Divorced, Chapter 44: Extra II, Honeymoon

The sunset was warm, and the island twilight was fading.

The sea breeze came in from afar, softly blowing on their body.

Chen Yuchuan was barefoot, hand in hand with Lu Yang as they walked along the coastline.

The sea breeze was a little damp, and their palms were also wet. They had just finished playing with a group of children in the sand. Two big men versus seven to eight children, naturally they were able to pile their sand up higher, easily winning.

In the end, in order to coax these children, they had to go back to their room to retrieve some offerings of wedding candies and flowers.

Three days had passed since the wedding. Man Yunxin, Lu Xianfeng, and their friends had all returned to China. Now, it was just them alone.

“Are we on our honeymoon now?” Chen Yuchuan asked.

“Pretty much,” Lu Yang said.

They returned to their hotel before it got completely dark, and after dinner, they returned to their room.

Their bed was decorated the same way as it had been the past two days. It was covered in red rose petals, and in the middle of the bed was a large bouquet of fresh red roses.

Very eye-catching and warm.

This was something Chen Yuchuan had prepared. From the wedding day to now, they have slept on the flower bed every day.

On the night of the wedding, Chen Yuchuan, who was a little drunk, had hooked one arm around Lu Yang’s neck and pointed to the bed covered in rose petals. He’d asked, “This is me using the TV to study. Will covering the bed with rose petals be very uncomfortable and dirty?”

“Not dirty.”

Lu Yang turned his head to look at the rose corsage still pinned on Chen Yuchuan’s chest, and his Adam’s apple rolled a few times. He wrapped his arms around Chen Yuchuan’s waist and directly pressed him down onto the bed.

The bed full of rose petals sunk underneath their weight, and the warm, red bouquet at the end of the bed fell to the floor, trembling with the shaking of the bed.

The sea breeze was strong at night, and the floor-to-ceiling white gauze curtains shook in the wind. The salty sea breeze wrapped around them.

In the big bed full of roses, Lu Yang pressed down Chen Yuchuan, who had roses on the corners of his mouth and eyes.

Chen Yuchuan’s eyes were hazy as he parted his lips to breathe out in a gasp. As he looked at Lu Yang, the bottom of his eyes were also dyed a deep red, as if he had been branded by the red roses.

This look made Lu Yang wild, making him want to eat him into his stomach.

Lu Yang had been abstinent for nearly a year, so now, every time he did with Chen Yuchuan, he liked to linger, as if slowly venting his grievances from the year before.

It was already late at night when they finally stopped, and their heavy, interlaced breathing calmed. They carefully washed after, and Chen Yuchuan lay on the bed, raised his eyelids with great effort, and quickly closed them again.

“Lu Yang, I usually do boxing and fitness exercises with you. Why is your physical strength so much better? Let’s practice some more next time we go to the boxing gym.”

After saying this, he promptly fell asleep.

Lu Yang put his arms around Chen Yuchuan and lay down. With his face against the back of Chen Yuchuan’s neck, he said, “You really must practice hard then.”

The weather on the island was changeable, and so the weather forecast was usually not entirely accurate. The original forecast said it would be sunny the next day, but it was raining when Chen Yuchuan woke up.

It started as a light rain, but gradually got heavier and heavier.

This time, their vacation wasn’t short, as they had planned on staying for a few more days. The wedding date that Lu Yang had originally planned was supposed to be held today.

Chen Yuchuan stood in front of the window and stretched, looking out at the coastline outside that was encast in rain and fog. He turned back and said to Lu Yang, who was in the middle of getting dressed, “Fortunately, if we really did get married today, it would have been in the rain.”

“So what you arranged was for the best.” Lu Yang finished getting dressed and walked over to hug him from behind, kissing the red mark on his shoulder.

Chen Yuchuan felt a little itchy, so he tilted his head and shrank his neck. “Our original plan was to go surfing. But now that it’s raining, what shall we do today?”

“Is there anywhere you want to go?” Lu Yang asked.

Chen Yuchuan prolonged his sound of “ummm”, then shook his head and said, “It’s raining. I don’t want to move.”

“Then we’ll rest in the room. The rain might stop in the afternoon.”

Lu Yang was right. Just before noon, the rain stopped. Aftering lunch, they changed and chose a surfing spot without many people.

Chen Yuchuan ran to the water with his surfboard in his arms, but Lu Yang grabbed him from behind before he could take more than two steps.

“Don’t be in such a hurry. Stay close to me, and don’t run so far by yourself like last time.”

Lu Yang’s worries weren’t superfluous. When Lu Yang had first taught Chen Yuchuan how to surf, it was during the time when Chen Yuchuan had taken him out to play with the 5 millions Lu Xianfeng had given him to break up with Lu Yang..

Chen Yuchuan was a quick learner, and Lu Yang only had to teach him a few times.

But later, when Lu Yang turned around after catching a big wave, he found that Chen Yuchuan, in his enjoyment, had run out of the safe area. It was no surprise that Chen Yuchuan ended up being knocked down by a large wave. He was deposited into the sea, while his surfboard was carried far away.

When Lu Yang saw this, he was momentarily stunned. With his gaze fixed on the person being repeatedly dragged underwater, he rushed over as quickly as possible.

By the time Lu Yang was able to catch up to Chen Yuchuan, he was already swimming back.

Chen Yuchuan let out a sigh of relief when he saw Lu Yang. He stopped, swept back his wet hair, and grabbed Lu Yang’s outstretched hand. Turning over, he climbed onto Lu Yang’s surfboard.

“Yang ge, I was just about to run out of strength.”

In those days, Chen Yuchuan had tanned a lot, and when he laughed, his teeth were particularly white. His smile was flattering as he said, “Yang ge, I was wrong. I’ll stay close to you from now on, and won’t run far away again.”

Lu Yang’s face was cold. “Let’s go back to the hotel.”

Chen Yuchuan turned over, lay on the surfboard, and began to paddle with his hands.

“I really won’t run far this time. I’ll stay close to you.”

In the end, Lu Yang finally said, “In the afternoon, we can use a double board.”

Chen Yuchuan compromised, “Okay, you have the final say.”

But they couldn’t make it in the afternoon because it rained the rest of the day.

Later, after the rain had stopped, Chen Yuchuan wanted to kayak instead, and so they had not gone surfing again.

Having learned his lesson, Chen Yuchuan was more obedient this time. He stayed close to Lu Yang, and after playing with a single board, they switched to a double board.

He was in front, while Lu Yang stayed in the back.

As Lu Yang embraced Chen Yuchuan from behind, he took Chen Yuchuan to surf along the ocean current, all the while explaining the essentials of double surfing.

In Chen Yuchuan’s ears was the uninterrupted sounds of crashing waves, intermixed with Lu Yang’s low voice.

“Do you understand?” Lu Yang asked.

“Huh?” Chen Yuchuan turned around. “Why did you just say?”

“I just told you about the little trick for catching waves together.”

Chen Yuchuan only remembered that when Lu Yang was talking into his ear, his breath was brushing against his auricle, making his body go numb. As for whatever Lu Yang was saying, he couldn’t pay attention at all.

