Chapter 29

       Li Tuanzi followed Li Zhenran to the airport.

       To be honest, Li Zhenruo was a little depressed, because the name Li Tuanzi was really ugly, but he knew that it was definitely not easy to find an identity like that. If he asked Luo Fei to help him make a new one because the name was too ugly, it would be too much. 

       The outcome of forcing down this depression was that Li Zhenruo gritted his teeth against Li Zhenran along the way.

       When changing the boarding pass, Li Zhenran asked him, “What are you looking at me for?”

       Li Zhenruo said, “I wish I could eat his flesh and sleep with his skin!”

       Li Zhenran surprisingly asked, “Who?”

       After asking, Li Zhenruo clearly saw that Li Zhenran was smiling briefly. It wasn’t that he didn’t understand, but he was just teasing Li Zhenruo.

       They were accompanied by Hua Yibang.

       He followed behind them and didn’t speak, and he didn’t react to the name Li Tuanzi.

       Later, when he passed the security check, the security check guard looked up at him, “Li Tuanzi?”

       Li Zhenruo replied bitterly, “Yes.”

       The security officer didn’t say anything, but couldn’t help but look at him again. Probably because such a strange and bizarre name was also rare.

       After a two-hour flight, they arrived at their destination.

       Sure enough, as Li Zhenruo expected, they arrived at the provincial capital city where Qijiang was located. Li Zhenruo made a lot of trips here. The project address was originally decided by him after repeated investigations and discussions with the government.

         It was already dark.

       It’s just that Li Zhenruo slept on the plane just now, so he was not really tired now.

       When they came out of the airport, a driver sent by the branch office here came to pick them up.

       After they got into the car, Li Zhenran said, “Go to the hotel first.”

       Then he said to Li Zhenruo, “Wait for me in the hotel later. I will be picking up some people with Yibang. We will wait for some experts to come over, and have dinner together.”

       “Going to eat more?” Li Zhenruo asked. He had eaten a lot on the plane just now.

       Until now, Li Zhenran didn’t tell Li Zhenruo what the trip was for. Li Zhenran didn’t explain, and Li Zhenruo didn’t ask. He just heard that Li Zhenran wanted to pick up experts, and he couldn’t help wondering if there was something wrong with the project site over there.

       Li Zhenran raised his hand and touched his head, “Do you still want to eat?”

       “Yeah,” Li Zhenruo replied, “The food here is delicious.”

       Before they reached the hotel, the sky began to drizzle.

       The driver who picked them up complained, “What awful weather, it rains every day.”

       Li Zhenruo put his face next to the car window and looked outside, thinking it was probably the arrival of the rainy season.

       When they arrived at the hotel, the manager of Yunlin branch was already waiting for them here.

       After they checked in, Li Zhenran first accompanied Li Zhenruo to take the luggage up and put it in the room. The two of them had a suite with a living room and a bedroom, and Hua Yibang’s room was next to them.

       When Li Zhenran opened the door with his room card, Hua Yibang couldn’t help but glance at them, but he didn’t ask anything.

       Li Zhenruo sometimes envied Li Zhenran for having such a capable assistant who was silent and observant.

       Li Zhenran put down his things and went out with Hua Yibang. He asked Li Zhenruo to stay in the room and wait for his call.

       Li Zhenruo lay on the big bed and spread out his limbs lazily. He found that he didn’t want to do anything. The rain outside seemed to be getting heavier and heavier. He grabbed the remote control on the bedside table and turned on the TV, just in time to see the local news issuing an orange early warning rainstorm alert1A status orange weather warning is given before expected weather conditions that could significantly impact people, property and activity in an area. People in the affected areas should prepare appropriately now for the anticipated conditions. Read more.

       It has been raining for many days, and many low altitude places were heavily waterlogged.

       Qijiang was only more than 200 kilometres away from the provincial capital, and the area was probably also raining heavily. Li Zhenruo wondered if the reason Li Zhenran came in such a hurry had anything to do with the heavy rain here.

       Seeing that the news has jumped to community news, Li Zhenruo used the remote control to change the channel, wanting to see if there are more reports.

