On the morning of the third day of the first lunar month, the 7th of February, they left the mountain villa.
It snowed a lot this winter, snow was still covering everything as far as the eye could see. Only the mountain ring road was swept cleaned. Looking up from half-way down the mountain, it looked like a black ribbon floating in a crystal.
Tong Yang was waiting at the intersection at the foot of the mountain, the two cars greeted each other with horns at a distance. When Zhuo Xiang Ming’s car approached, Tong Yan lowered the car window and called out, “Brother!”
Tong Yang smiled at him, then started the car, leading the way.
After receiving the news that Tong Yan and Zhuo Xiang Ming wouldn’t return, the two families discussed together. Only two men remained in the Tong family, they were taken in by Lin Yue Hua, and were also not at home. They went to a resort in a neighboring city, arriving on the 28th, planning to stay until the 5th before returning.
Last night, Zhuo Xiang Ming was afraid that Tong Yan would feel tired out by the journey, so he didn’t do anything. He seized and dragged him to bed at 10:30, then rose up at eight in the morning. After so many days, this was the first time Tong Yan’s spirit was so good. Throughout the journey, he never fell asleep, busy looking at his cell phone, but most of the time, he stared out at the brilliant snow-capped mountains they passed by.
”I really like snow.” Tong Yan said.
He propped his chin on his hand and continuously stared outside, Zhuo Xiang Ming impatiently pinched the back of his neck to make him look back: “Are you feeling better?”
Tong Yan originally wanted to scold him, but as a result, when he looked back, he saw Zhuo Xiang Ming’s dark eyes and impeccable dress, like a dressed-up animal, so handsome, he couldn’t scold him. He could only close his eyes and go to sleep.
In the mountain villa, there was only the two of them. Cleaning staff came once every other day, but Tong Yan could never run into them at the times they picked. When he was awake, Zhuo Xiang Ming behaved wantonly from time to time, but for the most part, he treated him with sincerity. Tong Yan would wake up after 9 o’clock and grope Zhuo Xiang Ming’s chin, the prickle of beard stubble could make his hand ache. Although Zhuo Xiang Ming was also good-looking at that time, it wasn’t the same as now.
At that time, he was sexy, infatuated with him, and occasionally vulnerable, but now, he seemed a lot colder.
Tong Yan originally wore an irritated expression, but it slowly changed to fascination. Zhuo Xiang Ming saw that he was very well-behaved and sincere, and reflected on whether he had been bullying him too much. Then he pinched his neck again, making him face the window: “Look.”
Tong Yan: “…”
For the rest of the journey, Zhuo Xiang Ming said very little. Besides asking Tong Yan if he wanted to drink water or eat something, he didn’t speak, his eyes very focused. Sensing his concentration, Tong Yan guessed that it was because the road condition was not very good, so he also stayed quiet, not bothering him with casual conversation.
But they had been driving for many hours, the off-road vehicle was quite spacious, and there was only the two of them in it, yet Tong Yan gradually felt hot.
When he realized that this was the result of increasingly tense alpha pheromones, Zhuo Xiang Ming had already taken advantage of a turn, making Tong Yang drive ahead, then stopped the car by a curb, turning to press down Tong Yan’s shoulder.
Tong Yan was puzzled: “What’s wrong?”
”Kiss me.” Zhuo Xiang Ming said, “Is that okay?”
Tong Yan: “Ah … OK, you …”
Then he kissed him. Tong Yan was hurriedly kissed, his exclamation silenced. At the start, it was very gentle, as if Zhuo Xiang Ming was still striving to hold back, but it quickly intensified.
Zhuo Xiang Ming embraced his waist and kissed him, impatiently trying to glue their bodies together, but he was obstructed by the seat belt. The alpha’s chest moved up and down in agitation, in the end, Tong Yan helped him unfasten the seat belt in a flurry, then raised his head to kiss him while cupping his face, placatingly caressing behind his ears. His lips were sucked until it ached, but Tong Yan didn’t hide away.
The deep kiss was accompanied by panting and a slightly wet sound. Zhuo Xiang Ming’s pheromones calmed down before his body did. Their lips parted; their foreheads still pressed together. He frowned and stared at Tong Yan, and Tong Yan controlled his breathing. Tong Yan asked, his voice still a little shaky: “Better?”
Zhuo Xiang Ming groaned vaguely, and Tong Yan asked: “Can you still drive?”
Zhuo Xiang Ming hummed, but he couldn’t bear to let go of him. Hugging Tong Yan, he said: “In a moment.”
Tong Yan called Tong Yang and said that he wanted to take a picture, asking him to wait ahead for a while. After a few minutes, the two started on the road again.
