Assistant Architect by Xi He Qing Ling
Chapter 125: Experience
“What are you doing here?” Embracing Gu Yu’s body and smelling his essence, Zhang Siyi heart was frantically pounding in his chest. Any ideas he had of going to the UK for a Master’s degree instantly vanished. Since Zhang Siyi felt being apart for a week was unbearable, he wasn’t able to wrap his mind around the idea of leaving China and having a long-distance relationship!
Although he did not answer, all of Gu Yu feelings were self-evident. Gu Yu fiercely hugged him and pressed Zhang Siyi head to his chest, kissing him on the head, ear, his jawline……
Afraid of being seen, Zhang Siyi loosened his arms, stepped back and asked: “Did you get the packages I sent?”
“Well…” Gu Yu gave him a funny look. “Why did you send so many?”
Feeling embarrassed, Zhang Siyi looked at his feet and quietly said: “I wanted to buy them for you.”
“Pu’er, Xizhou white tea, rose sugar, peach wine, flower cake…” Raising his eyebrows, Gu Yu recounted everything that was sent then asked: “Those are all well and good but what do you mean by buying Maca Root tea?”
“Uh….?” Zhang Siyi was in Shuhe the other day and saw someone selling Maca Root tea saying it was good for a man’s body because it increased stamina and resistance. Having purchased so many gifts during the trip thus far, Zhang Siyi lost track of each package. As long as it was something beneficial to Gu Yu, he bought it and sent it home without much thought.
Watching Zhang Siyi questioning expression, Gu Yu explained what the tea was used for; an aphrodisiac that help maintain a man’s erection.
Feeling embarrassed, Zhang Siyi repeatedly waved his hand to explain.” “I, I, I, I……. I didn’t mean that!
However, looking at Gu Yan’s narrow eyes, Zhang Siyi felt that he could not wash himself when he jumped into the Yellow River!
Reaching for Zhang Siyi head, Gu Yu laughed and snorted, and messed up his hair: “All right. Go ahead first.”
As he went upstairs, Zhang Siyi asked: “Did you come here after work this evening?”
Gu Xiao: “There was only one four-hour flight in the afternoon from Haicheng to Lijiang.”
….. Ah! It is no wonder that I couldn’t contact Gu Yu for a long time! Having worked all morning and then traveled the rest of the day, Gu Yu must be feeling exhausted.
When they arrived back to the room, Tao Fei was reclining on the bed with his legs crossed. He winked: “Brother you came!”
Not saying anything, Gu Yu nodded to Tao Fei and put down his luggage. He surveyed the room and saw two beds. One of them was occupied by Tao Fei, and the other bed with half of the blankets drooping over the side of the bed and onto the floor was Zhang Siyi’s.
Tao Fei asked: “Are you here for business or vacation?”
Since Gu Yu chose this time to travel, of course it is impossible for him to be part of the business trip and therefore, he must have come at his own expense.
Sitting up and putting his legs off the side of the bed Tao Fei smiled: “Now that it is the May holiday, there aren’t extra rooms left in he hotel. What should we do for tonight? Myself or Zhang Siyi……”
Before he had finished speaking, Gu Yu took off his coat and tossed it directly onto Zhang Siyi’s bed. He interrupted him in an overly dramatic manner: “Sleeping isn’t the issue. I came to see your work situation since it has been a week already. Did you forget the time?”
When Zhang Siyi heard Gu Yu, he was reminded of the ‘Big Devil’ and broke out in a cold sweat.
Gu Yu did not bother to listen to their answers and let Zhang Siyi get his slippers for him then said: “Tell me later. I’ll shower first.”
Taking advantage of his momentary absence, Zhang Siyi faced the culprit, Tao Fei, and whispered: “We are finished! All we did was see tourist traps and we haven’t made any progress on the project yet!” He knew with Gu Yu’s arrival that he was going to get into trouble!
As Zhang Siyi was in a panic, Tao Fei smirked indifferently. He lazily leaned back in his bed and said: “What are you afraid of? Haven’t we been working all this time?”
Zhang Siyi: “What?”
Tao Fei calmly explained: “Have you forgotten what we’re doing with this project? It is a luxury hotel design project for tourist attractions! The class of hotels are nothing less then Hotel intercontinental and Banyan Tree hotel. In order to develop a five-star hotel with the same standards, we have to stay in the high-end Hotels and visit the famous locations throughout Yunnan. We want to make sure our design is unique with its own characteristics and innovations and not a repeat of the same thing that the other hotels have.
Now that Zhang Siyi was enlightened, he suddenly understood why Tao Fei wanted to stay at all the best hotels! He realized the essence of the matter was the same as when Gu Yu took him to the old town on their C-City business trip. The difference was that he planned an area for ordinary people and not wealthy people and thus, had to see things from the common man’s perspective and stay at a budget hotel.
If they never experienced staying at a luxury hotel, they wouldn’t know what amenities and facilities are needed to incorporate into the design for the enjoyment of the hotel’s guests. It wasn’t that Tao Fei needs were different then Gu Yu’s, it was that the starting point of the project was vastly different from the previous one.
