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ABBR - Chapter 91-Pt.2

Ange's cats and dog incessantly hissed and barked at Fang Qin, showing wariness against the stranger that had intruded on their home. Fang Qin liked animals, and she thought to pet and hug the agitated animals in front of her. However, she refrained from doing so after considering that her body was covered in water.

Ange thought that she would feel more at ease once she returned to her home. Unfortunately, the situation was different from what she had imagined.

Unable to pet the animals, Fang Qin crouched down and coaxed Ritian using a childish tone. In doing so, she stretched the back of her wet shirt, causing it to stick to her body and reveal her black underwear and slim waist to the person behind her. And upon seeing this, Ange instantly felt her face heating up.

Fang Qin remained ignorant of Ange's peeping. While facing the Poodle in front of her, she smiled and asked, "It's so cute. What's its name?"

Ange quickly snapped out of her daze and cleared her throat before saying, "Ritian."

Surprised by the vulgar name, Fang Qin turned around and looked at Ange.

"Hurry up and change your clothes," Ange said, turning her head away in embarrassment.

Only the master bedroom came with its own bathroom, so Ange had Fang Qin use the shared bathroom outside while Ange herself returned to her room. Ange didn't get herself dirty during her short trip out, so she left her room after changing into a set of home clothes.

Unable to help herself, Ange took a look at the shared bathroom's door after leaving her room. Coincidentally, the door opened at this time. Then, before Ange could look away, a soaked head popped out from the crack in the door and asked her, "I want to take a shower. Can I use your shampoo and shower gel?"

Fang Qin didn't hide herself well, so Ange accidentally caught sight of the other party's bare shoulders. While awkwardly shifting her gaze away, she said, "Use whatever you want."

"Thank you."

Then, the door shut with a bang.

Several seconds later, the sound of flowing water came through the bathroom door.

Ange let out a long sigh and made her way to the sofa. Then, she began taking apart the gift Xu Chuanchuan prepared for her.

With how mysterious Xu Chuanchuan spoke about the gift, Ange couldn't help but wonder what kind of strange gift her friend had prepared. Then, when she opened the parcel and saw the thorny ball in front of her, she couldn't help but be rendered speechless.

After carefully taking the cactus ball out of the box, Ange took a picture of it and sent the picture to Xu Chuanchuan via QQ: "Why did you have her travel all the way to Shanghai to bring me such a thing?"

Xu Chuanchuan: "Do you like it?"

Ange: "[Sweat]"

Xu Chuanchuan: "For people like us who work in front of a computer all day, having a few cactus balls on the table will help absorb radiation. See how considerate I am toward you?"

Ange: "Don't give me that. I bet you did it on purpose."

Xu Chuanchuan: "Okay, okay, I admit that I have ulterior motives, but I only did it for your own good. Did Fang Qin visit you? Have you two met up yet? Did you two have a good chat?"

Ange did not wish to answer even one of the three questions posed. After glancing in the bathroom's direction, she evasively answered, "What a hardworking Cupid you are."

Xu Chuanchuan: "Hehe, this is my first time playing matchmaker. It's good so long as I managed to help you two. This is a rare opportunity, so you need to use it well."

"..."

After reading Xu Chuanchuan's message, Ange couldn't help herself from looking toward the bathroom's direction once more. Even though she couldn't see anything through the frosted door, her body still inexplicably warmed up.

Xu Chuanchuan had used her restroom break to fiddle with her phone. After not receiving a reply from Ange for some time, she dared not waste any more time. So, she left the stall, washed her hands, and made her way back to her office.

Xu Chuanchuan's mind was filled with thoughts regarding Ange and Fang Qin's matter as she walked through the corridor. When she passed by a certain office, the office's doors suddenly opened. Then, a hand stretched out of it and pulled her into the room.

"Ahh—"

Xu Chuanchuan found herself crashing into a soft embrace amidst her shock. When she smelled the familiar scent, she struggled to look up and saw Murong Shi's smiling face. Then, after calming her breath, she shoved Murong Shi away and said, "You scared me!"

