Li Zhenruo froze.
He saw Li Zhenran walk up to the woman, said a few words to her, and then led her toward Li Jianglin’s direction.
The woman was wearing a silver-white tight-fitting dress, her long hair fell down to her waist, and her face was very beautiful. She walked by Li Zhenran’s side and they both looked like really a good-looking couple. Both of them attracted the attention of the people at the three tables at once.
Li Zhenruo’s ears were sensitive, and he heard Wen Chun’s mother whispering to Wen Chun, “Is that the second Li’s girlfriend?”
He didn’t pay attention to what Wen Chun said and just stared blankly at Li Zhenran as he brought the woman to Li Jianglin, and said something as if to introduce her to Li Jianglin.
Li Jianglin stood up and was full of smiles, probably very satisfied with this daughter-in-law.
Li Zhenruo’s mind was full of chaos and suddenly felt that the people around him were so noisy that he couldn’t hear what Li Zhenran said. In a trance, he seemed to notice that Li Zhenran glanced in his direction, with cold expressionless eyes. He suddenly felt a pain in his heart. He then turned around and ran.
He ran towards the edge of the yard, where Erhuang’s house was located. Because there were guests at home today, Erhuang was tied up with a rope, even though it would have been very well behaved.
Li Zhenruo was just sad. At this time, the whole family was in the yard to wish Li Jianglin his birthday. The only comfort he could find was Erhuang.
Erhuang saw him running over from a distance. It was originally lying in the house but stood up and looked at him strangely.
Li Zhenruo rushed over and crashed into Erhuang’s arms.
Erhuang thoughtfully lay down, wrapped Li Zhenruo’s body in his arms and licked the top of his head.
It was a pity that Li Zhenruo couldn’t speak at this time. If he could, he would definitely cry with Erhuang in his arms: I’m dumped! Li Zhenran is a heartless man. He refused to admit it after he slept with me and now he’s got a girlfriend!
He lay sadly for a while, looked up and saw Erhuang’s clear eyes, and suddenly thought: What’s the point of crying! Li Zhenran was unreliable, so he should rely on himself. If he wanted to take revenge, he shouldn’t only rely on Li Zhenran. However, because he was too dependant on Li Zhenran, he hesitated and stopped, and even his original intention gradually blurred.
He shouldn’t be like this!
Li Zhenruo thought silently.
Erhuang was a little uneasy because of his silence, and repeatedly licked the top of his head, making his fur wet.
Li Zhenruo glanced at Erhuang with a gentle expression and felt that the big dog abandoned by the owner shared the same ailment with him. Since no one cared about it, it was better to sneak out with it by himself.
He raised a paw and scratched his chin, and began to think about how it would be easier for him to leave the Li family.
In fact, he a cat, could find the most convenient to find a corner that the surveillance couldn’t notice, and slipped out. It was the most convenient way to go without anyone knowing. However, it was a little difficult to take Erhuang out. He could only go out through the gate, but then the guard will stop them.
Li Zhenruo clenched his chin and thought, maybe there is another way. He could pretend to be a guest at Li’s house today, and took Erhuang by the rope and said to take him out for a walk. Many guests came to Li’s house today, and they all drove in directly. Naturally, the guard couldn’t recognize all the guests. Moreover, the guests of the Li family were either wealthy and respectable people. As long as he was haughty and at ease, the guards would not ask too many questions.
With this in mind, Li Zhenruo made up his mind.
He left the kennel and glanced at the front yard. When he saw that Li Zhenran and the woman had already taken their seats, Li Zhenruo went around to the side, climbed the window to the third floor and got into Li Zhenran’s room, and then turned into a human form and rummaged through the cabinet. A set of clothes, shoes and socks were packed together in a bag.
He carefully looked out of the window and saw that there was no one by the pool, so he threw the bag from the third floor.
There was a loud sound when the bag landed, and he was startled. He hunched his neck and waited for a while, then secretly raised his head to look outside, only to find that no one was paying attention, so he transformed into Garfield’s form and strung out through the window.
