Chapter Three


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Translated by me123chan on foxaholic.com
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Jiǎn Míng Xià stayed at home for another two days, then began to pack up and go to Nancheng.

Like most of the young people in this city, no matter what college they got into, they would eventually return to Nancheng for development. Although Nancheng was not the most famous city in China, it was also ranked among the best, so there was no need to go to far and distant places.

Having been born and raised in this province, Jiǎn Míng Xià’s disposition was lazy. She only travelled a few times when she set foot out of this province.

In the future, she did not wish to go further to struggle. Compared with those youths who chose to wander to the end of the earth, Jiǎn Míng Xià had already entered the retirement state ahead of time.

Like some lyrics went, “Do you remember when I said we broke through the world together?” Jiǎn Míng Xià also had experienced this period. But later, because of such things, several people separated from each other, and the original agreement also became a piece of empty talk.

When ones grew up, they would go to a strange city together, work together and work hard together. No matter how hard it was, even if the poor could only sleep on the ground, we should stick to it together.

Then when they got older, they opened two shops, a flower shop and a coffee shop.

A few people got together to enjoy tea and chat.

That had been Jiǎn Míng Xià’s concept of a beautiful future, but time changed things. The girl with the worst family background had already married and now was a mother of two children.

The other two also got their own circumstances. It appeared that only Jiǎn Míng Xià still stuck in the past time.

The reason for this feeling was that these two days, she learned that one of her best friends was going to get married. She had known her from junior high school and had been playing together for more than ten years. However, she had not even known when the other party fell in love and what her future husband’s name was.

It turned out they were not that tight.

Listening to the beaming voice of her best friend from the phone, Jiǎn Míng Xià unable to give birth to any joy. Even her congratulations was insincere.

Her mother said that she had not grown up and it was unknown when would she be sensible. Her friends said that she always lived in the past. She should find a boyfriend to improve her life, otherwise she would die lonely.

Jiǎn Míng Xià wanted to retort that, loneliness was all that she knew. She did not know how to change.

After one had been with her own devices for a long time, it would be more and more challenging to integrate into the en masse.

Sometimes Jiǎn Míng Xià would amuse herself by thinking that think, if she could meet a person, whether male or female, who could take her out of this silent world, drove her crazy or made her wild, at least life would not be so boring.

But she was already so old, she was not beautiful, and was boring. Who wanted to make friends with her.

So Jiǎn Míng Xià made peace with it, year after year.

Yesterday, she had been an 18 year-old which was full of vitality. Now she became a boring leftover girl who only got older every single day.

But Jiǎn Míng Xià knew that she would get married one day, which was not like what her mother said, “You are thinking like this now, and you will have another idea in the future. Now you feel that one’s life is more free. When you are old and you don’t even have anyone to talk with, what should you do if you regret it? Who else can you look for? Those divorces who already got children, or those who could not get a wife?” 

All that her mother had  said was very reasonable. But the reason why Jiǎn Míng Xià compromised was because her parents were old, and the two old people had to worry about her at this age, and Jiǎn Míng Xià could not bear it.

Therefore, before the age of 28, Jiǎn Míng Xià was bound to marry. She had already made a military order with her parents.

But what kind of person to look for, this was another big problem. Those who were younger did not even glance her way, while those of the same age had already gone through a thousand sails and got no patience to slowly know and love her.

On this issue, Jiǎn Míng Xià also discussed it with netizens. They said that this time, one should take action as soon as possible, and boyfriends should be raised from childhood. Nowadays, the most enviable love was not the magnificent love at first sight, but the lovers who had been together since their school days, thin streams flow forever[1]and then to achieve Buddhahood through one’s efforts and insight[2].

[1] meaning is to work steadily at something little by little

[2] meaning is to obtain a positive outcome after sustained efforts.

The same age netizen Xiao ‘er said that she disdained herself for having no foresight and had not started with the children around her.

Of course, the problem of puppy love had more malpractice.

On the day of going out, Jiǎn Míng Xià got up early. Although her city and Nancheng belong to the same province, one was located in the South and the other was in the north. Driving by herself would take about four or five hours, and high-speed rail would take more than an hour, so it was one long journey.