"You looked like you were distracted just now. What were you thinking about?" Murong Shi teased.

After calming her mind, Xu Chuanchuan told Murong Shi about Fang Qin and Ange's matter. Then, she anxiously said, "I don't know if I can help them this time."

Pinching her lover's pale cheeks, Murong Shi said, "You don't need to worry so much. From my understanding of Fang Qin, once she falls for someone, she will do whatever it takes to secure that person. This is something she is very good at."

"Is that so? Then—Uu..." Xu Chuanchuan's lips were sealed before she could finish speaking.

Xu Chuanchuan didn't know when it began, but she came to realize that Murong Shi liked having love affairs with her in the office. In truth, Xu Chuanchuan also liked the nerve-racking and exciting feeling. However, she still felt that such daring actions were absurd. After all, she was merely a small-time employee in the company.

However, Murong Shi did not share her lover's worries. It didn't matter what she did in the company. Nobody would dare say anything about her actions. Hence, she had no scruples with doing such bold actions.

At one time in the past, the two of them had gotten into the mood after sharing a kiss in the office. Murong Shi had even pressed Xu Chuanchuan down on the sofa and nearly stripped the latter's clothing. However, Linda knocked on the door at a critical moment, nearly scaring the living daylights out of Xu Chuanchuan. After that incident, Xu Chuanchuan thoroughly refused to let Murong Shi touch her while kissing in the office.

The kiss they currently shared was light, so Xu Chuanchuan maintained her consciousness at all times. After feeling that she was reaching her limit, she pushed Murong Shi away and glared at the latter with her watery eyes, saying, "The others are going to grow suspicious if I still don't go back."

Murong Shi disliked having her passionate moments with her lover interrupted the most. While using her thumb to wipe away the saliva on Xu Chuanchuan's lips, Murong Shi said, "I've been thinking of something for the past few days."

"What is it?"

"Why don't I make you into my assistant instead? That way, I get to look at you at all times."

"No," Xu Chuanchuan rejected without even thinking.

"I hold the final decision in this company. I can make use of anyone I want, so why not?"

"You'll definitely become an indulgent ruler if you become an emperor."

"How so?"

Pointing a finger at Murong Shi's heart, Xu Chuanchuan said, "I know my abilities better than anyone. There's no way I can handle things as neat and orderly as Linda. I can hardly help you with anything with my limited abilities."

After pondering for a moment, Murong Shi said, "You know yourself quite well."

Xu Chuanchuan snorted at Murong Shi's comment. Then, to salvage her reputation, she said, "I might not be as good as Linda when it comes to handling office work, but there's one thing I'm better at than her—I know how to write novels."

Murong Shi couldn't help but chuckle when she heard Xu Chuanchuan's comment. Then, she went along with her lover's words and tried to offer the latter some praise. However, before she could speak up, the ringing of a phone interrupted her.

"Why is my mother calling me at this hour?" Xu Chuanchuan muttered in confusion as she looked at her phone. Then, she answered the call and said, "Mom?"

Mother Xu: "Are you at work?"

Xu Chuanchuan: "That's right, I'm at work. What's the matter?"

Mother Xu: "It's nothing. I came across your high school form teacher and her son at the market yesterday. After talking to your teacher, I found out that her son is the same age as you. That young man looks quite refined and has a good temper. They're also living quite close to us. He is currently working as a civil servant, and his position is quite decent. Most importantly, he doesn't have a girlfriend."

Hearing up to this point, Xu Chuanchuan could already predict what her mother was trying to say. So, she hurriedly interrupted and said, "Mom, don't tell me you want me to have a blind date with him?"

Murong Shi's eyes narrowed upon hearing these words.

In response, Mother Xu sighed and said, "I'm not forcing you to date him. I just think he is a fine young man, so I hope you two can try dating. I've already given him your phone number, and he might be giving you a call at night. Have a chat with him at that time. If you two can get along, then continue. If not, no need to force the issue."

"How can you give away my phone number without my permission?" Xu Chuanchuan anxiously asked.

