Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
“Yes, yes, yes!” Fei Cheng was so excited that tears were flowing down his face. He didn’t wait for Nan HuaiLin to put the ring on him, he took it himself, and put it on his left ring finger.
“It’s just the right size.” Fei Cheng was surprised. He held Nan HuaiLin’s face and kissed it. “Wife, you’re so lovable. I love you so much.”
“Hey, where’s my phone?” Fei Cheng lifted the quilt and picked up the pillow to find the phone. “Wife, have you seen my phone?”
“No.” Nan HuaiLin was amused by his fidgety appearance, and asked with a smile, “Why are you suddenly looking for your phone?”
“I’m going to Suzhou to meet my parents-in-law.” Fei Cheng bent down and grabbed his pants from the floor. “I have to book the flight quickly. Hey, what do you think is a good gift for my first meeting? How about a villa?”
“I said I would buy them a new house, but my parents don’t want to move. They have lived in their old house for half of their lives. The neighbors have feelings for them, and they will be uncomfortable when they move.” Nan HuaiLin reached out, and dragged him over. “Don’t be too excited, listen to what I have to tell you first.”
Fei Cheng looked at him with bright eyes. “You tell me. I’m listening.”
Nan HuaiLin said, “Initially, because of my first love, my parents and I had a very difficult time. They’ve never fully accepted the fact that I like men, not to mention marrying a man. They may…You have to be prepared for this.”
Fei Cheng nodded. “Don’t worry, I’ll make sure they like me.”
Nan HuaiLin smiled. “You look very confident.”
Fei Cheng hugged him. “As long as you love me, I’m not afraid of anything.”
Nan HuaiLin leaned on his shoulder, and after a moment of silence, he whispered, “I love you.”
This was the first time he said that to Fei Cheng.
He had never been one to say that easily. But Fei Cheng’s love was so passionate, that he couldn’t help but want to give an equally passionate response.
“Say it again.” Fei Cheng’s voice was abruptly muffled.
“I love you,” Nan HuaiLin whispered in his ear.
Fei Cheng pinned him to the bed, and looked tenderly into his eyes. “Say it again.”
Nan HuaiLin also looked at him, raised his hand and put it around his neck, as he said repeatedly, “I love you. I love you. I love you…”
Fei Cheng lowered his head and kissed him. “Let’s continue, okay?”
Nan HuaiLin lifted his leg and wrapped it around his waist, as he gave him a silent invitation.
They went from early morning to dusk, and from dusk to early morning. It was giving and taking and not getting enough.
After he passed out, Nan HuaiLin had a dream.
He dreamed that he laid eggs one after another, and hatched a large group of baby dragons. They followed him wherever he went, just like chicks would follow a hen.
He giggled with joy in the dream, but when he woke up, he suddenly felt a little lost, and thought it would be good to have more nests. It wasn’t like he couldn’t afford to raise them.
The next morning, the two of them simply packed a few changes of clothes, and left for Suzhou.
There was no airport in Suzhou, so they had to fly to Shanghai first, then take a bus to Suzhou. That was too much trouble for Fei Cheng, so they booked business seats on a high-speed train.
In the cab on the way to the station, Nan HuaiLin called his mother.
He plugged in his headset, and gave one to Fei Cheng. He told him to just listen, and not make a sound.
When the call was answered, Nan HuaiLin smiled and called out, “Mum.” Then he asked, “What are you doing?”
His mother said, “I’m playing mahjong with your Aunt Zhang and the others.”
The sound of chaotic voices followed.
“Is that Lin Lin?”
“Lin Lin’s ancient drama is so good. I’ve watched it several times.”
“Let Lin Lin send some autographed photos back. Our Xiaoxiao’s classmates are all obsessed with him.”
“Women have changed 18 times, men have changed 18 times. Lin Lin is so good looking now.”
Nan HuaiLin’s head was pounding. He and Fei Cheng looked at each other, and smiled helplessly. He said, “Mom, I’m on the high-speed train back to Suzhou today. I guess I’ll be home at 5:30.”
“Okay, okay, I understand.” The sound of mahjong was heard over there, and Nan HuaiLin heard as his mother said happily, “No more. No more. Lin Lin is coming back today. I have to buy groceries.”
Nan HuaiLin hurriedly took off his headphones, and put them back on only when it was quiet.
“Why are you coming back all of a sudden?” His mother asked with a smile.
“I didn’t come home for New Year’s Eve. I haven’t been working lately, so I wanted to come home to see you and Dad,” Nan HuaiLin said.
“Good, good,” his mother said with a smile. “What time does the train arrive at the station? I’ll have GuiChen pick you up by car.”
“It arrives at five o’clock.” Nan HuaiLin paused, and said, “Mom, I’ve brought someone with me.”
His mother asked, “Who is it?”
Nan HuaiLin replied, “My boyfriend.”
There was silence for a while before she said, “I know. I’ll tell your father.”
Nan HuaiLin breathed a sigh of relief. “Thank you, Mom.”
After he hung up the phone, Fei Cheng said, “Quickly. Introduce me to the details of your father and mother.”
Nan HuaiLin smiled and said, “My father’s name is Nan ZunShan, fifty-five years old, from Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, and my mother’s name is Geng XiaoRong, forty-nine years old, a native of Suzhou. My father is a retiree. My mother has a sister, my aunt. The GuiChen my mother just mentioned, his full name is Bao GuiChen, he is my aunt’s son, and my cousin. My aunt’s husband…”
Nan HuaiLin introduced Fei Cheng in detail to his relatives, and the people who lived in the neighborhood. At the end, he said, “Be prepared to be surrounded and questioned by dozens of people at the same time.”