       After about an hour, Li Zhenran called him to go down for dinner.

       Because it was quite late at that time, the dinner was arranged in the hotel restaurant. Li Zhenruo went downstairs and saw Li Zhenran talking with three or four people like teachers and scholars. Behind him, in addition to Hua Yibang and the branch manager, there was also the project manager of the Qijiang project.

       They went to a private room in the restaurant and sat at a table.

       Li Zhenran said, “It’s too late today, and we still have some business to do in the morning, so let’s just have a casual dinner tonight. When the things over there are over, we’ll be sure to treat the several teachers to a good meal.”

       Everyone was saying that Li Zhenran was too courteous one after another.

       Li Zhenruo was not hungry, so he picked out a few favourite dishes to eat, and at other times drank the soup in front of him with a spoon.

       The collar on his neck was really eye-catching, but no one asked him. People were only asking about Li Zhenruo’s identity. Li Zhenran introduced him as his cousin and that he brought him to learn something.

       After listening to everyone talking during the meal, Li Zhenruo realized that there was something wrong with the construction site in Qijiang. Originally, the construction site had begun to build the surrounding area. However, due to several days of heavy rains, the flood control retaining wall of the nearby river collapsed on a large scale, flooding the construction site. Of course, the construction site was flooded, which could be said to be due to this flood disaster that has not been encountered in nearly a century. However, a nearby building that was under construction collapsed, and the people in the project team couldn’t help but get a little nervous. They were afraid that there was a problem with the underlying geological layer, which would have an impact on future construction work.

       So Li Zhenran invited top experts in geology, architecture and engineering to come. He hoped to ask them to conduct on-the-spot surveys to see how much influence the geology has on the construction of the entire tourism project, what was the probability of geological disasters in the future, and whether there was a need to re-plan?

       In fact, Li Zhenruo had asked someone to do survey work in the early stage of site selection, but it seemed to be far less meticulous than Li Zhenran’s this time. Although there were only a few people eating together tonight, several experts brought students and teams together, which must have cost a lot.

       Li Zhenruo bit the spoon and thought that Li Zhenran was pursuing perfection too much. Sometimes in Li Jianglin’s opinion, it was almost as if he was nitpicking, so Li Jianglin chose to hand over the Qijiang project to him instead of Li Zhenran.

       After they ate and went back to the room, Li Zhenran went to take a bath first. Li Zhenruo lay on the bed and didn’t want to move.

       After he lay down for a while, he suddenly remembered something. He got up and went through Li Zhenran’s bag, trying to find his ID card. Although the name was really unbearable, it was always more convenient to have an ID card with you. Originally, he had put away his ID card after going through the security check at the airport, and he took it from Li Zhenran just now when he opened the room for registration.

       He thought that if it wasn’t for this sudden trip, Li Zhenran would have no intention to give him his ID card at all or even planned to tell him about it.

       After rummaging for a while, Li Zhenran came out of the bathroom with a towel around his waist and asked him, “What are you doing?”

       Li Zhenruo said, “Where’s the ID card? Can you give it to me?”

       Li Zhenran passed by him, sat down beside the bed, and said, “What are you here for?”

       Li Zhenruo said, “It’s more convenient. If you’re not with me and there’s some emergency.”

       Li Zhenran said, “Then, you stay with me and don’t go a step farther.”

       Li Zhenruo couldn’t hold back and said, “You’re sick…”

       Li Zhenran looked at him with cold eyes.

       Li Zhenruo didn’t dare to provoke him anymore and said, “I’m going to take a bath.”

       He finished his shower and put on his pyjamas before going out. In the past, Li Zhenruo didn’t really care about these things. In any case, they were all men, and Li Zhenran was his second brother. After taking a shower, he often wore underwear and casually hung around at home.

       But after what happened last night, he felt a little embarrassed and thought that his rut period was probably not over yet, so he should keep it more hidden and not cause any misunderstanding.

       Li Zhenran was lying on the bed watching TV, which was playing the evening news.

       Li Zhenruo lay down beside him and asked, “Will you go even if it rains heavily tomorrow?”

