Thursday, March 30, 2017

Tea of Summer - Chapter 38: Winter Warmth 4.3

Felt that Chapter 37 was a little short, so have another one.






Chapter 38
Winter Warmth 4.3



After her last final, Xia Liang stood at the door of the lecture hall and stretched.  Finally it was Christmas break.  When the cold and damp December breeze blew over, she tucked her neck in, pulled her coat tightly around herself, and was ready to go back into her apartment.


“Summer!” Somebody called her from behind.
Xia Liang stopped.  She turned back and saw a Chinese student walked towards her.
Xia Liang tilted her head and thought for a while. She believed that he was a Chinese student in the same grade as her.  It seemed that he was also from Shanghai.  She met him in a Shanghai student party.
The man walked to her and smiled at her. “It’s going to be second semester soon.  Have you decided your major yet?”
In America, the first two years of college are for general requirement courses.  Most students chose their majors in the second semester of sophomore year.
Xia Liang earnestly answered. “Since I already have enough credits, I already decided on double majoring in Finance and International Trade in the second semester of freshman year.”

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Tea of Summer - Chapter 37: Winter Warmth 4.2

Chapter 37
Winter Warmth 4.2


In the following month, Song Qiyan and Xia Liang proved that “the world is not as small as you think.” Both of them were on the same campus, but they hadn’t cross paths, not even once.

Though they still talked over the phone occasionally, their conversations didn’t have any actual substance, mostly just greetings.
“Shixiong, you…..” Xia Liang bit her lower lip.  She was thinking about how to phrase her question.
“Uhm?”  Song Qiyan just listened with great interest.
Xia Liang heard that familiar magnetic voice.  She suddenly felt that she couldn’t ask him any questions.  She changed the subject abruptly. “Uhm……, Shixiong, have you been busy recently?”
Song Qiyan at the other end laughed lightly.  There was a hint of tiredness in his voice. “Uhm, I just came out of the laboratory.”

Monday, March 27, 2017

Secret Room: Book 1 - Chapter 20

Playing Fish Trapped in Secret Room
Book 1: The Storm is Coming
Chapter 20

There was only the clicking sound of keyboards.
Everyone kept an extremely high APM, their screens rapidly switching from scene to scene.  They maintained about 300 - 400 actions on the keyboard at high speeds every minute.
This was a free-for-all battle of professional players.
There were no allies and the enemy was everywhere.  It was an intense battle either to live or die, with danger everywhere.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Undefeated - League of Legends - Book 1: Chapter 27

Book 1: The Return of the Lost King
Chapter 27: A Downright Expert!


……

“This guy is so annoying. I just can’t get him!” Yi Qin said somewhat unhappily.

“No hurry. Take your time. It doesn’t matter if you can’t get him.” Yu Luochang said.

Caitlyn had the advantage of having longer range than Ezreal. Under normal circumstance, Caitlyn should be able to restrain Ezreal from last hitting.

Yet, Yi Qin didn’t find much of a chance to do it. Instead, she was hit a few times by Ezreal’s Q ability “Mystic Shot,” which was hard for Yi Qin to accept!

It was Yi Qin’s habit when playing games to always return the same blow whenever she was hit by the enemy!

After she lost some health, Caitlyn moved slightly forward. Every headshot had to be a hit on the Ezreal’s face!

Yu Luocheng was quietly observing the situation. He couldn’t help but frown when he sensed Yi Qin’s little trick.

Yu Luocheng wasn’t against Yi Qin bravely harassing Ezreal; after all, Caitlyn had a range advantage over Ezreal.

Yet her intentions was too obvious. She would poke at the enemy at every seventh headshot!

If enemy Thresh was smart, he could count the timing of headshots and would have a good chance to hook Caitlyn if Caitlyn kept following her own pattern!

Surely enough, Thresh started to move! It was right at the moment when Caitlyn used headshot!

Ezreal was moving backwards; he was purposely trying to lure Caitlyn to move outside of the minion line. This was exactly what Yu Luocheng had expected! !

“This Thresh is also an expert! !” Yu Luocheng instantly concluded.

