A week later.
Lin Anran’s comic was updated once more.
This time, he didn’t draw a split comic or a single comic, but a combination of several daily illustrations, in a more relaxed and casual format.
The protagonist in the comic was still the little dummy with the round head, no mouth, and two small, sluggish pea-like eyes.
Next to the little dummy was a man several times bigger than him…well, more like a human child.
To be precise, he was still a small baby, with short hands and legs. Sitting on the ground with his legs spread apart, wearing a suit and a tie that hung messily around his neck. This was Shang Hao’s new image.
In this drawing, he was no longer a tall man in a suit, but a dummy child who sat on the same level as the little dummy.
Next to the kid Shang Hao was the round-headed little dummy. The first picture showed the little dummy walking in front, and the child crawling behind, following in his footsteps very faithfully, as if to recognize the little dummy as his boss. Wherever the stickman walked, the child would crawl there step by step.
Lin Anran had this idea since that time when Shang Hao got drunk. The drunk Shang Hao could even be called honest and obedient, without his usual imposing air. This kid was both a drunk Shang Hao and an inferior Shang Hao.
However, from the idea to the implementation, he also used the old photographs of Boss Shang that Father Shang provided as historical references.
In the second picture, the round-headed dummy stretched out a small match hand and punched Little Shang Hao.
The little Shang Hao next to him was beaten and sat on the ground, taught by an iron fist to cry on the spot.
—This was also a reflection of Lin Anran’s heart. The round-headed little dummy could beat people now, so I’ll ask you if you’re afraid.
In the last picture, the dazed little Shang Hao seemed to raise his right hand as instructed. The child looked dull and obedient. The round-headed little dummy stood on tiptoe and opened a pair of linear arms to encircle one of Little Shang Hao’s fingers.
The clean and simple strokes on his face inexplicably gave him a serious look.
The little dummy was trying to measure the width of Shang Hao’s fingers.
Outside the comic, Lin Anran was standing in front of his desk, holding the illustration quietly.
Until the mobile phone placed next to him showed an incoming message notification. It was a message from Pengpeng. “I’m on my way out. Lin Anran, have you left yet?”
Although Father Shang was keen to chat with Lin Anran recently, there was still a time difference between the two of them after all, and Father Shang couldn’t always be online. Lin Anran and Pengpeng had made an appointment some time ago, and today, they were going.
Generally, Lin Anran wouldn’t take the initiative to ask someone to go out with him, but this was regarding something major.
He had already changed into his outing clothes half an hour ago and was just waiting for Pengpeng’s news. After receiving the news, Lin Anran put away the comic, quickly took his bag, changed shoes, and went out.
After closing the door, he didn’t forget to send a message to Pengpeng, “I’m leaving, Pengpeng.”
It was very convenient to travel by subway. After ten minutes, they successfully met at the entrance of the mall in the International Financial Center, and Lin Anran walked in with Pengpeng..
Pengpeng enthusiastically asked him whether he would invite himself to dinner today. Last time they came out, Lin Anran invited him to have steak.
That was right. They had already gone out for the same thing before, and this time they were familiar with the route. Together, they arrived at the door of a large jewelry store.
A few days ago, these two inexperienced men stepped into this store for the first time in their life. Lin Anran carefully selected a men’s diamond ring under the introduction of the shop assistant.
Although it was fashioned in the men’s style, the diamond was very bright and very large.
This style had no fancy design. This men’s style, with the shank and the claw resting under the diamonds, created a simple and atmospheric air. At first glance, one could see that most of the cost was on this shining big stone.
Lin Anran was very satisfied. He heard that the rich were very particular about the size of their diamonds, and those under one carat could only be left behind. Lin Anran hoped to do his best to buy the best and largest stone for his Shang Hao.
“Are you certain you wanted this one?” The shop assistant stood behind the glass cabinet and smiled. “If the number listed here is ok, should I pack it for you?”
Lin Anran nodded. “Yes, thank you.”
