When night fell, places like this were abundant with mosquitoes. Yue Wen Wen wore short pants, so his legs were already bitten many times.
Thus, he turned back to the other two and yelled, “Ran Ran, are you done? I’m almost itching to death!”
Ji Ran turned to look at him. “No. You guys get into the car first.”
Ji Ran turned back around. “Speak. Didn’t you have a good time going off on He Suiran? Now you’re mute?”
Qin Man looked at him calmly. A second later, he returned with a question. “What do you think?”
What did he think?
Who liked who? Did he think this was important? Could this person understand the situation?
Ji Ran blinked.
He felt… He felt it must be fake. How could Qin Man like him?! In such a short period of time, he had already come up with various reasons and excuses for Qin Man to explain the situation.
Moreover, if he answered ‘yes’, and Qin Man denied it, wouldn’t it be incredibly embarrassing?
Thus, he replied, “You were talking rubbish? In order to make He Suiran give up?”
Qin Man raised an eyebrow but did not deny it immediately. He neither agreed or disagreed.
Once he spoke, Ji Ran felt that his words made sense.
Anyone could see that he was not interested in He Suiran. Moreover, Qin Man was truly short on money before the auction concluded. In the event that Ji Ran began to date other people, Qin Man, as a side piece, would definitely not be in a good position.
Furthermore, he was always unfriendly to Qin Man, causing trouble for him since high school… How could Qin Man possibly like him? It wasn’t like he was an M!
What a pity.
He was startled by this sudden thought. Fck, what about it was a pity? In the first place, there only existed a purely transactional relationship between them.
“Alright, I got it.” Without waiting for Qin Man’s reply, he ended this conversation. “I just happened to hear it and got a fright without thinking. Let’s go back to the car.”
Ji Ran turned around to leave but his arm was grabbed.
“I haven’t given you an answer and you’re already leaving?” Qin Man asked.
Ji Ran was stunned. “You can tell me when we get in the car. I don’t want to stand around feeding mosquitoes.”
“Everything I said earlier is true.”
“There’s so many strange insects… what?” Ji Ran stopped.
“I said,” Qin Man repeated, word for word, “What I said about liking you, is all true.”
“Are you dumb? Qin Man chuckled. “If I didn’t like you, why would I have to make him give up?”
Ji Ran mumbled, “… For business?”
“I already received the money. There’s no need for me to go to that extent.”
Qin Man was amused. Earlier, who was it that was forcing him to answer? Yet, now the other didn’t dare make a sound.
His playful nature gradually emerged and he repeated. “Was the wind too loud that you couldn’t hear? I said I liked you.”
Ji Ran, “…Oh.”
“What does oh mean?” Qin Man laughed, “Shouldn’t you give me an answer?”
Ji Ran’s brain had been fried.
What? What did I do? Why does he like me?
He wants an answer, but what am I supposed to say?
“Really?” After sinking into silence for half a day, he could only squeeze out a single word.
“Really, I like you.”
“… I got it. You don’t have to say it so many times.”
Qin Man really wanted to laugh. “Aren’t you the one who is repeatedly confirming it? Don’t worry, I’ll answer you as many times as you need.”
Ji Ran was speechless once more. “But why?”
Qin Man asked, “Why what?”
“Why do you like me?”
“Where should I begin?” Qin Man grinned. “You want me to list them out?”
Ji Ran hurriedly stopped him. “Don’t.”
This was too cheesy. He was afraid once he heard it, he would faint and fall to the ground.
Qin Man nodded. “So? What’s your answer?”
After being at a loss for a while, Ji Ran felt something was wrong.
Wait a minute. The one confessing was Qin Man, not him. Why was he panicking?
Having thought of this, his courage grew.
Even if his heart is in a panic, his face must not reveal anything. “What are you hurrying me for? Who receives an answer immediately after confessing? If you continue to hurry me, I’ll reject you!”
Qin Man held back a smile and nodded. “In that case, shouldn’t you let me know how long I should wait. How long do you need to consider it?”
“This… shortest will be at least ten days to half a month,” Ji Ran replied with uncertainty.
“That’s too long.”
“What’s wrong with you? Who confesses and still nitpicks everything?”
