Although Qian Wei had scoffed at Liu Shiyun’s methods of finding a date, she was forced to admit that they were quite effective because, as soon as the two of them returned to their dorm, Tang Lu had already sent a message asking Liu Shiyun out. When Liu Shiyun saw the text message from Tang Lu she spent a good five minutes standing in their dorm and laughing wildly. However, once she headed back downstairs, she had already transformed back into a pure girl who would only speak gently and shyly bat her eyelashes. The change was so abrupt and complete that Qian Wei felt that it was a great loss for China’s acting circle that she was not an actress.
Then, not long after Qian Wei managed to sit down in her dorm, she received a phone call from Lu Xun.
“Qian Wei, are you free this weekend?” Lu Xun’s voice sounded a little stiff.
“This weekend? I’m not free this weekend.” But Qian Wei was a little curious, “What did you want though? Tell me first, I’ll see if I can help.”
Lu Xun let out an unnatural cough before saying: “It’s nothing much. I just wanted to invite you to dinner. What are you busy with?”
“My mother’s birthday is this Saturday so I’m going home with Qian Chuan to celebrate it with her and my father.” Qian Wei was from City A, so it was very convenient to go home and see her family anytime. “I haven’t gone home recently, so I’m planning to stay there this weekend. I only have one class today so I’m just going to skip it, I’ll be heading straight home pretty soon.”
Today was Friday so by skipping her one class Qian Wei would be able to get a head start on the weekend.
“Oh…” Qian Wei didn’t know if it was just her illusion, but she thought that Lu Xun’s voice sounded a little lost.
Qian Wei assumed that Lu Xun probably had something on his mind, otherwise he wouldn’t be calling her. There was no way it was as simple as him just wanting to invite her to dinner.
“Do you have some urgent business? I could not skip my class and that way I would be around in the afternoon? But I’ll have to leave in the evening.”
Lu Xun’s voice was still a little stiff: “I don’t have anything urgent. There was just something I wanted to talk to you about. But I can just tell you later.”
“Well, if you want to wait for me I’ll be back on Sunday night.” Qian Wei scratched her head. “But why didn’t you say what you wanted to tell me when we met just now? Why go out of your way to make a phone call?”
“I forgot.” Lu Xun’s voice sounded a little angry. “I’m hanging up.”
After the call ended and Qian Wei was left feeling a little confused about what Lu Xun wanted to tell her but, when Qian Chuan came to get her, she forgot all about it.
“Qian Wei, I already ordered the cake. Do you have anything else that you’re taking home? I’ll help you carry it.”
Qian Wei looked at Qian Chuan, who was standing in front of her loaded down by her many large and small bags, and she couldn’t help but think that it was good to have a brother.
However, Qian Chuan was acting a little different from how he had acted in the past, he seemed a little furtive and he kept constantly urging Qian Wei to hurry. Also, today’s weather was very hot but, despite that, he was wearing a scarf that covered most of his face. His clothes were really a little strange and Qian Wei could feel the eyes of many curious people as she walked with him.
“Are you sick? Aren’t you hot like that?” Qian Wei really wanted to just rip off his scarf.
At first, Qian Chuan tried to act like nothing was wrong but eventually, he surrendered and told her, “You don’t understand. It’s just that I finally managed to shake that Li Linlin off. I’m really afraid of her! She has been sending me constant text messages to express her love. In one hour, I received more than 40 messages, can you believe it? This is really a new experience for me but, as it turns out, being chased can actually be so dangerous! Sometimes when a person loves you too much it’s just annoying!”
When they got on the bus, Qian Chuan seemed to think that the crisis was over, so he finally took off his scarf: “By the way, on top of that Li Linlin, another very disturbing thing has been happening to me recently.”
“It’s that Lu Xun from your law school.” Qian Chuan paused and lowered his voice. “You may not believe it, but the way he has been looking at me recently is a little strange.”
Qian Wei: !!!
“In the past, he always acted like he was above everyone else all the time. Back then he wouldn’t even look me in the eye and he seemed completely lacking in human virtue. Whenever I said hello, he would always just ignore me. Basically, he always just gave off the impression that he was a person who desperately needed to be taught a lesson. But you know what happened?! Ever since last week, his attitude towards me suddenly took a 180-degree turn. It really caught me completely off guard when he suddenly changed himself like that. He’s even been taking the initiative to say hello to me every time he sees me. Also, a few days ago, I was playing basketball with my team and I happened to look up a few times and each time I felt like I saw him looking at me with a thoughtful look on his face, so I started paying more attention, and then I found that he really was watching me! It’s not my delusion, he’s really been paying a lot of attention to me lately! He even asked me for my phone number! And sometimes he smiles at me! It’s making me really scared!”
Qian Wei was a little confused: “What are you so scared of? Isn’t it a good thing if he’s more friendly to you?”
Qian Chuan’s reaction to those words was fierce: “You really don’t understand. Lu Xun is the kind of man who would never change his attitude towards someone else so much for no reason. It’s giving me a really bad feeling.” Qian Chuan paused. “You have to keep this a secret, but I think he might have a crush on me too!”
