Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
After the screening, Nan HuaiLin politely declined the invitation to have a drink with the organizer and left the movie theater directly. Because of the rush, he only ate half of dinner before, and now he was already hungry. He desperately needed a full meal.
At this time, hot pot must be the best choice.
When he arrived at the hot pot restaurant, Nan HuaiLin first ordered a mushroom soup pot, since he was pregnant and couldn’t eat spicy food, and then ordered a combination of meat and vegetables.
Man TianZhu said, “I’m on a diet. I won’t eat a single bite. Can you eat all this?”
Nan HuaiLin said, “Yes. I’m starving to death.”
Man TianZhu looked at him. “Where’s the old you who didn’t even eat Snickers, and thought it was too high in calories?”
“This is the same,” Nan HuaiLin said with a smile. “You used to be a self-proclaimed foodie, but now you don’t even eat your favorite hot pot to lose weight.”
Man TianZhu said with a smile, “You also said, this is the same as the other. I used to be a small assistant. It didn’t matter what my image was, but now I am the agent of the popular actor, Nan HuaiLin. I often have to show up and talk about business, so my image is very important.”
Nan HuaiLin teased her, “You have more idol baggage than me.”
As he was talking, his phone rang.
Nan HuaiLin looked at the caller ID, looked up and said, “Sister Zhu, I’m going out to take a call.”
Man TianZhu said, “You can answer it here, I’m going to the bathroom.” She said he got up and left the box.
Nan HuaiLin swiped to answer. “I was just about to call you.”
“Wife, why aren’t you back yet?” Fei Cheng said sadly on the other side. “I’m lonely as snow.”
“The screening just ended, so I’m really hungry. I went to eat hot pot with Xiaozhu,” Nan HuaiLin said. “What do you want to eat? I’ll bring it back to you later.”
Fei Cheng smiled and said, “Baby, you’re eating more than me now.”
“No, I eat more than you do.” Nan HuaiLin said, “What about Dragon Two?”
Fei Cheng said, “He cried for a while after 7:00, and fell asleep when he got tired of crying.”
The waiter came in with the food cart and served the food.
Nan HuaiLin said, “I’m going to eat first. I’ll go back after I finish.”
Fei Cheng said, “Eat slowly, there’s no hurry.”
Nan HuaiLin hmmed, hung up the phone, and sent a WeChat to Lancelot, asking about Dragon One, Dragon Three, and Dragon Four. Lancelot sent a photo. The three dragon cubs in the hammock, all were sleeping in different postures, naive and very cute.
Man TianZhu said she would do it, and really did not eat a bite, Nan HuaiLin didn’t stop eating, and the single person swept a large table of dishes empty. An amazing amount of food.
Man TianZhu looked at him dumbfounded. “The way you eat…You really won’t be a fat ball?”
“No, don’t worry.” Nan HuaiLin wiped and rinsed his mouth. “Let’s go back to the hotel.”
When they got back to the hotel, it was already after eleven o’clock.
Nan HuaiLin opened the door and walked into the room. The living room was only lit with a floor lamp. It was a bit dark. The TV was on and a variety show was being broadcast. The exaggerated sound effects were a bit noisy, but Fei Cheng was lying on the sofa sound asleep.
Nan HuaiLin took off his shoes and walked over to him with his bare feet on the carpet. He sat on his knees next to the sofa, stared at Fei Cheng’s sleeping face for a while, and then lowered his head and kissed him.
Fei Cheng woke up like a sleeping beauty. He opened his eyes, saw Nan HuaiLin, curled his lips, smiled and opened his arms towards him. “Come here. Hug husband.”
Nan HuaiLin bent over him, his face pressed against his heart, and he could hear his steady, strong heartbeat.
Fei Cheng put his arm around his shoulders and said in a low, magnetic voice, “Are you tired?”
Nan HuaiLin said, “I was a little tired, but not after seeing you.”
Fei Cheng smiled and said, “I wasn’t hungry, but when I smelled your hot pot smell, I got hungry.”
Nan HuaiLin straightened up and lifted the plastic bag in his hand to show him. “I bought you some roast pork. Get up and eat, I’ll go wash this hot pot smell off.”
Fei Cheng sat up and said with a smile, “Let’s wash together.”
Nan HuaiLin asked, “You’re not hungry anymore?”
Fei Cheng picked him up directly. “I want to eat you more.”
Nan HuaiLin wrapped his arms around his neck. “Let me see Dragon Two first.”
Fei Cheng carried him to the bedroom. “Don’t wake him up. You won’t belong to me once he wakes up.”
