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After getting rid of the two people at the back, Bai Luo Yin quickly launched an all-out close combat with the opponent in front of him.
Originally, the level of his skills was above his opponent’s. Unfortunately, he had exerted too much energy to fight off the previous opponents, so now Bai Luo Yin needed to employ even more energy to catch up. To make matters worse, the person ahead, like his predecessors, wasn’t virtuous either. Every time Bai Luo Yin drew near, he would intentionally get into his way just to obstruct him. He had even made sure to frequently change the rhythm of his pace as to oppose Bai Luo Yin. This person’s attacks were, for lack of a better word, a complete suicidal tactic since he practically did not take his own stamina into account.
At that very moment, Gu Hai had already reached the most outer lane of the race track. Contrary to Luo Xiao Yu’s expectations, instead of directly attacking that person running at the first place to a bloody pulp, he calmly told Bai Luo Yin, “Keep a three-meter distance away from him.”
Hearing Gu Hai’s voice, Bai Luo Yin’s restlessness and anxiety were suddenly alleviated.
Gu Hai had stayed at the military base for such a long time, and had also undergone many military trainings, so it was only natural that long-distance running was one of the most fundamental drills. Taking the breathing rate, running posture and leg patterns of the person at first place into consideration…… he can positively surmise that, as long as Bai Luo Yin maintains his own speed and rhythm for three laps, that person will consume all of his own energy and won’t be able to keep up anymore.
As expected, after two and a half laps later, that person was already exhausted like a deflated rubber ball.
Once Bai Luo Yin quickly surpassed him and occupied the first position, a thunderous applause exploded from the bleachers, followed by the cheers of joy.
It was only at that moment did Gu Hai caught up and ran beside Bai Luo Yin.
Bai Luo Yin was somewhat tired, but he could still endure it. As he twisted his head to the side to glance at Gu Hai, he still remembers how Luo Xiao Yu had dragged him under a spell of jealousy just now. Sullen, Bai Luo Yin angrily scolded him right away: “What are you doing here?”
Tilting his head slightly to the side, Gu Hai happily said, “I miss you.”
No one can ever imagine, in this kind of awe-inspiring competition, sung with the spells of encouragement and overflowing with intense passion, the two young men who were running side by side, were unexpectedly exchanging such nauseating words of love. What was even more unimaginable was that, in the middle of this long-distance battle, that challenged one’s willpower and endurance, someone could still spare the energy to fool around and banter flirtatiously.
There are still five remaining laps.
Bai Luo Yin looked at the time; attaining first place is certainly not a problem, but in order to break the record, he had no choice but to risk it all.
Gu Hai noticed that not only was the front of Bai Luo Yin’s jacket was drenched in sweat, but his breathing was also not as steady as it was in the beginning of the race. It was most likely that he had used up too much energy a while ago, so at this moment, he was experiencing some difficulties.
Seeing that there were four laps left and his wife still needed to endure it, Gu Hai couldn’t take it anymore.
“How about not running anymore?”
Bai Luo Yin’s handsome immediately face sank before he turned his head around and said furiously, “Is there anyone who fucking cheer people on like you?”
A frown immediately drew on Gu Hai’s face, “Aren’t I just caring for you?”
Bai Luo Yin completely ignored him. Following his own plans, he started to increase his speed during the last three laps.
With a tightened chest, Gu Hai hastily asked, “Why are you speeding up?”
“To break the record.”
“Break the record?”
Gu Hai looked as though he had suffered a huge blow, his face immediately darkened, “You better fucking take it easy. Don’t be stupid. Being able to attain first place is already good enough. Why do you want to break the record? Even if you earned extra points, it will be added to our class’ total score anyway, what would you benefit from it?”
With much difficulty, Bai Luo Yin opened his mouth, “Can you stop wasting my time?”
Isn’t it obvious that I’m extremely tired as it? Yet, you’re still here dampening my fighting spirit. I honestly don’t know what you are doing here!
During the last two laps, the rhythm of Bai Luo Yin’s breath had become a complete mess. He was no longer able to follow the regular pattern of his own breathing.
Even Gu Hai, who ran besides him, could feel the shortness of breath that Bai Luo Yin was suffering from. His heart truly ached anxiously for him; he wished he could tie Bai Luo Yin up, throw him over his shoulder, and immediately carry him to the finish line.
Just as Bai Luo Yin was intensely struggling with his own willpower, Gu Hai started to talk again, “Slow down, you’ll definitely get first place. Look, finishing the race is already good enough.”
