Finally, Qian Wei finally couldn’t stand it any longer: “Anyway, classmate Tang Lu you two should talk first! I happened to see a nice guy over there who seems very much to my taste, so I want to meet him! I’ll leave first!” Qian Wei pointed in a random direction as she spoke while at the same time thinking: ‘I really can’t stand listening to you two talk about Bach and Mozart for even one more second’.
Tang Lu was briefly stunned, but he quickly recovered and gave her a nod and a smile. After all, right now Liu Shiyun was the only one in his eyes so he was probably overjoyed that this big light bulb called Qian Wei was deciding to leave.
Having managed to extricate herself from Tang Lu and Liu Shiyun, Qian Wei felt very happy with her newfound freedom. She noticed that the people holding the event seemed to have put out quite an elaborate spread of food, so Qian Wei simply walked over to one of the buffet tables, took a plate, and began to eat.
“Hello, my name is Wu Jun.”
Just as Qian Wei began eating happily, a male voice suddenly rang out from behind her.
When Qian Wei looked back she saw the owner of the voice was a young man who was about five and a half feet tall that was wearing glasses with thick beer bottle style rims. It almost looked as if the lens’ of his glasses had not been properly cleaned within the last year because there was a suspicious gloss covering them. Qian Wei couldn’t even see the man’s eyes under his smudged and thick-rimmed glasses but, even more striking than that, were his ears. They were huge and stuck out conspicuously from both sides of his head.
“Ah? Hello, my name is Qian Wei.” For now, she introduced herself.
The boy nodded reservedly: “Since today’s event is for the purpose of finding partners, I’ll come straight to the point because I don’t like wasting time. I like efficiency in everything, so if we’re going to fall in love, I don’t want to waste words. I’ll tell you clearly, I prefer girls who are gentle and generous, who can do housework, and, most importantly, who can be filial. It wasn’t easy for my mother to bring me up so I hope to find a kind girl who can take care of her. In addition, I like girls who have some entrepreneurial spirit and who are not the type who rely entirely on men, because girls with no drive are the types who have don’t have their own soul or opinions. However, I don’t like girls who have too much entrepreneurial spirit either, the type who want to run their own businesses or the like. Rather, I prefer the type of girl who wants to work as something like a civil servant or a teacher, because those kinds of jobs are stable and, not only do they have a decent income, but they are also reasonably well-respected as professions. Plus, those kinds of jobs don’t have very high-pressure work environments which means that they leave enough time for her to take care of the family.”
Qian Wei was a little confused for a moment: “This… Umm… Excuse me…? What does this have to do with me?”
Wu Jun pushed his glasses up the bridge of his nose and said, “You don’t have to pretend, I heard everything just now. I know you have thoughts about me.”
Qian Wei: ???
The lips of Wu Jun’s mouth curled up and Qian Wei couldn’t help but think that his smile was like that of an evil spirit. When he spoke his next words he did so with a tone that seemed to say ‘You know it, I know it, everyone already knows it’: “I was just standing over there…” He pointed to a corner that was over on the left. “And I was the only one standing over there.”
Qian Wei looked over at where he was pointing and almost fainted as she suddenly recalled something. That was the direction she had randomly pointed in to get rid of Tang Lu and Liu Shiyun!
Qian Wei couldn’t help muttering in her heart that she had obviously been whispering just now… She took a long look at the young man’s large and conspicuous ears. Could it be true that a person’s hearing was better if they had big ears?
“You don’t have to be shy. I’m not the type who likes these kinds of niceties either so I appreciate you expressing your affection for me so bluntly.” Wu Jun smiled smugly. “I think we are quite suitable, we should get to know each other.”
Qian Wei felt frightened and quickly waved her hands: “No, no, you are wrong. I don’t want to fall in love. Plus, I don’t think we are right for each other. I am very unfilial and I am overflowing with entrepreneurial spirit. I don’t have any other hobbies in life, I just want to make money. Actually, my surname* defines my whole life, what do you think I do everything for? It’s all for money!”
