Chapter 9: My Stepmother and Her Daughter (3)
“Older sister, is that restaurant owner pursuing you right now?”
Cheng Man’an’s face immediately flushed red at her words. She was a beautiful woman that was blessed with the features of a grown-up lady and the charm of a mature woman. And also, with the addition of her gentle temperament, she could easily make people like her.
Most especially the men.
“Xiao Jiu, Mr. Zhu and I, just have a normal…” The boss that’s behind the scenes of this high-class restaurant was naturally a wealthy man. With this way of words, Cheng Man’an was clearly implying to Gu Yuanyuan, that ‘all her friends have a great status behind them’, and showing off without being too obvious.
Before she could even finish speaking, she was interrupted by Gu Yuanyuan’s voice that’s laced with concern. “But this Boss Zhu is not young anymore. Moreover, it’s not like he just has some bald patches on his head, but also, he even has a bulging belly, very much likely to the uncle I would have imagined in my mind… Older sister if you like this type of man, it’s alright. But I heard somewhere before that the older the man is, the more pain he could inflict to you.”
Cheng Man’an: “…”
She looked blankly at Gu Yuanyuan for a moment. She could not figure out whether Gu Yuanyuan said it on purpose, or whether she was just completely innocent and outspoken person.
As she had not been with Gu Yuanyuan for too long, she almost forgot the personality of her sister.
Cheng Man’an just laughed softly, as if she didn’t mind Gu Yuanyuan’s words just now. Instead, she expressed her concern, “Xiao Jiu, where have you been after you left home? Has anyone bullied you? Where did you live during that time? I’ve noticed that you lost a lot of weight. And if Dad will see you like this later, he will certainly feel distressed over this.”
The driver in front of them couldn’t help himself from looking back at the sisters behind him. Nowadays, it was really a bad idea to have sister, because the older sister always need to coax their younger sister like coaxing a baby. If it were up to him, this brat should get a beating instead.
But somehow, even if this brat received some beating, it’s still not guaranteed that she would learn her mistake and change her behavior.
Poor older sister.
Two to three sentences coming out from Cheng Man’an’s mouth was clearly implying the situation of her (GY) running away from home. It was as if these words are still not enough to prove that she’s indeed a rebellious little girl. Gu Yunayuan felt so disgusted at her, while at the same time, something flashed through her mind. She couldn’t grasp at it for a moment, so she decided to give up and forget about it.
Then she smiled, and she meaningfully said, “Older sister, aren’t you and Aunt Chen are the people whose most clear about the reason why I ran away from home?”
She vaguely remembered that someone seemed to have taught her a saying before. It says: “What’s false is not always the fake, and what’s true is not always the truth. That’s the human hearts are. It was always a mixture of truth and falsehood. Whether it’s true or false, it would always depend on one’s belief or interpretation. And from that, they would get the results that they wanted.
Sure enough, as soon as those words came out from Gu Yuanyuan’s mouth, Cheng Man’an’s face immediately froze all of a sudden, and she looked unnatural for a moment. But she quickly looked down and hide everything. Then she blamed herself, “I know, it is all my fault…”
In the driver’s ear, it was the older sister who repeatedly coaxes others, and at the same time, it was the younger sister who was pretty aggressive. From just this glance alone, it was very clear who was right and who was wrong.
The driver was a person who’s close to their Boos Zhu, he could not help but sneer and make a sarcastic remark about Gu Yuanyuan. “Miss Cheng, you and your sister, definitely have a big difference in terms of attitude and personality.”
“Oh, I’ve let Big Brother Liu ridiculed.” Cheng Man’an laughed softly, then she said, “My sister is still young, and also, she’s still at the age where she can play around. When I was at her age too, I was also like that.”
Gu Yuanyuan: “…”
She really didn’t want to criticize people.
Gu Yuanyuan smiled and lightly said, “Yes, my sister is very smart and very sensible. When your mother married my father, you took the initiative to take the surname of my father, and everyone was happy because of that. There’s also this one time that I remembered. It was when your father came to see you, and you dutifully gave him 100 yuan in a sign of filial piety. Then you said to him that you have a new father now, so you asked your real father to never come and see you again.”
(e/n: Filial Piety >> it’s a virtue of respect for one’s parents, elders, and ancestors.)
“I don’t think that you did the right thing, though. Our family doesn’t lack nor in short of money. And I’m wondering why would you only take one hundred yuan? It’s making you look stingy.” After Gu Yuanyuan spoke, she sighed in sadness, seemingly appearing as if she grieved over that matter from before.
The driver was startled at the amount of information hidden in this passage of words. He even slowed down his speed because of it.
Cheng Man’an was very shocked inside.
How did Gu Yuanyuan know that her real father had looked for her that day? At that time, she obviously went to see her real father in secrecy, and she just only wanted to send him away as soon as possible to avoid them from being seen together.
This Gu Yuanyuan beside her had a sharp mouth, which was very far from the Gu Yuanyuan from Cheng Man’an’s memory. Before, Gu Yuanyuan ran away from home because she was too dumb— wait, did she perhaps became this smart in the days after running away from home.
“Stop the car.” Gu Yuanyuan said as soon as she saw the signboard outside a mobile phone store. In the poster for the endorsement of the mobile phone, the image of Lin Shaosi was on it.
Her bright eyes immediately lit up. She badly needed a mobile phone, but she didn’t have it, so she had to buy one.
She didn’t spend more than 10,000 yuan on her because when she wanted to settle the bill at the hotpot restaurant earlier, she found out that it’s already been settled.
She needed to have a mobile phone in order to contact her sons in the future.
Ignoring Cheng Man’an, Gu Yuanyuan jumped off from the car and happily went inside the mobile phone store when an idea struck into her mind. If you thought about it, Cheng Man’an wanted to appear as a gentle loving older sister, so in this case, Gu Yuanyuan held no reservation and freely swiped her (CM) card without worries. By the way, she also bought her a new phone for Erbao since his mobile phone looks a bit old.
Then she turned around and looked at Cheng Man’an with a gentle and clever smile on her face.
Cheng Man’an: “…”
Her intuition was telling that something bad was about to happen.