This time, Tong Yan opened the car window a crack and didn’t get lost in thought again. He spoke anything that came to mind, which made his alpha feel like he was always paying attention to him.
It was only eleven o’clock when they arrived at the place where they would celebrate the Chinese New Year. They learned that Tong Li Qin, Zhuo ZhengDe, and Zhuo Jia Shuo had gone fishing together, and only Lin Yue Hua was home.
She’d undergone a lab test; the doctor had just left. She was waiting in the first floor living room when Tong Yan’s party walked in.
”You’re back!” She stood up with a pleasantly surprised smile, her eyes spinning about Tong Yan and Zhuo Xiang Ming’s faces. She seemed to be so happy that she didn’t know what to say, simply repeatedly asking about whether the journey was okay, and whether they were cold or not.
Tong Yan was also very happy. He was still standing by the doorway, his scarf and coat being taken off by Zhuo Xiang Ming. He called out ‘mom’ a few times, then told her: “It’s very cold outside, but I’m not cold. The road didn’t have any snow, we drove over very quickly.”
Lin Yue Hua: “Xiang Ming and Tong Yang are tired, right? Sit first, we’ll have lunch in a moment. You guys can go rest after eating.”
Tong Yang agreed, and Zhuo Xiang Ming also nodded, asking: “Has everything been all right at home?”
Lin Yue Hua: “Everything is fine, it’s just missing you two. Next year will be better than this year.”
There was a TV in the living room, the group sat around the coffee table. Tong Yan and Zhuo Xiang Ming sat some distance away from the other two, sitting opposite them. After a few exchanges, Zhuo Xiang Ming whispered to Tong Yan: “Do you want to rest for a moment?”
Tong Yan declined at first, then quickly recalled Zhuo Xiang Ming’s mood on the road, turning to observe him.
He didn’t see any signs, Zhuo Xiang Ming looked very calm, so Tong Yan wasn’t anxious, adding: “We’ll take a nap after lunch.”
He asked Lin Yue Hua: “Mom, what are we having for lunch?”
Lin Yue Hua: “Oh, I forgot to tell you, your dads went fishing for you.” She said with a smile, “How much we eat is how much they catch and bring back. If they don’t catch anything, we can only go hungry.”
Tong Yan immediately laughed. He subconsciously wanted to sit next to Lin Yue Hua, but with Zhuo Xiang Ming’s hand on his waist, he remained still, asking: “Will there be shrimp?”
Lin Yue Hua chatted with him while Tong Yang and Zhuo Xiang Ming emptied their minds watching TV.
Tong Yan called out all the “Moms” that were missing during this time period. Hearing this, Lin Yue Hua’s smile never left her face. Zhuo Jia Shuo entered the room and said: “Mom! Please be wary of crow’s feet!”
He was carrying a plastic bucket, his leather boots soaking wet. Lin Yue Hua hurried him into the kitchen.
Tong Yan couldn’t sit still, wanting to see the fish. He told Zhuo Xiang Ming that he would return after taking a glance, but at the kitchen doorway, he found Tong Yang hugging Zhuo Jia Shuo, and had no choice but to retreat.
Zhuo Jia Shuo relinquished the fish and tidied himself up, then he came out to yammer about the battle that occurred between Zhuo ZhengDe and Tong Li Qin when they were fishing: “Those two didn’t make it half an hour before they threw away their fishing rods and left after a few arguments, humph! They left me there to freeze for so long, then I came back to find the two of them playing chess in the tea room nearby. They looked quite harmonious, what kind of unfortunate man am I?”
Tong Yan asked: “Are they still arguing?”
”They don’t have a small quarrel every three days, they have five big quarrels a day. You guys were blessed to not be here, I’m fed up.” After saying this, Zhuo Jia Shuo scolded, “Your teeth will fall out if you laugh again!”
Tong Yan was leaning in Zhuo Xiang Ming’s embrace, so he wasn’t afraid of him: “Look, I’m laughing but I still have teeth, hee hee hee hee.”
Zhuo Jia Shuo didn’t make a move to beat him up this time, just walking away after swearing at him.
But he came back in less than two minutes, calling out to Zhuo Xiang Ming: “Brother, come clean the fish.”
Zhuo Xiang Ming went to the kitchen to help out, and Tong Yan followed close beside him. Zhuo Xiang Ming didn’t mind him getting in the way, answering all his questions. Tong Yan said: “I want to kill one.”
”Okay, watch how I do it.” Zhuo Xiang Ming adjusted the angle of the fish he held in his hand so Tong Yan could see it clearly. He also explained where best to use force to knock it out, and how to grab it without breaking his hands.
