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Author: Chai Jidan, Translator: Sae Han
In the blink of an eyes, May had long last arrived. The once brisk weather was now starting to warm up as blankets of sunlight endlessly hung high in the infinite sky above. Two days ago, a rare occurrence took place in an apartment that belonged to two youthful adolescents. Bai Luo Yin and Gu Hai was diligently working for the first time. They cleaned, gathered their thick clothes and quilts and neatly put it away in the closet. Surprisingly, in a bizarre weather change, the next day, the temperature dropped and became a bit cooler.

For nearly three months, their days were comfortable, ordinary yet peaceful.

The amount of times Bai Luo Yin returned home lessen with each coming day.

On the weekend, he only went home for a meal, accompanied his family for a while, take A Lang out for a walk here and there for a while……then afterwards, with a rather brazen face, he would steal all the delicious food that he could carry out and stuff it all in the refrigerator back at their apartment.

Bai Luo Yin’s driving skills had improved tremendously so on occasion when Gu Hai became a bit lazy, he would let Bai Luo Yin take his car out for a drive to buy them breakfast.

On another note, Gu Hai’s culinary skill had improved immensely with each dish he made. The noodles that he made doesn’t become doughy anymore and for the majority of the time, the strands did not break. Now, it slithered in one whole into the cooking pot. Although at times the length varies and were unevenly matched but once eaten it was tasteful.

The passing of their days, with just the two of them together, was peaceful and full of delightfulness.

One afternoon, due to the fact that someone among the two of them ate one more quail eggs than the other, a quarrel broke out. These two 185cm old teen adults, retardedly use their chopsticks to strike each other in the head. While they continued to attack each other with chopsticks in hand, they also urgently tried to stuff their face. After each having eaten about half the bowl of rice and other dishes, they then started to run blindly all over the room, playing around like two crazy maniacs.

Bai Luo Yin was always able to mount a sneak attack on Gu Hai. Not wanting to be beaten, Gu Hai put on a fierce face, looked at Bai Luo Yin with sharp eyes and chased after him.

Bai Luo Yin dodged and hid until there was no place left for him to hid. Before long he suddenly fled outside the front door and firmly, with unwavering hands, he held onto the doorknob, stopping Gu Hai from coming out.

For a period of time, Gu Hai was at a deadlock with Bai Luo Yin but thinking his thoughts through, he locked the door from the inside. 'Click.’

Aren’t you pretty capable? If you have the ability to, you can directly use your finger to pry the door open.

Feeling satisfied, Gu Hai looked outside through the peephole encase in the door.

Upon seeing Bai Luo Yin’s utterly discomfited and flustered expression, Gu Hai stealthily laughed to himself. After sufficiently laughing rather joyfully for a moment, he swaggered back into the dining room, sat down, and calmly continued to eat his meal. All the while he snorted in his head:

Little guy[1], you don’t want to press the doorbell, you don’t want to give me a kiss, then I absolutely will not open the freaking door for you!

While Bai Luo Yin was still outside mulling over how he could get in, the elevator door that faced him, opened. A familiar silhouette emerged into his line of sight.

“General Gu……Uncle.”

Bai Luo Yin couldn’t help but to laughed a bit unnaturally.

Gu Wei Ting’s formidable figure stood in front of him for a long time. When he took a glimpse at him, even the softness in his eyes were ridden with a somber and desolate air.

“Why aren’t you going in?”

Dodging his gaze, Bai Luo Yin could only say, “I’m about to go in, it’s just I haven’t pressed the doorbell yet.”

Not exactly thinking much about it, Gu Wei Ting immediately stretched his hand out toward the doorbell and pressed it. This action in turn helped Bai Luo Yin in completing this simple task.

By this time, Gu Hai’s ears were standing rather erected. Once he heard the doorbell rung, a proud smile curved into the edge of his mischievous mouth.

Can’t take it anymore huh?

With a cocky expression painted brilliantly on face, he walked over.

Slowly, he unlocked the door. Slowly, he opened the door.

Then, with great speed he pulled the person outside of the door into the room.

Without warning, he suddenly sneaks attacked the person’s mouth in one go.

This sudden seizure was very precise and right on the spot.

At that moment, even Gu Wei Ting whose facial nerves were normally paralyzed in one constant position, exposed an expression full of shock and disbelief.

It’s been seventeen years. Within this seventeen years, except for the time when Gu Hai was born and sprinkled urine on his neck, this father and son never had any other additional bodily contact.

Naturally, there was no need to mention what Bai Luo Yin’s expression was like. His hands had already covered half his face. He laughed so hard that his chin was going to quickly dislocate anytime time now.

Gu Hai was flabbergasted.

When did this old fool get here?

The person I kissed just now can’t be……FUCK!! I finally know why it felt like kissing a piece of freaking steel plate.

The three stood still at the doorway, none of them willing to crack their mouth in order to say something. The atmosphere was completely dead. If a fly was to zip by, it would have dropped to the ground within seconds of touching the air around them.

After a long while, Gu Hai abandoned his own despair.

In any case the kiss had already happened, if I were to say I kissed the wrong person now, wouldn’t that be confessing without being pressed? Since things had happened like this, might as well let it stays like that. I’ll be ready to risk everything and fight it out if anything else.

“Dad, you came.”

Wearing a splendid smile, Gu Hai looked at Gu Wei Ting.

Gu Wei Ting laughed a little stiffly, but this time, he was genuinely laughing. Compared to his laughing expression before, this one was even more meaningful.

Bai Luo Yin lightly coughed a few times and followed behind Gu Wei Ting into the apartment.

Once he arrived at Gu Hai’s side, he pouted his own lips and blew Gu Hai an air kiss in return.

The distinct sharpness in Gu Hai’s eyes was a clear indication that he was angry. He grinded his teeth so hard, it probably shaved of a layer of his enamels already.

“You’re eating?” Gu Wei Ting smelled the aroma of cooked food.

Gu Hai continued to parade about this feigned enthusiasm, “Yeah, how about you also take a sit and have a meal?”

The reason for why Gu Hai dared to say something like this was because he was confident that Gu Wei Ting would not cause himself the trouble of staying and having a meal with them.

But who could have guessed that after Gu Wei Ting received a kiss from his son today, his mood became extremely pleasant, so right away he agreed.

The two sons sat across Gu Wei Ting. As they looked at him, trying to not arouse suspicion, they clamped a meatball in between their chopsticks and simultaneously placed it in their own bowl.

Two meatballs remained.

Gu Wei Ting took one, which meant, there will be an all-out battle for the last one.

No sooner said than done!

At the same time, their chopsticks immediately pressed against the edge of that plate. Then they slightly paused for a moment and readjusted the position of their chopsticks to an optimal position. But before they could even carry out their individual battle strategy, they watched as that meatball rose high into the air. Seconds later, with a graceful fall it dropped into Gu Wei Ting’s bowl.

“Taste pretty good.” Gu Wei Ting ate it in one bite.

Gu Hai and Bai Luo Yin mutually gave each other a glance before letting their head hang low. Then they pushed the rice in their bowl around lightly, flicking it from one side to the other as if sulking.

Gu Wei Ting looked at Bai Luo Yin and asked: “Did you make this?”

“No,” Bai Luo Yin casually pointed at Gu Hai, “He made it.”

Gu Wei Ting faced those two rough and older hands, different from the ones he remembered from all those year ago. He honestly, couldn’t imagine how those two hands could roll these meatballs.

Indeed, they were worthy of being called father and son. Gu Hai could immediately make out all of Gu Wei Ting’s inner thoughts with just one quick glance.

“The meatballs were ready-made from the market, I only made the broth.”

Gu Wei Ting nodded and faintly praised him with a few words, “It’s pretty good.”

Gu Hai mentally complained of his own injustice:

As a kid in the army I performed remarkably, even then I’ve never seen you praised me before. Now that I made a bowl of meatball soup, you’re energetically singing me praises. As it turns out, in your eyes, is your son only a man good for cooking?

After they finished in, Gu Wei Ting wandered about in the house back and forth, looking at everything around. When he saw that the towel on the sofa was crooked, he helped to set it up straight. And when he saw socks lying around in random places, he picked it up and tossed it into the bathroom……Bai Luo Yin was rather embarrassed. Say, this person is a General. His position in the army is of high importance but when he is here, he tied up his son’s place.

“What is this?” Gu Wei Ting picked up a translucent medicine tube.

Gu Hai’s complexion changed to various unearthly tones. He suddenly took one large stride forward and simply snatched the lubricant away in one quick go.

To the side, Bai Luo Yin stood with embarrassment and distress painted sickly on his face. it was an alarming dangerous yet thrilling moment.

Fortunately, the brand was written in English.

Fortunately, Gu Hai snatched it without delay.

Yesterday someone went crazy and wild with eagerness. And insisted relentlessly on playing on the sofa. Bai Luo Yin tried to ward him off, but he was unable to resist his evil delights and instead accompanied him. As a result they played until they got rather HIGH[2] into the pleasure, to the point that they had forgotten to put away the 'proof of their guilt,’ back in the cabinet.

Gu Wei Ting’s questioning eyes swept toward the item in Gu Hai’s hand.

“What kind of item is it that you won’t even let me see it?”

Gu Hai laughed awkwardly, “Hemorrhoid ointment.”

Gu Wei Ting slightly strained his eyes before looking attentively at Gu Hai’s face.

“You don’t believe me?” After those words left his mouth, Gu Hai immediately unscrewed the cap on the bottle, and smeared a little bit on his mouth. “Look, isn’t it a hemorrhoid ointment?”

Gu Wei Ting, “……”


Recently, there has been a scrumptious rumor spreading like wildfire within the school grounds. The leading protagonist in this rumor was the most popular in all the rankings. With his dashing good looks, this person was none other than, comrade You Qi. It is said that he has a new girlfriend. Even more so, this girl is a university student from Beijing Film Academy[3], who had supposedly acted in XX soap operas before. The family is filthy rich and her way of doing things were immoral, almost questionable……the version pertaining to why You Qi pursued her spread around about twenty minutes ago.

Yang Meng would also occasionally pay attention to these kinds of things. And sometimes some senseless girls would come and ask him about it. In a sad turn of event, he became one of the people that disseminated the rumors. Now and then, he would like to defamed You Qi’s image. He would make him out to be a cheap and despicable man, a scumbag. The more he said it, even he himself doesn’t know which words were the truth and which were fake anymore……

One day, You Qi blocked Yang Meng in front of the school main gate.

Not surprised at all, Yang Meng immediately rolled up his sleeves, and put on an attitude as if wanted to fight it out with You Qi, even to the point of risking his own life. However, when You Qi extended his hand out, Yang Meng instead thought about rushing under his arm and escaping.

In the end, You Qi saw through this simpleton’s ill-conceived plan. And within seconds, his elbow suddenly clutched his neck. Stuck in You Qi’s elbow, Yang Meng admitted defeat without much struggle.

“Help me with something,” said You Qi.

Yang Meng stared blankly, dumbstruck, “You’re not looking for me to settle some troubles?”

You Qi was also dumbfounded, “What troubles do I have to settle with you?”

“Nothing, nothing……” Yang Meng laughed mischievously.

It’s good that you don’t know.

His attitude livens up, becoming more like his regular self. Yang Meng’s careless and casual appearance has finally appeared again. He patted You Qi’s shoulder and started to ridicule him: “Hey bro, I heard that you recently got a new girlfriend?”

“New girlfriend?” You Qi deliberately emphasized and bit down on the word 'new’. “When did I have a girlfriend before?”

