Li Jianglin was not nearby.
In fact, almost half a year ago, Li Jianglin lived in a villa near the sea all year round to recuperate because he was not feeling well. If it was not for an important event, he would usually not come back.
Even if there’s something important, Li Jianglin would fly back soon after he finished dealing with the matter. He was unwilling to stay here longer.
At that time, at least one-third of Yunlin’s important work fell on Li Zhenruo’s shoulders, another third was done by Li Zhenran, and the remaining third was the responsibility of Li Zhentai and Li Zhenzi.
Although Li Zhentai is the eldest of the Li family brothers, because of his gentle personality and mediocre work performance, he was least favoured by Li Jianglin. Even Li Zhenzi was more favoured by his father than him.
While eating, Li Zhenran left Li Zhenruo aside and ignored him. Wang Ma poured him a bowl of cat food for him to eat slowly in the corner of the dining room.
Li Zhenruo was a little envious when he looked at the dishes on the table. The Li family’s cook was specially hired. Even if it’s for inviting guests for dinner, he could immediately make an exquisite banquet table. He didn’t know how much better it was than the 1000 years unchanging taste of his cat food.
Li Zhenran and Li Zhentai were talking as they ate.
Most of the time, it was Li Zhentai who was talking, and Li Zhenran was listening in silence. These words on the dinner table never had anything special within them, since Li Zhenran and Li Zhentai would not confide earnestly in each other. Li Zhenruo didn’t find their conversation interesting, so he went to the living room’s sofa after eating.
After dinner, Li Zhentai asked the driver to prepare his car to go out, while Li Zhenran went straight upstairs.
Li Zhenruo didn’t follow up this time, and Li Zhenran didn’t care about it anymore. He went back upstairs and closed the door to his room.
The nanny cleaned up the dining room and went back to the side house, closing the door leading from the dining room to there. Only Wang Ma was left in the living room here because Wang Ma’s room was right next to the dining room. Sometimes she would open the door when the young masters of the Li family came back late at night, or she could add a meal when they were hungry.
The TV is on, and Wang Ma sits in the living room while knitting a sweater while watching TV.
Li Zhenruo knew she was making clothes for her grandson, Wang Ma was old and had bad eyesight. She had to turn on a big lamp, and it took a lot of time to stitch and fasten the button.
But it was always good to have someone at home with the light on and the TV on, which seems a bit popular.
Li Zhenruo jumped on the sofa, walked up to Wang Ma, and leaned his head on her thigh. The smell on Wang Ma’s body was very familiar. When he was a child, he used to hold her like this, she felt warm and powerful, like a mother’s embrace. He still remembers that when he packed up and left the Li family, the whole family had an indifferent expression, and Li Jianglin didn’t even show up. Only Wang Ma looked at him and kept crying until he went out with his luggage.
Later, Wang Ma also called him and asked him if he was doing well and wanted to send some clothes and food over.
The old lady turned her head to look at him, stretched out her hand to touch the top of his head. He didn’t know if she remembered something and sighed for no reason.
It wasn’t until ten o’clock that night that Li Zhenzi came back from outside.
Wang Ma went to open the door. As soon as he opened the door, Li Zhenzi gave her a hug, kissed her face like a Westerner’s habit, and said, “Mammy!“
Li Zhenruo peeked out from his cat bed, knowing that Li Zhenzi had drunk too much.
Li Zhenzi was not a good drinker, and he often did inexplicable things when he was drunk. This makes Li Jianglin very dissatisfied with him for a while. Li Zhenzi was aware of that fact himself, so he controlled the amount of alcohol and seldom got completely drunk outside.
However, he didn’t know what kind of dinner party Li Zhenzi had tonight so he unexpectedly came back drunk again.
“Aiyo,” Wang Ma muttered, “Why did you drink so much?”
She took Li Zhenzi from the driver and helped him to go upstairs. After all, Wang Ma was too old to support such a tall young man, so she asked the driver to come in and help.
The two people dragged and pulled. They just helped Li Zhenzi to walk to the top of the stairs, but Li Zhenzi suddenly stopped, he vigorously broke free of the two of them and walked towards Li Zhenruo’s cat bed.
