Standing in front of the agenda reminder board, Qi Chang’an read the sentences written on the sticky notes many times before finally raising his hand and slowly running his fingertips over each word with a smile.
It turns out that every time he held the umbrella, the person he had been thinking of had also been thinking of him. Whenever he thought about him at night, he had been unable to sleep and that person had also been tossing and turning because of him.
Outside the window, it was raining again, pouring in drizzles. Qi Chang’an picked up a piece of paper and a pen and tried to write something, but as the tip of the pen lay against the paper, he didn’t write the first stroke for a long time.
When Xu Luoyang opened the door of his bedroom, this was what he saw. He hadn’t been very drunk in the first place and had already been half awake after sleeping in the car. He had just been woken up by the sound of the rain and remembered that it was Qi Chang’an who had picked him up and brought him home, so he hurriedly got out of bed and came out to look for him, fearing that the faint memory he’d had before had been a hallucination.
But it really wasn’t!
However when he realized that Qi Chang’an was reading the notes he had put on the agenda board, he shook and rushed over, but once he met Qi Chang’an’s eyes, he was embarrassed, “You’ve seen it. I…. I just wrote it down casually!” His eyes wandered, “Didn’t you say you’d be back tomorrow? I was originally going to hide all these notes in the morning.”
The more he spoke, the more his voice turned into a whisper. Xu Luoyang sighed in his heart. He was really becoming more and more unpromising!
“I want to write a note to you too.” Noticing his slightly red ear tips, Qi Chang’an’s his smile deepened, “Now that you’re awake, I’ll tell you straight away.”
Xu Luoyang nodded with a serious expression, an expectant look in his eyes, “En, go ahead.”
“I love you.”
This confession came so suddenly that Xu Luoyang was caught off guard and as a result, his heart beat wildly, his ears were burning and his eyes were glued to Qi Chang’an and without even realizing it, his eyes were filled with a smile that was about to overflow.
Qi Chang’an kissed the tip of Xu Luoyang’s hot ear as he lifted his hand and swept him into his arms– I was in the darkness of the universe, running through the stars for an unknown number of light years before I finally met you.
Xu Luoyang took his time in the shower, smiling as he did so. He said he loved me, Chang’an said he loved me! The more Xu Luoyang thought about it, the more happy he became, the eagerness in his heart so much that he couldn’t suppress it. Reaching out, he turned off the water, put on his pajamas and, with his hair still dripping wet, knocked on the door of Qi Chang’an’s bedroom.
While knocking, he psyched himself up– I have a very valid reason!
Soon, Qi Chang’an’s voice came from inside, “Come in.”
No sooner had the words been said than Qi Chang’an saw Xu Luoyang open the door and raise the hairdryer in his hand, “Chang’an, I’ve washed my hair.”
Qi Chang’an put the book he was holding down and sat up from the bed, waving his hand at him, “En, come here, I’ll help you blow dry it.”
“Coming, coming!” Xu Luoyang sat down on the edge of the bed joyfully then leaned his back against Qi Chang’an’s chest. As the heat from the hairdryer moved all over his scalp, he was made comfortable by the smoothing of his hair. His eyes half open, he asked Qi Chang’an, “I want to sleep with you, can I?”
Qi Chang’an’s fingers that were smoothing his hair froze for a moment, then he continued his work as if nothing had happened, “Yes.”
Xu Luoyang sat back up properly, “I’m going to shoot a promotional film tomorrow morning, so I’ll be leaving early, so you should rest and get some sleep.” He knew that with Qi Chang’an having come back early, it meant he had traded in his sleep to be here. Putting his hand on Qi Chang’an’s thigh, he patted it, “Go for it, you can dream about me!”
Laughing, Qi Chang’an nodded, “Okay, I’ll go for it.”
Xu Luoyang started talking about the day’s events, “Shan Shan is back from Antarctica and I’ve been having dinner with him for the past few days!” He couldn’t help but laugh, “Let me let you in on a secret, he’s a really good eater; he’s got a stomach the size of a black hole! I think it’s probably from the cravings he had in Antarctica. He said he ate cabbage soup and shabu-shabu lettuce every day while he was there and he didn’t change the recipe for most of the year….”
Hearing him speak of his good friend in such a familiar tone, Qi Chang’an suddenly realized that the anxiety and jealousy he had felt in his heart at the beginning was no longer there. The beast in his heart was being soothed day by day and he could even say calmly, “The sukiyaki place you took me to last time was also very good. “
“Yes, then I’ll take Shan Shan there next time!” With his hair already dry, Xu Luoyang reached out his hand to rub it then asked, “Chang’an, do you want to come along?”
“No, but if you get drunk again, I’ll come and pick you up.”
Holding up his hand, Xu Luoyang swore, “I won’t, I won’t. There will never be a third time!” With that, he put his hands on Qi Chang’an’s shoulders, “Mr. Qi go to bed, it’s already late!” With just a little bit of force, the two of them collapsed onto the bed.
The distance between them was so close that the two of them could feel the changes in each other’s bodies. At this moment, a few big words popped into Xu Luoyang’s head, ‘Heavenly thunder and earthly fire 1Heavenly thunder and earthly fire refers to irresistible primitive instinctual desire!’ Then came the words ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’, and then ‘***’. Without even doing anything, Xu Luoyang had already caused his heart to beat faster again by just imagining things.
However, contrary to his expectations, Qi Chang’an just reached out, pulled the quilt over the two of them, then kissed the tip of his nose, “Nao Nao good night. Hurry up and go to sleep, don’t you have to get up early for work tomorrow?”
Then he turned off the lights and the room quickly went dark. Xu Luoyang hesitated for a moment then reached out and touched the part of Qi Chang’an’s body where his reaction was most obvious and asked him bluntly what was on his mind.
“You obviously want me, so why do you pretend you don’t?”
Qi Chang’an didn’t say anything.
The silence spread and Xu Luoyang didn’t say anything either. After ten or so seconds, he reached up and kissed Qi Chang’an on the corner of his lips, his voice tinged with a smile, “If you don’t want to talk about it, I won’t ask.” Thinking that Qi Chang’an had a difficulty that he couldn’t bring himself to say, he kissed him again, “It’s okay. If you want to talk about it one day, just tell me, okay?”
Tightening his arms, Qi Chang’an held him tightly in his arms, “En, okay.”
Xu Luoyang faintly detected a hint of depression in his voice and thinking about it, didn’t ask any further. He changed the subject, “Chang’an.”
“Let’s not sleep in separate rooms from now on, let’s just share a bed, okay?” Xu Luoyang’s fingertips traced the palm of Qi Chang’an’s hand unconsciously as he explained, “I’ve been thinking about this for the past few days. Seeing as we’re both so busy with work and that our schedules often clash, we’ll start having a long distance relationship in no time, and we won’t see each other for days. If we live in separate rooms, we’ll really only be able to talk a few times before we go to bed.”
Holding Xu Luoyang’s fingers, Qi Chang’an felt his heart soften to the core, “Okay, I’ll sleep with my Nao Nao from now on.”
Xu Luoyang laughed then gave him an exaggerated kiss, his voice very clear in the dark, “Good night then Mr. Qi!”
Qi Chang’an also said good night in a warm voice, but his heart was full of astringency. He suddenly felt that he had been unfair to Xu Luoyang– his refusal just now must have upset him.
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