Assistant Architect by Xi He Qing Ling
Chapter 107: Like
Even though Zhang Siyi didn’t realize it until now, Gu Yu was posting social media posts with specific privacy settings so that only Zhang Siyi could read them. In all of this time, Gu Yu’s note, ‘empty’ was an invitation for Zhang Siyi to live with him and not because of sympathy or pity.
In a daze, Zhang Siyi felt like he was floating on fluffy pale clouds, surrounded by golden sunshine with countless love bubbles rising up into the air.
Looking back, Zhang Siyi finally understand Gu Yu’s reactions last year during Truth or Dare. He chose Dare both times when Zhang Siyi asked him who he liked and when he asked Gu Yu to evaluate himself.
– Heh, Heh, Heh, Heh…. Oh my. Gu Yu you’re so shy! (&////&)
– Ah, I am really a fool! I’ve had my doubts for so long. Why wasn’t I more confident at the beginning? But then again, why does Gu Yu like me?
Thinking about the pros and cons, Zhang Siyi made a mental list. His educational background is worse, his work ability is worse, his economic conditions are worse…… Everything is worse! Other then a slightly better family background, there is nothing that Zhang Siyi can boast about. Even so, Gu Yu is not the type of person that would try to curry favor with powerful people.
Zhang Siyi reached up and pinched his silly happy face. Recalling yesterday, flustered, he quickly bounced off the bed and rushed into the bathroom to look in the mirror. Looking gaunt, with circles under his puffy eyes, because of his emotional turmoil, he hadn’t washed or shaved in two days. He looked like a total bum.
“Aaaaaaaaaaah!” The thought of Gu Yu seeing him looking like a mess made Zhang Siyi collapse and hold his head feeling regret. Not only did he see Zhang Siyi’s disheveled appearance, Gu Yu also witnessed Zhang Siyi crying, snot nose and all; it’s too embarrassing!
Not being able to endure his own scruffy appearance any longer, Zhang Siyi turned on the hot water and quickly washed. After drying off, he smacked his cheeks and used facial cleanser and toner. Unlike Gu Yu, that “natural beauty”, he worked very hard to maintain his skin condition, but so what! Gu Yu likes him! ~\(≧▽≦)/~
Feeling giddy, Zhang Siyi swirled back to his room and flung himself on his bed. He had forgotten. Gu Yao was still on WeChat.
Gu Yao: “What about it?”
Gu Yao: “Hello?”
Gu Yao: “Why aren’t you answering me !?”
Gu Yao: “Why did you ask me all of that!?!?”
Gu Yao: “Hey! What about my brother!?!?!?”
Gu Yao: “Hello?”
Gu Yao: [Bunny fried hair]
Zhang Siyi hastened to reply: “Ah! I just took a shower.”
After talking about her brother and then having silence, Gu Yao was afraid something was wrong. She thought, maybe the reality was too much for Zhang Siyi to comprehend and now he doesn’t want anything to do with them?
Gu Yao: “You can’t just leave me hanging! “ (#‵′)凸
Zhang Siyi: “I’m sorry! I’m sorry!”
To appease his future sister-in-law, Zhang Siyi sent her a red envelope to express his gratitude. Still, Zhang Siyi didn’t intend to tell her about his feelings for her brother just yet.
Even though the red envelope was stingy in Gu Yao opinion, she couldn’t help herself from smiling happily at the turn of events.
After they exchanged a ‘good night’, Zhang Siyi put his phone away and leaned back into his pillow thinking about Gu Yu.
–When was the moment Gu Yu started liking me?
– From the start by giving him the cactus?
– Certainly not. At that time, I had just started working and Gu Yu was always so harsh towards me!
– Maybe at Halloween when I gave him the pumpkin?
– Is it possible that he thinks I was the mother of his pumpkin son? (=_=)
– No, no. That’s too crazy! Gu Yu can’t be so childish!
However, Zhang Siyi was sure of one thing. When he stayed over at his house last year, Gu Yu liked him. This bastard fabricated a lie about a dirty room and no blankets, just so he could sleep with him!
….. Hey now, Zhang Siyi wants to sleep with Gu Yu too! (&////&)
Bursting with excitement, like a maniac, Zhang Siyi was rolling around on his bed thinking about all the potential activities he and Gu Yu could do together in the future.
People who experience being able to express their adoration and admiration towards the person they love is the happiest feeling in the whole world! Zhang Siyi wanted to let Gu Yu know as soon as possible so he can also feel the same bliss. If he doesn’t, he is afraid Gu Yu will start to resent him and his feelings will turn to hate.
…… How can I tell him?
…… To say straightforwardly, “I like you too” ?
…… But that seems too boring….
…… Hmm… a better way to tell him….
…… Ah, he has a way!
Zhang Siyi again got up from the bed and fetched his violin.
A realization hit Zhang Siyi. Gu Yu had already liked him when he asked Zhang Siyi to play the violin for him.
“Bastard…” Zhang Siyi muttered with a flush face and a racing heart.
He lifted his violin up onto his shoulder and gently put presser on the chinrest with his jaw. Holding his bow loosely, he started warming up with long legato strokes. Thinking about Gu Yu, he poured all of his feelings into playing music for the first time. No longer mechanically playing, the notes took on a new brilliance; pure and flowing. – If it’s Summer you want, I will play it for you.
