Qian Wei realized that, although she had missed a lot of cases and opportunities to make money because of Lu Xun’s personal reason, when she heard his explanation she unexpectedly felt that, if it was for this reason, it might be acceptable even if she made a few tens of millions less.
“I’ll apologize to you now. Because of my selfish reason, you were never able to join in the cases I was working on. However, I did privately go to Lawyer Zheng and get her to bring you on board for some of her cases, specifically the ones that I felt were suited to you and would allow you to show off your professional ability. I also privately recommended you to many other lawyers in the firm and, just looking at the numbers, you definitely have the highest year-end bonus when compared to other lawyers in your salary range.”
“Huh, it seems you really sent a lot my way?”
Qian Wei was a bit shocked: “Lu Xun, oh, Lu Xun, do you have any idea about the principles of running a law firm? You can’t just raise idle people! Aren’t you afraid of going bankrupt when you’re busy secretly sending so many resources my way out of your own pocket?”
“I can afford it.”
Qian Wei choked on her next words and then felt a little depressed. An opportunity like this, for her to be able to get up on her high horse and teach Lu Xun a lesson was something very rare since he was usually so perfect and impeccable but, in the end, he blocked her sermonizing with just a few words. And the worst part was, he was right, he really could afford it…
“Then why didn’t you confess to me a second time sooner?” When Qian Wei thought of how they had missed nine years together because of a stupid misunderstanding, she almost wanted to cry. “Even if your first confession failed, wouldn’t it be fine to just confess again?”
“I asked Lu Sheng and she told me that if my first confession was rejected then there would be no hope for a second confession within a short time period.” Lu Xun lowered his eyes. “She said that it would be better for me to imperceptibly integrate myself into the girl’s life until she was unconsciously accustomed to my existence, and only then would a second confession succeed. She said that if I tried to confess too often then it would definitely backfire and, not only would I be rejected, it would also cause resentment to build up in the girl and make it impossible to even stay as friends.”
Qian Wei didn’t know whether to laugh or cry: “Lu Xun, why would you even want to maintain such a ‘friendship’? If you’re chasing someone, why would you want to be their friend if they reject you? You should just chase them seriously until the end! It doesn’t matter if you fail, because at least you tried your best, right? Isn’t that what youth is?”
“No, I couldn’t fail.” Lu Xun stared into Qian Wei’s eyes and seriously, “Because it’s you, I couldn’t afford to fail.”
Lu Xun’s voice was soft but extremely firm: “Qian Wei, you should know by now that I am a very persistent person. That is how I deal with my work and also how I deal with my feelings. I’ve never even considered that I might fail. Since I, Lu Xun, was chasing the person that I liked then I could wait. I could wait even if it was for five years, even if it was for nine years. Since the first confession failed, that was fine, I decided it didn’t matter, I could just stay by your side for as long as it took until you subconsciously begin to rely on and like me.”
“Weren’t you afraid that I might get married if you just kept waiting for me?”
Lu Xun replied with a confident smile. “No.”
“Wait a minute. Lu Xun, you’ve always usually asked me to stay and work overtime with you nearly every night until the early hours of the morning… it was all on purpose, right? So I wouldn’t have time to meet other men or go on blind dates?”
Lu Xun coughed awkwardly but then denied in a calm tone: “You’re thinking too much.”
Although his tone was quite righteous, Lu Xun didn’t dare to meet Qian Wei’s eyes as he answered. Because of that, Qian Wei could suddenly see everything clearly. All of that overtime, which she had completely thought to just be Lu Xun’s usual routine, was actually his intentional plot to make it impossible for her to escape from singledom! However, her stubborn brain had misinterpreted everything and insisted that it all must be Lu Xun taking revenge for helping Qian Chuan pry into his corner…
With this misunderstanding resolved, Qian Wei began to tell Lu Xun about everything else she had misunderstood. As she talked, she found that this was the first Lu Xun had heard of Mo Zixin’s self-directed one-man confession play from back then and, with this new information, Lu Xun also finally realized the root of Qian Wei’s misunderstandings.
“I never would have dreamed that Mo Zixin would do such a thing like direct and act a one man confession scene by herself. Because of that ‘confession’, I always thought you liked her, and when you denied it I just assumed you were just lying to save face. However, during my coma, while I was under the influence of that drug, my memories of Mo Zixin’s so-called confession were also strengthened and deciphered clearly.” Qian Wei blinked, “Maybe I actually really cared about that moment and, subconsciously, when I replayed the original scene in my mind with every detail infinitely magnified by the drug, my brain began to question the authenticity of the confession?”
“It’s better to just be honest and say that you subconsciously wanted the confession to be fake.” Lu Xun looked at Qian Wei with a serious expression, but then suddenly smiled, “Qian Wei, I think that maybe you liked me even earlier than you ever realized. Knowing that actually makes me feel very happy you know, it makes me suddenly feel that one of my goals in life has been achieved. “
“But I still think it’s a pity.” Qian Wei couldn’t help but lament, “If we had solved these misunderstandings earlier, we would never have missed out on the last nine years. We could have fallen in love and gotten together when we were 19 years old! 19 years old, okay?! When we were young, fresh, and full of vitality! Although a person is essentially the same person whether they are 19 or 28-years-old, whenever I think of missing out on dating the 19-year-old you, I feel very unwilling.”
“So in your hallucinations, you fell in love with that 19-year-old me?”
“Yes.” Qian Wei muttered, “When you were 19, you were much cuter than you are now. You were direct, straightforward, naive, and lovely. Whenever you opened your mouth sweet words of love would flow out like the tide, full of passion and vitality…”
“So what did you do with the 19-year-old me?”
