The MIGHTY strength of Yang Meng’s FEET
Translators: Estreline & Sienna
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Under Bai Luo Yin’s strict discipline, Gu Hai blacklisted Luo Xiao Yu’s account and deleted her phone number of his own accord. He had also promised that he wouldn’t secretly go in or out of her office without permission, or have any sort of contact with her during extracurricular activities either……….
During the afternoon of the next day, Bai Luo Yin’s 5k run was about to start. From the moment, the roll-call started, to the moment Bai Luo Yin entered the field, Gu Hai could feel the anxiety in his own heart heightening, even his heart throbbed just a bit normal than usual. He stood at the highest spot on the bleachers, so that Bai Luo Yin could easily see him with just one glance. But also at this distance, it was not too close as to give him any pressure.
You Qi stood at the designated spot where the javelin competition was being held and prepared for the preliminary competition. At first, it wasn’t an interesting competition, but because You Qi was participating, the popularity of this competition suddenly increased by tenfold. No matter which side You Qi stood facing, several hundreds of cameras and video recorders were aimed at him from the bleachers.
Fortunately, You Qi was number 50 something, so he didn’t feel pressured. Knowing that, he took this chance to look at the 5k run competition.
Also, standing at the 5k run competition field was Yang Meng with a poised expression upon his face. But once he saw You Qi, he laughed. He silently hoped that he could finish the entire race without making any blunder. Then as if it was second nature, he automatically shifted his gaze towards Bai Luo Yin.
After a gunshot sounded off, a bustling group of contestants dashed forward with great power; it was as if the wind were parting for them to smoothly pass through.
Bai Luo Yin ran in a moderate pace, not too fast, yet not too slow. He was situated at the middle front position and ran almost effortlessly. Yang Meng followed not far behind him. Although he ran somewhat strenuously, at least, he wasn’t at the last place.
Soon enough, the contestants at the front passed by the area near the javelin competition spot. You Qi took this chance to shout, “Yin Zi, fighting!”
Bai Luo Yin turned slightly and grinned at You Qi.
Not long after, Yang Meng passed by.
You Qi shouted again, “Hey! Yang Meng, if you really can’t do it, just give up!”
Yang Meng glared fiercely at You Qi.
Among an enormous crowd of people, his small body struggled, yet still he refused to yield. When other people ran and passed by their respective classmates, everyone in that class would shout and cheer for them with great enthusiasm. But, when Yang Meng passed by, his classmates kept silent. Seeing this made this thin and small figure feel somewhat dreary.
Actually, there was no need for Yang Meng to suffer like this, he brought it upon himself. Before the match, he told all his classmates: ‘When I’m competing, you absolutely cannot cheer for me. Don’t even shout my name. Just let me lose my face without attracting public attention……’
Turning his head around, Yang Meng saw that there were more than ten people behind him.
Not bad not bad, the distance between me and the last contestant is still quite big.
Entering the fifth lap, the gap that separated them gradually became more obvious. Beside the lead contestant that was eliminated, only four people remained in the front. Bai Luo Yin was one among them; the other three were all from the same class. It can be said that it was his solo battle against a group of three enemies.
At first, they were running at the same pace as Bai Luo Yin. But, slowly Bai Luo Yin discovered that his advancement was met with some resistance. These three people continuously did everything possible to outflank and besiege him. They incessantly altered their speed, which in turn affected the rhythm of Bai Luo Yin’s pace. Even worse, they would always skirt the sideline of the track without any remorse, as well as attempted to trip or pull him so that he would fall.
A lot of people saw this situation; and by this time, all his classmates were all cursing in rage.
Gu Hai furrowed his eyebrows together tightly and stared attentively at Bai Luo Yin for a while. Every time those three used those dirty tricks and made Bai Luo Yin’s pace unstable, Gu Hai’s complexion would become unsightly.
