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Chapter 29 - Music room (Translated by Xing and to be edited by Souhi)

During lunch, Tang Xue held up a registration form. She reminded Li Yubing, "Didn't you say that you wanted to join a singing competition with me?"

Li Yubing: "……??"

"Stop pretending. I heard you loud and clear the other day—you wanted to play the cello for me.  Don't think I don't remember anything because I was tipsy." As she spoke, Tang Xue held up her hand, her slender fingers making small twirling motions. The pen between her index and middle finger spun into a blur.

Li Yubing got a little dizzy from watching it.

Tang Xue said, "So, I'll fill in your name?"

Li Yubing believed that Tang Xue was subtly hinting him to do her this favour.

He ultimately felt a little guilty over duping her recently. Therefore, now that she has a request to ask, he agreed without gloating. "Go ahead."

After filling in the form, Tang Xue asked Li Yubing, "When are we practicing?"

"We can make some time for this after lunch. What do you want to sing?"

"I think 'Watch the Moon Rise' which I sang the other day was pretty good."

"No."

"Oh, how about 'Love Confession'?"

"No."

"'Dimples'?"

Li Yubing narrowed his eyes at her. "Why do you want to sing 'Dimples'?"

Tang Xue felt that Li Yubing was being quite strange. "Can't I simply like the song?"

"No."

Tang Xue was flabbergasted. "Li Yubing, do you even know how to play any of these songs?"

"Their tunes aren't suitable for the cello. Pick something more stirring."

Tang Xue waved her hand. "I've finally seen the truth. Turns out that your cello skills aren't that impressive after all. Alright, just pick a song you know. I'm fine with whatever."

Li Yubing picked "Wishing We Last Forever".

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Tang Xue booked a small music room located on the second floor of the faculty accommodation. Able to see this? Not reading this chapter on a WP blog? Then the content you're reading has been re-posted w-i-t-h-o-u-t the translator's c-o-n-s-e-n-t.

After lunch, Li Yubing took his cello and followed Tang Xue to the music room. When they headed up, he saw her blinked.

"What are you nervous about?" he asked.

"Who's nervous? Nonsense."

"You always blink when you're nervous. You've been like this since young." He uncharitably exposed her. Originally uploaded at teafragrance[dot]wordpress[dot]com~

Tang Xue rolled her eyes at him. "Sure, I'm going to be alone with the school male god in the same classroom. Can I not be nervous?"

"I'm the one who should be nervous. I'm going to be alone with a rogue in the same classroom."

Tang Xue did not get baited. She fished out the key and unlocked the door with a flourish. "Head in."

Li Yubing had not played the cello for some time. The dorm rooms were not soundproof and the sleep schedule of university students varied greatly. There was always someone sleeping at any time of the day.

Therefore, he would be a public nuisance no matter when he practiced. My apologies for being a public nuisance to readers reading this in reader mode~~~

He currently needed to practice a little before he could get back into the flow of playing.

As for how to coordinate with Tang Xue… he did not believe that he could do so at all. Honestly speaking, there was a limit to his skills and he was powerless against Tang Xue's impressively out-of-tune singing. It was already a testament to his willpower if he managed to not be led off tune by her.

While Li Yubing practiced, Tang Xue sat by the window and looked at him, one of her legs crossed flippantly over the other[1].

He was really, really good looking. Li Yubing's jet-black brows were paired with a strong nose bridge. His full lips were a healthy, natural pink that made her thought of cherry blossoms.

His eyes were lowered and his body posture was tranquil. The music flowed from his fingers and the cello strings—solemn, weighted and restrained. It called to mind a lonely autumn night accompanied solely by the aloof beauty of the moonlight.

Mesmerized by the tune, Tang Xue listened with her chin propped on one hand. Li Yubing glance up and saw her held her chin with a silly smile on her face.

Li Yubing thought, what an idiot.

The corners of his lips quirked subconsciously.

After he ran through the song once, Tang Xue waved him over. "Li Yubing, come here."

Li Yubing was baffled. "What for?"

"Come here." Tang Xue smiled mysteriously and continued beckoning to him.

Li Yubing set down his cello and walked over. Tang Xue patted the floor next to her. "Sit."

He sat down beside her.

The two of them sat on the floor with their backs facing the sun. Li Yubing looked at their shadows on the floor which leaned closely to each other. In an unusually patient mood, he asked, "What are you up to?"

"Close your eyes, I want to show you something."

He shut his eyes obligingly.

He heard Tang Xue rummaged for something at the side. Then, Li Yubing felt her grab his hand. With his eyes shut, his sense of touch was heightened. Her slender fingers circled his wrist, her palm tightly pressed against his skin.

Li Yubing was a little unaccustomed to the warmth of her hand and reflexively pulled back a little. However, he did not shake her off.

This was until he felt a hard, cool object on his hand.

This is an original work of 酒小七 (Jiu Xiaoqi) translated by Tea Fragrance. If you are not reading this at teafragrance[dot]wordpress[dot]com, this translation has been reposted without the translator's consent. Head there for extra content or to leave feedback and comments on the novel translation.


Translator's Notes:

[1] This TN is more for myself but Jiu Xiaoqi originally described Tang Xue as sitting like a North-eastern Chinese granny, which was a little too cultural-centric. I googled a little and changed the description accordingly.

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I love all the little details of this novel. Shall we guess what's the object~

This is a short, short chapter so let me just embed the songs that Tang Xue mentioned here. "Love Confession" (告白气球) is by Jay Chou while "Dimples" (小酒窝) is by JJ Lin. These two are singing legends with numerous iconic Chinese songs under their belts.

I've never heard of "Wishing We Last Forever" (但愿人长久) but it's a very lyrical song with poetic origin. I'll link a version with English translation in the description so have fun imagining Tang Xue trying to be ethereal while singing this.

"Love Confession" (告白气球)

"Dimples" (小酒窝)

"Wishing We Last Forever" (但愿人长久)

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