Just as the two become official, a lover’s quarrel ensues when Bu Xia discovers that Jiang Chi is already aware of his ability to hear ghost voices and his role in silencing them due to his sister. Will the two resolve their differences and find themselves halfway once again? Find out on BLtai’s recap of ‘Stay By My Side‘ episode 9.
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Episode 9. I just want to hear your voice.
The basketball team finds Bu Xia sitting dangerously on the river bridge and tries to calm him down because they are afraid he will jump. Bu Xia, with a solemn expression, points to a no-jump sign and laughs at his teammates as they assist him. Bu Xia drinks with the team and tells them about Jiang Chi’s sacrifices to stay with him, such as joining the varsity and continuing his part-time job to have money for their dates. Although they complain that Bu Xia makes them sound pathetic by bragging about how good Jiang Chi is, they can’t help but think it’s sweet. When Bu Xia claims that drinking alcohol will give him liquid courage to apologize to Jiang Chi, the team secretly pours more alcohol into his bottle and tells him to bottom up.
Meanwhile, Jiang Chi, who had just returned to their room, receives a suspicious call from the basketball manager about a package that will be delivered to him, and, even though the package may be dirty, she expects him to take care of ”it”. Jiang Chi waits in the lobby for the package and notices a drunk Bu Xia being assisted by their captain, realizing that the package is Bu Xia. Drunk, Bu Xia misidentifies the Captain as his boyfriend and almost kisses him if he is not able to push him to Jiang Chi, who immediately catches him before he vomits. Jiang Chi takes his boyfriend to the shower room to sober him up, but Bu Xia tries to kiss him instead when he starts to take off his clothes. Despite being affected by his boyfriend’s initiative, Jiang Chi tells Bu Xia that he has no intention of doing it with someone who isn’t sober. Jiang Chi ends up taking care of him all night and warns Bu Xia not to drink too much before he goes out to clean the corridors where they left his vomit. While cleaning up, a senior approaches Jiang Chi and tells him that he admires the two for being together but that the road ahead of them will be difficult.
Jiang Chi sits beside Bu Xia in their room, who is fiddling with his key necklace. When Bu Xia straddles Jiang Chi, the latter stops him from kissing him and tells him not to ignore their problem but rather to discuss it because they are a team. Bu Xia removes his necklace and places it on Jiang Chi. He then confesses that he is afraid his boyfriend will think he is just using him as a heater. Although he used to be annoyed by Jiang Chi, he has learned to accept him, and his presence brings him comfort. Jiang Chi stands firm in his feelings that no one can decide for him and that all of his decisions, including being with Bu Xia after he pulls him into a kiss, are his own. He promises not to leave as long as Bu Xia remains. Bu Xia surprises him by biting into his neck and telling him that he has been imprinted.