Lu Xun was an excellent swimmer and he quickly saved two more girls. Qian Wei realized that she had really misjudged him. Not only was he not overwhelmed by his fear of death, he was actually much braver than anyone else. But it was a great pity, Mo Zixin, who Lu Xun needed to rescue the most, had already been saved by someone else while Lu Xun was busy saving Qian Wei. So now no matter how many people Lu Xun saved, he would not have any chance to play the hero for Mo Zixin.
“Qian Wei, are you all right?”
Qian Wei looked up and noticed that a drenched Qian Chuan and Liu Shiyun were both standing in front of her.
Qian Chuan sounded a little nervous and he patted at Qian Wei’s arm as if to check that she was really all right. When he found that she was fine, he relaxed: “It’s good that you’re okay.” After checking Qian Wei, he walked over to Mo Zixin and asked her if she was okay. After that, he turned and jumped back into the water to continue to save people.
Now that Liu Shiyun was safe her mood had stabilized. She squeezed Qian Wei’s arm and gave her a wink. Then she said, “Look over there. Mo Zixin seems very lonely.”
Qian Wei’s eyes were fixed on Qian Chuan and Lu Xun, who were still in the water, because she was afraid that something might happen, so her reply was absent-minded, “What?”
“Just now, because of me, Qian Chuan could not save her at all. And then, Lu Xun was very close to her but he didn’t save her, instead, he went to save you.” Liu Shiyun sounded a little puzzled. “But doesn’t Lu Xun like her? What’s going on? Even though Qian Chuan lost the opportunity to play the hero saving the beauty, at least after he came ashore he went and asked about Mo Zixin’s situation. But what about Lu Xun? I saw that as soon as he came ashore, he turned around to continue saving people, he didn’t even give Mo Zixin a glance.”
“Maybe Lu Xun was just too eager to save more people, so he jumped back into the water before he had time to think about Mo Zixin.”
Liu Shiyun touched her chin: “That Lu Xun is just too unenlightened in romance. Or could it be that he doesn’t like Mo Zixin? Maybe he likes you?”
“Mo Zixin’s grade is here.” Qian Wei raised a hand over the top of her head, “While my grade is here.” She lowered her hand down to the soles of her feet. “Do you think Lu Xun is blind?”
Although Qian Wei said that, in her heart, a rare little thought bubbled up: Maybe Lu Xun suddenly realized that she was actually very good… but… No. That should be wrong, ah~, if Lu Xun could learn to appreciate her character, why did they work together for so many years during her previous life but he never had anything to say? Not to mention, he probably really did like Mo Zixin. After all, Qian Wei had witnessed the dismal scene where he confessed his love but was rejected by Mo Zixin.
People like Lu Xun were really too outstanding. Because they were so excellent Qian Wei always felt as if there was a great distance between people like her and people like them. So for a person like Lu Xun, she only dared to look at him from a distance and never dared to get close. That’s why when she had the thought: ‘The overbearing Lu Xun might be falling in love with me’, it created a strange feeling like she was breaking the law or committing a crime.
While she was thinking, Qian Wei secretly glanced over at Mo Zixin. The other woman was sitting on the ground and looked a bit like a beautiful mermaid, her long hair hung wetly on her body but that did little to diminish her beauty. Probably because she was frightened, her face looked a little pale, and Liu Shiyun was right, her black eyes, which usually shone with life and radiance, were now like two dusty jewels, filled with gloom and loss. When Qian Wei looked over Mo Zixin also happened to look at Qian Wei. Their eyes met and she stared at Qian Wei with eyes that were filled with something unclear.
“Who has here knows first aid? Who can do artificial respiration? Save Wang Chenggang!”
Qian Wei was dragged out of her thought be someone’s shouting. She quickly stood up and yelled: “I can! I can do artificial respiration!”
But as soon as she was about to run to Wang Chenggang, she felt a pair of wet hands catch her from behind. Qian Wei looked over her shoulder and saw that it was Lu Xun. He had just finished saving the last person who fell into the water and was now wearing a thin towel provided by the staff of the forest park. He gave one of the towels to Qian Wei, then frowned and said: “You sit and dry yourself off.”
“But Wang Chenggang needs artificial respiration right away!”
“I’ll do it.”
