A Formidable Opponent
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As the days went by, it came time for those intense-end-of-the-semester exams again. The frequent practical exams and various school assignments had indubitably thrown all the students into a dreadful plight. Although it was never said out loud, the teachers were secretly competing with one another to see which class would get the highest score—thus, every day, they would cheerfully extend class time.
Before, they would take advantage of the fact that it was light out and quickly return home, but now the students had to virtually stay late into the night and study by themselves. This situation happened every new day from dusk until dawn.
That kind of rigorous studying environment was the direct cause of Bai Luo Yin’s habit of sleeping in class to recur.
It was only until recently that Bai Luo Yin was able to get rid of that pernicious habit under Gu Hai’s constant attentiveness, but now it was beyond his power. There was a mountain of assignments that were impossible to avoid. By the time they were all completed, it was impossible to not go straight to sleep. But… before sleeping, was it impossible to be just a bit intimate as well?
During the self-study period, Bai Luo Yin would continuously write until he was done and, immediately after, he would rest his head and fall asleep.
Looking up, Gu Hai couldn’t help but let his eyes remain on Bai Luo Yin’s sleeping form. For some reason, his chest tightened.
Shit, I can’t do anything. I might as well just sleep tonight…
With that in mind, he pulled his down jacket out of his desk and got up to drape it over Bai Luo Yin.
It was rather quiet in the classroom for a long while, since everyone was focusing on their studies. But without warning, a noisy outburst overtook the silence, causing many of the students to twist their necks back toward the back doorway. One cannot blame them, in such a dull and uninteresting self-study period, even the slightest sign of excitement would spark anyone’s curiosity. Especially more so when that excitement was not considered a small matter, because standing at the back doorway was a beautiful girl.
Using his tall stature to his advantage, Gu Hai turned and glanced over the other students toward the presumably beautiful girl.
At that moment, even Gu Hai, whose taste tends to gravitate to the more aggressive type of girls, had to reluctantly admit to himself that that girl was indeed extremely beautiful. Her beauty was so vivid and alluring that even the now lively environment paled in comparison. She had a milky complexion, almost transparent, with big doll-like eyes, shaped similar to that of a westerner, and her dark pupils seemed to hold a mixture of cleverness and sophistication. Perhaps, her speech was just as refined as everything else.
Her physique was, for the lack of a better word, flawless—a beautiful girl blessed with a slender waist, large bosom and long slim legs that ran for miles. She was wrapped in world famous brand name products from head to toe, and with the addition of her looks, her charm and grace soared.
Spoken in modern terms she was: tall, rich and beautiful!
As a result, the group of poor short boys was completely unable to sit back down. If their eyes contained hooks, they would have already pulled the clothes right off of her body.
What the hell are you doing standing there dressed all beautiful for? Are you deliberately challenging our patience?
That girl was no ordinary person. With so many pairs of eyes focusing on her, she was still able to remain unperturbed while she instead concentrated on a certain person.
When class ended and no one moved from their seats, she took the initiative to walk in.
Gu Hai watched as she gracefully made her way toward the desk in front of Bai Luo Yin. Then she lowered her body and crouched down, gently cupping her chin with her hands before revealing a bright smile. That was certainly a smile that laced sweetness! So sweet that the hair on Gu Hai’s body stood.
What are you doing? Are you trying to seduce my wife in front of me? You have guts, daring to do something like that! You must be tired of living!
“Do you need something?” Gu Hai asked coldly.
A heartwarming smile appeared on the girl’s lips as she shifted her gaze to Gu Hai. The radiant light that emitted off of her alone, tempted the cherry blossoms outside to bloom earlier than usual.
With that, she then continued to use those blurred eyes to gaze lovingly at the sleeping person.
Gu Hai secretly clenched his teeth in hatred.
Why am I a guy?
The atmosphere in the classroom was revitalized as countless male students’ eyes swept around the room—jealousy visible on their faces.
Why isn’t such a brilliant and beautiful girl looking for me? Why do all good things always get caught by Bai Luo Yin?
