Mo Di looked at Rodel’s delighted face and nodded after a few seconds of silence.
“So who did you come with?” Rodel opened his WeChat while talking to Mo Di.
“With my …. Brother, Mu Tian Heng.”
“You address him as your brother? That’s not right, you should call him uncle. He and my father are of the same generation. And he’s already twenty-eight, you shouldn’t call him brother.” Rodel corrected Mo Di.
Mo Di: “….”
“What month were you born in?”
Mo Di: “October. But we’re not the same age, I’m seventeen and turning eighteen soon.”
“Haha. Stop joking. How is it possible that you’re seventeen?” Rodel laughed and did not believe Mo Di.
Mo Di said calmly: “We Hua Xia people are of smaller build compared to Americans. Didn’t you realize that?”
Rodel: “No way, you’re not even one meter eight.”
Mo Di looked at Rodel’s height and was a little speechless. “I’m one seventy-seven. In another year, I’ll be a meter eight. Moreover, where’s the logic in judging one’s age by looking at their height?”
In his last life, Mo Di grew to be a meter eight in height. In this life, his livelihood was better and he was well-nourished, he might even outgrow that number. Furthermore, he was not planning to be a model so this height was good enough.
With that, Mo Di felt that it was quite immature of him to argue with a kid so he pulled out his Jing Da student card and showed it to Rodel. “See this?”
Rodel looked at the card and nodded in the end: “…fine. I believe you now.”
Mo Di did not want to talk with Rodel anymore. He turned to get something else to eat but Rodel followed him, chatting actively: “Ai, don’t eat this, it’s not good. Take this prawn, it’s delicious.” Rodel picked up a prawn and placed it on Mo Di’s plate. “It’s really good. Try it if you don’t believe me.”
Mo Di: “…”
When Mu Tian Heng came out with the others after their discussion, he happened to see the scene of Rodel being overly familiar with his little one.
Mu Tian Heng frowned unconsciously: “Rodel, what are you doing?”
“Oh? Uncle Mu!” Rodel saw Mu Tian Heng and immediately rushed over to him. “Uncle Mu, I haven’t seen you in a long time. Do you still recognize me?”
“Of course.” Mu Tian Heng was quite taken aback by the tall boy who was only a few centimeters shorter than him. “You’re taller every time I see you. If this continues, you’ll be over two meters tall. Have you thought about joining a basketball team?”
“I don’t like basketball. I’m only interested in games and want to be a programmer.” Rodel said with a wide smile. “Uncle Mu, I was talking about games with Mo Di. He’s also into gaming and even more knowledgeable than me. He’s really amazing. We get along quite well, I want to invite him over to my house and stay for a few days. Is that ok?”
Rodel’s apartment was the place Mu Tian Heng arranged for Edmund, just like everyone else. It was not small, everyone had at least two bedrooms and two living spaces.
Mo Di who had not said anything was also surprised: “….?”
He had declined Rodel’s invitation saying that he was staying with Mu Tian Heng and they would be busy with something, he did not think that Rodel would ask Mu Tian Heng for permission directly.
It was as if Mu Tian Heng was in charge of him.
Mu Tian Heng only smiled and said: “I’m afraid that won’t do. Mo Di and I have a business to attend to. If you really want to hang out with Mo Di, then you’re welcome to come to my place sometime.”
Mo Di glanced at Mu Tian Heng and thought in his heart how even their excuses were the same, could they be connected telepathically?
“You brat! Come here!” Edmund immediately went over and grabbed Rodel who was taller than him by his collar. He pulled him aside and said: “You better behave yourself in Hua Xia. Don’t go around making trouble!”
He understood his son too well. It was because that child was just too good looking that he was going out of his way to get close to. Edmund was baffled. It was true that both he and his wife would ogle at beautiful people but his son not only inherited that, but he also did not mind whether the target was male or female, as long as the person had a pretty face.
This brat of a son, he just wished he could rewire his brains!
“That’s settled for what we discussed earlier. We’ll start this evening. How and where to start, I’ll fill you guys in later.” Mu Tian Heng looked the Li Cheng and the rest, “I’ll have to trouble you with this. After it’s over, I’ll treat everyone to a good bottle of wine.”
Knowing that Mu Tian Heng had persuaded them successfully to help deal with Mo Si Lang, Mo Di quickly expressed his thanks, he bowed and said: “Thank you, uncles, thank you very much.”
