An Unnecessary Move
In the evening, Gu Hai was humming a tune as he prepared a small romantic midnight snack for his beloved wife. Suddenly, he heard the door creak open. Slightly flabbergasted, he stuck his head out of the kitchen only to be greeted with Bai Luo Yin’s dashing and confident back.
“How did you run out of there?”
There was a cigarette butt hanging loosely in Gu Hai’s mouth as he skillfully handled the knife. In all honesty, it was a rather cool appearance.
Bai Luo Yin leaned against the door, seemingly angry yet not as he stared at Gu Hai.
“You’re the one that caused Lao Zhou to be hospitalized, right?”
Gu Hai shot Bai Luo Yin a glance before the corner of his mouth rose into a smirk. “Oh? Did you personally come here to praise me?”
Hearing that, Bai Luo Yin’s outstanding brows immediately contorted. “It really was you!!”
Hearing Bai Luo Yin’s tone, the smile on Gu Hai’s face gradually faded. He quickly turned the fire off and placed the food on the plate while the sizzling sound cook meat still lingered around their ears.
“Aren’t you being a bit too outrageous?” Bai Luo Yin said, moving closer to Gu Hai.
The entire time, Gu Hai was washing his hands with his back toward Bai Luo Yin. Suddenly, he turned around and smeared the water in his hand all over Bai Luo Yin’s cheeks.
“It’s smoother than before.” Gu Hai said, still not acting properly. Bai Luo Yin bitterly flung his hands away, causing a jealous Gu Hai to immediately ask, “You still feel sorry for him?”
Bai Luo Yin angrily retorted, “It’s not that I feel sorry… I just don’t think it was the right thing to do, okay? Even though he was a bit harsh to me, that’s just his style of training. It has nothing to do with personal feelings. The more severe his demands are of me, the more it proves the importance he places on me. Frankly speaking, he did those things for my own good.”
“For your own good?” Gu Hai coldly grunted, “That’s just him treating you like a tool! A tool, do you understand?! It’s just like how you treat a fighter aircraft. He’s using every means possible to improve your performance in order for you to become even more useful to him! It simply has nothing to do with personal feelings at all!”
Bai Luo Yin’s tone became sluggish, “But, isn’t he indirectly helping me to succeed?”
“Groping your dick can help you succeed?” Gu Hai let out a burst of ironic laughter, “That’s good then. I also fried his dick so maybe after he’s discharged from the hospital, he’ll be promoted from a Wing Commander to a General!”
An air of shock settled in Bai Luo Yin’s eyes, “What? You…!!”
“Look at you, getting all anxious!” Gu Hai exclaimed as his jealousy came crawling back, “What benefits did he create for you to make you care so much about him?!”
The rage circling Bai Luo Yin’s mind caused his fist to ruthlessly strike Gu Hai’s stomach. “Fuck you! You’re being too cruel! That’s Zhou Ling Yun, not a lamplight you can simply put out! If you really made him disabled, he definitely won’t let you live comfortably!”
At those words, Gu Hai simply patted Bai Luo Yin’s shoulder. “Then just let your Wing Commander give me all he got!”
When Gu Hai brought the food to the dining room, Bai Luo Yin was still at the same stop.
A few minutes later, Bai Luo Yin also followed in. But just as he was about to sit down to eat, the person on the other side of the table bizarrely said, “Ungrateful people are not welcomed here. Please go away and eat somewhere else!”
Bai Luo Yin’s anger rose until traces of fire could be seen swirling in his eyes. Even if you don’t want me to fucking eat, I’ll still eat! It was hard enough to wait for a day that Lao Zhou wouldn’t be at the base… and now that I’m finally able to sneak out for a breath of fresh air, you won’t even fucking let me have a bite of freshly home-cooked meal!!
“Hey, hey, hey! Be a bit more self-conscious! Don’t talk about helping others instead of the person that’s closer to you when you’re speaking.105 And don’t put on such a shameless face when you’re eating! Put the chopsticks down. Who allowed you to pick up the food?”
Sadly, while Gu Hai was rambling on endlessly, Bai Luo Yin had already taken the chance to eat all the good food.
