Little Poplar《小白楊》Xiao Bai Yang

Little Poplar, Chapter 13: Cousin help me!

“Bai Xinyu!”

Bai Xinyu heard someone calling him from behind, he couldn’t tell if he was close or far away, his voice was in the wind and it was beautiful.  It was a strange sound…

The next thing he knew, his body was being lifted up by a pair of strong arms, which were strong and the chest against them was thick and hard, making you feel safe. Bai Xinyu barely opened his eyes to see a nicely shaped chin and thin, pale lips calling his name but he was dizzy and felt that the voice was still far away from him.

Yu Fengcheng looked at him with dilated eyes, patted his face with a strong hand, “Bai Xinyu, are you really dizzy?”

Feng Dongyuan and Qian Liang both ran over, Feng Dongyuan said: “Xinyu? Are you okay, let me take you to the infirmary.”

Xu Chuang came over slowly, “Go to the infirmary, then go to the cafeteria, get some salt-water.”

Feng Dongyuan whispered and said: “Company Commander, he seems to have fainted.”

Xu Chuang looked at him skeptically, “You’re so young and out of shape, all you do is smoke and drink, aren’t you, dude? Just like I said, go get saline solution, it’s time for breakfast, just have a meal.” He squatted down, patted Bai Xinyu’s shoulder with his belt, “half a lap and 500 meters to go, make up for it tomorrow.”

Bai Xinyu rolled his eyes, and passed out completely.

Yu Fengcheng lifted Bai Xinyu off the ground, onto his back.

   But Bai Xinyu was lazy and wanted to get back at Yu Fengcheng, so he pretended to be dizzy, like a sloth and put all his weight on Yu Fengcheng, thinking that one step less is one step closer. From the playground to the cafeteria, it’s only a kilometer and he’s not tired.

   Yu Fengcheng lifted him up, carrying him on his back to the canteen. Feng Dongyuan and Qian Liang were on either side of him.

When Feng Dongyuan saw Bai Xinyu’s face was all red, he kept fanning his face with his hand and said anxiously and said: “There can’t be any problem.”

Qian Liang said: “Nothing, young and strong, what bad thing can happen with a run.”

Feng Dongyuan sighed and said: “You too, just get up a little early.”

Yu Fengcheng snarled and said: “Could he have had the sense to do that. If someone hadn’t called him, he’d be more than seven kilometers away today.”

Bai Xinyu cursed Yu Fengcheng in his heart but deep down, he felt that Yu Fengcheng was right… Why couldn’t he get up even a minute earlier today, so he wouldn’t have to be humiliated and suffer. He was lying on Yu Fengcheng’s back and his nose was a little sore. If his mother knew he suffered so much in the army, would she feel sorry for him?

From the playground to the cafeteria, it may not seem like a long way but carrying a man weighing over 140 pounds, is no easy task. Yu Fengcheng was sweating by the time he reached the cafeteria.

He put Bai Xinyu on the chair, wiped the sweat from his forehead and watched with amusement as Bai Xinyu’s eyelids trembled, not daring to open them.

Feng Dongyuan and Qian Liang went to look for salt and hot water. The usually noisy cafeteria was now quiet and empty, with rows of empty tables and chairs, which looked a bit lonely.

Yu Fengcheng gasped, then kicked Bai Xinyu, “Still pretending?”

Bai Xinyu closed his eyes tightly, not daring to move.

Yu Fengcheng bent down, put his hands on the table, leaned close to Bai Xinyu’s face and whispered and said: “If you don’t stop pretending, I’m going to kiss you.”

Bai Xinyu shook in his heart, pretended to have just woken up, opened his eyes and looked at him weakly, his poor acting was very funny to Yu Fengcheng’s eyes.

Yu Fengcheng squinted, “Are you still awake? Shall I take you to the shower?”

Bai Xinyu was busy and said: “No, no, I’m better.”

The two of them were so close that the tips of their noses were almost touching, so Bai Xinyu could clearly see the fine beads of sweat on Yu Fengcheng’s shiny forehead, thinking that he had carried himself all the way to the cafeteria, Bai Xinyu felt a little strange.

Yu Fengcheng grabbed him by the chin and threatened and said: “You’re comfortable on my back, aren’t you? I didn’t carry you for nothing and you’ll be doing my laundry for a week afterwards.”

Bai Xinyu gulped, immediately swallowing back his previous words, he struggled, “I don’t know how to do laundry.”

Yu Fengcheng slapped his face flirtatiously, not to be outdone and said: “Learn.”

Bai Xinyu looked at him with a grudge, full of resentment.

At that moment, Feng Dongyuan and Qian Liang came back, holding a green water jar like the army’s, full of water.

Feng Dongyuan surprised and said: “Xinyu, you’re awake? Are you feeling better?”

Bai Xinyu nodded, “Water…” He’s thirsty.

Although he knew it was salt water, he didn’t know it could be so f-cking salty!

Qian Liang scratched his head, smiled and said: “Maybe… Did I put too much salt in?”

Bai Xinyu was coughing from nausea.

Bai Xinyu took two gulps and felt the burning sensation in his throat was finally suppressed a bit.

After drinking the water, Bai Xinyu took a deep breath, grabbed Feng Dongyuan’s arm and said bitterly and said: “I tell you, I just felt like I was going to die.”

Feng Dongyuan comforted him and said: “It’s good that you’ve gotten over it, you’ve learned a lesson, from now on you have to get up early and don’t make mistakes.”

Bai Xinyu says angrily and said: “Xu Chuang is against me! Being 40 seconds late makes me tired as hell, he’s been pissed off at me from the beginning, he’s just trying to screw me.”

