Nie Shen agreed without hesitating at all.
Yan Gui patted him on the shoulder, then took his son out of his pocket, and proudly ruffled him all over, “see? You still have more to learn.”
Yan Xuanjing struggled out from his hand and jumped to the ground. He was unconvinced, yet had no other choice but to be convinced as he looked at Yan Gui, and for a while, he couldn’t say anything.
Yan Gui also knew that his son was very temperamental, but couldn’t be clearer that Yan Xuanjing wasn’t arrogant. He would learn what he should learn, but after using his fists to talk for so many years, it was difficult for him to change.
But Yan Gui wasn’t in a hurry. He was still in his prime and a long way from abdicating. His son was only five hundred years old, had just entered adulthood, and could be slowly taught.
Rather than letting Yan Xuanjing learn the brain and skills that a fox should have, he was more concerned about his son’s emotional problems.
On the other side, Nie Shen tentatively tried to test whether he could go forward, which caused the Morning Dusk outside the yard to burn, and the green flames to burst out one by one.
Yan Gui didn’t care about him and just sat in front of his son, rubbed his hands, and asked, “how are you and Lin Mu?”
Yan Xuanjing looked at him, “what?”
Yan Gui opened his mouth and said, “your mother and I fell in love at first sight, adoration at the second, were dead set on each other at the third, and went straight for the bed at the fourth……”
Yan Xuanjing was expressionless, “you were clearly beaten for four hundred years before you managed to woo mother.”
Yan Gui: “……”
This son wasn’t as good as a piece of barbeque.
Yan Gui climbed up calmly, left the son who refused exchanged experiences with him, turned and skipped over Nie Shen, then went straight to the yard.
With Yan Gui here, Yan Xuanjing didn’t worry that Nie Shen would run. After Yan Gui had walked into the courtyard, he turned around and ran back to the hospital.
Lin Mu spent the night by the bed.
The treatment in the single ward was pretty good. There was even a small bookcase in the ward with some books and the daily newspapers.
The books were mostly medical books and humorous picture books. Lin Mu skipped over those and pulled the newspaper out.
Lin Mu hasn’t paid much attention to these things for a long time, but just staying beside the bed was really boring, especially when the old man had just gotten out of danger and was still in need of observation. For the sake of safety, it was better not to sleep.
Lin Mu glanced at the local newspaper, and after looking at the community section, he turned to the back. The first page of the financial section was the news of Green Forest Real Estate Group experiencing an internal earthquake, and their stocks crashing.
The Green Forest Real Estate group belonged to Lin Mu’s grandfather.
He could already guess what had happened in the middle. He knew how his two uncles were finding trouble with his grandfather, and even if they suffered a loss, they wanted to split up, and the fact that his two uncles were on the board of directors.
Father Lin was so angered by his two sons, he certainly would have started a fight.
With several major shareholders fighting, it was difficult for the group’s operation to make no mistakes at all.
Lin Mu glanced at the photo on the front, and realised that Father Lin, who in Lin Mu’s impression, was of a high-spirited man, had become much, much older.
He didn’t know if he became like this because it was a few years apart, or because of recent events.
But what did this have to do with him?
Lin Mu turned the page slowly, and enthusiastically read the entertainment gossip.
At three in the morning, the old man finally woke up.
There is a small warm night light turned on in the ward. Currently, Lin Mu didn’t need much light to see things clearly.
“Mentor Tan, you’re awake! Lie down first and don’t get up. I’ll call the nurse on duty.” Lin Mu hurriedly closed the newspaper, leaned over, and followed the nurse’s previous instructions to keep the old man lying flat, then pressed the bell.
It seemed that the old man still hadn’t returned to his senses. While Lin Mu massaged his legs and feet, he muttered about what had happened today.
“In the future, you need to pay more attention to your body, remember to take medicine, and maintain a good mood.” Lin Mu rambled on, and waited for the nurse to come, then sat back down on the side.
He looked at the old man lying on the hospital bed, spent some time in a daze, then slowly took back his line of sight.
This was an ordinary human.
All struggles, before this withering life, were futile.
Lin Mu thought of his mother, and how before she left, she was lying on the bed like a withered and lonely flower whose lifespan had burned out.
But even like this, every time his mother asked him to take a picture, she would be smiling.
Lin Mu curled up in his chair, and watched as the nurse whispered to the old man to confirm his consciousness, and felt that if humans got together with monsters, humans would also have to have great determination.
Who could endure getting older, and receiving praise like ‘your child/grandchild is really filial’ when they went out with their lover?
Lin Mu remembered that during his mother’s last moments, she would often say something that he wouldn’t understand.
“Ending it now isn’t that bad either, I won’t have to become an old lady.” These sort of words.
At that time, Lin Mu thought that his mother didn’t want to grow old, but now that he thought about it, there seemed to be some other meaning.
Between humans and monsters, probably, their only and most beautiful time would be their time of encounter.
Just like a flowering period, wantonly bursting into blooms of fresh blossoms against the wind, and after that, both sides would gradually move towards the withering abyss.
Such a story sounded full of regretful and sad romance, but it couldn’t be called good or bad.
The nurse raised her head and said to Lin Mu, “his consciousness has recovered. At present, all indicators seem normal, but he will have to be hospitalised for a few days for observation……”
Lin Mu returned to his sensed, blinked, slowly nodded his head and recorded all these words down.
Looking at Lin Mu’s young appearance, the nurse couldn’t help but urge, “this is what happens when all elderly get older, family members should pay more attention in the future, and seek medical treatment if they notice any pain.”
