day, a little more refreshing than yesterday.”

Lin maintained a slightly raised smile along this walk, but when he came to the edge of the flower bed, his steps suddenly came to a stop.

The smile that lasted all morning, after freezing for a second, disappeared completely.

After walking through the school entrance, then turning right and going forward, there was a flower bed.
Because it was far away from the teaching building, there were very few people in this area during the morning reading period.

There were two people standing at the edge of the flower bed: a boy in black school uniform, and a girl in a skirt of the same school uniform.

The girl had fashionably long chestnut-yellow hair, wearing a cherry blossom hairpin and delicate makeup.
She had a bright and lovely smile, tilting her head to look at the young man in front of her.

Even on a cloudy day without the sun, the morning light was still rather fresh and bright.

The young man under the sunlight was slender and tall, and the black uniform on his body looked indescribably natural, lightweight and fitting.

The outline of his profile was very smooth.
The bone beneath his eyes, his jaw, the bridge of his nose, all were especially gorgeous.
Instead of a soft beauty without any edges and corners, he had the sharp but somewhat jerky handsome appearance of one transitioning from a teenager into a young man.

But that sharp handsomeness had no edge, rather, it was clear and fragile.

When he wasn’t smiling and had his lips pursed slightly, his eyebrows, eyes and chin would appear indifferent.
As if a surprise attack had been launched on him not long ago, there was a sense of insecurity engraved in his bones, vigilant and rejecting all who were approaching around him.

However, this fragile indifference did not make him look cold, and the tough defences that were deliberately piled up made people more curious in wanting to explore what was inside.
They couldn’t help but want to take a few more glances, wanting to know what is on his mind, what troubles he has encountered.

It caused people to be unable to hold back their urge to please him, to make his defences collapse on his own initiative, have the tension between his brows and in his eyes soften, and be treated by him with special trust.

But now, the expression of indifference and rejection was completely gone.

He was smiling.

That face showed a clear and bright smile, light and clear without the weight of shadows.
There was no need for others to do anything; he had pulled away his defences all on his own.

He stood there, taller and slightly thinner than the girl in front of him, looking unmistakably warm and dependable.

The pure and clear eyes accompanying his smile looked like they were looking at a lovely blooming flower that needed protection.
If the flower needs it, he will definitely protect her.

But the girl in front of him was healthy and bright, authentic and fresh.
On the contrary, only he appeared to be neither pale nor weak, and at the same time, like a false delusion.

The indifference in the young man’s brows and eyes turned into a clear, soft light.
His smile and eyes were lacking any flaws, but there was still the fragility of being thin and easy to break.


Like the early morning of late summer, when the light from the sky passes through the cool mountain spring, the short moment before the sunlight breaks through, beautiful and delicate; unstoppable, unreproducible, uncapturable, unimaginable.

The girl opposite the young man obviously had the same impression as Lin.
She tilted her head and smiled cutely.
The smile was bright on that pretty face, but her eyes were vaguely and carefully observing, making her smile seem deliberate, in order to make the young man in front of her happy, to let his indifference melt away, to keep the smile on his face for a little longer.

But she didn’t seem to have to do anything in particular.
That person was already happy because of her.

However, the priest who saw this scene did not feel happy, nor did he find it beautiful.
He only found it unsightly.

The smile on his face had long since disappeared and there was no trace of the good mood he was in since the morning.
Not only that, because of handsome and high-born appearance, despite never smiling, he still had elegant and clean features.
Although, at this moment, there was only an icy shadow over his face.

The darkness submerged, the only source of light lost, the expensive black crystal immersed in the cool spring water deprived of all its clarity.
There was only the thick and dark deathly aura that continued to rise from the abyss, the ink-black colour, staring directly at the unsightly beauty in front of him.

So far, no matter which one of himself the youth was facing, this person has never shown such an expression to him.

Rosy lips were tightly pursed, and the corners of the lips were hooked chillingly.
Cutting off the red spider lily* blooming in the flower bed, the hand then discarded it.

[T/N: 曼珠沙华/lycoris radiata]

……

“Don’t be nervous.
I understand, because I am the same.” The girl smiled brilliantly, her eyes comforting Ye Zun who was somewhat nervous.

Ye Zun looked at the girl wearing a cherry blossom hairpin standing front of him.
“The matter with the diary, I’m really grateful.”

