On the afternoon of the same day, after Xuan Gui checked Tong Yan’s health, Zhuo Xiang Ming told Tong Yan that they had to move to another place.
Looking at this room, Tong Yan could understand why. His eyes shifted around, cheeks turning red, then he nodded silently.
Shortly after that, Tong Yan’s cell phone rang, it was a video call request from Lin Yue Hua, Xuan Gui said: “It’s your mother-in-law.”
Tong Yan: “I know.”
Zhuo Xiang Ming had just sent messages to both families, she probably wasn’t assured. Just as Tong Yan was about to pick up, Zhuo Xiang Ming reached out from behind and rejected the video request, then returned a voice call.
”Tong Tong?” Lin Yue Hua asked.
Zhuo Xiang Ming: “Mom, it’s me”
”Where’s Tong Tong?” Lin Yue Hua asked, “How is he?”
Tong Yan looked up at him, wanting his cell phone back. Zhuo Xiang Ming grabbed his hand and squeezed, so he could only listen from the sidelines.
Lin Yue Hua made an ‘Oh’ sound, forgetting the words she’d originally planned to say, distracted by someone else answering the phone.
After thinking for a while, she said: “Do you guys need anything? I’ll have it delivered.”
Zhuo Xiang Ming: “No.”
”Oh, by the way, did he get a fever? I asked the doctor, they said that a high fever is dangerous, and a low-grade fever should also not be ignored.”
Tong Yan’s temperature was taken by Zhuo Xiang Ming once every hour, Zhuo Xiang Ming said: “No fever.”
Zhuo Xiang Ming answered briefly, with three more words and one less word. Lin Yue Hua soon had nothing else to discuss, asking before hanging up: “Is Tong Tong sleeping?”
Tong Yan wanted to call out ‘mom’, but Zhuo Xiang Ming grunted in positive reply, so he couldn’t do it.
”What are you doing ah?” Tong Yan held his cell phone that was finally returned by Zhuo Xiang Ming, but now he was “sleeping” and naturally couldn’t call back.
Zhuo Xiang Ming, like he hadn’t heard him, kissed him and said: “I’m going to pack the bags.”
Not ten minutes after he went up with Xuan Gui, Tong Yan started missing him, and soon forgot to be angry.
The new residence was a villa half-way up a mountain, Tong Yan had never been there.
When he attended school, Zhuo Xiang Ming didn’t even go to dinner parties, the two went straight home after school. On the weekends, besides visiting both parents’ homes, they basically never played anywhere.
The journey didn’t take long. After the car stopped, Zhuo Xiang Ming quickly got out and went around to the other side, then carried Tong Yan out.
In the past half a month, Tong Yan practically never walked anywhere by himself. This action was done naturally by Zhuo Xiang Ming, and he also naturally accepted. When he was carried halfway, he finally remembered, saying: “I’ll walk by myself.”
Zhuo Xiang Ming didn’t reply, just shifting him up, giving the impression that he was going to let go. Tong Yan quickly wrapped his arms around his neck, then he continued walking, heading upstairs. He put Tong Yan down on the bed in the bedroom, then went down to get the luggage.
It was getting dark, but the room was quite bright, only the smell was strange, and the environment was also strange. It wasn’t very welcoming to an omega who had just experienced marking.
Tong Yan sat cross-legged on the big bed, looking left and right, then he called out, “Zhuo Xiang Ming!”
Zhuo Xiang Ming responded from afar, then soon pushed open the door: “Hungry?”
Tong Yan had just been very unwilling to be carried by him, but now he demanded: “Stay put.”
”Okay.” Zhuo Xiang Ming walked up to the bed, “Are you scared?”
”Then do you want to eat something?”
Tong Yan: “I don’t want to eat.”
Zhuo Xiang Ming poured him a glass of water. Seeing that the hand that was holding the glass was still shaking slightly, Tong Yan used the other hand, the loose sleeve of the sweater he wore slipping down while he drank, exposing his bruised arm.
Assault was assault, no one would classify these prints as hickeys, Zhuo Xiang Ming thought.
Tong Yan drank the glass of water, then noticed his tension, silently pulling down the sleeve of the sweater. While letting out a sigh, he was grateful that the clothes weren’t very homey, the neckline properly covering above his collarbone.
”What’s wrong?” Zhuo Xiang Ming immediately asked.
Tong Yan passed him the glass: “Nothing.”
At this moment, Tong Yan realized that it wasn’t only because of the recent marking, Zhuo Xiang Ming’s ability to endure when facing him was always below the standard line.
When he’d cried because of homesickness, when he’d fought with Tong Yang, when he’d gotten a toothache, and when he’d felt depressed for no reason, Zhuo Xiang Ming would become very vigilant about things involving him, things that could be said to be very minor. But this incident was “significant”, so he became a bit more extreme.
”Do you want more?” Zhuo Xiang Ming took the glass and asked.
Tong Yan shook his head, then leaned forward, resting his head on Zhuo Xiang Ming’s waist. Zhuo Xiang Ming put the glass on the bedside table, then comfortingly caressed Tong Yan’s back. Tong Yan also hugged him, placing his hand on his lower back, tapping him with a fist a few times, asking him to relax.
Zhuo Xiang Ming slowly realized what he wanted, saying in a low voice: “I’ll improve.”
Tong Yan hummed, then pulled him down for a kiss.
