Chapter 5: Steel-Straight Guy — A woman nearly thirty years old, yet you don’t feel ashamed to call yourself a girl?
Once again, it was a sunny and cloudless Saturday.
A week had passed since the last time Jiang Zhi Zhou and Fang Wan had met. During this week, their interaction was pretty good. He quite admired Fang Wan’s temperament. She was mature, reasonable, and shared his way of thoughts. If he and Fang Wan got together, it should be very rare for them to quarrel.
He met Fang Wan in the afternoon to go to watch a movie. An animal-themed movie had recently been trending. According to internet users, they both needed to go watch this movie as well.
When he went to fetch his car from the underground parking lot, Jiang Zhi Zhou saw an orange cat lying beside his car. He had frequently seen this orange cat in the parking lot. One time, he did not restrain himself and conveniently fed it some food. From that moment forward, this cat came to depend on him.
The orange cat was very clever. Not only did it grasp when he would go out, it also knew very clearly where his parking spot was. Every day, so long as he went out, he would see it laying beside his car waiting for him.
He took out cat food from his car and mixed it with some bottled water before giving it to the mewling orange cat, which had moved closer to begin eating. Jiang Zhi Zhou stood to the side and watched it for a moment. The amount of food he gave it was fixed every time. According to the amount he was feeding it, it was impossible for this cat to grow so fat. He surmised that in this neighborhood, there must be another person feeding it.
Sure enough, this cat was a professional food-drink swindler.
Jiang Zhi Zhou near invisibly frowned as he opened his car door and got in.
The movie was at 3:40PM. At 3:20PM, he had already purchased the tickets and was sitting outside the movie theater to wait for Fang Wan. Catching sight of the concession stand selling popcorn, he got up again to buy a large bucket of popcorn.
At 3:30PM, Fang Wan still hadn’t arrived. Jiang Zhi Zhou was about to call her to ask where she was, but Fang Wan called him first. “I apologize. An important meeting came up at the last moment today, so I might not be able to make it.” Fang Wan’s tone was filled with self-blame and a little regret. “I originally thought I would be able to finish in time, but up until now, the meeting still has yet to end. I’m truly sorry.”
Jiang Zhi Zhou said, “It’s alright. Work is important. We can go watch a movie next time.”
“I’m truly sorry.” In her heart, Fang Wan felt completely apologetic. “You can choose when, and I’ll treat you to a movie and dinner. Consider this an apology.”
“Don’t take this to heart. We can meet when you have free time.”
“Okay. Then I’ll go first.”
After she hung up, Jiang Zhi Zhou stared at the movie ticket in his hands. He decided to not waste it. Previously, he had gone to watch movies by himself often, so he didn’t feel uncomfortable. It was just that this bucket of popcorn was a little difficult to finish alone.
Just as his ticket was cut and he entered, Xia Wei also arrived at this movie theater. She and Ye Kai were on a date at the movie theater. Ye Kai usually would always arrive first whenever they meet up, but when she looked outside the movie theater, she didn’t see Ye Kai’s figure.
She sent Ye Kai a message asking where he was. Very quickly, Ye Kai responded with crying emoticons. 「Sorry, sorry. My boss is making me work overtime. I tried to escape a moment ago, but I didn’t succeed…」
Xia Wei: 「…『smile-cry』」
Ye Kai: 「Aaaaahhhhh really sorry, but I’m not giving up! I’ll try to escape again after a short while!」
Xia Wei: 「You should just work first『smile-cry』」
Ye Kai: 「That won’t do. Today, it was clearly me who asked you out on a date『sheds tears』Has the movie begun? You go in to watch first. I’ll find an opportunity to escape later! Oh, that’s right, I’ll send you the ticket code.」
Xia Wei: 「Okay『smile-cry』」
She retrieved her movie ticket and headed directly into the theater. Ye Kai had chosen the seats—row 9, seats 10 and 11. When she walked up to row 9, seat 11, she was immediately dumbfounded.
Sitting in row 9, seat 8 was her downstairs neighbor, Mr. Jiang, with a large bucket of popcorn in his arms.
Xia Wei: “…”
Before this moment, she absolutely didn’t believe there to be such a coincidence on earth.
Jiang Zhi Zhou also caught sight of her and was equally stunned. His eyes changed before tilting his head to continue watching the jewelry commercial on the large TV screen.
Xia Wei blankly sat down in row 9, seat 11 with reluctance. She couldn’t understand. Mr Jiang, this cold-hearted, taciturn straight guy, actually came to watch this animal-themed, warm-hearted movie??
Seeing the popcorn he was holding, he should also be on a date, but row 9, seat 9 was empty beside him. Could it be that…he was also stood up?
Haha, serves him right.
Xia Wei indulged in her flights of fancy for a moment. The movie theater’s lighting darkened, and the large TV screen finally beginning to broadcast the movie. It couldn’t not be said that this movie stabbed Xia Wei to tears too much. Each time a dog died, she would explode into tears. She now rejoiced that she had listened to the internet users’ suggestions and hadn’t worn makeup.
The third time a dog died, Xia Wei had used up all her tissues. She lightly sobbed twice before turning her head to look at Jiang Zhi Zhou. “Hey, do you have any tissues?”
Jiang Zhi Zhou: “…”
Since she had come in, he had done his best to ignore her, but he hadn’t expected that she would cry to such an extent. Every time he saw a dog nearly die, he couldn’t help but be distracted and think, Oh no, the woman beside me is going to cry again.
“Do you have tissues?” Xia Wei asked again.
