Chapter 30 – While Being Sick
Novel t.i.tle: 一生之计在于春 (Spring is the Plan of Life)
Author：御小凡 (Yu Xiaofan)
Translator: K (@kin0monogatari)
Protagonists: 姚锦夕 (Yao Jinxi -MC), 吴洋 (Wu Yang -ML)
*Please read at knoxt.s.p.a.ce, the original site of translation. TQ*
There was another person who entered following Xia Ruonan. His face was handsome, with sharp eyebrows and bright eyes. His clear and rugged facial features carried a sharp aura that didn’t make him approachable at all. He was dressed casually. But somehow, he still gave off the impression of someone in formal attire. At that moment, he handed Xia Ruonan a neatly folded handkerchief and said, “Please have a seat over there.”
Xia Ruonan thanked him and sat down by the bedside, sobbing.
“h.e.l.lo, I’m Fu Hongyu. I heard from Ruonan that you’re not feeling well. So I came along with her to see you.” Fu Hongyu stood nearby and looked up. He noticed the empty IV bag and pressed the call b.u.t.ton by the bedside.
At this moment, Yao Jinxi didn’t have the strength for small talk. He managed to say, “h.e.l.lo”. But in his heart, he thought; So, this is the legendary Fu Hongyu. He is good-looking and pa.s.sed the quality-check. But he looks quite fierce. Xia Ruonan must have trouble controlling such a man… And he even brought a handkerchief!
He couldn’t help but feel that men who carried handkerchiefs with them were a rare breed nowadays.
Wu Yang had heard the commotion. After was.h.i.+ng his face, he came out. Upon seeing a strange man there, he squinted his eyes slightly. Xia Ruonan regained her composure and quietly complained to Yao Jinxi, “Why were you so careless? How did you get appendicitis? It has even perforated. How long did you endure this? Why did you have to be so stubborn? I told you to take care of yourself. Look at what’s happened now.”
As she spoke, she started crying again.
“This illness came suddenly. But it’s not that serious, actually. After the surgery, you’ll be fine. Don’t cry. Jinxi has just woken up. The anaesthesia hasn’t worn off yet,” Wu Yang said, noticing the IV bag was nearly empty and was about to press the call b.u.t.ton. Fu Hongyu added, “I already pressed it. The nurse should be here soon.”
Wu Yang quickly scanned Fu Hongyu and smiled, “Thank you. Who are you?”
“I’m Fu Hongyu. Ruonan helped me out of a big trouble before. So I guess it’s fate. We’re friends now,” Fu Hongyu said with a smile as he extended his hand and Wu Yang shook it. “h.e.l.lo. I’m Jinxi’s friend and also a colleague of Xia Ruonan. My name is Wu Yang.”
At this moment, a nurse entered the room to change the IV bag and asked, “May I know who the patient’s family member is?”
Wu Yang said, “I am.”
“Last night, you signed for the surgery, right?” The nurse skillfully changed the medication and made notes on the record sheet by the window. “Please go to the front desk. There are some formalities to complete.”
“Okay,” Wu Yang nodded to the three and added, “I’ll step out for a moment.”
After handling the follow-up paperwork for the hospitalisation downstairs, Wu Yang, who hadn’t eaten breakfast yet, bought a bottle of coffee and returned to the 4th floor. As soon as he exited the elevator, he saw Fu Hongyu leaning against the window, smoking.
They nodded to each other. Fu Hongyu said, “I can’t smoke in the ward. Want one?”
While the words were spoken like an offer, Wu Yang understood the underlying meaning. Xia Ruonan was likely still in the room, being deeply concerned about Yao Jinxi. Staying in there would make both of them uncomfortable.
He wasn’t in a hurry to go back. So he accepted the cigarette that Fu Hongyu offered and glanced at the breakfast in Fu Hongyu’s hand. “Thanks.”
Fu Hongyu raised a plastic bag and asked, “Didn’t have breakfast yet?”
