This person, I insist on being his friend!
Translated by: Estreline | Editor: Lululililululu/Sae
“Excuse me mister, can you go a little slower?”
Hearing that request, the taxi driver hastily replied, “You want me to go even slower? Look at the speedometer! How much slower do you want me to go?”
“Just follow that guy in front of us. The one wearing the blue school uniform right there. It’s enough if you just follow him.”
The driver snapped, his voice carried a sense of annoyance once he spoke again. “Are you going to trouble me for half a day just to drive you along this street? Are you deliberately trying to torment me? The taxi fare is based on distance, not the time. If I wasted half a day just to drive for a mile, what good would it do for me?”
Not really caring much about what the driver said, Gu Hai merely took out 200 yuan and threw it directly at the driver while keeping his eyes on his target.
Once the taxi driver’s hand clutched onto the money, his attitude immediately lightened up a bit.
“Listen to me young man, if you really want to track him on the street, why don’t you just go out and walk? Or at the least find a motorcycle—it’s way cheaper. Isn’t it a waste of money for you to spend 200 yuan just to be driven a few steps?”
“I can be easily spotted if I walk. Quick! He turned at the corner.”
When they arrived on the street where Bai Luo Yin lived, Gu Hai immediately got out of the taxi and stealthily trailed behind him. In his vicinity, there were rows of old and shabby houses that did not fit with the high-rise buildings in the surrounding area. Gu Hai quickly judged that those kinds of houses would soon be demolished. Those uncles and aunts who lived down this street would soon lose their warm nests. Thinking about it again, it was unlikely that the government would even take the time to meet with the residents and buy out any of their houses.
Gu Hai continued down the street and saw Bai Luo Yin walked into a small courtyard.
Pushing up his sleeves just slightly, he looked at his watch: 50 minutes had passed. Now he understood clearly why Bai Luo Yin was always late. Gu Hai observed Bai Luo Yin’s family condition and concluded that he probably didn’t even own a bicycle.
Bai Luo Yin went into his house, put down his bag on his messy bed, took off his uniform, and walked to the kitchen topless. He opened the rice cooker, stared at it for a while, then shouted towards Bai Han Qi who was in the courtyard.
“Didn’t you say you were going to cook congee? How did it turn into rice?”
Bai Han Qi smacked his head, regret evident on his face.
“I went outside for a while to do the laundry and forgot that I was cooking congee. It was cooked for too long, so it became rice.”
When Gu Hai arrived at the door, Bai Luo Yin had poured water into his bowl of rice and mixed it to make congee. He took a sip, then another with just a plate of pickles sitting to his side.
After he finished eating, Bai Luo Yin took his bowl and went inside. Not long after, he went out again and saw that Bai Han Qi was doing the laundry. With his brows slight furrowed together, Bai Luo Yin angrily threw a pair of underwear at him.
“Isn’t this underwear clean? Why did you wash it? Dad, you already know, I only have three pairs of underwear. You threw one into the drain, I’m wearing one right now, and you washed this last one even though it was clean. Now, what am I going to wear tomorrow?”
Bai Han Qi looked at the underwear in question with shock for a moment. Then he rubbed his hands on his clothes to dry them and said, “Dad will go buy a new pair for you.”
“No need to.” Bai Luo Yin snatched the underwear in Bai Han Qi’s hand back. “I’ll just wear this. It should be dry by tomorrow.”
Seeing the father and son bickering, Gu Hai smiled in amusement.
On this day, Gu Hai did not call a taxi to go back home. Instead, he ran, taking this opportunity to exercise his body. While running, his mind went through what he just saw earlier in the day—that is, the mess in the duo’s daily lives.
Actually, he came here for three reasons. One, to find out why Bai Luo Yin was always late. Two to observe Bai Luo Yin’s daily life. And three, because he had nothing better to do.
Now that he had accomplished all of his objectives, something unexpected happened.
He realized that he wanted to be this person’s friend.