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Qu Zhengyan did not have too much luggage with him. As a single man, coupled with the fire incident, most of his daily necessities needed to be replenished. To move to a new place right after the fire incident was truly convenient. So, on that night, Qu Zhengyan officially started living in Xiao Xia’s home.
The first thought on his mind was that there were more opportunities to enter and exit together. In the morning, He Ziming took Qu Zhengyan’s car and they went to work together. At night, if both were fine and there was no need to work overtime, the obvious action would be to return together. When it was time to shop for groceries at the half juncture1In case it’s not too clear, the supermart is in the middle of the journey back., he would accompany He Ziming.
But, it was just only that.
The more he knew about He Ziming’s life, the more difficult it was to truly enter.
Unlike in the past, Qu Zhengyan could not dote on him, do things for him, take care of him, and obey him as he used to… Because He Ziming had done everything by himself and he never had any request. The computer center’s small programmers naturally had an easier time than the upper executives who often work overtime.
So almost all the housework was done by He Ziming — dusting the house, cleaning the apartment, cooking meals three meals a day, and taking care of the plants on the terrace. Also, the second floor of the bedroom and workroom were all cleaned by He Ziming.
Xiao Xia was just like a second Xiao Jin of that year. The sole difference was that Xiao Xia’s temperament was good and he was not very picky. He is always in a daze, like a slightly clumsy child.
In short, He Ziming was no longer the Du Yongjin of the past. When Qu Zhengyan realized this, he was upset. He was unsure if this was good or not. For Du Yongjin, this change may have been good. But for Qu Zhengyan, Du Yongjin was much closer to his heart, while He Ziming was still far away from him.
Maybe, just like in his youth, Qu Zhengyan could try again to get closer to him. Let time bring them closer, nibbling bit by bit, slowly immersing in his space and unknowingly walking into his life…
Therefore, for the time being, I can only simply be a roommate, Qu Zhengyan thought.
Since childhood, he has habitually tolerated and conceded in front of Du Yongjin. In this two-person relationship mode, he has always been in a losing position. There was a time where he took action but the result was not what he had expected and caused a heavy consequence to them. That is why Qu Zhengyan did not dare to act rash this time.
As a result, the most active person turned out to be the landlord Xiao Xia. Xia Chengqi was the same age as the two of them, but he looked much younger and had a very simple personality. Having this degree of simplicity at this age can be said that he was dull, which also showed that he was well protected. The house was given by his family and he never had to pay the expensive property and heating fees.
After graduating from a local university majoring in broadcasting and hosting, he worked as a host in a local radio station. His job was very stable except that, sometimes he had to work late. For a person like this who had no worries in his mind to be a matchmaker, he would definitely want to go all out. But Xiao Xia was not quick-witted. There were no good moves he could think of. At most, he could vaguely take a look here and there, then laugh by himself — doing double the work for half the effort.
There was a saying: If you want to plant flowers, they will not bloom. But if you idly poke a stick in the mud, it will grow into a tree to shade you2Unintentional actions may bring unexpected success.. As the new year approached, all three of them began to get busy.
Xiao Xia’s TV station had to make a series of new year’s programs and activities on Christmas and New Year’s Day.
On He Ziming’s side, the system needed to be interconnected. The computer center employees were so busy that they wanted to use their feet as hands. Even the senior management was not let off. The probability of going home on time was greatly reduced. Now, Qu Zhengyan would usually call He Ziming’s desk to apologize. “Sorry, I have to work overtime tonight. You can go back first…” He Ziming interrupted him lightly, “I have to work overtime too.”
While dealing with the year-end audit, Qu Zhengyan hadn’t gone home for a consecutive two days. When he was tired and sleepy, he snoozed in the company lounge for a while. On the 31st, the accounting department added the very last night shift. The computer center also had another to accompany.
Knowing it was He Ziming staying behind, Qu Zhengyan called him and told He Ziming that he would be waiting in the office until he finished. Then, they could return home together.
This single wait lasted until 3.30 in the morning. The management staff could only rest assured to leave after ensuring there was transport to send the employees home. When Qu Zhengyan returned to the car, He Ziming, who came up earlier, had his eyelids drooping and seemed to be dozing. In the middle of the night, the streets were empty and the coldness of winter night was everywhere. Despite turning the heating on to the maximum, Qu Zhengyan still shivered.
He didn’t know whether it was because of the late night. At this moment, the two of them simply wanted to take a hot bath and have a good night’s sleep.
Finally, they got home. Finally, the elevator climbed all the way to the 28th floor. Finally, the key turned to unlock the door. The dazed minds of the two hadn’t noticed a couple were engaging in a fierce sport, not suitable for children, on the living room’s sofa.
Qu Zhengyan heard the sound and turned on the light with a curious mind.
Four people. Six eyes. Each pair looked at one another speechlessly. Xiao Xia, who was squashed at the bottom, had his eyes tightly closed. His tears flowed. Seeing Xiao Xia’s arms locked above his body, the man’s big hands clasping his wrists, and his tears all over his face, Qu Zhengyan’s first reaction was to rush up to the man. He roared, “What are you doing!”
The man extended his arm. “Hey, hey, be careful.” He quickly pulled the small sofa quilt that fell to the ground, barely covering himself and Xia Chengqi’s body.
At this time, He Ziming in the back greeted him drily. “Han-ge.”
Xiao Xia stopped crying. He opened his eyes and looked at them dazedly. After a moment of silence, he asked, “Why did you come back? Weren’t you doing an all-nighter?”