The room's air conditioner had been in service for many years now, and it would make a lot of noise when in use. Their home's soundproofing was non-existent, to make matters worse. So, it was possible to even hear the footsteps of the people living upstairs.
However, the air in the room had seemingly become frozen at this moment, and even a needle falling to the ground could be heard.
After the silence continued for some time, Xu Chuanchuan gulped and asked, "Did you understand what I said?"
Xu Xiangxiang repeatedly blinked as she idly stared at the person in front of her. "Sis, are you playing a joke on me?"
I knew she wouldn't believe me so easily. Having mentally prepared for such a situation beforehand, Xu Chuanchuan continued, "I'm not joking. Xiangxiang, I like women. I am currently dating Murong, and we've been together for four months already."
"What did you say???" Xu Xiangxiang tugged at Xu Chuanchuan's shirt once more in horror.
Feeling cold air hitting her exposed chest, Xu Chuanchuan lightly patted her little sister's hand and said, "Don't get excited. Let me finish first."
However, Xu Xiangxiang refused to let go and continued, "Who did you say you were dating???"
Seeing that Xu Xiangxiang refused to let go, Xu Chuanchuan gave up on trying to make her do so. Then, while maintaining a half-squatting posture, she looked into her little sister's eyes and said, "Murong. It's Murong Shi."
"Big Sis Shishi???"
Xu Xiangxiang gasped, her eyes becoming rounded. Then, she exclaimed, "How is that possible?! You like women, and you're dating Big Sis Shishi?! You two are actually—"
Xu Chuanchuan hurriedly covered Xu Xiangxiang's mouth again. Then, she pointed at the fragile door and said, "Shh— Softer."
Xu Xiangxiang still wore a look of disbelief on her face. Her mouth had become so wide that it could practically fit a fist.
After a while, Xu Chuanchuan gradually loosened her hands and awkwardly said, "That 'Big Jealous Bug' you saw just now was Murong. When you said I had a wretched smile before, that's because I was chatting with her."
Xu Xiangxiang: "..."
Sitting down on the bed, Xu Chuanchuan straightened her wrinkled shirt and said, "You can ask Little Yan if you don't believe me. She has always known about me and Murong being together."
After remaining in a daze for another half a minute, Xu Xiangxiang finally got over her shock and mumbled, "Little Yan?"
"I'm sorry. I wasn't trying to hide it from you. I was just...worried you couldn't accept it. Hey, what's with that expression of yours? Can you say something?"
After getting poked by Xu Chuanchuan, Xu Xiangxiang's body swayed a little. Then, the gaze she used to look at her elder sister changed a little as she said, "So that's why I keep getting the feeling that you and Big Sis Shishi are a little too close. I didn't think you two would be… Little Yan actually lied to me before."
Xu Xiangxiang had long since guessed that Xu Chuanchuan and Murong Shi had shared an ambiguous relationship. Only, she dared not make any bold assumptions. To think that the person closest to her and the big sister that she was most fond of were lesbians… This was simply unbelievable.
A hint of embarrassment appeared on Xu Chuanchuan's face. Then, after saying "sorry" one more time, she held onto Xu Xiangxiang's hands and asked, "Xiangxiang, you're my only sister. You'll support me, right?"
"..." This revelation came too suddenly, so Xu Xiangxiang failed to process it within a short time. After hesitating for some time, she responded with a question of her own, "When did you two start being together?"
It would be a very long story if Xu Chuanchuan told everything, so she spent some time sorting out her thoughts and gave her little sister a summary of what had happened.
Meanwhile, Xu Xiangxiang absent-mindedly listened to Xu Chuanchuan. Partway through the story, she interrupted, "Big Sis Shishi was the one who chased after you?"
"This… That's not exactly the case. We just tried dating for some time. After discovering that we were quite compatible with each other, we just naturally got together."
Xu Xiangxiang nodded in understanding. Then, she suddenly frowned and asked, "Why would Big Sis Shishi take a liking to you?"
Xu Chuanchuan: "..."
Then, when Xu Xiangxiang inadvertently caught a glance of Xu Chuanchuan's chest, she said, "Don't tell me you used your body to—Ah!"
Xu Chuanchuan flicked Xu Xiangxiang's forehead before her little sister could finish her words. Then, with a livid expression, Xu Chuanchuan said, "Stop talking about such nonsense. Just tell me if you're going to stand on my side or not."
While holding her forehead, Xu Xiangxiang aggrievedly asked, "What do you mean?"