But he still nodded. “I know.”

A double surfboard was different than a single surfboard. This would test their tacit understanding, and Chen Yuchuan had always followed Lu Yang’s rhythm.

Chen Yuchuan liked this double surfboard, because Lu Yang’s warm and broad chest behind him made him feel very safe.

But he quickly noticed that there was a couple playing with a double surfboard like them. The girl was held high above the boy’s head, and they performed various difficult moves while surfing.

Although he was having a good time, he couldn’t help but pay attention to what they were doing.

After a while, he felt Lu Yang pinch his waist. “Do you want to be like them too?”

After saying this, Lu Yang put his arms around Chen Yuchuan and adjusted the direction of the surfboard. They stepped on the board and glided under an ocean spray.

The sea water fell onto Chen Yuchuan’s face, and he subconsciously closed his eyes.

“I do want to,” Chen Yuchuan said once the board stabilized. “Do you want to?”

Lu Yang released Chen Yuchuan’s waist and put a little bit of distance between them. He held Chen Yuchuan’s arms and guided him a little. “Spread your hands to keep your balance, and you’ll need to step on my thigh when I lift you up later.”

“Lu Yang, come here.” Chen Yuchuan couldn’t wait.

Lu Yang’s leg muscles were full of strength, and he was balanced quite steadily on the surfboard. He easily lifted Chen Yuchuan above his head. Chen Yuchuan couldn’t help barking out in laughter a few times as they rose through the deep waves.

Although he weighed more than a woman, Lu Yang held him steadily for a long time.

After Chen Yuchuan finally came down, he turned to face Lu Yang. Then he jumped up again, this time wrapping his legs around his waist. His arms encircled Lu Yang’s neck, and he whispered into his ears, “Lu Yang, I love you.”

Although Lu Yang hadn’t anticipated Chen Yuchuan’s sudden jump, Lu Yang was still able to stabilize himself . But he could no longer remain stable when Chen Yuchuan said, “I love you.”

The surfboard tilted, and as they fell into the water, Chen Yuchuan felt his ear go warm, and then he heard Lu Yang’s reply.

“Xiao Chuan’er, I love you too…”

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Xixi: This is the end. Phew! This was a particularly difficult novel, if only because the author still has a long way to go in writing. Thank you so much for reading. I hope you’ve enjoyed it to some extent, but regardless, I wish you good luck in your next read.

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Divorced, Chapter 43: Extra I, Lu Yang’s Perspective

It was still pouring when Lu Yang reached the bottom floor with his suitcase, though the downpour wasn’t as heavy as this afternoon when he got back.

Dragging his suitcase, he stood under the eaves at the entrance of the stairs. The incandescent light flickered on for a bit, then went out. The strong breeze slanted the rain outside toward him, and the icy coldness of the wind blew on his skin, even as the rain soaked his pants.

There was a piercing pain on his palm, and so he turned his attention from the rain outside to his hand. He looked down at the hand holding onto the suitcase handle, still wrapped in his tie.

Earlier, he’d inadvertently crushed the suitcase handle. The suitcase had been dropped previously, and it had developed a small crack in the handle. He hadn’t noticed it before, and only saw it when he was packing up earlier.

Earlier, he’d become angry at Chen Yuchuan. Due to constant boxing and fitness exercises, his arm and hand strength had always been quite strong. Therefore, when he exerted force, the handle completely shattered in his palm.

He bent down and undid the tie wrapped around his hand. Then, clutching the blood-stained tie in one hand and dragging the suitcase with the other, he quickly walked to the car.

The car was only a few meters away, but he still ended up stepping on a few puddles as he put the suitcase into the trunk. By the time he was done, his hair was starting to drip, and the coagulated blood on his palm was washed away by the rain. His hand was full of blood again, and the blood ran down his fingertips, hitting the mud-tattered ginkgo leaves.

He got in the car, rewrapped the wet tie around his hand, and placed his hands on the steering wheel.

He’d come back in the afternoon, waited from four o’clock until it grew dark, and then waited from the onset of darkness until late at night, before Chen Yuchuan finally came back.

Ling Qun had sent him a picture of a drunken Chen Yuchuan sitting in a box at his bar, his face a little red and his arms folded a little defensively, looking lonely in the dim light of the box.

Although Chen Yuchuan’s eyes were closed in the photo, Lu Yang knew that he wasn’t asleep, because his chin was set hard. Looking closely, he could see that Chen Yuchuan’s jaw was tight, chin taut, obviously with a sullen breath, as if he would rise up in the next second, stare at him fiercely, scold him, or pick a fight so that he could vent.

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The first time Lu Yang felt that Chen Yuchuan had the idea of divorce was about five months ago. After Lu Yang was discharged from the hospital, he rested for half a month. Chen Yuchuan’s idea of divorce came after he’d completely gotten better. Chen Yuchuan wouldn’t have entertained the idea of divorce otherwise.

After he was discharged from the hospital, Chen Yuchuan took good care of him. He followed the doctor’s precautions precisely and without error.

In the beginning, he would always carry a small notebook in his pocket, filled with the doctor’s instructions regarding what Lu Yang could eat, could not eat, what he could do, could not do. Yes, Chen Yuchuan remembered it clearly in his small notebook, but only he could understand what was written in that notebook of his.

One month after Lu Yang was discharged from the hospital, he no longer required any special precaution. He accidentally found Chen Yuchuan’s notebook in the crack of the sofa and opened it to look at a few pages. There were no blank pages anywhere to be found, but even after looking at it for a long time, Lu Yang could not understand a single word.

He turned, then, to tease Chen Yuchuan, who was sitting on the sofa beside him, watching TV. “Xiao Chuan’er, if you weren’t by my side, I really wouldn’t be able to remember all this.”

After he finished speaking, he thought Chen Yuchuan would react the same as before. He would stubbornly deny the concept of them not being by each other’s side and say, “How could I not be by your side? I’ll stick to you for the rest of my life.”

But that time, Chen Yuchuan just turned his head, gazed at him for a while, and forced a smile. “Yang ge, you’re all better now. You don’t have to have me by your side. It’s great that you’re all better…”

After he said this, Chen Yuchuan got up and went into the kitchen. Lu Yang remembered sitting in confusion on the sofa for a long time, the small notebook still in his hand, until he heard the sound of tableware and chopsticks crashing onto the kitchen floor. He immediately dropped the notebook and ran over.

He found Chen Yuchuan crouched on the ground, picking up remnants of broken porcelain from the floor. He heard Lu Yang come in and raised his head nervously. Ignoring his sliced finger, he urged him to go back out. “Yang ge, don’t come in. The plate is broken. Be careful not to hurt your feet or your hands. Wait until I clean everything up first, and then you can come in.”

Lu Yang saw that Chen Yuchuan’s index finger was still bleeding. He walked to Chen Yuchuan’s side with a cold face and reached down to pull him up.

But Chen Yuchuan ignored him. He remained crouched, still picking up broken shards with his head down. “Yang ge, I’ll come out after cleaning up. You go first.”