Secret Room: Book 1 - Chapter 19

Playing Fish Trapped in Secret Room
Book 1: The Storm is Coming
Chapter 19



Dt faced her and slightly tilted his head towards the chair and computer next to him.
Ai Qing could hardly refuse in front of so many people.


Though she was familiar with StarCraft 2, she certainly could not play at the same level of the other players in the room.  The reason that professional players could stand at the peak was because they not only mastered the controls of the game, but they also owned the superb ability to perform amazing maneuvers which were uncomparable by ordinary players.
Positioning was not her specialty.
She would definitely be the one to hold the whole team back if it was really a 3v3.
“Let’s play free-for-all instead.”  This was the first thing she said after she sat down.
She was just sitting in to the make up for the number of players for a game.
If it was a 6 players free-for-all battle, with no teams, then she would be responsible for herself only.  Nobody would blame her for holding the others back.
But her words made the other four players except Dt suddenly see her in a new light.
Nice.  The young girl even knew about free-for-alls.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tea of Summer - Chapter 36: Winter Warmth 4.1

Chapter 36
Winter Warmth 4.1


“Summer?”
“……Uhm.”

“Xia Liang?”
“……Uhm.”

“……Xia Xiao Liang!” Lin Qian rolled her eyes and parked the car.  She pulled out the car key and looked at the girl in the passenger seat coldly. “I’m not sacrificing my beauty sleep to pick you up in this late hour at night just to watch you giggle silly here!  If you keep laughing with a face full of desire, believe it or not, I will throw you out of the car!”
Xia Liang coughed lightly.  Then she opened her watery eyes at Lin Qian in a look of innocence.  “Qian Qian……”

Lin Qian was completely desperate.  She pinched the center of her eyebrows and sighed. “I say, I find one girl and one guy in the same room on Thanksgiving night.  You are really……Where was our Xia Xiao Liang, that good girl?  Didn’t you say that you were invited over for dinner?”
Xia Liang truthfully explained to her what had happened.
Lin Qian rolled her eyes again after Xia Liang finished.  “Uhm, you worried about him and wanted him to go home.  He worried about you and wanted to take you home.  You worried and he worried, and in the end, why was I the one who had the bad luck of driving all the way there to take you home this late at night, huh?”
Xia Liang held Lin Qian’s hand trying to please her.  “Hehe, I know Qian Qian is the best.”

Lin Qian did not even want to roll her eyes now.  She waved her hand to her. “Hold it, shouldn’t you save this for your Song shixiong?”
Xia Liang blushed again when she heard the word “your.”

Lin Qian sighed again.  She silently stewed in self-loath for her motherly mentality, then she crossed her arms around her chest. “Tell me, you were caught by Song Qiyan just like that?”

Lin Qian saw Xia Liang stared at her innocently.  Her blood veins were pulsing in her forehead.  She went crazy. “Can you just say it straight whether you like Song Qiyan or not?”
Xia Liang’s face was steaming. She thought for a little while with a red face.  Then she nodded solemnly.  “En” She looked as cute as she could ever be.
She didn’t even know when it started.  Her feeling of admiration from Zi Xia towards Bei Yan had changed to Xia Liang caring …… and even liking the actual man himself, Song Qiyan.
Lin Qian continued to ask. “Then Song Qiyan……Does he like you also?”
Xia Liang thought for a while.  Then she deflated. “……I don’t know.”

Lin Qian almost stopped breathing.  It was like a piece of iron that didn’t know it could become steel.  She pointed her snowy white finger at Xia Liang’s head and poked in disappointment. “Xia Xiao Liang, you really are good for nothing!”
Xia Liang helplessly rubbed her forehead.  She argued in a low voice, “I really don’t know……He never told me……”
Lin Qian had no expression; she didn’t want to waste energy on her. “Are your eyes there for decoration only?  Can’t you feel it even when he doesn’t tell you anything?  Can’t you confess to him first since you know you like him and he has not expressed anything?  At least can’t you poke around?  Ah?  Furthermore, even I as a bystander can see it……”  It would be the biggest joke in the world if Song Qiyan didn’t have a crush on you!
Xia Liang was puzzled and looked at her. “See of what?”