Jiang Zhi Zhou did have tissues in his car, but he didn’t carry any with him. He had no better option but to hand over the packet of napkins the salesperson gave him when he bought the popcorn.
Xia Wei saw how thin those pocket napkins in his hands were, but she still accepted them. How could she hope for a straight guy like him to carry tissues? Thus, she accepted them a bit reluctantly.
After Jiang Zhi Zhou handed over the napkins, he casually handed over the popcorn as well. “You can have this too.”
Xia Wei was stunned for a moment. Has this straight guy been reborn? Suddenly, he knows how to coax a girl?
She then heard Jiang Zhi Zhou say, “I’m not eating anymore.”
Xia Wei: “…”
Oh, thank you~ 🙂
Popcorn fell from the sky free of charge, so Xia Wei didn’t mind her manners and brought them over. Perhaps with the popcorn as a pacifier, she didn’t cry so miserably for the rest of the story line.
When the lighting brightened once again, Xia Wei was still wiping away her tears. Her eyes were already red, and if she went straight out with this appearance, it would really be too humiliating. Thinking that she perhaps there was an Easter egg after the credits, she took out her BB cushion to fix her makeup instead of heading out immediately. Jiang Zhi Zhou also continued to sit, not making any movements to leave. He liked to wait until nearly everyone left before leaving the movie theater.
Half a minute into the end credits, there were very few audience members left. Separated by two empty seats, Jiang Zhi Zhou looked over at Xia Wei, who was still fixing her makeup. He didn’t know what she was fixing, but he discovered that her fingernails had once again changed color.
“Women turn their faces into painting palettes, and even the fingernails are not spared.” He suddenly spoke such a line.
Xia Wei’s hand, which was fixing her makeup, froze. She tilted her head to look at him. “What, you want to discuss with me about the harmful effects of manicures again? I already said that a steel-straight guy like you won’t understand the love of beauty girls harbor in their hearts.”
Jiang Zhi Zhou seemed to be laughing lightly. This was the first time Xia Wei saw such a lively expression on his face.
“A woman nearly thirty years old, yet you don’t feel ashamed to call yourself a girl?”
Xia Wei: “………”
She nearly crushed the BB cushion in her hand!
“So what if I’m nearly thirty years old! A thirty year old can’t be a girl?! As long as the mentality is right, even an eighty year old can still be a girl! You, this type of trade-building-straight guy, I wish that you spend the rest of your lonely life unmarried!” Xia Wei hugged the unfinished popcorn and left the movie theater in a spitting anger.
Jiang Zhi Zhou stood where he was, his lips slightly pursed. Trade-building-straight guy, what kind of new breed was this?
Xia Wei rushed out of the movie theater, her rage unquelled. She took out her phone with the intention of roasting him in her best friends group chat. After the screen turned on, she saw that there were two unread messages from Ye Kai. Her phone had been on silent mode in the movie theater just now, so she hadn’t noticed.
She skimmed them; both messages talked about his tragic tale of failed escape attempts. Xia Wei laughed and sent him a reply. 「It’s okay. Let’s go on a date next time」
Ye Kai replied to her a second later. 「Has the movie finished showing? I should have time in the evening. Let’s go out to eat dinner?」
Xia Wei: 「Another day? Today’s Saturday. There’s quite a lot of customers in my salon.」
Ye Kai: 「That’s okay『thumbs-up』Truly sorry for today. I hate our boss」
Xia Wei: 「『laughs up her sleeve』」
She stowed her phone back into her bag and headed directly to her nail salon. In the evening when she returned home, she fed the orange cat before recalling that she still hadn’t roasted Mr. Jiang in the group chat.
Asking for Suicide At Eighteen This Year: 「Today, the Mr. Jiang who lives downstairs from me said to me that all women reaching thirty years should feel ashamed for calling herself a girl『smile』『smile』『smile』」
Not Losing 5kg Not Changing Name: 「Hahahahahaha he spoke correctly. All 1992 kids have become middle-aged『smile』」
Asking For Suicide At Eighteen This Year: 「Doesn’t matter; this fairy is only 18『smile』」
Eight Treasure Congee Female Hero: 「Wake up, fairy, you’ll be 28 by the end of the year」
Asking For Suicide At Eighteen This Year: 「Get lost!『smile』」
Not Losing 5kg Not Changing Name: Although, how did he discern that you’re nearly thirty? Should you switch your skincare products?」
Asking For Suicide At Eighteen This Year: 「Oh, I told him you study. Maybe he used your age to calculate this?『smile』」
Not Losing 5kg Not Changing Name: 「…… A neighbor like this, you should go knock on his door late at night!」
Eight Treasure Congee Female Hero: 「Knock on his door! Knock on his door!」
Asking For Suicide At Eighteen This Year: 「I want to hit him directly right now QAQ He’s loathsome QAQ」
Invincible Little Sweetie: 「 pat pat don’t cry. I don’t need to work overtime tomorrow 『smile-cry』Do you want to eat delicious dinner? 」
Asking For Suicide At Eighteen This Year: 「Want! Only a price range like Tian Xia Restaurant’s can heal my wound!」
Invincible Little Sweetie: 「Okay, I’ll treat you for dinner.Today was pay day『hee hee』」
Eight Treasure Congee Female Hero: 「I’m silently looking at you two『smile』」
Not Losing 5kg Not Changing Name: 「I’m silently looking at you two『smile』」
Asking For Suicide At Eighteen This Year: 「I’ll remember to send you guys photos at that time, XOXO!」