From Monday onwards, the emergence of 'Gloomy Yul' began. And moreover, Subin composing love songs and break up songs made him even gloomier. His other two roommates and the juniors took extra precautions to not piss him off in any way. Towards Saturday, Yul's mood improved and by Sunday his aura brightened as the sun.
Subin had styled him again. It had become the schedule of their Sunday mornings. On the other side, Zeng woke up and flexed his arm. Today will be a special day, hence he decided to wear something special. He initially decided on a black turtleneck with a red jacket but then thought it would look too domineering. So he changed it and ultimately decided on a white undershirt and dark blue overcoat.
Zeng also styled his hair so that it fell over his forehead and slanted it towards left. The look was completed with a Klen watch. It looked a bit formal but duh, he was making something official.
Standing in front of the mirror, he cringed at himself for overthinking too much about his appearance. But nonetheless, he knew he looked pretty handsome.
After reaching Yul's academy, the usual compliments were exchanged. However both could feel something was different that day. Something special.
Today's plan was to go to the mall for the first half of the day and then go to Zeng's apartment, where he would be accepting Yul's proposal.
Currently, they were at Baker & Spice corner of the mall. The place had a cool ambience and much less noise as compared to outside.
Zeng looked out of the glass wall and then back at his Cappuccino, "You are staring at me again, Yul."
Yul groaned, "Why do you always keep catching me, Zeng ge? Moreover, can't I even admire my crush?"
Zeng smiled, "Yes, you can." He looked away, biting his lip at the thoughts of him replying to Yul's proposal when they would be alone today. He shook his head to chase away those embarrassing thoughts and asked instead, "By the way, Mr Wang, from the several days that you kept staring at me, you must have gathered quite a lot of information." He straightened his coat like an examiner and cleared his voice. They sometimes talked in the third person just for fun. Zeng pressed, "Please tell me what your observations are about this doctor sitting before you?" He said placing his hands on the table and interlocking his fingers, lips forming a challenging smirk.
Yul raised an eyebrow and did the same gesture as Zeng, putting on a dead serious expression. If one would pass by, they would think as if those two are in an interrogative debate.
"According to my observations," Yul began looking straight at Zeng's eyes, "I conclude that Dr Xiao has the most beautiful pair of eyes in the world."
Zeng almost rolled his so-called beautiful eyes in annoyance. The younger guy had been getting cheesier, day by day, in attempts of flirting. Despite knowing how shameless Yul could get in terms of words, Zeng couldn't help but get flustered. He had been praised before by many but nobody praised him like Wang Yul ever. The younger guy continued,
"Mr Xiao's eyes are reeeeally vocal. They speak a lot."
Zeng suppressed the eye roll and the emerging blush and asked, "Oh yeah, what are they saying now, Mr Wang?"
"They are saying, I am immensely in love with this guy sitting before me," Yul joked and pursed his lips at the cheesiness.
"You-" Zeng playfully slapped his arm, trying to keep a straight face.
Yul gave a throaty chuckle which turned to a smile and then to a sad expression as he continued, "But Dr Xiao's eyes often look lonely. There's something that the owner of these eyes is not telling me. I hope the day comes soon when he thinks I am capable enough to share his hidden thoughts with. I would like to tell Dr Xiao that I am willing to wait till then. So he can take his time and whenever he's ready, he'll only have to take a step forward and I'll run the rest of the distance to reach him." Yul smiled gently at the end.
Zeng had been caught in a trance by those sincere words. His heart skipped a beat but he didn't seem to notice it as he was too busy looking at the eyes of the person who showered him with so much love.
Zeng's phone rang and he got back to his senses. He quickly averted his eyes and picked up the call. It was from his supervisor.
"Hello, Sir . . . Yes, I am in town, Dr Yizing is on leave. . . Actually, I have company - . . . Sure, Sir. No problem. I'll be there . . . Yes, Sir."
The call ended and Xiao Zeng looked up. Yul was expectantly waiting for him to say something. The look on his face made him feel even worse.
"I am sorry. I'll have to ditch you for an hour. There's some paperwork at the hospital."
Yul's face fell. Zeng felt bad for him but he had no other choice but to go. He was a mere intern. So if his supervisor asks him to come to work even on his holiday, he had to comply.
"I am so sorry, Yul. You can just explore the mall till then. I'll meet you near the entrance gate in an hour or so."
Yul visibly frowned. Zeng was supposed to be with him for the entire Sunday. It was strictly Yul+Zeng time. Why were those stupid people calling him for work?
He sighed. There's nothing he could do but wait and hence nodded, "Come back soon, okay?"
"I'll try my best," Zeng said, picking up his stuff and left in a hurry but not before patting Yul's head.
Now that his Sunday partner had gone, Yul strolled around the mall aimlessly. Every time a couple passed him, his frown would grow deeper. He would be doing the same if not for Zeng's job. The hour felt like an eon. When he noticed that the torturing hour was nearly over, he headed towards the entrance gate to receive Zeng.
He felt somehow different. It was as if towards the end of the wait, a surprise was waiting for him. The thought made him wonder whether it would be good or bad but nonetheless, Zeng was coming back to him. Yul was happy with just that.