As a city person, seeing the sea for the first time made him very excited.
The next day, Bai Luoluo took his swimming ring and Bai Nianjin to the beach. It winter vacation and they were in a tourist city where many students came to travel.
The vicinity of Bai Luoluo’s home was not a tourist spot, so the seawater was particularly clean. He took a swimming ring and dived into the water first. Bai Nianjin followed after, but did not enter the water.
Bai Luoluo swam for a while, and saw that Bai Nianjin was still walking along the beach. He just only realized that the child seemed to be unable to swim.
“Come on, Nian Jin, teacher will teach you how to swim,” Bai Luoluo said with a smile, “with a swimming ring.”
Bai Nianjin was a little embarrassed, but under Bai Luoluo’s urging, he began to learn the basic swimming posture. However, beginners were naturally afraid of water, and Bai Nianjin was the same, frowning all the time while treading water.
Bai Luoluo smiled and said, “When I retire, I will come back to this city.”
Bai Nianjin stopped and looked at Bai Luoluo.
“I really like the sea.” The water was a clear blue while the beach was golden, and the sea breeze was brushing against his skin. Everything was bright and warm.
This was completely different from the winter in Bai Nianjin’s memory. It’s like the difference between him and Li Hansheng. If his life is like the north, then his teacher must be the sunny beach all year round.
Bai Nianjin was tired and went onto the shore.
Bai Luoluo rushed over and bought two coconuts. After breaking them apart, he took them back and handed one to Bai Nianjin. The sand here was not too fine. There were a lot of broken shells hidden in the sand. So Bai Nianjin watched as Bai Luoluo tip-toed over while hissing pain.
The taste of a fresh coconut was very different from what Bai Nianjin imagined. It was light, but the aroma is strong. Bai Luoluo laid on the beach, looking at the almost transparent blue sky above his head, and asked Bai Nianjin which university he was considering to go to.
Bai Nianjin drank his coconut and said it depended on the situation.
Bai Luoluo smiled and said, “Nianjin, teacher just wants to see you happy.”
Bai Nianjin’s eyes trembled. He stretched out his tongue and licked his lips. His voice was inexplicably a little hoarse,”What kind of girl does the teacher like?”
Bai Luoluo replied casually while sipping on his coconut, “Ah, there is no requirement, just as long as they like me.”
Bai Nianjin hummed softly.
The atmosphere of the two was extremely harmonious. After spending an entire afternoon on the beach, Bai Luoluo went to the seafood market near his home and bought a lot of seafood.
Eating seafood by the beach was very cheap unlike cities, where a slightly higher quality seafood feast can cost thousands of dollars.
Bai Nianjin and Bai Luoluo were originally pale but after they sunbathed all afternoon, their upper body and legs had turned red. Mother Li chided Bai Luoluo for not wearing sunscreen.
Bai Luoluo was a little embarrassed to say that he had forgotten.
Mother Li said, “Child, how can this be forgotten? Look at Nianjin.” She saw Bai Nianjin’s creamy skin become red from the sun, and showed a look of distress.
Bai Luoluo: Mom, I’m your son. In the end, his mother drove him into the kitchen to cook.
So, the dinner table was filled with Bai Luoluo’s specialty dishes: spicy fried mango snails, steamed sea crab, garlic abalone, clam tofu soup. It was all delicious.
Mother Li ate and said with a smile that her son had finally grown up. She was not worried about him being unable to find a wife with his skills.
Bai Luoluo smiled and interrupted her but didn’t intend to answer. On the other hand, Bai Nianjin looked a little worried, no one knows what he was thinking about.
Bai Luoluo only thought that he was under a lot of pressure for the college entrance examination, so it would be good to comfort him and give him some time to work and rest.
At night, Bai Nianjin slept in Bai Luoluo’s bed, while Bai Luoluo was driven to the guest room by his mother. Bai Luoluo ate too much so he couldn’t fall asleep. He laid in bed, listening to his system while nibbling on sunflower seeds.
The system said: “I don’t want to talk anymore.”
Bai Luoluo said, “Those who don’t know will think you are taking drugs.”
Bai Luoluo continued, “I feel so happy whenever I see Bai Nianjin. What kind of person will he grow into, what kind of work he will do, and what kind of wife he will marry?”
The system was silent.
Bai Luoluo asked casually, without expecting the system to answer. He closed his eyes, and a thin boy appeared in front of him. The boy stumbled and wanted to grow up, but eventually died in his most brilliant years. He was born in the cold, but just because he tasted a hint of warmth, he followed with his life.
The dream appeared and Bai Luoluo fell asleep.
This year had been very lively.
