You Sound Sleepy - Chapter 5 (2)
Que Qingyan no longer paid her any attention. Bored, Lin Mian took out her phone and began browsing. She had received a WeChat message.
【Xu Zhu：Little sister!】
【Lin Mian：Big brother!】
【Xu Zhu：Little sister, your big brother has just recently experienced amnesia and doesn’t remember you becoming my little sister. Why don’t you explain yourself, little sister? 】
When Xu Zhu blatantly deceived Qye Qingyan back then, they both knew full well that Xu Zhu wasn’t Lin Mian’s big brother.
A student of S University’s Fine Arts department, Lin Mian had joined the debate club there, and Xu Zhu also happened to be in the club. They both participated in a College Debate League competition. Due to their talking points conflicting with each other, disagreements between them popped up like weeds, and the team was forced to disband. What happened was pretty miserable. Since then, they reconciled their differences and became acquaintances.
Xu Zhu and Lin Mian were in the same year at S University but were in different departments. One had graduated and became a manhua author, while the other continued his studies in University K to get his masters in law. They in no way had a big brother and little sister relationship.
Lin Mian explained the situation in a few sentences and simply explained the fact that she had taken the place of Xu Tong for some time.
It’s kinda like acting in a spy movie. After waiting for two minutes, Lin Mian received a message from Xu Zhu.
【Xu Zhu： 🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️】
【Xu Zhu：Not many people have the guts to deceive the boss like that. I will light candles for you in advance. My deepest condolences. 】
The boss referred to Que Qingyan.
Lin Mian put her phone down. She guilty glanced at the man driving.
Given that Que Qingyan is Xu Zhu’s instructor…
Suddenly, a lightbulb flashed over Lin Mian’s head and she reopened WeChat and sincerely typed a line of words.
【Xu Zhu：What are you going to do with the boss’s WeChat? Do you actually want to be my little sister?】
Lin Mian thought, No, I want to be the wife of your teacher… But of course that was currently just her dreaming.
After a bit, Xu Zhu gave Que Qingyan’s WeChat to her.
Lin Mian looked at Que Qingyan’s WeChat, her thumb that was pressed on her phone screen began to heat up. She hesitated for a moment, thanked Xu Zhu, and closed WeChat.
…no…I don’t dare add him!
It was only a 20 minute drive from K University to Lin Mian’s apartment. Just as the car was approaching the underground garage, she told Que Qingyan, “Professor Que, I’ll get off here.” And ended it off seriously, “Thank you.”
Que Qingyan looked at her.
The elevator in the underground garage had access to all the floors in the apartment. Instead, Lin Mian had decided to get off in front of the building. Lin Mian paused and said in a soft voice, “I want to run two laps around.”
I need to cool down.
With a little blush on her face, she said some nonsense. “Strong, uh, got to maintain physical fitness.”
The two separated in front of the apartment. Also, Lin Mian actually ran two laps around the apartment building. When she returned home panting, she collapsed on the sofa, her face redder and her heart thumping.
She tapped open WeChat and looked at an unfamiliar avatar with the WeChat name Que written in English.
To add or not to add?
She made up her mind. She decided to add.
Before adding, she made some preparations in advance. She replaced her avatar that read “This person doesn’t have an avatar” with a sweet and fresh Japanese style, and cut off all her WeChat friends that could give away her real identity. She portrayed a quiet and simple life.
After sending the friend’s application, curled like a pancake, she rolled on her sofa, hugging her phone.
After Lin Mian calmed down, she began to sit up, silently staring at the phone in her hands.
5 minutes, nothing
10 minutes, nothing
Come to think of it, Que Qingyan doesn’t add strangers.
Lin Mian stayed silent for a few seconds. Then, she wobbled to her feet, put down her phone, and decisively decided to move on to other things, leaving to take a bath and calm down.
After she exited the bathroom, Lin Mian, wiping her hair, went to the kitchen to cook some soup. She resisted the constant urges to fish out her phone.
As the soup was simmering, Lin Mian, rubbing her wet hair against the side of the sofa, sluggishly tapped her phone open, slowly tapped WeChat, and slowly…
A moment of silence followed. Lin Mian: “AHHHHHHH–”
My friend request got through!!
Fireworks burst and bloomed into several smoky flowers in her mind. She looked at the text field that allowed her to send messages to Que Qingyan, her finger tips hovering above the screen. For a while, she didn’t know what she should say.
Resisting her tumultuous heart, she sent:
【Professor Que, hello.】
The greeting conformed with proper etiquette. There was no reply.
She was currently Xu Tong. What could she do? Should she actually chat about stuff law majors talk about?
After she imagined a scenario where she and him would have an academic conversation concerning case analysis, she immediately eliminated that possibility.
What if I didn’t act as Xu Tong? What if I was myself…
I lost my cool in front of Que Qingyan several times this week alone. Maybe he’s already noticed something? If I come clean now, it’ll be much better than him discovering it himself later on…. yeah.
She thought about it and decided to ask Xu Zhu first. She earnestly tapped Xu Zhu’s text field.
【Lin Mian：Xu Zhu, if a I confess to Que Qingyan that I’ve deceiving him this whole time, will there be any… consequences?】
Xu Zhu quickly replied.
【Xu Zhu：My boss isn’t a human that holds a grudge】
Lin Mian sighed in relief. Just as she was about to exit the chat room to have a heart-to-heart chat with Que Qingyan, she saw Xu Zhu send another message.
【Xu Zhu：My boss isn’t a human when he holds a grudge】
Lin Mian: “…”
After a few minutes, news of Que Qingyan replying arrived.
Lin Mian looked at the single cold “What?” and, thinking back to Xu Zhu’s words, suppressed her desire to confess. It was in order to survive.
What to say…
30 seconds later.
【Lin Mian：Let’s discuss WeChat Business】
: It means he doesn’t act like a human (ruthless) when he holds a grudge
TL Note: The Xu in Xu Zhu and Xu Tong are different. The Xu in Xu Zhu is 徐, and the Xu in Xu Tong is 许.