rd position in front of Jiang Chengyan, “It’s all here, there’s a label on it.”

Jiang Chengyan looked at the bottles and cans next to the chopstick cage.
His face became hot again.
He just looked at the stove and didn’t look up at all.

Aware of Jiang Chengyan’s emotions, Ling Hua’an explained with a smile, “Generally, the seasonings are basically placed near the stove or in the cupboard.
Because I’m blind, Yan Yu is afraid that I won’t pay attention and get burned.
Also, it will be hard for me to find them in the cabinet, so he made this shelf.”

Jiang Chengyan felt sour when he heard this, he said dryly, “Yan Yu is really cautious.”

A smile flashed in Ling Hua’an’s eyes and he nodded, “Well, he is indeed very cautious.
He takes good care of many places that I can’t think of.”

“Your relationship is really enviable.
Hua’an, how did you and Yan Yu meet?”

“By chance.
I did him a favor and we became friends after that.”

“I see.” Ling Hua’an’s answer made Jiang Chengyan feel even worse.
He took a deep breath to calm down, then said, “What seasoning should I put in it? Hua’an says it again.”

“Three tablespoons of cooking wine, three tablespoons of soy sauce, one tablespoon of cornstarch, one tablespoon of white pepper, and then an egg white.”

“Three tablespoons of cooking wine, three tablespoons of soy sauce…” Jiang Chengyan put all the seasoning in the basin, then he took the egg, “Hua’an, do you only need egg white for this?”

Ling Hua’an nodded and said with a smile, “Poke a hole in the egg with a chopstick, flick the hole down, then the egg white will come out.
Remember not to pour out the yolk.”

Jiang Chengyan carefully did as he was told.
Even though it was his first time, he succeeded.
He turned back excitedly and said, “Hua’an, I succeeded.
Only egg whites…”

Ling Hua’an was very close to him, so close that only the slightly thin lips were left in his eyes, and the corners of his mouth rose slightly, drawing a gentle smile.
The lips were moist like they had just drunk water.
The lip color was somewhat light… they are indescribably beautiful.
Jiang Chengyan unconsciously remembered the unintentional kiss a few days ago.
His heartbeat, which had been calm just now, began to speed up, along with his breathing also quickened.

Thump, thump, thump

The sound of his heartbeat was heard all the time.
Ling Hua’an smiled, “what’s wrong?”

“No…nothing?” Jiang Cheng Yan returned to his senses and immediately looked away.
He said incoherently, “That egg yolk, no, egg white… I’ve already put it in, what should I do with the egg yolk?”

Ling Hua’an approached Jiang Chengyan and whispered in his ear, “Chengyan, are you asking what to do next?”

The warm breath swept across the earlobes.
The white ears were instantly dyed crimson.
Jiang Chengyan subconsciously ducked, and stammered, “Hua…Hua’an, that…can you stand a little further away, I’m afraid  it will get on you.”

“Oh, okay.” Ling Hua’an took a step back.

The temperature behind him disappeared, Jiang Chengyan was relieved, but also a little disappointed.
He was just about to ask when suddenly he saw a pair of slender hands passing through his arms and wrapping around him making his back close to a warm chest.

Jiang Chengyan’s body stiffened, subconsciously swallowed his saliva, he asked at loss “Hua’an, what are you… What are you doing?”

Feeling the stiffness of the body in his arms, Ling Hua’an’s smile deepened,  he said casually, “I forgot if you didn’t say so, let me help you tie your apron.”

Jiang Chengyan looked down, and sure enough, he saw Ling Hua’an holding an apron with his right hand.
It was just because of their position makes he didn’t see it clearly.
With his hands behind him, a pale blue apron was wrapped around his waist, that warm chest also distanced away.
Jiang Chengyan felt a sense of loss in his heart.
Noticing the change in his emotions and the expectations in his heart, he could not help but stare and then blushed, cursing his own nasty thoughts.

