Translated by Vivian of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Lu YunYang was away on a business trip, though Guan Jin was too lazy to care about the details.
Wen JingHan must’ve taken the wrong medicine, seeing as he had taken the initiative to hand the current case to the higher-ups, saying something about how it involved too many organizations both within the country and abroad, and that it wasn’t something that could be handled by the bureau. Guan Jin had a lot of free time on his hands nowadays, so he would eat extravagantly by himself, walk the dog, and watch movies, all in all living a leisurely life.
A-Gua was already a majestic chow chow now, and his furry head was quite imposing and dignified. Moreover, he was always disdainful of strangers, and his arrogance made Guan Jin want to introduce him to the Duke.
Tonight, Guan Jin was brushing A-Gua’s fur when the doorbell suddenly rang. Besides his colleagues and the Lu family, Guan Jin didn’t know anyone else around here, so who could be visiting at this hour?
He walked to the door and looked through the peephole; the man seemed to be very familiar. He opened the door, revealing a tall man with a solemn expression. When he saw Guan Jin open the door, he seemed to be stunned.
Guan Jin blinked and looked down at A-Gua, who was rubbing against the man’s legs, which meant it was someone familiar. He looked up at the person again; besides the extra wrinkles on his face, eyes that had seen the vicissitudes of life, and a few grey hairs, he was clearly an older version of Lu YunShen.
“…Did your wife run away with someone else?” This was the only reason Guan Jin could think of.
“…” The face of the person in the doorway turned many different shades, and he was practically shaking in anger. In all his years, this was the first time hearing someone use that as a greeting.
“Uh, who are you looking for?” Guan Jin asked casually, using his foot to get A-Gua back inside.
“Does Lu YunYang live here?” The man narrowed his eyes.
“Yes, but he’s away on a business trip.”
“I know.” The man walked in impolitely. Guan Jin hesitated for a moment, but he didn’t stop him.
“Please sit.” Guan Jin turned around to go find tea leaves.
The man sat down on the sofa and examined his surroundings, dissatisfied. “This place is quite clean, but it’s too old and small.”
Guan Jin put down the biluochun 1 leaves he was holding and silently picked up a random type of green tea before walking back.
When the tea was ready, Guan Jin poured some for him. The two of them sat on opposite ends of the coffee table, and the steam from the tea slowly rose between them… Both of them were silent, gazing at the evaporating water vapor for a long time.
“Who are you?” He clearly couldn’t stand the silence anymore.
“…It’s not like I know who Guan Jin is!”
“Yet you still asked.”
In the end, Guan Jin felt like he shouldn’t make things too awkward, so he added, “I’m a police officer in the Special Cases Unit, and Lu YunYang is our team’s consultant. And you are…”
As I thought. “Senior Lu.”
Senior?! He thinks I’m old? Lu Shang felt extremely unhappy; ever since he had come to this door, he hadn’t felt happy.
“Are you here for something?”
“I can’t visit the place my son lives in? Come to think of it, why do you live here?” Lu Shang tried not to think too deeply into it.
“This is my apartment, where would I live if not here?”
“Your apartment? Why does YunYang live in your apartment?” He felt apprehensive.
“I’m afraid you’ll have to ask him that.”
Lu Shang was very dissatisfied with this young person’s indifferent attitude.
“Moreover, your son never pays the rent or utility bills.”
“Is there anything else? If not, then I’m going to make dinner.” Guan Jin tried to euphemistically tell him to leave. For the sake of both of their safeties, it was probably best if they weren’t alone together for too long.
How come I’ve been looked down upon by that brat?! “What a coincidence, I haven’t eaten yet either.”
“Then I won’t have you stay for tea, I don’t want to ruin your appetite.”
As he sliced cucumbers in the kitchen, Guan Jin sighed. Besides trouble, that damned sham of a psychic never brought anything else back.
A-Gua was happily sitting in the living room, waiting to be fed by this person with a somewhat familiar scent. Lu Shang looked at the dog for a while before picking up a slice of apple and bringing it close to A-Gua’s mouth.
A-Gua swallowed it immediately. Lu Shang looked at his finger that was now covered in dog saliva and silently wiped it with a napkin.
A-Gua barked: Give me another one~
The atmosphere at the dinner table was still strange, but Guan Jin started eating. Lu Shang ate a bite, frowned, and ate a bite of another dish, frowning again.
“Who usually cooks?”
“Why don’t you cook?”
“Between Lu YunYang and me, whose food would you rather eat?”
“…Who buys the groceries?”
“Who washes the clothes?”
“Who cleans the house?!”
“Then what do you do?!”
“I provide payment for rent and utility bills.”
Lu Shang was speechless.
As Guan Jin ate, he moved the plate of braised pork that Lu Shang kept reaching his chopsticks into closer to himself.
He had never seen this level of rudeness and lack of respect for one’s elders! Lu Shang was very angry.
“People with high cholesterol need to eat more greens,” Guan Jin said indifferently.
“Hm? How do you know I have high cholesterol?”
“Lu YunYang told me.”
Lu Shang’s expression was conflicted, but he humphed and began eating the vegetables.
Meanwhile, Lu YunYang had finished his academic activities and was rushing to get back. Although Guan Jin had expressed his doubts about the purpose of his trip before he left, he really had gone to attend a meeting. As for those random people who had been begging him to stay longer, he had completely ignored them. At this time, his first priority was to go home and hug Guan Jin.
Although Lu YunYang was a little tired from the jetlag as he took a taxi home, when he thought about how he would return to that cozy apartment soon, he felt giddy.
When he got to the building, he looked up and saw that the lights were still on in the apartment, and he felt a little disappointed that he couldn’t make a sneak attack. However, it would still be very pleasurable to see Guan Jin’s surprised expression.
He flung open the door. “Darling, I’m back!”
A-Gua scampered across the living room to greet him.
When he saw his father show up at someone else’s house in the middle of the night, Lu YunYang could only think of one reason: “Your wife ran away with someone else?!”
Guan Jin closed the door silently as the scene of the furious father getting mad at his unfilial son ensued…