       Li Zhenran nodded, “Yes, people had been invited to come. No matter how bad the environment is, I have to go. Who can guarantee that this situation won’t happen again in the future?”

       Li Zhenruo had guessed that Li Zhenran would definitely say so.

       Li Zhenran suddenly stretched out a hand, resting his elbow on the head of the bed, and tugging at Li Zhenruo’s hair with his fingers to play.

       Li Zhenruo turned to look at him but saw that he was not looking at him, and was staring at the TV screen thoughtfully. His thoughts were probably not on Li Zhenruo, and it was just like teasing a pet and playing with its hair.

       As he looked at Li Zhenran’s profile, for some reason Li Zhenruo’s heart started to beat faster, his body began to heat up for no reason, and his breathing became short. Finally, he could not help but jump off the bed and went to the bathroom.

       About the cat’s rut matter, Li Zhenruo has actually checked it carefully on the Internet. It seems that many people have different opinions. Some people say that contact with female cats would cause the cat to be in heat. Some said that birth control was necessary, and some people say that it was better to mate.

       Anyway, Li Zhenruo had read a lot, but he was still not clear about his situation. It would be very painful if he was like this all the time, and lately, he has always reacted to Li Zhenran.

       Could it be Li Zhenran was actually a female cat?

       When he went back to bed, Li Zhenran had already turned off the TV and fallen asleep.

       Li Zhenruo fumbled to lay down, but Li Zhenran grabbed his wrist and pulled him into his arms.

       He stiffened for a moment and asked in a muffled voice, “Why are you hugging so tightly?”

       Li Zhenran buried his face on the side of his neck, rubbed his face, and said, “Isn’t this the purpose of bringing you out?”

       Li Zhenruo said angrily, “I’m not a pillow.”

       Li Zhenran said, “Don’t make trouble, there’s no sense of security sleeping in a hotel.”

       “…” Li Zhenruo thought silently, You must be sick, right?

       The next morning, they drove to Qijiang.

       When he got up in the morning, Li Zhenruo stood by the window and opened the heavy curtains to look outside, and unexpectedly found that the sky was sunny. Seeing that it should be a sunny day today, he couldn’t help sighing that she was lucky.

       They drove at a high speed. Li Zhenruo sat in the back seat and yawned.

       Li Zhenran asked him, “You did not sleep enough?”

       Li Zhenruo nodded and rested his head on Li Zhenran’s shoulder.

       Hua Yibang was able to keep a calm face, but the driver only looked down and lowered his head, and focused on driving ahead.

       Because the weather was clear, the road was relatively smooth today. It took less than two hours to reach Qijiang’s urban area after driving at a high speed. That construction project of Yunlin was in the north of Qijiang’s urban area, and it was about almost 20 minutes of driving.

       They went over there and left the wide road, and entered the small road, gradually they drive away from the hustle and bustle of the city and the surrounding became quiet. The distance from here to Qijiang was originally a name of a river, and the city in Qijiang was just a city built on the river. This area was in the lower reaches of the river, with high mountains and gentle slopes in the distance and vast plains near. The forest coverage rate has reached nearly 45%. As soon as you open the window, fresh air comes to your face.

       Li Zhenruo took a deep breath, his mood seemed to have become peaceful.

       Previously, the Qijiang river dike burst has been urgently repaired by the government to re enclose the dike. Now the flood has receded a lot, but a large amount of pool of water could still be seen in the distance, especially at the construction site where the siege began, and even a part of the wall that was washed down by the flood could be seen.

       The person in charge of the construction site had come to greet Li Zhenran.

       However, due to the accumulation of water on the construction site, it was impossible to go in dryly in any way, so Li Zhenran asked the driver to park the car on the dry level outside and said to Li Zhenruo, “Wait for me in the car.”

       Li Zhenran was wearing casual clothes today with a waterproof jacket and a baseball cap on his head, looking like he was out for a field trip.

       Li Zhenruo said, “I’ll go in with you.”

       Li Zhenran said, “Stay here and don’t run around.”

