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18. Running away and laughing with you all the way.


 

 

 

Everyone encountered different situation in their life. Like taking a wrong path and meeting a stranger, later becoming well acquainted with the person. Or seeing the person they loves confessing to others.

 

Looking at their loved ones leaving them, they couldn’t help but think about their own future while sitting on the couch all night. And at the morning, they suddenly understand that, they are actually living in a film created by God. Our roles are played by us while God gives us subtitles. We can also see other people playing their roles, like watching a film.

 

Your friend and loved ones can’t watch it all with you, but they will wait at the door for you to disperse and giggle as you go to a new place.

 

 

 

****

 

 

I have a friend who is rich, very rich. He can be considered one of the rich second generations. Clattering the ground full of gold was also not a problem for him.

 

Since I was poor, I tried to find a way to swindle money from him. He wasn’t a good drinker, so I would urged him to come to my bar, make him drunk as a dog and billed him one bottle as hundred dollars.

 

I could earn two or three hundred dollars each time, but I had to sacrifice my sanity for this by accompanying him to drink. The next day, I would be so dizzy that getting up would be a problem. The way to swindle money from this was harder than selling my body.

 

After another night of successful swindling and sacrificing my night, I lay in bed tossing and turning. After resting the day, I rushed to his company early the next morning and proposed another deal, “Lao Zhao, let’s change the mode. We will live together, if you can’t live with me, you will have to lose a hundred.”

 

Old Zhao almost crushed the cup of tea in his hand and indignantly said: “You are too shameless.”

 

That night, he carried a bag of clothes to my house to live for two days. I rummaged through the cupboard to make dinner but only found a bag of rice at home. I casually cooked a pot of porridge and gave him as dinner. He smacked his lips after finishing the porridge and said, “It tastes good.”

 

I had an another idea and said, “Old Zhao, let’s bet again. Whoever leaves the house first will lose a thousand dollars.”

 

Old Zhao contentedly shrunk into the sofa after dinner and agreed.

 

The next day we slept, watched TV and drank porridge.

 

The third day we slept, watched TV, and drank porridge.

 

On the fourth day we slept, watched TV and drank porridge. When I saw him not moving an inch from the sofa, I trembled and asked, “Lao Zhao, you don’t have to go to your company?” Lao Zhao gave me a stink eye but didn’t reply.

 

On the fifth day we slept, watched TV, and drank porridge. Old Zhao eyes were bloodshot, the weeks of drinking porridge made him crazy. He wandered in the doorway before suddenly rushing to me and roarad “Lao Tzu* is a rich second generation! Lao Tzu doesn’t not to drink porridge anymore! Lao Tzu’s family has five or six shopping malls, seven or eight factories, why should Lao Tzu drink porridge here? You answer me ah! Woo woo woo woo*…. I dare you to serve me porridge again, I will fucking bite your head off! I want to eat meat, woo woo woo woo ……”

 

 

[T/N: Arrogant way of refering oneself.]

 

[T/N: Crying sound.]

 

 

I silently watched him crying and roaring at my face with a complicated expression. I want to eat meat too but sadly, I’m too poor to afford meat.

 

 

 

I woke up in the middle of the night feeling hungry. Suddenly, I heard movement in the kitchen. When I groped over, I found Lao Zhao frying something. A large pan was settled on the oven, four slices of ham sausages was lying on the oil coated pan.

 

I looked at the slices of sausages and asked, “Where did that come from?”

 

Old Zhao smacked his lips and said, “I found it under the coffee table.”

 

I said, “give me a piece.”

 

Old Zhao dropped the spatula and cried, “How could you? Did Lao Tzu offended you? How can you snatch my sausages from me?”

 

I looked at the sausages at the pan and said dumbly, “It’s burnt.”

 

 

 

****

 

 

On the sixth day we slept, slept, slept. Old Zhao somehow got up and went to the guest room to browse Internet. I heard the sound of his QQ* beeping and hurriedly closed the bedroom door. After that, I secretly opened the laptop, opened a QQ account with a new number, searched for pictures of beautiful women and sent them to him frantically while writing: handsome man, I want to be friends with you.

 

 

[T/N: Online chatting platform on China.]

 

[Old Zhao: Who you are?]

 

[I: l am a lonely single young woman who wants to have the taste of love.]

 

[Old Zhao: You don’t have a boyfriend?

 

[I: If I had a boyfriend, would I have messaged you?]

 

After a few minutes Lao Zhao didn’t reply, so I sent him another message.

 

[I: What are you hesitating about? I am someone who likes you, not your money.]

 

[Lao Zhao: …… how do you know I am rich?]

 

[I: …… You really like to talk nonsense! I saw you in the bar.]

 

Then I sent a naked photo of a beautiful woman.

 

I heard something falling on guest room with a “thud”. I believe Old Zhao fell on the ground from his chair. Then I heard a pair of rushed footsteps on the living room. When I poked my head from the bedroom door, I saw Lao Zhao fumbling with his shoes with a red face. I reminded him about the bet and told him to give me eight hundred dollars. He threw me a thousand dollars note and hurriedly ran away.

 

At night, I walked into the bar and saw Old Zhao sitting on the counter with a straight back. When he saw me sitting down beside him, he asked, “What are you doing here?”

 

I said, “I’m looking for my first love.”

 

Old Zhao: “……”

 

Seeing his speechless face, I asked, “Did the young woman looked great? Don’t worry, since this ‘Young women’ have eight hundred dollars, I will buy you a drink.”

 

Old Zhao hid in the shadows, covering his face and crying.

 

That night, we got very drunk.

 

During that time old Zhao lost love. But seven years later, he found a girlfriend and they were also thinking of getting married. Lao Zhao had to go abroad for a business matter. Who knew what happened, his girlfriend suddenly said she was in need of money, and Lao Zhao being the naive soul he was gave her a hefty some of money. But when he returned to the country, he found all his girlfriend’s things were gone, along with the money he lend. The only thing she left was a long later. I don’t know what was written in the letter but that day Lao Zhao sparred with me, I won three hundred dollars.

 

Later we saw a photo of his girlfriend with a man in Weibo, smiling like a flower. That day, he sparred with me again, I lost a hundred dollars.

 

 

Like this, everyone encountered different situation in their life. Like taking a wrong path and meeting a stranger, later becoming well acquainted with the person. Or seeing the person they loves confessing to others.

 

 

Looking at their loved ones leaving them, they couldn’t help but think about their own future while sitting on the couch all night. And at the morning, they suddenly understand that, they are actually living in a film created by God. Our roles are played by us while God gives us subtitles. We can also see other people playing their roles, like watching a film.

 

 

After that incident, we didn’t talk about it for a long while.

 

He didn’t confide to me and I didn’t comfort him. He didn’t vocalised his pain and I didn’t criticize him either. We were pretending the incident as watching a film and reviewed on our own.

 

Friends can’t watch all the films with you, but they will wait at the door for you to disperse and then giggle as you go to a new place.

 

If you are sad or in trouble, with good friends by your side, you can escape any calamity smoothly.

 

 


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