Song Jun hadn’t considered whether he would regret choosing Xianling, but he also felt there wasn’t much time for him to dwell on that.
Since school officially started, the work in the milk tea shop had been adjusted. Song Jun and Xianling started working on alternating days, with their shifts hardly overlapping.
As a result, not only the chances of getting along were reduced but there was also no time for dating in the evening.
When he didn’t need to work, Song Jun simply went to study by himself. He read in the classroom until after ten o’clock, then he packed up and went back to the dormitory.
That day, he finished his evening self-study. On the way to the dormitory alone with his books, Song Jun met Xia Hongshen.
When he saw Xia Hongshen, he didn’t want to go up to say hello. He stopped to look at the road and planned to avoid Xia Hongshen. But then, he saw Xi Anling behind Xia Hongshen.
Song Jun paused for a moment, thinking that their encounter might have been a coincidence, with one walking ahead of the other, and they were not necessarily heading in the same direction. However, soon enough, Song Jun had to dismiss his own assumption.
They were indeed in tandem, but Xi Anling was chasing Xia Hongshen, and Xia Hongshen didn’t seem to pay much attention to her.
Song Jun couldn’t restrain his steps and followed them in their direction.
“There’s no need to follow me anymore,” Xia Hongshen said suddenly and stopped at the same time.
Song Jun then stopped and stayed quietly behind the small flower bed next to her.
Xi Anling looked at Xia Hongshen and asked, “Why don’t you want me to follow you?”
Xia Hongshen turned around and said to her, “I have said many times not to pester Song Jun.”
“Have you said it many times?” Xi Anling looked confused, “When did you say it so many times?” Then, she reached out and hit her forehead in a daze, “I seem to have heard it before, but where did I hear it? I can’t remember. “
Song Jun didn’t understand what the two of them were talking about.
Xia Hongshen walked forward, and Xi Anling chased after her.
So Xia Hongshen stopped again and asked Xi Anling, “Why are you still chasing me?”
Xi Anling was stunned for a moment and said, “Where are you going?”
“Go back to the dormitory,” Xia Hongshen said.
Xi Anling seemed to think about it for a while and then said, “I want to find Song Jun.”
But Xia Hongshen said, “Don’t go to Song Jun. If you pester him again, don’t come to see me in the future.”
Xi Anling’s eyes widened in shock.
Song Jun couldn’t listen anymore. He hurried to Xia Hongshen and asked him, “What do you mean?”
Xia Hongshen didn’t seem to be panicked because Song Jun heard the conversation between the two of them. He listened to Song Jun’s questioning and said, “What I mean is that I’m telling you to separate.”
Song Jun felt that he had probably never been so angry in his life. He reached out and grabbed Xia Hongshen’s clothes. He said, “That’s my girlfriend. What qualifications do you have to tell us to separate?”
Xia Hongshen said, “You are not supposed to be together, and there is no way you can be together, so why waste time.”
Song Jun shook his head. He didn’t want to believe what Xia Hongshen said. He didn’t understand why Xia Hongshen said that. He only knew that he was angry and embarrassed, but he was timid by nature and was not very talkative. He didn’t know what to say at this time, and what words could he use to fight back Xia Hongshen?
At this time, Xi Anling was in a daze.
It was obviously Xi Anling who took the initiative to pursue him at the beginning, but now, Xi Anling didn’t seem to cherish their relationship as much as he thought. Perhaps in Xi Anling’s eyes, he was not as important as Xia Hongshen.
Song Jun was unable to raise his hand to punch Xia Hongshen after all. He pushed Xia Hongshen away and weakly turned to walk in another direction.
“Song Jun?” Xia Hongshen called him.
He shook his head and said, “Leave me alone. I don’t want to see you.”
Without walking too far, Song Jun sat down on the flower bed next to him. It was almost half past ten, and the number of people on the campus became sparse. He was sitting alone by the flower bed, and no one would notice him.
Song Jun wanted to cry, but he was already so old and a man, so he couldn’t shed tears even if he wanted to. He felt very wronged and embarrassed. His feelings for Xi Anling were not that deep, and he was not so sad about breaking up with Xi Anling. It was more about the realisation that, despite having a girlfriend, the feelings weren’t reciprocated as he had assumed. Instead, she had feelings for the person Song Jun himself was interested in, making him feel quite uncomfortable.
He had been studying for graduate school for more than half a year in a daze, and he didn’t even know what he had done.
Song Jun’s eyes were a little red. He hugged his legs with his arms and buried his face in his knees.
After a while, he heard someone whispering his name.
Song Jun raised his head and saw Xi Anling standing in front of him.
Xi Anling lowered her head and looked at him worriedly.
Not wanting to be too vulnerable in front of women and not wanting to lose his temper with Xi Anling over this matter, Song Jun calmed down and asked, “What else do you want to say?”
“I’m sorry,” Xi Anling said as she sat down next to him.
Song Jun put his face on his hands and said, “You want to break up with me?”
Xi Anling said nothing.
Song Jun asked again, “Do you like Senior Brother Xia?”
“No,” Xi Anling hurriedly denied, “I like you.”
“Hmph,” Song Jun laughed, “Don’t make fun of me.”
Xi Anling said, “To be honest, I like you very much. Ever since we worked together at the milk tea shop, I think this boy is really cute, and he is my type.”
Song Jun didn’t believe it and said casually, “Then what did you mean by what you said to Senior Brother Xia just now?”
Xi Anling was stunned for a moment and said, “I don’t know, I think he and I probably know each other, but I can’t remember when it was.”