Bai Luo Yin continued to sleep soundly, still utterly oblivious to his surroundings. The girl appeared energetic as she patiently waited for him. After a few minutes, she dragged over an empty stool to sit on, cupped her chin with her hands again, and quietly stared at him without saying anything.
Eyeing her, Gu Hai bet to himself that if Bai Luo Yin did not wake up, that girl would certainly wait through their entire school day.
Before long, a famous saying crept silently within the room, ‘he who comes, comes ill-intentioned’, perhaps it perfectly described the situation at that moment.
Finally, being the one that sat the closest to Bai Luo Yin, You Qi could no longer remain still.
The main problem was that the girl had so densely doused on perfume that it offended You Qi’s nostrils, which provoked his rhinitis to flare. Unable to stand it anymore, he promptly turned around and tapped on Bai Luo Yin’s desk, “Hey, wake up. There’s someone looking for you.”
Trying to will the sleepiness away, Bai Luo Yin impatiently straightened up his body. His eyes had yet to be opened when he heard a familiar voice.
Bai Luo Yin’s face froze at that moment, thinking that he was actually dreaming since he was awakened so abruptly. Feeling rather stupefied, he remained silent.
The girl waved her hand in front of Bai Luo Yin’s face, trying to catch his attention “What, you don’t recognize me anymore?”
With great effort, Bai Luo Yin managed to reply back. “Why are you back in the country?”
Hearing those words, Gu Hai’s entire body immediately froze like a block of cold cement. His heart, lungs, abdomen and all other internal organs gradually lost its functions. ‘Shi Hui,’ since Bai Luo Yin had mentioned that name in his drunken state once before and had nervously taken his phone outside to receive her call, Gu Hai had held a bit of curiosity toward her. He had always thought in the depths of his heart that that girl was merely a figment of his overactive imagination, an imaginary enemy. It was nearly inconceivable to him that she was actually real. Yet to his surprise, she materialized in front of his very eyes.
Moreover, it was in such a formidable posture.
Beautiful and charming… exactly in conformity with Bai Luo Yin’s standards.
Gu Hai could even imagine Bai Luo Yin’s blissful expression if the two were to roll around in bed.
He definitely wouldn’t refuse or have any complaints… he would unquestionably be like a vicious hunger-stricken wolf, attacking until the flesh at the hip was eaten clean. Once wouldn’t be enough, there would be a second time… and after they were done, they would call each other Baobei, Baobei, Baobei and continue to whisper sweet nothings while preparing for the next battle…
Gu Hai’s heart was quickly bleeding out.
When the sound of the bell going off signaled the start of the next class, Shi Hui quietly told Bai Luo Yin, “I’ll wait for you.” Then she stepped out of the classroom to continue to wait at the doorway.
During the entire class, although Gu Hai did not do anything, there was actually a fierce undertaking in his head. He took the graph paper and started to map out a strategic composition with his pen: standing on one side were his loyal men, along with tens of thousands of army troops behind them. Their unity was impenetrable, with a tight bound created from having a common hatred for the enemy. For the sake of their territory, they were ready and willing to shed blood, lose their heads and sacrifice their precious lives…
While Gu Hai busied himself in that tortuous manner, Bai Luo Yin’s head was also raging chaotically. Standing outside of the classroom was a person that could not be easily dealt with and sitting behind him was a person that was even harder to deal with.
As he sat there, unable to take in much of the lesson, he could feel knives running into his back. Curious, he turned around only to meet with a pair of unusually warm eyes. Strangely, one eye seemed to be laughing joyously while the other was laughing bitterly in a crazy manner.
That glance alone caused a chill up Bai Luo Yin’s spine before he quickly turned away.
After class was dismissed, Bai Luo Yin gathered his belongings, and under Gu Hai’s heated gaze, he readied to leave.
Shi Hui was still standing at the doorway waiting for him. At that time, although the corridor had heat ventilation, the cracks in the windows still let in the cold air.
