Ch 8 – Second Generation Ancestor x Illegitimate Child: Calling a Deer a Horse1

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Carrying his quilt, Yan Qin was driven out of the room by the young master with the words “Go out and reflect”.

Yan Qin pondered while laying out his bedding at the doorway, and by the time he lay down, he was still absent-minded.

He touched his lips in the darkness, his face entirely perplexed.

The uncertain factors written all over Lin Sui threw his original plan into chaos.
Again and again Lin Sui did things that he couldn’t comprehend, and in addition he was completely unable to understand his thoughts.

In terms of age, the young master was clearly younger than him by a year, but he was just like an unreadable and unpredictable black vortex.

He thought that Lin Sui might like men, and that he just so happened to like him, but except for those flirtatious actions he clearly couldn’t feel any affection.

In addition, from start to finish he had never been shocked or disgusted by the fact that Lin Sui might be gay, probably because anything he did seemed expected as a matter of fact, due to the type of person Lin Sui was.

Unlike Yan Qin who tossed and turned, the person inside the door who’d turned his state of mind into a mess, Lin Sui, actually slept very well.

Only one day had passed when his family heard about the matter of Lin Sui skipping a grade, and when they discovered they couldn’t get through to his phone, they immediately sent Lin Min to ask what was going on.

Lin Min was welcomed inside by the servants and right away saw a handsome, unfamiliar young man seated in the living room, doing homework.

She handed her bag to the servant next to her, and rather curiously asked: “Who is he?”

The servant chose his words carefully as he answered: “Young master Yan Qin.”

He didn’t dare speak out of turn and say this was who the young master was raising inside the villa as Wuyun’s replacement, for fear of saying something wrong.

Lin Min quickly remembered that illegitimate child Yan Qin, she usually didn’t pay attention to these kinds of things, but the Yan family’s scandal had truly been a joke, so Lin Min had a strong impression of it.

But how was this illegitimate child Yan Qin sitting inside her younger brother’s house? Moreover, judging by the attitudes of the people around him, it seemed like he’d been staying here for quite some time?

Yan Qin finally realised someone had come in and stood up.
He looked at the woman in front of him who was dressed luxuriously, as well as at the servants’ attitudes, and in addition to those looks which seemed somewhat similar to Lin Sui’s, and it wasn’t hard for him to guess her identity.

He neither humbly nor arrogantly greeted: “Hello, Miss Lin.”


Lin Min wasn’t too clear on what Lin Sui’s attitude towards Yan Qin was, so she also answered politely.

She asked a nearby servant: “What about your young master?”

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“The young master is sleeping.”

The one who replied was Yan Qin.
Lin Sui had gotten sleepy when he came back from from school, he had also told him to go to school by himself in the future, and that they would talk again after he’d woken up.

“In that case, let’s not wake him up.
Do you know why he suddenly jumped a grade?”

Hearing the way Yan Qin addressed Lin Sui, she had a lot of guesses in her mind, so she sat down and asked him about this matter.

Yan Qin shook his head, he was too embarrassed to say ‘maybe it was because of me’, since it would be a little strange and it would inevitably make people think too much.

Lin Min also didn’t ask again, and let Yan Qin continue doing his homework.
She observed him for a while, thinking that this illegitimate child Yan Qin was a little interesting and that, in short, he looked more promising than Yan Zhou.

The original owner’s work and rest routine was so chaotic that after getting up early in the day he was already tired by the evening.
He rubbed his temples, and it was only when he stood on the corridor that he discovered Lin Min had come.

“Jie,” Lin Sui tiredly greeted, “Why did you come?”

Lin Min asked with concern: “Dad and mom couldn’t get through to your phone, so they had me come take a look.
Are you feeling ill? Do you want me to call a doctor?”

Lin Sui shook his head: “I muted it when I went to sleep, I’m fine.”

The servant beside him asked if he wanted to eat, and Lin Sui nodded: “Make a few light dishes.”

