Today we have a new chapter of Ti Shen. What will little Ran Feng Ge’s future be?
Chapter 30: Origins – Let Him Stay!
[TN: Su Yi Mo as a child was also addressed as Au Yi Mo]
“My mama… It’s not that she doesn’t want me… She is just sick, very sick… That’s why she cannot recognize me…” Ran Feng Ge muttered softly, “… and I don’t have the money to treat my mama and grandpa, that’s why… that’s why… the only way… the only way to get money was…”
Su Yi Mo blinked rapidly for a few seconds, understanding coming over him: “So, all you still want is just money!”
Ran Feng Ge squeezed his fingers into fists, looking up at Au Yi Mo apologetically: “I am so sorry…”
“Forget it…” Su Yi Mo said after seeing how guilty the cute little Ran Feng Ge looked, those big black eyes full of guilt and sincerity, there was no way he could bring himself to be mean to Ran Feng Ge any longer. Little Su Yi Mo was about to ask Ran Feng Ge for his name when his daddy pushed open the door, stepping inside to say: “Ah Mo, your mummy is on the phone waiting for you!”
“Really?” Su Yi Mo turned and ran towards his father, hugging his leg as he took the mobile phone over from his father’s hands, “Mummy!”
The voice on the other end of the line was saying something, something that made little Su Yi Mo very happy as he nodded his head quickly, his lips forming into an ecstatic smile as he cooed: “Okay, then I’ll accompany daddy to go pick you up tomorrow!” Master Su looked at how happy his beloved son was on the phone and smiled before turning to observe the boy lying on the bed.
Bright curious eyes, cute, and mischievous looking, no matter how he looked at him, the boy in the bed did not look like someone who was able to scheme.
Ran Feng Ge was a very intelligent little boy, with just a single look at the older man who had stepped into the room, he was able to deduce that this man was that older brother’s father, therefore, this meant that this man standing before him was the head of the house… That means he would be able to help me!
Thinking up to this point, Ran Feng Ge quickly scrambled out from the bed he had been lying on, acting like an adult, and made his way to the older man. Giving the older man a deep bow, using his most polite voice, Ran Feng Ge said: “Sir, nice to meet you. I have a request to ask from you, if you would give me a chance to explain myself.”
Master Su looked at the little boy before him with perfect mannerism. He had to force the chuckle bubbling up in his chest down as he placed a serious expression on his face.
“… And what is it that you would like to request from me?” Master Su asked curiously.
Ran Feng Ge felt his confidence build as he looked at how earnest the older man was treating him: “Firstly, I would like to apologize for causing all the trouble and inconvenience due to my unruly act before – I apologize sincerely.”
“Secondly, I would like to thank you for calling a physician to attend to me when I was sick – thank you very much!”
“Lastly, I would like to explain who I am. My name is Ran Feng Ge, my grandfather is Ran Cheng, I believe you must have heard of what has happened to my family…”
Speaking till here, Ran Feng Ge’s confidence fell as quickly as his eyes to the ground.
On the other hand, Master Su could not believe what he heard, his eyes widening in shock at the newly acquired information – Ran Cheng?! All the rumours and news that had been going around with regards to the famous G city’s superintendent, Ran Cheng?! This is his grandson?!
“Both my grandfather and mother are sick and are currently hospitalized. As a child, I am unable to work nor am I able to raise enough money to fund their treatments… That is why I could only come up with such a childish method to raise funds… However, you can rest assured Sir, I will definitely repay everything to you!” Ran Feng Ge had started out strongly, trying to impress the older man before him, but he could not help the defeated tone in his voice as he muttered out his last sentence, “That is… I can only… I will definitely repay you in full when I grow up…”
“Sir, will you please lend me some money now?”
At this moment, Ah Yi who had been out gathering information on Ran Feng Ge had just slipped into the room to update his master about the little boy before them. Just as he was leaving, he could not stop himself from looking at Ran Feng Ge sadly.
Hearing both sets of information, Master Su felt his heart wrench for the little boy before him – what he had said was true. He had of course heard of what had happened to Ran Cheng and his family; his two sons had been thrown in jail, Ran Feng Ge had not mentioned anything about his uncles because he did not know what exactly had happened to his beloved uncles. To have had such a big tragedy thrust upon his little body at such a young age, and yet he was still able to stand on his own to try and seek out remedies.
The old saying of losing people during hard times always rang true.
The moment the Ran Family’s situation turned, people who were able and willing to lend a helping hand would have decreased drastically. To force a young child of his age to try and take matters into his small hands to try and gather money to help out the family was very dangerous and very naïve.
Out of curiosity, Master Su asked: “And what about your father?”
