Chapter 51: Will He or Won’t He?
Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
“Whoa!” Before Qiao Xi could jump back on the bed, he was picked up by Han Tian. Moreover, it was the kind of hug that a child would have—one hand on his back and one hand on his butt.
Qiao Xi, who was afraid that he might fall, tightly wrapped his arms around Han Tian’s neck, while his legs subconsciously wrapped around Han Tian’s waist.
And his face, and Han Tian’s nearly touched each other.
Qiao Xi, who didn’t know where to look, could only bury his head in Han Tian’s neck, while muttering in a low voice, “I… I didn’t mean to be barefoot.”
Han Tian lowered his head and asked softly in his ear, “So, are you waiting for me to carry you back?”
Qiao Xi didn’t know whether to answer yes or no to such a question.
He could only grunt, let Han Tian put himself back on the bed, pull the quilt over to cover his legs, and then reluctantly found an excuse. “I, I just want to get my phone to see what happened in the past few days.”
“Oh, did you see anything then?” Han Tian asked while taking away the cup Su Rui left behind, retrieving one from the cabinet, and pouring Qiao Xi a glass of water.
Qiao Xi looked down and pondered for a while before saying slowly, “I saw… The one called Zheng Tong, fell down?”
“Hm? Zheng Tong?” Han Tian responded, as if recalling for a moment, before saying, “You mean Sang Sang’s ex-boyfriend, the one I called the police about last time? Wasn’t he supposed to be detained? Or has he been released? I haven’t been paying attention.”
“Oh…” Qiao Xi nodded, thinking, Well, it’s only normal not to pay attention.
He took a sip of water and said, “Actually, I’m not concerned about that scum either. I saw that there was something strange about the place where he fell. It’s the third hospital, that is, the place where Xiao Guang was hospitalized.”
“Ah…” Han Tian showed some realization, and then smiled and said, “Let’s not talk about that scum. The day after you fell asleep, Xiao Guang was discharged from the hospital. I had a video call with him, and he even greeted you on the phone and told you he was sorry. What a polite and nice boy.”
“Hmm? Little Guang is really out of the hospital? Qiao Xi’s eyes straightened, “I… I thought I was dreaming… I dreamed that Little Guang was going to be discharged from the hospital, and then we went to see him. Then we met that scumbag who attacked Xiao Guang… Then Xiao Guang fell from the 19th floor…”
Han Tian frowned and reached out to caress Qiao Xi’s face, his words were all heartfelt: “What are you dreaming about? That scumbag doesn’t even know Xiao Guang, so why would he attack him in the children’s ward? Could it be that when you were asleep, you heard Xiao Guang’s voice on the phone, or maybe you heard the news about Zheng Tong’s fall on TV, and then you combined the two pieces of information in your brain and had a strange dream?”
Oh… That sounds like it makes sense?
Moreover, if it was really me holding Xiao Guang who fell from the building, it would have been in the news and on Weibo, so how could there be no news?
Then Han Tian took his phone out of his back pocket and handed it to Qiao Xi, saying, “Look, I was worried that you would ask after you woke up, so I recorded it for you.”
Qiao Xi opened the video, and there was indeed Xiao Guang, smiling and greeting Han Tian and Qiao Xi, with Yan Linlin and Tong Tong beside him.
He took a closer look at Xiao Guang’s face in the picture and found that although the boy’s face was not as good as it could be, it was certain that there were absolutely no half-hearted wounds.
Phew, Qiao Xi gently let out his breath, and the corners of his mouth slightly curled up.
“What? Are you so happy to see that Little Guang is really fine?” Han Tian asked with a smile.
Qiao Xi glanced at him with his legs curled up, and hugging his own calves with his chin resting on his knees, and murmured, “Actually, in my dream, when Little Guang was falling down, I tried to save him and jumped out myself…”
He hesitated, peeked at Han Tian’s face, and was silent for a long time before he whispered, “Then, after jumping out, I seemed to… I grew wings and turned into a, uh, uh, monster? Then, I landed on the ground and everyone was saying, ‘monster monster’—and then, you appeared too…”
When he said this, Qiao Xi’s nose got sore and tears actually sprang up again.
He buried his head, thinking, What am I doing? I know it’s a dream, why am I still so sad?
“You…” Han Tian sighed softly and sat on the edge of the bed, caressing Qiao Xi’s trembling shoulders while gently kissing the top of his head. “So did I say you were a monster in your dream?”
Qiao Xi shook his head and said, “No. But I was so scared. I was so scared that I ran away, and then it seemed like you were chasing me from behind…”
Han Tian stroked his hair one by one, and his tone was heartbreaking. “What were you afraid of?”
Qiao Xi, who was already inexplicably sad, was even sadder now for some reason, and simply hung onto Han Tian’s neck, saying with a sobbing voice, “I’m afraid you’ll say I’m a monster too, afraid you’ll… will… Hate me…”
Han Tian cupped his face and wiped away the tears from his eyes little by little, his eyes solemn. “Qiao Xi, I said you would be cute with or without a tail. And then, I repeat, whether you have wings, or horns, or any other tentacles, or whatever, in my eyes, you are not a monster, you are just as worthy of love as you are now.”
