Although she and Lu Xun had cleared up their misunderstanding and returned to the right track, Qian Wei still had something troubling her.
What to do about Qian Chuan? Qian Chuan still didn’t know what kind of person Mo Zixin really was, and he only saw her as a gentle, simple, and honest girl, the same way Qian Wei always had. However, now that Qian Wei had learned that Lu Xun’s ‘confession’ was actually just a one-man-play put on by Mo Zixin, she had begun to feel that the other girl was too scheming and not suitable for her brother at all. What was worse, she even doubted whether Mo Zixin really liked Qian Chuan in the first place. But could she just tell Qian Chuan all these things directly? No way! First of all, a boy who was passionately in love would always instinctively want to protect their lover, so if all she had was her one-sided testimony, would Qian Chuan even believe it? Probably not. Secondly, Qian Wei was afraid that revealing the truth might deal a considerable blow to Qian Chuan. She had been pondering over it and thought that maybe if he found out from someone else’s mouth, it would be so bad for his self-esteem? After all, no one would want their sister to be the one to reveal this sort of thing to them…
Qian Wei had some headaches as she agonized over this problem and struggled to come up with a resolution that wouldn’t hurt her brother. After all, she really couldn’t stand to just watch Qian Chuan being kept in the dark until he finally broke up with Mo Zixin and ended up heartbroken the same way he did in her past life.
“Qian Wei! Have you got some time? Come out for a drink with me!”
However, unexpectedly, Qian Wei received a phone call from Qian Chuan the next day and the problem she had been mulling over for so long was abruptly solved…
Qian Chuan called her to talk about Mo Zixin! They broke up!
By the time Qian Wei arrived at the family restaurant where she agreed to meet Qian Chuan, he had already drunk a few bottles of beer. When she sat down his face was flushed red and he seemed very emotional.
Qian Wei asked cautiously: “Why did she break up with you?”
“She didn’t break up with me.” Qian Chuan sipped his beer morosely, and said in a low voice, “I broke up with her.”
“I was really blind to fall in love with that kind of person.” Qian Chuan said angrily, “It seems that it’s true that you can know a person but not their heart. All this time, I thought she was a naive, simple, and perfect girl, but the truth was that she was like that.”
Qian Wei’s heart was itching with curiosity: “What happened, what was wrong with her?”
Qian Chuan took another two sips of his beer before spitting out in an awkward and angry tone: “Cheating!”
Qian Wei was quite shocked: “Ah?!”
“Remember you bought me a new Nokia? Recently she bought an identical model. Last night my pants didn’t have any pockets, so I left my phone with her in her purse, and then when I was heading home I took her phone by mistake.” Qian Chuan’s face turned black and he seemed reluctant to recall what happened next.” Of course, I didn’t want to look at the contents of her phone, but while I was holding it a text message popped up that started with the word ‘baby’ at the beginning. I was curious, so I opened it, and that’s when I found out that she was actually acting all lovey-dovey with another man behind my back. All of their text messages were full of ambiguous words, and she had even told him that she actually didn’t like me at all, but because I had chased her so persistently she had become soft-hearted for a moment and agreed.” At this point, Qian Chuan heavily slammed down the beer bottle on the table. “What did she mean by that? Although it’s true that I chased her, when she agreed to my confession she didn’t seem reluctant at all. Back then, she was very affectionate to me… Did I not treat her well enough? I’ve always treated her like the best I knew how, and done everything a boyfriend is supposed to do, was she not satisfied?”
With this sudden development, Qian Chuan, as the involved party, was feeling very shocked, and even Qian Wei, as a bystander, felt very surprised. The news came so suddenly that she just stared wide-eyed at Qian Chuan for a while and forgot to say any comforting words.
