Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Three years later, intermediate school, second year.
Thirteen-year-old Luo XiaoLou had become more and more like the man Yuan Xi met. He was much taller, and looked thinner and thinner. With his soft black hair and handsome face, more and more young girls’ eyes had begun to linger on him.
But Luo XiaoLou, who had been with Yuan Xi for a long time, never noticed.
In fact, what bothered him was something else.
“Yuan Xi, I want to take a shower by myself.” Luo XiaoLou stood at the bathroom door to block Yuan Xi.
Yuan Xi had already undressed, and led the dumbfounded Luo XiaoLou inside. “What does it matter? Besides, it saves water this way.”
Yuan Xi said that. Luo XiaoLou frowned, but could not think of the words to refute.
Privacy? Yuan Xi had long spoken about that. They didn’t need privacy between them. The two of them were getting older every day, so this was really a bit awkward. Well, Yuan Xi’s body had as much to look at as his face. But just because he would look at Yuan Xi, and gaze at him, that was all the more reason to shower separately, Luo XiaoLou thought with difficulty.
“Shouldn’t we sleep separately? After all, we’re big.” Luo XiaoLou said in the bathtub.
Yuan Xi glanced at him, and asked without moving, “Did anyone say anything?”
“No, it’s just–“
‘“No’ is fine. I’m used to it anyway, and I won’t be able to sleep if you’re gone.”
“Don’t you feel hot in the summertime?” Luo XiaoLou tried to find a reason that Yuan Xi could accept.
Yuan Xi looked at Luo XiaoLou, glanced up and down, and the corners of his mouth curved up. “You feel cold in the air conditioning every summer.” After that, Luo XiaoLou would shrink into his arms.
“Yes, indeed…” Luo XiaoLou frowned, because every time Yuan Xi set the temperature very low.
Yuan Xi suddenly got up, and came to Luo XiaoLou’s side, and covered his entire body.
Luo XiaoLou shrank back against the wall of the bath. He couldn’t retreat and couldn’t help but stare at his eyes, to try and to keep his gaze from Yuan Xi’s body. He looked around, face inexorably red.
He felt his whole body heat up. He couldn’t help but speak, “You–“
“XiaoLou. Why are you beside me?”
“Of course it’s because I was chosen by you, and I want to, um, protect you.” Luo XiaoLou was distracted.
Yuan Xi laughed, and squeezed Luo XiaoLou’s thin arm before he said, “Just because of that?”
Luo XiaoLou fell silent. After a while, he finally said, “You are very good to me. Although you are a prince, but to me…”
Luo XiaoLou peeked at Yuan Xi, saw Yuan Xi’s stern face but bright eyes, then said, “To me, you are more like my family. In this world, I don’t have other family members anymore.”
Yuan Xi raised his hand, touched Luo XiaoLou’s face and asked, “XiaoLou, who is the most important person you?”
Luo XiaoLou frowned, but answered without any hesitation, “It’s you.” Undeniably. After he knew that he couldn’t return, it was Yuan Xi who had been by his side, and gave him no less care than his father and brother.
“Do you like me?”
Yuan Xi tried to suppress the excitement in his heart before he said, “But you’ve never said so.”
Luo XiaoLou’s face reddened. As a teenager of that age, he wasn’t used to expressing his feelings. He muttered in a small voice, “Does it need to be said?”
As he looked at such a twisted and youthful Luo XiaoLou, the fondness in Yuan Xi’s heart almost overflowed.
He raised his hand, and turned Luo XiaoLou’s face. “I want to hear it.”
Luo XiaoLou frowned. He said, although reluctantly and still at the request of Yuan Xi, “You are the most important person to me, I…I like you, Yuan Xi.”
Perhaps for thirteen-year-old Luo XiaoLou, this ‘like’ was very simple, but it had turned into love.
Yuan Xi hugged Luo XiaoLou and let his head rest on his shoulder for a long time, so he would be unable to see his reddened eyes, before he said hoarsely, “Me too.”
Although Yuan Xi didn’t say that sentence again, Luo XiaoLou was happy. Although all of Yuan Xi’s relatives were still alive, he was already very touched that Yuan Xi was willing to say that.
Two days later, Yuan Xi and Xia Zuo had a new assignment. Luo XiaoLou went to school with Rod. Luo XiaoLou was surprised to find that the students seemed to be busy, and many others were secretly watching him and Rod.
