Mr. Yuan's Dilemma: Can't Help Falling In Love With You Chapter 378
Su Qingcheng had guessed correctly.
Jiao Shuzhen had prepared a feast for lunch because she knew that she was at fault. She paced along the balcony on the second floor, hoping that her son would return soon.
The Shao Family had excellent traits and the members of that family were outstanding. The parents were loving and their kids were filial. The harmonious atmosphere in the family had allowed Shao Yibai to mature into a tough yet kind-hearted man.
The family did things in a democratic manner. Although Shao Jingshan had interfered with Shao Yibai’s work before because he was worried for his safety, he would still respect Shao Yibai’s decisions in the end. Shao Yibai’s relaxed personality had been cultivated in this way.
Unfortunately, Jiao Shuzhen had drugged her son yesterday. Her actions could definitely be seen as a destructive attack on the harmonious atmosphere in the family.
Although Shao Yibai was an arrogant and uninhibited man, he had inherited his father’s conservative style of thinking that emphasized filial piety for one’s parents. Wei Hongmian’s family would not simply allow him to get up and leave either.
If he had really slept with Wei Hongmian yesterday, he would be left with no alternative today.
Thus, one could imagine why Jiao Shuzhen became increasingly afraid when she realized that Shao Yibai would certainly resent her for that.
He was her only son.
When she met Shao Yibai’s cold and mocking gaze last night, she finally realized Su Qingcheng’s importance to Shao Yibai.
Jiao Shuzhen did not dare to lose her son simply due to the matter of him marrying which women as her future daughter-in-law.
The final dish was served on the table when the antique English grandfather clock struck twelve times. The guard jogged over to meet Shao Yibai’s car that was parked at the entrance.
Su Qingcheng hid behind Shao Yibai and matched his pace.
This day had finally arrived after such a long wait. She finally revealed how frightened she was.
She seemed more anxious today than the previous time when Jiao Shuzhen and Wei Hongmian came to force her out.
“Xiaodai, don’t be afraid. My father is a kind man.” Shao Yibai carried the gift in one hand and held Su Qingcheng’s hand in the other.
He had fought with Jiao Shuzhen before, but that did not mean that he would be unreasonable.
They went to the department store early in the morning so that they could buy some presents on Su Qingcheng’s behalf.
Su Qingcheng currently felt that she was not prepared to do this. She took the gift from Shao Yibai and trailed behind him by taking one small step after another.
Shao Yibai’s expression became more and more relaxed as he took in the furnishings in the courtyard.
Inside the courtyard, Shao Jingshan had traded his military uniform for a gray-colored set of traditional Chinese clothing that made him look energetic and invigorated.
“Father, I’ve brought Xiaodai home to meet you.” Shao Yibai walked toward him and pulled his future wife over from behind. Su Qingcheng smiled. Her voice was crisp as she said, “Hello, uncle. I’m Su Qingdai.”
Shao Jingshan studied the lady and smiled.
This girl was not extremely attractive, but her watery eyes were clean and free from murkiness.
She did not put on any makeup. She was dressed in a very simple style of clothing that made others feel comfortable being around her. Her milky-white dress made her look like a “unique beauty” that most fathers liked…
“Yibai, hurry up and take Little Su inside. Your mother has gotten anxious just from waiting for you.”
Shao Jingshan led the way while urging them to go inside the house.
Jiao Shuzhen had actually heard them arriving at the entrance long ago, but she did not appear to greet them because she was secretly afraid of Shao Yibai.
Shao Yibai took long strides and entered the house. He increased the volume of his voice and yelled in an exaggerated manner, “What kind of tasty food has Lady Jiao prepared? I think I can smell chilies!”
Jiao Shuzhen heard her son was not about to blame her at all. Moreover, he even called her “Lady Jiao” in an affectionate manner. Her jittery heart had finally settled down.
She went to greet them enthusiastically and took the present from Su Qingcheng. She murmured, “You didn’t have to bring a present. You’re already part of our family.”
