The kiss me, I kiss you playtime antics persisted for a while, even during bath time where it became you wash my back, I’ll massage your shoulders.
However, happy times will always come to an end one day.
That day, Su Yi Mo had dug out one of his favorite outfits for Ran Feng Ge to wear, he himself had changed into a handsome little suit; all this was because Su Yi Mo wanted to drag Ran Feng Ge to a professional photo shoot, so that they could use this as their wedding photo in the future!
As no one had bothered to teach the two youngsters sex education, Su Yi Mo and Ran Feng Ge took it for granted that as long as they liked each other they could one day marry and be together.
Halfway through the ride to the studio, a several black vehicles appeared out of nowhere, and proceeded to follow the car Su Yi Mo and Ran Feng Ge were in. Two vehicles in particular were following particularly close.
The two little boys seated in the back seat were laughing and joking around as usual, unaware of the sudden change in the situation. However, Ah Huo who had been driving the car knew something was wrong the moment he spied the approach of the black vehicles. He immediately used his phone to call for backup. At the moment, there was only him and the children in the car, the other bodyguards had driven separately – Ah Huo could only hope that the other bodyguards would be able to arrive in time.
Hearing Ah Huo deliberately lowering his voice to talk on the phone drew Su Yi Mo’s attention, his features quickly turning cold as he asked “Ah Huo, what has happened?”
“Young Master, there are a couple of cars following us from behind.” Ah Huo replied honestly.
“Can’t you get rid of them?” Su Yi Mo responded, furrowing his brows as he turned his little body towards the rear window to peek out of it.
He was about to take his wedding photo with Ran Feng Ge! Why did these assholes have to appear at this moment to ruin the day for them! Annoying!
Ï have tried to lose them before, but I was unable to. They seem like professionals.” Ah Huo replied as he stepped on the accelerator.
Ran Feng Ge immediately turned around on the seat so that he could look out the rear window, there were indeed a number of black cars chasing them aggressively.
At that moment Ran Feng Ge remembered the conversion he’d had with Master Su when he had been summoned to Master Su’s study. At that time Master Su asked “Feng Ge, Ah Mo is our Su Family’s only heir. I have made a lot of enemies in my business dealings, and they are always trying to target our Su family in hopes of destroying us completely. They know they are unable to target me directly, so they have been trying to get to Ah Mo instead. You know martial arts, don’t you? If you have the time, please teach my little Ah Mo some styles so that he would be able to defend himself. And… should there ever be a time where he needs it, I hope you will be able to help protect him please?”
He remembered once he’d heard Master Su’s request, he had wiped the innocent smile he had on his face in an attempt to morph his features into one which looked more matured so as to let Master Su know he can be relied on.
Su Yi Mo did not know what was happening in Ran Feng Ge’s head, but he watched as Ran Feng Ge steeled his facial features as he had the day Ran Feng Ge first met Su Yi Mo’s father. Su Yi Mo thought that it was because Ran Feng Ge was afraid. With a cheeky smile, Su Yi Mo leaned over and pecked Ran Feng Ge on his lips and told him “Xiao Pian Zi (Little Liar), don’t be scared! I will protect you. These sorts of situations, I’ve been through them many times! There won’t be any problems.” as he tried to comfort the other boy.
“Okay.” Ran Feng Ge had already made up his mind, but he did not say anything to Su Yi Mo. Knowing Su Yi Mo’s personality, if he knew what Ran Feng Ge had planned, Su Yi Mo would never allow it.
However, no matter how optimistic Su Yi Mo was, the situation this time did not pan out as he had hoped. Two black cars had Su Yi Mo’s car sandwiched between them, taking turns ramming into the side of their car. Ah Huo stepped on the accelerator in an attempt to out run them but even with Ah Huo’s elite driving skills; he was still unable to escape.
The other party were well organized. The car behind obstructed the rest of Su Yi Mo’s bodyguards from providing any assistance.
The two children in the car sat hugging each other as they tried to protect the other from the other vehicles ramming into the side doors. Ran Feng Ge looked up at Su Yi Mo and calmly said: “Ah Mo, thank you for watching over me these past few days.”
Su Yi Mo looked at Ran Feng Ge’s serious face and could not help himself from cracking a smile at how cute his little wife was. He leaned forward and gave Ran Feng Ge another kiss: “What are you being polite for! I am the one who needs to thank you for playing with me all this while!”
