SML V3C15 Hitting a Nerve

Author’s Note: As I announced a while back, today is the day when SML is finally back from hiatus as well ~ There’ll be the regular three chapters a week which go up on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

The next morning came and with it, a knock sounded on Li Ming’s door. He raised his head in surprise, hurriedly wrapping the towel around his waist before he rushed over to see who it was. As a result, he came face-to-face with his boyfriend.

Mo Fang who had come with the sole intention to seduce Li Ming was suddenly greeted by the sight of a naked chest. His brows shot up and his eyes widened, and he couldn’t help but wonder who was seducing whom here. But surely, somebody as honest as Li Ming wouldn’t deliberately do something like this?

Seeing Mo Fang’s gaze, Li Ming actually felt embarrassed. He cleared his throat and stepped aside, hurriedly letting him in before anybody else could see. “I’m sorry. I was just showering.”

Mo Fang made a faint sound and nodded, feeling that this was much more like his boyfriend. Yes, Li Ming definitely wouldn’t try to deliberately seduce him. He, on the other hand … He inconspicuously tugged at the sweater that was a little too large, exposing a delicate collarbone beneath. So far, Li Ming hadn’t noticed. But in the current situation, he couldn’t say that he was surprised. Most likely, Li Ming was embarrassed at being caught like this. He just was that type of guy.

Li Ming was indeed not quite sure what to make of the current situation. He rubbed the back of his head, a few drops of water spilling from his hair. In any case, he probably shouldn’t feel too bad. This was his boyfriend and between the two of them, he was pretty sure that Mo Fang had seen more men naked than he. He definitely wouldn’t be embarrassed by this kind of thing. Still, he awkwardly cleared his throat before he motioned over to the living room. “Why don’t you go and sit down first? I’ll go and finish up and then I’ll join you.”

Mo Fang nodded but before Li Ming could really vanish back into the bathroom, he called him back. “Bro Li.”

Li Ming immediately turned around with a questioning look, wondering what it might be now.

Mo Fang went over, lightly craned his neck, and gave him the shortest of kisses. “Good morning!”

Li Ming stared blankly for a moment, not quite sure what to make of this featherlight kiss. He wasn’t the type of man that was easily seduced even seeing naked skin. But he absolutely was the type of person that would be seduced by this kind of show of affection. This kind of kiss that put the purest of feelings out there and showed how much you meant to the other person was something very special to him.

He stood on the spot for a moment, his heart fluttering wildly. “Good morning.” His voice sounded a little hoarse and he had trouble turning back around and walking the rest of the way to the bathroom. He just wanted to sit there with Mo Fang, wet hair be damned. The atmosphere had been so good, it really was a pity to miss out on the opportunity. Still, considering their previous troubles, it probably wouldn’t be too good. Thus, he still left in the end.

Mo Fang was happy with the effect though. This was precisely what he had expected. Li Ming was the type of guy that wasn’t too public but privately really affectionate. Seducing him outside was difficult but doing so in the security of his own home was much easier. Also, he definitely had a thing for the gentle wife type. Probably more than he did for whatever kind of sexy and adventurous look he could show him. It was a bit of a pity seeing as this really was his strong suit but he could pretend for a bit. When things had progressed further, maybe he would be able to change to something a little more exciting.

With that thought, Mo Fang walked over to the couch and really sat down. He hesitated for a moment and then pulled his legs up, also pulling at the sleeves of his sweater a little. This kind of look was sure to blow Li Ming away as soon as he took a good look at it. Since it hadn’t worked at first, he just needed to use another opportunity.

A couple of minutes went by before Li Ming came out again. This time, his full attention was on Mo Fang. And maybe it was the effect of that sweet kiss before but as soon as he saw him, his heart thumped wildly again. He couldn’t help but feel that Mo Fang looked even more lovely today.

He gulped and then went over, sitting down next to him. He didn’t even realize that it seemed to be quite a bit closer than the days before. Clearly, Mo Fang’s plan was working.

His boyfriend turned to him with a warm smile that just seemed to ooze with understanding for his situation. “I’m sorry for bothering you so early. I didn’t sleep that well and got up early. I guess I didn’t really think about it and just rushed over because I felt it would get better if I saw you.”

Those words were just meant to give Li Ming the feeling that he was especially dependable in Mo Fang’s eyes but they absolutely hit a nerve. He had already felt bad yesterday about not taking Mo Fang up on the offer to go home together so now that he heard that he hadn’t slept well, that guilty conscience came back immediately.

He reached out to grab his hands, squeezing them in a show of reassurance. “It’s not that I didn’t want to spend the evening with you. I just had something else planned already. I probably should’ve told you yesterday.”

Mo Fang raised his brows in response, needing a moment to figure out just what was going on with Li Ming. When he did, he couldn’t help but feel that he really was a genius. Apparently, this worked even better than he had thought it would. Well, this was a nice surprise. He could use a few more of those.

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