raised her arms above her head and stretched herself, groaning in pleasure when
she felt several pops in her spine. She turned to her right and saw John
staring at the exposed skin near the waistband of her skirt where her shirt had
ridden up. Kris smirked. "Like what you see?"
eyes snapped to hers instantly. "You know you're beautiful, Kris,"
John mumbled, then cleared his throat. "So. About this article of yours.
Think it’s good enough to be a hit?"
sighed and lowered her arms.
stupid comb-over douche erased the video I took," she growled. "Now
nobody would believe anything I wrote. Damn it! I could've made a ton with this
burst into laughter.
right, Kris. As if a video could prove your article’s credibility. Hello? Ever
heard of CGI? Hell, we wouldn't have believed it too if we weren't there to see
it with our own eyes..."
grew silent. She had to admit that John made a valid point. She turned away
from John and stared at the fluffy clouds outside the window.
you believe it, John?" she asked. "That there are people with
extraordinary powers in this world? Superhumans?"
seat's armrest trembled slightly. Kris didn't even have to turn around to know
that John was nodding his head enthusiastically. He'd always been very
course I believe it! I saw it with my own eyes after all," John said.
"Christ... When I saw him dodge those bullets, Kris... It was like
everything I knew about fighting and martial arts were thrown out of the window.
It was like I knew right that instant"—John snapped his fingers—"that
there's so much more to fighting than what I currently know."
said nothing, choosing instead to mull over John's words. So much more about the world that we don't know...
"That guy is basically a legend, Kris.
I've already decided to join the student exchange program after we get back.
I'll come here and become his disciple."
in John's tone made Kris turn away from the window. She looked into John's eyes
which were filled with determination and passion. At least somebody here has made up his mind about Li Yundong…
join me, Kris?" John nudged her.
didn't answer. If only she could make up her mind.
once told me that you've always found the wonders of China fascinating,"
John went on. "I thought you'd jump at the chance to be here."
sighed and slid down an inch in her seat. "I don't know, John. I gotta ask
gram first, I guess?"
come on! What are you hesitating for?"
crashed into the window after John nudged her "lightly" with his
rubbed her cheek and shot him a glare. The bastard was grinning back at her.
The nerve of him.
about it, Kris," John said, shifting closer to her. "You wanna win a
Pulitzer Prize, don’t you? Then come to China! You said it yourself, right?
China is a land full of wonders! Which means you'll get a lot of materials to
compose a prize-winning article!"
silenced her with a finger.
guy sending a grown man into the air without even touching him. Catching a
fast-moving blade between his fingers. Catching a falling woman from the fourth
floor, and then landing on his feet like it was nothing. Catching a woman who
fell off a seven-floor building and then walking it off? Dodging bullets at
point-blank range! Jesus, Kris. Need I go on?"
looks like you're his fanboy now, John."
raised her head. The guy in the row in front of hers was smiling at them.
girl beside him chuckled. "Hey, I'm his fan too, you know?"
now?" John said with a smirk. "So! Louise! Why don’t you tell us your
favorite Li Yundong moment."
let out a dreamy sigh. "Well, it's gotta be the moment when his shoulder
joints got popped back into place, and he didn't even make a sound. God, that's
so hot!" Louise fanned herself with both hands. "I swear to God I've
never seen a manlier guy in my life!"
released another sigh, which, to Kris, sounded more like a moan.
wonder what it'll be like to f*ck him," Louise said. "I bet I'll die
and go to heaven, but what a way to go, right?"
burst out laughing, then slapped her hand over her mouth.
hey, Louise. Aren't you forgetting something?" said the guy sitting next
to Louise. "Guy's got a girlfriend already. And wow, you've seen that
chick, right?" He let out a whistle. "She's smoking."
I saw," she said in a dejected tone. "That's why I didn't ask him out
hey, hey..." John said. "Don't you all start having strange ideas
now. He's my master, so he's off-limits. Back off."
rolled her eyes as another round of laughter filled the cabin.
John. Are you serious about becoming his disciple?"
the chatter ceased right then. Kris raised her head and studied John's
course I am," John said with a serious expression. "I'm telling you
guys he's a legend. I'm not gonna
miss this chance." John raised his fist and stared at it. "I'm going
to go to China, and then I'm gonna become his disciple!"
like how Luke Skywalker became Obi Wan Kenobi's disciple?"
seats shook as John bobbed his head with zest. "Exactly! I've found my
Jedi Master! I've found my Obi Wan Kenobi!"
sneered. "If he would take you on
as a disciple, that is."
round of laughter filled the cabin.
sneaked a glance at John and nearly laughed at the pout she saw there. He could
be such a child sometimes.
don't care! I won't give up!" John declared. Then, his eyes went wide.
"Hey, isn't there a Chinese saying that goes like... ching... ching...
something, ching chong shuo jee... bleugh." He turned to Kris. "Yo,
Kris, what's that phrase again?"
burst out laughing.
you're such an idiot," Kris said. "It's jing cheng suo zhi, jin shi
wei kai!" (T/N: A Chinese idiom whose English equivalent is "faith
can move mountains")
John slapped his thigh. "Ching chong chuo ji, chin shit week kai?"
burst into chortles, pressing her hand against her forehead. "Oh, you have
a long way to go, John," Kris said. "A long, long way."
conversation died down after that. Kris stared out of the window as John
launched into a series of Mandarin pronunciations which sounded way worse than Sheep
white clouds obscured everything on the ground, and she couldn't help but
wonder just how many more secrets the world had to offer that were still
unknown to most people, that most people couldn’t even fathom. Should she
plunged into the clouds, and venture into the unknown? Or should she coast
above the clouds? Safe, but forever ignorant.
declaration echoed in her mind.
He is a legend…
Chapter 84 Tips
Yundong honestly didn't get it. You save a few lives, and people around you
start acting weird. Doctors, firemen, and policemen save thousands of lives
every year, yet nobody's treating them like idols. Maybe that's exactly what's
wrong with the world these days. People would rather fawn over a pop star with
chronic heroin addiction than the real heroes of society.
their conversation this morning, Li Yundong had brought Su Chan to a cafe to
have breakfast, which turned out to be rather pleasant despite how their
morning had begun. They shared a few laughs over egg wraps and porridge, then
joked around with each other. None of that heaviness from their earlier
conversation seemed to have left his room. They finished breakfast in twenty
minutes, then left the cafe and made their way towards campus. Despite the
horrors he'd witnessed yesterday, Li Yundong was ready to put everything behind
him. Good old, boring campus life — that was what he wanted. If nothing else,
he deserved a break after yesterday's incident. He wanted everything on campus
to go back to normal, like hitting the reset button.
apparently, was too much to ask for.
moment he and Su Chan passed the campus gates, the chatter surrounding the
campus compound diminished like a receding wave. Everyone stopped what they'd
been doing just to stare at him. And when he led Su Chan across the compound
towards the academic building, doing a shit job of pretending that everything
was normal, the crowd parted to two sides to create a path for them. These
overzealous folks made him feel like an emperor on the way to his throne rather
than a student trying to scramble enough semester credits to not get expelled.
that was earlier. And now, Senior Feng Na was staring at him as though he had
just materialized in front of her and then told her that he was from Mars.
yeah, Li Yundong didn't get it at all. Everyone was acting weird. Then again,
he wasn't even sure why he was surprised, what with all the weird shit
happening to him these days.
is the new normal.
he should get that printed on T-shirts and start selling them to pay off his
Hello? Earth to Feng Na... Earth to Feng Na," Li Yundong said, waving his
hand in front of Feng Na's face. When that failed to bring Feng Na out of her
daze, Li Yundong looked at Cheng Cheng. "Is she alright? She's a little
red in the face."
Cheng chuckled, then gave Feng Na a hard nudge, which nearly caused Feng Na to
fall over Li Yundong's table.
talking to you," Cheng Cheng said, pointing a finger at him.
then did Feng Na snap out of it.
Uh... h- hi..." Feng Na said.
Yundong wanted to laugh at Feng Na's sudden demureness. What happened to that
tough-as-nails woman who had contrived an elaborate scheme to smash a pebble on
his chest? Where did she go?
Li Yundong said. "What brings you two here? Not that I'm not glad to see
you, but I thought only second-year students attend this lecture."
Cheng beamed at him. "Isn't it obvious? We're here to shake hands with the
Yundong chuckled. "Oh, come on... Not this again..."
Cheng's grin widened just a tad. "What? You're a living legend now. They
even gave you a new nickname. The Hero of Tiannan University. It's all over the
forum? I'm surprised they haven't pulled down those posts yet. Wait. I thought
they shut down the forum last night?"
Cheng rolled her eyes. "Right. Like that's enough to stop everyone. People
started spamming posts again once the forum was back online."
Yundong chuckled and looked at Su Chan. His princess was grinning back at him
too. Warmth filled his chest at the look of pride he saw on her face.
on, now, legend! Stop dallying and give your number two fan an autograph,"
Cheng Cheng said, pushing a pen and a book towards him.
Yundong took the book. "Number two fan? Is that a thing now?" He
looked towards Feng Na who appeared to be studying his face intently.
course it is," Cheng Cheng said. "I'm the best friend of the number
one fan, after all."
Yundong flipped open the cover page, then looked at Cheng Cheng with a raised
brow. "You want me to sign your Econs textbook?"
Cheng giggled, then stuck out her tongue sheepishly. "Oops... I don't have
anything else with me..."
Yundong's brow rose even higher. "Or I could just... I don't know, not sign anything?"
That's not an option!"
come on. Quit stalling and sign the damn thing already."
Yundong chuckled. "Alright, alright, geez..."
Yundong took the pen and flipped to the textbook's title page. While putting
down his signature, he could feel Feng Na's gaze on him. When he was done, he
capped the pen, then placed it on top of the textbook. "Something wrong,
Senior Feng Na?" Li Yundong said, handing both items to Cheng Cheng.
"You've been staring at me the whole time."
Na took the textbook from Li Yundong's hand before Cheng Cheng could reach it. Cheng
Cheng scrambled to grab the pen and managed to prevent it from falling. Li
Yundong frowned when he saw Feng Na rolling up the book into a tube. At first,
he thought she was going to hit him with the book, but then she shoved one end
of the rolled-up book in front of his lips.
Li Yundong," Feng Na said. "What was going through your mind when you
were trying to save both girls?"
That I should... save them?"
Na smacked his arm with the book. Li Yundong burst into laughter.
on, be serious, please," Feng Na said, putting the make-shift microphone
in front of his mouth again.
fine." Li Yundong cleared his throat and sat up straighter. "At that
moment, I was thinking about my beloved country"—Li Yundong placed his
palm over his heart—"and the people that I have sworn to protect with
Cheng and Su Chan burst into laughter.
Na lowered the book, her eyes fluttering close. "Oh, thank God... You're
still the same guy I know."
come on," Li Yundong said, placing a hand on his cheek. "Surely, I
haven't changed that much."
If only she knew half of what he did about these changes of his. She’d probably
need a medic.
You've changed Li Yundong. Really
changed," Feng Na said, leveling him with a serious stare. "And I'm
not talking about something like a hairstyle change or anything trivial like
that. It's like..." Feng Na gestured at his face. "It's like... you
carry yourself differently now."
Yundong smiled. "That a good thing?"
Na paused in thought. Sounds of chatter filled in the silence between them as
the start of the lecture drew near.
depends, I guess," Feng Na said. "Most of your changes are good. But
you used to be much more candid."
Yundong burst into laughter. "Nah... You're overthinking this. I'm still
the same me."
Yundong wondered who he was really trying to convince. Feng Na, or himself.
Na and Cheng Cheng didn't leave when the lecture started, much to Li Yundong's
surprise. Instead, they both took their seats at Li Yundong's row and got their
guys don't have classes today?" Li Yundong asked.
We're both free today," Cheng Cheng said.
Yundong's brows rose to his hairline. "And you both choose to spend your precious
free time sitting here, listening to a boring lecture, when you could’ve… I
don’t know, gone shopping or something."
didn't even need his super vision to see the blush rising up to Feng Na's ears.
heard of refresher courses?"
Cheng Cheng said while Feng Na remained strangely quiet.
Seriously, what's up with Feng Na today?
she scared of him after hearing that he could dodge bullets? Usually, there was
this comfortable banter between Feng Na and him, but today, the air between
them felt awkward.
decided to tease her a little. Maybe they would start bantering again after
know, Feng Na," he said. "The way you interviewed me just now seemed
pretty legit. Ever think of going into journalism?"
grin spread across Feng Na's face. Aha...
there we go... The shy look didn't suit Feng Na at all. She looked so much
You really think so?" Feng Na said. "That thought did cross my mind
Yundong studied Feng Na for a moment. "Nah. I'm just kidding. Don't take
it to heart," he said with a straight face.
nearly laughed when Feng Na's jaw drop open.
you!" Feng Na smacked his arm. "You're messing with me!"
Yundong chuckled. "Oh, yeah? So you can dish it out, but you can't take
it? This is nothing compared to that rock-smashing thing you..."
lecture hall fell silent. Li Yundong glanced towards the door and immediately
say that Ding Nan knew a thing or two about women's fashion was probably an
understatement. The girl was a walking fashion magazine cover. She strode in
confidently as though she hadn't fallen off the rooftop of this very building
just yesterday. The clicking of her 3-inch stiletto heels accompanied her every
step, reminding every guy in the room just how far out of their damn leagues
she was. Oh, yeah. Those heels had probably stomped on and broken a lot of
guys' hearts. Not because she had rejected those guys, but because she wouldn't
so much as look their way. Ding Nan paused at the lectern when her eyes landed
on him. She gave him a smile and a brief nod before going on her way.
Yundong wasn't surprised at all that Ding Nan didn't arrive to class together
with Zhou Qin today. The f*cked up circumstances yesterday must've caused a
rift between the two of them. He wasn't even sure if Ding Nan was able to see
Zhou Qin as a friend anymore after yesterday.
Speak of the devil...
Qin walked into the lecture hall with her usual grace.
Yundong watched as Zhou Qin moved from the door past the first few rows. At the
fourth row, Zhou Qin stopped, then frowned. It made sense; Ding Nan was sitting
in the fourth row. Before Li Yundong could think further about it, Zhou Qin was
moving past the fourth row. She passed three more rows before she halted again,
but this time, she was looking straight at him. Li Yundong gave Zhou Qin a
little nod. Much to his surprise, Zhou Qin averted her eyes and kept on walking
as though she never saw him. When she turned away just now, she almost looked
like she was panicking. Li Yundong followed Zhou Qin's movements until she took
her seat. What the heck was that about?
Was she frightened of him? Did she have PTSD? Li Yundong meant every word when
he told Kris that he didn't want fame or glory. This was one of the reasons why
he didn't care much for all that celebrity nonsense — people start acting weird
around you, like you're some freak instead of just another human being.
rapping sound brought his attention to the front of the lecture hall. The
professor was already standing at the lectern.
chorus of half-hearted murmurs followed that greeting.
was a little creepy to think about the fact that the last professor who uttered
that greeting ended up with a bullet between his eyes. Beside him, Feng Na and
Cheng Cheng were whispering to each other while Su Chan sat with both arms
hugging her knees.
As you guys know, we only have a few lectures left, which, of course, means
that your finals are approaching..."
filled the lecture hall.
today, I thought I'd go through some exam tips with you guys!"
ruckus shook the lecture hall.
come on, professor! It's only the beginning of June! That's way too
We've been through hell yesterday! Some of us nearly died! Can't the university
cut us some slack?"
We've all been traumatized! Please don't add to our stress!"
is precisely because of yesterday's incident that the university decided to set
the exams at an earlier date so that we can end the semester earlier. The
university needed time and space to deal with this mess after all. The dates of
your finals are already set, so there's no use whining and complaining about
it. The best thing you can do now is be ready for it. Now, do you want those
tips or not?"
was a chorus of "yes."
I have a better idea. Just give us a copy of the exam paper," muttered the
guy sitting in front of Li Yundong.
before we start… Li Yundong! Is Li Yundong here?"
professor's voice caused the lecture hall to grow quiet. Everyone swiveled in
their seats to look at him. Gone were the days where he was just a normal
university student. Gone.
here, Professor Ma," Li Yundong said loudly, raising his hand.
the lectern, Professor Ma was peering over the rim of his reading glasses as
though he was having a hard time seeing Li Yundong.
Yundong fought the urge to give his hand a little wave.
tsk, tsk. Is this the way you people treat the Hero of Tiannan University, by
having him sit all the way at the back of the class? Shouldn't the living
legend at least be given a spot in the front row?"
round of giggles—mostly female—ensued.
you even hear anything at the back? What if someone in the first row needs
saving, and you couldn't hear their screams of help?"
Yundong thought he could probably fry an egg with his cheeks.
can hear you just fine, Professor Ma."
So you can hear me, then. Good, good. Though I must say it is for your own sake
as much as it is for the sake of those who need a dose of your impeccable
Yundong frowned. The professor's tone sounded a bit strange.
me, sir? What might you be referring to?"
Ma looked at him strangely. "Well, you see, if you can't hear the contents
of my lecture, then you'll be having several new monikers very soon, I'm
Hero Who Got Expelled, for instance. Oh, here's another one. The Hero Who
Failed to Save His Own University Degree."
lecture hall erupted in laughter.
huh? I'm gonna get expelled?! But didn't you—" Li Yundong turned towards Feng
Na. "I thought you..."
Feng Na lie? He thought she'd already convinced Director Qian not to expel
him?! Feng Na gave him a shrug which said she didn't know anything about this
because you've skipped over fifty lectures, dumbass," Sun Li said from the
first row. "The finals will consist of eight papers, and each paper will
contribute to your total semester credits. But unlike all of us who are wise
enough not to skip lectures, you can
only sit for the finals in one subject. Which, if you haven't figured out
already, is the subject taught by Professor Ma."
Li Yundong nearly had an aneurysm right then and there. "Wh- wh- what
about th- the other seven!"
laughter ensued. Great. Just great. To think that he'd just saved all their
asses yesterday! Argh! These f*cking ingrates!
Didn't you hear what I said just now?" Sun Li went on. "You're banned
from the examinations for the other seven subjects because you've skipped too
Yundong slid down on his seat by a couple of inches. Shit... He was screwed.
His goose was cooked. Well and truly barbequed.
now... Do not despair," said Professor Ma. From his tone, it was clear
that the professor was enjoying this as much as the other students were. "You
just have to pass this paper and you'll be fine."
this paper. Yeah. That was exactly the problem. It was probably easier to dodge
a hundred bullets than pass this paper.
Yundong raised his head. The guy sitting in front of him was leaning towards
worry," the guy whispered. "I got your back, boss. I'll pass my
answers to you during the finals."
My man!" Li Yundong said, clapping the guy's shoulder. "What's your
guy's face fell.
shitting me right? I've been your classmate for two years, and you don't even
know my name? I think you just broke my heart, boss."
Yundong rubbed the back of his neck sheepishly. "Yeah... It's just...
well.. I mean... I'm not exactly the most sociable person..."
the guy was grinning again. Thank f*ck.
don't worry about it, boss. My name's Zhang Qian. I'll help you in your exams,
don't you worry. But..." Zhang Qian shot him a hopeful look. "Do you
think you can teach me how to fight?"
Chan's warning from earlier this morning came to mind.
mean... teach me how to do those badass moves like you did!" Zhang Qian
Li Yundong glanced furtively to the side, he noticed the subtle headshake Su
Chan was giving him.
Yundong cleared his throat. "Listen, buddy, I'm sorry but I don't
You're such a slimeball Zhang Qian," said a girl sitting in the same row
as Zhang Qian. "You're just taking advantage of the guy!"
It's a legit deal!" Zhang Qian argued.
my ass!" the girl bit back. "How do you know you're both gonna be
seated together during the exams? You don't even know if your exam halls are
going to be in the same building!"
Qian seemed to be at a loss for words.
Yundong just shrugged at him. Sorry pal,
the girl who had dismissed Zhang Qian earlier suddenly gave Li Yundong a coy
look. "Um... Li Yundong..." she cleared her throat. "First of
all, I think you're super hot!"
th- thanks... I- I guess?"
girl winked at him. Frying eggs with his cheeks, huh? How about melting steel?
know... if we end up sitting beside each other during the exams, I'll give you
my answers unconditionally."
and probably your lady parts too," the girl beside her muttered.
girl flushed a deep crimson and unleashed a round of physical abuse onto her
hey, hey! You guys at the back! Enough fooling around!" Professor Ma's
voice silenced the chatter.
Yundong looked towards the lectern and saw Professor Ma staring straight at him.
Behind those reading glasses were eyes that held amusement.
suggest you don't forget who your real
savior is, O Hero of Tiannan University," Professor Ma said, pointing to
Yundong sat up straighter. "Yes, sir!"
Ma nodded in satisfaction, then turned away to address the rest of the class.
class! Tips! Open your textbook to page..."
five minutes later, Li Yundong felt a nudge on his side.
You really skipped that many lectures?" Feng Na whispered.
Yundong rolled his eyes. "Tsk. Will you stop rubbing it in? I feel bad
enough as I do."
Na giggled. "Tsk, tsk, tsk. Poor Li Yundong... You risk your life to save
others, but who's gonna save you..." Then, Feng Na sighed wistfully.
"Ah... I guess I won't be seeing you around next semester then... Too bad.
I'm gonna miss you though..."
up," Li Yundong mumbled.
I know. How about we set up a memorial for you," Cheng Cheng piped in.
idea," Feng Na said. "We can put flower garlands everywhere. Ooh. How
about we carve out the names of those students you saved."
can set up a foundation in your honor. The Li Yundong Foundation. Wow. That has
a nice ring to it, doesn't it?" Cheng Cheng said. "We can even launch
a fundraising event. How about this as a slogan. Support our fallen hero, Li
Yundong, who ended up on the streets because he got expelled for insufficient
Yundong stared at the Feng Na and Cheng Cheng in disbelief. "You girls
suck, you know that?"
Na and Cheng Cheng burst into giggles.
Yundong shot a helpless look at Su Chan, who smiled back at him. Right. As if
Su Chan could appreciate the full significance of him not getting expelled.
Li Yundong. Don't worry, okay," Feng Na said. "We did this paper last
year. You should consider yourself lucky that the professor is giving you tips.
We didn't even have tips last year. Just follow the tips and you'll be
Yundong glared at Feng Na. "Finally some words of encouragement," he
grumbled. "Couldn't you have begun the conversation with this?"
Alright class! That's it for the tips! Good luck with your studying!"
Yundong froze and looked towards the lectern. The professor was already
stepping away from the lectern and heading towards the door. The rest of the
students were packing and ready to leave the lecture hall as well.
but wait!! Th- the tips! I haven't finished..."
Yundong glanced back towards Feng Na and Cheng Cheng.
expression of shock morphed into a glare when he saw both of them laughing
their heads off.
This is all your fault!" Li Yundong said, jabbing a finger at them.
Yundong groaned into his hands, then hung his head dejectedly.
seemed like he had to kowtow to Sun Li again.
Chapter 85 Mending Fences
on... It's not the end of the world. Just ask one of your classmates for the
tips!" Feng Na said once she and Cheng Cheng were done laughing at his
of the students were filing out of the lecture hall while Li Yundong stared
broodingly at the chalkboard. Sun Li was nowhere to be seen in the lecture
hall. Pretty sure she was the first one to leave, probably to head to the
library or wherever it was that she spent her time polishing her super shiny
egghead. Great. Now he had to call her and beg for the tips, assuming that she
would even pick up his calls. Thank the Universe for small favors, truly.
I'm sure your fellow classmates are all eager to lend the Hero of Tiannan
University a helping hand," Cheng Cheng said.
and in return, they were probably going to ask him to take them on as his
disciples, which was a big no-no. Su Chan had already warned him about the
risks this morning.
don't you just ask... ask... Zhou Qin," Feng Na said. "Or... or Ding
Yundong thought Feng Na's tone sounded a little odd, but he couldn't quite put
his finger on it.
that's right! You saved both of their lives yesterday, didn't you?" Cheng
Cheng said. "I think they owe you that much."
Yundong snorted. "Thanks, but it ain't the tips that I'm worried about.
It's this." He waved the thick
textbook in the air, then slammed it down on the table.
on the bright side," Feng Na said. Li Yundong shot her a glare. Feng Na
was grinning at him.
mean, you still have two weeks to study," Feng Na said. "And unlike
your fellow classmates, you only have one subject to study for. The others have
Yundong rolled his eyes. "Yeah, thanks for reminding me that I won't be
getting any credits for the other seven papers. That makes me feel so much better."
Cheng chuckled. "Two weeks to prepare for one subject? What a
Yundong gaped at her, then picked up the textbook again. "Hello? Can't you
see how frigging thick this is? Might as well ask me to memorize a
Na waved her hand. "But you've got tips. Just focus on the important
chapters that the professor highlighted."
Tips," Li Yundong flipped to the table of contents. "Chapter 3, page
56 to 80? That's 24 pages already! 24! And that's only from one chapter! Wait,
what font size is this?" Li Yundong flipped to a random page. "Oh,
f*ck me. Look at these tiny things! They're like Times Roman 12 points or
Na and Cheng Cheng looked at each other for a moment, then burst into laughter.
what do you say, Nana? How about we get out of here and get a head start on
that foundation, eh? The poor guy seems pretty helpless."
idea. We can form a committee first. Then come up with a strategy to raise
Cheng suddenly turned to him and winked. "Hey, Li Yundong! What's your
bank account number? I'll make sure that 5% of the funds goes to you so that
you don't starve and end up on the streets."
Yundong raised the textbook and tried to smack Cheng Cheng with it. He missed
by an inch as Cheng Cheng dodged away, giggling as she did.
he felt a tug on his shirt. He turned and came face to face with Su Chan's
puzzled expression. A confused Su Chan was adorable.
so funny? What are they laughing about?" she asked.
Yundong cracked a smile. "Nah, it's nothing. They're just, you
know..." Li Yundong raised his finger and drew imaginary circles beside
his head. "Something's not right with their minds."
Chan, bless the girl, seemed even more puzzled than before, which nearly made
Li Yundong laugh.
alright, geez. We're done messing with you," Feng Na said, standing up.
Cheng Cheng was already packing her things into her backpack.
gonna leave you to your studying now," Feng Na said. "Good luck,
okay? Two weeks is still a lot of time, so work hard!" Feng Na gave him a
little wave, then left the lecture hall with Cheng Cheng.
a loud groan, Li Yundong dropped the textbook on the table, then slouched in
his seat. Here comes two weeks of hell...
tugs on his arm made him turn to his left. Su Chan's round eyes blinked back at
the matter, Yundong?"
Yundong held her gaze for a moment or two before groaning into his palms.
tapped a finger on the textbook. "This
is the matter, princess..." he said.
But... It's just a book?"
very thick book, whose contents I
have to memorize in two weeks if I wanna avoid getting my ass expelled..."
And he would bet his soon-to-be-expelled ass that this was Professor Liu's
doing. Wait a minute... Pushing
forward the exam dates? Wasn't that part of Director Qian's job description?
Oh, hell. Those two were in cahoots!
Chan picked up the book from the table and flipped through a couple pages.
Then, she gave him a dismissive wave. "This isn't difficult at all."
Yundong's jaw dropped open. "What! Are you frigging kiddin— Hey, this
isn't like math, you know. This is the History of Ancient Chinese Literature! History! Which means all that stuff
needs to be memorized. And look how thick it is!"
Chan's nose wrinkled in puzzlement. "I know," she said. "But I'm
telling you that it isn't difficult."
Yundong paused in thought.
yeah. In hindsight, it made sense. Su Chan could probably recite a bunch of
ancient medical text backwards if she wanted to.
still, she wasn't the one who was going to sit for the exams.
Su Chan opened the textbook and flipped to a page. Her lips moved slightly as
her eyes scanned across the page. Seconds later, she closed the book.
just memorized the first page."
Yundong nearly fell off his seat.
shit! Sure, she could recite ancient medical texts backwards and all that, but
memorizing one page in a few seconds? Nope. No way anybody could do that. She
had to be pulling his leg.
joking," Li Yundong said with a smile.
of Su Chan's delicate brows arched challengingly. She handed him the book.
Yundong took the book and flipped to page 1. He read through a few lines, then
cast a skeptical glance at Su Chan. Nah...
she's messing with me... she has to be...
Su Chan asked.
in China dates back to the hieroglyphs that were used in the Shang Dynasty.
Chinese literature is a vast subject that spans thousands of years. One of the
interesting things about Chinese literature is that much of the serious
literature was composed using a formal written language that is called
the time Su Chan had recited the entire first page (even the frigging image
captions!) without a single error, Li Yundong was on the verge of losing his
mind. He suddenly remembered Cheng Cheng's comment the other day when they were
on their way to the hospital to visit Zhao Yujian, something about Su Chan
being a genius who skipped grades. With a memory like this, he was starting to
wonder if it was true...
shit... You really do have it all, don't you?" Li Yundong stared at Su
Chan in awe. "You've got the looks and the brains... The full package...
Chan blushed, then smiled sweetly at him. And Li Yundong was pretty much a
goner the moment he saw that smile. He glanced furtively around the huge
lecture hall, then pulled Su Chan towards him until she was straddling his lap,
then kissed her right on the lips. Su Chan's lips parted in a gasp. However,
before Li Yundong could deepen the kiss, she pulled away sharply. All of a
sudden, Li Yundong's lips felt far too cold despite the summer weather.
can't, Yundong," she said, panting heavily. "We really can't."
Yundong glanced around again. They'd been quiet, so they didn't draw any
attention to them. A few students lingered inside the lecture hall, chilling
out or doing God knows what, but they were all facing the chalkboard. Ding Nan
was sitting in the fourth row, but she, too, was facing the front.
Yundong returned his eyes to Su Chan, who was now blushing to the tip of her
ears. He cleared his throat and ruffled her hair. "S- sorry," he
mumbled. "Guess I got a little carried away."
Chan climbed off his lap and took a seat beside him.
spread between them. Say something, you
Yundong cleared his throat again. "W- well, y- you were great," Li
Yundong said lamely, then quickly realized how easily his words might have been
misconstrued. "I- I mean great as in... as in the way you memorized the
textbook! Not the... Ahem! Anyway! I wish I had your memorization skills. That
would certainly help—"
Li Yundong slapped his thigh, then turned to Su Chan. "Maybe you can sit
somewhere on campus when I'm taking the exam! Then I'll be able to hear you as
long as I activate Eryue! You can basically just read everything to me!"
(T/N: Eryue gives its user long-range hearing; it's a skill that a Cultivator
obtains once they passed the 2nd dan of the Ningshen phase; it works best when
the sound travels across open spaces)
Chan burst into a round of giggles.
Yundong didn't see what was so funny. "What? You don't think it'll
will," Su Chan said after the last of her giggles subsided. "I just
don't think that's necessary. It's much easier if you memorize the book
I wish," Li Yundong scoffed. "I'll probably be asleep by the end of
the first paragraph. Besides, unlike you, I don't have super memory."
but you do."
Yundong swiveled his head around so quickly that he thought he might've torn several
neck muscles. "What?"
can memorize things too," Su Chan said nonchalantly.
Yundong stared at her for several seconds, then chuckled. "Nah... I
honestly think that it's easier to dodge bullets."
moment later, Li Yundong saw the textbook being waved in front of his face.
don't you try it?"
Yundong took the book, then put it back down on the table with a chuckle.
"Trust me, I can't memorize worth a damn," he said, shaking his head.
"You should see my high school test scores for History."
Su Chan whined. "Just try it... Please?"
Yundong's body swayed after Su Chan gave his arm several tugs.
he made the mistake of staring into Su Chan's huge, puppy dog eyes.
For me? Pretty please?"
She's gonna be the death of me one of
Yundong chuckled and raised his hands in surrender. "Okay, okay, I'll try
it," he said, picking up the textbook. "But trust me, you're gonna be
disappointed." He flipped to the first page, then stole a glance at Su
Chan when he felt her intense gaze on him.
focus on the words," Su Chan said. "Don't think about anything
Li Yundong said, then turned his attention to the page.
a while, Li Yundong closed the book. "Okay, I've read the first five
pages," he said scratching his head. "But I'm not sure if I remember
anything I read."
Chan took the book from his hand. "You already did," she said.
"You just need to recall it."
Yundong gave her a puzzled look. "Err...What? Recall? How am I supposed to
recall if I don't even remember?"
your eyes..." Su Chan said, her voice low and throaty.
Yundong's mouth suddenly went dry. He stared at her blankly. God, she's so hot when she's all serious
on." Su Chan nudged him. "Close your eyes and try to think back to
what you've just read," she said. "It'll come back to you. Trust
Yundong shook his head and swallowed hard. Then, he shut his eyes and focused
his mind on the first page. Moments later, he jumped in surprise. "What
the—" His eyes snapped open, and he saw Su Chan beaming at him.
shit..." he whispered. "Did you... did you do something?"
Su Chan said with a shake of her head. "That was all you."
What the hell? Li Yundong
shut his eyes again. A vivid image of the first page formed in his mind. It was
as though there was a photograph of that exact page inside his head. As long as
he focused on holding the image in his mind, he could literally just read the
whole page out as though the page was right in front of his eyes.
Yundong opened his eyes and gaped at Su Chan.
I told you," she said, grinning from ear to ear.
but how?" he asked, shaking his head. Then, his eyes snapped to hers.
"Is this because of the dr—" He stopped himself when he saw the panic
in Su Chan's eyes. He'd nearly blurted out drug
just now, which, according to Su Chan, would put his life in great danger if
some other mutant—
no. Not mutant. Cultivator. If some
other Cultivator found out about this mysterious super drug.
Maybe Su Chan was right to keep this dangerous secret from him. If he blurted
things out like he nearly did just now, he would probably give the whole game
away in seconds.
Yundong cleared his throat and backtracked. This time, he lowered his voice
into a whisper. "How did I...?" Li Yundong's eyes went wide.
"Wait, it's got something to do with all the Qi-control practice I did,
Chan leaned back in her seat. The panic he'd seen in her eyes earlier was now
gone. "Well, yes, Qi control does play a role in boosting memory. But in
this case, it's more of an indirect cause. What you did just now?" Su Chan
looked deep into his eyes. "That's a direct result of Guanxiang."
Yundong stared at Su Chan wordlessly.
the key to Guanxiang?" Su Chan said. "I told you the other night
before you first attempted Guanxiang."
Li Yundong answered in a heartbeat.
Chan nodded. "You see, when you visualize something, it's actually your Spirit
doing all the work."
Because the Spirit relates to the mind. The conscious will."
And when performing Guanxiang, you're essentially shaping your Qi with your
Spirit. That’s why you need to use your imagination and visualize in order to
perform Guanxiang, because the Spirit is doing all the work. Your Qi just
responds to your Spirit by taking the shape that your Spirit visualizes."
Su Chan raised a finger. "But here's the thing. Guanxiang also trains a
Cultivator's Spirit by having your Qi interact with your Spirit."
passed in silence. Li Yundong was starting to see Su Chan's point.
that weird place with the clouds and stuff?"
Li Yundong said. "It was like I was still aware that I exist, but I couldn't
see my physical body."
Su Chan said with a nod. "That's because you were inside your Spirit
Space. It's a non-physical entity that only your mind has access to. It's also
the space where your Spirit interacts with your Qi."
Yundong leaned back in his seat, his gaze boring holes into the front cover of
his textbook as he began to put the pieces together. "That's why I ended
up there, inside my Spirit Space, the moment I tried to perform
Guanxiang." Li Yundong looked towards Su Chan. "Because that's what
Guanxiang is all about, isn't it? Getting the Spirit to interact with my
Chan nodded. "And the process trains—"
I get it now," Li Yundong said, closing his eyes as understanding washed
over him like a tsunami. "Qi... It's all in the Qi! That's the secret,
isn't it? The Qi enhances everything it interacts with!" Li Yundong opened
his eyes and sat up straighter. "Yesterday, before I tried to climb up the
windows, you told me to mobilize my Qi to whichever body part, joint or muscle,
that required it. You said that doing so would give my joints and muscles a
boost in strength and endurance… So when Qi interacts with our muscles or
joints, it enhances them. But it works the same for the mind and Spirit too,
doesn't it? When Qi interacts with the Spirit, it enhances it too..."
Yundong looked at Su Chan. She was beaming at him. Whoa! Were those tears in
her eyes? Li Yundong panicked. "Hey, hey, what's wrong?"
Chan sniffed, then looked away. "I'm fine, I'm fine," she said.
"I just..." She looked straight into his eyes. Despite the tears, the
smile in her eyes was unmistakable. "You just made me happy, that's all.
Yundong chuckled, then reached out to pinch her cheek. "Just because I explained
a few things?"
Chan cleared her throat, and just like that, their little moment was gone.
you got it right," Su Chan said. "During Guanxiang, your Qi enhances
your Spirit through direct interaction between them. Your visual memory will be
enhanced, and you'll be able to reconstruct objects from memory in vivid
control..." Li Yundong said, shaking his head lightly. "Awesome
Chan cracked a smile. "Of course! Mastering one's Qi has loads of
Yundong chuckled at Su Chan's sudden enthusiasm. "Such as?"
you know that Peng Zu lived until he was over eight hundred years old?"
Chan shook her head. "When he was about 760 years old, his body was still
in good condition with minimal signs of aging. So was his mind. He could still
speak coherently and think clearly."
Yundong scoffed. "How's that even—"
of his own crazy abilities came to mind. Li Yundong sighed, then dropped his
gaze. He honestly wasn't sure anymore. If crazy shit like clairvoyance and
telescopic vision were possible, what was so strange about the ability to live
for hundreds of years?
Yundong raised his head at the voice and pretty much got the shock of his life.
Ding Nan was there, standing in front of his table, smiling sweetly at him.
Smiling. Not smirking or sneering, but smiling.
Ding Nan the viper, who never smiled at anyone other than to mock them, was
smiling at him.
really should have that slogan printed on T-shirts.
I can do for you?"
Yundong hadn't meant for his voice to sound so cold, but he honestly couldn't
bring himself to trust Ding Nan, not after all the mean stuff she had said to
Nan's smile faltered. She took a breath and began playing with her fingers. She
Yundong arched an eyebrow at her. "What is it?"
finger twiddling ensued. "Um... I- I was wo- wondering if... if we could
talk..." Ding Nan stole a glance at him, then quickly looked away again.
Yundong's eyebrow rose higher.
Nan's eyes darted to Su Chan beside him. "A- alone, I mean."
Yundong did a quick scan of the lecture hall with his eyes. The hall was now
empty except for present company.
can speak freely before her," Li Yundong said, pointing at Su Chan.
shit. Was Ding Nan blushing?
I- I just... I just wish to speak to you alone..." Ding Nan gave him a
pleading look. "Please?"
Yundong wanted to flat-out say no, but then something made him stop. It
wouldn't be right to dismiss Ding Nan like that just to get back at her for how
she'd treated him in the past. He was better than that.
Yundong nodded and stood up. "Su Chan," he said. "Wait here for
okay..." Su Chan answered.
