People in Tongli Village knew that Mr. Sun was rich with millions of dollars and that he was from the south. As a result – and because he was young and talented – he didn’t think anything was wrong about taking a wife and a concubine. His father and mother died early, and no one else advised him against it.
Three years after inheriting his family business, Mr. Sun married his wife. The wife was born to a higher family than the Sun family, was five years older than Mr. Sun, and she had a plain appearance. Their parents had them get engaged when they were young, and they could not get out of it.
According to the gossip of the servant girl in the mansion, Mr. Sun and his wife did not spend the night in the same room, although they seemed to be a pair. They usually respected each other like guests, but no one saw even a trace of intimacy. Madame was always silent and gloomy. She seldom took the initiative to talk to people, and her face was full of sadness.
Half a year later, Mr. Sun did not take a concubine, but brought back a handsome boy. The young man was sold into slavery and was bought by Mr. Sun.
In Tongli Village, the story of ’the male pet’ became very popular. Originally, there was a rumor that Mr. Sun and his wife did not have a husband and wife relationship. Once this ’male pet’ incident occurred, the rumor became even more credible.
No one could live in a house without having a lot of troublesome and broken mouthed servants. A servant of the Sun family said that she heard a beautiful male voice coming from the bedroom of Mr. Sun every night. Sometimes, the red candle was burning all night, and the love moans intermingled. Although anyone could recognize that it was the voice of two men, it was also the same voices every night.
But the wife lived in the wing room, sometimes humming some hometown songs, and they could see desolation on her face.
After a few years, Mr. Sun’s hard-working wife and his handsome male pet had stopped arousing people’s interest, and no one talked about this family any more. Many people still thought that Mr. Sun was more affectionate than other rich men who had wives and concubines, but were still enjoying themselves in the brothel.
Unexpectedly, life, like the weather, is always unpredictable. When Mr. Sun was nearly forty years old, bandits appeared in Tongli village. The Sun family suffered a lot and gradually fell into ruin.
Mrs. Sun, the wife who had been neglected for so many years, was still extremely grateful. She told her husband that she had a sibling who was her twin from the same mother and they shared the same love and thoughts. As an adult, this brother went into business alone in the south. Although Sun was no longer a well-known family, Mr. Sun was in a good position after all. The wife’s suggestion was that they should go south together and go to her brother.
Mr. Sun nodded. The couple dismissed all the servants, leaving only a man in his prime. It was strange to say that this man was no longer a young child, but he was also more delicate and immature than men of the same age. No wonder Mr. Sun doted on him so much.
The male pet was also very loyal to Mr. Sun and vowed to follow him until death. He respected and took good care of Mrs. Sun, which was also rare and valuable.
This absurd family packed up some luggage and set off in a hurry.
The road was full of dust and debris. The three people, who were used to living a prosperous life, naturally suffered a lot, but at least they arrived at the wife’s younger brother’s home safely. The younger brother of the wife’s family was named Qi. Boss Qi had a noble appearance and looked very similar to Mrs. Sun. With his dignified and beautiful wife, he sent his servants to meet the three after the banquet.
“You have worked hard for many years,” said the lady, sipping her cup of tea. “You are really extraordinary. The three of us, who are broken down, have brought you bad luck.”
Boss Qi shook his head, took a look at Mr. Sun, and said, “How has brother been these years? Back then, the family was really restless because of the in-laws. Thanks to Mr. Sun, we were able to get what we needed in the end. You and I have similar looks and have had deep feelings since childhood. What’s the point of that polite talk now?”
Mrs. Sun said, “It’s a pity that I’m not an extremely beautiful woman. I can only be regarded as mediocre. It’s a fluke that I haven’t been seen through for so many years.”
At this point, Mr. Sun interjected, “It’s not a fluke. It’s thanks to your willingness to be quiet, to pretend to be aloof in front of others, and to live in seclusion day by day, so that no one could see through it. This makes me feel deeply guilty…” After stopping, he replaced the wine with tea and raised his glass to Boss Qi, “Speaking of this, it’s not easy for Boss Qi! For many years, Boss Qi disguised herself as a man and wandered alone. It must have been extremely hard for him to create such a big family business, as it is today.”
Boss Qi waved her hand and clapped her wife’s hand with a smile, “It’s not easy. I am thin, not as strong as other men, and have a face that can’t grow a beard. It’s thanks to the fact that I knew her back then. She used to travel the world and was good at changing faces, so she helped me keep the secret. Brother, I’m curious. Some people have long known that you don’t like to be close to women. How do you…”
Mr. Sun and his wife smiled and looked at the handsome ‘man’, who was nicknamed Xi Ren.
“I was very distressed about this before,” Mr. Sun said. “I couldn’t bear to see her in such a state, so I took her back to the house. I was thinking that the women who were sold as slaves could not be free from being bullied, even the servants in the house could not be at ease. I told her to continue to show herself in a man’s dress. She was tall and straight, with a handsome face. Outsiders thought she was a teenager, but they also thought she was a plaything that I hid in the mansion.”
Mrs. Sun looked at Mr. Sun shyly. When he was at home in the past, he was alone with him in private and seldom spoke. He was afraid that he would be seen through. Now, he was a lot more casual, “After Xi Ren came, it was easier for us to do things. He lived in a wing room, but at night the servants thought she was me.”
Xi Ren was one head taller than Boss Qi, and she was still dressed up as a refined young man. She grinned and said, “Mr. Sun and his wife are not afraid of shame. They often made trouble until the moon was high in the sky, and sometimes even until dawn when others awoke and washed up. At that time, I was so young that I didn’t have a man that I liked. I couldn’t help, but listen to them… I felt ashamed, so I could only sing songs to cover up those voices…”
Boss Qi and his wife laughed, and Mr. Sun and his wife had to give Xi Ren more dishes to make amends. From then on, the two families got along. A month later, they remembered that they should have been looking for a husband for Xi Ren.