Hiding the Package at Home
The more Gu Hai thought about it, the more he felt that things over on Bai Luo Yin’s side did not seem right. Unable to sleep and ravaged with deep concerns for his beloved wife, he climbed out of bed in the middle of the night and drove straight to Bai Luo Yin’s dorm. Once there, he carefully pushed the door open and switched the lights on only to be met with Bai Luo Yin lying on his side in the blanket with his back toward him. When Gu Hai glanced down and saw the token of their love on the floor, he picked it up for a closer look before he steadily walked toward Bai Luo Yin’s bed with a smile smearing the corner of his lips.
Although Bai Luo Yin heard footsteps approaching him from behind, he did not open his eyes since, in actuality, he did not have the slightest bit of strength to turn over.
“You smashed it right after playing with it…that’s not a good habit!” Gu Hai said calmly but with a giddy tone.
Bai Luo Yin kept silent.
Gu Hai continued to fiddle with that thing, “It’s totally useless now that it’s really broken.”
Bai Luo Yin quietly mumbled to himself, ‘it’s a good thing that it’s broken, it’s a good thing that it’s broken…now there’s a perfectly justifiable reason to throw it away’.
“Luckily, I brought a new one.”
Hearing those few words, Bai Luo Yin’s body immediately froze. He twisted his head over to look at Gu Hai only to see that there was indeed another, virtually the same, toy in his hand.
“Fuck off! Get the fuck out of here!”
Bai Luo Yin barely had the strength to curse. He could only give a couple of dry roars before furrowing his head back into the blanket.
Meanwhile, Gu Hai attempted to ardently market his company’s product. “The material of this new product is more suitable for the skin compared to the previous one. It is softer with better flexibility and there are more functions in its design. More importantly, it doesn’t require a password to access but instead uses fingerprint recognition, so the same situation as last time will not occur. Finally, without your fingerprint to activate it, this thing is just another ornament that no one can tell what it is used for.”
Bitterness settled in Bai Luo Yin’s heart. He had thought Gu Hai ran over in the middle of the night to give comfort him, but instead, he unexpectedly brought over another disastrous toy.
Gu Hai placed the new product down and took off his overcoat before conveniently squeezing into the blanket and pressing one of his legs on Bai Luo Yin’s lower abdomen.
Bai Luo Yin let out a blood-curdling screech as beads of sweat seeped from his forehead.
“What’s wrong?” Gu Hai asked, startled.
Gritting his teeth, Bai Luo Yin pushed Gu Hai’s leg off and scowled miserably. “It hurts…”
Gu Hai’s expression immediately changed as he quickly lifted the blanket and carefully removed Bai Luo Yin’s pants. Seeing the scene before, he could not help but feel a burst of throbbing pain riling his spine. Not only had Xiao Yin Zi suffered, but the surrounding area was also red and swollen, and the skin on his thighs were badly chafed and bruised. Just looking at it was a ghastly sight to take in.
“What did you do for it to become like that?” He criticized even though there was a strong sense of distress in his voice.
Bai Luo Yin spitefully pulled the blanket back down, “What do you think? It hasn’t properly healed since the day it was miserably injured. Then to top it off, there was a strenuous training session today that mostly consisted of using the hip area. How can I be so unlucky?…”
As Bai Luo Yin spoke, he covered his face with a pillow, unable to face that person.
Gu Hai frowned and asked, “What were the tasks?”
“Quickly lying on the ground, then climb the pole. Going up and down is considered a set, and I had to do five sets!”
When Gu Hai heard such a cruel method of training, he knew exactly who had issued the order. Immediately infuriated, he got up with the intention of looking for Zhou Ling Yun.
Bai Luo Yin quickly grabbed hold of him, “Don’t cause me any more trouble! He doesn’t know that I’m injured there. It’s because he noticed that my body temperature had not reached the norm did he intentionally ordered me to train harder!”
Hearing those words, Gu Hai’s blood boiled with anger even more. “I put in a lot of thoughts and effort to try and get your body temperature to decrease yet he’s fucking actually making it increase! Isn’t it obvious that he’s going against me?!”
Bai Luo Yin became green in the face, “What? You made my body temperature decrease?”
“Yes!” Gu Hai readily responded as if it was something to be expected. “If your body temperature doesn’t decrease, you wouldn’t want to hug me to sleep at night.”
