When Long Zhanyu took Guan An Lin in to make a statement, Chen Yuncheng did not rush to leave, instead, he squatted at the door of the police station, and slowly finished the cigarette in his hand.
He was not addicted to smoking, nor did he actually like how the cigarette tasted, just that he was in a trance thinking that Ning Junyan must not like the taste.
After waiting for almost half an hour, Guan Anlin came out from inside. He walked in front of Chen Yuncheng with a gloomy face, without saying a word.
Chen Yuncheng’s feet were numb from squatting for so long, so he stood up and said to him, “Something happened to Zhou Yan.”
Guan Anlin gave a cold “En” and said, “I see.” Guan Anlin didn’t like Zhou Yan either, and Chen Yuncheng found that none of his friends around him liked Zhou Yan very much.
“Are you free tonight?” Guan Anlin asked him suddenly.
Chen Yuncheng said, “I’m free, let’s have dinner together.”
As soon as he finished speaking, he saw Long Zhanyu coming out of the car holding the car keys, looking like he was planning to leave after finishing his work. He called Long Zhanyu to stop, and asked, “Want to have dinner together?”
Long Zhanyu paused in his steps for a moment and nodded, “Let’s go.”
The three of them ate at a small restaurant on the side of the road, with a few dishes and a bottle of wine.
Guan Anlin accompanied Chen Yuncheng to drink, but Long Zhanyu said that he would drive later and didn’t drink, so he sat and ate the dishes while smoking.
“I can’t tell you more details,” Long Zhanyu leaned back in his chair, slouching, looking like he was going to fall asleep at any moment, “Too much of the talk could lead to a breach of confidentiality.”
Chen Yuncheng asked, “How long is the sentence?”
Long Zhanyu said, “A long time for sure, but at the moment it seems to be good that the sentence will not be death. I will look for the opportunity to reduce the sentence.”
Chen Yuncheng picked up the wine glass and silently poured himself wine.
Guan Anlin didn’t say much all night. He didn’t like Long Zhanyu, and he didn’t want to get too close to Long Zhanyu. This time he asked, “Where’s Zhang Wenyong?”
Long Zhanyu lifted his hand and wiped his face so that he could force himself to stay awake, “That fool Zhang Wenyong doesn’t want to plead guilty yet, let alone admit that he asked someone to smash up Chen Yuncheng’s kiosk. The amount of stolen cars alone is huge, with cars worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in them. The evidence is already stabilised properly, and it will make him go in and sit for more than ten years in jail. He will not be able to find you guys in trouble even after he comes out.”
After a while, Long Zhanyu couldn’t stay up any longer, so he said, “You guys take your time and drink, I’ll go first.” He was afraid that he would die suddenly if he didn’t sleep.
Chen Yuncheng said to him, “Be careful when driving.”
Long Zhanyu waved his hand, asked the boss to settle the bill, and walked towards the parking place on the side of the road.
Guan Anlin waited until he left before saying to Chen Yuncheng, “Drink less.”
Chen Yuncheng was very silent, he said, “I’m not drunk.”
Guan Anlin asked him, “Where do you live now?”
Chen Yuncheng looked up at him and said, “My friend’s house.”
Guan Anlin asked, “Is it the friend who drives the Land Rover?”
Chen Yuncheng did not answer.
Guan Anlin stared at the half-eaten dish on the table. He reached out and picked up the chopsticks and put them in the bowl. After a while, he put them back on the table and leaned against the plate, and said, “I don’t know what is the relationship between you. You can’t keep staying at someone else’s house, can you?”
Chen Yuncheng looked at him.
Guan Anlin didn’t look at Chen Yuncheng, and only said, “I’ve moved out of Zhang Wenyong’s place and rented a place for now, do you want to move in?”
Chen Yuncheng asked, “Where do you rent your place?”
Guan Anlin gave an address, it was close to the outskirts of the city, and there were many cheap remodelled rental houses nearby, after that he added, “Find something, and I’ll go with you.”
Chen Yuncheng said, “I—” He suddenly remembered something and stopped. There was originally an interview today, but last night he ran around until the early morning because of Zhou Yan’s affairs, and he forgot about it.
He took out his mobile phone and saw that a logistics company he had an appointment with had also sent him a text message, which he hadn’t even seen.
Guan Anlin asked, “What’s wrong?”
Chen Yuncheng shook his head, raised his wine glass to clink it with Guan Anlin’s, and said, “Let me think about it.”
In the end, Chen Yuncheng drank too much, but he didn’t make a fuss even when he was drunk. He sat quietly, tilting his head, his cheeks slightly flushed.
Guan Anlin wanted to take him back, but Chen Yuncheng refused and insisted on taking a taxi back by himself.
Before leaving, Chen Yuncheng grabbed the clothes on Guan Anlin’s shoulders with one hand and said, “Don’t cause trouble for me anymore.”
Guan Anlin said with a cold face, “When did I cause you any trouble? Don’t treat me like Zhou Yan.”
Chen Yuncheng said, “I should have taught Zhou Yan a good lesson before, that brat, so carefree.”
Guan Anlin’s tone was not pleasant, “Zhou Yan is in his twenties, he has done things on his own, it’s not your job to worry about him.” After he said that, he stuffed Chen Yuncheng into a taxi by the side of the road, and then asked, not quite sure, “Do you know the address? Why don’t you go to my place today and stay overnight?”
