"I just like a retard like you," Gu Jingyu turned and patted her head.
"Ah, you are the retard. Your whole family is full of retards!" Lin Che exclaimed in exasperation.
They soon reached the destination. Gu Jingyu dropped her off at the roadside and drove off.
When she returned, Gu Jingze was waiting for her. He sat on the sofa with his feet up and his head bent down as he read a book.
Seeing that Lin Che got back around nine, he got up and said, "How come you're back so early? I thought I would need to wait until after ten."
Lin Che didn't say anything. It was all Gu Jingyu's fault for dragging her home for no reason.
"Nothing. The food wasn't so great, so I came back."
"So you didn't eat?"
"Yeah, I didn't have much of an appetite."
Gu Jingze thought for a while and then took up his coat. He said, "I'll go get the car and so we can go eat."
"Ah, it's so late already…"
"Let's go," Gu Jingze walked over and was already tugging Lin Che along towards the door.
Lin Che followed Gu Jingze and looked at him as she asked, "What are we eating? I don't really have any cravings."
"Think about it. We can eat anything you want," Gu Jingze replied.
Lin Che thought carefully, "I… I feel like eating Mala soup. You probably won't eat it…"
Gu Jingze frowned, "What's that?"
Lin Che said, "It's a kind of snack."
Gu Jingze remarked, "Doesn't sound especially good…"
"Then forget it…" Lin Che thought that he probably wouldn't eat that kind of thing. "We'll just grab anything."
Gu Jingze looked at her deeply and then pulled her along. He said, "Let's go. Where can we find good Mala soup? I want to try it too."
Lin Che heard and happily replied, "Okay, okay. I know a place that's really good. I always went to that place when I studied. It's along the small food street near my school."
Gu Jingze laughed and followed her out.
They drove and quickly reached the small food street beside her school. From afar, they could already see groups of students gathered around. Lin Che said, "Isn't this place great? The moment you're here, you can feel yourself become young again."
Gu Jingze looked on. The youthful atmosphere was indeed overwhelming. Gu Jingze parked the car nearby so that his men could follow them discretely and not get too close. Otherwise, who knew what kind of commotion they could attract?
The two of them got down the car and walked along the street. Lin Che said, "My school used to be near here. See? That's the theatre school, that's University City, and over there are H University and Q University. They're all along this stretch of road, so it gets really busy here."
Gu Jingze nodded. This street was not very clean, but it was lively. As they walked, they watched girls and boys chatting away, eating finger foods, holding hands, strolling, and laughing. It made people have unique feelings.
Lin Che said, "You probably never experienced this when you studied abroad, right?"
Gu Jingze said, "Yes, I was always running about in school. I didn't have a lot of time to walk about."
Lin Che said, "The troubles of a philomath… Ah, I often skipped classes to go out for supper and forsook my nightly revisions." She quickly held her mouth and looked embarrassingly at Gu Jingze, "I mean, I skipped classes once in a while."
Gu Jingze shook his head helplessly, "Alright, you don't need to cover up. With a brain like yours, I figured you probably wouldn't absorb anything in class. What a waste of time."
"Hey, it wasn't like that…" Lin Che glared at him.
Just then, a young couple walked past them. The girl was holding ice cream and looking adoringly at the boy. They were talking to each other as if it was just the two of them in the whole world, ignoring everyone else.
Their hands were intertwined so tightly together.
Gu Jingze could not help but look beside him. Lin Che's hand was swaying by her side and not staying still. Sometimes she walked fast and sometimes she walked slow. She was extremely casual.
Gu Jingze touched her hand. His whole body moved slightly and he looked down. However, in the next moment, her hand moved positions again.
Gu Jingze felt an urge to grab her hand, but he also felt shy.
After all, their relationship was really weird. Warmth and tenderness did not seem to match them.
However, Lin Che was still looking at something and chirping away at Gu Jingze as she explained to him all the different snacks.
Gu Jingze attempted to grab her hand but failed. He did not dare to try a second time so his face sank as he stared at Lin Che.
Lin Che asked, "Hey, what's wrong? You don't like it here? We can always go somewhere else. This place is rather noisy."
"It's not… Let's quickly find that shop you were talking about."
Lin Che replied, "Oh, it's right in the front. Come on."
As she spoke, she made a beeline for the shop.
Just then, a car approached. Gu Jingze saw and quickly pulled Lin Che who almost dashed forward.
Lin Che was also shocked as she got pulled back by Gu Jingze into his arms. She watched the car drive past just inches away from her. She was almost knocked down by it just now.
"Oh my, that was so close," Lin Che patted her chest.
Gu Jingze frowned and looked at her, "Don't you know how to watch the road when you walk? Sooner or later, you're going to get into trouble if you walk like that on your own."
"It's that car's problem. There are so many people here; why would they drive so fast?"
"If you were knocked down, would there still be any use debating who was at fault? Come here and don't run around anymore. Be careful not to be hit," Gu Jingze said. He looked down and grabbed her hand, holding it in his palm tightly and tugging her forward.
Lin Che was stunned. After they crossed the road, he still did not let go. He only changed the position and continued holding her. The two of them walked on together.
Lin Che could not help but look down at his huge hand wrapping her small hand tightly until she almost could not see her own hand. The warmth of his palm was so prominent that it started to warm her heart too. She looked down and the corners of her lips curled up. Happiness slowly filled her eyes.
Gu Jingze held her hand and continued walking. Then, he looked up and felt stares around him. He could not suppress the smile on his face that was like a spring breeze.
The two of them walked forward step by step. It was as if the street had been so long in that moment and neither of them wanted this road to end. They only hoped that this road was endless so that they could keep holding hands as they walked forever…
Passersby were looking at them and seeing that the two of them were holding hands and walking. Gu Jingze was clearly old enough to be an adult but he smiled like a little boy. The warmth emitting from them would trump any of those young lovers. It was so simple, pure and beautiful.