The GOLDEN CHRYSANTHEMUM
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Wearing a rather stern expression, Gu Wei Ting makes his way toward Gu Hai’s side. He stares down at the bowl of congee in Bai Luo Yin’s hand and within seconds, the corner of his mouth hung somewhat loose as a seldom smile worms its way onto his lips. He probably felt awfully satisfied upon seeing this rather ‘deep and affectionate feelings of brotherhood’ between the two boys.
Bai Luo Yin place the bowl of congee to the side, and with much difficulty, he stood up and reluctantly forced his foot to take a few steps back. Afterwards, he stood in a spot just a bit further away so as to give this unusual father and son some space to interact with one another.
“Let me take a look, which leg is fractured?” asked Gu Wei Ting as he adopted a posture of wanting to lift the quilt up.
Without any delay, Gu Hai quickly pressed extremely hard on the corners of the quilt. And a second later, he picked his head up, revealing a relatively determined and resolute expression. It was clear as the morning light that he was not willing to loosen the strength on the quilt beneath his hands.
“I’m fine, there’s nothing wrong.”
Gu Wei Ting’s hand paused. His own sight met with the relieved that dwelled in Gu Hai’s eyes.
“I really admire your fearless defiance and strong spirit toward pain but, if you’re sick, you have to go and see a doctor. Letting it drag on like this, is also not a good way of dealing with it. Mr. Sun, the military doctor that you’ve contacted a moment ago, when will he arrive?”
Sun Jingwei took a quick glance at his watch, “He should be here soon. If there’s no traffic, it should be no more ten minutes.”
Gu Wei Ting’s thick brows slightly knitted together in doubt, “At this time, on this road, during which day would there be no traffic?”
“Then……we can dispatch a helicopter and have him flown here immediately.”
All of a sudden, the color on Gu Hai’s face changed to several different hues, as a warm ripple of heat unfurled to every corner of his skin.
All the while, he secretly exchanged a few words to himself in his mind.
Fuck, the day that I was actually injured, I didn’t even see you this worried or anxious at all! Now that my anusis merely swollen, you all actually want to dispatch troops just to fly a helicopter here. Aren’t you deliberately making this even more difficult for me?
“There’s no need to!” retorted Gu Hai in a very firm tone of voice, “I’m not sick at all.”
“If you’re not sick, then why are you just laying there like that?” asked Gu Wei Ting, as if he was interrogating his one of his officers.
With a calm and collected expression, Gu Hai replied back, “My body just feels a bit uncomfortable. Can’t I just rest for awhile?”
Gu Wei Ting gave Sun Jingwei a signal with a slight nod of his head, instructing him to go about with his task according to his previous command and to ignore Gu Hai’s words.
Sun Jingwei took the cellphone, faced the door and made his way outside.
Bai Luo was resolved to fight it out with him at all cost as he anxiously took several large strides forward. And, with each step that he made, he held in the pain that repeatedly struck him. Finally, with much difficulty, he caught up with Sun Jingwei.
Just as Sun Jingwei turned his head and saw Bai Luo Yin’s figure approaching him, a light smile immediately squirmed its way onto the corner of his lips. His eyes couldn’t help but to expose a ray of warm light. He had heard Gu Wei Ting mentioned Bai Luo Yin before, and he also knew the relationship between the two. So, it was only natural for him to be a bit more respectful toward the young boy.
“There’s nothing wrong with Gu Hai. You really don’t need to let the doctor come over,” said Bai Luo Yin with a rather firm and sincere demeanor.
Sun Jingwei seized Bai Luo Yin’s hand with his own and shook it up and down several times. This courteous action of his, indirectly caused Bai Luo Yin to feel as if he had lost more than a few brain cells.
“It’s been hard on you,” said Sun Jingwei; those genuinely heartfelt words sung a tune of joy and warmth in the air as it dissolved into the open space above their heads, “I watched as Xiao Hai grew up so I am fully aware of his temperament. Since you are able to share the same bed as him, be kind to him in every possible way and watched over him with so much care, then, on behalf of the General, I would like to express my gratitude.”
