Ran Feng Ge didn’t say anything out loud but he was guessing in his heart who this older boy was.
An Mu was taller than Ran Feng Ge by almost two heads. He leaned over slightly and said with a smile: “I’m your Gege!”
[TN: gege = older brother]
Ran Feng Ge bit down on his lower lip as he glanced at An Mu. An Mu’s smile was very gentle and welcoming, he had a slightly feminine aspect to his handsome features, very unlike papa’s rugged handsome good looks – An Mu likely resembled mama more?
Oh that’s right! Where’s mama?
Ran Feng Ge slowly looked behind An Mu towards the porch behind him, there was a lady with curled hair in a long dress walking towards them. As soon as the lady laid her eyes on Ran Feng Ge, she felt herself stumble a little, this child is actually very cute and adorable looking…
As she made her way to Ran Feng Ge, she reached out a hand to gently ruffle his head: “Yangyang, don’t you recognize mummy?”
Ran Feng Ge dodged her hand, his gut telling him to be wary of this woman before him.
He did not know why but the emotions he sensed from this woman did not make him feel at ease, in fact, it made him feel like this woman held fury towards his appearance.
Even though he managed to dodge the offending hand, Ran Feng Ge’s little hands were still attached to the back of An Mu’s jacket. It was already evident that Ran Feng Ge felt safe when An Mu was around.
Master An finally stepped forward: “Alright, alright. Yangyang has only just been discharged from the hospital and had to fly back home immediately after. He must be exhausted by now. Let him rest and recover, who knows, he might regain his memories tomorrow? Come, let’s get inside!”
An Mu pulled Ran Feng Ge’s hand into his: “Yangyang, would you like gege to show you to your room?”
Ran Feng Ge nodded silently before finally speaking: “En.”
The two young children walked before the adults and quickly disappeared into the mansion.
Master An finally turned to his wife and said: “Remember. You are to care for him diligently. I do not want anything untoward to happen to him. Understand?”
“Don’t you worry, I will treat him as though he were one of my own.”
“En.” Master An hummed before saying: “Let Xiao Mu take care of him too.”
“I understand.” After deliberating for a moment, Mistress An asked: “Should we bring Xiao Chen and Xiao Ya home as well then?”
“No! Not at the moment.” Master An iterated, “They are both still too young. What if once they see Yangyang, they say something they are not supposed to? They are both still not even of age to start kindergarten yet, might as well leave them with your parents for now.”
“… Alright then.”
With that, all negotiations regarding this matter were finished. With Ran Feng Ge’s little hand still in his, An Mu pulled his new little brother into the house and quickly up the stairs to the room his mummy had only just redecorated two days prior. With a push, An Mu opened the door leading into the room: “Yangyang, this here was your room!” and then pointed to the next door down the corridor, “And this here is mine! I am right next to you, there were times when you would come crawling into my bed in the middle of the night.”
Ran Feng Ge entered his room, he could hear An Mu talking to him, but he did not want to answer. He scanned the room, looking from the bed sheets to the study table – suspicions once again clouding his eyes.
This room did not appear to be lived in, everything looked as though they were new and fresh. The bed posts were new and the study table was too clean and tidy – why were there no photos or family portraits?
Family portraits… Wait… Photo shoots… Photos…
Ran Feng Ge leaned against the study table, his brows furrowed together as his brain ached suddenly. He could recall something from his missing memories, something that had to do with photos and a photo shoot.
Was he supposed to have gone for a photo shoot with someone? Who was it? And what ever happened after that? Was it with his gege?
Turning around to look at An Mu behind him, Ran Feng Ge disagreed with that notion in his heart. It wasn’t him.
No. That other person… He was not as tall as An Mu, and his age was closer to that of Ran Feng Ge.
An Mu made his way to stand before Ran Feng Ge. Seeing that his face was scrunched up in confusion, An Mu couldn’t help but ask “Yangyang, what’s wrong?”
Ran Feng Ge shook his head: “Nothing.”
“If there is something wrong, you have to tell gege okay!” An Mu said patiently as he looked kindly at his little brother.
He had realized in the short time together, Ran Feng Ge was not someone who liked to talk, he was not too sure if it was because Ran Feng Ge was suspicious about the whole situation or he was just a very quiet boy.
