Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
The truck drove away when they were about to enter the city, they jumped down from the haystack, and after saying goodbye to the driver, Lu RanKong tried to stop a cab, but Lan Yu pulled him to the side of the road, “Get the stalks off your body and hair first. We can’t be seen like this?”
The two of them were picking grass stalks from each other behind some big trees on the side of the road. After picking a few Lu RanKong wanted to go out, but he was stopped again, “Shirt, tuck in your shirt. The jacket was soaked in water and became too wrinkled, so just put it on your arm. Come here, I’ll smooth your hair.”
Lu RanKong stopped and bowed slightly, patiently allowing Lan Yu to fix his collar and smooth his hair. Lan Yu checked one last time and stretched his shirt before saying, “This is barely enough to meet people.”
There was already a lot of traffic here, and soon a cab was stopped.
“Where are you going, gentlemen?” The driver asked.
Lu RanKong looked at Lan Yu.
“Whichever mall is closest.” Lan Yu said.
When the driver turned around, Lu RanKong whispered, “We have to go on the Ferris wheel, so I’m afraid we don’t have much time for shopping.”
Lan Yu glanced at him, also lowered his voice and said, “You have mentioned the Ferris wheel several times on the way. Let me tell you, if you don’t change your clothes and look like this, you go find the Ferris wheel yourself, because I will not go with you.”
“I’m just saying, it’s still nice to go to the mall.” Lu RanKong said.
After getting out of the car, Lan Yu stood at the front of the car, took out Lu RanKong’s card and paid the fare, then waved it between his fingers to Lu RanKong and said, “There are 280 credits left.”
The two of them stepped into the bright shopping mall. Even though they were in a mess, they both behaved smartly, and their excellent appearance and temperament also attracted many people’s attention. The saleswoman’s eyes were even shining, presenting the two men with all kinds of attentiveness.
“You two are so handsome, so our store’s new style would be just right. I see so many customers trying it on, only you two can wear such a look.”
Lan Yu himself wore a cream-colored casual suit, sizing up Lu RanKong who was wearing the same style in ink blue in front of him, and was very satisfied. It was indeed very handsome, too handsome.
Only the price was a bit expensive.
When he hadn’t worn it yet, he never cared about the price of the clothes, but now it was different. He had to consider the future.
When two people’s salaries added up, it was okay, as long as there was no more reckless spending later, it’d be enough to buy a suit.
He was going to retire from the military, and after doing so, he didn’t think about where he would settle down yet. He could get a rented room, but he would eventually face the problem of buying a house.
Also, if a baby comes, they would cost even more money.
“The two of you, in these couple’s clothes, I haven’t seen a better match than you.” The saleswoman saw the relationship between the two of them, and although she was trying to sell the clothes, she said this with all sincerity.
Lan Yu heard these words, immediately said, “Buy both sets.”
It’s not that bad.
Compared to Lan Yu, Lu RanKong had no concept of money, and wasn’t surprised to see him pay with the credits, as if he had just bought a candy at a roadside stand. Since Lu RanKong’s card only had 280 credits, Lan Yu paid the bill and Lu RanKong acted like it wasn’t out of place, giving a straightforward look.
Lan Yu’s heart raised in alertness. He didn’t hand over the pay card, didn’t even let him touch it, or he would end up with a pile of broken iron. The two went to buy new shoes, dressed from head to toe, Lu RanKong carried the paper bag with two sets of military uniforms, and followed Lan Yu out of the mall, like a competent little caddy.
Next, he found a good restaurant to eat dinner, and when he was full, it was nightfall. It was just after 8pm.
In the restaurant, Lu RanKong called the army to pick them up, and they said it would probably take one or two hours to arrive. The two of them were in no hurry, so they walked slowly down the street.
Lu RanKong was holding Lan Yu with his left hand and carrying a paper bag with his right hand, and from time to time, he would shield him from those who were about to run into him.
