Chapter 1: Welcome to the Jiang siblings.
“The sky is blue before sunrise”
Says the calming voice of the narrator, a woman; while the camera shoots the city and zooms until the image of a beautiful house appears, “Who’s house is this?” a small text in the bottom of the video.
Now inside are white walls of the living room, with random lotus flowers on darker white, holding a few photo frames. An L type sofa of 7 seats, tyrian purple cushions, a periwinkle and mink gray zigzagging carpet, fuzzy texture; a white marble center table of mahogany wood base and a flourishing lotus pod in a black pot. A Pendulum clock holding in the wall next to the white door, at its front are three casement windows, imperial purple curtains in pinch pleat adorning its frame. “It has a lot of purple, this must be a clue” says the women. The camera changes to a new angle and now a the hall that guides to the kitchen and the dining room, and also a corridor that leads to the stairs to the parents and children room’s and besides the stairs is the bathroom.
A small figure comes down the stairs, white two set pajama with blue polka dots, hair is messy and long, it’s a little girl, around seven and eight years old. Her hair is dark and face is lovely, she looks half-awake when she gets into the bathroom, on her hands are a bundle of clothes. After a minute or two another figure emerges from the stairs, also a woman, she is dressed with white leggings and a plain white sweater, her face can’t be seen as she goes straight to the kitchen.
“The women in the house are the first to wake up” a new text tells. The camera in the kitchen takes a view of the back of the woman, she is mild but has a strong physique, her skin looks creamy and well taken care of. In the kitchen, there is a small wall that divides with the living room. An American kitchen style, like most of the house the main colors are black, white and shades of purple, but there’s a heavy dark brown tone. Chairs are all black except for a high chair, which is lavender. The woman starts the electric stove, after having put eggs inside the pan.
“She looks really used to this, maybe a house wife?”
Now a man comes down the stairs, holding a little boy on his arms. His hair is long, his face’s handsome and kind, he’s eyes glow gentle. Dressed in similar attire to his wife but in baby blue shirt is:
“ Jiang Fengmian, there is no one in China that does not know who he is, famous since his teenager idol years in the 80’s with the idol group “TOP Lead” along with; Wen Rouhan, Jin GuanShan, Nie MingJue and the youngest member: Lan XiChen. Ups and downs were a constant on their career and in the end, after 10 years of career they took different paths. Jiang Fengmian started his own entertainment company “Loto Ent.” and got married.”
On his arms is his second born and older son Jiang Cheng, with cropped hair and angry face, “He is really cute”. He is dressed for kindergarten, dark blue pants and yellow shirt with dog paw motives, the four year old looks ready to murder someone and go back to sleep. Fengmian leaves him in the hair chair and goes to his wife to help her, when they get close he pecks her cheeks. Now we can see her face:
“Yu ZiYuan, also known as “Madam Yu” is an actress, de best there is, from childhood stealing the light to shine. When she met her now husband it was really awkward, both were enamored but neither knew how to say it, thanks to a bunch of misunderstandings they ended up married and happy.”
The scenery changes, now the parents are in a black room, seating next to each other.
“Hello, my name is Jiang Fengmian and I’m Yanli’s and Cheng’s dad.” Said the man, stating the obvious while smiling shyly, it has been some time since his last TV apparition. He is wearing a white dressing shirt and black pants, his hair on a simple low ponytail. At his side is Madam Yu, wearing nearly the same but with a lemonade pink cardigan; they look like a picture couple.
“My name is Yu Ziyuan and I’m Cheng’s and Yanli’s mother” She looks gorgeous, maternity has really changed her to a kinder side. “ Cheng and Yanli are amazing kids, but we haven’t being able to be with them all their childhood, between his company and my work there’s little time to play and help them with homework, Fengmian barely sees them so…”
“This is a opportunity to bond with them, A-Cheng is growing a bit resentful to our little time to play and has starting to hate some things” He explains “He used to love when a tickled him, now he only tells me to stop…” his smile becomes strained. Now several videos of them playing or reading a book until the boy tells him to stop appear in the screen. “I want to grow our bond again”
“And there’s something we haven’t told anyone, not even the kids” Says Ziyuan, smiling at the camera.
“Let’s get ready” Says the ex-idol, toasting some bread and putting them on a plate, inside the microwave are two small soup bowls with congee reheating. ZiYuan serves soy milk on a cup and Youtiao in a saucer then reaches and gives it to her middle child.
“Eat up, we have to leave soon baby”, right there starts A-Cheng lazy eating mode. The microwave stops and Fengmian takes the bowls out to put them in in the table along with a small plate with 3 dumplings and a cup of milk; just then the oldest kid gets out of the bathroom, fully dressed in her school uniform and hair done with two small buns and the rest falling graciously on her back.
