February 11, 2022

Chapter 71: Meeting

Yansheng told Lichen to clear his mind.

When she walked out of Bao Chi, the cold night wind swept the snow like fine sand on her face, and she also came to her senses.

People were always like this. If they did things on impulse, as long as you gave them three to five minutes, they would be able to calm down. But oftentimes, when a decision was made at that moment, those three to five minutes would not be able to calm you down.

Yansheng stood in the night snow for a while before pulling on the zipper of her jacket and initiating a voice call to Zhiyuan —because she didn’t have his phone number either.

The call was connected within seconds. Zhiyuan was as surprised as Lichen when he received Yansheng’s voice call.

“Hello? Yansheng?”

“I have something to tell you, where do you live? I will come to you,” Yansheng said.

In her past and present lives, Yansheng was not a considerate person. She had always been strong and she didn’t think there was anything wrong with meeting others at this time.

In her previous life, she lived a completely upside-down life. When the others had taken their baths and were ready to go to bed, she had just put on her makeup and ready to go out.

Zhiyuan was silent for a second and asked, “Where are you? I’m going to find you.”

But Yansheng rejected it. “I’m already outside, I’ll go to you instead.”

“Well…” Zhiyuan hesitated because of the strong influence in her tone. After a while, he said, “I live in Dongfeng Dongli.”

As if sensing Yansheng’s unfamiliarity with his neighborhood, he added, “It’s the area behind the school.”

“Oh…” Yansheng suddenly understood, “There.”

“Yes, that’s the direction I walk after school, just go around the school, make a turn at the corner after passing the home-cooked food stall, then just keep walking and you’ll see the main gate.”

“Okay, I’ll call you when I get there.”

“Tell me when you’re almost here.”


Yansheng booked a car service. There was no traffic jam at this time and she would be there in less than half an hour. She sent a message to Zhiyuan in advance: I’m almost at the Dongfeng Bridge.

Zhiyuan replied: I will wait for you at the gate.

Yansheng: Okay.

Yansheng asked the driver to wait for her, “It won’t take me long, so I won’t have to book a car again.”

When she got out of the car, she saw the tall figure of the boy by the big iron gate.

It was a very old residential area. There were yellowish lights above the iron gate, which stretched the boy’s shadow long across the snow. The falling snow shimmered as it passed through the light.

Zhiyuan stood by the big iron gate and looked around, thinking that he would see a yellow taxi. He did not expect Yansheng to get off a black Mercedes-Benz. When he found out that it was Yansheng, she had already stridden across the small road and walked towards him.

He was a little nervous. He never had the experience of meeting a female classmate alone at such a late time. He didn’t know if she came to him with any urgent matters that had to be said in person immediately.

Yansheng walked over a few steps, glanced at the old-fashioned big iron gate, and said in surprise, “So you live so close to the school?”

It would only take ten minutes to walk from this residential area to No.1 High School.

Zhiyuan sighed in relief and explained, “We’re just renting here. Our house is in Anhe District and we rented here for the convenience of going to school. There are three or four people in our class who are renting here.”

Yansheng was even more surprised, “Really?”

For students like her who had cars and drivers to pick them up and drop them off at school, this was a blind spot in her knowledge.

Zhiyuan’s nervousness had passed so he asked, “Is there anything wrong for you to come here suddenly?”

Yansheng glanced at him and thought that Zhiyuan looked good, much gentler than the little devil, Lichen. The dressing on his face two days ago had been removed and the traces of scars with broken skin could now be seen on his skin. The bruises had also faded, but a few faint green colors could be vaguely seen when you looked closely. She replied, “I just beat Lichen up. He’s the guy in Class 8.

“I have avenged you.” She raised her fist to show him the marks on her bandaged hands, “This is his blood. His injuries were much heavier than you, not lighter than you, I promise.”

The gentle boy was so startled that he opened his mouth but couldn’t make a sound for a while.

After finally closing his mouth, he asked, “You? Beat him up?”

Yansheng happily admitted, “Yes!”

Zhiyuan was shocked again.

“The girls in the class always say that you have some martial arts training, really…?” he asked incredulously.

“Of course!” Yansheng raised her head. “Lichen can’t beat me.”

Zhiyuan took a deep breath.

Yansheng couldn’t help but smile. “It’s true.”

Zhiyuan rubbed his forehead at a loss and asked, “Do you… know everything?”

“Yes,” Yansheng admitted. “Otherwise, why would I go over there and beat him?”

She added, “I just came here to tell you that I asked Lichen to go to the dean on Monday to admit his mistake and let him take responsibility for the matter and take you out of it, so we’ll see on Monday. If he won’t go, I’ll go to the dean myself and will make it clear that you are innocent. Anyway, I will definitely not let you be punished so don’t worry.”

Zhiyuan was silent for a few seconds, feeling helpless. “Yansheng, he and I never mentioned you in the dean’s office, I just didn’t want to get you involved.”

“You are wrong, Lichen shouldn’t have dragged you into this,” Yansheng said. “It’s all my fault. F*ck no! Why should I be blamed?! It’s all Lichen’s fault! He is an idiot so don’t pay attention to him in the future.”

Zhiyuan said softly, “Girls don’t curse.”

“Okay,” replied Yansheng.

When she talked with her classmates, she never used any profanities. Only when it came to Qian and Lichen that profanities would come out of her naturally. The switch was so smooth that even she herself couldn’t believe it.

“Anyway, don’t worry about it,” Yansheng said, “I will solve this matter.”

Zhiyuan asked, “And if Lichen will not do it, what are you going to do?”

“The dean already knew he had pestered me before, so I will just tell him that Lichen was harassing me again. To make him give up, I lied to him that I liked a certain boy in the class and said your name casually. Then, Lichen beat you up so you are completely innocent,” Yansheng said.

