Chapter 249: Extra - Lu Chenzhou And Cheng Xi: I’m Only Happy When Iapos;m With You (IV)
After Lu Chenzhou said those words, he dragged Cheng Xi away without waiting for her to respond.
No one expected him to feel so strongly about Cheng Xi’s career. It had been a long time since he had truly been angry, and the current him was so much gentler that his grandparents had almost forgotten how hard it was to deal with him.
At this time, Cheng Xi unhesitatingly stood by his side. If he said that they were to leave, then she would leave without hesitation.
As Lu Chenzhou said, the two of them went straight home. They had barely started their meal at the Lu household, so they had to make their own dinner. Cheng Xi rolled up her sleeves as they entered the living room and said, “I’ll make something tasty for you tonight.”
Lu Chenzhou was still slightly unhappy about the situation, so he simply nodded and stood by the door to the kitchen as he watched her cook.
One might expect doctors to have adroit knifework, but Cheng Xi was actually very clumsy at cutting vegetables. Her technique was so bad that, at multiple times, Lu Chenzhou thought that she would accidentally cut a finger off.
But she was so focused on her work that it felt like she didn’t care about anything else besides the vegetables in front of her.
Lu Chenzhou was also a part of the aforementioned “anything else,” which was why he didn’t like it when Cheng Xi came home and did anything unrelated to him—more specifically, any task that didn’t involve loving him.
But he was also deeply enthralled by the Cheng Xi in this moment that perfectly epitomized single-minded focus. It reminded him of the first time he had seen her. He had been standing in the darkness as he watched her slowly placated Chen Jiaman; she had been a perfect angel of focus and dedication.
So, even at his most impulsive moments, he had never considered destroying her career. It was something that she cherished and also the part of her that charmed him the most.
So, even if he didn’t like it when she spent time with others, he had never planned on stopping her from working as a doctor.
How could he bear to break her wings?
While Cheng Xi was slow at cutting vegetables, she was much more well versed with the other aspects of cooking. By the time Lu Chenzhou finished reminiscing in his labyrinthine emotions, she had already finished preparing most of the meal.
It was a very simple set of dishes: stir-fried meat, steamed vegetables, and a steak. Cheng Xi’s mother had prepared the steak—including all of the sauces and condiments, and had even included a set of instructions of how Cheng XI should cook the dish—she was clearly afraid that Cheng Xi wouldn’t be able to cook something edible otherwise.
After the table was set, Cheng Xi scooped Lu Chenzhou a bowl of rice and then sat down by his side with shining eyes. “Try it and tell me if it’s good or not.”
The food both smelled and looked good—and that was considering Lu Chenzhou’s high standards. As for the taste, well…… Lu Chenzhou took a bite, and then he expressionlessly fed her a small spoonful of the stir-fried meat.
Cheng Xi chewed for a moment before hurriedly swallowing the meat and getting up to find some water. “Oh no! It’s way too salty!”
Luckily, the vegetables and steak were good. Cheng Xi moved the stir-fried meat aside, embarrassedly saying, “Don’t eat this anymore.”
Lu Chenzhou ignored her. Although he ate quite slowly, he nonetheless finished all the dishes on the table, including the stir-fried meat.
Cheng Xi had long since put down her bowl, and she was currently watching him eat with puffed cheeks, bright eyes, and the slightest hint of a smile on her lips. Lu Chenzhou glanced at her a few times before putting his bowl down, wiping his lips, and asking, “What’re you looking at?”
“At my man.”
Lu Chenzhou raised his eyebrows quizzically.
Cheng Xi smiled. “The more I look at him, the more my man seems to shine. I’ve just been thinking to myself—my goodness, I love him so much!”
Even though Lu Chenzhou knew that she was just humoring him, he couldn’t stop his heartbeat from quickening. Thump thump thump. It was both a strange and unfamiliar feeling.
It was a feeling that only Cheng Xi could inspire within him.
Lu Chenzhou leaned down and kissed her, his mood all of a sudden brightening.
The improvement in his mood prompted Cheng Xi to start discussing his grandparents’ suggestion with him. She used a lighthearted tone to ask, “Why did you refuse their suggestion? I thought that you didn’t like me pursuing my career.”
