11 years ago.
At the Lu family’s old mansion.
The Lu family was discussing the upcoming family event in the living room. The room was exceptionally huge, with a big rectangular leather sofa at the center and a beautifully carved wooden center table. A chandelier hung at the center of the ceiling, giving it a stately look. Most of the interior was white.
The walls were decorated with expensive paintings; each painting had a small wall lamp over it, casting light on the painting and highlighting its beauty. The corners were occupied by antiques and the wooden shelves filled with showpieces. The huge glass window allowed sunlight to enter the living room and brighten it up.
It was the fifty-fifth marriage anniversary of elder Lu, so their sons decided to hold a grand celebration party for their parents, and the whole family was excited about it.
Elder Lu Huan and his wife Zhao Shuang were sitting at the center of the sofa. The elder son Lu Jinhai and his wife, Ning Jiahui, sat on their right, while the younger son, Lu Chen and his wife Su Hui sat on their left. Xiao Dong, Lu Jinhai’s assistant, stood behind him.
Lu Jinhai: “Father. Mother. What do you think of our idea? Should we celebrate your fifty-fifth marriage anniversary grandly?” Everyone saw the shift on elder Lu’s face when these words were uttered and prepared themselves to drink vinegar.
Elder Lu Huan: “You punk! How dare you ask this question. You should definitely celebrate it. Don’t forget that you were brought to the world because we got married.”
As expected, everyone was speechless. His wife, Zhao Shuang, looked calm as she knew her husband’s nature. He never let a chance to show his strong presence slip. He would mock his two sons and leave everyone speechless with his sharp wit.
Lu Jinhai: ‘Father never disappoints me,’ he thought with a smile.
Ning Jiahui: ‘…’
Lu Chen: ‘What was the point in asking, dear brother?’ he sighed internally.
Su Hui: ‘…’
Elder Lu Huan was an old but lively person. Yet, he was moody. If he were in a good mood, he would act akin to an angel, but if he were in a bad mood, he would transform into the devil. No one dared to defy him. Even his elder son Lu Jinhai, who was one of the influential businessmen in the country, always bowed down in front of his father. The same went for his younger son, Lu Chen.
Everyone in the family respected and loved elder Lu because he always prioritized his family. He never stopped his children from doing what they wanted to do and always supported them. He loved his wife Zhao Shuang a lot that even at this age, everyone could see his affection towards her.
Zhao Shuang was a lovely and graceful old lady. She was kind-hearted towards everyone but strict at the same time. Only she was capable of making elder Lu turn into an obedient dog from a scary lion.
The Men of Lu family always loved and respected their wives and never betrayed them. The Lu family men loved and respected their wives and never betrayed them. It was a tradition from generations… as if this family’s men carried an extra chromosome, the special chromosome ‘M,’ which stood for monogamy.
The atmosphere was silent. Elder Lu looked at everyone and spoke again, “As we are talking about your origins, we, Elder Lu and Zhao Shuang want to make ourselves prouder and take one step ahead as the originators.”
Everyone looked at each other, hoping to understand the meaning behind those words. Elder Lu saw their clueless faces and frowned. “I meant to say… now it’s time for us to see our great-grandchildren.” Upon hearing this, everyone sighed in relief of having understood the meaning of the previous words.
Lu Chen: “But father, we can’t do anything about it. Your grandchildren won’t listen to us. Everyone tries to avoid the subject of marriage, so having great-grandchildren is far from reality.” Lu Jinhai nodded in agreement.
Elder Lu: “Morons! You can’t even convince your own children. Who is asking them to get married? To make a baby, marriage is not necessary.” Again, everyone was speechless. He continued, “They just have to get a woman and—aauuchh!”
Before he could continue, his wife Zhao Shuang pinched him to stop his shameless words and said, “Stop being brazen. Don’t try to make my grandchildren immoral like you, and stop pestering them to fulfill your wishes.”
Lu Jinhai: ‘Exactly, mother,’ he nodded inside.
Lu Chen: ‘Why did I speak?’ he cursed himself
Others: ‘We should have brought ear buds.’
Elder Lu couldn’t say anything as he didn’t dare to cross his wife. Moreover, what she said made sense. Elder Lu had i.m.p.r.e.g.n.a.t.ed her before marriage, and she was quite angry about that.
Everyone knew about this fact and looked at Elder Lu in amazement. How did this blatant person become a scared cat in front of his wife? Everyone was happy to see this, but couldn’t show it on their faces.
Elder Lu’s glanced at his son and knew that they were happy internally. He frowned at them and glared. It startled them greatly. It was as if they were communicating through their eyes.
“You rascals! Why were you in such a hurry to land on earth? You people destroyed my romantic life and took my wife away.”
Lu Jinhai and Lu Chen: “Father is a liar! Your romantic life was rocking, that’s why we were able to land here that soon.”
Elder Lu: “Both of you will pay for this soon.”
The brothers could see a devilish smile on their father’s face and his eyes full of mischief.
Lu Jinhai: ‘Where to look?’
Lu Chen: ‘Sob, sob.’