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Chapter 1 : Pushed down the cliff
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After publishing the ending chapter of his online serial novel, Lin Mu took a deep breath. His youthful face showed a satisfied smile as he watched his novel changed its status as [ENDED/FINISHED]. Standing up, he stretched out and walked to the window then pulled the thick curtains open; he was used to writing his novel in the dark environment.
The sun generously shone into the house and there is no doubt that the weather is good outside the window. Looking up at the clock hanging on the wall showing 3 o’clock in the afternoon, Lin Mu was a little surprised that he actually forgotten lunch. He turned off the lights in his room and walked out of the study.
Lin Mu is an online writer who has opened a column on the XX Literature Network and his monthly income was quite good. Despite his profession is a writer, his lifestyle was very regular. He went to bed at 10:30 every night, and gets up at 7 in the morning. All three meals a day were homemade; he rarely calls for takeaway. His life has always been revolving between home and the supermarket.
Lin Mu doesn’t like complex interpersonal relationships, he doesn’t like to smile fakely to everyone, he doesn’t like talking in duplicity/empty words, that’s why in the end he chose to write novels as his career. He felt that it is more suitable for him to communicate with others on a virtual platform. He don’t have much friends but every each one of them was his friend for more than ten years, so sometimes he will have dinner with his friends during his break. Although he does not meet very often with his friends, friendship was indispensable to him.
After Lin Mu finished his simple bowl of noodles, he went to his bedroom for a nap and rest. He laid on his soft bed, making light comfortable sound. Just as he was about to pull the quilt up, his phone rang out. Lin Mu frowned lightly when he saw the name that was displayed on the screen, and all of his comfortable expressions were gone. Looking at the blinking lights from his phone, Lin Mu placed it to his ear with a dark face.
“What?” Lin Mu’s voice didn’t contain any emotions in it.
“Mu Mu, there’s a family gathering this weekend, come over earlier.” The strong tone of voice from the phone was a completely commanding tone.
Lin Mu took a small breath and suppressed his anger. He snorted, “Mr. Lin, what is your family’s gathering has anything to do with this outsider?”
At the end of the phone, the voice paused. Seemed to calm down his anger, a calm voice followed behind, “This gathering is very important, you must come back.”
“Sorry, I don’t have time.” Lin Mu hung up and threw his phone on the bed.
The phone rang again.
“I said that I don’t have time, I won’t go back!”
“Mu Mu, I am Big brother.”
Lin Mu heard that and calmed his mind. “Sorry Big Brother, I thought it was him.”
“Hehe… it doesn’t matter. Dad wants me to persuade you to go home.”
Although Lin Mu hated that family, he was not able to lose his temper at this big brother who has always been very friendly to himself.
“Big Brother, I don’t want to go back there. You know it, no one in that family wants to see me.” Lin Mu showed a bitter smile.
“Isn’t there still me? Brother always welcome you back.”
“Come back this weekend ba, I heard Dad said that this family gathering is very important, so everyone in the family must be present. Mu Mu, remember to come, alright? I will pick you up in the weekend.” Not giving Lin Mu any chance to refuse, the other side hanged the phone right away.
Lin Mu looked at the phone speechlessly. This Big Brother really don’t give him any chance to refuse ah. Thinking of the people he will see on the weekend, Lin Mu couldn’t help but felt his head aching. Lin Mu was depressed and all his sleepiness was gone. He decided to go shopping and eat hot pot at night because his mood was terrible.
On the weekend, Lin Mu got up at the same time as usual and at about 10 o’clock, the doorbell rang. Lin Mu dispiritedly opened the door.
“Mu Mu, are you ready to go home?”
That man wore a suit, and a glasses with gold rim. Showing a warm smile, his whole body exuded the aura of an elite. Lin Yu followed the unhappy Lin Mu into the house, sat down on the sofa and looked at Lin Mu’s yellow Pikachu pajamas.
“Mu Mu, I will wait for you here.”
Lin Mu sat down on the sofa with a bitter and also seeking sympathy expression .
“Can I not go?”
Lin Yu didn’t say anything, he just smiled and looked at Lin Mu. After a while, Lin Mu went into his bedroom with defeated a bowed head to change his clothes.
The moment Lin Yu saw Lin Mu entered the room, the smile on his face disappeared instantly, and his eyes under the lens flashed with a strange light.
Looking at the familiar house appearing little by little in front of his eyes, the beautiful villa did not give Lin Mu the slightest happiness, but made him depressed instead. When the two just got out of the car, a servant who came over.