When Gu Hai was busy washing dishes in the kitchen, Bai Luo Yin found it boring to sit in the living room alone, so he grabbed the donkey and started to fiddle with it. The moment Gu Hai heard his son crying out, he stretched his head out for a glance only to see Bai Luo Yin smiling cheerfully. That kind of childish appearance was especially moving, causing Gu Hai’s heart to soften into a ball of cotton.
Just as Bai Luo Yin turned toward him for a look, Gu Hai withdrew that warm gaze and coldly demanded, “Put my son down!”
However, instead of putting the donkey down, Bai Luo Yin placed its head between his own legs and let it willfully shake. The look of ecstasy that blanketed his eyes instantly punctured Gu Hai’s frail little heart.
You motherfucker! Gu Hai cursed to himself. You only know how to use this trick to control me!
After Gu Hai finished cleaning up, he went back to the living room and saw Bai Luo Yin lying comfortably on the sofa.
“Go sleep at your dorm! Ungrateful fools aren’t allowed to stay here.”
Just as the last word dispersed, Bai Luo Yin got up.
Gu Hai’s chest tightened. Fuck, is he really going to leave?
While he was busy worrying, Bai Luo Yin’s foot took a sudden turn toward the bathroom before he went inside. Soon after, the sound of splashing water tumbled into Gu Hai’s perky ears, causing a bristle grass106 to somehow magically appear at the center of his heart… tickling it until this heart of his ached!
In less than five minutes, Gu Hai casually walked into the bathroom like a wild cat.
Once the two settled comfortably in the bathtub, Bai Luo Yin cleaned and massage Gu Hai’s back. Then after, Gu Hai turned to face him and rubbed Xiao Yin Zi.
Bai Luo Yin could not help but ask, “How exactly did you hurt Lao Zhou?”
Since that matter was brought up again, Gu Hai felt rather proud of himself. He immediately told Bai Luo Yin the entire process from beginning to end, including the initial preparation, the various obstacles, and the emergency contingency plans. In short, it was a very meticulous and thought out design.
As he listened to everything, Bai Luo Yin stared at Gu Hai in disbelief. “Wow, I didn’t expect this! You really know your stuff!”
“Of course,” Gu Hai coolly snorted, “All my honesty and foolishness are only reserve for you. No one else is lucky enough to experience it.”
Bai Luo Yin’s mood instantly became relaxed.
“Don’t move!” Gu Hai abruptly turned Bai Luo Yin’s head toward him before his eyes moved closer. “There’s a pimple on your face!”
“Give me a break!” Bai Luo Yin attempted to push him away.
But Gu Hai hugged him while his hot breath floated into Bai Luo Yin’s ear.
“How did you know I wanted to kiss you?”
Without saying anything, Bai Luo Yin went ahead and bit Gu Hai’s cheek first.
Gu Hai smiled rather gently instead, “You’re so bad!”
After the bath, the two were being affectionate on the bed when Bai Luo Yin asked, “Da Hai, have you been back to our apartment at the International Trade building after I left?”107
Gu Hai’s hands, that was passionately roaming around Bai Luo Yin’s bareback, suddenly stopped. He softly replied, “I went once. What happened?”
“Then was the food still on the table when you stopped by?”
“What food?” Gu Hai asked, his face muddled with confusion.
Bai Luo Yin’s expression changed. After thinking it through, he should have expected that. Someone must have gone to their little nest before Gu Hai had the chance to go back. He reckoned the dishes that he had personally made have long been fed on by the houseflies.
“What’s going on?” Gu Hai asked again, pressing his forehead against Bai Luo Yin’s.
“It’s nothing,” Bai Luo Yin pinched Gu Hai’s nape with all his might. “One of these days, I’ll cook a meal for you!”
“You?” Gu Hai laughed until his chin nearly fell off, “Will it be edible?”
Bai Luo Yin coldly snorted, “Even if it’s not edible, you still have to eat it!”
“Why are you so evil?” Gu Hai asked as he intimately licked the tip of Bai Luo Yin’s nose.
