Late Night Raid
As the cold wind whistled outside, two people had taken shelter inside Bai Luo Yin’s dorm, happily drinking rice wine. With the door and window locked, the curtains completely closed, and a hot pot braving the scathing heat, the entire room was permeated by smoke and full of warmth.
Gu Hai was looking at Bai Luo Yin’s face that had become bright red from the heat as he ate with an insatiable appetite.
“Eat slowly,” Gu Hai said before he picked up some meat and placed it in Bai Luo Yin’s bowl. Then he softly asked, “Did you not eat your fill for the last few days?”
“Eat my fill?” Bai Luo Yin bitterly retorted, “I didn’t eat at all!”
Hearing that, Gu Hai’s eyebrows and he looked at Bai Luo Yin while feigning anger.
“It’s not like there’s no kitchen here. Just do what we’re doing now. Buying some ingredient, sesame sauce, and lamb meat to make hot pot to eat can’t be that troublesome, can it? You’re an adult now, how can you let yourself starve?”
“I don’t know how to make it,” Bai Luo Yin said between mouthfuls of food.
Gu Hai began to feel helpless, “This doesn’t any skills! Just put the ingredients into the pot and pour some water in. Once the water boils, just put in the meat. You can’t do any of that?”
Bai Luo Yin deliberately opposed him and continued to stubbornly say, ‘I can’t.’
“What can you do then?” Gu Hai reached out to grab Bai Luo Yin’s head toward him and then in a loving and spoiling manner, his breath caressed the side of the other person’s ear. “You only know how to be mad at me?”
Bai Luo Yin cheerfully turned his head away, “Yes!”
After a bit more wine, Gu Hai somehow saw a bit of silliness in Bai Luo Yin’s eyes. Bai Luo Yin’s side profile was in front of him; a perfect silhouette with heroic features and even the way he swallowed appeared charming.
Once he felt a moisten peck on his cheek, the chopstick in Bai Luo Yin’s hand halted. He tapped Gu Hai’s bowl and kind-heartedly reminded him, “Hey! Tell me, where are all the meat in the pot? Did you eat it all?”
With a mischievous smile, Gu Hai pulled open Bai Luo Yin’s collar. “I don’t want to eat meat, I want to suck for milk.”
Bai Luo Yin shuddered and ruthlessly kicked Gu Hai away before he angrily shouted, “If you say another despicable word, believe it or not, I’m going to shove your head into the pot?”
Gu Hai smiled while grabbing some food then as he ate with joy, he said, “Yin Zi, watching you eat is a type of happiness for me.”
Bai Luo Yin’s heart skipped a beat, moved by the simple words of the person before him. Was it not the same for him? Before…when Gu Hai was not with him, it did not matter what he ate since it was nothing more than filling his stomach. But now that the person is beside him, all the bad habits have also intruded one by one. First would be to decide on what to eat, then where to eat and who to eat with, as if eating a meal was a grand matter. The reason why he has not eaten anything for the past few days was not that he was being picky, but because there was one less person, he suddenly does not have any appetite anymore.
As expected, people cannot live a good life. When one has suffered through too many hardships, the senses will also have become benumbed. But once one has experienced the good days, one never would want to suffer even the slightest hardship ever again.
Gu Hai deliberately reminded him, “The tofu can be eaten now.”
Bai Luo Yin used his chopstick to pick up two pieces of tofu then placed it in his bowl. He put some sauce on it, stuffed it in his mouth and chewed delightfully.
During the entire process, Gu Hai did not move his chopstick, instead, he watched him eat.
Bai Luo Yin stuffed another piece into his mouth.
Gu Hai cleared his throat and reminded him again, “The tofu can be eaten now.”
“I know it can be eaten!” Bai Luo Yin replied loudly, “I’ve already eaten two pieces!”
Hearing that, Gu Hai could only wait anxiously while looking at the other person.
Ten seconds later, Bai Luo Yin finally understood what was happening. He pulled a long face and turned his head to glance at Gu Hai only to see his brows rising with expectations. Bai Luo Yin then reluctantly placed his chopsticks into the pot and fished out a piece of tofu before dipping it into the sauce and put into Gu Hai’s mouth.
That savory piece of tofu simmered all the way down to the very bottom of Gu Hai’s heart.
After the meal and a nice shower, Bai Luo Yin sat on the bed with droopy eyelids and a hazy head.
“What are you doing?” Gu Hai laughed and pinched Bai Luo Yin’s cheeks.
Bai Luo Yin’s face collapsed, “I’m holding the food in.”
“Come here, I’ll help you massage it.” Gu Hai reached over to rub Bai Luo Yin’s stomach.
Before that frivolous hand could continue, Bai Luo Yin pulled it up a bit and reminded the owner, “My stomach is over here!”
“You drank too much.” Gu Hai said as his hand shifted downward yet again.
This time Bai Luo Yin firmly moved Gu Hai’s wicked hands away from him. “You’re the one that drank too much!”
In reality, both of them had drunk too much. The only difference was since their age has increased, their tolerance had also improved from practice. Bai Luo Yin could no longer be tricked into wearing a red cotton-padded jacket from just one glass of wine. But after drinking, he was still dizzy and that alone, made his heart more vulnerable than usual and his emotions much more real.
Bai Luo Yin patted the empty spot on the bed and gave Gu Hai an order. “Sit here.”
Gu Hai readily compiled and sat there.
Surprisingly, Bai Luo Yin tilted his head to the side and rested it on Gu Hai’s shoulder.