Lu Yang didn’t say a word. He simply bent down, directly picked Chen Yuchuan up, and walked out. Chen Yuchuan didn’t say anything nor did he struggle. Lu Yang sat him on the sofa and began to tend to his finger.

“There’s a broom. Do you have to use your hands?”

“I walked around the kitchen and couldn’t find the broom, so I just used my hands.”

“Then why didn’t you call and ask me?”

“It’s just a few broken plates. It’s not a big deal. I just need to pick it up, I don’t need to look for you for anything.”

After Chen Yuchuan said this, Lu Yang didn’t say anything anymore. He just silently continued to put a band-aid on Chen Yuchuan’s finger.

At that time, Lu Yang clearly felt Chen Yuchuan’s desire to escape.

When he was in the hospital, he could sense that Chen Yuchuan was very scared. Chen Yuchuan would often sit on his hospital bedside with hands held tightly. Initially, he’d watched Lu Yang for a long time before he was finally able to touch his arm carefully through the cover and to poke at his gauzed-wrapped chest.

That month, Chen Yuchuan had trapped himself in extreme emotion, and Lu Yang knew that he was afraid.

At the time, Lu Yang thought that as long as he became well, as long as he was discharged from the hospital, Chen Yuchuan would get better.

But now, he looked at Chen Yuchuan, with his finger-wrapped band-aid, sitting by his side, and staring blankly at the TV with his neck shrunk. He knew then that Chen Yuchuan was still blaming himself, and that he wanted to run away again.

He had reassured Chen Yuchuan many times that the accident in the tunnel wasn’t his fault.

But every time, Chen Yuchuan would retort in a low voice, if only I didn’t offend those leaders, if only I hadn’t let you pick me up in the middle of the night, if only I hadn’t fallen asleep in the car, if only I had reminded you hurry up at a certain intersection or to slow down…

In the end, he would say, Yang ge, my temper is so bad. It seems that I will always bring you misfortune.

In Lu Yang’s eyes, Chen Yuchuan was like a little wolf with explosives all over his body. He usually held his head high, and when he became unhappy, he would turn his head and scold him, or he would jump up and take a bite. Of course, he wouldn’t really bite. He just wanted to express his unhappiness.

As long as Lu Yang coaxed him and rubbed his neck twice, he would recover.

But this time, this trick didn’t seem to be working. Lu Yang tried every method he could think of, but they always backfired. Chen Yuchuan would drill himself deeper and deeper into the tip of the bull’s horn, until he completely pushed the spear into himself.

He wanted to leave.

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Upstairs, a couple suddenly began to quarrel loudly, and the scolding voices of the man and woman interrupted Lu Yang’s messy thoughts.

The car’s windshield was completely covered in raindrops. Lu Yang turned on the ignition and then turned on the windshield wipers to clean the glass. He took out his cell phone and looked at it. It was almost 3 o’clock.

He looked up at the fifth floor through the glass and saw a familiar figure standing by the bedroom window. The light was on. After a while, the figure moved away and drew the curtains, and he could no longer see anything.

It had only been a week since their divorce, and Lu Yang had never imagined that a week could be so long.

Earlier, when Chen Yuchuan pressed him down on the sofa and sat on his lap, an angry thought had suddenly popped into his head–

Chen Yuchuan, if you haven’t been good, then you’ll let me fuck you for the rest of your life.

But he held back, still reluctant.

If Chen Yuchuan wanted to leave, he would let him go for a while.

However, there was a time limit to his release. Although he himself didn’t know how much time he was willing to give him, it wouldn’t be too long.

When he proposed divorce, he only intended to give Chen Yuchuan a little space, except that this space could be considered a little bit more complete.

He waited until the light on the fifth floor went out before driving back to his house at Jade Lake.

Because it was barely like a home, and the contents were still for two people, he had not changed anything. He continued to have it cleaned regularly because Chen Yuchuan had been clamoring to move here a long time ago. It was just that Chen Yuchuan would say this, but he would be too lazy to move. In the past six months, he seemed to no longer have any intentions of moving here.

Lu Yang left the suitcase at the corner of the entrance and went to take a shower and treat the wound on his palm.

Although there was a standing medicine box, all the medicines in it had expired, and so Lu Yang simply found a roll of unused gauze, wrapped it around his palm, and went back into the bedroom.

Their bedroom was very large, about four times the size of their bedroom in the old apartment. Lu Yang must have been too used to living in the old apartment, because this bedroom and this bed was simply too empty for him to sleep on.

He laid in bed for a long time but could not fall asleep. Outside, the rain was still pouring. When he was taking a shower, he didn’t feel anything. But now, as he laid in bed, his calf started to ache.

In the past, when it rains, Chen Yuchuan would place a hot towel compress on his leg and then message him through the towel, no matter how late it was.

He never realized how painful rainy days were before now. It seemed that Chen Yuchuan had never allowed him to feel this kind of hurt before, and over the years, his message technique had become comparable to that of a professional. On the first rainy day after his leg was injured, Chen Yuchuan had even gone in search of old Chinese medicine to alleviate his pain.

Now, there was no one to apply a hot compress to his leg anymore, and this kind of pain was the kind that could not be ignored.

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Divorced, Chapter 42: Conclusion

Spring arrived in March, bringing a light and warm breeze.

March had always been Chen Yuchuan’s favorite time of the year, because when he was 18, it was March when he met Lu Yang.

They were still very young when they got together, and at that time, they weren’t wise enough to seriously think about the long road ahead.

Many years had passed since then, and this was their 17th year together.

This past year, they had separated and reconciled, and although their separation didn’t last very long and was nothing compared to the 16 years they had been together, it had changed them to some extent.

Of course, that little change made them more resolute than before, and it also brought the satisfaction of time.

The end of March was Lu Yang’s birthday. Chen Yuchuan wasn’t very good at giving gifts, nor was he good at doing romantic things. In the past, he and Lu Yang would celebrate their birthdays and wedding anniversary by having a meal together at a restaurant they both liked, drink a little wine, and then walk home together, hand in hand.

That section of the road was neither long nor short, and the walk was usually pretty quick. The night wind would blow away the scent of alcohol, and the moon would be overhead.

This time, Chen Yuchuan started to prepare for Lu Yang’s birthday two weeks in advance, but he just didn’t know what to get.

During the period before Lu Yang’s birthday, Lu Yang would often work overtime. For several days, Chen Yuchuan kept asking him, “What gift should I give you?”

Every time, Lu Yang would reply, “Anything will do.”

“A tie?”

“Okay.”

“A watch?”

“Okay.”

“Flowers?”

“Okay.”

Finally, Lu Yang said, “For my birthday, I’ll take a few days off to rest. Let’s go to my parents and take a vacation with them.”

Chen Yuchuan had wanted to go for a long time, and so he hurriedly responded, “Okay. I’ll take care of my work in advance.”

Just like that, the matter of going on vacation was finally settled.

Chen Yuchuan and Lu Yang went again to his psychiatrist. Now that his insomnia had greatly improved, the dosage was gradually being reduced, which made him feel a lot more relaxed. Even if he didn’t want to admit it, those medicines constantly reminded him that he was a patient.

