re, the list.”
“Get the stuff that’s on here, I’ll go look around.” Huo Ran handed the list to the owner, then turned to shrug Kou Chen’s arm off.
But Kou Chen quickly put his arm back around him: “Tell me about all this stuff?”
“About what?” Huo Ran asked as he tried to shrug him off again.
But Kou Chen only tightened his grip on his neck and asked: “About what all this stuff is used for.”
“Look at it yourself,” Huo Ran tugged at his arm, “Can’t you read?”
“Let’s look together,” Kou Chen refused to let go, dragging him towards the shelves of stuff.
“Can’t you leave me some face? If we weren’t going camping, I would be beating you up right now.”
“Damn?” Huo Ran was almost annoyed to the point of wanting to laugh, “Gonna make me fly?”
Kou Chen paused, before laughing: “Why do you still remember that?”
“It’s gonna be engraved in my memory for as long as I live.” Huo Ran said.
“That’s the first time I’ve heard anyone yell anything like that out loud in real life.”
“What do you know?” Kou Chen said.
“I gotta give off that feeling… What’s this?”
Huo Ran looked at what he was pointing at: “A pouch.”
“Holy shit, for water?” Kou Chen let go of him and picked up an unpackaged one.
“This big? Is this supposed to be used for a desert trip?”
“It’s for showering.” Huo Ran said.
“Hm?” Kou Chen looked back at the pouch in his hands, suddenly interested in it, “Damn, should we bring one too? You’re supposed to find a tree to hang it from, right? And then the water comes out of this tube… Damn, I’ve never taken a shower in the mountains…”
“It’s pretty chilly in the mountains now, you don’t need that.” Huo Ran said.
“There’s an abandoned campsite on the way too, we can shower there.”
“Ohh,” Kou Chen put it back, turning back to him excitedly, “An abandoned campsite?”
“The owner originally rented it for ten or twenty years, but then the locals wanted to raise the price so it couldn’t go on.” Huo Ran said.
“It was abandoned two years ago.
I rest there every time I take that path.”
“Ah…” Kou Chen was a bit surprised, “By yourself?”
“Pretty much.” Huo Ran said.
“Then…” Kou Chen nodded, “I remember now, there’s no ghosts in the wild.”
“Yup.” Huo Ran nodded too.
Kou Chen found out that Huo Ran was the basketball team captain just a couple days after transferring.
He knew that he was really good, you couldn’t get the ball three steps past him.
Now he also knew that he was a veteran camper, the kind that’s able to fix dislocated joints.
But because of Huo Ran’s appearance, he was never able to think of Huo Ran as anyone that impressive.
Until now, that is.
When the owner came over to chat, he finally realized that Huo Ran was slowly inching towards ‘impressive’.
Because he couldn’t really understand what they were talking about.
“These friends of yours,” The owner finally said something that Kou Chen could understand, “They’ve never gone out before, right?”
Huo Ran didn’t say anything, glancing at Kou Chen.
“If picnics don’t count,” Kou Chen replied truthfully, “Then no.”
“Of course picnics don’t count,” The owner laughed, “Then only someone like Little Huo could bring you along, he’s the only one I know that has so many years of experience at his age.”
“I’ve recognized him as my master,” Kou Chen said.
“As my master, he has to take me with him everywhere.”
“What a great deal that is.” The owner said.
The employee had brought over most of their stuff, and the owner went to check it.
“How shameless can you get?” Huo Ran looked at Kou Chen.
“Very.” Kou Chen waved a hand dismissively, “What do I need shame for? It’s not like I can eat it.”
“I’m only bringing you along this once.” Huo Ran said seriously.
“I’m not your master, I’m not gonna take you anywhere.”
“Really?” Kou Chen asked.
“Really.” Huo Ran said.
“Suit yourself then.
I’ll make sure to call you if I have any questions in the future.” Kou Chen didn’t mind at all.
“Are you gonna bring a base station with you?” Huo Ran didn’t want to say anything else, but hearing his words, he couldn’t help it.
That idiot Kou Chen, what if something really does happen to him, he’s scared he’ll feel guilty.
“There’s probably no signal out there.
You shouldn’t go out with no experience and without knowing anything.”
“I’ll buy a satellite phone.” Kou Chen said.
“…Pretend I never said anything.” Huo Ran turned to leave.
Behind him, Kou Chen laughed so hard it almost echoed.
Huo Ran didn’t put much on the list, probably just enough for one camping trip.