Qiao Xi was frozen once again.
His mind buzzed, his eyes were out of focus, and his face looked as if he was dreaming.
The expression on his face was as if he was dreaming, until Han Tian couldn’t help himself and took Qiao Xi’s chin and shook it. “That’s all you dreamed about? Don’t you have anything else?”
Qiao Xi then came back to his senses, his eyes gradually meeting Han Tian’s face.
Han Tian’s face was so close, so close that it seemed his eyelashes could brush his face.
Qiao Xi even forgot how to breathe, and could only tilt his head and say dumbly, “It’s not that… I also dreamed of you, doing something else…”
“Oh? Dreamed about what I did?” Han Tian slowly spoke.
Looking at Han Tian’s thin lips, and the hidden tongue, Qiao Xi only felt that his heart was about to pop out of his chest.
The touch of that kiss in the dream was so real, so unforgettable to him.
He was under the spell of a compulsion, and involuntarily, his face got closer to Han Tian, and even their foreheads were pressed against each other.
Why was Han Tian’s forehead always so cold?
And when he took a closer look, the area around Han Tian’s eyes was blue again.
Qiao Xi jumped and shrank back, touched Han Tian’s face with his hand and whispered, “Why do I feel that you don’t look well again?”
Han Tian pursed his lips, hiding a touch of disappointment under his eyes, put his arm around Qiao Xi’s head and rubbed his hair, saying while rubbing, “You’ve been asleep for 7 days, how can I look good?”
Qiao Xi felt like a hamster, being rubbed and rubbed by this man, but still felt quite comfortable.
He simply rubbed his face on Han Tian’s shoulder and grunted, “I’m sorry. I don’t know why I suddenly fell asleep…”
Han Tian’s lips touched his hair again and said, “Why are you sorry? I didn’t notice. Just now your guardian said that you have had this problem of drowsiness from time to time since you were a child, and you have been examined several times, but no reason was found.
Qiao Xi’s body stiffened. “My… What? My guardian?”
“Yes.” Han Tian’s face was rightful. “Evans, your classmate, Su Rui, out of nowhere, said that you were all adopted by him?”
Qiao Xi laughed dryly and said, “Yeah, that’s right. Oh, haha, so what else did he say?”
“Well…” Han Tian stroked his chin, made a contemplative appearance, and slowly said, “Mn, he said something about your childhood, and the things that need to be taken care of.”
Qiao Xi stammered, “I, when I was a child?”
Great demon in the next, dean sir what exactly did you say to Han Tian ah?
“Yeah.” Han Tian suddenly laughed, with an almost mischievous light in his eyes, and said softly, “He said that when you were little, you especially liked to pretend to be an egg and roll around, very cute.”
Qiao Xi gave a cold shiver and shook in panic, denying, “No, no! Dean, no, Evans, he must have misremembered! I don’t have such a strange hobby!”
“And then,” Han Tian ignored Qiao Xi’s denial trifecta and continued with a smile, “he also said that since you were a child, you’ve been a very considerate child, always worried that you weren’t good enough—”
Qiao Xi now shook his head even more desperately. “No, no! Don’t listen to him, I’m not like that!”
Han Tian held Qiao Xi’s shaking head and looked at him squarely. “Not like that? Haven’t you always been thinking of me? From the very beginning, you let Sang Sang give me a raise, you helped me block the pervert who came to my door, you changed the car for me to go to the orphanage… Haven’t you always been good to me?”
Qiao Xi, with even his ears burning red, was thinking: These and those, are only part of the entrapment plan—I, I… demon in the next ah, I am simply not as good as you think ah … I’m just, at best, doing to you what you did to me!
Qiao Xi suddenly remembered, Evans just said “If you can do ‘how Han Tian treats you, how you treat him’, this is already better than how 99% of human beings in the earthly realm ‘love people'”…
Is that enough?
I can be considered a “lover” if I treat Han Tian the way he treats me?
If that’s the case, can I try to fall in love with Han Tian too?
Of course—provided that he is willing to “try” with me?
So is he willing or not?
Qiao Xi immediately began to concentrate on how to ask Han Tian whether he was willing or unwilling, but unexpectedly, Han Tian had already stood up and walked towards the door. “I’ll bring you dinner later, I’ve made your favorite vegetable congee and shrimp dumplings.”
His hand had already touched the door handle before he suddenly remembered something and turned back to ask him, “By the way, I forgot to ask you, next Wednesday, do you have time?”
Qiao Xi hadn’t recovered yet and replied, “Me? Of course I’m available.”
I don’t have anything else to do besides going to the cafe and making cakes at home.
“Oh, that’s good.” Han Tian smiled a little and pushed the door open while saying, “I’ve already met your guardian. Then, my parents, who would love to meet you, have made an appointment for next Wednesday. So it’s a deal.”
After saying that, Han Tian went out and closed the door behind him.
Qiao Xi was left in the same place with a grimace on his face. No? What’s going on here? Why do I have to meet his parents? Wait, I haven’t figured out how to ask him if he’s willing or not?
Ah, so will he be willing or not?