“Good morning!” She says, kissing his younger brother in the cheek and seats to eat her breakfast. The parents smile, one wider that the other, and keep going until they are in the table eating with their children. Scrambled eggs, toast and dumplings, along with oolong tea; the adults eat the same. When Cheng gets too lazy his dad starts to spoon feed him congee. “They are a really dynamic couple; they have done everything fast and are ready to get the kids to school”
When they end their food it’s already 7:20 am and it’s time to get Yanli to school, she had her bag ready from last night, just puts her plates and cup in the sink, kisses her father and brother goodbye and goes to the front door with her mom, the woman blinks to her husband, plan starting.
Cheng and the ex-idol are alone now.
“A-Cheng, do you want to see cartoons while daddy cleans?” He asks his son, already on his arms and walking to the living room.
“Yes” the boy answer’s short but he looks a lot more awake now. The man seats him in one of the sofa seats; switch on the wall TV that it’s already in cartoons channel, the toddler slumps down in the sofa while Fengmian cleans the kitchen, he is wiping the floor when his son gets bored and sees the clock, it’s almost time to leave. He runs to the stairs and climbs carefully then runs again to his room, cameras switching at great speed, the completely ignores the jackets in the rack and opens his wardrobe. His room has a loft bed of twin size, black wood, not too tall because he is still small. On the underside is a corner desk, with lots of paper and color pencils, a black bean bag seat, and lavender, white and soft gray cushions lying around in the floor. His bed sheets are a periwinkle, first cotton blanket is a dove and the second a royal purple, the comforter a calming white like the pillows. There is a large window beside the bed, with white pinch pleat curtains.
Thanks to the bed there’s a lot of space to play, all kind of Legos and bricks, monster trucks and a medium book shelve that has comic, tales and school books, puzzles are also a big part of the room. There’s a big wardrobe of a lavender color and a coat rack, hanging there are two coats: a yellow one and a red one. A white carpet covering the cold, brown marble floor.
“I need a jacket” reads the bottom text in the screen, an arrow pointing to the ones Jiang Cheng ignored. The kid throws his clothes out of the way onto the floor until he sees the thing he wants: a purple sweater then goes down the stairs and to meet his dad. “Daddy let’s go” he exclaims looking at the adult like nothing has happened. The Jiang elder looks at the clock in his wrist and his eyes go wide, the camera zooms it.
“Good boy! A-Cheng is really smart, put on your shoes and get your bag, it’s beside the door” The man tells him, panicking and almost running to put on a red dress shirt and changing his pants in the parents room. Said room has dark purple velvet curtains on three large windows and a glass door that looks at the balcony. Two white wardrobes next to each other in front of the king-size bed, black mattress and black sheets, a thinner mattress on white under it and everything on top of the white bed frame, soft cushion headboard in light gray and white; the floor is of floating tarima. Beside the bed are an elegant mirror and a white desk, the last holding a purple makeup casket. The room holds a pretty minimalist design.
When he comes down he looks a tad bit elegant but relaxed, his hair is loose and he is wearing black regular trousers along with his red dress shirt.
“He looks almost like another person!” In the screens appears a comparison photo between his morning attire and his office work dress style. Cheng is ready and waiting for him in front of the door, he looks adorable with his big yellow school bag. There he puts on his leather shoes and grabs a trench coat and they go out of the house.
In the car there’s another camera recording whatever happens inside the vehicle, but Cheng mostly dozes off and Jiang Fengmian is concentrated in the road.
“A-Cheng, mommy and I have a surprise for you and Yanli when you get home from school today” the long haired man suddenly reveals, catching his sons attention. The boy looks at him like expecting to get the answer to whatever is the surprise, when he realizes that his dad won’t tell he takes a guess:
“It’s it a dog?” Fengmian coughs to hide his laugh, after all is an innocent assumption.
“No, but maybe we can get you a dog” The man hearth feels warm when he sees his son smile. The spouses know their child love for dogs but were uncertain from adopting one, since little Cheng wasn’t of age to be responsible for another life, now that he is a bit older they could get him a dog.
They arrived to Jiang Cheng’s kindergarten, it was plane looking but their ways of teaching were interesting, it was a Montessori school, it did wonders to Yanli so they got their second one to attend too. Two teachers where welcoming the kids and getting them inside the building, they waved to him as Cheng said his “see you later” and left to play with his friends.
Before getting back to his car the man messaged his wife.
Everything was ready to get their little surprise home.