Li Zhenruo was not in the mood to entertain the drunkards, so he hid himself in the cat bed motionless.
He did not expect Li Zhenzi to squat down beside the cat bed, and suddenly said, “Come out!”
Wang Ma hurried over and asked worriedly, “What’s wrong?”
Li Zhenruo shrank himself into a ball and hid in the innermost part of the cat bed.
Li Zhenzi saw that he refused to come out, so he reached in with his hand, grabbed one of Li Zhenruo’s paws and pulled it out.
Li Zhenruo let out a cry in panic.
Wang Ma was taken aback, and pulled Li Zhenzi by the shoulders and said, “What are you tossing the cat for? It’s already so late!”
Li Zhenzi said, “Too dirty! Let’s go take a bath!”
Wang Ma sweated, “What bath are you taking this late? If you find it dirty, I will bathe it tomorrow morning.”
Li Zhenzi didn’t listen to any words said, grabbed Li Zhenruo’s paws and pulled him. Seeing him struggling, he switched to using both hands to hold his two paws and carried him upstairs.
Li Zhenruo was a little annoyed, struggling all the way and let out a horrible cry.
But a cat’s strength is really limited.
Li Zhenzi walked down flutteringly, but he didn’t loosen his hand at all, he just grabbed Li Zhenruo to the second floor and walked towards his room.
Wang Ma and the driver both followed up. Wang Ma was so anxious that she trotted all the way. Seeing that Li Zhenzi had returned to his room, she said to the driver, “Forget it, you go to rest first. I’ll watch him.”
The driver agreed, turned and went downstairs.
They made a lot of noise along the way. Li Zhentai had already returned at nine o’clock in the evening, but at this time the door was closed tightly, and he never came out to take a look.
Li Zhenzi grabbed Li Zhenruo back to his room, walked all the way into the bathroom, and threw Li Zhenruo into the bathtub.
Li Zhenruo turned around and wanted to go out, but when Li Zhenzi held his tail down, he screamed.
Li Zhenzi pressed his back, opened the shower with one hand, and used a sprinkler to aim at his head and pour the water down. The water was still cold, and Li Zhenruo quivered, shaking his head vigorously to throw the water off.
Wang Ma stood behind him and kept sighing and persuading him to stop making trouble.
Li Zhenruo was furious that he couldn’t get out of the bathtub because Li Zhenzi was putting pressure on him. The water was poured hard on the top of his head again. Later he raised his paws, and randomly grabbed towards the top, but didn’t expect it to catch something soft.
“Ah!” Wang Ma shrieked.
Li Zhenzi only felt a chill on his face at the beginning and felt a painful heat immediately after. He reached out and wiped it, and found that the back of his hand was stained with blood.
While Li Zhenzi was in a daze, Li Zhenruo scurried out of the bathtub regardless of the water all over his body.
He ran to the door, saw Li Zhenran who was walking this way, looked up at him, and then lowered his head and continued running downstairs.
Li Zhenzi chased him out for two steps, but was stopped by Li Zhenran. As he saw the scratches on his face, Li Zhenran quickly said, “Take care of the wound first.”
Li Zhenruo ran all the way downstairs. He panicked and jumped directly onto the window of the living room. After returning to his senses, he realized that he could jump up to a high window.
Li Zhenzi never chased down.
Wang Ma came down, rummaged through the first aid kit, and hurried up again.
Li Zhenruo stood by the window for a while and shivered when the cold wind blew. He jumped down from the window and hid in the corner behind the sofa. He was afraid that Li Zhenzi would come and annoy him.
He regretted it a little bit. It feels good to scratch with that paw, but it’s a big problem if he pissed off Li Zhenzi and was thrown away. He finally got into Li’s house, and it was not worth it to be kicked out for such a trivial matter.
If Yu Bingwei was angry at him because of what he did to Li Zhenzhi and refused to raise him, he would have to go out as a stray cat.
As he thought of this, Li Zhenruo felt even more frustrated. He put his paws together, put his round chin on his paws, and sighed with half-closed eyes.
He ran too fast just now, and he didn’t see whether Li Zhenzi’s wound was deep or not, but he had been vaccinated, and he hadn’t been exposed to other animals outside, so it shouldn’t be a big problem.
