Chapter 38 – Move in With Me
Xi Duan was about to leave work when he received Duan Shu Tong’s call.
“Still working?” Duan Shu Tong was leaning against the sofa, watching television, very contented.
“I just got off work, what’s the matter?” Xi Duan’s metallic cold voice made the slightly dry summer night feel somewhat cool and refreshing.
Duan Shu Tong looked down, fiddling with the remote control in his hand, “I need to ask for your advice about something. Are you free? Why don’t you come over to my place if you have time? I heard from Cen-ge* that you didn’t have dinner yet. I just so happened to have made some midnight snacks.”
[*T/N: 哥 ge – “older brother,” here it is used as an honorific attached to Cen Ning’s surname.]
Although the two of them did not communicate much on a day-to-day basis, they could still be regarded as friends.
The people around Xi Suan either respected him or were afraid of him. None of the people in the same generation as him were excessively friendly with him. He had never met someone like Duan Shu Tong, who did not treat him too formally.
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He was silent for a moment. In the end, hunger and sensibility won the upper hand, “Okay, I’ll be there in fifteen minutes.”
He said fifteen minutes, and he really did arrive in fifteen minutes.
Duan Shu Tong had just finished making the noodles, when the bright beam from the car headlights flashed across his window, causing him to squint.
He walked over and opened the front door. The man standing outside the door was wearing a well-ironed shirt. Under the warm light shining out from the living room, his handsome face looked a bit tired.
“It’s not good to eat meat and fish too late at night,” Duan Shu Tong greeted him at the door. “I made some noodles, please put up with [the meager meal] and eat it.”
Xi Duan put on a pair of house slippers and looked at Duan Shu Tong in all seriousness, “Not at all.”
Xi Duan had answered Duan Shu Tong’s standard courteous words in an earnest and serious manner, and it made Duan Shu Tong feel ineffably happy.
Duan Shu Tong smiled all of a sudden. Then he turned around, ran to the kitchen to get the noodles, and presented them with a flourish on the table.
Lying atop the bed of noodles was a poached egg. Red tomatoes and bright green onions decorated the bowl of noodles. The colors were fresh and captivating.
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Xi Duan has suffered through hardships before, so he was not picky about his food, but seeing delicious food would nevertheless make him excited.
Ever since the passing of his elder brother and parents, it became a luxury to be able to eat such a bowl of noodles.
It’s not that he could not afford [to buy a bowl of noodles], but that this kind of friendship was rare.
One person immersed himself in eating noodles, while the other watched television with his cheeks in his hands. Neither of them spoke, but it did not feel awkward at all. Instead, there was a sense of tranquility.
After he finished eating, Xi Duan asked, “What happened?”
Xi Duan picked up the bowl and was about to go to the kitchen to wash it, but Duan Shu Tong immediately stopped him, “Put it down, I’ll wash it.”
Xi Duan rolled up his sleeves, “I’ve washed dishes before. Tell me about your problem.”
Duan Shu Tong didn’t stop him anymore. He stood behind Xi Duan to his left, and his gaze fell aimlessly on his thin forearm. Then he got straight to the point: “Li Xiao has come to pester Pei Ruo Wei several times, what do you think should be done?”
He never considered whether Xi Duan knew Pei Ruo Wei came to Shan Quan County or not. After all, in the original story, Xi Duan knew Pei Ruo Wei’s movements well, and there was no need to think about this issue.
He did not expect Xi Duan to be taken aback by the news. Xi Duan shut the faucet and turned around to ask: “Pei Ruo Wei? She’s here?”
Now it was Duan Shu Tong’s turn to be dumbfounded.
Translations by Vanilla Muse.
Didn’t the book say that Male Lead 3 was deeply affectionate? In the book, Male Lead 3 was the first one to find out about Pei Ruo Wei’s pregnancy, and he gave her a lot of things needed for pregnancy. If “Young Master Duan” had not bumped into her by chance, then “Young Master Duan” would not have known about this entire matter.
“You didn’t know?”
Xi Duan lowered his eyebrows and looked at him. His dark eyes were like spilled ink. “Should I have known?”
His voice was a little deeper than before.
Duan Shu Tong felt that something was wrong, but he couldn’t figure out what was wrong, so he could only tentatively ask: “Too busy at work?”
Xi Duan’s tall figure turned back around. He picked up the pot used to make noodles and continued to scrub.
“Li Xiao pestered her, and then what happened?”
Duan Shu Tong was puzzled, his mind was muddled, and he felt a little lost. His peach blossom eyes followed the sight of the pot to the hands scrubbing at it, and the funny thought of “how could such hands be scrubbing a pot” came to mind.
Seeing Duan Shu Tong in a daze, Xi Duan felt somewhat exasperated, “You came to me for this?”
“Oh, I wanted to ask you if you have any good solutions to this problem.”