But before Qian Wei could say anything, Lu Xun spoke slowly: “Don’t bother.”
But Qian Chuan couldn’t miss this opportunity, he immediately hooked an arm around Lu Xun’s shoulder: “Let’s go, my good brother. We can eat together, today is my treat.”
Qian Wei had known that Lu Xun had long legs, but she did not expect that when she saw him standing beside Qian Chuan, he was a little taller than Qian Chuan. Qian Wei was rooted to the ground in shock, gaping at the departing figures of Qian Chuan and Lu Xun who were walking into the hot pot restaurant together.
What did Qian Chuan just say? His treat? This guy usually wouldn’t spend a penny of his own money, he never believed in generosity between siblings and brothers. If it hadn’t been for Qian Wei’s ‘lovesickness’, he would never have thought of buying Qian Wei even a single mouthful of soup, but now he was talking about treating Lu Xun?
Also not moving was Mo Zixin. She bit her lip and did not look very happy. Qian Wei said hello to her but she only nodded perfunctorily in response.
There was no need for Mo Zixin to say anything, Qian Wei knew clearly, how could the other woman’s mood be good? This was supposed to be a world for only the two of them, but suddenly two hangers-on appeared halfway. And Lu Xun, this guy who had no EQ, suddenly allowed the date to turn into a dinner of four.
After Mo Zixin sat down, her face still looked a little cold, but that of course did not stop the hot-blooded young man Qian Chaun’s enthusiasm.
“Come on, have a glass of juice.”
“Does Zixin like to eat spicy food? We should order a mandarin duck pot. The hot pot is so hot that I’m afraid she won’t be able to stand it. “
“Here are your chopsticks.”
“Do you want me to get you some hot pot sauce?”
Qian Wei really couldn’t watch any longer: “Qian Chuan, will you just sit down and eat? Why are you showing off so much?”
“A gentleman is supposed to serve a lady.”
“Then why don’t you serve me, too?”
Qian Chuan curled his lips and said, “Can you be considered a lady when you are so manly?”
This brat with no conscience, when he found a girl he loved, he forgot his own sister! Qian Wei felt very annoyed. In her last life, what blinded her eyes and made her want to help Qian Chuan pry at Lu Xun’s corner? Lu Xun, this God who provided food and clothing, was offended for nothing. It was not worth it. It was not worth it at all.
Qian Chuan was very proactive but Lu Xun seemed indifferent. With this sort of contrast, wouldn’t Mo Zixin’s heart turn cold? Qian Wei looked over at Lu Xun several times and winked at him, trying to remind him that he should get up and serve Mo Zixin too. But Lu Xun didn’t get up at all. He not only sat there motionlessly like an aloof young master. When he did say something, it was just to instruct her to get up and get him his sauces for the hot pot.
“Seafood sauce, sweet and sour sauce, sesame sauce, and one spoonful of sesame oil.”
Qian Wei: “What?”
Lu Xun smiled and said, “Go bring me those sauces for my hot pot. Have you properly remembered all of them? Why aren’t you on your way?”
Lu Xun, Lu Xun, this was just like him! He really deserved to have the corner of his wall pried up in his last life!
“Come on, Zixin, why don’t you try this heart-packed meatball. It is the specialty of this shop.”
“The tripe is ready. Here, try some.”
“Would you like me to get you some watermelon or something?”
A simple meal was turned into a large-scale performance scene where Qian Chuan unrelentingly fawned on Mo Zixin. Qian Wei could only sit on the side and worry, but Lu Xun was still indifferent. He didn’t seem to show any of the nervousness, jealousy, or unease that he should be feeling when Mo Zixin was being coveted by another man. He ate very elegantly, like he was eating a Michelin meal instead of hot pot. When Mo Zixin finally showed a smile because of Qian Chuan’s intimate service, Lu Xun was still indifferent. He just sat quietly and ate slowly by himself. And even seeing that Mo Zixin was already talking to Qian Chuan with a smile, he seemed to have no intention of intervening at all.
What was she going to do? Was history going to repeat itself? Would Mo Zixin be taken away by Qian Chuan again? Would Qian Wei once again have to be retaliated against by Lu Xun as if she was an enemy who stole his wife?
Qian Wei’s gaze moved over Qian Chuan for a moment, then to Mo Zixin for a while, and finally to Lu Xun. She felt extremely nervous.
Qian Chuan, this shameless guy, did not feel Qian Wei’s frigid gaze at all. He was obviously willing to do anything in order to see the smile of the beauty.
“As a matter of fact, I always bury myself in my studies and I don’t like to make friends with shady people, so I don’t come out to go shopping most of the time. It was a special situation that had me come out today.” Qian Chuan sighed. “Today, I came out mainly because Qian Wei is feeling lovesick, so I came here to help her relax. You see, these big and small bags I’m carrying are all to make her happy. I bought them for her.”
A man obsessed with learning, who had simple interpersonal relationships, with simple hobbies, a deep brotherly bond with his sister, who was generous, considerate, and gentle. This was the image Qian Chuan was trying to convey to Mo Zixin with his words.
Qian Chuan, this guy, despite his usual carelessness, he didn’t lose out to other people at all when he wanted to hit on a woman.