“A lot of dates mostly. We went to dinner together, self-studied together, went to the movies together, danced the tango together, participated in competitions and events hosted by the law school together, started a business together, went to the supermarket to buy ingredients together, cooked together, watched sports together, exercised together, acted in a play together… Anyway, it was just the experience of an ordinary college couple!”
Probably because she was a bit elated from finally solving this misunderstanding, Qian Wei first got a little carried away, and then a lot carried away. She went on praising the imaginary 19-year-old Lu Xun for a quarter of an hour and then reminiscing on their great relationship together for another half an hour after that. But then at one point, when she stopped for a breath of air, she found that the 28-year-old Lu Xun sitting in front of her had a very ugly expression.
“You two cooked together?” Lu Xun’s expression was a little subtle.
Qian Wei didn’t have any doubts as she nodded and agreed casually: “That’s right. In my dream the 19-year-old you said that he wanted to be a wise and sensible man for me, and even learned how to cook.”
“No, that’s not the point. The point is, since we were both living on campus when we were 19, where did we go to cook together? Qian Wei, please make it clear.”
“This…” Qian Wei suddenly felt a little nervous. Oh, no! She had gotten so carried away that she had completely forgotten Lu Xun’s abnormal logical and deductive reasoning abilities.
“And you went to buy ingredients together?” Lu Xun didn’t give her any time to think up an excuse as he pressed, “Tell me honestly, in your hallucination, did you do something immoral with the 19-year-old me?”
“…” Qian Wei reached up and put a hand on her forehead before saying, “Huh? I seem to be feeling a little dizzy all of a sudden. Could this be some sort of aftereffect from the fall?”
“Your acting is terrible.” Lu Xun didn’t let Qian Wei go so easily. Instead, he took advantage of having the upper hand to press on: “Were you two living together?”
Qian Wei waved her hands in denial: “No! No way!”
However, Lu Xun’s face didn’t improve, instead, it became even more solemn and severe: “Then it was a one-night stand.”
Qian Wei quickly denied again: “Lu Xun, I warn you, you can’t talk nonsense! I’m going to sue you for slander!”
“If it wasn’t just a one-night stand, then how many nights did it go on for?”
Qian Wei, like a small rabbit, was cornered by the beast-like Lu Xun until she had no way out. Finally, she covered her face and blurted out: “One night! Just for one night!”
“Huh, I didn’t expect for you to have these kinds of fantasies about the me from a long time ago. It seems that your subconscious imagination is very rich.”
Qian Wei covered his ears and her face flushed red: “Stop talking!”
Lu Xun sneered, “You were just praising the 19-year-old me for being so devoted, right? In the end, you prefer the 19-year-old version to the 28-year-old one, don’t you?” His voice turned a little strange. “After all, at 19, the body is still young and fresh.”
Qian Wei was dumbfounded. Lu Xun was probably the only man in the world that would get jealous of himself. Perhaps it was because she knew him so well that her imaginary version of the 19-year-old him was exactly in line with his real character. It seemed that, no matter how old he was, Lu Xun would forever be Asia’s king of vinegar.
Facing this situation, Qian Wei didn’t know whether to laugh or cry: “I will start copying Buddhist Sutras every night starting from tonight! I will learn The Truth and extinguish all worldly desires, alright?”
Lu Xun thought for a moment, but then, showcasing his nature as a difficult man to please, he pursed his lips and spat. “No.”
“Then what should I do?!”
Lu Xun didn’t answer, instead, he stood up, leaned forward, and fiercely kissed Qian Wei while she was still looking up at him confusedly from the sofa.
The kiss was wet and lingering, and under its power, Qian Wei felt completely out of sorts. She could only look up at Lu Xun, whose strong jaw and chiseled features seemed enlarged due to his closeness, with a flushed face, feeling lost in his aura, his animalistic, mature, and powerful hormones. She was suddenly drowning in the smell of a man, or rather, in Lu Xun’s smell.
When the kiss ended, Qian Wei’s whole body felt limp and powerless and she leaned helplessly against the sofa behind her, looking up at Lu Xun’s form towering above and gasping for air.
And Lu Xun, who she had always remembered as being forever calm and self-contained, seemed to be just as excited as she was at this moment, gasping for air as he looked down at her.
“You enjoyed your time with the 19-year-old me, do you want the 28-year-old me as well? Not in a dream this time though, in reality.”
As he spoke, he unbuttoned the buttons on his shirt one by one while looking directly into Qian Wei’s eyes.
For once, the expression on Lu Xun’s face seemed to match his usual low and sexy voice. Hearing that question made Qian Wei’s heart throb and tremble, and she felt completely unable to refuse. No, she didn’t want to refuse.
Instead, she just smiled and met Lu Xun’s stern black gaze with her own moistened eyes before stretching out her hand and tugging on his tie to pull him closer. Then she reached up and wrapped her arms around his neck, entwining herself against his body like a vine. Soon, Qian Wei was like an enchanting and beautiful snake entangling herself with Lu Xun, with her hair splayed out and tickling against Lu Xun’s ears, and her full chest pressed against his body. Once she had a hold of him she chuckled softly and bit his earlobe lightly before whispering:
With that one simple word, all of the self-control Lu Xun was so proud of crumbled into nothing, and the battle to hold himself back was instantly lost, with the defenders throwing down their arms in surrender while being routed on all fronts.
He had to have her.
tl note: Whoops, I forgot to upload this yesterday, sorry folks.
Actually, this chapter is about double the size of a lot of other chapters, but the problem is that the second half of the chapter is all really explicit, so I don’t feel comfortable adding it here to my wordpress. Instead, I made the SECOND PART OF THIS CHAPTER FREE ON MY PATREON, so you can click through and read the rest over there. You can also skip it without missing much if you don’t want to read something smutty. So that’s it from me, just think of it like a double release.