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Blazing Sunlight I (骄阳似我 上) – Chapter 10

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Chapter Ten

The second day, I accompanied Jiang Rui to the examination venue once again. When he alighted, Jiang Rui broke into smiles “Look, Jie, I didn’t lie to you. Your destined other is here!”

He was his usual mischievous self as he dragged me over. “Zhuang Fei, Brother Zhuang.” he greeted cheerily.

That was how I came face to face with Zhuang Xu.

Suddenly, all I could hear was Jiang Rui’s faint ramblings in the background. Zhuang Fei and he were deep in conversation while Zhuang Xu stood quietly beside me. There was no one as handsome as him in the throngs around us. I suddenly realised what Jiang Rui was hinting at by ‘destined other’ and my annoyance flared. I couldn’t understand how he could be bothered with such childish pranks while taking his National examinations.

After some time had passed, I heard Zhuang Xu say “It’s about time you guys went in.”

“Let’s go let’s go.”

Jiang Rui winked at me before entering the school compound. I pretended to watch their retreating backs until they disappeared completely from view. Now that there was no pretense to hide behind, I had no choice but to acknowledge him, “What a coincidence.”

“Not really.” Zhuang Xu paused. “Actually, I had no intention of coming initially.”

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If someone else were to say it, I would most likely interpret it a hundred different ways. For example “I didn’t want to come initially but knowing you’re here …” etc. But since it’s Zhuang Xu … I didn’t bother with grand illusions. I figured that since I’d already acknowledged him, I could take my leave.

Before I could say anything, he pre-empted me “Where did you guys eat yesterday?”

I was a little thrown by his question. I couldn’t fathom why he was interested.

“Thank you for looking after Zhuang Fei. Lunch will be on me today.” He looked away.

It was a revelation! So this was his purpose for being here. Zhuang Xu was still his same old self, never willing to “owe” me a single cent. Since I treated his brother to a meal, he wanted to return the favour no matter how packed his schedule was.

I recalled back when I loaned him money, he returned the sum to me in full with an added ten percent interest rate. He made me seem as though I was some loanshark.

He and me … I guess he would never rest easy until all outstanding debts of money or gratitude have been cleared.

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“Nie Xi Guang.”

His voice brought me back to the present. My eyes hurt and I didn’t want to look at him. I replied softly “I’ll bring you there.”

We were back in the same hotel. We found a seat and both of us obtained a copy of the menu. I stared in a daze at the pictures on it. I could sense Zhuang Xu looking at me. Then, without asking me for my preference, he completed the order.

The dishes he ordered were many times more sumptuous than the ones I ordered yesterday.

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The waiter left after noting down our order. He then said “You sent my brother home yesterday …”

I didn’t wait for him to finish as I interrupted “You don’t have to thank me. The fuel expense has already been covered in your lunch treat.”

From the corner of my eyes, I could see his fist tighten. I couldn’t help but look up and chanced upon the awkwardness that flashed across his eyes.

I knew I had spoken too harshly but I couldn’t help myself. We lapsed into silence. I couldn’t bring myself to apologise but I also couldn’t bear being there anymore. I rose and said nonchalantly “I’m going to shop. I’ll be back when it’s time.”

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There was nothing worth shopping in the vicinity but I still went through the motions. When I saw that it was almost time, I bought a book before heading back. I didn’t even take note of the title. I just wanted to prove that I had been shopping with a goal in mind.

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When I rounded a corner, the hotel came into view. I stopped at the intersection. From afar, I could see Zhuang Xu through the glass.

His lonesome self was sitting ramrod straight as he looked out the window. He emanated melancholy.

His mood was infectious, suddenly I felt downcast as well.

He was not like that earlier. Did that mean my words had hurt his feelings?

I must have lost it. It wasn’t his fault that he didn’t like me so why did I have to injure his feelings? It wouldn’t kill to be on the receiving end of gratitude. In fact, there was nothing to lose by being reciprocated.

I was a bag of emotions as I stood and stared at him. He must have sensed it because he abruptly turned in my direction and looked straight at me.

We remained in this manner for a while.

Finally, he got up, walked out and approached me, “They’re almost done.”

I nodded silently and we headed back to pick them up.

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Jiang Rui was as jubilant as ever and Zhuang Fei was more cheery than the previous day. Perhaps he felt more at ease with his brother present. When the dishes were served, Jiang Rui exclaimed “Wow! This is more delectable than yesterday. This must be Brother Zhuang’s doing. Only men understand each other.”

Although I was feeling troubled, I still felt an urge to punch him.

“Haha there’s also my favourite ribs! Jie, and your favourite sweet and sour pork. Do eat more.” He picked a piece with his chopsticks and placed it on my plate as he winked at me.

Zhuang Fei laughed shyly “Yesterday, brother asked me what we ate.”

