Before he came to go on a date with Shen Huiming, Suo Yang was a little nervous.
The whole dating thing was actually a bit foreign to him. All he could think of was sitting in an expensive restaurant and eating an unrealistic meal, watching a movie that might not necessarily be exciting. Other than that, he couldn’t think of anything else.
As a matter of fact, it was kind of boring.
Before the date started, he was a little worried that those good feelings built up by Shen Huiming would be drained to nothing on this boring date.
However, Shen Huiming proved to be far more intelligent and interesting than he had thought.
The two arrived at the food street near the University of Foreign Studies, with a slightly narrow path, and Shen Huiming drove carefully looking for an empty parking space. Suo Yang sat in the passenger seat and looked at the students passing by the window, young and fearless.
After a long turn along the path, Shen Huiming finally found a parking space. He then said, “There’s really something wrong with the planning of this place.”
Suo Yang laughed, “Because it was not planned for you!”
The two got out of the car, and Shen Huiming looked around the surroundings. Suo Yang said, “It’s only students from the nearby schools who come here, so few people drive here, so naturally there’s not much parking space.”
“I’m being narrow-minded” Shen Huiming joked with him, “Teacher Suo educates well.”
Suo Yang laughed out loud, “Why are you…”
It was not quite what he imagined.
Although they had met before, and had even spent a few hours alone together in Berlin, before today, Suo Yang’s impression of Shen Huiming had always been that he was ‘mature and dignified’ and a ‘smart gentleman’, but he had never expected that he would still like to joke around.
It was rare for Sawyer to joke around with people. In his opinion, it was not always possible to make jokes in all relationships, and it required the right person and the right words.
He always lived a very careful life, was afraid of offending others and didn’t like to be offended.
However, when he was with Shen Huiming, he would subconsciously joke with the other party and did not resist the other party’s jokes.
To a large extent, it was because Shen Huiming’s jokes were also well-measured, and not over the top, but were a bit cute.
Suo Yang felt surprised that he secretly thought Shen Huiming was cute. Logically speaking, Shen Huiming shouldn’t have anything to do with the word ‘cute’.
“What are you thinking about?” Shen Huiming saw that he hadn’t spoken for a long time, so he walked up to him, “What did you want to say about me?”
Suo Yang didn’t answer his question, but asked him, “Chicken clay pot, is it okay?”
Shen Huiming rubbed his stomach in a very cooperative manner, “My mouth is watering right now!”
When he was in college, Suo Yang and his group of students would come to this food street every week to satisfy their cravings. Perhaps because the customers were students, the food here has always been good and cheap.
Suo Yang led Shen Huiming to walk along the path, and the two of them were a bit out of place, as they were surrounded by rowdy and youthful university students.
Suo Yang said, “Actually, several food stalls that I liked very much in the past have closed down, but this chicken clay pot has been open all the time.”
“Do you come here often?”
“No, I used to choose this place occasionally when I made appointments with Zhou Mo.” Suo Yang suddenly smiled, “There is something very funny. I liked to eat here when I was in college. When I was in college I liked to eat at this restaurant, I thought that I would have the opportunity to go to Chongqing in the future to try the authentic Chongqing chicken clay pot, but I didn’t know until I arrived in Chongqing that there is no Chicken clay pot in Chongqing, and they seem to eat more roasted chicken in Chongqing.”
Shen Huiming also laughed, “Just like Sichuan doesn’t have Sichuan Malatang1hot spicy soup, and California doesn’t have California Beef Noodles?”
The two of them just joked and laughed like this, and went into the shop.
It was the rush hour for lunch, and when they entered, the store was very crowded. At first, Suo Yang thought they would have to wait for a table, but to his surprise, there was still one last empty table left in the corner, as if he was waiting for them on purpose.
The owner took them to sit down and put the menu on the table for them to order.
“Look at it first,” Suo Yang pushed the menu in front of Shen Huiming, “I’ll add to it after you’ve ordered.”
