The two talked as they walked out of the school gate.
“This way.” Bai Ruan walked towards the subway station.
“I’ve called for a car.” Lang Jing Feng gestured towards a white car parked across the road.
After crossing the road, the young man, who was a step ahead of Bai Ruan, opened the back door, threw the mountaineering bag inside, and instructed, “Get in the car.”
Bai Ruan sat in the back row. Lang Jing Feng helped him close the door and walked around to the passenger seat.
With the car windows closed, the scent of a wolf in this small confined space was so strong that Bai Ruan panicked. His face turned pale, and he silently wound down the car window for fresh air. Just as he was winding halfway down, Lang Jing Feng also pressed the window switch next to the co-pilot. He turned his head and looked at Bai Ruan’s expression and asked, “Do you usually have motion sickness?”
“No, I just need some fresh air.” Bai Ruan looked right into the young man’s eyes for a moment and then hurriedly turned to look out the window.
Lang Jing Feng stared at Bai Ruan’s clear and juvenile jawline for a while, then turned his head awkwardly and asked, “Do you often take your students to the mountains to feed the birds?”
An embarrassed expression flashed across Bai Ruan’s face, and he gave a vague hum.
In fact, in the past two days, he’d considered whether or not to confess his identity to the young man. The only advantage of confessing his identity to the other party was that it would allow Bai Ruan to straightforwardly speak about Lang Jing Feng’s low merits and convince him to be like Lei Feng1Lei Feng was portrayed as a model citizen, and the masses were encouraged to emulate his selflessness, modesty, and devotion to Mao. Thus, “Follow the examples of Comrade Lei Feng.” Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lei_Feng and do good things. This little wolf boy’s character was not bad; he was just very arrogant. When in front of Bai Ruan, he didn’t act as a student should. If he knew that his teacher was actually a little white rabbit, wouldn’t Liang Jing Feng show less respect and continue to act haughty?
Moreover, aside from this, Bai Ruan’s instinct didn’t allow him to easily expose his identity in front of natural enemies.
Thus, after much consideration, Bai Ruan decided to keep it a secret.
Anyway, even if he didn’t tell the truth, didn’t Lang Jing Feng also obediently follow him?
“…This is an environmental-protection activity and has a certain educational significance. It is also an active response to the environmental-protection call of the school some time ago.” Bai Ruan calmly sacrificed his teacher Cheng Yun Qing’s open-eyed lying skills2Original text:睁眼说瞎话 which is to lie through one’s teeth (idiom) / to talk drivel. “Sometimes, I’d bring other students with me. At the end of this term, you can add it to your good conduct points.”
The young man was quiet for a moment and then slowly smiled. “Teacher Bai, why don’t you look at my eyes when you speak?”
Upon hearing this, Bai Ruan had to force himself to look at Lang Jing Feng. “No ah… I’m not, not looking at you.”
Lang Jing Feng was very handsome. With exquisite features and without the slightest taste of custard3It means to look good, but lacks masculinity. It is not a compliment, but should be a neutral word., the lines that made up his face were as distinct as when a wolf combed through the wind. No matter how relaxed his expression was, his eyes were still as sharp as awls, and the corners of his eyebrows always revealed a disturbing aggression. Together with the small clusters of needle points in his pupils, his wolf-like temperament and face was innate.
Bai Ruan’s chest tightened, and their eyes met for a second before he turned away in panic.
“What’s wrong with you?” Lang Jing Feng asked with a cheeky smile in his tone.
Bai Ruan settled down and held the round tail that was about to emerge vigorously. “It’s nothing.”
“By the way, Teacher Bai, did you know?” Lang Jing Feng said, “I usually have a large group of girls watching me everywhere in school.”
… This little wolf cub is pretty narcissistic. Bai Ruan’s eyebrows twitched.
“But,” Lang Jing Feng said leisurely, “they don’t look at me as soon as I look at them. Isn’t it strange? Why is it the boys who are not afraid to look me in the eye? Teacher Bai, what do you think the girls are thinking about?”
“You…” Bai Ruan’s heart beat inexplicably once he realised that Lang Jing Feng was teasing him. The car was driving fast, and the wind was blowing so hard that there was not much of the wolf smell in the car. Bai Ruan’s face sank, and his gaze swept across Lang Jing Feng’s nose, lips, cheeks, jaws, and ears. With a stern look, he lowered his voice and reprimanded, “I would like to ask you. As a student, what kind of thoughts do you have? Does it have any purpose related to learning?”
The more thoroughly the wind blew away the smell of the wolf, the less afraid Bai Ruan was.
As the saying goes: The harder the storm, the more determined my heart is. 4This is from the song《野子》. The entire expression of the song is to inspire and be strong.
… Fuck, he is frowning. Lang Jing Feng raised his eyebrows and wanted to respond, but Bai Ruan, who could finally be a man with his head held up high, interrupted first, “Where is your Chinese textbook?”