Ran Feng Ge could not help but chuckle lightly before he turned to look out the windows at the persistent cars.
Ah Huo had managed to get a little ahead of the cars, looking at the road in front of them, Ran Feng Ge saw that there was a sharp bend in the road. Ah, perfect opportunity.
Su Yi Mo looked at Ran Feng Ge who had suddenly turned anxious and said: “Don’t be scared. Ah Huo has already called for assistance, what’s more, the other body guards are just at the back, they will definitely be able to catch up to us and save us!”
“Okay…” Ran Feng Ge replied a little absentmindedly before suddenly jerking his face towards Su Yi Mo. Reaching out with his small hands, Ran Feng Ge pulled at Su Yi Mo’s suit jacket, removing it as quickly as he could before reaching for the little tie next. He pulled at the tie and messed up Su Yi Mo’s pristine silk shirt. Lastly, he ripped open Su Yi Mo’s sleeves and messed up his hair.
Su Yi Mo was confused: “Little Liar, what are you doing making me look so messy?”
“Don’t mind it.” Ran Feng Ge said as he pulled himself to the door and watched the road for the right moment.
Su Yi Mo was indeed Su Yi Mo, he was an intelligent little kid and very quickly caught on to Ran Feng Ge’s train of thought in that he was going to jump out of the car and tell those people chasing them that he was Su Yi Mo instead; acting as his decoy so that Su Yi Mo would be able to get away safe and sound.
“Little Liar! I know what you are thinking, and I won’t allow it! We just need to stay here and persevere a little more, and the bodyguards will be here soon! We will definitely be alright! Don’t do anything stupid! They will never believe you are me!” Su Yi Mo yelled out as he grasped tightly onto Ran Feng Ge’s little hand.
Ran Feng Ge looked at Su Yi Mo blankly and replied “Who said I was going to jump?”
Su Yi Mo stared at Ran Feng Ge hard, he was trying to spot any signs of him lying but could not see any.
“Then, what are you opening the door for?”
“That is because I wanted to do something else.” Ran Feng Ge said as he beamed at Su Yi Mo with a face full of innocence.
With that smile, Su Yi Mo felt himself settle down, but before he could say anything else, Ran Feng Ge had used the jacket he removed from before to cover Su Yi Mo’s entire head. Before anyone could do anything, Su Yi Mo felt a firm hand push him and with a yelp he felt himself falling out the car door.
It was at this point in time that the car they were in reached the bend in the road! Next to the road was a lush green field. The cars chasing them hadn’t yet caught up to them.
Therefore, this was the perfect opportunity to push someone out of the car and said someone would still be unharmed. There was no rough asphalt to tear at the skin nor was there a hard ground to break any bones. Due to the curving road the cars behind them wouldn’t be able to accidently hit the fallen body either.
When this happened, not only did Su Yi Mo find himself confused whilst tumbling across the soft grass, Ah Huo who had been driving the car was taken aback as well, stepping on the brakes as soon as he gathered his wits back.
Ah Huo had almost yelled out “Young Master!” before Ran Feng Ge’s tiny hands covered his mouth. From behind, Ran Feng Ge’s voice said, “Don’t yell out his name. I am your young master now! The one who was pushed out was the butler’s son!”
Ah Huo’s eyes widened in horror as Ran Feng Ge quickly leaned out the back door that had been opened and stared at the various cars that had stopped the moment they saw someone fall out of their car.
At this point in time, Ran Feng Ge yelled out in a petrified voice, “That-that boy there is the young master! I am only the butler’s child! I have nothing to do with this! That boy there! That’s the young master! He’s the young master!”
By repeatedly denying that he was the young master, Ran Feng Ge acted as though he was trying to push the blame on someone innocent. As soon as he finished, Ran Feng Ge immediately looked back at Ah Huo and yelled “Drive!”
Ah Huo was stunned. Ran Feng Ge wanted him to drive away at this time and leave Su Yi Mo all alone?
“Quickly!” Ran Feng Ge whispered anxiously, “Drive now! That will let them think that I am the young master!”
Ah Huo understood his intent immediately and quickly stepped on the accelerator.
When this happened the drivers from the cars chasing them, immediately took the bait and believed that Ran Feng Ge was the true Young Master Su. If he were really just the butler’s kid, why would he be so anxious to announce his status? And why would the driver actually listen to his commands if he were merely the butler’s kid. If he lost the true young master, he wouldn’t be able to escape punishment. Being that willing to drive away that quickly meant that the one who had been tossed out of the car was the butler’s kid and the one still in the car was the young master of the Su family.
