RMN C1 A Visitor in a Stormy Night

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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. Weiterlesen

LWS V3C1 Beautiful Misunderstandings

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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. Weiterlesen

LWS V2C35 Bad Boyfriend! Punish Him!

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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. Weiterlesen

OMF V1C80 It Shattered

The next day in the mortal world came soon. Zhong Gang and Shao Chen both went to their respective work and didn’t come to the teahouse again. But their children, as if they had agreed on it, ran there first thing in the morning.
Was that the power of love?
Most certainly, because the third person to hurry to the teahouse — and the one who managed to arrive even before the two of them — was Qiu Ling. He stepped into the teahouse with a bright smile and happily skipped to his place at the side of the room.
Today is the day you’ll pay, damn bastard! I’ll make you show your true colors in front of Jing He!
Madam Zhong brought him a cup of tea and examined his face. He looks somehow … gleeful? „What did you plan this time?“
Qiu Ling swept the grin off his face in the blink of an eye. „What are you talking about, mother-in-law? I just came here to support your teahouse.“ He fluttered his eyelashes, but only got an empty look back. Oh, right, I still have that other appearance …
He peeked to the entrance, but nobody could be seen. With a mischievous smirk, he returned to his original appearance and continued. That had always worked on his other mother-in-law! Handsomeness was the best weapon a man could use!
Madam Zhong jerked. „What are you doing? What if anyone had seen?“
Qiu Ling leaned over the table and smiled happily. „There’s no one there, don’t worry. Besides, don’t you like seeing my original appearance? Isn’t it so much more handsome? You must be thrilled getting such a handsome son-in-law!“
Madam Zhong looked him up and down. He was indeed handsome, but his personality … Did she really want her son to marry someone like that? No, wait! Why was she even thinking about that? Her son was only seven!
She frowned and put the cup down in front of him with a clunk. „Didn’t I already tell you yesterday? I won’t have to think about that for at least another ten years.“
„Don’t worry, mother-in-law, I’ll look the same ten years from now, so you can slowly start thinking about it.“ He picked up the cup with a big smile on his face and started to drink without noticing Madam Zhong’s strange look.
Hasn’t Nie Huang brewed that tea just now? How come he drinks it like that? There is still steam floating up continuously. It should be really hot.
Well, there were a lot of perks to having the sturdy body of a dragon. But pretending to be human wasn’t one of them.
Madam Zhong shook her head and went back to the kitchen. He’s immortal, she told herself, there’s nothing strange about being a bit different from other people. Not in her wildest dreams would she have imagined that Qiu Ling hadn’t been human to begin with.
Meanwhile, Qiu Ling changed back to the grim looking man just in time for Shao Hai’s arrival. The boy ran over to the preparation room without noticing the malicious stare directed at him.
Just when he entered another little shadow skipped into the teahouse. This time, it was Guanyu. She wore a white and orange dress today and her hair was made into two pigtails. If one didn’t know her, she definitely made the impression of being a sweet, lovely girl that couldn’t hurt a fly.
Hmph. Qiu Ling ignored her after a dissatisfied glance. Was she even worth his time? No, he should concentrate on that other pest. Taking him out was more urgent. Regarding the girl, he had prepared enough in the last couple of years. Jing Yi wouldn’t fall for her.
Meanwhile in the preparation room Shao Hai hugged Jing Yi, smiling from ear to ear. „Jing Yi!“ They had only seen each other yesterday, but he had already missed him terribly.
„Brother Shao Hai!“ Jing Yi hugged him back, smiling just as widely as the other boy.