Lin Mu nodded obediently, “okay.”
At five in the morning, Mentor Tan’s family had hurriedly rushed over, and gave their thanks to Lin Mu.
Lin Mu gave them the notes about the things that needed attention.
Mentor Tan was old, and even his daughter was Lin Mu’s elder.
Lin Mu said softly, “here are some of the things to note. I’m always around in the local area, so if you’re too busy, I can help.”
Most of Mentor Tan’s family knew Lin Mu, probably because of him coming to give gifts during the new year’s. The only one that visited for several years, was Lin Mu.
This was probably why Mentor Tan was always willing to help take care of Lin Mu.
Who wouldn’t want to take care of a good child who knew how to give his thanks?
They patted Lin Mu’s head a few times and said okay, and after paying back all the money that Lin Mu had paid in advance, they gave a few hundred more in red envelopes.1or Red Packets. Literally a red coloured envelope. Usually presented as gifts during Chinese New Year, from a married elder to an unmarried junior, or during celebrations like weddings. Inside, there’s money. Also can be given as thanks or appreciation.
Lin Mu returned the money to them, and ran out of the room like his feet were greased.
He walked out of the hospital, and looked as his two hands with his head bowed.
There were calluses on his hands, and they weren’t that good looking at all. Because he had many things to do, they had been there since he was a child.
But now, when he looked at them again, the calluses had started to disappear before he even knew it, and even his slightly thicker knuckles had started to become better looking.
His body was quietly changing, and according to Yan Xuanjing, as long as he wasn’t injured by a special monstrous energy, with a monster’s recovery ability, it was difficult for them to have a wound.
Even for a half-monster, it was the same.
Lin Mu flipped his hand and glanced at his palm, and found that thick and rough skin was currently white enough to see blue-purple veins under his skin.
Usually, he didn’t pay much attention, and it was only now that he realised the change was so obvious.
Lin Mu saw Yan Xuanjing at the hospital entrance.
There was a little bit of light at five in the morning. The entrance to the hospital was light, and in the misty morning, it seemed like a light layer of veil.
He stood tall within the crowd, wearing a dark traditional outfit that didn’t suit his surroundings, and was very conspicuous.
But the people around him didn’t notice that there was anyone there.
Lin Mu appreciated for two seconds, then Yan Xuanjing looked up.
Two pairs or eyes met.
Lin Mu rubbed his face, quickly walked forward, and found that Yan Xuanjing’s body was a little cool.
Lin Mu paused, “you’ve waited a long time?”
“No.” Yan Xuanjing shook his head, and causally skipped over the topic, “go home?”
“Wait a minute.” Lin Mu turned around and went a breakfast shop to buy some light porridge, “I’ll go and send some breakfast to Mentor Tan.”
Yan Xuanjing nodded indifferently, and when Lin Mu returned from sending breakfast, he found that Yan Xuanjing was still standing in the crowd, in the same position, motionless.
The morning breeze brought some coolness. Lin Mu placed his hands in his sweater pockets, and suddenly felt very lucky.
Luckier than Nie Shen.
Luckier than his mother.
Luckier than those on the run.
Luckier than those monsters who had been alone for years.
He wasn’t an ordinary human.
He had parents who loved him.
He grew up healthy.
He had elders and friends who cared about him.
And someone he liked.
Lin Mu skipped over to Yan Xuanjing, and slightly raised his head to look this nine-tailed fox in the eyes.
His eyes were bright, with cheerful excitement and joy.
Yan Xuanjing didn’t understand why Lin Mu suddenly became so happy after sending a breakfast.
He turned slightly and walked toward, thrn asked, “his condition is good?”
Lin Mu caught up to him in a few steps, walked side by side, and replied, “still okay. Old people, there’s nothing much that can be done.”
Yan Xuanjing nodded and asked, “how do you want to go back?”
“Fox express.” Lin Mu answered.
Yan Xuanjing: “……”
Relying on the fact that he could hide from ordinary humans, the nine-tailed fox turned into his original form in the crowded street.
Lin Mu looked up at the large fox Yan Xuanjing, and as soon as he was about to touch his fur, Yan Xuanjing reached out and bit his collar, then threw him onto his back, rising into the air in a flash.
Lin Mu made a roll on the fox’s fluffy back, then got up and moved forward, carefully moving to between the two fluffy ears above Yan Xuanjing’s head. He laid down, looked ahead at the rapidly retreating scenery, and after a while, whispered, “Milk…… Yan Xuanjing, when you said you liked me, what did you mean?”
The nine-tailed fox’s steps didn’t stop, and his response was a little indifferent, “what?”
“That is…” Lin Mu took in a deep breath and said loudly, “before, you told Nie Shen that you liked me!”
Yan Xuanjing was so shocked by the sound that he shook his ears, “yes.”
Lin Mu’s grip tightened on the fur underneath his hands, “you like me?”
“En.” Yan Xuanjing responsed, glanced at the approaching yard and started to land.
“What do you mean by ‘en’?” Lin Mu asked.
Yan Xuanjing landed on the ground and turned back into his human form. He was a little puzzled by Lin Mu’s question, but still answered, “it means that I like you.”
“……” Lin Mu opened his mouth, still wasn’t assured, and asked again, “what kind of like?”
Yan Xuanjing was even more puzzled.
He stared at Lin Mu for a while, and after some time, showed an expression of sudden realisation. Raising his hand to hold Lin Mu’s face, he leaned in slightly and kissed him on the lips.
The translator has this to add:
Happy new year everyone!