Translated by: DemonKiller, Void
TLC by: Petie
Edited by :DemonKiller, Petie
Prologue: Don’t Believe In What You See
On a narrow cement road, a Land Rover was driven quite stably. When the villagers on both sides of the concrete road saw this Land Rover, it made a daunting sight for them. Allowing the Land Rover to pass through, these villagers could not tell what kind of car it was, but could feel that the people sitting in the car were clearly not ordinary.
In regards to the Dong He Village, if not for the Village Access Project, this narrow cement road would not have existed.
The Land Rover roughly stopped a 100 meters outside the Dong He Village, the person driving it was very careful, as he stopped the car on the cement road just outside a raised piece of land.
After parking, the driver quickly got off and opened the passenger door; from the back seat two young girls got out.
The first one who got out wore a cyan floral dress, freeing her hair that was tied up, she allowed it to fall onto her shoulders. She wore an ankle length skirt, which brought out a contrast to her slim figure and fair skin.
Even though she just stood by the side of the road, it seemed as if she melted into the wilderness behind her, as if it was a picture, which made her appearance look even more dignified and refined.
She was followed by a girl wearing blue jeans and a white butterfly shirt. The slightly faded jeans on her slim waist and upturned butt made her more conspicuous, that coupled with short hair, made the youths who glanced at her to breathe hard. If her lips were not somewhat meagre, this would definitely make a person unable to remove their eyes from the sight of such a beautiful woman. Even if it was like that, she was still a very beautiful girl.
The short haired young girl who got out later, looked at the girl wearing the cyan dress, who was standing on the roadside, as the corner of her eyes flashed with jealousy which was not detected.
“Ji Yun, is this place the Dong He Village?” asked the cyan skirt wearing young lady while looking at the haphazard tile-roofed houses in a distance with a confused look on her face. There were only a few isolated multi-storied houses here.
That short-haired girl called Ji Yun chuckled and said while smiling, “Of course, there is absolutely no mistake, since I have been here once before. Come on, Mu Wan, I will take you to Ning Xiao Cheng’s home to look. By the way, you can also see it while standing here. Do you see that tile-roofed clay house in the eastern-most corner? That is Ning Xiao Cheng’s house.”
Tian Mu Wan looked in the direction of Ji Yun’s finger, and when she saw a low tiled-roof clay house, she immediately frowned. This village did not look too prosperous, even clay houses were rare, even worse was the green bricked house with the tiled roof. She didn’t frown because Ning Xiao Cheng’s house was made of clay, but rather because Ning Xiao Cheng’s family was so poor, and yet he was a little too generous.
“Mu Wan, let’s go and have a look.” As Ji Yun saw the frown on Tian Mu Wan’s face, she immediately said from the side.
Tian Mu Wan nodded, then turned and said to the driver: “Uncle Meng, you wait for us here, we’ll be fine inside.”
“Yes” The driver answered in an extremely respectful tone.
The clay tile-roofed houses all looked the same when looking from afar, but after coming closer to it, Tian Mu Wan came to know just how worn down this particular house really was. The two decrepit broken down doors were locked by a bicycle’s chain lock. Just a little push was enough to reveal a big gap through which one could worm their way inside. Through this big gap, one could clearly see the interior of the house while standing outside.
If they looked while standing at a distance, they could not have a clear understanding of this family’s poverty, but Mu Wan, who stood at the entrance of this house, realized just how poor they were. In this house, except for the few pieces of old farm tools placed outside, only had a shabby little broken down wooden table, while a clay oven was built into one of the corners of the kitchen.
“Is this really Ning Xiao Cheng’s house?” Tian Mu Wan asks with a quivering voice.
Ji Yun nods, “Yes, it is, he also has a younger sister, but his sister should be working in the fields now. Ning Xiao Cheng’s school fees, I heard that it was provided by his younger sister. I’ve been there once, so should I lead you to have a look at his younger sister?”
Tian Mu Wan simply did not seem to hear the words of Ji Yun, rather in her mind Ning Xiao Cheng’s sincere and natural smiling face appeared. Ning Xiao Cheng waved his rather big hands saying the words, ‘Today, I invite you to dinner’.
If it wasn’t for Ning Xiao Cheng, Tian Mu Wan would absolutely not go to such a third class restaurant which even had flies. She was afraid that Ning Xiao Cheng would not be able to afford to go to a good restaurant for dinner. For a man, eating a meal with a woman and unable to pay for it, was a huge loss of face. Since she was together with Ning Xiao Cheng, she did not want Ning Xiao Cheng to feel ashamed.
She had no idea that Ning Xiao Cheng’s family was impoverished to this extent. Moreover, he also had a younger sister who worked at home in order to provide for Ning Xiao Cheng’s studies.
Suddenly, a feeling of anger rose in her heart, despite depending on his younger sister to work in farms and homes in order to let him study, he unexpectedly dares to squander money. Behind this Ning Xiao Cheng’s sunshine like smile, unexpectedly there was hidden such a shameless heart.
Remembering once again Ning Xiao Cheng’s small details, her sincere feelings of love towards Ning Xiao Cheng, Tian Mu Wan felt an acute pain in her heart. She did not want the person whom she loved to be this kind of a selfish person. A person who treats his own sister like this, how could he treat her well in the future? Could everything up till now be fake?