He also took the time to learn how to make coffee from Guang Haobo for a few days, and every morning, he would make a similar one for Lu Yang.

This eventually devolved into a fight. The reason was that Chen Yuchuan had been calling Guang Haobo every morning for advice when making coffee for Lu Yang. He wanted Lu Yang’s morning coffee to be the best one.

But Lu Yang nitpicked at it. Either the water temperature was wrong, the coffee was too weak, the taste wasn’t good, or so on.

Before going to work, Chen Yuchuan threw out a sentence, “Then I won’t rush to make one for you next time.”

But after he said this, he was only able to endure for one morning before rushing over to Lu Yang’s office during the noon break. Xiao Lei saw him coming from the distance and judged that he was here for a fight.

Chen Yuchuan slammed the office door shut, leaned backward against Lu Yang’s desk, raised one leg to block Lu Yang’s office chair, and angrily asked him what was wrong with the coffee that morning.

In the end, Lu Yang said, “Do you have to learn it from him?”

“Then shall I learn it from you?” Chen Yuchuan shot back.

Lu Yang responded, “Why can’t you learn it from me? Can’t I also make coffee?”

Chen Yuchuan was momentarily stunned. Then realization dawned, and he laughed at himself for a long time.

Of course, he could learn it from Lu Yang, whatever he likes.

During that time period, he still hadn’t thought of a good birthday gift for Lu Yang. Finally, he went to Ling Qun and the others and discussed it with them. Of course, he had already told them about his remarriage to Lu Yang.

Ling Qun asked him if he would have a wedding this time, and Chen Yuchuan nodded and said yes.

But when Ling Qun asked him when the wedding would be held, Chen Yuchuan couldn’t say, because he and Lu Yang hadn’t set a specific time yet.

He only said, “It should be very soon. I’ll tell you later.”

Ling Qun had been drinking and so his mouth was too fast for his brain. He smiled and said, “You’re getting married and you’ve sent us verbal invitations, but you still don’t even know when the wedding is going to be held? I’ll tell you. You don’t know, but I know that Lu Yang is actually…”

Hua Boxue, who was sitting between Ling Qin and Chen Yuchuan, put his wine glass down just in time to cover Ling Qun’s mouth.

But Chen Yuchuan wasn’t a fool. Although Ling Qun stopped halfway, he could guess what he was saying based on what he’d heard so far. This, combined with how busy Lu Yang had been recently.

Chen Yuchuan crossed his arms, leaned his long legs on the sofa behind him, raised his chin at Hua Boxue and Ling Qun and asked with a smile, “Tell me, what’s going on? Lu Yang and you both have a private plan? And I wasn’t in on it?”

Ling Qun slapped away Hua Boxue’s hand and denied it with a dry laugh. “No, really. What can we hide from you? We have nothing to hide from you.”

Of course, Chen Yuchuan didn’t believe him. In the end, he had two more drinks with Ling Qun, and the topic of conversation changed a few times. By the time the get-together was over, though, he had managed to pry Ling Qun’s mouth open.

After he left Ling Qun’s bar, he made a video call to Lu Xianfeng and Man Yunxin, and directly asked them if the reason they hadn’t come back yet was because they were preparing his and Lu Yang’s wedding on the island.

Initially, Lu Xianfeng wanted to hide it, but he finally admitted, “I’m preparing a wedding for you.”

Over the years, Lu Xianfeng had always thought that the reason they never held a wedding was because of the cruel words he’d thrown at them.

He said, “You didn’t have a wedding, and we also refused to accept you then, too. Now that you have both gotten married again, we can remedy it with a wedding. Do it properly this time.”

Chen Yuchuan listened to Lu Xianfeng’s seemingly casual explanation, and his heart ached.

After the tunnel accident, when Lu Yang was hospitalized for over a month, Lu Xianfeng had never said a word of blame to him.

During that month, he could clearly see that Lu Xianfeng and Man Yunxin had aged significantly, wrought by the sudden suffering of having to deal with such a huge change. They felt powerless, afraid of losing their only son.

At that time, he couldn’t bear to look at Lu Yang’s wound, and he also didn’t dare meet Lu Xianfeng’s eyes. And on the contrary, Man Yunxin often comforted him.

He moved the camera away and wiped his eyes. After looking at the camera again, he smiled at Lu Xianfeng and Man Yunxin. “Dad, it wasn’t because of your objections that we never held a wedding. We were just too lazy. For so many years, I have Lu Yang, and I also have you both as parents, and that’s already good enough…”

Lu Xianfeng couldn’t stand Chen Yuchuan’s sudden emotion, and left after saying a few words.

Chen Yuchuan laughed and talked with Man Yunxin instead. “Mom, don’t tell Lu Yang that I’ve found out. Just pretend that I don’t know.”

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The flight to the island was booked for the day before Lu Yang’s birthday, and it was night when they arrived at the hotel where Lu Xianfeng and Man Yunxin were staying.

Everything was arranged by Lu Yang, and Chen Yuchuan pretended not to know anything and simply followed his rhythm.

But on the morning of Lu Yang’s birthday, Chen Yuchuan woke him up before dawn.

The moment Lu Yang opened his eyes, he lowered his head and kissed him on the eyes, saying, “Happy Birthday, Yang ge.”

Lu Yang shifted, hugging his waist and wanting to pull him back to sleep.

But he struggled and pulled Lu Yang’s arm to force him to get up.

“Yang ge, I want to see the sunrise.”

He took off his pajamas and opened the closet. After picking out two suits, he put them on the bed and said, “I want to take some nice photos later. Let’s dress formally.”

Lu Yang saw that the two suits that he’d pulled were the wedding clothes that he’d had flown in ahead of time. He raised his hand to block it and said, “Xiao Chuan’er, let’s change to another suit.”

“I think this one looks good,” Chen Yuchuan insisted, and directly picked up his own set to wear.

Lu Yang was at a loss. It wasn’t like he could force the clothes off of Chen Yuchuan’s body.

Chen Yuchuan sat on the edge of the bed, and the hem of his white shirt fell along his body with every movement, covering his legs from time to time.

When he lifted his legs to wear the pants, Lu Yang’s eyes fell on the long bruise along the inner side of his thigh.

That had happened when Chen Yuchuan came to his office to ask him about the coffee, and it ended up being grounded out by the corner of the desk.

At noon that day, Lu Yang had been a bit ruthless and hadn’t paid enough attention. He only found out about it when Chen Yuchuan was taking a shower that night.

He waited until Chen Yuchuan had put on his pants before turning his gaze away. He turned around and picked up the other suit. It didn’t matter if he wore the suit now. He had also prepared two spare suits.

Chen Yuchuan had noticed Lu Yang’s eyes on him a while ago. He walked barefoot to Lu Yang’s side, and leaned against his shoulder. “Yang, ge, where are you looking at?”

Lu Yang wrapped one hand around Chen Yuchuan’s waist and pulled him into his arms, while the other hand rubbed that place where the corner of the table had broken Chen Yuchuan’s skin.

Lu Yang only used a little bit of force, but Chen YUchuan felt a twinge of pain. He raised his head and bit Lu Yang’s lower lip.

