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Inside was a mannequin, and on the mannequin was a wedding dress.
It was a half-finished piece, not quite done in many places, with a simple pin, a sewing kit next to it, and design drawings.
The window was open a little crack, and the breeze blew through it, and the misty veil was blown up like a maiden’s dream, light and dreamy.
Jasmine Tong’s eyes were a little moist.
Not knowing what was happening Albert Ou turned his head to look at Jasmine Tong, “Your brother’s love affair is starting, posing a model in”
He didn’t finish his sentence because he saw Jasmine Tong’s eyes filled with tears.
Though he didn’t know why she was so full of emotion at the sight of a wedding dress.
Jasmine Tong just closed the door and wiped the corners of her eyes as she turned around, “Okay, you saw it all, go sit down in the living room, I’m going to cook dinner”
Albert Ou didn’t say anything, just went back to the living room obediently and picked up the water Jasmine Tong had poured for him.
Tong walked into the kitchen, closed the door on her way in, and then turned on the hood.
Their range hood is old-fashioned and loud, rumbling to overpower all sound.
Tong Koman just sat on the floor, hugging her knees and crying.
She hadn’t been this upset when she first saw children’s clothes in Yarwen Tong’s room.
Yarwen Tong prepared many children’s clothes for Jasmine Tong, from newborn to one month, to one hundred days, to half a year old, to one week old.
One set for boys, one set for girls.
At the time, she just felt a little sad and joked that her brother really wanted to be an uncle so badly.
She couldn’t hold back her own tears until she saw the wedding dress.
Her brother, Yarwen Tong, was sentenced to death from a very young age by doctors who said he would not live to be 17.
This year, it happens to be his seventeenth year.
He was preparing everything for his own departure, and yes, he should have known he might not live long enough to start preparing all this.
After crying for a while, Jasmine Tong wiped her tears, sat up, and officially began preparing dinner.
Albert Ou’s eyes fell on the room with the closed door, he was still too curious, so he opened the door to that room once again with a light hand while Jasmine Tong was in the kitchen.
It really couldn’t have been simpler, two rooms were similar, and the furniture in them was very old, but it was clean and tidy.
It was so clean and tidy it really didn’t look like a boy’s room.
Albert Ou picked up the design drawings next to the wedding dress and looked at them, a thick stack of design drawings with various wedding dresses on them.
I guess there were many designs before finally choosing this one.
There was a four-square storage box at the head of the bed, and Albert Ou curiously opened it, but inside was a small, impossibly small piece of clothing.
Sizes vary, but it seems like there are two of each model, one pink and one blue.
These things gave Albert Ou a vague sense of what was going on, and he feared that Jasmine Tong would find out, so he quickly exited the room and closed the door.
Jasmine Tong was really quick enough to cook, and within a short while, a fragrance entered Albert Ou’s nose from under the door.
Albert Ou got up and opened the kitchen door, rumbling out all at once.
Watching Jasmine Tong’s back as she cooked, he suddenly had an urge to hug her from behind.
Tong turned to look at him, “Close the door, the fumes are running into the room”
“Oh.”Albert Ou had to exit the kitchen.
Within a short while, Jasmine Tong had prepared several small stir-fries and placed them one by one on the table.
Shredded pork with chili peppers, crispy chicken bones, dry-fried beans, and diced lotus root in a variety of colors.
A whiff of the scent entered Albert Ou’s nostrils, making him swallow a bit.
“There’s a tomato and beef brisket stew that will take a while to get ready, so just make another soup and it’ll be ok.”Jasmine Tong was very pleased with today’s dish.
Albert Ou sat at the table, already eager to try it out.
“I can’t believe you really know how to cook” Albert Ou cast an approving glance at Jasmine Tong.
Although he didn’t move around much in society, he heard often from John that girls nowadays couldn’t even wash a bowl, let alone cook.
“Crap I’ve been cooking since I was ten” Jasmine Tong raised her eyebrows rather proudly.
Albert Ou was dumbstruck, what kind of tribulation makes a girl cook at the age of ten?
He remembered from the information Russel Cheng had given him that Jasmine Tong’s family ran a winery, their family shouldn’t let a ten year old girl cook.
“Doesn’t anyone cook for you? Why did you start cooking when you were ten” Albert Ou asked curiously.
Jasmine Tong opened her mouth just ready to answer, and then suddenly smiled frankly, “That is no one to do the chanting, the poor child early home just, you sit, I’ll go look at the pot.”
After saying that, Jasmine Tong turned around and went back to the kitchen.
Albert Ou realized that this was a girl with a story, and yes, she had many, many more stories, many more doubts.
He’s going to dig them out one by one.
Soon, Jasmine Tong’s beef brisket stew with tomatoes was also on the table, and there was only one soup left, which she slowly stirred with a spoon in the pot.
