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Han Junzhan frowned. His expression was a bit anxious, but he didn’t know how to express it. In the end, he could only stiffly blurt out the three words, “I like you.”
“Huh?” Luo Lingxing was still thinking of the pain in his heart when he suddenly heard Han Junzhan’s confession. He wasn’t able to react right away.
“Luoluo, I like you. I don’t want to retract the engagement,” Han Junzhan looked at Luo Lingxing and earnestly said each word.
Luo Lingxing looked at Han Junzhan’s eyes and knew this person was serious. But wasn’t it obvious that they didn’t have feelings for each other when they got engaged?
“But, to you, I…” Luo Lingxing paused and couldn’t continue. After staying with him during this time, he couldn’t say that he didn’t have any feelings for Han Junzhan. However, it wasn’t to the level that he could stay with the other person for the rest of their lives. In his opinion, Han Junzhan was a very worthy friend.
“I know. I won’t force you, but I hope you could give me a chance. Don’t break off our engagement. If… If you still don’t like me in the end, I’ll retract it,” Han Junzhan said bitterly. This was the first time he felt such bitterness. His mouth was full of the bitter taste that he couldn’t even swallow.
He didn’t expect that his always cold self would actually taste the bitterness and sweetness of love. Since he had already decided on this person, he wouldn’t let him go!
Facing Han Junzhan’s expectant gaze with a hint of bitterness, Luo Lingxing couldn’t refuse at all. In fact, if he wasn’t reminded of it today at the Han residence, he and Han Junzhan might have continued to interact very indifferent toward each other. The engagement might have been buried deep in their hearts with no one bringing it up.
After all, their days together have been quite good.
“Nothing will change between us. I also won’t force you to do anything you don’t like.” Han Junzhan nervously waited for Luo Lingxing’s reply while giving his own promise. However, some instinctive things weren’t included in this range if the other party liked it as well.
“I know. Just pretend I didn’t say anything,” Luoluo finally said. They’ll continue the way they were for now. His heart instantly felt lighter.
”Mn,” Han Junzhan replied. Although he didn’t get the answer he wanted the most, this wasn’t a bad deal. He believed that he would definitely be able to make Luoluo fall in love with him in the future. He was determined to never let him go.
Even if you said some things didn’t exist, it didn’t mean it didn’t. Some things were slowly changing in the background.
It was going to be the New Year soon. This wouldn’t be the first one Luoluo would spend here, but it would be the first one he participates in. Since last year, he was still lying in bed so weak that he even had difficulties getting up. No one really celebrated the New Year because of him either. But this year would be different.
Grandpa Luo also returned home on the last day. In fact, Grandpa Luo started heading back when he found out that Luo Lingxing returned to Flowing Cloud Star, but he was too far away. It needed a few days just to travel back, and adding on the fact that he would sometimes encounter old friends on the road and was invited to their places, time was naturally delayed. Fortunately, he was able to make it back in time for the New Year.
“Grandpa,” seeing Luo Cangqiong, Luo Lingxing obediently called.
Strictly speaking, Luo Lingxing should have called Luo Cangqiong his maternal grandfather, but Luo Lingxing changed his household registration to the Luo family. Therefore he called Luo Cangqiong, grandpa like Luo Bingxu and the others did.
“Grandpa,” the other brothers called. Everyone was on break and came to the door to greet the old man.
“Xiao Xing, I’m back. Come here and let grandpa take a look at you.” Luo Cangqiong’s face was full of smiles as he looked at Luo Lingxing, pushing aside the remaining four brothers who were just as bad as one another. He pulled Luo Lingxing to pamper him.
In this regard, the four brothers were already used to it. As long as Luo Lingxing was there, Grandpa Luo’s attention would be completely focused on him. However, the four Luo brothers didn’t have any complaints about Luo Lingxing because of this or did they distance themselves from him. Instead, they loved Luo Lingxing as much as Grandpa Luo did.
“Xiao Xing, you seem to have gotten skinnier. Are you not eating well in the Emperor Star? Is that brat, Han Junzhan, bullying you?” Luo Cangqiong’s kind expression instantly became fierce. It was as if as long as Luo Lingxing confirmed it, he would tear Han Junzhan to pieces.
Luo Cangqiong was also an old retired marshal from the military district. He had retired earlier than Old Man Han, but his soldier mannerisms haven’t disappeared. It was just usually covered up with kindness.
Hearing these words, Luo Bingxu’s mouth curled up. He wondered if Grandpa’s eyesight had gotten worse after going out. Xiao Xing was obviously chubbier than before. How could he say he was skinnier?
However, he didn’t dare say this out loud or else his grandpa would have slayed him. Therefore, he could only slightly light a candle for Han Junzhan. Who told him to fall in love with his little brother? His future was sure to be doomed.
“Grandpa, I didn’t get skinnier. I gained a few more pounds than last year,” Luo Lingxing smiled and coaxed Old Man Luo.
