“Huo Bo!”

Jiang Chen rolled up from the ground with his left hand, dodged the wooden stick that swung from the side, and quickly ran to Huo Bo’s side. With their backs pressed against each other, he turned his head slightly and said, “Are you okay?”

Huo Bo shook his bleeding arm, calmly looked at the people who surrounded them, and said in an extremely cold voice, “Minor injury, let’s talk after the fight.”

After saying that, he kicked the person closest to him without waiting for anyone to react. Jiang Chen made his move at almost the same time. The two cooperated tacitly and trusted their backs to each other, not allowing for any openings, and soon this group of people were dealt with.

The ground had prone bodied lying haphazardly all over. Jiang Chen picked his way through and walked up to Sun Zhi whose hands were broken by Huo Bo, knelt down and said, “No matter who the person behind you is, remind him for me that persisting in evil brings about self-destruction. And also, these words are for you too.”

Huo Bo stood beside Jiang Chen, looked down at Sun Zhi, and said coldly: “I recall that I warned you before, don’t let me see you again.”

Sun Zhi trembled, scooted back on his buttocks, and said with a trembling voice, “It’s not that I want to trouble Jiang Chen, it’s, someone asked me to do this…..”

“Who?” Huo Bo stepped on his chest, the hostility still lingering in his eyes.

“I can’t say…..”

The force under Huo Bo’s foot became heavier, and Sun Zhi’s face was flushed with pain, but he gritted his teeth tightly and refused to say a word.

“Forget it.” Jiang Chen grabbed Huo Bo’s injured arm, looked it over carefully, and said, “Your wound needs to be treated.”

Huo Bo didn’t say a word, the strength under his foot increasing little by little. Sun Zhi coughed and struggled, but because his hands were broken, he could only scrabble on the ground in vain.

“Huo Kuang Kuang.” Jiang Chen crossed his arms, raised his eyebrows and smilingly called him, “Let’s go.”

Huo Bo’s face changed: “Don’t call me that!”

“Will you go or not?”

Huo Bo clenched his jaws, retracted his foot, cast a cold glance at Sun Zhi who was on the ground, and warned in a low voice: “I will say it one last time, don’t let me see you again.”

From an alley where the sun couldn’t shine prone and moaning figures littered the ground, the two walked into the sun one after the other, one with a stern expression and the other with a warm expression.

Jiang Chen stopped at the door of the pharmacy, turned around and said, “Wait a bit, we’ll treat your wound first.”

Huo Bo stood aside with his arms folded, and a cold, silent face.

He and Jiang Chen grew up together, and he knew what the other wanted to say and what he didn’t want to say without having to even ask. It was just that he saw such a scene right after he came back, and it seemed that there was some insider information that the other couldn’t let others know. It was hard not to be worried, and this time he came back he clearly felt the changes in Jiang Chen from before he left, which made him want to know what happened in the past six months.

How could Jiang Chen not know what Huo Bo was worried about and what he was feeling awkward about? He didn’t say anymore, just smiled and opened his arms and said, “Huo Bo, welcome back.”

Huo Bo looked at him with a sullen face, met his smiling eyes for a few seconds, then clicked his tongue before hugging him in his arms briefly. He said, “Don’t be so sappy.”

Jiang Chen shrugged and walked into the pharmacy.

When he came out again, he was holding medical iodine tincture and bandage cotton swabs in his hand. The two randomly found a step and sat down. Jiang Chen skillfully helped him treat the wound. When he wrapped the bandage, he lowered his eyes and chuckled lightly, “I keep feeling that the last time I bandaged you was decades ago.”

“Exaggerated.” Huo Bo also laughed a little: “It’s only half a year.”

Jiang Chen put aside the remaining iodine and bandages, propped his arms on the ground, and looked at the road ahead with an idle expression: “Thank you for just now.”

Huo Bo said indifferently: “Tomorrow is Uncle Jiang’s operation. If he sees you injured, he will definitely not have the operation with peace of mind.”