Just at that moment, there was a sudden knock on the door.
Because the kitchen hood was turned off, Tong heard it in the kitchen as well.
“You’ll open the door for me, probably for the gas bill.”Jasmine Tong shouted towards Albert Ou outside.
Old neighborhoods like this one, with all the old amenities, burn up and don’t have smart meters installed, and retain the habit of going door-to-door to collect gas bills.
Albert Ou got up and went to open the door, and when he opened it he saw a green teenager standing in the doorway.
The young man looked about seventeen or eighteen years old, with a very thin body, and no flesh on his face, but his appearance was very pretty, with fair skin, a pair of bright eyes, and clean, short hair that looked very fresh.
He had a white short-sleeved shirt with navy blue sweatpants underneath, and a double shoulder back.
The teenager was also shocked to see Albert Ou.
The two of you looked at me, I looked at you, and no one said a word.
Jasmine Tong didn’t hear any voices outside, immediately turned off the fire, and came out to see the people at the door, also in shock.
“Little, Little Lei,” Jasmine Tong dilly-dallying walked to Albert Ou’s side.
When Albert Ou heard Jasmine Tong’s affectionate name, he probably knew who the person in front of him was.
“Sis this is,”
Today was Thursday, Yarwen Tong’s school was residential, and every holiday was Friday, so that’s why Jasmine Tong dared to bring Albert Ou back with her.
How is she going to explain Albert Ou?
How do you explain a woman taking a strange man home?
Albert Ou didn’t take things very seriously, and since he was Jasmine Tong’s brother, a hello would be nice.
His hand was just reaching out, his mouth just opening.
Jasmine Tong had one arm in front of him, “Little Lei, this is your brother-in-law.”
Albert Ou turned his head to look at Jasmine Tong in surprise, Jasmine Tong stepped on his foot, “Haven’t you always wanted to see your brother-in-law?”
Yarwen Tong was also a bit confused, and when she heard Jasmine Tong say that, she immediately dimpled her smile, “Hello brother-in-law.”
Although, Albert Ou himself knows that he is indeed his brother-in-law, Jasmine Tong this is a little bit
“Xiaolei, why are you back today, isn’t today Thursday?” asked Jasmine Tong curiously.
“Oh, we’re done with our second mock exam, and we were studying too hard the other day, so the school decided to give us an extra day off on Thursday this time.”Yarwen Tong explained.
“Why are you and your brother-in-law here today?”
If they didn’t know he was coming back, then what was the purpose of the two of them coming here today?
“That your brother-in-law just got back from a business trip, I just happened to be on holiday from the theater, I wanted to come over and clean up your house, your brother-in-law was free, so he followed me over, I was also planning to pick you up from school tomorrow.”
Jasmine Tong began a pattern of rambling lies.
“That’s right, get off your feet, brother-in-law, and go in and sit down.”Yarwen Tong changed his shoes quite politely and put his bag back in his room.
Because she didn’t know Yarwen Tong was back, Jasmine Tong cooked for her own tastes, and Yarwen Tong’s tastes had always been light because of his childhood illness.
“Xiaolei, I didn’t know you were back, there’s no food for you to eat, I’ll go fry two more.”With that, Jasmine Tong was ready for some more fighting in the kitchen.
“No, sis, there’s still brother-in-law to wait for, so eat together, I don’t eat much anyway.”
Yarwen Tong forcefully pulled Jasmine Tong back from the kitchen.
The three of them were sitting at the table, one of them oddly awkward.
You look at me, I look at you.
“Hurry up and eat.”Jasmine Tong immediately handed the chopsticks to Yarwen Tong and Albert Ou.
“Well, sis, you never told me that my brother-in-law was a mixed race.”Looking at Albert Ou’s pale blue eyes, Yarwen Tong was quite surprised, anyone would have thought he was a mixed race.
“Uh he’s nearsighted, just wearing contacts.”Jasmine Tong hurriedly explained, “You say you, and buy a blue one, pretending to be some kind of hybrid ah”
Jasmine Tong made a vigorous wink towards Albert Ou.
“Oh it’s just a picture.”Albert Ou laughed dryly twice.
As soon as Albert Ou took two bites, he began to cough violently, and his handsome face held a red color.
Jasmine Tong immediately poured him a glass of water.
Most of the dishes Jasmine Tong cooked today were quite spicy, either with chili or green pepper, where has Albert Ou ever eaten dishes with such a strong taste?
Yarwen Tong sighed, “Sister, you and brother-in-law have been married for over a year, and brother-in-law can’t eat spicy food, don’t you know”
In Yarwen Tong’s eyes, Jasmine Tong was a person who grinned greatly at everything except her own affairs.
