Lin Yi started preparing the broth.
Broths weren’t usually prepared with a huge pot that would last for days- that was something done in hotels. Lin Yi chose the high quality and concentrated broth completely due to the fact that it was the first thing he saw in the cupboard.
It was the first time Lin Yi got his hands on something like this, and he wasn’t going to waste it. It didn’t take long before the scent spread throughout the kitchen, signalling for him to add vegetables and seasoning to the broth.
In the meantime, Lin Yi boiled another pot of water and put the noodles in. By the time he opened the lid again, the noodles were good to go. He filled two bowls with the noodles, and poured the broth in, completing two perfect bowls of Yangchun noodles.
Though, the noodles weren’t technically Yangchun Noodles. They were a personalized version, with Lin Yi’s unique touch to it. Old Lin back home absolutely loved them.
There were still more noodles in the pot that Lin Yi had saved for himself; a single bowl was probably enough for Yu Shu.
“Hey... are you done over there?”
Yu Shu was already swallowing her saliva by the time the aroma reached her. Putting on some slippers, she walked over to the kitchen lazily.
“Yeah, was just about to call for you.”
Lin Yi started undoing the apron as he spoke.
“Oh! That’s Yao Yao’s apron, make sure she doesn't find out about you using it!” Yu Shu looked at the apron in Lin Yi’s hands. “Since you cooked for me, I’ll keep quiet about it.”
Lin Yi was caught off guard by the girl’s sudden change in attitude.
This was a very mischievous girl, after all, seeing how she acted during the whole first kiss episode last night. What’s with her being kind all of a sudden?
But it was of no concern to Lin Yi- he only needed to avoid getting on Meng Yao’s bad side, and just do his job as a study companion, like he was asked to.
Yu Shu, on the other hand, was frowning, not looking very comfortable with a big dude eating his noodles across from her.
But it didn’t seem right to tell him to leave… He was the one who made these delicious looking noodles, after all. With that, Yu Shu decided to stuff herself with the noodles first.
It was the best bowl of noodles she had tasted her whole life! She’d usually just eat some instant noodles, or drink some milk before going to school. It was her first time eating pure handmade noodles like this.
Yu Shu, obviously, wouldn’t do something like telling Lin Yi how good they were, in case he started forgetting his place. Ignoring Lin Yi, she decided to keep her compliments hidden as she emptied her bowl.
Lin Yi couldn’t be happier about getting ignored by Yu Shu- the last thing he wanted was for her to cause more trouble for him.
Having finished his own bowl, Lin Yi made his way to the pot once more.
He was just about to fill the bowl with more noodles when he remembered Yu Shu sitting behind him. “Still want any?”
“Nope.” Yu Shu said, shaking her head. “Get me a glass of water.”
“Aren’t there drinks right behind you?”
Lin Yi was already refilling his bowl after pointing at the fridge behind Yu Shu.
“Well, it isn’t very healthy to have juice in the morning, is it. Water’s good for your body, and jeez! You’re a talkative one! Are you going or not?”
Yu Shu glared impatiently.
Nodding his head, Lin Yi walked over to where the water fountain was.
“Haaah-! Stupid alarm.”
A very tired Meng Yao yawned as she lazily walked down the stairs. She didn’t sleep very well last night.
She did nothing but cry and complain to Yu Shu half the night, but the first kiss incident didn’t hurt her as much anymore.
She felt like she’d just fallen asleep before the alarm woke her up again.
It was a school day, unfortunately, or she wouldn’t have bothered getting up at all.
Meng Yao was thinking about Yu Shu by the time she reached the bottom of the stairs. She shouldn’t have gotten any more sleep than she did, so how was she up so early?
A pleasant scent reached her from the kitchen, and Meng Yao’s stomach, empty from the vomiting yesterday, started growling.
“Shu, what are you eating over there without me!”
Meng Yao rushed to the kitchen, and saw Yu Shu murdering a bowl of noodles. She was pleased to see another bowl across the girl, fresh and ready for her.
“Ha! I knew you wouldn’t forget about me, thanks Shu!”
Yu Shu was completely absorbed in gulping down the soup when she heard Meng Yao’s voice. It was so good that she didn’t want to be interrupted, but she gulped it down faster and removed the bowl from her face as soon as she finished.
Meng Yao was already stuffing herself with Lin YI’s chopsticks.
Yu Shu only sighed. There was nothing more she could say.
Come on, couldn’t she have at least waited for a confirmation? What’s the rush?
“Woah, it’s good!”
There was no way a starving Meng Yao could hold herself back from Yangchun noodles like these! She was still stuffing noodles into her mouth with chopsticks, even when she was speaking. “Shu, where’d you buy this?”
“Uh, I didn’t… Shield Guy made it.”
Yu Shu only looked at her with pity. She didn’t want to poke at Meng Yao’s crushed spirit anymore at this point.
Meng Yao instantly dropped her chopsticks with a startle. “He made his? No way I’m eating something he made…!”
Yu Shu kept silent. What’s the point, you were already eating it…
Well… You’ve already had his saliva last night so I suppose it doesn’t matter anymore… Just taste it a few more times and you’ll get used to it…
Meng Yao on the other hand seemed to be deep in thought, when she snapped suddenly.
“Hmph, why should I stop eating for that guy?! I‘m finishing it, right now!!!”
Meng Yao simply understood that she’d never be able to hold herself back, especially from a steaming bowl of noodles right within her grasp.
“Just because I’m eating his food doesn’t mean I’m gonna forgive him! I’m just hungry from not eating anything last night, and these noodles are actually just pretty average anyway, right, Shu?”
Yu Shu wanted to see Meng Yao’s reaction to eating a bowl of Lin Yi’s saiva, but she kept herself in check, out of pity for her friend. The poor girl couldn’t possibly go through that again.