Wu Jun pondered her words for a moment and, just when Qian Wei thought that he would retreat, he looked up again and spoke as if making a great sacrifice: “It’s alright. I believe in you, as long as you have enough love for me, you can change yourself for me. I’m willing to give you time to slowly change yourself into the kind of girl that I like.”
Qian Wei was feeling very anxious, what was with all this, ah~! This friend, what exactly do you like about me? Tell me, I can change it!
“No, I really don’t think I can change into the kind of girl you like. Let’s just let each other go!” After saying that, Qian Wei had no choice to unleash her final trump card and belittle herself, “Anyway, I really have too many shortcomings and… I don’t deserve you!”
Unfortunately, Wu Jun, this guy, seemed to be completely immersed in his own world. He fell into silent thought for a moment while seeming vexed but, eventually, he raised his head and said, “I understand that you might have a bit of an inferiority complex in front of the person that you like. But even though I understand, you shouldn’t belittle yourself like that all the time. Rather, you should work hard in the places where you need to work hard and maybe that way you will be able to break through the thoughts that are holding you back.” With that, he took out his cell phone. “Anyway, let’s exchange numbers.”
But how could Qian Wei dare to exchange numbers with him? She hurriedly found an excuse and ran away as if her feet had wings.
“Qian Wei! Wait for me!”
While Qian Wei was wandering back to her dorm, she suddenly heard Liu Shiyun’s voice from behind her. Her friend’s voice had finally returned to normal, it was no longer the half-whispering ‘elegant young lady’ voice, instead it was back to her usual high-spirited style.
“Why are you out here too?” Qian Wei was a little puzzled. “You and that Tang Lu had a good atmosphere going, didn’t you?”
Liu Shiyun ran a hand through her hair and said, “Haven’t you ever heard ‘loosening the reins’? What do you think the most taboo thing is for people who have just met or started dating? Of course, it’s sticking together all the time! Doing that is not only boring, it’s also the fastest way for your partner to lose all of their sense of mystery. A relationship like that can only ever be like a tornado, a destructive whirlwind that disappears as fast as it arrives.” She winked at Qian Wei. “That’s why I told Tang Lu that I had something to do so I had to leave first. It’s our first meeting so, of course, I have to just whet his appetite a little and let him get more and more interested in me. I mean, haven’t you heard? ‘Elegance comes from rejection’. A reserved woman who rejects others is something very attractive, she’s seen as an elegant young lady.”
Qian Wei smiled thinly: “Liu Shiyun, don’t try to say those kinds of pretty words with me, do you think I just met you today? Aren’t you just pretending to be an elegant young lady?”
Liu Shiyun’s face froze for a moment before she exhaled a deep sigh and then patted Qian Wei on the shoulder: “Qian Wei, you’re really the one who knows me best! …it was actually fucking suffocating for me! As soon as you left, I had to quickly find an excuse to leave so that I could get some air!”
Qian Wei was sympathetic: “Why do you even bother? Why don’t you just show him the real you? Why pretend?”
Liu Shiyun glanced at her and said, “I’m going to tell you some hard truths. Men nowadays, although they say they like straightforward girls, when it comes time to really make a decision they will use both feet to run in the opposite direction from a girl like that! Men want a woman who seems so gentle and weak that a strong breeze could knock her over, and who is so elegant and pure that she seems completely unsullied by the grime of the world! For women like us who speak with loud voices, they just want to be friends! They aren’t interested in falling in love, because we are not like goddesses at all!”
“No way.” Qian Wei argued, “I think there are men out there who will like us.”
“Yes! I’m sure some man will like us, but if it’s a man who likes something ‘heavy’, he’s probably pretty ‘heavy’ himself!”
“…” For a moment the image of a certain big-eared young man flashed across Qian Wei’s mind and she found that she couldn’t retort.
