Waiting for You in the City (一座城,在等你) by Jiu Yue Xi 玖月晞 ~ Chapter 3

The white-collar workers around the SCBD building are taking photos with their phone.

Wu Fang road is full of thick smoke, people inside the building are running outside with their own might. Everyone is looking at the lively situation.

Xu Qin exerts her strength to charge into a group of people, who are blocking the alley. The firefighters are pulling their security lines and roaring toward the crowd: “All of you start to scatter! Move away! — You, why are you charging inside?”

Xu QIn says: “I’m a doctor.”

That skinny firefighters is confused. “Which hospital are you from?”

Xu Qin answers: “The three armed services hospital.”

Xu Qin bends her body to pass the security line and runs toward the alley.

The fire engines cars already pass inside the alley. The firefighters start to spray out the water.

The houses of the Nan Wu Road are vintage architecture, most of them are using wood structure and closed to each other. Though now there are four fire engine with high pressured water, yet the fire is not dispersed.

Most of the residents are evacuated, only firefighters are staying there in the frontline to fight it.

Nearby there are several leaders of the firefighters and political commissar gathering together to look at the map. The fire on the front is gone yet the inner area of the Nan Wu road, which the fire engine couldn’t get in, is still there. They just depends on the strength of the spray to fight it.

Song Yan advises: “Send and divide the people to extinguish the fire.”

Yet, the leader of the firefighter of the Nan Wu road doesn’t agree with him. “I oppose it.”

Song Yan: “Why?”

“These houses are having their own hidden trouble, if the fire ignites once more, it is easy for the roof to collapse. If we get inside, it’ll be too dangerous. Moreover, the reporters have checked the nearest area. Every family are successfully evacuated, no one is inside so we don’t need to take risks.”

The other group leaderr says: “I approve.”

Yet Song Yan shakes his head and points at the map: “Look at this, now this are is burnt, these houses are from brick. At the present we couldn’t control it. If we get inside, this area….”

Song Yan points at the are close to the burning area: “This is a building made of wood. If the fire spreads out here, it would be too late. That time the fire would be twofold great that this. We maybe couldn’t control it. Moreover–“

“Moreover?”

Song Yan pulls his lips: “In the apartment here, there are lots of foreigners that live alone. If there’re two or three of them being stranded. No one would notice that they are gone.”

All people’s expression turn grave, the political commissar of that area decides: “Act out what Song Yan said.”

The firefighters start to gather in groups and carry their own fire-extinguishers and shields. They start to get in to the scene of fire.

The time Xu Qin runs inside, she just watches Song Yan disappears into a raging fire and thick smoke. She couldn’t see him anymore.

The fire is so hot, the area is surrounded by flames and smokes. Xu Qin covers her noise and coughs. She retreats several meters. She feels her face is hurt because of the heat of the fire. She couldn’t imagine the feeling of the firefighters.

After a while, there’s a sound of explosion.

The political commissar, Suo Jun, holds up the intercom: “Song Yan?! Song Yan?! What happened?!”

Song Yan laughs and replies: “One of the gas tank exploded. Why? You are afraid that I’m dead?”

Suo Jun is speechless: “D*mm*t, be more serious.”

“Bye.”

…..

“Without any order, no one could go inside.” Song Yan yells. He points to his group and to let them disperse to extinguish the fire. The firefighters are spread out to the complicated alley and starts to spray out.

Then suddenly this time there’s a young man crying: “HELP!”

Song Yan is the first time to hear it, he raises up his hand to give instruction. People around him start to stop and opens up their ear to hear that young man.

The young man’s voice becomes clear: “HELP! Is there anybody outside? HELP!”

“F*ck.” Song Yan swears and howls, “Raise up all of your heads and search for him!”

Yang Chi is the first one notices: “There!”

Song Yan: “D*mm*t, in which direction is it?”

Yang Chi: “Eleven o’clock!”

The young man is leaning on the railing window on the third building. He is weak and crying for help. The time he sees Song Yan, he howls and cries: “HELP ME! PLEASE HELP ME!”

Xiao Ge runs over: “Song Dui, I and Jiang Yi would go up to rescue that person.”

Song Yan looks around that building and decides: “No. The rooms in that building are transformed into a small one to be rented. If every rented room has its own gas tank, it’s useless though you have ten life.”

The time they are discussing then suddenly a wind blows, the black smoke comes out from the window. That young man has no more voice left.

Song Yan immediately takes off his fire-fighting suit, he is sweaty. The high temperature has created all his body to be sweaty.

Jiang Yi is shocked: “Song Dui, last time you were punished because of taking of your fire-fighting suit.”

Song Yan glances at him: “Here there are only us. Who dare to leak it out? Em?”

Everyone shuts up.

Song Yan is unarmed. He holds the drainage pipeline on the wall and climbs up to the third floor. He looks inside that the young man is fainted.

The railing window is roasted because of the fire and it’s so scorching hot to touch it. Song Yan holds it and shakes it for a while. The dusts all over it.

Song Yan tries to stick close to the wall, one of his foot is on the AC board and one of his foot is on the drainage pipeline, then he yells: “CORD!”

Xiao Ge just throws two chords up.

Song Yan takes it and ties it to the railing window: “Okay.”

Then seven firefighters just pull that together with all their power: “One, two, three!”

After the railing of the window falls down, Song Yan avoids it quickly. He flips his body to step on the board on the next room and then gets inside the room.

The room has a high temperature like a steamer basket, it’s all full of black smoke. He narrows his eyes and ties the chord at that young man’s wait. and ties another edge of the chord to the edge of the window on the inside room. Then he sends him down..