Albert Ou coughed twice more, gulping the water back up, “Eat, eat, just choked a little.”
Jasmine Tong’s hanging heart finally fell, fortunately Albert Ou cooperated, or else she really put on a show.
Albert Ou carefully ate the dish, only getting the tomato beef brisket wasn’t spicy, so he basically just ate that one next.
After the meal, Jasmine Tong went to the kitchen to clean up, and Yarwen Tong and Albert Ou sat on the couch.
Albert Ou felt oddly awkward, despite knowing that he was sitting next to his real brother-in-law.
“Sister-in-law, my sister said you guys are planning to have a baby now, right?”
Although Jasmine Tong gave him a clear answer, Yarwen Tong was still a little unconvinced.
Albert Ou nodded, “Yeah.”
Since it was what Jasmine Tong had said before, he certainly wouldn’t refute it.
“That’s really great” Yarwen Tong breathed a deep sigh of relief, “I’ve prepared all the clothes for the little baby, I hope you won’t mind when the time comes.”
As Jasmine Tong cleans up the dishes in the kitchen, she looks outside from time to time, fearing that Albert Ou might slip up.
The good news is that Yarwen Tong has never met her husband, and she and he rarely talk about it, Yarwen Tong knows very little about her husband.
But you don’t know much about your own husband, do you?
“Brother-in-law, my sister is a person who is usually grinning, very careless and not too good-tempered, so let her be and don’t behave like her.”
Yarwen Tong smiled and said carefully.
Albert Ou didn’t know what he could say other than nod his head.
This is the first time he saw his “brother-in-law”, as if to say all the things he hadn’t said before.
But Jasmine Tong didn’t like it, she didn’t like him talking like he was saying his last words.
Jasmine Tong quickly cleaned up the dishes and walked out from the kitchen, and only then did Yarwen Tong stop his nagging.
“Sister, you and brother-in-law should go home early, didn’t brother-in-law just come back from a business trip, go home and rest early.”
“No, let your brother-in-law go home by himself, I’ll stay here with you today.”
“No, sis, brother-in-law just got back, you’re filming too, it’s hard to catch up on your time, so go home.”Yarwen Tong urged.
Jasmine Tong didn’t want to make Yarwen Tong anxious, so she had no choice but to agree.
Albert Ou drove the car and Jasmine Tong sat in the passenger seat without saying a word.
Her sadness could be felt throughout the carriage.
He suddenly pulled over to the side of the road, and Jasmine Tong turned her eyes to look out the window, wiping the tears from her face in passing.
“Why did you stop” Jasmine Tong sniffed and turned to look at Albert Ou.
“Your brother isn’t,”
Jasmine Tong took a deep breath, “If you buy me a drink, I’ll tell you.”
Albert Ou quickly drove the car to a restaurant, it wasn’t a good time to go to a bar, a restaurant was just as good for a drink and a story in peace and quiet.
In the hotel.
Jasmine Tong took a bottle of white wine and gulped it down several times until Albert Ou snatched the bottle from her hand.
“You’ve had too much to drink today, aren’t you afraid I’ll take advantage of your weakness?” joked Albert Ou.
He really wanted to regulate the sad atmosphere, an atmosphere he didn’t like very much.
Jasmine Tong drank too much, choked, coughed twice, then her eyes filled with tears again.
“My brother has congenital heart disease, the doctor said he won’t live to be seventeen, do you know how old he is?”
It was the number that Jasmine Tong hated the most, she had dreaded this day since she was very young, but it was finally approaching.
“But isn’t congenital heart disease treatable if it’s found so early, so why”
Albert Ou couldn’t figure it out, and although he didn’t know much about medicine, he was vaguely aware that the disease could be treated surgically, and at the very least it could prolong life, and if it was discovered early and the condition was mild, it wouldn’t even make a difference.
Jasmine Tong ungently wiped the tears from her face with the palm of her hand.
“He wasn’t really supposed to come into this world.”Jasmine Tong laughed bitterly, snatching Albert Ou’s bottle and taking another gulp of wine.
Hearing this, Albert Ou seemed a little touched, and he laughed softly and bitterly, “Where is there any should or shouldn’t.”
He himself is not the one who should not be in this world.
Thinking of it this way, he and Yarwen Tong felt somewhat the same sympathy.
All are people who should not be in this world.
“My mother was an orphan, and after she married my father, he was everything to her, and everything was fine, but after she got married everything changed, especially after she gave birth to me.”
Albert Ou didn’t interrupt Jasmine Tong’s words and listened quietly.
“Our Tong family is very traditional, we all want a son to inherit the family business, but my mother gave birth to me and was treated coldly by the family, even my father treated her coldly, but my mother still loves my father so much.”