He burrowed his head into the round hole of the bag and dragged the bag toward Erhuang’s doghouse. Although it was a little laborious, and he could barely walk, he had to be careful not to be seen.
After he dragged the whole bag, he sneakily put the bag on Erhuang’s head, untied the rope buckle next to him with his claws, and then hooked his claws to let Erhuang follow him.
Erhuang was obviously hesitant.
Li Zhenruo simply ran a few steps forward, and Erhuang ran after him at once, with a bag of things dragging by his feet, and stumbling a little.
It was not until he ran to a remote corner with Erhuang that Li Zhenruo stopped. He huddled in the grass and looked around and turned into a human form.
Er Huang was stunned for a moment, and stared at him with wide eyes, even its pupils dilated.
Li Zhenruo also suddenly realized that he was a little reckless, it would be bad if Erhuang barked at this time. But fortunately, Erhuang was stunned and didn’t scream. After a while, Erhuang came over with a blank face to smell the scent on his body. The more it smelled, the more confused it became. So it smelled every inch of his body from head to foot to make sure.
Li Zhenruo was putting on clothes, pushing Erhuang’s head away while wearing them, and whispered, “Don’t make trouble.”
He put on his clothes in a hurry, hunched over in the grass and groped for Erhuang’s dog leash, held it in his hand and said to him, “Erhuang, I’ll take you to find your master, you have to follow me obediently, okay?”
Erhuang couldn’t answer him, but Li Zhenruo could see that his eyes were still clear and bright.
“Let’s go!” Li Zhenruo said.
He knew that when he left this time, the Li family would definitely investigate when they found that the cat and the dog were missing together. At that time, they would find out that he took the dog out, but who was he? He was Luo Fei’s cousin Li Tuanzi. Only Li Zhenran knew his true identity, no one else knew.
There was no surveillance in the Li family’s yard, and all surveillance was aimed at the walls and gates, so no one would know what happened before. If they wanted to trace his whereabouts, they could only rely on Li Zhenran.
This was not difficult for Li Zhenran. After all, the collar on his neck has not been taken off. Li Zhenran would definitely be able to find him if he was looking for him.
But he felt that Li Zhenran probably didn’t want to find him anymore. If Li Zhenran didn’t care and Zhu Kai was not around, it didn’t seem like a big deal that the cats and dogs of the Li family were lost, maybe they would just leave at it.
Li Zhenruo turned around and wanted to take a last look at Li Zhenran, but the view was obstructed and he couldn’t see him. He could only hear the lively conversation in the front yard. He could imagine the scene, but he didn’t plan to stay any longer.
He ran outside like a child with the dog on a leash. Erhuang probably recognized him by the familiar smell, and actually followed closely behind him.
The door was tightly closed, and Li Zhenruo asked the guard to open the side door.
The doorman looked at him strangely, and said politely, “It’s pretty cold outside, do you want to go out?”
Li Zhenruo said with a smile, “I’ll take the dog out for a while and come back. Do you want Zhenran ge to say something?”
The guard really thought he was a guest of the Li family. As he saw that Li Zhenruo didn’t take anything other than the dog, he didn’t have any doubts and said, “No, but pay attention to safety outside.” He treated him like a child who came with some family.
Li Zhenruo nodded, waited until the door opened, and pulled Erhuang out.
He took Erhuang and walked outside along the road around the lake. After a while, he thought about whether it was convenient to be a cat or a human to move.
Later, he realized that as a person, now that he has no money, it was really not as convenient as a cat.
In fact, Li Zhenruo didn’t rush out without any plan. He planned to find Xia Hongshen, but not to ask him for help. No one was obliged to help him all the time. In the end, he still had to do his own affairs. He wanted to find Xia Hongshen for an apprenticeship.
It wasn’t a sudden idea. The last time he went to see Xia Hongshen, he asked him about cultivation. Not just for revenge, but more about the future after he has taken his revenge. Li Zhenruo didn’t want to end his life as a cat so simply after a dozen years, and he began to yearn for a longer future. He knew that he was greedy, even if he had been a cat for so many years, something he earned that should not have belonged to him.
