Assistant Architect by Xi He Qing Ling
Chapter 191: Sister
Zhang Siyi wasn’t sure why he came out to Bai Rui on impulse as he wasn’t close enough to even be considered a friend. Little by little, Bai Rui narrative softened Zhang Siyi’s resolve. In fact, learning about Bai Rui heartache and suffering, made him think that Bai Rui must be very lonely as he didn’t have someone to confide in. Maybe, he really just wanted to be friends.
Like Lu Qiao, who talked to a tree in desperation and Su Yuan, who was exhausted by reality, sometimes an encouraging sympathetic voice of another can help pull someone from despair.
Since homosexuality is a minority, it less common to meet others who are also gay. When encountering someone of the same orientation, unlike the common person who might be malicious, Zhang Siyi would naturally reach out to help otherwise he would feel regretful. Since his deceit went on long enough, Zhang Siyi started feeling bad about it and as a result he explained everything.
He simply expressed himself: “About that day I spoke with Su Yuan, I don’t think I said anything special. I’m just a normal person. Actually, a lot of what I spoke about with her was knowledge that my boyfriend taught me. Without his help and guidance, I might have ended up like Su Yuan.”
Bai Rui: “…”
Zhang Siyi continued: “Also, the person who guessed your sexuality wasn’t me. I just thought you were a annoying for wanting the money from a few cups of coffee. Your antics made me quite angry. When I told my boyfriend, he saw your avatar and identified the painting by a known gay artist.
Bai Rui: “His name is Francis Bacon.”
Zhang Siyi: “Right; and your WeChat nickname. Putting two and two together, he thought you might be gay and therefore, at the time, I assumed you were knowingly deceiving Ren Mengyu. It is something a jerk would do.”
Bai Rui: “…”
Bai Rui: “When I chatted with you, you always seemed so elusive and different.”
Zhang Siyi: “In the afternoon, didn’t he inform you of all of this?” ╮(╯_╰)╭
Bai Rui: “…I thought you were joking.”
Bai Rui: “But I have to say, your boyfriend is very possessive. I haven’t even done anything and he shields you.” [Smiles]
Even though Zhang Siyi knew Gu Yu watched him like a hawk, hearing another person talk about how much Gu Yu watched over him made his heart swell.
Bai Rui: “It’s extraordinary that he recognized Francis Bacon’s painting.”
Zhang Siyi gladly boasted about Gu Yu: “He minored in the history of Western art and easily identified the painting with one glance!”
Bai Rui: “Pass me his WeChat ID so I can friend him.”
Zhang Siyi was alert: “What? Why?”
Bai Rui: “He sounds like a very interesting person and I want be friends with him too.”
Feeling threatened, Zhang Siyi blew up in a flash: “Fuck off!” What the hell! Is Bai Rui now targeting Gu Yu?
Bai Rui: “Why are you so fierce. I’m not going to hit on your boyfriend.”
Bai Rui: “Believe me. It is simply to discuss some art topics.” [Smiles]
Zhang Siyi: “…”
Bai Rui: “Actually, don’t tell me. I can probably guess. Since he had your mobile phone with him during work, he must be someone at your company. Was it one of the guys I met the first time I went to your office?”
Zhang Siyi: “…” Shit! What kind of pit did he dig for himself?
Bai Rui: “The long hair, beautiful one, or your director?”
Panicking, Zhang Siyi was at a loss. He clicked on Bai Rui’s avatar and click -> contact deleted.
Very good, the world is better once again. (=_=)
…… Damn it! I should have done this before!
As Zhang Siyi finished up, the train pulled into the subway station that he needed to get off at in order to pick up Gu Yao. Walking up onto ground level, he rounded a corner and saw Gu Yao being stopped by a man in a suit.
In a hurry, Zhang Siyi rushed over to her and stopping in front of her, he blocked the man: “What are you doing?”
The man was startled by Zhang Siyi arrival and involuntarily took a step backwards.