“Ai, you don’t have to be courteous with us. We’re really pissed about this as well. Even if you don’t ask us for help, we’ll still do this to send him to where he should be.” George said to Mo Di.
“That’s right. This kind of person should get what he deserves.” Chote added.
“But I did receive your help after all. It’s just appropriate to show my gratitude. When this is over, I hope you’ll let me treat you to dinner.”
“They’ll definitely accept the invitation.” Mu Tian Heng rubbed Mo Di’s hair and placed his hand on his shoulder, “you treat them to good food and I’ll treat them with good wine. None of them are dumb enough to refuse.”
Everyone laughed. Only Rodel was confused and uninformed. He looked at the adults and asked: “What’s going on? What are you talking about?”
Mu Tian Heng exchanged a few more words with them before leaving with Mo Di. After all, he had something important planned for both of them.
Mo Di sat in the copilot seat and looked at Mu Tian Heng. He wanted to say something but kept silent in the end.
Mu Tian Heng saw him fidgeting and smiled, “Little one, did you want to say something?”
“No, it’s nothing.” Mo Di stayed quiet and looked at the trees on the roadside passing by. After a while, he turned on his phone to check for news.
Mo Di browsed through the messages and grimaced. Someone in the group disclosed that Mo Di was not in school during the holidays and they were now scouting his current address.
A user Mo Di suspected was Mo Si Lang stated that it would be hard to find him but they should check the video when he was arguing with the Mo people and find clues there.
Mo Di put away his phone and said to Mu Tian Heng with panic: “Brother, Mo Si Lang’s fans are trying to find my current address. What should we do? What if they really found it, you and brother Lai De Si will be affected.”
“Don’t worry, they won’t be able to get in. The last time those people from the Mo family were able to get in was because they had Qin Cheng Yi with them. He had an acquaintance in the neighborhood and they had to let him in. These people, they don’t have his kind of connections.”
“But what if… Qin Cheng Yi or someone from the Mo family gets someone to help them? There’s no harm in letting them in, after all, they can claim that they were clueless as to what those people might do.” Mo Di was still restless.
But Mu Tian Heng only smiled and said: “Even if they received help, we’ll still be informed and guarded. You don’t have to worry. Besides, how can they cause Lai De Si and me any harm? Don’t be stressed out over this.”
Having Mu Tian Heng reassure him, Mo Di did not say anything else, he just hoped that they could quickly get Mo Si Lang and his extreme fans in prison.
Mo Di’s mood was somewhat elevated.
In fact, there was no need for him to be anxious about this. Everything in this life was going in a favorable direction. He should calmly solve them step by step.
Mo Di suddenly turned to look at Mu Tian Heng, “Another way to find the evidence against Mo Si Lang is to check on his female assistant and Qin Cheng Yi. His assistant loves him blindly and will do anything for him. Even if Mo Si Lang commits a crime, she will absolutely keep it confidential and might even take the blame for him.”
“As for Qin Cheng Yi, the chances that he is willing to cooperate with Mo Si Lang are very high. We should start with these two people.”
“Alright, I’ll pass this on to Li Cheng and the others.” Mu Tian Heng closed his eyes briefly and said: “Qin Cheng Yi is quite a formidable opponent. The Qin family has always been influential but if Qin Guang Jie does not keep his guard up, I’m afraid Qin Cheng Yi might be able to overthrow him easily. He’s capable and a lot more corrupt than his father. But this is a good thing. Sooner or later, we’ll be able to send him to prison for his crimes.”
Qin Guang Jie was Qin Cheng Yi’s father. Mo Di’s only impression of him was his title as the richest man in Hua Xia. Come to think of it, Qin Guang Jie was definitely not an upright person but he knew his limits.
Back at the villa, Mu Tian Heng told Mo Di to have a break before going to the third floor. When he came back, there was a key in his hand.
Mo Di went to wash his face in the bathroom. He then went to the balcony to water the flowers. Water droplets were dangling on his face and his hair was a little wet. He was holding the watering can when he heard Mu Tian Heng approaching. Mo Di turned his head immediately and smiled: “Brother.”
“Uhm.” Mu Tian Heng gently patted his head. He then held his hand and placed a key in his palm. “This is for you.”
