助理建筑师 羲和清零 114

Assistant Architect by Xi He Qing Ling

Chapter 114: Gaze

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Zhang Siyi was wrong. He wants his heart back. Gu Yu doesn’t seem to understand the atmosphere at all! Bastard!  Damn it! Having been blown-off for the second time, Zhang Siyi was very angry. As he went to the table, he resisted the urge to smash the dishes. Gu Yu returned to the table a step ahead of him and picked up his mobile phone that was propped up against a soup bowl.

Huh? Zhang Siyi thought something strange was going on. Why would Gu Yu have his phone like…… Suddenly, Zhang Siyi realized the reason Gu Yu asked him to stand in a specific spot when he played. With intensity, he quickly reacted: “You just recorded it!?”

Smiling broadly and without a word, Gu Yu quickly handled his phone. His decisive movements and expression clearly proved Zhang Siyi’s speculation.

Thinking about his do-over at the start, Zhang Siyi felt embarrassed. Recalling his rushed confession ‘I like you’, Zhang Siyi could feel his ire grow. Finally, when he thought about the scene of his eager and excited ‘I will’ reply, feeling ashamed, Zhang Siyi instantly exploded!

“How can you secretly videotape me?!” Zhang Siyi reached out to grab the mobile phone.

“This is the gift you gave me. Why can’t I record it?” With the phone held tightly, Gu Yu raised his arm up high. Since Zhang Siyi was nearly the same height, Gu Yu didn’t have any height advantage when Zhang Siyi jumped. Gu Yu put his phone in his back pocket and like the annual balloon game, Zhang Siyi repeatedly tried to rush at him, but couldn’t maneuver himself to get the phone. Enjoying the physical attention, Gu Yu asked: “I just want to be able to watch it in the future. What’s the problem?”

Zhang Siyi hurriedly said: “It’s not only playing the violin, but also afterwards….”

Gu Yu caught Zhang Siyi by the wrists and pulled him close then kissed him gently on the lips. He smiled at him: “What happened afterwards? There is only a dog here who can’t say anything to witness the wedding and still, you aren’t going to allow me to make a video to remember it by?

Townhouse: “……”

Not waiting for Zhang Siyi to respond, Gu Yu spoke: “The video can not only be used as a memento, but also to leave proof. You personally said the words, so I will hold you to them.”

Feeling hot, Zhang Siyi’s face was red as a tomato. Squirming, he tried to break free of Gu Yu’s grasp and proclaimed: “I wouldn’t cheat!”

Gu Yu also clamped down more firmly and didn’t let Zhang Siyi go. Fully taking advantage of his lover and enjoying it, Gu Yu continued: “Since you say so, why is your reaction so extreme? Why does it bother you? You are already mine.” Pulling him close, Gu Yu caught Zhang Siyi in his embrace and kissed him affectionately.

Zhang Siyi lost all reasoning when he heard Gu Yu proclaim ‘you are already mine.’  Zhang Siyi didn’t even know what the problem was and why he was fighting with Gu Yu. With the help of his kissing, soon, Zhang Siyi stopped struggling.

When Zhang Siyi calmed down, Gu Yu let go of him. He smiled and said: “Go wash the dishes. I have some other issues we need to discuss.”

Zhang Siyi: “……”

Carrying the dishes to the kitchen to wash, Zhang Siyi slowly regained his senses. Fuck!  What he is irritated with, is not the reason why Gu Yu is recording the video, but Gu Yu’s act of secretly recording a video without his consent!

…… Aaaaaaaahhh!

Even though Zhang Siyi complained about being secretly recorded, he couldn’t help but feel genuinely happy.  With a ‘crash’, a plate slipped and broke on the floor. Gu Yu voice could be heard from the living area: “Hey, take it easy. A broken plate will be taken out of our daily expenses. The penalty is five-hundred!”

Feeling exuberant, Zhang Siyi couldn’t stay angry for long. With Gu Yu’s reminder, he carefully washed the remaining dishes. However, a thought occurred to him. If Gu Yu needed to cover the expenses when they exceed four-thousand, then at worst, Zhang Siyi wouldn’t get a bonus. What is there to be afraid of?