“It turned out to be like this!” Qian Chuan still had some anger in his tone, “Qian Wei, it turns out you were right, we college students should only strive for the construction of socialism. We shouldn’t waste our time with some bullshit love, but should instead focus on our studies! Falling in love as a student is just childish and stupid! For now on, I, Qian Chuan, swear that I will learn from you, I will stay single, stay healthy, and never fall in love in college again! If I fall in love again, you can call me a dog!” Qian Chuan had probably drunk a bit too much, because he suddenly drunkenly held his beer bottle up as if it were a microphone and began to sing, “Let us be lovers on Earth, live the laidback life, galloping in our saddles, sharing in the civilization of humanity
sing our hearts’ contentment, as a single brother and sister, and in passion seize the single life… Ah! Ah, ah, ah.”*
Qian Wei put a hand on her forehead and cut in: “Wait, wait, wait, don’t start ‘ah’ing yet. I have something to clarify.”
Qian Chuan, whose singing was cut off at the best part, had a face full of displeasure as he responded: “What is it?”
Qian Wei cleared her throat: “Although this doesn’t feel like the most appropriate time to say it, I think I still have to tell you. I’m sorry but I can’t accompany you as part of the ‘single brother and sister’, ah~, you’ll have to go wandering the world by yourself.”
Qian Chuan: ???
Qian Wei coughed again and said, “I’m seeing someone.”
Qian Chuan was stunned, and by the time he came to he was already shouting: “Damn it! Qian Wei! How could you do this behind my back?! If you do this, are you even putting me in your eyes?! Didn’t you clearly tell me that a person should never fall in love in college? “
“Qian Chuan, have you ever heard a certain saying?”
“If you believe the words of a beauty, it’s because you are still too young.”
“…” Qian Chuan was speechless, “Alright, you aren’t single, but why are you trying to stimulate me when I’m so heartbroken. Is there no more love between brothers and sisters anymore?”
“I was single when you were in love. Did I ever say anything?”
“…” Qian Chuan choked, “Let’sh not talk about that. Rather, tell me, who ish it? Which man made you break your principles?!”
Qian Chuan’s face was already flushed with drunkenness, his eyes had begun to lose focus, and his words were becoming incoherent and slurred, as if his tongue had grown too big for his mouth.
Qian Wei didn’t want to bother trying to explain anything to this drunkard, Qian Chuan, so she just knocked on the table and made a decision: “You’re free tomorrow, right? When we’re free, I will directly bring him over to meet you. Then I’ll treat you to a big meal as a consolation for your heartbreak.”
Qian Chuan nodded drunkenly as he took another sip of beer. In the end, he was still heartbroken and busy immersing himself in the pain of that heartbreak, so he quickly dropped the topic. Later, when Qian Wei finally dragged him back to school, he was still gnashing his teeth and cursing that there was something like cheating in this world, and cursing the man Mo Zixin had been talking to as a eunuch…
Qian Wei finally sent the drunken Qian Chuan back to his dorm, and after that, she was so tired that she quickly went back to her own dorm and threw herself down in bed like a dead dog. However, unexpectedly, Liu Shiyun, who had been going out on a date almost every night recently, hadn’t gone out tonight. Even more surprising, despite her usual enthusiasm for variety shows and South Korean dramas, Liu Shiyun was laying quietly in her bed today.
Qian Wei raised her arm, looked at her watch, and saw that it was only eight p.m.. For Liu Shiyun, who usually called herself ‘the queen of the night’, this was her prime time, so Qian Wei was a little worried to see her just laying there.
After a long time passed, Liu Shiyun slowly poked her head out of her quilt, and Qian Wei saw that her eyes were both red and swollen.
She was startled: “What’s the matter with you? What kind of masochistic Korean drama did you watch this time to make you cry like this? “
Liu Shiyun sniffled and, although it sounded like she was trying to make her voice normal, there was a strong nasal sound: “I am heartbroken!”
Qian Wei was shocked. As far as she knew, Tang Lu had always been very good to Liu Shiyun. A few days ago, the two even made an appointment to travel together during winter vacation. So she tried to say some words of comfort: “It’s alright, any couple will have some little conflicts. For now, don’t be too sad. Maybe Tang Lu will call you tomorrow to coax you…”
“That cheating man is already dead to me!”
