Today we have another super sweet chapter of Ti Shen for you.
The interior of this Chinese restaurant was still not up to Young Master Su’s standards. He hesitated for a moment before turning around. As Su Yi Mo made his way out of the restaurant he reached for his cell phone and dialed the number of his personal attendant. “Ah Jiu, I need you to buy some things for me. You have to ensure that they’re clean…”
Once Su Yi Mo finished reciting the things Ran Feng Ge wanted, he ended the call.
Not wanting to waste his time waiting for Ah Jiu to complete his task, Su Yi Mo spent the time contemplating about what he could do for the rest of the meals for the next few days.
At the end of the day, nothing beats homecooked food.
Worst case scenario, Ran Feng Ge can still be transferred to a better hospital.
But…his surgery was very successful; maybe a transfer is a little drastic. The most important thing now is to aid in his recuperation.
Or… we could go home and… maybe have some homecooked food…
Coming to a conclusion, Su Yi Mo relaxed his furrowed brows, the edges of his lips pulling up slightly to reveal a small smile of relief.
After some time, the car that had just been collecting dust back home pulled up in front of Su Yi Mo and Ah Jiu stepped out from the driver’s seat. In Ah Jiu’s hands were multiple bags containing the different dishes. The moment he looked at his young master, he was taken aback slightly. Why is the young master wearing that? Although he does appear more approachable this way…
“Young Master!” Ah Jiu called out as he carried the containers of food over. “Young Master, I’ve gotten everything you asked for. These were all made by a chef from a five-star hotel. I was supervising everything they did, and all the ingredients they used were fresh and clean!”
As he was speaking, Ah Jiu was scanning the surroundings, wondering why his young master would come to somewhere this rural and rundown. Looking around at the stalls, Ah Jiu was a little happy – it was no wonder that the young master had wanted him to bring food over, he was worried about the food hygiene here.
“Young Master, come eat while it is still hot!” Ah Jiu was about to place the food down when Su Yi Mo took the bags from him. “Give them to me, you can just head back first.”
“En.” Although somewhat surprised, Ah Jiu agreed as he handed the containers over before turning back towards the car.
Halfway to the car, Su Yi Mo called out: “Ah Jiu.”
“Yes, Young Master?”
“Are there… Are there ingredients at home to make porridge? What about ingredients to help remedy gastric disease?”
“This… No, we do not have them. All we have are for normal day-to-day meals. If Young Master requests, I will go prepare them right now.”
“Yes…” Su Yi Mo replied as he nodded his head in the affirmative, pausing a moment before saying: “Oh, and buy a few recipe books as well – the kind that caters towards healthy living.”
“Understood,” Ah Jiu replied. “If there is nothing else, Young Master, then I shall take my leave.”
The packets of food swayed easily as Su Yi Mo made his way back to Ran Feng Ge’s hospital room. The doctor was in the midst of his check-up when Su Yi Mo entered the room. The first thing he noticed was how Ran Feng Ge was looking a little unsettled, his face scrunched up as though he was in a lot of pain.
Placing the food onto the nearest tabletop, Su Yi Mo hurried forward. “Doctor, what has happened?”
“It is nothing. The surgical site has become slightly infected. I have already cleaned it up and have given him his medications. It would be for the best if he’s restricted to bed rest for the time being until the wound heals up.” The doctor explained as he finished applying a new layer of bandage material over the incision site.
Upon hearing the explanation, Su Yi Mo demanded, “The surgical site got infected? What sort of hospital is this? Do you even know how to practice proper medicine? How could you have allowed the surgical site to become infected—how on earth did you ever get your medical degree? Did you pay money to get that damned certificate? What sort of doctor are you?!”
In the face of criticism, the doctor’s face became stoic as he rebutted, “Sir, please watch what you are saying! We have done everything we can to prevent an infection from occurring at the incision site, however, each person’s immune system is different! There are some individuals who, despite every step we take to ensure the sterility, will still get an immune reaction at the surgical site. This is a very common occurrence, and it can be treated with subsequent antibiotic treatment! Please apologize for whatever you have just said!”