There was a total of six fish in the bucket, and some small crabs. Zhuo Xiang Ming handled three, and the fourth one was given to Tong Yan. Tong Yan whacked the fish several times before it was knocked out. He felt quite foolish and didn’t want to bother, but Zhuo Xiang Ming didn’t say anything, passing him the knife afterwards.
This one took three times longer than Zhuo Xiang Ming’s. As soon as Tong Yan was finished, Zhuo Xiang Ming said: “Great.”
Tong Yan was embarrassed: “It wasn’t great at all.”
Zhuo Xiang Ming picked it up, carefully inspecting the fish’s belly, finally he said: “It’s very clean, very good for the first time.”
Zhuo Xiang Ming took him to wash his hands. They washed their blood and mucus stained hands under the faucet. Zhuo Xiang Ming squeezed some liquid hand soup, and washed his and Tong Yan’s hands together, rubbing out foam. He asked Tong Yan: “Was it fun?”
It wasn’t actually fun, the smell was bad, and the process was very cruel.
Tong Yan shook his head, and Zhuo Xiang Ming laughed. His laughter was very low, it seemed to come out from his chest cavity, the vibration making Tong Yan’s back feel numb. He turned around and nodded, Zhuo Xiang Ming bowed his head and kissed his forehead.
There was a sudden clamor outside, Zhuo ZhengDe and Tong Li Qin had come back. Zhuo Jia Shuo started a new round of mocking, furthermore, he was more worked up this time because the objects of his ridicule were present.
It was very noisy. It was like they had stepped out of a sealed space and were quickly surrounded by the real world.
Tong Yan said to Zhuo Xiang Ming: “This winter was really great.”
He couldn’t remember the last time he had this opinion. It seemed to be the night when he slept in Zhuo Xiang Ming’s room for the first time, but it also seemed to be after they met each other’s parents on New Year’s Day.
At that time, Tong Yan felt that this winter was the best winter he had ever had, and now he thought again that there was more than this winter between him and Zhuo Xiang Ming.
Time was slowly passing, they would also have their first spring and summer as a couple. At that time, snowflakes wouldn’t be the only thing with memories of love, downpours, dense clouds and heavy fog would all carry their love. For many days and many years—the one at his side would never change.
Although they had already been together for a few months, and were even bonded, this sudden thought still hit Tong Yan like a delightful surprise. He was dizzy, it felt unreal, but also very real. How Zhuo Xiang Ming yearned for him was how he yearned for Zhuo Xiang Ming. The two who trusted and understood each other, in the future, they would give each other a love that was never delayed, always sincere, and always tolerant.
After lunch, Zhuo Jia Shuo’s lawsuit still wasn’t settled. He pestered Zhuo ZhengDe about how cold and arduous it was when he was left there to fish by himself. Suddenly, the doorbell rang. It was a little robot who came to collect the money for the fish that Room 28 took on credit in the morning. It was even followed by the fee collecting robot for the nearby massage room.
Tong Yan was shocked by this plot twist in the grand drama. Zhuo Jia Shuo had already run away, covering his face. Tong Yang stepped up to pay, then threatened Tong Yan: “Go to bed.”
Zhuo Xiang Ming, who was called away by Lin Yue Hua for a talk, also just came out. Tong Yan didn’t search for Zhuo Jia Shuo, heading upstairs with the alpha.
He knew that they would definitely do it, but he didn’t know that Zhuo Xiang Ming was so anxious, he couldn’t see anything although he was obviously outside the room.
For a moment, he thought that he would be ensnared by the thick mattress, then a moment later he thought that the bed might soon collapse.
Unable to stand listening to his own voice, most of Tong Yan’s senses drifted away. Zhuo Xiang Ming was afraid that he would be cold, so he wrapped them both in a big quilt. Only Tong Yan’s head was exposed, but Zhuo Xiang Ming had burrowed into the quilt. With his every movement, Tong Yan’s voice became increasingly shameful.
The two were entangled for a long time before Tong Yan was carried to take a bath. Under the foggy water, the alpha’s pheromones encircled him unrestrainedly. Tong Yan was originally dazed, then he suddenly trembled uncontrollably: “This room …”
Zhuo Xiang Ming: “It’s sound proof, and blocks out pheromones.”
At this, Tong Yan returned from half-death, and soon fell asleep after his bath. When he woke up, he found the room in almost complete darkness, and Zhuo Xiang Ming was missing.
After being exhausted, he fell asleep firmly, this was the most recent pattern. Tong Yan also woke up faster. He went to wash his face, moving at a snail’s pace. He raised his hand, turning and bending his head in the mirror to check whether he was exposing any marks.
