They were the same person.
He kept saying that he was not gay and that he was not into BDSM, yet at this moment he was standing in this person’s room as a sub of his own accord.
Huge waves of embarrassment and awkwardness pushed him down to the bottom of the sea. Chu Yunhan felt like his head was full of tofu or his brain had been grinded into dregs. He couldn’t think. He stood stiff like a piece of wood, his face changing from red to white, unable to utter a single word.
As soon as he saw the other person walk towards him, Chu Yunhan jumped like a frightened rabbit, quickly reached for the door and closed it firmly, pressing his back against it. This set of actions was completely instinctive and swift like drifting clouds and flowing water. When he realized what he had done, he was so ashamed he wanted to dig a hole to crawl in.
In any case, he was the dignified eldest young master of the Chu family. Even if they met in a place like this, he should be able to come up with some excuse. He could say he wanted to find someone to try it out, or that someone introduced him to the club to take a look. Whether the other party believed it or not, at least he could maintain some face. Even if he took a step back and admitted that he was looking for this kind of thing, what could he do? He had to at least pretend to be nonchalant and say “what a coincidence” and put up a front.
How could he run away the moment they met?
He took off the mask and leaned against the door with a desperate expression. Why was he always so terrified in Chu Yichen’s presence?
The current situation was even more embarrassing. How should he handle it?
He had really lost face rushing out…
The door behind him made a soft sound, and he felt a slight pressure against his back. Chu Yunhan panicked even more and instinctively leaned back hard, firmly pressing against the door, afraid the other party would come out.
He didn’t know how to face Chu Yichen. His heart was beating like a drum, and
three big words occupied his mind – “what to do”. He felt like an adulterer caught red handed, stark naked, looking for a place to hide. Fortunately, the person inside did not try to open the door again, giving him time to calm down.
After slowly calming down, Chu Yunhan raised his head miserably and pondered over what to do next.
They couldn’t just stay in a deadlock like this, separated by a door. He only saw two roads ahead of him, either running away with a tail between his legs or going in to face Chu Yichen.
He looked up at the ceiling and sighed.
When facing Chu Yichen, he always seemed to act cowardy. He was either on the run, or racking his brains on how to escape. He even jumped from the window in order to escape. Thinking about it now, it was really cowardy and out of line.
He didn’t want to run away anymore.
He had won the bet, regained his freedom, and was of equal standing with that person. What he should do now was walk in, find a reason to dismiss the so-called “relationship”, and confidently leave here.
It took him a long time to finally make up his mind. He turned around to open the door with a determined expression on his face, only to find that the black secondary card he just held was gone. Chu Yunhan cursed dejectedly, reluctantly raised his hand and knocked.
The door opened. The person who opened the door looked at him expressionlessly.
“Let’s talk inside.”
“Oh.” He walked in.
The door closed behind him. Chu Yunhan suddenly realized that he had been subdued once again. Why had he obediently walked in?
“What do you want to drink?” Chu Yichen asked while holding a white mug. “There is green and black tea here. I boiled some water while you were outside just now.”
He pursed his lips in embarrassment and said, “I don’t want to drink anything.”
The man made a cup of green tea, put it on the small coffee table, and said, “Have a seat if you are tired.”
The only places he could sit in the whole room were a single sofa and a large bed in the inner room. Chu Yunhan was well aware why it was arranged like this. This was a tuning room, and the sub was not qualified to sit. He remained standing and said, “I… have something to tell you and I will leave after that.”
Chu Yichen remained standing too. He leaned against the cabinet and quietly looked at him, his hands in his trouser pockets.
Under that gaze, he grew nervous for no reason, his palms sweating unconsciously. Looking away from the other person, he pinned his eyes to the ground and said, “I was shocked just now. You know, I’m a bit… afraid of you.”
The man’s eyelashes flickered slightly, fluttering down like the delicate wings of a butterfly.
“This place was introduced by a friend. I came here for the first time today. I didn’t expect you to be here, so… I was embarrassed and acted out of line for a while.” Chu Yunhan secretly glanced at the other party. Seeing that he remained silent, he could only bite the bullet and proceed, “I’m not really interested in this. I was just a little curious and wanted to see what the people who play this kind of game are like. Now that I have seen it, uh… it’s interesting, but it’s not my thing. As for the form that was displayed, I thought everyone had to fill it in, so I just casually filled something in. I wasn’t aware of the importance attached to this kind of pairing. I came upstairs just now to make it clear to the other party. I didn’t expect it to be you…” He coughed dryly, “I heard that you are very famous here and that there are many people who want to become your subs. I won’t come here in the future. You must find someone else.”
He had already come up with this explanation while he was outside. The moment he walked in, he had memorized it word for word. As soon as he finished speaking, he waited nervously for the other party’s response.
The room was very quiet, only the clock on the wall was ticking lightly. In the prolonged silence the atmosphere turned subtle and embarrassing, until Chu Yunhan finally couldn’t help looking up.
