Chapter 15.6 – Bellflower in Full Bloom
After two years of doing this, Xue Zi Xuan got “nuan nan*” this term of address.
[*T/N: 暖男 nuan nan – a man who is family-orientated, a man who is considerate and protective]
At first, some people were saying that he was only doing this for show, that he was only trying to whitewash his image and the image of the Xue conglomeration. But with more than seven hundred days of persistence, every morning and evening, those mocking voices gradually disappeared, replaced by sympathy and touched voices.
Xue Zi Xuan didn’t say anything explicit in his tweets, but the hidden love between the lines was enough to make people sad.
When other people called him a disgusting homosexual, he could turn a deaf ear to it, but if they wanted to attack the teenager, then they would immediately receive a warning letter from his lawyer.
At the beginning of the murder case, the Xue conglomeration was indeed affected negatively. But now, Xue Zi Xuan has become an unshakeable existence like a giant. Even Xue Yan, the patriarch of the Xue family, often lamented that the young would be redoubtable in the years to come*. Therefore, no one dared to confront Xue Zi Xuan, and those Internet trolls and homophobes had long since disappeared.
[*T/N: “the young will be redoubtable in the years to come” – is a Chinese idiom meaning the younger generation will surpass the older generation in time.]
“I didn’t eat breakfast at all today. You woke up at 7:30, whereas I finished my work at 7:30. I was just sleeping up until now.” Zhou Yun Sheng stared at the picture of Xue Zi Xuan’s lunch and drooled. “There are no fried green peppers in England. I’m so hungry. I also slept through lunch. Merry Christmas Eve. But I’m afraid it’s too late to say this now. It should already be Christmas at your place.”
Zhou Yun Sheng turned off the computer and let out a long and deep sigh. Everyone said that during the holidays was when people got the most homesick. This was true. Zhou Yun Sheng was suddenly missing that ice-cold Xue manor.
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After a while, his phone sounded. His date had just texted him the meeting place for their date. Only then did Zhou Yun Sheng worked up the energy to go out. He had bought a few villas and a vast manor house, but in the end he still liked to live in a two-hundred-square-meter duplex apartment in downtown London.
The larger the house was the more empty his heart felt. He didn’t want to hear his own voice echo back at him when he was talking to himself. The feeling of loneliness in those moments made him particularly uncomfortable.
Zhou Yun Sheng parked his car in the nearest parking lot, and then he slowly walked towards the restaurant at the corner of the street. The scent of food and wine wafted in the restaurant, and guests gathered to celebrate the festival, sometimes chatting, sometimes whispering, and sometimes laughing. A waiter greeted him and asked him if he had a reservation.
“I’m meeting someone here.” Zhou Yun Sheng took off his thick scarf.
Without waiting for the waiter to speak, a white young man sitting alone raised his hand to greet him: “Chen?”
“That’s me.” Zhou Yun Sheng walked over with a smile, and looked at the other person who was tall, handsome, well dressed, polite, and witty. He was consistent with his image on the Internet.
The date was very pleasant, at least for Zhou Yun Sheng, who had never made friends. When he left the restaurant, he was thinking about whether or not to develop their relationship further.
Suddenly a motorcycle gang drove over from around the corner and started to say threatening things.
Before Zhou Yun Sheng could react, the white youth quickly rushed across the street. He pressed his back against the wall and raised his hands above his head to show that he was not threatening.
Zhou Yun Sheng, who was left alone in the middle of the road, was surrounded by the motorcycle gang, and the exhaust fumes from their motorcycles made him cough rapidly.
A few punches could solve the problem, but Zhou Yun Sheng was too lazy to move today. He took out his wallet and threw hundreds of large bills into the air. While the motorcycle gang and other pedestrians were fighting over the money, he took that chance to leave.
The white youth was stunned for a moment, and then he hurried to catch up to apologize: “Chen, I’m sorry about just now, I shouldn’t have left you…”
“You don’t have to apologize. There is an old saying in China: gentlemen do not lay down dangerous walls. When encountering danger, everyone’s subconscious action is to protect themselves. If it were me, I would do the same, too.” When he said this, his expression became distracted.
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That’s right, everyone would subconsciously protect themselves, but Xue Zi Xuan would not. He always put Zhou Yun Sheng’s safety first.
He remembered once when he was crossing the road he was too engrossed in playing with his psp, his eyes were glued to the screen, and he forgot to pay attention to the road. He was almost hit by a speeding vehicle. It was Xue Zi Xuan who had pulled him back and hugged him tightly in his arms, putting his own back towards the direction of the vehicle, so that even if they were hit, it would be Xue Zi Xuan who would suffer the most damage.
In the split second of a life or death matter, human behavior was not controlled by the brain. The choices they made were often the deepest obsession in their hearts. And Xue Zi Xuan’s obsession was to protect him, right?
It wasn’t until this moment, did Zhou Yun Sheng come to this enlightenment.