Translator: SJade, Editor: Dj22031
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Qiu Li took Jiang Yu to the snack street behind the university. The snack street was very lively at night. Almost the entire street was bustling with people coming and going, and all students from nearby schools had come out to eat supper.
They entered a roadside restaurant and each ordered a single serving of maocai.
The steaming hot dishes were brought up. Qiu Li didn’t move his chopsticks, but waited patiently for Jiang Yu to take her first bite, took her bowl back, and started eating.
By the way, he handed her his bowl.
Jiang Yu couldn’t bear it any longer, so she slapped her chopsticks on the table with a slap, and said angrily, “Qiu Li, what do you mean!”
Qiu Li said, “My bowl is untouched, it’s clean.”
“I invited you for dinner.” Jiang Yu couldn’t understand: “Why do you always rob me.”
“No reason.” Qiu Li said confidently, “I like it.”
Jiang Yu suppressed her anger and persuaded herself silently in her heart. For herself, she had to bear it, she shouldn’t treat him as a boyfriend, he was just a client: Party A.
This year, who still had the general knowledge of Party A.
Thinking of this, Jiang Yu put out the fire in her heart, took chopsticks, and ate her portion of maocai.
Qiu Li ate very, very slowly, chewing deliberately as if he wanted to taste the taste of every bite.
Jiang Yu looked up at him. He ate as seriously as when he was reading. He didn’t speak, but only tasted the food seriously.
“Qiu Li, where are your parents?”
Jiang Yu tried to chat with him to see if she could open his heart and get some valuable information that would help her complete the task.
“One is gone, and the other is in jail.”
When Qiu Li said this, he was expressionless, as if he was just recounting things that had nothing to do with him.
Jiang Yu asked again: “Is imprisoned because of…?”
“You are interested?”
Jiang Yu had already thought of an excuse: “Of course, one needs to understand her boyfriend’s family background, this is normal.”
Qiu Li thought it was reasonable and answered truthfully: “A crime of abuse.”
He pursed his thin lips: “Me.”
Jiang Yu no longer asked about his father, but asked “What about your mother, does she care about you?”
When talking about his mother, Qiu Li’s eyes suddenly softened a little: “She doesn’t know my situation, I didn’t contact her.”
“Oh, then why didn’t you contact her?” Jiang Yu asked curiously: “Isn’t it a problem to eat?”
“She is very good.” Qiu Li said calmly: “I want to get into a good university, after I get my grades, and then I will contact her again…”
His mother held a very heavy weight in his heart, and he hoped to appear in front of his mother with a better appearance.
Jiang Yu noticed that when talking about his mother, Qiu Li’s eyes were different from any time before, there was no hostility, but endless tenderness instead.
It was hard to imagine that such a young man who retained warmth and tenderness in his heart would walk step by step towards that abyss of no return.
Jiang Yu chewed the green vegetables thoughtfully, planning many things for the future.
Qiu Li finished eating the food in the bowl, put down his chopsticks, and wiped his mouth with a tissue, but saw that the food in Jiang Yu’s bowl had hardly moved.
His face sank: “Why have you not eaten, do you dislike it?”
“No.” Jiang Yu replied: “I usually don’t eat after eight o’clock, and I usually only eat meal replacement powder at night, and I rarely eat greasy food.”
Especially, now that the promotion competition was approaching, she must control her diet.
The ballet dress was very body-hugging, even if there was a little extra flesh on the body, it would be exposed terribly.
No audience would like to see a fat swan on stage.
Qiu Li hadn’t tasted delicious food for too long, so it was very difficult for him to understand Jiang Yu’s behaviour of deliberately not eating in order to lose weight.
He stood up silently, went to the self-service bar in the store, filled a bowl of rice, and handed it to Jiang Yu: “You can’t eat greasy food. You can eat this.”
He took a spoonful and shoved it directly into her mouth roughly: “You don’t eat meat, you don’t eat rice, do you want to cultivate into an immortal?”
Jiang Yu: …
Well, she just practiced dancing, and now her stomach was full. However, the white rice delivered to the mouth was quite fragrant after chewing.
Jiang Yu picked up the spoon and started eating on her own.
Seeing that she was obedient, Qiu Li raised the corner of his mouth and said, “I will stay with you in the future, and I won’t let you lose weight.”
