|Author: Chai Jidan, Translator: Sae Han|
For the entire night, Bai Luo Yin did not sleep well at all and his mind, it wasn’t even the least at peace. When the sound of the front door suddenly slammed, he was immediately pulled out of whatever little sleep he had. To his dismay, not only were both of his legs exposed to the cold rigid air, but the blanket that were wrapped loosely around him was neither nice nor warm to the touch. With these conditions weighing against him, he simply pulled his tired body off the bed and tried to sober up.
When Bai Luo Yin arrived at the snack store, Aunt Zou was already busy cooking and serving. There were only a few customers, sitting rather sporadically, around the store and nearly all of them were students.
“Yin Zi, you’re up so early?”
Bai Luo Yin nodded his head, then asked for two portions of breakfast to go.
Aunt Zou gave a light chuckle, “It’s your turn to buy breakfast today?”
“I stayed at home yesterday and it’s pretty close to here, so I might as well buy a portion for Gu Hai as well. That way, he can save time and doesn’t have to run over here.”
Aunt Zou looked a bit distracted, almost dumbfounded for a few seconds, “That right, I almost forgot, why did you run back home in the middle of the night?”
Bai Luo Yin took the breakfast sets, then awkwardly smiled, “I’m just a bit homesick.”
“Oh you……” Aunt Zou smiled and ceased to ask anymore questions.
It was only 5:10AM when Bai Luo Yin glanced at his watch.
Gu Hai shouldn’t have left yet if I head back now.
Just as before, as if nothing has changed, Gu Hai still woke up around that time. It had already become a habit for him to get up extra early before the crack of dawn. Even more so, even when Bai Luo Yin was not around, Gu Hai would still leave early. He would then head to the snack store and buy Bai Luo Yin breakfast and bring it to school for him.
This time around, Gu Hai wasn’t even able to put his shoes on yet when the doorbell rang.
Who could it be so early in the morning?
He opened the door and to his surprise, it was Bai Luo Yin standing directly in front of him, carrying two portions of breakfast boxes in his hand. Fatigue was clearly drawn out on his worn out face as he looked at Gu Hai.
“You……” at a lost for words, Gu Hai stared blankly at the boy in front of him for a short while, unable to conjure any actions.
Bai Luo Yin didn’t say anything and directly walked into the apartment. In the end, without even having to utter a single word, it was this small den that felt warmer and even more alive!
This was the first time that Bai Luo Yin bought breakfast for Gu Hai. Needless to say in his heart, Gu Hai, himself, was extremely touched by this gesture. His eyes remained fixed on Bai Luo Yin the entire time, almost as if those orbs wanted to absorb his whole being and trap him in his own body.
As Bai Luo Yin rubbed his hands together for warmth, Gu Hai couldn’t help but to step forward and embraced him. The warmth that emitted from Gu Hai’s big hands covered Bai Luo Yin’s slightly rosy cheeks. With an intense and burning gaze full of love yet tinted with distress, he inspected the face in front of him.
“You didn’t sleep well at all last night huh?”
Bai Luo Yin doesn’t have the nerves or even dared to look at Gu Hai’s face to face. As expected, people can not blindly sprout foolish words, because the feeling of guilt is indeed unpleasant to the taste.
“No, I slept a bit.”
“You definitely didn’t sleep,” Gu Hai’s tone of voice revealed in it a deep concern, troubled clearly visible by the warmth in his eyes, “If you had slept, you wouldn’t have been able to wake up so early.”
I’m begging you, please just scold or curse at me a bit and I’ll be alright……
Even though, Bai Luo Yin’s face was as relax as the calm water on a cold winter’s night, his heart on the other hand, was just like a raging sea, pushing forth countless waves of emotions in that small space where his heart was beating uncontrollably.
A feeling of great sentiment and affection was still painted warmly across Gu Hai’s face as he used those tendered eyes to gaze at Bai Luo Yin.
“I’ve wronged you.”
At that moment, Bai Luo Yin’s heart became entangled, confusion and a loss for words intermingled tightly together.
For the sake of ending Gu Hai endless loving gazes, heartaches and the concern that ruptured in those eyes of his, as soon as possible, Bai Luo Yin could only say that he was hungry and wanted to quickly eat breakfast.
On their way to school, Gu Hai asked: “What exactly happened at your house?”
Bai Luo Yin knew that Gu Hai would definitely asked him this question, so last night he had already prepared a reason to counter this.
“My second uncle has a daughter and a son. Let me tell you, yesterday…his daughter and her boyfriend broke up. She hid in her own room and refused to come out. No matter how my uncle knocked and called out to her, she still won’t open the door. So afterwards, out of desperation, my uncle kicked the door opened and guess what he discovered? My cousin tried to commit suicide by drinking rat poison and her entire face was purple. My uncle quickly phoned my dad over, then my dad in turned, gave me a call, told me everything that happened and asked me to go over with him. He said that if something were to happen to my cousin, I wouldn’t have been able to see her for the last time.”
