“Our class is a new one in the grade. With 42 students, some of which have always been in the main school, and some having come from other branch schools, there are those who know each other and others who do not as of yet. But from now on, our Second Year Class A is one big, collective family! We’re all in this together…”
The homeroom teacher was surging with passion as he spurred them on from the podium, but below the podium, numerous students had secretly fished out their cellphones. It didn’t take long for the ‘Lu-Shen and School Flower Chu just met and didn’t get along’ news to resemble dandelions blown by the wind. Starting from Class A, it quickly spread throughout the second years, eventually reaching the entire senior high school. Not long after, even the security guard uncles knew.
Class A was in the middle of self-introductions and selecting class representatives.
Starting with those in the first row by the door, they were to stand up and introduce themselves. If someone wanted to be part of the committee, they need to mention what position they were running for and campaign themselves.
Chu Yu was resting on his arms with his eyes closed, the voices from the class seemed distant in his ears. Lingering in his mind was a frame by frame image of the blood stains at the corner of Lu Shi’s mouth.
Chu Yu was distressed.
The person sitting in front of him and playing with the Rubik’s Cube was called Zhang Yueshan. From his self-introduction, it was the Zhang from LiZaoZhang, and Yueshan in ‘bright moon rises from the TianShan Mountains’3A way of explaining what characters your name consists of in Chinese. The LiZaoZhang is differentiating between the Zhang in 弓長張 (GongChangZhang) and 立早章 (LiZaoZhang). The line (明月出天山) is of a poem, wherein the Yueshan is from the characters for moon (月) and mountain (山).. He wanted to run for class monitor and what followed was an adlib speech that was much more impassioned than the homeroom teacher’s.
After Zhang Yueshan sat down, everyone was left a bit stunned from the shock, so it took a while for a sparse applause to sound its way through the class.
Then it was Chu Yu’s turn.
He stood up with his hands on the desk. “I’m Chu Yu.”
Lu Shi, who was sitting behind him, raised his eyes just in time to see Chu Yu’s arms, which were propped on the desk, slightly shake.
Chu Yu sat back down after speaking. He really didn’t have the energy to stand for even a second. He was dizzy and his condition had worsened from when he first arrived at school in the morning.
The doctor back home stated he wasn’t sick, but he constantly felt as if he had a terminal illness, the type that was killing him quickly.
There was a ringing in Chu Yu’s ears after he sat down, so he didn’t clearly hear what Lu Shi had said. It seemed to be the same as his introduction, only a few words were spoken.
Afterwards came the voting for the class representatives. Chu Yu just lay on his desk, his right hand subconsciously covering his abdomen— the pain from his stomach cramps caused him to break out in a cold sweat.
He half-opened his eyes, vaguely seeing everyone applauding, but the applause couldn’t reach his ears. A sense of emptiness spread from his limbs throughout his bones, dragging him into burning lava.
“Sir, I think he’s sick.”
After receiving their textbooks, Zhu Zhifei came over from the class next door and said with an excited tone, “Lu-Ge!”
Lu Shi, who was signing his name on the book, glanced at the visitor then continued writing.
Zhu Zhifei pulled out a chair and sat down. “Lu-Ge, I heard the news that you don’t get along with the school flower and that you refused to share desks with him? Is the school flower beautiful? As beautiful as in the legends? Why didn’t you want to be deskmates?”
Throwing the English book aside, Lu Shi turned to the front page of the math textbook. With a flat tone, he replied, “You’ve seen him.”
“Huh?” Zhu Zhifei was confused. “I’ve seen him? That’s unscientific4lit. translation is “This is unscientific” – an internet buzzword mostly used for complaining that the opposition doesn’t make sense! Even if it was just in passing, I would’ve remembered it!”
Lu Shi added, “We ate together.”
Hearing this, Zhu Zhifei was silent for a while. Lu Shi looked up and saw an expression of astonishment on Zhu Zhifei’s face. “Holy shit, that young master? Our fucking school flower is the young master?”
Recalling that afternoon when they had gossiped about the school flower right in front of said school flower, Zhu Zhifei’s feelings were hard to describe. “Lu-Ge, my actions before… were they too much?”
Lu Shi assessed, “Probably.”
Zhu Zhifei scratched his head and looked around. “Wait, where is the young master?”
It was the newly appointed class monitor, Zhang Yueshan, who took Chu Yu to the school infirmary.
The homeroom teacher originally wanted Lu Shi who was sitting in the back seat to take Chu Yu, but then remembered that the two were apparently on bad terms, so he changed his mind at the last moment and asked Zhang Yueshan to take him instead.
