The sky was overhung with dark clouds and rain drizzled unceasingly onto the roofs of Xiao Xi town, gathering in puddles on the street. In the distance, thunder rumbled and every now and then lightning illuminated the outline of the trees.
The hunched down figure of an old man hurried along between them and hastened toward the gates of the town that had already been shut for the night. The man stopped in front of them, grabbed the hem of his cloak’s hood and looked up while blinking against the rain. Who knows what he did but a moment later the tightly shut doors swung open as if moved by invisible hands.
The man hunched back down and hurried into the town, the gates silently shutting behind him again. He walked down the main street, his gaze flitting over the houses at the side while his brows drew closer and closer together. It seemed as if he was searching for something but couldn’t find it. Continue reading →
Nie Chang looked into the living room first but not even a glimpse could be seen of Su Yan. His heart thumped loudly and the nervous feeling he had since getting that message on WeChat became even stronger. Could it be that his boyfriend really wanted to leave him? But they hadn’t even been together for two days!
He hurried into the kitchen in the hope of seeing a disgruntled Su Yan eating breakfast on his own. Maybe he had finished what he was doing on his notebook and then gone to see where he had vanished to. With Su Yan’s temperament, he certainly would be angry when it seemed that his boyfriend had disappeared on him! Sending a furious message because of that wasn’t unexpected. He would probably forgive him though when he came back with the ingredients and explained. Continue reading →
Zhi Bao Yu was immensely baffled. This former co-worker of hers had finally gotten into a relationship after all these years but he didn’t jump his boyfriend immediately and instead decided with him to wait another two weeks?
Could it be … this was some kind of hidden camera TV show?
She lowered the phone and warily looked around. She couldn’t spot anyone or anything suspicious though. Well, she was already at home. The only one who could have tried to play a prank on her here was her boyfriend and he was still at work. And she felt like she was observant enough to notice had anything changed in their apartment.
No, this probably wasn’t a TV show. So that only left one possibility: Su Yan was being serious. She took some time to digest this information, an awkward silence engulfing their phone call. Continue reading →
When Su Yan came out of the cubicle and went over to the counter his expression said that he knew exactly what was going on and that he absolutely wasn’t happy about it. Nie Chang just looked at him and smiled though. Actually, he hadn’t thought any deeper about what he had said. He was Su Yan’s boyfriend now so it felt natural to him to cover his expenses. In fact, if he hadn’t been afraid that he’d be asking too much he’d have invited Su Yan to move in with him already. Continue reading →
Just to make sure that nothing went wrong Su Yan actually made another copy before looking at the places with flashbacks more closely. Soon enough, he noticed that he had quite the big problem: The whole story was more or less a flashback!
Su Yan rubbed his head, making his hair stick out in all directions. “Shit!” He had originally started with a short scene of the time when Yun Bei Fen was raging because of Mei Chao Bing’s kiss and only then told how it had come to this. “I definitely can’t leave it like this.”
He pursed his lips and copied the old first scene. This shouldn’t be too difficult. He just had to paste it before the last scene between the kiss and Yun Bei Fen’s final approval. With that, the story would progress linearly again. Continue reading →
Zhong Gang’s mood lifted immediately. Such a good man! He would really make a fine husband for his daughter! He definitely had to make sure nothing would go wrong!
He scrambled over to the tea table but noticed that both seat cushions were already taken. Well, whatever. He just sat down directly on the floor and looked at Xiao Li with sparkling eyes.
“No need to repay anything with blood. Marrying her is fine. So … When should the wedding be held?” He silently pondered how much of a delay he could accept. With how fast his daughter managed to fall in love, it shouldn’t be more than a week.
Xiao Li obviously noticed how eager he was to marry his daughter off and since he still pretended to be a righteous cultivator who would take his promises very seriously he knew he couldn’t give a long amount of time. “How about three days?” Continue reading →
“My love, you shouldn’t hastily promise anything.” Qiu Ling looked at Jing Yi imploringly, his thoughts clearly written on his face: My love, we wanted to marry when we return! What if that stupid mission takes a lot of time? Let’s just turn them down and enjoy our blissful life as a couple!
Jing Yi observed the minute changes in Qiu Ling’s expression before he hastily turned back to Sect Master Yuchi. The longer he looked at that man, the more he would start to waver. But this wasn’t something he could waver on. The sect was important. Especially now that he had finally started cultivating he should do his part. Continue reading →
In the end, Sect Master Yuchi called his youngest disciple over with a candidate in mind.
Yu Jin cupped his hands and bowed to his master before taking the seat he offered him. He didn’t say anything and just sat there, looking at the man.
Yuchi Bing Xia repressed a sigh. Haish, that child, still not talking if you don’t ask him anything directly. “Yu Jin, you’re probably surprised that I called you over so suddenly. I hope I didn’t disturb your cultivation.”
