Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
In the heat of the moment, the two men didn’t stop immediately. Seeing the books, tissue boxes and lamps in his room being knocked to the ground one by one, Kaczki shouted angrily, “Stop it! Get out of here!”
Cheng YuanMu and Qi Ling Chao stopped at the same time and turned around to look at Kaczki.
“What’s going on? What’s that noise?” From downstairs, Kaczki’s female father asked loudly.
“Nothing!” Kaczki responded loudly. He didn’t want his father to see such a scene in the room.
“I’m sorry,” Qi Ling Chao and Cheng YuanMu realized that the room was a mess and rushed to clean it up.
“Don’t pick it up. You can go back today.”
Hearing him say this, the two people were very confused, and hurriedly tried to explain, but the result was not good.
“I can’t hear what you’re saying! Okay, okay, that’s it for today,” Kaczki said, rubbing his hair with irritation, “Just leave me alone to think and calm down. Really, I’ve never thought about this kind of thing before.”
Qi Ling Chao and Cheng YuanMu looked at each other, knowing that it would be embarrassing to stay behind at such a time, so they had to pack their bags with palpitations and token help Kaczki pick up the objects they had knocked to the floor.
“Don’t do it, I’ll do it myself!” Kaczki practically threw them out with a bang.
Closing the door behind him, Kaczki took a deep breath and sat down on his butt against the door.
It happened so fast he couldn’t react! What was going on? The friend he grew up with suddenly confessed his passionate feelings for him and then tried to kiss him, and then another friend he grew up with came in, and it seemed that he also confessed his passionate feelings for him indirectly, and then fought with the former.
Kaczki, who had never thought about what love was until now, was in the most severe shock ever.
“We will absolutely be hated!” Cheng YuanMu sighed long and hard and slammed his fist on the fence.
“If you can do the forced kiss thing, don’t be afraid to be hated!”
“But I did not kiss him! You rushed over to beat me up.”
Qi Ling Chao dissatisfied, “Ah otherwise I could’ve stared blankly as you continued to go down for a kiss? You think I’m stupid?”
The two looked at each other, the marks of the earlier mutual beating gradually emerged. Their faces were red and the bruises were surely to show up tomorrow.
“You hit me really hard.”
“Bullshit, there’s not even any blood.”
Although angry, after all, they were still friends and didn’t fight to the death.
Cheng YuanMu said with some disapproval, “I thought we were on the same side. Now you want to say that we have to compete?”
“We are, but that kissing thing must also be counted as a first come, first served!”
“Then it’s the first to go. Wouldn’t you do it instead?”
“This,” Qi Ling Chao said, quickly changing the subject, “Anyway, now we are bombarded out together. What to do?”
“He said he had to think about it, do you think that’s a good sign?”
“I don’t know.”
The two men were apprehensive and heavy-hearted; neither of them thought Kaczki had any idea about love, and they didn’t think he could come up with anything at all.
“Ah…! I’m so annoyed. If we can’t even be friends after that, it’s all your fault.” Qi Ling Chao said, annoyed.
“If you don’t take the first step, you won’t be able to make progress in your life.” Although Cheng YuanMu also admitted that he was impulsive, he also did not regret it. At least he let Kaczki know, so it was better than keeping it in his heart.
The next day, Monday
“They went to fight again ah”
“There are big bruises on their faces, they must have fought really hard.”
“These kinds of gangsters are still coming to school.”
“Stop it, they seem to be in a bad mood today, don’t get into trouble.”
Inevitably, the classroom was filled with gossip again. Only the ones involved knew how the injuries came about. The two parties fought over the kissing of their favorite male and were later thrown out of the house together – it was shameful to talk about it.
They sent messages apologizing but received no reply from Kaczki, so they spent the weekend in an ‘absolutely disgusted’ mood, which continued until Monday morning. Just when they thought the relationship might be ending and they would lose their eight-year-long friendship, Kaczki appeared at the back door of their classroom, just like every other day, during their lunch break, “Going to the cafeteria?”
If not for the painful bruises on their faces, Cheng YuanMu and Qi Ling Chao would have thought they had traveled back in time to the previous week. The two of them were sitting at the same table as Kaczki. Cheng YuanMu and Qi Ling Chao were both a little nervous.
“I thought for sure you would not care about us.” Cheng YuanMu whispered.
“As for that.” Kaczki muttered.
Qi Ling Chao couldn’t hold back, couldn’t even eat his meal, and asked sharply, “So have you thought about it?”
“Then what did you think?”
Kaczki shook the tableware in his hand, “Well, I accept it!”
Cheng YuanMu and Qi Lingzhao didn’t expect such an answer.
“Didn’t you confess your love to me?” Kaczki pointed to Cheng YuanMu, and then to Qi Ling Chao, “Although you did not directly confess, but I also know what you mean.”
“Then I accepted, what’s the problem?”
Qi Ling Chao exclaimed in surprise, “You accept? Wait a minute, do you know what this means?”
“It means to go out, right?” Kaczki asked in return.
Qi Ling Chao looked at Cheng YuanMu, who also looked incredulous. They probably both suspected that Kaczki didn’t understand what the meaning of ‘dating’ was.
“I really didn’t think about such things as male and female before. I just wanted to be with you guys when I went to college and went to a different city, even if I worked and entered society. The ‘like’ you say is not the kind of friends, but the kind of love and affection. You’re thinking that you want to be together all the time, just like me, right?”
“That’s right.” Cheng YuanMu nodded his head.
“Then our thoughts are the same in terms of results, right?” Kaczki asked seriously.
Qi Ling Chao felt he was confused by Kaczki’s distorted reasoning, but couldn’t refute it.
“A lovers’ relationship is not the same as a relationship with a friend.” Cheng YuanMu reminded.
“Love. I didn’t understand it before, but I can try to learn it in the future, it shouldn’t be very difficult, right?”
Qi Ling Chao frowned, “It sounds like you’re trying to accommodate us.”
Kaczki had a natural expression: “Because you are very important to me.”
Qi Ling Chao and Cheng YuanMu both blushed.
Kaczki’s natural but impactful speech was really annoying.
So, in the winter of the first year of high school without the knowledge of their families and teachers, and with confusion to even those involved, the three went from a ‘childhood friend’ relationship into a lovers’ relationship in a strange way.