Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
After running around from noon to dusk, Nan HuaiLin still couldn’t find a satisfactory apartment, and now it was many times more difficult to rent an apartment than before.
Sitting in the subway on his way home, he felt physically and mentally exhausted. Just as he was leaning back in his seat with his eyes closed, his cell phone suddenly rang. The caller ID was Fei Cheng.
Nan HuaiLin cleared his throat and swiped to answer, “Hello, director.”
Fei Cheng said, “Don’t call me director, okay? It sounds like the head of the department, it’s better to call me by my first name.”
Nan HuaiLin said “Oh.”
Fei Cheng asked, “Have you rented a house yet?”
Nan HuaiLin replied, “Not yet.”
Fei Cheng smiled and said, “That’s great, move in with me.”
Nan HuaiLin, “… Huh?”
Fei Cheng asked, “Where are you at this moment?”
Nan HuaiLin was confused. “On the subway…”
Fei Cheng asked again, “Where’s the next stop?”
The radio announced the station, “The train is running ahead of Jianguomen Station, please be prepared to get off…”
“I hear you,” Fei Cheng said over there, “Get off now and wait for me at the subway entrance. I’ll come to pick you up.” After saying that, Fei Cheng hung up directly.
Nan HuaiLin, “…”
What the hell is happening here?
The subway stopped.
Nan HuaiLin froze for two seconds, then stood up and followed the crowd to the outside.
After waiting for five minutes at the subway entrance, a red sports car pulled up in front of him.
Fei Cheng greeted him, “Get in.”
Nan HuaiLin obediently got into the car and asked, while putting on his seat belt, “What did you mean when you said you wanted me to live with you?”
Fei Cheng drove on, “Actually, I’ve been looking for an apartment for the past two days, and I just found one that I like today, a two-room apartment, so I can share it with you.”
Nan HuaiLin asked uncertainly, “So, you want to share a room with me?”
Fei Cheng smiled and said, “That’s what I mean.”
Nan HuaiLin hesitantly asked, “The apartment you rent… How much is it per month?”
Fei Cheng thought about it, “I think it’s more than 30,000.”
Nan HuaiLin drew a breath of cold air. This is too expensive, if two people share a room, he has to pay 15,000, he can not afford it, ah.
Fei Cheng turned his head to look at him, “Too expensive, right?”
“It’s not expensive,” Nan HuaiLin said, “But it is too expensive for me to afford, so you’d better find someone else to share. Pull over, I want to get out.”
Fei Cheng had expected this reaction, so he had already thought of something to say, “I really don’t like the idea of sharing a room with someone else, so if you don’t rent it, I’ll just leave it empty. What a waste. How much is the apartment you’re renting now?”
Nan HuaiLin said, “One thousand eight hundred.”
“Then you can give me two thousand, to make it up to a whole.” Fei Cheng said, “The point is that I don’t know anything about housework and I can’t take care of myself at all, so when we live together, you’ll have to do my laundry, and cook and clean for me as a favor, okay?”
Without waiting for Nan HuaiLin to speak, Fei Cheng said, “Here we are.”
When he got out of the car, Nan HuaiLin looked around at the bustle and felt like he had come to another world, a world that did not belong to him.
When he entered the apartment Fei Cheng rented, this feeling became stronger and stronger.
The apartment was luxuriously and beautifully decorated. Although it was a two-room apartment, it was quite spacious, with about two hundred square feet. Standing in front of the window of the living room, he could see the fountain of Xintiandi of the East. Looking a little further away, he could even see the office building of Ming Xi Media.
To rent such a big and nice house on East Chang’an Street, Nan HuaiLin suddenly thought, 30,000 is a bargain.
But could he really live in such a nice house for only 2,000? Who was he?
Fei Cheng looked around and said, “It’s not too bad, what do you think?”
Nan HuaiLin said, “I don’t think I can live in such a nice house. It’s too much of a burden, I’m afraid I won’t be able to sleep.”
“This house is really not that good, not at all,” Fei Cheng said, “Some day I can take you to see my brother’s house in the Yanxi villa area. That’s really good.”
