“Luoran, this kind of man doesn’t deserve your sadness…” Baojia gives up her usual aggression and softens her voice.

Even in a softened voice, Baojia’s frowning. She is saying that to comfort Lin Luoran, asking her to put that unfaithful man behind. Actually, Baojia wishes to grab a knife, chop the * into bits and feed him to dogs!

Baojia looks at her friend who is sitting on the couch and staring at the television—the 27-year-old Lin Luoran. Luoran’s cheeks have long lost their gloss and smoothness back in her girlhood, while her long silky black hair still hangs by the waist. Without special care, her hair already has withered split ends.

With her empty eyes and all those cheap clothes, Lin Luoran barely looks like that comely and clever girl she used to be at high school. She clearly seems like an ordinary woman in her late twenties…

Something suddenly starts to surge in Baojia’s heart and almost drive her to tears. She gnashes her teeth in hatred, “I must go and find that *!” She says, picking up her handbag from the couch. Baojia turns around and heads outside. Her 10cm high heels swerve on the worn tiles.

A pair of hands grab her.

Blue veins stand out on these bony and pale hands. Only with a slight glimpse, Baojia knows whom these hands belong to—Besides, there is no other person in this house except the skinny Lin Luoran.

Baojia even cannot bear to use her strength. These arms are so thin, which seem like they could easily be broken. She bursts into tears, “What does all the self-torture mean for you? That shameless couple are still alive and kicking!” Raging tears blur Baojia’s eyes and fall down along her cheeks, messing up with her fine makeup.

However, she doesn’t have time to worry about all that now. She is sincerely feeling sorry for Luoran.

With dullness, Lin Luoran is startled by her friend’s cry. Emotions begin to appear on her face. She rolls her eyeballs and brings back some liveliness.

“Baojia…” She tries to move her lips, but her voice sounds husky due to the lingering silence.

With tears still hanging on cheeks, Baojia couldn’t hold her surprise. Lin Luoran hasn’t been speaking a word for three days! Now she unexpectedly starts to speak, which makes Baojia feels that her hands are shaking. She tries to touch Luoran’s face while being afraid to startle the girl. She worries that it might be a dream.

Lin Luoran rolls her dark eyes again. Her eyes are so dry for she hasn’t been sleeping in the last three days. No sleeping and eating for three whole days… Lin Luoran always knows that she can endure it, but she never expects herself to be so tolerant. Perhaps this is why people say that poor people have more tenacity in life?

Finding herself regaining the mood of self-mockery, Lin Luoran lifts her eyes and sees the concerns on Baojia’s face.

Baojia is looking at Luoran nervously. Lin Luoran barely simulates a smile, with her heart filled with sorrow, “Baojia, I’m hungry.” She grabs Baojia with her bony arms, wondering where her strength comes from.

Baojia takes a deep breath and forces herself to calm down. Maybe this is just Luoran’s strategy. What if Luoran tries to commit suicide once she left?

“Let me order takeout for you. Yon ho Soybean Milk, your favorite!” Baojia finds a compromise solution with her quick thinking. She immediately rummages in her handbag, takes out her shining navy-blue cellphone, dials the delivery hotline of the restaurant and orders soybean milk, vegetable porridge and Lin Luoran’s favorite kelp salad.

Lin Luoran doesn’t say no. Except hanging tightly onto her best friend’s hands, she is rather quiet. The sorrow hovering on her face during the last three days finally begins to fade.

Twenty minutes later, the doorbell rings. The takeout arrives.

The soybean milk is still steaming. Lin Luoran eats unhurriedly, paying attention not to wasting any food. After finishing eating, Lin Luoran feels that her tightened stomach begins to relax and her cold limbs have regained strength. She looks up at Baojia, “Don’t worry. I still have to support my parents. I won’t take my own life.”

Hearing this, Baojia is finally relieved.

They seem like they have been back to their college. Baojia stays in Lin Luoran’s rental house that night.

After hearing the slight breathing and making sure that Baojia is asleep, Lin Luoran, who is supposed to be in a sound sleep, opens her eyes.