But then he thought about what was going to happen later, and so he quickly let go. He captured Lu Yang’s wrist, unwilling to let him continue. He pressed his lips together and said, “Lu Yang, we can’t do it now. Let’s wait until evening.”

A bit later, when Chen Yuchuan took Lu Yang out to the beach, the sun hung on the sea, casting light on the long, beautiful winding coast, the soft golden sand, and the path full of flowers on both sides.

In front of them were a group of friends holding flowers. When they saw them, they burst into a chorus of shouts and whistles. Facing them in the distance was Lu Xianfeng, formally dressed.

Man Yunxin sat in front of a grand piano, and when her hands fell, notes rose with the waves.

Lu Yang realized that he’d been deceived by Chen Yuchuan.

“Xiao Chuan’er, when did you prepare this?”

“I’m sorry, I stole the wedding you’d originally planned and pushed it a few days earlier. The weather is perfect today, so let’s get married.”

“Then let’s tie the knot,” Lu Yang replied firmly.

Ling Qun came over with a tray, on which were placed two corsages with the word “groom” written on them. Standing beside them, he said, “You two newcomers, hurry up and put on the corsages.”

Chen Yuchuan picked up a corsage from the tray and faced Lu Yang. “Yang ge, you know I don’t like troublesome things, so I didn’t invite a host or bring a cameraman.”

“No need for that,” Lu Yang said, picking up the other corsage.

Chen Yuchuan straightened Lu Yang’s perfect straight tie, and as he pinned the corsage on him, he muttered, “I chose this pair of corsages on purpose. Ling Qun took me to several flower shops, and there were orchids, bell flowers, phalaenopsis, lilies, and gerbera, but my aesthetics are just like this. I like bright colors, and weddings have to be red, so in the end, I simply chose red roses.”

Chen Yuchuan finished pinning the rose corsage on Lu Yang and leaned down to kiss the area of his chest where the corsage was pinned.

Lu Yang pinned the corsage on Chen Yuchuan and said, “Red roses are very beautiful. The color is gorgeous and the wedding must be red.”

The sun rose higher, and the waves were covered with a layer of dazzling sparkles. The sparkling waves extended from the sea to the bottom of Chen Yuchuan’s eyes, which were particularly bright.

The light, salty sea breeze blew over, ruffling Chen Yuchuan’s hair, which were not fixed with hairspray. A few strands of hair fell over his forehead, covering his eyes a little.

Lu Yang raised his hands and fixed Chen Yuchuan’s messy hair. By the time he was done, the same layer of light also adorned Lu Yang’s eyes.

Ranging in their ears were unbroke applauses and blessings. At first, the crowd was filled with people they knew, but later, there were many more people they didn’t know.

They walked forward through the flower arch with Lu Yang’s arm around Chen Yuchuan’s back.

At the end of the path, Chen Yuchuan hugged Lu Xianfeng hard. Then he ran over to Man Yunxin and hugged her. “Thank you, mom and dad.”

Lu Xianfeng coughed. “Stop hugging us. Let’s move on to the next step.”

Lu Yang thanked the guests and then turned to ask Chen Yuchuan, “What’s the next step? Tell me.”

Chen Yuchuan didn’t plan out many complicated steps. He just wanted everything to be simple and comfortable.

He took Lu Yang’s hand and said, “Lu Yang, I didn’t have a wedding with you when I was young, and now that I think about it, it’s a little regretful. Although we’ve been together for 17 years, I still very much wanted to give you my wedding vows.”

But after he said this, he completely blanked out on the first sentence of the vows. He whispered, “Damn it. Lu Yang, I practiced the vows several times, but I seemed to have forgotten them. I haven’t recited anything from memory since I was a child. Let me think about it first.”

When the people around overheard Chen Yuchuan’s words, they burst out into laughter. A few people beside them even started booing. “Chen Yuchuan, how can you forget your vows?”

Chen Yuchuan raised his hand and waved at the person who was laughing at him. Then he touched his pocket. “I was afraid that I would forget, so I made a cheat sheet ahead of time. You wait, I…”

He trailed off, patting his pockets for a long time. But his pockets were empty.

Chen Yuchuan gritted his teeth and groped all the pockets inside and out in disbelief, but still nothing.

This was really evil.

He turned his head to look at Ling Qun and the others, “Can you guys be useful now? Didn’t we agree before that someone would help remind me?”

Obviously, he chose the wrong person for help, because that person kept booing, saying, “It’s alright. Just think about it slowly. There’s no video anyway.”

Chen Yuchuan said a few choice words back to them, who all said they couldn’t help.

Lu Yang smiled and watched Chen Yuchuan fight with them for a while. Finally, he grabbed Chen Yuchuan’s wrist and pulled him to his side. “If they won’t, then I will. I’ll say the vows, and you can repeat after me.”

Chen Yuchuan said, “Okay, you say it, and I’ll repeat after you…”

They stood face to face, and Lu Yang said, “I, Lu Yang, take Mr. Chen Yuchuan as my legally wedded husband.”

“I, Chen Yuchuan, take Mr. Lu Yang as my legally wedded husband.”

“To have and to hold from this day forward.”

“To have and to hold from this day forward.”

“For better, for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, I will love you and cherish you until death do us part.”

Chen Yuchuan had heard these vows countless times at weddings he’d attended. At first, he could hold his emotions back. He repeated Lu Yang sentence by sentence, word by word, but when he got to the last part, his eyes turned red all of a sudden, and he had to lower his head and rubbed his sore eyes.

Lu Yang stretched out his hand to hold Chen Yuchuan’s face and rubbed his cheek with his fingers. “You haven’t finished the last sentence yet.”

Chen Yuchuan slowly adjusted his breathing, looked up at Lu Yang, and smiled. Repeating the last vow, he said, “For better, for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, I will love you and cherish you until death do us part…”

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Divorced, Chapter 41: This One Time

After the two bowls of chicken noodle soup had been eaten, whether it was salty or bland, only Chubby hadn’t tasted it. After they finished eating, he waited for his parents to take him downstairs for a walk.

As they walked, Chen Yuchuan took a few little videos of Chubby and posted them in the family group chat.

After seeing it, Man Yunxin directly video called him. It was evening on her side, and she was standing in a room with a huge floor-to-ceiling window behind her, revealing a red sunset blooming over the seascape.

Chen Yuchuan waved to Man Yunxin, saying that it was so beautiful there. He praised her for a long time, which made her smile continuously.

After he was done praising her, he turned the camera lens to Lu Yang and Chubby, and then turned it back to himself to tell her that Lu Yang had made chicken noodle soup that morning, and it tasted just right and was very delicious.

When he said that it was just right, Lu Yang looked back at him, and Chen Yuchuan whistled at Lu Yang with his neck raised, looking like a hooligan.

He turned the camera to Lu Yang again. Lu Yang was walking by the road with one hand in his trouser pocket, while holding Chubby’s leash in the other.

The weather was just right, neither cold nor hot. The street was like a long shadow under the bright morning sun.

