Qin Yirou was surprised when Ge Junjian came.
That was strange. Was Officer Ge not busy in the military? Why was he frequenting her place?
Despite that, Qin Yirou kept her smile. There was no way she was chasing a guest away.
“We haven’t started. Join us, Officer Ge.” Yun Jian waved with beaming eyes.
Knowing that the girl was creating an opportunity for him, Ge Junjian hurried over but remained polite in his words, “Excuse me for being a bother, then.”
Qin Yirou who did not get to speak in time went silent. When she caught up with the situation, she went to the kitchen to fetch Ge Junjian another set of dining utensils.
Then, the group dug in. Yun Jian and her family did not usually chat over the meal. By the time they were done with breakfast, Yun Jian and Yun Yi got ready to depart to Qing You’s house for a visit.
“Jiejie, I want to go play at Qing You-jiejie’s house too,” Yun Zhu giggled after patting his stomach playfully and burped.
“Xiao Jian, if you don’t have much to do, take Xiao Zhu out. Keeps him from getting bored at home since he has nothing to do here,” Qin Yirou added.
“Okay.” Yun Jian nodded.
Going to Qing You’s house for the new year call had been for fun. Since she had nothing to do and Qing You’s house was quite far away from Longmen City; she could take Yun Zhu around to enjoy the scenery if she took him along. Going from Zhe Province’s Longmen City, they had to cross provinces.
“Hehe, jiejie’s the best!” Little Yun Zhu beamed at Yun Jian, his small face shaking from excitement and joy.
“I’m going too since Xiao Zhu’s going.” Si Yi added, his tone leaving no room for argument.
Before Yun Jian said anything, Yun Zhu who had long been bought over by Si Yi clapped happily. “Yay, Si Yi-gege’s going too! This is awesome!”
Yun Jian was speechless but the smile on her face was genuine.
Qin Yirou cleaned up the table with the help of Ge Junjian, the latter carrying the dishes to the kitchen.
Finally, Qin Yirou reminded Yun Jian kindly, “Xiao Jian, be careful when you guys are out and about. There are more bad guys out there than we know. Don’t get tricked. A Yi and Xiao Yi, you boys are the oldest here. Take good care of Xiao Jian and Xiao Zhu!”
“Don’t worry, auntie. I’ll take good care of Xiao Jian and Xiao Zhu.” Si Yi turned to Qin Yirou with a sheen in his eyes. When he said “Xiao Jian”, there was a pause—what he meant by ‘take care’ meant something different, but Qin Yirou was completely unaware of it.
“I’m relieved with A Yi’s assurance.” Qin Yirou smiled.
When cleanup for breakfast was done, the four of them departed. Little Yun Zhu carried a small backpack, claiming that he must not forget the homework his teachers in school gave even when he was going on a trip.
When they left, Qin Yirou filled up a basin with water and took out the mop to begin mopping the floor. Noting that Ge Junjian was still here, she was suddenly struck with the realization that Xiao Zhu had gone with her children, so she and Ge Junjian were the only ones left under the same roof.
Once she thought about it, her mop accidentally hit the basin and the water in the basin spilled with a splash.
“Ah!” Qin Yirou cried in surprise. Her feet slipped on the spilled water and she fell backward.
“Careful!” Ge Junjian sprinted over from some dozen of meters away. He was in his forties but he was healthy and robust.
As he charged over but realized that it was still too late, he threw himself in his sprint to make himself the human cushion. Pouncing on the floor, Qin Yirou’s weight came tumbling down on him.