Rock Sugar And Pear Stew Chapter 77 Part2
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Chapter 77 Part 2 - Resolution (Translated and edited by Xing)
Tang Xue was as exhausted as a dog. She panted heavily, unable to even speak when her teammates all came over to hug her. Zhang Yuewei gazed at her from the side while leaning on her crutches, an odd grimace on her face that was torn between elation and annoyance.
When Tang Xue went to hug Zhang Yuewei, Zhang Yuewei did not brush her off.
Chu Xia came over from the coaches' stand and reminded them, "Gold medallists' interview. The reporters are waiting."
"Oh right!" The few girls clapped their heads. They had forgotten that the winners would be interviewed as they never thought that they could have won.
Faced with the black camera in front of the reporter, everyone was extremely nervous. When the reporter asked them questions, they would all glance at Tang Xue and wait for her to answer.
Tang Xue was bold and not shy at all. Her replies were slick and confident.
The reporter asked, "How does all of you think you did today?"
Tang Xue replied, "Still fine, we merely executed what we practiced during training."
At the side, Chu Xia scoffed silently, you're too kind. I don't see you achieving such results during regular training.
The reporter continued, "Your performance today was fantastic, especially for the last two laps. The entire audience was greatly roused by your performance."
Tang Xue replied, "Honestly speaking, my contribution is limited. I only leveraged on the edge that my teammates gained for us. The result of the relay was due to our collective effort."
The reporter commented, "RCU has improved greatly from last year."
Tang Xue said, "Yes, that's due to our school's excellent leaders.h.i.+p, our coach's guidance and our extensive training and research. We will improve even further with time."
Teacher Xie asked Chu Xia secretly, "Eh, who taught her this?"
Chu Xia shrugged. "Who knows…"
The reporter was amused at Tang Xue's eager and practiced replies. She continued asking, "After winning the gold medal, who do you wish to thank most?"
Here! The moment's here! Sitting in front of the television, Princ.i.p.al Tang could not help straightening up when he heard this question.
Go on, thank your father, me.
Though filled with envy and annoyance, the four grandparents all pretended to disdain his preening look.
At this moment, on the television, Tang Xue's large and lively eyes gleamed. She beamed towards the camera. "I wish to thank Li Yubing!"
Princ.i.p.al Tang, "……………"
All four elders looked at him with eyes filled with sympathy and schadenfreude. Then, they started to discuss who Li Yubing was.
Tang Xue seemed to recall her promise to her 'sponsors'. She added quickly, "And also my dad, mom, both grandpas and grandmas!"
Nevertheless, this was not enough to mend Princ.i.p.al Tang's completely broken heart.
At the other end, when the reporter heard how Tang Xue thanked so many people at once, she dabbed her temples awkwardly. Tang Xue nudged her teammates after she finished speaking. "Go on, a thank you speech!"
Her teammates started thanking people with reddened faces.
The reporter felt that it was way too amusing how this bunch of girls managed to make the interview seem like a party.
Shortly after the interview, Tang Xue and her teammates changed and went up to the podium.
After this, she dashed out to find Li Yubing.
She received her father's call on her way there.
She knew that he had called to scold her before he even said a word. Thus, she immediately apologized, "Dad, I'm sorry, let Li Yubing have this tiny compet.i.tion. I'll thank you next time when I win an international compet.i.tion! I promise!"
"Tang Xue, I have something to tell you."
"Reasonably speaking, you have the freedom to date whoever you want. Your mother and I have no right to restrict that. However, Li Yubing, he… I think I must let you know what kind of person he is before you consider if you want to get together with him."
Li Yubing stood underneath the midget crab-apple tree from the night before. He was nervous as he thought of what he was going to tell Tang Xue and her possible reaction. He started pacing beneath the tree and when he turned, he saw her walking towards him.
He flashed a smile at her.
Tang Xue did not smile. When she drew closer, she watched him with reddened eyes.
Li Yubing's smile faded. There was an ominous feeling in his heart.
"Li Yubing, I didn't know that you hate me so much," Tang Xue said.
Li Yubing felt as if a basin of ice water was poured over him.
