In the Lu family house in town.
After Mrs. Lu hung up the phone, the worried expression on her face was replaced with an amused smile. She walked toward her husband who was watching TV on the sofa and said, “Guess who called on the phone?”
“Yuqing?” Mr. Lu replied nonchalantly.
Mrs. Lu chuckled out loud at Mr. Lu’s answer and uttered in a rather excited tone, “No! It’s Jiang Yao! She called to ask if Xingzhi has called back home. She even told me to let Xingzhi know, in case he calls, that she’s at Haixing’s house for a couple of days, and to ask him to call her there.”
Mrs. Lu continued delightedly, “Looks like they’ve spent quality time together this time. Not only did Jiang Yao send Xingzhi off at the airport, but she’s also waiting on his call. They look like a newlywed couple who can’t stay apart.”
“Didn’t I tell you earlier? Jiang Yao is still young, she’s only eighteen years old—what does she know about marriage? At her age, all she would think about is study and friends. When she grows older and more mature, she’ll eventually come to terms with marriage. See? She gets it now, doesn’t she? I saw that Xingzhi wanted to stick to her all day long during his stay and Jiang Yao’s attitude towards him has also changed a lot. They look very much like a loving couple now,” Mr. Lu said with a smile, not surprised at all. “The children have their own minds, let them mind their own business, don’t interfere too much.”
“Yes, you know best!” Mrs. Lu chided. “I didn’t know that you realized how young Jiang Yao is too. If so, why didn’t you stop Xingzhi when he expressed his intention of wanting to marry her? Why did you let me be the bad parent?”
“Don’t you know your son’s temperament? Do you think that you can stop him? I could see that Xingzhi had taken a liking to Jiang Yao. Since we can’t stop him from liking her, why would I have wanted to stop him? Everything is awesome now, isn’t it?” Mr. Lu turned off the TV and took the newspaper on the table. He flipped through the newspaper and was ready to read it.
Mrs. Lu huffed in exasperation. She dashed toward him angrily and snatched the newspaper from his hands.
“Yes, you know your son best!” Mrs. Lu snorted. “At that time, I was a little reluctant because of Jiang Yao’s young age. She’s also the youngest in the family and everyone spoiled her rotten. Before the wedding, Xingzhi was the only one handling the renovations and decorations for the room. She didn’t even come to take a peek once, as if she wasn’t the bride. How many times did Xingzhi return in the year after their wedding? She always showed him a grumpy face.”
“Let bygones be bygones, what’s the use in digging up old stories? Xingzhi doesn’t even mind, what are you worried about? Anyway, Jiang Yao has come around, hasn’t she?” Mr. Lu shook his head in dismay. “Frankly, do you think Jiang Yao has our boy on a tight leash? I think it’s the other way around.”
Mr. Lu chuckled in amusement. “I know my son very well. That boy is very sneaky, as sly as a fox.”
Mrs. Lu laughed out loud. She was actually proud of her son. They didn’t have to worry about his academic achievements since he was young. She was a little anxious about Lu Xingzhi’s love life and she had even arranged a date for him. However, the boy was not at all concerned. He only met her once, told his mother that the girl was fine as long as his mother liked her, and hurried back to the base. He didn’t even come back for the marriage arrangements and proposal.