The girl tilted her head and faced him with a smile.
“If you pick up something, you naturally should return it to the original owner.
Don’t worry, I properly resisted my curiosity and didn’t read a single page.”

Ye Zun faintly smiled.
He wasn’t worried if the girl had read the diary.
Based on the note in his dream, for some unknown reason, Nogawa Kaoru seemed to have deliberately left the diary in this girl’s hands, as if he wanted it to be read by her.

“I don’t know how to thank Xuejie*.”

[T/N: senior (school) sister]

“Are you okay now?”

“En?” Ye Zun was slightly stunned and maintained his smile.

——Could it be that this girl knew Nogawa Kaoru from the beginning?

The girl was not annoyed, still smiling.
“So polite, do you really not remember me? I’m from the school’s art department.
We met yesterday.
I am the dance program’s consultant for the school’s anniversary celebration production.”

Ye Zun remembered that because he was drawn from the Class 9’s lottery, he was forced to report to the school’s celebration production.
Yesterday, everyone went to the activity centre for a short meeting to discuss their performances and whether they needed to stay in school for practise and rehearsal.

“We’re friends now.
If you need any help, you can come to me at any time oh.
For your performance, or anything else.”

“En, thank you.”

Ye Zun was listening to the girl in front of him when he suddenly felt a disturbing chill crawl up his back.
He immediately turned his head back.

However, there was no abnormal person or thing.
He only saw the back figure of someone leaving past the corner in the near distance.

——Seems to be… Lin.
Did he pass by just now? If it’s him, why didn’t he say hello to me?

——Or, he actually did say hello, but I didn’t hear it?

The girl smiled brightly, her fingers waving in front of Ye Zun’s eyes, causing them to turn back.

“What are you looking at? Did some great beauty pass through?”

Ye Zun smiled slightly.
“It was a very important friend of mine.”

“Is that so ah.” Noticing that Ye Zun didn’t seem to want to continue down this line of topic, the girl blinked, then smiled lightly and nodded.
“Oh, it’s getting late.
We should get back to class too ba.”

“Okay.”

“Let’s go together ba.”

Ye Zun and her walked side by side along the path beside the flowerbed.

“Yi, what’s this? Are the bush flowers blooming?” The girl suddenly raised her voice.

Ye Zun walked over and saw a large red flower blooming on the neatly trimmed hedge at the edge of the flower bed.

Upon closer inspection, it was not the bush that had bloomed by itself, but a red spider lily that someone had snapped off and discarded.

“Yi, what kind of person is so immoral to just snap off a flower that just bloomed,” the girl said regretfully when she saw Ye Zun pick up the flower.

Ye Zun lowered his eyes to at the flower between his fingers and also showed a look of pity.
“Right ah, it’s such a beautiful flower.
There’s nothing to do if it was plucked off, but they just threw it away.”

“It’s probably because someone would see if they kept holding on to it, so they threw it away out of fear of being scolded.
You should also throw it away as soon as possible ba, or other people will think you were the one who picked it.”


Ye Zun smiled a little and looked at the flowers between his fingers, but he didn’t throw it away.

The two people were of different grades and were in different teaching buildings, so they soon separated.

Ye Zun walked into the second year’s Class 9 classroom, and when he looked up, he saw Shen Yuan standing lazily in the aisle.

The buttons of the white shirt were all unexpectedly done up to the collar, but the slender black tie was knotted messily and the black uniform was not worn properly.
At first glance, the get up didn’t look good, but because of that handsome face, the ruffian was a little more elegant than he should have been.

The other party also saw Ye Zun.
On that ‘I can do whatever I want’ face, no matter how brilliant his smile was, the depths of eyes were nothing but dark and gloomy.
However, at this moment, there was no smile at all.

Without that unsightly villain’s smile, that face looked even more handsome.

It’s just that the shape and lines of the eyes were more obvious.
The corners of his eyes were slightly pointed and the narrow and long tail at the ends revealed the deranged and lazy temperament, and the dull shadow in the eyes looked even more neurotic.

It was like there were hooks in those dark eyes.
When he tilted his head and stared at people without blinking, it was like he was casually thinking about how to kill you, giving people a hard to grasp sense of danger.

“In a good mood?”