Qian Wei didn’t know how to respond: “Ah?”
Liu Shiyun’s voice was vicious as she said: “For this kind of cheating man, if I don’t break up quickly won’t I just be asking for a prairie to be grown on my head?!**”
Another cheater!? Qian Wei was surprised, was climate recently particularly suitable for cheating?
She looked at Liu Shiyun’s miserable appearance and quickly felt a common hatred for the enemy. She immediately wanted to roll up her sleeves and beat him up a few times for her friend: “I’ll help you find that scum man and scold him to death! Any man who already has a girlfriend and cheats on her really has no morality at all. This time I have to let him know that if he’s a person with no taste, he shouldn’t come out and bother a good girl from our law school! I’ll scold him for an hour without stopping!”
When she saw Qian Wei’s antics, Liu Shiyun finally regained some spirit. “It’s no use for you to go,” Liu Shiyun murmured. “These sorts of scum men have a different set of logic from normal people. I went to confront him, and do you know what he did? Unexpectedly, that scum complained to me first, saying that it was all my fault for deceiving him first.”
Liu Shiyun rolled her eyes: “He said that our whole relationship was simply him being deceived by me. He said that I’m not the kind of gentle, pure, and noble person that he likes at all, and that I put on a disguise to trick him. As a result of that, he never realized my ‘true face’ so he chased me for a while but, after getting along with me, he gradually discovered my true nature. He said, as the victim who was deceived, he wanted to break up with me from a long time ago!”
Qian Wei couldn’t help but get angry after hearing that: “What kind of bullshit is that? Even if he doesn’t like you, he should at least break up with you before finding another girl. That’s just the most basic way of showing respect for others.”
“To sum it up, he wanted to say that it wasn’t his fault, rather, it was all my fault. He’s completely innocent. He told me that he only likes the kind of girl who is gentle and noble, and that he only felt more and more wrong as he got along with me. He said he didn’t know the ‘true me’ until he happened to pass by that small community where we did consultations the other day and, remembering that I would be there, he went over to see me. However, when he arrived, I was telling the police about what had happened with that drunk and his wife. Tang Lu said that he was frightened by the way I spoke so loudly, in a way that was not gentle or soft, and then he watched and saw the way I spoke to my classmates and found out that my words were not elegant at all. In fact, instead of being elegant, he thought it was more like I was casual and cheap, so he said I was never the person who he thought I was, and it was all fake. ” Liu Shiyun snorted coldly, “That’s why he felt it was only natural for him to fall in love with a girl who was really gentle and noble after exposing my scam. He said that, not only does he not need to apologize to me, but rather I should be the one to apologize to him for deceiving him and wasting his feelings and his money. He even threw me a list of all the expenses from the course of our relationship, and then brazenly asked me to compensate him for my part.”
Qian Wei was simply dumbfounded. She almost couldn’t believe that there was such a shamless man in the world: “Did you give it to him? That kind of person is so rubbish. Why doesn’t Tang Lu look at himself in the mirror for once? Don’t people call him the gentlemanly male god of the architecture department? His entire persona is clearly just a facade, what kind of gentleman acts like that?”
“I compensated him, of course. Isn’t it just some money? The last thing my family lacks is money.” At this point, Liu Shiyun finally showed a real smile. “It totaled a little less than two thousand yuan. I asked the manager of my families’ hotel to take out two thousand yuan of small change and deliver it here to our school. You should have seen it. He happened to be in class so we marched right into the classroom carrying thousands of coins and dumped them all on his desk in front of the teacher and all the other students. Then I told him that I rounded it up to an even two thousand yuan, and that he could just count the extra as a break-up fee.”
Qian Wei applauded happily while feeling relief in her heart.
*so he starts singing a real song (当 (dāng) by 动力火车)) by also mixes in some of his own lyrics. I searched online for the most ‘official’ fan translation of the lyrics and then swapped Qian Chaun’s modifications into that.
**prairie on your head = green hat = cheated on