“Do you know each other?” Song Jun suddenly remembered something, so much so that he even forgot to be angry or sad.
Xi Anling looked at him, “Yes, but it’s just a feeling because I can’t recall it.”
Xia Hongshen was a deity. Xi Anling said that she knew him in the past, but she couldn’t remember. It might not be a casual prevarication. It was very possible that she had actually met him in the past.
With this idea, Song Jun’s mind became active, and he asked, “Have you seen him in your previous life?”
“Previous life?” Xi Anling looked at him inexplicably, “Do you believe in this kind of thing? I don’t believe in ghosts and gods.”
Song Jun was choked by her question and didn’t know how to answer.
Xi Anling said, “I just felt that something was attracting me. This feeling was very subtle, so he told me not to go to him or I would feel very scared.”
Song Jun vaguely felt that it might be related to Xia Hongshen’s identity, but he couldn’t figure out what it was. He could only ask Xi Anling for the last time, “Are we breaking up?”
Xi Anling suddenly reached out and hugged Song Jun. She said, “Even if we break up, Song Jun, I still like you.”
Song Jun didn’t need such comfort from her, so he patted her back to signal her to let go, stood up and said, “I understand. I wish you happiness.”
He pulled himself together, determined to use a second romantic involvement to alleviate the pain from his unrequited first love. However, the second romantic endeavour once again came to an end before it even began.
Really too bad!
When Song Jun went back to the dormitory, he had no energy at all. He opened the door and closed it after entering. He didn’t even come out to wash up.
Xia Hongshen was sitting in front of the computer, spinning a pen in his hand, and heard that there was soon no movement in the next room.
After being immersed in writing a few words and then turning the pen in his hand, Xia Hongshen took off his glasses and stood up. He opened his chair, and at the same time, he transformed into a black cat and ran out of the window.
The little black cat walked around the dormitory and jumped onto Song Jun’s window sill. It discovered that Song Jun had not closed the window today.
It was already spring now, and Song Jun still closed the window when he went to bed at night. He was probably too tired today and forgot about it, so he opened the window and just lay down on the bed to sleep.
The little black cat slipped in, walked to Song Jun’s bed, and got into Song Jun’s bed.
Song Jun was already asleep and was not aware of the sudden intrusion.
The little black cat walked up to him, pressed against his back for a while, then seemed to find it uncomfortable and jumped in front of him. It settled down beside his chest, placing its head comfortably on its paws. The cat snuggled close to Song Jun, and he closed his eyes.
The next morning, when Song Jun got up, the little cat was no longer there. He walked to the window and took a breath of fresh cold air. He thought that spring was here and it would be the season for cats to be in heat. Otherwise, why hadn’t he seen that little black cat for so long? Was the little black cat old enough to be in heat?
After thinking wildly for a while, Song Jun closed the window and packed his things to prepare for the morning class.
This afternoon, two guests came to the Forensic Medicine building.
They were from the Municipal Public Security Bureau. They were here today wasn’t for dissecting a corpse but for a case. They came specifically to submit a letter of entrustment for forensic examination.
Long Xing was sitting in the office of the director of the pathology teaching and research department and couldn’t help but look around. Director Li had already rejected them just now, but the colleague who came with him didn’t give up and wanted to come and ask for his help again.
Director Li still said, “This is really inconvenient. Here, we have forensic examinations to conduct and classes to teach. Going to such a distant place for what could be more than a day, I’m afraid no one would be willing to do it.”
When Long Xing heard that the two of them were still talking, he stood up and walked outside.
He had been to the Forensic Medicine building several times, but this was the first time he had come to the office upstairs. Long Xing walked around looking for the bathroom, but he couldn’t find it. Instead, he found Xia Hongshen’s office.
“Teacher Xia?” As soon as Long Xing saw Xia Hongshen, he immediately greeted him with a smile.
Xia Hongshen glanced at him and asked, “Is something wrong?”
Long Xing nodded, stood by the door and asked, “Can I come in?”
Xia Hongshen nodded, “Come in.”
Long Xing walked in, looked around Xia Hongshen’s office, and then sat down on the sofa next to him.
“What’s going on?” Xia Hongshen asked him.
Long Xing smiled and said, “Up in the mountains near Yuntong, there’s a case, and currently, the body can’t be brought down. There seems to be some conflict between the local residents and the police. As a result, representatives from the city bureau have come, and they want to entrust Forensic Medicine experts from outside the police system to assist with the examination.”
“Mountain? Yuntong?” The pen in Xia Hongshen’s hand touched his lips lightly.
Long Xing said, “Yes, but when we came here to entrust the task, your Director Li said he couldn’t spare the manpower to go that far.”
Xia Hongshen continued to touch his lips with the end of the pen as if he were thinking about something.
At this time, Long Xing heard his colleagues calling him outside, so he stood up and prepared to leave.
Xia Hongshen suddenly said, “I’ll go.”
“Huh?” Long Xing was a little surprised, “Teacher Xia, are you willing to go?”
Xia Hongshen nodded, “But I have two conditions. See if your police can meet them?”
After hearing this, Long Xing immediately said, “You tell me first, and I will go back to discuss it with them.”
“First,” Xia Hongshen raised a slender finger, “I want to bring three people with me. You can arrange transportation and accommodation.”
Long Xing said, “Okay.”
Xia Hongshen raised a second finger, “Second, you have to go with me.”
Long Xing seemed to hesitate for a moment but still said, “Okay, I’ll go back and ask them, and I will give you the answer immediately.”
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