Luo Xiao Yu suddenly appeared out of nowhere and stood beside Gu Hai. She earnestly warned him, “Don’t go down and cause trouble. Those kinds of circumstances are normal during a competition. You can only blame them for not preparing enough and resorting to those kinds of method.”
Gu Hai looked as if he didn’t hear anything before he took one step at a time down the stairs.
Behind him, Luo Xiao Yu pulled Gu Hai’s arm with her hand, “Our class is currently in the first place. If you cause trouble now, all our previous efforts will be wasted. I believe in Bai Luo Yin’s abilities. Be patient and let’s watch this competition together. As long as you cheer for him, everything will be okay.”
After she said that, Luo Xiao Yu took the lead and shouted, “Bai Luo Yin fighting!”
Soon after, the other classmates followed her and shouted together.
“Bai Luo Yin fighting! Bai Luo Yin fighting!”
Once Bai Luo Yin heard this, he lifted his head up and his gaze swept over toward the audiences on the bleachers. He wanted to give his classmates a smile, but then he suddenly saw Luo Xiao Yu pulling Gu Hai’s arm.
In that instant, he became distracted. Almost as if he had gone into a trance, he nearly bumped into the person beside him. This sudden action alone caused him to stagger a bit.
This time, Gu Hai’s eyes slight widened; he couldn’t hold it in anymore.
He flung Luo Xiao Yu’s hand off his arm with great force and assured her that he won’t bring any shame to their class. Then, he looked towards the field and walked off.
Yang Meng was still leisurely running behind; the distance between him and the person in the first place was getting wider and wider. But compared to the day that he practiced with Bai Luo Yin and Gu Hai, his improvement was obvious. Yang Meng was also bewildered at this phenomenon, based on Bai Luo Yin’s speed, he should’ve surpassed him long ago, but why was it that he was still nowhere to be found even until now?
Curious, Yang Meng turned his head around. He saw that Bai Luo Yin wasn’t far behind him and even worse, he was being attacked by two people at both sides. The third person who was running in front of them was most likely their accomplice. Their goal must be to make this person the winner.
Yang Meng became angry.
You’re bullying him? Yin Zi, don’t worry, I’m coming!
When Bai Luo Yin caught sight of Yang Meng turning his head, smiling at him, his strength suddenly returned with full force. He drilled his way into the narrow space between the two people blocking him, and urgently ran passed them; in this way, he was able to temporarily get rid of them
When those two people saw Bai Luo Yin running away, they quickly increased their speed to chase after him. However, they didn’t anticipate that there would be a hindrance ahead of them. Yang Meng looked as though he was drunk; his steps were irregular and his whole body was swaying back and forth. When those two went to the left, he went to the left, when they went to the right, he also went to the right….
Actually, Yang Meng was already tired to the point that it was almost unbearable, so when he was tossing around like this, how can he feel any comfort? Even if those two ran slowly, it was still faster than Yang Meng. If he wanted to block those two, he had to use four times the amount of strength than he was using now and exert his utmost efforts to surpass them.
Yang Meng no longer cared about the ten laps difference he had compared to other people. His only goal right now was to do his best in stopping these two guys, so that Bai Luo Yin would have more time and establish a position in which it would be impossible for the others to exceed him.
You Qi stood on the javelin competition field. He calmly gazed attentively at that small and feeble silhouette that was not too far from him and was in the middle of shoving and cursing in anger.
Suddenly, he became stunned, there was an unshakable feeling in his chest; a kind that was unexplainable and overflowed in his heart.
At that moment, perhaps it was because he saw Yang Meng running on the field while incessantly whining without an end, he couldn’t help but to feel touched towards Yang Meng’s tenacity and perseverance.
No one knows how much Yang Meng was afraid of making a fool of himself, afraid of being in the last place, afraid of being the only one left running on the field……
You Qi was the only one who knew this. He had always teased Yang Meng’s way of thinking, but when he saw Yang Meng abandoning those distracting thoughts just for the sake of his friend, he suddenly realized that those thoughts weren’t ridiculous at all.
