Chapter 63: Birthday — You will like it.
It was nearly ten by the time they arrived home. Ji Zhe Yan opened the door and caught sight of a white grand piano in front of the balcony window.
“Dr. Ji, do you like it?! I took advantage of you not being home to have this delivered today!” Ye Zhen Zhen was very proud of herself. In the end, she could provide for Dr. Ji. It felt fantastic to be rich again!
Ji Zhe Yan paused. He walked over to the piano and opened the lid. A slender finger pressed down on a key, after which a clear note echoed continuously within the living room.
Ji Zhe Yan’s brows wrinkled faintly. He turned back around to face Ye Zhen Zhen. “Last time when you got me the fountain pen, didn’t I tell you that you didn’t need to spend so much much?” Furthermore, she had bought him a considerably pricy piano this time.
Ye Zhen Zhen thinned her lips and didn’t reply. Ji Zhe Yan continued, “If you have too much money to use, buy things that you like.”
Ye Zhen Zhen: “…”
“I like to buy things for Dr. Ji. Dr. Ji, let me provide for you!” Ye Zhen Zhen stamped her foot, revealing a tyrannical ‘beauty, this lord has decided on you, now marry me’ look.
Ji Zhe Yan stood in front of the piano as he looked at her, his next words like a waveless sea. “But I already have a grand piano.”
Ye Zhen Zhen: “…”
“I don’t care! Last time, Dr. Ji said that you would play for me, but you never did. Now, you have no reason not to!” Ye Zhen Zhen’s eyes were as red as a rabbit’s, becoming so as if to warn Ji Zhe Yan——if you say anything else, I will immediately begin crying!
Ji Zhe Yan gazed at her and laughed silently. He opened the lid of the piano again and sat down in front of it. A bright and brisk melody flowed out from his fingers; it was Beethoven’s 《Für Elise》.
When Ye Zhen Zhen first saw Ji Zhe Yan, she never expected to one day sit next to him and watch him play the piano. At that time, Ji Zhe Yan was like a flower atop a high mountain. Even if the sunlight shone down on him, making others think he was dazzling, he was not warm.
Now, however, each simple, lively note of 《Für Elise》 was warmer than a roasted sweet potato in winter.
…No, she didn’t want to think of roasted sweet potato.
Once Ji Zhe Yan finished playing the song, Ye Zhen Zhen put all of her energy into applauding. “BRAVO!” she dramatically exclaimed. “Dr. Ji, how come you say you only studied a little; reaching grade 10 is not a minor matter!”
Ji Zhe Yan calmly closed the piano lid and stood up. “When I was in second grade primary, I was already grade 10.”
Ye Zhen Zhen: “…”
Mn, Dr. Ji liked to crush her with his IQ from time to time. She was already used to this. She didn’t know, however, that Dr. Ji went abroad to perform, representing his school, when he was in the fifth grade. Papa Ji always expected him to become a handsome artist, like Papa Ji, but he hadn’t expected…for him to later become Papa Ji’s handsome main doctor.
A withered smile hung on Ye Zhen Zhen’s face. She looked up at Ji Zhe Yan. “That’s truly great. Later on, I can hear Dr. Ji perform, free of charge, every day; I scored big!”
Ji Zhe Yan bowed his head slightly, gazing down at her. “When did I say I would play for free?”
Ye Zhen Zhen: “…”
I gifted you a piano, yet you still want to charge a fee; don’t you have an ounce of conscience?!
But since she was providing for Dr. Ji, she naturally would forgive him for occasionally throwing small tantrums. Therefore, Ye Zhen Zhen asked in a fairly magnanimous manner, “How much is your fee?”
Ji Zhe Yan smirked and sat down next to her on the sofa. He wrapped one arm around Ye Zhen Zhen’s waist, his lips lightly caressing her cheek. “You will like it.”
Ye Zhen Zhen: “…”
Seeing red explode all across Ye Zhen Zhen’s face in a split second, Ji Zhe Yan bowed his head and laughed. Satisfied, he released her. In the kitchen, there was a large, luxurious, two-layer cake, bought for by Ye Zhen Zhen to celebrate Ji Zhe Yan’s birthday.
Although it wasn’t good to eat so much high calorie things at night, this monstrosity of a cake needed to be taken care of as soon as possible. He cut out two pieces of cake and then turned to look at the dazed person still sitting on the sofa. “Gou Dan’er, come eat cake.”
“Ah!” Ye Zhen Zhen suddenly shot up from the sofa, jumping up quite high. “You, why didn’t you insert in candles before cutting the cake!” Ye Zhen Zhen dashed over and looked at the two mercilessly cut pieces of cake with an expression of grief and lamentation.
Ji Zhe Yan looked at her and then at the two pieces of cake on the plate. “Do you want to put them back together?”
Ye Zhen Zhen really did put them back.
After patching the cake back up, candles were inserted. Ye Zhen Zhen then turned off the lights in the room and used the hazy yellow candle flames to look at Ji Zhe Yan. “Dr. Ji, happy birthday! Quick, make a wish!”
Ji Zhe Yan thought for a moment before putting both hands together in prayer, saying, “I wish Gou Dan’er will become a bit more intelligent next year.”
Ye Zhen Zhen: “…”
Saying, saying your wish makes it invalid!
After the wish was made, they could finally proceed with eating the cake. Ye Zhen Zhen eyed the leftover cake and realized at last the serious problem at hand. “Dr. Ji, is the cake too big?”
Ji Zhe Yan glanced at her in surprise. “I thought you knew that when you bought it.”
Ye Zhen Zhen: “..”
She was still a calm, beautiful, young lady.
However, this calm only lasted till the cake was eaten. Ye Zhen Zhen set down her fork and then sat on Ji Zhe Yan’s lap. “Dr. Ji, we should discuss the details about your fee.”