“You can pay here.”
As for the size of Shang Hao’s ring finger, he had secretly measured it while the man was sleeping.
Looking back now, the most daring, self-assertive idea Lin Anran ever had in his life spontaneously broke through the ground.
He had been living with Shang Hao for some time now. He didn’t know when, but one morning, he woke up earlier than Shang Hao as usual, and he lay there in a daze, staring at Shang Hao’s sleeping face for a long time.
Such trivial things always gave people an illusion at different moments. He had the illusion that the two of them had lived together like this for many days, many years, like the many couples in the world who had lived together for a lifetime.
After giving birth to this idea, Lin Anran gradually became dissatisfied. He always felt that they were more than that. There seemed to be something missing between them.
This could be considered as Lin Anran having received some kind of sign regarding his relationship with Shang Hao, telling him that the time had come. It was time.
So he got up secretly on a dark and windy night and measured the ring finger of his sleeping lover.
For the first time in his life, Lin Anran spent such a large sum of money and bravely stood up and called the shots. His swiping and signing movements were still a bit rusty, but they were firm, with an expression on his face like an honest man desperately trying to buy the most expensive things for his wife.
As usual, the shop assistant lady gave Lin Anran a smile full of flattery. “You really love your partner.”
It was really nice. The honest man Lin Anran couldn’t help but tip the corners of his mouth. He quickly turned to the side and asked, “Did you get that sentence?”
With the permission of the clerk lady, Pengpeng was in charge of shooting Lin Anran with his mobile phone.
These were some important points that Lin Anran had summed up from watching the marriage proposal shared on the Internet. One of them was to make a vlog to record precious moments, which was very commemorative and could be taken out to see when they were old.
Anyway, Lin Anran had always been a homebody, and there was nothing wrong with looking at posts about other people’s marriage experience and at marriage proposal tutorials on the Internet.
Penpeng stared at the screen of the phone, “Got it, got it. But only your expression was captured. Tsk tsk tsk…”
Lin Anran must come and take a look at his own expression. He couldn’t hide his smile at all, and the corners of his mouth looked like they might fly up to his temples.
The shop assistant carefully packed the diamond ring into a small box in front of them, tied the ribbon, and put it into a gift bag together with the certificate bill. Then she handed the bag to Lin Anran.
Lin Anran, who had just spent a large portion of his life savings, walked out of the store and did not feel a sense of loss. Instead, he was heavily occupied by this light thing in his hand, as if this thing in his hand was representative of his and Shang Hao’s happiness in the second half of their lives.
After completing this task, Lin Anran and Pengpeng found a store and sat down to drink milk tea.
Lin Anran carefully put the bag on the long seat, and then sat down by himself.
The man who was holding the menu on the other side teased him, “How about it? Did it feel very good buying the engagement ring?”
The honest man Lin Anran smiled honestly. “Hehe.”
“But Anran,” Pangpang had his own worries. “The ring that you bought, would he like it?”
He was a little bit euphemistic and replaced “Could he like it” with “Would he like it?”
In front of Lin Anran, it wasn’t appropriate to say it, but from his perspective as a spectator, there was indeed a more realistic gap between the two.
He couldn’t help himself. Besides, wasn’t the reason why Lin Anran looked for him was to get other people’s opinions?
Who knew that Lin Anran would ask him curiously, “Why wouldn’t he like it? He should be happy that I gave him a gift.”
His expression didn’t seem to be fake, as if he really did feel that His Eminence Shang would be happy from the bottom of his heart.
Pengpeng remembered that Lin Anran wasn’t like this before. At that time, Lin Anran was deeply aware of the huge difference between the two of them, and so he was a little afraid of President Shang.
Or was it that Lin Anran was brainwashed by the fact that he and Shang Hao had been together for a long time? Lin Anran had become…more powerful than before? Pengpeng re-examined his own words. Maybe it could be replaced with the word self-confidence.