“Chengyan, Chengyan, what happened to you?”

Ling Hua’an’s slightly puzzled voice came from behind him.
Jiang Chengyan only felt more embarrassed and made his face reddened.
“Nothing.
That…Hua’an, the seasoning is ready, what should we do next?”

“Stir well with chopsticks and let it stand for 20 minutes.”

***

After cooking for nearly two hours the meal is ready.
Jiang Chengyan’s heartbeat became the same as a roller coaster.
If it weren’t for his strong heart, he might not be able to bear it.

Looking at the three dishes and one soup on the table, Jiang Chengyan was full of a sense of achievement.
He picked up a piece of fish with chopsticks and put it in Ling Hua’an’s bowl.
Said in full expectation, “Hua’an, try it.
How does my pickled fish taste?

Ling Hua’an touched it with his hand to find the position of the bowl.
When picking up the bowl and chopsticks.
He ate the fish and rice together and chewed it in his mouth.
He smiled and said, “It tastes good.
You can make it like this the first time you do it.
It’s already very good.”

Looking at Ling Hua’an’s movements, Jiang Chengyan only felt a burst of heartache.
His eyes couldn’t see.
Even when he ate, he could only grope for food, but he developed good cooking skills.
How many injuries did he have to suffer to reach this step?

“Hua’an, what do you want to eat, I’ll bring it to you.”

“It’s all right, I’m not picky eaters.
I’ll eat whatever you put in.”

Jiang Chengyan was stunned.
He always felt that there was an inexplicable light in Ling Hua’an’s eyes, making him feel a little uncomfortable.

During the meal, the two of them hardly spoke.
It’s just Jiang Chengyan picking up the food and Ling Hua’an will eat it.
That kind of trust made Jiang Chengyan feel an indescribable sense of satisfaction in his heart.
Although the two did not communicate, he always felt that the relationship became closer.

After the meal, Ling Hua’an insisted on washing the dishes, Jiang Chengyan could only quickly clean all the knives in the kitchen and gave away the position of the sink to him.

Ling Hua’an said helplessly,  “You will make me feel that I am making trouble unreasonably.

“I didn’t mean it like that, I just …… didn’t want you to get hurt.”

Ling Hua’an asked casually, “Chengyan is so gentle and has good conditions in all aspects.
What kind of partner do you want to find in the future?”

Jiang Chengyan took a peek at Ling Hua’an, before he glanced away feeling guilty, “In fact, it does not matter, as long as …… as long as my heart is moved, who that person is, and what kind of conditions…it will not be a problem.”

“Then as you say, if that person looks ugly or defective, you don’t mind?”

“I don’t mind!” Jiang Chengyan replied without thinking, “As long as the heart is moved, even if that person is a man, I can accept it.”

Ling Hua’an heard the hints in Jiang Chengyan’s words clearly, but pretended to be surprised, “If you really like a man, what if your family doesn’t agree? After all, there is a limited tolerance for men falling in love with men.”

Jiang Chengyan looked at Long Hua’an,  in a serious tone he said, “As long as we love each other, I don’t care about other people’s perspectives.
Just like in the previous case, Jiang Changping and Kong Fang were so in love with each other.
But because of Jiang Changping’s cowardice, they ended up like that.
I don’t want to be like him and regret it until I die.
I want to hold on to my own happiness.”

“You’re right.
It’s not easy to meet someone you like in the vast sea of people.
If you ruin your happiness because of the perspective of others, it’s stupid.
If you like it, go after it.
Even if there is no result in the end, at least you won’t regret it.”

“En.” Jiang Chengyan looked at Ling Hua’an, he asked hesitantly, “Hua’an, last time you said  that you already have someone you like, have you confessed?”

Ling Hua’an shook his head, “”I am a glass-hearted person and can’t stand rejection from others, so I take it slow.
If that person doesn’t take the initiative to speak out, then we’ll continue to remain friends.”

