After Lu Xun got a satisfactory answer, there was finally a smile in his voice. And that gentle feeling was amplified by the dark night so, although they were at quite a distance, Qian Wei almost felt as if Lu Xun was whispering in her ear. It seemed that the channel had suddenly changed from a slice-of-life to a love drama. However, the initiator still didn’t know it.
“Qian Wei, I really like you.” Lu Xun smiled as he said that and then he took a deep breath before continuing, “It doesn’t feel difficult to say that, and I don’t feel embarrassed at all. It just feels right. I always thought my pride and high self-esteem would make it impossible for me to say something like that, but now I find that isn’t true at all. It turns out that this is what it feels like to like someone.” His voice was gentle. “These past few days I’ve been worried, I’ve been feeling irritable, lost, suspicious, and even paranoid. Like I liked you so much that I was fighting against my own character, or like I liked you so much that I didn’t even want the principles I had always lived by anymore. It was to the point that sometimes I couldn’t help but feel as if I really wasn’t myself anymore.” Lu Xun paused. “But that’s fine because, more than that, I feel good. I think it’s good to have someone that I like. Qian Wei, thank you for showing up in my life, and thank you for making me like you.”
Facing this kind of Lu Xun, who was bearing his heart, Qian Wei’s mind was just lost in a feeling of unreality but, inside her chest, her heart was full of a mixture of surprise, secret happiness, shyness, and a bit of disbelief.
Downstairs, Lu Xun wasn’t happy: “Qian Wei, don’t you have something to say after listening to such a long love confession from me?”
“Ah?” As she touched her hot cheeks, Qian Wei felt that she was a little slow thinking about anything right now. As if the CPU that was her brain had been thoroughly overloaded by Lu Xun’s confession. Eventually, she murmured sheepishly: “It’s just, I just think that the scene we’re in right now is a lot like a scene from a movie.”
Lu Xun sounded interested: “Really? You’re thinking that I’m very romantic, aren’t you?” He chuckled softly and seemed very satisfied. “Then, what kind of movie do you think this scene came from?”
“‘Romeo and Juliet’?”
“…” Lu Xun seemed a bit exasperated. “Can’t you think of something good? Romeo and Juliet both die! Plus, he only climbed onto her balcony to have an affair!”
The night was getting deeper, and Qian Wei’s bangs were slowly being covered in condensation from the night air, so she looked down at Lu Xun and said: “Quickly go back now, I’ve already promised you.”
Lu Xun, who was usually very steady, seemed a bit childish as he replied: “I don’t want to.” He said stubbornly. “I want to talk to you some more.”
“Then just call me when you get back.”
“No, if I do that I’ll be able to hear your voice but I won’t be able to see you.”
Qian Wei blushed. She wondered why she had never noticed that Lu Xun, this guy, was so greasy and crooked? So good at sweet-talking, ah~. It seemed that Liu Shiyun was really right, she was no match for this man at all.
Qian Wei covered her face shyly and said, “You can see me again tomorrow.”
Lu Xun’s voice was aggrieved: “Are you driving me away?”
Whenever the boss was angry, the consequences would be very serious, so Qian Wei’s lackey instincts subconsciously came out. She didn’t know how she did it, but she managed to casually recite an ancient poem: “There is a good poem for times like this: ‘If love between both sides can last for aye, Why need they stay together night and day?’*”
Lu Xun finally seemed satisfied when he heard that: “Okay, then I’ll go. Good night, Qian Wei. Sweet dreams.”
What kind of sweet dreams was she supposed to have!? Qian Wei quickly dove back under her quilt and clutched her throbbing heart while thinking: That smelly Lu Xun, he said all those words, so how was she supposed to sleep? Who could sleep peacefully after being confessed to by Lu Xun? That person doesn’t exist, okay?! She really couldn’t sleep at all!
Qian Wei stayed up all night and, the next morning, Liu Shiyun was startled by Qian Wei’s deep panda eyes.
“Wow, what happened to you? Were you up all night stealing chickens?”
However, before Qian Wei could say anything to refute her roommate, the dorm mother’s loud voice called out from downstairs: “Qian Wei, someone is looking for you downstairs!”
Qian Wei quickly ran downstairs and saw Lu Xun.
