Wen Xingchen felt a chill as he was stared at by Lu Kongbin. Just as he was about to find a topic to break the tension, he suddenly saw someone coming out of the main gate. The person patted Lu Kongbin’s shoulder and reproached him, “Blocking guests at the entrance, is this how you behave? Invite them in!”
Lu Jingning, upon seeing the newcomer, showed a joyful expression, “Mom!”
Ye Ling nodded at him, ignoring the sulking Lu Kongbin, and took charge, “This classmate, come in with us.”
From the facial features, Wen Xingchen could easily tell that Lu Jingning and Ye Ling were mother and son. No wonder he didn’t resemble Lu Kongbin at all; turns out he followed his mother.
Wen Xingchen discreetly glanced at the tense expression on Lu Kongbin’s face and casually responded, “Thank you, Auntie.”
Lu Kongbin opened his mouth to say something, but a glance from Ye Ling made him unwillingly hold back his words. He grunted a couple of times and walked into the house with a stern face.
The family dynamics were evident.
Wen Xingchen’s family never had such harmonious interactions between spouses. He couldn’t help but take a closer look. Yet, upon further thought, once he married Lu Jingning, his position at home might not be much higher than Lu Kongbin’s. He retracted his gaze.
Both were individuals played by fate; no one should mock each other.
Ye Ling asked Lulu to help prepare dinner, and the family sat happily (?) in the dining room to start their meal.
The table was quite large. Lu Jingning asked Wen Xingchen to help him pick up the spare ribs placed in the corner. Wen Xingchen naturally picked the largest piece and put it in his bowl.
Ye Ling observed in secret, and a hint of a smile gradually appeared between her eyebrows.
From childhood to adulthood, she had been worried that Lu Jingning’s difficult temperament might make it challenging to find an Alpha. Now, watching the interaction between the two and considering Wen Xingchen’s appearance, she found herself liking them more and more.
As for the sulking old man at home, who behaved like a child despite being an adult, it was better not to mention.
Considering the family’s food chain, Lu Jingning, foreseeing potential issues, quickly gained Ye Ling’s assistance to “cover” him. In the following days, except for being glared at by Lu Kongbin every day, not a single hair on Wen Xingchen’s body was missing.
To prove his previous statements weren’t just boasting, Lu Jingning took Wen Xingchen to various interesting places in the vicinity.
Every day was like a date for the two, making Lu Kongbin’s eyes ache.
In the afternoon, the happy couple returned from outside, only to find Lu Kongbin standing at the front gate like a door god.
Lu Jingning blinked in confusion, “Dad, what are you doing here?”
Lu Kongbin’s gaze passed him and directly fell on Wen Xingchen. He said with a smile that wasn’t quite a smile, “It’s been a few days since I exercised. I want to find someone to move my muscles. How about considering becoming my sparring partner?”
Wen Xingchen: “…”
Regretting eating vinegar in front of his father-in-law, all he could say was that karma was unavoidable.
Sure enough, no matter how one tried to avoid it, a beating was inevitable.
Seeing Lu Jingning about to speak up in defense, Lu Kongbin waved his hand and said, “Let’s go, come with me to the training ground.”
Lu Jingning was about to follow to support his boyfriend, but Ye Ling appeared at the second-floor window, “Ning, come up and help me with something.”
Seeing Lu Jingning hesitating, Wen Xingchen lightly patted his shoulder, reassuring him, “Go ahead. Don’t worry; everything will be fine.”
If it weren’t for the rare seriousness hidden behind that seemingly calm expression, Lu Jingning might have actually believed his words.
After a moment of hesitation, he turned and went upstairs.
Ye Ling wanted to get a book, but the bookshelf was too high for her to reach. Watching her son absentmindedly help her, she couldn’t help but smile and say, “So fond of him?”
Although she didn’t mention names, she knew who she was referring to.
Lu Jingning immediately replied without hesitation, “Yes, I am.”
Ye Ling looked at him with gentle eyes, gently rubbing his hair as if teasing a little dog, “Don’t worry, your dad is just momentarily upset, feeling a bit jealous. When he comes to terms with it, we’ll set a date for your marriage when he’s ready.”
Lu Jingning listened to her suddenly saying these words, and his face, rarely, showed a hint of warmth. With a strained expression, he couldn’t help but snort, “Dad is not young anymore, why would he be jealous? Isn’t that childish!”
Ye Ling lightly chuckled, “You’re still a child in your own way, aren’t you?”
Deep down, Lu Jingning still had concerns. He wanted to go to the training ground and see, but Ye Ling stopped him, “If you want Dad to accept your relationship, you need to give them some alone time. Men, there’s nothing a fist can’t solve.”
Despite Ye Ling’s gentle appearance, she truly lived up to being an Omega from a military family in certain beliefs.
Lu Jingning was actually afraid that Lu Kongbin wouldn’t hold back, after much internal struggle, he ended up lying on the sofa in the living room, absentmindedly watching the live broadcast.
Time passed, and unnoticed, it was already sunset.
