Cactus in Distress Chapter 16

Chapter 16

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In the blink of an eye, it was already National Day. Chen Rui had a few days off, but he only moved his workspace to his home, or more accurately, to Sun Yutan’s home. He occupied her large desk and didn’t even allow her to walk in front of him for a few hours every day.

Sun Yutan didn’t mind at all. She actually loved his messy hair, glasses, and concentrated look while working, but she pretended to complain, saying that she shouldn’t have come back if she would only be treated like air. Chen Rui ignored her and continued typing on his keyboard.

Sun Yutan turned around and grabbed two dresses. She leaned against the door and asked, “Chen Rui, I’m going out with Sun Nianxi tomorrow. Which dress should I wear?”

Chen Rui raised his head. Sun Yutan tried both dresses and modeled them for him – one was a black fishtail dress with a one-shoulder design, and the other was a thin, open-back dress with a high slit that went up to her waist. After she finished, she saw him shake his head.

“Neither look good?”

Chen Rui took off his glasses. “I can’t see clearly. Let me try them on you.”

Sun Yutan asked cooperatively, “Which one should I try first?”

“Hmm…” Chen Rui seemed to be having a hard time deciding.

“Just choose one, why is it so difficult? Are you not going to let me try on the second one?”

“The black one.”

“Okay.” Sun Yutan turned around and walked away. “I trust your judgement. I’ll wear this one tomorrow.”

Chen Rui laughed, then there was the sound of his chair turning which made Sun Yutan hurry away. But he caught up to her and pinned her against the wall with her dress still on. His firm chest pressed against hers and his warm breath brushed past her ear.

“Are you changing it yourself, or shall I help you?”

“Why are you so easily teased?”

Chen Rui tugged at her clothes, “Isn’t this what you wanted?”

In a swift move, Sun Yutan managed to push him onto the sofa. “Close your eyes,” she commanded. “And I’ll change for you.”

Chen Rui raised an eyebrow, a hint of skepticism in his voice. “If you’re lying to me, you’re done for,” he warned, a sly smile playing on his lips.

“I’m not lying,” Sun Yutan insisted, placing her palm in front of his eyes. With a deep breath, he closed them, his body tense with anticipation.

Sun Yutan quickly shed her clothes and slipped into a stunning fishtail dress. With the skirt pulled up tightly, she straddled him, holding onto his leg for support. Still keeping his eyes closed, she leaned in and planted a soft kiss on his lips.

Chen Rui’s grip on her waist tightened, his responses intermittent.

“Chen Rui,” she said, “I’ll reward you if you answer my question well.”

Chen Ruiming grunted, his hand already sliding up the velvet fabric.

“Chen Rui.”


“Chen Rui.”

She called his name several times before finally asking, “Did you…did you lie to me that night?”


Sun Yutan was stunned. “You didn’t even ask which night it was.”

Chen Rui opened his eyes and his lips curved slightly. “Which other night I lied to you intentionally? I deliberately left my keys at home so I could come and knock on your door in the middle of the night.” His eyes roamed over Sun Yutan’s form, filling with unmistakable admiration. Her heart thudded wildly in response, but she quickly regained her composure and stepped back, preventing his hand from making contact with her body. “Keep your paws off and let’s just talk,” she said firmly, her eyes fixed on his.

Chen Rui looked very innocent. “I can do both.” He simply went in through her wide-open neckline and got close to her.

“And,” he said, “you sitting on top of me like this and not allowing me to move is too cruel.”

Sun Yutan thought about it and let him do as he pleased.

“Chen Rui, now confess honestly, when did you develop evil intentions towards this little lady?”

Chen Rui stopped talking. Sun Yutan’s finger traced his lips. She was about to ask if he had feelings for her since they met again at Haidu and been wanting to take her to bed, but she heard Chen Rui say, “For too long.”

“So you have a crush on me.”

Chen Rui spoke pleasantly, “Yes. I’ve liked you for a very long time.”

Sun Yutan laughed, “You’re so sweet-tongued.”

She didn’t believe his carefree words. After all, on the day they met again, he couldn’t even remember her name. But she was still satisfied, and to fulfill her promise, she kissed him all the way down.

