Chapter 3- Preparing for the Beginning of School
The second day, the moment I woke up, the bed next to me had already neatly folded its bedding. When I looked at my watch, it was already half past ten. I withstood my fuzzy mental capability before going to the bathroom, swaying and lurching. Fang Yu Ke just happened to come out from the bathroom, holding a bunch of grapes. He looked at my hair style and frowned: “Were you sleeping or making bombs? Why is it that every time you wake up, you always have this type of hair style?”
I glared at him: “None of your business.” When I finished, I mercilessly slammed the bathroom door. I looked at myself in the mirror, and it was indeed a little scary. My hair looked like Lion King, spread out in all directions. My forehead even had a red mark on it. I patted my face, confidently telling myself: “The maiden waking up from a dream, when did you start getting more and more great from the ancient times to now?”
After I finished washing up, Xiao Xi and Fang Yu Ke were already watching TV in the room. When they saw me come over, Fang Yu Ke pointed at the grapes at the table: “Eat some fruit. People that are too grouchy need to get rid of all that fire. Careful that you don’t grow any pimples.”
I picked some grapes. It had been a long time since I had eaten fresh fruit, so sweet.
Xiao Xi asked me: “Do you still want to eat breakfast?”
I immediately made a blush-like appearance: “Xiao Xi, I’m really sorry. Usually I wake up pretty early, but maybe it was because I wasn’t used to the bed. Last night I didn’t sleep well. This sleep went all the way to the afternoon. So don’t make fun of me anymore.”
Xiao Xi laughed, exposing his nice dimples: “In the school, a lot of people’s days go from 5 to 9. In the morning at 5:00 they will sleep, in the nighttime at 9:00, they will wake up. Day and night are reversed.
I pretended to have a clear understanding: “I understand, I understand. Learning in the evening is more efficient.”
Xiao Xi shyly touched his head, and lowly laughed: “Haha, really everyone plays online games. Usually we will suddenly begin learning right before the test.”
I couldn’t react quickly enough. I didn’t know if I should say this game was good or not good, because I didn’t play games, but I also hated learning. So I could only turn the light towards Fang Yu Ke. My heart still scheming, if I should learn how to play games to narrow the distance between me and Xiao Xi.
Fang Yu Ke glanced at me, and said to me: “I advise you to still study hard. Don’t go play online games. Your brain can only handle one semester exam in a school year. Don’t belike others and cram. It isn’t that easy to hug Buddha’s feet**.”
- Hug Buddha’s feet: Be successful
I angrily said: “How long have you known me? What’s wrong with my head? You don’t know how smart and clever I usually am. Otherwise how would I have tested in?”
Fang Yu Ke pursed his lip and didn’t speak. After a long time, he gave me a bunch of words that made me mad: “Usually, before the test, you only got into the top 20 places two times right? The top 20 places are usually the same people. We’re all pretty much very familiar with each other. I also heard of your name before. Aren’t you the type of person who will be in 20th place at one point, and go down to 120th place?”
I angrily retorted: “What’s wrong with 120th place? The day I got 120th place, I had a very high fever.”
I hadn’t even finished when Xiao Xi interrupted me: “Yu Ke, how do you know Lin Lin got 120th place? You rascal, do you usually keep your eyes on her?”
I immediately said: “Impossible, impossible, Xiao Xi don’t joke around. Me knowing him has only been a two day thing. He is only guessing. I actually did get 120th place. That day, I really did have a fever, so I didn’t test well, haha, I didn’t test well.”
I didn’t know what was wrong with Fang Yu Ke, but his small white face became quite red.
I used my hand to touch him: “You’re okay right? The time I got 120th place, I really did have a high fever, and I didn’t pass mathematics.”
Fang Yu Ke drank a cup of a beverage and lowered his head: “I know.” He paused for a moment, but was afraid we didn’t hear it and added, “I know now.”
The days passed like this for two more days when the days of preparing for school finally came.
Peking University’s South Door extended its doors and it became bustling with activity. Half of the people were immature students like me, the other half was the parents who were more excited than the students. Xiao Xi had already went to the train station to pick up their younger brother and sister students (people in school are very colloquial with each other in China, term does not refer to blood relations). Me and Fang Yu Ke went our own ways, looking for our own organizations. After I found the School of Foreign Languages, picked up my keys, medical card, new guidelines, and a bunch of other trash, I excitedly rushed towards my dormitory.
