Chapter 15 – Two-timing
Novel t.i.tle: 一生之计在于春 (Spring is the Plan of Life)
Author：御小凡 (Yu Xiaofan)
Translator: K (@kin0monogatari)
Protagonists: 姚锦夕 (Yao Jinxi -MC), 吴洋 (Wu Yang -ML)
*Please read at knoxt.s.p.a.ce, the original site of translation. TQ*
Yao Jinxi was very anxious.
He logged in to find Xia Ruonan. Fortunately, she was also online. Oh, thank goodness.
Xia Ruonan: Don’t bombard me like that. What if the manager sees this window pop up?
Tea Seller: Forget about the manager. I have a question for you. How is Wu Yang with people normally?
Xia Ruonan: What do you mean, “how is he”? He’s always been pretty nice to people.
Tea Seller: What do you mean by “nice”?
When asked this question, Xia Ruonan couldn’t come up with a clear answer. She just felt that Wu Yang was polite and courteous to everyone. He was willing to help when he could. But he wouldn’t be at everyone’s beck and call like an office sticky note.
He would also ask people out to grab a meal?
This shouldn’t even be considered as being nice to people, right? Even Xia Ruonan understood that this was just a place where Wu Yang liked to have company. Now that she thought about it carefully, despite Wu Yang’s friendly demeanour, no one had really gotten to know him on a deeper level.
Xia Ruonan: …
Regarding her ellipsis, Yao Jinxi could only respond with an ellipsis as well. In the end, no one really understood who Wu Yang was. All they saw was his surface interactions.
Xia Ruonan: Why on earth are you asking this?
How could he answer that? If he said that he found it easy to misinterpret his interactions with him, Yao Jinxi could imagine Xia Ruonan in front of the screen becoming all interested. This girl worried about his affairs as if she’s his mother.
Yao Jinxi’s current mood was already complicated enough. He didn’t need this girl to add fuel to the fire. After chatting with Xia Ruonan for a bit, Yao Jinxi changed the topic.
Tea Seller: Where does w.a.n.g Peng work?
Xia Ruonan: Are you planning to buy a car?
Yao Jinxi briefly mentioned Wu Yang’s intention to buy a car. Xia Ruonan, being a girl with no interest in cars, provided the address of the car dealers.h.i.+p.
Tea Seller: Do you want to inform w.a.n.g Peng and see if he’s available?
Xia Ruonan: It’s okay. You can just go. If he’s not available, forget it. Actually, if he sees…
Yao Jinxi suddenly understood. Bringing Wu Yang to buy a car with the intention of letting w.a.n.g Peng earn a commission was a kind gesture. But with w.a.n.g Peng’s personality, if he saw Wu Yang buying a car and could only serve him without getting a commission himself, he might feel uncomfortable.
What a troublesome situation.
Since Xia Ruonan had already said this, Yao Jinxi didn’t insist on making w.a.n.g Peng earn some money. He and Wu Yang, who had come to the dealers.h.i.+p after their usual lunchtime visit, were greeted by a salesperson. It was not w.a.n.g Peng. The salesperson warmly introduced several suitable SUV options per Wu Yang’s request.
This type of car model usually had a rugged appearance. Wu Yang flipped through the brochure and kept asking Yao Jinxi, “What do you think?”
Salespeople often had a keen eye and gradually s.h.i.+fted their focus to Yao Jinxi, speaking directly to him, “This model is perfect for long-distance road trips. The interior s.p.a.ce is very s.p.a.cious. We’re currently running a promotion and the total cost is only 1.588 million.”
Yao Jinxi: “…”
Yao Jinxi considered himself a regular person with savings of just over two hundred thousand. Putting it all in would only allow him to buy him a wheel. Upon hearing this price, he felt the pain of parting with his hard-earned money.
Seeing him remain silent, the salesperson wondered which aspect wasn’t suitable. Wu Yang naturally chimed in, “I think it’s good. What about you?”
Yao Jinxi answered reluctantly, “It’s… good?”
“If you like it, let’s go with this one,” Wu Yang said as he casually pointed at the brochure, turning to the salesperson, “Can you show us the actual car?”
Yao Jinxi: “…”
He grabbed Wu Yang and said, “Wait. I didn’t say I liked it…”
“Don’t like it? Then let’s take a look at another,” Wu Yang didn’t think anything was wrong. He just turned to another page, examining it carefully.
