Assistant Architect by Xi He Qing Ling
Chapter 135: Reconciliation
Excited to return to Gu Yu, Zhang Siyi washed quickly in the shower. After, he rushed back to bed, he laid down beside him and wrapped his arms around Gu Yu.
“Do you want to sleep?” Gu Yu asked in a soft, raspy voice that was unique and sensual from his cold. Since he was feeling dizzy, Gu Yu almost fell back to sleep in the time that Zhang Siyi took to wash.
Seeing Gu Yu in such a cute and vulnerable state, Zhang Siyi couldn’t help himself from taking advantage of the situation. Thinking of what Gu Yu did to him when visiting Lijiang, Zhang Siyi licked Gu Yu ear while softly emitting an erotic moan. Pressing himself against Gu Yu seductively, he moved his hand along his body tenderly and wrapped his leg around Gu Yu. Exuding a sweet atmosphere, Zhang Siyi enticed him to ‘come and eat’.
Now awake, losing to lust, Gu Yu couldn’t restrain himself. He whispered ‘naughty’ and rolled over on top of Zhang Siyi and pressed him down. Lowering his head, Gu Yu kissed him as he wished and reached down to fondle Zhang Siyi. Eliciting more erotic moans, Gu Yu continued to tenderly stroke his hardened area. Zhang Siyi twisted his hips right, left and GU Yu released his exceedingly engorged organ.
Having helped each other many times, Zhang Siyi no longer felt a sense of shame like he had the first time he was with Gu Yu. He reached for Gu Yu sensitive organ and passionately stroked him up.
The sudden movement made Gu Yu take a deep breath and hold it a moment. Looking at Zhang Siyi, his emotions boiled and felt himself nearing completion.
Watching his reaction, Zhang Siyi’s heart was filled with a strong sense of accomplishment and that feeling was more exciting than his own need. Wanting to please Gu Yu, Zhang Siyi fervidly continued to fondle Gu Yu then leaned over to nibble and kiss Gu Yu deeply on his neck, like an unrestrained puppy.
Eyes wide open and gasping, Gu Yu suddenly slid down under the blanket. Confused for a moment, in a husky, yet soft voice, Zhang Siyi asked ‘why?’ but immediately was answered with a different feeling.
“Ah…!” Zhang Siyi jerked in surprised and shouted loudly: “Don’t!”
In the next second, Gu Yu didn’t hesitate to envelop him deeply into his mouth. Due to Gu Yu’s fever, his high temperature gave Zhang Siyi an unprecedented experience. In that brief moment, Zhang Siyi’s toes curled, his body trembled and he came to completion.
Zhang Siyi: “…” Aaaaaaahh! Fuck! How can this be!! Unacceptable!!!
Shortly after, Gu Yu head popped up from the quilt. Coughing a little, he gently laughed and affectionately said: “Little virgin. So fast….”
In frustration and embarrassment, Zhang Siyi covered his face.
Smiling, Gu Yu rubbed his head and chuckled: “Ready to sleep now?”
Feeling cheated, Zhang Siyi shouted: “What the fuck are you laughing about? Do you think it’s okay? What I want is the process!”
Gu Yu raised his eyebrows: “What do you want? I also want to give you a more comfortable and enjoyable process, but I know you will…”
“Shut up!” As a man, Zhang Siyi has his dignity and quickly lifted his hand to cover Gu Yu mouth to block him from saying anything else. – Shit! Do I really need to listen to my Mother and visit a doctor for male problems!?
Gu Yu stifled a laugh and comforted him: “There will be opportunities next time.”
Not wanting to disappoint Gu Yu, Zhang Siyi stared at him in the eyes. Even though Zhang Siyi felt ashamed of reciprocating the action, he wouldn’t just abandon him and refuse.
However, before Zhang Siyi could take action, Gu Yu saw through him and immediately stopped Zhang Siyi: “Don’t think about it anymore. I have a cold and it’s not suitable time for intercourse as physical exhaustion hinders recovery. Besides, we still have work tomorrow and it’s almost three in the morning. If you help me, are you going to get any sleep? I’m not like you and can finish in a few seconds.”
