Chapter 168: An Incidental Kiss
Translator: Atlas Studios Editor: Atlas Studios
Xia Qingyi’s heart sank a little. “It can’t be that the two of you are really back together, are you?”
Mo Han did not speak and merely stared at her.
Xia Qingyi turned her head as her words became a little blunt. “Anyway, I won’t be friends with her. Please do not bring me if the two of you are going on a date, in case she starts to find fault with me randomly again.”
“Then why are you so angry?”
“I’m not angry!” Xia Qingyi emphasized.
“If you’re not angry, then why are you like this?”
“I’d told you, I’m not angry!” Xia Qingyi paused for a while before she continued, “I’m going to sleep now. I have a lesson in the morning tomorrow.”
“We won’t get back together. I told her that we’re over.” Mo Han said, “She came just now to say this.”
Xia Qingyi said, “This has nothing to do with me. I’m going to sleep.”
“This is my last time meeting her. She came to say farewell to me.”
“This is something between the two of you. You don’t have to tell me.”
“But, I want to tell you.”
Mo Han had his eyes fixed on her while his voice was deep and magnetic. Xia Qingyi looked up into his eyes, feeling as if she was going to be sucked into his intense gaze.
She seemed to have seen this gaze somewhere before.
“Don’t think so much and have a good sleep.” Mo Han said.
She did not dare to continue looking at such a gaze and closed the door to her room. She leaned on the door as she stretched her hand out to turn off the lights. She stared at the boundless darkness as she listened to her heartbeat.
Xia Qingyi touched where her heart was. She only returned to her bed after a very long while.
These past few days, Mo Han had been preparing a big contract to provide external economic legal advice for a well-known multi-national corporation for a year. If the contract was signed successfully, he would not need to worry about the salary for all of his employees in the law firm for the year.
He started to become busier, to the point that he did not even have the time to cook for Xia Qingyi. He would type on his computer, read documents and have video conferences with the overseas representative of company the moment he reached home.
Xia Qingyi was tactful about it and did not go and bother him. She would sit in the living room and watch television as per usual. Halfway through, however, she suddenly remembered that she needed to take out a homework that she needed to bring to class tomorrow and she went to look for it in her room.
She had found it on top of her wardrobe in the end. Xia Qingyi could not remember how her homework had ended up there no matter how much she thought about it. She shook her head speechlessly, as she stood on her toes and reached for it with all she could. She could not get it down after using more than half of her strength. Xia Qingyi sighed, as she moved the chair next to her over and stood on it to get her homework.
With her homework in hand, she did not have the chance to celebrate when she suddenly fell since she had been standing by the edge of the chair. The chair fell on her.
“Ah!” Xia Qingyi lied on the floor. It was so painful that she started to sweat.
Mo Han heard her from the study and ran out. “What’s wrong?”
Xia Qingyi pointed to her leg. “My leg! My leg!”
Mo Han was about to touch her leg when Xia Qingyi immediately said, “Don’t touch it! Wait a minute, it’s too painful!”
“How did this happen?” Mo Han was extremely worried.
“I fell from the chair and my leg was squashed by the chair.”
“Why did you stand on the chair for no reason?!”
“Why are you so angry?! My homework was up there and I couldn’t reach it, which was why I had to stand on the chair.”
“Can’t you get me if you can’t reach it?!” Mo Han was speechless.
“Aren’t you working? I can get it down myself.” Xia Qingyi replied.
Mo Han stopped speaking. He glanced at Xia Qingyi, who was sitting on the floor with her teeth bared in pain and he softened his voice. “Can you try moving your leg?”
Xia Qingyi endured the pain to move her ankle around slightly. She could still move it, which means that she had probably not injured her bone. She was slightly reassured by this. “I think it’s probably fine.”
“How is it fine when your ankle is so swollen?”
“It’s not as painful as earlier anymore. I think it got better a little.”
Mo Han went to support her. “Do you think you can walk?”
Xia Qingyi stood up and grabbed onto Mo Han’s elbow as she slowly moved forward. Even though her ankle still hurt a little, it was definitely a lot better than how it was earlier.
“Sit on the bed. I’ll take a closer look.”
Xia Qingyi sat on the bed, while Mo Han held onto her ankle to take a closer look at it. He pressed onto where it was swollen on Xia Qingyi’s ankle and asked, “Does it hurt?”
Xia Qingyi immediately hit the bed in pain. “Pain! Pain! How can it not hurt when it’s already swollen?”
“Let’s go to the hospital.” Mo Han said.
Xia Qingyi stopped him. “We don’t have to go. It’s just slightly swollen, and my bone is fine. Look, I can move my leg now.” She stretched her leg in front of Mo Han to let him see her ankle which she was twisting and moving.
“You have to get it checked since it’s so swollen.” Mo Han tried to convince her.
“Let’s go tomorrow then. It’s too late now, and I’m too lazy to move. Isn’t there medicine at home? I’ll apply it first and if it’s not better by tomorrow morning, then I’ll go to the hospital to get checked.”
Mo Han did not speak as he seemed to not agree completely with her words.