Gu Hai’s eyebrows knitted tightly together before he continued to ask, “Then, how’s the situation now?”
“She’s been saved, but still threatens to kill herself! My uncle thinks that this matter is especially shameful, making them lose face. At that time, if it were not for the fact that he was afraid my cousin could’ve lose her life, he said that he definitely wouldn’t have phoned my dad over. My uncle has a very good reputation. After my cousin was hospitalized, he is not willing to enter the hospital’s sick patient ward to look at her. Instead, he remained outside, crouched down to the ground, smoking.”
For the time being, Gu Hai briefly let out a short sigh of relief, “If there’s no problem, then it’s okay. Your cousin really took things too hard. Is it really worth it to do something like that because of a guy?”
“I know, I also have the same thoughts as you. At that time, my uncle just said to let her die. Didn’t she say she didn’t want to live anymore? Just let her die then, I’ll take it as I never had a daughter before. Afterwards, it was my dad who forced him to take my cousin to the hospital,” said Bai Luo Yin. Those words flew out of his lips as if they were the truth and nothing more.
Gu Hai couldn’t help but pat Bai Luo Yin’s shoulder as to console him, “Don’t take it to heart. Both your families don’t normally keep in contact often anyways and even more, you don’t have a deep emotional connection with this cousin either.”
Putting on his best acting skill, Bai Luo Yin let out a long sigh, “It just, I’m afraid my grandparents will be worried and anxious. No matter what, my cousin is still their granddaughter!”
“So, today you don’t have to go back there, do you?” This was what Gu Hai was most concerned about.
Bai Luo Yin hesitated for a while before he sadly said, “This……depends on the situation.”
During afternoon self studying class, Gu Hai was absent-mindedly working on his assignment but his mind was wandering about. Last night, he was adequately prepared, but as a result, he didn’t succeed at all. All this hard work has yet to bare any fruit. He thought that this was all really pitiful and quite unfortunate.
In order to keep his motivation at full capacity and geared at full force toward his main goal, he decided to review the contents of what he had learned before one more time, as to avoid any negligence he might have overlooked. So when that moment comes, he won’t be upset about how he handled everything.
Bai Luo Yin’s hearing was exceptionally sharp today. Whenever Gu Hai picked up his cellphone, the nerves that were crowded around his temple would tighten in anticipation as if, in any second now, an attack would befall him.
At the end of the school day, when classes were dismissed, Bai Luo Yin twisted his whole body around to look at Gu Hai, “I have to go back home.”
“Isn’t she out of danger now?”
Bai Luo Yin replied back with a rather awkward and difficult expression, “This afternoon, my dad called and told me that my cousin has already returned home. But, it’s still chaotic at the house and that she should at least have someone beside her.”
Somewhat distraught, Gu Hai became a bit impatient, “That’s their family’s problems. Why do you guys have to trouble yourselves with it too? If she wants to cause a commotion, then let her do it. She has a father, a mother and a brother that cares about her. So why is it that you have to go over there and look after her as well?”
“You already know, my uncle is still angry at my cousin. Even though his mouth insistently sprouts such nonsense as he doesn’t care but in his heart, how can he not be worried about his daughter huh. Otherwise, he wouldn’t always call us over. Aunt Zou leaves the house before the break of dawn and returns home really late, and she also has a small child to take care of. My dad has to go to work as well and sometimes he doesn’t return home either. And my grandmother is also suspecting that something is up……”
“Then, you don’t need to attend class?” Gu Hai asked again with another question of his own.
Bai Luo Yin’s face hung low as he intentionally pretended to be pitiful, “I don’t always go there. My dad, my Aunt Zou and I take turns, switching between us three, to go over there. Today is the first day so I better go and check up on her.”
Silence befell Gu Hai as he tried to remain calm.
Bai Luo Yin carried his school bag over his shoulder as an anxious expression crawled onto his face, “Then, I’ll head out first.”
After he said this, he vanished into thin air like a wisp of smoke. It was so quick that not even his shadowed could be seen.
Might as well hide one more day while I still can!
The moment he arrived home, Bai Luo Yin immediately called Meng Tong Tian over, “Remember, for the next few days behave yourself a bit more, do you hear me?”
“What happened?” Meng Tong Tian’s face tightened in confusion at the abrupt demand while looking at Bai Luo Yin.
Bai Luo Yin could only crouch down, using a rather stern face to look back at Meng Tong Tian and said, “There’s been an accident in our family. Your mom and my dad has been anxious and worried for the past two days, so you better not give them anymore trouble. Be on your best behavior, you hear me?”
Meng Tong Tian was still puzzled by the words that came out of Bai Luo Yin’s mouth, “My mom is quite happy! Today, she even promised me, if my exam results are good this time around, then she would bring me to play at the Happy Valley amusement park.”
“You only know how to play!” Bai Luo Yin lightly hit Meng Tong Tian’s head, “Of course, your mother is pretending. Do you think she would complain about her hardships in front of you huh? Even if she were to, you wouldn’t understand!”
The corner of Meng Tong Tian’s lips twitched, unable to say anything in response.
