up the canteen to drink.
Once she had drunk her fill of water, she reached out her little hand to take a mulberry and put it in her mouth.

The mulberries were fully ripe and with just a gentle press of her tongue, the sweet juice inside burst out.


Yan Mu’s eyes suddenly lit up.

She ate one after another, and in no time, she finished the small handful of mulberries.

Yan Mu’s tongue had turned black from eating, and even her fingers were dyed purple.
She covered her stomach in satisfaction and slumped against her chair.

Who brought the water and mulberries? Yan Mu felt a little curious.

Could it be…… Yan Mu turned her head to look at Yu Yuan.

Yu Yuan had left at some point and his seat was empty.

It wasn’t until the break was over that Yu Yuan unhurriedly came in from outside the classroom.
Both of his hands were hidden within his sleeves, which were slightly damp.

“Yu Yuan.” Yan Mu hesitated again and again, but still lowered her voice and asked, “Do you know who refilled my water and brought me mulberries?”

Yu Yuan’s eyes seemed to flicker for a moment, then he turned around as if nothing had happened, “I don’t know.”

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“That’s strange……” Yan Mu frowned and mumbled, “I still thought that it was you.”

Yu Yuan’s eyelashes trembled slightly as he retracted his hands into his sleeves and indifferently denied it, “It wasn’t me.”

“Alright then……” Yan Mu said with a hint of disappointment.

If it wasn’t Yu Yuan, who could it have been? Yan Mu thought for a while and couldn’t figure it out, so she finally gave up for now and attentively listened to the class.

Teacher was holding the Three Character Classic while enthusiastically lecturing on the platform.
Especially when it came to Qu Yuan3, his face was full of respect.
He spoke with excitement and in the end, the homework he assigned was a short essay on the topic “Discussion on Qu Yuan.”

Anguished wailing suddenly started up from below.
Teacher smiled and said that the Dragon Boat Festival was approaching, so the top student would be rewarded with a bag of dumplings.

In the barren mountain village, even eating a meal of rice was a luxury, so as soon as Teacher mentioned the reward, the students below burst into joy.
But Yan Mu felt that Yu Yuan wasn’t too happy.

At noon after class, Yan Mu went home with Yu Yuan as usual.

“What’s wrong with you?” Yan Mu tugged at Yu Yuan’s sleeve, “I feel like after Teacher assigned us homework, you became unhappy”

“Could it be that……” Yan Mu asked, somewhat curiously, “Could it be that you don’t want to do the homework?”

After all, Yu Yuan was a sixteen-year-old teenager.
Even if he didn’t want to do his homework, it was normal.

“…… I don’t have the Four Treasures of the Study4.” Yu Yuan glanced at Yan Mu, then answered.

“Hahaha,” Yan Mu laughed at his embarrassment, then in order to make it up to him she said, “You can come to my house.
I remember we still have a few sheets of paper left.”

“But……” Yu Yuan’s expression was a little torn.
He hesitated for a long time, but still shook his head and said, “Forget it.”

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After speaking, he unconsciously quickened his steps as if to hide the dejected look on his face.

Yan Mu knew that Yu Yuan was thinking that the Four Treasures of the Study were expensive, so he didn’t want to trouble her.
But when she thought that his handsome face might contain a lost or sad expression, her heart felt strange.

She tugged at Yu Yuan’s sleeve like she always did, but her sharp eyes noticed that his fingertips had a purple tinge.

She suddenly remembered the canteen that was filled with water along with the handful of mulberries.
She now realised why Yu Yuan had been hiding his hands in his sleeves all morning.

The corners of her mouth curled up.

What a tsundere.

“Let’s write together.” Her voice was sweet and soft, “Take it as…… your reward for fetching water and picking mulberries for me.”

At her words, Yu Yuan suddenly stopped in his tracks as if he was startled.
Yan Mu couldn’t stop in time and directly bumped into him.


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Yu Yuan: I was discovered, discovered, discovered…… (loop)

Edited by: Gaze

Translator’s Note: Happy Chinese/Lunar New Year to those who celebrate it!!!!! May you have a prosperous year ahead!!! 虎虎生威!!!Roarr (☞゚ヮ゚)☞

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