The GENERAL comes for a GREETING
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In the end, who should open the door?
The two glanced at each other, neither moved nor uttered a single word as silence sheathed the entire room.
Bai Luo Yin had just finished applying the medication and what’s worse, he has yet to put his pants on. Gu Hai, on the other hand, was burdened by the wounds he had been bearing with the entire time. And, even when he walked, it looked as if he was being tortured.
Finally, with brows knitted together, displaying the pain that dwelled beneath, Gu Hai clenched his teeth together and straighten up his body.
Bai Luo Yin pushed Gu Hai back down and pressed heavily on him, in effort to refrain him, “I’ll go, be good and lay down. Don’t move.”
“You’re fucking doing this on purpose. You want them to laugh at me when they see me like this, don’t you?” countered Gu Hai. One of his brow rose in suspicion while his eyes became even more vigilant as they penetrated into Bai Luo Yin’s set of earthen eyes.
“Right now, you and I are tied up on the same boat, Whether we sink or swim, it’s going to happen together. If I were to tell them the truth, wouldn’t I be dragging myself under? Use that broken ass of yours and think about it for a second.”
“You……” Gu Hai hatefully use the quilt to cover himself up.
Bai Luo Yin held gently onto his waist as he continued to silently endured the pain. He unwillingly pulled himself up, faced the front door, and moved toward it. With every small step he took, the doorbell continued to sing an endless tone, as if mocking him, taunting him, daring him to quicken his pace. Unaffected by it, he calmly arrived at the front door. He took two deep breaths before immediately straightening his waist and back. In less than a second, he exhaled, forcing a relaxed expression on his own face and open the door.
Zhou Shi Hu was quite surprise when he saw the person opening the door. He suddenly smacked Bai Luo Yin on the shoulder for a while. The strength in his hand was rather strong, nearly causing the boy in pain to crash onto the floor.
“Ha ha ha……Yin Zi, you’re here too?”
Li Shuo was also quite bewildered. A few days ago, the young master had even forbidden them from mentioning this person’s existence. How is that, in such a short amount of time, they are living together again?
“Where’s Da Hai?” asked Li Shuo.
With much difficulty, Bai Luo Yin squeezed a smile onto the surface of his face, but internally he scowled at the unwanted guests.
“In the bedroom.”
“It can’t be. He still hasn’t gotten up yet?”
The two talked while making their way toward the bedroom.
Bai Luo Yin deliberately walked behind them, and as soon as they turned around, their gaze moving away from him, he immediately bend his back forward, hand gripping tightly onto his waist as he bit down and grimace at the excruciating pain that had once again disseminated throughout his body.
Every time they turned their heads to the side or twisted their heads around to look at him, Bai Luo Yin would promptly straighten up his waist and back, allowing that aloof expression to became visible on his face once again, as if nothing was wrong.
“Da Hai, you’re really fucking lazy. It’s already this late and you still haven’t gotten up yet?” said Li Shuo talking and laughing at the same time, and before long, he looked in the direction of Gu Hai’s buttocks. In the twinkling of an eye, his hand slightly rose in elevation and slapped it all of a sudden.
The veins in Gu Hai’s neck rose, creating small valleys along the softness of his skin, looking as if they were about to burst. His breaths became heavy as he breathed in and exhaled, difficulty clearly obvious and made even more evident from the sound of his voice. Fortunately, there was a blanket warding off the sound that permeated from his lips, concealing it from the others. If not, even if he wanted to pretend, he wouldn’t have been able to.
Bai Luo Yin, stood to the side and snickered until his sides hurt even more. On one hand, he felt that it was extremely funny, but on the other hand, he felt really sorry for Gu Hai. These contradicting feelings, in turned cause him to feel even worse.
After a while, when he saw that Gu Hai had not responded at all, Zhou Shi Hu faced Bai Luo Yin and asked, “What’s wrong with Da Hai?”
Bai Luo Yin could only bladder out some nonsense, “He sprained his ankle.”
“Sprained his ankle?” questioned Li Shuo with a rather blasé undertone and unimpressed expression, “It can’t be. Da Hai fractured his arm before and he didn’t react to it at all. He’d even played ball with us……and now, he needs to lay down because he sprained his ankle?
“That’s right!” retorted Zhou Shi Hu as he took a few steps forward and ripped the quilt open. He pulled one of Gu Hai’s leg and asked in a loud voice, “Is it this leg?”
With just one pull, it created a very large gap of at least two feet that separated his legs. One can only imagine the pain that Gu Hai was suffering.
“It’s not this leg? Then, is it this leg?”
With that said, he pulled the other leg.
As the pain rippled from the tip of his toes to his inner thighs, Gu Hai couldn’t help but to roar.
“Stop fucking pulling it!” His voice, a blood curdling roar rang, creating a sudden chill in the room.
