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 .




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 .