Awakening - Chapter 177
Chapter 220 Negotiation Part 1
In the kitchen, watching the-attentively-cooking-things Naoko, Lei Yin had a feeling that was hard to describe.
In his view, a woman in an apron was the most beautiful.
Although this view undoubtedly has some trace of male chauvinism in it, for a millennium-old ghost who lived in the Song Dynasty to the present, some ideas were difficult to change.
Walking toward her and putting his hands around her slender waist, Lei Yin said softly in her ear: “Are you tired?”
Naoko shook her head and then said softly: “Wait a moment, you will soon be able to eat.”
“Don’t cook too much food, just make it enough to eat, okay?”
“Em.” Naoko’s heart filled with a thick sense of sweet. She knew he did not want her to exert too much, but he did not know, cooking for the person that she loved was actually a pleasure to her.
At the dinner table, watching his hungry look, Naoko’s heart was filled with happiness.
Great, he’s finally back safely. Thinking of this, a trace of tears quietly, unknowingly fell from her eyes.
When she felt wet on her face, she quickly bowed her head and wiped it with her sleeve.
Just then, she felt a hand wrapped around her body, and then, she felt her face pressed against his chest.
“I am sorry to keep you waiting for so long.” Lei Yin softly said in her ear.
“Lei, sorry, I didn’t want to cry. But I can’t help it….” By this time Naoko was choked with sobs.
“Don’t worry, just cry, let it all out.” Lei Yin’s left hand was hugging her waist while his right hand gently stroking her hair.
Naoko finally could not bear it anymore, she tightly clasped his waist with her hands, letting her tears soaked his clothes on the chest.
The living room went quiet, between the Heaven and Earth it seemed like there was only this embracing couple.
After an unknown amount of time, Naoko slowly pulled her head back and found a large area of his clothes was already wet. She cannot help but blush and she whispered like a child that was caught doing something wrong: “I am sorry, I am going to get a set of clothes for you to change.” With that, she hurriedly stood up.
Lei Yin immediately hugged her, “Fool, don’t worry about it, let’s eat first, okay?”
Looking at his filled-with-pity eyes, Naoko felt sour in her nose and has the urge to cry.
After cleaning the tableware, Naoko came out of the kitchen and saw him laying on the carpet with back against the foot of the sofa watching television, his favorite relaxation pose.
“Come, sit here.” Lei Yin smiled at her and patted his own thigh.
Naoko blushed a bit and gave him a charming angry glance. Finally, she lowered her head and slowly walked toward him.
Really in love with her shy and charming look; When he saw her blushing as she sat down on his leg, Lei Yin could not resist tightly holding her in his arms.
“What, what’s wrong?” Feeling her lover blew some steam on her face, Naoko felt her whole body turned weak.
“I want you.” Lei Yin’s hand probed into her clothes, slowly stroking her delicate skin. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, not to mention the woman in front of him that was so so incredibly seductive; Finally, Lei Yin has been driven beyond the limit that he can tolerate.
“We, we can’t.” Naoko tremblingly said.
“Why? Don’t tell me it is best not to do strenuous exercise just after we finished the meal.”
“Because….I, I am having my period.”
Hearing this, Lei Yin wryly smiled, This is indeed the most terrible reason.
Not daring to tease her anymore, he pulled out his mischievous hand and then took her in his arms, being gentle and caring.
“I am sorry, Lei,” Naoko whispered her apology.
“Fool, no need to apologize for such a thing.” Lei Yin endearingly kissed her on the forehead.
“Lei….” Feeling her mood surged up, Naoko tightly hugged him as if wanting to integrate herself into him.
When she slightly calmed down, Lei Yin gently asked: “Did you get use to live with miss Sakurai?”
“Em. Miss Sakurai is a good person and she’s good to me.”
“Do you want to know who she is? I can tell you everything you want to know.” Lei Yin gently stroked her tear-stained beautiful face. “No, I don’t want to know. My grandmother once said to my mother, there are some things that the more you don’t know about them the better.” With that, Naoko buried her head back into his chest.
