The BROTHERS mutual ENCOURAGEMENT
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Since Gu Hai was inexperience, it was inevitable that the first time he slipped a drug into someone’s food, he added more than necessary. This resulted in Gu Yang sleeping soundly until around ten o’clock the next morning.
Gu Hai chatted until the first glimmer of light peeked from the distant horizon.
Gu Yang on the other hand, was fully charged to several thousands of units.
After having chatted for the entire night, Gu Hai reluctantly hung up the call. And although he lacked sleep, he put on an insouciant appearance and moved his foot to the washroom for a relaxing bath. Not long after, he reemerged even more energetic than he ever was. He finally changed into new clothes and shaved the stubbles that once dotted his chin. Comparing his appearance now to the one from a few days, it simply looked as though he had been switched for another person.
Gu Yang himself felt as though he had been stuck in a long and endless dream, whose key had been thrown out, making it impossible to escape. In this dream, he and Gu Hai were having dinner still and no matter how much they consumed, the food remained, allowing the scene to perpetually rage on. By the time he had awaken, his stomach was still bloated and his head felt dizzy as if a bout of fog had rushed in, clouding his mind.
Just as he cracked his eyes, Gu Hai was sitting at the side of his bed with a face smeared by the warm morning sunlight. In front of Gu Yang’s eyes, a brilliant smile then blossomed on Gu Hai’s face before a faint breeze brushed by.
“Ge, you slept so soundly!”
Gu Yang rubbed his brows and lazily asked, “What time is it?”
“A little past ten.”
At first, Gu Yang pretended to be calm. He then nodded his head and slowly picked himself up and placed his hand on Gu Hai’s back. After lightly patted his back for a few seconds, he suddenly pulled his hand back and struck the back of Gu Hai’s neck. Fortunately, Gu Hai was quick to react and had already tightened his neck muscles, otherwise this powerful strike would had caused him to lose consciousness.
“Why didn’t you wake me up?” His voice was filled with severity and coldness as he stared.
Gu Hai merely sent out a casual look, “I saw you sleeping soundly so I didn’t have the heart to wake you.”
Like a raging hurricane, paving through a crowded street, Gu Yang leaped out of his Gu Hai’s line of sight. A moment later, a fit of loud crashing noises came from the bathroom before he came charging out and quickly changed his shoes. After neatly tying up his laces, he grabbed his briefcase and left without repeatedly saying anything else like he usually does.
Never had Gu Hai seen his brother so lively and energetic about something like this before. It was clear that once he was anxious to a certain degree, he surely doesn’t waste his time.
Since Gu Yang left in such a rush, he didn’t have a chance to arrange any task for Gu Hai to handle. Furthermore, his personal things and tasks weren’t allowed to be randomly fiddled with.
Having nothing to do, Gu Hai attempted to sleep but couldn’t so as a result he decided to go out for a walk; incidentally he had left Gu Yang’s cell phone charging in the outlet.
By the time Gu Hai returned, Gu Yang had already arrived home before him. As Gu Hai pushed the door open, he was met with Gu Yang’s figure sitting on the sofa in the living room with a stern and complex expression lying across his face.
“Why did you come back so early?” asked Gu Hai.
Choosing to simply nod his head, Gu Yang then suddenly exposed a cold and menacing sneer. “It’s only natural that I would come back sooner since I didn’t get to meet the person.”
“You didn’t meet the person?” Gu Hai could feel his own chest tightening just the slightest as he questioned him. “Who did you go to meet?”
“Mr. Jie Sun.” [Jason]
Gu Yang had mentioned about this person to Gu Hai before. Gu Hai remembered that this person appeared to have a great influence on the matter that Gu Yang was going through.
A slight sense of anxiousness slowly clawed its way onto Gu Hai’s face as he moved in closer toward Gu Yang and asked, “Why didn’t you meet him?”
“You’re really asking why?” retorted Gu Yang grudgingly, “I had already set up an appointment to meet with him at nine o’clock this morning, but in the end, without even a proper reasoning at all, I was late for more than an hour. You should also know that Americans are really strict about their views on time. Delaying any of their time is an extremely disrespectful behavior.”
