The Miao family was accustomed to caring for others, this was their family-style. As Miao Yuan left, Miao Jiang gave her a large box full of delicious food. He also gave Chen Mo a large bottle full of beef sauce, saying that when he was hungry at night, he could add it to cook home-cooked noodles to eat, which was more nutritious than just plain instant noodles. Chen Mo looked at the wrinkles on the corners of Miao Jiang’s forehead and his chest felt like it was going to burst due to a surge of overflowing blood. He couldn’t help but feel an inexplicable impulse that made him want to call out Dad at the time. These kinds of tender and lingering things full of care, and the emotions which were like glutinous rice sweets were indeed his Achilles’ heel.
Miao Yuan was sitting in the waiting hall tirelessly sending messages to Miao Jiang: [Dear Dragon King, Big Bird is ready and is about to fly off into the sky, please stay at home and don’t let the wind and rain cover.] 1
1TL: Miao Yuan is saying to her to not worry about her and stay at home with ease.
Chen Mo looked at the silver bird rising and falling outside the window and said “My mother is actually a bad-tempered person.”
Those words made Miao Yuan close her phone in surprise. Chen Mo turned his face to look at Miao Yuan’s wide-open eyes and while his expression was sincere and firm his heart felt empty. He said, “My mother is different from how your family is. She has a bad temper and may not like you. Of course, she also doesn’t like anyone in general either.”
“What do we do then?” Miao Yuan was very anxious.
Chen Mo stretched out his hand to embrace her, and silently spat on himself in his heart. He said, “It’s okay, let me think of something first. Recently, my mother has been very busy at work and is not in a good mood, so let’s wait and pick a better time to meet her. Miao Yuan shook Chen Mo’s hand anxiously while nodding worriedly and asked “What does your mother like? Should I start preparing now?” Chen Mo looked at that serious little face, thinking that he really was a scoundrel.
Talking about other matters, on the other hand, the price of the vacation for Miao Yuan was that she will be busier when she comes back. Miao Yuan’s face was too thin and she lacked the ability to express herself well. She already had a bumpy road in training her little sister 2, and this vacation had exposed all the problems.
2TL/N: Miao Yuan is referring to her junior at work as little sister. This is quite common in China if the person in question is also younger in reference to their birth age
The fact was that she had stayed at home for just four days yet all the new and old customers that had ordered during this period said that the shop had changed chefs. The boss solemnly called Miao Yuan over to chat, “First of all, as an indispensable and excellent employee of this store, your treatment, I will give good and serious consideration to blah blah blah….. However, you too should not let your private life affect your work. Nor must you bring in new people. The overall development of this store is good, and any individual employed here can have a better life…”
Miao Yuan was very aggrieved. Although her salary was raised by a few hundred dollars in compensation, she still felt the same. With her head bowed in front of the pointed finger, she wanted to shrink to the corner to draw circles. Of course, she only thought so in her heart.
Later, Miao Yuan angrily told Chen Mo everything and vented along the line of how her boss was not considerate, and her assistant sister so disobedient. Chen Mo only looked at her and gave a smile, “If you have the time to complain to me, it is better to tell all that to them clearly.”
Upset, Miao Yuan pouted. Chen Mo smoothed her hair out and said “No one is born knowing you and no one is born with the ability to understand you, and no one is born for listening to you. You have to make it so that people know whatever you want to say.” Miao Yuan was so angry that she said “Even you aren’t helping me.”
Chen Mo laughed a bit dumbfounded. “I am just trying to help, aren’t I?”
Then he leaned over to her ear and said with a fierce voice, “Or I’ll just beat them all for you.” Miao Yuan blushed and smiled, very embarrassed, but still very proud. She made a fist and said confidently, “I can clean it up by myself!”
Chen Mo applauded slowly and hard, and Miao Yuan’s face became even more red.
Miao Yuan was walking in the secluded alley while holding mutton skewers in one hand and the other entwined with Chen Mo’s fingers. She suddenly said, “Chen Mo, I think it’s not good if you indulge me like this.” Chen Mo was very surprised while Miao Yuan lowered her head. From that angle, he could only see the soft hair on top of her head.
While laughing softly she continued, “There was a girl in our dormitory so beautiful that her boyfriend spoiled her very much. Back then we all felt very envious at first, but the last time I came home and saw her, I thought this person had such a big temper that was not good at all.”
Chen Mo put his hand on Miao Yuan’s head. The small head fit perfectly in the arc of his palm. Miao Yuan raised her face halfway and looked at him. Her brows were bent into a smile that was like the stars. Chen Mo remembered the time when He Yuedi had asked him.
Why? Why did he like Miao Yuan? What was so special about her?
For what reason?
Recently Chen Mo found that he was asking himself this question quite often, but each time the answer was vague. He had never been one who could live like a philosopher, able to describe everything in his life appropriately. That was not Chen Mo’s style. He was used to more direct and prescriptive plans.
He wants it, so he goes for it. He likes it, and thus just goes for it.
But why? Why her?
There should be many gentle and lovely girls in the world. Very similar to Miao Yuan with such a smile. And there were also those that had a pair of hands flowing with honey. 3
3TL/N: Meaning who had a pair of hands who could make sweets as well as Miao Yuan.
People are actually similar, if you miss someone at a certain crossroad, life will go in another direction, you will fall in love with someone else, and still, live for a lifetime. So what else is so special that it has to be you from now on, and only you and no one else?
Chen Mo felt confused by this and he shook his head to shake away all those fragmented thoughts.
Or it could be that whatever happened, especially after you met me, the time between you and me has made us connected. The good things that have happened, the sadness, and the heartfelt things all are what make you unique to me.
There may be countless girls like Miao Yuan in this world, but they were all blurred strangers to him in the end. Their good sides and bad sides had nothing to do with him, only Miao Yuan was his. The real one who he could touch could hug.
That he could have her so, was what made her look so special.
Phew, that was a long break. Sorry guys June is turning out to be pretty taxing both emotionally and physically. A lot and I mean a lot of things have happened thus far that’s why I couldn’t post.
Anyways, depressing RL aside. There were quite a lot of sudden scene breaks in this chapter. I tried my best to make sense of everything so hopefully, it is readable.
Last but not in the slightest least, the last line. Chen Mo, my dude, for a not-so-scholar-like guy you are plenty philosophical. And dreamy.
All those who say they didn’t swoon, I don’t believe you.