“You looked pretty when you were crying,” Jiang Yuning whispered.
Nian Xi smiled, feeling sweetness in her heart. After all, every girl liked to hear compliments, but she still wasn’t sure if he was telling the truth or not.
“Then… you touched me.” Jiang Yuning felt very shy to mention it. “No one has ever touched me…”
Speaking of that, Nian Xi really wished there was a hole for her to crawl into. “That was an accident,” she said. “I get it. I touched you, so I left a deep impression. Is that true? What if I didn’t touch you? What if it was someone else?”
Jiang Yuning stopped short, carefully thought about it, then furrowed his brows and let out one word saying, “Disgusting.”
Nian Xi liked that answer. After getting into the car, she thought for a moment, then turned, stared at him and said with a bossy tone, “Remember, you are not allowed to let anyone touch that area of your body, men or women.”
“I know. My mom told me that when I was little.” Jiang Yuning nodded and said, “What about you? Can you touch it?”
“Eh-hem.” Nian Xi wondered if he asked that question on purpose. “Me? I’m, of course, an exception,” she said.
“Oh, I get it. So you’re the only one in the world who can touch that part of me.” Jiang Yuning looked at her and smiled.
The conversation got dirtier and dirtier. Nian Xi felt a little awkward.
“Don’t tell Uncle Han about what I said to you,” she said.
“I understand,” he responded.
No, you don’t, Nian Xi thought.
After the car was parked in the parking lot of Nian Xi’s apartment, Jiang Yuning carried the pile of stuffed toys into the elevator.
Once the door was opened, a short-legged dog swiftly rushed at Nian Xi, jumped on her thighs, and barked loudly, looking pitiful.
“All right, all right, I’m sorry that I came home late. I know that you’re so lonely.” Nian Xi hurriedly held Jiang-jiang in her arms and petted him.
Jiang-jiang enjoyed the petting very much. He rubbed against Nian Xi’s chest with his head, staring at Jiang Yuning with one eye, in an unfriendly way. He seemed to not like the strange guest.
Jiang Yuning envied Jiang-jiang. He and the dog shared the same family name, but why were they treated so differently? He also wanted Nian Xi to stroke his neck.
“Xi, don’t hold it. Dogs have parasites. It’s dirty.”
Nian Xi knitted her brows and said, “No. I take him to the pet salon for a shower every week. He has all his vaccines. He’s clean.”
“I don’t think so,” said Jiang Yuning with a muffled voice. “This type of dog sheds a lot. Living in such an environment might easily cause respiratory diseases, not to mention the fact that you don’t like cleaning your place.”
“Do you not like dogs?” Nian Xu was suffering from a headache. If that was the case, things would become troublesome. “Didn’t you say that you like me? If you like me, can’t you accept my pet? Jiang-jiang is my family. Ever since the day I decided to have him, I’ve been telling myself that I will never abandon him.”
As Nian Xi’s tone of speaking grew serious, Jiang Yuning panicked. He hurriedly explained saying, “That’s not what I meant. I just felt that… you should be close to me, not with a dog.”
“So… you’re not jealous of Jiang-Jiang, are you?” Nian Xi slightly raised her brows and gave a faint smile.
Jiang Yuning embarrassedly dropped and scratched the back of his head.
“I’m thirsty. I want some water,” he said. He walked toward the kitchen with his head held low.