Tang Xue did not eat dinner with the excuse that she was not feeling well. She returned to the hotel and lay on her bed, lost in thoughts. Chu Xia guessed that Tang Xue might have overexerted herself and helped her to pack some food. The two male teammates who a.s.sisted Zhang Yuewei back helped to bring the food over.
After they left, Zhang Yuewei looked at how Tang Xue lay blankly on her bed instead of chattering her head off. She felt a little strange. "Hey, aren't you eating?"
"No," Tang Xue replied listlessly.
"What's wrong with you?"
"Nothing. I just feel that I'm such a failure as a person."
Zhang Yuewei was shocked by her statement. She found it tough to believe that she actually managed to hear something like this from coming from Tang Xue. Zhang Yuewei pinched her elbow and confirmed that it was not a dream when it hurt.
She put her crutches by the side of her bed and stared into the dark, hazy night. She murmured quietly, "You know, there's actually a lot of people who are envious of you."
Zhang Yuewei's voice was too soft and Tang Xue did not hear it. She continued to sprawl on her bed melancholically.
Tang Xue thought back on various events of the past. She remembered the solemn promise they made to each other, the numerous letters she wrote without receiving a single reply and the countless unconnected calls. She was so silly. How could she have believed that a friends.h.i.+p could be so decisively ended by 100,000 yuan?
Oh right, it was not a true friends.h.i.+p anyway. It was a one-sided friends.h.i.+p at most.
She started to recall memories from back when they were even younger. At the earliest point, she had indeed hated Li Yubing. Rather than pure hatred, what she felt was closer to envy. He was the world's smartest, most obedient and outstanding child. No matter what he did, he was always better than others and all the teachers and parents would always praise him. Since they were deskmates, people would always compare the two of them. One could imagine how she held up in those comparisons. Even when she wanted to go to Disneyland, he was her greatest obstacle.
She had really done lots of terrible things to him.
He probably developed a deep dislike for her from that time.
Actually, she no longer hated him as time went by and had even treated him as a good friend. Perhaps there was something honestly wrong with her character. Or perhaps, she was accustomed to behaving in a certain way regardless of whether it was right or wrong. Once something became a habit, it was tough to realize that anything was wrong and change for the better without any external interference.
However, what happened was fact and she had no excuse.
The more Tang Xue thought about it, the more dismayed she became. She pulled the blanket up over her face and curled into a ball underneath it. Translated by Xing for only teafragrance[dot]wordpress[dot]com.
The next day, the entire RCU speed skating team returned to school.
Tang Xue stuck to Zhang Yuewei's side with the excuse of taking care of her. She did not speak to Li Yubing nor toss him a single glance. When they checked in, Li Yubing wanted to help her pull her luggage but she kept both her and Zhang Yuewei's luggage in front of her and pushed them along as she walked.
Li Yubing looked at her silent figure and felt his heart ached.
How did things turn out this way.
What am I going to do.
On her crutches, Zhang Yuewei observed Li Yubing secretly and asked, "What's up with the two of you?"
"Nothing." Li Yubing shook his head.
On the way back, Tang Xue maintained her silence with Li Yubing. Li Yubing felt like she was driving him crazy. Most people sensed that there was something wrong between the two of them but no one dared to ask about it.
When the speed skating team gathered for dinner that night, Li Yubing stopped Tang Xue on her way to the restaurant.
Tang Xue was with a few teammates. Those teammates had warmly locked their arms with Tang Xue's like a bunch of sisters. However, when they saw Li Yubing stopped Tang Xue, all of them scattered like the wind, leaving only her standing in the original spot.
Great, the status that she had built with a gold medal was worth nothing against Li Yubing's face.
"Let's talk," Li Yubing said.
Tang Xue looked up at him, at his brows, nose and lips. The tiny mole by the side of his nose was concrete proof of how she had bullied him. After staring at him for a while, she suddenly spoke, "I'm sorry."
Li Yubing startled.
"I'm sorry," Tang Xue repeated. Her gaze dimmed as she lowered her head. She said, "I always bullied you in the past, to the extent of scarring your childhood. I'm really sorry for what I have done. I… I didn't mean to cause you any actual harm. Later on, for so many things, I did them out of habit. But I'm not going to excuse my behaviour with a child's ignorance… I, I don't know what I'm saying…" Tang Xue clutched her head in frustration.