But even if Li Zhenzi died of rabies, he deserved it! What’s the matter with such a big man bullying a cat?
Li Zhenruo patted his tail on the ground, curled up to warm himself up.
Later, because the fur was wet and too cold, he did not fall asleep for a long time. Until the fur was almost dry, he went to bite his cat bed and drag it to the back of the sofa, then went in and curled up to sleep.
He slept until dawn when he heard the sound of people walking in the living room and immediately woke up.
He woke up and recalled what happened last night. Li Zhenruo was lying on his back and didn’t want to move.
Wang Ma was walking around in the living room, and her footsteps suddenly stopped. She said strangely, “Where is the cat?”
Not only the cat was missing, but the cat bed was also missing!
Li Zhenruo intended to continue to lie down and play dead.
Wang Ma was very surprised.
Later, Li Zhenran got up and went downstairs. Wang Ma said to him, “Who took the cat and the cat bed away?”
Li Zhenran frowned upon hearing this, and when he was still speaking, he heard a soft sneeze.
Li Zhenruo’s nose was itchy and he really couldn’t hold it in.
Li Zhenran heard the movement and walked towards the back of the sofa. As soon as he approached, he saw Li Zhenruo’s cat bed and squatted down in front of it.
Li Zhenruo raised his head to look at him, and couldn’t hold back another sneeze.
At this time, Li Zhenzi had come downstairs, he raised his hand to press the back of his neck while walking down the stairs and moved his neck with a somewhat uncomfortable expression.
The headache from the hangover was more unbearable than the cat scratches on his face.
Li Zhenran stood up and asked Li Zhenzi when he saw him, “Do you remember what you did when you came back last night?”
As he heard that, he subconsciously raised his hand to touch the wound on his face. The three scratches were actually not deep, but a little blood came out of the skin, and because they were on the face, they were particularly noticeable.
He frowned and nodded, and said, “I drank too much. I only remember a little.” He didn’t remember it perfectly, and he was bewildered by a lot of unclear scenes. But he still remembered that he was the one who provoked the cat first.
He remembered, and Li Zhenzi was still a little annoyed when he was scratched like that. He glanced in the direction of the cat bed and said strangely, “Where is Dumpling?”
Li Zhenran asked him, “The cat’s name is Dumpling?”
Li Zhenzi nodded. He was not too alarmed by Li Zhenruo’s disappearance. He went to the dining room and poured himself a glass of water.
Li Zhenran looked down at Li Zhenruo, and then said to Li Zhenzi, “It might be frightened.”
He was so scared that he dragged his cat bed behind the sofa.
Li Zhenzi took the water glass and sat down at the table, drinking water and said, “What’s it scared of? I didn’t hit it.” His voice was still a little hoarse.
Wang Ma helped bring breakfast from the kitchen, and said after hearing the words, “You didn’t hear how badly it meowed yesterday as if you were going to kill him.” After finishing speaking, she seemed to feel that the cat was pitiful, and persuaded, “It is also frightened, so don’t be hard on it.”
Li Zhenzi choked while drinking the water, “It scratched me with its paw and I didn’t say anything, but now I have to be sorry for it?”
Wang Ma looked at him with silent condemnation in her gaze.
Li Zhenzi raised his hand and surrendered, “Okay, okay. It’s my fault. I’m not going to argue with a cat, okay? You tell it to come out, and I apologize to it.”
Li Zhenran squatted down again, and did not reach out to catch Li Zhenruo in the cat bed, but opened his palm towards the door of the cat bed.
Li Zhenruo looked at Li Zhenran’s hand, wondering what does this mean? If I come out obediently, doesn’t it mean I have surrendered to you?
However, he quickly thought that now that Li Zhenzi gave him a way out of the situation, he had better follow along. It is better to have Li Zhenran as a supporter than without Li Zhenran. If he didn’t want to be driven out of Li’s house, he might still have to do something.
His heart was completely torn, Li Zhenruo finally stood up and walked slowly towards Li Zhenran. He looked up at Li Zhenran and put his paw on Li Zhenran’s palm.
At that moment Li Zhenran’s expression was slightly stunned, but he didn’t say anything. He just picked him up and walked towards the dining room.
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