At the Cost of Blood
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It was approaching dinnertime when the door to their house opened with a creak causing Gu Hai’s gaze to shift toward it. A handsome boy with delicate features was standing in front of him, wearing an expression of surprise on his face.
“Come here, Tong Tian…” Bai Han Qi waved his hand toward Meng Tong Tian, beckoning him to come over. “Look at this person. Do you still recognize him?”
Gu Hai looked at Meng Tong Tian and smiled. He was a bit reluctant to admit that Meng Tong Tian, the brat from his memories who had always run around in the backyard, had grown into a young adult in the twinkling of an eye.
“How can I not recognize him?” Meng Tong Tian laughed heartily, “Isn’t that Gu Hai gege?”
The corner of Bai Luo Yin’s lip pulled up into a smirk, “Both of you are already older now, are you embarrassed calling him that? Isn’t it fine to just directly call him ge?”
The two did not pay attention to Bai Luo Yin as they continued to greet each other as if no one else was there. It seemed the eight years of separation did not create any unfamiliarity or distance between them.
“Hai ge, I still have all the toys that you gave me back then.”
“You are much more compassionate than your brother.” Gu Hai praised.
“Oh, that’s right, Hai ge… do you have a Weibo account?”
“I do, but I don’t login in often.”
While they chatted, Meng Tong firmly held Gu Hai’s hand which caught Bai Luo Yin’s attention. He had been staring at him for some time, yet the young man did not show any sign of letting go.
“Alright, that’s enough.” Bai Luo Yin’s remind them from the side with a cold aura.
“So, you have one?! Hehe… then, let’s follow each other on Weibo!!” Meng Tong Tian exclaimed, moving even closer to Gu Hai.
At that moment, Bai Luo Yin’s face immediately darkened, and he angrily shouted, “Go back to your room and do your homework!”
Meng Tong Tian shot a resentful glance at Bai Luo Yin then shifted his gaze back to Gu Hai and urged him repeatedly in whispers, “Don’t forget. Don’t forget, okay…”
While they were eating, Bai Han Qi persistently said, “Eat more food, eat more food.”
“Uncle, you should eat yours. You don’t need to mind me. I’ll definitely stuff myself in your house.” Gu Hai took Bai Luo Yin’s bowl out of habit and scooped the noodles for him.
Bai Han Qi’s gaze froze. Bai Luo Yin, who felt that the atmosphere was slightly weird, hastily snatched the bowl back and coughed lightly. “That’s enough. I can do it by myself.”
Meanwhile, Bai Han Qi engrossed himself in eating his bowl of noodle. After swallowing it, his mood became slightly better and he continued to talk about their daily lives with Gu Hai, “Da Hai ah, when do you plan to get married?”
“Get married?” Gu Hai slurped the noodles then raised his head, “With whom?”
“With the young lady from last time! Haven’t the two of you held an engagement dinner?”
On that topic, Aunt Zou also put her chopsticks down and looked at Gu Hai with concern.
“Oh, her…” Gu Hai casually replied back, “It didn’t work out.”
“It didn’t work out?” Bai Han Qi looked him with pity, “Why did it suddenly not work out when everything was going well?”
“Our characters are incompatible.” Gu Hai explained half-heartedly.
The noodles in Bai Luo Yin’s mouth also seemed hard to swallow.
“Ah…” Bai Han Qi let out a heavy sigh, “Young people nowadays are really unreliable when it comes to these kinds of matters. Yin Zi is also the same. He has been set up for more than ten times blind dates, but none of them worked out.”
Bai Han Qi’s words had successfully caused Gu Hai and Bai Luo Yin to choke in unison.
“More than ten…” Gu Hai’s face flashed between seven colors, “You’re really something.”
“What?” Bai Luo Yin protested against the injustice, “Where did those ‘more than ten times’ come from? How come I didn’t know anything about any of it?!”
Aunt Zou glared at Bai Han Qi, “You’re also…really something else. Our Yin Zi hasn’t even agreed to any of the meetings yet you still have the guts to say, ‘it didn’t work out’?”
