‘Woah! Is Aunt Ping really inviting me to spend the night at her house on her own?’
Su Lin felt mad joy in his heart as he wondered if he would get a chance to further his relationship with Qin Yanran?
But then his heart immediately fell when he thought about Qin Yanran’s indifference towards him in the morning. What if he now appeared at her house out of nowhere, and spent the night there, and it led to her disliking him even more?
With those thoughts in mind, Su Lin couldn’t help but hesitate a bit.
“What happened? Is our little hero Su feeling afraid after being invited to spend the night at our house? I remember hearing from Chief Yan that you successfully snuck out of the Dragon-Tiger Gang’s underground base while rescuing one of their officers, yet my invitation made you hesitant? Is my family scarier than the Dragon-Tiger Gang’s underground base?”
As if she saw through Su Lin’s scruples, Fang Liping, who was in an excellent mood tonight, hurried to assure him, “Su Lin, are you afraid our family’s Yanran won’t accept your spending the night there? Don’t worry, since it’s I who is inviting you over, there won’t be any trouble. What’s more? You and Yanran can even go ahead and discuss tomorrow’s College Entrance Examination together.”
“That… Since you put it like that, I might as well accept your invitation!”
Su Lin was immensely excited inside. After all, it was their school’s ice beauty, Qin Yanran, whose home he was going to spend the night at. Just having the chance to spend the night at her place was enough to arouse the fantasy of many, let alone him.
“Let’s go then… We will take my car back home. It’s already so late, so we better reach home soon. Tomorrow’s the College Entrance Examination, so you must rest well tonight!”
As the case here had been dealt with already, there was no need for Fang Liping to personally stay behind. Giving a few instructions to her secretary, Fang Liping made her way towards her car, with Su Lin following behind her.
“Su Lin, what’s the matter? Are you anxious for tomorrow’s College Entrance Examination?”
As they boarded the car, Fang Liping personally sat on the driver’s seat to drive. Igniting the engine, she pressed down on the accelerator, and the car started to move as she initiated a conversation.
“Aunt Ping, it would be a lie if I say I am not anxious for the College Entrance Examination, but I am confident I will be able to get a good score if I do my best.”
The reason Su Lin felt anxious was because he was sitting in the car of the Mayor. It was already past 9 in the evening, and the sky had turned very dark already. Jian’an City had already started to bustle with the night-time entertainment establishments. The neon lights glowed everywhere, falling over the car as the red glow covered Fang Liping’s person. As Su Lin sat on the backseat, he could only see Fang Liping’s neck glow under the light. The enticement her current look gave off was no joke, and she radiated a very alluring and mature appearance.
Su Lin couldn’t help but gawk as he watched her. He didn’t know why, but Fang Liping’s current appearance gave rise to a strange feeling in his heart. Shaking his head, he tried to prevent himself from drowning too deep into his wild fantasies. Even then, he couldn’t help but give himself two mental slaps as he thought to himself: ‘Su Lin, you beast, she’s Yanran’s mother! Just what are you fantasizing about?!’
“Su Lin! Auntie here isn’t joking, but you might really be our family’s lucky star!”
As Fang Liping drove the car, she kept on conversing with Su Lin. She was immensely happy today, and the more she looked towards Su Lin, the more pleasing to the eye he seemed.
“Aunt Ping, you are embarrassing me. I only did what I should have done,” Su Lin hurriedly declined her praise out of modesty.
“What? You don’t believe me? Just think about it yourself: You were the one who saved my mother’s life back in the food market. You were also the one who rescued me back in Jiaxing Hotel. And it was also all thanks to you that we were able to topple that Municipal Committee’s Secretary, Liu Jianguo, from power! Do you know, Su Lin? The reason I and Yanran originally moved to Jian’an from the Capital was all to topple Liu Jianguo, to avenge Yanran’s father!”
Fang Liping felt relieved mentioning the matter now. The grievance and vengeance that burned in her heart for the past 10 years had thoroughly been vented and extinguished.
“Yanran’s father? Aunt Ping, this… Just what happened?”
Su Lin couldn’t help but feel doubtful. He couldn’t comprehend how exposing Liu Jianguo and toppling him from power could avenge Qin Yanran’s father?
“Ten years ago, the Secretary of Jian’an’s Municipal Committee had been my husband, Qin Zemin. At that time, he tried to expose Liu Jianguo, who had been the then Director of the Finance Bureau, and other corrupt officials who were colluding with the local gangs… But in the end, he had been murdered by people sent by Liu Jianguo, and the entire incident was swept under the rug as an unintentional traffic accident… The reason I transferred over to Jian’an as an official was to gather evidence of Liu Jianguo’s crimes so I could send him before the court of law to be judged and punished for his horrendous acts… And now, after 10 years, I have finally avenged Zemin…”
The more Fang Liping spoke, the more excited she felt. She couldn’t describe how happy she felt when she saw extreme punishment being meted out to Liu Jianguo back in the Mayor’s Office. However, there was no one place she could vent out her feelings, and now, Su Lin had ended up becoming the one she opened those bottled thoughts before.