Today’s Lu Xun seemed to have been very particular about his clothes. The colors all matched, the clothes were stylish, there was a trendy scarf, and even a watch. Overall, there wasn’t a single mistake in any little detail. Of course, when she compared those seemingly perfect clothes with Lu Xun’s face, she couldn’t help but feel that they weren’t quite perfect, because his face would always make her feel like no matter what kind of clothes he wore they couldn’t compliment his face properly. However, there was one flaw. Under Lu Xun’s beautiful eyes there were two dark circles in the same style as Qian Wei’s. Those two dark circles were really eye-catching when contrasted against his snow-white skin.
He seemed to be the usual calm and noble Lu Xun, but from his eyes, you could tell that his mood was not as calm as he projected. Qian Wei suspected that he didn’t sleep at all last night.
While Qian Wei was still stunned, Lu Xun stuffed a warm bag into her hands. She looked down and found that she was holding the meal that was always the most difficult to buy in the cafeteria because of the fierce competition.
Lu Xun’s appearance was still so cold and arrogant, but when Qian Wei looked down at the breakfast in her hands, she could only think of the saying ‘The wheel of feng shui turns’**. And it seemed that it had finally turned in her favor today.
In order to buy this meal, Qian Wei suspected that Lu Xun probably had to get up and start waiting in line at the cafeteria since at least 6:30 a.m. this morning.
“It must have been hard for you to get up so early.”
Lu Xun stared at Qian Wei and blustered: “I didn’t sleep at all, what’s this talk about getting up early.”
“Qian Wei! Huh? Lu Xun? Why are you here?” Just as Qian Wei and Lu Xun were standing together nervously and the atmosphere was turning a bit rosy, Qian Chuan’s enthusiastic voice suddenly cut in from nearby. Soon he had carelessly run over to stand in front of them.
Once he arrived, Qian Chuan stuffed a bag into Qian Wei’s free hand and said: “You headed back to school before me on Sunday, so our parents entrusted me these winter clothes and asked me to bring them to you. After all, the weather will be getting cooler soon.”
After Qian Chuan said that, he looked over at Lu Xun and gave him a warm and friendly smile: “Lu Xun, you’re here too. You should also probably think about wearing another layer or two these days, it gets pretty cold at night.”
Lu Xun nodded but, as soon as he was about to open his mouth, Qian Chuan interrupted him.
“Hey, Lu Xun, you have dark circles under your eyes. Did you not sleep well last night?” Qian Chuan’s expression was a little resentful. “You must have also been woken up by that fool who was climbing the walls last night!”
When Qian Chuan mentioned someone climbing over the wall, there was a crack in Lu Xun’s perfect expression. However, Qian Chuan didn’t notice the change in Lu Xun at all and he directly started complaining: “I don’t know which person has a hole in their brain. Even though it was so windy last night he decided he didn’t want to sleep, instead he climbed over the wall in the middle of the night. I really can’t believe it. But if he wanted to go out, he should stay out! Why would he come back?! Actually, when he climbed out, some people in the dorm heard the noise, but they ignored it. But later, he started to climb back in, which woke everyone up, so they all went out and wanted to catch him!”
Lu Xun’s face was expressionless and he did not say a word.
Qian Wei asked carefully, “Did they catch that person?”
“No!” Qian Chuan sounded a little angry. “That guy was very clever. When he heard people were coming for him, he quickly jumped off the wall and ran away.”
Qian Wei breathed a sigh of relief.
However, Qian Chuan gloatingly continued: “Although he managed to run away, they were saying that when he jumped down he was probably in such a hurry that he must have sprained his foot.”
Qian Wei didn’t dare to speak. She silently glanced over at Lu Xun’s feet and then up at Lu Xun’s face. Lu Xun’s expression was still light, as if the person being talked about wasn’t him at all. He just stood there gracefully and listened to Qian Chuan. From the side, Qian Wei carefully looked him up and down and secretly thought that he looked fine.
Right then, Qian Chuan’s cell phone rang. When he heard that, he smiled and then quickly stepped away to pick up the call. Taking advantage of this gap, Qian Wei asked in a low voice, “Lu Xun, did you really sprain your foot?”
However, Lu Xun maintained his indifferent face and said: “I’m fine.” But when he finished speaking, he turned to look straight into Qian Wei’s probing eyes. His own eyes seemed warm and convincing, so she didn’t think much further.
