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Published at 4th of August 2017 06:55:08 AM
Chapter 75

Chapter 75: Because of Regret?



Translator: Min  Editor: - -

The banquet concluded with thunderous applause accompanying the school management’s closing remarks . Jiang Chen dragged his slightly intoxicated body to his car before stopping in his tracks .

 

[Fu*k, how can I drive if I drank? This is going to be a problem . ]

 

A troubled smile appeared on his face . Although his body condition was stronger than an ordinary person’s, enabling him to cleanse alcohol from his system at a faster rate, he was not like the masters in wuxia novels who could instantly dissipate the alcohol from their bodies . The police would find it hard to believe that he was not drunk .

 

Key in hand, he hesitated, not knowing if he should take the chance . In the end, he sighed .

 

He grabbed his phone and slid his finger across the screen but didn't who to call .

 

Xia Shiyu just headed home; it would be inconsiderate to call her back .

 

Liu Yao?

 

When he saw that name, his finger paused before he pressed it without further thought .

 

"Hello?" From the other end, a slightly lazy voice sounded, as if the speaker had been about to fall asleep .

 

He pondered for a moment before opening his mouth . "It’s me . "

 

"Jiang Chen?!" came the ecstatic response .

 

"You have caller ID, right? Hmm, where are you right now?"

 

She was lying face-down on her bed, her smooth legs swinging back and forth in the air . A smile crept onto her face as she propped her chin up with her hand . "I’m home, why? Do you miss me?"

 

It was the first time Jiang Chen had called her .

 

Jiang Chen was silent, not knowing how to answer . In the end, he awkwardly chose to ignore the question .

 

"How far away is your home from Wanghai University?"

 

Liu Yao pouted with disappointment .

 

"Not that far . Two subway stations away . "

 

"Ahem, I drank a bit and can't drive . Could you come and pick me up? I’m by the lake in Wanghai University," Jiang Chen said shamelessly .

 

 

 

The pristine moon cast its light from the night sky and reflected off the glowing lake’s surface . A light breeze drifted by the lakeside, rattling the leaves to the sound of the wind . The September air already carried a slight bite .

 

He embraced the chill on his arms as he leaned against the marble fence, staring blankly at the hut sitting in the middle of the lake .



 

When was the last time he had visited this place?

 

Behind him was the English corner and a bench in a grassy field—an ideal place to practice recitations .

 

But it was also the perfect date spot, referred to by students as the Lovers’ Hill .

 

"What are you looking at?"

 

"Zoning out . " Jiang Chen turned around smiling but stalled, stunned by the glimpse of a beauty .

 

A white dress paired with high-heeled sandals—the pure white color… .

 

As soon as he managed to regather his thoughts, he said sounding troubled, "If people didn’t know better, they’d think you a first-year student . "

 

The slight curvature of her lips showed a girl’s pride while the gorgeous face under the lamppost carried a hint of innocence .

 

[Did I drink too much?]

 

Jiang Chen rubbed at his temple .

 

"Of course . I even met a senior when I was walking over, and he volunteered to walk me home . " Liu Yao examined Jiang Chen’s face with a smile .

 

"Oh . "

 

Dissatisfied with Jiang Chen’s calm reaction, she asked, "Are you not jealous?"

 

Jiang Chen smiled, his eyes locked onto the gaze as limpid as the lake’s surface .

 

The words of "Why would I be jealous" were stuck in his throat .

 

"Perhaps, a little . "

 

He turned away from the attractive face to look at the grass field dotted with bright lights .

 

Liu Yao’s smile grew larger, her mouth shaping into a crescent .

 

"Then I told him, I already have a boyfriend, and he walked away blushing . "

 

Jiang Chen shrugged, chuckling . "Why are you so direct? They didn't even say that they were going to chase after you . "

 

"The way he looked at me said it all . But I can’t accept anyone other than you . "

 

He fell into silence, which was soon broken .

 



"Do you want to be my boyfriend?"

 

"While we’re on the topic, did you purposely dress like this?" Jiang Chen diverted the topic with a troubled smile .

 

The pristine white dress, the gorgeous face without makeup, and the eyes as bright as the stars in the summer night .

 

Liu Yao also didn't answer the question as she straightened her back and strolled around the rock path .

 

She turned to look at him with a gentle smile, her dress blooming with her motions .

 

"Am I similar to that girl who watched the movie with you?"

 

He fell silent, then started laughing hysterically . Perhaps it was due to the alcohol’s influence .

