Fortunately, Qian Chuan didn’t seem interested in pursuing that topic any further, he quickly turned back to Qian Wei and stopped paying attention to Lu Xun: “Qian Wei, why is your face so red? Also, why do you seem so strange today?” Qian Chuan looked at Qian Wei suspiciously, and after mulling it over for a moment, he suddenly said: “Do you have a cold?”
“No!” Qian Wei unconsciously retorted, “There’s nothing wrong with me. Can you stop guessing!?” At this point, Qian Wei suddenly remembered something important, “By the way, you didn’t throw away that love letter that Li Linlin sent you last time, did you?”
When Qian Chuan heard her mention Li Linlin, an expression of fear flickered across his face, and he quietly looked around to confirm that Li Linlin wasn’t around before looking relieved. When he was sure they were alone he replied: “I didn’t throw it away. Although I don’t like her and it’s very annoying for her to harass me the way she does, I feel like just throwing away a love letter that someone sent me isn’t very respectful. So I put it away. Why do you ask?”
“Well, it seems that Li Linlin didn’t write that letter for you, instead, someone else wrote it for me. So please find it and give it back to me. “
Qian Chuan was briefly stunned by this revelation, but soon he seemed interested: “What? Who wrote it to you? What does he look like? How tall is he? What about his weight?” He paused, and then murmured thoughtfully, “Actually, because I thought Li Linlin wrote that letter for me, I already glanced at its contents and I remember that what was written seemed to be quite creepy. I don’t think a normal person would write that kind of letter. Qian Wei, I suspect there might be something wrong with him. He may be a sissy. After all, in this day and age, what kind of man chases the girl he likes by writing love letters? Qian Wei, you need to keep a level head. You can’t be irrational just because you received one love letter.”
“…” Qian Wei thought: I’m glad that Lu Xun already left…
“Don’t worry about it, just find it and give it to me as soon as possible.”
“Alright.” The scatter-brained Qian Chuan no longer bothered with this topic, he just casually chatted with Qian Wei about a few other things before leaving.
After Qian Chuan left, Qian Wei went back into her dorm to sort a few things out, and it was soon time for her Financial Management for College Students class. Before she headed out she brought along some snacks, like biscuits and so on. Now that she was more familiar with Li Chongwen, she could just find any random excuse to give him more food. Of course, this time, Qian Wei also prepared some separate snacks for Lu Xun, in addition to Li Chongwen’s portion.
Qian Wei arrived fairly early, so she was a bit surprised to see Li Chongwen was already there too. Sneakily, before Lu Xun arrived, Qian Wei took the opportunity to stuff the snacks and biscuits she was carrying over to Li Chongwen.
After that, Qian Wei felt a bit nervous for some reason. When she thought about it, her eye seemed to have been twitching since this morning, and she muttered to herself, “Was it ‘a twitching left eye means wealth, and a twitching right eye means disaster’ or was it the other way around?”
While Qian Wei was busy being immersed in her own idle thoughts, a voice suddenly called out loudly.
“I’m looking for Qian Wei.”
“Ah?” Qian Wei looked up to see who had spoken. When she saw who was there, she realized that no matter which eye was twitching, it meant disaster.
Because the one standing at the door of the classroom was Wu Jun. And he hadn’t come empty-handed. There was a bouquet of flowers in his arms.
While Wu Jun was blindly looking around inside the classroom for Qian Wei, a familiar voice sounded out from behind him. When she heard that leisurely tone, Qian Wei didn’t have to look up to know that it was Lu Xun speaking.
Wu Jun moved a few steps to the side so he wasn’t blocking the door anymore but, probably because he hadn’t spotted Qian Wei, he subconsciously asked the closest person for help. He reached out to stop Lu Xun and said, “Hello, classmate. I want to find Qian Wei. Can you tell me where she is?”
Lu Xun sent a surprised glance at the man and said: “Qian Wei? Qian Wei from the law school?”
Wu Jun nodded: “Mhm, that’s her.”
“What do you want with her?”
“I…” Before Wu Jun finished answering, he suddenly turned his head and spotted Qian Wei himself, “Ah! There she is! Classmate Qian Wei!”
As he spoke, Wu Jun hefted the bouquet in his arms before walking toward Qian Wei. At the same time, he used his free hand to push his long bangs out of his eyes.
“Qian Wei, I’ve thought things through and I came to the conclusion that sometimes the man should be the one to take the initiative. So I asked around everywhere to find which class you would be in so that I could come and personally give you this bouquet of flowers. I hope you won’t give up on our relationship just because you don’t feel worthy of me.”
Although there was still some time before class began, there were a lot of people already in the classroom. Of course, the sudden public confession immediately attracted everyone’s attention and Qian Wei, as the heroine, was instantly under the spotlight. Li Chongwen, who was nearby, was also obviously very surprised. He quickly looked at Qian Wei, at Wu Jun, and then back again.
While Lu Xun was still standing in the doorway, but he frowned and interrupted the lively confession from the side: “Which college are you from?”
Wu Jun responded with obvious pride: “I am from A University of Technology next door, I’m in the architecture department.”
“Then how did you and Qian Wei get to know each other?”
“We met at a party a few days ago.” Wu Jun smiled. “She fell in love with me at first sight.”
Lu Xun looked at Qian Wei in disbelief: “Love at first sight?”