Early the next morning, Zhang Siyi woke up full of energy. With the fastest speed possible, he brushed his teeth, washed his face, and dressed. With a bounce in his step, he walked to the subway station and rode it to work. During the morning, rush hour, Zhang Siyi did not mind the packed train cars due to his euphoric feelings. What jam packed cars of smelly people? They are all warm and cute!
Breathing deeply, thinking about being outside in fresh air, Zhang Siyi, practically skipped along cheerfully on the sidewalk to the company building. When he got off the elevator, a passing female colleague waved briefly and yawed. On the other hand, Zhang Siyi energetically greeted the staff on the floor. With much theatrics, Zhang Siyi boisterously told everyone: “Gooooooooood Morning!!!”
Upon hearing Zhang Siyi greeting, one of the staff members spilled their coffee and another left their mouth wide open in shock.
Arriving before him, Zhu Hongzhen watched Zhang Siyi morning greeting. His attitude of ‘I Love Work!’ was a stark contrast to the condition Zhang Siyi was in when he left. Zhu Hongzhen was surprised: “You… What happened yesterday?”
While giving him a casual excuse, Zhang Siyi line of sight was frequently looking at the company’s entrance. It’s 8:55. Why isn’t Gu Yu here yet?! He did say, “See you tomorrow,” so why didn’t he come early?!
Zhu Hongzheng shook his head in wonder. What problem is so simple that one can swing from the look of death to recover in one day and be so joyful the next?
At the appearance of Gu Yu at 8:58, Zhang Siyi’s eyes shined brightly and honed in on Gu Yu’s figure. Their eyes met and as Gu Yu walked calmly to his office, Zhang Siyi bowed his head. However, Zhang Siyi kept peeking at him out of the corner of his eyes.
Gu Yu’s gaze went straight to Zhang Siyi when he entered and he easily saw his antics. Every time he took a peek, their eyes met causing a feeling of an electric current running through him from head to toe.
Zhang Siyi couldn’t take it any longer so he bravely looked up and openly stared at Gu Yu walking to his office. As Zhang Siyi watched, his eyes sparkled, and he could feel the heat within him rise. The current connecting them became stronger and stronger. It made Zhang Siyi feel like his feelings where floating up and out of him, like love bubbles escaping at the top of his head and expressing his love as they burst.
Gu Yu: “……”
This time, Gu Yu looked away first. He raised his fist to cover his mouth and coughed lightly. With a twinkle in Gu Yu’s eyes, he walked slowly passed Zhang Siyi and into his office.
Feeling like he just won a boxing round, Zhang Siyi held up his arms in victory and spun around in his chair smiling from ear to ear. He only saw him briefly and already, Zhang Siyi just wanted to pounce on Gu Yu.
After a little while, Gu Yu sent Zhang Siyi a message to come to his office.
Like a Pokémon summoned beast, it took only three seconds to appear in front of Gu Yu: “Boss, you summoned me!” (⊙v⊙)
Gu Yu: “……”
Sitting at attention in front of Gu Yu, Zhang Siyi blinked his eyes repeatedly, eagerly waiting for his mission.
Again, Gu Yu brought his fist up and coughed lightly then handed him a paper: “This is a tourist development zone in X City, Yunnan province. It is a hotel design project with both designs needed for the buildings as well as a separate landscape landmark. First familiarize yourself with the project background and situation then begin basic preliminary work. After two days, when Tao Fei submits his commercial high-rise building project, I’ll assign the both of you on the project.”
Even though Gu Yu explained his relationship with Tao Fei, when Zhang Siyi heard his name, he couldn’t help but feel a little upset. Since Tao Fei was recruited to help him, Zhang Siyi felts he needed to set aside his negative feelings and try to work together.
Even though Zhang Siyi had all of the nessicary information in hand, Gu Yu saw him continuing to sit at attention staring at him greedily: “Well, was there anything else?”
Zhang Siyi: “No. Boss.” – Aren’t I obvious? Can’t you see that I like you!
Walking out of Gu Yu’s office, Zhang Siyi was feeling a little down, but he was keen on starting the new assignment.
The location of the new project is close to the Dai Autonomous Prefecture. Preliminary research into the area suggests it’s near a car manufacturer. As he was looking online for more information, Zhang Siyi saw Tao Fei go confidently into Gu Yu office with a large stack of color printed papers.
Zhang Siyi was subconsciously trying to listen to them in the office. After a few minutes, the loud dispute could be heard by anyone that was nearby.
Tao Fei: “Ordinary beam and column structures are not enough on such stacking floors.”
Gu Yu: “Don’t expect too much out of the domestic construction technology. Your plan is theoretically feasible, but the actual construction of it is more difficult.”
Tao Fei: “You are too conservative! All new things need to be tried!”
Gu Yu: “But your plan has exceeded the scope of Party A’s willingness to take risks.”
Tao Fei: “You didn’t let Party A see it, so how do you know?”
Gu Yu: “Experience. Also, the outer material for the lattice structure here will be too heavy causing stress on the joints on this side ….”
After hearing a bang, like the sound of the tabletop being hit, Tao Fei angrily clutched his drawings and pushed the door of Gu Yu’s office open.
All the nearby staff have looked up to see what all the fuss is about. Seeing Tao Fei looking so furious for the first time, they were shocked. He angrily crumpled and tore his stack of drawings and trashed them then walked over to his desk to sat down. Not a minute later, he stood up suddenly, and in a hurry as if to avoid being stared at, he walked in the direction of the dining area.
Everyone was a little frightened of Tao Fei’s explosive behavior. Zhang Siyi was as well however, unlike the rest of his colleagues, he has to learn how to get along with him.