Chapter 197: “Still, I prefer to express my gratitude with actions rather than words” (1)
Xin Siyue and Chen Sinan stayed with the Xin family for two days.
Recently, Bai Ning picked up an interest in plants and loved to spend time in the garden. Xin Siyue stood beside her, helping her trim and water the flowers every so often. When Bai Ning saw how well she was cooperating, she laughed and remarked, “Mhm, not bad.”
Smiling back, Xin Siyue replied, “Grandpa also enjoys this kind of pastime when he’s bored. Whenever I go to the Chen manor, he would ask me to help him.”
“After growing old, these sudden interests just keep coming to me.”
“I’m sure it’s because your mentality is good.” She had always thought that people who liked to take care of plants were people with excellent mentality.
However, Bai Ning looked at the flowers and sighed again. The October wind in Shengjin City carried with it a slight chilliness. When a breeze brushed against her face, Xin Siyue felt not only its refreshing coolness but also the implicit emotion from Bai Ning’s sigh.
“Mom, what’s wrong?”
Bai Ning hesitated before asking, ”Is there still no… news?”
“Mom!” Xin Siyue said helplessly. ”It hasn’t even been a year since Chen Sinan and I got married! Can’t you be more patient?”
“I can wait, but can the Chen family?”
“You and grandpa have been pretty good about it, you’ve both only asked twice.”
“We don’t want to pressure you.”
“Then don’t, mom. The matter of a child… we should just let it happen naturally. Plus, Chen Sinan also said that he doesn’t want to have a child so early on in our marriage.”
“You’ve discussed it with him already?”
After seeing Xin Siyue nodded in response, Bai Ning said, “That’s good then.”
The corners of Xin Siyue’s lips curved upwards. ”Mom, you don’t need to worry about me. Chen Sinan and I are very close. If you want to worry about someone, you should worry about my brother!”
“Your brother… hah, just thinking about him makes me mad!”
“Oh?” That piqued Xin Siyue’s interest. “Mom, tell me about it!”
“What is there to say? He’s turned down every girl I’ve introduced him to, no matter what her personality or appearance is like! When I asked him what type of girl he wants, do you know how he responded? ‘One that catches my eye,’ he said! There are so many girls for him to pick from, yet none of them caught his eye? It really infuriates me!”
“That’s it?” Xin Siyue smiled. “Mom, hasn’t Brother always been like that? There’s nothing to be mad about. How about I go talk to him tonight? What do you say? Maybe he’s rejecting all those girls because he already has someone in his heart.”
Bai Ning had never considered that possibility. “He told you that?”
“No, it’s just my guess.”
“If he already has someone in his heart, then that’s fine. I’m just afraid he… ” she paused. ”Never mind, maybe I’m thinking too much. Alright, make sure to thoroughly question him tonight!”
For the rest of the afternoon, Xin Siyue pondered over how to complete the great task she had been assigned. Chen Sinan accompanied her in her room, staving off boredom by looking through her stuff. He opened a photo album and looked at a picture of her from middle school.
“How ugly!” he teased.
Xin Siyue was sitting on the bed as she brainstormed. When she heard him, she snatched the album from his hands and feigned anger. “Don’t look then!”
He didn’t try to take it back. Instead, he lowered his head and whispered lowly, “She’s not you anyway.” Then, he turned his attention to a notebook.
Xin Siyue put a hand against her chest and thought that her heart felt a little tight. Chen Sinan sat down in a chair, his long legs stretched out before him as he lazily flipped through the pages.
The characters in the notebook were so ugly that he couldn’t help saying, “Fortunately, your penmanship isn’t this ugly.”
“You…” Xin Siyue was unwilling to give in. Indeed, her calligraphy could be called “beautiful” at best. His was bold yet exquisite, and imbued with his individual aura of pride.
“Yes, President Chen. This lowly one cannot be compared to you, so could you spare this lowly one of your attacks?” she fawned.
He gave her a deep look and she stared back, confused.
“I thought I could learn more about you if I looked through the things in this room, but I guess not.” He stood up and approached her. “Tell me about yourself?”
For a moment, she was stunned. Then, she asked, “What do you want to know?”
This was the first time he was bringing up the subject so bluntly. In the beginning, when he found out that she wasn’t the original Xin Siyue, he never asked about it directly. Even the members of the Xin family knew that she was a different person, but they had all silently accepted it and didn’t question her origins.
She didn’t understand. “Why are you asking this today? Were you not curious before?”
“I was,” he admitted. “I had people investigate, but no results came out of it. Later, I thought that maybe the phenomenons of time and space crossing actually exist, however absurd they sound.”