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SRA Chapter 41

Become A Spare Tire In The Love Story

Arc 1.41: Marital Dissension1Raw 同床异梦(tóng chuáng yì mèng); lit. to share the same bed with different dreams (idiom), ostensible partners with different agendas, strange bedfellows, marital dissension

When it was about time to eat in the afternoon, the things that Ye You had people to delivered here were just arrived. The guard at the gate notified Du Yao. Du Yao sent more than a dozen soldiers to move them in. After had them counted the quantity, he notified the soldiers to come and collected them. Each person can get a box of canned meat, a can savory dish that goes well with rice and a bag of high-calorie candies.

“These are all from your sister-in-law, in order to thank you for helping us when we get married.” Du Yao2Original text 杜浩(Du Hao), which almost scared me to death! This must be typo😂 I was like ‘when was YC become so rich?! 😅😅 said to the soldiers who came to received the cans: “He said that there are not many things here and he hope you guys will not to dislike it. Next time he would buy something better, good meat and dishes to entertain you guys.”

“These are all good things that are difficult to buy outside even if you have money. If we are still dislike it for getting less, then we must don’t know what is good or bad.”

“That right, Captain, we are all the soldiers you brought out. Are we the kind of people who don’t know what’s good or bad? Please thanks sister-in-law for us ah.”

“Yes, Captain, please thanks sister-in-law for us!” the soldiers said loudly.

“That can of savory dish, you can take it to eat at the canteen in a while. Canned meat and high-calorie candies can be saved for the next time you have a field training or field performance. But try to finish it as soon as possible. Don’t leave it for too long, otherwise it will goes bad.” Du Yao said, “Your sister-in-law said, you don’t have to keep it because you want take it back when you go home to visit relatives. When our War Lion Squadron soldiers going home to visit family, he will responsible for sending five boxes of canned meat, five boxes3Original text 五罐(wu guan); five cans. Isn’t it too little?! I assume this is a typo, so I change it to boxes. of savory dishes and five bags high-calorie candies for you to it take home.”

The soldiers cheered and became even more happy.

The soldiers of the other two squadrons passing by outside the dormitory building of the War Lion Squadron and saw the soldiers of the War Lion Squadron in great delight, as if it they were celebrating Chinese New Year, they couldn’t help but stop and looked inside.

A soldier who had just stopped to looked inside asked: “What are they dividing? It seems to be canned food, oh, then we should have it too? Why didn’t send it to me?”

The soldier who had been standing and watching for a long time said: “We have it too? Keep dreaming. This is from the wife of Captain Du Squadron, it was specially given to the soldiers of their squadron to thank them for their help at the wedding. How is it possible there are our share?”

“Isn’t the sister-in-law of the War Lion Squadron, the Group Leader Ye You of the Cultural Regiment? The kind of canned meat they hold in their hands, I heard that they are sold out now, and the price is not cheap, and it was difficult to buy with money. Group Leader Ye You can actually buy so many at once. Is he has a way?”

“You don’t know this, right?” Another soldier said with a smug look: “Group Leader Ye You’s father, is a very well-known wealthy businessman. Those cans and candies are sold by their family.”

“How do you know?”

“My family is also doing business, and my family still has some friendship with his family.”

“Have some friendship? Why haven’t I seen you talk to Group Leader Ye You ah? Moreover Group Leader Ye You doesn’t seem to know you at all. Isn’t it only you the one who thinks you guys have some friendship?”

The soldiers nearby all laughed.

“The friendship I’m talking about is the business relationship between our two companies, and it’s not that I have friendship with Group Leader Ye You. Isn’t it normal that he doesn’t know me?” The soldier hurriedly explained.

“Let’s go, don’t look anymore, you won’t have the share even if you keep looking, you can only be envious.”

The soldiers of the other two squadrons walked to the canteen one after another. After receiving the things, the soldiers of Du Yao’s squadron also happily walked to the canteen.

After arriving at the canteen and having a big meal, some soldiers opened a bottle4Raw 瓶 (ping);  bottle. I don’t know why the author change it to bottle. It should be 罐(guan); can, as the author use previously. I will just follow the original text bcoz it’s not only show up once here. of food and ate them separately, and some soldiers discussed it with several people, and everyone took turns eating one person’s at a time.

