49th -【They’re so dirty】
The weather was getting colder by the day. Many people had caught a cold due to the steep drop in temperature, putting on one thick sweater after another.
Chu Yu didn’t follow the trend and was still dressed thinly. Dressing like this looked good indeed, but the cold was unbearable.
Zhang Yueshan and Li Hua expressed their respect for Chu Yu. On such a cold day, he could go out so valiantly for the sake of flaunting his beauty.
Exiting the dormitory building, Chu Yu was blown by the cold morning wind and couldn’t help but squeeze his collar tightly and shrink his neck.
Lu Shi stood in front of him, blocking the wind a little. “Cold?”
Chu Yu took a deep breath. With the usual smile at the corner of his mouth, it wasn’t known if he was giving himself psychological support as he answered, “I’m! Not! Cold!”
If the last syllable didn’t tremble, it might’ve been more convincing.
Lu Shi didn’t persuade him to go back and change his clothes. He just walked while trying to stand against the wind as much as possible to help block it for Chu Yu.
It was early, so few people were coming and going. With no one around, Chu Yu pulled at Lu Shi’s clothes mysteriously. “Come, I’ll show you a baby!”
Lu Shi halted. “What baby?”
Chu Yu turned sideways and exposed a white corner within his pocket where his hands were also in. His eyes appeared pleased with himself. “Look!”
Like sharing a secret, there was excitement hidden in his words.
Lu Shi didn’t recognize it at a glance. He took a second look before realizing that it was a warm baby.1暖宝宝 or warm baby: So it’s a gelatin inside a packet which uses the principle of using battery to accelerate oxidation reaction. It can’t be directly attached to the skin nor could it stay attached to the same part for a long time, or it will easily cause low-temperature burns (that means its really warrrrmmmm, wanna try…)
“Aren’t I resourceful? I bought it at a convenience store that day. Put two nuan baobao2Chu Yu said 宝贝 (baobei), but bc the name of the product is 暖宝宝 (nuan baobao), Lu Shi didn’t realize he was referring to that. Baobei could also mean treasure. in your pockets and you’ll feel nice and warm when you put your hands in them!” Chu Yu believed that his idea was truly great. “Ah, the warmth is like heaven!”
A smile flashed through Lu Shi’s eyes and he complimented him. “Mn, smart.”
On the first day of the current midterm exam, many students were walking while memorizing key points, discussing types of questions, or clasping Buddha’s feet in place of timely preparation; nothing would be lost no matter how many times one hugged anyway.
Chu Yu was assigned to the middle section of the second floor examination room as a result of his last monthly exam scores.
His foot injury wasn’t healed completely nor did he want to climb the stairs, so with his hands in his pockets, he went to line up obediently. Lu Shi followed him into the elevator and sent the person all the way to the classroom.
When he found his seat, Chu Yu turned towards Lu Shi. “You should head out soon. There’s still time to sit in your seat and close your eyes for a nap.”
Lu Shi helped Chu Yu arrange his stationery. “Hm, I’ll pick you up after the exam.”
Knowing that Lu Shi was worried about his foot, Chu Yu nodded his head several times. “Kkk, I’ll wait, I’ll wait for you.”
After Lu Shi left, Chu Yu lay down on the desk.
In fact, he didn’t want to come one bit to this midterm exam. He was bored and conflicted, so he had simply ran away to forget about it.
But there was another suppressed force in his heart that felt like if he really missed the exam, it would be like losing to something.
He had struggled for a long time last night, had nightmares again, and woke up Lu Shi.
Lu Shi had put his hands on his eyes and had told him to sleep with a hoarse voice. Chu Yu then obediently closed his eyes and had finally unwittingly fallen asleep at some unknown time.
He still entered the examination room.
Chu Yu spun his pen, thinking that men were really fickle.
He didn’t have any acquaintances in the examination room, so he just sat lost in thought without talking to the students around. Someone was chatting behind him, and words passed through his ears intermittently.
