Ni Jiu (Intoxicated) - Chap 21
The situation was unexpected, Shen Tingwei didn’t stay for a long time.
The first thought that came to his mind after he regained his senses was, can the child stay?
With that in mind, he asked.
Lian Jue’s indifferent expression made it difficult to guess his emotions. He didn’t look at Shen Tingwei for a long time before he hummed softly and then said meaningfully: “I will give you whatever you want.”
Although Shen Tingwe rationally wanted to refuse, he was silent for a moment and his words turned into obedience: “…I want to go back to the dormitory to pack my things.”
He didn’t have the energy to speculate on Lian Jue’s intentions, even if it was to use him or humiliate him, he had to accept it.
It’s not what he wants but as long as there is a glimmer of hope, he will not choose to take the child away.
… Now, marrying Lian Jue is that glimmer of hope.
He needs a peaceful and stable life. Only Lian Jue can give him that.
The worst thing in this situation is having marriage without love.
The best is the same – he doesn’t need Lian Jue’s love and he doesn’t need to give love.
Presumably Lian Jue didn’t come to this kind of place very often. He looked at the dilapidated corridor with small advertisements and the rusted gray-red security door in front of him with a similar look. Seeing Shen Tingwei’s hand on the old doorknob, he frowned, as if he saw something dirty.
Before Shen Tingwei finished turning the key, he grabbed the reflective metal door handle and shook it a few times before the door opened.
Shen Tingwei wanted to say that he’ll be out soon that he can wait for him here but Lian Jue didn’t give him a chance to finish his words, he passed him and entered the door.
There was a takeaway box on the dining table that his colleague didn’t clean up after eating last night. The weather was hot and the leftovers were left for a day. The taste can be imagined.
Lian Jue’s arm moved slightly but he still stood upright like that. Shen Tingwei noticed it. He guessed that Lian Jue might be trying to raise his hand to cover his nose and mouth. For some reason, he endured it.
“Clean up.” Lian Jue’s urging was very euphemistic.
The bedroom door opened and no light was thrown into the dark room, which looked like an incalculable abyss from a distance.
Before Shen Tingwei walked in, the darkness engulfed his slender body, Lian Jue stood outside the door, only the back of his snow-white neck could be seen in sight.
Shen Tingwei touched the switch on the wall for a long time. When the light came on, Lian Jue found that the room he lived in was really small, so small that even a whole wardrobe could not fit in. He didn’t even need to turn his eyes to see all the furnishings in the room.
Shen Tingwei didn’t invite Lian Jue in and went straight to the bed.
Lian Jue watched him take out his ID card and household registration book from the old pillowcase that had been washed white and couldn’t help but say, “You just put it there?”
“I have nowhere else to put it,” he replied.
Shen Tingwei’s actions of not putting the documents in his pocket can be called cautious. Lian Jue wanted to ask him about it but inexplicably recalled what he said just now and he thought it was over.
“Don’t take the clothes.” Lian Jue thought of the T-shirt he wore that day.
Shen Tingwei answered “Oh”. Then there’s nothing to get.
Before he left, he saw half of the medicine left on the table and hesitated whether to pack it or not. This medicine is very expensive.
From Lian Jue’s point of view, he could only see the empty medicine box on the edge of the tin cardboard and urged impatiently, “You can buy it again after you finish eating.”
Shen Tingwei shook his head and finally left the medicine and walked towards Lian Jue.
“I don’t take it any more.” Shen Tingwei’s voice was very soft, “After finding out, I didn’t took it. It said that it is contraindicated when pregnant.”
Lian Jue looked at him for a while with a confused expression, then turned around unbearably: “Okay, let’s go when you’re done with your things.”
On the way back, the two tacitly remained silent.
In the middle of the journey, Lian Jue made two phone calls, one was for someone to clean up the house and the other was not heard by Shen Tingwei since it could not be understood.
He stared out the window for a while, the tree shadows on both sides of the road leaned back quickly and he felt sleepy after looking at it for a long time. The passenger seat was adjusted to a comfortable angle and felt like falling asleep when he leaned in the seat for too long.
When he was about to fall asleep, he heard Lian Jue ask, “Will dinner be Chinese or Western?”
Shen Tingwei opened his eyes and reacted for two seconds, then said softly, “Anything will be fine.” He added, “You don’t have to ask my opinion.”
Lian Jue gave a “hmm” and said to the other end of the phone, “I’ll have Chinese food.”
The other end of the phone responded quickly: “Okay, sir.”
After hanging up the phone, Shen Tingwei yawned at the car window and sat up straight.
He sniffed lightly, the end of his eyes was wet from the yawn just now and called, “Mr. Lian.”
Lian Jue drove without looking at him, “Just say something.”
“I haven’t gone to a doctor yet.” Shen Tingwei looked at him and told the truth, “I only used the test paper, five times in total and the results were all positive.”