Hearing this, Ran Feng Ge gritted his teeth, biting down on his lips hard, his fists tight, knuckles becoming white. Because of how long Ran Feng Ge was taking to answer, Master Su had thought he was not going to get an answer.
“He’s dead!” came the answer finally.
If it had not been for that bad man, nothing bad would have happened to my family.
Since he had always been non-existent in his life, Ran Feng Ge decided that it was better for him to die off completely in his heart.
Su Yi Mo who had just finished talking to his mummy on the phone, caught the last bit of Ran Feng Ge’s conversation with his daddy, the three words that had sounded – He’s dead! – made Su Yi Mo run back into the room quickly, only to see Ran Feng Ge with a very miserable expression on his face.
Making his way quickly over to his new younger brother, “Little liar, don’t cry…” Su Yi Mo said as he grabbed onto Ran Feng Ge’s hands.
Raising his head to look at Su Yi Mo, his bottom lips on the verge of bleeding from how hard he had been biting onto them, tears collecting at the corner of his eyes as he returned the grip on Su Yi Mo’s hands: “I am not crying!”
“Daddy!” Su Yi Mo turned and looked at his father, his eyes screaming Let him stay! Please let him stay! Please!!
Master Su felt his heart melt as he looked upon both boys before him. Ran Feng Ge was still a child but he was mature beyond his years even though his methods were still a little childish. He was more than willing to adopt him so that he could accompany his beloved little son, however, Ran Feng Ge was not an orphan, all he wanted was to raise funds for his family.
Looking at his son’s expectant look, Master Su could only think of the consequences of accepting Ran Feng Ge into his family – he would be an extra link for others to use to harm his son Ah Mo. But because of the family’s overly-suspicious behavior, Ah Mo had to suffer all these years of not having any close friends. It was hard for Ah Mo to actively seek out something for his own pleasure instead of thinking of the family’s opinion, to let this opportunity to make his son happy pass was indeed quite regretful.
“The medical fees for you grandfather and your mother, I will settle it for you. I will also hire professional caregivers to watch over them. I do not need you to repay me anything, all I ask from you is that you accompany my son until they recover. How does that sound?” Master Su asked as he got down on his knees in front of Ran Feng Ge, his hand resting on the head of Ran Feng Ge as he messed up the little boy’s hair, “I am willing to use all that money in exchange for you accompanying my son.”
Ran Feng Ge’s eyes shone bright: “Really?”
All he needed to do was accompany the older boy and he would be able to earn all that money. Even though Ran Feng Ge felt guilty for taking advantage of other people’s kindness he couldn’t help but wish for all of this to be true.
“Of course it is real! My daddy is the best!” Su Yi Mo exclaimed excitedly as he pulled Ran Feng Ge into a hug, “Now you don’t have to go! This is so awesome!”
Ran Feng Ge allowed himself to be dragged about by Su Yi Mo, but he still didn’t forget to turn around and give his thanks to Master Su.
Master Su watched the two boys run about happily into the adjoining room before righting himself. A mysterious smile forming on his lips.
Today it’s a new chapter of Ti Shen. I know, I know! You thought there would never be another one. It’s been a while but we’re still here showing love for that sweetie Ran Feng Ge. Today’s is a real surprise, seriously I didn’t see it coming.
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The car drove up to a majestic mansion.
“Young master, you’ve come back!” a young teen of about thirteen or fourteen called out respectfully.
“How is the mistress?”
“No worries, the doctor said she will be discharged from the hospital in another two or so days.” The little young master replied although his entire focus was on little Ran Feng Ge who was asleep in the backseat of the car. He removed his own seatbelt and ran to the back door, his small fingers grasping onto the car door handle before throwing it open. Reaching in to tap on Ran Feng Ge’s rosy cheeks, “Oi, Little Liar, get up, I know you are just faking it!”
Ran Feng Ge however, remained asleep – his little face red, his small mouth open as his shallow breaths rang harsh.
The slightly older teen asked curiously: “Young master, who is this?”
“I found him on our way back! He’s a little liar, but I saw through his scheme! You all will help me deal with him! Hmph, trying to cheat my family out of their money – no way!” the little boy announced before continuing, “Little Liar, stop pretending! Get up now!”
Regardless of how much he rattled the other boy, Ran Feng Ge refused to open his eyes. Annoyed, the little young master crossed both arms across his chest and ordered: “Ah Jiu, go get a bucket of water!”
“Young master…” Ah Jiu said as he eyed the unconscious Ran Feng Ge, taking in the red tinted face and the uneven breaths, “Young master, he looks like he’s running a fever, that must be why he’s not waking up.”
“….” The little boy balked at the information and hurried to the other boy’s side, “A fever?”. Raising his little hand against Ran Feng Ge’s forehead, the little young master could not hide the surprise in his voice: “Ah, he is really running a fever!”