Mo Zixin really seemed to buy it. She smiled and looked at Qian Wei: “The relationship between you two is really good. Qian Wei, I really envy you, I also wish I could have such a considerate brother.”
Qian Chuan quickly spotted an opportunity: “That’s no problem. I feel like I’m a little older than you, so you can just think of me as your older brother.” He wanted to say some more words, but Lu Xun, who had been quiet until now, finally had a reaction.
“You’re lovesick?” Lu Xun looked over at Qian Wei.
“Why wouldn’t she be? She, ah, originally she had a crush on one of my buddies but as it turned out my buddy already had a girlfriend, so she was very sad. As a matter of fact, if Qian Wei had told me earlier, I would have helped to match her with him.” Qian Chuan then quickly turned the topic back to Mo Zixin, “Zixin, if there is anything I can do for you, don’t be like Qian Wei. Just talk to me and I will help you with it.”
At this moment, Qian Wei really admired Qian Chuan from the bottom of her heart. She had never known that this boy was so good at talking before. No matter what the topic being discussed was, he could easily circle around it and use it for his own ends. He was a real prodigy.
But what could Qian Wei say? She could only hate herself for digging this hole for herself. She really couldn’t speak up and clarify things now. However, Qian Wei didn’t care too much. After all, neither Lu Xun nor Mo Zixin should have much interest in her love life. For them, it would just be some interesting gossip at most.
Qian Chuan, who had fallen in love at first sight, was over the moon to be talking with Mo Zixin. The smile of beauty was the best catalyst for him. He picked up her food and poured her water very diligently, and seemed to have no intention of hiding his feelings. He completely ignored Qian Wei and Lu Xun who were also at the table. Qian Wei kicked Qian Chuan a few times under the table to remind him to rein in a little bit but he directly ignored her. Finally, Qian Wei was forced to give him a ruthless kick that was so hard that it shook the table and knocked the food out of Lu Xun’s chopsticks, but maybe love really gave people strength because Qian Chuan unexpectedly continued to talk and laugh as if nothing happened. Eventually, Mo Zixin stood up to get some sauce, and he followed her like a royal guard.
And then only Lu Xun and Qian Wei were left at the table.
“Did you have a good time kicking me?”
When Lu Xun opened his mouth, Qian Wei was stuffing a meatball into her mouth. She was so frightened that Qian Wei accidentally bit through the center of the ball. The hot soup flowed out and burned her tongue so she quickly spit out the meatball. The meatball was spat into the bowl in front of her and splashed the soup.
Lu Xun quickly leaned back, as if to avoid any soup that might have spilled on him. He frowned and checked his whole body to make sure he had not been splashed before giving Qian Wei a warning glance.
It was a mistake, ah! It seemed she kicked Lu Xun! No wonder Qian Chuan was so unmoved…
“This is a misunderstanding!” Qian Wei hastened to explain, “I was actually trying to kick Qian Chuan. A gentleman shouldn’t remember a small villain’s mistakes. Don’t be like him, he’s from the Academy of Physical Education, you know, he developed his limbs instead of his brain.” Qian Wei said seriously, “Don’t worry, I promise, I will never let Qian Chuan come out again to ruin your dates with Mo Zixin in the future. I will drag him away myself.”
Lu Xun just looked into Qian Wei’s eyes and said nothing.
Qian Wei was really moved. It seemed that even Lu Xun, who could call the wind and rain in the legal profession in the future, was so unenlightened about the affairs of love during his youth. This man, ah~, it seemed he had a lot to learn.
“Lu Xun, if you like someone, you have to chase them. Men must take the initiative in matters of romance.” Qian Wei spoke earnestly and attentively, “I know you are used to just sitting back and being praised by people, so it is difficult for you to change yourself all at once, but you need to spoil your girlfriend a little.” Qian Wei pointed at Mo Zixin and Qian Chuan, who were talking not far away. “I can help you by dragging Qian Chaun away but Mo Zixin is so beautiful and smart that even if there is no Qian Chuan, there will be many others coming to chase her. You can’t be like this anymore. You should try to show her your charm and affection, for instance, you should be taking care of Mo Zixin when she’s eating, helping her with her food, and taking the initiative to help her get her sauce.”
“When did I say I wanted to chase Mo Zixin?”
This man, he still wouldn’t admit it even at this point?!
“You’re already here on a date with her, aren’t you?” The expression on Qian Wei’s face clearly said ‘Don’t be shy, young man, just be honest with yourself.’
“I’m here because she invited me to dinner to thank me for what happened at the gym last time.” Lu Xun paused. “I initially refused, but she invited me several times and insisted.”
Qian Wei was devastated after hearing that: “Look at you. Mo Zixin has taken the first step so bravely, but you still don’t cherish it. She invited you to dinner today, didn’t she give you a perfect reason to invite her out next time? If you take advantage of this properly you two will be dating in no time!”
Qian Wei had more to say but unfortunately, Qian Chuan was already coming back with Mo Zixin. So she just winked at Lu Xun and shut her mouth.
TL note: I’ve made up my mind to try to maintain a consistent 3x a week schedule for this project (Mon/Wen/Fri) – so those will be the days this comes out on from here forward. Mostly I’m doing this because giving myself deadlines makes it easier for me to manage my time.