“You know, last month, you and that girl……the famous one in our school, Du…that little flirty little slut, what’s her real name?……whatever, it doesn’t matter what her name is. You have the guts to say you weren’t together with her?”

You Qi was not in the least concerned as he laughed, “Sex scandal that’s all.”

Yang Meng severely retorted back, “You really fucking thinks you’re a star with a sex scandal huh? You fucking cocky asshole, that’s you.”

“Stop being stupid and noisy already, let’s talk about the more serious matter instead.”

You Qi pulled Yang Meng toward a spot beneath the flagpole and said with utmost seriousness to him: “I need you to help me.”

“Help you with what?” Yang Meng asked.

As if having something in his conscience and feeling somewhat like a bandit, You Qi’s eyes peered around the school ground at all four corner for a few seconds. Only when he was certain that there was no one close by, he was able to conjure enough courage and say: “There’s a girl that’s older than me by five years who has been chasing after me. I don’t like her but she keeps on relentlessly harassing me.”

“You’re not talking about that girl from Beijing Film Academy are you?”

Distress traced closely on You Qi’s face, “All of it spread to you already?”

Nonsense, I was the one that spread it too…… Yang Meng tried to curb the evil intent that beckoned to crawl atop his face, before his disdain gaze swept toward You Qi’s face.

“You’re still being fucking cocky about it with me? You’re deliberately complaining and grieving about a girl bothering you in front of a single person like me. If you’re a man, just go and fucking dump her!”

You Qi depressingly replied, “I really want to dump her.”

Yang Meng secretly observed You Qi for a moment and discovered that he wasn’t foolishly saying nonsense, instead, he really does look extremely anxious and somewhat sad.

As fate would have it, things were truly strange.

When a beautiful woman is placed in front of you, you don’t have that instant attraction. However, when you are lonely and empty, even an ugly girl would interest you.

“Then what are you looking for me for?” Yang Meng asked again, “What can I actually help you with?”

“You can help me in a very big way.”

The moment he mentioned this matter, You Qi could feel his own spirit bustling with energy, returned again.

In that moment, a very ominous premonition crept slowly into Yang Meng’s head, “You’re not asking me to go in your place and say some harsh words to hurt that beautiful woman are you? Let me tell you, that’s something I can’t do. In the Yang’s family, all our ancestors and even those preceding them were all firm supporter of feminism. Not even one woman can be harm!”

“No, it’s not that. You’re thinking way too ahead of yourself.”

You Qi gloomily smiled to himself before he peered toward the sky for a moment.

Having heard those words, Yang Meng let out a sigh of relief and loosened up.

If it’s not, then that’s good.

The one thing that he was extremely unwilling to do was hurting someone.

“In two days, that girl wants to invite me to dinner. I want you to disguise yourself as my girlfriend and go with me. That way, it would make her completely give up any lingering hope or crazy illusions.”

The breath that Yang Meng had just let out in relief crept its way back into his throat when he swallowed. In just the blink of an eyes, that pretty and elegant face of his rose into a reddish purple color. It looked like a pig’s kidney had been placed in his mouth. And his teeth were grinding harshly onto it. The air that emitted from his nasal reeked of blood and tasted like iron. It was anger that dispersed itself throughout his body.

“You Qi, you!!……”

You Qi patted Yang Meng’s shoulder very energetically, “I believe in you!”

Yang Meng shouted, “Why don’t you just directly go and find a girl? Why on earth do you want me to disguise myself as a girl?”

The words that ran out of You Qi’s mouth was a praise and curse at the same time, “Because I think in our school, there’s no girl as pretty as you.”

Yang Meng unconsciously nodded his head, “You’re cruel.”

He turned his entire body away with every intention to leave.

You Qi quickly pulled him back, “Don’t be angry, I’m not trying to belittle or insult you. The way I think is like this okay, she herself is studying to be a performer. If I were to find a girl I don’t like to play out this charade, she would definitely be able to see through it with just one glance! You and me are different. You’re a guy. I can naturally be very intimate and affectionate toward you.”

“Do you think she is more likely to see through the two of you acting out a charade or more likely to see through the disguise that I’m actually a guy?” Yang Meng grinded his teeth harshly.

You Qi pulled at Yang Meng’s shirt collar again and again before patiently telling him, “If you cover up your Adam’s apple, I can guarantee that she won’t be able to see that you’re a guy.”

Yang Meng wanted to cry but no tears fell.

Dad, I’m making you lose face again.

Author: Chai Jidan, Translator: Sae Han
After Bai Hai Qi left, Gu Hai made his way into Bai Luo Yin’s blanket and continued to wrap his hands firmly around his foot. At first Bai Luo Yin refused and struggled for a while. But afterwards, feeling the nice and warm heat spread throughout the sole of his foot and up his legs and his entire body wrapped rather pleasantly and comfortably with relaxation, he didn’t make it difficult for Gu Hai anymore.

“Eat a little bit. Tong Tian said that you puked up all the food that you ate.”

Gu Hai got off the bed with the intention of walking out, but Bai Luo Yin quickly pulled him back.

“Don’t go and get anything. I’m not hungry and I still feel a bit nauseated right now.”

“Then you have to eat a bit of congee.”

“I don’t want to eat it.”

Unwilling to give in, Gu Hai gave Bai Luo Yin a quick glance and walked out anyways.

At that moment, Meng Tian Tong was standing outside playing with a stick, but once he saw Gu Hai, his face brightened like a flower that had just blossomed in the early spring.

He hugged Gu Hai tightly and said loudly, “Gu Hai gege, you’re not leaving tonight?”

Quite happy, Gu Hai also looked at him, “Nope, I’m not leaving.”

Meng Tian Tong’s head tilted to the side, eyes brimming with excitement as a wide smile appeared on his lips, “Do you want to sleep in my room?”

Gu Hai was dumbfounded at first, then he recalled that Bai Luo Yin’s room had already been given to and belonged to Meng Tian Tong now.

“That’s right. I’m sleeping in that room.”

“All three of us can sleep together!”

With his excitement, Meng Tian Tong enthusiastically ran a loop around Gu Hai.


Gu Hai pulled Meng Tian Tong to a stop full and with a very good temperament, he said to him, “Tong Tian, sleep together with your mom tonight okay? That bed is pretty narrow. I’m afraid it won’t hold all three of us.”

“It’s fine, I only need this small amount of space and it’ll be enough.” Meng Tian Tong then proceeded to show him how much space he needed with the posture of his two little hands.

Gu Hai lightly coughed as he looked a bit awkwardly at Meng Tian Tong, finding this matter a bit difficult to deal with.

“Your Bai gege is sick, he needs a lot of rest. He definitely won’t rest well if all three of us sleep together.”

“Who said that?” Meng Tong Tian’s eyes revealed a bright and shiny light, “Bai gege has a high fever, my mom said when you have a high fever you must sweat a lot. And, and only when you crowd in together and sleep will you sweat a lot.”

Gu Hai placed the palm of his hand on his forehead and rubbed at it before letting out a long sigh, then he quickly looked at the bedroom. He patted Meng Tian Tong’s little head and said, “I’m going to make something for him to eat. We’ll talk about this again later.”

Meng Tian Tong happily nodded his head, “Okay, okay,” then he ran off.

Gu Hai let out a cold groan.

I’ll lock the door when I return to the room!!

He cooked a bowl of congee and went back. But, because he did not lift the door curtain seriously, when he moved it just a bit, the bowl of congee slipped and fell on the ground with a loud thud. Then he looked up.

Meng Tong Tian was lying on the spot that he had lie on before, hugging one of Bai Luo Yin’s arm and sleeping rather soundly.

With a slight pout playing at his lips, Gu Hai couldn’t help but to tightly grit his teeth together.

Your movements are really quick you little brat!

Gu Hai picked up the fallen bowl, went back to get another and returned to the bedroom again. He placed on the bowl on the table first, then without saying anything, he picked up Meng Tong Tian and walked out.

Sometimes Meng Tian Tong still had nightmares, and this was one of those time. His little feet would kick about for a while as reluctant painted thickly on his face.

Just by chance, Aunt Zou came to look for Meng Tian Tong and caught sight of Gu Hai holding on to him. She couldn’t help but to laugh rather cheerfully, “This kid really likes to stick close to you. Every day he would always hopes that you’d come.”

Very carefully, Gu Hai passed Meng Tong Tian into Aunt Zou’s hand before mentally letting out a sigh of relief. When he returned to the room once again, Bai Luo Yin had taken the bowl of congee in his hand and was just about to eat it.

“Let me do it.” Gu Hai snatched the bowl.

Not refusing this gesture, Bai Luo Yin just let himself go along with him.

Sitting at the edge of the bed, close to enough to Bai Luo Yin, Gu Hai scooped up a spoonful of congee and placed it close to his own lips. He blew at it again and again before using the tip of his tongue to taste it. Only after he felt that the temperature was good enough, did he carefully placed it close to Bai Luo Yin’s mouth.

Bai Luo Yin obediently opened his mouth and ate it.

Thinking about the fact that Bai Luo Yin did not eat for two whole days, Gu Hai became distressed and felt sorry again. He couldn’t help but to start talking about it, “Tell me, you’re also very energetic! Why didn’t you adapt to the situation at that time huh? Didn’t you bring your cellphone? If they didn’t let you go out, then couldn’t you look for someone outside that could’ve entered and given you some bread, or ham sausage?”

“If that was the case, I reckon you wouldn’t look at me right now.”

Gu Hai let out another long sigh.

It’s too late to talk about these things. It’s over now, he’d starved already. No matter what I say, it can’t be mended.

“Wait a moment.”

Bai Luo Yin suddenly raised his hand to block the spoon that Gu Hai brought toward him.

Gu Hai immediately became worried and quickly asked, “What’s wrong?”

Bai Luo Yin held tightly onto his stomach with a painful expression smearing across his slightly pallid face. His mouth opened and closed as if he wanted to throw up again. He hesitated for a moment, but then decided to get up from the bed. If he needed to throw up, he had to go outside and do it.

“Don’t go out, just throw up in my hand.” Gu Hai stretched his head out and patiently waited.

Bai Luo Yin gave him a quick glance, “Aren’t you disgusted uh?”

“I’m not disgusted by your vomit,” said Gu Hai sincerely as he looked very earnestly at Bai Luo Yin with eyes drenched with expectations.

Bai Luo Yin looked at the wide and smoothness of Gu Hai’s palm, then his eyes wandered about and lingered at the clear and distinct lines that etched beautifully on it.

Those hands that had held him gently countless of times.

Where would he really find the will to go and puke on it ah!

As a result of this sudden nauseating sensation, he leaned slightly backward with his neck straightened out and eyes a bit glossy, staring at the ceiling above. Enduring this painful sensation, he mentally prayed that the congee would behave properly and remain quietly in his stomach. More importantly, it better stop welling upward.

Just as he was secretly conjuring his luck, he suddenly felt a surge of strength on his stomach, slowly and gently massaging it, up and down. Bai Luo Yin’s eyes hung low as he peered down, once again he saw Gu Hai’s hands.

“Do you feel a little bit better?” ask Gu Hai with a slight knit in his brows, the anxiousness clearly visible.

Bai Luo Yin honestly nodded his head.