At least the former Lin Anran wouldn’t do things like taking the initiative to buy a ring. Not only would he not, but he may still remain on the passive side of their relationship forever, and then passively wait for when the relationship ends.
But Pengpeng felt that the current Lin Anran was not only more confident, but also braver.
In this relationship, he seemed to have been soaked by the other person in an inexhaustible sense of security and happiness, so that he could grow up so healthy and strong, so white and fat.
How did Shang Hao do it? How much patience and energy must it require? He still looked like Lin Anran, but he seemed to have become a completely new person.
There was now another person he could rely on and believe in, and this gave him the courage to become a stronger self.
Lin Anran also understood Pengpeng’s worry. He turned to his side and gave room to the waiter who was serving them milk tea. His gaze fell involuntarily on the bag beside him, and his eyes softened a bit.
“I don’t want anything else…I bought this ring, if he accepts it, then my wish will be fulfilled at this point.”
“As long as he accepts it, I will be happy,” Lin Anran said gently
The point was that Lin Anran thought Shang Hao was worthy of the ring, regardless of whether or not his intention was received.
Pengpeng suddenly felt that it wasn’t suitable to continue this topic. He changed the subject. “Have you chosen a date?”
Hearing this, Lin Anran’s eyes curled as he smiled. “Yeah.”
He said, “Shang Hao told me that there will be fireworks at the outskirts of the city tonight.”
Listen, audience friends! Fireworks! It’s fireworks! What kind of magical arrangement was this? It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that God cheated openly and squeezed the opportunity into his hand to force him to grasp it! Perhaps this was called destiny.
No matter what, he must make use of this opportunity! If he didn’t, then he simply wasn’t a person!
Even Pengpeng on the other side became interested. “Really? There will be fireworks? Where can I go to see it? I really wanted to see it too.”
Lin Anran nodded. “Yes, I’ll ask if there are still seats left on Shang Hao’s helicopter.”
Before Lin Anran could pick up his phone to ask, Pengpeng choked on his sip of milk tea and reached out extremely quickly to stop him. What? He seemed to have an auditory hallucination just now. How could Lin Anran talk about taking a helicopter so nonchalantly? That’s a real helicopter, brother!
Swallowing the milk tea with force, he restrained himself from speaking with a stutter, and asked in disbelief, “Helicopter? Are you watching the fireworks in the air?”
Lin Anran nodded.
Pengpeng quickly changed his mind. “Forget it.”
At the thought of sitting in the same helicopter with President Shang, Pengpeng suddenly didn’t have that secular desire anymore, as if he was a pure-hearted monk and he really didn’t want to watch fireworks.
The helicopter they were going to take tonight was parked on a special field, and they needed to take the car first.
The helicopter was blue, white and black, and when he approached, it was as big as a truck. But standing in front of the helicopter, it was much shorter than he had expected.
With a gentleman’s courtesy, Shang Hao gently and sincerely invited Lin Anran to step on the footstep.
The cabin was very spacious, and the transparent door around it was definitely a top design, giving an unparalleled view that could only be described as unobstructed. Downward, one could get a bird’s eye view of the brightly lit scene of the city at night. This was a fully immersive experience. It made him feel weightless in the sky, and with the roar of the propeller lingering in his ears, everything seemed to be a dream.
Their helicopter flew over the aerial route, like a mobile viewing platform at a height of ten thousand feet.
The night sky was very clear tonight, and the turbulence was good. However, the altitude of the helicopter prevented them from getting too close to the fireworks. Looking down from here, the fireworks were bright, spherical balls of light. The fireworks were like trees of silver flowers, bursting into dazzling dandelion balls. After dispersing, they were like a rainfall of magnificent stars blooming into the night sky.
The glass cabin door reflected the dazzling fireworks, and those dream-like twinkling lights were also reflected in Lin Anran’s clear and watery pupils. He lay on the hatch with his mouth slightly open, sighing that this moment was as incredible as a dream.
These fireworks were stacked with one or several layers of colors. Without exception, they all bloomed in the shape of a sphere.