Lin Qian choked.  She suddenly felt that she was so stupid.  Lin Qian’s response was to put on a shining, glamourous smile for Xia Liang. “Xia Xiao Liang, you better die of stupidity.”
Then she opened the car door, slammed it shut with a “pong”, and walked upstairs by herself in her high heels.
Xia Liang sat in the car alone powerlessly watching Lin Qian’s back.  She pulled on her own cheek.
Why did she get so angry……?

Monday, March 20, 2017

Secret Room: Book 1 - Chapter 18

Playing Fish Trapped in Secret Room
Book 1: The Storm is Coming
Chapter 18


A few years ago, Baona once had high expectations for StarCraft 2.
In 2012, there were still 8 professional teams in China, but last year, there were only three teams left.


Certainly this game was not very popular in other countries either.
Right in front of her, there were fans who were holding signs for the various teams that they supported, fierce battles on the screen, and…...commentary that she couldn’t understand.  Luckily, sometimes she would play a round with members of her club when she was bored, so she could at least know what was going on.
All players still stayed after the competition.
Some of them were packing, but most of they were chatting in the smoking area.


These youths had just fought fierce battles with each other, but after the fact, they were actually good friends who just hadn’t seen each others for some time.  Ai Qing stood outside the smoking area with Dt waiting for Inin to come out.  During that time, somebody recognized Dt.
Two Korean big boys dressed in a black team uniform walked over with a smile and asked Dt in English,  “Why did you come to Korea this time with your girlfriend?”
Dt promptly clarified that they were only good friends.
The taller boy was still joking with him.  He repeatedly emphasized “good friend” and seemed to have a lot of fun with it,  “Good friend, oh,  good friend.  I see, good ‘friend’.”
The shorter boy did not speak English well, but he could still understand these simple words.  So he could not help laughing as well.
Dt didn’t know how to argue, so he just stopped explaining.


Ai Qing was also fairly embarrassed because she was the target of the joke.  She could only pretend that she didn’t know a single word at all.  She was looking around and saw Inin, with his backpack on his back, rushing over.
The young boy was panting from running.  Before he came to a stop, the tall boy dragged his backpack and pulled him aside.  The tall boy spoke to him, but Inin seemed somewhat hesitant.  He looked at Dt, then looked at Ai Qing.  He started talking with hand gestures; it seemed that he was unwilling to do something and refused the taller boy’s suggestion.


Unfortunately she and Dt didn’t know Korean at all.
They could only watch their enthusiastic discussion like watching a Korean drama.


Finally Inin couldn’t resist the other two any longer.  He scratched his hair and looked back at Dt bashfully.  “He said, he heard that Dt hasn’t registered for this year’s WCS.  They won’t have the chance to win it back from you, so they want to play a game privately.”
He finished and looked at Ai Qing to explain,  “Their situation is exactly like mine. They missed the Korean Regional Tournament last year, so they went to the European Regional and lost to Dt.”
Ai Qing finally understood now.
There was going to be another grievance round.


Dt looked like he didn’t hear it.  He looked at his black electronic wrist watch. “We should go back now.”
“An emergency?”  Inin asked carefully.
“Very urgent.  It’s already the time that I need to take her back.”  Dt answered solemnly.  Obviously he still remembered his promise to Ai QIng that it would only take two hours to take care of things here before taking her back to the resort.
Inin instantly grabbed the key point and his eyes shone at Ai Qing.  “Very urgent?  It’s urgent that you have to go back?  What urgent business do you need to deal with?”
‘Ah?  No.  Nothing.”  Ai Qing was embarrassed from the attention, so she was honest to him.  “Absolutely nothing.  You guys just go ahead.”
She didn’t have any problem at all if she went back half or an hour late.


Maybe Inin could be the commentator to give her a master level analysis.
When they were inside the arena, she specifically paid attention to Dt’s friend.  Every movement he made was extremely efficient.  He had godlike hand speed.  Though he was young, he was definitely one of the top ranked players in the Grandmaster League as she expected.
She had very high expectations for his commentary.


Inin put his hands together and bowed to thank Ai Qing repeatedly.
Obviously he felt that Dt had to stay since Ai Qing already said so.