“That’s not good.” Jiang Yu said, “If I gain weight, I won’t be able to dance.”
“First take this bowl of rice and eat it.”
Jiang Yu lowered her head and pulled the white rice, but knowing that Qiu Li was caring about her, an inexplicable sweetness surged in her heart.
He was still warm.
However, as soon as the thought came up, Qiu Li pulled the bowl of vegetables she had not finished eating towards him: “If that’s the case, you don’t want to eat this bowl?”
Seeing that Jiang Yu didn’t answer, Qiu Li said to himself: “If you don’t eat it, then I will eat it.”
After that, he ate her beef and vegetables fragrantly.
Jiang Yu: “…”
This guy brought her white rice, not because of care, but because he was greedy for her food!
Had he never eaten in his life or what?
The self-motivated Jiang Yu suddenly felt that the white rice in her mouth was not fragrant.
After the mid-term exam, Jiang Yu made a small tens of thousands of dollars by doing tasks through the [Knowledge] app.
The tuition fee of 200,000 yuan for the first year of the Esmera Art Center was still a long way off, but Jiang Yu believed that she would be able to earn this money sooner or later.
There was still one more difficult thing now, that was, to get the support of her mother Jiang Manyi.
After all, she couldn’t keep her dancing as a secret from her mother.
Going home that night, Jiang Yu showed Jiang Manyi the results of the midterm exam.
In the past, Jiang Yu’s grades were very bad, and she had never entered the top 100 in the grade. This time, she directly took the 37th place in the grade, so Jiang Manyi was very happy.
“The key universities are definitely gone now. In the future, you take the law department and become a Lawyer Pretty Woman.”
“Mom, you’ve watched too many TV dramas.”
Jiang Manyi looked at Jiang Yu’s grades, said with a smile, “Civil servants are not bad either, they have iron rice bowls.”
Jiang Yu picked up green vegetables with chopsticks and said, “What age is this?”
“Anyway, no matter what you study, your mother supports you, as long as you can get into a key university, and study your favourite major.”
“I just like to dance ballet.”
Jiang Manyi put down the tableware and chopsticks in her hand when she mentioned this: “Why don’t you listen to your mother?”
Jiang Yu reasoned with her mother: “Esmera is the temple of ballet in the world. If I can enter that place, my path will really be opened, and I will not have to worry about performances or food and clothing in the future. My idol Bu Tanyan graduated from the Esmera Arts Center.”
Hearing Bu Tanyan’s name, Jiang Manyi’s hand shrank, and with a “pop”, the chopsticks fell to the ground.
“No, you can’t go there, absolutely not!”
Jiang Yu picked up the chopsticks for her and asked eagerly, “Why?”
“Do you know what that place is, a place which eats people without even spitting out bones!”
“Mom, why do you say that?”
“The so-called ballet temple, do you know how fierce the competition is! Do you think you can get ahead after entering! Impossible!”
“Then don’t you believe me.” Jiang Yu pouted and said confidently, “I will become a person like Bu Tanyan, I will stand on the highest place and become a ballet queen loved by the whole world!”
Jiang Manyi excitedly held Jiang Yu’s thin shoulders: “When you think of standing in that shining position, do you know what you will give up, youth, love, these are not enough, even life…like…like…”
Jiang Manyi couldn’t bear it after hearing the name – Bu Tanyan.
“Xiao Yu, you should know that your mother only wants you to live an ordinary life, eat all kinds of food you like, and not need to lose weight and diet; in the future, you will be able to fall in love with and marry the boy you like, and also feel the joy of being a parent.”
“But if you can’t do what you like, what’s the point of what you said.”
Jiang Yu shook her head and said firmly, “I will persevere and become a real ballet dancer.”
Jiang Manyi didn’t want to get into this argument, so she simply said: “Okay, then you go, anyway, I don’t have the money to pay Esmera’s tuition fees, for a year, it is hundreds of thousands, if you can earn it, then you can go.”
“That’s what you said.”
“If I can really earn it, you won’t be against it anymore?”
“On the premise that you are not allowed to go to your rich second-generation boyfriend.”
“I’ve broken up, I won’t look for him.” Jiang Yu said with a smile, “I’ll do something, then you can’t oppose me.”
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