“I’m serious!” Qian Chuan said solemnly, “You see, when I thought about it, there were actually many suspicious points and a lot of things that he did in the past now seem to make more sense. I’ve even started to suspect that he only competed with me for Mo Zixin so he could get closer to me! After all, because of Mo Zixin, I did start to pay a lot more attention to Lu Xun. Now I think, isn’t that just what he wanted? He just wanted to attract my attention! In the past, he would pay no attention to me, but that was all just to cover up his true feelings, right? After all, those kinds of shocking feelings would have definitely scared me away. “
“Wait, listen to me first and then give me your analysis…” After that, Qian Chuan spoke at length. He had obviously observed Lu Xun for some time and he gave several specific examples, until even Qian Wei started to feel a little skeptical about what was going on.
“To tell you the truth, I suddenly feel a little sorry for Lu Xun. After all, it’s impossible for me to respond to his feelings so he’s destined to suffer through an unrequited love.” Qian Chuan sighed and touched his own face. “Do you think my looks are that amazing? So good that they don’t only attract women, but even men can’t escape from my fatal temptation?”
Qian Chuan, I think you’re thinking too much.
In any case, Qian Wei had to listen to Qian Chuan’s narcissism the whole way home. When they got arrived they found that their mother had prepared a whole table of food so their family of four all ate dinner together happily. After dinner, Qian Wei cleared the table and washed the dishes, while Qian Chuan helped clean up around the house. Meanwhile, their parents both happily sat on the sofa and watched a TV drama.
After finishing the housework, Qian Chuan quickly found an excuse and went to hide in his bedroom. Qian Wei saw from his posture that he couldn’t wait to take out his cell phone and knew that he was going to contact Mo Zixin. It seemed this boy was all tangled up in the spring of love, so ‘every day he didn’t see her was like a year’.
After she finished the dishes, Qian Wei wanted to go and tidy up the study, but just as soon as she started she received a call from Liu Shiyun.
“Qian Wei! I… I have something I have to tell you!” Liu Shiyun’s voice was as bright as ever, but this time it was tinged with a rare trace of shyness, “I’m no longer single!”
Qian Wei was a little surprised, but after thinking about it for a moment she thought it was reasonable. Still, hearing that her best friend had found a boyfriend made her sincerely happy, so she said, “Congratulations, Tang Lu confessed?”
Liu Shiyun’s big smile was evident even over the phone: “Yes, he took me out for dinner and then out for a walk together. While we were walking he suddenly grabbed my hand and told me that he liked me very much, and that I was the ideal girlfriend from his dreams.” From Liu Shiyun’s tone, it was easy to tell that she was completely in love. “To tell you the truth, Tang Lu is really just too handsome. Every time I look at his face, I almost can’t contain myself. I really understand the real meaning of the saying ‘beautiful and delicious’ for the first time. I feel like I’ve become a winner in life.”
Qian Wei listened to Liu Shiyun as she blabbered on in her eagerness to share her happiness. Qian Wei couldn’t help but think this was a particularly beautiful moment, after all, how many times would there be in life when her friend was so unabashedly exuberant and in love like she was right now? The two people chatted for a while longer but, before they finished, Liu Shiyun received another call and Qian Wei hurriedly said goodbye so she wouldn’t disturb her friend’s romance.
Qian Wei lay down on her bed after hanging up the phone. Her bedroom had large floor-to-ceiling windows and when she didn’t draw the curtains she could directly see the city skyline. Qian Wei’s family’s home was located in the old urban area of City A. It was a very quiet community, relatively speaking, and there weren’t many tall buildings around. Because it was on the edge of the city, the area didn’t suffer too much light pollution from the city so the sky was usually quiet and blue, and you could even see scattered stars when night fell.
Qian Chuan had a girlfriend. Mo Tao had a girlfriend. Now even Liu Shiyun wasn’t single anymore.
No matter how close your friends or relatives were, after falling in love, they would always inevitably spend more of their time and energy on their partners. That was understandable of course but, at this moment, Qian Wei felt a bit like she had been left behind, and she couldn’t help but feel a little lonely.
For no reason, she suddenly thought of Lu Xun. Qian Wei took out her phone, flipped through the contact list, and fixed her eyes on the words ‘Lu Xun’. Suddenly, Qian Wei really missed him a little right at this moment.
She rummaged through her phone and was a bit dismayed to find that most of the contacts over the past month had all come from Lu Xun.
She wondered, what was Lu Xun doing right now? Was he playing basketball? Or sleeping in his dorm? Or did he maybe go for a walk somewhere?
Qian Wei suddenly realized that she really wanted to know more about Lu Xun, even if only a little. Idly she felt that she even missed his voice a little bit.
After indulging in her idle wishful thinking for a while, Qian Wei drifted off to sleep. While she was half-asleep, she seemed to hear something like the ring of her phone ring, but when she blearily picked it up she saw that there had been no call.