Yundong led Ding Nan out of the academic building, then made a right turn at
the building's entrance. There was a small garden beside the academic building,
which was secluded enough to have a private conversation.
Yundong stopped under a tree and turned to face Ding Nan. "Okay, nobody’s
here," he said, leaning his back against the tree bark. "We’re alone.
So. What did you want to talk about?"
Nan was standing a few feet away from him, near the edge of the shade provided
by the tree. Seconds went by in silence.
Yundong frowned. "Um... Ding Nan? Is something wro—"
you..." Ding Nan blurted out. "Thank you for... for saving my
Yundong sighed and shook his head. "You don't have to thank me. Any decent
human being would've done something to help."
Nan stepped closer into the shade. Li Yundong studied her face and noted the
redness dusting her cheeks. He smirked. Must
be killing her pride to say these things to me, someone whom she thought was
Nan raised her head and met his gaze. "It's not that simple." She
took another step closer. "What you did yesterday... what you did for
me..." She bit her lip and shook her head. "It's so much more than
helping out a random stranger you see on the streets, or even helping out a
friend in need. You... God... You risked your life for me. Me, someone who..." Ding Nan let her words trail off. Not that
she had to say the words. He knew exactly what she meant.
Yundong pushed himself away from the tree trunk he'd been leaning against.
"Well, you're welcome," he said, giving Ding Nan a tight smile.
"And I'm glad you're okay."
Li Yundong began to walk away.
hate me don't you?"
Nan's voice made him stop. He stood there, but he didn't turn around.
think I'm mean and spiteful, that I'm a horrible person," Ding Nan went
on. "And you still hate me because I once humiliated you in front of
flared through Li Yundong. Seriously? Was she shitting him right now? Did she
honestly expect hugs and kisses from him after the way she had treated him in
grass rustled behind him. Li Yundong could feel Ding Nan's presence behind him.
If nothing else, the heavy scent of her perfume gave it away.
swear to you... that wasn't who I am... That wasn't the real me... I
Nan's voice sounded so desperate that it made Li Yundong's anger melt away.
rustling of tree leaves and the sounds of birds chirping filled the silence
between them. Li Yundong turned around slowly and regarded Ding Nan carefully.
Her expression was filled with remorse and shame. Li Yundong lowered his gaze
and stared at his feet. Forgive and
forget... forgive and forget... It’s all water under the bridge… None of
those chants made it past his lips. He felt too awkward to say a word. Oh, come on, Li Yundong... Say something!
I understand... I won't bother you again..."
Yundong raised his head and noted the crestfallen look on Ding Nan's face.
Before he could say anything, Ding Nan had already moved past him. When their
shoulders brushed, Li Yundong caught a whiff of Ding Nan's perfume again.
your perfume!" Li Yundong said lamely.
Nan stopped, then turned back around to face him. "What?" she said, her
eyes brimming with hope.
Bring up her perfume. Great idea, genius. Now what?
I think it's a little um..."
conversationalist Li Yundong was not.
Nan stepped closer. "A little...?"
Yundong flinched when Ding Nan suddenly grabbed his hands.
don't like my perfume?"
No, no... That's not—"
I won't use it again! If you don't like it, I won't use it!"
Why would she stop using it just because he didn't like—
Now he was starting to see
what this was all about.
Yundong sighed, then gently removed his hands from Ding Nan's grip.
Ding Nan. You're a beautiful woman, okay? And you've got loads of
personality." Li Yundong paused to look at Ding Nan, then smirked.
"And not to mention you're sexy as hell."
was a little proud that the last comment got a blush out of Ding Nan. A little
proud. Just a little.
my point is," he went on. "You were a bombshell even when you were
harsh and mean to everyone. Just imagine for one second what would happen if
you start treating everyone nicely. You can bring a lot of guys to their knees
without even trying. Just think about that."
Yundong patted Ding Nan's shoulder, then started making his way back towards
the academic building.
Yundong stopped, then turned around again.
things you said just now... Why did you tell me those things? What were you
really trying to tell me?"
Yundong gave Ding Nan a penetrating stare, then smiled. "Nothing much.
Just a friendly reminder."
more steps later, Li Yundong heard Ding Nan's voice again. "Wait! Does
that mean we're friends?"
Yundong swiveled his head around, but kept on walking. "Think about what I
said, okay?" he said, tossing Ding Nan a smile. "Start being nice to
Nan caught up to him just outside the garden. "Li Yundong, wait! I can
explain. I really didn't mean to act like a bitch to everyone. That wasn't the
why did you?" Li Yundong didn't slow his pace.
did it because—"
What are you doing here?"
Li Yundong and Ding Nan stopped. Zhou Qin was standing somewhere on their
right, smiling at them.
Nan yanked Li Yundong's arm, then leaned into him. "Stay away from that
woman," Ding Nan whispered. "She's a serpent."
Yundong stared after Ding Nan in shock as she stormed off.
Chapter 86 Poetic Feelings
Nan had already entered the academic building by the time Zhou Qin stopped
happened between you two? You guys used to be so tight." Li Yundong turned
away from the building’s façade to face Zhou Qin. "And now it's like she
hates your guts."
be told, he already had a pretty good idea what happened between them; Su Chan
had given him the full play-by-play of what happened between Zhou Qin and Ding
Nan on the rooftop yesterday. But for appearance's sake, he had to ask and
pretend he didn't know anything. He knew how perceptive Zhou Qin was, and he
didn't want to risk rousing her suspicions. As far as Zhou Qin was concerned,
there was no way Li Yundong could've known why things had turned sour between
her and Ding Nan.
Zhou Qin didn't answer right away, Li Yundong studied her expression, which, as
always, was cold and aloof.
of a sudden, she sighed. "I guess things have changed," she said
changed?" he asked, again for appearance's sake.
Qin shook her head, then hooked a strand of her dark hair behind her ear. She
met his gaze. The subtle curve of her lips revealed a smile that was tinged
with sadness and regret. "It doesn't matter," she said. "Time
heals all wounds."
Li Yundong had the feeling that there was more to the story between them than
what he knew from yesterday's incident at the rooftop. However, he didn't want
to push. Everyone had the right to keep secrets. Hell, he himself was keeping
quite a few secrets, and so was Su Chan.
Yundong returned her smile and gave her a quick wave. "Well, then, have a
good day. He stepped away and headed for the academic building. His little princess
must be starving by now. It seemed like they would be lunching at the cafeteria
again today; going home and then cooking lunch would probably take too long.
Qin's voice stopped him after a few steps.
turned back around. "Yeah? What is it?"
Qin strode over. "Oh, well, it's nothing," she said, smiling at him.
"I haven't really thanked you for saving my life. So. Here I am.
Expressing my gratitude."
Yundong chuckled. "Nah... It's no big deal. I told Ding Nan the same thing
earlier. Any decent human being would've done something to help. You don't
really have to thank me." Li Yundong paused, then regarded Zhou Qin
briefly. A moment later, he gave Zhou Qin a nod. "But you're
Qin stared at him as though he was nuts. "You can't be serious…"
am," he said with a shrug.
course I have to thank you! You risked your life for me. Like it or not, I owe
Yundong held up his palm. "Okay. First of all, I'm really glad you made it
out alive. And secondly, you don't owe me anything. Like I said, it's what any
decent human being would do."
slack-jawed expression on Zhou Qin's face nearly made him laugh. He figured
this was as flabbergasted as the Ice Queen could get.
Did I say something weird?" Li Yundong said, smirking.
Qin sighed. "No..." She shook her head. "Well… I mean, yes."
Yundong's smirk widened. "So is that a yes or a no?"
Qin looked at him with a frown. "You really are a strange person, Li
Yundong chuckled. "I'll take that as a yes, then." He looked at Zhou
Qin questioningly. "But now I'm curious. Why am I strange?"
from having the ability to dodge bullets, of course.
Qin regarded him for several moments. "Well, for one, you aren't trying to
curry favors with me right now."
Yundong laughed. "I guess that happened often with you, huh?"
Qin smiled. "Oh, you have no idea," she said. "If it were
anybody else who saved my life yesterday, this conversation would've gone
Yundong raised a brow. "Let me guess, it would end with the other party
giving you their bank details?"
Qin smiled. "Something like that."
conversation stilled for a moment or two.
Qin sighed. "Seriously, why aren't you asking me for something in
return?" she said in a tone of utter disbelief. "Most people would be
all over it by now with their demands."
Yundong wondered what kind of life Zhou Qin had led to make her so
disillusioned with humanity. It was like she didn't believe in basic human
Yundong shook his head. "Guess I’m not most people then," he said, moving
past Zhou Qin towards the academic building.
know I have the power to change a person's life, right?"
Yundong stopped short and turned back around. He nodded. "I suppose you
do." Then, he shrugged. "But what does that have to do with me?"
can change your life too if you let me."
smirk pulled at Li Yundong's lips. Someone already did. And that someone was
currently sitting in a lecture hall, waiting for his return, no doubt wondering
if he had once again abandoned her.
appreciate your gratitude," Li Yundong said, then gave her a pointed look.
"And your offer, of course. But,
I'll have to decline." He grinned. "I'm a firm believer of hard work
and good old grit."
Qin was now looking at him as though he'd grown twenty heads.
Yundong laughed. "I guess there's a first for everything." He slapped
his thighs. "Well! I'll see you around, then? I'm gonna head to lunch,
so..." He jerked his thumb in the direction behind him.
surprised him when Zhou Qin suddenly ran forward and grabbed his arm.
"Wait, don't go..." Her voice sounded like a plea, which made Li
no, I just..." Zhou Qin shook her head. "Can we talk some more?"
but I..." Li Yundong glanced towards the academic building. Su Chan must
be worried sick by now.
for a while," Zhou Qin added. "It won’t take long. I promise."
Yundong turned away from the building and regarded Zhou Qin. He really should
say no and go back to Su Chan, but denying Zhou Qin right now felt too much
like an asshole thing to do. Especially when she was giving him that pleading
look which would probably make other guys go weak at the knees. Oh, what the
Yundong sighed. "Okay, then. But just for a while."
Qin smiled. "Thank you," she said, then jerked her head towards the
garden. "Follow me."
Yundong was surprised a while later when Zhou Qin moved past the garden
entirely and led him to a footpath lined with trees on both sides. He knew this
footpath. It was the same one he and Su Chan took when he gave Su Chan a nickel
tour of the campus a few days after they met. By the time the copse of trees
near the end of the footpath came into view, Li Yundong had a pretty good idea
where Zhou Qin was heading towards.
Li Yundong reached a low hedge near the edge of the copse, he stopped. Warm
feelings flooded his chest and he couldn't help the smile forming on his face.
This was the same hedge where he and Su Chan had hidden behind during their
little mischief. Li Yundong glanced ahead, and there it was, the gazebo where
Zhao Yujian's love confession to Zhou Qin had taken place. His smile widened
into a grin. He and Su Chan had been spying and eavesdropping on the love
confession until the end.
Yundong glanced up from the hedge. Zhou Qin was already standing a few feet
away from the steps leading up to the gazebo, looking at him quizzically.
are you standing over there?" she asked.
it's nothing..." Li Yundong said, moving past the hedge towards the
Qin waited for him in front of the gazebo, then suddenly took his hand when he
was within reach.
Yundong flinched and shot her a panicked look. "Um... what are
Qin wasn't even listening; she started pulling him towards the gazebo.
Yundong was in too much of a daze to resist, so he let himself be pulled along.
They climbed up the steps and stepped onto the gazebo’s huge deck.
they were at the center of the deck, Zhou Qin let go of his hand and turned
away from him. Li Yundong stared at Zhou Qin's back, his mind still puzzling
over what just happened. Zhou Qin's shoulders rose and fell a few times as she
took several deep breaths. The awkwardness in the air was palpable.
a ray of sunlight shone into the gazebo, Li Yundong could make out the redness
on the tip of Zhou Qin's ears. Zhou Qin was blushing. Zhou Qin, the Ice Queen, was blushing.
realization hit him like a ton of bricks. Holy
shit... it can't be...
sound of Zhou Qin's giggles shook Li Yundong out of his reverie. Li Yundong
raised his gaze and noticed that Zhou Qin no longer had her back facing him;
instead, she was smiling at him.
No way this is happening... No f*cking
Qin cleared her throat, then raised one of her eyebrows. "You wanna know
Li Yundong croaked.
glanced towards the steps of the gazebo. "That was actually the first time
I reached out to hold a man's hand."
Yundong's eyes widened in alarm.
Oh! U-uh... Well... I'm… honored?" Li Yundong said. Suddenly, he shot her
a worried look. "Wait, don't tell me you're asking me to... to... t- take
Qin burst into giggles. "You're cute," she said. Something flickered
inside her eyes, and she looked away. "Even if I want you to take responsibility,
Yundong chuckled, then rubbed the back of his neck a few times. This has got to be some kind of joke...
awkward silence filled the gazebo until Zhou Qin broke it with a chuckle. By
the time Li Yundong tore his gaze away from his shoe, Zhou Qin had already
moved towards the edge of the gazebo's deck. "Do you know that my father
is a government official," she said, her hand reaching out to touch a
sprig that had slipped between two of the gazebo's balusters. The white petals
of the cape jasmine flower bobbed under the touch of her fingers.
Li Yundong managed to find his voice. "Yeah... I do. Heard about it during
do you know that my grandfather is with the government too?"
No I don't."
he is," Zhou Qin said, her hand falling away from the sprig. "They
both are. High ranking government officials, I mean."
Yundong frowned. Why is she telling me
that's me," Zhou Qin went on. "The descendent of one of the founders
of the Communist Party of China."
Yundong's eyes widened a tad. "No shit?"
Zhou Qin chuckled. She cast him a glance. The amusement in her eyes was
accentuated by the arch of her brow. "You can say it, you know? That I'm
one of those rich, spoiled princesses. That's usually the image associated with
a background like mine."
Yundong laughed, glad that the awkward tension had eased a little.
I address you by your title from now on then, Your Royal Highness?" Li
Yundong said, adding a little bow at the end.
Qin looked at him with a faint smile. "You really speak whatever that
comes to your mind, don't you?" She rolled her eyes. "You don't have
a filter at all, I swear."
Yundong rubbed the back of his neck and shrugged. "Oops."
of a sudden, Zhou Qin moved back to the center of the deck, stopping just a few
feet away from him. She was standing close enough to him that he could see the
blush dusting her cheeks even without his telescopic vision.
used to be so annoying, you know?"
callous mouth," Zhou Qin said. "It used to be so infuriating. But
now..." Their gazes met, and the air hung thick between them. "Now I
just find it endearing."
Yundong felt his own cheeks grow hot. So much for diffusing the awkwardness.
breeze drifted into the gazebo, carrying the scent of flowers with it. The
silence between them was like a tight noose around his neck, choking him. Li
Yundong knew he had to change the subject before this conversation spiraled out
of his control. In fact, this conversation never should have happened in the
Yundong cleared his throat. "A-Anyway. Here's what I don't get. Why
Tiannan University? I mean, with your background, I’m sure you could apply to
any university and get accepted easily. Hell, you could even go overseas if you
wanted to. So why here?"
flickered inside Zhou Qin's eyes. "Because of my background, my life has
pretty much been decided since I was born." Zhou Qin shook her head.
"Every single detail of my life has been planned out. My father's plan was
to send me to Renming University of China. He wanted me to complete a business
and finance program there, and then take over his position in the government
after I graduate. To be fair, it isn't a bad path to follow. Female politicians
are in high demand these days. The path that my father had chosen for me pretty
much guarantees a bright future for me..."
how come you're here?"
wasn't a ploy to change the subject. Li Yundong was genuinely curious.
I don't like the fact that I'm just a puppet hanging from strings, that someone
else has control over my life."
But how did you pull it off? I don't think going behind your father's back is
Qin smirked. "Not if you're resourceful."
Li Yundong looked at her questioningly, she added, "I gained access to the
State Education Commission's files using my father's name, then changed my
father's entry for my university of choice."
Yundong burst into laughter. "Okay, that's pretty sneaky, I'll give you
that," he said, giving her a thumbs up. Then, another thought crossed his
mind. "Wait, and of all places, you picked Tiannan University? This piece
of sh—" Li Yundong cleared his throat. "This tenth-rate
Qin hid her smile behind her hand. "I admit that this... tenth-rate university, as you called it,
wasn't my first choice. But in the end, I chose it precisely because of its low
popularity. I figured it'd help me keep a low profile, you know."
Yundong nodded. "Right. Makes sense."
I'm glad I decided to come here."
Qin's strange tone shifted something in the air. Li Yundong looked up and saw
Zhou Qin staring at him through her lashes.
I met you," Zhou Qin said. "I think it's fate."
Now they had officially treaded into deep waters. Dangerous and treacherous
waters, filled with sharks that could maul his sorry ass off in a single bite.
this conversation happened months ago, before he met Su Chan, it would have
propelled him straight to cloud nine and had him wallowing in eternal bliss.
However, the fact remained that this conversation wouldn't even take place if
he'd never met Su Chan.
As if the beautiful Ice Queen would confess her undying love to a pathetic ball
this one of karma's fancy little tricks again?
it was time for him to make things right.
Yundong smiled. "Listen, Zhou Qin. I think there's something we need to
rest of his words were muffled by the pressure of Zhou Qin's palm. "Please
don't. Whatever you're about to say, please don't say it."
Yundong stared at Zhou Qin with wide eyes. The mild chilliness of Zhou Qin's
hand on his lips was a stark reminder that he really should put some distance
between them before someone walked by and got the wrong idea.
Yundong took a step back and sighed. "We should—"
intensity in Zhou Qin's eyes stilled his words. "Everything I said
earlier... is... is meant as a clarification. So please don't read too much
I don't understand."
Qin sighed. "I just want you to get to know me better," she said,
finding his gaze. "As a person. I guess I want you to hear things about me
from my own lips, not from other people. Does that make sense?"
I want to clear up some potential... misunderstandings or misconceptions you
might have about me."
Yundong frowned slightly. What does that
smiled despite his confusion. "Well... I'm listening."
Qin seemed relieved by his compliance. He wondered how many times she had
rehearsed this conversation in her head.
Zhou Qin laughed. "Do you know how many guys confessed to me after I came
to Tiannan University? My God. 78 in just the first month! Can you imagine
that? It nearly drove me crazy."
Yundong chuckled, then gave her a strange look. "What number am I?"
Qin's eyes went wide in panic as she eyed him cautiously. Li Yundong couldn't
help but wonder if he'd said something to offend her. Zhou Qin spoke before he
could backtrack. "I'm sorry," she said. "There were so many of
them that I can't even keep track. Around 200-ish? I guess?"
Yundong burst into laughter. "Hey, relax, okay?" he said after his
laughter had subsided. "I was just asking. I don't really care about the
answer anyway. But, come on. Don't tell me you never saw this coming. A
beautiful girl like you being confessed to? That's pretty much
Yundong's smile faltered when he noticed the hurt look on Zhou Qin's face. What? What the hell did I say? I just told
her she's beautiful! How's that even offensive?
Qin sighed. "Most people think that people like us, us as in the descendants
of government officials, are showy and ostentatious. But that couldn't be
further from the truth. Most children of high-ranking officials tend to keep a
low profile. They wouldn't try to draw extra attention to themselves...”
Yundong nodded. "Right. What they do reflects back to their family. One
wrong move could cause their parents to lose their positions in the government."
There are, of course, several exceptions. But those cases didn't end well."
Qin nodded. "Anyway, you have to understand that those men…" The
subtle frown on Zhou Qin’s face betrayed her disgust. "They are relentless.
They won’t stop coming after me if I reject them nicely."
Yundong nodded. "I can imagine that too."
I was sick and tired of it, of their relentless pursuits. And I needed a way to
deal with them harshly without making myself look bad. So I struck a
dawned upon Li Yundong. "Ding Nan..."
Qin nodded gravely. "Yes. She came from a poor family, but she craves the
lifestyle of the rich and wealthy."
she says those harsh things and basically acts like a bitch to make those guys
stop harassing you in exchange for... what, money?"
Qin sighed. "That's the gist of it, yes. I'll give her designer dresses,
branded handbags, and fancy jewelry. But in return, she has to ward off those
Yundong closed his eyes as the pieces began to fall together: the fact that
Ding Nan never left Zhou Qin’s side whenever they were both out in public; Ding
Nan’s dismissive and caustic treatment of all those guys who had tried to
approach Zhou Qin; Ding Nan’s behavior during their conversation earlier; Ding
Nan’s insistence that none of her past actions reflected the real her.
it was all part of a deal, a mutualism.
Qin's pleading tone made Li Yundong open his eyes.
know what you're thinking..." Zhou Qin shook her head. "It isn't like
that, okay? I have never asked her to
sell her body for me. Gosh, do you really think so little of me—"
Yundong held up his hand. "Whoa, whoa, whoa... Chill. That thought never
even crossed my mind."
just now you looked like you were thinking hard about something... So I thought
Yundong waved his hand. "Nah... Your words just helped me make sense of a
few things, that's all."
Qin cleared her throat. "Anyway. I truly believe that I wasn’t in the
wrong in all this. It was just a business deal, a transaction where both
parties walk away with benefits. I never blackmailed her or forced her into
doing anything she didn't want—"
Yundong held up his hand. "I get it. I do," he said with a firm nod.
"Besides, it isn't my place to judge. But I don't understand. Why are you
telling me all this? It’s not like you owe me any explanations."
intensity of Zhou Qin's gaze surprised him a little. "Like I said, I want
to clear up some misunderstandings you might have about me. I... I don't want
you to think of me as a horrible person."
Yundong regarded her silently. After a while, he smiled. "You've got nothing
to worry about, okay? I have eyes and ears, you know?" His smile turned
into a smirk. "And I know this might be hard to believe, but I have a
functioning brain too. I can make my own judgment about things."
no. I wasn’t implying that," Zhou Qin said, shaking her head. "It’s
just… No matter how harsh the truth is, it can never be as scary as those
negative rumors surrounding it. Rumors color and distort one's judgment,
causing prejudices and preconceptions. And if you’re already prejudiced against
me..." Zhou Qin stared into his eyes. "Then nothing I say will
matter, even if it is the truth."
Yundong nodded. "A valid point," he said with a smile. "But, for
what it’s worth, this conversation did clear up a few things. And I think it's
safe to say that I know you better now. Anyway, can we go now? I'm kinda
Qin chuckled. "We don't have any classes in the afternoon... Got a place
in mind for lunch?”
usually we just—"
treat, of course." Zhou Qin smiled. There was a hopeful look in her eyes. "Consider
it repayment for saving my life."
I might take you up on that, actually." He hesitated for a moment, then regarded
Zhou Qin seriously. "But I'm taking Su Chan with me. I'll only go if she
Qin's smile faltered, but a moment later, it returned in full bloom. "Oh,
of course! That's not gonna be a problem. In a way, I kinda owe her too.
Without her, you'd probably be wearing shoulder slings now, which will add to
be told, Li Yundong probably wouldn't have been able to save anyone yesterday without
Su Chan's help. If anything, Zhou Qin owed her life to Su Chan. Then again,
Zhou Qin would never know, and Li Yundong had no plans of ever telling her,
since it would lead to all kinds of questions that would foil the whole cloak-and-dagger
business he and Su Chan were involved in.
Yundong chuckled. "Okay, then. Any suggestions?"
Qin smiled back at him. "I'm just paying. It’s your pick."
Yundong waved his hand in a wide arc. "Alright then! Today, we shall feast
to our hearts’ content!"
two of them left the gazebo and made their way back along the footpath. In
front of the academic building, Zhou Qin suddenly stopped. Li Yundong turned and
looked at her quizzically.
Yundong... If... If I had accepted your confession the other day... would
you... I mean, would we..."
Yundong gave her a self-deprecating smile.
you be asking me this question now if I was still the fat nobody I used to
ensuing silence was charged and heavy with meaning.
Yundong turned around and strode away, leaving Zhou Qin there in a daze. He
didn’t plan on waiting around for an answer. He didn’t need to. He already knew
Chapter 87 Twins
Yundong, her savior, the reason she was even alive and breathing today, was
drifting further and further away from her, in both a literal and figurative
sense. Zhou Qin wanted to follow him, to run after him, to fill up this seemingly
bottomless chasm between them, but her legs felt like lead. She couldn't move.
She could barely even breathe, not with the weight of his parting words
crashing down on her chest, smothering her.
she? Would she spare Li Yundong a second glance if he was still his old self?
Would she really?
and shame ripped through her as though they were tearing her apart from the
inside. After all that talk about prejudice, Zhou Qin realized what a hypocrite
she was. There was no point in lying to herself. She had been the one with
prejudices against him, not the other way around. She was the one who had
judged him based solely on his appearance. She'd been shallow, and her
superficial judgment had nearly cost her the chance to get to know the good man
hidden beneath the mediocrity of his appearance.
his past appearance, since there was
nothing mediocre about his current appearance. Now, he was easily the most
attractive man she had ever laid eyes on, and that was saying something because
she had encountered a lot of
physically attractive men during the endless dinner parties and social events
she'd been forced to attend.
her defense, Li Yundong's lackluster physical appearance wasn't the main reason
she had brushed him off and deemed him as unworthy of her attention. She had,
after all, begun to take a liking for Li Yundong ever since that incident at
the Taekwondo club's dojo, where he bravely stood up to Zhao Yujian instead of
letting himself be bullied. Back then, Li Yundong was still chubby, so his
appearance couldn't have been the only factor giving rise to her early
prejudice against him. No. Her prejudice had stemmed from her upbringing, from
all those years spent around superficial men who wanted her only for her status
and beauty. For years, men had looked upon her with nothing but lust in their
eyes — lust for power, sex, and wealth. None of them held genuine feelings for
her. None of them wanted Zhou Qin, the woman behind all that glamor; they just
wanted Zhou Qin, the beautiful daughter of the Deputy Governor, their gateway
to power and unlimited resources. Even her own father, who was supposed to love
her unconditionally, was one of those men who cared for nothing other than
status and power. So much so, in fact, that he was willing to sacrifice his own
daughter's happiness to secure the family's position in power.
Funny how she used that term, since she hadn't experienced real familial love
Yundong was different. So different, in fact, that his existence almost seemed
unreal to her. Every time he looked at her, every time their eyes met, she
found herself shocked, completely baffled, utterly confounded. But it wasn't
what she saw that shocked her; it was what she didn't see. Lust. Greed. Avarice. None of those things were present
in his eyes whenever he looked at her. All she saw was genuine admiration of
her as a person, not for her status or her beauty. At first, she couldn't
believe it. She thought he was just faking it, that it was all just a
deliberate act to fool her into believing that he was different. After all, how
could such a man exist! All her life, she'd been around power-hungry and greedy
men. And those men weren't ordinary men either; they were all men of
considerable status and influence! Powerful men. Wealthy men.
even rich and powerful men craved power, shouldn't a man of lesser status crave
it even more?
even though she'd seen the difference in the way Li Yundong had treated her,
her preconceptions about men and human nature made her doubt what she saw. But
Li Yundong had proven himself to her time and time again. She had been watching
him for weeks, carefully analyzing every interaction and eye contact they had
shared. She was biding her time, waiting for the moment where his mask finally
slipped and he revealed the first hint of greed.
moment never came.
they saw each other, his eyes were always the same — pure and innocent. Even
during her birthday party, where he'd been thrown into the midst of opulence
and grandeur, into the epitome of upper society, his eyes held the same genuine
admiration. That was when her doubts began to slowly chip away. At long last,
there was a man who would regard her as a human being, not some tool to gain
wealth and power.
conversation earlier was the final proof she needed. She had presented him with
the opportunity to demand anything from her, anything that he wanted. He could
literally ask her for anything that
money could buy, and that power could influence. Yet, he flat-out turned down
her offer, and had even done so without batting an eye! He didn't demand a
single thing in return, even when he'd nearly lost both his arms to save her.
That pretty much pulverized all the doubts and prejudices she had about him. Indeed,
waiting for the moment where his mask would slip was an exercise in futility
because there was no mask. There was no charade. He'd been genuine all
along. She'd just been too blind to notice it.
this while, Zhou Qin had been wondering why she was attracted to Li Yundong. But
after her near-death experience yesterday and the conversation they shared
earlier, she realized that she'd been asking the wrong question all along. How
could any woman not be drawn to Li
Yundong, the selfless man with outstanding virtue, not to mention the ability
to dodge bullets and send grown men into the air?
Qin's legs moved on their own, carrying her towards the academic building,
towards the man who had ignited the flames of her desire but had extinguished
his own desires for her.
would never abandon her. Never ever. Their union was fated. The laws of the
Universe required it, and the Yin-Yang principle demanded it. Su Chan and
Yundong, the legendary Shenxian couple. That was what they were fated to be.
They were meant to be together, and nothing could change that. Ever.
she'd been good, hadn't she? She'd been super obedient. She hadn't caused him
trouble again since they moved into their new home, so there was no reason for
Yundong to abandon her. Nope. Not at all.
Chan glanced at the clock in front of the huge classroom. Half an hour. He'd
been gone for half an hour already. What could Ding Nan possibly want from him
other than to thank him for saving her life? Speaking of... How was Ding Nan
planning to thank him?
no! What if Ding Nan offered to let Yundong perform Yin Feeding on her, and
then... and then Yundong agreed! (T/N: Yin Feeding is basically a man feeds of
a woman’s Essence through sexual intercourse)
flared, and Su Chan tore her gaze away from the clock. Stop that nonsense, Chan'er. Half an hour meant nothing. For all
she knew, he could be on the way to buy one of those milk drinks, the ones with
the little chewy balls in them. Or he could be getting one of those cones from
Mac Doo Nurls. Right? That must be why he'd been gone for so long, right? Su
Chan glanced at the door, which was open. The last student to leave had forgotten
to close it on her way out.
Chan looked away from the door and rearranged a few pens, then fiddled with a
pair of scissors. Maybe he wasn't okay with her keeping secrets from him after
was so smart. He'd already figured out that it was some kind of medicine that
had made him stronger than others. It turned out that him entering a new stage
of his Cultivation training was both a blessing and a curse. His newfound drive
to seek answers had caused him to start demanding answers from her, answers
that she wasn't ready to give. Was he secretly mad at her for not telling him
about the Renyuan Jindan? But it was too dangerous! If Cultivators had nearly
killed her just for stealing it, what would they do to someone who had consumed it? Maybe I'm overthinking this... He'd made her a promise after all.
He'd promised her that he wouldn't leave her. Su Chan flicked another glance at
the door. Still nothing. She sighed and picked up the two paper dolls she'd cut
out from Yundong's notepad earlier. Then, she turned around in her seat until
she was facing away from the chalkboard. She didn't want to look at the clock.
It kept reminding her that Yundong had been gone for forty minutes now.
stared at the paper doll in her left hand. She had messed up Paper Yundong's
hair earlier when she was cutting it from the page. Now, the outline of Paper
Yundong's head looked like an onion. She was hopeless in these kinds of things.
She couldn't even chop fish properly.
raised the paper doll in her right hand. At least Paper Su Chan looked somewhat
like her. Though upon a closer look, "somewhat" seemed to be a bit
stretching it. She stared hard at Paper Su Chan's eyes. "Hey, you. Pay
attention," she told Paper Su Chan sternly. "You must be a good girl.
Otherwise, your beloved would abandon you. You hear me?"
Su Chan stared back at her. "Somewhat" seemed like a complete
Yundong sidled up to Paper Su Chan and bumped into it a few times. Su Chan
deepened her voice: "Hey, princess. Be a good girl, otherwise I'll feed
you junk food every day."
that she minded. Those Mac Doo Nurls breads tasted pretty good. Not to mention
those yellowish, crunchy thingies that came in thin strips.
Chan returned to her normal voice. "Hmph! Your princess is super obedient
these days. How about I give you a kiss?" Paper Su Chan pecked Paper
Yundong's head a few times. "Muack! Muack! Muack—"
kiss a piece of paper when you can kiss the real thing?"
Chan turned around with a loud gasp. There he was, her beloved, standing right
there, grinning back at her. Joy and relief surged through her. Paper Yundong
and Paper Su Chan joined the rest of the stationery on the table as she threw
her arms around his neck. Then, she kissed him. Long, hard, and deep.
have you been!" she half-shouted once they parted for air. "I was so
worried and... and... and I'm starving!"
laughed and lowered her to the ground.
Su Chan said, smacking his hand away from her nose. She wondered why he loved
pinching her nose so much. She shot him a glare, but then felt her cheeks grow
warm when she saw the heated look in his eyes.
you're starving, huh?" he said, smirking. "How about you give me
another kiss right here." He pointed at his lips. "After that, I'll
take you out for a feast!"
Did he just say feast? Feast! He said
Chan was just about to kiss him again, but then something made her stop. Out of
the corner of her eye, she saw Zhou Qin standing at the door, watching them
closely. Su Chan blushed and pulled away from Yundong.
frowned. "What's wrong?"
we can't..." Su Chan said, lowering herself back down into her seat.
glanced around the room until his gaze landed on the door.
it's you, Zhou Qin..." Yundong said. "Give us a moment. We'll be
right with you."
Chan frowned slightly. What? Was he with Zhou Qin all this time? Was that why
he took so long?
nudged her. "So. What were you doing talking to yourself just now,
Chan picked up the two paper dolls. "Ta-da!!!" She beamed. "Meet
Paper Su Chan and Paper Yundong!"
took Paper Su Chan first, then Paper Yundong.
My hair doesn't look like this! This is a frigging onion!"
Chan giggled and dodged one of Yundong's attempts to pinch her cheek.
you've been a naughty little girl, haven't you? Clearly, this is your way of making
fun of me. Grrrr...."
Su Chan smacked Yundong's hand away before it could reach her waist. The last
time he tickled her, she had laughed so hard that she ended up in tears.
to be spanked!"
Hahaha!" Su Chan scrambled all the way back to the end of the row, then
curled up to protect her backside from his spanking hands.
laughed. "Damn. You naughty little minx. You really know how to run,
huh?" he said, stopping his spanking attempts. "Fine. If that's how
you wanna play it, then... No food for you today!"
Chan's face fell. But she quickly recovered and clambered her way back to
Yundong. She seized his arm and gave it a few tugs. "Mmmmm...." she
whined. "I made those dolls because I missed you... And... and I'm not
artsy at all... A- and you... you're a meanie! Why do you always have to
threaten to starve me?"
didn't say anything, though he was giving her a half-serious and half-amused
look. She honestly couldn't tell whether he'd been serious about starving her.
Regardless, she decided that a change of tactics was in order.
Chan glanced furtively towards the door. Zhou Qin was still there, watching
them. Miss Ideal Dinglu seemed to be frowning. Maybe she was getting impatient.
Yundong did request her to wait for them after all.
Chan leaned closer to Yundong's ear. "Um... Why don't I... I kiss you some
more?" she whispered, fighting the urge to fan herself to cool down her
warm cheeks. "I- I mean wh- when we are in... private."
leaned back and gave her yet another heated look.
temperature of her cheeks rose just a tad.
Yundong said. "Why wait until we're in private? If we're gonna kiss, we'll
damn well do it openly."
fine..." Su Chan said, giggling a few times. "We'll kiss
openly!" Then, she made several kissy sounds, which caused Yundong to
laugh out loud. When he was done laughing, he hooked his finger under her chin
and lifted her head up. Warmth filled her lips, and she felt as though she was
melting. Mmmmmm... Then it was gone.
She opened her eyes and saw Yundong smirking at her. She blushed, and smacked
his arm. "You're shameless."
threw his head back in laughter while Su Chan stole another glance at the door.
Zhou Qin wasn't even looking at them now. Her head was turned away and her fists
were balled at her sides. Okay... now
she's really getting impatient... Su Chan turned away from Zhou Qin and
looked towards Yundong.
was studying the paper dolls. There was a deep frown between his brows.
"Su Chan..." he said.
didn't like that tone at all.
was his Su-Chan-you've-just-done-something-silly tone.
Yundong grabbed his notepad and flipped through its pages. When he flipped from
cover to cover, his heart sank to the pit of his stomach. Oh f*ck my life...
Yundong... Wh- what's... the problem?"
Yundong wanted to pull every single strand of his hair off his scalp, that's
the problem. "You tore off the page with the tips I jotted down..."
Li Yundong said with a defeated sigh. "And now, here it is." He
tossed the paper dolls onto the table.
Do you still need those things?" Su Chan asked, looking genuinely puzzled.
"I thought you could memorize the entire textbook easily now. I mean, I
just told you about Guanxiang and your memory..."
Yundong considered that for a moment. Okay. Fair point. But it would still help
to have some tips. Whatever. He was going to have to ask Sun Li about it
anyway. Or wait... maybe I can just
Yundong turned towards Zhou Qin, then returned his gaze to Su Chan
fearful expression on his princess' face nearly made him laugh. But still... No harm in teasing her a
little. Li Yundong feigned a stern look. "Listen up. This is your
Chan sat up straighter. Li Yundong struggled not to laugh. He cleared his
throat. "Once we get home... you have to... kiss me a hundred times!"
Chan jumped slightly. The huge pout on her lips nearly made Li Yundong demand
that she give him those 100 kisses right then and there.
my lips will become swollen after..." She blushed adorably. "After so
Oh... I'm not letting you off the hook
poked Su Chan's head with his index finger. "That's your punishment for
tearing up my notepad. Deal with it."
Su Chan made a face at him, he finally laughed.
he ruffled her hair. "Come on, let's pack up and head to lunch. You're starving
Since Miss Zhou over there is treating us to lunch today."
Chan's eyes gleamed in a way which was only possible with the mention of food.
Yundong chuckled. "Yes, really," he said, zipping up his backpack.
"Now let's get going."
he could sling the straps of his backpack on his shoulders, he felt a weight on
his back. Su Chan's alluring scent filled his nostrils.
want a piggy back ride..."
throaty voice brought a jolt of heat straight to his core.
Yundong turned around and gave Su Chan a helpless look. "Hey, quit messing
around. Someone's watching us."
was ridiculous, really, since they had locked lips in front of Zhou Qin
earlier. But it was the best excuse his brain could come up with while
struggling to hold back his not-very-helpful libido.
Chan's breath tickled the shell of his ears as she giggled. All of a sudden,
his pants felt dangerously tight.
stop messing around if you promise not to make me kiss you a hundred
times!" Su Chan said.
Why you sneaky little...
No can do! I still want a hundred kisses. But if you really want a piggy back
ride, I'll give you one at home!"
ride..." she said. "Wait! That would be like me riding a pig!"
Yundong growled playfully. "Hey! Are you calling me a pig? How dare
smacked Su Chan's butt, which induced another round of giggles.
frolicking was interrupted by the sound of someone clearing their throat. Li
Yundong turned and saw Zhou Qin standing there, watching them with amusement.
Li Yundong cleared his throat and lowered Su Chan to the floor.
you had to see that," he said, then chuckled sheepishly. He ruffled Su
Chan's hair a few times, causing her to giggle. "This girl is too
Qin's smile widened just a tad. "It's fine," she said. "I... I
kinda envy you." Zhou Qin was looking at Su Chan the whole time she said
you don't really have to! Because you are an ideal ding— mmph!"