Finally, Wen Xingchen’s figure appeared at the front gate.
Just a glance revealed that he looked much more disheveled than when they parted. His hair was messy, clothes covered in dust, a part of his face scr4p3d, wounds scattered and mottled. But this added a touch of wildness that was not present before.
Somehow, it had a unique charm.
Lu Jingning couldn’t help but silently praise his handsomeness in his heart, then felt that Lu Kongbin did indeed not hold back. He hurriedly went up to carefully examine him and asked, “Wen Ge, are you hurt?”
Wen Xingchen shook his head wearily, his voice slightly hoarse from the dry throat, “I’m fine.”
Although he had been rubbed on the ground all afternoon, at least Lu Kongbin had avoided his vital points during the process. It could be considered showing mercy; at least he didn’t beat him to the brink of death.
Lu Kongbin walked in from behind, looking in a better mood than before. He patted Wen Xingchen’s shoulder with a refreshing expression, “Kid, continue tomorrow!”
Wen Xingchen: “……”
Retracting the previous compliment, it might not be showing mercy but rather considering future opportunities for more beatings, part of a sustainable development strategy.
Lu Kongbin seemed to have found a new source of entertainment. Whenever he had time, he would spar with Wen Xingchen, never getting tired of it.
Unbeknownst to them, under such beatings, a week had already passed.
Wen Xingchen gradually got used to this rhythm. To please his father-in-law, he even went to buy several sets of clean clothes and actively cooperated every day, appearing strong and bitter.
Fortunately, heaven helps those who help themselves. He could feel that Lu Kongbin’s gaze seemed less hostile.
This was obviously a significant step in gaining his father-in-law’s approval on the long and arduous journey to become his son-in-law.
It was another day returning from the training ground.
As soon as Wen Xingchen entered the room, he saw Lu Jingning waiting for him at the door.
Judging from the expression, it seemed he wasn’t too happy.
Wen Xingchen walked over, tilted his head, stared at the expressionless face for a while, and asked, “What’s wrong?”
“I’ve decided to talk to Dad.” Lu Jingning’s lips were tightly pursed. “I can’t let him torment you like this in front of me.”
He brought Wen Xingchen back initially to let him relax, but it turned into Lu Kongbin’s free punching bag. How could this be allowed?
Wen Xingchen’s eyes flashed with amusement, “Are you worried about me, Ah Ning?”
“Yes, I’m really worried.” Lu Jingning saw his seemingly indifferent attitude and couldn’t help but glare at him, “Seeing you like this, it feels like you’re enjoying it. Are you a masochist?”
Wen Xingchen raised an eyebrow, “Am I a masochist? You should know better than anyone.”
Lu Jingning: “… Be serious.”
Wen Xingchen looked at his expression and couldn’t help but laugh, “Alright, I have a plan. Trust me, once this period is over, Uncle should approve of our relationship.”
Recalling Ye Ling’s words and now hearing Wen Xingchen’s assurance, although still skeptical, Lu Jingning relaxed a bit, “Really?”
“Really.” Wen Xingchen whispered, “By the way, didn’t you say there’s a new movie to watch together? Why don’t you go back to the room? I’ll take a shower and join you after.”
Lu Jingning’s expression eased a lot, “Okay, I’ll wait for you.”
Seeing Wen Xingchen take out a set of clean clothes and walk into the bathroom, his gaze lingered on the door for a moment before turning away.
Back in the room, after importing the content of the new movie that Lu Xuebai gave him into the device, Lu Jingning sat on the edge of the bed, hugging his body, patiently waiting.
The night had fallen, and the starlight outside was mottled, occasionally accompanied by a slightly cool breeze. Lu Jingning, watching the outside through the window, couldn’t help but daydream, and his thin clothes swayed with the wind.
Everyone told him to wait a bit longer, but with Lu Kongbin’s stubborn temperament that even nine oxen couldn’t move, he didn’t know when he would finally agree.
Lu Jingning silently complained in his heart, pondering, when suddenly he felt that the night wind around him seemed to carry an indiscernible warmth.
At first, this feeling was just faint, but gradually, it became more intense.
When his breath also took on a slightly urgent rhythm in this heated sensation, he finally realized.
It was mating season.
Lu Jingning felt his consciousness gradually becoming blurry. He simply lay on the bed in a daze, but because of the heat, he kicked the blanket to the side and curled up with a pillow.
His pheromone concentration was naturally much higher than others, making him more sensitive to the mating season.
However, because of Su Qian’s reminder last time and not daring to use suppressants recklessly, he could only bite the bullet and wait now.
All he could say was that it was fortunate that Wen Xingchen was here. Everything would be fine when he came over later.
Lu Jingning curled up there in a daze. Finally, unable to bear the heat inside, he couldn’t help but curse silently in his heart.
Damn, is he still not coming? Why is he taking such a long shower!
T/N: Hey there! There is plenty more where that came from, so stay tuned! And stay healthy! Straighten your posture, so some stretches and drink some water before continuing hehe~
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