Watching as Bai Luo Yin’s gaze followed the movements of his hand as it moved up and down, his eyes eyelashes incited a very slight almost inaudible rustling sound. Although it was not long, but it was soft looking, thick and dark, almost like the luscious fur of a newly groomed cat on a hot summer’s day. Even more alluring to Gu Hai’s eyes, were some strands of hair tucked cozily behind his tinted ears and the some that hung loosely above his forehead, lingering at the edge. In this moment, those strands calmly stuck there, just like its owner’s with his calm and docile mannerism.

These little details.

These little moments.

The more Gu Hai looked, the more he fell in love.

“Do you want to eat a few more bites?”


This time, Bai Luo Yin was very delighted when the feeling of contentment ran a full course through his veins and into his beating heart.

While feeding him one spoonful at a time, Gu Hai laughed and giggled about.

Puzzled and with a slight pout on his lips, Bai Luo Yin stared at him, “I’m just eating congee, what are you so happy about huh?”

“Watching you eat congee is really fun.”

A streak of darkness flashed across Bai Luo Yin’s face.

What’s so fun about eating congee? Is this person’s brain welling up with nonsense and rubbish now?

It was probably due to eating too quickly and too abruptly, Bai Luo Yin felt a bit of discomfort aching his body again.

Gu Hai’s hands quickly stretched out to assist him.

It was like this that, he ate for a while, relax for a while, that this bowl of congee at long last successfully entered his stomach.

“Is it still unbearable?” asked Gu Hai.

“Just a little bit.”

Very patiently, Gu Hai rubbed and massaged Bai Luo Yin’s seemingly fragile body. From the fine contour of his clavicle, to his stomach, then just a bit lower and back up. Again and again he repeated these soft massages, slowly and softly, moving upward then downward. Sometimes he used his fingers and sometimes he used the palm of his hands to rub.

By now, the area around Bai Luo Yin’s stomach had warmed up and become more comfortable in great abundant.

Feeling the nice and comfortable touches, Bai Luo Yin’s body relaxed and loosen up before his eyes to narrowed into the pleasure.

Just when he was feeling drowsy and ready to doze off, he suddenly felt a burst of ticklish sensation near his chest and instantly his eyes shot open.

As a result, he discovered that Gu Hai’s rubbing had already strayed, taking a different course elsewhere. From the center of his chest, those fingers slowly shifted toward the left side at the small protrusion that made up his nipple.

“Where the fuck are you touching?” Bai Luo Yin said angrily.

Gu Hai laughed and pinched Bai Luo Yin’s cheek for a while, “I’m just touching a little bit that’s all. Is it really worth it to be so sensitive like this huh?”

Where did you touched just a little bit huh? Do you know how long you’ve been fucking rubbing there?

Bai Luo Yin was too embarrassed to say this out loud.

In the end, Gu Hai instead asked with a very mischievous light in his eyes: “Do you want to do it?”

Bai Luo Yin pulled out his hand and roughly slapped Gu Hai on the forehead, “I want to with your uncle you fucking bastard!”

“How can you do it with my uncle huh? You only belong to me. Only I can fuck you.”

After those words escaped his lips, he crawled on top of Bai Luo Yin and roughly shifted his head down toward his chest. His mouth latched greedily on to the left side of Bai Luo Yin’s small nipple. Using the tip of his heated tongue, he licked and teased at it awhile before sucking at it. All the while his right hand pinched and kneaded the other nipple. He pulled away then teased and sucked in the other nipple while now pinching the left side causing it to slightly give in to a shade of pink. In this way, both sides were attacked and played with simultaneously. He continued to tasted both nipples with much pleasure and delight for a while……

Bai Luo Yin couldn’t stand this kind of teases and provokes anymore ah….so at once, he stuck up one of his leg and bend it before his knee threateningly met with Gu Hai’s crotch.

After lightly caressing and rubbing Bai Luo Yin’s chest with slowness and eagerness for a period of time, Gu Hai halted and did not move his hands any lower.

He immediately pulled the blanket over Bai Luo Yin and tucked him in. Then he pulled him into his warm embrace and tightly hugged him.

“Okay, you need to recover from your illness. Your body is still quite weak, so I won’t bother you anymore.”

With a serene and hidden deepness in his earthen orbs that spoke of the passion and temptation that had emerged, Bai Luo Yin looked sharply at Gu Hai and complained, “Is it necessary to say those words now that you’ve aroused me?”

Gu Hai brazenly gave himself an explanation, “Isn’t it just because my little Hai Zi misses you too much?”

With that said, his hand slithered down his own body and without any restrained he started to reward his little Hai Zi, pleasuring it as much as he can.

To the side, Bai Luo Yin was completely given the cold shoulder. Listening to the sound of Gu Hai’s crude, hot, and lusty voice, and looking at him aroused with a pleasurable expression kissing the outline of his handsome face, his heart began to beat faster.

It was as if, every single breath that erotically crawled its way of his moisten lips were saying, “Beg me……ahh…….if you beg and act like a spoiled child toward me, I’ll serve and take good care of you immediately.”

Unable to take that tantalizing temptation, Bai Luo Yin turned his own heated body away and faced the other side before his heart snorted out in an oddly cold tone of voice.

Don’t I have my own hands huh? Can’t I do it myself huh?

When Gu Hai heard the movements coming from the person beside him, a mischievous smile smeared cross his slightly sweaty face. Shifting his body slight down, he pressed his chin almost painfully on top of Bai Luo Yin’s waist. With fixed and lecherous eyes, he stared at Bai Luo Yin’s little Yin Zi, taking in the details of it; from the beautiful lines that shaped it out, to the skin and the dewy substance that sat teasingly at the tip. Even though he had seen and tasted it many times, the sexual desire that entrapped and beckoned him at every corner still remained.

“Rubbing at it rather energetically ah? How about I help you?”

Bai Luo Yin’s bashful ears turned bright red as the blood rushed toward the tip of. The heat from Gu Hai’s breath kissed his skin, leaving a warm aching sensation.

Stiffening his neck, Bai Luo Yin said: “There’s no need to.”

Gu Hai lifted his head from Bai Luo Yin’s waist and moved slightly inward. Within second, his hot and awaiting tongue licked Bai Luo Yin’s inner thigh, almost close enough to little Yin Zi. But just not quite. Savoring the taste of Bai Luo Yin’s soft and supple skin, he continued to slide his tongue down, almost to the end of his ankle. With skills, his tongue swept to the other leg and licked softly and slowly upward. Stopping here and there to nibble and press his teeth into the warm skin before he came face to face with that little throbbing fellow.

Feeling extremely hot, Bai Luo Yin unconsciously straightened out his back so that he was now lying on his back again. This action caused little Yin Zi to touch Gu Hai’s mouth.

Gu Hai jokingly said: “You say there’s no need to, but still put it near my mouth?”

Since they’ve already arrive at this point, Bai Luo Yin wasn’t shy or blushing with shame anymore. With much eagerness and his own desire consuming him, he dug his fingers tightly into Gu Hai’s hair and pressed his head down. Once Gu Hai’s tongue wrapped softly around his shaft and moved up and down, a strong undercurrent of electric current raced toward Bai Luo Yin’s head, causing his eyes to blur and muddling his thoughts.

Taking into consideration that they were at Bai Luo Yin’s house and there wasn’t any lubricant available, Gu Hai couldn’t do anything beyond that.

After the pleasurable delight, the two hugged each other tightly. There was no resistance as their lips latched onto one another. They kiss, sloppily, eagerly for a long time, letting their tongues dance and entangle one another as they explored the corners within. These kisses were laced with passion, sexiness, and every one of them held a promise of everything.

Neither of them were willing to separate from the other first as the both of them continued to feed greedily from each other’s lips, their days apart having fueled their hunger for each other and bringing it to a new height.

“Yin Zi, those things that you’ve so meticulously sought out for me, I’ve read them all and I’m also convinced of the hidden truth it holds. From today onwards, I won’t be at a loss for my mother’s matter anymore. All the good that you’ve done for me, I will keep them in my heart. I scolded you because I felt sorry and because I love you dearly. Don’t be angry at me okay?”

“If I was really angry at you, would you still be laying here like this?”

Bai Luo Yin lazily fiddled with the strands of hair that hung loosely on Gu Hai’s forehead, “Actually, at that time, I wasn’t angry. I rather disappointed since I thought that no matter what, you would at least praise me a bit.”

“Your motive and competence are worthy of being praised, but your method of approaching it is not good, so that point needs to be criticize on. In the future, you are not allowed to use this kind of method to resolve things. No matter who it’s for. You can’t harm yourself for the sake of others. If this happens again, you will absolutely not be forgiven so easily. Do you hear me?”

Bai Luo Yin did not utter a single word.

Gu Hai pinched Bai Luo Yin’s ear and held tightly onto it before asking again: “Do you hear me?”

Bai Luo Yin finally opened his eyes and lazily replied back with a few words, “I heard you.”

Satisfied, Gu Hai looked at Bai Luo Yin and gave his lips a sweet kiss; entwined within was the love that he held strongly for him.

He then softly said: “Sleep.”

Author: Chai Jidan, Translator: Sae Han
Gu Hai went straight to Zhen Da Cheng’s residence.

It can be said that, he doesn’t have any feelings toward this uncle at all. From when he was born up until now, he met Zhen Da Cheng less than three times. If his mother hadn’t occasionally mentioned him a few times, Gu Hai wouldn’t even have known that he had this kind of relative in the first place. His knowledge of Zhen Da Cheng was heard entirely from some other people’s mouth. Such description as, his eccentric temperament, stubborn and intractable behaviors as well as his abnormal ways of doing things……so after he heard that Bai Luo Yin went to look for Zhen Da Cheng, he couldn’t help but to immediately fly into a fit of rage.

Two guards blocked Gu Hai.

“Your identification card?”

Tightening his hand into a firm and steady fist, Gu Hai punched one of guard in the face, “Identification my ass you motherfucker!”

At first, caught slightly off guard by this sudden action, the other guard pulled back a bit, but then, with a darkened face, he charged toward him. He wasn’t even able to stand firm yet before Gu Hai fly kicked him in the chest, casting him toward the side of a wall, where he collapsed into the corner.

The guard that was punched in the face earlier, wanted to surprise attack Gu Hai from behind, but unexpectedly, Gu Hai’s movements were quicker than his. Once again this guard was punched on the same spot, immediately a large portion of his jaw to caved in, what was worse was that his couldn’t even open his mouth anymore.

Then, the guard that had collapsed at the corner of the wall wanted to shout. But, before he could, Gu Hai ruthlessly raised his foot and kicked the back of that guard’s neck with the back of his foot. When the only sound heard was of a ‘snap’ filtering the air in one go, that guard did not lifted his head anymore.

Like a raging hurricane, Gu Hai burst into the courtyard with a sinister and menacing look painted thickly on his face. In a flash, he arrived outside of Zhen Da Cheng’s door.

When the zombie face guard saw Gu Hai, he couldn’t help but to be surprise. How is this person’s expression even more frightening than mine?

“Mr. Zhen is busy right now. You can’t go in and disturb him.”

Gu Hai shot him a quick glance and laughed coldly, “Do you know the pain of having your balls broken?”

In that moment, that zombie face guard felt rather stunned.

In less than a second, the snag in Gu Hai’s shoe had already made contact with the zombie face guard’s crotch. His face that was once drawn blank, abruptly twist and distort in various painful expressions as sweats eagerly dripped down. After falling face first to the ground, he incessantly groaned and twitched; the crotch area of his pants rubbed against the earth and left behind traces of blood.

Zhen Da Cheng was inside the hall drinking tea. His back was facing the window, leaving him completely ignorance of the events that was happening outside.