Ji Zhe Yan laughed and leaned down to lick at the stray drop of cream near her lips. “Go shower first.”
“Oh!” Ye Zhen Zhen rushed toward the bathroom in a quick and violent manner. Ji Zhe Yan packed away the leftover cake. When Ye Zhen Zhen emerged from the bathroom after showering, she was already wearing her battle armor and sitting on top of his bed, waiting for him. “Beauty, you can’t escape tonight.”
Ji Zhe Yan: “…”
This image along with that line was honestly a little…gap moe.
Ji Zhe Yan stepped forward and pushed Ye Zhen Zhen back into the bed, bowing his head to pull her into a kiss.
“Did you change your mouthwash? The taste is not bad…” After tangling his tongue with hers for a couple moments, Ji Zhe Yan added a bit of distance between him and Ye Zhen Zhen, gasping lightly.
Compared to Ji Zhe Yan’s skill and ease, Ye Zhen Zhen was already struggling to find breath. Her hands loosely hung around Ji Zhe Yan’s neck. The slightly cool fingertips caressing her skin subconsciously made her frown.
“Are you unwell?” Ji Zhe Yan kissed the side of her neck even as he softly asked this.
“No, I’m fine…” Ye Zhen Zhen slightly tightened her embrace of Ji Zhe Yan’s neck, bringing her closer to him…
Half a month later was the semifinals for A City’s model competition. Ye Zhen Zhen’s makeup exam grade had also hastily arrived the day before National Day Golden Week. 1
Although she didn’t know if she placed first, she at least didn’t fail. Ye Zhen Zhen originally wanted to invite Classmate Lao’er out for a meal in order to express her thanks, but he had declined in a noble, cool and elegant manner.
On the day of the semifinals, Gan Tian had drawn the second to last slot. Ye Zhen Zhen had seen a couple of the other shows and realized that the level of the quarterfinals really were a whole rank higher than the preliminaries.
Their work had also improved somewhat since the preliminaries, though; furthermore, since she didn’t have a makeup exam troubling her, Ye Zhen Zhen took advantage of the free time to make last minute alterations to the dress, doing her best to perfect what was already outstanding. The semifinals were different from the preliminaries. Although the amount of participating teams were more or less the same, only two could advance. Furthermore, if the team could not seize the trophy in the finals, placing first in the semifinals would still grant 1 course credit. Therefore, Ye Zhen Zhen was putting her all into this.
To the audience and judges, Gan Tian was still as breathtaking as before when she appeared on stage this time. Unlike the charming princess she appeared to be in the preliminaries, the fantastical eye makeup made Gan Tian seem as if she was a fairy flitting through a forest, nimble and enchanting. In order to enhance the fairy visual, Mei Li had her wear a gold-colored wig and signature elven pointed ears.
Gan Tian wore a crown of flowers that Ye Zhen Zhen and Gan Run Yang had weaved together earlier that morning. Each flower exuded a rich fragrance. Ye Zhen Zhen’s design did not blindly use the symbolic pure white often found in wedding dresses, instead using many complimentary, bright and beautiful hues. Ye Zhen Zhen had a rather good sense of color, so when all these diverse, bright colors were paired together, they did not clash and were balanced instead.
She was really glad that her wedding dress design was being modeled by Gan Tian, because Gan Tian was an absolutely outstanding model——not only could she perfectly present the clothes to the audience, she could also vividly and thoroughly express the concept behind the design.
If Gan Tian decided to not become a model, perhaps she could become an outstanding actress.
After the runway portion of the semifinals, there was also a period where the judges gathered to confer, so the host on stage once again dragged unlucky audience members up to play games.
When the scores were announced, Gan Run Yang was not surprised at all. Although he had previously said that placing first was not that simple, he now felt that he might have underestimated Ye Zhen Zhen and Gan Tian’s strength.
Placing first in both best model and best design, Tian Tian’s Studio marched on like a magnificent army with thousands of men and horses, smoothly advancing to the finals!
The finals took place in the middle of October, with the venue still in A City. When the time came, however, they were welcoming outstanding teams from all throughout the province; whether or not the marriage would happen depended on a single thing.
No, I’m talking about the 1.5 course credits.
Because they didn’t need to travel elsewhere for the competition, the two teams in A City clearly had an advantage. Ye Zhen Zhen exploited this time to overthrow her previous design…
Wait a minute, overthrow her previous design? A crack finally appeared on Gan Run Yang’s ‘thousand years passing by without change’ face. “I must remind you that there are only thirteen days left till the finals.” 2
“I know, trust me, there is definitely enough time!” Ye Zhen Zhen had gotten a lot of new inspiration after seeing Gan Tian in the previous two competition rounds. Gan Tian’s versatility also granted her a larger canvas to express her ideas. Since they have already walked so far, she wanted to do her best.
Gan Run Yan stared at her silently. He pursed his lips and said, “Alright, I consent. But if you cannot finish before the competition, then we will use your original design. Furthermore, the extra cost for this will be covered by you.”
Ye Zhen Zhen: “…”
“Okay.” She clenched her teeth and rushed back home to design a new dress.
This time, it would be neither a princess nor a fairy; she wanted to transform Gan Tian into—a queen.
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Sorry for posting even later tonight QAQ
I predict that tomorrow or the day after, the big ending will arrive! After that, there will be two side stories! Muah~!
- China has two Golden Weeks, a seven day holiday break. One of them is the Spring Festival (Lunar New Year) Golden Break, while the other is known as National Day Golden Week—which is typically the first week of October. ↩
- ‘Thousand years passing by without change’ → nothing would change after a thousand years/the passage of time has no effect/flawlessly emotionless face ↩