Translator: Amber.es says, Happy April’s Fool! Double release!
Editor: merahmapple 🍁
The landlord, Xiao Xia, leaned his head on the back of the sofa, looking very out of sorts. “Ming, my body still hurts…”
He Ziming touched his head, comforting him. “It hurts because there you’re still feverish. It will be better once you take the medicine and sleep.”
“En, my mouth tastes bitter. It’s so uncomfortable.”
“I’ll pour some water for you… The porridge is ready. Eat some porridge first and then take medicine, okay?”
“…I don’t like to eat porridge.” He was acting spoiled like a baby.
“Be good. There are pork floss and small pickled cucumbers. Have some.”
The landlord curled his lips and kept silent.
He Ziming went to the kitchen to pour boiling water to keep the porridge warm. While bringing out the porridge and vegetables, he gave Qu Zhengyan an apologetic look. “Give me a moment.”
Qu Zhengyan watched him let this Xiao Xia lean on him, carefully helping Xiao Xia to spread the meat floss, stirring the porridge evenly and holding the tray properly….this kind of gentle caring suddenly made Qu Zhengyan feel uncomfortable.
At this time, Xiao Jin looked extraordinarily unfamiliar….this kind of thing… it shouldn’t be Xiao Jin doing it. He, who looked very arrogant, was the most coquettish child. He should be the one who should be taken care of. To change his previous personality into caring for others…unless, this person was a special existence to him…
Qu Zhengyan frowned as he stood at the door of the kitchen, looking at the young man nestled in He Ziming’s arms with complicated eyes.
The other party also realized his existence, he took a few sips of porridge and looked up at him. Being a little curious, he asked, “Who are you?” He Ziming looked back and replied, “He is the executive of my company.”
Xiao Xia blinked and asked in a low voice, “The executive… coming to our house?” After thinking about it, he quickly added, “Is there something urgent for you? I’m sorry, really am sorry. Because I’m not feeling well…” In the last sentence, he directed Qu Zhengyan with a soft pleading expression.
Qu Zhengyan answered faintly, “I am not considered his boss and his attendance is not my concern.” He was a little annoyed and yet, unable to flare out, hence his tone was hard.
He Ziming glanced at him quickly, lowered his head, his lips opening and closing without a word. Qu Zhengyan suddenly remembered Xiao Jin, who used to be unscrupulous and a bully to others. Comparing that to this forbearing person in front of him, his heart softened, and he sighed. “We were friends when I was young. My name is Qu Zhengyan. Hello.”
“Ah, hello. I’m Xia Chengqi.” Xiao Xia looked at him, then at He Ziming, “I haven’t heard of it before. So you are colleagues now?”
“…Oh, I get it!” Xiao Xia suddenly realized, “Previously, Ming said that he changed company. Is that your company?”
“That’s such a coincidence.” Xiao Xia laughed. He was not handsome, but his features were straight and pleasing to the eyes. He looked good-tempered and his smile had a youthful air.
“It’s a coincidence.” Qu Zhengyan said, taking a deep look at He Ziming.
Xiao Xia did not notice the undercurrents between the two people at all, and continued to chat with him, “What are you doing in the company?”
“I’m in charge of administrative personnel.”
“Then, eh, you won’t complain to the upper management, right? Actually, he was uncomfortable last night. He just got a bit better earlier.”
Xiao Xia grinned.
Qu Zhengyan stared at He Ziming angrily. “I thought he was too sick to get up!”
“It’s me who can’t get up.” Xiao Xia scratched the back of his head, “Ming won’t be like that. He is the best at taking care of himself. When he returns, he cooks ginger sugar water.”
“He will?” Qu Zhengyan snorted softly. “Yesterday, when the temperature was low, he wore so little clothes. I asked him to wait at the door for me to help him get a piece of clothing. When I turned around, there was no one…. He wouldn’t have needed to make ginger sugar water. ”
“Huh?” Xiao Xia looked at him stupidly. “You told him to wait? He certainly won’t wait, you should bring him with you to take. For Ming, he would rather be late than wait.”
What’s wrong with this! Qu Zhengyan looked at He Ziming. While he was talking to Xiao Xia, He Ziming didn’t say a word. After a while, he pushed Xiao Xia’s hand and asked him to fill his mouth with a spoonful of porridge.
Qu Zhengyan couldn’t help complaining, “I didn’t know… He also didn’t mention it.”
He Ziming smiled, but still did not speak.
Xiao Xia said, “He didn’t tell us either. I only learned about it after countless tragic experiences of being left behind.”
He Ziming took his bowl away and passed the water over, “Take this and finish your medicine. Do you want to go back to the room to sleep?”
Xiao Xia shook his head. “No, I don’t want to sleep. What do you want to do? Do you want to go back to your room? Then I’ll lie down in your room.”
Qu Zhengyan was focused on those words.
He Ziming’s reaction was very natural. “Then lie down here. After watching TV for a while, I’ll go to the kitchen to make soup for you.”
He Ziming turned around and went into the kitchen. Qu Zhengyan let him open the door. He hesitated at Xia Chengqi who was comfortably lying partially on the sofa. Should he discuss the lease now? He was a little bit unsure.
Both the landlord, Xiao Xia, and Xiao Jin have a very close relationship, unlike the relationship between an ordinary landlord and the tenant. What’s more, the landlord was ill now and mentioning this was a bit like taking advantage of people’s lives while they are sick. It was not appropriate at the moment…
Forget it. He will come back to it later.
Following He Ziming into the kitchen, he saw He Ziming glancing back from time to time. Qu Zhengyan said sourly, “Your landlord really sticks to you.”
He Ziming smiled gently. “He is good to me.” He looked at the boiling soup pot slowly emitting white steam. Eyes dimmed as if he was recalling something.