Whispering To You - Chapter 46
The 41st Whisper
When Chen Ran carried the sleeping Cheng Yin out, the few boys in the room who were drunk had been stuffed into a cab, and several other boys were still sober escorting their brothers’ home.
They are almost 20 years old, there is nothing to worry about, and it’s still early.
The other girls have already taken a taxi home.
Xie Ying is a little better than Cheng Yin, but still squatting on the side of the road against a tree.
While waiting for the car, Chen Ran asked: “Is there someone at home to pick you up?”
Xie Ying did not respond, Chen Ran asked again, she said: “Grandparents are asleep.”
“I’ll take you home later.”
Xie Ying did not speak, hugging the tree trunk as a pillow, rubbing her face on it.
The cell phone in Cheng Yin’s bag rang.
Chen Ran was worried about freeing his hands to answer the phone, but the ringing stopped abruptly.
He looked up and saw Cheng Sheng standing five meters away with his cell phone, looking at him with a cold frown.
Once again, this man came out of nowhere.
The two men stared at each other for a long time. No one said anything.
Finally, Cheng Sheng walked over and extended his hand directly.
Chen Ran also did not hesitate, smiled, carefully put Cheng Yin down.
Cheng Yin woke up, but not conscious, was held by Chen Ran to lie on Cheng Sheng’s back.
Cheng Sheng picked up Cheng Yin, looked at Chen Ran and said, “Sorry for the trouble.”
Chen Ran: “Not a problem, it’s what should I do.”
Cheng Sheng: “?”
He was surprised while Chen Ran had already walked to the side, squatted down and asked Xie Ying: “Where is your house?”
Xie Ying has sat on the ground, hugging the tree trunk, and said vaguely, “My grandparents have gone to bed.”
What a headache.
“Let’s send her to my house.” Cheng Sheng dropped this sentence and carried Cheng Yin into a cab. Chen Ran had no choice but to help Xie Ying into the car.
After shoving people into the back seat, Chen Ran sat on the passenger side.
Besides the two who fell asleep, the people in the car were also silent.
When they arrived home, Chen Ran and Cheng Sheng got Xie Ying and Cheng Yin to Cheng Yin’s room and Cheng Yin’s mother immediately chanted and took wet towels to wipe their faces.
“How much alcohol did you drink? Girls go out at night to drink. Such a headache.”
Cheng Sheng was very uncomfortable when he saw Cheng Yin drinking like this, and he was even more uncomfortable when he heard his mother chattering about it and Chen Ran standing next to him.
Luckily, Chen Ran could read the face. They have safely sent home the person. There is nothing more for him.
“Then I’ll go first.”
Cheng Sheng said thank you and then bent down to take off Cheng Yin’s shoes and socks.
But when Chen Ran had walked away for a while, he felt even more upset and immediately chased him out.
Chen Ran just walked to the elevator when he was called by Cheng Sheng.
“What is your relationship with my sister?”
The corridors of the high-floor building were quiet. Every word they say has an echo which makes the atmosphere even more solemn.
“It’s the relationship you’re thinking of.”
Although the heart has been prepared, but when hearing this answer Cheng Sheng is still very upset.
He had met Chen Ran once last year and had no favorable impression of him.
The person who skipped class openly in broad daylight was no good.
“May I ask where did you go to college?”
Cheng Sheng asked.
Chen Ran said, “Didn’t go to college.”
Cheng Sheng’s fists were clenched.
Where the fuck did this little punk come from? How dare he covet my sister?
“Cheng Yin, she is young, and spoiled by the family since childhood, very naïve, and has seen nothing in the world.” Cheng Sheng tried to restrain his emotions, let his voice calm. “Perhaps she will be attracted to new things and new people, but we have the most basic requirements for her to make friends.”
After he finished, he calmly looked at Chen Ran.
Chen Ran seemed to seriously think about his words, then asked, “What is the requirement?”
This person is so bad at reading faces.
I’ve already fucking said this, and you’re asking me what the requirements are.
Anyway, you can’t meet all the requirements.
Although furious, Cheng Sheng still told himself to be polite.
“First, the character is number one. If you’ve been covered in mischief since childhood, this kind of person is definitely not to be associated with.”
After saying this, Chen Ran’s face still has no expression, it seems he does not know of himself.
Cheng Sheng had to say: “Second, although I do not evaluate people based on their education, but objectively, education is linked to many aspects of a person. Now, without a proper diploma, it is difficult to find an ideal career, without an ideal career, ……”
Cheng Sheng’s tone was euphemistic enough, but nakedly looked at Chen Ran, releasing information with his eyes.
Chen Ran nodded, looking like he agreed with Cheng Sheng’s statement.
“Is it an ideal career to be a fencer of the national team?”
Cheng Sheng: “?”
