The desire in Lu Xun’s eyes was straightforward as he said: “I want to have another sip.”
As soon as those words fell, Lu Xun bent down again and, in line with his words, kissed Qian Wei a second time.
Qian Wei was still dizzy from the first kiss, but she couldn’t help but think that it really seemed that she wasn’t able to talk to Lu Xun properly anymore ever since he had confessed to her. It was all because he couldn’t help kissing her every time they tried to speak. It was really a headache, but somehow this kind of headache was actually a little sweet when she considered it carefully, and the more Qian Wei thought about it, the more she felt that it wasn’t actually that bad.
“How’s your foot? Does it still hurt?”
“En, it hurts a little bit.”
There was remorse in Lu Xun’s expression and he said: “It’s all my fault. If only I had pulled you away sooner, you wouldn’t have been hurt.”
Qian Wei looked up at him and murmured, “If you kiss me again, it won’t hurt anymore.”
Lu Xun’s response, as a person who was always receptive to good advice, was immediate. He hugged Qian Wei tight and rained kisses down on her from the tip of her nose to her earlobes.
Although there had been a bit of awkwardness between them, at this moment, it seemed that the air between the two people had finally become clear. Their hearts shone with hope, as if the rain had ended, the mist had been swept away, and the sky had become bright and blue again. Qian Wei felt that now that she and Lu Xun had this conversation and cleared things up between them, everything seemed sweeter, even every breath of air she took.
In the past, she had always been extremely afraid of pain but, this time, she felt that it was worth being stabbed in the foot if it meant that she could sweep all the feelings of inferiority and uneasiness out of her heart and toss them away into the dustbin history. In fact, even if her feet had been tied to a hornet’s nest it still would have been worth it.
And, as if to match the feelings of the couple, the rain outside the hospital slowly stopped falling. Soon the sun reappeared to hang lazily in the air as it often did, and the damp and chill brought along by the winter rain began to be swept away.
Lu Xun stood up and then moved over to squat slightly in front of Qian Wei: “Get on my back, I’ll carry you.”
Qian Wei silently lay against Lu Xun’s back, and found that it was broad and warm. She shyly buried her face against his broad back as he steadily navigated passed one puddle after another, and her nose filled with his scent.
Judging by the number of people who had come for law consultations in the morning, it seemed obvious that their fellow students would be a bit overwhelmed with all the word when two of their number disappeared. So, naturally, Qian Wei and Lu Xun had to go back and help.
Lu Xun was tall, with long legs, and he walked very fast. So, only a short while later, Qian Wei saw the promotional banners that the boys had set up this morning coming into view.
Maybe Lu Xun was just the type who would inevitably be the focus of attention no matter where he was. With his outstanding appearance and temperament, many of the students at the consultation tables had their eyes drawn upward and spotted Lu Xun and Qian Wei approaching long before they actually arrived. From afar, Qian Wei could see them muttering to each other but, because of the distance, she could not hear what they were saying. However, soon, one by one, many students looked up to watch as Qian Wei and Lu Xun approached.
Lu Xun was always polite, but at the same time he was restrained and kept a certain sense of distance, and many people felt that his name was synonymous with arrogance. Not just the girls, even the boys, had never seen him acting so helpful to the point that he was willing to carry an injured female classmate.
Qian Wei nervously huddled against Lu Xun’s back and somehow felt that they were being a bit too high-profile.
“Why don’t you put me down?” Qian Wei spoke with a little shyness in her voice. “There are only a few steps left to go, I can walk that far myself. I feel embarrassed when so many people stare at me.”
The people had already arrived at the entrance of the community they were assigned to and Lu Xun, probably listening to Qian Wei’s request, finally slowed his steps and set her down.
“Lu Xun! You’re back at last! Come quick, save our lives!” Liu Shiyun always had sharp eyes, so she soon spotted Lu Xun and put on an expression as if she had seen her savior before beginning to wildly wave at Qian Wei and Lu Xun. “You came back at the perfect time, so do some work! For some reason, there have been a lot more people coming now than there were in the morning…”
Because of Liu Shiyun’s enthusiastic cries, the rest of the students also subconsciously looked over at Qian Wei and Lu Xun, and soon they were the center of attention.
