Because it was a Saturday that was hard to come by, Zhan Weiyang did not study by himself in the evening. Instead, he took a shower early and stayed in Pei Qing’s room playing mobile games with Chen Youyou.

       Pei Qing was reading next to him, and the two of them didn’t interfere with each other.

       When Pei Qing was about to go to bed, Zhan Weiyang hurriedly said goodbye to Chen Youyou, put his cell phone on the bedside table, and lay down on his own half of the bed.

       He closed his eyes and waited until Pei Qing turned off the desk lamp. Just when he was about to fall asleep, he heard the female voice suddenly ringing in the air, “The relationship state has been negatively improved, and 2 points have been deducted. The user’s score today: 38 points.”

       Zhan Weiyang was so frightened that his scalp was numb and he opened his eyes.

       The room was dark. He was lying on his back and could only vaguely see the outline of the overhead light on the ceiling. He rubbed his fingers uneasily and turned furtively to look at Pei Qing. He saw Pei Qing lying motionless on his side, breathing very shallowly. He didn’t know if he was already asleep or not.

       Zhan Weiyang closed his eyes again but found that his mood could not be calmed down. He recalled how he and Chen Youyou found someone to stop Xie Ling today. Although things did not go smoothly according to his original plan, the relationship between him and Xie Ling should not be negatively affected. Moreover, they also sent Chen Youyou to the hospital together. Even if they didn’t give him points, they shouldn’t reduced his points.

       He couldn’t figure it out, and his mind, which was not very clear to begin with, became even more confused.

       Zhan Weiyang completely lost his sleepiness. He waited for a while and leaned closer to Pei Qing to listen to his breathing. He felt that Pei Qing must have fallen asleep, so he gently lifted the quilt and got out of bed, pulling on his slippers and walking towards the room’s door.

       He was very careful when he opened the door. He turned the door handle and made a slight noise. He immediately turned back to look at Pei Qing. When he saw that the figure on the bed was still lying quietly without any movement, he walked out with confidence.

       Zhan Weiyang stood in the corridor and first looked back in the direction of Zhan Pengcheng’s room. The door was still closed. He walked over and held the handle. He put his face against the door and stood quietly for a while. He felt that he missed his father. Then he turned around and walked to the other end of the corridor.

       He didn’t turn on the lights all the way, and the corridor was dimly lit. Everything could only be seen as a vague outline. When passing the stairs, Zhan Weiyang turned his head and took a look. He always felt that there was something in the shadow, and he immediately trotted nervously all the way until he came to the door leading to the balcony at the end opened the door lock from the inside and walked out.

       The balcony was much brighter than the house inside. Not far ahead were the street lights in the community and the cars passing in front of their house. The bright car lights flash past Zhan Weiyang’s face.

       Actually, Pei Qing was not asleep either. He felt it when Zhan Weiyang came close to him and listened to his breathing.

       Later Pei Qing heard Zhan Weiyang get up and leave the room.

       He didn’t know where Zhan Weiyang went, but he just felt strange. He sat up from the bed and heard Zhan Weiyang’s footsteps in the corridor, and then he heard the sound of him opening and locking the door.

       Pei Qing got out of bed and followed him out. When he came to the corridor, he saw the door leading to the balcony at the end opened, and a cool breeze blew in from the outside.

       Pei Qing walked over gently and saw Zhan Weiyang, with his back to the door, standing straight on the edge of the balcony in the open space between two pots of plants. This open space had been vacated by Zhan Weiyang himself.

       At that moment, Pei Qing thought Zhan Weiyang was sleepwalking, and he didn’t even dare to make a sound to disturb him.

       But in fact, Zhan Weiyang was not sleepwalking. He was just staring outside the balcony in a daze at the fountain in the middle of the neighbourhood’s garden. There was a circle of yellow lights next to the fountain, which would stay on all night and would not be turned off until dawn. Usually, there were always people playing by the fountain, but only in the dead of night when everything was quiet and no one could be seen.

       Zhan Weiyang felt useless, as if no matter what he did, he could not increase his score, but could only watch it decrease day by day until it reached zero on the last day.

