Pei Qing took another taxi and took Chen Youyou home first.

       On the way to Chen Youyou’s house in the cab, Chen Youyou sat in the back seat without saying a word. Zhan Weiyang was next to him and tried to call his name, but he refused to answer. It seemed that he was really angry today.

       When the car arrived at the neighbourhood’s gate, Chen Youyou got out of the car and said to Pei Qing, “Thank you, older cousin.”

       Pei Qing smiled and said, “You’re welcome, go back and rest quickly.”

       Chen Youyou picked up his schoolbag, turned around and ran towards the neighbourhood.

       Zhan Weiyang leaned over the car window and looked at his back despondently.

       Even after returning home with Pei Qing later, Zhan Weiyang’s mood remained very low.

       At this time, both Grandma and Auntie Luo had returned to their rooms to rest. The first floor was quiet, and one needed to listen carefully to hear the sound of the TV coming from Auntie Luo’s room.

       Zhan Weiyang walked in front when he went upstairs. He didn’t carry his schoolbag properly. The two straps were slung on his elbows. As he went up the stairs, the fallen schoolbag patted his thigh.

       Pei Qing followed him quietly, and the two of them went up to the second floor. When they reached the door of Zhan Weiyang’s room, Pei Qing said, “Is there any homework that must be completed today?”

       Zhan Weiyang shook his head.

       Pei Qing said, “Then go take a bath and sleep.”

       Zhan Weiyang stared at Pei Qing’s face through the light in the corridor.

       Pei Qing continued walking towards his room.

       Zhan Weiyang suddenly heard the woman’s voice coming from inside his head, “The relationship status has been negatively increased, and 2 points have been deducted.”

       His points had not been deducted for several days. At this time, it was like someone took a pair of scissors and cut a string inside his head. He said, “It’s over.”

       Pei Qing had already touched the door handle with his hand. He stopped and turned back to look at Zhan Weiyang. He saw Zhan Weiyang standing there with a dull expression as if he had been frozen.

       He could only let go of his hand, walked back to Zhan Weiyang, raised his hand to wave it in front of Zhan Weiyang’s eyes, and asked, “What’s over? Don’t be afraid, Chen Youyou won’t explode, he is just describing his mood.”

       Zhan Weiyang’s gaze followed the movement of Pei Qing’s swaying palm up and down. After a while, his gaze fell on Pei Qing’s face and said, “My points are about to be deducted.”

       Pei Qing asked him, “What points will be deducted?”

       Zhan Weiyang seemed a little alarmed, but he was unwilling to answer Pei Qing’s question.

       Pei Qing bent down slightly, allowing Zhan Weiyang to look at him at eye level, and asked in a different way, “What will happen after the points are all gone?”

       This question stunned Zhan Weiyang, his round eyes showing some confusion, “All gone?” He repeated Pei Qing’s question.

       Pei Qing said, “Yes, what will happen after the points are all gone?”

       Zhan Weiyang’s eyes flickered, and his brows couldn’t help but frown. He said, “I might…become a plant.” This was not the answer someone told him, it was an idea that suddenly popped up in his head. He didn’t even know why he answered like this.

       Pei Qing’s eyelashes trembled slightly, and he pursued Zhan Weiyang and asked, “What plant?”

       Zhan Weiyang raised a hand to his chest, “A tall plant with green leaves, doesn’t bloom, and grows in a flower pot.”

       Pei Qing said, “All plants have names.”

       Zhan Weiyang looked at him strangely, “My name is Zhan Weiyang.”

       Pei Qing didn’t ask any more questions. He stood up straight and put his hand on Zhan Weiyang’s shoulder, “Who is deducting your points?”

       Zhan Weiyang shook his head, “I don’t know.”

       Pei Qing looked at him silently.

       Zhan Weiyang suddenly felt embarrassed after being looked at for a long time. His ears turned red, and he lowered his head as he tiptoed back and forth restlessly.

       Pei Qing just said in the end, “Go to bed quickly, you need a good sleep.”

