Assistant Architect by Xi He Qing Ling
Chapter 106: Confirmation
Even though Zhang Siyi suspects Gu Yu likes him, he still wanted to confirm whether Gu Yu is gay or not. If there is no evidence that he has this tendency, then love does make one blind. The first point of contact to gather evidence is from his sister, Gu Yao. During New Year’s, he remembered her talking about her brother and her suspicion that her brother was gay.
He quickly grabbed his phone and was going to send a message to her, but he forgot momentarily, that he bought a new phone card specifically to use while he was searching for a new apartment. For the past two days, more than being ‘closed’, like a snail in its shell, he had withdrawn himself further from the outside world.
After he swapped the phone card back to his originally one, Zhang Siyi powered up his phone and waited until it connected to his service provider. When he swiped the screen and opened the phone, he saw a long list of missed calls and messages waiting for him; many of which were from Gu Yu.
There was one call from the day before yesterday, two calls last night, and three call from this morning at noon. When he opened his WeChat text messages, there were many that Gu Yu sent:
Saturday, March 14th, 15:34
Gu Yu: “Do you have time tomorrow?”
Sunday, March 15th, 21:42
Gu Yu: “Are you busy today?”
Gu Yu: “[sighs]”
Monday, March 16th, 20:12
Gu Yu: “Are you alright?”
Gu Yu: “Don’t think too much about the C-City project. I hope you can organize your thoughts as soon as possible.”
Gu Yu: “[Little fox touches the head]”
“Ahh!” Zhang Siyi hugged his mobile phone, feeling guilty. He quickly gave Gu Yu a ‘Crying Kitten Selling Cuteness’ emoji and sent a message: “I’m sorry. I only just saw your messages now.”
Even though he hasn’t fully confirmed Gu Yu likes him yet, Zhang Siyi wanted talk to Gu Yu more.
Gu Yu immediately replied and didn’t mention the previous incident. He only asked: “Did you eat yet?”
Zhang Siyi: “I already ate.”
Gu Yu: “What did you have?”
Zhang Siyi: “Baked sausage, simmered chicken rice balls, wonton soup.”
Gu Yu: “Oh. An appetite is very good. [Little fox touches the head]”
Lying on his pillow, holding his mobile phone, chit-chatting with Gu Yu made Zhang Siyi flushed and feel happy. Like a man walking in a desert for a long time, hungry and thirsty, exhausted and desperate, feeling dead, and then being resurrected upon drinking the first cup of water from an oasis.
Noticing the time on the clock is past office hours, Zhang Siyi asked Gu Yu: “Are you off work?”
Gu Yu: “Not yet. Since this afternoon’s work hasn’t been completed, I’m working late.”
Zhang Siyi: “I’m sorry…”
Knowing Gu Yu’s overtime is all Zhang Siyi’s fault, he would punch himself if he could.
Gu Yu: “It’s all right, are you feeling better?”
Zhang Siyi: “I’m much better now.”
Gu Yu: “That’s good. Remember to come to work on time tomorrow as there are new assignments for you. [Smile]”
Still so business like, Zhang Siyi thought to himself feeling unsatisfied. He went to his contact list and searched for Gu Yao avatar.
Zhang Siyi: “Calling the Revolutionary Comrades.”
Gu Yao: “Copy that! Over!”
Seeing her fast reply, Zhang Siyi laughed and smiled happily. After a few pleasantries, he cut to the chase and asked: “I wanted to ask you about something you told me previously…. What basis do you have to think your brother is gay?”
Since her brother seriously criticized her behavior the last time she saw Zhang Siyi, Gu Yao has not contacted him at all. After her interference with his date, she also has reflected deely on her actions and realized it was wrong to intervene in other people’s feelings. Sometimes, all good intentions might back fire and as a consequence could cause more problems. Even though she learned that her brother likes Zhang Siyi, she never took the initiative to reveal it to him.
Once Zhang Siyi raised the question himself, Gu Yao’s eyes lit up instantly. – Zhang Siyi wouldn’t normally ask about this…… Does that mean he found out for himself?
Aaaaaaah! Finally! It’s time to make a difference! She has to seize this opportunity!
Pondering the best course of action, Gu Yao paused for a few moments. She didn’t answer his question and instead asked her own: “Do you hate the love between two people of the same sex?”
“Well, I don’t hate it.” Feeling nervous, Zhang Siyi wiped his sweat from his brow and didn’t dare tell Gu Yao that he is now gay to some extent.
Gu Yao: “Why did you suddenly ask me this question?”
Zhang Siyi: “Oh, Um… I’m just a little curious.”
Gu Yao: “Why is that?”
Zhang Siyi: “…” Shit! Obviously, he wants to talk to Gu Yao and find out more information, but now the roles are reversed and she is interrogating him!
Gu Yao asked again: “If my brother is gay, will it affect your opinion of him?”
Zhang Siyi: “No, and there may be a feeling of overwhelming joy!”
