Chapter 03: Family

“Kacha!”

Gu Xia was cooking the last dish when he heard the door open, thinking that it should be Mom who came back at this time.

“It’s delicious! Mom~ you came back so early today, huh~ delicious.”

Hearing a cute girly voice in the dining room, Gu Xia knew that it wasn’t his mother who just came back, but his sister Gu Qin, who just happened to come back early and see the stir-fried pork with mushrooms. Gu Xia walked out of the kitchen carrying the vegetables, and saw his sister Gu Qin bending over and eating the vegetables with her hands.

“Ahemm!”

Gu Xia coughed heavily, and saw his sister turning her head to look at him, her delicate face had become chubby due to her mouth being stuffed with vegetables.

“Look at you, grabbing the vegetables and eating them without even washing your hands. Our parents haven’t come back yet, so don’t get the vegetables dirty.” Gu Xia said angrily, finding this scene a little funny.

“Hmph, stinky Gu Xia. Don’t scare me with our parents. If I like something, of course I will eat it.” Gu Qin gave Gu Xia a look, thinking he was being nosy, and then grabbed a piece of braised pork with her hand to put it in her mouth.

“Pop~”

Gu Xia slapped the back of Gu Qin’s hand with his hand, not allowing her to grab the food to eat.

“Ah! Gu Xia, why did you hit me? Look at what happened to such a good piece of braised pork. It fell to the ground after being slapped by you like that. Hmph~ I’m going to the kitchen to tell mom that you bullied me.” Gu Qin angrily said and then went to the kitchen.

“Mom, you see Gu Xia bullying me again, Mom? Mom~”

Gu Xia arched the corners of his mouth when he heard the voice of Gu Qin in the kitchen, and laughed, this little sister! She has been mischievous since she was a child, and liked to make fun of him. She liked to grab anything delicious from him. Every time, his parents remained partial towards him. Thinking of these childhood events, Gu Xia smiled.

“Hey, didn’t Mom come back? Who made this dish?” Gu Qin asked in confusion, not seeing her mother anywhere.

“Hmm~ of course it was me, your brother. How is it? It’s delicious, right?” Gu Xia said deliberately.

“Wow~ And I was wondering why it was so unpalatable? No wonder it doesn’t taste like Mom’s cooking, so you made it!”

“Oh~ it turns out to be so unpalatable! Then who was the little pig who stole the food just now. She used her pig trotters to keep stuffing the vegetables in her mouth, and said it was delicious? No, I have to go look around, and find out where that little pig go.” Gu Xia said in a strange voice and looked around, pretending to be looking for something everywhere, which made Gu Qin roll her eyes at him again.

“Gu Xia, you are the little pig, you are a big stupid pig, a big dumb pig, hum~” Gu Qin pouted.

Gu Xia said,  “Hehe, it turns out that the greedy pig is you!”

“Ah~ I will kill you for making fun of me!”

“Ah, let go, let go, it hurts, are you a dog?”

“I was a dog from the start, hum hum~”

*****

The two quarreled for a while. The end result was several tooth marks on Gu Xia’s arm, and he rubbed his arms constantly, while Gu Qin had a smug smile on her face.

“I say, you bite people every time you can’t win. Just look at these tooth marks on my hand, how can I see people now!” Gu Xia said dissatisfied.

“Humph~ Who told you to call me a pig?” Gu Qin squinted at Gu Xia and said.

Gu Xia didn’t answer her words, just looked at Gu Qin quietly. He really enjoyed this feeling of warmth at the moment, this feeling was very comfortable. 

He hadn’t experienced this for a long time. After Gu Xia got married in his previous life, the two of them had less and less communication, and they became a lot more distant. Now that he was bickering with his sister again, it felt too good.

“Kacha~”

The door opened again, and a man and a woman walked in. The man was in his forties, with short hair, wearing a white T-shirt and denim pants. His clothes were covered in white porcelain dust. He held a lit cigarette in his hand, and wrinkles around his eyes, he walked in with a stern smile on his face.

The woman was wearing a plaid shirt and jeans, with waist-length hair tied behind her back, she had bright eyes and a faint smile on her face.

This man and woman were Gu Xia’s parents, Gu Feng and Deng Ling.

“Dad, Mom, you’re back, come and eat!” Gu Qin shouted cheerfully.

“Well, we’re coming.”

“Oh…What is that the case today? The food is ready, Xia Xia, did you do this? Our Xia Xia is so sensible.” Deng Ling looked at the steaming food on the table and said to Gu Xia with a smile.

“Mom~”

Gu Qin thought to herself that she would please her mom by asking her to come to dinner, but her mother did all she could do to praise Gu Xia instead.

“Haha, our Qinqin is also sensible.” Deng Ling smiled and patted Gu Qin’s head.

“Okay, let’s eat.” Gu Feng sat at the dining table and said with a smile.

“Huh? When did Xia Xia’s dishes taste so good? It’s almost as good as what we ate in a restaurant.” Gu Feng took a bite of Fried Pork with peppers and looked at Gu Xia in surprise.

“Oh~ I’ll try it too.” Deng Ling heard that and picked up a piece of Shiitake Mushroom and put it in her mouth.

“Yeah, Xia Xia, the dishes you cooked a few days ago were just average, how did you make them so delicious today?” Deng Ling looked at Gu Xia meaningfully.

“Hehe, I learned from watching food shows on TV these days, how is it? It’s delicious, right?” Gu Xia pretended to be smug.

He would never say that he graduated from high school in his previous life, stayed in the factory for half a year, and then went to a restaurant to learn as a chef for two years. Otherwise, how could he improve his cooking skills by only watching TV?

“A food show? I didn’t expect you to watch that kind of thing. But it’s alright. It just so happens that we need someone to prepare all the meals next summer. After eating the dishes Xia Xia made, I don’t even want to cook anymore. It won’t be as delicious as yours. I feel hurt! I’ve been cooking for decades, but it’s not as delicious as the food you prepared after watching some show for a few days, I’m heartbroken!” Deng Ling said with an exaggerated manner.

Gu Xia had a wry smile on his face when he heard those words, he didn’t expect to be booked for a summer job by his mother like this, but Gu Xia did not mind it.

“All right, I’ll cook for the whole summer.” Gu Xia nodded and said.

“Eh?” Gu Xia, who was eating with his head down, found that everyone was looking at him, and their gazes were extraordinarily strange.

“Gu Xia, do you have a fever?”

After speaking, Gu Qin touched Gu Xia’s forehead with her hand.

“It’s weird, you don’t have a fever! Then why are you so abnormal today? Before, you were asked to sweep the floor and wash the dishes, but you kept being lazy. Today, we asked you to cook every day, and you agreed. Has the sun come out from the west?” Gu Qin stared at Gu Xia with a strange look on her face.

Gu Xia looked at his parents only to see them agree with Gu Qin’s words. He couldn’t help but smile bitterly. Was he really such an incompetent person in his previous life? He didn’t even remember, what a shame!

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