       Afterwards, Li Zhenran and Hua Yibang got out of the car and got into another car. The off-road vehicle drove forward for a certain distance and stopped. Afraid that the car would get stuck in the mud and stall, the people in the car had to get out and wade in.

       Li Zhenruo pressed down the car window and could only see Li Zhenran’s back in the distance. When they entered the construction site, he only saw a few off-road vehicles left outside.

       Forget it, he thought, he had nothing to do with the Li family’s affairs anyway.

       Somewhat bored, he opened the car door and walked around the neighbourhood. He saw the driver also get out of the car, and got together with a few other drivers to start smoking and chatting.

       With Li Zhenruo’s character, it was actually nothing much to go over and to talk to them. But he looked like a child now, and he knew that those middle-aged people didn’t want to talk to him very much, so he didn’t go.

       There was still some distance from the riverside to here, but the wind was still a bit chilly. Li Zhenruo stood there for a while and then went back to the car and huddled in the back seat to play with his mobile phone.

       He didn’t know how long it took, but when he suddenly raised his head, he felt that it was dark outside. Originally, when he came out in the morning, there was still the sun in the sky, but at this time, it seemed like a violent storm was coming soon.

       Li Zhenruo couldn’t help being a little nervous. He sat up and looked outside. He saw several drivers running in the direction of the parking lot, and the ground in the field began to fall with pea-sized raindrops.

       The rain suddenly became huge in an instant. The driver opened the car door, sat up, and said, “This is a rainstorm coming.”

       Li Zhenruo saw the surrounding branches dancing wildly by the strong wind. Even with the window closed, he could hear the sound of raindrops hitting the roof and glass and the sound of the wind blowing. There was no one around, just a few of their cars. The sky was so dark as if it was the end of the world.

       The smaller the rain, the heavier it was. Within ten minutes, some water started to accumulate outside.

       The driver stared nervously into the distance and suddenly shouted, “Damn!”

       Li Zhenruo looked in the direction of his gaze and saw that the river surface in the distance was rapidly deepening, and the newly built flood breaker began to become shaky as if it might be washed away at any time.

       If the flood control embankment breaks, the construction site will be flooded immediately.

       Li Zhenruo took out his mobile phone and immediately wanted to call Li Zhenran.

       Unexpectedly, the driver actually started the car at this time. Li Zhenruo heard the movement and jumped forward and asked, “What are you doing?”

       The driver said nervously, “We won’t be able to leave when the flood comes over!”

       Li Zhenruo reached out to stop him, “They are still inside!”

       But the driver didn’t listen to him and insisted on starting the car. Li Zhenruo didn’t go to grab the keys from him, but simply opened the door and jumped down, running towards the construction site.

       The flood control embankment really collapsed, and Li Zhenruo saw the river water gushing out all of a sudden. The muddy yellow river water rolled up white foam, and instantly a huge wave was set off and slapped towards the construction site wall.

       However, Li Zhenruo ran towards the construction site like a madman, and at the same time shouted, “Li Zhenran!”

       With this loud shout, he suddenly woke up, opened his eyes and sat up with his back straight, and found that he was still in the car.

       He couldn’t help being in a trance for a few seconds. When Li Zhenruo came back to his senses, he realized that he was actually dreaming. He had a dream so realistic that even when he touched his forehead, he was still sweating.

       Li Zhenruo turned to look out the window. The weather was still sunny, and several drivers were still gathering together to smoke and talk nonsense.

       He closed his eyes and leaned back in the back seat. When his mood calmed down, he began to reminisce about what he felt in the dream. The feeling was very real, and he could still feel it now. At that moment, he was really not afraid of death. Even if he died, he would definitely go to Li Zhenran’s side.


Notes:
Lmao Hua Yibang the third wheeler.
Every of Zhenran subordinate must have a very wild thoughts when seeing Zhenruo with that collar. Imagine how awkward it is to see your boss with his pet (^ิ艸^ิ゚)


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1 Comment

  1. Sadie Woods

    Not just a “pet” but of dubious age as well! What a thick face Zhenran has!

    Does being a cat demon come with the ability to see the future? Nervous. 😬

    Thanks for your hard work translating!

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