As a city boy, seeing the sea for the first time was very exciting for him.
So, the next day, Bai Luoluo brought a pool ring and took Bai Nianjin to the beach. It was winter vacation and they were in a tourist city where many students came to travel.
Bai Luoluo’s house wasn’t near a tourist spot so the seawater was very clean. He took a pool ring and plunged into the water first. Bai Nianjin followed behind him, but did not enter the water.
Bai Luoluo swam for a while and saw that Bai Nianjin was still walking on the beach. He just realized that the child seemed to be unable to swim.
“Come in, Nian Jin, teacher will teach you how to swim.” Bai Luoluo said with a smile, “with a pool ring.”
Bai Nianjin was a little embarrassed, but under Bai Luoluo’s urging, he started to slowly learn the basic swimming posture. It’s just that beginners are naturally a little afraid of water, and Bai Nianjin was the same, frowning all the time when kicking in the water.
Bai Luoluo smiled and said, “Once I retire, I will come back to this city.”
Bai Nianjin stopped and looked at Bai Luoluo.
“I really like the sea.” The water is clear, the beach is golden, and the sea breeze is gentle on the skin. Everything is bright and warm.
This is completely different from the winter in Bai Nianjin’s memory. It’s like the difference between him and Li Hansheng. If his life is the cold he felt in the north at the university, then his teacher is the sunny beach all year round.
Bai Nian Jinyou grew tired and sat on the shore.
Bai Luoluo rushed over and bought two coconuts. After breaking them, he took one back and handed another to Bai Nianjin. The sandy beach here is not too fine so there are a lot of broken shells hidden in the sand. Bai Nianjin watched Bai Luoluo tiptoe over as he hissed in pain.
The taste of fresh coconut is very different from what Bai Nianjin imagined. It was light, but had a strong aroma. Bai Luoluo lay on the beach, looking at the almost transparent blue sky above them, and asked Bai Nianjin if he would consider going to a university near the sea.
Bai Nianjin sipped on his coconut juice and said it depends.
Bai Luoluo smiled and said, “Nianjin, teacher just wants to see you happy.”
Bai Nianjin’s lashes trembled. He stretched out his tongue and licked his lips. His voice was inexplicably a little hoarse, “What kind of girl does the teacher like?”
Bai Luoluo replied casually while drinking coconut juice, “Ah, I have no requirement, just as long as they like me.”
Bai Nianjin hummed softly.
The atmosphere between the two was harmonious. After spending an afternoon on the beach, Bai Luoluo went to the seafood market near his home and bought a lot of seafood.
If you eat by the sea, seafood is also cheap. Unlike inland cities where a slightly more luxurious seafood feast can cost up to a few thousand yuan.
Bai Nianjin and Bai Luoluo were quite pale, therefore after the two of them had sunbathed all afternoon, their upper body and legs turned red. Mother Li chided Bai Luoluo for not wearing sunscreen and asked what if he got sunburned.
Bai Luoluo was a little embarrassed, replying that he had forgotten.
Mother Li said, “You child, how can you forget? Look at how Nianjin got sunburned.” She looked at Bai Nianjin’s creamy skin flushed from the sun, and her expression was distressed.
Bai Luoluo thought: Mom, I’m, your son. Then, his mother drove him into the kitchen to cook.
So the table was filled with Bai Luoluo’s specialty dishes: spicy fried mango snails, steamed sea crab, garlic abalone, clam tofu soup, everything was delicious.
Mother Li ate it all and said with a smile that her son had finally grown up, and how she was not worried about him not being able to marry a wife with his skill.
Bai Luoluo smiled and interrupted her, hedidn’t plan to answer this. But Bai Nianjin looked a little worried, no one knows what he was thinking about.
Bai Luoluo only thought that he was under a lot of pressure for the college entrance examination, so it was good to comfort him with work and rest.
At night, Bai Nianjin slept in Bai Luoluo’s bed, and Bai Luoluo was driven to the guest room by his mother. Bai Luoluo ate too much at night and couldn’t sleep. He was lying in bed while listening to the system and nibbling sunflower seeds.
The system said: “I can’t crack anymore(melon seeds).”
Bai Luoluo said, “Those who don’t know will think you are taking drugs.”
Bai Luoluo said, “I feel so happy whenever I see Bai Nianjin. What kind of person will he grow up to be, what kind of work will he do, and what kind of wife will he marry?”
The system did not speak.
Bai Luoluo asked casually, not expecting the system to answer. He closed his eyes, and the figure of a thin boy appeared in front of him. The boy stumbled and dreamed of growing up, but eventually died during the most brilliant period of his life. He was born in the cold, but just because he tasted a hint of warmth, he followed with all his life.
The dream descended and Bai Luoluo fell asleep.
This new year was celebrated very happily.
Fireworks, explosions, and a New Year’s Eve dinner. The family sat in front of the TV and watched the Spring Festival Gala together. The dumplings were brought out piping hot, and as they were eating, Bai Nianjin also found some coins.
Mother Li smiled and said that out of so many dumplings, only one contained a coin, therefore Bai Nianjin would have good luck in the coming year and he would get a good result in the college entrance examination.