Yao Jinxi couldn’t hold back anymore. Even though the salesperson’s expression remained unchanged, he felt guilty. So he moved slightly closer to Wu Yang, forcing a smile, “It’s not… I mean, you’re the one buying the car, right? Whether I like it or not doesn’t matter. Your opinion is the most important.”
“It is indeed me buying the car,” Wu Yang only looked up after saying this, “But your opinion matters a lot to me.”
Yao Jinxi instinctively looked at the salesperson, who maintained a professional smile that suggested these conversations were entirely normal. Anything the customers said was perfectly fine. It didn’t waver the salesperson in the slightest.
But Yao Jinxi was on the verge of losing it.
Did this person not have any self-awareness at all?!
The salesperson, seeing the two of them had run out of things to say, continued with their duty, “So, shall we take a look at this model? It has more features and is slightly more expensive.”
Yao Jinxi slammed his hand onto the brochure, saying, “No need. Let’s go with the one we saw earlier.”
Wu Yang asked, “You don’t want to take a look at another?”
Yao Jinxi internally screamed, “Isn’t this good enough?” He forced a smile on his face and replied, “No need. I think the one we saw earlier is good.”
Wu Yang didn’t immediately agree and looked at him for a while. He then asked, “Are you upset?”
Yao Jinxi was bewildered. What’s going on?
Before he could say anything, Wu Yang apologised with a coaxing tone, “I’m sorry, I’m not good with words. I didn’t mean anything else. It’s just that I don’t have anyone else to consult with. Please don’t be angry.”
This coaxing tone gave Yao Jinxi a headache. He wondered who else on earth was good with words if this guy wasn’t.
“I’m really not upset,” he said, rubbing his forehead. He no longer bothered to argue with Wu Yang’s unconvincing statement. “Let’s go check out the actual car.”
The salesperson asked again, “This model comes in two colours; silver-grey and black. Which one do you prefer, sir?”
Wu Yang looked at Yao Jinxi. So Yao Jinxi resignedly said, “Let’s go with black. It looks more dignified.”
Wu Yang nodded, “Okay. Black it is.”
“Please follow me then.” The salesperson stood up first. The display cars were on the ground floor. Yao Jinxi followed him down the spiral staircase. Halfway there, he noticed a familiar figure pus.h.i.+ng an exit door.
It was w.a.n.g Peng, no doubt about it. But who was the woman next to him?
Yao Jinxi’s heart skipped a beat. “I have something to take care of first. You go ahead.”
With those words, he hurriedly descended the stairs and went after them. Wu Yang furrowed his brows but didn’t ask questions. He promptly followed Yao Jinxi down the stairs. The perplexed salesperson remained standing where he was.
Yao Jinxi maintained a certain distance and followed behind w.a.n.g Peng. Neither of the two seemed to notice anyone trailing them. The woman was holding onto w.a.n.g Peng’s arm. She was shorter than him by a head. She occasionally pulled him down to listen to what she was saying. They appeared to be quite intimate.
Yao Jinxi’s expression darkened as he walked behind them. A burning anger surged within him. He took a few quick steps and then slowed down. Charging in wouldn’t look good for everyone involved. It was better to resolve this privately. Besides, he shouldn’t hastily cla.s.sify this woman as a third party. She might be a cousin or something, right?
As he was a.n.a.lysing the situation in his mind, the woman said something that made her giggle. She then tiptoed and kissed w.a.n.g Peng’s cheek.
A fuse in Yao Jinxi’s brain snapped.
… Cousin, my foot!
He rushed over and patted w.a.n.g Peng’s shoulder. “Hey there.”
w.a.n.g Peng turned to see Yao Jinxi and his expression changed abruptly. “Yao Jinxi?”
“It’s quite a coincidence,” Yao Jinxi said with a forced smile. His lips curled slightly. He side-eyed the woman next to them. “Who’s this?”
w.a.n.g Peng, trying to remain composed, replied, “A client.”
The woman pouted but didn’t say anything. Yao Jinxi let go of w.a.n.g Peng’s shoulder and smiled, “w.a.n.g Peng, there’s still someone else’s lipstick on your face. What kind of client is this? When did you start selling yourself without even letting us know?”