       Zhan Weiyang nodded.

       The two of them separated and went back to their rooms.

       Zhan Weiyang sat on the edge of the bed, put his schoolbag on his lap, unzipped it and took out the mobile phone inside. The mobile phone was almost out of battery, but he could see a dozen missed calls from Chen Youyou. Although he had already apologised, Zhan Weiyang was still very sad. He sent a message to Chen Youyou, saying: ‘Youyou, please don’t be angry with me. After another—’, he stopped typing here suddenly and started counting; he now only had 42 points left, and with 2 points deducted a day, that would be 21 days left. He continued typing: ‘—21 days, you won’t be able to see me.’

       He sighed and put the phone aside. The plant that was as high as his chest and had green leaves but no flowers suddenly took root in his heart. It was as if this System had been set up like this from the beginning. He thought that when the points were deducted, he would become a plant in a flowerpot, unable to move or speak.

       But in this way, it was not that Chen Youyou couldn’t see him; at least Chen Youyou could still come to visit him, so he added: ‘You can still come to visit.’

       He thought he would tell Chen Youyou about this on the first day after his points were all gone, so that he would come to see him later.

       After taking a shower, Zhan Weiyang put on long-sleeved pyjamas. He lay on the bed depressed and listened to the female voice say, “The user’s score today: 42 points.”

       Zhan Weiyang turned over. He was suddenly afraid and huddled under the quilt. His mood did not calm down for a while.

       So he got up, put on his slippers, left his room, walked to the next door and knocked on Pei Qing’s door.

       Pei Qing was not asleep yet. He was sitting on the bed reading a book with a lamp on in the room. He heard a knock on the door and said, “Please come in.”

       Zhan Weiyang opened the door a crack, poked his head in, looked at Pei Qing and said, “Can I talk to you for a while?”

       Pei Qing nodded, “Come in and talk.”

       Zhan Weiyang pushed the door open a little, walked in and closed the door again. He walked to Pei Qing’s bedside and said, “Qing ge, you must not tell my father what I told you.”

       Pei Qing put down the book and asked Zhan Weiyang, “What are you referring to? The matter of you getting demerits or the matter of you turning into a plant?”

       Zhan Weiyang said nervously, “Don’t say either.”

       Pei Qing suddenly felt like chatting with Zhan Weiyang. He scooted over and patted the bed, saying, “Yangyang, come sit down and talk.”

       Zhan Weiyang seemed hesitant, and it took him a long time to sit beside Pei Qing’s bed and only put half of his buttocks on it.

       Pei Qing asked him, “You don’t want me to tell Uncle, then tell me first, who told you that your points are getting deducted?”

       Zhan Weiyang shook his head.

       Pei Qing had no choice but to continue asking, “What did you do to get points deducted?”

       Zhan Weiyang still shook his head.

       Pei Qing said, “If you refuse to tell me anything, then there is nothing I can do.”

       “I’m sorry!” Zhan Weiyang was afraid that Pei Qing would be angry, so he quickly apologised, “I was wrong, don’t be angry with me.”

       His tone was so pitiful that Pei Qing couldn’t bear to question him anymore, so she said, “It’s okay, go to sleep.”

       Zhan Weiyang didn’t want to get up, so he asked, “Can I sleep next to you tonight?”

       Pei Qing actually hesitated but still replied, “Okay.”

       Zhan Weiyang suddenly became happy. He went back to his room, brought a pillow and quilt, placed them next to Pei Qing, and lay them down very gently.

       Pei Qing reached out, turned off the light, then pulled up the quilt and lay down.

       Zhan Weiyang couldn’t help but get closer to him, so close that Pei Qing could smell the fragrance of Zhan Weiyang’s shower gel. It was a refreshing and soft smell, just like Zhan Weiyang.

       Pei Qing turned over, facing away from Zhan Weiyang.

       Zhan Weiyang closed his eyes. If his points were really going to be all gone, he would definitely tell Pei Qing in advance, hoping that Pei Qing could help him water himself by then.

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