Lu Xianfeng also came to join in the fun. Man Yunxin and Lu Xianfeng talked to Chubby for a long time, and Chen Yuchuan would answer for Chubby.

“Chubby, did your parents take good care of you? Is your stomach doing better?” Lu Xianfeng approached the camera with a coffee cup, his face filling the whole frame.

“Dad, his stomach is better.” Chen Yuchuan zoomed in on Chubby and did a 360 degree shot. “Mom and dad, look. He looks fine, right? He’s been eating and drinking pretty well these days.”

Chubby pranced a few times. Lu Xianfeng took a sip of his coffee. “Take good care of Chubby.”

“I know, Dad.” Chen Yuchuan looked at Lu Xianfeng drinking coffee and said, “I’m going to try to learn to make coffee, and I’ll make it for you when you come back.”

Lu Xianfeng raised his voice, obviously not believing him. “It’s not like I haven’t drunk the coffee you brewed before. Can the coffee you brew even be drinkable?”

“I’m going to learn from others this time.” Chen Yuchuan was afraid that Lu Xianfeng would not believe him, so he bragged about it for a long time. In the end, Lu Xianfeng really believed him and said that he would try it.

Before they hung up, Chen Yuchuan asked them, “Mom and Dad, when are you coming back?”

“We’re having such a good time,” Lu Xianfeng said, “We won’t come back for a while.”

After Lu Xianfeng finished speaking, he turned, shoulder sweeping across the screen before he soon moved out of sight, leaving the sounds of his footsteps and the click of the coffee cup when it was placed on the table.

Man Yunxin said a few words to Chen Yuchuan before hanging up the video.

Lu Xianfeng and Man Yunxin had been on vacation for a long time this time. Chen Yuchuan already called them several times previously and asked them when they would come back. They always said that they were having a good time on the island and would be back in a few more days.

He put away his mobile phone and quickly followed Lu Yang. Puting his hand in Lu Yang’s pocket, he hooked his finger and said, “This time, our parents have been out playing, and even after so many days have passed, they still haven’t returned yet.”

“I guess they want to play for a few more days,” Lu Yang said.

Chen Yuchuan thought of the sunset beach in the background at the start of the video chat. It looked really beautiful. He couldn’t help but say, “The environment on the island seems really good. After a while, when we’re both free, let’s go play for a few days?”

Lu Yang said yes, and Chen Yuchuan asked again, “When are we going to get married?”

Lu Yang thought about it and said, “After the beginning of the year.”

Later, as Lu Yang was driving Chen Yuchuan to work, he remembered the coffee thing and asked him, “Why do you suddenly want to learn how to make coffee?”

“I want to make it for you,” Chen Yuchuan replied. “My coffee brewing wasn’t good before. But I’ll study hard and make coffee for you in the future.”

Lu Yang’s expression became much brighter. His index finger holding the steering wheel lifted and dropped, tapping the steering wheel lightly, and the corners of his mouth curved up.

Chen Yuchuan glanced at Lu Yang’s small movement, and his heart trembled involuntarily.

Many things could not be fully seen until it had passed. It turned out that his Lu Yang was also a person who was so easy to satisfy.

Chen Yuchuan turned sideways and asked, “Yang ge, I still want to learn this and that for you, do you still think I’m accommodating you and letting you go?”

He didn’t wait for Lu Yang to answer, and instead, directly answered his own question. “Actually, it is accommodating. It’s two people living together accommodating each other. That’s it. It could be you or me, but I am never reluctant to adapt and to become better than before. Although I must boast that it’s because my Yang ge is very good.”

Chen Yuchuan said it well, but before he could learn how to make coffee, he caught a bad cold.

With the start of the new year, the weather became changeable. In one moment, it was warm and in the next, cold. Chen Yuchuan had a fever for several days, and Lu Yang took care of him.

In the end, after Chen Yuchuan got better, he still ended up infecting Lu Yang. Lu Yang didn’t have a fever and had no other symptoms, but his cough was so bad that sometimes his face would even flush from coughing so much.

“I shouldn’t have caught a cold, and now I went and infected you. Does your chest hurt when you cough?” Chen Yuchuan touched Lu Yang’s chest through his clothes and pressed his fingers down lightly.

“It’s not pain in the chest, it’s pain in the lungs,” Lu Yang said.

Chen Yuchuan didn’t care where Lu Yang hurt, only that he was hurting, so he cooked lung-moistening soup for him every day.

In the six months before the divorce, Chen Yuchuan had signed up for a chef training course. He went to it several times. After the course was over, he went again and asked the teacher to teach him how to make lung-moistening soup.

Cooking wasn’t something that could be done in one or two classes. Chen Yuchuan cooked it for Lu Yang a few times. Although the taste wasn’t too bad, he really couldn’t say how good it was.

Later, Chen Yuchuan showed Lu Yang the notes he’d taken in class. The words Chen Yuchuan wrote were like a compliment for him, and so Lu Yang took his notebook and looked at it for a long time. Then, word by word, he made himself a copy.

In the end, Lu Yang took the notes he’d written and, under the careful supervision of Chen Yuchuan, he carefully cooked the lung-moistening soup for himself for several days.

Luckily, he got better within a week.

After Lu Yang got better, Chen Yuchuan breathed a sigh of relief. He touched Lu Yang’s chest and said, “I’m so awesome.”

Lu Yang asked him, “Who is awesome?

Chen Yuchuan blinked, “You’re awesome, you’re awesome. You’re the best. You’re the best in the world…”

Afterward, Lu Yang became increasingly more busy with work. One day, he accidentally left some important meeting documents at home and sent Xiao Lei back to pick it up.

Chen Yuchuan searched the study for a long time before he finally found them. When Xiao Lei took the documents from him, he saw that he was wearing the same ring as Lu Yang’s. He blurted out, “Have you and Lu Yang gotten remarried?”

After he said this, he added anxiously, “I was always carrying President Lu’s bag for him, and I accidentally saw the divorce certificate in his bag, so I knew it.”

Chen Yuchuan spread out his left hand, and turned the ring on his hand for Xiao Lei to see. “Yep, we’re back to being legal now.”

“At that time, I felt that President Lu’s state wasn’t very good. At first, I just thought that you both got into a big fight, because he seemed absent-minded and in poor state.”

Xiao Lei’s words changed a little. In the end, he talked about the incident in which Chen Yuchuan drove three hours to find Lu Yang. He said, “President Lu heard that you drove out to find him in the middle of the night, and told me to drive back. But I called you and you said that you’re already driving back, and so we didn’t leave. At that time, City B happened to be very chilly, heavy with rain and snow, and so President Lu fell ill the next day and had to be hospitalized for several days. He forbade me to tell you, but at the time, I felt like he really wanted you to know.”

The first rain at the beginning of the year was always a bit urgent, constantly leaving people unprepared.

Later that evening, Lu Yang came home a little drenched. When he got home, Chen Yuchuan was cooking dinner in the kitchen.

“Yang ge, go take a shower first,” Chen Yuchuan said, standing at the kitchen doorway.

