“Every time I see you I get nervous.”
“You always pull a long face… I’m scared…”
“But if I’m not able to see you, I… I feel my heart is empty… and insecure…”
Xia Rou mumbled her words.
What was she talking about? Who was she talking about? Who was pulling the long face?
In this house, even his father, the strictest parent in the family, had never been stingy with his gentle smile when he saw her.
Xia Rou talked and talked until she fell asleep. Translated by The Novelst
He listened to her breath slowly turn calm, and in the end hung up the phone.
After that, Cao Yang would remember back to this moment and confirm that this was the first time Xia Rou began to speak oddly.
At that time, he worried about her insomnia, but didn’t have a clue that the matter was much worse than he thought.
Xia Rou would call Cao Xiong to update him on her life. Her tone would be lively and she would only speak of good happenings.
Cao Yang knew that she didn’t want Cao Xiong to worry, so he didn’t tell anyone else about her situation. In their family only Cao Yang knew that Xia Rou’s condition was not good.
Xia Rou, who had escaped far away from him, would call him in the middle of the night where she was, just to listen to his voice.
“It’s so I can get to sleep easier…” she said.
So in the end, did she like him or not?
Cao Yang didn’t understand. He had never been like this before, feeling suddenly that the mind of a woman was puzzling.
But Xia Rou’s insomnia did not seem to improve. Under that fugue-like state, she would begin to say incomprehensible things in the middle of the night.
There was one time she asked him, “…What was it you wanted to tell me?”
“Who?” he asked. He knew that she was half-asleep, her mind not entirely clear.
“You,” she said.
“That day… the day you got divorced…”
Cao Yang furrowed his brows.
“Rou Rou, I haven’t married anyone.”
Xia Rou immediately quieted.
After some time, she seemed to wake up all of a sudden.
“Oh…” she said. “You’re Cao Yang.”
Of course he was Cao Yang! Who else would he be?
Cao Yang burned with jealousy. But he discreetly noted this important detail: a divorced man!
Cao An was finally eliminated from his suspicion. Very well!
But… When had Xia Rou seen a divorced man? It couldn’t be one of the teachers from school, could it?
Cao Yang arranged for someone to conduct an investigation. At the school, only a few of the male teachers were divorced. But taking a look at their profiles, none of them had the charm or looks to draw Xia Rou.
The clue led to a dead end.
Because Cao Yang missed Xia Rou, he would at times request to video call her, just to have a look at her face.
At first Xia Rou did not agree, but she couldn’t resist for long, finally agreeing. But once she began to become an insomniac, Cao Yang was able to tell that she was losing weight, day by day.
He was ridden with worry, and she began to refuse to video call him.
It annoyed Cao Yang. He told her that if she continued like that he would want her to give up on the student exchange program to return to the country.
Xia Rou promised to take care of herself and regulate her schedule.
But insomnia was known to be the hardest illness to heal.
In order to hide from him and keep him from noticing, she would avoid calling him at night. She would pick times when the sun was still shining, and it was dawn for Cao Yang, lying to him that her condition was slowly recovering.
Cao Yang was deceived until one night, he told her he had just attended a wedding.
“Who’s wedding?” she asked.
“Old Huo’s,” he answered.
Xia Rou seemed surprised before asking, “Brother Yaogang is married to… Wang Man?”
“If not, who else? Of course it’s her,” he said, not caring much about it.
The next day, when the sun was shining high in the sky for Cao Yang, Xia Rou called him.
“Wang Man is married… What are you going to do?” Xia Rou cried softly.
Wang Man was married. What did that have to do with him? Cao Yang found it baffling and helplessly comforted her, “I still have you.”
“But… If you’re together with me…” Xia Rou sobbed, “Then what is he gonna do? What is he gonna do?”
“…Who is he?”
“Big brother, big brother… what to do?”
Cao Yang’s heart relaxed and said, “You and I getting together, what else can we do? Of course we will live happily together.”
“No… You don’t understand…” Xia Rou cried sadly and hung up the phone.
This phone call… had exposed Xia Rou’s lie. Her insomnia had never improved.
Cao Yang began increasingly worried, angrily ordering her to put down her studies to come back home immediately. But Xia Rou refused.
And she began to reject his calls. Translated by The Novelst
One semester passed quickly. Cao Xiong told Cao Yang unhappily that he received notice from Xia Rou saying she would be traveling with her friends for the holiday and didn’t plan to return. Cao Yang realized… Xia Rou’s condition had worsened.
At this time, he realized he needed help.
He told Cao An about Xia Rou’s condition since he was the only person in the family that could freely leave the country.
Cao An was surprised and immediately put down his work to fly to where Xia Rou was.
Proofread by: Hannah
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