As the two lovers basked in the afterglow of their passion, a sudden ringing interrupted their peaceful moment. Sun Yutan, reluctantly slipping into her nightgown, moved to answer the door. However, Chen Rui held her back, insisting on donning an undershirt before greeting whoever stood on the other side.

The persistent ringing of the doorbell signaled to Sun Yutan that she already knew who was on the other side.

As she swung open the door, her suspicions were confirmed. There stood Zhou Shuxin, holding a pot of cactus in his hand. He looked like he had just stepped out of a spy movie, donning a trench coat and sunglasses. Sun Yutan couldn’t help but tease him, folding her arms and asking, “A’Bing?”

Zhou Shuxin ignored her teasing and insisted on playing along her little charade, “Do I look like Leon?”

“Not really,” Sun Yutan replied.

Zhou Shuxin let out a disapproving click of his tongue as he extended the cactus towards her. He deftly slipped off his shoes and attempted to make his way inside, but was stopped in his tracks by Sun Yutan.

“It’s not convenient,” she interjected firmly, effectively halting his progress.

Only then did Zhou Shuxin realize that something was amiss. He took off his sunglasses, and at that moment, Chen Rui walked out and greeted him with ease, “Hello, Mr. Zhou, long time no see.”

Zhou Shuxin had not anticipated anyone else being present at Sun Yutan’s abode. The two of them were garbed in a manner that could easily be misconstrued, with a lingering aura of ambiguity permeating the air.

He trained his gaze upon Sun Yutan, his features darkening in an instant. His tone was stripped of its previous warmth, replaced instead with a frosty chill.

“Sun Yutan, I’ll wait for you downstairs.”

“Shall I go down with you?” Chen Rui held her back.

“No need.” Sun Yutan brushed his hand away.

She tied up her hair, took a shower, and changed her clothes before going down. When she left, Chen Rui sat back at the desk, without looking up, as if he was not happy about her refusal or cared about the entanglement between her and her boss.

Of course, there was no entanglement between her and Zhou Shuxin.

Sitting in the car, Zhou Shuxin was much calmer than he was upstairs just now. He even remembered to compliment her, “You look great in this outfit.”

It was just a plain T-shirt and jeans. It seemed that he really didn’t know what to say to start the conversation, or maybe he was trying to find a way to ease his previous anger.

Sun Yutan asked, “Do you have something to tell me?”

Sun Yutan’s indifference made Zhou Shuxin’s blood boil, and he couldn’t help but ask accusingly, “Are you living with him?”

“No. He lives across from me.”

A memory from a previous dinner with the four of them came flooding back to Zhou Shuxin’s mind. He recalled the distant but polite expression on Chen Rui’s face that night, which now overlapped with the resolute look he had just witnessed behind Sun Yutan. He cursed himself for his carelessness, realizing he had not taken the matter seriously enough.

He asked helplessly, “Didn’t you say he was your uncle?”

“I said I should call him Uncle, but I didn’t say he is.”

“Are you two together?”

Sun Yutan remained silent, so Zhou Shuxin asked again in a stern voice, “Are you?”

Sun Yutan responded, “Boss, you’re overstepping your bounds.”

Zhou Shuxin sneered, “What kind of boss am I to you? Didn’t you fire me a long time ago?”

“What do you want to say?”

Zhou Shuxin made up his mind and said, “Don’t live here anymore.”

“Then where should I live?” Sun Yutan found it strange and stopped him before he could say anything else. “President Zhou, some things are better left unsaid. Please be careful.”

She looked at him directly without any fear, even teasingly smiled at him as if she knew he wouldn’t dare to speak out, knowing that he was holding back the last straw to avoid being looked down upon. He held his temper back again and again.

“Get out of the car.”

Without any hesitation, Sun Yutan opened the car door and in the next second, Zhou Shuxin drove away with a bang.

Much later, Zhou Shuxin thought that maybe he shouldn’t have left that day, or maybe he should have taken Sun Yutan away with him, so she might still belong to him.

Unfortunately, at that time, he was afraid that he would lose control if he stayed longer, and he didn’t exactly care about Chen Rui.

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