He reckoned they were in the same class as He Zhihao as they were saying that He Zhihao most likely wouldn’t be coming to school anymore. He also didn’t come to the midterm exam.
Chu Yu had directly informed his brother and sister about He Zhiyuan wanting to drug him at that time. Without giving He Zhiyuan any chance to react, he’d been crushed immediately to the ground.
At that time, Chu Yu had guessed that the He family certainly wouldn’t let He Zhihao come to Jianing Private again.
The matter was within expectations, it was just that he lost a friend. Chu Yu was a little upset.3To those whose heart had been hung ever since I said that you’ll be left unsatisfied regarding He Zhihao, this is what I meant. He was not involved in the matter, and was even almost used as a means to achieve an end, but this was still his fate as a canon fodder QAQ. I’m left unsatisfied author-sama!
After two days of taking exams, the last test was finally finished. The next day was Saturday, and many students were ready to go home immediately.
Lu Shi, who came upstairs to pick up Chu Yu, saw his inclined profile which had traces of red from sleep.
He smoothed out the hair that was sticking up in passing. “Sleepy?”
“Mm.” Chu Yu yawned.
The last test was English. After he had finished the test and looked at the time, he found that there was still half an hour left, so he simply lay on his stomach to sleep, but he wasn’t able to sleep that well.
After a yawn, wet marks lined the corners of his eyes. Chu Yu rubbed his face. “I was confused in my sleep. I didn’t realize where I was, and I was looking for you everywhere.”
Lu Shi had been coming to sleep with him every night, thus Chu Yu had grown a bit used to it.
While sleeping, he always liked pulling Lu Shi’s clothes, sleeves, or collar. In any case, if he didn’t hold anything in his hand, he’d constantly have this feeling of emptiness.
After yawning again, Chu Yu recalled something. “Are you going straight to the airport in a while?”
“I’ll leave early tomorrow morning and be at school in the evening.”
“Then I’ll stay in the dormitory tonight, I won’t return first!”
Thinking of Lu Shi going so far, Chu Yu’s mood fell a little bit. He tried hard to cheer up. “On second thought, I’ll send you to the airport tomorrow!”
Worried that Lu Shi would refuse, Chu Yu added, “If you don’t let me send you off, I’ll be unhappy and will suffer from insomnia, feel sad, and have nightmares at night.”
Lu Shi didn’t mean to refuse at all. “Okay, you’ll send me off.”
The next day, arriving at the airport, Lu Shi went to exchange his boarding pass while Chu Yu stood there and waited.
He sat on a chair and peered at Lu Shi’s figure. Along the way, he’d been feeling that Lu Shi was a little unhappy.
His expression was the same as usual, but between his brows and eyes, there were several layers of dark clouds that couldn’t be blown away.
Chu Yu guessed that Lu Shi probably didn’t want to go back to his home in A city. Judging from his expression, it definitely wasn’t a good place to go. As for the person who claimed to be Lu Shi’s mother, Chu Yu 100% thought that she wasn’t a good person.
After Lu Shi exchanged his boarding pass, Chu Yu pulled Lu Shi, found a hidden corner, and sucked his blood.
He was ready to restrain himself and just bite his fingers a bit, but Lu Shi unbuttoned his collar. “I’ll only return tomorrow, you won’t suck a bit more blood today?”
Chu Yu saw the open collar which exposed a cold, white shoulder line, causing the itchy feeling in his throat to spread.
He took half a step forward and approached Lu Shi. To cover up, he wrapped his hands around Lu Shi’s neck before pressing his lips to the side of his neck and biting down.
Lu Shi carried his black backpack in one hand and raised the other to wrap around Chu Yu’s lower back.
It was a hug.
Fang Weiyun wore a suitably tailored white fringed gown dignified in bearing. She was holding a champagne glass while chatting with a few familiar ladies.
