Chapter 391 – A Bolt from the Blue
Ye Nan, upon hearing their plans, smiled and said, “It seems like everyone has something to do during the summer vacation. I’m planning to intern at a newspaper.”
“Huh? You’re interning as a first-year student?” Lu Xia was surprised.
“Yeah, Professor Jin arranged it for me. I’m quite curious about it, so I want to give it a try.”
The other roommates envied her, saying, “That’s great! Trying it out will help you determine if it suits you.”
Later, Tang Yuan laughed and said, “So, all of you will be staying in Beijing for the summer, and I’m the only one going back to my hometown?”
Upon hearing this, everyone turned to look at Tan Yunfang. “Yunfang, are you not going back to your hometown either?”
Tan Yunfang nodded. “No, I won’t be going back. You can probably guess the situation at my home. I can’t trust them to take care of Xiaoya, and there won’t be a warm welcome for us there. So, I plan to find some work during the summer, save up some money, and try to rent a place near the school before the next semester.”
Lu Xia furrowed her brow upon hearing this. “Have you found a job yet?”
“Not yet,” Tan Yunfang shook her head. “But I met a senior when I was working at the cafeteria, and she said she could help me find a job. It should work out.”
Lu Xia then asked, “Where will you be staying? Will you stay at the school?”
Tan Yunfang nodded, “Yes, I’ve already applied with the school, so I can stay in the dormitory.”
“That’s good.” The others felt relieved when they heard this.
Lu Xia then shared the address of the little courtyard with them. “If you’re free during the summer, you can come visit me!”
Everyone remembered the address and readily agreed.
In the afternoon, one by one, the roommates left.
Lu Xia, Ye Nan, and Yu Wan were all locals from Beijing, so they left directly. Tang Yuan had a train to catch the next day, so she stayed for one more night.
After saying goodbye to her roommates, Lu Xia left the school with Jiang Junmo.
On the way back, she told him about Li Hua’s situation.
Jiang Junmo furrowed his brows upon hearing it. “I’ve heard about several similar incidents recently. It seems like there are students from other schools whose wives came to cause trouble.”
“Huh? I didn’t know…” Lu Xia was surprised. Jiang Junmo didn’t strike her as someone who would gossip about these things.
Jiang Junmo could tell what she was thinking from her expression and said with a wry smile, “I heard it from my roommate. He’s from the same hometown as that person.”
“Oh, I see.”
Lu Xia lost interest in the topic and asked, “Now that we’re on vacation, when should we move to the little courtyard?”
“In the next couple of days,” Jiang Junmo replied after some thought. “Grandpa and Uncle have already arranged it, so we can move whenever we want.”
Lu Xia nodded happily. Recently, Uncle Jiang and Aunt Jiang had been quite busy. Uncle Jiang had even been deployed to the military for a long time, while Aunt Jiang was busy with her work, and sometimes her surgeries ran late, so she ended up staying at her workplace. Grandpa Jiang was also preparing for his trip to Qin Island.
With everyone so busy, there wasn’t much to do at home, and moving to the little courtyard seemed like a good idea.
Lu Xia was looking forward to it. Since they had bought furniture, they had visited the little courtyard several times. The vegetables and flowers they had planted were thriving, and the fruit trees were growing well too. The lotus flowers were already in bloom in the pond, thanks to Jiang Junmo’s efforts.
The whole little courtyard was vibrant and full of life. After they moved in, Lu Xia planned to buy some fish for the pond and a few chickens to keep, making it even more perfect.
Moreover, Kang Kang had also started his summer vacation. Although they had been busy with exams recently, they hadn’t spent much time together. So, during this summer vacation, Lu Xia planned to spend quality time with her son and strengthen their mother-son relationship.
However, little did she know that a thunderbolt would strike when she returned home…
Chapter 392: Old Mother Lu Xia
Lu Xia couldn’t believe what she was hearing from Kang Kang. “What? Are you saying you want to spend the summer with Grandpa?”
Kang Kang nodded seriously. “Yes, Grandpa and I have made plans. We’ll go fishing together.”
Lu Xia was speechless. He’s just a child! Why would he be interested in such a boring activity as fishing?
However, the thought of being apart for so long was hard for her to accept. So, she asked with a hint of distress, “Mom finally has some free time during the summer vacation. Don’t you want to spend time with me? Besides, we’re moving to a new house in a couple of days, and it’s beautiful there. I even got some fish for you. Don’t you want to see it?”
Kang Kang was tempted by her words, but after hesitating for a moment, he firmly shook his head. “Mom, Dad will be there to keep you company, but Grandpa only has me.”
He spoke like a little adult, sighed as if burdened by responsibility, and walked over to Lu Xia, patting her arm reluctantly.
“Mom, be good. I’ll spend time with Grandpa first, and when I come back, I’ll spend time with you, okay?”
Lu Xia was at a loss for words. She didn’t know what to say to that. Was he trying to coax her like a child?
Jiang Junmo chuckled when he saw this. Then he turned to Kang Kang and asked, “Are you sure you want to go with Grandpa?”
Kang Kang nodded.
“But Grandpa is getting old, and he can’t take care of you like Mom and Dad can. If you go with him, you’ll have to dress yourself, eat by yourself, and take care of yourself.”
Kang Kang patted his chest and reassured them, “Don’t worry, Dad. I can already dress myself, I eat by myself now, and I can take care of myself. Look, I’ve already packed my bags.”
Lu Xia was surprised by his self-sufficiency as she looked at the messy clothes in his small bag. It was clear that Kang Kang had packed them himself.
She felt both proud and a little sad. She was proud that her son was so independent at such a young age, but she also regretted missing out on spending time with him due to her busy schedule.
But she quickly pushed those feelings aside. Kang Kang had already made up his mind.
So, she could only nod and say, “Alright, if you want to go, then go. Just remember to listen to Grandpa!”
Kang Kang smiled when he heard his mother agree and quickly promised, “I know, Mom. I’ll be good.”
Jiang Junmo, the old father, chimed in, “When you’re there, don’t just run around. Be well-behaved and take good care of Grandpa.”
Kang Kang patted his chest again and said, “Don’t worry, Dad. I promise to complete my mission!”
However, Grandpa Jiang, who had been silently listening, finally couldn’t hold back anymore.
“That’s enough, you two. He’s going with me for a summer vacation. There won’t be so many problems. I’m not so old that I can’t move. Don’t worry. I’ll take care of him, and I’ll bring him back in the same condition as when he left.”
Seeing that Grandpa had spoken, Lu Xia and Jiang Junmo stopped trying to persuade Kang Kang.
The next day, they happily sent off the Grandfather and grandson, who looked like they were going on a field trip.
Watching Kang Kang board the car without looking back, Old Mother Lu Xia’s heart ached. In the end, she couldn’t help but ask, “Kang Kang, will you miss Mom?”
Kang Kang, who was already in the car, turned back and sighed. “Mom, I will miss you! But Mom, I’ve grown up, and I can’t be as clingy as you anymore. If you’re not used to it, you can have another baby with Dad to keep you company. I’ll really like my little brother or sister when they come.”
After saying that, he waved his hand casually and said, “Goodbye, Mom and Dad!”
Then he closed the car door and left without looking back…