Mother Zhou had a difficult time when giving birth to her two daughters. The older daughter had come out smoothly but while giving birth to the younger one Mother Zhou had begun to bleed and nearly lost her life. (tl note: I guess they’re twins after all, just ZXQ is ‘older’ by a couple of minutes)
And then after that, when Ruan Tian had been kidnapped by traffickers and sold away when she was three, Mother Zhou’s mother-in-law began treating her very coldly for losing the child. It was only when her mother-in-law finally passed away and there was no one left to oppress her in the house that Mother Zhou felt she could breathe again.
Perhaps these memories were the reason she could so naturally become angry with her younger daughter and push her unreasonable expectations on her. As if she were always asking why the girl couldn’t just stay at home obediently? Why couldn’t she just learn to be a little smarter?
At the same time, Mother Zhou always had nothing but love and compassion for her elder daughter. After all, Zhou Xiaoqiao had always had a good temper and had been obedient and sensible since she was a small child. She was such a good child, but she was also born with a sickly constitution which caused her to have to take many medicines and undergo many operations which cause Mother Zhou to have to always stick by her side. Always looking after her like this, Mother Zhou naturally developed a partiality to her elder daughter.
So now when Mother Zhou saw Ruan Tian call Shen Shu up and say things out so plainly like that, it caused her to practically tremble with anger.
In the past, Mother Zhou’s reaction might have made Ruan Tian sad, but by now she could calmly accept the woman’s prejudice. Ever since the day she had moved out, she had no more expectations for the Zhou family.
She knew that there were some things in life that couldn’t be forced.
Life was like that, ah. Who could be blamed? Why was her lot so humble~
“Please go back.” Ruan Tian calmly opened the door, “When you look at me you feel annoyed, and when I look at you I feel irritated, so why should we bother each other?”
The Ruan Tian in Mother Zhou’s memories was a quiet girl who didn’t talk much, a girl so silent that she barely had any sense of existence.
However, in the past, Mother Zhou had been able to feel that Ruan Tian had always looked at her with a certain eagerness. It had been the familiar look of a daughter looking for her mother’s warmth and embrace.
Back then, she had never imagined that such a girl would ever speak to her in such a cold tone, but the reality was before her. She didn’t know when it happened, but at some point, things had changed.
It seemed that Ruan Tian really had no plans to return home. Probably, if Mother Zhou hadn’t come to find her first, the girl would have just kept treating herself as someone not from the Zhou family, maybe forever.
“Huh, first you were angry with your sister, but now you’re angry with me?” Mother Zhou’s legs suddenly felt weak, and she took an uncertain step backward before barely managing to keep her feet by grabbing a nearby chair.
Meanwhile, Ruan Tian felt a little thirsty. She walked over to the refrigerator and took out a bottle of mineral water. As she unscrewed the cap, she shook her head and said, “I’m not angry with anyone.”
Then she faced Mother Zhou and her round black eyes met the eyes of her ‘mother’ directly. Looking into those eyes, Mother Zhou couldn’t see any trace of a lie as Ruan Tian said: “It’s actually very simple. You don’t like me as a daughter, and I also don’t like you as a mother.”
“I can’t get along with Zhou Xiaoqiao.” She said flatly. Then she quietly added: “No, rather than that, I can’t get along with any of you from the Zhou family.”
These were Ruan Tian’s true feelings. After being separated for ten years, it was pointless to try to get along.
Just a bit of blood between them couldn’t salvage the damage done by so many years of separation.
Even if she was a little dull Ruan Tian would have noticed the sense of estrangement and uncomfortableness her biological parents had around her, even back when she was in high school. As if she were somehow unpresentable.
Meanwhile, Mother Zhou had never felt that she didn’t have any feelings for Ruan Tian. At most, she would just think that she was a little more partial to her eldest daughter.
Thus, even though Mother Zhou didn’t like Ruan Tian that much, hearing her daughter say such cold words to her caused her heart to fluctuate unevenly and for uncomfortable feelings of sadness to bloom.
“You can’t get along with the Zhou family? Are you refusing to recognize us?” Mother Zhou’s emotions were agitated and she blurted: “But don’t forget, who do you think it was that brought you to the capital? Who do you think paid for your schooling?!”
Ruan Tian blinked and said indifferently, “Whether or not I recognize you as my mother, it’s nothing to do with you, right?”
Mother Zhou was choked with unfamiliar emotions and could hardly speak. Her soft words had been ignored and her usual strong and stern style had also just bounced off Ruan Tian like nothing. Whether it was hard or soft methods, Ruan Tian seemed completely unswayed.
“Anyway, regarding the things in your house, I’ve already had some people come and move them away. You’re coming back to the Zhou residence today no matter what.” Mother Zhou then felt that her tone had been a bit too cold, so she followed up in a softer voice. “After you come home, you can get along with your sister again. We’re all one family.”
Ruan Tian pursed her lips and fell silent for a long moment. Eventually, she pulled out her phone and directly dialed 110 in front of Mother Zhou. (tl note: like 911)
She said, “Is this the police station? My house has been robbed.”
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