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The BL drama "Addicted" was adapted from this novel.
"What's the matter?"
"Those two said that there were being followed by the plain clothed-police just the other day, and they're afraid that the police would fine out the details, so they just threw away their equipment and ran”.
"What kind of details?"
"Eh... They're just fake reporters..."
"Who said that only real reporters are allowed to carry video camera?"
"But they were wearing fake reporter IDs on their chest..."
"Then let me ask you this, how did they find out that they were being followed by the police?"
"The police didn't hesitate to chase them, and they panicked, so..."
"Chase them?" Gu Hai was furious, stiffening his leopard-like body on the sofa. "Did you hire a bunch of simpletons? Or police? They were robbers and they just happened to catch the eyes of the robbers."
"R-r-r-r-robbers?...There no way that could happen?"
"No way?" Gu Hai closed his eyes and inhaled. "So pray and tell me, where's the equipment now? After those two ran off, where did they leave the equipment?"
The person who was being interrogated didn't dare to open his mouth.
Gu Hai paused and waved his hand. "You may leave now."
The house lapsed into a silence and Gu Hai pinched the bridge of his nose, thinking back to what happened with the wedding dress yesterday. His mind flew to how he felt like he was sitting on a throne filled with hope, and how everything fell through in the end.
Thinking back, he had been too naive.
Even if the duo had arrived at the scene and manage to wreck the wedding, how would’ve the consequences change?
Nothing would have happened.
In the end, the father he had always admired would had just taken the hand of another woman and retraced his steps down the wedding hall. And his mother, on the other hand, would still be in deathly coldness in her coffin. She would still have died for her husband, and her last smile on her deathbed would remain unchanged.
Gu Hai stood alone by the window and gazed out. Mom, I miss you.
"Xiao Hai, I'm your aunt. Are the preparations done yet? The television stations are waiting. Hurry up and send me the things I need."
"Hmm, I'll give you two new tapes as soon as possible."
Gu Hai hung up, and at the same time, his father and stepmother arrived him. This would be the first dinner they'd share as a family.
Gu Hai ate with his head down, minding his own business and not speaking the entire time.
Gu Weiting shot Gu Hai a look. "Why are you so quiet?"
"Aren't you meant to remain quiet during dinner?
"I'll allow you to speak today."
"Reporting to the General: I have nothing to say."
"Ha ha ha..."
A soft bell-like laughter resounded in the tranquil dining room, almost causing Gu Hai to choke. Honestly speaking, within the past ten years, he had never heard such a refreshing sound in his house before.
Gu Weiting had long since gotten used to this. Without a change in facial expression, he handed a piece of tissue to the woman next to him and said in a deep voice, "Here, wipe your mouth. You look like you're about to spray out your rice."
Jiang Yuan chuckled while wiping her mouth, her gaze landing on Gu Hai ever so often. Seeing as he never paid much care to himself, she picked up a piece of carp and put it in his plate.
"Here, eat more."
Gu Hai was once again taken back by this woman.
He had always wondered why Gu Weiting would try to find another woman who was a beautiful as his mother, but looking at the woman in front of him, he realized that although she was young and beautiful, there was nothing good about here. Her smile carried hints of debauchery and she had a posture similar to that of a rural peasant.
What did Gu Weiting even see in her?
Could it be that he'd had too much delicacies to eat and wanted to try eating shit for once?
"Bring your son over tomorrow and have him live with us."
All it took was this one sentence from Gu Weiting to cause the atmosphere to sour.
Gu Hai remained quiet, and judging from Gu Weiting's expression, he already had an idea what was coming.
"Xiao Hai," Jiang Yuan beamed, "My son is the same age as you, and you guys have similar temperament as well. I think the two of you would be really compatible."
"If he comes, I’ll go."
Just one phrase uttered by Gu Hai caused all of Jiang Yuan's reasoning to die down.
Gu Weiting was absolutely livid. "In that case, you can leave now."
Gu Hai stood up, and his actions were copied by Jiang Yuan.
"Don't fight with your father," she pleaded desperately. "I've never actually thought of letting my son come here. He's closer to his father and he won't be used to living with me."
A fourty year-old, a divorced woman and her seventeen year old son. Gu Weiting, you really know how to make yourself comfortable. Are you going to abandon the wife who's stayed with you for twenty years?, Gu Hai thought.
"Regardless of whether he's coming or not, I'll still be leaving."
Gu Weiting's face was as stormy as ever. No matter how straight he stood, his shoulders couldn't help but tremble.
Gu Hai ignored the pair of eyes blazing in anger behind him. He had always wanted to leave, but had always lacked the motivation to do so. And now, he finally had the chance to do so.