But human greed was so endless. He turned to look at Erhuang who was following him, and thought that if he had never been a human, but was born a cat, he would probably only need food in his life. It was a pity that he was not, so he began to be greedy and began to plan his future.
He was not sure if Xia Hongshen was willing to agree to him, but he would work hard. He hoped that he could have a little more power so that he would be able to freely change forms. He couldn’t let himself have to rely on Li Zhenran every step of the way.
You see, just like now, when Li Zhenran didn’t want him anymore, he would be reduced to the point where he was penniless and couldn’t even go out.
Li Zhenruo took a deep breath and regained his senses to find that he had led Erhuang a long way.
But from here, it would take at least half an hour to walk to the road outside. Li Zhenruo looked back and wondered if he should just change back to a cat and run out, maybe he could catch a bus.
At this time, a car drove from behind him. It was about to pass by him but suddenly slowed down until it stopped not far in front of him.
Li Zhenruo was slightly stunned and walked forward. He looked inside from the pressed car window, and saw that the person driving was actually his former assistant Yan Xiujie.
Yan Xiujie, dressed in a suit and tie, dressed up neatly, and said to Li Zhenruo, “Do you need a ride?”
Li Zhenruo had met Yan Xiujie twice in his current appearance, and both in Yunlin. He didn’t expect Yan Xiujie to remember him, so he asked, “Is it alright?”
Yan Xiujie said, “Aren’t you a friend of Second Young Master? Where are you going? I can give you a ride.”
Li Zhenruo hurriedly opened the car door, shoved Erhuang into the back seat, sat on the passenger side, and said, “Thank you very much, I’m going to the city hospital, I don’t know if it’s on your way?”
Yan Xiujie replied, “It is.”
Li Zhenruo was very surprised that Yan Xiujie appeared here because with Yan Xiujie’s current status today, he should not be the guest invited. And if he was a guest, he would not have left the Li family so soon. They should have just started not long ago.
However, before he asked out of curiosity, Yan Xiujie asked, “Are you a guest of Second Young Master? Why did you leave so early?” And you went out with a dog. Yan Xiujie didn’t ask the latter question.
Li Zhenruo said, “I have something to go first, but I didn’t come by car. Originally, I wanted to come out and take a taxi.”
Yan Xiujie nodded without further questioning.
Li Zhenruo then asked him, “Why did you leave so quickly?”
Yan Xiujie smiled, “I’m not a guest of the Li family. The company has a document that is a little urgent. I’m driving it to Second Young Master.”
Because he was Li Zhenruo’s assistant in the past, Li Zhenran was afraid that his appearance at Li Jianglin’s birthday banquet would affect Li Jianglin’s mood, so Li Zhenran didn’t invite him in at all, and directly let him wait outside the door. Hua Yi Bang came out to get the documents, then he change direction and left.
As Li Zhenruo listened to his plain tone, he suddenly felt a little upset for him. If Li Zhenruo was still the fourth young master of the Li family, Yan Xiujie would not be treated like this.
Erhuang in the back row was a little nervous and brought his head closer. Li Zhenruo raised his hand and touched Erhuang’s head to soothe his mood while saying to Yan Xiujie, “Are you Li Zhenruo’s assistant?”
Yan Xiujie looked at him when he heard the words, “You know? Did the Second Young Master tell you?”
Li Zhenruo said, “Well, I just think it’s a pity.”
Yan Xiujie asked, “What a pity?”
Li Zhenruo said, “It’s a pity that the fourth youngest of the Li family died at a young age for no apparent reason.”
Yan Xiujie gaze ahead, and his expression was a little sad, “It’s an accident, I guess.”
Yan Xiujie knew about the matter of Li Zhenruo was not Li Jianglin’s son and he was one of the few outsiders who knew the truth. However, his mouth was very sealed tight. Even if Li Zhenruo died, he received a cold treatment, he also never mentioned it to others.
When Li Zhenruo saw that Yan Xiujie had a face that he didn’t want to talk anymore, so Li Zhenruo didn’t ask anymore, but just asked, “Are you working with Li Zhenran now?”
