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Chapter 23.2

The next morning, Xu Luoyang got up very late.

He opened the wooden door with his toothbrush in his mouth and looked towards the door and sure enough, Qi Changan was already dressed, reading a script as he leaned against the window.

With white bubbles coming out of his mouth, Xu Luoyang said vaguely to Qi Chang’an, “Wait for me for five minutes!” Saying this, he ran back two steps, remembered something, then retracted to the door, “I remember… we were practicing our lines last night?”

Qi Chang’an nodded, “Then you got sleepy and dozed off, so you went back to your bed and went to sleep.”

Xu Luoyang thought back, but the memory of last night before going to bed was vague. He only remembered that he and Qi Chang’an had practiced opposite each other. Too lazy to think about it anymore, he dashed back to the bathroom, brushed his teeth hurriedly, washed his face and changed his clothes, so nervous that he remembered how he had been late for school.

Entering the elevator, he breathed a sigh of relief and explained to Qi Chang’an sincerely: “I didn’t get up late on purpose, it was because the plush pig wouldn’t let me go.”

Qi Chang’an looked at him with a smile on his face.

Xu Luoyang’s expression turned melancholic, every syllable full of deep emotion, “I was afraid of breaking its heart, so I slept a little longer to keep him company.”

The smile in his eyes dying, Qi Chang’an looked a little lost. “So you’re not afraid of breaking my heart?”

Ah? Xu Luoyang looked Qi Chang’an’s expression carefully, but Qi Chang’an was such a good actor that he couldn’t tell whether he was really sad or faking it, so he said tentatively, “How about…. I blow it for you?”

Before Qi Chang’an could understand what ‘blow it for you’ meant, he saw Xu Luoyang lean down, pout, and blow air twice onto his heart. Then he raised his head and smiled at him, his eyebrows arched, “I’ve healed Mr. Qi’s wounded heart!”

Looking at Xu Luoyang, the look in Qi Chang’an’s eyes deepened – no, not healed, his heart was in turmoil.

The two entered the studio together. Director Zhang was eating buns but when he saw them coming, he finished the cup of soy milk in a few sips, skipped the pleasantries and started talking about the scene.

“In this scene, Qin Chao is disillusioned after being fired from his job as a police officer and returns to his hometown. He doesn’t have a good relationship with his family – so he can only go to his childhood friend, Xu Zhan.

They haven’t seen each other for years, so things are awkward. Xu Zhan has killed a man and he is a bit of a coward when facing his righteous friend who had been a policeman. But Xu Zhan is a poor carpenter and his house is small with only one bed, so they have to sleep together.”

He looked at Qi Chang’an and asked, “Will you be okay if you two lie down together?”

Director Zhang knew from the start that Qi Chang’an was averse to physical contact, which was one of the reasons why he had arranged for the two to share a room at Qinli for two months.

“I’ll have no problem with Luoyang.”

Director Zhang nodded, “Alright then, I’ll leave it at that, you guys just try one shot first.”

The hot air heater filled the bedroom with a hint of heat and Qin Chao, dressed with a towel around his neck and a pair of plastic slippers on his feet, wiped his face as he came through the door.

Xu Zhan was sitting at the table, carving wood with a small carving knife, looking very serious. Hearing footsteps, he silently took a deep breath, then looked up at the person a few steps away, “Are you done?”

“I’ve finished.” Qin Chao stood behind him and suddenly lowered his head, “What are you carving?” His lips were close to the tip of Xu Zhan’s ear and his voice was a little low.

“Nothing.” Xu Zhan replied subconsciously, but the other man’s breath was so obvious that he twitched unconsciously.

Qin Chao didn’t push him for an answer, he just stood up straight with little interest and sat back down on the bed again, asking in a slow tone, “Do I sleep in or do you sleep in?”

Xu Zhan’s fingers squeezed the carving knife and lowered his head, “As you wish.”

“Okay then, I’ll sleep outside. When we were in high school, I used to sleep on outside whenever I slept over at your place and you always kicked the covers at night.” The atmosphere between the two of them finally loosened up a little.

Xu Zhan put away the carving knife and the unshaped wood, turned off the light, crossed over Qin Chao’s body and laid down carefully.

Qin Chao pulled the thin quilt over his body, tucked it in then turned on his side, placed his hands under his head and asked Xu Zhan, “How have you been these past few years?” Obviously, he was ready to talk to clear up the somewhat strange atmosphere.

“I learnt a trade, carpentry.” Xu Zhan didn’t look at Qin Chao and his voice was cold. The light from the street lamp came in through the window and he could faintly see the other man’s face.

Qin Chao knew his nature so he didn’t mind his cold attitude. “This job suits you quite well. It’s quiet and you don’t have to deal with people.” He suddenly lowered his head, put his nose close to Xu Zhan’s neck and said with a smile, “No wonder you smell like wood.”

When Xu Luoyang finished his lines, he suddenly saw Qi Chang’an’s expression change, and then heard him say, “Director Zhang, please stop, I’ve forgotten my lines.”

Was it possible that Qi Chang’an would forget his lines? Others didn’t know, but Xu Luoyang knew very well that whenever Qi Chang’an read the script, he could remember his lines just by reading through them once. In all the time they had practiced together, he had never seen Qi Chang’an forget his lines.

And at this moment, Qi Chang’an looked calm, but a wave of panic surged through him, because when Xu Luoyang had lowered his head close to him and the tip of his nose had touched the sensitive skin on his neck gently, tickling it, he became hard.

Xu Luoyang’s little emotions:

Don’t touch my head…. I’ll will blush QAQ.

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