The side dishes that Ye You manufacturing were not only vegetarian dishes, but also meat dishes such as diced chicken, diced beef and various chicken miscellaneous dishes5Raw 鸡杂等等的荤菜(Jīzá děng děng de hūncài); non-vegetarian dishes (including meat, chicken, fish, garlic, onion etc). One of example 👇. The point was that the taste was really good, especially when eaten with rice, the soldiers ate one bite after another, simply can not stop at all.

The soldiers of the other two squadrons,  because they were crushed too many times by the soldiers of the War Lion Squadron in their usual training and exercises, so it was natural for them to have a thought that the soldiers of the War Lion Squadron must be looking down on their opinions, so they always keeping a distance from the soldiers of the War Lion Squadron, or in other words, they were afraid to communicate and get in touch with them.

But today, the soldiers of the War Lions Squadron were eating with too much relish. Some soldiers were really curious about how the side dishes taste like, so with thickened skin they sat down at the place where the War Lions Squadron ate, and asked them for a little taste.

In fact, the soldiers of the War Lion Squadron had no opinions about the soldiers of the other two squadrons, nor did they look down on their way of thinking. They only had opinions and looked down on Du Hao, who had bullied Ye You. It was just that Du Yao usually has a sense of arrogance. The soldiers he leads were more and more like him, that they also have a sense of arrogance. Moreover, they have the capital and strength to be arrogant, so they seemed to have a sense of distance and difficult to get along with. But in fact, they were very easy to get along with, and also very generous. This side dishes were too delicious they were a little reluctant to even eat too much, and in every bite, they tasted it very seriously, but when the other soldiers came and asked to taste, they will still gave it to them.

After the first soldier succeeded, the other soldiers also come to asked for a taste one after another, until all the seats on the War Lions Squadron were filled, and the remaining soldiers who couldn’t squeezed in could only regretted that they were too slow.

Because there were too many people sharing the food, a bottle⁴ of side dishes that was able to eat for at least three or four meals was quickly finished, but this also became an opportunity for the soldiers of the three squadrons to enhance their relationship and interaction.

Ye You and the others followed the Medical team to learn and helping, and at the same time also began their group performance task.

This time Ye You also would be performing for the soldiers of the Fierce Lion Squadron. With the lessons learned from the last time, Du Hao also would not say anything even if he had opinion in his heart, in addition, he also had to pretend that those embarassing things before never happened, and didn’t seemed to have any objections towards Ye You.

Du Hao originally just wanted to behaved and watching the performance with the soldiers, but when he watched Ye You singing on stage, he suddenly became a little dazed. He unconsciously stared at Ye You’s face for a long time before abruptly come to his sense.

Du Hao hurriedly closed his eyes. He couldn’t figure out why he became absent minded when looking at Ye You. He was very disgusted and hated Ye You in his heart. Even if he had to admitted that his face was really good-looking, but it was definitely wouldn’t change his dislike of Ye You. But why he didn’t think Ye You looks so good before? Especially when that pair of bright eyes with long and curled eyelashes were slightly fanning, the more he looked, the more they feel seductive.

Du Hao felt that this kind of thoughts were very bad, how can he think that Ye You was good? He told himself over and over again that Ye You definitely couldn’t compared to Ye Chen. Du Hao clenched his fists, trying hard to remove Ye You’s face and eyes from his mind, but Ye You’s soft and beautiful singing voice floated into his ears and kept revolving around him, tormented him even more by the contradictory feeling. He wanted to get up and leave, but if he leave like this, other soldiers would felt that he was disrespectful to Ye You, and then become even more dissatisfied with him.

In the past few days, Ye You would asked someone to sent some of the things over every day, and then slowly set up his nest with Du Yao. After everything was set up, he invited Ji Wen and Zhao Yu to be guests and asked them to stay for dinner.