The house was very large and beautiful. It wasn’t like he’d imagined, the interior decoration style was popular a few years ago, everywhere felt novel.
If everything was normal, Tong Yan would certainly go explore first, but at this moment, he still felt very tired, exhausted inside and outside. Every cell was tired, but because he’d slept so much, he temporarily wasn’t sleepy.
He wasn’t sleepy, and Zhuo Xiang Ming was even less sleepy. In fact, Zhuo Xiang Ming’s spirit was really good. Except for his tensed nerves because he still hadn’t gotten rid of his intense territorialism, his physical condition was no different from daily life.
Zhuo Xiang Ming carried in a few large chests of luggage and spread them on the floor outside of the living room. He crouched beside them to sort them out. A small sofa was moved so Tong Yan could sit on it, neither of them leaving the other’s line of sight.
”Did someone clean up in advance?” It felt like the house hadn’t been occupied in a long time, but everywhere was very clean, Tong Yan asked.
”Yes.” Zhuo Xiang Ming said, “Someone came to ventilate over the past few days.”
This deliberate, seemingly very well-organized arrangement made Tong Yan blush a little. He recalled the chaos at home, and felt that his fighting strength was really something.
Zhuo Xiang Ming moved very quickly, putting some clothes into the closet, and the things Tong Yan used in the bathroom, the rest was left alone, still spread out on the ground. He squeezed onto the small sofa Tong Yan was sitting on, embracing Tong Yan.
The space was limited, Tong Yan could only curl up his legs. The two were very close together, pressed against each other’s forehead. Tong Yan’s arms were resting on Zhuo Xiang Ming’s shoulders, lips not touching. He felt simultaneously tired and a little feverish, the alpha’s pheromones making him heat up, while also soothing the restlessness of “separation”.
Tong Yan suspected that he’d been infected with ‘skinship hunger’ disease.
He was a little embarrassed, but Zhuo Xiang Ming didn’t seem to be having an easier time than him, even more reluctant to be without these touches, so Tong Yan stopped feeling so embarrassed.
”What about these things?” He tugged on the clothes on Zhuo Xiang Ming’s shoulder, “I said it wouldn’t take much, but you still wouldn’t let me tidy up with you.”
Zhuo Xiang Ming said good-naturedly: “I’ll finish it when you fall asleep, very soon.”
Speaking of which, it finally occurred to Tong Yan to ask: “How many days are we staying here?”
Seeing the amount of luggage Zhuo Xiang Ming packed, it was enough for a long trip.
Zhuo Xiang Ming didn’t answer right away. He stared at Tong Yan for a while, then said, somewhat frustrated: “I don’t know.”
Tong Yan didn’t understand. Zhuo Xiang Ming arranged everything neatly, no details were ever overlooked. Except for when he saw the bruises on his body, Zhuo Xiang Ming had never looked like he was caught off guard. It made no sense for him to not know about something like this.
”The original plan was to stay here until the 28th, then return to spend a night with my family, then celebrate the Chinese New Year with your family the next day.” Zhuo Xiang Ming slowly explained.
”Oh.” Tong Yan said, “Isn’t that nice?”
He leaned on Zhuo Xiang Ming’s shoulder: “I would’ve forgotten about the Chinese New Year if you hadn’t said it. In fact, we don’t have to stay at my house all day, we can run to both sides to eat … I don’t think anyone will give me New Year’s money this year.”
”I’ll give you.” Zhuo Xiang Ming pulled him closer and gave him a kiss.
Tong Yan asked happily: “Really?”
As if he hadn’t expected him to be so happy about it, Zhuo Xiang Ming also smiled: “Really, how much do you want?”
Tong Yan said, very unconventional: “520.”
Unexpectedly, Zhuo Xiang Ming was even more unconventional than him: “I’ll give you 520,1314“.
Tong Yan asked about the payment method and made a note in his account book.
He was in a very good mood, and wanted to roll around, but Zhuo Xiang Ming was hugging him, he couldn’t move, so he very fawningly kissed Zhuo Xiang Ming.
After kissing a while, he asked: “Why is Miss Zhuo unhappy?”
Zhuo Xiang Ming grabbed Tong Yan’s wrist, gently rubbing his thumb over the finger marks, after a moment, he said: “My situation … I thought about it, I thought two or three days would be enough. But now, baby …”
”I won’t be able to endure bringing you to a crowded place.” Zhuo Xiang Ming finally said.
”I don’t know how long this will take to pass, but it certainly won’t take one or two days.” He hugged Tong Yan tightly, as if he was afraid of being abandoned by Tong Yan, “I don’t want anyone to look at you, or let them hear your voice.”
Flowering season Small O’s diary: Who made me so damn sweet.
520 – Slang for I love you. ninchanese.com “When you pronounce the numbers 5. 2. 0 in Chinese, 五二零 wǔ èr líng, they sound very close to the words 我爱你 wǒ ài nǐ.”
1314- Sounds like 一生一世, yīshēng yīshì, forever. So, 5201314 means I’ll love you forever/for a lifetime. Cute.
Miss Zhuo- He calls him Zhuo Da Xiaojie, Da Xiaojie, as we learned, means eldest daughter of an affluential family, or a pampered/bossy girl
FOD vol 4 is done. I’m feeling lazy, so 5 might take a while to complete.
Psst. We’re 8 chapters from the end of this story. Too bad 48 & 49 are two of the longest chapters😭