FM Chapter 2

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Chapter 2- Entering the Campus

Inside the school everything was new and fresh. I was like Granny Liu when she entered the Grand View Garden [1], as I looked at this , and touched that everything. I hated that I couldn’t take a picture of the whole landscape. Fang Yuke probably felt like I’ve disgraced him, so he said, “Sit here. I’ll give a classmate a phone call, and let him pick us up. It’s not like you’re afraid of getting a tan on this hot summer day though.”

I made a face of surprise, “Wow, Fang Yuke, you can continuously speak to me in four sentences. That’s not easy, not easy.”

Fang Yuke glared at me, as he lowered his head and did not speak.

We didn’t have to sit under the shade for a long time when someone patted Fang Yuke and asked, “Why did you arrive here early?”

I lifted my head. I couldn’t see his face from under the sun’s glare. After a while I shook my head and stood up, “Hello senior brother! [2]”

Senior brother laughed and asked Fang Yuke, “You even brought your family over?”

Fang Yuke pushed his shoulder and softly said, “What nonsense.” After this push, senior brother finally stood under the tree’s shade and I could see his face clearly. He had small eyes, a pointed nose, a small dimple, a pointed chin. Sunlight fell through the tree leaves and shone on the senior brother’s face.

My heart jumped around a little seriously. I sucked in my saliva and blurted, “What’s your surname, senior bro?”

Fang Yuke rolled his eyes, and said, “Just call them your senior brother. He isn’t from your department anyways. He’s only someone from our town. You don’t know him.”

I immediately followed with, “My eyes brim with tears. We are fellow neighbors who have only met each other now. It’s not a senior brother that has a relationship to me directly, but rather, a relative to my direct descendant!”

Senior brother laughed warmly, and turned his head to say to me, “To tell you the truth, just call me Xiao Xi.”

Fang Yuke pursed his lip, “You only came out for a little while and your eyes are already brimming with tears for meeting an old neighbor.”

I pretended I didn’t hear him, and laughed with senior brother, “Xiao Xi, I’m called Zhou Linlin. I’’’ be studying German, what are you studying?”

Senior brother hadn’t said anything yet before Fang Yuke said, “I even told you he was my senior classmate. I’m studying economics, so he’s also studying economics. Idiot.”

Senior brother laughed, and his dimples got deeper, “I am more senior/bigger than both of you.”

I immediately followed with, “Well economics is good, economics is good. Our country’s great economic development completely relies on you. How is it like the capitalist stuff we read? I initially wanted to study economics, but I didn’t test well this time, only missing by that many points, so I switched to this major.”

Fang Yuke turned his head to me and glanced at me, his expression obviously saying “Are you alright?”.

I automatically filtered out his surprised face, and continued to exchange feelings with Xiao Xi, “Xiao Xi, in the future, you must help me more with my math problems, math is my weakness.”

Xiao Xi laughed again, “Your German Department exempted mathematics, relax.”

Fang Yuke who was by the side couldn’t help it, and laughed as he put me to one side and watched me as if I was a joke.

Since the strict rules didn’t allow us to get the keys for the dormitory because registration day hadn’t arrived yet, we could only find nearby hotels to stay. Xiao Xi brought our suitcases to his dormitory building and began to contact nearby hotels for vacancies. I didn’t think that so many people would come to school early, but all the big and small hotels nearby were full. Only one large bedroom in a guesthouse located inside the school was available. I looked plaintively at Xiao Xi.

Xiao Xi said, conflicted, “If only Yuke had called me earlier, I could have booked the rooms in advance. Now it’s a little too late. You guys live there for two days, or improvise, improvise. I can vouch for Fang Yuke’s character. You–”

I immediately cut Xiao Xi off, “What about Fang Yuke stays with you, and I’ll stay in the guesthouse.”

Xiao Xi thought about it. “We normally don’t return home for summer break, there are a lot of guys and girls living in the dormitory together. The Dorm Manager doesn’t care. The beds are a little tighter/smaller than the ones in the guesthouse. But, it is indeed inconvenient for a girl like you. Then how about this, Yuke, you come with me and share a bed with me.”