Lin Min watched his complexion improve a little after he drank a mouthful of water, then continued to ask: “Why did you suddenly jump a grade? Do you want the family to make arrangements in advance?”

There was less than a month left before the college entrance exams, and Lin Sui suddenly making such a scene left the whole family a little surprised.

“No need, I’ll take the college exam myself, you don’t need to worry.”

As soon as he said these words, not only was Lin Min dumbstruck, Yan Qin was also astonished.

Lin Min was worried, but she didn’t know how to express it, so she spoke with a subtle expression: “Did you really decide to take the college entrance exam?”

If it weren't for the outsider, Lin Min would have just straightforwardly told him to not try to show off, that it wasn’t a game.

“You don’t need to question my decisions, just tell that to our family.
Don’t worry, I’m well aware of the situation.”

Lin Min originally wanted to persuade him again, but when she remembered that discussion she had with Lin Sui about her project the other night, she suddenly felt that maybe Lin Sui really had a plan in mind.

In addition, she knew her brother had always been overbearing, and since he had already said as much, there clearly was no possibility of changing his mind.

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They had no choice but to let Lin Sui have his way, and cover for him if worst came to worst.
In short, they could not allow Lin Sui to not attend university.

Seeing the atmosphere had become a little stiff, Lin Min quickly shifted the topic.

“Oh right, An-An, last time you said you’d bring back that priceless treasure for us to look at, remember? The one that made so much profit for the Yan family, I want to see what kind of treasure made you so happy.”

Hearing these words, Yan Qin’s eyes were filled with astonishment.

The words ‘priceless treasure’ jabbed straight into his head, making him feel dizzy as though he didn’t have enough oxygen.

Lin Sui looked towards Yan Qin, and spoke in a leisurely tone: “It’s him, after Wuyun passed away I needed a new dog.
He’s pretty good, right?”

The young master’s tone was flat, to the point that it was unclear whether it was a belittling comment or a compliment, but it was clear to see it was meant as an insult.
If Lin Min hadn’t seen Yan Qin, she would have thought the other was an object.

Lin Min frowned, helplessly looking at Lin Sui and saying: “An-An, this type of joke is going a little too far.”

Although she personally thought that there was nothing wrong with her brother keeping a plaything, she felt that there was no need to be so insulting out in the open.
Not to mention the fact that even if Yan Qin was considered the Yan family’s illegitimate son, he was still a member of the Yan family.

Lin Min thought about the transaction between Lin Sui and the Yan family again and sighed in her heart, forget it, Yan Qin’s own father didn’t even care.

She couldn’t help but look at Yan Qin, but discovering his expression had remained undisturbed and that he didn’t seem any different, her heart felt a faint, strange uneasiness.

Lin Sui didn’t contradict her words, simply asking: “Jie, have you eaten? If not, let’s eat together.”

“I’ve eaten, I’ll just leave first.
I’m going back home to tell our parents about the matter with your college entrance exam.”

As for this so-called priceless treasure, Lin Min didn’t plan on saying anything at all.

Lin Sui watched as Lin Min left, calmly eating the seafood congee delivered from the kitchen.

Yan Qin also had a bowl, he sat in front of Lin Sui and very carefully observed hs reaction.

They usually didn’t eat together at all, he was very self-conscious, waiting until after Lin Sui had finished his meal to go into the kitchen and eat something.

This was the first time they sat at the table and ate together.
He was prepared for Lin Sui to smash his bowl in disgust and ridicule him by asking how a master could eat at the same table as his dog, but Lin Sui didn’t do that.
He didn’t even give him a second look.

He had guessed him wrong once again.

After finishing their meal in silence, Yan Qin couldn’t help but stroke the thin chain on his neck.

The chain hung around his neck, and Lin Sui’s bracelet was also on his person.

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The day before yesterday, when Lin Sui had gotten angry, he’d taken it off and thrown it at him, and he hadn’t asked for it back.