Silver moonlight shines through the security window. This is a small house in an old building with at least thirty years of history. It is a high-risk building downtown but the housing demolition and relocation plan is delayed in this area. Even previous residents are loath to live here so the houses are mostly rented out to migrant workers.

Lin Luoran is one of the working girls. She has lived here for more than three years because of the low rent. For that guy… She lives in such a building and bears the hardship with equanimity. Both Lin Luoran and Li Anping come from rural areas. In their junior year of college, Li Anping’s family had an accident. His mom kneeled down in front of Lin Luoran and begged for her help.

Li Anping stared at Lin Luoran with red eyes. Her parents also said that since they were engaged, it didn’t matter which one of them could finish college. Therefore, the guileless parents of Lin Luoran made her give up the opportunity of finishing school and give it to Li Anping. Lin Luoran dropped out of in her third year of college and began to work. She did more than one jobs at the same time. She had to send money home regularly but still support Li Anping till he got the master’s degree.

Li Anping even got his current job with the help of Baojia, Lin Luoran’s best friend.

It now appears to Lin Luoran that she is so silly.

Lin Luoran looks at the photo on the bedside table. In this photo, Li Anping is in high spirit. He is wearing a well-fitting sports jacket, looking quite energetic. No one could imagine that he was once a rustic rural boy.

He is indeed an ugly duckling man that people often discuss on the internet, right?

The ugly duckling man who successfully flies out of the mountain should match with a rich girl as a girlfriend, while Lin Luoran is just the stepping stone for Li Anping to make his way to a rich world…

Lin Luoran keeps her eyes wide open. Teardrops fall silently.

She clenches her fist—She still has her parents and Baojia. She still owns something in the world!

******

Fortune House is the largest jewelry company in R city.

Baojia works as a jewelry designer in the company. After Li Anping gets his master’s degree, he is hired by the company as an administrative *istant with the introduction of Baojia.

Li Anping has worked there for half a year. Last month, Baojia joked to Lin Luoran that a beautiful woman recently became the new superior of Li Anping and Lin should take precautions. Lin Luoran didn’t take it seriously.

Lin Luoran has been with Li Anping for over seven years. There were some other girls that had tried to pursue him during these years. However, Lin Luoran did not believe that a “beautiful woman” could pose too much threat to her at that time—What she didn’t know was that this beautiful woman was not only the superior of Li Anping, but also the only daughter of the boss of Fortune House!

Such a soap drama, isn’t it?

Standing in front of the administration building of Fortune House, Lin Luoran’s heart is filled with self-mockery.

It’s time to get off work. The gl* door opens and Baojia comes out in her high heels. Lin Luoran moves into the shadow of the corner, keeping herself out of Baojia’s sight.

Half an hour later, most of the employees of Fortune House have left. Finally, a familiar figure appears in her eyes.

In a well-fitting suit and with that well-groomed hair, Li Anping looks vigorous.

Right after him, a gorgeous woman in a career suit comes out of the building. She has a plain face, but all that luxury clothes and makeups indeed make her stunning.

It must be Li Anping’s new girlfriend.

Lin Luoran bites her lips. With her advantageous origin and appearance, this woman surely has an extraordinary temperament. But Lin Luoran cannot hold back. This has to be done.

Standing in front of this ornate building, the down and out Lin Luoran is incompatible with everything peripheral, which makes her easily spotted.

However, instead of Li Anping, it is the princess of Fortune House with curly eyelashes who first notices the presence of Lin Luoran. She pouts to Li Anping, “Look. Your old lover is here.”

Li Anping turns around and sees Lin Luoran.

With a flash of disgust, Li Anping turns to his girlfriend and says, “Elly, I have told you that my engagement with her was arranged by parents. I have broken up with her a long time ago…” with his eyes filled with tenderness.

Elly takes her handbag from Li Anping and interrupts his explanation with a faint smile, “Broken up a long time ago? This means that you two used to have a relationship… Well, you have five minutes to deal with her.”