Dragon Two was nestled in the baseball cap, with his head and tail coiled in a circle, as he slept quietly, a few transparent dragon beads scattered around his little head. He seemed to have cried before sleeping.
Nan HuaiLin looked at Fei Cheng with laughter and asked in a low voice, “Why did you let him sleep in the hat?”
Fei Cheng turned towards the bathroom and replied in a whisper, “He chose to sleep there, so I couldn’t do anything about it.”
After he entered the bathroom and took off his clothes, Nan HuaiLin brushed his teeth and took a shower while Fei Cheng stood behind him and helped him wash his hair. After brushing his teeth and washing his hair, Fei Cheng took him in his arms and kissed him while he gently explored with his hands.
“So anxious?” Fei Cheng laughed. “It’s going to hurt.”
Although they were already an old married couple, Nan HuaiLin was still shy. He buried his face into Fei Cheng’s neck and whispered, “If you slow down a little, it won’t hurt.”
Fei Cheng withdrew his hand and turned him around by the waist, put his ear against his spine, and said in a hoarse voice, “If you keep going so slow, your husband will never be able to get up fast again.”
Nan HuaiLin didn’t say anything, just clutched his arm across his chest and closed his eyes as he felt his hotness.
Fei Cheng had just gone in a little when Nan HuaiLin suddenly said, “Wait!”
“What’s wrong?” Fei Cheng stopped.
“Listen,” Nan HuaiLin turned off the shower. “The baby’s crying.”
Fei Cheng, “…”
Nan HuaiLin broke away from his embrace, quickly dried himself, put the towel around his waist and opened the door to go out.
Fei Cheng looked down at Optimus Prime, “…”
Dragon Two was really a baby again, as he sat on the bed naked and cried.
Nan HuaiLin hurriedly picked him up and softly comforted him, “Baby don’t cry. Daddy is here.”
Dragon Two stopped crying after two more choked sobs, found his milk source easily and sucked on it.
Fei Cheng came out of the bathroom wearing a bathrobe, and put a bathrobe on Nan HuaiLin as well. He pinched Dragon Two’s little face in return for an accusing look.
“Wife did you see that? He just glared at me! Glared! At me!” Fei Cheng slapped Dragon Two’s bare buttocks and scolded him with a smile, “Little brat. You are simply the birth of a playwright. You want to be angry with me, right? See how I’ll clean you up when you grow up.”
Nan HuaiLin opened the bathrobe, and wrapped it around Dragon Two as he said, “You go eat.”
Fei Cheng hmmned. “I’m full of anger. I’m not eating, I’ll go wash my clothes.”
Nan HuaiLin laughed, “Don’t look for something. Go to bed if you don’t want to eat. It’s already twelve o’clock.”
Fei Cheng huffed, “It’s strange that I can sleep now.” After he said that, he went to the bathroom.
Nan HuaiLin carried Dragon Two around the room twice and felt a little sleepy, so he went to bed and laid on his side so that Dragon Two could have milk. He put one arm around Dragon Two and patted him with the other. He tried to get him to sleep, but he fell asleep first.
When Fei Cheng came out of the bathroom with his underwear and T-shirt, he saw his wife was lying asleep on the bed with his son in his arms.
Fei Cheng returned to the bedroom. He carefully pulled out the quilt underneath to cover Nan HuaiLin, laid down next to him, then picked up Dragon Two and put him on his own chest, to let Dragon Two sleep on his body.
Nan HuaiLin opened his eyes and closed them again. Fei Cheng opened one arm and whispered, “Baby, come into my arms.”
Nan HuaiLin almost instinctively moved into Fei Cheng’s arms, nuzzled his neck affectionately, and then fell into a deep sleep.
Fei Cheng gently patted his son with one hand. and wrapped his arms around his wife with the other. He was smiling and thinking, this was probably what happiness should look like.
The next day’s screening was in the afternoon, after which it was time to return to Beijing.
Fei Cheng directly rented a private plane because of the small problem of Dragon Two, but it wasn’t convenient for Man Tianzhu to go with them, so she still took a passenger plane back.
It was already evening when they arrived home.
When Lancelot saw the beautiful baby in Nan HuaiLin’s arms, he was confused for a moment then asked incredulously, “Is this…Dragon Two, right?”
Nan HuaiLin smiled and nodded, “Yes.”
Dragon Two was a bit shocked, and buried his face in Nan HuaiLin’s neck. He cooed milkily.
“Quickly let me hug.” Nan HuaiLin had just handed Dragon Two over when Dragon Two abruptly turned into a little dragon cub.
The two hands of Lancelot fell, empty, as he watched as Dragon Two’s fluttering wings fell to the ground, and then came out of the clothes. He chirped and flew away.
