助理建筑师 羲和清零 018

Assistant Architect by Xi He Qing Ling

Chapter 18: Meal Supplement

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The weather turned cold. Zhang Siyi got a head cold and was afraid of transmitting it to everyone. On Monday, he brought a large box of medicinal teas to the office and paid attention to keeping warm.

Thinking about the past weekend’s conversation with his friends, he couldn’t help but compare his work environment to that of his friends. Overall, he found the atmosphere of Borderless to be particularly harmonious. Everyone was very hard-working and helpful. There was no such thing as a person who loved to chew on the back of the tongue.

Although Gu Yu did not let his colleagues help Zhang Siyi on the drawing, Zhu Hongzhen gave him a reference book. Bi Lele also quietly taught him how to use the atlas in the company’s data room. In reality, he wasn’t actually isolated.

The day he had a hangover, Du Rui gave him a bottle of honey flower tea, saying that it can alleviate the symptoms after drunkenness. In addition, colleagues who have brought delicious food will also share with each other. Not only in their group A, but also next door in Group B. Last week they brought 2 watermelons at their own expense and gave one away. Everyone is exceptionally friendly.

Unlike his friends work environment, Zhang Siyi feels that Borderless is mostly like a warm family.

Zhu Hongzhen gnawed at his breakfast buns on the side while browsing through Archidaily’s newly released design and greeted Zhang Siyi. He was discussing the new works by a Danish firm.

Zhang Siyi, holding the hot tea, could not help but sigh: “The atmosphere of our company is very good.”

Zhu Hongzhen chuckled: “Yes, I agree.”

However, Zhang Siyi is also feeling the environment is too good. It’s a bit strange. Even when he is studying abroad, there are people like Qi Rui. There are one or two unstable factors in any environment. How can they be so harmonious here?

On the opposite side, Bi Lele seemingly knowing Zhang Siyi’s thoughts, added: “recently its very good, but it hasn’t always been so.”

Zhang Siyi: “Really?”

Bi Lele looked around the room in a conspiratorial manner and said, “When there isn’t harmony, our Boss is quick to remedy it.” She put her hand up to her neck and made a cutting motion.

Zhang Siyi: “…”

Zhu Hongzhen was shocked: “Is there such a thing?”

Bi Lele glanced at Zhu Hongzhen and replied, “Other than work, you don’t have a mind to pay attention to your surroundings.”

Zhu Hongzhen: “……”

Yuan Zhicheng, who kept mainly to himself, looked up at Bi Lele suspiciously: “What’s going on?”

Bi Lele: “Do you still remember from last year, Little Li who came to the company?”

Zhu Hongzhen: “I do. He was a very good designer. But he was only here three months. What’s wrong with him?”

Bi Lele nodded: “He was quite bullish and proud. He thought he was too good for small work. After a few projects, a few people privately complained. Then Boss talked to him directly and said he isn’t suitable to work at Borderless.”

Zhu Hongzhen shocked: “Crouching groove!” He was kicked out, wasn’t he? I thought he was so bullish that he couldn’t see our company and walked on its own.”

“I said that you are stupid and sweet,” Bi Lele snorted. “There aren’t a lot of firms in Haicheng that have as good of treatment as we do here. My classmates who graduated at the same time don’t have as high of salary as I do. Little Li came to Borderless based on our company’s excellent reputation, but his own arrogance got in the way. He wasn’t participating fully with the group. Our projects are mostly teamwork, so naturally he couldn’t fit in.”

Bi Lele said again: “There is another one called Xiao Qi. She left at the end of last year. Remember?”

Zhu Hongzhen: “Yes, a little beauty, and worked very hard… Don’t you tell me she was fired, too?”

Bi Lele: “Yes, she secretly had a crush on our boss.”

Zhu Hongzhen: “There’s something wrong with having secret love here? Isn’t there a lot of secret love for the Boss?”

Zhang Siyi: “…” Yes! Du Rui also secretly loves Gu Yu!!! (#°Д°)

Bi Lele rolled her eyes: “You don’t understand! You also know that our boss will usually work with employees. She deliberately stayed so late every day just to let Gu Yu accompany her. She was fired on the grounds that her work efficiency is too low.”

Zhang Siyi: “……”

Zhu Hongzhen: “the boss is too hard……”

Bi Lele gave a few more examples. Someone provoked a colleague behind his back. After being discovered by Gu Yu, he forced him to work straight for two months. Later, he was overwhelmed by his work assignments, so he resigned. There was another who was excused because they were careless and shirked their duties. Those who came and went in a hurry and disappeared inexplicably could all be said by Bi Lele.

Zhu Hongzhen: “You love gossip so much. Why didn’t the Boss do something to you?”

Bi Lele shrugged: “Because I have not violated the principle of the problem. It doesn’t affect both the work and relationships between colleagues.”

She can draw pictures while joking with them gossip, but also a capable person!

Yuan Zhicheng sighed weakly and summed up the routine of work: “Anyway, following a rule is always right – do more things, less bitching.” Then he buried his head and began to draw.

Zhu Hongzhen shrunk his neck and quickly began to work.

Zhang Siyi suddenly became fearful. Even seemingly good, well-educated and hardworking persons could be eliminated.

