The kind of pride that made one proud.

Author: Wu Zhe, Translated by Ami <3

         Due to their extremely improper viewing strategy, by the time they’d exhausted all ten of the wet wipes in the complimentary pack provided by the cinema, checked thoroughly that there was nothing on their clothing, and that their hands had been wiped clean, they were completely lost on the plot of this horror movie that seemed to insist on consistent screaming throughout.

         “Why is that woman……” Gu Fei asked quietly while stuffing all sorts of crumpled up paper into a small plastic bag. “Wait, is this the same woman from before?”

         “……Which one?” Jiang Cheng asked.

         “That…… how many women are there?” Gu Fei looked at the screen.

         “Three I think, this one must be the orphan that the earlier guy mentioned.” Jiang Cheng made an educated guess.

         “Which guy said she’s an orphan?” Gu Fei asked.

         “…… Why don’t you play the idiotic Aixiaochu for a while,” Jiang Cheng glanced over at him. “We’re at the back, so it won’t affect other people.”

         Gu Fei chuckled, “You got a problem? Do you understand what’s going on?”

         “Nope,” Jiang Cheng said. “But you see, I didn’t think to ask you about it.”

         Gu Fei laughed and took a sip of the drink, “Are there really infrared cameras?”

         “I really can’t say for sure,” Jiang Cheng glanced at the walls around them, then said in a very quiet voice. “I saw a thread on Tianya once, everyone there was talking about the unspeakable things they did while watching movies, then suddenly this person popped in in the replies, and said I’m warning you as a projectionist, we can see everything you’re doing in the back room, and the security cameras are all infrared…… I feel like this reply left a big shadow in the hearts of everyone on that thread …… including me.” [1]

         “Makes sense,” Gu Fei whispered as he leaned in close to Jiang Cheng’s ear. “See, with how dark this is, if it was normal cameras it wouldn’t be able to see anything.”

         “Sit properly.” Jiang Cheng sat up straight.

         “Alrighty.” Gu Fei also sat up straight.

         Together they sat there and continued watching the movie with the plot that was nowhere to be found.

         ……And even made it all the way to the end.

         When the lights came back on in the theatre, Jiang Cheng quickly glanced down to check if there were any untoward traces left on them, then looked on the floor for any missed pieces of paper, before finally standing up.

         For some reason, looking at the little couples walking away in pairs with arms around each other, Jiang Cheng felt like they all had “unfinished and unsatisfied” written on their faces.

         A guilty person probably sees guilt in everyone else. By the Divine Jade Emperor. Probably.

         “Check the back of my pants,” Jiang Cheng was still not entirely convinced and turned his back to Gu Fei. “Is there anything there?”

         “You……” Gu Fei sighed. “What kind of angle will get it to reach the back?”

         “Screw your great uncle!” Jiang Cheng turned around with temper flaring and yanked Gu Fei up by the arm. “Come on, gimpy!”

         Gu Fei walked a couple of steps toward the exit, then suddenly switched to a one legged hop.

         “Oh shit,” Jiang Cheng peered forward, and found the attendant from before had come inside, and was waiting beside the wheelchair. “Look at this service.”

         “I’ll let you borrow the whole set next time,” Gu Fei said. “You too can experience this.”

         “What the hell kind of experience is this, if we’re talking about experience I’d rather have the experience of you piggyback carrying me up that mountain you talked about.” Jiang Cheng chuckled.

         “Sure, we’ll go there someday, I’ll carry you up the mountain.” Gu Fei said.

         They weren’t sure what kind of activities would typically be involved on a romantic date, but coming out of the cinema, they decided to find a place to eat first, except it was early still, so they sat down by the edge of the square.

         The square was lively and bustling. There was an event hosted by some kind of real estate team, which involved a lot of people who were singing, dancing, and even some striding down a catwalk.

         “I saw the photos you shared in the Friends Circle,” Jiang Cheng gazed out at the festivity. “Were some of them taken here? Like that one with two aunties fighting over a fan.”

         Gu Fei laughed and swiped through his phone, then held it up to Jiang Cheng’s face, “You’re talking about this one?”

         “Mhm,” Jiang Cheng nodded. “When did you take this?”

         “Must’ve been last Summer, right here at this spot.” Gu Fei said. “They ended up fighting physically too.”

         “Shit, how did it end?” Jiang Cheng asked.

         “An old man came and broke the fan in half, they each got one half.” Gu Fei said.