Shen Huiming didn’t push back and took the overly plain menu and looked at it carefully.
The two ordered a big chicken pot. When adding dishes, Shen Huiming would ask Suo Yang’s opinion on each one he ordered. The other party would nod, and then he would let the owner write it down. When Shen Huiming finished ordering and gave the menu to Suo Yang, Suo Yang said, “Boss, two more bottles of Artic Ocean2.”
After he said that, he returned the menu to the boss.
Shen Huiming asked, “You’re not adding any more dishes?”
“You’ve already ordered everything I like to eat.”
It didn’t matter whether it was a tacit understanding or intentional, what mattered was that both of them were happy.
The small shops on the food street that was there for years were plainly decorated and were not that spacious. In order to accommodate as many customers as possible, the tables were spaced just far enough apart for one person to walk.
Such an environment was not really good, let alone for Suo Yang, even Shen Huiming himself never thought that one day his date with Suo Yang would be in such a place.
It wasn’t that it was bad, it was just that it was too down-to-earth.
“What are you laughing at?” Suo Yang asked.
The boss came over with two bottles of Arctic Ocean first and put a bottle opener on the table for them to open by themselves.
Suo Yang directly picked up the bottle opener, opened the bottle neatly, then took out a tissue, and carefully wiped the mouth of the bottles before handing them to Shen Huiming.
“I was wondering if you think I’m too stingy.” Shen Huiming said, “It was hard to ask you out, and you deliberately transferred your shift to come here, only to take you to eat buns and stroll around the park in the morning, and now here to eat chicken pot at a small shop.”
Suo Yang lowered his head and smiled as he wiped the mouth of his own bottle.
“Other people’s dates are western restaurants with thousands of dollars per person, and the two of them go in in suits and elegantly cut steaks.”
“Hey, knock it off.” Suo Yang looked at him with a smile in his eyes, “Don’t you think that kind of date is boring?”
Shen Huiming took a sip of soda and looked at Suo Yang with a smile.
“Actually, the form of dating is not the most important thing, what’s important is the purpose.” Suo Yang’s fingers gently rubbed against the glass soda bottle, “Do you want to take a walk with the other party in the flashy Crystal Palace? Or do you want to take advantage of this rare opportunity to really get to know each other? Everyone positions themselves differently for each date, so the direction will be different.”
He took a sip of the soda, the cold bubbles were stimulating and refreshing.
“I really like this feeling now.” Suo Yang said, “It’s more real, isn’t it?”
Shen Huiming looked at him in a daze, and nodded. He felt that he liked this man a little more.
In fact, there was no absolutely perfect Three Views3The “three views” refers to views on the world, life and values. in this world, but when two people were together, it was important that the three views fit together.
Although the Crystal Palace was certainly a beautiful and romantic, people always always have to come back down to earth and live with one’s feet on the ground. What’s more, there’s been plenty of romance between them—the encounters one after another at the beginning, the bet at a height of 30,000 feet, and the wedding in a short trip to Berlin. All the memories were real and romantic, and now, sitting down unpretentiously to a cheap but hearty chicken clay pot, how was that not romantic?
Having eaten and drunk enough, Suo Yang went to the cashier to pay the bill first.
Shen Huiming didn’t argue with him, because it was the most unnecessary and meaningless thing.
When the two came out, Suo Yang stood at the door and sniffed on his own shirt.
“It has a strong smell of chicken clay pot.” Suo Yang said, “It was probably a mistake to bring you here for meal.”
“At this time, this big brother will show off.” Shen Huiming smiled softly, “Let’s go, get back in the car.”
Suo Yang followed him into the car with a puzzled look on his face and then watched Shen Huiming take out a small spray.
“It’s to remove the smell,” Shen Huiming said, “Spray your clothes and hair, it will disperse the smell soon.”
“That amazing?” Suo Yang took it and carefully sprayed some on his shirt.
