Qin Sheng and Xin Xin grew up together. So far, their life paths were almost the same. The road that Qin Sheng took was the road that Xin Xin was now taking. From elementary school to junior high school to high school and then to Fudan University, Lin Xin followed Qin Sheng’s footprint, step by step. It seemed that then she would never get lost if she did so.
It was needless to mention the feelings in elementary school, which were too hazy. In junior high school and high school, Xin Xin could always hear the legends about Qin Sheng. For example, he was a top student who was ranked among the top three of his grade every time or a problem student that always made the teachers feel headache. Whether playing basketball or having a fighting, whether chasing after beauty or being chased after, he was always the focus of the crowd and the idol of many people.
Therefore, in Xin Xin’s mind, Qin Sheng, her brother, seemed to be omnipotent, especially his popularity among women. He was born to be so good. He had received a lot of love letters in junior high school and high school. Even after he and Su Qin were together, there were a lot of girls chasing him like moths darting into the fire. As his sister, she also benefited from his popularity as she always got treated by different girls or received gifts.
But she had never thought that even after stepping into the society, the ability of this brother to attract women did not weaken at all. He hadn’t been back to Shanghai for a long time, and then he successfully hooked up to such a charming beauty. It was no wonder that he was not interested in sister Su Qin. Such a playboy.
Chang Baji drove, Hao Lei sat in the seat beside Chang Baiji, and Qin Sheng and Han Bing and Xin Xin sat behind them. Han Bing was very excited about this trip to Xi’an, keeping asking all the time, such as what was fun to play, what was good to eat, how to arrange the trip, etc. Meanwhile, she took initiative to get familiar with Xin Xin. Xin Xin was closer to Su Qin after knowing each other for so many years. Xin Xin was so familiar with Su Qin that she kept distance with any woman appearing around Qin Sheng. But she was not so rude or Qin Sheng would definitely blame her. So she kept talking with Han Bing perfunctorily.
Han Bing also realized that Xin Xin was not interested in their dialogue but she had no idea about the reason. So in the end, she decided to say less, be smart.
After sending them to the airport, Chang Baji went back to Shangshan Ruoshui. When Qin Sheng was absent these days, he had to pay more attention to it. After all, Jiang Xianbang still had a bunch of things to deal with.
In the past, Han Bing definitely only took first class, but after all, this time, there were Qin Sheng and others with her, so this trip was not so extravagant. She was sitting in the economy class with Qin Sheng and others. Qin Sheng was supposed to sit in the middle, however, Xin Xin voluntarily chose that position in the middle and said that she wanted to chat with Han Bing.
It was a pity that after sitting down, Xin Xin sank into a sound sleep with no time to chat. It didn’t take long for Han Bing to fall asleep too. Qin Sheng and Hao Lei, who was next to him, talked a few words and then Qin Sheng took out Thick Black Theory, continuing to delve into it.
Two and a half hours later, the plane finally landed at Xi’an Xianyang International Airport. Qin Sheng had called Auntie Wang early and Auntie Wang said that she would personally drive to the airport to pick them up. No matter what Qin Sheng said, Auntie Wang still insisted, and finally Qin Sheng had to agree.
Before getting out of the airport, Xin Xin saw her mom from far away. She hadn’t seen her mom for three months since the semester began. Although she often chatted with her mom through video chat, she could only be so happy when seeing real people.
Waving to her, then Xin Xin rushed happily towards her mom and gave her mom a big hug. Sometimes the family was so strange that no matter what time, it could make people warm.
Qin Sheng, Han Bing and Hao Lei followed her closely. Qin Sheng couldn’t help but hug Auntie Wang. He said, “Auntie, I am back.”
“You silly boy,” Auntie Wang patted Qin Sheng’s shoulder and said with fondness. When hearing the words of Qin Sheng, she felt that all her missing was worthy.
Last time when Qin Sheng came back after leaving two and a half years, he only stayed for two hours. Auntie Wang witnessed his growth from a child and she regarded Qin Sheng as her own son. Last time, a lot of questions had not been asked and a lot of words had not been told before Qin Sheng left, which made her somewhat lost. She was afraid that this time Qin Sheng would leave like last time — once he left, he disappeared completely. Later, after calling Xin Xin, she then confirmed that he indeed stayed in Shanghai.
