After he finished the noodles, Chen Yuncheng was not in a hurry to leave, he was still a little excited about this sudden job. He took out his mobile phone, and had the urge to call Ning Junyan, he had already found the other party’s name in the address book but hesitated when he was about to dial the number, he was considering whether it was appropriate or not.
He had been running around for Zhou Yan’s affairs these past few days and had been too occupied with his energy to deal with his Ning Junyan problem.
Ning Junyan’s attitude is very clear now, Chen Yuncheng felt that he could not afford to drag his feet anymore. Either he accepted or refused.
He reached out and picked up the remaining half bottle of mineral water, unscrewed it, gulped it down, put the empty bottle back on the table, and rubbed his forehead with his hand in some pain.
He couldn’t refuse Ning Junyan, he had understood in his own heart a long time ago that he would not feel repelled no matter if it was those intimate hugs or even kisses. However, he was afraid to accept Ning Junyan, because Ning Junyan was a very important person in his life, if they were together but couldn’t make it to the end together, he might even lose this friend.
The reason why Chen Yuncheng was still unable to make up his mind to accept it was that he did not think there was a way for them to be able to make it to the end.
He was a person who attached great importance to feelings. Whether it was making friends or falling in love, once he was determined, he would give his all. The feeling of giving too much and in the end not being able to hold on to anything was too painful, he couldn’t help but be afraid and retreated.
In the evening, Chen Yuncheng took a shower and packed his suitcase in the room in his thin pyjamas. Except for the daily necessities, most of his things were still in the suitcase, as if he was ready to leave at any moment.
Ning Junyan knocked on the door lightly and came in, asking him, “What are you doing?”
Chen Yuncheng said, “I’m packing up my things.”
Ning Junyan walked over to him and knelt down, seeing the contents of his suitcase. Chen Yuncheng was hurriedly hiding two old pants under his clothes when Ning Jun Yan extended his hand and took them out for him, saying, “They’re all torn.”
Chen Yuncheng snatched it back, “Give it back to me.”
Ning Junyan asked, “Can I go and buy you new ones?”
Chen Yuncheng said, “No need.”
Ning Junyan then changed his phrasing, “Can I accompany you to buy a new one?”
Chen Yuncheng said, “I can still wear it, there’s no need to buy new ones.” He put the lid on the case, zipped it up and asked Ning Junyan, “What’s the matter?”
Ning Junyan asked him, “Aren’t you going to sleep in my room tonight?”
Chen Yuncheng lowered his head weakly and said, “I drank too much last night, I’m sorry.”
Ning Junyan looked at his side face, and said softly, “So you don’t need me after you’ve sobered up?”
He obviously had no special tone, but Chen Yuncheng could hear a little grievance, and looked up at him helplessly, “Stop talking nonsense.”
Ning Junyan didn’t speak but just looked at him intently.
Chen Yuncheng didn’t know what to say. He stood up and at the same time stretched out his hand in front of Ning Junyan, pulling him up too.
Ning Junyan who stood face to face with him suddenly leaned into his ear, and said softly, “I bought a bottle of wine—”
“I’m not going to drink!” Chen Yuncheng interrupted him loudly.
Ning Junyan was quite calm, and said, “If you are not going to drink, don’t drink. No need to be so agitated.”
Chen Yuncheng walked to the bed and lay down on his back. He knew that Ning Junyan was sitting on the edge of his bed, so he didn’t bother to get up. He folded his arms under his head and said, “I had a friend contact me today, “A friend of mine contacted me today and asked me to go and manage his shop.”
“What kind of shop?” Ning Junyan asked him.
Chen Yuncheng said, “He used to be in the wholesale business of tobacco, alcohol and non-staple food. Now he wants to open a new store in the commercial market in the north of the city. He wants me to help him manage it.”
Ning Junyan asked, “What do you think?”
Chen Yuncheng said, “I think it’s pretty good.”
Ning Junyan said, “Then go ahead.”
Chen Yuncheng hesitated for a moment, and cautiously say, “It’s a bit far over there, it’s not convenient for me to continue living here…”
Ning Junyan looked at him sideways.
Chen Yuncheng met his gaze, felt guilty for a few seconds, and continued, “I want to go out and rent a place to live.”
Ning Junyan said with an expressionless face, “No.”
Although he had thought about it a long time ago, Chen Yuncheng suddenly thought of saying this. He felt that the distance between him and Ning Junyan was too close, and was always carried away by Ning Junyan’s emotions. With a distance between the two, could he see his thoughts more clearly?
Chen Yuncheng sighed, “I’m not a child, you can’t be like this.” He actually wanted to say that Ning Junyan had no right to force him, but the words were too heavy for him to say to Ning Junyan.
Ning Junyan stretched out a hand, caressing Chen Yuncheng’s face with his rough and warm palm, and said in a low and slightly cold voice, “I said no.”