Fang Yuke said, “I have no complaints.”

I looked at the meter wide bed in Xiao Xi’s dorm room and immediately felt embarrassed. In the great summer heat, the dormitory didn’t have space, and I was making two big guys squeeze together in here. This was indeed not okay. Plus, they had knew each other earlier, and I had been someone dragged/tagging along from the beginning. I fussily let the others make do, while I chose. Otherwise, being alone lying on three beds in the guestroom was a little bit of a waste……

I plucked up my courage, “Then what about this, Xiao Xi, all three of us can live in the guesthouse. Anyways, there’s the air conditioning part.”

Fang Yuke gave a crooked expression and lightly said, “You use your abacus [3] so well, how can you not be good at math?”

I turned back to lightly curse back at him, “None of your business.”

Xiao Xi laughed, “If you are worried about our Fang Yuke, I can go. Really, our Fang Yuke is really upright.”

Fang Yuke cupped one fist inside of the other (as a sign of respect, especially in ancient times), and passionately hit Xiao Xi’s shoulder.

Xiao Xi gave the final word, “All right, then we’ll arrange it like this.”

Just before arriving, Xiao Xi received a phone call, and went to help a classmate fiddle with his computer. Fang Yuke and I just entered the guestroom and hadn’t sat down before my mom called me. I walked towards the bathroom while answering her call.

“Lin Lin, are you used to where you’re staying?”

I said, “It’s all right. They can’t give the dormitory keys to us before registration, so we can only stay at a guesthouse.”

My mom said, “Oh, Fang Yuke is still taking care of you. Are you staying in the  next room by him?”

I paused for a breath, “Mom, he is sleeping in my guesthouse, and we are even in the same room.” After the “Ah!” sound from the other side of the phone, I quietly hung up the phone.

A short while later, my mom sent me a text: ‘Linlin, even though I really like that rascal, in fact, we really haven’t thoroughly investigated him. You must think through many things. Impulse is the devil.’

I reluctantly replied, ‘Mom, I promise that in the future I will stay intact.’

A long time passed before the old woman replied, ‘Actually, young people having passion isn’t a bad thing. Go for it!’

I ran into the bedroom, loudly shouting “Ah!”. After the time span between me and my mom’s consistent “Ah”, I let it go.

Fang Yuke lightly scolded me with one sentence, “Idiot.”

I grabbed a pillow and hit him on the head, “What are you cursing about?”

Fang Yuke whistled as he stood up, “I won’t theorize with idiots.” After he said this, he walked out.

In my anger, I used strength to kick the bed legs in return for longer cries of agony.

I lay on the bed, extremely annoyed. I thought of my mom’s crazy words, and then thought about Xiao Xi. I didn’t know if it was because I had been tired during the daytime, but I fell asleep.

When I woke up, it had already become dark outside. I rubbed my face and got out of bed, dazed, leaning on the door as I squinted my eyes. I didn’t expect people wouldn’t lean on leisure, when the door was suddenly pushed open strongly. The door just happened to hit my nose, and I instantly felt two streams of heat flow out.

Outside the door was Fang Yuke’s surprised face. Xiao Xi and him came inside together, and saw my battle. They immediately said, “Go lie down, go lie down.”

So it was like this that I who had just gotten off from the bed, was put back onto the bed.

At first, I had a belly full of fire/anger that was going to explode towards Fang Yuke, but given that Xiao Xi was there, I pressed down my belly’s anger, and pretended to say like a generous lady, “In the future, I am afraid to go stand near the door. It’s too dangerous.”

Fang Yuke said one sentence, “Idiot, I’ve never seen anyone who was so dumb that they lay on the door frame.”

The moment I heard this, my fire exploded. I deeply sighed, and bit my teeth saying, “So sorry, I blocked your majesty’s path.”

Fang Yuke stuck out his lips and didn’t speak. He turned and went to the bathroom to wash his towel.

Xiao Xi brought some tampons over from the dormitory Auntie’s(housekeeper) stash, and said to me, “It’s not too convenient for me, you shove it in yourself.”

