Xia Rou woke up suddenly.
They had arrived home. The car was parked outside the gate and Cao Yang was bent down, trying to lift her from the passenger seat.
Xia Rou struggled slightly and said, “Big brother.”
“You’re awake?” He put her down and pushed her softly.
“Get in the house, you’re sweating,” he said. Translated by The Novelst
Xia Rou felt her legs wobble a little, feeling weak.
Cao Yang shut the door behind her and touched her neck. “Mn, your fever has gone down a little.”
Xia Rou felt that spot on her neck was hot and turned her head away.
Cao Yang hesitated and then pulled her arms again. “Go and change your clothes. You sweated a lot.”
It was nearly afternoon. The fourth young master of the Cao Family who had played all night was finally awake and looking for food. He was in his pajamas, yawning.
He greeted them on the stairs. “You’re back.” There was even gunk at the corner of his eye.
Cao Yang couldn’t stand this pathetic sight in front of him and scolded, “Can’t you wash your face before coming down!”
Cao An mumbled, “Let me eat first, I’m so hungry…”
Cao An walked quickly down the stairs and turned back for a glance. He saw Xia Rou, head lowered, allowing herself to be pulled by the hand around the corner of the stairs.
What had this little girl done now? Judging by his brother’s expression, he looked like he was going to lose his tempter again.
Sigh. She better coax him properly and not bring him into it!
But Xia Rou didn’t act like she usually did by acting cute to Cao YAng, instead turning stubborn.
As soon as she entered her room, she broke his grip on her hand. He was caught off guard and let her go.
He turned his head to her.
She was at the door, not wanting to move a step. She was looking down at the carpet.
He furrowed his brows.
“Go change first. Your collar is damp,” he said softly.
She didn’t move.
Cao Yang was helpless.
He threw the bag to the floor and hugged her, kissing her forehead.
“Xiao Rou…” He called her name softly, but he didn’t continue to speak, simply letting out a sigh.
That sigh sounded like her brother. Xia Rou’s tears then fell drop by drop.
She shivered in his embrace, sobbing as she blamed him. “How could you… How could you do this to me…”
Cao Yang sighed and asked, “What do you mean?”
“I thought… I thought…” Xia Rou choked on a sob, “You took me as your real sister…”
“You were wrong,” Cao Yang said. “Last time you were young, so I held back.”
Xia Rou raised her head, “Then why didn’t you…” why didn’t you continue to hold back?
Just like a big brother, forever holding back, hiding it from her and not letting her know.
Just let her live inside a sweet dream where they were close like brother and sister, never waking up. That way, she could live happily ever after.
“I can’t hold back anymore,” he said.
He touched her face, thumb rubbing her cheeks and then her lips.
He lowered his head and stared at her. “Xia Rou, you and Wei Qi… have you slept together already?”
Xia Rou’s face turned red and she glared angrily at him.
Cao Yang then immediately understood.
“If no, then that’s good.” He pinched her chin.
“I also thought I could hold back, and I also thought of looking at you only as my sister. But thinking of someone doing that to you…” He lowered his head and kissed her lips.
He looked into her eyes and said, “I can’t hold back any longer!”
He locked onto her lips and held her head in place.
Compared to yesterday’s hastiness, he savoured this time slowly.
He big softly, sucked, licked. Those thoughts he had suppressed for a long time began to boil up.
Xia Rou struggled a little but couldn’t fight the strength in his arms. She took a few steps backwards but was pushed to the door instead as the kiss deepened.
His strong arms held her and he stuck so close to her that she could notice the changes on his body.
It was her first time facing the tempestuous desire that belonged to Cao Yang as a man.
She clenched her teeth tightly to keep Cao Yang from entering deeper but Cao Yang still managed to wiggle it in.
Xia Rou had no other choice, biting strongly on Cao Yang’s lips. Feeling the pain, he released her.
Xia Rou cried, “You told me before that no one could treat me carelessly. You’re the one who said that…”
Cao Yang was stunned.
“I never treated you carelessly,” he said regretfully.
“Xiao Rou… I like you,” he said, kissing the tears flowing from her eyes.
“Just as uncle… liked my mother?” Xia Rou’s tears continued to fall.
Cao Yang was enlightened.
So this was what her problem was?
“No,” he denied quickly.
“My father liked your mother, but not enough for him to marry her. But of course… after Aunt Cheng passed away, he regretted it. That’s why he brought you to our house and raised you like a daughter. But what is the use of that? Aunt Cheng can’t return,” he said. “Xiao Rou, I don’t want to feel regret like my father did.”
“I want you to stay in this house and never leave this house,” he kissed her again and proposed. “Rou Rou, marry me.”
Xia Rou looked into his eyes and was unable to see through him. Cao Yang wasn’t someone she could see through easily. She had lived two lives yet still couldn’t understand him.
But she could feel that… Cao Yang was serious. He wanted to marry her.
“Impossible!” She rejected him immediately.
“I-I can’t. You should marry someone like Wang Man… She’s good at everything and has a good family background. I… I’m not as good as her…” Tears dripped from her eyes.
“Nonsense,” Cao Yang furrowed his brows. “Who instilled such a mindset in you. What do you think marriage is, a competition? The person who has a better score gets the goal?”
“Xia Rou! I like you and I want to marry you. I don’t want you to be my little sister. Do you understand?” He kissed her cheek and commanded her, “That’s why, from now onwards, don’t take me as your brother anymore.”
Xia Rou’s eyes welled up with tears. Translated by The Novelst
She suddenly understood the difference between him and her.
This man before her was Cao Yang.
He looked at her as a woman.
But she had taken him as her big brother in both lives.
But in this life she was wrong. He was not as she remembered, she thought in despair.
No matter how similar he was, he wasn’t the big brother she knew.
The man that she missed the most was in the other world.
She could no longer return.
Proofread by: Hannah
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