Bai Luo Yin, “…”
Bai Han Qi argued reasonably, “If I didn’t say, ‘it didn’t work out’, then should I say that it was ‘successful’?”
Gu Hai, “…”
On their way home, Gu Hai suddenly said, “I have a feeling that our dad doesn’t like me.”
“Our dad?” An unconscious smile slowly made its way onto Bai Luo Yin’s lips, “You’re pretty quick in correcting the way you call my dad.”
“I’m not joking with you. I think that our dad’s attitude towards me is different from back then. It feels like there is a distance between us now,” grief could be heard in Gu Hai’s voice.
Hearing that, Bai Luo Yin tensed up at once. When he turned around to face Gu Hai, he realized that this guy had unexpectedly taken that matter to heart.
“It’s not that he doesn’t like you. He just doesn’t know how to accept you again.”
Gu Hai rolled the car windows down and lit a cigarette, smoking it slowly. His expression was somewhat complicated as he continued, “I always feel ashamed to face him. If it wasn’t because of me, you and your dad wouldn’t have been apart for so many years.”
Bai Luo Yin snorted, “If you’re going to think like that, then we should just break up.”
To his surprise, once that lethal sentence came out, Bai Luo Yin’s left cheek was twisted by Gu Hai until it looked like a fried dough twist.
“Believe it or not, but the next time you say that, I’m going to beat you up.”
Bai Luo Yin was consumed with pain as he looked at Gu Hai with annoyance. Before he could retaliate, Gu Hai wrapped his arms around him, hugging him tightly. “Don’t use those kinds of words to tease me. I couldn’t help but be scared.”
Without speaking, he burned the soft hairs on Gu Hai’s nape with the butt of the cigarette.
Not the least bit bothered, Gu Hai instead caressed Bai Luo Yin’s hair while speaking in a gentle voice, “Yin Zi, I have to go to Hong Kong.”
Once Bai Luo Yin heard, ‘Hong Kong’, he knew immediately that it was related to Gu Yang.
“What happened to him?”
“What do you think?” Gu Hai snickered, “He’s being detained by that Wing Commander of yours! Besides, he has a lot of mess in Hong Kong. Who else can help him handle it besides me?”
A shade of doubt fell on Bai Luo Yin’s face, “Since he was able to talk to you, he should also be able to contact someone else. With his connections and abilities, it shouldn’t be hard for him to escape from Wing Commander Zhou’s hand, right? Why does he insist on having you go to Hong Kong? He’s not deliberately tricking you, is he?”
“He didn’t tell me to go. I’m willing to go there myself.” Gu Hai’s gaze radiated honesty as he spoke, “Anyways, isn’t it better than having me substitute for him to handle that old bastard?”
Bai Luo Yin’s eyes lit up with realization, “Your brother is truly a treacherous man.”
“Don’t worry. My trip to Hong Kong isn’t only to deal with his mess. I also have other business to attend there.”
“Then, you should be more careful.” Bai Luo Yin said, pulling Gu Hai’s collar before gently adding, “Come back soon!”
Gu Hai held Bai Luo Yin’s face in his hands and kissed him. After, they went to the airport.
Bai Luo Yin drove the car straight to the military base. He heard that Zhou Ling Yun would return tomorrow, so he needed to report the reason for his absence to his superiors tonight. If the matter fell into Zhou Ling Yun’s hands, the punishment would definitely be more severe.
“Madam has already informed us of the circumstances for your situation. Remember to give a call in advance next time. If we were to lose such a talented man like you, it would be a tremendous loss to the aviation world!”
Although Bai Luo Yin was riddled with confusion, he did ask further; afraid that if he did, only more unnecessary trouble would come instead.
After he left his superior’s office, Bai Luo Yin immediately made a call to Jiang Yuan.
“How did you know I was absent from work?”
“There was a call for Lao Gu here, how would I not know? Yin Zi, please tell me ahead of time before you go out next time. Don’t be so quiet like that. If you were penalized and affect your record, it will look very bad on you!”
