Chapter 23: 2.09 – Their Surprise – Mr. and Mrs. Jelly
— Authors note —-
Proofreaded by P.D Webb.
P.D.Webb: Im literally going to cry since Psycho S isnt editing from here on. I was just editor number 2 but now Im editor number 1, this is scary T-T.
It took Xuan Mu five hours to arrive at Bing Shis hometown.
Stepping down from a bus, the thing he saw was like a scene from a vintage movie. He stood there in a trance, staring at his girlfriend; Bing Shi wore a burgundy blouse with rolled-up sleeves combined with a long black skirt. Her black hair was braided to her left side while big black-framed eyeglasses covered her face. Her whole being exuded sophistication and maturity. It didnt match her childish personality in the games at all, but it sure as hell suited her soft voice!
When Xuan Mu came near her, he lifted his hands, wanting to assure himself that she was real.
“No touching,” Bing Shi looked at the tall youth clothed in all black with a guilty face.
“Why are you so pretty I want my murderer back,” Xuan Mu responded with a light smile; he put his hands inside his pants pockets, clutching them hard.
“Your sense of beauty is so strange. At that time, I was a fat girl with pimples all over my face! Im not as fat as before, but still... I am a little plump,” she giggled, “But thanks.”
“Bing Shi, shouldnt you be blushing from my compliment” He raised his eyebrow.
“Nah, Im overpraised. Its hard to make me blush. Even if you put a half-naked model before me, the chance of me puking is higher than me blushing.”
“Bing Shi look at me,” he requested and looked her way.
“Hm” she looked him in the eyes; her face instantly turned red.
Did he just give me a flying kiss!
“You liar! Making you blush is easier than I thought,” he laughed out loud.
Bing Shi hid her tomato face behind her palms, “You got me, how come you dont blush” She looked at him through the gap in between her fingers.
He doesnt blush at all!
His face was pale without a color.
And why doesnt he wear glasses Shouldnt his eyesight be as bad as mine!
“I dont know. Maybe all the blood is collected in my heart,” Xuan Mu answered while ignoring his rapidly beating heart.
“What a cheat! Do you see that shopping center Its ours. My parents took a day off just to meet you.” As a taxi drove across the road, Bing Shi pointed at the shopping center amidst the buildings of various colors.
He looked at the large shopping center, the crowded streets, then back at her, “Bing Shi, why me Im nobody. Arent there plenty of men who are better than me”
“For me, you are the best!” Bing Shi showed him the streets where she spent her childhood, “You dont smoke, drink, or gamble. You are faithful, gentle, caring, and smart. I like your sense of humor, and we have many things in common, like our opinions, likes, and dislikes.”
They passed by a city square with a fountain in the middle. A stream of water flooded out of a jug of wine in a female statues hands. Here, the paths spread out in different directions. Every building was different. Weaving through the maze of streets, the citizens minded with their business; the trees and street lamps shuffling their order in a periodical manner.
Xun Mu couldnt care less about the city and its citizens, his eyes and mind were filled with Bing Shi, “I have no money.”
“You are only seventeen. Youll make money later. Whats the rush I, too, have no money. But my parents are rich, arent they We should use them while we still can. Lets use them to the fullest,” said Bing Shi, full of determination.
He chuckled, “What a bad girl.” Knowing that his relationship with hisrich parents was beyond repair, she didnt ask him to reconcile, “Where has my innocent Bing Shi gone”
Bing Shi giggled, “See Another reason. We can be our true selves before each other, without pretending to be good.”
Xuan Mu rubbed his chest in discomfort, “Im nervous.”
Bing Shi sent him a thumbs up, “No worries. I bragged about you so much that they think you are some kind of a god, haha!”
“...” Xuan Mu was speechless; he couldnt shrug off the thought of how inferior he was compared to her.
Seeing his downcast expression, Bing Shi opened her purse, “Show me your hand. I got a present for you.” She pulled out a bracelet with transparent white beads and gave it to him.
“A bracelet” he asked, putting the bracelet on; creating a contrast to his all-black outfit.
“Couple bracelets! I got a black one for myself,” she showed her hand. She had the same bracelet, but the beads were the color of black.
“Thanks, werent you the one to say no presents” he caressed the bracelet, treasuring it.
“Yes, but I changed my mind when I saw them online.”
Xuan Mu smiled helplessly, “I have a surprise too. I started school again.”
“Woah, are you sure Which one” Bing Shi looked at him in surprise.
“Because you always liked those CEOs in novels, I chose Economy and management high school, distance learning.”
“You! I give up...You are a lost cause...” she facepalmed herself, “Why dont you choose something you like”
“Theres nothing I like besides you,” he grinned at hercringe face. If it was before being her boyfriend, such cheesy words would send him into a block list. Being her exclusive boyfriend had so many privileges, “Jokes aside. I have some plans for business already.”
“You matured fast, didnt you” she smiled back at him.
“Thats because my girl is going to be a leftover woman soon,” he looked away innocently, muttering, “I have to catch up fast.”
Bing Shi whined in protest, “Stop it! Im only nineteen!”
His taunting was so obvious; she could see that he wanted her to break theno touching rule by having her beat him!
After a long chatting session, Bing Shi made a distance from him, “We have a problem. Im falling for you more and more.”
Xuan Mu got closer to her, “A huge one because you are not the only one.”
“We are doomed,” she said, her face filled with misery as she looked at him, “Are we going to turn into love-struck fools”
Xuan Mu chuckled and copied her expression, “I suppose so.”
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At Bing Shis house...
Bing Shi, Xuan Mu, and her parents were in the spacious kitchen, about to have lunch together. As if taken straight out of the magazine, the simplistic, geometrical layout of colors and trendy furniture added a modern touch to the houses architecture.
While her mother was a beautiful woman in her mid-forties; her father was below average with a beer belly pot. Both of them clothed luxuriously, ready to welcome the mysterious boy.
When her parents first saw this boy, they were more than dubious; how could this boy assure their daughters comfort in the future! He looked like a kid who was still wearing diapers! What was their daughter thinking, bringing a boy home Most importantly, what did she see in him! He wasnt even that handsome or rich!
They didnt believe the boy, but Bing Shi had their full trust. She told them about how she found a male friend online, preparing them beforehand, so they wouldnt receive such a shock if that friend, one day, appeared before their front doors.
It was also for her safety. One could never be careful enough when meeting people she met online.
“This is Xuan Mu, seventeen years old. You know lots of things about him already. Even though he dropped out of school, he is better than me in everything! Dont worry; he wont touch me until I finish school, a promise. If he breaks this rule, we are done,” Bing Shi said proudly, her tone serious.
Her parents stared at her in disbelief, “...” Did she have to introduce him as a dropout Was it something to be proud of They looked at Xuan Mu skeptically, “If you dont attend school, do you at least work”
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Xuan Mu facepalmed himself, feeling embarrassed, “Im sorry, Im living off my parents. Few hours a day, I help with managing one of our familys branch offices,” he smiled to himself, “So my father could go play golf with his friends.”
Bing Shi chimed in, “And he is doing it for free! When he is at home, he does all the house chores like Cinderella. But never did he receive a word of thanks from his parents...”
Both Bing Shi and Xuan Mu cooperated to change her parents opinion. None of them was lying, just the way they presented it...
Xuan Mu was already planning how to win her parents over – not touching until she graduated university That was too easy; its not like he was with her because of her body – props for being a younger man. After five years, hed still be young, he thought to himself.
Both Bing Shi and Xuan Mu didnt fall behind when it came to socializing. Even though they didnt go out to meet others, their communication skills were top-notch, same as their straightforwardness. Thats because they trained on themselves.