Lancelot was embarrassed. “…It’s too disgraceful, isn’t it?”
Fei Cheng said with a smile, “He doesn’t even give his own father face.”
Lancelot asked, “But how can he become human so soon? Isn’t there at least a six-month pup period?”
Nan HuaiLin smiled awkwardly. He knew that he couldn’t hide it anymore, so he had to hold back his shame and tell Lancelot about his ability to produce milk.
After he heard this, Lancelot didn’t show any surprise. He himself was a mutant shark with big breasts on top and big dick on the bottom, and could take well to strange people and things.
Lancelot said, “Since your milk can shorten the cub period of the baby dragon, are you going to give them milk evenly?”
Nan HuaiLin said, “That was my intention. Now that Dragon Two can switch freely between human and dragon, it’s time for me to feed Dragon One.”
Dragon One, who was playing with Dragon Three, heard Nan HuaiLin call his name and flew over to land on his shoulder. He rubbed his neck with his little head as a sign of affection.
Nan HuaiLin stroked him. “Come. Let’s go see Little Five.”
Dragon Five was still an egg with no intention of breaking out of the shell.
Nan HuaiLin sighed and said to himself, “Little Five, your second brother can become a human being and you are still hiding in your shell. If you don’t come out soon, your other brothers will be born before you.”
Fei Cheng came in with a glass of water, fed Nan HuaiLin a couple of sips and said, “I bet Dragon Five will come out before the second litter is born.”
Nan HuaiLin said, “Let’s hope so.”
After dinner, all four dragon cubs went to bed.
Nan HuaiLin tiptoed in, took Dragon One out and went to the bedroom to feed him. Probably because he had just woken up, Dragon One was confused and didn’t know how to suck on his nipple. His two black bean eyes blinked as if he was going to pass out at any moment.
“I have an idea.” Fei Cheng put down his phone and came over. He held Nan HuaiLin’s pectoral muscle and gently squeezed it. A small amount of milk was fed into Dragon One’s mouth.
Dragon One’s sleepy eyes widened, and he looked at Nan HuaiLin with a slinky look.
Nan HuaiLin was amused by his expression, “Don’t look at me. You can suck it.”
Dragon One just licked it, but still wouldn’t suck it.
“Son,” Fei Cheng said. “Look and learn from me.”
Fei Cheng bent down and took the other nipple, sucked and swallowed it at 0.5 times the speed, then smiled and said, “Mmm…So sweet.”
Dragon One looked at him, but his mouth didn’t move. Fei Cheng patiently milked his mouth, and showed him how to do it himself.
Nan HuaiLin couldn’t help but laugh. “I didn’t realize Dragon One was so dumb before. He’s really funny.”
Fei Cheng, who taught his son to eat milk, was very accomplished and concluded with a smile, “Dragon One is both violent and cute, Dragon Two is a chicken thief and a little crybaby, Dragon Three is weak and helpless, and Dragon Four is a heartless and naughty boy. All four little kids have a lot of character.”
Nan HuaiLin said, “I don’t know what Dragon Five is like. It’s the one I’m most worried about now.”
Fei Cheng said, “I think Dragon Five must be a little dragon girl.”
Nan HuaiLin looked at him. “You want a daughter, huh?”
Fei Cheng nodded vigorously. “Especially, very much so.”
Nan HuaiLin asked, “What if this baby, and the next babies are all sons?”
Fei Cheng lay back on the bed, and let out a long breath. “I think I’ll go crazy.”
Nan HuaiLin slapped him on his abs. “How can you dislike your own sons?”
Fei Cheng came over, and wrapped his arms around his waist. “I don’t mind. I like whatever you have, I just… It’s just that…”
Nan HuaiLin asked, “What is it?”
Fei Cheng sighed, “Forget it, it’s nothing.”
Nan HuaiLin gave him a hand to rub his hair and said with a smile, “Sometimes you are even more childish than your son.”
The next morning, Nan HuaiLin took Dragon One out and fed him before Dragon Two woke up, so when Dragon Two came begging for milk, he couldn’t get anything out after just a few sips. Dragon Two instantly cried out in frustration.
After a week of this, Dragon Two finally had enough disappointment and gave up eating milk, but he also refused to drink milk powder, so that his amount of food was much larger than before when he had milk to eat.
After he ran to two more screenings, Nan HuaiLin’s mission was successfully completed.
At the same time, the National Day holiday arrived.
As promised, Nan HuaiLin’s parents were coming to Beijing to meet with Fei Zheng on May 1. Fei Cheng didn’t let his parents-in-law squeeze the train, but sent a private plane to pick them up. This time it was not rented, but bought, in order to facilitate Nan HuaiLin flying around.
