The night of H City in 1999 was not as prosperous as it was twenty years later. A few dim lights on the street were lit, leading passer-by to the distance. Although the city is not prosperous, it is still noisy.
The night stalls on the side of the road made up a long line, and the small lights brought by the stall owners brightened the otherwise dim street.The shoddy lanterns flickered in the streets, seemingly imitating the splendour of neon lights in big cities.
The smell of barbecue wafted from afar. Mo Xueyao’s mother just got off the bus and looked around as if she was trying to identify the direction. She couldn’t help but glanced at the barbecue stall on the side of the road, and laughed to herself: “If Xiaoyao is here, he must be pestering me to buy it again?”
After Walking through the lively night market comes a very formal looking community. The well-dressed security guard at the door raised his hand to stop her and said, “Hey, I’m sorry, this lady, are you from this community?”
“Then please come here and register.” The security guard did not look down on her, nor did he appear enthusiastic, but just said in a businesslike manner.
Mo Xueyao’s mother walked to the security booth with some embarrassment, and wrote her name and the house number of the owner to be visited in unpretentious handwriting.
“Please wait a moment, I’ll call the master here and let him know.” The responsible security guard said, picked up the intercom phone on the side, and dialed Yu Liang’s landline, “Hey, hello, am I talking to Mr. Yu? There’s a lady visiting you here, oh oh, you know? Okay, sorry to bother you.”
When it was confirmed, the security guard smiled and signaled that Mo Xueyao’s mother could pass. The latter breathed a sigh of relief, only to feel that walking into this high-end residential area with strict security really made him feel a little uneasy.
“Come here!” The door was opened by Yu Liang’s daughter, who was ten years younger from Mo Xueyao, “Hello, auntie!”
“Hey, this child is really good.” Mo Xueyao’s mother said with a smile, and then put a bag of fresh but inexpensive fruit on the table of Yu Liang’s house, “I don’t have anything at home, so I bought it on the way. I brought some fruit, and I don’t know if you like it.”
“Does it matter to us!” Yu Liang shook his head and said, suddenly feeling his wife squinting at him, and hurriedly said, “I’m the godfather of your child, why are you being so polite?”
“Yes, you don’t have to be so polite.” At this time, Yu Liang’s wife said with a smile.
Yu Liang’s wife is younger than Mo Xueyao’s mother, plus ,one is taking care of the children at home every day and taking good care of them, and the other is running around all day and working for the family at home, so based on appearance they don’t seem like peers. They were both in their thirties, but one looked like he was only twenty, and the other looked like he was going straight to forty.
“Xiaoyao, are you playing games at your godfather’s house again?”
“Ah, Mom, you’re here.” Mo Xueyao put down the gamepad in embarrassment, but kept looking at the game screen, he was reluctant to stop.
“Just let him play. It’s good to have some entertainment every now and then. Xiaoyao is a good boy and won’t get distracted by playing with things.” Yu Liang pulled Mo Xueyao’s mother aside, “I have other things to tell you.”
“What’s the matter, what’s the matter? You’re sneaking, so you’re not afraid of your wife’s suspicion?”
“Cough, I’m not joking with you… Uh, this is something very important, Yang Xiaoyu.” Yu Liang called Mo Xueyao’s mother’s full name very solemnly, “Let’s go to the study and talk.”
“Oh…” Yang Xiaoyu was a little overwhelmed.
Yu Liang turned around again and called to his wife who was busy in the kitchen: “Wife—Ayu and I will go to the study to talk about something, and come to the study to find us if you have something to do.”
Entering the study, Yu Liang closed the door, poured tea for the two and sat down.
“What’s the matter, tell me quickly.” Yang Xiaoyu urged anxiously.
“It’s about Xiaoyao. Doesn’t he have a stomachache today? Go to the hospital for a checkup.”
“…Is it really serious?” Yang Xiaoyu suddenly became nervous, “Is it a serious illness? Could it be cancer? Or a tumor?”
“No, no…” Yu Liang shook his head, “It’s not a serious illness.”
“…Huh.” Yang Xiaoyu breathed a sigh of relief, but her heart was still beating fast.
“Actually, Xiaoyao, he should actually be a girl.”
“Ah? Pfft, Yu Liang, Yu Liang, you are still as humorous as you were when you were young, are you still joking here for me?” Yang Xiaoyu said with a smile, and seemed to be much more relaxed.
“…Listen to me, I’m serious. The doctor said that Xiaoyao is a female hermaphrodite, which means that he was originally a girl, but he grew up as boy.”
“What’s the meaning?”
“It means that the reason for the stomach pain is that the external organs inhibit the development of the body, which compresses the nerves and produces a chain reaction, which leads to the stomach pain. This time it may be a stomach pain, and the next time it may be a headache. If it hurts it’ll hurt too much, it will affect his life in the future, and so surgery must be done earlier. After the surgery, Xiaoyao will be a real girl.” Yu Liang finished in one breath, “Ayu, this is really not just a joke.”