“Although this statement is not necessarily good or bad, I have to admit, your grandmother is a wise person.”
“I heard from my mother; Although my grandmother rarely spoke, she was a very clever person. She once served as a Miko in Ise Shrine. Unfortunately, at the age of 26, she died because of a heart attack. I have only seen her appearance in the picture.”
Hearing her slightly depressed voice, Lei Yin kissed her face and then picked her up, “After sitting for so long, you should be very tired, why don’t we go to sleep?”
“Em.” Naoko meekly nodded.
After putting her in the bed, Lei Yin suddenly remembered something. He pulled out a letter from his pocket and gave it to her, “This is this morning’s express letter, your name is written as its recipient.”
“Can you help me read it?” Naoko did not want to release her hands on him.
“Hey, if I open it and see that it’s a love letter, I’d be jealous.”
“Help me read it, okay?” Naoko chuckled.
Every time he heard her playful, pampered voice, Lei Yin’s heartbeat slightly accelerated and suddenly felt an impulse. This time, it was not an exception. He said with a wry smile: “If you’re going to continue to act like this, I will be tempted. Don’t you know how hard and painful it is to have something that you can only see but can not eat?”
Naoko looked at him, very pleased with herself.
Chapter 220 Negotiation Part 2
Having no way to refuse her, Lei Yin had to open the letter.
After reading the letter, he handed it to her and said: “This is the letter from the Japanese Young Writer Association. They said they appreciate the articles that you published in the woman’s magazine column and therefore, want to invite you to participate in their annual Conference in Nagoya. They also said they will be responsible for the round-trip ticket and hotel accommodation. If you decide to go, you can call the number on the letter.”
“No, I don’t want to go anywhere, I want to be with you.” Naoko buried her head in his arms. This time, the prospect of being away from him really scared her.
After thinking about it, Lei Yin said: “What if I go with you?”
“What did you say?” Naoko raised her head and looked at him in surprise.
“I mean, I will go with you to Nagoya. I have been looking for a chance to go out with you, this is that chance. After arriving there, it does not matter if you go to the conference or not, anyway, we’ll pay the tickets and accommodation ourselves. What do you think?” Because he had made her worried about him for so long, Lei Yin wanted to take this opportunity to make it up.
“What about your grade? You haven’t attended the class for more than two months. If we go, it would affect your study.” Naoko worryingly said.
“Relax, I don’t have to worry about my grades. As long as I pass the final exam, I can still continue my study as normal.”
“Really?” She knew her lover’s background was very deep, but she still has some concern and just wanted to confirm.
“Rest assured, there will be no problem.”
“If there is not going to be a problem, in Nagoya, I want to take you to see my grandma, okay?” Hearing that he really can go with her, Naoko’s face was somewhat red with excitement.
“Yes, I think it’s time for her to see her grandson-in-law with her own eyes.” He remembered she had a grandmother in Nagoya who operate an antique shop.
With a flushed face, Naoko retreated her face back into his arms.
Lei Yin smiled, lowered his head and kissed her hair, and then buried his head on her neck, immersing himself in her sweet fragrance.
After a while, Naoko charmingly scolded near his ear: “It’s all your fault for telling me that you will go to Nagoya with me, making me unable to sleep.”
“Hey, I am the most uncomfortable one here. Even though I have a sweet smelling great beauty in my arms, I can only see and can’t move my hands.” Lei Yin indignantly said.
A burst of sweet feeling filled Naoko’s heart; She gently scolded “Hate,” and then tried to curl up her body like a cat in his arms.
“What, you want to go out?” Hearing what Lei Yin said, Kazumi stood up in surprise.
“Don’t get me wrong, this time I will go with Naoko.”
Hearing this explanation, Kazumi was finally relieved, “Hate, why don’t you say it earlier.”
“Kazumi’s brother, what about your grades?” Take Asasei was a good student, the first thing that came to her mind was the grade problem.
