“She’s a smart girl. At her age, she should be focusing on her studies. Leaving the house and allowing her to live on her own for a period of time will help her become more independent. For you and for her, it’s not a bad thing.”
“It’s just one year. When she gets back, she will be twenty.”
“Give her some time. She’s still… a little confused about her feelings. Let her think it over.”
“You’ve pushed her too far,” Cao Xiong said in dissatisfaction.
Cao Yang left Cao Xiong’s study with a mouthful of blood.
The entire night he thought of Xia Rou’s slim waist that curved in like a rainbow bridge, his body burning with flame so much so that he couldn’t sleep.
He checked her flight and called her phone at four in the morning. Just as he expected, her phone was turned on.
“Cao Yang…” It was quiet on the other end.
Little girl! Translated by The Novelst
“You’ve arrived?” Cao Yang grit his teeth.
“Mn. I’ve arrived. The school sent a bus to pick us up. We’re on the road now,” she answered. “I’ve already sent a message to uncle that I arrived safely. It’s afternoon here now.”
She sounded tired, and she was also on a bus, so it wasn’t convenient for her to talk. Cao Yang didn’t say much, only resentfully letting out, “Give me a call once you’re settled in.”
Xia Rou let out a “Mn…”
Cao Yang was so infuriated he couldn’t sleep.
The entire time he had known her there had been only two times she had acted so boldly. The first was during her high school graduation, when she had vainly attempted to move out of the house. Luckily he had immediately realized and had been able to nip her plan in the bud.
This time, she had gone behind his back to his father for help instead. And she had gone out of the country!
He was most angry about this. If she was still in the country, no matter where she was, he would definitely be able to drag her back home!
But his occupation and status were sensitive. Except for public errands, it was nearly impossible for him to leave the country on personal matters.
It never rained without pouring. When Xia Rou acted, she ran to a place his hands could not reach.
She had grown much bolder!
Xia Rou called him after a day.
“There’s so much to do, getting registered, moving into the dorms, arranging my classes, touring the school…” she said. “This is my new number.”
Her tone was calm, like she was simply speaking about things that happened at school, like she was still in the same country and city as him. She even seemed a little more relaxed after getting away from his control.
Cao Yang then remembered that Cao Xiong said, “You’ve pushed her too far.”
Had he really forced it to this point? To the extent that she had to escape out of the country?
Initially he had accumulated anger over the last few days, but it dispersed all of a sudden. He rubbed his forehead and let out a sigh.
“Rou Rou…” his voice was soft. “Did I overdo it?”
Xia Rou replied with silence, which meant that she agreed tacitly.
Cao Yang then also went quiet.
He knew that he had forcefully intervened during her sweetest times on her first relationship, and that it would definitely do some damage to her. But he had not imagined that she would get so hurt, much deeper than he expected.
He thought an immature first relationship wouldn’t be able to be maintained for long even without his interference.
He also knew that when he became forceful, Xia Rou… would be unable to reject him.
He remembered that night, her fingers trembled as she pulled the straps on her shoulders down softly. During the pain, her fingernails had carved crescents into his flesh.
Her jade white toes had gripped the bedsheet tightly…
Suddenly he felt discomfort in his heart.
“That day… why did you give it to me?” he asked.
He couldn’t understand what she was thinking any longer. If she was unwilling, why had she knocked on his door?
Xia Rou remained silent for a while before saying, “I don’t have anything else… that I can give to you…”
It was like a big hammer struck his chest. He felt pain, immediately understanding her words.
Everything Xia Rou possessed, including the assets she had inherited from her mother were ultimately from the Cao Family.
The only thing she had that truly belonged to her was her own being.
“Repaying a debt of gratitude,” these few words bloodily appeared in Cao Yang’s mind.
This… silly girl! Silly girl!
When Cao Xiong had said he had pushed her too far, he hadn’t been convinced. But now he finally understood that his father held a wider view.
And he, who had been arrogant the whole time in the scene itself had been so opinionated!
Cao Yang took a few deep breaths to suppress the frustration inside his heart.
“Xiao Rou… You…” he asked with difficulty. “Do you still like Wei Qi?”
Xia Rou became silent once again.
She remained silent for so long that Cao Yang nearly believed it was tacit agreement once more before she spoke up.
She said: “Not Wei Qi, not him…”
Xia Rou cried. Translated by The Novelst
“I’ve done something stupid again, haven’t I? I’ve made a mess again…”
The soft sounds of her crying made Cao Yang sad.
“It’s not you…” he sighed. “It’s me.”
“Rou Rou, don’t cry…”
Once they ended the call, Cao Yang stood before the window and smoked, thinking back to the words Xia Rou had said.
She said, it’s not Wei Qi, it’s not him…
Then who was it?
Proofread by: Hannah
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