Shen Yuhuai asked, “What are you thinking?”
Chen Qizhao instinctively said, “Nothing.”
Shen Yuhuai’s eyes stopped on Chen Qizhao and his heart sank a bit when he saw the bandaged wounds.
He thought to himself, ‘Chen Qizhao probably doesn’t know it but some of his small movements are obvious.’
Chen Qizhao’s mind returned and he suddenly thought about what he hadn’t said just now. His eyes fell on Shen Yuhuai.
The moment he opened his mouth, his stomach grumbled uncontrollably.
Perhaps it was because the place where the two of them stood was quiet but Shen Yuhuai’s attention suddenly fell on him. He asked with a smile, “Are you hungry?”
Chen Qizhao didn’t eat much when he went out with Yan Kailin tonight. He hadn’t been very hungry because he was staring at the people following them.
“In fact, I’m not very hungry.” The moment Chen Qizhao finished speaking, Shen Yuhuai’s phone rang again.
Liu Sui called. The laboratory had finished work at 8 o’clock. After work, a group of people ran to eat at the store where Liu Sui especially wanted to eat last time. This made Liu Sui call and ask Shen Yuhuai if he wanted to go there for a late-night meal.
Shen Yuhuai left the laboratory and hurried over here. Many things had happened and he still hadn’t eaten dinner.
“Are you guys eating grilled fish at school?” Shen Yuhuai responded. “I’m still a bit busy now. It’s okay, you guys eat first.”
Chen Qizhao looked at Shen Yuhuai. He thought about when he chatted with Shen Yuhuai yesterday. He said he had been busy in the past two days and wasn’t available at night.
In the past, Shen Yuhuai generally left the laboratory at 8 or 9 o’clock and he would go out to have a late-night meal with Liu Sui and his other colleagues… so at this point, Shen Yuhuai hadn’t eaten yet?
He rolled his eyes and said, “I’m hungry.”
Shen Yuhuai’s eyes fell on Chen Qizhao. Then he quickly withdrew his gaze and changed his words. “Where are you guys eating? Send me the address.”
The place for dinner was the grilled fish store in front of the school. It was a newly opened Internet celebrity store and it was lively until the early hours of the morning.
Once Chen Qizhao and Shen Yuhuai arrived, they saw Shen Yuhuai’s four colleagues crowded at a large table and Liu Sui waved enthusiastically toward them. “Yuhuai, over here!”
The store was basically full. Liu Sui called a waiter to add a chair.
Amidst the excitement, Chen Qizhao sat next to Shen Yuhuai. The distance between their chairs was small and their arms were stuck together when they moved.
Seeing Chen Qizhao’s injured hand, Liu Sui and the others were very surprised. They even started sweating when they learned of the vicious brawl that just occurred at school.
Liu Sui said, “The problem of S College has to be rectified. There have been too many outsiders coming and going recently and this threatens the safety of students.”
“It will definitely be dealt with. Just wait for the school’s notice. It seems there were school stalkers last time, right? I heard from my friend that the gate of the school started to be guarded after that day. I don’t know how these people got it.”
Chen Qizhao frowned slightly when he heard them talking about the stalker. “A stalker?”
Shen Yuhuai didn’t speak.
“Yes, it was found and reported just last month or so.”
Chen Qizhao thought about it. No wonder why he noticed fewer eyes in the school during this time. The people who followed him were basically near the company or when he went out. It turned out that the school was under martial law here… his car was registered with the school and those people followed after it. It was either because the guard at the school gate was negligent or those people had also registered their vehicle.
Since Yan Kaiqi had intervened in this matter, the result should be found soon.
Liu Sui said, “I’ll let them add some more dishes. What will Qizhao eat?”
Chen Qizhao replied, “Anything is fine.”
Shen Yuhuai added, “He has a hand injury so he can’t eat anything too greasy, heavy or salty.”
Chen Qizhao nodded. At this time, the phone in his clothes vibrated. It seemed as if someone was calling.
“I’m going to the bathroom,” Chen Qizhao said.
The bathroom in the store wasn’t far away. Chen Qizhao shut the door to close off the bustle.
He answered the phone. “Hello?”
The caller was the person he had asked to investigate before and some investigation information was sent to his inbox.
Chen Qizhao thought of what Shen Yuhuai had said not long ago and asked, “What has Gu Shen done recently?”
“Gu Shen? He is still in S City. My people followed him for a few days and found nothing.” The person on the phone continued, “It is like he really came to S City to travel. He either follows his friends to parties or visits the attractions of S City. He is very cautious and no problems have been found yet.”
This was too cautious…
Chen Qizhao knew this situation well. It was as if Gu Shen was pretending to be a dandy and was cautiously playing a certain identity. However, this type of act wasn’t completely flawless. As long as the other people showed a slight mistake or it wasn’t stable, it was easy to overturn completely.
The business between the Gu family and the Lin family was too hidden. Gu Shen hid deeply and Gu Zhengsong didn’t even show his face in S City.
Since Lin Shizong already planned to make a move on the Chen family, there should be some movement on the Gu family’s side.
Chen Qizhao said, “There should’ve been movement on Gu Zhengxun’s side recently.”
The man in the flower shirt on the phone was stunned before he continued speaking with a laugh, “The boss knows a lot. I did get some news recently. Gu Zhengxun is making some moves. His purpose should be the Gu family’s assets left in a private bank in B City. He is fighting tensely with Gu Zhengsong and action should be taken during this period.”
“Are you familiar with the Gu family?” Chen Qizhao asked.
The man in the flower shirt said, “It’s okay, it’s okay. It is within the scope of business.”
