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Her Little Dimples


As If Possessed


"Kiddo, what are you thinking about? Turn around now." Fu Xueli interrupted her daze.

Xu You let out an "ah" and moved her eyes away from the water bottle, snapping out of her trance. She asked in a daze, "What's wrong?"

"Look." Fu Xueli motioned her to look at the podium. "The teacher said to have a group discussion, front and back rows."


What did the teacher just say? She didn't hear a thing...

Xu You looked up and saw a line of white chalk writing in the middle of the blackboard:

Write down the five things you think are the happiest, in English, and have a classmate read them later.

Fu Xueli had already turned around, but seeing Xu You not moving, she turned back to urge her: "Babe, hurry up, we need you. This old lady loves to call on people from our area."

Just then, the teacher came in from outside the classroom after getting water, saying as she walked, "Everyone, hurry up, you have ten minutes left."

Xu You's body trembled. Without time to think, she grabbed a pen and a piece of white paper and turned around.

The two boys in the back seat who had been chatting stopped talking simultaneously, their gazes falling on Xu You as she turned around.

She lowered her head slightly, her eyes fixed on the scratch paper, holding a pen, and said softly in a gentle voice, "You guys talk, I'll translate."

There was lively chatter throughout the classroom, but it was unusually quiet around them.

Fu Xueli finished replying to a message, put away her phone, and looked up to find the atmosphere a bit awkward.

"What's going on?" she asked, puzzled.

"Uh..." Song Yifan paused for a moment, "I don't know."

The truth was, he felt a bit guilty because his friend had just bullied the girl.

As for why Xie Ci wasn't saying anything... he didn't know either.

A few seconds passed.

Xu You's fingers curled slightly, unconsciously sliding across the paper. Song Yifan's voice rang in her ears, "Why aren't you guys saying anything? Then I'll go first, let me think..."

After saying this, he furrowed his brows and looked up at the ceiling with a slanted gaze, as if deep in thought.

"Hurry up." Fu Xueli rested her chin on one hand, bored, "What's there for you to think about? You shallow person, what else is there in your life besides eating and sleeping?"

"Hey, Big Pear, you can't say that about me. I'm a man with substance and dreams, okay?"

Fu Xueli crumpled up a piece of paper and threw it hard at Song Yifan: "I don't like the nickname Big Pear, I told you not to say it, do you not understand human language?"

"And," she stood up from her seat diagonally across from Song Yifan, pretending to hit him, "Besides being able to flirt with girls, I really can't see your depth of character."

Song Yifan puffed out his chest and said righteously, "To be honest, besides my grades being a little poor..."

"Wait, not a little poor, they're terrible."

Xu You couldn't help but laugh.

Seeing that the new classmate finally smiled, Song Yifan breathed a sigh of relief, "Alright, alright, I won't argue with you anymore. I want to be a person with substance like our classmate Xu You. You and Xie Ci can continue to wallow in your depravity."

Then he deliberately ignored his deskmate's faint glance in response to his words.

While they were arguing, Xu You had already finished writing her own list on the paper.

She clicked the ballpoint pen and nodded to Song Yifan, "Go ahead, tell me."

"Can I say anything? Do you know everything?"

Xu You was taken aback, "What do you want to say? I might not know everything."

"Hmm..." Song Yifan thought for a moment, "I like playing basketball, sleeping, playing games..."

Xu You listened to him and carefully wrote down each item on the scratch paper:

Play basketball, sleep, play games...

Fu Xueli, who was sitting on the side, couldn't bear it any longer and interrupted, "Stop, stop, stop. You better stop talking, or you'll embarrass yourself when you have to read it out loud later."

"What's wrong with me?" Song Yifan retorted, unconvinced.

Fu Xueli turned to Xie Ci for agreement, "Ah Ci, don't you think he's being idiotic?"

Xie Ci remained silent, showing no reaction except for a slight twitch of his lips.

Xu You continued writing while saying to them, "Anything else? If not, I'll turn back around."

"Wait a minute." The person who had been silent for a while finally spoke slowly.

He curled his lips, his voice slow and drawn out, with a hint of teasing, "I say—"

If you have something to say, just say it.

Xu You thought silently, not responding.