Bai Nianjin smiled and thanked her.
Nearing twelve o’clock, the sound of firecrackers outside the window was deafening. Bai Luoluo brought Bai Nianjin along and went downstairs to set off a string of firecrackers.
It was crackling, Bai Nianjin looked at Bai Luoluo’s face litted by the flame, and couldn’t help but leaned over.
Bai Luoluo was shocked when Bai Nianjin suddenly leaned forward. His first reaction was that Bai Nianjin wanted to kiss him, but then Bai Nianjin’s lips touched his forehead.
“Thank you, teacher.” Bai Nianjin said, “Thank you.”
Bai Luoluo’s heart was moved. He stretched out a hand and patted Bai Nianjin’s back, “All the best, young man.”
Bai Nianjin smiled lightly, his lips moving slightly. At this moment, the fireworks exploded in the sky, and Bai Luoluo did not hear what Bai Nianjin said. When he asked once more, Bai Nianjin said he didn’t say anything.
Bai Luoluo didn’t ask further either.
Bai Nianjin is already taller than Bai Luoluo. This year, he was like a green bamboo that encountered a spring shower, growing up quickly. Based on the height of his parents, Bai Luoluo guessed that 1.8 meters was absolutely normal. Bai Luoluo himself was only 1.76 meters.
Bai Luoluo couldn’t help but remembered that when he was in junior high school, he was ridiculed by his classmates who said that he was not even as tall as the roses by the roadside. He angrily challenged his classmate to compare himself, so his classmates stood beside the flowerbed with confidence… And finally walked back in frustration. During the second half of the way home that day, neither of them said a word…
Height is a taboo topic for boys.
After the end of the year, it was almost time to go back. Before leaving, Mother Li kept telling Bai Luoluo that he should find someone suitable. He’s already twenty-four, it’s too late if he doesn’t find a girlfriend soon.
Bai Luoluo felt like he had returned to reality after listening to his mother. He hummed perfunctorily. When his dad drove the car out of the garage, he quickly got in. Mother Li said angrily: “Li Hansheng, in a few years, Nianjin will have a girlfriend while you still won’t be able to find one. I will see what you can do by then.”
Bai Luoluo lowered his head and said, “Nianjin is still young!”
Mother Li replied, “You won’t think he’s young once he enters college in the New Year!”
Bai Luoluo retracted his head, looked at Bai Nianjin, and said, “Nianjin…”
Bai Nianjin said, “Teacher, I will not date young.”
Bai Luoluo’s was moved to tears.
Bai Nianjin naturally held Bai Luoluo’s hand and said gently, “If teacher doesn’t find a girlfriend, I won’t find one either.”
Bai Luoluo thought: Nianjin, you really gave your teacher too much face. Come and give teacher a kiss…
When he arrived at the airport, Father Li told Bai Luoluo the usual things and Bai Luoluo responded obediently. Father Li finally sighed and said that he felt that his son had grown up, especially when he came back this time, he had changed a lot. Not only is he sensible, he also knows to help the family with housework.
Bai Luoluo said, “Dad, wait for me to buy a house over there in a few years, I’ll bring you over to live.”
Father Li nodded, patted his shoulder and said, alright.
Then, Bai Luoluo bid farewell to Father Li and took Bai Nianjin up the plane.
While aboard, Bai Nianjin’s mood seemed a little down. Bai Luoluo didn’t think too much, only assuming Bai Nianjin was uncomfortable with flying on the plane.
School started not long after they returned.
The two of them had been exposed to a lot of Sunlight during this winter vacation, and the ultraviolet rays were strong there. Although Bai Luoluo put on sunscreen most of the time, he was still dark for some time. Bai Nianjin was almost the same as Bai Luoluo, and his classmates were shocked when they returned to school.
Bai Nianjin’s deskmate asked, Bai Nianjin, did you go dig coal in Africa?
Bai Nianjin’s expression remained unchanged. He was back at the same table, and was happy to be alone.
In Bai Luoluo’s imagination, Bai Nianjin would spend his third year of high school peacefully. There may be pressure and some minor accidents, but in the end, Bai Nianjin would still be admitted to his choice of university and start a new life.
Bai Luoluo thought so, but some things were not in his control.
In the first month of the new semester, Bai Nianjin’s father came to school and took him away.
Bai Luoluo only learned about it after Bai Nianjin left. It took him more than a dozen calls before he got through Bai Nianjin’s phone. On the phone, the child’s voice was very heavy. He said, “Teacher, I’m sorry.”
Bai Luoluo squeezed his phone tightly and his throat felt dry. He asked, “Bai Nianjin, where are you? What are you saying?”
Bai Nianjin said, “Teacher, my father is here.”
Bai Luoluo: “…”
Bai Nianjin continued, “Teacher, he wants to take me back.”
Bai Luoluo: “…”
Bai Nianjin then said, “Teacher, I’m really sorry.”
T/n: Picked this one up because I really liked this arc >< Everyone loves a white-eyed wolf romance (or is it just me)