Picking Up Stars

Picking Up Stars

Chapter 1 - Chapter 1

"Bro, if you don't come back this week, I'm going to your school to get you."

On the phone, Jian Muyang kept nagging him to come home for the weekend. Qin Fang, with the phone wedged between his shoulder and cheek, couldn't help but smile wryly at his words. Finally, he said, "Alright, I got it."

"I'll be waiting for you then." Jian Muyang still sounded a bit worried and emphasized again, "If you don't come back, I'll go to your dorm to find you. I really miss you."

"Okay." Qin Fang promised again. Hearing this, he couldn't help but soften a little. Although his voice still sounded the same, there was actually a hint of gentle coaxing: "Don't nag me anymore. I'll definitely be back on Friday night, okay Yangyang?"

"Okay." Jian Muyang was still a little uneasy when he hung up the phone. After saying goodbye, he waited several seconds before hanging up.

Qin Fang waited until the call had ended before putting down his phone. Hua Tong, leaning on his cue stick beside him, remarked, "You only sound like this when talking to your little brother."

"Nonsense," Qin Fang put his phone back in his pocket and bent down to aim at the last ball, "Aren't I always this easygoing?"

The 8-ball hit the edge of the table and bounced into the pocket. Hua Tong first let out a "tsk" and laughed, then asked, "Another game?"

"Nah, I'm hungry." Qin Fang picked up his cue stick and walked off, putting it back in the rack. He turned his head and asked, "You have class this afternoon, right?"

"Two classes, you coming with me?" Hua Tong asked as he walked.

"Am I crazy?" Qin Fang looked at Hua Tong in bewilderment. He was too lazy to attend his own classes, let alone have the time to go to class with Hua Tong.

Hua Tong laughed as he walked and said, "Just asking casually."

Qin Fang was a sophomore this year, and Hua Tong was his high school classmate. The two of them had been playing together since they were quite young, and could be considered childhood friends. But Hua Tong's grades were a bit better than Qin Fang's. Qin Fang was studying at C University's International Exchange College, the B section of the school, which seemed a bit lax compared to other colleges. But no matter how lax, it was still C University. Even the B section was over thirty points above the first-tier university cutoff line, which was passable.

Now it was less than two months into the spring semester, and at the beginning of this month, Qin Fang had started pursuing a girl. The girl's name was Gong Qi, a junior in the management school. She was tall and slender, with very fair skin, which perfectly matched Qin Fang's aesthetic.

After eating with Hua Tong, Qin Fang left the school to go buy something. Gong Qi's birthday was next week, and Qin Fang had to go out and think of a gift. It wasn't too troublesome, as gifts for young girls were not hard to prepare.

After buying the gift, Qin Fang sent Gong Qi a message, asking her out for dinner that evening.

Gong Qi replied to him: Okay.

So Qin Fang asked: Then I'll wait for you downstairs at your dorm?

Gong Qi: Alright, just give me a call when you arrive.

Qin Fang had nothing to do in the afternoon anyway, so he took a detour to buy a few boxes of small cakes for Gong Qi. Bringing something when asking a girl out showed respect. He also brought some handmade chocolates from the store, intending to give them to his younger brother when he went back for the weekend.

When Qin Fang was waiting for Gong Qi downstairs at the girls' dormitory, people coming and going would always glance at him a few times. Tall, handsome, and with good fashion sense, this kind of boy would attract people to look at him a few more times no matter where he was. It was pleasing to the eye.

Gong Qi walked over and gave him an apologetic smile, "Sorry for being a bit late coming down and making you wait for me."

"It's nothing," Qin Fang didn't mind much, "What do you want to eat?"

"I'm fine with anything, you decide." Gong Qi walked beside Qin Fang, the two of them keeping a distance that was neither too far nor too close. They didn't touch each other's arms, but they weren't much further apart either.

The scent of Gong Qi's perfume was not strong, a faint fragrance that was not unpleasant. It was the same as the feeling she gave people, gentle and comfortable.

She was indeed a girl with high emotional intelligence and good at chatting. She wouldn't let the conversation go cold, but also didn't appear too eager. This was the third time Qin Fang had eaten with her. There was no deliberate ambiguity between the two, but after all, they were not completely naive. When a boy and a girl interacted with the premise of "I'm interested in you", it was all heading towards romance.

So no matter how much they tried not to be deliberately ambiguous, there was more or less a tacit understanding between them.

Gong Qi took a sip of juice, then looked at Qin Fang and said with a smile, "Actually, I knew about you before."

"Oh?" Qin Fang raised his eyebrows, indicating for her to continue.

Gong Qi's eyes curved a little when she smiled, making her look sweet and approachable. She said, "You performed at the school's centennial celebration last year, right?"

"Yes." Qin Fang nodded. Last year, their enrollment coincided with the school's grand centennial celebration. The celebration lasted several hours, and Qin Fang, as one of the representatives of the new students, sang a song.

"You're so handsome, and the song you wrote was nice. The senior girls all remember you." Gong Qi made a little joke.

Qin Fang poured her another glass of juice and also said with a smile, "Then I need to thank the senior girls."

"Later, we heard that you got into a fight with someone." Gong Qi said.

