Sorry for being late! It’s the second chapter.
Translated by me123chan on foxaholic.com
Proof reading by ChocolateMorn.
Fishing at the lake really did not disappoint. Jiǎn Míng Xià caught one more fish than she had expected.
In fact, there was a lot of water in this kind of fishing area. Usually, before the tourists arrived, the staff would put a batch of hungry fishes into the lake. In addition, the special baits naturally would not let tourists return empty handed.
To go boating on the lake seemed really fun but the weather was a little cold. This reminded Jiǎn Míng Xià of a time when transportation still had not yet convenient in the 1990s. When she wanted to pay a new year’s visit to a remote mountain village, there was only transportation by water to go. Though the journey was also quite interesting.
Jiǎn Míng Xià talked about this with Xuē Lì Héng. The latter turned pretty impressed. One upon a time, he had basically taken a sand boat, and there were many wooden boats in some villages. When Xuē Lì Héng was a child, he made trouble rowing other people’s boats, and he almost drowned.
All these had nothing to do with Xuē Lì Yán and Lù Yù’s time. At the end of the 20th century, it was almost a world a year. In their generation, there would be no such thing as what Jiǎn Míng Xià and Xuē Lì Héng had recounted.
But even though she had not experienced it, Lù Yù kept listening with gusto. Only Xuē Lì Yán appeared wordless and silent, sitting quietly and did not interrupt.
Now that they had touched this matter, they had to mention another thing. As everyone knew, the south was much warmer than the north. In some places, there was almost no snowy day, yet at the same time it snowed heavily in the north. It was also common for southerners to go out in two single pieces of clothes. However, the southern part of the country also had a time when the city was locked down. It had been a world of ice and snow period that even Jiǎn Míng Xià still remembered the popsicles hanging under the eaves of the old house. She breathed in her hands and said, “Speaking of which, it’s been seven or eight years since the last snowfall. I feel that the weather this year is colder than that of the previous years. It would be nice if there were heavy snow.”
“It’s better not to fall. If it really snows, it’s estimated that disaster will happen again.” Xuē Lì Héng’s words were not unreasonable. This city had not experienced the wind and snow for a long time, so the taste of the severe cold had also been forgotten. The last heavy snow had nearly paralyzed all the cities in the territory, and it took a full week for his hometown to restore power supply.
So beauty always came with a price.
Jiǎn Míng Xià agreed with Xue Liheng’s words and voiced out, “It’s better to have a chance to go to the north to see it.”
But was merely just a talk, Jiǎn Míng Xià was not a man of action.
Because they had already caught more than a dozen fish, they stopped fishing and started rowing. All the fish they had caught were placed in the basket immersed in water so there was no need to worry about the fish dying, then were placed at one side.
More than four o’clock in the afternoon, the wind began to blow on the surface of the lake, and several people returned home.
Back at the shore, they rented barbecue equipment. Then several people grilled fish around the fire pit.
Jiǎn Míng Xià’s technique of grilling fish was still good. In fact, it meant turning over the bottom more often when grilling, so there was basically no possibility of burning.
But this kind of thing was very simple, and some men could just complicate simple things.
Xuē Lì Héng’s fish was soon scorched.
Lù Yù said, “I still hope to eat the first fish you roast, but I still have to rely on myself.”
After looking at the burnt fish, Xuē Lì Héng put it aside and took a fish to roast.
Jiǎn Míng Xià glanced at Xuē Lì Yán and found that his fish was being roasted very well. He brushed one layer after another with sauce, which made it look delicious.
The first fish was not fully cooked. Lù Yù answered the phone and after a few words, said to Xuē Lì Héng: “My colleague got an emergency at home. Let me help her take the evening shift. Do you want to go back with me or stay with them to play?”
Xuē Lì Héng looked at Jiǎn Míng Xià and Xuē Lì Yán, stood up and said, “I’ll send you.”
Lù Yù smiled and nodded with satisfaction, then turned to Jiǎn Míng Xià and spoke, “Míng Xià jiě, there is a colleague in our hospital who has an emergency at home and asked me to help her take the evening shift. Xuē Lì Héng and I will go back first, let’s play together next time ah!”
Jiǎn Míng Xià knew that the enthusiastic girl was a doctor or a nurse. In short, she was an angel in white. She handed the fish in her hand and said, “OK, take this fish with you on the cable car ah! It’s mostly thoroughly cooked.”
“En, thank you, jiě. Remember to call me ah!”
“You are taking a taxi. Can you make it?”
“It’s OK. She will go to the hospital first and change shifts with me when I get there. There’s no rush.”
