Chapter 71 – A SILENT NIGHT
At night before going to bed, Gu Hai asked Bai Luo Yin: “Why didn’t Uncle just open a shop together with Aunt Zou?”
“Why should he open a shop together with Aunt Zou?” Bai Luo Yin replied with another question.
“Just think about it, that’s a golden opportunity, no rental fee, no need to pay tax, the waiters are all ready, this is a pure money-making business! If Aunt Zou is alone, she would have her hands full, supposed if Uncle went there to help her, it would mean that the shop belongs to both of them, and the pay would be better than the hard-earned fixed salary from his current work.”
Bai Luo Yin heaved a sigh, “You thought really well, but my dad will definitely be unwilling to do so.”
“Why?” Gu Hai didn’t understand.
Bai Luo Yin glanced at Gu Hai, then he moved closer to his ear.
Gu Hai felt really happy that he almost glued his entire body to Bai Luo Yin’s. Bai Luo Yin lifted the blanket then covered both of their heads together. Their heads snuggled against one another, their foot got close to each other, they hid in the small space inside the blanket, whispering quietly.
“What?” Gu Hai was dumbfounded, “Aunt Zou isn’t a widow?”
“She has a husband, he’s working abroad.”
Gu Hai could feel every warm breath that Bai Luo Yin emitted upon his own face, causing his entire body turn feverish.
“So you mean, they are afraid that people would gossip about them?”
Bai Luo Yin hesitated for a moment, his shoulders slumped.
“I always think that Aunt Zou is deceiving my dad, I think she’d already divorced with her husband since long time ago. Just think about it, she already lived here for so many years, yet her husband never came back on New Year’s Day or on any other festival, is it normal?”
When Gu Hai saw Bai Luo Yin’s expression during his ramblings, he felt like pulling at his small ears.
“Are you listening to what I’m saying?” Bai Luo Yin suddenly hit Gu Hai’s stomach.
Gu Hai held Bai Luo Yin’s hand, smiled, and then he was smiling when he spoke, “I heard it already, don’t you want to say that Aunt Zou is a widow?”
“Right, but my dad always denies it.”
“I think Uncle knows it clearly inside his heart.”
Gu Hai was talking while using his coarse fingers to caress Bai Luo Yin’s palm, and the joints of his fingers… every single vein, every single loop and whorl on his fingers, Gu Hai touched them lightly with his fingertips, it seemed casual, but there was a hint of amusement. All of Bai Luo Yin’s sensitive nerves on his palms were came into life, it made his arms felt numb. He wanted to open his mouth and scold Gu Hai, but Gu Hai suddenly stopped moving, he simply grasped Bai Luo Yin’s hand tightly.
“Your father is getting intimate with another woman, don’t you feel upset?”
“No, I even encouraged him to marry Aunt Zou.” Bai Luo Yin answered with indifferent tone, “Since as long as I could remember, my dad has always been single, I can’t let him live his life forever like this forever, right?”
“You never thought about letting your dad and your mom get back together?”
“Never.” Bai Luo Yin was very determined, “I’d rather it to be Aunt Zou, I don’t want my dad to suffer again.”
When Gu Hai heard this, his feelings was somewhat complicated.
Besides him, Bai Luo Yin continued, “Actually, the reason why my dad doesn’t want to help Aunt Zou is not entirely because he’s afraid that people will gossip about them. Just think about this, that shop already belongs to Aunt Zou right now, dad would never put his pride aside to go and ask her for cooperation. We are all men, we understand this kind of feeling, if it’s for other women, it’s still possible, but for Aunt Zou, it’s definitely impossible.”
“That’s also true.” Gu Hai seemed lost in his own thoughts.
There was a silence under the blanket, then Bai Luo Yin lifted the blanket up and he breathed mouthfuls of air outside.
Gu Hai saw Bai Luo Yin’s chest going up and down regularly, and the way he breathed deeply with closed eyes, Gu Hai’s heart inadvertently began to beat faster. Bai Luo Yin opened his lips slightly, radiating a masculine charm. Gu Hai obviously knew that this is a man’s lips, it definitely isn’t as soft as a woman’s. Nevertheless, Gu Hai felt like he really wanted to give it a kiss.
He realized that his own thoughts are becoming more and more twisted, but he had no intention to correct it. He knew very clearly that he doesn’t feel this way towards other guys, it’s solely reserved for Bai Luo Yin alone. Maybe it’s because he admires him too much, likes him too much, and cares about him too much, causing this small snowball of friendship began to roll, the more it rolls the bigger it gets, and eventually it crossed over the boundary line that Gu Hai could control. Yet he doesn’t want to retrieve it back. He would rather enjoy this self-indulgent yet nervous kind of happiness.
That night, the wind was strong, so Gu Hai went to close the window.
Just as he reclined back on the bed, Bai Luo Yin suddenly turned his body over, his head was looking for the softest spot to lean on, before finally resting upon Gu Hai’s shoulder. His warm cheeks were nestled closely on top of Gu Hai’s left chest, his clean and tidy hair scattered around Gu Hai’s neck, his arms hugged Gu Hai’s stomach as he pleased, and he had a very satisfied expression upon his face.
Gu Hai was caught off guard, he didn’t dare to move his arm that was pressed by Bai Luo Yin’s weight, fearing that once he moved, Bai Luo Yin would unconsciously turn his body away from him. Only when Bai Luo Yin’s breaths had evened out that Gu Hai’s stiff muscles could finally relax. He lowered his eyelids to look at the man in his embrace, his hand caressing Bai Luo Yin’s cheeks gently, he was extremely careful, as if touching a rare and precious baby.
Then he closed his eyes, quietly waiting for a good dream to come……
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