My outside expression is different from my inner expression

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Chapter 3.1

Li Qingzhou met the original female protagonist, Xu Mengning, the day after he was hospitalized.

She was a beautiful-looking female, university student with eyes like autumn water, a charming temperament and picturesque eyebrows.

Just in between the stages of a young girl and a mature woman.

She was a little bit young and ignorant, but more like a beautiful hibiscus flower, blooming in its best years.

The original book had more words for female protagonist than this, of course.

But it was so long that Li Qingzhou chose to skip it.

In short, the female protagonist was very beautiful.

Li Qingzhou and Xu Mengning had known each other since they were very young and were childhood sweethearts of sorts.

The life of Li Qingzhou should be mentioned here because as the villain, how could he not have had a tragic and unfortunate past?

The villain was pitiful. The female protagonist rescued him, then rescued him again but failed to prevent him from turning black-bellied…. the usual trope in romance novels.

Li Qingzhou was lost at the age of four or five when he went out with her parents, was sold from Xicheng in the north to Licheng in the south, and then dumped at the Red Star Orphanage in Licheng, where he met the female protagonist.

After his traumatic experience, Li Qingzhou became a reserved and depressed person who didn’t like to talk to anyone and was often bullied by the other children in the orphanage.

And the female protagonist was there to help him and warm his heart.

Afterwards, the female protagonist was adopted by a wealthy family and Red Star Orphanage was sponsored.

The two attended elementary, middle and high school together ……

It wasn’t until high school that Li Qingzhou was injured in the spine by a heavy object while trying to save the female protagonist that he was admitted to hospital where he met Father Li and Mother Li, who were visiting Licheng for a break.

Mother Li was also in hospital for a check-up that day and when she saw Li Qingzhou by chance, she thought he looked very familiar.

Perhaps it was a mother’s intuition, because while in the hospital, she kept an eye on Li Qingzhou and eventually became overwhelmingly sure that this was her child.

With that, Li Qingzhou was brought back to Xicheng by Father Li and Mother Li shortly afterwards, having recognized his parents and at a time when his leg was in urgent need of treatment. …………

The sound of chopsticks clanging sounded abruptly in his ears.

Li Qingzhou snapped out of his memory and turned his head — Xu Mengning, the female protagonist of the original book, was setting up the meal she had packed from school.

They had been separated from their high school days, one in Licheng and the other in Xicheng and weren’t reunited until after both had been admitted to Yanjing University.

Now, Xu Mengning was in her third year of university and Li Qingzhou had skipped a level and graduated in his fourth year.

“Qingzhou, let’s eat.”

Xu Mengning’s voice was gentle and soft, like the wind blowing gently through the wind chimes and the gentle brush of the spring.

She seemed to have a healing quality about her.

Perhaps this was why ‘Li Qingzhou’ became more and more crazy and was unwilling to let go later in the original book.

But lightning would strike whoever disturbed a relationship.

He was here to be a matchmaker, not to break up a couple.

Taking his chopsticks, Li Qingzhou ate in silence, upholding his persona.

He held the bowl in one hand and took the food with the other, chewing methodically and slowly …… ate most of it by accident.

It couldn’t be helped, who made the food in Yan University’s cafeteria so good? It wasn’t for nothing that it had made it into the top few in the country!

In the end, Li Qingzhou just couldn’t eat any more.

He put down his chopsticks reluctantly, averted his eyes that were about to stick to his plate, leaned back on the bed and said with downcast eyes, “Can you get me a kettle of hot water?”

To Xu Mengning’s eyes, it was — the youth’s head was wrapped in white gauze, his face slightly pale, his brow furrowed and he seemed to have a bad appetite.

He barely finished his meal before he put his chopsticks down with a tired look on his face and spoke to her with a wan expression.

Xu Mengning stood up hurriedly stood in response.

She finished clearing away the dishes and carried the kettle out of the ward, and soon the sound of footsteps faded away.

When the sound outside the ward door was no longer audible, Li Qingzhou relaxed with a satiated look on his face and slumped down on the bed, patting his stomach and burping happily.

Although he was still unable to stand up and walk, he was in good health and didn’t have to avoid eating what he should and shouldn’t eat.

Once upon a time, he had kept his meals under strict control.

Particularly in the later stages of his illness where he had basically said goodbye to rich, oily, high-calorie food.

There had been no sense of happiness at all.

Li Qingzhou yawned with half-squinted eyes, sleepy after eating and drinking, wanting to doze off so badly ……

The original book begun with the female protagonist Xu Mengning receiving a phone call from Fang Xiyan, Li Qingzhou’s assistant, then she rushed to the hospital from Yan University to take care of him.

In the meantime, Liu Xiahui, the male protagonist from the original book, came to see Li Qingzhou at the hospital at the request of his third uncle, Liu Bohuai, to express his condolences to him.

And to discuss the Liu family’s ‘compensation’ to the Li family.

Here the male and female protagonist would meet for the first time at the hospital and proceed to act out the classic scene of the domineering president — woman, I’ll remember you.

Li Qingzhou pulled the quilt up over half of his face and scratched his bulging belly as he continued to remember the plot of the original book.

Oh, it seems that the male protagonist was so disgraced by the female protagonist that he left the hospital in a fit of pique, forgetting to even offer his condolences to the young master of the Li family

After all, the Li family was so insignificant to the Liu family that they could be contacted at any time if they wanted to ‘compensate them’.

Before leaving, however, the driver who brought Liu Xiahui to the hospital did remember to give the fruit basket of condolences for the Li family’s young master to the nurse at the nursing station to be delivered to the ward.

Thinking about this,
Li Qingzhou let out another yawn and closed his eyes slowly. All this meant that there was nothing for him to do so he went to sleep.

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