"Hey, stop," Qin Fang made a stopping gesture, then waved his hand and said, "Let's not talk about embarrassing things, I'm shy."

Gong Qi nodded with a smile and didn't continue, taking another sip of juice.

Qin Fang could be said to have made quite a splash when he started school last year.

First, he showed his face as a new student representative at the centennial celebration. Less than two months later, he got into a fight with two senior male students from the sports academy. At that time, both the international exchange college and the sports academy knew about this matter, and other colleges had also heard about it. Qin Fang was actually not someone who liked to cause trouble, but he definitely wouldn't let others bully him without fighting back.

The incident first broke out in the gymnasium. That day, Qin Fang and his roommate went to the gym to play tennis. Later, his roommate had something to do and left first. Qin Fang only left after packing up his things.

Passing by the table tennis hall, he accidentally stepped on a ball. The two guys across from him had dirty mouths. Qin Fang originally didn't want to cause trouble and apologized before leaving, but those two kept running their mouths, eventually demanding that Qin Fang squeeze the flattened ball back into a round shape.

The ball couldn't be squeezed round again, and even if it could, Qin Fang wouldn't do it. In the end, Qin Fang squeezed the ball and stuffed it into the other guy's mouth.

At that time, the two sports academy guys didn't take Qin Fang seriously. Compared to them, Qin Fang indeed looked too thin. But Qin Fang had been in too many fights since he was young and had practiced boxing, so his combat ability was not low.

That day, the two sports academy guys didn't let him suffer, but Qin Fang didn't gain the upper hand either. He also had a lot of bruises on his body.

Later, those two guys came looking for him again. Qin Fang and Hua Tong fought them again. No matter how you looked at it, it was a case of senior bullies picking on a freshman. Although the two guys were injured quite badly, the school still gave them a demerit.

Qin Fang never let himself be bullied. If someone provoked him, he always had to pay them back.

After dinner, Qin Fang first sent Gong Qi back to the dormitory. He didn't drive when he went out to eat with Gong Qi, so the car was left parked in the yard downstairs of the dormitory building. At this time, the two of them were walking slowly on the campus. Qin Fang was still holding a small cake in his hand. The street light stretched his shadow very long.

Even though Qin Fang didn't look like a very gentle person, it made the night seem somewhat peaceful and moving.

Gong Qi turned her head to look at him. Qin Fang felt her gaze, so he looked at her and smiled.

Qin Fang was the campus hunk for three years in high school for a reason. When he smiled like this, it was very charming. Gong Qi also smiled at him, and then neither of them spoke. They looked very well-matched walking together, and some passing students would glance at them.

Qin Fang never played the long game when chasing girls. If it worked, great, if not, forget it. He usually wouldn't chase for a long time. He had gone out with Gong Qi three times and felt really good about it. Gong Qi gave him a very comfortable feeling.

So before reaching the female dormitory area, Qin Fang called out to Gong Qi. Gong Qi looked over at him, and Qin Fang directly asked, "You know I'm pursuing you, right?"

Gong Qi may not have expected him to say something like that. At first, she didn't know how to respond, then she laughed and nodded, "I know."

"That's good then," Qin Fang smiled at her. "I'm a bit direct."

"You're too direct. If it was a shy person, you'd scare them off," Gong Qi said to him.

"What about you then?" Qin Fang asked her.

His voice was quite pleasant to listen to. Chatting with him on a quiet night like this was an enjoyable thing. Gong Qi chatted with him unhurriedly, "Me? I'm putting on a brave face."

"So I should keep pursuing then?" Qin Fang lightly raised his eyebrows and asked again.

"Straight men's questions are hard to answer," Gong Qi said with a slightly helpless smile. "You're killing the conversation."

Actually, talking to this point was enough. They both understood each other. When they reached the bottom of the dormitory building, Qin Fang said good night. Gong Qi took her things and went upstairs. Qin Fang put his hands in his pockets and walked towards his own dormitory area.

Qin Fang was always proper when pursuing girls. Before succeeding, he wouldn't even touch their hand, let alone say anything inappropriate.

From the looks of it now, he would probably succeed very soon. Next week on Gong Qi's birthday, if Qin Fang put in a bit more effort, it would basically be a done deal. Qin Fang really hadn't been in a relationship for too long and hadn't pursued girls much, so he was a bit out of practice.

Their dormitory wasn't together with the normal male dormitory area. The dormitories for the International Exchange College were all off-campus and the conditions were much better than normal, with private bathrooms and air conditioning. It was just far away, you had to cross the entire campus to get back.

Although there were still a few students on campus at this time, it was already very quiet and felt a bit empty. So Qin Fang heard it the first time his phone rang in his pocket. He took it out and glanced at it. It was his roommate Chen Ke.

Qin Fang answered, "Buying something?"

His roommate asked him, "Where are you?"

Qin Fang said, "Almost at the bottom of the building, tell me what you want to buy."

"Not buying anything, come back and look at your car," his roommate said.

Qin Fang asked him, "What's wrong?"

His roommate cursed first, then said, "Someone splashed paint on your car."

"Huh?" Qin Fang raised his eyebrows. "What paint?"

His roommate was probably quite angry. He cursed again and said, "Don't know what paint, smells fucking awful."


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