Wu Yang had just finished a bottle of coffee. “I’m good. Thanks.”
Both of them were skilled in socialising and had wide networks of acquaintances. Surprisingly, they even knew quite a few people in common. Their conversation flowed smoothly. When they discussed the help Xia Ruonan had provided, Wu Yang was also surprised. “So that’s what she was doing when she took a half-day off that morning.”
“Yeah. She had to wait quite a while when she came to our law firm,” Fu Hongyu said, extinguis.h.i.+ng his cigarette and tossing it into the nearby trash can. “You and Yao Jinxi have known Ruonan for quite some time, right?”
“I’ve been working with Xia Ruonan for less than a year. But Jinxi has known her since childhood.”
Fu Hongyu nodded and asked casually, “Childhood friends? So, are they a couple?”
“No. Don’t misunderstand,” Wu Yang looked at him with a half-smile. “They never were. Besides, Xia Ruonan just broke up with her boyfriend recently. So she’s single now.”
Both of these individuals were astute and didn’t need to spell things out explicitly. They could understand each other’s meaning from the tone of their words. Fu Hongyu nodded thoughtfully and glanced towards the ward. He then looked back at Wu Yang. “I see.”
While these two were discussing the people in the ward, the people inside the ward were also discussing them.
Xia Ruonan wiped her eyes. Her nose was still a bit stuffy. “Tell me. What’s the deal between you and Wu Yang?”
Yao Jinxi hesitated to say a thing, “…”
Women’s power of observation is truly terrifying. They could put on a teary-eyed face and still have the mood for gossip. Explaining the situation with Wu Yang was complex and would require a psychological perspective. Yao Jinxi didn’t have the energy for it. Besides, he himself wondered the same thing.
Yao Jinxi whispered back, “What about Fu Hongyu?”
“What’s the deal with Fu Hongyu?” Xia Ruonan thought Yao Jinxi was asking why Fu Hongyu had also come. She explained, “Well, originally, he had plans to meet me today and wanted me to help him with a small favour. But this situation with you happened. So, I called him and said I couldn’t make it. After he asked for the reason, he insisted on coming to drop me off. So we came together.”
After explaining, Xia Ruonan sighed, “He’s really a nice guy.”
Yao Jinxi: “…”
Yao Jinxi thought to himself: Girl, don’t you realise yet? Why would a guy be so attentive for no reason? I’m really worried about you. You’re the cla.s.sic case of someone who gets sold and still wants to thank the seller.
If he had the energy, he would definitely give Xia Ruonan some education.
Just then, Wu Yang and Fu Hongyu entered the room.
Fortunately, Wu Yang had booked a single room. Or else, it would have been crowded with three people suddenly being in it. Fu Hongyu placed the KFC breakfast on the bedside table and patted Xia Ruonan’s shoulder, saying, “Have something to eat.”
Xia Ruonan wasn’t in the mood to eat initially. But Yao Jinxi, with great effort, urged her, “Go eat.”
Fu Hongyu had bought two portions but hadn’t eaten himself. After a lengthy conversation with Wu Yang about Yao Jinxi’s condition, he briefly and tactfully explained the situation to Xia Ruonan.
Realising that Yao Jinxi wasn’t seriously ill and would only need to stay in the hospital for a while, Xia Ruonan finally felt relieved. Yao Jinxi had been observing for a while and noticed that Xia Ruonan was dressed more formally today. Connecting the dots with her earlier explanation, he instantly understood that Xia Ruonan had originally planned to go on a date, perhaps even waiting downstairs for Fu Hongyu to pick her up when she received Wu Yang’s call and rushed over.
This girl had just recovered from a broken heart. Regardless of the situation with Fu Hongyu, being able to start a new relations.h.i.+p would certainly help Xia Ruonan’s emotional recovery.
Of course, Yao Jinxi didn’t want them to waste their date at the hospital. So he urged her, “Aren’t you leaving yet?”
