Lovely Allergen - Chap 13
The city’s climate was like an experiment in instability. The inextinguishable summer heat suddenly disappeared one day, and all that was needed was a night of cold wind.
Le Zhishi woke up early and heard the howling wind outside. He was in a daze and thought that it was just the low temperature in the morning, so he rushed to school without thinking much. Who knew that after two classes, the wind would get stronger and stronger. He couldn’t resist the cold and kept sneezing. Le Zhishi was so cold that he hugged his arms as the whole class walked out of the classroom during the break.
“Brother, your body is too weak.” Jiang Yufan touched his arm. “It’s so cold. You should put on more clothes when you go back at noon.”
Le Zhishi nodded, but suddenly thought of something and shook his head. “It’s Friday today. Senior has something to do. This time, I’m partnered with another newbie. We have to go to the radio station at noon to check our scripts. ”
“That’s too bad for you. Why don’t I bring you some of my clothes in the afternoon?”
Le Zhishi sneezed and rubbed his nose. “Forget it. It’s fine as long as we don’t go out. Anyway, tomorrow is a holiday. It’s no problem to take a day off.”
Jiang Yufan thought of something. “Speaking of holidays, Zhang Yameng just said that it’s her birthday tomorrow. She invited the whole class to the KTV.”
Zhang Yameng was the most popular girl in their class. Her father was in the food business. Although she was a little spoiled, she was warm-hearted, so she was always the center of attention. Le Zhishi was the center of attention in class. Many students liked to make fun of them. Zhang Yameng seemed to enjoy it. Once or twice was fine, but after a few times, Le Zhishi subconsciously avoided it.
“I …” Le Zhishi sneezed again and didn’t finish his sentence.
Coincidentally, Zhang Yameng came over and skipped to Le Zhishi’s side. “Le Zhishi! You must come tomorrow. I’ve booked a very delicious restaurant. ” She put her hands behind her back and smiled sweetly. “They all agreed. Our class can’t miss anyone.”
Before Le Zhishi had time to say anything, Zhang Yameng had already listed out the itinerary for Saturday in one breath. It was packed and did not leave any room for others to interrupt. In the end, she half acted coquettishly and half requested him to go.
It would be too embarrassing to reject her directly, not to mention that she had invited the whole class. Le Zhishi didn’t want to go, so he didn’t agree. He listened to the sports committee member’s arrangement and went to the back of the boys’ team.
Tomorrow, I’ll use the excuse that I’m seriously ill as an excuse to reject him.
The music started, and all the students began to do exercises between classes.
The high school team was in front of the middle school team. His line of sight was across the entire class, and he unconsciously glanced diagonally ahead. Seeing Song Yu, who was also standing at the end of the class, Le Zhishi suddenly breathed a sigh of relief. Fortunately, at least his brother was wearing the autumn school uniform.
However, he wasn’t wearing a suit. Instead, he was wearing the black and white sportswear that was always ridiculed. It was loose and big, which made him look even thinner and taller.
Peiya’s school uniform had always been envied by other schools. They had a total of four sets: the summer uniform with a shirt and tie, the spring and autumn uniform with a knitted vest and a suit jacket, one set of sportswear and one set of thick winter clothes. The colors of the two teams were also different. But because of this, Peiya’s school often had chaotic scenes of different people and different seasons.
But even if the loose sportswear was worn on Song Yu’s tall body, he still stood out much more than the other students.
After finishing the last movement, the team disbanded. Le Zhishi remembered that he hadn’t reported the change of partner to the stationmaster, Qin Yan, so he walked towards the high school team, intending to hurry back as soon as possible.
Qin Yan saw Le Zhishi running towards him from afar. He stood there and waited for him. He even stopped Song Yu.
Since the last substitute class, the rumor of Le Zhishi not getting along was dispelled. However, the news of Le Zhishi being caught eating self-heating rice in the evening self-study session spread like wildfire. In everyone’s mind, a person like Song Yu, who was difficult to get along with, could cover up for such a ridiculous thing. It was a touching brotherhood.