Nan HuaiLin shook his head. “No, I can’t live here, you’d better find someone else.”
He turned to leave, Fei Cheng hurriedly grabbed him. “Don’t. I’ve rented it for a year. If you don’t live with me, the 400,000 will be wasted.”
Four hundred thousand?
Oh my God.
Nan HuaiLin looked at him, “I don’t understand. Why do you have to share a room with me?”
Fei Cheng smiled and said, “Because among the people I know, you are the only one who needs to rent an apartment. That, and you look like you are very virtuous and will have a good life, so I would be very happy to live with you.”
Nan HuaiLin touched his face.
Do I look virtuous?
Fei Cheng added, “I’ve asked around. It costs more than 10,000 a month to find a housekeeper, so I’ll get the advantage if we share a room. You can live with me, right? I’m begging you, okay?”
Nan HuaiLin looked at him steadily and said in a sincere tone, “Fei Cheng, thank you.”
Fei Cheng smiled, “So…You’re saying yes? Great!” He hugged Nan HuaiLin so hard that he lifted him up and spun him around twice.
“!!!” Nan HuaiLin was busy holding his shoulders. “Hey, you put me down!”
Fei Cheng put him on the ground and scratched his head a little embarrassed. “I was too excited, sorry.”
Nan HuaiLin, also embarrassed, tugged on his shirt and said, “Shouldn’t we go?”
“Are you hungry?” Fei Cheng asked, “Shall we have a snack together?”
Nan HuaiLin looked at him with a funny face. “Do you get hungry when you see me?”
Fei Cheng laughed and said, “It seems to be true, when I see you, I want to have dinner.”
“What do you want to eat? It’s on me.” Nan HuaiLin said, “I said I would treat you at noon.”
Fei Cheng said, “I heard from Shen Chong that there’s an old Zhang Ramen in Chaoyang City that’s very good, let’s go and try it.”
It wasn’t far from Dongdan to Chaoyang City, and there was no traffic at the moment, so they could get there in about twenty minutes.
However, when they arrived, they were told that the old Zhang Ramen would not open until 11:00 at night.
It was only nine o’clock now, and they couldn’t wait two hours for a bowl of ramen. So, the two of them went to Hakata Ichi Kouzai, a Japanese ramen restaurant on the sixth floor of Joy City, and ordered the signature tonkotsu ramen, fried karaage and gyoza.
It was already so late, but the restaurant was still super crowded. The two of them sat next to each other in a small corner, but they didn’t feel confined, instead they were a little bit infected by the lively atmosphere around them and had some worldly happiness. They forgot their disparity in status for a while, and relaxed, chatting and laughing very harmoniously.
After a full meal, Nan HuaiLin paid the bill and they left together.
Fei Cheng said, “I’ll give you a ride.”
“No,” Nan HuaiLin said, “I’ll just take the bus, there’s a direct route.”
“Okay,” Fei Cheng said. “You can move there tomorrow if you want. Do you need my help?”
Nan HuaiLin shook his head, “No, I can do it myself.”
Fei Cheng suddenly smiled and extended his hand towards him.
Nan HuaiLin did not know what to expect, so he hesitantly reached out and took his hand.
Fei Cheng bowed slightly and said in a very gentlemanly way, “Please take care of me in the future.”
Nan HuaiLin smiled, “You too, please take care of me.”
Fei Cheng drove away.
Nan HuaiLin walked to the bus stop,and waited a long time for the 411 to come. When it finally did, he got on, swiped his card and walked to the last row of empty seats before he sat down.
The window was open and the night breeze blew in.
The April night was still a little cool. The wind blew into his face, and brought with it the faint smell of flowers.
NanHuaiLin’s phone vibrated.
It was a WeChat message from Fei Cheng, telling him the password to open the door.
Fei Cheng’s WeChat name was his English name ‘Felix.’ Nan HuaiLin had not changed anyone’s name since he added his friends. He moved his fingers to the profile settings, thought about it, and changed Fei Cheng’s memo name to ‘Mr. Rabbit.’
The author has something to say:
Nan Nan: Husband hubby embrace me, I want a princess embrace, a flying embrace, a spinning embrace ~