This Heroine Is Not Pretty

Chapter 10 part 1

No one knows how much Li Na once liked Liu Haonan.

Even though Liu Haonan didn’t know it, Ye Lili had always been disdainful of Li Na. Since she was determined to take Liu Haonan away from Li Na, everything between Li Na and Liu Haonan became so insignificant.

Li Na and Liu Haonan had been growing up together since they were kids, and they had entered the ignorant adolescence stage together. Liu Haonan was the only person she could talk to, she could tell him all the throbbing and troubles of young girls.

There was a period after Li Na’s parents separated when Li Na said no more than ten sentences a day. Just when she became decadent and silent, Liu Haonan took her and her friends out hiking. If there was a party, a hang-out, or anything else, he would bring Li Na with him.

In adolescence, when you start to become dependent on someone and need someone, that’s love.


Afterward, Li Na wrote a letter that contained her thoughts and expectations and put it in her math textbook. Between her and Liu Haonan, she was active, but also passive.

When Liu Haonan was in high school, he grew up 1puberty? and became more outstanding and mature. The two got along as childhood sweethearts, and after school, they were also a pair of lovers full of longing for the future.

 Li Na and Liu Haonan had once secretly walked hand in hand through the small street in front of their neighborhood, the school gate, the corridor outside the classroom, and Liu Haonan’s favorite overpass, the seaside.

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That was what she originally thought.


Life won’t always go as you wish. 

When a good-looking girl unrestrainedly pursues another boy, ninety-nine percent of the boys would be tempted. Li Na and Liu Haonan, one of them sat in the first row on the right side of the classroom, and the other sat on the middle row on the left side of the classroom.

A distance of less than seven meters, but it’s almost as ridiculous as a long-distance relationship.

Li Na and Liu Haonan’s ignorant three years of youth were no match for Ye Lili, who was chatting and laughing at the same table as Liu Haonan in March.

Did distance beat her?

Li Na shook her head. No. If she was better, better-looking, whiter, and thinner, if she was not inferior to Ye Lili, wouldn’t Liu Haonan choose her?

This is a face judging world.

Li Na felt extremely inferior, or she has always had low self-esteem around Liu Haonan. When she liked him, it was she who said it shamelessly at first. Naturally, she would not stubbornly pester him when they broke up.

The two of them didn’t say anything, and gradually became distant classmates and friends who could occasionally say a word to each other.

What pained Li Na was that three years couldn’t be compared with three months.

She thought of her parents’ failed marriage. Didn’t the 18 years of marriage also come to an end?

What indestructible love? It was also fragile.


Li Na had no hope for love.

She has despaired.

Being hurt once was enough to deprive her of the courage and ability to love her for ten years.

Li Na thought that she had forgotten about the four years in college, but when she saw him at the wedding, her emotions were still difficult to calm down.

It was true that her heart was beating uncontrollably when she received his call, but she quickly recovered because Li Na knew that it was neither love nor liking.

Who he marries, who he breaks off with, who he likes, who he loves, has nothing to do with her.

As for talking about him and seeing his physical response, Li Na thought it was just self-healing, a necessary part of saying goodbye to all the pain of the past, the process of forgiveness and healing.

“Well, long time no see.”

“…” There was silence on the phone.

Li Na got out of bed and went into the living room. “Why did you call me?”

“Well, there is something.” Liu Haonan stopped talking again.

Li Na frowned. “What’s the matter?”


“My parents are on the plane here tonight, we’re going to have dinner in a while. Can you come over?” His tone was a little tired, and his voice was deeper than before.

“… I have things to do tonight.” Li Na added after a pause, “I have dinner plans.”

“Is that so…” On the other side of the phone, Liu Haonan was lying on the bed with the back of his hand covering his eyes. “My parents said that they haven’t seen you for a long time, and they want to have a meal with you.”

“They said… They miss you.”

Liu Haonan’s parents were very nice, and his father was kind and generous although a little taciturn. His mother was gentle and beautiful, and she was very kind to Li Na. In high school, Li Na’s father often asked her to go out to buy food because of working overtime. Whenever that happens, Mother Liu will take the initiative to call her home and cook for her.

For Li Na’s father, a man with a teenage girl also has a lot of inconveniences. At that time, it was Mother Liu who came forward and took her to buy personal clothes to clear her mind.

She has always been envious. Liu Haonan has such a good and gentle mother. In contrast, her mother who ignored her was too selfish and indifferent.

From childhood to adulthood, and after her parents divorced, how many blessings and care had Li Na received from Mother Liu?

Li Na sighed. He knew her very well. He knew that once he mentioned his parents, she wouldn’t refuse. “At what time and which restaurant are we gonna meet at? I’ll go there.”

The corners of Liu Haonan’s mouth twitched. “At eight o’clock, tell me where you are, I’ll pick you up.”

“No, just tell me where you are going to eat, and I’ll be there in a minute.” She refused.

“The three of us will pick you up by the way, and we can chat in the car. Where do you live, we’ll pick you up.” Liu Haonan’s tone was a little tough, adding the word “us”, she would not refuse.


“…Yulong Garden Community, call me when you arrive. I’ll wait for you at the door of the convenience store outside the community.”

“Okay, it’s 7:30 now. I’ll be there at 7:45.”

“Okay, bye.”

After hanging up the phone, Li Na sighed again and went into the bedroom to change out of her strawberry pajamas and into a plain white t-shirt, an A-line denim skirt, and a pair of white platform sandals. After all, she was having dinner with Liu Haonan’s parents. It can’t be too formal or too casual.

At 7:45, as soon as Li Na went downstairs, Liu Haonan called. When she went out of the community, she saw a BMW parked on the side of the road, and Liu Haonan got out of the car and waved to her.

Li Na took a deep breath and walked over. Liu Haonan opened the car door for her. Li Na sat in the co-pilot’s seat, fastened her seat belt, and turned around to greet Father and Mother Liu.

“Auntie, uncle, long time no see,” said Li Na with a smile and curved eyes.

Father Liu has a typical square face, with handsome facial features, but she hasn’t seen him for four years. His face got a little older, and when he smiled, the wrinkles at the corners of his eyes had increased. “Nana, you’re here.” Father Liu said cheerfully, without any haze.

Mother Liu simply tied a low ponytail, and her face was simple and clean, it seems that the years had not left a mark on her face.

“Nana, we’ve finally seen you again,” Mother Liu smiled as she took Li Na’s hand, and clasped them together. “You haven’t come back since you left. Aunt hasn’t seen you for a long time. I really miss you.”

Li Na was stunned for a while but started laughing after that. “Me too.”

“And even if you won’t come back to see us, see your father.”

“…” Li Na quietly pushed away Mother Liu’s hand. “Auntie, don’t you know our family’s situation?”

The smile on Mother Liu’s face froze and gradually disappeared. “Yes, life is unpredictable, and every family has its own difficulties.”

The last sentence seemed to mean something. Today, Liu Haonan’s wedding was messed up, and Mother Liu seemed to be depressed about it.

Father Liu smiled and patted Mother Liu’s hand. “It’s no big deal. Don’t think about it.”

Li Na glanced at Liu Haonan who was driving. He looked ahead with a faint smile on the corner of his mouth as if he didn’t hear what his parents said behind him.

As an outsider, she can only remain silent. Sometimes silence is better than comfort.

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