She shouldn’t have had any expectations for her father Xia Chunyang after he had sent her to the countryside at the age of nine. This phone call wasn’t anything out of the ordinary.
Xia Chunyang was still indeed the Xia Chunyang that she knew—a man who was obsessed with medicine, and who was infatuated with prestige and putting on appearances; someone who wanted to expand Xia Medical.
And currently, the daughter that he was the proudest of was Xia Keke, while she was just a daughter who was retrieved from the boonies just to wash away another family’s bad luck in a superstitious act, and to sleep with people with power.
“Understood, Dad. I shall go tomorrow.”
Her obedience made Xia Chunyang’s tone soften a little. “Micheng, you were wedded to ward off that family’s misfortune. That ill husband of yours will die soon. I’ll look for another good man for you once the situation with Mr. Wang has been resolved.”
“Then, allow me to thank you in advance, Dad.” Xia Micheng cut the call.
After switching off her phone, Xia Micheng closed her eyes in Lu Yuzhen’s embrace. In truth, she was upset; she was an orphan.
She wanted to be like any normal child that was loved by her parents, but this simple and peaceful life was practically a pipe dream for her.
She didn’t have a home.
She was a stray kid with no father or mother to love her.
Perhaps it was because of the chill, but Xia Micheng found herself curling up in Lu Yuzhen’s embrace. His arms were sturdy and warm, which were able to provide shelter for any woman.
Her head rested upon his heart. Thump, thump, thump. The sounds of his energetic heartbeat made her feel rather safe.
Xia Micheng had initially thought that she wouldn’t be able to sleep, but she ended up slumbering until daybreak in this man’s arms. She had a good night’s rest.
Lu Yuzhen slowly opened his eyes. It was currently early morning in the next day. The bright morning sunlight seeped in through the layers of curtains veiling the window, scattering countless yellow spots in the air.
Lu Yuzhen’s eyes still bore the grogginess of sleep and a hint of confusion.
Years. It had been many years since he last slept till morning and woke up by himself with the beautiful morning light.
Lu Yuzhen closed his eyes and went on with hugging the girl who was supposed to be pressed against his chest.
He knew that she had slept in his arms the entire night, because his arms still had lingering traces of her warmth and scent.
However, there was no one for him to hug. There was merely an empty space; Xia Micheng had already disappeared.
Lu Yuzhen’s sleepiness immediately dissipated into nothing as he whipped off the silk covers to get up.
Right at that moment, the door of the study opened. Mr. Fu stepped in with an elated look on his face. “Young Master, you’ve woken? The Young Mistress asked me not to disturb you when she left, saying that I should let you sleep a little longer. It’s been so many years since you’ve last slept until you woke up naturally. Even Mr. Nan Yuan couldn’t manage this, but the Young Mistress succeeded. Just what magic does the Young Mistress wield?”
Mr. Fu thought that this was an inconceivable thing. He was most familiar with his master’s condition. He had been worried sick when the Young Mistress entered the room, but somehow, the Young Master had held the Young Mistress and slept through the night.
Lu Yuzhen glanced outside the door. “Where is the Young Mistress?”
“She said that she is going out to handle certain matters. She will be back later.”
“Did she say where she is going?”
“No, she didn’t.”
Lu Yuzhen returned to his bedroom and entered the bathroom to take a shower. When he took off his white shirt, he caught sight of the deep but tiny bite marks on his shoulder through the mirror.
She had made those marks.
One could imagine just how much force she had put into that bite just by looking at those marks. Now, his body bore a mark of her own doing.
Lu Yuzhen did not go to work on this day. Instead, he carried out his work duties in his study. When night came, he glanced at his watch. It was already eight, yet Xia Micheng still hadn’t returned.
He took out his phone. She hadn’t texted him, nor had she called him.
Lu Yuzhen felt a dull sensation in his chest. He wasn’t all that pleased, but suddenly, the lighthearted jingle of a ringtone came through. He had gotten a call.
Lu Yuzhen pressed the button to accept the call. “Yes?”
Huo Zhixun’s voice immediately blasted from his phone. “Hey Bro, you haven’t hung out with us in a while. Your grandmother recently got you a wife. Are you already living and breathing the life of a house husband?”
A house husband… Wait, what?
Lu Yuzhen’s sharp brow raised up as he said in irritation, “If you continue your nonsense, I’m hanging up.”
“Come on, don’t do that, Bro. Come and chill with us. Me and Longfan will be waiting for you at 1949 Bar.”
Lu Yuzhen sat in the main seat of a secluded booth at 1949 Bar, his longer fingers holding a cigarette between them.
Smoke clouded his handsome face, shrouding it. One could only vaguely make out the tightness in his forehead and the coldness he was giving off.
Huo Zhixun poured a glass of wine. “Hey Bro, what’s up with you? Why are you smoking the moment you came in? You seem to be angry about something. I think you need to extinguish that rage in yourself.”
As he spoke, Huo Zhixun pushed a pretty woman over. “Bro, this is 1949’s latest top star. She’s still clean. I purposely saved her for you. Ying, you’re going to have to rely on your skills if you want to successfully feed that glass of wine there to him.”
1949 Bar had always been a place for men to toss their money around. There was never a lack of beautiful women here. The men who patronized the place were all rich tycoons and moguls, and of course, this bar was run by the Huo Family.
On this day, three of the four influential families of Haicheng City were gathered here. These three had practically known each other since they were in diapers.
Now that she had been pushed over to Lu Yuzhen’s side, Ying’s pretty little face suddenly flushed. Lu Yuzhen was dressed in a simple all-black outfit consisting of a black shirt and black pair of pants. Even when this master of the Lu Family smoked, he still oozed from his very being the bewitching aura of a mature man who was successful. Coupled with his absolutely flawless handsome face, Ying would have been willing to spend time with him even if she wasn’t being paid.
Ying picked up the glass and smiled cheekily. “Young Master Lu, how about a drink?”
Lu Yuzhen quickly smelled the artifical scent of perfume on Ying. He glanced at her, uninterested. “Stay away from me.”
Ying’s pretty little face immediately drained of color.
Huo Zhixun quickled ushered Ying away. “Bro, you’ve been celibate for all these years now. Man, you really have no interest in women huh. Grandma already forbade me from hanging out with you because she’s afraid that you’ll turn me gay.”
Right then, Gu Longfan cut in. “Yuzhen, I heard that the Xias married off a daughter to you, Xia Micheng.“
At the sound of her name, Lu Yuzhen looked up to glance at Gu Longfan.
Gu Fanling was a dashing man, who had a pair of sensible gold-framed glasses sitting on his face. He took a sip of the red wine in his glass before he continued to peer at Lu Yuzhen. “Look, who’s that?”
Lu Yuzhen looked up and quickly spotted a slender figure—Xia Micheng.
There was a man sitting next to her—the pot-bellied Mr. Wang.
“Whoa.” Huo Zhixun smacked the table and stood up. “Bro, why’s that Xia Micheng drinking with some old man? She’s cheating on you!”
Huo Zhixun grabbed a bottle before charging over. The scion of the Huo family was also known as Haicheng City’s tyrant. “Bro, I’m going over to teach them a lesson for you!”