Drinking to the heart’s content
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“Don’t drink too much, it’s bad for your stomach.”
Gu Hai grabbed the glass from Bai Luo Yin’s hand but Bai Luo Yin snatched it back and drank it up. After he finished, he hiccupped and continued to eat the meat skewer in his other hand.
Gu Hai suddenly took the skewer that Bai Luo Yin was eating and stuffed it into his own mouth.
Bai Luo Yin’s face fell, “There is a lot of food here, why on earth would you snatch mine?”
“Because it makes me happy.”
Hearing those words, Bai Luo Yin’s face darkened before he turned and shouted toward the stall. “Boss, give me one more beer!”
Gu Hai was stunned for a moment before he stopped Bai Luo Yin and shouted to the owner. “It’s enough, boss! No need to bring it here!”
“If you want to cause trouble for me, just get lost!”
In the end, Gu Hai couldn’t restrain Bai Luo Yin as he ate and drank to his heart’s content. When Bai Luo Yin started to speak more and more, Gu Hai knew he had too much.
“Actually, my mother is not like that. Although she never took care of me since I was small until now, she never did those kinds of things. She simply looked down on my father, that’s all. She’s just being realistic, and wants to live in luxury…”
“I believe you,” Gu Hai could not help but smile. “Luckily, you can still see your mother. My mother is already gone.”
Bai Luo Yin looked at Gu Hai in disbelief. All this time, he had thought that Gu Hai’s life was picture perfect to the point that it was boring him which made him nitpicked other people.
“I know what you’re thinking,” Gu Hai lit a cigarette and looked at Bai Luo Yin with a faint smile. “Besides you, have you ever seen me tease anyone else?”
Bai Luo Yin reached out and Gu Hai passed him one cigarette. The smoke lingered before their eyes as the surrounding people vanished in the smoky haze.
“You have known about my family situation all along?” Bai Luo Yin asked.
Gu Hai nodded, “I knew a little bit.”
“So the reason why you nitpick and provoked me afterward is all just for you to console your own heart?”
Gu Hai stubbed out his cigarette, drank one gulp of beer, and held back his laughter.
“This isn’t called ‘searching for your faults’, this is called ‘caring’. I’m using a special kind of way to care for you.”
“Don’t use my tolerance to feed your shamelessness.”
After Bai Luo Yin said those words, he laughed and so did Gu Hai. As they laughed together, the hatred between them gradually vanished.
Gu Hai continued grilling the pork skewers and Bai Luo Yin continued to drink.
As he watched Gu Hai busying himself in front of the hot grill, Bai Luo Yin suddenly felt that this man had become quite approachable. Maybe it was because of their shared tragedy that triggered the sympathy in Bai Luo Yin’s heart. Perhaps it was Gu Hai’s sense of justice that moved Bai Luo Yin or maybe, it was merely the effect of the alcohol… Bai Luo Yin suddenly wanted to pour his entire heart out to this person.
“I have a lot of friends. They are always together when they’re happy, but when they have difficulties, they just keep their problems to themselves.”
Gu Hai thought about his own friends and an amused smirk tugged at the corner of his mouth. “A common problem among men, that can’t be helped.”
Bai Luo Yin drank some more, “I used to have a girlfriend. She’s very pretty and her family is really rich, but we broke up. I have been sleeping a lot in class lately because this matter has been bothering me…”
This night, Bai Luo Yin talked about many things and Gu Hai simply sat silently beside him and listened with earnest. Bai Luo Yin spoke of his pain and his difficulties without any reservation, including how his family situation had brought obstacles to his relationship, the unrealistic love of this long-distance relationship with Shi Hui, as well as the worries about his future, the conflicts with his mother, and not to mention the painful hatred he had against the gap caused by social classes…
When Bai Luo Yin stopped talking, Gu Hai felt a barrier raise up again between them, back in its place where Bai Luo Yin had raised it first. They had been getting a little bit closer earlier, but this barrier separated them once more.
Bai Luo Yin was completely drunk as he stood up to go and take a leak. Gu Hai barely managed to drag him to an empty space and told him to do it there.
