e situation?”

“Nothing happened,” Wei Chaoren answered, “Boring.”

Huo Ran looked at him, the sudden burst of intelligence made him feel like Wei Chaoren got possessed. 

Kou Chen sat back down in Xu Zhifan’s seat, even happily moving his chair forward for Huo Ran to pass behind.

“What else do you want?” Huo Ran squeezed into his own spot, keeping a hand on the back of the chair in case it hurt his back and he starts yelling again.

“Nothing,” Kou Chen said.
“What? You don’t want me here?”

“How could I not?” Huo Ran sat down.
Nobody sat in their proper seats during self-study, so he didn’t really have a reason to make Kou Chen leave. 

“That’s the spirit.” Kou Chen rocked in his chair, “You gotta fear me.”

“Your back doesn’t hurt anymore?” Huo Ran glanced at him rocking back and forth happily.

“Hurt my ass.” Kou Chen said.
“It’s frozen numb, I still can’t feel anything.”


Old Yuan walked in five minutes before the end of class.
After giving a safety speech about not roaming around and going straight back to their dorms, he called Huo Ran out for a chat.

Huo Ran followed Old Yuan out of the classroom a little nervously, scared that he’d ask about the fight just now, they hadn’t come up with a good excuse yet.


“Is something going on with Hu Yi at home?” Old Yuan asked gently.

Hearing that, Huo Ran breathed a sigh of relief: “It looks like it.” 

“I noticed he hadn’t been acting himself lately,” Old Yuan said.
“Let him know for me, if he needs help with anything or if he just wants to chat, he can talk to me.
If I’m not at school, he can come find me at home.”

“Mhm, okay.” Huo Ran nodded.
“Thank you, Mr.


After Old Yuan left, Kou Chen rushed out the classroom: “What happened?” 

“It wasn’t about what just happened, he asked about Hu Yi.” Huo Ran said.

“He found the knife?” Kou Chen asked.

“No.” On that topic, Huo Ran couldn’t help but ask, “How exactly did you know he had a knife?”

Kou Chen didn’t say anything, he only looked at him for a couple seconds.
A smile slowly crept onto his face, and he said: “Beg me and I’ll tell you.” 

“Keep it in then.” Huo Ran walked back into the classroom.

As he was gathering up his stuff, Kou Chen came over: “Seeing that you were so sincere about it, I’ll tell you.”

“Don’t.” Huo Ran said.
“I wasn’t sincere at all.
Please zip your lips and not tell me anything.”

“You wanna know or not?” Kou Chen suddenly hissed in his ear. 

Huo Ran wasn’t prepared for that, adding to the fact that he said it so fiercely.
He startled, turning to glare at Kou Chen.

“If you don’t listen, I’ll beat you up.” Kou Chen said.

“…Say it then.” Huo Ran said exasperatedly.
A strange thought suddenly popped into his head.
If he didn’t listen, he felt like Kou Chen would yell: “Fly for me!”.

Hearing that, Kou Chen started to speak happily: “It was actually really simple.
Hu Yi doesn’t stand up straight, you know? He kinda slouches, but I saw that his back was really straight when he walked back to the dorms.
I’d do the same thing, scared of cutting myself.
So I’d also wear a shirt or something inside for extra security…” 

“Why a kitchen knife? Why not a exacto knife or something longer?” Huo Ran asked.

“Nonsense, if it was an exacto knife he’d just put it in his pocket, down his pants if it was longer.
You’re an idiot if you’d hide that behind your back, if it’s not poking into your ass then it’s poking into your neck.” Kou Chen said.
“But I just guessed a kitchen knife, or maybe it’s a noodle slicing one.
Hu Yi looks timid, he might not have dared to bring a kitchen knife.”


Huo Ran looked at Kou Chen, he was shocked.

“Damn, that’s awesome.” Jiang Lei had been listening from his seat in front of them.
He was shocked too. 

“What?” Kou Chen raised an eyebrow, “A noodle slicer?

“Ah,” Huo Ran nodded, “Yup.”

Kou Chen laughed and patted his face: “Don’t worship me too much.”

Huo Ran stayed still for a couple seconds before rubbing at his face harshly. 

“Fuck you,” Kou Chen looked at him, “My hands are clean!”

“Touch me again and I’ll destroy you.” Huo Ran said.

Kou Chen immediately reached towards his waist.
Huo Ran stared at his hand.

As the hand was five centimeters away from him, Huo Ran was already prepared to grab his arm and twist it behind his back.
But Kou Chen’s hand paused in the air, before he took it back. 

”Nevermind,” Kou Chen said.
“After we go camping.”

Huo Ran glared at him.

“Let’s go! Time to go back and sleep!” Kou Chen exclaimed as he stood up and stretched.
Everyone else agreed.

As they noisily exited the room, Huo Ran glanced at the third years’ classroom.
It was pretty quiet, like the bell signaling the end of class didn’t have anything to do with them. 

“Late night snack?” Jiang Lei asked them with his phone in his hand.
“Xu Zhifan said he’ll wait for us in the cafeteria.

“Yes,” Huo Ran rubbed his stomach, “How’s Hu Yi?”

“He said he cried himself to sleep.” Jiang Lei sighed.


The late night food at the cafeteria was very popular, especially as the weather got colder.
They’d even think about eating the plate like they’ve been starving the whole day.

For some reason, Huo Ran suddenly thought of He Hua.


She probably really starved all day, even having to hide to eat at night.
Who knows if Kou Chen standing up for her last time had any effect.

“Over here!” Xu Zhifan already got the food.
There was congee and a big plate of chicken wings.
The school’s chicken wings were the best, every time they’d only eat that and nothing else. 

“Isn’t that a bit much?” Huo Ran asked as he sat down.

“I called Kou Chen and the others too.” As Xu Zhifan said that, Xu Chuan and Wei Chaoren squeezed over and sat down.
He glanced behind them, “Where’s Kou Chen?”

“He went to the haunted building.” Xu Chuan took a chicken wing.

“Again?” Huo Ran was surprised. 

“Again?” Xu Zhifan looked at him, then he frowned and lowered his voice, “You guys were the ones that got into a fight with the third years, right?”

“It wasn’t us.” Wei Chaoren lowered his voice too.
“It was Kou Chen.
It was already over when we got there.
Only Huo Ran got a bit of it, he got knocked to the ground.”

Xu Zhifan looked at Huo Ran, Huo Ran rubbed his stomach: “I just got bumped into, they were all gone before I could do anything… How did you know?”

“How did I know? I was at the dorms, the third years went back too, and then they climbed the fence and left.
It sounded like they were going to the hospital.” Xu Zhifan said.
“Kou Chen was the only one that fought?” 

“Yeah,” Jiang Lei nodded.
“One against four, amazing.”

“Then why is he going back?” Xu Zhifan asked Xu Chuan.

“Not that,” Xu Chuan swallowed his chicken, “He went to see He Hua roast sausages.”

“…Did a chicken peck out his brains?”Huo Ran asked. 

“Dunno, we’ve only known him for a semester.” Xu Chuan laughed.

“He didn’t say why?” Xu Zhifan asked.

“Nope.” Xu Chuan said.
“He probably just wants to tell her that those guys have been dealt with, that she doesn’t need to hide to eat anymore.”

“Does he have to go to the haunted building to do that?” 

“With how He Hua is, if you don’t find somewhere secluded to talk, she’d probably run away before you could get five words in.” Xu Zhifan said.

Huo Ran didn’t say anything, he focused on eating his chicken wing.


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