“Hey, why do you speak like that?” The woman put both her hands on w.a.n.g Peng’s, frowning in disgust. “w.a.n.g Peng, is this really your friend? That can’t be.”
“Auntie, could you stop making those exaggerated facial expressions? Your makeup is about to fall off,” Yao Jinxi continued to smile. But there was no amus.e.m.e.nt in his eyes. He stared coldly at w.a.n.g Peng. “w.a.n.g Peng, can you face Xia Ruonan after this?”
w.a.n.g Peng averted his gaze, refusing to look at Yao Jinxi. “Don’t make it sound so serious. You and Xia Ruonan see each other all the time. It doesn’t mean there’s nothing between you two, right?”
“You really have the nerve to say that, w.a.n.g Peng,” Yao Jinxi appeared calm on the surface. But his mind was boiling. He didn’t care that they were in public and grabbed w.a.n.g Peng’s collar, “Do you not know that I’m gay? Do you not know that I’ve known Xia Ruonan for so many years? Could there be anything between her and a gay guy? Huh?”
Seeing that a fight was about to break out, the woman panicked and rushed forward. She grabbed Yao Jinxi’s hand. “What are you doing?! Let go! I’ll call the police if you don’t!”
Yao Jinxi paid no attention to the woman and continued to stare at w.a.n.g Peng. “w.a.n.g Peng, after all these years with Xia Ruonan, tell me, what are you thinking now, huh?”
“What am I thinking?” w.a.n.g Peng turned back to Yao Jinxi, his face filled with impatience. “You should ask Xia Ruonan, too. Does she want to be close to everyone like this? Has she ever cared about her boyfriend’s feelings? So what if you’re gay? Does that mean you don’t have any methods to do anything with her?”
Yao Jinxi threw a punch at his face without hesitation, catching w.a.n.g Peng completely off guard. It caused him to stagger backward. The woman screamed in shock. Yao Jinxi followed up with a kick. “You piece of tras.h.!.+ You can actually say such disgusting things!”
w.a.n.g Peng rolled to the side to avoid the kick and was furious. He got up and started fighting back. He had the advantage in terms of size. But Yao Jinxi had the moral high above the ground and fought with full determination.
The woman continued to scream, “Stop fighting!”
With a loud smack, Yao Jinxi’s Buddhist prayer beads were broken. The wooden beads scattered on the ground. w.a.n.g Peng seized the opportunity to strike back. But his hand was grabbed and twisted behind his back, causing him to cry out in pain.
Yao Jinxi’s mind was still burning with anger. He gave w.a.n.g Peng a brutal kick in the knee. w.a.n.g Peng immediately dropped to one knee. He was in too much pain to resist now. He struggled a few times but couldn’t break free. Turning his head, he saw Wu Yang anxiously asking Yao Jinxi, “Are you okay?”
Yao Jinxi clearly hadn’t calmed down. His entire body was trembling. “w.a.n.g Peng, do whatever you want with this auntie. I can’t believe Xia Ruonan chose you! She must be completely blind!”
w.a.n.g Peng spat on the ground, “d.a.m.n it. I knew you had a problem with me. Did you think I liked you? I’ve always found you, a h.o.m.os.e.xual, disgusting.”
Yao Jinxi sneered, “Being gay is better than being a cheater like you.”
w.a.n.g Peng had nothing more to say.
“Now that you’ve calmed down, I’ll let go,” Wu Yang said with a smile. He released w.a.n.g Peng, who had been eager to retaliate. However, when he locked eyes with Wu Yang, he froze.
Wu Yang, with his back to Yao Jinxi, had a fierce expression and cold, piercing eyes. The cold, ruthless glint in his eyes completely subdued w.a.n.g Peng.
Seeing that w.a.n.g Peng was gradually losing his aggressive stance, Wu Yang maintained his smile and casually brushed the dust off his shoulder. Then, he walked back to Yao Jinxi’s side and said softly, “Let’s go. We shouldn’t stay here.”
*Author’s Note: Alright, this character won’t be important anymore in the story. So don’t worry about him.-YXF
*Translator’s Note: I also don’t wanna see that cheating son of a b.i.t.c.h anymore. By the way, I like fierce Semes like WY. Hehehe. Oh! Sorry… the buddhist beads YJX was wearing then was not the one I posted in the first chapter. His should look like this:
I a.s.sumed he looped it around his wrist. -K
Next update: 2023.10.11