Yundong clamped his hand over Su Chan's mouth just in time to prevent her from
finishing that sentence.
F*ck! That was close... Li Yundong
sneaked a glance at Zhou Qin, who had a puzzled look on her face.
Excuse me? What did she..."
it's nothing!" Li Yundong said quickly, then shot Su Chan a glare.
leaned in and whispered into Su Chan's ear: "Idiot! You can't say things
Chan's cheeks puffed out adorably. "Oh..."
Qin still looked puzzled.
worry about it," Li Yundong said. "She meant to say that you're an
ideal friend! Um... you know... for... for wanting to treat us to lunch."
Smooth. Real smooth, Li Yundong. And you
wonder why you got rejected 21 times in a row...
Qin's confused expression morphed into a smile.
Su Chan," she said, nodding at Su Chan. "It's good to see you
Chan returned the greeting with a smile of her own. "Hello..." she
Yundong did a double take when Su Chan bowed slightly. Whoa. Would you look at that. This girl had manners after all!
Qin's eyes were on him again. "So. Got a place in mind for lunch?"
question. He hadn't thought of a place yet.
somewhere near campus?"
Qin laughed, much to his surprise. Maybe she was taking his advice and ready to
drop the Ice Queen exterior?
Zhou Qin said, shaking her head. "That won't do. You'll have to pick a
proper restaurant and let me repay you properly." Zhou Qin looked at him,
her eyes glinting playfully. "Besides, didn't you mention something about
a feast? You can't really have a feast in a street stall, can you?"
bubbled inside Li Yundong's chest, and he unleashed it with a loud chortle.
small-town folks like me aren't hard to please at all," he said, then
raised his fist in the air. "Our ability to feast transcends geographic
limitations! In other words, we can feast anywhere!"
passed in silence. Then both Su Chan and Zhou Qin burst out laughing.
my God," Zhou Qin said, hiding her smile behind her hand. "You really
are something else, you know that?"
Yundong patted Su Chan's back several times; she had laughed so hard that she
ended up choking on her own spit.
jokes aside," Li Yundong said, looking towards Zhou Qin. "I really
won't mind if you decide the place for us. It's your treat after all." Li
Yundong held up a finger. "One condition though. Just don't pick a place
where not even you can afford."
Qin laughed again.
don't worry," Zhou Qin said. "There isn't a single place in Tiannan
City that I can't afford."
Yundong chuckled, then glanced at Su Chan who had just recovered from her
laughing fit. "See that?" He pointed at Zhou Qin without taking his
eyes off Su Chan. "Spoken like a true moneybag." Then, he poked Su
Chan's side a few times. "Now you can order twenty bowls of rice like last
time without having to worry about us going broke."
gobsmacked look on Zhou Qin's face might've just made his day.
on, surely you're joking," Zhou Qin said. "Twenty bowls! That's
Yundong chuckled. They had just stepped out of the academic building. "Oh,
no, that wasn't a joke," he said. "Twenty bowls."
bowls?" Zhou Qin asked, still sounding skeptical.
Normal-sized bowls," Li Yundong said as they moved past the turn which
would lead to the garden. "This girl can really eat." He ruffled Su
Chan's hair, and promptly got his hand slapped away. Su Chan made a face at
how could that— I mean, she has such a nice figure!" Zhou Qin protested.
trust me. That part confused the hell out of me too—"
Yundong stopped, causing Su Chan and Zhou Qin to stop as well.
Oh. It's you... Li
Yundong's jaw tightened as he glared at Xie Fei, who was leaning against a
lampost just outside the academic building with a cigarette held between his
lips. Just then, Xie Fei glanced up and saw him too. Li Yundong took a step
forward. Looks like today's your unlucky
Yundong growled. "Hey!!! Hold it right there!!!"
a voice sounded from the academic building before Li Yundong could give chase.
Yundong swiveled around.
girls, identical twins in fact, were staring back at him in awe. They were even
dressed in the same style of clothes.
sorry, but do I know you?"
of the girls, the one with a cute little red ribbon on her hair, laughed.
"Aww... You've forgotten about me already?" she said, pointing a
finger at her own nose.
Yundong appraised the girls again, searching his memory for their identities.
"Sorry, but I really can't recall..." So much for having a photographic
memory. Maybe he ran into the girls before all this Cultivation stuff happened
come on! McDonald's? Remember?"
Yundong frowned. "McDona..." He slapped his thigh. "Oh! You're
the... the mascot!"
girl chuckled. "Right. Now you remember."
Yundong gave Su Chan a stern look. "Tsk! You see? That's the girl you
punched the other day. You nearly ruined her pretty face. How could you sleep
at night knowing that?"
Chan was so gullible sometimes that he couldn't help but want to tease her.
Yundong watched in amusement as Su Chan shifted from his side to stand behind
his back. The redness dusting her cheeks was a sight for sore eyes. "M-
meanie..." she mumbled. "I- I told you already that it wasn't on purpose...
She startled me."
he already knew that. Punching things was Su Chan's default reaction when she
got startled, if that TV she had broken in half was anything to go by.
Su Chan poked her head out from his left shoulder. "I- I'm sorry!!"
she yelled at red ribbon girl. "I really didn't mean it!"
Yundong burst out laughing, then pulled Su Chan out from behind his back.
"Nah... I was just teasing you," he said, tapping her nose.
"Don't worry. I'm sure it's all water under the bridge."
to red ribbon girl, he said, "I didn't know you were a student here. I've
never seen you on campus before. Are you still working part-time at
ribbon girl smiled. "Well, can't say I'm surprised that you don't know
me," she said. "You're a celebrity around here. You wouldn't have
time to spare for normal folks like us. And, to answer your question, yes. I'm
still a part-timer at McDonald's. I think I can convince the manager to give
you a discount if you come to mac dee next time!"
Yundong laughed. "Thanks, but it's okay," he said. "I don't
think that's a good idea. Your manager's probably gonna take it out of your
wages or something." Li Yundong turned to the other girl, the one with the
blue ribbon. Then, he looked at red ribbon girl again. "If you don't mind
me asking, who's older between you two?"
ribbon girl suddenly gave him a strange laugh. Somehow, she reminded him of a mischievous
elf, or a pixie. "Why don't you take a guess?"
Yundong studied the twins for a few seconds. Huh. This might be easier to guess than I thought.
Yundong's lips pulled into a confident smile. "You're the younger
one," he told red ribbon girl.
ribbon gaped at him. "How did you..." She shared a look with her
elder sister, then turned back to Li Yundong. "That's amazing. How did you
guess? Even our parents mistook us for each other sometimes."
Yundong waved his hand nonchalantly. "Nah... It's just a matter of
observation," he said. "When you asked me to guess, I saw the way
your sister was looking at you. It was warm and affectionate, like someone who
was used to taking care of another person. So I just took an educated guess.
Besides..." Li Yundong raised both palms. "No offense, but the way
she carried herself seemed much more mature than yours."
ribbon girl chuckled. "None taken," she said. "Good one, though.
Not many would have been able to tell us apart. As expected from my idol!"
Yundong groaned inwardly when red ribbon girl pulled out a pen before taking a
notepad from her sister.
Oh man... not this again...
Hero of Tiannan University. May I have your autograph please?"
too late to back away now... Li Yundong chuckled, then took the pen and pad
from red ribbon girl. He uncapped the pen, then suddenly looked at red ribbon
girl. "Who should I make it out to?" he asked.
Months ago, he never would've imagined himself saying something like that. Not
even in his wildest dreams.
Deng Yu, and my sister is Deng Jiao."
Yundong signed the notepad and returned it to Deng Yu. "Are you both in
the same class? Which year are you both in?"
we're first years!" Deng Yu answered, smiling exuberantly. "I'm in
the Department of Foreign Languages, and my sis is in the same department as
Yundong nodded. "I see. Well then! I guess I'll see you around in
McDonald's or something?"
Deng Yu said. "But I'm not gonna be a part-timer in McDonald's forever. So
let's hope we run into each other then! Hehe!"
twins gave him a wave each, then headed off. Li Yundong glanced at Su Chan and
saw her staring after the twins in awe.
Those are two very fine ding—"
Su Chan glared at Li Yundong when he pinched her nose.
Yundong gave her a stern look. "Remember what I told you about not saying
that kind of stuff in public, hmm?"
Chan smacked his hand away and rubbed her nose. The huge pout on her lips
brought a smirk to Li Yundong's lips.
we go now, President Li? Or do you have more business to attend to?"
Yundong turned and saw Zhou Qin smirking at them.
sorry, what? President Li?"
Qin gave him a cryptic smile.
Aren't you? You seemed busier than a CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company from
what I see."
Yundong laughed. "Not by choice, I assure you," he said. "Not by
he remembered something, and his gaze snapped towards the direction that Xie
Fei had run off to earlier. Anger gnawed at him. The f*cking coward had hired a
bunch of goons to ambush him, and those goons had attacked Su Chan with knives.
His Su Chan. With f*cking knives. Maybe he should move his Qi to
his Shenting and activate his telescopic vision. As long as the bastard wasn't
more than ten miles away, he could easily see where the bastard had run off to,
maybe even find out where he and his goons were holed up. But then he would
have to climb to a tall place for that to work. Where he was, there were too
many objects obstructing his field of vision. Besides, Xie Fei probably wasn't
stupid enough to keep running in a straight line, so it would probably take Li
Yundong quite a while to do a full scan within a ten-mile radius. The thought
of which caused his stomach to raise its objections by rumbling loudly. It
seemed like he'd been wrong about today being Xie Fei's unlucky day.
Yundong snorted and returned his gaze to Su Chan and Zhou Qin. "He won't
be so lucky next time," he muttered.
Qin was staring at him pointedly, which unnerved him a little.
Li Yundong asked.
Qin sighed. "Sometimes, a grudge is best left buried."
You don't know half of what the bastard
tried to do to me... to Su Chan...
Yundong shook his head. "Whatever," he said. "Let's not talk
about that piece of trash. I'll deal with him when the time comes. Now. Let's
get going! I'm starving!"
Chan let out a cheer. "Yep! Yep! I'm starving too! I want a feast! A
Yundong snickered. Oh, he knew what "mountainous" entailed, alright;
he'd seen it first-hand during Zhou Qin's party.
You can have a hundred plates for all I care," he said. "Just don't
erect Mount Everest on your plate like last time."
of Zhou Qin's laughter permeated the space between the company of three,
punctuated by the sounds of Su Chan smacking Li Yundong's arm.
they approached the campus gates, Li Yundong halted in his steps. His eyes
widened in alert and vigilance as he turned around to look at the academic
building again. What the hell was that?
Chan was beside him almost instantly. "What's the matter?" she asked.
Yundong stared at the academic building for few more seconds, then looked at Su
don't know," he said with a frown. "I just feel like someone's
Chan leaned closer.
she whispered into his ear.
Yundong shook his head and looked towards the academic building again.
"No. I released my Qi from my Shenting when I woke up this morning."
a celebrity in the university now," Zhou Qin said, her tone amused.
"Of course there'll be people watching you."
Yundong chuckled and shook his head.
you're right," he said. "Well. Let's get going then."
Yundong gave the academic building one last glance, wondering if he had
imagined everything. Then he turned around and walked away, willing the
niggling at the back of his mind to disappear.
Chapter 88 Chopsticks
Shao didn't know how Li Yundong knew he was being watched. He had made sure
that he stayed hidden from view behind the corner of the building, but somehow
Li Yundong knew. It was like the guy had some kind of animal instinct.
Shao stepped out from his hiding place once he was sure Li Yundong was gone. He
spat on the ground. "Unbelievable! That f*cker managed to cheat death
again! And now he even has a beautiful woman hanging on each arm? F*ck!"
Shao turned and saw Xie Fei running towards him.
Shao's glare stopped Xie Fei in his tracks. The two men stared at each other
for several seconds before He Shao waved Xie Fei over. Xie Fei approached him warily.
dumb f*ck!" SMACK! He Shao slapped Xie Fei in the face. Xie Fei staggered
backwards, then looked back at He Shao in fear, his hand holding his left cheek.
yell my name like that while we're out in public, you useless piece of
shit," He Shao hissed. "What would it look like to others if they see
a person of my status hanging around a lowly thug like you, huh? You f*cking
idiot! And of all the places we can meet, you had to pick here?" He Shao
straightened out his suit jacket, then glared at Xie Fei. "Why did you ask
me to meet you here anyway?"
Fei smiled at He Shao sheepishly, the hand on his cheek dropping to his side.
"He Shao... actually... I was thinking if you could lend me some
cash..." Xie Fei said. "I mean... I'm kinda in deep shit here. So,
motherf*cker!" He Shao slapped Xie Fei again. "You knew you're in
trouble and yet you want to drag me into your shit? F*ck! You can't even do one
thing right! I asked you to deal with that Li Yundong, and now look at this!
Look at the shit job that you've done! I even gave you a f*cking gun!" He
Shao snorted. "Zhao Yujian.
Really? That's your idea of a hitman?
Why didn't you hire someone who knows what they're doing?"
Fei held both of his cheeks, which were now red and swollen. "How was I
supposed to know that Zhao Yujian would fail? He really looked like he wanted
Li Yundong dead when I spoke to him at the hospital! I really thought he could
finish the job!"
Shao snorted, though he remained wordless.
on, He Shao! Just help me... please! I'll call you my boss, o- or become your
servant! I'll do anything! Just get me out of this mess, please!"
Shao stared down at Xie Fei, his eyes filled with disdain.
on... please? You know how it is with cases involving guns!" Xie Fei
begged. "The cops are all over it like a bunch of bloodhounds! I'm screwed
if you don't find a way to help me lay low."
Shao's vicious glare made Xie Fei jump back in fear. "You useless piece of
shit! You were the one who came to me
the other day swearing and cussing like you really wanted Li Yundong
dead!" He Shao sneered. "I gave you a f*cking gun, and what did you
do with it? You created a mess is what you did! You f*cked everything up! And
now you have the guts to show your face before me and ask for my help?"
Fei dropped to his knees and threw his arms around He Shao's legs. "He
Shao... Boss..." Xie Fei wailed. "Please... You’ve gotta help me...
If I get caught then you—"
Fei was once again silenced by He Shao's glare. "So you're saying you're
gonna rat on me, is that it! Huh?!" Xie Fei stumbled to the ground after
receiving a kick from He Shao. "You're gonna sell me out?!" He Shao
delivered another kick to Xie Fei's head. "You gonna give my name to the
cops?! Is that it?" He Shao released a roar of laughter. "Here's some
bad news for you, you fool. Do you know who my father is? Huh? Do you?"
Shao laughed again, then sneered. "You're a nothing but a lowly piece of
trash that I can literally destroy with just a single phone call. You think I'm
afraid to let you get caught by the cops? Let me tell you something, you dumb
f*ck. I own the cops! Even if you end
up in jail, I can have you murdered before anyone approaches you with a
Fei clambered to his knees, then slapped his own cheeks hard. "I'm sorry!
I'm sorry!" Xie Fei slapped himself again. "I didn't mean that! I
swear to God I didn't mean that! I'll never rat you out, boss! Never! I swear
Shao laughed. "Fine by me! Go rot in jail then! That's no concern of
Fei threw his arms around He Shao's legs again to prevent him from leaving.
"Wait! He Shao! Wait! I won't rat you out, I swear! But it might still
lead back to you if I'm caught! Like I said, the cops are all over the case!
Then you might have to deal with bad PR and all that shit. So isn't it better
if you give me some cash and I disappear from the city once and for all? The
cops will never find me, I swear!"
Shao jerked one of his legs free; Xie Fei stumbled, but quickly recovered and
threw his arms around He Shao’s calves. He Shao wrenched and tugged a few more
times, but Xie Fei refused to let go.
you heard what I just said, you dumb f*ck! I already told you the cops are
inconsequential to me! My father—"
Wait! He Shao! B- but y- you don't want to trouble your father over trivial
matters like this, right?" Xie Fei tightened his arms around He Shao's
legs. "B- besides, you're a man of status, He Shao. Surely you don't want
to be dragged down by my shit?"
Shao growled and wrenched one leg free. Then, with his free leg, he delivered a
harsh kick that caused Xie Fei to roll on the ground a few times. "You
motherf*cker! How stupid do you think I am? If you really didn't want to drag
me into your mess, you wouldn't have asked to meet me here in the first
place!" He Shao sneered. "I'm done with you. Enjoy yourself in jail,
or go kill yourself for all I care."
Fei was up on his feet in an instant. "N-n- no! P-please! Just some cash!
Just a little bit of cash is all I ask! Then I'll get out of your sight
forever! You'll never see me again! I swear!"
of my sight forever, huh?" He Shao's eyes glinted, his countenance
twisting into something sinister. "You know I have easier ways to make that happen..."
Fei's knees gave out, and he fell flat on his butt. "H- H- He Shao! Don't
tell me... y- you... wanna k- k- kill me..."
Shao raised his brows. "Oh? Looks like you're not completely dumb after
n- no! Please! Please! I- It's not worth it! It- it wi- will cost you more
money to hire a hitman to kill me than to just pay me to disappear! I don't
need much! I don't need much! I swear!"
narrowed eyes, He Shao stared down at Xie Fei, who was still trembling on the
ground. Moments later, He Shao snorted. "So that’s why you asked me to
meet in a public place. You knew I wouldn’t try to kill you myself in public,
and you knew it would cost me a lot more money to hire a hitman to wipe out
your sorry ass. Well played."
passed in silence. Xie Fei used those seconds to slowly climb back to his feet.
Shao glowered at Xie Fei. "100 thousand, and that's it. Get the hell out
of this city. Don't let me see your face again."
Fei smiled at He Shao obsequiously. "Th- thank you, boss! I'll disappear!
I swear! You'll never see me again!"
Shao pulled out a checkbook from his jacket and tore out a check.
"Here!" He Shao tossed the signed check to Xie Fei. "Now
Fei groped around in the air for the check, which was floating in the air after
He Shao had tossed it. Xie Fei got the check after several attempts. "Th-
thank you boss!"
Shao shook his head in disgust. "Go! Get out of my sight!" He Shao
waved his hands. "Seeing your face makes my eyes hurt."
few women passed by just then, whispering and pointing fingers at He Shao.
are you looking at?" He Shao roared. "Never seen a hot guy before!?"
screams of the frightened women intermingled with He Shao's roaring laughter—
an amalgamation of fear and mockery.
should be able to tuck a napkin into their collar with as much grace as Zhou
Qin had done. Nobody. Unless, of course, they had ten doctorates in fine dining
etiquette or something, then that might be a different matter.
Qin had brought him and Su Chan to an upscale French restaurant called
Biarrotte French Restaurant. At the door, the three of them were immediately
greeted by an immaculately dressed—suit and bowtie—foreign waiter, who, after
noticing their ethnicity, seemed a bit taken aback. Although Li Yundong
couldn't for the life of him understand why. Hello? You're running a restaurant
in China, who do you expect to walk through the door, anyway? A Martian?
the guy was new.
the time they got settled at their table, Li Yundong had come to the conclusion
that the purpose of this establishment wasn't to feed the public, but to
increase the country's bankruptcy rates. That napkin hanging from Zhou Qin's
collar, for instance looked like it cost more than his rent. He dreaded the
moment he actually looked at the menu. God forbid he ended up with a brain
What are you guys having?" Zhou Qin asked, looking at him with an arched
brow. Li Yundong met Zhou Qin's gaze across the table and tried not to cringe
when he caught a glimpse of the prices listed in the menu. Su Chan was...
well... being Su Chan: fiddling with the cutleries and plates as though they
were national treasures, even though it was pretty clear to everyone what—or
who—was the real national treasure.
restaurant has the best French cuisine in town," Zhou Qin said when Li
Yundong failed to come up with a response. "This is the go-to place if you
want authenticity. It's the real deal."
Yundong acknowledged her remark with a smile and a nod.
been here before," Zhou Qin went on. "The food's pretty good."
Yundong’s smile faltered a bit, and he shook his head. "I've never been to
a fine dining restaurant before. So I don't really know what I'm doing. Or, in
this case, reading." Li Yundong paused
emphatically, then pushed the menu aside. "I think it would be best if you
order for all of us." Li Yundong smirked. "You know, to save us some
Qin's mouth opened, but the waiter came to take their order before she could
speak. She passed the menu to the waiter and then spoke to him in fluent French
while Li Yundong entertained himself by studying the look of shock on the
foreign waiter's face.
waiter recovered quickly and switched back to Mandarin. "The full-course
Qin nodded elegantly. "Yes, please. We would also like a bottle of Royal
Takaji Wine, and your freshest Foie gras. Also, for the caviar..." Zhou
Qin paused as though she was sifting through her memory for something. "I
already tried your Osetra caviar the last time I was here. I guess I'll be
having your Beluga caviar today."
Yundong wondered if the waiter had valid health insurance since the poor man's
eyes looked like they were seconds away from popping out of their sockets.
"T- the B- Beluga caviar, miss?"
Yundong sniggered inwardly. He didn't even want to know how much this elusive
Beluga caviar cost.
Qin smiled at the waiter elegantly. "Yes, the Beluga caviar." Zhou
Qin arched a delicate brow. "Shall I pronounce it in French for you?"
waiter recovered and straightened himself. "There's no need for that, miss.
The Beluga caviar it is. And I must compliment you on your superb French. Not
many non-native French speakers could reach that level of eloquence, and yet
you speak like you're one of us! That's very impressive! Not to mention your
elegance and your good looks. Truly, it is an honor to serve you today,
miss." The waiter bowed slightly.
Qin pulled out a 100-yuan bill—because that's what rich people do— and gave it
to the waiter. Li Yundong wondered how fast he could settle his bank debts if
he dressed up in a suit and bowtie and sweet talk a bunch of rich people.
you for your compliment." Zhou Qin lips curved elegantly. "But, as
you can see, my friends here are eager to say bon appetit. So I would
appreciate it if we are served quickly."
waiter bowed and retreated from their table. For the next few seconds, Li
Yundong found entertainment in observing the waiter, who was alternating
between sneaking glances at Zhou Qin and walking forward. When the waiter
bumped into his colleague and got a dirty glare in return, Li Yundong shook his
head and looked away.
the great Miss Zhou speaks French, huh," Li Yundong said with a smile.
Qin's answering smile was subtle, just wide and brief enough for Li Yundong to
detect it. "My dad had plans to send me to Paris. So he pretty much forced
me to take lessons in French."
Yundong chuckled. "And here I am, someone who can't even speak English
properly." He look at Zhou Qin. "Seriously though. The way you spoke
French just now was..." Li Yundong nodded. "Impressive."
Qin's intense stare made Li Yundong feel like squirming in his seat.
"Being able to speak a foreign language is nothing special." Zhou Qin
took a sip of water. "But someone like you..." Zhou Qin's gaze found
his again. "A hero. That's rare."
Yundong cleared his throat. "Nah, like I said. It's what any decen—"
but can just any decent human being catch and support the weight of a grown
woman who had fallen off the top of a building? Is there another man out there
who is honorable enough to draw gunfire to himself so that his classmates, the
same ones who had mocked him countless times, could escape unharmed? You're a
good man, Li Yundong. And you're special."
rose to Li Yundong's cheeks. Special. Right. The only thing special about him
was probably his dumb luck. His meeting with Su Chan. Taking that drug whether
by intent or accident. He didn't obtain those things by his own efforts. They
were flukes, nothing more. He wasn't born special. He was just some fat dude
who got lucky.
Yundong shoved his self-deprecating thoughts to the back of his mind and tried
to make things light. "You know that's not gonna work right?"
Qin raised a quizzical brow. "What do you mean?"
me up," he said, winking at Zhou Qin. "I'm not gonna hold back my
appetite on your account today. Nope. I’m not going to show you any mercy."
right. As though he had control over how much he could eat since he wasn't even
the one who ordered their food. Still, Zhou Qin burst into laughter. Maybe she
was just taking pity on him.
waiter returned a while later with a serving cart.
waiter uncorked the exquisite wine and began pouring into their flutes. Li
Yundong watched the waiter work until he felt a tug on his arm.
I have a question..." Su Chan was looking at him with a curious gleam in
her eyes, which sounded a million alarm bells in his mind.
Yundong shot her a warning glare. "What question? If it's a rude question,
then you better keep it to yourself."
Chan pouted adorably. "You're such a meanie! Who's being rude? I've been a
good girl lately, haven't I?"
Yundong studied Su Chan for a moment, then chuckled.
Yes you have. " Li Yundong nodded. "Fine then. Fire away."
waiter had already put the wine bottle away and begun dishing out the
appetizer, the first course in their thirteen-course meal. Zhou Qin was
watching them while sipping wine from her flute.
Chan held up luncheon knife in one hand, and then a steak knife in another.
she gave Li Yundong a look of utter puzzlement. "Yundong... Why do they
have knives on the table? Do they perform autopsies here?"
Yundong raised his napkin just in time to avoid being drenched by the wine that
Zhou Qin had just spat out.
was a loud clink.
Li Yundong lowered his napkin, Zhou Qin was already on her feet, frantically
wiping her skirt with her own napkin. Beside Zhou Qin's plate lay an overturned
flute whose contents were now on Zhou Qin's skirt. The waiter quickly righted
Zhou Qin’s flute and begun refilling it, though his eyes were on Su Chan the
Yundong tore his gaze away from Zhou Qin and glared at Su Chan. Su Chan
flinched, then hunched her shoulders slightly.
Li Yundong could come up with a suitable reprimand, there was a loud gasp
followed by a high-pitched shriek. Li Yundong turned away from Su Chan and
nearly jumped back in shock when he saw what the waiter was doing to Zhou Qin's
Are you trying to rinse my dress with
wine? Good God…"
waiter gasped and immediately righted the wine bottle in his hand. It was too
late; the front of Zhou Qin's dress was already drenched with wine. Li Yundong
wondered how the guy had even landed this job with such shitty hand-eye
coordination. Apparently, the guy had missed the mouth of Zhou Qin’s flute by
inches in his attempt to refill it. Like, seriously, what the hell happened?
of course, would be a silly question to ask, since the answer was pretty
Su Chan happened.
gosh! I'm so sorry, miss! I'm so sorry!"
waiter scrambled around for a napkin. Zhou Qin took a deep breath and then waved
off his attempts to clean up the mess. "Never mind. Just leave it,"
Zhou Qin said, her voice surprisingly calm. "I'll clean it up
Yundong did a facepalm and groaned inwardly.
waiter apologized profusely and left their table after Zhou Qin’s polite
dismissal. Eventually, having realized the futility in cleaning her skirt with
the napkin, Zhou Qin excused herself to the ladies' room.
Yundong raised his face from his hands and sighed. "Su Chan... For once in your life would you please just think before you
I was just curious... Aren't knives used for killing and cutting up dead
people?" Su Chan mumbled weakly. "Who uses killing tools to eat?
Isn't that a bit barbar—"
Li Yundong hissed.
Chan flinched and clammed up instantly.
Yundong glanced around their table. Sure enough, the occupants of other tables
were casting disapproving glances towards their table, no doubt having heard Su
Chan's thoughtless remark.
Why? Why me?
Yundong closed his eyes, then took a deep, calming breath. Seconds later, once
he was sure he wouldn't start screaming profanities, Li Yundong opened his eyes
and looked at Su Chan seriously.
me ask you a question."
Chan fiddled with her napkin for a moment. "O... okay..."
that I screwed up yesterday and let Zhao Yujian get the drop on me," Li
Li Yundong held up a finger. "Let me finish."
Zhao Yujian was holding a gun to my head. And obviously, if he shoots, I'll die
for sure. Suppose that you were there, but you didn't have any weapons with you.
No knives, no needles, no swords, nothing. And you only have one second to save
my life. Given those circumstances, what would you do?"
Chan bared her teeth. "I'll move in with lightning speed and then punch
him in the face."
Yundong raised his brow. "Will that hurt him? Remember that if you fail to
hurt him, he's gonna shoot, and I'd be dead."
course it's gonna hurt him! I'll have you know that my punches are powerful
enough to kill."
Yundong nodded. "Okay. I believe you. Now. A second scenario. Suppose I
put an apple right here" —Li Yundong tapped his finger on the
linen-covered table — "on the table, then ask you to eat it. What would
Chan looked completely affronted, perhaps even more so than the time he told
her that silly bird joke at McDonalds. "What kind of question is that? I'll
pick it up and take a bite of course!"
Yundong raised his finger. "So you would pick up the apple with your hand
and then take a bite? Is that what you would do?"
earlier, you told me that your hands are capable of murder," Li Yundong
said with a raised brow. "And now you just told me that you'd use your
hands to eat. Does that make you barbaric?"
Chan suddenly glanced down at the table top. "N- no?"
at me, Su Chan."
Chan raised her gaze timidly.
why is using a knife to eat any different?"
I don't know..."
A tool is just a tool. It's how you use the tool that counts. In the hands of a
barbarian, even a pair of chopsticks can be used to take a life. Do you
I'm sorry, Yundong."
from different cultures do things differently. But just because it's different
doesn't mean that it's wrong or less respectable." Li Yundong reached out
and took Su Chan's hand in his. "Remember the outfit I wore to Zhou Qin's
party the other night?"
Yundong smiled, then begun tracing circles on the back of Su Chan's palm.
"Do you think I looked good that night?"
small smile tugged at Su Chan's lips. She bobbed her head up and down.
you liked that outfit, then. But here's the thing. That outfit is from another
culture. The western culture, and it's called a suit."
Chan's expression took on a guilty look.
I wore the suit that night. But was it a wrong thing to do?"
Su Chan didn't react, Li Yundong gave her hand a little nudge.
Chan shook her head.
Again, I wore the suit. But does that make me less respectable? Or look less
Chan shook her head, slower this time.
The same principle applies for using knives and chopsticks to eat our meals.
There's no right or wrong here. It's just a different way of doing
that night when we were chased out of our old home?" Li Yundong smirked.
"Well, I'm sure you won't forget, since you were crying like a baby in
front of everyone. Then you started yelling all this stuff about me becoming a
hero or something."
Chan blushed and tried to pull her hand away from his grasp, but he tightened
then after you were done crying like a baby, you told me I'd always been nice
what I told you right after that?"
said... You said that everyone should be nice to each other. That the world is
going to become a better place if everyone's nice..."
I did. And I truly believe that." Li Yundong sighed. "Well, you see,
one way of being nice is by respecting each other regardless of skin color,
culture, or any other stuff that makes people different."
a foreigner suddenly comes up to you and starts talking trash and mocking our
Chinese culture, how would you feel?"
Yundong smiled. "Exactly. You'll feel angry. Then do you think it's fair
for others to mock our culture?"
So the same principle applies to us as well. We don't go around mocking other
people's cultures. We try to respect them."
understand, Yundong. I'll watch my words next time."
Yundong ruffled Su Chan's hair. "Good."
he released Su Chan's hand and looked up, he saw Zhou Qin sitting in a chair at
an unoccupied table, smirking at him. Zhou Qin stood up and strode towards
them. There were still noticeable wine stains on the skirt of her dress, but at
least it looked somewhat dry.
lesson there, Confucius," Zhou Qin said as she took her seat.
Yundong chuckled. "Stop joking around." Then, he studied Zhou Qin for
a moment. "You okay?"
good. It was an unfortunate accident." Zhou Qin paused with a quirk of an
eyebrow. "Though I believe the waitstaff here needs a serious lesson in
Yundong chuckled and shook his head. He glanced at Su Chan, who was staring
down at her lap.
Chan lifted her gaze. "Hmm?"
worry about it, okay? Just enjoy the meal. Are you up for a feast?" Li Yundong
wiggled his eyebrows.
Chan giggled, then bobbed her head twice. Food always worked on Su Chan.
Qin raised her hand to summon the waitstaff. When a waiter (a new one, not the
wine-spilling one) came, she said, "Please give us three pairs of
Yundong nearly fell off his chair when he heard the request. He gaped at Zhou
Qin, who just smiled back at him.
waiter was now staring at Zhou Qin like she was nuts.
Zhou Qin... Is that even appropriate? I don't think they have chopsticks at
Zhou Qin winked at Li Yundong, he suddenly saw the twinkle of mischief in her
you see... it's just that I suddenly
have a craving for Fusion cuisine..." Zhou Qin quirked her brow.
"What can I say? Having wine spilled all over her dress does that to a
Yundong burst into laughter. So Zhou Qin did
have a playful side after all. This was gold. He gave Zhou Qin a thumbs up,
then stared at the waiter's gobsmacked expression. "Well? You heard the
lady. Three pairs of chopsticks! What are you waiting for? Chop! Chop!"
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but sir... This is a fine-dining restaurant..."
waiter looked so much like a kicked puppy that Li Yundong almost took pity on
the guy. Almost. He shared a glance with Zhou Qin. The teasing glint in Zhou
Qin's eyes brightened just a tad. Li Yundong suppressed a laugh. Who knew Zhou
Qin had such a playful side hidden beneath that Ice Queen exterior? Pulling a prank
at a fine-dining restaurant? Boy. This was going to make his day.
Qin schooled her features and turned to the waiter who was practically
squirming at that point. Everyone in the restaurant was now watching their
table, but Zhou Qin didn't seem to care. Zhou Qin regarded the waiter for a
moment, her eyes regal and unyielding. "Do I need to repeat myself?"
Zhou Qin arched an eyebrow. "Three pairs of chopsticks. I know you have
dude might need to file a claim for his health insurance after all if that
grimace on his face was anything to go by. The guy might even need plastic
surgery to undo the severe contortions that he had done to his own face.
God… You're full of surprises, Zhou Qin..." Li Yundong said after the
Qin’s only response was a smirk.
later, the waiter returned with, guess what, three pairs of chopsticks.
dining with chopsticks," Li Yundong said, lifting his wine glass.
"All the food connoisseurs out there are going to have a field day."
Qin smirked and lifted her own glass. "To a new era of Fusion
Yundong chuckled and clinked his glass against Zhou Qin's.
This was going to be an interesting meal.
meal went on without any further mishaps, thank heavens. While he ate, Li
Yundong found himself constantly scanning every corner of the restaurant for
potential threats. He had no clue where this newfound need for heightened
vigilance and situational awareness came from, but he figured it was better to
be safe than sorry. He supposed being forced to dodge bullets could do that to
a guy. Not that there were actual threats in the restaurant. He did notice
quite a few stares directed at their table, but none of them seemed malicious.
A few condescending looks were tossed his way, no doubt because of the
chopsticks, but that was it as far as malicious went. The rest of the stares
were aimed at Su Chan and Zhou Qin, which, truth be told, held more admiration
than malice. Funny how these clever folks had completely missed the fact that
the two ladies were using chopsticks too.
Chan seemed awfully subdued after that moral lesson he had given her earlier.
It wasn't his intention to make her feel bad or anything, but he had to at
least try to rein in her tendency to say the wrong things during social
situations. It did, however, made him wonder just what kind of things her
master had been teaching her all these years? Was Cultivation the only thing
she'd been taught back in the mountains? And why wouldn't she tell him who she was
and where she came from? It wasn't like he was asking her to tell him about the
drug or anything. If she didn’t want to tell him about the drug, then fine, he
could live with that. For now.
just wanted to know at least something about her past. Maybe her parents? Her
village, hometown, or wherever it was that she stayed at back in the mountains.
Was she ashamed of who she was? Was that why she refused to tell him about
herself? Did she lead a deplorable past?
Yundong stole a glance at Su Chan. Well, as far as he could tell, Su Chan had a
good heart. She could've killed those goons who'd ambushed them the other
night, but she didn't. She also seemed pretty concerned about Ding Nan and Zhou
Qin's well-being yesterday. Hell, if she could see value and worth in the fat
loser that was his past self, then she couldn't have been a bad person. Could a
terrible person see past someone's hideous appearance to reach the goodness
Yundong shook his head slightly. No. He didn't think so.
Chan wasn't a bad person. She made a lot of mistakes and faux pas because she didn't
know enough about the world outside of the mountains, not because she was
to think of it...
did she get here? How did she end up in Tiannan City?
now, she was still so clueless about the world, so it was obvious that she
hadn’t spent a lot of time outside the mountains before they met.
she only get here the day she met him?
waiter's serving cart stopped beside their table. The waiter removed a plate of
something from the cart, then placed it at the center of their table. The dish
looked like a large piece of ham with brown sauce drizzled all over it.
Although Li Yundong would bet his entire bank account (and overdraft) that it
wasn't ham he was staring at.
Qin grabbed her chopsticks, then picked up a slice of the meat. Much to his
surprise, she placed the slice on his plate instead of her own.
it," Zhou Qin said, smiling at him. This is called foie gras, one of
French cuisine's signature dishes."
Yundong nodded and picked up his chopsticks. He didn't even try to pronounce
the name of the dish lest he embarrass himself.
mishap was more than enough, thank you very much.
Yundong picked up the slice and bit into half of it. The meat tasted
surprisingly like beef, though, again, Li Yundong doubted that it was actually beef.
If it were beef, they would've called it steak or something instead of some
gobbledygook. The meat’s texture was soft and buttery. Smooth, too, as though
the meat was melting the moment it touched his mouth.
actually goose liver," Zhou Qin explained, sipping her wine. Li Yundong
glanced up, then gave Zhou Qin a nod.
Yundong brought his chopsticks to Su Chan's lips. "Wanna try?"
Chan didn't even hesitate. She bit off the remaining half of the slice and
chewed. Her face lit up instantly. "Not bad..." she said. "But I
still prefer Yundong's cooking."
Qin lowered her flute. "You cook?"
Yundong smiled. "Yeah." He shrugged. "Nothing too fancy though.
Just a couple of Chinese dishes and that's it. I'm totally clueless when it
comes to French cuisine. But I guess that's pretty obvious by now."
Qin seemed impressed. "Wow... I mean, I know a lot of things, but cooking
is..." Zhou Qin chuckled. "It's not something I'd put on my resume
any time soon."
Yundong was pretty sure that she didn't need a resume. Her name should do the
trick just fine.
Yundong bit into a piece of shellfish. "That might not be such a bad
thing, you know," he said after swallowing. "All that smoke would
take a toll on your skin if you ladies spend too much time inside the kitchen.
Yundong shot Su Chan a pointed look.
Chan had the decency to blush, no doubt remembering the time where their entire
kitchen got blown to kingdom come when Su Chan tried to "cook."
What is it?"
Yundong turned away from Su Chan and saw Zhou Qin studying him curiously. Li
Yundong chuckled and leaned against his chair. "Well, let's just say that
my kitchen had seen better days before"—Li Yundong jabbed a finger at a
blushing Su Chan—"this one
stepped into it."
she stuck out her tongue at him and went back to her food.
like there's a story there," Zhou Qin remarked.
Yundong smirked. "Oh, you have no idea..." he said, then went back to
Qin took the hint and didn't ask again.
meal went on quietly for a while until they were interrupted by the waiter's
approach. The waiter stopped beside Zhou Qin and spoke to her in a subdued
tone. "I'm sorry, miss, but a customer has already pre-ordered the last of
our Beluga caviar today."
let me speak to your manager," Zhou Qin said.
Qin... Is that really necessary?" Li Yundong asked when the waiter left to
get the manager.
