"What are you doing?" Youyou helplessly stopped his footsteps.
Why was he so sticky, practically like his little tail?
Yichen hastened to overtake his brother and then turned to block his path by standing in front. He lowered his head and solemnly asked, "Brother, what do you think about this?"
The younger boy took a glimpse at him; he could not make headway of his abrupt words.
Pursing his lips, the older boy solemnly asked, "Daddy, mommy, you, and I living together in one home; what do you think of that?"
A family of four staying together and living together.
Youyou was startled, not having expected him to ask such a question at all. He kept quiet for a moment.
"Is-Isn't it good?" Feeling tense, the older twin spoke in an incoherent manner. "I-I like this very much; I like mommy and I like you, too. I want to live together with you guys as a family. Only this way will a house feel like a home, no?"
A very cozy feeling.
Staying together with daddy, mommy, and his younger brother would let him feel a bit of a family's warmth.
In the Mu family, he only felt bone-chilling emptiness and indifference. He could not feel the warmth that a home should have or the warmth from a heart-to-heart intimacy.
Be it Mu Wanrou or Mu Sheng, he felt especially unfamiliar and estranged to them. He did not even wish to be close to them.
Hence, from the start, he was a bit of a social recluse. He disliked talking to people, disliked the company of others, and hid himself in his study to immerse in his own world oftentimes.
Despite being used to such a cold and empty environment, his heart still desired the warmth of a family.
He badly wished for a family.
He looked at his brother solemnly and saw the struggle and dilemma in the latter's eyes.
"Are you afraid that mommy's love will be snatched from you?" he asked tentatively.
Seeing how the other pursed his lips and kept quiet, he quickly raised his palm and earnestly promised, "I swear not to fight with you for mommy. In fact, you'll stand to gain daddy's and my love! The three of us will dote on you."
At that, Youyou stared at him in astonishment.
He promised again, "It's true! Because you're my younger brother and I'm your older brother, I'll protect you and not let you be harmed. Whoever dares to bully you, I'll harshly bully them back for you!"
His younger twin was stunned for a moment and then unexpectedly released a chuckle.
He felt slightly embarrassed. "What are you laughing about?"
"Your words seem like a confession." Youyou's brows could not help but twitch.
In the past, when a male colleague of his mommy was wooing her, he had said these same words.
"Can you be more serious? At least, I am." Yichen frowned but could not bear to rebuke him.
Raising a brow, he answered, "All right. I'll consider it for a bit."
With that, he held the railings and went downstairs.
His older brother followed closely behind. "Only consider for a bit?"
"I'll seriously consider it."
"Why do you still need to consider it?"
"Because…" His eyes drooped as he lightly bit on his rosy lower lip. "Out of nowhere, I got a daddy and an older brother; I'm not used to it."
"Why…" Yichen, who was just behind him, wore a defeated and helpless look on his face.
Clearly, he had given his all to earn his brother's trust.