Chapter 1: Welcome
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Lin Jie opened the bookstore's old wooden door as per usual.

A muffled chime sounded from a bronze bell. Streams of water trickled down the door frame from above, leaving vestiges on the dirt-covered transom window.

The sky was murky. It was pouring heavily outside, the pitter-patter of rain and vapor creating a foggy curtain.

Puddles of water had accumulated outside the store.

"Such a heavy downpour," remarked the frowning Lin Jie.

He was a little miffed at his shirt and trousers getting wet.

"This heavy precipitation that began last night will continue for approximately a week. The Meteorological Centre has issued a yellow warning, which could rise to red..."

Audio from the neighboring shop's TV was quickly drowned out by the rain.

It was unlikely that there would be any business for the bookstore under such weather.


Lin Jie pulled out a triangular supporting frame and wooden board from behind the door to make a simple step at the entrance before flipping the hanging sign to display "Open".

It was unlikely for there to be too many customers under such weather. It looked like it was going to be a quiet day for the bookstore.

Rather than to open for such lacklustre business, why not go back to sleep?’ This was probably what most people would think.

"But what if someone were to get caught in the rain without an umbrella and needs a place to wait it out?"

Lin Jie took a book from the rental shelf before heading toward the counter. He casually flicked on a warm lamp along the way before placing a towel by the side. After that, he brewed two cups of piping hot tea before finally settling down behind the counter.

He flipped the book over to where he last stopped before pushing a cup of hot tea across the counter, as if passing it to a new acquaintance.

A book and a cup of hot tea.

The tools needed to warm a lost person’s body and soul.

Lin Jie took a sip from his own cup and smiled.

Indeed, he was just this sort of kind hearted romantic. Despite being an ordinary man, he was known by his customers as an honest

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