Qin smiled at him. "Yes, it is."
know we can just switch to another dish, right? I'm sure the other dishes taste
just as good."
they won't be the best," Zhou Qin stated firmly. "You saved my life
yesterday. It's only right that I repay you with the best."
this was how the rich and wealthy do things, putting a price tag on literally
everything. Somehow, he wasn't even surprised.
did surprise him though, was the fact that the manager was local.
manager stopped beside their table, then bowed at Zhou Qin.
may I serve you, miss?"
Yundong lowered his chopsticks and watched the exchange.
to your staff, the last of your Beluga caviar has been pre-ordered."
manager smiled. "Yes indeed, miss. I'm terribly sorry about that. Beluga
roe is highly rare, and we only have a limited supply of it every month. Most
of our regular customers know this, so they pre-ordered it. Would you like to
switch your order to some of our other dishes, miss?"
of answering, Zhou Qin regarded the manager steadily.
poor guy was sweating bullets at this point.
Yundong decided that it was time for him to step in.
Qin, it's really no big deal. We can just—"
the previous order." Zhou Qin took out a gold card from her purse and
handed it to the manager.
manager blanched the moment he saw the gold card.
well, miss. I'll make the necessary arrangements," said the manager,
taking the gold card with both hands, and with reverence.
please purchase a knee-length dress from the mall beside the restaurant,"
Zhou Qin said. "Your staff spilled wine onto my clothes earlier."
manager apologized to Zhou Qin profusely before leaving their table.
Li Yundong did a facepalm right now, he would probably break his neck or punch
a hole through his face. He honestly didn't know what to make of that power
play. It was lost on him how the rich operate.
Yundong chuckled. "Is that what you rich folks do all the time? Flash a
card, and people will scramble around to do your bidding?"
Hell. I think I might need a break from
all this... Li Yundong glanced around for the bathroom.
rich. The poor. We all have our own set of problems..."
loneliness he detected from Zhou Qin's voice made him do a double-take.
for one, envy you two." Zhou Qin studied him and Su Chan with her gaze.
"I hope you'll both stay with each other forever."
Chan chose that moment to insert herself into the conversation. "You bet!
We're meant to be together, Yundong and I!"
Yundong felt a tug in his arm. When he looked to the side, Su Chan was clinging
on to him.
Yundong smiled and pinched Su Chan's face. "Hey, hey... Let me go."
Chan pulled back suddenly and gave him a hurt look. "Are you tired of me
Yundong laughed. "No, silly. I'm just gonna head to the men's room for a
bit." He raised a brow. "Don't tell me you wanna tag along too?"
Su Chan made a face at him. "Go on then. Shoo. Shoo."
Yundong shook his head in amusement. Then, he turned to Zhou Qin and gave her a
nod. "Excuse me. I won’t be long."
Yundong stood up and left their table.
wondered what he would see in the men's room. Gold-plated urinals?
alarm bells sounded in Li Yundong's mind when he returned to their table a
while later. Su Chan and Zhou Qin were both staring blankly at each other, not
to mention the strange air surrounding them. Oh shit... Don't tell me they got into a fight while I was away...
Yundong sat down warily and eyed the two women for a moment. Then, he snapped
his fingers a few times. "Hey. Hey. What's the matter with you two?"
Qin sighed and shook her head slightly. "Oh... It's nothing. I
just..." Zhou Qin sipped her wine. "I just realized that sometimes…
Sometimes the things that you've missed out on tend to be the most precious
the heck was that supposed to mean?
turned and shot Su Chan a glare. "Hey. Did you say something silly again,
Chan looked utterly affronted. "You're so mean!" She smacked Li
Yundong's arm. "Do I look like someone who says silly things?"
Was she f*cking kidding him right now?
Yundong nodded. "Yes. Yes you do."
huge pout on Su Chan's lips made him want to reach out and pinch it. Or kiss
Chan smacked his arm again. "Meanie!"
be too hard on her," Zhou Qin said. "She just told me some of the experiences
you shared together. You're..." Zhou Qin trailed off.
Yundong regarded Zhou Qin steadily and noted the faraway look in her eyes.
Seconds later, Zhou Qin shook her head and cleared her throat. Then, she held
Li Yundong's gaze. "I mean, you treat her really well."
Yundong smiled at Zhou Qin, then turned to Su Chan.
that it was a losing battle, Li Yundong reached out and pinched Su Chan's
pouted lips, which earned him another smack on the hand. He made a few more
attempts to tickle Su Chan, which ended up with Su Chan twisting around in her
seat and giggling like a schoolgirl. Li Yundong released a wistful sigh and
looked at Zhou Qin again.
could I not?"
a brief moment, their table was silent except for the tapping of Su Chan's
chopsticks against her plate.
to see that at least one of them was in a mood to feast.
Qin was still staring at him, no doubt waiting for him to elaborate.
Yundong gave Zhou Qin a meaningful look.
I was like this," he said, gesturing at his face. "Everyone only saw
me as a fat loser."
Qin opened her mouth to protest, but Li Yundong silenced her with a raise of
bother denying it." Li Yundong smirked. "I'm not stupid. I know what everyone
has been saying behind my back. And fat
is definitely one of the kindest compared to all the other stuff they said
about me." Li Yundong glanced at Su Chan. "She was the only person
who thought of me as someone worth a damn. The only person." Li Yundong
turned back to Zhou Qin. "So yeah. I'll be damned if I don't treat her
like a princess."
You’re all talk and no action. You’re always so mean to me!" Su Chan
Stop talking back to me."
Yundong and Su Chan teased each other for a while until he noticed the tension
in Zhou Qin body language. She looked a little pale too.
Zhou Qin. Are you alright?"
Zhou Qin could answer, a waiter came over and handed Zhou Qin a new dress. Zhou
Qin took the dress and smiled at Li Yundong. Her smile seemed forced.
me," she said, standing up from her chair. "I'm gonna go get
Yundong glanced at Zhou Qin's ruined skirt, then nodded. "Sure. But you
better make it quick. Or else that glutton over there"—Li Yundong pointed
at Su Chan—"will gobble up all the food and leave nothing for you."
Li Yundong winked at Su Chan. "Twenty bowls of rice, remember?"
Chan smacked and clawed at Li Yundong's arms repeatedly. "I hate you! I
hate you! Why do you always make fun of me!"
Yundong chuckled. By the time he raised his head, Zhou Qin was already gone.
while later, Li Yundong and Su Chan were staring at the twelve dishes that the
waiter had just brought to their table. Zhou Qin was still nowhere to be seen.
Yundong..." Su Chan whispered beside him. "These look kinda expensive."
Yundong stared at Su Chan in mild disbelief. Yeah? You only realize this now? That should've been obvious from
the moment they walked into this place.
much do you think all this cost?" Su Chan whispered again.
honestly wasn't even sure he wanted to know.
Yundong cleared his throat, then studied the dishes on the table for a while.
"Several thousand at least?"
heard a snort coming from the table beside theirs. He turned and saw a waiter
rolling his eyes at him.
Yundong's cheek heated up.
Chan tugged his sleeve. "Um... Yundong... What if..."
Yundong turned and saw Su Chan glancing around the restaurant as though she was
looking for someone.
Li Yundong nudged her.
Chan leaned towards him and said, "What if Zhou Qin decided to leave us
Yundong jumped slightly as though someone had shoved a porcupine up his ass. He
glanced at the washroom. Still no signs of Zhou Qin.
Yundong forced a smile. "Nah... She wouldn't just leave us..." He
hoped his voice at least sounded a little bit reassuring.
Chan shot him a worried look. Okay. Maybe not.
what if she did?" Su Chan asked. "What if we couldn't afford anything
Yundong smacked Su Chan's forehead. "Then I'll leave you here to wash
Chan looked at him like a hurt puppy. "H- ho- how could you?"
Yundong chuckled and ruffled her hair. "No, silly. I wouldn't do that.
Zhou Qin wouldn't do that either..."
She damn well better not. I saved her
life yesterday, for f*ck's sake. She wouldn't do that to me, right?
worried Yundong... I don't want you to get into trouble again..."
Don't worry about—"
yo, yo! Look who we have here?"
Yundong turned around at the familiar voice.
Great... Just when I thought this day
couldn't get any worse...
back at them was a good-looking man who had tried to "buy" his seat
the other day — the noveau riche, Liu Chuan.
Chapter 90 A Rich Fool
Li Yundong could say anything, Liu Chuan was right beside their table along
with his entourage, which consisted of a bunch of good-looking men and women.
well, well... What a coincidence!"
Yundong decided that he didn't like the look on Liu Chuan's face.
I see you've ordered the full-course meal, eh? Whoa! Tsk, tsk! What's
this?" Liu Chuan turned around to give his entourage a look. "Using
chopsticks at a fine dining restaurant!" Liu Chuan guffawed. "Man... This is creativity on a whole new
Li Yundong lifted his gaze and appraised Liu Chuan's entourage, the giggles
stopped immediately. Li Yundong smirked. Call him vain, but he was glad he had
that kind of effect on people these days; he could end a fight or a confrontation
before it even began.
Yundong returned his gaze to Liu Chuan, who was now entertaining one of his
groupies with an attempt to pick up a shellfish with Zhou Qin's chopsticks. Looks like this guy hasn't learned his
lesson last time.
Yundong regarded Liu Chuan for a moment.
I bet this is about revenge...
Chuan got humiliated the other day when Li Yundong had him pinned up against
the wall with one hand. Li Yundong didn't remember much—he was in a Zouhuo Rumo
state—about that incident, but he knew that Liu Chuan became the university's
laughing stock after that day. Apparently, Li Yundong's violent behavior had
caused Liu Chuan to forget all about his potty training. Some said that Liu
Chuan had peed himself while others mentioned that he had shitted himself. Li
Yundong personally thought that it was both.
Yundong did a quick scan across the restaurant. No signs of Zhou Qin yet.
Yundong had a feeling that this would be over very quickly if Zhou Qin were
Yundong smirked. He wondered what would happen if he announced to the entire
restaurant about Liu Chuan little "accident." He was honestly
surprised that his entourage hadn't heard about it already. Then again, maybe
they did, just that Liu Chuan's big, fat, checkbook was too hard to say no to.
Chuan planted himself in Zhou Qin's chair. From the corner of his eyes, Li
Yundong noticed Su Chan's scowl. Li Yundong patted Su Chan's knee under the
table, then gave her a subtle head shake. No need to cause any trouble here.
This should be handled with tact.
Chuan appeared to be studying the dishes on their table. "Not bad, not
bad... You even knew what to order. I didn't know you have it in you... Hmm...
the full thirteen courses... Oh, wait, wait, wait. Something isn't right... One
course is missing!" Liu Chuan's face morphed into a smug look. He turned
to the side and waved at someone in his entourage. "Hey, babe. Come here for
beautiful woman who wore heavy make-up strode over. "Um... Liu Chuan... Who
are they? Are they your friends?"
he's my classmate," Liu Chuan said offhandedly, pulling the woman into his
Liu Chuan gestured at the table. "There's a course missing on this table.
Can you guess which one? I'll give you a big reward if you guess it
rest of Liu Chuan's friends, which consisted of two men and two women, came
over as well.
Yundong chuckled and put down his chopsticks. Oh... Now I see where this is going... He leaned back in his chair
and crossed his arms in front of his chest. He believed he had just figured out
the identity of the customer whose pre-order Zhou Qin had just canceled earlier.
A small smile tugged at Li Yundong's lips as he watched Liu Chuan running the
show. Or at least the guy thought he
was running the show. This pathetic, attention-seeking drama queen had no idea
that he was in for a huge surprise, and Li Yundong certainly had no plans on
telling him. Why ruin all the fun?
their table, the two men and two women who came into the restaurant with Liu
Chuan whispered among themselves. Li Yundong heard a few French terms being
tossed around as they tried to guess the name of the missing dish. Despite the
promise of a reward, the woman in Liu Chuan's lap wasn't as enthusiastic about
the guessing game as were her other companions. Instead, the woman kept
sneaking glances at Su Chan. Li Yundong had to hold back his smirk every time
he detected the look of insecurity on the woman's face.
babe? Can you guess what the missing dish is?"
woman tore her gaze away from Su Chan. "Aww... I really can't guess,
baby... This is my first time trying out French cuisine! You know that! Why
don't you...um…" The woman traced circles near the collar of Liu Chuan's
shirt. "Why don't you teach me?" Her voice was so sickeningly sweet
that it nearly made Li Yundong throw up.
Chuan's face was practically dripping smugness at this point. He waved his hand
across the table.
and gentlemen, the missing dish is... wait for it..."
Yundong suppressed the urge to roll his eyes. F*cking drama queen. Should I do a drum roll for you too?
Beluga caviar!" Liu Chuan announced proudly. "It's one of French
Cuisine’s finest dishes. And also one of the most luxurious!"
spread across the table. Li Yundong smiled when he saw the look of recognition flitting
across Su Chan's face. About time she
figured it out...
Chuan hooked his finger under Miss Groupie's chin. "I brought you guys
here today because I managed to pre-order this restaurant's Beluga caviar. This
restaurant serves the freshest and the best Beluga caviar in the city. They
only have a limited supply though. And the waiting list was so long that I
actually had to wait for half a year!"
Yundong detected movement beside him. He turned and saw Su Chan shift to the
edge of her chair before leaning towards him.
she whispered. "Just now Zhou Qin canceled someone's order, right? Don't
tell me it's—"
Yundong grabbed Su Chan's knee under the table, then shook his head at her.
Chan took the hint and stopped talking.
Yundong brought his lips to her ear, trying hard not to laugh. "Let's just
sit back and watch how this plays out, okay? No need to ruin their fun."
I knew it! I knew you're the best, Brother Liu!" Miss Groupie said
fawningly. "I've heard about it from my friends. They used to complain
about how hard it was to order this restaurant's famous Beluga caviar. They
tried a lot of times, but none of them even made it to the waiting list! Is
there anything you can't do, Brother Liu?"
Yundong sniggered inwardly. I bet I could
list down a few. Maintaining bladder and bowel control, for instance.
wait, Brother Liu," Miss Groupie went on. "Why is there a grading
system for caviars?"
Li Yundong sat up straighter and leaned forward a little. Good question. He was
kind of curious about that too. Suddenly, the conversation stilled. Li Yundong
studied Liu Chuan's face, waiting for him to answer. However, instead of
looking smug, Liu Chuan looked downright uncomfortable.
Holy shit... the guy doesn't know!
laugh escaped Li Yundong's lips, which he quickly masked as a cough. Li Yundong
reached for his flute and took a small sip of wine.
Liu... Why don't we order the same dishes?" Miss Groupie said, no doubt
giving Liu Chuan an out. Li Yundong set down his flute and pressed his lips
together to smother his smile.
a fool. Rich, yes. But still a fool. A f*cking imbecile.
you know how much this full-course meal costs?" Liu Chuan said.
Li Yundong didn't miss the smug look Liu Chuan had thrown his way before he
asked that question.
fool just had to dig himself deeper into this. This was going to be fun to
I don't know, Brother Liu..." Miss Groupie said shyly. There was a brief
pause, then she added, "Don't tell me you can't afford it, Brother
Chuan snorted. "Some people
might not be able to afford it. Not me."
Liu Chuan pointed at the ham-like dish. "This foie gras alone costs
several thousand yuan. All of these dishes cost around 24 thousand yuan! And much
higher if we add in the Beluga caviar!"
Yundong cringed inwardly.
felt a tug on his sleeve. Su Chan was looking at him worriedly.
is too expensive..." she whispered. "We can't afford it..."
table shook a little as Liu Chuan's guffawed.
there was no point in reminding Su Chan to keep her voice down now.
my, my... You guys might have just made my day! Good God! This is probably the
joke of the century!" Liu Chuan stopped laughing and pointed at Li
Yundong. "You should know your place, buddy. Don't come to a place like
this if you're flat out broke! What are you guys planning, eh? An
and chortles ensued.
Yundong smirked, but made no comments. He glanced to his side when he heard Su
Chan's low growl. His princess honestly looked like she was about to do a
number on Liu Chuan's nutsack. Li Yundong gripped Su Chan's hand under the
table to prevent her from doing anything stupid.
Chan glared back at him, her eyes flashing with anger.
Yundong brought his lips closer to her ear. "Don't worry," he
whispered. "I know what he's gonna do."
Chan gave him a questioning look.
let him talk," Li Yundong whispered. "Like I said, I know what's he's
gonna do. And we'll be the ones having the last laugh. I promise." He gave
Su Chan's hand a brief squeeze before letting go.
Chuan slapped his thighs a few times as the last of his laughter subsided.
what a joke. A penniless dude coming into a restaurant like this," Liu
Chuan said, swiping a stray tear from the corner of his eye. "You wouldn't
be able to settle the debt even if you offer to wash dishes in this restaurant
Chan looked at Li Yundong again, her eyes flashing dangerously.
Yundong gave her a reassuring smile. "Just trust me," he mouthed the
words to her.
then, Liu Chuan raised his hand in the air and summoned the waiter.
the tab for this table on me," Liu Chuan told the waiter.
waiter seemed surprised at the request. "Everything, sir?"
Everything!" Liu Chuan said. "This is nothing after all."
waiter studied Liu Chuan for a moment before leaving the table with a strange
smile. Li Yundong flicked a glance at Su Chan, who now had a look of realization
on her face. Li Yundong raised his brows and gave her a small shrug. See? I told you so.
yourself lucky that you ran into me today," Liu Chuan said in a smug tone.
"And also... about that thing between
us last time... Let's just call it even, eh? But, here's some free advice. Know
your place, otherwise you're gonna run into trouble, like today. Eat at a place
that fits your status. And for God's sake, don't use chopsticks in a
fine-dining restaurant." Liu Chuan tilted his head slightly towards an occupied
table nearby. "You're gonna embarrass us in front of the Westerners."
Yundong just smiled and said nothing. He didn't even want to waste his breath
on that moron; it wasn't worth the time and effort to give a shit about snobs
like Liu Chuan. They could flaunt their status and money for all he cared, but
take those material things away, and what are they? An empty shell with no
notable qualities to speak of.
waiter stopped beside their table with the bill, then smiled at Liu Chuan.
"That will be 132,500 yuan in total. Shall I charge the amount on your
credit card, sir?"
Chuan's wide-eyed stare brought Li Yundong a surge of satisfaction. "H- h-
waiter's smile didn't waver. "That will be 132,500 yuan, sir."
Chuan snatched the bill and gave it a quick glance. "132,500? What the— You
think I'm an idiot?" He glared at the waiter. "I'm a regular here, so
I know your menu. Together, these twelve dishes should only cost about 24
but there's another dish that hasn't been served up yet."
dish? Stop joking around! What dish could cost more than 100 thousand?"
the Beluga caviar, of course!"
the look on the bastard's face!
Yundong had to bite the insides of his cheek to stop himself from laughing.
y- you o-ordered the caviar..." Liu Chuan said. "B- but how! I was on
the waiting list for months! And you j- just walked in and... No! That's not
possible! Could it be that you ordered it even earlier than I did?"
him, Su Chan burst into giggles.
some miracle, Li Yundong managed to compose himself enough to answer Liu
I didn't order it ahead of time," Li Yundong said offhandedly. "I
just came in and ordered it straight from the menu. I mean… I didn't even know
it's that expensive. I just thought it looked pretty cool and ordered it."
even the waiter could hold back his laughter at this point.
Chuan honestly looked like he was seconds away from vomiting blood.
waiter suddenly cleared his throat. "Sir, shall I charge it on your credit
Yundong did a quick scan of the restaurant, which had gone completely silent.
Everyone was staring at their table now: the other customers; the waitstaff;
even Liu Chuan's companions.
silence stretched on for several seconds before Liu Chuan broke it with a huff.
"Fine! I'm a man of my word after all!"
Groupie was clearly relieved as she practically sagged against Liu Chuan's
chest. "Aww... You're such a generous man, Brother Liu!"
Yundong grinned, then clapped his hands a few times. "Indeed,
indeed!" he said, raising his flute. "A toast to this generous
round of laughter permeated the restaurant. Even the waitstaff seemed to have
forgotten their duties and had joined in their customers’ mirth.
Groupie shrieked and nearly fell off Liu Chuan's lap when Liu Chuan stood up
Yundong watched Liu Chuan storm off towards the table he had reserved. Liu
Chuan's friends followed him to their table, though some of them honestly
looked like they'd rather be elsewhere. Li Yundong shook his head and lowered
waiter's serving cart stopped beside their table once again. Li Yundong thanked
the waiter after he had placed a plate containing a clump of dark, bead-like
substance, which he now knew cost more than 100 thousand yuan. When he turned
to Su Chan, he saw that her face was buried against her arms, which were folded
on top of the table, her shoulders quivering violently with laughter.
Yundong reached over and poked her ribs a few times. Su Chan raised her head
and revealed her face, which was flushed in the most adorable way imaginable.
Yundong jerked his head towards another table not far away from theirs. Liu
Chuan and his groupies had just settled into that table.
watching," Li Yundong said conspiratorially. "Show's not over
Yundong glanced towards Liu Chuan's table.
yeah. The show was definitely still on.
while later, the show that Li Yundong had been waiting for finally came. The
manager strode towards Liu Chuan's table with an apologetic look on his face.
Li Yundong glanced towards Su Chan to make sure she was watching. She was.
me, sir? Are you Mr. Liu Chuan?"
Chuan gave the manager an impatient look. "Yes, that's me. Why hasn't my
Beluga caviar been served yet?"
sorry, Mr. Liu. But the Beluga caviar is no longer available—"
is that supposed to mean?"
You see, sir... The thing is—"
pre-ordered it months ago!"
There has been a mistake, and the order was supposed to go to someone
That doesn't even make sense! I've been on the waiting list for months! How
could you just..." Liu Chuan took a deep breath. "Who? Who got the
manager turned and pointed awkwardly towards Li Yundong's table. "They
Liu Chuan glanced over, Li Yundong picked up his flute and saluted Liu Chuan
Chuan was gaping at them like a fish.
about this, sir. As a token of our apology for the mix-up, we shall serve you
another one of our finest caviar dishes, the Osetra caviar. On the
Yundong wasn't even listening anymore. He lowered his flute and dissolved into
his laughter subsided, he scooped a spoonful of Beluga caviar and then placed
it on an empty plate.
a bunch of kind folks, aren't they?" Li Yundong said dryly, pushing the
plate towards Su Chan. "We couldn't afford any of these, sure. But now
look at us!" He waved across their table. "We get to enjoy these
luxury foods without having to pay a single cent all thanks to that generous
man over there. Ah... My faith in humanity is restored."
Chan smothered her laugh behind her hands.
know, Su Chan..." Li Yundong said with a straight face.
Su Chan's face was still flushed after all that laughing earlier.
given the choice between having more money and having more brain cells. I'd go
with the latter any day."
Chan giggled and ate a spoonful of caviar.
see, people with brains would eventually find ways to accumulate wealth,"
Li Yundong went on. "Rich fools, on the other hand, would eventually go
broke because they have no idea how to spend their money wisely."
Mm-hmm!" Su Chan nodded, her cheeks puffed out adorably as she chewed.
Yundong chuckled, then raised his index finger. "Moral of the
Chan was still chewing her food, but he knew he had her full attention.
like a knife, or a pair of chopsticks, money is just a tool. It's value depends
on its user. In the hands of kind and intelligent people, it becomes a powerful
resource. In the hands of dumb people, however..." Li Yundong looked
towards Liu Chuan's table pointedly. "It will just be a total waste."
Yundong returned his gaze to Su Chan. She had stopped chewing and was now
looking at him with starry eyes. He recognized that look. She had given him
that same look the other night when he told her about visualizing nine lotus
thrones during Guanxiang.
Yundong leaned back in his chair, then replayed his words.
he said, then looked towards Su Chan with his brows raised. "When did I
become so wise?"
passed in silence.
the two of them burst into laughter.
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Chapter 91 Never Ever Waste Food!
loud smack interrupted Li Yundong and Su Chan's enjoyment of their 100 thousand
yuan dish. Li Yundong glanced towards Liu Chuan's table.
is outrageous!" Liu Chuan's table shook after his fist pounded into it.
Liu Chuan was now up on his feet, pointing an accusatory finger at the
restaurant manager who clambered back a few steps.
please c- calm down, sir... Like I said, we will serve you and your friends
another dish, and it will be on the house..."
back of the manager's legs hit the edge of an unoccupied table after Liu Chuan
shoved the poor guy’s chest.
Yundong frowned and lowered his spoon. He pushed his chair out slightly and shifted
his legs so that his feet were no longer under the table. Seriously? This moron
was going to start a fight here? In an upscale restaurant? Clearly, wealth
wasn’t an accurate measure for class and sophistication.
dare you people cancel my order without my permission!" Liu Chuan roared.
please calm down. There will be a refund—"
don't give a f*ck about your refund. I want an explanation! I ordered it first.
So how come they got the dish?"
Liu Chuan jabbed a finger towards their table.
Enough was enough. Time for him to intervene. The poor manager was probably
going to end up with a black eye if he didn't step in.
Yundong moved to stand up, but then something he saw made him stop. Looks like there's no need for me to
intervene after all. Li Yundong smirked and leaned back in his chair. Oh, this is gonna be fun to watch...
manager was still desperately trying to calm Liu Chuan down.
Like I said, sir. We apologize. But due to certain unforeseen circumstances, we
had no choice but to cancel your order. I assure you we—"
circumstances?" Liu Chuan sneered. "Then how do you feel about having
your restaurant shut down due to unforeseen
circumstances as well?"
manager paled. "Sir, we truly meant no disrespect. But the other customer
had been very insistent that—"
Chuan released a derisive sneer. "Who?! Who has the balls to cancel my
order. And I'm gonna bet all my assets that it wasn't that penniless loser over
there!" Liu Chuan jerked his chin towards Li Yundong.
"I canceled your order," said a cold
voice. "You got a problem with that?"
Chuan huffed out in anger, then turned around.
course I have a prob—" Liu Chuan gasped. "Z- Zh- Zhou Qin? Wh- what
are you doing here?"
Yundong crossed his arms in front of his chest. God, seriously. The drama never ends with these rich people. It never
Qin stopped right beside Liu Chuan's table, then leveled a cold gaze at Liu
Chuan. Her LV purse hung from one elbow while a large shopping bag hung from
treating my friends to lunch, of course," Zhou Qin said. "Why? You
have a problem with that too?"
Chuan smiled fawningly. "O- of course not, Zhou Qin. Why would I have a
problem with that? But you could've just called me and let me know if you wanted
to try the Beluga caviar. I'll let you have it. I mean, for old times' sake and
was a subtle lift of Zhou Qin's chin.
you just say let me have it?"
Zhou Qin smirked. "I'm going to make one thing clear. The things that I
want, I get. Nobody has to let me have it."
That comment was pretty badass. Li Yundong could admit that much. Spoken like a true femme fatale...
Yundong tried to picture in his head what Zhou Qin's future husband might look
like. Whoever he was, he had to have some serious cojones to go toe to toe with
Zhou Qin. Yeah. Serious cojones.
Balls of steel, in fact. How else could the poor guy endure having his balls
busted by Zhou Qin all day long?
Chuan was blushing to the tip of his ears at that point. Zhou Qin seemed like
she was so done with the conversation. Indeed, she turned away from Liu Chuan
and gave Li Yundong a smile.
to keep you guys waiting!" Zhou Qin said.
fine," Li Yundong said, though his eyes were focused on Liu Chuan's
friends, who were now whispering among themselves.
Yundong closed his eyes. When he felt the ball of heat in his lower abdomen, he
willed his Qi towards his Shenting. The buzzing returned to his ears instantly.
the time Li Yundong re-opened his eyes, sounds of their whispers filled his ears.
Look at her... She's so gorgeous when she smiles..." a guy said.
know right? She looked so cold just now that I almost thought she never smiles..."
the second guy replied.
You're wrong, brah. Women like her will only smile for people she
Qin pulled out her chair and sat down. Li Yundong smiled at her and tuned out
the voices from Liu Chuan's table.
minutes later, Zhou Qin pushed her plate away. "Um... Li Yundong..."
she said in a low voice.
Yundong glanced at her. "Yeah? You alright?"
fine, I just..." Zhou Qin leaned forward. "Do you think we can eat
Yundong regarded Zhou Qin for a second and noted how uncomfortable she looked.
Then, he flicked a glance towards Liu Chuan's table. Every occupant at that
table, including Liu Chuan, was staring at their table. I see…
Yundong returned his gaze to Zhou Qin and studied her for a while.
Did she mean switching to another table
Yundong took stock of their table. Zhou Qin had barely touched her food and,
truth be told, she looked like she wanted to be anywhere but here. Su Chan, on
the other hand, was busy stuffing food into her mouth because she was being...
well, Su Chan.
much for having a feast.
Yundong laid down his chopsticks on his plate. "Here's an idea," he
said. "Why don't I cook for all three of us?"
Qin's eyes snapped to his. "Are you suggesting that... that we... go to
Yundong shrugged. "The mood's ruined anyway," he said, jerking his
chin towards Liu Chuan's table. "All thanks to those assholes."
Chan preferred his cooking anyway, so there was no point in staying. Plus, they
wouldn't have to worry about wasting money since their food had already been
paid for by rich idiot over there.
you serious?" The sparkle returned to Zhou Qin's eyes for the first time
since her return from the ladies room.
Yundong smiled. "Yeah, I'm serious. I mean, if you can stomach my lowly
and humble cooking, then sure, I don’t mind cooking for you."
Qin was already waving for the waiter. "Nonsense. I'd be honored to try
your cooking." Zhou Qin smiled at Li Yundong, who was trying very hard not
our food has already been paid for."
you took care of the bill?" Zhou Qin said.
Yundong would've felt offended by the look of disbelief on Zhou Qin's face if it
weren't so funny, not to mention completely justified.
He did." Li Yundong pointed
towards Liu Chuan.
Zhou Qin shot a quick glance towards Liu Chuan's table. "Thanks," she
said, then turned away just as quickly.
probably didn't catch Liu Chuan's smile, which, if Li Yundong would venture a
guess, was meant to be charming. Sadly, it only made Liu Chuan's face look like
a case of plastic surgery gone horribly wrong.
Qin picked up her LV purse. "Shall we go then?" She looked at Li
Yundong eyed the remaining food on their table. "Not planning to get a
corner of Zhou Qin's lips lifted slightly. "Don't think that's a good
idea. It wouldn't taste as good if you keep it overnight."
was when Li Yundong saw that sudden twinkle of mischief in Zhou Qin’s eyes
again. When Zhou Qin practically shouted her next words, Li Yundong immediately
Chuan paid for our food, right? Why don't we just let them have the rest?"
the buzzing in his ear, Li Yundong could make out the sound of someone spitting
out their drink. (T/N: The buzzing is a result of Eryue; a Cultivation skill
that enables long-range hearing; activated when Cultivator's Qi is at their
Shenting) Li Yundong stole a glance at Liu Chuan's table, and zoomed in with
his vision. Liu Chuan's groupie was desperately wiping the front of Liu Chuan's
expensive-looking suit jacket with a napkin. Liu Chuan didn't even care; he was
too busy glaring at Li Yundong.
Yundong shook his head, then turned back to his own table. When he did, what he
saw nearly made him fall off his chair. Su Chan's mouth was stuffed with so
much food that her face looked like a frigging chipmunk!
Miss Chipmunk reached for another piece of shellfish (despite her full mouth),
Li Yundong smacked her forehead hard.
Miss Chipmunk glared at him indignantly. Some kind of dark sauce dribbled down
from the corner of her mouth. Good Lord
Almighty have mercy on my soul... Please. Please.
feminine giggled sounded. Li Yundong turned and saw Zhou Qin hiding her face
behind her hand, her shoulders quivering violently. No words could describe how
much Li Yundong wanted to kill himself right now. None. He almost wished Zhao
Yujian would return from the dead and then put a bullet in his skull. At least
he would be free of this torture.
Yundong smacked Su Chan's forehead again.
sauce escaped those massive chipmunk pouches.
of that!" Li Yundong hissed. "Stop eating and let's get out of here
already! God! You're such an embarrassment!"
eeep wood bee a wuuuaishh eeeshh wee doon fuwineesh duh fooo."
Lord God Almighty. O Great Buddha. O my
Lord Confucius. Or any other Shenxians who are kind enough to heed my plea.
Kill me now. Release me from this torture... Li Yundong pressed his
palms onto his eyes and sighed. Then, without further ado, he yanked Su Chan to
Shhteel not doon yeff!"
Yundong smacked Su Chan's hand when she tried to reach for the remaining Beluga
were out of the restaurant in record time. Leaning against a streetlamp, Li
Yundong banged his head against the lamppost a few times before letting out a long
groan. Now that they were outside, the buzzing in his ears grew louder. Not
loud enough, however, to muffle that annoying little voice at the back of his
mind which was urging him to go kill himself. Li Yundong glanced at Zhou Qin,
who was—thank God— no longer laughing her head off. As though sensing his eyes
on her, Zhou Qin looked up at him and cleared her throat. "I'll go get us
a cab," she said, her voice surprisingly aloof.
Zhou Qin left, Li Yundong turned to Su Chan, a reprimand already at the tip of
his tongue. His words stilled when he saw Su Chan staring longingly into the
restaurant through the glass window. Li Yundong followed her gaze; the waiter
had already begun clearing up their table.
Yundong sighed. "Should've gotten that takeout box after all..."
a takeout box?" Su Chan asked without taking her eyes off the glass
a box that—" Li Yundong sighed heavily. "Never mind..."
buzzing in his ears droned on as he and Su Chan observed the restaurant. The
waiter was now pushing the serving cart away from their table. Surprisingly,
the waiter stopped when he reached Liu Chuan's table. For some reason, the
waiter seemed a bit stressed out. Wait. What's
going on in there? When Li Yundong zoomed in his vision, he saw Liu Chuan
saying something to the waiter. The waiter squirmed and kept pulling at his
bowtie. Seconds later, the restaurant's manager appeared from the back of the
restaurant and was slowly approaching Liu Chuan's table.
Li Yundong focused his hearing on the sounds coming from inside the restaurant.
His telescopic vision now provided him with a blown up view of the manager's
face as he approached Liu Chuan's table cautiously. The poor guy was sweating
bullets. The waiter continued to squirm.
manager wiped his sweat off his brow when he stopped beside Liu Chuan's table.
"Sir... The Beluga caviar has barely been touched. Would you like
was a dull clack; Liu Chuan had practically slammed his flute against the linen
covering his table. "Are you— Are you shitting me right now! You're
serving me leftovers from another table? How dare you!"
manager wiped his forehead again. "N- n- no... that isn't what I..."
was another voice. It was soft and barely audible. Li Yundong focused harder
until the voice became audible. "... nothing wrong with that, Brother Liu.
You said it yourself that this stuff is worth 100 thousand yuan! What a waste
to just throw it away! Those guys barely tasted it! Plus, this stuff is in
short supply, right? You had to wait for months just to order it! We can't let
this opportunity go to waste, Brother Liu!"
Yundong zoomed in on Liu Chuan's face. The guy looked conflicted now, like he
was about to cave.
Liu Chuan scowled. "You guys have it if you want! Like hell I'm gonna eat
someone else's leftovers like some kind of…" Liu Chuan's face twisted in
distaste. "Some kind of beggar!"
Yundong rolled his eyes. I'm never gonna
understand what goes on in that idiot's mind...
on... just take it, Brother Liu..."
You paid for it... At least try some of it..."
cajoling and wheedling went on for about a minute before Liu Chuan caved. Liu
Chuan waved at the manager impatiently. "Whatever. Serve it up then."
Liu Chuan glared at the manager. "Don't ever cancel my order again. Have I made myself clear?"
sir..." said the manager. Li Yundong heard a sigh before the manager
indicated nodded at the waiter.
waiter lifted the plate containing the caviar from the serving cart and begun
lowering the plate onto Liu Chuan's table... what the—
Li Yundong yelled when Su Chan shook her hand free from his tight grasp.
tried to make a grab for her. Yeah, tried.
Somehow, Su Chan had managed to cover the distance between the lamppost and the
restaurant's entrance in less than a second. Holy f*cking shit! Sh- she's fast! Knowing that it was pointless to
chase after her, Li Yundong looked through the glass window into the
restaurant, then zoomed in. Su Chan was already inside, and was charging
towards Liu Chuan's table as though her life depended on it. Su Chan's rapid
footsteps resounded in his ears. Then, he watched in horror as Su Chan yanked
the plate from the poor waiter's hand. The poor guy didn't stand a chance and
nearly keeled over onto Liu Chuan's table. Su Chan activated Chipmunk mode and
gobbled down the caviar in three seconds.
didn't even use a f*cking spoon.
Chan licked her fingers and dumped the plate onto the serving cart. At least
she didn't lick the f*cking plate. Thank the Universe for small favors, really.
She turned and shot a sheepish look at everyone seated at Liu Chuan's table. "Sorry
guys... I forgot to eat that just now... Well. Bye..."
later, Su Chan was out of the restaurant and standing beside him again. Li Yundong
stared at her in disbelief. O Great
Buddha... Am I in heaven now? Have I achieved nirvana? Surely I must be getting
pretty close after all that torture I'd been put through...
Yundong's hearing was still focused on the sounds coming from inside the
restaurant, though he didn't even know the point in him doing that. The entire
restaurant was so silent that it was as though nobody was even breathing.
Yundong groaned into his hands, then looked up at Su Chan.
looked genuinely puzzled, and gosh darn it to hell, why did she have to look so
the matter, Yundong?" Su Chan asked quizzically.
Yundong pointed at the restaurant. "Why did you do that just now?"
Why the f*ck indeed?
Master told me to never waste food..."
Yundong just stared at her without answering.
guys! Our cab's here. I don’t know your address so you have to— what?"
Yundong turned and saw Zhou Qin standing there looking at the both of them.
Zhou Qin's phone was out.
Yundong closed his eyes and released his Qi from his Shenting.
the buzzing disappeared, he opened his eyes.
Qin's gaze was bouncing between him and Su Chan.
What did I miss?"
Chapter 92 A Fulfilling Meal
God! What on earth were you thinking! Why didn't you just tell me you wanted
the rest of the food? I would've asked for a takeaway box!"
I did tell you! You didn't hear me because you were too busy dragging me out
didn't hear you? See, here's the thing, princess. I couldn't hear you! Not with your mouth so full, Miss
monk? Ugh! How many times do I have to tell you that I'm not a Buddhist monk! And you just called me cheap! How could
Argh! Never mind..."
Qin pressed her lips together to stop herself from laughing. She had spent
pretty much the entire cab ride to New Hongsheng District listening to those
two bicker. And they were relentless, both of them, almost like they were a
couple who had been married for years. Zhou Qin bit down on her bottom lip; the
sharp pang in her chest was now impossible to ignore.
loud ding announced the elevator's arrival.
Qin followed Li Yundong and Su Chan into the elevator.
you can't just run back in and then gobble up the food that is about to be
served to another table!" Li Yundong pressed the button for the 20th
choice do I have? I was already outside the restaurant because you dragged me
out! Besides, what's wrong with going back in to finish our food?"
wrong with— It's impolite! God, you just embarrassed all of us!"
