TN: bonus chapter!💕
After coming out of the Kwun Yam Buddhist Temple, Li Xiaoheng insisted on having a candlelight dinner. Tao Mu simply didn’t want to speak to him anymore: “It’s noon, have what candlelight dinner. Besides, I don’t like western food either.”
“Then what do you like to eat?” Li Xiaoheng just felt that Tao Mu finally agreed to his pursuit, so he should spend some effort on making some romantic gestures. Only in this way could he express how much he cherishes Tao Mu.
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Tao Mu had always been particular with food, and was very picky about what he ate. Since they have come to Hong Kong, of course they must eat authentic Hong Kong food: “Let’s go to a Cantonese restaurant.”
The first meal after the official relationship was to be at a Cantonese restaurant? Li Xiaoheng raised his eyebrows and was not satisfied.
“Isn’t that too casual?” At this moment, Li Xiaoheng even had a sense of accomplishment that was even more satisfying than when he signed a business deal worth tens of billions in his senior year all by himself. In order to match this mood, Li Xiaoheng even wanted to rent a luxury cruise ship to have candlelight dinner out at sea, and stop at Victoria Harbour to watch the fireworks at night. After dinner, he also wanted to reserve an entire amusement park, ride the ferris wheel with Tao Mu, and stop at the highest point to enjoy the night view of Hong Kong.
“How cheesy!” Tao Mu couldn’t help laughing. He felt that the corners of his mouth never stopped twitching in laughter since Li Xiaoheng began speaking: “Mr. Li, you should think about changing your career to be a comedian.”
“If you are interested, I could learn.” Li Xiaoheng looked at Tao Mu with a warm smile. He never took his eyes off Tao Mu’s figure: “Do you think I should learn to be the leading role or the supporting role in the comic dialog?”
“You should learn stand-up comedy.” Tao Mu stood in front of the Kwan Yum Buddhist Temple and looked around: “Is there any delicious Cantonese restaurant nearby?”
Li Xiaoheng stretched out his hand, and the assistant who had been waiting in the car immediately handed over a tablet with the travel guide they just made, including the most famous hotels, restaurants, western restaurants and Cantonese restaurants around Kowloon. The types of Cantonese restaurants were also divided below what kinds of famous dishes each one was good at.
“These are all good, what do you want to eat?” Li Xiaoheng handed the tablet to Tao Mu.
Tao Mu smiled and said, “How about the sorrowful rice?” (TN: sorrowful rice= basically bbq pork on rice)
“It’s unlucky.” Li Xiaoheng shook his head and vetoed: “Let’s eat claypot rice. We don’t have any children anyway.” (TN: claypot rice=steamed rice with dried duck
“Claypot rice isn’t referring to cooking a young child…..” Tao Mu was speechless: “What’s up with you. I think you are the auspicious one.”
“It depends on how you understand it.” Li Xiaoheng spoke nonsense with a particularly clear logical thinking: “Claypot rice, the homophonic sound is to cook a young child/animal. Do you like kittens or puppies?”
“You want to raise one?” Tao Mu raised his eyebrows: “I like both very much. But I don’t have time to take care of it.”
Of course Li Xiaoheng knew that Tao Mu liked small animals. He knew everything Tao Mu liked. So asking this question was not to make Tao Mu have to make a choice.
“Then we’ll get one of each.” Li Xiaoheng said with a smile: “We now have both son and daughter all at once.”
“You are a bit fast-paced.” Tao Mu laughed. After a pause, he asked again, “What type are you going to raise?”
Li Xiaoheng said with a particularly strong desire to survive: “I listen to you.”
“How about a husky and a ragdoll?”
An angel and a devil! Li Xiaoheng agreed without hesitation: “No problem. When you return to Beijing on Monday, we will go to the pet store to choose a son and daughter.”
“We have to buy a dog kennel and cat climbing frame.” Tao Mu was feeling quite eager. He actually quite liked cats and dogs. But he never had the chance to raise one in his last life. Because Mrs. Shen was allergic to fur, the Shen family never raised them. Later, Tao Mu was kicked out of the Shen family and lived with Zhuo Yan. Zhuo Yan was scratched by a cat and bitten by a dog when he was a child, so he hated them, and Tao Mu was not allowed to keep one. At that time, Tao Mu also joked that Zhuo Yan was a person who was hated by cats and dogs.
Noticing that the corners of Tao Mu’s mouth fell slightly, Li Xiaoheng raised his brows with keen awareness: “What did you think of, why are you unhappy?”
“Did you put an emotion recognition feelers on my face?” Tao Mu looked at Li Xiaoheng in disbelief: “It’s that obvious?”
“It’s called being attentive.” Li Xiaoheng first held up two fingers in front of Tao Mu, and then pointed them at his own eyes: “These are called piercing eyes, and at the negotiating table, I rely on these eyes to judge what the opponent’s thinking.”
Li Xiaoheng’s assistant sat in the co-pilot’s seat, watching their boss and their boss’s wife stand on the street and chat for half an hour. He couldn’t help but exchange looks with the driver.
When was it going to be over! Before they even had lunch, they were already stuffed with dog food, and their stomachs were almost bursting now.
And you want to raise a cat and dog like this, that’s just animal cruelty!
He was complaining secretly to himself, when he heard their boss continue to coax: “Don’t worry about not having time to walk the dog. I will have Ah Zhe go to the house every night and take our son and daughter out to get some fresh air.”