And actually, that was indeed what was happening.
They looked around for an empty small room and pulled over several computers, mice, keyboards, and earphones.  Inin threw his backpack aside and sat leisurely on the sofa with Ai Qing.  The two watched at them setting up while they gossiped in a low voice at the same time.
“You know what the fans called Dt in Battle.net on the American and Korean Servers?”
Ai Qing shook her head with smile.  “I only knew that he was called ‘God’s Left Hand’ when he was playing DotA.”
“God’s Left Hand?”  Inin meditated on this name in his head for a while.  He used his not so fluent Chinese to decompose these words separately and then reassembled them into one phrase.  ‘Uhm. Uhm.  I understand it now.”
“As you were saying, what was he called in Battle.net?”  Ai Qing asked with great interest.
“Ah, right.  He was called Medusa, the Medusa from Norse myth.”[1]  Inin started laughing while speaking.  “She was the one that would turn you into a statue if you took a glance at her, but people still couldn’t help looking at her.”


This description was quite unusual.
“Why?  Why did they give him this name?”  And it was a woman.
“Because he was too lethal.”  Inin stretched his arms.  “For example, the strongest guy in our team is really full of himself.  Usually he pays no attention to anybody, but he turns into a chatterbox immediately once he meets Dt on Battle.net.  On Dt’s birthday last year, several grandmaster level players on the American Server Battle.net all made an appointment to take a picture to wish him happy birthday.”
“......”
“Ah,  Also.  Also.”  Inin suppressed his voice even lower.  “The guy who is challenging Dt, he has a teammate who is ranked number 2 in Korea on StarCraft 2.  In order to play with Dt, he specifically registered a matching id on the American Servers as Pt.“
Inin spoke in high spirits.  Ai Qing listened but she felt dumbfounding.  “So on the Chinese Servers, he might be called ‘Daji’?”[2]
“Almost.  Almost.  I read that Chinese story, The Legend of Deification.  Really.  Really, close.”  Inin kept nodding repeatedly.
This young boy had a great capacity to gossip.  If he gave up being professional player, he absolutely could be an reporter.  He would be a good commentator, too.  Nowadays,  the commentators good at talking about the latest gossip was very popular.  Especially this kind of commentator who was professional, cute, and familiar with the background of players in various tournament regions……


The two chatted very happily while the computers were being set up over there.
Suddenly that tall Korean big boy looked at them and waved to them.
Inin didn’t quite understand and Ai QIng was all confused.
“3v3.” Dt spoke just in time.  “He wants 3v3.”
“With whom?  Me?”  Inin pointed to himself.  Then he looked around at other onlookers.  “Coki?  Warm?  There’s not enough players?”


1, 2, 3, 4, 5……
Ai Qing was also counting silently.
There were actually only five StarCraft 2 players including Dt and Inin.
Looked like they needed to find another player.”


That was how she figured.
But nobody moved.
“Don’t we actually have exactly six players?”  Dt asked back.
Everybody was instantly silent.
These professional players of StarCraft 2 all continuously ranked within top 20 on Battle.net.  These players in the grandmaster league all looked at her direction immediately.  They looked at this…...seemly, probably, perhaps, possibly a girl who was not familiar with StarCraft 2------The girl that had come with Dt.







[1]:  This is exactly what the author wrote in the raws.  If you don’t know, Medusa is a monster from Greek mythology (and not a deity nor Norse).

[2]: Daji was the consort of the last king of the Shang dynasty and she caused the downfall of said Chinese dynasty. (One of those beautiful queens/princesses causing the downfall of their kingdom kind of story.)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Undefeated - League of Legends - Book 1: Chapter 26

Book 1: The Return of the Lost King
Chapter 26: Team Hell, Qinguangwang


“Ai, looks like you don’t understand the difference between a professional player and a normal player.  Nevermind, we’ll just be a punching bag for them to practice on. Hopefully we also have a big shot on our team!” Yi Qin somewhat optimistically said.

Yu Luocheng didn’t think so. Actually, it no longer mattered to him whether they won this ranked game or not. What he really cared now was winning at bot!

