The FATHER and SON’S formal Discussion
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“Love?” Gu Wei Ting’s eyes widened like that of a fierce tiger on the verge of a bloody battle, “Two men has the audacity to speak so shamelessly about love here?”
Immediately after saying this, he walked toward Gu Hai, pulled him by the collar, with the intention of throwing him toward the front door. However, Gu Hai had already established a defense against it by firmly grounding his foot to the floor. Even with a formidable anger matching that of an unstoppable tornado, Gu Wei Ting was still unable to drag Gu Hai from his spot. Not even a bit.
“Go back to the military base with me right now. It’s time for us men to have a good talk.”
“I’m not going!” Gu Hai’s keen eyes matched that of his tone, clear and precise, “I’m not going anywhere. I will stay right here.”
“You will go today, whether you want to or not!”
Gu Wei Ting tried to drag Gu Hai away again. If this were to happen three or four years ago, disciplining Gu Hai would have been the same as flinging a toy to the side. Now, it was impossible. He is already a lot older while his son was in his prime. Ironically, Gu Wei Ting had once hoped and looked forward to a day where his son would no longer surrender under his power and authority. But, as that day truly approached, he discovered that he himself has unexpectedly felt a sense of loss and disappointment instead.
Now, he wished that Gu Hai was still only as tall as the table. So as long as he widened his eyes even the slightest, he would obediently stand still to the side.
“You dare go against my wish!” Gu Wei Ting kicked Gu Hai’s calf.
Although the shoes were leather, not many could withstand the formidable strength that wrapped around his kicks. Both of Gu Hai’s knees nearly gave out and crashed toward the floor. Yet, even then, he obstinately resisted, neither yielding or buckling under the intensely dark aura. No matter what was thrown at him, he refused to leave with Gu Wei Ting.
When Gu Wei Ting’s hand moved toward his waist, a cold breath of air rushed into Bai Luo Yin’s lungs.
A second later, a gun was pressed firmly against Gu Hai’s temple.
One word commands are often ones that cannot be defied.
Gu Hai stared attentively at Gu Wei Ting’s robust face. It was as if it was carved out by a thousand swords as it narrowed and looked back at him without a trace of fear or sense of capitulation.
Noticing this unwavering exchange, the color on Bai Luo Yin’s face abruptly changed. Once Gu Wei Ting’s finger moved just the slightest, his heart would skip a beat, nearly giving out in that moment.
“Go back with your dad.” Bai Luo Yin’s mouth opened, carving a path for those few words to crawl out.
Gu Hai did not turn his head as he spoke, “No! I won’t go!”
Gu Wei Ting’s finger had already touched the trigger.
Panic drew on Bai Luo Yin’s pallid face. Even though he understood the saying, a cruel and wild beast will not devour its own cubs, but the moment he saw the expression masking Gu Wei Ting, the possibility of his opening fire, wrung his eyes dry with pain.
“Go quickly!” Bai Luo Yin pushed Gu Hai with as much strength as he could mutter.
Feeling the sudden push, Gu Hai shot Bai Luo Yin a glance from the corner of his eyes before calmly saying, “I said, I won’t ever leave you home alone by yourself again.”
“I’ll just pretend I didn’t hear it.”
“But I can’t pretend I’ve never said it!”
The corner of Gu Wei Ting’s mouth drew back at those obdurate words. And in that moment, Bai Luo Yin witnessed the most gut wrenching and terrifying smile.
The trigger was pulled back.
He really pulled it without a second thought.
The sound ruptured and reverberated. In that instant, Gu Hai did not sway even the slightest. The powerful force that shot out bore into his brain and the pain that latched on to his skin exploded at the top of his head. Both his ears buzzed as if any second now it would go deaf yet even then his consciousness was still very clear.
Meanwhile, Bai Luo Yin was ravaged with a deathly paleness. His face ashen, his heart nearly shattered to pieces as his whole body trembled.
There was not a drop of blood on the muzzle of the gun as Gu Wei Ting pulled the gun back. His cold and stiffen appeared to have loosen up a bit.
“I’d say, you’ve at least matured a bit!”
In his lifetime, Gu Wei Ting had seen many people who would rather die than submit. Even when a gun was aimed at them, they would still show no signs of fear and instead face it with a courageous expression. But, when it comes to a millisecond before the gun fire, nearly all those people would consciously cower and surrender. This was not because they were cowards or weak, but the natural instinct for survival and nothing more. The number of people that could remain lofty and motionless the entire time under such compelling aura could be counted with the fingers on one’s hand. Luckily, his son was among one of those people.
Actually, Gu Hai was also afraid, but he knew that there was another person who was even more afraid than he was and that person is the one holding the gun.
The gun barrel was not loaded!
By the time this realization struck Bai Luo Yin, he was already drenched in sweat. At this moment, he really wanted to bellow with rage at this pair of father and son: Next time you two engage in this kind of drill, give a warning beforehand. Is here anyone else out there that would scare people like this?
Gu Hai thought that after enduring this shot, Gu Wei Ting would let him go, but he was gravely mistaken.
