The atmosphere inside Lu Jinfeng’s study on the second floor was not as relaxed as downstairs.
Lu Jinfeng and Lu Jinlang sat face to face. With a sullen face, Lu Jinfeng said, “What do you mean? Why are you deliberately telling mom? You want to piss her off?”
Lu Jinlang heard the words and said softly, “Eldest brother, you underestimate mom’s character, she may not be very angry.”
After all, Lu Jinlang was Yu He’s youngest child. In fact, she doted on the child a little too much. They relied on Lu Jinfeng, the eldest brother, to keep him in check since childhood.
The old lady was shocked, but he couldn’t tell how angry she was.
Lu Jinfeng sighed heavily, “Jin Lang, aren’t you 34 this year?”
Lu Jinlang nodded.
Lu Jinfeng said, “I just want to see how long you can still play. I thought you would be sensible and sober when you were older, but now you do this kind of thing to me?”
Lu Jinlang said, “It’s because I’m getting older that I have become more and more aware of what I want.” When he said that, he was silent for a moment, “Actually, I was not serious with him at the beginning. As you said, I’m going to have enough fun and get married to a woman. But I found that I couldn’t do it at all. I was serious about him.”
Lu Jinfeng stared at him, “Two men? Have you ever thought that you won’t even have children together? How long can this kind of relationship last?”
Lu Jinlang said, “Second brother and the second sister in law have a child, but how long have they held on?”
Lu Jinfeng was silent upon hearing this.
Lu Jinlang said, “Eldest brother, let me ask you. If you and sister in law didn’t have any children, would you choose to divorce her?”
Lu Jinfeng said in a deep voice, “Of course not.” He and Kang Huanxian had been married for so many years. His wife had suffered with him, bringing up two younger brothers and a mother at that time, and Kang Huanxian never complained. Whether there were children or not, it was impossible to affect the relationship between the two of them.
Lu Jinlang said, “Yes, what is the difference between me and Xinhang? It doesn’t matter whether it is a male or a female, whether we are married or whether we have children. If you don’t love one another, you can still divorce even if you have a child. As long as your feelings are still there, why can’t you live a lifetime without children?”
Lu Jinfeng said, “Don’t tell me those fallacies, isn’t Ke Xinhang still very young?”
”He is twelve years younger than me,” Lu Jinlang said softly.
Lu Jinfeng looked at him, “He is still so young, and you want to stay with him for the rest of your life? Are you sure that he is willing to stay with you for the rest of your life? In ten years, when you are in your forties, he is only in his early thirties. He can turn around at any time, then what are you gonna do?”
Lu Jinlang was silent for a moment, and said, “He won’t.”
His tone was too determined, and Lu Jinfeng couldn’t help being startled slightly, and said, “He won’t? Why do you say he won’t?”
Lu Jinlang told him, “Because he is the person I like, I believe in my own eyes. Will sister in law have a change of heart? You also believe it is impossible, right? Love is not just a fairy tale. Why did mother and father marry back then? Has her heart changed since Dad passed away after so many years? You and sister in law have been supporting each other until now, and you still don’t know anything about feelings between two people in a relationship? Who are you to question our relationship?”
Outside the room, the old lady of the Lu family kept her ears to the door to eavesdrop. When she heard this, her nose was stuffy and her eyes were a little teary.
She sucked her nose hard.
Lu Jinxin couldn’t see it anymore, stretched out her hand and said, “Mom, what are you eavesdropping on!”
The old lady waved her hand to prevent Lu Jinxin from touching her, and accidentally bumped her elbow on the door.
”Who is that?” Lu Jinfeng was a little angry, and shouted, “Come in!”
Lu Jinlang stood up, walked over and opened the door.
The old lady hurriedly hid behind Lu Jinxin.
Lu Jinfeng was about to get angry, and Lu Jinxin said, “It’s Mother who is eavesdropping outside.”
The old lady slapped her second son hard, “Bad boy!”
Originally, Lu Jinfeng didn’t want his mother to know and planned to solve the matter by himself, but Lu Jinlang had already confessed in front of his mother so he had nothing to hide, so he said, “Come in and sit down.”
Kang Huanxian poked her head in through the door and smiled gently, “I’ll bring the fruit in for you.”
The whole family was so peaceful that Lu Jinfeng didn’t have the heart to lose his temper. He waved his hand and said, “Whatever.”
The old lady started to sigh as soon as she sat in.
Lu Jinfeng knew that she had something to say, so he said, “Just say anything you want.”
The old lady glanced at her eldest son and then at her third son, and said, “Although it’s not right for a man to be with a man, I also think you shouldn’t question people’s feelings casually. Who says it’s impossible to last for a lifetime?”
Lu Jinxin couldn’t help laughing when he heard his mother say this.