They held each other for a moment, before Shao Hai stepped back and took Jing Yi’s hands. „How about I take you to my home today? Then you can come over whenever you want to play!“
Jing Yi wanted to accept, but shook his head in the end. „I can’t. Mommy wants me to smile at the customers.“
Shao Hai blinked and tilted his head. „Why that?“
„She said, they would like it!“ He didn’t really understand why, but if it made his mother happy, he would just do so.
Shao Hai pursed his lips. He considered asking Madam Zhong if it was alright to take Jing Yi away today again. She had seemed nice, so she probably wouldn’t reject. But in the end, he still decided otherwise. Working was really important. His father had told him that very often. If Jing Yi had to work, then it was like that. „How about I help you smile at the customers? Then you’ll be finished sooner!“
„Mn!“
Shao Hai pulled him outside to start their ‚work‘ right away. Unfortunately, there weren’t many customers they could smile at: At the back of the room sat the old woman that had come with her daughter-in-law yesterday, just that this time there was a young man sitting next to her that seemed quite weary. And of course, there was Qiu Ling at the opposite side of the room. It was just … next to him sat an annoyed Guanyu.
While he had wanted to ignore her, he had been the only customer in the teahouse when she came by. Guanyu hated waiting and considering how she had grown up, she wouldn’t set one foot into the servants’ rooms if she didn’t have to. As such, she had of course turned to Qiu Ling to question him.
„Where his brother Jing Yi?“, she asked once again, but she didn’t even get a glance in return.
Though, Qiu Ling was answering her in his thoughts. Kind of. Damned brat, go away! What if my love comes back and sees us together? He’d avoid me even more! Come on, get up and go annoy the old woman over there. Doesn’t she like children? Just go already!
But Guanyu didn’t even consider that. „I asked you, where brother Jing Yi is!“ She slapped the table and furrowed her brows. As long as Jing Yi wasn’t there, she didn’t have to pretend to be a gentle and refined girl. If this man still didn’t answer her, she’d start screaming! And maybe she’d scratch him, too.
Of course, Qiu Ling’s worst imagination came true: Just at that moment Jing Yi and Shao Hai stepped out of the preparation room and saw them.
Jing Yi clutched Shao Hai’s arm, shrinking beside him as soon as he saw Guanyu. He was even more afraid of her than he had been of the girls in the village. Shao Hai patted his head.
„Don’t worry. With me around, she won’t be able to hurt you!“ He didn’t know what Guanyu had done, but he had never liked her anyway. Now he was really against her. She should just try hurting his Jing Yi! He’d show her!
Qiu Ling tensed seeing the boys so close. Oh no. I made a great mistake. I shouldn’t have given them any time together! Where is Yi Zan’s sister? Why hasn’t she brought her son yet?
While he thought about that, he made another mistake: Guanyu noticed him tensing up and staring at the other side of the room. She turned around and saw Jing Yi. Her face lit up and she leapt 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, too. After all, what that Shao Hai could do she could, too, right? She extended her arms.
Shao Hai 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 couldn’t take it anymore. She stood up and walked over, standing before the boys with 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 just hugged Jing Yi a little tighter. „She scared brother Jing Yi!“
„Aiya, how can you be like this? You should yield a little to girls.“
„Why should I?“ Shao Hai didn’t see reason.
„How will you marry one of them if you’re like this?“
„I won’t!“
The old woman couldn’t help herself and laughed. Young children sure were naive! She couldn’t wait having such a cute grandchild herself. „You won’t? But you have to marry.“
Shao Hai pursed his lips. „Then I’ll marry brother Jing Yi!“ He turned around to Jing Yi, cupped his cheeks and leant in.
Muah!
A big, moist smack was given.
Crack!
No, that wasn’t another cup breaking. This was the sound of Qiu Ling’s heart shattering. His love’s first kiss … was stolen by another man.

