Side Story 2.7
After their night of passion, the two of them laid there, the lingering scent of desire permeating the air. He rested on top of her, his body trembling in the aftershocks of his release. His breath against her lips came out in short gasps and his hair stuck to his forehead, slick with sweat as a drop slid down his face. She had rarely seen Ye Zhengchen so exhausted, as he hated to appear weak, causing her to laugh breathlessly. “Tired?”
He smiled as he first kissed her forehead, then the spot over her heart. “Yes, I am a little tired after the day I’ve had. First training, then drinking with my teacher, followed by a two-hour flight. It seems that I need to work on my physical fitness again, otherwise I won’t be able to satisfy you.”
“You definitely don’t need any more practice, I am more than satisfied,” she said, shaking her head. If his stamina increased any more, she would be done to death.
“But I’m not,” he said. She couldn’t help sighing, he was still the same after so long.
Bo Bing woke early the next morning to a heavy feeling. She looked helplessly at the man wrapped around her like a vine and sighed. Not even his sleeping posture had changed.
After some work, she managed to wriggle herself out of his arms and push his legs off of her. Once she had relieved herself, she came back to the bed to see her Chief of Staff lazily stretching his muscular body. Reaching out, he pulled her back into bed. He gently rubbed his face against her chest, making her breath hitch.
“You had better stop it,” she pushed him away. “I have to work today.”
“No you don’t. I asked your director to let you have a day off.”
“Your director readily agreed. Please.” His voice was low and languid. Please? She had always felt that word had a special meaning.
Without giving her a chance to think too deeply, he asked, “What do you want to do today? It’s rare that we both have a holiday at the same time.” It wasn’t easy for the Chief of Staff to get a day off. She really wanted to enjoy this rare time and go on a date with him. However, she was still tired from their activities yesterday, how could she even think of going out.
“Why don’t we have a rest day at home?”
“You mean you want to spend the whole day in bed with me?” She looked away from the burning gaze of the incorrigible man and changed the subject, “If you’re not tired, I could show you around Nanzhou?”
Ye Zengchen carefully considered the idea. “Let’s go out and take a look.” It was quite puzzling that the lascivious Ye Zengchen would choose to go out.
Nanzhou was not a very big city. There were no places of interest or famous landscapes, but when two people walked hand in hand, even the most insipid scenery would not displease them.
As they walked by an old building, Chief of Staff Ye suddenly asked, “Where is this? Why are there so many people lining up?”
“It’s the Civil Affairs Bureau,” Bo Bing said, glancing over casually. “Eh, there are a lot of people lining up today…”
“Is today an auspicious day?”
She calculated the date carefully. “Today is May 21st.”
“It really is an auspicious day.” He thought for a moment. “Girl, do you have your ID card with you?”
“Ah? You’re not actually thinking of marrying me are you?”
“Why not? We’re passing by, we have nothing else planned. Let’s just do it.” Passing by? Nothing planned? Do it? She was rendered speechless.
“Isn’t it troublesome for a soldier to get married? Don’t you have to go through a political trial?”
“Oh, that’s easy. I’ll just call…” Seeing that he really was about to make a phone call, Bo Bing quickly grabbed his hand to stop him.
“Getting married is a big step. Don’t you think we should think this over carefully?” Although she had no doubts about her feelings for him, getting married to him after they had just wandered passed the Civil Affairs Bureau seemed to be rather reckless.
“Carefully?” His expression turned a bit stiff. “Do you need to think carefully about marrying me?”
“I…” She did want to be careful. If he were to marry while in the army, there were laws he had to follow. If you married the wrong person, it would be very difficult to get a divorce.
“When you decided to marry Yin Zhongtian did you think it over carefully?”
“You…” She stopped, not knowing how to refute. “He was never married before, never divorced. And he never let his other spouse show off their marriage certificate to me.” Her voice was a little loud, attracting the curious eyes of some of the lined up couples. A man who would marry twice could give her a concession.
“I’ll give you some time to think about it. You have three minutes.”
“Three minutes?! Who can make such an important decision in three minutes?”
“How long do you need? Ten years? Twenty?” He wasn’t giving her any room to refuse him. “I’ll give you ten minutes to think about it. Either you marry me, or I will marry someone else.”
“You wouldn’t dare!”
“Try me.” He said with a provocative smile.
Within the next three minutes, she had made her decision. ”Line up.” A few hours later she held the bright red notebook, looking at it over and over again. Her brain was hazy, as if she was in a dream. There were no flowers, no diamond rings, no wedding photos. “Are we really married?” She asked in a dazed tone.
“Yes.” Ye Zhengchen said with a smile. “Congratulations Mrs. Ye.” Hearing him call her new name, she finally felt a little like she was really married. She felt like the wedding march was playing and thousands of balloons were flying through the air.
“Husband.” She cried sweetly.
Suddenly she remembered that time when they ate hot pot together for the first time.
“I’ll call you brother in the future.”
“As long as you don’t call me husband, you can call me anything you want.” He said.
How could she have known that one day she really would be calling him husband.
“Come on wife. Let’s do what all newlyweds should do.”
“What?” What did newlyweds do? Celebrate in a candlelit restaurant? Take wedding photos? Buy a wedding ring?
“Let’s go back… To the bridal chamber.” She was dumbfounded.
“Congratulations on your wedding day. Can I persuade you to take a look?” A mysterious vendor came up to them, gesturing to their marriage certificate. The peddler opened his bag and pulled something out. On the top of the box, the character for ‘lasting’ was boldly painted. “This one is imported from abroad. It can prolong your stamina and make love making last longer. It ensures no odor, no dependency, and no side effects.”
The Chief of Staff looked at him coldly. “Do you think I need this?” The peddler peered at him. He was strong looking in his casual clothes, though not as much as when he was in uniform. Studying him from top to bottom, one could see that he was an awe-inspiring man.
The peddler quickly put the box back and removed another. This box had Japanese characters written on it. Bo Bing, having studied in Japan, looked at it curiously. Encouraged, the woman began to give a detailed description of it.
“This is a genuine product imported from Japan, only for women. It’s an aphrodisiac.” The peddler quickly glanced at the doctor’s reddening face and whispered in Ye Zhengchen’s ear. “This one will ensure that you don’t sleep all night.” Chief of Staff Ye took it and quickly scanned the product’s formula. “Chinese herbal formula?”
“Ah! Can you understand that?”
A weak cough came from beside them, pulling Ye Zhengchen away from his thoughts. “Let’s Go.”
The peddler could see that he had gained the young man’s interest. He seemed to be rich and very interested in intercourse, how could he let him go? He quickly caught up to them. “Wait, wait! I promise, you will absolutely need this.” He pulled out a seemingly innocent nurse’s dress from his bag. “This uniform is tempting, no? I’m sure you could find some use for it. It’s very ornate.” When Ye Zhengchen saw the white uniform, he didn’t even ask the price.
“Wrap it up.”
“Good! Good!” As soon as he saw the two hundred yuan bill being handed over, the peddler was so happy that he couldn’t keep his mouth shut. He introduced himself with a gift. “This massage oil is for you, it can relieve your body and mind. Go ahead and try it. My name is Chen Xiaofan. This is my phone number. Handsome guy, call me whenever you need. I will deliver straight to your door!”