Afraid of wasting their time, Le Zhishi explained the matter in the shortest possible time. The cold wind blew and messed up his slightly curly hair. His entire body curled up like a weak little mouse.
“Okay. I got it. ” Qin Yan’s sharp eyes saw a colorful snack bag sticking out of his trouser pocket. He reached out to take it. “What’s this?”
“Rainbow candy. I bought it from the supermarket.” Le Zhishi said, “Do you want to eat it? Brother Qin Yan, I’ll give it to you. It’s the yogurt from last time … Achoo —”
Qin Yan’s attention was on the Rainbow candy. “It’s so good. Then I’ll try two … “Before he could tear it open, the bag in his hand was snatched away by Song Yu. A neat parabola was thrown in the air. Le Zhishi subconsciously reached out and caught it in a daze.
“Try what? It’s time for class.” Song Yu dragged Qin Yan away.
“Fire Hitachi! You can’t stand others being nice to me! ” Qin Yan, who was dragged away, was very unhappy. However, he suddenly thought of something. “Hey, he said something about yogurt just now …”
“You’re so noisy.” Song Yu frowned.
Le Zhishi didn’t give the candy away. He could only put it back in his trouser pocket and rubbed the tip of his nose.
Hearing Song Yu’s voice, he looked up and saw the other party pulling down the zipper of his jacket and taking off his clothes. Before Le Zhishi could react, the sportswear was thrown over and covered him like a rat net.
“Put it on.”
Le Zhishi hurriedly tore off his clothes, but all he could see was Song Yu’s back. He looked down at the sportswear in his hand and looked at it further. Finally, he put it on and pulled the zipper to the top.
The sleeves were so long.
Only half of his palm was exposed.
He flung his sleeves and ran back to the classroom like a little chick flapping its wings. The high school uniform was white. It was too eye-catching when mixed in with the blue ones. As soon as Le Zhishi returned to class, he was teased one after another. Everyone said things like “I’m so jealous”.
But he inexplicably enjoyed it.
The evil wind was still blowing fiercely outside. It drilled into the gaps of the aluminum window and made a strange whining sound. Le Zhishi cupped his face with his hands covered by the long sleeves. He listened quietly and thought that the sound was quite cute. It sounded like the cry of a little monster.
In order to check the script, he ate a bowl of plain rice noodles in the cafeteria at noon. After discussing with his friends, he went back to the classroom for lunch. Le Zhishi lay on the table and buried his head in his arms. His whole body was enveloped by the faint scent of laundry detergent on Song Yu’s clothes.
They obviously used the same detergent, but something seemed to be different.
Song Yu was different from everyone else.
He was not in good spirits the whole day. He almost sneezed into the microphone during the broadcast. But at least he lasted until school was over. Once class was over, Zhang Yameng used the excuse of asking him a question and suggested that they go together. “Are you feeling unwell? You’ll get sick if you ride the bike again. My driver is waiting for me outside. How about I take you home? ”
Le Zhishi shook his head and pulled away. “It’s not on the way. My house is very close. It won’t take long to get there.”
Zhang Yameng still insisted and pulled his arm. “Don’t be polite with me. It’ll be faster if you take the car.”
Le Zhishi coughed twice and pulled his hand back.
“I heard it’s going to rain this weekend. I don’t want to leave my bike in the rain for two days. Maybe next time.” After saying that, he quickly walked away.
Riding a bike in cold weather was indeed uncomfortable. The wind blew his sportswear, and the cold air mixed with the scent of osmanthus flowed all over his body. When he got home, Le Zhishi felt dizzy. He made quite a bit of noise when he changed his shoes. Papa Song was sitting in the kitchen doing some work. When he heard the noise, he turned his head. “Le?”
“Uncle.” Le Zhishi’s voice was muffled.
