Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
The flight from Beijing to Guangzhou took about three and a half hours, and it was just twelve o’clock when they got off the plane. After being blocked by fans for more than half an hour, Nan HuaiLin had a hard time getting into the car that was driving to the hotel. He took out his cell phone and turned it on, ready to call Fei Cheng. It was Fei Cheng’s family rule that he had to call as soon as possible after landing to report his safety.
He just turned on the phone, when Fei Cheng called first.
Nan HuaiLin answered, “I just got stuck with the fans, so I’m late.”
“Wife,” Fei Cheng’s voice didn’t sound right, “I want to tell you something, but you mustn’t panic.”
Nan HuaiLin immediately got nervous when he heard this, because Fei Cheng had never spoken to him in such a serious tone before, and he asked, “What… what is it?”
Fei Cheng was silent for a moment and said, “Dragon Two is nowhere to be found.”
“What?!” His voice suddenly rose, startling Man TianZhu next to him.
“Don’t worry,” Fei Cheng hurriedly said, “I’ve searched all over the house and outside the house with Little Lan, I now suspect that it got into your suitcase when you weren’t looking. You should open the suitcase immediately to check if it’s there, and be careful not to be seen.”
“Stop!” Nan HuaiLin immediately shouted.
“What’s wrong with this?” Man TianZhu asked worriedly, “What’s wrong?”
Nan HuaiLin didn’t answer, clutching his phone.
The driver hurriedly pulled over and Nan HuaiLin said in a deep voice, “You all stay in the car and don’t come out.” After that, he pushed the door and got out of the car, took two steps around to the trunk, patted the back cover and signaled the driver to unlock it.
Opening the trunk, he took the suitcase out carefully and put it flat on the ground, looked around. Because it was near the airport, there were no pedestrians except for the cars coming and going. Nan HuaiLin then opened the suitcase, not waiting for him to look for it, a small head arched out from under the baseball cap, blinked at the shocked Nan HuaiLin, “Kiki” it chirped twice.
“Nan, what’s wrong?” Man TianZhu asked worriedly in the car.
“Nothing, don’t come out!” Nan HuaiLin answered, swallowing the heart hanging in his throat, then remembered that he was still on the phone with Fei Cheng, and put the phone to his ear, lowering his voice and saying, “I found him. He was really hidden in my luggage, I was scared to death.”
Dragon Two seemed to be very happy and came out of his baseball cap, shaking his wings and wagging his tail, Nan HuaiLin was afraid that he would fly out, so he rushed to cover him with his clothes.
Fei Cheng also breathed a sigh of relief over there, “That’s good, that’s good, I was going fucking crazy.”
Nan HuaiLin re-covered Dragon Two, “Honey, why don’t you come to Guangzhou? I have to attend the screening tonight, and I don’t feel comfortable leaving Dragon Two at the hotel, let alone having someone watch him.”
“Okay,” Fei Cheng said, “I’ll book a flight now.”
After hanging up the phone, Nan HuaiLin tucked Dragon Two back under his baseball cap, then covered the suitcase, went to the back seat and brought the duffel bag over, went back to the suitcase, and quickly transferred Dragon Two into the duffel bag with the baseball cap around him, whispering to him, “Don’t make a sound, okay?”
Dragon Two nodded and grinned at him, as if he was smiling.
Nan HuaiLin was so angry and amused that he reached out and nudged him, zipped up the duffel bag, and put the suitcase back in the trunk before returning to the back seat with the bag in his arms.
“What’s going on?” Man TianZhu asked.
“Nothing, you don’t have to ask.” Nan HuaiLin said, “Master, let’s go.”
Man TianZhu looked at him strangely and asked no more questions.
Nan HuaiLin put on the headset and sent a WeChat to Fei Cheng: [I’m especially curious… How did he get through airport security?]
Fei Cheng quickly sent a voice back, “Last year I took you to the hospital for a checkup, but the existence of the dragon eggs wasn’t detected.”
Nan HuaiLin typed: [I agree with you now, Dragon Two is really a thieving little smartass.]
Fei Cheng replied after a while, “Let’s see how I’ll teach him a lesson today, he’s such a frustrating fellow. I just booked a flight at 2:00, I’ll be in Guangzhou at 5:30, what time are you going to the screening?”
Nan HuaiLin: [The screening starts at 8:00, but I’m going to be there at 7:00.]
