Sweet Teeth / A Speck Amid The Dust of The World 世界微尘里 Chapter 7.1

Chapter 7.1 - An Encounter in the Snow (Part 3)

The drawer was opened, and there were several file bags and a cigarette inside. 
     He bent over and poked his head in, bringing in a trace of cold moisture. Then, he reached out and passed by Zeng Li and took a box of cigarettes from the drawer. As a result, he was so close to her that she could inhale the cold air he exhaled. She saw the roots of his hair and moles on the skin behind his ears. 
     Ai Jingchu got up and returned to his original position, took out a cigarette and put it in his mouth, then took out a lighter from his pocket and slowly lit it. In the whole process, he used one hand, but he was very proficient and experienced. 
     Gradually, Zeng Li saw that the rain had wetted the mass of road under his feet. He smoked one cigarette after another, sometimes he was talking, sometimes he was listening silently. Occasionally he would talk for a long time, and the smoke between his fingers would burn so freely. The little mars were obviously dark, and there was a little light. After it burned into a piece of ashes, he would lower his head and flick with his fingers. 
     Finally, he hung up the phone, but the cigarette in his hand hadn't been burned out, so he stayed where he was and smoked it quietly. In the end, the phone rang again on the way back to the car. This time, the conversation was very concise and ended in a few words. 
     He opened the door and returned to the car, and said to Zeng Li “ Sorry for the long wait.” As soon as he opened his mouth, the air in his throat suddenly alternated between hot and cold, coughing several times in a row, and his fingers on the steering wheel were already red from freezing outside. 
    Zeng Li couldn't help but say, “If you have a cold, it's best not to smoke. You are even a doctor.” She didn't know why she blurted out these words. She was a little bit complaining, a little concerned, and a little incomprehensible. This care may be for his rescue late at night, or it may be warm-hearted and casual persuasion, but she regretted it as soon as she let it out. 
     Ai Jingchu didn't answer, so he moved his frozen fingers and put down the handbrake. After the car had moved a few meters, he suddenly said: “The doctor will also say that it is best not to smoke when you are a woman. ”
     Zeng Li turned her face to look at him abruptly, surprised for several seconds, and then slowly turned her head, her cheeks flushed. 
     He is talking about her. 
     When did she first learn to smoke? It seems to be New Year's Day in freshman year. The three of them in their dormitory and several classmates went to the square to count down for New Year. It was already one or two o'clock in the morning on the way back to school, and they couldn't get a car, so they made an agreement to walk all the way back. Halfway up, while walking and panicking, Wu Ying taught her to smoke. 
     In fact, at that time, Wu Ying was also half-assed. Wu Ying said to her, “Just take a sip and spit out the smoke. ”
     “Where did you spit it out? Nose or mouth? "She asked curiously. 
     “Mouth, how uncomfortable it is to use your nose. ”
     “Oh. ”She learned to do it again but choked back tears. 
     Ma Yiyi said, “Your rebellious period has come a little late, right? ”
     Unexpectedly, the person who brought her into the industry quit later, but she grew to have this secret hobby, but she smoked very little and was very discreet, and almost undetected by anyone. 
    Once, on Wu Ying's birthday, she called a lot of classmates and colleagues to eat and sing. That day, she was in a very bad mood, so she quietly walked to an empty box next door and lit a cigarette. She didn't know that Wu Ying came out to find her halfway. When Zeng Li heard her voice, she was so frightened that she hurriedly threw away the cigarette butt. After Wu Ying entered the door, she asked curiously, “Why are you here alone and not turning on the lights?" " Zeng Li replied in shock, "I'll am just casually sitting down." 
     This is the closest she has been to exposure. 
     And this little secret was actually discovered by Ai Jingchu. 
     She really smokes very rarely, and she gargles her mouth every time she finishes smoking. For orthodontics, she also cleans her teeth, so there should be no smoke stains on her teeth. Every time she goes back to check her teeth, she is even more cautious about oral hygiene. If there is really a flaw, there will only be one time, it will be the day he came to the library to return his books. 
     Zeng Li pondered for a long time and didn't know how to explain it, because after all, the impression was already so bad. But then she thought, why should she explain it to him? So, she held a mentality of non-destructiveness and simply said nothing. 
     There are songs on the CD one after another. One of them is "Looking Back Again 再回首" performed by Hao Lei. Zeng Li also played this version at Carol's, but she did not have a deep impression. 
     Such a familiar song on such a night road, listening to it gave rise to a whole new type of emotion. Some emotions have accumulated in Zeng Li's heart, and she must find someone to talk to, so she changed her old restraint and broke the silence: "Teacher Ai, you don't seem to be married yet, are you? ”

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