What should he do? He said bad things about Gu Yu in front of Du Rui and he quietly threatened Gu Yu’s cactus. Could he live well if Boss found out? Life is so hard!

Zhang Siyi finished his work on Friday and had not receives a new assignment yet. He was flipping through the atlas in the gallery, waiting to be summoned.

However, the call from the finance department came first. “It’s time to recover your meal expenses. Please send each group to the finance room.”

All around the room, there is a rustling sound. One after another, his colleagues are opening their desk drawers and pulling out a pile of receipts. With a jubilant expression they head to the finance room to collect their money.

Stunned and surprised, Zhang Siyi didn’t know the routine. “What receipt? I thought it was a salary card?”

Zhu Hongzhen: “No, it’s during company hours.”

Zhang Siyi puzzled: “But we aren’t ordering the company’s package.”

Zhu Hongzhen scratched his head and said: “It’s not the same thing. The receipts are used to avoid taxes. It has nothing to do with the actual food and beverage consumption. Anyway, you should contribute to the company.”

However, Zhang Siyi did not get a single receipt!

The phone shook a bit and received a spam message. Zhang Siyi looked –

“Free software development tickets/receipts please call xxxx…”

These harassing phone calls and small ads are ubiquitous. Ah!

Zhang Siyi put another number in his blacklist. Seeing everyone coming back with their credits, he felt envious and worried. It was then that the call of Gu Xiao came along.

Zhang Siyi went to Gu Yu office with uncertainty. He gave him a task of painting core functions again! He was a little anxious, and could not help but whisper a word: “How can I paint this again?”

But as soon as the words expressed, Zhang Siyi regretted it. The pile of examples that Bi Lele had just reported made him feel scared!

I didn’t expect Gu Yu to be calm: “Don’t want draw that? Then I’ll change it.”

Zhang Siyi is happy, so simple?

Gu Yu flipped through the information on the edge of his desk and took a piece of paper and handed it to him. He smiled and asked, “How about the parking lot?”

Zhang Siyi: “…” What is the difference?! He wants to make his own design plan.

Regardless of whether he objected or not, Gu Yu directly told him: “Arrange the parking spaces under the most economic conditions for this underground parking lot of a large shopping mall in City X. Also draw a section of the ramp to the entrance and exit of the parking lot at night.”

With mixed emotions, Zhang Siyi nodded. Although the parking lot isn’t what he wanted, it is better than drawing more toilets.

As he was about to get up and go out, Gu Yu said: “Go directly to the financial office. I have helped you hand in this month’s receipts.”

Wondering about the rare warmth of Gu Yu, Zhang Siyi’s emotions welled up: “Thank you.”

“Don’t thank me,” Gu Yu moved away from his sight to look at the work content on his screen. “I got receipts for last weeks dinner. 500 of them are yours. Next month, remember to prepare them.”

…… It’s so ruthless that it makes people clench their teeth!

Going to the finance room and receiving his first “subsidy” in life, Zhang Siyi’s feeling of depression was quickly relieved.

In the afternoon of the same day, he also got a message from the bank that his paycheck was deposited. Although it was only four thousand and five, Zhang Siyi felt a full sense of happiness.

Ah~~ It feels so good to have a job!

He happily drew the parking lot for the day, but before leaving work, Zhang Siyi went to Gu Yu. He had an unpredictable expression and made Zhang Siyi uneasy.

“Can you drive?” Gu Yu looked for a long time, suddenly asked.

“I have a license.” Zhang Siyi graduated from high school and got his driver’s license to go abroad, but he never had the chance to use it.”

“It’s still being done like this?” Gu Yu frowned and with a pencil he circled several figures and positions. One by one commented on them. “Is this enough? There isn’t enough space on the end. Are you having parallel parking here? This space is too small. And this section, since the car can come from another direction, why add an extra road?”

“……,” too much was said for Zhang Siyi to life his head.

Gu Xiao quickly counted a few parking spaces and said: “This underground garage in theory can have 510-520 parking spaces in a row, but you only lined up 450.” He shook his head and sighed, tore a large piece of parchment paper and covered Zhang Siyi drawing. He personally demonstrated and drew a section with appropriate traffic flow and parking positions.”

Zhang Siyi stared at his hand holding the marker moving steadily drawing straight lines perfectly. Gu Yu did not use a ruler. Finally, the main position of the parking was framed.

When finished, Gu Yu looked up at Zhang Siyi, gave him the papers, and didn’t say anything. He only shoo-ed him away to let him work on the layout on his own.

Zhang Siyi returned to his seat with a gray face and glanced at the drawings. With just a few simple lines, there is an inexplicable attraction. This is from the hands of an expert.

Zhang Siyi frantically stretched out his arms in the air for a while. He was angry but needed the resolve to finish.

If life only had the expense of eating, drinking, and playing, then Zhang Siyi thinks that he can be very happy, and he can bear more in his work. The biggest burden is always rent. If you want to enjoy the city’s most prosperous location, you must pay the price. Even more problematic, Zhang Siyi has only been paid for one month on a probationary salary. In the fourth month of returning to China, Zhang Siyi is about to face a major economic crisis: rent overdraw!

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2 Comments

  1. He must be really careful. Being too ungrateful and complained too much is gonna got him fired.

    Haha, now he has to eat and pay the Subway with 500?

    Thanks for the chapter!

    Liked by 4 people

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