Jiang Rui’s eyebrows went into overdrive “Brother Zhuang is so thoughtful~”

When we finished, Jiang Rui and Zhuang Fei went to rest. I was about to come up with an excuse to leave when Zhuang Xu beat me to it “I have some matters to attend to so I’ll leave for a while.”

I nodded “Okay.”

“Remember to …”

He stopped mid-sentence. I looked at him confused.

“Nothing.” Then, he turned and left.

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The book I had purchased was not bad but I couldn’t immerse myself in the story. In the end, I decided not to read it so as not to do injustice to the author.

I was lost in thought for a period. When I noticed that it was almost time, I got up to wake them. I had just stood up when my phone rang.

It was Zhuang Xu. Perhaps he had a message for Zhuang Fei? I answered it and it turned out to be a reminder for me “It’s almost time. Remember to rouse them.”

“Yup. I was just about to.”

“I’ll only be back when they’re almost done.”

“Alright, I’ll inform Zhuang Fei.”

He didn’t have anymore to add but he didn’t hang up either. Perhaps he was being polite? I hesitated before finally pressing the red key.

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I didn’t return to the hotel after sending them back to the examination venue. Instead, I chose a random spot to sit down. Although the sun was blazing, it felt good to be amongst the uncles and aunties who were busy chatting. It was much better than being alone. After some time, an aunty near me started engaging me in conversation.

“Here to accompany your younger sibling to the examinations?”

“Yes, my brother.”

“Are his results good?”

“It’s pretty good. In his prelims, he was first in school …”

Two hours flew by while chatting casually. Suddenly I heard someone call out “Nie Xi Guang”.

Aunty’s eyes curled into little crescents “Oh your boyfriend is here too.”

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He must have heard it because he stopped in his tracks. I glanced at him, he was unusually quiet as he looked back at me. He didn’t explain himself probably because he wanted me to take the initiative to clarify lest I was embarrassed.

Thus I replied politely “No. He’s also here for his younger brother.”

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We headed to the school gate together.

“Nie Xi Guang, you sent my brother back yesterday …”

I forced a smile. Must he insist on thanking me? Although I had thought things through earlier, my heart still ached.

“Does that mean you’re no longer angry with me?”

I was taken aback. The midday heat was scorching and the glare was in his face so I couldn’t make out his expression.

“That had nothing to do with you.” I slowly added “But I’m no longer angry.”

Also.

“Thank you for your paper.”

Although you did it for Rong Rong’s sake.

He paused. Then he avoided my gaze and replied “No problem.”

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Jiang Rui and Zhuang Fei finally emerged. Both of them looked relieved. Once again, Jiang Rui invited Zhuang Fei and Zhuang Xu to leave with us.

However, Zhuang Fei shook his head. “Not today. We’re going towards Xin Jie Kou. It’s not convenient for you.”

Zhuang Xu furrowed his brows “Why are we going there?”

Zhuang Fei stared at him curiously “Didn’t Rong Rong Jie inform you?  She said she’s treating us to dinner to celebrate the end of my examination. Mom will be there too.”

Zhuang Xu was at a loss for words and he looked at me immediately.

I had no idea why he was looking at me but I nodded “Then we’ll get going.”

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He seemed really shocked, perhaps Rong Rong intended it to be a surprise?

I turned and boarded the car. When we had driven some distance, I glanced back. Zhuang Xu still remained in his spot.

He must be waiting for a ride … It wasn’t easy to get a taxi during peak hours.

I turned away and stared silently at the steady stream of vehicles that passed by. Suddenly, Jiang Rui called out “Jie.”

I looked at him.

“If it’s not on the way, then forget it.”

“Let’s find one who is travelling the same route. With my Jie’s qualifications …”

I couldn’t suppress my laughter. Then I executed my earlier yearning by brutally punching him twice.

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22 thoughts on “Blazing Sunlight I (骄阳似我 上) – Chapter 10

  1. Oh, sweet little brother, jejeje… I like him!!! :D. Poor guy if he didn´t speak louder no body is gona understand him, and love is going to pass by. Well I hope another male character comes along and get the girl.
    Thank you so much for this chapter.
    See you soon. ❤

  2. I still don’t like Zhuang Xu. He’s so bland. Hopefully the other guy will be interesting.

  3. It’s like Zhuang Xu is giving her mixed signals… 😦

  4. I still ship the second guy lol. It is refreshing to see the girl with realistic and pride character. The story is mature in a way.

    I like that she is not drown in her thought about him or having her world only revolve around him. She could move on and get herself together. Love that.

    More, she know how to take care herself and there is no stupid mistake or character being too stupid (sorry strong word here).

    Thank you for translating this. Super enjoy it!

