Luo Zhan: “I don’t have time. The int laboratory’s projects this year will keep me busy until the middle of next year. If you are not afraid that the priest will disappear on Qingming Festival, then you can let me come.”
Mr. Luo gave him a sharp look.
Luo Zhan promptly dumped the blame: “I don’t have time, but my brother does. He is the eldest grandson, and his company got on track at the end of last year, so there is no need for him to be there in person – it is more reasonable.”
Gu Nian, like Mr. Luo, moved her eyes to her side.
Ever since Mr. Luo spoke, Luo Xiu had not said a word. He was playing with the dessert on the plate with his eyes half lowered, as if he was completely aloof from the incident.
What had been served for dessert was a piece of white chocolate mousse, which was frozen to a suitable hardness. Before it melted, he had cut it into thin slices with a dessert knife and fork. He fiddled with it on the snow-white plate, and it seemed to form some kind of pattern.
Out of pure curiosity, Gu Nian glanced at him and then choked.
That pattern was, to be precise, a word.
Gu Nian: “…”
Gu Nian raised her head with a guilty conscience, and happened to meet the old man’s eyes, who looked at her with the same face as if he had been choked.
Gu Nian felt even guiltier.
Mr. Luo said with complicated feelings: “Luo Xiu, what do you think?”
Luo Xiu straightened the last bit of his heart under the word “Nian”, then put down his knife and fork and raised his eyes lightly.
He seemed to be in a very good mood, and his eyes were as gentle as a spring lake, with deep and shallow ripples:
“I won’t clean up the mess for Luo Zhan.”
Unfortunately, the lake froze over as soon as he opened his mouth.
Across the long table, Luo Zhan raised his eyebrows: “Why do you want to clean up my mess?”
Luo Xiu’s words were gentle: “We both know full well about the position of the officiant and what identity it represents. There is no need to pretend to be confused.”
Luo Zhan’s eyes moved slightly but he said nothing.
Luo Xiu: “Taking over the position of chief officiant is equivalent to telling everyone that this is the next person in charge and successor of the family.”
Luo Zhan didn’t refute, he leaned back in his chair and said in a lazy voice, almost smiling, “During the time when grandpa was not feeling well, you were very good at handling the official duties. I think many people think that this position belongs to you, right?”
Luo Xiu rolled his eyes and smiled gently: “You can judge only by comparison. If I don’t let you try it, how would they know you are as good?”
Luo Zhan: “We don’t have to try to determine whether I can do it. Unfortunately, I don’t have time. I still need you to do this kind of job.”
Luo Xiu: “You have time to cause trouble, but no time to end it?”
Luo Zhan knocked on the table and chuckled lazily: “You have been slandering me since just now. What kind of mess have I left?”
Luo Xiu did not speak immediately this time, but slowly turned his gaze.
His focus passed over Luo Zhan and fell on Tang Ran.
Tang Ran’s eyesight was not good, so she couldn’t see clearly at the moment, and those things didn’t make sense to her. She may have been out of her mind early in the morning. At this time, her eyes were misty, and her expression was a bit confused and quiet.
It was probably the sequelae of the failure of raising geese, but Gu Nian’s heart felt filled with maternal love for a while.
The long table went quiet for a few seconds.
Luo Zhan’s expression changed slightly. He seemed to have thought of something, and he no longer leaned on the chair lazily and unceremoniously, but straightened his shoulders and back slightly, like a large carnivore where someone had stepped on the edge of its territory, looking at Luo Xiu with vigilant and sharp eyes.
Luo Xiu lowered his eyes, adjusted his glasses, and said with a gentle tone: “Before, in order to deal with the Old Lady Hang of the Tang family, you interfered in the family business. Have you forgotten?”
Luo Zhan frowned.
Beside him, Tang Ran, who was finally brought back to her senses by the keywords “Tang Family” and “Old Lady Hang”, turned around and seemed to want to say something, but Luo Zhan turned sideways and said something to calm her down.
“Some of those things may not be able to recover in another three to five years,” Luo Xiu said cryptically, with a calm tone, “If you don’t clean up this mess yourself, do you want me to do it?”
Luo Zhan said nothing, but his eyes had turned cold.
Gu Nian didn’t understand what the issue behind the two brothers’ words was, but she could keenly sense the essence of the matter with her instinct as a screenwriter——
Luo Zhan had lost control because of something Tang Ran had done before, and Luo Xiu was using this opportunity to make it inconvenient for Luo Zhan to speak out in front of Tang Ran.
Sure enough, a dragon.
Gu Nian thought to herself, and calmly decided to stay out of the matter, stay indifferent, and be a quiet passerby.
The two brothers were confronting each other, and the scene was like an invisible battlefield of gunpowder smoke.
Mr. Luo narrowed his eyes slightly, and after being silent for a while, he tapped the head of the cane in his hand.
“Lin Yi, it’s getting late. You should go send Tang Ran and Gu Nian upstairs to rest.”
Lin Yi agreed clearly.
Obviously this next part was not suitable for Gu Nian and Tang Ran to listen to. Gu Nian was happy not to participate and stood up very cooperatively.
Next to him, Luo Xiu asked: “I’ll take you up.”
“Be careful.” On the other side, Luo Zhan also went to give Tang Ran a human-shaped blind stick.
The two brothers tacitly pulled away from the previous confrontation in almost a second.
Mr. Luo had a dark face in the main seat, but Lin Yi, the butler, stood behind him with a smile.
