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This really was too awkward!
Cui Dingchen, who had always been clever, didn’t know how to alleviate the embarrassment of being watched by everyone at this moment. The air in the entire courtyard froze. Mother Xu took the initiative to handle the situation and finally resolve some of the awkwardness.
But it was just slightly.
Because Xu Zhao and Cui Dingchen obviously felt the gaze of Da Zhuang’s father and the others along with surprise and amusement, the two could only pretend that they didn’t see anything. It was their biological son who broke the news, so what else could they do?
Of course, they chose to forgive him.
The two people thickened their skin and went to eat lunch. After they finished eating, they started work. They finally realized that if their skin was thick enough, nothing was impossible. Like this, the two calmly entered the office and started handing out work. They started getting busy with the vegetable sales. At the same time, the period to harvest wheat also started.
In other words, Xu Zhao had to fulfill his agreement with the village chief. He took over the 20 mus of land in South Bay Village and started planting the greenhouse vegetables.
From over eight mus to 28 mus. It had increased three or four times. Xu Zhao was afraid that he wouldn’t do well, so when everyone was busy farming, he was also busy. When everyone finished farming, he was still busy. He was busy plowing the field, building shelves, cultivating seedlings, gaining customers, etc. He was so busy that he forgot about the marriage matter with Cui Dingchen.
Fortunately, Cui Dingchen not only mentally supported Xu Zhao’s career but also helped too. He regularly came to South Bay Village to help him with his work and to see Xu Fan. It could be said that Cui Dingchen was really excellent in all aspects. He helped Xu Zhao out greatly, and together with Xu Zhao made the 28 mus of land up to regulations, providing countless youths in South Bay Village with work, and raising the living standards for everyone in South Bay Village, including Xu Youcheng.
Xu Youcheng went to prison before. Influenced by the values of justice, his personality had gotten better and better. Even the village chief was moved and gave him the task of watching over the greenhouses at night. He was very excited, and he did very well.
However, Xu Zuocheng was terrified. Last year, he still looked down on certain people, so he sneaked into the big greenhouse to steal vegetables and was caught by the villagers. He was badly beaten and now had a limp. He didn’t dare provoke Xu Zhao and the others now. The main point was that the gap was too big. He wasn’t afraid of Xu Zhao and the others for no reason.
However, Xu Zhao never cared about these matters. This was all usually handled by the village chief and secretary. He was in charge of the overall situation and his own affairs.
Now that the 28 mus of greenhouse vegetables and fruits had been planted, Xu Zhao could take a breather. It was the perfect time to see Mother and Father Cui with Cui Dingchen.
Early in the morning, Mother and Father Cui woke up early to cook breakfast for Xu Zhao and Xu Fan. Xu Zhao had Xu Fan wear his new clothes, which were overalls that Cui Dingchen had someone buy from Shanghai. Xu Fan looked especially good wearing it.
Xu Fan also knew that he looked good. He stood in front of the three door wardrobe to look at himself in the mirror after eating.
Xu Zhao pressed his throbbing temple and said, “Xu Fan, are you coming with us to the county town or not?”
Xu Fan finally ran to Xu Zhao’s side.
Mother Xu, who had just finished instructing Xu Zhao, was now telling Xu Fan to be obedient, to not be naughty or make a fuss, etc. Although she knew Xu Zhao and Xu Fan were very familiar with the Cui family, and that Cui Dingchen was the one who pursued Xu Zhao…they still couldn’t forget basic etiquette.
Xu Zhao laughed and said, “Mom, we got it.”
Mother Xu nodded. “You should come back early to mind the house. Your dad and I are going to see your uncle in the afternoon. We’ll be visiting your uncle, so we’ll be back tomorrow.”
Xu Zhao nodded. “Okay, you two should go.”
As soon as he turned his head, Cui Dingchen walked in properly dressed. He came to pick up Xu Zhao and Xu Fan. After greeting Mother and Father Xu with complete respect, he brought Xu Zhao and Xu Fan to the car, started the car, and drove out of South Bay Village.
As soon as they exited South Bay Village, Xu Fan said, “Big daddy, I wore new clothes today!”
Cui Dingchen replied, “I saw.”
“Then do I look good?”
“The clothes look good.”
Xu Fan blinked his eyes and said, “I also look good.’
“You don’t look as good as me.”
“I look better than you.”
“Says my daddy.”
Cui Dingchen snickered but didn’t confirm or deny it. He happily turned to look at Xu Zhao, who was sitting in the back and whispered, “Who’s better looking? Me or Xu Fan?”
Xu Zhao whispered, “You’re better looking.”
Cui Dingchen smiled with satisfaction.
Xu Fan, who sat beside Xu Zhao, didn’t know that in his daddy’s heart, big daddy was better looking. However, he kept muttering “I’m the best looking” without stopping. For the entire ride, his mouth didn’t stop speaking, all the day until they arrived at the Cui residence.
Mother and Father Cui, and Cui Qingfeng were waiting at the gate since earlier. Seeing Cui Dingchen’s car, the eyes of the three shone. As soon as Cui Dingchen stopped the car, the three of them pounced into the back seat and all called out, “Xu Zhao, Sanwa!”
They completely left Cui Dingchen out.
Cui Dingchen didn’t mind either, and welcomed Xu Zhao and Xu Fan into the Cui residence with the rest of the family.