The child that had been bundled within the suit jacket and tossed out of the car tumbled across the grass field before coming to a stop. When he had been pushed out of the car by Ran Feng Ge, Su Yi Mo believed that he was actually going to die. He could not believe that Ran Feng Ge was so cold hearted, that he was willing to risk Su Yi Mo’s life!
But the moment he pulled the suit jacket off his head and righted himself on the grass field, Su Yi Mo realized the assholes who had been chasing them so fervently were not giving him any attention at all!
Little Liar did care after all!
Little Liar, even at his age knew how to use reverse psychology on those grown men!
But… But… Isn’t Little Liar in more danger now?!
Su Yi Mo snapped back to reality the moment he realized the implications of Ran Feng Ge’s actions and quickly yelled out as he chased after the black cars that were now leaving him behind, “Me! I am the true young master of the Su Family! Me! You are chasing the wrong person!”
“Oi! I am the real Young Master Su! You are really chasing the wrong person!”
“I am here! I am the real Young Master Su… Come and get me instead!”
How could two adolescent legs ever catch up to speeding cars?
Su Yi Mo chased the cars for as far as he could until he lost sights of both his family car and the assailants’ cars. Stumbling, Su Yi Mo fell onto the asphalt road, cutting up his palms and knees as he tried standing up to continue running, tears pooling and finally falling from his eyes.
“Little Liar…. Uwahhhh… Little Liar!!”
“You assholes! Come back… I am the real Young Master Su…”
“I am the real Su Yi Mo…”
Not long after, the bodyguards who had not been able to rush in with their assistance caught up with Su Yi Mo. The little boy was lying on the road, sobbing out loud as he tried to catch up with his Little Liar.
The body guards stopped their cars, and one of them stepped forward to pull Su Yi Mo up: “Young master, are you alright?”
The moment Su Yi Mo realized that help had arrived, he used the edge of his sleeves to wipe up his tears and snot before pointing in the direction where Ran Feng Ge had disappeared in: “Quickly! Little Liar is in danger!”
The bodyguards looked at each other, all of them thinking along the same lines that it was no easy feat to rescue their young master, and now he wanted to jump straight back into the fray? What if something happened, wouldn’t that just put Ran Feng Ge’s efforts to waste?
“I am ordering you! Get in the car and chase them down!”
As soon as he called that out, little Su Yi Mo rushed to the car right at the front and yanked open the car door, pulling himself in at one go, his face a look of cold determination.
At this time, Master Su had also arrived at the scene. Having gotten information that his beloved little son was involved in a car chase was enough to cause him a heart attack right then and there. Rushing out from his own car, Master Su ran up to the bodyguard’s car and only felt his heart ease up after seeing his son perfectly safe and healthy. Pulling little Su Yi Mo into his embrace, Master Su could not help muttering, “You are safe! You are safe Ah Mo. Good thing you are alright; you’ve scared daddy so badly!”
“Daddy… Little Liar… He, to save me, pretended to be me! He drew away all the bad people! Quickly! We have to go and save him! We have to go and save him please?” Su Yi Mo pleaded; his voice full of apprehension and sadness.
“Ok, ok! We will go save him right this instance!” Master Su said as he pulled Su Yi Mo with him into his own private car, “You stay here with daddy okay?”
Master Su had been really scared. There was no way he was going to be able to let his son out of his sights soon.
“Daddy! Hurry!” Su Yi Mo cried.
With his permission, the bodyguards quickly accelerated in the direction Ran Feng Ge’s car had headed.
However, as soon as they caught a glimpse of the black cars speeding in front of them, a loud explosion sounded and a car burst into flames right in the midst of all the other cars. The fireball from the car was large and reached towards the sky with thick putrid black smoke pouring out everywhere.
“Little Liar–” Su Yi Mo’s eyes burned, the car that had exploded, was the car he had been in earlier.
During his time at Su Manor, Su Yi Mo always called Ran Feng Ge “Little Liar”; it was as though this nickname meant a lot to him. Whenever he was bored with nothing to do, he would call “Little Liar” this, “Little Liar” that, to the point that he had forgotten to even ask Ran Feng Ge what his real name was.