The old man turned his head, looking dissatisfied and said with lowered voice: “I asked you to take them.”
Lin Yi: “How dare I go against the two young masters?”
When borrowing the knife failed, Mr. Luo turned back with a groan, and tapped the cane with more force: “It’s just sending them upstairs, they can’t get out of this three-acre land of the Luo family! You two sit down!”
Luo Xiu and Luo Zhan frowned at the same time. At this moment, you couldn’t see the tense confrontation just now.
Seeing that the atmosphere between the three of them was tense, Gu Nian felt a headache.
Simply looking at the conflict that occurred at this time, the three people in the Luo family in total seemed to be not more than ten years old, right?
Gu Nian sighed inwardly and withdrew her hand from Luo Xiu first: “I’ll just help Tang Ran go upstairs. It’s just a good time for us to get acquainted and become friends.”
Luo Xiu turned around: “Are you going up alone?”
Gu Nian muttered: “I’m not a three-year-old child. I can go up there now with my eyes closed.”
Luo Xiu could not violate Gu Nian’s wishes, so he had no choice but to agree.
And Luo Zhan chose Gu Nian without much hesitation between Gu Nian and the servant who looked particularly rough and frivolous in comparison.
Gu Nian walked around the long table to get Tang Ran. After thanking their host, the two left the dining room.
“It’s getting late” that Mr. Luo said was a completely innocent excuse. When Gu Nian led Tang Ran to the third floor, the hour hand had just passed the midpoint between 8 and 9.
Gu Nian thought for a while, then turned around and asked the obedient and quiet girl next to her: “It’s easy to get bored alone in a room. How about we find a place to chat?”
Tang Ran nodded: “Okay.”
Gu Nian almost shed tears of maternal love.
Raising a female goose should be more heart-warming than raising a male goose, right? And it was ten thousand times cuter, without the risk of mother’s love going bad and the half-raised little cutie suddenly turning into a dragon.
So, an hour later, when Luo Xiu and Luo Zhan finally finished the tripartite talks and went upstairs, they found that their respective little girls were gone.
Under the cold and warm but sharp eyes, one of the servants tremblingly revealed the whereabouts of Gu Nian and Tang Ran.
When Luo Xiu and Luo Zhan rushed over, the two girls were chatting together, one looking brighter than the other, and they seemed to be extremely close.
Especially since after Luo Xiu and Luo Zhan appeared, when the conversation between Gu Nian and Tang Ran was interrupted, they showed great reluctance while getting up.
Gu Nian asked Luo Xiu: “Are we going back tonight?”
Luo Xiu held Gu Nian’s hand: “Go back tomorrow, it’s almost ten o’clock, it’s too late.”
“Okay.” Gu Nian’s eyes lit up.
Luo Xiu noticed something and narrowed his eyes slightly.
Sure enough, the next second, he heard Gu Nian ask happily: “Then I want to sleep in the same room with Xiao Ran today, is that okay?”
Luo Xiu: “…?”
To make matters worse, Luo Zhan on the other side had just frowned and wanted to refuse, when he saw the girl in front of him showing a rare and obvious excitement. By the time he came to his senses, Tang Ran had nodded vigorously: “Okay.”
Luo Zhan: “…?”
Two seconds later.
Luo Zhan pretended to be vicious and lowered his head to “warn” Tang Ran: “Okay, what okay, you have to come with me tonight.”
Luo Xiu gently raised his hand and touched Gu Nian’s head: “No, you don’t want to.”
Tang Ran: “?”
Gu Nian: “.”
Forced by the power of the evil dragon, Gu Nian had to say goodbye to the little cutie she just got tonight with tears in her eyes, and then was carried back to the room by the evil dragon like the cat that was grabbed by the scruff of the neck by fate.
The brothers’ respective suites were on the same floor, but one was in the east and the other was in the west. During the final parting, Luo Zhan looked unhappily at the girls over there who had forgotten to take each other’s contact information because they had been chatting too happily.
Then he turned his head and said to Luo Xiu: “Can you keep an eye on the one in your family and keep her away from Ranran?”
Luo Xiu turned back: “I’ll give you my original words.”
Gu Nian reluctantly said goodbye to the little cutie, and when she turned back, she saw this scene of brothers respectfully greeting each other with their eyes.
Gu Nian was helpless and stepped in to take Luo Xiu away.
When they returned to the room, only the two of them were left. Gu Nian asked with concern: “Has the result been achieved for who would become the chief officiant?”
“No.” Luo Xiu said softly, “Don’t worry too much, it’s not a big problem.”
Gu Nian nodded: “I thought Luo Zhan was going to fall in front of you this time.”
Luo Xiu felt a little regretful: “If Tang Ran was not sent away, it would probably end tonight.”
A few seconds later, Luo Xiu noticed something. He raised his eyes and saw Gu Nian looking at him with some emotion: “…What’s wrong?”
Gu Nian: “If this were a script, you should be the villain who is the biggest boss behind the scenes.”
Luo Xiu paused: “Don’t you like this? Then I can change it.”
Gu Nian was stunned for a moment.
She turned around and saw that Luo Xiu’s eyes were not playful but serious. Gu Nian’s eyes narrowed and she stepped forward and hugged his waist, “I will always like you.”
Luo Xiu reached out to catch her and lowered his eyes: “You will like me as a villain, are you not afraid of them?”
Gu Nian stood on tiptoes and kissed his slightly cold lips.
“You will always be my leading man.”
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