“Zixuan-ge, can I rent two skateboards? Preferably a new one, my friend here likes something clean,” Mianmian smiled.
“Oh, you’ve brought a friend,” Jin Zixuan said. “You must be Lan Zhan, Lan Xichen’s younger sister, right?”
“Here,” he hands out two skateboards. “Have fun. Don’t you dare get scrapes, Mianmian!”
“So,” Lan Zhan looked at the skateboard she’s holding, then to Mianmian.
“So, what?” Mianmian asked?
“How does this thing work?”
“It’s the same as your surfboard but with wheels you dumbass. You place one feet to the board and try to use the other to step forward to get it rolling and once you have enough speed, you place your other foot to the board like this.” Mianmian explains.
“It’s not the same as surfing.”
“Come on, trust me,” Mianmian convinced. “Oh, got to go, I see my girlfriend arriving, you know Wen Qing, right? I’m gonna marry her someday.”
“Wait, you’re leaving me here?”
“Of course, I don’t want you to third wheel with us” Mianmian places her skateboard on the ground and starts rushing towards her girlfriend. Lan Zhan is now left alone with her skateboard in her hand.
Lan Zhan looked around the place and walked to a spot where she could try to practice balancing first before actually trying to play with it. She then hears someone laughing from a distance, she did not bother to look but she heard someone laugh-screaming “Jiang Cheng, why did you bring your bike here? You look idiotic for bringing it here hahahaha,” a girl laughed.
“What’s wrong bringing it here? If you remember correctly, Shijie is the co-owner here. She married Jin Zixuan.”
“Oh, that damn peacock. I’m still not forgiving him.”
“He basically lets you play with your stupid roller skates here for free.”
“As he should be.”
Lan Zhan stopped minding hearing the banter of those ‘kids’ and focused on what she should do. She tried to imitate what Mianmian showed her for a while but a loud thud was heard. She loses balance and falls, she feels a sting to her bottom and suddenly a hand was in front of her. She mindlessly grabbed the hand and she was pulled towards to stand up from that awkward position. “Thank you,” Lan Zhan replied.
Lan Zhan wipes the dirt off her shorts and suddenly the person in front of her asks a question.
“Are you okay? You look new here,” the girl asked. Lan Zhan looked from the girl’s shoe to her face. She’s the same girl arguing with her brother earlier , Lan Zhan thought. The girl in front of her is wearing a tight skirt with a pair of Fila Disruptor II, and a vibrant red sleeveless top with a white print that says be gay, do crimes.
Lan Zhan mindlessly keeps looking at her without answering the question until the person in front of her snaps her sense out.
“Hey, you still there? You didn’t have any concussion, right?” she asked.
“I’m okay,” Lan Zhan answered.
“So you new here?” still not letting go of Lan Zhan’s hand.
“Mn,” she replied and nodded, looking at the girl’s hand still.
“Oh, sorry. I didn’t mean to hold your hand for so long, your girlfriend might get angry,” she pointed out a girl behind Lan Zhan. Oh, she’s talking about Mianmian.
“Sorry again, are you straight? I’m sorry I assumed you were not, I-” she was on the verge of crying or maybe something else.
“I’m into girls,” Lan Zhan cuts her off. “Her? She’s a friend.”
“Oh, that’s nice. That’s nice. What's your name?” Lan Zhan can see a sparkle in her eyes.
“Lan Zhan,” she replied. “You?”
“My name…” she thinks. “You can call me the girl of your dreams!” she winks at Lan Zhan.
“Ah,” Lan Zhan was not having it, she wanted to pull this girl in front of her and kiss her in her car, but that sounds impolite so Lan Zhan just played along with her and plans a way to kidnap her? or maybe make her bear her child with her and name it A-Yuan or something.
“Okay, ‘the girl of my dreams’, can you teach me how to play with this thing,” Lan Zhan points at the skateboard on the floor.
“Lan Zhan!” she calls. “With that build, how can you not know how to play this like wow your muscles, so firm and I believe you have abs because girl you look so hot I would totally date you!” she teases.
“Do not tease with me”
“What if I’m not teasing with you, Lan Zhan. Can you take the responsibility for that?” she grins.
Lan Zhan just shut his eyes and replied, “ shameless,” and there was a hint of red on her ears from the teasing.
“Aiyo, Lan Zhan! Tell me what do you do for a living?” she asks, holding Lan Zhan’s hands as she guides her to skateboard.
“I do surfing.”
“Like professionally? Like you earn? You’re not kidding with me, are you?”
“Oh, that’s very hot of you.”
“Do you want to learn?” Lan Zhan asks. She’s not risking this chance of having this shorter girl not to beg for mercy slip away.
“Are you asking me on a date?” she asked. “You don’t even know my name, Lan Zhan!”
“Y-” Lan Zhan was about to reply, but she was cut off when someone suddenly dragged the girl forcefully.
“Dumbass! The fuck you flirting around, A-Jie said it’s time for dinner. Mom specifically asked me to drag you for you to be there.”
Lan Zhan wants to push that dude aside for pulling the girl without care.
“Wait! A-Cheng calm down! Give me a minute, I’ll meet you in the parking lot,” she begged. Then the guy lets go of the girl Lan Zhan was talking to.
“Sorry about my brother,” she apologized.
“Mn,” was the only thing Lan Zhan could reply to.
“Here!” the girl took out a pen from her pocket then she pulled Lan Zhan’s arm. She started writing down numbers.
“Call me, and I’ll tell you my name,” she smiles and leaves a peck on Lan Zhan’s check before roller skating towards the exit.
Lan Zhan stopped functioning for a hot minute until Mianmian snapped her senses back.