Chapter 102 . 1 — The Playmates
Edited by: Larkspur
The Su Family went on the trip together . They sat in the same car that had been especially customized for them . It was bulletproof and extremely good at ensuring its performance and safety for the riders . The interior of the car was very comfortable, emanating a low-key luxuriousness . There was everything that was needed but didn’t seem to be special . However, each item was the best . This was Mother Su’s favorite car . She didn’t care about the car’s value but its function . They would only ride in this car when the majority of the Su Family went out .
Old Man Su was carrying little Su Nuo and they sat together . Qin Jiran delivered the pastries and crackers he’d prepared for everyone to eat . He’d personally made all of this and they tasted pretty good . They all ate pretty much, especially little Su Nuo . He enjoyed eating .
The car drove for about 40 minutes before they arrived at their destination, the Guangyuan Temple . It was an ancient temple that had about 300 years of history . The Buddhist Abbot, Great Master Shan Yuan, was the oldest Great Master within the country . It was rumored that he was over a century old .
After everybody got out of the car, they walked up the steps . On their way, they met a lot of Buddhist worshippers who’re visiting the temple with joss sticks . It seemed like almost everyone was here with their family . The entire temple was decorated and was bustling with people .
After they entered the temple, Su Yanyi didn’t go with Mother Su to worship Buddha . Instead, she went the incense stick and at the center of the temple for the censer . She and Qin Jiran joined hands and stuck the incense stick in .
The incense stick was about a meter tall . When it was lit, Su Yanyi slightly raised her head and she looked around . She started to speak in her heart . “I don’t know how I was able to relive this life but I am very grateful for whoever gave me this chance to . Perhaps it was you guys, then perhaps it wasn’t . I don’t know what I should believe in but I know what I should do . I should treasure this life and try my best to do whatever I should do . I won’t let myself live this life in regret!”
After a short pause, Su Yanyi continued in her heart . “If the Heavens can really hear me, then I pray for my family to have a healthy life and for everything to go as planned . If there is karma in this world, I hope that my enemies will be tortured endlessly . If I can be immortal, I am willing to protect this man forever!”
While Su Yanyi was praying, Qin Jiran silently stood behind her . He concentrated on looking at her, acting like a shadow and forever guarding her .
If there were gods in this world, he prayed for Yanyi to have a peaceful, healthy, and blessed life forever!
If he could have another wish, then he hoped to be with Yanyi forever!
Little Su Nuo and Su Yanmo walked in the temple together . They looked around, very curious . Little Su Nuo was exquisite and cute attracting many gazes . There were young women who took pictures of the father and son holding hands . Su Yanmo slightly knitted his eyebrows but he didn’t do much . After all, families like theirs had to be used to all sorts of gazes on them .
While the father and son were walking, they arrived at the hall of Buddha . Seeing that many people were kneeling down and worshiping Buddha, little Su Nuo curiously knelt too .
“Grandfather Buddha, you have to bless Great Grandfather, Grandfather, Grandmother, Father, Aunty, and Uncle . I want them all to be healthy and happy . Nuo Nuo will be good and listen to them . Hopefully, mommy will be happy in Heaven . Nuo Nuo misses you a lot and you have to bless little white and make sure he grows up happily . You have to pray that I won’t be as lazy anymore . Oh, I hope that Aunty and Father can laugh often . When Aunty laughs, she’s the most beautiful woman…”
Little Su Nuo’s soft voice was very pleasing and cute . He spoke as he thought . The content of his prayer touched people silly . Perhaps this belonged to the purest and sincere side of children . It was beautiful and a few were even ashamed .
After they’d worshipped Buddha and made their wishes, they ate in the temple before turning to the residence . Right now, people paid them a visit in succession . Su Yanyi and Qin Jiran welcomed many guests . It wasn’t until the afternoon when they finally had some time to themselves . They returned to their building after .
On the third day after New Year, the Su Family had a gathering . To be accurate, it was the secret forces of the Su Family gathering together . There were all sorts of people in charge of the Su Family’s powers from all around the world, as well as elite members . They all came to A City to attend the Su Family’s annual gathering .
Not all members of the Su Family were required to attend this gathering . Just like Su Yanyi who hadn’t attended for the past few years . Meanwhile, it was only this year that Qin Jiran had found out about the gathering . The person in charge was Father Su and Elder Brother Su assisted him in welcoming the members .
The location of the gathering was the private guildhall that Su Yanyi had brought Qin Jiran to in the past . There was a lot of space there and it was rather private . Not only would it not attract a lot of people’s attention by having a gathering there, but also ensure that the members could enjoy their time and even spar with one another . One needed to know that these members belonged to the secret forces . Normally, they would combat in battles . Each one’s skills were better than the previous one . When they gathered together, it was hard to suppress the urge to spar .
