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Chapter 23 – A Sweet and Fragrant Scent
When Qiu Jin came out of the shower, it was already 7:30 in the morning.
When he walked out of the bedroom, the opposite door suddenly opened.
Xiang Xi stood at the threshold. His figure was slim and his brows were slightly wrinkled. His mood was still considered restraint, but inside his heart has already turned upside down.
He didn’t expect to be so unlucky today. He already took an L from Qiu Jin this morning, and now he was running into him again.
Ahhhhhhhhh, so annoying, he’s here again! Do not talk to me! I don’t want to see you!
He really wanted to stamp the words “rejection” on his face.
Then he found that Qiu Jin really did ignore him, and walked downstairs as if Xiang Xi was the air.
Xiang Xi breathed a sigh of relief, but then he felt that something was wrong. Qiu Jin stalked him at the beginning, but now he didn’t even look at him? Can this person really make such a big change in such a short time? He wasn’t trying to loosen the reins to grasp them better right?
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When eating, Xiang Xi also kept looking at Qiu Jin. He found that the other party was really just eating. The frequency of Qiu Jin looking at the plate of cold cucumbers was higher than that of looking at Xiang Xi. Did Qiu Jin really let him go?
Xiang Xi was still pondering when he saw Qiu Jin suddenly lift his head up from the plate of cold cucumbers. He stared at Xiang Xi with dark eyes and frowned: “Why are you not eating and looking at me for?”
Xiang Xi was caught, but he was reluctant to admit it: “You… what are you looking at me for?”
Qiu Jin wore a baffled expression: “If not for you looking at me, then why would I look at you?”
“I wasn’t looking at you,” Xiang Xi said stiffly. “If you weren’t looking at me then how did you know that I was looking at you?”
Qiu Jin: “…”
He was too lazy to get entangled with Xiang Xi. He turned his head and said to the camera: “Can you guys help him add a voice-over that says ‘prohibit matryoshka’ later?”
Xiang Xi exploded, like a cat with its fur standing up: “Who’s a matryoshka?”
“Okay, okay, okay, I won’t say anything, I am a matryoshka, I am a Russian matryoshka.”
Qiu Jin lowered his head and continued to eat.
Shan Wen and Tan Yunting were the ones who made breakfast that morning. The thick white congee was served with cold cucumbers, cold bean sprouts, and salted duck eggs. It was so delicious that he ate three bowls of congee in one go.
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After eating, he still wished to continue. He sighed and said: “If only there was meat, that would be great.”
“There is meat,” Shan Wen stood up. “We have three points of work to complete today. If all are completed and qualified, we can get six hundred yuan as a week of living expenses.”
Everyone raised their heads, their eyes gleaming with desire. Are their vegetarian days coming to end?
Shan Wen took out six cards: “The three tasks for the three points are organizing the garden, planting broccoli, and chopping wood. Two people work together for a task, and we’ll draw lots to determine the pairs working together.”
The cards were sorted out quickly, but no one announced their cards. They all seemed to be making their own little calculations.
Shan Wen: “Then let me say mine first. Mine is chopping wood.”
Qiu Jin revealed his card: “Me too.”
Xiang Xi breathed a sigh of relief. No matter what task he got, it was fine as long as he didn’t have to do it with Qiu Jin. He revealed his task card, and his tone was also lighter: “I’m tidying the garden.”
Geng Leyue’s gaze fell upon Ji Shenxiao instantly, and his fingers couldn’t help but tighten on the task card.
Then he saw Ji Shenxiao’s thin lips open slightly and slowly uttered a few words: “Tidy the garden.”
Geng Leyue couldn’t help being disappointed. He had to plant broccoli with Tan Yunting.
Everyone quickly started their work.
Qiu Jin and Shan Wen were chopping wood in the backyard. He first moved the logs out and placed them on the grass in the backyard, and then split them one by one with an axe.
Shan Wen demonstrated first. He raised his head and asked: “Have you ever chopped firewood before?”
Qiu Jin did a similar task when he was filming before, but he didn’t say so clearly. He just picked up an axe to feel the weight and said, “I saw it in a movie. It shouldn’t be too difficult, right?”
“En, it’s easy after you know the way,” Shan Wen put down the axe and instructed him, “Put the log upright, look at the direction of the grain, and raise the axe towards the middle… yes, yes, that’s it, just chop down directly…”
With a “clang” sound, the wood tore apart under the axe.
Shan Wen: “Just like that. You good?”
Qiu Jin grinned: “Thank Shan Wen-ge, I know now.”
[T/N: 哥 ge – “big brother,” here it is attached to Shan Wen’s name as a suffix.]
Chopping wood was a task that required physical strength, and Qiu Jin’s clothes got wet after chopping through half the pile. He raised his head and wiped his sweat. He saw some black clouds rolling in from the coast and blocking out the sunlight.
Translations by Vanilla Muse.
Shan Wen handed him a glass of iced lemon water, and said, “It is forecast to rain. Drink some water and finish quickly.”
After drinking the water, the two of them went back to work again.
Ji Shenxiao was in the garden pruning the vegetation that died during the winter, but he suddenly received an emergency call. The company needed him to go on line immediately. When he passed by the lawn, his footsteps suddenly stagnated.
The young man was lifting an axe. All of his muscles stretched out in a very good-looking arc. The stretched body shape and the bulging muscles convey a kind of pure beauty, simple and solemn.
Ji Shenxiao paused for only two seconds, then he quickly retracted his gaze and walked towards the living room.