Author: Chai Jidan
The boy suddenly pushed the girl away and very viciously said to her: “Tell you what, I’m actually a player. I don’t know how many girls I’ve hooked up with. You should get away from me before it’s too late. Have you run out of boys to choose from? Why don’t you go hang yourself from a tree?”
The flush on the girl’s face faded away. All of a sudden, it become incomparably pale. Chen Youzai’s heart could not bear to see this; but, he already made it this far. Going back would render all that has achieved going down the drain.
“You’re lying to me, aren’t you? You’re testing me, right? I already said it before, in my eyes, no one can compare to you.”
“But there’s a man who likes you more than I do, and I want to be good to you, so I decided to give you to him.”
“Who?” The girl asked with tears in her eyes, then she added: “No matter who it is, I wouldn’t be tempted.”
The boy sighed and said: “Don’t tell me you can’t see it? In the morning, Chen Yuozai secretly follows you along the way, every day. He goes to your class to borrow books, just to catch a glimpse of you. He even bought so many delicious foods and secretly stuffed them inside your drawer…”
“Humph… He he…” The girl sneered twice, then said: “Even if you had a change of heart, you don’t have to use him to insult me…”
The boy could not understand what the girl meant so he went on defaming himself. “Let me tell you the truth. I’m a very stingy person. I have to think twice about spending a jiao. I’m so filthy that I pick up things to eat from the trash can. I haven’t brushed my teeth for a month nor have I washed my feet for a year. I’m also a pervert. I always go to the girl’s dormitory to steal panties and then I go home to hide them under my bed…”
( one-tenth of a yuan)
“That’s enough!” The girl cried out loud. She pointed her finger to the boy and said: “Even if it’s like this, even if Chen Youzai’s making more efforts, you don’t disgust me… Wu wu wu… I can’t stand it.”
The boy scowled miserably. Looking at the girl with disbelief, he asked: “Is Chen Youzai that bad?”
The girl clearly did not want to talk about matters related to Chen Youzai at this moment; however, the boy did not want to overlook nor spare. The girl, without any better option, cried and furiously said: “Come on, in my heart, I’m better off with the school janitor uncle than with him. Even if all men around the world would die, I won’t fall for Chen Youzai! If you want to break up, just frankly say it…”
(「不依不饶」bù yī bù ráo – an idiom which means “unwilling to forgive” or “to treat severely without listening to excuses.”)
Chen Youzai could not hear anymore whatever the girl said next. He only remembered the girl’s tear-stained face and her last few words. Chen Youzai changed back to his own body and lost his way on the road. He did not dare to come near the windows of the shop fronts ahead. At this time, he was afraid to see his face that he loathed the most.
“Even if all men in the world would die, I would never fall for Chen Yuozai…” Chen Youzai repeatedly muttered this sentence while on the road. At first, his heartache was incessant. Later on, it gradually disappeared, gradually losing his care. Finally, Chen Youzai kicked a small stone on the road, and fiercely cursed: “You can’t look at me, I also can’t look at you!”
(「老子」lǎo zi – an arrogant way of saying “I.”)
At night, Chen Youzai had a dream. He dreamed that he was at the lakeside again. There was a man standing by the lakeside, but he could only see his silhouette. He could see that this man was quite classy; moreover, he was wearing clothing and personal adornment of ancient times.
By the time the man turned around, he actually saw his rival-in-love’s face. Then, his face magnified a number of times. He was like a Sphinx that stood before him.
Chen Youzai suddenly woke up. The night was not cold. In the darkness, Chen Youzai clearly recalled that scene from earlier when he kissed his rival-in-love’s lips. He spat on the ground, wiped his mouth, then fell back to sleep.