Lu Yang entered the kitchen for a look before heading to the bathroom. He’d just taken off his clothes and was about to take a shower when he heard footsteps outside the door. Chen Yuchuan opened the bathroom door and walked in.

“Lu Yang, let me help you shower.” Chen Yuchuan’s voice was calm, without a trace of lust.

“Come here.” Lu Yang waved at Chen Yuchuan.

As he walked, Chen Yuchuan took off his clothes, and so by the time he reached Lu Yang’s side, he was naked.

He turned on the shower and held the showerhead in his hand. Once the water was hot enough, he sprayed the water toward Lu Yang’s neck.

“Is the water temperature okay?”

“Yes.”

“Was it raining hard when you got back?”

“Not too hard.”

“Lower your head, I’ll wash your hair.” Chen Yuchuan raised the shower head a little and waited until Lu Yang lowered his head before running the water over his hair.

Once Lu Yang’s hair was thoroughly wet, Chen Yuchun squeezed some shampoo onto his hair and held the shower in one hand while massaging Lu Yang’s hair with the other.

By the time he’d finished lathering Lu Yang’s head and was moving onto his body, his hands were covered with shower gel foam. When he got to Lu Yang’s chest, he traced the scar with his fingers.

He couldn’t erase the scar, but he could feel Lu Yang’s heartbeat through his chest. His heartbeat had always been hot and strong.

“Lu Yang, that night when I drove three hours to find you, only to find you gone, you were planning to drive back, didn’t you?”

Lu Yang guessed that Xiao Lei had told him. “Xiao Lei told you. What did he say?”

“It doesn’t matter who said it.” Chen Yuchuan removed his finger from Lu Yang’s chest and applied the shower gel to his back. “Was that right? Were you ready to come back?”

“I was ready to come back.” Lu Yang turned around, turning his back to Chen Yuchuan. “But when Xiao Lei called you, you were already on your way back.”

“It would have taken you 8 hours to drive back.” Chen Yuchuan washed away the foam on Lu Yang’s body. “Xiao Lei said that you fell ill later. I kept sending you messages, but you didn’t reply. Was it because you were afraid that I would know?”

Lu Yang turned around again. With his wet palm, he held Chen Yuchuan’s chin and kissed him on the nose. “It’s just a minor problem. It’s not that serious.”

After he’d finished washing Lu Yang, he stood and raised his arms. “Yang ge, help me wash.”

Lu Yang took the shower head from Chen Yuchuan’s hand, and Chen Yuchuan said again, “I won’t make trouble anymore in the future. This one time was enough. I don’t want to run away anymore. I won’t do it again…”

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Divorced, Chapter 40: Bland, Not Bland

When Chen Yuchuan went to work, he deliberately bought a lot of wedding candies. The people in the company asked him if there were any happy events recently, and he said he just got married.

No one believed him; they all thought he was joking.

He just gave them candies without further explanation, and every time he gave away a piece of candy to an employee, he would force them to tell him “happy marriage and good relationship for a hundred years.” These employees just thought that he was just showing his affection in disguise.

Guang Haobo had already started work, and he sent him the location.

Lu Yang had a party to attend in the evening, and so after getting off work, Chen Yuchuan had dinner near Guang Haobo’s workplace and then went in to check on him.

The coffee shop wasn’t large, but the environment was very good. When Chen Yuchuan went there, the store was about to close, and so there weren’t many people in the shop.

When he opened the glass door, he saw Guang Haobo standing next to the coffee machine, wearing an apron with the store’s logo on it. He was holding a coffee cup in one hand and a small pot of milk in the other, making a pattern. It didn’t look too bad.

“Haobo…” Chen Yuchuan called.

Guang Haobo heard Chen Yuchuan’s voice and turned to look at him. His hands shook, the pot of milk went askew, and the milky white foam spilled around the rim of the cup and dripped onto the back of his hand.

“Be careful,” Chen Yuchuan exclaimed, leaning against the bar.

The waitress next to Guang Haobo quickly grabbed a few tissues and handed them to him.

Guang Haobo took the proffered tissues and thanked the girl. As he wiped his hand with the tissues, he said, “Big Brother Chuan, why are you here?”

“I just wanted to come in and check out your workplace.”

Guang Haobo said, “Wait for me. I’ll make another cup for the guest. You can find an empty seat first.”

“I’ll take this cup,” Chen Yuchuan pointed to the cup Guang Haobo had been working on.

“It’s okay, Big Brother Chuan. I’ll make you a new cup later.”

He didn’t protest and simply picked the coffee cup off the counter. “You’re busy. I’ll wait, I’m not in a hurry.”

“Oh, good.”

Chen Yuchuan chose an empty seat near the counter and took a sip of the coffee.

Lu Yang liked to drink coffee, but Chen Yuchuan had never liked the taste of it much. Even so, whenever Lu Yang made a pot of coffee, he would always join in on the fun and take a sip of the freshly brewed coffee directly from Lu Yang’s cup.

The taste of this coffee was different from what Lu Yang usually drank. It was a bit sweeter, while what Lu Yang usually drank was very bitter.

He didn’t take more than a few sips. Although it was a little bit sweeter, it still wasn’t as good as Lu Yang’s coffee. He attributed this taste to Lu Yang, and not the actual coffee itself.

Guang Haobo was still busy, so Chen Yuchuan sent a message to Lu Yang, telling him the location of the coffee shop.

Did you drive there yourself? Lu Yang quickly messaged back.

Yeah, I drove here.

I drank too much. Lu Yang responded. He sent another message with his location, and added: I’ll be finished here in half an hour.

I’ll pick you up later.

He clicked on the location that Lu Yang sent him and saw that it was only three kilometers from the coffee shop. He would wait for Guang Haobo, pick Lu Yang up, and then send Guang Haobo home first.

After serving the last customer in the store, Guang Haobo took off his apron and came to sit opposite him.

Looking at the work clothes Guang Haobo was wearing, Chen Yuchuan said, “Look at how well you’re making coffee and latte art. You can teach me later. Lu Yang likes to drink coffee, but I’ve never been able to make it well.”

“Of course. It’s actually not very difficult.” Guang Haobo got up, wanting to show Chen Yuchuan right away.

Chen Yuchuan stopped him, remember that this fool, no matter what you say, he would take it seriously.

“I mean when there’s time in the future,” Chen Yuchuan explained.

Guang Haobo scratched his head. “I thought you wanted to learn now. So when do you want me to teach you?”

“What are your days off?”

“At fixed times on the weekends.”

Chen Yuchuan knew that chatting with Guang Haobo couldn’t be the same as others. He had to give him a specific time, or he would keep thinking about it.

He thought for a while and said, “I’ll wait for you to take a break from work on the weekend. Maybe in the afternoon, I’ll pick you up and you can come over to my house.”

Guang Haobo nodded after getting the specific time and said ok .

“I didn’t know you were so good at making coffee before,” Chen Yuchuan said.

Guang Haobo tugged at the black overalls shirt on his body, “Chu Rui likes to drink it. I’ve learned it over the past few years, and I’m pretty good at it now.”

“How much do they pay you?”

“5,000 during the trial period. After the three months probation, 6500. It’s okay. Since it’s just me, it’s enough.”

