Chapter 47: Two Jesters
Lu Xiaoxiao was one year older than Jiang Yao. This young lady, however, was the exact opposite of Jiang Yao. She was very active and outgoing but she was lacking in the academic department. After high school, she didn’t manage to be accepted to a good college, Lu Haixing didn’t want her to stay far away from him either, so he sent Lu Xiaoxiao to a third-rate university in the city for a diploma.
Lu Xiaoxiao was a natural jester. She had her signature sunny smile on her face all day long as if there was no sorrow nor sadness in her world. She treated Jiang Yao, who was younger than her, with affection like her best friend.
Lu Xingzhi led Jiang Yao into the house. Lu Xiaoxiao ran down the stairs and wanted to jump on Lu Xingzhi but was blocked by him. She didn’t get upset about it, but instead, she turned to embrace Jiang Yao.
“Sister, congratulations on your admission to Nanjiang Medical School! You’re amazing!” Lu Xiaoxiao gave Jiang Yao a thumbs up and said with a wide grin. “If only I had half your intelligence, my dad would be so happy.”
Lu Haixing, who was sitting in the living room, laughed out loud. “Good that you know your limits.”
The truth was, Lu Haixing didn’t have any expectations for his only daughter. He would let her do whatever she wanted. She was his only daughter anyway, and she would eventually inherit the family business. Her life was well taken care of even if she didn’t go out to work.
“By the way, Xingzhi, Mr. Li called me at noon. He told me about the incident at the department store and called to apologize.” Lu Haixing looked at Lu Xingzhi and Jiang Yao, then continued, “The saleswoman has been fired, he apologizes on behalf of her for offending you.”
Jiang Yao shook her head hastily and said, “It’s okay, it was nothing, really. It was just a minor scene.”
“If I were there, I would have tortured her until she cried and begged for mercy!” Lu Xiaoxiao snorted. “Sister, you’re too mild-mannered, and that’s why they dare bully you!”
“It’s alright for a woman to be gentle, she has her husband to protect her.” Lu Haixing looked at Lu Xiaoxiao and laughed. “You, on the other hand, are such an arrogant tigress. I’m so worried that no one dares to marry you, then I’ll have to take care of you forever.”
As Lu Xingzhi listened to Lu Haixing describing Jiang Yao as gentle, he grinned in silence. Jiang Yao was gentle? As far as he remembered, there was not much correlation between Jiang Yao and gentleness.
Gentleness was nothing more than her physical disguise. Deep down, she was a furious little feline, depending on whether she wanted to show the world her claws.
“Didn’t you say that you’re willing to take care of me for a lifetime? Are you saying that you regret your decision now?” Lu Xiaoxiao frowned and growled like an agitated cat.
“Hey, you two, you’re like two jesters.” Mrs. Lu laughed out loud upon the scene. When Lu Xiaoxiao stayed with them in town, their house was full of laughter every day. So, Mrs. Lu missed the days when Lu Xiaoxiao was around.
The dinner was prepared by Lu Haixing’s maid. Lu Xiaoxiao was a particularly picky eater. The first and most important criterion when they hired a maid was the ability to cook according to their standard of cooking skills. Therefore, the dinner spread on the table was comparable to those prepared by Michelin-starred chefs at restaurants.
Over dinner, Lu Xiaoxiao asked about Lu Xingzhi and Jiang Yao’s activities for the day. When Jiang Yao told her that they had gone to the movies, Lu Xiaoxiao looked askance at Lu Xingzhi in amusement. The topic proceeded to the movie genre, and when Jiang Yao told her that they watched a comedy, two girls started discussing the movie. Their waves of laughter resonated across the dining hall.