The Fierce Confrontation
Gu Hai peered solemnly at Bai Luo Yin, still fully dressed in his military uniform as he stood beside him with an imposing and prepossessing ambiance sewn into every visible line drawn on his face. An intense burst of pain gauchely pierced Gu Hai’s eyes, provoking the eight years of sorrow, emptiness, and desolation that he had onerously suppressed to reemerge once again. This agony all too willingly scattered towards the bottom of his heart, poisoned and engulfed every nerve and organs that kept his breath alive.
As Gu Hai’s scorching and blusterous gaze perforated him, Bai Luo Yin could vividly sense half of his face going numb, almost as if tiny pins were pricking his every nerve. He wanted more than anything to conjure some lies for himself and weave a string of reasons to tell Gu Hai that this military uniform was not his, but something he borrowed. However, just as he made up his mind, an Airman walked in and his one simple sentence of, “Major, why are you hiding in here?”, shoved Bai Luo Yin into a completely dark abyss with no hope of being rescued.
Bai Luo Yin shifted his machine-like gaze towards the boisterous face that was awaiting his reply and unenthusiastically said, “You all can have fun first, I’ll be there in a moment.”
“Then you have to hurry up! We’re all waiting for you,” urged the Airman before he left.
Once he saw the shadow disappeared, Bai Luo Yin calmed his emotions then turned to look at Gu Hai with an indifferent expression, all the while, acting as if nothing had happened.
“What a coincidence. You’re also here?”
Keeping his eyes still on Bai Luo Yin, Gu Hai could not detain from speaking in a ruthless tone that held no mercy or forgiveness. “Why didn’t you tell me you enlisted in the military? Why did you conspire with others to deceive my feelings? First, I was told you had died that day, making me live a life that was worse than death for two years. After all the suffering, I was then told you went abroad. I searched for you across the world and watched helplessly as my hope was trampled and destroyed over and over again…do you think that…torturing me like this is really interesting?”
Listening to the words that came out one after the other from Gu Hai’s lips, Bai Luo Yin’s cold and stiff demeanor concealed the pain in his heart, “I’ve never conspired with anyone to deceive you. Whatever they decided to say, that’s naturally within their freedom. I’ve never once manipulated or egged anyone behind their backs. I’m just living my own life.”
“Living your own life?” Gu Hai laughed coldly, “Then you must have lived quite peacefully. I truly admire how strong your heart is to endure everything. And, I really do admire your ability to devise such a strategy.”
“That’s right, my heart is pretty strong.” Bai Luo Yin promptly replied as his eyes froze over with a thick layer of ice. “So, you can stop trying to slander me again in such a vicious way. I’ll just end up laughing it off as a joke. The only one feeling hurt and suffering from it all is you.”
“Really?” Gu Hai questioned aggressively, “Then tell me, why did you enlist? Why would you choose this path rather than go abroad?”
“That’s my freedom. What does me not wanting to go abroad have to do with you?”
“Bai Shouzhang 11, you dare say that you didn’t enlist because of me?” Gu Hai’s cold and overbearing voice questioned intensely, each word ruthlessly pierced Bai Luo Yin’s heart.
“Why would I enlist for you? What reasons do you have to support such a ridiculous suspicion?”
“Do I really have to point it out for you? Initially, my dad had forced me to enlist in the military, but I adamantly refused. There was only one way for him to give up on this thought and that is if you enlist. Once you’ve enlisted, he definitely wouldn’t force me anymore just for the sake of keeping us separated. Isn’t what I’ve said correct?”
Bai Luo Yin coolly lit a cigarette then spoke in a rather deep and gloomy tone of voice, “You’re really thinking too much.”
In just a split second, Gu Hai reached out, snatched the cigarette from Bai Luo Yin and placed in his own mouth. After taking a deep breath of it, the corner of his lips pulled back, “Did I really think too much about it or is it because you’re just too good at pretending?”
“Why would I need to pretend? Go ask any random bastard on the street if they were personally selected to join the Air Force, would they actually miss the opportunity to? Or are you saying that just because you’re the General’s son, I would enlist for your sake? Tsk. Besides, knowing how powerful your father is, it wouldn’t be difficult for him to separate us even if we both enlist! Don’t you think all your groundless assumptions are too unbelievable?”
