23. Shi Xi knows Guo Zhi

•Oh, My Dear! Chapter 22•

Shi Xi sat on the grass behind the stadium which was hidden and quiet, without the crowds, avoiding the sun's rays.

Just like the dark stairs leading to the roof of the school, Shi Xi always chose a place where he could be alone. Other people are always afraid to feel lonely, but that is precisely what Shi Xi wants. He leaned against the wall with a hat covering his handsome face. The pen was interrupted with his fingers rubbing against each other with paper, he continued writing until the pen's ink ran out then threw it away.

He just sat after that for a long time before taking out his cellphone, pinned to his ear.

"Shi Xi!" The voice across the call greeted him cheerfully as usual.


"Where are you?"
"Behind the stadium."

A few moments later, Guo Zhi came to stand near Shi Xi, took out several pens while breathing. "Is this enough?"

Shi Xi doesn't answer, his hand moves to pick one up and continues writing.

Guo Zhi put the remaining pen back into the bag then sat a little far away and focused on his reading book. He did not want to disturb Shi Xi to turn each page with a gentle movement.

There was no noise, only silent silence and warmth.

Starting from meeting Shi Xi, when the man was writing fiction in the dark stairs, then when in a small garden near the lake at his school, and at this time Guo Zhi sat not far away, still waiting calmly not wanting to disturb Shi Xi.
Shi Xi wants to be alone, so Guo Zhi gives him solitude.

Shi Xi looked up, looked at Guo Zhi who was smiling in his reading as if the book was something to be happy about.

Lunch time is over and class will start soon, Guo Zhi gets up and shakes off the dust in his pants. "I will return to class."

"Guo Zhi, do you always stick to me so I will like you back?" There was no expression on Shi Xi's face, only asking questions.

Guo Zhi shook his head. "No, I never thought that way. I know we are both men. I also know that you are different from me." Guo Zhi is no longer like he used to be sad and in pain remembering the cause of his scar, but now he smiles and accepts himself differently. A smile that will never fade. "I'm good to everyone, but only you I like." Guo Zhi came to his senses then hurriedly ran away.
"Like?" Shi Xi murmured softly, looking at the pen in his hand.

The men are busy talking about who is the most beautiful girl in the class and Guo Zhi just sits quietly and focuses on his book. One girl, Guo Yiqi, was on the side of the bench busy looking in the mirror while wearing mascara. "What is your name?"
"I'm Guo Zhi." the response was reluctant.  In this campus everything is still unfamiliar to Guo Zhi, whether classmates or outside the classroom.

"Guo Zhi, lend me your notes, I want to copy them." Guo Yiqi did not look at Guo Zhi, she still focus mirroring herself. She did not care about her interlocutors, she only cared to widen her eyelashes.

"This." Guo Zhi submitted his notes. After a few moments Guo Yiqi turned his attention from the mirror, opened the notebook, she suddenly found a dried flower tucked, "This flower is very pretty."

"That, don't touch it." Guo Zhi panicked.  Dried flowers are easily broken.
"Give it to me, ok?" Guo Yiqi blinked cutely, another man would have been swayed, but Guo Zhi only looked at the dried flowers in the girl's hand anxiously. "No, I can't give it to you. Ah, you can take this." Guo Zhi took out a new pen which he had stocked for Shi Xi.

Guo Yiqi frowned in disgust. "Who needs that cheap pen, I want this flower."

"I'll add one more." Guo Zhi handed over two pens but Guo Yiqi threw them to the floor. She put the flower back in the book roughly make the petals off. Guo Yiqi pretended to be surprised. "Ah, sorry. I didn't mean it."
Guo Zhi bit his lip at the dried flower. "It's okay, you didnt do it on purpose."

Guo Yiqi ignored Guo Zhi, she faced the back seat chatting with her friend.

Guo Zhi took the tape from the bag and carefully put the petals together.

Guo Yiqi turned her head back and saw what Guo Zhi was doing that suddenly ignited her emotions, she stood up. As a child who used to be spoiled with money in her family, Guo Yiqi felt humiliated.  "What is the importance of the broken flower? Do you want to make me feel guilty?"
Guo Zhi was shocked, he shook his head at Guo Yiqi. "It is not like that."

"I still don't understand what's the point of this." Guo Yiqi seized the newly finished flower Guo Zhi to glue, threw it to the floor and stepped on it. "A man but so concerned about flowers, you abnormal!"

"I'm not abnormal." Guo Zhi suddenly shouted. Maybe before he would have turned pale and apologized but now he is so calm and confident.

"What is the commotion going on here? Come back to your seats." Reprimand the lecturer who just entered the class.

Guo Yiqi looked at Guo Zhi sharply, no longer making a sound, and shifted her stool away. Guo Zhi took the dried flower stalk, which was still left with one petal and slipped it in a book sheet. He listened calmly and focused on filling in the notes.  The flowers are destroyed but there is still Shi Xi so the flower garden is still blooming in his heart.

Afternoon class ended, students went to the cafeteria, when climbing the stairs Guo Yiqi pushed Guo Zhi's back, "Move, don't block the road." Guo Zhi staggered almost to fall but was held by someone.

Guo Zhi looked up, "Shi Xi?"

Seeing that, Guo Yiqi folded his arms. "It is ridiculous, even his friend is strange, who wears a hat in a hot weather like this. If you don't want your ugly face seen, don't go to college."
Shi Xi looked at Guo Yiqi coldly. "Does your appearance qualify to call others ugly?!"

"What do you mean?"

"Don't you understand? That means you're ugly."

"How dare you! Don't you know who my father is?" Guo Yiqi shouted in anger.  Whoever looks for trouble with her, she does not hesitate to mention the position of hee parents.

"I don't know. But looking at you, they must be look very ugly."

Guo Yiqi with emotions overflowed wanting to attack Shi Xi but was prevented by his two friends. "Don't bother. Arguing with them will only damage your reputation. You are now a spectacle." Guo Yiqi responded, "Come on, leave." They were moved away followed by a crowd that also scattered.

Guo Zhi lowered his head, muttered to himself. "I'm not abnormal."

This sentence was not only he wanted to convey to Guo Yiqi but also to the world.
He is not abnormal!

Shi Xi reached out his hand, stroke Guo Zhi's hair. "You aren't."

Guo Zhi looked up, his eyes sparkling brightly.

Shi Xi said that would make him know the ugliness of the world. That is not a lie.  Shi Xi shows evil and fairy tales, which makes Guo Zhi have learned to lie to his parents and recognize himselves. The bad is gradually getting stronger. Now, Guo Zhi believes God gave this difference to him, not to torture him. This is a gift, and this gift can only be opened if he feels love. It turns out that this is love, as long as he can stay near Shi Xi, he will always feel happiness.


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