Suddenly, for a long while, Bai Luo Yin could feel the beating of his heart on the temple of his head.
Can I honestly tell you that, in reality, I was the one who actually tortured him until he became like this?
“However, if he’s sick, he must be seen by a doctor. Even a body as strong as iron can not be repeatedly tortured and burdened with ailment. You already know, your body and health is your most valuable asset. Young people nowadays are too delicate. It’s already rare to come by healthy kids like you two, therefore, you must protect your own body and health by all means. Remember, in the future, the burden and responsibility of defending this nation will fall unto his and your hands.”
Bai Luo Yin became hazy, uncertainty rained hard on him. How did this conversation become even more distant, the more he pulled at it and the more he goes about preventing it, the bigger it gets?
Sun Jingwei finally released Bai Luo Yin’s hand, hinting to him that he needed to make this phone call as soon as possible.
Bai Luo Yin was still too late to prevent it before he heard the roaring sound of Gu Hai’s voice thundering throughout the room. For the time being, he could only abort his current mission and quickly return to the room and see how Gu Hai was doing.
At that moment, Gu Wei Ting used his hand to lift one of Gu Hai’s leg, then he bent it at the knee and tried to pushed it toward the pit of Gu Hai’s stomach before slowly pressing it down against the boy’s chest. He wanted to use this process to determine Gu Hai’s level of pain and, in turn, ascertain how badly his bones have been damaged.
Bai Luo Yin, could more or less, hear the sound of something being torn apart……
After a while, it was only when Gu Hai was, drenched, practically dripping in sweat all over, did Gu Wei Ting finally loosened his grip.
“Are you even looking at yourself huh? You’re already hurting to this point and you’re still claiming your bone hasn’t been fractured.”
Do you really think I’m in pain because of a fractured bone huh?
If a look can slice a person apart, Gu Hai was definitely doing just that, as he stared at Gu Wei Ting, eyes consumed with pain.
You are truly a good father! I am extremely grateful toward you. Every single time I’m in pain or in some sort of big trouble, you’re always here helping to stab at me with a smile!!
“Mr. Sun, did you make the call yet?”
Sun Jingwei walked in from another room, “I called, the doctor should be here any moment now.”
Bai Luo Yin’s lifeless head hung low as the tips of his ears sluggishly stared down at the floor. He stood silently to the side frustrated, but what’s even worse was, he felt defeated.
Gu Hai, I can’t help you anymore.
After just ten minutes, a helicopter did indeed land right on top of the building. Two military doctors, immediately rushed out and at an extremely quick speed, they hurried toward the floor that Gu Hai’s apartment was situated. With bags and bags of medical supplies tucked tightly within the grip of their hands, they practically flew into the room.
First they looked at Gu Wei Ting and Sun Jingwei and gave them an earnest saluted. Then they made their way toward the bedside and inquired about Gu Hai’s current situation.
Sticking firmly to the statement that he’s been imparting on them all along, Gu Hai insisted that there was nothing wrong with him.
Heeding Gu Wei Ting’s instructions, the two military doctors stepped forward and removed Gu Hai’s pants. Then, they proceeded to repeatedly check left, right and all around at both of his legs.
It was so painful, Gu Hai could feel himself hovering between the brink of life and death.
After they looked around for quite some time, and discovered that there really wasn’t anything wrong with Gu Hai, they then suspected that his hipbone was most likely injured. So, with much ease, they turned his waist to the side and pressed down, while at the same time, carefully inspecting that area.
No doubt, they’ve proven themselves to be military doctors. The strength in their hands were indeed stronger, crueler and even more ruthless, than the average doctors.
Every time, they exerted their strength, Gu Hai would shout.
At first, Bai Luo Yin’s body was also suffering from extreme pain since he, himself, couldn’t stand for such a long period of time. But now, as he watched Gu Hai endured this insufferable pain, he had already felt numb to his own apparent body’s pain.
He stood numb and planted sternly in that desolate corner. All he could do was to mentally beg the doctors to quickly stop their actions at once.
