“Okay, it’s a good day, so I won’t greet him with a weapon.”
Editor(s): Amalea, FistFullOfDollars, Juurensha
It was the craziest sex Yu Hao ever had, and they had even forgot to close the door. Zhou Sheng hadn’t bathed in three days, yet a familiar odour wafted from his body that made Yu Hao want to cry. They were like two wild beasts in the wilderness that had finally found each other, and they were so rare that they were the only two left in the world. If they didn’t hurry and entangle themselves together now, then this world would be destroyed tomorrow, or their species would go completely extinct.
Yu Hao, “Ouch ouch ouch —— slow down!”
Zhou Sheng, “Fuck, you’ve even learnt how to bite people now?!”
Another prolonged silence and heavy breathing could be heard. Zhou Sheng was like a wolf that buried his head next to Yu Hao’s ears, “You’re so tight. Don’t you know how to find something else to replace me when you think of Hubby once in a while?”
Yu Hao said, “Too big, why is it so big……let me get used to it, slow down ahhhh —— wait……the door isn’t closed……” Yu Hao finally realised. Zhou Sheng casually grabbed a lamp and threw it out, which smashed into the door and closed it with a “bang”. Then he continued acting like a crazy beast as he pushed Yu Hao against the bed, locking his wrists and kissing him unbridledly.
Twenty minutes later, Yu Hao stared at Zhou Sheng in a daze. Zhou Sheng finally recovered from his Berserker mode and kissed Yu Hao.
“Go take a bath.” Zhou Sheng patted his face and pulled Yu Hao up, then carried him to the bathroom to help him take a bath. After they were done, he called someone to come to the house to take the dirty clothes away for cleaning; he packed all the clothes up, including his suit, and threw them all to the laundry boss.
“This room is like a dog’s kennel.” Zhou Sheng hugged Yu Hao, his naked body lying on a bed without sheets as they were covered in a blanket without a cover.
Yu Hao said, “I get as tired as a dog every day, it’s already pretty good for me to even have a kennel. I wanted to tidy up the place before you came……I’ll do that the next time you come ba, I’ll definitely try my best to live a little better.”
Zhou Sheng lowered his head and looked at Yu Hao, “Are you hungry?”
“Eating will waste too much time.” Yu Hao caressed Zhou Sheng’s face, “You’ll disappear again tomorrow morning. I don’t want to go anywhere, I just want to cuddle with you.”
Zhou Sheng straddled and pressed down on Yu Hao, studying him seriously. He turned his head to the left and right to scrutinise him, with reluctance and indignation in his eyes. There were even bite marks on his shoulder left by Yu Hao, “Laozi worked so hard to raise you so well, yet you lost at least ten kilograms after one trip to Beijing. Fuck, my heart’s aching to death right now.”
As he spoke, he pushed Yu Hao down and began doing it again. This time, Yu Hao quickly got used to it. The two of them stuck close to each other like this; they had just taken a bath, but they soon broke out all over in sweat again.
It lasted for a whole hour, and the sun was about to set. Light from the setting sun streamed in through the gaps between the sundries piled up on the balcony and shone on Yu Hao’s cheek, like how the reflective glow of the stained glass in an old church shines on the sculpture of a pure white angel;
It shone on the muscular contours of Zhou Sheng’s shoulder and back, like the time after the Great Sage smashed the Heavenly Palace into pieces with one rod and the shattered pieces shimmered with a red glow, turning into a golden river that was falling throughout the sky.
When they parted again, Yu Hao hugged Zhou Sheng and said a few words, but Zhou Sheng had fallen asleep. This was the most peaceful sleep they’ve had in three months.
“What’s that noise?” Zhou Sheng asked.
Yu Hao opened his eyes groggily. There were still seven hours before the sun came up. He looked at his phone, it was filled with birthday wishes and phone calls.
“My neighbour’s playing games. Oh my God, why is time passing by so fast?” Yu Hao said wearily, but he didn’t want to make love with Zhou Sheng anymore. He was afraid that Zhou Sheng would get too tired and go back in a bad state. If he had to work around the clock overtime for another week, his body wouldn’t be able to stand it, no matter how fit it was.
“Is he that noisy everyday?” Zhou Sheng asked.