The reason why was because Ran Feng Ge had spent the entire night before curled up crying outside the hospital before falling asleep in the same spot. There was no way he wouldn’t have fallen ill, he was but an eight-year-old child, how strong could his immunity be? The moment he fell asleep in that cozy and warm interior of the car, after all the stress he had been through recently, his body decided to just give up.
The little young master forgot all about his plan to wake up the Little Liar and quickly said: “Ah Jiu, quick! Carry him to my room. Ah Qu, go get Doctor Lin!”
The dreaming Ran Feng Ge was full of unease, one moment all he could see were his uncles screaming at him, calling him a little bastard. The next moment his mother was hitting and screaming at him, most of it targeted towards his absentee father, calling him a liar, a bastard. Even his beloved grandfather who had loved him the most would only look at him with a cold glare…
Ran Feng Ge could not stop himself from feeling as though he had been abandoned, he who was once the jewel and pride of his family, had fallen to the depths of becoming an unwanted burden.
He wanted to sob and wail at the top of his lungs, but no matter how much he tried to scream it all out, nothing came out. Forcing a sound out only made him collapse into a coughing fit.
The little young master who had been standing by the bedside had watched Ran Feng Ge’s expression morph from sadness, to guilt, to confusion, small pearls of tears were leaking from the corner of his eyes. His own heart wrenching as he watched the younger boy before him suffer in silence, Dr. Lin still hadn’t arrived. Quickly grabbing the clean hand towel from the bedside table, the little young master soaked it in the pan of cold water and squeezed it out before applying it gently across Ran Feng Ge’s burning forehead.
“Mama… Please. Please don’t abandon me…” the soft voice of Ran Feng Ge sounded as he begged the figure in his dreams, his small hands reaching out towards the older boy, “Please don’t abandon me… Plea—cough, cough—Mama please…”
The little young master could not stop the shock he got as soon as he heard the words leave Ran Feng Ge’s mouth – Little Liar’s mama did not want him? That is too sad!
At this point, Doctor Lin finally entered the room to take a look at Ran Feng Ge. His final diagnosis was that Ran Feng had exhausted his little body, and in addition to exhaustion he had pneumonia from staying outside in the cold the entire night before. Because the little young master refused to let Ran Feng Ge leave his side and go to the hospital, Doctor Lin could only install the IV drip in the house.
Doctor Lin had been the Su Family’s family physician for years and his medical skills were on par with doctors in big name hospitals, therefore treating Ran Feng Ge here in the house was no different to sending him to a hospital to get treatment.
From outside the room, a man in his early thirties walked in, “Ah Su.”
That’s right, this little young master is indeed Su Yi Mo.
At this time, Su Yi Mo had yet to lose his childlike innocence and was far from the iceberg of a human he had become in the future.
Hearing the voice, little Su Yi Mo turned his head quickly, seeing his father standing by the doorway. Without a moment’s hesitation, little Su Yi Mo quickly made his way over to the older man’s embrace, his voice like honey as he cried out: “Daddy!”
“I heard from Ah Jiu that you had called for Doctor Lin, are you not feeling well?” The older man asked as he scooped his son up into his arms and eyed him for any signs of discomfort. Seeing that his son was looking as healthy as the last time he had seen him, a sigh of relief escaped from his lips.
“It’s not for me! But for Little Liar. He’s sick.” Su Yi Mo said before he remembered how painful Ran Feng Ge had looked, his mood dropping immediately as he looked towards the bed.
“Little… Liar?” The older man asked, a confused expression gracing his features.
“En. Little Liar’s mummy doesn’t want him anymore. He’s very pitiful! Daddy, daddy! Can we please keep him? Please let him be my little brother. Please?” Ah Mo placed both his arms around his daddy’s neck as he pleaded.
The older man struggled to keep himself from chuckling as he pinched his son’s nose: “How do you know that his mummy doesn’t want him anymore?”
“Wu… He.. He said it himself just now…” Ah Mo said sadly as he pointed at the unconscious Ran Feng Ge, “See! He’s so sad he’s already crying!”
At this, Su Yi Mo started struggling within his father’s grip as he tried to make his way back to Little Liar’s side, grabbing the arm that did not have the IV drip attached, his little face full of tenderness as he muttered gently: “Little Liar, don’t cry… If your mummy does not want you, I want you! You can be my little brother, and I will protect you. How is that?” Su Yi Mo reached over to wipe away the tears that had rolled down Ran Feng Ge’s little cheeks.
Hearing his son’s words, the older man could not help the little smile from forming on his lips, children will be children, so sweet and naïve, believing whatever they wanted to do can be done. Liking something means liking it completely, hating something meant hating it completely, there was only black and white, there was no such thing as grey zones in a child’s mind. Unlike adults, children never needed to think about the consequences or repercussions, they did not need to worry about unnecessary things.
