All of them looked up when the door opened to see Gu Yi’an with a handful of groceries, but Luo Qiqi was the only one who seemed surprised when she saw him.
“Yi’an, when did you become a housewife?”
Gu Yi’an’s expression darkened immediately. She’s so annoying.
He rolled his eyes at her and walked towards the kitchen.
Luo Qiqi tried her best to suppress her laughter.
Shortly after, Gu Yi’an started preparing lunch with Xia Zi’s help. Luo Qiqi suddenly rushed over to offer her help as well.
“I’ll help wash the vegetables. I’m very skilled at washing vegetables!”
Xia Zi looked at her, glad that Luo Qiqi seemed to have gone back to her cheerful self.
Xia Zi was glad that Luo Qiqi was smiling now, even if it might just be a facade. She hoped that smiling often would help Luo Qiqi forget all of her sorrows.
Luo Qiqi started singing as she worked, and she asked Gu Yi’an, “Don’t you think my singing has improved recently!”
Gu Yi’an answered without even looking at her. “I hope you won’t deafen yourself with that demonic voice!”
What? Deafen myself? Demonic voice?
She turned to Xia Zi and asked, “A’zi, is my voice getting better?”
Xia Zi nodded absent-mindedly as she answered, “Mm… You have the best voice in the world!”
Luo Qiqi frowned at this. “The both of you are so annoying! I’m not talking to you guys anymore. I’m going to the washroom!”
This reminded Gu Yi’an that he had washed Guan Zijue’s underwear earlier in the morning and left it in the washroom. He wanted to stop Luo Qiqi but it was already too late.
Upon entering the washroom, Luo Qiqi was greeted with the sight of underwear being hung to dry. She burst into laughter and ran out instantly.
Gu Yi’an’s expression darkened. Her mind is probably in the gutter again.
It’s impossible that all of those would belong to one person alone, and since Guan Zijue can’t do the laundry, I’m the only one who can wash our clothes.
Gu Yi’an shook his head. What’s wrong with Luo Qiqi!
Guan Zixuan looked at Luo Qiqi who could not stop laughing, then he turned to Gu Yi’an and Xia Zi before turning back to look at Luo Qiqi again.
“Luo Qiqi, what are you laughing at? What’s so funny?”
Luo Qiqi blinked at him. “I’ll tell you later at lunch!”
“Fine!” Guan Zixuan shook his head at this and continued chatting with Guan Zijue.
“Bro, did the doctor tell you when you’ll be able to fully recover?”
Guan Zijue stole a glance at Gu Yi’an before saying, “The Great Doctor Gu here says that I’ll need a couple more months, so I applied for two more months of leave.”
Guan Zixuan took a few seconds to process this, and he realized that ‘Great Doctor Gu’ actually referred to Gu Yi’an.
Gu Yi’an is skilled, so he’d definitely be able to take care of a patient with a fracture. But why is he taking care of my brother personally?
He heard Xia Zi say that Gu Yi’an had already bid goodbye to his past as a doctor.
Big Brother has always been cautious, so why would he let a stranger stay in his apartment? I trust Gu Yi’an and Luo Qiqi because they are Xia Zi’s friends, and I don’t have any secrets on me either. But it’s different for Big Brother. He’s in a position where he should be careful.
“Bro, Gu Yi’an...”
Guan Zijue cut him off. “Push me to the study!”
Guan Zixuan nodded and understood immediately that Guan Zijue wanted to talk in private. They then left Luo Qiqi alone in the living room.
When they were in the study, Guan Zixuan asked immediately, “Bro, don’t you know that Gu Yi’an is related to Sin Eliminators? What if your identity is exposed!”
Guan Zijue nodded and said, “I get what you mean!”
He knew that Guan Zixuan was worried about him, but Gu Yi’an was someone special to him, and he would choose to protect Gu Yi’an no matter what happened.
“It doesn’t matter if he’s a part of Sin Eliminators or not. Nobody has evidence of that anyway. He’s just someone I want to protect no matter what!”
Guan Zixuan shook his head at this. “I don’t get it. Why are you doing this? You were always climbing up the ranks and working on your career. Your goal is to become the youngest general. I’ve always thought that you’d be able to succeed in achieving that dream, but now, I really don’t know if you’ll be able to do that!”
“Zixuan, think about how important Xia Zi is to you. This is how important he is to me. Do you get it now?”
Guan Zixuan frowned. “But, that’s different. I love Xia Zi and she’s my wife. How could you compare Gu Yi’an to A’zi like that? Moreover, Gu Yi’an is a man...”
Guan Zixuan stopped immediately and looked at Guan Zijue in shock.
“Bro, you mean, you like men?”
Guan Zijue shook his head. “No, I don’t like men. I just want to take care of him and protect him. He’s everything to me. It’s not because I like men. I like him for who he is. My feelings wouldn’t change for anyone else, whether they were male or female. Do you understand?”
Guan Zixuan was still rather confused.
“I think I get it. But have you thought about the future? The both of you would have no future together. Let’s not talk about his identity first. Do you even know what he thinks? Are these feelings mutual? What if your feelings are not reciprocated!”
“He… I don’t know. Maybe he’s treating me like a sibling. I protected him in the past so he might see me as a protective figure. I don’t want to think about whether he has feelings for me at this point. I’ll think about that later. I’m happy with the current situation!”
Guan Zixuan looked at his brother in disbelief. He couldn’t believe that his brother, who was ever so rational, would actually pursue something like that.
However, he knew that his brother was someone who would persevere through everything once he had made a decision. Since he couldn’t change Guan Zijue’s mind, the only thing he could do was to wish him well.
After taking a couple of seconds to calm himself, he said, “Bro, I hope you can take some time to really think about it. I hope nothing but the best for you!”
Guan Zijue nodded at him.
They heard Gu Yi’an call out to them shortly after, and he entered the study as Guan Zixuan opened the door.
Gu Yi’an walked over to Guan Zijue very naturally and pushed him out of the room.
Everything looked so natural, as if Gu Yi’an had done this for the millionth time.
Well, this might be for the best, Guan Zixuan thought.
A feeling of foreboding crept up on Gu Yi’an when Luo Qiqi raised her chopsticks in the air shortly after they started eating.
What Luo Qiqi said next made everyone pause.
“Yi’an, you seem to be turning into a housewife now. You’re even helping Big Brother wash his underwear!”
I knew it. Luo Qiqi was only looking for the right opportunity to say this!
Xia Zi coughed as she tried to suppress her laughter while surprise appeared on Guan Zixuan’s face. He didn’t think that they were already this close.
Guan Zijue was the only one who remained as cool as a cucumber as he said, “Time to eat!”Previous Chapter Next Chapter