“Yeah.” Yu Hao said, “He’ll be that noisy until 6.30 before jerking off. Do you want earplugs?”
Zhou Sheng sat up, groped around for the light switch before remembering that he had flung the lamp away, so he had to drag it back along with the wire. He plugged it in and turned on the light. Zhou Sheng put on his trousers before looking around. Yu Hao knew he wanted to look for a handy tool to beat people up with, “Forget it, forget it. It’s such a good day.”
“Okay, it’s a good day, so I won’t greet him with a weapon.”
Yu Hao, “……”
Zhou Sheng opened the door and went out, knocked on the other door, “Ai, brother, could you keep your voice down? We’re sleeping.”
The other side immediately said, “Ok, ok, ok! I’m sorry!”
Yu Hao heard the other side say through the wall, “Another idiot came.” Then Zhou Sheng went back. He sat on the edge of the bed patiently, loosened his fingers and cracked his neck to warm up a little. Three minutes later, the neighbour started yelling again. Zhou Sheng went to knock for the second time, “Brother, please keep your voice down!”
“Okay lei——!” The other side said in a lilting voice.
Zhou Sheng sat back on the bed and asked Yu Hao, “Are you hungry?”
Yu Hao was a little hungry, but he didn’t want to suffer on a winter night, “It’s almost dawn, I’ll eat when I send you off ba.”
The neighbour started shouting again, then Zhou Sheng went over like a gust of wind and stood at his door. Yu Hao quickly took his camera, peeked out and started shooting photos in succession.
Zhou Sheng was barefoot as he jumped on the spot, spun in the air and kicked the neighbouring door with one foot. The entire door suddenly flew in with a loud bang, and the room fell deadly quiet. The otaku turned around, saw Zhou Sheng, and was dumbstruck for a moment.
Zhou Sheng entered the room calm and unruffled, grabbed the door and carried it back to the entrance, then hinged it back for him. “Keep it down a little, good night.”
Yu Hao, “……”
At 2am, the police came and recorded the testimonies of Yu Hao, Zhou Sheng, and the otaku.
Yu Hao took his recording pen out and said with a vexed expression, “Every night. I have recordings and videos too. See for yourselves ba.”
“Lower your volume a bit.” The police have apparently seen many such cases, and said to Zhou Sheng, “Couldn’t you have talked it out with him properly? Alright, regarding the repairs for the door, you guys can negotiate it between yourselves.”
After the police left, Zhou Sheng said to the otaku, “Call your aunt over, I’ll talk to her about the door tomorrow. This isn’t over, don’t joke around.”
That otaku used a chair to block the door and shivered all over throughout the night. Zhou Sheng and Yu Hao lay side by side in bed, staring at the ceiling in a daze.
“What are you thinking?” Zhou Sheng asked.
Yu Hao was thinking that he didn’t want to be apart from Zhou Sheng anymore at this moment. This was the first time in his life for him to be this afraid of the sunrise.
I admit defeat, I’ll go back with you ba, I won’t torture myself anymore.
But in the darkness, what Yu Hao said was, “It’s time to start on my graduation thesis, they’ve informed me to start preparing for my opening report.”
“Un?” Zhou Sheng looked at Yu Hao patiently, “When will you go home to write your thesis? Will you still come back here to work?”
Yu Hao stared at Zhou Sheng blankly. He knew that Zhou Sheng wanted him to return too.
“Is it very tiring for you at work?” Yu Hao said.
“It’s not. See, I even have the time to exercise.” Zhou Sheng said, “Go and run sometimes to destress, then you’ll feel better.”
Yu Hao said, “You must be really tired, right? I know. If I were by your side, you would be a lot better, and many things wouldn’t be as important anymore. At the very least, there would be someone waiting for you at home.”
Zhou Sheng didn’t speak. He fiddled around in the dark with the Golden Crow Wheel, which he tossed about in between his slender fingers. It reflected a faint light that peeked out from somewhere, like a sun hidden in a thick mass of dark clouds.
“I’ll persevere for a few more days ba.” Yu Hao said in the end, “When you’re not by my side, I can still force myself to barely hold on. But as soon as you come, all the strength was sapped from my body.”
