Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Some things were wonderfully coincidental. The person who fell into the water was Qiao Yi. She was diving, got a foot cramp and was pushed far away by the waves.
Jiang ChengLi brought her back to the shore, and Qiao Yi sat down with a shocked, pale face. Shi Yu stood on the shore to disperse the crowd, gave Qiao Yi open space to breathe the fresh air and then took off his jacket.
Jiang ChengLi saw he was taking off his jacket, and unhappily pursed his lips as he bowed his head. “I can give the jacket to her.”
“What are you talking about?” Shi Yu frowned and put his own jacket on Qiao Yi’s shoulders. “You’re all wet.”
Jiang ChengLi stared at him for a long time, then lowered his eyelashes sullenly. He said nothing else.
Shi Yu asked about Qiao Yi’s physical condition, and waited for her gege, Qiao Yu, to come over before he gave an account of what happened. Qiao Yu said seriously, “Thank you. I’m inviting you to dinner.”
Shi Yu shook his head. “Take her to the hospital to see if there are any more problems.”
After the two left, Shi Yu looked back at the wet Jiang ChengLi who was standing behind him. The tall alpha’s lips pursed, like a pet that hadn’t got the master’s praise and was angry. That aggression seeped into every wet hair.
Shi Yu blinked, felt that his tone just now wasn’t good, and deliberately whispered, “Jiang ChengLi?”
When Jiang ChengLi heard his voice, he reached out and ran a hand through his soaked hair before he turned his head in the direction of the hotel.
Shi Yu hadn’t expected him to sulk. He froze in place for a moment then followed him dumbly. He walked and reflected on himself. It seemed he was indeed wrong. Jiang ChengLi risked his life to save others, but after the disembarkation, Shi Yu only cared about Qiao Yi’s condition.
If he thought about it differently, Shi Yu, himself, would be aggrieved. So he called out to Jiang ChengLi, “I’m sorry. I was in a hurry. I wasn’t being mean to you.”
Jiang ChengLi hmmmed. He wasn’t slowing down or turning back, he only walked straight back to the hotel.
Shi Yu scratched the back of his neck. He felt embarrassed that he had nothing to say, “Why were you on the shore? Didn’t you go with Li Chen to ask about the sand volleyball place?”
When they arrived at the hotel, Jiang ChengLi pressed the elevator button first, but Shi Yu unhesitatingly followed him in, and pressed the seventh floor first.
When the door closed, Shi Yu realized that Jiang ChengLi was really angry. He reached out, carefully held the corner of his wet clothes and said seriously, “I was wrong. I shouldn’t have spoken to you like that just now. You took a big risk saving her.”
Jiang ChengLi smiled speculatively. “I rushed over because I thought the person who fell into the water was you.”
Shi Yu looked up sharply. Just then, the elevator door opened. Jiang ChengLi hadn’t the slightest hesitation as he walked out. The clothes at Shi Yu’s fingertips instantly went with the owner. He was left there, standing alone.
Shi Yu stood in the elevator until the door closed, only then did he press the door button again in a wooden manner. His heart was sore and swollen, and even the palms of his hands hurt. How could he have misunderstood Jiang ChengLi so much?
Shi Yu walked up to Jiang ChengLi’s door and knocked, but there was no answer. Shi Yu took out his mobile phone and typed to Jiang ChengLi. Halfway through the writing, he felt that this wasn’t sincere enough and switched to voice.
“I’m sorry, Jiang ChengLi, I was wrong. I shouldn’t have disregarded your feelings. I was too anxious at that time.”
“I was very anxious because someone had an accident, and I was also worried about you. Maybe I didn’t show it very much at that time, but I did worry when I saw that it was you who saved the day. For a second, I guess.”
“I admit that one second was too short, but it was because it was you. I know how powerful you are physically as an advanced alpha. I worry more about you later.”
Four voice messages. Shi Yu hadn’t dared listen to them a second time when he sent them. He was afraid he would withdraw them out of embarrassment. But after he waited for a minute and Jiang ChengLi still gave no response, he was a bit depressed.
Shi Yu looked back at his room. He wanted to go back, take it with him first and then pretend to apologize during a chance encounter or something when Jiang ChengLi went out. But he felt that he was making excuses for his insincerity. He tugged at his phone for half a day. When he looked again, it was ten minutes later, and Jiang ChengLi was looking for someone.
Shi Yu simply returned Jiang ChengLi’s message to the phone. “You said I…I want to listen to the song. When can I find you?”
“Do you still mean what you say?”
Just after the voice was sent, the door to Jiang ChengLi’s room opened. Jiang ChengLi had changed his clothes and had a towel on his neck. Just after showering, the wet air came to his face.
Shi Yu hadn’t expected him to open the door so abruptly, and froze at a standstill. The smile on his face looked a bit far-fetched. “You’re taking a shower. Am I disturbing you? Then I’ll go ahead and…”
Jiang ChengLi took a step back and simply asked, “Do you want to come in?”
Shi Yu heard from these three words that Jiang ChengLi was still angry. He walked into his room with his head down, and glanced thoughtfully at the blow dryer that rested on the desktop.
“Jiang ChengLi, why don’t I blow dry your hair for you?” Shi Yu looked him in the eyes sincerely. “As a remedy?”
Jiang ChengLi’s brow relaxed slightly, but gave away not the slightest, subtle emotion. He walked to Shi Yu and nodded.
Shi Yu first unfolded the towel on his neck, and gently rubbed it on Jiang ChengLi’s hair. The alpha was looking down at his phone, his head just high enough for Shi Yu to apply force. Shi Yu rubbed it and realized that Jiang ChengLi’s hair was softer than he thought.
Shi Yu had almost finished rubbing and was about to switch to a blow dryer when he realized Jiang ChengLi was listening to him breathe. He couldn’t help it, and felt his cheeks as they heated up. He pretended that he couldn’t hear as he powered on the hair dryer.
Jiang ChengLi looked at his reddened ears. The corners of his lips strained upward a little, when Shi Yu turned around and pressed down just the right amount.
Shi Yu tested the temperature, and gently ruffled Jiang ChengLi’s hair. He took advantage of the fact that the sound of the hair dryer obstructed hearing to apologize to him. “I really didn’t consider your feelings today. You’re angry. I can understand and I’ll change. Don’t sulk, okay?”
The temperature of the omega’s hand was a little lower than the blow dryer, and when he gently brushed the side of the neck, there was a wonderful feeling, cold and tickling.
Jiang ChengLi tilted his head and looked at Shi Yu. “How many times have you apologized to me? Are you an apology machine?”
Shi Yu oh’d, lowered his head and began to seriously help him blow-dry his hair. Jiang ChengLi felt Shi Yu’s meticulous care and didn’t mind that he was exposing the back of his neck to the person behind him.
The warm wind gradually brought up the temperature of the back of his neck. Jiang ChengLi hadn’t yet reacted, he only felt a little drowsy. He wanted to cling to the person behind him.
Shi Yu was surrounded by a thick cold frost smell of pheromones when he noticed that something was wrong. He looked at Jiang ChengLi’s half wet hair and turned off the blow dryer with a frown. “Jiang ChengLi, do you feel–“
The hand that held the hairdryer was suddenly clasped by the alpha. Shi Yu lowered his head, and was caught by surprise at Jiang ChengLi’s eyes.
In those beautiful eyes, the pupils were pure ice blue, covered with a lingering ice mist and an instinctive dominance…The deep meaning associated with an alpha.