Chapter 14: First World (14)
Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Since they successfully came out of the closet to their family, Bai Xu and Bai Duan no longer concealed their intimacy with each other, hugging each other from time to time, making the whole Bai household diffuse with the sour smell of love. Even if the two did nothing, just ordinarily looking at each other, it still blinded the Bai couple.
Papa Bai and Mama Bai had seen many young couples, but never a couple that was as indiscriminate as their family’s pair. Bai Xu and Bai Duan seemed to be natural lovers, as if there was a kind of aura to closely link them together, indispensable and inseparable.
Throughout the winter vacation, the Bai couple had to face their two sons’ desperate and frantic acts of kindness and love. Even the old husband and wife seemed to be infected by this kind of atmosphere, inexplicably becoming more and more intimate, and their feelings, which had gradually become dull due to daily trifles, were also rekindled.
Of course, although they admitted their feelings, they must adhere to the principle.
The couple repeatedly stressed that they should ‘never have sex before they grow up,’ and to their surprise, Bai Xu did not change color on this aspect. On the contrary, his youngest son could hardly hide his loss and pouted his lips.
Papa Bai and Mama Bai, “…”
Who were they worrying about?! It was too good to be rewarded! Why? Why did they naturally have to accept their youngest son’s position and not struggle halfway?
Because he finally turned Bai Duan into his hand, Bai Xu no longer concealed that he had been covetous since childhood. Many childhood memories that were forgotten or laughed as jokes had been re-turned out. Only then did Bai couple realize what it meant to ‘lead the wolf into the den,’ and they hated and were annoyed to learn that their youngest son had always been coveted secretly for so many years.
For a while, they were worried about Bai Xu’s precocity and schemes because of his perseverance and firm reassurance for Bai Duan. In short, with this complicated feeling, the Bai family once again sent the brothers and lovers to Beijing.
After another year’s college entrance exam, Bai Xu, who had been working hard for a year, succeeded in getting a high score and was admitted to the Finance Department of Beijing University. When he became an alumnus with Bai Duan, he could finally stick to his lover’s side and brush his sense of existence.
After reaching the goal of ‘being admitted to Beijing University and finding brother,’ Bai Duan slackened down again and resumed his style of loafing around and just barely passing his exams. Fortunately, he was a genius in ancient Chinese, so many professors even hung out in front of him, which made him love and hate it more.
Bai Xu, like Bai Duan, was also a ‘poor student’ who ate truancy as a regular meal, could only get a good result in the exam.
Bai Xu accompanied Bai Duan to a few classes, and Bai Duan accompanied Bai Xu to a few lessons. They were almost inseparable on the campus, coupled with their undisguised intimate behavior, soon rumors spread.
Fortunately, Bai Duan ignored them, and all his attention was focused on Bai Xu. He was unconcerned with the outside world’s remarks, while Bai Xu was a high-ranking man and no one dared say anything in front of him at leisure.
Two people, one heartless, one shielding his lover as much as he could, were totally unaffected. Every time the Bai couple contacted their youngest son, they could see his happy, shadowless smile, and gradually relaxed their hearts. When facing other people’s innuendos, they could also raise their chests and go back happily, with a magnanimous appearance as long as their son was happy.
Bai Duan’s parents firmly stood by their son, while the Zheng family almost became Bai Xu’s voice. Except for his nominal father, Zheng Ershao, no one was qualified to criticize him.
As for Zheng Ershao and his newly married wife, they also maintained an attitude of not supporting, not opposing and indulging only in themselves. On the one hand, even if they said no, they would only humiliate themselves, and also affect their lives and have to worry about food and clothing. On the other hand, Bai Xu liked a man and was willing to spend his life with that man, which was beneficial and harmless to them.
Being with a man meant having no offspring, and once Bai Xu had no children, their child, Bai Xu’s younger brother, who was only three years old, was likely to become his heir.
In fact, Bai Xu was also ready to train his brother. Bai Xu has no desire for power and no sense of responsibility for the Zheng family. He held power only to make himself, and his lover’s lives happier and more comfortable. As for where the Zheng family would go after his death, it had nothing to do with him.
Of course, to spend his old age safely without being disturbed by bad things, he still took his three-year-old brother away from his parents, lest the child be influenced by his unreliable father and a slightly smart but distorted mother. Bai Xu did not expect this child to grow up well, but as long as the other side could keep the Zheng family alive, it would not give him any confusion, and that was enough.
As a young adult, Bai Xu began to plan for his retirement life in his old age. He was really prepared for the rainy day. Thus, under his arrangement of taking ten steps and looking at them step by step, Bai Xu and Bai Duan’s lives had hardly experienced any twists and turns, and they were always happy and harmonious.
Under Bai Xu’s control, the Zheng family gradually got rid of the influence of the storm a few years ago and stood up again. The separatist forces were washed repeatedly by him. Seeing Bai Xu was like a rat seeing a cat, they were so obedient towards him that they wanted to pretend to die directly.
As Bai Xu’s authority grew, his image as an illegitimate son completely disappeared into the minds of the public. Occasionally, in retrospect, there would be a trance.
Those who used to laugh and those who scoffed at him now bowed their heads for fear that Bai Xu would settle the accounts after autumn and retaliate on their previous remarks. Fortunately, Bai Xu did not have much free time, and except for Bai Duan, he was too lazy to give anyone a little extra attention.
Compared with Bai Xu, who had a clear goal, Bai Duan’s life was much more free and relaxed.
He smoothly graduated from college and became a freelancer. Having worked as a sculptor, written books, revised ancient books and materials, and even somehow becoming interested in geomantic omens, he became a half-suspended geomantic omen.
As for the company where Papa Bai and Mama Bai worked for most of their life, Bai Duan had no interest in it at all but was unwilling to let their efforts go to waste. With the consent of Papa Bai and Mama Bai, Bai Duan grabbed Bai Xu and went to the orphanage and with Bai Xu’s golden eyes, Bai Duan selected a child. On the one hand, it could make up for the regret that the Bai couple had no grandson. On the other hand, it could shake off the pot smoothly and hand the company of the Bai Family to the child to inherit and develop.
In this way, Bai Duan and Bai Xu went hand in hand from flourishing to gray-haired. Their love lasted for a lifetime, and their strong feelings never faded. As a result, they became the enviable couple, even to the gods. They had no children and did not need children. Their world was small enough to accommodate only two of them without fighting for positions.
Finally, Bai Duan closed his eyes peacefully in Bai Xu’s bosom. At the time of his departure, he had no reluctance in his heart but had a faint expectation. He did not even know where this expectation came from.
Looking at his lover’s face, Bai Xu’s eyebrows relaxed. He hugged his lover, who had lost his last breath, tighter and dropped his last kiss on his partner’s wrinkled face.
“In this life, you have performed very well, and I am very happy and satisfied. I hope that in the next life, you can continue to work hard.”