Su Qingcheng’s heart was filled with joy. Her future mother-in-law finally acknowledged her as part of the family…
Su Qingcheng did not show what she was feeling though.
She had made a secret agreement with Jiao Shuzhen. The two women acted as though this was their first meeting as they exchanged greetings with each other for a while.
Shao Yibai was extremely delighted when he saw this. He had no idea about the thrilling meeting that had previously occurred between Jiao Shuzhen, Wei Hongmian, and Su Qingcheng…
More than half of the dishes on the table were Si Chuan dishes. They suited Su Qingcheng’s taste very much.
Nevertheless, she was forced to restrain herself since this was the first time she paid them a visit as their daughter-in-law. Su Qingcheng pretended that she was not a glutton. Her eyes scanned the dishes indifferently…
She would happily admit that it was difficult for her to keep up with this facade. A single glance was enough for her to tell that the food on the table was different from the things that were served in the restaurants outside. It was definitely cooked by an authentic Si Chuan chef.
Fortunately, Jiao Shuzhen gave her an opening when they all sat down. “Little Su, please try the food and tell us if it tastes authentic. Your uncle invited two Si Chuan chefs from the compound. They spent the entire morning cooking this.”
Shao Yibai laughed. “Were they Uncle Qian’s chefs?”
Shao Jingshan nodded. “Our family doesn’t eat spicy food, but Uncle Qian can’t do without it. That’s why his chef makes the best spicy food throughout the entire military compound. Try the spicy rabbit’s head. The chef brought it from Old Qian’s house because he stewed it in advance.”
Su Qingcheng could not help be touched. “Thank you, uncle and aunty…”
Although she had had enough to eat at home, there were still too many children in her house on top of the fact that they were terribly poor, so it was her two older brothers who got to enjoy dishes like spicy rabbit’s head.
She was extremely obedient, so she was the daughter that was the easiest to be neglected among the three of them.
Unfortunately, her parents realized that she was the most valuable one when they were deciding on which daughter to sell…
Now she stood before such an illustrious family as the Shao Family. Shao Jingshan had actually looked highly upon her by filling their table with spicy dishes even though the lord of the house did not eat them.
She wanted to cry…
As a child, her parents had never really loved her. Giving her a mere lollipop was enough to make her cry from gratitude, much less a plate filled with spicy rabbit heads.
“Do you like the dishes?” Shao Yibai watched as she gobbled down the food happily. He was a tough man who was neither afraid of pain nor death, but he feared spicy food…
Su Qingcheng could feel her lips swollen, but this meal was simply too addictive for her to stop.
She nodded her head like a chick pecking at grains. “It’s delicious! Do you want to try some?”
Shao Yibai shook his head hurriedly. The cuisine in Capital City was salty but did not have any strong flavors. His heart was filled with joy when he saw that Su Qingcheng was eating without holding herself back, but he still felt worried. “Is it too spicy? Can your stomach handle it?”
Su Qingcheng wiped her mouth with a piece of tissue paper. “I’m used to eating spicy food. I have to eat more today. Otherwise, uncle and aunty’s kindness will be wasted…”
Shao Jingshan was happy to hear that. “You’re right, Little Su. Have some more. After that, you can take some stewed meat home with you.”
Jiao Shuzhen could not accept Su Qingcheng’s family background in the beginning. Now she saw that this girl carried her heart on her sleeve and was not superficial at all. Although she could not be compared to the elegant and wealthy young ladies of the aristocratic families, her ordinary and down-to-earth personality made people feel at ease around her.
She sighed quietly. The woman whom she desired as her daughter-in-law sat at this very table last night, but someone else was sitting in that spot today. Nonetheless, Jiao Shuzhen had resigned herself to this turn of events.
After lunch, Jiao Shuzhen dragged Shao Yibai over to the sofa and sat him there. She mentioned out of nowhere, “Yuan Xuan has returned to the country for several days. He’s going to marry the young lady of the Mu Family after some time, so you should go to Luo Hai.”