When it came to the last remark, Gu Yu didn’t forget to rub it in and make Zhang Siyi feel angry. In order to appease him, Gu Yu hugged him and kissed him tenderly without going further for a long time. Knowing Gu Yu’s attitude was firm, Zhang Siyi obediently gave up the idea and instead wrapped his arm around his waist and leaned on Gu Yu’s shoulder. Holding each other closely in their arms, they went to sleep.
The next morning it was clear that Gu Yu’s illness was worse. Since Zhang Siyi was the one that disturbed Gu Yu’s sleep, he didn’t know if he was the cause. Feeling guilty, Zhang Siyi jumped out of bed early and made tea for Gu Yu. He brought it back upstairs on a tray for Gu Yu to drink in bed.
Watching Zhang Siyi bounce around the room like an energized rabbit, Gu Yu sighed. Even though Zhang Siyi only got a few hours of sleep, Gu Yu felt like the six-year age gap between them was obvious and decided he needed to get more exercise in the future.
Frowning, Zhang Siyi tried to persuade Gu Yu: “You look so bad, do you want to take the day off?”
“No. Today is your project presentation and I specifically want to be there when Party-A arrives.” Not listening to Zhang Siyi’s advice, Gu Yu slowly got out of bed and put on a formal suit and suggested that Zhang Siyi do the same.
Not thinking about the most appropriate attire to wear today, Zhang Siyi was happy that Gu Yu reminded him so he quickly went to his room to change.
When he arrived at the company, Zhang Siyi met Tao Fei and once again was very surprised. Last night’s unkempt haggard bum disappeared and standing in front of Zhang Siyi in a suit was the restored suave and handsome beautiful peach.
Inspecting Zhang Siyi, Tao Fei raised his hand to his chin: “You look really handsome when you wear a suit.” First, Tao Fei looked him over from head to toe and then, gestured his head in the direction of Gu Yu’s office he smiled and asked: “Well, did you make up last night?”
Blushing a little, Zhang Siyi couldn’t stop himself from smiling broadly.
Tao Fei snorted and with the rolled-up file of papers, he tapped it on Zhang Siyi’s head: “Stupid. Go get ready. It’s your tower design, so you are going to present it yourself!”
Zhang Siyi was shocked: “Ah?”
Tao Fei looked at him: “What ‘Ah’? What else are you wearing a fancy suit for? Are you just another pretty face?”
Zhang Siyi: “…” Fuck, he dug himself a hole.
At 10 o’clock in the morning Party A arrived. They were a large-scale development company with its own capital and investments. Also within the company, they were equipped with a building planning department. In order to watch the presentation, there were four people that came to Borderless. They were one of the investors in the project, the deputy general manager of the tourism development department, the general manager of the construction planning department, and an accompanying secretary.
The main receptionist at Borderless, Mrs. Wang, first invited the crowd to tour the facilities of Borderless and afterwards, Gu Yu invited them to the conference room for refreshments. Tong Heyi came forward on behalf of the company and introduced a variety of projects that showcased the design strength of Borderless. Once everyone settled down, the official proposal started.
In addition to Tao Fei, Zhang Siyi noticed both Ji Feiyu and Bi Lele as well as several designers from Group B were also present. Since they weren’t involved with the design, he wondered why everyone was here and whispered to Tao Fei: “What are all these people doing here?”
Tao Fei scolded him: “You don’t understand? This is a battle! With four observers, we can’t simply go directly to the commander. This is our home turf, and the more presence we have, the better it is. Don’t give yourself away and remember that all these designers here are project participates!”
Zhang Siyi grinned: “How do you know so much?””
Tao Fei gave him a sideways glance and stated: “My brother, when I was gaining experience through my internship, you were still in educational diapers!”
Zhang Siyi: “……” Fuck off!
After all of the staff members entered the conference room, Party A was very happy to see so many people.
Tao Fei got up and walked to the front and bowed gracefully.
Gu Yu drank from a cup of tea to moistened his throat then made introductions: “This is my fellow classmate from Big T university, Tao Fei. He also has Master’s from a British university and is the main person in charge of the project.”