“Alright.” Qin Man replied, “You can carefully consider it. I’ll wait for you.”
After they got into the car, Yue Wen Wen sniffed. “Hm? Didn’t you say you were going to smoke? Why’s there no smell of smoke?”
“Ran out of cigarettes, so I didn’t smoke.” Ji Ran randomly found an excuse.
In the middle of the night, it was even more difficult to navigate the narrow path. There were almost no street lights and they basically relied on their car’s headlights. Yue Wen Wen was flustered and kept reminding Cheng Peng to drive slowly beside him.
Ji Ran propped his chin and looked out the window, thinking of Qin Man’s words from before. The more he thought about it, the more he felt that something was wrong.
Ji Ran had received a lot of confessions, especially during high school. At that time, girls crushed on bad boys. Moreover, Ji Ran was handsome, which made him even more attractive. There were also various people who confessed to him, with all kinds of personalities and appearances, but he didn’t even think about it at the time before rejecting them.
Why did he not reject Qin Man earlier?
Moreover… ten days to half a month? Why didn’t he just say ten years to half his life?
On the way back to the hotel, Yue Wen Wen fell asleep because he was too comfortable after eating. The whole car became quiet and Cheng Peng simply turned on the music.
When they reached the hotel, Cheng Peng parked and got out of the car. “You guys go back first.”
“Where are you going?” Yue Wen Wen rubbed his eyes.
“I’m going to get a massage.” Recently, he had been sitting in the office every day. His spine was aching.
Chen An said, “I will a-accompany you.”
“There’s no need.” Cheng Peng threw the car key to him and said lightly, “Go back.”
Ji Ran’s heart was stimulated and he blurted out, “I’ll go with you.”
Cheng Peng was a little surprised. Ji Ran seldom opted for such activities because he disliked others touching him. This time, he nodded and said, “Okay.”
Ji Ran handed the room card to Qin Man and said before the other person could speak. “I’ll go by myself. Go back to the room first, don’t follow me.”
Qin Man didn’t say anything. He simply took the room card and said okay.
Yue Wen Wen was a little afraid of heights, so he stayed on the third floor. After he left, only Qin Man and Chen An were left in the elevator.
Qin Man took out his mobile phone and flipped through the emails he hadn’t had time to read earlier.
Similarly, the person beside him was staring at a voice message he dared not click on.
Chen An stared at the voice message and wanted to convert it into text by holding it down. Unexpectedly, he released it too early and the message began to play immediately.
The man’s voice was rough and impatient: “There are only four days left, hurry up…”
Qin Man glanced sideways.
Chen An was so frightened that his face turned pale and he quickly locked the phone.
“S-S-Sorry!” He apologised profusely. “I-I accidentally p-pressed it wrongly.”
When he was nervous, it became even more difficult for him to speak.
Qin Man said, “I’m the one who overheard. You don’t need to apologise.”
The elevator stopped and just as the door opened, Chen An rushed out.
“I’m really, really sorry.” He left these words and hurried back to his room.
Qin Man glanced at his back a few times, feeling a little strange.
On the other side, while waiting for the store to assign a masseur, Ji Ran picked up a cup of water and took a big sip distractedly.
“What’s wrong with you?” Cheng Peng sat next to him, “Do you want to ask me something?”
Ji Ran didn’t bother to ask how Cheng Peng knew. He nodded and said, “How many people have you kept before?”
“…” Cheng Peng didn’t expect him to ask this. He paused for a while before he replied. “Just three.”
“That can’t be all.” Ji Ran’s focus was a bit peculiar. “From what I know, there should be at least six or seven.”
“There is a difference between keeping a lover and a one-night stand.” Cheng Peng corrected him.
Ji Ran, “Then you must be prepared and pay attention to safety.”
Cheng Peng laughed angrily, “Are you here to manage my private life?”
“No.” Ji Ran leaned back against the sofa in the massage shop. “…How do you deal with your relationship with them?”
“What relationship?” Cheng Peng asked, “You mean what happens after the relationship ends?”
Ji Ran asked, “I mean among the people you kept, have there been any that really liked you?”
Cheng Peng smiled. “How would I know this?”
Ji Ran asked, “Has no one ever confessed to you?”