“You’re unbelievable!” Gu Hai firmly retorted as his eyes sank into darkness, “Don’t forget, even if not by blood, you’re still officially Gu Wei Ting’s son. By just enlisting in the military, you’re stabilizing his name and foundation. Since his burden has lightened, it’s only natural that he’ll loosen his reign on me. Bai Luo Yin, if I’m wrong and you didn’t have this kind of thought in mind back then, I, Gu Hai will write the two characters of my name backward!”12
“Gu Hai, you can write it whatever way you want. Even if you write it all in circles, no one will give a shit. Stop trying to flatter yourself.”
“Even if I flatter myself, it still can’t be compared to your tricks!” Gu Hai took two steps forward to lessen his distance from Bai Luo Yin, “Since you so proudly enlisted in the military, why do you need to hide it? Didn’t you have a lot of pride when you said you were a Chief Executive Officer? How come you can’t even address your own title as a Major?”
Bai Luo Yin clenched both of his fists tightly, hardening his heart as all the distraught and anger became visible in his eyes, “So what if I enlisted in the military for you? If enlisting for your sake means you’ll gain a huge advantage, what of it?! I’m more than fucking willing to!! Since I thoughtlessly made it this far, it’s been worth it to have enlisted for any fucking bastard!!”
“You call this an advantage?” Gu Hai’s face suddenly darkened while his eyes were concealed with a thick layer of grief and resentment, “Bai Luo Yin, you’re a fucking idiot!! You won’t be able to find another person in this world that’s more of an idiot than you!!”
“What do you mean you can’t find another?” Bai Luo Yin angrily fired back, “In truth, isn’t there a living example standing in front of me right now?”
An insufferable pain crept into Gu Hai’s heart—he could not sound out the words to properly express his feelings. Eight years have passed by and for the first few years, he doesn’t even know how he managed to endure or survive it, much less remember. The pain deadened his heart and nerves so much so that he thought he would never be able to feel anything again. But, in the end, the main culprit returned with a murderous intent, armed to the teeth to attack!!
Bai Luo Yin was also enraged to the point that he could no longer tolerate it. His eyes ashen with an intense coldness as he narrowed them and watched Gu Hai approached him. Even before his hands could reach out, Bai Luo Yin had already taken the initiative to block him midair.
“Gu Zong, I’m Bai Shouzhang now. Even if you’re strong, you might not be my opponent so it’s best not to humiliate yourself.”
“Really?” Gu Hai’s dark pupils froze with an exceptionally potent coldness matching that of the person peering at him, “I want to see how strong-willed the little slut that cried out beneath me before has become today!!”
Gu Hai’s words were like blades provoking and welcoming its adversary to burst. Just as those words dropped, he immediately adjusted his fist and struck Bai Luo Yin heads on. This single punch was so sturdy that after contact, a splatter of blood sprang out in full force.
Shortly after, loud commotions broke out in the entire bathroom. The sounds of water splashing, doors being struck, limbs striking limbs and bones clashing chaotically resonated. This ear-piercing noise lasted for a while before a large number of pilots and beautiful women from both banquet halls galloped out in search of the commotion.
The scene was chaotically played out with the mediators, the exhorters, the bystanders and the terrified all mingled in one, creating a brilliant and picturesque photo of life.
The group of beautiful women all had a look of shock and amazement sketched across their faces. For those that have been in the company for more than three or four years, don’t even mention seeing Gu Hai fight, even seeing him yell or shout in a loud demanding voice was an unthinkable occurrence. How did he become so violent all of a sudden? However, even though they were all worried their Gu Zong would be at a disadvantage, they nonetheless secretly exclaimed in admiration at his stouthearted demeanor.
Who would have expected that Gu Zong’s fighting skill would be so formidable! There’s going to be one more topic to chat about in the future.
The soldiers and officers on the other side also had an inconceivable look of disbelief.
Major Bai can also burst out with obscene words and fight in a public? How did this bastard achieve this? How did he anger and provoke the murderous pilot that we all revere to be anxious like this?
In the end, it was Liu Chong, along with some well-known Airmen and a few of the hotel staffs that forcefully pulled Bai Luo Yin and Gu Hai apart. Even after they were separated, their faces were still hung with an array of colors and even after their hands stopped, the fierce and violent light that drained their eyes were still engaged in a bloodthirsty battle.
