What if you promised to give him the best in the world but were still unsure about what would happen in the future? Can you keep that promise?
Starring Cui Tao and Lin Shuai, ‘Every Moment That I Think Of You‘ is a Chinese BL short series about pure love and a promise made by young teenagers in their high school journey. The story depicts how, in the hot summer of 2019, 18-year-old Chen Zihao and Yang Yuhang meet. Chen Zihao, who’s often at the bottom of the class, accidentally discovers that the handsome Yang Yuhang, the topper of his class, is his secret pen pal of the past two years. Upon the chance encounter, the two of them take the time to talk about everything, and gradually, their relationship becomes closer than ever. But with the looming college examinations right around the corner, how will they go on from here?
WARNING: Spoilers alert! Read at your own risk.
The series opens with Chen Zhao narrating his memories of 2019 and the story of him and Yang Yuhang in that hot summer that started with the extra lessons in the third year of high school and a special letter. His letter is addressed to someone he calls “Iron Arm Calabash Brother”. He wrote about everything that happens in school. At school, a pretty girl came to Yuhang and tried to give him a letter, but he just ignored her. The girl says that she can write the letter next time. He noticed that even though the prettiest girl came to him, Yuhang didn’t mind, and his classmate told him that he was cocky because it is the third time Yuhang declined a girl.
He also wrote in his letter that there was one thing he wanted to share about his recent life with his so-called brother. He told him that he noticed that although Yang Yuhang, the study committee member of their class, looks handsome, he is always alone and has no friends. When going out to do exercise, everyone else is in a group while he goes alone. When eating at the canteen, everyone else is in a group while he goes alone. Whether it’s going to school or after school, everyone else is in a group while he goes alone. He’s like a lonely prince living under a glass cover. He was always alone. While writing the letter, he suddenly remembered what he said to him. He hopes that every lonely person can experience warm companionship. No matter how long it takes.
Because of that, he decided to do something for the lonely boy. To make his life a little different. Yuhang is sleeping on his desk, and he wakes him up. The latter looks at him, and he asks who he is. He was shocked that he didn’t know him, so he introduced himself as his most handsome classmate. And Yuhang identified him as someone who always doesn’t have an assignment and always takes the last one in the exams. Their classmates laughed after hearing what Yuhang said. But he told him that it doesn’t matter who he is, and from that moment on, he will be his best friend. The latter declined, but he says that he will do whatever he wants. Although his first initiative was rejected decisively, it just aroused his desire to win. It made him want to be his good friend even more. And get to know the boy who has been in the same class with him for three years but always alone.
He continued writing the letter. He wrote about how he came up with a strategy after reading his novel. The first thing is having things in common. Everyone likes people who are similar to them. So he decided to imitate him to get his attention. He studies more, reads more, and listens to music. However, he didn’t notice his existence at all, so his first step is a failure. So he proceeds to the next step, which is to keep being nice to him. As the saying goes, when fate is not enough, just keep going relentlessly. And he thinks that if he keeps on being nice to him, he will accept him someday. He read in the novel that buying breakfast is a must and that the probability test is very high. So he bought him a sandwich and put him on his desk, but Yuhang threw it away immediately. He thought that giving him a bottle of water would be a good step, but when he tried to give him one, his classmate drank the water. So the second step is failure.
The third step is to tease him hard. He finds Yuhang weak and thin. And for him, it looks like he can do nothing except study. So he decided to tease him so that he would admire his power. Zhao and his friends teased him a lot, but they failed after no one told him that Yuhan learned Taekwondo. So the third step is another failure. He told his so-called brother in the letter that after a month of his persistence, it can be said that his relationship with him has not progressed. And although he felt a bit down, he decided to respect his classmate. And that’s the end of his 52nd letter to his Iron Arm Calabash Brother.