Chapter 296 Why?
Red Mansion was a restaurant located at 1912 street in Jiangjing city, which was close to an ancient garden. The restaurant’s decoration was like the style of the Republic of China era. The waitresses were all dressed up as female students at that time. The private rooms were also like that era’s nobles rooms, which were decorated with red and dark green glass and other beautiful ornaments. Each room was furnished with an antique record player.
People who entered the restaurant would feel like they were living in the Republic of China era.
Zhu Benzheng and the other boys had heard of this place before, but they had never dared to come here, for lack of money.
However, since it was Fang Qiu’s treat today, they would like to take the opportunity to fulfill their dream of having a meal at the Red Mansion.
A group of people was walking together on their way to the restaurant.
“Winter vacation’s coming. Have you decided the time to go home yet?”
Walking beside Fang Qiu, Jiang Miaoyu looked at him and asked curiously.
“Not yet.” Fang Qiu shook his head. “Maybe a few days later.”
“Oh.” Jiang Miaoyu lightly nodded her head and pursed her lips as if she wanted to say something. However, instead of saying what she was thinking aloud, she asked, “Why did you suddenly want to treat us to lunch?”
“Yeah, I’m also wondering. I heard that you didn’t usually invite people to lunch. Why did you want to do this today?”
Yuan Bei moved her enchanting body and held Jiang Miaoyu in her arms, looking at Fang Qiu.
“Well…” Fang Qiu was embarrassed.
He really didn’t know how to answer that question at the moment.
It would be showing off if he said that he wanted to celebrate because he got perfect scores in all his exams. Obviously, Fang Qiu wasn’t a show-off.
But if he didn’t say it, Yuan Bei would think that Fang Qiu actually wanted to invite Jiang Miaoyu to lunch, which was not what Fang Qiu expected.
Seeming to notice Fang Qiu’s embarrassment, Sun Hao immediately said, “Actually, Fang Qiu got full scores in all the exams this time. We’re so jealous, so we asked him to treat us to lunch.”
Hearing that, Yuan Bei and the others immediately understood.
“If you put it that way, Miaoyu also got perfect marks in every subject except PE class, wouldn’t it be better for the two to treat us separately?” Wang Yu said, smiling.
“Why separate?” Sun Hao suddenly raised his voice, “Fang Qiu’s treat means Miaoyu’s. They’re the same. Why bother separating them?”
When he said that, “Oh—” Everyone immediately nodded and elongated the word, teasing at Fang Qiu and Jiang Miaoyu.
Fang Qiu remained silence, while Jiang Miaoyu couldn’t help but blush when she heard that.
They were chatting all the way, so Fang Qiu and Jiang Miaoyu had become their target of teasing, which made the two so embarrassed.
Fortunately, Red Mansion was not far away.
After walking for about ten minutes, they came to the front door of Red Mansion.
Red Mansion’s door was just like the entrance of an air-raid shelter made entirely of stone. The letters “Red Mansion” were engraved on the stone.
It was very retro at first glance.
Having reserved the room before, they were directly led by the waiter into the private room.
They kept talking as waiting for the food.
When all the food was served, they tucked in immediately.
While having the meal, they still took Fang Qiu and Jiang Miaoyu as the topic of their conversation, which made them so embarrassed. However, their friends just ignored their embarrassment and used them to lighten the mood. Everyone was laughing and having a good time.
When they finally finished the meal, Jiang Miaoyu’s face was as red as a ripe cherry.
Fang Qiu was helpless, for he treated everyone and also got teased.
When the lunch was over, Zhu Benzheng booked a private room of a karaoke bar neared to school. Fang Qiu could only go with them because all of these had been decided and arranged.
However, things were beyond Fang Qiu’s expectation when they got to the karaoke bar.
Fang Qiu thought that it was fine to sing with these friends. Now that they were all happy, they could have more fun.
With this in mind, Fang Qiu walked into the private room. He didn’t intend to sing, so he sat directly in front of the song-selecting machine, helping his friends to select the songs they wanted to sing.
However, Sun Hao walked over after he selected a few songs.
“What are you doing?” With both hands on the table, Sun Hao looked at Fang Qiu with a sly smile. “Don’t you want to sing a few songs since you’re already here?”
“You guys sing. I’ll select the songs for you,” said Fang Qiu with a smile.
“Who needs you to select? Move!” Sun Hao rolled his eyes and pointed to Jiang Miaoyu’s position. “You’re so good at singing. It would be a waste if you come here and don’t sing for us. Why don’t you hurry up and sing a few songs with Jiang Miaoyu?”
“Forget it,” said Fang Qiu.
“Shut up. Just get over there.” Without further discussion, Sun Hao grabbed Fang Qiu’s arm and dragged him towards Jiang Miaoyu.
Zhu Benzheng and Zhou Xiaotian immediately rushed over. They helped Sun Hao, trying to drag Fang Qiu over there by force.
Jiang Miao blushed and smiled, covering her mouth.