       He had already found a seat for himself. This was the place with the best view on the balcony. It faced both the fountain in the neighbourhood and the balcony door. He could see people playing outside, as well as his father and Pei Qing passing through the corridor.

       If he ended up turning into a plant, he would have put himself here.

       But Zhan Weiyang also felt a little melancholy no matter what. Pei Qing would probably not allow him to sleep on his bed anymore, because then his roots would fall off and soil Pei Qing’s bed.

       Zhan Weiyang sighed softly.

       At this time, Pei Qing walked up behind him and called out softly, “Zhan Weiyang?”

       Zhan Weiyang didn’t hear Pei Qing’s footsteps and was really startled. He turned around quickly and said with a pale face, “Qing ge?”

       Only then did Pei Qing confirm that he was not sleepwalking, so he asked, “Why don’t you sleep?”

       Zhan Weiyang said, “I came over to take a look.”

       “What are you looking at?” Pei Qing had already walked to his side. He looked in the direction of his gaze and saw the softly lit fountain. He also found two swings side by side next to the fountain.

       Zhan Weiyang said to him, “Look at my spot.”

       “What?” Pei Qing turned her head and lowered her gaze to look at him.

       Zhan Weiyang and Pei Qing stood side by side, pointing to the fountain, “Look, you can see the most beautiful part of the community from here.”

       Pei Qing hummed and said, “So?”

       Zhan Weiyang did not continue to answer him but frowned in confusion. After a while, he stood up on tiptoes and tried to get closer to Pei Qing’s ear, and he said to Pei Qing almost in a breathy voice, “My points are almost all gone.”

       It took Pei Qing two or three seconds to realise what Zhan Weiyang meant. In fact, he had almost forgotten what Zhan Weiyang said about point deduction. At that time, he only thought it was nonsense without meaning.

       But now Zhan Weiyang was very serious and said in Pei Qing’s ear, “After that I will stay here. You must remember to water me.”

       Pei Qing was silent for a while and asked, “Does it mean that you will turn into a plant after your points are deducted?”

       Zhan Weiyang looked at him and nodded.

       Pei Qing said, “But people will not turn into plants.”

       Zhan Weiyang looked at him with a puzzled expression.

       Pei Qing continued, “Those are two different creatures and will not change to each other.”

       Zhan Weiyang was confused and couldn’t figure it out after thinking for a long time.

       The cool wind kept blowing from outside, and Zhan Weiyang suddenly sneezed twice. He sniffed and looked at Pei Qing.

       Pei Qing said, “It’s too late. Let’s go back to sleep first.”

       Zhan Weiyang wanted to speak, but couldn’t help sneezing again.

       This time Pei Qing directly grabbed his wrist, and when he touched Zhan Weiyang’s hand, he realised that his palm was cold, so he couldn’t help but push up the sleeve of his pyjamas and touch Zhan Weiyang’s arm and found that the skin was also very cold.

       “Go to sleep,” Pei Qing said, using some force to pull Zhan Weiyang to the corridor, locking the balcony door. Then, he continued to hold his wrist and lead him to the room.

       Back in the room, Pei Qing asked Zhan Weiyang to lie down on the bed, pulled the quilt up to cover his neck, pressed the quilt tightly for him, and then returned to his side to sleep.

       Zhan Weiyang lay obediently for a while, then stretched out one hand from the quilt, groping towards Pei Qing next to him, and slipped in through the gap under his quilt.

       The cold hand touched Pei Qing’s arm.

       Pei Qing moved a little but did not push Zhan Weiyang away. He just said, “Still cold?”

       Zhan Weiyang said, “En, it won’t be cold soon.”

       Pei Qing held Zhan Weiyang’s hand and said, “Go to sleep.”

       Zhan Weiyang didn’t know what was wrong with him, but when he felt Pei Qing’s warm palm, he suddenly couldn’t help but feel happy, so happy that he wanted to smile. But he didn’t want to be seen by Pei Qing. Even in the darkness, he still buried his face on the pillow, then carefully inserted five fingers between Pei Qing’s fingers, bent them over and held them tightly to prevent Pei Qing from shaking him off.

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