The elevator arrived just in time, Chen Ran walked in and turned around to face Cheng Sheng and said, “I can’t really do anything about this education, I’m too busy, I just finished the Asian Championships last week, won an individual and team championship, and then I have to prepare for the World Championships, so I really can’t find time to go to college.”
Cheng Sheng: “?”
Chen Ran smiled, a sincere look: “But if I have time one day, I will definitely listen to you to find the opportunity to go to a university to get a diploma.”
The words fell, the elevator door slowly close.
Cheng Sheng suddenly reached out to the elevator door, “Don’t go yet.”
When the elevator door opened, Cheng Sheng took out his phone and opened Baidu, glanced at Chen Ran and asked, “What is your name?”
Cheng Sheng quickly typed, Baidu entries popped up, and underneath was a brief introduction to the character and an extensive list of accomplishments.
Cheng Sheng looked up at Chen Ran and then looked at the photo on his phone.
After a long time, he frowned and asked, “Taking the liberty to ask, what exactly do you see in my sister?”
Cheng Yin woke up in the middle of the night and found Xie Ying sleeping next to her, dazedly scratching her awake.
“What are you doing ……” Xie Ying turned her back to Cheng Yin, “Be quiet.”
Cheng Yin had little strength, but still lay on Xie Ying’s shoulder and said, “Chen Ran confessed to me today.”
“He confessed to me!”
“Wow! That’s awesome! Can I go back to sleep then?”
“Well …… he confessed to me today …… he said he likes me too ……” Cheng Yin rubbed Xie Ying’s neck. She fell asleep again as she spoke.
In the beginning, people who were drunk were easily fallen asleep, but usually within a few hours of sleep they would be extra sober.
Xie Ying currently is in this state, and with Cheng Yin’s disturbance, completely lost sleep.
She looked out the window, her brain still buzzing. This is the after-effects of drinking. There is no other way but to carry on.
Don’t know how long has passed, Xie Ying gets out of bed to go to the toilet.
Cheng Yin’s mother deliberately left the lights on in the living room tonight, for fear that the two girls could not see their way to the bathroom at night.
Xie Ying used to come to Cheng Yin’s house often, so she was familiar with it.
She went to the toilet and came out, poured herself another cup of hot water, sat on the sofa and sipped.
Noticing that there was a copy of Nature on the table, Xie Ying put down her glass of water.
Cheng Sheng came out of the study, saw a person sitting in the living room and almost die of fright, inspected and found that it was Xie Ying before he breathed a sigh of relief.
“Why are you still awake?”
Xie Ying put down the magazine, stood up and said, “I came out to drink water, and now I will go back to sleep.”
Cheng Sheng approached and found that Xie Ying was reading “nature”, so he unconsciously frowned.
“Can you understand it?”
Xie Ying answered honestly: “I know most of the words, but I can’t read them when they’re put together.”
Cheng Sheng took the magazine away and turned around to put it on the cabinet.
“I saw you in Zhang Lao’s office the other day.”
“Hmm.” Xie Ying said, “I came in with the highest score this year, and Mr. Zhang had seen my opening speech, so he talked to me a bit when I passed by the office that day.”
“You don’t have to explain so much to me.” Cheng Sheng said, “It’s a good thing that Mr. Zhang likes you.”
After saying that, he took the keys and prepared to go out, but temporarily received a phone call, said two sentences and turned back.
“Are you going out?” Xie Ying asked. “It’s so late.”
Cheng Sheng sat down and also poured himself a glass of water and said, “Pick up my girlfriend.”
Xie Ying nodded, holding the glass of water, and said carefully, “You were at that place last year …… for that sister?”
That’s why when she saw that woman at school the other day, Xie Ying wasn’t surprised at all.
She had seen it long ago.
Cheng Sheng glanced over with slanted eyes. Xie Ying immediately said, “Sorry, if you don’t want to say, you do not have to say.”
“It wasn’t at first.”
Cheng Sheng put down his glass of water and looked at Xie Ying seriously.
“Last year, I was considering whether to pursue a PhD. The direction I was pursuing was very cold, and as you can see, even the current state key laboratories are no match for other laboratories in terms of funding and equipment, because this is a road where the future is invisible. No one knows whether there will be results, and the further I go in this field, the more I am thought to be restricted to death, and there is even the possibility of a lifetime of bumming around with no name.”
Xie Ying did not speak and do not know what she was thinking with her head down.
“If you want a good salary or a decent job, it’s best to stop in time, but I didn’t think of it that way, except that my graduate advisor also advised me to give up my doctoral studies. It was something he had fought for most of his life, and even he advised me that way, so I was confused for a while, not knowing exactly what I was holding on to, and that’s how you saw me in a place like that, the only place I could ever release my stress.”
“Hmm.” Xie Ying said, “I understand.”
“You don’t understand.” Cheng Sheng interrupted her, “So, if this is not your favorite major, with your grades, the school will not stop you now if you want to change any major.”