Fortunately, Zhuo Xiang Ming graciously didn’t nibble his neck, leaving only two bite marks on the back of his neck, which was easy to cover up.
Tong Yan opened the door and headed out, running into Zhuo Jia Shuo, who was at the top of the flight of stairs.
”Up?” Zhuo Jia Shuo asked, “My brother just came to check-up on you. Go, he’s in the backyard.”
Tong Yan: “Okay.”
”Hey, wait a minute.” Zhuo Jia Shuo called out to him after he took a few steps.
Tong Yan stood still, the two facing each other across a layer of stairs.
Zhuo Jia Shuo: “Is your body okay?”
Tong Yan nodded, then, thinking that the question he asked shouldn’t be so simple, he blushed a bit, somewhat annoyed.
Zhuo Jia Shuo was probably also very embarrassed, absent-mindedly scratching his head a few times, he said: “Marking is always like this, it’s just a matter of duration, don’t be scared.”
He then asked: “Is your homework complete?”
Tong Yan: “Not yet, there’s ten days left, I plan to start it when I go back.”
”Don’t tire yourself out.” Zhuo Jia Shuo said, “Just write whatever you can.”
Tong Yan promised again, and Zhuo Jia Shuo continued upstairs while Tong Yan went to find Zhuo Xiang Ming.
He saw through the glass door that Tong Li Qin and Zhuo ZhengDe were also on the terrace. It was snowing outside. Zhuo Xiang Ming stood with his back to Tong Yan. Looking out, it seemed to be a very cold day. Zhuo ZhengDe and Tong Li Qin were both wearing coats, but Zhuo Xiang Ming only had a black shirt on, puffed up a little by the wind. Before Tong Yan could come close, Zhuo Xiang Ming suddenly turned around, staring blankly when he caught sight of Tong Yan: “You’re not sleeping?”
The two elders also turned around, but they turned back before Tong Yan could feel uncomfortable.
Tong Yan stood in place, Zhuo Xiang Ming strode over to him. He wanted to touch Tong Yan’s face, but he withdrew his ice-cold hand, which was then caught by Tong Yan: “It’s so cold, why aren’t you wearing clothes?”
Zhuo Xiang Ming carefully looked at him, a slight smile on his face, the heat in his eyes making Tong Yan smile too.
The evening’s light snowfall turned heavy overnight, in the morning, the snow was almost deep enough to cross the house’s deck.
While Tong Yan was not completely awake, he was roused up by Zhuo Xiang Ming. His face was still red even after going downstairs and having breakfast.
First, he and Zhuo Jia Shuo went to play in the snow. After a while, Tong Yang and Zhuo Xiang Ming, who were originally not interested, also came out. Somehow, the situation developed from rolling snowballs to a snowball fight, one team named Zhuo and one team named Tong. Tong Yan was hit head-on by Zhuo Jia Shuo’s shot, Tong Yang didn’t dare avenge him. Zhuo Xiang Ming stood to the side, hands on his hips, laughing at Tong Yan being chased. Tong Yan had no choice but to throw his weapon at him.
Zhuo Xiang Ming’s shoulder was hit by the snowball, his whole upper body was covered with snow. Finding that he had ridiculously good accuracy when aiming at him, Tong Yan began to concentrate his firepower on Zhuo Xiang Ming.
The alpha lured him further and further away. When they moved to the back of the house, Zhuo Xiang Ming hugged him, smiling and kissing Tong Yan, he also didn’t let go of Tong Yan’s de-icing hand.
The snow on the ground was very thick. Zhuo Xiang Ming was afraid that Tong Yan’s feet would feel cold, so he bluntly propped him up by his butt and kissed him. Tong Yan also gradually began to concentrate on the gentle kiss. He felt that Zhuo Xiang Ming’s body was very warm, so he stuck to it even closer. Lowering his head, he cupped Zhuo Xiang Ming’s face.
At 9 am on the fourth day of the first month of the lunar year, Zhuo Jia Shuo, the second heir of a well-known financial group, whose follower count on OUKM surpassed the front-line teen male idol, released a new update: For eternal love, I pray for your happiness my brother. The attached picture was an overhead shot of the two embracing each other in the snow. Because the picture was taken from too far away, their faces weren’t very clear. The sky was bright, and there were some snowflake fragments in the camera shot, everything was full of love.
Mr. Tong Yang, who wished not to be named, stated: This photo was taken by me.
Laziness is a sin. Chapter 50 has been taking forever to translate, so I decided to release these two chapters so you guys don’t think I’m dead.