Zhan Weiyang later had a dream.

       He dreamt that his roots were growing out of his fingers, extending longer and longer, and piercing into the mattress. At first, they enveloped Pei Qing’s entire hand, then gradually expanded and spread, trapping Pei Qing’s entire body beneath them. He felt as if he were hovering above Pei Qing, watching from above. He saw that Pei Qing, initially asleep with eyes closed, was slowly beginning to wake up from his slumber.

       Zhan Weiyang suddenly felt nervous. He tried hard to pull himself out of the mattress, but he was firmly rooted into the mattress and couldn’t get out. So the moment he saw Pei Qing open his eyes, Zhan Weiyang woke up with a fright.

       When he opened his eyes, he could still feel his rapid heartbeat, and the next thing he realised was that he didn’t know when his entire body had burrowed inside Pei Qing’s quilt. Until he woke up he still maintained the position of holding him.

       No wonder he dreamed that he trapped Pei Qing in his roots.

       Zhan Weiyang felt very embarrassed about this, and his embarrassment even continued to breakfast. He lowered his head to eat porridge and never dared to look at Pei Qing.

       After breakfast, Zhan Weiyang said to his grandma, “I’m going out today.”

       Grandma had already eaten breakfast, but after Zhan Weiyang and Pei Qing came downstairs, she stayed with them at the dining table. When she heard Zhan Weiyang say he was going out, she quickly asked, “Where are you going, Yangyang?”

       Zhan Weiyang said, “I’m going to buy a flower pot.”

       Pei Qing was eating porridge. Hearing this, he raised his head and looked at him.

       Zhan Weiyang felt nervous as soon as he met Pei Qing’s gaze, his ears turned slightly red, and he deliberately opened his eyes wide and stared at his grandma.

       Grandma asked him, “What are you buying a flower pot for? Aren’t there flower pots upstairs?”

       Zhan Weiyang said, “Bought it for myself.”

       Grandma asked, “Do you want to plant flowers?”

       Zhan Weiyang replied vaguely, “Yeah.”

       Grandma seemed a little worried, “Where are you going to buy it?”

       Zhan Weiyang didn’t know himself.

       Grandma said, “Grandma, go buy it for you.”

       At this time, Pei Qing couldn’t help but say, “I’ll go with him.”

       Zhan Weiyang glanced secretly at Pei Qing.

       Grandma turned to Pei Qing and said, “Do you know where to buy it?”

       Pei Qing said, “We should be able to find them at a flower market or a florist’s shop.”

       Grandma nodded, “Yes,” she looked at Zhan Weiyang again, “Qing gege will go with you, okay?”

       Zhan Weiyang stole a glance at Pei Qing again and then nodded to Grandma.

       Grandma felt a little relieved. She said to Pei Qing, “Why don’t you drive there? Otherwise, it’ll be difficult to bring the flower pots back.”

       Pei Qing said, “I understand.”

       When they went out, Grandma carried the small blanket she put on her legs to the door and asked Zhan Weiyang, “How many flower pots does Yangyang want to buy?”

       Zhan Weiyang thought for a while and said, “One is enough.”

       Grandma said, “Just plant one flower pot?”

       Zhan Weiyang nodded, “Yes.”

       Grandma said with a smile, “Okay, then go quickly.”

       Pei Qing drove the car out of the garage, Zhan Weiyang got into the passenger seat, stretched out his hand to fasten the seat belt, and then took a look at Pei Qing.

       “To the flower market?” Pei Qing asked him.

       Zhan Weiyang said, “Yeah.”

       Pei Qing was not familiar with the road, so he took out his mobile phone to search for flower markets and found one. Then he handed the phone screen to Zhan Weiyang and asked him, “Going here?”

       Zhan Weiyang said, “Yeah.” When Pei Qing put the phone back and started the car, he whispered again, “Thank you, Qing ge.”

       Pei Qing drove the car forward slowly and said, “No need to thank me, but—” He originally wanted to say that Zhan Weiyang didn’t need to buy flower pots, but he couldn’t say it, so he stopped.

       Zhan Weiyang looked at him curiously, “What?”

       Pei Qing said, “Nothing.”

       Zhan Weiyang struggled secretly for a while and said to Pei Qing, “I’m sorry.”

       Pei Qing looked at him and said, “Why are you saying sorry?”

       Zhan Weiyang wanted to say, ‘My roots have reached you.’ Then he remembered that he was dreaming, but he still felt a little guilty. In the end, he just said, “Nothing.”

       Pei Qing noticed that Zhan Weiyang was a little nervous, so he stayed silent and concentrated on driving without saying anything else.

       The flower market was located on the outskirts of the city, about forty minutes drive from their home. Upon arrival, Pei Qing discovered it was a massive flower market with nearly ten large warehouses neatly arranged, each filled with a variety of potted plants and flowers.

       It was also Zhan Weiyang’s first time to come here. After entering the warehouse, he opened his mouth in surprise.

       Pei Qing put the car keys into the pocket of his jacket and said to Zhan Weiyang, “Let’s have a look around.”

       Most of the merchants here sell wholesale. They walked along a passage and saw neat potted flowers and green plants on both sides. The scenery was almost spectacular.

       Zhan Weiyang was stunned. He took two steps and stopped in front of a shop selling succulents.

       Pei Qing saw the pot of Yulu1 that Zhan Weiyang was looking at. It was translucent and beautiful. So he casually asked about the price.

       The shop owner then brought out a box containing several dozen small pots of succulents and offered to sell them all for a hundred yuan.

       Zhan Weiyang said, “All of them?”

       The owner nodded, “Yes, handsome boy.”

       Zhan Weiyang looked at Pei Qing.

       Pei Qing asked him, “Do you want it?”

       Zhan Weiyang said, “Isn’t it too much?”

       Pei Qing said, “It’s a bit too much, and you can’t take care of it.”

       Zhan Weiyang squatted down and stared at the various succulents in front of him, lost in thought. Later, he put his hands to his mouth, whispered a few words to those beautiful plants in a low voice, and then stood up and said to Pei Qing, “Don’t want it, let’s go.”

       Pei Qing walked forward with him and asked him, “What did you just say?”

       Zhan Weiyang turned around and said, “I said I couldn’t take care of them in the future, so I decided not to take them back. I’m still waiting for someone to water me.”

       Pei Qing felt speechless for a moment.

       They continued to walk forward, not wanting to buy flower pots immediately. It was the first time they visited such a large flower market, and even Pei Qing became somewhat interested. They browsed through several warehouses together, admiring the variety of flowers and plants inside.

       When passing in front of a store selling large potted plants, Zhan Weiyang suddenly stopped.

       Pei Qing was walking in front but realised that Zhan Weiyang had not followed, so he stopped to look at him and found that he was stunned in front of a money tree2.

       “What?” Pei Qing came back to him and asked.

       Zhan Weiyang didn’t respond, still staring at the money tree in a daze. After a while, he grabbed Pei Qing’s arm and asked, “Do you think that tree looks good?”

       Pei Qing followed his gaze and said, “Are you talking about that money tree?”

       Zhan Weiyang nodded shyly.

       Pei Qing said, “It’s quite beautiful.”

       Zhan Weiyang was immediately filled with joy. He grabbed Pei Qing’s arm and said a little shyly, “Yeah, I think it looks good too.” After saying that, he let go of his hand and walked forward briskly.

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