…… Hehehehe! The benefits are too good!!

While Zhang Siyi was in the kitchen washing the dishes, Gu Yu was on the sofa looking at his phone again smiling brilliantly. He copied and edited a section of the video of Zhang Siyi saying “I will”. Gu Yu opened his WeChat app and was surprised to see Zhang Siyi’s latest post he made during breakfast: “I’m sorry for the wait.”

Laughing out loud, Gu Yu thought Zhang Siyi’s post was really cute. In response, Gu Yu uploaded his short video and added a statement: “I will hold your hand now and for a lifetime.” At the end of the sentence, Gu Yu added a love sticker then clicked to post it. Of course, this message is only visible to Zhang Siyi.

Wiping his hand dry, Zhang Siyi glanced over at Gu Yu sitting of the sofa and saw him smiling at his phone intently with warmth and charm. Observing his gentle expressions, Zhang Siyi felt like Gu Yu was acting…. sheepish? Can Gu Yu even become shy and embarrassed? Maybe, it’s just imaginary.

Sure enough, when Gu Yu looked up, the expression he had disappeared. He stood up and looked over at Zhang Siyi and said, “Go, take the dog, walk a little.” Gu Yu paused and spoke again: “Let’s take the dog out for a walk.”

Zhang Siyi: “……”

Yes. It has been a busy day and the dog hasn’t had any exercise yet. In his excitement and anticipation, Zhang Siyi’s mind has only been thinking about being together with Gu Yu sexually and ignoring other responsibilities.

Thankfully, Gu Yu is rather strict when it comes to responsibilities, and thus he can continue to do the sensible thing without impulses to disrupt his pace of life. Although Zhang Siyi feels that Gu Yu’s stringent behavior angers him sometimes, he also knows that if Gu Yu acted on impulse all the time, his personal life wouldn’t be so well organized and comfortable.

In this way, his behavior yesterday morning when he rushed to Zhang Siyi’s apartment at night was an anomaly as if he was possessed by aliens. (=_=)

With lingering resentment for being treated unfairly, Zhang Siyi went upstairs to change out of his formal attire into something more comfortable. Since it was raining lightly outside, Gu Yu held a large umbrella for both of them while Zhang Siyi held onto the dog leash.

While watching Townhouse walking in the rain in front of him, Zhang Siyi was reminded of the past when he walked the dog with Fu Xinhui. Ironically, he never wanted to go with Fu Xinhui in fear of looking more gay to outsiders and now, he actually became gay! The only difference now is that he is living with Gu Yu and not his friend. Jesus Christ, if time had returned to six months ago, he would never have believed in this development ….

Not only walking the dog, Zhang Siyi is out strolling in the rain. Normally, Zhang Siyi dislikes going out in the rain because he doesn’t like getting his clothes wet especially how the water splashes on the back of his legs. He always thought it was too troublesome.

However, now that Gu Yu is by his side, he feels differently. The nasty spring rain and leisurely walk has become romantic in Zhang Siyi’s eyes. Occasionally, Townhouse picked a tree to mark, and then carry on. After pausing momentarily, the two continued on their relaxing stroll without a care in the world. Zhang Siyi’s only regret is that they can’t hold hands.

Sighing, he looked around and saw many pedestrians out and about near the tavern close by. Unlike the times he was with his friend, why has no one come to ask them if they are a pair? ╭ (╯_╰) ╮

Finally, as they turned around to walk back to the villa, Gu Yu brought up the topic he wanted to discuss: “Siyi, we are together now, but there are few things you have to know and I want to tell you about them in advance.”

Zhang Siyi: “Hmm?

Gu Yu: “First of all, on the outside, especially in the company, we still have to keep a distance and maintain a normal look.”

Zhang Siyi was shocked……. Their relationship can only be a secret love?

