Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
This sudden slap made the original atmosphere of the stagnant living room suddenly explode into a cursing chaos.
Nan HuaiLin had tears in his eyes. Fei Cheng felt his heart ache. Without moving excessively, he turned around to keep him protected, while he said with a smile towards Nan ZunShan, “Dad, no, uncle, is your hand okay?”
Nan ZunShan cursed in his heart. Motherfucker! This kid’s brain is so hard, it hurts my wrist!
He clenched his fist, and said with a cold face, “You don’t have the right to talk here. Get out of my way!”
“What are you doing? We agreed not to lose our temper!” Geng XiaoRong tugged her husband’s arm, and said with a sobbing voice, “You hit your son before he could even say a word to you. He’ll never come back to this house again. Is that what you want?”
“Yes, ZunShan,” Nan HuaiLin’s aunt spoke up. “Let’s talk properly. Lin Lin is not a child anymore. How can you hit him? Besides, there are outsiders here.”
Nan HuaiLin’s aunt was also helping. Nan ZunShan stared at where Nan HuaiLin stood behind Fei Cheng for a long time before he said angrily, “Come here!”
Nan HuaiLin hadn’t expected his father to be so angry. The last time his father was that angry was when he was caught having a relationship with Shi Yan in his sophomore year. He felt a little aggrieved and guilty. He told himself he couldn’t be a coward, but he couldn’t be a hard-ass either. He had to defend his lover, but not break his parents’ hearts again.
Nan HuaiLin came out from behind Fei Cheng, looked at his dad, then got down on his knees and said, choked up, “Dad. Hit me. Do whatever you want, as long as you can get over it.”
“Lin Lin!” Geng XiaoRong shouted in surprise.
No one in this world knew her son better than she did. Her son seemed soft and gentle, but in reality he was stubborn and tenacious, exactly like his father. Even when his father scolded and confined him, he was unable to get him to admit a mistake. In the past few years, father and son had been at loggerheads. Neither of them was soft. Even when they sat at a table for dinner during New Year’s Eve, they hardly spoke to each other, and she was caught in the middle. But now, her son actually knelt down. How could she not be surprised?
Not only Geng XiaoRong, but the others were also stunned, including Nan ZunShan.
He gazed at his son’s face, and asked in a cold, hard voice, “Do you know why I hit you?”
Nan HuaiLin paused for a moment, and slowly shook his head.
Nan ZunShan called to Bao GuiChen, “Bring me a chair.”
Bao Guichen hurriedly went to bring a chair over. Nan ZunShan sat down, then said in a deep voice, “Look up. Look at me.”
Nan HuaiLin looked up at his father. He suddenly saw the gray hair at his father’s temples, and the wrinkles stacked at the corners of his eyes. His heart couldn’t help but feel sour, and he forced himself not to cry.
However, the tone of NanZunShan’s voice had softened a lot. “I beat you just to get out of the anger I have been holding in my heart for seven years.
“When you were in your adolescence, rebellious and not listening to your parents, you did something stupid. I was angry, but I didn’t blame you. I thought at the time, that when you were older, you would look at people and would distinguish between right and wrong. Then you would understand the good intentions of Mom and Dad. But what did you do? For the sake of a scum, you spent seven years not saying a word to me properly!
“I was angry, but I thought, as long as you are happy, as long as you live a good life, whether you like men or women, it doesn’t matter. The state has recognized same-sex marriage as legal. What else can I say?
“But once again, you let me down. That night, you called your mom and said you broke up with that scumbag. Did you think I would be too happy to sleep? I was so fucking angry I wanted to kill someone!
“In order to be with that scum, you didn’t want your parents, didn’t want your family, didn’t want your future, but in the end, what? He kicked you out in order to climb up the ladder. Everything you’d done over the years had become a joke, and your parents became a joke too!
“If you’d come home at that time, obediently become soft, I wouldn’t have had a word of complaint. I’d only feel sorry for my son, outside the aggravation. But you didn’t say anything. You just held it in, and let me and your mother hold it in with you.
“You are my son. Can’t you give your father a chance? Is it so hard to give me a step? Do I still have to beg you to forgive me? Huh?” At the end, Nan ZunShan’s voice was choked with sobs. Nan HuaiLin was already in tears.
He hadn’t expected that incident, which had already become a thing of the past for him and could hardly be recalled, would still be in his father’s heart. Would still make him feel angered, stifled and pained.
Nan HuaiLin bent his head against his father’s knee and cried, “Dad, I was wrong. I was wrong. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. Please forgive me…”
Tears welled up in everyone’s eyes.
Fei Cheng had lived for more than two hundred and sixty years, but for the first time he shed tears. He hurriedly turned his back, and reached out to catch them. The tears fell in his palm and turned into two clear and crystal beads, which he quietly put into his pocket.
Nan ZunShan tilted his face and took a deep breath. When he looked down again, his face became gentle. He raised his hand and softly stroked Nan HuaiLin’s hair, as he smiled slightly and said, “Brat. It’s not easy to wait for you to admit your mistake. I thought you were going to fight with me to the end. Do you think it’s a loss for me to beat you?”
Nan HuaiLin looked up. His face was covered with tear streaks. He looked pitiful and heartbreaking, as he said in a muttered voice, “No. Not at all.”