 

"She is not a good person, so why are you copying her?" Jiang Chen also straightened up from leaning against the fence, his laughter dying away .

 

"Am I like the girl in your imagination?"

 

Jiang Chen stopped again, and after a while, spoke with confusion, "Is there a difference?"

 

Just as he finished speaking, he already had an answer in his heart .

 

The girl in his imagination was pure, innocent, and adorable . In the end, he realized that everything had been a facade, but he still held feelings for Fang Yuanyuan .

 

 

Liu Yao smiled, looking at Jiang Chen . Although she didn’t know the girl he met in the past, she could guess . So with her cunning, she changed into a dress she had worn back in her university days .

 

"Like a traveler in the desert, heading to the imaginary kingdom, strolling alone," he murmured as he gazed at the loving couple on the faraway grass field .

 

"Pshhh, you can write poems?"

 

"No . Just the complaints of a bored person at a boring time . "

 

For some reason, he missed Sun Jiao, that evil and naughty girl .

 

Perhaps, this was why he liked her?

 

The courage to love and hate, the straightforward way of expressing her emotions, and the naughtiness to act on the "wrong" ideas . She was becoming more civil, but Jiang Chen had the urge to tell her that "this was okay too," because such a girl was nearly extinct in this world .

 

Here, what remained genuine?

 

Suddenly, a softness gently blocked his mouth, his eyes staring at a closed pair of eyes .

 

Lips parted .

 

Silence ensued before Jiang Chen eventually asked, "Can I ask you a question?"

 

"Mhmm . "

 

"Apart from material needs, why do you like me?"

 

If it was just about money, there were plenty of rich people .

 

A delighted smile blossomed on her face . "Maybe because of respect . "

 

The smile was beautiful, but also helpless .

 

"I see . "

 

Perhaps she sought after respect because she was not respected?

 

He paused, and after thinking awhile, asked, "Do you know why I accepted your invitation for a vacation?"

 

"Because of regret?"

 

Jiang Chen looked down . He didn’t say no, or yes .

 

"Take me home . "

 

Liu Yao looked slightly disappointed, but she smiled and nodded .

 

"Mhmm . "

 

 

He leaned back against the soft passenger seat and let out a long sigh . He then pulled at the collar that made him feel stuffy .

 

"Mingxin Area Mansion Community, the innermost plot . Do you know the way?"

 

"There’s always GPS . " Liu Yao forced a smile as she really hadn't been to that area before .

 

Jiang Chen watched silently as she started the GPS and set the destination before he settled in to rest .

 

The car ride was smooth with Liu Yao increasing the speed once they left campus grounds . He opened his eyes, catching the colors of the city in his peripheral vision . Suddenly, he casually asked, "How have you been doing?"

 

"Not well . " Liu Yao steered as she pouted .

 

"Oh? Why?"

 

"Because the movie someone promised has still yet to happen . " Her voice sounded forlorn .

 

"Hehe, how much money?" Intoxicated, he smiled carelessly .

 

Screech!

 

The car suddenly stopped .

 

Liu Yao parked the car on the side of the road, took off her seatbelt, and looked him straight in the eye .

 

In her eyes . . . were tears?

 

"What's wrong?" he asked with a bitter smile .

 

"In your eyes, I’m just a sl*t, right?"

 

Jiang Chen blanked . He didn't expect one sentence would cause her to react this dramatically .

 

"Do you remember the lover lock at the edge of the sea?"

 

His throat slightly moved as he looked away, not knowing what to say . Of course he remembered . He engraved the name Chen Lele, the pure and happy girl that existed only in a movie .

 

"I can't become your Chen Lele?"

 

"But you’re not . . . "

 

"I am . "

 

His lips were stopped by a soothing sensation .

 

The seat belt was unbuckled as he reached out to hug the lithe figure .

 

He was no longer drunk from the alcohol, but he was somehow more intoxicated .

 

It was already ten o’clock at night, and the streets were empty with an occasional car that screeched by .

 

Maybachs had excellent noise cancellation, insulating the noises from passing through to the outside . The tinted windows also obstructed the view into the car, making it impossible for the occasional passerby to see into the car .

 

He tightly hugged Liu Yao, smelling the fragrance of her hair and listening to her suppressed moans as he allowed the alcohol-induced sweat to roll down .

 

Perhaps intoxication was contagious?

 

Or perhaps it was only the idea of being intoxicated .

 

No need to think .

 

Even as autumn was about to take summer's place, spring blossomed inside the car .



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