The Trouble this Time
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Saturday afternoon at a certain cafe.
Shi Hui was wearing light makeup that made her naturally pretty face appear even more ethereal.
“How have you been doing?” Bai Luo Yin asked, breaking the silence.
Shi Hui grabbed a small spoon and leisurely stirred the coffee in the cup, as her big bright eyes occasionally flitted over Bai Luo Yin.
“From your complexion, you seem pretty well.”
A smile forced its way onto Shi Hui’s lips, “You think I have the nerve to look miserable in front of you? I only got a bit carried away by my emotions and you decided to just hang up on me without a care. I was really scared. Really.”
Bai Luo Yin remained quiet.
“Excuse me, gentlemen, what would you like to order?”
“Let me take a look… okay, two glasses of fruit juice.”
“May I ask what flavor?”
“You can pick for us!” a soldier said as he and his comrade made their way toward a table beside Bai Luo Yin.
Their loud voices were so noisy that they echoed through the cafe and caught Bai Luo Yin’s attention. He carelessly cast them a side glance. The two soldiers attempted to discreetly look around the shop, but just as they did so, their eyes made contact with Bai Luo Yin’s. Then, as if nothing had happened, they nonchalantly turned away and continued their loud conversation.
In such a spacious café, the two soldiers insisted on squeezing their way over to their side.
“What’s wrong?” Shi Hui asked.
Bai Luo Yin shook his head, “Nothing.”
The two soldiers moved close to each other and whispered, “Our General’s son definitely has good eyes. Just look at how proper that girl is!”
“Hey hey… that guy has really bad luck.”
Even though Shi Hui remained silent for quite some time, her eyes were completely engrossed on Bai Luo Yin’s face, looking as though she was lost in a trance.
“Yin Zi, you’ve changed a lot.”
Taken aback, Bai Luo Yin looked up at her, “Is that so? I didn’t realize.”
Shi Hui smiled faintly, exposing two dimples.
“You’ve become more handsome.”
Bai Luo Yin didn’t reply as the corner of his lips tugged back.
The two soldiers to the side called out again.
“What I asked for was freshly squeezed juice, why did you give me artificially flavored juice?”
“Mister, you clearly said to choose anything.”
“Hey, are you talking back to me? You’re making it look like a soldier like me is bullying a waitress! Go, call your manager out here!”
“I’m sorry, mister, the manager isn’t here. I will switch it out for you.”
Their conversation was once again interrupted, causing Shi Hui to feel somewhat disheartened.
Bai Luo Yin said, “How about we switch seats?”
Shi Hui smiled and nodded her head, “I was actually thinking that as well.”
The two had only moved and sat down for a few minutes before the soldiers caused another ruckus. Apparently, a glass of fruit juice had ‘accidentally’ spilled, giving them an opportunity to switch to another table that was ‘coincidentally’ close to where Bai Luo Yin and Shi Hui were sitting.
Even if Bai Luo Yin was stupid, he could still see through their facade.
“How about you come to sit by my side. We can sit a bit closer and still hear each other over the noise.”
Shi Hui cautiously faced Bai Luo Yin, worried he would refuse.
Bai Luo Yin glanced at the two soldiers and quickly sat down next to Shi Hui.
A familiar scent swept over Shi Hui as the sadness she felt became more real. She looked at Bai Luo Yin’s hands only to remember how many times they have pulled her along the countless streets, or how many times they had also wiped away her tears. What she was once familiar with had now become strange.
“Bai Luo Yin, if it wasn’t for the date on the screen, I’d almost believe that we never broke up or that I went abroad. And that right here, right now, we’re just on another date.”
Hearing that, Bai Luo Yin’s determined eyes wavered for a split second.
“Bai Luo Yin, do you know why I came back?”
Bai Luo Yin forced himself to answer back, “Because of me.”
“To be more exact, it’s because of some words that you said.”
Looking at her, the distance that was constructed between them seemed to gradually fade. He could almost see tears forming at the corners of her eyes; tears that would soon trickle down her rosy cheeks if she wasn’t able to hold them back.
“You said that you already have someone you like. I can’t let it go. I don’t believe you. I wanted to ask you in person who that person is. If you can give me a definite answer, I will immediately leave this café and purchase a plane ticket right away.”
Bai Luo Yin’s lips moved, but he didn’t say anything. He didn’t know whether his heart was hesitating or rather if he could not speak the truth.
“I knew it. You’re lying to me.” Shi Hui’s tears finally flowed down as her soft fingers grasped Bai Luo Yin’s arm. With an unsteady voice she said, “Bai Luo Yin, I’m not going to leave.”
When the last couple of words struck Bai Luo Yin’s eardrums, he immediately sobered up; somehow everything seemed clearer now. He turned to look at Shi Hui again, but this time, he spoke to her with a harsher tone. “There’s no need for you to feign ignorance in front of me. Even if you stay here, we’re still impossible.”
Unable to control her emotions, Shi Hui finally held onto Bai Luo Yin’s arm and began to sob. “You don’t like me anymore?”
In the end, Bai Luo Yin did not have the heart to push Shi Hui away.