Lan Yu had been in the military for a long time, and the city lights, which he used to find ordinary, now seemed to be interesting. On the way to buy this and look at that, before he knew it, both Lu RanKong’s hands were full of bags, with two hanging around his neck.
There was a street performer playing the piano in front of him, which sounded pretty good, and Lan Yu was about to get closer when he heard Lu RanKong’s excited voice, “Xiao Yu, look, look.”
He turned his head and saw Lu RanKong facing the opposite side of the street, pointing to the distance with his right hand carrying the bag, “The Ferris wheel! It’s the Ferris wheel!”
Lan Yu followed his eyes and saw that there was indeed a Ferris wheel in the distance, hidden behind tall buildings, only a small part of which was exposed.
The last time he came to Bell City he hadn’t even seen this, it should have just been built.
“Xiao Yu, let’s just finish the third step and ride the Ferris wheel.” Lu RanKong said to him with glowing eyes.
I don’t know why he is so obsessed with that dating step, Lan Yu thought helplessly, Okay, let’s satisfy him and go for a ride.
Seeing that the Ferris wheel wasn’t far from here, just a few blocks away, the two of them crossed the street and walked in that direction. Lu RanKong explained as they walked, “Although we have our own way of dating, the old rituals must be followed.”
“Who said riding a Ferris wheel is an old ritual? This is the first time I’ve heard of it.” Lan Yu laughed a little.
Lu RanKong hurriedly said, “And kissing, kissing. That’s the point of the ritual.”
The Ferris wheel looked very close, but by the time they arrived, they had walked at least seven or eight blocks and finally entered a city park. This should be a recently built park; the trees had been planted a few days ago, each with nutrient solution hanging on them, surrounded by supports. Some of the places that were obviously going to be made into flower gardens were still bare yellow clay. There was no one inside, only one or two human workers could be seen in the distance.
Following a trail with occasional piles of sand and dirt near the Ferris wheel, the two stopped in their tracks. Lan Yu tilted his head, looking at the motionless Ferris wheel above, said, “It’s not even operational. It’s being repaired and not open yet.”
Looking around, there were piles of steel equipment not yet transported, not far from the control room was a locked door, and the wall of colored paint also seemed to have been just painted. Lu RanKong tilted his head to look at the Ferris wheel without making a sound, and only after a moment said despondently, “Let’s go, and we’ll talk about it later when we have the chance.”
“Yeah, okay.” Lan Yu said.
The two of them left the city park and went to the street, walking slowly along the way back. When passing a movie theater, Lu RanKong only turned his head to look, after seeing that Lan Yu didn’t stop, he followed and continued on.
“Why do you want to ride the Ferris wheel so much? Watching a movie is step two, I see that you’re skipping the second step, not even missing it a bit.” Lan Yu couldn’t help but ask.
Lu RanKong listened, stunned, then thought about what he was going to say, before hesitantly closing his mouth, his face showing a difficult look.
Lan Yu peeked at him. Seeing him have this look, he became more curious, and asked, “Tell me ah. Tell me why you have to ride that Ferris wheel. If you want to talk about excitement, isn’t it more exciting to drive your own mecha? Why do you want to do it so much?”
“It’s not about riding the Ferris wheel, it’s about kissing on it.” Lu RanKong solemnly corrected.
Lan Yu pondered in his heart. This person could press him down to kiss on the haystack on a truck, and wasn’t a person who pursued romantic feelings. He must have other reasons for being so obsessed with the Ferris wheel.
“Tell me the truth, don’t try to hide it from me.” Lan Yu said.
“This is the truth…”
Lan Yu said expressionlessly, “Your materials take up a big box. If I throw a few of them away, I guess you won’t notice.”
“There seems to be another reason, let me think.”
“Don’t try to make it up, I can tell if what you’re saying is true.” Lan Yu’s eyes were extraordinarily sharp.