She was very well maintained. Although she wasn’t as beautiful as young women, she had her own temperament and charm.
“My son suffered some misfortune a few days ago which made the old man at home very angry. I don’t know what skills the kid used, but he coaxed his grandpa back and got a car. It’s a wonder where he drove to and had fun last night.”
The woman who spoke stared at Fang Weiyun and said enviously, “If my debt-collecting son4A son who comes to consume a certain amount of resources from his parents and leaves after asking for enough. Ungrateful basically. was half as sensible and filial as your family’s Lu Shi, I would’ve had fewer wrinkles!” As she said so, her line of sight fell on the necklace Fang Weiyun was wearing. “Your Lu Shi ah, he knows to buy gifts for his mother at such a young age. I haven’t even received a single pearl from my son until now!”
Fingers touching the necklace, Fang Weiyun responded softly, “Our Lu Shi is older now, and I’ve been worrying every day about him learning from bad examples. I’ve seen your family’s Zhi Bai a few times. He looks nice and has a sweet mouth. Everyday he’s all, ‘Mom looks so good’, ‘Mom’s really beautiful’. Don’t you know how envious we are!”
The few people gathered laughed. Nothing else was said as the topic went back and forth and revolved around their children.
A woman wearing a red fishtail dress suddenly asked, “Speaking of which, I still haven’t seen your family’s Lu Shi. I haven’t seen him for a long time now, I wonder if he’s grown a lot taller? I remember the last time I saw him, he was still in junior high school.”
Fang Weiyun’s smile remained unchanged. “He’s delayed a little bit, he’ll arrive some time later.”
Not long after, Lu Shaochu came to find Fang Weiyun. “Why hasn’t Lu Shi arrived yet?”
Fang Weiyun looked at the time. “It’s past three o’clock, he should be here soon.”
Lu Shaochu didn’t show any emotion on his face as he spoke calmly, “He’s been making a fuss about attending school in S city. We shouldn’t have agreed, it’s too far away and we won’t be able to control him.”
Fang Weiyun held the wine glass, adding two points of loneliness in her eyes. “But can he be stopped? You know Lu Shi’s temperament.” She paused, her tone turning a little sadder. “He knows that I’m not his biological mother and definitely won’t listen to me anymore.”
“Weiyun, don’t think like this. You took care of him while growing up, even if you have no blood relationship, there would certainly be family affection. He heard the news when he was still young and his temperament immature; he was unable to stand the stimulus.”
Lu Shaochu embraced Fang Weiyun’s shoulders. “Now, I also don’t know, I hid it from him when he was young. I didn’t tell him who his biological mother was when he was a child and allowed him to treat you as his own mother. In the end, was it right or wrong? Especially since Lu Shi had been very close to you when he was a child—”
“Shaochu,” Fang Weiyun cut in and comforted Lu Shaochu, “this is a decision we made together. If Lu Shi blames us, it’s a consequence we must bear. But no matter what, his surname is Lu, he’s your son. When all is said and done, he can’t get rid of this blood relationship.”
Lu Shaochu went to greet the guests while Fang Weiyun remained in place. Seeing Lin family’s Madam and her daughter coming over, she perked up with a smile. After saying hello, she gazed at the girl in a light blue gown. “Is this our Wangxi? She’s all grown up! The eyes and brows are similar to yours, very beautiful!”
Lin Wangxi greeted her politely.
Mrs. Lin was smiling from ear to ear. “Her temperament is much better than mine. I simply like arranging flowers and drinking tea, whereas she follows her dad.”
“It’s very good to follow after Mr. Lin, a tiger father has no dog daughters!”
Mrs. Lin smiled happily then asked, “Where’s your family’s Lu Shi?”
Lin Wangxi blinked when she heard the name ‘Lu Shi’.
The youth who came to pick up Chu Yu at the door of Ulysses was also called Lu Shi.
She had a deep impression of the boy. On one hand, he was handsome and had an outstanding disposition. Furthermore, it was rare for her to see Chu Yu relying so much on someone else.
