Assistant Architect by Xi He Qing Ling
Chapter 54: Touched
The high-speed railway station of C-City is a fairly cool mid-point station. Although it is less than six o’clock, the train they missed is the last train that stops at this platform. This means that they have to stay overnight near here to wait until the next day to get back to Haicheng.
Things like missing a high-speed rail seem small, but if a boss really wanted to be picky, one can be accused for not having a sense of time. The time delay and economic loss caused by the change are linked to the company’s benefits. After all, Zhang Siyi is not an important person in the company. He is just a newcomer who has been employed for less than a year. The tolerance for this kind of mistake will not be too high.
Zhang Siyi grabbed the phone and was so nervous that he did not know the right words to say. This is the first experience Gu Yu gave him. Will his unreliable performance make Gu Yu think less of him? After a few moments, he heard Gu Yu’s calming voice: “Is there a hotel nearby?”
Feeling anxious Zhang Siyi started to panic: “I don’t know. This station is quite remote. We rushed in after we got here and I didn’t look around. I will go see it now.”
Gu Yu: “Well, if there is a hotel nearby, stay there with Lu Qiao for one night. I will help you reserve the tickets for tomorrow’s trip back home. If there is no hotel, ask someone if there is a car returning to the city. It’s early enough that there should be cars available. If not, don’t panic. I will arrange a car to pick you up.”
Listening to the calming voice of Gu Yu analysis of the situation, Zhang Siyi gradually felt relieved. Even though the other party’s existence was just a phone call, a voice, Zhang Siyi felt greatly reassured that everything will be ok.
Even though a situation like this isn’t really a big deal, Zhang Siyi and Lu Qiao are stunned by the guilt of missing the train. Any clear-headed person would have picked themselves up and looked for an alternative answer to their problem.
They quickly left the station to look around and sure enough, there is a guest house nearby. It looks relatively simple with a normal price. There is a vacancy, but Zhang Siyi is a little unhappy with the environment in the guest house. Nevertheless, he can’t be picky in this situation. Lu Qiao is very happy to have a place to sleep. Being boys, they aren’t too worried about security.
The two booked a standard room. After checking in, Zhang Siyi sent a message to Gu Yu, saying: “I found a room in a nearby guest house.”
Gu Yu: “Take a photo.”
Zhang Siyi: “……” A picture? (=////=)
Zhang Siyi glanced at Lu Qiao who had just taken off his shoes and climbed onto the bed. He walked over and sat side beside him.
“What are you doing? “Lu Qiao saw Zhang Siyi raise his mobile phone. With his arm around Lu Qiao, grinning, and with a “V” gesture he took a photo and sent it first to the Borderless Forbidden City group and then sent the photo to Gu Yu.
Moments later, the phone was pinging with messages. Friends in the group reacted faster.
LeLe: “Wow! Sisters selfie, so loving!”
Auntie Four： “……”
Xuan Xuan: “Where are you?”
Qiao Mei: “On a business trip in C-City. We missed the last train back so I have to spend one night with Four.”
Piggy: “Four you went to open a room with Qiao Mei! You betrayed me! You don’t love me anymore!”
Auntie Four: “Wait, What? When were we together?”
Lu Qiao was laughing on the bed: “Ha-ha-ha! Rest assured, Auntie Four I will be responsible for you!”
Zhang Siyi laughed and said: “fuck off!”
Zhang Si Yi saw 2 unread messages in the upper left corner of the Phone. He thought Gu Yu also replied so he quit the chat and checked the messages.
Gu Yu: “…”
Gu Yu: “I am talking about the hotel photo.”
Zhang Siyi: “…”
Gu Yu: “Smiling so stupidly. I told you not to take selfies.”
Gu Yu: “It seems you are very happy and not at all regretful for missing the high-speed train.” [Smiles]
Zhang Siyi: “………”
Zhang Siyi gulped and held back for two seconds but eventually he couldn’t hold back anymore and sent a kneeling cry emoji expression: “We already know that we were wrong……”
Gu Yu: “Ok. Report what happened today from start to finish.”
Zhang Siyi began to elaborate and told him what happened with the taxi causing a chain reaction to miss the high-speed train. He was really angry. If it wasn’t for driver and bad luck, they wouldn’t have missed the train!
After listening to him, Gu Yu told him: “This is a small matter, but it is a good lesson not to make plans in an idealized way. Next time, what if you returned to Haicheng and was expected to give a report or have a meeting? If you miss the plane, Party-A will not care. On the contrary, they will think that an architect without good time management skills isn’t trustworthy.
Zhang Siyi listened and did not dare to refute it. However, there were some grievances in his heart. This time, he and Lu Qiao came together. Why did Gu Yu only lecture himself?