Yuan Bei and the other girls whispered in her ear.
Eventually, with the effort of their friends, Fang Qiu and Jiang Miaoyu were arranged to sit together in the middle of the sofa. They were seated side by side.
“All right. Well, listen to me, everyone.” Sun Hao pressed the “pause” button on the song-selecting machine and grabbed the microphone. “Next, let’s invite our singing star, Fang Qiu, and our school belle, Jiang Miaoyu, to sing a song for us— Today You Will Marry Me.”
Hearing that, everyone clapped right away.
Then Sun Hao touched the music screen to select the song for them. The sound rang in an instant.
With everyone cheering, Fang Qiu and Jiang Miaoyu helplessly picked up the microphone and started to chorus.
Sun Hao immediately played another song “Obviously Love You” as soon as the song had just ended.
The next song was “Have A Crush On You”.
All the songs that Sun Hao played in the room were chosen for Fang Qiu and Jiang Miaoyu.
Members of their dormitories kept shouting and whistling.
Fang Qiu and Jiang Miaoyu found it impossible to turn them down, so they could only play along and embarrass themselves.
However, time flew when they were having fun.
In the blink of an eye, three hours passed.
It was about time. All their friends immediately made an excuse that they needed to pack their things in the dormitory, so they took off, leaving Fang Qiu and Jiang Miaoyu in the room.
Apparently, they had been being the third wheel all day.
They realized that they had already done enough for the two people, for Fang Qiu and Jiang Miaoyu looked quite natural now. It wouldn’t help if they still stayed here, so they decided to make private space for them. Now it totally depended on whether Fang and Jiang were willing to confess their feelings to each other.
“Shall we go for a walk?”
Seeing the crowd leave, Fang Qiu shook his head with a smile, and then said to Jiang Miaoyu.
“Hmm.” Jiang Miaoyu nodded her head.
Her face had been red all day, and it was still burning.
Getting out of the bar, they walked side by side on the main road.
There were leaves already falling down from the trees.
The cool breeze was whistling.
It was 4:00 p.m, and there was a continual bustle of people coming and going.
Fang and Jiang were walking quietly in the same pace. Each step they took would bring them closer.
Although no one said anything first, there was an unspoken feeling between them.
“Wow, it’s snowing!” Suddenly, a sound of surprise was heard.
Both of them looked up at the same time and found that it was a little girl who was standing at the door of a house. She kept her head high, looking at the snow falling down.
Seeing that, both of them looked back at the same time and smiled at each other.
“She might have been happier if the snow had fallen heavier,” Jiang Miaoyu said.
“Pitter-patter…” Suddenly, there came the sound of running.
The snow from the sky suddenly fell heavily.
People on the street ran away while talking and laughing. The little girl was also taken away by her mother.
As the snow fell, the streets emptied.
Walking under the streetlights which were not turned on yet, Fang Qiu looked up and enjoyed the scene in front of him. “You know what? I really like the snowy day because it makes me feel that everything is so pure while they are covered with snow.”
“Does it also mean that you are a very pure person?” Jiang Miaoyu asked with a smile.
“No, sometimes I’ll lie to people,” said Fang Qiu, shaking his head at once.
“Really?” Jiang Miaoyu smiled. “Have you ever lied to me?”
“Do you want to hear the truth or the lie?” Fang Qiu asked.
“The truth.” Jiang Miaoyu was determined.
“Yes,” Fang Qiu replied directly.
“When?” Jiang Miaoyu paused for a while and then asked curiously.
“Do you remember when I treated your feet on the playground?” Looking at Jiang Miaoyu, Fang Qiu could not help beaming. “Why did you let me help you at last?”
“I remember there was something strange in your eyes at that time. I seemed to see sadness and desolation in your eyes. I didn’t know why at that time, but I was soft-hearted.” Jiang Miaoyu recalled.
“That’s right.” Fang Qiu laughed. “That’s when I lied to you.”
“You mean that look in your eyes and that emotion were fake? You pretended it?” Jiang asked in surprise.
“Yes.” Fang Qiu nodded. “If I hadn’t done that, you wouldn’t have let me treat your feet. Maybe it’s too late, but I’m sorry.”
Jiang Miaoyu beamed, but she didn’t know why she was smiling.
At the same time, she looked straight into his eyes and clenched her fists nervously. “Is it true that you were worried?” …
“It’s absolutely true!” He nodded at once and stated seriously.
Jiang Miaoyu immediately asked again. “Because we’re classmates?”
“No.” Fang Qiu shook his head.
“Then why?” Jiang Miaoyu summoned up the courage to take a step forward and continued to ask the question.
Today, she needed to know the answer no matter what it took.
Fang Qiu did not speak.
He just looked up and found that they had walked to the commercial square.
At this point, in the center of the square, there was a large fountain pool surrounded by many people, and a young man in the crowd holding a bunch of roses was confessing his love to a girl. There were little candles forming the shape of a heart.
“That girl is so happy.” Looking at them, Jiang Miaoyu was envious.