After his mother, the person who loved him most in this world, pa.s.sed away, his personality became even more unsociable.
As Xu Wanli's father, his grandfather, grew older, the more he missed the grandson who lived outside. Hence, on every new years day, he would send someone to invite the child to their family's reunion dinner.
Even though Han Ruchu didn't react, her att.i.tude was always dismissive. As for his biological father, he never looked him straight in the eyes. When Xu Jiamu called "Dad", he also tried to call him "Dad", but Xu Wanli told him off and Han Ruchu screamed at him. From then on, he ruled out the word "Dad" from his life forever.
Compared to adults, children are the most innocent in the world. Xu Jiamu didn't think that he and Lu Jinnian were any different. In fact, he quite liked his brother who was two hours older than him, and so he made the move to get closer to Lu Jinnian, calling him his brother. When Han Ruchu saw this, she told Xu Jiamu off, but once established, the bond between boys was difficult to break.
Then, Xu Wanli's father, Lu Jinnian and Xu Jiamu's grandfather pa.s.sed away and Lu Jinnian never stepped foot in the Xu family's home ever again. However, he crossed paths with Xu Jiamu a lot more.
That was when Lu Jinnian learned about Qiao Anhao.
The three of them, Qiao Anxia, Xu Jiamu, and Lu Jinnian, were of the same age. Qiao Anhao was younger than them by two years. To allow the two sisters to go to school together, the Qiao family had forced Qiao Anhao to skip two years in elementary school.
The Xu family and Qiao family didn't live too far away. On many occasions, Xu Jiamu, Qiao Anxia, and Qiao Anhao would go home together after school. During junior high, Xu Jiamu and Lu Jinnian liked to go play football in the field after school. Qiao Anxia would usually stand by the field screaming for Xu Jiamu to go home.
They were only in junior high at the time, but Qiao Anhao and Qiao Anxia were already quite popular with the guys. In private, people called them "Da Qiao" and "Xiao Qiao".
"Da Qiao", since Qiao Anxia's personality was very fiery and outspoken, whereas Qiao Anhao was comparatively quiet and peaceful. The two sisters were considered pretty. Qiao Anhao was naturally more beautiful, but Qiao Anxia's personality drew people's attention. And so, every time Qiao Anxia screamed for Xu Jiamu to go home, people would whistle and scream "Da Qiao".
Qiao Anxia would arrive at the field with Qiao Anhao alongside. Though everyone was whistling and screaming at her, Qiao Anxia never blushed. Yet, Qiao Anhao, who stood behind her, would always secretly blush.
When he first noticed it, Lu Jinnian had the ball in his arm. In his heart, he couldn't help but chuckle and silently make fun of her - they're screaming Da Qiao, so why are you, Xiao Qiao, blus.h.i.+ng so hard?
But at that time, he never asked himself what Xiao Qiao's blus.h.i.+ng face had to do with him.