This round, Yi Qin played Caitlyn and Yu Luocheng chose Zyra.

Zyra as a support was popular for a while during season 2; this champion is a more well-rounded support.

Her skill had a poke ability, her seeds can be used as vision, and has a crowd control ability and ultimate at the same time.

Secret Room: Book 1 - Chapter 17

Playing Fish Trapped in Secret Room
Book 1: The Storm is Coming
Chapter 17


Dt did not just skillfully use Google Maps, he also had Korean friends to guide him whenever they needed extra help. Both of them had never been in Korea before but surprisingly, they managed to take the public mass transportation------subway, to reach the competition arena.
The lobby of the auditorium was crowded with fans.
A young Korean boy ran out to greet them when they arrived.  He looked to be only fifteen or sixteen years old; more like a young fan here to watch the game if not for the name tag hanging around his neck which had the name of a popular team on it.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Tea of Summer - Chapter 35: Winter Warmth 3.2

Chapter 35
Winter Warmth 3.2

“Aren’t you coming in?”  Song Qiyan asked with uncertainty after he had already changed into his slippers as Xia Liang stood at the door dumbfounded.
Xia Liang felt like she had just woken from a dream. She walked in and shut the door.
On the way here, they had continued to argue, but finally settled on going to Song Qiyan’s apartment together first to let him take his medicine. After he rested, then they would discuss whether he should take her home or not.


After she took off her boots, Song Qiyan already placed a pair of cotton slippers in front of her.  “I wear them in winter.  You can wear them for now.  I’ll buy a new pair in your size next time.”
“Uhm, it’s ok.”  Xia Liang put on the slippers without thinking too much of it.  Oh, so big……Her feet could swim inside them. ==
She followed Song Qiyan to the living room.  Then she pondered.  Ah, it seemed that there was something not quite right with their conversation just now……


She looked around this small apartment she was visiting the first time.  It was not a large apartment, just about several hundred square feet.  But there was a kitchen, dining table, small living room, bathroom and a bedroom.  The apartment was very clean.  It was quite plain.  There was not even a TV in the living room, only a couple of magazines on the coffee table.  The only thing which could be counted as decor was probably the green plants on the small balcony.
“Shixiong, do you live by yourself?”


Song Qiyan poured two cups of water for him and Xia Liang. “En.” He drank water to soothe his throat. “I like it quite.”  Then he plugged in the power cord of an electric kettle to boil water.
Xia Liang smiled and said light-heartedly, “I can tell.”
He looked like he was the quiet type of man who didn’t like noise.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Tea of Summer - Chapter 34: Winter Warmth 3.1

Chapter 34
Winter Warmth 3.1


The Thanksgiving dinner was a real feast.

As tradition dictate, there was a turkey. Instead of the usual American style roast turkey, however, Su Wei managed to cook the turkey with the same delicious taste as the famed Chinese Beggar’s Chicken.  In addition to that, there was a table full of Chinese dishes.  Xia Liang almost swallowed her tongue.
Su Wei stroked her hair sympathetically. “Aiyah, eat slowly.  I’m sure you haven’t had anything good to eat over here?  Come to Xia Yi’s home whenever you want to eat good food from now on.  You can even come by yourself.  Xiao Yi will definitely cook delicious dishes for you.”
Xia Liang was so touched that her eyes turned misty.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tea of Summer - Chapter 33: Winter Warmth 2

Chapter 33
Winter Warmth 2


One afternoon was long enough for Xia Liang to become good friends with Xiao Yi’s two girls.  Qi Ning and Qi Jing sat at each side of Xia Liang.  They talked about interesting things that happened at school and asked some questions about college life.
“Shixiong……uh, didn’t Albert tell you anything about our college?”
Both young girls shrugged.


Qi Jing twitched her mouth. “Albert seldom tells us things about his college.  He doesn’t talk much when he comes over.”
Qi Ning held her chin in an attempt to be more mature. “Uhm, basically he treats everybody the same way.  Albert has very low EQ.”
Then both girls stared at her with big open eyes. “How could such low EQ Albert catch you?”