“It is not bad, although a bit smaller, but it’s more comfortable than the dormitory.” Ji Wen looked at the furnishings in the room and said: “You are really dexterous. Although there are not many furnishings in this room, but the matching is very beautiful, it is better than the layout of my room at home.”

“I also didn’t bother much, because I only came to stay occasionally, so I just arranged it as comfortable I like.” Ye You said.

“You should tell us earlier, so that we can bring some gifts over, aren’t all sending gifts for moving to a new house?” Ji Wen looked around for another round and said, “But I think you already have everything you should have here. If we give some decorative items, it will ruined your arrangement here instead. Why don’t me and Zhao Yu send you a tea set.”

“There’s no need for gifts. This are not count as moving to a new home, it’s just a temporary residence. If we really move to a new home in the future, it will not be too late for you to send a gift.” Ye You stood up from the sofa and said, “Sit down for a while. I’m going to cook some dishes. You can go back to the dormitory after dinner. I don’t know if Du Yao can come back today. If he doesn’t, then I will go back to the dormitory with you guys.”

“Let us help you. Although I don’t know how to cook, but there is no problem with washing vegetables.” Ji Wen also stood up and said.

“No need, the kitchen also not big. It’s too crowded to stand in there. Just a few home-cooked dishes. I’ll be done soon. You guys just sit down.” Ye You said, turning around and walking into the kitchen.

The kitchen was indeed not big, but there still some room if two or three people stand in there, it was just Ye You think that he was faster when he do it himself, and it will be done in three or two strokes. Standing in the kitchen, Ye You was still able to talk to them while cooking.

Ji Wen and Zhao Yu saw the tall figure walking in from outside the door, after being stunned for a moment, they immediately stood up and called out, “Du Squadron.”

Ye You poked his head out of the kitchen, looked at Du Yao and said, “You’re back? I thought you won’t be back today. Help me set the table, I’ll be done in a while.”

Ye You was about to start cooking, worrying about the oil fume wafting out, so he closed the kitchen door.

By the time he had cooked the dishes, Ji Wen and Zhao Yu had disappeared.

“Where are they?” Ye You asked suspiciously.

“They said that they suddenly remembered something else to do, so they leave first.” Du Yao replied.

“Did you frightened them? And scared them away?” Ye You said as he glared at Du Yao.

“Why would I frighten them?” Du Yao looked at Ye You with innocent eyes and said, “Besides, they are your friends, how can I dare to offend them. I just nodded and didn’t say a word, they just said that there was still something else to do, and then ran out.”

“Your face must be too scary, and it scared them, so they ran away.” Ye You said with an unhappy expression.

“Then what can I do?” Du Yao said helplessly: “My face looks like this, I also don’t have any solution?”

“You smile more ah.” Ye You walked over and pinched his face and said: “A smile and it’s not so scary anymore.”

“I only want to smile when I see you. I don’t want to smile at other times.” Du Yao picked Ye You up, pushed him down on the sofa, and kissed him deeply.

Ye You hugged Du Yao’s neck, and the two kissed for a long time before Ye You pushed him away and said, “Hurry up and eat, or the food will be cold.”

“Eat you first, then just have dinner.” Du Yao said as he hugged Ye You.

“Then you close the door first ah, what if someone pass by?!” Ye You said hurriedly.

Du Yao immediately got up to locked the door, and then quickly returned to press on Ye You again.

    ……………………………………

Du Yao returned to their little nest and Ye You naturally wouldn’t sleep in the dormitory. After the two of them done the deed for a while on the sofa, Ye You lie on the sofa to rest. Du Yao went to the kitchen to reheated the dishes again and then carried them out.

After the two of them eaten dinner, they took a bath together, and then lie on the bed and talked. The two were more often separated than together, the time they were able to hugged and lie together like this were still few after all. So, even if they were sleepy, they also can’t bear to sleep. They wanted to listen more to each other’s voice and feel each other’s scent and body touch.

In this small room, Ye You changed to a double bed that was not too big, because there were also wardrobe and desk that need to place next to it. Compared to the spacious layout and luxurious decoration style at home, everything in this little nest were all look very mini, especially Du Yao who has a pair of long legs, big and tall. When he lie down on the bed, the bed appeared to be smaller.