         Jiang Cheng couldn’t stop laughing, then after some thought, let out a sigh, “It’s just a fan, what’s there to fight about?”

         “There’s all kinds of people,” Gu Fei took out a cigarette and lit it. “If you sit here for a whole day, you’ll be able to see all the different kinds.”

         “Do you look often?” Jiang Cheng watched the people passing by in front of them.

         “Mhm, it’s different still when you look through a lens,” Gu Fei held his left hand in front of Jiang Cheng, and made half of a frame with his thumb and index finger. “Try it.”

         Jiang Cheng paused, and looked around. No one was paying special attention to them, so he reached out his right hand, and put his own thumb and index finger up to Gu Fei’s, completing the frame.

         “This way you would see a different side of people, without as many distractions.” Gu Fei slowly guided his hand as he moved the frame, when they stopped, their fingers happened to frame around a girl spacing out toward the stage. “A passerby? Or a fan? Or maybe just simply daydreaming?”

         Jiang Cheng didn’t answer.

         “Who’s looking at me when I’m looking at you,” Gu Fei sang out quietly. “In our gazes brushing past, regardless of missing out……

         “What song is this?” Jiang Cheng asked, the melody was unfamiliar to him, but he liked how light and upbeat it was.

         “It’s not anything,” Gu Fei smiled. “I’m just making things up.”

         Jiang Cheng froze for a second, then turned to look at him, “And the lyrics?”

         “Randomly made it up,” Gu Fei said. “Crappy lyrics like this I can give you 800 characters of them on the spot.”

         Jiang Cheng smiled without another word, and following Gu Fei’s fingers, watched the people slowly drift through the frame.

         It was a side of Gu Fei that was well hidden. Jiang Cheng would often forget that he was actually a sensitive and meticulous person, and rather artistically inclined too.

         Since Gu Fei was a gimp, and one who walked on the street like the wind, they didn’t walk very far after completing their “watching from the sidelines” activity. For lunch, they ate at the eatery-lined street beside the square. [2]

         Whether it was because he just got a boyfriend, and on top of which there was some ever-excitement during the movies, they didn’t eat nearly as much at lunch as they did at breakfast.

         “I should get some takeout at the fried rice cake place when we leave,” Gu Fei said. “We’ll get hungry in the afternoon for sure.”

         “Why don’t we just go have another meal of fried rice cake later.” Jiang Cheng recalled the taste of the fried rice cakes from the other day, and suddenly felt a craving for it. 

         “Why not,” Gu Fei thought for a second. “Actually……”

         “Actually we didn’t have to eat here at all,” Jiang Cheng looked at him. “Right?”

         “Right,” Gu Fei started laughing. “Ayy, our brainpower is about to catch up to Jiuri.”

         While chauffeuring Gu Fei back on the bike, Jiang Cheng’s mind continued to ponder. They’ll be back soon, when they get back they’ll head straight to the fried rice cake place, and eat rice cakes. 

         And then what?

         Go back to their own respective homes?

         Or…… have Gu Fei come over to his place?

         Come over and do what?

         Every time he reached this particular point he would suddenly feel embarrassed. It wasn’t as if he had to do something with Gu Fei, but of course if they really did end up doing something it would be totally normal, it wasn’t as if they’ve never done anything before. But the main thing was that his primary objective wasn’t to do something, not to mention they’ve already done a little something in the movie theatre just now……

         He felt like the words “come hang out at my place for a while” once spoken, came naturally with undeniably crooked innuendos.

         …… What is this stupid tangled mess of thoughts!

         How could a man be so fussy!

         “Wanna come over to my place after the rice cakes?” Jiang Cheng turned a little and asked.

         “Mmn,” Gu Fei nodded, still with the forehead against his back. “And I can borrow your homework to copy.”

         “Are you really unable to write it or do you just not want to,” Jiang Cheng was a little at loss for words. “You didn’t seem completely lost on the midterm papers, and there I was expecting you to rank near the very end.”

         “Can’t be bothered to.” Gu Fei gave a little smile.

         Jiang Cheng was about to say something more, but held his tongue after a little more thought.

         Gu Fei’s stoic response made him feel like anything else he said would be redundant. He didn’t want to go on and on as though he was Lao-Xu, but more importantly, and perhaps he was overly sensitive on this, he couldn’t shake off the feeling that Gu Fei’s voice contained signs of resignation, as well as the composure of not wanting to further discuss the matter.