“Apologizing isn’t effective?” Gu Hai quickly asked.
Gu Yang merely shrugged his shoulder, “It’s effective, but it requires time. Do you know how many days I had to wait just to have an opportunity to meet him? I didn’t take the initiative to tell you this first, but the reason we’ve been delayed for the past few day is because of him. If only he’d just nod his head, then we could have immediately left already. But if he doesn’t nod his head, then all the data and work that we’ve been continuously working on days on end would still be useless.”
By now, Gu Hai wasn’t the least worried about Gu Yang’s frame of mind; he simply fired out a single sentence.
“Then do you still need to do something?”
With just those words, Gu Yang was practically being angered to death by Gu Hai. He was already so anxious with madness, yet Gu Hai was disregarding him. He needed someone that could help him resolve these issues and make his worries go away; an assistant that understood and cared for the anxiety in his heart, but instead he asked a completely troublesome and muddleheaded fool to come!
“When are you going to understand things properly huh!?” Gu Yang seldom exposed a worried expression.
Gu Hai firmly told Gu Yang, “If I were to clearly understand things, I would’ve quickly left by now. I wouldn’t have wasted my time with you at all.”
Having said that, he returned to his own bedroom and dug his tired body into the blanket. Gu Hai slept for a long while.
By the time he woke up, someone’s head was resting on the pillow beside him. Who knew when Gu Yang had lie there; one of his hand was supporting his chin as he incessantly stared at Gu Hai. His eyes were so piercing that it made Gu Hai’s mental capacity immediately flood with fright.
“Why are you on my bed?”
“Have you slept enough yet?” asked Gu Yang.
Gu Hai rubbed his eyes and let out a yawn before lazily saying, “If you didn’t bother me, I could have slept even longer.”
“Preserving your energy so that you could continue pleasuring yourself at night right?”
Gu Hai faintly sniffed the strangeness that lingered in the air, then his eyes flew back and settled on Gu Yang’s face. He watched as the corners of his mouth pulled into a twisted, sarcastic smile while his gaze didn’t specifically expose any significant meaning.
A type of chillness nipped at the center of Gu Hai’s heart, causing it to lose a beat.
Gu Yang picked up the cellphone and waved it back and forth before Gu Hai’s eyes.
“Don’t think that just because you’ve deleted all the call history, I wouldn’t know that you’ve made a phone call.”
Gu Hai turned his head back and stubbornly forced his gaze toward the ceiling. His tone was still stiff as it had been before when he spoke again.
“In any case, I didn’t reveal anything about you to anyone. I only gave someone I miss a call and asked how he was doing, that’s all. It’s because you’ve been unreasonable. You already know that I’m away from home against my will and missing the people closest to me is unavoidable. Even a prisoner can set a date to get in touch with their family once a while, yet I’m no better than prisoner.”
“Missing the people closest to you?” Gu Yang let out a close laugh, “I actually want to hear this, which person are you missing huh?”
Gu Hai didn’t bother to reply to his question, but instead said, “You already know yet you still ask.”
Gu Yang was full of interest as he narrowed his eyes, looked at Gu Hai and faintly said, “At first, my mood was pretty gloomy today, but after hearing him moan several times, it immediately cured me.”
Hearing those words, blood immediately rushed toward Gu Hai’s widened eyes.
“You intentionally recorded our calls?”
Gu Hai casually spread his hands out, “I didn’t intentionally record it, the phone was pre-installed with this recording function. I carelessly heard it, that’s all. Who would’ve expected this ah, Gu Hai, what are you going to say about it huh?”
Remaining silent for a moment, Gu Hai’s scorching eyes, like a powerful machine gun aimed toward Gu Yang’s face and shot at a high velocity.
“Tell me, if I let my uncle hear this recording, how would he react?”
As if his hands were a fierce arrow that had been released toward its target, Gu Hai’s firm grip immediately shot out and seized Gu Yang’s neck. His eyes were now tainted with anger and resentment; it was as though in any second now it could wring the life out of the person reflected in them.
