Chapter 28: The CHANGES in their ATTITUDE
After two classes has passed, Gu Hai’s shadow didn’t even show up, and no one heard about his whereabouts. During break time, everyone was talking about Gu Hai’s fate, meanwhile Bai Luo Yin was only slouching on his desk, his eyes were wide open.
When it was time to go home, Bai Luo Yin immediately gathered his schoolbag and walked out from the backdoor. He went straight to the security department office.
Bai Luo Yin had already thought of what to do should the worst case scenario happened. If something bad were to happen to Gu Hai, he would lower his pride and seek help from Jiang Yuan. Although he wasn’t fond of the guy, this time Gu Hai had become a scapegoat because of him. If Gu Hai didn’t attack the person on Bai Luo Yin’s behalf, he would’ve been the one who’s being interrogated right now.
Bai Luo Yin was in deep thought while he was going down the stairs. The scene of when Gu Hai gave Wu Fang a good beating replayed in his head over and over again.
Still lost in his thoughts, he didn’t even notice that there was a person standing in front of him.
“Why did you come here?”
Bai Luo Yin stopped for a moment and saw Gu Hai standing at the end of the stairs.
Neither of them moved. They were looking at each other, there was a one meter distance between them. This is the first time Bai Luo Yin looked at Gu Hai in a different light.
“Are you… going back to collect your things?” Bai Luo Yin asked.
Gu Hai went up two steps, looking relaxed. “How did you know so much about me?”
“Are you still able to come back?”
“Still come back for what?”
Bai Luo Yin’s expression changed. He grabbed Gu Hai’s arm bearing an anxious face.
“This is all my fault. I will look for someone to get you out of this mess.”
Gu Hai was silent for a moment and then suddenly he laughed.
“What are you talking about? I’m going home to eat, sleep, and tomorrow I will still return here. Which mess are you going to get me out from?”
Bai Luo Yin’s thoughts were running like a train, but after hearing Gu Hai’s words, his nervousness and anxiety suddenly disappeared.
“How come nothing’s happened to you?”
Gu Hai chuckled. “Why, do you want something to happen to me?”
Bai Luo Yin didn’t speak a word.
Gu Hai patted his shoulder, “I’m going, okay? I just came back here to pick up my things.”
Gu Hai felt that Bai Luo Yin was clutching at his arm tightly, “What’s wrong? You still don’t believe me? If I said it’s okay, then it really is okay.”
“It’s not like that.”
Bai Luo Yin took off Gu Hai’s bloodstained uniform, and then took off his own uniform as well and handed it to Gu Hai.
“Just wear this to class.”
After he finished speaking, Bai Luo Yin left.
Gu Hai wore the uniform that was riddled with holes. He stood still on the stairs for a long time. Despite Bai Luo Yin’s face eternally adorned with a scowl, his uniform was very fragrant.
Bai Luo Yin walked home with one shirtless. The wind was blowing strongly that evening and it was quite cold that he couldn’t help but to rub his hands on his arms. After passing one block, an auntie who was sweeping the streets saw Bai Luo Yin freezing. She was familiar with all the students that pass to and from school. Something tugged her heart and offered to Bai Luo Yin, “You can wear one of my coats and just return it back.”
“I’m fine, auntie, I can just run and I won’t feel cold anymore.”
“Oh, okay…. Just be careful of the cars on the street!”
Passing through an intersection, Bai Luo Yin should’ve turned west, but his foot took him to the north sidewalk instead. It was rush hour and people were getting off from work. It was a sea of people everywhere. Bai Luo Yin was in the middle of the bustling crowd, then suddenly he felt his surroundings become cold and lonely.
“Your classmate Bai Luo Yin, is a bastard. His mother gave birth to him but did not raise him.”
Although Wu Fang had already been taught a lesson badly by Gu Hai, Bai Luo Yin would still remember those words forever.
Gu Hai went home by taxi; he stopped at the traffic light and saw Bai Luo Yin’s figure from behind. Actually, his back can be easily recognized, especially because Bai Luo Yin didn’t wear any uniform. He had this handsome figure and neat steps, he really stood out even when he was in the middle of a huge crowd.
” Mister, could you please stop the car in front of that corner?”
Gu Hai alighted from the taxi and walked behind Bai Luo Yin. He wanted to know what Bai Luo Yin is up to this late instead of going home.
They passed by a lot of streets, the sky was already getting dark when Bai Luo Yin stopped in front of a food stall.
“Boss, give me 5 draft beers, 20 pork skewers, 5 beef tendons, 5 chicken gristles, 3 fish skewers….”
Bai Luo Yin took note of all the foods he wanted to eat, and then found himself a place to sit. Soon, the beer came to his table and Bai Luo Yin immediately took a bottle and drank with big gulps. He then slowly began to crack open the peanuts.
“You ordered so many food for yourself, can you finish them all?”
When he heard the familiar voice, Bai Luo Yin gazed up and saw Gu Hai standing in front of him. His calm expression remained the same. Although Bai Luo Yin was still doubtful when Gu Hai said that he didn’t receive any punishment, he saw no signs of worry on Gu Hai’s face.
“Boss, give me another set of bowl and chopsticks!” Bai Luo Yin shouted.
Gu Hai smiled happily, “My slave-life has finally ended!”
Bai Luo Yin drank two mouthfuls of beer, his tone seems to be lacking its usual sting and indifference, “If you want something cheaper, then just go somewhere else.”
Gu Hai just kept silent, picked up a pork skewer and took a bite. It actually tasted pretty good.
Previously, he always thought that food from the roadside stalls were very dirty. But now that he’s sitting here, looking at the lively and messy scenery around him, it unexpectedly made him feel really hungry.