At night, Zhan Weiyang once again slept peacefully in Pei Qing’s room. He didn’t know why he liked Pei Qing so much, but he felt comfortable, happy and safe staying with him.

       Pei Qing actually didn’t spend too much time with Zhan Weiyang. When Zhan Weiyang was lying next to Pei Qing, Pei Qing would turn on the desk lamp and read a professional book. The room was very quiet, and the sound of Pei Qing flipping through the book could be heard from time to time.

       Zhan Weiyang’s cell phone made a message notification sound at this time, which was a bit abrupt in the quiet environment. He was afraid of disturbing Pei Qing’s reading, so he quickly turned off the sound on his cell phone.

       The message on the phone was from Chen Youyou. He texted Zhan Weiyang: “I went to see Yu ge tonight. He said he could help us deal with Xie Ling. When do you think would be a suitable time?”

       Zhan Weiyang glanced at Pei Qing. Although Pei Qing didn’t pay attention to him, he still pulled up the quilt and covered himself under it, and then sent a message back to Chen Youyou: “Great! How much does it cost?”

       Chen Youyou quickly replied to him: “Yu ge said that he and I are brothers, so no money is needed. Just buy a cigarette for his brothers.”

       Zhan Weiyang was lying on the bed, with only the fluorescent light from the mobile phone screen shining on his face under the quilt, with a happy smile: “Yu ge is nice!”

       Chen Youyou replied: “He’s okay.”

       Zhan Weiyang typed: “How about after school at noon on Saturday?”

       Chen Youyou said: “Should be fine. I’ll give Yu ge a call tomorrow, and whatever time works for his brother is good for us.”

       Zhan Weiyang: “Then I’ll buy cigarettes first? What cigarettes should I buy?”

       Chen Youyou: “Don’t worry, we’ll talk about it after the matter is over.”

       Zhan Weiyang was about to type the word ‘Okay’ when someone suddenly lifted the quilt from his head.

       Pei Qing looked at him and asked, “What are you doing?”

       Zhan Weiyang quickly turned off the phone screen and turned over to face Pei Qing, “I’m afraid of disturbing you.”

       Pei Qing said, “No, I’m going to sleep.” After saying that, he put the book on the bedside table and reached out to turn off the lamp.

       The room suddenly fell into darkness, and Zhan Weiyang couldn’t see anything. He only heard rustling sounds around him and felt the bed shaking slightly.

       After a while, it became quiet.

       Zhan Weiyang listened quietly in the darkness. He didn’t hear Pei Qing’s breathing for a long time, so he couldn’t help but move closer to him until he heard the shallow breathing and felt a slight warmth in his ear.

       Suddenly a hand was on his face, covering his mouth and nose. He heard Pei Qing say, “What are you doing?”

       Only then did Zhan Weiyang realise that he was too close. If he got any closer, he would touch Pei Qing’s face. He mumbled with his covered mouth, “Let me listen to your breathing.”

       Pei Qing still covered his mouth and said, “Why are you listening to my breathing?”

       Zhan Weiyang said, “When I was little, my dad would secretly listen to my breathing, and I would secretly listen to his.” After saying that, Zhan Weiyang felt like he couldn’t breathe, so he turned away and pressed his cheek against Pei Qing’s palm.

       His skin was soft and delicate, slightly cool, like cold white jade, sliding on Pei Qing’s palm.

       Pei Qing should have taken his hand back, but his fingers caressed Zhan Weiyang’s cheek, slid to his ear, rubbed his earlobe, and asked, “Were you sick as a child?”

       Zhan Weiyang shuddered, and his ears and cheeks felt slightly warm. He said in an unclear voice, “Maybe? I can’t remember clearly.”

       He really liked the feeling of Pei Qing touching his face, but Pei Qing moved his hand away, and he reluctantly looked for Pei Qing’s hand in the darkness.

       Pei Qing asked, “Did your father take you to see a doctor?”

       Zhan Weiyang suddenly shrank back, “I don’t want to go to the doctor.”