Their gazes met.
These dark eyes staring at him were like a deep and quiet night sky. His eyes blurred and he secretly clenched his fists, forcing himself not to avert his gaze.
Chu Yichen stretched out a hand and took a cane whip from the wall. He held it in his hand, rubbing it slowly, and said, “The whip represents power, and kneeling represents obedience. The person who uses the whip and the person who is being whipped get their own satisfaction in the role-play. This is the concept of BDSM. When it’s all said and done, it is just a game. When the master puts down the whip and the slave stands up, they are just ordinary people of equal standing with no difference in status or authority.” He paused, “BDSM should be based on equality between both parties. I forced you to yield to me and become a sub. I was wrong from the start. I have always regretted it.”
“You…” Chu Yunhan was completely stunned. He didn’t expect he would say such a thing.
The man walked over slowly, handed the whip in his hand to him, and said calmly, “If you want to settle accounts, I am willing to cooperate. Today, in this room, you can be the one in control and treat me however you like.”
Shocked, Chu Yunhan took a step back, looking at the person in front of him incredulously. He was rendered speechless for a long time. After a while he squeezed out a sentence, “Who are you kidding? If I dare hit you, Hei Yu and Bai Xiao will tear me apart alive.”
“No matter what you do to me, they won’t know.”
“Don’t fool me.”
“I’ve never lied to you.”
Chu Yunhan looked at Chu Yichen’s determined face, then looked at the whip in his hand, feeling somewhat jittery and depressed.
What was this? Was it another way of playing with him?
He gritted his teeth, grabbed the whip, and said coldly, “I have the whip now. Shouldn’t you kneel down?”
As soon as his words fell, the man knelt down without hesitation, assuming the standard kneeling posture with knees shoulder-width apart, hands behind his back, and straight upper body, and looked up at him.
Chu Yunhan was completely stunned.
Chu Yichen was kneeling down.
Kneeling down before him.
He was so shocked that he couldn’t believe his eyes, and wanted to slap himself a couple of times to check if he was dreaming.
It was so fucking weird!
Had he woken up this morning? Was the person kneeling in front of him really not a hallucination? Had the end of the world come? Chu Yichen… Was there something wrong with his brain?
He frowned and said slowly, “Are you really playing?”
“I’ve never lied to you,” the man repeated, changing to honorifics to address him.
Seeing him like this, Chu Yunhan suddenly felt an inexplicable bitterness in his heart and smiling with self-deprecation said, “Okay, let’s settle accounts.” Then he raised his hand and lashed with the whip.
The whip was made of flexible and slender rattan. It was a whip for punishment, very painful when applying moderate force. He had experienced it before and still remembered the burning pain. At this moment, he raised his hand and lashed downwards. He was aiming for Chu Yichen’s right chest, but because he lacked experience, his hand was unsteady and the whip landed heavily on the side of his neck.
Chu Yichen did not move. He didn’t even blink, still kneeling upright. Soon, a bright red mark appeared on the side of his neck, and the skin swelled slightly. It was obvious that his force had not been well controlled, and blood slowly started oozing from the welt mark.
In the training back then, although Chu Yunhan was the dominated party, the man always controlled the force and intensity. Except for that time he was forced to call him “Master”, he was almost never injured. He had been through this kind of whipping before. His face had twisted in pain and he couldn’t maintain the kneeling posture, but his skin was never broken. Now that Chu Yichen was bleeding, he could only imagine how painful it was. However, the man didn’t say a word, as if nothing happened, still looking calmly at him.
“Doesn’t it hurt?” Chu Yunhan asked.
He gritted his teeth, “I’ll whip you until your skin hangs in tatters.”
Chu Yunhan held the whip tightly and fixed his gaze on Chu Yichen’s injured neck. For some reason, his heart was in a mess, he was nervous and anxious. Thinking of the humiliation and abuse he had suffered before, he tried to raise his hand several times and lash with the whip, but hesitated. In the end, he threw the whip on the ground annoyed, and said discouraged, “Okay, enough. I don’t want to play anymore.”
“Consider it again. This is the only chance to settle the old accounts.” The man still kept kneeling.
“I won’t consider it, what about it? I deserved it and I’ resign myself to my fate, what about it?” Chu Yunhan didn’t understand why he was angry. “Stand up, you are so annoying!”
Chu Yichen stood up and said, “I thought you would at least order me to call you Master.”
“I’m not you, I don’t have such a hobby,” he spoke back angrily.
The man smiled and said, “You voluntarily gave up the chance to take revenge that I gave you, and agreed not to pursue the matter further. The entanglement between us has come to an end, and you and I are back at the starting point. This is what I hoped for. Now we can start all over again and talk about our new relationship from another point of view.”
“What point of view?”
“From Pure Black and Daylight’s point of view,” Chu Yichen said slowly. “Setting our grudges and identities aside, I am the dom that suits you best.”