and blisters on his hands from mopping the floor and wiping the table.
That’s how tender this young master’s[4] skin was.

Xu Ziyang and Lao Yang were his roommates.
They were amazed after watching him for two hours, stumbling around trying to clean the dorm.
After that, they couldn’t help but take care of this mentally incompetent lifeform.

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Later on, Lao Yang became bros with Xu Ziyang and him, and Xu Ziyang… became his ex-boyfriend.

At that time, Tao Ran was full of courage, the wildest dog under the sun.[5] After he fell in love with Xu Ziyang, he was confused for two days, and then he started a vigorous pursuit, the kind that became infamous throughout the entire school.

You have to acknowledge that low EQ has the benefits of low EQ.
He pursued Xu Ziyang because he wanted to, completely disregarding everything from the outside world.
As for the scorn of other people, the gossiping of teachers and students, and the future… What was that? Was it good to eat?

Xu Ziyang also went from initial resistance, to restlessness, to calm, to being moved, to nodding.
To get to this step, Tao Ran grinded for exactly four years, from the beginning of the first semester of freshman year to their senior year graduation.

Tao Ran would never forget the day of the graduation ceremony.
They were wearing graduation gowns, and Xu Ziyang was standing by the school’s lake.
He looked elegant and handsome.

When he thought about how they would soon become ships passing in the night, he became so sad that he didn’t even want to walk.
However, he still hyped himself up and stood in front of Xu Ziyang, saying fiercely, “Xu Ziyang, your father[6] has chased you for four years.
Do you dare to do it? Say it to me straight!”

Xu Ziyang raised an eyebrow, “What if I don’t agree?”

Tao Ran felt the sky was about to collapse, but he still nodded bravely, pretending to be well-mannered and saying, “Okay, then.” Then he was too scared to look at Xu Ziyang again and turned to walk away.

As soon as he turned around, tears began dripping down.
Behind him was Xu Ziyang.
He didn’t dare to make any noise, so he could only endure it until he was about to suffer internal injuries[7]. 

As a result, Xu Ziyang caught up to him and grabbed him.
His voice had a rare hint of anxiety.
“Why are you leaving? Before I even finished speaking, you already… you’re crying?”

With a frustrated look on his face, Xu Ziyang pressed his head onto his shoulder, patting his back and coaxing gently, “Don’t cry… You’re usually so fierce, how come at the critical moment, you became a little crybaby?”

Tao Ran was both angry and aggrieved, “Xu Ziyang, be reasonable, when did I ever hurt[8] you? I can’t even cry after you reject me?”

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“It’s really…” Xu Ziyang said in frustration, “I’ve lost to you.” Then he lowered his head and gently kissed Tao Ran’s tear-streaked cheek, “I agree–don’t cry, okay? Your crying pains me so much.”

His tone was so light and his expression so soft that Tao Ran looked at him stupidly, even forgetting to cry.
Then this scene was deeply carved in his heart.

Every hour, every minute, every second, it had not been forgotten.

Even up until now.

T/N: This is a short story with a Bad Ending.
Important things must be repeated three times, this is a BE, this is a BE! I’m splitting it into multiple parts because it’s pretty long and I want the instant gratification of posting haha…

[1] It’s an insult to call someone a “grandson” in Chinese unless they are actually your grandson or in that generation.

[2] Lao means “old”.
It’s a common way to casually address men you’re acquainted with.

[3] A hothouse flower, someone squeamish and unable to bear anything.

[4] 少爷 (shào ye): The young master of the house, the son of the master.
If the household has multiple sons, and some or all of them are adults, then it’s common that the most incompetent, spoiled, and youngest son gets this title, so it is shorthand for the spoiled child of a rich family.
It’s basically the male version of an ojou-sama.

[5] 日天日地日空气 (lit: “f*** (the) sky f*** (the) earth f*** (the) air): Searched around and this seems to be a meme about a teddy dog famous on the internet, called 泰日天 (Tai Ritian).
日 means “sun” but it’s also a vulgar word meaning “to have sexual intercourse”.
Apparently teddy dogs hump everything, so this phrase means being very domineering, but in a mocking way.

[6] 老子 (“lǎozi”): Slang meaning “your father”.
It’s a rude and aggressive form of self-address.

[7] Comes from the belief that you can get internal injuries from holding back strong emotions.
Or if you’re in a wuxia / xianxia story, if you don’t spit out a mouthful of blood.[8] 凶 (lit: “murder, hurt”): An extremely bad / wicked death, like premature death, murder, violence, famine, or human sacrifice.
I couldn’t think of a good way to get the tone across.

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