Zhou Sheng mocked, “You probably fell apart from getting fucked ba.”
Yu Hao, “……”
Yu Hao reached out to pull his ear. Zhou Sheng pushed him down, prepared for another round. Yu Hao relaxed a little and was ready to welcome his last, turbulent storm, yet Zhou Sheng let go of him gently and kissed his lips.
“Sleep ba.” Zhou Sheng said, “You still have to go to work tomorrow.” As he spoke, he pressed a hand against Yu Hao’s forehead and whispered, “Good night.”
Yu Hao fell asleep again. He had been rather sleepy for the past few days, and his sleep was always intermittent. He didn’t dream, and when he woke up in the morning, there was no Zhou Sheng by his side either. Breakfast was left on the table, with a note below it: The clothes will be delivered the day after tomorrow. Go to work first ba, work hard.
Yu Hao hugged the blanket, Zhou Sheng’s warmth still lingered beside him.
“What’s wrong?” Lin Ze gave Yu Hao three days off, yet he now saw a depressed Yu Hao back in the office.
Yu Hao sat quietly. He looked at Lin Ze and his lips moved, “Ah Ze, I’m going back to school next month to prepare for my graduation thesis.”
Lin Ze answered, “Un, when will you come back?”
Yu Hao didn’t say anything. He wanted to say “I’ll think about it,” but Lin Ze said, “We’re all comrades who’ve gone through life and death situations together, I understand. Focus on your thesis.”
Situ Ye was still editing photos, and a mischievous hint of a smile flashed through his eyes, “Miss home?”
Yu Hao felt a little guilty. Lin Ze suddenly asked, “Does lil Director Zhou’s parents know about your relationship?”
Yu Hao thought, what if he just doesn’t come back after returning, yet he couldn’t bear to part with them either, and couldn’t bear to give up on this job that had just started taking a turn for the better. But in order to be with Zhou Sheng, one of them would have to make a choice. It’s just that, he couldn’t help himself from feeling regret and sorrow.
He planned to help out at Fu Liqun’s gym for a few months first, and help him build up his business as much as he could, then look for another job at the appropriate time. Or he could see if Zhou Sheng could come to Beijing and open a shop here.
Situ Ye said, “That’s really great, they’ve accepted you? Didn’t they buy you a house or car or something?”
Yu Hao said, “His father offered me a cup of tea, gave me a plate and an ashtray.”
Lin Ze nodded understandingly, “Those are pretty good presents. In those days, my mum gave me a plate of boiled beef.”
Situ Ye said, “And a plate of fried rice with eggs, then offered me a cup of Qingdao Chunsheng.”
Lin Ze uttered a “un”. Yu Hao sat for a while, feeling a sense of loss, “Am I fit to be a reporter?”
Lin Ze smiled and shook his head, not saying anything. Situ Ye just calmly edited the photos.
“You are.” Lin Ze said, “You’ll be one of China’s best and finest investigative reporters in the future.”
Yu Hao seemed to see a glimmer of hope, “Then I……after finishing my graduation thesis……”
Lin Ze said, “Don’t need to be anxious. You can come back at anytime, we’ll be hiring for a long time. Maybe you’ll even change your mind tomorrow morning?”
Situ Ye suddenly burst out laughing. A bunch of question marks appeared over Yu Hao’s head. Situ Ye said with a stern countenance, “Ah Ze, there are only a little more than 100 investigative reporters in China, okay?”
Yu Hao looked at Situ Ye edit photos, and for some reason, his heart was calm. He didn’t tell Zhou Sheng his decision.
“Lady boss,” Yu Hao said, “I didn’t know what true genius meant until I saw your pictures.”
Situ Ye said modestly, “You’re flattering me too much.”
Yu Hao pondered in a daze for a while, “I can learn your skills through hard work, but even if I take photos for a lifetime, I don’t think I’ll be able to even come close to you.”
“Aiyo you’re really praising old me until I’m blushing so hard right now. Come, lady boss will make a photo album for you.” Situ Ye answered, “As your birthday gift.”
Situ Ye looked for all the photos he had taken of Yu Hao ever since he started working here.