Lang Jing Feng watched intently, admiring Bai Ruan’s rare angry look. His heart was itching too much. He patted his school bag and replied, “Here.”
The Little White Rabbit Teacher sternly replied, “Take it out, and use the time in the car to recite the last five paragraphs of ‘The Biographies of Lian Po and Lin Xiangru.’5https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biographies_of_Lian_Po_and_Lin_Xiangru_(Huang_Tingjian_calligraphy)“
Lang Jing Feng smiled, bit his lower lip, and shamelessly asked, “Will you be testing me? I won’t memorise it if you don’t test me.”
“Test.” Bai Ruan indulged in the wind that was mixed with exhaust gas. Full of courage, he put on the air of a strict teacher. “I will test you alone on Monday.”
Lang Jing Feng happily whistled. “Great.”
Bai Ruan’s ruthless expression was made messy in the strong wind. “…”
This reaction seems different from what I’ve imagined!
After a moment of silence, Bai Ruan reminded, “If you can’t memorise it, I’ll punish you by making you copy the passage.”
Lang Jing Feng’s tone indulged and pacified him, “Okay. I’ll memorise it. If I can’t memorise it, you can punish me by making me copy as much as you want. I’ll do as you say. Don’t be angry.”
Bai Ruan suddenly felt like he was Lang Jing Feng’s unreasonable girlfriend. “…”
After a while, they arrived at Longtan Mountain. The mountain had not yet been developed, and the driver parked the car near the trail that hikers were accustomed to use for trekking. After the two got out of the car, Bai Ruan took out his mobile phone and asked, “How much was the taxi fare? I’ll transfer it to you.”
I shouldn’t make my student spend money on taxis, Bai Ruan thought.
“No,” Lang Jing Feng decisively refused. Less than a second later, he was like a madman and went back on his words. “Transfer it to me through WeChat.”
Bai Ruan looked at him suspiciously.
Lang Jing Feng smiled slyly and explained, “I just remembered right after I finished my sentence. These days, I’ve almost used up all my pocket money.”
Bai Ruan nodded and opened up the QR code. “Scan me.”
Lang Jing Feng added Bai Ruan as a friend.
At the friend’s contact application, Bai Ruan lowered his head and flicked his fingers on the screen, appearing to be grouping Lang Jing Feng.
“Which category are you going to place me in?” Lang Jing Feng’s magnetic voice suddenly rang into Bai Ruan’s ears, followed by a wolf’s head hovering over Bai Ruan’s right shoulder trying to peer into the screen and a wolf paw that held Bai Ruan’s phone to adjust the screen direction and, at the same time, enclosed Bai Ruan’s entire right hand. In this position, Bai Ruan’s right cheek and Lang Jing Feng’s left cheek were so close that they were almost stuck together.
“Ah…” Bai Ruan’s hair roots exploded, his scalp tightened, and he rushed to a distance of one meter with a pair of uneasy eyes, staring. The demeanor of a real man6Referring to Bai Ruan. Under the part where he could finally be a man with his head held up high in the previous paragraphs. who was just in the car seemed to have died down. He straightened and stuttered, “Wh-why are you sticking so close?”
Although he had the amulet, Bai Ruan still couldn’t stand physical contact with the other party.
“I’m just looking at the grouping.” Lang Jing Feng looked innocent. “Don’t place me alone and then post Chinese questions there every day.”
Bai Ruan imagined that scene and it almost amused him.
“I placed you under the student group.” Bai Ruan settled down, quickly managed his facial expression and calmly said, “There are other students in it, so there is no difference.”
After speaking, Bai Ruan turned to the mountain to lead the way.
The mountain breeze was blowing, and since Bai Ruan was at a higher ground, he was almost completely unable to smell the wolf’s scent and instantly felt very relaxed.
Lang Jing Feng followed behind Bai Ruan, looking at the small round buttocks that were wrapped just right in the sweatpants, and his mood was endlessly agitated.
What was more terrible was that the mountain road was bumpy, and the two pieces of bouncy flesh trembled slightly like some kind of soft and smooth jelly. Bai Ruan didn’t know the degree of his own seduction and innocently teased the young man, who was suppressing his wolf instinct.
As he walked, Bai Ruan went under a tree, looked back, and prompted Lang Jing Feng, “Come here.”
Lang Jing Feng’s pupils were inlaid with a silky green. His handsome face was slightly reddish, and his facial muscles were slightly strained, as if he were enduring something.
Bai Ruan’s sight was locked in a safe area below Lang Jing Feng’s jaw and above his waist. If it wasn’t necessary, he resolutely avoided eye contact. Thus, he did not see what was wrong with the cub.
“Take out the contents in the bag,” Bai Ruan ordered.