Likely… Likely it was because Ran Feng Ge was too vigilant?
And this was how Ran Feng Ge’s life began with the An Family.
The initial vigilance Ran Feng Ge had about the whole situation slowly dissipated the more he spent time with An Mu; the closer he got to An Mu. At this point in time, An Mu was already old enough to attend junior high, he was also allowed to board in the school dormitories, however, An Mu decided to commute to school just so he could spend more time with Ran Feng Ge. Ran Feng Ge also learned to enjoy spending time in the backseat of An Mu’s car playing with his gege during the daily commute.
The children here all knew how to speak English, and so Ran Feng Ge also started to learn English alongside An Mu; he was very smart and a quick learner, it didn’t take him long to be on par with all the other kids his age.
Perhaps it was all to do with the innocence of children, anything that once worried them, they could easily overcome. Even though he was an amnesiac, it didn’t affect Ran Feng Ge one bit.
Ran Feng Ge was cute, adorable, obedient, and smart, without any ulterior motives. He easily gained the affection of everyone he met.
Master An and An Mu couldn’t help but love Ran Feng Ge more and more each time they met him.
It was especially evident in the case of Master An, he even hired tutors after tutors to aid in Ran Feng Ge’s education.
In the beginning, Master An didn’t want to register Ran Feng Ge to attend the local school because he was afraid the secret would be exposed. In a school, there was bound to be a large number of students, even if Master An prepared for everything he could think of, he could not control the mouths of the other students and their parents. Ran Feng Ge was a very intelligent child, if there was even a hint of incongruity, the secret would be exposed immediately. This child of his was obtained after many trials and tribulations; he was not going to let him go that easily.
Therefore, in the beginning he used the excuse of Ran Feng Ge having only just been discharged to stop him from going to school.
However, it was not long before Ran Feng Ge’s innate intelligence reared its head.
One day, during An Mu’s piano lesson, Ran Feng Ge who had been lounging on the couch near him with his head resting on his arms enjoying himself couldn’t help himself from commenting after An Mu played a wrong note: “Gege, the note you played just now was wrong! It is supposed to be Re not Mi.”
An Mu looked at the piano score and with a chuckle: “Yangyang is so amazing! Gege did play the wrong note!”
“Punishment! Punishment! Punishment!” Ran Feng Ge yelled as he leapt off the couch and ran up to An Mu, placing his arms around An Mu’s shoulders, “The punishment for gege is to take me out to play!”
An Mu could never say no to Ran Feng Ge, and so he would ride his bicycle with little Ran Feng Ge riding tandem behind him to go enjoy the sun and sights.
Where they lived, very beautiful scenery could be seen all around them. Just a short ride away by bicycle was a little hill; in spring, the little hill would be covered in all colors of the rainbow due to the growth of wildflowers. It was always so beautiful then.
The two brothers would lie amongst the flowers on the little hill and cloud watch, their little conversations going on and on without interruptions.
Because of this incident, An Mu found out about Ran Feng Ge’s talent in piano and could not help but boast about this fact to Master An when he next saw him: “Yangyang is so talented daddy!”
And with that, Master An started hiring tutors for music, literature, English, economics, finance… whatever could be taught and learned, they were all hired. Because of this, Master An then found out that this little son of his was so much more than he had expected – Ran Feng Ge was already well versed in quite a few subjects such as finance and business economics. Furthermore, he absorbed new knowledge very readily, and it was due to this that Master An’s adoration for his new son grew even deeper, perhaps even more so than that for An Mu.
An Mu was by far not a stupid child, he was very intelligent as well. However, he was quite a few years older than Ran Feng Ge and all his knowledge was a given due to the education he had access to. Whereas, Ran Feng Ge was so much younger but he was already so talented!
These few months that Ran Feng Ge had been in the An Family, Master’s An attitude and expectations towards him had changed drastically for the better, and because of this, Mistress An couldn’t help but grow anxious at the new glow of adoration her husband had towards his illegitimate son. What worried her even more was that with things going how they were, she had no doubt that Master An might even consider changing his heir and cast An Mu aside! The one who might inherit the entire business empire might become Ran Feng Ge and her own son, An Mu might be pushed into second place.