       Pei Qing said in a gentle tone, “I won’t take you to see a doctor, don’t be afraid.”

       Zhan Weiyang lay down on his pillow and said, “Let’s go to sleep.”

       Pei Qing responded, “Okay, good night.”

       Zhan Weiyang closed his eyes, and after five seconds, he heard that ethereal voice say to him, “The relationship status has been negatively increased, and 2 points have been deducted. The user’s score today: 40 points.”

       He immediately opened his eyes, sighed silently, pulled up the quilt and covered his face before continuing to sleep.

       When he went to school the next day, Chen Youyou seemed a little excited.

       It was not convenient to talk in the classroom. After lunch, the two of them squatted in the corner of the school playground and discussed how to stop Xie Ling at noon on Saturday.

       They already knew that Xie Ling would ride his bicycle home after class at noon on Saturday. Chen Youyou opened the map on his mobile phone to see the places he would pass on his way home and plan an ambush location.

       Chen Youyou enlarged the map and fiddled with his phone on the ground. He pointed to a small alley on the map with one hand, pulled up the weeds on the ground with one hand, and said, “T-there are fewer people here.”

       Zhan Weiyang glanced at the map, then saw him pulling out weeds and throwing them on the ground, and said, “Don’t pull out the weeds.”

       Chen Youyou was confused, “Why?”

       Zhan Weiyang said, “The grass will die.”

       Chen Youyou said, “So what?”

       Zhan Weiyang didn’t want to argue with Chen Youyou, so he silently picked up a small stone, dug a hole in the ground, and planted the grass that Chen Youyou had pulled back.

       Chen Youyou ignored him and continued, “There is, just one, problem!”

       Zhan Weiyang focused on digging the hole and asked nonchalantly, “What?”

       Chen Youyou raised his head and looked into the distance in distress. There was a basketball court. After lunch, Xie Ling was playing basketball with a few boys. He looked at it for a while and said, “We, can only, follow Xie Ling, after class is over. There is, no guarantee that, we will be able, to catch up with him. We cannot, rush out suddenly, after him. Moreover, what should we do, if the teacher delays, the last class?” He said such a long string of words in one breath, almost suffocating himself to death.

       Zhan Weiyang raised his head and said, “What?”

       Chen Youyou suddenly became angry, stretched out his hand to strangle Zhan Weiyang’s neck and shook him from side to side, “Go to hell!”

       The small stone fell out of Zhan Weiyang’s hand. He raised his hand to grab Chen Youyou’s hand, trying to save himself, and said in panic, “I’m going to die.”

       Chen Youyou let go of his neck, picked up his mobile phone from the ground, stood up, patted the grass clippings on the phone case, and said to Zhan Weiyang, “It’s, already, Friday today. You go, figure out how, to delay Xie Ling’s, time after school tomorrow, and then we, can take action!” He originally wanted to add a cool “Over!” before he finished speaking, but felt that he would just stutter, so he left directly.

       Zhan Weiyang hurriedly buried the last bit of soil, stood up, patted the mud on his hands, and followed Chen Youyou towards the outside of the playground.

       The two of them passed the empty court next to the field where Xie Ling and the others were playing basketball.

       When Zhan Weiyang passed by, Xie Ling’s basketball just rolled over from the ground to his feet.

       A freshman in high school didn’t know Zhan Weiyang, so he shouted to him, “Handsome guy, throw the ball over.”

       Zhan Weiyang picked up the basketball and walked towards them. When he saw the student coming over and reaching out to catch the ball, he had a sudden impulse and swatted the ball forward, passed the person with the ball and made a beautiful shot.

       The ball went in.

       Zhan Weiyang was so happy that he almost jumped up, thinking that he could also play basketball with Pei Qing without Zhan Weiguang.

       When he turned around and saw several people on the field looking at him, including Xie Ling. He suddenly became nervous and said hurriedly, “I’m sorry.” Then he ran away after Chen Youyou.

Gotta be honest, Youyou’s stutter makes it kinda hard for me to tl this fast 😂

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