         “Let’s go back to the store first, there’s a shipment today, and I’m not sure if my mom has it all figured out.” Gu Fei added.

         “Alright.” Jiang Cheng replied.

         Jiang Cheng stopped the bike outside the door, and rested his weight on one leg. Now that they were back on Steel Works grounds, Gu Fei’s acting was back on line, it took him at least five whole seconds to get off the backseat of the bike.

         “Aren’t you overdoing it a little.” Jiang Cheng turned to look at him.

         “It hurts.” Gu Fei knitted his brows together.

         “Shit,” Jiang Cheng suppressed his giggle. “You’re making me cry.”

         “Hurry up and park the bike and come give me a hand.” Gu Fei was very into it.

         Jiang Cheng leaned the bike against a wall, then came and helped him into the store. The moment he lifted the curtains, he heard a familiar voice yell out, “What’s the matter with Gu Fei?”

         Jiang Cheng and Gu Fei both froze in the doorway, together they stared at Lao-Xu, who was standing in front of the front counter.

         “Oii!” Gu Fei’s mom, who was standing behind the front counter, also yelled out. “Did you fall or is this from a fight?”

         “I fell.” Gu Fei said.

         “Broke your leg?” Lao-Xu walked over. “Is it serious?”

         “Not serious,” Gu Fei gave Lao-Xu a look. “Sir, what are you doing here?”

         “Teacher Xu is here for a home visit,” Gu Fei’s mom brought over a chair. “Hurry up and sit down, didn’t even tell me that your leg is like this, and there you go running around everywhere.”

         Gu Fei sat down and kept quiet.

         With Lao-Xu standing here, Jiang Cheng figured they probably couldn’t have fried rice cake any time soon. Not to mention the fact that Li Baoguo went to Lao-Xu the other day…… He felt like he should disappear before Lao-Xu noticed him and had time to react.

         But just as he lifted the curtains to leave, Lao-Xu already called out his name, “Jiang Cheng! I was about to go looking for you too!”

         “Ah.” Jiang Cheng didn’t respond, and stubbornly continued to hold up the curtain at the door.

         “Wait for me, after I finish chatting with Gu Fei’s mom, the two of us can have a little chat.” Lao-Xu said.

         Jiang Cheng didn’t answer.

         “You wait for me,” Lao-Xu said again. “Just a little while.”

         Jiang Cheng sighed. Lao-Xu’s tone made it hard for him to walk away, he could only agree somewhat grumpily.

         Lao-Xu and Gu Fei’s mom went to the courtyard in the back. He brought out a stool and sat down beside Gu Fei.

         As he sat down, Lao-Xu walked back into the store, “Gu Fei, later you gonna tell me what’s going on with this leg of yours?”

         “I fell,” Gu Fei said. “Went too fast on the motorcycle and crashed.”

         “Is it bad?” Lao-Xu walked in front of him and examined it.

         “It’s alright.” Gu Fei drew his leg back, a little uncomfortable.

         “Don’t move,” Lao-Xu gestured, then straightened up. “Why don’t you take a few days off, get some bedrest.”

         “……Oh.” Gu Fei nodded.

         Lao-Xu sighed, then went back out to the courtyard.

         “What’s Lao-Xu doing here?” Jiang Cheng said quietly.

         “He pretty much does the rounds at each house once a month,” Gu Fei said. “Main focus is my place, and Wang Xu and the other guys.”

         “He really doesn’t get tired huh,” Jiang Cheng frowned a little, Lao-Xu really was one of the more dedicated teachers. “I feel like he’s going to talk to me about Li Baoguo again.”

         “Probably, other than Li Baoguo, there’s nothing else that’s worrisome when it comes to you.” Gu Fei smiled.

         “Li Baoguo went to the school a while ago, saying god-knows-what to Lao-Xu at the gate,” Jiang Cheng stuck his leg out in irritation. “What the hell does he want!”

         Gu Fei didn’t answer at first, just reached out and patted his leg, “See what Lao-Xu says, don’t stress. When it comes down to it, isn’t it just a matter of going home or not, and whether you’re still his son or not.”

         “Mhm.” Jiang Cheng stole a glance toward the courtyard, then gave Gu Fei’s hand a squeeze.

         “Let me know when you’re done chatting with Lao-Xu, we’ll go get some fried rice cakes.” Gu Fei said.

         “I can’t eat anymore, no appetite.” Jiang Cheng said.

         “Then you can watch me eat,” Gu Fei said. “I have appetite.”