“What is this?” Mo Di raised the odd-looking key and asked: “What does this open?”
“This is the key to my room and study.” Mu Tian Heng looked at Mo Di graciously, “If I ever got drunk, please help me back to my room. Of course, if it’s too troublesome, you can always arrange for me to stay in your room on the first floor.”
Mo Di was breathless. He gazed deep into Mu Tian Heng’s eyes, “Brother, I’m the one you like, right?”
The evening sun was setting and its gentle beam warmed the air around them.
Mu Tian Heng smiled with tenderness and his eyes showed a stronger emotion than before: “This question is very easy to answer but also very hard to do so.”
Mu Tian Heng was admiring Mo Di’s features. The sun rays cover his face with a soft glow, causing his hair to shimmer and highlighting his distinctive visage. Mu Tian Heng just wanted to have a taste of him. He shifted his long legs and closed in their distance, “Actually, I think I’ve been quite obvious.”
Mo Di was momentarily befuddled with Mu Tian Heng’s sudden aggressiveness. He unconsciously took a step back and was leaning against the balcony fence.
Mu Tian Heng was still pressing forward until they were only an arm’s length apart. He placed his hands on the railings on both sides of Mo Di. He leaned over and looked at him.
Mo Di’s face was dyed red and he had difficulty breathing. What’s going on? Mu Tian Heng seemed to have changed. He wasn’t this… this…
“Are you wondering why I’ve changed, why I’m not as gentle as before?” Mu Tian Heng’s eyes carried deep emotions and also a slight sense of danger. He smiled and said: “I’ve been trying to restrain myself because I think you’re still too young. I’m older than you by a lot, and you’re still underage. I’d be too much of a beast if I pursue you aggressively.”
“But little one, you obviously do not understand my dilemma.”
“I… I didn’t… it wasn’t…” Mo Di stuttered. He had never encountered this situation before, much less any experience to handle it. No matter how well he had planned this out before, as soon as it was put into practice, his nerves would refuse to listen.
Mu Tian Heng got even closer that he was able to smell the light fragrance unique to Mo Di. Fearing he would scare his little friend, he maintained the gentleness in his tone.
“I will now answer the question you had this afternoon.”
“Of course I like you. Ever since you came here to live, I’ve already liked you very much. But for several reasons, and also I think I should restrain myself, I couldn’t make it clear to you before.”
“I wanted to wait until you’re an adult to confess to you but… Little one, you just refuse to cooperate.”
Mo Di was still holding his breath. His cheeks were turning crimson and when he finally remembered to breathe, he looked at Mu Tian Heng and said: “So… Br… brother, you’re saying that you like me…. And now …are you confessing to me?”
“Of course I am. But…” Mu Tian Heng suddenly laughed: “now that you’ve broken the beast’s bottom line, do you know what kind of me you’ll face in the future?”
“!” Mo Di widened his eyes and leaned back, “Ha?”
“You should prepare yourself mentally.” Mu Tian Heng looked at the boy who acted tough but turned skittish as soon as they entered the battlefield. His heart melted and he laughed. He grabbed Mo Di and helped him sit on the balcony fence.
The railing was wide but Mo Di was still a little shaky. He reflexively held onto Mu Tian Heng’s shoulders.
Mu Tian Heng gazed endearingly at Mo Di. His hands were by his sides and there was not much distance between them. They could feel the warmth from each other’s breath. The sunlight cast a dazzling light over them and a waft of fragrance from the flowers rose to their noses. Mo Di was feeling a little breathless and lightheaded.
Mu Tian Heng leaned over and gently placed a kiss on his face.
“You don’t have to make wild guesses anymore. Of course the one I like is you. I like you more than you can imagine.”
Hum! There was a sudden buzz in Mo Di’s head. The light touch on his cheek was like an electric current running through his spine, making his whole body paralyzed and his cheeks turning numb.
He could hear his heart beating like a drum exceeding fast and Mu Tian Heng’s magnetic voice further sent a thrill through his ears.
He…. he, he was kissed by Mu Tian Heng?!!!
Mu Tian Heng smiled as he looked at the petrified little quail sitting on the balcony in front of him. He said in an ever doting voice: “You see, now you’ve suffered a great loss. You not only have to be with an old beast who did not even prepare a proper confession but from now on …. you have been claimed by me.”