Nan ZunShan held his face to wipe his tears, and said with a smile, “When you were first born, I told your mother that my son was too ugly, and would be a bachelor for the rest of his life. I didn’t expect that you would grow up so much in a blink of an eye, and become more and more handsome, just like your father when he was young.”
Nan HuaiLin finally stopped crying and smiled.
Nan ZunShan glared at Fei Cheng next to him. His tone was unkind. “What are you standing there for? Why don’t you help him up?”
Fei Cheng hurried forward to help Nan HuaiLin up.
Nan ZunShan got up, then went to the table and sat down. “Let’s eat.”
Nan HuaiLin’s mother and his aunt had prepared dinner while they were waiting for Bao GuiChen to pick him up, so that they could start eating right away. But who knew that as soon as they entered the room, they would play out a touching scene of father and son reconciling with each other and releasing their old grudges.
Soon, the dishes were served again and the family was seated.
Bao GuiChen asked, “Aunt, do you want a drink?”
Nan ZunShan swept a glance at Fei Cheng and said, “Bring out those two bottles of 1573.”
“Wow.” Bao Guichen got up. “My father has been thinking about those two bottles for a long time.”
Nan ZunShan gave Fei Cheng another sweeping look. “Are you just going to sit there?”
Nan HuaiLin sat between his dad and his boyfriend. He felt his dad’s eye knives fly over from time to time, and secretly pinched a sweat for his boyfriend. He poked his boyfriend, whose IQ was offline, with his elbow and reminded him in a low voice, “Introduce yourself.”
Fei Cheng hurriedly stood up and said loudly, “My name is Fei Cheng. I’m Nan HuaiLin’s boyfriend. First time meeting. Please take care of me!”
After saying that, he bowed squarely.
Nan ZunShan said, “No need to be so loud. We aren’t deaf.”
Geng XiaoRong said, “Sit down quickly.”
Nan HuaiLin’s aunt smiled and said, “The young man is really handsome.”
Nan HuaiLin’s uncle said, “Is he handsome enough to be a meal?”
Bao GuiChen said, “Dad, being handsome really is a meal.”
And then it was time for the household account check.
“How old are you?”
“Oh, that’s a year younger than Lin Lin. You’re not still in school, are you?”
“No, I graduated last year, and now I’m working in my brother’s company.”
“What kind of company?”
“Who else is at home?”
“My parents are gone. Only me and my brother are at home.”
“How long have you been with Lin Lin?”
BLA BLA BLA…
Fei Cheng kept smiling, and answered all the questions.
He was hungry, as he looked at the table full of dishes, but he didn’t even get the opportunity to move his chopsticks. Bao GuiChen also kept pouring him wine. Fei Cheng could only drink down glass after glass, since he thought his alcohol consumption was good. He drank a whole bottle of 1573 on an empty stomach, then he began to feel dizzy and his limbs were weak. He felt like he couldn’t even sit straight.
Nan HuaiLin thought he was a dragon and so must be a good drinker, therefore he let Bao GuiChen fill him up. So, when he finally realized something was wrong with Fei Cheng, it was too late.
“Dad, he seems to have drunk too much,” Nan HuaiLin half-embraced Fei Cheng, who was sitting unsteadily. “I’ll send him to my room to lie down for a while.”
“I’m not drunk!” Fei Cheng said with a loud tongue. “I can still drink!”
Nan HuaiLin was afraid that he would talk nonsense, so he stood up with his arm around him. He was about to go out, but Fei Cheng suddenly broke away from him and followed his example. He knelt down in front of Nan Zunshan with a thunk, and said in a slurred voice, “Father-in-law, please give me the account book. I want to take Little Linzi to the Civil Affairs Bureau…to get married.”
When the words fell, there was dead silence in the living room, and six faces were confused.
Nan HuaiLin hurriedly covered Fei Cheng’s mouth, and said with a dry smile, “He’s drunk and talking nonsense. Brother, come and help me.”
Bao GuiChen woke up from his dream, and hurried over. He and Nan HuaiLin picked up Fei Cheng, left and right, and fled the scene in a flash.
“Your boyfriend really has guts,” Bao Guichen said as they walked away. “I’m afraid the father-son relationship you just repaired with your father is going to break up again.”
“It’s all your fault,” Nan HuaiLin said in a lowered voice. “Why did you keep making him drink?!”
“I was wronged,” Bao GuiChen said. “Your father ordered me to do it with his eyes.”
Nan HuaiLin said, “You can’t pretend to be blind, can you?”
Bao GuiChen had no words to say, so he silently admitted to the crime.
Nan HuaiLin’s bedroom was divided into two floors, with the bathroom and toilet on the first floor and the bed on the second.
The staircase was too narrow to accommodate three people, so Bao GuiChen let go and Nan HuaiLin struggled to carry Fei Cheng upstairs.
Halfway up, Fei Cheng slurred, “Wife, I want to pee.”
Nan HuaiLin, “…”
What if I want to hit someone?
Nan HuaiLin had no choice but to get him down again.
Bao GuiChen touched his nose awkwardly. “That…I’ll go back to the living room first. You settle him down and hurry over too. Your father must be exploding right now.”
Nan HuaiLin nodded, and went into the bathroom with Fei Cheng in his arms. He wrapped one arm around Fei Cheng’s waist, unzipped his pants with one hand, and pulled out his big, hot baby.