“Do you think I live very delicately?” Shen Huiming sat there gloating, waiting for Suo Yang to praise him.
Suo Yang smiled, “Very delicate, so can I ask you for a gift? Just this thing. Give me one.”
Shen Huiming leaned there and looked at him with a big smile, “I’ve seen people who need flowers, watches, bags and houses, but this is the first time I see people who need scent spray.”
Suo Yang finished spraying his shirt, then lightly sprayed it on his hair, “Gifts are still the most thoughtful when they are practical.”
The two of them sat in the car and joked around for a while, and Suo Yang said he wanted to take Shen Huiming to school for a while.
Of course Shen Huiming was eager to do so, he was curious about the place where Suo Yang had studied.
In other words, he was curious about everything about Suo Yang.
It took less than five minutes to drive from the food street to Suo Yang’s school.
Once they entered the campus, the car was parked under the guidance of Suo Yang.
Across the street from where they parked was the basketball court. Through the iron fence, they could see those young men who were not afraid of the cold still playing there wearing their autumn clothes in full swing
As the two of them walked slowly along the basketball court, Suo Yang pointed to a building in front of him and said, “That building is the building of our department. At that time, the majority of our major classes were held at that time.”
“When I was studying, I always went to the wrong classroom.” Suo Yang smiled, “I don’t know what happened back then, like a fool.”
Shen Huiming listened beside him, imagining how the college student Suo Yang would run into the classroom in a panic with his books in his arms, and then ran away in a panic after realizing that he had gone to the wrong classroom.
Those embarrassing moments in youth always become extra cute when you thought about them later.
Shen Huiming also wanted to meet that reckless Suo Yang back then.
“I made a fool of myself a lot when I was in college,” Suo Yang said, “I don’t know how to play basketball, but in there’s a competition in the department, and there were not enough boys in our class, and I had to cover. As a result, after the whole game, everyone remembered Suo Yang as someone who will definitely give points to the opponent whenever he makes a move.”
Shen Huiming laughed so hard that his whole body felt like it was pulled back to years ago, with that basketball game in front of him.
“I’m a good basketball player,” Shen Huiming said, “Should I teach you another day?”
“Don’t,” Suo Yang didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, “I can’t even understand the rules, so I’d better not trouble you.”
When the two of them reached the entrance of the school building, Suo Yang asked, “Do you want to go in and take a look?”
“Can I go in?”
“It should be possible.” Suo Yang led him inside, and the guard’s uncle was dozing off.
The two slipped inside gingerly, as if they were thieves, then quickly turned around and went upstairs, and smiled at each other on the empty stairs, like two students who had successfully avoided the teacher’s inspection and skipped class.
At this moment, it seemed that they were no longer a small boss who needed to read documents on the plane and the flight attendant who was tense to serve passengers, but rather two ordinary college students, the senior leading the junior one to fool around in the school building.
Youth seemed to have left for a long time.
But in fact, youth had always been there.
Going back to the university campus was like going back to when they were 20 years old, and everything could be very simple, including liking someone.
The author has something to say:
Dear friends, I’ll be updating tomorrow night for some reason. Everyone can go be happy before going to bed and bow manually.
I’d like to say one more thing in passing. Some girls said that there is a Malatang in Sichuan. That’s right. Sichuan’s Malatang is not the same thing as our local Malatang. The “authentic Sichuan Malatang” in northern legends looks different. My friend who went to college in Chengdu back then said: We should call it Dongbei4northeast Malatang.
Thanks to the little angels who voted for me or irrigated nutrient solution during 2020-05-08 06:12:53~2020-05-09 05:30:31~
Thank you very much for your support, I will continue to work hard!
Support the author by buying the series VIP chapters and/or giving some bombs here~
P.S: the price is cheaper if you buy from the app ><
We now finally have a discord server for those who want to receive an update ping and various announcements~
And please buy me some kofi if you like the translation~
Also leave some ratings if you like this series here~