Stunned beyond words at the rebuttal, Su Yi Mo had no chance to reply before Ran Feng Ge interrupted, “Doctor! I am so sorry! My friend here does not understand the ways of medicine. He was just a little too worried and spouted nonsense. I apologize in his stead. Please do not mind him.”
The doctor took one look at Ran Feng Ge’s apologetic face and felt the anger in him dissipate. Picking up the medical chart, the doctor shot a glare at Su Yi Mo before turning to leave the room with a huff of indignation.
Even if Su Yi Mo wanted to say something, he could do nothing but watch the doctor leave.
By the side, Ran Feng Ge picked up an apple and aimed it at Su Yi Mo. “Oi! Stop spacing out!”
Hearing Ran Feng Ge’s voice, Su Yi Mo turned just in time to catch the flying apple in one hand. He stared at the apple suspiciously as he asked, “Where did you get the apple from?”
Ran Feng Ge gave a cheeky laugh. “The pretty nurse gave it to me just now. But I guess she did not know that I just had gastro surgery and that I can’t eat that now. So be grateful that I’m gifting it to you!”
Su Yi Mo threw the apple onto the tabletop and muttered, “What a flirt…”
“What did you just say?” Ran Feng Ge could not hear what Su Yi Mo had just said.
“Nothing,” Su Yi Mo replied as he started to unpack the various dishes from the takeaway bags. From within one, he retrieved the Eight Treasure Porridge and a plastic spoon that came with it.
As soon as Ran Feng Ge smelled the sweet aroma of food, he couldn’t help but exclaim, “Smells delicious!”
Hearing Ran Feng Ge’s exclamation, Su Yi Mo couldn’t help the upwards tug at the edges of his lips, at least that was the case until he heard him follow up with, “Why were you gone so long by the way? The nurses were saying that there were multiple food stalls just outside the entrance of the hospital…”
As soon as he finished speaking, Su Yi Mo had already placed the bowl of porridge in front of Ran Feng Ge. There, on the box, was the logo of a five-star hotel. Ran Feng Ge felt his eyes widen, “Why on earth did you go so far to buy porridge?” And from that five-star chain of hotels? Puh-lease, it’s just a bowl of porridge. This is too much… No, he’s just showing off now, isn’t he?
“I got Ah Jiu to buy it. Okay, enough talk, just eat!” Su Yi Mo said as he pushed the bowl closer to Ran Feng Ge, “Eat.”
Ran Feng Ge frowned. “It’s just a bowl of porridge. Did you have to make such a big fuss over it? Making Ah Jiu go buy this so early in the morning, and from such an expensive place…”
Su Yi Mo returned the look. “What are you trying to say? I’ve got you what you wanted, who cares where I got them from! It isn’t even your money!”
“Yes, yes… You’re loaded. But this isn’t the way to spend money, is it?”
“I will spend my money as I see fit. Are you trying to control how I spend my money?”
“You—” Ran Feng Ge said, his voice rising.
“Besides, the food stalls outside may be nearby, but there is nonstop traffic day in and day out. Who knows how much dust, dirt, and grime have been mixed up along in the pots of porridge? You sure you want to eat such tainted food?” Su Yi Mo’s arm was getting tired from holding up the bowl of porridge, “Are you going to eat or not? It’s already getting cold!”
“Eat! Of course, I’ll eat!” Ran Feng Ge said, “After all, boss went through so much trouble to get it here, there is no way I’ll let your hard work go to waste…”
“Then? Why aren’t you taking it?” Su Yi Mo grumbled.
Ran Feng Ge took one look at his annoyed face and a plan hatched almost immediately in his head, talking big even after wasting all that money—he deserves some punishment!
