Fu Zhen was silent for a long time as Luo Xi looked at him in the eyes with clear as water just like how he had seen him for the first time many years ago.
Fu Zhen hasn’t seen such eyes on Luo Xi for a long time, he moved and finally returned to silence.
Luo Xi waved to Fu Zhen.
He returned around and walked slowly towards the other side of the street and soon after, his figure disappeared from Fu Zhen’s sight.
The sky drifted down tiny snow particles, Fu Zhen tilted his head to look at the sky which was already darkened and the street lamps were suddenly lit up.
Those snow particles floated in the air like fireflies in summer. Not far away, Jiang Hengshu came to him with Cocoa and stood behind him, he said.
“It’s snowing, let’s go home.”
Fu Zhen hmmed, as he turned his back and walked over to hold Jiang Hengshu’s hand. He looked at Cocoa who was sleeping in Jiang Hengshu’s arms.
Cocoa slightly opened her small mouth and made a low breathing sound, her two small hands were clutching a small handkerchief, afraid of being taken away.
Fu Zhen immediately wanted to tease his daughter, he raised his hand and pulled out the small handkerchief in Cocoa’s hand.
Cocoa opened her eyes in daze, and blinked her two big eyes. She didn’t seem to realized what had happened, but when she found that the small handkerchief in her hand was missing, she cried out.
“You, ah you.”
Jiang Hengshu shook his head helplessly, he had finally managed to put Cocoa the troublemaker to sleep but now she was woken up by Fu Zhen.
He gave Cocoa to Fu Zhen and said to him.
Fu Zhen gave a heated laugh and picked up Cocoa, who was still had her mouth wide open sending out penetrating devilish sound waves.
At this time, Fu Zhen even had leisure to observed Cocoa’s mouth. After watching for a while he said to Jiang Hengshu.
“Cocoa seems to be teething.”
Jiang Hengshu nodded.
“When it grows out, let auntie make some teething sticks for her.”
He don’t know if the word teething stick hit Cocoa’s sore spot, but the soprano voice soared upward once again.
This time several decibels louder than just now.
“My ancestor, this is the street. Keep your voice down.”
But Cocoa has no such consciousness at all, and the cry continued. Fu Zhen raised his head and played with her handkerchief which coax Cocoa to sleep again.
He breathed a sigh of relief and felt that he was sweating all over.
After walking for a while, he said to Jiang Hengshu.
“I just saw a little dress in the mall, Cocoa will look good in it.”
“Why didn’t you buy it?”
Jiang Hengshu asked as he glanced at the two bags in his hand.
Fu Zhen gave a dry laugh and said in embarrassment.
“The balance in my phone is only enough to buy for the both of us.”
After returning home, he handed Cocoa to her nanny and had a meal, took a bath before sitting down with Jiang Hengshu and watched a foreign horror film.
When the film was over, it was almost 10 o’clock so the two exercised with lights out before sleeping.
But Fu Zhen who was lying on the bed couldn’t sleep. In the evening Luo Xi’s words have been echoing in his mind and cleared his sleepiness.
His two eyes stared wide and looked at the darkness like ink on his head.
“What’s on your mind?”
Jiang Hengshu turned sideways, and gathered him in his arms as he asked softly.
“I met Luo Xi today.”
Fu Zhen said softly.
At that time, Jiang Hengshu was watching not far away.
Fu Zhen paused for a while, before he continued.
“He used to be a good friend with me, we met in kindergarten all the way to college. We were the kind of good brothers who could wear the same pair of trousers, we were close.”
“He had a girlfriend when he was in high school, Luo Xi loved her very much and said many times in front of her that after they got married and had children they would also recognized me as a godfather.”
As he said these, Fu Zhen couldn’t help but laugh then his voice lowered as he slowly said.
“But then, he did not want Chen, nor me. He only wanted Tang Wanwan.”
“Today, Luo Xi told me that it was as if he was controlled by something at that time, and gave all the love of his heart to Tang Wanwan.”
He was like this, and Fu Jianchen and Fu Ting were probably like this too.
Suddenly, Fu Zhen did not know exactly what he should do.
Jiang Hengshu patted Fu Zhen on the back and comforted him.
“There are some decisions you need to make on your own, as long as you don’t regret it, it’s enough.’
Fu Zhen sighed gently. The life of a person, it’s not easy to have no regrets in one’s life.
“Go to sleep.”
Jiang Hengshu said.
“How about I tell you a story.”
Fu Zheng thought about it,
“In the depths of the sea, there is a kingdom of mermaids….”