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Translated by newbienoona
Edited and proofread by anks
TN: We get to see another facet of Han Qilu. He's still an arrogant boy, but these chapters sort of shed light to his personality.
She despises the look in his eyes. It's filled with distress. Or is it her illusion? She claps her hands before picking herself off the ground. "Why are you competing so aggressively? I didn't want to see… so…! That ball, did it go in?"
She lies. She seldom does it, but for freedom, she will. She's must keep talking or her guilt will crush her. It's already making her uncomfortable, and it has only been a moment since she’s fallen. To make things worse, she didn't see the result.
Han Qilu expected too much. He stares into her eyes. "I lost." Conceding defeat, he picks up An Chuxia's Fanta and drinks most of the bottle's content. He then looks at Xiao Mingluo. "An Chuxia isn't my possession. She can't be used as a bet."
Surprised by his words, she gawks at him. Then, she bellows, "Hey! This is my Fanta, I've drank… ."
But Han Qilu ignores her. Instead, he tilts his head and drinks another mouthful. He is intentionally doing it! But if he insists she's not his possession, then she can't make up for the classes… no, her part-time job! She grabs the Fanta from Qilu's hand. Then, she calmly looks at Xiao Mingluo.
Xiao Mingluo looks at him lazily. Despite feeling the tension during the game, he's back to feeling relaxed. Playing with the black tail ring on his right hand, his mouth curves. "Han Qilu, you know why I used her as a gambling chip? I wanted to see you move on to another female student."
He's implying he wants Qilu to move on from Xiang Mankuai. An Chuxia is very aware that Han Qilu's expression changed suddenly. He went from being calm to stormy. She could see Qilu wanting to lash out. But for some reason, he's suppressing it.
Finally, he faces Xiao Mingluo and looks him straight in the eye. "I concede to the gamble. However, I still have other matters to attend."
She gnaws on her lower lip. She looks at Han Qilu as he walks away. Unexpectedly, she feels a stabbing pain in her heart. She thought it was an her imagination, but she doesn't pursue it. However, she turns and looks at Xiao Mingluo and Ling Hanyu. "Do you have any intention of telling me who Xiang Mankuai is?"
Picking up the comic book, Ling Hanyu looks at Xiao Mingluo. He's unsure as to whether they should reveal the truth to An Chuxia. He puts the comic book back on the ground. He uses his hands to push himself off the ground.
"Tell her, Mingluo. Otherwise, she'll badger us. If the time comes when she'll ask Qilu, it'll be an incredible moment." Sighing, Ling Hanyu walks toward the basketball stand to take a nap. It seems like he doesn't want to hear much about Xiang Mankuai.
Sipping air through his lips, Xiao Mingluo involuntarily responds. "The reason she's taboo is because some people want to deliberately forget or bury memories about certain people or matters. Xiang Mankuai is taboo. Han Qilu told us that anyone, no one, can mention her, anything about her, or her name."
An Chuxia takes a few steps. Facing Xiao Mingluo, she boldly confesses. "Uncle Han mentioned her name to me. At that time, his expression was quite strange. I got suspicious. That's why I'm asking you. You say she shouldn't be mentioned. Now, I must know."CHAPTER 172 Xiang Mankuai and Han Qilu …
Translated by newbienoona
Edited and proofread by anks
Her urgent gaze makes Xiao Mingluo frown. His face fills with very mixed emotions. "Xiang Mankuai's name is Waitting. It means to wait. She's currently a popular film star in Paris. She even has a lot of domestic advertising and is endorsed well. But… she's Han Qilu's first love."
"First love?" Aside from shock, she can't describe her emotions.
To be honest, she's deduced this fact. Despite the confirmation, she's still taken aback. She was with child. Shouldn't Han Qilu know? Why did she have the doctor promise not to tell Qilu she was pregnant?
Facing a shocked An Chuxia, Xiao Mingluo lowers his eyes. "Everything looked rosy. She brought out Han Qilu's gentle side. Her family is musically inclined. However, her parents wanted her to make a choice: stay by Han Qilu's side or stay with her family and work on her future in Paris."
She guesses the next statement. "She chose to leave Han Qilu and left for Paris, right?"
Xiao Mingluo nods. "Yes, she walked away."
"Then?" she inquires anxiously. "If she's just developing her future, Han Qilu will forgive her and wait for her in China, right? Don't say that Xiang Mankuai leaving him regards her as taboo? That's unreasonable, right?"
Xiao Mingluo is silent for a moment. The corners of his mouth lift while chuckling. "Truly, she is full of talent. She's worthy of being called a genius. But it's not that simple. Han Qilu didn't blame her. He actually supported her moving to Paris… He was willing to go with her. However, Aunt and Uncle Han didn't allow him to go because their parents have some irreconcilable disputes. According to Uncle Han, Qilu isn't allowed to be with Xiang Mankuai because of this feud."
"And later?" She's fascinated with the story. Han Qilu has a subtle presence around her. If it wasn't for her mother's death, she wouldn't have crossed paths with him. But with their lives intersecting, she hopes to not further muddy the waters.
Yes, all she wants is to finish well in university and quietly find a place to teach. All she wants is an ordinary life.
"Later, Han Qilu was able to twist Han shushu's arm and he allowed him to go to Paris and visit Xiang Mankuai. I didn't go, but Hanyu went along. He went out in the town to find comic books. Afterwards, he met up with Han Qilu to visit Mankuai in her hotel room. However, they discovered her with another man… doing that kind of thing."
Dumbfounded, An Chuxia stares at Ling Hanyu with big eyes. No wonder Han Qilu doesn't want to speak of this matter. In Qilu's world, betrayal isn’t tolerated, especially from his first love. He falls in love deeply, right?
The hotel Xiang Mankuai was living in is one of the Han properties overseas. That's why Han Qilu had a key to her room. So, he saw it all… At that time, her excuse was family reasons. Han Qilu needed to calm down so he immediately flew back to China. He finally knew that what he feared has come true."