Taking a few large strides, Gu Hai entered the room. Seething with anger, he suddenly snatched the teacup in Zhen Da Cheng’s hand and threw it on the ground. Because the impact of this force was so strong, a fragment of the teacup bounced back up toward the back of Zhen Da Cheng’s hand and cut into it, making way for a red line of blood to appear.

“Zhen Da Cheng.”

Boiling with rage, Gu Hai let these three words, like a poisonous snake about to attack its prey, slithered out from between the gap of his tightly gritted teeth.

Zhen Da Cheng shot a quick glance at Gu Hai, as if he had already foreseen, at an earlier time, that he would come. His complexion was rather calm as he asked: “What are you doing?”

“You fucker!”

Along with this thundering roar, Gu Hai suddenly took hold of Zhen Da Cheng and slammed him to the ground. His tightened fist full of might, like a cloudburst of raindrops smashed down on its prey.

When Zhen Da Cheng was young, he was fortunate enough to have been already regarded as a high ranking military officer. Now that he is in his old age, he still persistently exercised and trained in order to toughen up his body and health. His bones are very robust, so much so that even when several of Gu Hai’s punches landed on him, he didn’t feel anything.

But the problem is, Gu Hai has gone insane.

An insane person’s strength is endless, boundless, infinite, inexhaustible.

Zhen Da Cheng could only force himself to withstand the pain, yet even then, he did not retaliate. Even if he were to endure this beating, no matter how tough his bones are, being hammered with such a powerful force, even his sturdy bones would eventually break.

Besides, he is still Gu Hai’s uncle, was there really ever an uncle who had let their nephew strike at them like this?

“Protect Mr. Zhen!”

The sound of someone shouting this catchphrase sounded off. Right after, ten assault rifles appeared, propped up against the window sill from the outside and pointed inside. Then, seven to eight individually uniformly charged into the hall. It would be easy for so many people to subdue one person, but subduing two people is quite difficult. That is because, they have to pulled Gu Hai off, while at the same time, ensuring that Zhen Da Cheng would not sustain any injury.

Unfortunately, at this moment, Gu Hai was like a powerful lion with endless stamina, full of life, violent and bravery. Whoever is closest will surely get bitten. Don’t even bother to approach, even if just a little bit.

In the end, those seven or eight men went toward him, looking for trouble.

Sadly, they made Zhen Da Cheng lose his dignity when they were unable to pull Gu Hai off of him.

From outside the room, someone fired a single shot.

Zhen Da Cheng immediately became anxious and angrily opened his eyes, shouting, “No one is allowed to shoot him!”

After hearing his command, those men that were pointing their assault rifles into the room, uniformly placed it down. While the men in the room, that tried to help by intervening, all stood still, not daring to move at all.

This person dares to hit Zhen Da Cheng. Whoever is backing him up must be very influential. Nevertheless, it’s best to not act blindly without thinking it through.

Those men that were once outside, holding their guns, also entered the room. One by one, they stood steadily with the other seven or eight men, forming a wide circle. With helpless expressions, they faced Gu Hai and Zhen Da Cheng, who were in the center.

Zhen Da Cheng looked up and found a lot of heads and more than ten pairs of eyes full of alertness above his head. Just looking at them made him extremely angry, in any seconds now, his lungs were going to explode.

I told you not to shoot. It doesn’t mean I don’t want you to strike! Do you all want to wait until I take my last breath before you come to help and collect my corpse huh?

Waiting until Gu Hai stopped striking, Zhen Da Cheng had already lost half his life.

When night falls, it was dead silent within the courtyard.

At random, Gu Hai roughly pulled one of the guard from the circle, leaving an open space. With a leather strap in his hand, he looked at him with fiery eyes and ruthlessly flung the strap against that guard’s neck. The sharp pain caused him to draw back the corners of his mouth, slightly distorted it. In a flash, like the sun gradually setting, a dark red swelling emerged.

“Tell me, did you deliberately make things difficult for Bai Luo Yin?”

Forcing the pain in his neck back with great difficulty, the guard shook his head. He stood perfectly straight with an expression that seemed to say, this person has a clear conscience.

Gu Hai flung the leather strap again. It landed on the same spot, with the same amount of strength as before. Instantly, the dark red on his skin turned bloody red.

“The people that made it difficult for him, speak up and tell me who he is and what he did to him. If you don’t say it, you can suffer in his place.”

As those irate words escaped his lips, Gu Hai once again raised his hand that was holding the leather strap.

Without much thought, the guard immediately pointed his finger to a man further to the side, “He……he poured cold water on that boy.”

Once those words dispersed into the air and etched itself into Gu Hai’s brain, his grim expression emitted an even more ghastly appearance. His dark pupils constricted while the corner of eyes slightly twitched.

Step by step, he walked closer to that man and stopped right in front of him before quietly observing with eyes consumed by a deadly toxin. He pointed at the nearby fish pond.


The man remained motionless.

“If you let me kick you in, don’t expect to come back up.”

The man narrowed his eyes, letting the darkness sink deep into his pupils, before he unyieldingly acknowledged Gu Hai’s threat. The corner of his tightly pursed lips stretched out, revealing an unbending stubbornness.

Gu Hai quickly let his fingers curled into a firm fist and stretched his hand out. This movement was done with such a powerful force, at such a high velocity, that it created a rough swiss sound, as if his bones had cracked for a split second.

Startled by Gu Hai’s quick and sudden movement, the man lost control of his legging and staggered a few feet backward. Without having any leverage for him to take hold of, he was unable to stop himself. The bitter coldness nibbled further and further into the core his bones once his entire body was submerged in the pond.

Gu Hai’s foot pressed heavily on the man’s head, forcing him to sink deeper underwater. Three minutes later, the man started to struggle violently and seconds later, one by one bubbles swam up toward the surface of the water and popped. Gu Hai firmly and relentlessly pressed him down, refusing to release him. Only when his body stiffened and started to convulse uncontrollably, provoking the fishes in the water to swim around in panic as if their heads were being chopped off, did Gu Hai grip his head and pull it out of the fish pond.

“Speak out the next person.”

Within two hours of terror, all those that made it difficult for Bai Luo Yin, tormented Bai Luo Yin, mocked and ridiculed Bai Luo Yin……none of them escaped. All suffered a heavy, disastrous price; tens of time more than could be counted.

The atmosphere of this mansion’s courtyard, originally dead and lifeless became even more frightful, cold and desolate. Now, it was similar to a tomb of the living dead.

A kid was crouched at the corner of the wall, trembling. He looked at Gu Hai, fear welling in his eyes before he willingly made his way toward him.

He was the last one to be reported.

His guilt was, he had looked at Bai Luo Yin, laughed and kicked a steam bun from the ground, toward the side of his feet.

“You’re a kid so I won’t hit you, but you better remember this well. Look at them and how they met their ends. When you are as big as I am now, I will come and look for you to settle this. You just slowly wait for it!”

The kid’s eyes widened with horror and panic, unable to hold it in anymore, he burst into tears.


Once again, Gu Hai quickly arrived at the hospital. By this time, the sky had already been covered by an inky darkness.

Arriving at the ward, the doctor on duty informed Gu Hai that Bai Luo Yin had already returned home.

“He returned that quickly?”

The doctor nodded his head, “That child was not willing to stay in the hospital, so after his fever retreated, he immediately went home.

With that said, Gu Hai went straight to Bai Luo Yin’s house.

At that moment, the whole family was in the side room eating dinner. Meng Tong Tian was the only one that had finished eating. He was holding onto an airplane remote controller, maneuvering it around in the air with skills. When he saw Gu Hai’s silhouette, Meng Tian Tong’s face brightened with happiness. Unable to manage his excitement, his hands loosened on the remote control and the airplane dropped perfectly straight into the ground.

"Gu Hai gege, you’re here!”

Gu Hai caressed Meng Tong Tian’s head, and asked: “Where’s Bai Luo Yin?”

Meng Tong Tian pointed his little finger, “He’s laying down in the room.”

“He didn’t eat?”

“He ate, but puked it all out.”

The color on Gu Hai’s face changed, he turned around and entered Bai Luo Yin’s room.

Bai Luo Yin was slightly propped up, against the headboard of the bed with a soft pillow behind his head. His eyes were opened a bit, but not quite enough to make him aware. Compared to this afternoon, his complexion looked a bit better.

Gu Hai softly caressed Bai Luo Yin’s forehead. He felt the warm skin beneath his hand and noticed that the temperature has dropped, however, his limbs on the other hand were still ice cold to the touch.

Feeling that someone had touched him, Bai Luo Yin’s eyes shot open in a quick flash.

“What are you doing here?”

Gu Hai didn’t say anything, he just stretched his hand into Bai Luo Yin’s blanket and wrapped both of his foot in the palm of his hands.

Bai Luo Yin immediately pulled his foot away. He looked intensely at Gu Hai and said some harsh words that would sufficiently break his heart and cause him to grief.

“I don’t want you anymore.”

Gu Hai pulled Bai Luo Yin’s foot back again, then he retorted with some words of his own that would sufficiently make Bai Luo Yin furious.

“I don’t want you anymore either.”

In a flash, Bai Luo Yin’s sharp gaze immediately turned toward Gu Hai. With great agility, he furiously lifted his foot that Gu Hai had held onto, and in one go, he suddenly gave the pit of Gu Hai’s stomach a couple of kicks. Although his body might be weak, his strength was not to be taken lightly.

“Then, what are you still doing here? Fucking go back to your house! Asshole, fucking leave now! The further the better!”

Not only did Gu Hai not leave, he crawled on the bed, took hold of Bai Luo Yin and embraced him. Within seconds, his tough and fierce pupils met face to face with Bai Luo Yin’s own intense orbs.

“Do you only know how to be willful with me? You dare to be willful with me, then why don’t you dare to tell me about your grievance? You dare to be willful with me, then why don’t you dare to act like a spoiled child toward me? You dare to be willful with me, then why don’t you dare to admit that you’re wrong?……You look, look at your foolish behaviors! In this entire world, you can’t find a second person that’s as foolish as you! Do you think I need you? If there was a second option, I wouldn’t have needed you a long time ago! I’m a man, but next to you I’m just a piece of decoration that can’t even do anything. Besides venting, going fucking crazy, and making you feel good, other than that, I’m just a fucking useless person!”

Bai Luo Yin doesn’t even want to open his mouth, instead he remained there motionless. Fortunately, his strength had recovered in comparison to earlier, otherwise his own anger would have killed him already.

Gu Hai’s clenched fist smashed against the wall causing a huge chunk of plaster to fall down.

“Why did you want to go look for him? You are my beloved, the apple of my eye, why would you let them bully you? Why?”

This time, Bai Luo Yin was still silent.

The inside of the room was quiet and peaceful for a good moment.

Bai Luo Yin glanced to the side. The emperor that had roared a moment ago, had already withered into lifelessness; his energy seemingly drained away, fading into the air with the sound of his outrageous roars.

And the corners of his eyes were now welling with tears.

Bai Luo Yin doesn’t know where this sudden anger that coursed through him came from. He suddenly looked at the back of Gu Hai’s head and smacked it.

It was in this way that the tears Gu Hai was trying to patiently and silently endure to himself, dripped.

“You fucking have the nerve to scold me? Look at yourself, just like a bitchy girl. No one even touched you yet and you’re already crying. Honestly ask yourself, am I the one that takes you as a decoration, or is it you who takes me as a decoration? It’s not that you’re useless, you just think that I’m extremely useless, that’s why you think you’re useless!”*!