Bai Luo Yin warned him one more time, “In short, just remember what I just said. Our family had an accident so behave yourself during the next few days!” He then stood up and let out a long sigh.
Lying really requires a lot of mental and physical strength.
Since the very first sentence that he used to lied to Gu Hai with, he has been consigned to eternal damnation. It was after all beyond redemption so he must continue on this lie. He prayed that before his trick is expose, he will figure out what step to take next.
When the night sky sheathed the world in darkness and crawled its way into his small little room, Bai Luo Yin was aware that it was time to sleep. So as he prepared for bed, he intentionally covered himself with a few more blankets than usual, but to his dismay, there were no warmth within the blankets at all as his body continued to freeze up instead. No matter how he rolled about on the bed, he foot were still as cold as ice.
This time around, he suddenly misses Gu Hai a bit……
……misses that long and warm legs of his that would incessantly rub…and rub…and rub over his own legs and then all over, underneath the blanket. Even though at times it was a bit annoying, but after all is said and done, it still made him nice and warm!!
Just as he was falling deep into his own imagination, Gu Hai’s text messages came through, pulling him out of that little want.
“Yin Zi, baby. I miss hugging you while sleeping. I really want to kiss you and touch you.”
Bai Luo Yin’s entire body broke out in goosebumps………
A moment later, several more messages sounded off.
“I really regret it now…if I’d known you wouldn’t be returning home for a few days, I would’ve said and done anything for us to sleep together.”
“Yin Zi, is it because a few days ago I gave you the cold shoulder, so now you purposely found a way to punish me?”
“Baby, I’m going to sleep. You should also sleep a bit earlier and remember to cover yourself up more.”
Bai Luo Yin put his cellphone down. He couldn’t help but let out sigh. It is true… in order to achieve something, it is inevitable and necessary that some things would be destroyed. In other words, you win some, you lose some!
On the third day, Bai Luo Yin really couldn’t stand sleeping with those cold blanket anymore, so he followed Gu Hai home.
After they finished dinner, Bai Luo Yin went directly toward the writing desk and sat down to work on his school assignments. Originally, he could have finished all his assignments in an hour, but he deliberately dragged it on for three hours. When he completed his assignments and showered, ten o’clock already sauntered by. Good thing it was just the right time to sleep.
The moment he squeezed his way into the blankets, a gush of warmth wrapped tightly around his body, almost seducing him. Bai Luo Yin was so comfortable that he sighed and his eyes squinted in pleasure.
The corner of Gu Hai’s mouth perked up into a smirk as his hand stretched toward Bai Luo Yin’s waist and settled there cozily. Slowly he felt and grope the side of that warm skin and made his way toward the front. Quickly, waves and waves of unusual heat unfurled over and around that particular area and spread about in all directions. As the sensual rubbing continued, Gu Hai’s hands shifted slightly and moved downward.
Warmth breaths and short gasps escaped his slightly parted lips and danced close to Bai Luo Yin’s lips.
The sound of his voice was intimate, enticing and full of charm as he shifted and pulled dangerously close to Bai Luo Yin’s ear.
A signal consumed with danger forced its way into Bai Luo Yin’s brain and invaded his inner thoughts as a familiar sense of pain swept in like tidal waves!
He suddenly grabbed Gu Hai’s hand and held tightly onto in, trying to take control. Even though he was fully awake and his brain was exceptionally sober, he still needed to pretend and make his voice sound unclear, almost fuzzy.
“These past two days has made be extremely tired. I really want a good night sleep.”
Gu Hai’s used his tongue to lick around the outer rim of Bai Luo’s earlobe, rubbing against that delicate skin over and over again, “Then, let me help you relax.”
Bai Luo Yin suddenly turned over and hugged Gu Hai in place. His elongated arm wrapped tightly around him as if binding him within his embrace, willing to let go. But then again, it was like Gu Hai was being tied up like a live pig and fastening close to his own chest. It was so tight, that there wasn’t even a bit of room for Gu Hai to budge.
Then Bai Luo Yin used his tired and indolent voice to poison and cast a spell over Gu Hai, “Da Hai, I’m really tired. Please let me have a good night sleep okay?”
Afterwards, he immediately closed his eyes and allowed his head to nestle cozily into the crevice between Gu Hai’s shoulder.
Gu Hai stared blankly at him for a moment before the strength in his hands, had no other choice but to gradually relax and rest gently on Bai Luo Yin’s shoulder. He hugged him tightly as they fell asleep together underneath the warmth of each other embrace.
For the next few days, Bai Luo Yin pretended as if this ‘accident’ really occurred. It was his ‘turn to handle things,’ so he had to return home and remain there for the night. Then he would deliberately torture and made himself really tired. So that when he returned home to Gu Hai the next day, he could immediately run straight toward the bed and squeezed himself tightly into the warm blanket.
If Gu Hai were to express any sign of desire at all, he would immediately put on an act of: I’m very tired. I’m really sleepy. I’m sorry, please understand me………this kind of situation lasted until the weekend.