When Zhang Siyi heard Gu Yu’s slightly hoarse voice, Zhang Siyi thought of last night’s activities. As his face became hot, he quickly tightened his fingers into a fit and jabbing his nails into his palms in order to drive away those erotic thoughts.
The deputy general manager of Party A’s tourism development department looked at Tao Fei and saw him as a young man. He immediately asked: “Mr. Gu, we sought you for your fame. Looking at this young man, what credentials does he have?”
Like Secretary Wang of C city, when hearing Gu Yu wasn’t the project head designer, he had questions. It may not be a problem for most people, but Tao Fei is arrogant and opinionated.
Zhang Siyi watched Tao Fei intently. Hearing the Manager express his doubts and knowing Tao Fei’s personality, Zhang Siyi thought by now, Tao Fei must be feeling irritated. Sure enough, he could see Tao Fei squinting his eyes and scrunching his face all of which were the precursors to him blowing up.
Without missing a beat, Gu Yu smoothed over Party A’s anxiety: “He is XX National University students Frontier Architectural Design Cup competition first place. After graduation, several well-known construction companies in the country have offered him a position, but he came to me at Borderless. This is the second project he has designed since earning his Master’s degree. Last month, we won the bid for his commercial high-rise design that will be built in Shandong Q city x District later this year. All designers start out young and grow up. If President Li hadn’t given me the chance back then, I wouldn’t have the achievements that I have today.”
President Li also helped: “Yes. Small Gu has all grown up and is now passing along opportunities. You can rest assured, even though Tao Fei doesn’t look the part, I’ve seen his architectural work and vouch for him. We have met previously to exchange ideas. If I wasn’t confident, there wouldn’t be a reason to approach your company for this project. Gu Yu and I wouldn’t let you see anything other than an exceptional design.”
With a blank look, Zhang Siyi sat in the conference room speechless. He knows exactly which two persons worked on the project and how much effort it took them. Having witnessed the interaction between parties and boasting remarks, he understands the importance of strong support. Hey, he’s still learning!
The manager touched his chin and nodded with satisfaction.
Taking the cue, Tao Fei lightly coughed. Standing tall, he proudly started presenting the project: “Leaders, without further ado, then let us begin.”
Tao Fei began with the first slide. With a beautifully crafted rendering, it depicted their overall plan. Zhang Siyi noticed the surprised expressions on some of the people’s faces.
Whether it is one building or a development, knowing how eye-catching Tao Fei visual approach to designing can be, Zhang Siyi isn’t surprised by the group’s reactions.
Hearing the groups silence, Tao Fei switched to the next slide. In fluent French and English, he spoke: “Courtoisie (Courtesy), Charme (Charm), Caractère (Character), Calme (Calm), Cuisine (Food). This is the 5C standard that the members of the Relais & Chateaux boutique hotel group must meet.”
Since there hadn’t been any comments yet, Zhang Siyi thought perhaps, no one could understand what Tao Fei was talking about. Even so, with the artistic visual display and fluent French and English, Tao Fei brought his whole speech into an international level.
Having clicked to the next slide, Tao Fei continued: “In order to meet the 5C standards, our group of designers personally stayed at luxury brands across Yunnan for ten days.”
Tao Fei reported many of the places they stayed at which covering almost all of the high-end hotels in Yunnan. The slide showed each facilities’ overall grade, number of stars, cost, and popularity.
At ten-thousand each for research of ten days with eight designers present is no less than eighty-thousand and that is without transportation. Party A’s faces became pale. The act alone shows how much attention and investment Borderless have made towards the project. Looking at each other, the people in Party A became more serious.
Yes, in the industry, one will hardly be able to find a company that is more committed than Borderless. However, only Zhang Siyi knows the truth of the matter. Tao Fei’s so-called ‘whole group’ is only just the two of them. Also, a few of the hotels he listed are places they didn’t visit. With the cost initially covered by their own finances, Zhang Siyi is waiting for the Head-of-the-House from Party A to reimburse them.