Chapter 42 — Then Let’s Give It a Try
“Why aren’t you saying anything? You don’t want to do business with my family?” Su Yanyi guessed as she stared at the silent Qin Jiran .
Because he didn’t want her to misunderstand him and he didn’t want to be perfunctory, he finally decided to be blunt and said, “Of course not . I’m just a little confused . Why would you agree?”
“Why wouldn’t I agree?” Now it was her turn to be confused . Why wouldn’t she agree to something that was a matter of course?
The two seemed to share absolutely no tacit understanding, but fortunately, they had enough patience for each other . They weren’t afraid to keep on asking questions if they were confused .
The only problem was that they could never manage to grasp the key point, so it was a bit headache-inducing .
Just then, Qin Jiran became aware that he seemed to have forgotten about something . He gave it some serious thought as he recalled Su Yanyi’s attitude towards him recently, and suddenly, he realized what it was that he’d forgotten .
“Yanyi, are you not going to divorce me anymore?” he asked somewhat expectantly .
His thought process went: Ever since Su Yanyi brought up divorce and then for some reason changed her mind, she had been treating him differently .
She gave him her full support in not only his career but also their home life .
Their relationship seemed to be much closer than before; they ate together, commuted to and from work together, conversed with each other, and cared about each other . They had even shared a bed . He was happy to accept all of these changes, but he was also cautious .
Remembering their recent interactions, he couldn’t help but wonder if Yanyi was serious, even just a bit, about him —or rather, their marriage— and perhaps, she also wanted to spend the rest of her life together with him?
Immediately, his heart started to race . As much as he wanted to calm down, he couldn’t; just thinking about how Su Yanyi might be taking their marriage seriously made it impossible for him to behave normally .
“Of course . Haven’t I already talked about this?” she responded in a matter-of-fact tone . She didn’t know why he was suddenly asking this, but it made her knit her brows and look at him with some dissatisfaction .
Don’t tell her that this man was still hung up on the matter of divorce?
The words she’d spoken that day were still fresh in his mind . Qin Jiran responded in a low voice, “You said we’ll talk about it next time and didn’t say that we won’t divorce . ”
It was the reason for his constant unease, as he feared that she would suddenly bring up divorce again and leave him with no opportunities to retrieve the situation .
Su Yanyi glared at him, silently reprimanding him for putting words in her mouth . She couldn’t deny it though, so instead, she said, “We’re not divorcing, and we won’t talk about divorcing again . ”
Anyway, living with him was pretty fulfilling, and she doubted she would ever trust another man the way she trusted Qin Jiran . Since that was the case, it was only right for her to spend the rest of her days with him . That was the best choice for both of them .
Once her words registered, his eyes lit up . He stared at her and asked in a very serious tone, “Really?”
“Of course!” She always kept her promises .
Even though for the most part, he believed her, Qin Jiran still felt an inkling of doubt in his heart . He wanted nothing more than to ask her, why weren’t they divorcing anymore?
Back when they made their marriage agreement, she had worn a face full of disgust, as though she would divorce him the instant an opportunity came to her .
In fact, she behaved the same way not too long ago, so he found her sudden change in attitude really strange .
Maybe she’d thought things through?
A self-mocking thought formed in his mind . He felt like a lucky man who suddenly stumbled upon a treasure trove . He was delighted —and very much so— but at the same time, he was full of doubt and unease .
“Yanyi, you’ve been treating me so well lately . It’s making me misunderstand,” he said in a joking yet cautious tone, unsure if his jest would displease her .
She honestly felt like there was a wall between her and Qin Jiran . What else would be the reason for their faulty communication? She could never understand his thoughts . What was he even misunderstanding? What?
“Misunderstand your feelings for me,” he chuckled, “actually, I’m a pretty decent man, aren’t I? Why don’t we give it a try? I’ll be a good husband . ”
As he carefully observed her expression, he felt like his heart was about to jump out of his chest . If she showed even the slightest of disgust, then he would immediately release the explanation that he was holding ready on the tip of his tongue .
Su Yanyi also trained her eyes on him . As he waited with bated breath, she mulled over what he said and gave an earnest nod .
“You’re very good, yes,” she agreed, “let’s try it then . I’ll do my best to be a good wife . ”
She didn’t sound very solemn, but she was taking it very seriously . In her mind, Qin Jiran was indeed a good man; whether it was his personality, appearance, diligence, or devotion to her, she admired and was wholly satisfied with this man .
As a matter of fact, aside from her own father and brother, there was no other man she admired more than she did Qin Jiran .
She’d already planned to be with him and was working hard to sustain their marriage . Although it remained unspoken, she’d stopped regarding their marriage as contractual one a long time ago .
Her last line, “be a good wife,” was also something she said after much contemplation . It definitely wasn’t just an empty promise .
Everyone had their own ideas on what a “good wife” meant . To Su Yanyi, a good wife was not necessarily a gentle and virtuous woman who stayed in the kitchen .
She aimed to hold to her promise of protecting him and treating him wholeheartedly for life . By being nice in her own way and taking advantage of the System Missions to create more opportunities for interaction, she was slowly closing the distance herself and this taciturn man .
They were making progress . For the sake of his smile, she’d even put aside her dignity to play cute . It wasn’t easy, and she couldn’t be considered a good wife yet, but she was close . As long as she continued to work hard, she was confident that she would make it .