How could that be worse than wasting food? Hello?
Don't you know that it's a bad habit to waste food? Food is a precious
resource! There are a lot of people out there who are starvi—"
Don't talk back to me." Li Yundong smacked Su Chan's forehead.
Su Chan burped. Loudly.
Qin couldn't take it anymore. She clamped her hands over her mouth, and her
shoulders trembled with laughter. She even had to lean her body against the
metal wall of the elevator to support herself.
neither of those two seemed to have noticed the spectacle that Zhou Qin was
making of herself.
fine... Wasting food is bad, I get that. But you could have asked the waiter
politely for the food instead of just yanking
the plate straight out of his hand. And the way you ate... You have no table
manners at all! How hard is it to grab a goddamned spoon!"
Chan had a contrite expression now. Zhou Qin honestly thought the poor girl was
about to burst into tears.
Qin reined in her laughter and studied Li Yundong closely to see his reaction.
Yundong's response surprised Zhou Qin. He reached out and pinched Su Chan's
cheek a few times. "I know you have a healthy appetite. But remember what
I said about respecting other people, hmm? Table manners is a form of courtesy
Chan nodded obediently. "Oh. I'm sorry... I won't do it again next
baffled Zhou Qin how clueless Su Chan was and how tolerant Li Yundong was
towards her. How could a girl in this modern age know so little about social
decorum and polite behavior?
all seemed so strange. Su Chan was already in her teens. Well, at least she looked like a teenager. Yet, sometimes
her behavior was like that of a three-year-old. Did nobody teach her anything
when she was young? Was she an orphan?
did Li Yundong and Su Chan meet each other?
elevator arrived at the 20th floor. The three of them stepped into the corridor
after the doors slid open. Li Yundong and Su Chan walked ahead. Zhou Qin followed
behind them and watched their interaction without saying a word.
you at least enjoy the meal? I mean, out of all three of us, you're the one who
ate the most."
I don't think I managed to savor the taste..."
I ate too fast!"
And you only realize that now?"
stopped right outside apartment 20A, and Li Yundong began shifting the grocery
bags to one hand.
a hand with that?" Zhou Qin asked.
Yundong turned around. "Sorry?"
the bags, I mean."
Yundong smiled. "Nah. Don't worry. I got this." He pulled out his
keys from his pockets using his free hand.
Qin suppressed a smile. Such a
large mahogany door creaked open, and the three of them stepped into the apartment.
This is it. Our humble abode." Li Yundong spread his arms out wide.
Zhou Qin remarked.
Yundong chuckled. "I'm sure our place looks like a hovel compared to
Qin couldn't disagree with that assessment more. The apartment was wide and
spacious. There were four balconies in total, each of which had a sliding door
and windows. When the windows were opened, the apartment would be airy and cool
even during summer. Plus, she liked the decor, which filled the apartment with
warmth. The place looked lived-in, like an actual home.
Zhou Qin said, shaking her head. "This is a home." She sighed. "My place is a prison. Both literally
was a long pause.
I think I get the figurative part..." Li Yundong said. "But why
literally? I mean, your place isn't surrounded by metal bars or anything, right?"
Qin hid a smile behind her hand. "No. Of course not. It's just... Well.
The security there is pretty tight. There are guards with guns stationed
everywhere." Zhou Qin shook her head. "It doesn't feel like a home at
stretched of silence ensued.
Zhou Qin smiled. "Your place looks really nice. And I mean it. I like how
spacious it is. And the decor is perfect. Like I said, this is what a real home
should look like."
Yundong's lips curved into a smirk.
Qin found that smirk dangerously attractive.
Make yourself at home then," he said before turning around.
Yundong disappeared into the kitchen for a minute. When he came out, he was no
longer carrying the grocery bags.
this place rented? Or did you buy it?" Zhou Qin couldn't help but ask.
Yundong looked at her as though she'd grown two heads.
Qin suppressed the sudden urge to blush.
course it's rented," Li Yundong said with a chuckle. "You must have
had too much wine earlier if you think a penniless guy like me owns a
Qin didn't know how to respond to that, so she decided to go with a joke.
"So. Li Yundong. What does it feel like to live under the same roof as a
Yundong put his hand beside his ear. "Sorry, what? Did you just say beauty? I think you meant pig."
was a loud gasp.
How could you! Meanie! Meanie! Meanie!" Su Chan smacked Li Yundong's arms
endlessly. "Grr! You're the pig!"
Li Yundong dodged a few more of Su Chan's swipes. "I'm not the one who
eats like a pig. That's you, missy. So you're the pig. And since you ate so
much at the restaurant earlier, I won't be cooking your portion later."
Chan stomped her foot. "You see? You see? He's always bullying me!"
took Zhou Qin a second to realize that Su Chan was talking to her.
Zhou Qin looked at Su Chan, she couldn't help but find the girl endearing. Even
though Zhou Qin was harboring not-so-platonic feelings for Li Yundong, she
couldn't bring herself to dislike Su Chan at all. That girl was just so… cute.
Qin smiled at Su Chan. "Oh, don't look at me. It isn't my place to
interfere with your private matters."
huge pout on Su Chan's lips nearly made Zhou Qin laugh. Gosh. Zhou Qin had
never had to suppress her laughter this much until she met these two. Life just
seemed fuller and brighter around them. They were like a tornado or a whirlwind
that blew away the dark and dreary clouds which defined her life.
pouting, Su Chan plopped down onto the couch and picked up the TV remote from
the coffee table. Then, she began switching channels randomly. Zhou QIn honestly
thought the remote would snap in half at any time given how hard Su Chan was
Yundong chuckled. "Look at her. She's sulking now."
Chan turned and made a face at Li Yundong.
won't take long," Li Yundong said. He had donned an apron now. "You
can use my laptop if you want?"
Qin smiled and shook her head. "Don't worry about me. Go do your thing.
I'll just look around your apartment, if that's okay with you?"
Go ahead!" Li Yundong yelled from inside the kitchen.
Qin glanced around the apartment. There were two bedrooms in total, and beside
each bedroom was a bathroom. She glanced towards the living room. Su Chan was
still on the couch, sulking. The noise from the kitchen told her that Li
Yundong had already begun whipping up their lunch. It shouldn't count as snooping if he gave me permission, right? Zhou
Qin's legs were already moving towards one of the bedrooms as that thought ran
through her mind.
stepped quietly into the bedroom, the one whose door was open. She knew the
moment she entered that this was a guy's bedroom. But wait... That doesn't make sense. They're a couple aren't they? It
shouldn't look like a guy's room at all... Zhou Qin surveyed the room, looking
for a feminine touch. There were none. She didn't see any cosmetics lying
around the nightstand. There wasn't even a comb. Wait... there were two rooms! Could it be that they haven't slept with
each other yet?
thought eased a tight knot inside Zhou Qin's heart.
Qin padded over to the bed and sat down. She ran a hand gently across the
sheets. Li Yundong's masculine scent wafted to her nose.
Qin bit down on her bottom lips and stole a glance at the living room. Su Chan
was curled up on the couch, staring at the TV. Li Yundong was nowhere to be
seen, but the sounds from the kitchen left little room for doubt as to his
whereabouts. Deep inside Zhou Qin's chest, a spark of boldness ignited. Slowly,
her hand crept along the sheets until it reached Li Yundong's pillow. She then
lifted the pillow to her nose and took a long sniff. God... his scent is so...
Qin gasped and dropped the pillow as though it had burned her hands. Heat rose
to her cheeks as she stared at the pillow in her lap. Her body felt as though
it were on fire, and there was an uncomfortable ache between her—
Qin grabbed the pillow and quickly put it back in its original place.
Ugh! What is wrong with you, Zhou Qin? What were you thinking!
had no idea what came over her just now. It was like someone had cast a spell
on her, a spell which turned her into a shameless and wanton—
Qin stood up from the bed and backed away a few steps. She had to put some
distance between herself and the bed before she did something stupid.
glanced around the room, hoping to find something to distract her from her… issues.
bookshelf in the corner of the room caught her eye.
of the books on the shelf were novels. She ran her index finger over the spines
of the books, then removed one of them from the shelf. When she flipped through
it, the book opened naturally to a bookmarked page.
Qin had to suppress a laugh when she saw what Li Yundong had used as a
bookmark. It was a CD titled, "Cohabitation with A Flight Attendant."
Su Chan didn't look like a flight attendance, but the resemblance in the
circumstances was a bit amusing.
Qin slid the CD back into the book and returned the book to the shelf. She
spent another while in Li Yundong's room until she was creeped out by her own
Chan was still watching TV when Zhou Qin came out of the bedroom. Instead of
joining Su Chan in the living room, she headed to the kitchen. She opened the
door slightly, then peaked into the kitchen through the narrow slit between the
door and the door jamb. Li Yundong was slicing vegetables with what appeared to
be impeccable knife skills. Not that she was qualified to make that assessment,
but those even slices of greens seemed pretty amazing. When Li Yundong added
the ingredients into the pan and started stir-frying (was it stir fry? She
wasn't sure) them, Zhou Qin was once again struck by how attractive Li Yundong
the look in his eyes, which were filled with intensity. Those eyes held so much
focus that they were like the lens of a magnifying glass under the sun, generating
so much heat that she felt as though she was burning up. Was this not what she
had been yearning for all this while? A simple life? She didn't have to be rich
or wealthy. She didn't crave status, nor did she long to live in a big house.
She just wanted a man who would love her, cherish her, cook her meals, and then
cheer her up whenever she was down.
would give anything to have all that.
Qin opened the door wider, then stepped into the kitchen. "Is there
anything I can do to help?"
Yundong looked at her briefly before turning back to the pan. "Nah. It's
good. I've got this."
me help too! Let me help too!" Su Chan barreled into the kitchen.
Yundong burst into laughter, which, again, Zhou Qin found to be endearing.
Qin bit down on her bottom lip, hard.
she was in trouble. Deep trouble...
you! Stop right there!" Li Yundong was pointing at Su Chan. "You're
not coming anywhere near this kitchen today. Nope. Nuh-uh. In fact, I'm banning
you from the kitchen forever."
are so meeeeaaannn! I just wanted to help! Hmmph!"
Qin laughed. "Why are you so against her being in the kitchen? She can't
be that bad, right?"
Yundong raised a brow. "Is causing a gas explosion bad enough?"
Qin felt like she had to pick her jaw up from the floor.
my God! A gas explosion?" Zhou Qin looked around the kitchen several
times. "Then the repairman must have done a fantastic job. I mean, this
doesn't look like a kitchen that had survived a gas explosion at all."
Yundong chuckled. "Oh, no. The explosion was back at our old place."
how long had he and Su Chan been living together?
yeah, I don't think I've told you yet, but we just moved here. In fact..." Li Yundong glared at Su
Chan. "We got kicked out of our old apartment because of the
Qin shook her head in disbelief. "But a gas explosion! What did she
Yundong seemed to consider her question for a moment. "Okay, well. It might have been caused by a faulty
stove, I suppose..."
Qin stole a glance at Su Chan, who was blushing to the tip of her ears.
the time Li Yundong was done explaining the ins and outs of the explosion, Zhou
Qin realized that she hadn't heard a single thing Li Yundong said. She cleared
her throat. "I'm glad you guys made it out okay. I mean, you didn't get
we didn't. But it was a close call though. That's why I'm not allowing this
one"—Li Yundong pointed at Su Chan—"near the kitchen anytime
I just wanted to help..." Su Chan mumbled.
Yundong chuckled. "Yeah? Trust me, you'll be of a much greater help
outside the kitchen."
Qin pressed her lips together to suppress a smile. She then turned to Su Chan.
"Why don't we both get out of Master Chef's hair and go hang out in the
Chan was looking at Li Yundong with piteous eyes. "Was I really that
Yundong smiled. "Nah... You're not bad. You just didn't know how things
work in the kitchen, that's all."
Qin wondered if he was just sugar-coating it.
Shoo! Shoo! Off you go, ladies! Go hang out in the living room." Li
Yundong waved his hand. "The food's gonna be done soon, anyway."
Qin left the kitchen with Su Chan, then shut the kitchen door behind her. They
sat on opposite ends on the long couch, watching a soap opera that was playing
on the TV. Neither of them had spoken a word to each other yet, though Zhou Qin
could feel Su Chan's gaze boring holes into her body.
Qin resisted the urge to squirm.
she angry with her after all? Was she jealous that Li Yundong was friends with
Can I address you as elder sister from now on?"
Qin's head snapped to the side, her eyes wide with confusion. Elder sister? Why
would she...? Oh my God... Did she mean
in the traditional sense? Like when the younger wife addresses the older wife
as her elder sister...?
would that be such a bad thing though? Since they would both be Li Yundong's…
rose to Zhou Qin's cheeks.
Qin cleared her throat. "U-uh... Wha- I mean, I don't think that's...
Qin had rarely lost her composure. But this. This was something else.
okay! It's totally believable that you're my elder sister!"
Qin gaped at Su Chan. She honestly couldn't tell if Su Chan was being serious
or just messing with her head. Neither options sounded ideal. Zhou Qin took a
deep breath and cleared her throat again. "Do you… Do you have an elder
Now it definitely sounded like Su Chan was just messing with her. You either
have a sister, or you don't. How could anyone "sorta" have a sister?
kitchen door opened before Zhou Qin could question any further.
Chan leaped off the couch and pointed a finger at Li Yundong. "Lunchtime!
No lunch for you, you pig!"
are you calling a pig!" Su Chan stomped her foot.
Yundong pinched Su Chan's nose. "You, of course! You're a pig. A
told you I am not a monk! And I'm not
Qin burst into giggles and rose from the couch as well.
Yundong gestured towards the dining area.
grab a seat," he said to Zhou Qin. "I'll bring out the dishes."
to Su Chan, he said, "And nope. Nothing for you."
Chan made a face at him. "Hmph! I'll just steal from your plate, you
it turned out, Li Yundong was only kidding about not giving Su Chan any food.
Su Chan now had two bowls of rice in front of her, and she seemed to be making
a quick work of those too. Zhou Qin was starting to believe the truth in Li
Yundong's claim about Su Chan finishing twenty bowls of rice.
Qin gave Li Yundong a smile. "Wow. This smells amazing. I'm impressed, Li
I bet this is nothing compared to those Michelin-star places you often dine at.
But thanks. I hope you enjoy it."
Qin picked up her bowl and chopsticks. "Bon appetit, then!"
Qin tried the dish that she thought had the most amazing smell, some kind of
my Gosh! This is really good... What's it called?"
Yundong smiled. "Stewed duck in beer."
Qin took another bite, then arched her brow. "I think this tastes much
better than the stuff served at these Michelin-star restaurants that I
now, Zhou Qin. I'm sure that's a complete exaggeration—" Li Yundong
suddenly stopped talking and was now gaping like a fish.
Zhou Qin followed his gaze and nearly spat out the duck meat in her mouth. The
plate containing the stir-fried mixed vegetables—which was still full about a
minute ago—was now nearly three-quarters empty.
Su Chan, it seemed, was proving herself to be every bit a squirrel's namesake—if
those pouches on her cheeks were anything to go by.
Su Chan! We have guests, for Buddha's
sake. Guests! Where are your manners! Oh, wait! Don't answer that." Li
Yundong did a face palm. "I already know the answer. You have none. But come on! At least leave some
Yundong shook his head and turned to Zhou Qin. "Hey, you might wanna hurry
up and start eating. That pig is gonna gobble up the rest if we don't
Zhou Qin answered blankly. She was still busy trying to wrap her head around
one very curious question—how could any woman eat that much food and still
maintain that kind of figure?
Qin shook herself out of her reverie and went back to her food.
rest of the meal went on in a rowdy and riotous fashion.
Food War. That was what Li Yundong called it. And apparently, it was an
every-day occurrence at la Casa de Yundong.
was probably the most unpolished and unsophisticated meal she ever had, where
table manners and dining etiquette were almost non-existent. But it was also the
happiest and most delicious meal she ever had.
would've been the most satisfying meal too, if she didn't have to fight tooth
and nail for every bite.
Chapter 93 Interruption
Chan felt a little bad. Just a little. That was why she had offered to clear up
the dining table and do the dishes after lunch. Because she felt bad. Not
because there might be a small chance she could eat the leftovers from the
plates. Nope. Not because of that.
Chan dried the last of the dishes and placed them into the cabinet. There were
voices outside the kitchen, which meant that Yundong and Zhou Qin were still
chatting in the living room. For some unfathomable reason, that thought brought
a strange feeling to Su Chan's chest, as though something was squeezing her
heart. She wondered what they would both be saying to each other when it was
just the two of them—basically when Su Chan wasn't there to be the third wheel.
wheel. What a strange term to use. It made the whole thing feel as though
Yundong and Zhou Qin were having a torrid love affair with each other. Which,
of course, wasn't the case. No idea why she even used that term. She must be
getting a bit loopy after stuffing down all that food. Suddenly, her need to
listen in to their conversation became dire. Curiosity gnawed at her chest,
egging her on.
killed the cat, sure. Nobody said it would kill a fox.
door of the kitchen was still closed, so Su Chan leaned her back against it,
then closed her eyes. The muffled voices from the living room turned into
distinct words the moment her Qi reached her Shenting. Hah. The Ningshen phase.
One of the most useful phases of Cultivation to pass for those who dabble in
espionage, infiltration, or just good old eavesdropping.
the closed door, Su Chan could now hear the words exchanged between Yundong and
Zhou Qin as though she was right there beside them. Ninjas worldwide would be
How? How did you do it? I fell from, what, seven floors up? God... That's gotta
be a... 20... 30 meter fall? After that you just walked it off..."
Well... I did some training... Like, joint and bone strengthening stuff. You
know how the Karate masters could smash through concrete without cracking their
bones? Or... you know how the Shaolin monks could crack ice blocks with their
heads and stuff? Yeah. Kinda like those."
Yundong! He had done a decent job in keeping things vague. For a moment there, Su
Chan wondered if it would be better if she just came clean with him about the
Renyuan Jindan. He was, after all, smart enough to come to the conclusion on
his own that he'd been given some kind of drug. Well, it wasn't a drug per se, but it was still pretty
Chan sighed. Admittedly, she'd been careless. She should've prepared for the
eventuality that he might figure things out on his own. She should've seen this
coming a long time ago. Once he had reached the 4th dan of the Ningshen phase,
Yundong's mind would start craving for ways to make sense of things, and he
would start seeking answers. She knew this. She herself had experienced this
before during the early stages of her own training. Unfortunately, she'd been
too caught up in Yundong's quick progress (and the fact that he was a genius)
to prepare for it. And she'd paid the price for her negligence this morning
when Yundong nearly announced to the entire city that he thought he'd been
given a pill. Worse, they were on the balcony when that conversation took
place. The balcony, where even a
mortal could easily hear them let alone a trained Cultivator with long-range
hearing skills such as Eryue.
Chan shuddered at that memory.
happened this morning was a wake-up call. She would have to be extremely
careful from now on to ensure that something like that never happened again.
The Cultivators in the city were probably on high alert already after Yundong's
long roar the other night, one that she had failed (Argh! Stupid, stupid,
stupid, Chan'er!) to prevent. The cunning ones might've even traced the source
of the roar to their building already! What if Cultivators were actually
staking out somewhere in the area, spying on them? If they spoke freely about
things like what they'd done on their balcony this morning, any Cultivator with
long-range hearing could've easily overheard them!
would disagree with this, but discretion really wasn't his strong suit at all—he'd
nearly blurted it out a few times despite her warnings. Besides, he'd always
been a candid person, a man who spoke his mind and held nothing back. Keeping a
secret this big would be too hard for him.
it wasn't like there was a really good reason to tell him everything about the
Jindan at this point. For one, his lack of knowledge hadn't hindered his training
in any way. He'd been making good progress so far even when he knew nothing of
the Jindan's existence. Okay, sure, he might be dying to know the truth and that
might affect his focus a teeny bit? But
as far as she gathered, it just wasn't a risk worth taking. The people from the
Zhengyi Taoist School were most likely still prowling the city in search of the
Renyuan Jindan, so it would be unwise to leave everything to chance, which was
exactly what she would be doing if she reveal everything to him and then relied
on him to be discrete.
wave of shudders coursed through Su Chan.
if the Zhengyi people knew spells to make people talk? What if they tried to
extort the information from Yundong by threatening the lives of his friends?
I'm sorry about today. I was supposed to repay you with a meal, but... That
didn't really turn out well, did it? You're the one who had to do all the work
in the end..."
Don't worry about it."
guess I'll have to repay you some other way, then..."
not repay me at all."
Qin chuckled. "Nope. That's not negotiable. I'm forever in your
an idea of how you can repay me."
can repay me by..."
stopping all this repaying nonsense and just be my friend."
Qin laughed. "Very funny, Li Yundong. Very funny."
I suppose you could... I don't know, make yearly donations to charity
Qin laughed again. "Who says I haven't been doing that already?"
laughed. "How am I supposed to know? You're the one with the deep pockets
here. You know I'm still trying to wrap my head around how you folks
was a long silence. Su Chan wondered if she should step outside now.
Su Chan?" Zhou Qin asked.
She offered to take care of the dishes." Yundong chuckled. "I think
she feels bad."
an interesting girl."
chuckled. "I'll be sure to tell her you said that."
Chan held her breath. Oh, no... Is she
gonna start asking him questions about my origins? Please, don't. Please,
suppose I should get going, then."
Chan heard movement outside.
Qin was probably standing up.
Chan opened the door by a crack and peered outside. Zhou Qin was tidying up her
bag, which had a really strange name. Ail Vee. Loowee Veetong. Yup. That was
what Yundong had told her. Seriously. Ail Vee. Tee Vee. Mac Doo Nurls. And
Hello Kee Dee for a cat? These mortals were so creative when it came to names.
know it's still early," Yundong said. "You can stay for longer if you
want. It won't be a problem."
Qin slung the straps of her bag onto her shoulder. Su Chan focused her eyes and
zoomed in on Zhou Qin's face. Zhou Qin was frowning a bit now. Was she in pain?
I wouldn't want to get in the way of you and Su Chan's... alone time."
Zhou Qin was smiling again, though her smile seemed forced. "I mean, I'd
hate to cramp your style."
Something about Zhou Qin seemed a little off…
laughed. "Okay, then. I'll see you in class?"
Qin's frown deepened, and she was biting her lip now. "Mm-hmm..."
Zhou Qin moved away from the couch towards the door.
the door, Zhou Qin picked up her shoes and put them on gracefully.
did she look so sad?
it because Su Chan had eaten most of the food?
no… What if Zhou Qin hated them and
wanted nothing to do with them anymore? Then...
Yundong would lose a valuable ally in his journey to greatness! Hey… now that
she thought about it... Zhou Qin would
make a great ally. She could support Yundong financially while Yundong focused
on his Cultivation training. Yundong might not even have to go to school
anymore since he would be financially secure with Zhou Qin's help! If he didn't
have to go to school, then he could focus all his time and energy on
Cultivation. Just imagine the progress he could make! And in return, maybe
Yundong could teach Zhou Qin a bit about Cultivation? Would that be a good
idea? Or would that be too risky? Su Chan was against Yundong taking disciples
after all. But the financial advantages...
door of the apartment opened with a loud click. Zhou Qin was now standing at the
doorway, facing Yundong.
you for lunch today. I had an enjoyable meal."
welcome," Yundong said. "And you're welcome here any time."
then, I should..." Zhou Qin backed away a few steps.
no... she looked even sadder now... Say
something, Yundong! Say something to cheer her up!
then. Have a safe trip home."
Qin cleared her throat. "Bye."
door slammed shut.
No, no, no... This won't do...
were about to lose a valuable ally!
Chan charged out of the kitchen.
turned around abruptly and smiled. "Oh, there you are—"
Chan didn't wait for him to finish; she grabbed his arm and pulled him down so
that she could whisper into his ear. "You should go and send her
What do you mean send her off? I just did, didn't I?"
Chan stomped her foot and shook her head. "No, no, no... I mean send her
off properly! Walk her to the metal box and then send her off to the
hurt look on Yundong's expression puzzled Su Chan a little.
cleared his throat. "First of all, that metal box is called an elevator. And second of all why are you
constantly pushing me towards other wo—" He suddenly stopped talking. The
hurt look on his face seemed even more pronounced now. Why though? She was
doing this for his own good! Having Zhou Qin's support could speed up journey
towards greatness. Besides, weren't he and Zhou Qin friends? But Zhou Qin
seemed pretty upset just now. Weren't friends supposed to cheer each other up
when one of them was upset?
okay, fine. Elle Vador. I'll remember that. But you should hurry up and send
her off properly." Su Chan pushed Yundong towards the door. "And be
sure to say nice things to her. Cheer her up a bit."
what the hell is the matter with you tod—"
Chan yanked the door open and pushed him out.
wrong with me. But you need to go to her now." Su Chan waved her hand a
few times. "She's going to leave the building if you don't hurry."
stared at her for a few moments. Suddenly, he smiled.
Chan did a little cheer inwardly.
then. I'll go to her now."
Chan bobbed her head up and down, then gave him a few waves.
really going now, okay. I'm going to
send Zhou Qin off, say nice things to her, and then maybe..." Yundong
Chan giggled. "Alright already! Just go now! Shoo! Shoo!" Su Chan shut
the door and then leaned her back against it.
That was the right move. Zhou Qin was an important ally. Yundong's friendship
with Zhou Qin would greatly ease his path to greatness.
Chan giggled again. Oh, how things had changed! At first, things between
Yundong and Zhou Qin were strained to say the least. In fact, Su Chan was
pretty sure that Zhou Qin didn't like Yundong very much at the beginning. But
now look at them! They had just shared a wonderful meal with each other like
they were old friends! Now that they had established some sort of rapport,
Yundong should definitely strive to maintain their friendship. Or better yet,
improve their friendship.
Chan sighed and allowed herself to imagine what would happen if Yundong and
Zhou Qin grew closer to each other. Perhaps they would have more conversations,
or start spending more time with each other? They would probably start teasing
each other too. Or maybe sharing a few hugs? And… Hey... Would they start
kissing too? Yundong wouldn't do that right? He would only kiss Su Chan. Zhou
Qin was just his friend, a good friend,
but still just a friend. Right. Of course Yundong wouldn't kiss Zhou Qin.
Friends don't kiss each other, after all.
why would Yundong prefer Zhou Qin who was beautiful, elegant, and wealthy, over
his Chan'er who was a bit of a slob and a troublemaker, who always stole his
food, who tended to say the wrong things at the wrong time, who was obedient most of the time... and... and...
slid down Su Chan's cheeks. Images flashed in her mind, images featuring her
life without Yundong.
course Yundong would pick Zhou Qin. Of course.
Zhou Qin was an elegant queen while Su Chan was nothing but a troublemaker. A
pattered against Su Chan's feet. Suddenly, her legs were moving on her own. She
wasn't even sure what she was going to do when she yanked the door open and...
Yundong standing right outside as though he'd never left. He was smiling at her
warmly, and the affection in those eyes was enough to turn her insides to mush.
stared at each other for what felt like ages. It was as though time had stopped
and nothing else existed except for Yundong's beautiful smile. There he was,
her Yundong, smiling at her as though she was his everything.
Chan released her bottom lip from her between her teeth. The first sound that
escaped her lips sounded like a deep wail as she pounced, wrapping her arms
around his neck. "Yundong... I'm sorry... I'm sorry... I was wrong... I
won't say stupid things anymore. I won't eat like a pig anymore... I'll stop
being a cheap monk... I'll be a good girl... Please don't leave me... Please
don't toss me away..."
gentle touches on her back soothed the tight knot in her chest. The arm wrapped
around her waist felt like the touch of the evening sun, warm and comforting.
Yundong's gentle voice sounded beside her ear. "I already told you so many
times that I'll never abandon you, silly. When will you start believing me, hmm?"
Chan didn't answer. She was too busy sobbing. When Yundong started stroking
hair, her knees almost gave out. She tightened her arm around his neck and held
on for dear life.
alright. Stop crying now. People are gonna make fun of you if you keep crying
like a baby in public."
Chan sniffed, then wiggled a few times against him. "C- carry me."
Yundong chuckled. A moment later, his arm slid downwards to the back of her
knees. The temporary weightlessness was a welcomed feeling, as was the steady
beating of Yundong's heart against her cheek.
it didn't surprise her at all how well their bodies fit together. The groove
between the underside of his jaw and his clavicle was just the right size so
that her face fit snugly in the gap. So she did just that. She buried her face
in that groove and inhaled his scent greedily, causing the heat to spread from
her cheeks, down her neck, and to other parts of her body. The ache between her
legs was starting to become noticeable.
her face left the warmth of his chest (not by choice), she realized that
Yundong had laid her down on the couch. When did they even enter the apartment?
She didn't even remember the door being opened. She squeezed her legs together
and raised her head, finally allowing herself to stare into Yundong's eyes. The
heat in his eyes lit a fire inside her core, and she felt as though she would
combust right then and there if she didn't do something about this burning need
to give herself to this man who she adored with all her heart.
Her voice came out in a husky lilt. Her hand, shaky yet certain, rose to his
cheek in a gentle caress. "Kiss me..."
eyes darkened instantly, as though the heat in them had grown so intense that
they charred everything inside. Su Chan's lips parted in a gasp the moment
their lips met. Her gasps turned into moans the moment their tongues met in a
tangle of passion. She spread her legs wider, and Yundong responded by sliding
his own body through the space between her parted legs. The friction between their
bodies felt heavenly, but it was not enough. She needed more. Much, much more.
by passion, Su Chan began to reciprocate. She matched the rhythm of his tongue.
With every stroke of her tongue, her hips undulated against his body to
generate more friction. When one of Yundong's hands slid under her shirt to cup
her breast, she thought she was seeing stars. A delicious flick of Yundong's
thumb caused her eyes to roll to the back of her head, and she moaned. Loudly.
No... No... We can't...
Chan broke their kiss and pushed his hand away from her breast. The delicious
contact ended, and her skin suddenly felt cold. Good. This was what she needed.
"Stop... Yundong..." she rasped. "Stop..."
breaths caressed her ear. When he nipped her earlobe, she couldn't help but
moan again. "I want you, Chan'er... I want you so bad that it
traced the shell of her ear with his tongue. Su Chan moaned and arched her
back. "Ah... Y- Yun... Dong..." Su Chan pressed her palms against his
chest and tried to push him away. But she couldn't. She had no strength left.
Her entire body was on fire and it was like the heat had melted her arms,
rendering them useless.
loud and insistent rapping jolted them out of their lust-filled haze. They
stared at each other for several seconds, their eyes wide and hazy with lust.
The door. Someone was knocking on their door. Neither of them moved.
knock sounded again. This time, however, it returned the strength to Su Chan's
arms. She shoved Yundong away and ran to the security of her bedroom. Yundong
didn't try to stop her. She shut the door of her bedroom and leaned her back
against it. Calm down, Chan'er. Calm down. Su Chan took a deep breath and
pulled out a strand of her hair. The hair became stiff like a needle the moment
she pushed her Qi into it. She reached behind her back and jabbed the strand
onto her Lingtai, an acupoint between her shoulder blades. Calmness washed over
her, and she could finally think again. Oh,
God...That was close. She had nearly killed him. Before he passed the Zhuji
phase, they could never ever have sex.
was still knocking on their door. Was Yundong going to answer the door at some
point? Was... was he mad at her for rejecting him again? What if he asked her
for the reason she rejected him? There was no way she could explain everything
without revealing her secrets. Another knock sounded. Who could it be? Was it
Zhou Qin? Did she forget something? Su Chan mobilized her Qi to her Shenting.
person was still knocking. Was Yundong planning to ignore them?
alright! I'm coming!" Yundong shouted. The rustling sound she heard meant
that Yundong had moved away from the couch.
cockblocker..." Yundong mumbled.
was Yundong suddenly talking about chickens? Ooh! Was the person at the door
supposed to deliver fresh chickens? Would they be having chicken for dinner
tonight? That thought brought Su Chan a pleasant distraction.
door creaked open. Su Chan focused her hearing and listened to the conversation
between Yundong and their visitor.
later, Su Chan felt her knees go weak.
Oh God... Oh God... No... She's here...
Chapter 94 Shenxians?
was that girl, the same one he saw at the gazebo when he first moved into New
Hongsheng District, the one who got scared out of her wits when their eyes met
across their apartment blocks that morning. Now she was here at his door,
looking all pretty while dressed in her high-school attire (red stockings with
yellow stripes up to mid-calf, hair tied in a ponytail), staring at him like he
was some creature from another planet. She didn't seem scared at all.
I help you?" Li Yundong tried to keep the annoyance out of his tone. As if
that was even remotely possible after this chick had just pulled one of the
greatest cockblocking stunts in existence. He would have stomped his foot if
his manhood didn't feel like it was about to explode at any second.
of answering his damn question and stating her purpose, the girl began to
appraise him intently, her eyes scanning his body from head to toe like he was
some kind of science experiment. Which, of course, annoyed Li Yundong to no
Excuse me? Who are you? And how can I help you?"
girl stopped her appraisal and stared hard at his face. Her eyes, however, held
a hint of distaste, as though she thought he was some kind of vile creature.
the hell was the matter with this girl? She came knocking on someone's door for
no other reason than to give them judgmental looks? Did she have a loose screw
what are you—"
girl kneeled, and then kowtowed. Literally.
Li Yundong could bend down to pull her up, the girl was up on her feet. One of
her hands was raised to the level of her chest with the palm turned sideways.
on earth are you doin—"
in the Tao, my fellow friend and brother in the Tao. May you be blessed with
longevity and boundless happiness. It is an honor to finally make your
she might as well be speaking to him in another language at this point. If this
was some kind of weird sales pitch, then it wasn't working.
What is this? Who are you?"
girl maintained her hand posture and bent slightly at the knee as though she
was doing a curtsy. "I am Ruan Hongling, a disciple of the venerable
Zhenren Wang. May I know who your master is and which sect or school you belong
to, my fellow brother in the Tao?"
loose screw. How about a hundred loose screws?
Yundong frowned. "Listen, girl. I don't know what game you're playing
here, or what kind of sales pitch this is. But you're young and you're clearly
still in high school, so I'm going to let this go. I suggest you leave now before
I call the cops on—"
I see. It seems I might not have made my origins clear enough. I mean no
disrespect. Allow me to properly introduce myself then." The girl did that
curtsy thing again. "Hello there. I am Ruan Hongling, a 45th generation
disciple of the venerable Zhenren Wang from the Linggong Sect of the Qingzong
Zhengyi Taoist School. Our school is located at Mount Longhu in the
south." (T/N: Zhenren is an honorific and a title of respect used to
address Cultivators or great Taoists)
the hell? Mount Longhu? Ching Chong Zheng Yi what?
Yundong shook his head. "Look. I don't understand a single thing you just
said. But right now, you're at my door. And I would appreciate it if you state the
purpose you're here." Li Yundong stepped forward so that his body was
fully blocking the doorway. At the same time, he scanned the corridor with his
eyes for threats.
girl seemed taken aback by his hostility; she took a huge step back, as though
she was afraid of him.
Li Yundong took another step forward. "Are you going to tell me why you're
girl frowned and gave him a brief nod. "My apologies. It seems like I've
mistaken you for someone else."
Yundong looked at the girl for a while, then shook his head. He stepped back
into the apartment and shut the door. "What the hell was that about?"
he mumbled. What's with all those weird
names? She dresses like a modern high
school girl, but acts like someone from the ancient times. The way she
acted kind of reminded him of Su Cha—
Yundong gasped and yanked the door open, but the girl was already gone. The
empty corridor was all he saw. Could she be someone from Su Chan's past? A
sister? A friend? It would certainly make sense if they were related; the girl
looked so pretty. Or could it be...
of a sudden, Li Yundong's spine tingled. Wait
a minute... Those strange names... and she also mentioned Taoist School... Su
Chan's warnings about his life being in danger flooded his mind. Was this about
the drug? Was this what Su Chan was afraid of? That someone would come looking
Yundong stepped back into the apartment and shut the door, making sure to lock
it. He shot a glance towards Su Chan's room. Only one way to find out.
Pennsylvania, United States.
Uncle Tom! Thanks for driving me. Send my regards to Aunt Cheryl!"
do! And you take care now, kiddo!"
waved at her personal driver, who waved back at her. "Drive safe!"
kept waving even as the car pulled away from the gates.
Uncle Tom's car was out of sight, Kris lowered her hand and walked through the
gates towards the manor. She made her way across the huge lawn, which was
pristine and well-maintained. Near the manor, she was greeted by one of the
lawn's diligent maintainers.
Hey, you're back! How was the trip to China?"
wide smile lit up Kris's face. She closed her eyes and took in a deep breath. Fresh air. Heavenly. "The trip was
fine, Uncle Andy. Thank you for asking! I still prefer the air here though."
Kris opened her eyes. "Is Gram home?"
Andy gave her one of his cheerful smiles. "Oh yes, she is. She's at the
usual place." Uncle Andy chuckled. "About time you come for a visit,
Kris. She's been moping around lately. Never stopped talking about you. Kept
asking if you'd called or when you'd come for a visit."
flooded Kris's chest at those words. I
miss you too, Gram...
I better go say hi." Kris gave Uncle Andy another wave before making a
beeline towards the back garden.
back garden was essentially a square that had been sectioned off from the rest
of the manor's backyard with tall wooden fences. On the front side of the
fence, there was a gate that led into the garden. Beside the gate sat a folding
screen with a beautiful peacock painted on its lacquered surface. With its
colorful feathers fanned out, the peacock was eye-catching even from far away.
Delicately carved rosewood panels bordered the wooden frames of the tall fence.
Kris stopped in front of the gate and swung it open, her grin widening. Of all
the places in gram's manor, this was one place she would never grow tired of.
It was the most distinctive spot in the entire estate, one that showcased Gram's
the gates, Kris jogged past a bunch of knick-knacks: several potted plants,
mostly bonsai; an array of beautifully carved rocks arranged into miniature
ravines and canyons; a Thangka; and several paintings of traditional Chinese
the center of the square garden, Kris found what she was looking for: an area
filled with twenty or so wooden poles that had been arranged to form a peach
blossom pattern on the ground. The poles were slightly above a meter in height
and had girths the size of a rice bowl.
surged through Kris when she saw her grandmother's figure leaping from pole to
pole with the finesse and agility of someone in their early twenties. Some
days, Kris still had a hard time believing that her grandmother was more than
ninety years old. Today was one of those days.
of making her presence known, Kris decided to watch her grandmother from the
sidelines. Far be it from Kris to deny herself the chance to watch the Meihua
Quan in action.
grandmother leaped down from one of the poles at the end of the routine. Kris
did a cheer and began clapping her hands loudly.
amazing, Gram! I've seen people in their twenties who couldn't even stand
straight on one leg. Yet here you are, dancing around on a bunch of poles!"
grandmother sauntered away from the poles and approached Kris. "Tut-tut,
Kris. Didn't we agree to speak to each other in Mandarin when it's just the two
smiled sheepishly. "Oops. Sorry Gram."