Su Yanyi had trained for a while so that she could attend this gathering . There were a few companions she had grown up with and they belonged to the group of members who were warlike . Of course, the same went for Su Yanyi .
“There are a few annoying people in there . You don’t need to bother with them . ” Before entering, Su Yanyi solemnly reminded Qin Jiran .
Qin Jiran was a bit curious . Although Yanyi said she found them annoying, it didn’t seem like the case through her expression . Instead, it seemed like she was eager to spar . Qin Jiran was very interested .
Su Yanmo looked back at the two others and interjected . “Don’t battle too fiercely . ”
Su Yanyi didn’t intend on answering her brother at all . She didn’t even look at him, but Qin Jiran immediately understood . He helplessly looked at Su Yanyi . No wonder Yanyi acted a bit strangely when she woke up this morning . Ever since she’d arrived here, she was excited . So it had to do with sparring . Hopefully, they would stop when it was time to . He didn’t want her to be injured .
Qin Jiran had never attended such a gathering and didn’t know how things would be carried on . Although he was a bit worried, he didn’t say much . Albeit, he prepared to follow Su Yanyi wherever . No matter what, he would protect her .
Today’s guildhall had already stopped its business for the day . All the receiving staff was their own members . Seeing that the Su Family’s people were here, they immediately stood up straight and bowed to them . They were extremely respectful . Amongst those who were allowed to attend, almost all had direct relations to the Sus . Many were adopted by them . Towards the Su Family, they were gratified and respectful .
The Su Family arrived at the sparring arena behind the guildhall . Hundreds of people sporting all sorts of attires were gathered there . They started chatting in groups . Seeing the presence of the Su Family, they immediately stopped what they were doing and quickly stood straight . They all looked respectfully at the Su Family .
“Ok, you guys don’t need to be so proper . I called you guys back so we can celebrate New Year’s . Just act normal . ” Father Su didn’t need to use a loudspeaker since his voice was loud enough to resonate among the people .
“Yes!” Everybody spoke in unison, but there was no attempt to relax or anything .
Qin Jiran looked at the scene and found it familiar . It was like a military review . When he thought more about it, he believed that these people must’ve gone through militarization . Otherwise, they wouldn’t have reacted like this .
“Ok, I know you guys won’t feel at ease with me around . I’m not going to talk nonsense anymore . I’ve already prepared this year’s red envelopes for you guys . It’s in the box and the rules are still the same . You guys can come up and pick one if you guys win the spar . Now, let’s begin . ” Father Su waved his hands and immediately, someone carried a huge box over . There were hundreds of red envelopes in there and compared to the people present, there seemed to be even more . It felt like he was really going to give out envelopes . Though, it was unsure what was inside the envelopes .
Normally, the red envelopes would contain money . But Qin Jiran didn’t think it would be money . After all, amongst the people present, no one lacked money . Plus, the Su Family was always doing things out of people’s expectations . Therefore, Qin Jiran looked curiously at Su Yanyi and asked, “Yanyi, what’s inside the envelope?”
“There are all sorts of things . ” Although Su Yanyi was responding to Qin Jiran, her sharp gaze swept over the people, seemingly searching for someone . Then she slowly locked her gazes on them . The people looked back at her and they had enthusiastic gazes, similar to Su Yanyi .
Qin Jiran followed Su Yanyi’s line of sight and looked at them too . They all seemed to be around Yanyi’s age . Men and women .
“Let’s go . I’ll bring you over to get to know a few friends . ” After confirming their position, Su Yanyi pulled on Qin Jiran’s hands and they walked over . Those people also slowly made their way over too . There were about five people and they quickly met up with Yanyi and Qin Jiran .
“Elder Miss! Long time so see!” The oldest man of the group calmly greeted her . When his eyes swept over Qin Jiran, he paused slightly then said, “This must be Mr . Qin . Hello, I am Pang Zhongwen . Very happy to meet you . ”
“Hello, I am Qin Jiran . Very nice to meet you too . ” Qin Jiran responded in a friendly way . In reality, he wasn’t very used to this man’s attitude towards him . It was overly respectful . It was more serious than a boss-employee relationship . However, he didn’t give much thought to it because he knew this belonged to the Su Family’s pride .
Although this wasn’t the first time he’d walked amongst or interacted with the Su Family’s powers, this time Qin Jiran felt a special feeling . It seemed like, this time around, he’d finally gotten to understand the Su Family for real . Nonetheless, this was the most superficial start .