助理建筑师 羲和清零 144

Assistant Architect by Xi He Qing Ling

Chapter 144: The Fun


Thinking Gu Yu was angry, Zhang Siyi was surprised at Gu Yu’s heartfelt confession. Becoming emotional, Zhang Siyi didn’t know what to say. Instead, he reached out to touch Gu Yu’s heart. Although clothes separated them, Zhang Siyi could feel the steadfast heart of the man he loved. Not only could he feel his physical heartbeat, but the connection he had with his soul as well. Gazing into Gu Yu’s eyes. Zhang Siyi fell for him all over again.

Every day, his love grew stronger. From the beginning at the start of his confession in April, to the unexpected arrival in Lijiang, to the first big argument, and yesterday’s spat and reconciliation… It turns out that loving a person is unstoppable like the limitless graph of a positive quadratic function.

He will never be able to separate himself from Gu Yu during his life ever!

Reaching out and wrapping his arms around Gu Yu’s slightly larger body, Zhang Siyi pulled him into his embrace and held him close: “I know, I will learn to believe in you.”

The two men gazed into each other eyes for a moment before they kissed tenderly. Gu Yu reached out to caressed Zhang Siyi’s face and smiled: “Are you satisfied now? Do you have any more questions?”

 “No, I don’t. I believe in you.” Zhang Siyi gave Gu Yu a tight squeeze and then said: “I was a little curious about your past. That’s all.”

“I’ll tell you more about it later.” Gu Yu slid his finger to Zhang Siyi’s nose and bopped it: “Even though we are considered a pair as part of the game in the company, are you still getting jealous over Tao Fei and my Senior Sister? Are you unsatisfied?”

Suddenly, Zhang Siyi lifted his legs and wrapped them around Gu Yu’s waist, immobilizing him. Full of possessiveness, he said: “We are a pair! You are mine.”

Since Zhang Siyi’s ardor actions caught him by surprise, Gu Yu laid there stiffly. Gazing at him, desire grew and taking advantage of the situation he relaxed and used the weight of his head to place his lips onto Zhang Siyi’s lips and kissed him deeply.

With a racing heart and turning red, Zhang Siyi let out a “Mmm”. Before things went any further, he quickly released Gu Yu. He said: “We should finish making the plans,” and then Zhang Siyi pushed him away.

Leaning on his elbow and propping himself up, Gu Yu smirked and gave Zhang Siyi a funny look.

Sitting upright at the small table, Zhang Siyi was annoyed at himself. He wanted to know why, when Gu Yu made his desire clear, he acted like a young shy maiden every time. He is a man! Can’t he go back!? (ˋ_ˊ)

…… If I had known, I should have gossiped about the pumpkin. Then I might have seen his embarrassment instead!

As they continued researching destinations, they happily discussed their plans. The time flew by without them realizing it and it was time to wash and get some rest.

After lying down, Zhang Siyi checked his phone for social media updates and discovered a deposit of five-hundred yuan in his account. He clicked on the entry in his banking ledger for more information and found the money had been transferred by Gu Yu this morning.

“Hey, you gave me money? Why is it so much?” Zhang Siyi questioned strangely.

Gu Yu leaned over, embraced him and softly said: “Your behavior last night improved the quality of our lives so this is my reward.”

Zhang Siyi:“……” Ah! So good! More opportunities to make our quality of life better!

…… Wait a minute, Isn’t there something wrong with this way of thinking!? (=_=)

…… Shit! What is the difference between Gu Yu giving him money for yesterday’s activities and getting  paid for ‘that-kind-of-service’!?

……No, no, no. That can’t be true. Maybe Gu Yu didn’t mean it like that!

…… It shouldn’t feel so nice to get rewarded like this!

Feeling irritated, Zhang Siyi used his thumbs to quickly type on his mobile phone. After a moment, Gu Yu’s phone chimed.

Hearing the phone, Gu Yu let go of Zhang Siyi and reached over to the bedside table to pick it up. Seeing a notification from him he asked: “What’s this?” When he unlocked the phone and looked at the details, he saw that Zhang Siyi had sent him money; only fifty yuan.