“Qian Wei!” While Liu Shiyun and Qian Wei were engrossed in their heated discussion, Qian Chuan’s voice suddenly appeared from behind them. He sounded a little breathless as if he had been running, “I finally found you.”
When he finally caught up with them and saw their clothes, he couldn’t help commenting, “Damn, why are you guys dressed like that? One black and one white**… I’ll just ask, who’s soul are you planning to take away tonight?”
Liu Shiyun exploded: “What do you mean by that? You’re the one who is black and white! How did you even find a girlfriend with your idiot mouth? Black-and-white is a classic style okay? Shut your mouth if you don’t know anything about it!”
Qian Wei quickly patted Liu Shiyun on the back to calm her down, and then looked over at Qian Chuan: “Weren’t you looking for me? What’s the matter?”
As soon as she reminded him, Qian Chuan tilted his head and looked annoyed: “I’m being stalked and harassed!”
Qian Wei was a little worried: “Ah? Do you want me to call the police? Who did you get in trouble with?”
“How could such an excellent young man like me, someone so fastidious and diligent, get into trouble with anyone? The problem is that I’m just too kind and too dazzling for my own good!” Qian Chuan sighed, “I really don’t know why, but a lot of rotten peach blossoms*** have been sticking to me recently. The other day I was out jogging at night and I happened to meet a girl who had been robbed, so I chased down the thief and returned her bag to her out of the righteousness in my heart. But as a result, she’s been targeting me ever since! It’s really getting out of hand! I don’t know how, but that woman found my contact information and my schedule, so now she follows me every day like she’s a paparazzi chasing a star. Wherever I go, she’s always there. Yesterday I hid in the men’s room for an hour just to avoid her! I almost fainted from the stench!”
Liu Shiyun’s lips curled into a smirk: “It seems that modern college women are really worrying, ah~, they’re all so eager to catch a man. Qian Chuan, are you sure you’re not showing off right now?”
“You wouldn’t say that if you had ever met her.” Qian Chuan’s expression was strangely solemn. “Just visualize it, no matter where you decide to go, she will always arrive on your heels within ten seconds.”
Before Qian Wei could react to that statement, she suddenly heard a bell-like voice ring out.
Qian Wei followed the sound of the voice with her eyes and finally understood some of Qian Chuan’s pain…
The owner of the voice was a fat girl who looked like she weighed at least 250 pounds. Right now she was struggling to run towards Qian Chuan and, because of her huge weight, it was really hard for Qian Wei to even watch.
“Male god! Why did you run away so fast just now? I can hardly keep up with you.” She finally managed to catch up with Qian Chuan and her round face was flushed and sweaty as she said, “Anyway, can you have dinner with me tonight?”
Qian Chuan’s face was bitter as he said, “Li Linlin, I really already have a girlfriend, please don’t do this.”
“That doesn’t matter. I don’t care. I love you, but that has nothing to do with you. It’s your business if you have a girlfriend. It’s okay even if you don’t want to have dinner with me, just let me watch quietly from the side while you eat, that way I’ll feel very happy.”
“…” Qian Chuan had a face like he was about to cry, and he obviously couldn’t think of any good countermeasures, so in the end, he had no choice but to turn and run away. “Actually, I suddenly remembered that I have something I need to do. I have to go first!”
As soon as he finished speaking, he took off like he was practicing for the 100-meter sprint and disappeared before Qian Wei’s eyes.
Li Linlin was only stunned for a moment before she ponderously started running off after Qian Chuan. Qian Wei and Liu Shiyun were left dumbfounded on the spot.
*‘qian’ means ‘money’
**from wikipedia: Heibai Wuchang, or Hak Bak Mo Seong, literally “Black and White Impermanence”, are two deities in Chinese folk religion in charge of escorting the spirits of the dead to the underworld.
Basically he’s saying that they look like death gods or something
***‘peach blossoms’ is a common metaphor for romantic interests