         “Shit.” Jiang Cheng laughed.

         Lao-Xu chatted with Gu Fei’s mom for almost twenty minutes, then came back into the store.

         “Teacher Xu, here, take a case of milk home,” Gu Fei’s mom brought him a big cardboard box of milk. “You’ve worked hard.”

         “No no no no……” Lao-Xu waved his hand frantically. “It’s all part of the job, there’s no need for this. I’m just happy when parents are so cooperative with my work.”

         “Yes, I’m very cooperative,” Gu Fei’s mom said as she tried to shove the big box of milk into Lao-Xu’s hands. “Teacher Xu, sir……”

         “Mom,” Gu Fei stood up and stopped her. “I’ll take it to Teacher Xu’s home tomorrow.”

         “Ok, ok then.” She nodded.

         “It’s really not necessary, really.” Lao-Xu waved at Jiang Cheng as he walked out the door. “Jiang Cheng, come on, let’s go out and sit down somewhere.”

         Jiang Cheng stood up and gave Gu Fei a look, Gu Fei smiled at him and made a phone call gesture with his hand.

         Jiang Cheng nodded, then turned and followed Lao-Xu outside.

         Lao-Xu walked at the front, and he followed behind without quickening his pace to catch up.

         Even though it was like Gu Fei said, it wasn’t a big deal if they really were to talk about Li Baoguo. At the end of the day, it was about whether or not he would go back. But the good mood he had maintained for the whole morning was still completely ruined.

         If it wasn’t for Gu Fei’s smile at the end, he really would turn around right this second and shake Lao-Xu off without a sound.

         “We’ll go and drink some tea, just ahead.” Lao-Xu turned around and said.

         “Drink tea?” Jiang Cheng was rather shocked. He had been on this street more than a few times by now, and though he’d never looked very closely at the bleak and grungy little shops, he was pretty sure there wasn’t such a leisurely place as a tea room.

         “You don’t like tea?” Lao-Xu smiled. “But of course, young people eh, the first time Gu Fei took me here for tea I was pretty surprised myself, who knew the kid drinks tea!”

         “Ah.” Jiang Cheng was again surprised.

         He only knew that Gu Fei liked to put lemon in his water, but was completely unaware that Gu Fei liked to drink tea.

         He was suddenly a little displeased.

         Something that even Lao-Xu knew, but he didn’t!

         Lao-Xu knew, then did Not A Good Bird and Li Yan also know? Did Ding Zhuxin know, did Wang Xu know……

         Jiang Cheng clucked his tongue quietly.

         Tsk tsk.

         The tea drinking place was a bleak and grungy tea shop that Jiang Cheng had passed by more than once, but had simply never noticed before.

         The place wasn’t a dedicated tea room, there was only one little tea table set up by the window, it was primarily still a shop that sold tea. If you wanted to drink tea, then you could buy some and brew it on the spot.

         Lao-Xu asked for a pot of green tea and they sat down. Jiang Cheng kept quiet, his mind wandering. It was only when Lao-Xu poured him a cup that he collected his thoughts, he was a little embarrassed, “Thanks Xu-zong.”

         “Are your midterm test results to your satisfaction this time?” Lao-Xu asked.

         “It is what it is.” Jiang Cheng said.

         “By Fourth High’s standards, it’s already very good.” Lao-Xu said as he opened his bag. “But I had a look through it, other than the three subjects where you got full marks, you got quite a few marks taken off on the other subjects, and that’s excluding the visual presentation marks you lost for the ugly handwriting……”

         “That’s what you wanted to talk to me about?” Jiang Cheng said. “If the final exams are still like this then I can leave second place behind by at least 100 points.” 

         “Kid…” Lao-Xu laughed and pulled out a file folder from his bag and set it down in front of Jiang Cheng. “These are tests I got through a friend, from where you used to live, though I don’t know anyone in the Affiliated High, so these tests are from the Third High, they’re all key high schools so the difficulty level should be about the same……”

         Jiang Cheng was bewildered.

         “When you get time, you can time yourself doing it,” Lao-Xu said. “After you’re done I’ll get the other teachers to mark it for you, what do you think?”

         Jiang Cheng had never imagined that Lao-Xu would go so far for him, he opened the folder and looked down at the contents, inside was indeed a whole stack of test papers for all the various subjects.

         “Xu-zong, you……” He stared at the papers, and didn’t know what else to say.

         “No problem no problem,” Lao-Xu said. “All these years I’ve been at Fourth High, it’s my first time meeting someone like you, with such potential, of course I have to do my best.”