Although Chu Yu wasn’t that old, his thoughts were very transparent. Even after playing with He Zhihao for so many years, regardless of what He Zhihao said and where he took him, he knew what he should and shouldn’t play; his heart was quite pure. He Zhihao raced, partied, and engaged in exciting activities, but Chu Yu had never dipped his hands in and never once went.
He seemed to have good character, but in fact, he held a clear distinction between himself and others.
But Chu Yu towards Lu Shi, even when he was drunk, still subconsciously relied on him.
However, Lin Wangxi dismissed her thoughts, thinking that it might just be someone with the same name.
He Zhihao had mentioned that Lu Shi lived in a slum area, had a not so good family background, and entered Jianing Private for the scholarship.
Fang Weiyun squeezed the goblet in her hand. “Ai, Wangxi really looks more and more beautiful, just like when you were young!”
Mrs. Lin squeezed her handbag. “You can stop praising or you’ll soon praise people to the sky! By the way, your Lu Shi has grown up now and you’re still young, are you planning on having a daughter? Whether your daughter inherits from you or your husband, she’ll definitely be a beautiful little princess!”
Fang Weiyun’s smiling expression stagnated for a moment.
Her fingers pinched the stem of the glass unconsciously, but then quickly released it. She smiled and answered, “Our Lu Shi doesn’t want that. When he was young, he took my hand and said, ‘Mom will have me as the only child and will only like me, okay?’”
Mrs. Lin knew that she had been rude, so she quickly changed the subject and talked about George Rona’s new emerald jewelry.
At that time, the place near the door suddenly became quiet before layers of discussion sounded.
Lin Wangxi tilted her head to look over. She saw a young man adorned in a white shirt and a black suit, treading with black leather shoes, enter through the door.
He had a slimness and height unique to teens. The frostiness and indifference he showed resembled a snow-covered pine tree amidst the wind, which was incompatible with the brightly colored flower bundles in the banquet hall.
Reflected in that pair of black eyes was the fancy scene of the event and the joyous occasion, but none of it could enter his heart.
Lin Wangxi recognized him immediately.
This was the person who’d come to pick up Chu Yu that day— Lu Shi.
After arranging the piece of snow-white clothing exposed at his cuffs, Lu Shi first saw Fang Weiyun.
Fang Weiyun placed the champagne glass5It’s just one drink but author had been using all the different names since earlier: wine glass, goblet, glass, champagne glass. on a waiter’s tray, then lifted her dress as she moved forward, and smiled gently. “You’ve arrived? Your father was thinking of you just now.”
Seeing that Lu Shi’s collar was slightly crooked, Fang Weiyun reached out to help him tidy up. “Look at you, without a mother there, always—”
Lu Shi avoided her hand.
Fang Weiyun’s smile froze at the corner of her lips.
Lu Shi’s thin eyelids drooped. Restrained deep in his black eyes was a hatred that entangled day by day, like the vines of a rose with thorns all over. When startled, it would soon stir up, dripping blood.
Fang Weiyun withdrew her hands in time. Smile unchanged, she said intimately, “Grandpa is chatting with his old friends upstairs. I’ll take you to see your father first, he has been waiting for you.”
Lu Shi didn’t say anything and merely followed Fang Weiyun.
When Lu Shaochu saw Fang Weiyun bringing Lu Shi over, the rock hanging in his heart finally fell.
Full of smiles, he said to the middle-aged man chatting with him, “Children won’t stay when they’ve grown up. The child is at that age and has his own thoughts, how can he still do what he’s told?” He patted Lu Shi’s arm then gestured. “Lu Shi, do you still remember who this is?”
Lu Shi stretched out his hand and turned towards the middle-aged man opposite Lu Shaochu. “Uncle Yang, long time no see.”
“This is Lu Shi? Old Lu, I can see that he’s much better than you when you were young!”
