Chapter 22: Zhou Zui turned around and walked away, reaching out to tousle Xiao Ke’s hair, like that time before, pressed and gently shook twice.
Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
In Xiao Ke’s opinion, Boss Zhou was really nice and he never seemed to reject him. No matter what Xiao Ke said, Zhou Zui would basically say “yes.” Thus, when Xiao Ke managed to ask him for roses, Zhou Zui also agreed with one breath.
“Thank you, Mr. Zhou, but I am not in a hurry. You do not need to rush and paint, just paint when you have time.” Xiao Ke said with a smile as he sat on the chair. He smiled very contentedly, and there was sunshine in his eyes when he smiled. Afterwards, when he got a rose, he took a picture of it with a piece of black paper behind it.
After the photo was taken, he sent it to the friend circle with the text, “Professor Xiao and a stunningly beautiful and demonic big rose.”
Fang Qimiao happened to be on just as Xiao Ke sent the picture, he received a comment that was a big smile emoticon.
Xiao Ke did not pay attention to him, and locked the screen before he continued to read the information on the computer.
“Mr. Zhou, what’s for dinner?” Xiao Ke asked Zhou Zui while looking at the computer.
Zhou Zui said, “You decide.”
Xiao Ke often spent a lot of time at the store so the two of them spent a lot of time together and often had the opportunity to eat together. Before the relationship became familiar, Xiao Ke would not dare to drag Zhou Zui out to eat, but now it was different. Now, Xiao Ke will occasionally go out to eat with Zhou Zui which was like a date.
“Then, let’s eat Hunan food. Earlier my colleagues introduced me to a restaurant that I have never been to, let’s go try,” Xiao Ke said.
Zhou Zui stood next to him while sorting out the drawing paper and books that were on the table before he took a book and put it back on the top shelf. “Okay.” 1
The book was placed high on the shelf, which even with Zhou Zui’s height, had him stretch his arms out to be able to reach it, if this were Lu Xiaobei, he would have had to carry a stool. He was very close to Xiao Ke’s position, and his arm raised his shirt in which his waist was slightly exposed on the right side. Although it was only a few seconds, it was still caught by Xiao Ke to capture in his mind.
In those few seconds, he saw Zhou Zui was wearing the belt that he had given him, and above the belt was his sturdy body that had beautiful muscle lines where a little bit of a faint mermaid line could be seen from the side view.
Xiao Ke raised his head to look up again and saw Zhou Zui’s raised arms, biceps and shoulders muscles that could not be hidden through the clothes. Further up was his neck, his chin, his very short hair. His hair should be very rigid, and he could even imagine the feeling of touching it with his hands.
Zhou Zui finished putting the book away and put down his arm. When he looked down, he met Xiao Ke’s burning gaze. His heart was not prepared, and he froze for a moment. Xiao Ke had just fantasized about that testosterone-pumping body, and his eyes were very hot at this moment.
He asked him with a slight smile, “What’s wrong?”
Xiao Ke licked his lips, and then turned his eyes back to the computer. “It’s nothing, it’s just that I used my mind to do perverted things to you.”
Zhou Zui froze again and looked at the top of Xiao Ke’s head while the air suddenly turned silent.
Xiao Ke asked him, “Do you mind?”
Zhou Zui turned around and walked away before he reached out to tousle Xiao Ke’s hair which he held down and gently shook twice which was just like what he did before. Xiao Ke heard him say, “I don’t mind much.”
Xiao Ke smiled at once and looked back at Zhou Zui, but Zhou Zui had already gone upstairs so he had barely seen his back.
That day, Xiao Ke and Zhou Zui went to the Hunan restaurant. The taste was decent and there were many people. There was no need to wait that long, but Zhou Zui’s car was too big so a parking space was not available, and he circled around several times before finding another space.
“Why did you buy such a big car?” Xiao Ke asked him as he circled around while looking for a parking space.
Zhou Zui laughed and said, “I also want to know.”
Xiao Ke said, “Next time you come out, take my car, it’s better to park since it’s smaller.”
Zhou Zui nodded. “Okay.”
In fact, Xiao Ke’s car was not small and was just a normal model, but it was much more convenient than Zhou Zui’s. However, his car was usually parked farther away, and there were too many cars near the restaurant so he didn’t bother to drive inside and stopped outside to find an empty space.
