Meant to Be… or Not? – Chapter 17

Drop That Word!

Mei Zhuo knocked on the door of Xiao You’s room. “Sis…” he called out.

“Yes, brother, come in!” Xiao You said.

Mei Zhuo opened the door and saw all the shopping bags on her bed. “Wow, you must have spent a lot of money on shopping!” he looked for place to sit.

“Well, not really,” Xiao You searched her handbag and then handed the credit card to Mei Zhuo. “I only use a few thousands. I will pay you back with my first paycheck,”

Mei Zhuo pushed her hand firmly. “Keep it first. For emergency. You don’t have to pay me back after all, I am your brother,” he smiled. “Plus… with all these shopping bags… only a few thousands? You got to be kidding me!”

Xiao You collected the empty shopping bags and put aside, leaving one big spot on her bed. “You can sit here,” she patted the bed. “I don’t use money unnecessarily. Even when I am in Canada,”

“Well, I see you buying lots of executive suits. Preparing for work?” Mei Zhuo took out a coat from the shopping bag.

“Yes, I am so afraid I do not have enough. I suppose what I bought is sufficient…”

Mei Zhuo looked at the price tag. “This coat costs only $400? My whole piece of business suits never cost less than $10,000!”

“Maybe you should learn how to save,” Xiao You said.

“Maybe you should learn how to be one of the Lings,” Mei Zhuo said. “I am expecting it costs around $100,000 here and you tell me you used a few thousands… I cannot believe this!”

“I don’t have to learn how to be one of the Lings,” Xiao You said looking at him. “Because I am not, and I am just adopted,”

Mei Zhuo looked at her. “I have never treated you as an adopted or foster sister, I mean… I do, but I love you being a part of us. I couldn’t even ask for more. I wanted you to always feel you are my real sister. Banished that wall that separates us, please,”

Xiao You just smiled. “I could never have Lings’ blood flow in my body. I could never be the real Ling, like you said,”

“You will always be a Ling. Since the day my parents officially adopt you, you have been one. Honestly, I don’t like the idea of mom adopting someone to be my sister. I force myself to accept a sister in the earlier stage because of them. But when I see you at the airport, I couldn’t believe the fact that you are the one they adopted. I took a few hours to digest the fact that you, Xiao You, are my sister, and you always will. Even if you are adopted, I never wanted you to feel that way. To tell you the truth, I like it when you became my sister, because I have know you earlier and I know what type of person you are. This is the one that actually bonds us together as siblings,” Mei Zhuo looked at her. “Man… I am getting philosophical again…”

Xiao You smiled. “But I never know how your relatives feel, I always felt isolated,”

“Why bother about them? The most important is our parents, and me! You stay with me and live with me! I am the one protecting you now! It’s only about you and us! Even though you do not bear the surname Ling in your identity card but Yang, you are one of us. And drop that word ADOPTED or FOSTER from now on,”

Xiao You looked at him as fresh tears dropped onto her cheek.

“Oh my goodness did I scare you…” Mei Zhuo looked at her. He looked around looking for tissue. He didn’t manage to find any tissues around, and immediately walked to Xiao You. He wiped the hot tears off her face with his both thumbs. “Do you need a hug?”

“Do you mind if I hug you? What will Xiao Qiao think?”
Mei Zhuo smiled and graciously put his arms around Xiao You, pushed her lightly to him and hugged her tight. “She is my girlfriend. You are my sister. There is the difference between both of you. If you are someone else, she will freak out. But you will always be my sister. Both of you, and mom, are the most important lady in my life,”

“Thank you…” Xiao You said as she hugged him back.

“I will always be here for you, please remember that I am your brother even though we bears different surname. I will give you everything a brother should give,” Mei Zhuo said. “And please…”

Xiao You looked at him, waiting for him to continue.

Mei Zhuo smiled and wiped the traces of tears off her face. “Please help me improve myself because I have never been a brother to anyone,”

Xiao You laughed lightly. “Thank you brother, thank you…”

“Please don’t fall in love with me because I am going to marry Xiao Qiao when the time came,” Mei Zhuo smiled.

“Oh, how could you say that!” Xiao You beat him up.

“Ouch!” he yelled. “Ouch!”

“I will never ever fall in love with you because you are just a brother to me!”

Mei Zhuo laughed. “Yes, I am seeing you doing some other reactions besides crying. I’m happy with my performance!”

“Ah…! Gross!” she yelled.

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