Gu Hai, you must persevere!
In actuality, Gu Hai could no longer endure this excruciating pain.
Finally, he pushed the two military doctors to the side and suddenly stood up from the bed. Even if he was in pain, as long had he could get these two people to get the freak out of here, he’ll just bite down and bare with it a bit longer!
Pretending as if nothing was wrong, Gu Hai nonchalantly walked around the room in two full circles. From the look of it, it was no different from other people, it was just that…… his face was slightly blue.
Except for Bai Luo Yin, everyone else’s facial expression was drenched in amazement.
“Do you see it now?” Gu Hai looked angrily at the two military doctors, “Do you still think there is something wrong with me?”
Embarrassment crawled onto the two military doctors’ face and soon even the color slightly changed.
One of them finally opened his mouth and said, “If you’ve had taken a few steps earlier, we could have avoided having to give you an examination.”
Motherfucker, you think I didn’t want to take a few steps before. The point is, it fucking hurts! If I had known you two would torture me like this, I would have gritted my teeth together and do two hundred push ups, a moment ago, just to get you out of here. At the very least, then, my legs wouldn’t be pulled around this like!
Gu Wei Ting’s face became somewhat unsightly. Even Sun Jingwei also had an embarrassed expression plastered on his face.
The military doctors huddled together, and after quite some times, one of them spoke, “General, there’s no damage to his bones, but it’s possible, that this is due to musculoskeletal pain, since after all, his body is still growing. In some cases, his training sessions might also be too strenuous, so it’s also possible that his body and health has taken a turn for the worse. It’s best to adjust and evaluate those factors for a period of time, then afterward, he should be good again.”
The other military doctor kindly covered the quilt over Gu Hai and warned him repeatedly, “Be careful and don’t catch a cold.”
Afterward, the two military doctors, angrily took their leave.
Gu Wei Ting and Sun Jingwei sat down at their previous spot, and after a short while, they also left together.
Finally, peace and quiet settled in the room.
Bai Luo Yin looked at Gu Hai with a rather frightened and doubtful expression, asking, “How did your dad know that you weren’t feeling well?”
“What do you think?”
Bai Luo Yin didn’t even have a chance to respond yet when Gu Hai tossed his cellphone toward him. He switched it on and with just one glance, there was one message from Li Shuo.
“For my beloved comrade Gu Hai, I’ve already informed General Gu of your injury. This is the bridge that I have built for the sake of you and your father. I sincerely hope that through this firmly constructed bridge, the relationship between you two will moved into a more tender and relax route. I also hope, through this trivial matter, you can receive an endless amount of paternal love.”
Bai Luo Yin, “………”
Gu Hai had strongly believed that once Gu Wei Ting left, the two of them could finally let out a sigh of relief and relaxed their distressed mind, and even more so, their worn out bodies, but……the nightmare had only started.
In the evening, a little after eight o’clock, the had just started to eat dinner, when suddenly, the doorbell rung and sounded off loudly in the serene room.
Bai Luo Yin proceeded to arch his lower back and went to open the door. Once the door widened, he froze, utterly startled by the extravagance scene that displayed before his eyes.
The corridor was overflowed with people. As far as the eyes could see, everywhere he looked, all were army green colored uniforms accompanied by healthy, robust and resolute faces. They were led by three military officers, who immediately saluted Bai Luo Yin with one hand, whiling each holding bouquets of fresh flowers in the other hand.
Bai Luo Yin looked apathetically at the three military officers as they entered into the apartment.
“Comrade Gu Hai, we represent all the officers and men of the Northern Anti-Aircraft Warfare, division no.7, battalion no.6, company no.3. We’re here to see how you are doing and to wish you a quick recovery.”
Gu Hai, “………”
Within less than ten minutes of peace and quiet, the doorbell rung again. This time, there were several individuals from the People’s Armed Police faction. Once again, after they presented Gu Hai with some more fresh flowers and get well blessings, they left.