When the two of them parked and walked to the restaurant, Xiao Ke was still telling Zhou Zui, “You have to take up one and a half spaces by yourself, it’s a waste of money…”
Before he could finish his sentence, a person behind him suddenly interrupted him, “–Xiao Ke?”
Xiao Ke turned around and saw that it was an acquaintance. He smiled and stopped to greet him, “Mr. Wang.”
“I haven’t seen you for a long time.” The man walked over and patted Xiao Ke.
“Mn, it’s been quite a while.” Xiao Ke smiled and asked him, “Here for dinner?”
“Yes, with some friends of mine,” He looked at Zhou Zui next to him, who had one hand in his coat pocket and was looking away to avoid looking at them, so he asked Xiao Ke, “Who’s this?”
Xiao Ke also looked at Zhou Zui and said, ” This is my friend.”
“Ah,” The man did not say much and followed Xiao Ke towards the restaurant, “How long has it been since we had a drink together? Can we all go out together sometime?”
This was a polite remark that everyone knew in their hearts, but Xiao Ke mockingly laughed and flirtatiously said, “That doesn’t seem very convenient, how is Mr. Lin doing?”
“You’re not in touch at all?” The other party was a bit surprised, “You didn’t know that Xiao Lin left the company?”
“Left?” Xiao Ke raised his eyebrows, “What’s the reason?”
“I don’t know, I wouldn’t say even if I knew.” The man looked at Zhou Zui again and smiled before he shook his head and meaningfully said, “How good it was in the past, but it’s a pity.”
Xiao Ke understood what he was talking about.
This person and Lin An were from the same design institute, and the two were from the same generation so they entered the institute in the same year which made their relations very good. Xiao Ke was naturally familiar with him from before. He and Lin An acknowledged their relationship where Xiao Ke was romantic and direct while Lin An was introverted and gentle, so friends around them were very positive about them.
Zhou Zui looked over and took a look at the man.
“Pity?” Zhou Zui asked lightly. He then cleared his throat, and his long legs walked first. Before he left, he touched Xiao Ke’s arm with his hand still in his pocket while half his face was buried in the zipper of his clothes, and his head did not turn, “Let’s go, Professor Xiao.”
It was a pity that Xiao Ke didn’t know nor did he have the heart to think. Xiao Ke smiled and said to designer Wang, “I’ll go in first, my friend is hungry.”
“Ok, go ahead,” The other party patted him on the shoulder once again, “See you later.”
Xiao Ke waved his hand and ran to catch up with Zhou Zui.
Zhou Zui’s reaction today was a bit unexpected. This person was normally as silent as a wooden man, but just now he took the initiative to answer someone else’s words with that one word answer. This made Xiao Ke think more. He took a few quick steps, and Zhou Zui was already waiting for him at the entrance of the restaurant.
Xiao Ke walked up to him and opened his mouth to throw out a direct sentence, “There’s no pity.”
Zhou Zui raised his eyebrows at him.
The waiter came and took them upstairs, and Zhou Zui walked in front while Xiao Ke followed him and said as he walked, “Mr. Zhou, I never look back, my eyes are always looking forward. What’s behind me is meaningless… But I know that in front of me is you.”
Zhou Zui looked back, and Xiao Ke smiled at him.
Xiao Ke knew he looked handsome when he smiled which was why he smiled a lot especially when he said something important. However, he wouldn’t know that a certain someone loved his downward-curved eyes when he was smiling.
Really admire the drawing and the slow sizzle of this relationship 👍🏻🥰
Love the art❤️ very nice chapter, Zhou Zui is begining to un-freeze a bit😊. Thanks for the he update❤️❤️
All the art work for this novel, which was linked on the anniversary post, is so good. This is a favourite.
Xiao Ke is so confident now and steadfast as always. I love how outspoken and frank he is; and that his gentle, patient advances have started chipping away at Zhou Zui’s walls rather well!
I wonder if there will be a response when word of this gets back to Lin An via this Mr Wang.
Thanks for translating and editing.
Hehe, so Zhou Zui doesn’t mind much Xoao Ke fantasizes him in perverted way. 😄 Mr. Zhou finnaly eating vinegar (jealous), yes! 😊
Some of my favorite parts are when XK is so honest with his feelings. No hiding. No ambiguous statements. Just honesty.