         “Thank you.” Jiang Cheng closed the folder.

         “There’s also something else I wanted to talk about, you probably already guessed.” Lao-Xu said. “This family situation of yours, I know you don’t want to get into it, so I won’t ask too many questions, but I’m just worried it will affect your studies, so I’m still hoping that you can……”

         “What did Li Baoguo say to you?” Jiang Cheng lifted his eyes and looked at Lao-Xu.

         “Nothing much really, just said that you’re not going home anymore,” Lao-Xu sighed. “And that he’s sick…… Jiang Cheng ah, I get why you don’t want to go home, but I’m still hoping that you can talk it out with him, otherwise……”

         “I understand.” Jiang Cheng said.

         Lao-Xu didn’t continue, he let out another sigh, “I would’ve never imagined that Li Baoguo can have a son like this.”

         Jiang Cheng gave him another look.

         “Li Hui, his eldest son,” Lao-Xu said as he gestured with his hand. “Used to be my student too. Ayyy… he couldn’t pull himself together at all.”

         Jiang Cheng gave a smile, then even though he didn’t at all want to ask, still opened his mouth and asked, “What’s making him sick?”

         “Some lung problem, he was being vague about it too.” Lao-Xu said.

         “Oh.” Jiang Cheng frowned. The way Li Baoguo went on with the cigarettes and alcohol all day every day, coughing nonstop from morning until night, Jiang Cheng wouldn’t be at all surprised if there really was something wrong with his lungs.

         But what exactly, is this “lung problem”?

         Lao-Xu was not quite as talkative as he usually was, after saying all this and finishing two cups of tea, he let Jiang Cheng go.

         “I’ll leave after I finish drinking this,” Lao-Xu said. “You go on, regarding your dad…… Li Baoguo, try to communicate a little.”

         “Mhm,” Jiang Cheng stood up, grabbed the file folder, and gave Lao-Xu a bow. “Thank you Xu-zong.”

         “Oyy,” Lao-Xu had probably never encountered a student who showed him such a grand gesture before, he quickly stood up and returned a bow. “Go on then, get back.”

         Jiang Cheng turned and walked out of the tea room…… No, tea shop.

         As he walked slowly toward Gu Fei’s convenience store, he took out his phone and gave Gu Fei a call.

         “All done?” Gu Fei answered.

         “Mhm,” Jiang Cheng said. “Are you able to leave now?”

         “Fried rice cake?” Gu Fei asked.

         “But of course.” Jiang Cheng said.

         “Come and help me walk then.” Gu Fei said.

         Jiang Cheng went and helped Gu-gimpy out of the store, carried him on the bike to the fried rice cake place, then helped him into the shop and into the chair.

         “How indulgent,” Gu Fei smiled. “In the past when I broke a bone or something, I had to lie on the bed on my own and get through it, there wasn’t anyone to bring me out for food.”

         “That’s because you don’t actually have a broken bone right now, alright?” Jiang Cheng looked down at the menu and was about to order some cold dishes, then after a couple of glances, raised his head again abruptly. “Did you often have a broken bone?”

         “Not that often,” Gu Fei said. “About three or four times maybe, it was never that serious, I just wanted to bring it up so your heart can ache for me.”

         “What the hell,” Jiang Cheng glared at him, then a few seconds later he suddenly pressed a hand to his chest, braced his other hand on the side wall, and with his brows knitted, said with a face full of pain. “It…… it, hurts…… I might, might be…… I can’t……”

         “I…… fuck.” Gu Fei was so startled at first that he was about to jump up from his seat, then after realization hit, he laughed so hard he couldn’t even keep hold of the cup in his hand. “Now this is the real impressive acting, I was just about ready to dial 120.” [3]

         “Us overachievers have a whole arsenal of talents, you don’t have to be so down on yourself.” Jiang Cheng gathered himself and continued looking through the menu. He didn’t dare tell Gu Fei that this whole set of expressions was the result of him practicing in the mirror every time he brushed his teeth, it had to be well-honed at this point.

         After finishing the rice cakes, Jiang Cheng really was stuffed. On the way back to his apartment with Gu Fei, he rubbed his stomach the whole way as he pedaled back.

         When they arrived outside the building, Gu Fei got off the bike and waited for Jiang Cheng to help him. Jiang Cheng looked around, there was not even a single soul around, so he walked straight into the corridor, “Getting used to it aren’t we?”

