Chapter 375 Let’s Live Happily Together
It was a rainy day with strong winds. Gu Nianbin and Du Xiaoxian stayed at home without bothering to step foot outside. They did nothing for the whole day except hug each other to keep warm.
They had both been alone for far too long. They were like people who suddenly discovered light after walking the whole night in the dark. It was a pleasant surprise that could not be described in words. It was also like the moment when two meteors collided, illuminating each other and bringing out the most brilliant radiance.
They had actually found the person they were destined to be with in this boundless secular world and its vast sea of people. Now that the happiness that had slipped away from Gu Nianbin’s fingers was restored, he would never let it go again.
The wind outside the window stopped, and the rain was starting to stop too. The ground was a mess with fallen leaves scattered limply on the ground, looking like small palms. Only the osmanthus tree looked bright and shiny after being showered by the rain. It was full of energy.
Gu Nianbin asked, “Are you cold?”
“No, I’m not. I won’t feel cold with you here,” Du Xiaoxian said softly.
It was rare for Du Xiaoxian to say such flirty things. Gu Nianbin smiled and lowered his head to kiss her gently. It was different from when he was in full beast mode. Now, he was very gentle, tender, and loving. There was no strong passion or desire in him. He just purely wanted to kiss her. Even though he was so close to her, he still missed her. He wanted to hug her, kiss her, and touch her to make sure that she really existed and was not just an illusion.
He could not remember how many times he had dreamed of such a scene—being able to hug her, touch her, and kiss her. It felt so real, but whenever he opened his eyes, his arms were empty. In the beginning, he was always a little confused. It took him a while to remember that she had already left.
When he woke up, he could no longer go back to sleep. He would just sit on the bed and smoke until dawn. In the morning, when Uncle Xiao came in to clean the room, the strong smell of tobacco would still be there. When Uncle Xiao looked at the cigarettes in the ashtray, he would know that Gu Nianbin was up for at least half of the night. He tried to give Gu Nianbin some advice a couple of times, but Gu Nianbin did not pay much attention to him. Later, Uncle Xiao had to tell Gu Nianbin’s mother about it. His parents tried to talk to him. They spent a long time talking to him with concerned and loving words. Gu Nianbin listened obediently and knew that he could not continue like this.
Later on, even if he woke up, he would not open his eyes. He held the pillow in his arms, treating it as if it were her! At least this way, he would not wake up at midnight and sit alone for half a night.
Now, she was really in his arms. She truly existed. Her breath lingered around him, and a smile hung on her lips. Her eyelashes were slender and long, so fine that they seemed to be drawn by a pen. Her hand… Gu Nianbin spread out her palm and gently stroked the inside of her hand. He was a little sad. Her hand was rougher than before.
He asked her, “Besides selling fruits, what else did you do?”
Du Xiaoxian counted with her fingers and told him, “I made some small handicrafts and sold them, things like plastic flowers and small ornaments. I did housekeeping. I set up a stall to sell embroidery works, and I also worked at Tianchen Company.”
Gu Nianbin sighed. He held her hand and kissed it. “You’ve suffered a lot.”
“I didn’t really suffer.” Du Xiaoxian smiled and said, “Don’t look at the calluses on my hands. In fact, I didn’t have a hard time at all. I felt very secure earning money through my own efforts.”
Gu Nianbin asked again, “What did you do at Tianchen Company?”
“First, I was a cleaner. Later, President Lu felt that I was a good worker, so he transferred me to the secretaries’ office to work as a clerk.”
Gu Nianbin already looked a little dejected, but when he heard this, his expression darkened. He snorted. “He obviously had other intentions. You’re practically illiterate. How could you be a clerk?”
“How could you say that I’m illiterate? I went to school, okay! I did a good job as a clerk.” Du Xiaoxian was unhappy. When she was a clerk, she was very happy and learned a lot. She thought she was competent. Gu Nianbin could not ignore her efforts just because he did not like Lu Haochen.
“You did go to college in the past, didn’t you?” Gu Nianbin said, “Why don’t you go back now? I’ll find a good college for you.”
“No, I’m already a mother. People will laugh at me if I go back to school now!”
“Then what do you want to do?” Gu Nianbin asked, “Become a stay-at-home mom?”
“It seems that your mother won’t let me be involved,” Speaking of this, Du Xiaoxian felt a little upset. She should be in charge of looking after her child, but when she returned to the Gu family, she had no say in anything to do with her daughter. She didn’t need to worry about anything, whether it was the food she ate or the clothes she wore. Sometimes, when she wanted to see her child, she would have to stand outside Fang Yaru’s door and just listen to her voice.
“My mom is afraid of tiring you out. You were the one taking care of everything outside for the past few years. Now that you’re back home, isn’t it better for you to relax?” Gu Nianbin pinched her nose and said with a smile, “You just like to seek trouble for yourself.”
“But I have to do something,” Du Xiaoxian puffed up her cheeks and blinked. “How about I continue to work as a servant?”
“Are you mad?!” Gu Nianbin raised his hand and gently patted her head. “How can the dignified Gu family’s young madam work as a servant? You’re insulting my honor!”
Du Xiaoxian’s heart skipped a beat, and she blushed. She looked a little embarrassed. “Are you proposing to me right now?”
