ally wanted to know the answer.

           “What do you mean?”

           “… Nothing.”

           Zhou MuHui said, “Move away, I’m about to get busy.”

           Xin Yi did not, he was in such a hurry that his tears were about to come out, “You liar, you obviously already clocked out!”

           He especially picked the time he was coming, precisely because he was afraid to disturb Zhou MuHui.

           Zhou MuHui paused, and called him, “ Xin Yi.”

           That was the second time that Zhou MuHui seriously called him like this, Xin Yi echoed with his voice carrying a sob, but he still barred in front of him, and even stretched out a hand.

           “Zhou MuHui, am I disgusting?”

           Xin Yi grabbed Zhou MuHui’s hand, and looked at him tearfully, “Are you going to shake me off?” 

           “If you really hate… really hate me…” Xin Yi raised his head to look at him, choked, and said, “Then I won’t come to find you, I don’t want you to be unhappy…”

           Zhou MuHui’s wrist was wet, he thought that was probably the sweat from Xin Yi’s palm, he was strangely quiet at that moment, because he couldn’t bring himself to say that he hated Xin Yi.

           He found Xin Yi annoying, because he didn’t know how to cope with people like Xin Yi, being sarcastic and ignoring him wasn’t like him.
A little kid like this, chattering all day and circling around people, silently waiting for him in a corner when he was working, finding himself a place to do homework, he was even happier than him when he got off work, cheering here and there, smiling at him.

           He didn’t care about Zhou MuHui’s past, and also wasn’t scared of the scar on Zhou MuHui’s face, when Zhou MuHui scared him for the third time, he shook his head with his trembling hands, and told him that he wasn’t afraid.

           A Xin Yi like this, Zhou MuHui couldn’t bring himself to say he hated him.

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           “If you don’t speak then it means no…”

           Xin Yi sneakily took a step closer, wiping off at the speed of the light the tear that was threatening to fall, and smiled at him, “I asked you, don’t regret it.”


           Zhou MuHui simply remained quiet until the end, ignoring him.

           “The results from my exams came out, I did not fall behind, but did not progress.”

           Zhou MuHui had to hurry to his next job, he just carried his backpack on his back following behind Zhou MuHui, stepping on his shadow and talking, “We have final exams next month, I will be going back an hour earlier than usual, Zhou MuHui, do you that I’m going to progress this time?”

           They walked into the alley, the dim yellow street light printed their shadows on the wall, Zhou MuHui quietly took a look at him, and saw that he was bouncing here and there behind, but did not answer him. 

           He cannot indulge himself, just like a moment ago, he obviously should have pushed away Xin Yi’s hand.

           How could he have compromised like this, he doesn’t even like this little kid.

           “Are you still working at that bar? Later I will leave once I’ve seen you go inside, I’ve told my mom, tonight I still have a text to learn by heart.”

           Zhou MuHui looked down, and took off the mask on his face.

           “You, why are you not wearing your mask again?”

           Xin Yi seemed like he wasn’t afraid of him anymore, sneakily moving closer, asking him in wonder.

           “They need it.”

           Zhou MuHui said.

           Zhou MuHui opened his mouth, but Xin Yi stopped speaking, he seemed to realize the reason, and stiffly stopped the conversation.


           Zhou MuHui suddenly stopped, turning around to ask him.

           Xin Yi was stunned, and shook his head.

           “Not afraid.”

           “Why?” Zhou MuHui lowered his head looking at him seriously, he was half a head taller than Xin Yi, but maybe because the little kid hadn’t finished growing, he was too small, Zhou MuHui thought, maybe only six or seventeen years old.

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           It’s just the whim of a little brat.

           Xin Yi blinked, and carefully held his hand.

           “Your eyes are really pretty…” Xin Yi softened his voice, as if he was afraid to startle him, “Zhou MuHui, if one day you tell me why, then I will also tell you why.” 

           It was a reason beyond like and love, Xin Yi wasn’t afraid of Zhou MuHui, won’t be afraid even if he was fiercer.

           Zhou MuHui did not ask anymore, only quietly looking at him, as if contemplating. 

           “Zhou MuHui, can I come to find you tomorrow?”

           They almost reached their destination, Xin Yi quietly let go of him, and hide the hand he used to grab Zhou MuHui behind his back, looking up and smiling at him.

           Xin Yi’s mom said, liking somebody should not put them in a difficult position, but if Xin Yi asked for the other party’s opinion first, then he probably can come to see Zhou MuHui.

           “… As you like.”

           Zhou MuHui with his back facing him and walked toward the bar not far away. 

           Xin Yi cheered, carrying his backpack, and jumped.

           “Then I’ll get going, we’ll see each other tomorrow!”

           Zhou MuHui’s footsteps did not stop, and did not even answer him, but Xin Yi seemed to be very happy, even from afar his excited shout could be heard, calling his name.

           “Zhou MuHui! I am very good!”

           He shouted.

           Zhou MuHui’s hand that was gripping the door handle trembled.

           “You are also very good!”

           The little kid behind him was still laughing, Zhou MuHui lowered his head and looked at his right hand, pushing open the door.

           Like could bewitch someone’s eyes, take wrong as right, take ugly as beautiful, Zhou MuHui’s good and bad, nobody was clearer than he is. 


Rhetorical question.

I am swamped with work.
I thought it would get better but I don’t see the end of it, we had +80 studies to do, and they keep increasing every single day! I have to admit I am kinda repulsed by the thought of sitting at a computer for hours once I get home so I can only slowly work on the projects…

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