Elly never takes rivals like Lin Luoran seriously. She doesn’t even give another glance at Lin Luoran and directly walks towards her new Audi TT. This car is not very expensive, but Elly likes it. Just like men. They don’t need to have a good origin. Under her title, these men should receive higher ranks.

Li Anping is sullen-faced. He walks to Lin Luoran, unwillingly.

“I thought I had made it clear enough. Luoran, we are not right for each other. Our personalities are conflicting…” Li Anping says impatiently, hoping to settle this in five minutes.

Lin Luoran suddenly looks up, “Li Anping, you think too much.”

Lin Luoran is not blind. She can see the disgust in Li Anping’s eyes. She no longer has trust in him, and she is aware that the fact that Li Anping has chosen to be with the rich woman is a foregone conclusion. Therefore, even wallowed in grief, she will never show it in front of this *!

“Since we are broken up, you should return my heirloom.” Lin Luoran tries to stay indifferent, pointing at the bracelet on his wrist.

It is the heirloom of Lin Luoran’s family for countless generations. The style of this silver bracelet is simple, which makes it suitable for men and women to wear. Silver wires intertwine on the bracelet and there is a 2cm bead spinning inside of a hollow ball made of silver wires.

Lin Luoran’s mom put the bracelet on Li Anping’s wrist on their engagement party.

Hearing that Lin Luoran only came to reclaim the bracelet, rather than crying to make it up with him, Li Anping’s face purples with anger, “Lin Luoran, aren’t you being stingy too much? You really come all this way to get back the *ty bracelet!”

Is this raging man the one she used to love? Lin Luoran feels strange and sorry. However, the bracelet is indeed the heirloom of her family for generations, and she must get it back.

She sneers, “A *ty bracelet. Li Anping, when did you become so double-faced?”

Mixed expressions rise on Li Anping’s face. He can’t tell Lin Luoran that Elly’s birthday is around. Among everything he owns, only this antique bracelet might be valuable. He has taken it to the antique shop the other day and the owner offered him 30,000 yuan, saying that he liked its style. Li Anping is cunning likes every petty man. Since the shop owner’s first offer was 30,000 RMB, Li Anping certainly wanted to hold it on and wait for the price to go up… Now, unexpectedly, Lin Luoran comes to take the bracelet back. If he does return it, where on earth shall he go to find another birthday gift for Elly?

A harsh sound of car horn draws Li Anping back to reality.

Elly rolls down the window of her red Audi TT. Over half of her face is covered by the sungl*es. She smiles, “You still didn’t get enough of the reunion with your old lover, hum?

Li Anping replies at once, “I have nothing to do with her. I’m coming.” He actually walks away from Lin Luoran and gets on the car.

Elly rolls up the car window and puts her foot on the gas. Suddenly, a shadow casts on her—Lin Luoran has grabbed the rearview mirror. With blue veins standing out on her hand, Lin Luoran said slowly, “I just want my bracelet back.”

Elly looks to Li Anping. She knows that he wears an antique silver bracelet all year round, but she doesn’t expect it to belong to Lin Luoran!

Being able to play up to Elly, Li Anping is certainly considerate. If he does keep the bracelet today, there’s no doubt that Elly will pick a fight with him. He could never do such things like suffering a big loss for a little gain…