Bai Luo Yin stood still to the side. Although he felt sorry for him, but at the same time, he also felt like laughing again. Then when he thought about it again, if he were to laugh at this moment, in this kind of situation, his conscience would probably kick him later. So, as a result, he opted to simply hold in the laughter and he held it in until even the root of his tooth ached.
Li Shuo and Zhou Shi Hu stared closely at Gu Hai’s unpretentious reaction, looking as if he was sincerely not faking it, they immediately crouched down to the side. They seemed particularly solicitous to know about their friend’s health.
“Da Hai, you’re normally quite sturdy. Why are you making such a big fuss over a sprained ankle huh?”
“That’s right ah. Weren’t you swimming in the freezing water in the dead of winter a while ago? You’ve trained yourself for such a long time, why is it that, the more you train, the worse you get?”
“Exactly which one of your leg foot is sprained huh? Just now, I pinched you for quite a while and I still can’t find out which of your ankle is swollen!”
“Da Hai ah, can you turned over here? Even with your sprained ankle, it doesn’t mean you have to talk to us lying down on your stomach like that right?”
“Right, right, right, just sit up. Aren’t you tired and in pain lying down like that all day?”
Gu Hai’s gloomy and sinister face turned toward the two noisy people and soon after, he faintly replied back.
Li Shuo simply did not take Gu Hai’s words to heart as he pushed Zhou Shi Hu.
“Hey, hold onto Da Hai and help him up so he can sit upright. He can’t use his feet so he can’t support himself.”
Zhou Shi Hu stood up from his position, adopting a posture as if meaning to step forward.
Gu Hai shouted in anger, “Stay the fuck away from me. I dare anyone to try and touch me!”
The two became rigid as their entire movements froze. They quickly exchanged a glance.
It seems, Gu Hai is really angry. Couldn’t it be that……it’s only us two that he doesn’t want to touch him?
“How about this……” Li Shuo turned, a face painted in great feeling of empathy, “Yin Zi, you help Da Hai sit up.”
Actually, Bai Luo Yin was in the middle of watching, listening, and somewhat enjoying the sound of the bustling noise and excitement, but the moment he heard those words directed at him, his entire body became petrified.
“What’s wrong?” asked Zhou Shi Hu as he pushed Bai Luo Yin toward the bed, “Hurry up a bit! He’s willing to let you touch him.”
Just that one push alone almost made Bai Luo Yin turn a somersault.
“Does he absolutely have to sit up huh?” Bai Luo Yin found himself in a very hard predicament as distress crawled onto his face.
“Of course. We can see how difficult it is for him to lay on his stomach like that!”
If this kind of situation happened any other time, Bai Luo Yin perhaps wouldn’t care much about this guy and just do whatever already. But, the most crucial point now, is that, he already has a guilty conscience!
People, the more they feel guilty, the more they’ll pretend to be confident in themselves since they become even more afraid that other people will see through their tricks. So for now, even if his teeth were broken into pieces, he had to swallow it down!
The more difficult a task was, the more effort he needed to exert in order to complete it.
This is definitely a man’s hardship!
If it was a little girl, all she had to do was to weep endlessly and it would have been over.
As Bai Luo Yin walked toward Gu Hai’s side, Gu Hai immediately turned his head around and stared at him.
In that moment, Bai Luo Yin, with all his heart, wished that Gu Hai would curse him as well, so that afterwards, he can turn away and leave too. Then, he wouldn’t have any business to stay in the room any longer.
But, a moment ago, Gu Hai had caught sight of him snickering, so now, he laid there rather obediently. If Bai Luo Yin wanted to help him sit up, he wouldn’t, even the least, be resistant or unwilling. He looked at Bai Luo Yin in this way, waiting for him to come and pick him up.
You’re too cruel……
Bai Luo Yin’s lips curved into various shapes as he mouthed those words out in silence to Gu Hai.
Gu Hai pretended not to have seen this gesture and deliberately relaxed his body before he used all of his strength to adhere himself onto Bai Luo Yin’s arm.
Okay, you’re fucking punishing me on purpose, aren’t you? Then I’ll fucking help you up for real. I want to see, would it be more painful if I pick you up, or would it be even more unbearable if you sit on the bed!
Li Shuo and Zhou Shi Hu stood to the side and watched. The more they watched, the more puzzled they became.
It’s nothing more than helping a person up……is there really a need to put so much effort into it? Don’t even mention the amount of time he’d already wasted before he took action….isn’t the way he’s going about this too difficult?
Bai Luo Yin inserted both of his arm into the crook of Gu Hai’s arm. He bent his own waist forward and incessantly directed all of his his strength toward his arm. Inch by inch he lifted the upper portion of Gu Hai’s back.
At first, Gu Hai didn’t’ want to cooperate with him, but afterwards, he felt it was rather unbearable suffering from this kind of painful action, so as a result, he had no other choice but to cooperate.
The two looked just like two old oxen from a farming area as they persistently pant and gasp for air in unison until their faces choked in arrays of purples.
