Chapter 55

  It was not appropriate for a large family to stand outside and talk, so Lu Jinlang said, “Mom, you and sister in law should go in first before continuing the talk.”

  When he saw this, Wen Jianing hurriedly said, “Then, I’ll take my leave.”

  The old lady Lu immediately became anxious. She took Wen Jianing’s hand and said, “Xinhang, I can call you that, right? Are you friends with our third child?”

  Wen Jianing can only nod, “Yes, Madam Lu.”

  The old lady patted her chest with her other hand, “I am Xiao He.”

  Lu Jinlang hurriedly stepped forward to rescue him, reached out to his mother to let her loosen her grip on Wen Jianing, and at the same time said, “Xiao He, don’t make things difficult.” Then he said to Wen Jianing, “You can call her aunt or auntie.”

  Wen Jianing said, “Aunt Lu, I won’t bother you.”

  Old lady Lu said, “You’re not bothering me, don’t leave in a hurry. Give me an autograph before you go. Sister in law, bring me my notebook!”

  Kang Huanxian said helplessly, “Mom, you didn’t bring your notebook with you.”

  Lu Jinlang coaxed her and said, “I will ask Xinhang to give you an autographed photo next time, Okay? He still has something to do now. Why are you stopping him from leaving?”

  The old lady Lu finally compromised, and Lu Jinlang asked his sister in law to help the other into the house. The old lady turned her head to look at Wen Jianing, clutching her chest with a look of dismay, and it was as if pink bubbles were floating in the air.

  When he saw that Tong Tong had also entered the house, Lu Jinlang said to Wen Jianing, “I’m sorry to have delayed you.”

  Wen Jianing looked at Lu Jinlang and shook his head, “Aunt Lu has a lovely personality.”

  Lu Jinlang smiled softly, “My mom seems to have never grown up in her entire life.” He said as he walked with Wen Jianing toward the parking direction.

  Wen Jianing sighed, “The old lady must be very happy in life.”

  Lu Jinlang didn’t speak.

  The old lady Lu’s life had indeed been considered happy. She was born into a privileged family when she was a child. Everyone in the family treated her like a princess. Later, when she met a poor boy that she had to marry, her family did not object. After getting married, she left it to her husband to continue to spoil her. The only unfortunate thing was that the husband passed away so soon. However, at that time her eldest son, who was already a teenager at that time, was already sensible. The eldest daughter in law was also gentle and virtuous. The husband and wife usually looked after the following two younger brothers and basically didn’t let her worry about anything.

  The old lady liked beautiful and delicate things and knew how to enjoy life. Sometimes she was like a 17 or 18 year old girl with unrealistic delusions.

  People like that were like someone who lived inside a fairy tale.

  After he got into the car, Wen Jianing pressed down the window.  

   Lu Jinlang stood by the car door, slightly lowered his head and said to him, “In addition to your character, there is another male lead. Who do you think is more suitable?”

  Wen Jianing thought for a moment in silence, and asked Lu Jinlang, “You haven’t thought of a suitable candidate yet?”

  Lu Jinlang shook his head, “I want to use a newcomer.”

  Wen Jianing asked, “Why?”

  Lu Jinlang said, “I guess because they have more potential.”

  Wen Jianing asked him, “Why haven’t you thought about acting in it yourself?”

  Lu Jinlang smiled lightly and said, “It’s not suitable for me. I don’t have the energy to direct and act on my own either.”

  Wen Jianing nodded, “You should try and find a suitable newcomer.”

  With that, Wen Jianing started the car and prepared to leave.

  ”Be careful on the road,” Lu Jinlang said to him.

  Wen Jianing said, “Okay.”

  The car drove out slowly. Wen Jianing saw from the rearview mirror that Lu Jinlang stood in place and never moved, and he could not help but raise his head trying to find Lu Jinlang’s figure in the rearview mirror until he could not see the other side anymore.

  After that, Wen Jianing also began to unconsciously pay attention to the newcomers who were suitable for the role.

  For this movie, he always had a feeling that it was like his and Lu Jinlang’s joint efforts. Although they were separated, they were going to leave something behind.

  In fact, this was not a very good thing. If he wanted to break up, it was better not to meet again altogether. Although it was because of work, after spending two days together like this, Wen Jianing felt that he still could feel completely calm.