Lu RanKong hesitated for a moment and said, “I was very late to the game, and I know a little bit about relationships. When I was a teenager, I watched a video of some tourist attractions in various planet systems, and they were beautiful. One of the scenes was a Ferris wheel somewhere. I saw two people kissing in the top compartment.” He smiled shyly, “Maybe that’s how I first dreamed of love, taking my lover to kiss on top of the Ferris wheel, that must be nice.”
Lan Yu was stunned after hearing this, and an image instantly appeared in front of him, the afternoon sunlight falling on the lawn, the boyishly handsome young man bathed in the sunlight, his eyes clean and pure. He looked at the scene in front of him and was struck by a sweet kiss to his heart, and had been yearning for such feelings ever since…
Lan Yu’s heart followed the softness; the Lu RanKong in front of him seemed to become that teenager again, with a bright vision of the future slowly growing, growing to finally have a complete love.
He was the love of his life, how could he not meet his wishes?
He needed to, ah.
“Come on, let’s go back and ride the Ferris wheel.” Lan Yu took Lu RanKong’s bag in one hand and pulled him with the other.
Lu RanKong said, “Forget it. It’s not even open, there’s still a chance later, the next time when we come to Bell City.”
“No, I want to go now.” Lan Yu’s tone was firm.
Lu RanKong was puzzled, “But it’s all closed… If you want to sit, let’s come as soon as it opens, okay?”
“No, I want to sit now.” Lan Yu insisted.
Lu RanKong sighed helplessly and said in a doting voice, “I can’t believe you… But how are we going to get up there?”
Lan Yu was stunned. Yes, he just wanted to go up, but they weren’t open, so how could they go up? Was it possible to ask for the contact information of the project manager now and let him open it for a while?
Lu RanKong said, “Forget it, let’s go. Do we have to climb up just to ride a Ferris wheel that’s not open?”
Ah yes, we can climb up there!
Lan Yu took his hand and turned around towards the Ferris wheel, casually saying, “With our hands, it’s easy for us to climb the Ferris wheel.”
As long as he didn’t let the person he loved have regrets, what was the point of climbing a simple Ferris wheel?
A few moments later, the two stood under the Ferris wheel again and looked upwards. The surrounding neon lights illuminated the area, and the huge Ferris wheel stood silently amidst the lights, the upper half of which was hidden in the distant night sky.
Lu RanKong asked Lan Yu, “Are you sure you want to go up there?”
Lu RanKong put all the bags on the lawn next to him, cracked his neck and said to Lan Yu, “Do you want me to help you?”
“Then let’s have a competition.”
Lan Yu leaped upward, easily grabbed the railings and climbed up the big ring of the Ferris wheel, followed by Lu RanKong, who was agile and athletic and didn’t lose a step. As they climbed higher and higher, the lights of the city were at their feet. Looking at the city, it looked like the planet was dotted with lights, and the sky was connected.
Lan Yu was halfway up, holding onto the 200-meter-high railings and looking down at his feet, when he felt a slight dizziness and a strong sense of wonder.
——He would never have thought that he would one day climb a Ferris wheel that wasn’t open, and it wasn’t an act.
At the same time he felt the adrenaline rush, he also felt excitement.
“It’s okay, I’ll guard you from below.” Lu RanKong looked up at him, his eyes shining as brightly as a treasure planet.
“You’d better look after yourself.”
The two of them were in the same position as the other. The two of them finally reached the top of the Ferris wheel after a while, and Lu RanKong took out a small tool he carried with him and opened the top cabin neatly.
“Get in…” The wind was a bit strong, so he raised his voice slightly.
Lan Yu stepped forward on the bars, then leapt into the cabin, Lu RanKong followed, and then closed the door. The cabin shook gently, inside were two rows of double seats facing each other, after Lan Yu sat down, Lu RanKong also sat next to him.