Yang Chi takes the young man and carries him on his back to rescue him.

Song Yan wants to climb down yet the door of the room is burn through, he notices there’s a gas tank on the corner. He howls: “MOVE AWAY!”

At the same time, there’s a sound of explosion.

The glass, aluminum alloy, wall, wood; all of it are exploding.

Song Yan falls to the ground.

……

Inside the scene of the fire, there’re continuously sound of explosion. The smokes gradually disappear. The firefighters are holding the fire extinguisher and going inside to provide assistance. Suddenly, a young firefighter rushes out: “Where is the doctor? Who understand about first aid?”

Xu Qin immediately comes forward: “I.”

Yang Chi’s face is full of black ash, he raises his head to look at Xu Qin. He is startled for a while.

Xu Qin also recognizes him, yet she doesn’t have time to mind him. “Put him down quickly!”

Yang Chi immediately puts down the man.

Xu Qin checks the young man’s pupil and pulse: “He is asphyxiate.”

Xu Qin raise his chin and digs out a cotton fibre. She pries open his mouth and pulls out the towel from his mouth. Then she loosens up his collar, she says coldly: “Just let me handle this, you could go.”

Yang Chi hesitates for a while, then he just runs toward the scene of fire.

Xu Qin kneels down and starts to do CPR for the fainted young man. When it’s done, she passes the young man to the nurses and paramedics.

This time the fire is under control, Song Yan and friends are coming out. Every one of them look so especially miserable. Their clothes are full of ash.

Xu Qin stands on the road side and watches Song Yan. In a moment, his eyes shift and meet up with her eyes.

There’s another group of firefighters go inside to check around to prevent there’s another fire.

The previous group looks tired, most of them are leaning on the wall or near the fire engine to take a rest. Some of them take bottle of water to wash their eyes, some of them are lying down.

Song Yan is sitting down near the telephone pole, he drinks the water. On the ground, there’s muddy water yet he doesn’t care, anyway he feels his clothes are dirty too.

This time Xu Qin feels that he is so masculine.

Xu Qin stands near the curb, it’s not really clean place. She is watching Song Yan.

Song Yan puts down his bottle and looks at her.

He looks at her for few seconds and suddenly smiles like he is full of interest. He raises his chin and eyebrows. Then in next second, he whistles like he is flirting with a stranger woman on the roadside.

“Song Yan!” Suo Jun shouts at him to stop, he says with a low voice: “You once again are muddled up!”

Song Yan is unconcerned, he just wipes the water on his chin.

Suo Jun smiles at Xu Qin: “Friend, sorry. He always acts like this, he has no bad intention.”

Xu Qin doesn’t reply and just walks directly toward Song Yan.

Song Yan looks at her with his narrow eyes, he is smiling so unrestrainedly.

Xu Qin stops in front of her and says: “Song Yan, come over. I have something to talk to you.”

Suo Jun is astonished. They both know each other?

Song Yan lies his head to one side and looks at Xu Qin, he watches her for a while and finally stands up. He pats his bottom and goes toward her. Xu Qin turns her body to walk toward the roadside. Yet Song Yan just passes by her shoulder and walks toward the fire engine.

Right, she is showering affectionate act on an uninterested party. Xu Qin stops and looks back. He is getting on the high fire engine and just leaves a cold smiling face.

The fire engine starts to move.

Xu Qin’s face just turns pale.

Xu Qin walks forward to go out of the alley, the fire engine is about to turn right. When the fire engine is about to go out of the alley. A young man with red t-shirt shouts and blocks the fire engine: “Stop! D*mm*t stop!”

The driver stops, the fire engines behind that fire engine also stop and blocks the alley.

That young man is so angry, he keeps on pointing at the firefighters. “You guys, d*mm*t! You! Who did lift up my car?”

Song Yan sits down beside the driver, his right arm is placed on the window. His hand is bloodied and has a lot of scratches. He leans over slightly and extends his head out: “I did it, you have any objection?”

He is smiling faintly.

That young man doesn’t expect that this firefighter could be this frank, he points at Song Yan with trembled fingers: “Get off the car.”

Song Yan opens up the door and gets off the fire engine. He takes off his firefighter suit and shows his army green vest.

He passes Xu Qin.

Xu Qin goes toward that red t-shirt young man, who is shorter a head by him. That young man starts to talk: “You, do you know who I am? Today you need to apologize and compensate me then I’ll let you go. If not, just wait till you are dismissed from your post.”

Song Yan just watches him and makes that young man feels diffident. “Look at my car’s license plate. Do you know that I…….?

Song Yan laughs and suddenly just kicks that Porsche car, it makes the license plate falls to another side.

That young man’s face just turns red, yet he doesn’t dare to do anything. He just keeps on pointing at Song Yan and saying repeatedly: “You, you, you— Do you know who I am?”

Song Yan moves closer to him and approaches: “D*mm*t, why should I care who you are? You occupied the fire engine channel and made the fire that could be extinguished for ten minutes into two hours. It burnt 78 households. You want me to explain more reasons? Do you want to be exposed that your car is one of the cars that created difficulty in extinguishing the fire. If I were you, I’ll walk away.”

Song Yan finishes his sentences and looks at the red shirt young man. “Nan Cheng county area fighter, Song Yan, go and make a complaint.”

The red t-shirt man just stands there and stares dumbfounded.

Song Yan returns back to the fire engine and gets on it.

The big car moves and disappears in front of her.

Xu Qin stands thee and watches that red t-shirt young man leaves hurriedly. “It’s been years, yet he is still the same person as before, he is not change even for a wee bit.

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