He remembered is the past, he had complained in his circle of friends and his colleagues that Gu Yu was always lecturing him all the time. He felt that he was not free. His colleagues advised him that Gu Yu’s attention only indicated that he still needs to grow. If the work is done well, Gu Yu won’t be too much trouble for him.
Zhang Siyi looked across at Lu Qiao and saw him holding his mobile phone laughing. He didn’t know what he was looking at… Lu Qiao’s work is better than his? Gu Yu has nothing to comment about?
Looking down at the conversation interface with Gu Yu, Zhang Siyi comforts himself. He regards this as Gu Yu’s special care and replies: “I will remember.”
A few seconds later, Gu Yu once again sent a “small fox touches his head” expression, and Zhang Siyi was stunned. The little bit of feeling that had just been twitching in his heart seemed to be completely dispelled by this expression.
Gu Yu said again: “Remember to have dinner, go to bed early, see you tomorrow.”
Zhang Siyi: “…well, see you tomorrow.”
Zhang Siyi did not know how big of a silly smile was on his face at the moment.
The next day, Zhang Siyi and Lu Qiao returned to Haicheng with the earliest high-speed train. When they arrived at the company, it was almost noon.
Zhang Siyi returned to his desk and put down his backpack and camera. Bi Lele smirked at him and also Zhu Hongzhen also turn aside and laughed. Zhang Siyi wondered: “What?”
Bi Lele: “Hey, you will know when you see it!”
Zhang Siyi was tired by a day and night business trip. The brain was a bit sluggish. He turned-on his computer and opened the company’s website. This is a faint reminder. Wouldn’t it be his own photo?
The hunch is correct. After the webpage is displayed smoothly, at the top of the page, Zhang Siyi sees his stupid photo taken during the annual meeting and the beautiful photo of Gu Yu.
“Damn it!” Zhang Siyi cried: “Why is my photo at the top!”
Bi Lele laughed and said: “Ha-ha-ha, have you forgotten that the final winner of the photo contest is determined by online voting? The votes of the two photos of you and Gu Yu are the highest in the funny group and the serious group, so they appear at the top!”
Zhang Siyi grabbed the mouse: “Isn’t the voting time starting after the new year? How can you vote when I am on a business trip!”
Bi Lele shrugged: “After the annual meeting. Anyway, it won’t matter when you vote. The result will definitely be the same.”
Zhang Siyi said at the table: “Not if I can help it! If I’m here I can at least prevent you from voting for me!”
Bi Lele, Zhu Hongzhen, Yuan Zhicheng and other people around heard him and turned their heads with a scornful expression.
Zhang Siyi: “…” Is he too confident in his own appeal?
After another glance at the total votes tallied thus far, Zhang Siyi discovered that they were far more than the following series of photos. It was simply “leading ahead.”
Just as Zhang Siyi was in the midst of the chaos, a familiar voice came suddenly behind him: “Oh, it seems that we can win the first prize in the photography competition together.”
Zhang Siyi got goosebumps and his hair all over stood on end.
At the annual meeting he did not dare say anything to his boss, but now he can’t help it. Angry he raised his voice: “Boss! How can you steal my picture!”
Looking at the screen, Gu Yu raised his eyebrows in question and responded with an indifferent tone: “Oh? Did you not also steal my picture?”
Suddenly, everyone around quieted down. A few people turned to look at Zhang Siyi with an expression as if to say: Ah-Ha! It was you who also stole Gu Yu picture! It turns out that more than girls are obsessed with Gu Yu appearance.
Zhang Siyi’s cheeks were hot, and he opened his mouth and wanted to argue something, but his mind was blank and had nothing to say. Indeed, at that time Gu Yu didn’t notice that he took his photo.
Gu Yu looked at Zhang Siyi’s flushed face, shy and embarrassed. His gentle eyes looked more intently and his smile widened. An irresistible charmed flowed from him.
Looking at the real person compared to the picture is more radiant that it makes one want to surrender their soul. Suddenly, Gu Yu laughed out, gently at first, but then it grew louder, overflowing, from the nasal cavity.
He immediately raised his hand to cover his face and smiled. He stretched out another hand and stroked Zhang Siyi’s head as if to pet him: “Oh, don’t mind the photo, work hard.”
Watching the excitement from the sidelines, the group did not expect Gu Yu to reach out and do such a thing to Zhang Siyi. They all froze, flabbergasted. A few girls had covered their mouths, muffled their voices … Electrified, the air full of sweet current pumped out pink bubbles that went into everyone’s heart.
Stunned, Zhang Siyi mind is blank for a moment. His face is getting red, then dark red, then purple, and then poof, spontaneous combustion. His hair was completely blasted up. That kind of touched-head expression from WeChat isn’t a problem, but in reality……..(o////o) ………