One photo was of Yu Hao revising manuscripts; one was of his earnest, anxious expression as he discussed manuscripts with Jin Weicheng; one was taken of him taking photos of other people with his Hasselblad camera……countless moments where time was frozen had been captured perfectly by Situ Ye. It was so accurate that even if it was just a fraction of a second late or early, it wouldn’t have been able to describe the emotions in the photos.
Even that day when he stood in the office with Lin Ze as they got scolded by the vice editor-in-chief, Situ Ye had recorded the moment when Yu Hao had looked down gloomily through the open window.
When Yu Hao looked at the photos taken by Situ Ye, he really experienced the difference in talent. It was a kind of understanding Situ Ye had of the world, as if he was naturally one with this world, without the slightest trace of estrangement. To him, holding up his camera to record every moment was as natural as watering verdant plants.
Lin Ze frowned as he looked at WeChat on his phone and thought about how to respond to a leader’s voice messages.
Yu Hao remembered that today was his birthday, but Zhou Sheng had already left, and there was no news from him all day. Yu Hao couldn’t help but ask if he had arrived home. Zhou Sheng only replied him at 4pm.
【I’ve been busy until now ever since I got off the plane. I won’t be able to spend your birthday with you this year, but I’ve prepared a gift for you. I’ve prepared it for a long time, go to this place.】
Zhou Sheng sent him a location through WeChat. Yu Hao looked at his phone and thought, what did Zhou Sheng buy for him? It couldn’t be a house ba, that’s impossible……now that he thought about it, no present could match up to having Zhou Sheng by his side right now.
Zhou Sheng:【Someone will be waiting there to celebrate your birthday with you. After you arrive, he’ll turn on a video to connect to my side. Go at 6.30, don’t go any earlier, there’s nobody inside.】
Yu Hao sorted out a small portion of Jin Weicheng’s articles, but his mind wasn’t on this task at all. “I’ll take this back to finish.”
“Go ba.” Lin Ze smiled, “Happy birthday.”
Situ Ye whistled, “Happy birthday.”
At six o’clock, Yu Hao went to the address sent to him. He wanted to send Chen Yekai a message, but he thought that Zhou Sheng should’ve asked Chen Yekai to celebrate his birthday with him, so he should pretend to be very surprised ba. Huang Ting may be there too……
The address was a high-rise apartment. Yu Hao pressed the intercom in front of the security guard, and the other side didn’t say anything before opening it for him. Yu Hao went to the 12th floor, and pressed the doorbell of 12-6.
The sound of footsteps could be heard from the inside, the door was opened, then the person ran away.
Yu Hao pushed the door open and went in. This suite was very beautiful and comfortable, one bedroom and one living room. Resplendent lights could be seen outside the landing windows, there was an integrated kitchen, and the apartment was decorated with European furniture.
Zhou Sheng, “Happy birthday, my dear wife.”
Yu Hao was so excited he let out a loud shout, then turned around and hugged Zhou Sheng tight. He shouted, “Why haven’t you left?! I thought you had gone back!”
Zhou Sheng was wearing a shirt and suit pants, as well as non prescription glasses as his head bowed down slightly to look at Yu Hao, and a faintly perceptible smile hung on his lips. There was a hot pot and an induction cooker on the dining table. The entire apartment was only about 40 square meters, but the space was well utilised.
“I’ve really been too busy today.” Zhou Sheng said regretfully, “I didn’t have time to cook anything too complicated, so we can only eat hot pot.”
Yu Hao hugged him, “I really thought you asked Chen Laoshi and Ou Qihang to come celebrate my birthday with me!”
Zhou Sheng said, “Do you think there’s something fucking wrong with me?! Not having me around is one thing, but why would I ask my love rivals to come and celebrate my wife’s birthday? Do you have some kind of misunderstanding about my IQ?!”
Yu Hao laughed madly, “I’m hungry, I want to eat!”
This hotel apartment even had a yuanyang hotpot! Zhou Sheng bought the freshest ingredients. Yu Hao couldn’t stomach anything at noon, so he was starving right now. Zhou Sheng rolled his sleeves up and cooked some food for him to eat. Yu Hao said, “When will you be going back tomorrow? Where did you go today? How could shopping have taken so long?”