Zhang Yueshan was the type that couldn’t keep his mouth idle. He walked with Chu Yu a few steps at a time, resting in between. He wasn’t impatient and still had the time to chat with interest.
“I never expected that after entering the main school, I would be in the same class as Lu-Shen! Such a blessing!”
Chu Yu sat down on a creeper vine, his whole body weak. He was waiting to accumulate enough energy before continuing to walk. The school was too big, and the classroom was extremely far away from the infirmary. Chu Yu deeply suspected that if someone actually needed to be rescued, they wouldn’t be able to make it to the school infirmary before it was too late.
He asked exasperatingly slowly, “Lu-Shen?”
“Yeah, Lu-Shen!” When talking about his idol, Zhang Yueshan became easily excited. “Classmate Chu, you’ve been at this school for a while, you should know Lu-Shen is exactly as the legends say! He’s a treasure dug out by the school and they spent a lot of money on him. During the school entrance exam, he almost received a full score, and his total score crushed whoever was in second place! When he participates in competitions, he completely outdoes the seniors! Wasn’t there also the city’s joint exam at the end of last semester? Lu-Shen took first place, no suspense there, and his score was again miles ahead of second place! It was said that it was a top student from the 8th high school5八中: I think this is Beijing 8th high school, which covers grades 7-12. who took second place in the entire city. Upon seeing Lu-Shen’s score, he shut himself on the spot. The entire duration of summer vacation he hung his hair from the roof beam and pricked his thigh with an awl6In the ancient Han Dynasty, a scholar named Su Jin often studied until late at night. Because he was always very regretful whenever he fell asleep in the middle of studying, he would tie his hair with a rope attached to the roof’s beam. Whenever he nods off to sleep, the rope would pull at his hair and he would be jolted awake. —–During the Warring States period, there was a very famous politician named Su Qin who was belittled because of his insufficient knowledge. Determined to study and increase his knowledge, he often studied late into the night. When he dozes off, he would prick his thigh with an awl(pointed tool) and keep reading. —-(both summary of idiom made from https://zhidao.baidu.com/question/12565870.html). He didn’t go out for two months and vowed to make a comeback.”
Chu Yu was a serial underachiever and had completely no interest in confrontations between top students. He could only suffer through it and weakly respond, “Oh.”
His audience’s indifference didn’t extinguish Zhang Yueshan’s fiery enthusiasm at all. “Lu-Shen isn’t formidable in just his test scores, but he’s also extremely slick at fighting!”
“Have you seen him fight?”
Zhang Yueshan’s voice lowered a little, “Well, I witnessed it once by chance. A group of delinquents carrying steel bars had come near the school to block Lu-Shen. They hadn’t expected to be wiped out completely! It was so fucking exciting!”
Remembering that Chu Yu and Lu Shi didn’t seem fond of each other, Zhang Yueshan paused but couldn’t help his curiosity. “Classmate Chu, can I ask you a question?”
Chu Yu was indebted from being accompanied to the school infirmary so he nodded generously. “Ask away.”
“Then I’ll ask! That is, why didn’t you want to be deskmates with Lu-Shen?”
Chu Yu recalled the way Lu Shi had glanced at him from the door of the classroom, his eyes were full of true rejection. It made him feel annoyed for no reason.
“He can’t understand me and I can’t understand him, it’s that simple.”
When they arrived at the infirmary, the doctor was in a hurry to attend a meeting and examined Chu Yu rather quickly. Finding no problems, he directly arranged a bed for Chu Yu to lie down and rest in.
Chu Yu didn’t like troubling others, so after thanking him, he let Zhang Yueshan return to class first.
Arrangements were made for the start of school as students were either let off for the rest of the day or sent to the dormitory for accommodation.
Lu Shi lifted his school bag onto his shoulder and was about to leave when he was stopped by the homeroom teacher.
On the day the homeroom teacher took over this class, several superiors met with him in turn. Each one of them warned repeatedly that Class A was a great responsibility and that, though not for merit but rather stability, there were two points which must be remembered. The first was to take good care of Chu Yu, as the young master of the Chu family must never be neglected. The second was to take good care of Lu Shi, as he was the face of the school.
Class A’s teacher had a good impression of Chu Yu and Lu Shi, and felt that both students were very polite.
He stopped the person before him and spoke in a very kind tone, “Lu Shi ah, are there any injuries on your body apart from the one at the corner of your mouth? Let’s go, teacher will accompany you to the infirmary to be examined and apply some medicine.”
