Waiting for You in the City (一座城,在等你) by Jiu Yue Xi 玖月晞 ~ Chapter 25

“Fire! Fire!’ Someone screams outside the restaurant on the fifth floor.

Song Yan rushes outside the restaurant. Xu Qin and the waiter also come out because of the shouting.

The women and the kids are holding hands to leave the fifth floor. Everyone else starts to observe what is happening. A lot of them are holding their phone or calling someone.

The fire is from the craft studio on the fifth floor. It happens during the class.

According to the escapees, someone was smoking in secretly and didn’t expect that it would light the paper material.

Inside the craft studio, there’re a lot of papers so the fire is spreading quickly. The female students are shock. They are screaming and running out of the room.

Song Yan pushes aside the crowd and runs toward the craft studio’s glass door. He sees a woman who is left alone. She is locked inside the fire. Song Yan pats the glass door, the woman looks panic. Song Yan does a sign to her.

That woman immediately understands what he wants, she puts away all of the paper materials on her body.

Song Yan turns his body and runs toward the crowd.

Xu Qin asks the waiter: “Where’s the fire hydrant of your department store?”

The waiter is stupefied: “Fire hydrant? I don’t know about it.”

Xu Qin runs pass the crowd and looks around. She looks at Song Yan.

Song Yan has looked for the fire hydrant earlier when he entered the department store, it’s part of his habit. He observes the area roughly. He reminds the woman then he runs toward the fire hydrant. He takes off the water belt.

Song Yan: “All of you move away!”

Everyone watches Song Yan and makes a way for him. No one knows what this man would do.

Though the fire just flames for a minute and half but because the papers, everything is in flame. The woman starts to cry.

Everyone starts to take photo and calls the police,

The roll of water pipe is unfolded but the water switch is not on yet, he wants to yell to someone to switch it on.

He notices that Xu Qin is standing near the fire hydrant, she yells at him: “Which direction?”

Song Yan: “Clockwise!”

Xu Qin exerts all of her energy and wrings it. The water starts to come out.

Everyone is watching it intensely.

Song Yan keeps on running toward the store, he gets inside the studio. He notices that people are still around and watching. Song Yan just shouts angrily: “D*mm*t, move away!” Those women are blushing and retreating but they keep on holding their phone.

The woman, who is locked inside, doesn’t dare to move. Song Yan grabs that woman’s hand and pulls her over.

That woman just holds him.

Song Yan is holding a sprinkler and also clutching her hand. He is walking outside the studio again. That woman’s friend immediately takes the her from him.

After he is done rescuing the woman, he gets into the fire scene again. A group of women cry out in alarm: “Don’t get in!”

“It’s too dangerous!”

Song Yan just gets inside the studio without looking back. The fire is terrible inside.

Xu Qin comes over and watches what is happening.

Everyone is watching and doesn’t make any sound.

Song Yan, who is wearing a grey coat and black trousers, he clearly dresses the same as ordinary people. But during the holiday, during strolling around. He is like a commoner, he is not made from steel. He is made from flesh and blood. The high temperature could burn him and make him hard to breath. The fire could hurt his hand too.

A female comes pushes Xu Qin lightly: “Are you guys together?”

Xu Qin regains herself and doesn’t answer. The female seems to worship Song Yan so much: “He is like a hero.”

Another female corrects her:”What do you mean like? He is.”

“Right, that’s right.”

Xu Qin looks at the woman, who is being rescued. She comes over and says: “Do you have any injury?”

“I’m just being burned, but there’s nothing major.”

Xu Qin checks on her arm and says: “It’s nothing serious, you could just go to the pharmacy and buys an ointment there.”

When they are talking, the fire has extinguished.

Sogn Yan says hoarsely and yells: “Switch it off.”

“Switch it off.”

“Switch it off.”

The people around yell.

A man, who is standing near the fire hydrant, switches it off.

The area is so messed up, there’s black water everywhere.

Song Yan’s body is full of dust. He starts to fold the water belt.

Xu Qin comes over and examines him: “Do you have any injury?”

Song Yan just passes by her and says nothing.

Xu Qin just stands there and watches him.

A lot of females want to give him towel to let him wipes her face. He doesn’t refuse them and just takes the towel.

Song Yan is done folding the water belt, he puts everything inside the fire hydrant.

The manager of the department store comes over and thanks him.

Song Yan asks coldly: “Your department store’s fire safety report has no problem?”

The person in charge keeps silent. He wants to take her to chat alone, but he is helpless as the firefighters of Si Xi Di have come over too.

Song Yan hands over everything to firefighters of Si Xi Di, he says nothing else and just leaves.

Xu Qin goes toward the elevator and sees that Song Yan is going down from the fifth floor with elevator.

Very quickly Song Yan disappears from her sight.

………………….

When he is arrived at the first floor, he gives Si Xi Di firefighter administration. He gets right to the point:

“Is there someone in firefighter group receive money for Si Xi Di’s SOHO’s fire safety inspection?”

That firefighter administration is silent: “What?”

“For that Si Xi Di’s SOHO, as early as possible come and have an inspection once more.” Song Yan says. “Pay more attention, don’t play too hard. If something major happens, you all would be done.”

