Chapter 38: New Year
As the new year approached, every tenant seemed to be very happy. The building was filled with joy.
As Luo Bei was cleaning up the garbage, she noticed that the corridor was much cleaner than usual. Most of the tenants had already bought tickets to go home and had gone back to reunite with their families. Coincidentally, in the last few days, only Chen Lan, Fang Jingzhou, Zhao Pianpian, and Jiang Sihan were left.
Now that Baby Chen was sleeping soundly, Zhao Pianpian had the time to help Grandma Luo make dumplings.
Grandma Luo asked with concern, “Everyone else has gone back to celebrate the new year. Don’t you have any family?”
Their relationship was already very good. There were some problems that they didn’t need to avoid.
Zhao Pianpian smiled and said, “I do, but, but they’re just relatives and can’t be considered family.”
“My father passed away a long time ago, and my grandparents thought that it was my mother who had killed their son, and they had always treated my mother badly. As for me, because I was a girl, I was not welcomed. Later on, my mother led me to live alone. She no longer had any relations with my father’s relatives. My mother didn’t have many relatives, but they weren’t close, and now w that my mother isn’t around anymore, those relationships have completely ended.”
Grandma Luo sighed. “When I was a little girl, I wasn’t valued by my family. It was only after I married Beibei’s grandfather that I had a good time. My old man didn’t have any good points, but he really liked Beibei. This bad habit of favoring men over women shouldn’t be allowed. Who wasn’t birthed by a woman?”
“I can tell that Beibei grew up in a very good environment. Although she is very smart, she hasn’t lost her kindness, that’s a virtue that’s hard to come by.”
“Some people are kind-hearted, but they are too naive, and other people are too shrewd without compassion.”
Grandma Luo was very proud when she heard this. After all, her granddaughter had grown up with her. If others said that Beibei was good, wasn’t it the same as praising her method of education?
Zhao Pianpian said dejectedly, “I don’t know if I can teach my child well. When I take my baby out to play, the other families are all a complete household of three. It makes me wonder if I’m being too selfish. Is it really alright for me to give birth to him and not give him a complete family with a father?”
Grandma Luo comforted her. “It’s not an easy task to have a child. Some people say that the most painful part is giving birth, but I don’t think so. The hardest past is the coming decades. You have to educate your child, keep them healthy, and pave the way for their success. Any one of these things is more difficult than giving birth.”
“You decided to give birth to your child, there’s no point in worrying about it now. You should just try your best to give a loving environment. It’s not your fault that he doesn’t have a father, so you don’t need to blame yourself for it.”
After hearing Grandma Luo’s words, Zhao Pianpian felt much better.
Luo Bei was really helpless.
Zhao Pianpian was clearly the female lead, so why was a passerby like her running into Lei Yuhao so often?
Before she grew close toZhao Pianpian, Luo Bei felt that Lei Yuhao was not bad; he was handsome and rich. But it was different now. She was Zhao Pianpian’s friend now, so naturally Lei Yuhao was anything but pleasing to her eyes.
Jiang Sihan didn’t understand why Luo Bei had suddenly sneered.
He was a little afraid.
Yesterday, Brother Liu had taken him to an audition and he was interviewed for the role of the secondary male lead in an online drama. A portion of his salary would be wired to him soon after, and to other people, it was crumbs, but a large sum for Jiang Shiang who had struggled in poverty for a long time. He first thought of treating Luo Bei to a meal.
“Beibei, what’s wrong?”Jiang Sihan whispered.
Now that they were closer, he called her Beibei like Zhao Pianpian..
Luo Bei tilted her head and looked ahead, squeezing the spoon in her hand…
Jiang Sihan followed her gaze and looked over. It was a pretty woman and a handsome man. The woman held the man’s hand and walked into the restaurant with a smile on her face.
“Your ex-boyfriend?”Jiang Sihan asked again.
Lou Bei shook her head. “No.”
Jiang Sihan let out a sigh of relief. He didn’t want to start anything in public, but if Luo Bei had a conflict with another, he couldn’t sit and watch.
Luo Bei recalled the plot. Although Lei Yuhao was in a state of self-abuse for the two odd years after Zhao Pianpian left him, the plot wasn’t written in detail. During this time period, did he have any other lovers?
Before Zhao Pianpian left, Lei Yuhao would be on the headlines with female celebrities every three to five days. Could it be that after she left, he had really cleaned himself up?
Luo Bei wasn’t sure either. However, before this, she had thought that since he was a male lead, he wouldn’t play the game of separating sex and love after knowing his feelings for the female lead, right?
That would be too disgusting.
“Then does he owe you money?”Jiang Sihan probed.
Jiang Sihan: Then why are you glaring at him like he killed your father?
After eating, Luo Bei’s mood calmed down. What she sees on the surface might not necessarily be the truth. She saw the woman holding Lei Yuhao’s hand and he didn’t refuse, but that doesn’t prove that they were in a relationship, no? Wasn’t this a common misunderstanding in novels?