Because there were people living next door, Ye You was worried that the soundproofing was not good. So, what he asked to be sent was a very solid wood bed, which would not creaking and swaying no matter how hard (they do the deed). The previous bed, because Du Yao was too strong, there would be noises while it was shaking. Ye You felt that if they was heard by next door, he would have no face to go out see people, so they didn’t do it on the bed the previous few times.

It was just very exhausting to stand in the bathroom, in the living room or in the bedroom. That night in the living room, Ye You stood holding on the sofa and Du Yao was standing behind him. Suddenly someone passed by outside, even though the curtains were pulled up, however, the figure that was walking by still frightened Ye You. His legs become soft and almost fell at the time. Fortunately, Du Yao moved quickly to hug him.

So Ye You asked someone to get him a very strong wooden bed in the shortest time. Even the curtains were replaced with very thick fabrics. As long as they were pulled up6Raw 拉起来(la qi lai); pulled up. I don’t know why author use pulled up instead of 拉下来(la xia lai); pulled down., not even a light could penetrated through.

After Ye You told Du Yao how good the bed was made and it wouldn’t shake no matter how hard it was, Du Yao immediately said that he wanted to tried it, and then he really tried it presumptuously, and then Ye You found out that the bed indeed did not let out any sound anymore, but it was he who couldn’t control himself and screamed louder.

    …………………………………………

When it was time to go to bed at night, Ye Chen couldn’t fall asleep. He opened his eyes and looked at Ye You’s empty bed, feeling very uncomfortable. Du Hao was only an Acting Squadron Captain, and there was still a gap with the Official Squadron Captain, and Du Hao’s rank was not enough for him to apply for a separate housing.

Ye Chen thought, Ye You must be in their individual housing with Du Yao, sweet and affectionate. Yet he and Du Hao, although can meet during the day, they cannot live together at night. Ye Chen felt that it was not that he wanted to compare with Ye You in everything, but Ye You was really better than him no matter what. He could only keep thinking about what he have that could be comparable to Ye You, and then the more he thought about it, the more he felt lost.

The performances of these past few days, every time when Ye You came on stage, the soldiers would showed extreme enthusiasm and joy. After the performance, the applause was also very enthusiastic. This was a treatment that no one else has, including him.

Ye Chen was very anxious. The goal that he originally thought would be completed soon, has become slow again, and it will be time for promotion and evaluation soon. Ye You was almost a lieutenant7Raw 中尉(zhōng wèi); lieutenant. As I said before, I’m not really understand the rank of military, so I’m not sure if these rank are the right translation in english. But from YC’s pov we can be sure that YY’s rank is gonna higher than YC’s., and he was still just a sergeant8Raw 中士(zhōng shì); sergeant. As I said before, I’m not really understand the rank of military, so I’m not sure if these rank are the right translation in english. But from YC’s pov we can be sure that YY’s rank is gonna higher than YC’s.. What should he do? What method can be used to prevent Ye You from blocking his light?

Ye Chen tossed and turned, and couldn’t fall asleep, because he had been thinking about how to surpass Ye You. As he was thinking about it, he thought of Du Yao. When Du Yao’s face appeared in his mind, his heartbeat accelerated involuntarily.

    …………………………………

Fifteen days passed quickly. Ye You and the others returned to the Cultural Regiment, continue practicing and rehearsing, waiting for the next performance.

Du Hao and Ye Chen finally had a vacation and were able to go home to stay there.

They were sleeping at night, Du Hao suddenly woke up, and when he opened his eyes, he abruptly sat up.

Ye Chen woke up because of his movement, sat up and asked in a daze, “What’s wrong? Did something happen?”

Du Hao looked at Ye Chen, and then replied after he was stunned for a moment: “It’s okay, I just had a strange dream.”

Du Hao lie down with Ye Chen in his arms, still thinking of the dream he had just dreamed in his mind. He dreamed that Ye You was singing, his singing voice was very pleasant to the ears, and the tune was also very good. It was just that he was a little confused as to why he had such a dream. He obviously hated Ye You very much, but in his dream just now, why didn’t he had the slightest sense of disgust, moreover, he was still listened to it very attentively and very enjoyed it?