Xie Ci didn't speak, and neither did she. She just held the pen and waited quietly, not in a hurry.

His wrist rested on the edge of the table, his fingers constantly flipping the black phone, but his eyes were looking at her.

Quietly lying on the table, extremely well-behaved, like an innocent and pure little white rabbit. Just like the first time he saw her, she hadn't changed a bit.

Song Yifan's gaze shifted back and forth between Xu You and Xie Ci, sensing something was amiss.

Xie Ci's eyes, fixed on the girl, looked like he hadn't eaten in three days, almost turning red.

After a while, Xie Ci's lazy voice rang out.

"Let me think..."

He paused for a moment, his fingers tapping rhythmically on the desk, as if deep in thought.

Xu You glanced at her watch. There were only three minutes left. She focused her attention, pen ready to write.

"I don't seem to like anything, what should I do?" He said in a serious tone.


Fu Xueli frowned slightly, "Then don't write it, it's too much trouble."

"But I'll get punished by the teacher if I don't stand,"

Xie Ci said to Fu Xueli, but his eyes didn't leave Xu You. "How about writing your name instead?"

This was too ambiguous. Fu Xueli looked at Xie Ci speechlessly, not knowing what was wrong with him today.

On the side, Song Yifan suddenly realized something and smirked. He punched Xie Ci in the chest and said, "It's simple, Xu You, just help him write 'women'."

Xu You kept a straight face, ignoring their nonsense. She quickly wrote "nothing" on a piece of paper, placed it on their desk, and prepared to pack up her things and move away.

"Oh, right, I remember now," Xie Ci raised an eyebrow and called out to Xu You again.

She slowly looked up at him.

"What else?" she asked softly.

This guy, why is he so troublesome?

"Don't you know?" he retorted.

Xu You fell silent, furrowing her brows after two seconds. "How would I know?"

Xie Ci chuckled, deliberately repeating, "You really don't know?"

He was being a bit cryptic, but Xu You couldn't be bothered to figure it out.

As she turned her head, she suddenly felt a warm breath near her ear.

Carrying a hint of wind.

Xie Ci stood up, one hand on the table, leaning close to Xu You's neck. His black eyes stared straight ahead, his Adam's apple moved slightly, his lips curled maliciously, and he whispered something to her in a low voice.

Xu You froze in place, as if turned to stone.

Xie Ci sat back in his seat, leaning on the edge of the table behind him, propping his head up, staring at Xu You's reddening profile. He laughed harder and harder.

Suddenly feeling someone looking at him, Xie Ci shifted his gaze.

"Buddy." Song Yifan leaned over, looking at Xie Ci with a complicated expression. "When did you become... so fond of teasing little girls?"

"So what?"

Xie Ci glanced at him, asking calmly,

"Do you have a problem with that?"

"Oh, no, how could I dare?"

After a while.

"It's just a feeling," Song Yifan couldn't help but lean in again, whispering so only the two of them could hear, "I just feel like you've been acting weird lately, getting all buddy-buddy with the new kid. Don't you think?"

As soon as he finished, he got a hard kick in the shin. Song Yifan let out a muffled grunt and immediately shut up.

Xu You wiped the sweat from her forehead with the back of her hand.

She quickly scribbled something on a piece of scrap paper, tore it off, and slapped it onto the desk behind her.

In the classroom, the English teacher stood at the podium, and the class gradually quieted down.

She cleared her throat, holding the lesson plan, and asked, "Have you all finished discussing?"

No one answered.

Ms. Zhang's eyes scanned the room. She raised her chin and pointed to the fourth group, "Xie Ci, where did you go last class? You're getting out of hand. Come on, explain the question I wrote."

Xu You couldn't help but bite her lower lip.

The person behind her stood up slowly, the legs of the chair scraping against the floor, making a noise.

Seeing that he didn't speak, Ms. Zhang gave him a cold glance and said without mercy, "If you can't answer, you'll stand for the entire class."

Xie Ci leaned lazily against the wall and picked up a white piece of scrap paper from the desk with two fingers.

In the quiet classroom, he slowly read out loud the sentence written in ballpoint pen, in broken English:

——"I love to givesba glass of hot water."

Ms. Zhang listened once, thought for a few seconds, and said in disbelief, "You like to help others get hot water?"

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