Knowing full well that Jiang Yuan was going to go nagging spree again, Bai Luo Yin quickly added some ending remarks.
“Alright, I know.”
“Hey, don’t hang up yet!” Jiang Yuan rushed to say a few more words, “How are things with you and Shuang Shuang?”
“Shuang Shuang?” Bai Luo Yin asked in confusion.
“It’s that Di Shuang!”
Bai Luo Yin didn’t want to admit that he had nearly forgotten what Di Shuang looked like.
Having uttered those two words, Bai Luo Yin promptly hung up the call and let out a sigh of relief. He really did not expect the issue of his absence to be resolved in that manner. Perhaps, Zhou Ling Yun will not look further into either? Or perhaps, his life is too colorful now that he already has no time to care about me?
Thinking of how Gu Yang was suffering all kinds of torment from Zhou Ling Yun, an indescribable sense of happiness crowded Bai Luo Yin’s heart.
Walking cheerfully back to his dorm, Bai Luo Yin pushed the door open. When he turned around to switch the lights on, he suddenly felt a murderous aura behind him. Fortunately, he was able to react quickly and successfully evaded the surprise attack.
As the two men engaged in a close fight in the midst of darkness, Bai Luo Yin could smell the familiar scent emitting from the other person.
Once Bai Luo Yin managed to switch the lights on, Gu Yang’s face appeared.
“Why are you here?” Bai Luo Yin asked, sensing the person was here with ill-intent.
Gu Yang revealed a horrifying smile, “Guess.”
“How can I possibly guess it?”
Gu Yang snorted and leaned against the cabinet, and as he smoked, the dim lighting made his side profile appear graver. “Why do I feel that you have a clearer idea of what it is than I do?”
Bai Luo Yin quickly adjusted his mood to counter to meet the enemy head-on.
“I don’t know.” Bai Luo Yin sat cross-legged on the sofa, adamant to not admit anything.
Gu Yang shot a vague look at Bai Luo Yin, “Your legs are beautiful.”
“Is that so?” Bai Luo Yin swayed his legs, “The person with the most beautiful legs in the army is not me, it’s our Wing Commander Zhou. You’ve never met him, right? I’ll introduce you to him next time. Those legs of his are perfectly straight like a gun and as firm as a pillar!”
Gu Yang silently walked toward Bai Luo Yin then all of a sudden, he grasped one of Bai Luo Yin’s ankles and firmly pushed him onto the bed. At first, he wanted to spread them apart and break those two restless legs until it ached with pain. But Bai Luo Yin unexpectedly, hooked one of his legs around Gu Yang’s neck without difficulty while the other was held down by said person’s elbow. Truth be told, the flexibility of his body far surpassed Gu Yang’s imagination.
Seeing that, Gu Yang’s expression changed from gloominess to frivolousness.
“This body of yours would certainly make any man happy!”
Not only did Bai Luo Yin not fly into a fit of rage, he even stood up and raised his leg up in a preposterous manner until it reached the top of Gu Yang’s head. Both his legs parted to form one straight line—the perfectly smooth contour was like a cord, pulling at Gu Yang’s heartstrings.
The moment Gu Yang’s gaze shifted, Bai Luo Yin point the tip of his toes at his forehead.
“Hey, are you happy?”
Suddenly, Gu Yang’s hand gripped Bai Luo Yin’s ankle again. But this time, Bai Luo Yin leaped into the air, turned and confidently sent a firm flying kick straight to Gu Yang’s chest. Just as Gu Yang retreated a few steps, Bai Luo Yin realized the error in his move. He should not have shown off his legs’ skills in such a critical moment; he should have ensured his safety first.
As expected, in the next second, he was firmly pressed beneath a certain Gu’s body— not to mention, with his legs wide apart.
“I’m very happy.” Gu Yang said, holding onto the sole of Bai Luo Yin’s feet.
Bai Luo Yin looked at him with a venomous glare.
“There have been several seniors who have warned you at the cost of their blood. It’s best for you to keep more than a meter away from me.”