Lu Xun had saved several people already and dove into the water several times in a row. No matter how physically strong he was, he seemed to be reaching his limits and was even panting slightly. Qian Wei thought about it and decided to go herself: “You should take a rest. I took a first-aid course from the school so there’s absolutely no problem. Believe in me.”
Lu Xun ignored Qian Wei’s words and just walked straight over to where Wang Chenggang was lying without another word. Qian Wei only heard the words he faintly left behind.
“It’s not appropriate for a girl to give a boy mouth-to-mouth respiration.”
Qian Wei was stupefied for a long time before she realized that Lu Xun was already leaning over to do artificial respiration on Wang Chenggang. Qian Wei complained in her heart about Lu Xun’s strange prejudices. Artificial respiration was for saving lives. What difference did man or woman make when you were saving people? And Qian Wei, the girl in question, did not care, so why did Lu Xun care?
Fortunately, there was no problem with Lu Xun’s first aid skills. Wang Chenggang, who had been lying motionless on the ground, suddenly choked out a mouthful of water, coughed a few times, and then regained consciousness. Soon someone counted all the people and found that everyone who had been on board the rafts were safe on the shore. The staff of the forest park had also appeared to deal with the aftermath of the accident and they were busy apologizing vigorously. Several student representatives went forward to chatter at the park staff and ask for compensation, but Lu Xun did not join in the excitement. He just went straight to Qian Wei.
Even though he had just saved her Lu Xun’s posture seemed a little awkward. But his expression was still quite calm, with his typical smidge of deliberate alienation and indifference. He walked up to Qian Wei and gently nudged her with his foot: “How are you?”
Qian Wei was sitting on the ground to rest so she had to look up to see Lu Xun’s face. With the way he was standing in the sunlight Qian Wei felt that his face was glowing in a halo of white light. Qian Wei had never been good at recognizing or remembering faces but Lu Xun was an exception. His face was always clear in her mind. With his slightly furrowed brows, his reserved lips, and his sword-like and beautiful nose.
Qian Wei was briefly stunned but she quickly gathered her thoughts: “I’m fine.” For the first time, she felt a little shy when looking at Lu Xun. “Thank you for today.”
Lu Xun looked down at Qian Wei faintly. Most times, he did not have any special expression, sometimes he looked very ruthless, and often he looked like the typical aloof Lu Xun. So right now his eyes seemed almost warm, which stood out in strong contrast.
“Then go back to your room. Take a hot bath, change your clothes, and drink something warm. Don’t catch a cold.”
Qian Wei stood up while patting her butt. She leaned close to Lu Xun and lowered her voice. “Thank you for your concern, but don’t you think you should show some care for Mo Zixin?”
Lu Xun glanced over at the nearby Mo Zixin. Right now, in addition to Qian Chuan, there was also the boy who had just saved her from the river by her side. Because she was so beautiful, no matter what the situation was, Mo Zixin always enjoyed attention from members of the opposite sex.
“There seems to be no lack of care around her.” Lu Xun put his hands in his pockets. “I don’t want to take part in the fun.”
Was it because there were too many admirers around Mo Zixin that Lu Xun was hesitant?
“Girls won’t ever feel like they’re receiving too much care, the same way no one will dislike having too much money. But I have a question, just now when you fell into the water you were obviously much closer to her, and she called your name and asked for your help directly. So why didn’t you save her? Instead, you came to save me?” Qian Wei wondered aloud, “Although I’m very thankful to you for saving me, it was really unwise of you to miss the opportunity to be the hero to saving the beauty.”
The corner of Lu Xun’s mouth tugged upward: “So I saved you and that was wrong?”
Qian Wei rubbed her hands together and said, “Of course that’s not what I’m saying. I’m thankful to you, but aren’t I just trying to put myself in your shoes? If you didn’t save me, I wouldn’t resent you for it but because you saved me you missed the opportunity to save Mo Zixin. Won’t this weigh on my conscience?”
“If I didn’t save Mo Zixin, someone else would still save her. But if I didn’t save you, would you even be standing here to talk to me like this?” Lu Xun had his face that needed to be taught a lesson as always, “Look at her. Does she lack people to care about her? No. But what about you? The place where she fell into the water was the place where everyone was concentrated, so just after she called for help, I already saw a boy swimming towards her. But if no one came to save you, considering the place where you fell into the water, you would have been washed down the river to who knows where. If I didn’t help her, she would be fine, but if I didn’t help you, who knows what would have happened to you.”
