SO Chapter 33

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Chapter 33

Edited by: Planetes


Fang Zhaomu and Song Yuanxun fooled around for the entire break.

Song Yuanxun did not say anything aloud, but Fang Zhaomu knew that he was trying his best to keep to his pace. Song Yuanxun even purchased a transport card for A City. He would intern in his father’s company in the day, then go to the lab to pick Fang Zhaomu after work. They would eat together at the school’s cafeteria or somewhere nearby, then he would send Fang Zhaomu back home.

When Fang Zhaomu’s parents were not at home, Song Yuanxun would stay over at his place.

Half a year ago, Fang Zhaomu would never have imagined that the person called Song Yuanxun who did not like Fang Zhaomu would be conscientiously following him into the train station at seven pm, taking A City’s most crowded #2 train for three stops, and then sending him home, all just to see him every day.

The first time Song Yuanxun went to Fang Zhaomu’s lab, Li Wei was there as well.

Li Wei was there to borrow his senior’s study material, and was chatting at the door of the lab. He was a little taken aback when he saw Song Yuanxun. Song Yuanxun nodded his head to Li Wei. Li Wei greeted Song Yuanxun, asking him the reason why he was there, and Song Yuanxun’s eyes shifted behind Li Wei. He saw Fang Zhaomu walking out from within, and told him he was there to look for Fang Zhaomu.

Song Yuanxun walked in with them, and took a look around the lab. Li Wei asked after T University, and even about Fang Zhaomu’s performance there. With a straight face, Song Yuanxun said that Fang Zhaomu’s capability in the lab was excellent, and was well received by the professor and his classmates, his voice indifferent and objective.

Fang Zhaomu finally understood why Song Yuanxun could so easily deceive him then. It was because Song Yuanxun’s expression was too stern when he was bullshitting, and no one would ever suspect him.

And so, Fang Zhaomu glanced at Song Yuanxun, saying nothing.

They chatted for a moment, then Song Yuanxun wanted to bring Fang Zhaomu away. The two of them had to pick Fang Zhaoling up from her tuition class.

When they reached the corridor outside, Song Yuanxun asked Fang Zhaomu, “Mumu, how many points do I get today?”

Fang Zhaomu asked him where had he been studying all these dating guides, but Song Yuanxun refused to admit to it. Fang Zhaomu did not let it go, and even mocked Song Yuanxun, so Song Yuanxun took the opportunity to drag Fang Zhaomu into an empty classroom. Pressing him against the door, Song Yuanxun used the pretext of being angry from his embarrassment, and indulged in their sensual pleasure.

In the hottest summer night, as long as there was no one around, Song Yuanxun insisted on holding hands with Fang Zhaomu. Their hands were clammy with sweat, and due to the heat, their bodies were tacky. Fang Zhaomu could not help but think about their future, thinking that it would be enough if they could always be together, going through a few more other experiences.

The break passed quickly, and it was time for Song Yuanxun to go back to school. The two of them had to return to their lives that were separated by a time difference again.

Fang Zhaomu had not want to see him off, but went in the end.

This time, it was Fang Zhaomu’s turn to watch Song Yuanxun’s departing back. He thought that that time when Song Yuanxun had sent him off, he definitely did not feel as upset as he was, as Fang Zhaomu wanted to chase after him right then.

He really wanted to call Song Yuanxun back. His eyes burned, and stood for a long time at the security check before heading home dejectedly.

Fang Zhaomu was not as anxious as others in his fourth year of studies, but he was also very busy.

Last year, his score was extremely high, and was awarded a national prize. On his birthday, he gathered a big group of friends for a meal, and even brought Fang Zhaoling along. Fang Zhaomu’s acceptance into the PhD program had already been announced, and his classmates said that this would be the first farewell meal of their last year of studies, and called him Professor Fang.

Previously, Song Yuanxun did not return during Christmas. He had given Fang Zhaomu a call in the morning to wish him a happy birthday. The phone reception was not very good, and the two of them talked about Fang Zhaomu’s birthday plans before hanging up.

