Chapter 31 Hello, Brother Ghost General! Part 2
Saying goodbye to the two respected seniors, Gu Ye went out and got into Yu Ze's car silently. After sitting down, he hugged the paintings in his arms tightly. He felt a swelling feeling in his heart, which was indescribably uncomfortable. Inside, he wondered if it was because he was too lonely in his previous life, with no family or friends. After his master died, he lived alone without a goal, so he chose to end his life in that way? If he had chosen other methods, would it have saved lives as well? Unfortunately, there is no ‘if’.
After Gu Ye got into the car, he kept silent. A few moments of silence later, Yu Ze saw that Gu Ye is still immersed in his own world, so he moved to tug the paintings from his arms.
It is only then that Gu Ye came to his senses, he hugged the scrolls tightly reflexively. So Yu Ze pushed them back into Gu Ye’s arms again, telling him to hug tightly and not let go.
"Did the two old men tell you about life?"
"En, they said a few words, and I feel quite touched." Gu Ye touched the painting in his arms, and smiled wryly, "Some words were never said to me after Master passed away."
"Your master?" Yu Ze lowered his gaze to hide the inquiry in his eyes, "Hasn't your master passed away for several years?"
Gu Ye knew that he had made a slip of the tongue, and turned his head to look out the window, "En."
Seeing that Gu Ye didn't want to continue the topic, Yu Ze suppressed this doubt in his heart for the time being, and changed the subject, "What do you want to eat tonight? I'll take you home after dinner."
Gu Ye turned around and said with a smile, "You can choose. I did say that I owed you 2 meals last time. I'll treat you tonight."
Yu Ze thought for a while, "Then, we’ll find one with a quiet atmosphere."
Gu Ye nodded, no objection.
At this moment, Gu Ye suddenly felt a familiar ghostly aura and looked out the window in surprise. A black mist appeared in the blink of an eye and the Ghost General with a domineering aura glanced inside the car from the window. Through the ghost's mask*, Gu Ye clearly caught his eyes; a pair of black pupils, swirling with pressing chill.
*[Banana: Apologies for the note here. Just want to say the author should be making a typo here, as the raw said ‘face’ but it should be ‘mask’ instead so I used ‘mask’. If the later chapters prove me wrong, I’ll come back to amend them.]
Gu Ye shivered all over, and waved in surprise, "Hi! Hello!"
Ghost General didn't expect anyone to be able to see him. He vigilantly flew away for more than 2 meters and kept this distance from the car. He stared at Gu Ye scrutinizingly, as if to see through Gu Ye's soul.
Quickly putting down the painting, Gu Ye excitedly pressed both hands on the glass window. Then he leaned over and asked animatedly, "Brother Ghost, can you hear me? Is the glass a bit too soundproof?"
The driver got taken aback, his whole body tensed up, and cold sweat broke out on his forehead. In his heart, he lamented that this master is too carefree. This is the first time he saw someone trying to chat with that kind of thing!
Gu Ye is still trying to chat with this mysterious elder brother when a hand grabbed his head and turned him to face the front. Gu Ye looked at Yu Ze in bewilderment, is it okay to grab my head like that? Does he looked like a watermelon?
Yu Ze said with a cold face, "Don't talk to strangers, it's dangerous."
Feeling that the Ghost General is sitting on the roof of the car again, Gu Ye just wanted to poke at the top with the painting box. Seeing that Yu Ze is staring at him with an unkind expression, Gu Ye thought for a while but didn’t do anything. He doesn’t have the nerve to play tricks. For those who cannot see them, this may be a kind of scary situation, so let's find another chance to strike up a conversation.
Half an hour later, they finally arrived at Yu Ze's home, a high-end residential area close to his company. Yu Ze doesn’t like noisy environments so he bought a three-story building alone in the villa area. He only lives on the second floor, and everything else is empty.
The corner of Gu Ye's mouth twitched as soon as he entered the door, not knowing what to say for a moment. This is no home, it should be an office instead. There is no breath of life at all. And it's so clean that people dare not set foot on it.
After entering the door, Gu Ye sat in a corner of the sofa. Seeing that the table is clean enough to reflect his face, Gu Ye didn't dare to move anywhere. Yu Ze doesn’t seem to live like a human being, but a heavenly being instead.
Not long after, Yu Ze took out a big old box. It is about 1.3 meters in length and 30 centimeters in width, and he put it on the table.
Rubbing his hands, Gu Ye opened the box, and a killing aura poured over his face. It is the broken sword drawn by Yu Ze, exuding the same aura as that of Ghost General. Seeing the Ghost General staring at him defensively outside the window, Gu Ye smiled, "I'm just curious, nothing else."
Yu Ze looked out the window, "Are you talking to me, or to someone I can't see?"
Gu Ye can't laugh or cry, Yu Ze's thoughts are too meticulous. Just from what he said, Yu Ze guessed that there is something outside the window that he couldn't see. Gu Ye is just about to ask if he has heard of guardian spirits before when the Ghost General outside the window shook his head at him. Gu Ye understood and said, "I'm talking to you. There’s no one else here, right?"
Yu Ze looked out the window suspiciously. For a moment, Gu Ye thought that he and Ghost General are looking at each other. The sharp eyes made Gu Ye secretly startled. The good thing is that Yu Ze really couldn't see ghosts. Since he couldn't find any suspicious parts, he could only give up.
Though finally seeing the real thing, he still couldn't chat with Big Brother Ghost openly but Gu Ye didn't force it.
Gu Ye had dinner with Yu Ze and was sent to the door by Yu Ze. After getting out of the car, Gu Ye stood at the door and asked, "Would you like to come to my house?"
