Chapter 1565: Illusion (5)
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
In the blink of an eye, it was already the weekend.
Since the matter was finally resolved, she originally planned to go back earlier, but the change in the itinerary was so last minute that there was no plane ticket left. Therefore, Dongfang Liuyun could only wait to rush back on Monday.
The morning in City C was very pleasant and beautiful as the sun shone faintly and the breeze was very cooling. There was also the mild and elegant fragrance of orchids.
When Dongfang Liuyun opened the window to look at the scenery, she could vaguely hear a melodious flute playing from outside the window. The melody sounded very familiar as it was a classic: “The Sound of Silence”.
She subconsciously followed the sound, which led her to discover a few elderly people sitting by the lake not far ahead, and some of them were playing the flute. Meanwhile, the young florist had already started to work hard on the flat and clean path by the side.
She inhaled a deep breath, took two sips of tea from the cup, and gazed down at the morning ensemble. She was in a good mood, which was rare for her. So, perhaps, it should be shared.
A thought came to her when she glanced over to the side and saw a certain book that she had already read. Then, there was a rare warmth flashing across her delicate and fair face, and she took the cell phone from the side to dial a number.
When the phone vibrated, Qi Lei was preparing breakfast in the kitchen. He was surprised to see Dongfang Liuyun’s call so early in the morning, but he immediately picked up the call.
“Hello? Mrs. Qi?” Qi Lei carefully flipped the fried eggs in the pan with one hand while responding.
“Are you making breakfast? How come you’re up so early on the weekend?” Dongfang Liuyun’s ears were very keen, and she soon heard the sound of oil popping over on the other side of the phone.
“Wow, my wife is definitely wise. Master Qi is frying eggs, and the milk is still boiling on the stove by the side. Have you had your breakfast?” Qi Lei carefully placed the fried eggs on the plate and turned off the stove while asking.
“It seems that you’re in a good mood and enjoying yourself. I’m having tea with dim sum. Since I’m feeling upbeat, I called you. I’ll be going back tomorrow and I’ll arrive at 4 p.m. Come to the airport to pick me up. Is there any gift that you’d like? I can bring something for you as a reward. Do you need anything?”
Dongfang Liuyun acted as if it was a natural thing to ask that question. Maybe it was because the two were too familiar with each other or because they had already gotten used to the way they got along as friends from before and nothing had changed.
However, it did not seem to be the same. Both of them knew the fact that they were now husband and wife.
“Of course, I won’t say no to a souvenir. I don’t want the inexpensive ones or anything with bad taste, so you should figure it out yourself.”
“Well, cologne or a watch? Or maybe a leather belt? It seems that women usually give things like these to men, right?” Dongfang Liuyun started considering it seriously.
“I don’t use perfume, I don’t like wearing watches, and there are dozens of belts in the cloakroom, so you’ll have to think harder.” A wicked smile appeared on the corner of Qi Lei’s lips. He really made it difficult for her.
However, came to think about it, it seemed that something was wrong.
How come he felt that the roles between him and Dongfang Liuyun seemed to have been reversed? He had become a woman staying at home while she had become the husband that handles the external affairs.
This could not be.
Where was his self-esteem?
“No, I don’t want anything. Now tell me, what gift you want. I’ll buy it for you. Take it as a wedding gift from me!”
“I like money,” Dongfang Liuyun smirked and replied when she heard his question.
That was direct.
Qi Lei could not react to that and was taken aback for a moment. He then recovered from the trance, cleared his throat, and replied, “Do you mean that you want control over the finances of the family?”
“What do you think?” The smile on Dongfang Liuyun’s face became more and more obvious, and she could imagine the expression on Qi Lei’s face at the moment. “Why? Are you hesitating?”
“No, no, I’m totally okay with it. I’ll get Yang Sheng to count all my properties and hand them to you when you come back. As long as you don’t ask me hypothetical questions like if you and my mother were to drop into the water at the same time, who will I save first, it doesn’t matter to me.”
Anyway, he had a lot of private pocket money, and a lot of money was being deposited into his personal account every month, thus it did not matter if the finances were handed over to her. Furthermore, she was his wife, right…Right?
Hearing that, Dongfang Liuyun chuckled lightly and quickly continued, “Since you asked, who will you save first?”
“Of course, it would be my mother. She can’t swim, but this assumption won’t hold anymore,” Qi Lei answered very honestly.
Dongfang Liuyun nodded, and her chuckle continued. “Don’t worry. I’m very content with your answer, and there won’t be such situations as I can swim. As a matter of fact, I even won a swimming championship before this. Only stupid women would ask such a question, especially in those old-fashioned romantic dramas.”
“I’ll leave the finances to you since I know you’re an expert in finances. I’m even planning to transfer some of my personal savings to you so that you can help me invest, but let’s be frank upfront. If you’ve made some earnings, I’ll take all of them, but if there’s any deficit, you have to fill it up for me. I only run businesses that make a profit,” she said boldly.
“Do you think that I’m a sitting duck just waiting to be taken advantage of? I’ll suffer from both outcomes! I’m not going to do it.” He frowned and refused.
“How about I give you the Heavenly Grass that was stolen from the Holy Land?” Dongfang Liuyun lowered her voice in a negotiating tone.
“The Heavenly Grass? Then what about the set of equipment worth eight million gold coins that you’ve stolen from me before…”
“I’ll return them to you,” Dongfang Liuyun replied generously.
“Okay, deal! How much money can you invest from your private account?” Qi Lei gave it a thought and then nodded.
“A million,” she replied.
“I don’t believe it! I saw the text message on your phone which showed that there are nearly two million dollars. Are you telling me that you have only one bank account?”
“That’s all. I spent the rest on equipment last night.”
“You prodigal mother…”
“What did you say?” Before Qi Lei could finish the sentence, Dongfang Liuyun’s gentle voice had already come through.
“Huh? Oh, I said you’re really brave. You truly deserve to be the legend that even a top-rank player has failed to defeat in the arena.”
The husband and wife hung up the phone after a long chat. Dongfang Liuyun stared at the darkened cell phone screen, and just when she was about to put it away, the phone vibrated abruptly. She took a glimpse at the screen.
It was Lan Xiu calling.
She hesitated for a while, then lifted her head and finished the tea in the cup, and picked up the call leisurely.
“Liuyun? Who was on the call with you just now? Why were you on the phone for so long? Have you had your breakfast? How’s your stomach?” Lan Xiu’s concerned voice came from the other end of the phone call.