Tang Lu was injured to the point that he was squinting, so he didn’t see Liu Shiyun at all. However, Liu Shiyun had very sharp eyes so she quickly realized that this man whose face had been beaten until it looked like a pig’s head was actually her ex-boyfriend. She gloatingly said, “Yo, could this be Tang Lu, the noble gentleman who loves to act elegant and refined all the time? If it weren’t for your chicken thief voice, I wouldn’t have dreamed that your face could ever look like this! How did you end up in such a sorry state?”
Tang Lu pointed at Qian Chuan and roared angrily: “Why don’t you ask him that question? I was just walking down a path when suddenly this psychopath came out of nowhere and hit me in the face!” His squinted eyes pivoted between Qian Chuan and Liu Shiyun a few times and he said, “At first, I thought that I had never met this person before and there was no enmity between us, so he was probably just crazy or maybe found the wrong person, but now that I see you here, I finally understand.” He sneered, “This man should be your new boyfriend, right? Why has your taste gotten so much worse after you broke up with me? You really went out and found a man who has no elegance at all? Can you really lower yourself to be with this man who only knows about street stalls after dining in high-class restaurants with me? Oh, no, I guess you probably don’t even like this guy, you just got with him because you wanted to find someone to beat me up. “
Qian Chuan rolled up his sleeves: “Are you asking to be beaten again?” But then he snorted and said with more calm, “I’m sorry, I just have a rash temperament and I can’t control myself whenever I see a cheating man like you walking down the road.”
Liu Shiyun looked at Qian Chuan: “You really beat him?” Her eyes sparkled. “I thought you were just talking nonsense back when we were drinking that day. But, wow, when you say you’ll do something, you really do it!”
“I, Qian Chuan, have always been a man who stays true to my word!”
Liu Shiyun said sincerely: “Qian Chuan, have I ever told you that you are really handsome.”
“Huh? Really? Hahaha, in fact, I didn’t need you to tell me, I already know that I am quite handsome…”
Tang Lu, who was being ignored, really felt this situation was unbearable. He exploded: “You don’t have to put on a show like this in front of me just to provoke me! No matter what the reason is, when a person attacks someone for no reason they should be punished by the law. There’s never been anyone who dared to hit me before today, but now that it’s happened, I’m not going to just let this go. I’ll just leave this matter to the police to handle. I’m going to go to the police right now and get them to record down my injuries.” Then he pulled out his phone, seemingly seriously intending to call the police. However, the motion and pulling out his phone seemed to agitate the wounds on his face and he grimaced in pain. Now, not to mention the ‘hunk of the architecture department’, he looked a lot more like that ugly taxi driver who was never able to get any passengers when he waited at the school gate.
Without saying a word, Liu Shiyun walked forward, snatched the phone out of his hands, and said: “You cheated first and I instructed Qian Chuan to beat you. You still feel that you’re the wronged party here?”
Tang Lu sneered: “I don’t care who instructed him or for what reason. Anyway, he’s the one who beat me and this won’t be ending here. Once he has a criminal record he’ll probably be expelled from school.”
Tang Lu’s tone was twisted and poisonous and, when coupled with his colorful pig-head-like face, he gave off a sinister and terrifying vibe.
When he heard Tang Lu’s threat, Qian Chuan didn’t try to defend himself at all because he was very aware of his own capabilities. Instead, he turned to Lu Xun and said, “Brother Xun… what should I do if I get kicked out of school? I’m afraid that Qian Wei might cry herself to death worrying about me…” He spoke in a tone as if he were very weak and helpless, looking quite pathetic…
When Qian Wei saw the way Qian Chuan instantly changed his face like flipping the pages of a book she couldn’t help but admire him, thinking that maybe he had mastered one of those face-changing techniques from wuxia novels.
However, in response to his words, Qian Wei hurriedly waved her hands and denied: “Don’t talk nonsense. I won’t cry for you if you drop out of school. Back then our parents said that if you couldn’t graduate smoothly then they would definitely break your legs and, to be honest, I’ve always been looking forward to seeing that scene. It’s exciting just thinking about it.”
Qian Chuan ignored Qian Wei’s interjection. He just stared at Lu Xun with a tearful expression and cried out: “Brother Xun… no, Brother-in-law!”
Naturally, Tang Lu was familiar with this famous Lu Xun from the law school. He looked at Lu Xun warily and said, “Don’t think that just because you are the top student of the law school that you can persuade me to give up on teaching him a lesson this time! I’ve already been beaten like this, so he deserves whatever he gets!”
Lu Xun smiled indifferently. He briefly glanced at Tang Lu, then ignored him and turned to look straight at Qian Chuan: “Where did you hit him?”
Qian Chuan scratched his head and said, “Well, it was on the small path that runs from the west to east behind the school, near the big mountain back there…”
“About three days ago, sometime near the evening? It was getting dark anyway…”
“Was there anyone else on the path at that time?”
“No, it was just me and him.”