Fei Cheng let out a long breath. “Suddenly I feel so much pressure.”
Nan HuaiLin smiled and said, “Don’t be afraid. I’ll protect you.”
Fei Cheng leaned his head on his shoulder, and had a bird-like appearance. “Okay, then I’ll rely on you.”
Nan HuaiLin stroked his head, smiled and said, “Good boy.”
When they arrived at the station, Nan HuaiLin put on his hat, mask and sunglasses. He only got out of the cab after being fully armed.
They got their tickets first, checked into the station, waited in the waiting room for more than half an hour, and finally got on the train.
This was Nan HuaiLin’s first time in a business seat, so it was a bit of a novelty.
He took off his hat and mask, but left on his sunglasses. He was about to speak to Fei Cheng when he was startled by the sound of tapping on the window. When he looked out, he saw a girl was tapping on the window while she held up her cell phone, and was snapping photos of him.
Nan HuaiLin took off his sunglasses, and smiled politely at her. That was followed by someone else in the carriage shouting, “Nan HuaiLin!”
Then the scene went out of control.
Fans were pouring in. They asked for autographs, photos and hugs, and Nan HuaiLin was there for them. Fei Cheng was pushed to the side by the fans. He watched those people who were hugging his wife and not letting go, and wanted to slap them all away with his wing.
When the train drove out after a long time, calm was gradually restored in the carriage.
Fei Cheng could finally return to his seat, but he looked sullen and wouldn’t talk to Nan HuaiLin.
“What’s wrong?” Nan HuaiLin leaned back in his seat, and turned sideways to face him. “Not happy, huh?”
“Mn,” Fei Cheng said. “Very unhappy.”
Nan HuaiLin reached out to poke his cheek, and asked with a smile, “Why are you unhappy?”
Fei Cheng gave him a look. “You know why.”
Nan HuaiLin said innocently, “I don’t know.”
Fei Cheng sighed. “You are now the dream of nine billion girls. I can only be the man behind you. It feels very unpleasant.”
Nan HuaiLin held out his left hand. “Give me your left hand.”
Fei Cheng looked to the side, then lowered his voice and said, “Aren’t you afraid of being seen by fans?”
Nan HuaiLin said, “I am openly in love. What are you afraid of? Give me your hand.”
Fei Cheng laughed, and took Nan HuaiLin’s hand.
Nan HuaiLin took out his cell phone, and took a picture of the two men holding hands with their fingers intertwined. His hand with the bone ring, and Fei Cheng’s hand with a white gold ring, both of which were clearly captured.
“What for?” Fei Cheng asked.
“Trying to show off.” Nan HuaiLin added a filter to the photo, and sent it directly to his friends with the text: [In love.]
Fei Cheng leaned over and gave him a sloppy kiss. He whispered, “You’re so cute. I want to be in love.”
Nan HuaiLin blushed and whispered, “Hold it in.”
Fei Cheng added, “The restroom on the high-speed train is very spacious…”
Nan HuaiLin directly closed his eyes. “I’m sleepy. I want to take a nap. Don’t disturb me.”
Fei Cheng smiled, reached out and pressed his head on his shoulder. “Go to sleep.”
Nan HuaiLin was really sleepy.
He and Fei Cheng had tossed and turned from eight o’clock yesterday morning to three o’clock this morning. It was probably because of the nourishment of the dragon essence, but he didn’t feel sore. However, he was very sleepy.
This sleep lasted from Beijing to Suzhou.
“Baby, wake up,” Fei Cheng gently patted his face. “It’s time to get off.”
Nan HuaiLin opened his eyes, and found he had laid himself on Fei Cheng’s lap at some point.
Fei Cheng picked him up, put on his hat, mask and sunglasses, then pulled the suitcase with one hand and held his hand with the other, as they followed the crowd to get off.
As he walked towards the exit, Nan HuaiLin’s cell phone rang.
It was his cousin Bao GuiChen calling.
“Hello, cousin, we’re heading to the exit.” Nan HuaiLin answered. “North Square, right? Okay, wait for us for ten minutes, bye.” After he hung up the phone, Nan HuaiLin said, “My cousin is already waiting for us.”
Fei Cheng said, “Do I have to call him gege later, too?”
Nan HuaiLin smiled, and said, “I’m sorry that you have to call someone who is more than two hundred years younger than you, gege.”
Fei Cheng said, “You can call me gege first.”
Nan HuaiLin came up to his ear, and called out, “gege.”
“Mn…” Fei Cheng paused. “It doesn’t taste right. It’s not sweet enough.”
Nan HuaiLin, “…”
Fei Cheng said, “Stack it up, and call it.”
This was a little difficult to say. Nan HuaiLin did a little psychological construction, and said in an especially small voice, “Gege.”
Nan HuaiLin’s voice was already beautiful, and now it was mixed with some sweet pampering. Fei Cheng’s heart fluttered at this cry, and in a muffled voice, close to his ear he said, “This is how you will call me in bed from now on. It’s particularly sensational.”
Nan HuaiLin’s ears reddened, and he gave him a gentle elbow. “Be serious.”
Fei Cheng smiled and said, “It’s impossible to be serious. Never with you in my life.”
Nan HuaiLin, “…Don’t look at Weibo anymore.”
After they checked the tickets and left the station, Nan HuaiLin took Fei Cheng’s hand and walked in the direction of the North Square.
When he reached the roadside, he pulled down his sunglasses a bit. After a couple of glances, he saw, not far away, Bao GuiChen, who was standing by a car as he smoked. He waved happily, “Cousin!”