In the early morning, the family was very busy. Jiǎn’s mother got up early and cooked noodles. There were two golden fried eggs placed on top of the noodles. Whenever there was a wedding or hosting some guests at home, Jiǎn’s mother would make it. Although Jiǎn Míng Xià was no longer fond of eating, she still finished up all the noodles.

After breakfast, the family sent Jiǎn Míng Xià to the bus station. It was really one big family. At the beginning when they were relocating, after the discussion of the whole big family, several brothers and sisters of Jiǎn’s mother came together and simply lived in one block.

The residents in big cities were separated by walls like mountains. Everyone minded their own business and had  no one to talk to when they went out. Jiǎn’s mother and her siblings could be considered far-sighted. They were  surrounded by relatives above and below. Bustling with noise and excitement was very lively, and also vexed was really annoying.

Jiǎn Míng Xià was bombarded every time she went home. Come back once, the head was big.

When Jiǎn Míng Xià went downstairs, her aunts followed after her. As for the uncless, they were talking with Xuē Lì Héng along with father Jiǎn downstairs. Jiǎn father behaved very formal today. Even the suit that had not been worn for many years was fished out. He stood with his back facing her, pointing at the mountains and rivers. He talked idly about important matters giving off the vibe of an old leader going to the countryside.

Jiǎn Míng Xià looked at Xuē Lì Héng’s face and saw that he looked very gentle as he smiled. He was not frightened by the battle.

Honestly speaking, as a neighbor, she had been looking forward to this moment.. But this kind of scene of, father-in-law facing his son-in-law, still made her feel terrible.

In addition to Xuē Lì Héng, Jiǎn Míng Xià also saw Xuē Lì Yán. In comparison with the bustling and full of excitement side of her brother’s, he was playing with his mobile phone right by the window akin to being of no interest to anyone, bored to death[3].

[3] meaning that bored stiff / overcome with boredom

Seeing Jiǎn Míng Xià approaching, Xuē Lì Yán walked over towards the crowd and greeted several elders, and then took the suitcase from her hande.

Today, he shaved off and took care of the instant noodles head. He looked more energetic than when she had met last time.

But the expression did not differ much. He still appeared  expressionless, unpredictable , totally hard to come by.

“When did you arrive?” Jiǎn Míng Xià asked

Xuē Lì Yán  said, “Just now.”

Jiǎn Míng Xià asked again, “Have you had breakfast? Would you like to go up and eat something? “

“I have eaten,” he spoke

Jiǎn Míng Xià ran out of topic.

Xuē Lì Yán put the suitcase into the trunk, and then stood beside Jiǎn Míng Xià, looking at a group of people over there with her.

Father Jiǎn waved to Jiǎn Míng Xià. When he passed by, he said with a straight face: ” Lì Héng is a good child. I have watched him growing up. If you want to live with him, it will be good for you. If you learn from the outside, today is good and tomorrow is bad, don’t blame me for not recognizing your daughter.”

It seemed to be Xuē Lì Héng’s turn to speak, but this kind of words, who truthful who is an idiot, Jiǎn’s father had never been the kind of father who raised daughter to help others.

Jiǎn Míng Xià felt a bit embarrassed, only brave enough to agree to come down.

When she went to see Xuē Lì Héng again, he had a smile in his eyes, just as he had seen her being trained as a child. It was obviously to take joy in calamity and delight in disaster[4].

[4] meaning is to rejoice upon others’ misfortune.

Jiǎn Míng Xià could not help but glare at him.

The interaction between the two people, succeed by a lucky stroke, Jiǎn’s father looked a little more relaxed. He even told the two young people a few words, let Xuē Lì Héng to come back next time and had a meal at home. At last, he waved his hand impatiently and said, “OK, it’s not early. Start early. Don’t dawdle.”

It was as if he was not dragging people away.

Jiǎn Míng Xià was rendered speechless.

Upon having the car on the road, Jiǎn Míng Xià asked: “Did they scare you out? It’s like this every time I come back, so I dare not go home.”

Xuē Lì Héng said: “They also won’t be easy on you. They always worry more about girls.”

Jiǎn Míng Xià nodded. Looking back from the window, she could see her father and his party standing in the same place.

Jiǎn Míng Xià nose turned a little sour. Seemed like she really needed to get married soon.

Jiǎn Míng Xià suddenly realized that it was not a wrong thing to choose to cheat. Now she merely tricked them, and then what? What if they mistakenly thought that they were really together, and then the two families arranged things in advance?