Office romance is not encouraged and, in many companies, it is prohibited even among heterosexual couples. While there might be leeway between a man and women coworker, there certainly would not be between a Director and a subordinate in a relationship, let alone that they are both men. No matter what, they would incur huge criticism which could influence the public heart and team morale.

Feeling a little despondent, Zhang Siyi said: “Hmm.” He paused and then asked: “What about the fact that we live together? Is that a secret too?”

Gu Yu: “It is best not to take the initiative to talk about it with colleagues.”

Zhang Siyi frowned: “But that day in the elevator, you have already told Tao Fei.”

Gu Yu explained: “Tao Fei is not an ordinary employee. He is my classmate and friend. In the future he may come to our house to visit. If we are secretive about it now, later if he comes to the house, it will seem suspicious. It is better to say something upfront so he won’t think much about it later.”

Zhang Siyi: “Oh……”

Gu Yu: “If you are asked by others, don’t deliberately conceal it and just try to stay calm.”

When he and Fu Xinhui rented the apartment together, even when the two had no intimate relationship with one another, they were always being misunderstood. Now that he lives with Gu Yu, he can’t show his true colors. In short, the time has come to test his acting skills!

O ( ̄ヘ ̄o)

Gu Yu smiled at him affectionately then he changed the hand he was using to hold the umbrella. With his newly freed hand, he reached behind Zhang Siyi and rubbed the back of his head as a token of comfort. He continued: “Second point. You can’t gaze at me seductively.”

It was a little difficult for Gu Yu to tell him this. Zhang Siyi felt embarrassed when he heard Gu Yu: “When have I ever done that?”

Incredulous, Gu Yu looked at him both funny and helpless: “If you remember last Wednesday when I came to the office in the morning, you were gazing at me with such intense yearning that it was too much!”

Zhang Siyi: “……”

“Don’t ever do that again.” Gu Yu coughed lightly then added: “Only in private.”

Zhang Siyi quietly looked at Gu Yu and saw his ears turn red. Oh My God! Gu Yu is shy? He really blushed! Zhang Siyi felt like he discovered the New World and his heart was very excited. He boldly asked: “How do you feel when I gaze at you?”

Gu Yu pretend to be calm: “Nothing.”

Feeling vexed, Zhang Siyi snorted: “Since it is nothing, then I’ll gaze at you in the office at any time I feel like it.”

Gu Yu glared at him: “I won’t be able to get any work done!”

Zhang Siyi: “…”

Ah-ha-ha-ha-ha! Zhang Siyi smirked and felt full of accomplishment at causing the normally calm and rational Gu Yu to be so flustered.

Grinding his jaw, Gu Yu pinched the back of Zhang Siyi’s neck hard and firmly threatened: “If you dare do that, I will make you work until there is no time to eat.”

Zhang Siyi: “……” Shit! It’s personal!

Gu Yu slapped the back of his head lightly and said: “Don’t be naughty, ok?”

Zhang Siyi blushed: “Ok”

Gu Yu added: “Third issue, although I have feelings for you, at the office I have to guarantee fairness.  If you don’t do well, I will still criticize you. I have even stricter requirements for you now then compared to the past so you must be mentally prepared.”

Zhang Siyi was very surprised. There are no benefits?  Why are the requirement even more stringent? What kind of vendetta is this?!”

Gu Yu quickly answered the doubts in Zhang Siyi’s heart: “I know you have worked very hard, but there are times I wish I could just directly upload my knowledge into your head. More than anything I want to be able to work shoulder to shoulder with you.”

Now feeling his heart warming, all of the anger and anxiety Zhang Siyi felt was completely washed away by Gu Yu’s statement. Zhang Siyi quietly nodded: “Hmm.”

Since Gu Yu finished explaining the three main points of contention, Gu Yu was able to relax.

Returning to the villa after walking the dog, Gu Yu took out a large towel from the coat closet and used it to wipe off the water and dirt from Townhouse’s feet and hair.

Watching Gu Yu’s tender and meticulous care of Townhouse, Zhang Siyi felt that this stepfather is giving better care to the dog than his own righteous father. If Fu Xinhui found out how good of care the dog is receiving, he would probably be moved to cry.

