Fortunately, Qian Wei felt hungry so she worked hard and ate more than half of the pizza herself. On the other hand, Lu Xun, who had just said he wanted to eat pizza, spent most of his time holding a knife and fork and staring down at the pizza gloomily.
“By the way, where are we going next?” Qian Wei quickly shifted gears. Now that the two had finished their meal, they couldn’t just wait around in the restaurant. Even though many people came through here Qian Wei didn’t think there was much hope of running into Mo Zixin and Qian Chaun by just waiting. Of course, all the phone calls and text messages she sent to Qian Chuan were like stones dropped into a still lake, leaving nary a ripple. Qian Wei knew there was no way her brother would take the initiative to expose his plans.
“From what I know about Qian Chuan, I think he will take Mo Zixin to ride the roller coaster. After all, when riding a roller coaster, as long as the boy remains calm while everyone else is screaming, it will make him look brave and masculine. Meanwhile, if the girls gets frightened and they stumble off the roller coaster feeling headachy and dizzy, the boy will have a golden opportunity to show off his good qualities. He can act considerate, caring, and offer her comfort. Which will cause a surge of good feelings from the girl.” Qian Wei rolled up her sleeves. “It’s not too late though. Let’s hurry up and get in line for the roller coaster and we can probably catch Qian Chuan and Mo Zixin.”
“I don’t mind riding a roller coaster.” Lu Xun spoke leisurely. He glanced at Qian Wei. “But will you be ok?”
“Don’t worry about me! I can do it!”
“I’m not worried about you.” Lu Xun paused. “I’m worried about myself.”
Qian Wei felt excited. Since there would be no issues riding the roller coaster but Lu Xun was still worried for himself, it seemed that Lu Xun had finally begun to get into the right mindset to battle Qian Chuan.
Qian Wei patted her chest and comforted him: “Lu Xun, rest assured that with me here, Qian Chuan will never succeed! I will definitely destroy any hope of love between Qian Chuan and Mo Zixin!”
“I’m worried about you going on a roller coaster right after eating. Won’t you throw up on me again as soon as you get off?”
She should never get angry with her future boss, she should never beat her future boss! Qian Wei silently recited this mantra in her heart over ten times before she had finally adjusted her mood enough that she could smile while facing Lu Xun.
“You really should worry more about yourself.” Qian Wei felt like it was time to put some pressure on Lu Xun. “If you keep acting so leisurely, and Mo Zixin and Qian Chuan really get together, but you still keep chasing Mo Zixin, you will become a laughingstock of our college. A man trying to become the third party in someone else’s relationship is always reviled. Do you even still want your image?”
Lu Xun looked disdainful: “In love, there is no morality. It is completely meaningless to talk about image or about who came first in love. Thinking too much like that only shows that your feelings are not strong enough. If I, Lu Xun, like someone, then I will not give up even if I have to become the third party. As for my image? That kind of thing, can I eat it? What’s more important than chasing the person I like?”
Qian Wei really would like to record those words and play it back to Lu Xun ten years from now. Lu Xun, ah, Lu Xun, since you are so enlightened, why were you single silently for so many years after Mo Zixin was taken away by Qian Chuan? If you have the ability, you could become the third party and get her back, but you don’t! Was there anyone in the world who couldn’t talk a big game?
“Besides, for the person I like, I wouldn’t give her the chance to date anyone else.” Lu Xun added disdainfully, “I, Lu Xun, will never be reduced to being a third party.”
Okay! Qian Wei really wanted to tell him that ten years later he would be reduced to the point where he didn’t even have the chance to be the third party!
Fortunately, although his mouth didn’t seem very agreeable, eventually Lu Xun followed Qian Wei and lined up for the roller coaster. The roller coaster was a hot attraction in the theme park so there were many other people waiting in line when they arrived. Qian Wei stood on tiptoe and looked around, but all the way until it was Qian Wei’s turn to ride, she did not see Mo Zixin or Qian Chuan anywhere.
The tickets to the theme park were not cheap. Since they had all come all this way and they had been waiting in line for such a long time. Now it was her turn, she might as well just get on the ride!
With that thought in mind, Qian Wei pulled Lu Xun along to go on the roller coaster. Qian Wei was actually a person who was very protective of her life. So originally, she would never consider the idea of riding a roller coaster, she had never been on a roller coaster before, even in her last life. And although she had heard others describe how terrifying roller coasters were and she had heard the screaming of people riding on a roller coaster when she passed under it, she had never taken it very seriously.
Because she had not experienced it, she had never really realized the terror of riding a roller coaster.
But now, in this moment. As soon as the roller coaster started, Qian Wei began to feel regret. When the roller coaster accelerated, Qian Wei began to scream. When the roller coaster dived down vertically, Qian Wei began to cry. And when the roller coaster finally came to an end, Qian Wei swore that this would be the only time in her life she would EVER ride a roller coaster.