Chen Qizhao didn’t ask again and just said, “Then I want you to send a message to Gu Zhengxun. I will send it to you by email later.”
The man in the flower shirt smiled. “No problem, you can arrange it.”
Chen Qizhao explained with a few sentences and hung up the phone.
He looked at the piece of information on his phone and sneered in his heart.
The Chen family was already standing with Gu Zhengxun so he wanted to help Gu Zhengxun.
It wasn’t just helping but also adding fire to the fight in the Gu family.
After leaving the bathroom, Chen Qizhao stepped into the lively grilled fish restaurant. His eyes stopped on the group talking and laughing in the distance.
Liu Sui was urging the water to serve the food when he saw Chen Qizhao coming over. “You were gone for so long that Yuhuai ordered a meal for you.”
Chen Qizhao sat down next to Shen Yuhuai and asked, “What are you talking about?”
“Speaking about S College—oh yes, S College. Yuhuai, why don’t you call out your goddess?” Liu Sui remembered something. “I thought you were in such a hurry to go out at night because you had a date.”
Shen Yuhuai paused.
Chen Qizhao was still thinking about something when he heard this and looked up at Liu Sui. “Goddess?”
“Qizhao still doesn’t know, right? Your Brother Huai is chasing someone at your school.” Liu Sui bumped Shen Yuhuai with his arm. “She is either in your year or is your senior sister. She is also very mysterious. A while ago, he went out every night and didn’t come back. He must’ve been dating her everywhere.”
A while ago?
Chen Qizhao’s eyes lowered slightly and he glanced at Shen Yuhuai next to him.
Shen Yuhuai said, “There is no goddess.”
Liu Sui was puzzled. “Hey, why are you hiding it?”
At this time, the waiter happened to come to deliver the dishes. Liu Sui saw that Shen Yuhuai didn’t want to mention it and didn’t say much.
Shen Yuhuai helped Chen Qizhao clean the bowl and chopsticks and placed them in front of Chen Qizhao. A few drops of water from the bowl and chopsticks fell on the table.
Liu Sui and the others changed the topic again but Chen Qizhao was a bit absent-minded. His eyes stopped on the water droplets along the edge of the bowl.
Shen Yuhuai’s itinerary during this period of time was clear to know and it was obvious who he went out with a while ago.
The dishes were delivered and Shen Yuhuai asked, “Aren’t you hungry?’
“Yes.” Chen Qizhao actually wasn’t angry. He just wanted to come over to accompany Shen Yuhuai to eat.
The topic of conversation changed to laboratory-related topics. Several people were talking about chemical terms that he couldn’t understand. Liu Sui seemed to have endless topics while Shen Yuhuai occasionally added a few words.
Chen Qizhao didn’t have the slightest intention of delving into this. He lowered his head slightly and saw Shen Yuhuai’s hand on his leg.
Liu Sui said, “The experimental protocol last time was actually a bit problematic. I was talking to Yuhuai the day before yesterday about whether to increase the grams of the sample or not.”
Shen Yuhuai wanted to speak but suddenly stopped.
There was the feeling of gauze touching the back of his hand and the slightly cool fingers pressed against his knuckles, seeming to graze past his fingers and reach the crevices between his joints. The other person’s nails weren’t sharp but the feeling of scratching was more real and lasting than the feeling in the palm of his hand. It was transmitted to his skin along his sensitive fingers and was like simple and seductive teasing.
Shen Yuhuai’s Adam’s apple tensed.
“Yuhuai?” Liu Sui asked.
“…The number of grams can be increased but you need to change the reference variable.”
Shen Yuhuai’s voice was a bit hoarse. His eyes were half-lowered as he noticed the hand that was making a mess.
Chen Qizhao’s fingertips were attached to the back of Shen Yuhuai’s hand. It wasn’t an accidental and simple contact like before. For the first time, he took the initiative to touch the raised bone joints on the back of Shen Yuhuai’s hand. Through the thin skin, he could feel the hand bones under the skin.
Shen Yuhuai didn’t break away and acquiesced to such behavior.
This only fueled Chen Qizhao’s greedy ambition. He absentmindedly satisfied himself. His fingers grazed past the back of Shen Yuhuai’s hand and stepped between the fingers. Finally, he hooked Shen Yuhuai’s fingers.
At this time, the hand that had been still suddenly moved.
Shen Yuhuai’s fingers hooked Chen Qizhao’s hand and covered the back of his hand with slight, meticulous movements. They avoided the gauze-wrapped wounds but fell on his skin. Just like Chen Qizhao had touched him, he also pressed on the other person’s bone joints.
It seemed that his movements were lighter and the seemingly innocuous touch was infinitely amplified.
In the lively atmosphere, Chen Qizhao seemed to capture Shen Yuhuai’s voice.
Shen Yuhuai said, “You aren’t being obedient.”
Chen Qizhao’s heartbeat quickened.
At the dinner table, the other people were still talking about the experience and were completely oblivious to the silence next to them.
The voices of the two of them were soft and weak, but their heartbeats were like drums.
Chen Qizhao stated directly, “I just want to touch you.”
Shen Yuhuai half lowered his eyes. His broad palm gently wrapped around Chen Qizhao’s hand.
It was like holding a lover’s hand while tenderly keeping a precarious sense of proportion.
Until the end, he scraped against Chen Qizhao’s palm with his little finger. It was just like someone’s behavior of crossing the line that night and confirming a tacit secret.
Chen Qizhao turned his head slightly and swept over the long and narrow corners of Shen Yuhuai’s eyes.
Shen Yuhuai didn’t look at the other person as his cherished gaze fell on their hands.
“Yes, I’ll touch it for you.”