TBLF Ch. 48

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After putting up the window grilles, the two went to hang the lanterns.

Ji Rang had never done this before, and he didn’t know how to open the combined lanterns. Qi Ying secretly laughed at him, and then held the head and tail with two small hands, squeezing strongly in the middle, and the red lantern bulged up like an umbrella.

She put the light bulb in, the wire was long enough to reach the socket, and then let Ji Rang hold one and hang it on the balcony.

Just as Ji Rang turned on the balcony light, he saw his underwear drying on the balcony. His face changed, he turned off the light with a sigh, and then pushed Qi Ying back to the living room.

Qi Ying looked at him suspiciously.

Ji Rang stammered: “I… I am a little thirsty after eating dumplings. Go to the kitchen and boil some water for me.”

Qi Ying had no doubts and went obediently.

He hurriedly brought down the underwear and threw it back to the bedroom like a thief.

Qi Ying came out soon. She really liked to decorate at this time of the year. She asked Ji Rang to move the chair to the balcony and stepped on it to hang it by herself. Ji Rang held the wire below and plugged it in when she had hooked it up.

The red light overflowed the balcony instantly, and the deserted home seemed to suddenly become warm. When the wind blew, the lantern swayed slightly and the tassels flew up, making it beautiful.

The couplets are on a red background and black words, and it says: “Everything is going smoothly, and everything will go well.” Ji Rang thought that this couplet is very suitable.

She is his little lucky star.

After finishing decorating with all the things she bought, he finally had a taste of family after so many years. The Spring Festival Gala is over, and there is the sounds of firecrackers from time to time outside. She took the firework stick in her hand and asked him to light it for her.

Ji Rang touched his pocket and suddenly remembered that he had quit smoking.

He put the scarf on for her: “Let’s go downstairs to play, and we will buy a lighter on the way.”

Qi Ying nodded excitedly.

The small shop downstairs has long been closed, a taxi stopped on the side of the street, and the enthusiastic driver called them: “Happy new year, do you need a taxi?”

Ji Rang laughed: “Happy new year, no we don’t need it, let’s look for a store around here.”

The driver said, “No, all stores around here are closed. Are you going to the amusement park? I just took a few trips to the amusement park. It is open all night tonight and there are shows.”

Ji Rang just wanted to refuse, but the corner of his clothes was torn.

Qi Ying looked up at him with a small face, holding the firework stick in her hand, her eyes sparkling, and her expression was full of “Want to go!”

He laughed and said to the driver: “Okay, then we’ll go.”

The two got into the car. As they headed towards the amusement park, the crowd gradually increased. When they got to the ground, the surroundings were as bright as daylight, and they saw lions dancing on the square as soon as they got off the taxi.

Qi Ying wowed silently, her mouth wide open, her hands tightly gripping the corners of his clothes.

Ji Rang felt so soft in his heart, letting her take the corner of his clothes, he first went to buy tickets, then accompanied her to watch the lion dance for a while before entering the park.

The park was even more lively.

All kinds of amusement facilities were available, and there were floats for sightseeing. A staff member dressed in the God of Wealth doll costume stood on the float, throwing gold ingots on both sides.

They were actually chocolates. Qi Ying was very happy and ran to the float with both hands spread out. The God of Wealth saw her cute appearance and kept sprinkling in her direction. She picked up a lot, and then the pockets of her clothes were bulging, and they were even stuffed in Ji Rang’s pockets.

Since his mother passed away, he had not entered the amusement park.

It has been a long since he has had such a lively New year.

He looked at the little girl around him who was surprised at everything, and his heart softened.

She didn’t know what her arrival meant to him.

But it doesn’t matter, even if she can never know anything. Because he will give her all the tenderness and love he has left in this world.

It was not until four o’clock in the morning that the excitement of the amusement park gradually lessened. During the period, Qi Ying took a picture and sent it to her uncle, so that he would not worry.

After getting off the Ferris wheel, Qi Ying yawned several times, and Ji Rang asked her, “Are you sleepy?”