Jiang *all-round handy assistant* Zhe stuck his head out of the car window with an expressionless face, looked at their boss who now disregarded the lives of his subordinates now that he had a wife, and said faintly, “I want a raise.”
Li Xiaoheng directly agreed: “Double the salary.”
Assistant Jiang immediately smiled like a flower: “Boss, don’t worry, you just entrust the young master and young lady to me, and I will take care of them like I do my ancestors.”
Tao Mu immediately shook his head: “No need. You just need to take care of them like you would take care of your own son.” These days, people are not as careful when taking care of ancestors as taking care of sons.
Li Xiaoheng smiled lightly: “Don’t fool around anymore. Let’s go eat.”
As a result, the first meal after the two formally established their relationship was a Cantonese restaurant. Tao Mu ordered a bowl of claypot rice, a bowl of steamed noodles, two roasted pigeons, and finally a bowl of coconut milk sago. Li Xiaoheng’s order was similar to that of Tao Mu. Just replaced the sago with jelly.
After lunch, the two went to worship at a few more temples. That night, Tao Mu still ended up letting Li Xiaoheng rent a yacht to go out to sea, and Li Xiaoheng personally made a candlelight dinner, consisting of fried heart-shaped steak with poached eggs, and even the pizza was made into a heart-shaped model. It was truly cheesy to the extreme.
But before eating, Tao Mu still took advantage of Li Xiaoheng’s inattentiveness and took several photos with his mobile phone. A new folder was also created to save these photos.
In truth, Li Xiaoheng noticed Tao Mu’s sneaky movements, but he didn’t break the illusion. He just thought their Tao Mu looked so awkward and cute. Extremely cute.
After the two of them finished their meal, they stayed at sea to watch the fireworks. The night was full of stars, the sky and the surface of the water was the same color. The small yacht was left floating between the sea and sky, swaying with the waves of the seawater. The splendid fireworks exploded overhead, reflecting between the water and the sky, the whole world was full of brilliance, and even the night appeared to be washed in beautiful color. The yacht that floated between the sea and the sky, from a distance, seemed to be enveloped in a glass cover.
Li Xiaoheng was inspired, and he held Tao Mu’s hand and said with a smile, “I think we should make a custom crystal ball after we go back.”
The fireworks that bloomed, the rolling sea water, the yacht floating on top, and the two people sitting on the deck.
“Your collecting habit is really becoming to my tastes more and more.” Tao Mu smiled.
Li Xiaoheng pretended to give a gentleman’s bow: “My pleasure.”
After watching the fireworks, the two drove the yacht back. After landing, they went to the amusement park to ride the ferris wheel. The night view of Hong Kong was really beautiful, especially near Victoria Harbour.
When the ferris wheel reached the highest point, Li Xiaoheng sat next to Tao Mu, took out his mobile phone and took a photo of the two of them.
“I propose that we take a photo together every day and save it. When the two of us are old, we will have a lot of memories. When we get bored in the future, we can take out these photos and look at them together. Compare to see who has the better memory. What do you think?”
Tao Mu imagined the scene following Li Xiaoheng’s words. Two old men with silver white temples sat side by side in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows that fully let in the sunlight, basking in the warm rays, looking at photos and competing on memory power. The sun shone down warmly on the body, and the warm heat made one sleepy. So the two of them lay on the rocking chair and fell asleep.
Tao Mu came back to his senses, looked at the silhouette reflected on the glass window, and said with a smile, “Okay.”
After a pause, Tao Mu recalled one thing: “But we are so busy right now that we don’t have time to take pictures together every day.”
Li Xiaoheng said, “You could photoshop it. Your photography skills are so good that they have even become popular in the entertainment industry. You must remember to photoshop me to look more handsome.”
Tao Mu laughed and suddenly said, “You’re so clingy.”
“We’ve only been together for less than a day, yet you already dislike me?” Li Xiaoheng leaned over to Tao Mu, and his dark eyes stared into Tao Mu’s eyes softly: “Mr. Tao, we are now legal boyfriends. So I have to ask for one thing.”
“Every night, we have to make a phone call for at least an hour.” Li Xiaoheng listed one by one: “And it has to be a video chat, you have to say goodnight before hanging up, and blow an air kiss. This is my right as your boyfriend.”
Tao Mu lowered his head and chuckled, agreeing to each one.
Seeing this, Li Xiaoheng took another mile: “Whenever you are free, send me a text and say you miss me. Okay?”
Tao Mu nodded: “Okay.”
Li Xiaoheng: “If there’s a chance to wear couple’s clothes together, we should, okay?”
Tao Mu continued to nod: “Okay.”
Li Xiaoheng: “If there is any misunderstanding, don’t hold a cold war, you must discuss it with me immediately. No matter what happens, you must believe me. Is that okay?”
Tao Mu nodded repeatedly: “Yes.”
Li Xiaoheng: “We will grow old together.”
Tao Mu’s eyes felt a little hot, and he repeated, “We will grow old together.”
Li Xiaoheng chuckled lightly and held Tao Mu’s hand: “In the business world, everyone must talk about the spirit of the contract. Since you have agreed, you must not regret it.”
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Tao Mu didn’t say a word this time, leaning forward and wrapping the other in a bear hug.
Li Xiaoheng chuckled and hugged back his lover who had just thrown himself into his arms willingly, and said warmly, “I will also do all the things you just promised me.”
“Tao Mu, our contract is established.”
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