“I think Da Hai’s sickness is no small matter,” said Li Shuo once he moved closer to the side of Zhou Shi Hu’s ear.
Zhou Shi Hu showed an air of approval to this statement.
“If he’s not handled properly, there’s a possibility he’ll fracture or shatter his bones.”
“Then, why hasn’t he gone to the hospital?”
“You’ve forgotten, whenever he gets sick, he likes to carry his own burden. He’s been like that since he was a kid.”
Finally, after a considerable about of time, Gu Hai sat up.!!
Bai Luo Yin, as if relieved from this burden, straightened his waist and sneakily wiped off the beads of sweat that had coolly formed on his heated forehead. He then looked at Li Shuo and Zhou Shi Hu with an expression, only a victor of a challenge, can produce.
“Then, we’re going to take our leave first!”
Bai Luo Yin, “………”
Two fiery set of red eyes gradually made their way toward Li Shuo and Zhou Shi Hu, seeming as though it would burn a hole into their souls.
“Didn’t you want me to sit up so I can chat with you guys?”
“We can see that it’s not convenient for you, so let’s find another day.”
If it were not for Gu Hai being unable to move around freely, he would have had already charged off the bed and slapped each of them two hundred times in the face.
Why didn’t you say it sooner? Why didn’t you fucking say it sooner?!!!
In the afternoon, Bai Luo Yin ordered two sets of take-out. One was an especially plain vegetarian dish. With just one glance, one can easily discern that it was bland. The other was an especially fragrance meat dish and with just one glance, one would be rejuvenated with an abundance of energy.
Gu Hai could smell the alluring fragrance that had permeated from the meat. And as if taunting him, it floated in his direction in great speed. Once again, he looked at his own bowl of congee that was topped with spinach, staring back at him. He couldn’t help but asked, “I can only eat these?”
With the corner of his mouth still greasy, he replied back with, “You can’t eat anything greasy cause you can easily suffer from excessive internal heat.”
Then, don’t sit and eat greedily in front of me. You’re deliberately making my mouth water!
The heart, once beating with balance in Gu Hai’s chest, became unstable.
“When you were wounded, I accompanied you for four days, only taking in the IV fluids. And I didn’t even touch anything else.”
“I can’t do it like you.”
Bai Luo Yin used is teeth to tear apart the chunk of meat in his hand before he took in a mouthful and proceeded to chew on it with a great appetite.
“You’re already wore down. So I can’t wear myself down again. When the time comes, who’s going to take care of you huh?!”
What a beautiful excuse.
Gu Hai wanted to cry and laugh at the same time.
Bai Luo Yin saw that the food in front of Gu Hai hadn’t even been touched yet, so he asked: “You don’t want to eat?”
Gu Hai didn’t say anything and remained quiet.
Bai Luo Yin then snatched the bowl in Gu Hai’s hands and picked up the spoon that was sitting stiffly to the side. He scooped a spoonful of congee and placed it to the side of Gu Hai’s mouth.
A smile appeared in Gu Hai’s eyes as he laughed lightly and looked at Bai Luo Yin’s handsome face. And a second later, he asked purposely in a very formal tone of voice, “What are you doing?”
Bai Luo Yin coldly shot a glance at Gu Hai, faintly saying, “Open your mouth.”
Gu Hai obediently opened his mouth with anticipation. Such a bland and simple spoonful of congee immediately became a wonderful delicacy once it entered his mouth.
The two ate together, one mouthful for you and one mouthful for me. They ate until energy properly disbursed in their once weakened body.
Suddenly, there was a knock on the door.
Bai Luo Yin turned toward the direction of the sound and saw two tall and sturdy silhouettes standing at the front door.
On one side, was Gu Wei Ting, with that not angry at anyone, yet still stern and serious, facial expression. And the other person, was the conscientious and smiley face body guard.
The bowl of congee in his hand nearly smashed onto the bed as he stared at them.
A moment ago, when he went to the front door to retrieve the take-outs, he had forgotten to lock the door…….
All four of them refused to budge from their position as they remain grounded.
Finally, it was the bodyguard that smiled and started to speak first, “Can we come in?”
Gu Hai unenthusiastically said, “Come in.”
Gu Wei Ting entered the room first. His expression was rather serious, but his eyes were filled with deep concern as they flickered toward his son. The bodyguard followed closely behind him, with a gentle and warm smile gracing his lip the entire time.
“Xiao Hai, the general heard that you were sick, and especially rushed here to see you.”
Gu Hai, Bai Luo Yin, “………”
一条绳上的蚂蚱 – “like locusts tied together by one rope.” So in simpler wordings, on the same boat; in it together for better or worse; to sink or swim together.
Excessive internal heat – symptoms include, constipation, conjunctivitis and inflammation of the nasal and oral cavities.
What are you doing? – Here, Gu Hai used the words ‘您,’ nín, meaning ‘you’ but formal. It can be used for someone older, you respect, of higher status, etc.
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