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Song Yu chose a restaurant he had been visiting for over ten years. He could remember that from a young age his parents had been taking him and his sister there to dine. The boss was not only a skillful chef, but was also a delightful host. Having been a regular there for so many years, Song Yu was practically friends with the family.
Because he rarely came back during the years he was stationed in the States, he had not visited them for several years. The first thing he did when he came back was to pay them a visit. The owner was still around but most of the time, he would let his son and daughter-in-law tend the restaurant and they had preserved the same quality and taste of the dishes that he remembered.
Seeing that Song Yu had brought his friends, a grey-haired elderly man came from behind the counter and greeted them with a smile. He tucked a cigarette behind his ear and said, “The little doll from the Song family is here. I’ve reserved the private room for you.”
“I’ve brought my friends to have a taste of your craftsmanship. Good food is meant to be shared.” Song Yu stepped forward and held the old man’s arm saying, “Uncle, don’t smoke anymore, it’s bad for your health.
“Your uncle is still in good health.” The old man was obviously stubborn but he did not argue much with Song Yu, “A guest offered me this one. I only keep it to have a whiff. Besides, how could I smoke in the restaurant?”
Song Yu smiled at him, “You shouldn’t smoke outside either.”
“Ai, you’re still young, why are you so naggy? I’m not talking to you anymore. I’m going in to whip up a few dishes for you and your friends.” The old man hid his cigarette in his pocket and left for the kitchen in a hurry.
Mo Di felt funny at how the old man tried to get away from Song Yu in order to protect his cigarette.
Lai De Si stood behind Mo Di and Mu Tian Heng, staring at Song Yu in a daze. The tall lean figure, the gentle smile, those kind eyes– all of which combined could cause his head to spout steam.
The unforgettable person who had stayed in his heart for all these years was still as charming as ever. Seeing him again had only intensified his feelings; Like a gust of wind blowing away everything else, leaving only this person to occupy his mind completely.
There were traces of obsession and a little disappointment in his eyes.
Song Yu had not recognized him at all. It seemed he had not left much of an impression in Song Yu’s mind ten years ago.
To be honest, back then he was not good-looking. He was fat and crude, and worst of all, he had dyed his hair red because of a singer he liked. At the time, he thought he was cool and handsome which gave him the courage to ask for Song Yu’s number.
After which he went home to visit his parents for the holidays and when he came back, Song Yu was already gone. The secret feelings that he had harbored failed to bloom just like that. He was heartbroken and went on a diet. It was just that after the weight was lost and his original hair color was back, Song Yu was already gone.
And even when his new makeover had turned him handsome, nobody would notice because standing next to Mu Tian Heng, that beast, everyone else paled in comparison.
But he felt that his Song Yu was not a face-con. He was standing next to Mu Tian Heng today and Song Yu had looked at both of them in the same way, maybe his eyes even stayed on him a little longer than when he had looked at Mu Tian Heng!
This was a sign that he still had a chance to pursue him, wasn’t it?
As the positive thoughts filled his head, his eyes began to sparkle like a big dog that had just found a mountain of sweet, delicious bones.
Mu Tian Heng saw Lai De Si’s moronic look and shook his head. This fool still had the exact same reaction he did ten years ago.
Mo Di also saw Lai De Si’s silly face and felt he should at least bring him back to reality. He tugged at his sleeve and coughed lightly. Lai De Si snapped out of his daze and seeing Mo Di winking at him, he adjusted his face but his mind was still fuddled.
Mo Di: “…” Hopefully uncle Song wouldn’t think that Lai De Si was mentally challenged.
The dishes Song Yu ordered were the restaurant’s classic dishes and the taste was nothing to be displeased about. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the food.
Mo Di not only loved the food, but also had a great time chatting with Song Yu. After all, this meal happened so that Song Yu could catch up with the kid who had helped him a great deal.
Mu Tian Heng did not mind their familiarity. He listened to their conversation patiently while making sure that Mo Di’s bowl was always filled.
Chen Zhao also chimed in from time to time while stuffing his mouth with food.
As for Lai De Si…..
There was no need for him to eat, just letting him sit and stare at Song Yu all night and his heart and stomach would both be content.
Therefore, the meal, on the whole, was very satisfying to everyone.
By the time they left the restaurant, it was 11PM. The freezing wind was wafting by and there was a layer of ice on the ground. Once they exited the restaurant, even the thick down jacket Mo Di had on and the scarf he had wrapped several layers of over his neck and face were not enough to keep him warm.
Mu Tian Heng knew Mo Di had always been susceptive to the cold. He put his hand around Mo Di and used his body to block the wind for him.
Song Yu was quite surprised by their intimacy. His eyes lingered on them but he did not speak.
Mu Tian Heng… He had no intention of being discrete even in front of a stranger like him.
Although all his little caring actions could be interpreted as an elder caring for his junior, to someone who understood the feelings between two men, Mu Tian Heng was plainly revealing that he and Mo Di were a couple.
Song Yu took a glance at Mo Di, who he sincerely cared for and saw how his eyes shone when he was talking to Mu Tian Heng. His body language proved the attachment and trust he had for him.
Song Yu sighed helplessly. If Mu Tian Heng was serious about Mo Di and truly cared for him and Mo Di also felt the same, he had nothing to object to.