“After a while ——“

“As early as possible, d*mm*t, do you think that people’s life is nothing?” Then Song Yan hangs up.

He gets inside the department store the revolving door, he looks at how his face looks so paled. His phone rings again, it’s a call from LI Ting.

He is thinking how could this news get into Shi Li Tai so fast. He answers the call, it turns out that it is about his transfer and promotion.

Two years ago, the military group considered to promote Song Yan to a higher position. He refused it because he was thinking about the juniors in his group, who were inexperienced. He wanted to train them first.

This year he takes the initiative to submit his application.

“The examination regarding his political record has gone through. He needs to wait till next year to make known to the public and seek opinion. Then he needs to wait for former post.” LI Meng says “ In the past you had chance, but you were unwilling. How could you want it now?”

Song Yan just says: “I’ve reached my age.”

Li Meng asks: “For her?”

Song Yan turns twitchy for no reason at all, he frowns: “It’s unrelated to her.”

Li Meng knows that he is angry, she is surprised and changes her words: “Get ready, the political commissar is a good position, after few years you might be able to enter Qi Ju.”

“Thanks.” Song Yan has no mood to chat, then he hangs up.

…………….

The team leader, Song Yan, has returned from the holiday, but everyone feels that something is wrong with him.

His face is cold like an ice, his aura is cold……

During the training, the intensity is so high whether it is for physical stamina, technical ability or foundation…… he gives all the trainings.

Everyone is complaining incessantly, yet they don’t dare to give him a cold-shoulder. Who dares to provoke a lion.

In the Di San Jun Yi Yuan (Third Military Hospital) emergency room, several nurses also experience the same mood as the Shi LI Dai firefighters.

Though Doctor Xu doesn’t love to talk everyday, but today there’s something than usual. She is colder and bland at the same time.

That day there’s a minor surgery. Xu Qin says: “Needle.”

Xiao Xi and Xiao Bei think that one of them would pass it so their responses are late for two seconds. Xu Qin lifts up her hand and looks at both of them coldly. Both of them are so surprised, they could feel the coldness penetrates into their bone.

The nurses only have work relationship with Xu Qin, they couldn’t guess what it is inside her.

Actually Xu Qin doesn’t think that she has something on her mind, but that day she seems to be much colder.

In her usual days of not meeting Song Yan, there’s actually no much difference. She is busy working for day and night. She even has no time to think about anything else. At first her mind indeed felt so passionate to find him, it might because she was free and on holiday.

Few days later, the news of the fire on the department store and Song Yan helped a woman in the craft studio is spread out. It gets a lot of like online. Xiao Bei and Xiao Nan are free so they discuss about it. Xu Qi doesn’t watch the video in purpose, she also avoids to hear other’s discussion about it.

She doesn’t want to let herself to miss him. She doesn’t think about it till one day at night, after getting off the work, Xu Qin is boiling a water, she carelessly spills over the water when she pours the water to the glass. She takes a rag to wipe it. She looks at the rag and be lost in thought for quite a long time.

Her mind is blank.

When she regains herself, she looks around the empty living room. Then she recalls the image of Song Yan cleaning that room.

That day the sun was shinning warmly and brightly. She remembers his every gesture.

But today it’s a cold night.

It’s been a month since they separated at Si Xi Di and they haven’t met each other again after that time.

She had gone to the accident scene yet she also didn’t met Song Yan.

There are several times, she picked up her phone unconsciously. The time she regained herself, she just realized that she is staring at his contact number. She did nothing beside watching it.

……………..

The last day of the month, Xu Qin is getting ready get off work. Then someone knocks on the door.

“Is there any problem?” Xu Qin lifts up her head.

A female, who is around her age and with a great makeup, smiles very bright. That female seems not to be patient.

That female leans forward: “You should be done with your work right, I don’t disturb you right?”

Xu Qin: “Yes. You ——“

“You don’t remember me?” She comes inside and takes a seat. She puts down her Hermes bag on the ground. “That time the craft studio was in fire, you asked me whether I am hurt or not.”

Xu Qin has a deep impression for her.

She watches Song Yan helps her out of the fire scene.

Xu Qin looks at her and says: “I don’t really remember you.”

“I am Zhan Xiao Rao.”

Minister Zhan’s daughter.

“You are Xu Qin right? I and your Ge and Xiao Yi Xiao are close with each other.” Zhan Xiao Rao smiles, she is so beautiful. “You know that firefighter right? What is his name?”

“Song Yan.”

“Song. Yan. His name is sound great, it’s so much like him. Do you have his phone number?”

Xu Qin: “Why?”

“I’ve looked for him for so long. Luckily today there’s someone that knows you. She said that you are a doctor in this hospital. So I follow the clues and come here.” Zhan Xiao Rao says: “He saved my life. I’ve been looking for him. I want to treat him a meal to express my thankfulness.”

Xu Qin looks at her and suddenly ponders whether she acts the same as this woman when she asked Song Yan out for a meal.

She shouldn’t act look the same as this person as she could hide her expression well. Her eyes wouldn’t be shinning like hers.

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