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 Grey
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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
Su Yi Mo was deep in thought thinking of reasons as to why Ran Feng Ge chose the high risk occupation of body double. Unbeknownst to him, his silence and the dour look etched into his features made Ran Feng Ge stare at him, wondering what on earth Su Yi Mo was thinking about.
However, since Su Yi Mo had already apologized, there was no need for Ran Feng Ge to hold any grudges.
Ran Feng Ge broke the silence: “Then… Let’s eat at home from now on then.”
“Okay.” Su Yi Mo agreed.
The meal was prepared by Ran Feng Ge and because he was just discharged from the hospital, the main dish was very light and watered down. Ran Feng Ge quickly decided to whip up a few other side dishes to make this simple meal into a somewhat varied lunch spread.
As the two of them took their seats, Ran Feng Ge rinsed two pairs of chopsticks and handed a pair over to Su Yi Mo, asking, “Are Ah Jiu and the others not joining us?”
“They will eat in their own homes.”
“Oh,” Ran Feng Ge said as he picked up a dish unsuitable for him and offered it to the other, “Here, try some of my cooking!”
Su Yi Mo calmly used his chopsticks to take a bite, chewing slowly before his lips quirked upwards slightly.
“Is there anything you cannot do?”
Ran Feng Ge innocently tilted his head.
Su Yi Mo swallowed his food before speaking. “You are already a jack of all trades and now I find out you are also skilled at cooking. I am curious, is there anything you can’t do?”
Hearing those words from Su Yi Mo’s lips made Ran Feng Ge laugh. With his ego inflating, he replied, “Hmm, now that I think about it, there’s nothing.”
Su Yi Mo knew Ran Feng Ge was exaggerating but he did not want to burst the other’s bubble so he continued to eat. Silence once again descended upon the two of them as Ran Feng Ge also silently spooned his bowl of porridge, occasionally using his chopsticks to pick up some side dishes.
If Ran Feng Ge were to raise his head, Su Yi Mo would be able to get a better look at the other man holding onto the small bowl, slowly scooping up spoonfuls of his porridge. Su Yi Mo had mentioned before that Ran Feng Ge was not as graceful as Jing Qiu Han when he was eating, but comparing them now, Ran Feng Ge appeared a lot more graceful.
No wonder… A professional body double is indeed professional– always listening to the input and criticisms of others and being able to change his entire attitude and mannerisms on the go to achieve the best result.
Weirdly enough, Su Yi Mo could not help but feel a little irritated at how graceful Ran Feng Ge had become.
“Why did you want to be a body double?” Su Yi Mo suddenly asked.
Ran Feng Ge was about to eat a spoonful of porridge when he slightly hesitated upon hearing the question. He continued with a small smile, “The money plus the adrenaline rush each time! I really enjoy it!”
“But it is very dangerous.”
“Look at me. I’ve survived till now haven’t I?” Ran Feng Ge answered with a shrug of his shoulders.
Su Yi Mo was about to say something when his cell phone’s abrupt ringing cut him off. A glance at his phone revealed that it was the new number he had recently given to Jing Qiu Han.
Ran Feng Ge saw the number and didn’t think much of it until he saw how Su Yi Mo quickly glanced at him before looking back at the screen. He stood up and picked up his little bowl. “I’ll leave.”
Su Yi Mo could not help but hesitate as he watched Ran Feng Ge walk out of the dining room before he answered the call: “Xiao Qiu, what’s the matter?”
“Ah Mo, you haven’t visited me for a few days now. Are you that busy?” Jing Qiu Han sounded slightly annoyed on the other end but provided Su Yi Mo with an excuse to go along with.
Thinking back to the past few days, Su Yi Mo had indeed been very busy with the entire fiasco involving Ran Feng Ge and it was true that he had not been to see Jing Qiu Han in a long time. No wonder his little lover was annoyed.
“I was busy with some things, sorry. How about I come by tonight to see you?”
“Okay! I will prepare your favorite flame-grilled meat dish!” Jing Qiu Han replied unable to keep the excitement out of his voice after hearing Su Yi Mo say he was going to come by tonight.
“Flame-grilled meat? Are you not worried about me getting fat?”
It was rare for Su Yi Mo to make a joke but he was truly feeling apologetic towards Jing Qiu Han. He had been consumed with the whole Ran Feng Ge business; so much so that it was out of the norm for someone like him.
Looking at the numerous high quality recipe books, the newly stocked fridge full of fresh and healthy ingredients and the tabletop covered with mouth-watering dishes that both he and Ran Feng Ge had just made together– that both he and Ran Feng Ge enjoyed. Thinking about it, Su Yi Mo made a decision: This is not right. This is wrong. I need to control myself.
Once again, Su Yi Mo chose to explain this out of character behavior to the fact that Ran Feng Ge was currently impersonating Jing Qiu Han and therefore, what he has done for the other was only because he took him for Jing Qiu Han and nothing more.
Just now, didn’t Ran Feng Ge have Jing Qiu Han’s face? All of this is just an act. Just an act.
“Never! I will make sure it is healthy!” Jing Qiu Han could hear how distracted Su Yi Mo sounded over the phone but he decided not to probe. Besides, Su Yi Mo was going to come over tonight. He could always just ask him about it later.
“Don’t tire yourself out; you are still recovering from your injuries.” Su Yi Mo nagged gently.
“I know! I’ll wait for you tonight.“ Jing Qiu Han laughed.
From the other side of the wall, Ran Feng Ge found himself pausing after hearing the gentle voice. He had to stop himself from turning around to see how Su Yi Mo’s face looks when he was being this gentle, this tender. Just as he was about to turn, Ran Feng Ge released a short chuckle, his grip on his bowl tightening slightly as he made his way up to his room on the second floor.
Tenderness and gentleness… Why should I be bothered about it when I’m not the one on the receiving end!
Proofreaders: Jinny, Lyrick