“Eldest Young master, Little Young master. Master and the rest are in the living room.”
Lin Mu looked at the place where he had lived for 10 years, the place where he was desperately escaped from. Although his face was expressionless, his heart felt unusually uncomfortable. This unusually and gorgeously decorated place was once a place he felt suppressed and unable to breathe.
“Mu Mu, let’s go.”
Lin Mu looked at the warm smile on Lin Yu’s face. Fortunately, there is such a person who is nice to him in the family, where he could still feel a trace of warmth. He smiled at Lin Yu and followed him to the living room.
In the hall, Lin Yuhui sat on the sofa with no expression. Looking at the family who kept paying attention to him, he coldly sneered in his heart. He understood too much that all of these people in front of him were here because of money. He saw too many fake attitudes before, and there are not many amongst them who truly care for him, not even his own sons. . . . . . Then Lin Yuhui thought of something, and his gaze sank.
Lin Mu saw around 10 people sitting in the living room. Lin Yuhui sat on the main seat with a serious expression, while sitting next to him was a strange man with no expression, about 40 years old.
Ignoring those taunting or scornful eyes thrown at him, Lin Mu walked straight to a sofa that no one sits on and sat down.
A young woman with an exquisite makeup looked at Lin Mu with disgust in her eyes. She harshly said, “Humph, no manners. Not even saying hello when meeting with elders.”
Lin Yu smiled and gave Lin Yuwan a glass of juice, “Aunt, Mu Mu is not feeling well today, please don’t blame him.”
Lin Mu looked at Lin Yuwan’s eyes on Lin Yu’s smile, and also her appreciation towards Lin Yu, he(LM) coldly sneered in his heart. He understood that Lin Yuwan’s attitude towards Lin Yu was because Lin Yu is the heir of the Lin’s family.
“Big sister, don’t be angry. You can’t just compare anyone to Lin Yu. After all, a wild/illegitimate child is nothing compared to the legitimate one.” A middle-aged man with a Mediterranean hair loss problem and sporting a big belly ridiculed.
No one said anything but followed with a laughter as a support to the ‘Mediterranean hair loss man’. After all, Lin Yuhui hated the most for others to talk about Lin Mu’s identity.
Lin Mu can tolerate others sneering at him, but he will not allow other people to say that he is a wild/illegitimate child. If it weren’t for his mother’s last wish before her death, he wouldn’t come to the Lin family at all. He rather go to the orphanage than to live with those who looked at him like he is trying to grab a part of the Lin family’s inheritance.
“Enough! All of you, just shut up!”
Lin Yuhui’s words cause the living room to fall into silence. He glanced at his little son who was leaning to a side, doesn’t want to look at him(LYH) at all. He sighed in his heart and then looked at the relatives in the living room who were related to him with a sharp look. He said coldly: “The purpose of asking all of you to come today is to tell you about my will.”
Just as Lin Yuhui finished his words, everyone were more or less looked surprised in their eyes, except for the man sitting next to Lin Yuhui, Lin Mu who didn’t care and Lin Yu, whose gaze was deep. After all, Lin Yuhui was only 50 years old. His body condition has been good, so making a will seemed a bit early.
As the person closest to Lin Yuhui in terms of blood ties, Lin Yuwan said with a smile: “Why did Big Brother suddenly thought of making a will?”
Although she wanted to quickly get her portion from her older brother’s money, she still felt she a bit surprised.
“There is no reason, I just want to settle everything today.”
After that, he turned to the silent man who has been sitting beside him, “Lawyer Jin, please tell them about the will.”
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When Lin Mu arrived back home, he went to his room and fell heavily on the bed. He immersed himself in the softness that he is familiar with and his exhaustion was a little comforted. When he recall back of the announcement and distribution of the inheritance will, he felt a headache. He really didn’t know why that man gave half of his property to him while Lin Yu, the eldest son of the Lin family, only got 25 percent. When he thought of Lin Yuwan’s expression looking like she wanted to bite him, Lin Mu’s head hurts even more.
Right now, what Lin Mu worried the most is that Lin Yu will be displeased. Just as he is still worrying about Lin Yu, the phone suddenly rang.
“Big brother, I… I don’t want those properties.” Lin Mu didn’t want a gap to appear between them.
There was a laugh on the other side of the phone.
“What are you saying? Dad gave you those properties so it’s yours, how can you not accept it?”
Lin Mu was worried that Lin Yu is angry and quickly replied back in loud voice, “I really don’t want it at all. Really, I don’t want it, I will give it to you. As long as you don’t be angry with me.”
