Chapter 6 Marriage Life
“There’s no need for that.” He threw his blanket down. “I’ll sleep on the couch. You sleep on the bed.”
He considered himself a gentleman; it was only right to decline.
Lin Che could fall asleep anywhere. But for someone like Gu Jingze who lived in such a huge house, he wasn’t a person who could adjust to inconvenience.
“It’s alright. I’ll sleep on the couch. For real. I’m used to doing that at home. At your height, it would be uncomfortable to sleep on the couch,” she said. She stood at his side and was prepared to pull his elbow.
But before she could touch him, he blocked her with his elbow.
Lin Che fell directly to the ground and looked up at Gu Jingze who had completely written off her good intentions. She offered him the bed because she wanted to get along with him, but a mere touch displeased him.
Her anger began to rise slowly. Lin Che stood up and yelled, “Gu Jingze, are you crazy? Forget that I came to sleep on the couch out of kindness. What do you mean by this?”
Gu Jingze raised his impeccable eyebrows, lowered his head, and patted the part of his elbow that she had touched. He looked calmly at the frazzled woman beside him and said coolly, “Let me get one thing straight. You caused all of this to happen. You’re saying that you were being kind. Don’t you think it’s a little late now?”
“Even… even if I drugged you, I didn’t make you push me down. You… you could have rubbed me off by yourself, but you pushed me down instead. I should be the one to complain.” As she said this, she felt even more sheepish, but she refused to give in verbally.
It was his fault for being such a jerk.
“You…” It had not registered to Gu Jingze what “rubbed me off” meant, but when he understood it, he found it unacceptable that a woman could be this uncouth. Another layer of ice seemed to freeze over his face and he pointed his slender finger towards the door. “Get out!”
Lin Che froze, having no clue as to what she was thinking when she impulsively argued with him like this.
The more he looked down on her, the angrier she became. Glaring at him, she jumped onto his back. “Oh no! There’s a rat. It’s so scary! Rats are my greatest fear.”
Since he disliked her, she resolved to irritate him even more by sticking to him.
Gu Jingze tensed up. When her soft, fragrant body latched onto him like a sloth, his body jolted and he instinctively tried to shake her off.
“Let go!” He stretched his arm backward to push her off, but the two soft lumps pressing against his back started a flame inside his body. His body froze.
Although Lin Che was quite tall at 168cm, in comparison to Gu Jingze who was at least 190cm, she was much smaller. Her body was different from a man’s: it was as soft as silk and as pliant as water. She clung to his body like a thin snake, making him realize that even though she was very tall, she was very slender. Her pale fingers held onto his arm and were comforting, even though they were cold to the touch.
However, during this time, the lumps pressing against his back felt more and more prominent, and his body began to heat up uncontrollably.
Damn it. The effect of the drug should have worn off a long time ago…
However, his body was obviously reacting.
“I won’t let go. There’s a rat. I’m afraid of rats…” She held onto him for dear life and refused to let go.
However, she suddenly felt his arm stretch out to grab her waist. He pulled her off his back and threw her down. Using the momentum, she held onto him and they both fell to the ground.
When Gu Jingze regained his bearings, right before him was her soft, pink lips. He could also see a sliver of pearly white teeth. It was like a passionate invitation that left his throat dry.
Surprised, Gu Jingze subconsciously pushed away the delicate body that had fallen on top of him.
Lin Che felt a stabbing pain, particularly in the softest part of her chest where his arm had jabbed her. It hurt so much that she was tearing up…
Gu Jingze had just begun to relax when he saw Lin Che sitting on the floor with her hands on her chest while tears flowed down her porcelain cheeks. Strangely, his heart lurched in his chest as he looked at her trembling shoulders.
Somewhat frustrated, he regained his rationality and started reprimanding himself. He had indeed gone overboard; she was merely a girl in her early 20s, but she had been forced to accept this marriage without love.
After all, it was both their fault. She was not the only one to blame.
Her tears left him at a complete loss. He did not know how to comfort others and could only stand there. “Sorry, I apologize. This time, it wasn’t your fault. I was too emotional. To be honest, I’m just like you. I haven’t gotten used to having a woman beside me. I didn’t push you because I dislike you, actually… I have an illness that doesn’t allow me to touch women.”
His explanation was unexpected; she raised her teary eyes in surprise and confusion.
He thought to himself, Since they had to live together, he should tell her about his illness.
Letting out a breath, he said, “I’m fine with men, but all women make me feel uncomfortable. It’s not simply that I can’t touch them. I will even develop rashes, vomit repeatedly, and my blood will flow backward. That is why I avoided you.”
Lin Che could not understand. “Such an illness exists? Is it a psychiatric condition?”
Gu Jingze sat there with his back straight as a ramrod as always; he looked completely healthy.
His eyes were as still as water in a well. He was used to this. After all, he had seen countless doctors for 30 years. He only had to keep it a secret from outsiders.
“It’s both.” He massaged his temples with his slightly bent fingers. He looked a little fatigued. “You must keep this a secret from outsiders. I’m telling you only because we’ll be living together. I hope you know that my family wanted us to get married because they think you can curb my illness since I touched you.”
So this was the truth. It was a pity that they were mistaken; in actual fact, Lin Che could not heal his illness. She knew that what had happened between them was because of some things she had done…
Lin Che nodded her head in embarrassment. “Of course, of course. It’s not your fault that you’re ill. Sorry, I touched you because I didn’t know about it. I promise I won’t touch you again.”
He looked at Lin Che doubtfully. She put up three fingers, her fingertips soft and lovely. Her gaze was fixed on him as she smiled at him resolutely.
Gu Jingze looked away from her and said quietly, “Okay, let’s go to bed then.”
Lin Che nodded her head vigorously. She massaged her injured chest and stood up, “I’ll sleep on the couch.”
“No need.” Gu Jingze laid down on the couch.
Putting aside her guilt, Lin Che didn’t dare to touch him again. She found a blanket and dived under it.
After turning off the lights, the room was plunged into darkness.
Their breathing mixed into the air and circulated slowly.
The couch was not comfortable so he kept adjusting and re-adjusting his body. He could clearly hear someone tossing and turning on the bed. His brow furrowed in unhappiness. He could tell that she was sleeping soundly, but her sleeping posture was truly unsightly.
He really could not get used to having a woman—especially one who he had slept with—share the same room with him. As such, he got up and walked out.