Kris knew it, she was enveloped in a warm hug.
back, my dear."
they parted, Kris regarded her grandmother briefly. "You look great,
Gram." Understatement of the century. Her grandmother looked fantastic.
Even though she was well into her nineties, her grandmother looked like a
middle-aged woman in their late forties. Kris had lost count of the number of
times where she was astounded by the sharpness and intensity in her
grandmother's eyes. Those eyes held a level of focus and mental clarity that no
living person in their dotage should possess.
you look genuinely baffled," her grandmother said, smoothing down her
maroon Tang costume. One of her brows rose. "Bad trip to China?"
The trip was great. Fascinating, even," Kris said, shaking her head. She stared
down at the ground. Her grandmother's green cotton shoes stared back at her.
What is it then? What's gotten my precious granddaughter so confused?"
smiled and lifted her gaze. "It's just... Well, I've always been meaning
to ask…" Kris stared into her grandmother's eyes. "How do you do
do you mean?" The affectionate smile on her grandmother's face was
infectious; Kris couldn't help but smile back.
pointed at the poles. "I couldn't even climb up one of those things. But
you were up there kicking and punching and doing weird stances..."
grandmother laughed. "Oh. It's just a matter of practice, that's all. It's
no big deal."
incredulity must've shown on her face because her grandmother released another
round of laughter.
on, Gram! You must be joking! I don't think there are many people in the world
in their nineties who look like you. No, scratch that. You're probably the only ninety-year-old in this world who
looks like..." Kris gestured at her grandmother from head to toe.
"Like you could still appear in the front cover of Vogue and not cause it
to go bankrupt."
grandmother laughed again, but Kris wasn't done yet. "And Jesus, you just
performed some fancy kung fu routine for, like, fifteen minutes on a bunch of
wooden poles, yet you barely broke a sweat! That's just incredible!"
grandmother patted her head a few times. "Oh, Krissy dear. Seems to me
like you know a lot less about China than you think." Her grandmother
chuckled. "You see, dear, you're not supposed to sweat at all while
performing the Meihua Quan's routine. Heavy sweating is a sign of incompetent
was piqued. She'd been wondering if that was how Li Yundong was able to send
John flying without even touching him. That stuff he did back then seemed a lot
grandmother sounded amused.
cleared her throat. Here goes…
you think it's possible for humans to dodge bullets?"
grandmother laughed. "How many times have I told you that movie scenes
aren't accurate depictions of actual combat?"
cheeks burned. "It was a serious question, Gram. I didn't ask because of
some movie. I asked because… because I was curious... So? Do you think it's
grandmother gave her a funny look.
my dear. That's not possible. No human could dodge bullets no matter how
well-trained they are. Human reflexes are too just slow to handle an assault
that's not what I saw when I was in Tiannan City!" Kris blurted out.
grandmother gave her a look of alarm. "What? You were in a
waved her hand a few times. "No. I wasn't. I just witnessed... Ugh. That's
not the point. The point is that there was this guy who dodged the bullets fired
from a handgun seven times in a row! I saw it with my own eyes. And you know
what's crazy? The shots were fired at him from less than five meters away!
That's practically point-blank range!"
shift in her grandmother's expression was obvious. "No... That's not
stirred inside Kris's heart. For days, she had been puzzling over the matter.
Now she was finally getting somewhere. "Unless what?"
grandmother had a faraway look in her eyes, like she was searching her memory
the person is a Shenxian... or on the way to becoming one."
settled into the pit of Kris's stomach. She sighed. "Come on, Gram.
Shenxians don't exist."
grandmother chuckled and shook her head wryly. "The universe is a large
place, Krissy dear. You never know what mysteries lie in it." Her
grandmother looked at her wryly. "Well, I suppose the matter is still a
moot point. Even if Shenxians do exist, I don't suppose mere mortals like us
could even comprehend the intricacies of their existence. So there's that."
conversation stilled as her grandmother stared out into the large expanse of
the backyard. Occasionally, the chirping of birds would break the silence.
her grandmother said, turning around abruptly. "Let me share a story with
was thrown into a daze, and by the time she came to her senses, her grandmother
was already walking towards the gate.
Grams! You... you mean a story about your past?" Kris asked hopefully.
grandmother paused at the gate. "Yes. Now are you coming or what? I'm in
the mood for some tea."
didn't need to be told twice. She ran to catch up to her grandmother, her nerve
endings tingling with excitement. Wow. This was big. Really big. Kris knew that her grandmother had done some pretty
heroic things in the past, but she didn't really know the details. Not that she
hadn't tried to find out. Her grandmother refused to tell her anything no
matter how hard she pleaded and begged. At one point, Kris just gave up,
figuring that she would respect her grandmother's privacy. But now, her
grandmother was offering to tell her bits and pieces about her past. Kris's
inner Lois Lane was screaming in joy.
left the garden and decided to sit at one of the most relaxing spots in the
backyard—a quaint patio table near the back of the manor.
get the tea, Gram," Kris said once she pushed her grandmother down into a
stool. "Black or oolong?"
grandmother smiled. "Oolong please."
tight, Gram. I'll be right back." Kris entered the house and went straight
into the kitchen. The manor was a token of their family's success, which was
built through many trials and tribulations.
her grandparents first came to the United States, gangs reigned over the lands.
Even so, her grandmother refused to give in to subjugation. She rallied the
local Chinese community and fought back. That was how their family had managed
to put down roots in the United States. As such, her grandmother remained one
of the most influential members in their family. Her grandmother's words held a
lot of weight in any of their family's decisions.
returned to the patio table a while later with a tray containing two steaming
cups of oolong tea. After serving out the tea to her grandmother, Kris sat down
across from her grandmother, ready to listen to the story her grandmother was
about to share.
know that I like traveling?" her grandmother said, setting down her
nodded, taking a sip from her own cup.
1922, I went to Mount Huangshan on a hiking trip."
Kris asked, putting down her cup.
Alone. And I ran into a bunch of bandits." Her grandmother shook her head
in disgust. "Those were bad men. Very bad men. Not only did they try to
rob me, but they also tried to rape me."
let me guess, you kicked their asses with your awesome kung fu skills?"
grandmother burst into laughter. "No! I was helpless! A damsel in
distress! Back then, I was just your typical spoiled girl from a rich family. I
didn't even know how to throw a punch."
Kris blinked a few times. "Ooh! I know. Some badass hero saved your life!
Was he handsome?"
did save my life, yes. But it was a she
not a he. She was a Taoist priestess." Her grandmother gave her a playful
look. "You wouldn't even be born if it were a handsome man."
chuckled. "I suppose that's a good thing. I'm sure Grandpa would be
heartbroken in the afterlife if he knew you were once swept off your feet by a
man other than him."
grandmother smiled. "Anyway, the priestess fought off the bandits and
saved my life. After that, we talked and she decided to teach me the Meihua
Just like that?" Kris could barely contain her surprise. But that damned
Li Yundong had refused to take her and John as disciples no matter how hard
they begged! That infuriating, arrogant, and selfish little... ugh!
just like that. She knew I like to travel, but she thought it was unsafe for a
young girl like me to travel alone without knowing how to defend herself if
stared at her grandmother in awe. "Wow... That's... That's generous of
her..." Unlike a certain someone who could dodge bullets and catch falling
she is..." Her grandmother had that faraway look in her eyes again.
"But her generosity isn't why I'm telling you this story."
grandmother's tone was serious now. Kris leaned forward in her seat. Her tea
had gone cold, but she didn't care.
my younger years, I've barely scratched the surface of the Meihua Quan. I
thought it was merely a self-defense system, and nothing more."
could feel her own jaw going slack. "You mean it isn't?"
it is, but that isn't all there is to it. It's only when I was older that I
realize there's something... magical about the Meihua Quan."
clicked inside Kris's head. "Wait, are you saying that… You mean that's
how you retained your youthful appearance and health? Because you've been
practicing the Meihua Quan?"
grandmother's smile was cryptic. "I believe so, yes." There was a
pause. "Like I said, I think there's something special about the Meihua
Quan. In fact, I highly suspect that the whole system was invented and passed
down by a Shenxian."
burst into chortles. "Oh, come on, Gram! That's ridiculous! How do you
even know that?"
rubbed her thigh after her grandmother had slapped it under the table.
not ridiculous if you take a look at the ancient history of China. Do you know
the first emperor of the Song Dynasty?"
nodded. "Zhao Kuangyin, right? Also known as Emperor Taizu of Song!"
was an impressed look on her grandmother's face, and Kris's heart swelled a
little at the sight.
bad, not bad..." Her grandmother nodded. "Anyway. Zhao Kuangyin
started out as a foot soldier. He had a hobby, though. In his free time, he
liked to travel around and challenge people to chess games. One day when he was
passing by Mount Huashan, he heard from the locals about a famous man named
Chen Tuan. He was intrigued, so he tracked down Chen Tuan to challenge him to a
game of chess. Zhao Kuangyin lost the game in the end, but Chen Tuan saw
something in him. Chen Tuan saw in Zhao Kuangyin the potential to be a ruler,
so he taught Zhao Kuangyin a fighting system. Zhao Kuangyin became a formidable
fighter after he picked up the martial art. He quickly gained recognition and
rose through the ranks in the government. Eventually, he became the first
emperor of the Song Dynasty!"
had been listening to everything her grandmother said with rapt attention until
her grandmother suddenly gave her a teasing look, one that made her feel like
squirming in her seat. "Why am I even explaining these things to you, my
dear? Shouldn't you already know this? Weren't you bragging to all your friends
that you are... what was the term you used? China-savvy?"
cheeks heated up. Suddenly, the teacup's handle seemed like the most
interesting object in the universe.
you heard of Chen Tuan before, my dear?"
honestly wouldn't be surprised if she started steaming at the ears at this
point. "N- no..."
grandmother laughed. "Now, now... Don't look so embarrassed. I was just
teasing. You do know a lot about China for a foreigner, but sometimes you have
to see and experience things for yourself."
who is Chen Tuan really?"
He's a great Shenxian, just like the great Lu Dongbin!"
huffed. "But Gram! There's no proof that those historical figures really
became Shenxians! Aren't these stories just legends and folklore? They are just
anecdotes! Surely they don't count!"
grandmother shook her head and gave her a meaningful look. "Listen, Krissy
dear... Right now, you're in a lot of doubt, and I can understand that. It's
because you haven't encountered a true Cultivator yet. If you are fortunate enough to encounter one,
then I assure you that all your doubts will be gone. These individuals, those
on the path to becoming Shenxians, are highly extraordinary. The things they
are capable of are out of this world." Her grandmother chuckled. "I
was like you too when I was young. Completely clueless." She shook her
head. "That Taoist priestess I met was actually a Cultivator, but back
then, I thought she was only a martial artist."
grandmother's wistful expression brought a pang to Kris's chest. She reached
out across the patio table to touch her grandmother's hand. Her grandmother
raised her head and released a sigh. "If I knew where that priestess was
right now, I'd drop everything and become her disciple. I'll follow her
guidance and become a Cultivator."
withdrew her hand in shock. "B- but Grams... aren't you happy with your
life? Why would you throw everything away to lead a difficult life like
grandmother just shook her head. "You're still young, so you don't yet
realize how precious life is. Cultivation isn't just about gaining strength and
powerful abilities. It's also about discovering the true meaning and nature of
life. And most importantly, it can prevent you from aging!"
grandmother's sharp eyes brought chills down Kris's spine.
her grandmother right? Was Cultivation the key to immortality? Did Shenxians
with extraordinary powers really exist? Was Li Yundong a Shenxian? Was that how
he dodged those bullets?
touch of her grandmother's palm on her head jolted Kris out of her reverie. Her
grandmother was looking at her with affection. "Krissy dear... If you ever
have the good fortune to cross paths with a Cultivator, you must find a way to become his or her
disciple. Otherwise, you'll end up like me, forced to watch my youth slip
through my fingers like sand. And when your body is depleted of its youth,
you'll be left with nothing other than regret."
pressure on her head eased. Kris turned slightly in her seat. Her grandmother
was slowly making her way back towards the manor.
hands rose to touch her face.
Eternal youth. Were those things possible?
Li Yundong able to give her those things?
Chapter 95 The Birds and the Bees
Yundong stared at his laptop screen: about 2255000 search results for
"Zhengyi" in 0.22 seconds.
clicked into the first article titled "Zhengyi Taoism."
of the article was about the history of this so-called Zhengyi Toaist School:
Taoist movement in the Tang Dynasty; founded by Zhang Daoling, the first
Celestial Master; canonized by Emperor Xuanzong.
made Li Yundong stop scrolling.
Wait…Mount Longhu? Didn't the
girl mention that name just now? Li Yundong clicked on the term and was
redirected to another page.
Longhu. Located in Jiangxi, China. One of the birthplaces of Taoism. Temples
built on the mountainside. Claimed to be the spot where Zhao Daoling, the
founder of Zhengyi Taoist school, united with the Tao. Where temple of the
Zhengyi Taoist school was located... blah blah blah.
So this Zhengyi thingy seemed legit.
Yundong stared at the screen for a moment. Then, he opened a new tab and typed
"Linggong Sect, Zhenren Wang" into the search bar. He hit the enter
key and then waited.
results in 0.53 seconds.
started clicking and scrolling.
none of the search results for "Zhenren Wang" had anything to do with
Taoism. There wasn't even a single mention of Linggong Sect. Li Yundong shook
his head. Maybe that girl is cuckoo after
all... Li Yundong sighed and put his laptop on the cushion beside him. He
stood up from the couch and glanced towards Su Chan's room. The door was still
closed. She had been in there ever since their heated, "I wanna rip your
clothes off and take you to bed" make-out session, which ended fifteen
minutes ago when that cuckoo cockblocker interrupted them. Shit... Maybe I pushed her too far... But dammit, she seemed so
into it earlier! She kissed him back and then...
then she said no.
yeah. This was his fault. He should've kept it in his f*cking pants. He did
promise himself that he would work hard and become a man worthy of her affections
first before they...
Don't even go there, you idiot.
Yundong sighed and carded his hands through his hair. He padded over to Su
Chan's room and knocked on the door. "Su Chan... Can we talk?"
she needed some space?
Of course she needs space, you moron.
You touched her under her shirt!
Yundong cleared his throat. "Listen. Just now some weird girl came by.
Said she was from some Zhengyi Taoist school or something. I just thought you
should know... And um... I'm sorry about earlier."
He apologized. He also told her about the girl. Great. Now what?
Space. Got it.
Yundong went back to the living room and plopped down on the couch. Was it
possible that the girl and Su Chan were related? He turned that idea over in
his mind for a moment. Nah... That
doesn't make any sense. If she came here looking for Su Chan, why didn't
she just ask for Su Chan straightaway? Instead, she had to spout all this Wuxia
nonsense like some lunatic. But why couldn't he just forget about the encounter
and let the whole thing go?
he knew why.
resemblance between that girl's behavior and Su Chan's behavior was too great
to be a coincidence. Not to mention all that Taoism stuff the girl had spouted
Yundong grabbed his laptop from the couch.
the search bar, he typed, "Taoist schools in China."
clicked on the first link.
In China, schools of Taoist thought and
ideologies are geographically classified. As such, any Taoist school in China
is either a Northern or Southern school, but in general, the Southern schools
are far more prominent than the Northern schools in terms of strength and
influence. Schools and temples were established deep inside the mountains,
chiefly Mount Gezao, Mount Maoshan, and Mount Longhu. All Northern schools are
based in Mount Maoshan…
exactly helpful, but Mount Longhu did pop up. Li Yundong scrolled down until
something caught his attention. It was a heading. The Great Seal of the Three Mountains. The Greatest Taoist School in
Existence. He scanned through the rest of the section, which consisted of
long paragraphs explicating the history of the Zhengyi Taoist School.
Apparently, the Zhengyi Taoist School represented the entire Southern school of
Taoist thought in China. It was also the most powerful Taoist organization in
that strange girl claimed to be a disciple of this elusive school...
Yundong's scalped tingled.
What the heck is going on here?
just kept getting weirder and weirder.
searched the entire article for the keywords "Zhenren Wang" and
he switched to another tab and typed the same keywords into the search engine.
Wait a minute...
closed the tab and opened a new one. This time, he did a search for "Taoist
drugs" and "Taoist pills." He clicked into several articles but
found that most of them were about Traditional Chinese Medicine prescriptions
meant for curing diseases and improving overall health. Nothing about super
strength or Spidey senses. Of course not,
you idiot... Everyone would have known about this drug by now if it were
out there on the web. He tried again, but this time, he searched for
"Taoist super potion," which ended up with a bunch of articles about
some Wuxia novel.
Yundong shut the lid of his laptop, then put the device aside. This was
pointless. He couldn't find out anything on the web. He sighed and lay down on
the couch. He closed his eyes and tried to sort through his thoughts.
would be foolish to dismiss that strange girl just now as just some loony. It
was the way she spoke; that was what
bothered him the most. The speech pattern and lingo was old-fashioned and
esoteric, like they came straight out of the page of an Wuxia novel. But that
wasn't the main problem. The main problem was that Su Chan spoke in a similar
heard a soft swish, like the rustling of a piece of cloth. He opened his eyes
and sat up. He glanced towards the sliding door leading to the balcony. The
curtains were swaying gently in the afternoon breeze.
there it was again, another swish. But this time, the sound came from inside
his bedroom. He frowned. Did I leave the
sliding door open this morning? He rose from the couch and padded into his
room. The sliding door was closed; the curtains weren't even moving. Chills
travelled down his spine. What the hell?
He walked over to his bed and lifted the blanket. He didn't find anything
strange under the blanket. He glanced up at the ceiling. Also nothing. He
sighed and unclenched his fists.
when he was rearranging the blanket on his bed, he suddenly had a strange
feeling that something was approaching him from behind. Wait. No. It wasn't
just from behind, but from... all directions. He heard another swish, this time
it was as if it came from right beside his ear. Li Yundong gasped and sprang to
his feet, his heart pounding and his ears ringing. His did a quick scan of his
he didn't see anything out of the ordinary.
swish. This time it came from the living room. Alright, what the f*ck? Enough is enough... Li Yundong moved his Qi
to his Shenting, and then charged out of his bedroom, fully prepared for a
there was nobody in the living room.
Chan was still holed up inside her room, so it couldn't have been her as well.
Li Yundong closed his eyes and tried to sort through the buzzing in his ears.
He didn't hear that strange swishing sound again.
it a bird?
It couldn't have been a bird. That didn't sound like a bird at all. It sounded
like someone waving a flag or a piece of cloth.
later, he threw his hands into the air. "Argh. You know what? This is
getting ridiculous," he mumbled, lying back down on the couch. All this
nonsense was making him paranoid. He needed to just chill and calm his f*cking
tits before he did something stupid like calling the cops because "there's
some invisible person waving an invisible flag inside my apartment."
a while of staring blankly at the ceiling, he got up and pulled out his thick
textbook from his backpack. He had asked for the tips from Zhou Qin earlier, so
he might as well start studying for the finals now.
Su Chan opened her door slowly and peeked out. The sun was already up, and the living room was bright since the curtain was open. Su Chan stepped out and shut her door quietly. She padded over to the bathroom but stopped just outside of it. She turned and looked towards Yundong's room. The door was open, as usual. Yundong never slept with his door closed, but that would have to change soon. They would have to be extra careful now that the people from the Zhengyi School had come knocking on their door.
The Zhengyi School. Su Chan shuddered at the mere thought of that name. She stepped into the bathroom and began her morning routine. The glory days of most Taoist schools were over. That had been the case since the falls of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Even so, it didn't mean these schools no longer existed, just that most of their members—master Cultivators—had left their respective schools and ventured out into the world. Some of these Cultivators went to live in the mountains. Others chose to hide themselves in the mortal world. A while ago, when word of the Renyuan Jindan's existence got out, a lot of these Cultivators came out of hiding in order to hunt for it. Blood was spilled and lives were spent in this great war to gain possession of the Renyuan Jindan. She herself had nearly died at the hands of several master Cultivators the night she stole the Jindan. The only reason she was even alive was because Master had managed to distract them long enough for her to escape with the Jindan. Ruan Hongling and Zi Yuan were the two Cultivators sent by the Zhengyi Taoist School to hunt her down.
And yesterday afternoon, one of them, Ruan Hongling, had knocked on their door.
This was bad.
How did they even find her here?
It would make sense if it was their old apartment, since that was the last place Zi Yuan and Ruan Hongling had seen Su Chan. But here? Their new place? How did they even know?
Su Chan dried her face with a towel and studied her own reflection in the mirror. Thanks to the one thousand Xiao Zhoutians and Da Zhoutians she had spent the entire night completing, she looked refreshed and well-rested. She'd been so freaked out by Ruan Hongling's arrival yesterday that she ended up spending the entire night Cultivating inside her room. She didn't even come out for dinner.
Which was why her stomach sounded as though someone had placed a bunch of explosive talismans in it. She could use one of those Mac Doo Nurls breads right now. Even the not-so-tasty food from the restaurant at Yundong's school would do at this point.
She got out of the bathroom and tip-toed towards Yundong's bedroom. She peeked around the edge of the doorjamb and frowned when she saw Yundong's empty bed. Is he up already? Neither of the bathrooms were occupied, so he couldn't be in there. Su Chan went into the kitchen next, but she saw no signs of Yundong there as well. Had he gone out on his own? Su Chan leaned against the kitchen counter and began running through a list of scenarios that could explain Yundong's absence.
Su Chan felt her knees go weak.
Oh, God no...
Su Chan pushed away from the counter and charged out of the kitchen. Had he been kidnapped by the Zhengyi people? Did they manage to figure out that he had consumed the Jindan? But how! Did Yundong tell them? Did they extort the information from him?
Oh, no, no! This wasn't supposed to happen! They would absorb the Jindan, and then they would kill him! Su Chan dashed past the living room and reached for the front door.
Then, she halted. Keys. She needed to get the keys. When she turned back around, she nearly jumped out of her skin.
Yundong was there on the couch, fast asleep, his entire face covered by that thick book of his. Su Chan's knees buckled, and she sagged to the floor. He's safe... he's safe...
Moments later, she crawled towards the couch and then sat beside the coffee table. She spent a while just watching him sleep. His deep and slow breathing suggested that he was still in deep sleep, which was a bit strange, since he was usually up by now. He must have stayed out here all night, reading his book…
The Cultivators from the Zhengyi School were here. They were here, at their door. Their lives were in serious danger.
What was she supposed to do now...
Ugh! Enough, Chan'er! Stop being so weak!
Su Chan shook her head in disgust.
Alright Chan'er... First, look at the facts.
Yes! Facts, facts, facts! Bring it on, facts!
Hmm…The enemy had yet to attack them, nor had they made any threatening moves so far. Zi Yuan hadn't even shown herself yet, so there was a good chance that the Zhengyi School was still in the dark about the Jindan's whereabouts. Yes, that made sense. If they knew where the Jindan was, Zi Yuan would most certainly be all over it.
Alright then. The Jindan's whereabouts was still secure. Phew.
But why was Ruan Hongling here yesterday?
Su Chan replayed the conversation between Yundong and Ruan Hongling yesterday. All Ruan Hongling did was introduce herself… And then she asked Yundong about his affiliation and who his master was. Ruan Hongling sounded curious about Yundong… Almost like she was trying to get to know him better...
Yundong's impressive roar must have piqued Ruan Hongling's curiosity, so she decided to drop by to pay Yundong a visit!
So this might have nothing to do with the Jindan after all. Phew…
Wasn't it just a matter of time before they got found out? Who knew what kind of tricks Ruan Hongling had up her sleeves. Spells? Magical objects? It was certainly possible to extort information with the right tools…
Should they move to a new place? Don't be silly, Chan'er. What would that even accomplish? It wasn't like Yundong could alter his facial appearance. Besides, suddenly moving away would just make them look even more suspicious.
But how were they supposed to survive if their cover got blown? The Zhengyi School was a force to be reckoned with.
The Zhuji phase. She had to help Yundong pass the Zhuji phase as quickly as possible. That was the only way they could survive this.
Yundong groaned and began pushing the thick book away from his face. "Ugh… Wazz dizz..."
Biting her lip, Su Chan leaned forward and placed her elbows on the table. Then, she rested her chin in her hands and watched Yundong closely. The book fell to the floor with a thud. Yundong shifted around a few times, then blinked his eyes open. He gasped loudly the moment he saw her.
He fell off the couch and landed face-first on the floor.
Su Chan giggled. She couldn't help it; he was just too cute.
Yundong was up from the floor in a second, his hair sticking out in odd angles. "S- Su Chan?"
Su Chan cracked a smile and waved at him. "Morning... Yundong."
"B- but... y- you're here... I thought..." Yundong stared at her as though he couldn't believe his eyes.
Su Chan felt an urge to smooth out his messy hair, no matter how cute he looked right then.
Yundong got up from the floor and sat down on the couch. He continued to stare at her.
"So you... you're not… you're not mad at me anymore?" he asked tentatively.
Su Chan frowned. Mad? Why would she be mad—
Images flashed across her mind. Steamy images involving tangled bodies, and intertwining tongues, and...
Su Chan's cheeks heated up.
"Are you?" Yundong asked again.
Su Chan shook her head.
Yundong lay back down on the couch and sighed. "Thank God... You were holed up in your room for the whole day yesterday. You didn't even come out for dinner..." He rubbed his hands over his face. "I was worried sick..."
So was I... But for a completely different reason.
"Look Su Chan... I'm sorry... About yesterday I mean... Dammit. I got carried away again. And... you were right to push me away... It's too soon, and I know you aren't ready... Hell, I'm probably not ready myself. Hey, you now what? If I do something like that again next time... just... just..." Yundong gestured wildly. "Just kick me in the nuts!"
Su Chan burst into laughter, slapping the tabletop as she laughed. When she was done laughing, she saw Yundong looking at her softly. Suddenly, he reached over and pinched her nose. She still didn't understand why he liked doing that.
"Forgive me, princess?"
There was really nothing to forgive, but Su Chan nodded nonetheless. "Mmm!"
They stared at each other until Su Chan noticed the conflicted look on his face. He looked like he had something else to say to her.
"What is it, Yundong?"
Yundong sat up, then picked up the book from the floor.
"Tell me," Su Chan prodded again.
Yundong placed the book on the table and held her gaze. "Did you hear something strange yesterday?"
Not that she would know. She'd been performing Xiao Zhoutian and Da Zhoutian until dawn.
"I mean strange noises... like..." Yundong gestured wildly again.
Huh? What was he talking about?
Yundong stopped gesturing. "Like someone waving a flag? Or a handkerchief? Or a shirt...Gah! You know what? Don't worry about it. It's silly. I must have imagined it—"
Su Chan's stomach growled loudly.
They stared at each other in silence. Su Chan wondered if steam was coming off the top of her head now.
Then, Yundong laughed and stood up from the couch. "Come on! I'll take you out for breakfast! You must be starving after skipping dinner last night."
Su Chan's stomach answered with another growl.
One of these days, she was going to invent a medicine that cures hunger for good.
"Hey!!! Li Yundong!!!"
Li Yundong stopped just outside of the academic building. Turning to his left, he saw Feng Na waving at him.
Li Yundong smiled and waved back. "Yo! Good morning!"
Feng Na greeted Su Chan with a nod, then pulled out something from her bag. It was a DVD, which she quickly stuffed into Li Yundong's hand. "Keep this for me please?" she said anxiously.
"Ooh... what's this, eh?" Li Yundong wiggled his brows. "Don't tell me it's part of your porn stash?"
Feng Na rolled her eyes. "No it's not—"
"Nana!!!! Seriously? Would it kill you to lend that disk to your own bestie?!"
Li Yundong turned to his left again. This time, he saw Cheng Cheng running towards them at full speed.
Seconds later, Cheng Cheng pounced on Feng Na, throttling her and shaking her shoulders.
Li Yundong could barely contain his amusement. Didn't know that these two are so into porn...
"Come on! I only need it for two days! Is that too much to ask? I'm your best friend, dammit!"
Feng Na smiled at Cheng Cheng fawningly. "Look... I told you I've already lent it to someone else. Why won't you believe me?"
"Uh-huh..." Cheng Cheng eyed Feng Na skeptically.
"Okay, look... Would it make you feel better if I tell you that I myself haven't had the chance to watch it yet?"
"So, what, you lend the DVD to someone else before you watch it yourself?"
Feng Na stomped her foot. "Yes! That's what I've been telling you..."
Cheng Cheng glared at Feng Na for a moment. "Well. I. Don't. Believe. You."
Feng Na groaned. "Oh, come on!"
"Alright, fine. Who? Who has the DVD now?"
Li Yundong nearly laughed when Feng Na shot him a guilty look.
"A fourth year senior…" Feng Na said.
Li Yundong tried to secretly pass the DVD to Su Chan behind his back, but he was already too late; Cheng Cheng was staring right at the DVD.
"You!" Cheng Cheng gasped, then pointed a finger at Li Yundong. "Don't tell me Li Yundong is this so-called fourth-year senior?!"
"What! No!" Feng Na yelled. She had done a terrific job covering up her panic with an indignant expression, though Li Yundong honestly doubted she could keep up the charade for long.
The next thing he knew, Cheng Cheng was staring at him again. "You!" Cheng Cheng wagged a finger in front of his face. "Be straight with me. What's this DVD you're holding?"
Li Yundong glanced at Feng Na who was giving him a pleading look.
Fine... You owe me, Feng Na...
Li Yundong cleared his throat and put on a straight face. Then, he leaned down and whispered into Cheng Cheng's ear: "Hey... This is the good stuff. But it's only a small part of my huge collection."
Cheng Cheng drew back in surprise, then burst into laughter. "What collection?"
"Oh, well... I've got the ones featuring the westerners. Those are pretty hard core. And if you're into the more oriental stuff, I've got those featuring the Japanese too. So. Pick your flavor."
Cheng Cheng was blushing to the tip of her ears now. Gotcha...
"Feng Na didn't give me this," Li Yundong added. "It fell out of my textbook, you see." Li Yundong waved the textbook in his hand. "I must've used it as a bookmark while I was studying last night."
He stole a glance at Feng Na, who was now giving him two thumbs up behind Cheng Cheng's back.
"And I'm pretty sure my…um… tastes in DVDs are completely different than Feng Na's… Why would I be interested in borrowing her DVD anyway?" Li Yundong smirked. "I'll have you know that the stuff that I'm into are—"
Cheng Cheng stomped her foot loudly, though her earlier bravado seemed to have evaporated—probably by the heat from her cheeks. "Y- you... shameless pervert!" Cheng Cheng smacked Li Yundong's upper arm, then turned to Feng Na. "And you! I know you're lying. And you've really hurt my feelings! How could you not lend it to me first? Me! Your best friend! Hmph! You won't lend it to me, is that it? Fine! I'll just go look for it on my own! I know you're hiding it somewhere!"
Then, all three of them watched Cheng Cheng storm off.
Feng Na sighed in relief. "Oh God... Thank you for that. I guess I owe you one..."
Li Yundong chuckled and flipped the DVD around a few times. "What's on this DVD anyway? Why are you acting so secretive about it?"
Feng Na grinned. "Oh, just some chick flick. You won't like it."
"Oh? I'll have you know that my interests are broad."
Feng Na just raised her brows at him.
Li Yundong smirked. "I tell you what. Why don't you lend me this DVD for a day or two. I'll check it out, then I'll let you know if it fits my taste? How about that?"
"H-hey... y-you're double-crossing me?"
"That's the deal. Take it or leave it."
They stared at each other for a moment. Then, Feng Na pounced for the DVD. Nice try. Li Yundong raised the DVD above his head, completely out of Feng Na's reach. Feng Na started jumping around to grab the DVD. "Give it back! Give it back, you jerk! I'll start screaming if you don't give it back."
Li Yundong stepped back and hid the DVD behind his back. "Screaming you said? Well. That's a fantastic idea. How about I do it for you." Li Yundong turned in the direction where Cheng Cheng had stormed off earlier. "Yo!! Cheng Cheng!!"
Cheng Cheng stopped walking and turned around. "What do you want?" she hollered back.
Li Yundong shot Feng Na a gleeful look. "Your choice," he said with a shrug.
Feng Na released a low growl. "Fine, dammit! You win! One day! And then you give it back to me!"
Li Yundong smiled triumphantly. "Deal."
Li Yundong hollered back at Cheng Cheng: "Oh, it's nothing!! Just wanted to say hi!! Have a good day!!!"
Cheng Cheng just laughed and kept walking.
Feng Na threw her hands in the air. "Ugh! Me and my rotten luck..." she mumbled before storming off too.
Li Yundong shared a glance with Su Chan, then stared down at the DVD in his hand. It was just a plain DVD without any labels. What the heck was on this disc that could have those two girls so worked up? It couldn't be porn, could it?
Whatever. He'd know for sure once he got home. For now, it was time to head to class.
Hmm... Why was this ice cone shaking? Better yet, why was the entire Mac Doo Nurls restaurant shaking? Grrr! Couldn't a girl have a meal in peace without—
"Su Chan! Wake up, sleepyhead!"
Su Chan jolted awake. Class was over, and the students were slowly filing out of the classroom. Su Chan rubbed her eyes and wiggled against Yundong's shoulder.
"What do you feel like having for lunch?" Yundong asked.
Su Chan snuggled up to Yundong again. "Dunno... Anything I guess?"
"So. Li Yundong. How about we have lunch together? My treat."
Hey... That voice... Su Chan was instantly awake. Zhou Qin!
Ooh... So she wasn't mad at Yundong after all. Hehehe. That's perfect! Looks like I was worried for nothing...
Su Chan glanced sideways. Say yes, Yundong... Say yes... We need powerful allies...
"Your treat again?" Yundong said. "You're starting to make me feel bad, you know. I don't want to take advantage of your kindness. Besides, we still have class in the afternoon. I'll just grab something simple for lunch."
Zhou Qin arched an eyebrow. "Yesterday's meal doesn't count, all thanks to Liu Chuan. Besides, you were the one who did all the cooking, remember? I was supposed to repay you, but I didn't even do anything."
Much to Su Chan's surprise, Yundong started laughing. Then Zhou Qin joined in too. I wonder what's so funny... Suddenly, Su Chan felt her cheeks heating up. Are they laughing at... me? How mean! Hmph! What was she supposed to do back then anyway? She was hungry! And... and Master told her not to waste food... Su Chan picked up a pen and began doodling on the open page of Yundong's notebook. Yundong and Zhou Qin were still laughing. Hmph. Meanies! Su Chan filled the page with twin mountain peaks, the same ones she'd seen on those Mac Doo Nurls boxes. She still couldn't tell if the symbol was meant as mountain peaks or an inverted 3.
"Speaking of Liu Chuan... I kinda feel bad for the guy," Yundong said. "He ended up having to pay for everything!"
Su Chan stopped doodling. Wait... So they were laughing at that stupid rich man, not her? Oh.
"Nah... Don't worry about him," Zhou Qin said. "He's rich. He can afford it."
All of a sudden, the door opened with a loud bang. Whispers filled the classroom seconds later.
"Speak of the devil," Zhou Qin mumbled.
Su Chan glanced up from her doodles. Hey… it was him again, that silly rich man. And why was he carrying such a huge bouquet of roses? Su Chan frowned. Is he here to court someone? Su Chan surveyed the classroom, then returned her gaze towards the man.
The man was heading towards them. Ooh... I bet he's trying to court Zhou Qin! Well. Of course he was here to court Zhou Qin. Who wouldn't be drawn to such an ideal dinglu?
Su Chan sneaked a glance at Zhou Qin, who was doing a valiant job hiding her disgust behind her aloof expression. Beside her, Su Chan could feel the trembling in Yundong's shoulder. When she glanced sideways, Yundong appeared to be holding back his laughter.
Liu Chuan was still walking towards them. Su Chan wondered what kind of game plan the fool had come up with in order to overcome Zhou Qin's obvious disgust for him. Ha. What could that silly man do anyway? Buy two seats instead of one?
Eh... Who cares... Zhou Qin would probably just reject his ass and then he would go home crying...
Su Chan went back to her doodling. How she wished there were spells that could turn drawings of food into real food, because she was famished.
"Yo! Liu Chuan!" Yundong said. "Are you going to pay for our lunch again today?"
Ooh… That's right. Yundong managed to trick the fool into paying for our food yesterday…
Food. How nice. Su Chan doodled a chicken drumstick. Then, she drew a little bowl with soup in it. After that, she added a few blobs of duck meat in the soup. That stewed duck dish was honestly one of the most delicious things she had ever tasted. She had never had something like that back in the mountains. Maybe she could ask Yundong for the recipe and—
What in the Tao?
Something tickled her nose.
Su Chan recoiled with a loud gasp.
There it was, the red bouquet of Tao knows how many roses, shoved in front of her face. Liu Chuan was kneeling in front of their table staring back at her. Su Chan sneaked a glance at Yundong. Her beloved was no longer smiling now. He looked like he was about to punch someone in the face. Hmm... What was she supposed to do here? This imbecile clearly had intentions towards her.
Should she...kick him in the gonads?
After all, she did that when the silly comb-over man tried to hit on her, and it worked like a charm.
The bouquet shook a little. For a moment there, Su Chan expected a gun to suddenly appear from the bouquet and start drilling holes into people's skulls.
"Miss Su Chan! Your beauty is unparalleled and your innocence unmatched!"
Okay. No guns, then.
"You have bewitched me and captivated my heart. Please accept this bouquet of 999 roses as a token of my admiration!"
How about I kick your gonads 999 times?
Beside her, Yundong rose. "Liu Chuan... What the hell do you think you're doing, huh? She's my girlfriend."
"It's a free world," Liu Chuan said. "Everyone has the right to pursue love."
Uh-oh... Now Yundong looked like he was about to rip the idiot into shreds. Su Chan could feel the power of his Qi leaking out from his body. "Yundong..." Su Chan grabbed his wrist and held on as tightly as she could. However, he freed himself with an easy twist of his wrist.
Ugh! Damned Jindan super strength.
"I've been tolerant with you, Liu Chuan. You can mock me all you want, but this! Coming after my girl? You've crossed a line today, and I will personally make sure that you regret it."
Su Chan grabbed Yundong wrist a second time. Again, he broke free and began moving towards Liu Chuan. Fortunately, Zhou Qin got in front of Yundong just in time and blocked his path towards Liu Chuan.
"Calm down," Zhou Qin whispered. "Look over there."
Zhou Qin pointed at a corner of the classroom.
Su Chan glanced at the corner and frowned. A group of students stood in that corner with rectangular objects—which looked kind of similar to Yundong's phone—in their hands. What are they doing? For the life of her, Su Chan could never understand how these mortals operate.
Yundong sidestepped Zhou Qin. "Oh! So you came prepared, huh? You son of a bitch!" Yundong cracked his fists a few times. "Have it your way then! I'm going to beat up your sorry ass while they record everything on their phones. And then you can watch the replay back home!"
Liu Chuan sprang to his feet and scrambled backwards. Su Chan could see the fear in his eyes.