“My flight’s at 8am tomorrow.” Zhou Sheng said, “I really don’t want to leave you, I’ll just skip work ba, and stay with you for another night.”
Yu Hao nodded and looked around. This high-rise apartment really was very romantic, but he wondered how much it cost for a night. He said, “Today, I wanted to tell Ah Ze……un.”
Zhou Sheng, “?”
Yu Hao smiled, “Nothing.” He decided not to tell Zhou Sheng that he planned to return to Ying City. One day, he’ll cook dinner at home and give him a surprise instead.
Zhou Sheng uttered an “oh”, “The soup base was stewed for two hours, the fish paste isn’t too mushy, but the Thai peppers in the supermarket nearby isn’t that good. I’ll buy seafood for you another day, so make do with this for now ba.”
Yu Hao peeled the prawns skewered with bamboo sticks for Zhou Sheng. Zhou Sheng said, “You went to work today? Are the manuscripts alright?”
Yu Hao said, “I won’t go tomorrow. I have to send you to the airport and make sure you leave before I’ll feel at ease.”
“Do you want me to leave that much?” Zhou Sheng kind of wanted to throw his chopsticks now.
Yu Hao said sadly, “I don’t wanna, but one of us will eventually have to make a tough choice. Okay let’s stop talking about it, it’s really too beautiful here.”
After they were done eating hot pot, Zhou Sheng took out a cake from the refrigerator. There was an angel and a Sun Wukong on the cake that had been moulded to be very ugly. Zhou Sheng threw those dolls straight into the trash bin and inserted candles, “They’re so ugly, I can’t even look at them. Come, make a wish and blow the candles.” Then he turned off the lights and took out Yu Hao’s camera to take a picture of him.
Yu Hao blew the candles. Zhou Sheng lit a cigarette and looked at Yu Hao slovenly, “You’re another year older now, could you stop making me angry?”
Yu Hao smiled as he studied the hooligan-looking Zhou Sheng, “I think you’re still the same you.”
Zhou Sheng said sternly, “I’ve always been me. What wish did you make?”
Yu Hao, “I wished that……you would wash the dishes later.”
Zhou Sheng, “……”
Yu Hao studied him. Zhou Sheng said sternly, “If you say your wish out loud, it won’t come true.”
Yu Hao said, “Let’s clean up a little when we check out tomorrow ba, the cleaners should be coming to clean it up, I want……”
Zhou Sheng, “Let’s dance? Exercise a little, aren’t you afraid of puking now?’
Yu Hao thought that was true. He was really full now. If Zhou Sheng slams into him from the back, he might actually want to puke, so he got up. Zhou Sheng turned on his phone and played music, then turned sideways and kicked the sofa to the front of the landing window to clear up some space and slowly danced with Yu Hao.
“The hotel may ask you for compensation tomorrow.” Yu Hao and Zhou Sheng hugged as they swayed from side to side in the living room. Zhou Sheng would kick anything he bumped into, and cleared away all the decorations.
“No one will ask me for compensation.” Zhou Sheng said, “Hotel? Young Master Zhou rented this place.”
“What?!” Yu Hao was dumbstruck “You rented this place?”
Zhou Sheng pulled Yu Hao and made him turn around, then hugged him from behind. They took a few graceful steps across while dancing to the music.
“Why, do you have a problem with that?"
“How much does it cost a month?!” Yu Hao was in disbelief.
“8,900, deposit for one and rent for three months paid.” Zhou Sheng pulled Yu Hao, and pulled him back into his embrace such that they stuck close together and hummed with the music.
Yu Hao thought oh my God. He turned his head and looked around; the sofa was overturned on the floor, the floor lamp was leaning slanted against the induction cooker, there was a mess left behind after their hot pot meal and quite a bit of condiments had spilled onto the table cloth on the dining table.
“The rent is 9,000 a month, we’ll go cold and hungry! What do we eat next month?!” Yu Hao shouted in despair.
Zhou Sheng hooped one arm around Yu Hao’s waist and turned sideways in a tango style. He said with a solemn and affectionate expression,
“Eat my dick.”
Yu Hao, “………………”
Juurensha: Ahahaha, on the one hand, that was a very romantic birthday, but on the other, ZS you had to ruin the mood, huh?
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