“No . ” Mr . Qin refused without hesitation .
“Because I don’t have money . ”
“I despise you…” Huo Mian pounded Qin Chu’s shoulder .
“I’m truly penniless . I’ve handed all my money to my wife…” Mr . Qin looked innocent .
Huo Mian giggled; holding his arm, she cooed, “Then tell me your favorite line . ”
“I like the line from the popular poem Once for a Whole Day:
A lifetime gone,
turning and turning, mountains, rivers, stupas—
But not to seek rebirth,
only to meet you along the way . ”
“I guessed it . ” Huo Mian smiled .
“Do you like this line, too?”
“No . My favorite line is this:
For many years,
you have been in my heart,
I put down heaven and earth,
but never put down you . ”
“This line is beautiful, too . ”
“You lost . Now give me money…” Huo Mian extended her hand to him .
“Honey, you’re a little villain . I told you I wouldn’t bet…”
“It’s not up to you . I said we are betting on it and we must do it . Now you owe me money and you can’t deny it . Your son is watching you…” Huo Mian pointed at her belly .
“You can only threaten me with our son…”
Mr . Qin picked up his cellphone and transferred 100,000 yuan to her account .
“Wow… I said 50,000 and you gave me 100,000 . You’re indeed rich,” Huo Mian read the bank message and said smugly .
“No . The extra 50,000 yuan is for the next time you trick me into your debt,” said Mr . Qin calmly .
“Haha! Honey, you can pay a monthly fee which will be cheaper…”
They bantered with each other until it was almost 12 AM .
Qin Chu patted Huo Mian’s shoulder . “Honey, you must sleep now . ”
“How about you?”
“I’m not sleepy; I’ll watch some ball games,” said Qin Chu .
If it was before, Huo Mian would believe him .
But after Xiaowei told her about Qin Chu’s illness, she had felt heavy inside, worrying about his insomnia .
“I’m not sleepy, either . I’ll watch it with you…”
“No, you must sleep . ” Mr . Qin’s tone was serious .
“Then I’ll go get some warm milk . They say milk can help people sleep . ” Huo Mian got up .
Qin Chu stopped her .
“I’ll go and get it . Don’t get up . ”
When Qin Chu came back with only one glass of warm milk, Huo Mian said, “Honey, I don’t want to drink it now . Would you drink it for me?”
Qin Chu: “…”
“Drink it; it’s a shame to waste it . ”
“Okay . ” Without a fuss, he drank the milk .
Huo Mian turned on the blue-tooth boom box on the bedside table and played some soothing music .
“Honey . ”
“I’ve learned some massaging skills lately . I’ll teach them to you first; then you can do the massage for me, okay? It will relieve my headache . ”
“Okay . ” Qin Chu nodded .
“Lie down then . I’ll do the massage for you first so you can learn it . ”
“Okay . ”
Huo Mian was quite subtle, knowing Qin Chu would refuse her if she told him she was trying to help him sleep .
After consideration, she decided to do it subtly . Firstly, she coaxed him to have a glass of warm milk, then she put on some soothing music; the last step was giving a massage on his head, hoping it would help his insomnia .
– In Su Yu’s house –
No one ate much at Zhixin’s engagement banquet because everyone was having fun .
Returning home, Zeng Rou made a plate of fried rice with eggs and ate it with a packet of pickles .
Su Yu walked over and grabbed a handful of rice from her plate, stuffing into his mouth .
“What are you doing?” Zeng Rou looked up at him .
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