Addicted: Chapter 9

You can really eat!

Translator: Estreline | Editors: Angie/Sae

As the teacher had requested of him, Bai Luo Yin diligently hand-copied the seating arrangement for the 57 students in the class. Then, he passed them out to his classmates one by one. When Gu Hai received the paper, instead of placing it directly on his desk, he merely stared at it for a while.

Since he was small, Gu Wei Ting taught Gu Hai that a person’s handwriting could accurately show that person’s true character and accomplishments. Bai Luo Yin’s handwriting was strong and vigorous, yet yesterday he said many harsh words to him. His handwriting and his character were completely different.

Could it be because of my bad attitude?

Noting that, Gu Hai wanted to test out his theory.

Once the bell rang, Gu Hai walked straight toward the seat in front of Bai Luo Yin’s desk (which happened to be You Qi’s seat) with his seating list and sat there—watching him quietly.

Since Bai Luo Yin was in a hurry to do his homework, he didn’t have time to look up at the person in front of him. It was with that attitude that he ended up ignoring Gu Hai.

A minute later, Gu Hai opened his mouth to speak, revealing a deep and crisp voice.

“This is your handwriting, right?”

At that moment, Bai Luo Yin’s brain was still thinking hard, but with just one word from Gu Hai, his train of thought halted. Overwhelmed with anger, he grabbed a nearby ruler and hit Gu Hai’s head.

“Do you have something to say? If not, then don’t bother me.”

Gu Hai looked at Bai Luo Yin’s face again. He was right, it did match his handwriting. It doesn’t belong to just anyone as there was character to it. If you only looked at his features individually, it doesn’t exactly come out. But if you see it altogether, his face was rather unique.

After a long time, Bai Luo Yin was still unaware of Gu Hai’s eyes boring through him. He was still struggling with his homework when Gu Hai suddenly pointed to his book and said, “I know how to do this question.”

However, Bai Luo Yin immediately grabbed Gu Hai’s hand and pushed it off his desk.

“Thank you, but I can do it myself.”

With his hand strongly pushed him away and turning slightly red, Gu Hai’s face darkened.

“Pick up my ruler for me,” Bai Luo Yin commanded.

Gu Hai didn’t move.

“Why are you being so difficult? Didn’t I just tell you to pick up the ruler? Can’t you be a bit faster?”

Giving a glance, Gu Hai unexpectedly complied, picked up the ruler and respectfully gave it back to Bai Luo Yin.

As the bell for class rang, Gu Hai went back to his own seat with a piece of paper that he had torn from Bai Luo Yin’s homework in his hand. In truth, he felt an overflowing appreciation for Bai Luo Yin’s hard work.

Once class came to an end, You Qi finished gathering his things and turned around to look at Bai Luo Yin. “Let’s go eat.”

“I’m not a boarder so I’ll go eat at home instead.” Bai Luo Yin said nonchalantly as he walked out went outside, but You Qi caught up to him.

“Today’s my treat. Let’s go to the cafeteria to eat.”

Hearing that, Bai Luo Yin felt uneasy and said, “Can’t you choose a better place to treat me? School cafeteria?! Do you have something against me?”

But when he suddenly recalled Bai Han Qi’s terrible cooking, he shuddered and readily agreed.

Along the way, You Qi always maintained his cool image. He wasn’t fond of wearing the school uniform, so he simply wore a plaid shirt as a replacement. As per usual, he also kept the top two buttons unbuttoned which inadvertently exposed half of his chest. Bai Luo Yin recently noticed that You Qi always had his headphones with him even when he was walking on the street, and whenever someone greeted him, he would look like he didn’t hear them.

However, whenever Bai Luo Yin said a word that annoyed him, You Qi always lost his temper. As a result, Bai Luo Yin suspected that You Qi’s headphone was never plugged to anything.

“I think that you’re really cold.”

Bai Luo Yin was taken aback, thinking that he heard You Qi wrong. “Am I as cold as you are?”

“I’m only pretending,” You Qi suddenly grinned. “But you actually cold to the bones which gives off a kind of feeling that says, ‘don’t get close to me’.”

“Don’t give me those bitter words.”

Without saying anything else, You Qi looked around to make sure no one was around and suddenly pulled out a tissue to blow his nose.

Bai Luo Yin looked at him. “Do you have rhinitis?”[1]

“So, you can see it too?” You Qi asked with astonishment.

“If I can’t see it, then I must be blind.”

Honestly, who can’t? You Qi blew his nose no less than five times in each class and always left his seat at the end. Therefore, whenever Bai Luo Yin lifted his eyes, he would always see a load of used tissues inside You Qi’s desk.

Not wanting to think about it because it made him nauseated, Bai Luo Yin forced himself to turn his attention elsewhere, otherwise, he wouldn’t have any appetite.

“How can you eat this much?!”

You Qi questioned as he looked at the plates of food on the table. He felt like he was witnessing real life a Wu Song[2] right in front of him: two meals, eight buns, a bowl of fried shredded pancake, three burgers, one plate of cold noodle, and one plate of dumplings.

And that was only Bai Luo Yin’s share.

“Are these even enough? I’m still hungry!”

At those words, You Qi broke into cold sweat. He had always wanted to lose weight since he thought his legs were a bit thick and didn’t look good when he wore pants. He was always jealous of Bai Luo Yin because he was not too fat or too thin. Bai Luo Yin’s body proportion was just right. But now that he witnessed Bai Luo Yin consumed such a large amount of food with his fit body, You Qi was truly raging with jealousy.

“Do you usually exercise?” You Qi dared to ask, wanting to learn more about him.

Bai Luo Yin ate the remaining food on his plate and wiped his mouth. “I don’t really exercise much except for when I walk to school.”

“That’s just scary…so, where does all the food you just eat go to?”

Bai Luo Yin pointed to his stomach, “You’ll have to ask him. I don’t know.”

Walking sluggishly, You Qi couldn’t help but to be utterly upset. He didn’t want to, but he regretted treating Bai Luo Yin to a lunch—now, his meal card has been maxed out. He can’t eat at the canteen anymore after today.

“Friend, can I borrow your meal card? When I went out, I forgot to bring it with me.” A certain someone asked You Qi while wearing an innocent and miserable look.

You Qi picked up the meal card with his two fingers and passed it over to him.

“Here, just use it. You don’t need to return it to me.”

Translator’s Note:

[1] rhinitis – Rhinitis is inflammation and swelling of the mucous membrane of the nose, characterized by a runny nose and stuffiness and usually caused by the common cold or a seasonal allergy.

[2] Wu Song – a fictional character in Water Margin, one of the Four Great Classical Novels in Chinese literature. Nicknamed “Pilgrim”, he ranks 14th among the 36 Heavenly Spirits, the first third of the 108 Stars of Destiny. In folklore, Wu Song is an apprentice of the martial artist Zhou Tong and he specialises in Chuojiaoand the use of the staff and double broadswords. He was well-known for beating a tiger with his bare hands.

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