Mei Ren Long Tang: Episode 7 – Sprouting

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*WARNING*: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

So even though Long Tai was trying to chase Wen Zi away, he was still worried for her. At least he was pondering where she was since they hadn’t seen her around since that morning’s encounter.

And it seemed like Long Tai’s luck was running a tad lower lately. Because he ended up bumping into those group of gangsters he once fought off again. Yet before he could react to ‘teach them a lesson’, Ren Mei just have to jump out of nowhere to stop them. (What?) Ren Mei reminded him that he shouldn’t fight. Since Long Tian He wasn’t the fighting type. If he fought this round and won and it got to Wen Zi, he would be exposed. But how could he just take it? No choice. He had to shield Ren Mei from the beating though. OY!

At a restaurant, Ren Hu thought he was in for some romantic date, but his frown made its appearance when Wen Zi asked about Long Tian He. Wen Zi wanted to know since she heard that Tian He and Ren Hu were enemies so Ren Hu should understand his enemy. So Ren Hu had no problem with disclosing all of Tian He’s sin toward mankind. That also sparked Wen Zi’s departure since she had no interest in hearing those words. (So not a good way for Ren Hu to score points with Wen Zi since he was acting quite crazy right now.)

On the other hand, Long Tai and Ren Mei finally caught a break when a cop spotted the gathering and blew his whistle. The gang finally fled the scene, leaving Ren Mei to tend to Long Tai. Long Tai didn’t answer her when she asked his well being though. He only walked silently away while she followed behind.

He finally turned around and scolded her when she asked to help him again. He told her to stay away if there were such situations occurring the next time. A somewhat touching and sad moment. Since he admitted that he cared for her, not wanting her to get hurt because whenever she was hurting, she would hide somewhere and cry alone.

When they arrived home, he told her not to tell the others about what happened earlier, not wanting them to worry. She once again asked of his well being. He finally responded that he was all right. She then moved on to the other topic. (Yeah, the one about him admitting that he cared for her.) He dodged the question by explaining that she was there temporarily to help them so of course he was in charge of her well being. Though she said he scared her with that confession earlier yet she looked disappointed that it was just so (when he already left the scene). OY!

Ren Mei delivered some ointments to him when he was in his room, thinking about what crazy things he said earlier. She finally realized how badly he was injured. Then she asked if she could help him since there were spots on his back that he probably couldn’t reach. And she even promised not to peek, lol. He was just staring. Her request got turned down since he didn’t know what to make of his current moods either, slamming the door in her face. (Nice?)

That night, Wen Zi came home all tired and no progress. She found a good opportunity to sneak into Long Tai’s room to investigate. Yet he found her out and entered in time. She apologized for her intrusion by saying that she didn’t see anyone hence entering. He quickly returned it with some intimidating words about Japanese people probably know about courtesy/respect and the intrusion stuff. (YUP, definitely trying to piss her off so she would leave.) Wow, she could really hold it in. Since she was able to do a respectful bow and repeated her apology for causing trouble, etc. She was definitely laying out a trap since she mentioned about returning to Japan tomorrow. (YEAH RIGHT!) And based on the flashback, Long Tai purposely set out Tian He’s stuff and left the door ajar so Wen Zi would discover it. (NICCCEEEE…) If only she would fall for it.

As Wen Zi was really packing in her room, Long Shou Cheng just have to come in and disturb her. Um…he was asking about her plans of leaving tomorrow, etc. Then he left briefly after. But the list he gave her was like a little clue that made her even more suspicious. (DARN!)

So she was back for round 2, questioning Long Tai and confronting him about the matter. Though Long Tai was trying to drive Wen Zi away, he was also shocked about the letter. The ones his father claimed to write yet he didn’t see a thing. He realized that his old man was telling the truth, he really did write letters.

Meanwhile, Ren Mei was in her room, fighting with herself whether she should go check on Long Tai or not. She was trying to convince herself it was normal to worry about his injuries since those injuries were because of her. Yet on another hand, it just seemed too weird. She decided to use her coin to help her decide whether to go or not.

So back to Long Tai and Wen Zi, he finally read his father’s letter. And was pondering about how his mother didn’t want his father to find them, etc. Wen Zi, on the other hand, was wondering about the next step. It was hard for her to treat him like a stranger from now on. After he stated that he had no choice but to play the role right now, she promised to help him keep the secret. PHEW. (And I was worried it was her that leaked the secret yet she didn’t disclose those stuff to Ren Hu. After all, she didn’t know him so why revealed stuff to him, right?)

And Ren Mei finally made her decision to go check on Long Tai. Yet what she discovered was another rendez-vous (or so it seemed) between Long Tai and Wen Zi. Long Tai wanted to help Wen Zi tend to her wound. (The one she accidentally got when she brushed aside some wine glass in the restaurant.) The mistake he made was using Ren Mei’s ointment since it really got to her. (Eh! Jealous time from her, lol.)