“Alright, alright, go get the medicine for me. It’s not as serious as you think it is.” Xia Qingyi tugged on Mo Han’s sleeve.
Mo Han compromised. “Alright, don’t go back on your words if it’s not better by tomorrow and go to the hospital to get it checked by a doctor.”
Mo Han got the first-aid kit and squatted by her leg. He applied the medicine for her seriously and used the warmth on his hand to massage the area around her ankle to ensure that the medicine was absorbed properly. Even if it still hurt a little, Xia Qingyi’s heart was full of a sense of security as she looked at the crown of his head on the bed. She could not help but to smile.
Xia Qingyi teased him, “Hey, there’s a strand of white hair on your head.”
Mo Han merely continued to message her ankle with his head down without stopping.
“Isn’t it a little too early to have white hair at 30 years old?” Xia Qingyi laughed, “Let me think about it, I’m only 21 years old. It’s quite a big gap between us.”
“Are you saying that I’m old?”
Xia Qingyi laughed again, “Who says that you’re old? 30 years old is not old at all, alright? It’s the prime of your life. Even if you’re old, you are old but vigorous too!”
Mo Han suddenly increased his strength of his hand and it was so painful that Xia Qingyi could not help but to kick him. “You be softer.” She was very happy, and slightly cheeky as she acted as if she was trying to pluck out Mo Han’s white hair. “Don’t move. Let me pluck out a strand for you to see.”
He pressed down on her leg and placed it properly as he slowly massaged the medicine into her ankle. “Am I counted as old if I have white hair? Your words are not reliable at all.”
Xia Qingyi said, unwilling to back down, “How about you stop rubbing my ankle and let me look at your face? You might have some wrinkles at the corners of your eyes. It’s just that you haven’t noticed them.”
Mo Han put down her leg and looked up into her eyes. “Take a look then.”
“Okay, then I’ll take a closer look for you.”
Xia Qingyi moved closer towards his face as she stared into his deep eyes. She could not hold back the urge to touch his face as she carefully traced the corners of his eyes. Her voice was incredibly soft. “There really are a few thin wrinkles.”
Mo Han merely looked into her eyes. He did not know if she had realized that the distance between them was too small. They were so close that he could feel her faint breath. She was even smiling, which revealed her white teeth.
And then, he moved forward and lightly kissed her on her lips.
As expected, Xia Qingyi stopped laughing as she broke out of her daze and looked at him. She froze. Her blank look made Mo Han want to kiss her again, but he did not. He was afraid that Xia Qingyi would be angry.
Xia Qingyi kept looking at him and asked, “Don’t you still have work to do?”
Mo Han did not know how to reply as Xia Qingyi pushed him away and put some distance between themselves. “You should go and work. Isn’t that contract quite important? I shouldn’t hold you up from your work.”
Mo Han could not tell if she was angry, but still said nevertheless, “I’m sorry… I couldn’t hold back suddenly…”
“You should go and finish your work earlier so you can go to sleep.” Xia Qingyi’s expression was about the same as her usual expression. She merely lifted her leg onto her bed before she lifted the blanket and lay inside the blanket. “I’m about to sleep anyway.”
Mo Han glanced at her as he sighed softly. He picked up the medicine on the floor before he exited Xia Qingyi’s room and lightly closed the door.
He was slightly regretful of what he had just done. It felt a little too hasty and although Xia Qingyi did not slap him like he had expected, she did not welcome him either.
From her expression just now, was she angry? But she did not seem like she was.
Mo Han felt as if he was trying to solve a problem that was more difficult than any cases he had before.
The next day, there was nothing different as Xia Qingyi ate her breakfast at the dining table. She continued to chat with Mo Han while she ate, as if nothing had happened the night before. She had even laughed nonstop while resting on the table when she had said something interesting.
“Is your leg better?” Mo Han had not forgotten about her injured leg.
Xia Qingyi stretch her leg out to let him take a look from the side of the table. “It’s fine now. Look, it’s not swollen anymore.” She twisted her ankle to show him. “I think it’s completely fine. It’s quite amazing since it was so painful last night when I had just injured it, yet it doesn’t hurt anymore when I woke up this morning.”
“Don’t make too elaborate actions, in case you pull the muscle again.”
“I’m fine. I’ll pay attention to it. It’ll be fine after applying the medicine again for a few nights.” Xia Qingyi asked, “How’s the contract that your law firm is doing? Is it hard?”
“It’s quite alright. We’re almost done with it. If nothing happens, we can sign the contract by next week.”
“Okay. Will you have a celebration meal after the contract is signed successfully?”
“We probably will to reward them, but I’m not usually a fan of gatherings. Liu Zhiyuan is the one who usually goes to settle everything. I’m only in charge of paying.”
“Wow, you’re such a good boss.” Xia Qingyi said, “I want to go to the celebration meal too, to eat.”
She continued, “I haven’t met your colleagues at the law firm in a while. I quite miss them. Can you invite me for the celebration me? They know me anyway.”
“Alright, you just have to tell me if you want to go for the gatherings in the future.” Mo Han was a little puzzled with why she suddenly remembered about the gatherings their law firm had, but he would agree if she wanted to come.