Chapter 30 – So this was how the Qi family’s daughters-in-law are brought in
Xue Qing opened the door of the cab, watching as Xing Zhongwan got into the car. Placing both hands on the door, she looked at him. Her handsome face was less carefree now and more serious, “Don’t you think that this is weird?”
Xing Zhongwan started the car, “It is weird. I still can’t find any clues but I’m taking it one step at a time. It’s a fake marriage anyway. I’ll move my mother back first.”
Xue Qing stared at Xing Zhongwan and saw that he looked unsure.
“Why are you looking at me like that?”
Xue Qing squeezed herself into the driver’s seat, “Be honest, are you interested in Qi Yun? We’ve been good friends for so many years. Tell me so I can give you my take on things.”
Xing Zhongwan pushed her away in disgust, “Move aside. Laozi might be doing something stupid now, but my mind is not confused. It’s impossible for me and Qi Yun.”
Xue Qing snorted. His words were harsh but who would secretly take some dumpling back to give that somebody a taste. It’s not like Qi Yun has never eaten any delicious food before.
He took out a bottle of perfume from her pocket and threw it over, “Hey, when I came, that sissy asked me to bring this to you. He said the old you would’ve quickly used it up. Don’t you think he’s being a little pretentious, nagging you on how you should use this perfume.”
Xing Zhongwan took the bottle of perfume. “You should learn more from Lao Cheng, then your heart will become more delicate.”
Xue Qing rolled her eyes, “He’s your general manager. If he’s not careful or delicate, who will be? Hurry up and go now, else your Qi Yun will cry later.”
Xing Zhongwan swore at her before slamming the door heavily. He then stomped on the accelerator and drove away.
As soon as Xing Zhongwan entered the villa, he saw that Qi Yun was dressed neatly and already waiting for him at the door. Xing Zhongwan got out of the car and asked about the strangeness, “Is there anything happening today? Why are you wearing… such formal attire?”
Qi Yun looked indifferent. He then saw a familiar face, it was Madam Qi’s secretary.
“Young madam, today is the day for you and the third young master to register your marriage.”
Xing Zhongwan glanced at Qi Yun in surprise. So quickly? Was it too late to think on his decision before taking action?
After getting in the car, Xing Zhongwan lowered his head and said in a low voice, “Hey, what is your mother doing? They won’t really take us to the marriage registration office, will they?”
Qi Yun turned his head slightly, “My mother is the best at acting, you might as well enjoy this play.”
Xing Zhongwan thought to himself, I’m afraid that in your mother’s eyes, we’re the ones in the play.
Qi Yun turned his body sideways, leaned on Xing Zhongwan, closed his eyes, the scent of pine wood on his body was stronger tonight and it smelled very comforting.
Xing Zhongwan leaned to the side subconsciously. The embarrassment from this morning had not subsided and now he has to go to a fake marriage. Xing Zhongwan felt that his brain was really broken.
Suddenly remembering that there was a Chinese mugwort dumpling in his pocket, he took it out and tapped on Qi Yun’s arm, “Hey, do you want to eat some? These mugwort dumplings are delicious.”
Qi Yun listened to that voice speak like it was offering treasures and curiously straightened his body before taking the unidentified object with a soft fragrance in his hand…
He opened his mouth and took a small bite. Xing Zhongwan looked expectantly, “Is it delicious?” Qi Yun nodded, “It has a special taste.”
Xing Zhongwan smiled and said, “It still doesn’t taste as good as the Jiangnan main store. The Chinese mugwort dumplings in the main store have a strong aroma, but they are delicious. I really want to go back and eat a few.”
Hearing what he said, Qi Yun hurriedly picked it up and took a big bite, “When things have ended here, we’ll go to Jiangnan to live for a while.”
Xing Zhongwan turned around in surprise, “Why?”
Qi Yun said, “Listening to the local accent from your mouth made me really want to go see the place where you once lived.”
Xing Zhongwan was stunned for a moment. After staring at the sesame foam sticking to Qi Yun’s mouth for some time, he took out a handkerchief from his pocket and wiped it gently for him.
After he finished wiping, Xing Zhongwan felt a little embarrassed. His actions felt a little ambiguous. Putting the handkerchief back into his pocket, he grabbed the half-eaten mugwort dumpling in Qi Yun’s hand, “You don’t have to finish it if you don’t like it.” He shoved it into his own mouth, only to find out that something felt off after he finished chewing it, so he could only swallow it. When doing so, he accidentally choked and couldn’t help but beat on his chest a few times. Qi Yun frowned, “What’s wrong?” Xing Zhongwan coughed for a long time before finally swallowing it successfully, his eyes turning red.
Qi Yun handed the thermos cup that was originally prepared for him to Xing Zhongwan, “Drink some water.”
Xing Zhongwan took it, opened the lid and took a sip. Qi Yun patted him on the back, “Why are you so careless?”
Xing Zhongwan closed the lid with a guilty conscience, looking at the faint worry on Qi Yun’s face, he didn’t know what to feel.
Qi Yun still knew his mother very well. She really was a good actor. As expected, she came to the marriage registration office, but it was only held in the VIP room. Someone was already waiting inside and the documents were already prepared. They just had to sign the documents. Xing Zhongwan read the marriage registration application very carefully. He even followed through with the procedure seriously.
It’s just that on his page, his actual name was not written on it. There were only two words, ‘Wanwan’. Plus, the gender column was also left blank. Xing Zhongwan felt that it was funny. Madam Qi, you are pretending to play family in this official department. You’re so arrogant, is the director of marriage registration aware of this?
