Chapter 40: Bloodline
People can not be judged by appearance, and the sea can not be measured.
Luo Bei was taught that once again. This person’s appearance and temperament might have given off a noble and wealthy feeling, however, he really didn’t have any money.
There were two single rooms in the basement. One was rented to Jiang Sihan, while the other room was empty. It was damp and cold, and the rent wasn’t very expensive, so most people would rather spend more money on a place better for their health.
Since he had already ordered the cheapest room, Luo Bei had brought him down to the basement. Although it was spring already, the temperature was still not high. The moment she opened the door, she felt the temperature had dropped by a few degrees.
She led him in. There was naturally no sunlight in the basement, but there was at least a window that allowed for ventilation.
” It’s a single room. It’s not big either. There’s a kitchen and a bathroom. You don’t have to worry about having any place to sun dry your clothes. When the weather is good, you can use the rooftop.”
The man turned to look at Lou Bei,
” There’s still the Internet. I heard that the Internet in the slums costs 50 yuan a month, right?”
“Okay, I’ll rent it. This room doesn’t have any furniture or appliances. It should be charged one for one payment, right?”
The contract was signed rather quickly. From seeing this man to signing the contract, it took about half an hour.
After signing, he made a request that wasn’t unreasonable.” Miss Luo, it’s like this. I’m going to stay here today, but there’s nothing in the room. I need to get a bed, a wardrobe, and chairs and tables ……”
“Can you take me to the thrift market?”
He was very polite. He had an extraordinary temperament and style of conversation. He looked like an elite in society. Of course, she had to ignore his outfit and the snake-skin bag that was especially theatrical.
She nodded.” No problem. We’re all familiar with this area. Maybe it’ll be cheaper.”
Only after arriving at the market did Lou Bei know what a real slap to the face was.
Originally, she had thought that she would be able to help this man cut the price based on her status as an acquaintance. Unexpectedly, without even needing her to speak, he had already used his powerful logical thinking to buy a bed in the dormitory, a set of computer tables and chairs, a wardrobe for a single person, a round table for dinner, and three small stools.
It could be said that his harvest was more than plentiful.
“Lady Boss,300 yuan is already my concession price. Some people do business here. I know a lot of workmates and have the intention to rent a house here. I can help you promote it. So, if you can find a small wheel to help me transport these things back, our cooperation will be very happy. You don’t have to calculate the labor costs with me. From here to where I live, you can walk for less than ten minutes.”
“Aiya, young man, I’ve already sold it to you at a loss. Now if I ordered a tricycle, I’ll have to pay 50 yuan. Aren’t you letting me lose everything?”
The man smiled faintly.
“How could you make a loss on everything? Even if I buy a new bed, it’s only about five hundred yuan. The computer tables and chairs are even cheaper. Taobao has a hundred and fifty yuan on it. The paint on the wardrobe has fallen, and the wood is a little rotten. It’s hard to sell it. As for this set of tables and chairs, I’ll go to the supermarket to buy a new one. It won’t exceed a hundred yuan. Boss, I didn’t negotiate with you because I was in a hurry to use it. But if you don’t deliver the goods to me for free, I won’t buy them. Anyway, I’m a man who can make do for a few nights.”
In the end, the lady boss was the first to lose. The man also made a concession. The delivery fee was 20 yuan.
On the way back, the man bought a box of yogurt for Robbie and a bottle of Sprite for the delivery man.
No matter what, the house was rented out. When Lou Bei returned home, she was so tired that she lay on the sofa.
“Have you bought the furniture with Xiao Zhou?” Grandma Luo asked as she served dinner.
The new tenant was Zhou Jianguo. His ID card showed that he was 27 years old. His hometown was in a small countryside below the neighboring city. According to Zhou Jianguo, he was working at a nearby construction site.
He didn’t tell them any details, nor did they ask as landlords.
Luo Bei had a feeling that his name was completely different, like the name of the National Army…
‘Wasn’t it a special name of her father’s generation? Why would the younger generation choose such a name?’
All in all, up until now, Luo Bei felt that Zhou Jianguo was full of discord. As for why she had such a feeling, it was probably because his face and temperament did not look like an ordinary person.
Luo Bei replied and looked at Grandma.” Grandma, don’t you think he looks strange?”
Grandma Luo asked,” What’s strange?”
