Chapter 29 – Are you going to start giving red envelopes?
Qi Yun was really tired today and fell asleep quickly. Xing Zhongwan waited for him to fall asleep and carefully pulled off his clothes to take a look. There were wounds large and small, all were terrible. Qi Yun still didn’t say how he was injured. This person was actually very stubborn and he wouldn’t say anything he didn’t want to say when he opened his mouth.
Xing Zhongwan closed the door and went back to his room. It was not to avoid suspicion. Although he already knows what Qi Yun thinks about him, what can he do to him as a disabled person? Xing Zhongwan was not a hypocrite, he just wanted to make things clear for himself.
Back in the room on the second floor, he took a bath and lay on the bed. Staring at the ceiling in a daze, he raised his hand and looked at the delicate bracelet on his wrist. Annoyed, he dug his hands into his hair. He really did not expect the situation to develop into what it is in the present. Xing Zhongwan couldn’t respond to Qi Yun’s feelings and intentions, but he still wanted to help him. Qi Yun’s situation was not good. Even if the Shen family was helping him on the surface, there was another group coercing them behind the scenes. Otherwise, the blood clot in Qi Yun’s brain would be detected by the doctor from the very beginning, and not dragged on till today. This sort of ‘familial love’ was really frightening.
From Qi Yun’s mother’s side, he heard that he made a deal with Madam Qi in exchange for marrying him. Although he didn’t understand what Qi Yun’s motive was, it could not be that he really wanted him to stay. Did he have no other way to legally keep him by his side? Madam Qi and the Shen family’s behaviour is doubtful and Xing Zhongwan’s head hurts when he thinks about it. He came back to help his mother move into the family grave and along the way, also helped her repay a favor. Why was this so complicated that he had to involve himself in two big families?
Xing Zhongwan gritted his teeth, desperately hypnotizing himself. He is here to overcome this tribulation, yes to overcome…
For the Xing Zhongwan that came to overcome this hardship, while it was not known if he mentally overcame it or not, he was suddenly shocked by a loud thump coming from upstairs.
Xing Zhongwan’s room was just downstairs from Qi Yun. The sound made Xing Zhongwan wake up instantly. He pulled the quilt and ran upstairs. Sure enough, when he opened the door, Qi Yun had fallen down with his quilt. He hurriedly walked over and picked him up, only to find that Qi Yun was soaked all over. As soon as he felt Xing Zhongwan, Qi Yun hugged him tightly, his voice trembling, “Where have you been? Wanwan, where have you been?”
Xing Zhongwan didn’t think much, “I was downstairs? What’s wrong, want to go to the bathroom?”
Qi Yun breathed a sigh of relief, then shook his head, “I dreamed that you were gone.”
There was a dampness in the clear and light words and Xing Zhongwan’s heart trembled. Sliding away the sweaty bangs on Qi Yun’s forehead, it reminded Xing Zhongwan of the lotus flower after the rainstorm that he saw in Jiangnan when he was a child, trembling but lovable.
“I’ll change your clothes, you’re sweating.” He turned to leave but Qi Yun grabbed him, “Don’t go.”
Xing Zhongwan said helplessly, “I won’t leave, but if you sleep like this without changing your clothes, you’ll catch a cold.” Qi Yun’s hand slowly loosened and Xing Zhongwan went to the closet to get clean pajamas. He pulled Qi Yun’s clothes off and the wounds on his body were soaked by sweat. Xing Zhongwan turned on the water and wiped him clean little by little before reapplying the medicine and putting dry pajamas on him. He sighed a breath of relief.
“I’ll sleep next to you.” Xing Zhongwan said before spreading the quilt.
Qi Yun took his hand and said, “Sleep here, it’s very late.”
Xing Zhongwan looked around, “Where?” Qi Yun’s neck slowly turned red and Xing Zhongwan realized that he referred to his bed, together.
Without thinking, Xing Zhongwan refused. However, before he even opened his mouth, Qi Yun lowered his eyes, “Don’t refuse me.”
Xing Zhongwan’s eyes twitched, “How are two big men going to sleep here? I’ll have to be careful not to squeeze you. You still have some injuries.”
Qi Yun’s face turned even redder, “I won’t do anything to you, don’t worry.”
Xing Zhongwan: …
Even if you really want to do something to me now, you won’t be able to do it, right?
Xing Zhongwan was not a hypocrite either. It was too late and he was tired, so he simply lifted the quilt and lay inside. Fortunately, Qi Yun’s bed was big enough so Xing Zhongwan didn’t have a hard time sleeping. He couldn’t help but yawn, “Go to sleep, go to sleep. I’m exhausted.”
In a trance, a hand stretched out and gently held Xing Zhongwan. Xing Zhongwan subconsciously broke free but when he couldn’t break free, he muttered, “How can you act like such a child?”
Qi Yun turned his face to the side and could feel Xing Zhongwan’s warm breath on his face. The reality of the situation made the warmth in his heart overflow; out of control. He shifted his upper body before resting his head on Xing Zhongwan’s shoulder and closing his eyes.
Awakened by a nightmare in the middle of the night, Qi Yun was confused by the absence of that familiar breathing sound. He shouted into the night but no one answered. When he rolled off the bed in a hurry, his heavy legs made him unable to move. That Xing Zhongwan had left him again. The frustration of being powerless overwhelmed him and his body turned cold as if he had been abandoned by the whole world. That feeling was even crueler than when he woke up in a car accident and realized that he was a cripple.