Zhang Siyi smirked and said: “Your service payment.” Feeling generous, he added: “Keep the change.”

Ha-Ha! Zhang Siyi thought he had the perfect idea. Now that each had given money, they were even. He can’t be the only one feeling like a rent-boy! Unexpectedly, Gu Yu suddenly smiled and asked: “Is my service only worth fifty dollars?”

Zhang Siyi put his phone on the bedside table and shrunk into the bed: “Fifty bucks isn’t enough?” Zhang Siyi still felt like yesterday, he lost in a big way.

Gu Yu muffed his laughter and said: “It’s enough. According to your math, the price of thirty minutes is five hundred dollars and the price for three minutes is fifty. I have no objections to the price.”

Zhang Siyi: “……”

Gu Yu pulled Zhang Siyi into his arms and nibbled on his ear. He whispered softly for only Zhang Siyi to hear: “I hope you can let me give you a thousand dollars for next time.”

Zhang Siyi: “………” Go to hell! (╯‵皿’)╯(┻━┻

Sleeping soundly until dawn, Zhang Siyi got up and arrived at the company early. He could hear his colleagues happily talk about Japan as they each arrived at work and walked to their desks. Thinking about yesterday’s research, he couldn’t help but smile at himself. -Hey, I’m the master who has the power to organized your ultimate itinerary!

In the morning, Gu Yu sent an additional message to remind everyone to work hard. If anyone didn’t complete their work beforehand, they would have to cancel their trip.

In reality, even if someone delayed their work, they would have to wait for the visa to come through and thus not worry about missing the trip. However, Gu Yu’s news gave them a sense of urgency. The group members became a little nervous so they quieted down and diligently went back to work with a serious attitude.

Being used to traveling from time to time, Zhang Siyi didn’t feel as excited about the trip to Japan as the rest of his colleagues did. Even if he hadn’t already traveled to many places, he didn’t have the luxury to think about the trip at the moment as he and Tao Fei were drowning in work to complete for their resort project. They will have made a report on the project on the eve of the tour.

In the beginning, after only a few months on the job, Gu Yu allowed him to specialize in small floor plan design for a short period. Now, combined with his experience inside luxury hotels, Zhang Siyi easily grasped the internal dimensions of these residential spaces. He knew what the ergonomic basis and size limitations were when designing the hotel villas. In addition, using his experience drawing blueprints for his office design, putting together the villa designs was like a sixth grader going back to do homework from fourth grade.

Zhang Siyi started with a villa shape according to what he saw and heard in Yunnan. In order to add local features and details to highlight his drawings, he repeatedly looked at both his own photographs from his trip to Yunnan, as well as rummaging through all of the classic villa design case books and reference materials from the company’s library to supplement his information and find inspiration for his design.

Once he took the time to figured out one of the villas, the rest of them were draw effortlessly. Quickly, more than half of the drawing was completed.

This is the most difficult phase of the whole design process because there are rules to follow. Once they are mastered, with experience, one can easily create improvements in a design within the scope of the regulations.

If the goal is to achieve a unique exterior building, one can’t copy motifs and ideas from other buildings then mechanically and loosely patch them together. Only by thinking about what inspires them, can one follow through with their own ideas to create a new building with their own characteristics and thus cultivate their own design aesthetic.

During this busy time, Zhang Siyi once again thought of the words Gu Yu’s father said to him this year:  “You must constantly arm yourself with knowledge and skills and mature as fast as possible. When you get there, you will know the fun of doing architectural design.”

Yes, in the tenth month of employment, Zhang Siyi finally realized the truth of his statement. After some accumulation of knowledge and experience, he finally felt the fun of doing design.

Gu Yu told him before that designing is like playing a game that utilizes the permutations and combinations within a limited set of rules to find the most effective solution. But Zhang Siyi doesn’t feel this to be true anymore. The higher architectural designers should be equivalent to magicians. Not only can they figure out the most utilitarian plan, they can also transform any ugly building into something magnificent and beautiful.

Just as the meaning of the English word architecture was originally defined as ‘master builder’, with enough accumulated knowledge and experience, an architect can build the world!


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