  Sometimes he even felt that meeting him like this was an excuse. Only under the cover of this excuse, he would have a reason to meet Lu Jinlang.

  Wen Jianing lay in front of the computer desk and reached out to fiddle with the pair of bears placed next to the computer. At first, he put them in his bedroom. Later, he felt that they affected his mood and moved to his study. Now he was thinking, why was he bringing them out?

  Less than a week later, Lu Jinlang called Wen Jianing and asked him to watch a video.

  Wen Jianing caught a cold these past few days. He spoke in a stuffy voice and asked, “What video?”

  Lu Jinlang said to him, “I found a good actor.”

  Wen Jianing drove to Lu Jinlang’s house. As soon as he entered the house, he saw Lu Jinlang’s nephew Tongtong sticking his head out of the two vertical railings on the second floor and staring at him.

  Lu Jinlang said, “You don’t have to pay any attention to him.” 

  Lu Jinlang’s so-called video was a disc that someone gave to him. The content was this year’s graduation performance video of the acting major in the Academy of Film. This performance style was closer to drama. Due to the limitations of the stage and distance, everyone’s performances would appear relatively exaggerated, so as to facilitate the audience to capture their expressions and actions. Of course, the drama was also the major test of the actor’s ability, because there was no NG, and no laugh.

  Wen Jianing sat down on the sofa and heard Lu Jinlang ask, “Do you want to drink coffee?”

  He shook his head, “I’ll just have hot water.”

  Lu Jinlang heard that there was something wrong with his voice. He stopped and looked down at him, “Did you catch a cold?”

  Wen Jianing gave a soft “um”.

  ”Have you taken some medicine?” Lu Jinlang asked.

  Wen Jianing nodded, “Maybe the medicine doesn’t work that fast.”

  Lu Jinlang said, “Do you want to see the doctor?”

  Wen Jianing showed hesitation and rejection for an instant.

  Lu Jinlang said to him, “If it’s doctor Xia, are you still worried?”

  Wen Jianing hesitated, “Let’s wait for two more days if it doesn’t get better.”

  Lu Jinlang didn’t force it and went into the kitchen to pour hot water for him.

  Wen Jianing looked up and saw that Tongtong still stretched his head between the two railings motionless, looking at Wen Jianing blankly.

  The video was recorded at the performance stage, and the effect was not very good. Moreover, due to the fixed position, the actions and expressions could not be seen clearly from some angles.

  However, Wen Jianing quickly noticed which newcomer Lu Jinlang said he was looking for. He was a tall young man with firm features and an expressionless face that looked a bit fierce, but once he smiled, he seemed like a bright and easygoing person.

  Wen Jianing couldn’t help but lean closer to take a closer look.

  After the video was over, he said to Lu Jinlang, “I think he’s good, but ask him to do an audition.”

  After he finished speaking, he sneezed twice.

  Lu Jinlang handed him the toilet paper, and sighed softly, “Take care of your body.”

  While wiping his nose with a tissue, Wen Jianing looked up at Lu Jinlang. When he wanted to say something, he noticed Tongtong who was looking at him on the second floor.

  ”Your nephew is still there,” Wen Jianing felt that the child was a little weird.

  Lu Jinlang still said, “Don’t worry about him.” He stood up, “Wait a minute, I’ll make a call first.”

  After Lu Jinlang left, Wen Jianing walked toward the stairs, raised his head and looked up, “Kid? What are you doing?”

  Tongtong opened his mouth, then looked sideways and found that Lu Jinlang was not there. He then said in a low voice to Wen Jianing, “My head is stuck.”

  Wen Jianing’s eyes widened, and hurriedly ran upstairs to squat down beside him, “Your head is stuck?”

  Tongtong said, “Shh, keep your voice down.”

  Wen Jianing could hardly understand,  “Why don’t you tell your third uncle?”

  Tongtong said, “He’ll tell my dad, and my dad will beat me up.”

  Wen Jianing didn’t know whether to cry or laugh. He stretched out his hand to test the position where Tongtong was stuck and found that the gap was not too tight and would not affect his breathing, but he did not dare to pull his head out, mainly because he was afraid of hurting the child.

  When Tongtong saw Wen Jianing about to stand up, he quickly grabbed him, “Don’t tell him.”