With these words said, Bai Luo Yin’s entire body became sweaty from the raging heat within him.

“You’re such a strong man! If you’re so strong, then why do you have a high fever? If you’re so strong, then why are you wrapped up in a blanket, lying in bed? If I, Gu Hai, were to strip naked and stand outside for one entire week, I still wouldn’t catch a cold!”

“Then take all your clothes off now if you dare. If you don’t take it off, then you’re not a strong man.”

“Bai Luo Yin, you’re the one that’s allowing me take it off.”

“Yeah, I told you to take it off, what about it?”

Gu Hai really took it off.

But, he had only just taken two articles of clothing off, when Bai Han Qi walked in.

“Oh! Da Hai, you want to stay here tonight?”

Gu Hai smiled awkwardly. Embarrassment along with bashfulness kissed his entire face as he pulled a corner of the quilt over to cover himself.

“Yes, that’s my intention.”

With an aching stomach, Bai Luo Yin looked at Bai Han Qi and powerlessly point his finger toward the doorway.

“Dad, throw him out.”

Bai Han Qi contemplated for a second, but finding it a bit difficult to do, he said, “Da Hai already took off his clothes, it’s not appropriate if I were to throw him out right?”

“Dad~~~~~” Bai Luo Yin implored pitifully.

Bai Hai Qi cleared his throat then swallowed before rubbing one of his ears. He muttered almost incoherently to himself, “What’s the temperature for tonight? How did I forget when I just heard the weather forecast a moment ago……hmmm……?”

He parted the door curtains and walked out.


Translator’s Note:

*1 “It’s not that you’re useless, you just think that I’m extremely useless, that’s why you think you’re useless!”

::::::Explanation – Yin Zi is saying that, Gu Hai thinks that he’s useless because Yin Zi was the one that discovered the reason of his mother’s death.

Author: Chai Jidan, Translator: Sae Han
After losing contact with Bai Luo Yin, Gu Hai immediately called Bai Han Qi. It was then that he found out, for the past two days, Bai Luo Yin has not returned home. He used every method to seek Bai Luo Yin out but even then he couldn’t find any information to his whereabouts. When he recalled Bai Luo Yin’s strange behaviors from before, uneasiness started to intensely shroud his heart.

Wandering anxiously around the streets all night, Gu Hai became dazed and his vision blurred a bit.

Where have this bastard gone? Why does he always disappear mysteriously like this? Why doesn’t he think about the consequences before he does something? Why doesn’t he consider how worried the people around him would be?

As these thought devour his mind, his tightly clenched fist smashed against the steering wheel.

Gu Hai’s heart was pained with anger and anxiousness that refused to leave.

Just as he was about to start the car and continue on with his search, he suddenly received a call. Glancing at it, he doesn’t recognize the unfamiliar number, yet with anticipation he picked it up.

“Gu Hai.”

When he heard Bai Luo Yin’s voice, Gu Hai had the urge to smash his cellphone, however, his gripped tightened instead; it was as if he was holding on to a lifeline, beckoning it for help.

Looking at the front of the phone, he shouted: “Where the fuck have you been for the last two days?”

“Where are you now?”

Gu Hai steadied his breathing and tried his hardest to calm his troubled nerves. His tired eyes glanced around in all four corners for his own location. After he informed Bai Luo Yin of his whereabouts, he threw his phone to the passenger seat. His grip loosened before he allowed his head to fall back. As he closed his eyes, a long and deep breath finally escaped his lips, bringing out with it the fear that consumed him.

Fortunately, nothing happened.

Guessing that it was nearly time, Gu Hai unlocked the door and got out. He stood outside beside his own car and waited for Bai Luo Yin. Five minutes later, a taxi stopped in the distance not too far where he was. Bai Luo Yin’s shadow emerged from within the taxi. The raging fire that Gu Hai had just suppressed a moment ago, suddenly exploded as he stared at Bai Luo Yin and took large strides toward him.

Since Bai Luo Yin left Zhen Da Cheng’s place, he wasn’t able to wash his face, or eat a proper meal, instead full of joy and expectations, he rushed to look for Gu Hai. Just as he paid the driver, he felt a quick and powerful pull, causing his body to uncontrollably move backward.

Gu Hai gripped the back of Bai Luo Yin’s collar and fiercely dragged him toward the side of his own car. He then pushed him heavily against the car door.

Anxiety was painted on his face as he looked at Bai Luo Yin and bellowed with rage, “Where the fuck did you run off to for the past few days? Do you know I looked for you all night? Do you know how worried and anxious I was?”

Bai Luo Yin didn’t even have the time to shake away or consider the pain he felt. But instead both his hands shot out and tightly clutched Gu Hai’s arm. The excitements in his eyes burned Gu Hai’s cheeks. It was hard for him to suppress the eagerness, the intense emotion that welled in his voice, “Gu Hai, do you know? I’ve found out the cause of your mother’s death during that time. She was not killed because of your dad’s design. You’ve misunderstood your father……”

Gu Hai’s face did not show even the slightest sign of astonishment or that he was touched, on the contrary, it was drawn with darkness and gloominess instead. He emphatically interrupted Bai Luo Yin’s words and angrily rebuked: “I only asked you, where were you these two days?”

The throbbing excitement in Bai Luo Yin’s pupils gradually cooled down. The corner of his pasty, colorless lips slightly moved all of a sudden and with difficulty he threw out a few words, “I went to Zhen Da Cheng’s house, that is……your uncle.”

Suddenly, Gu Hai flew into a violent rage. Both his hands shot out and ferociously held Bai Luo Yin’s shoulder. His voice like a raging thunder, loudly sounded off, “Who told you to go find him? Who told you to go?”

As Gu Hai violently shook Bai Luo Yin, swaying him back and forth, the thin and flimsy pieces of paper that he had held tightly on to, fell to the ground.

His eyes became lifeless.

It was as if the aftermath of spending the last two nights in the freezing cold had finally decided to appear at this moment. His stiffened fingers pressed into Gu Hai’s arms and one at a time, he peeled them off before inch by inch tearing himself away.

Then he turned and left.

Gu Hai didn’t chase after him. After he frantically vent out all his feelings, what remained was the emptiness and desolation. His brain became a blank piece of paper and the ability to think has already been lost, disappearing with the sound of Bai Luo Yin’s footsteps. He looked at the file slightly swaying carelessly on the ground. One by one, he picked the sheets of paper off the ground, not even daring to look at it. He wanted to immediately rip them up but he doesn’t have the courage to. In the end, unable to control his temper, he kicked the car door at full force. This kick alone left a deep hollow impression on the metal surface. Even more so, this hollowness was riddled with despair and agony.

Bai Luo Yin wandered the street lifelessly. He relied entirely on his instinct to identify the direction in which he was going. Both his legs felt heavy with each step he took, it was as if lead had been poured deeply inside. His neck could barely support his head as a buzzing sound rung off in his head. The buzz rung again and again, wearing him down. He placed his hand on a random sign that was standing nearby for support and quietly relaxed for a while.

To the side was a restaurant. Bai Luo Yin already hasn’t eaten anything for the last fifty plus hours or so. So, even when a bowl of noodles was placed in front of him, he still couldn’t tell what it smelt like or how it tasted. His appetite had waned away long ago and what replaced it was, the numbness.

Conjuring just enough appetite, he took a few bites. But immediately after these few bites, he suddenly felt an overwhelming sensation stabbed at his internals, bringing with it a strangeness that sat at the tip of his throat. Using what little strength he had left in him, he quickly rushed out of the restaurant and threw his guts out at the side of a trash can. He gagged and huffed for air as he puked out what little he had consumed. The urgency to let all the substance out was so strong that it made him become extremely lightheaded and even more fatigue.

It’s so painful!

Tears spilled out of his eyes uncontrollably and left trace marks on his pallid face.

He staggered his way back home between consciousness and unconsciousness. Once he arrived at home, he immediately went straight to his bedroom and plunged on the bed. The feeling of it was so strange to his body that he couldn’t tell if it was soft or no. But.

It’s so cold.

Bai Luo Yin lethargically tore his wet clothes off and covered himself with two quilts.

It was still cold.

His body heat didn’t so much as drain away or seep out slowly, it abandoned him with callous speed to leave him helpless and shivering in the wake of its violent escape. He tried to control the trembles that unfurled all over his body but it was of no avail. After struggling for a while, he lost consciousness.

Gu Hai remained at home for the entire day depressed. Between sleeping and awaking, awaking and sleeping, he didn’t bother going to school. Nor did he contact Bai Luo Yin. In the end, he slept until he couldn’t sleep anymore. He picked up those sheets of paper from the side of his pillow. Page by page, word by word, his brain swallowed all the information up, engraving itself deeply inside.

After looking through it, Gu Hai quietly sat up for a while, eyes glued toward the window, looking at the outside.

The inside of his hollow heart were so dry and desolate, that not even a single drop of tear flowed out.


Jiang Yuan opened the door and saw Gu Hai’s depressed face, her heart thumped for a second. She had been terribly worried for several days now and finally, this young master has returned just as she had hoped.

Gu Hai didn’t even give Jiang Yuan a glance as he passed by her and went straight to the second floor.

Jiang Yuan stood at Mrs. Gu’s bedroom door. She had already sufficiently prepared herself. If Gu Hai discovered something abnormal, if he started tossing around blames, she will take responsibility for all of it.

In these three years, Gu Hai had stayed in this room countless times. When he entered his footsteps were heavy and when he left, his footsteps were drenched in sorrow. Never had there been a moment like this, calm, revere, and grieving in silence……he finally admitted and accepted this reality, his mother has already passed away.

“Mom, why were you willing to die for him, but not willing to live for me?”

Gu Hai attentively gazed at Mrs. Gu’s photo in silence as he wiped away the tiny dust particles from the photo frame.

“A man that is able to make you willingly give up your life, must be a good father right?”

Gu Hai’s childhood emerged from the back of his mind; the images of every little interaction that he had with Gu Wei Ting floated clearly in. Those moments, those three years of feelings that he himself had covered and deeply buried has subtly began to regain its position at the bottom of his heart.

From the first the time he thought highly of him, with respect until he loathed, hated him……by just lighting the fuse of an explosion, three years of misunderstandings and pain burst into flame. He suddenly understood the expressions in Gu Wei Ting’s eyes, grief, remorse, sincerity, helplessness……also, there was another scene that he had erased from his memory: the night before Gu Wei Ting got married, he stayed in this room for the entire night. Early in the morning, he stood up and faced his late wife’s picture, and with the utmost respect, he gave her a firm military salute.

“Mom, I don’t have any other request. If you love me, please always bless and protect me and Yin Zi until the very end.”

Gu Hai looked gratefully at Mr. Gu’s photo and bowed.

Finally, he tenaciously glanced at it once more, straighten his back, and steadily marched out of this room.

Jiang Yuan was the already outside pacing back and forth in circles, countless times already. When she saw Gu Hai emerging from the room, her expression was rather calm as her heart suddenly loosen with ease. It seems, he didn’t find anything wrong.

“In the future, there’s no need to go into my mother’s room and clean it everyday. The things that she used when she was alive, if it’s valuable, leave it there and if not, burn it.”

Surprised ate away at Jiang Yuan’s appearance, making way for her eyes to slightly widen. In actuality, she doesn’t know the meaning nor the implication behind Gu Hai’s word. As she waited for the raging storm to approach, Gu Hai had already effortlessly removed himself from her line of sight.