Xia Ruonan widened her eyes in surprise and asked, “Why are you rus.h.i.+ng me to leave?”
Yao Jinxi sighed inwardly, thinking that in normal circ.u.mstances, he could sweet-talk her into leaving. But now, with the anaesthesia wearing off and his discomfort, he didn’t have the energy for it. He hesitated and then glanced at Wu Yang. He was just thinking about how to convey his meaning to Wu Yang who was standing behind Xia Ruonan. He cleverly blinked one of his eyes.
“Jinxi, the anaesthesia should have worn off. It’s better for you to get some rest. It’s not ideal to have too many people here,” Wu Yang said. He then turned to Fu Hongyu and added, “Besides, you and Mr. Fu have plans, right? Now that Jinxi is okay, you two should go about your business.”
Xia Ruonan hesitated, saying, “But…”
Fu Hongyu interjected, “It’s okay. I can go by myself.”
“Well, it’s not right to back out now. I did promise to visit the elderly gentleman,” Xia Ruonan felt guilty if she didn’t go. So, with Yao Jinxi’s encouraging look, she finally made up her mind. “Alright. Jinxi, if you need anything, just call me. I’ll come over as soon as I’m done.”
Yao Jinxi nodded, sighing inwardly. Is it up to her to decide whether she’s done with her business or not? Well, go and enjoy your time together in your own little world.
Xia Ruonan left with Fu Hongyu. In the room, only Wu Yang and Yao Jinxi remained.
Wu Yang held the remote control and asked, “Would you like to watch TV?”
Lying in bed could be quite boring, so Yao Jinxi thought he nodded in answer. But in reality, he just blinked his eyes half-heartedly. However, this didn’t prevent Wu Yang from understanding his intent. He turned on the TV but muted the sound.
The TV was fixed on the opposite wall with a certain degree of tilt, making it visible from where Yao Jinxi lay. However, the hospital room’s TV was an outdated model, with a small and dull screen that strained the eyes. Before long, Yao Jinxi drifted off to sleep again.
Wu Yang sat there in contemplation.
The hospitalisation process was essentially a cycle of sleeping and waking up for Yao Jinxi, with the wound causing intense pain. He refrained from using too much pain medication, as it might negatively affect the wound’s recovery. Nevertheless, Yao Jinxi was not a child. He didn’t cry out in agony just because he had a cut. He did feel guilty about Wu Yang, though. As he didn’t have any other family or friends around, it was this person who was taking care of everything for him.
Xia Ruonan visited frequently. But she always had Fu Hongyu in tow. Yao Jinxi sensed something amiss and didn’t want to interfere with their budding relations.h.i.+p.
However, Yao Jinchen had been making numerous phone calls. The frequency was increasing. Yao Jinxi sent a brief text message, claiming that he had gone on a trip.
At this point, he truly had no energy to deal with that troublemaker. Thinking about it gave him a headache. So he decided it was better to tell a lie and have some peace and quiet to focus on his recovery.
So, the only person around him was Wu Yang. Yao Jinxi asked, “What about your work?”
“I took leave,” Wu Yang replied as he poured a cup of hot tea for Yao Jinxi. “I told my manager that a family member was hospitalised, which is a big deal. So they granted it.”
Perhaps it was due to being in the midst of illness. With a weak body and emotions to match, Yao Jinxi almost teared up at these naturally spoken words.
He had an impulse. He had a strong desire to say; Why don’t we just get together?
Even if it was just a playful test, in any form, being with this person would surely bring happiness. At the very least, he wouldn’t be alone anymore.
Wu Yang noticed Yao Jinxi’s gaze and turned to him with a hint of suspicion. “What’s wrong?”
Yao Jinxi quietly looked at him for a moment before lowering his head and took a sip of the hot tea. “Nothing.”
*Author’s Note: Boss Yao, you need to be brave! _(:з」∠)_ -YXF
*Translator’s Note: Yeah, YJX, just propose to him hahahaha! -K
Next update: 2023.11.10