Assistant Architect by Xi He Qing Ling
Chapter 75: Movie
The temperature inside the car plummeted with Gu Yu’s words. Recalling the phrase “Do you want to be my brother-in-law? You are nowhere near it,” Zhang Siyi thought Gu Yu misunderstood his relationship with Gu Yu’s sister. He thinks she is very pretty, and her character is very good, but there is nothing else but friendship between them.
At the same time, sitting in the back seat, Gu Yao was also keenly aware of the sudden change in her brother’s mood. The signal antennae on her forehead collected the vinegar and cockroaches that permeated the air for deeper analysis……
On the way, Gu Yu asked them what movie they wanted to see. They checked the movie app on their phones and browsed through the movie selections. Since they aren’t young kids, they certainly didn’t want to see “Where’s Daddy” or “Bear Haunt” or any other brainless film. They decided on the one that seemed to have the most depth called “Wolf Totem.”
The theater was very crowded due to the New Year’s holiday. Gu Yu lined up in queue, waited, then discovered that there weren’t three seats together for the next showing of the movie. At the urging of the ticket attendant, he picked three tickets. Two were together in the back and the single was in the front.
After buying the tickets, Gu Yu turned around to walk back and saw Zhang Siyi and Gu Yao standing close together chatting happily like two hyper rabbits.
Gu Yu had a headache, sighed and walked over to tell them that the movie tickets were not seated together. Gu Yao and Zhang Siyi looked at each other. This time, Zhang Siyi spoke up first: “You sit with your brother. I can sit in the front by myself.”
Gu Yao offered another suggestion: “I think we should draw a ticket and sit in whichever seat we got.”
Zhang Siyi looked at Gu Yu and Gu Yu extended his hand: “Pick one.”
Gu Yao: “……” Such ‘casual’ acceptance of her proposal. The duplicity of the older brother!
Zhang Siyi first took one and said: “Row 12, Seat 7.”
Followed by Gu Yao who took a ticket and glanced at it without speaking.
Holding the last ticket, Gu Yu looked at it and smiled: “Row 12, Seat 9.”
Zhang Siyi: “……”
Gu Yao looked down at Row 11, Seat 11 on her ticket and felt hurt by ten thousand points. She didn’t want to stand out from the crowd alone. Why must the movie tickets also ridicule her!?
Since Gu Yu’s mood took a one-eighty turn, he bought drinks and a bucket of popcorn. Because she sat separately and Zhang Siyi didn’t like sweets, he gave his sister a popcorn and drink.
Into the cinema, Gu Yu held her milk tea and exclusive popcorn close. She walked to Row 11 and went along the row to Seat 11 alone. She watched her brother and Zhang Siyi both sit diagonally behind her.
After Gu Yu sat down, he smiled to her then mouthed a question: “Will you be alright?”
Gu Yao turned back around and grabbed a lot of popcorn and stuffed it into her mouth. Feeling like a ghost, she was irritated. Before in this type of situation, her brother would have taken the initiative to ask her to sit next to him in order to continue pretending to be his girlfriend.
Fortunately, the film soon began, and the story was still wonderful, so Gu Yao quickly became immersed in the movie.
Watching the scene in the film where the backside of a human was slaughtering wolves, Gu Yao felt uncomfortable. She was desperately shoving more popcorn into her mouth to ease the sadness. When the plot was a little less dramatic, she subconsciously turned her head to the back row and glanced at the two behind her. She meant to catch a glimpse, but instead she paused and stared dumbfounded.
She didn’t know if Zhang Siyi was also affected by the story. He was watching the big screen with moist, red eyes and her brother was looking intently at Zhang Siyi’s profile sitting next to him. There was a hint of emotion flowing in her brother’s eyes. Tenderness.
After a few seconds, Zhang Siyi realized that Gu Yu was watching him. He turned to look at Gu Yu and immediately after, Gu Yu leaned in close to his ear and whispered something. Knowing her brother, she thought he was probably teasing him about his puffy, red eyes. Zhang Siyi hurriedly wiped his eyes with his hand and glared at her brother both shy and angry.
Gu Yao quickly turned back around, and her heart was racing. She completely forgot the plot of the film. Instead of feeling sad, her mind was full of the scene of her brother flirting with Zhang Siyi. Is that flirting? Probably! Anyway, she has never seen such a mischievous smile on his face.
However, she unexpectedly felt that her brother’s flirting looked very gentle and charming and Zhang Siyi’s reaction was also very cute! o////o
Gu Yao’s heart jumped faster, she desperately repressed the desire to turn back and peep again. She could only console herself with popcorn…… and ate it wildly.
Turning back to the screen, Zhang Siyi was really going to cry out. The human persecution of nature was too much. The wolf in the film reminded him of Cheer-Up.