This would not do. No. She had to come up with a plan to ensure An Mu’s status…
Mistress An’s plan would finally come into fruition two months later.
At that time, it was already in the middle of winter, it was right at the time where Master An had left for a business conference in Washington and Mistress An had taken both An Mu and Ran Feng Ge to New York for some fun at a winter theme park.
An Mu and Ran Feng Ge had been having the time of their lives playing together at the theme park, both had such happy smiles on their faces. However, Mistress An could not help but feel irritated at the happy smile on Ran Feng Ge’s little face.
Just a little more… Ran Feng Ge, you won’t be so happy in just a while…
After taking them to a few locations to play, when it was finally time for them to depart back for home, Mistress An first gave An Mu a couple of sleeping tablets; An Mu could not help himself from yawning even though he was desperately trying to stay awake. Mistress An had also planned ahead and left behind a bag back in the hotel room, once the car was ready to set off, Mistress An turned to Ran Feng Ge: “Yangyang, Mummy forgot my bag back there, can you please help mummy to go get them? I think I left it on the couch in the room we stayed in.”
An Mu struggled to open his eyes: “I.. I will go.”
Ran Feng Ge quickly removed his safety belt and hopped out of the car: “I will go, gege you must have played too much yesterday night and that’s why you are so tired now. You go and sleep, I’ll be right back with the bag!”
With that, An Mu allowed his heavy eyelids to finally droop closed and soon dropped off to slumber.
As Ran Feng Ge’s little shadow disappeared through the hotel doors, Mistress An quickly stepped down hard on the accelerator and drove off as quickly as she could.
Fighting the sleep, An Mu could tell something was amiss but no matter how hard he tried, he was unable to force his eyelids open.
Ran Feng Ge, with his little arms around the bag that had been forgotten, skipped merrily down the stairs and out the front door but came to an abrupt stop once he realized the car was gone.
Stunned and confused Ran Feng Ge could not understand what had just happened. Unless something had happened while he was gone – could something have happened to mummy and gege? But even if something had happened, shouldn’t they have waited for him?
He scanned the roads and quickly spotted a familiar car slowly getting smaller in the distance.
The confusion quickly turned into horror and anxiety as he hugged the bag to his chest and began to chase after the car: “Mummy! Wait for me!”
The fear in his heart started to grow exponentially until Ran Feng Ge started crying: “Mummy! Gege! I’m here! I’m still here! Mummy! Gege! Wait for me… Please wait for me…”
Oh my giraffes, what are we to do with this guy? Throws table :/
Tonight’s chapter: Chapter 34: A New Life: My Son, Your Name is An Yang!
Once Master An exacted his revenge against the Ran family, he was conflicted, should or shouldn’t he bring Ran Feng Ge back to be nurtured under his wings? Ran Feng Ge is after all, his own flesh and blood – a tiger, though cruel, will not devour its own cubs! What Master An had wanted to do was to get back at Ran Chen; not only did he get his wish, he managed to implicate Ran Chen’s two sons in it as well. Therefore, Master An decided to bring Ran Feng Ge to America, get him as far away from the Ran family as possible, who knows, perhaps with time, he would be able to accept things as is and assimilate into the An family.
However, after returning to China, Master An had been unable to locate Ran Feng Ge. He received information that Ran Chen had been admitted into the hospital, which prompted Master An to make a trip down to the hospital in an attempt to locate his son. Alas, not only was he unable to find Ran Feng Ge, he found out that his “wife” Ran Wen Lu had gone crazy.
Even after going back into the Ran family compound and waiting for a whole day and night, Ran Feng Ge was still nowhere to be found. It was only then that Master An started panicking – using all the An resources to search for his son.
Because Ran Feng Ge was under the Su family’s protection at that time and the Su family’s security was airtight the An family was unable to locate Ran Feng Ge at that time.
At least, that was the case until the day Su Yi Mo decided to take the both of them out for a drive. That was the day the An family finally got a lead on the whereabouts of Ran Feng Ge.
The only problem was that it was too late, by the time the An family could make a move, Ran Feng Ge had already been hurt in the accident.
The men who had hurried to retrieve the unconscious and injured Ran Feng Ge from the carnage met up with Master An as soon as they could to admit Ran Feng Ge into a hospital.