"B- beat me up?! Y- you're just bluffing! You wouldn't dare!"
Yundong snarled and began to move in. Uh-oh... Su Chan got up from her seat and moved towards Yundong. She had to stop this. They had drawn too much attention to themselves already. Ruan Hongling was at their door yesterday, for Tao's sake!
Yundong yanked Liu Chuan up from the floor by the collar. When Yundong cocked his fist back, Su Chan pounced and grabbed his arm. Yundong turned and looked at her quizzically. Su Chan gave him her most reassuring smile and said, "Let me handle this, beloved."
Su Chan nodded, then brought her lips to his ear. "Qi to Lingtai. That would help calm you down."
Yundong regarded her for a moment, then nodded. He released Liu Chuan's collar. "Hurry up and get rid of this retard, princess. I might lose my appetite after seeing his face for too long."
Su Chan held Yundong's hand, then traced soothing circles on the back of his palm before releasing his hand. She walked over towards Liu Chuan, who was adjusting his collar.
When she got near, Liu Chuan smiled at her and raised the bouquet again. Okay. How should I handle this? Well, she would obviously need a non-violent approach to avoid drawing attention. Su Chan surveyed the classroom again. A few students were watching them, which meant she had to do something without appearing like she did anything at all.
A spell. She needed a spell. Also, it had to be the non-life-threatening kind, otherwise she would be violating one of the major commandments that all Cultivators should abide by.
"Your beauty captivates me, Miss Su Chan. Please accept these flowers!"
Su Chan looked at the flowers in front of her, then at Liu Chuan. An inconspicuous spell that wasn't life-threatening…
A hallucination spell it is, then…
Su Chan stepped forward and took the flowers. Then, she pretended to admire the flowers. "Wow... So pretty!"
"Ah... But their beauty pales in comparison to yours, my dear Miss Su Chan!"
Su Chan tried not to gag. And no, she did not miss the smug look Liu Chuan had given Yundong while he was dishing out that corny line.
Fool. In a few seconds, he would look anything but smug.
Su Chan grinned, then sniffed the flowers twice. "And it smells so good!" Su Chan lifted the bouquet and shoved it at Liu Chuan's face. "Here. You sniff it!"
With her face now being obscured by the bouquet, Su Chan closed her eyes and muttered a quick incantation. In her mind, she visualized fifty hornets flying out of the bouquet.
"Hehe!! Don't you think they smell good?" Su Chan waved the bouquet in front of Liu Chuan's face.
When she saw Liu Chuan's body grow as stiff as a pole, Su Chan knew that her spell had worked.
"Hello?! I asked you a question," Su Chan said, shaking the bouquet again. "Are you deaf? Do they smell good or not?"
Su Chan turned around and saw Zhou Qin mouthing some words to her: "What's wrong with him?"
Su Chan just shrugged and turned back to Liu Chuan.
"Oh... I guess the flowers don't smell good, then? Well. Then I don't want them!" She tossed the bouquet at Liu Chuan, who caught it with both arms. He stared at the bouquet for a moment or two, his lips trembling and his face as white as a sheet.
Then he dropped the bouquet and ran for the door, waving his arms like a maniac.
"Arrrrgggggghhhh!!! Bees!! Bees!!! Helpp!!! Heeeeeelllllpppp!"
Chapter 96 I Will Destroy You!
That was fun! Of all the spells Su Chan knew, hallucination spells were
definitely her favorite! She liked hallucination spells because of how
versatile they were. There was so much room for imagination when casting hallucination
spells. Like, the caster could literally generate any effect with them.
Granted, hallucination spells weren't her strongest spells, since she was a fox
sprit who was naturally gifted in seduction spells. But against a silly mortal
like Liu Chuan, even a weak hallucination spell would do the trick.
HAAAAHHHH... Helllpppp! Somebody helllp!!! GAAAHHHH! Get them away from
me!!!" Liu Chuan clambered his way to the front of the classroom and
then—SMACK—ran facefirst into the chalkboard, no doubt having mistaken it for
Chan giggled a few times.
her, Yundong chuckled. "What on earth is the matter with that
Chan feigned ignorance. "Eh... Who knows... Maybe he's allergic to
Qin chuckled. "What kind of idiot buys flowers knowing that he's allergic
same kind who got tricked into paying other people's meals," Yundong said.
and Zhou Qin were still talking to each other, but Su Chan was no longer paying
attention to what they were saying. Did I
use enough Qi for the spell? The spell's effect wouldn't last if she didn't.
Then that silly man would come bother Yundong again. Grrr. Su Chan moved her Qi
to her Shenting and began sifting through the ambient noise. Seconds later, she
heard Liu Chuan's screams. Ah... So he's
still in the building... He was still screaming as he ran. It had been,
what, three minutes since she cast the spell? A good sign. Definitely a good
sign. From the looks of it, the spell would last for a least fifteen minutes
unless he got startled—like if someone suddenly punched him in the face, for
we go, then?" Zhou Qin said. "Seeing as we've gotten rid of the
annoying pest and all."
laughed. "Good idea. Hey, why don't we just grab lunch at the cafeteria? I
heard that the great Miss Zhou had yet to grace the cafeteria with her
presence. Tsk, tsk! What would the cafeteria's staff think? They must be feeling
so shitty right now thinking that you have deemed their place unworthy of your
the one who doesn't even stay at the university dorms," Zhou Qin said
dryly, "O Hero of Tiannan University."
burst into laughter. "Touche."
Chan's Eryue was still active as the three of them were leaving the classroom.
On the way out, she could make out some of the students' whispers amidst the
buzzing in her ears. Out of curiosity, Su Chan focused on those voices.
He's so hot... Even the way he laughs is sexy..."
Hey... I know that voice...
was the girl who fell down on stage during the rehearsals. Back then, Yundong
told her that those people were "dancing" on the stage. Truth be
told, Su Chan still had trouble seeing it. No matter how she looked at them, those
moves looked like they were taken from a bunch of shamanistic rituals...
was a laugh, a derisive one. "You're out of mind, Zhuang Hui."
Chan knew that voice too. It belonged to the same woman who'd made fun of her
clothes the other day at the school restaurant. Su Chan had accidentally knocked
over the woman's tray that day, spilling soup and juice all over her Dee-Oh or
I was just telling the truth!" Zhuang Hui said. "Don't you find him
was a derisive snort. "Him? Please. Didn't you see what happen just now?
He couldn't even settle his own problems! His woman had to step up and deal
with the problem for him. I can't believe you're swooning over such a
Hui sighed. "Looks like you've been out of the loop for way too long, Ke
Lu. That's because you haven't been to campus for the past few days. Do you even
know who he is? He's the Hero of Tiannan University!"
Don't even get me started on all that nonsense on the forum," Ke Lu said.
"Dodging bullets? That's bullshit.
This is real life, Zhuang Hui. Real life. Not some scene from an action movie."
Chan halted her steps halfway down the corridor. Then, she turned around and stormed
back towards the door of the classroom. Grrr...
How dare she make fun of my Yundong! Su Chan already had the perfect idea
for a nice little hallucination spell she would cast on that insolent,
foul-mouthed swine. Let's see how you
enjoy having your breasts shrink to the size of a grain of rice! Hah! Su
Chan yanked the door open—
was stopped by a hand on her shoulder.
wrong, princess? Did you forget something?" Yundong was back looking at
her with concern.
Chan glanced into the classroom through the open doorway. "That girl over
there is making fun of you." Su Chan jerked her chin towards Ke Lu.
Zhuang Hui nor Ke Lu seemed to have noticed them yet.
was now saying something to her, but Su Chan wasn't listening to him at all;
her attention was fully focused on Zhuang Hui and Ke Lu's conversation.
lot of people saw him dodge those bullets, you know! Even the foreigners swore
And there are a lot of people who swore they'd seen UFOs and the Loch Ness Monster,
but that doesn't make UFOs or the Loch Ness Monster real! Wake up, Zhuang Hui!"
Ke Lu, I really don't get it. What is
it about him that rubs you the wrong way? Why do you hate him that much?"
just a gigolo," Ke Lu said snidely. "Just look at the way Zhou Qin
was throwing herself at him like some kind of sugar mom."
Chan could feel Yundong tensing up beside her.
Hui looked affronted. "I won't speak to you anymore if you keep talking
bad about him!"
You're not ending our friendship because him, are you? Him? That useless gigolo?"
Chan growled. Alright, that's it! I've
had it with her! Time to show that foul-mouthed swine what the Fox Zen School's
hallucination spells are made of! A strong grip wrapped around her arm
before Su Chan could take a single step through the doorway.
Chan turned sideways and saw Yundong staring at those two girls. "Remember
what I said about ignoring shallow people?" Yundong said without taking
his eyes off the two girls.
Chan opened her mouth to protest, but Yundong cut her off again. "It's the
quality of our actions that determines our worth." Yundong released her
arm and began walking away. "Let them talk."
Chan stole one final glance at the classroom. Ke Lu's face was now as pale as a
sheet. She looked as though she had just seen a ghost.
Chuan ran out of the academic building, his hands flailing in the air to swat
away a swarm of hornets that only he could see. When he stumbled out of the
campus gates, a man grabbed Liu Chuan by the shoulder and then delivered a
harsh kick on his butt.
Chuan crashed headlong onto the concrete pavement and then rolled around a few
times. "Help!!! Help!!! Get them off me!! Please!!"
Shao stared down at Liu Chuan, who was still rolling on the ground like some
nutcase high on drugs. He Shao kicked Liu Chuan's butt with the tip of his dress
shoes. "Hey! What the hell is the matter with you! Get your shit
Chuan grabbed the fabric of He Shao's pants. "Bees!! Bees! There are so
many of them!!!"
Shao growled and yanked Liu Chuan up by the collar before slapping Liu Chuan's
cheeks four times. "Snap out of it, you f*cking idiot! What bees? There
aren't any bees around, you nutjob!" He Shao released Liu Chuan's collar
and shoved him away. Liu Chuan stumbled and ended up falling flat on his ass.
He Shao's slaps had shocked Liu Chuan enough to break Su Chan's spell. Liu
Chuan sat on the ground in a daze.
later, Liu Chuan reached up with a shaky hand and began patting his face.
"No bumps..." Liu Chuan muttered. "No swelling... Hey! Hahaha!
I'm fine! Hahaha!"
Shao rubbed his temple a few times. "Why do I keep running into idiots
these days," He Shao mumbled. "First Xie Fei, and now this
Shao bent down and yanked Liu Chuan up by the collar again. "Hey! What are
you mumbling about, you numbskull! I asked you to teach that Li Yundong a
lesson! Have you done it yet?"
Chuan's face paled at the mere mention of Li Yundong's name. He jumped up as
though someone had shoved a durian up his ass. He Shao was, needless to say,
not impressed by Liu Chuan's show of wimpiness. He Shao smacked Liu Chuan
upside his head. "You f*cker! You failed me, didn't you? You f*cking
failed me, just like that good-for-nothing Xie Fei!" He Shao raised his
hand again to strike Liu Chuan but the latter threw his arms up just in time to
shield himself from the blow.
He Shao! He Shao! I can explain! Please! Let me explain!"
Shao lowered his arm and adjusted his jacket. "Talk!"
He Shao... I don't think Li Yundong is a guy you wanna mess with... Something's
not normal about the guy, you know. It's like there's some supernatural
Shao smacked Liu Chuan's head again. "Super"—SMACK—"natural! Is
that the best excuse you've got? Huh?! That he's into some voodoo stuff?"
it's true! Weird shit keeps happening around him!"
you and your nonsense! You can't even do one thing right! I just asked you to
provoke him a little, and then force him to assault you. And you can't even
accomplish that simple task? F*cking useless piece of shit!"
He Shao... I don't think I'm the right guy for the job..." Liu Chuan gave
He Shao a fawning smile. "Wh- why don't you look for someone else..."
Shao glare nearly made Liu Chuan melt into a puddle of Armani. "Find
someone else," He Shao said, then laughed incredulously. "Find
someone else! Oh, you've gotta be shitting
second part of He Shao's statement wasn't that far from the truth since Liu
Chuan was pre-tty close to losing his
bowel control at that point.
I'm telling you that something's off about that guy, He Shao! Weird shit keeps
happening to me every time I ran into him! It's like a curse or
curse..." He Shao stared at Liu Chuan incredulously. "You're losing
your shit because you think he cursed you..." He Shao raised his hand to
slap Liu Chuan. "How about I beat you to death right here and now, huh! I
bet that's scarier than a stupid curse!"
Chuan flinched back in fear. However, the blow never connected. He Shao's
withdrew his hand at the last minute and pinched the bridge of his nose.
Moments later, He Shao exhaled harshly through his nose and seized Liu Chuan's
to me, you moron," He Shao growled, shaking Liu Chuan's shoulders a few
times. "Try again this afternoon. But this time, I'll be there watching. I
guarantee you that he won't harm you as long as I'm there. And if he does, I'll
f*ck him up for good."
colors returned to Liu Chuan's face. "Really? You have a way to deal with
him?" Liu Chuan said tentatively. "B- but He Shao...Li Yundong isn't
some guy you can just mess with. I swear there's something weird about
Shao huffed out in frustration, then motioned with his hand. When Liu Chuan
brought his ear closer, He Shao began speaking to him in whispers.
He Shao was done talking, Liu Chuan jumped away in fright. "H- He Shao...
I don't think that's a good idea... I mean, I just received an earful from my
Shao's eyes went wide in anger. "What? You saying you have a problem with
uh... I- it's nothing! I- I'll find a way..."
Yundong stood up from the last row of the lecture hall after what felt like
days—or weeks—of torturous boredom. If there was a way to transform boredom
into cash, he was pretty sure would've settled his bank debts by now. Li
Yundong stretched his arms above his head, then glanced down at Su Chan. His
princess was still doodling on a page of his notepad. Upon a closer look, Li
Yundong noticed a bunch of Mac Dee logos strewn all over the page. There were
other things too, of course: French fries; cheeseburgers; several cones topped
with at least twenty layers of ice-cream; chicken drumsticks; and huge bowls
filled with soup and some strange-looking blobs.
last one looked suspiciously like his stewed duck in beer.
Yundong chuckled and ruffled Su Chan's hair. "Ready to go home,
Chan looked up from the page and nodded. "Mmm!"
packed up and left their row. At the first row, he suddenly stopped. Zhou Qin was
standing there, smiling at them.
about I give you guys a ride home?" Zhou Qin asked.
It seemed like Zhou Qin had taken this repayment thing a tad too far.
Yundong returned Zhou Qin's smile and waved his hand a few times. "Nah...
It's okay. We don't live far. Besides, we don't want to trouble you."
Qin's smile widened. Li Yundong heard gasps somewhere behind him. And if he
turned around, he'd probably see a bunch of hanging jaws too.
are you still acting so formal with me," Zhou Qin said. "Aren't we
With the enigmatic Miss Zhou, the Ice Queen of Tiannan University. They were
friends now. Friends, as in "let's all hang out after class and treat each
other to meals" friends.
Yundong was still trying to get used to that idea.
month ago, Zhou Qin wouldn't even look at him, let alone offer to give him a
ride home. Then again, a month ago, he couldn't even climb out of bed without
feeling like he'd pulled about a hundred muscles. Now he was dodging bullets
and climbing walls.
Yundong sighed. "Well... Okay then... Wait. You actually drive yourself
around?" Admittedly, he had assumed that Zhou Qin would be chaperoned
around town by a legion of drivers who had no doubt mastered the art of
limousine driving. Seemed like this was another stereotype that he had to throw
I've never seen your car."
I don't usually park on campus. I don't want to draw attention, so..."
You're a completely different kind of rich from Liu Chuan." Li Yundong
gave her a thumbs up. "Low-key. I like that."
Qin blushed a little. "Is that a compliment? If it is, then I'll gladly
Yundong chuckled. "Well, then consider yourself complimented!"
Chan tugged his arm a few times. "Yundong, Yundong... Can we go now? I'm
What else was new?
Yundong stopped short when they reached the campus gates. "Hey. What's
happening over there?"
huge crowd had gathered at the kerb not far away from the campus gates, and as
far as he could tell, most of them were students. It seemed like the students
had formed a circle around something.
Yundong turned to his left, wanting to ask Zhou Qin if she knew what was going
on. However, he was surprised by how pale her face seemed. Her posture seemed
Zhou Qin," he said. "You alright?"
Qin shook her head slightly, then smiled. "I'm fine. Let's go check it out."
Zhou Qin strode over towards the crowd without waiting for them to catch up.
Yundong took Su Chan's hand and followed Zhou Qin. As they neared the crowd,
the crowd's whispers became clearer.
whose limo is this?"
don't know. But damn, look at that! It's a Mercedes!"
cool... Ooh! I think it's got scissor doors!"
whose car is this..."
bet it belongs to some rich guy..."
maybe he's here to pick up his date..."
of the students turned around as though sensing their approach. The students stepped
away when they saw Zhou Qin. The crowd parted to reveal a dark and sleek
limousine parked at the kerb.
sight of the limo made all three of them stop short. From the corner of his
eye, Li Yundong saw Zhou Qin's shoulders sag with relief.
don't tell me that's your car?" Li Yundong asked even though he knew the
Qin gave him an amused look. "No. I don't go for the showy models."
crowd raved on about how awesome or cool the car was. Their comments made Li
Yundong want to roll his eyes. Li Yundong studied the crowd, and when he did,
he noticed a few familiar faces. Some of his classmates were there. He even saw
Zhuang Hui and her bitchy friend admiring the car beside it.
he turned to Su Chan, he laughed out loud.
Chan's head was tilted by ninety degrees as she studied the car.
"Yundong... How come it's so long? And why didn't they put more wheels in
Yundong reached over and righted her head. "Do you like it?"
Chan's nose scrunched up adorably. "Eww... It's so long. And it feels like
it would snap in half if a reeeaally fat guy sit in the middle."
Yundong guffawed. Oh God... Only you, Su
Chan... Only you would say something like that.
Su Chan..." Li Yundong said. "I'll work hard and earn enough money to
buy you a nice car."
Chan looked at him like he was nuts. "What? Why would you want to waste
money on garbage like that?" Su Chan lifted her chin proudly. "I
assure you that your future mode of transport will be much cooler than that long
thing over there."
Yundong chuckled and pinched Su Chan's cheek. "You really do have a lot of
faith in me, don't you?"
Chan looked at him as though he'd just told her that fish live on land.
"Of course!" she said. "You're the greatest!"
Li Yundong could come up with a reply, he caught a glimpse of Zhou Qin's frown.
She was staring at the limo intently. Did she know the owner?
is it, Zhou Qin? You recognize that car?"
Changhe..." Zhou Qin said.
Yundong frowned. "Sorry who?"
a famous businessman in the city." Zhou Qin suddenly looked at Li Yundong,
her lips curving into a smirk. "And the father of your BFF, Liu Chuan."
Yundong's gaze snapped back towards the limo. As if on cue, the door of the
limo slid open. Li Yundong shook his head. Great...
Here we go again. Liu Chuan, dressed to the nines in a suit and a pair of
shiny dress shoes, stepped out of the limo. Oh, how Li Yundong wanted to wipe
that smug look off the bastard's face. Would the shockwaves generated from his
punches work from this distance? Maybe he could try making Liu Chuan shit his Armani
pants one more time.
What an annoying man," Su Chan said. "I'm going to get rid of him this time."
Yundong smirked. If Su Chan wanted to kick Liu Chuan in the nuts, he sure as
well wouldn't try to stop her this time.
Yundong turned. Zhou Qin was staring at Liu Chuan like she meant business.
me handle this."
Qin watched as Liu Chuan sauntered towards them as though he owned the place.
Zhou Qin had had her suspicions before, but now she had no doubt that this
drama queen and diva wannabe was doing somebody else's bidding. Someone else
was pulling the strings here, and the only way for her to find out who was by
loosening Liu Chuan's tongue and getting him to spill his guts.
Chuan stopped before Su Chan and bowed slightly. "Oh, my beautiful Miss Su
Chan. Would you make me the happiest man in the world by agreeing to go out on
a date with me?"
Qin resisted the urge to gag. She could feel Li Yundong trembling beside her,
so she placed a reassuring hand on his arm. "Let me handle this,"
Zhou Qin mouthed the words to Li Yundong when their gazes locked. Su Chan
looked like she was about to slap Liu Chuan, but then Li Yundong took Su Chan's
hand and pulled her to his side.
beauty captivates me, Miss Su Chan. There isn't a night since I met you that I
could close my eyes without seeing your beautiful face in my mind..."
Qin rolled her eyes. Enough is enough...
She stepped forward and shielded Su Chan behind her.
Qin smiled snidely, pouring every ounce of contempt she felt for Liu Chuan into
that smile. "Looks like your persistence rivals your stupidity, Liu Chuan.
You even brought out your dad's car.
Not that I'm surprised. That's all you're capable of, isn't it, Liu Chuan?
Hiding behind your father's status and wealth?" Step one. Destroy the
man's confidence. Judging from the blush on Liu Chuan's face, her taunt had
found its mark. But she wasn't done yet. Not by a long shot.
might not want to scratch it though," Zhou Qin said. "I don't think
Mr. Liu would take it well if you do. I hear he has a thing for spanking."
tremble Zhou Qin saw in Liu Chuan's hands brought a surge of satisfaction to
her. "Zh- Zhou Qin! Wh- why do you always have to... to get in my
Qin arched her brow, a well-practiced move that would cause even the most
confident man to waver in his beliefs. "Getting in your way?" Zhou
Qin said, turning around to look at Su Chan.
Su Chan was looking back at her with so much awe that Zhou Qin was starting to
wonder if Su Chan had been serious yesterday when she said she wanted Zhou Qin
as an elder sister. It certainly wouldn't be bad to have an adorable little
sister like Su Chan.
Qin gave Su Chan a smile. "Su Chan..."
Qin pointed a finger at Liu Chuan. "Are you interested in that man?"
Chan shook her head a few times, her double braids swinging adorably.
Qin raised a brow. "Not even a little?"
braids swung around again.
Qin turned around to face Liu Chuan again. "You see?" Zhou Qin smirked.
"How am I getting in your way when the girl isn't even interested in
you... you!" Liu Chuan sputtered.
Qin had to side-step a little to avoid getting Liu Chuan's spit all over her
suggest you think things through before you act, Liu Chuan. Otherwise, you're
just going to end up embarrassing yourself and
your father. You don't want that, do you?"
Chuan didn't seem to be capable of speech at this point. Good, because Zhou Qin
wasn't done yet.
is it that you like say, Liu Chuan? That everyone should know their own place? I suggest you take your own advice and stop
lusting after a woman who is clearly out of your league!"
ashen look on Liu Chuan's face was the final confirmation Zhou Qin needed to
know that she had utterly demolished Liu Chuan's bravado. Now it was time to
get him to talk—
think you should know your place, too, Miss Zhou."
Qin's body went taut instantly. That
voice... It can't be...
Qin looked past Liu Chuan's shoulder towards the limo. Another man had just
stepped out of the limo and was now heading over towards them. Zhou Qin frowned
slightly. Calm down, Zhou Qin... You can
brings you here, He Shao?" Zhou Qin said, keeping her voice as cold as
possible. I should've known that he's the
one behind this...
I do here is none of your business, Zhou Qin," He Shao said, though he
wasn't even looking at her. Instead, this vile man was staring at Li Yundong
like he was just a piece of trash.
coursed through Zhou Qin, cold anger, which turned her voice into something
colder than ice. "It is my business if you're interfering with my
Shao finally tore his eyes away from Li Yundong. "Your affairs? I don't
see how a guy trying to ask a girl out concerns you, Zhou Qin..." He Shao
said. "Aren't you being a bit too controlling here?"
Shao, seeing as our families have a good relationship with each other, I'm
gonna give you one piece of advice. No evil deed goes unpunished. I'd watch my six
if I were you."
Shao burst into laughter.
Qin suddenly had a bad feeling in her stomach. "Well said! Well said! I
don't have any advice to give you, Zhou Qin. So I will return the favor by
telling you a simple fact. No matter how much you despise me, you are my fiancé. You are my woman. Mine! And nothing you do or
say can change that!"
and chatter erupted from the crowd, but Zhou Qin didn't care.
eyes snapped towards the only person whose opinion she cared about.
Yundong was staring back at her, his eyes guarded and unreadable.
the heat in her cheeks, Zhou Qin glared at He Shao.
would rather die than marry you, He
Shao started laughing again, and Zhou Qin had to ball her fist tightly to
prevent herself from slapping that abominable man.
rather die than marry me. Is that so?" He Shao sneered. "Then who are
you planning to marry? Him?" He
Shao pointed at Li Yundong. Before Zhou Qin could come up with a response, He
Shao was already moving past her towards Li Yundong.
up, you bum," He Shao said, once he had gotten in Li Yundong's face.
"Zhou Qin is my woman. Mine! And if you touch her, I will destroy you!"
Chapter 97 Strength Beyond Wealth and Status
Yundong met He Shao's stare head on. If this prick thought he could intimidate
him by getting in his face, then the guy had another think coming. Guns Li
Yundong had stared down. Bullets he had dodged. Threats of destruction from an
obnoxious prick couldn't even hold a f*cking candle. If nothing else, He Shao's
behavior amused Li Yundong.
the guy was like a tin can—empty inside, but noisy as f*ck.
crossed a line, He Shao," Zhou Qin said. "I'm warning you. Back
Shao's breath tickled Li Yundong's face as he laughed. "So this is all you
got, eh? Relying on Zhou Qin to get you out of trouble every time? You're a pathetic
loser. A penniless gigolo."
Yundong smirked and shook his head. Say
what you want about me. Bark like a dog for all I care.
Shao turned to Zhou Qin. "And you, Zhou Qin. Tsk, tsk. I never thought you
would stoop to such a level. I mean, becoming someone's sugar mama? Really?"
He Shao snickered. "Are you that horny? You know... If you needed a good
f*ck, you could've just called. I bet I can outperform this wimp without even
Shao, you—" Zhou Qin gasped. "Don't touch me!"
I can't touch my own fiancé?" He Shao laughed. "If you need... services, there are far better options
than using that gigolo." He Shao snickered, then glanced pointedly at Li
Yundong's waist. "Tsk. Tsk. Come on, Zhou Qin. Even the cheapest dildo in
the market is better than that."
up, He Shao... Shut. Up." Zhou Qin's voice had lost its usual aloofness.
Shao took a step towards Zhou Qin. "Or better yet. You can have me. I'm
available to you anytime, babe. And you won't even have to pay a single
Yundong's hand shot out and grabbed He Shao's arm before it could reach Zhou
Yundong realized that for all his big-talk, He Shao was surprisingly
lightweight. All it took was a light shove from him and He Shao was already staggering
backwards. Li Yundong smirked. Who's the
wimp now, dipshit?
Yundong stepped forward and shielded Su Chan and Zhou Qin with his body.
your mouth," Li Yundong said coldly. "That's my friend you just
Shao straightened his suit jacket with an angry scowl, then got in Li Yundong's
face. He Shao grabbed Li Yundong's collar.
me again," He Shao growled, "and I will destroy you."
Yundong pressed his thumb and index finger on He Shao's wrist, smirking at the
grimace he saw on He Shao's face. Li Yundong pressed down harder until He
Shao's grip loosened.
of letting go, Li Yundong kept his thumb and index finger on He Shao's wrist,
then twisted He Shao's arm behind his back. He Shao groaned, then stumbled away
when Li Yundong shoved him on the back.
Yundong snorted. F*cking lightweight...
Shao regained his footing and shot a vicious glare at Li Yundong. "You
Zhou Qin yelled. "Leave now—"
Yundong silenced her with a raise of his hand. He took a step towards he Shao.
"Destroy me, you said?" Li Yundong said in a casual tone. "And
how do you suppose you can do that when you couldn't even stand in front of me
for more than five seconds without falling on your ass?"
Shao threw his head back and laughed. "Oh, so you still haven't figured it
out yet?" He Shao sneered. "I guess a clueless bum like you wouldn't
know." He Shao's eyes was filled with scorn when he snorted. "Fine.
I'll explain to you how I can tear you to pieces."
Shao got in his face again. "There are only two things you need if you
want to rule over the world. One, wealth!"
Shao pointed at the limo. "I have all the money in the world," he
said loudly. "And you! You're a
penniless nobody who doesn't even have parents!"
That stung. That really f*cking stung.
Li Yundong took a calming breath through his nose. Walk away... just walk away.
Keep a low profile, and don't cause any trouble. Too much exposure would risk
his life. It would risk Su Chan's life too. Focus
on what's important here. Just let it go, Li Yundong. You're better than him.
You're better than him...
Yundong exhaled through his nose slowly and turned around to face Su Chan and
Zhou Qin. Su Chan was watching him carefully. Zhou Qin was glaring at He Shao.
on," Li Yundong said, taking Su Chan's hand. "Time to go. Let's not
let shallow people and their shallow thoughts get to us."
Yundong moved past He Shao, pulling Su Chan with him.
Shao blocked his way. "Hey! Where are do you think you're going, huh? I'm
not done talking to you yet."
Yundong kept walking, but stopped when he felt He Shao's palm on his sternum. It
took every ounce of Li Yundong's will power not to grab that hand and break
every single bone in it. Stay cool, Li
Yundong. Stay cool.
pressure on his sternum was gone.
Shao held up two fingers. "Number two. Power."
Yundong could feel his own brows shooting up to his hairline at that arrogant
declaration. He wondered why God hadn't sent a bolt of lightning from the sky
and roast this piece of trash already.
Shao snapped his fingers, then waved his hand a few times.
Chuan clambered over towards He Shao like a f*cking lapdog.
Yundong shook his head in disgust. He wondered if Liu Chuan ever felt a bit too
airy or ventilated down there. After
all, even the smallest pair of boxers in the market would feel a little loose on
a man with balls the size of peanuts. Scratch that. Liu Chuan should just shop for
panties from now on.
He Shao?" Liu Chuan asked.
of answering, He Shao slapped Liu Chuan right across his cheek. Liu Chuan crashed
to the ground and rolled a few times.
Yundong stared at He Shao with wide eyes.
Holy Mother of God... Who does this guy
think he is?
Yundong could feel the flames of ire raging in his chest, begging to be
unleashed. How could anyone be capable of such atrocious behavior? This had
gone far beyond bullying; this was f*cking tyranny.
man I just slapped is the son of a famous businessman," He Shao roared.
"But so f*cking what!"
Yundong shook his head.
Shao gestured his arms wildly. "I can do whatever I want with him and walk
still away with it! I'm untouchable!"
Yundong glanced at Zhou Qin, whose expression remained unreadable despite the
at that moment, the final piece of the puzzle clicked inside Li Yundong's head.
Finally, he got it. Now he understood the reason behind Zhou Qin's distrust of men
and people in general. Being forced to marry a lowlife like He Shao would
disillusion just about anyone.
another thought occurred to Li Yundong.
if Zhou Qin didn't reject those men because she had anything against them or
because she deemed them unworthy of her attention?
well, maybe she did find some of those men unworthy, but what if that wasn't
her only reason for rejecting them?
if she was trying to protect those guys from He Shao?
hindsight, it made sense.
moment Zhou Qin agreed to date a guy, she would literally be painting a huge
target on his back.
poor dude would end up on He Shao's shit list, and there was nothing Zhou Qin
could do to protect him from He Shao because, apparently, even Zhou Qin's
family was big on the whole arranged marriage idea. Hell, it was probably Zhou
Qin's father's idea to begin with!
other words, whomever Zhou Qin agreed to date was pretty much screwed.
Yundong cast a glance at He Shao.
he certainly wouldn't put it past that son of a bitch to have a guy murdered just
for expressing romantic interest in Zhou Qin.
a f*cked up world to live in.
How did Zhou Qin endure this shit for so many years?
Shao's laughter pulled Li Yundong out of his thoughts.
Shao was now kicking at Liu Chuan, who was still sprawled on the ground.
"You!" He Shao pointed down at Liu Chuan. "I just slapped you. Do
you have problem with that?"
Yundong lowered his gaze to the ground. He studied Liu Chuan face, which was now
flushed either due to shame or He Shao's strike. Probably both. Liu Chuan
looked completely subdued and defeated. The guy didn't even dare raise his
later, Liu Chuan shook his head meekly.
Shao sneered, and once again, Li Yundong found himself staring at He Shao's
see that?" He Shao raised his brows. "Do you get it now?" He
Shao threw his head back in laughter.
from the crowd drifted to Li Yundong's ears. Apparently, Liu Chuan's
admirers—well, former admirers—were
now mocking Liu Chuan's cowardice. Li Yundong also heard a couple of mentions
about how the "Hero of Tiannan University" should step up and
"teach that arrogant snob a lesson."
Shao was now sauntering towards him like some pompous diva. "Money!
Wealth! Status! Power!" He Shao punctuated those words with each step
before finally stopping in front of him. "That is how I can destroy a nobody like you." He Shao's lips
twisted into an ugly smirk. "Starting with your love life... when I make
your woman mine." He Shao
reached out with his filthy hands to touch Su Chan's face.
inside Li Yundong snapped. People could mock him all they wanted, but nobody
touches his Su Chan. Nobody.
son of a bitch!!!!"
Yundong moved forward with a speed that he didn't even know he possessed. He grabbed
He Shao by his throat, and then hoisted the bastard off the ground with a
powerful jerk of his arm. He Shao released a series of gagging sound from his throat,
but Li Yundong ignored them. He stared hard into He Shao's eyes. "Touch my
girlfriend again, and I will end you."
Yundong had never felt this much anger before. And every ounce of that anger
was now being channeled into the fingers curled around He Shao's throat. He
tightened his fingers, slowly squeezing the life out of this piece of trash.
Yundong's ears rang. Through the ringing, he could hear voices—two
voices—speaking to him. The voices were muddled and distinct, like a cacophony
of overlapping echoes. He couldn't make out the words.
he felt a pricking sensation on his back, right between his shoulder blades,
like someone had poked a needle there.
ringing in his ears morphed into distinct words.
Yundong, calm down... He's not worth it."
beloved... Don't let him get to you. He'll never have me, okay? Never. I'm yours.
Always. Let him go, beloved. Let him go. People are watching us…"
strange wave of calmness washed over Li Yundong.
Qin and Su Chan were now standing on each side of him, pulling him back from
God knows what he'd been about to do. A wheezing sound caught his ear, and he
realized that he was still holding He Shao in the air in a choke hold. He Shao's
face had turned an unhealthy shade of scarlet.
wave of anger swept through him at the sight of He Shao's face. How dare he try
to touch Su Chan. How f*cking dare he! How dare he treat people like trash just
because he was rich.
Yundong unleased a loud roar, pouring every ounce of frustration into his
Yundong!! Stop!! You're gonna kill him!" Zhou Qin's frantic voice sounded
beside his ear. "He isn't worth it! Don't throw your life away because of
Come on… Just let him go, okay?"
Yundong's roar diminished into a growl. Then, he hurled He Shao into the air.
Shao flew across the pavement and crashed into the limo.
My car! Watch the car..."
Chuan's voice was quickly drowned out by a chorus of cheers.
That's the way! Go, Hero of Tiannan University!"
yeah!!! Kick his ass! Show the bastard who is boss!"
Yundong felt another sharp prick on his back. It was the same spot, right
between his shoulder blades. Another wave of calmness flooded him, but this
time, it came with something else—mental clarity. Li Yundong could feel his
breathing evening out and the pounding on his temples subsiding. The next thing
he knew, he was staring right into Su Chan's beautiful eyes. Su Chan's were
hands cupping his face.
Shh... It's alright now, beloved. It's alright."
Yundong covered Su Chan's palm with his hand. "Did you do something? Why
do I suddenly feel so..."
Yundong struggled to find the right words.
Tranquil?" Su Chan said.
Something like that."
stimulated your Lingtai."
my shoulder blades..." Li Yundong sighed, then nodded. "Right.
would explain the pricking sensations he felt earlier. She must've poked a
needle into his back.
Qin's voice made him turn.
just get out of here," Zhou Qin said, though her gaze was focused on He
Shao, who was already up on his feet.
Su Chan bobbed her head a few times, then lowered her voice to a whisper.
"We can't risk any more exposure. They might be watching."
Yundong had a pretty good idea which "they" Su Chan was referring to.
Could that crazy Ruan Hongling girl be watching as well?
Yundong nodded. "Alright. Let's get out of here."
do you think you're going! I'm not done with you yet!" He Shao yelled.
Seriously? After I just tossed you into
ignore him, Yundong..." Su Chan whispered beside him. "Don't risk
your life because of a silly man like him..."
Qin was already walking away.
Yundong nodded, took Su Chan's hand, and turned around.
out of nowhere, another voice sounded, a voice that Li Yundong had never heard
before in his life.
children, children! What a bunch of annoying brats. Now get out of my way before
I hurt your tiny asses."
97 Strength Beyond Wealth and Status (Part 2)
Li Yundong swiveled around
to identify the owner of that voice. He did the quick scan of the area, but he
didn't see anyone other than the crowd, He Shao, and Liu Chuan.
Liu Chuan was now standing beside
He Shao, apparently to help keep He Shao upright.
The voice sounded again.
"I said out of my way,
All of a sudden, a commotion
broke out among the crowd. The students were now screaming in fear. Seconds
later, the crowd was forced apart when someone barreled through it and leaped
onto the hood of the limo.
It was an old man dressed in
a dark, Wong Fei-hung style robe. The man had a strange beard, which looked like
a mouse's whiskers. Li Yundong glanced at Zhou Qin, who was staring at the
scene with a frown.
"You know him?" Li
Zhou Qin shook his head.
The old man leaped down from
the limo. "Out of my way, punks!" The old man pushed He Shao and Liu
Chuan away. The guy seemed pretty strong for an old man, since He Shao and Liu
Chuan nearly fell over after that shove.
He Shao recovered first.
"Hey! Watch it, old man! Which mental institute did you escape from, huh?
Do you know who I am?"
The old man tilted his head
to one side and studied He Shao for a moment. "No idea who you are. And I
"Don't know who I am…"
He Shao started laughing like he'd just been told the funniest joke ever.
"You have a death wish old man."
The old man sneered and
stroked his whisker-like beard. "Tsk, tsk, tsk. Children these days... No
respect for their elders at all." The old man released a derisive chuckle.
"Not even the Chief Executive of Hong Kong has the guts to speak to me with
that kind of tone, let alone a nameless punk like you. Get out of my sight.
Seeing your face puts me in a bad mood."
Whispers broke out among the
"Come on. Let's just
go," Li Yundong said, turning around to leave.
"Hey! You there! The
guy with the two pretty chicks!"
Li Yundong froze, then slowly
turned back around. He gave Su Chan's hand a reassuring squeeze when he felt it
tense inside his grip. Li Yundong lifted his gaze and stared ahead. The old man
was looking right at him.
"Yes?" Li Yundong
The old man chuckled.
"Hey! I wasn't done
talking to you, old man!" He Shao reached for the old man's shoulder, but
the old man grabbed He Shao's hand instead and twisted it into a gruesome joint
lock. He Shao's knees hit the ground as he screamed.