He paused and continued: “The test strip is only for testing. The accuracy rate has not reached 00%, so it cannot be completely determined before formal testing. However, the symptoms in the first trimester are basically consistent with my current situation. The probability of pregnancy is big.”
Lian Jue waited quietly for him to finish speaking, a slight smile appeared on the corner of his mouth but it didn’t look like a smile. He asked lukewarmly, “Didn’t you go to the obstetrics and gynecology department?” Afraid that he couldn’t remember, he reminded deliberately, “The afternoon before yesterday.”
Shen Tingwei’s eyes showed surprise: “How do you…?”
Lian Jue followed his words: “I was passing by.”
The reason was nonsense but after Lian Jue finished speaking, he still realized that he was not very good at cooperating with the performance and his face sank.
Shen Tingwei was absent-minded and did not notice the slight change in his expression: “Men in obstetrics and gynecology can’t register…” His voice was low, sounding a little annoyed, “I didn’t dare to go for a blood test, it may be very difficult to find out. Trouble…I’m a little scared.”
Lian Jue looked at him in the rearview mirror with his eyes down in thought and took a slow breath.
His eyes met Shen Tingwei from the mirror, Shen Tingwei’s eyes had that kind of mischievous mist in his eyes and he said in a stern voice, “Would you like a doctor to help us see? I…”
Lian Jue retracted his eyes and interrupted coldly, “We’ll talk about this later.”
Shen Tingwei wanted to say that he couldn’t wait too long. Especially this afternoon, he felt a little pain in his stomach. He turned his eyes and saw Lian Jue’s impatient expression, so he pursed his lips and stopped talking.
There were only two people for dinner, but the aunt still cooked very well.
The food was quite tasty – to be precise, it was a hundred times better than any meal Shen Tingwei had eaten during this time, but he still didn’t eat much, and his chopsticks only touched the plate closest to him.
The dining table is very long, the glass chandelier hanging down from the dining room reflects the tableware brightly, and the cold white flash is reflected into Shen Tingwei’s eyes, which is a little dazzling. Lian Jue sat opposite, Shen Ting did not narrow his eyes slightly, still couldn’t see Lian Jue’s expression, so he simply gave up.
Even before he finished eating, it was not good for him to get up first, and it was not good for him to sit still. He stared at the brightly colored stir-fried shrimp in front of him, suppressed the stomach tumbling caused by the taste, and took a green bean and put it in his mouth.
After chewing for a long time, Shen Tingwei put down his chopsticks. He couldn’t help but ask Lianjue, “Why did you marry me?”
Of course not because of children.
Even if Shen Ting is no longer dull, it is not that he hasn’t seen Lian Jue’s perfunctory for so long – Lian Jue probably never believed his words from beginning to end.
“It has nothing to do with you.” Lian Jue didn’t raise his eyes, his tone was very light, but it sounded justified.
Shen Tingwei frowned.
Isn’t marriage a matter of two people? What is it that has nothing to do with me? he said in his heart.
“Oh.” He replied in a low voice.
Those who are at a disadvantage are not eligible to negotiate conditions.
Shen Ting didn’t speak anymore, and after a long time, Lian Jue seemed to realize that there was something wrong with what he said just now.
“Before two o’clock tomorrow afternoon, give me an invitation list of relatives and friends.” Lian Jue seemed to want to make up for it, “If you need a wedding.”
Shen Ting didn’t hold the spoon for a while, he didn’t look up, as if he didn’t need Lian Jue’s rare kindness and consideration, he answered “No” in a low voice, he held the slender metal spoon and trimmed his smooth nails. Into the pattern on the spoon handle: “…I mean no need, you can arrange it.”
Lian Jue looked at him for a while, but didn’t ask anything, only replied “um”.
The topic ended very succinctly. The sudden mention of relatives and friends made Shen Tingwei’s mood very low. He didn’t speak, and Lian Jue didn’t take the initiative to speak.
After dinner, he went upstairs without saying hello.
After a while, Shen Ting did not decide to get up to help her aunt clean up the dining table.
Auntie stopped his movements and said in a panic, “Mr. Shen, I’ll do these things. I made fruit tea. You can go to the sofa and rest for a while.”
Shen Ting has not been served many times, but it is not very elegant to grab a plate with others. He hesitated for a while, and handed the plate in his hand to her: “Thank you for your hard work.”
Auntie said a few times that it was not hard, she took out the dishes and hurried away, as if it was hard to stay with him for a while, Shen Tingwei had no choice but to turn around and leave the kitchen.
Just sitting down on the sofa, a person came in at the door and greeted him: “Mr. Shen.”
Shen Tingwei got up from the sofa that had not yet sat down, and rushed to the person and nodded: “Mr. Lin.”
Lin Chen also nodded, indicating that he did not have to be restrained. He came over and took out a few watches from the black leather folder and placed them on the coffee table.