One of the fireworks was quite unique. Although it had become spherical after it rose into the sky, it seemed to grow a body and match-stick hands and feet more than the others…In the darkened night sky, it shone brilliant for a fleeting moment.
The second fantastic firework appeared. This time Lin Anran saw more clearly than the first time, and he immediately recognized the pea-like eyes unique to the little dummy Ranran.
He was dumbfounded.
Could this be real?
Immediately afterwards, the third little dummy appeared, then the fourth, and then the fifth… These round-headed little dummies were either sitting or standing in various postures. All of them are images drawn by Lin Anran himself.
This shock was like the first time he’d seen his own painting or artwork on the cover of a book or a product design.
Lin Anran’s drawings of himself were carefully designed and made into a grand firework, and then conspired to display exclusively for him one night.
Not for books or products, just for the little dummy, just for Lin Anran.
Lin Anran smiled and smiled, tears filling his eyes. He was reluctant to look away even for a second. Like an excited child, he quickly turned to Shang Hao to show him and just as quickly turned his head back to continue looking.
Shang Hao hugged him from behind. Lin Anran’s eyes didn’t move away for a moment. He looked at these images like they were the greatest treasure, almost pressing his face into the glass as he watched.
How could anyone be willing to do this for him? This person must be a fool, and there would never be a second fool in the world willing to be so good to him.
The rain of fireworks took nearly an hour, and the helicopter’s fuel consumption…every second could be regarded as burning money in real time.
After the helicopter circumvented the sightseeing route for a while, they slowly landed on the scheduled clearing.
Lin Anran was still immersed in the magnificent fireworks just now, feeling as if he was ascending to heaven. He was very excited and said to Shang Hao, “You blasted me into fireworks!!”
Shang Hao: …
He couldn’t do anything with this little idiot who was not romantic at all.
Even when Shang Hao took Lin Anran off the helicopter, his feet were still moving, and he always felt that he was still flying.
Lin Anran’s face was still glowing with excitement. After taking off the aviation noise-reduction headphones, his ears seemed to be unaccustomed to it. He thought that there was still the roar of propellers around him. He shouted at Shang Hao super loudly, “What festival is happening today?!!!——“
They seemed to have landed at a secluded mountainside. There were no houses and no outsiders here. There was only the incomparably refreshing air and fresh night breeze. The sky above was vast and the scattered stars were clearly visible.
Shang Hao also said loudly to him, “If you want, today can be our future wedding anniversary—“
Lin Anran watched the man dressed in a suit suddenly knelt down on one knee in front of him.
“Forgive me for being a tacky businessman. I can only see the actual things in front of my eyes.”
“I am grateful for every second spent with you, and I am afraid of losing it.”
“They all said that businessmen are cunning and only loyal to the contract.”
“Would you like to sign a contract with me that would never be broken?”
His body was tensed, his breath was unsteady, and his words had scrupulous attention to detail. Lin Anran finally reacted, realizing that his insufferably arrogant Shang Hao was nervous.
A delicate velvet box was in Shang Hao’s hand. With a flip of his fingers, the box opened, revealing one of the most gorgeous diamond rings Lin Anran had ever seen.
“I”m asking you.” Shang Hao knelt at his feet. Looking up at his eyes, he said softly, “…I’m asking you.”
His voice was light because the burst of breath in his chest was almost at its end, and he was still fighting, still trying to catch this person in front of him.
It was at this moment that Lin Anran suddenly realized that he’d just been proposed to.
Feelings of excitement and joy rushed into his mind, causing his reaction to be blank for a moment. He was so caught up in his exuberant emotions that he wanted to cry.
Lin Anran no longer had to keep thinking about whether he was worth asking this tormenting question.
His lover would continue to stand by his side from now on, proving to him that everything was worth it for him.