“But you like it.”
These four words were enough to touch Cheng Xi’s heart. She lovingly called out his name. “Lu Chenzhou……”
Lu Chenzhou hugged her and kissed her forehead, thinking to himself that freeing her wings was well worth her gratitude.
As for a child, she broached the question by simply asking, “Do you still want a child?”
Lu Chenzhou didn’t reply.
Cheng Xi volunteered her own opinion. “I think that we’re fine the way we are.”
This was the first time that Lu Chenzhou had ever changed his own plans; in this case, discarding it without it ever seeing the light of day.
Cheng Xi didn’t mention anything about getting a checkup, and neither did Lu Chenzhou. She was also very busy herself—she had been recently promoted, once again becoming a professor. Additionally, she had also started working on a new project, and the two of them gradually became so busy that they didn’t even have time to be intimate anymore.
But he continued pampering her as usual.
The two of them had truly stopped consciously trying to have a child, and after that day, Lu Chenzhou’s grandparents didn’t dare to say anything about it. It was only later that Cheng Xi truly understood why Lu Chenzhou had reacted so strongly back then—if he had been any less harsh, then Cheng Xi would have suffered through a lot more stress. Or at the very least, she wouldn’t have been able to work this calmly.
If the Lu family really didn’t want her to work, then they had the means to stop her. However, Lu Chenzhou was so against the idea that they didn’t dare force the issue.
In the end, even Cheng Xi’s parents were forced to stop trying to persuade her, as Lu Chenzhou directly told them, “There’s something wrong with my body. I can’t have children.”
When Cheng Xi heard about this, she was struck speechless. So too were her parents, who had driven all the way over to her workplace to ask, “Is Lu Chenzhou’s illness real? Has it been confirmed? Is there really no possible treatment?”
…...What could Cheng Xi say in response? She vaguely replied, “There might be a possibility later…… Given how quickly science advances these days, there might be a miracle.”
And then, she quickly went home to interrogate Lu Chenzhou. “What on Earth did you say to my parents?”
Lu Chenzhou had been reading when she suddenly rushed in. He had stopped studying psychology and recently moved onto studying interpersonal relationships. Yesterday, Cheng Xi saw him reading a book from the 1980s—How To Make Her Love You More (For Males).
It contained many old-fashioned ideas that would be quite contentious if they were brought up in the modern era, but Lu Chenzhou seemed to enjoy reading it very much.
When he heard Cheng Xi’s question, he slowly put a bookmark in his book and closed it as he said, “I said that all my sperm was dead, an incurable condition.”
He then turned to look at her. “If this were true, would you divorce me?”
His question was posed very casually, but his eyes were clear, his skin taut, and his lips even formed a straight line. Clearly, her answer mattered a lot to him.
Cheng Xi hugged him tightly. “No, of course not! No matter what, you’ll always be the perfect husband in my heart!”
Lu Chenzhou didn’t even have time to be happy before she went on to say, “What’s more, we already have Chen Jiaman. We actually don’t really even need biological children.”
He wasn’t that fond of Chen Jiaman, and part of the reason why he had started reading about interpersonal relationships in the first place was because he wanted to learn to make Cheng Xi like him more than her. That lass was particularly good at ingratiating herself with Cheng Xi by doing things like buying her little trinkets and giving her little surprises. Lu Chenzhou was confident that if she were male, she’d definitely have stolen Cheng Xi away from him.
And even though Chen Jiaman was female, and even though Cheng Xi was extremely busy, that girl still managed to take up almost half of Cheng Xi’s remaining time—for example, there had been a storm a few days ago, and Cheng Xi had been worried about Chen Jiaman that she had actually slept with her for the whole night!
The whole night!
Mr. Lu was very upset.
Luckily, he hadn’t brushed up on his knowledge for nothing, because Lu Chenzhou had recently added coaxing to his repertoire. He hugged Cheng Xi back and said, “It’s alright even if you can’t give birth to children. I can love you wholeheartedly in that case.”
But reality quickly slapped them in the face. Before Cheng Xi’s parents could even get over the shock of their son-in-law being sterile, Cheng Xi…… got pregnant.