However, Zhang Siyi couldn’t imagine what kind of expression Fu Xinhui would reveal if he knew that Zhang Siyi was in a relationship with Gu Yu.

17 thoughts on “助理建筑师 羲和清零 114

  1. Ah so sensible but can it really work in practice? I hope Gu Yu isn’t too hard on him. Thank you for the lovely sweet chapter 😘

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  2. It’s only 100 chps.By the way GY is saying it, I have a bad feeling.Most prob they’ll face probs…and knowing the author who tends to wrench our hearts this is like forewarning.And honestly speaking,I think it’s unhealthy to be in a secret relationship. U cant keep it forever. Rather than hiding they should think abt how to make others accept it.

    And why do I feel like being GY lover is a lot of hard work.He has high expectations of his partner and accept nothing less then his ideal.Wat GY is doing is molding ZSY into what GY likes..yes it is in better direction but somehow I dunno,how to put it into words..GY is too idealistic?

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    1. I believe we have to separate the mentor / teacher gu yu and the lover gu yu. As a mentor the expectations he has of Zhang siyi are reasonable but at the same time no one wants to see their partner suffer so much for work

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      1. Well,tats the idea but in actuality it’s really difficult to separate btw being a mentor and lover.People will always tend to mixed their personal feelings.I mean its gud tat ZSY doesn’t mind it.But if I was put in his shoes I would b wondering why r u trying to change me so much.
        Yes I know it’s always good to change for the better but u should also respect ur partner. Well sth along tat line.

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        1. That’s why Gu Yu discussed those matter with Siyi is to see whether Siyi approve of them or not. Isn’t that a sign of respect? I believe Gu Yu won’t force Siyi on something he doesn’t like, that’s why it’s better to, as he said before, communicate and discuss things beforehand. Since Siyi agreed with it, then everything is OK.
          Separating work from personal life is a sign of professionalism. He didn’t say they deliberately have to hide it, just maintain a safe distance that will not interfere at their work. When the time comes, he didn’t say that they have to deny it either. I think that’s perfectly logical, after all, rashly exposing their relationships might have more repercussions to their relationship rather than benefits. They just started after all. As for consequences in the workplace, Gu Yu have been working there for a long time already, and Siyi is still just a newcomer. No matter where you look at, the impact would be greater on Siyi’s side. That’s why he wanted to cultivate Siyi’s ‘potential to growth’. He isn’t forcing Siyi to meet his standards, it’s because he knows Siyi is capable of it. Capable of working shoulder to shoulder with him. Once they prove that they have the skills, and they won’t let personal affair interfere with work, wouldn’t that be easier for their colleagues to accept their relationship?
          Gu Yu is looking after his welfare for the long run, not for just momentary pleasure. That’s what it means to guide Siyi.

          Of course, even though Gu Yu laid out those rules, that doesn’t mean he can adhere strictly to those 3 rules too. As you said, it’s idealistic, and it’s difficult to separate being a mentor and lover right? That’s why the author mentioned, “his behavior yesterday morning when he rushed to Zhang Siyi’s apartment at night was an anomaly as if he was possessed by aliens.” Meaning, no matter how strict Gu Yu can be, at the end of the day, he’s also just human, capable of making errors, even to his own rules.

          I don’t really get why people keep blackening Gu Yu’s character, just because he’s a blackbelly ah. Why can’t people look at the bigger picture, read between the lines, and analyze the motivations behind the character’s behavior and actions. Not everything is black and white, and realistically speaking, not everyone can be good all the time.

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          1. I have no words. You already what I was thinking and wanted to say.

            I’ve seen so many comments here and there saying harsh words to our two main characters, and it’s honestly upsetting but I just let them be. I love this story and the characters and nothing can affect me. ╮(︶︿︶)╭

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    2. Yes omg, you worded it perfectly!!! Gu Yu has a tendency to compare everyone to himself subconsciously… it’s not bad to want your partner to change for the better, but at the same you should never make them feel like they need to constantly “earn” your approval

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