The meatpie hit my head again, haha, I got to live in a new building. The most important part was that the school had planned for me to live in a place by the window, and opposite my window was Xiao Xi’s dormitory building. This way, I could always see when Xiao Xi left, and when he returned. Extremely pleased, I went to the balcony outside the window, stretched, when I suddenly saw a familiar figure at the opposite dormitory balcony. I immediately took out my glasses from my bag, and looked. I originally thought I had luck but now my heart sank. That’s right, the person opposite from me was that poisonous mouthed Fang Yu Ke!
Fang Yu Ke just happened to look up and see me. But he was much calmer. Like he had nothing to do. He expressionlessly turned back to his dormitory, leaving me standing alone on the balcony, grinding my teeth.
It hadn’t passed too long before the other three people in the dormitory also came successively. The person living underneath me was a maiden from Jiangxi province (located in southern China) called Wen Tao, her nickname was A Tao. I didn’t know if she had tanned her skin dark or if her skin was always so dark, but this made her teeth exceptionally white. The top bunk across from me was a Beijing maiden. She was dressed particularly mature, with brown eyes, thick lips, and her name was also very mature, Julie, like Angelina Jolie. The bottom bunk across from me was a Shanghai maiden. Her figure was very hot and beautiful, and she was called Wang Jie. Everyone was brought over by their parents; there was only me all alone- it was particularly bleak. The Shanghai mother especially passionately sold her daughter away: “Our family’s Jie’er is usually more shy, and can’t really speak to strangers. But she’s really good to her friends. All her friends all say that my Jie’er is the best.” My heart thought, aren’t all of these lies. In front of you, can friends say that your daughter isn’t good, how stupid would that be? But the Shanghai mother didn’t care about how we reacted to it, and continued to say: I picked the name Jie’er. That “Jie” character is seen less. It isn’t the Jie from Czech Republic, but it is the Jie as in “Jie Yu”. Do you know what that means? The other people all didn’t speak. Only I instinctively shook my head. The moment the Shanghai mother saw my reaction she explained, very satisfied.
Besides the Beijing mother, the other mothers all began to throw books onto the shelves. The moment I glanced over, I thought ‘oh boy’. Wang Jie’s table was full of piles of sheet music, Wen Tao’s table was filled with literary history. Only my book shelf didn’t have any books on it at all, bare except for a cup for brushing my teeth. Wen Tao’s mom secretly asked: “A Tao, does that Zhou Lin Lin have any family problems or a single mother or is she an orphan? Why did she come by herself from so far away?” I was angry, and immediately took out my cell phone to call Fang Yu Ke.
This rascal actually answered the phone pretty quickly: “What’s the matter?”
I began to put on an act: “Big brother, have you reached the train station? The past two days you didn’t even help me settle down yet! When you get home, tell dad and mom a bit of how things are going.”
The other side had already hung up. I hung up too, and suddenly thought, Why did I call that rascal? My family didn’t even have difficulties, both my dad and mom were alive. Couldn’t I just have called my father and mother? I had really become an idiot from all of Fang Yu Ke’s cursing!
The admission day and the second day, were all days of the newbie physical examination. I grabbed a Peking University map slowly going around the University. Where was the university hospital? Alas, if only I had my parents to accompany me. All the other dormitory mates didn’t even need to worry, their parents had probably already asked around for it. Today they would even have time to go shopping and look around at the scenery. I walked around, swaying, following my ability to read a map. I was afraid I would be turning for a while. In the end I made my way to a crossroads that made me very uncertain. Oh well, I could only use the large crowds to my advantage. I blocked the path of two people whose age looked like they had both gone through many great changes.These people were dressed like they had been at Peking University for many years. Before I came to Peking University, my mom told me to say things a little politer and a little nicer. Thus, I drew out the words “Miss” the two words  a little longer. After I finished even I wanted to puke, but my old mom’s words actually worked.
That face that had been hit with countless wrinkles and folds immediately bloomed into a big flower . She said: “Ah you, only need to keep following this path. You make a left, another left, and another left, and then y0u’ll see it.” I expressed my extreme gratitude and followed the way her hand had pointed out. After I got to the school hospital, I felt that the face with a big flower had really laughed to the point of being evil. At the time, I regretted that I couldn’t have tossed her out or leaned on myself. Because I had walked in a full circle, and found that school hospital was actually right next to the crossroads where I had asked for the way. It was in this way that I winded around in a big circle, rather foolishly.
