Chapter 53 – A kind woman

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Following Mi Cai’s gaze, I looked at my backpack and said, “My backpack is indeed from Rickdas, but it’s not as luxurious as I made it out to be. I bought it on Taobao for 50 yuan, and it even came with a free sun hat!”

Mi Cai bit her lip to stop herself from laughing, but I was mesmerized by her. She looked so beautiful at that moment.

Finally, Mi Cai managed to suppress her laughter and asked, “Is the sun hat also from Rickdas?”

“Who remembers? A friend borrowed it for fishing last time and never returned it. Such a lack of manners!”

“It must be from Rickdas, so luxurious. That’s why your friend was tempted!” Mi Cai analyzed seriously.

This time, it was my turn to be amused by Mi Cai. But I replied seriously, “That’s why I said he lacks manners. He sold his integrity for a hat. If he liked it, he could have just told me. I’m so extravagant, I wouldn’t care about a hat!”

Mi Cai shook her head with a smile and stopped talking to me. Perhaps she didn’t really like my blabbering. Sometimes, she was amused by me, but it was also quite helpless.

Finally, the waiter brought us two bowls of rice noodles and some other snacks. Mi Cai and I started eating.

During the meal, I occasionally glanced at Mi Cai. She was quiet throughout, but I saw loneliness in her silence. This loneliness had nothing to do with material things. It was about her background. But she was still living her life with strength and independence. At least since I’ve known her, I’ve never heard her complain about life.

I was lost in thought, looking at her. Thinking about the conspiracy she was about to face, I felt a wave of heartache and intense struggle, but also felt so powerless!

As we were about to finish this simple dinner, I finally said to Mi Cai, “I still owe you 10,016 yuan!”

Mi Cai replied nonchalantly, “I haven’t forgotten, but you don’t have to rush to pay me back. Find a place to live first, like you said, don’t experience the pain of having nowhere to go again.”

“You remember my words quite clearly!”

“You said it to me just last night, of course I remember.”

I changed the subject and asked, “So why did you lock the door and not let me in when I came back after meeting my friend yesterday? I knocked for almost ten minutes.”

“Even if you knocked for an hour, I wouldn’t open it. I told you, I won’t rent the house to anyone.”

“Then tell me, why did you buy that old house and refuse to rent it to others?” I asked the question that had been bothering me for a long time.

Mi Cai looked out the window, her expression somewhat distant. After a long time, she said softly, “That’s my private matter, don’t ask.”

I didn’t press further. I had a vague understanding of why she bought that old house, but I couldn’t be sure.

In my silence, Mi Cai, who rarely took the initiative, said to me, “It’s still early, I’ll go house hunting with you. You should settle down soon, or you won’t know how to explain to your father when he comes to see you next time.”


In the dark night, I sat in Mi Cai’s car, holding my phone, searching for rental information on 58 City. Whenever I found a suitable place, I would call to inquire. Mi Cai acted as my driver, driving me around every corner of the city, watching me haggle with landlords or agents in all sorts of shameless ways.

Thanks to Mi Cai being my driver, in just over an hour, I had efficiently viewed 5 houses. But I was never completely satisfied due to various reasons, so we continued to shuttle around the vast city.

Half an hour later, Mi Cai parked the car by the roadside and said with a sigh, “Renting a house is really not easy!”

“Yeah, there are a lot of unscrupulous agents these days. If you’re not careful, you’ll be cheated.”

Mi Cai nodded in agreement. She had just had a full taste of this, which made me realize that sometimes it’s not that we can’t understand each other, it’s just that we haven’t really lived in each other’s world.

“Are you thirsty? I’ll go buy you something to drink.” I asked Mi Cai.

Mi Cai nodded. I even forgot to ask her what she wanted to drink, opened the car door and got out. At that moment, my mood was once again oppressively heavy. Although Mi Cai and I had argued countless times over that old house, I didn’t dislike her. As we spent more time together, I found that she wasn’t the high-handed person I initially thought she was. On the contrary, she was easygoing, seemed cold but was very warm-hearted. Maybe she really was a kind woman.

I still remember when Mr. Ban came to find me at my lowest point. Although I had done something very excessive to her, she still chose to help me hide my plight from Mr. Ban. She even left the house to me and Mr. Ban when she left. I also remember the coat she put on me by the moat to keep me from getting cold, and the honey milk she made for me in Robben’s small house after I got drunk…

In my inner torment, I kept asking myself, “Zhao Yang, are you really going to stand by and watch such a woman fall into your uncle’s business conspiracy?”

Finally, I turned back and looked at her sitting in the car, her figure somewhat lost and lonely, reflected in the car window. My heart ached at this reflection, but I still couldn’t tell her the truth. Because of Circle, because of Chen Jingming, I couldn’t selfishly ruin their bright future.

I bought two cups of hot lemon tea and sat back in Mi Cai’s car. I inserted the straw for her and handed it over, reminding her, “It’s a bit hot, drink it slowly.”

Mi Cai nodded, holding the plastic cup with both hands, absorbing the warmth of the lemon tea. The autumn night had already begun to carry a hint of winter chill.

We sat in silence for a long time before Mi Cai asked me, “Should we continue searching?”

“It’s up to you. If you’re not tired, I’m fine with it.”

Mi Cai smiled and said, “It’s best to finish what we’ve started. Let’s give it our all and find your house tonight.”

I joked, “Miss Mi Cai, you’re so enthusiastic and scheming. Once we settle this tonight, you can sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor.”

“The phrase ‘sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor’ isn’t quite accurate. I’ve put in effort to help you find a house. Besides, that house was originally mine, so it’s a bit of a stretch to say I’m enjoying the fruits of your labor, isn’t it?” Mi Cai said seriously.

“Ugh, why are you so nitpicky!” I waved my hand impatiently.

“I learned it from you.”

I took a big sip of the lemon tea I was holding with both hands, but almost spat it out when it scalded my mouth.

Mi Cai handed me a tissue and wiped the tea that had spilled on her, complaining, “You just reminded me to be careful because it’s hot, but you forgot when you were drinking it yourself!”

I didn’t respond to Mi Cai. A bitter feeling welled up in my heart. I had forgotten because I was distracted, and I was distracted because I was struggling. A strong impulse surged in my heart at that moment. I wanted to tell Mi Cai about the conspiracy against her!


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