Ziang Xiao Hui usually got on the bus early and got off late. He loved to sit in the last row.
One day, Ziang Xiao Hui was lost in thought when a pair of black leather shoes appeared in his field of vision, and a person asked in a low voice, “Excuse me, is this seat occupied?”
This was the first time Jiang Xiao Hui saw Peng Feng, who was impeccably attired. Even when squeezed on the bus, he looked as calm as if he were idly taking a walk in the courtyard.
Peng Feng got off at the stop before Jiang Xiao Hui. It was a science and technology park, all IT and high-tech, counting among the top 500 domestic enterprises.
At first glance, Peng Feng looked like an elite who was unlikely to appear on the bus, so Jiang Xiao Hui thought: I guess I won’t see this person anymore.
As a result, Jiang Xiao Hui’s estimate was wrong. One day, he saw Peng Feng again.
The bus stop where Peng Feng got on was very crowded. Jiang Xiao Hui and the people on the bus were leisurely watching the hustle and bustle when he saw the person who had spoken to him.
Jiang Xiao Hui sat in the seat while sizing up Peng Feng. Standing in the outer circle of the crowd, Peng Feng suddenly raised his head, looked back, and his eyes met Jiang Xiao Hui.
At that moment, Jiang Xiao Hui felt very guilty, worried that his gaze was too hot and too obvious; maybe the other party noticed something. So, he hurriedly averted his gaze, pretending to look in the distance.
Later, Jiang Xiao Hui secretly observed the people around him and found that they were also looking at the people outside, so he was relieved, thinking that his performance just now shouldn’t have been too abrupt.
Then Jiang Xiao Hui silently remembered that stop.
Jiang Xiao Hui realized he didn’t know when he started to always run into the handsome young man on the bus that he took to and from work. That young man was the same Peng Feng who had asked to sit with him once.
Peng Feng often stood nearby where he could see him when he looked up. Jiang Xiao Hui was secretly delighted; this location was very convenient for him to steal a peek.
Probably because of the proximity of the workplace and the similar working hours, they could see each other almost every morning and evening getting off from work. Jiang Xiao Hui liked that type of man, so he secretly started to pay attention to him.
Oh, yes, I forgot to mention – Jiang Xiao Hui was gay and only liked men.
Peng Feng got on the bus later and off the bus earlier than Jiang Xiao Hui. So every day, Jiang Xiao Hui was quite happy because he could enjoy peeking at Peng Feng during the entire bus ride.
Peng Feng got on the bus in a prosperous area. Many rich people were living there, and they could afford to buy a car. Of course, also many people had no money to buy a car and could only wait for the bus.
Jiang Xiao Hui noticed that sometimes Peng Feng would get on the bus very pro-actively, while sometimes he would look inside the bus slowly and unhurriedly. He seemed to evaluate whether it was worth squeezing in or not, and then he would get on.
Sometimes there were too many people, but Peng Feng was always calm and relaxed. Jiang Xiao Hui was nervous for Peng Feng, worried about him not boarding.
One time after work, Jiang Xiao Hui took the bus home and arrived where Peng Feng was about to get off, but he found that Peng Feng had not yet stepped off.
Jiang Xiao Hui’s heart moved (or was it his brain twitching?), thinking he had time anyway, so he planned to see where Peng Feng would get off.
The bus drove from one stop to another, and when it was time for Jiang Xiao Hui to leave, Peng Feng had not reached his destination.
He didn’t get off the bus, so Jiang Xiao Hui also calmed down. He kept waiting and waiting, all the way to the end station, but Peng Feng never moved.
Only Peng Feng, Jiang Xiao Hui, and the driver remained on the bus.
Jiao Xiao Hui looked out the window in confusion, “…” The end was a bit off his usual route, and he had never been here before. The driver in front started yelling, “We’re at the end terminal! Everyone exits the bus!”
Peng Feng and Jiang Xiao Hui got up silently together.
After leaving the bus, Peng Feng, who had been walking in front, suddenly turned his head and asked Jiang Xiao Hui, “Do you live in such a remote place?”
Jiang Xiao Hui was surprised and shook his head, “No, just missed my stop and forgot to get off…Ah…What about you?”
Jiang Xiao Hui felt that Peng Feng’s face seemed to have darkened a bit.
Peng Feng said calmly, “I’m waiting for someone.” Peng Feng took out his mobile phone and called someone to pick him up.
Jiang Xiao Hui mentally recalled the man’s actions on the phone; they were quite stylish. Then he boarded the bus and inserted coins again.
Jiang Xiao Hui ran to the last row of the bus and sat down again. Peng Feng was standing approximately parallel to his position.
After a while, the bus left. Jiang Xiao Hui glanced back. Peng Feng was still standing lonely in the same place.
Jiang Xiao Hui wanted to get off the bus and accompany him, but considering the bus was already moving, he would be scolded if he asked the driver to stop, so he gave up.
In addition, he was not familiar with Peng Feng. If he went to accompany a stranger, the other party would think he was weird, right?
But, ah, he initiated a conversation with him! Jiang Xiao Hui thought to himself as he sat on the bus. Although it was a pity that they didn’t speak too much, and it was all nonsense. Forget about getting each other’s phone numbers; he didn’t even know his name.
But probably thanks to those few nonsense words, after that, Peng Feng and Jiang Xiao Hui started to talk a little bit. At least they knew each other’s names.
When the seat next to Jiang Xiao Hui was empty, Peng Feng would sit there.
The seats inside the bus were very narrow. Jiang Xiao Hui later noticed that Peng Feng would feel stifled and could not stretch his legs whenever he sat inside. So when Peng Feng came again, he moved to the inner seat. After sitting down, he looked up and smiled at Peng Feng.
The first time Jiang Xiao Hui did this, Peng Feng’s expression froze. Soon, he returned to normal, smiled politely at Jiang Xiao Hui, and said in a kind and soft voice, “Thank you.”
Although sitting inside was also very uncomfortable, when he saw that smile and heard the thank you, he immediately thought, “Worth it!”