Chapter 57 – Do You Like Pei Ruo Wei?
Duan Shu Tong laughed, “You said those words in anger, your uncle won’t take it to heart.”
Xi Yu was a little anxious when he heard these words. “It’s not that Uncle remembers my words and is holding a grudge, but the reason that he’s not getting married is because of me. I heard that before he would often have Assistant Cen send flowers to that Miss Pei, but he never took the initiative to talk to Miss Pei. I’m thinking, does he like Miss Pei a lot, but because of me, he plans to give up on her?”
Duan Shu Tong was not stupid. He figured out Xi Yu’s intentions almost immediately. “You want me to help your uncle pursue Miss Pei? Why me? I used to be love rivals with your uncle.”
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“But I can see that you don’t like her anymore. As for my uncle,” Xi Yu sighed, “He’s been sullen and silent, and no one knows what he is thinking. You used to change girlfriends a lot. You must know something about pursuing people. So please help think of some ideas.”
Duan Shu Tong subconsciously refuted, “But… Miss Pei is pregnant. It’s not appropriate to talk about romance right now.”
Xi Yu: “…Whose [baby is it]?”
Xi Yu said decisively, “That’s no good then.”
At first, Xi Yu thought that as long as it was someone that his uncle liked, then it would be fine, but now it seemed like he has to plan more. His uncle already has to work so hard. He wanted to find someone who could take care of him, not someone who needed to be taken care of.
Duan Shu Tong: “…”
Although he felt a little sorry towards Xi Duan, the knot in his chest seemed to have loosened.
Anyway, he didn’t want to get involved in emotional matters. No matter how Xi Duan and Pei Ruo Wei’s relationship developed in the future, he wouldn’t interfere.
After leaving Xi Yu’s room, Duan Shu Tong straightened out his thoughts. According to what Xi Yu said, the reason that Xi Duan did not pursue Pei Ruo Wei actively and enthusiastically was for the sake of his nephew’s emotions. Instead, when he couldn’t suppress his emotions, he would have Cen Ning send a bouquet of flowers?
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There didn’t seem to be anything wrong with this speculation, but it still felt a bit off somehow.
According to Xi Duan’s temperament, if he chose to give up on his romantic pursuits, he would be firm and unswerving. He would not be in a state of “seeming neither close nor distant.”
Forget it. Don’t think about it.
Anyway, Xi Duan must have some feelings for Pei Ruo Wei, because in the book he died alone because of her.
Duan Shu Tong went downstairs to get some water and found that there was movement in the kitchen, but the lights were not turned on.
There was a tall shadow standing in front of the counter and the continuous sound of water flowing.
Duan Shu Tong recognized Xi Duan and reached out to turn on the lights.
He saw Xi Duan holding the kettle and pouring water into a cup. The cup was full, but Xi Duan didn’t seem to realize that, so he continued to add water.
The water flowed along the table to the floor and almost soaked the man’s slippers.
Fortunately it was not boiling water; otherwise he would have burned off a layer of skin!
Duan Shu Tong couldn’t be bothered to care about the water on the floor at the moment. He immediately stepped forward and grabbed the man’s wrist to stop him. He took the kettle from Xi Duan’s hand, put it away, and poured out some of the water from the overflowing cup. Xi Duan’s gaze was vacant.
Duan Shu Tong told him, “The cup is full now. Drink some.”
“Yes, drink water.” Xi Duan mechanically picked up the cup fo water and chugged it down in big gulps. It was quite different from his usual serious image of a veteran cadre.
Duan Shu Tong suddenly felt that Xi Duan was a bit cute, so he couldn’t help laughing.
“You’re laughing.” After drinking the water, Xi Duan turned to look at him, as if wondering why the young man was laughing.
Duan Shu Tong immediately wiped the expression from his face, “No, I wasn’t.”
The man’s slightly drunk eyes fixed on him for a few seconds, and then he nodded, “Stopped laughing.”
The drunk Xi Duan inexplicably poked at Duan Shu Tong’s meng* spot. Duan Shu Tong thought it was kind of fun. His heart thudded, and he couldn’t help but lean close to the man’s ear and asked with a soft laugh, “Do you like Pei Ruo Wei?”
[*T/N: 萌 meng – loanword from the Japanese “moe,” meaning DST finds XD cute like this]
Duan Shu Tong slowed each word, “Pei, Ruo, Wei.”
The man turned his head abruptly. The tip of his nose almost pressed against the young man’s cheek. His black eyes were deep and quiet, and he shook his head gently at the young man’s somewhat helpless gaze.
Duan Shu Tong was stunned. A secret joy suddenly rose in his heart, but was suppressed by reason.
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Xi Duan was drunk. Could his drunken words be taken seriously? Duan Shu Tong wasn’t sure.
“How about you go upstairs and rest.” The young man took a few steps back, putting some distance between him and Xi Duan.
Xi Duan’s eyes tracked his movements, and when he saw that the young man was getting farther away from him, his brows furrowed slightly. His grievance was looming, and even the little mole at the end of his eyebrows showed a bit of melancholy, but he was still docile and obedient, “Yes, rest.”
Immediately after closing his eyes, he fell straight forward.
Duan Shu Tong’s heart jumped. He hurriedly reached out to catch him. The man’s weight caused him to stagger and his lower back hit the edge of the counter, making him to groan in pain.
Xi Duan opened his eyes suddenly and straightened his body again, “Hurt?”
Rubbing his waist, Duan Shu Tong shook his head to indicate that it was all right, and gently grabbed the man’s wrist, “Let’s go, upstairs.”
Xi Duan nodded and blindly followed behind Duan Shu Tong.