“…” Yang Xiaoyu took a deep breath and nodded, “What does the doctor mean… the earlier the surgery, the better?”
“Yes, the stomachache is still better, if it becomes a headache in the future, it will be even more troublesome. Do you know that some people have almost ruined their whole lives because of headaches, because people with headaches can’t calm down and think, and there is no way to study hard.”
“Then…how much did the doctor say it would cost?” Yang Xiaoyu pinched her fingers nervously.
“Because it is a special case, it has the value of recording, so most of the medical expenses will be exempted.” Yu Liang raised five fingers and said, “Around 50,000 yuan.”
“So expensive?” Yang Xiaoyu blurted out.
“After all, there are very few surgeries in China now… So all the experts in this field are invited, and I estimate that the surgery fees of the experts will be waived for you, this only includes the hospitalization and medical expenses. That’s it.”
Yang Xiaoyu’s voice lowered: “This… let me think about it.”
“Well, it’s alright, it’s just a small matter. If you don’t have enough savings at home, just ask me to borrow it.” Yu Liang said with a smile, “I can still get 50,000 yuan.”
Yang Xiaoyu smiled bitterly. She knew that Yu Liang’s family’s expenses were not small. Even if the family had money, there were many places to spend money, the savings were not much. Maybe 20,000 yuan could be taken out, but if it was 50,000 yuan, even Yu Liang had to find someone to borrow it.
After all, he was just promoted to the position of section chief. Although it is said that his career is on the rise, there is still not much money in his pocket. If he really had 50,000 yuan, he would have taken it out directly to pay the down payment for the car, and he would not have waited until now. It is precisely because the money is not so much that it is tangled.
Yang Xiaoyu still knows Yu Liang very well. However, Yang Xiaoyu’s family has no savings. Let’s count it all together, counting all the savings in all the bank cards of the two people, it is only 10,000 yuan at most.
The monthly wages of the two of them add up to about 1,500. On weekdays, they need to spend money on food, clothing, housing and transportation, and Mo Xueyao goes to school. If you can save 800 yuan a month, it is already very economical.
Last year, in order for Xiaoyao to be admitted to a good school, they also spent money on tutoring classes, which emptied a lot of their small savings. And Mo Xueyao’s father’s job is not very stable, because the company’s performance is not very good, the leaders are already considering layoffs.
The same things keep coming. Just like that sentence said – the house leaks and it happens to rain overnight.
“Okay, it’s just a small matter, don’t worry, I have 30,000 yuan in my card, plus my wife’s, I can make up 70,000 to 80,000 yuan.” Yu Liang smiled and comforted, “And my money? No interest is charged, so you don’t have to be stressed.”
“When did you save 30,000 yuan?” Yang Xiaoyu said with a smile, “Is something wrong?”
“Isn’t that for buying a car! Most of the money is still with my wife. I’ve been frugal lately. Tsk, I’ve driven this car, so I can’t let it go.”
“It’s better to drive a public car, everything can be reimbursed.”
“It’s not good, the public car has to be inspected. It’s troublesome. You can do anything with your own car, and the gas can be reimbursed as well.” Yu Liang drank the warm tea, “Okay, we can talk it another day.I will take Xiaoyao to the hospital with you, this matter should be resolved early so that everyone is at ease, so as not to be under stress and not be able to sleep.”
“Is the hospital in H city really okay?” Yang Xiaoyu became worried again.
“If it doesn’t work, go to the hospital in Magic city. There is absolutely no problem with the medical equipment there. Just get in touch with the doctors. Maybe those experts are coming from Magic city.” Yu Liang said with a smile, ” However, the medical equipment required for this operation should not be too high-end, so you don’t have to worry too much.”
“Well…” Yang Xiaoyu left the study with Yu Liang with a heavy heart.
The table in the living room here is already full of food, ready for dinner.
Mo Xueyao had dinner with her mother, and then she said goodbye to his godfather with some reluctance.
“I’ll take you there. It’s easy to drive.”
“No need, no need, there is still time for the last bus.” Mo Xueyao’s mother shook her head and said, “The bus terminal is nearby anyway.”
“Uh.” Yu Liang glanced at his wife and said with a smile, “That’s okay, just be careful on the road.”
“Goodbye godfather, godmother! Goodbye sister!”
“Brother~ Goodbye~ Come and play again next time!” Yu Liang’s daughter waved her hands vigorously, with a smile on her little face.
So, the two left and hurriedly ran to the bus terminal. There were not much people on the last bus, including the driver and the two of them, there were only five people.And the lights in the car were not turned on, it felt dark, very different from usual.
Mo Xueyao felt a little excited and swayed his legs and looked out the window. He liked this different feeling very much.
“You… do you want to be a girl?”
“Pfft! Mom, what are you talking about!”