After Qin Sheng and Xin Xin finished greeting, Hao Lei quickly took the chance to greet Auntie Wang. When they were in high school, they often went to Lin Family to have meals. Later, after graduation, he joined the army. When he came back, he knew the change happened to the Lins and Qin Sheng’s disappearance. He had also visited Auntie Wang.
Han Bing was the last one. This sexy and charming little elf, Han Bing, pulled the suitcase, smiled and said, “Auntie, nice to meet you. I have heard about you from Qin Sheng for a lot of times but I didn’t expect that Auntie you are so young.”
Qin Sheng said after her smoothly, “Auntie, this is whom I told you, my friend, Han Bing.”
“Hello,” Auntie Wang said, smiling and nodding, “This girl is so beautiful and her mouth is still so sweet. Tell your auntie the truth! Is it your girlfriend?”
Han Bing was a little embarrassed. She didn’t expect Auntie to be so direct, but deep in heart, she really enjoyed the words of Auntie, and then she looked at Qin Sheng quietly.
“Mom, don’t mess with their relationship. Sister Bing Bing and my brother are friends.” Xinxin quickly pulled the mother’s arm and complained. In Xin Xin’s mind, the great beauty Han was indeed very good but Xin Xin still thought that sister Su Qin was more suitable for Qin Sheng, after all they had been together for such a long time.
Qin Sheng also shifted the topic and said, “Auntie, let’s go back and talk.”
After the accident happened to Lin Family, with their company acquired and assets auctioned, along with the debts to be paid and fee for hiring the lawyers, only one suite and one car and some cash a little bit more than 100,000 RMB were left to Wang Li and her daughter. Back in the beginning, Lin Family’s assets were hundreds of millions, and it was a pity that they had fallen to this level.
However, Wang Li and her daughter were satisfied since at least they had something to eat and some place to live and at least Old Lin’s sentence was not so heavy. As long as they were still alive, money was something outside the body and could be earned back sooner or later.
It was an old Audi A4L, and Qin Sheng offered to be the driver. Hao Lei was sitting in the co-pilot seat, calling his parents to report peace. The last time he left in a hurry and hadn’t had a sound and thorough communication with his parents. So this time, he had to pledge for forgiveness for his wrongdoings. As for the three women, they were sitting in the back and talking. Han Bing took this trip to Xi’an as an opportunity to see the future mother-in-law, so she was trying to make Wang Li happy the whole time on the road. She was a smart woman, knowing how to achieve a good relationship with the mother-in-law. Xin Xin had been holding her mobile phone to chat on WeChat, planning gatherings with her close friends.
Driving around the city and then getting off the expressway from Chang’an South Road, Qin Sheng first sent Hao Lei back home. Hao Lei’s home was at Mingdemen, not far from the Qujiang District. Then he was ready to send Han Bing to the hotel. Qin Sheng booked the Westin Xi’an for her, which was beside the Greater Wild Goose Pagoda and was the nearest hotel to the Lins’ flat.
However, when hearing that Han Bing was to live in the hotel, Wang Li did not agree. She frowned and said, “She is a girl. Why does she stay in a hotel? Let her stay at our home. We have a guest room at home. We do have enough room for her.”
Xin Xin didn’t want to let Han Bing and Qin Sheng stay together for too long, so she quickly said, “Mom, you’d better ask sister Bing Bing first. It might be not as comfortable as staying in the hotel, comparing with staying at our house, which will be too restrictive. Besides, Westin is just so close to our home!”
“What are you talking about? Home is definitely more comfortable than the hotel. How can it be restrictive?” Wang Li said and then she looked back at Han Bing and asked, “Bing Bing, what do you think?”
Han Bing did not dare to make a decision, after all, Qin Sheng was there. She looked up and forward, thinking, and said, “Auntie, this…”
In fact, she was more willing to stay with the Lins. Living alone in a hotel could be too boring and lonely, and then not safe enough.
After Qin Sheng thought about it, he finally made a decision. He said, “Then let’s follow the arrangement of Auntie. Stay at home, and then we will retreat the hotel.”