The Lu family had been in business for several generations. They had deep roots, and their accumulated wealth and prestige were incomparable.
Lu Shi was wearing a hand-tailored suit. When he stepped into the banquet hall, it was as if he put on a costume, removing the indolence and hostility of the past. His temperament and behavior made everyone secretly say in their hearts that he was indeed the Lu family’s sole successor.
After the exchange of greetings, Fang Weiyun came over with a goblet and handed it to Lu Shi. “This is fruit juice. You must’ve been thirsty when you arrived. You’re not an adult yet so you can’t drink alcohol. Mom poured fruit juice especially for you.”
Lu Shi didn’t answer.
Lu Shaochu’s brows creased. If he wasn’t concerned about the occasion and reputation, he would’ve chided him.
Fang Weiyun promptly spoke, a little cautiously, “You don’t like it? Mom will go and help you change it to another drink.”
Lu Shi stretched out his hand and held the glass of juice in his hand.
During the movement, Fang Weiyun’s fingers brushed against the back of Lu Shi’s hand.
Ten minutes later, Lu Shi found an excuse to leave the banquet hall and went up to the second floor.
Entering the bathroom, he locked the door, opened the faucet, placed his hand under the stream of water, and unceasingly washed the place on the back of his hand which Fang Weiyun had touched.
So dirty, so dirty…
Lu Shi’s jaw was extremely tight. He lowered his head and continuously rubbed the inch of skin on the back of his hand with his left hand, as if he had to wash off a layer of skin for it to be considered clean.
It wasn’t until the back of his hand turned red and he felt pain that Lu Shi gradually stopped his mechanical movements.
The faucet was turned off, and Lu Shi unhurriedly wiped off the water on his hands.
He stood there for a while before taking out his phone and dialing a number.
Chu Yu’s voice was a little worried as he asked, “What’s the matter? Aren’t you attending the birthday banquet? Why did you suddenly call me? Are you unhappy?”
Lu Shi looked at the red marks on the back of his hand. It smelled of incense in the air and he wanted to vomit.
His soft voice called the other person’s name, “Chu Yu.”
“I wish you could lick the back of my hand, they’re6Lu Shi is referring to people here… You probs know who. so dirty.”
The author has something to say: It’s really just a simple washing of the hand!! Can you not lock it??7Author’s talking about the management locking the chapter. China’s been upping their censorship game lately, so you might see more and more chaps being locked in
Here’s a heart made of the warm baby bought by Chu Yu~
Xena: Aiyaaa, it was too funny in the raws’ comment section. Half of the comments have been censored due to the netizens’ suggestions of how Chu Yu should help Lu Shi clean up XD.8Look, even the comments are being censored double yikes
- 1暖宝宝 or warm baby: So it’s a gelatin inside a packet which uses the principle of using battery to accelerate oxidation reaction. It can’t be directly attached to the skin nor could it stay attached to the same part for a long time, or it will easily cause low-temperature burns (that means its really warrrrmmmm, wanna try…)
- 2Chu Yu said 宝贝 (baobei), but bc the name of the product is 暖宝宝 (nuan baobao), Lu Shi didn’t realize he was referring to that. Baobei could also mean treasure.
- 3To those whose heart had been hung ever since I said that you’ll be left unsatisfied regarding He Zhihao, this is what I meant. He was not involved in the matter, and was even almost used as a means to achieve an end, but this was still his fate as a canon fodder QAQ. I’m left unsatisfied author-sama!
- 4A son who comes to consume a certain amount of resources from his parents and leaves after asking for enough. Ungrateful basically.
- 5It’s just one drink but author had been using all the different names since earlier: wine glass, goblet, glass, champagne glass.
- 6Lu Shi is referring to people here… You probs know who.
- 7Author’s talking about the management locking the chapter. China’s been upping their censorship game lately, so you might see more and more chaps being locked in
- 8Look, even the comments are being censored double yikes