But to Kou Chen, all that stuff didn’t look like it could fit in just three bags.
“Do we have to start hanging it from our bags?” He said, “It’s not gonna fit, right? And we need to pack clothes and stuff.”
“Let me show you.” Huo Ran began to put everything in the bags, “You can just swap between three sets of clothes.
And since it’s been dry lately, two would probably be enough.”
“Two or three sets?” Kou Xiao was shocked.
“You can bring thirty sets if you want.” Huo Ran said.
“As long as Old Yang and Kou Chen can carry them.”
“I can’t.” Kou Chen immediately said.
Old Yang smiled but didn’t say anything.
“All you really need is something comfortable to switch between,” Huo Ran said.
“Nobody’s gonna be there to see you.”
“It’s my own dignity, Ranran.” Kou Xiao said.
Huo Ran smiled slightly abashedly: “That’s not what I meant.”
“Alright, I’ll listen to you.” Kou Xiao clapped her hands.
After everything was stuffed neatly into the bags by Huo Ran, there was still space for their clothes and shoes.
Bringing the bags back to the car, Kou Chen whispered into Huo Ran’s ear: “Hey.”
Huo Ran looked at him suspiciously.
“If I can’t get everything back in my bag,” Kou Chen said, “You have to help me.”
“…Mhm.” Huo Ran agreed a bit dejectedly.
“Let’s get dinner,” Old Yang looked at his watch, “It’s about time.”
“I’ll pass,” Huo Ran said.
“I have practice at six.”
“Basketball practice?” Kou Chen asked.
“Mhm.” Huo Ran nodded.
“But you still have to eat,” Kou Xiao said.
“You’re gonna practice on an empty stomach?”
“I’ll just snack on something, I don’t wanna eat too much.” Huo Ran said.
“Don’t worry about me.”
Kou Xiao still insisted, but Kou Chen put his arm around Huo Ran’s shoulders: “Don’t worry about us, we’ll just go get noodles or something.”
“What’s up with you?” Kou Xiao asked what Huo Ran was inwardly screaming about, “He has practice, what are you gonna do?”
“I don’t wanna eat with you two, okay?” Kou Chen said.
“Watching you two being lovey-dovey makes me lose my appetite.
I wanna watch Huo Ran practice.”
“It’s private.” Huo Ran said.
“Nobody else is allowed in the gym.”
“If I can get in,” Kou Chen looked at him, “You have to treat me to a meal.”
“You’d get kicked out even if you could get in.” Huo Ran said.
“If I can get in and not get kicked out,” Kou Chen said.
“You have to treat me to a meal.”
“Look.” Huo Ran was speechless, “I can treat you even if you don’t try to get in.”
“Okay,” Kou Chen pointed at him, “That’s set.”
What the hell?
All the way to the school gates, Huo Ran still hadn’t wrapped his head around that.
“Wait for me in the classroom.” He said.
“I’ll go let them know I’m here, and then we can go eat.
I’ll start practice after I digest it a bit.”
“Okay.” Kou Chen was very cooperative, turning to leave for the classroom.
Huo Ran let out a breath.
At least Kou Chen didn’t bring up wanting to watch him practice again.
Most people had already arrived in the gym, all belonging to the basketball team.
Some were warming up, some playing casually, and some just chatting.
“Captain.” Someone greeted him, “You’re pretty early.”
“I haven’t eaten yet,” Huo Ran said.
“I’ll come back after dinner.”
“Let’s play a round first.” Someone threw a ball over.
“Play a round my ass.” Huo Ran caught the ball.
Although he said that, he still moved towards the hoop with the ball.
Forward, stop, fake, take three steps, and throw.
Huo Ran patted himself on the back.
He loved basketball, and couldn’t quite stop himself after he got started.
After shooting a couple hoops with the others, he glanced at his phone and saw that twenty minutes had already passed.
“I have to go eat.” He tossed the ball to someone else.
He couldn’t just leave Kou Chen alone in the classroom, he agreed to treat him to dinner.
As he picked up his jacket and headed out, the gym doors suddenly opened.
The coach walked in.
“Hey, Coach.” Everyone stopped, “This early today?”
“Practice still starts at the usual time,” The coach said.
“Let me introduce a new player first.”
Alarm bells went off in Huo Ran’s head.
Seeing that it was Kou Chen who walked through the doors, he nearly threw his jacket at him.
Kou Chen stopped beside the coach, introducing himself as he smiled politely: “Hi everyone, I’m Kou Chen, from Humanities 1.”
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