“Could say I always felt that he should be in a big company, but in the end, he was carrying a snake bag and bargaining with the auntie.”
Grandma Luo was amused by her description.
“Then isn’t Beibei the same?”
Grandma Luo took her hand and said lovingly,
” I think our Beibei should live in a big house just like Eldest Miss. Isn’t Beibei also collecting rent in the village and running around every day for work?”
“Aiya, that’s different.”
“To Grandma, it’s the same.”
The grandmother and grandchild laughed as they spoke. Luo Bei didn’t think about Zhou Jianguo anymore. After all, he was just a tenant. Who exactly was he? Why was he so strange? It had nothing to do with her. As long as he obeyed the rules and paid the rent on time, it would be fine.
Originally, Chen Lan said she would return in a week, but she didn’t. Luo Bei called her, but she was still unreachable.
Fang Jingzhou, on the other hand, was very happy. He especially liked staying at the Luo family home and refused to go back next door.
Luo Bei hadn’t even talked to Fang Jingzhou about the relationship between him and Chen Lan. After all, she was an outsider. It would be too lenient to care about the relationship between mother and son. On the other hand, she didn’t want Fang Jingzhou to hate his biological mother at such a young age. That wouldn’t be good.
That night, Luo Bei and Fang Jingzhou sat in the living room watching an animated film. Fang Jingzhou suddenly said,” Beibei, I’m a bad child.”
Luo Bei turned her head and asked,” Why do you say that? No one said you are a bad child.”
“Because I really don’t want her to come back.” Fang Jingzhou thought about it and said,” I hope she won’t come back.”
Fang Jingzhou lowered his head and played with his toy. His tone was inexplicably disappointed,
“Because she doesn’t like me, doesn’t hug me, doesn’t give me a bath, and doesn’t ask what I like to eat.”
Children could be very sensitive. He was naturally attached to his mother. If his mother ignored him or did not like him, he would not be able to obtain love from other places. After a long time, he would probably become like Fang Jingzhou.
He lacked love and longed for someone to love and care for him. So, when Luo Bei showed kindness to him and treated him well, he would cling to her. Fang Jingzhou didn’t think of Luo Bei as his mother, because in his mind, he hated his mother. He only thought of Luo Bei as the entirety of his little world.
Zhao Pianpian treated him very well. But she had her own son. Grandma Luo treated him well. However, she was too old to play with him…
Luo Bei brought him home, bathed him, cooked his noodles, took him to eat ice cream, bought him warm clothes, and would occasionally kiss his forehead to say good night or good morning.
He didn’t want to lose Lou Bei, so sometimes he even tried to curry favor with her.
Luo Bei rubbed Fang Jingzhou’s head and coaxed,” But she is your mother.”
Fang Jingzhou glanced at her.” Beibei, I don’t like Mommy. I like you.”
In the hearts of most of the children, the one they loved the most was their mother, and the one they liked the most was their mother. Mother was everything in their Small World. In Fang Jingzhou’s heart, the word “mother” was no longer liked by him, but the role that he cared about was still there. He knew very well that Luo Bei was not his mother and Chen Lan was. However, he had transferred a child’s love for his mother from Chen Lan to Luo Bei.
Lou Bei wanted to correct him, but the child was too stubborn and difficult to change.
Fang Jingzhou hugged Luo Bei’s arm and said,” Beibei, if you weren’t too old, I would have wanted you to be my girlfriend.”
Luo Bei knew that Fang Jingzhou had been watching those popular dramas with Grandma during this period of time, so she gave him a warm warning,
“If you don’t watch TV dramas in the future, you’ll be better off watching these cartoons.”
Also, what did that saying of being too old mean??
“It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Uncle Xiaojiang. You have to call him often. Otherwise, he might find another girlfriend.”
Fang Jingzhou, this five-year-old brat, used a bitter tone to teach Luo Bei to look after men.
The next morning, Luo Bei took a vacation and Chen Lan returned. She didn’t look well and didn’t wear heavy makeup. She looked rather gloomy.
Luo Bei noticed that Chen Lan’s biggest change was that she was looking at Fang Jingzhou in the wrong way.
In the past, if she had ignored him or had been impatient, then now she was filled with fear and hatred.
Yes, she hated the child who was connected to her bloodline.