Translator: Guy Gone Bad
Yu Qingcuan had no capacity for liquor. He only symbolically took a few sips with Zhao Rui and put down the cup.
Zhao Rui didn’t care either. He drank one cup after another silently.
Yu Qinghuan originally wanted to persuade him not to drink too much but caught a glimpse of his low expression, he just swallowed what he wanted to say.
Only once a year, let him have a good drink.
Erguotou had a high degree. Even if Zhao Rui could drink like a fish, he would feel dizzy after drinking two bottles. Fortunately, he had good behavior after getting drunk and did not play the drunkard. He only took out the picture in his wallet and looked at it silently.
“What happened to Uncle Rui?” Wang Ruirui blinked and her immature face was full of concern.
Probably because of her living environment since childhood, the little girl was extremely sensitive and instantly realized that Zhao Rui was in a bad mood.
“Nothing,” said Yu Qinghuan in a gentle voice, he picked up a shrimp for then, “Uncle Rui is just drunk, Rui Rui. Don’t you worry.”
“Hmm.” Wang Rui Rui believed what he said and nodded, and her voice was crisp and tender. “My dad is often drunk, and he hits people when he is drunk.”
Yu Qinghuan felt distressed. Children didn’t know how to lie, and what they say in childish words was often the truth. Her deep impression of her dad’s drunk status showed how suffering Wang Rui Rui was at home.
He sighed and was trying to pick up some food for the girl as a consolation only to find out that her second bowl of rice was already empty. Yu Qinghuan immediately got a fright and quickly put down his chopsticks and asked, “Ruirui, are you stuffed?”
He blamed himself in his heart. Why didn’t he take care of her a little more? What should he do if she got sick from eating too much? It would be hard to see a doctor on New Year’s Eve.
“Yes, a little.” Wang Ruirui put down her chopsticks with a red face.
The little girl was short of love at an early age. Zhao Rui and Yu Qinghuan were the only two who cared for her. She was so happy that she was afraid of what she did to make the two unhappy. Thus, she didn’t refuse to accept the dishes they had brought and eaten them all.
Clearly, she was less than eight years old, but she experienced what she should not have endured at her age.
Yu Qinghuan was distressed and worried, and had no appetite to eat now. He hurriedly led her out to help with the digestion.
Fortunately, children digested well and after only 20 minutes of walking, Wang Ruirui said she felt much better.
Yu Qinghuan immediately breathed a sigh of relief, and then rubbed her little head, “Let’s go back.”
When they went out, Yu Qinghuan was afraid that the girl would get cold, so he specially prepared a thick coat to wrap the little girl like a panda.
At this time, she was walking in the snow with small steps. Her clothes were furry, making her look like a little penguin toddling to walk.
Yu Qinghuan felt itchy in his heart. He couldn’t help bending down and, in Wang Ruirui’s screaming, lifted her up and put her on his shoulder. “Come on, ride the horse.”
This was the first time in Wang Ruirui’s life that she had such a novel experience.
Soon, fear turned into excitement.
On a snowy winter night, the little girl’s crisp and tenellous laughter spread far away.
Perhaps tired from walking, Wang Ruirui’s eyelids began to fight as soon as she returned to the small shack. Yu Qinghuan plugged in the electric blanket and let her sleep in his bed.
The girl had a life assistant, but because of the New Year’s Eve, her assistant went back to celebrate the New Year.
Yu Qinghuan could not send her back to the hotel since she would be alone. Zhao Rui was drunk and unconscious who couldn’t even tell where south was, let alone taking care of the child. He could only let Wang Ruirui sleep in his room.
The little girl started to dream very fast. The firecrackers outside had no effect on her at all. Yu Qinghuan touched her little red face. When he wanted to tidy up the table, he heard heavy sound of footsteps mixed with an anxious male voice outside the shack. “Slow down, San’er! What are you running for? Ah!”
Yu Qinghuan was excited and ran to open the door before he put down the bowl.
“Qinghuan!” The tip of Huo Qu’s nose was slightly red, a snowflake hung on his eyelashes, but his eyes were sparkling. “Here I am!”
“I’ll leave him to you.” Huo Rong came up with a face of helplessness and said to Yu Qinghuan, “When he heard that you’re going to have a family reunion dinner tonight, he insisted on not staying at home anyway but coming to accompany you.”
Huo Rong paused and patted Yu Qinghuan on the shoulder, “I wish you a happy New Year in advance.”
“Happy New Year,” Yu Qinghuan replied after a while. It was not until Huo Rong waved his hand and walked away that he came to himself. Looking at Huo Qu, he frowned and scolded, “What are you doing here? It’s New Year’s Eve!”
“Qinghuan,” Huo Qu tried to hold Yu Qinghuan’s wrist with a smile on his face, “I’m with you.”
Yu Qinghuan sighed, pulled him into the room and closed the door. “Huo Qu, you may not understand that Spring Festival is the most important festival of the year, so on this day, we all have to spend time with our most important people. Don’t be capricious, okay?”
“I know,” Huo Qu said earnestly, looking into Yu Qinghuan’s eyes, “I want to be with you.”
Yu Qinghuan felt his heart skipped a beat and could not speak for a long time.
His heart was firmly occupied by warmth, and the original loneliness was totally swept away. Obviously, the words were simple but with incomparable magic, it almost made him red in the eyes.
Yu Qinghuan’s Adam’s apple moved a little bit. He was about to say something when he saw Huo Qu suddenly stare his big eyes as if he couldn’t believe what he saw. He looked at Wang Ruirui and Zhao Rui in the room. That expression was like catching his husband having an affair with someone else.