The two soldiers at the side couldn’t bear to look anymore as they whispered to each other. “He doesn’t like you, but I like you. You can come over here. I will definitely love you dearly.”
“That guy is quite heartless.”
“Ha! Soon, he will be in a lot of trouble.”
Gu Hai stood at the training ground and stared calmly into the distance at the soldiers that were training rigorously. Before long, a young officer walked over to where he was and saluted him.
Seeing him, Gu Hai merely gave him a glance and a nod.
The officer finally relaxed his body and smiled at Gu Hai. “Where have you been lately? It’s been a long time since I last saw you.”
“Busy for no reason.”
The officer laughed again, “Major General Gu left just a while ago.”
Ignoring what he said, Gu Hai directly asked, “Is there a rifle?”
The officer faced the barrack and called out loudly, “Bring out the best rifle!”
Gu Hai held the rifle with both of his hands and walked toward the shooting range. Luckily, there were already two snipers there practicing, and about 100 meters ahead were several moving targets. Gu Hai remained silent as he inserted the bullets into its’ cartridge case.
After he found a good position, he followed the quick footsteps of the sniper in front of him. When that sniper took a shot, Gu Hai also took a shot. Afterward, he fired several more rounds toward the same target—nearly six bullets landed on the same spot while the remaining one missed the mark.
Gu Hai’s brows wrinkled together, unsatisfied with the result. Since he had not touched a gun in quite some time, he noticed that his skills had slipped a bit.
Soon, the snipers placed their rifles down and turned to look at the young man behind them and couldn’t help but to pat Gu Hai on the shoulder while praising him. “Young man, your marksmanship isn’t bad at all. Have you practiced before?”
A loud roar broke out before Gu Hai was able to respond.
“What’s going on? Why aren’t you all practicing? Are his shoulders something you can randomly pat?”
The snipers’ expression changed as they hung their head low and loudly saluted their commanding officer. After they were given permission, they turned around and walked away.
The officer looked apologetically at Gu Hai.
“They just transferred over here and didn’t recognize you.”
Gu Hai answered back, ‘it’s fine’ before he picked up the rifle and started to aim once again.
The officer quietly took his leave, but before he could get far, he saw two soldiers hastily dashing in his direction.
“You two, what have you been doing? I’ve been looking for you all afternoon! You’ve seriously violated the code of conducts…”
Gu Hai put the rifle down and walked over to the officer.
The two soldiers lowered their heads, not daring to utter a single word.
“I let them go out. There was something I wanted them to handle.”
In a split second, the officer’s once solemn face resumed its gentleness.
“So that’s what happened. Then forget it, hahaha…”
When the officer finally left, the two soldiers nervously sneaked a glance at Gu Hai. In reality, Gu Hai was even more nervous than they were. If he could stay still, he would have not run all the way over here. It was just that… in front of the two soldiers, it was inappropriate to reveal his nervousness.
“What’s going on?”
The two soldiers exchanged looks of ‘you suggest me, I suggest you’ since neither could speak.
The longer they were like that, the longer Gu Hai became irritated.
“You talk first!” Gu Hai pointed at the soldier to the left.
The soldier wiped the sweat off his forehead and cautiously said, “They were actually just reminiscing about the old days. It wasn’t anything out of the ordinary.”
The soldier to the right was honest and immediately retorted upon hearing his comrade’s words.
“What do you mean, didn’t say anything out of the ordinary? Did you forget why that girl returned to the country?”
Gu Hai took a step forward while the ruthless look in his eyes shot to the soldier to the right.
“Why did she return?”
The soldier to the left pulled the soldier to the right’s sleeve using his eyes to warn him.
You must not, by all means, tell him the truth. If you say that the girl returned herself, young Master Gu will definitely be angry. If we were to tell him that, do you think we’ll be able to live another day?
The soldier to the right responded back with a forceful smile.
“It’s the guy. He gave the girl a call and asked her to return to the country.”
“Right, right, right,” the soldier to the left parroted him. “Originally, the girl didn’t want to return, but the guy pestered her to do so.”
A buzz rung went off in Gu Hai’s brain before his face became ghastly pale.
The soldier on the left nudged the other soldier, motioning him to try and console Gu Hai.
“That, Gu… young Master Gu, actually… the girl didn’t mean it like that but the guy shamelessly stuck to her and insisted her to stay.”
“Right, the guy really didn’t care about saving face. The moment they sat down, he never stopped praising her, especially about how beautiful she is. He kept on staring at her without moving his eyes as well.”
“He also forced a hug on her and refused to let go.”
“That’s enough,” Gu Hai interrupted. “Don’t say any more, I get it. You two can leave.”
“That…” The soldier to the left scratched his head and deridingly faced Gu Hai. “Can you put in some good words for us with the Major General? Let us at least get three-class merit!”
“Let you have merit?” Gu Hai clenched his fists tightly, “You pissed me off and still have the nerve to ask for merit? What kind of merits do you have?”
The soldier to the right refused to budge for a second, but then he cautiously said, “We will help you vent your anger!”
“Yeah, we can beat him up! That bastard won’t be able to get off the bed for three days.”
“Three days? He won’t be able to sit up for half a month!”
Gu Hai, “…”