Yang Meng’s lungs were going to explode and both of his legs had begun to shake, almost as if they were struck with tiny lightning bolts. This time, it was shaking for real. This wasn’t at all an act.
Looking ahead at Bai Luo Yin, he had already surpassed those two by half a lap. Yang Meng thought that he can stop now, but when he thought that Bai Luo Yin could be surpassed and blocked again by these two scoundrels, Yang Meng couldn’t help but to grit his teeth in anger.
I might as well drag them down until they collapse……
Perhaps their strength had reached its limit, perhaps an inhuman strength had truly surged out of Yang Meng’s small body and attacked them, because from the look of it, those two scoundrel’s steps and the rhythm of their breaths were starting to become chaotic. Even as they cursed, it seemed to be a bit sluggish and lacked power.
Yang Meng turned slightly and shot a death glare at both of them as he secretly mocked them.
So, this is the extend of your abilities huh?
While he was in the middle of these thoughts, those two suddenly burst forth and caught up to him. They maneuvered their way to either side of Yang Meng and began to shove him left and right repeatedly. It is clear to anyone that Yang Meng is short and small, but if he were to use a huge amount of strength as they did, he would die in the middle of a deadlock with them until the end of the battle.
“You Qi, You Qi!……”
His name was being shouted out from a small loudspeaker.
You Qi had just recovered when a groundbreaking shout came from the bleachers again, causing him to turn for a look.
“It will be your turn next. You only have one chance!”
You Qi took one javelin and stood at the run up starting point. Just as he was about to lift the javelin up, he suddenly saw Yang Meng staggered then fell on the field.
“You fucking bastards!!”
You Qi suddenly shouted in anger. The javelin in his hand was suddenly thrown toward the track. As it flew, the javelin drew a beautiful parabola into the sky, and went straight toward those two wicked guys.
“Aaahhhh……What’s going on?” cried out one of them in fear as he gasped for air, “Why was the javelin thrown over here?”
The other guy couldn’t even shout out as he hugged his foot and rolled about on the ground. There was a big hole at the toe of the shoe; a section of it was torn off and flipped over. This hole was indeed made by the javelin and one of his toes got injured by this ‘accidental thrown.’
A hidden smile played on You Qi’s lips, he was secretly pleased by his own evil deed……
Fuck yeah, the head of the javelin unexpectedly touched the ground first. This is the first time that it was successfully thrown!!!
The audiences on the bleachers and javelin competition field were surprised and burst into laughter. This time, You Qi didn’t mind them at all. He immediately walked towards the track and tried to explain to the judges.
“I’m sorry, it’s a mistake, it’s a mistake.”
“Next time pay attention. Is there anyone that would throw the javelin like that? Look at yourself, throwing it at random like that, who would have the guts to participate in this competition later huh?”
“Yes, yes, yes……”
After You Qi respectfully admitted his mistakes, he looked at Yang Meng and ran toward him. Yang Meng had already stood up but the only thing was, there were no longer anyone behind him.
“Let’s go, I’ll run with you,” said You Qi.
Yang Meng was so tired that there wasn’t even an ounce of energy left in his body. Even as he spoke, he was out of breath, “You……why are you……running……together with me……don’t you have……your own competition?…….”
“I’m was eliminated,” answered You Qi rather nonchalantly.
Yang Meng smiled with a sigh of relief. The strength in his body suddenly return in one quick go. As expected, You Qi’s misfortune and failure always gave him strength and encouragement.
After running for several more steps, Yang Meng asked again: “Am in the last place?”
It was extremely rare for You Qi to say something so pleasant to the ear, “No, you’re not. You’ve already left those two behind just now.”
“That’s good then.”
Yang Meng wiped the beads of sweat of his forehead and continued to drag his heavy feet forward.
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