“Boss. Why don’t you be a good guy right ‘til the end? Any movement from my end makes the incisions on my wound hurt. If it isn’t too much trouble, can you please feed me?” Ran Feng Ge pleaded, his face switching from annoyed to one of utter helplessness.
Su Yi Mo couldn’t help but sigh out loud, “Troublesome!”
Rolling his eyes, Ran Feng Ge said, “Sigh. I get it, Young Master Su is always the one being attended upon and never the one attending to others. Why don’t you help me go outside to call one of the pretty nurses to help me instead?”
“The nurses?! For what?” Su Yi Mo never once said he was unwilling to feed Ran Feng Ge, but the moment he heard Ran Feng Ge ask for one of the nurses, he couldn’t help but feel a little irritated. “It’s just feeding someone! You think I can’t even do that?”
The moment he finished his sentence, Su Yi Mo used his leg to pull one of the chairs over to the bedside and sat down. Using the spoon, he scooped a spoonful of the porridge and brought it to Ran Feng Ge’s lips as he said coldly, “Open your mouth!”
Ran Feng Ge pushed his lips together, tightly shaking his head as he thought to himself, and he says he knows how to attend to someone. Doesn’t he know to blow at it a little to help cool it down? What if it’s too hot?
Su Yi Mo repeated once again, his voice harder than before, “Open your mouth!”
Ran Feng Ge pursed his lips and shook his head once more, “What if it’s too hot?”
Su Yi Mo couldn’t help but inhale his next breath a little sharply. Pulling the spoon back away from Ran Feng Ge, he brought the spoon to his lips and blew on it. Just as he was about to direct the spoon back to Ran Feng Ge, a thought sprang to his mind, and he touched it to his lips lightly – testing the temperature, making sure it wasn’t too hot before returning it to Ran Feng Ge. “You can eat it now, can’t you?”
Ran Feng Ge couldn’t stop the smile from forming at his lips as he opened his mouth obediently, “Ahhh.”
Slowly, Su Yi Mo brought each spoonful up to his own lips to test before feeding it to Ran Feng Ge.
And with each spoonful, Ran Feng Ge swallowed them happily.
However… With each spoonful…
Ran Feng Ge finally realized how things were playing out at the moment. He couldn’t help but stare at Su Yi Mo’s every little action: scooping up the porridge, blowing at the spoon, testing the temperature, blowing at it again to cool it down, and finally bringing it forward to Ran Feng Ge—
Holy shit! Why is this guy so obedient? All I wanted to do was to tease him a little. He could have just gone out and called a nurse in and he could have settled it all then and there. Who knew he would actually feed me himself?!
And… It is not like I can’t actually move. This wound is nothing compared to the others I’ve suffered before… What the heck is wrong with me today? Why did I actually… and with this iceberg of a man.
And to think he’s making sure each mouthful is cool enough…
Once Ran Feng Ge thought through about the current situation, he could not actually believe what was happening!
Seeing as how Ran Feng Ge had stopped opening his mouth, Su Yi Mo could not help but ask a little worriedly, “That’s it? You’ve only eaten this little bit and you’re full? Do you want to drink something else? I can ask Ah Jiu to make up a few dishes. I can also bring in a dietician; this will ensure that all the food from now on will be full of the necessary nutrients.”
Ran Feng Ge felt as though he was pulled from his thoughts abruptly as soon as he heard the concern in Su Yi Mo’s voice – how gentle it sounded and he could not help but feel the tips of his ears burn, nor could he stop the sudden increase in his heart rate. “It’s okay, you don’t have to feed me. I was just kidding earlier,” Ran Feng Ge said.
Su Yi Mo pushed his hands away, “Since I’ve already started, might as well finish it.”
With that said, Su Yi Mo continued to feed Ran Feng Ge spoonful after spoonful of porridge.