“I am very close to each of the lecturers; They agreed that as long as I am able to pass the final exam, I can continue my study as normal.” Lei Yin talked nonsense.
“Is that it?” Take Asasei’s face was filled with envy.
Although Kazumi did not believe his nonsense, she was not worried about little things like grade. She just managed to wait until he came back, yet he was about to go out again. Although this time it would just be for a week or so, and there should be nothing dangerous, but she still felt a bit unhappy.
“When will you go?” Kazumi asked.
“In three days. Why don’t you go with us?”
“I can’t, I don’t want to see some R-rated scene there. Moreover, unlike someone here, I am a good student who attends class regularly.” Kazumi said with a smile.
“Hey, even if there is this scene, it will not be staged in front of you.”
“Okay. You guys have fun, just remember to buy some souvenirs.”
After he left the apartment, Take Asasei enviously said: “Your brother is really good to Naoko, oh, if only I could find a good boyfriend that would treat me like that.”
Kazumi did not speak. At this stage, she has basically accepted the fact that Naoko-sensei will become her sister-in-law. But every time she thought about the look of that little fool when she saw her brother, her heart was filled with some inexplicable pain.
“Kazumi, let’s go. Otherwise, we’re going to be late.”
After the two locked the apartment door, they walked toward the bookstore to do their part-time job.
Tonight, there was not too many people in the bookstore, so they can relax a bit. But even so, there will be a few pretty girls that would come here now and then.
They mostly came, not to read books, but to see the guy in a sports car that would often appear in this bookstore.
With a handsome look and tall stature, this handsome rich guy who rode a sports car is the modern version of prince charming in the eyes of many girls.
After a few months, more and more girls who came to this bookstore knew about the existence of this good-looking guy. So many girls deliberately dressed to the nines to come to the bookstore to look at him, hoping to attract his attention. But because of this, these beautiful girls also attracted other boys who came here with similar ulterior motive.
Ogata Yasuda did not know that because he often came here to look for Kazumi, the bookstore’s turnover improved by more than 5%. The manager of this bookstore was so happy.
“I want to talk to you about something.” When Kazumi, wearing the bookstore uniform, was stocking the new books, a young woman’s voice suddenly came from the side.
Kazumi turned around and saw that person was actually Mingyi Jizi.
Regarding this arrogant, unruly girl, Kazumi has classified her as one of those unreasonable creatures; So she said dryly: “Sorry, I am working right now, please don’t bother me.”
Mingyu Jizi’s eyes flashed a trace of anger, but she quickly controlled her anger and said: “But your manager does not think so.”
Kazumi felt a bit strange and turned to look at the front counter. Only to see the half bald, fat, middle-aged man constantly made a ‘go on’ gesture toward her, meaning that she should talk with her. Seeing this, Kazumi could not help but dishearten. She began to think whether she should or should not remain in this bookstore doing a part-time job.
This time, Mingyu Jizi continued: “I will not keep you for a long time, let’s go to the lounge over there.”
Knowing that if she ignored this ‘princess,’ she would continue to bother her, Kazumi thought for a moment and finally followed her to the customer lounge.
After taking her seat, Mingyu Jizi said: “I don’t want to beat around the bush, I want you to leave Ogata Yasuda. You can open your price. As long as it is reasonable, I will give it to you.” She took out a checkbook from her handbag and lay it on the table.
Kazumi felt a headache, Why are these rich people always thinking about things so self-righteously?
“Too shy to say it? It doesn’t matter, you can write any amount you want in this blank check. If I feel it is reasonable, I will sign it.” Mingyu Jizi threw the checkbook in front of her.
Kazumi’s mouth slightly twitched and then said: “Are you really that determine to ask me to leave that guy, instead of trying to get that guy disappear from my eyes?”