Qi Yun gradually tightened his grip on Xing Zhongwan’s hand, the strength was so great that Xing Zhongwan couldn’t help but turn to his side, “What are you doing? It hurts.”
Qi Yun let it go in a panic but after a while, he quickly grabbed it and held it tightly again.
Xing Zhongwan was dazed, “Do you like that so much?”
Xing Zhongwan turned to his side and his face was facing Qi Yun. Qi Yun couldn’t help but lean over and touch his face with both hands before kissing him on the mouth.
The corners of his mouth curled up, if it weren’t for his unseeing and cloudy eyes, they would be full of love at this time.
“That’s how much I like it.”
When Xing Zhongwan woke up, he felt a little different than usual. It was warm around him. Ever since he was a child, he had a habit of clinging onto the source of warmth while he slept. Currently, Xing Zhongwan was holding onto Qi Yun like a pillow. His left leg was on Qi Yun’s crotch while his head was resting on his shoulder. This position was too ambiguous, he thinks. However, what was even worse is that his leg was lying on top of Qi Yun’s crotch so he could clearly feel that Qi Yun was hard…
With a dark face, Xing Zhongwan carefully moved his leg down. However, as there was some friction, the already hard thing became a little harder. With that, Xing Zhongwan moved his leg more carefully. Just as he was about to turn around, Qi Yun hugged his waist, “Let’s sleep a while more.”
Xing Zhongwan opened his eyes wide and looked at the face close up. The sun was shining on Qi Yun’s face, and with a little lighting and some shadows overcast on that visage, the thick but slender eyelashes cast a silver shadow on the bridge of that tall nose when those eyes trembled open. Xing Zhongwan couldn’t help swallowing a mouthful of saliva and closed his eyes, “Oh God, please don’t tempt me with a beauty in the morning, okay?”
Qi Yun smiled, “Am I good-looking?”
Xing Zhongwan’s brain exploded as Qi Yun smiled. That cold visage that suddenly turned into something akin to a warm breeze with a hint of coolness could leave a mark inside a person’s hearts.
With an already perfect face, such a smile was like a hundred flowers blooming. Xing Zhongwan covered his nose and felt it warming up. He hurriedly pushed Qi Yun away from him and ran into the bathroom.
Qi Yun retracted the smile on his face and closed his eyes. If he didn’t feel wrong just now, Wanwan… he was hard…
Xing Zhongwan obviously did not recover from the powerful shock of turning hard for a man. Early in the morning, he went to Xue Qing to ask about Qi Yun’s condition. Professor Gao was leaving in two days and time was tight.
After chatting with Professor Gao, Xing Zhongwan went to Xue Qing. Xue Qing threw the paper bag in her hand to him, “Here, it’s for you. Seeing that you are in a bad mood early in the morning, Laoniang specially travelled half a city away to buy it for you. Yes, it seems like I really dote on you, huh?”
Xing Zhongwan opened it and saw that it was a Chinese mugwort dumpling. Xing Zhongwan loved to eat this because the taste of Chinese mugwort dumplings from their restaurant were the most akin to his mother’s. Every year, when he comes back to worship his mother, he always has to eat a few. He didn’t expect that there is also a branch here.
“Hurry up and eat it while it’s hot. Also do tell big sister why it seems like you were run over so early in the morning, huh!?”
Xing Zhongwan took out the dumplings and threw the paper bag on Xue Qing’s head, “Go away. Can you talk like a woman? It was you who asked when I’ll be able to marry.”
Xue Qing lit a cigarette, “You can do it, Laoniang is going to be a bachelor till her golden years.”
Xing Zhongwan took a bite of the dumpling and hesitated, “Do you think it’s abnormal for me to have a reaction towards a man?”
Xue Qing took a puff of cigarette but forgot to huff out the smoke. She coughed loudly, “What did you say!?”
Xing Zhongwan got sprayed by a faceful of spit and Xue Qing calmed down, “Sister will rationalize this for you. It’s a fact that men are more sensitive in the morning and it’s normal to respond to a little stimulation. You don’t need to worry too much to the point of having a psychological breakdown. Just treat it like a normal morning physiological response.’’
Xing Zhongwan watched her sprout nonsense seriously, “Get straight to the point.”
Xue Qing changed her face in a second, “Lao Xing, could it be that you’ve fallen for Qi Yun?”
Xing Zhongwan patted her face, “Impossible.”
Xue Qing took a sip of a cigarette, “It’s hard to say for this kind of thing. Haven’t you heard of developing feelings for each other after spending some time together?”
Xing Zhongwan: …
“It’s impossible to fall in love after spending a long time together, but it might be possible after getting married for a long time.”
Xue Qing was successfully choked again. Coughing so hard, tears filled her eyes. She had a ghostly expression,
“What did you say?”
Xing Zhongwan bit the dumpling, “Marry Qi Yun. Me!”
Xue Qing opened his eyes wide, “Are you going to start giving red envelopes?”
Hehehe, this time Xing Zhongwan was the one successfully choked by a dumpling…
T/N: It’s Chinese tradition that on Chinese New Year’s married couples have to give the little kiddies and those who aren’t married yet red envelopes filled with money. That money is good luck money for the rest of the year BTW.
Hehe, I’m so excited for them to finally be married. Even if it doesn’t really have any legal effect or whatever. It’s not like couples who get married have their relationship automatically qualified to work out till the end of their lives, or whatever. Sorry for being pessimistic ಥ_ಥ
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