Day: March 25, 2023

Chapter 64

       Guan Anlin returned just before the end of the New Year.

       After some discussion with Chen Yuncheng, in order to save on the cost of renting the house, he simply installed a bunk bed in the room inside the store. Although the room was not big, neither of them cared about it. It was like returning to the living environment of the previous dormitory.

       Before the official opening, Chen Yuncheng followed Sun Shiliang to get the goods and gradually filled the shelves with boxes of cigarettes, alcohol and drinks. He also hired a young girl in her twenties named Wu Xiaozhu to watch the shop and keep accounts.

       Sun Shiliang wanted to hand over this store to Chen Yuncheng. He was in the wholesale tobacco and alcohol business, many of which were directly bought from local dealers. He took Chen Yuncheng around and ate a lot of food to introduce people to Chen Yuncheng. In the beginning, he was doing a sales pitch to a few customers to come here, saying that they are all his stores and that he would give the same discount for goods from both sides1it was like they were just going from one place to another place to get acquainted with the people around the market and get them to know and maybe buy products from Sun Shiliang’s place.

       When the shop started to stock up, Chen Yuncheng moved out of the daily rental house and lived with Guan Anlin in the inner room of the shop.

       Chen Yuncheng slept on the lower bunk, while Guan Anlin slept on the upper bed.

       The environment here was not as damp as Chen Yuncheng’s previous kiosk, and there were two people living in the room, so it was not so cold. The bedding on the bed was newly bought, and it was fluffy and soft when they lay on it, which was more comfortable to sleep on than the bed in the daily rental house.

       The best thing was that the store was equipped with air conditioning2this is including the units that have heating mode; a big floor-standing air conditioner outside, ready to be put up with a plastic curtain at the shop door in summer, which will keep the inside cool; while on the inside was a small unit hanging, which had not been turned on yet. Chen Yuncheng felt that winter was almost over, and the room was not so cold, so there was no need to turn it on.

       Guan Anlin didn’t pay attention to anything, he lay on the upper bunk and watched videos on his mobile phone.

       The two of them had been sorting out the goods all day, moving and lifting containers up and down, and now they didn’t want to do anything except lie down and rest.

       Chen Yuncheng put his hands behind his head and stared at the depressingly spacious bedpan above him, and thought about how Ning Junyan hadn’t contacted him for a week.

       The wound on his wrist had faded, and it might completely disappear in two days, so those violent and extreme actions of Ning Junyan were gradually forgotten by Chen Yuncheng as the injury disappeared, and he remembered again how good Ning Junyan had been to him.

       He actually wanted to call Ning Junyan again, but he was hesitant because he was afraid that Ning Junyan would not answer. He didn’t know what Ning Junyan was thinking, if Ning Junyan didn’t want to see him, he was afraid that his phone call would become harassment to the other party.

       While he was entertaining all sorts of foolish ideas, Guan Anlin poked his head out from the upper bunk to look at him. Chen Yuncheng was frowning, but before he could loosen his frown, Guan Anlin saw his expression, and asked him, “What’s wrong?”

       Chen Yuncheng replied, “It will be officially opened tomorrow.”

       Guan Anlin let out an “En” and said, “Isn’t it pretty good?”

       “Yeah, it’s pretty good,” Chen Yuncheng’s tone sounded like he was lamenting.

       Guan Anlin pulled his head back and after a while said, “My sister will be taking the university entrance exam in June this year.”

       Chen Yuncheng knew that his sister had good grades and was top-notch in the local middle school, so he asked, “What university does she want to go to?”

       Guan Anlin said, “She wants to come here for the exams, and I want her to go here too.”

       Chen Yuncheng chatted with him absentmindedly, “It’s good to come over, you siblings can take care of each other.”

       Guan Anlin was silent for a while, and said to Chen Yuncheng, “You can meet her when the time comes.”

       Chen Yuncheng sighed and rolled over to lie on his side, “Even if we are not talking about age, do you think your sister, a college student, would look at a man like me who is almost thirty, has no car or house, and is still working for someone else to look after the shop?” When he said this, Chen Yuncheng was a bit baffled. He thought about Ning Junyan was not only a university student, but also seemed to be some kind of doctoral degree who had also studied abroad, but because his head was not right, he fell in love with him.

       Guan Anlin said, “I’m burning up at the thought of her dating another man in the future.”

       Chen Yuncheng said, “Your way of thinking is not normal.” After he said that, he was not in the mood to chat with Guan Anlin anymore. He closed his eyes and said, “I’m going to sleep.”