Just as he felt the heat on his shoulder, a warm tingling sensation crept into Gu Hai’s heart, causing it to slightly tremble. He then turned his head over only to see a circular hair whorl. Suddenly, thinking that it was especially adorable, he ruffled Bai Luo Yin’s hair a few times. But when Bai Luo Yin thought that it was annoying, he shook his head left and right. That, however, made Gu Hai abruptly wrap his hands around his head before he carefully said, “Don’t move, I saw a strand of white hair!”
Bai Luo Yin obediently waited for Gu Hai to pull it out for him.
After giving that strand a quickly yet firm pull, Gu Hai placed it under the light for a look. “Aaahhh…pulled the wrong one, it’s black.”
With that, he spread Bai Luo Yin’s hair and searched for the white strand. Thinking that he found it, he gave it a yank and placed it under the light again. “Aaahhh… it’s another black hair…”
By then, Bai Luo Yin became angry, “Can’t you look more carefully before you pull?”
“Forget it. I’m not looking anymore, maybe I saw wrong.”
With that, Gu Hai tilted Bai Luo Yin’s head back against his shoulder before he casually yet gently grabbed one of Bai Luo Yin’s hands, intertwined their fingers together and placed it beside their legs. Just like that, they calmly sat there together and chatted.
“Gu Hai, the situation between you and Yan Ya Jing is over just like that?”
Gu Hai opened one of his eyes to look at Bai Luo Yin, “What do you want to do then?”
Bai Luo Yin lazily said, “Your dad didn’t ask you about it anymore?”
“He asked, but I just responded casually.”
Bai Luo Yin sighed, “I actually think that she’s pretty good. She’s an ideal marriage partner.”
Gu Hai remained silent before he said, “The pictures I sent you were all Photoshopped.”
Hearing that, Bai Luo Yin also went silent for a good while but then he suddenly revealed a malicious smile. “How did you know that I’ve been waiting for those words?”
“You still think that I don’t understand you?” Gu Hai said with an adoring yet hateful tone, “You always beat around the bush before you say something. Fortunately, I reacted quickly, otherwise, you would go into hiding again.”
Bai Luo Yin immediately laughed but didn’t say anything.
Gu Hai suddenly thought of something and deliberately poked Bai Luo Yin’s waist. “Then you should also tell me, where did those strands of hair come from?”
“Legs,” Bai Luo Yin replied without hesitation.
Gu Hai faintly glanced over, “Really?”
Bai Luo Yin said with great confidence, “Why would I lie to you?”
“Come here. Let me check which areas are missing some hairs.”
With that said, Gu Hai immediately turned to the side and stuck close to Bai Luo Yin only to be quickly shoved away by said person who was wearing a rather difficult expression. “Stop messing around! I’m still holding it in. If you play like that, I’m really going to throw up.”
Without allowing another explanation, Gu Hai began to take off Bai Luo Yin’s clothes. “It’s fine. I’ll help you!”
The two were happily messing around when a burst of vigorous knocks sounded at the door.
Zhou Ling Yun’s deep and resounding voice flowed into the room from the outside.
“Bai Luo Yin, are you asleep?”
The two froze in place with Bai Luo Yin wearing a surprised expression. Why is Zhou Ling Yun here? As he was thinking, another knock on the door sounded. Bai Luo Yin became anxious and hastily pushed Gu Hai to the side.
“Quick, go hide in the bathroom!”
Gu Hai frowned, “Why do I need to hide from him?” Why would I be afraid of him coming to seek revenge when I wasn’t even afraid of torturing him?!
Bai Luo Yin quickly said, “If you suddenly appear here like this, wouldn’t my plan fail? By then, both of us will each have an additional love rival. Would you be happy about that?”
Since Bai Luo Yin put it that way, Gu Hai reluctantly went into the bathroom.
With that done, Bai Luo Yin immediately changed his expression and pretended to look tired as he made his way toward the door.
“Wing Commander, why are you here?”
Zhou Ling Yun glanced at Bai Luo Yin then faintly asked, “You are going to sleep already?”
Bai Luo Yin discreetly expressed the inconvenience of the disturbance, “I’m getting ready to sleep.”
At first, Bai Luo Yin thought that after he said those words, Zhou Ling Yun would hastily finish what he needed to say and leave. Who would have guessed that he would instead say, “Since you are getting ready to sleep then I can only go into your dorm.”
Zhou Ling Yun’s way of thinking completely caught Bai Luo Yin off guard. Feeling confused, he couldn’t help but ask, “What if I say I wasn’t going to sleep yet?”
“We can just talk outside then.”
Bai Luo Yin, “…”
Zhou Ling Yun strode inside with his hands clasped behind his back and walked around the dorm a few times. All the while, Bai Luo Yin stood upright, motionless. Every time he saw Zhou Ling Yun’s footstep stop in front of the bathroom’s door, his heartbeat would speed up.
In the end, Zhou Ling Yun stopped in front of his bed before reaching down to pick up a box of condoms from the headboard.
“Even you have something like this?”
Bai Luo Yin explained with a stern and straight face, “I confiscated it from a soldier.”
Zhou Ling Yun simply nodded and asked, “Do you have a use for it?”
Bai Luo Yin, “…”
Before Bai Luo Yin’s eyes, Zhou Ling Yun slid the boxes of condoms into his own pocket.
“The next time you confiscate any prohibited items, remember to hand it in.”
Bai Luo Yin replied with a clear tone, “Yes, Wing Commander.”