The two women’s interaction seemed very warm, while the atmosphere of the two men here fell to the bottom. Xuē Lì Héng said, “Be conscious ah! Do you want me to grab it?”
He thought that the scene of two big men snatching fish was really ugly, so Xuē Lì Yán gave the fish he roasted to Xuē Lì Héng.
Xuē Lì Héng took a bite and grudgingly commented, “The taste is barely adequate to be able to eat.”
Xuē Lì Yán did not care about him and went on roasting fish.
As soon as Xuē Lì Héng and Lù Yù left, the atmosphere suddenly became cold. Jiǎn Míng Xià casually turned over the road and met the half baked fish. She regrets not tagging along and goes back with her.
Xuē Lì Yán was reticent by nature, but if no one initiated a conversation, he would not take the initiative to find a topic. He was a cold type now.
So they sat down again.
Jiǎn Míng Xià had already begun to miss the lively voice of Lù Yù.
Could not bear the atmosphere, Jiǎn Míng Xià tried to find a topic: “What time shall we go back?”
“Go back at night.”
In Xuē Lì Yán’s case, there would never be a simulated ambiguous answer.
“En.” was Jiǎn Míng Xià’s reply, she seemed to have no objection.
Xuē Lì Yán asked: “Not angry anymore?”
Jiǎn Míng Xià surprised: “When did I get angry?”
Xuē Lì Yán could only blame that a woman’s heart was as unpredictable as the weather. Wisely, he followed her meaning and said, “En, maybe I made a mistake.”
Jiǎn Míng Xià did not pursue this matter. She brushed a layer of oil on the fish in her hand and said, “Lù Yù is a very good girl. She and your brother should be in tune. You are a good matchmaker ah!”
If Xuē Lì Héng’s preferences had not changed, he would definitely be unable to resist such a lively and active girl. The biggest advantage of a lively girl was that she could make you feel so energized that she became your one and only. Then unconsciously, you would fall in love with her and always think about her excitement.
Usually, people’s standards for liking someone differed with whom they actually ended up with. Sometimes it was even the opposite. In fact, the most exquisite affection was suitability.
But there were too few that were suitable for each other and love each other.
Xuē Lì Yán did not take Jiǎn Míng Xià’s words, but said to her instead, “What about you, what are your future plans?”
Jiǎn Míng Xià knew that he was asking about her emotional plans. She felt a little strange. Little Tail discussed her relationship issues in the same capacity. After thinking about it, Jian Ming Xia explained, “I don’t know. Anyway, it’s like this. I don’t want to find a partner, nor do I want to get married. I just want to live alone.”
Xuē Lì Yán inquired, ” It has always been like this?”
“Of course not. Even if I didn’t think about myself, I have to think about my parents.” Jiǎn Míng Xià looked at Xuē Lì Yán and said, “It’s still good for you. You are still young and you have more choices.”
Xuē Lì Yán refuted: “That’s just your opinion. Being young also has its disadvantages.”
Jiǎn Míng Xià nods: “Yes, in fact, people can only see what they want to see.”
Xuē Lì Yán opened his mouth, but did not voice out the words within his heart in the end.
A dozen fish were caught, big and small, and finally the small ones were released. Only eight big fish were brought ashore.
Jiǎn Míng Xià and Xuē Lì Yán ate two of them, and the last one was left. After discussing, Jiǎn Míng Xià decides to take it back and cook fish porridge for supper.
After eating the grilled fish, she also ate some grilled vegetables.
The two returned by cable car.
Around this time, there were many stars. Jiǎn Míng Xià looked up at the sky from the cable car. She already forgot when the last time she had seen the stars in the sky. She said to Xuē Lì Yán, “Look how many stars are in the sky now.”
Xuē Lì Yán simply replied: ” Uncountable.”
Jian Ming Xia refused to believe it. She looked up and counted the stars seriously.
The first count was 17, the second count was 26, and the third count was 31.
Each time had a different result. There was a star light up, and then staring for a long time, one felt dazzled.
Jiǎn Míng Xià admitted that she had done a stupid thing.
Xuē Lì Yán asked, “How is it, do you understand?”
Jiǎn Míng Xià ignored him.
After a while, Jiǎn Míng Xià glanced at the side to look at him, but found that he was also looking at her, with a smile on his face.
He had dimples on his face, but they were very faints, probably because his smile had always been light.
His eyes were similar to peach blossom eyes, so when he looked your way with a smile, he would give you the illusion of being watched affectionately.
Now he looked at her with those affectionate eyes.
Jiǎn Míng Xià suddenly realized that every time she looked at him, she could always meet his gaze.
Was it a coincidence?
me123chan corner: JMX get the hint, pretty please…. T_T