Song Jin immediately sensed that something was wrong. “Did you catch a cold?”
Seeing the little guy come in wearing his son’s school uniform, Song Jin smiled and turned his head to continue reading his notebook. He said to himself, “Song Yu is quite like an older brother.”
“Come and drink some sweet soup. Your Aunt Rong cooked orange peel red bean paste for the whole night.”
Le Zhishi took an unfinished hot-blooded youth manga from the shelf and sat down next to Song Jin. The red bean paste was cooked until it was soft and delicate. The amount of rock sugar was just right. It was still warm. After drinking it, one’s whole body warmed up. The glutinous rice cake was slightly fluffy and had a little charred shell. It was soaked in the sweet red bean paste. With a bite, one could pull out half of it. It was sticky and sticky. Eating while reading manga, he was bursting with happiness.
Seeing that Song’s dad was busy, Le Zhishi didn’t say anything. He silently ate at the side. After eating one bowl, he filled another bowl. There was a roasting plate on the counter. Inside it was neatly stacked with spicy pork jerky. It seemed to have just been roasted. Le Zhishi took two pieces and carried his bowl back to the middle island.
Song Jin finished his work and turned off his computer. “What are you going to do this weekend? Do you want to go fishing at Liangzi Lake with me? Your Aunt Rong Rong is going too. ”
Le Zhishi licked the red bean paste on his lips. “Is Brother going?”
“He doesn’t have time. He has to attend the election speech for the city’s three good students tomorrow.” Lin Rong came down from upstairs.
The city’s three good students. Song Yu was indeed one of the city’s three good students. Le Zhishi chewed the pork jerky carefully. His heart was full of admiration. Song Jin didn’t know about this. “The process of evaluating the city’s three good students is so complicated now?”
“Yeah, I thought it was strange at first. Later, I heard from a friend that it was because a child who won the award during last year’s evaluation went through other means and took the spot.” Lin Rong sat across from them with her bowl. “The child who failed the selection had better grades. The parents weren’t convinced, so they went to the Education Bureau to make a fuss. So this year, the vetting process has become stricter. They even added an election segment. Maybe it’s just in case. ”
Le Zhishi immediately said, “Brother Song Yu will definitely be fine.”
“That’s true.” Lin Rong smiled and patted his head. “But it doesn’t matter whether he gets it or not. Once you’re worried about the gains and losses, you’ll be under a lot of pressure. ”
“Then I won’t go fishing tomorrow.” Song Jin turned off his laptop.
Lin Rong pressed Song Jin’s shoulder. “Don’t. Your son said that we’re not allowed to go. Let’s not think too much about it. “Then she looked at Le Zhishi.” What will Le be doing tomorrow? ”
Hearing this, Le Zhishi, who was holding a small porcelain bowl, sighed and said, “I don’t know.”
“Young man, you seem to be very busy,” Song Jin joked.
Lin Rong was curious. “What’s the matter that’s making us so worried?”
As they were talking, they heard the door open and the familiar sound of keys being turned. The three of them looked at each other.
“Yu, come and have some sweet soup.” Lin Rong shouted and continued the topic. “Where were we? Tomorrow’s date? ”
“It’s not a date.” Le Zhishi denied decisively. “A classmate invited our class to her birthday party.”
Song Yu threw his backpack on the sofa and silently walked to the kitchen to wash his hands. He poured himself a glass of water and leaned against the counter in the open kitchen to drink quietly. He looked at the three people in Nakajima.
Lin Rong gossiped like a mother. “A boy or a girl? Just for dinner? ”
“A girl, Zhang Yameng.” Le Zhishi answered absent-mindedly. His mind was preoccupied with other things. He knew that Song Yu didn’t like sweet things, so he pointed at the pork jerky on the counter. Song Yu looked back. When he turned his head again, he saw Le Zhishi frowning and desperately holding back a sneeze.
“… Uncle should know him,” he added belatedly.