Chen Yuncheng shook his head as he gave the driver the address, then said to Guan Anlin, “I’m going back, he’ll be angry later.”
Guan Anlin found his words inexplicable and could only assume he was drunk, but he felt uneasy and left the driver his number so that he could contact him if Chen Yuncheng passed out from drunk.
Chen Yuncheng was not so drunk that he was unconscious, he just had something on his mind. After drinking all night, he always felt that being drunk could solve his worries, but in fact, it didn’t work well. He sat in the back seat with his eyes closed, and his heart was still stuffy and uncomfortable.
It was past ten o’clock in the evening when he returned. He called Ning Junyan in the afternoon and said that he would not come back for dinner, but Ning Junyan only said yes, without asking him where he was going.
Now when Chen Yuncheng returned to Ning Junyan’s house, he opened the door and saw that the living room was dark, so he subconsciously walked in the direction of Ning Junyan’s room.
The lights in Ning Junyan’s room were on, and he was not asleep yet. He sat by the bed and read his thick English book.
When Chen Yuncheng opened the door, Ning Junyan looked up at him and asked, “You’re back?”
“En,” Chen Yuncheng replied, as he walked over towards Ning Junyan and stood by the bed, looking at him with a somewhat straight gaze.
Ning Junyan asked him, “What’s the matter?” Then he asked again, “Have you been drinking?” As he got closer, Ning Jun Yan could smell the smell of alcohol on Chen Yun Cheng’s body.
Chen Yuncheng looked at Ning Junyan for a long time, knelt down by the bed, got a little closer to Ning Junyan and called out to him, “Yanyan.”
Ning Junyan was about to close the book that was spread out on his lap, but when he heard him call him, he paused in his movements.
Chen Yuncheng’s voice was a little drunk and slurred, “I’m glad I got to know you guys.”
“Guys?” Ning Junyan put the book aside and looked up at him again.
Chen Yuncheng said, “You, Zhou Yan, you are all very good. Especially you,” he lowered his gaze, as if he was a little tired, and seemed to be distracted, “those years living with you were the happiest years I had as a child.”
Ning Jun extended a hand in front of him and said to him, “Come here.”
Chen Yuncheng didn’t hold his hand, only said, “It’s so hot.” He was still wearing thick clothes, and the room was so warm inside that Ning Junyan was only wearing thin pyjamas.
Ning Junyan said to him, “Take off your clothes if it’s hot.”
Chen Yuncheng lowered his head, unzipped the down jacket with a slightly clumsy movement, and raised his hand to take off the whole clothes.
Ning Junyan was sure that he was drunk, and said to him, “You are drunk.”
Chen Yuncheng shook his head, “I’m not drunk, I know what I’m doing. You know that the night I asked you to borrow money, Zhou Yan turned off his phone and ran back home. He tried to go to his mother to borrow money and ended up killing his stepfather. If I had told him earlier that I could borrow the money, he wouldn’t have done it.”
Ning Junyan asked, “Do you think you are responsible?”
Chen Yuncheng didn’t answer, he just said, “I didn’t say anything at the time because I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to borrow the money successfully and make him happy for nothing. Or maybe it would have been fine if I hadn’t given him the message that the police were investigating them and had them just arrest him that day.”
Ning Junyan listened quietly, watching the redness on his face gradually spread to his ears.
Chen Yuncheng was a little emotional, “Just like Guan Anlin, I thought I could help him at that time, but it turned out that I couldn’t help anything.” After he finished speaking, he bent down as if in pain, kneeling on the edge of the bed and curling his whole body up.
“But they are not your responsibility.” Ning Junyan got up and knelt in front of Chen Yuncheng, and reached out to touch his hair and the back of his neck, “You’re not their guardian, they chose to break the law themselves, it’s none of your business.”
Chen Yuncheng didn’t speak and curled up for a long time without moving.
Ning Junyan stretched out his hand to grab his arm, and lifted him up into his arms, then leaned against the bed with him in his arms.
Chen Yuncheng’s alcohol seemed to be coming on, and he frowned and said, “I’m very uncomfortable.”
Ning Junyan asked, “Where is it uncomfortable?”
Chen Yuncheng said, “Everywhere.”
Ning Junyan asked him, “Do you want me to rub it for you?”
Chen Yuncheng didn’t answer, his eyes became hazy and he looked at Ning Junyan for a moment before asking him, “Yanyan, when did you come back?”
“Well,” Ning Junyan responded, “I’m back and will never leave you again, okay?”
Chen Yuncheng reached out and wrapped his arms around his neck, suddenly pressing his head slightly harder against his shoulder, hugged him tightly and said, “No, it’s good that you’re doing well, go back with your mum and dad.”
Ning Junyan turned his head sideways, pressed it against his ear and asked him, “Are you willing to part with me?”
“I’m reluctant.” Chen Yuncheng opened his eyes and looked at the ceiling blankly, “But I don’t have money, so I can’t feed us both.”
Ning Junyan asked him, “Then come and pick me up when you grow up, okay?”
Chen Yuncheng was stunned for a long time, not knowing what to answer.
Ning Jun extended his hand to touch his reddened ears, “Now that I have enough money to support both of us, no one can force us to steal and no one can beat you, can I not leave?”
Chen Yuncheng turned his head to look at him, they were too close, so close that they could only see each other’s eyes.
Ning Junyan said again, “Then you will be my wife, okay?”
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