Chapter 1 - Stepping Stone

Bao Zhuang Cheng

  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4
  • Chapter 5
  • Chapter 6
  • Chapter 7
  • Chapter 8
  • Chapter 9
  • Chapter 10
  • Chapter 11
  • Chapter 12
  • Chapter 13
  • Chapter 14
  • Chapter 15
  • Chapter 16
  • Chapter 17
  • Chapter 18
  • Chapter 19
  • Chapter 20
  • Chapter 21
  • Chapter 22
  • Chapter 23
  • Chapter 24
  • Chapter 25
  • Chapter 26
  • Chapter 27
  • Chapter 28
  • Chapter 29
  • Chapter 30
  • Chapter 31
  • Chapter 32
  • Chapter 33
  • Chapter 34
  • Chapter 35
  • Chapter 36
  • Chapter 37
  • Chapter 38
  • Chapter 39
  • Chapter 40
  • Chapter 41
  • Chapter 42
  • Chapter 43
  • Chapter 44
  • Chapter 45
  • Chapter 46
  • Chapter 47
  • Chapter 48
  • Chapter 49
  • Chapter 50
  • Chapter 51
  • Chapter 52
  • Chapter 53
  • Chapter 54
  • Chapter 55
  • Chapter 56
  • Chapter 57
  • Chapter 58
  • Chapter 59
  • Chapter 60
  • Chapter 61
  • Chapter 62
  • Chapter 63
  • Chapter 64
  • Chapter 65
  • Chapter 66
  • Chapter 67
  • Chapter 68
  • Chapter 69
  • Chapter 70
  • Chapter 71
  • Chapter 72
  • Chapter 73
  • Chapter 74
  • Chapter 75
  • Chapter 76
  • Chapter 77
  • Chapter 78
  • Chapter 79
  • Chapter 80
  • Chapter 81
  • Chapter 82
  • Chapter 83
  • Chapter 84
  • Chapter 85
  • Chapter 86
  • Chapter 87
  • Chapter 88
  • Chapter 89
  • Chapter 90
  • Chapter 91
  • Chapter 92
  • Chapter 93
  • Chapter 94
  • Chapter 95
  • Chapter 96
  • Chapter 97
  • Chapter 98
  • Chapter 99
  • Chapter 100
  • Chapter 101
  • Chapter 102
  • Chapter 103
  • Chapter 104
  • Chapter 105
  • Chapter 106
  • Chapter 107
  • Chapter 108
  • Chapter 109
  • Chapter 110
  • Chapter 111
  • Chapter 112
  • Chapter 113
  • Chapter 114
  • Chapter 115
  • Chapter 116
  • Chapter 117
  • Chapter 118
  • Chapter 119
  • Chapter 120
  • Chapter 121
  • Chapter 122
  • Chapter 123
  • Chapter 124
  • Chapter 125
  • Chapter 126
  • Chapter 127
  • Chapter 128
  • Chapter 129
  • Chapter 130
  • Chapter 131
  • Chapter 132
  • Chapter 133
  • Chapter 134
  • Chapter 135
  • Chapter 136
  • Chapter 137
  • Chapter 138
  • Chapter 139
  • Chapter 140
  • Chapter 141
  • Chapter 142
  • Chapter 143
  • Chapter 144
  • Chapter 145
  • Chapter 146
  • Chapter 147
  • Chapter 148
  • Chapter 149
  • Chapter 150
  • Chapter 151
  • Chapter 152
  • Chapter 153
  • Chapter 154
  • Chapter 155
  • Chapter 156
  • Chapter 157
  • Chapter 158
  • Chapter 159
  • Chapter 160
  • Chapter 161
  • Chapter 162
  • Chapter 163
  • Chapter 164
  • Chapter 165
  • Chapter 166
  • Chapter 167
  • Chapter 168
  • Chapter 169
  • Chapter 170
  • Chapter 171
  • Chapter 172
  • Chapter 173
  • Chapter 174
  • Chapter 175
  • Chapter 176
  • Chapter 177
  • Chapter 178
  • Chapter 179
  • Chapter 180
  • Chapter 181
  • Chapter 182
  • Chapter 183
  • Chapter 184
  • Chapter 185
  • Chapter 186
  • Chapter 187
  • Chapter 188
  • Chapter 189
  • Chapter 190
  • Chapter 191