Xing Zhongwan wrote the words ‘Wanwan’ in the blank space for his signature and couldn’t help laughing while writing it down. After signing, Qi Yun held the pen with a serious expression. Xing Zhongwan smiled and walked to his side, guiding his hand to the blank space for signing, “Come, sign it here.”
Qi Yun nodded and signed his name very solemnly.
When the two came out of the marriage registration office, Qi Yun held the document bag containing their marriage agreement firmly to his chest.
Xing Zhongwan was puzzled, “It’s just waste paper, why are you holding onto it so tightly?”
Qi Yun’s hands stroked the rough document bag, “This is not waste paper, one day I will make it real.”
The smile on Xing Zhongwan’s mouth gradually disappeared and he coughed awkwardly, “What did you promise your mother for her to be willing to play along with you like this?”
Qi Yun looked ahead, the corners of his mouth curved slightly, “Wanwan, this is just the beginning.”
Qi Yun returned to the villa and asked Xing Zhongwan to put the document bag in the safe. Xing Zhongwan closed the safe, “It’s not some valuable thing, is this necessary?”
Qi Yun lay on the bed and said, “It’s very important.” Xing Zhongwan didn’t want to discuss the importance of a few pieces of waste paper with him and stretched before going downstairs to get something to eat.
Qi Yun stopped him, “Wanwan, it was for real when I said we would go to Jiangnan. We will leave the day after tomorrow. I have asked Chen Ying to contact the hospital there. I can go to the hospital there for rehabilitation.”
Xing Zhongwan thought that he heard wrongly, “We’re really going? I thought you were joking.” As the Qingming Festival was approaching, he could also go back and worship his mother.
“Will your mother let you leave?”
Xing Zhongwan expressed the doubts in his heart.
Qi Yun said, “Wanwan, help me up.”
Xing Zhongwan went to help him up and Qi Yun leaned against the bedside, “You know why she agreed to let me marry you?”
Xing Zhongwan shook his head. He really didn’t know, although he was curious.
“If you were a woman, you might not be in this world anymore. Who is the fourth young master, Qi? I know too well that someone useless won’t be able to hold up his own fight. My mother can’t rely on him, he is just a shield. What she needs most now is someone who can provide her an heir who she can control and this heir should preferably have the blood of the Shen family. My grandfather has too many grandchildren so this is the only edge she has in order to stabilize her power. “
Qi Yun stopped looking in Xing Zhongwan’s direction.
“I was abandoned by her. She will not place her hopes on me, but on my child. My child’s mother must be someone she personally picked to hold in the palm of her hand. Your sister Xing Zhongjie didn’t run away on purpose. When she made a deal with Xing Zhengping, she specified that she did not want a woman.”
“You can’t give birth to a child. Moreover, I like you. She went through with this farce just to appease my heart and earn my obedience in the future.”
Xing Zhongwan frowned, “Qi Yun, your deal with your mother is to give her a child?”
Qi Yun stretched out his hand and the bandaged hands stayed still in the air, waiting for Xing Zhongwan. Xing Zhongwan was stunned for a moment before taking a few steps to hold it.
Only then did Qi Yun’s face show a hint of relief, “I have to protect you, Wanwan, or she will take action against you sooner or later. You gain some and lose some. You should understand this truth.”
Xing Zhongwan’s face was gloomy and he could feel the cold hand he was holding through the bandage, “You have come to a decision so I can’t say anything. I will accompany you through this storm. Right now, I’m going to go downstairs to get you something to eat. Want to go together?”
Qi Yun nodded. Xing Zhongwan bent down and let Qi Yun climb onto his back. He couldn’t help saying, “Qi Yun, you’ve sunk low.”
Qi Yun put her arms around Xing Zhongwan’s neck, “Wanwan, I’ll have surgery after we return from Jiangnan. I want to see you. I want to see you so bad that I’m going crazy. My Wanwan must be the most beautiful person in the world.”
Xing Zhongwan was amused by him, “You’re right, I am good-looking, but not as good-looking as you. You look like when you were young. When I think about it now, I…”
Qi Yun snorted, “Have you seen me when I was younger?”
Xing Zhongwan was shocked and realized that he had run his mouth, “How is that possible? I was only imagining what you looked like when you were young. Hey, what do you want to eat tonight?”
He was quickly trying to find another topic to talk about.
The dirty little boy flashed in Qi Yun’s mind inexplicably. It was only for a moment before he had completely forgotten what the child looked like.
“When I’m healed, I’ll carry you through the path of Sycamore trees of our Qi family’s old house. All the daughter-in-laws of the Qi family are carried into our house like that.”
Xing Zhongwan stopped walking and had a worried face, “Hey, hey, have you had enough? Carrying me? Through a path of Sycamore trees? Not to mention, daughter-in-law? You really don’t know how to restrain yourself. Be careful, I might toss you away.”
After saying that he was about to let go, Qi Yun was not afraid and even leaned on Xing Zhongwan’s back, “My Wanwan is not such a person, you will not leave me.”
Black lines appeared on Xing Zhongwan’s face. Qi Yun, where did you get your confidence!?
Thinking like this, he tightened his grasp on Qi Yun’s leg a bit and went downstairs steadily…
T/N: I want someone to romatically carry me through a path of Sycamore trees too… Realistically, maybe a mechanical crane would have to do the work in order to lift such a heavy load. When I think about it, perhaps it’s not such a good idea after all.
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