Ran Feng Ge himself did not correct Su Yi Mo, he was his benefactor after all – he had the right to call him whatever he wanted to. Besides, Su Yi Mo’s “Little Liar” had no hidden meaning behind it, Su Yi Mo just liked to call him that.
Even after staying at Su Manor for a while now, Ran Feng Ge still didn’t know what Su Yi Mo’s full name was. He had only ever heard the servants address him as “Young Master Mo”, and so that was what he called him. On top of that, even though he followed the others and called Su Yi Mo “Young Master Mo”, Ran Feng Ge didn’t know exactly which “Mo” it was; he did not know if the Mo was the Mo in 墨水 (mo shui; calligraphy ink) or if the Mo meant something else.
After a while, Su Yi Mo forbade Ran Feng Ge from calling him “Young Master Mo”, and so it became “Ah Mo”.
The two of them had fun together. Ran Feng Ge taught Su Yi Mo how to play soccer and to have fun, while Su Yi Mo showed him how to make use of computers and technology.
Since young, Ran Feng Ge had been brought up in the military household of the Ran Family, therefore he was well-versed in his physical attributes but was bad in anything related to the arts and technology. He was able to pick things up very quickly if he was able to do it hands-on, but anything related to computers gave him a hard time because his first experience with them was when he was brought into the Su Manor.
Su Yi Mo on the other hand, had always been in the protection of numerous bodyguards; the stronger his family’s power was, the better the bodyguards around him were. He was well-versed in the arts and technology. His father, Master Su, had allowed Su Yi Mo to watch him and learn about the rise and fall of the economy. Fortunately, Su Yi Mo was a very intelligent child; he was able to pick up skills fast. Even if he didn’t understand anything his father had taught him at the start, when given a little bit of time, he would master it. But because everything related to the business world was computerized, Su Yi Mo ended up alienating himself from the real world.
However, ever since the arrival of Ran Feng Ge, the both of them were able to teach the other what they lacked. Ran Feng Ge showed Su Yi Mo how to have fun and Su Yi Mo taught Ran Feng how to navigate within the computerized world, sharing with him his limited experience about the world of business.
Day after day, the bond between the two children grew stronger and stronger.
Ran Feng Ge then was still a small-sized child. With his big black eyes, he appeared very adorable and gullible. Su Yi Mo who was two years older than him and a little taller than him was already maturing a little, his facial features morphing slowly into that of a suave gentleman.
Su Yi Mo adored Ran Feng Ge’s exceptionally adorable expressions, but what he enjoyed more was Ran Feng Ge’s face when he was serious as he showed him self-defense moves. But his absolute favorite would be when Ran Feng Ge had that huge smile on his face as he chased after Su Yi Mo, crying out, “Ah Mo, wait for me!”
And so the following exchange was very common:
“Little Liar, if I win this round, will you let me give you a kiss?”
Seeing Ran Feng Ge’s adorably small face every day made Su Yi Mo want to just take a bite out of those puffy cheeks.
“There is no way you could win against me. We have only been training for a few days.” Ran Feng Ge was confident in his skills, therefore he retorted without a moment’s hesitation.
“Little Liar, you should be saying ‘what if I win then?’,” Su Yi Mo corrected him since Ran Feng Ge didn’t answer accordingly.
“What if I win then..?” Ran Feng Ge asked again just to please the older boy, even though he knew in his heart that there was no way he could lose.
“Ooh, then if Little Liar wins, I will let you give me a kiss. How is that?” Su Yi Mo asked cheekily.
Ran Feng Ge paused to process what he had just heard before saying, “But Ah Mo! Those two are the same things!”
“How are they the same? One is me taking the initiative; the other is you taking the initiative!” Su Yi Mo explained without even batting an eyelid.
Seeing his parents kiss each other every day made Su Yi Mo want to find his own special person to kiss as well. But other than Ran Feng Ge, no one else in the house could even entice him to think about it.
“Hmm… It isn’t the same?” Ran Feng Ge asked cocking his head slightly in confusion before accepting it as it is. “Then you are correct then! Let’s do it!”
Therefore, after getting kissed by Ran Feng Ge numerous times, Su Yi Mo finally managed to score a win over Ran Feng Ge for once.
The two of them had initially started out training in the yard, where it did not hurt even if they fell to the ground. However, after numerous tumbles, both of them were soon covered in soil and dirt. Ran Feng Ge was finally pinned under Su Yi Mo’s grip. Huffing and puffing breathlessly, Ran Feng Ge surrendered, “Okay! Okay! You win, I give up. You can kiss me!”