       The next morning, the tobacco shop was officially open for business. The flower baskets Chen Yuncheng had ordered were delivered early in the morning and placed on both sides of the shop’s front door, although no firecrackers could be set off, the atmosphere still looked lively.

       Customers who had previously booked cigarettes, alcohol and beverages through Boss Sun, were to start their official deliveries today.

       An old van was parked in front of the shop, which Sun Siliang had given them specifically for deliveries. In the morning, Chen Yuncheng and Guan Anlin took stock of the goods and moved them to the car one by one, ready to deliver the goods to the customer.

       For the rest of the time, Chen Yuncheng and the newly recruited Wu Xiaozhu continued to take inventory of the goods in the store and kept making adjustments to the goods on the shelves.

       This evening, Sun Shiliang asked Chen Yuncheng and the others to have dinner together, saying that it was to celebrate the opening of the new store and asked Chen Yuncheng to call Guan Anlin and Wu Xiaozhu together.

       Before hanging up the phone, Sun Shiliang said to Chen Yuncheng, “Xiao Chen, can you call Dr. Ning as well?”

       Chen Yuncheng froze for a moment and said, “I don’t know if he’s free today.”

       Sun Shiliang said, “That’s okay, ask him for me. If he can’t today, I will invite him to dinner another day. There’s an elderly person at home who needs an operation and I want to consult Dr. Ning.”

       Sun Shiliang had helped Chen Yuncheng too much over this period of time, and Chen Yuncheng had no way to refuse him, nor was he willing to give him a perfunctory answer, so he had to say, “I’ll ask him.”

       When he hung up the phone, Guan Anlin had already opened the van and got into the driver’s seat, he honked the horn and said to Chen Yuncheng, “Get in the car.”

       Chen Yuncheng nodded, turned around and gave Wu Xiaozhu a few words, pulled open the passenger door of the van and got in, and went to deliver the goods with Guan Anlin.

       Neither of them was familiar with the delivery address, so Chen Yuncheng took the delivery slip in his hand, entered the address into his mobile phone and opened the navigation.

       As Guan Anlin drove on, he occasionally turned his head and saw that Chen Yuncheng’s expression did not look too good and asked, “What’s wrong?”

       Chen Yuncheng said, “It’s nothing.”

       Guan Anlin found some topics to talk about with him, “Boss Sun has introduced his distributors and clients to you, so when we have saved up enough capital, we will poach his clients and start our own business.”

       Chen Yuncheng glanced at him.

       Guan Anlin said, “It’s better than working for someone else.”

       Chen Yuncheng had been busy all morning, and he still didn’t feel relaxed even now. He leaned on the back of the chair and said, “Sun ge has helped me so much, so I will continue to help him as long as he needs it.”

       Guan Anlin hummed lightly and did not say anything.

       Chen Yuncheng remembered that he had a chat with Sun Shiliang once after drinking, saying that Sun Shiliang trusted him so much that he dared not let him down.

       At that time, Sun Shiliang was quite indifferent and told Chen Yuncheng to broaden his horizons, not put too much emphasis on profits, and not to care too much about gains and losses. He also drank a lot of wine, patted Chen Yuncheng on the shoulder, and said, “I’m a person who makes friends without expecting something in return. After a while, when you need help, you will find that all your friends are there, and they are willing to take the initiative to repay you. “

       Chen Yuncheng could feel a little bit of free-spirited energy in Sun Shiliang that did not belong to this era, and said, “Not all people are like that nowadays.”

       Sun Shiliang put his arms around his shoulders at the time, “Aren’t you just like that? You said why I gave you a hand, I thought you were like me and worthy of a sincere friend. Whether you can make money or how much money you can make is not important now. If this business is not doing well, we will replace it with another one, as long as there are friends, there will be a way to go.”

       Chen Yuncheng felt that he yearned for the free-spirited way of Sun Shiliang.

       They delivered the goods to the customer, and after unloading the goods from the car, the other party only had the middle-aged lady in the store, and Chen Yuncheng took the trouble to help her move the goods in and put them on the shelves.

       The lady thanked them repeatedly and gave them two bottles of mineral water after signing the form on their way out.

       Chen Yuncheng took off his coat when he was carrying goods. He sat in the car and unscrewed the water bottle to drink a mouthful of water.

       Guan Anlin said, “We’re done with the job after we unload the goods. We need to charge extra money if we have to help move the goods next time.”

       Chen Yuncheng raised his hand to wipe the water stains around his mouth, “It’s just a favour, don’t worry about it so much.”

       Guan Anlin said a few words in a low voice, started the car and left.

