s no different than my own children.
“Since you abandoned them that year, don’t think of using that little blood relation of yours to take Xiao Rou away now.
“Xiao Rou is already eighteen. She’s not a minor so there’s no need to bother with custody. If you want to engage in a lawsuit with me, that’s fine as well. I can help bring the issue to the Legal Affairs Commission and ask the court to make an exceptional case for you.”
“No, no, no, Commander Cao! You misunderstand me!” Xia Hongjun said in a panic. “I don’t mean to do all that!”
“If you don’t mean to, then even better.” Cao Xiong said, “Xiao Rou has already spoken clearly. She wanted to let you choose but I don’t agree. I have raised her for over ten years. She cannot walk away so simply. She’s already my child, no one can take her away!
“As for you, this is my house. You’re not welcome here. Please leave immediately.”
Cao Xiong had been standing at the top for a long time. The words he spoke were powerful and uncontestable.
Xia Hongjun left the house very awkwardly.
Xia Rou had her eyes lowered. She didn’t want to see his awkward look.
His awkwardness was her embarrassment.
They shared the surname Xia.
Once they were alone again, Cao Xiong looked at Xia Rou and sighed.
He walked closer to pat her head and say softly, “It’s fine now.”
After a moment he spoke again. “You’re a good child.”
Xia Rou looked down and suppressed tears. “Mn.”
Cao Xiong looked Cao Yang in the eye and Cao Yang nodded in understanding. Cao Xiong turned away and left the hall, leaving Cao Yang to comfort Xia Rou.
He walked to the entrance and took two steps up the stairs before turning around and taking another glance.
Cao Yang was hugging Xia Rou.
Xia Rou grabbed his shirt and buried her head in his shoulder. Her teeth were gritted as she wept silently.
Though she had experienced two lives already and could perform strongly and calmly in these kinds of situations… Cutting apart their blood relation was in the end still a very painful thing to experience.
She could hold her breath and not let any sound out, but her body still shook.
Cao Yang’s heart ached as he watched. He held her tightly in his arms and even kissed the top of her head and murmured comfort into her ears.
In the bright sunlight, Cao Xiong was watching the two and squinted.
This was the first time he noticed that Cao Yang’s embrace of Xia Rou… didn’t it seem too tight?
He looked at them for a while and turned to leave wordlessly.
That night, Xia Rou did not come down for dinner. Cao Yang took her meal up.
After dinner, Cao Yang was called into Cao Xiong’s study.
“I’ll leave this matter to you. Make sure that person doesn’t come to bother us again,” Cao Xiong said.
“You can be rest assured,” responded Cao Yang.
Even if Cao Xiong had not said anything, he was also reluctant to let Xia Hongjun harass Xia Rou any longer. Xia Rou had her own house and family now. She did not need another person named Xia to give her another home.
And the plan he had in mind… even Xia Rou could see through.
When Cao Yang was going to leave, his father suddenly called out, “Yang Yang…”
Cao Yang turned his head.
Cao Xiong looked at him in silence, took a drag of his cigarette, and said, “Nothing. You can go.”
Cao Yang nodded and left.
He went down to the second floor, wanting to see Xia Rou again.
He went to knock, but the door was open. He had forgotten to shut the door when he delivered the food.
He heard her voice inside the room. Cao Yang didn’t knock on the door but pushed it softly open.
Xia Rou sat on her sofa, facing the wall and speaking on the phone…
“When are you coming back?”
“Mm, nothing…” Translated by The Novelst
“I just missed you…”
“I wanted to talk with you…”
Cao Yang remembered suddenly that Xia Rou had told him yesterday that her boyfriend was on a business trip and returning in a week.
In this kind of mood she probably missed that little kid and hoped he would be able to stay by her side…
Cao Yang gripped the handle of the door, his heart feeling suffocated.
It was so hard to breathe.
Proofread by: Hannah
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