“What’s wrong?” Luo XiaoLou asked suspiciously.
Rod smiled knowingly. “Wait until this afternoon and you’ll know.”
Luo XiaoLou shrugged. Yuan Xi came back in the afternoon, and when those two came back, it was probably time to go home early again.
When school was over, he received a communication from Yuan Xi, and he got busy dragging Rod outside.
Just outside the classroom door, a slender young girl suddenly stopped him. “Luo XiaoLou.”
Luo XiaoLou looked at the person who was blocking him in surprise. “Qi Lan. What’s wrong? Are you looking for me for something?”
All the people around were also paying attention to this scene, girls in particular.
Qi Lan was wearing a sky blue dress. She was looking more and more flowing and beautiful. She lowered her head, and hesitated for a while before she handed over a small bag with a red face. “This…this is for you.”
After she said that, she turned and ran away.
Luo XiaoLou looked down, and saw that it was the kind of chocolate that he really liked to eat. No wonder Qi Lan came to ask him specially a few days ago. It seemed he had to prepare a gift in return.
Rod looked at Luo XiaoLou oddly as he put it away. He was just about to remind him when he saw a black car pull up in front of them. Luo XiaoLou and Rod got into the car. Xia Zuo was paralyzed in the back, while Yuan Xi was sipping wine.
Luo XiaoLou was stunned. “Is Xia Zuo injured? The training mission was dangerous?”
Xia Zuo raised his hand, and patted him with a smile. “No. Only that fool Rod would be injured. I’m just tired.”
Rod immediately argued with Xia Zuo, and Luo XiaoLou was squeezed by the two to Yuan Xi’s side.
“Want a drink?” Yuan Xi lifted the glass of wine in his hand.
Luo XiaoLou looked at it curiously. He was interested in trying it out. He hadn’t had a drink yet.
Yuan Xi smiled, then passed the half-drunk wine glass to Luo XiaoLou’s lips. “Come and try.”
After being fed a few mouthfuls of red wine, Luo XiaoLou licked his lips. “…not bad tasting.”
“Want more? Drinking the right amount of red wine is good for the body. I’ll pour you some more.” Yuan Xi’s unchanged face seduced him.
By the time Rod and Xia Zuo finished arguing, they found that Luo XiaoLou had smilingly leaned on Yuan Xi.
The two looked at each other, and Rod asked, “Drunk?”
Yuan Xi touched Luo XiaoLou’s face, and said gently, “No, only semi-drunk.”
Luo XiaoLou slapped him unhappily. “I’m not drunk at all.”
Rod and Xia Zuo, So small, how can you get down!
When dinner was over, Yuan Xi picked up Luo XiaoLou and took him to his room.
Downstairs, Xia Zuo’s eyes widened. “What? You say Luo XiaoLou received love letters and chocolates?”
Rod shook out a dozen envelopes from his book bag and said, “Well, I had a few that I couldn’t block. Anyway, Yuan Xi and XiaoLou are as good as can be. I think His Highness Yuan Xi will forgive him.”
Upstairs, Luo XiaoLou wandered over to get his school bag. “I seem to remember having homework…”
Yuan Xi frowned. “I’ll give you a bath and then go to bed. Go to bed early today, there is no hurry for homework. Tomorrow is the weekend anyway.”
Luo XiaoLou sat on the sofa, he was listening but not hearing. Yuan Xi walked over unhappily.
Then he saw the pink bag in Luo XiaoLou’s hand, and took it from Luo XiaoLou.
He pulled out a box of beautiful chocolates, and a light-colored envelope. Yuan Xi’s eyes instantly narrowed. The chocolates were casually thrown aside, as he opened the letter and read it. His face became increasingly ugly.
The letter was thrown in front of Luo XiaoLou, but after a moment, it was quickly taken back, torn and thrown on the ground. He then ripped open Luo XiaoLou’s school bag, and as a result, three more letters were found inside.
Yuan Xi’s face was iron blue, as he grabbed Luo XiaoLou’s collar. “You. You dare to collect such things behind my back!”
The voice was so loud that Luo XiaoLou’s wine-soaked mind woke up in fear. He looked down at the three lightly scented letters, and said in panic, “No! I don’t know about these. How could they be in my school bag? I didn’t receive…Yuan Xi, you. What’s wrong with you?”