Before Shen Ting could read the words on the form clearly, a low and serious voice sounded from the stairs: “Come to my study.”
Shen Tingwei raised his eyes subconsciously to look at the source of the sound.
Lian Jue didn’t know when he had changed into a light gray cotton loungewear. He was standing on the second floor condescendingly looking downstairs. He had a pair of gold-rimmed glasses on the bridge of his tall nose, and the lenses were cold. The metallic luster concealed his sharp eyes, but somehow made him look colder and more inhumane.
“Okay, Mr. Lian.” Lin Chen took out a pen and handed it to Shen Tingwei, “Please fill it out, Mr. Shen.”
After Lian Jue finished speaking, he turned around and went into the study, without giving Shen Tingwei the slightest corner of his vision. When Shen Tingwei retracted his eyes and took the pen, he thought inexplicably, is he short-sighted? I’ve never seen him wear glasses before.
Lin Chen went downstairs with Lian Jue two hours later. Shen Tingwei had already filled out the personal information on the form. After Lin Chen checked it, he nodded: “I still need your original ID card and household registration. ”
Shen Ting did not take out the certificate from his pocket, and handed it to Lin Chen with a little difficulty. He watched Lin Chen put the certificate into the leather bag he was carrying, and was puzzled: “However, why do you want to go abroad?”
Lin Chen’s eyes were also filled with the same puzzlement. He looked past Shen Tingwei, looked at Lian Jue behind him, looked back at him, and said uncertainly, “You and Lian Zong are not…”
Seeing Shen Tingwei’s dazed expression, Lin Chen couldn’t help but feel nervous. He thought that his boss didn’t even notify the other of such a big thing as marriage, right?
“Aren’t you and Mr. Lian going to register for marriage?” Lin Chen completed what he had not finished, and tried to explain to Shen Tingwei, “Country C is the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, and it is also the current Today is the only country in China that can fairly and recognize the fact of same-sex marriage registration. In addition, country C has a complete legal system for same-sex marriage at this stage, which can protect you and the president of the marriage to the greatest extent after marriage. rights.”
“Same-sex marriage?” Shen Tingwei still didn’t understand, he didn’t fully understand the meaning of the word, and his eyes were even more confused, “Does it mean men and men? You need to go abroad to register for marriage? Can’t we just get married in China… ”
“Do you think I’m playing with you?” Lian Jue asked him back.
He sat down on the sofa, not giving Shen Ting a long time to react, and said to Lin Chen, “Make an appointment to register the day after tomorrow.”
Lin Chen said quickly, “Okay, President Lian.”
“Wait, wait a second.” Shen Tingwei hadn’t completely figured out the situation in China where same-sex registration was not allowed, when he heard this, he hurriedly interrupted, “I can’t do it the day after tomorrow, I have to go to work…”
Lian Jue gave him a cold look: “Are you so active in performing arts?”
Shen Ting was not choked by him, and finally couldn’t bear it any longer: “You must speak like this…”
Not finished. He glanced at Lin Chen next to him, thinking about it, he swallowed the word mean. Looking up, he noticed that Lian Jue was still staring at him, and seemed to be very curious about what he said behind him.
He clearly felt Lian Jue’s eyes moving to his lower abdomen, and the mockery in his eyes was not difficult to read. He subconsciously raised his hand to cover it, and explained bluntly: “The salary has not been paid yet.”
Lian Jue caught a glimpse of his movement and snorted, but for the first time there was no sarcasm, probably because there were outsiders beside him.
“Resign.” Lian Jue said.
In fact, Lian Jue’s words were not fierce at all, and his tone was more like persuasion than an order, but his impolite tone still caused Shen Tingwei to have a strange rebellious mentality. It was rare for him to say “No” directly. .
Lian Jue seemed to be surprised by his reaction, and his face quickly sank. He could only pretend not to see it.
He hadn’t worked at the trampoline park for a whole month. During the previous interview, the store manager had made it clear to him that it would take a full month to get paid – and that high commission.
Shen Tingwei suddenly thought of the inexplicable recharge card, and also thought of half the words he had said on the phone earlier.
“Did you get the card?” Shen Tingwei looked a little complicated, “That 00,000 trampoline card.”
” 00,000… trampoline card?” Lin Chen looked at his boss in surprise. He already knew that Shen Ting did not work in the trampoline park, but his boss’s way of chasing people was a bit… too vulgar . It really surprised him.
Lian Jue’s unnatural action when he picked up the water glass made Shen Tingwei want to laugh. Of course, he didn’t dare to laugh, he just explained nonchalantly: “I have to work for another week before I get paid… I want to get paid and then resign.”
He asked Lian Jue earnestly, “Is it okay?”
Lian Jue finally gave him a look, put down the water glass, and when he got up, he said, “As you wish.”