  Wen Jiaying, who could care less about this at this time, said, “Don’t be silly. If your dad knows it too late, he will be distressed. He won’t beat you. Won’t your third uncle find out if you are stuck here all night?”

  When he heard what Wen Jianing said, Tongtong thought about it and compromised.

  Wen Jianing shouted to Lu Jinlang and told him that his nephew’s head was stuck in the railing.

  Afraid of hurting the child, they didn’t dare to pull his head out with brute force. Finally, they found someone to help and deform the two wooden railings with tools, so that Tongtong smoothly stretched out his head.

  During this time, Lu Jinxin arrived. Tongtong, who had never cried from beginning to end, was scared when he saw him and kept hiding behind Lu Jinlang.

  Lu Jinlang stopped in front of Lu Jinxin and said, “It’s all my fault. I didn’t watch the kid properly. Don’t scare him.”

  Lu Jinxin said, “I didn’t say I wanted to hit him,” he waved to Tongtong. “Come here and let me see.”

  Tongtong hesitated for a moment, Lu Jinlang knelt down and said to him, “Go to your Dad, he won’t hit you.” Then Tongtong finally walked in Lu Jinxin’s direction.

  Lu Jinxin picked him up and checked his neck and head for any injuries. “Should we go to the hospital to check it?” he asked.

  Wen Jianing said, “He isn’t stuck that bad, the gap in the middle is quite loose.”

  Lu Jinxin looked at Wen Jianing, and then asked Lu Jinlang, “Why is he here again? Didn’t you two break up?”

  Wen Jianing was a little unhappy when he heard his impolite tone. He put his hands in his pockets and said, “What does it have to do with you?”

  Before Lu Jinxin was provoked, Lu Jinlang said, “If it weren’t for him, I might not have found the child stuck until now.”

  Lu Jinxin heard what he said, and he turned his head to look at his son. His expression facing Wen Jianing suddenly eased a lot

  Lu Jinlang continued, “Leaving Tongtong here with me is not the solution. I don’t have the time and energy to watch over him for 24 hours. You know how your son’s character is. I’m afraid that something will happen next time. Send him to mom’s side, at least the second sister in law will help watch him.”

  Lu Jinxin stretched out his big hand to rub his son’s head.

  Tongtong seemed to feel aggrieved suddenly. He opened his mouth and cried out, saying, “I miss mom.”

  Lu Jinlang said to him, “You know you don’t have the right to prevent a mother and her son from seeing each other, do you?”

  Lu Jinxin said, “I will take him back first.”

  Lu Jinlang and Wen Jianing sent Lu Jinxin out together. Lu Jinxin still hadn’t got the answer yet, so he turned back and asked Lu Jinlang, “Did you guys get back together again?”

  Wen Jianing said, “Mr. Lu, please speak politely.”

  Lu Jinlang smiled, “What is it to you?”

  Lu Jinxin cursed in a low voice. He turned and got into the car with his son. Before he left, he pressed the window and waved his hand to Wen Jianing and said, “Thank you.”

  Wen Jianing waved back, “You’re welcome.”

  Wen Jianing coughed twice as he watched Lu Jinxin drive away.

  Lu Jinlang reached out and took off his jacket and draped it over his shoulders.

  ”No need,” Wen Jianing quickly refused.

  Lu Jinlang said, “Wear it, and be careful of catching a cold again.”

  When he went back that night, Wen Jianing’s cold got worse. He took the medicine and wrapped himself up in bed. He thought that maybe it would be better if he wanted to sleep.

  However, he didn’t know if it was because his body felt uncomfortable, but he was groggy and didn’t fall asleep for a long time. His breath was burning, and his nose and mouth were so hot and sore that he felt that he might have a fever.

  He didn’t find any fever inducing medicine at home. He always thought he was young and fit before, but he didn’t expect a small cold to last a few days.

   Wen Jianing finally chose to call Xia Yan. In fact, Wen Jianing was really thankful to Lu Jinlang. Lu Jinlang was right. Since the two of them couldn’t last for a lifetime, they should always make more plans for themselves. He couldn’t never not get sick.

  Xia Yan came over after more than an hour.

  Wen Jianing heard the doorbell sound, got up from the bed wearing pyjamas and went down to open the door, but when he opened the door, he saw Lu Jinlang standing outside the door.