Nan ZunShan and Geng XiaoRong were settled in the house in the Dong Fang Mansion.
Because there had been fixed weekly housekeeping over to clean, the house remained clean and tidy after being empty for so long. Nan HuaiLin filled the refrigerator in advance to create the illusion that the place was always occupied, because he couldn’t let his parents know that he and Fei Cheng lived elsewhere, in case they wanted to go over to see. Then the dragon cubs would be exposed.
Geng XiaoRong strolled around the house, and said to Fei Cheng with a smile, “This is a beautiful house. How much did you pay for it?”
Fei Cheng replied vaguely, “More than ten million.”
Geng XiaoRong secretly huffed, and thought that this son-in-law was really generous, so buying a house was like buying vegetables.
Nan ZunShan said, “You can take back the villa on Taihu Lake. Lin Lin’s mother and I won’t live there.”
Fei Cheng smiled and said, “The property certificate is written in Lin Lin’s name. The house is his. How to deal with it is up to him.”
Nan HuaiLin knew that his father was hard-tempered and feared that something unpleasant would happen, so he hurriedly changed the subject, “Mom and Dad, you are tired, go back to your room and rest for a while. Fei Cheng has already made an appointment with his brother, so we will go to dinner together tonight.”
“Yes, I’m a little tired. Father, let’s go and rest for a while.” Geng XiaoRong suddenly remembered something else and turned to Fei Cheng. “By the way, you should send these gifts to your brother.”
Nan HuaiLin swept a glance at the big bags piled up in the living room, all brought by his parents. He didn’t know what they were.
Nan HuaiLin wanted to help him, but Fei Cheng refused, “You go talk to your parents. I’ll do it myself.”
Nan HuaiLin said, “We were both stupid just now. We went to a lot of trouble to move up, and now we have to move down.”
Fei Cheng whispered, “I’m just too nervous to meet my parents-in-law, and you, you’re probably the legendary one who’s pregnant for three years.”
“Fuck you,” Nan HuaiLin gave him a slap. “You’re the one who’s stupid for three years.”
Fei Cheng smiled and said, “Go ahead. Go with your parents. I can move it myself. I can do it in two or three trips.”
Nan HuaiLin had to do as he was told, and knocked on the door of the guest bedroom to talk to his parents, since he did have something serious to say to them.
After they chatted for a while, Nan HuaiLin said, “Dad, Mom, I have something to tell you.”
Geng XiaoRong asked, “What is it?”
Nan HuaiLin said, “Because of my work, I may have to move to the United States for a while.”
Geng XiaoRong looked at her husband. “When will you go? How long will you stay?”
Nan HuaiLin said, “I’m going to the United States in a few days to shoot an American drama. It will take about two months. After shooting the drama there may be a film. It adds up to at least six months, or more.”
Nan ZunShan was silent for a moment, then said, “Aren’t you doing very well at home? Why do you have to go abroad? You’re not familiar with the place, can you do better than at home?”
Nan HuaiLin said, “Fei Cheng was originally raised in the United States. He has a home in Atlantic City. His brother also has a company in New York, so whether it is life or work, do not worry too much.”
Geng XiaoRong frowned, “Is their family so powerful?”
Nan HuaiLin said, “Fei Cheng’s brother is indeed very powerful. Really young and talented.”
Nan ZunShan asked, “What’s his brother’s name?”
Nan HuaiLin said, “Fei Zheng. Zheng of iron bones.”
Geng XiaoRong said, “So after you move to the U.S., you won’t come home often?”
Nan ZunShan said, “He lives in Beijing now, but he only returns home for the New Year, no difference.”
Geng XiaoRong sighed, “When children grow up, they always have to fly away, but parents always privately hope that their children do not fly too far, nor too high. Healthy and safe is very good.”
Nan ZunShan said, “That’s a woman’s opinion. He is only twenty-four years old. It’s time to work hard.” He turned to Nan HuaiLin. “Don’t listen to your mother. Whether at home or abroad, do a good job. Your parents are in good health. You don’t have to worry about anything, just take care of yourself.”
Nan HuaiLin’s heart was sore. He went over to hug his parents and said in a choked voice, “Dad. Mom. I love you.”
For the first time in his life, he said love to his parents, and they had never said it to him before. Chinese parents and children are always shy to say love to each other. They use trivial ramblings and care instead of words, but they all know it in their hearts.
Nan ZunShan coughed twice in embarrassment, and did not speak.
Geng XiaoRong patted Nan HuaiLin’s shoulder, and chanted with a smile, “Silly boy…”