Assistant Architect by Xi He Qing Ling
Chapter 33: Dating
Hearing Tian’s excited guess, Zhang Siyi’s eyes nearly popped out of his dead. A date with Gu Yu? Shit! No way!
Fu Xinhui seemed a little unhappy with the disruption of the plan, frowning: “Can’t you push it off? You have been working so much and took time off, but now your holiday has ended because of your Boss. Is he taking you to inspect the building?”
“No!” Zhang Siyi said frantically. Since Gu Yu allowed him to use his mobile to play games and chat during the high-speed rail journey back, he felt that it is still a rest period and he isn’t going to make him do work on his last vacation day. On the other hand, Gu Yu is now in collusion with his father and knowing how intense Gu Yu can be, he reconsidered his thoughts.
Zhang Siyi turned his head down: “Forget it? No way. I promised him that I would meet at 9 o’clock in the morning. I think it will be for the morning only, so when I get back in the afternoon early enough, we can call Su Yuan and have a meal together.”
Remembering the prospect of a bonus since he was involved with the winning project bid, Zhang Siyi excitedly said, “My colleagues told me that I will get a bonus from the project bid. If we eat together tomorrow, I’ll treat!”
Feeling concerned for his friend, Fu Xinhui looked at Zhang Siyi. One minute he was down in the dumps and the next he was soaring high. Watching Zhang Siyi emotional transformation speed, he felt reassured.
In the evening, Jiang Hai still went back to his girlfriend’s place. After they left, Zhang Siyi was alone in the room and played the violin for a while. His hands were not good enough. Becoming frustrated, he put the instrument aside.
Before going to sleep, he thought of the leisure meeting with Gu Yu the next day. His heart was like a cat claw. What the hell is he going to do? Will they really look at the buildings? Zhang Siyi was afraid, and quickly checked the construction of the Union Square on the Internet. He planned to do his homework in advance, so as not to be ridiculed by Gu Yu tomorrow.
But that square is a very ordinary modern architectural complex. Neither the period of construction or the style of the building is anything special. It is just as Jian Hai said, a big mall complex with shops and food.
The issue kept percolating in Zhang Siyi mind. He turned to think: Does Gu Yu know tomorrow is his birthday? Is this a birthday celebration? After all, Gu Yu now knows his background and promised his parents he would take care of him. Because of his Father’s status, such a thing, Zhang Si Yi has seen a lot since childhood.
Although he did not dare show the banner of “My dad is Secretary Zhang”, Zhang Siyi always felt the influence that his Father’s background brought. By knowing his Grandfather and his Father, others will always know Zhang Siyi’s identity through various channels. Then inevitably, they will try to get close and flatter him.
The reason why Zhang Siyi can still be so upright now is because of his parent’s many warnings. Don’t tell people about his Father’s job. Don’t listen to other people’s sweet talk. His Father has given him many face-to-face warnings as well as his Mother’s repeated sentiments. People will try to sway your opinion and trap you. Any miss deeds will have a corresponding price. Ordinary is better. Ordinary is happiness. Zhang Siyi is not stupid and knows the truth. Although his way of doing things is unlike his Father, he has navigated through enough conversations growing up that he has developed the perfect temperament.
Zhang Siyi touched his chin. The more he thought, the more he felt that there was such a possibility. When signing a contract, he had to fill in the certificate number. Gu Yu had to know that his birthday was tomorrow. Maybe it was “special care.” Thinking thus, Zhang Siyi felt like a villain who was about to have an auspicious day. Well, Dad, you talked to him and let him spy on me! Anyways, Zhang Siyi also has a bottom line and he thinks this is within an acceptable range of preferential treatment.
Early the next morning, Zhang Siyi jumped out of bed, put on stylish clothes that made him look handsome, then went out. Taking the subway to the station near the square, Zhang Siyi was five minutes late. He sent a message to Gu Yu and asked him where to meet him.
Gu Yu: “At the 2nd exit opposite where the shopping mall entrance is”
Zhang Siyi: “I am coming, where are you?”
Gu Yu: “There should be a safe staircase nearby. You come down to the parking lot. I am near the second shutter door of the fire zone.”
Zhang Siyi: “……”
What’s he doing in the parking lot? What the hell is a fire zone? Shit, can’t he just stand in a position that’s relatively easy to find?
Gu Yu had been waiting and his patience was wearing thin, so he called over and asked, “Are you down yet?”
Zhang Siyi: “I am down. I can’t find you.”
Gu Yu: “Where are you now?”
Zhang Siyi: “Parking Area A. There is a pillar on the left and a red Jaguar in front…”
Gu Yu: “Stand still.”