However, before leaving the restaurant, seeing that Lei Yuhao was at his table, Lou Bei could help but glare at him despite herself.
It didn’t matter if they were together or not, if he let another woman hold his hand, then he was a pig trotter!
Jiang Sihan thought this matter had nothing to do with him, but when they walked out of the restaurant, Luo Bei asked him a question that struck straight into his soul. “Can men really love someone in your heart but turn around to hold another? Won’t you develop split personalities?”
“I’ve never been in love, so I wouldn’t know.” Jiang Sihan honestly admitted that although he had written many love songs before, he didn’t have the experience.
However, Lou Bei did not let him go. “But you’re a man, right? Don’t you understand a man’s mentality?”
“This kind of thing has nothing to do with men or women.” Jiang Sihan tried his best to explain, “This is related to a person’s character and not their gender. Aren’t there also women who look at the pot while eating from the bowl?”
“I just realized something about men. You guys love to make excuses.”
Luo Bei couldn’t help but feel angry. Zhao Pianpian was in so much pain after giving birth to her baby. After the baby was born, she would sometimes stay up all night long to take care of her baby. What was Lei Yuhao doing?
Jiang Sihan: “…No, I don’t.”
Luo Bei came back to her senses after taking a few steps. She turned to Jiang Sihan who was still in a daze and said, “I’m sorry, I’m not in a good mood. I didn’t mean to hurt you.”
Since Lei Yuhao was destined to be Zhao Pianpian’s husband and Zhao Pianpian wasn’t someone who could be bullied by others, it meant that this person had some merit.
In the plot of the novel, the three of them were indeed very happy.
In that case, as a bystander, she shouldn’t have denied the male lead because of this.
Jiang Sihan sighed. “I’m still hurt mentally.”
“Then how do I make it up to you?”Luo Bei was amused by him.
Jiang Sihan pointed at the stall in front of him. “Buy me a bag of sugar hawthorn.”
When Luo Bei returned, she happened to meet Chen Lan, who was dressed as a flower.
Chen Lan had been in a good mood recently, and everyone knew.
Jiang Sihan didn’t want to bother with her and went downstairs to the basement. Chen Lan glanced at him and couldn’t help but ask, “Luo Bei, are you dating Xiaojiang?”
“No.” Luo Bei shook her head, but she wasn’t sure either. Jiang Sihan would occasionally ask her out for dinner and chat with her on WeChat. Their relationship was much better than before, but no one took that step first. Luo Bei would also in a state of conflict. Sometimes, she felt that Jiang Sihan liked her a little, but sometimes, she felt that she was just a good friend.
Frankly speaking, she was quite annoyed.
Jiang Sihan had already confirmed that he was going to appear in the online drama. He would move out once he became popular. By then, their relationship would become more and more estranged.
Luo Bei wasn’t sure if she liked Jiang Sihan, and Jiang Sihan also didn’t say anything, so she could only get along like this.
She hadn’t been in a relationship for too long, so she couldn’t tell if Jiang Sihan liked her or if she was interested in him.
Chen Lan smiled and said, “Actually, Xiaojiang is pretty good. He’s handsome and tall. Although he’s a little thin, his figure is still fine. He’s just poor. He’s still living in the basement at such an age. He doesn’t have any prospects. Of course, you don’t lack money either, Luo Bei. This building will be yours in the future. You won’t have a hard time in the future even if you marry Xiaojiang.”
Luo Bei: “…No, we’re just good friends.”
Chen Lan waved her hand. “There’s no friendship between men and women. Alright, let’s not talk about this anymore. My boyfriend wants to take me to his house for the new year. What gift do you think I should buy?”
“It should be fruit and tea. If the man’s mother isn’t too old, you can give her a set of skincare products.”
Chen Lan nodded and said, “Luo Bei, you and your grandma seem to be quite fond of Jingzhou. If it’s not too much, can yout take him in for the New Year’s? Of course, not for free though, I’ll pay you.”
“I originally wanted to send him back to my hometown, but it’s almost New Year. I can’t buy a train ticket, and the plane tickets are too expensive. My mom hasn’t been feeling well recently, so I can only wait a few more months.”
Luo Bei didn’t mind having Fang Jingzhou for the new year. This way, the family would be a little more lively, but…
“Chen Lan, I’ve been thinking. Since your boyfriend wants to take you home for the New Year, he’s serious about you. He probably plans to marry you.”
“That’s right. A few days ago, he was asking me what brand of diamond ring I would like. He probably wants to propose to me.” Chen Lan’s face was filled with love and joy.
Luo Bei knew what she was about to say next wasn’t going to be well-received. .”This man is sincere to you, and you also want to marry him. Then I think you should be more honest. After all, Jingzhou is already five years old. You can’t just erase the existence of a child. If one day, the man finds out that you lied to him…”
Chen Lan interrupted her impatiently. “If I told him that I had a child, he wouldn’t want to marry me or be sincere to me.”