Seeing that Lu Shi was about to decline, the homeroom teacher took a step and kept harping on, “Helping classmates, punishing evil, and promoting good is all very proper! But you are only 17 years old and still young. You cannot rely on your youth and good health and ignore all these little injuries. Let me tell you—”
Realizing that the teacher was only beginning his lengthy lecture, Lu Shi interjected, “Sir, I’ll go with you.”
As they walked past the flowerbeds at the entrance of the school infirmary, the homeroom teacher’s phone rang. The start of school was a busy time, and the teaching and research office were prompting for more meetings. Putting the phone back in his pocket, the homeroom teacher was very worried. “Lu Shi, the infirmary is just ahead. Teacher will not be able to accompany you in. Will you be fine by yourself?”
Lu Shi nodded.
After two more reminders, the homeroom teacher left in a hurry.
Jianing Private’s wealth wasn’t only embodied by its glittering golden school gate, glass greenhouses, botanical gardens full of rare specimens, and enormous racecourse, but it was also reflected in its exclusive use of smaller buildings. For instance, its fully equipped school infirmary.
The doctor wasn’t in and school had only just started, so the whole floor was empty. Seeing the door with the sign reading infirmary, Lu Shi grabbed the doorknob and pushed in.
There was a pungent smell of disinfectant.
The afternoon wind that was blowing the light blue curtains was strong.
Labeled bottles and containers were placed on white tables. Lu Shi picked up a pack of alcohol swabs to leave with when out of the corner of his eyes, he caught sight of the brand-new record book spread out next to him. Only a single name was written in neat strokes— Chu Yu.
Realizing something, Lu Shi turned his head and looked at the hospital bed to his right. There, Chu Yu was fast asleep.
His whole body was curled up on the hospital bed, lying on his side with his right hand gripping the corner of the pillow, he slept in a very insecure position.
His fine, light brown fringe naturally covered his knitted eyebrows and moved gently with his breathing.
He wasn’t sleeping so well. It seemed he was too hot because when he turned over, he pushed the quilt away.
Lu Shi stood there for a few seconds, then walked over to the bed.
Slowly, Chu Yu’s eyes opened slightly.
He wasn’t quite awake yet and a thin film of mist covered his eyes, he could only hear his own rapid breathing. As his eyes gradually focused, he saw a wrist stretch out in front of him, and beneath the cold, white skin were blue-green blood vessels.
His throat burned.
A faint, alluring scent seemed to linger at the tip of his nose.
Lu Shi bent over to grab the quilt, intending to cover Chu Yu and leave, but he didn’t expect that his wrist would suddenly be grabbed by such a strong force that he was unable to immediately pull away. Then his vision suddenly flipped, and when he returned to his senses, he was already lying with his back to the infirmary bed. Chu Yu straddled Lu Shi with his wrists tightly locked in each of his hands as he intently looked at the boy from top to bottom.
Being restrained made Lu Shi displeased. He stared back at Chu Yu and found that the other was short of breath, his eyes were unfocused and he seemed… out of it.
Frowning, Lu Shi was just about to break away from Chu Yu’s confinement when he noticed the person sitting on him lean over and lick the wound at the corner of his lips with his soft, wet tongue, appearing obsessed.
- 1basically content summary, but can be title still
- 2who’s dumb? It’s me _(°:з」∠)_
- 3A way of explaining what characters your name consists of in Chinese. The LiZaoZhang is differentiating between the Zhang in 弓長張 (GongChangZhang) and 立早章 (LiZaoZhang). The line (明月出天山) is of a poem, wherein the Yueshan is from the characters for moon (月) and mountain (山).
- 4lit. translation is “This is unscientific” – an internet buzzword mostly used for complaining that the opposition doesn’t make sense
- 5八中: I think this is Beijing 8th high school, which covers grades 7-12.
- 6In the ancient Han Dynasty, a scholar named Su Jin often studied until late at night. Because he was always very regretful whenever he fell asleep in the middle of studying, he would tie his hair with a rope attached to the roof’s beam. Whenever he nods off to sleep, the rope would pull at his hair and he would be jolted awake. —–During the Warring States period, there was a very famous politician named Su Qin who was belittled because of his insufficient knowledge. Determined to study and increase his knowledge, he often studied late into the night. When he dozes off, he would prick his thigh with an awl(pointed tool) and keep reading. —-(both summary of idiom made from https://zhidao.baidu.com/question/12565870.html)