I collected all kinds of information while also beginning to think about it all: My height and weight was smaller than others. So first I would start from there. Taking my blood that would probably be under control, but if I got dizzy, I could at least finish 95% of the exam even before I had to be lifted back. I was very satisfied with my coordination arrangements.
When they were ranking our heights, weights of the others, I purposely glanced at the person in front of me. The doctor measuring his height and weight was more careful. He actually just had to fill out the whole packet, as if we were illiterate. I watched those girls in front of me. I hated that I couldn’t be 165 cm, 45 kg. When it got to me, the doctor unwillingly got up and lowered the measuring bar , rigidly saying: “157 cm, 52 kg.”
Panicking, I snatched the report, and turned around to run. I hadn’t even run a few steps before I bumped into someone. I quickly apologized: “Sorry, I need to pass by.”
“Idiot.” It was a familiar cold voice.
I looked up. F**k, why did enemies have to inevitably clash together. Just now, I had obviously investigated clearly. There were only girls nearby. I snappishly said: “Are you a person or a ghost? You’re so elusive.”
Fang Yu Ke didn’t fuss with me. He humphed, and told the girl besides me: “Let’s go.”
Only then did I notice that a girl stood beside him. At just one glance, I could tell she was the master of the 165 cm, 45 kg stereotype. She shot a laugh at me, and said to Fang Yu Ke: “Why don’t you introduce us?”
Fang Yu Ke bulged his lip: “Zhou Lin Lin, German Department.” Then he turned towards that girl. She didn’t wait for Fang Yu Ke to introduce her, when she warmly smiled at me. I found that when she laughed she had some shallow dimples.
“My name is Ru Ting, everyone usually calls me Ting’er. I am studying Spanish, and we’re even in the same college. Yesterday, he went to the examination by himself. Today I pulled him over. I am afraid of blood tests, but this guy has got head in the game.” She said as she tugged at Fang Yu Ke’s sleeve.
“The blood test area isn’t here, it’s in that small white building over there.” I pointed at the ‘devil’s cave’.
“Haha, I know, but I saw Yu Ke keep looking over here just a moment ago, so I pulled him over.”
Yo, she even called him “Yu Ke”, their relationship was definitely not ordinary. But Xiao Xi also called me “Lin Lin”, haha. I gave a self-satisfied smile.
“Idiot.” It was Fang Yu Ke’s voice again. I had already surrendered to him so couldn’t he say something new? I rolled my eyes, and smiled to Lady Ru Ting saying: “Then I won’t bother you two, I’ll go to the other examination rooms. When I have time we can eat together.”
Ru Ting answered very quickly: “Sure. Yu Ke’s friends are my friends.”
The medical examinations were really very long. When it came to the last event, drawing blood, it was already 2:00pm. I had just entered the devil’s cave, when I saw people being carried away. The doctor that passed by even said: “In this session, if it wasn’t fainting from the needle, then it was probably fainting from the blood, which just makes for crying and trouble. The little kids of this generation have really been too spoiled. That’s why we need to pierce them a bit and clear their bones.” Hearing this, all my hairs stood up, and I crouched at one side to calm down.
I looked at the report. There was only a single number missing. I hated that I couldn’t have filled it in, and finish everything. But after I thought to here, if I was tested, I would be found to be a fraud. Before I even began my wealthy life I would be kicked out. I had almost pinched the report and dampened it with my sweat with my wavering spirit. When my feet were almost numb from crouching, I saw Fang Yu Ke and Ru Ting.
Ru Ting’s face was very very pale, and held Fang Yu Ke’s hand tightly, lightly saying: “See my hand is so cold, Yu Ke, I’m afraid of needles, you know this. I’ve been afraid of needles since childhood.”
Fang Yu Ke turned and patted Ru Ting’s shoulder: “Don’t be afraid. This is something that happens in the blink of an eye. It will pass in a split second.”
That rascal. Talking so warmly to other girls, but being like an icy mountain when he talked to me; afraid that he wouldn’t make me mad, acting as if I wasn’t a girl! With that being said, I had begun to follow his line of logic as a form of self comfort. It was something that happened in a second. You couldn’t be too excessive when killing someone otherwise you would get put in jail. As long as you reached out your neck a bit, it would end immediately. This old woman (referring to herself) got into Peking University, and a senior hot classmate had fallen from the heavens, making me prepare to get into a relationship. With such concerning circumstances, I might as well have sacrifice a lot. When I thought to here, I suddenly stood up and strode to Ru Ting. I held her hand that she had placed on Fang Yu Ke’s hand, and tightly grasped it: “Ru Ting, there are many things that come with a price. When you get into Peking University, you also need to sacrifice things. The time for your sacrifice has come.”