On the way, Fang Liping kept on speaking, telling Su Lin of her experience and hardships over the last ten years without stop.
“Aunt Ping, you have suffered much over all these years!”
How was it possible for Su Lin to not be moved after listening to Fang Liping’s laborious days? Fang Liping, a woman, had brought her small family to a different city, all just to avenge her husband’s death and the hand fate dealt her family. She had taken it upon herself to verify the authenticity of the incident, and then bide her time to take her revenge. She had brought her young daughter and aged mother with her, taken an official position in Jian’an, and then climbed the bureaucratic ladder step-by-step to become the Mayor of Jian’an! Was it that easy to do this all?
Before, Su Lin had only seen Fang Liping’s strong, aggressive, and capable side. But today, Su Lin realized that Fang Liping wasn’t a stone-hearted person, instead, she was just like the others, someone with a gentle and kind side, too.
Hence, the words Su Lin said came directly from the bottom of his heart, and he truly felt Fang Liping had suffered too much. This made him thoroughly admire her.
“Hehe, Su Lin, I made a fool out of myself just now. It’s just that I have never told everything I just talked about to anyone else before, and you had to listen to my incessant nagging just now.”
Fang Liping actually felt better after telling all that to Su Lin, and if an outsider saw them right now, they would definitely think they were having a heart-to-heart chat in the car. It felt very natural as she explained everything to him.
“We are here! Su Lin, you can get off now. We have a guest room in our house where you can rest for the night once I tidy it up a bit. Oh right, the guest room happens to be right next to Yanran’s room, too!”
As they reached their destination, Fang Liping stopped the car, opened the door, and got off. Su Lin, too, hopped off the car, and his gaze immediately landed on two tear-stains on Fang Liping’s beautiful face. Clearly, she had cried while speaking in the car.
“Aunt Ping, you… You are crying?”
“It’s nothing! It’s just because I spoke of some sad matters — you must keep everything to yourself. You can’t tell Yanran about this!” Fang Liping wiped off the tear-stains from her face, and thinking of something, she added, “Also, you wouldn’t have revealed the matter of you rescuing me that evening in Jiaxing Hotel to Yanran, right?”
“I haven’t. Aunt Ping, I swear I haven’t revealed that before anyone else!”
Su Lin guaranteed and then followed behind Fang Liping up the stairs towards their house.
Qin Yanran was very angry today. She had ignored Su Lin the entire day today, yet that guy hadn’t come up to ask her anything, or explain himself. It was as if he wasn’t worried in the least. Was he not afraid they won’t have an opportunity to see each other after the College Entrance Examination tomorrow?
In the bathroom, Qin Yanran laid in the bathtub with an unhappy expression, staring into the dim mist that spread everywhere.
However, tomorrow was the College Entrance Examination, and she had to put all of her focus on the College Entrance Examination. She had to hurry up and drive that Su Lin out of her thoughts, and everything would be good!
“How come it’s already so late and mother still hasn’t returned? I can’t fall asleep until she is back!”
As she walked out of her bathroom, Qin Yanran didn’t bother to put on anything, and there was only a light bath towel wrapped around her. In any case, it was her home, and there was no one else there, so she didn’t have to worry about being seen by anyone. And just like that, Qin Yanran walked towards her bedroom.
Outside the house, Fang Liping was about to take out her keys to open the door of the house when her phone rang. It was a call from someone from the Special Investigation Committee that had come to deal with the case, and it was an important matter, so she gave the key to Su Lin and asked him to open the door himself as she went to the side to take the call.
‘It sure doesn’t seem to be an easy job serving as the Mayor of a City. Aunt Ping sure is busy even at this time!’
Su Lin sighed. When he was young, he had always thought being a government official was an easy matter with nothing much to do, but it seemed that wasn’t the case. Who knew just how many matters government officials had to deal with?
‘I wonder if Yanran has already gone to bed for rest? Tomorrow’s the College Entrance Examination, and considering it’s her, she must be doing a final sprint-review of the subject matter!’ Su Lin put the key into the door as he wondered that.
Ka… Click… Ka…
As the sound of a key opening the door resounded in the house, Qin Yanran, who only had a thin bath towel bound around her body, became happy and joyfully hopped towards the entrance of the house thinking that her mother had finally arrived home at last. But when the door finally opened and she saw who had arrived, she was left dumbfounded… The person standing before her was not her mother, but… Su Lin!
“Ah! Su Lin, you… What are you doing here?”
Startled, Win Yanran lost her grip on the towel bound around her body, and the towel immediately fell downwards, leaving her beautiful, young, and smooth skin completely bare for Su Lin to ogle at, giving him a complete view of every single part of her alluring body.