Yun Qing didn’t open his eyes. He just pursed his two lips that were ravaged into a pinkish colour, turned over and continued to sleep with a light snort.
Being immersed in the drunken haze, his shallow sleep brewed a dream that was closely related to reality. The silky entanglement between his lips and teeth made his heart thump violently, and the girl whose face couldn’t be seen in the dream was pressing him enthusiastically. Her breath was as elegant as grass and the tip of her tongue was as sweet as honey cake. The only flaw in this perfection was that her chest was flat like a man’s, but Yun Qing couldn’t care about it. This kiss was too exciting, too comfortable, too terribly…
Yun Qing closed his eyes and arched on the bed, a little dissatisfied with the sudden termination of the kiss.
Yun Zhen, who was sitting beside the bed, was tense like a bowstring and even his breath was quivering. He had the guilt of a thief, how could he dare to continue? After eating like this, he woke up from his dream. Finally remembering his original intention, he tossed the tassel beside Yun Qing’s pillow and fled the scene.
The little white rabbit squatted in the small grass nest next to Yun Qing’s pillow and watched, with one ear lying and one erect. His three-lobed mouth was slightly open and his fluffy little face was full of ignorance.
Back in the room, Yun Zhen couldn’t calm down. His Junior Brother’s lips and teeth, which were so soft that he could drown a person’s touch, lingered around. He wanted to meditate, but his heart was full of demons, so he had to pick up a stone and scrape it with a file to vent his worries and uneasiness.
He had overstepped the line, and from now on, he would no longer be able to deceive himself.
He and Yun Qing had known each other for ten years. Both of them were orphans without a father and mother. They were taken in by their Master when they were young.
Yun Qing’s personality was eccentric and lovable. He could act coquettishly, make people happy, and was full of mischievous ideas. Compared to the other disciplined and serious juniors, he was almost another species. Yun Zhen wanted to take care of the younger brothers and sisters on behalf of the Master, so he had to pay more attention to the naughty Yun Qing. Year after year, time flew by, and the little boy who was accustomed to spankings turned into a handsome and eye-catching teenager. The affections that were placed upon Yun Qing gradually became liking.
This couldn’t be entirely blamed on Yun Zhen’s unsteadiness and lack of firmness. In fact, Yun Qing was also at fault. Yun Qing was smart, knowing that Yun Zhen was acting on behalf of the Master, and whether he would be punished for breaking the rules depended mainly on whether the Master was willing or not. He would snitch on others to Yun Zhen and often tried to please and win him over. Yun Zhen saw through his tricks and didn’t misunderstand anything, but over time, the memories with Yun Qing were all fresh and beautiful. It was also a fatal catalyst for him.
Yun Zhen still remembered his birthday last year—he didn’t know when his real birthday was, the so-called birthday was just the day when Master picked him up.Yun Qing snuck into his house at twelve o’clock in the middle of the night, woke him up and said he had prepared a gift.
Yun Zhen sat up drowsily and wanted to light the lamp, but Yun Qing stopped him, saying that this gift must be seen in the dark. He immediately touched the table under the faint moonlight in the room and poured a glass of water.
As he stood beside the bed with the water cup in his hand, his palms slid across the black jade-like water, and he murmured some words. Yun Zhen was astonished, and before he could ask, Yun Qing raised his hand in a dashing manner. The water in the cup was like fine dust and mist. It filled the entire bedroom with dots of pearls that were white and gold, filling the entire room with a flowing river of sparkling stars.
“How is it? Is my present good?” Yun Qing tossed the water glass up and down, triumphantly.
Yun Zhen knew that it was a spell, but after all, he didn’t know how to cast it. He had never seen anyone use it before, so he was distracted by this magnificent scene. He couldn’t speak for a long time and his heart was beating very fast. When Yun Qing moved slightly beside him, it immediately pounded even harder.
“Good.” Yun Zhen nodded.
Yun Qing smiled mischievously. “I want to ask for leave tomorrow. Senior Brother, please grant it to me.”
Yun Zhen didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, but it was hard to refuse, “Tomorrow’s matter, you can mention it tomorrow… How did you do this?”
“It’s just a trick,” Yun Qing’s lips curled up casually, “an improved version.”
He was smart by nature and could understand everything. But he was impatient, and he felt that the orthodox Taoism was difficult and boring. He often thought of some interesting little tricks, learning from left and right. He would always know things that no one else knew.
After he finished speaking, Yun Qing stretched out his hand in the air and gathered up the stars and fluttered his sleeves, while those stars flew off Yun Zhen’s head one after another, sparkling and twinkling.
“Senior Brother, I even picked the stars for you,” Yun Qing said with a cheeky smile on his face, “You should stop being a tattletale in the future.”
Yun Zhen was “coerced” by him, but he couldn’t get angry. Instead, his heart became softer.
Similar instances like this happened many times. Yun Zhen often turned out these little candy-like memories, chewed and touched them repeatedly in his mouth. The sugar didn’t fade, and the more he tasted, the sweeter it was. Yun Zhen originally liked men and had a vague affection for Yun Qing for a long time. He was so dazed by the ongoing to and fro sweetness that his feelings for Yun Qing became more and more difficult to restrain.
But until tonight, Yun Zhen had been reluctant to face up to his feelings. Not only because of the unscrupulous relationship between the brothers, but also because Yun Qing was a straight man. If he was just a normal straight man,then there was still hope, but he was a Big Pig Trotter1(Actual words:大猪蹄子) Being a playboy.—Every time a young and beautiful female pilgrim came to offer incense in the temple, Yun Qing would come up to talk and take a look. There were also many people who came to offer incense in order to have a few words with Yun Qing…
Yun Zhen thought about it and his heart felt bitter. He jumped up and walked a few steps in a circle, then sat down again, messily sculpting with the carving knife. He was so downcast that he couldn’t sleep at night.
- 1(Actual words:大猪蹄子) Being a playboy.