Qian Wei hurriedly waved her hands: “This is all a misunderstanding! It’s a misunderstanding! I didn’t fall in love at first sight!” She really wanted to cry but had no tears. “I’m sorry, but I really don’t like you. We really don’t fit at all!” Qian Wei firmly rejected Wu Jun but, at the same time, she was carefully watching Lu Xun out of the corner of her eye. When she saw that his face looked stormy, Qian Wei gritted her teeth and decided to go all out. She said: “And, most importantly, I already have a boyfriend!”
But Wu Jun didn’t seem persuaded by Qian Wei’s words: “You were single at that party just a few days ago, I don’t believe that you already found a boyfriend in such a short time. Of course, I understand why you said that.” Wu Jun had an expression like he understood everything. “Girls like to say that they already have a boyfriend, to make themselves seem a little more difficult to chase or to make themselves seem more attractive, and that way the boys chasing them will have more of a sense of crisis, as if there is a lot of competition.” He seemed very proud as he continued to explain, “I’ve already read all about this in books on evolutionary psychology, it’s just how women usually behave.” Then he glanced at Qian Wei, “But you don’t have to worry just because I saw through your little tricks. Because I already understand you so well, that just means that I can give it to you what you want. I understand that you want me to chase you harder, so I’ll do just that. Today was just the beginning, it was just a small warm-up. Soon I’ll take action for real and show you just how well-matched you and I really are.”
Wu Jun probably had the type of personality where he liked to put on a show. After all, the class Qian Wei was in right now was a public course that was held inside a big classroom with a large number of students. Just by holding his conspicuous bouquet at the doorway of the classroom he had already attracted a lot of attention so, at this moment, many people were watching from the side with curious eyes, and many of the girls had already begun to whisper and gossip.
Wu Jun seemed to be very satisfied with the feeling of being the center of attention. And the more people paid attention to him and Qian Wei, the more excited and spirited he became, and as he spoke to Qian Wei his voice got louder and louder. Soon, not to mention the students near the door, even the people in the middle of the classroom could all hear Wu Jun’s terrible confession clearly, even if they didn’t want to.
When other girls were confessed to in public, even the man wasn’t handsome, even if the girl didn’t like him, at least it would give the girl a lot of face. After all, it was a sort of proof of their charm. However, Qian Wei really wondered what kind of life she had where the first and only time in her life where she was confessed to in public had to be this kind of disastrous scene…
Not only did this public confession not give her any face, it was simply humiliating.
There was a saying that ‘from the level of a person’s suitors, the grade of the person can be estimated’. Qian Wei looked at the large-eared Wu Jun in front of her and felt speechless…
Actually, there was no need for her to say anything at all. The playful smiles on the faces of the several nearby girls said it all. For him to confess to her like this, using those words, it was really just too low-grade, and even someone thick-skinned like Qian Wei felt a little ashamed to raise her head.
Wu Jun didn’t seem to notice how Qian Wei was feeling at all. He just said what he wanted to say, gave her another smile and, while completely ignoring Qian’s embarrassment, he stuffed the bouquet of flowers into her hands: “Anyway, this bouquet is for you, so just take it! I’ll wait for your response. My contact info is in the little card with the flowers. Anyway, I’ll go first. I won’t disturb your class further.”
“Wait a minute.” But before Wu Jun could leave, Lu Xun suddenly cut in, “I think Qian Wei can give you a response right now.”
Lu Xun didn’t say another word, he just walked over and pulled a single purple water lily out of the bouquet in Qian Wei’s hands and pushed it to Wu Jun: “You take this back.”
“Why? Is she allergic to water lilies?” Wu Jun asked confusedly.
Lu Xun smiled coldly and said, “This is her response. Go back and think about what it means yourself.”
Wu Jun looked at the water lily in his hand with a somewhat baffled expression. Eventually, he shook off his stupor, looked up at Lu Xun, and asked, “By the way, who are you? I gave this flower to Qian Wei, not you. Why are you answering me for Qian Wei? What qualifications do you have?”
“My qualification is that I’m her boyfriend.” Lu Xun’s voice was cold and arrogant. Usually, like every qualified leader, he wouldn’t raise his voice even an iota, because he never had to rely on speaking loudly in order to be heard. However, this time he made an exception. Lu Xun raised his voice. Even though he was speaking loudly, Lu Xun still spoke in his usual leisurely manner. Every word was spoken in a way that was deliberately clear, strong, and impossible to misunderstand. Meanwhile, Wu Jun, who had seemed very proud and arrogant while speaking just now, really seemed to pale in comparison to Lu Xun. He seemed to want to retort, but the look on Lu Xun’s face somehow made him swallow all his words. Eventually, he took the drooping water lily, touched his nose, and then angrily slipped away.
Wu Jun hadn’t seemed to have been able to react in the moment but on the side Qian Wei clearly understood. A purple water lily, in the language of flowers it meant ‘shameless’. So giving him that flower was clearly Lu Xun’s way of turning around and scolding Wu Jun for being shameless.
Qian Wei looked at Lu Xun’s face and could only think, you could really offend anyone, just don’t offend Lu Xun… that mouth of his, ah… it’s really not the ordinary kind of poisonous…
tl note: tbh I tried to do some research on the meaning of various flowers in Chinese culture to cross-check my tl for accuracy but I wasn’t able to find anything confirming purple lily = shameless in my 30 minutes or so of ‘research’ so… that specifics of that segment might be incorrect. I can say with confidence that Lu Xun was using the flower to scold Wu Jun but beyond that I’m shaky.