Fei Cheng said, “I’ll be there in time. Send me the hotel’s location later.”
Nan HuaiLin: [Okay, let’s do that first.]
About an hour later, Nan HuaiLin arrived at the hotel.
Once in the room, Nan HuaiLin hurriedly took Dragon Two out of the shoulder bag, Dragon Two flew around twice and flew into Nan HuaiLin’s arms, arching his chest.
It was so hot in Guangzhou that Nan HuaiLin was sweating. He looked down and kissed Dragon Two and said, “Daddy will go take a bath first and feed you later, okay?”
Dragon Two looked at him, then nodded and flew away again with wings flapping.
Nan HuaiLin, “…”
Did he understand or did he just nod his head randomly?
After the shower, he heard the phone ringing, so Nan HuaiLin went over to answer it.
“Little Sister Zhu.”
“Let’s go to lunch together.”
“I’m not going,” Nan HuaiLin said as he looked for Dragon Two, “just bring me something.”
“That’s fine.” Man TianZhu paused, “Are you really okay?”
“Really,” Nan HuaiLin said with a smile, “I’m just relaxing a hundred times over.”
When he hung up the phone, Nan HuaiLin walked into the living room and saw his little baby sitting on the carpet playing with the TV remote control – his Dragon Two was finally a baby again!
Nan HuaiLin was so happy that he resisted the urge to run over and hug him, sat down on his knees on the carpet, clapped his hands to the baby, and called him with a smile, “Dragon Two.”
Dragon Two looked up, giggled, and then… He stood up on the floor! Up! Stood up! Come on!
Nan HuaiLin froze and watched as Dragon Two staggered towards him, opened his arms and jumped into his arms, calling out in a muddled voice, “Dad… Dad!”
Nan HuaiLin almost burst into tears, wanting to hug him but not daring to exert himself, he folded his arms carefully, tilted his head and kissed Dragon Two’s white face, smiling and saying, “Say it again.”
Dragon Two screamed, “Dad… Dad!”
Nan HuaiLin choked back a sob and suddenly remembered something, he picked up Dragon Two and put him on the sofa, “Sit still and don’t move, Daddy will take a picture of you, I don’t know how long it will take for you to become a baby next time.”
Nan HuaiLin stepped back a bit and held his phone up to the naked Dragon Two, “Son, smile.”
Dragon Two then giggled.
Nan HuaiLin was now sure that Dragon Two could really understand him.
He took a picture of Dragon Two and Dragon Two stretched out his little arms for a hug. Nan HuaiLin took him in his arms and wanted to take a good look at him, but Dragon Two was very reluctant to give him face and begged for milk.
After staring at Dragon Two for a while, Nan HuaiLin picked up his phone and looked at the time, it was almost 1:30, so Fei Cheng should have already boarded the plane. He tried to send a video, but to his surprise, the other side answered in seconds.
Fei Cheng’s handsome face appeared on the screen, smiling and shouting, “Wife!”
Nan HuaiLin only let his neck appear in the video and asked with a smile, “Are you on the plane?”
Fei Cheng said, “Yes, we’ll take off in a bit.”
Nan HuaiLin said, “When you get off the plane, stop by the mall.”
“As you wish,” Fei Cheng said, “What does wife want me to buy?”
Nan HuaiLin smiled and said, “Children’s clothes.”
Fei Cheng froze for two seconds, “Why… Let me see!”
The phone panned down and Dragon Two, who was suckling hard, appeared in the picture. Fei Cheng laughed out loud over there, “The little one is also desperate for a mouthful of milk hahaha! I’m convinced, all caps!”
Nan HuaiLin said with a smile, “I just took a picture. Go to the mall and buy two sets of clothes.I’m not sure if he will use them or not, maybe he will transform again.”
He was suddenly excited, “Hey husband, let me tell you, Dragon Two not only understands my speech, just now also called dad! He can also walk, although unsteadily.”
“Really? The little one is good, worthy of being my son.” Fei Cheng paused, “Baby, the flight attendant told me to turn off the phone, I’ll call you when I get off the plane.”
After hanging up the video, Nan HuaiLin put down the phone and stood up with Dragon Two in his arms, walking around and humming a childhood song.
Dragon Two was so comfortable that his eyes squinted into slits, his long and dense eyelashes were like two little brushes, his pink mouth was moving, and his little face was puffed out.
He couldn’t help but imagine the scene of five such cute little babies lying in rows, and felt his heart melting.
