The next day at school, Zhan Weiyang bought a bottle of Coke for Chen Youyou from the small supermarket in front of the school, took it to the classroom, and put it in Chen Youyou’s desk drawer.

       Chen Youyou ignored him when he arrived.

       Zhan Weiyang took advantage of the teacher’s absence in the classroom during early self-study to poke Chen Youyou’s back with his finger lightly.

       In the end, Chen Youyou turned his head and gave him a fierce look.

       Zhan Weiyang retracted his finger in fear, not daring to poke him again.

       When class was over, Chen Youyou’s seatmate suddenly asked him, “Why don’t you drink the coke Zhan Weiyang bought for you?”

       Chen Youyou lowered his head, glanced at the Coke stuffed in the drawer, and said in a low voice, “Why, ask this?”

       The seatmate said, “It’s just weird. It feels like you two were having a quarrel.”

       Chen Youyou tidied his desk without saying a word and took out the textbooks for the next class.

       The seatmate lamented, “I never thought you two would quarrel one day.”

       Chen Youyou still didn’t drink the bottle of coke.

       When the first class was over, Chen Youyou stood up from his seat and planned to go to the bathroom. As soon as he turned around, he saw Zhan Weiyang lying listlessly on the desk. As soon as Zhan Weiyang saw him getting up, he immediately sat up straight, raised his face, and looked at him with wide eyes.

       Chen Youyou turned away and walked toward the back door of the classroom alone.

       Zhan Weiyang showed a disappointed expression for a moment and lay back on the desk.

       Chen Youyou went to the bathroom alone. After peeing alone, he came back to the classroom and saw Zhan Weiyang still lying on the desk.

       He didn’t know whether Zhan Weiyang fell asleep, but Zhan Weiyang didn’t look up at him again.

       Chen Youyou’s uneasiness gradually increased. He sat down, reached out, and flipped through the textbooks on the table. Then, he took out the bottle of coke from the drawer, sat sideways, and unscrewed the bottle cap.

       As soon as Zhan Weiyang heard the sound of opening coke, he immediately raised his head. He looked at Chen Youyou and said, “You’re not angry anymore?”

       Chen Youyou didn’t answer, but just said, “What, did you mean, yesterday saying, I can’t see you?”

       Zhan Weiyang was very happy that Chen Youyou was willing to talk to him and said, “Well, I thought about it and you can come to see me. You can see me, but I don’t know if I can see you.”

       Chen Youyou took a sip of coke and resisted the urge to burp, “I don’t know, what you are talking about.”

       Zhan Weiyang said, “It doesn’t matter.”

       Chen Youyou drank half a bottle of coke, closed the cap, and stuffed it back into the drawer, saying, “I hate Xie, Ling.”

       Zhan Weiyang looked at him awkwardly, “What should we do?”

       “W-what do you mean?”

       “But if I can’t pursue him, I’ll be finished.”

       Chen Youyou was a little confused, “So, you, like him?”

       Zhan Weiyang didn’t know what to say. Anyway, he knew that he couldn’t deny it at this time. Points would be deducted if he denied it, so he could only nod.

       Chen Youyou asked, “If, you can’t pursue him, will you explode?”

       Zhan Weiyang shook his head, “I won’t explode.” He paused and then said, “But I’m running out of time.”

       Chen Youyou was confused, “What, out of time?”

       At this time, the school bell rang. The teacher was already in the classroom. The whole class was quiet. Chen Youyou didn’t dare to speak anymore, turning back to stand up along with the whole class.

       Not long after he sat down, Zhan Weiyang stuffed a folded piece of paper into him from behind. He took it and opened it to read. On it, Zhan Weiyang wrote neatly: I want to find someone to ambush him, and then I can rescue him. So that way we can meet.

       Chen Youyou glanced at the teacher on the podium, grabbed a pen, and wrote under the note: You are crazy.

       While the teacher was turning around to write on the blackboard, he threw the note back to Zhan Weiyang.

       After a while, Zhan Weiyang threw it to him again: I saw some suggestions on the internet, and I thought I could give it a try. After all, I don’t have much time.

       Chen Youyou replied: ?

       The two people passed small notes repeatedly while the teacher was not paying attention.

       Zhan Weiyang: Do you still remember your Yu ge? Can we find him? I can give the money.

       When Chen Youyou was young, he had a neighbour’s brother named Zhu Xinyu. Because his parents were busy at work, they often left their son at Chen Youyou’s house. During elementary school, Zhu Xinyu even helped Chen Youyou with his homework. Later, when he entered middle school, his parents divorced, and he started hanging out with troublemakers outside, failing to graduate from high school.

       When Chen Youyou told Zhan Weiyang about Yu ge before, he said that he knew people outside. If they were bullied, they could ask Yu ge to help them. In the end, Zhan Weiyang had never seen this Yu ge even once.

       So Zhan Weiyang came up with an idea. He could ask Yu ge to lead a few people to surround Xie Ling outside the school, and then Zhan Weiyang rushed out to stop them and help Xie Ling get out of the siege.

       Chen Youyou held his face with one hand and frowned. He thought this proposal was ridiculous.

       After lunch, Zhan Weiyang told Chen Youyou solemnly, “I’m almost out of time.”

       Chen Youyou said, “What time, exactly?”

       Zhan Weiyang gave him all the ham that Chen Youyou liked on his plate and said, “Help me.”

       Chen Youyou raised his hand and scratched his nose and said: “I-I’m not, not helping you, but—”

       Before he finished speaking, there was a quarrel in the cafeteria. All the students eating looked in the direction of the quarrel and saw two girls quarrelling. Zhan Weiyang was quite familiar to one of them. It was the girl who often walked together with Xie Ling.

       The two girls started arguing for some reason, but the person sitting at the table next to them was Xie Ling.

       As the quarrel became louder and louder, a student who was familiar with the two girls went to break up the fight. At this time, Xie Ling suddenly stood up with his meal plate and walked outside silently.

       Someone called him from behind, but he didn’t look back.

       This was the time when the cafeteria was crowded with the most people at lunch, and there were almost no empty seats. Only the row next to the wall, where Zhan Weiyang and the others were seated, occasionally had an available spot. Zhan Weiyang and Chen Youyou’s table was one of the last with two empty seats remaining.

       When Xie Ling passed by them, he stopped, looked at the two of them, chose Zhan Weiyang, and said, “Classmate, can you let me sit in?”

       Zhan Weiyang immediately stood up in a daze, retreated into the passage, and let Xie Ling sit on the empty seat next to him with a meal plate.

       Chen Youyou gritted his teeth and stared at Xie Ling. He had not forgotten that Xie Ling called him crazy last night.

       Xie Ling didn’t even look at him. After sitting down, he lowered his head and continued eating.

       Zhan Weiyang sat back again. He picked up his chopsticks and was no longer in the mood to eat. Instead, he gently said to Xie Ling, “Hello, my name is Zhan Weiyang.”

       Xie Ling stopped, nodded slightly, and then continued eating.

       Zhan Weiyang said, “I am in the second and third classes of high school. I am 17 years old, 1.74 meters tall, Aries, and blood type B.”

       Xie Ling stopped again, reaching into their school uniform pocket and pulling out a pair of earphones connected by a wire. He put them into his ears, one on the left and the other on the right, and ate his lunch without any distractions.

       Zhan Weiyang’s last sentence trailed off, his voice growing quieter and quieter until he finally swallowed and said, “If you have time, we could go water the trees together…” He lowered his head with a melancholy expression.

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