With a mischievous grin, Su Yi Mo was over the moon at the thought that he could finally take the initiative to kiss his Little Liar!
Ran Feng Ge’s small round face was so soft, like new year’s mochi, that Su Yi Mo could not stop himself from reaching out to caress the younger boy’s cheeks, hehe Little Liar is really cute. His personality is really good too, and he’s strong. When I grow up, I want Little Liar as my wife!
Even though Su Yi Mo was a very smart kid with the ability to pick things up very quickly after only being shown something once or twice, his knowledge with matters of the heart was very immature. In his mind, as long as he liked someone, he could just marry them into the family, regardless of their opinion or gender.
Ran Feng Ge’s large eyes blinked at him with mild annoyance. “Ah Mo! Hurry!”
Su Yi Mo eyed Ran Feng Ge’s soft lips, and leaned downwards, closing the distance between their lips.
What could two young kids know about kissing? All Su Yi Mo did was place his lips against Ran Feng Ge’s for one, two, five seconds, before reluctantly moving away from them in the end.
While he was moving away from Ran Feng Ge’s lips, Su Yi Mo inadvertently bit down onto Ran Feng Ge’s bottom lip. The softness of it made Su Yi Mo’s heart skip a beat, before he lowered himself once more, nibbling on Ran Feng Ge’s bottom lip again. “Little Liar, you’re delicious!”
Seeing how happy Su Yi Mo was nibbling on his lips, Ran Feng Ge got curious on how Su Yi Mo’s lips would taste as well, and so he leaned towards the older boy, capturing the boy’s lips in his mouth. Before, when Ran Feng Ge kissed Su Yi Mo, all he did was to give him a peck on his lips, he never thought about tasting the lips – therefore this was something he had to try!
En… His lips are soft and tender, really not a bad feeling!
Both boys continued to kiss, nibble and suckle at each other’s lips for the better half of an hour before Su Yi Mo smiled at Ran Feng Ge, “Little Liar, how about I marry you as my wife?”
Shaking his head, Ran Feng Ge said, “No!”
“Why not?” Su Yi Mo asked, his lips pouting.
“Why can’t it be me who marries you?” Ran Feng Ge asked.
“Hmm.. Because… Because you don’t have money! Marrying in a wife requires money,” Su Yi Mo said after thinking for a bit.
“Then I will earn a lot of money when I grow big!” Ran Feng Ge retorted.
“But you still won’t have as much as me!”
“That’s true… The money I earn will be used to treat mama and grandpa’s illnesses. I won’t have any savings,” Ran Feng Ge muttered chewing on his fingernails.
“See! I will still have more money. Therefore, I will marry you and that’s that!”
Without waiting for a reply from Ran Feng Ge, Su Yi Mo grabbed his hand with his and pulled him towards the house. “Let’s go. Time to bathe!”
Proofreaders: Lyrick, Charlotte
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.
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?”
A car engine firing up sounded. Ran Feng Ge looked out from the second floor window and watched as Su Yi Mo drove away from the mansion. Absentmindedly, Ran Feng Ge seated himself at the piano, his fingers dancing across the keys to play an impromptu song.
His eyes were looking but not seeing as nostalgia filled him, bringing back memories.
Why a body double…?
If there had been a choice, who would willingly reject an ordinary life? He was born into a good family; he had the chance to willfully spend his days lazing around like a typical second-generation rich young master.
However, life doesn’t always follow the path we would choose for ourselves.
Ran Feng Ge’s mind became preoccupied with things that transpired a long time ago.
When he was younger, he took his mother’s last name. The Ran family was renowned and had a good reputation; his maternal grandfather was a high level official in G City and both of his uncles had military backgrounds. His mother having been the youngest child, was pampered greatly by everyone else while her son, Ran Feng Ge, reaped the benefits. He was well-loved by his maternal grandfather to the extent that the old man made the decision for him to have the family name.
Ran Feng Ge’s father had no choice but to obey whatever the elder Ran said.
While growing up in the Ran household, Ran Feng Ge always accompanied his grandfather and uncles, learning all sorts of practical skills from them while his socialite mother taught him how to play the piano, how to dance and all sorts of skills deemed necessary for the upper class.