       After a while, Chen Yuncheng felt that the sweat on his body had subsided, and he also cooled down. He reached for his coat and put it on, and said, “After delivering the goods, take me to the hospital, and go back first. Then, take Xiaozhu to have dinner with Sun ge at night.”

       “What are you going to the hospital for?”

       Chen Yuncheng looked ahead and sat quietly for a while before saying, “Sun ge told me to invite a friend over there, so I’m going to the hospital to invite the friend.”

       “Which friend?” Guan Anlin couldn’t contain his curiosity and asked for more information.

       Chen Yuncheng said, “You’ve seen him before, it’s the friend that lent me his house to stay for a while before.”

       “Oh,” Guan Anlin understood, and his tone was not very friendly, “The one that drives the Land Rover.”

       Despite his reluctance, Guan Anlin still dropped off Chen Yuncheng at the hospital entrance and drove off by himself.

       Chen Yuncheng stood at the door and looked at the gate of the hospital where people were coming and going. He took out his mobile phone and hesitated for a while, but he still didn’t call Ning Junyan and walked directly into the hospital.

       According to the frequency of Ning Junyan’s night shift, he should be on the day shift today.

       Chen Yuncheng went to the floor of Ning Junyan’s department in the inpatient building. It was just after the new year, and the hospital was already full of patients, and there was almost no room for extra beds in the corridor.

       All the nurses were busy, and no one noticed him. He looked like an ordinary family member of a patient, and walked along the corridor to the door of Ning Junyan’s office, raised his hand and knocked on the door, but there was no response inside.

       He stepped back, went to the resident doctor’s office, and asked a doctor who was walking outside, “May I ask if Chief Ning is in today?”

       The doctor said, “Yes, I guess, he’s here for all the morning rounds.”

       Chen Yuncheng asked again, “So is he in surgery now?”

       The doctor turned around and asked someone, and told Chen Yuncheng, “He should still be in surgery.”

       Chen Yuncheng thanked him, walked to the bench in the corridor closest to Ning Junyan’s office and sat down, waiting for Ning Junyan.

       A nurse stopped in front of him and looked at him curiously.

       Chen Yuncheng nodded at her.

       The nurse smiled and said, “I’ve seen you before, you’re Chief Ning’s friend, right? Are you looking for him?”

       Chen Yuncheng stood up and said, “Yes, when will he probably be back?”

       The nurse said, “The operation is ongoing. But it seems to be taking quite a long time, so I guess it’s almost time to be done. Just wait a little longer.” The nurse left after speaking.

       Chen Yuncheng then sat down again, leaned back and waited. He took out his mobile phone and glanced at it, and thought that if he couldn’t wait for Ning Junyan until six o’clock, he would only go to Sun Shiliang first, and try to contact Ning Junyan later.

       In the end, he waited for about half an hour and saw Ning Junyan’s figure appearing in the corridor.

       Ning Junyan was wearing a white coat, his hair was slightly damp, and his tall and straight figure was slowly approaching from a distance. When Chen Yuncheng saw him, he obviously saw Chen Yuncheng too, but no expression could be seen on his face.

       Chen Yuncheng stood up and was just about to speak when a young doctor with a medical record book stopped Ning Junyan’s path and opened the book in his hand to say something to him.

       Ning Junyan withdrew his gaze from Chen Yuncheng, looked at the medical record in front of him, flipped through the pages with his hands, turned around and followed the young doctor out.

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Chapter 63

       Time seemed to freeze briefly between the two of them. Chen Yuncheng kept looking at Ning Junyan. He felt that a long time had passed, but in fact, it was only a minute or two.

       Nevertheless, Ning Junyan let go of Chen Yuncheng’s hand. He remained silent, threw Chen Yuncheng’s wrinkled jeans on the edge of the bathtub, and untied the belt that tied Chen Yuncheng’s wrist.

       Because it was too tight, it took Ning Junyan himself some time to loosen the belt completely.

       Chen Yuncheng lowered his head and saw two deep marks on his wrists, which were already red and purple in colour.

       Ning Junyan stretched out his hand to pick up Chen Yun Cheng, who was still kneeling in the bathtub. Chen Yuncheng’s body was visibly tense, and he pushed Ning Junyan with his hand, who said, “I won’t touch you.”

       Chen Yuncheng was carried to sit on the bed and then watched Ning Junyan go into the bathroom and take out his pants.

       Ning Junyan squatted down beside the bed and helped Chen Yuncheng put on his pants.

       Chen Yuncheng could have done it himself, but he didn’t stop Ning Junyan. He knew that Ning Junyan was feeling bad, and he himself was feeling equally bad.

       The tools that Ning Junyan had brought back were still scattered on the bed, and Chen Yuncheng felt upset after seeing them.