Ru Ting froze and became a statue. After a long time, a familiar sentence of “Idiot” came again from Fang Yu Ke’s mouth.
We waited in line for half an hour, until it finally got to Ru Ting and me. I was put to the left side and Ru Ting went to the right. Ru Ting’s eyes watched Fang Yu Ke anxiously. With that expression, even I felt distressed. But I couldn’t pity or begrudge her for much longer, as my legs trembled. I imitated Ru Ting’s expression and looked at the doctor, saying: “Great doctor, my blood vessels are very thin, and very hard to find. You better find someone to help you, and fight through it. We can’t be like the nurse back at my village who thought my arm was like a carrot. It’s such a shame that we cannot insert a hedgehog’s needle instead.”
The doctor laughed: “What school did you come from? So poor. Even though you’re a little fatter, aren’t your blood vessels just as obvious?”
When I heard this, I became unhappy: “How am I fat, how am I fat? At the most I only have some baby fat, okay?” The doctor pointed at my report and said: “Isn’t it written that you’re above 50kg here?” After he finished I heard Fang Yu Ke secretly laughing at the side. I glared angrily at him. I internally said: Do you know this is a national secret? I’ve let you off lightly. It’s good that I’m not like that Mu Wan Qing. When the secret is exposed, she immediately marries someone who knows the secret. Otherwise I really would have let you off extremely lightly….
While I was being mad, the doctor’s soft tube had been placed onto my arm. Ru Ting had also had one tied to one of her arms. Her other hand, tightly held Fang Yu Ke’s hand. I only hated that I was all alone, with no one to lean on. I definitely couldn’t hold the doctor’s hand, right? Alas, if only I had a boyfriend. My heart felt sad. When I looked up, I saw Fang Yu Ke’s expression. He kept on looking at me. The moment I saw this I also looked at him, and immediately looked away. I felt really weird, but I didn’t know how I felt weird. I hadn’t thought it through when I saw the doctor’s tubing already came out. Fang Yu Ke lightly said, at the other end: Don’t look at it.
I used my peripheral vision to see that Ru Ting had already put her entire body in Fang Yu Ke’s embrace. I thought, What do you want to her not see? The other party can only see your chest now. Haha, are you wanting her to stop looking at your chest? Unless you don’t have abs? I evilly laughed. The doctor had already taken out the needle now. While he was incubating me, he said, “Aren’t you pretty brave? You looked at the needle for so long, and still laughed after the shot. When I saw your fear just now, I thought you would faint.” I also felt it was very magical.
It was really weird. How could I look at the needle drawing my blood? If this had been in the past, this would have been an unthinkable thing. The doctor pressed a cotton ball onto it, and said, press it for two minutes. Don’t let go. I agreed. I turned my head, Ru Ting was sobbing. I suddenly felt that girls should be like Ru Ting. A little fragile, making guys have a sense of accomplishment. As for me, boys were strange enough. My happy heart became a little serious. Ru Ting didn’t move in Fang Yu Ke’s embrace. At this point, I didn’t make any motions to leave or to stay. It was just that Ru Ting’s doctor opposite her couldn’t continue to watch this, and immediately yelled: Next. Only then did Ru Ting begin to slowly stand up, leaning on Fang Yu Ke.
I slowly followed the two of them out. I hadn’t walked a few steps when I lost my cotton ball. A little bit of blood seeped through the area that had just been poked. Not after too long, it condensed into a small blood pearl. I wiped it with my hand, and blood came out again. I wiped it again. Right when I was enjoying it, Fang Yu Ke came out of nowhere, holding a small adhesive bandage. He cooly threw it to me, helping Ru Ting at the same time, while also saying: Idiot, aren’t your blood platelets doing well?
I had already become accustomed to his poisonous tongue, and I said “Thanks”, as I ran out of the school hospital. I still had some self knowledge. Other people were in a pair, so from one glance, I could tell that this rascal had prepared this bandage for Ru Ting. Giving it to me, what would Ru Ting think. I better not be the third unwanted guest (in the relationship). If I wasn’t careful I would break the happy couple, and that would be a big crime. Even if my IQ wasn’t high, how could my EQ be low? Hmph, you rascal, I oblige.