——See?

Ye Zun’s eyes looked directly at him, facing the other who was obviously finding fault with him.
He suspected that the other was unhappy and didn’t want him to be happy either.
He did not avoid it, and the thin, clear and natural gentleness on his face did not disappear because of this.

However, he was never vigilant or alert when facing Shen Yuan in the first place.

“En.
Because the weather is good.”

Shen Yuan was leaning on his desk, with the meaning that he had no intention to move away, while playing around with a book.

“What’s so good about the dark and windy weather? It’s because of somebody ba.”

He tilted his head slightly, his lowered eyes narrowing slightly, staring intently at Ye Zun.
The corners of his lips were hooked up, but there was no smile.
His tone was low, but without aggression, just in a poor mood.
“Talking to your girlfriend in this haunted school? What, are you not scared anymore? Maybe the other party’s true identity is a ghost.”

Ye Zun had already walked in front of him at this point.
He was slightly confused.
“Girlfriend?”

Shen Yuan nodded, head still tilted while looking at him.
The dark and unpredictable expression did not make any sense.
He slowly blinked his eyes, frowning slightly, and said with a sincere look, “Seriously, you have poor eyesight.
Just looking at that girl, anyone can see she doesn’t suit you.
Average looks, her hair is dyed a tacky colour, a fake appearance under all that powder, and her smile is so artificial…”

———He really is looking for faults.

Ye Zun lowered his head and smiled helplessly.
He didn’t listen to his nonsense, only handing the flower in his hand to the other and interrupted his impolite words.
“This is for you.”

Shen Yuan’s voice stopped abruptly.
His eyes fell on the red spider lily flower, then he paused for a moment and looked up at him.

Ye Zun maintained his posture of handing over the flower and the smile in his eyes was very light and thin.
“Although I don’t know who picked it off and threw it on the bush, it looks like it’s only just bloomed.
It’s a very beautiful flower.
I originally planned to nurture it or turn it into a sample, but if you like it, I’ll give it to you ba.”

Shen Yuan didn’t receive it, nor did he speak.
Those dark eyes stared straight at him with his face forming an incomprehensible expression.

“Why give me a flower?”

Ye Zun didn’t pay attention to his people-disturbing attitude.
There was a clean and soft expression on his own face, one that was almost not there at all, just like when he was talking to the girl at the flower bed before.
It was like a light milky flavoured popsicle in summer.

If you take a bite in your mouth, it will be refreshing and cold, with a hint of sweetness.

Maintaining the stance of giving the flower, Ye Zun stared at him earnestly.
“Yesterday was my fault, I shouldn’t have said that about you.
I should have apologised earlier, but I had something on my mind yesterday and I wasn’t in the right headspace.
I’m sorry.
It may not have any meaning, but I hope this flower can make you feel better from what I caused in my bad mood.
I really am sorry.”

Once he finished speaking, because the other party didn’t receive the offering for a long time, Ye Zun looked down at the flower in his hand and pursed his lips lightly.
“If you don’t like the flower, then nevermind.”

“I didn’t say I didn’t like it.” Shen Yuan reached out and grabbed the red spider lily right from his hand, carelessly sniffing it once, and raised his eyes to look at him.
“This has absolutely no scent at all.”

A faint smile peeked out from Ye Zun’s lips again.
“But, it really does look beautiful ba.”

Although he was still lazy and lacking in energy, and there was no smile on his face, the deranged lifelessness on Shen Yuan’s brows and eyes dissipated a lot.
His eyes became clear and his appearance returned to his previous laziness.

“En, very beautiful.”

Ye Zun walked around him and sat at his desk beside the window, then pulled out the diary he got back from the girl from his bag.

Shen Yuan was right.
He really was in a good mood, because Nogawa Kaoru’s secret would soon be solved.

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Journey of a red spider lily——

On the morning of blooming, it was picked off and discarded by a priest in a bad mood, then picked up by a good-looking little Gege passing by.
But it was too late to be happy, because it was soon delivered back into familiar hands.

Red spider lily: Blame me for being too beautiful ┭┮﹏┭┮

Have the feeling that Ye Zun has the talent of being a natural scum ah, and the Demon Lord is really easy to coax~

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【 As for why there is red spider lily in April, it is not a bug, we will find out very soon 】

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