“That’s right. I can cook for you every day. You can sleep until whenever you want.” Wang Li smiled lightly and said. She took Qin Sheng as her son. Naturally, she would like to think more for Qin Sheng. She liked Han Bing very much, and Han Bing and Qin Sheng were fit for each other. She had known that Qin Sheng and Su Qin broke up for a long time. Qin Sheng was now at the age of marriage. If she could have such a daughter-in-law, she would be happy to hug her grandson-in-law as soon as possible.
This was also the long-cherished wish of her and Old Lin. After Old Master Qin left, they had to arrange these things for Qin Sheng.
The last sentence made Han Bing cannot help but blush. Obviously, she had been thinking too much.
The Qujiang New District was considered to be the richest district in Xi’an. Both the living environment and the commercial environment were the best place in Xi’an. Lin Family had purchased several properties here. They used to live in the villa of Qujiang Mansion. One building there could cost tens of millions. Later, after the accident happened to Mr Lin, Wang Li and her daughter sold out several real estates and villas before moving to the Jindi Furong Shijia next door.
It had been late when they arrived at home. It had already been at half past ten. Wang Li was supposed to prepare a meal for them, knowing that they hadn’t had dinner, but she was stopped by Qin Sheng and others, saying that they could just order a takeaway.
Lin Family lived in a large flat with four bedrooms, two halls and three bathrooms. Back in the beginning, Wang Li wanted to sell the house. After all, the house was now worthy of millions RMB. But it was stopped by Mr Lin. After all, they had lived in Qujiang for so many years. In these years, they had already been familiar with this place. Moreover, the size of this house was just right. After Qin Sheng and Xin Xin both got married and then had their own children, if they came back home, they would have a place to stay. In the end, Wang Li had to agree.
Once moving to here, Wang Li had packed out a room for Qin Sheng. Everything was arranged in the same way as before. Qin Sheng’s things were also in the room. She lived in a room, and Xin Xin had a room. The last one was the guest room. Wang Li was not willing to have the guest live in the children’s room.
Xin Xin went back to the room to take a shower. Wang Li was cleaning up the guest room for Han Bing. Han Bing and Qin Sheng were sitting in the living room and chatting. Han Bing could tell that Auntie Wang treated Qin Sheng truly as her own son and Xin Xin was relatively close to Qin Sheng. But she was more curious about the question, namely, where was Uncle Lin. Neither did she hear people talking about him. So Han Bing couldn’t help but ask, “Qin Sheng, I’m curious about something.”
“What is it?” Qin Sheng answered, pouring a glass of water for Han Bing and washed some fruit.
Han Bing truthfully said, “Well, why didn’t I see Uncle Lin?”
Qin Sheng then realized her curiosity and sighed and explained, “Well, two years after graduating from college, I had been running outside all around. I didn’t know until I came back that something happened to Uncle Lin. He was set up and put in jail, and his company was also acquired. Before that, Uncle Lin was also a relatively accomplished entrepreneur in Xi’an. I never expected that he would fall into such a situation. This is also the pain in my heart. When Lin Family needed me most, I was not with them.”
“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to ask it,” Han Bing said awkwardly.
Qin Sheng shook his head and said, “There is nothing to be sorry about. I’m the only one to be blamed at because I don’t have enough ability at present. So I have to work hard, get ahead of the crowd early, and then I can avenge for Uncle Lin.”
“Good and evil will eventually be paid back. It will be. Just like those who pushed my dad to death, God will certainly not spare them,” Han Bing said. She could share the feelings of Qin Sheng.
At this time, Auntie Wang came out. She had already packed up the room and changed the new quilt sheets. She took Han Bing to see how it was.
Ten minutes later, the takeaway was delivered. After several had finished the takeaway, they were a little sleepy, so they went back to the room.
Going back to the room, everything was exactly the same as before. When touching those familiar things, Qin Sheng was deeply moved. He jumped into the bed like a carp jumping into the door for dragon and fell directly on the bed. After nearly three years, Qin Sheng laid here again. Laying the bed, looking at the intimate partners in the room, Qin Sheng fell asleep without being aware. This was the most comfortable sleep he had never had in these three years.
In the dream, Qin Sheng dreamed of her mom, and her mom’s appearance seemed to be Auntie Wang’s appearance…