“Are there any surveillance cameras in that area?”
Qian Chuan pondered for a moment: “I don’t think there are any surveillance cameras on the path that he took.”
Lu Xun’s smile became deeper: “It’s fine then.” With that, he turned back to Tang Lu and said. “Don’t come here and falsely accuse Qian Chuan. We all know that Qian Chuan never touched you.”
Qian Chuan: ???
Tang Lu was stupefied. Unexpectedly, Lu Xun really didn’t try to persuade him to give up on calling the police, instead, he just directly refused to admit that Qian Chuan had hit him at all. When he heard that, Tang Lu’s whole body trembled and he pointed at Lu Xun angrily: “I was clearly beaten. Or do you think that I fell down by myself?”
Lu Xun had his hands in his trouser pockets and he was wearing an expression that really made him look like he was asking for a lesson in Tang Lu’s eyes, however, his lazy posture was nothing compared to his next words.
Lu Xun leisurely glanced up at Tang Lu and nodded: “Yes. Probably you fell by yourself.”
Tang Lu’s face directly turned the color of pig liver because of his anger, and he said: “Good, very good! When I go to the police and have them examine my wounds we’ll find out whether I was beaten or if I fell on my own! We don’t have to argue about it here!”
Tang Lu was so angry that he was just short of hopping up and down, but Lu Xun was still calm and composed: “How could we know if you were beaten or if you fell? None of us were there. But even if it turns out you were beaten, it definitely wasn’t Qian Chuan who beat you.” With that, he glanced over at Qian Chuan. “Qian Chuan, did you beat Tang Lu?”
Qian Chuan quickly realized Lu Xun’s plan. He shook his head vigorously and said in a righteous tone, “I didn’t. No way! Don’t talk nonsense!”
“You… you…” Tang Lu was so angry he couldn’t even form words.
Lu Xun shrugged: “Even if your face really was beaten, it’s already been a few days since it happened. Though forensic technology is more advanced nowadays, I doubt the police would be willing to do a full set of tests for this sort of minor injury and, even if they were willing, I’m afraid they probably wouldn’t be able to find any evidence as to who the person that hit you was since a few days have already passed. All the evidence has probably been lost by now, so it would be very hard to prove who hit you. After all, it seems that there were no witnesses at the time of the incident and there was also no surveillance.” When Lu Xun finished speaking, he smiled gently as if he really was concerned for Tang Lu and said. “In the future, I think it’s better for you to call the police as soon as possible. The longer you delay, the more difficult it will be for the police to find evidence. Liu Shiyun, you should give this gentleman his phone back so he can call the police as quickly as possible. Just think, a big man like him was walking down the road and was unexpectedly beaten up. His weak chicken arms couldn’t fight back at all and his face was ruthlessly pummeled. Just thinking about it makes a person feel miserable, doesn’t it? If I put myself in his shoes, I would almost want to cry.”
As soon as Lu Xun made a move, other people could basically only stand aside. When Liu Shiyun saw that her cheating ex-boyfriend not only got beaten up, but was also ridiculed like this, she would have definitely laughed aloud if she hadn’t hurriedly covered her mouth to choke back the laughter. She quickly threw the cell phone back to Tang Lu and said. “He’s right, it’s really too miserable for you to be beaten like this. Do you want me to start a donation drive in the school? Just look at your nose, I think it’s been beaten until it’s a little crooked now. We should raise some money so you can go to Korea and get it fixed as soon as possible.”
Just as Tang Lu was about to angrily stalk away, the phone in his hand rang with truly terrible timing. Tang Lu glanced at the screen and, although his face was unhappy, he still picked up the call. Unfortunately, it seemed that the beating he had received caused him to feel pain when he tried to lift the phone to his ear and, as a result, he kept fidgeting and shifting the phone around until he accidentally brushed the speaker phone button.
“Tang Lu, I’ve been looking for you all day. Why didn’t you answer when I called you a couple of minutes ago? You’ve been making up all kinds of excuses to avoid me for three days in a row now. Do you not want to see me anymore? Forget it. Someone just told me that they saw you outside the gym, I’m coming to see you right away.”
Although Tang Lu hurriedly pressed the speaker phone button again, the brief conversation had already reached everyone’s ears.
Huh, Liu Shiyun thought, isn’t that the stinky mistress on the phone just now? But why did the voice sound so familiar…
“Tang Lu, I finally found you!”
Then, before Liu Shiyun could finish that thought, a familiar voice sounded out from in front of her.
“Eh? Mo Zixin???” Qian Wei had also felt the voice was a bit familiar and was thinking about it when Mo Zixin suddenly appeared. Mo Zixin was holding her phone in her hand and had obviously been talking to someone just now. And, thinking about it, her voice matched the female voice from the phone just now.
Tang Lu had cheated…
Mo Zixin had also cheated…
These two people both cheated…
And now they seemed to be very intimate over the phone…
So, that means…
Liu Shiyun was stupefied: “It’s you two???”