       After he helped Chen Yuncheng put on his trousers, Ning Junyan went to get Chen Yuncheng’s coat. The corners of his eyes were still slightly red, but his expression was cold, and after putting on the coat to Chen Yuncheng, he said, “Let’s go, wherever you want to go, I will drive you.”

       Chen Yuncheng nodded.

       Ning Junyan drove Chen Yuncheng away. Chen Yuncheng planned to go to the commercial market to find a daily rental house first, so he asked Ning Junyan to take him directly to the market, but Ning Junyan said nothing and drove Chen Yuncheng there in silence.

       It was only the seventh day of the Chinese New Year, and although many people had already started working, for many others, the year was not yet over.

       There were not many cars on the streets, and the area of the trade market was also deserted.

       Chen Yuncheng sat in the passenger seat, rubbed his strangled wrist subconsciously, and stared out of the car window, mentally exhausted.

       Ning Junyan parked his car in the parking lot outside the trade market, which was empty, with hardly any cars.

       Chen Yuncheng looked at him and said, “Thank you.”

       Ning Junyan opened the car door, got out of the car and helped Chen Yuncheng take out the suitcase.

       Chen Yuncheng took the suitcase and put it at his feet. When he saw that Ning Junyan turned to get into the car, he reached out and grabbed Ning Junyan’s sleeve.

       Ning Junyan stopped and looked down at his hands.

       Chen Yuncheng said, “There is one thing I haven’t had time to say before. That Yu Jie. Tell your mother to be careful about him.”

       “Which Yu Jie?” Ning Junyan’s voice was a little hoarse.

       Chen Yuncheng said, “The one who was eating at your house that day. Although I don’t know what he is doing now, he had cheated on my friend before and was doing illegal business at that time. I’m afraid that something will happen if your mother does business with him.”

       Ning Junyan nodded, he didn’t say anything and opened the driver’s door to get in the car.

       Chen Yuncheng had been standing on the side of the road looking at him, with two suitcases leaning against his legs.

       After Ning Junyan got into the car, he didn’t look this way again. He reversed the car sharply, then turned the car around, and drove the car out of the parking lot.

       The speed was too fast, Chen Yuncheng subconsciously stepped forward to tell him to drive carefully, but he couldn’t say it out.

       Chen Yuncheng knew that there was no way to get out of Ning Junyan’s place easily today, but he hadn’t expected it to come to such a state.

       When Ning Junyan was being harsh, he was very angry. He couldn’t accept Ning Junyan treating him like this. At that time, every word said at that time was from his heart, but once Ning Junyan compromised, he immediately softened his heart, like he had done something wrong to Ning Junyan. The bruises on his wrist were still clearly visible and he was already starting to feel guilty.

       Chen Yuncheng pushed his two suitcases and walked slowly outside the parking lot.

       The trade market was on the outskirts of the northern city. It was a newly developed site with very few high-rise buildings around it. There were still old buildings and narrow streets on the outskirts of the city. It was easy to rent a room in such a place, and it was all very cheap.

       Chen Yuncheng rented a daily rental room, which the landlord had partitioned from a large room, with no windows and only a pale white fluorescent light overhead.

       He had little appetite for lunch, and Chen Yuncheng didn’t leave the room until evening to find something to eat.

       The New Year was not yet over, and many shops were open during the day but closed early in the afternoon, so it was not easy to find a small restaurant that was open.

       As Chen Yuncheng walked outside, he didn’t know if it was in his mind, but he felt that the temperature here was even lower than in the city centre, and when the cold wind blew over, he unconsciously wrapped his thin down jacket tightly.

       Later, he found a small restaurant, which was opened by an outlander. When he sat down to eat, Chen Yuncheng chatted with the owner. The owner said that he hadn’t been back for the New Year, and the restaurant was open for the whole New Year.

       He asked for a gaifan1Gaifan or gaijiaofan is a type of dish in Chinese cuisine typically offered in low-cost establishments. It consists of a fish, meat, or vegetable topping served over rice..

       At this time, he was the only customer in the store, and the owner put the plate of gaifan on his table, and sat not far away, staring at the empty street outside in a daze.

       Chen Yuncheng mixed the rice with a spoon.

       The boss turned his head and saw the mark on his wrist. He let out an “ouch”, and asked, “What happened to your hand?”

       By this time, the strangle marks were completely bruised and looked a little gruesome.

       Chen Yuncheng smiled and said, “It’s nothing, I accidentally hurt it.”

       The owner asked him, “You’re working before the end of the year?”

       Chen Yuncheng said, “Yes, I have to eat.”