Zhang Siyi: “Oh.”
After a few seconds, Gu Yu asked: “See me? I am under the deformation seam.”
Zhang Siyi: “………” Can you speak English?!
Just as Zhang Siyi was about pull out his hair in frustration, he saw Gu Yu walking from a distance. Today, the temperature is a little cooler then yesterday, so he is wearing a coat and a high collared sweater with his hands in his pockets.
Zhang Siyi also looked up to see what the deformation seam is.
It was a dark, concave canal, wide, dividing almost the left and right roofs directly into two parts … Damn it, he knows what it is!
Gu Yu saw him standing there foolishly empty-handed, frowning: “Why didn’t you bring anything?”
Zhang Siyi: “What am I going to bring?”
Gu Yu raised eyebrows and said indifferently: “I sacrificed the weekend to give you extra tutoring. Do you have at least a notebook?”
Zhang Siyi: “…” Crap, you didn’t say what I was doing!
Gu Yu glared at Zhang Siyi with a pair of “If I do not say, you should also guess” expression. He looked at the time: “If your father hadn’t specifically told me to teach you more, I didn’t have to get up so early today and you actually arrived late.”
Zhang Siyi is going to collapse. How can Gu Yu really be so mad! Today is his birthday!
Gu Yu covered his mouth with his hand and yawned. He said: “Forget it. Come with me. I hope you have a good enough memory.”
Following behind, Zhang Siyi was so pissed, he wanted to explode.
Along the way, Gu Yu pointed to the parking lot and explained to him: “The traffic inside the parking lot is designed very well. Previously, I have wanted to show you, but it was sidetracked because of the Z City project.”
Zhang Siyi: “……”
Gu Yu: “I told you before, the idea of doing residential planning and designing a parking lot is the same. If you are skilled in parking lot layouts, it will be very easy to do anything in the future. Come and see this structural column. How big is the axis spacing?”
Zhang Siyi: “…” Damn it, his eyes are not meters! How can he measure how big it is! He took a few steps around and gave a guess: “About nine meters and ten meters.”
Shaking his head, Gu Yu sighed. He took a large tape measure from his trouser pocket saying: “Come and help me measure.”
Zhang Siyi: “……” Damn, you brought a tape measure. Why bother asking me!?
The two measured the distance of the axis and some of the surroundings. Gu Yu said: “The axis distance is only eight meters five and the net parking position is less than eight meters. With three parking spaces are arranged, it is quite crowded.”
Even though Zhang Siyi thought about it, when he came to see the actual situation, he found the original drawings to be very different.
Gu Yu took him to the axis of the other load-bearing column of the deformation joint, this time is 12 meters, but there are three parking spaces in the middle.
Zhang Siyi was a little surprised. The other one was too narrow and now this is too big. Is there a mistake in the design? Is Gu Yu coming to take him to see a counter-example?
Gu Yu looked around for a while: “You see, this parking lot is well designed, reflected here in the different types of parking spaces. Cars now often are the extended version or SUV. Those parking spaces are too small because the door can’t open. The standard data is no longer applicable. The center was built more the seven years but even so, the designers anticipated the future automobile trends, so they designed the car parking in zones. In the entrance, there is a guide for small and large cars. It fully maximizes the use of space.
Zhang Siyi was speechless. Indeed, so many times in and out of the parking lot, he never carefully observed the design inside. He was only thinking in terms of the normative data.
It took more than an hour for them to walk a circle while observing the details of the layout of the underground parking lot. This isn’t a shopping trip. It’s totally impossible to enjoy!
Committed to the task, Gu Yu leads him around the lot to point out and explain the details: “Don’t think that the architect just needs to consider the construction professional problem. You can see the location of the ventilation duct here. Go back and you need to know how much the net height needs. And here, when designing, you must make a position for the fire hydrant box in advance, so it’s not in the parking space… Remember?”
Zhang Siyi: “Remember…”
Having spent the whole morning walking and observing the inner workings of the parking lot, Zhang Siyi started feeling irritated. It was time for lunch, but Gu Yu did not say that they would eat. He led them out to observe the entrance and surrounding roads. It was overcast and drizzling out. Zhang Siyi was cold and hungry. He complained that there was nowhere to sit. He felt like his treatment was the same as that day when he stepped on the scene in the Z City planning area.
After a full five hours, it was two o’clock in the afternoon. Finally, the work in the parking lot was finished. It started raining more steadily. Gu Yu looked at his watch: “Are you not hungry?”
When he heard the word ‘hungry’ Zhang Siyi perked up. His whole demeanor came back to life. He was already starved, ok?
Gu Yu looked at the surroundings and saw a KFC nearby.