Picking Up Stars

Picking Up Stars

Chapter 7 - Chapter 7

Qin Fang didn't know how to respond to Xing Yan's comment "That's a guy". At first he didn't quite react, saying, "I was talking about the person at the door just now."

The two had already walked out of the elevator, and Xing Yan said in a low voice, "I was too."

Qin Fang looked at Xing Yan walking in front of him, recalling the person he had just seen. Long black hair draped over the shoulders, a small and pretty face, quite tall, and although not wearing a skirt, the person looked like a stylish girl.

Yet Xing Yan told him that was a guy.

Qin Fang pondered for a long time but still couldn't connect the person he just saw with "a guy". He laughed and shook his head, saying, "Too magical."

Xing Yan, who hadn't put away his smile from earlier, turned his head to look at him upon hearing that.

The two went upstairs together and naturally sat together when finding seats. It was Wednesday morning and the library wasn't too crowded yet, with plenty of empty seats. Qin Fang and Xing Yan once again sat facing each other.

Qin Fang had already finished "A Brief History of the World" and had taken "A General History of China" last time, originally planning to finish it today. However, he had only read about ten pages when his phone started vibrating in his pocket.

Qin Fang took it out and saw it was a WeChat group. It contained a small group of good friends from his high school days. Usually they would only chat a bit at night when making plans to play games together, so the constant buzzing in the early morning was a bit abnormal.

Two people in the group kept mentioning Qin Fang, saying they had come to his school and wanted Qin Fang to treat them to lunch.

It had been a long time since they met. Since they were already here, Qin Fang definitely had to see them. Qin Fang asked them: What are you two here for?

One of them replied: For a competition. Today your school is competing against our school.

Qin Fang: In the afternoon?

The other replied: Yes, the two of us plan to go there in a bit. @Hua Shan Handsome Old Tong Tree, don't play dead, you have to come too.

Hua Shan Handsome Old Tong Tree: @Qin Fang Fang Ge, tell them to get lost, buzzing nonstop during class.

Qin Fang smiled and replied: Come find me in private chat and let him study.

The other party replied: Study my ass, never seen him so diligent usually. @Hua Shan Handsome Old Tong Tree @Hua Shan Handsome Old Tong Tree, don't pretend.

The group chat was relentless. These two would be here soon, so Qin Fang had to go. His roommate wouldn't be able to make it until 10:30 at the earliest, so there wasn't enough time.

Qin Fang looked up at the person reading an English magazine across from him and called out in a low voice, "Handsome."

Xing Yan looked over at him, eyebrows slightly raised.

Qin Fang wanted to say something, but the people next to him were already glancing over. The library was dead silent at this time, so him talking was a bit conspicuous. After thinking for a bit, Qin Fang took out a notebook from his backpack, found a blank page, wrote "What time are you leaving", and reached over to push it to the other side.

Xing Yan glanced at the words on the notebook, then at Qin Fang, slowly picked up a pen and wrote something unknown with a single stroke. He pushed his finger forward and the notebook spun on the table, sliding back to Qin Fang's side.

Qin Fang saw that there was only a question mark on the notebook. He smiled, this was really quite aloof.

Qin Fang wrote with a pen: I want to leave, can you hold a seat for me? My roommate is coming at 10:30.

After writing, he pushed it over. Xing Yan took a look and wrote an "OK" with his pen.

Qin Fang wrote again: Thanks.

The other party casually drew a willful slash with his pen, and with the momentum of the stroke, lifted his wrist and directly flung the notebook back.

Qin Fang pressed his finger on the notebook. The person's posture and movements just now, including the casual slash he drew, all carried that air about him. It might look quite pretentious, but it was indeed handsome. Qin Fang himself was a very eye-catching handsome guy, but sometimes he still felt this person was quite handsome.

He stood up, smiled at the other party, and left with his backpack.

Come to think of it, it was quite interesting that he actually had Xing Yan hold a seat for him. Too funny.

The two who came were both young masters and rich second generation, arriving in sports cars. Qin Fang had them park far away outside the main gate and didn't let them drive into the school. Compared to them, Qin Fang was much more low-key. He had never considered himself a young master, and he really wasn't one.

"Your school is too big," one of them named Feng Zhe, who was a bit directionally challenged, said, "I got dizzy just now from walking around."

"Practice some life skills," Qin Fang tossed him a bottle of water, "otherwise how will you survive when you go abroad in the future."

"I'll take it one day at a time," Feng Zhe usually acted all high and mighty when alone, but couldn't maintain that air in front of Qin Fang and the others, always putting on a smiley childish appearance, "I just can't die out there."

