The sky was bright without a cloud in sight.
Today was, in fact, a good day for picnics and outings.
Mu Yazhe adjourned the meeting early and rushed to the Mu residence.
All the servants in the house knew that he had an important meeting today, so they were rather surprised to see him home much earlier than usual.
Indeed, his schedule was filled to the brim today. However, last night, when he found out how much his beloved son wanted to visit the amusement park with him, he promptly made a decision, which he did not express in words.
He decided to keep his son company on his birthday.
Hence, he held all his meetings in advance and changed some to video conferences overnight. The next morning, he arrived early at the office and finished everything ahead of time. He managed to squeeze out half of his working day for his son in this way.
When he rushed home, it was still early. The amusement park would only open at nine in the morning.
He reckoned that a huge crowd would gather at the park today as it was also Children's Day; thus, he specifically arranged for two VIP tickets.
Most amusement parks had VIP tickets, and they did not come cheap. These special tickets gave them VIP access to many rides in the park without the need to queue.
He would do his best to let the little fellow enjoy all he could within this limited time.
His gaze swept across the hall, asking, "Where is your young master?"
"He is reading comic books in his room."
"Didn't he go to the amusement park?" The man was not surprised to find him at home still.
Without him, the little fellow was not in the spirit to go anywhere.
"Eh! Young mistress wanted to bring him there, but… the young master only wanted to go if master is the one accompanying him. In the end, young mistress followed grandmaster to Yong Ning Temple to partake in a vegetarian meal," the servant faithfully reported.
"Eh! Prepare my things; I'm going out soon."
"Yes, master." The servant hurried away to get his stuff ready for him.
When he went up to the second floor, he saw that the door to the study room was ajar. He pushed it wide open, careful not to make any sound.
As such, Little Yichen, who was immersed in the world of Lego blocks, was not alerted to his presence inside the room.
He sat on the carpet, the messy building blocks before him. The castle was only half built, and the rest lay in collapsed, the blocks scattered about.
The little lad sat there unmoving with his back facing the door and his hand holding a block. Looking listless, he stared blankly at the toy blocks scattered about his feet.
His father stood in place and did not go forward. Watching the little fellow's forlorn shadow, he could guess that his son was hurting inside.
A child could be sensitive, and this being Children's Day and his birthday, the boy would be especially sensitive not to have his parent's company!
The man's heart ached at the thought.
He had not discovered this particular side of Little Yichen earlier, for the latter was always an obedient and sweet child before him.
Unbeknown to him, his son was aloof when he was not around. The child hardly spoke and was mostly not reciprocal when he was with others, which was very much like his behavior when he was still a child. Like him, his son chose to shut himself in and refused to let anyone into his world.
Mu Yazhe slowly walked over to him.
His heart was hurting as he thought to himself, My time with him is just too little!
Little Yichen heard the footsteps behind him and frowned in irritation.
Right now, he was in a bad mood and, thinking that a maid had barged in, made his displeasure known. "Don't you know how to knock before you enter?"