         Gu Fei laughed and followed him.

         As soon as Jiang Cheng opened the door to the apartment, Gu Fei came up and hugged him from behind, then nuzzled against his ear, “I just had fried rice cakes, so I won’t kiss you.”

         “Ah,” Jiang Cheng laughed. “Well I had fermented cabbage……”

         “Let’s switch to cuddling then,” Gu Fei hooked the door with his foot and closed it, then started pushing Jiang Cheng toward the bedroom. As they walked he continued to rub his head against Jiang Cheng’s neck. “You’re covered in the smell of fried rice cakes.”

         “Geez,” Jiang Cheng poked him with an elbow. “Hurry up and get lost then.”

         “It’s alright, I’m good at making do.” Gu Fei let his hands wander.

         When Jiang Cheng turned around, he tripped on the bed beside them, and Gu Fei took the chance to push him back. The two of them crashed onto the bed.

         “Fuck, this bed is made of wood!” Jiang Cheng knocked on the bed with his hand. “If you push any harder we’ll both crash right through it to the floor.”

         Gu Fei smiled and didn’t say anything, he bent down and kissed the side of Jiang Cheng’s neck, then lay on top of him and buried his face in the crook between Jiang Cheng’s neck and shoulder.

         Neither of them moved again. They just lay there, still.

         Gu Fei could hear Jiang Cheng’s breathing and feel the pulse beating on his neck.

         The real miracle was, in this isolated space, while the two of them were tangled in such a tight embrace, his mind was actually not thinking of anything improper.

         He felt only comfort, he wanted to stay like this forever, whether it was just daydreaming, or even falling asleep.

         “Hey,” Jiang Cheng’s hand reached into his shirt, and stroked the skin on his side. “I just realized that you’re much heavier than you look.”

         “Are you having trouble breathing?” Gu Fei asked.

         “I can hold on for another minute.” Jiang Cheng said.

         Gu Fei laughed and flipped over to lie on Jiang Cheng’s side.

         “Are you gonna copy my homework later?” Jiang Cheng turned his face to look at him.

         “Mhm,” Gu Fei also turned. “You?”

         “I’m going to work through a set of test questions,” Jiang Cheng said. “Lao-Xu actually found a bunch of tests for me, from Third High in the city I used to live in.”

         “……Shit.” Gu Fei was a little shocked. “Lao-Xu really is……”

         “To be honest, Pan Zhi already got me some tests, and I did them already.” Jiang Cheng said. “But this set from Lao-Xu, I still gotta do them.”

         “Mhm.” Gu Fei sat up.

         “Keep an eye on the time for me,” Jiang Cheng got off the bed and sat down at the desk beside the bed. “You sit……”

         “I’ll copy the homework after you’re done with the test,” Gu Fei leaned back against the headboard and looked at him. “Go ahead and start.”

         “Then what will you do?” Jiang Cheng reached out and touched the tip of Gu Fei’s nose.

         “I’m invigilating.” Gu Fei said.

         Jiang Cheng didn’t say any more. He took out a test and started to read through it.

         Gu Fei glanced at the time and made a mental note for Jiang Cheng, then turned and watched him quietly.

         Jiang Cheng had a talent that he really admired, it was the fact that Jiang Cheng only required one second to concentrate his mind. Starting with the moment that he looked down at the paper, it was as though everything else around him disappeared.

         Gu Fei had never seen this state in anyone else around him, including Yi Jing.

         Jiang Cheng really was special, he was unlike anybody else.

         Unlike anybody else.

         Gu Fei closed one eye, and with his remaining eye looked at Jiang Cheng’s side profile through a circle formed with his hand. 

         In the instant that Jiang Cheng’s pencil hit paper, the aura that surrounded him that subconsciously drew the gazes of others was filled to the brim with pride, the kind of pride that made one proud.


[1] Tianya: a popular internet forum in the 2000-2010.

[2] Watching from the sidelines: a reference to ch. 37, when Gu Fei got destroyed by buttons.

[3] 120: The number for medical emergency in China.

Some Stats

  • Raw character count: 6998
  • TL word count: 4769
  • TL time: 5:06:28
  • Edit: 0:38:29
  • Curse words: 2x fucks, 5x shit

TL’s Notes

I just want to say thanks everyone for coming with on this journey with me :DDD

Also Gu Fei’s tea habit actually made a brief cameo in chapter 32, I guess Cheng-ge just wasn’t paying very close attention back then 😉