Du Hao thought about it and felt it must be because of the song that Ye You sang. During this period of time, when the soldiers were resting, someone always hummed the song Ye You sang, which cause the song to always appeared in his mind involuntarily, and it must be because of this that he would have such a dream.

After being awakened by Du Hao’s movements, Ye Chen also didn’t sleep deeply. Instead, in half asleep half awake state, he fantasizing that Du Hao and Du Yao both liked him, and then became jealous for him, and he was very tangled, not knowing which one of them he should choose, but at the same time he felt happy and blessed because they were fighting because of him.

This was something that Ye Chen often fantasizes about during this period of time. The thing that he very much hopes to achieve now was that he can transmigrating to this world once more. Then there was no Ye You in this world and he was the protagonist of this world. Everyone was crazy about him, obsessed about him, especially Du Yao and Du Hao, two of the most outstanding men, all of them love him until they can’t extricate themselves.

It was a pity that he was destined to be unable to realize this fantasy, at best he can only have such a beautiful dream.

As the days passed by, Ye You felt that he was very happy now. Although he couldn’t meet Du Yao every day, but it was absence makes the heart grow fonder. Every short separation would accumulate a certain amount of longing. Then when they met, there will be more joyful and satisfaction.

The weather was getting colder, and the winter was finally here. The army will have a winter break in batches, and then it will be the most important and solemn holiday of all countries in this world, the Spring Festival(Chinese New Year).

Farewell to the old and welcome the new9Raw 辞旧迎新(cí jiù yíng xīn); ring out the old year and ring in the New Year (idiom). Tbh, I am very confused with this whole paragraph 😂, it was to say goodbye to the past year, and a consolation toward oneself because of the hard work for the whole year, and then with a diligent and to-do better mood to welcome the new year, and on this important festival, one would prayed to heaven, hoping in the new year can be safe and smooth.

Every year, the Spring Festival of Du family’s house was very lively. Because Elder Du’s brothers were gone, not only the family of Du Yao’s uncle who worked out of town, but also Du Zhenfeng’s cousins, several of the family’s sons will gather at their home for the festival.

In previous years, it was Qin Yuwei and Sun Ting both who were entertaining these relatives. In order to show her status in this family, Sun Ting’s way of doing things was always like the mistress(of the house), don’t talked about making herself busier, she kept instructing the helpers to do this and that, when there was nothing to do she specifically would find something to do, as if she wanted to entertain everyone in a very thoughtful manner.

In the past, Qin Yuwei felt that even for Du Yao’s reputation, she couldn’t let Sun Ting get all the limelight and let her do all the things that the mistress of the house should do. But this year, she figured it out that things like reputation were obtained by one’s abilities, and not obtained from other people’s mouth. So this year, Sun Ting can be as busy as she like, just let her be busy enough. And she can be happy and relaxed.

Qin Yuwei and Xu Yun already become good sisters now, and they often make appointments to go shopping and drinking tea. It can be said that they were telling each other everything10Raw 无话不谈(wú huà bù tán); not to hold anything back (idiom), (of close friends etc). Qin Yuwei finally has a person who she can talked heart to heart with, and now she was much more cheerful. With Xu Yun’s enlightenment and persuasion, she has figured out a lot of things, and she should enjoy it while she was at the age where she still can walk. Just like Xu Yun said, only what you can enjoy is realand everything else is imaginary.

The relatives arrived one after another, and Sun Ting led people to stand at the gate, welcoming them warmly with a smile on her face.

“Finally, we were looking forward to your coming. This journey has been hard on you. Look at this small and big bags, it’s enough for you to come in person, why still bring so many things.” Sun Ting stepped forward and took the hand of Du Zhenfeng’s cousin’s wife and said: “Quickly come in, the Old Master and Old Madam are waiting for you. This whole morning they already asked several times.”

“I haven’t seen you in a year, sister-in-law Ting has become younger and more beautiful.” Zhao Lingling said with a smile.

