Shen Lang led Jin Mulan to the courtyard garden to meet his caring father and loving mother. There was Shen Jiang too, that little rascal brother of his.
“Slow down!” General Zhu Lin roared.
General Zhu Lin was a man of power. Hidden dragons and crouching tigers supported him from the shadows.
He looked at Shen Lang with a faint smile plastered on his lips. “Boy, you’re really interesting. I’ll remember you.”
The statement, it sounded non-threatening yet hinted pleas of threats. Being stared by down by those cold, piercing eyes, it felt uncomfortable.
Shen Lang smiled serenely. As if he’d not understand the intent of General Zhu Lin’s words, he bowed and spread his hands openly. “Thank you very much for the compliment. I, Shen Lang, will also remember you, General Zhu Lin.”
“Ha ha ha ha…” General Zhu Lin laughed.
Count Jin interrupted. “Shen Lang, don’t let them wait too long.
Shen Lang nodded. “Yes, father-in-law.”
“Shameless!” The young talents and heroes whispered in tandem.
You, Shen Lang, really can’t wait to call the Count father-in-law and hug his thighs?!
… … …
Shen Lang’s mother and father felt uncomfortable and unwilling to enter the place where Shen Lang and Jin Mulan held their marriage. They were poor and remained humble. The Count had long prepared them a fine quality clothing for them to wear, but they declined. They were fine wearing their own set of clothing they bought recently a few years ago for the New Year. The set of clothing was relatively new for they felt reluctant to wear them during ordinary times.
On the other hand, Shen Jiang truly wished to wear the clothes the Count gifted them but was stopped by his father, Shen Wan.
At this time, they sat on their seats uncomfortably with eager and anxious eyes. They wanted nothing more than to hurry back to their respective home… even if it looked dilapidated and downtrodden.
Shen Wan still struggled to stop his vehement coughed despite the reduced inflammation in his lungs.
Leading Jin Mulan to the courtyard, the two saw the figure of his mother and father. He bowed immediately. “Father, mother, your child is unfilial…”
The mother rushed forward to help her beloved child. She’d not expect Jin Mulan would bow before her respectfully. “The daughter-in-law greets her mother-in-law…”
The lips of the Shen Family, Shen Lang included, parted slightly from vehement shock.
This Jin Mulan, Xuanwu City’s princess and goddess, belongs to a century old giant. To humbly greet his parents, of whom were poor peasants, without any reluctance caused a disturbance in Shen Lang’s heart.
Shen Lang suddenly grew fond of her.
A good wife you are…
“No… no…” Shen Lang’s mother immediately went and helped Jin Mulan, but as she looked into those icy gaze and cold, beautiful appearance, her hands quickly retracted.
Because she worked and toiled in the farm year-round, her hands felt coarse, thick, and rough. Sometimes black smudges stained her skin. Even if she’d wash her hands clean, it looked dirty. She dared not touch Jin Mulan with her bare set of hands.
Jin Mulan smiled softly and held her hand gently. “Thank you, mother-in-law.”
Shen Lang’s family suddenly looked at her with soft eyes.
They thought, she is a good girl… she won’t bully Lang’er… good!
“Come on, let’s give a toast to father-in-law and mother-in-law.” Said Jin Mulan. “Shen lang, if father-in-law is not well, can he drink sweet rice wine instead?”
“Coughs… yeah, he can…” Shen Lang choked.
“Yes…” Shen Wan replied softly.
Thereafter, Jin Mulan filled the cup with wine and gave a toast to Shen Lang’s family.
Soon after, they felt slightly tipsy.
Shen Jiang who was on the verge of drunkenness blurted out words of praises upon seeing Jin Mulan’s ephemeral elegance. “Sister-in-law, you are so beautiful…”
Shen Wan felt the itch to slap his rascal son.
“Thank you.” Jin Mulan replied gently. Then, she turned to Shen Lang. “You probably have many things to talk about. I will be leaving first and go out to greet the guests first.”
Shen Lang nodded. “Alright.”
When Jin Mulan’s presence could no longer be felt, the air seemed to relax and their backed loosened just as well. Though she is gentle to them, she is, after all, still a noblewoman from the Count’s Palace. Shen Lang’s family felt inferior when facing her.
“Father, mother, sorry. Your child has disappointed you.” Said Shen Lang.
That’s right… his parents never wished to see their child have anything to do with the upper echelons of the society like the Xu Family House much less the Count’s Palace.
In the Xu Family House, the position Shen Lang held in their house was too low. If he cannot be loved and liked by his wife and father-in-law, his status compared to a slave was inferior much less a dog.
But on the other side of the spectrum, they only wished to see Shen Lang succeed and be happy. Even if he married Widow Liu from the village, at least the child would be surnamed Shen.
Living in a thatched and dilapidated home was much better than living under someone’s fence.
Shen Wan smiled softly. “Needless to say, my son is doing his best for us. It’s useless for us to want to drag you down. Shen Lang, I only hope that you are happy.”
Though he’s not too sure what had transpired, he forced his mind to forget.
Earlier this afternoon, Tian Thirteen had brought his men with seemingly malicious intent to hurt them. As for why, he does not know, but he had some gut feeling in his heart.
At this time, his eyes looked watery and his heart pierced by a thousand knives full of reluctance and guilt. Had he not been so incompetent, his child would not be burdened by their own problems.
Beside him sat Shen Jiang. He leaned forward and whispered softly. “Big bro, I think this is good. Sister-in-law is also very good. They key is that she is a beautiful existence. You won’t find someone like her even if you traveled over hundreds of miles long. By the way, can I discuss something with you?”
Shen Jiang smiled goofily. “Since you have such a beautiful wife… the pretty widow… can you give her to me?”
The mother slapped her son on the back of his head.
“Ahhhh! Mother!” Shen Jiang cried.
“You can have this hands instead! My child, in case Lang’er cannot stay in the Count’s Palace, we have the widow as his backup. Besides, she’s been watching Lang’er several times in the past. Our Lang’er is so beautiful and handsome. It is only right and proper women flock to him.”
Shen Wan agreed.
Shen Jiang stared deadpanned.
Father, mother, can you be more eccentric? Only right and proper? Oh heavens!
Dinner continued on. It was warm and merry.
“Lang’er, it was good to see you again, but we will be going back home now.” Said Shen Wan.
“Father, mother, won’t you stay for the night? It’s a bit too late and dark…”
Shen Wan shook his head. “No, we won’t be staying here. It won’t feel right.”
Thereafter, Shen Lang requested that Jin Zhong prepare two carriages to take his family back home.
The Count, Countess, and Jin Mulan went to see the Shen Family off.
“Big bro, don’t wait too long to enter the garden! I’m sure sister-in-law is waiting for you.” Shen Jiang winked. “This night… it is yours!”
“…..” Shen Lang choked.
Putting the matters aside, Shen Lang waved his family goodbye.