Dragon Two didn’t finish eating for half an hour, Nan HuaiLin was worried that he would be too greedy and suckle again, so he forcibly weaned him off the milk, but Dragon Two didn’t cry nor did he make a fuss, he just nestled in his arms and napped.
Nan HuaiLin couldn’t help but pick up his phone again to take pictures. He now finally understood those baby show-off demons in his circle of friends and on Twitter, and he also wanted to show off, his little Dragon Two was really too cute.
As he was thinking, the doorbell suddenly rang and Nan HuaiLin raised his voice and said, “Wait!”
He quickly walked into the bedroom and tried to put Dragon Two on the bed, but Dragon Two hugged his arm and said with two tears in his eyes, “Hold… Daddy… Hug.”
Nan HuaiLin was blown away by the cuteness and kissed him on the cheek, slowed down his speech and said, “Be a good boy. Wait here for a while, daddy will be back soon, okay?”
The words were too long, and Dragon Two obviously didn’t understand them, hugging him tightly, with tears coming down his face.
“What are you doing? I’ve been ringing the doorbell for half a day.” Man TianZhu said on the phone, “Open the door, I’ve brought you a lot of Cantonese tea, it’s delicious.”
Nan HuaiLin said, “Sister Zhu, put the stuff at the door, I’ll go get it later.”
Man TianZhu was silent and asked worriedly, “Nan, what’s wrong with you? You’ve been acting strange since you came out of the airport, did something happen?”
“I’m really fine, it’s just… It’s just that…” Nan HuaiLin held his tongue for a while, then suddenly had a flash of insight and said, “Fei Cheng followed me and right now we’re… It’s not very convenient, you know.”
Man TianZhu, “…Sooner or later, I’m going to die from the dog food you two have.” After a pause, she said, “Do you want me to go buy more food?”
Nan HuaiLin said, “No, he’s already eaten.”
“Okay then,” Man TianZhu said, “I’ll leave the food at the door, you… You take it in quickly so that no one will take it away as garbage.”
“Got it,” Nan HuaiLin said, “Thank you, Sister Xiaozhu.”
After hanging up the phone, Nan HuaiLin let out a long breath, and only after a while did he poke his head out the door and bring in the plastic bags like a thief.
Nan HuaiLin was holding Dragon Two in one hand and taking out the lunch boxes one by one and putting them on the table. There were siu mai, egg tarts, shrimp dumplings, cowboy bones, turnip cake, durian puffs, and a bowl of red bean double skin milk.
Nan HuaiLin suddenly remembered that Dragon Two hadn’t eaten lunch yet either. No wonder he took so long to eat the milk just now, he must be hungry.
“Son,” he said, “open your mouth, aaah…”
Dragon Two learned to open his mouth, and Nan HuaiLin looked down and saw two rows of small, sparse white teeth.
Since they had teeth, they could eat, but they couldn’t be fed indiscriminately.
Nan HuaiLin looked at the egg tarts, shrimp dumplings and turnip cakes and saw that Dragon Two could eat them all.
After he finished all the food, he felt even hungrier than before.
Hold on for two hours, when Fei Cheng comes, there will be something to eat.
Nan HuaiLin yawned and stood up with Dragon Two in his arms, “Son, let’s go take a nap.”
Dragon Two leaned into his arms, already dazed and fast asleep.
Nan HuaiLin went into the bathroom and got a large bath towel, carefully put Dragon Two on the bed and covered him with the towel before lying on his side, staring at him with his head propped up, the corners of his mouth involuntarily curling up.
Dragon Two was already asleep, his little mouth slightly open, opening and closing, cute as can be.
Nan HuaiLin couldn’t help but kiss him and fall asleep next to his little head. Nan HuaiLin slept late yesterday and woke up early today, so he slept heavily.
When he was awakened by the ringing of his cell phone, he looked down and saw his T-shirt was propped open, and Dragon Two was buried in it eating milk.
“Honey,” Nan HuaiLin answered, “did you get off the plane?”
“Yeah,” Fei Cheng said over the phone, “Why do you sound so muffled?”
“I just woke up,” Nan HuaiLin said, “I’m so hungry.”
Fei Cheng smiled and said, “Hubby will buy you something to eat, what do you want to eat?”
Nan HuaiLin thought for a moment, “The Cantonese dim sum that Xiaozhu bought for lunch today was quite delicious, so buy some more and let’s eat together. Also, see what you can buy for our son, I fed him a little at lunch.”