Xia Liang was startled, then blushed.  She patted both children’s heads. “We are just schoolmates.  Don’t think too much of it. How old are you.”
“12!” Both girls answered in unison.
Xia Liang, “……”


Su Wei happened to walk out of kitchen with a helpless look. “Annie, Angie, don’t bully Summer.”  She smiled and looked at Xia Liang. “We didn’t eat much for lunch.  We will eat lunner[1].  It will be ready in 10 minutes.  Their dad is coming home soon.  Xiao Xia you go up to get Ah Yan to come down to eat.”
Naturally Xia Liang was very anxious to get away from the two little girls’ attempts at digging gossip out of her.  She went upstairs obediently.


“Go upstairs, turn left, then go straight to the room at the end.”
“Okay.”


Xia Liang went upstairs and breathed a sigh of relief.
Two little gossiping girls.
She lightly walked to the last room on the left side.  The door was closed.  It was quiet inside.  Xia Liang knocked on the door twice.
There was light noise inside, like somebody was rolling inside a blanket.


“Come in please.”  Xia Liang turned the doorknob and walked in gingerly.
The room was dark since the drapery in the room was closed tightly.  She surveyed the furnishing in the room.  It was pretty simple; there was only one bed, one closet, one book shelf and a desk with a chair.  There was a stack of books on the desk.  The book shelf was also filled with books.
She looked at the bed.  Song Qiyan was still lying on the bed.


She walked over.  She felt a little bit uneasy for walking too close to him and stopped around one meter away.  “Well, dinner will be ready in about ten minutes.  Xiao Yi asked me to tell you.”
Song Qiyan seemed to have just woken up and was not quite awake yet.  He opened his deep dark eyes and stared at her with his slightly misty eyes.  He spoke with a strong nasal sound after a while, “En.”
The half awake Song Qiyan, was inexplicably……very cute.


Song Qiyan embraced the blanket and continued to lie there.  He fixed his eyes at Xia Liang calmly.
It was quiet in the room.  Even the noise from the two girls downstairs could be heard very clearly.
Xia Liang bit her lower lip. “Well, are you getting up?”
Song Qiyan continued to look at her quietly.  He still had the strong nasal sound, “En.”


His gaze made Xia Liang’s ears grow hot.
She coughed dryly. “Then I’ll go downstairs.  You get up.”
“Wait.”  Finally Song Qiyan got up.  He opened the blanket and sat up.


Xia Liang turned her head.  She saw his wrinkled white T shirt and unusually messy hair.
“What?”
Song Qiyan didn’t seem to be fully awake yet.  He waited for 2 or 3 seconds then took the cup from the bedside end table to drink some water.  He cleared his throat and patted the bed  signaling Xia Liang to sit down next to him.
Xia Liang looked at his hand and walked over slowly to sit down.


Song Qiyan was silent for a while. “Sorry, I did not tell you in advance that I was going back to China this time.”
Xia Liang, “……”  Why should he apologize for not telling her in advance that he was going back to China?  She just waved her hands and smiled embarrassedly. “It doesn’t matter.”


Song Qiyan looked at her.  He spoke slowly after her ears had grown red again from his gaze.  “I was in a hurry to go back this time, because my grandma was critically ill.”  His hoarse voice began to recount his experiences in that one month in the dark and quiet room.  “By the time I got back, the hospital already sent out the critical condition notice for grandma.  She had been ill on and off for quite a long time. It was not surprising that she was in such a critical condition this time. She also knew that she was getting old. Though she said that I shouldn’t miss my classes and go back to see her, in reality she was very happy to see me.  Grandma’s condition seemed to have improved about a week after I got back.  She had more energy and we all thought that she had made through it again.  But,”  He paused for a couple of seconds and drank some water. “That night, grandma suddenly passed away.”
Xia Liang sat next to him and didn’t know what to say.


They were all students studying abroad.  The first reaction from the people who didn’t understand them would only say things like, “Their family is rich,”  “They burn money,” or  “They go abroad to get gilded.”, etc.  Very few people understood that they were studying very hard.  They studied diligently for knowledge which would pave the path for their future.  They had to work even harder than many students in China. In addition, they were far away from their homes and families.  They had to start their independent life earlier and tackle homesickness by themselves.  Most of the time, they felt regret and worried that if a family emergency happened, they couldn’t even fly back to be with their families as easily as students in China, and vice versa.
The pressure and hardship they had endured was something college students in China could not understand.