At the restaurant, Fang Zhaomu had drank a little. His face felt very warm, and as it was a little late, Papa Fang came to pick Fang Zhaoling up. Fang Zhaomu sent Fang Zhaoling downstairs, but did not immediately rejoin his friends. Fang Zhaoling said that Fang Zhaomu was drunk, and insisted on Fang Zhaomu going to the restaurant balcony to sober up in the fresh air, and also did not allow him to continue drinking.

Fang Zhaoling repeated confirmed it with Fang Zhaomu. Only after Fang Zhaomu promised her that he would take a break did she get onto Papa Fang’s car.

The balcony was on the south of the restaurant. Fang Zhaomu walked over to the railing, his elbows resting on it. Looking at the cars speeding on the distant expressway as well as the numerous buildings, he thought about Song Yuanxun, and kept feeling an emptiness within his heart.

Last year, Fang Zhaomu did not drink on his birthday, and it was also not as lively as this year’s one. He had received a very idiotic message that year, and had went downstairs to stand in the cold, waiting for help with Song Yuanxun.

Song Yuanxun had pretended that he could not speak with his sore throat, had given his coat to Fang Zhaomu, and had followed Fang Zhaomu upstairs for cake. With Song Yuanxun’s long limbs, he did not fit into Fang Zhaomu’s room, but Song Yuanxun still insisted on staying.

At that time, Song Yuanxun had wrote something, he seemed to have asked Fang Zhaomu what wishes did he make.

Fang Zhaomu’s memories for trivial things were bad. He was about to forget all of the bad points of Song Yuanxun, and also forgot about what wish did he make then.

Maybe he had wished that Andrew would not be too ugly.

Thinking about it, Fang Zhaomu found it a little funny. Unwilling to continue thinking about Song Yuanxun, he wanted to return to his friends, but someone suddenly hugged him from behind.

This was a person that Fang Zhaomu had not seen in months already. They had had many video chats, and would talk to each other daily. Every day, Fang Zhaomu had thought that those moments were good, but comparing everything now, this moment that they could meet each other was still the best.

“Have you had your cake yet?” Song Yuanxun asked Fang Zhaomu.

His lips right next to Fang Zhaomu’s ear, his voice ringing softly. Fang Zhaomu grabbed Song Yuanxun’s hand. “Not yet.”

“Mn,” Song Yuanxun kissed Fang Zhaomu’s earlobe. “I had wanted to ask you what you wished for.”

“What would you do after asking?” Fang Zhaomu turned around and looked at Song Yuanxun. There was no one else on the balcony, and so Fang Zhaomu raised his chin and kissed Song Yuanxun. “Classmate Song Yuanxun, you’ll help me fulfil these wishes today?”

“Mumu.” Song Yuanxun held onto his shoulders and turned him back.

In front, the exterior lighting of a few connecting skyscrapers changed colour. From the east to the west, a spheroid appeared. In the middle of the spheroid was a nucleus coloured with silver and gold. Blue and purple light spiralled outwards from the nucleus like a halo.

It was as though two hundred billion stars and stardust were plucked from the sky, and planted onto this barred spiral in front of him.

“The moon should be in there,” Song Yuanxun said. “Try looking for it yourself.”

Fang Zhaomu looked at this Milky Way that Song Yuanxun had created for him at night, at that moment, he could not say a word.

The people in the restaurant all started coming out to the balcony to look at the display. Song Yuanxun put down his hand that was on Fang Zhaomu’s shoulder, moving next to him and watching it with him.

After a while, Song Yuanxun again called out to Fang Zhaomu, and Fang Zhaomu turned his head towards him.

“I’ve completed all my credits.” Song Yuanxun said.

Fang Zhaomu was slightly surprised. “You don’t plan on continuing?”

“In the past, I had wanted to study for another two years,” Song Yuanxun looked into Fang Zhaomu’s eyes. He did not ask for any credit, nor did he conceal his regret. “But now I can’t endure waiting anymore.”

The night was dark. The lights on the balcony and the wall emitted a soft, gentle light, allowing them to see each other’s faces clearly.

