Assistant Architect by Xi He Qing Ling
Chapter 63: Night Talk
Gu Yu asked softly: “What’s the matter, can’t sleep?”
In order to ease the sweet yet awkward situation, Zhang Siyi wanted to continue to play dumb, but after listening to the gentle voice of Gu Yu, he suddenly decided to give up.
“Hmm …” In his mind, Zhang Siyi was frantic to find an excuse to save himself from embarrassment. Luckily, Gu Yu solved the problem for him.
Gu Yu smiled and softly said: “Since I can’t sleep, let’s talk for a while.”
Zhang Siyi: “What do you want to talk about?”
Gu Yu: “Whatever you want to ask.”
“Really?” Zhang Siyi’s clenched his hands repeatedly along the sides of his body, both excited and nervous.
Gu Yu did not affirm or deny Zhang Siyi’s question, but instead he smiled and said: “I know that you are very curious about me.”
Although he wants to deny Gu Yu’s assertion, Zhang Siyi is so curious about him, he is dyeing to ask him questions. He has been feeling emotionally tangled for a while now and he can’t resist forging ahead. “Whose house is this?”
Gu Yu: “A real estate businessman who my father knew in my early years.”
Zhang Siyi: “I thought you said he was your friend.”
Gu Yu: “He is my friend now.”
Zhang Siyi: “Well… Does he charge you rent?”
Gu Yu: “Nope.”
Zhang Siyi exclaimed: “Wow! So good!”
Gu Yu: “Nothing is free. Even though he doesn’t charge me rent, I owe him in favors. If he needs me to design something for him in the future, I must help, and I will not charge him architectural fees.”
Zhang Siyi: “Oh…… So, when did you start living here?”
Gu Yu: “After getting my master’s degree, I came to Haicheng.”
Zhang Siyi: “So, two years ago?”
Gu Yu: “Exactly, it has been two years and eight months in this house, but 11 years total in Haicheng. Since this house is located in Yuanshan Garden area, it is difficult to rent for commercial use. My friends took me to see the place and asked me to help him renovate it for rental. It hadn’t been renovated for ten years, but I liked it, so I spent a half year working on while living here.”
Zhang Siyi: “No wonder the look is quite new… Did you design the interior yourself?”
Gu Yu: “Hmm.”
Zhang Siyi paused and suddenly wanted to ask Gu Yu about what his father does, but he was worried it wasn’t appropriate to ask. However, Gu Yu himself said that he could ask anything and since he was in his own home, it should be fine!
“I heard you say you are an architect because of your father. Is your father an architect?” Zhang Siyi asked.
Gu Yu: “Oh, yes, but he is different from the architects of our time. His work is more like engineering.”
Listening to Gu Yu’s answer without hesitation, Zhang Siyi was not satisfied, but his inner gossip was getting stronger and stronger.
He also wants to ask about his mother, and his sister, and the girl who he saw holding Gu Yu at that time in KTV…. Just when Zhang Siyi was so eager to use this momentum to continue drilling him, Gu Yu suddenly said: “Isn’t it a little unfair if you are the one only asking?”
Zhang Siyi: “……” Wait, Wait, Wait! I only asked you a few questions!
Gu Yu: “Why don’t you let me ask some?”
Zhang Siyi clenched his fists on his chest: “Wha…, what do you want to know?”
Contemplating the issue, Gu Yu was silence for a long while then sighed and said: “But there isn’t much to be curious about. You are too simple. I basically know everything about you when I look through your circle of friends on social media.”
Zhang Siyi: “…” How can this be!
Giving himself some leeway, Gu Yu asked: “How about a game?”
Zhang Siyi saw the hope of continuing to gossip and immediately said: “What game?”
Gu Yu suggested: “Truth or Dare?”
Zhang Siyi: “…” Yes! Gu Yu, will actually play this type of game too?
“If you keep asking me mundane questions, if you don’t fall asleep, I will.” Gu Yu said and then yawned in a timely manner before he continued. “It’s simple. Ask a difficult question and who can’t answer will have to do what the other requested.”
Hearing the word “difficult”, Zhang Siyi was ashamed to be excited! Although he had a faint sense of crisis in his heart and his mind seems to have forgotten Gu Yu’s black-belly nature, Zhang Siyi couldn’t pass up this temptation to find answers. He wanted to continue gossiping. Especially those specific questions related to Zhang Siyi difficult problems…. oh… (☆ _☆)
“Okay, I’ll play!” Zhang Siyi readily agreed, but he still made some precautionary measures.” If you choose a dare, it can’t be too risky.”
Before, while at University in the UK, Zhang Siyi and several Chinese students often played this game. Some of the people’s risk-taking requirements were simple like eating wrapping paper or uploading a stupid dance on social media, but some were quite severe. Zhang Siyi remembered one time when a boy was asked to drink toilet water and another time a boy was asked to go to the dorm lobby naked. He genuinely did not care for this type of tricky trick.
