ow was the Dragon Boat Festival and according to custom, the school gave the day off, so the classroom’s atmosphere was very lively today.

In ancient times when there was little entertainment, celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival was considered a huge event.
On this day, there was no need to do farm work, children could secretly drink realgar wine1, and there were various kinds of dumplings to eat.

Class hadn’t started yet and the students were gathered together chatting casually.

Yan Mu was the only girl there, so out of fear of losing face, no male students spoke to her.
Meanwhile, the other villagers considered Yu Yuan the star of calamity.
The students felt that they would be tainted with bad luck by being close to him, so his surroundings were as barren as ever.

Additionally, there was a huge wound on Yu Yuan’s forehead, so when everyone saw it, they gossiped about him even more2.

Fortunately, Yu Yuan wasn’t someone who was keen on socialising.
Outside, he would always be the cold and taciturn Yu Yuan.

He turned around and looked at Yan Mu who was extremely bored.

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“Have you written your short essay yet?” Yu Yuan found a topic to talk about. 

“……Not yet.
Didn’t Teacher say to turn it in after the Dragon Boat Festival?” Yan Mu had never been very enthusiastic about studying.

“Yep.” Yu Yuan nodded and didn’t have anything else to add.

He wasn’t good at finding lively conversation topics.
Yu Yuan pursed his lips.
Just as he was racking his brain to think of what else to say, he heard Yan Mu ask, “Are you still sleeping at my house today?”

Yu Yuan’s hand trembled and he almost dropped his writing brush.
His eyes dimmed and he didn’t speak for a long time.

“What’s wrong with you?” Yan Mu frowned.

Could it be that Yu Yuan doesn’t want to sleep at my house? I was about to go on a night attack today!

One month’s time was almost up and her body was getting weaker and weaker.
This made Yan Mu a little restless.

Fortunately, Yan Mu’s relationship with Yu Yuan had gotten better recently, which gave her more self-confidence.
Even if she failed, Yu Yuan wouldn’t do anything to her……right?

When Yan Mu thought of her plot against Yu Yuan, she suddenly felt a little guilty.
So she secretly glanced at him.

Her sneaky glance happened to meet Yu Yuan’s gaze.

…… I keep feeling guiltier. Yan Mu turned her head away and muttered.

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“I’m sorry to have troubled you.” Yu Yuan was silent for a long moment before he lowered his head and slowly said, “I hope you…… won’t hate me.”

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“I don’t hate you!” Yan Mu hurriedly explained.

It must have been the way she turned her head just now that made Yu Yuan misunderstand.
Yan Mu sighed.
Thinking of the one month deadline, she felt a little anxious inside. 

“What I meant to say was that you can stay at my house for the time being,” Yan Mu explained, “My body isn’t well, and all the household chores fall on my dad.
If you live at our house and can help out, then my dad will definitely be happy.” 

Yan Mu was speaking the truth.
After all, Father Yan was just a farmer.
He had several acres of fertile land in his hands, and now that he was older, the farm work was a little too heavy for him.

Unexpectedly, as soon as she spoke out, Yan Mu realised that Yu Yuan’s eyes became even darker.

“Are you unwilling to?” Yan Mu carefully asked.

“I’m…… very willing,” Yu Yuan looked away and said.

Hearing Yan Mu’s words, he hated himself even more.
She was so gentle and concerned about him…… but in order to live in her house, he deceived her with despicable and dirty means. 

He was a disgusting person who repaid kindness with enmity3.

But…… even if it was just a little bit.
Even if it was just a little care and gentleness, he was greedy for it.

He had seen the first glimmer of morning light, and since then, he could never return to the darkness of the night alone.

He wanted to be together with Yan Mu.

Even if he was insulted and disdained by the villagers, in the end, he was still just a “human being”.
So even if he was lowly and despicable, he still wanted a friend.

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Yan Mu: I’ll kiss you tonight till you doubt your life!

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