"Your form teacher is too enthusiastic, so I couldn't bring myself to refuse when she asked for it," Mother Xu said in a helpless tone. "Not to mention, I'm not telling you two to meet up. There's no harm in exchanging a few words, right? Also, you're not young anymore. Isn't it normal to start dating at your age?"

Xu Chuanchuan was momentarily rendered speechless. After looking at Murong Shi's concerned eyes, Xu Chuanchuan said, "Mom, actually, I already…"

"Don't act impulsively," Murong Shi reminded when she realized what Xu Chuanchuan was going to say.

Xu Chuanchuan: "..."

In the meantime, Mother Xu continued, "It's not that I don't respect your privacy. It's just that the other party is your form teacher. It was difficult for me to refuse. No matter what, we should leave each other with some face. If that kid calls you, just answer the call. As for whether you want to date him or not, you can decide that yourself."

Xu Chuanchuan: "..."

Considering that her daughter was still at work, Mother Xu ended the call shortly after.

Then, Xu Chuanchuan put down her phone, looked at Murong Shi for a few seconds, and said, "If I keep hiding like this, my mom might force me to go on a blind date next time."

"Then, are you prepared?" Murong Shi bluntly asked.

"I definitely won't be going."

"I'm not talking about this," Murong Shi said as she pulled Xu Chuanchuan to the sofa. Then, she solemnly continued, "I'm asking if you are mentally prepared. If you are, then we can frankly tell your mother."

"I..." Xu Chuanchuan blankly looked at Murong Shi. Then, she shook her head and said, "I don't know."

Murong Shi frowned.

Seeing this, Xu Chuanchuan hurriedly explained, "You know my family's situation. My parents are both honest and conservative people. My mom has a good temper, but my dad and grandpa are very stubborn. To make matters worse, my dad is the type who isn't afraid to get physical. If he finds out about us, I think he might beat me to death..."

"They'll find out sooner or later."

This was something Xu Chuanchuan understood. However, she truly wasn't confident in her family. While she was determined to be together with Murong Shi, she couldn't bring herself to sever all relations with her family like Fang Qin.

"Let me think about it a little longer," Xu Chuanchuan said, biting her lower lip.

Murong Shi didn't force the issue.

When night arrived, the man Mother Xu mentioned really gave Xu Chuanchuan a call.

Xu Chuanchuan's heart raced as she looked at her ringing phone.

What can I even say to a stranger? Xu Chuanchuan didn't wish to answer the call. However, it would also be disrespectful to her form teacher if she didn't answer the call.

Amidst Xu Chuanchuan's dilemma, Murong Shi grabbed Xu Chuanchuan's phone and answered the call without giving the latter any time to react. Then, Murong Shi said, "Hello? Who is it?"

Xu Chuanchuan couldn't help but be surprised by this situation. Though, it wasn't because Murong Shi had answered the call on her behalf. Instead, it was because Murong Shi had deliberately spoken in a rough and muffled voice. If one didn't pay close attention, one would think that it was a man answering the call.

Since when did she pick up such a skill?

Shaking Murong Shi's arm, Xu Chuanchuan softly asked, "What are you doing?"

Murong Shi gave Xu Chuanchuan a wink and motioned for her to keep quiet. Then, putting on a sullen face, she said in a low voice, "My girlfriend is busy right now. You can say it to me if you have something to say to her."

"..." The other party hung up without even saying hello.

Hellscythe's Notes:

That's it for ABBR! Thank you everyone for following Xu Chuanchuan and Murong Shi on this arduous journey, and please consider trying out the new yuri novel I'm translating - My Cousin is Always Busy(GL).
 
Here's the link for Chapter 1:
https://hostednovel.com/20832/novel/miss-cousin-is-always-busy/mcab-chapter-1

Read it, or else. :)

Other novels I translate on Hosted Novel:
Pantsu Hero Alice (PHA)
Reincarnation of the Strongest Sword God (Side Stories)
Miss Cousin is Always Busy (MCAB)(Yuri, Quick Transmigration)
Written by Inverse Sign. Translated by Hellscythe. Edited by Grammarly.