Cao Xing, the third son of the Cao Family, had a huge stature just like a tower.
He may be the third position in the family, but he was the tallest and strongest among the four brothers. No matter what shirt he wore, it would always stretch taut on his body, like his muscles were trying to burst out of the shirt.
He was in one of the special armies, and he won the title of an army king twice before. The rumors said that he even scared a child and made the child cry with just one glare!
An iron-like man like him, nobody would ever imagine that he.. he… he was a plush-con!
Ever since he was young, he was always into all sorts of soft, fuzzy plush toys and all things that looked cute to him!
It was too bad he was born into an army family like the Cao Family. A man like Cao Xiong was unable to tolerate his son acting like a girl obsessed with all plush dolls!
In the end, when he told Xia Rou about his youth, the days when his father secretly threw all his dolls away and used a leather belt to hit him, he was wailing like a ghost and grieved for those plush dolls.
Previously he even raised a poodle and treasured it a lot. But Cao Xiong was able to see right through him and in no time it was taken away with the reason of “only girls would keep this kind of dog.” Cao Xiong brought back a huge wolf dog for him instead!
Cao Xing loved dogs, but his only condition was that it must be furry and must look cute. A wolf dog wasn’t cute at all!
This poor man with the heart of a young woman couldn’t do anything but suppress his nature. Until the day of Xia Rou’s arrival. He was finally saved. In the name of gifting them to Xia Rou, he bought so many plush toys and dolls back home for Xia Rou that her room was totally filled up with them!
Now that Xia Rou recalled it again, she didn’t know whether to laugh or to cry.
She carried the teddy bear and rolled onto her bed. Suddenly all the dim, wonderful memories were flashing through her mind. The gloomy mood that had settled around her finally cracked and her brighter self peeked through.
Compared to her reckless stubbornness in the past, when she felt like a lost sheep with nowhere to go, now Xia Rou felt her heart was very clear and bright.
It turned out that admitting her shortcomings and that she was not as outstanding as the others was not a big deal at all.
She only took one step back, and so many things had already changed compared to her past.
Maybe this wasn’t so bad… Translated by The Novelst
Another day passed, and Butler Zhou finally found the time to accompany Xia Rou back to her apartment and continue to clean up the things there.
As expected, her junior textbooks were all left in the apartment. Xia Rou carefully put the books and notes into a box.
Her brain didn’t function as well as others, her grades were subpar, and she was just an average student in Seventeen Middle School. In this life, she followed the Cao Family’s arrangements and got into Nan Hua High School. She had to put in double the effort to study in high school and university once again.
She got all her stuff packed away into boxes and into the car. As for her mother’s belongings, they were sealed into boxes and kept in the apartment.
The white sheets covered all the furniture and concealed the tracks of the person who had lived there before…
Xia Rou stood paused at the entrance, and couldn’t help herself. She turned around and took another look around.
“Let’s go, Xiao Rou.” Butler Zhou advised her, thinking she felt sad again.
Xia Rou looked at the white hallway, murmuring softly a “mm” and turning away.
The gate was closed, and then it was locked up.
The sunlight gradually turned from the hot white of the afternoon to a faint yellow, the shadows of the furniture lengthening until the night came.
The sun was replaced by the moon, and the dark night reigned over the bright day.
Time never stopped moving, out with the old and in with the new.
At the road, Butler Zhou asked Xia Rou how she wanted the apartment.
“Just leave it…” Xia Rou didn’t really care. “Just lock it up.”
Originally, Butler Zhou was going to advise her to rent out the room, so she could get some passive income. But before he opened his mouth, he realized that surely she would have no financial worries since the commander took her into his house.
Although she was living at the side building for now, it would just be a matter of time until she would move into the main building.
The two rooms of the second floor in the main building were still under construction, and even the hallways were messy, so Xia Rou couldn’t get into the study room. So she stayed in her room to slowly begin revising her junior year’s work.
It had been a long time since she had retained the little knowledge she learned at school. But she knew that studying could not be rushed, so she planned to study a few topics each day, slowly so that she could remember the information. She wasn’t rushing nor feeling frustrated.
Her heart was at peace. Translated by The Novelst
One’s appearance was influenced by one’s emotion. A girl with such a peaceful and quiet heart would project the hazy appearance of someone clean and gentle, looking very beautiful in other people’s eyes.
Even Lady Fang felt comfortable looking at this child.
When Cao Yang came home and asked about Xia Rou’s recent situation, Lady Fang told him of her actions within the last few days, her words subconsciously revealing her feelings about the child.
As they had dinner together, Cao Yang asked Xia Rou: “Why do you stay inside your room?”
Xia Rou told him the truth: “I’m revising my studies.”
Cao Yang laughed, feeling this girl was a little simple-minded. “Don’t worry, you have the whole summer holiday to revise, and your holiday has just started.”
Actually, many schools had just started their breaks. Xia Rou started earlier because she was taking her entrance examination. However, due to Cheng Wan’s passing, she didn’t get to participate in the activities like the graduation ceremony.
Xia Rou replied, “I’m a little slow. If I push everything to the last minute, I won’t be able to memorize it all. So I learn a little each day instead.”
Proofread by: Hannah
Comments: I really liked the setting of how Cao Xing is actually a plush-con, so cuuute!