Lin Anran didn’t know how he managed to put on this heavyweight ring. It was the a-tooth-for-a-tooth habit that he had developed that compelled him to do the following. Shang Hao was still kneeling on the ground, and so Lin Anran also knelt down and took out the ring from his pocket.
After going back tonight, Shang Hao’s glass jar would be full again, and Lin Anran refused to let him succeed alone.
Fortunately, he came prepared.
Although his diamond ring couldn’t be compared with the one in Shang Hao’s box, the inferior Haohao wouldn’t think so. If Lin Anran didn’t give it tonight, the low self-esteemed Haohao might not know and might feel even more inferior.
No way, Lin Anran thought in his heart. Fortunately, he came prepared.
Shang Hao smiled. For a moment, Lin Anran saw that he didn’t know what to do, so instead, Shang Hao buried his face in their tightly grasped hands.
It was like the time he was drunk that one night and he’d repeatedly said to Lin Anran in a daze, thank you for being my boyfriend. Shang Hao’s reaction now was the same as that night.
Some days later, Shang Hao would finally tell Lin Anran that he didn’t need to kneel that night.
Lin Anran was puzzled and asked him, “But weren’t you kneeling too?”
“Yes.” Shang Hao began to explain to him euphemistically. At that time, the two of them were so nervous that they didn’t know how to react. He meant that, of course, Lin Anran could kneel on one knee. But at that time, Lin Anran’s proposal to marry him was to bend both knees towards Shang Hao on the spot, making a big splash as he kneeled down.
Shang Hao added that he heard a plop at the time.
Lin Anran: …
It was to the degree to which you want to curl your toes just by listening to the description.
He imagined the scene at that time and felt completely ashamed. As a result, he punched his husband a few times in anger.
But now, at this moment, Lin Anran was still ignorant and didn’t know anything. Shang Hao told him that this big diamond ring was a gift from his mother to the two of them.
This azure star sapphire diamond ring was an extremely rare bright blue diamond with a flawless clarity. It ranked among the top gems in the world today, weighing about 15.45 carats.
Shang Hao’s original words were, “In terms of gems, she can find them better than me.”
Lin Anran didn’t know the name of the ring at this time. Right now, he simply held the big stone on his finger, full of cherishment, and looked at it in amazement. He remembered something and asked Shang Hao, “Didn’t you say that your mother is a designer?”
Shang Hao replied, “Yes, she’s a jewelry designer.”
Lin Anran: …He should have thought of this a long time ago.
The view from the mountain overlooking the lights of the thousands of houses below was also wonderful. But… Lin Anran raised his head and asked Shang Hao, who had his arms wrapped around his shoulders, “How do we get home?”
“Home? We/re already at home,” Shang Hao said. He kissed Ranran’s forehead and said, “This mountain is covered with our home.”
They had been living together for a long time, but it wasn’t until today that Shang Hao was finally able to abduct Lin Anran back to his home, which was a single-family villa thousands of square meters that located in the mountains. And later, in the evening of that day, he finally had legitimate relations with Lin Anran on the grounds of them finally being in a “legitimate relationship.”
Later, Lin Anran would learn that there were more than one villas in the entire mountain. Among these were villas fashioned in the American style, the Mediterranean style, the the Suzhou the garden style, the the courtyard style, etc. A According to Shang Hao, all of them were ““their homes.””
Lin Anran: …
In fact, he was nervous and curious that night and wanted to experience that luxurious bed.
In the end, he hewas unsuccessful.
But the next day,, he woke up before Shang Hao. gazing dazedly at As he looked at the side of the man’s sleeping face, his heart suddenly softened.
He looked at him and couldn’t help but bury his face in the pillow and laughed.
Shang Hao didn’t remove the ring even when he went to bed last night.
Every day, for the rest of his life, this treacherous businessman had always faithfully kept the promise he had made that night. He never took off the ring and never separated from Lin Anran.
———– The End ————
Xixi: What a sweet ending. Unfortunately, right now, there’s no extra. Thank you so much for reading, everyone. I wish you a happy future reading!