Su Yi Mo was deep in thought thinking of reasons as to why Ran Feng Ge chose the high risk occupation of body double. Unbeknownst to him, his silence and the dour look etched into his features made Ran Feng Ge stare at him, wondering what on earth Su Yi Mo was thinking about.
However, since Su Yi Mo had already apologized, there was no need for Ran Feng Ge to hold any grudges.
Ran Feng Ge broke the silence: “Then… Let’s eat at home from now on then.”
“Okay.” Su Yi Mo agreed.
The meal was prepared by Ran Feng Ge and because he was just discharged from the hospital, the main dish was very light and watered down. Ran Feng Ge quickly decided to whip up a few other side dishes to make this simple meal into a somewhat varied lunch spread.
As the two of them took their seats, Ran Feng Ge rinsed two pairs of chopsticks and handed a pair over to Su Yi Mo, asking, “Are Ah Jiu and the others not joining us?”
“They will eat in their own homes.”
“Oh,” Ran Feng Ge said as he picked up a dish unsuitable for him and offered it to the other, “Here, try some of my cooking!”
Su Yi Mo calmly used his chopsticks to take a bite, chewing slowly before his lips quirked upwards slightly.
“Is there anything you cannot do?”
Ran Feng Ge innocently tilted his head.
Su Yi Mo swallowed his food before speaking. “You are already a jack of all trades and now I find out you are also skilled at cooking. I am curious, is there anything you can’t do?”
Hearing those words from Su Yi Mo’s lips made Ran Feng Ge laugh. With his ego inflating, he replied, “Hmm, now that I think about it, there’s nothing.”
Su Yi Mo knew Ran Feng Ge was exaggerating but he did not want to burst the other’s bubble so he continued to eat. Silence once again descended upon the two of them as Ran Feng Ge also silently spooned his bowl of porridge, occasionally using his chopsticks to pick up some side dishes.
If Ran Feng Ge were to raise his head, Su Yi Mo would be able to get a better look at the other man holding onto the small bowl, slowly scooping up spoonfuls of his porridge. Su Yi Mo had mentioned before that Ran Feng Ge was not as graceful as Jing Qiu Han when he was eating, but comparing them now, Ran Feng Ge appeared a lot more graceful.
No wonder… A professional body double is indeed professional– always listening to the input and criticisms of others and being able to change his entire attitude and mannerisms on the go to achieve the best result.
Weirdly enough, Su Yi Mo could not help but feel a little irritated at how graceful Ran Feng Ge had become.
“Why did you want to be a body double?” Su Yi Mo suddenly asked.
Ran Feng Ge was about to eat a spoonful of porridge when he slightly hesitated upon hearing the question. He continued with a small smile, “The money plus the adrenaline rush each time! I really enjoy it!”
“But it is very dangerous.”
“Look at me. I’ve survived till now haven’t I?” Ran Feng Ge answered with a shrug of his shoulders.
Su Yi Mo was about to say something when his cell phone’s abrupt ringing cut him off. A glance at his phone revealed that it was the new number he had recently given to Jing Qiu Han.
Ran Feng Ge saw the number and didn’t think much of it until he saw how Su Yi Mo quickly glanced at him before looking back at the screen. He stood up and picked up his little bowl. “I’ll leave.”
Su Yi Mo could not help but hesitate as he watched Ran Feng Ge walk out of the dining room before he answered the call: “Xiao Qiu, what’s the matter?”
“Ah Mo, you haven’t visited me for a few days now. Are you that busy?” Jing Qiu Han sounded slightly annoyed on the other end but provided Su Yi Mo with an excuse to go along with.
Thinking back to the past few days, Su Yi Mo had indeed been very busy with the entire fiasco involving Ran Feng Ge and it was true that he had not been to see Jing Qiu Han in a long time. No wonder his little lover was annoyed.
“I was busy with some things, sorry. How about I come by tonight to see you?”
“Okay! I will prepare your favorite flame-grilled meat dish!” Jing Qiu Han replied unable to keep the excitement out of his voice after hearing Su Yi Mo say he was going to come by tonight.
“Flame-grilled meat? Are you not worried about me getting fat?”
It was rare for Su Yi Mo to make a joke but he was truly feeling apologetic towards Jing Qiu Han. He had been consumed with the whole Ran Feng Ge business; so much so that it was out of the norm for someone like him.
Looking at the numerous high quality recipe books, the newly stocked fridge full of fresh and healthy ingredients and the tabletop covered with mouth-watering dishes that both he and Ran Feng Ge had just made together– that both he and Ran Feng Ge enjoyed. Thinking about it, Su Yi Mo made a decision: This is not right. This is wrong. I need to control myself.
Once again, Su Yi Mo chose to explain this out of character behavior to the fact that Ran Feng Ge was currently impersonating Jing Qiu Han and therefore, what he has done for the other was only because he took him for Jing Qiu Han and nothing more.
Just now, didn’t Ran Feng Ge have Jing Qiu Han’s face? All of this is just an act. Just an act.
“Never! I will make sure it is healthy!” Jing Qiu Han could hear how distracted Su Yi Mo sounded over the phone but he decided not to probe. Besides, Su Yi Mo was going to come over tonight. He could always just ask him about it later.
“Don’t tire yourself out; you are still recovering from your injuries.” Su Yi Mo nagged gently.
“I know! I’ll wait for you tonight.“ Jing Qiu Han laughed.
From the other side of the wall, Ran Feng Ge found himself pausing after hearing the gentle voice. He had to stop himself from turning around to see how Su Yi Mo’s face looks when he was being this gentle, this tender. Just as he was about to turn, Ran Feng Ge released a short chuckle, his grip on his bowl tightening slightly as he made his way up to his room on the second floor.
Tenderness and gentleness… Why should I be bothered about it when I’m not the one on the receiving end!
Proofreaders: Jinny, Lyrick