That was impossible. Even if he ignored the others, just from Chen An alone, he could see the latter’s shining eyes every time he saw Cheng Peng.
“They’ve all said it before.” Cheng Peng continued, “But who can tell me their true feelings? I’m their sponsor, they can’t possibly say they hate me.”
Qin Man was not the kind of person who would confess just to please him and Ji Ran knew that.
“What if it’s true?” Ji Ran asked, “What would you do?”
“What else can I do? Of course we would break up.”
Ji Ran was startled. “Why?”
“I look for them just to solve some needs. It’s too troublesome to have a relationship.” Cheng Peng said, “There are endless troubles, so it’s better to change and save the effort.”
Ji Ran was dumbfounded.
It’s not completely accurate to call Cheng Peng a scumbag. In this sort of mutually beneficial relationship, one must be willing to hit and while the other is willing to suffer.
“Why? Did Qin Man confess to you?” Cheng Peng asked with great interest.
Ji Ran didn’t hide it and nodded distractedly.
“Isn’t that great? Is it necessary to look so bitter?.”
“Great?” Ji Ran said, “What’s great about it? Even you said that it’s too troublesome to have a relationship.”
“But you’re different from me. Didn’t you keep him to humiliate him?” Cheng Peng teased him, “Now that he likes you, can’t you do whatever you want to him? You can let him be happy , or make him suffer, it’s all up to you.”
Wow, Ji Ran just realised that he hadn’t thought about this at all.
His mind had been in a haze the whole way back, thinking — how could Qin Man confess to him? Why did this person not play cards according to common sense? How should he respond?
And – should he accept?
Ji Ran was shocked to realise that he had thought about whether to accept Qin Man or not. Was he crazy?!
“I, I don’t want to use this kind of thing to mess with him. It’s not manly at all.”
Ji Ran’s words were unfounded. The methods he would use to mess with Qin Man back in school were not manly at all and most of them were rather despicable.
“Then what do you want?” Cheng Peng asked.
“I don’t know.” Ji Ran sighed, “That’s why I came to ask you.”
Cheng Peng decided not to tease him any further. “No one can help you with your relationship. No matter whether it’s how he feels about you or what you think of him… Outsiders wouldn’t know. You have to figure it out for yourself.”
What did he think of Qin Man?
Ji Ran rubbed his hair irritably. The more he talked, the more confused he became.
He had given up on himself. “Forget it, I’ll think about it again.”
With ten days to half a month left, he had time to figure it out.
Cheng Peng was also about to lie down on the bed. With a glance, he teased, “Why haven’t the marks on your body disappeared?”
Ji Ran was already used to it.
In fact, it wasn’t that Qin Man was too strong. It was due to his physique that made it difficult for the marks on his body to disappear. Thinking about it carefully, Qin Man had actually been quite gentle. Nine times out of ten, these red marks on his body were from Qin Man’s kisses or when they reached climax, the latter would lose some control. This was also understandable…
Ji Ran thought about it and suddenly felt that something was wrong.
He felt a little hot.
Five minutes later, the masseur arrived late and hurriedly apologised to them.
Cheng Peng said, “It’s okay, let’s start.”
Ji Ran hugged the pillow tightly, feeling the cold fingers against his skin.
“Wait, stop!” He hurriedly interrupted the other party. “I’m not getting a massage any more.”
Cheng Peng looked sideways at him. “What’s wrong? Did you get tired of waiting?”
“No.” Ji Ran sat up quickly, wrapping the bathrobe around him tightly.
He swallowed his saliva and spoke hurriedly, “I don’t want to get a massage anymore, you can continue. I’m going back.”
Then he quickly ran away from the massage store under Cheng Peng’s puzzled gaze.
When he got on the elevator, Ji Ran glanced at the mirror in the elevator and saw that his entire face was flushed.
He pulled his bathrobe tightly, full of shock and disbelief.
What was going on? Something was wrong…
He has never been a lustful person and earlier, he had only recalled a couple of scenes.
Yet he… actually… reacted?!?
T/n: Tis is a set up yeah. title of this chapter should be ‘Ji Ran was fed 4 bowls of h-rny soup’ TwT