Bai Luo Yin let out a faint, ‘of course’, followed by a light moan before then he turned over and pressed Gu Hai beneath him.
On the weekend, carrying a bag of small tonics, Bai Luo Yin went to the hospital with an incomparably heavy heart.
Before he entered Zhou Ling Yun’s room, Bai Luo Yin was already mentally prepared to be bombarded. He even went so far as to draw out Zhou Ling Yun’s raging face in his mind, and even without entering, he could imagine what his reaction would be upon seeing him.
However, everything was beyond what he had anticipated.
Zhou Ling Yun’s psychological state was very good… at least from the surface, no sense of oppression can be seen, that is. On the contrary, his aura appeared rather refreshed. But even though he had on a patient’s gown, his oppressive military demeanor could not be concealed.
Seeing such a face, Bai Luo Yin instead felt a bit uneasy.
“Why aren’t you coming in?” Zhou Ling Yun faintly asked.
Bai Luo Yin awkwardly smiled, “I was afraid you wouldn’t let me in.”
Zhou Ling Yun smiled until his domineering expression was exposed. Honestly, it was as though he was not the person Gu Hai had tormented and humiliated.
“What? Why wouldn’t I let you in? I’ve actually been waiting for you for several days now. Everyone else has come to see me already but you are the only one that’s slow to show up. I don’t normally treat you that bad, right? You have always cheerfully talked back to me with defiant, yet why is it that when I am injured, you don’t give a damn?”
The more Bai Luo Yin listened, the more uneasy he felt. What the hell is he trying to say?
Seeing the apprehensive expression on Bai Luo Yin’s face, Zhou Ling Yun immediately consoled him. “Don’t take what happened to heart. I am clearly aware of the fact that you and your brother are two different people. Even if Gu Hai intentionally messed with me for your sake, I know that you did not provoke him to do it.”
Hearing those words, Bai Luo Yin felt rather at odds. As he stood in front of Zhou Ling Yun with this kind of mentally, he could not help but feel especially insignificant all of a sudden.
“Show your military spirit! Where have all your energy and rebellious nature gone? Are you only here to let me see the back of your neck?” Zhou Ling Yun abruptly
Bai Luo Yin immediately straightened his back.
Zhou Ling Yun revealed another inexplicable smile, “I want to ask you something.”
“Please go ahead,” Bai Luo Yin looked earnestly at Zhou Ling Yun.
Suddenly a look of wickedness settled in Zhou Ling Yun’s eyes as he glared at Bai Luo Yin; this glare was the kind that made Bai Luo Yin’s heart sank.
“Do you and Gu Hai often contact each other in private?”
Bai Luo Yin’s chest tightened as he looked at Zhou Ling Yun, unsure of what he wanted him to say.
“If you are in contact with him often, can I trouble you to relay a message to him? I am very interested in him, invited him out for a few drinks with me someday.”
All the built-up pressure in Bai Luo Yin’s stomach nearly burst at those words dispersed.
“Wing Commander, if you are angry, take it out on me! Everything happened because of me! I am willing to bear all the responsibilities.”
“You are mistaken. I really do like him,” Zhou Ling Yun’s sternly said with sparkling eyes.
Bai Luo Yin nearly spewed out blood.
Remaining calm and collected, Zhou Ling Yin fiddled with the cigarette lighter in his hand then slightly smiled at Bai Luo Yin. “To tell you the truth, he has the same mischievous demeanor as I did when I was younger!”
All the blood in Bai Luo Yin’s body clotted. He could not help but faintly feel that Zhou Ling Yun was not joking around.
105 胳膊肘往外拐 – literal translation is “turn your elbow outward”, but metaphorically it means, “To help someone else rather than the person closest to you (which in turn harm that person)”. Normally, your elbow faces outward so when you turn it any other way, you’re trying to break that normality.
106 bristle grass ( 狗尾巴草) if you break the characters down, it means ‘a dog wagging its tail (grass)’. It looks like a dog’s tail XD
107 Refer to Book One – Chapter 208 when Bai Luo Yin cooked for Gu Hai before leaving.