Fireworks, explosions, New Year’s Eve dinner. The family sat in front of the TV and watched the Spring Festival Gala together. The dumplings were brought out piping hot, and as they were eating, Bai Nianjin also found some coins.
Mother Li smiled and said that since so many dumplings were covered with a coin, Bai Nianjin would have good luck in the coming year and that he would get a good result in the college entrance examination.
Bai Nianjin smiled and thanked her.
Nearing twelve o’clock, the sound of firecrackers outside the window was deafening. Bai Luoluo caught Bai Nianjin and went downstairs to set off a string of firecrackers.
It was crackling, Bai Nianjin looked at Bai Luoluo’s face in the flame, and couldn’t help but leaned over.
Bai Luoluo was shocked when Bai Nianjin suddenly leaned forward. His first reaction was that Bai Nianjin wanted to kiss him, but then Bai Nianjin’s lips touched his forehead.
“Thank you, teacher.” Bai Nianjin said, “Thank you.”
Bai Luoluo’s heart moved, and he stretched out his hand and patted Bai Nianjin’s back. He said, “Good luck, young man.”
Bai Nianjin smiled lightly, his lips moving slightly. At this moment, the fireworks exploded in the sky, but Bai Luoluo did not hear what Bai Nianjin said. When he asked once more, Bai Nianjin said he didn’t say anything.
Bai Luoluo didn’t question further either.
Bai Nianjin is already taller than Bai Luoluo. This year, he was like a green bamboo that encountered a spring shower, growing up quickly. Based on the height of his parents, Bai Luoluo guessed that his 1.8 meters was absolutely fine. Bai Luoluo himself was only 1.76 meters.
Bai Luoluo couldn’t help but remembered that when he was in junior high school, he was ridiculed by his classmates and said that it was not as tall as the roses on the roadside. He was so angry that his classmates would often compare them, and then his classmates stood beside the flowerbed with confidence… And finally walked down in frustration. During the second half of the way home that day, neither of them said a word…
Height is a taboo topic for boys.
After the end of the year, it was almost time to go back. Before leaving, mother Li kept telling Bai Luoluo that he should pick someone suitable. He’s all twenty-four. It’s too late if he doesn’t find a girlfriend.
Bai Luoluo felt like he had returned to reality after listening to his mother. He hummed perfunctorily. When his dad drove the car out of the garage, he quickly got in. Mother Li said angrily: “Li Hansheng, in a few years, Nianjin will have a girlfriend while you still don’t have one. I will see what you can do.”
Bai Luoluo lowered his head and said, “Nianjin is still young!”
Mother Li replied, “You won’t think he is young once he enters college in the New Year!”
Bai Luoluo retracted his head, looked at Bai Nianjin, and said, “Nianjin…”
Bai Nianjin said to the face: “Teacher, I will not fall in love early.”
Bai Luoluo’s was moved to tears.
Bai Nianjin naturally held Bai Luoluo’s hand and said gently, “If teacher doesn’t find a girlfriend, I won’t find one either.”
Bai Luoluo thought that Nianjin, you really gave your teacher too much face. Come and give teacher a kiss…
When he arrived at the airport, father Li told Bai Luoluo the usual things and Bai Luoluo responded obediently. Father Li finally sighed and said that he felt that his son had grown up, especially when he came back this time, he had changed a lot. No only is he sensible, he also knows to help the family with housework.
Bai Luoluo said, “Dad, wait for me to buy a house over there in a few years, I’ll bring you over to live.”
Father Li nodded, patted his shoulder and said okay.
Then Bai Luoluo bid farewell to Li’s father and took Bai Nianjin up the plane.
While flying, Bai Nianjin’s mood seemed a little down. Bai Luoluo didn’t think much, only thinking Bai Nianjin was uncomfortable flying on the plane.
School started not long after returning home.
The two of them had been exposed to a lot of sun this winter vacation, and the ultraviolet rays were strong there. Although Bai Luoluo put on sunscreen most of the time, he was still dark for a while. Bai Nianjin was about the same as Bai Luoluo, and his classmates were shocked when they returned to school.
Bai Nianjin’s deskmate asked, Bai Nianjin, did you go to Africa to dig coal?
Bai Nianjin’s expression didn’t even change. He was back at the same table, and he was happy to be alone.
In Bai Luoluo’s imagined future, Bai Nianjin will spend his third year of high school peacefully. There may be pressure and some minor accidents, but in the end, Bai Nianjin would still be admitted to his choice of university and start a new life.
Bai Luoluo thought so, but some things went beyond his plan.
In the first month of the new semester, Bai Nianjin’s father came to school and took him away.