Zhang Siyi inspected the man in from of him. Wearing a well-tailored suit, he had small eyes, sharp eyebrows and large nostrils. Presumably, he was the man that was stalking Gu Yao.
When Gu Yao saw him arrive, she was surprised and exclaimed: “Second Brother!”
With Gu Yao behind him, Zhang Siyi guarded her and asked: “Why did he stop you?”
Gu Yao whispered: “He asked me if I received his gifts and why I hadn’t returned his messages.”
Zhang Siyi knows, by no means is the word ‘indifferent’ too much to describe Gu Yao’s feelings towards the man. In private she wanted nothing to do with him, but the problem is that the man has the potential to use his business accounts to hinder the company. As a result, on the surface Gu Yao has to remain courteous and polite. Since her boss told the front desk to refuse his gifts, the man is probably feeling irritated.
“Ah, so this is second Gu brother.” With a condescending smile, the man pulled out a packet of cigarettes from the inside of his suit and handed one to him.
Zhang Siyi scowled: “I don’t smoke.”
The man reclaimed the cigarette then reached for a business card from within his pocket and handed it to Zhang Siyi. It read: Jiang Zhanpeng CEO, IC investment company.
Inspecting the card, his title was quite impressive, however because of his recent behavior, especially now that he was physically coming in contact with her, Zhang Siyi didn’t respect him at all.
While handing Zhang Siyi the card, Jian Zhanpeng asked: “Where is Elder brother Gu? It is too crowded here to talk. Let us find a quiet place to sit and chat.”
Zhang Siyi didn’t come to chat and refused directly: “No. I’m here to pick up my sister so we can go home to eat dinner together.”
Jiang Zhanpeng squinted and said: “I noticed you haven’t been picking her up these last few days. Yesterday was Gu Yao’s elder brother? You are also very handsome. It is no wonder that Gu Yao doesn’t notice me.”
Gu Yao: “…”
Jiang Zhanpeng pointed to the car parked not far away and offered: “My car is parked over there. Where do you live? I will drive you home. Since you must be busy with your job, do you even have the extra time outside of work to get your sister? You and your brother don’t have to go out of your way after work anymore. Instead, I can make sure she gets home safe and sound every day.”
Zhang Siyi’s eyes are twitching. Does this person really not know that they came to pick up her up just to prevent him? ……I know of stalkers, but I’ve never seen someone so obsessed before! No wonder Gu Yao is bothered by his behavior so much.
Taking a deep breath Zhang Siyi bluntly commented: “Jiang Zhanpeng, I’ve heard my sister mention you. She has already made it very clear to you what her intentions are. Why are you continuing to bother her?”
Jiang Zhanpeng face changed. He smirked and asked Zhang Siyi: “There is one thing that I’m not sure of and I want to ask second Gu brother to clarify. Does Gu Yao have a boyfriend?”
Zhang Siyi hesitated then replied: “No.”
Jiang Zhanpeng pointed to her then pointed to himself: “We live in a modern society now with free love. I don’t have a girlfriend and she doesn’t have a boyfriend, so why can’t I pursue her?”
Zhang Siyi: “…”
Jiang Zhanpeng continued: “I guess there must be a misunderstanding between us. I just wanted to ask your sister out to dinner. Is that so terrible?”
Clutching Zhang Siyi arm tightly, Gu Yao was already panicking. Afraid he would move, she squeezed Zhang Siyi’s arm even tighter.
Frowning Zhang Siyi had to think of something quick. Gu Yao already refused him clearly. He was there to support her, but now it has turned upside down because he has made Zhang Siyi out to be the evil ‘parent’ blocking free love.
Thinking about how to refute him, Zhang Siyi felt like he was having heart palpitations. He suddenly heard his name being called not far away – “Sisi!”
Looking in the direction from which his name was called, he saw a silver-gray Lamborghini sports car parked on the side of the road. A familiar figure was coming towards him.
Zhang Siyi: “…… He Chengtian?”