  • Chapter 192
  • Chapter 193
  • Chapter 194
  • Chapter 195
  • Chapter 196
  • Chapter 197
  • Chapter 198
  • Chapter 199
  • Chapter 200
  • Chapter 201
  • Chapter 202
  • Chapter 203
  • Chapter 204
  • Chapter 205
  • Chapter 206
  • Chapter 207
  • Chapter 208
  • Chapter 209
  • Chapter 210
  • Chapter 211
  • Chapter 212
  • Chapter 213
  • Chapter 214
  • Chapter 215
  • Chapter 216
  • Chapter 217
  • Chapter 218
  • Chapter 219
  • Chapter 220
  • Chapter 221
  • Chapter 222
  • Chapter 223
  • Chapter 224
  • Chapter 225
  • Chapter 226
  • Chapter 227
  • Chapter 228
  • Chapter 229
  • Chapter 230
  • Chapter 231
  • Chapter 232
  • Chapter 233
  • Chapter 234
  • Chapter 235
  • Chapter 236
  • Chapter 237
  • Chapter 238
  • Chapter 239
  • Chapter 240
  • Chapter 241
  • Chapter 242
  • Chapter 243
  • Chapter 244
  • Chapter 245
  • Chapter 246
  • Chapter 247
  • Chapter 248
  • Chapter 249
  • Chapter 250
  • Chapter 251
  • Chapter 252
  • Chapter 253
  • Chapter 254
  • Chapter 255
  • Chapter 256
  • Chapter 257
  • Chapter 258
  • Chapter 259
  • Chapter 260
  • Chapter 261
  • Chapter 262
  • Chapter 263
  • Chapter 264
  • Chapter 265
  • Chapter 266
  • Chapter 267
  • Chapter 268
  • Chapter 269
  • Chapter 270
  • Chapter 271
  • Chapter 272
  • Chapter 273
  • Chapter 274
  • Chapter 275
  • Chapter 276
  • Chapter 277
  • Chapter 278
  • Chapter 279
  • Chapter 280
  • Chapter 281
  • Chapter 282
  • Chapter 283
  • Chapter 284
  • Chapter 285
  • Chapter 286
  • Chapter 287
  • Chapter 288
  • Chapter 289
  • Chapter 290
  • Chapter 291
  • Chapter 292
  • Chapter 293
  • Chapter 294
  • Chapter 295
  • Chapter 296
  • Chapter 297
  • Chapter 298
  • Chapter 299
  • Chapter 300
  • Chapter 301
  • Chapter 302
  • Chapter 303
  • Chapter 304
  • Chapter 305
  • Chapter 306
  • Chapter 307
  • Chapter 308
  • Chapter 309
  • Chapter 310
  • Chapter 311
  • Chapter 312
  • Chapter 313
  • Chapter 314
  • Chapter 315
  • Chapter 316
  • Chapter 317
  • Chapter 318
  • Chapter 319
  • Chapter 320
  • Chapter 321
  • Chapter 322
  • Chapter 323
  • Chapter 324
  • Chapter 325
  • Chapter 326
  • Chapter 327
  • Chapter 328
  • Chapter 329
  • Chapter 330
  • Chapter 331
  • Chapter 332
  • Chapter 333
  • Chapter 334
  • Chapter 335
  • Chapter 336
  • Chapter 337
  • Chapter 338
  • Chapter 339
  • Chapter 340
  • Chapter 341
  • Chapter 342
  • Chapter 343
  • Chapter 344
  • Chapter 345
  • Chapter 346
  • Chapter 347
  • Chapter 348
  • Chapter 349
  • Chapter 350
  • Chapter 351
  • Chapter 352
  • Chapter 353
  • Chapter 354
  • Chapter 355
  • Chapter 356
  • Chapter 357
  • Chapter 358
  • Chapter 359
  • Chapter 360
  • Chapter 361
  • Chapter 362
  • Chapter 363
  • Chapter 364
  • Chapter 365
  • Chapter 366
  • Chapter 367
  • Chapter 368
  • Chapter 369
  • Chapter 370
  • Chapter 371
  • Chapter 372
  • Chapter 373
  • Chapter 374
  • Chapter 375
  • Chapter 376
  • Chapter 377
  • Chapter 378
  • Chapter 379