“You should be the one proposing.” Gu Nianbin said in utter seriousness. “I proposed once, and you accepted. But then you ran away, so now, it’s your turn to propose.”
“You want me to propose? But I didn’t prepare a ring.” Du Xiaoxian’s jaw dropped.
“What are you worried about? It’s not like you need to do anything right now.” Gu Nianbin said, “You can take your time to prepare. There’s plenty of time.”
Du Xiaoxian nodded and began to think about the proposal. She had to prepare the ring and find a suitable opportunity. The most important thing was to give him a surprise. This wasn’t very easy for someone who was not very smart like her.
Gu Nianbin couldn’t help but laugh when he saw the woman tilt her head and look like she was racking her brain. She was so simple-minded, yet she easily tugged at his heartstrings. She was like a clear stream without a trace of pollution. He could see everything with a single glance.
“Stop thinking about it.” Gu Nianbin kissed her and asked, “What did you want to say when we were eating?”
Du Xiaoxian smiled and bit her lip, but she did not say anything. After a while, she lowered her head and said, “Don’t look at me.”
“Alright, I won’t look at you.” As Gu Nianbin spoke, he turned toward the window. It had started to rain again outside. It was as if there was a gray curtain of rain between the heavens and the earth. The sound gradually became thunderous.
Du Xiaoxian said slowly amid the noise, “I know I was wrong. I thought sacrificing myself would make you happy. But now, I know I was wrong. You weren’t happy. My departure didn’t stop you from loving me. It was the same for me. I never stopped loving you even though I was at the ends of the earth. I’m really sorry. I didn’t expect that you would suffer so much after I left. Shanshan told me that you drank so much that you were in a coma for seven days and seven nights. I really regret it. I wouldn’t be able to live if I lost you.
“God was good to me. I won’t let you down again if we start over. No matter what, I think we can start over again. I want to hold your hand and eat the food you cook every day. I want to sleep in your arms every night. No matter what happens in the future, I want to be selfish and stay by your side forever. I’ll be so happy if you love me.
“I also want to love you well and give you happiness. No matter how big the storm is, I’ll never abandon you. I’m very stupid. Other than doing housework, I don’t know how to do anything else. But I can learn and improve for you. Others may look down on me, see me as a joke, and even belittle you because of me. I don’t care about all that. I only care about your feelings. In my heart, you’ll always be number one…
“We’ve wasted six years, but it doesn’t matter. Our separation has let us know how important we are to each other. In the future, we have to love each other and make up for what we lost. I believe in you, so please believe me. Trust me one last time. Only death can separate us…”
Gu Nianbin was stunned. That was the longest speech he had ever heard from her.
She was simple and dull. She must have spent a long time thinking up that speech, right? Did she memorize it? But she was so fluent. She didn’t stumble at all.
He turned to look at her face. Even though she had asked him not to look at her, he couldn’t help himself. After listening to her words, he could no longer tear his eyes away. In fact, he wanted to cry. Gu Nianbin’s eyes turned red. He sighed and pressed her head into his arms.
“I know. I know how you feel.” He opened his mouth with difficulty and blinked his sore eyes. Two crystal teardrops fell on the woman’s hair.
Gu Nianbin said after a long time, “I will remember what you said today. I believe you. Please believe in me too. All these years, I really hated you. I hated how you didn’t trust me. I hated you for believing that I couldn’t turn things around. I could turn things around without relying on Xia family. What I hated even more was that your distrust made you suffer so much! You’re right. Your sacrifice didn’t bring me happiness. How could I be happy without you? But now that you’re back, my happiness has returned. I’ll love you more than ever and cherish you even more than before.”
He looked at her eagerly. “Let’s love each other and live happily together!”
Du Xiaoxian nodded enthusiastically. She pursed her lips and kissed him. Her voice was hoarse. “Have I improved?”
“You’ve improved. But that’s not enough.” He carried her to the bed. “I’ll teach you something else.”
Du Xiaoxian was so scared that she begged for mercy. “No, I can’t. I really can’t…”
“Who asked you to turn me on?” Gu Nianbin snickered. “You asked for it.”
Du Xiaoxian regretted what she did and said with a sad face, “Shanshan was the one who taught me to do that. She said that as long as I did that, you’d definitely forgive me. In fact…”
“In fact what?” Gu Nianbin’s face darkened. “Actually, you didn’t want it, did you? I was wondering why your brain suddenly seemed to work. It turned out that there was someone helping you behind your back. It’s fine if you don’t want to. I have a lot of women outside. Do I even need you?”
His mood could change so quickly. He was so tender and sweet just now as he made a solemn vow. However, he immediately seemed to have changed into a different person, causing Du Xiaoxian to panic.
She really regretted it. If she had known that men could be so greedy, she would not have listened to Gu Shanshan.
Seeing that he had abandoned her and was about to leave, Du Xiaoxian became anxious again. She pounced on him from behind and leaned on his back. She pleaded and begged, “Oh, I didn’t say I was unwilling. I just thought we’re doing it too frequently. You have to let me catch my breath.”
In fact, she did not know how to flirt. Gu Nianbin could tell right away that Gu Shanshan had taught her to say that. Even the tone of her voice was the same. Gu Nianbin was amused and helpless. He turned around and hugged her. “Alright, I’ll let you go for now. We’ll settle things tonight!”