“Let’s go back, I don’t want to see any more.” Tian Mu Wan said in response to Ji Yun’s words, she, all of a sudden felt her interest in him had come to an end.
At this moment, she was filled with a deep sorrow, she also did not know whether it was because of Ning Xiao Cheng or she herself, she didn’t seem to believe that the person she loved was like this. But now, she had finally realized why her family had opposed to her being together with Ning Xiao Cheng, unless she was really wrong.
In this grey expanse of dust, Ning Xiao Cheng rushed out, behind him, the cement mixer was also giving out whooshing like roars.
Although his body was covered from top to bottom with a layer of dust and mud, but Ning Xiao Cheng was rather in an extremely pleasant mood. Today was the day he received his pay check, he had reached an agreement with the foreman uncle, that after his work today, he could receive half a month’s salary.
The foreman was very good towards Ning Xiao Cheng, today was actually not the day for salary, but Ning Xiao Cheng still received 1300 Yuan. Most of this money was earned from his absence from school, and he also came to work at the construction site on weekends.
Holding more than a thousand Yuan, Ning Xiao Cheng almost eagerly went back to the university dorms, then he hurriedly took a bath in the bathroom with cold water, changed into clean cloths and again rushed out of the university dorms.
He was going to meet his younger sister Ning Ruo Lan, in this world, his younger sister Ning Ruo Lan was his only family member. Not only was she two years younger than him, but was actually even more intelligent than him, even in the university, she was better than him, while he was still a junior in the university, she was already a senior.
The only thing that let him feel like an older brother, was that, he was still responsible for his younger sister’s living and school expenses.
Ning Xiao Cheng had just got down from the bus, when a girl who stood in front of the entrance to the Jiangzhou Institute of Foreign Languages, excitedly called out to him.
“Ruo Lan, how did you know I would come today?” Ning Xiao Cheng actually saw the young girl waiting at the university entrance, and asked in a somewhat strange way.
“Originally, I wanted to find you first, so I made a phone call to uncle before coming. I heard Uncle saying that you had already received your pay, I guessed that you would definitely come here. Wait, did you not wash your face when you took your bath …….” Ning Ruo Lan chirped, after seeing her big brother, just like a happy bird in excitement.
As Ning Ruo Lan spoke, she already took out her handkerchief and wiped the dust on both sides of his nose which he had not washed off. She, like Ning Xiao Cheng, had not seen a Land Rover drive past them.
“Was that Ning Xiao Cheng ……” Ji Yun said with a start, she already knew that Tian Mu Wan had seen Ning Xiao Cheng.
Tian Mu Wan did not speak, she looked at Ning Ruo Lan intimately touching the face of Ning Xiao Cheng, and felt her entire heart shatter. Even she was disappointed with Ning Xiao Cheng to the extreme, not only was he wasting his younger sister’s hard earned money, but also was two-timing with another girl!!
Moreover, this Ning Xiao Cheng’s intimate female friend was not worse than her, with long hair, wearing a light blue short sleeved shirt, demonstrated that she was not of inferior stature. On the fair and beautiful face, there was even a smile like a summer sunshine.
“Mu Wan, do you want to go and ask?” Ji Yun asked after looking at the pale complexion of Tian Mu Wan.
Tian Mu Wan shook her head, then without saying a word, powerlessly leaned against the back seat. There were some things which couldn’t be forgotten, for two years, all of her happiness and joy were given to her by Ning Xiao Cheng. Ning Xiao Cheng was together with her for two years, before that she did not experience any kind of happiness for over a decade. She had already harboured innumerable impressions and had a deep attachment to Ning Xiao Cheng, she always thought Ning Xiao Cheng to be her interpretation of love.
But today, she discovered that Ning Xiao Cheng was not at all what she originally thought to be as. Wrapped in a false mask, even the most basic of things have been lost. She wanted to say that these were all false, but she knew that it was true, because she had personally seen it.
“These are for you.” Ning Xiao Cheng did not know that Tian Mu Wan had seen him, and happily handed out a thousand Yuan to Ning Ruo Lan.
Ning Ruo Lan pushed back Ning Xiao Cheng’s hand, “Big Brother, I will graduate soon, the money that I have with me is enough to meet my expenses. Didn’t you talk about a girlfriend, buy something for her.”
Ning Xiao Cheng did not mind it and slipped the money towards Ning Ruo Lan again said, “I’ll say it again, besides, Mu Wan’s family is very wealthy, and she is not with me for money. And besides, by the time you graduate, I’ll take you to see Mu Wan, I have not yet mentioned about you to her.”
“OK.” This time Ning Ruo Lan did not refuse, she knew what her big brother meant. The reason why her big brother had not mentioned her to Tian Mu Wan, was because he was afraid that Mu Wan would secretly spend money on her.
She never thought that her big brother Ning Xiao Cheng wasn’t good enough for others, in this world any outstanding woman can match up with her big brother. But she knew, a woman who fell in love with her big brother would certainly be good.
Seeing Ning Ruo Lan receive the money, Ning Xiao Cheng pulls out a pearl hair clip in the shape of snowflakes and said, “This is also for you. I bought two, one for you, and one for Mu Wan.”