Don’t Turn from Summer - Chapter 68
“Hold on.” Senior Fang said “Lin MoChen, outsiders shouldn’t interfere too much in the relationship between you two. However, I can also be considered as one of her only elders. Saying a few sentences would probably not cross the line. That choice really is a more open and better road for her. You have seen the better scenery outside, so you might as leave a portion of the best scenery for her. (T/N: scenery [jingse] in Chinese is often used in analogies about the journey of life). The road of one’s life is very long. Coming together and separating is always a permanent but changing variable. There is no need to ask her where she went again. If you have a reason and the heart to in the future, during a better, more appropriate time, reflect on the feelings of this young period in your life. This way is perhaps better and more suitable. You should cherish what she left for you. You should be grateful and keep it in your heart. Remember not to be trapped and stuck in the past. You should move forward. She will also move forward. Perhaps, this way, in the future when you recall how kind she treated you and the feelings you guys had, you won’t feel that it was a waste of regret.
Hanging up, Lin MoChen suddenly felt that his temple pulsed with pain again. He felt slightly uneasy, but the deep night and his over-exhausted strength stopped him from thinking deeply much more. He continued to drive in the direction of the hotel. He felt that Senior Fang had said a correct sentence. Continue moving forward. Life must continue. This matter and this relationship with this person should stop at this point. There is no need to mention it again.
Then, as if it was an unavoidable destiny, as if everything that happened before was an irreversible omen, in the black twilight of the night, under the dim street lights, his phone rang again.
It was an American phone number.
Lin MoChen pulled over to the side and parked his car. Lifting his pitch-black, quiet eyes, he took the call.
A slightly hoarse, but with ample energy, voice spoke with a genuine American accent: “Hello, are you Jason Lin? ” (T/N italics= originally in English in raws)
Lin MoChen: “Yes.”
Bert, at his end of the phone, humped lightly, but there was still a smile in his voice: “Your girlfriend is Summer, right? Why is it that when I call her phone number, it says that this phone number no longer exists?”
Lin MoChen unhurriedly replied: “I am not sure.”
Bert was slightly unhappy: “hey, kid, is this how you treat the benefactor that saved you? I’m the chairman of MK, Bert!”
“Is there a particular reason for why you are looking for her? ” he asked.
At this, Bert’s tone softened, and his voice carried a bit of seriousness: “I’m looking for her because I want to express my gratitude towards her. Don’t tell me that she hasn’t told you? It’s precisely this angel of a young lady who told me that many things in life are not rewarded with direct benefits. If I do good things, then I will get good rewards. And, after I helped you guys, a miracle arose. Originally, I was already sick beyond cure, and the doctor was not optimistic. Yet, I unexpectedly woke up this time and my illness has even taken a turn for the better. I want to tell her that this is the best reward that I have received in my life. ”
Lin MoChen kept silent during this entire time.
There was the sound of another person speaking on Bert’s end and Bert quietly muttered a verse. Then he said: “Okay, I am going to hang up now, but please remember young man. Treat her well. She had bothered me for many days before she managed to win over this investment for you. Her bravery and perseverance are beyond your imagination. It’s the luck of his life for a young man to be able to meet this kind of young lady. She said ……” Bert smiled once more: “She said that she wished for her beloved to forever live brilliantly and loftily. She also said that she wanted to save your guys’ romance. She should be really happy now. If, in the future, you are lucky enough to marry her, remember to invite me to the ceremony. ”
Lin MoChen replied: “Sure.”
Hanging up the phone, the surroundings seemed to suddenly return to silence. Lin MoChen put his phone in the co-pilot seat. After sitting quietly for a bit, he started the vehicle and continued driving forward. However, this road with only dim street lamps seemed to suddenly become incomparably empty and spacious. Driving on this road, he felt as if he was driving in a deep and boundaryless dreamland. He continued to drive forward and drive forward before it suddenly felt as if he had lost most of his perception. His ears couldn’t hear clearly the noises of his surroundings. Looking ahead at the buildings and the lights, his eyes seemed to contain an expanse of blank space.
This lasted until his phone, unwilling to let up, rang again, rousing him from dreamland. Nearly in a daze, he received the call: “Hello?”
It didn’t matter whose phone call it was. It wouldn’t be her’s anyway.
Coming through, however, was the sound of his younger sister, Lin Qian’s voice. With a bit of smugness and spoiledness: “Brother, I just knew that you still haven’t fallen asleep. How come you haven’t called me this weekend? Not to mention, your phone was turned off yesterday when I called?”
Lin MoChen did not say anything.
I just finished studying. This time, during the mock exam, I placed third in my grade. Not bad, right?
Lin Qian heard that his tone was not quite right. Very carefully, she asked: “Brother, is it that the company’s matters haven’t been resolved yet? I, actually…… heard mom say that you already averted the disaster. Brother, you can rest assured. Right now, you have to work a bit harder. Wait until I graduate from college. I’ll help you fight.
He replied: “Okay.”
Lin Qian: “Brother, what happened? Don’t scare me.”
Lin MoChen inhaled deeply and replied: “Nothing.”
“Brother, did you meet some sort of difficulty? Are you …… having a hard time?”
Lin MoChen couldn’t continue to speak. Hoarsely, he said: “Lin Qian, sleep early. I still have some matters. I’ll call you later. ” After he finished speaking, without waiting for Lin Qian to reply, he hung up the phone. After turning it off, he threw the phone aside.
In the dim light of night, he continued driving the car forward, yet he already did not know where he had driven to. It was a familiar city, yet an unfamiliar district. There was not a soul in sight on the road. There was only him driving the car along the road.
In the end, he stopped his car at a nameless intersection. Lifting his head, there was only one street lamp silently shining down. To the side, he didn’t know whether it was a bar or an audio and video store that still had its doors open this late and this cold and people-less at night. The sound flowing out the door was playing the hottest band at the moment. A song that was popular everywhere in the city. That clean yet a bit husky male voice was heart-rendingly singing :
I’m most afraid of a sudden stillness in the air,
I’m most afraid of my friend’s sudden concern,
I’m most afraid of recalling memories that suddenly engulf me in sorrowful pain that won’t subside,
I’m most afraid of suddenly hearing new about you,
We were so sweet so beautiful, so trusting,
So crazy, so passionate in the past,
Why then, are we still desperately searching for our own happiness with regret in our heart as we age,
I suddenly miss you so much,
Where could you be, are you doing well or perhaps you are not,
I suddenly miss you so much,
Suddenly there is a clear memory, suddenly there is a blurry vision,
Lin MoChen leaned back in the car seat and lifted his hand to cover his own face.
Tears rolled down.
After a long time in the future, his sister Lin Qian fell in love with a two-faced (T/N: literally means “black-bellied”), shrewd man that was at the top of the business world. He said to his younger sister: “The more a man seems closed off, in romance, the more you have to pull his tendon and peel his skin before you can see his genuine heart.
Lin Qian asked: “Big brother, has a woman ever pulled your tendon and peeled your skin before? ”
Lin MoChen then became silent.
That woman, not only did she pulled his muscle and pulled out his bones, she also took away all the joy and love in his life. From that time on, a single Lin MoChen followed the road of life, continuing to walk forward. The other Lin MoChen, however, was trapped forever in the night along that road that he returned from the airport on. He lifted his head to only meet the pitch-black sky. He lowered his head to only see a lonely glimmer.