His question made her blush furiously.

Why did they get married? She couldn’t possibly tell him that they had a one night stand after she was drugged at a bar!

Yang Pojun chuckled when he saw her struggle. “It’s fine. It’s not a big deal if you don’t want to tell me.”

“Thank you…” Lin Ruoxi let out a breath she did not know she was holding.

Yang Pojun said, “Ruoxi, I know this is shameless of me, but I’m still your father-in-law despite being a shameless one. I’m really sorry for that…”

Lin Ruoxi shook her head. “It’s fine, everything is going well, isn’t it? People make mistakes.” 

“Yeah. Humans are bound to make mistakes but mine lasted decades.” Yang Pojun smiled bitterly. “It’s an embarrassing story. Even though I married your mother-in-law when I was young, I still can’t help but think that I was her second choice. From then on, I worked hard and tried to prove to her that I’m as good as, if not better than Ning Guangyao. Eventually, I lost sight of my goal. I became more obsessed with power and reputation, to the point that I would quarrel with Xuehua because of these things. If it wasn’t for Yang Chen’s appearance, I might still be trapped in that state. Even though he’s a jerk, he helped me to get rid of my unhealthy obsession.”
 
Lin Ruoxi was surprised to hear this. She didn’t expect to hear this story from Yang Pojun.

She couldn’t imagine Yang Pojun doing that at a young age, doing everything he could to have Guo Xuehua.

Well, at the end of the day, Yang Pojun was just a pitiful person who lacked self-confidence in his relationship.

“I’ve finally thought things through and I’m fortunate to have Guo Xuehua by my side. She hasn’t given up on me so I have the chance to redeem myself.” Yang Pojun smiled. “Sadly, it’s impossible for me to patch things up with Yang Chen.”

Lin Ruoxi blinked. “Why? He’s not that narrow-minded he’ll understand.”

“You don’t get it.” Yang Pojun chuckled. “Guys are simple yet complicated. It isn’t a communication problem. Plus, I don’t like his style and he won’t accept me as his father. Things are good right now.”

Lin Ruoxi had nothing to say so she nodded in reply.

“I’m actually here to ask for a favor,” Yang Pojun said with a stern face.

“A…favor?” Lin Ruoxi was puzzled.

“It’s about Lie’er…”

“Yang Lie?”

“That’s right.” Yang Pojun continued, showing no signs of hesitation, “I heard from Xuehua that Yang Chen had made up his mind to kill Yang Lie. I know Lie’er is no match for Yang Chen.”

A bitter smile formed on her lips. “You want me to stop Yang Chen?”

“I know this is too much to ask of you but I could only beg you as his father.” Yang Pojun sounded crestfallen. “Lie’er is pitiful in his own way. I know he has committed lots of unforgivable mistakes but I just hope that Yang Chen wouldn’t kill his own brother.” 

Lin Ruoxi sighed helplessly. “I want to help you too but it’s impossible to change his mind when he has made a decision.”

“That’s why I can only beg. You're the only one who can stop Yang Chen…”

Lin Ruoxi’s heart softened at his earnest expression. “I...can only promise you that I’ll try. But, Yang Lie can’t harm my husband or else I will want him dead too.”
    
Yang Pojun smiled in relief. “It looks like you really love Yang Chen. I’m content to have your promise, it’s all up to Lie’er now.”

Lin Ruoxi nodded but she was secretly doubtful of Yang Lie’s chances of survival. 

Yang Pojun looked up to the sky and he watched the clouds float past with a dejected look.

“I’ve discussed with Xuehua, she’ll follow you guys back to Zhonghai and I’ll stay in Beijing. We might not meet so frequently.” 

Lin Ruoxi was surprised. “Mom is still going back with us?”

“Why? You don’t like to stay with your mother-in-law?” Yang Pojun chuckled.

Lin Ruoxi shook her head hurriedly.

Yang Pojun said, “I know I don’t have any right to ask you of this but please take care of Xuehua and Yang Chen. Yang Chen, in particular, might look like he doesn’t need it but he needs it more than anyone else.”

Lin Ruoxi was stumped for words. This man felt like a stranger to her suddenly.  

“Alright, I’m turning into a naggy old man.” Yang Pojun let out a self-deprecating laugh. “I’m going back now, you should rest soon.”

Lin Ruoxi stared at his back as he made his way back. It took her a while before she could turn around and return to her room.

However, Yang Pojun and Lin Ruoxi weren’t aware of Yang Chen’s presence who was lying on top of the houses nearby while looking up at the night sky.

Lin Ruoxi returned to their room while rubbing her cold cheeks and was about to close the door when a silhouette popped up in front of her.
    
“Ah! Oh my God! When did you come back?!”

Yang Chen saw her pouting and he stroked her cheeks.

“I thought you wouldn’t be back tonight.” Lin Ruoxi shut the door while speaking to him.

“Would you have liked me to spend the night out?”

“At least I would’ve gotten some peace.”

Yang Chen walked to the door and took off his clothes while smiling. “Come on, we’ve been together for so long, I know what’s on your mind. Quickly wash up and sleep.”

Lin Ruoxi wanted to say something but she gave up when Yang Chen had walked into the bathroom.

After they were done with washing up, Lin Ruoxi thought Yang Chen would do something to her but Yang Chen was just staring at the ceiling silently.

She realized then that Yang Chen had been acting odd but she couldn’t quite put a finger on it.

At this time, Yang Chen turned around and asked her, “What’s wrong? Why aren’t you turning off the light? Do you still need to work?”

“Oh…” Lin Ruoxi snapped out of it and turned off the lights.

Once the light went out, all that was left was the rhythmic sounds of their breathing.

Some moments later, Lin Ruoxi finally realized that Yang Chen really wasn’t planning to do anything.

“What are you thinking about?” Lin Ruoxi asked, no longer able to suppress her curiosity.

Yang Chen breathed out and turned around to pull Lin Ruoxi into his arms. “I’m thinking about life.”

“Liar.” Lin Ruoxi giggled.
  
His hands were so well-behaved today. He only placed them on her waist instead of her sensitive spots. 

Lin Ruoxi could sense the load on his mind but he was unwilling to confess.

“Don’t ask, just let me hug you to sleep.”

“Mmh…”

The night passed by and it was the Mid-Autumn Festival when morning came.

Yesterday’s incident didn’t seem to affect their mood.

Lin Ruoxi followed Yang Gongming into the garden whereas Yang Chen hung out with Li Dun. However, the newlywed husband couldn’t bear to leave his pregnant wife for a long time and he returned home before night time. 

The Yang clan finally spent a proper Mid-Autumn Festival and after dinner, Yang Chen brought Lin Ruoxi to the carnival located in the city center.

Having spent a relaxing day yesterday, they returned to Zhonghai with Guo Xuehua after eating breakfast.

Lin Ruoxi was eager to go back to see Lanlan, obviously addicted to the feeling of being a mother.

However, they were bewildered to see what had happened in their house while they were gone.