There was no call from Lu Xun.
She didn’t know why, but Qian Wei felt a bit lost.
That night, she didn’t sleep soundly. Qian Wei had a dream that was scattered and illogical. She only remembered that she had attended a wedding. The wedding had been magnificent and the guests had started to applaud enthusiastically when the groom had appeared. When Qian Wei looked over and saw his face, she was surprised to find that she was actually attending Lu Xun’s wedding. After that, the bride appeared wearing a white veil and Qian Wei looked and tried to see her face. However, the bride’s white veil was like a layer of white fog that covered her face and Qian Wei couldn’t see her face at all…
She had obviously slept for ten hours, but Qian Wei woke up tired and in a dull mood. She took a deep breath and tried to reorient her thinking. Although Lu Xun was single for now, he would find someone sooner or later. After all, he was so excellent. Someone who was truly standing at the top of the pyramid, so even if there was no Mo Zixin, there would eventually be someone else. So what was the point in Qian Wei losing herself or daydreaming?
Compared with Qian Wei, Qian Chuan seemed to be in very high spirits that morning. He got up very early and took out his gift like he was revealing a great treasure. When she saw that, Qian Wei also took out the gift she had prepared and, from there, she quickly adjusted her mood and began to wash vegetables. Today was their mother’s birthday, so Qian Wei and Qian Chuan were going to make a meal filled with love for her.
When Qian Chuan heard the doorbell, he rushed over to the door: “That should be the cake I ordered!”
“Is it the cake?” When there was silence from the front door, Qian Wei asked without looking up from the food in front of her.
“No!” When he walked back from the door, instead of a cake box, Qian Chuan was holding a bouquet of very beautiful flowers. He glanced at Qian Wei, “Did you order flowers for mom?”
Qian Wei was also doubtful as she replied: “No!”
“Then who sent these? Dad?” Qian Chuan scratched his head and said, “No way, dad isn’t such a romantic person. He just gives mom a red envelope every year.” As he spoke, he looked more carefully at the bouquet and finally solved the mystery, “Hey, there’s a card here! With a letter!”
“‘Happy birthday to my beautiful aunt!’” Qian Chuan quickly read the card that was nestled inside the bouquet, but even after seeing it he was still puzzled over who sent the flowers so he opened the letter.
After that, Qian Wei heard Qian Chuan suddenly cry out before she could walk over and take a look herself.
“Li Linlin, can’t you leave me alone?” Qian Chaun grabbed his head and looked like he was having a migraine. “She even tracked down our home address and sent this for mom’s birthday to try to curry favor with her! I already turned her down, so why won’t she just listen? Why would she write me a letter like this? Being chased by this kind of woman is too terrible!”
By the time Qian Wei finished washing her hands and walked out of the kitchen, Qian Chuan had already tossed the letter aside like it was on fire and burning his hand. Qian Wei was curious so she went over to have a look but Qian Chuan immediately stopped her with a painful expression on his face.
“Don’t look at it! For your own safety!”
Qian Wei: ???
Qian Chuan’s face was green: “It’s so creepy that even though I only took one glance, I got goosebumps. It said: ‘I wanted to talk to you about it face to face when you came back to school on Monday, but I overestimated my own patience. I couldn’t wait to tell you that I liked you for even one more day’, and then after that it said, ‘I may not be your type but, for you, I’m willing to try to change and become the type that you like’.”
Qian Chuan put a hand over his heart, “Plus, it really surprised me but it turns out that Li Linlin is actually quite narcissistic. She even wrote, ‘You are the first and last person that I will take the initiative to chase’. But that’s so fake! I’ve heard that she’s chased more than a dozen people! Qian Wei, to be honest, Li Linlin is really a little scary this time. Her love letter makes it seem like she’s completely undeterred and, ah~, she even wants to lose weight for me? When she says that she wants to become the type that I like, I only get a really bad feeling. I think she is serious this time. I may not be able to talk reason with her. ” Qian Chuan frowned and crumpled the letter. “I never thought it would be such a burden for someone else to like me. What should I do?”
“You already clearly and bluntly turned her down, didn’t you?”
Qian Chuan nodded.
“Then everything is fine. You’ve already stated your position, so all you have to do is deal with her coldly. Don’t respond and just pretend you didn’t even receive this letter.” Qian Wei patted Qian Chuan on the shoulder. “Don’t worry, no matter how deep her love might be, it won’t be able to stand that kind of blow.”
Qian Wei said that, then turned and went back to the kitchen, leaving Qian Chuan to continue standing in the living room and muttering to himself.
“However, Li Linlin’s handwriting is unexpectedly very good-looking. She has such a soft character, but her handwriting is so bold and powerful. It looks even more manly than mine. Should I practice my handwriting? I guess I should at least practice my autograph, that might be useful if I become popular in the future. “
“…” Qian Wei thought: You don’t have to worry, this is also called ‘thinking too much’.
tl note: Heh, no points for guessing who that letter really came from.