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Destiny In The Laundromat

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Sunday night, was laundry night.

 

It was the only time Luo Fei ever found the time to do it, and by now, it was routine for him.

 

And routine for other people as well. At the laundromat, there were always the same people.

 

The elderly couple who chatted to each other, their relationship still like that of a newly married couple with all the flirting remarks.

 

The couple who have clearly just moved out of their parents’ home and still have no idea how to separate darks from lights.

 

The boy who wears headphones, dancing around his small area, completely oblivious to the world.

 

And then there was the obvious gang-member who sits in the corner, tapping on his phone.

 

Nobody talked to each other and that was the way Luo Fei liked it.

 

…………………………………………………………………………………

 

One Sunday, he entered the laundromat to find that almost half the washing machines were out of order, which forced everyone closer together. On the off chance that someone else would come in, Luo Fei rushed over to the remaining machines, filling them, before sighing in relief.

 

And then he found his attention wandering over to the criminal in the corner.

 

Now where had he seen that face before?

 

“Want to take a picture?”

 

Luo Fei’s snapped out of it, realising that the man had looked up at him, and was smirking at him.

 

Shit.

 

He was unfairly attractive.

 

And just like that, Luo Fei’s routine changed.

 

…………………………………………………………………..

 

Now that he’d heard the man’s voice, Luo Fei found himself verging on obsession.

 

The man had obviously noticed, winking whenever he spotted Luo Fei’s gaze on him.

 

But Luo Fei knew he was being watched too.

 

………………………………………………………….

 

The next Sunday, it ended up raining.

 

Luo Fei stared out of his window, wondering if there was even a point in doing his laundry tonight.

 

No.

 

He couldn’t afford not to have any shirts left for work.

 

Shoving as many as he could into a bag and grabbing an umbrella, he headed out into the rain. When he arrived at the laundromat, he wasn’t surprised to see that it was completely empty. Sighing in disappointment, he pushed it to the back of his mind.

 

A little over an hour later, as he was shoving the clothes into the dryer, he heard the door open and shut, prompting him to glance over his shoulder.

 

The criminal.

 

He looked just as shocked to see someone here.

 

The other man’s hair was soaking wet, water dripping down his face and shirt now almost completely see-through.

 

He didn’t have any laundry with him though.

 

“Don’t mind me.” The man smirked, casually removing his leather jacket, removing his braces before unbuttoning his shirt.

 

Luo Fei quickly spun around to face the dryer again, hoping that his face wasn’t too flushed.

 

“My name’s Luo Fusheng by the way.” The man’s voice was closer now, “In case you wanted to know.”

 

“… Luo Fei.”

 

He didn’t need to look around to know that the other man was smirking.

 

“Luo Fei… looks like it was destiny for us to meet.”