Yan Xiujie said, “I am in the market planning department. It was the department the second young master in charge of, and I have a lot of work contact.”
Li Zhenruo nodded, but only made a light “um”.
Yan Xiujie kept driving him to the gate of the city hospital. Li Zhenruo took Erhuang out of the car and said to him, “Thank you.”
Yan Xiujie smiled, “You’re welcome, then I’ll go first.” After he said that, he didn’t stay any longer and drove the car away.
As he saw Yan Xiujie drive away, Li Zhenruo did not lead Erhuang into the hospital but walked towards the school across the street.
Although he was walking a dog, since the university had external projects, the personnel exchanges were complicated and the management was relatively loose. No one prevented him from entering Song Jun’s academic building.
When he found Song Jun, he was doing an experiment in the laboratory. Song Jun came out of the laboratory wearing a white coat and a mask, and asked Li Zhenruo in surprise, “Is there something wrong?”
Li Zhenruo took a deep breath and said, “Can you do me a favour?”
Song Jun had always been friendly to him, and responded, “You can tell me what the favour is first. If it’s possible I will help.”
Li Zhenruo said, “I want Xia laoshi to accept me as an apprentice.”
“Huh?” Song Jun was surprised.
Li Zhenruo nodded vigorously, “I’m serious!”
Song Jun tapped his head with a headache, “Wait a minute.”
In the afternoon, Song Jun finished his experiment and took Li Zhenruo back with his dog.
As he followed Song Jun into the old two-story building, Li Zhenruo was a little surprised when he stepped on the wooden stairs, “This should be a protected heritage, right? You live in this kind of place? Are you not afraid of being haunted?”
Song Jun didn’t change his face, “There has been a fuss.”
He led Li Zhenruo to the door of a room on the second floor and knocked on the door, “Senior brother, I’m back.”
The door was quickly opened from the inside, and Li Zhenruo was surprised to find that Xia Hongshen was sitting by the desk looking at the computer, and he didn’t seem to move at all. Then the question arose, who opened the door of the room?
Xia Hongshen said without raising his head, “I smell it.”
The scent he was talking about, of course, was not referring to Song Jun, but Li Zhenruo, and perhaps a bonus Erhuang.
“Senior brother,” Song Jun said.
Xia Hongshen turned around, spun the pen in his hand, and asked him, “It’s a cat and a dog, do you now work with animals?”
Song Jun said, “Little Garfield said that he wants to pay respect to you as his teacher.”
Xia Hongshen’s gaze then turned to Li Zhenruo, “Pay respect to me as a teacher? I don’t accept apprentices.”
Li Zhenruo knew that it was time to express his determination. He half-knelt on the ground and clasped his fists with both hands, “Please take me as your disciple, Xia laoshi. I will study hard, cultivate hard, respect you as my master, and carry forward the sect!”
Xia Hongshen looked at him expressionlessly and gently pressed the signature pen to his lips after spinning it around for a long time. He then asked, “Which sect are you?”
Li Zhenruo stood up helplessly, sighed and said, “Xia laoshi, I’m serious.”
Xia Hong’s deep and handsome face has sharp eyes, “I’m also serious.”
Li Zhenruo looked at Song Jun and asked him for help.
Song Jun couldn’t help laughing, “I can’t help you, it’s up to you, little Garfield.”
Li Zhenruo said sullenly, “I have a name, not little Garfield.”
The author has something to say:
“Perfection” will start pre-sale in early September. Interested readers can check the pre-sale information on my Weibo, Weibo name: 金刚那个圈
Regarding the point of changing into and wearing clothes, I suddenly fell into deep doubt when I wrote this part because if Zhenruo really could change clothes in the future, how should the second brother take off his clothes, it is not equivalent to pulling out all his hair?
There are also people who feel distressed about cats. In fact, it is a bit exaggerated like a cartoon. Just like the cartoon of cats and mice1Tom and Jerry, lol, no one should feel that cats are abused. I hope no one takes it too seriously.
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Almost a year after I finished translating Perfection in a rush, I realised there are so many awkward looks like little edited MTL sentences. I am in the middle of fixing it so it flowed better :’)
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