A long time ago, Li Yubing had hoped to hear Tang Xue apologize to him. However, now that she actually apologized, he felt beyond terrible hearing it. The way her head hung and the way she apologized to him sincerely made him feel an acute, gapping distance between the two of them.
"I don't want to hear an apology," Li Yubing blurted.
Tang Xue was at a loss of how she should face him. She ducked her head and tried to escape but Li Yubing suddenly grabbed her wrist. "Don't apologize to me. I should be the one apologizing. I'm sorry, Tang Xue, for tricking you."
When Tang Xue raised her head and looked at him, he saw that her eyes were red.
"Li Yubing, I honestly feel quite awful," she said.
Looking at the tears in her eyes, Li Yubing felt as if there was a needle piercing his heart. Every breath he drew hurt. He tightened his grip on her hand and whispered, "Tell me, what can I do to make you stop feeling so awful?"
Tang Xue lowered her head, attempting to tug her hand free and shake him off. "Let go of me first."
"Tell me first."
"Li Yubing, don't be like this, stop pressing me!" Driven into a corner, Tang Xue raised her voice.
Pa.s.sers-by glanced over, alarmed by her shout.
Li Yubing could only let her go.
Over the next two days, the two of them did not have any contact. Xia Menghuan felt that her king was like a blade of parched gra.s.s, wilted and listless in her actions.
Tsk, tsk, such is love!
On the third day, Tang Xue received Jiang s.h.i.+jia's call.
"Sis-in-law, Brother Bing is drunk and acting out at the bar right now. Can you come and keep him in check? If he gets arrested by the police, it would leave a record and he might get expelled."
When Tang Xue heard this, she immediately changed and prepared to head out.
Looking at how she bustled about, Xia Menghuan asked, "My king, where are you going?"
"Out for a walk."
"Bring an umbrella, it's raining outside!"
When Jiang s.h.i.+jia put down his phone, Li Yubing looked at him and asked, "How am I drunk and acting out?"
"Oh, Brother Bing, you're not? Right, I'll call sis-in-law right away and let her know that our Brother Bing here is, not, drunk, at, all." As Jiang s.h.i.+jia spoke, he reached out for his phone on the table.
Li Yubing stopped him.
Jiang s.h.i.+jia gave a frigid smile. "Look at me, a d.a.m.ned single dog being so concerned over another person's relations.h.i.+p. How many sins have I committed in my past life for heaven to treat me this way."
As he grumbled, a fas.h.i.+onably-dressed and polished-looking lady drew closer. She was actually quite beautiful and had a good figure with a p.r.o.nounced waist and legs. The lady stopped in front of them and asked if she could buy them a drink.
Li Yubing told Jiang s.h.i.+jia quietly, "Your chance to get attached is here."
However, Jiang s.h.i.+jia threw his arm over Li Yubing's shoulders instead. "Gurrl, you know, I'm the only man for him."
The lady left tactfully. This chapter is a labour of love that should not be found outside of teafragrance[dot]wordpress[dot]com.
Li Yubing shook off Jiang s.h.i.+jia's hand. "Changed your mind on being single?"
"I like girls who are genuine and down-to-earth. The girls from our school are pretty great. This… is a little too much, haha."
Jiang s.h.i.+jia saw Tang Xue immediately when she entered the bar. He quickly reminded Li Yubing, "Sis-in-law is here. Quick, pretend to act out."
"Don't you how drunk people are like? Wait, I heard you Southerners don't get drunk. Is that true?"
"Nah." Unable to pretend to act out, Li Yubing decisively slumped onto the table.
Jiang s.h.i.+jia waved his hand and Tang Xue walked towards him. She saw Li Yubing sprawled across the table.
"He just quietened down," Jiang s.h.i.+jia explained. He scanned the surroundings. "I didn't dare to risk triggering him."
Considering Li Yubing's strength… Tang Xue could almost believe it.
She patted Li Yubing's shoulder gently and called him, "Li Yubing? Li Yubing?"
Still lying on the table, Li Yubing's face was turned to the side with strands of black hair covering his forehead. When he heard Tang Xue's call, he slowly opened his eyes. His clear, bright and gem-like pupils were slightly unfocused and showed traces of confusion that one usually showed at having just woke.