Bai Luo Yin reached for the zipper to pull it down, where there was none on this pair, instead, he had to pull it down to take a leak.
When he saw Bai Luo Yin was about to release, Gu Hai’s expression changed and he quickly stopped Bai Luo Yin. “Don’t pee yet! Pull down your trousers first, then you can do it!”
“I took it off already!”
Bai Luo Yin threw his hands up to show his palms while his face was red with a silly smile.
Gu Hai released a snort of amusement, “What did you take off? Isn’t it still on your body?”
Bai Luo Yin looked down, as expected the trousers were still clinging to his waist.
“Take it off for what, I can just pee right away, it saves the trouble.”
“Who do you save the trouble for?” Gu Hai darted to in front of Bai Luo Yin and use one hand to pull down his trousers while his other hand held Bai Luo Yin’s hand and then helped him to hold his member. “Hold this, now pee.”
Bai Luo Yin listened to Gu Hai obediently and started to pee. Gu Hai took advantage of the moonlight and stole a glance at Bai Luo Yin’s member. Every man has one common problem, when they see another man exposing his manhood, he would always make size comparisons between his own and the others’.
After Bai Luo Yin finished, he looked at Gu Hai, “Aren’t you going to pee?”
Bai Luo Yin pointed at Gu Hai’s trousers, “Then, take your trousers off too, let’s compare who’s bigger!”
Gu Hai let out a wide smile while pulling up Bai Luo Yin’s trousers. “Next time… next time…”
As Bai Luo Yin walked around tipsily, he would bump into something every two steps. Gu Hai couldn’t stand it anymore, so he crouched down to carry Bai Luo Yin on his back.
Bai Luo Yin’s arms rested across Gu Hai’s shoulder and his hot breath fanned over Gu Hai’s neck. Gu Hai could feel his own neck burning hot every time he lifted him up and Bai Luo Yin would nestle his cheek close to his neck.
“Are you sleepy?” Gu Hai asked.
“En…?” Bai Luo Yin replied in a daze.
Gu Hai’s tone had never been this gentle, “Go to sleep for a while and you’ll be home soon.”
“Who is going to sleep? Who is going to sleep?” Bai Luo Yin suddenly raised his voice and punched Gu Hai’s left cheek, “Do you want to cut my jacket with a pair of scissors again?”
That punched made half of Gu Hai’s face ache with pain. The patience he had for Bai Luo Yin alone was unfathomable when compared to how he treated other people. Even he himself did not understand why he could not get angry when faced with this stupid guy.
Bai Luo Yin shouted toward the dark and empty street.
“If you say such things like that again, believe it or not, I will throw you in a ditch.”
Bai Luo Yin didn’t say a word as his breath spread over Gu Hai’s ear regularly once he fell asleep. Perhaps, all the talking that he had done had finally unburdened his chest. As Gu Hai continued to carry Bai Luo Yin, he felt that the wind that night wasn’t really cold.
A trail of hot liquid traveled down Gu Hai’s neck, rolled down to his chest and embedded itself inside his heart—awakening the emotions that he had suppressed for the longest of time.
Once Bai Han Qi saw Bai Luo Yin, his anxiousness finally dispersed as he hurriedly pulled Bai Luo Yin down from Gu Hai’s back. He continuously muttered to himself, “Finally found him! I’m not brave enough to talk about this matter with his grandmother, quick, get inside the house!”
“I will not be coming inside,” Gu Hai replied as he took off the jacket he was wearing and gave it to Bai Han Qi.
“This is Bai Luo Yin’s jacket. It’s pretty cold nowadays, please give him more clothes to wear later on!”
“Eh…” Bai Han Qi looked at Gu Hai gratefully, “Thank you so much for your help today.”
“It’s nothing, his mind wasn’t at ease today, so he drank a little bit of alcohol but he should be okay by tomorrow morning.”
Bai Han Qi nodded and as he watched Gu Hai’s retreating back, he could not help but sigh.
“What kind of family is capable of raising a child as good as him?”