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Bai Lian Hua wanted to punch the wall. He also wanted to roll around the ground and yell out in frustration. Why did he want to do these things?
…..That is a valid question.
He is currently very annoyed. Not unlike the continuous flow of menstruation blood during a girls period, his money was trickling away. Gathering money from his living expenses…….selling his equipment………gathering money for the plane tickets……….
Chu Zhongtian who heard that Bai Lian Hua wanted to go to the earthquake-stricken area suddenly spat out the Sprite in his mouth: “Bai Lian Hua! You dumbass……You’re being stupid….Did Half Crazy Smile also become stupid?”
Bai Lian Hua only looked upset: “Lin egg, you don’t understand love!”
Chu Zhongtian only silently replied: “…….I was just burned by you. Don’t talk to me anymore…..”
Bai Lian Hua logged into his game and looked through his Defamed Emperor set several times. He sent the screenshots over to Half Crazy Smile and in the conversation box he saw the words, “Is currently writing something”. However, what was sent over was just a few words ————-
“Are you sure? I can lend you money.” Of course, if this was the case then he threatened Li Shenzhou for nothing……But he wouldn’t say that to Bai Lian Hua.
Borrow money? Wouldn’t it trouble him too much…….Wait! Bai Lian Hua suddenly came to a realisation. He still had a tree to hug onto! Sure enough, people can be easily make mistakes when they’re affected by their emotions. He had completely forgotten that a hidden boss hadn’t made his appearance yet!
White Lotus: Smile brother don’t worry! I just thought of something!!
Long Live Smile Brother: What?
Bai Lian Hua did not bother to answer him. He excitedly pulled out his phone and scrolled to a particular number on this contacts and selected the dial button………….Hearing the dialling tone, Bai Lian Hua himself felt even more excited.
“Hello? Little Lotus? What’s wrong?” Bai Qingyi’s voice slowly came from the other end.
“Cousin, can you lend me some money?” Bai Lian Hua went straight to the point and asked. This undoubtedly made Bai Qingyi misunderstand ——“Why? What happened?”
I want to go to the earthquake-stricken area to find Song Qingge…….Of course, he couldn’t say those words. “Can you lend me some?………”
Bai Qingyi didn’t say anything and fell silent for a while: “What do you need the money for? Abortion?” “……..No.” “Buying something?” “No.” “………Okay then, how much?” “Wait………”
Bai Lian Hua said this to Bai Qingyi and quickly calculated the costs and the exchange rate………….”Eighty thousand. Is it okay?”
“Ah?” Bai Qingyi’s surprise was evident through the phone, “It’s not that I can’t lend it to you but can you at least tell me what you are doing with the money?”
Should he tell him that he wanted to go find Song Qingge? For a moment, Bai Lian Hua didn’t know what to say. Bai Qingyi……he probably wouldn’t agree? Distressed, Bai Lian Hua chewed onto his lower lip and could only silently breathe behind the phone.
“Let me guess.” Seeing that Bai Lian Hua was not answering his question, Bai Qinggyi did not push him and instead made a rational analysis. “Firstly, I have heard about you coming out of the closet to you parents but your parents didn’t cut off your source of money and continued to send you money each month. Secondly, although you like to play games that like to encourage players to burn their money, you don’t have the habit of spending money to buy things in a game. Also, there aren’t anything that expensive in the game markets.”
“And finally, I heard that there was an earthquake in the country Song Qingge is staying at? But I didn’t know which area he is in and couldn’t confirm it. But, I heard that both his accounts went offline the moment it happened…..So I guess he probably wasn’t too far from where the disaster struck?”
“Of course, it might just be because your friend is in need of money but I don’t recall any good friends of yours that you would be willing to go around borrowing money for.” Bai Qingyi took a deep breath in and slowly concluded his analysis: “Bai Lian Hua. Do you want to do to the earthquake-stricken area?”
“Yes.” After a very long time, Bai Lian Hua was able to find his voice. It was not until Bai Qingyi’s next words that he was able to completely sober up.
“Don’t you know that the disaster area is very dangerous? Have you learnt about the safety measures that need to be put in place when an earthquake strikes? I know you’re studying architecture so you should understand these things, but will you be able to cope with it when you’re faced with the actual situation? Can you speak English well? I studied abroad for high school and I couldn’t even understand the most basic conversations at the beginning. What’s more, they’re so many technical and unfamiliar words. And so let me ask you. What use is there for you to go there?” Bai Qingyi very calmly said these words and, contrary to Bai Lian Hua’s expectations, there wasn’t any hint of anger in his voice.
Inexplicably, Bai Lian Hua felt bad. “Cousin…….I don’t know what I can do if I go there but I know that if I don’t go I’ll go crazy……..”
“Do you love him? Bai Qingyi asked, but he quickly changed it to affirmation, “You love him.”
Love? Even Bai Lian Hua was asking himself. But the next words that left his mouth was: “I don’t know…..” Song Qingge is a good person. Although it may not be good enough just to say this but Bai Lian Hua had always felt that Song Qingge is a good person. There is an ancient saying, “With the wind and the night, the silent rain snuck through.” Song Qingge is like that silent rain. Although it may seem of no importance, it had already become deeply rooted in his heart.
“Okay, I’ll lend you the money.” Bai Qingyi waited for a long time and after not receiving a response from Bai Lian Hua, he took the initiative to speak. “However, I have some conditions. First, tell Aunt and Uncle. Second……..come back alive.” At the end he even jokingly added, “Was the second condition too serious?”
“Thank you.” Bai Lian Hua’s emotions almost erupted from within him but, as an engineering major male student, he couldn’t express the feelings that he was experiencing and could only utter that one sentence.
Bai Qingyi chuckled: “Have you sorted out the visa? Do you need this brother to help? Also, I already said that I have conditions. You need to get the approval from aunt and uncle okay?”
……..And so……that condition……It really couldn’t make Bai Lian Hua happy.
Tell his parents? Bai Lian Hua felt a chill run through him. He had a premonition. The moment his father finds out, he would immediately book a plane ticket over and bust his ass. Should he lie to his cousin and say that he already called?……….But if he found out then it wouldn’t be good……
Anyway, it was just a phone call and he wouldn’t be able to see his parents’ expressions. At most, he might hear some horrible sounds……Thinking this, it didn’t seem that scary anymore. Bai Lian Hua gazed at the contact on his phone labelled “Bai Mother” and hesitated for a very long time. Something like determination, he needed to look for it first.
Bai Lian Hua stared at his phone screen and turned it off and on, and off and on again. After a long period of hesitation, he gathered up his courage and made the call. It wasn’t only to express his desire to go to the disaster area but also because he wanted to show his parents his determination. He wanted to be with him. He was willing to travel for a thousand miles for him.
Soon, the call was connected. “Lian Hua, what’s wrong?” Mother Bai’s voice was filled with concern and Bai Lian Hua couldn’t speak up for a moment.
What should he say? He wanted to go to the earthquake-stricken area and for them not to worry? Many words circulated in Bai Lian Hua’s throat but they were all eventually swallowed down. “……What’s wrong? Lian Hua is something wrong? Did you get bullied? Did someone wrong you?” Bai Yun was confused and the tone of her questions were of inquiry.
“Mom, I want to go to the earthquake-stricken area.”