Lu Jinfeng glared at him, “Don’t laugh!” Sometimes he couldn’t restrain his anger when facing this younger brother.
But as for their mother, the brothers all knew that the old lady was not quite right in her mind. She had been living in a fantasy for a lifetime, kind and straightforward, easy to believe in others, and thought that love was the best feeling in the world. But because of this, she was able to live happily, and the Lu family brothers did not intend to persuade or change her.
But at the moment, it was obvious that after listening to Lu Jinlang say a few words of true love, the old lady’s heart was a little compromised. Lu Jinfeng didn’t intend to let them mess around, and said, “I don’t care whether they are sincere or not. I don’t agree with this matter.”
Lu Jinlang knew that Lu Jinfeng was not that easy to persuade. He wanted to take his time and was not in a hurry.
The old lady still frowned and sighed again.
Kang Huanxian came into the study with the fruit plate and put it on the table for Lu Jinfeng and the others. Just when she heard the old lady sigh, she asked, “Mother in law, why are you sighing? The TV series is about to begin today, are you not going to watch it?”
The old lady struggled for a long time, and finally said what she had been holding back all night, “I still prefer Xiao Zongyan, third child. Even if you don’t have a relationship, you still can invite that kid for dinner. I want to see him.”
”Mom!” Lu Jinfeng thought it was ridiculous. He wasted his saliva and said so many objections to Lu Jinlang. But then, the old lady at home wanted to invite him here.
Lu Jinxin said, “Mom, you are not sick, right?”
Lu Jinfeng scolded him, “How can you talk to mom like that?”
Lu Jinxin crossed his mouth and signalled that he had shut up.
Lu Jinlang stood up and said to his mother, “You can see him anytime you want, and he should also want to see you.”
The old lady glanced at her eldest son and nodded secretly to Lu Jinlang.
On the Lu family’s side, the whole family was buzzing with activity. Wen Jianing drove to see Ke Xinfan by himself after finishing work.
Ke Xinfan was not in the ward when he arrived but went to smoke on the balcony outside the corridor.
Wen Jianing had only intended to say hello to him.
Ke Xinfan said, “Are you alone today? Where is Lu Jinlang?”
These days, as long as Lu Jinlang was free, he would come with him. They came to see Ke Xinfan almost every day.
Ke Xinfan actually felt a little strange, “Don’t you hate me? Why do you still rush to see me like this every day?”
Wen Jianing told him, “I don’t hate you too much. It’s you who has never said any good words since you came back. What do you want me to do to you?”
Ke Xinfan sighed with a cigarette in his mouth.
Wen Jianing asked him, “When will you be discharged from the hospital?”
Ke Xinfan said, “The doctor checked me in the ward this morning and said I would be discharged next week.”
”That’s good,” Wen Jianing said, “Next week we will make some time to go back to our hometown and pay respects to… Our mom and dad.”
He left Ke Xinfan, and Wen Jianing went to pick Wen Lin up from the set.
Because he called Wen Lin suddenly, when Wen Jianing arrived, the shooting here was not over yet.
The abused scenes had basically all been filmed. Now, the ongoing scene was that after the teenager played by Wen Lin was found by his biological mother, he still fell into a boundless nightmare.
He fell asleep at night and was awakened by nightmares. His mother came to his room and turned on the light to comfort him.
When he was held in his arms by the actor who played his biological mother, he started crying. The cry was very heartbreaking, and the tears couldn’t stop flowing down.
Because of the themes of the movie, the crew had always had a dull atmosphere. Even if a scene was over, almost no one spoke loudly, and each prepared for the next work in an orderly manner.
The director then said that they could call it a day.
Wen Lin stood up from the bed and stood there for a while.
Wen Jianing could feel that Wen Lin’s mental state had not improved at all. He stepped forward and said to him, “You alright? Can we go now?”
Wen Lin suddenly snapped back to his consciousness and said, “Oh, Xinhang, you are here.”
Wen Jianing patted him on the shoulder, “Go change your clothes, we will have dinner together tonight.”
Wen Lin nodded, “Okay.”
While Wen Lin went to change his clothes, Wen Jianing approached Zhu Zexin and asked him if Wen Lin had not seen a psychiatrist.
Zhu Zexin said, “The doctor is too busy, and the appointments have been filled recently. I will do it as soon as possible in two days.”
Wen Jianing said to him, “Wen Lin’s mental state is too unstable, please contact him as soon as possible. If you really can’t get in touch, just call me and I will help you to contact him.”
Zhu Zexin seemed to be in a hurry, and said, “I know. Then I will leave first. Will you send Wen Lin back?”
Wen Jianing nodded.
When Zhu Zexin left, Wen Lin also changed his clothes and took off his makeup.
He had lost a lot of weight recently, and his face looked pale, which was very suitable for his role. He looked like a sick and beautiful young man.