Ran Feng Ge could not do anything but obediently open his mouth to take in each spoonful of porridge. As he looked at the man before him, Ran Feng Ge couldn’t help himself but think: Does he treat Jing Qiu Han this gently as well? . . .
A thousand-year-old iceberg was but an image. In reality, under the layer of ice held a heart where hot spring water flowed.
Proofreaders: Charlotte Grey, Lyrick
Happy Independence Day to all the giraffes state side! We have a brand new chapter of Ti Shen for you and the end just melts my heart, could we be a little closer to the lovey dovey we’ve been waiting for?
Thinking back to the events of two years ago, An Mu and An Chen both retreated back into silence.
After a few moments, An Mu recollected himself and placed a gentle hand over An Chen’s shoulder, saying with a soft voice: “It’s all old history now. All I had was a physical wound; the real victim here was Ran Feng Ge. Everything I’ve done and am doing has been to try and prevent him from going through yet more mental torture. Being a body double doesn’t mean he had to go through what he did. A body double must risk himself in order to protect his charge; if I have the means to protect him back, then I should. Be careful what you say, don’t let anything slip up now. Remember, this is what the An family owes him.”
An Chen nodded obediently in response to what his elder brother said. “Okay, I understand.”
But what the mouth says may not necessarily be what the heart wants.
After all, that man was a body double; so what if he had to go through that? There was a very high fee attached to the job—why should the employer care about the employee after everything has been said and done? If Ran Feng Ge didn’t have the means to protect himself, then don’t expect a salary from a job gone wrong! Getting the benefits even though he was the one who chose to take the risk…
If Lan Kuang refused to leave his brother alone, then An Chen cannot promise that he will be able to keep this little secret to himself.
Of course, the first thing he was going to do was find Ran Feng Ge and see if he was willing to take on the persona of An Mu once again to go and meet with Lan Kuang to get him off his brother’s back…but if Ran Feng Ge doesn’t do what An Chen wants…
Then it isn’t An Chen’s fault should anything happen to Ran Feng Ge.
Cooperating with Lan Kuang wasn’t off the board—telling him the entire truth could be an alternative! Let Lan Kuang go and bother Ran Feng Ge instead! Elder brother belonged only to him. Who cares if it was Lan Kuang—he can forget about sullying An Mu!
An Mu didn’t see through An Chen; he only understood that An Chen had promised to keep his secret. Feeling relieved, the hand that had been on An Chen’s shoulder moved to tousle the hair on An Chen’s head, messing it up. “Let’s go home!” An Mu said cheerily as he made his way to his own car.
An Chen moved to soothe out his messed up hair, grumpily saying: “Why do you always treat me like a kid!”
Once An Chen lowered his arms, his expression had morphed into something dangerous – An Mu, you will never be able to escape from me!
It was the second morning when Ran Feng Ge finally woke up.
The sunlight streaming in from the glass window was extremely piercing; having been out cold for so long, the sudden brightness was overwhelming. Ran Feng Ge closed his eyes and slowly reopened them to get used to the light.
The smell of disinfectant and the IV that had been inserted through his skin on the back of his hand informed him that he was currently in the hospital.
Although there was still a dull throbbing, his abdomen was no longer hurting as badly as before. Ran Feng Ge allowed a small, pained smile to spread across his lips.
He never thought the day would come where he would break down and wind up in a hospital bed. He always thought he would be taken down by a horrible environment, or killed during a fight, perhaps shot down during a fiery gun fight – who knew that he would actually be taken down by an illness and end up in the hospital.
The saying that health is more important than wealth made a lot of sense now.
Looking at the side of the bed, Ran Feng Ge saw a crown of messy black hair and guessed that it must be Chen Xi Ran who had been keeping him company, but this man was useless, Having fallen asleep whilst keeping watch.
His sight went up to the ceiling as he thought back to the events that had transpired in the last few days.
Was this considered as his first failure?