Luo XiaoLou looked at Yuan Xi’s eyes, which were turning red. There was a mad anger and fierceness that he had never seen before, and the strength of Yuan Xi’s hand was terribly strong.
Luo XiaoLou began to feel breathless. He raised his hand to pull on Yuan Xi, but it was grabbed by Yuan Xi and twisted back. Luo XiaoLou felt a sharp pain in his arm.
Luo XiaoLou shouted, barely able to concentrate on explaining, “Yuan…Yuan Xi! I didn’t take those things! I don’t know about them at all…”
Yuan Xi tore up all the letters, and threw them on the ground. Then he roughly grabbed and lifted Luo XiaoLou’s chin. “What about Qi Lan? That woman you knew three years ago. She also wrote that because you saved her, she’s liked you for three years. How dare you hook up with someone else three years ago! Don’t forget who you belong to!”
Luo XiaoLou just felt like his jaw was going to be crushed as he quickly said, “Yuan Xi, it’s not like that. I don’t like her! Never did!”
“Then who do you like?” Yuan Xi suddenly yelled.
Luo XiaoLou’s face began to turn purple as he was strangled, and his struggles gradually became weak. The next instant, however, Yuan Xi let go of him, raised his hand, smashed the desk into two halves, then finally opened the door and walked out.
Luo XiaoLou coughed violently. He shrank into the sofa. His mind was full of Yuan Xi’s beady and reddened eyes.
Why? Why was Yuan Xi so angry?
Who does he like? Like who…?
He is his person, so he can’t like others.
For a moment, Luo XiaoLou vaguely understood what Yuan Xi meant, or rather, his feelings.
Besides the shock, Luo XiaoLou didn’t feel scared or disgusted. He and Yuan Xi were too familiar with each other. So familiar that the space around them was only for each other.
He also felt a sense of joy.
Yuan Xi, such a brilliant and noble person, was fond of him.
Luo XiaoLou’s eyes fell on the communication device on his wrist, today was February 14, Valentine’s Day. Luo XiaoLou covered his face. His arm was in severe pain. It was probably dislocated.
This was really the worst Valentine’s Day.
There were several knocks on the door, and Xia Zuo and Rod stood worriedly in the doorway.
When he saw his appearance, Rod exclaimed, “Luo XiaoLou, what’s wrong with you? Why is your face bruised?”
Xia Zuo also frowned and asked, “What happened? Yuan Xi drove out, and the secret guards said he was out of their protective distance. Did you have a fight?”
Luo XiaoLou jerked his head up, moved his shoulder, and drew a backward breath before he said with a bitter smile, “No, Yuan Xi lost his temper.”
Rod looked at the torn letters on the floor, and asked as he treated Luo XiaoLou, “Because of these love letters?”
Luo XiaoLou hung his head and gave a faint, unintelligible hmm.
“Let’s not talk about this. XiaoLou, you stay here by yourself. Rod and I will go to find Yuan Xi. It’s very easy for him to go out like this. Moreover, because of the mission, someone is after Yuan Xi. Right now the situation is very dangerous, so we must leave immediately. Don’t worry, I’ll leave someone to protect you.” Xia Zuo said.
Luo XiaoLou raised his head. Rod had already bandaged his arm. “Xia Zuo, let them all go to Yuan Xi. You know our whole existence is to protect Yuan Xi. Besides, no one will pay attention to me.”
Xia Zuo hesitated, nodded, and then quickly led Rod outside.
Luo XiaoLou stayed for a while. He intended to get up, but saw several vials of potions had fallen out of the table drawer that had been smashed by Yuan Xi. He casually picked them up and went to read the names and effects of the medicine. His eyes gradually widened.
Luo XiaoLou put the medicine on the table, panicked and rummaged in the drawer. This drawer was always locked, and only Yuan Xi could open it.
In a notebook, he found a medical certificate.
After a quick look, Luo XiaoLou’s hands shook. Yuan Xi was really sick. The treatment list began three years ago, but the above judgment was that Yuan Xi’s illness might have been longer. Yuan Xi’s spirit was abnormal. After being stimulated, he would be irritable, restless, and couldn’t control himself, so he had been taking spirit medicine.
No wonder a few years ago, Yuan Xi almost killed someone. Just now he would have done it to him out of anger.