“What if he never realized that you liked him?”

Ling Hua’an turned to look at Jiang Chengyan, “I think what I’ve done is obvious.
if he didn’t notice it, it means he doesn’t like me.
Then I will give up.
After all, it’s just a like.
Not developed into love yet.”

“It’s good for you to think that way.” Jiang Chengyan breathed a sigh of relief, praying in his heart that the man would not notice, he completely missing Ling Hua’an’s hint.

Ling Hua’an turned his head and sighed helplessly in his heart.
He was speechless about Jiang Chengyan’s emotional intelligence.
He had to re-evaluate.

“Chengyan, go to the cabinet above the bathroom and get a pair of gloves, and I’ll clean the sewer.”

“Okay, wait a minute.”

Hearing the footsteps of Jiang Chengyan leaving, Ling Hua’an slightly hooked the corners of his mouth.
He held the faucet in both hands, twisted it hard, then pulled it upward.
The faucet was pulled down all at once.
He turned on the water pipe making water sprout up and splashed all over him.

“Chengyan, Chengyan, come and help.”

Hearing Ling Hua’an’s shout, Jiang Chengyan ran over in a panic.
Seeing Ling Hua’an being poured with water, he hurriedly took steps forward, blocking it with his body and carefully shielding him out of the kitchen.
After that, he asked with concern, “Hua’an, what’s happened? Are you injured?”

Ling Hua’an shook his head and said with a bitter smile, “I don’t know what happened, the faucet suddenly fell off.
Maybe it came loose, you go and turn it off, don’t waste the water.”

“Okay.
Stand here, don’t move.
I will lock it up.”

Jiang Chengyan rushed into the kitchen and turned off the switch on the faucet.
Even if he moved quickly, he could not stop the water flow.
Most of his white shirt was wet, and even his pants were not spared.
He ignored the mess on his body and reconnected the faucet and tried again.
Only when he was sure that it was firm did he breathe a sigh of relief.

Jiang Chengyan came to the living room, but Ling Hua’an was nowhere to be seen.
He called out in confusion, “Hua’an… Hua’an…”

“I’m in the bedroom.
Wait a minute.”

Following the voice, he came to the door of the bedroom and found that the door was ajar, Jiang Chengyan subconsciously looked in, but hurriedly glanced away and whispered, “Jiang Chengyan, Jiang Chengyan, you are the captain of the criminal investigation team, how can you do such a peeping thing!”

In the bedroom, Ling Hua’an was standing beside the bed with clothes in hand.
Hearing the movement at the door, he couldn’t help but feel helpless.
He groped and threw the phone on the ground, then let out a soft cry, “Aiya,”

“Hua’an, what are you…” Jiang Chengyan, who heard the movement, hurriedly pushed open the door and came in.
Seeing Ling Hua’an who was topless, his words stopped abruptly.
With wide shoulders, narrow hips, perfect body proportions, and even eight-pack abs, Jiang Chengyan’s eyes moved down…

“Chengyan, I dropped my phone, picked it up for me while I changed my clothes.”

 Jiang Chengyan hurriedly withdrew his gaze and said in panic, “Okay, okay, I’ll pick it up for you.”

Jiang Chengyan lowered his head to the side of the bed to pick up the phone on the floor.
When he looked up again, Ling Hua’an had already changed his clothes.
He secretly breathed a sigh of relief but was a little disappointed.
He shook the messy thoughts in his head, and put the phone in Ling Hua’an’s hand, “Hua’an, here’s your phone.”

Ling Hua’an threw the phone onto the bed casually before reaching out and touching Jiang Chengyan’s clothes, “Chengyan, your clothes are wet too.
Go take a shower and change your clothes.”

 

~~~

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Happy Winter Solstice everyone, have you all eaten dumplings?

Footnotes

Qi – energy or chakra ↺ The Horse Month of the Monkey year meaning time that will never come ↺

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