Realizing that she might've been a little too heavy-handed just now, Xu Chuanchuan pulled Xu Xiangxiang's hands away and helped massage her little sister's forehead. Then, she softly said, "If Mom and Dad find out about my relationship in the future, they'll definitely be against it. I hope that you can help me when that time comes. Even if you can't provide any help, at least don't make matters worse, okay?"
"I…" Xu Xiangxiang hesitated to speak. Then, after looking around for a moment, she asked, "Are you planning to be together with Big Sis Shishi for the rest of your life?"
Xu Chuanchuan's eyes glazed over for a second. Then, she said, "That's too long of a time to talk about. I won't talk about something vain like that. However, there's no way for me to change my sexual orientation. Now that I've chosen her, there is no backing out of it."
Xu Xiangxiang: "..."
That night, the two sisters shared a long and peaceful conversation while huddled on the small wooden bed.
Xu Chuanchuan had revealed everything about her relationship with Murong Shi to Xu Xiangxiang, satisfying her little sister's curiosity. During their conversation, Xu Chuanchuan's phone had also rung a few times, but she didn't answer any of them.
Meanwhile, after seeing that Xu Chuanchuan wasn't answering her calls, Murong Shi switched to sending WeChat messages. Seeing this, Xu Chuanchuan halted her storytelling to reply to Murong Shi. She also told Murong Shi about how Xu Xiangxiang now knew of their relationship.
Murong Shi: "What did she say?"
Xu Chuanchuan: "She's not against it. I'm in the process of brainwashing her right now."
Murong Shi: "Good luck. If you can't handle it, leave it to me.'
Xu Chuanchuan: "What are you planning?"
Murong Shi: "I'll tempt her with food. If that doesn't work, then I'll bribe her with money."
Xu Chuanchuan's lips twitched slightly when she read Murong Shi's message, and she couldn't help but break out into a laugh. Then, she quickly replied, "Don't worry. I'll settle it.'
When Xu Chuanchuan put her phone down, she heard Xu Xiangxiang mumbling, "I can understand if you like Big Sis Shishi. After all, she's beautiful, has a good figure, and is rich. Both men and women would drool at her. But you're so ordinary. Don't you feel inferior when you're together with her?"
"..." Xu Xiangxiang's words had stabbed Xu Chuanchuan directly in the heart. After a long silence, Xu Chuanchuan sighed and said, "I do feel very inferior, which is why I'm working hard to better myself."
"Then, you'll probably need plastic surgery."
Xu Chuanchuan reached out and pinched her little sister. Then, she unhappily asked, "Am I that terrible?"
Xu Xiangxiang cried out in pain. Then, while evading her elder sister's hands, she said, "It's not you who's bad; it's because Big Sis Shishi is just too outstanding."
Xu Chuanchuan's hands froze as she suddenly lost the will to fight. Then, she turned to stare at the wooden board above her with a dazed look on her face.
Meanwhile, Xu Xiangxiang yawned and said, "Big Sis Shishi sure has strange tastes."
"..." Xu Chuanchuan opened her mouth a few times but failed to think up a proper retort. In the end, she said in a wavering tone, "Not everyone is as shallow as you. What she likes is my soul."
In response, Xu Xiangxiang tugged at the collar of Xu Chuanchuan's pajamas and pointed at the numerous hickeys underneath it, saying, "If she likes your soul, how do you explain these things?"
Xu Xiangxiang's unexpected actions caught Xu Chuanchuan off guard. Immediately, warmth spread from her face to her neck and then to her body, her entire person turning as red as a cooked lobster in the blink of an eye.
Xu Chuanchuan quickly pulled up the blanket and covered herself with it. Then, exposing only her head, she angrily said, "I'll beat you if you pull my shirt again!"
In response, Xu Xiangxiang fearlessly said, "I won't help you if you beat me."
Xu Chuanchuan: "..."
Xu Chuanchuan grew tired after messing around again. Before heading to bed, though, she repeated, "You need to keep this a secret for me."
"What do I get in return?"
"You can choose whatever present you want for your next birthday."
"Deal!" Xu Xiangxiang replied, an indescribably sense of joy filled in her voice. Later on, after tossing and turning in bed for a while, she suddenly reached out and hugged Xu Chuanchuan.
Xu Chuanchuan stiffened at the physical contact. Then, she coldly asked, "What are you doing?"
In a righteous tone, Xu Xiangxiang said, "Little Yan gave me a big bear some time ago, and I've been hugging it when I'm sleeping every day. Now that the bear isn't here, you'll have to be its replacement."