Bai Luo Yin completely disregarded his presence.
Gu Hai couldn’t bear to look any longer. He even went as far as to use his strength to hold Bai Luo Yin back, forcing him to slow down.
Bai Luo Yin braced his last bit of energy to stare Gu Hai down before roaring, “Fuck off!”
The gunshot of the last track had been fired.
Bai Luo Yin had already refused to give in to his own body’s limitation. Charging forth meant a complete loss of breath, a loss of consciousness, and numbness to his body……
At that very moment, Gu Hai no longer spoke discouraging words. The most important thing was to let Bai Luo Yin reach the finish line as soon as possible so that he can quickly escape from this miserable abyss.
“Fighting, fighting, baby. Just one more breath and it’ll be over soon……”
Fuck…… Listening to Gu Hai’s words of encouragement, Bai Luo Yin suddenly felt that he wasn’t running a race, but giving birth to a child instead!!
Finally, his chest struck the red line.
A thunderous burst of cheer came from afar while a cluster of cloud scattered above his head.
In the moment after, Bai Luo Yin gasped heavily for air and allowed his weak limbs to slow down into a walk on the track.
“The record is broken,” said the timekeeper as he looked at Bai Luo Yin, raised the stopwatch in his hand and showed it to him.
Bai Luo Yin paused for a few seconds. Just as he turned his head around to look at Gu Hai, Gu Hai was already looking at him with a warm smile. Looking as though he had just realized something, he suddenly charged onto Gu Hai’s back and firmly bit into his neck. A second later, without any restraint at all, he started to pound his fists on Gu Hai’s shoulder, while laughing heartily. His laughter echoed throughout the tartan racetrack, spreading a long bout of happiness.
At the same time, a genuinely ugly guy and his pretty girlfriend were still on the track, stubbornly defying the odds.
“How many laps left?” Yang Meng asked You Qi.
Since You Qi started to run together with Yang Meng, up until now, he honestly doesn’t know how many times he had heard this question.
“There are still two laps left. The last two laps.”
Misery appeared upon Yang Meng’s pallid face, “There’s still two laps? I can’t run anymore.”
You Qi punched Yang Meng firmly on the butt. It was so painful that Yang Meng whimpered to no end.
“Hurry up and run, it’s only two laps left, what are you crying for?”
Watching as the other contestants passed the finish line one by one, Yang Meng realized that he was the only person still running, so he asked, “Am I the last one?”
“Why are you worrying about what position you’re in? In any case, you only got two laps left. You must complete it.”
“I’m not running anymore!” Yang Meng began to vent his anger once again.
Annoyed, You Qi looked at his back and gave it another punch. During the entire course, Yang Meng had already lost count of how many times he endured You Qi’s punches.
Yang Meng was like a donkey, while You Qi was the farmer who drove the donkey forward with a small whip in his hand and continuously beat him.
“Yang Meng, fighting! Yang Meng, fighting!……”
When Yang Meng entered the final lap, a round of encouragements and cheering suddenly erupted from the bleachers. If it were not for the blockage in his throat, no matter what Yang Meng said, he would definitely burst into tears.
For the remaining half a lap, Yang Meng was struggling as if he was already on his deathbed. He doesn’t even know how he was going to finish the race or how many times You Qi had whipped him. In short, he finally managed to finish the race by not halting his steps. It was in this courageous manner that the 5k run came to an end.
After coming to a complete stop, Yang Meng was depleted of all his energy, You Qi on the other hand, was brimming with excitement. He even went as far as to lift him up in an embrace.
Yang Meng was so touched that he burst into tears and pulled You Qi’s hair as to convey his gratefulness.
After five minutes, Yang Meng halted his actions and You Qi had also sobered up.
Both looked at each other and blinked several times.
While one abruptly pushed away the other away, another hastily leaped downwards. Then they looked dumbfounded at each other again.
“What did hug me for?” You Qi was like a thief who cried wolf.
Yang Meng flew into a fit of rage, “Who hugged you? Clearly, it’s you who hugged me first!”
“I hugged you?” retorted You Qi as a layer of disdain painted across his face, “You fucking came in last place. I feel ashamed already just by standing beside you, why would I still hug you?”
“So what if I came in last place? So what if I came last?” Yang Meng shouted, “You weren’t even in the competition for two minutes and you were already eliminated, yet you still have the fucking balls to criticize me!”
