1323 Good Hearing
Ding Jiayi had a look of displeasure at being told off by Qiao Dongliang and Qiao Zijin. She knew that her husband and elder daughter were not as nice to her as before. Since Qiao Zijin was no longer close to her, Ding Jiayi would love herself instead. She would not stop until she had an answer from Qiao Nan.
However, Ding Jiayi, who was ill-disciplined and out of control in front of Qiao Nan, did not dare to misbehave in front of a cold and indifferent Zhai Sheng.
Perhaps Ding Jiayi was evil-natured or Zhai Sheng exuded a righteous aura, but whenever Ding Jiayi saw her son-in-law, she could not help but feel a chill down her spine, spreading to her entire body. She could not understand why she was so fearful of Zhai Sheng.
Now that Zhai Sheng was around, she could not do anything to Qiao Nan. When Zhai Sheng left, Qiao Nan had to agree to all her requests!
With the arrival of the Qiao family, the Zhai family who was in a happy mood became out of sorts. During the period that the Qiao family was there, the triplets gradually accepted that their grandfather whom they saw for the first time was their relative and was the father of their beloved mother.
Under Qiao Nan’s help, Qiao Dongliang was allowed to play with the triplets.
As for Ding Jiayi and Qiao Zijin, they did not make any improvements.
The Zhai family was very polite to Ding Jiayi and Qiao Zijin. They did not ask them to help out at all. They were not being treated as guests at the Zhai family’s residence. Actually, it was not a matter of whether the Zhai family treated them with courtesy or not. It was that they were very distant to them.
“Zhai Sheng, I am getting married tomorrow. Nan Nan will keep me company today. You can sleep in the study room.” Tonight was the eve of her wedding. Previously, Zhai Hua, who had been eating as per normal and felt relaxed about her upcoming wedding, seemed to be nervous. “There is no room for negotiation.”
Zhai Sheng’s expression turned cold. “Why must I sleep in the study room?” Was she saying that he could not hug his wife to sleep and he could not even return to his own room? No matter what, he still had the triplets with him in the room.
Zhai Hua sounded bold and righteous. “Nan Nan has to take care of the triplets. Besides, they will definitely refuse to sleep with you.” If Zhai Hua wanted Qiao Nan to accompany her, it meant that the triplets would share the same room as them.
She could ask Qiao Nan to come to her bedroom, but she could not bear that the triplets had to sleep in a room that they were not familiar with.
As the best auntie in China, Zhai Hua would accommodate the triplets, taking their preferences as the top priority. Therefore, she sent Zhai Sheng out of the room. Since he was her brother, he had to be sent away to make way for her.
What she did was for Zhai Sheng to feel that he was needed and that he had a purpose in life.
Miao Jing thought about it. “Fine, I will sleep with you tonight as well.” She would be marrying off her daughter tomorrow. Apart from feeling happy for her, now that the moment had arrived, Miao Jing’s heart ached. She could not bear to part with her daughter.
Hua Hua might provoke her, refused to listen to her, and behaved bullishly, but she was her only daughter. After she was married, she was not only her daughter but would be someone else’s daughter-in-law as well.
“…” Zhai Yaohui’s expression darkened. He was implicated for no reason. He could not help but interrupt. “Hua Hua is nervous. It is normal for her to want to talk to Nan Nan who is around her age. With Nan Nan around, you can be assured. There is no need for you to join in the fun. Tomorrow is her big day. You must have a good night’s sleep today. You will be very busy tomorrow.” He was no longer young. Since his wife was at home, it was ridiculous for him to sleep by himself!
Zhai Yaohui loved his wife very much. It would be very upsetting that they stayed under the same roof but could not share a bed. He felt displeased that he could not hug his wife to sleep or have other intentions.
Zhai Yaohui could not be bothered with Zhai Sheng. He remembered that when he and Miao Jing quarreled back then, as long as they stayed in the same house, they would share the same bed. It was absurd for him to stay in another room now that he was older.
As for his son and daughter-in-law, it was good for the youngsters to sleep separately occasionally. It would bring them closer. It was fine that his son slept by himself, but why should he have the same fate? “Miao Miao, stop fooling around. If the triplets learn about it, they will laugh at you.”
San Bao, who was the fastest at picking up new words, heard a new word. She repeated the word that she heard. “Miao Miao?” Who was that? She did not know such a person. Was the person in the house?
This was not the first time that Zhai Yaohui addressed Miao Jing as Miao Miao. Zhai Yaohui had been using this form of address since their marriage.
However, now that they had the triplets with them, Miao Jing asked that Zhai Yaohui addressed her as grandma. She would feel ashamed when she was called by her pet name. True enough, when her granddaughter used her pet name, Miao Jing did not feel good. Of course, Miao Jing directed all her anger toward Zhai Yaohui. Her granddaughter was not at fault. “What do you mean by that? Are you saying that Nan Nan is young while I am old? Therefore, I don’t have the right to accompany Hua Hua on the day before she gets married?”
Women were particularly angry when people said that they were old, especially when it was said by their other half. It was tantamount to asking for a fight.
Miao Jing knew that Zhai Yaohui meant no harm. He was merely upset that she forsook him to accompany her daughter and he had to spend the night by himself. But Miao Jing was infuriated when Zhai Yaohui used her pet name, and as a result, her granddaughter picked up the word and kept saying it. She lost her temper at Zhai Yaohui. “Yes, I am old and haggard. I am not as young and as fresh as the young ladies outside. It must be hard on you. If so, I will accompany Nan Nan tonight and you can be freed of me. Nan Nan, is Hua Hua done with her dinner? Let’s bring the triplets back to the room to sleep.”
San Bao was swept away by her grandma who was boiling with anger. She looked startled as she had no idea what was happening. Her grandma was laughing in one instant and she turned angry and scolded grandpa in the next instant.
San Bao was curious. She put her hands around Miao Jing’s neck and muttered in her baby voice. “Grandma, don’t be angry. Smile, pretty. Grandma, naughty grandpa? Smack his bottom?”
What San Bao wanted to say was that her grandma must not be angry. She would look prettier if she smiled. Grandma, was it that grandpa was being disobedient? Should he be given a smack on the bottom?
The son, father, and grandfather in the Zhai family were being left behind in the living room. Old Master Zhai, who was the oldest among them and had good hearing, could hear how his great-granddaughter was scolding his son in her baby voice. Zhai Yaohui was younger than Old Master Zhai and he was fitter than him. He could hear every single word that his granddaughter said clearly.