“That’s pretty good Bai Shouzhang. Your skills aren’t bad at all.” Gu Hai said coolly as he wiped the traces of blood from the corner of his mouth, all the while he ridiculed, “It seems you have been masturbating quite a lot for the last few years, huh?”13
The double meaning behind Gu Hai’s ridicule was said to shame Bai Luo Yin, especially since there was a huge group of beautiful women standing to the side. Seeing as how such an awe-inspiring Air Force Major was being publicly humiliated was a bit awkward for anyone to bear.
However, Bai Luo Yin was not the least irritated as the corner of his lips pulled back into a smirk. Then he faced the group of beautiful women with an exceptionally noteworthy manner.
“Next time you want to entice your Gu Zong and have him favor you, don’t put on makeup, dance provocatively, or be overly flirtatious. Your Gu Zong’s taste is quite unique so your little antics won’t be able to satisfy his unusual stomach. Next time, remember to wear a red cotton-padded jacket and green pants. Most importantly, call him Village Chief Gu. With those, he will be extremely happy.”
After saying that, his gaze swept towards Yan Ya Jing, and under Gu Hai’s cold and watchful eyes, he slowly spoke without any hint of urgency. “Sister-in-law, you probably don’t know this, but my brother loves to eat dick flavored meat. Next time you’re at the supermarket, don’t forget to buy him a few bags of it.”
Hearing those obscene words, Yan Ya Jing became paralyzed right on the spot. Don’t even mention the look on Gu Hai’s face.
With that, Bai Luo Yin faintly smiled and looked at the soldiers standing behind him who were all wearing a bewildered expression. Then narrowing his eyes with a warlike aura, he waved his hand and shouted in an aggressive and domineering tone, “Let’s go!”
A while later, the sonorous footsteps faded into the elevator…
Once Gu Hai returned to the company, he allocated the bit of task he had at hand and immediately flew to Hong Kong without stopping to rest anywhere.
For the last few years, Gu Yang’s business was producing great fortune.14 Just as he was relishing in his proudest moment, his younger brother who was not much younger than him came to gloomily crash his well-formed lifestyle.
In front of all the high-level executives in Gu Yang’s company, Gu Hai forcibly pulled him out of the conference room.
“Why is it that the longer you live, the more trouble you cause?” Gu Yang said with an unimpressed expression, “After just a few years of peacefulness and being successful in running a decent business, you’ve forgotten your own surname again?”
“Eight years ago, what exactly happened after my car accident? You have to give me a clear explanation today and don’t even think about leaving out any details!! It’s been eight years. Keeping in mind that we’re brothers, I didn’t hurt or get even with you for cutting the brake line since I was the one that got injured and not him. But you’re just too inhumane and heartless. The fact that Bai Luo Yin enlisted in the military, you actually hid it from me for eight years!!”
Hearing those words, a layer of thick ice immediately encased Gu Yang’s face.
“I’d even thought, ‘what’s the reason for such an alarming entrance?’ After causing a commotion for half a day, it’s actually over that small incident all over again. Can you not be forgetful and use your brain for once? Can you stop burying yourself in the past without any means of escape? Can you let me, Gu Yang, take you seriously?!”
Gu Hai sneered coldly, “I don’t give a shit whether you take me seriously or not because I had never taken you seriously nor seen you as a human being! All the things that you have done are no different from that of a bastard!”
11 首长Shouzhang – Major (I prefer to keep it the Chinese way since it sounds better to me. If Bai Luo Yin’s surname is not being addressed, I’ll keep it as “Major”, but if it is, it will be “Bai Shouzhang” – Major Bai.)
12 打飞机 (dǎfēijī) – “strike the plane” is a slang for masturbation; instead of having Gu Hai say “It seems you’ve struck a lot of planes for the last few years,” it’s better to be direct as it fits Gu Hai’s personality more and everyone knows the correlation that a plane has to a male genital.
13 Bai Luo Yin, if I’m wrong and you didn’t have this kind of thought in mind back then, I will write my name backward! – Gu Hai is dead sure in what he is saying, so if he wasn’t right then he’s willing to change his name.
14 风生水起 – idiom for ‘to get rich,’ or booming (for a business)