“Whose fault was it that I got eliminated?”
“Don’t try to make up excuses, that’s all you could do in the first place.”
You Qi narrowed his eyes and gritted his teeth tightly together, “You bastard, are you already tired of living?”
“You still have the guts to scold me?! Let me tell you asshole, the number of times you hit me just now, I’ve counted them all in my head! If you have the balls, stand here and don’t move. Let me hit you back!”
“You think I’m stupid?” said You Qi before he walked away.
Limping with his swollen legs, Yang Meng followed closely behind, “Come back here, we’re not finished yet!”
The three days’ sports competition finally came to an end with Class 27 seizing total victory. Altogether they ranked first in eight different competitions, four of which were obtained by Bai Luo Yin and Gu Hai. There were two relay competitions that they participated in together and won. Having broken three records resulted in Class 27 taking the lead by a wide margin and gaining the title of “Champion Class”.
Meanwhile, those three expendable scoundrels that hounded Bai Luo Yin, all asked for leave the next day. Their shadows were never seen again until the end of the semester.
In regards to the 400-meter hurdles that You Qi and Yang Meng participated in, every hurdle fell under their tenacious struggle; not even a single hurdle was left standing by the time they were done.
However, the sports competition this time also brought them an unexpected “outcome”. They themselves also had no idea which idle person had uploaded snapshots of Yang Meng’s match online. The incident where You Qi hit Yang Meng resulted into a snapshot of him stroking Yang Meng’s behind. Moreover, there’s also that last emotional embrace, where Yang Meng teared at You Qi’s hair, while You Qi was wearing a euphoric and infatuated expression……
In short, the ruckus created by those snapshots caused these two undoubtedly innocent people to become ‘close gay friends’.
The days passed by quickly. Whether intentional or not, Luo Xiao Yu would still look after and pay extra close attention to Gu Hai, but Gu Hai never acknowledged any of her kindness. This happened so many times, that even when Luo Xiao Yu had a proper reason to call Gu Hai to her office, he would refuse to go and in turn, she would always suffer a rejection from him.
In the end, Luo Xiao Yu was so worried, she had no other choice but to find Bai Luo Yin.
“Since you are together with Gu Hai every day, I wanted to ask you, does he have any complaints about me?”
Bai Luo Yin told Luo Xiao Yu frankly, “He doesn’t have any complaints towards you.”
“Then why did he……”
“He also doesn’t have that kind of interest in you.” Bai Luo Yin quickly added in a few more words.
The way he said this sentence invoked a burst of fear within Luo Xiao Yu’s mind. Bai Luo Yin didn’t directly specify anything; thus, that sentence could have thousands of meanings; it also couldn’t be considered as offensive or slandering either. If Luo Xiao Yu misunderstood, then this matter would be over; if she understood the underlying implications, then as long as she acknowledged it and knew her own limitations, she would know what she is supposed do as a teacher.
Final exams had ended and summer vacation was also over. It was in this wordless and silent manner did their third year of high school arrived.
Since the arts and science class had been divided during their second year, there were no more class separation in the third year. In all, it was still the same group of students, still the same teachers; the only difference was, Luo Xiao Yu was no longer there.
One day, Bai Luo Yin casually said, “Luo Xiao Yu is pregnant. She’s taking maternity leave in advance.”
Contrary to expectations, Gu Hai didn’t seem to be surprised, “It’s her husband’s first child and her grandparents’ first grandchild. If an accident were to occur, who will take responsibility? The school’s headmaster must had also understood this reasoning, that’s why she allowed her to take a maternity leave during her first month of pregnancy.”
“How do you know that it’s her first month of pregnancy?” asked Bai Luo Yin as he assumed a taut face.
Gu Hai replied ostentatiously, “Nowadays, pregnancy can be detected in three days, right?”
Bai Luo Yin, “……don’t tell me, you’re the one who accompanied her when she had the check up?”
At that moment, Gu Hai finally heard the hidden meaning behind Bai Luo Yin’s words. Knitting his eyebrows tightly together, he firmly dragged Bai Luo Yin into his embrace. His big hand grasped at Bai Luo Yin’s sturdy chin before he angrily said, “You even fucking suspect me of this?”
Bai Luo Yin smiled, “Aren’t I just being happy on behalf of our father? He’ll be holding a grandson so soon.”
Gu Hai’s face turned demonic before he ferociously bit Bai Luo Yin’s lips.
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