Qian Wei suddenly realized that Lu Xun, this guy, was actually able to be quite touching. Although he usually seemed cold and indifferent, but at critical moments, he was very thoughtful.
However, because of his disdain, Qian Wei still tried to argue: “Qian Chuan came over to check on me before you did! He was also going to save me in the water just now! There are many people who care about me, too!” She pointed at Lu Xun. “Also, aren’t you here to care about me?”
Lu Xun tilted his lips into a smile, “I don’t care about you, I’m just here to offer my concern as a classmate.” Lu Xun tilted his head and added, “But it’s like playing a zither for a cow.”
Qian Wei spoke cautiously, “But Lu Xun, I think that if you do this now then other people might think that you like me, not Mo Zixin. Although I know you have a policy to do a good deed every day, other people don’t know that. I just don’t want you to have any regrets in the future.”
“Why do you talk so much?” Lu Xun sounded a little angry. “I don’t like anyone.”
“…” Alright, they were back to this exasperation again.
“You’d better think more for yourself next time. You don’t have to put yourself in my shoes.” Lu Chun looked Qian Wei in the eye. “If you fall into the water from the bow, you would drift farther than anyone else. Even if rescue workers came they would prioritize helping those who fell in near the stern. If you waited for all the people at the stern to be saved first, it would already be too late for you.” He glanced at Qian Wei again. “After all, there will not always be people like me who are willing to show their concern for a classmate.”
This time, Qian Wei did not retort. She felt a little surprised. She didn’t expect that during such a critical situation Lu Xun could still make such a comprehensive consideration of the situation. In the past, when Lu Xun oppressed her and made her work overtime, Qian Wei had always secretly scolded Lu Xun behind his back, but right now, she felt a little guilty about it. Although Lu Xun was a typical excellent capitalist exploiter of the working class, Qian Wei decided not to scold him in the future! And she became even more resolved to return the favor by helping Lu Xun solve his difficult singleness problem. Lu Xun’s behavior this time must have created a negative impression on Mo Zixin so it seemed that she had to help him think about how to improve Mo Zixin’s impression of him again!
After the rafting accident, everyone was soaked. Although they were a little depressed, they were young people so this little bit of setback amidst the excitement did not make them feel very disappointed. On the contrary, because of this episode, they all got to know each other a lot better. The boys were all walking shoulder to shoulder in groups of twos and threes, while the girls got together to gossip as they walked back to the cabins to change their clothes.
Liu Shiyun had disappeared somewhere to find Qian Chuan and Lu Xun was walking on his own a distance away, so Qian Wei was left alone. During this time, Mo Zixin suddenly appeared at her side. The ends of her long hair were still a little wet, which only added to her charm, and her eyes were faintly dazzling, like some kind of flower blooming at night.
“Qian Wei, are you and Lu Xun together?”
Qian Wei never thought that Mo Zixin would ask her such a direct question. She froze for a second before she quickly waved her hand to refute: “No, there is no such thing. Lu Xun and I only have a classmate relationship!”
This was obviously a topic to be kept among girls but Mo Zixin did not seem to care that Lu Xun was walking not far away, because she did not deliberately lower her voice at all. When she heard Qian Wei’s answer, she gave a naive wink and said: “But I think that you like Lu Xun.” When she finished speaking she took a quick glance over at Lu Xun.
How could she let the future madam misunderstand that she coveted the future boss?! Qian Wei immediately proved her innocence enthusiastically: “I don’t like Lu Xun!”
Perhaps Mo Zixin’s misunderstanding was really too embarrassing because Lu Xun seemed a bit embarrassed. Qian Wei could see that Lu Xun had suddenly started walking a little bit more stiffly.
“Of course, Lu Xun doesn’t like me either!” Qian Wei added loudly as she racked her brains to try to create an answer that satisfied both Mo Zixin and Lu Xun. “Lu Xun should like a girl who is quiet, gentle, smart, and particularly excellent. Meanwhile, I am noisy, bad-tempered, and have a medium IQ, there are dozens go girls like me in any crowd, so how could he like me?”