Zhiyuan didn’t expect Yansheng to be so slippery when she made up lies.

But was it really a lie? Why did Lichen from Class 8 find him? How could Lichen know him?

Zhiyuan had something swaying in his heart, but he still smiled and said, “It sounds reasonable.”

“The logic is fine,” Yansheng explained, “and it will also give the dean a way out. I bet if you hadn’t been so hard-mouthed about not dragging me on this, the dean wouldn’t want to punish a student from Class 2. He probably couldn’t wait to give Lichen three consecutive punishments to make him happy, and he couldn’t bear to give punishments to the students in Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3.”

This was really an excellent description of the dean. At that time, the dean’s heart was obviously biased, and all sorts of hints would make him put all the blame on the student from Class 8.

But Lichen from Class 8 didn’t mention a word about Yansheng, as if showing the attitude of ‘I was the one who did it so come at me’. Zhiyuan felt that it was unfair to push all the blame on him so he also said he was at fault.

After all, he was also a young man who was only fifteen years old.

Zhiyuan was amused by Yansheng.

Only then did Yansheng realize he had canine teeth, but it was not so obvious. It can only be seen from a certain angle, which was particularly charming.

She thought it was very cute. Lichen had made her so angry and hostile all night today and with this, her heart became relaxed.

She said, “I’m just here to tell you about this. Anyway, don’t worry, there are many ways to deal with it, but I can’t let you receive punishment. Okay, I have nothing else to say so I will return now.”

“Is that the only thing? We can actually talk about it tomorrow or we could have talked about it on VX.”

For you to come here tonight, Zhiyuan helplessly thought.

Yansheng sighed. “That’s not my character. If I have something to say, I will always say it face-to-face, including seeking revenge right away.”

Zhiyuan had already seen that Yansheng was different from the regular girls in the class who followed the rules.

But if you wanted to say that she was a bad girl, that was absolutely wrong.

In short, for him, she was special, different, and unique.

“You just found out about it today?” he asked.

“Yes,” Yansheng said, “so I went out to avenge you directly.”

Then, you came to me right after to report it? I’m sure she did. The color of the blood stains on the bandage wrapped around her hands is still very fresh.

Zhiyuan raised his head, sighed, and said, “Actually, I was also wrong—”

Yansheng interrupted him. She was somehow possessed by the dean and insisted that he was innocent. “Impossible! It’s all because of that bastard Lichen!”

“It’s true,” Zhiyuan confessed, “he didn’t hit me at first. I was too impulsive with my words, so I started to use my fists.”

Yansheng’s eyes were filled with suspicion.

Zhiyuan was helpless and explained to her, “Boys’ talk is definitely different from girls’ talk. Of course, I have to be calm when I talk to you, but with a guy like him, I definitely can’t be calm.

“Moreover, I have been tall since I was a kid so I have not suffered in a fight. Most boys dare not take the initiative to provoke me. But I—” Zhiyuan covered his face with one hand out of shame. “I didn’t expect him to be so strong. I have no room to fight back.”

“That’s for sure.” Zhang Yansheng wanted to rub her forehead. “He has trained in free combat since he was seven years old, almost ten years now, so his level can’t be considered as an amateur.”

Her words revealed a lot of information and Zhiyuan didn’t miss it.

He had also heard a little gossip about Yansheng and Lichen before. But he hadn’t seen them together at school, so he didn’t take it seriously.

After being beaten up by Lichen this time, he realized that there must be more between the two of them than he thought. But to what extent, he didn’t know.

He couldn’t help but ask, “You know him very well?”

Yansheng replied, “I know him, but it’s nothing. He is an assh*le.”

The words ‘nothing’ certainly referred to the emotional aspect, which Zhiyuan understood.

But the word ‘assh*le’ was sometimes used to curse and sometimes it was the exact opposite, depending on the context.

And at this moment, Zhiyuan couldn’t tell what the word assh*le really meant.

Seeing the change in his expression which seemed to show worry in his eyes, Yansheng said, “Don’t worry, I don’t like him. Besides, puppy love is not allowed in our school.”

In fact, puppy love was not allowed in any school. It was just a matter of whether it was loosely regulated or tightly regulated. For those that were tightly regulated, like in high school, students would tend to hide their relationships. It was impossible to completely eliminate puppy love at this age.

“Then, I’m leaving now. You also hurry back. It’s too cold.” Yansheng took a step back, waved to Zhiyuan, then turned around to leave.

“Yansheng!” Zhiyuan stopped her.

Yansheng turned to look at him.

She was standing under the light and the falling snow was woven into a halo on top of her.

Zhiyuan knew that her attitude towards him was gentler than towards other people. But in such a hazy halo, she was so beautiful and aggressive.

At this moment, he understood Lichen better than anyone else.

He moved his lips and said, “I…”

There was youthfulness, shyness, and impulsiveness in the eyes of the young man.

Yansheng did not stop him.

She wanted to hear him finish his words. No matter what he had to say, she wanted to hear him say it.

In her previous life, her teenage years had been bitter and hateful, and Lichen was also a self-proclaimed cool, handsome, and arrogant tyrant.

Both of them missed the simplest and purest beauty that they should have at that age.

In short, the youthfulness and beauty were so attractive that Yansheng was a little greedy and wanted to hear it for herself. Even if she wanted to nip it in the bud, she would wait until she had finished listening before pinching it.

Even the young man’s eyes and face, the words that were about to come out of his lips, made her heart beat faster.

After staying with young people for a long time, she seemed to have a girly heart that she hadn’t been able to have in her previous life.

Zhiyuan pursed his lips and said, “I…”