The sky outside was sunny and cloudless.

Even though classes were about to be dismissed, Gu Hai still went back to school. Yesterday, he had treated Bai Luo Yin so badly and made him so angry that he disappeared without uttering a single word. Now, the anger in him has vanished and all he felt was moved. He wanted to face him and expression his feeling of gratitude. He wanted Bai Luo Yin to know that, everything he has done for his sake, is worth a lifetime of Gu Hai’s thanks.

However, Bai Luo Yin’s seat was absolutely empty.

The look on Gu Hai’s face abruptly changed. He immediately dialed Bai Han Qi’s number on the spot.

“At the hospital.”

Hearing those three words, Gu Hai’s head was just like an explosion that had blown up, he frantically rushed out of the school building, flagged down a taxi and went directly to the hospital.

A scene incessantly rolled again and again in Gu Hai’s head, Bai Luo Yin emotionally grabbing his arm, proclaiming to him the results of the past two days. He had never lost self control like this before, he had never been faced with such a difficult situation like this before……at that moment, he must’ve wanted him to give him a hug, and say, ‘you’ve worked hard’, even if it was just a meaningful look in his eyes, it would have been enough. Even if it was just that, it wouldn’t have made it so unbearable for him to turn away, leaving only a disappointed and lonely back.

Once he arrived at the hospital, Gu Hai hurriedly walked toward Bai Luo Yin’s ward.

Aunt Zou was the only one there.

“Da Hai, why are you here?”

“How’s Yin Zi?”

Aunt Zou pointed toward the inside of the ward, “He’s sleeping.”

Gu Hai softly pushed open the door as not to make so much noise and entered. Bai Luo Yin was lying on the hospital bed, his face was colorless, pallid. He looked pale and haggard, unlike his usual self. Gu Hai sat beside the sickbed and looked carefully at Bai Luo Yin. From the lines of his eyes to the ones on his lips, he took them all in.

Pain then coldly carved itself into his heart. It felt so terrible watching him like this and knowing that he was hurting.

Yesterday, he also had this appearance.

Yesterday he came looking for me with this appearance! Why didn’t I see it then? Why did I uncontrollably yell and shout at him? Why was my head full of anger and rage? Why didn’t I push it away and make space to care for him, to love him?

“Yin Zi.” Gu Hai softly called out.

Bai Luo Yin heard Gu Hai’s voice and slightly cracked his eyes open, but quickly closed them again.

He didn’t have the strength to talk nor did he wanted to talk.

Gu Hai quietly sat for a while then with a dark and gloomy expression tracing the outline of his face, he walked out.

Seeing Gu Hai smoking at the entrance of the corridor near the stairs, Aunt Zou seemed as though she had just realized something. She turned and walked toward him.

“Da Hai ah, did Yin Zi provoke you, so you shut him outside?”

Gu Hai’s expression was of confusion and surprise in that moment before he stared at Aunt Zou’s face, “Why do you say that?”

She sighed, “Ai……last night when he came back, he had a fever. Later, his fever was so bad, he was talking nonsense. Saying incoherently that somebody wouldn’t let him go into the house to sleep and made him so cold that it was unbearable. I thought, these two days he wasn’t staying with you, so I……ahhh, auntie is also just guessing. If there is no such thing, then don’t take it to heart.”

Suddenly, Gu Hai’s hand that held the cigarette, stiffened, crushing half of it while the other half fell to the ground.

<“I’m a bit cold. Talk with me.”>

“<Da Hai, hug me.”>

Aunt Zou watched as Gu Hai immediately jumped from the top of the second floor stairs to the ground of the first floor.

She couldn’t help but to be a bit scared of this sudden action.

What is this child doing?

While she was still in a frightened and doubtful state of mind, Gu Hai had already rushed out of the hospital.

Author: Chai Jidan, Translator: Sae Han
It was in this way that Bai Luo Yin endured it for the night. In the end, even he himself, did not know how he had fallen asleep. By the time he woke up, the sky was already painted in a bright array of colors.

In a distance not too far from him, the otterhound sat in its cage staring at him.

Fatigue bewitched his whole body as he willed this weakness away, but his will was overcome by this weakness. Except for his eyes being able to slight part, Bai Luo Yin could not move any other parts of his body. His pupils shifted around with blurriness before it landed on cleaning personnel’s figure, swaying back and forth in the courtyard. Letting his mind wonder off, he remained silent, waiting for the moment in which his limbs would gradually recover its usual liveliness.

Earlier in the morning, Zhen Da Cheng had already gone out. When he returned during the afternoon, Bai Luo Yin was still huddled quietly at the same corner far off in the distance.

“Who’s that?” Zhen Da Cheng looked at the doorway and asked the guard.

In a low tone, the guard reported, “It’s the person that came looking for you yesterday.”

Astonishment crawled into Zhen Da Cheng’s eyes as he looked on ahead. He had truly thought that Bai Luo Yin had left earlier in the day already. Never would he have thought that he would actually still be here. Even more so, from looking at his appearance, it was clear that he had slept outside in the courtyard for the night.

Young man, your willpower is pretty strong, I want to see how long you will last!

When Bai Luo Yin saw Zhen Da Cheng, he immediately propped his hand against the wall and force himself up. The thin ice that had formed on his clothes had already melt, but what remained now, was the dampness leaving his clothes practically wet with coldness. Having sat in the corner for one night, the dirt on the ground had covertly weaved itself into the fabric of his clothes, sticking rather stubbornly against his will.

Step by step, he walked toward Zhen Da Cheng with this sorry-looking lifeless appearance. Yet even then, the silhouette of his face was still kissed with willfulness.

“Excuse me Mr. Zhen, do you have time today?”

Zhen Da Cheng stood in place, turned his head to look at Bai Luo Yin and with a slight smile, he said: “I do.”

Bai Luo Yin was actually rather startled and at a loss for words by this turn of event.

Zhen Da Cheng continued on to say, “But……I’m not in the mood.”

Bai Luo Yin boldly yet courteously asked, “Then what would put you in the mood?”

“If you want to talk to me, at least clean yourself up a bit.”

The coldness emitting from the clothes caused Bai Luo Yin to shiver and when he attempted to open his mouth again to talk, Zhen Da Cheng had already turned around and walked away.

During the afternoon, when the sun was at its highest peak, scorching the ground beneath it with rays of light, Bai Luo Yin retrieved a basin of water. He took off his cotton-padded shirt and pants before trying his best to rub the muddy dirt off.

Not only did he have to endure the cold and hunger, but now he also has to endure those eyes that mocked and derided him, as well as the contempt that painted brightly within them.

Since he was little until now, the humiliations that he had suffered were incomparable to the thirty something hours that he had suffered here.

Finally, after he finished washing his clothes, Bai Luo Yin hung them on the hanging pole in the courtyard.

Afterwards, he looked around for an area that had an abundant source of sunlight and bask under it. When he fished his cell phone out of his pocket and tried to swipe it on, he discovered that the battery had already died out. By now, Bai Luo Yin was already at his wit’s end. Having come this far, all he could do was continue to wait here. He silently wished that all this could result in something, otherwise he doesn’t have the face to return back.

Towards the evening, Bai Luo Yin went to look at his own clothes. As a result, he found that the hanging pole that once held his own clothes, now had someone else clothes hanging neatly on it. What was even worse, his cotton-padded shirt and pants had fallen to the ground, moreover, looking at the dirtied footprints on his clothes, he couldn’t even tell how many times it had been trampled on.

When Bai Luo Yin picked them up, he heard a burst of laughter ringing out from behind him.

With great difficulty, he tried with all his might to control the raging anger that conjured within him. Feeling dizzy and lightheaded, he walked toward where the water faucet was and rinsed his clothes out again. Looking at the clothes that had nearly dry, now drenched once again, a thin layer of ice froze deeply inside of Bai Luo Yin’s heart.

He did not hate this bustling group of people that enjoyed other’s torment. But in fact, he took pity on them. He pitied that they lived in a place lacking of human warmth and affection.

Unable to hang his clothes on the pole to dry, Bai Luo Yin had no other option but to stand in an open space, with both his hands out, holding on to his clothes.

The sky has darkened again.

Another day has passed by with no answers.

Bai Luo Yin has not eaten in two days already. After standing for such a long period of time, both his legs felt a little soft and weaken to the core.

A gust of wind flew by, bringing along with it, a very strong aroma of freshly cooked food. Bai Luo Yin found a place to sit down and tightly gripped the two article of clothes that was still wet.

Suddenly, a steamed bun rolled toward the side of his feet, bringing along with it, the smell of soil and flour fused together.

Looking at it, Bai Luo Yin’s stomach suddenly started to twitch and seconds later it grumbled.

He angrily raised his head.

His eyes met with a small figure, a kid, younger than he was. He stood in front of him with a rather cheerful smile, staring at him. Not only was he the one who had thrown the steamed bun toward him just now, but he also kicked it.

Even when everyone had gone to sleep, Bai Luo Yin still did not give that steamed bun another glance.

This night was even more unbearable than the previous. He couldn’t take shelter in his cotton-padded shirt or pants any longer. The cold wind heartlessly infiltrated his clothes, braiding itself securely inside the threads.

It was not possible for him to crouch down, since he was afraid that if he was not careful enough, the clothes would rub against the earth again. It was not possible for him to move, he was afraid that his movements would create noises and awaken that noble dog.

Pained and without any other option, he could only stand in this way like an honored Buddhist statue, waiting silently for the early morning to approach and bring with it the new day’s light.

Early morning of the third day, Zhen Da Cheng strolled over from his bedroom and saw a figure standing perfectly straight for the longest time at the doorway.

The clothes have been thoroughly cleaned, face a deathly pale color, lips purple like an array of bruises, and eyes brighten and expressive.

With much difficulty, Bai Luo Yin spoke. The sounds that came out was as if someone had used a knife to scrape at it, making it raspy.

“Good morning Mr. Zhen.”

Zhen Da Cheng’s usually indifferent face finally exposed a sign of amazed. He looked at Bai Luo Yin up and down as if he had discovered a trace of deceit. But after staring for what seemed like ages, he still ended up empty-handed.

In this moment, Zhen Da Cheng faced Bai Luo Yin squarely.

A handsome and resolute face.

A pair of stubborn eyes.

And an extraordinary spirit.

Zhen Da Cheng could not help but think, if he were to continuously give Bai Luo Yin a cold shoulder like this, would Bai Luo Yin wait until he died?

After a while longer, Zhen Da Cheng patted Bai Luo Yin’s shoulder. It was only then had he discovered that Bai Luo Yin’s clothes was freezing.

“Please come in.”

Hearing those words, Bai Luo Yin felt as if he had broken through the gates of hell.

“Mr. Zhen, this time I have something to ask of you……”

“There’s no need to say anything,” Zhen Da Cheng waved his finger, “I know.”

Bai Luo Yin was somewhat amazed and shocked, “You know?”

Zhen Da Cheng returned Bai Luo Yin’s student ID card and citizens card back to him, then faintly said, “When I saw these, I already knew what your intentions were in looking for me. It’s just, I didn’t expect that the one coming here…would be you. I always thought that the first person to look for me would be Gu Hai.”

Bai Luo Yin’s fingers trembled with excitement. Since Zhen Da Cheng said it like that, it was proof that he was definitely someone that is familiar with the situation and know the facts. So, those events that he had rationally constructed, were linked together. First, Mrs. received a hint, then she forced herself to go and look for her elder brother for help, wanting him to look into this secretive military information. But as a result, the information that Zhen Da Cheng collected was also false. Due to this false information, Mrs. Gu mistakenly got on the vehicle that met with an accident…….