“I know.” Jiang Chen was used to the other’s blunt tongue, and said with a smile, “I am thanking you in my dad’s place.”

Huo Bo hummed lightly, remained silent for a long time, and then whispered: “I’m sorry.”

Jiang Chen turned his head and asked him, “Sorry for what?”

“It’s nothing.”

“Let me guess.” Jiang Chen looked away and at the busy traffic, saying with a smile, “You mean to say that a lot of things have happened to my family in the past six months, but you haven’t been able to accompany me when I was most sad, right?”

“It’s not as sappy as you make it out to be.” Huo Bo glanced at him and said.

“What about you? How has the past six months been?”

In Jiang Chen’s peripheral vision, Huo Bo picked up the plastic bag from the pharmacy and fiddled with it, his eyes lowered and saying nothing.

After a while, he said lightly: “Just how it is.”

Jiang Chen’s eyes flickered slightly, and his half-lowered eyelashes covered the distress and chill in his eyes.

It was the same in the first life. One year after Grandma Huo passed away, Huo Bo was picked up by his biological mother. He left for half a year. After he came back, he didn’t seem to have changed other than just talking less. It seemed as if the half year passed without any disturbances.

At that time, he was overwhelmed with his own family affairs, and he didn’t have any extra mind to pay attention to the differences in his friends. Later, Shen Xu mentioned it to him several times, and he directly asked Huo Bo, and he didn’t think too much about it after getting “nothing” in reply. After a long time, when Huo Bo had achieved great success, people from his mother’s side came knocking, and only then did he know what Huo Bo had experienced in those six months.

However, Huo Bo in the first life would not say, and the same was true in this life.

He also didn’t need to ask, because some things, no matter how much others say, no matter when they say it, couldn’t relieve the pain of the person concerned, and the only thing that could heal the wound was time and himself.

Moreover, he would never let what happened to Huo Bo in the first life happen again.

Jiang Chen changed the topic: “Let’s go back to school, Shen Xu will be happy to see you.”

“Forget it today.” Huo Bo looked at the bandage on his hand, pulled at the corner of his mouth and said, “I’ll go to the western suburbs to see Grandma first.”

Jiang Chen stood up, turned around and stretched out his hand, saying seriously, “Huo Bo, I’m saying it again, welcome back, Shen Xu and I miss you very much.”

Huo Bo grabbed his hand and stood up. The two of them exerted strength at the same time, and when their chests collided, Huo Bo whispered: “I’m back.”

After parting, Jiang Chen stopped a cab on the side of the road and went to Yan City Second Hospital. When he entered the lobby of the inpatient department, he paused and straightened his clothes in front of the grooming mirror at the door.

A familiar figure in the mirror walked by, Jiang Chen turned his head and stopped the man: “Doctor Shi.”

Shi Fengyue stopped in his tracks. He was dressed all in black. His jet-black hair was pressed under his baseball cap. His exposed neck and chin formed a strong contrast with the black clothes, and were almost transparent white.

Jiang Chen also knew that Shi Fengyue’s skin was fair before, but he never had such a strong sense of impact before this, but what caught his attention even more was Shi Fengyue’s almost blood-colored lips and how he seemed to dress warmer than ordinary people.

It was almost June now, and the temperature today was as high as 30 degrees. But Shi Fengyue was wearing a black sweater that was not considered thin, which was a bit awkward among the people who come and go in thin summer clothes.

Shi Fengyue’s expression was indolent, and when he was stopped, he just asked lazily: “What’s the matter?”

Jiang Chen frowned: “Doctor Shi, are you feeling discomfort?”

“No.” Shi Fengyue said lightly, “Is there anything else?”

Jiang Chen nodded, and asked about the business: “I just received a call from the hospital saying that my dad’s preoperative examination has abnormalities. I want to ask you about his condition.”

Shi Fengyue raised his eyes: “The nurse mixed up your father’s test results and someone else’s by mistake, but the intern doctor found out not long after, they already notified you?”