After confirming Zhang Siyi’s attitude, Gu Yao sighed in relief then explained: “Well, first of all, my brother has never talked about girls or had a girlfriend. Although many of the people who have pursued him aren’t as perfect as he is, there is no shortage of excellent beauties to choose from. A normal boy would at least want to try and experience women, but my brother did not accept any woman’s intentions at all. Instead, he completely shut them out which makes me suspicious of the most fundamental reason.”
Yes. Zhang Siyi also felt that there were quite a few women at work who like Gu Yu. Even if they have not explicitly said, it is clear by their attitudes and actions. Even so, Gu Yu is as strict as ever and does not show one ounce of gentleness or affection towards them.
He eagerly asked: “What else?”
Gu Yao: “Secondly, my brother does not dislike homosexuality. Sometimes unconsciously, he reveals his inclination and accepting attitude. Like, when we went back to Haicheng together in the car. I mentioned the two male wild cats in his house and he replied something about why they couldn’t they be a pair…. Do you remember that?
Zhang Siyi: “Yes.”
Gu Yao: “This is only one example. There have been several others before. The most unforgettable memory I have is the day he came home from the first year of college and we watched TV together. I have forgotten what the specific show was, but the story had a vague homosexual love story. I remember him being very engaged with watching it and at the end he said, “In fact, real feelings can be felt regardless of gender.” I didn’t quite understand it at the time and causally joked with him. I asked him, “if he liked a boy, would he follow him” and he didn’t hesitate to answer me, “yes”.
Zhang Siyi: “…..” That’s it. His heart is going to explode.
Gu Yao continued: “There was another time when my brother was in college and I used his laptop to watch movies and play games during the winter vacation. He downloaded some movies for me to watch and I inadvertently found several homosexual videos on his hard drive. The names “Farewell my Concubine”, “Spring Breeze” and “Lan Yu” stuck out in my mind and it wasn’t until later when I went to college that I learned what they were. I thought it was odd he would have them on his computer.”
Not only did Gu Yao feel it was odd, but Zhang Siyi as well. He has seen “Farewell My Concubine” for the movie and not for the love story. “Lan Yu” was a well-known gay film that he has no interest in watching. Zhang Siyi thought normal straight men wouldn’t go see that type of movie unless it was someone who had an appreciation of the art and was studying film. What is “Spring Fever”? It does sound curious….
Thinking about how much Gu Yao reviled, Zhang Siyi couldn’t help asking: “What if your brother really loved a man? Aren’t you going to object?”
Gu Yao: “Of course not!”
Zhang Siyi: “Why? Isn’t very abnormal in the eyes of ordinary people?”
Gu Yao: “Even so, he is my brother. I want him to be happy and be with the person he loves, no matter who it is. I will support and bless him. I am more worried about my parents. Although my family is more democratic, the older generation may not be able to accept this kind of thing.”
With Gu Yao’s reminder, Zhang Siyi’s enthusiasm was reined in. If his parents knew he was with Gu Yu, uh, there might be a chance that his mother would understand, but his father…… He would probably break his legs. However, at least his mother is a rotten woman. As long as his mother accepted it, then she can help convince his father. – Huh? Eh? Why am I thinking of such a long-term problem? Do I already want to spend my lifetime with Gu Yu? Oh, my God. Ah… Σ( ° △°|||)_
Zhang Siyi lowered his head and saw another message from Gu Yao: “When my brother makes a decision about something, even if others object, it is useless. Ultimately, he always uses his own persistence and determination to get what he wants. He has been like that since childhood.”
Zhang Siyi: “Oh…”
Now that Zhang Siyi has confirmed Gu Yu can accept same sex partners, his heart is unsteady. Who is Gu Yu’s favorite person? Was it Tao Fei? After all, it was not long after Gu Yu posted his ‘Empty’ dinner invitation on WeChat that Tao Fei appeared and his relationship is still very good! (o////o)
As Zhang Siyi was contemplating these issues, a singular most insightful thought came to mind.
He recalled a detail that Gu Yu recently said to him about only sending information to Fu Xinhui so there wouldn’t be any misunderstandings.
……From before, that WeChat message ‘Empty’….
…… Was it sent only to me?
Zhang Siyi quickly went to the settings in his WeChat circle of friends. He never really studied the inner functions of chat groups and never thought about which groups are visible to whom. The newly discovered feature is like the discovery of the new world. A whole new bright world!
Like puzzle pieces coming together, Zhang Siyi’s inner conjecture is becoming clear. All of the details point to the fact that Gu Yu likes Zhang Siyi.
With his heart loudly pounding in his chest he asked Gu Yao: “Can you see the post your brother made a few weeks ago with a picture of a dinner table with the notation ‘empty’?”
Gu Yao: “……”
– Yes !
– Finally !!
– Ah ah ah ah ah !!!
– Zhang Siyi, this idiot figured it out !!!!
Ever since her brother’s harsh words, Gu Yao has felt like her own requited love was her brother’s unrequited love for Zhang Siyi. Now that the object of her unrequited love realized the truth, she was very excited to respond to him. She wholeheartedly and enthusiastically messaged Zhang Siyi: “No”.
Gu Yao: “What is that?”
Zhang Siyi: “………”
With the intense beating of his chest, Zhang Siyi discovered that he completely fell in love.