Ran Feng Ge had always been smart as a child. He was able to grasp knowledge quickly and on top of that, he was incredibly quick-witted. His cute antics were always making the people around him laugh thereby earning their adoration.
As far as he could remember, Ran Feng Ge never saw his father. His mother would always tell him things about his father though. How his father was young, very competent, and was made to do great things. When his father first married into the family, everyone said he did so to benefit from marrying into a powerful family. In actuality, his parents were very much in love. After Ran Feng Ge was born, his father made the decision to continue expanding his business and knowledge overseas. Unfortunately, his grandfather and uncles forbade his mother from following her husband out of love. Therefore, both mother and child were left behind in the care of the Ran family.
Everything changed the year Ran Feng Ge turned eight.
That day, he had just arrived home from school when he found their house in a mess. His grandfather appeared to have aged ten years and both his uncles were slumped in the corner sighing deeply while muttering curses under their breaths.
His mother looked petrified as she sat unmoving like a statue, staring blankly into space.
Little Ran Feng Ge watched with his soccer ball in one hand as uniformed men came by to slowly remove all the things from his home.
Both his uncles were framed and sentenced to jail while his grandfather fell ill and was hospitalized. Soon after, his mother fell into depression. Ran Feng Ge was still too young to fully comprehend what had happened. How was it that in a span of one night, everything had changed for the worse?
He remembered that as his uncles were being taken away by the police, both of them were glaring and cursing at him, calling him an illegitimate child. Then they cursed at his father who was never around, calling him an ungrateful scheming bastard. Lastly, they scolded his mother for causing her own family’s destruction.
Everything that was before– the family bond that seemed unbreakable, the unending love and concern– disintegrated in the face of money.
In a single blow, the Ran family was destroyed. Everything was liquidated and confiscated by the government, both his uncles were thrown in jail, and both his grandfather and mother were confined in the hospital. They were in a situation where even paying for the hospitalization fees was difficult.
It was then that Ran Feng Ge finally understood. His so-called ‘father’ had another wife and kids overseas. Him marrying into the family, the love between his mother and father– everything was just an elaborate lie!
His father’s only intention had been to make use of the Ran family’s power to build his own empire and then to exact revenge on said family.
This was because a long time ago, the elder Ran had done something that caused the An family, his father’s family, to crumble into nothing.
Yes. The An family. His ‘father’s’ last name was An.
Even though Ran Feng Ge wanted to try to raise some funds to pay for both his grandfather’s and his mother’s hospital bills, there was only so much an eight year old child could do.
First of all, not a single place in the world would hire a child laborer. It was fortunate that his school took pity on him and helped him by allocating a small subset of donation to him as allowance.
Another thing is, Ran Feng Ge was brought up as a pampered child. He had never been through anything his family could not weather for him. Other than some measly practical skills he learned from his grandfather and uncles, he only knew how to sing, dance and play the piano– all of which were useless in real life.
His mother was a very sheltered woman. After finding out that she was in fact the third party in a relationship, the man she had loved had a legitimate wife and children, and to add fuel to the fire, that man had been the one to destroy her family, she could no longer take it. Every time she looked at Ran Feng Ge, she was reminded of the fact that he was that man’s son, a harbinger of doom; she should never have given birth to this devil. In addition to beating him whenever she could, every word that came out from her mouth now was to curse at Ran Feng Ge.
It was afterwards that the doctor finally diagnosed his mother as having been traumatized to the point that her mental capability was affected.
In the beginning, his grandfather didn’t blame him for everything that went wrong. It all changed though when he found out his precious daughter had gone insane because of Ran Feng Ge. Whenever he looked at his grandson now, there was a sense of loathing and isolation.
Deep down, the elder Ran knew that Ran Feng Ge was blameless– this child was actually the most innocent one of all. Seeing his daughter’s suffering, however, he could not help but put all the blame onto the little boy.
Ran Feng Ge may still be very young but he was very bright. His observational skills drastically improved because of everything that had happened. After seeing the change in attitude his most beloved grandfather had towards him, little Ran Feng Ge could not help it when his heart steeled itself.
Hiding in the bushes near the hospital, little Ran Feng Ge hugged his knees to his chest and cried the entire night. When exhaustion finally hit him, Ran Feng Ge closed his eyes and fell asleep in the same position, his little face wet with tears.
When the sun rose the next day, Ran Feng Ge wiped the remnants of his tears off his face and continued on his task to find a way to pay for the medical bills.