I felt that I was already not very good looking, and that I would have even less of a figure with the tampons in my nose. I covered my nose with one hand, my other hand busily putting the tampons in, saying, “No need, no need, my blood is good. It will immediately stop bleeding by itself. It doesn’t need to be so complicated.

I hadn’t even finished speaking before Fang Yuke grabbed a wet towel and came over, and immediately said, “You want your reputation when you’re dead, and suffer a crime while alive [4].” Then he threw the towel towards my face, “Go ahead, after a while it’ll stop.”

Originally, during this time, Xiao Xi and Fang Yuke came over to ask me to go eat with them. I didn’t think that after this thing happened, they could only take care of my injuries. The room was extremely quiet, there was only the sound of Xiao Xi and Fang Yuke flipping through magazines. I looked at the ceiling, bored, and prepared to switch on the TV so as  to pass the time, when my stomach suddenly sang “Empty City Stratagem” [5]. After that sound, I was regretful. If I had only switched on  the TV ten minutes earlier, then I wouldn’t have been so embarrassed. My image, *sigh*, my image in Xiao Xi’s heart.

Xiao Xi laughed, “What about I go to the cafeteria to bring the meal over. Let’s eat in here. I originally wanted to treat you guys out to eat but I didn’t know Linlin had such a great fortune.”

This call of “Linlin” made me feel very flattered. I quickly followed with, “No problem, no problem. You can go with Fang Yuke, don’t worry about me at all. I can put up with whatever.” I had just finished when my stomach contradicted me strongly and called out again. I was a little embarrassed.

Fang Yuke couldn’t continue to watch this, “Xiao Xi, let’s go, I’ll go with you to order some food.”

I turned my face away and stuck out my tongue. Today I had thrown away my face all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

After the food came back, my nose was all better. Fang Yuke grabbed a napkin and began wiping the table. I lightly said, “Mysophobe (a person with an abnormal fear of dirt and contamination).” He casually/normally just ignored me, and put the meal directly on the table. He didn’t even wash his hands, grabbing the chopsticks and began to eat. How could it be so troublesome? Fang Yuke looked at me, didn’t speak, and continued to steadily bring out more and more food.

Two vegetable dishes, two meat dishes, one bowl of soup, and three bowls of rice. I glared at the pork for a long time, swallowing my saliva, directing my chopsticks towards the cauliflower. There were really too many rules to a lady’s etiquette. One couldn’t even eat a piece of meat. My heart burst with resentment, resentment to chewing cauliflower, while also staring at the pork.

After a while, Xiao Xi said, “Linlin, how can you just eat vegetables? Eat some meat. You bled so much today, you should still make up for some of your blood.”

I immediately waved my hands, “No no no, I will just eat vegetables. I am a vegetarian.”

Fang Yuke who had been drinking soup choked, coughing desperately. His whole face went red. He gasped and said, “Ah. She’s a vegetarian. When she was on the train she bought a bag of chicken feet and gave them away to others.”

I glared at him, lest he say the wrong thing. That was right, on the train, I did read Salon for the whole night, and I also ate chicken feet for the whole night, but what did it matter to him? He just had an extra mouth. Didn’t he not talk for the whole train ride? Why did he suddenly start gabbling? I rolled my eyes, “The chicken feet were bought by my mother. She suspected that I don’t usually like to eat meat, and wouldn’t grow, so she shoved a big bag in. My mom is just a little bad at that part, always thinking that I’m too skinny. I hate that I can’t gain 8-10 kilograms in just an instant. There’s no way to do so, so I can only bring her well wishes along.” I kept apologizing  to my mom silently while looking threateningly at Fang Yuke.

Fang Yuke looked at me, forthrightly, and said to Xiao Xi, “Her mom is probably more optimistic. She’s (Linlin) already like this, and she (Linlin’s Mom) still thinks she’s too skinny.”