“What nonsense are you saying? Why would I be angry with you? It’s not like I can’t earn more money, so why should I be bothered with those properties?”
“Really? You are not angry?”
“Truer than true, hehe.”
Listening to Lin Yu’s relaxed tone, it seemed like he is really not angry, so Lin Mu was relieved.
Then the other side paused.
“I heard that you don’t plan to write a new book soon. So, what are your plans?”
“I haven’t thought about it yet, I probably should go travelling.”
Lin Mu’s life has always been very regular. If he feels tired, he will take a break to travel with his backpack. He felt that not only going out more can broaden his horizon but also broaden his heart.
“Since you haven’t plan anything, how about hiking with me? I have been busy for a while and want to take a break. How about going to Yunshan next week?”
“Going to Yunshan to watch the sunrise is very good. That’s decided then.”
Hanging Lin Yu’s call, all the worries have disappeared from Lin Mu’s heart. He only cares about Lin Yu’s opinion on him, he don’t care for anyone else. So, he happily climbed out of bed and start preparing for something delicious as a compensation for his physical and mental exhaustion today.
“En, it seems that there are half a duck in the refrigerator. Making soup with it is not bad.” Having make the decision, Lin Mu lightly hummed songs and went to the kitchen.
In the office, Lin Yu stood in front of the glass window and looked at the people and hustle bustle downstairs. The corner of his mouth twitched with a strange smile. “I am not angry, I am not angry at all!”
Because he is going to climb the mountain with Lin Yu, Lin Mu seriously prepared the climbing equipment and his backpack was stuffed.
Lin Mu walked downstairs with his backpack and saw Lin Yu wearing a casual suit, leaning against his sports car. In the sun, that man looked very dazzling, and the passer-by can’t help looking at him. Lin Mu was very envious of Lin Yu’s body. Lin Yu has a masculine face oozed with charm and his stature is tall. While Lin Mu is originally slim, and due to him prefer to stay in the house, his skin was very white. Combining with his delicate face, he looked a little weak compared to Lin Yu.
The sunrise on Yunshan is as charming as ever, but unfortunately Lin Mu has no intention to appreciate it now.
“Why?” Lin Mu grabbed Lin Yu’s foot in death grip, behind him was the bottomless steep cliff.
He couldn’t believe that all of this was true. The Big Brother who invited himself to watch the sunrise on Yunshan has pushed him down the cliff.
“Hahaha… Why? You don’t even know why?!”
Lin Mu felt terrible when he looked at Lin Yu laughing crazily.
“Was it because of the inheritance? I already said I won’t take it, I will give it to you, really. And the will stated that if I have any accident, my part of the inheritance will be donated out to charity so doesn’t that means you won’t get it as well if you killed me?”
“Inheritance? Do you think that I did this because of the money? Do you know how much I hated you? Your appearance caused my mother to go crazy, and your appearance has taken away the fatherly love that belongs to me. He even gave you 50% of the inheritance because he was worried that I will hurt you. You, because of you, my original happy home is gone. I worked hard so that my father will look at me more, but in the end he only wanted to pave the way for you. He didn’t even consider my feelings. Tell me, should I hate you or not, should I kill you or not?”
Watching Lin Yu spat the words out and gnashing his teeth, Lin Mu looked at him in horror.
“If you hated me that much, then why were you so good to me?”
Lin Yu heard his words and smiled evilly. “Because then you will feel more pain. It is the most painful thing to be betrayed by someone close to you, isn’t it?”
When he heard Lin Yu’s words, Lin Mu felt painful and his head throbbing. When he understood that the only brother who had been good to him since childhood, has always hated him to the bones and that the only warmth he ever felt was fake, who only wanted to revenge on him, he has a feeling of despair.
He regretted it, why he had to listen to his mother’s last words and entered the Lin family?
Why didn’t he escape when he was out of place in that family?
Why did he craved for that extravagance familial ties that could not exist?
He regretted it, he really regretted it. For the first time, he wondered why he was born. Why do he has to live alone in this world? Living in this world with his father and his brother who hated him.
Lin Mu felt dizzy. He looked at Lin Yu’s blurry face and his hand weakly let go of his grip. Before losing consciousness, Lin Mu felt that leaving the world was actually quite good. His heart has been feeling lonely for too long.
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His eyes swimming in tears, Lin Mu smiled sadly for the last time at Lin Yu as he fell.
“Gege, thank you for caring for me all these years even though you don’t really mean it. Goodbye”
*cue LY starting to regret his action… wait, that sounds like a quick transmigration plot*