Bai Luo Yin roared, quickly punching Gu Hai a couple of times.
“You have the fucking nerve to get even with someone else? You caused all these fucking problems. You’re to fucking blame for it!!”
Since his movements were too excessive, Bai Luo Yin ended up pulling a sensitive nerve somewhere that caused him to grimace in pain and lie back down. With his hand, still firmly gripping Gu Hai’s arm, he incessantly warned, “You must not go look for him, absolutely not. If you do, I will ignore you. Completely,” he emphasized.
The words, ‘ignore you’, were more potent than any ruthless and overbearing military words. Gu Hai had no other choice but to swallow his anger for the time being.
“Alright, I won’t go. Just lie there and rest, I’ll get some water to wash you up and apply a bit of medication.”
Once he brought a small basin of water over, Gu Hai dipped the towel in to wet it before carefully wiping the sore areas.
The veins on Bai Luo Yin’s forehead exploded in pain as he tenaciously held Gu Hai’s arm. “Don’t touch it, don’t touch it…”
From his expression alone, Gu Hai seemed to be in even more pain than him. But no matter how painful it was, he had to endure it. He pulled Bai Luo Yin into his embrace and softly coaxed him. “Even if it hurts, doesn’t it still need to be wiped? Otherwise, it’s going to get infected and become even more painful than it is now. Just bear with it for a while, just for a while…”
When Bai Luo Yin felt the pain allayed, he took in a slow breath. “You can continue.”
Just as Gu Hai reached over to wipe, a howl immediately tore the room apart.
Something that normally took less than a minute to do unexpectedly took Gu Hai five minutes. The more Gu Hai could not bear to continue, the more Bai Luo Yin had to endure the pain. In the end, Gu Hai could only toughen his heart and completed the wiping mission under Bai Luo Yin’s gut-wrenching roars and raging curses.
After the medication was applied, Bai Luo Yin’s exhaustion made his eyes became lifeless.
With eyes like that of the dead, he glared at Gu Hai. “I hate you!”
Gu Hai calmly said with a sorrowful face, “I hate myself more than you hate me!”
After that, he hugged Bai Luo Yin against his chest so that their hearts seemed to connect.
Just when Bai Luo Yin was about to fall asleep, the training alarm sounded again.
Bai Luo Yin suddenly woke with a start and grabbed Gu Hai’s hand while looking at him with a defeated expression. “I have to go climb the pole again.”
“Don’t even think about it!” Gu Hai bellowed.
When Bai Luo Yin was about to get off the bed to put on his shoes, Gu Hai hastily took hold of him.
“You can’t go!!”
Bai Luo Yin shot Gu Hai an overbearing glance, “Military orders cannot be defied. If by chance an urgent mission arises, there will be severe consequences.” Having said that, he then adopted a posture of wanting to push Gu Hai away.
However, this time around, Gu Hai was utterly determined. It does not matter to him whether it was an order or not; to have Bai Luo Yin suffer hardships in front of his eyes would simply be harder than reaching for the sky! Hence, without demur, he immediately wrapped a blanket around Bai Luo Yin’s body, threw him over his shoulder (carefully, of course!) and put him into his car. Then he rapidly started the car and drove off without a second thought.
Forty minutes later, the car arrived in front of Gu Hai’s place.
All the while, Bai Luo Yin was fast asleep in the passenger seat.
Since Gu Hai could not bear to wake Bai Luo Yin up, he planned to carry him out of the car. Before he could do so, Bai Luo Yin woke up and subconsciously pushed Gu Hai away.
“I don’t need your help. I can get out myself.”
Gu Hai gently smiled, “I forgot your shoes.”
Bai Luo Yin let out a simple, ‘oh yeah’ and then slumped back into the seat but still feeling disoriented, he fell back asleep again.
With that, Gu Hai carefully tugged his hands under Bai Luo Yin’s body and carried him bridal-style out of the car. Bai Luo Yin has a stature that was over more than 180cm, with strong and sturdy muscles that made him weight more than someone with the same build as him. To be able to carry him effortlessly like that and still be able to look down to enjoy his dashing face was something that only Gu Hai could do.
When Bai Luo Yin sensed movements that went on for a spell of time, he squinted his eyes and looked up at the handsome face before him. “Why didn’t you carry me on your back?”