When Qian Wei stumbled off the roller coaster, she felt that her legs were soft like jelly and she collapsed on a bench. Lu Xun sat beside Qian Wei. While he was on the roller coaster there hadn’t been a trace of a scream from his mouth. He was calm and cool. Qian Wei thought dazedly that this guy was the kind of guy who could still answer his phone while riding a roller coaster and calmly tell the caller, ‘It’s a little noisy on my end right now. I’ll call you back soon.’ At the moment, Qian Wei had a terrible look on her face, but she noticed that, for some reason, Lu Xun’s face was also very ugly. He was frowning and his face seemed layered in frost.
Could it be that Lu Xun didn’t let himself scream or shout because of a ‘man’s dignity’, but in fact he had been scared to death?
Qian Wei observed him for a long time before she decided to come forward to show her sympathies and show her willingness to care about the future boss’s mental health: “That roller coaster was really terrible, mainly because of that feeling of weightlessness. I think that if you want to scream it’s very normal. Wasn’t there a saying about this? ‘It’s not a sin for a man to cry’. I’ve always said that sometimes, ah~, you have to vent your feelings out loud. It’s nothing to be ashamed of if you get scared by a roller coaster. You shouldn’t just suppress the fear you feel in your heart though. If you just hold it in like that it could leave a psychological shadow. “
“Did the fact that I didn’t cry out at all make you think that I was very afraid?”
“I-If not, then why is your face so unhappy?”
Lu Xun seemed like he was trying to be patient, but in the end he obviously failed. He grit his teeth and muttered: “Don’t you feel like there have been a lot of people looking at us ever since we got off the roller coaster?”
Qian Wei scratched her head and said, “Do you think so?” She had been focused on her jelly-like legs and couldn’t pay any attention to other people’s eyes until now. But after Lu Xun mentioned it, she looked around and found that there were indeed many people who were getting off the roller coaster and then, when they saw Qian Wei and Lu Xun they began to laugh secretly. There were even several lively couples who enthusiastically came forward and waved to Qian Wei, then they would take a meaningful look at Lu Xun, who was sitting next to her and ask, “Are you Lu Xun?”
Qian Wei was dumbfounded: “Are they staring at you because you are so handsome? But how do they know that your name is Lu Xun? Are you so famous?”
Lu Xun seemed to restrain his emotions with great effort: “To be more precise, they are staring at you, Qian Wei. Do you know what kind of ghost sounds you make when you were screaming on the roller coaster just now? Do you remember what kind of things you were yelling?” Finally, Lu Xun’s restraint seemed to snap. “On a roller coaster that only lasted a few minutes, you spent the entire time shrieking out foul language. Fine, when people are afraid, they may subconsciously let some foul language slip out, and I can accept that. And fine, for a law student, eloquence is both normal and a good thing, and I can also accept that. But what did you mean by suddenly cursing and scolding me the whole time?” Lu Xun glared at Qian Wei viciously. “How else do you think they know my name?”
In the face of Lu Xun’s questioning, Qian Wei began to vaguely remember that she… indeed, it seems like she began to scold Lu Xun at some point. After all, she only decided to ride such a horrible roller coaster in order to help Lu Xun chase Mo Zixin.
But seeing Lu Xun’s face that looked like the whole world owed him a million dollars, Qian Wei could only smile and say, “Maybe it’s because your fame as the ‘Light of our Law School’ has already spread far and wide. You’re really just too famous…” Anyway, there was no evidence, so Qian Wei would never admit it even if you beat her to death. “I may have been too afraid and began to blurt out foul language just now, but I’m sure I didn’t scold you. You must have misheard. I’m not that kind of person. You are my idol. How could a person just casually scold their idol?”
“Sir, would you like to see the picture we took for you on the roller coaster just now?”
Qian Wei was about to try to drag Lu Xun away again, but she was interrupted by one of the roller coaster staff. The other party enthusiastically pointed to their computer. Amusement parks nowadays were all very business savvy. Cameras and video devices had been set up to capture the moment that the roller coaster went into its vertical dive and the expressions of the riders at that moment. After all, it was hard to muster the courage to ride such a roller coaster so most people were willing to buy these photos and videos as a memento.
“Let me see.” Qian Wei curiously leaned toward the computer. But as a result, as soon as she saw it, she wanted to destroy the whole computer on the spot.
That picture of her was really ugly!
The picture was taken as the roller coaster was in the midst of a near-vertical dive. Qian Wei only remembered that she felt that she really might die at any second at that time, and the picture had accurately preserved her expression that was perfectly reflecting her the things she was feeling at that moment. Because the speed of the dive was very fast, Qian Wei’s bangs were pasted to her face, her mouth was open, and she was obviously screaming. Although it was clearly a photo, she seemed to be able to hear her own screaming just looking at it. In the photo, her eyes were rolled up and her face was crumpled with fear. Meanwhile, Lu Xun, who was sitting beside her, looked very calm. Even while riding the speeding roller coaster, he had a dignified manner and noble appearance. But his face looked like he had just chewed a bitter root, as if sitting next to Qian Wei was a special kind of humiliation.