Walking past the parking garage, Ran Feng Ge eyed a branded luxury car and his eyes twinkled.
Both his uncles were car enthusiasts so they introduced different models and brands to little Ran Feng Ge. At five years old, Ran Feng Ge was already able to recognize a large number of car logos. His uncles had made him a promise then that when Ran Feng Ge grew up, they would buy him the best car available in the world.
Due to this, he was able to recognize the car brand.
The owner of this car must be someone very rich! If I could meet someone rich, then… then grandfather’s and mother’s medical bills can be settled!
Ran Feng Ge immediately made his way towards the car until he caught sight of another car– a black Jaguar.
In the passenger seat of the Jaguar sat a boy who appeared to be of similar age to Ran Feng Ge. With an air of importance and a face full of concentration, the boy held an open laptop computer in his hands, acting so much like an adult.
Ran Feng Ge quickly changed his mind: This one!
He was only a child and so his thinking process was of course childlike. Seeing another child in the car made him consider that the driver of said car would not be driving fast. If Ran Feng Ge were to pretend to be knocked down by this car and if perhaps the other boy saw this, he would be more inclined to get the driver to stop.
Making up his mind, Ran Feng Ge quickly hid himself near the opening of the car garage. He clutched onto his soccer ball tightly, steeling himself before kicking the ball towards the oncoming car as a warning to the driver in an attempt to not let himself actually get hit.
Everything went according to plan.
Upon seeing the ball followed by a child right in front of him, the driver abruptly stepped on the brakes only to see both the ball and the boy disappear under the car.
Ran Feng Ge laid himself down on the ground and shut his eyes, keeping himself as still as possible while tightly holding onto his soccer ball.
It was given to Ran Feng Ge by his beloved grandfather so he could not bear to lose it.
At the sudden stop, the little master inside the car could not do anything but watch as the laptop computer slid off his lap while he jerked forward. He raised his head to look out the window and saw a little boy lying stock still before the car.
The driver had already scrambled out of the vehicle to assess the situation. The little master picked his laptop computer up and placed it carefully on the armrest beside him. He then removed his safety belt and exited the car as well.
Only after seeing that the little boy was unharmed could the driver release the breath he had been unconsciously holding. The only problem was, no matter how much he called, the child would not wake up. The boy seemed to have fainted from the fright.
From the side, the young master could not help the little smirk that formed on his lips as he eyed the boy’s twitching eyelids and the death grip on the soccer ball.
“Young master, please get back inside the car. There is too much traffic here, they might hit you. I will bring him to the hospital first and will be back shortly after.”
“No need. Let’s just take him home with us!” The little young master said, his facial features rearranged into one of seriousness. “There is nothing wrong with him; he simply fainted due to fear. Let’s just bring him home and let him recover there.”
“Understood,” The driver replied as he carried little Ran Feng Ge and placed him across the back seat.
Ran Feng Ge was panicking internally. Should he or should he not open his eyes and declare he was okay? Being taken home by a stranger was not the smartest thing to do, was it?
Once his panic subsided, Ran Feng Ge began to internally process the situation and thought, ‘What could they possibly do with a child?’ This was better anyways; he could go into their house, meet the grownups and see if they were willing to sponsor him with regards to the medical bills.
Ran Feng Ge silently cheered himself up while calming his frantic heart.
In the passenger seat, the little young master stopped playing with his laptop computer. Instead, he turned towards the backseat every now and then to look at the little boy pretending to be asleep. He was very curious as to what this little rascal was planning.
In fact, he actually caught Ran Feng Ge snooping around a while ago, eyeing the cars from the car garage’s entrance. Once the little rascal spotted his car, a look of determination settled upon the boy’s face as though he had made his mind up to do something.
Hmph, looking at things now, it seemed the boy decided to fake an accident. What is his purpose? Blackmail?
What a tricky little liar! See what I will do to you once we get home!
Ran Feng Ge initially pretended to have fainted but because he had spent the majority of the night crying– only managing to sleep right before dawn– and he was lying down in the backseat of a comfortable car driven by a superb driver, it was no surprise that Ran Feng Ge drifted off to sleep.
Even while dreaming, the little brows on Ran Feng Ge’s face were still furrowed and his small lips were tightly pressed together, an expression of pain and indescribable worry etched into his adorable features.
Proofreaders: Jinny, Lyrick