  5. I like the story but when do we get to romance? I think the guy is pathetic

  6. I have said this a million times, but I still can’t believe Gu Man could actually write a more realistic and prideful female character given her past works. ^u^

  7. Refreshing! I want strong women characters in stories, novels and dramas! Thanks for your translation. More, please…

  8. Thanks for the update…

    I don’t understand ZX , if he is interested, why can’t he just tell her outright so there won’t be any misunderstanding.

  9. you know what, even i like all the story in this chapter, but my fave is the last part. Jiang Rui words just melt my heart. he reminds me of my lil brothers..

    i think, NXG is a prideful girl. but what she thought of him, more like a self defense! she’s afraid of being hurt.. so she tries to make the assumptions for all his ‘effort’. as a reader, we know why he did this, or he did that.. the meaning of his glare, his body language.. even his flat-face lol..

    im getting curious and curious.. but GM is such a turtle.. huft..
    thanks yingniang.. 🙂

  10. Thanks for the latest translation. I second most of your readers that I DON’T LIKE ZX, he is such a lame guy. Want the girl yet won’t go for it. Just stabd there like a DUMP piece of wood.

    I hope the second male will be a lot stronger and know what he really want. I don’t know who is a girl here..ZX or NXG.

  11. Hey, well I really wish for the second installment of this series to come up soon…bcz only thn I would feel at ease…reallllly don’t wanna wait in dark for years to put an end on this story.

  12. so interesting…… mixed signal is so bad really

  13. I can understand why ZX do not express his true feeling, his economy background is the main reason, 1 is poor another is rich, even they love each other, can not overcome money gap, Can not blame him, #plsdon’thateZX

    • Yes I really do understand that he wants to prove himself to her but I wish he had taken another way to do so. At this point she thinks he hates her because of his attitude towards her and I don’t think she’s exaggerating because his closed off, silent self with him glaring at her would be off putting to anyone.

  14. I wish ZX was more like the main lean in My Sunshine. But he is not and I hope Gu Man won’t have them end up together. Too many misunderstandings will arise in their relationship because he doesn’t speak up nor did he apologize. I’ve warmed up to him a little but he is still not the hero that steals my hear. I ship the 2nd guy.

  15. I still don’t like the male lead. What a wuss!! I love interaction with her cousin. He’s just too sweet. And yes, I can’t wait for the second lead. P.S thank you for your hard work..

  16. Thanks so much for translating for this us! Truly appreciate your efforts.

    It sucks when the person you like doesn’t return your feelings (or she thinks), but you don’t have wallow in self-pity. She is either really mature or extremely prideful, but either way I like her lol. It’s really interesting that she notices all of his reactions and looks. I wish she would just take the time to understand their meaning.

    As for ZX, poor guy it’s painfully obvious that he adores her. Even if she ends up with the 2nd guy it be okay as long as he gets the chance to let her know how he has always felt about her. He may not be good at communicating, but actions speak louder than words. I can’t wait for the day he finally sheds all his insecurities and goes for it. He’s so unsure of himself right now, but I hope the writer shows his transformation into a mature man who is sure of himself and fight for what he wants. The 2nd guy seems awesome too, but I’m rooting for ZX.

    It’s going to a rough ride for the all three of them lol.

  17. I’m in agreement with pretty much everyone. Simply not a fan of Zhuang Xu. When she sent that text much earlier indicating she thought there he had a relationship with Rong Rong, he chose not to correct the confusion. He got angry with her over the later Rong-Rong incident and never directly and clearly apologized to her. Instead, he sent a new term paper, which is kind of disrespectful. It’s saying, “I think you’re the kind of girl who would cheat, so here take this as my apology.” On the other hand, I’m really liking our heroine.

    While I’m currently favoring the “unnamed future guy,” this might also be as story where Zhuang Xu grows as a person over time and becomes worthy of her. We’ll see.

  18. I wanted to read Gu Man’s new novel but after reading the spoilers I decided to wait for the second book. It’s not sure who exactly is the main male character in this book and I would be heartbroken if I shipped the wrong guy who doesn’t get the girl in the end 😛

  19. Yup, I wanted to wait until Gu Man finished this novel before starting to read the translation, but then I broke down and started reading, anyway. 😀

    I really like the female lead. She is no weeping, whiny lead, whose life revolves around love. Zhuang Xu’s main flaw is his unwillingness to simply voice his thoughts. He can’t expect Xi Guang to read his mind. As for this other male lead who has yet to appear, I sure hope he lives up to everyone’s expectations, since everyone seems to have placed all their hopes on this boss to sweep Xi Guang off her feet.

    Thanks for the translation, yingniang!

  20. Awww her cousin is so cute ❤ Sorta wished I waited until Gu Man finished this novel T-T But at least there are lots of other ppl suffereing along with me lol Thank you for translating this!

  21. It is really nice to have a cousin like Jiang Rui hehe.
    Thanks again, yingniang~

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