“Let’s go back and have cake.” Song Yuanxun said.

In Song Yuanxun’s eyes were reflected the stars and moon he gave to Fang Zhaomu. Just like the first time he met Fang Zhaomu, he was as serious as then, as proud as then.

Song Yuanxun wanted to lead Fang Zhaomu into the restaurant, but Fang Zhaomu did not move.

“I don’t want to go back there.” Fang Zhaomu said.

Fang Zhaomu rarely did such wilful things, but he still gave his best friend a call, lying that he was feeling uncomfortable. He asked them to go ahead and have fun, that the KTV room was already reserved, and he would settle the bill.

For the passionate couple, the man-made Milky Way remained there for thirty minutes. When the lights of the buildings returned to their original state, Fang Zhaomu dragged Song Yuanxun upstairs to book a room.

It was not that there were no troubles. There were many, the storms and blizzards, and his parents.

However, with so much feelings, there was a persistent love that could not be abandoned, and a blindness that made him dared to follow him even in the dark. Being together with Song Yuanxun, Fang Zhaomu felt impetuous, and any consideration was only extraneous.

It was as if he had returned to his birthday a year ago.

Fang Zhaomu wore his lucky ear studs, loading the airline website and bought a return flight ticket to Seattle. He packed his luggage, taking off and landing, and when he opened his eyes, he saw the one he liked the most.

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Translator’s Notes:

It’s done!!!!! I hope you guys love this novel as much as we do here in BBTL.

And in the most incredible timing, there will be an audiodrama released (in Chinese) for Social Outcast!

Look at this art!!!!

The audiodrama will be available on 28th May, and you can check it out HERE!

We also have an ebook version available on our ToC, do check it out!

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60 thoughts on “SO Chapter 33

  1. thank you so much for translating this beautiful story! If not for your hard work, we would have missed out on this novel.

  2. Thank you so much for translating and releasing it in one go. This kind of story based on “misunderstanding & lies” are one of my favorite as I’m curious how creative the author will solved it.

    At first I don’t like Mumu, then he started to grow on me and when he’s hurt because of the lies, my heart was also saddened.

  3. like what the tl said, i think this was a really well-written novel and the feels were real in this i cried a few times

  4. Thank you so much for translating this novel and also released all the chapters at once. I had fun reading this.

  5. Thank you very much for translating this story. 😊 I really enjoyed it. There are some parts that can even make me sad but I like how the author resolves their misunderstanding.

  6. Well, what can I say? Knowing me, probably a lot. First off, thanks for translating this novel and for giving us the gift of it all at once. That is so satisfying. Secondly, thanks for putting such quality work into the translation. Getting a whole novel and also with such care given to the translation are not givens and are much appreciated.

    Secondly, this novel has made its way onto my all time favorite list for sure! Lately, with real life being very stressful, I have opted for more fluffy stories, even if they are completely unrealistic, but sometimes stories that have more grit to them hook me in by displaying real emotions that can be related to, and this is one of them. It didn’t hurt that they talked about Seattle, which is where I live, either! I really liked how the progressions of emotions on both of their parts seemed really realistic and not rushed. There was no magic pixie dust, golden halos, or revenge plots. As the author laid things out, even misunderstandings or mistaken first impressions were given logical explanations and I liked how the characters clearly talked about things once they had the opening to do so.

    I could say a ton more, but it’s already the longest comment. Eep. Anyway, this story just really touched me and brought out a lot of emotion. I think it deserves a lot more readers. Thanks again for bringing it to us and brightening my day. Well, several days, since I’ve already reread it! 😊

  7. I liked it very much! I loved it! Even if I’d have liked a little more fluffy chapters after all that suffering, it’s so realistic and lovable.

    Every chapter was full of emotions, I had the complete range of feelings reading this. And that makes this novel a favorite of mine. Fang Zhaomu and Song Yuanxun are two very capable persons, able to love and change and make decisions for the sake of a relationship that changed their lives. Good for them. They were really mature the whole time, even when someone screw things up.