       The owner nodded and seemed to empathise with him. He lifted one leg and bent it over the other, saying, “Money is not easy to earn.”

       After eating, Chen Yuncheng went back to the daily rental place alone.

       At this time, the sky was completely dark, and most of the houses on the side of the road were closed and their lights were turned off. Only the cold white street lamps illuminated the road in front of them.

       When Chen Yuncheng walked halfway, his phone rang. He stopped, took out his phone and took a look, and saw that it was Guan Anlin calling.

       After he answered the phone, the two chatted for a while, Guan Anlin heard that he had moved out, and asked him if he was going to start work.

       Chen Yuncheng said, “Boss Sun said that some workers would be back tomorrow, so he asked me to keep an eye at it. After the Chinese New Year, the store can almost open for business.”

       Guan Anlin heard the words and said, “Then I’ll come back early.”

       After they chatted a few more words, the two hung up the phone.

       Chen Yuncheng was still standing on the side of the road, with a lonely back. He swiped his fingers in the phone address book for a long time, finally found Ning Junyan’s number, and called Ning Junyan.

       He had said before that even if he moved out temporarily, his relationship with Ning Junyan would still not change. He didn’t know whether Ning Junyan believed him or not, but he hoped to put Ning Junyan’s mind at ease.

       But Ning Junyan didn’t answer the call.

       Chen Yuncheng raised his head and looked at the street back and forth in a daze. He waited for a long time until the phone hung up automatically, then he put the phone back into his trouser pocket, put his hands into his jacket pockets and continued walking towards the front.

       He had grown up with more experiences than others, and he often told himself to be content, or he would be unhappy. So he asked for less than other children, and he felt satisfied when his foster parents gave him a bite to eat.

       It was not that he was cheaper than others, it was just that he would not be satisfied if he expected too much. So it was better to ask for less and live happily instead.

       He used to tell others that he wanted to find an ordinary girl to be with, but he had never found one, and he had always resisted the relationships, fearing that the more he invested, the more he would be hurt in the end. He sometimes felt that his way of thinking was unhealthy. This might be related to the fact that he had no parents and no complete family. On the surface, he was all about giving and did not need others to reciprocate, but in reality, he was afraid of not getting anything in return, so it was better not to ask for extravagant things.

       Ning Junyan’s way of thinking was also unhealthy in Chen Yuncheng’s view. Chen Yuncheng thought of his parents and the four years they lived and grew up together. Perhaps Ning’s dysfunction was also due to his lack of a sound family.

       So they were both very insecure and while Chen Yuncheng’s lack of security led him to resist, Ning Junyan was overly solicitous. Their mental health brought them to where they are today. Chen Yuncheng just wanted to take a step back to calm himself down, but he didn’t know if Ning Junyan had decided to give up.

       Chen Yuncheng was very sad.

       At the same time, Ning Junyan had a headache. He sat on the bed alone, wrapped the metal chain around his wrist twice, and watched the end of the chain hang down, dangling in front of him.

       He also ordered a pair of handcuffs and a collar, both of which were made of metal and covered with a layer of soft leather. Although he let Chen Yuncheng go, he did not intend to return them.

       The headache started in the afternoon. He was standing by the bed trying to pack up the things in the toolbox, but he started to have a headache after half of the packing. He didn’t continue and just lay down on the bed and fell asleep.

       It was already dark when he woke up, and Ning Junyan did not want to eat. He sat on the bed and fiddled with the chain he bought. He originally planned for one end to be fixed into the wall, and the other end was movable and could be replaced with handcuffs or a collar that could be worn on Chen Yuncheng’s body, so that Chen Yuncheng could move around from the room to the bathroom, and the lock cannot be unlocked without his key.

       He knew it was against the law. He had studied for many years, and his legal knowledge was more abundant than many people, but when he was doing this, his mind was empty, and his only thought was not to let Chen Yuncheng leave.

       He was not afraid of breaking the law, but he was afraid that Chen Yuncheng would not forgive him, so he still failed to do so.

       When the mobile phone on the bedside table rang, Ning Junyan turned his head to take a look. He saw Chen Yuncheng’s name, but he didn’t answer it.

       At this moment, he had a headache again. He threw the metal chain aside, went to the medicine box outside to find a painkiller, and then went back to the room and slept directly on the side where Chen Yuncheng slept. The pillow seemed to still smell of Chen Yuncheng, Ning Junyan lay on his side, pulling the quilt over his head. Before he fell asleep, he thought about how he had to work tomorrow and how he had scheduled an operation in the morning, and how his custom-made collar was coming soon, so he really wanted to put it on Chen Yuncheng himself…

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