By the end of the film, everyone’s mood was glum. Zhang Siyi closed his eyes to choke back his tears and muffled a sniffle: “I should have gone to see one of the silly kids’ movies instead. This was too heart wrenching.”
Gu Yu patted his shoulder to comfort him: “It is not a bad thing to feel hopelessness sometimes. At least it will remind us of what is good.”
Thinking about being ridiculed by Gu Yu in the theater just now, Zhang Siyi awkwardly tried to shrug off Gu Yu’s comfort.
After two steps, Zhang Siyi suddenly remembered Gu Yao, and looked back. Gu Yao was following behind, staring at them with green light in her eyes like she was the possessed wolf from the movie.
Since it was getting close to dinner time, Zhang Siyi needed to get going so he bid Gu Yu and his sister farewell.
Sitting in the car, Gu Yao asked: “Brother. Since we have a car, why didn’t you drive Zhang Siyi back home?”
Gu Yu: “I am not a personal driver. He didn’t take the initiative to ask me, so why should I bother?”
Gu Yao: “……” It’s no wonder why her brother has been single for so many years! The reason is well-founded! (=_=)
Gu Yu was silent for a moment and asked: “What do you think of that guy?”
Thinking about the scene in the cinema, Gu Yu blushed: “Very, very cute.”
Gu Yu raised his eyebrows, cute? What is this adjective? What kind of adjective is this?
“Then do you want him to be your boyfriend?” Gu Yu is laughing, but his smile makes people feel somber.
Gu Yao repeatedly waved her hand and hurriedly said: “No, no, he is not my type!”
Gu Yu looked a little surprised, smiled and asked: “Oh? Then what is his type?”
Gu Yao is speechless. Normally, you should not ask what type I like… (=_=)
She thought about it and summed it up: “He is a very fun and interesting person that is easy to get along with. He is no more mature then I, so I feel he is a great person to be friends with but nothing more.”
“Yes…” Gu Yu listened straight and smiled, and there was a kind of ease and pleasure that could not be stopped.
As Gu Yao was talking about Zhang Siyi she was watching for her brother’s reaction. Although her IQ was less Gu Yu’s, it was by no means, low and with the addition of ‘women’s-intuition’ it was not hard to infer the conclusion.
Although the world is not the same, with rotten culture everywhere, Gu Yao felt worried for her brother. More than once, she has doubted whether her perfect brother might be gay. After all these years, her brother never had a deep relationship with any women, which is a very unusual thing for a person who is popular with the opposite sex.
But even so, she never truly thought about what would happen to her brother if he was gay and she felt that their Mother and Father would find it unacceptable. Gu Yao sneaked a peek at her brother. Having put away his smile, she saw him focused on driving the car. She felt distressed. It would be very hard for her brother to bear such a big secret alone. She has to think of something…….
That night, when Zhang Siyi came home, he asked his mother: “Mom! Where did my childhood toys go?”
Mother Zhang was startled: “Toys? You gave them to your cousins after you finished elementary school.”
Zhang Siyi: “All of them? I thought we only gave them a bunch of cars and planes.”
Mother Zhang: “Yes. You cried all day when I gave them away.”
Zhang Siyi was not in the mood to listen to his mother retell his black history. He was anxious to ask: “What about the other toys from before those? I want to find a Kong Ming Lock. Do you remember it?”
Mother Zhang was puzzled: “Kong Ming Lock? What is that thing? Did you ever have that kind of toy?
Zhang Siyi hurriedly found a picture from the internet on his phone and showed it to his mother: “This is it.”
She looked at the picture for a while and said, ” Hmm……, Ah… I know. It has a couple of blocks?”
Zhang Siyi: “Yes right! It should be detachable! Where is it?”
His Mother frowned and took out the key to the storage shed. Before going outside, she put on a pair of slippers while muttering: “Something from so long ago, who knows if we still have it. It might have been sold at a yard sale.”
Zhang Siyi jumped up and said: “No ah!” Come on, help me find it!
Mother Zhang took him around to the back and opened the storage shed door. Curious, she asked: “Why are you looking for this thing?”
Zhang Siyi asked: “Do you still remember where I got it?”
To protect herself from dust and pollen, his mother covered her nose and rummaged through the storage shed. “I don’t remember, but your Father talked about it. He was very impressed with the toy. He said he took you to work and the son of an engineer gave it to you.”
Delighted, Zhang Siyi eagerly said: “Yes! That’s it!
Mother Zhang found a few boxes and told Zhang Siyi to come over to help. These boxes held items from when he was a toddler; old bottles, pacifier, small dinosaur model…… Zhang Siyi was looking at his own small time-capsule. His thoughts about his childhood were interrupted when his Mother pulled out a piece of wood from the box: “Is this it?”