The plan to go with the flow has been interrupted by Lan Kuang, and instead, Su Yi Mo was forced to act because of him. Now, even the plan to rescue Jing Qiu Lan was thwarted as well.
Lan Kuang was virtually impregnable, there were no flaws or weaknesses to this man—how were they going to rescue Jing Qiu Lan without him noticing anything?
Su Yi Mo had utilized his resources in order to save Ran Feng Ge; was it possible that this may have alerted Lan Kuang? Would that innocent little girl have to suffer because of it?
Sigh. Forget it! It isn’t even affiliated with me anyways! Why should I even put my foot into this mess? Anything that cannot be settled, the boss can just deal with it!
While Ran Feng Ge was ruminating on his own thoughts, the person that had been asleep on the side of the bed woke up. The moment he sat up, he noticed Ran Feng Ge staring up at the ceiling, deep in thought. He stood up and slowly made his way to Ran Feng Ge’s side, lowered his voice to a whisper and said: “You’re awake?”
Seeing that the man was Su Yi Mo made Ran Feng Ge go through a flurry of emotions – all of which were plain to see on his face: shock, suspicion, and finally, surprise! Wasn’t it supposed to be Ah Xi? When on earth did it become Su Yi Mo?!
After a moment of hesitation, Ran Feng Ge realized that Su Yi Mo was still dressed in his Taekwondo uniform, the white of the gi [TN: v neck style jacket] aided Su Yi Mo in exuding a sense of youthful handsomeness. If someone was to look at him, they would have believed that he was just a teenage boy, especially the image of him laying on his arms asleep. He must not have gotten much sleep the night before as Su Yi Mo was unable to stifle the yawn. Seeing him squeeze his eyes tight as his lips opened involuntarily made Ran Feng Ge feel a sense of familiarity to the man before him.
All this time Su Yi Mo had only shown the iceberg side of himself to Ran Feng Ge, this was the first time Ran Feng Ge saw Su Yi Mo as the young man that he was.
As soon as he got through the yawn, Su Yi Mo reached over and placed his hand over Ran Feng Ge’s forehead. The abrupt movement caused Ran Feng Ge to instinctively close his eyes as soon as the hand came close to him. When he opened his eyes, he watched as Su Yi Mo breathed a sigh of relief: “Good, there’s no fever.”
The doctor had informed him the night of the surgery that surgeries often incited high fevers afterwards. He warned Su Yi Mo that he would have to quickly seek medical attention for Ran Feng Ge if a fever occurred. Should the patient make it to the next day without a fever, then that was a good sign that the patient was recovering well. A few days of hospitalization and adequate rest would be all that was required. Of course, strict rest was still needed even after being discharged.
Seeing Ran Feng Ge go all quiet and looking at him with suspicion in his eyes, he thought, was he still angry?
Su Yi Mo was unsure of what Ran Feng Ge was thinking but remembering the last thing they did was fight made Su Yi Mo feel a little awkward and so he decided he was never going to bring up anything that had transpired that night. “Are you hungry? What do you feel like eating? I will go buy it for you, however, the doctor did say that you can only have fluids for now… Hmm, how about porridge? What kind of porridge do you feel like having?” Su Yi Mo asked, changing the topic and, hopefully, the atmosphere between them.
Ran Feng Ge continued to stare blankly at Su Yi Mo without a single word in reply.
Even the great and powerful Su Yi Mo was starting to get uncomfortable under the constant gaze of Ran Feng Ge. “What is it?”
Finally, after another moment of pause, Ran Feng Ge replied, “Nothing much. Just wondering if you are truly Su Yi Mo or if someone else has taken your place. This is the first time you have ever said so much in a sentence.”
Hearing this, Su Yi Mo felt his stoic composure slide back onto his face, an icy glare entering his eyes. Seeing this, Ran Feng Ge quickly replied: “I’m just joking! I want Eight Treasure porridge and seaweed soup. Boss, if it isn’t too much trouble, can you please go buy some for me?”