Once the preliminary treatments had been performed and Ran Feng Ge was pulled back from hell’s gates, the words the attending doctor said next were that Ran Feng Ge is suffering from a severe traumatic brain injury and that complications could arise.
Master An was beside himself waiting anxiously for Ran Feng Ge to regain consciousness. With regards to this son of his, he was full of contradictions – at one end, he felt immense guilt towards the suffering this young son of his had been through, but on the other end, this was what everyone from the Ran family deserved.
It was only after 5 days that Ran Feng Ge finally regained consciousness.
His head was aching tremendously, his vision unfocused and blurry. He was unsure of where he was or why he was there; the only thing Ran Feng Ge was sure of was that something was not right at all. Ran Feng Ge was unsure why everything around him was so foreign and unfamiliar.
“You’re finally awake. Do you feel any discomforts anywhere?” Master An asked gently as he rushed forwards towards his son.
Ran Feng Ge could not help the suspicion from flooding his eyes as he eyed the stranger before him: “Who are you?”
“…” Master An was taken aback for a moment before quickly replying, “I am your papa.”
“Papa?” Ran Feng Ge repeated the strange word on his tongue, his little face full of suspicion. The word papa was very foreign to him, and from the little memories he still retained, it was a very unfamiliar word.
Master An misunderstood Ran Feng Ge’s tone and assumed that his son had been calling out to him – his heart wrenching a little, wondering to himself Ran Feng Ge must hate me, doesn’t he?
“My son, are you hurting anywhere?” Master An asked tentatively.
When Ran Feng Ge tried to recall any memories his head would throb and ache horrendously. Therefore, Ran Feng Ge decided to accept this whole papa business and see where it takes him.
After all, why would a stranger who had nothing to do with him send him to the hospital and take care of him?
“My head hurts… There are a lot of things I can’t remember…” Ran Feng Ge said as his small hand rose up to massage his temples. Raising his head, Ran Feng Ge looked towards Master An, “Papa, what is my name?”
With just one papa, Master An could not help but feel elated and comforted, his lips pulled into a gentle smile, his eyes turning into crescents – Ran Feng Ge losing his memory was a good thing – before replying: “Son, your name is An Yang!”
Even though Ran Feng Ge had no memories at the moment, he instinctively knew that this name was not right, thereby prompting him to ask: “Really?”
Master An knew how to play the game and allowed his expression to crumble almost immediately: “Yangyang, are you suspicious of papa? Why would papa lie to you?”
Feeling guilty, Ran Feng Ge stammered: “I’m sorry…”
An Yang? An Yang… … Whatever, so be it. I can be you’re An Yang for now – at least until I get my memories back.
Even though that was what Ran Feng Ge had decided, the awkwardness between father and son was very pronounced. Ran Feng Ge didn’t talk much with his father. It wasn’t long before he was thinking about his mother. Being only 8 years old, Ran Feng Ge could not help but ask outright: “Where’s mama? Why doesn’t she come to see me?” Ran Feng Ge hesitated for a moment before asking again: “Why am I in the hospital? Why can’t I remember anything?”
Master An had been expecting this, therefore he was unfazed by the questioning. Instead, he leaned forward over Ran Feng Ge and gently smoothed out his hair, ensuring his voice was as genteel as he could manage before saying: “Mama didn’t come back to China. Only you and I came into the country for a holiday. You were accidentally hurt at the playground. This is why you are unable to remember a lot of things. Once you feel better, papa will get the good doctors here to give you a thorough check-up to make sure you are all healthy. So you have to be good and listen to papa okay?”
Ran Feng Ge felt that the man before him was just a stranger and everything he said was just words, however, Ran Feng Ge also knew that he was not at the stage where he could refute anything therefore, all he could do for now was nod his head obediently without saying anything in reply.
Master An released the breath he had been holding before he stood up and turned to call for the doctor.
The doctor gave Ran Feng Ge a full check-up and agreed that the temporary amnesia was most likely caused by the head trauma. With adequate rest, the missing memories might come back in time.
Once all of his external wounds were mostly healed, Master An had Ran Feng Ge discharged immediately, quickly making their way to the airport.
Even though Ran Feng Ge accepted Master An’s aid on the surface, he allowed himself to be called “Yangyang”; Ran Feng Ge always knew something was amiss.
