Chapter 86 – The First Hug
Duan Shu Tong finished the second cup of warm water in several large gulps. Then he set the emptied cup on the bedside table, burrowed back under the blankets, turned his back towards Xi Duan, and muttered, “I want to sleep.”
“Wait. Take medicine first before going back to sleep.” Xi Duan’s attitude was a bit unyielding.
It must be said that when a person was sick, their emotions really were erratic. Feelings that were normally tightly suppressed by logic almost exploded all at once right then and there.
Duan Shu Tong really wanted to ask Xi Duan: Why are you taking care of me so much?
If it was because of his dad’s request, then it seemed unnecessary, after all he was no longer a minor. If it was because Xi Duan thought of him as a friend, then he would rather not be a friend. It was too frustrating.
In the end, Duan Shu Tong held back his emotions, and just pretended to be indifferent. He said, “You don’t need to worry about me. Go back [to your room] first. I’ll get better after sleeping for a bit.”
Then the room was silent except for the sound of breathing.
Duan Shu Tong hid under the blanket but kept his ears perked up for any sounds. However, he didn’t hear any movement from Xi Duan. His thought began to run wild again: What is Xi Duan doing? What kind of expression does he have on his face right now? What does he think of me? Will he think that I am being unreasonable?
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And then Duan Shu Tong thought that it might be good to take this opportunity to make the other party hate him. Then it would save him the trouble of bumping into the other man and seeing him every day. But his chest felt tight and uncomfortable at the thought. It was unbearable.
Just thinking that Xi Duan might hate him made Duan Shu Tong feel a dull pain in his heart.
In the end, his head was a muddled mess.
Finally, a knock on the door by Cen Ning broke the silence. The cold medicine was delivered. Xi Duan poured a third cup of water. With a very calm tone, he said, “Get up and take your medicine.”
Duan Shu Tong: “…”
Why is he not angry at all? Duan Shu Tong wondered.
He had no choice but to get up with an expressionless face. He downed the pills with a cup of water. Then he smiled at Cen Ning and said, “Thank you Cen-ge for helping me buy the medicine. It’s getting late, you two should go back to rest. There’s still the exhibition tomorrow morning.”
After saying that, he lied down and covered himself up with the blanket again.
“En.” Xi Duan replied in a low voice.
Then there was the sound of the door closing, and Duan Shu Tong breathed a sigh of relief, but he couldn’t ignore the feeling of loss in his heart.
People say that love is sweet and sour.
But why does he only taste sour? Was it because of unrequited love?
Probably due to the medicine’s effect, Duan Shu Tong quickly fell asleep in a daze, but was awakened by the need to pee.
He drank too much water. There was no helping it.
Duan Shu Tong sat up in bed and was about to shift his legs to get out of bed when he suddenly saw a person sitting on the sofa not far from the bed!
He was startled, “Didn’t you go back [to your room]?”
Xi Duan stood up. There was clear exhaustion on his face. “The one that went back was Cen Ning. What do you need? I’ll get it for you.”
Duan Shu Tong was stunned, and said in a nasally voice, “You’re been sitting there all along?” He glanced at the wall clock. It was early morning.
Xi Duan didn’t reply. He just asked, “What do you want?”
“I asked you if you have been sitting there all along!” Duan Shu Tong was somewhat losing control of his emotions.
Xi Duan looked at him quietly for a few seconds, then suddenly reached out and pinched his eyebrows. His voice a little tired, “Yes. What do you want?”
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Duan Shu Tong was stunned for a while. Then he suddenly laughed out loud. He covered his eyes with the back of his hands, hiding his reddened eyes. His voice was so low that it was almost a whisper: “Xi Duan, why are you so good?”
So good that he didn’t want to let go at all.
But even more so, he couldn’t hurt him.
“What?” Xi Duan didn’t hear him clearly and took a step forward.
Duan Shu Tong lifted the blanket, put on his shoes, and dragged his heavy legs to the other man. Xi Duan watched in surprise as Duan Shu Tong embraced him calmly.
“It’s so good to have you here, my friend.”
Xi Duan raised his hand slightly to the back of the young man’s head.
“Also, I just want to go to the toilet.”
Duan Shu Tong let go of him, letting go of the warmth infused with the fragrance of pine and bamboo.
Xi Duan was so good. He couldn’t bear it.
The author has something to say:
After the storm comes the rainbow. After the sourness comes the sweetness. Don’t worry, there is always a time when you can’t bear it. Heehee.