After Wen Zi left, Long Tai spotted Ren Mei spying on them. It was hard not to. He was asking her why she was sneaking around and hiding there. She said she was just passing by, lol. Yet she wasn’t just passing by, she couldn’t resist it and turned back to ask him why Wen Zi was there. OMG, jealous rants all around! So funny! After some more scolding marathon, Ren Mei left the scene while Long Tai was seen smiling.

Ren Mei didn’t go back to her room. She was outside staring at the tree and on the verge of tears. Awww…sad indeed. Even if it was only a misunderstanding, but seeing her wanting to cry like that was just plain sad.

Next morning, round 2 began with their cold war. Even Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie were able to detect it. It was hard not to when Ren Mei pulled out another chair and slid into it instead of keeping her place next to Long Tai like usual. OMG, they were able to hold a psychic-like conversation between the three of them? (Long Shou Cheng, Lao Tu, and Ah Pan Jie that was.) The only normal thing was seeing Long Tai back into his old attires again, no longer donning Tian He’s clothes to trick Wen Zi. And the atmosphere was ruptured once again with Wen Zi wanting to join them at the breakfast table. Nice? Major cold war time. Nice, she’d chosen the spot between Long Tai and Ren Mei, the spot Ren Mei abandoned earlier. OY! Yet Ren Mei was still keeping it intact with her manners and managed a smile and a ‘morning’ to Wen Zi. Nicely done. After all, Wen Zi was their guest, shouldn’t offend the guest. But what shocked Long Tai–and eventually the others–was how Wen Zi said she wasn’t leaving. (WHAT?!) Yet the others soon recovered, they were more than happy to see business coming in. Only Long Tai was still unrest.  (And perhaps Ren Mei too but for her own reason.)

OMG, just when will this awkward breakfast end? Wen Zi kept attracting attention to herself and Long Tai. Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie were getting suspicious. Or perhaps they were just curious. Yet it was getting really, really uncomfortable for Long Tai. But he finally found out the person responsible for his downfall (aka allowing Wen Zi to connect the dots to him–the one giving her the list last night). Wen Zi kept scooping her food and sharing it with Long Tai. It was getting super awkward again. He finally resolved it by letting Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie have some as well. OY!

Later, Long Tai dragged Wen Zi aside to question her about her behaviors. He told her to stop acting so close to him since they supposedly just know each for only several days. Yet she said it was hard to pretend not to know him. OY! Who else but Ren Mei walked in on them when Wen Zi was playfully hitting him on the shoulder?

In the kitchen, Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie were talking about Long Tai and Wen Zi. That, of course, had affected Ren Mei. She excused herself to go distribute flyers yet Ah Pan Jie had detected that Ren Mei was jealous. Then they were talking about how it was forbidden between Tien He and Ren Mei because Ren Mei was from the Zhao family. OY! Getting complicated again.

That night, Long Tai was wandering around searching for Ren Mei. Ah Pan Jie was sneaking up on him when he was trying to think. She disclosed that Ren Mei went to search for a friend. He was mumbling about how she said she didn’t have any friends. And then he reacted by saying that he wasn’t worrying about Ren Mei, he was just asking. Yup, Ah Pan Jie even noticed that his reaction was quite strong.

Ren Mei indeed ventured into a quite complicated area to search for Xiao Xiang (the current owner of the shop her family once went to eat). Her search wasn’t in vain since she did locate Xiao Xiang (known as Haru around the area). However, she wasn’t able to speak to the other party.

Meanwhile at home, Long Tai was pacing back and forth in his room while Wen Zi was studying Tian He’s stuff, commenting about how his brother was so smart, etc. He didn’t care. He was worried about Ren Mei–and was still denying it. Wen Zi finally found out he wasn’t paying attention. But he shooed her out, stating that he was tired.

On the way back to her room, Wen Zi was stopped by Long Shou Cheng. So they proceeded to his room to talk. He, of course, was suspicious of their behaviors from earlier. So she didn’t have to pretend anymore. But still…

Back on the Long Tai front, he was out and about searching for Ren Mei. (YUP, shooing Wen Zi away was just an excuse so he could be free to search for Ren Mei.) He went to her room first, just checking to make sure. Then he went outside to talk to the tree. OY, that tree was really popular. Well, he was mostly talking to his mother, but still… And then while he was at it, he ended up beating himself up for being so fierce with her.

Apparently, Ren Mei was still standing outside that one place to wait for Xiao Xiang. While Long Tai stood outside the resort waiting for her to come back. As unfortunate as it was, Ren Mei’s phone got dropped again so it malfunctioned already. Even if Long Tai wanted to call her, she wouldn’t be able to pick it up anyway. He couldn’t take it anymore so he went out to search for her. Ironically, that was when she came back. So when he came back, he stood outside again, waiting, thinking she was still out somewhere. OY!

The next morning, Ah Pan Jie came out to open the door and spotted Long Tai sleeping outside. She was more than shocked so she questioned him about it. He said he was just up early and went outside to exercise yet ended up falling asleep on the doorstep. (Nice? Well, there was no way he was going to admit he was there waiting for Ren Mei all night.) He was trying to ask why was Ren Mei out all night. Then Ah Pan Jie was saying how Ren Mei was inside helping her prepare breakfast. He was soooo stumped.

