As soon as Xiao Mingluo sees Qilu’s creepy smile, he swallows and says, “Well, next time you need to go somewhere to sleep, remember to choose Ling Hanyu’s!”
At the mention of Ling Hanyu’s house as a place to sleep, Qilu immediately chortles. He shoots his friend a ‘you’ve got to be kidding me’ look.
“You don’t know them. He is a night owl. Last time I went there to sleep, his mother asked me to stay up with him and play all night long!”
Mingluo shrugs off his statement. “Maybe he’s not nocturnal anymore. Well, before going to bed, I was taking a bath. I almost died… .”
Achoo! A guy
who is concentrating on an online game suddenly sneezes.
“Who’s talking about me?” Hanyu asks himself. He shrugs and then continues to play World of Warcraft… the pattern-matching version.
An Chuxia pulls an all-nighter.
“Get up, lazy, get up!” The alarm clock suddenly beeps. An Chuxia opens her drowsy eyes halfway and finds herself resting on the table.
Looking back, she remembers finishing her homework. Since it was still early, she made herself a cup of coffee and started studying the English version of I Have a Dream. She must have fallen asleep since she woke up on her desk.
She stands up and discovers she has a stiff neck! It isn’t bad but
but she can’t can’t quite twist her neck. She should’ve had a pillow to counter the unparalleled pain!
She quickly washes her face before getting into her uniform. She descends down the steps slowly. Grabbing the medicine box for some pain relievers, she tries to be as quiet as she could to avoid being detected by the over-protective Jiang Yuan.
Breakfast is like yesterday’s. Jiang Yuan and Han Liuhai sit at the table. It looks like they just started. Their breakfast remains untouched. The only difference from yesterday is Han Qilu’s absence.
“Good morning, uncle, aunt.” She smiles, puts the book aside, and sits down at the table.
Jiang Yuan stares at An
at An Chuxia for a few seconds. Puzzled, she asks, “Xiao Xia, are you stiff?”
Of course she is seen through… she tried hard to hide her stiff neck but she was still found out.
“Well,” she nods slightly. “It’s not a big deal.”
“You, ah!” Jiang Yuan frowns, pointing at An Chuxia. “I heard from the servant you were in the kitchen last night. I know you study hard, but can you do what’s only required?!”
“I will.” she says. Right now her feet don’t hurt. Otherwise she will be nagged by aunt for days.
Just as she is about to pick up her sandwich, she hears the servant out by the door greeting, the door greeting, “Master, you’re back.”
She looks up at the door. Han Qilu is wearing his clothes from yesterday. He puts his feet up on the table and says, “Yesterday evening, I was in a hurry. I slept at Mingluo’s.”
“Chuxia, don’t mind him. Eat!” Jiang Yuan knows Han Qilu wants to converse with her but she deliberately ignores him.
Han Qilu doesn’t say anything. He immediately goes up the stairs. He still needs to get dressed for school.
An Chuxia can’t taste her food. In the end, she stops eating. She gets up and says, “Have a good breakfast, aunt and uncle.”
Jiang Yuan nods. “Move slowly and take care of your stiff neck.”