Song Qiyan continued calmly.  There was not a single trace of emotion in his voice, but it still made Xia Liang feel sorry for him. “Then we had to arrange my grandma’s funeral ceremony and such.  It took about one month to get everything settled.  I came back after almost everything was done. That’s why I spent such a long time back in China.”
Xia Liang listened intently.  She hesitated a bit, then stretched her hand out onto his shoulder after he had finished talking and fell into silence again.  She tried to organize her words. “In recent years, most of the older generation in our families has reached the age when it’s impossible to escape some illness.  They would be satisfied seeing us the younger generation grow up happy and healthy.  It’s very different studying abroad, than back home.  Most of the time, we can’t stay at their sides.  You…… have done your responsibility seeing her off on her last journey. Besides,  she must have been very happy to see her outstanding grandson.”


Song Qiyan curled up the corners of his lips after he heard her soft smooth voice speak those comforting words.  He looked down at her hand on his shoulder and saw that she had backed out slightly after she noticed his gaze.  He smiled lightly and touched her hair. “Thank you, Xia Xia.”
Xia Liang almost jumped up from his bed in shock.
Xia Xia?
Song Qiyan saw her face suddenly blush.  He could not help from smiling.


But Xia Liang was in state of complete shock.
This man……his smile absolutely increased his charm.  He usually lacked any sort of expression.  Though he was not cold, he usually looked slightly distant, but now with a soft tender smile on his face, it was absolutely……
Xia Liang felt very embarrassed in her mind.  Bei Yan Da Da, please control yourself a little bit.  With a good voice, a pretty face, and so considerate, she almost could not control herself!


Song Qiyan noticed that she was looking at his face absentmindedly.  He felt for the first time that his ‘good looks’ wasn’t so useless after all.  He patted her head lightly. “Xia Xia, I’m not that outstanding.” Then he frowned suddenly, seemingly not feeling well.
Xia Liang swallowed what she was going to say in refutation. “Shixiong, what’s wrong with you?” She stood up and walked to the door to turn the light on.  Then she noticed that his face was abnormally red.


Xia Liang walked back to him quickly and bent down to touch his forehead with the back of her hand.  She was frustrated and worried. “So hot, you have fever!”
Song Qiyan responded slowly probably because he had fever.  He raised his finger to his lips to signal her to keep it a secret. “Don’t tell Xiao Yi.  It’s Thanksgiving.  Don’t spoil the fun.”  Then he stood up to walk outside.
Xia Liang pulled his hand anxiously. “Then what are you going to do?  Your temperature is pretty high.”


Song Qiyan looked at their intertwined hands.  He eased his eyebrows and pinched her hand. “Don’t worry.  We eat, then we leave early.  I have medicine in my apartment.”  He looked at Xia Liang’s worrying eyes.  He laughed lightly. “Xia Xia, I am a medical doctor.”
Xia Liang inflated her cheeks and muttered. “Doctors get sick too.”  She didn’t even notice that she was blaming him in a childish tone.


Song Qiyan winked at her. “It’s dinner time.  I need to wash my face now.”
Xia Liang was drawn in by his dark bright eyes, it took a while before she came to her senses. “Ah”, she threw off his hand and fled with a bright red face.
Song Qiyan watched her hastily run downstairs with a smile in his eyes.


He walked into the bathroom and poured some cold water onto his face.  He let drops of water flow down his face.  He looked at himself in the mirror and poked his own face childishly.  His forehead still had a slightly cool feeling from her hand.
It was great.






[1]: The original raws had “lunner” in English.  So don’t blame me if she’s using it wrong.  Personally speaking I’d use “linner.”

TL rant: Now I’m going to argue why “linner” is correct compared to “lunner.”  See brunch uses the first consonants of “breakfast” in place of the first consonant of “lunch” right?  Thus by this convention, you have to use “l” from lunch and “inner” from dinner to get “linner.”