Gu Hai had already found a good excuse for himself early on, “If I carried you on my back, wouldn’t it rub against your little friend down there?”
Bai Luo Yin thought about it for a moment, we’re going to be on the elevator soon anyways and no one is going to coming out at this time of the night either, with that in mind, he fell back asleep yet again…what he did not anticipate was, for the sake of holding him a bit longer, Gu Hai never went into the elevator. He instead walked up the stairs one step at a time. Ordinarily, Bai Luo Yin would never allow Gu Hai to carry him in such a manner. But since the opportunity has been granted to him, Gu Hai readily seized it, reluctant to let go no matter what was said.
Who could have imaged, even Gu Yang himself could have not imagined… that is, the moment he woke up, he was in outer space.
Of course, that wasn’t genuinely outer space. It was the cabin of a plane in a micro-g environment114 with low pressure that was designed specifically for training astronauts. For a person like Gu Yang, who never had any specialized training in such a field, to be kept in a place like that was simply putting him through sheer hell.
Using Zhou Ling Yun’s words, all that was intended to create an empty environment as to sever his contact with the outside world, which would allow him to be thoroughly brainwashed.
This place had no center of gravity, and all four directions (whether up or down, left or right) none can be distinguished as one’s body cannot be freely controlled at will. It was the same as a spirit floating around without a sense of anything. It is a completely silent world, so quiet that only the sound of one’s heartbeat could be heard.
What a pity that Gu Yang was not in the mood to enjoy such ease and comfort. Being forcefully placed in there by someone, any sense of surprise would be the same as the air in there—as soon as it appeared, it will be drowned out and all that remained was anger and resentment.
If you think that you can enjoy freedom by staying in such a place, then you are completely wrong. There is no freedom in here, but instead, there is a sense of restraint more than there would ordinarily be. Gu Yang has truly suffered this time. He could barely stretch his legs before his entire body collided against the inner wall of the low-pressure cabin. The moment he made any large movement, his body would crash toward the other side of the wall; the worse was when he struggled to steady his posture, the more he moved the more he knocked against the walls. He was like an elastic ball knocking back and forth inside the cabin.
In Gu Yang’s memory, he had only suffered two major hardships in the past thirty years of his life. The first time was eight years ago when he laid in the dark and cold tunnel, and the second time was now as he floated in here. In reality, those two hardships were essentially the same, that is, both were for the sake of relieving Gu Hai in his time of crisis as to assist him in escaping, which thereby forced him to be a substitute.
The only difference between both was that he was aware of the situation the first time. However, this time, he was kept completely in the dark.
It was unknown how long Gu Yang was in there since he had completely lost a sense of time. He only felt hungry and wanted something to eat. There was actually real space food in the micro-g cabin, all of which were compressed. Gu Yang casually picked up a compressed biscuit but due to a moment of carelessness, it floated away from his hand and took a while to grab.
In this kind of environment, any strong man will become a useless person. For instance, Gu Yang. It took him more than ten minutes just to open the compressed biscuit packet then another ten minutes to actually put the biscuit in his mouth. It was with much difficulty for him to get that far…but after not even chewing the biscuit a second time, he unconsciously opened his mouth and the biscuit flew out.
Yes, it flew out of his mouth… even the crumbs floated all around the entire cabin!
For a person who was extremely fastidious about cleanliness like Gu Yang, it was a tremendously vicious visual attack to have already chewed biscuits crumbs surrounding him!
Since Gu Yang was not successful in eating, he thought: I might as well sleep. But floating around endlessly like that, he certainly would not be able sleep. Before he gave up, Gu Yang saw a sleeping bag hanging on the wall and strenuously floated his way over. He attempted to get in, fortunately, the bag was secured in place.
Gu Yang did not know how long he had slept.
But the moment he opened his eyes, two big hands came flying toward him, startling him for a split second!
Even in death, Gu Yang will never admit that he was frightened by own hands.
114 micro-g environment – (also µg, often referred to by the term microgravity) is more or less a synonym for weightlessness and zero-g, but indicates that g-forces are not quite zero, just very small.
CJD did not use this term, what she said was ‘an imitation of a surrounding with low pressure’ but that’s just doesn’t seem right what with Gu Yang floating around so I changed it to what I know. Any part where low pressure is used, I changed it to micro-g.