Xu Fan didn’t need to walk and was carried by Mother Cui.
Mother Cui kissed Xu Fan’s little face and asked, “Sanwa, you’re finally here.”
Xu Fan nodded, then said, “I’m wearing new clothes today.”
“Oh my, Sanwa is wearing new clothes.”
“Mn, I look good wearing them.”
“That’s right. You look very good.”
Mother Cui originally liked Xu Fan. After learning that Xu Fan was Cui Dingchen’s son, she liked him even more. At this moment, she wasn’t willing to release Xu Fan from her hug. Seeing how Xu Fan looked good everywhere, she couldn’t help but praise Xu Fan in every aspect. She praised him so much that Xu Fan was brimming with happiness.
As he ate something in his mouth, Xu Fan was still able to chat with Mother Cui endlessly, making Mother Cui laugh nonstop. The originally nervous “meeting the parts” changed its mood due to Xu Fan. It seemed like a regular family get together.
Xu Zhao and Cui Dingchen felt that this was really good. Xu Fan followed Mother Cui to eat peanuts, biscuits, and drink milk. He was so happy.
Xu Zhao and Cui Dingchen chatted with Father Cui and Cui Qingfeng.
Cui Qingfeng looked at Xu Zhao and Cui Dingchen, who were sitting together. There wasn’t any sourness or loss of love in his heart like there had been before.
Especially since from the beginning of the love till the end, the only person involved was himself. This felt even more painful, but he learned a lot from him. During this period of time, he had learned the most. He saw his own hesitation, his cowardice, and his own shortcomings. During the period, he blamed Xu Zhao and his youngest uncle, but he was also comforted by his youngest uncle from his meticulous care.
He liked Xu Zhao, but it was like a kid pursuing a certain image that he liked. Even if it wasn’t Xu Zhao and it was someone else with the same image, he would still like them. This kind of lie was a lot shallower than his youngest uncle’s.
Especially when he learned that Xu Fan was his youngest uncle’s son, he finally understood that the fate between Xu Zhao and his youngest uncle had been predetermined.
To him, these were just one’s life experiences.
Therefore, seeing Xu Zhao and Cui Dingchen occasionally looking at each other with affection, Cui Qingfeng felt joy and happiness for them.
Xu Zhao hadn’t seen Cui Qingfeng for a long time, so he asked, “Qingfeng, I heard you’re learning to drive?”
Cui Qingfeng nodded.
“How’s it going?”
“Very good. When I get my driver’s license, I can work for my youngest uncle’s company.”
Cui Qingfeng shyl scratched his head.
Hearing Mother Cui’s call, Cui Qingfeng informed Cui Dingchen and Xu Zhao before going out, leaving only Xu Zhao, Cui Dingchen, and Father Cui inside the main hall chatting about work and life. After a while, it was time to make lunch. In order to prevent Xu Fan from causing trouble, Cui Dingchen handed Xu Fan to Cui Qingfeng to watch.
Xu Fan originally liked playing with Cui Qingfeng. Although his term of address changed from “Uncle Cui” to “big brother”, the person didn’t change. Xu Fan still liked him. As he played with Cui Qingfeng, he laughed nonstop. When they finished lunch at noon, he played with Cui Qingfeng again.
They played with marbles, steel rings, and all sorts of toys. It was very addicting. He wasn’t willing to go home at all, so they played from afternoon into the evening. However, it was really time to go home. Xu Fan reluctantly said goodbye to Cui Qingfeng, then sat in Cui Dingchen’s car back to South Bay Village.
It was already evening in South Bay Village. Mother and Father Xu weren’t at home. Xu Zhao politely told Cui Dingchen to stay for dinner, but Cui Dingchen wasn’t polite at all. He didn’t even pretend to refuse before staying for dinner.
After dinner, Cui Dingchen had no intention of leaving at all. He looked at Xu Zhao with hunger in his eyes.
Xu Zhao asked, “It’s already late. Aren’t you going home?”
Cui Dingchen lowered his head and said, “I don’t want to go home. You’re not there.”
Xu Zhao slightly lowered his head, then saw Cui Dingchen covertly hooking his finger with his own. His face burned as he said, “My parents…”
“They’re at your uncle’s place.”
Xu Zhao’s heart was drumming nonstop as he glanced at Xu Fan.
Cui Dingchen directly hugged Xu Fan and said, “Sanwa, how about Big Daddy playing hide-and-seek with you?”
And so, Cui Dingchen accompanied Xu Fan to play “hide-and-seek”. Xu Fan giggled as he was being chased. He didn’t laugh for long. Because he had exercised a lot during the day, he got sleepy. He didn’t wait for Xu Zhao to take Xiao Xu to wash up, instead Cui Dingchen took him instead, then carried him to the east wing where Mother and Father Xu usually stayed.
Xu Zhao said, “You’re going to the wrong room.”
Cui Dingchen said, “I’m not. Let him sleep in this room for a while.”
“What’s the meaning of this?” Xu Zhao walked up and asked.
Cui Dingchen didn’t reply but carefully put Xu Fan in the center of the bed. He covered Xu Fan with a thin blanket, lest Xu Fan rolled out of bed. His actions seemed like his fatherly love was as tall as a mountain, but the mood of the scene suddenly changed. He grabbed Xu Zhao’s hand and strode to the west wing room. When they arrived inside the west wing room, he shut the door and immediately pressed Xu Zhao against the door.