“You’re joking. You are also a smart and excellent girl.” Mo Zixin covered her mouth and smiled, her appearance was like a model of a quiet and gentle woman. And when she stood with Qian Wei even the other girls had to admit her beauty, “In fact, I have always been very fond of girls like you, who dare to be bold and energetic. I’ve always wanted to be friends with you.”
Was this an olive branch from the future boss’s wife? Of course QIan Wei jumped at the opportunity! Wasn’t making friends with the future boss’s woman the same as making friends with the future boss?
Qian Wei patted her chest: “Then we can be good friends!”
Mo Zixin’s eyes lit up: “Really? That would be great!” As she spoke, she shyly moved over and grabbed Qian Wei’s arm. “Remember to call me whenever you go out to play in the future.”
“But is it because you already have a boyfriend that you don’t like Lu Xun?”
This question was a little private but since Mo Zixin was already her friend it seemed only natural for girlfriends to ask each other such questions.
“No, I’m single.” Qian Wei thought for a moment and added, “Just like Lu Xun.”
Mo Zixin seemed interested in Qian Wei’s love life: “Then do you have someone you like?”
Qian Wei shook her head and said, “No.”
“Could it be you don’t want to fall in love in college? You want to concentrate on your studies?”
“Love is a matter of fate, but whether I fall in love or not, I won’t concentrate on my studies either way…”
“Have you… have you ever been in love before?”
Suddenly Qian Chuan, who had ended his fight with Liu Shiyun, stepped in with a wink: “She doesn’t like to talk about it but she doesn’t want to fall in love with a man. Instead, she wants to watch two men fall in love, after all, her favorite thing is reading BL novels. Qian Wei is one of the legendary Salted Duck Egg girls.”
Mo Zixin was a little puzzled: “What is a Salted Duck Egg girl?”
“The appearance outside is white and clean, but something yellow and oily flows in her heart.”
Qian Wei’s courageous side emerged in the face of evil: “Qian Chuan, you son of a bitch, it seems that your skin is itching, huh? Watch how I beat you!” With that, she hit Qian Chuan on the arm.
Qian Chuan cried out, “I’m shutting up!” He screamed and darted away.
Mo Zixin could not help laughing a bit and Qian Wei felt a little embarrassed. She coughed and explained to herself, “I don’t read those novels anymore. I only read the Party Constitution now to cultivate my moral character.”
“You are so cute.” Mo Zixin pursed her lips, “But it is said that love in college is the purest and most precious kind. My sister never fell in love while she was in college. Now she only has a small circle of acquaintances after graduation, so she can only rely on blind dates to find a mate. It’s much more utilitarian. She has always been complaining to me that not experiencing love on campus is the biggest regret in her life. I think I want to experience love during college while I have the chance.”
Yes yes yes! So hurry up and get with Lu Xun! Qian Wei thought desperately in her heart, then secretly glanced at Lu Xun, who was walking by himself on one side. From his current distance, he should be able to hear the conversation between her and Mo Zixin. But Lu Xun just walked with his head lowered, seeming a little unhappy, and did not say a word.
“My cousin is also going to our school. He’s a year older than us and he’s in the English Department. Would you like to meet him?” Mo Zixin said softly, “I think you might be a perfect match for him. He likes girls like you.” When she said this, her voice was a little timid and embarrassed. “But if you think it’s inappropriate you can just forget it. I may seem a little abrupt but I really do like your personality, and I thought that since you’re a friend and you’re single, you wouldn’t be opposed to falling in love. And they say not to let your own water in your fields flow to outsiders…”
Qian Wei was not that interested in falling in love because her dream right now was to buy a house. But since Mo Zixin asked, because Qian Wei had kind heart, and coupled with Mo Zixin’s look of shame as if she were making a huge and unreasonable request, Qian Wei felt like she would be wronging the other girl she did not agree.
“It’s all right. Since it’s your cousin, we can get to know each other.” Anyway, she could just treat it as making one more friend.
Mo Zixin’s expression transformed from worry to joy: “That’s great! Qian Wei, you are so kind.”
Qian Wei scratched her head and smiled. But when she glanced at Lu Xun, she saw that he seemed completely calm now, but his face was dark as if someone owed him millions of yuan.
Qian Wei thought that this man, especially since he was a handsome man, really had his moods change like the weather. That was one of the perks of being handsome, you could be so capricious.