Looking at how docile he was, Tang Xue had the urge to rub his head.
"Li Yubing," Tang Xue nudged his shoulder again in an attempt to fully wake him up.
Li Yubing straightened up from the table and leaned back against the chair. He answered with an "mm" and stared at Tang Xue's face.
"Li Yubing, follow me back."
Tang Xue held his wrist. Li Yubing was like an extremely obedient baby who did whatever she told him to. He followed closely as she pulled him towards the exit.
At the door, Tang Xue bent over to pick up her umbrella. She opened it and walk down the stairs.
She did not pull Li Yubing along with her. He stood at the door and looked at her back, feeling a little aggrieved.
Tang Xue turned her head back. "Are you done pretending to be drunk?" After saying this, she no longer looked at him, turned and left.
The rain was not heavy but countless puddles had formed on the road. Tang Xue looked down and stepped carefully to prevent her shoes from being soaked. She was immersed in this task when a pair of arms suddenly circled her from behind, pulling her into an unexpected embrace.
Tang Xue got a shock. "Hey!"
He held her fast. Behind her, he used his chin to brush against the curve of her neck. His breath, tinted with the scent of alcohol, was scalding hot as he exhaled next to her s.h.i.+rt collar.
Then, he whispered, "Tang Xue, you scoundrel."
"Li Yubing, you lunatic. How am I a scoundrel?"
"A scoundrel is what you are. You were a scoundrel since young and an even bigger scoundrel now that you've grown. How in the world did I fall in love with a scoundrel like you."
Being confessed to out of the blue, Tang Xue felt both mad and amused. At the same time, she was overwhelmed with a bittersweet feeling and at a loss what she should say.
Li Yubing was still criticizing her, "And you even apologized. If you're really sincere in apologizing, you should pledge yourself to me in order to make up for everything."
"Li Yubing, why are you being so irrational… Ouch!" She let out a shocked cry.
Li Yubing had bitten her ear. Though he did so very lightly, ears were sensitive and the sensation of a hard object pressing against her ear was somewhat foreign. After Li Yubing bit down, he even used his tongue to lick. His soft but firm and lightly moist tongue seared the skin on tip of her ear. The sensation caused Tang Xue's breath to catch in her throat.
Tang Xue's face instantly reddened while her heart pounded. She ducked her head and tried to dodge but he lowered his head and chased her movements while continuing to lick her ear.
"Stop, stop, stop, stop…" Tang Xue's voice shook lightly.
"Tell me, aren't you a scoundrel." Li Yubing said, the scent of alcohol strong as he exhaled.
Li Yubing finally drew back his head and stopped teasing her. However, he did not let her go and kept her firmly nestled in his arms.
"Li Yubing." Tang Xue breathed slowly and tried to recollect her thoughts. She asked, "Do you really find me quite hateful?"
"Sometimes, I do find myself hating you."
When Tang Xue heard this, her nose soured.
"But most of the time, I find myself uncontrollably liking you. I like you. I really like you. I get jealous of all the guys by your side, jealous of Yu Yan, jealous of Bian Cheng. Whenever you talk to other guys, I will get jealous." As Li Yubing spoke, he used his chin to nuzzle Tang Xue's neck again. There was faint sadness in his words. "It makes me feel like I'm sick."
Tang Xue felt her heart ached. She rubbed her nose and said, "In that case, you're not allowed to hate me anymore. You can only like me."
"In that case, be my girlfriend."
"Okay."This is an original work of 酒小七 (Jiu Xiaoqi) translated by Tea Fragrance. If you are not reading this at teafragrance[dot]wordpress[dot]com, this translation has been reposted without the translator's consent. Head there for extra content or to leave feedback and comments on the novel translation.
Another of my favourite chapters. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Tang Xue did end up apologizing to Li Yubing for how she treated him in the past instead of having the plot gloss over it or pretend that Li Yubing got even by tricking her (cause he doesn't). Our girl here is a flawed character—she's a simple girl who's impulsive and doesn't reflect too deeply on her actions—so it's a welcome sight to see that change for once.
Rock Sugar And Pear Stew Chapter 77 Part2
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