“Not enough, if you ask me.” Chen Yuchuan stood up. “Come on. I’ll take you home.”

After paying for his coffee, he took Guang Haobo to the hotel where Lu Yang was socializing, just as he was walking out the hotel door.

He honked the horn at him, and Lu Yang quickly approached the car.

When Lu Yang opened the door and was about to get into the passenger seat, Chen Yuchuan immediately smelled the scent of alcohol on him. Obviously, he had drunk a lot tonight.

He leaned over to sniff him and asked, “How much did you drink?”

“I couldn’t push it off tonight, so I drank a little more than usual.” After he finished speaking, and before Chen Yuchuan could withdraw, he pulled him closer and lowered his head to kiss him.

Remembering Guang Haobo in the back seat, Chen Yuchuan pushed Lu Yang away and coughed twice toward the back seat.

Lu Yang didn’t insist on continuing to kiss Chen Yuchuan. After being interrupted, he looked back and saw Guang Haobo in the back seat. His expression became a little heavy.

When he saw that Lu Yang had seen him, Guang Haobo moved his body to the car window and greeted Lu Yang. “Big Brother Yang…”

Chen Yuchuan took Lu Yang’s arm and made him sit down, whispering, “Don’t be so fierce.”

“Am I fierce?” Lu Yang’s voice was a little heavy.

“Not fierce, not fierce.” Chen Yuchuan knew that Lu Yang had drunk too much, and so he had to follow along, or else he would suffer in bed at home later on. “Not at all fierce. Very gentle, especially gentle.”

He took out a bottle of yogurt from the pocket of his jacket, unscrewed the cap, and gave it to Lu Yang. “Drink some. I’ll take Haobo home first, and then we can go home.”

Lu Yang took the yogurt bottle and took a few sips.

When Chen Yuchuan got Guang Haobo home, he didn’t wait for a second. He immediately opened the door, got out, waved to them, and ran upstairs.

“Running so fast.” Chen Yuchuan muttered to the stairs where no one could be seen.

But not in a hurry to light the fire, he noticed that Lu Yang’s face was still heavy, so he unfastened his seat belt, put one hand on Lu Yang’s neck, and made up for the kiss earlier. Afterward, Lu Yang’s expression became much better.

When both of them were beginning to react to the kiss, Chen Yuchuan pushed Lu Yang away. Licking his lip, he said, “Our home is still a 40 minutes drive away.”

Lu Yang reluctantly let go. “Drive.”

The moment they got home, Lu Yang directly took Chen Yuchuan to the bathroom. Chubby scratched to the bathroom door for a long time, listening to the sounds coming from within. After more than an hour, his mother and father finally came out of the bathroom.

His father was leaning against his mother, his body trembling a little. After seeing him, he opened his mouth and called out, “Chubby.”

Chubby finally succeeded in getting out of his parent’s bedroom and barked a few times. After a while, Lu Yang came out of the bedroom to play with him.

The next morning, Chen Yu woke up very late, and the only reason he woke up was because Lu Yang was getting up to make breakfast.

He stayed in bed for a while, but didn’t fall asleep. The bedroom door was open, and so he listened to the sound of Lu Yang’s footsteps walking around the living room. Such a morning seemed so normal, and he couldn’t help smiling. It wasn’t until Lu Yang came to tell him to get up, did he finally get up.

He took a shower first, and then with no shirt on, he put one hand on his hip and held a toothbrush in his other hand, looking at the red marks on his neck and chest in the bathroom mirror.

After staring at the mirror for a long time, Chen Yuchuan’s eyes flickered for a moment, and the mirror seemed to reflect a few scenes from the bathroom last night…

Lu Yang was behind him, pressing him up against the mirror, and the cold countertop grew warm from his breath. Lu Yang held his chin up, forcing him to keep his eyes on their reflections in the mirror.

A few damp water droplets dripped down the hair of the person in the mirror…

Chen Yuchuan blinked. His hand holding the toothbrush trembled, and the toothbrush fell to the ground. Chubby ran in through the open bathroom door and immediately grabbed the toothbrush with his mouth.

Chen Yuchuan sucked in a breath, lowered his head, and rubbed Chubby’s neck. “Why are you holding my toothbrush?”

He took the toothbrush out of Chubby’s mouth, threw it into the trash can, turned his head and shouted out the door, “Yang ge, where is the new toothbrush?”

He shouted once and no one answered. The kitchen door was closed, so Lu Yang probably didn’t hear him

He took two steps out. Holding the door frame with one hand, he stretched his neck and shouted again, “Lu Yang, where is the new toothbrush?”

Lu Yang opened the kitchen door and replied, “In the drawer of the next cabinet. Look for it there.”

“Got it.”

Chen Yuchuan went into the bathroom again, looked in the cabinet, and sure enough there was a new spare toothbrush there.

He seemed to have become lazy again. He could have spent more time looking, but he still preferred to ask Lu Yang instead.

After brushing his teeth, he bared his teeth in front of the mirror and smiled. His teeth had been well protected over the years. They had no cavities and were very white. They looked good whenever he smiled widely. This was what Lu Yang had told him.

After washing up, he entered the kitchen. Lu Yang had already made breakfast, and there were two bowls of steaming chicken noodle soup on the dining table, with a boiled white poached egg sitting on top of each. The aroma immediately hooked Chen Yuchuan’s nose and stomach.

Lu Yang poured dog food for Chubby first. Chubby wagged his tail and turned to eat the dog food in his own bowl.

Chen Yuchuan ate a few mouthfuls of the noodles, then picked up the bowl and took a sip of soup. When he finally put down the bowl, he told Lu Yang, who was sitting across from him, “Lu Yang, the soup is delicious and fresh, but the noodles are a bit bland.”

Lu Yang had just sat down after washing his hands. When he heard this, he picked up a few mouthfuls of noodles with his chopsticks and took a bite. After a while, he raised his eyebrows and said a little unhappily, “It’s not bland. It’s just right.”

“Lu Yang, I’m not making it up,” Chen Yuchuan said. “It really is a little bland.”

Lu Yang took another bite of the noodles. This time, he didn’t say anything about whether the noodles were salty enough. He said, “Now that you have a marriage certificate, you’ve changed your mouth. Before the certificate, I was Yang ge, Yang ge everyday, but once you got the certificate, I became Lu Yang…”

Unable to hold back his laughter, Chen Yuchuan called Yang ge, Yang ge several times.

He pushed his bowl of noodles next to Lu Yang and dragged a chair over to sit beside him.

Then he picked up his bowl of noodles, grabbed his chopsticks, and brought some noodles up to Lu Yang’s mouth. “If you don’t believe me, try it. It really is bland. I didn’t lie to you.”

Lu Yang opened his mouth and ate the noodles. Chen Yuchuan waited until he swallowed before asking, “Is it bland? Is it bland?”

After swallowing, Lu Yang spoke in a much better tone. “It does seem a little…”

Chen Yuchuan fed Lu Yang another bite.

Chubby, who had now finished his dog food, ran to the dining table and watched his father feeding his mother noodles…

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