  At that moment, Wen Jianing was a little taken aback. He thought he had dialled the wrong number.

  But Lu Jinlang came with Xia Yan, and the person who called Lu Jinlang was Xia Yan. His original intention was that Lu Jinlang could accompany him when he was treating Wen Jianing so that he could reduce the other party’s resistance. He didn’t know about the awkward relationship between Lu Jinlang and Wen Jianing now.

  Lu Jinlang asked Wen Jianing to go back and lie down on the bed.

  Xia Yan took out his stethoscope and stood by the bed to examine him.

  In fact, Wen Jianing had not recovered from his cold, and now he had a fever. His body felt uncomfortable, but Xia Yan says it was not too serious. He left Wen Jianing a fever-reducing medicine and asked him to take the medicine on time.

  ”Thank you,” Lu Jinlang got up and sent him downstairs.

  Xia Yan said, “If the fever still doesn’t go away after two hours, it’s best to send him to the hospital. I have no way to inject him with a fever-reducing injection now, so I can only continue to observe.”

  Lu Jinlang heard the words and said, “I know.”

  After sending Xia Yan out, Lu Jinlang returned to Wen Jianing’s room on the second floor and found that he seemed to have fallen asleep. Probably the medicine Xia Yan prescribed contained sleeping ingredients.

  This was the first time Lu Jinlang had come into Wen Jianing’s house. He couldn’t help but raise his head and look around the house. In fact, if Lu Jinlang had been in the past, he would have known that this house was almost the same as in the past, but it was a pity that he would not find anything now.

  Wen Jianing on the bed slept deeply. Lu Jinlang sat on the edge of the bed, and after a while, he stretched out his hand to touch his head. His hands were full of sweat, but his body temperature was slowly reduced.

  Wen Jianing stayed asleep until dawn the next morning. He opened his eyes and felt confused. It took a while to recall what happened last night.

  It was quiet inside the house, and he was alone.

  He thought that Lu Jinlang had left with Xia Yan last night, but when he went downstairs, he heard a noise from the kitchen and walked over to find that Lu Jinlang was making breakfast.

  It was like waking up to many mornings before when he could see Lu Jinlang’s back in the kitchen when he got up. In today’s atmosphere, Wen Jianing felt somewhat uncomfortable for no reason. Of course, this could be attributed to his mental frailty caused by his illness.

  ”You’re awake already?” Lu Jinlang asked him, “Have some porridge. You don’t have much here, so I can only cook some white porridge.”

  Wen Jianing wanted to speak but found his voice completely hoarse overnight. He then said “Thank you,” with some difficulty.

  Lu Jinlang smiled and said nothing.

  He put the porridge on the dining table, Wen Jianing sat down and asked Lu Jinlang, “Where did you sleep last night?”

  Lu Jinlang said, “Sofa.”

  ”I’m sorry,” Wen Jianing said.

  Lu Jinlang said, “Stop talking and get a doctor sooner next time before it drags on badly again.”

  Wen Jianing nodded.

  After eating, Lu Jinlang took the bowl to the kitchen to wash, and Wen Jianing went to the bathroom to take a shower.

  The bathroom equipment inside the bathroom had not been changed since Wen Jianing moved back to live there. It still used the old water heater and shower. He didn’t know if it is due to ageing, but at this time, the nozzle was a bit blocked and the hot water couldn’t get out for half a day.

  Wen Jianing took off all his clothes, and suddenly felt an unspeakable frustration, so he sat down next to the bathtub naked.

  After a while, the bathroom door suddenly opened from the outside.

  Wen Jianing raised his head in surprise and realized that he was usually alone and used to not having thought to lock the bathroom door.

  The person who came in was Lu Jinlang. Wen Jianing was frantically looking for clothes, but he didn’t even have any at hand.

  Lu Jinlang reached out and took the bath towel hung on the wall and threw it to him.

  He hurriedly blocked his lower body and asked, “Why did you get in here?”

  Lu Jinlang said, “I didn’t hear the sound of the water running, and I thought you fainted. What? Still not sick enough to be out here in the cold without clothes?”

  Wen Jianing sighed and said, “The shower is broken.”

  Lu Jinlang walked to him and said, “Get up, let me see.”


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