Master An was a powerful man, he was a man’s man and didn’t pay much attention to details. Seeing that Ran Feng Ge was quiet with his head down, he had assumed that his son was just tired and thus scooped him up into his arms and asked: “Yangyang, are you tired out? You’ll be able to rest very well once we get home. Seeing a familiar environment might bring your memories back.”
“En…” Ran Feng Ge muttered a reply before struggling, “Please put me down, I’m not tired, I want to walk.” It was too awkward, it felt as though he was missing something.
“Call me papa and I’ll let you down.” Master An recognized the conflict in his son’s features and knew that he was still suspicious. Looks like getting Ran Feng Ge to call him papa wouldn’t be as easy as he thought it would be – therefore Master An decided to tease him a little.
Ran Feng Ge couldn’t help but pout as he unwillingly muttered: “Papa…”
“Aw how good!” Master An cried out as he smooshed Ran Feng Ge’s cheeks gently before carrying him onto the plane.
Once they found their seats, Master An personally helped Ran Feng Ge with his seat belt and called one of the air stewardess to bring a blanket over. Gently tucking his son in, Master An said: “Let’s get some sleep, when we wake up we’ll be home!”
Ran Feng Ge couldn’t help but feel excitement building up within him. He couldn’t remember ever flying on a plane, even if he had memories of it he couldn’t remember them now so for him it was his very first time in an airplane. All the exhaustion that he had been feeling before the flight, magically disappeared as he stretched his neck as far as he could to take in all the sights within the airplane compartment. His eyes the size of saucers as he looked around him with untainted innocence.
Looking at Ran Feng Ge’s naivety, all Master An wanted to do at that point in time was to pull his cute adorable little son into his embrace; had he known that this son of his was so utterly adorable, he would have flown back into the country a lot sooner to take him back to where he belonged! However, with things the way they are now, it was also not too bad to take advantage of the situation to keep his son by his side now. Master An was now very sure that his decision to take this son of his in was ultimately the right decision.
Ran Feng Ge could not help but stare at all the other passengers in awe, after that, he turned his sights to the window next to him. Just then, the in-flight announcement sounded to inform all passenger that the plane was about to take off – Ran Feng Ge could not help but feel a little apprehensive as he grabbed onto the seat handles.
A loud hollow noise sounded from the engines outside the window and rang loudly through the entire cabin, it was so loud that Ran Feng Ge felt his ears were ringing, but this was all part of the excitement! Looking outside, Ran Feng Ge was elated to see the ground and all its buildings slowly becoming smaller, slowly disappearing under the clouds as they flew higher and higher up towards the clear blue sky. It was a very funny feeling, but it was not bad.
The little rascal could not stop his mouth from falling open in awe, as his eyes shone with unbridled excitement.
Once the plane reached flying altitudes and the seat belt signs went off, people started standing up and moving around – some of them headed into the dining cabin, others to the toilets. Ran Feng Ge could not contain himself and wanted to quickly explore the entirety of the plane. Focusing all his attention to Master An, Ran Feng Ge tugged on the little corner of Master’s An sleeve: “Papa! Can I leave the seat to go explore?”
Master An could not take the large innocent eyes that were focused on him, and the way Ran Feng Ge called him papa pushed him over the edge. Squeezing the little boy’s nose lightly, Master An reached over to help Ran Feng Ge unbuckle his seat belt as he said: “Go on and have fun!”
Ran Feng Ge hopped off his eat and cautiously made his way down the aisle, airplanes were a new and foreign concept for him to explore; even though they were so high up in the sky, walking up and down the aisle still felt as though he were walking on the ground thousands of miles beneath him. It was all so new and fascinating to him that even in an enclosed space up in the sky, there were still things to eat and toilets to be used!
After roaming about for a while, Ran Feng Ge made his way back to his seats just as the food trolley started to make its way down towards them. Ran Feng Ge spotted the many different snacks stacked onto the trolley and wondered what they would taste like and so he pulled at his father’s sleeve again, asking hesitantly: “Papa, I want to eat that.”
Ran Feng Ge was unsure if Master An would be willing to purchase it for him. From what he could remember, it seemed that whenever he asked for something to eat, the people around him would fight to buy it for him, but who were those people? Ran Feng Ge could no longer remember them.