Bai Luo Yin told Zhen Da Cheng everything that he knew, hoping that Zhen Da Cheng could provide him with some sort of evidence that Mrs. Gu had gone to him seeking information. As well as promise that those information won’t fall into another person’s hand.

Zhen Da Cheng quietly listened.

His reaction was not at all what Bai Luo Yin had anticipated, that is, he expected him to be astonished or felt somewhat difficult in accepting his request.

On the contrary, he was very calm, so calm that it was almost as if he didn’t hear anything.

Bai Luo Yin nervously waited for an answer.

After a long while, Zhen Da Cheng spoke: “If I said she killed herself, would you believe me?”

Bai Luo Yin could feel his own body trembling as his eyes slightly widened.

“If I said that, she knew all along that this route was the false one, and also, that I myself knew this route was false as well, what would you think?”

In this unbelievable moment, the beads of cold sweat that had formed on Bai Luo Yin’s forehead, suddenly dried up, seeming as though they were not there from the beginning.

“I am the eldest in the family and she is the youngest one. My youngest sister. My favorite sister. But, since the day she married Gu Wei Ting, I severed my ties with her without looking back. Because I knew that there would come a day when she will sacrifice everything for this man. I deliberately cut off my affections toward her from then on, afraid that, when that day arrived, I won’t be able to continue on. In the end, that day inevitably came, moreover, I was the one that personally sent her toward that disastrous road.”

Bai Luo Yin understood everything now.

“Even now, I can still remember the day that she came to look for me. She kneeled in front of me and begged me to tell her all of Gu Wei Ting’s plans. I told her explicitly, Gu Wei Ting is in a taxi and that it was good enough if she calmly remains at home and wait. She said it was impossible, if she didn’t get on that car, if she didn’t do something and just waited, the opposing side will continue to track down Gu Wei Ting’s whereabouts. Once they figured out that he was in an unguarded taxi, he would undoubtedly be killed.”

When he spoke until this part, traces of pain appeared in Zhen Da Cheng’s eyes.

“I’m saying, this is only one possibility, there is another possibility, his whereabouts were not discovered. She told me, when she gets on that vehicle, there are also only two possibilities. One is she will die, the other is, she won’t die. Since there are risks either way, then let her be the one to take responsibility for this risk.”

At this moment, Bai Luo Yin suddenly understood the origination of Gu Hai’s hidden softness as well as his firm and unyielding heart.

“At that time, I bitterly detested my own status. I often thought, why did I have to undertake this position? If the opposing party did not know that her brother was in control of this secret information, why would they go and threaten a weak and helpless woman? If those things were not in my hands, even if she were to place a gun to my head, I wouldn’t have the ability to send her toward that disastrous road.”

There was a huge difference between Zhen Da Cheng’s remorseful and guilt ridden expression now, in comparison to the one painted cruelly on his face before when he had tormented Bai Luo Yin.

Bai Luo Yin thought that, he must be a man that took all his pain and conceal it deeply within himself.

“Do you know why I allowed you in, and talked about these things with you?”

Bai Luo Yin answered tentatively, “Because my perseverance moved you?” Even if his head held these thoughts, when he said it out, it somewhat lacked in confidence.

“Because my dog didn’t bite you.”

Bai Luo Yin, “……”

“If you didn’t tame him, even if you died waiting here, I still wouldn’t give you a glance.”

By this time, Bai Luo Yin doesn’t know if he should laugh or cry.

“I raised this dog for more than ten years. In my memory, he’s only been honest and well-behaved twice. The first time was when my younger sister came here looking for me. The second time was when you came here looking for me. All along, I’ve always thought that dogs are more reliable than humans.”

Author: Chai Jidan, Translator: Sae Han
Passing through a small park on the edge of a courtyard, he was surrounded by the smell of the forest, accompanied by the sounds of birds singing and insects wailing in unison. As he continued to walk, Bai Luo Yin finally arrived in front of the tall and wide main entrance of Zhen Da Cheng’s Chinese style mansion. When he approached it a bit more, two guards blocked his way in.

“What are you doing?”

“I’m looking for Zhen Da Cheng.”

The guards looked Bai Luo Yin up and down before one of them asked with a calm and collected face, “Your identity card?”

Bai Luo Yin took out his student identity card and citizen card, the only two forms that were on him at the moment. One of the guard went inside, while the other guard stared attentively at Bai Luo Yin as if he was preventing a thief from approaching any closer or entering. The look in his eyes were bombarded with thorns as they pricked Bai Luo Yin all over from head to toe, making him feel extremely uncomfortable.

A while later, the other guard returned with his chin held high, hinting at Bai Luo Yin to enter.

It’s that simple to enter?

Since Sun Jingwei had warned him beforehand, Bai Luo Yin was already prepared to be thrown out. In all actuality, he did not expect it to go so smoothly like this.

But the moment he was inside, Bai Luo Yin discovered that he was gravely mistaken.

Making it pass the main entrance was only the first step.

The huge courtyard could easily cause anyone to become speechless. There was such an intense feeling to the land beneath his feet, that even he felt a bit overwhelm at the immensity of it. When one thought about it, it truly is reckless to waste such precious natural resources like this in pursue of a need to possess a spacious and luxurious private courtyard.

In the center of the courtyard was a fish pond. Early in the spring mornings, the surface of the water was sheathed in a very thin layer of ice, and the water itself was crystal clear. It was possible to see the fishes beneath the thin ice swimming around from one corner to the next cheerfully.

At a distance a bit far from the pond stood a couple of old trees, ones that seen time passed by as it usually does. On every one of those trees were at least three to four bird cages hanging on the larger branches and the birds trapped inside tweeted incessantly almost in unison. There was also a parrot, lively yet well-behaved in manner; it kept on chatting away the same words, “Hello, hello, hello.”

Just as Bai Luo Yin took one step forward, he could right away hear the sound of a large dog barking furiously.

It was a fierce and formidable otterhound*1. In all honesty, it was quite rare to see them around.

Bai Luo Yin’s earthen eyes brightened up with delight, he couldn’t help but to take an immediate liking to it, so much so that for the time being, he had even forgotten his own purpose for being here. Without even a hint of fear, he advanced and started to tease this dog, attempting to play with him. At first this otterhound had a rather ruthless and violent attitude toward Bai Luo Yin, as if warning that you cannot approach nor touch it. By now, an average person would have kept a respectful distance from it already, but unfortunately, Bai Luo Yin was not one of those people, he doesn’t do things as normal people would; he couldn’t lose to this. After less than two minutes, this dog sure enough identified with Bai Luo Yin.

“Your skills are not to be taken lightly ah!”

Bai Luo Yin’s body stiffened when he heard the voice.

A moment ago, he was too overly delighted that he didn’t even notice the presence of another person behind him. Quickly he stood up and turned around, only to meet the face of an extremely ordinary looking man. Such a person, one can easily bump into a great deal of them on the streets. If he had not personally seen him here, Bai Luo Yin would have absolutely not taken him as a high official.

“My dog here only recognizes its owner. You’re the first stranger that could approach him.”

Bai Luo Yin looked at him apprehensively yet his tone was laced with coldness, “You’re Mr. Zhen?”

Zhen Da Cheng, nodded his head, “I am.”

Astonishment crept into Bai Luo Yin’s mind, he’s said to be strange yet I don’t see anything strange about him!

“Mr. Zhen, I have something I wanted to ask you for help with.”

Zhen Da Cheng laughed indifferently, “I know.”

Bai Luo Yin wasn’t even able to open his mouth yet when Zhen Da Cheng walked passed him toward the area where the trees were arranged and stood close to the trunk. He then began to play with the birds in one of the cage.

Thinking that it was not an appropriate time or place for him to talk, Bai Luo Yin remained silent for the time being. He wanted Zhen Da Cheng to finish his own matter first before having a serious talk with him about the situation.

After Zhen Da Cheng finished playing with the birds, he didn’t even bother to give Bai Luo Yin a glance and kept walking toward the hall in the opposite direction.

Bai Luo Yin silently followed after him.

As they approached the front door of the hall, Zhen Da Cheng went inside but Bai Luo Yin was blocked outside.

“I have something to discuss with Mr. Zhen.”

The man standing at the doorway merely looked at him with a zombie like face, cold and stiff.

“I know, but right now Mr. Zhen is busy. He doesn’t have any time to talk with you. You can wait for him out here first.”

Bai Luo Yin’s eyes wander along the window sill and glimpsed inside, Zhen Da Cheng wasn’t doing anything at all. He was inside by himself drinking tea.

There’s plenty of opportunities for him to chat ah, but I can’t just anxiously walk in.

Later, Bai Luo Yin figured out that people like Zhen Da Cheng tend to put on airs*2 and drown in their own arrogance. Where else wouldn’t they act exactly like this?

Since he was told to wait out, then he might as well wait well.

This waiting game lasted until noon.

Early in the morning, Bai Luo Yin did not have a chance to eat so his stomach has been crying out in hunger a long while ago. When he saw that someone had brought food in for Zhen Da Cheng, he knew that it was hopeless for him to try and enter, so he intended to return after having a meal.

Once he arrived at the main entrance that he had first entered, he was blocked by those two guards again.

“I want to go out.”

“You need a written statement from Mr. Zhen to go out.”

Without any better option, Bai Luo Yin could only backtrack and turn back, returning to that hall again. Then he asked the person at the door: “Sorry to trouble you, but can you help me go in so I can inform him, I want to go out and eat first.”

The zombie face guard with the cold expression only said: “When he is eating, no one can randomly go in and disturb him.”

Bai Luo Yin was forced to wait.

This time around, the waiting took longer than an hour.

Finally, he saw someone carrying the leftover food out.

“Can you help me notify him now?”

Yet again, the zombie face guard spared him no glanced and stiffly walked in. Not even a moment later, he stiffly returned.

“He said, you can leave if you want, but don’t expect to come back in.”

Bai Luo Yin stared blankly at that guard, there wasn’t even the slightest sign of a joke in the tone of his voice or his face. His hand tightened into a firm fist as he secretly encouraged himself.

What’s there to be scared about in being hungry for a while, since he already let you in, that means he has at the least agreed about fifty percent of the way. The remaining half of this opportunity, you must create it for yourself. You must endure and control your temper. Make him see your sincerity.

Just from having these kinds of thoughts, Bai Luo Yin’s mind calmed down a bit.

After Zhen Da Cheng finished his meal, one by one the other people also went to eat, leaving only Bai Luo Yin standing outside alone in the courtyard.

The phone in his pocket rung and with just one glance, it was a call from Gu Hai.

“Where are you?”

Without thinking much about it, Bai Luo Yin replied, “At home.”

“What did you eat this afternoon?”

Bai Luo Yin thought about it for a second, “I ate dumplings.”

“Fuck, that’s so awesome! Hu Zi and I went out to eat. We picked the dishes that looked good but it actually wasn’t.”

You should be happy with that……Bai Luo Yin said silently in head.

Gu Hai asked: “Are you coming back tonight? I’ll make you some noodles to eat when you get back.”

In this moment, he remembered the noodles that Gu Ha made and he suddenly thought that it sounded delicious.

“I’m not sure. I’ll tell you beforehand if I go back. You can eat first, okay?”