Qian Wei privately thought that it was very fortunate she decided to come down from Lu Xun’s back…
Naturally, Mo Zixin noticed Lu Xun as well. She bit her lip and walked forward with a concerned expression: “Lu Xun, your wound…”
But then, before Mo Zixin could finish asking her question, and before Qian Wei could finish internally celebrating her own foresight, Lu Xun made a move that truly taught her what it meant to be ‘the center of attention’.
He turned around, hugged her, gently cupped Qian Wei’s chin with one hand, and gave her a kiss before the eyes of all the students.
At that moment, Qian Wei could only feel blood gushing upward to her face, while her mind reeled. It was as if a powerful bomb had exploded, blowing all of her thoughts and reason into smithereens. Despite being in front of so many people, Lu Xun didn’t play coy with this kiss at all. He kissed Qian Wei deeply and overbearingly for a long time.
It was as much a kiss as it was a declaration of ownership, and Lu Xun wasn’t afraid to let anyone see.
For a moment, the world seemed to freeze.
When Lu Xun finally released Qian Wei, she felt as if a century had passed.
Her face was flushed and Lu Xun touched her cheek before saying. “It’s my fault that you didn’t have any sense of security before now. It’s better for me to do it publicly.” He leaned forward until the tip of his nose gently touched Qian Wei’s and whispered, “This way you will have nothing to be afraid of. Even if we break up later on, everyone will know that I was dumped by you, and that there’s no other possibility.” Having spoken to this point, Lu Xun blinked, “Of course, I won’t give you that chance.”
After doing all this, Lu Xun remained calm and composed, but Qian Wei was in a bit of a fluster. Although she had always known that their relationship would be out in the open one day, she had never thought Lu Xun would announce it like this, in such a domineering way.
Qian Wei only felt as if she were stepping on clouds, her feets barely touching the ground and not really transmitting any feeling back, and her whole body was wrapped in a hazy and floaty feeling. She had no recollection of how she managed to return to her spot at the table under all kinds of shocked eyes but, by the time she realized it, she was already sitting back in her position, and Lu Xun was already sitting in his on the other side and started taking new consultations.
“Qian Wei…” Liu Shiyun glared at her. “How many fingers am I holding up?”
Qian Wei reached up and touched her hot face before letting out a confused, “Ah?”
“I’m trying to find out if maybe there’s something in my eye.” Liu Shiyun looked a little at a loss. “Have I gotten too much sun? I feel as if I just hallucinated a scene where you and Lu Xun were kissing. Should I find an eye doctor, or maybe a psychiatrist?”
“Ah, well, you’re probably fine.”
Liu Shiyun: “Huh???”
Qian Wei cleared her throat and spoke while pretending to be calm, “You saw it right. Your eyes should be fine.”
As if she was influenced by Qian Wei’s affected indifference, Liu Shiyun didn’t seem to realize anything was off and just responded “Oh, I see.”
But then, after a moment, she realized that something was off. She stood up and cried, “Ahhhh!”
“Wait! QIAN WEI!!! You’re with Lu Xun?! Lu Xun’s new girlfriend was actually you?!” Liu Shiyun’s face rapidly flashed between admiration and shock and she perfectly followed the principle that said ‘Important things should be said thrice’ as she shouted: “Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God!”
However, just shouting a few times didn’t seem to be enough to express the full scope of her astonishment, because she kept looking back and forth between Qian Wei and Lu Xun for a half a day before she seemed to finally digest this fact.
However, once she accepted the premise, Liu Shiyun seemed to be quite elated about it. She leaned close to Qian Wei’s ear and whispered, “Qian Wei, how exactly did you get Lu Xun? Did you just rely on bringing him breakfast, fruits, and complimenting him the way you were doing before? And Lu Xun actually bought such a trick? A bunch of food and flattery was all he needed?”
While Liu Shiyun had been getting excited, Qian Wei’s own mood finally stabilized, so she glanced over at the other girl and said in a serious tone, “The most important thing was perseverance.”