Wen Jianing went over to pat him on his shoulders.
He smiled and asked, “Where to go? What to eat?”
Wen Jianing said, “What do you want to eat?”
Wen Lin tilted his head and thought for a while.
Wen Jianing was making plans quickly. He wanted to take Wen Lin to a warm and bright place that could make people feel happy. But they were destined to not be able to go to public places, so at this time he thought of Lanlu.
The small courtyard where he stayed with Lu Jinlang in Lanlu and the elegant private room of Japanese decoration all made Wen Jianing feel comfortable.
And since it was on the outskirts of the city, it would take less than an hour to walk around the city directly, so it was better to stay one night and get to the studio in time tomorrow morning.
When he saw that Wen Lin hadn’t made a decision for a long time, he said first, “Let’s go to Lanlu, the environment over there is good.”
Wen Lin immediately agreed upon hearing this, “Okay, let’s go there.”
Wen Jianing drove off, and when he got in the car, he called Lu Jinlang and said that he would not go back to sleep tonight.
At this time, Lu Jinlang just came out of Lu Jinfeng’s study, stood in the corridor and stopped, and said, “Why? Are you going to spend the night with Wen Lin?”
Wen Jianing didn’t say anything like wanting to make Wen Lin open up in front of Wen Lin. He just said to Lu Jinlang, “Yes, can I sleep with Wen Lin tonight?”
Lu Jinlang smiled, “You didn’t ask me before you made a decision?”
Wen Jianing said, “I’m asking for your permission now, Boss Lu.”
Lu Jinlang said softly, “Have fun, let him relax, and don’t sleep too late.”
When the two of them were talking on the phone, the old lady Lu got close to Lu Jinlang and suddenly grabbed Lu Jinlang’s arm and said, “Are you talking to that kid?”
”Mom?” Lu Jinlang turned his head in surprise.
Wen Jianing was also surprised on the phone and suddenly became nervous.
The old lady said to Lu Jinlang, “Oh, tell him it’s me, it’s xiao He, does he remember me?”
Lu Jinlang hadn’t spoken yet, but Wen Jianing had already heard the conversation on the other side of the phone. He said to Lu Jinlang, “You tell Aunt Lu, I still remember her.”
Lu Jinlang said, “You have to call her xiao He, or she will be unhappy.”
Wen Jianing held back a smile and called out, “Xiao He.”
Lu Jinlang put the phone to the ear of the old lady and asked her, “Do you hear it?”
The old lady nodded repeatedly.
Lu Jinlang then said to Wen Jianing, “Okay, I’ll hang up. Drive safely.”
Wen Jianing gave an “um” and then hung up the phone.
Wen Lin was listening to him talking on the phone. At this moment, he smiled and said, “I never thought that you and Lu Jinlang would become like this.”
Wen Jianing thought of the old lady Lu, still couldn’t help smiling, and turned his head to look at Wen Lin, “What do we look like now?”
Wen Lin thought for a while but didn’t know how to describe it, so he said, “Looks very happy.”
Wen Jianing then said to him, “Then get a girlfriend.” He felt that Wen Lin’s mental condition might be improved if he could find someone to communicate with and share with him.
Wen Lin didn’t say anything. He raised his head and took a deep breath. He felt depressed and low, and even he seemed to have trouble breathing.
”Let’s talk about it later,” Wen Lin said later.
Wen Jianing did not press him again, but later called Yi Nan and said, “Are you free to eat together? It’s been a long time since you were in Asia.”
Yi Nan recently accompanied his mother Yun Shuying on a trip around the country, where he took a semester of acting courses, and just returned from abroad. Next, the company still picked up a TV series for him and packaged it according to how it was previously. They believe it would be another hit.
Before the TV series started filming, he had been at home all the time.
Yi Nan hesitated when Wen Jianing said to go to Lanlu, “So far?”
Wen Jianing said, “Will you come? Let’s sleep together tonight.”
Yi Nan was taken aback, and then a little annoyed, “Who wants to sleep with you? Pervert!”
Wen Jianing laughed happily when Yi Nan said this to him.
Yi Nan said before hanging up, “Wait for me, I will be there soon.”
The author has something to say:
I had to work late this afternoon, so I came back a little late.
Yi Nan is really like a tsundere （○´艸｀）
And just a food for thoughts, there is a reason why some family is obsessed with having a kid and think that in any situation, it’s way better to have a child. It is because they feel the need to continue blood and family name. It’s illogical I know, but it’s a principle that they held high no matter how illogical it sounds to other people
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I think another less explicitly discussed reason for families wanting kids is so that there’s someone to take care of the elderly and occasionally keep them company once the people they know have passed. For example, like what the three brothers are doing for the mother. Of course, this is traditionally; now many elderly just get tossed into a nursing home once they can’t live on their own.