Jasmine Tong laughed bitterly again, “She desperately wanted to get well and give my father a son, even though she knew that my father had a woman outside, and that woman gave him a pair of dragons and phoenixes, she didn’t complain at all, she just wanted to give my father a son.”
“My mom finally got pregnant and it was a tough pregnancy, little Lei was born prematurely and she made it through half a month before she couldn’t.Or maybe it’s because my mother is not well, so that little Lei is also not well, I have the impression that Lei has been sick all the time and is a whole lot smaller than children of the same age.”
“But after my mother died, my father just took the woman he was keeping outside the house, along with his pair of dragons, and paid little or no attention to my brother and I. Little Lei’s illness dragged on until one time when he had a bad back, and that sent him to the hospital.”
Remembering the past, Jasmine Tong always felt it was a nightmare.
“Doctors say the child has congenital heart disease and has missed the best time for surgery, so it’s best to operate right away.Our family was doing well in the winery business at the time, and we were able to afford this little bit of money, but my father and my stepmother were determined not to operate on Lei.”
Albert Ou was just about to burst a foul sentence, but when he saw Jasmine Tong’s tears, his heart actually ached raw, and he didn’t say anything.
“I was on my knees all day and all night in the middle of winter, and my dad finally relented and went to the hospital, where the doctor told him the surgery would cost about $100,000.”
100,000 a decade ago and 100,000 now that’s not comparable.
“My father backed off again as soon as he heard 100,000, he couldn’t afford to part with the money, not to mention he has a son, my stepmother was even more adamantly opposed to the need for 100,000, and no matter how much I tried to persuade them, they wouldn’t agree to operate on Xiaolei, they were only willing to use drugs to keep him going until whenever.”
Jasmine Tong bit her own lip, she was so hard that it just oozed blood.
“Later, when I took Lei to the hospital again, the doctor said it would be better not to operate, the best time for surgery had passed, and if forced to operate he would probably die on the operating table, and the doctor also said Lei would not live to be 17.”
Jasmine Tong clenched her fist silently as she spoke.
She hated it, yes, she did.
He was such a good boy, always good from a young age, not competitive, quiet, sensible, always looking out for her as a sister.
But why has fate been so unfair to him?
Albert Ou had never heard such stories before, and because of his peculiar status, he was rarely exposed to them.
As he was engrossed in the story, he suddenly felt someone grab his hand.
He raised his eyes and saw Jasmine Tong’s scarlet eyes.
I don’t know if it was because she was shedding a lot of tears or because the wine was so strong, but her eyes were so red.
The expression on his face was also full of hate.
“I’m asking you for one thing.”
“Continue to pretend to be my husband and let Little Lei know that my husband loves me and loves me very much and will give me a warm family.”Jasmine Tong blinked as tears slowly flowed down the corners of her eyes.
Because of her scarlet eyes, Albert Ou felt in a trance that the tears were just as red.
He understood that she was just trying to make him feel better about going.
“But you’re the one with the husband.”
At the mention of her husband, Jasmine Tong smirked sadly, “He huh”
“What’s wrong? “Albert Ou didn’t know what she had against her “husband”.
“To my husband, I’m less than an inflatable doll.”Jasmine Tong laughed coldly, “I’m not afraid of you laughing when I say it, we were married for a whole year, I didn’t even know who he was, then he came back, we slept several times, but I still don’t know who he is, he didn’t even let me see his face.”
Albert Ou is a bit embarrassed, what you have in front of you is your own husband!
“You know he had the house sitter pull the electric switch every time he came home, the room was pitch black, he slept me like that as just an object to vent to, and all I expect from him now is that he’ll get me pregnant.”
Jasmine Tong looked to Albert Ou, “Help me this time.”
Her hand was still gripping his tightly.
Her hand was so small, covering Albert Ou’s large hand and gripping him tightly.
Albert Ou was tempted to say, help is fine, but, sleep with me.
Isn’t the reason he’s disguising himself around her to test whether she’ll cheat on him or not?
But looking into her scarlet eyes, the words stuck in his throat and he couldn’t even get them out.
If that’s the case, isn’t it too much of a joke?
Jasmine Tong saw that Albert Ou didn’t answer for a long time, and the hope that had just been kindled was dashed little by little.
“Never mind, I wasn’t supposed to get my hopes up on anyone else.”
“I didn’t say I wouldn’t help you.”
Jasmine Tong looked up sharply, “So you’ve decided to help me.”
There was hope in her eyes again, she wanted so much for her brother to go in peace, he had suffered so much in this world.
She didn’t want her brother to leave this world still full of worry.
“Well, but, I have conditions.”Albert Ou pursed his lips and smiled.
The expression on Jasmine Tong’s face went cold inch by inch.
She knew Albert Ou was a duck, people like them were the most cold-blooded, and she could even guess what terms Albert Ou wanted.
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