Master An was more than happy to accommodate Ran Feng Ge’s request, he reached over and pulled a large variety of the different snacks and piled it onto Ran Feng Ge’s table, at the same time Master An reached for a packet of milk and placed it in front of his son as he ruffled his little head of hair: “Go on and enjoy!”
Ran Feng Ge felt that this unfamiliar papa was not a bad person, he was willing to accommodate his request and spoil him whenever he could. It wasn’t too bad a feeling. Picking up one of the kid snacks that had just been gifted to him, Ran Feng Ge held it in front of Master An and said: “You can eat it too!”
Master An could not help but let out the loud happy laughter erupting from within as he took the little packet from tiny hands: “Let’s eat this together!”
The plane journey was fun and relaxed, both father and son were happy.
It was two in the afternoon when the plane finally landed in Los Angeles. There was already a car waiting when Master An exited the airport hand in hand with Ran Feng Ge, while a team of bodyguards followed up behind them. Ran Feng Ge turned his head to look at the suited men behind him from time to time, unable to shake off the feeling that this was a very familiar sight.
Actually, when he had been living with Su Yi Mo, this was a very common occurrence. Wherever they went, a team of highly trained bodyguards would always be following up behind them – the only problem was that Ran Feng Ge didn’t remember this at all.
The car drove along unfamiliar streets and strange foreign sights were visible outside the window, this made Ran Feng Ge apprehensive for unknown reasons. His little hands balled up into tiny fists as he desperately asked himself what mama was like, and would she be angry that he was unable to remember her at all? Or… would she be worried?
Master An had long prepared in advance a team to return first and update the entire family that he would be bringing home his illegitimate son and of the circumstance surrounding his new found son. They were alerted as to what they could and couldn’t say in front of him and the consequences that would follow should they fail him.
His wife was naturally upset at the notion that her husband was bringing a brat that he had with another woman into their home, but she knew better than to let her real emotions surface. She played the model wife and had the servants clean out the extra guest room for the child to stay in.
The wife had already made calculations of her own with regards to the whole situation, her own son An Mu was already 13 years old, he was the rightful heir to the An family and its inheritance. Her husband’s kid with the other woman was only ever going to enjoy the notion of having a complete family, but he will never have the chance or the opportunity to fight with An Mu for the inheritance.
Seeing as how the child was still young, letting him into the family was only going to make her seem magnanimous and might even make her husband think more highly of her, this way it would make An Mu’s future path even smoother than it already was.
The car came to stop in front of a European style mansion; Ran Feng Ge could not help but feel extremely nervous in the car as he looked outside the window.
It’s so big and huge! This.. This is my home? Why is it that I don’t remember it at all? I know I’ve forgotten a lot of my memories but… shouldn’t there be a sense of familiarity?
While Ran Feng Ge was stuck in his own thoughts, a tiny head popped out from behind the European doors, once he recognized the car that was parked at the front of the gates, the little boy ran out quickly and raced towards Master An crying out: “Daddy!”
This little boy was An Mu. He knew that his daddy was going to return home today and with him was going to be a new little brother. His bodyguards had told him beforehand that his new little brother was a very cute and adorable little thing, therefore An Mu could not help himself all afternoon from pacing around and hyping himself up for their eventual meeting. He would prop himself up against the windows to watch the cars go by, hoping that every car that slowed down outside was going to be his daddy’s car! When the sound of familiar wheels rolling to a stop on the ground beyond the gate sounded, An Mu had stuck his face against the window pane to see that it was in fact his daddy’s car that was now outside!
It was also at this time where Ran Feng Ge popped his head out the back-car door to peek at what was going on. A cute little face revealed itself to An Mu. An Mu felt his eyes light up as soon as he laid his sights on his new little brother. He rushed up and pulled the door fully open, reached in wanting to help the younger boy climb out of the car.
Ran Feng Ge looked at the older boy with apprehension, who was this? However, Ran Feng Ge was faced with a smile that was so welcoming and bright that Ran Feng Ge realized he had reached for the helping hand before he even registered it.
An Mu looked at Ran Feng Ge with nothing but gentleness as he smiled and said: “Yangyang, you are finally back!”