Just a moment later, more people arrived. Bai Luo Yin doesn’t even know which battalion, which company or much less, which unit, they came from. One after another, they entered the apartment for a visit, looked around, then depart.
In the end, not only were the visitors, officers and men of the army forces, but even the nearby government officials, administrators, of high and low status alike, one by one, rushed over with gifts in hands and more words of blessings.
As the night goes on, it became even more bustling with noises and excitements as school leaders and principles, brought along with them, several teachers who all gathered together in the corridor and practically broke the door down and entered………no one knew how all these individuals of various status came to receive the news of this situation.
This was the first time Bai Luo Yin became aware of how precious and valuable the General’s son’s anus was!
All of a sudden it seemed, as though, embarrassment wasn’t the only emotion that Gu Hai had to deal with. He could feel the breaking point of his hatred toward his ‘good’ friend Li Shuo, increased by tenfold the more he thought about his own current situation. If it were not for him, revealing this secretive information, how else would these series of events come about huh!
If he was genuinely injured, it wouldn’t have been so bad. Even if he had to reject those obsequious gifts, he could at the very least, calmly and without stress, except some of them.
But! Nevertheless, the crucial point of it all was, that shameful spot, that couldn’t be seen by others, had suffered from sever damaged. And it was even harder to open his mouth and tell anyone the reason for this damage.
Every time someone carefully inquired about it, Gu Hai wanted to bury himself in the narrow slit of the bed and hid inside.
Even when he was faced with shame and had lost face, it just had to involve such a great number of people….
……how content was he!
If he were to convey the truth, the reason for why he wasn’t able to get off the bed was because he, Gu Hai, was fucked by his wife all night long…….how could he possibly continue to live on?
Gu Hai warned Bai Luo Yin.
“No matter who else comes, don’t open the door!”
Bai Luo Yin moved toward the desk to the side. On a piece of white paper, he wrote in big letters, ‘Sick patient, need rest. We politely refused any visitation.’ Afterward, he taped it on the front door and locked the door from the inside.
At last, the room was sheathed in tranquility.
The two slept soundly and peacefully into the next morning. That is, until they were awakened by the noise emitting from the cell phone.
Bai Luo Yin answered the call.
“Hello, we’re the property management company. It’s been reported to us by the masses, that there are piles of debris outside of your door, preventing other owners and sanitarian personnel from passing through. We hope you can quickly open your door and deal with the pile of things in a neat and orderly manner. Thank you for cooperating with us. Beeeep, beeeep, beeeep………”
In a dazed and bewildered mindset, Bai Luo Yin faced the front door and forced his legs toward it, somewhat stumbling along the way.
Once he opened the door, a pile of about one-meter high or probably even more, including gift boxes, cases, and baskets, flooded like water, into the room.
Because Bai Luo Yin’s reaction to this sudden inflow was rather slow, he was rendered immobile. His eyes slightly widened as a pile of boxes crashed onto him. Gravity then worked its magic and pulled him down along with the gifts.
Suddenly a basket of fruits, toppled over and scattered down.
In the twinkling of an eye, a huge durian landed on top of Bai Luo Yin’s forehead……
Chrysanthemum – first of all, this a type of flower but in the Chinese language it is often used as a veiled reference for ‘anus’ with a heavy sexual connotation. Also it can be use as a synonym for said word due to their similarity in shape.
Since we’re here, let’s learn some ‘vulgar’ slang words:
- 爆菊 ［bàojú] means the anus explode (hurts) as a result of forceful penetration.
- 装逼／牛逼 zhuāngbī/niúbī [to act like a pretentious prick/cocky bastard] – used to refer to a person who is disgustingly pretentious, for an example, pretending to be knowledgeable, innocent and so on.
- 撸管／打飞机 lūguǎn/ dǎfēijī [slang for masturbation] – the latter literally mean, striking at the airplane
 Here, Gu Hai actually used the word 菊花 [júhuā] chrysanthemum, but it makes more sense to say the slang word ‘anus’ instead, since it would be extremely awkward to say chrysanthemum in a sentence, given the content. 😛
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