Where would the faces of the two families go.

Seeing her worry, Xuē Lì Héng comforted: “After a period of time, you will tell uncle and aunt that I am busy with my work and attach importance to professional ambition. And I always can’t make time to meet.”

This kind of thing, the problem in the bridegroom’s side, than in the bride’s side, would be more tolerant.

Jiǎn Míng Xià appreciated his thought.

On the highway, the two people no longer talk.

After a while, Xuē Lì Yán handed over a glass jar and asked, “Do you want it?”

Jiǎn Míng Xià had not seated in the co driver’s seat. She always disliked the position. She felt dizzy when her vision changed too fast. So now she and Xuē Lì Yán were sitting side by side in the back row, with a big bag of snacks between them.

Jiǎn Míng Xià originally wanted to say no, but seeing that there were dried roses in the jar, she immediately felt that her mouth was full of greasy flavor of poached eggs. She took it gratefully.

After eating two pieces of dried roses, Jiǎn Míng Xià asked, “Are you also developing in Nancheng now?”

En, I’ve been in Nancheng since graduation.”

Jiǎn Míng Xià handed the jar back to Xuē Lì Yán, but the man shook his head: “I don’t want to eat it. I bought it for you. If you don’t want to eat it, just put it back.”

Jiǎn Míng Xià felt that this scene of déjà vu , so she responded with a smile, “I remember you were afraid that I would not take you to play, and that you brought me snacks every time you came to play with me. As a result, I never asked for snacks from my family since I was a child.”

As soon as the words were spoken, Jiǎn Míng Xià felt that it was inappropriate to always mention things about others when they were young, which inevitably annoyed people. She took himself seriously, as if to imply that Xuē Lì Yán was a bootlicker.

Yet unexpectedly, the straight expressionless face of Xuē Lì Yán finally brought out a bit of smile. He turned to look at Jiǎn Míng Xià, eyes shining, staring at her for a few seconds, then spoke: “In fact, I am not without reasons this time.”

Jiǎn Míng Xià only when he joked, but also agreed to come down: “Say, what do you want me to do.”

“The house I’m renting is due now. I had a bad time with my neighbor. I’d like to move to another place. Please help me to see if you have any vacancies.”

Jiǎn Míng Xià agreed to lend a hand, but she still felt a little strange in her heart. Why didn’t Xuē Lì Yán live with Xuē Lì Héng? He did not have a place to live. Did he not feel free to live with his brother ?

This matter was the difference between boys and girls. They all were also developing in Nancheng. The Xuē family had prepared a house for Xuē Lì Héng in Nancheng as a foothold. However, Jiǎn Míng Xià’s parents thought that girls always want to marry out and thus did not buy a house. It’s up to their parents to keep the money for their daughter’s dowry.

There was no comparative psychology, that said , there was a sense of resentment about if you marry a chicken follow the chicken, if you marry a dog follow the dog. If you had the gut to ask, marry a chicken follow a chicken, or marry a dog follow a dog !

Her parents were very concerned about her nonexistent husband, Jiǎn Míng Xià was a little jealous.

Jiǎn Míng Xià did not speak for a long time. Xuē Lì Yán knew that she was habitually distracted again. Her thought was estimated to have run light-years apart, hence he voiced out, “Give me your mobile phone, my previous number has been cancelled. Call me when you have news.”

Jiǎn Míng Xià gave him her mobile phone and watched as Xuē Lì Yán saved his number. His fingers were slender and symmetrical. When they danced on the mobile phone screen, he had the illusion of playing on the piano. It was absolutely beautiful.

Jiǎn Míng Xià could not help but look at hers for a few second. She had  a pair of very short fingers, they were very small, comparable with kids’ hands. That was the reason why she was envious of those with long , just wanting to exchange with both hands.

In front, Xuē Lì Héng who had been listening to two people talk, having heard what was being said: “Save my number.”

Jiǎn Míng Xià only then did she realized, she and Xuē Lì Héng unexpectedly had not exchanged  numbers. In the end the numbers were unfamiliar.

After a while, Xuē Lì Yán returned back the mobile phone, Jiǎn Míng Xià now had two more contacts in her mobile phone.

One said Xuē Lì Héng, the other wrote Lì Yán.

This… Was the last name missing a word?

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