“Brother Cheng Sheng, I admit that when I first applied for the voluntary examination, it was for you.” She held the water cup, word by word, “But I’m not like you. I never doubt my choice. I will only go to prove that my choice is right.”
Drinking the last bit of water in the cup, she threw the paper cup away and stood up, “And you don’t have to have any heart burden because of me, I didn’t have any goals, it’s the same in any major. But I’m much stronger than you think. No matter what I learn, I can do well, at least …… I’m sure it’s not much worse than you.”
Cheng Sheng’s phone rang again. He looked at the caller ID and said, “Up to you.”
Xie Ying watched Cheng Sheng go out, then turned off the lights and returned to the room.
Cheng Yin slept until noon the next day.
When she woke up, Xie Ying had already gone home.
Cheng Yin lay in bed for a while, touching her ears for a while, then feeling her chest.
It’s so surreal.
Could it be that she had too much to drink yesterday and was hallucinating?
Or is it actually a dream?
After all, from the time she was drunk until now, her entire consciousness was chaotic.
The phone by the bed suddenly rang. Cheng Yin picked it up to see it was Chen Ran calling.
For some reason …… Cheng Yin felt a sense of guilty, as if she had done something wrong.
Chen Ran’s voice was clear and crisp and made Cheng Yin’s ears tingle.
Cheng Yin: “Not yet ……”
Chen Ran: “?”
Cheng Yin: “Oh …… just woke up …… what’s wrong?”
Chen Ran: “At home, right?”
Cheng Yin: “Not at ……”
Chen Ran: “?”
Cheng Yin: “Oh no, I am.”
Chen Ran: “Are you free this afternoon?”
Cheng Yin: “Not free.”
Cheng Yin can’t see Chen Ran on the other end of the phone helplessly pinching his brow bone, and only heard him say in a deep voice: “…… fine.”
“No, no …… I’m free ……”
Chen Ran: “…… Then I’ll come pick you up later?”
Cheng Yin sat up like a carp: “Pick up, why?”
Cheng Yin: “!”
Cheng Yin clutched the quilt, “I, I …… I still have to take a bath. You wait for me!”
After hanging up the phone, Cheng Yin immediately rushed to the bathroom to shower and wash her hair, which took nearly an hour.
And another half an hour to apply her skin care products, during which Cheng Yin’s mother came to call her to eat lunch, and her stomach was easily upset after a hangover, so Cheng Yin had to sit at the table and eat a regular meal.
Then there was the difficulty of choosing clothes.
Cheng Yin has no ideas, so she said she was going out with a friend, and called her mother to help her choose clothes.
The consequence of two women choosing together is that the closet is almost emptied, trying one set to another, and they piled the bed with clothes.
Finally, Cheng Yin chose a long pink dress, and put a thin white sweater over it.
She went out satisfied, and only when she got into the elevator did she remember she was so focused on choosing clothes she hadn’t given Chen Ran a word.
So she held her phone and called him when she got off the elevator.
Before the call was answered, she saw Chen Ran’s car in the green zone.
He was sitting in the driver’s seat, looking down at his phone.
When Cheng Yin heard the voice of the receiver, Chen Ran turned his head and looked over at the same time.
Cheng Yin immediately cut off the phone.
Obviously, she wanted to dash over, but she forced herself to hold steady and walk over step by step in a ladylike manner.
After all, Chen Ran was so calm, she couldn’t act too impatient.
After sitting in the car, Cheng Yin was so dignified that her back and thighs were at a right angle of 90 degrees.
She looked ahead at the end and said nothing.
But she could feel Chen Ran looking at her.
This makes it even more impossible to say anything.
But after a few seconds of silence in the car, Cheng Yin still couldn’t help but say, “Aren’t we leaving yet?”
What was heard was not Chen Ran’s answer, but the sound of him unbuckling his seat belt.
Then he leaned over.
Here we go again!
Exactly the same position as last night!
Cheng Yin’s heartbeat instantly sped up, and her hands immediately grabbed her skirt.
However, Chen Ran just fastened the seat belt for her.
So this is it.
Cheng Yin breathed a sigh of relief, and her stiff body gradually relaxed.
But when Chen Ran got up after fastening her seat belt, Cheng Yin raised her eyes and saw that he had a smile in his eyes. His fingers brushed her chin, and his breath intertwined with hers.
“You look beautiful today.”
“Bang – bang – bang – “
Cheng Yin clearly heard her own heartbeat.
With that, Chen Ran drove the car towards the outside of the neighborhood.
No longer looking at him, Cheng Yin’s heartbeat calmed down.
When he reached the neighborhood gate, Chen Ran slowed down and Cheng Yin found a topic: “That …… didn’t make you wait too long, right?”
“Not long.” Chen Ran’s fingers gently tapped the steering wheel. “I just arrived too.”
The words just fell. The display of the bar ahead lit up with a row of big words.
“Jiang A 83u04, parking for two hours, fee forty yuan.”
Chen Ran: “……”