Those Sweet Times
Chapter 52 Part 3
“Hey, have you guys heard the news?” Xiang Nuan showed her cell phone to the others: “There was a big accident last night.”
Yang Yi nodded: “We heard. We’re lucky. If we haven’t stayed at your house last night, I might have lost my life in my dreams.”
Lin Chuyan said: “Fortunately, auntie insisted we stay for the night.”
Ren Danyan smiled: “It’s you, you all are blessed.”
After breakfast, Ren Danyan told Xiang Nuan to show her friends around Lingxi City. Since they had come all the way here, they should tour the city and go back tomorrow.
Xiang Nuan took all of them to Lingxi Hill.
Lingxi Hill was only several hundred meters high, a rather tiny hill. In the summer, it was covered with thick trees. But now it was winter and without snow the hill didn’t look very impressive. However, Lingxi Temple, at the foot of the hill, was said to be quite effective at granting wishes. It was a popular place on any normal day and especially so as the New Year drew closer.
Xiang Nuan and her friends burned some incense at the temple and then rented three bicycles. Two tandem bikes and a small yellow one.
Lin Chuyan noticed that Xiang Nuan looked rather nervous as she frowned at the bicycles. He was surprised: “You don’t know how to ride one?”
Xiang Nuan responded somewhat pretentiously: “How is it strange? A lot of people don’t know how to ride one.”
“Not strange at all. I’ll ride with you.”
“Alright, I’ll sit at the back.”
“You sit in the front.”
Xiang Nuan pouted her mouth, puffed up her cheeks, and looked at him with puppy eyes.
Lin Chuyan thought to himself: how could such a cute person exist.
Both of them got on the bicycle. Lin Chuyan patiently directed Xiang Nuan from the back seat. Xiang Nuan couldn’t keep her balance well and the front wheel constantly skewed left and right, like a drunk cyclist.
“How do I make you not nervous?” Lin Chuyan asked from back: “Should I sing for you?”
“No, no, no. I can’t concentrate on the bicycle if you sing……”
Lin Chuyan was pleased but suppressed his laughter. Though it was somewhat chilly from the breeze that blew over the hill, there seemed to be a little fire burning inside Lin Chuyan which held the cold at bay.
Xiang Nuan’s clumsy first experience with the bicycles didn’t end with her falling as she had anticipated. The reason was because Lin Chuyan’s long legs worked as the stands for the bicycle. When Xiang Nuan was about to lose control, Lin Chuyan would firmly step on the ground with his long legs. The bicycle would always quickly come to a stop.
Xiang Nuan: “It’s so nice to have long legs. I’m so envious.”
Lin Chuyan laughed: “Don’t need to. I can lend them to you.”
“.......” A bloody scene came to Xiang Nuan’s mind.
Lin Chuyan’s long legs gave Xiang Nuan a sense of security. She relaxed and her cycling began to improve. After a while, she heard Lin Chuyan call her in a low voice from behind: “Xiang Nuan.”
“You were so panicked this morning. Were you worried about me?”
Xiang Nuan’s heart skipped a beat and replied without giving it much thought: “I was worrying about Yin Jiejie. Don’t flatter yourself.”
A while later, he called her again: “Xiang Nuan.”
Lin Chuyan sounded like he was accusing her: “Ungrateful.”
Xiang Nuan: - _ -#
Lin Chuyan: “Bad person.”
Xiang Nuan: “......”
Translated by Team DHH at http://dhh-workshop.blogspot.com.