Childish Flower - Chapter 30
The rain in summer is always fierce, washing away the dry, hot ground. The moon, wet with rain, glistens in the sky, giving off a clear, glittering light. It seems like a gauze covering the sky, fluttering and sprinkling.
Mu Jin walked along the riverside path with some supplies he had just bought from the supermarket. He watched the stars reflecting on the river like a fine layer of silver glitter.
The summer night breeze blew in, fresh and cool. It blew away the tiredness of his day and eased him forward.
The residential building is surrounded by a small public park. This is the time of day when people are out for a walk. He walks through the park, surrounded by the sound of laughter.
He walks along unhurriedly, his face gentle and cool. He is enjoying relaxation and leisure in the air.
Harmonious families. A loving and caring couple. Lovely and lively children. Everything he had ever dreamed of.
But they were unrealistic to the extreme, and he had fought for them, even risked his life for them, but unfortunately, they had ended in vain.
Why bother dwelling on things now?
With a sigh, Mu Jin silently complained about his wandering thoughts.
A small area of the park had been set aside as a playground for the children, and some facilities had been built accordingly. Several children of similar age were laughing and squealing down the slides, looking excited and lively.
Looking at these cute little dolls, Mu Jin thought of Gao Lin, who was kept at Gao Tianchen’s. A painful stabbing pain ran through his heart. He felt a tightness in his chest, and an overwhelming feeling of longing took over his body.
A month ago, Gao Tianchen finally signed the agreement ending their tangled and treacherous relationship.
However, Gao Tianchen insisted on using the reason that Gao Lin was the only heir to the Gao and Mu families and did not allow Mu Jin to take him away. Mu Jin could visit Gao Lin at any time, but only after letting him know.
Moreover, his own body had not yet recuperated enough to undergo the operation of removing the mark. Therefore, until the operation, Gao Tianchen was responsible for all of Mu Jin’s estrus periods.
All these seemingly unreasonable requests were readily accepted by Mu Jin. After all, he had gone through he was only seeking relief. Moreover, he had already broken with the Mu family, and the child, following Gao Tianchen, would receive an education and care that he could not afford to give for the rest of his life.
He went back to Boss Gu’s bookshop and also used all his savings to buy the single bedroom he lived in before. The boss was the same calm and gentle person as before and took him in without complaint.
For a whole month, he hadn’t been back to the cold villa, nor had he seen his child. He had relied on medication and suppressants to get through his estrus when it came.
He wouldn’t disturb them unless he had to. As long as the person he loved was fine, he didn’t care if he had to sacrifice himself to his thoughts.
Nowadays, all he wants is peace.
Since the beginning of summer, the weather has become more and more stifling. The hot sun scorches the dry ground, accompanied by the chorus of cicadas outside the window.
It was late afternoon, and there were very few customers. Gu Ziqian was sitting idly behind the counter, flipping through a book. The shop was air-conditioned enough that it was much cooler than outside.
Mu Jin came out of the lounge, carrying a small plate of dessert and a cup of strongly brewed black tea. He placed it gently next to the shop manager.
“Thank you.” Gu Ziqian did not know that Mu Jin could cook and was quite good at it.
After an Alpha had taken away the six-month pregnant man earlier, he had thought he would never see this cute and well-behaved little shop assistant again. However, he did not expect that a few months later, Mu Jin would return here again.
“I’ve saved one for Xi Chu. He likes sweet things best.”
“By the way, Shop Manager, can I leave work a little early today?”
Mu Jin made a rare request to leave early.
Gu Ziqian’s eyes moved to the window. The sky had been somewhat overcast since a while ago. With the hot summer wind, it swept up the leaves and slapped against the doors and windows, making them rustle.
It seemed that there was a rainstorm coming.
“It’s fine, but looking at the weather, it might rain heavily in a while.” Gu Ziqian hesitated with some worry.
“It’s fine. I’ll bring an umbrella.” There was a vague sense of urgency in Mu Jin’s tone.
He had a plan for today and was afraid that he would miss it if he was a little late.
Grabbing an umbrella, Mu Jin left the bookstore in a hurry and stood in front of the bus stop, which was packed with passers-by, waiting for the bus.
Cars came and went before his eyes, carrying him in a mood that throbbed with anticipation.
It was rush hour, and Mu Jin managed to squeeze into the bus. Clutching the handrail above him with one hand, he wobbled for several stops before getting off the bus.
The sky was overcast with only a faint glow as the black and blue clouds obscured the blue sky. Mu Jin buried his head and walked quickly into a tall pink building.
According to the information Aunt Chen had given him, today was the day that Gao Lin was taken for his swimming session. Normally, Gao Tianchen would have taken his son there himself, but today he had an engagement that he couldn’t shirk. As a result, Mu Jin was able to come and see little Gao Lin.
God knows how excited Mu Jin was when he received the news. His son was his most inseparable obsession, and even a glimpse of him was infinitely exciting.
The wall near the corridor was made in the style of a transparent floor-to-ceiling glass window so that the world inside could be seen.
A dozen or so children of different months flashed past him one by one, and when Mu Jin arrived at a window, he stopped suddenly.
His eyes widened, and Mu Jin’s eyes felt a little warm. His nose was sore, and some warm liquid slid out of his eyes and fell between his jaws.
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