Fortunately, Gu Yu clearly stated: “No, we limit the conditions. The scope of the Dare must not leave this bed. It is only between you and me. It must be something that the other party can do.”
Zhang Siyi breathed a sigh of relief and felt at ease. What can possibly be done in this bed with just the two of them? Together, they will be able to prevent accidents from being exposed. Very good!
Gu Yu continued to explain: “I have two requirements. One, you must declare in advance. Two, you can’t lie on a Truth and you can’t cheat on a Dare.”
Zhang Siyi agreed to the conditions: “Hmm, ok!”
Gu Yu followed up with: “Otherwise, the bonus will be deducted.”
Zhang Siyi: “…..” I already promised and you still threaten me with your identity of a boss!
Gu Yu: “Well, let’s get started … Do you want to ask first?”
After so many conditions were laid out, like a tantalizing, desert locked in a glass case, finally, it was opened for him. However, there are so many questions to ask and he felt so tangled he doesn’t know where to start! Forget it, first ask the one you just thought of —
“Last Christmas when we met at KTV, was the girl holding your arm your girlfriend?”
Seeing Gu Yu burst out laughing, Zhang Siyi was a bit confounded. How is this question funny?
“No.” Gu Yu quickly answered.
Zhang Siyi realized after the fact that he asked a stupid question. He should have asked directly who the girl was.
“It’s my turn?” Gu Yu indulged him for a moment and asked: “Just now, the same thing. How many objects have you had?”
“Just one.” Zhang Siyi also answered very quickly, although it was a bit strange. The wording in Gu Yu’s question is “object” rather than “girlfriend”. The word “object” sounds like the old market of the last century.
“Who was that girl?” Zhang Siyi then asked what he wanted to know.
Gu Yu: “My sister.”
Zhang Siyi suddenly realized, ah, she is the sister of Gu Yu! It’s no wonder she is so beautiful. Gu’s family’s genes are so good!
Gu Yu appraised Zhang Siyi with a smile: “Why do you care about her?”
Zhang Siyi didn’t know at which point he seemingly offended Gu Yu. Anxious to make amends, he quickly replied: “I don’t. I just wanted to know who she was.”
In jealousy, Gu Yu scoffed: “Do you want to be my brother-in-law? You are nowhere near it.”
Zhang Siyi: “…”
“Is it my turn again?” Gu Yu’s tone was gloomy, as if he was making a move for the next question. Sure enough, he asked a question that Zhang Siyi was unable to parry: “What were you thinking just now when I wasn’t in the room?”
Zhang Siyi’s cheeks warmed up all at once, and he was thinking, thinking …
“Well??” Gu Yu urged him. “Come on, you were up because you were thinking of something all this time, right? Say it. Don’t lie. I can hear a lie.”
Zhang Siyi: “I, I… I choose a dare…..” (t////t)
Gu Yan grinned and asked: “How many clothes do you have on your body now?”
Zhang Siyi froze. He counted then confessed: “Three.”
“Then pick something to take off,” Gu Yu extended his hand out from under the covers: “Then hand it to me.”
“……” Why does this request make him feel a little ashamed? But the night is dark and staying under the covers, no one can see.
A minute later, Zhang Siyi took off an article of clothing and handed it to Gu Yu. Extending his arm, he touched Gu Yu’s already cold fingers, sending an electric current through him. Zhang Siyi quickly retracted his hand.
Feeling the heat of the fabric from Zhang Siyi body, Gu Yu rubbed the pure cotton cloth between his fingers and began to look at it in the darkness. “What is this? Long Johns?”
Zhang Siyi: “…” Eh? Why do you want to see it!
In fact, at bed time, Zhang Siyi normally wears a t-shirt and underwear to sleep in. Being at Gu Yu’s house, he is a bit shy and after taking his trousers off, he left his long johns on.
After Gu Yu finished looking at them, he threw the long johns under the bed: “Let’s continue. It’s your turn?”
Grinding his teeth, Zhang Siyi wants to retaliate and asked a very personal question: “Do you jerk off?” …….. Hey, in the eyes of others, the perfect Gu Yu will definitely feel embarrassed when faced with this kind of shameless question!! But to Zhang Siyi surprise, he didn’t have to wait more than two seconds before Gu Yu calmly answered him.
With a tone used to answer an idiot’s question Gu Yu replied: “Of course. I’m a normal man.”
Zhang Siyi: “….” How can you talk about it as a matter of fact like it’s nothing!?
Gu Yu quickly threw the question right back at him: “What about you? How many times do jerk off in a week? You don’t have a girlfriend now.”
Zhang Siyi: “Oh, two or three times.”
Gu Yu: “Tut, there’s a lot of demand.”
Zhang Siyi: “….” How is this a lot? This demand is normal, okay? Who’s so abstinent like you? “Well, how about you? How many times a week do you do it?” Zhang Siyi asked back.
“Before it was less. Maybe a few times a month, but more recently….” Gu Yu sighed in distress: “I want to do it every day.”