Feng Dongyuan frowned and said: “Xinyu, don’t say that, I don’t think Company Commander is targeting anyone and he made it clear yesterday, he only asked you to come a few minutes early, you didn’t do your job, it’s normal for him to punish you.”

Bai Xinyu wanted to retort but he was at a loss for words and with his cheeks puffed up in anger, he said, somewhat aggrieved, “Even you say that about me.”

Feng Dongyuan said apologetically and said: “I’m not blaming you, I just think, you need to change your temperament, my mother always said, when it comes to things, first pick your own reasons and then pick others, sometimes things can be figured out by yourself.”

Qian Liang said: “Yes, how many times have I told you, since we are here, we should follow the rules wherever we go.”

Bai Xinyu was still not convinced but he couldn’t argue, so he kept his head down and didn’t say anything.

Yu Fengcheng flicked him on the head, “Shame on you for letting a bunch of younger people educate you.”

Feng Dongyuan waved his hand repeatedly, “Not an education, not an education.”

Bai Xinyu stood up, pushed Yu Fengcheng’s hand away, “Don’t you worry about it.”  he said and walked out of the cafeteria.

Qian Liang shouted and said: “It’s almost breakfast, where are you going?”

“Call.” Bai Xinyu left without looking back.

He took a deep breath and dialed his brother’s number with trembling fingers.

The phone rang a few times and then it answered and a lazy male voice came through the phone, “Hello?” The voice was bright and magnetic, very nice.

At the moment when Bai Xinyu’s voice became familiar to him, he was overcome with mixed emotions, all the emotions of excitement, nervousness, fear and longing came flooding back, his throat felt as if a hand was holding his throat in half, he couldn’t speak at all, his hand was shaking as he held the microphone, it’s like kicking him off a cliff.

“Hello?” Jian Suiying’s voice is a little confused.

Bai Xinyu’s eyes burned, his throat loosened and he cried out, “Brother – help me -” the backlog of days of pain, aggravation and despair had caused him to lose his voice when he heard the At the sound of the savior’s voice, emotions got the better of him and his voice sent shivers down the spine of the soldier on duty in the messenger room.

Bai Xinyu was now completely drowning in his own world, begging in tears, “Brother, help me, I was wrong, I can’t stay in this place for a day I’m going crazy brother!”

The other end of the phone seemed to be unable to hold back, puffing out a laugh, Bai Xinyu’s heart went cold and he shouted in shock and fear, “Brother, brother, brother–”

Jian Suiying bellowed and said: “Shut up, are you calling a ghost!”

Bai Xinyu immediately shuts up, shakily sniffing his nose.

Jian Suiying grunted, “How dare you call me? What are you doing? Did you enjoy your stay in the army?”

Bai Xinyu choked up and said: “Brother, I’m sorry, please let me go, I’ll never do it again.” He’s so sorry, if I can let him go home, he’ll change his mind, no more gambling, no more playing, no more playing, no more working hard, no more working hard…

Jian Suiying smiled coldly, “Let you go? Fine, if you give me those three houses, I’ll have you back right away.”

Bai Xinyu’s voice was all wrong when he heard this, he couldn’t afford three houses, he begged and said: “Brother, this place is really shitty, there’s no signal, there’s not even a woman to wake up at five o’clock every day and they always bully me and despise me.” Bai Xinyu said more and more incoherent, he only knew that Jian Suiying was his only straw but he felt that this straw was abandoning him…

Jian Suiying said angrily and said: “I’m talking about the house, why are you talking about this? You got yourself into that place, what have I ever done to you since you were a kid, you f-cking cheated me out of my money, do you have a conscience or is your head full of shit! Huh?”

“Oooh brother I’m sorry I’m sorry I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to, I….” Bai Xinyu took one look at the soldier on duty and lowered his voice to say and said: “I owe a loan shark and I’ve got a knife to my throat.”

“What did you say?”  Jian Suiying blurted, “What did you just say?”

Bai Xinyu sobbed and said: “Brother, the reason I’ve been avoiding you is not that I’m afraid you’ll beat me up…. No, it’s also because I’m afraid that you’ll hit me but, mainly, I’m afraid to lie when I see you but I’m afraid to tell the truth, I’m afraid.”

“You don’t give a shit, what did you say about Little Linzi!” Jian Suiying’s voice was quick, no more teasing.

Bai Xinyu shuddered and said, “Kobayashi taught me that. I had gambling debts I couldn’t pay and I didn’t dare tell you or my parents but when he found out, he said he could help me but he couldn’t tell you……that… He gave me three million to pay off the debt and then he took the house and then I… I was afraid you’d find me, so I went overseas. I never dared to come back, except for the fear that you would blame me and also, I’m afraid that you won’t accept this if I tell you.”

“F-ck you!”  Jian Suiying barked, “Bai Xinyu! If you had any f-cking human brains at all, you should have f-cking told me!”

Bai Xinyu’s heart was trembling with fear.” Brother, I’m sorry….” Although he was quite a loser, he knew who was good to him. Although his brother sometimes beat him up, he really treated him as his younger brother. He begged and pleaded and said: “brother, I was wrong, I won’t do it again, I’m sorry, you can beat me up all you want, I swear I’ll change this time, I won’t gamble anymore, really! I’m begging you brother, I’ve told you everything, please forgive me, please let me go back brother Ooooooo brother-”

Jian Suiying gritted his teeth and said: “You idiot, just stay there forever!” and hung up the phone with a bang.

Bai Xinyu stared blankly at the microphone but didn’t recover.

The author has something to say and said: Everyone’s favorite Jian’s big entrance, even if it’s only for a bit.

~Little Poplar~

 

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