“Mn.” Yu Jin just gave a murmur that could mean anything. He didn’t look surprised at all. In fact, there wasn’t any kind of expression on his face. It was as if the problems that worried the mortals and immortals were nothing to him. In his eyes, everything seemed to be dust. Continue reading →
Jing Yi had been happy seeing Shao Hai again and had looked forward to smiling at customers with him before they could go and look around the capital some more. Shao Hai had even promised to show him the way to his home when they were finished so that he could go and visit him whenever he wanted.
This happy child froze as soon as it saw Zhong Guanyu though. Jing Yi looked around, trying to find a way to escape or at least make sure the terrible tigress wouldn’t notice him. Where was his grandfather right now? Would he be able to find a hidden spot and call him so he could help him if the tigress didn’t leave him alone? Or was there anything else he could do?
In the end, Jing Yi didn’t see any hidden spot. Instead, he dashed behind Shao Hai and only peeked out behind his shoulder to make sure whether the tigress had already seen him.
Shao Hai turned to look at Jing Yi and tilted his head in confusion. Then he looked back to the front and finally noticed Zhong Guanyu. He pursed his lips. So it was her again! Who knew what she had done to his bride-to-be that he was that afraid of her? He definitely couldn’t let this continue! He’d teach her a lesson! First of all, he had to calm his Xiao Yi down though.
Shao Hai turned back to him and carefully patted his head with a gentle smile. “Don’t worry. With me around, she won’t be able to hurt you!”
Jing Yi looked up at him with sparkling eyes. So Shao Hai would make sure that the terrible tigress couldn’t hurt him? This was great! His grip on Shao Hai’s sleeve loosened for a moment as if he really wasn’t as afraid anymore.
Seeing the two boys so close, Qiu Ling tensed even more. Oh no. He had made a big mistake. He shouldn’t have listened to his mother-in-law! He shouldn’t have given them this much time together! He shouldn’t have allowed them to spend any time together! Where was Yi Zan’s sister? Why hadn’t she brought her son over yet? It was time to start his plan or else this might end in a terrible disaster!
While Qiu Ling fretted over whether his brilliant plan was already deemed to be a failure before he could try to implement it, he committed an even graver mistake: From the moment he saw Jing Yi walk into the room, he had straightened up unconsciously and it became even worse when Jing Yi showed his trust in Shao Hai.
Unfortunately, Zhong Guanyu’s attention was still completely focused on him. When the person that had refused to show her any reaction suddenly reacted this strongly, her curiosity was naturally piqued.
She turned around and noticed Shao Hai and Jing Yi who had relaxed behind him. Her face lit up and she leaped down from the chair, running over as fast as she could. Yes, she had forgotten her image once again.
“Brother Jing Yi!” She smiled widely and wanted to hug him like Shao Hai had done the day before. After all, what he could do she could too, right? She extended her arms with a big smile.
Shao Hai frowned. He certainly wouldn’t let her frighten his Xiao Yi again! He hugged Jing Yi and pulled him out of the way.
Guanyu fell to the ground. She lay there, stunned once again. How many times had she fallen this week? Four times? Five? Why was this always happening? And always in front of her Prince Charming?!
She started punching the floor and bawling her eyes out.
The old woman sitting in the back of the teahouse couldn’t take it anymore. She stood up and walked over, standing before the boys with her arms akimbo. “What do you think you are doing? The poor girl! Look how she’s crying now! Shouldn’t you help her up?”
Shao Hai pursed his lips and hugged Jing Yi tighter. “She deserves it! She scared my Xiao Yi!”
The old woman was taken aback. “Aiya, how can you be like this? You should yield a little to girls.”
“Why should I? Will she leave my Xiao Yi alone if I do?”
The old woman frowned. Why couldn’t this boy see reason at all? Didn’t he understand the importance of this matter? “How will you marry one of them if you’re like this?”
The old woman couldn’t help herself and laughed. Young children sure were naive! It was quite entertaining though. She couldn’t wait to have such a cute grandchild herself. “You won’t? But you’ll have to marry in the future. Every man has to marry someday. That’s the way the world works.”
Shao Hai pursed his lips. “I won’t marry a girl like her though. I’ll marry my Xiao Yi!” He turned around to Jing Yi, cupped his cheeks and leaned in.
A big, moist smack was given.
No, that wasn’t another cup breaking. This was the sound of Qiu Ling’s heart shattering. His beloved’s first kiss … was stolen by another man.
While the Zhongs were about to start their lives in the capital, things in the Nine Heavens seemed to continue going downhill. At least that was what Leng Jin Yu felt while talking to Hong Bao.
Speaking of the Law of Balance, the Heavens really treated everyone equally. For example talents: Everyone had their own talent. Sometimes there would be people that seemed incredibly lucky at first glance because they got two talents but, well … Hong Bao was probably explanation enough as to why one could still say that the Heavens were just in treating everyone fairly.
Hong Bao’s first talent, without a doubt, was her incredible ability to extract information out of conversations even if it hadn’t been uttered. Her second talent was her unique way of looking at things as Leng Jin Yu found out right this moment. Continue reading →