    I’d like to see more of them, but at least we’ll have an audiodrama.

    Thanks so much for giving this novel to us. You’re incredible!

  8. Thank you for the translation, without you guys out there I would have no chance to being able to read from the chinese and miss out all this beautiful novel.
    The first part was more detailed than the part were they got together but it was overall a good story.
    I’m only commenting the final chapter because I read it in one go.

  9. All the angst in between teared me up! Great for cleansing my tear ducts. The ending is as fluffy & sweet as the icing on those cakes MuMu likes. U love it!

  10. Thank you for translating this novel! Truly loved reading it.. the emotions and characters felt so real, you could really empathise with their pain. It was both written and translated wonderfully!
    Thanks a ton. 😍

  11. this was sooo good! i really loved reading about the slow change in yuanxun’s attitude towards zhaomu ToT thank you for translating and for all the efforts put into this <3

  12. Thanks a lot. This was a great story. I actually didn’t know the manhua was based of this but since the manhua’s ongoing and not translated, there’s the novel.
    Now I can understand the manhua more.
    Thanks again for translating. 🙂

  13. Thank you so much for this translation. This story was so good. I think it kind of reminds me of pride and prejudice haha and I really liked Zhaomu as a character, tho I would have loved to read a chapter in wich he tells Yuanxung that he likes him verbally , but maybe that’s what makes this story so unique 🤔

    Anyways, translating a novel so that it still conveys what it does in it’s original language must be so hard so thank you so much again for this beautifully done job!!!

  14. I JUST READ THE MANHUA AND READ THE NOVEL RIGHT AWAY BECAUSE I GOT HOOKED!! That was sooo good. I can imagine the scenery of this ending and damn I can’t wait for the comic to catch up ❤️ How I was wish it was longer. I really wanna read more of their everyday life

  15. Thank you so much for translating this novel because I don’t know how I would have been able to cope with the suspense if the novel wasn’t fully translated. It was so precious and I didn’t want it to end. I wanted to know more about their life together. I am glad it was hinted that Mumu finally told his parents about Song Yuanxun and I am so happy that they have a happy ever after kinda ending. It’s like a boys’ love fairytale.

    Dear translator, thank you so much for your hard work. You’re the best.

  16. Thankyou so much for translating this novel! I’m come here after read the mnhua, can’t wait to see all this sweet and bittersweet moment in the manhua ^°^

  17. Thank you for the translating this. I found out about this story recently and it was a beautiful read from start to finish.

    1. Thank you so much for translating this. I find this novel very beautiful. It was also translated very well. The audiodrama link helped me fulfil some of my tiny wishes, hearing the voice of Song Yuanxun. Although I still cant yet properly understand chinese language, the audiodrama helped a lot in motivating me in learning

  18. Thank you so much for translating this story ^^ I really enjoyed the plot and the characters. It was very soft but also bittersweet, it was a roller-coaster reading this

  19. I finished it today and a big thank you for translating such a sweet novel! Amazing work
    It’s just that I am not clear with smthn…..Xiaomu was angry and all with song then he asks if he just wants sex……after the reveal we never got a better insight on Mu’s feelings and acceptance. Just me?

    1. Not just you. The story was rather quickly wrapped up after they made up and I also would have liked to know more about their feelings. Especially if you think about Mu’s reaction after their first intimit encounter. The last few chapters were more like stating stuff.
      Oh well, this kinda happens in a lot of stories I suppose. Maybe the author just had to wrap it up.
      Still a very good read and the translation was also superb.

  20. thank you soooo much for your hard work !!
    i really enjoyed reading this beautiful novel🥺🙏💖💖💖💖💖💖

  21. Wahhh it was such a ride reading this novel! Thank you so much dear translator for your hardwork. May you live healthy and happily. 💖💖💖💖💖

  22. Thanks I am a guy reading BLs. But I finding this a very nice story. I like girls in real life but I like BL the dilemma.@(@.

  23. Thanks for translating this wonderful story!! No novel has made me cry on every single chapter before and I usually hate angst but it still somehow made me stay and love it!

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