Jiang Chen’s eyes flickered slightly: “It must have been the nurse who was too anxious, so they just notified me.”

Shi Fengyue narrowed his eyes slightly, thoughtful.

A few seconds later, he asked, “Where’s your mother?”

“I can’t get through her phone.” Jiang Chen asked, “Did you see her today?”

“No…..” Shi Fengyue looked past Jiang Chen and raised his jaw: “Over there.”

Jiang Chen turned his head and followed Shi Fengyue’s line of sight, just in time to see Yang Si who walked into the entrance of the inpatient department. He nodded to Shi Fengyue: “Then I’m leaving, excuse me.”

Shi Fengyue nodded slightly and also left.

Jiang Chen caught up with Yang Si and called out, “Mom.”

Yang Si turned around in surprise: “Chen Chen? Why are you here?”

“The hospital called to say that there was something wrong with Dad’s examination, so I asked for leave with the teacher. I just met Dr. Shi and found that the nurse took the wrong report.” Jiang Chen asked: “Neither I nor the nurse could get through to your phone, where have you been?”

“At noon, after I delivered food to your dad and on the way home, my mobile phone was stolen on the bus.” Yang Si raised her hand, revealing the bag in her hand: “This is my Mom’s new mobile phone, and the clerk said it is the latest model. Give Mom your mobile phone later, and you can use this new one.”

Jiang Chen smiled and said, “I don’t really need to use a mobile phone at school, you should keep it for yourself.”

“No.” Yang Si stuffed the bag to Jiang Chen, took his arm and said with a smile: “Other children have new mobile phones, so of course my Chen Chen should also have a new one.”

Jiang Chen grabbed the bag in his hand, with a smile on the corner of his mouth: “Thank you, Mom.”

“You’re welcome.” Yang Si pulled him and said, “Since you’re in the hospital, go up and see your dad. Last night while you were still at school, he was still talking about whether you’d be hungry when you got home. In fact, he just misses you.”

Jiang Chen nodded: “I miss him too.”

After staying in Jiang Zhuo’s ward all afternoon and having dinner with him, Jiang Chen left the hospital.

When he was almost home, Jiang Chen received a call from He Qianmin.

There was a stranger’s voice on the other end: “Hello, is this He Qianmin’s brother?”

Jiang Chen paused as he turned the key, and was silent for a few seconds before he said, “What’s the matter?”

“He Qianmin is in the hospital, can you come over?”

Jiang Chen frowned, pulled out the key and turned around, “Which hospital? How is he doing?”

“The Affiliated Hospital of Yan University.” Said over there, “Don’t worry, he’s fine, but he got drunk and accidentally cut his hand. The wound is a bit deep and needs stitches.”

“Please take care of him first, I’ll be right over.”

Thirty minutes later, the cab stopped at the entrance of the Affiliated Hospital of Yan University.

Jiang Chen quickly walked into the emergency room. He didn’t really need to look, immediately seeing a few boys in Chenghua’s school uniform.

He walked over and said, “How is He Qianmin?”

The several boys were taken aback when they saw him, and one of them hesitated and asked, “May I ask who you are?”

“The person who answered the phone thirty minutes ago.”

“Ah?” The boys looked at each other, “Isn’t He Qianmin’s elder brother He Qianjian from Chenghua’s high school division?”

“That’s right, He Qianjian doesn’t seem to look like this…..”

Just as Jiang Chen was about to speak, he heard He Qianmin’s voice behind him: “Big Brother?”

Jiang Chen turned his head and saw He Qianmin standing three meters away from him, with his right sleeve of his school uniform rolled up, bandages wrapped around his arm from elbow to wrist, his face pale.

Seeing that it was really Jiang Chen, He Qianmin was surprised and delighted: “Why are you here?”

When Jiang Chen came up to him, he smelled the medicinal alcohol on him, and frowned, “What’s wrong with your arm?”

He Qianmin’s face changed slightly. Avoiding his gaze, he pursed his lips and said: “I was drunk, accidentally cutting myself with a fruit knife.”