Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
It was raining heavily on the day of the move. Nan HuaiLin didn’t have much stuff, one suitcase and one backpack was enough. The only thing he didn’t take with him was the Brazilian Dragon Bone.
Fei Cheng drove him.
On the way, neither of them spoke.
There was only the sound of the rain, just like Nan HuaiLin’s mood at the moment, clamoring in the silence.
When they arrived at the place, Fei Cheng looked around and said, “It’s not too bad.”
Nan HuaiLin said, “I live alone, and this house is already very good.”
Fei Cheng nodded, “Then you can unpack, I’m leaving, I have work to do.”
You’re leaving so soon? Why don’t you stay longer?
Nan HuaiLin didn’t say anything, and silently walked Fei Cheng to the door. The two faced each other in silence, one stood outside the door, the other inside.Half a day later, Fei Cheng said, “I won’t come to you.”
Nan HuaiLin, “… Hmm.”
Fei Cheng, “Unless you say you love me first.”
Nan HuaiLin didn’t say anything.
Fei Cheng raised his hand and cupped his chin, “I’m leaving.”
Nan HuaiLin looked at his back, tried to follow him, but he could not make his feet move. He heard the elevator open and close, stood in the doorway for a while, and closed the door in despair.
Shen Chong and Fei Cheng clinked glasses. Shen Chong took a sip, looked at him and said, “Usually you can’t even ask people to come out for a drink, why did you take the initiative to ask me to come out for a drink today?”
Fei Cheng shook his glass, “My wife moved out and I didn’t want to go home.”
“Do not be ashamed, ah you. Did he promise to be with you? You’re the wife,” Shen Chong asked, “What did you do to him that made him move out?”
Fei Cheng was briefly silent for a few seconds and said, “I don’t know.”
“He wanted to move out and you let him?” Shen Chong said, “That’s not like you.”
Fei Cheng smiled and said confidently, “He’ll be back.”
Shen Chong raised his eyebrows, “How do you know?”
Fei Cheng said, “Because he likes me.”
“Huh,” Shen Chong laughed briefly and asked again, “How do you know?”
Fei Cheng said with certainty, “I just know.”
Shen Chong took a sip of wine, “So, you’re just trying to let him get away with it for now?”
Fei Cheng said, “I’m just giving him time to see his heart clearly.”
Shen Chong tsked and shook his head. “I always thought you were pure, but you’re a dick with a heart of gold.”
Fei Cheng smiled, “I just haven’t met anyone worth using my heart on.”
After moving out, life went on as usual.
Reading scripts, training, eating and sleeping. Nan HuaiLin tried not to think about Fei Cheng, but Fei Cheng still found his way into his head. When he brushed his teeth, when he ate, when he swam, when he walked, when it rained… All those moments together, like air, filled him up without Fei Cheng.
Nan HuaiLin thought to himself that it would be better if he got busy, that it would be better if more time passed, that he didn’t really like Fei Cheng that much, and that this meager liking would easily wear away.
On the twelfth, the shooting of Swimming Beyond My Life started as scheduled.
The school was very big and beautiful, and the swimming pool was also very grand, and it was said to be the training venue for the ’08 Olympics.
This was an inspirational web drama about youth, friendship, growth and dreams. The love scenes were minimal, and they were still a particularly hazy kind. The friendship between the two characters played by Nan HuaiLin and He DuanYang was more colorful, which was also considered to cater to the current trend of fujo-bait in show business.
The twelve actors, including Nan HuaiLin, were selected from the audition, and their acting skills were naturally very good, so there was no challenge for them to play such a youth drama that did not require too much acting skills.
Moreover, this was a group drama, and although Nan HuaiLin was the first male character, his role was not much more than the other actors. But his role was the soul of the whole drama, responsible for linking the rest of the eleven people together, which was crucial.
Once the shooting had begun, it proceeded very smoothly.
Shooting a modern drama was much easier than a costume drama. The costumes were all ready-made, there was no need to set up scenery, and so the shooting speed was very fast. Before the Mid-Autumn Festival, it was already in the closing stage, about ten days earlier than expected.
On the day of the Mid-Autumn Festival, the crew had a day off.
Nan HuaiLin and He DuanYang spent the festival together.
The two of them were from the same hometown, and they were both single dogs, so it was perfect to spend the holiday together.
He DuanYang took Nan HuaiLin to a Huaiyang restaurant, ordered a table of hometown dishes, and two bottles of beer, while eating and drinking, quite happily.
After dinner, they went back to our respective homes.
On the bus, Nan HuaiLin called his mother and listened to her ramble all the way to the bus stop before hanging up. After he got off the bus, he had to walk a little further.
Nan HuaiLin looked down at his phone, staring at Mr. Rabbit’s cell phone number in his address book, debating whether to call.
In the past month and a half, Fei Cheng had not come to him once, as he said, nor had he sent a single WeChat or made a single phone call, completely breaking off contact.
Nan HuaiLin was a bit aggrieved. He didn’t expect Fei Cheng to be so cold.
“When you miss me, you will come back.”
“I won’t come to you unless you say you love me.”
Fei Cheng’s words echoed in his mind.
Nan HuaiLin was torn to the core, whether to call Fei Cheng or not.
“Get out of the way!”
Nan HuaiLin looked up sharply and saw a skateboarder coming straight at him. He tried to dodge but it was too late, the skateboarder slammed into him and the two fell down together.
The skateboarder got up from the ground and said angrily, “Why don’t you watch where you’re going? Aren’t you afraid of being hit by a car? Grow some eyes, will you? It’s really bad luck.”
Before Nan HuaiLin could say anything, the teenager skateboarded away.
The good thing was that the phone did not break, but he felt a little pain in his tailbone, and his palm was also bleeding.
After a few steps, his stomach also vaguely hurt.
Nan HuaiLin did not think about whether to call Fei Cheng, covered his stomach and walked forward.
Not long after, he arrived at the entrance of the neighborhood. Nan HuaiLin was about to go in when he suddenly stopped and looked back at an SUV parked across the street.
After a couple of glances, he entered the neighborhood as if nothing had happened. When he got home, Nan HuaiLin first took a shower.
The pain in his tailbone was gone, but his stomach was getting more and more uncomfortable.
After taking a shower, he found a box of stomach acid tablets, took two of them, blow-dried his hair and went to bed.
He clicked on Fei Cheng’s WeChat interface, typed a sentence, deleted it, typed it again, deleted it again, and after several iterations, he threw the phone aside in exasperation and prepared to sleep.
But the pain in his abdomen was getting stronger and stronger, so he couldn’t sleep.
It was just a fall after eating too much, how could it be so uncomfortable?
Nan HuaiLin put his hand on the small of his back and rubbed it gently.
This was how his mother used to rub his belly when he had a tummy ache as a child. But nothing worked, the abdominal pain became more intense and soon became unbearable.
No, he had to go to the hospital.
Nan HuaiLin reached for his cell phone and called Fei Cheng directly.
The answer was almost instant, “Hello?”
“Fei Cheng…” Nan HuaiLin almost cried out in pain when he spoke, “My stomach hurts… You come to take me to the hospital, okay?”
“I’ll be right there!”
After hanging up the phone, a sharp pain hit him, and Nan HuaiLin couldn’t help but scream out.
The next second, his whole body froze.
Just now, he seemed to… He shit his pants!