Chen Yuncheng didn’t want to argue with him, so he turned his face away from him.
Ning Junyan pinched Chen Yuncheng’s chin with his slender and strong fingers, and forcefully turned his face to look at him, “I said I won’t let you go.”
Chen Yuncheng was a little angry, and pushed his hand hard, “Even if we are in a relationship, you have no right to confine my freedom.”
Ning Junyan said, “Then let’s go and get married.”
Chen Yuncheng was angry and funny for a moment, “Let’s not talk about whether we can get married. Did you get your parent’s consent to get married?”
“Why do I need their consent?” Ning Junyan said indifferently, “Have they gotten married with my consent?”
Chen Yuncheng was at a loss for words for a moment, unable to speak because of his nonsense, so he just looked at Ning Junyan in silence.
After more than ten seconds, Ning Junyan let go of the hand that was pinching his chin.
Chen Yuncheng used his hands to support himself and tried to sit up from the bed.
But Ning Junyan bent down and hugged him at this moment, pressing his whole body on him with his lips pressed against his ear and whispered, “Don’t go.”
Chen Yuncheng pushed him, “Get up.”
Ning Jun stretched out his arms and hugged him tightly, and said, “What will I do if you leave?”
Chen Yuncheng was not as strong as him, and he couldn’t get up under his pressure, so he could only say, “Haven’t we been separated for so many years? Besides, we are still in the same city, and we can meet each other anytime.”
Ning Junyan asked, “Then why do you have to leave?”
Chen Yuncheng said, “As I said, this place is too far away from where I work.”
Ning Junyan was quiet for two seconds and said, “Then should I move in and live with you?”
Chen Yuncheng broke down a little, raised his hand to cover his eyes, lay down silently for a while, and decided to tell the truth, “I just think I still need some space right now to see our previous relationship clearly.”
Ning Junyan asked him, “Is this room not big enough?”
Chen Yuncheng did not answer.
Ning Junyan got up from him, supported his body with his arms and looked down at him from above.
Chen Yuncheng looked at him and could feel the strong sense of oppression in his eyes.
After a while, Ning Junyan stretched out his hand towards Chen Yuncheng, who, was afraid that he would grab his chin again, so he stretched out his hand to block it.
However, this time Ning Junyan obviously didn’t put much strength in his hands and was easily blocked by Chen Yuncheng. His eyelashes drooped, he blinked lightly, and walked away from Chen Yuncheng, then stood up and said, “Go to sleep first.”
Chen Yuncheng turned his head and saw Ning Junyan leaving the room.
The door closed with a soft “click”, Chen Yuncheng maintained his posture lying on the bed, his mind was full of Ning Junyan’s last expression.
He was so annoyed that he tossed and turned on the bed for a while, but couldn’t fall asleep at all, so he got up and got out of bed.
Chen Yuncheng came out of the room and found that the living room was lit. He walked over slowly and saw Ning Junyan sitting by the floor-to-ceiling window in the living room, drinking with a can of beer in his hand.
He walked up to Ning Junyan, squatted down, looked at him and asked, “Why are you drinking alone?”
Ning Junyan looked out the window and said, “You refuse to drink with me.”
Chen Yuncheng felt uncomfortable immediately, he said, “Stop drinking, how can you go to work tomorrow when you’re drunk.”
Ning Junyan turned to look at him, “Tomorrow is the weekend and I don’t have a duty. I won’t get drunk.”
Chen Yuncheng said, “If you drink too much, you will get drunk.”
The beer in Ning Junyan’s hand was taken out of the refrigerator, and the can was still covered with cold mist. He raised his hand and pressed the beer can to Chen Yuncheng’s face, saying, “I will stop before I get drunk. I do not want to hurt you.”
Chen Yuncheng was obviously worried that Ning Junyan would do something to him just now, but he still said, “You will not hurt me.”
Ning Junyan slowly slid down the hand holding the beer and pressed the cold body of the can to Chen Yuncheng’s neck.
Chen Yuncheng shivered, reached out to grab Ning Junyan’s hand, and tilted his head back to avoid it.
Ning Junyan shook the beer in his hand, “There’s still a little bit left, want to drink?”
Chen Yuncheng heard the sound of the liquid inside was very shallow, he nodded and wanted to take the beer can, but Ning Junyan didn’t let go, and directly handed it to his lips, tilting the can of beer to feed Chen Yuncheng the remaining liquid.
He was forced to drink the rest of the beer. Chen Yuncheng coughed twice and raised his hand to wipe the beer spilling from the corner of his mouth.
But Ning Junyan suddenly leaned over, kissed his lips, and sucked the drop of beer from the corner of his mouth before stepping away from him, showing a very light smile, and said to him, “Good night.”
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