“I’ll give you two options, either you come with me of your own free will or I send for someone to drag you out! If you come with me now, there is still a possibility that you can come back here, but if I send for someone, don’t even hope to come back here. I will take you along with this apartment back!”
“You can’t take this apartment!”
The fine lines on Gu Wei Ting’s face tightened as he dubiously narrowed his eyes, “I can’t? Is there anything I can’t take?”
“Because the owner is now Bai Luo Yin!”
Bai Luo Yin’s complexion shot to various color as he threw a glance toward Gu Hai, “When did you change it?”
An impression of boyish insouciance broke out as he replied back, “I changed it a long time ago. It’s just I never told you that’s all.”
Bai Luo Yin, “………”
With an overcast face, Gu Wei Ting’s tone remained terrifying cold, “It doesn’t matter who this place belongs to, and it doesn’t concern you anymore. Think about it carefully, it’s up to you whether you go or not!”
Bai Luo Yin’s heart gradually fell into a moonless abyss, constructed with only the darkness. He suddenly realized, if Gu Hai really leaves, this could be the last night he spent together with him here. If he doesn’t leave, this could still be the last time they see each other. After weighing both options, it seemed the former was a bit better of a compromise.
“I can go!” the words suddenly flew out of Gu Hai’s mouth.
Bai Luo Yin secretly expressed his approval of those bold words.
As long as the green hills last, there will always be wood to burn. Because, where there’s life, there’s hope.
“But, I must take him with me!” In that instant, without any restrain or breaking of his firm stance, he firmly drew Bai Luo Yin’s arm back.
Bai Luo Yin chewed over on that sudden surprise.
That should be okay, right?
Their tenacious gazes simultaneously swept toward Gu Wei Ting.
“I have no objection.”
After saying that, Gu Wei Ting turned around and walked toward the front door.
Gu Hai heaved a sigh of relief. Finally, they have obtained a bit of victory in this onerous moment.
Later on, I’ll just work on changing this old man’s way of thinking and everything should be fine.
Bai Luo Yin, on the other, did not feel optimistic about the situation. The moment, he entered the elevator, a nameless and ineffable fear suddenly crashed into his heart with an intense force. He felt it in the crevices of his bone, the moment they set foot in that base, they would be completely wipeout.
In the car, Gu Wei Ting sat in the front, while Gu Hai and Bai Luo Yin sat in the back seats with a stifling and depressing aura looming over them.
The car entered the base courtyard. Once it came to a complete stop, Sun Jingwei and a few other soldiers were waiting outside in a uniformed manner for them.
“General, it’s already this late and you still brought the kids with you?”
Gu Wei Ting pointed at Bai Luo Yin while looking squarely at Sun Jingwei, “Arrange a room for him. Let him stay here for the time being.”
Hearing those words, a strange and doubtful expression cloaked Gu Hai’s face.
What do mean arrange a room for him?
“Then, what about me?”
Gu Wei Ting pressed his hand firmly on Gu Hai’s shoulder, “You are coming with me of course!”
Gu Hai’s face was swallowed by the darkness of the night.
“I only said that you two can come here together. When did I say you can stay here together? Besides, what qualifications do you have to discuss this with me?”
The underlying meaning of those words was: Take a good look, whose territory are you in now. You want to mess around here? Don’t even think about it!
With just one look, Gu Wei Ting hinted at Sun Jingwei to take Bai Luo Yin away. However, after the situation with Madam Gu had passed, not only does Sun Jingwei has a great impression of him, but he also had formed a firm bond with Bai Luo Yin. When he glanced at Bai Luo Yin and saw the unwillingness that painted his expression, he couldn’t help but to say a few more words.
“Why not let the two of them stay together?”
Without warning, Gu Wei Ting roared into the night, “If I say take him away, take him away!”
Sun Jingwei immediately stood straight and salute him, “Yes, General!”
Gu Hai only gave Bai Luo Yin a quick glance. He didn’t stop or chase after him. He understood that placed in this kind of military base, it was downright impossible, hopeless, to resolve this by force. He must find a peaceful way to negotiate and do his best to coerce his old man into submission!
On the way, back with Gu Wei Ting, Gu Hai maintained a calm demeanor while mentally drawing out a strategy to guard against the precarious battle.
In the end, once they arrive at the room, the interrogation phase was immediately skipped over. Gu Wei Ting merely looked at his watch. It was already in the wee hours, just a bit pass 2:30AM.
“Sleep first. Everything else will be discussed tomorrow!”
“You don’t have any mission tomorrow?”
“You are currently the most important mission!!!”
Gu Hai groaned in resentment. All the enmity that consumed him was painted roughly on his face. Even if Gu Wei Ting wanted to calm down and push his anger away, he couldn’t help but to go red.
This father and son pair lied down on the bed together. It seemed, this was the first time in their life that such a situation occurred.
It was a given that Gu Hai suffered from insomnia. It was natural that Gu Wei Ting could not sleep either. Neither of them spoke or even so much moved the slightest. It was like two ice cold dead corpses were lying across the massive bed.