When it was nighttime and time to sleep, I was placed on the innermost bed. As for the middle bed, no one said who was going to sleep there, and I was embarrassed to ask. I waited for Xiao Xi to go bath, and then I pulled Fang Yuke’s sleeve, throwing in the classic movie line of, “Fang Yuke, from the moment I’ve known you to now, have I ever asked you for any favors before?”

Fang Yuke looked at me, “You’ve only known me for two days. Usually how many things do you ask for?”

I was speechless, and could only bring out as the final resort, “I don’t care, but you’re like an old lady that’s all.”

“What do you want?”

“It’s very simple, you just need to sleep at the other end of all the three beds.”

Fang Yuke looked at the bed, then he looked at me, “Do you have anything against me?”

I immediately shook my head, “What can I have against you? It’s just that I was thinking that we’ve already been face to face for so long on the train, so I’m worried that familiarity will breed fondness. I have very specialized feelings so I won’t be good with just anyone.”

Fang Yuke laughed, “Idiot.”

Since I had slept for so long in the afternoon, at night when the nights went out, I didn’t feel like sleeping at all. Xiao Xi slept in the bed beside me. When the moonlight shone, his face was even more softened. Night time was really good, I could observe a person without any hindrances. Fang Yuke that rascal was still considered gullible. He could fulfill my wish and lie on the other end. When I thinkt of the present situation, I laughed.

It just happened that Yao Zi sent me a short text, asking me how my new surroundings were. I was excited, secretly put on my slippers and went out to the balcony to call her: “Yao Zi, do you believe love at first sight? What is it like to like someone?”

Yao Zi had already become excited on the other end, “It can’t be! How did you fall in love even before school began? Who is it that had you falling in  love at first sight?”

I coyly said, “I also think it’s too fast. I haven’t even prepared for it yet, but I didn’t think that the meat pie would hit my head again [6]. Say, how much kindness and generosity do you think my ancestors accumulated over the years?”

Yao Zi heartily laughed, “Linlin, what kind of a man moved  your heart. Usually, you’re casual aboutguys. How did you fall in the river of love so quickly? It really is a day for raining brides and marriage. The marriage is coming, and it can’t be stopped no matter what.”

I laughed heehee, “He isn’t very handsome, but he’s the very gentle type. You know? Like when he laughs, it’s very warm, that type. Hahahaha. When he laughs he also has dimples. When he talks, his voice is a little husky, but it’s the magnetic husky type. I’ll show you.” Then, I started imitating his voice.

On the other end, Yao Zi already couldn’t help herself. “OMG just start being horny all right? Pursue him well and bring him back for the New Year.”

I immediately accepted the command., “Yes madam, I will definitely not let down the opposite party’s trust. I am determined to win.” After I finished talking, full of silly happiness, I hung up the phone. I secretly slipped back into the room. When I closed the door, Fang Yuke turned around. In the darkness his eyes were particularly bright from the moonlight. I was startled and lowly scolded, “People scare people, this can kill someone from fright all right?”

Fang Yuke scoffed, and didn’t speak. After some time,the word “Idiot” popped out from Fang Yuke’s side. F**k! Talking in your sleep also includes cursing?!

[1] Granny Liu when she entered the Grand View Garden: Granny Liu is a character from “???” or “Dream of the Red Chamber”; the scene Lin Lin is referring to, is the scene where Granny Liu goes to visit the rich mansion, each time (most likely) gasping in wonder at all the splendor around her.

[2] Senior brother: Term for classmates

[3] abacus: 算盘 (suen pan); also means scheme or strategy. Thus, Fang Yuke’s sentence could have had two meanings at the same time. He could have also been saying: “You scheme so well…” while saying “You use your abacus so well…”

[4] You want your reputation when you’re dead, and suffer a crime while alive: Basically saying that she should set aside her reputation and do what she must.

[5] Empty City Stratagem: (in which Zhuge Liang presents himself as unperturbed while making it evident that his city is undefended, hoping his adversary will suspect an ambush) in this case it refers to Lin Lin trying to hide her obvious hunger.

[6] Meat pie- refers to a great stroke of fortune (as mentioned in the first chapter when Lin Lin’s mom calls up her family to tell them how lucky Lin Lin is)

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