Qian Wei decided that what Qian Chuan said must be wrong. Lu Xun hadn’t sprained his foot at all. After all, for someone who was as elegant and powerful as Lu Xun, there was no way he would get into such a mess.
But before Qian Wei could ask anything else, Qian Chuan hung up the phone and came back. He yawned and looked a little tired. It seemed that his sleepiness reminded him of the incident where some had climbed the wall and disturbed his sleep last night because he picked the topic right back up. He said, “Actually, for that person who was climbing over the wall, I think it probably isn’t as simple as just a sprained foot.”
Qian Wei: ???
Qian Chuan seemed very satisfied with the curiosity on Qian Wei’s face because he quickly continued. “Qian Wei you might not know but because some thieves climbed over the wall of the boy’s dorm to steal recently, the school installed spikes on top of the wall. Tch, those spikes, ah~, I think that they’re more than enough to turn a girl into a woman and a boy into a girl in a second flat.” Qian Chuan touched his chin and said maliciously. “I wonder if the one who was climbing the wall last night is still alright ‘down there’.”
Lu Xun was silent.
Although Qian Wei wanted to hold back, she unconsciously glanced over at Lu Xun’s lower body…
Meanwhile, Qian Chuan was still laughingly saying: “This morning the dorm manager was still complaining that he failed to catch the one who climbed the wall last night. He was saying that if he ever caught him, he would definitely ‘kill the chicken to warn the monkey’. Actually, I almost wanted to suggest to the dorm manager that he should go check the school hospital, after all, maybe that person is being treated there right now.” As he spoke, he patted Lu Xun on the shoulder. “Lu Xun, don’t you agree? What kind of person would want to carelessly climb over the wall, ah~, do they treat themselves as some kind of martial arts master? They should be careful that they don’t end up as a cripple next time!”
Qian Wei wanted to remind Qian Chuan that the person he was patting on the shoulder was actually the culprit who climbed over the wall last night.
“According to my professional analysis, that guy who climbed over the wall probably went out to see his lover last night.” Qian Chuan, still unaware of the weird atmosphere, carelessly continued to tell his speculations to Lu Xun, “I wonder why all these modern college men are so unreserved? It’s not unusual for a person to fall in love, but is there anything so important that you can’t just say it the next day? After all, don’t we all have to resist the urge to climb the wall and go out to meet our lovers? I think this was probably some first year student who has no vision and no determination. But us second years, like Lu Xun and I, we are all much more mature and stable, and we all have confidence in our own personal charms, so we would never do this kind of thing. Climbing over a wall for a woman? It’s really too childish! Lu Xun, don’t you think so?”
Lu Xun’s face was very ugly, with his lips pressed into a thin line. His appearance was simply a perfect representation of ‘can’t smile.jpg’***, and when he spoke it sounded like his voice was being squeezed out: “Mhm.”
For his part, Qian Chuan seemed very energetic and ready to continue making a full armchair psychoanalysis of the person who climbed the wall last night.
Lu Xun listened in silence for a while, but finally couldn’t help but interject sourly: “I suddenly remembered I have something I need to do. I’ll leave first.”
Qian Chuan seemed reluctant to say goodbye: “Alright…” As he spoke, he seemed to notice something off about Lu Xun’s figure as he was leaving, “Hey?” He watched the other man for a while, and when he spoke next his voice sounded a little confused. “Qian Wei, look at the way Lu Xun is walking. Why do I feel that it’s a little weird? Doesn’t it look like he’s limping a little? Did he sprain his foot while playing basketball recently?”
Qian Wei silently watched Lu Xun’s efforts to hide his unusual stride, and for some reason she felt like Lu Xun’s slow steps were full of unknown heartache and heaviness…
*this is a real poem (“鹊桥仙”) and I just stole Xu. Yuanchong’s existing translation rather than trying to retranslate it myself. Basically the poem (and the line there in particular) is about how when two people are in love they don’t need to be physically together every minute of the day
**this is an idiom (风水轮流转) which doesn’t really have a perfect translation I don’t feel. The dictionaries I have recommend ‘every dog as his day’ which has a similar enough meaning that things should be clear… I hope lol
***you can gis ‘笑不出来jpg’ for a whole bunch of people who can’t smile, if you want to get an idea of what the author was referencing here.