Yu Ze smiled and said, "Next time, it's too late now."
Gu Ye thought about it and agreed, "Then you should pay attention to safety on the road."
The corner of Yu Ze's mouth curved up, and he said cheerfully, "I'll make an appointment next time when I have time."
Gu Ye nodded in response, holding the picture scroll and watching the other party's car go away before entering the house. Gu Yang is watching TV in the living room at the moment. When he saw Gu Ye come back, he snorted unhappily.
Gu Ye gave Gu Yang a puzzled look, not knowing what kind of nerve the brat had short-circuited. He moved to go upstairs with the painting in his arms.
However, Gu Yang got upset, "Brother, don't you see that I'm unhappy?"
Gu Ye just stepped up two steps and stopped. He answered in confusion, "I can see it."
Gu Yang raised his hand, wanting to slap the table, but after he raised it high, he didn't dare to slap it down. In an aggrieved tone, he asked, "Then why don't you ask me why I'm unhappy? You've always asked me before!"
Gu Ye suppressed a smile and said, "You were young back then, but now you got older, isn't it normal to have unhappy things? I can't interfere with your human rights."
Gu Yang turned off the TV angrily, unable to hold back anymore, "You didn't take me when you went out to play! You used to take me everywhere! That man, who is that man? How can you make friends with people in society? What should you do if you were cheated?"
Gu Ye shook his head dumbfounded, "All this is just because you want to go out to play with me? That’s fine. Tomorrow I will go fishing with my friends and I will take you with me."
Gu Yang stomped his feet angrily. It's not about going out to play, the point is getting cheated by people in society! But if Gu Ye can take him out to play together, he will forgive him this time.
Mrs. Gu came down from upstairs, "He's not allowed to go anywhere, the final exam is coming up next week."
"Oh, the exam is coming soon," Gu Ye read Gu Yang's eyebrows and then burst out laughing, "Pfft! He might not do well in the exam this time. Mom, you have to be mentally prepared, it's really bad!"
"You..." Mrs. Gu pinched Gu Ye's ear angrily, and said through gritted teeth, "Don't say it out for such a thing! Don't say it!"
Gu Ye nodded obediently, "Okay, I won't talk about it in the future."
Mrs. Gu let go of Gu Ye angrily, but in her heart, she already felt despair (with GY’s result). It was already so bad before, how could it be worse?!
She signaled at Gu Ye with her eyes and said weakly, "Your father is angry. He said that you only knew to run out everywhere after your wings could fly. He wanted to wait for you to have dinner with him earlier, but you didn't come back. So hurry up and coax him."
Picking up ‘Man Jiang Hong’ from his stash, Gu Ye went upstairs helplessly. After coaxing the young one, he has to go to coax the old one next. It's not easy for him every day. Pushing open the door of his father's study, Gu Ye put the painting in front of the cold-faced and angry Gu Decheng, "Here."
"What?" Gu Decheng frowned with a look of disdain.
"You'll know when you open it. Originally I wanted to wait 2 more days until your birthday to give it to you, but I’ll just give it to you in advance now. I made a trip outside today just to ask for this for you."
Gu Ye is not in a hurry so he leaned on his dad's table. Crossing his arms, he smilingly watched his father looking curious but desperately trying to keep up a front, and not wanting to open it.
"This is something that even money couldn’t buy, are you sure you don't want to see it?"
"Hmph, what good thing can it be? Just for this, you didn’t even go home."
Gu Decheng opened the box angrily but unable to hide the curiosity in his eyes. The moment he saw that it is a painting scroll, his movements became more careful. Upon opening it, Gu Decheng stood up suddenly, "Is this... this... written by Old Master Yu?"
Gu Ye pursed his lips and teased, "Yeah. I went to the Yu family’s residence today and did Old Master Yu a favor, just to ask for a birthday present for you. So, are you still mad at me?"
"Who is angry?" Gu Decheng cherished the scroll so much that he didn't know what to do, for fear that he would accidentally tear up the scroll if his touch is too strong. "Who told you that I was angry? You are so filial, how could I be angry? Aiya, this word is so beautiful!"
Gu Ye suppressed a smile, "It's good if you are not angry. I'm tired so I'll go back to my room and wash up, then go to bed."
"Go, go ahead." Gu Decheng didn't look up when he said that. He is holding the scroll happily, his eyes searching all over the wall looking for free space. He wanted to hang it up so that he could admire it carefully. Getting angry or whatnot, it’s long forgotten.
Gu Ye shrugged, this one is also quite coaxable.
Going back to the room to take a shower, Gu Ye left the bathroom wiping his hair. Suddenly, he felt a wave of ghostly aura. He walked a few steps to the window and saw a dark ghostly figure raising a two-meter-long sword. The figure smashed the protection shield he had set up at the window and rushed up to him in the blink of an eye.
Gu Ye's expression darkened. Just as he opened the window and is about to start scolding, the ghostly figure stood outside his window sill, his hoarse voice sounded somewhat embarrassed, "I'm sorry, I used too much strength."
Gu Ye: "...Then next time, cut lightly."
There is an embarrassing silence for a while and Gu Ye couldn't hold back anymore, "Since you didn't follow Yu Ze and came to see me at a time like this, you have something to say?"
The short reply caused Gu Ye to be twitchy, "Then, say it!"
Brother Ghost General: I'm embarrassed to say.
Raw word count: 5526 (whole chapter)
Raw: “有些话，是在师父过世之后，再也没人对我说过的.” and “你师父不是过世好几年了吗？”