The staffer obviously also saw the photo and knew it did not look very good. He coughed and said, “It’s okay if you don’t want the photo. We also have a short video…”
Before Qian Wei could say no, the enthusiastic staffer clicked on the so-called short video, and Qian Wei’s heartbreaking screaming began to play.
“Shit! I made a big mistake! Fuck! Aah! Fuck your grandma! Lu Xun, you son of a bitch! Lu Xun you XXX*, I will XXX your 18 generations of ancestors Lu Xun! Ahhhhh–“
Qian Wei: “…”
Lu Xun’s face was expressionless. He looked at Qian Wei and said, “Are you sure you didn’t curse me?”
“Lu Xun, let me explain…”
“Didn’t you say that I must have heard wrong?”
“This… I… ” Qian Wei was anxious and began to speak randomly. “You said it yourself that in a high-pressure situation like riding a roller coaster, people sometimes can’t help blurting things out. You are my idol. Your image is always engraved in my heart, so I couldn’t help but call your name.” Qian Wei suddenly grabbed Lu Xun and tried to change the topic. “But right now, time is tight. We have to go find Qian Chuan and Mo Zixin first. We can’t just stay here…”
“Do you two want to buy this video? As a souvenir?”
“No, we don’t!”
But at almost the same time as Qian Wei spoke, Lu Xun’s voice also rang out concisely: “Yes, how much is it?”
“220 for the video, 50 for the photo, and 250 for both.”
“OK, I’ll buy the video and photo together.”
Qian Wei interjected anxiously: “Lu Xun, think of how terrible the number of 250 is. How large. Won’t you have to lose 250 if you buy it? Besides, we are not a couple so what is the point of having it?” The matter of scolding Lu Xun and being caught on the spot was already very bad, but if she let Lu Xun keep the video, it would be hard to count on him forgetting things over time. Wouldn’t it just be planting a bomb for herself that could blow up at any time? What if Lu Xun saw the video again and again in the future, wouldn’t it just be a constant reminder to him that would deepen his impression of the one time Qian Wei scolded him? Wouldn’t that destroy the harmony and friendship between a small future employee and her boss? So Lu Xun must never be allowed to buy it!
Qian Wei advised: “This video is not very good. Especially this picture, just look at how ugly I am! It’s not worth 250 yuan at all!”
Lu Xun looked at the picture and said, “You’re right that it’s not a very good picture of you.” He smiled thinly, “But it’s a good picture of me, especially with you as comparison, it makes me look really good. I think it is worth collecting.”
“…” Qian Wei wanted to say, then how do you think I feel when seeing this ugly photo…
“Do you have a problem with me paying for my own photos?”
“No.” Alright, you are a beautiful paragon of reason, while I am ugly and should shut up while this man buys whatever he wants. Qian Wei thought to herself, how could I dare to have a problem with the future boss? Whatever, as long as he is are willing to give me a bigger year-end bonus in the future, everything he says is right!
After riding the roller coaster, Qian Wei quickly became sad again. Qian Chuan, just like a runaway Mustang, seemed to be gone forever. In such a big theme park, there was no way she could find him. After such a long time, Qian Wei decided to give up. Anyway, it was rare for her to come to a theme park, so she figured she might as well have some fun.
Qian Wei spotted a merry-go-round not far away and was suddenly moved: “Lu Xun, let’s go on the merry-go-round!”
“No.” Lu Xun obviously did not intend to give her face at all. He refused very decisively.
But Qian Wei did not give up. Instead, she continued to advocate: “Since we already bought tickets to the theme park, we shouldn’t waste them. Just look around, there are so many people waiting in line for the other attractions that you would have to wait for half a day before you could ride. But on the merry-go-round there is no need to wait in line. We can discuss which attraction we need to go to next to find Qian Chuan and Mo Zixin while we ride.”
Lu Xun cocked an eyebrow and said, “Do you think I look like a woman?”
Qian Wei shook her head and said, “Not at all!”
“It’s good that you’re aware.” Lu Xun rolled his eyes. “But who are the people going on the merry-go-round? They are all women. Meanwhile. I am a man. If I go and ride the merry-go-round, don’t you think it’s not a very good match? “
But Qian Wei did not give up: “Just look, there are also boys! There are boys riding it too!”
“Those are all men sitting with their girlfriends.” Lu Xun glanced at Qian Wei. “Do you think we are lovers?”
“Why don’t you just take it as sitting with a friend for a while?”
Lu Xun looked into Qian Wei’s eyes: “Do you think we are friends?”
“Lu Xun, have I not done enough for you?!” Qian Wei said, “At the very least we are strategic partners! I’m betraying my relative and helping you pry into my own brother’s corner! Is it possible that our relationship is not even at the levels of friends?”
Lu Xun smiled and said, “Is this friendship? A person who always speaks ill of me out of the side of their mouth and scolds me behind my back?”
“I even suspect that you were sent by Qian Chuan to interfere with me.”
“I swear to god, I’m innocent!”
*it’s XXX in the raws.
TL note: this is literally the longest chapter in this whole story. It’s 2 or even 3 times longer than most of the other ones. So I split it in two.