Mingyu Jizi coldly said: “Do you think I’d believe that, if you don’t resort to some kind of method, Yasuda would really fancy such a woman like you? I advise you to stop while you’re ahead. Did it ever occur to you that you are a woman with an ordinary family background? Even if Yasuda really wants to be with you, there won’t be any good result. You see nothing but his money only, but I can tell you for sure, you have no chance to marry him. The upper-class society in this world is not as simple as you think. Yasuda’s father and his family will not allow their future heir to marry a woman with an ordinary background like you. To become his wife, the woman must be a perfect match for him. To be honest, I’ve always regarded him as the ideal future husband candidate. The one who worthy of him is only me. Therefore, I advise you to sever any kind of attachment to him, take the money and leave.”
Kazumi did not speak, just quietly looking at her. After a while, she suddenly said: “Do you have 10 yen?”
“What?” Mingyu Jizi did not understand what she wanted to do with it.
“Oh, right, you are a big miss, so you should not have this kind of small exchange. What about 100 yen, or 500 yen, do you have it?”
Although completely unaware of what she wanted to do, Mingyu Jizi dug out a 500 coin from her handbag.
“Give it to me, okay?” Kazumi said.
Mingyu Jizi, without much thought, gave her the coin.
After she took the coin, Kazumi nodded and said: “Ok, deal. From now on, Ogata Yasuda is yours. Later on, keep him on a tight leash, don’t let him run around, especially here.” With that, she stood up, ready to leave.
“Wait a minute, what do you mean?” Thinking that she was being fooled, Mingyu Jizi angrily looked at her.
“You still don’t understand? Just now I sold Ogata Yasuda for 500 yen to you. You can do whatever you want with him. However, I’ll give you one piece of advice, it is best to tie him up with chains or lock him up in a cage. In short, don’t let him run around.” After patiently explaining to her, Kazumi turned around and walked away.
Mingyu Jizi flew into a rage and shouted: “Gennai Kazumi, stop! O, Ogata….” She can’t believe that the one standing at the door watching her was her ‘future husband candidate.’
Why is he here? Didn’t he go to uncle Maeyama’s banquet? Mingyu Jizi was scared as she looked at the strange and indifferent look of Ogata Yasuda.
“O, Ogata-senpai, how come you’re here?” Mingyi Jizi has a quick reaction, she immediately smiled at him and said.
Ogata Yasuda coldly said: “Good thing I left the party earlier, otherwise, I would have missed such a wonderful scene.”
Mingyu Jizi quickly explained: “Ogata-senpai, listen to me….”
“No need to explain, I’ve heard everything that you just said. I don’t know when did you start to have the qualification to meddle in my affairs.”
“Sorry to interrupt, as an outsider, I have no qualification to speak, but can you two move your quarrel to the outside? This is a reading place, the two please conduct yourself with dignity.” Kazumi suddenly said aloud.
“B*tch, shut your mouth off!” Mingyu Jizi can’t wait to rush to tear her rotten mouth.
Hearing what Mingyu Jizi just said, Ogata Yasuda scowled and coldly said: “The one who needs to shut up is you.”
“Ogata-senpai, do not be confused by this woman, she is a scheming woman.”
“I told you to shut up, didn’t you hear?”
Seeing that their quarrel was getting more and more fierce, Kazumi immediately made a very irresponsible decision: Ignoring them.
Even if they scared away all the guests or blew this place up, it has nothing to do with her. Big deal, if that dead fatty fired her, she could just go find another part-time job elsewhere. Thinking about this, she walked out of the lounge without saying anything.
Seeing that Kazumi was walking away, Ogata Yasuda immediately stopped in front of her and said: “Kazumi, listen to me, don’t listen to this woman. I really like you.”
Kazumi turned her face to gave him a look and suddenly slapped him on the shoulder and then said: “Little brother Ogata, I have sold you to this beautiful sister. Later on, you have to listen to her, ok. Remember, do not come here looking for me, understand?” With that, she bypassed him and went out.
Looking at her back, Ogata Yasuda felt angry and funny at the same time, What does this woman take me for?
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