She rubbed her eyes and nodded.

He laughed: “Then let’s get you home.”

When the teeming crowd went out, they met a person selling candied haws[1] on the road. Qi Ying was already too sleepy, but when she saw the candied haws, her eyes brightened again.

Ji Rang smiled and touched her head, and went to buy one.

He held the bunch of candied haws and walked to her, lowered his head and smiled and asked, “Do you like hawthorn flavor?”

Qi Ying was a little dazed suddenly.

The thoughts were suddenly pulled back to that year.

During the lively Shangyuan Lantern Festival, she had never seen so many people, pulling the general’s clothes and following every step, scared and happy. She saw many gadgets she hadn’t seen, many things she hadn’t eaten.

The peddler held a straw stick filled with candied haws and yelled as he walked.

She had never eaten candied haws before, staring all the way with her eyes wide open. The general noticed her careful thoughts, smiled, and greeted the vendor to buy a bunch.

When handing it to her, he lowered his head and smiled and asked, “Do you like hawthorn flavor?”


I like you and candied haws.

After many years, he reappeared in front of her, holding a bunch of candied haws, and asked her the same thing.

Qi Ying nodded vigorously, and took one of the candied haws. So sweet, still as sweet and sticky as before.

Seeing her eating so seriously, Ji Rang smiled in her eyes and asked her, “Is it delicious?”

She nodded happily, thought about it, hesitated and then passed the candied haws in her hand to his mouth. Ji Rang laughed, lowered his head and bit one.

The two walked out of the gate of the amusement park eating candied haws. There were crowds of people and cars outside. He didn’t get a taxi for a long time, so he could only walk forward first, planning to leave the nearby peak traffic area and then call for a taxi.

Near the early morning, the sky was still very dark, the moon was shining dimly, and as they walked far away, the voices of the people disappeared behind them, and the surroundings returned to silence.

Ji Rang was walking and calling a car while holding his mobile phone. Qi Ying held the corner of his clothes in one hand and the candied haws in the other, and followed him in small steps.

In the early morning and the New Year, it is really not a good time to take a taxi. Ji Rang called for the taxi for a long time, but he couldn’t get one. He thought it was really not possible, and wanted to call his friend and asked him for a drive.

He turned his head to discuss with Qi Ying, to see if she wanted to find a place to sit and wait.

As soon as he turned his head, she saw the little girl dozing off while walking holding the bunch of candied haws.

The fingers were still tightly tugging at the corners of his clothes, and the legs were still walking in small steps, but the little head was little by little falling down, and the long eyelashes were laid down sleepily. After a few seconds, she woke up again and licked the candied haws in her hands quickly. But within a few seconds, the eyelids came down again, and the little head went up and down.

Ji Rang felt distressed and funny.

He stopped, leaned slightly, wrapped his arms around her thin waist and knee sockets, and picked her up in a princess carry.

Qi Ying was startled and opened her sleepy eyes.

He looked down at the little girl in his arms, and whispered: “Hey, go to sleep.”

Qi Ying was too sleepy. He embraced her in his broad and warm arms, and his arms were also so strong. He was stable when holding her, and smelled good. She leaned limply on his shoulder and fell asleep peacefully.

At five o’clock in the morning on Long Street, nothing had woken up yet.

The moon was very light, the clouds were very thin, and the white mist in the morning had just begun to diffuse.

He held a light and small person, and walked very steadily. The little girl in his arms was already asleep, her breathing deep, and when she exhaled, he could smell her sweet fragrance.

When they reached the boulevard full of crabapple trees, the horizon had begun to turn white, and the early cleaners had begun to clean the streets after the carnival last night.

He didn’t feel tired at all.

He looked at the little girl in his arms, the red scarf turned up due to slight movement, blocking her lips. She slept well, her eyelashes long and dense on her cheeks, and her breath fluttered like butterfly wings.

Ji Rang felt his heart beat so fast.

After a while, he lowered his head slightly, held his breath, and secretly kissed her lips through the thin layer of scarf.

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