“Ah, Zhang Pengyuan’s daughter. I met her at the Chamber of Commerce a while ago.” Song Jin took a sip of tea and said in a relaxed tone, “Go ahead. You should relax on the weekend.”
Song Yu ate a thin piece of pork jerky slowly. His head was down, but his eyes would occasionally look up and meet Le Zhishi’s eyes.
As long as Song Yu was present, Le Zhishi’s line of sight would almost completely revolve around him, like an orbiting planet. Her light-colored pupils were always filled with burning emotions, worship, and longing … These were all the feelings of a young child towards her elder brother.
Lin Rong was still teasing, “Is Zhang Pengyuan’s daughter pretty?”
“She’s a pretty girl,” Song Jin said.
“Is that so?” Lin Rong elbowed Le Zhishi’s arm. She didn’t have the serious attitude of other parents who caught puppy love. “Is she interested in our Le?”
“Of course not.” Le Zhishi frowned and got up from the high chair. He put his empty bowl in the sink and whispered to Song Yu next to him, “Song Yu gege, your clothes …”
“Just throw them in the washing machine.” Song Yu finished the piece in his hand and walked out from the gap between Le Zhishi and Nakajima. He greeted them and went upstairs.
Song Jin also began to joke, “Le, don’t learn from your brother. He’s a tight-lipped person. If he doesn’t say anything, he’ll be at a disadvantage if he meets someone he likes in the future. You still have to learn from me when it comes to chasing girls … ”
“Come on.” Lin Rong also got up. “Don’t listen to his bragging.”
“How is this bragging? I used so much effort to chase you back then. ”
Le Zhishi laughed and said that he didn’t want to see any more dog food. He turned around and found that his brother didn’t even take his schoolbag upstairs. A small light lit up in his heart. He ran to pick up his schoolbag and went upstairs. He knocked on Song Yu’s door as if he was presenting a treasure.
If emotions could be concretized into something, Le Zhishi’s butt would probably turn into a wagging little tail.
He raised his hand and gently knocked on the door twice. There was no response, so he knocked again. Still, no one opened the door.
Through the door, Le Zhishi faintly heard the sound of running water. It seemed to have stopped. He put his ear to the door and leaned his whole body against it. He wanted to listen carefully to what was going on inside. Unexpectedly, the door opened in an instant. Le Zhishi, who lost his balance, fell down.
He fell into someone’s arms.
Song Yu had just finished showering. He only had a bath towel wrapped around him. His hair was also wet. A water droplet on the tip of his hair swayed and fell on Le Zhishi’s forehead. It seemed to wake him up and bounced off Song Yu’s body.
“Brother Yu, your schoolbag …”
He looked rather calm, but he reflexively addressed him as’ Big Brother Xiao Yu ‘, which he was used to when he was young, instead of calling him by his full name as he grew up.
Song Yu took it and thanked him in a low voice. Le Zhishi’s mind was blocked. He forgot all the words he had thought of before he came. He just wanted to run away. He didn’t know why. They had bathed together when they were children.
Even though it had been a long time since then.
“Good night. I’m going back to my room.” As soon as he lifted his foot and turned around, Song Yu grabbed Le Zhishi’s collar from the back of his neck with one hand. It was as if he was carrying a little chick.
“Wait a minute.”
Le Zhishi was obedient and stood at attention facing him.
Song Yu raised his chin. “My clothes.”
Hearing his words, Le Zhishi instinctively reached for the zipper of his school uniform jacket. He paused. “Didn’t you say that I should throw it in the washing machine?”
“We’re already at the door. Just take it off.” His tone was calm.
Le Zhishi nodded and took off his school uniform jacket. He unfolded it and hung it on Song Yu’s body. He pulled his shoulders and hung it properly to cover his upper body.
Song Yu frowned. “… What are you doing?”
“I’m afraid you’ll catch a cold.” Le Zhishi sneezed and slipped away.