  • Chapter 380
  • Chapter 381
  • Chapter 382
  • Chapter 383
  • Chapter 384
  • Chapter 385
  • Chapter 386
  • Chapter 387
  • Chapter 388
  • Chapter 389
  • Chapter 390
  • Chapter 391
  • Chapter 392
  • Chapter 393
  • Chapter 394
  • Chapter 395
  • Chapter 396
  • Chapter 397
  • Chapter 398
  • Chapter 399
  • Chapter 400
  • Chapter 401
  • Chapter 402
  • Chapter 403
  • Chapter 404
  • Chapter 405
  • Chapter 406
  • Chapter 407
  • Chapter 408
  • Chapter 409
  • Chapter 410
  • Chapter 411
  • Chapter 412
  • Chapter 413
  • Chapter 414
  • Chapter 415
  • Chapter 416
  • Chapter 417
  • Chapter 418
  • Chapter 419
  • Chapter 420
  • Chapter 421
  • Chapter 422
  • Chapter 423
  • Chapter 424
  • Chapter 425
  • Chapter 426
  • Chapter 427
  • Chapter 428
  • Chapter 429
  • Chapter 430
  • Chapter 431
  • Chapter 432
  • Chapter 433
  • Chapter 434
  • Chapter 435
  • Chapter 436
  • Chapter 437
  • Chapter 438
  • Chapter 439
  • Chapter 440
  • Chapter 441
  • Chapter 442
  • Chapter 443
  • Chapter 444
  • Chapter 445
  • Chapter 446
  • Chapter 447
  • Chapter 448
  • Chapter 449
  • Chapter 450
  • Chapter 451
  • Chapter 452
  • Chapter 453
  • Chapter 454
  • Chapter 455
  • Chapter 456
  • Chapter 457
  • Chapter 458
  • Chapter 459
  • Chapter 460
  • Chapter 461
  • Chapter 462
  • Chapter 463
  • Chapter 464
  • Chapter 465
  • Chapter 466
  • Chapter 467
  • Chapter 468
  • Chapter 469
  • Chapter 470
  • Chapter 471
  • Chapter 472
  • Chapter 473
  • Chapter 474
  • Chapter 475
  • Chapter 476
  • Chapter 477
  • Chapter 478
  • Chapter 479
  • Chapter 480
  • Chapter 481
  • Chapter 482
  • Chapter 483
  • Chapter 484
  • Chapter 485
  • Chapter 486
  • Chapter 487
  • Chapter 488
  • Chapter 489
  • Chapter 490
  • Chapter 491
  • Chapter 492
  • Chapter 493
  • Chapter 494
  • Chapter 495
  • Chapter 496
  • Chapter 497
  • Chapter 498
  • Chapter 499
  • Chapter 500
  • Chapter 501
  • Chapter 502
  • Chapter 503
  • Chapter 504
  • Chapter 505
  • Chapter 506
  • Chapter 507
  • Chapter 508
  • Chapter 509
  • Chapter 510
  • Chapter 511
  • Chapter 512
  • Chapter 513
  • Chapter 514
  • Chapter 515
  • Chapter 516
  • Chapter 517
  • Chapter 518
  • Chapter 519
  • Chapter 520
  • Chapter 521
  • Chapter 522
  • Chapter 523
  • Chapter 524
  • Chapter 525
  • Chapter 526
  • Chapter 527
  • Chapter 528
  • Chapter 529
  • Chapter 530
  • Chapter 531
  • Chapter 532
  • Chapter 533
  • Chapter 534
  • Chapter 535
  • Chapter 536
  • Chapter 537
  • Chapter 538
  • Chapter 539
  • Chapter 540
  • Chapter 541
  • Chapter 542
  • Chapter 543
  • Chapter 544
  • Chapter 545
  • Chapter 546
  • Chapter 547
  • Chapter 548
  • Chapter 549
  • Chapter 550
  • Chapter 551
  • Chapter 552
  • Chapter 553
  • Chapter 554
  • Chapter 555
  • Chapter 556
  • Chapter 557
  • Chapter 558
  • Chapter 559
  • Chapter 560
  • Chapter 561
  • Chapter 562
  • Chapter 563

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