OMF V1C70 Strange Uncle

This vain king of theirs was currently still locked in a battle between himself and his appearance. He definitely wanted to return to his original, handsome features, but after what had happened at the Zhongs’ village he knew better than doing this.
Though, that wasn’t the main reason. If it had only been for this, he might have ignored the possibility of bringing disaster again. Who was to say that anything would happen this time? This was, after all, the capital! No, the main reason was that he wanted to save using his real appearance for the future when Jing Yi was finally grown up and ready for love.
If Jing Yi saw him like that now and then again as a grown up, wouldn’t he think of him as some strange uncle? He didn’t want to become an uncle after being a grandfather for so long! He wanted to be seen as a suitor and finally as a lover. Was that asking for too much?
So, he definitely couldn’t meet Jing Yi with his real appearance. But he also didn’t want to meet him as an old man only. Faced with this dilemma, Qiu Ling had finally decided to once again take on the form of the traveler, that had helped Mister Zhong in the inn and once again in front of Zhong Gang’s restaurant.
It was just … he wasn’t all that satisfied. He still wanted to leave his beloved with a good impression of him! Who cared what his father-in-law thought? But Jing Yi couldn’t think badly of him!
Mn, he had to make sure, he looked especially handsome for this important occasion.
Qiu Ling rubbed over those small wrinkles again, smoothed out his hair, tugged at his sleeves and evened out the wrinkles on his robe. Once again, he gave the mirror a scrutinizing look. Something still seemed wrong.
„Ah, it’s such a bother being naturally handsome! This human appearance just can’t compare!“ He furrowed his brow a bit and paused. Mn, this actually didn’t look bad. This face seemed to be made for wearing such a grim expression. „This might not be as incredibly handsome as my usual self, but it’ll certainly leave an impression. Don’t women always claim that men are the most handsome while at work? When working one would certainly be serious, so this should be the rumored charm of a man at work?“ He tilted his head from side to side and finally kept the water mirror.
Alright. He was satisfied, more or less. This was probably as far as human handsomeness could go. Now it was time to meet his beloved.
He breathed deeply and made his way over to the teahouse. It’s alright, he told himself, while his heart still beat wildly. If he doesn’t like me with this appearance I can still change in the future. He certainly wouldn’t dislike my original appearance. Jing He fell for me once, it’ll certainly work a second time in the mortal realm.
He stepped into the teahouse and was instantly assaulted by Mister Zhong’s excitement.
„Dear customer, please come in and have —“ Mister Zhong stopped and his eyes went wide. „Ah! Benefactor! So, it’s you! Please, come in and have a seat. Tell me what you’d like! The teahouse only opened today. You’re our first customer. But don’t worry, our tea is really good and we have a lot of tasty snacks, too! You’ll definitely love it! Have you decided where you’d like to sit? See, you can choose any of the tables here on the lower floor. There are rooms on the upper floor, too. Maybe you’d rather take a room? Ah, but you seem to be traveling alone. It might be a bit lonely taking a room for yourself? How about —“
„Please have a seat first.“ Madam Zhong decisively pulled her husband to the side and smiled at Qiu Ling, who still hadn’t gotten time to greet Mister Zhong much less answer any of the questions.
„Thank you.“ Qiu Ling smiled relieved and went to a table at the side. From there, he’d be able to see the whole room. Wherever Jing Yi went, he’d be able to watch him.
Speaking of which … Where was his beloved?
Qiu Ling had been gone for quite a bit of time, so neither had he seen how Nie Huang came to the teahouse, nor did he know that Jing Yi was currently with her in the preparation room. And since he could be seen by mortals now, he also couldn’t go and look for him!
Damn this! He had prepared for so long to make a good first impression and now his beloved hadn’t even seen him enter the teahouse. How could fate be so cruel to him?!
Depressed, Qiu Ling waved at Madam Zhong. „Just get me whatever you think is good.“
„Alright. Please, wait a moment.“ She went to the kitchen to get some snacks for him first. „Have these first. I’ll get your tea.“
„Mn.“ Qiu Ling grabbed one of the cookies. He bit into it while grumpily staring at the plate. He hadn’t imagined it like this.
What he had imagined … Ah, well, he knew it couldn’t happen. My love, please grow up faster! I want to experience our touching, romantic reunion!
Madam Zhong came out of the preparation room with a tray in hand. She wanted to carry the tea over, but stopped right at the door seeing Qiu Ling’s expression. The dragon king wasn’t wrong: That human face seemed to be made to frown. And right now, he was heavily frowning at the plate with the snacks while munching on his cookie. Everyone who observed this would think that he was dissatisfied with the quality of the snacks. In fact, it looked like these were the worst snacks he had ever eaten.
Special countermeasures were needed here.
Madam Zhong went back into the preparation room and smiled at her son. „Jing’er, how about you deliver the tea to the customer? You’ll certainly help us working in the teahouse when you’ve grown a bit older, so why not learn now? It’s only one customer at the moment.“
„Mn, alright, mommy!“ Jing Yi took the tray and skipped into the hall.
Madam Zhong smiled. „Let’s see if he still manages to look so grumpy with Jing’er smiling at him.“
Jing Yi hurried to Qiu Ling’s table and pushed the tray toward him. He also didn’t forget to show him a brilliant smile, exposing two small dimples.
Qiu Ling looked up. The cookie fell out of his hand, but he didn’t even notice. He only stared at Jing Yi.
So … cute! Ah!
He unconsciously extended his hands and pinched Jing Yi’s cheeks, smiling himself until his eyes formed small crescents.
Ah … Spending so much time on his appearance and coming here had been worth it! Luck was on his side! Fate meant well with him! In his happy mood, Qiu Ling stopped pinching Jing Yi’s cheeks and instead patted his head, tussling that soft black hair.
„Such a good boy!“
Jing Yi stared at that customer in front of him, ignoring the hand on top of his head. I have to smile!, he reminded himself. Mommy wants me to smile at the customers. I can’t stop.
But this uncle is really strange.