A modified 4L Nongfu Spring water bucket was hung on a branch of this tree that stretched towards the mountain road. Two large square holes had been dug into the wall of the bucket. Two chopsticks were inserted horizontally and vertically at the bottom to facilitate birds to perch on. Inside, the bucket was empty.
Staring at Teacher Xiao Bai, who was too shy to look directly at him, Lang Jing Feng took a deep breath restlessly and opened the mountaineering bag.
“Take out the bag marked with No. 1.” Bai Ruan stood with his sleeves in his arms and commanded verbally, “Open the seal of the bag, and pour the feed into this empty bucket.”
The species of birds were different, and their favorite foods were also different. Bai Ruan had prepared several different feeds. Two out of the various birds he’d rescued were considered endangered in China.
According to Bai Ruan’s own experience, bird-feeding would only accumulate merits when done in winter or when there was a shortage of food due to environmental pollution and reduced vegetation. When there was no shortage of food, forcibly feeding the birds would not only not help, but also weaken the bird’s own wild-foraging ability in disguise, which was not a good deed. Only by helping the creatures when they were stuck in a difficult situation could it be regarded as doing good to these creatures.
To accumulate merits, it was also important to pay attention to how one obtained it. Bai Ruan had cultivated for many years, and his merits had been maintained at the top rank. He had a wealth of good deeds and sophisticated techniques.
After Lang Jing Feng poured all the feed in the No. 1 bag into an empty bucket hanging from a branch, he was urged by Bai Ruan to go to the next place. The two of them were very fast, and since Longtan Mountain was not high, they climbed to the top in a short while. The hiking bag that Lang Jing Feng was carrying was almost empty, with only two bottles of water left in it.
“Thirsty? You can drink the water in the bag.” Bai Ruan looked at the bag in Lang Jing Feng’s hands.
Lang Jing Feng took out a bottle, unscrewed the lid, and handed it to Bai Ruan. The young teacher looked at the water bottle, and when he took it, his fingers brushed against Lang Jing Feng’s fingers.
His small movements couldn’t escape Lang Jing Feng’s eyes. He was so scorched by the fire in his heart that he couldn’t help but move his finger at the moment of the handover and gently bump them against Bai Ruan’s.
With their skin close together, the wolf’s demonic energy cracked through the barrier of the sealing amulet and broke into his skin. Bai Ruan flicked nervously with his fingertips, unnaturally took the water, raised his head, and took a sip. His lips were soaked in water, looking redder and softer.
Lang Jing Feng was so restless that he paced around, holding another bottle of water, wishing to jump down from the edge of the mountain to calm down.
… Just a light bump with my hand and he becomes so nervous. He doesn’t even dare to look at me now. Lang Jing Feng bit his lip, his eyes were burning, and he swallowed dryly.
If I hug him, kiss him, touch him, take off his clothes, press him down and his… how shy would he be?
Lang Jing Feng felt pain in his body, and his soul wandered on the edge of bullying his master and betraying his ancestor.
The author has something to say:
Lang Jing Feng(Crazy)7疯 has the same pin yin as Feng which also means Crazy: Owoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
Bai Ruan Ruan: … calm down and listen to my explanation.
Lang Jing Feng (Crazy) (did not even listen): Owoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
Yet another crazy one, carry him down.8Also can be meant as bring him away (Sighs and shakes his head)
- 1Lei Feng was portrayed as a model citizen, and the masses were encouraged to emulate his selflessness, modesty, and devotion to Mao. Thus, “Follow the examples of Comrade Lei Feng.” Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lei_Feng
- 2Original text:睁眼说瞎话 which is to lie through one’s teeth (idiom) / to talk drivel
- 3It means to look good, but lacks masculinity. It is not a compliment, but should be a neutral word.
- 4This is from the song《野子》. The entire expression of the song is to inspire and be strong.
- 6Referring to Bai Ruan. Under the part where he could finally be a man with his head held up high in the previous paragraphs.
- 7疯 has the same pin yin as Feng which also means Crazy
- 8Also can be meant as bring him away
5 thoughts on “Chapter 11 – Wandering on the edge of bullying the master and betraying the ancestor.”
My poor son xD thanks for the update
I get the strong feeling that even though rabbits may be known for their stamina, wolves in this case may still overwhelm them! On the plus side, I’m pretty sure Bai Ruan is in for an absolutely delightful time! I’m looking especially forward to those scenes promised in the story description! Hehe!
Thanks for your hard work translating!
Thirsty doggo much? I hope that BR tells LJF that’s he’s a demon too soon
Okay, this is something just too random, I just came back to this chapter because I was singing children songs with my little sister and suddenly we got to one called ‘Conejo Blas’ (Rabbit Blas) and it reminded me of this novel.
It’s kind of ironic ’cause in the song the rabbit hunts the wolf (or at least is asked to) and here Bai Ruan is scared of Lang Jing Feng.
Anyway, this doesn’t have much to do with the story, hahaha
thanks for the chapter! <3