“Eat more at home. Have the chefs cook more dishes you like for now. Being this skinny doesn’t look good,” Luo Cangqiong said.
“Mn, I will,” Luo Lingxing replied with a smile.
If Chen Hongliang heard Old Man Luo’s words, he would certainly cry. As a celebrity and an idol, who would want to see him get fat? Would the fans still buy it? ( ╥ω╥ )
In the Chinese Empire, the most important thing was for families to gather on the lunar New Year’s Eve. Regardless of where one was, they would always try to rush back on this day to spend time with family and have a lively reunion dinner with everyone, even if the New Year was half-heartedly celebrated. As for the customs of purchasing New Year goods and dumplings, staying up for the New Year and others, the flow of time would gradually make them forgotten.
However, with Luo Lingxing here, the Luo family was destined to celebrate it differently than everyone else.
As a matter of fact, Luo Lingxing was currently teaching everyone how to wrap dumplings. It was rare for everyone to be off today, so they naturally needed to work together. The other dishes were left to the chefs while everyone else personally wrapped the dumplings.
“Xiao Xing, is wrapping dumplings a New Years custom? How come I don’t know about this? Where is this custom from?” Luo Bingxu asked while awkwardly picking up the dumpling skin.
“This was a Chinese custom from a long, long time ago. I read about it in a book,” Luo Lingxing said.
“Ah, it broke again. It’s so hard.” Luo Bingxu looked at the stuffing leaking out of the dumpling and felt frustrated.
He thought of his talent in making mechas. Regardless of how small the parts are, they would become obedient in his hands. As a result, he was stumped over a small dumpling skin.
“Use a bit more force. It’s easier if you fold it like this,” Luo Lingxing said as he folded one. The swollen belly and small creases were very cute.
Luo Bingxu looked at the neat row of dumplings Luo Lingxing wrapped on the chopping board. Each one was wrapped like a gold ingot. He looked at them and thought they were very cute. When looking at his own dumpling, even though it was rare that the skin wasn’t broken, they were all warped. It wasn’t that there was too little filling and it looked shriveled, but it was too stuffed and the filling stuck to the skin. Regardless of how you look at it, it didn’t look appetizing.
“Xiao Xing, I want to eat the ones you wrapped,” Luo Bingxu hurriedly said. He was at wit’s end with these soft dumpling skins.
“Okay,” Luo Lingxing happily replied.
“I also want to eat the ones Xiao Xing wrapped,” Luo Bingze hurriedly said.
“No problem. I’ll wrap more today so that everyone can eat some,” Luo Lingxing happily said. After coming to this world, he hadn’t eaten dumplings. He’d been craving it for a while now.
The Luo family’s eldest and second brother’s dumplings were a bit more presentable. Although they weren’t as skilled as Luo Lingxing and they weren’t as good-looking as his, they still looked appetizing. As for three other elders, they had long given up and were drinking tea to the side.
Speaking of tea, the one the three uncles were drinking was the Cloudy Mist Spirit Tea Luo Lingxing had given them. When Luo Cangqiong took his first sip, he glared at his three unfilial sons who had hidden this treasure from him until Luo Lingxing placed two boxes of Cloudy Mist Spirit Tea in front of Luo Cangqiong. This finally curbed Old Man Luo’s silent glare.
Don’t think that just because Luo Jinggen and the others were experienced outside, in front of Old Man Luo, they were filial sons and didn’t dare resist him in the slightest. Of course they wouldn’t realitate. When they saw the old man’s glare, they felt like they were children again, and their legs couldn’t help but shake.
“Our Xiao Xing really is the most filial. Grandpa didn’t dote on you for nothing,” Old Man Luo grabbed the white jade box full of Cloudy Mist Spirit Tea and smiled ear to ear. “Xiao Xing, do you still have more of this tea?”
“Grandpa, if you like it, I still have a few more boxes,” Luo Lingxing honestly said.
The Cloudy Mist Spirit Tea was a treasure in this era, but it wasn’t unobtainable in his previous world. Therefore, Luo Lingxing still had a lot in his space. However, he had given Old Man Han two boxes a few days ago, three boxes to his three uncles, and now two boxes to his grandpa, so he probably only had half left. However, it was enough for his family to drink for a long time.
“Haha, good, good. This tea is a very good thing. Don’t give it to others,” Old Man Luo hurriedly said.
Obtaining good tea, he naturally wanted to show him to those old friends of his. However, if there were only these two boxes, it wouldn’t even be enough to drink by himself. How could he bear to take it out to let other people drink it? But if Xiao Xing had more of it, he could give a tiny bit and let those people have a taste. He was very generous, after all. However, it wasn’t the same story if they wanted more.
“Mn, I’ll leave them all for Grandpa to drink,” Luo Lingxing said with a smile. To him, family was most important. Grandpa told him not to give this tea to others, so he wouldn’t.
“As expected of my grandson.” Old Man Luo was very satisfied with Luo Lingxing. No matter how he saw it, his grandson was very cute.