But he couldn’t help being skeptical that Mu Tian Heng was deliberately hinting this for him to see. After all, it was easy if he wanted to hide their relationship.
Song Yu eased his brows. Mu Tian Heng was very firm through his attitude. It seemed that Mo Di was in good hands.
“Uncle Song,” Mo Di had noticed Song Yu observing them and could guess his thoughts. He did not mind nor had he ever thought of hiding this relationship.
Mo Di said to him, “Uncle Song, the meal was delicious. Thank you so much.”
“I’m glad you like it. After the New Year, I’d like to treat you to another eight or ten meals. It’s the least I can do,” Song Yu smiled. Not only was he very fond of Mo Di, but he also felt they had a special bond. Furthermore, what he owed Mo Di was worth more than a few meals.
“I would like to have dinner with you too but this time it’s my treat. You have your treasured restaurant, I also have mine. Let me bring you there some time.” Mo Di pulled down his scarf and smiled at him.
“Alright, I’ll be waiting. Make sure you don’t forget about me.” Song Yu was in an extremely good mood that he wanted to give Mo Di a pat on his head. But as he was about to reach out, he saw Mu Tian Heng closing in. Song Yu retracted his hand and sighed.
Mu Tian Heng was good company but he hoped to dine alone with Mo Di the next time they met. When he was conversing with Mo Di earlier, he felt that they had a lot in common. If it wasn’t this late, he hoped that they could hang out a little longer.
“I won’t forget. But I’m afraid by that time uncle Song would be too busy to hang out with me.”
“No matter how busy I am, I will always have time to eat with you,” Song Yu said kindly to Mo Di, “Alright, it’s late, you guys should be on your way. Children shouldn’t stay up late.”
As soon as Chen Zhao heard this, he immediately told on Mo Di to his uncle, “Uncle, you know, Xiao Di is an expert when it comes to staying up late. There was once he used to sleep at three in the morning. If it wasn’t for boss Mu’s prohibition and us monitoring him, he’d probably still be doing it! You have to give him a stern talking to.”
Mo Di: “…!”
“Well, he has fixed this habit. A good child is one who knows his mistakes and corrects them.” Mu Tian Heng rubbed his hair with a smile.
“That’s good. Don’t stay up late again,” Song Yu advised.
Mo Di nodded obediently then turned to flash Chen Zhao a smile. ‘We’ll be seeing each other in three days.’
Chen Zhao saw Mo Di’s sinister ‘friendly’ smile and shivered.
Mu Tian Heng asked Song Yu and Chen Zhao, “Do you need a valet? It was snowing outside when we were eating. The road could be slippery.”
“It’s ok, we’ll manage.”
Song Yu wanted to say something to Mo Di but he thought otherwise. Maybe he should do it the next time they spoke in private.
After they had said their final goodbyes and went into their separate vehicle, Lai De Si watched as Song Yu drove off and banged his forehead against the window.
He wanted his contact information but he was too scared!!!
He had been preparing for the whole night but he still failed to muster up his courage.
Lai De Si just wanted to scream!
One look at Lai De Si and Mo Di knew of the war that was happening in his head. He coughed and said, “Brother Lai De Si, if you want Uncle Song’s number, I have it here.”
“!!!” Lai De Si twisted his neck and looked at Mo Di with shining eyes.
Oh that right, his family’s Mo Di had Song Yu’s number all along. How could he have forgotten this?!!!
“But…” Mo Di shifted a little further from Lai De Si, “I can’t give it to you. I have to get Uncle Song’s approval first or else I’d be betraying his trust.”
“Xiao Di, Little Mo Di, my dearest little Xiao Di, you’re not betraying anyone’s trust. You’re the bridge that connects me to Song Yu!” Lai De Si grabbed Mo Di’s sleeve, “Bringing people together has more merit than building a seven storey pagoda. Please have pity on me! Just give me the number! My life is in your hands! Xiao Di, Xiao Di…”
(TN: The correct proverb is ‘Saving a life has more merit than building a seven storey pagoda’)
“Let go.” Mu Tian Heng suddenly grabbed his hand and gave it a merciless twist. “Who do you think you had your hand on?”
Lai De Si howled in pain. “Mu Tian Heng, I only touched Xiao Di a little. You should know that I only want Xiao Yu. What kind of friend are you?! I don’t want to hang out with you anymore!”
Mu Tian Heng ignored him and said to Mo Di, “You have to ask for Song Yu’s permission first. If he doesn’t agree, never give it to Lai De Si.”
“En,” Mo Di nodded, “That’s for sure.” Otherwise, he would be doing something quite unethical. If Uncle Song did not want to give and he gave it to Lai De Si anyway, Unce Song would be disappointed and this would also ruin Lai De Si’s chance with him.
Ignoring Lai De Si’s incessant pleading by his ear, Mo Di turned on his phone to send Song Yu a text. Before he could finish typing, he was notified of certain news.
Mo Di squinted as he read.
“What’s wrong?” Mu Tian Heng realized his change and asked him gently.
Mo Di raised his head and said calmly, “Ye Guo Sheng was dismissed and is currently being detained for crimes including bribery and corruption among others. His trial will be held after the Spring Festival. Ye Cheng Feng’s case has also been concluded. He will be tried on the 7th, half a month earlier than his father.”