Chapter 11: Sending you a bag of TOILET PAPER
“Bai Luo Yin!”
The moment Bai Luo Yin heard his name, he turned his head around and saw Dong Na, an upperclassman, behind him. She smiled gently like a fully blossomed flower as he made her way towards him. Her footsteps formed a figure 8 as she walked back and forth in front of Class 27. All the while, her presence attracted nearly every pair of eyes in the classroom.
“I have a question to ask you.”
Bai Luo Yin merely gave Dong Na a quick glance, “Say it.”
“Who’s the handsome guy in your class, sitting two rows from the back?”
“There are more than one guy sitting two rows from the back. How would I know which one you are talking about?”
Dong Na looked around more carefully. Then she covertly inched closer to Bai Luo Yin’s ear, whispering, “You know, it’s that handsome boy who always wear a plaid shirt. He puts his headphones on whenever he’s listening to music. Just so you know, all the girls in our class think that he is very cool.”
Bai Luo Yin already knew which student Dong Na was talking about, but he couldn’t see any of the charming traits that she had mentioned in You Qi’s person. All he could think of instead was a drawer full of used tissues.
“Tell me, if I were to chase after him, do you think he’ll accept me? Looking at my beauty, is there any hope?”
It was silent for a moment before Bai Luo Yin mentally rolled his eyes. All he could think of was rushing home to eat as soon as possible, so he hastily replied, “Yeah, there is.”
“Really?” Dong Na tugged at Bai Luo Yin’s arm stubbornly, “Then, why don’t you tell me what he likes? I’ve noticed that both of you are always hanging out together.”
Nearly getting to the point where annoyance was sinking into his bones, Bai Luo Yin pushed off Dong Na’s hands. Then, he told her honestly, “You just need to send him a big pack of toilet paper. Remember, not a roll, but a big pack.”
After he answered her, Bai Luo Yin promptly strode over to the staircase.
Dong Na shouted from behind, “Is it the pack with 12 rolls or 10 rolls?”
Once he heard those words, Bai Luo Yin nearly fell and rolled down the flight of stairs.
Yang Meng eagerly chased Bai Luo Yin from behind. He threw his arm over Bai Luo Yin’s shoulder and laughed cheerfully.
“Today, our class organized a voting for the prettiest girl in the class. From the voting result, there are five female students with about the same number of votes and they are all good-looking. I’d say the prettiest girl is the one who has a mole at the outer corner of her left eye…”
Unbeknownst to Yang Meng, Bai Luo Yin’s cold gaze has been constantly following the cracks on the red-bricked wall.
Yang Meng pushed him with one hand, “Are you listening to what I’m saying?”
“Yes I am. You said your grandmother bought a pound of green persimmons.”
Yang Meng slapped his own forehead in exasperation, these words he spoke just now, had been in vain. Seeing that Bai Luo Yin still had that blank look on his face, he tentatively asked, “Are you thinking about Shi Hui?”
Upon hearing that name, Bai Luo Yin’s eyes flashed instantly.
“It’s not that.”
“Then, what is it?”
After a long time, Bai Luo Yin finally spoke, “I’m trying to figure out who tore out my essay paper.”
The house that Gu Hai rented covered an area of 120 square metres and consisted of only one bedroom and one bathroom. Much of the space was filled with sporting equipments. This was because Gu Hai had developed a habit, almost bordering on obsessive-compulsive disorder, of exercising daily; the credit of which belonged to his father, Gu Wei Ting, who had forced him to train and exercise with the army since he was 5 years of age. If he did not work out daily, he would experience an uncomfortable and unsatisfying feeling somewhat akin to that of eating less than two meals a day.
Gu Hai performed two hundred push-ups easily, and followed that with an hour of high-speed treadmill run. He completed his intense exercise program with a boxing routine by brutally hitting the suspended punching sandbag. He felt thoroughly thrilled as he was hitting the sandbag, picturing it variously as Gu Weiting, Jiang Yuan, and also the step-brother that he had never met.
By the time he finished working out, it was already past 8:00PM. Gu Hai stretched his hand towards his school bag and fished out a piece of essay paper. After admiring it for some time, Gu Hai used a strip of scotch tape to stick it on top of the writing table. Next, he took out a piece of thin paper, placed it on top of the essay paper and started to trace out the words. He was extremely fond of this handwriting. It was different from the standardized regular script but it was not the semi-cursive script either. Bai Luo Yin personally created this style and it was just like a relaxed person freely extending his four limbs without restraint, while still possessing a dynamic and unyielding strength.
The next morning, You Qi entered the classroom through the back door and casually tossed his school bag on top of his desk as usual. This seemingly nonchalant action caused a big bag of toilet paper to drop to the floor. A small piece of paper beneath the bag of tissue slipped out when it fell to the floor. This paper drifted in the air before finally landing on Bai Luo Yin’s desk.
His classmates around him saw this incident and secretly laughed behind his back. This You Qi must be quite something to bring so much toilet paper at one time.
You Qi ignored the stares around him and picked up the toilet paper instead. When he could not fit it all inside his drawer, he put it down next to his chair. As he turned around, he noticed the small piece of paper on top of the table behind him.
“This is for you.”
You Qi was stunned for a moment.
Bai Luo Yin gave this to me? Why is he giving me toilet paper?
He stared at his own drawer, speechless for a while. He finally understood. Bai Luo Yin must have seen that his drawer was always filled with used tissues and realized that he did not have enough . So Bai Luo Yin must have bought them especially for him.
Alright, this guy was normally very cold-hearted but in reality his heart was very warm.
Twenty minutes into the self-study period, Bai Luo Yin entered the classroom. Under the watchful gaze of the whole class, he slowly walked towards the last desk, took his English textbook and prepared to study outside the classroom.
This was the school’s regulation, whereby every student who came late must stand outside the classroom. A week since school started, Bai Luo Yin had never attended the self-study period inside the classroom.
“Hey!” You Qi called Bai Luo Yin, a bag of toilet paper in his hand, “Thanks!”
Bai Luo Yin was surprised. That girl is really stupid. She actually bought it.
“Don’t thank me, I’m not the one who bought it.”
You Qi grinned madly, “What’s there to be embarrassed about? It’s not like you gave me a bag of tampons!”