Chapter 20 – Live as You Desire
“See, I told you these things were no good!” An Yanming took advantage of the moment to insert himself into the conversation. He said enthusiastically, “An Ji, take a look at the things I gave you. Didn’t you say you wanted to operate a mecha? Then you will have to train. I constructed a work out room for you, and I also hired two fighting coaches for you.”
“What kind of rancid idea is that? How can you teach our son this kind of thing?” Xu Jing’an was not happy. “Have you ever seen an omega learning how to fight? What if he gets injured?”
An Yanming: “If he doesn’t get hurt now, then would you rather he get hurt when he goes on the battlefield?”
“What battlefield?” Xu Jing’an’s eyes widened. “You even want my son to go on the battlefield? Are you crazy?”
“Why would you not go on the battlefield if you have a mecha? That’s Master Qingkong’s mecha, if you don’t use it, it’s a waste of money!”
“I don’t care about your stupid mecha. I finally found my son. I’m not letting you send him out!”
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“Dad~ Mom~!” Seeing that the two were about to quarrel, An Ji quickly smoothed things over, “I like it very much, thank you both.”
His voice was not loud, but he got both of them to be quiet in an instant.
Xi Jing’an’s body froze. Then she showed a bit of shyness and said in a small voice, “It’s fine as long as you like it. I’ll give you more later when I find something good.”
An Ji was about to refuse, but then he saw the expectant look in Xu Jing’an’s eyes and he subconsciously changed his words: “All right.”
In his last life, he had never taken the initiative to ask for things from others, and even if he received help from someone, he would return the favor twice over.
He hadn’t realized that accepting the kindness of someone close to him was also a way of expressing intimacy.
To some extent, refusing parental overtures was tantamount to shutting out his parents’ concerns.
Having received a favorable reply, Xu Jing’an was already beginning to add items into her shopping cart. Without batting an eye, she bought a whole bunch of stuff. Then she suddenly remembered something and said quickly; “By the way, it’s the empress’s birthday banquet tonight. Do you want to come with us?”
In name it was the empress’s birthday banquet, but it was not as simple as that.
In a sense, the imperial family and the aristocrats shared the empire. The founding emperor Li Han went the route of a dictatorship, but just the Li family alone was not able to support such a huge empire.
Behind the imperial family, there were countless aristocratic families with high stakes in the empire. On one hand, they occupied most of the empire’s resources, and on the other hand, they also maintained the imperial family’s dominance over the empire.
The two were closely related and inseparable.
The empress’s birthday banquet was also a diplomatic event for the establishment of diplomatic relations between the empire and the republic. The aristocrats would not pass up such a big event with such high standards.
As for the omegas that were raised deep within the boudoir, they definitely would not miss this opportunity. This was an important occasion for them to make friends and fall in love.
On the other hand, Xu Jing’an was still a bit vain. She had finally found her son and he had grew up so beautifully, so she wanted to take him out and make the other little sisters feel envious.
An Ji didn’t have the slightest interest in this kind of activity, so he wanted to refuse at first, but after some thought, he figured Li Rong would definitely be present for the empress’s birthday.
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He did not have a shy character, so he wasn’t going to wait for other people to pursue him. Since he decided to cultivate a relationship with Li Rong, he must seize every opportunity to act, so he nodded and said yes.
Xu Jing’an was very happy. Right after lunch, she called a stylist and had An Ji cleaned up from his hair to his nails.
After four hours, someone roused the drowsy An Ji and he was finally able to get out of the torture-like pose.
“Wow~!” Looking at the completely changed An Ji in front of him, the assistant could not help exclaiming out loud.
Even the stylist, who was taciturn throughout the whole process, opened his mouth with some admiration: “You are beautiful.”
Seventeen or eighteen years old was just the right age. At this time, he still has the innocence of a teenager, but he also has the elegance of a youth man.
An Ji looked up at himself in the mirror. He had a head of deep, black hair, bright eyes, and white skin like fresh snow. He was dressed in a silk shirt that revealed a small protruding Adam’s apple. This was the stereotypical appearance of an omega: delicate and fragile.
The only difference in him was his eyes. They were sharp and cold, exuding a bit of austerity. It was enough to make all those who coveted him tremble.
This was An Ji after returning to the past from his rebirth.
Fate was unfair to him, life created hardships for him, and despair kept trying to defeat him.
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An Ji cursed, begged, and gave up, but in the end he still gritted his teeth and held on.
In the mirror, he was glamorous and impeccable.
But when he closed his eyes, what appeared in his mind was the image of a young aristocratic boy eating moldy bread while quietly crying. Then he saw the image of a fierce teenager who stabbed a hooligan with a chopstick for assaulting his younger brother. And then he saw the image of a young man lying on an operation table as he self-destructed to take down the people who had betrayed him.
In the past, he was beaten black and blue, but those experiences cast a layer of hard armor over him.
He saw himself traveling through the long passage of time, passing through the vast universe, and walking in front of his former self to say: Persevere and you will eventually be able to live as you desire.