Lan Yu breathed a sigh of relief and looked through the glass window at the view outside, a smile appeared on his face and he couldn’t help but say, “The view from above is really—”
Before the words were out of his mouth, he was taken into the arms of Lu RanKong beside him, and his hot lips pressed down on him, biting and sucking.
“Mnn… Do you want to… Look outside, brewing emotions first…” Lan Yu asked with difficulty during the gaps.
Lu RanKong said with a slight gasp, “I’ve been in the mood for a long time, you don’t even know how attractive you looked when you were climbing the bars just now. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to climb up and fall off in the middle.”
Lan Yu struggled to push him away a little, but his lips were still stuck to the other’s, so he had to slur his words, “This is your youthful longing. You have been thinking about the Ferris wheel for so many years, do you not want to look outside and say something else?”
Lu RanKong’s arm continued to tighten, lips also moved to his neck, his breath burning as he said, “What is there to see outside? I just want to see you.”
Lan Yu originally envisioned that when the two came up, they would look at the lights and the distance, talk for a while and then snuggle, and finally kiss in a romantic atmosphere… The result was that this person came up and skipped all the procedures and wrapped his arms around him and kissed him, destroying all his poetic imagination.
He pushed Lu RanKong away and said in exasperation, “Don’t you want to look outside, feel and remember?”
Lu RanKong, with his arm still around his waist, said in a hoarse voice, “I’m feeling…”
Lan Yu sensed a hint of something wrong, grabbed the hand around his waist, narrowed his eyes, and asked, “Did you trick me into coming up here? There’s no such thing as a video of a kiss on the Ferris wheel?”
“There is, there really is, and I just watched that video to find out that’s what happened…” Lu RanKong said.
Lan Yu’s mind floated a guess, so he pushed his face away and asked in a cold voice, “What video did you watch?” Seeing Lu RanKong freeze for a moment, he said again, “Speak…”
Lu RanKong finally calmed down a bit, twisted his sitting posture and tugged at his pants leg.
Lan Yu glanced down and said, “Brother Bao is a little too enthusiastic.”
“It’s… it’s still okay.” Lu RanKong said.
“So tell me, what video did you watch?”
Lu RanKong’s eyes drifted, “Just two people kissing in a Ferris wheel cabin.”
“There was a little something else.”
“What was it?”
Lu RanKong closed his mouth.
“Maybe it was a little hot, so they took off some clothes or something.” He said vaguely.
“Is that so?”
Lu RanKong didn’t answer and started to look out the window, pointing to the lights in the distance and said in a deep voice, “That should be the direction we came from, the view from here is particularly good.”
Lan Yu crossed his leg, leaned back and looked at him, one hand on his higher leg slowly tapping, “I kind of understand why you were looking forward to this.”
“I don’t know how long it will take for the military vehicles to arrive, maybe we can still see them here.” Lu RanKong continued on.
Lan Yu said, “Don’t change the subject, it’s not working. Just keep talking about what you started. Was this your idea from the beginning?”
“Lovers, when they are in love, they are sure to do it, and they can’t help it.” Lu RanKong was still looking out the window.
“Where did you watch the video?” Lan Yu asked indifferently.
“I watched it at home…”
Without waiting for Lan Yu’s reply, Lu RanKong turned his head to look at him, met the penetrating eyes, and after a few seconds of silence said, “I watched it at night under the covers.”
“I’m very late to the game, but I’m aware of feelings.” Lan Yu imitated the tone Lu RanKong started with, with a longing look attached, “Maybe that became my first dream of love, taking my lover to kiss on top of the Ferris wheel, that must be nice.”
What clean and pure eyes, what teenagers bathed in sunlight lying on the lawn… all of them were illusions!
“I was wrong, I really didn’t get it before.” Lu RanKong defended, “And because I liked you so much, I wanted to be with you—”
“Shut up…” Lan Yu said in a cold voice.
Lu RanKong didn’t make a sound.