“Okay,” Fei Cheng said, “I’ll try to be at the hotel by 6:30.”
Nan HuaiLin reminded him, “Don’t forget to buy clothes for our son.”
Fei Cheng said, “I’ll keep it in mind.”
After hanging up the phone, Nan HuaiLin looked at the time, it was 5:30.
He sent a WeChat to Man TianZhu: [Sister Zhu, you can eat dinner by yourself, don’t worry about me.]
Man TianZhu quickly replied: [Don’t delay because of sex, remember to be ready by seven o’clock.]
Nan HuaiLin smiled: [I know.]
Nan HuaiLin pulled the bath towel over and wrapped it around Dragon Two’s body, carried him out of bed and went to stay in the living room.
The TV was on, so Nan HuaiLin watched it casually. Dragon Two stopped breastfeeding and winked in his arms as he watched.
Nan HuaiLin looked down and asked him, “Can you read?”
Dragon Two giggled and Nan HuaiLin laughed along with him, feeling like a fool.
He picked up the remote control and tuned the channel, trying to find a cartoon for Dragon Two to watch. After tuning for a long time, he found only one station showing Animal World and decided to watch it.
A magnetic male voice narrated, “Spring has sprung in the north and thousands of migratory birds have started their migration…”
Dragon Two looked at the screen at a group of flying unknown birds and suddenly got excited, waving his two small arms and two short legs to take off, but he was now a baby not a small dragon cub, so he directly fell down from Nan HuaiLin’s legs.
It all happened in just a few seconds, and Nan HuaiLin, who was distracted, was shocked. He reached out for him, and he was just able to hold Dragon Two back before he hit the ground.
Nan HuaiLin’s heart was beating wildly, but Dragon Two was fine, still waving his arms and simulating the action of flying.
Nan HuaiLin simply cried and laughed, hugged Dragon Two firmly and said, “Baby, you are now a human not a dragon, so you can’t fly. I think it’s better for you to become a dragon, you’re too weak and dangerous in human form.”
Dragon Two blinked, indicating that he didn’t understand, and smiled innocently at him.
Nan HuaiLin sighed, picked up the bath towel and wrapped it around Dragon Two, pinching his armpits to simulate flight. After playing for a while, Nan HuaiLin checked the time and started to prepare the clothes he would wear to the screening later. He had just laid out the clothes on the bed when he heard the doorbell ring.
Nan HuaiLin guessed that Fei Cheng had arrived, and just as he walked to the entrance, he heard Fei Cheng’s voice coming through the door, “Open the door, open the door!”
Nan HuaiLin smiled and opened the door, “Hurry in.”
Fei Cheng came in with a big bag and Nan HuaiLin immediately closed the door.
Fei Cheng kissed his wife and then his son, put down the things in his hand, reached out and hugged Dragon Two, and said with a smile, “Little brat, from whom did you learn to be so sneaky, huh? You’re playing sneak for a mouthful of milk, so capable.”
Nan HuaiLin took the children’s clothes out of the shopping bag and handed them to Fei Cheng, “Put them on him. It’s been half a day, I’m afraid he’ll catch a cold.”
Fei Cheng took the clothes and said, “Eat something, it should still be warm.”
Nan HuaiLin really didn’t have time, so he sat down and ate, watching Fei Cheng clumsily dressing Dragon Two, while having fun. Nan HuaiLin put down his chopsticks when he was five minutes full, got up and went to his bedroom to change his clothes and get his hair done, but before he was ready, Man TianZhu called.
Nan HuaiLin came out of the bedroom and Fei Cheng was feeding Dragon Two.
He kissed the younger one and then the older one, smiled and said, “I’m going to work, you can play with our son.”
Fei Cheng says, “Come back early.”
“Okay.” Nan HuaiLin answered and was just about to leave when Dragon Two reached out for a hug while calling out to his father, looking like he was about to cry.
Nan HuaiLin had to hurry, so he ruthlessly ignored Dragon Two’s cries and walked away quickly.
Just after sitting in the car, Nan HuaiLin received a text message from Fei Cheng. Just by reading the text Nan HuaiLin felt his strong indignation, and couldn’t help but laugh.
The text of the message read: [Dragon Two is biased! Once you left, he became a dragon! He doesn’t love me! I want to pluck his hair! Pluck him bald!]