“Ah Huo, what is going on here?” the Su family’s master finally turned towards the driver Ah Huo once he decided to get to the bottom of the matter.
His beloved little son was supposed to have gone to the hospital to visit his mother today, so how did he end up bringing him someone else’s son? Such a cute-looking boy, surely someone will be missing him and will be looking for him dearly.
Ah Huo explained the entire situation from start to finish to his master, from the side, Ah Jiu could not help but interject: “Master, young master said the moment he came back that that little boy was a cheat, and that he planned the entire accident to get knocked down to try and get some money out of the Su Family…”
“Oh? Is that so?” the master of the house asked as he glanced at the little boy lying on the bed.
The Su Family was new in the business scene, they were not yet well known. Although he has tried to convert the family business to be an above board business, there were still many aspects that fell in a gray area, especially the rivalry situation regarding the Chasing Hawk fraction from the head family, who knows if this was part of another one of their schemes or not.
It could very well be a scheme to get close to Ah Mo…
Talking about a scheme, Su Yi Mo was his only son, his beloved pride and joy that was even more precious than his own life itself. A child that was beloved by both sides of the family, keeping him sheltered and protected was their main priority. This was no different from how little Ran Feng Ge used to be treated.
Su Family’s Master would never allow anything to happen to his beloved son.
“Send Ah Yi to check the background of that child.”
Whilst Ah Yi was still checking up on Ran Feng Ge’s background, the boy in question finally woke up.
Having had an entire bag of IV, Ran Feng Ge’s fever had subsided substantially. His color was also looking a lot better than before; except for the occasional cough that sounded as though Ran Feng Ge was trying to cough up his lungs.
Little Su Yi Mo had just finished washing two snow pears, taking on his self-given older brother status, Su Yi Mo handed the bigger of the two snow pears over to Ran Feng Ge: “Here, Little Liar, take this! If you eat one of these snow pears, you will not cough as badly. It is very very effective!”
Ran Feng Ge was feeling a little bit guilty, he had started out as wanting to swindle this older brother, but it turned out that this older boy and his family were treating him so well: calling a doctor in for him, giving him an IV drip and now still giving him yummy things to eat.
“Take it!” Su Yi Mo said as he watched Ran Feng Ge tighten his fingers over the blanket edge, refusing to raise his head to look at him. Shoving the snow pear into Ran Feng Ge’s hands, “Don’t be sad, I will be your big brother from now one, and no one will be able to bully you anymore!”
Ran Feng Ge had to use both his hands to hold on to the snow pear that was shoved at him, hearing Su Yi Mo’s words, he could not help but raise his head to look at him, when did he become my older brother?
“Go on, eat it.” Su Yi Mo bit into his own pear, both his eyes becoming crescents, “They are very sweet!”
Ran Feng Ge decided to listen and gracefully took a bite of the pear.
Mouthful after mouthful, Ran Feng Ge slowly ate the pear. However, the pear was indeed too big and too much, Ran Feng Ge could only finish half the pear before he felt too full.
Su Yi Mo took the pear from Ran Feng Ge’s hands and placed it on the bedside table, before clamoring up onto the bed to lie down next to his new younger brother and chat with him: “Little Liar, is it true that your mummy doesn’t want you anymore?”
Ran Feng Ge’s face fell as he silently shook his head.
“Really? She really doesn’t want you anymore?” Su Yi Mo asked, mistaking the shaking of his head for Ran Feng Ge’s mother not wanting him anymore. “Then, I will be your big brother from now on, how is that? My daddy and mummy are the best!”
Ran Feng Ge wanted to reply, but he felt guilty for lying to the older boy before him.
Su Yi Mo could not help the smile from gracing his face as he asked: “Ok? Ok?”
Ran Feng Ge felt turmoil tear at his heart strings, although his mama and his grandpa were no longer treating him the way they did before they were still his family. And now, both of them were hospitalized, the doctor there even said that his mama’s condition was very severe, that was the reason why she could no longer recognize him. Therefore, Ran Feng Ge knew that he had to grow up quickly, really quickly, so that he could earn lots of money to treat his mama’s condition, that way, his mama would love him like how she did before.
As for his grandpa… Grandpa was only very sad for now, that was why he could not care for Ran Feng Ge as he did before. So, Ran Feng Ge has to be obedient, and not make his grandpa upset.
Therefore, Ran Feng Ge cannot become someone else’s son. In front of Su Yi Mo’s expectant gaze, Ran Feng Ge shook his head firmly.
Greatly disappointed, Su Yi Mo asked: “Ah… It’s no good? You don’t want me as an older brother?”