Bai Luo Yin walked out just as Shi Hui was placing her hand in front of her face to get some warm, and although her cheeks were tinted red, there was still a smile on her face. Surprisingly enough, there were no complaints or impatience nestling in her eyes.
“You…” Bai Luo Yin was at a loss for words.
Shi Hui spoke first, “Let’s have dinner together.”
There was silence between them for quite some time before Bai Luo Yin dully said, “Let’s change it to another day. Since you just sat on the plane for such a long time, you must be tired. Go back and rest.”
“I’m not tired,” Shi Hui replied softly. “I already rested at home for an entire day.”
Leaning against the back door, Gu Hai monotonously threw out a sentence.
“Go. She came all the way here just to see you and even waited for an entire class. You actually have the heart to refuse?”
Bai Luo Yin immediately shot Gu Hai a sarcastic glance. He nodded his head even though he himself was not sure of why he did that.
Seeing that, Gu Hai’s pupil blackened… You bastard! I give you leeway and you really take it? Are you trying to infuriate me?
With a bright and cheerful smile, Shi Hui grabbed Bai Luo Yin’s arm and prepared to leave.
But Gu Hai blocked their only path, “Isn’t it a bit inappropriate for you to only invite him?”
Shi Hui weakly smiled as she looked at Bai Luo Yin, then back at Gu Hai.
With hidden knives concealed in his smile, Gu Hai looked at Shi Hui, “Take me along, I also like pretty girls.”
Shi Hui was startled for a second, but soon a bright and generous smile graced her face.
“Okay, we can go together.”
On the road, Shi Hui sat in the front passenger seat, while Bai Luo Yin and Gu Hai occupied the back. Initially, no one said anything and kept their thoughts to themselves. Feeling satisfied, Shi Hui glanced back through the rearview mirror then gazed out the window. The two in the back were engaged in their own mental battles as their eyes assassinated each other.
“Bai Luo Yin! Quick, look at that lighted path over there, do you remember? That’s the vineyard where we went to pick grapes. That time you even carried me on your back while I plucked grapes from this to that end until our basket was full.”
Whether Bai Luo Yin remembered or not, no one knew. Regardless, it was indelibly imprinted in Gu Hai’s memory.
At the restaurant, although the three sat in a warmly lit, romantic private room, the atmosphere was unusually strange.
Shi Hui brought out an exquisitely wrapped box and passed it over to Bai Luo Yin, “This is the gift I brought back for you.”
When Bai Luo Yin took the box, he felt a pair of eyes settle on his arms, amputating them.
Shi Hui brought out another box and passed it to Gu Hai, “This is for you.”
“I don’t need it,” Gu Hai said sarcastically.
Shi Hui remained enthusiastic, “Why don’t you need it? Since you’re here, don’t be modest.” After saying that, she stuffed the box in Gu Hai’s hand and put on a very frank smile.
The more she acted cute, fair and considerate, the more Gu Hai was disgusted by her.
Unaware of Gu Hai’s hostility toward her, Shi Hui took the initiative to converse with him.
“You must be Gu Hai, right?”
Gu Hai’s eyes shifted slightly in admittance.
Shi Hui continued to smile, “It seems I’ve guessed correctly. You must be General Gu’s son and Bai Luo Yin’s younger brother. It’s hard to imagine you two would get along so well. You must be very strong to be able to make Bai Luo Yin accept this relationship.”
In just seconds, Gu Hai shot a death glare full of questions to Bai Luo Yin.
Didn’t you say the two of you never talked before? How does she know everything?
Bai Luo Yin’s eyes attacked back, How would I know? I’ve obviously never talked to her about it.
With that, the two boys respectively cast their sight elsewhere.
Fuck, there’s a traitor. Bai Luo Yin couldn’t help to add while wearing a frown.
1 来者不善，善者不来 －one who comes, comes with ill-intentioned, certainly not by virtue; ‘beware of Greek’s bearing gifts’ is also used referring to the Trojan horse.