Translator: Atlas Studios Editor: Atlas Studios
Bai Yaoyao hailed a taxi and informed the driver of her destination. After alighting, she arrived at a row of villas in the outskirts. She followed the path and walked inside.
The leaves along the roads fell gently, giving off a sense of bleakness. It reflected Bai Yaoyao’s mood. She didn’t belong anywhere, and her heart was bare and empty. Perhaps she harbored a bit of hope within her, or perhaps she didn’t know where she was headed. She sighed, feeling lost at that moment.
After pressing on the doorbell, the villa’s gate opened slowly. Different kinds of flowers decorated the entire path.
Bai Yaoyao felt as though she was walking into a mysterious place. It looked like an ancient painting. She was afraid that with each step she took, she would damage those flowers.
Just as she hesitated, the doors opened, and a handsome, strong man stepped out. Despite his elegance, he appeared dominant and masculine. It was the aura belonging to a soldier.
Bai Yaoyao froze the instant she saw him. She couldn’t even respond at all. She even felt as though she was still back in Country E.
Duan Yanhao slowly walked to Bai Yaoyao’s side and gently removed the petals that had landed on her hair. He asked, “Why are you so shocked? Don’t you recognize me anymore?”
After hearing that familiar voice, tears welled up in Bai Yaoyao’s eyes. It was only after she tried hard to fight back her tears that she managed to contain herself.
She raised her head and looked at him. The emotions she felt in her heart were so complicated. After going through so much, she realized that she was actually looking forward to see him again.
At that moment, she couldn’t help but admit that she missed him. She saw how the people around her became attached, yet she remained single. Despite her smiles, she still felt alone and lonely.
Seeing Bai Yaoyao’s disheveled face and shocked gaze, Duan Yanhao frowned. “Bai Yaoyao, we haven’t seen each other in such a long time. Are you not going to talk to me?”
Bai Yaoyao quickly composed herself and raised her head to look at Duan Yanhao. She refused to blink, gravely afraid that he would disappear in a blink of an eye. “Aren’t you in Country E? Why are you here in Country A?”
“Didn’t you say that you’ll sign up as a soldier after attending the wedding? Why did you go against your words?’
Bai Yaoyao shook her head. “That’s my dream. If I have a chance, I definitely won’t give it up. You haven’t answered my question.”
Duan Yanhao had seldom seen Bai Yaoyao behaving so stubbornly. However, she indeed looked better than she did in Country E. Although she looked like she had lost weight, she would be able to gain it back after taking proper nourishment.
“What if I say that I came here to send you to the military camp?”
Bai Yaoyao shook her head. “You definitely have other reasons.” If he had really come to pick her up, Duan Yanhao wouldn’t have been so secretive. He would have even gotten someone else to call her.
Duan Yanhao’s mouth twitched. “You’re still so sharp!”
He turned around and looked at the villa. “This is where I used to reside. I haven’t been here in a long time, but it has been cleaned and maintained well. Come in and take a look!”
Bai Yaoyao watched as Duan Yanhao walked forward. She trailed behind and stepped in his footsteps, as though she had found her direction in life.
She followed him into the house. The sun’s rays shone through the windows, illuminating the entire house. A huge dining table was placed in the middle, and on it, there was a cake with ‘Happy Birthday’ written on it.
Bai Yaoyao stopped in her tracks and stood still. She gave Duan Yanhao a doubtful look and asked, “Whose birthday is it today?”
The corners of Duan Yanhao’s lips curled up as he replied, “Mine. That’s why I called you here. Do you mind spending my birthday with me?”
Bai Yaoyao smiled warmly. “It’s my pleasure!” After she lost her family, Bixue had celebrated all her birthdays with her. As for Xirong Ziye, he had never once spent her birthday together with her.