Liu Shiyun seemed to be seriously making a note of her words: “What else? Did you use any sort of special means? Do you know how many people from all over the school have been chasing Lu Xun all this time? Last time, there was a beautiful girl who studied at the nearby University of Finance and Economics who came to our law school every day in order to ‘coincidentally’ run into Lu Xun but, in the end, Lu Xun never even looked at her!”
“Another important point was all the jealousy.”
Liu Shiyun: “???”
Qian Wei smiled and said, “Have you forgotten? Didn’t you get reliable information that Lu Xun’s girlfriend was a jealous and shrew-like woman?”
“…” Liu Shiyun wanted to cry but had no tears. “In the future, I will certainly strive to be a sterling example of an excellent socialist youth. I will not listen to or spread rumors, I will always abide by the law, and I will strive for the progress of China’s legal system!”
“Hey, wait a second, why do I seem to remember that you said you would call me ‘father’ if I ever managed to date Lu Xun?”
“Qian Wei, have I ever told you this before?” Liu Shiyun changed the topic and her tone became very affectionate, “For a long time, I’ve always felt very honored to be your friend. After all, you are so gentle, considerate, emotionally rational, beautiful, intelligent, forthright, and unrestrained…”
Qian Wei shook his head and shot her down immediately, “No, this is non-negotiable.”
Liu Shiyun cried out in dismay, “Ah, Qian Wei, my father!”
Qian Wei reached out and patted her head, reveling in the feeling of being the serf who had overturned the lord and sang it out proudly for a moment before saying: “Good child.”
Unfortunately, there were a lot of people coming for consultations in the afternoon and, soon, Liu Shiyun and Qian Wei had to devote themselves to their work and there was no more time to chat. After about half an hour, the peak traffic seemed to have passed, and many of the law students finally had a spare second to take a sip of water.
And as a result, the masses, who had previously been too busy to gossip, all focused their eyes on Qian Wei, especially several of the other girls from her class, Qian Wei really felt that if their gazes were to be materialized then her clothes would be full of holes by now.
There were all sorts of feelings in those gazes, things like envy, confusion, skepticism, disbelief, curiosity… there were all kinds of meanings. Although Qian Wei had prepared herself to some extent, at this moment she truly discovered that being Lu Xun’s girlfriend really required her to have a strong heart.
Liu Shiyun nudged Qian Wei’s with her arm and said: “Hey, did you see Mo Zixin’s expression just now when Lu Xun kissed you in front of everyone?” She dropped her voice to a whisper, “She looked as if someone had pressed her pause button, and she was frozen on the spot unmoving even for a while after Lu Xun let go of you. But when I looked at her I saw that, although her body wasn’t moving, her fingers were trembling.” Liu Shiyun touched her chin and continued thoughtfully. “It looked a bit like she had just been slapped in the face or something.”
Actually, Qian Wei had no idea how Mo Zixin had reacted at that time. In the past, because she had thought Lu Xun had confessed to the other girl, she had always subconsciously paid a lot of extra attention to Mo Zixin but, now that she knew the truth, she just felt that she wasn’t important, and no longer paid any attention to her.
Qian Wei could only vaguely remember that Mo Zixin had disappeared somewhere after Lu Xun had kissed her. After that, Qian Wei had been busy doing consultations but, at some point, she had noticed Mo Zixin returning. At that time, Mo Zixin had still looked like her usual slim and beautiful self, but her face had been pale and gray.
In fact, back at the hospital when she had first learned that Lu Xun’s entire ‘confession’ had just been Mo Zixin’s self-directed one-man show, Qian Wei had impulsively wanted to run up to the other girl and demand to know why she had lied like that face-to-face. However, that impulse soon passed, and Qian Wei didn’t even want to ask anymore.
There was no need for her to question the things other people did. If she just happily lived her own life to the fullest, that would be the greatest punishment she could visit on the other party. Since she had this opportunity to do it all over again, she just wanted to hold onto Lu Xun’s hand, even if only for one minute or even one second, longer.