Yan Qin wondered if the young master had already gotten bored of him, thinking about the words ‘priceless treasure’ again left him a little absent-minded.

How could such words come out of the young master’s mouth? Lin Sui was too contradictory, so much so that it was hard to say how much his mind changed.

Lin Sui went upstairs with a bad complexion, his head still ached dully due to his nap, and and he was in a very unpleasant mood.

Because he had just eaten something, the blood in his stomach was moving around to digest it and he got tired again, but he didn’t want to sleep, so he wrinkled his brows in irritation.

At this moment, someone began massaging his temples, and Lin Sui’s forehead relaxed a little.
He didn’t open his eyes and just let the person continue serving him.

He was too familiar with Yan Qin’s scent, so there was no need for him to open his eyes to know who it was.

Yan Qin watched the young master’s ruthless aura diminish as he silently massaged him.
He often used to do this to help with his mother’s headaches, so now he was fairly skilled at it.

As Lin Sui got drowsy from the massage, he heard the young man ask in a somewhat hoarse voice.

“Young master, can I go see my mother?”

As soon as Yan Qin discovered his mother had been transferred, he’d wanted to go see her as soon as possible, otherwise he couldn’t feel at ease.

Lin Sui had long since known Yan Qin would raise this request, but he hadn’t expected him to hold back for so long.
Still, he had cleverly chosen such perfect timing.

Lin Sui was comfortably massaged by him and agreed.

The next day, he brought Yan Qin to the hospital and watched as he entered the ward.

He wasn’t too interested in watching the tender scene of their mother and child love, so he sent a bodyguard to go buy him something.

Yan Qin talked to his mother, who was in a slightly better condition than before, for a while.
He looked around the ward for a bit after she went to sleep, then quietly left.

The young master was seated outside with a drink in his hand.

Yan Qin watched as he took a sip and swallowed, his face revealing an unbearable expression, but he still took a second sip anyway.

“Do you want to taste it?” Lin Sui shook the thing in his hands at Yan Qin, and curved his lips, “It’s sweet.”

Yan Qin sat down beside him, seeing that the thing inside the cup was passion fruit, and silently took a sip.

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This was the kind of sourness unique to passion fruit, it was even more sour than normal because of the amount of flavouring put into it, and it wasn’t even close to being sweet.

Yan Qin swallowed, then replied: “Very sweet.”

Lin Sui gave him a carefree smile, seeming to like his way of answering.

He knew he was drinking passion fruit, and he knew it was sour.

Lin Sui couldn’t stand eating sour things, and he was even more incapable of standing sour fruit, but passion fruit was an exception.

The first cup of milk tea he drank in his life had been bought for him by a kind big sister, she had teased him by saying: “It’s sweet.”

Lin Sui had never eaten sweets before, and he’d also never had sweet food.
He could only eat leftovers in that home, and he didn’t know what sweet was, so he used that flavour to define sweetness.

After he was returned to his parents, he was tricked into eating a cake with extra added lemon and passion fruit juice, and it was sour to the point of being bitter.

When they asked him if it was good or not, he said it was too sweet.

Those people laughed, and he also laughed.

Stopping his recollection, Lin Sui looked at the cup Yan Qin was holding, and used his hand to take the snowy topping cream from the milk tea and smear it on the tip of Yan Qin’s nose.

He pressed close to Yan Qin, took the cream he had smeared on him again and put it into his mouth, leaving behind a trace of wetness on his lips.

“Calling a deer a horse, the taste of it is really not bad.”

Lin Sui sucked the cream from his fingertips, his words holding some sort of meaning, and he looked at Yan Qin’s rippling eyes.

The faint milky colour between the young man’s lips and teeth contrasted with his bright expression, in addition, the residual moist feeling on the tip of his nose mixed together with the scorching summer heat, feeling like a sharp blade, making Yan Qin feel like a knife had cut through his heart.



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1 Idiom that is used to refer to deliberate misinterpretation, to call a thing something it is not (literally being: point to a deer and call it a horse). Top.

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