Since Grandmother was gone, she wanted to share his burdens.
"I'm taking a shower."
Yan Rusheng didn't answer her question. Instead, he straightened his back and went to the bathroom.
He closed the bathroom door and shortly after, the sounds of splashing water were heard.
Xuxu grew nervous as he'd always used the bathroom in the guest room these past few days. He slept in the guest room as well, but today... he came back to his room. And...
She touched her lips which still seemed to burn with his residual passion from earlier on. Her hands were damp with cold sweat.
She changed into her pajamas and went to the balcony. She took a seat on a deck chair and gripped the cup of warm milk to warm her hands.
How should she tell him?
"Time to sleep."
She heard Yan Rusheng's deep voice, and it sounded... annoyed?
Xuxu mumbled softly, but she didn't stand up. She began to drink the milk slowly.
She didn't dare to look back.
She heard his footsteps coming towards her, and her heart was in her mouth. She gulped the milk nervously as she tried to calm herself down.
"Are you waiting for my invitation?" She heard Yan Rusheng's voice above her.
"Yan Rusheng, I... It's inconvenient today." Xuxu rose and finally managed to answer him.
Her tone and the expression in her eyes were sincere and honest.
The corners of Yan Rusheng's mouth twitched. "How is it inconvenient?"
If it weren't for the fact that he'd caught a glimpse of the trash can earlier on and noticed how she was covered from head to toe, he would have suspected that she had intentionally made up an excuse to reject him.
"I-I'm..." Xuxu blushed in embarrassment, and she began to splutter. "In Biology, we learned that every month, a woman has to... cough..."
She held on tightly to her pajamas as though it was a life-saving straw.
Regarding this intimate topic, Miss Wen was still rather conservative and bashful.
Yan Rusheng observed her shyness, and it made him rather pleased and gleeful.
"Continue. What happens every month?"
He had no intention of letting her off the hook so easily. Tonight he had mustered his courage to enter their room, but to his dismay, it wasn't the right day.
Xuxu lowered her head, and her scarlet face turned a few shades redder. She spoke in a hushed tone, "My menstrual period is here, so... can you please wait?"
Furthermore, she wasn't ready as well.
Yan Rusheng's face fell. "Wen Xuxu, in your eyes, what kind of a person am I?"
If he knew that it was inconvenient for her, would he force her?
Was he that heartless and cold-blooded?
Xuxu was terrified by the sudden shift in his mood. She couldn't comprehend why he'd turned cold.
She lowered her head even more and didn't utter another word.
She used to be so full of pride in front of him. She never gave in to him and neither did she fear him. But now she didn't deserve to anymore.
She was afraid that he might chase her away in a fit of temper. She feared that due to her carelessness, she would lose the chance to repay Grandmother for her kindness.
It wasn't enjoyable squeezing a soft tangerine.
Yan Rusheng felt that Wen Xuxu was like a soft tangerine right now. She used to be as proud as a peacock, and he was frustrated by the change in her personality.
Now that she'd 'softened' and allowed him to prod and squeeze her in any way he liked, he was even more irate.
He didn't want her like this. But they had come this far, and this might be the only way to make her stay by his side for the rest of her life.
"Go sleep." He watched her in silence for a long time before giving up. He should give her more time to adapt.
As time passed by, she'd be able to adapt to her new identity as Yan Rusheng's wife.