‘For me’, these two words were emphasized by Ran Feng Ge with a look of mischief directed towards Su Yi Mo.
Knowing him, Ran Feng Ge guessed that he wasn’t one to obediently do what was asked.
Su Yi Mo took one look at the mischievous face before him and knew immediately what the man before him was plotting, however, he was the one who offered to take care of Ran Feng Ge, therefore he was not going to reject his requests.
“Then just rest for a bit, I will go down and buy some for you.”
“Hospital food is well-known to be horrible! If it isn’t too much trouble for you boss, could you go out and get some for me? Since I am already hungry, it wouldn’t hurt me to wait a little longer,” Ran Feng Ge reasoned cheekily.
Since the opportunity came so readily to him, it would be bad if Ran Feng Ge allowed it to slip right past him.
The little gears he had in his head were click-clacking loudly, grinding away as he recalled the argument he had with Su Yi Mo before he collapsed. He was still feeling annoyed with Su Yi Mo for dragging Chen Xi Ran and Mi Le into the situation. He was an immature person and so, whatever he could do to cause trouble and get back at Su Yi Mo was a little win for him.
At the end of the day, Su Yi Mo was still his employer and the person who was paying his salary; he could not do anything huge to get his revenge on the guy, but petty little troubles shouldn’t affect Su Yi Mo too much!
Stretching his back, Su Yi Mo turned and made his way to the door. Once there, he turned back towards Ran Feng Ge’s direction and asked, “Is there anything else you want to eat? I will be going out anyways, might as well buy everything you want now.”
Ran Feng Ge thought about it. There were a lot of things he wanted but couldn’t not eat right now. However, since he was going through all the trouble to make it difficult for Su Yi Mo, he might as well go as far as he could: “Hmm, I still feel like having chicken soup, chicken porridge or maybe some fried dough sticks and soya milk or some red bean soup would be good too…”
Su Yi Mo’s eyebrows came together as he memorized Ran Feng Ge’s order. “Then, I’ll be on my way. Rest well, and should you need anything, just press the button for the nurses,” Su Yi Mo said as he closed the hospital room door gently.
“Okays!” Ran Feng Ge replied happily with a big, cheeky smile on his face.
Su Yi Mo made his way down to the first floor and walked out the hospital entrance.
This was a rural hospital therefore there was not going to be any five-star hotels nearby. All that was available were small pushcart stalls with homemade signboards – green bean white lily porridge, snow fungus and lotus seed soup, eight treasure porridge, corn and winter melon soup, broken rice porridge; there were a lot of choices to choose from. The next store was one that had teppanyaki which currently had egg patties cooking on top; the bottles that held the oil used to fry the foods were plastic soda bottles with a hole drilled into the bottle cap to allow ease of access.
Even from afar, Su Yi Mo was able to smell the sweet fragrance of good food. It was no wonder there was a long queue lining up before the stalls.
But. . .was it sanitary?
Even though there were lots of blue-collared workers buying packets of porridge on their way to work, Su Yi Mo could not help but take in the environment; each of these pushcarts were just a small stone-throw away from the main road, and there were cars driving up and down the road right before the stalls.
The pots that held the various porridges were uncovered and allowed to sit there in the open, inviting all sorts of dust particles to settle in each time a car drove past. Even if it cannot be seen by the naked eye, who knows how much grime and dirt has already been added into the mixture…
Ah… It would be better if I did not buy it from there! Ran Feng Ge’s stomach is already compromised, what if. . . What if he gets an infection from eating these?
Spotting a small family diner in the distance, Su Yi Mo quickly made his way across the road, thinking that it would be better to buy food from there – however, the moment he saw the inside of the diner, Su Yi Mo furrowed his brows even deeper than before…
Proofreaders: Charlotte Grey, Lyrick
[Lyick: AWWW! He wuvs him, so cute!]