Assistant Architect by Xi He Qing Ling
Chapter 146: Situation
“Hmm.” Gu Yu was watching him. Since Zhang Siyi assertive behavior was really loveable, he wanted to stay. Sighing, he held Zhang Siyi briefly, pecked him on the lips and said: “Remember to eat something and send me a message later.”
After Gu Yu left, Zhang Siyi read a book for a while and since it had been awhile, he practiced playing the violin. Feeling bored, he pondered what else he could do before going to sleep. He decided to call home.
When the phone connected, he said: “Hello? Mom?”
The last time he spoke with his mother over the phone was when he needed his driver’s license. More often than not, any communication between them was done through WeChat. Lately, Zhang Siyi was very with work that he didn’t have the chance to talk with her; not even to tell her that he moved. Although, in reality, he probably was avoiding the subject now that he was together with Gu Yu.
Mother Zhang immediately asked him about work and his recent comings and goings. She asked him if he was planning on returning home for the Dragon Boat Festival and visit relatives.
Zhang Siyi: “I won’t be able to come home for the Dragon Boat Festival. The company is taking us to Japan on June 20th for ten days to study architecture.”
Ms. Zhang had some regrets, but she was also happy for her son: “The company’s benefits are great! They are taking their employees overseas!”
Zhang Siyi: “I heard that the company sponsored trips are only every few years.”
Mother Zhang asked again: “When will you be free to come home? You haven’t come back since the New Year and your parents miss you.”
Zhang Siyi joked: “Maybe you do, but I don’t believe Dad does.”
Mother Zhang yelled at him: “What!? How can you say that!? He’s your father. Why wouldn’t he miss you? He’s been asking me about your work lately. If I wasn’t so busy at the hospital, I would have called you.”
Zhang Siyi vomited in his heart. If his dad wanted to talk to him, why couldn’t he call himself? Every time, it took his mother to pass the phone.
His Mother paused then asked: “Do you have time on the weekend before the Dragon Boat Festival?”
“What’s the matter?” Zhang Siyi voiced and then thought to himself: Isn’t that next weekend?
Although he and Tao Fei have to make a report before the Dragon Boat Festival, their steady progress has been faster then expected and thus, there shouldn’t be any need to work long overtime hours like they had before.
Mother Zhang said: “If you have time, next weekend, we will come visit you in Haicheng and bring you something delicious.”
Upon hearing his mother’s statement, Zhang Siyi immediately sat straight up from the couch. If they come, they will discover his relationship with Gu Yu!
His Mother explained: “Your father has a friend who recently sent us some fresh fish and we can’t eat it all. I thought I would have the housekeeper prepare your favorite fried fish dish and bring you some. You can eat it as a snack or when you want a quick dinner.”
Fried fish was one of Zhang Siyi’s favorite dishes and listening to his mother’s proposal made him feel greedy. However, he was still scared and said: “Or I will come home next weekend.” In fact, it would be quite convenient to travel home on the high-speed rail for one night and then come back the following day for his business trip.
When she listened to him, she decided that Zhang Siyi was free next weekend and told him: “I saw you hard at work staying up late in company as well as your business trip travels in WeChat. Mom is so distressed! Don’t bother coming back for only one night and a day. I’ll bring your father for a rare chance to spend the weekend with you. It’s a good excuse to get outside and walk around. It’s settled.”
Zhang Siyi: “……” It’s settled!?!?
His Mother continued: “Oh right, there are also crabs. We can’t eat them all in this hot weather so I’ll have the housekeeper make crab paste for you as well.”
Feeling a bit anxious, Zhang Siyi decided it was better to tell his mother about his move beforehand otherwise he might inadvertently reveal his real relationship with Gu Yu.
“Mom, I have to tell you something. I moved and now rent a room in Gu Yu’s house.” Zhang Siyi said placing special emphasis on the word ‘rent’.
Mother Zhang was momentarily silent: “Really? When did you move? Why didn’t you tell me?”
Feeling embarrassed, Zhang Siyi answered her: “Its been six weeks since I moved. Do you remember my college friend I mentioned who had an accident at home over New Years?”
Mother Zhang: “Yes. I remember. He was the one who rented an apartment with you.”
Zhang Siyi spoke briefly about Fu Xinhui’s affairs with his mother then said: “He went abroad afterwards. I wasn’t able to stay in the same apartment and since there was a room at Gu Yu’s I could rent, I moved.” Zhang Siyi was worried about how she would respond so he waited nervously for his mother to speak.
Ms. Zhang took a minute to respond: “Living together with Gu Yu is really good! You are both in the same industry and there is still a lot he can teach you. He is a very stable, mature person and you will do well to take after his habits and work ethics. It will be great for you!”
Upon hearing his mother’s enthusiasm, Zhang Siyi practically fainted. He was worried that his mother would question him more about his relationship with Gu Yu. It must have only been in his head. And besides, listening to the tone of his mother’s statement, why was she acting as though she was happily marring off a daughter?
…… This, this must be his delusion!
Mother Zhang continued: “I have to be honest with you. Your Father and I were very worried about you when you told us about your roommate’s situation, but now that you are staying with Gu Yu, our minds are at ease. Oh yes, I’ll tell the housekeeper to prepare a little extra fish and crab paste for young Gu.”
Zhang Siyi: “……“ It seems as though his mother was very happy that he lives with Gu Yu. But, how happy would she really be if she knew the truth? (=_=)
Zhang Siyi news was completely updated after a few more pleasantries. Saying goodbye, they hung up the phone. Zhang Siyi sat on the sofa for a while in a daze. Finally coming out of his reverie, he sent a WeChat to Gu Yu: “My parents are coming.”
Five minutes later, Gu Yu replied: “What!?!?” and sent a ‘Little-Fox-Shocked’ sticker then asked: “When?”
It was extremely rare for Gu Yu to express such a shocked and scared expression. Feeling happy about his response, Zhang Siyi explained: “They will visit next weekend.”
Gu Yu: “…”
Gu Yu: “Well, we can talk about it later at home.”
Zhang Siyi was a little irritated at the speed with which Gu Yu seemed to have calmed down. “How’s dinner going?” he asked. (→_→)
Gu Yu: “I just finished eating. I gave them the excuse of needing the restroom when I saw your message. I have to be brief. The situation is a bit troublesome.”
Zhang Siyi was surprised. “What troublesome situation? Was the Chief really trying to play matchmaker?”
Gu Yu: “Well, we can talk about it later. I have to go back to the living room now.”
Zhang Siyi: “……” What’s this ‘talk about it later’? He wants to know now!
Although Zhang Siyi can understand that Gu Yu is a guest in another person’s home and chatting on the mobile phone isn’t polite, having heard about ‘trouble’ and then ‘talk later’, Gu Yu was making Zhang Siyi feel anxious!
Waiting in anticipation all afternoon, when Zhang Siyi heard someone at the door at six o’clock in the evening, Zhang Siyi rushed over to open it for Gu Yu and asked: “What’s the situation?”
Taking off his coat, Gu Yu let out a long sigh. He looked really tired and frowned: “The Chief Direction really did have a plan, but it wasn’t about his daughter. It was about Yanyan’s cousin and the situation with her isn’t so simple.”
Zhang Siyi: “……”