Narrowing his eyes, Gu Yang grasped Gu Hai’s wrist tightly while the aura in eyes began to change from a brooding to an icy pungent sharpness.
“If you want to save yourself, be a bit more moderate later on. You can play around but don’t be serious.”
“There’s no need for you to care about my business! Deal with your own fucking mess first!!!”
Gu Yang patted Gu Hai’s shoulder, “Both of us can encourage each other.”
After that phone call ended, Bai Luo Yin went three days without receiving any other news from Gu Hai.
In the blink of an eye, it was Friday again. The stack of assignments that racked up into a tall mountain actually Bai Luo Yin felt gratification for the first time, because it meant that for the next two days of this weekend, he had a bit of something to do.
Just as he gathered his belongings and neatly placed them in his schoolbag, You Qi turned his head around.
“Did you think about what you’re going to do this weekend?”
“Working on the assignments, what else are there to do?”
“Go to my house.” Once again You Qi invited him.
Bai Luo Yin thought about it for a while, this suggestion wasn’t bad; he’s never been to Tianjin before so he could take advantage of this opportunity to go look around. Furthermore, he had already declined You Qi’s invitation quite a few times before. This time he would feel embarrass if he declined again and since Gu Hai wasn’t here, he might as well give a favor into this friendship. After sorting through those thoughts, he nodded his head at once.
Who knew why, but the moment Bai Luo Yin nodded his head, You Qi unexpectedly didn’t feel so excited. Perhaps since he knew that Gu Hai wasn’t around, he was able to receive Bai Luo Yin’s silent acceptance. Before, the cause of all the rejections that he had suffered was attributed to Gu Hai’s presence, but now…
Once they got on the train, Bai Luo Yin once tired and restless eyes brightened up a bit as he watched the sceneries outside sped by from the window.
“This is my first time going so far away.”
You Qi’s brow twisted together then he scoffed, “You consider this far?”
“This will be the furthest I’ve ever been. I’m not lying to you. Since I was young, I’ve never been out of Beijing before.”
Bai Luo Yin pulled out a stick of cigarette, but just as he was about to lit it, one of the train attendant walked by.
“Sir, smoking is not permitted here.”
Bai Luo Yin smiled apologetically and pinched off the cigarette butt.
You Qi looked attentively at Bai Luo Yin’s features and asked, “Is there a place you want to go to?”
“There’s too many.” Bai Luo Yin casually rested his listless head back against the chair before lazily saying, “I like places that has the sea.”
“Hehehe……isn’t the sea with you no matter where you go?”
Hearing those words, Bai Luo Yin’s expression sunk into a lethargy. It was only after a moment had passed did he then realized the meaning behind You Qi’s words.
Silent fell between the two as they sat still.
Suddenly, You Qi really wanted to ask another question. He twisted his head to the side and looked calmly at Bai Luo Yin. After struggling through his thoughts for a moment, he was finally able to ask.
“Bai Luo Yin, exactly what kind of feelings do you have towards Gu Hai?”
Bai Luo Yin didn’t answer.
“Then, what does Gu Hai feel towards you?” You Qi had already asked in such a frank and straightforward manner.
After a few seconds, the head that was to the side of You Qi crooked over. You Qi’s shoulder suddenly sank a bit before a kind of sadness eased its’ way into his heart.
Fine, you’ve fall asleep…this jerk really knows how to sleep!!
You Qi’s house was located downtown. After getting off the train and taking a taxi for a while, they quickly arrived.
“Mom, this is Bai Luo Yin, the one that I’ve always mentioned to you.”
You Qi’s mother enthusiastically greeted them, “Quick, come in.”
The first time he saw You Qi’s mother, Bai Luo Yin was quite alarmed. He instantly understood to whom You Qi should thank for his superior genes.
She’s also extremely beautiful!?
Bai Luo Yin couldn’t help but to look at her for a while longer. He had always thought that Jiang Yuan’s face did not match her age, but once he saw You Qi’s mother, he finally understood what ageless beauty truly meant.
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