Gu Hai continued to endure this strenuous moment; he endured it for nearly two hours until the person beside him began to snore loudly.
Noticing this miraculously moment, Gu Hai quietly got off the bed and sneaked into another room. He searched throughout the room for something. After opening every drawer, he would wait for a moment and listened to see whether the sound of snoring was still there or not. Finally, Gu Hai found the thing that he was searching for. It was a tube of anti-inflammatory ointment. He tiptoed back to the bedroom and draped a random jacket over his shoulder before walking out.
“Are you going to find him now?”
Gu Hai’s footstep suddenly stopped as he secretly cursed his own luck!
The light in the room brightened up. Gu Wei Ting sat up on the bed while his stern and gloomy eyes scrutinized Gu Hai from a distant.
“What are you holding in your hand?”
“What are you doing with that ointment?”
“You hurt his hand.”
Gu Wei Ting could hear the accusation and complaint that knotted in Gu Hai’s words. His line of sight was crowded with much more scrutiny. In this absent-minded and disappointing state, it seemed as if he did not recognize his own son.
“Every time I go out on a mission and received countless injuries, I’ve never seen you showed any concern at all.”
Gu Hai smiled awkwardly, “If you don’t intervene with Yin Zi and I, I promise in the future I’ll care about you even more.”
Gu Wei Ting’s thick brow rose questioningly as he faintly said, “It seems your illness is pretty serious.”
“My illness had long been like this. It’s already fallen into an incurable state. Even if you want to cure it now, it’s too late.”
“Who said those despicable words to you?” Without warning, Gu Wei Ting heartlessly reprimanded him again.
Gu Hai stood perfectly straight. Facing, the angry face staring back at him, he already felt numb to it.
“Dad, I’m 18 this year. You can’t just slap me like as if I was a kid anymore and expect me to obediently listen to you. I already have my own view on life. I have my own criteria to distinguish and make a proper judgement on what’s right and wrong. I won’t be influence by the force or violent you impose on me. So, please take note of your word and action. Learn to respect me. Not only am I your son, but I’m also an ordinary citizen.”
Gu Wei Ting had already gotten off the bed and sat at the sofa nearby. He lit a cigarette and looked at Gu Hai with an insincere, superficial smile.
“Then tell me, what criteria do you use to judge what’s right and wrong?”
Step by step, Gu Hai’s upright body approached Gu Wei Ting. The light reflected on his mature face, casting a faint circle of brightness around it.
“If I feel that it is right, then it is right. If I feel that it is wrong, then it is wrong. If I picked up something, then it’s a benefit. If I lose it, then it’s a loss.”
Gu Wei Ting’s face twisted into disgust as the corner of his mouth pulled back. “What a bunch of nonsense!!”
“I’m just trying to lighten up the atmosphere,” Gu Hai suddenly laughed and walked toward Gu Wei Ting’s side, “From now on, we can talk properly.”
Actually, the reason Gu Wei Ting brought Gu Hai here was not to keep him captive, but instead, he wanted to find a way to change his way of thinking and nothing else. It was just, Gu Hai’s words were just extremely stifling and bitter. Nine out of ten times, it puts Gu Wei Ting in an awkward position and consumes him with rage. If he had this kind of attitude, that is one who fully accept another person’s views, earlier in the night, Gu Wei Ting would not had struck him.
Then, the father and son sat facing each other and started to speak peacefully for the first time.
“Dad, let me say something first. Where did you put Yin Zi?”
Gu Wei Ting stared at Gu Hai with a cold face, “Do you want to talk to me or slyly get something out of me?”
“No, you’ve misunderstood,” Gu Hai tried his best to loosen up his tone of voice, “I’m just curious and wanted to ask, what kind of room is it?”
“What does it have to do with you?”
Gu Hai continued to say the words that on his mind, “It’s not a crummy room, right?”
The gentle lines that had just crawled up on Gu Wei Ting’s face started to tighten up again.
“Does it have four rooms? Three rooms? It’s not two rooms, right? At the least, it should have its own private bathroom. You’re not going to make him use the public toilet or baths, right? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not intentionally being concerned for him. I’m thinking for you. Right now, he’s also considered your son. It’s not good for people to see him in public like that.”
Gu Wei Ting held firmly onto the last bit of patience he had, “There’s no need for you to worry about those things. I’ve already made arrangements.”
Gu Hai nodded his head, “Then, we can start.”
Gu Wei Ting lightly cleared his throat, “When did you started to have this kind of perverted thoughts?”
A worried frown squirm it way on Gu Hai’s face. His mind was still running a hundred miles an hour, with anxiety chasing close by. He mulled over his thoughts repeatedly until Gu Wei Ting stopped talking. It was only then did he raise his eyes.
“Dad, can I say something else? I promise this is the last time.”
“The room that Yin Zi is in, does it have a feather comforter? It better not be natural silk. Nowadays, it’s obvious those silks are fake once they’re cleaned. It’s not warm at all.”
“……I think, we have to resort to violent means again.”
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