"Your mouth feels lonely if it rests for even a bit," the other one named Fan Linyi, who was also playing in the basketball game in the afternoon, appeared much more serious compared to Feng Zhe, "I think you feel it's a loss to say one less sentence, does your tongue hurt from not talking about life and death for a few sentences?"

"I was just casually mentioning it." Feng Zhe tugged his ear, smiling quite lecherously.

Qin Fang hadn't seen them for a long time. In the first year of university, they often made plans to go out to eat, and had to go to a nightclub after the meal. But Qin Fang didn't like drinking and wasn't too fond of bars, so later on he stopped going out with them.

His social circle shrank to basically just Hua Tong. Hua Tong originally wasn't part of their circle either, previously going along with Qin Fang, so it worked out well for him to have some peace and quiet when Qin Fang stopped going.

"You don't hang out with us anymore," Feng Zhe leaned closer to Qin Fang and said to him in a low voice, "Xiao Hua still misses you, every time we go out she rambles to us about her seven or eight year history of secretly loving you."

"Don't talk nonsense." Qin Fang couldn't be bothered to pay attention to his wild claims.

"I swear I'm not talking nonsense, you can ask him," Feng Zhe pointed at Fan Linyi, "everyone knows Xiao Hua won't marry anyone but you."

Qin Fang didn't ask and didn't want to listen either. This matter was quite an awkward one for him. He had known Xiao Hua since middle school and they had a pretty good relationship over the years. Then in high school, she started frantically pursuing him for a period of time, pursuing him to the point that Qin Fang still felt a bit of a shadow over it now.

He really didn't like her that way, but that girl was a pretty good person and not bad at heart. Later when she discovered Qin Fang really didn't like her, she changed her pursuit to a secret love on her own.

But this secret love or not, it didn't really matter, everyone knew.

Qin Fang shook his head and said, "When will she grow up, how can she like someone that much."

"The heart of a scumbag is a piece of cold ice," Feng Zhe sighed and said, "someone likes you and you say they haven't grown up."

Qin Fang smiled slightly and didn't continue talking about the matter. He was not willing to chat with others about this kind of thing in the first place, and he also didn't want to dwell on it.

Qin Fang indeed felt that this so-called liking was actually just being stubborn. Kids don't have such long-lasting feelings, let alone kids, even adults may not necessarily have them. Qin Fang never got hung up on relationships, there was no need to. In his view, persisting for many years was not so much about liking that person, but rather liking the years of persistence.

Fan Linyi had a ball game in the afternoon, while Feng Zhe didn't. His small stature couldn't handle basketball, he just came along to join in the excitement. Qin Fang originally had class in the afternoon and could only find someone to help him attend.

Hua Tong brought a bag of sports drinks over. There were indeed quite a lot of people in the basketball gym today, including students from their own school and spectators from Fan Linyi's school. The drinks were prepared for Fan Linyi, but after arriving, Hua Tong felt that something was off.

He was a student from this school going to deliver water to the opposing team, what kind of behavior was that?

Feng Zhe laughed and said to him, "No one knows you anyway, don't worry about it."

"That's true," Hua Tong also laughed, "You should let Qin Fang try delivering it."

"I'm not going. You're idle enough to buy water, do you think they'll lack water coming here for a game?" Qin Fang was crouching in the front row of the opposing spectator seats and felt that several people were looking at him. After all, he had shown his face at the school celebration.

"I guess I'm also too idle," Hua Tong said while laughing.

This was the first time Qin Fang watched the school's basketball game. He liked sports but was indifferent to basketball, so he didn't pay much attention. He preferred individual sports. Qin Fang felt that sports requiring a group of people to cooperate felt crowded and not refreshing.

The players from both schools took to the court one after another. Qin Fang was originally talking to Feng Zhe when Hua Tong beside him nudged his arm and said in a low voice, "Fang ah, look."

Qin Fang looked at him, "Look at what?"

Hua Tong raised his chin, gesturing towards the court, "That looks like Zhou Siming."

Qin Fang raised his brows and looked over, then nodded, "It really is."

"Who?" Feng Zhe leaned over and asked.

"No one," Qin Fang said, "Got into a fight before."

"Damn," Feng Zhe raised his brows, putting on a tough look, and glanced at the court, "Which one?"

Qin Fang pushed his head away, "Not important, it's in the past."

Feng Zhe continued with a silly sweet face, "What was the fight about?"

Qin Fang said expressionlessly, "Don't ask, ask again and I'll kill you."


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