At breakfast, they once again sat in the spots from yesterday. Long Tai was still staring at Ren Mei and fuming inside. He tried to eat loudly or make more noises so she would notice him yet she was just minding her own business and eating her meal. Well, she was lost in thoughts about the other matter so of course, she wasn’t paying attention to him. OMG, that was so messed up! He snatched the piece of food away from her. And then he started the show with scolding her. So she was forced to apologize to everyone. Yet Lao Tu and Ah Pan Jie backed her up, even Wen Zi said it was no big deal and that he didn’t have to scold Ren Mei. Lao Tu told Ren Mei to call next time if it happened again. Long Tai wasn’t about to let it drop. Far from it. Ren Mei once again apologized for her behaviors, and Ah Pan Jie interfered again, saying that nothing happened so he should just drop it, considering how a ‘guest’ was here. After all that was said and done, Wen Zi realized there was really something up since Long Tai seemed too fierce with Ren Mei. Yup, Wen Zi went on another investigation. This time, she was questioning Ah Pan Jie about Ren Mei.

While that was happening, Long Tai was spying on Ren Mei. He had no choice. It was a big scare for him last night with not being able to locate her. So now he had to sneak around to see where she was going. Long Tai was really a pro stalker since he was able to follow her to that one complicated area. She was still on her mission in finding Xiao Xiang and talking to her. Yet the bouncers at the door pushed her, and Long Tai jumped to the rescue in time. A confrontation was inevitable yet Ren Mei was quite strong, she didn’t want to return home with Long Tai.

It was revealed in a flashback of how Ren Mei first met Xiao Xiang. Ren Mei was crying and Xiao Xiang had cheered her up.

Long Tai finally successfully dragged Ren Mei from the scene. It wasn’t because she was suddenly so obedient. It was actually because she finally succeeded in delivering a note to Xiao Xiang. Yet unfortunately for the both of them, it rained on their way home. So they had to seek some shelter while waiting for the bus.

Another confrontation ensued, but this time it was regarding him. She was scolding him for making her misunderstand. Since he claimed to hate her yet kept looking for her and tried to help her. So that had created confusion for her. Yup, it wasn’t a good feeling. He finally obliged to her request by distancing himself from her. But that was still unbearable to watch him stand there in the rain like that. She couldn’t stand it anymore so she approached him and told him not to be so childish. He scolded right back, stating that who was more childish, considering how she was the one being out all night and not calling home, etc. (Too intense. Yet their feelings were obvious.)

Hearing him say those words, she couldn’t stand it anymore and turned away. Yet he turned her back to face him, demanding some answers. He ended up kissing her at last. But this wasn’t their romantic get together since she fainted instead of responding to his kiss. (Nice? So much for being prince charming.) It wasn’t because of him though since it was probably because she was already overly tired since last night and now being in the rain and all.

Morning finally arrived and it was a clear day. (Indeed fitting with those phrases about the sun coming out after the rain.) However, Ren Mei was still unconscious–with Long Tai taking care of her. Yet she was going through one of her nightmares. The one about losing her parents, and that everyone was hating her because of what happened.

Before Long Tai could figure anything else out, he received a call from someone and was forced to tend to it while leaving Ah Pan Jie to care for Ren Mei. Unfortunately for him, once again, he ran into those groups of gangsters while taking care of Xiao Xiang’s matter. What was even more unlucky was how Ren Hu was nearby and had noticed him hence stopping the car to witness the scene. To fight or not to fight?

Fight, of course. He had no choice. Not to mention, things were getting too dangerous and complicated. (And on top of that, he didn’t see Ren Hu nearby.) There were too many things to think about aside from checking to see if Zhao Ren Hu was lurking around to spy on him or not. Things were getting quite intense between both parties. However, it was soon resolved because the other guy was able to spot the words “北野” on Long Tai’s belt. Or at least it was a handkerchief dangling by his belt. It was Bei Ye Jian Ren (北野健二)’s signature.

The turn of events. They knelt in front of Long Tai to apologize for their behaviors, considering how Long Tai knew Bei Ye Jian Ren. So they were under Bei Ye’s commands as well. No wonder they were so apologetic toward Long Tai. Not only was Ren Hu surprised when he saw those men bowed to Long Tai but also Xiao Xiang who was standing nearby. Ren Hu was more determined than ever that the person standing there wasn’t Long Tian He, but someone else.

The other matter was finally resolved, now it was Xiao Xiang’s situation. Long Tai said that he knew her story through Ah Pan Jie, and even revealed that her mother had left behind the shop for her. He continued by persuading her to return home.

While that was going on, Ren Hu was busy scolding at his PI to work harder and expose Dr. Jin’s patient–whoever that person was. Then he was back to empty threats.

The good news was Ren Mei finally woke up. Her head was still swirling so she was trying to piece things together. Yet what she remembered shocked her even more. Wah!

*All images were captured by DTLCT

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