Qian Chuan’s reaction was much more intense than Liu Shiyun’s: “Damn it! Tang Lu! So it turns out that you are the one who dared to put a green hat on I, Qian Chuan!” As he spoke, he rolled up his sleeves. “I really hate that I didn’t hit you hard enough that day. But since you’ve so kindly delivered yourself to my doorstep, today is also good!”
Tang Lu was also stunned by this twist. He looked between Qian Chuan and Mo Zixin uncertainly and saw that Mo Zixin’s face had turned black and then red, losing all of its usual perfect composure. There was no need to say or ask anything because the answer was self-evident.
Tang Lu’s face was swollen up like a pig’s head, so it was hard to see the changes in his expression, but his trembling tone revealed the shock in his heart. He pointed at Mo Zixin and said: “So you weren’t single when you started dating me? Didn’t you say you had never had a boyfriend before, and that I was the only one you liked?” His voice suddenly raised an octave. “You were lying to me?”
Mo Zixin had originally wanted to pull him away to discuss this elsewhere, but Tang Lu refused to move. Instead, reenacting the scene where he had broken up with Liu Shiyun, he tried to claim the moral high ground and said: “Was all of your elegance and gentleness just a disguise?”
His bruised face and raised voice soon attracted a lot of attention and Mo Zixin’s face turned red with embarrassment. The two people glared at each other and squabbled in low voices for a while, until Mo Zixin also began to get a little angry.
“Don’t try to just put this on me, weren’t you also cheating at that time? Why do you think that it’s fine for you to do it but if someone else does it it’s wrong?” Mo Zixin was, after all, a high achiever from the law school. When she wanted to quarrel, her arguments would be logical and organized. “Also, what’s wrong with your face? No wonder you haven’t come to see me these past few days. If you look like this, don’t you know that you’re humiliating me? If my, Mo Zixin’s, boyfriend gets beaten up to this point, where am I supposed to put my face?”
How could Tang Lu, who had serious double standards, tolerate being accused like this to his face? He quickly retorted: “Huh, it seems that your true self has been exposed, not gentle or kind at all! When you see me like this, all you want to do is quarrel with me!? You don’t care about my injuries at all, do you?! After all, now that I’ve been injured, not only do you not ask me if it hurts, or what happened, instead your first reaction is that me getting hurt is a humiliation for you! It turns out that in your heart, your face is more important than my health! What a vain woman you are! I, Tang Lu, was really deceived by you! You need to tally up all the money I spent bringing you out on dates during our relationship and quickly give it back to me!”
Qian Chuan watched Tang Lu from the side and his mouth couldn’t help but twitch: “Liu Shiyun, I don’t want to say that your vision isn’t any good but, ah~, what kind of taste is this…”
“As if your Mo Zixin is any better. Probably should go under a bridge somewhere a pluck out a sorrowful rendition of The Moon’s Reflection on the Second Spring*.”
“Tch, you blind man!” Liu Shiyun glanced at Qian Chuan and said, “Just look how blind you are.”
“Forget it. Neither of us is any better than the other. We should both go to and see an eye doctor together instead of sniping at each other.” Liu Shiyun smiled at Qian Chuan. “Anyway, thank you for beating Tang Lu for me. But now that you know he was the one Mo Zixin was cheating on you with, do you want to beat him up again?”
Qian Chuan scratched his head and said, “Maybe I won’t beat him anymore. I don’t want to be punished by the school!”
“What are you afraid of with Lu Xun around? At worst, couldn’t you just drag Tang Lu into those bushes over there and beat him up? You can rest assured that us law school students can professionally deal with any evidence without any loopholes.”
“…” Qian Chuan mused, “But what if he insists on asking me for compensation…”
“That’s no problem at all!” Liu Shiyun patted her chest. “For me, Liu Shiyun, money is no object. Whatever amount he wants you to pay, I can afford to pay it. I’ll even pay him twice as much as he asks for. Just beat him up again and feel at ease.”
“But I don’t want to beat him anymore!” Qian Chuan shrugged, “Now that I know that he and Mo Zixin are together, I don’t feel angry anymore. In fact, I think they are a good match and I sincerely wish that they could have deep feelings that last for a hundred years, so long as they don’t break up then and come out to harm others.”
Liu Shiyun briefly fell into a daze as she realized that she also no longer seemed to feel so unwilling and angry about the Tang Lu anymore. At the moment, besides feeling a bit happy that her anger had been vented and a bit of schadenfreude, her heart was very calm.
Both of them having come to their own realizations, Liu Shiyun and Qian Chuan just stood there and quietly watched Tang Lu and Mo Zixin squabble with each other. Liu Shiyun even took out a bag of melon seeds from her bag and shared them with Qian Chaun as they watched from the sidelines and chatted a bit.
*this is a famous song (二泉映月) played by a famously blind artist. So she’s basically saying ‘you should go out and play this masterpiece by a blind artist (because you are also blind)’