Qin Yu, back when he was still a teenager, had been sharp and arrogant, covered with thorns and impossible to approach. His edges still hadn’t been smoothed off and his thinking still wasn’t very deep.
Back then, he had only wanted Ruan Tian to turn her eyes in his direction, even a little. However, his acerbic and twisted methods only ended up pushing her further and further away.
In those days, when he had been at his darkest and most tortured moment, Qin Yu had even had the thought that it would be better if the entire world would just end and let them all die together.
At least that way, he would no longer be forced to watch the scene of Ruan Tian chasing Shen Shu day after day.
However, with the passage of time, Qin Yu had become more mature and had slowly learned how to be good to another person.
Of course, Ruan Tian was the only person he wanted to be good to.
No one else at the dinner table expected him to suddenly say such a thing in such a casual way.
Even Ruan Tian almost choked on her wine. After a moment of silence, she said, “Well, since you’ve invited me so sincerely…” She paused and the silence drew out until she continued, “I guess I can reluctantly consider it.”
Qin Yu, who had been waiting for her response, looked very tense and didn’t dare to relax at all. But when he finally heard her answer, his body relaxed and he hoarsely made a sound of agreement.
After dinner, Ruan Tian went outside and put Qin Yu’s scarf around the little snowman he had made earlier and even found two small stones to act as eyes.
With her finishing touches, the snowman in the yard became cute.
Ruan Tian then returned to the small balcony that overlooked the yard with a hand-warmer in her hands. She lay back on the sofa and lazily leaned against a pillow. Her eyelids fluttered down and she yawned a few times as if she were very tired.
Qin Yu even thought that she had already fallen asleep.
But then Ruan Tian suddenly waved to him and said, “Qin Yu, come over here.”
Qin Yu leisurely walked over to her without a word.
Ruan Tian said, “You… hold me a little.”
Qin Yu stiffened for a second, but then he obediently stretched out his hands and wrapped her firmly in his arms.
Ruan Tian buried her face in his chest and sniffed. His familiar fragrance, like crushed pine on a winter day, drilled into her nose and was somehow light and reassuring.
In fact, Ruan Tian had always longed to be treated so tendered. She longed for a tight embrace that belonged to her and her alone.
She longed for love, but also longed for plain, ordinary, and happy days.
In the past, she had always thought that she and Qin Yu would never be able to get along, always restless and exchanging blows tit-for-tat.
When she looked back on the past, Ruan Tian realized that Qin Yu was the person she showed the most memories with.
In some of those memories, he made her so angry that she cursed him to die.
Meanwhile, in other memories, he treated her so well that she couldn’t bear to show him a cold face.
Qin Yu had saved her from that group of gangsters, though at the expense of her first kiss.
On that day when her menstrual period had felt so painful that she felt she was about to vomit blood, he had condescended to go to the drugstore and buy medicine for her.
When they were in that car accident he had protected her, and when she was sick he had taken care of her.
Qin Yu’s love for her didn’t seem to be fake.
Ruan Tian’s rested her chin on his shoulder and murmured, “Keeping you as a gigolo is too expensive, I want your services for free…”
After a pause, she added, “…then we can talk about falling in love.”
As a young woman who had been married and then divorced, she had never been in love in her life.
Qin Yu’s hands trembled slightly. He finally uttered with a low voice that from the depths of his chest, “En.”
He could not help but hug her even more tightly as if he wanted to pull her into his own body. He put down all his usual pride and reserve and whispered in her ear, “Ruan Tian, don’t worry, I will treat you well.”
His tenderness was only for her.
The snow had already stopped a long time ago.
Spring was now coming.
Meanwhile, Qin An secretly snapped a photo of the two people hugging each other on the balcony and sent it to Qin Yu’s phone as was his usual habit.
Around ten minutes later…
Qin Yu posted the photo on his own Weibo, along with a few rare words: 【Caught her. 】
And then conveniently changed his Weibo profile to: 【Ruan Tian’s】
The girl in the picture had her arms around the man’s neck. Her small face was flushed, but the way she entrusted herself to the man’s arms showed their intimacy.
Thus, in the winter of 2020, as the sun broke over the capital, the QinYuxRuanTian CP was finally officially announced.
As Qin Yu had already posted earlier in the year, he and Ruan Tian were a real couple.
The heavens have eyes.
Qin Yu’s love, which had kindled like a wildfire when he was still a young man, which had let him love helplessly countless times, which had caused him to cry out that he was not reconciled at the top of his voice, had finally come true at this moment.
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tl note: Well, that’s the end. There’s also a short epilogue that covers the first Valentine’s Day between Qin Yu and Ruan Tian which I will also translate, but this is pretty much it for the main story and plot developments. I hope everyone enjoyed reading and sorry for the delays, my health hasn’t been the best this year.
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