“You sweet-talking, I know you will make me happy when you come, so I have prepared a lot of your favorite foods, I wouldn’t treat you unfairly.” Sun Ting said with a smile.

“Where is Sister-in-law Yuwei? Is she busy inside?” Zhao Lingling asked.

“She went shopping early in the morning. She knows that you will be here today and should be back in a while.” Sun Ting said with a much lower voice, “It’s all the same during this period. Saw me so busy but didn’t help, I’m so tired that I have back pain when I sleep at night.”

“You are able to work harder and your hard work, second uncle and second aunt would have notice.” Zhao Lingling patted Sun Ting’s hand and said.

Zhao Lingling’s words went to Sun Ting’s heart, and she felt very comfortable.

After Du Zhenfeng’s second male cousin’s family entered the hall, a group of people would inevitably have a chat. Sun Ting directed the helper, to carried all the luggage of the cousin’s family to the room they had prepared, and then had people went to the kitchen to ask how the food was prepared, a while later she asked the helper to make the best tea and asked them put it here or there. After busy for period of time, she only sat down next to Du Zhenfeng and talked with everyone.

Ye You and Du Yao went to give Elder Xu somethings, while Qin Yuwei and Xu Yun were trying on a new dress that has just been made in the store. Originally she could have tried on it in two days, but this dress designed by Ye You, she liked it very much just by looking at the drawings. As soon as she received a call and heard that it was done, she immediately asked Xu Yun to tried them on together.

Du Hao and Ye Chen were still going through the procedure of winter and long spring holiday break, they won’t be able to get home until noon.

Not long after Du Zhenfeng’s second male cousin’s family arrived, the elder and the third male cousin’s family also arrived. One big family was so lively, only Du Zhenfeng’s own younger brother’s family had to wait until tomorrow just can arrived.

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[6] 拉起来(la qi lai); pulled up

When YY invited JW and ZY,  I thought there might be a chance for side CP story, I imagine how JW might met his Mr.Right(maybe one of DY’s subordinate) or ZY met his fiance…but then POOF!!!!  They were scared off by DY before that plot had a chance to even sprout! Orz

YC & DH! What’s the matter with these two husbands? Not missing each other but thinking of other people’s spouse?! Where’s my slipper?! (ノ-_-)ノ~┻━┻

  • 1
    Raw 同床异梦(tóng chuáng yì mèng); lit. to share the same bed with different dreams (idiom), ostensible partners with different agendas, strange bedfellows, marital dissension
  • 2
    Original text 杜浩(Du Hao), which almost scared me to death! This must be typo😂 I was like ‘when was YC become so rich?! 😅😅
  • 3
    Original text 五罐(wu guan); five cans. Isn’t it too little?! I assume this is a typo, so I change it to boxes.
  • 4
    Raw 瓶 (ping);  bottle. I don’t know why the author change it to bottle. It should be 罐(guan); can, as the author use previously. I will just follow the original text bcoz it’s not only show up once here.
  • 5
    Raw 鸡杂等等的荤菜(Jīzá děng děng de hūncài); non-vegetarian dishes (including meat, chicken, fish, garlic, onion etc). One of example 👇
  • 6
    Raw 拉起来(la qi lai); pulled up. I don’t know why author use pulled up instead of 拉下来(la xia lai); pulled down.
  • 7
    Raw 中尉(zhōng wèi); lieutenant. As I said before, I’m not really understand the rank of military, so I’m not sure if these rank are the right translation in english. But from YC’s pov we can be sure that YY’s rank is gonna higher than YC’s.
  • 8
    Raw 中士(zhōng shì); sergeant. As I said before, I’m not really understand the rank of military, so I’m not sure if these rank are the right translation in english. But from YC’s pov we can be sure that YY’s rank is gonna higher than YC’s.
  • 9
    Raw 辞旧迎新(cí jiù yíng xīn); ring out the old year and ring in the New Year (idiom). Tbh, I am very confused with this whole paragraph 😂
  • 10
    Raw 无话不谈(wú huà bù tán); not to hold anything back (idiom), (of close friends etc)
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