Apart from Murong Shi, Xu Chuanchuan was unused to being so intimate with anyone else in bed. She found the hug awkward, even if the other party was her little sister. Immediately, she opened up her limbs and struggled free from Xu Xiangxiang's embrace. Then, she stuffed her pillow into Xu Xiangxiang's arms and said, "Hold this instead."
"This one's too short."
"Any more complaints and you're sleeping on the floor."
"On what basis? This is my bed."
"On the basis that you can't win against me in a fight."
"..." Xu Xiangxiang stopped arguing.
Xu Chuanchuan could sleep even without a pillow, so she turned away from Xu Xiangxiang and closed her eyes. However, she quickly opened her eyes again as she suddenly remembered that she had forgotten to do something. Then, after rummaging in the dark for her phone, she opened up WeChat and sent Murong Shi a message: "I'm sleeping now. Goodnight."
Murong Shi: "Goodnight."
Xu Chuanchuan tried her best to put her phone down as gently as possible, but the light of her screen still irritated Xu Xiangxiang's eyes. Then, Xu Xiangxiang slowly opened her eyes and said, "Actually, there's something I'm quite confused about."
"What is it?"
After a slight pause, Xu Xiangxiang said, "Those hickeys, are they from Big Sis Shishi's kisses?"
With a blush on her face, Xu Chuanchuan said in a lowered voice, "What nonsense are you talking about? If not her, who else could it be?"
"That's why it's strange. Big Sis Shishi normally looks like an abstinent person, so how could she be so ferocious in bed?"
Abstinent? Hah! Xu Chuanchuan thought to herself. However, she could never bring herself to answer such a question. So, pretending to be annoyed, she said, "Hurry up and sleep. Mom's going to bang on the door again tomorrow if we sleep in."
"Fine, fine, I'll sleep, then."
Finally freed from Xu Xiangxiang's pestering, Xu Chuanchuan found a comfortable sleeping position and closed her eyes. However, less than a minute later—
"How do two women do that kind of thing? Do you use fingers only? Or do you need some tools?" Xu Xiangxiang asked in a sleepy voice. Then, she suddenly snapped her fingers and said, "Oh, right! That vibrator from last time! Do you—Ah! Why did you bite me?!"
After loosening her mouth, Xu Chuanchuan made a spitting sound and viciously warned, "I'll break your teeth if you continue spouting nonsense!"
On the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival…
Xu Xiangxiang and Mother Xu had gone downstairs to admire the moon while playing mahjong with the neighbors. Meanwhile, Xu Chuanchuan locked herself in her room and held a video chat with Murong Shi.
In the video, Murong Shi wore a sexy, black suspender skirt that revealed her charming collarbone and valley on her chest.
Xu Chuanchuan felt her throat tightening when she saw this, and she commented, "You look nice in black."
Raising an eyebrow, Murong Shi said, "I look even better without anything on."
This little demoness… Xu Chuanchuan cleared her throat and feigned calmness as she said, "Take it off, then."
Then, the image displayed on Xu Chuanchuan's screen suddenly shook as Murong Shi started stripping for real. Seeing this, Xu Chuanchuan instantly lost her calm as she said, "Stop, stop, stop! You're going to catch a cold!"
Murong Shi stopped after letting one of her slings fall off. Then, with amorous feelings in her eyes, she beamed a smile at Xu Chuanchuan.
The sight before her was too beautiful, and Xu Chuanchuan found herself salivating and secretly taking a few screenshots. Just as she was about to continue their conversation, she suddenly heard knocking sounds coming from the door.
"Sis, are you inside?" Xu Xiangxiang's voice came through the door.
Hearing this, Xu Chuanchuan hurriedly said to Murong Shi, "Let's stop here. My sister is back."
Xu Chuanchuan disconnected the call without waiting for Murong Shi to reply and went to open the door for Xu Xiangxiang.
"What did you lock the door for?" Xu Xiangxiang asked, a complicated look on her face.
"I was having a video call with Murong," Xu Chuanchuan frankly said in a quiet voice.
Xu Xiangxiang did not ask any further.
As for the novel I have selected to translate, it will be Miss Biao is Always Busy (will be changing it to Miss Cousin is Always Busy). I can't give you an exact date for the novel's release date, but it should be within one or two weeks. Look forward to it. :)
Other novels I translate on Hosted Novel:
Pantsu Hero Alice (PHA)
Reincarnation of the Strongest Sword God (Side Stories)