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“This is no place to take a bath.” Gu Yaoyang said as he stared into the other’s eyes, immediately seeing that the other had drunk too much. He did drink a good amount of that wine and it turns out he only looked sober.
“Then… Where’s the bathing place?” Lin Yuyan asked as he circled around in a daze.
Gu Yaoyang held his head and turned him around, taking the other upstairs.
There were two rooms upstairs. One of them was a bathroom. This bathroom was larger than the one on Wenchang street, and there was a huge bathtub inside as well, it looked very comfortable.
Gu Yaoyang never used it, but Lin Yuyan was very interested in the bathtub. Before he filled the tub with water, he laid himself down in the tub but was soon forcibly carried out by Gu Yaoyang.
Gu Yaoyang helped him fill the tub with hot water, but was afraid he’d have an accident because he drank too much, so he stood by the door and didn’t leave to watch over his drunk friend.
Lin Yuyan’s attention was attracted by the sound of running water. He squatted in front of the bathtub obediently, and occasionally tested the water temperature. He looked normal when he did that. When the water was almost full, he took the initiative to close the tap, stand up, and slowly start to take off his clothes.
After trying to take his clothes off for a while, he grabbed his collar with one hand and twisted the other hand against the air, as if he was unbuttoning the buttons on his shirt.
Gu Yaoyang raised his eyebrows and watched, he had no intention of helping. Lighting a cigarette, he watched the other busy himself in a hurry.
Two minutes later, Lin Yuyan still hadn’t taken his clothes off. He turned his head to look for help. When he saw Gu Yaoyang, he hurriedly walked over to him and asked, “Could you please help me undress?”
He dragged the round-neck pullover on his body and said with a bitter face, “I can’t find the button.”
Gu Yaoyang ignored his plea.
Lin Yuyan took his hand and said, “Please, I want to take a bath…”
Gu Yaoyang slowly chewed on the cigarette and squinted at him.
After staring at him for a while, he rubbed his hair and helped him take off his sweater. There was a buttoned shirt underneath the sweater, so he helped him unbutton the shirt before puffing out a long smoke ring into his face.
Lin Yuyan didn’t dodge. He took in a whiff of the smoke, probably because of the alcohol, before raising his hand and taking the cigarette away from Gu Yaoyang’s mouth as he solemnly said, “Smoke less.”
Gu Yaoyang glanced at him and dropped the cigarette to the ground. He stepped on the cigarette butt as he smiled and said, “You’re quite broad with your management.”
Lin Yuyan didn’t have time to refute as he took off the clothes on his upper body. He lowered his head and seemed to think for a while before taking his pants off. Not feeling any shame, he was about to run downstairs naked to grab his toiletries.
Gu Yaoyang grabbed him and asked, “What are you doing?”
Lin Yuyan answered, “My toiletries are still in the suitcase.”
Gu Yaoyang said, “You wait here, I’ll get it for you.”
Lin Yuyan didn’t refuse his help and thanked him. He turned his head in a daze and stumbled on his left foot, falling to the ground with a “plop.”
Gu Yaoyang had taken two steps down when he heard him fall. He immediately ran back, pulled Lin Yuyan up, checked him and made sure that he wasn’t seriously injured before exhaling in relief.
Lin Yuyan’s lips trembled from the pain, but he didn’t forget about wanting to take a bath. He eagerly looked at the bathtub, wanting to immediately jump inside.
Gu Yaoyang had no choice but to pick him up horizontally and place him in the tub first. After telling him not to move around, he then quickly went down and grabbed some stuff before quickly running back upstairs, fearing the other would accidentally sleep in the water.
Fortunately, this time Lin Yuyan was obedient and kept his head down, not making noise or making trouble.
“Does your leg hurt?” Asked Gu Yaoyang as he pulled a small stool and sat in front of the tub. When he saw the other’s swollen knee, he rubbed it and brought Lin Yuyan’s wash bag, pouring some shower gel onto the other.
Lin Yuyan said it didn’t hurt, but he still lowered his head and silently cried as if he was enduring something painful.
Gu Yaoyang disliked him for being such a crybaby, but the strength in his hands was obviously light and gentle as it rubbed him. However, Lin Yuyan continued to sob even more, as it seemed that it had nothing to do with the pain in his knees. Gu Yaoyang suspiciously asked, “Why are you crying?”
Lin Yuyan raised his eyes to meet his and pointed at something between his legs, whimpering as he said, “It…why is it so small…”
Gu Yaoyang was startled. He looked in the direction of his fingers and burst into laughter.
Lin Yuyan still felt sad in his heart, but for some reason, he was a little happy to hear him laugh.
His emotions were complicated, and his brain was still sluggish due to the alcohol. His tears kept falling down with a “drip-drip” sound into the water. At this moment, he didn’t care if the person near him was his friend or enemy as he wrapped around Gu Yaoyang’s neck in an attempt to seek comfort in the other’s embrace. He leaned on the other’s shoulder and complained, “I can’t even wear your underwear… it would just fall down…”
Actually, this situation did not give away how drunk the other was. He said what he thought as he clutched onto Gu Yaoyang, refusing to let go. He sobbed profusely, complaining that the sofa was too tiny and narrow and that he preferred to sleep on the bed. He didn’t want to sleep on the floor, it was so hard and his whole body hurt when he slept there. He didn’t want to watch the horror movie either, he wanted to watch a romance movie! He complained as he rubbed against the other’s shoulder and acted like a spoiled child.
Gu Yaoyang replied as he washed the other clean then took him out of the water before grabbing a bath towel.
Lin Yuyan seemed to have cried enough. He thought about another thing and asked, “Why do you always tease me?”
Gu Yaoyang carried him to the second bedroom and wiped his hair for him, “I already told you that there’s no reason.”
Lin Yuyan: “There must be.” After thinking about it, he asked, “Do you hate me?”
Gu Yaoyang asked him to lie down, pulled another quilt over him, tapped his nose, and said, “I like you.”
Lin Yuyan: “I don’t believe it.”
“I know.” Gu Yaoyang responded casually without explaining too much.
After listening to Lin Yuyan talking nonsense for a while, he waited for him to fall asleep peacefully before picking up his phone that was running out of battery. There were a few missed calls from Sister Ling.
Sister Ling had come to play for a few days before feeling bored, so she went to the airport again to prepare to return to China. She said to Gu Yaoyang, “I asked Shao Zheng to stay to have him be a sparring coach here. You can take care of each other if you run into any trouble.”
Gu Yaoyang was in a good mood, so he responded with a few more words than usual.
Sister Ling: “You too, pay more attention to yourself.” After a few seconds, she asked, “I really want to know why you suddenly agreed to join the club.”
Whether he’s a player or a coach, at least he now had a decent path to walk on. She actually had a guess in her heart, but she still wanted to hear Gu Yaoyang say it himself.
“For the ear studs.”
Gu Yaoyang stood at the door of the bedroom and didn’t move for a long time. He looked at the little alcoholic tossing and turning on the bed and said, “After all, something so beautiful shouldn’t be stuck in the mud.”
It needs to be replaced with something worthy of his attention, after all.