However, Zhang Siyi remains a bit confused: “But there is so much information and photos online about the places we have been to.”
Not all designers have the ability to put themselves in the place they are designing. Ironically, many people who design upscale places and wealthy mansions have not actually lived in upscale places and mansions themselves. Zhang Siyi didn’t feel wrong about his thoughts because with some research and speculation, the photos and information available online would provide a direction to start in designing a project plan.
Tao Fei scoffed: “It’s not the same. I saw a domestic real estate agent sell a house, claiming it to be a luxury apartment style of Europe and US because each apartment unit had its own fireplace. I looked at the fireplace and ha! The designers didn’t know what to think because the fireplace was just a mural!”
Zhang Siyi laughed out loud. Tao Fei’s example perfectly illustrated the issue at hand. The irony is really amazing.
Grinning, Tao Fei said: “Once you let go of your rigid thoughts and experience an environment with your heart, the sense of scale and space is intuitively gained. This type of knowledge leads to inspiration and is only achieved by living in the environment and not something that can be produced from thin air.
As if it were truth, Zhang Siyi nodded and touched his chin.
Stretching out on the bed, Tao Fei said: “Now this feeling of indulgence is the best! The more a person is spoiled, the better the experience feels and the more memorable it will be. In order for others to want to spend time at your resort, you have to first want to spend time being pampered at a resort. Let those rich people willingly pay for your design in order to enjoy the comfort of a drunken dream and forget reality. You are creating that paradise for guests to experience.”
Zhang Siyi nodded throughout Tao Fei explanation. How strange! He originally thought Tao Fei was so unreliable, but under his cynical surface, Tao Fei has a right-minded heart!
“Hey, by the way…” Tao Fei suddenly turned over, yawning: “Since I explained everything and you took most of the photographs, when Gu Yu comes out demanding an explanation, you talk to him. I’m going to sleep.”
Zhang Siyi: “……” You black heart fat peach!
Gu Yu quickly finished showering. With his hair still wet, he came out of the bathroom wearing a robe.
Holding his camera, Zhang Siyi was sitting down on the bed waiting for him.
Rubbing his hair with a towel, Gu Yu walked to Zhang Siyi’s bedside and sat down. He looked at Tao Fei in the next bed over and asked: “He went to sleep?”
Zhang Siyi lowered his head and said: “Well, look at this. These photos are what we have taken in the past few days…. “
Gu Yu got on the bed and sat close to Zhang Siyi. Since his robe was loosely tied together, he could see most of Gu Yu’s abdomen.
With a pounding chest and feeling hot Zhang Siyi pretended to be calm and talked to Gu Yu about their trip these past days. All the while, he internally thought to himself -ah don’t look, hold back, Tao Fei is right next to us.
While talking about their experiences when staying over in the luxury hotels, Zhang Siyi intuitively felt like Gu Yu was getting closer. As Zhang Siyi turned his head to peek, he saw Gu Yu staring at him and not looking one bit at the images displayed on the camera.
Opening his mouth to speak, Gu Yu suddenly came over and pecked his lips, interrupting Zhang Siyi. Scared, he raised his hand to cover his mouth, stunned. Wide eyed, he quickly glanced in Tao Fei’s direction to signal silently: – Tao Fei is here!
Turning, Gu Yu also glanced at Tao Fei. Since he saw no movement, he boldly pressed Zhang Siyi shoulder down to the pillow.
Zhang Siyi was forced to lay down half way. Gu Yu also followed suit and put his arm down so Zhang Siyi could rest his head on it. His other hand grabbed the bedding and pulled blankets over the body of the two of them then quietly said: “Continue.”
Blushing, Zhang Siyi quickly turned away from Gu Yu and continued to show him the photographs.
While looking at the camera’s display screen, his earlobe suddenly felt itchy and then hot. Frozen in place, Zhang Siyi sucked in a breath of cold air. He wanted to hide, but since Gu Yu arm was wrapped around him, he couldn’t move.
Shit! Gu Yu is actually…… licking his ears…… (Q////Q)
Gu Yu’s kiss shifted from his ear, to his cheek and then he held Zhang Siyi’s head and kissed him on the lips.
Since Tao Fei was next to them on the other bed, all he needed to do was open his eyes to witness them kissing each other. How dare Gu Yu……
Zhang Siyi opened his eyes and felt Gu Yu’s tongue sneak into his mouth, probing inside. His pounding heart was about to jump out of his throat.
As much as Gu Yu surprised him, Zhang Siyi had to admit to himself that the more they progressed, the more worried he was about being discovered, but contrary to his logical thought, the greater the thrill Gu Yu’s actions brought.
Not daring to respond to Gu Yu’s advances, he grasped the camera in one hand and clenched his other hand into a fist. From the tips of his toes, to the top of head, all of the cells in his body trembled. The gentle kisses made him so excited that Zhang Siyi thought he was going to explode.