After he hung up, Bai Luo Yin let out a long sigh. He turned around to look inside the hall quickly and to his surprise, he did not see Zhen Da Cheng in there. His chest slightly tightened before he moved from his position a bit. He stretched his neck and tried to look inside through the window but still he did not see Zhen Da Cheng.

“Mr. Zhen?” Bai Luo Yin looked at the zombie face guard and asked.

“Mr. Zhen went out.”

“When did he go out?” Bai Luo Yin was quite alarmed.

“When you were on the phone a moment ago.”

Bai Luo Yin felt rather remorseful at this turn of event and hurriedly asked that zombie face guard where Zhen Da Cheng went. That zombie face guard just casually turned his head to the other side, closed his eyes and did not reply back.

Without any other option, Bai Luo Yin went and look around the courtyard himself. Finally, in the farthest room to the west, he saw Zhen Da Cheng taking off his jacket, preparing to have a nap.

There was no need to ask, he already knew that it was impossible to enter.

The afternoon sun was ferocious. Being stranded underneath it would daze anyone into tiredness. Affected by the heat, Bai Luo Yin let out a big yawn and stretched out his body before staring senselessly at the other people standing in the courtyard. Beside the zombie face guard, every other room all have a guard at the doorway. Bai Luo Yin couldn’t help but to think: Exactly how many people have this Zhen Da Cheng angered? That is, for him to go so far as to dispatch so many people to guard himself.

Furthermore, Bai Luo Yin discovered that these zombies face men were all naturally trained. No matter which one of them he turned to look at, they all did not move. A moment ago, they all had their eyes open and oddly enough now they’re all closed. The peacefulness in this courtyard was so extraordinary that he could only hear the sound of birds chirping. Not even a moment has passed yet before the faint sound of snores transmitted through the air.

Bai Luo Yin listened carefully for a while, it didn’t sound like it was coming from the room, moreover every room here appeared to be soundproof quite well, so it was not possible that snores could be heard.

But, just now he clearly heard it.

Bai Luo Yin’s brows rose as he casted a side glance. He noticed that the zombie face guard that was standing to the side had his eyes closed; the rise and fall of his chest moved coherently with his breaths. Bai Luo Yin cautiously approached him for a closer look, as a result, the snoring sounds became louder and louder, it was quite obvious now that the sound had come from his nostrils.


Surprised crept its way onto Bai Luo Yin’s face.

These group of guy aren’t actually sleeping while standing are they?

The facts had been proven. What Bai Luo Yin had thought was correct. All the men standing guard with their eyes closed were all sleeping. Seeing them like this cause shivers to crawl up his arms. But then he suddenly recalled Sun Jingwei’s words of advice.

This place seems to be really ominous.

More than two hours of standing have passed in silence and Bai Luo Yin didn’t even dare to take a nap, afraid that after he felt asleep, Zhen Da Cheng would slip away in front of his eyes again.

Finally, Bai Luo Yin had waited until the moment that Zhen Da Cheng sat up from his bed. In just a split second, his own tired nerves immediately liven with vigor.

Bai Luo Yin straightened up his waist and back. He watched attentively as Zhen Da Cheng put his clothes on, got off his bed, strolled around the room, sat down for a drink, pick up a call……then with small steps, he leisurely walked out for a look.

At last the waiting has ended. Bai Luo Yin hurriedly walked toward the doorway to inquire after him.

Mr. Zhen’s shadow emerged in front of Bai Luo Yin’s line of sight with a smile neatly gracing his face. Bai Luo Yin thought that this fortunate time was good, so he took one step forward.

“Mr. Zhen……”

“Hahaha……Lao*3 Li, you’re finally here!”

The sudden burst of warm greetings and laughter behind Bai Luo Yin awoken him from his dream. He turned around, Zhen Da Cheng was already giving another person a hug. The two talked and laughed rather cheerfully as they passed by him and entered into another room.

Bai Luo Yin stood there for a long while before he took a few small steps back. Then he continued to walk toward that room they entered and quietly waited outside of there instead.

The two sat down inside for a game of chess. From the looks of their game, they had just started.

“You standing here will disturb Mr. Zhen chess game, please wait over there.” Another zombie face guard looked at Bai Luo Yin and extended his hand out indicating for him to move away. Although his expression was quite respectful, in reality he was chasing him away.

For the sake of answering this riddle, Bai Luo Yin endured this humiliation again. He waited at a spot just a bit further away and continued to wait.

The color of the sky gradually darkened. In just the blink of an eyes, it was already time to have dinner. Zhen Da Cheng and the friend that he was playing chess with had their dinner in the room. The delicious smell of the food slipped through the window and dispersed teasingly around Bai Luo Yin which cause his mouth to water and he couldn’t help but to swallow with a yearning for some substance. There was already no way for him to retreat, if he did, all his precious efforts would have been wasted.

With no other choice, he picked up his phone and sent Gu Hai a message, telling him that he won’t be able to go back, then he continued to endure the torment of hunger.

This time around, the meal lasted for two hours, Bai Luo Yin himself can no longer feel the hunger. Probably because he was so hungry he lost his appetite.

Now, he could only pray that Zhen Da Cheng would quickly come out, even if he were to give him just five minutes of his time for a talk, he would still be content.

Finally, after waiting until that chess playing friend departed, Zhen Da Cheng came out to send him off toward the main entrance. Bai Luo Yin quietly followed after. Both his legs were already numb by now so his walking posture was slightly lopsided. Yet even then, his eyes still contained a very small traces of excitement.

This day will quickly end soon. At this time, he shouldn’t have anything else to do right?

As he watched Zhen Da Cheng, Bai Luo Yin quickened his pace to meet up with him.

“Mr. Zhen, we……”

“You haven’t left yet huh?”

Zhen Da Cheng showed great astonishment toward Bai Luo Yin’s presence.

Bai Luo Yin very calmly told him, “I have been waiting for you all along.”

Zhen Da Cheng nodded his head and without saying anything else, he directly went back into his bedroom. Bai Luo Yin was intercepted at the doorway again. Then, he looked on unemotionally when he saw Zhen Da Cheng watching television inside. After that, his wife returned, the two watched television together, then soon afterwards, the lights in the room went off.

Bai Luo Yin’s heart also died out with coldness.

The guards outside have also been exchanged and allocated to the entranceways of all the rooms. The batch of guards this time looked even more bold and powerful and the lighting that hit their faces at just the right angle, made them look even more sinister and dreadful.

It seems, I’ll have to crouch here for the night.

Bai Luo Yin lit a cigarette and senselessly looked at the arrangement of the courtyard. This time around, he noticed that, this place doesn’t seem like someone’s home. On the contrary, it looked more like a Buddhist monastery.

It is possible that Zhen Da Cheng was also abstaining from eating meat in order to pray to Buddha?

Bai Luo Yin laughed at his own thoughts, can someone that believed in Buddhism have such a malicious heart?

Just as Bai Luo Yin was right in the middle of amusing himself, he suddenly felt a chillness at the top of his head and he immediately lifted his head up for a look. Someone was holding a big basin. He wasn’t even able to respond yet, as the big basin of cold water came splashing down on him. It soaked his cotton padded shirt, woolen pants, and flowed along his neck and ran inside. Every stream of water was like an ice blade stabbing his skin and flesh before piercing his ribs. Bai Luo Yin felt so cold that he abruptly jumped up and pulled his attacker’s collar.

As his body shivered and his lips trembled with coldness, he asked: “Why did you splash me with the cold water?”

The attacker expressionlessly looked at Bai Luo Yin, “You can’t smoke here. I was only helping you put out the cigarette.”

Bai Luo Yin was so cold his teeth clattered against each other. His fist that smashed against the attacker’s chest was ridden with ice shards.

The attacker opened his mouth again, “You can’t make any loud noises here. If you want to fight, I can take you outside.”

Bai Luo Yin’s body stiffened like a block of stone.

By the middle of the night, a layer of thin ice already formed on Bai Luo Yin’s clothes. His hair has already become strands of thin icicles as they individually joined at the top of his head. He also felt that his legs had already become frozen and numb; there was no feelings at all anymore. At this moment, if they were to be amputated, there would be no need to inject anesthetic. For the sake of warming himself up, Bai Luo Yin started to run around the courtyard. Yet, just as he ran, the dog barked and once the dog barked, the zombie face guard came over again.

“You can’t make loud noises here.”

Bai Luo Yin at long last has completely experienced the painful feeling of hunger and coldness. He could barely endure this difficulty. But the most unbearable thing was, the endless waiting and not being able to see any hope.

Bai Luo Yin went to the corner furthest away from Zhen Da Cheng’s bedroom and huddled. He then gave Gu Hai a call.

In the depth of the night, Gu Hai’s voice sounded so warm.

“It’s so late, you aren’t sleeping yet?”

Bai Luo Yin’s hands were trembling quite terribly, “I’m a bit cold.”

Gu Hai’s tone was full of love as he spoke, “Are you stupid or what? Cover yourself with more quilts when you’re cold! What use is there to talk to me? Go into the cabinet and grab another quilt now. Be quick and don’t be lazy about it!”

Bai Luo Yin smiled with much difficulty, “No, I won’t go. I want to talk with you.”

Gu Hai paused for a moment, his voice softened a bit, “You miss me don’t you? My little baby?”

A gust of cold and violent wind suddenly flew by, Bai Luo Yin quickly huddled his neck close to his knees, but nevertheless, the coldness made it challenging for him to breathe. This kind of coldness seeped directly into the thin cracks of his bones, drilled deeply inside and weakened that bit of willpower that still existed in Bai Luo Yin. His head swam as he felt his vision blur and then a strange sensation descended upon him. There was an alarm bell pounding incessantly in his heart.

You can’t faint. You absolutely can’t. They’ll definitely throw you out if you faint. Once you’re out, you won’t be able to get back in.

“Why aren’t you talking?”

Bai Luo Yin bit down on his teeth, willing the shivers away for a moment. As he listened to the breaths transmitting from the other side, his heart was finally filled with warmth. The warmth that he so longed for.

“Da Hai, hug me.”

“……Yin Zi, you’re so well-behaved. I’m hugging you now, sleep soon.”


Translator’s Note:

I hate you Zhen Da Cheng! *smacks* you deserve what’s coming for you! ‾͟͟͞(((ꎤ๑‾᷅༬‾᷄๑)̂—̳͟͞͞o

*1 Otterhound - a large, rough-coated hound with an imposing head showing great strength and dignity, and the strong body and long striding action fit for a long day’s work. It has an extremely sensitive nose, and is inquisitive and perseverant in investigating scents. The Otterhound hunts its quarry on land and water and requires a combination of characteristics unique among hounds-most notably a rough, double coat; and substantial webbed feet. Once he’s latched on to something, his perseverance, determination, and stamina (like those of his relative, the Otterhound) are legendary.

*2 put on airs – thinking you’re better than someone else; arrogant.

*3 Lao Li – Lao is a prefix indicating that someone is older or for familiarity/closeness. It can also be Mr. but, I think it’s best to keep it this prefix. Actually, in the previous chapters when Jiang Yuan calls Mr. Gu, she’s actually saying, Lao Gu. But I used Mr. Gu instead. I will change it all to Lao Gu later when I have some time since I prefer using the Lao. :D It’s also going to Lao Bai for Yin Zi’s dad XD

***Yin Zi calls Zhen Da Cheng, Mr. Zhen, in Chinese the title is Zhen xiansheng, xiansheng being a direct translation of Mister [Mr.]. But in this case, it makes sense so it’s kept as Mr. So basically, it’s a give and take, depending on the person!


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