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           Xin Yi’s words made sense, he grabbed his collar and complained, asking him again, “Zhou MuHui… What do you want to do?”

           His breath was very hot, when it sprayed on Zhou MuHui’s arm it gave him goosebumps, Zhou MuHui paused for a while, and avoided his glance.

           “……”

           “Where do you live, I’ll send you back.”

           He shut up refusing to talk, but Xin Yi wasn’t anxious either, only resolving the most difficult problem.

           “Then I’ll come again tomorrow.”

           Xin Yi used a pair of watery eyes to look at him, saying in a small voice, “Is it ok?”

           Zhou MuHui wanted to say that it wasn’t ok, but Xin Yi’s eyes were too red, that pair of eyes were full of carefulness and apprehension, and even the hand that was supporting his arm was trembling, Zhou MuHui paused for a while, and couldn’t bring himself to say the ‘not ok’ that was on the tip of his tongue. 

           Xin Yi couldn’t detect anything unusual, he didn’t dare to get any closer after the other party helped to support him, his uneasiness seemed to have taken roots, he pitifully looked at Zhou Muhui, and said, “Zhou MuHui, I’m begging you.”

           Zhou MuHui’s face was chilly, Xin Yi was anxious but not scared, asked softly, “You don’t want to pay attention to me, is it because you hate me?”

           His cheeks were still red, and the air he breathed out was also scalding hot, Zhou MuHui looked at his watery eyes, and only opened his mouth after a long while.

           “… No.” 

           He seemed to have compromised, and was also convinced.

           Zhou MuHui thought, it’s just a little kid, it was the age when one goes fishing for only one day and dries the net for the rest two days, the interest he had for someone could be maintained for many days, there was no need … to arouse his rebellious mentality.

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           “You have to reply to my texts.”

           Just when he was about to get off the car, Xin Yi emphasized once again, “You can reply to only one, but you cannot not reply at all.”

           Zhou MuHui looked at him, and said, “I know.”

           Thus, Xin Yi smiled again, his face carrying a dizzying heat, and waved his hand at him, “You’re so nice, then I’ll go.”

           He went home all excited, it started to snow again outside, after drinking the medicine Xin Yi watched while sprawled on the windowsill, Zhou MuHui left a long time ago, but he still did not want to move, he grabbed his phone to send him another text, asking him if he has arrived.

           Zhou MuHui replied to his text half an hour later, saying he was still on his way.

           Xin Yi was lying under his blanket and smiling, his whole person sprung up to sprawl on the bed, replying to him word by word, “Then you be careful on the way, I’ll come to find you tomorrow.”

           He sent a kissing kaomoji, but covered his phone in embarrassment after sending it, buried his face, and smiled like a fool. 

           He confusedly got clear-headed during the night, and thought about the fact that they got a forty-minute ride on their way to come here, how come Zhou MuHui was still on his way back at that time.

            But before he got to think further about it, sleepiness swept him up, and when he woke up once again, he had put that behind his mind.

           Xin Yi went to find Zhou MuHui the day before the Lunar New Year’s eve, he wore the cloth that Zhou MuHui bought him the other day, stood in front of him super obediently, and said in advance to Zhou MuHui, “Happy New Year.”

           He won’t be able to come for the next few days, Zhou MuHui probably also has to go back home, today the man has taken off his mask on one of the rare occasions, Xin Yi was so captivated that he was giddy, looked up and said, “If I send you a Happy New Year tomorrow, you have to reply to me, ok?”

           Zhou MuHui hummed, “Understood.”

           Xin Yi couldn’t help but smile, his fingers were restlessly twisting behind his back, looking at him anxiously.

           “Zhou MuHui… I want to hold your hand.”

           Zhou MuHui didn’t indulge him anymore, putting his two hands in his pockets, and saying expressionlessly, “You can’t.” 

           His face was cold, and wasn’t even wearing the gloves that he gifted him a while ago, Xin Yi was anxious and disappointed, in the end,  he could only feel wronged and replied an “Alright then.” 

           But today wasn’t a loss, because Zhou MuHui wasn’t wearing his mask the whole time.

           He had to leave after saying that, approaching the new year, he couldn’t be capricious like before, his dad and mom were still waiting for him at home to eat.

           “I have to go once again, Zhou MuHui, tomorrow is the New Year, I’m wishing you in advance good health, happiness, and may all go well with you.

           “Although you’re not willing to hold my hand…”

           The little kid sneakily looked at him, his cheeks puffed in anger, Zhou MuHui didn’t reply to him, and he once again found himself a way to back out of the embarrassing situation, “Alright, alright, I’m really not gonna say anymore.”

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           Xin Yi held back until New Year’s eye, in their family they had to habit of staying up all night on Spring festival’s eve, at eleven they each went to their own bed, on Xin Yi’s bedhead were the three share of lucky money1 his dads and mom gave him, Xin Yi took it to count, then sneakily stuffed it into his pocket. 

           He texted Zhou MuHui, and wished him a happy new year, after a short while Zhou MuHui answered, Xin Yi pursed his lips into a smile, asked him what he was doing.

           He was thinking that at this time Zhou MuHui must have just finished eating, or must be watching the television, outside, the Spring Festival Gala hasn’t finished broadcasting, if he went to switch it on, they could watch the same show.

           As if they were both together.

           “Busy.”

           Zhou MuHui said instead.

           Xin Yi was stunned, and hurriedly asked, “You’re still at the bar?”

           Zhou MuHui didn’t reply, and only said after a long while, “Yes.”

           Xin Yi knew that he was surely special, because of his identity, also because he was in dire straits at the moment, but Xin Yi never asked him, he was afraid he would bump on Zhou MuHui’s wounds.

           He was afraid that Zhou MuHui would be hurt.

           “……”

           Xin Yi suddenly got up from his bed, wore his clothes in a tearing hurry, and texted Zhou MuHui forty minutes later, asking him, “When do you get off work?”

           Zhou MuHui replied very quickly, but Xin Yi had already seen him.

           “Zhou MuHui!” 

           Along with his voice, the sound of falling fireworks filled up the night sky, bright and dazzling rose mid-air, then became bits and pieces that fell down, Zhou MuHui’s eyes rose from his mobile phone, and saw Xin Yi who was waving at him not far away, his heart suddenly skipping a beat.

           They both have forgotten, that it was already midnight at that time.

           “Zhou MuHui, Happy New Year!” 

 

Notes:

Money given to children as a spring festival gift.

So sorry for the late update!!! I was so tired that I was convinced that I didn’t translate this chapter while I actually already translated 90% and was 2 paragraphs short of being done with it? I opened the file yesterday and I was like “wtf why did I not publish it then??” I can’t believe I was so out of it during the whole week and I literally had some kind of partial amnesia…

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