"Chin Na..." Su
Li Yundong glanced at Su
Chan, who was now watching the old man intently. She seemed to really know what
she was looking at, which, of course, didn't come as a surprise to Li Yundong anymore.
Li Yundong himself had seen
Chin Na in action through a video featuring a demo during the International
Martial Arts Festival. From what he remembered, the martial art focuses
exclusively on joint lock techniques.
In another video, he saw a
teenage girl bring a massive—as big as Dave Bautista—bodybuilder to his knees with
just a twist of the poor guy's thumb.
So yeah. Pretty badass
He Shao's screams filled the
area. Admittedly, hearing that bastard scream felt somewhat satisfying.
The old man bend down and
patted He Shao's cheeks a few times.
"Didn't your parents teach
you to respect your elders? Tsk, tsk, tsk…" said the old man. "Or do
I have to do their job for them."
He Shao's hand was twisted in the opposite direction.
Li Yundong cringed. Shit… That has got to hurt like a bitch.
"Argh, what a bother.
Just get out of my sight, you pest." The old man eased the pressure on He
Shao's hand. "I have business with that man"—he pointed at Li
Yundong—"over there. And you're wasting my precious time."
Li Yundong tensed up.
Business with me? But I don’t even know you.
"Oh! So that's how you
wanna play it, old man! You'll regret touching me, you old fool! You're dead
man walking I'm telling you!" He Shao yelled. "You're dead
The old man glanced down at
He Shao. "Oh... you annoying little
The old man's strange robe
billowed as though a breeze had blown around it. Li Yundong's scalp tingled.
Something wasn't right with that picture. There was no breeze; the surrounding air was completely still.
Then, it happened.
The old man gave the sleeves
of his dark robe a quick and powerful flick. Air currents, strong and powerful
ones, swirled around the old man like a mini cyclone. Li Yundong's instincts
took over. He burst forward and shielded Su Chan and Zhou Qin with his body. Screams
of terror blended together with the strange howling of the wind, enveloping
them like a blanket.
Several seconds later, it
Liu Chuan and He Shao
dropped to the ground at least five meters away from where they had been, both
trembling in fear.
The old bastard had just
thrown two grown men into the air with just a flick of his robe.
Great. More X-men shit to
deal with. Just f*cking great.
Li Yundong surveyed the
area. The students were all down on the ground with hands covering their heads.
None of them were seriously hurt. He turned around. Su Chan was hiding behind
his body, but her eyes showed no fear at all. Instead, she was eyeing the old
man intently. Zhou Qin seemed terrified but composed.
"Is he one of the
people after us?" Li Yundong whispered to Su Chan. After what? The drug in
his body? Su Chan?
Su Chan kept her eyes on the
old man. "I don't know. But it doesn't matter. We've gotta get out of
He agreed. This old man was
dangerous. He'd never seen a move like that before.
The old man was now smoothing
down his robe and saying something to He Shao, but Li Yundong didn't care. He
and Su Chan were already beside Zhou Qin, helping her to her feet.
"Are you alright?"
Li Yundong asked Zhou Qin.
Zhou Qin nodded shakily.
"Where's your car? We've
gotta go. Now."
"I parked in front of a
restaurant near campus."
"Is it far?"
Zhou Qin shook her head, but
steadily this time. "Just a five-minute walk from here. Come on, follow
The three of them broke off
into a sprint, heading in the opposite direction, away from the scene.
Li Yundong had barely taken
two steps when the old man's voice sounded behind him. "Hey... I didn't
say you could leave, young man! We still have some unfinished business, you and
Li Yundong turned his head around
but kept running. The old man was staring at them, but he wasn't chasing them.
Li Yundong looked to the
"Don't stop," Li
Yundong said firmly. "Just keep running."
"Stop! Or I'll kill
Li Yundong stopped short,
then turned around slowly. Shit… The
old man had a female student in a choke hold.
Dammit to hell...
Su Chan and Zhou Qin had
stopped running as well.
"Come back here,"
the old man said. "Like I said, you and I have unfinished business."
Li Yundong took a deep
breath and mobilized his Qi to his Shenting. Eryue came to life in the form of
the buzzing in his ears.
"Zhou Qin," Li
Yundong said. "Take Su Chan to your car and get out of here. Call the cops
once you're inside your car."
"No! I'm not leaving
you!" Su Chan protested.
"Don't argue with me,
princess." Li Yundong started walking back towards the old man. "Go. Now."
Li Yundong kept walking
without looking back, though he knew from the sound footsteps behind him that
the girls had complied with his request. Then, the old man yelled again.
"Now, now! I didn't say the two girls could leave!"
Li Yundong stopped walking
and cursed under his breath. He turned around. Su Chan and Zhou Qin had stopped
running as well.
"Your business is with
me, not with them," Li Yundong said loudly.
The old man chortled.
"You think I'm an idiot? They'll just call the police once they're out of
here." Then the old man turned to address the crowd. "You hear me,
kids? None of you leave till I say you can!"
Li Yundong muttered another
curse, then shared a look with Su Chan. Su Chan gave him a slight nod.
"Hey! Stop dallying and
come over here! All three of you!"
Li Yundong sorted through
the buzzing in his ear for the sounds near the old man. He heard a whimper from
the girl and the old man's breathing. Using his telescopic vision, he zoomed
in, focusing on the old man's fingers around the girl's throat, where dark
bruises had already formed. Li Yundong zoomed out. "Let the girl go
"No. You get over here
first, or I'll crush her windpipe!"
The girl whimpered again. Li
Yundong clenched his jaw.
"Zhou Qin... Whatever
happens, I want you to stick close to Su Chan, okay?"
"Okay..." Zhou Qin's
reply was firm and steady.
"Come on, girls. Let's head
over there before shit happens," Li Yundong said.
Right. Who was he even
kidding. Shit had already happened.
Li Yundong walked towards
the old man, making sure to keep Su Chan and Zhou Qin behind him. When he was
three feet away from the old man, he stopped and stared into the old man's
"We're here," Li
Yundong said. "Now let her go."
The old man uncurled his
fingers around the girl's neck. The girl stumbled away and broke into a
coughing fit. A few of her friends rushed over to support her.
The old man smirked.
"It's an honor to finally meet you, Li Yundong."
What the f*ck? The hair on the back of Li Yundong's neck stood on end. Clearly,
someone had put the old man up to this. Was it Xie Fei again? Did Zhao Yujian's
parents blame Li Yundong for their son's demise? Did they hire this guy to
avenge Zhao Yujian?
Li Yundong mobilized his Qi
to his leg and arm muscles. Like it or not, he had to prepare for the worst. This
guy was clearly dangerous. And that strange robe of his. Li Yundong still hadn't
figured out how it worked.
"Who are you? And what
do you want from me?" Li Yundong asked.
The old man chuckled. "Now we're getting somewhere."
The old man stepped forward
and performed a Bao Quan Li (T/N: A hand gesture used by Chinese martial
artists when they greet each other; right fist pressed against left palm).
"A pleasure to meet
you, Li Yundong. I'm Lin Youfa from Foshan."
First Mount Longhu. Now
Foshan. It was like he was running a f*cking travel agency around here.
"What do you want from
Lin Youfa smirked. "You
don't have to know what I want. You're going give it to me anyway."
Li Yundong tensed up. What's that supposed to mean? Is he after
"Pardon me for doing
this..." Lin Youfa said.
Do what? What the hell was
this guy's problem—
Lin Youfa's fist came flying
to his face at the same time Zhou Qin screamed.
Instincts took over. Li
Yundong caught Lin Youfa's fist with his hand, but Lin Youfa managed to wrench
his fist free before Li Yundong could follow up with a counterattack.
Lin Youfa laughed and began
circling around him. "Nice reflexes. Not many people can catch a punch
like you just did."
Li Yundong glanced to his
side. Su Chan was about six feet to his right, crouching in front of Zhou Qin.
She must have reacted and pulled Zhou Qin away the moment she noticed Lin Youfa
Li Yundong wanted to smack
himself for his own carelessness. He would've been able to anticipate the punch
before it was thrown if he had used Xianjue earlier. And of all the things he
could've done to stop the punch, he had chosen to catch it, which was a stupid
thing to do since Lin Youfa was clearly a Chin Na master. One wrong move and Li
Yundong would end up trapped in some deadly joint lock. Well, that won't happen again.
Lin Youfa kept circling him
as though he was looking for an opening to launch his next strike. Li Yundong
began to take slow steps away from the crowd. From the looks of it, things
could get ugly, so it would be best to lead Lin Youfa away from the crowd lest an
innocent bystander got caught up in the fight. It didn't seem like Lin Youfa
had noticed his plan yet; he was still walking around Li Yundong in circles
while Li Yundong gradually led them away from the crowd.
"Why are you doing
this?" Li Yundong said, making sure that his Qi was still at his Shenting.
"There's no reason for us to fight."
"That's for me to
decide," Lin Youfa said.
"I don't want to fight
you," Li Yundong said in a warning tone.
Lin Youfa laughed. "I'm
afraid you don't have a choice, boy."
So be it then.
Li Yundong's Xianjue
responded to his will and came alive in a burst of white light. A strange
sensation washed over his body, and he knew instantly that he was in
clairvoyant mode. He fast-forwarded the vision in his head and he saw through
Lin Youfa's next three attacks.
So that's the robe's purpose... I
Lin Youfa was still circling
him when Li Yundong turned off Xianjue's clairvoyant mode. Li Yundong stopped
moving; he was already far enough from the crowd.
"Last chance to back
out," Li Yundong warned. "I don't want to hurt you..."
Lin Youfa sneered. "Oh,
it's still too early to tell who's gonna get hurt."
Lin Youfa charged forward
and, just as Li Yundong anticipated, Lin Youfa's dark robed billowed around his
body, causing the air to pick up speed. The purpose of the robe was to distract
Lin Youfa's opponent with the air currents and also to conceal the direction of
his kicks. A pretty decent trick, but it wouldn't matter; Li Yundong already
knew which direction Lin Youfa's kick would come from thanks to Xianjue.
kick!!" Lin Youfa yelled.
Li Yundong leaped to his
The front kick missed his
Then, Li Yundong parried the
follow-up punch with his left hand.
Now he's gonna try to use Chin Na on me...
Li Yundong ripped his arm
away before Lin Youfa's fingers could close around his forearm, and then jumped
backwards to put some distance between them.
Silence reigned over the
crowd as Lin Youfa stared at him in disbelief.
"You've lost," Li
Yundong said coldly. "Now get lost."
Lin Youfa roared, then
charged at him again. Li Yundong didn't even have to use Xianjue to parry and
avoid the flurry of attacks that Lin Youfa launched at him. Those attacks were
frenzied and uncalculated, which made them predictable.
Li Yundong kept parrying and
dodging Lin Youfa's frenzied strikes. At one point, he realized that Lin Youfa
had forced him back towards the crowd. Shit. Was he planning to take a hostage
now that he knew he was on the losing end? But
what's the point? I literally gave him the chance to walk away just now.
Li Yundong dodged another
kick. The kick left an opening in Lin Youfa's defense, which Li Yundong decided
to capitalize on.
Li Yundong delivered his
first punch of the fight.
Much to Li Yundong's
surprise, Lin Youfa blocked the punch with his forearms instead of dodging it. The
force of the punch pushed Lin Youfa back a few feet.
Lin Youfa's back crashed
into the limo.
"Hey! Watch the
car!" Liu Chuan yelled from God knows where.
Lin Youfa pushed away from
the limo and pounced on Li Yundong again. Lin Youfa threw another punch, which
Li Yundong parried with ease.
Okay. Time to end this
First, he had to disarm that
robe. That tornado move earlier seemed pretty deadly if it could send two grown
men into the air. Best if he didn't give Lin Youfa a chance to pull that shit
again. But how? How do I disarm the robe?
Suddenly, Li Yundong had an
idea. He relaxed his stance and held out his hands in front of him in a gesture
"Come on, sir," Li
Yundong said, making his voice as soothing as possible. "Why do we have to
fight when we have no quarrels with each other? I don't even know you."
Li Yundong slowly approached
Lin Youfa, keeping his hands out in front of him the whole time. That's it, old man. Use your Chin Na. Grab
"Even if I did wrong
you in some way," Li Yundong went on, "isn't it better if we talk
things out and come to a peaceful resolution?"
Li Yundong inched closer
"Come on... What say we
stop this violence, eh? We can go have a cup of tea. Or grab some beer.
Whichever you prefer. My treat."
Li Yundong stopped walking,
then reached out as if to offer Lin Youfa a handshake.
Li Yundong focused his
hearing on the sounds from Lin Youfa's feet. The moment Lin Youfa's feet moved,
Li Yundong would be ready to act.
That's it... that's it... Use your Chin Na...
Lin Youfa's hand shot out.
But Li Yundong flipped his
palm over and grabbed the sleeve of Lin Youfa's robe moments before Lin Youfa
could wrap his fingers around his wrist.
Hah! Got you now, old man!
Li Youfa stared back at him
with wide, fearful eyes.
Li Yundong yanked the fabric
backwards with all his might, but Lin Youfa twisted his torso and leaped
backwards at the same time. The sleeve was ripped off, but the robe was still
on Lin Youfa.
The plan had failed.
Li Yundong cursed and tossed
the torn sleeve aside.
The robe billowed again.
A strong gust of wind hit Li
Yundong right in the face. Li Yundong hissed when he felt the stinging
sensation in his eyes. Li Yundong covered his eyes with his hand and tried to
get his Xianjue to work, but it was no use. The pain in his eyes was too distracting.
He couldn't focus.
Footsteps sounded in front
of him. Li Yundong blinked his eyes desperately, but his vision remained a
blur. Shit, shit, shit... Lin Youfa
was probably going to attack and he couldn't see a f*cking thing.
Chan's scream speared through his heart, throwing him into panic. Should I retreat? No. The old man would
just keep coming.
Argh! To hell with keeping a low profile!
Li Yundong made a split
second decision. He mobilized his Qi as fast as he could, using it to connect
his three Dantians together—the Bridging of the Three Gates.
Please work... Please work...
Li Yundong cocked his fist
back and punched the air in front of him with all his strength.
Chapter 98 Man vs God (Part 1)
Chan knew something was wrong the moment she saw Yundong flinch. What happened?
What in Tao's name happened? Su Chan zoomed in with her eyes. Yundong's face
was twisted in pain, and he kept blinking his eyes. Grr! That pesky old man
must have done something to Yundong's eyes!
knees hit the ground.
old man was now moving, though he appeared to be limping.
was still kneeling on the ground, doing nothing to defend himself.
Xianjue, Yundong! Xianjue!
Xianjue, it was still possible for Yundong to dodge the old man's attacks even
though he couldn't see. But why wasn't Yundong standing up to defend himself? Staying
in a kneeling position would impair his mobility and compromise his defense.
Argh! No use worrying about this now. I
have to go help him!
Chan sprang to her feet. But then she stopped. She turned back around. Zhou Qin
was staring back at her grimly.
Zhou Qin said with a nod. "Go help him, I'll be okay. I'll call the cops
and go check on the others." Zhou Qin jerked her chin towards the students
who were cowering in fear near the long vehicle.
Chan nodded and returned her gaze to the old man. Footsteps sounded behind her;
Zhou Qin was already running towards the car. Su Chan wasn't sure who these
"cops" were supposed to be, but she didn't care.
they were the same men who wore those strange badges.
old man stopped moving. He crouched down. Blood spilled from the old man's mouth,
and he broke into a coughing fit.
a moment there, Su Chan thought the old man had given up. But then the coughing
stopped, and the old man rose to his feet again. Determination flashed inside
his eyes as he wiped the blood off the corner of his mouth with the sleeve of
the old man started limping towards Yundong again.
Su Chan yelled. She tried to switch on her Xianjue's clairvoyant mode, but
cursed when she realized that the old man was out of her range. Only Yundong's
Xianjue had that kind of insane range.
Chan's legs moved, propelling her towards Yundong.
had barely taken two steps before something made her stop.
Wait a minute… Is he…
had let his hands drop limply to his sides. Su Chan zoomed in with her eyes,
focusing on Yundong's face. He was no longer blinking. His eyes were closed,
and there was a tranquil look on his face.
penny dropped when Su Chan noticed the state of Yundong's hair, which was
Oh, clever, clever Yundong…
Chan zoomed out, her eyes darting around as she searched desperately for Zhou
was bridging the Three Gates just like she'd taught him last time. He knew that
a frontal attack was coming, so he was trying to create distance. Forcing his
opponent away to keep himself outside of his opponent's striking range. That
way he wouldn't have to dodge or parry at all.
found Zhou Qin seconds later.
Qin was beside the long vehicle, helping two girls to their feet.
But that's in the direct line of—
Chan's gaze snapped towards Yundong.
was now on his feet.
steam rose from the top of his head
Chan sprinted towards the car as fast as her legs could carry her. "Back
away from the car!!!" Su Chan yelled at the top of her lungs.
Qin, along with several other students near the car, froze.
away!!!" Su Chan waved her arms wildly.
Chan reached the car in record time. She dove for Zhou Qin and grabbed her arm.
Su Chan scurried away from the car, dragging Zhou Qin with her. As they moved,
Su Chan swiveled her head and looked towards Yundong. The old man had finally
reached Yundong and was about to launch another Shadowless kick.
cocked his fist back.
Su Chan yelled, pulling Zhou Qin to the ground.
moment they both hit the ground, the air in front of Yundong exploded in a soundless
clap. The old man did some weird acrobatic move at the last second—he twisted
his body sideways while jumping backwards.
powerful shockwave blasted a straight path from Yundong towards the long car, hurling
the old man away like a rag doll. A loud, metallic crunch sounded followed by
the sound of glass shattering. The car skidded sideways, producing an
ear-piercing screech which lasted for seconds on end.
it was over. Silence fell.
smell of burnt rubber assaulted Su Chan's nose. She glanced towards the ruined
car. All of its windows were shattered, and the dent in the middle of its body was
so great that the car appeared slightly bent lengthwise. Several dark lines
marked the pavement, no doubt left behind by the car's rubber wheels when they
were sliding across the concrete.
down," Su Chan whispered to Zhou Qin.
Chan climbed to her feet and sprinted towards Yundong.
her surprise, the old man was still standing even though he had been blown away
by the shockwave earlier. His dark robe, however, was now torn apart with
pieces of it still floating in the air.
Chan's footsteps echoed as she ran. The moment she got close, Yundong stiffened
and started backing away from her.
there!" he said and got into a fighting stance.
He still can't see…
Chan immediately stopped running. "It's me, beloved. It's me."
posture relaxed. "S- Su Chan?"
Chan closed the remaining distance between them. "Yes, I'm here now, beloved.
Let me see your eyes."
lowered himself to the floor with a loud groan.
Chan crouched down and flipped open one of his eyelids.
bastard went for my eyes..." Yundong grumbled. "I dunno what he did.
But it hurt like hell. I think it's that robe of his."
dust. Sand," Su Chan said, lowering his eyelids. She made a sound of
disapproval in her throat. "Must have sent it to your eyes with those air
currents. Now hold still. Keep your eyes closed."
Chan adjusted her posture so that her hands were hidden behind Yundong's body,
away from the crowd's view.
tried to rub his eyes with his hands.
Don't rub your eyes," Su Chan said, slapping his hand. "Hands off!"
let his hands drop.
Chan shut her eyes and muttered an incantation for an extraction spell.
I didn't catch that. You were whispering something," Yundong said.
green glow appeared in Su Chan's hand.
Su Chan said. "Just hold still."
Chan held her hand in front of Yundong's eyes.
sighed. "Much better…"
later, Su Chan withdrew her hand.
you can open your eyes now."
didn't you use Xianjue?" Su Chan asked.
get it to work," Yundong said, blinking a few times. "Eyes hurt too
you see now?"
Yundong wiped a stray tear with his sleeve.
you hurt anywhere else?"
Just the eyes. But the pain is gone…" Yundong stared at her. "What
did you do?"
sound of maniacal laughter stilled Su Chan's words. Slowly, she rose to her
feet. "Up, Yundong. Quickly!" Su Chan held out her hand.
slid his hand into hers and she pulled him up.
it. I thought I had him for sure," Yundong said. "How the hell did I
Hello? Maybe because you couldn't see?
Chan bit back the snarky remark. Sheesh. All this stress must be getting to
Chan cleared her throat. "He was thrown away by the shockwave, but he
dodged at the last second, so he didn't take the full brunt of it."
old man started clapping his hands.
Wow!" the old man said, removing
the rest of his tattered robe from his body. "I haven't had so much fun in
years. Years! Hahahaha! Oh… This is going to be interesting!"
Can you imagine? After spending so many years engaging in boring duels with
hacks who claimed to be masters… And now, finally! Finally I found a worthy
son of a… Hey… Why is he ripping his shirt off? What the hell is he up
to?" Yundong said.
old man was now naked from the waist up. The way his ribcage was pushing out
against his skin made him look like someone who hadn't eaten in weeks.
Chan narrowed her eyes. "I don't know..."
Chan scanned the area for the crowd.
Qin had done a superb job getting the injured students away from the damaged
of the students had already fled the scene while the old man was busy
exchanging blows with Yundong. Those who remained were either unconscious or
shit... Is the old bastard still planning to fight in his condition?"
Chan zoomed in on the old man's face.
old man was still laughing like a loony. He looked like he was enjoying
whoa, whoa... What's that thing in his hand?" Yundong whispered. "Did
you see that?"
Chan zoomed out of the old man's face and focused on his hands instead. She
managed to catch a glimpse of a flat, yellow object (a cloth? a piece of
paper?) before the old man hid his hand behind his back. His other hand slid
into the pocket of his pants as though to look for something.
knew there's something special about you, boy! I knew it!" The old man
unleashed another round of laughter. "Looks like that kid wasn't lying
when he told me that an expert Cultivator lives in this city!"
he just… Shit! Su Chan!" Yundong hissed. "He mentioned Cultivator. He knows about us!"
Chan narrowed her eyes. Kid? Which kid told him about Yundong?
it Ruan Hongling?
yesterday, Ruan Hongling was at their door, speaking with Yundong. And one day
later, this old man appeared out of nowhere to have a dust-up with Yundong?
this man couldn't possibly be a Cultivator from the Zhengyi School. The Zhengyi
School would never act so overtly, especially in a place crawling with mortals.
Well, there was only one way to find out for sure. They had to get this old man
Hey... what's that smell?
Chan closed her eyes and sniffed the air a few times. Burning. Something was
Chan? He just threw something away..." Yundong said. "It's a
lighter... And he's holding some kind of yellow paper in his hand... "
Chan's eyes shot open. A talisman!
He's casting a spell!
the paper's gone. Burnt into ashes. What kind of sick game is this lunatic
The old man slapped his chest.
Move your Qi to your legs," Su Chan said. "Prepare to run."
Run? Did you forget his threat earlier? He's gonna kill..."
Chan didn't hear the rest of Yundong's sentence. She was already tuning her
Eryue to focus on the sounds coming from the old man's lips. Incantations... If it's a spell... It
probably involves some kind of incantation... Come on, come on... Here we go!
Jida Zhen Shengong. Bada Yuanshuai Xian Shentong! Hearken to me, O Great
Celestial Lord of the Three Realms! Come to me! Show me your power! I offer you
my body as a vessel..."
Chan's blood ran cold. No… No… It can't
took Yundong's hand and gave it a sharp tug.
we have to go. Now!"
come on!! We've gotta move!"
pointed a shaky finger at something in front of them.
Chan lifted her gaze.
old man's body was now twitching and convulsing violently. The convulsions were
accompanied by a series of crunching sound, like the cracking of knuckles, only
ten times louder. His skin bulged and contorted as though his muscles were
expanding from within. His face began to warp and shift as though a bunch of
creatures were trying to crawl out from within his skull but was held back by
the elastic layer of his skin. Spit and some kind of unknown fluid dripped to
the ground. The old man's contorted mouth dropped open as he gurgled. More
fluid spilled to the ground. Su Chan thought the fluid looked a lot like the
contents of a person's stomach. A putrid smell filled the air a split second
later. The old man's mouth gaped wider as his teeth shifted and rearranged themselves
inside his oral cavity. His jaw engorged and shrunk in an erratic rhythm.
of a sudden, the old man hunched over.
he rose to full height seconds later, he was no longer an old man. Instead, standing
before them was a six-foot-tall man with the build of a tough warrior.
Chapter 98 Man vs God (Part 2)
X-men shit be
damned. Dodging bullets be damned. Clairvoyant visions be damned. This? This
was f*cking occult.
Was he dreaming?
Was this a nightmare? Li Yundong pinched his thigh hard. No. Not a dream. This shit
Ra's al Ghul over
there had just transformed from a skinny old man into a young hunk who looked
like he pumped iron for a living. F*ck.
Li Yundong could
feel a headache coming. But judging from those bulging muscles on Lin Youfa's
new body, a headache was probably the least of Li Yundong's worries. He'd be
lucky if he still had a head by the
end of all this.
honor, Zhenren Li! What a great honor indeed! Now allow me to properly
introduce myself!" Lin Youfa cupped both hands in front of his chest and
bowed slightly. "Lin Youfa of the Divine Fist School!
the what? The Divine Fist School?"
right, Zhenren Li. The Divine Fist School was founded by the great Shenxian
Huang! Today, we are based in Kowloon, Hong Kong! Surely you've heard of us, Zhenren
I've heard jack squat.
Huang? What the hell is this guy talking about?" Li Yundong glanced at Su
Chan, who looked dangerously pale.
Su Chan whispered.
gobbledygook. Just what he needed.
Li Yundong's eyes
snapped to the front. A dark shadow appeared in front of his face, and Li
Yundong raised his arms by instinct. He grunted when he felt a crushing pain in
his forearms. Next thing he knew, the soles of his shoes were sliding against
concrete as his body was thrown backwards by a strong force. He even had to
lean his body forward to prevent himself from falling flat on his back.
scream sounded as though it had come from quite some distance away.
Just how far
had he been thrown away?
tried to lower his arms. Or had he lowered them already? He couldn't tell since
he had lost feeling in both arms.
When he opened
his eyes, he realized that his arms had indeed been lowered and were now
hanging limply—uselessly—by his sides.
nothing was broken. Those medical bills were going to be a real bitch.
Su Chan was suddenly
beside him, examining his arms. It was weird as hell, watching someone touch
you, yet not being able to feel the touch at all.
feel them," Li Yundong said. "Can't feel my arms."
Su Chan looked
into his eyes briefly before lowering her gaze back to his arms.
is broken," Su Chan said. "Just hold on."
Su Chan pulled
out a long, black needle out of nowhere—seriously, where did she keep those things? And why was the needle black? Sometimes
he couldn't tell if it was a needle or a really stiff strand of hair.
Su Chan poked
the needle into a few spots on his arms and, moments later, he could feel his
arms again. Maybe he didn't have to worry about those medical bills after all.
sounded ahead; Lin Youfa was approaching them slowly. The bastard was smiling.
well, well! Very impressive, Zhenren Li! To be able to take the full brunt of
that strike with just your arms? Tsk, tsk, tsk." Lin Youfa laughed. "How
nice to be young!"
Li Yundong took
a step forward, shoving Su Chan behind his back as he did. He would rather die
than let this bastard touch a single hair on Su Chan's pretty head.
Su Chan tried
to step out from behind him, but he held her back with him arms.
Stop! Listen to me—"
clamped a palm over Su Chan's mouth.
Stall for time.
Keep the guy talking.
impressive about that?" Li Yundong said, his eyes scanning the area around
them, assessing the situation. Zhou Qin and some of the injured students still
lingered nearby. But they were further away from the car now. Many of them had actually
sneaked off, but Lin Youfa didn't seem too concerned about that anymore.
main objective right now seemed to be beating the living daylights out of Li
zoomed in on Zhou Qin, who appeared to be speaking on the phone. When he sort
through the buzzing in his ears, he realized then that Zhou Qin was calling the
Good. Now he
just had to keep stalling until the cops arrived.
impressive?" Lin Youfa raised a brow. "That strike could smash
through fifty layers of concrete." Lin Youfa smirked. "Yet you took
the hit like it was nothing."
Well, it wasn't
nothing. It actually hurt like a bitch, at least during the moment of impact.
Li Yundong said, then swiveled his head to look at Lin Youfa. Stall… Stall him…
telling me your name, sir," Li Yundong said, keeping his gaze on Lin
Youfa. "But it's funny cuz' it didn't ring any bells at all. And you seem
to know a lot about me while I know nothing about you. Have we met before? How
did you know me?"
All of a
sudden, Lin Youfa stopped walking. He tilted his head as if to ponder Li
Yundong's words. Then, he stared at Li Yundong with narrowed eyes.
Li Yundong used
the hiatus to mobilize his Qi. Seconds later, he managed to link his three
Dantians together, once again bridging his Three Gates.
met my disciple Huang Yifei before. And you kicked his ass." Lin Youfa
chuckled. "That brat was foolish to challenge you. He was in way over his
head, that boy."
Mmph!" Su Chan began slapping and clawing at Li Yundong's arm. Li Yundong
shushed her again.
Huang Yifei's master, huh?"
moved his Qi to his Shenting and Lingtai. A wave of calmness and mental clarity
washed over him.
laughed. "Why, yes. He's one of the naughty ones, I'm afraid. You no doubt
thought of him as just an annoying pest, Zhenren Li. I apologize on his behalf."
I don't want your f*cking apology. I
want you to leave me the hell alone.
Li Yundong put
on his most charming—he hoped—smile. "Water under the bridge, sir. So. How
about a truce?"
Lin Youfa burst
into laughter. "Very funny, Zhenren Li. But I'm not here to talk about my
stupid disciple. Now. Tell me, Zhenren Li. Which sect or school do you belong
to? And who's your teacher?"
with this shit?
mmph!" Su Chan kept struggling against him, and then—
Oww! She bit my hand! That little minx!
Li Yundong shot
Su Chan a warning look and clamped his hand down on her mouth harder.
school?" Li Yundong pretended to think hard, then smirked. "Why, Tiannan
University, of course! You're standing right in front of it. Want a nickel tour?
I could give you one."
brows twitched a little. A moment later, he chuckled. "Looks like I'm
gonna have to force that information out of you, Zhenren Li."
Uh-oh. Shit had
officially gotten real.
things first. He had to get Su Chan as far away from here as possible. This
bastard packed a wallop. And judging from the fact that he had threatened to
choke a girl to death earlier, he wasn't above hurting the members of the
fairer sex. Honestly, what happened to chivalry these days?
you don't hold back, Zhenren Li!" Lin Youfa began to make his way towards
them, cracking his knuckles and rolling his neck around as he walked.
Chan…" Li Yundong whispered without taking his eyes off Lin Youfa.
"You're pretty good at landing on your feet, right? I've seen you perform
those acrobatic tricks. Well, I think it's time you put those skills to good
unclamped his hand from Su Chan's mouth.
flung Su Chan away from him with all his strength.
as far away from here as you can!!! Don't come back!!!" Li Yundong yelled.
Sounds of Lin
Youfa's laughter drifted to his ears.
the lengths you would go to in order to protect your woman! Hahaha! What an honorable
man you are, Zhenren Li! This is perfect! This is absolutely perfect! The
honorable ones always make the best warriors!" Lin Youfa marched towards
Li Yundong resolutely. "Come! Zhenren Li! Let this be the hour we
Li Yundong got
into a fighting stance. Okay. Here we go…
sounded in front of him.
Err… What? Li
Yundong focused harder. Come on, come on…
come, Zhenren Li!"
Yundong narrowly avoided the punch to his head, then quickly dodged the follow-up
palm strike to his sternum. Li Yundong landed five feet away from Lin Youfa.
His Xianjue had
failed him. His most powerful weapon had just failed him. But how? It had worked
perfectly during the beginning of the fight!
Lin Youfa came
at him again, this time with a quick roundhouse kick.
dropped to his knees just in time to dodge the kick. Then, he scrambled backwards
to put more distance between himself and Lin Youfa. He wasn't stupid enough to try
to block any one of this bastard's strikes again. Not after what the first
block did to his arms.
tsk! You're still holding back on me, Zhenren Li." Lin Youfa shook his
head with dissatisfaction. "You know it's a major disrespect to your
opponent if you hold back in a fight…"
I'm not f*cking
holding back, you moron! I'm already balls deep here!
He kept that
thought to himself.
with this lunatic was pointless after all. Just like how asking for world peace
dammit! Fight me, Zhenren Li!" Lin Youfa growled. "Fight me for
That last punch
would've taken his f*cking head off if he hadn't dodged it.
backed away from Lin Youfa slowly. All of a sudden, he felt like he was his old
self again: fat; aimless; useless; helpless.
you can't win fights by running, Zhenren Li," Lin Youfa said. "Why
are you still holding back?"
Li Yundong took
a deep breath and exhaled slowly.
Finally getting serious now, are you?"
cocked his fist back and punched the air in front of him.
The shockwave blasted
its way towards Lin Youfa who quickly raised his arms to protect his torso. The
shockwave rammed into Lin Youfa's forearms, causing him to slide back a few
inches. Then… Nothing.
The guy wasn't even
more like it, Zhenren Li." Lin Youfa chuckled. "My turn!!!"
charged at him.
Li Yundong leaped back to avoid two successive punches. He'd seen that move
before; Huang Yifei had used the same move against him during the performance
unleashed two more shockwaves, which Lin Youfa dodged with ease.
tsk…" Lin Youfa shook his head. "Do you actually think that the same
trick will work against me more than once, Zhenren Li?"
lowered his center of gravity and got into a defensive stance. He was running
out of options now. He had already used up all his moves, yet he couldn't even
touch Lin Youfa. He had got nothing else up his sleeves.
He needed a
plan if he wanted to survive this. A weakness. He needed to find a weakness he
zoomed in on Lin Youfa's body to look for wounds. All he saw was huge muscles
with bulging veins. How the f*ck did that happen? How did a scrawny old man
turn into a frigging Dave Bautista lookalike? It was like Ra's al Ghul taking a
dip into his Lazarus pit or something.
Was it a drug?
Some kind of super steroid?
He did burn
some kind weird-looking paper just now. Did he inhale something to juice
combat was clearly not an option since it would put him at a serious
disadvantage. Lin Youfa was a master martial artist who probably knew, like, a
hundred fighting styles whereas Li Yundong had never even thrown a punch until
a few weeks ago. Besides, Lin Youfa knew Chin Na.
This whole situation
was seriously f*cked up.
Clearly, you still think of me as an unworthy opponent," Lin Youfa said.
"Looks like I'm going to have to up my game."
nearly fell over.
What the f*ck? This
guy wasn't fighting in full strength yet?
Lin Youfa broke
off into a sprint.
Just don't get hit. Just don't get hit.
Li Yundong did
the only thing he could think of to avoid those vicious blows—retreat.
wins a fight by avoiding blows, Zhenren Li! Come on! Fight me!"
back hit something solid. The limo. He'd been forced all the way back to the
limo and he didn't even know it.
Lin Youfa was barreling
towards him, so Li Yundong pushed himself away from the car, forcing Lin Youfa
to change direction. That managed to slow Lin Youfa down a little. A teeny
Running around like a mouse," Lin Youfa said. "I really didn't expect
you to be such a coward, Zhenren Li!!!"
gasped in surprise when Lin Youfa suddenly leaped about 6 meters into the air. Shit! Li Yundong dove sideways.
CRACK!! A tiny
crater formed on the concrete pavement where Lin Youfa's elbow had smashed into
it. Lin Youfa tried to pull out his elbow, which was now stuck in the concrete.
Lin Youfa frowned after his first tug had failed to free his elbow from the
Now's my chance!
scrambled to his feet and unleashed one of Zhao Yujian's signature kicks—the
spinning hook kick.
grunted as his head whipped to the side.
Li Yundong followed
up with two successive roundhouse kicks, both of which landed squarely on Lin
managed to free his elbow from the pavement.
Not wanting to
give Lin Youfa a chance to recover, Li Yundong kicked Lin Youfa's chest with
all his strength. The force of the push kick threw Lin Youfa backwards until
his back smashed into the limo's passenger door.
immediately followed up by pushing his feet off the ground in an explosive
leap. His body hurtled forward—towards the limo—and, while in the air, Li
Yundong rotated his hip counterclockwise and bent his right leg at the knee.
The flying knee
John had used
this move on Li Yundong that night before Li Yundong blew him away with his shockwave.
He just hoped that it would work.
A split second
later, Li Yundong's right knee rammed into Lin Youfa's sternum. The force of
the impact caused the passenger door to bend and the entire limo to skid several
Did that finish him? Did I get him?
studied Lin Youfa's face for a moment. Then, he started backing away from the
limo, not because Lin Youfa was KO-ed, but because Lin Youfa was actually
getting back up and he didn't want to stay too close to him.
pushed away from the car, rolling his neck and rotating his shoulders a few
times. "Muay Thai. Taekwondo. Not bad, Zhenren Li. Not bad at all! A
fighter who's well-versed in various fighting styles is unpredictable, hence
it be considered well-versed if he had only seen those techniques performed
Lin Youfa snickered.
"Though I suspect you're still not fighting me with everything you have."
Why did the
f*cker keep saying that? Couldn't he see that Li Yundong was balls deep here?
Really? Was he kidding him with this shit?
All of a
sudden, Lin Youfa gave Li Yundong a look of amusement.
That look sent chills
down Li Yundong's spine.
He tried to get
his Xianjue to work again.
the matter, Zhenren Li? You look a bit stressed."
closed his eyes and moved his Qi to his Lingtai.
about"—there was loud crunching sound, like a piece of metal being ripped
off—"a little gift to calm you down?"
Gift? What gif—
opened his eyes and saw the limousine's sliding door flying towards his face. Holy f*cking shit!
punched the air in front of him. The resulting shockwave blasted the metallic
door away. Li Yundong pulled back his fist and felt his blood run cold.
Lin Youfa was gone.
What the hell? He was still beside the car earlier! Where the hell did he go?
glanced around desperately. Nothing. No signs of Lin Youfa.
A shadow appeared
under his feet. At that moment, Li Yundong didn't even think; he reacted by diving
trembled at the impact. A few girls shrieked not far away.
climbed to his feet and saw Lin Youfa pulling his right foot out from a wok-sized
crater on the ground. Cracks spread out radially from the crater's center. Note
to self: this guy likes to launch his attacks from the air for maximal impact.
kicked a piece of broken concrete away from his feet. Then, with a loud roar,
Lin Youfa burst forward again.
Li Yundong messed
up his timing when he tried to dodge that last punch. The punch merely grazed
his left shoulder, but the impact was enough to send him tumbling to the
Is it just me, or had his movements
become much faster?
The buzzing in
his ears alerted Li Yundong to the whispers from the crowd, though he didn't
have enough mental resources at the moment to isolate those voices with his
rolled over with a grunt and slowly sat up. He felt something pressing against his
left butt cheek. When he glanced down, he realized that it was that chunk of
(palm-sized) broken concrete that Lin Youfa had kicked away earlier.
Li Yundong made
a show of stumbling when he was trying to climb back to his feet. When he
stumbled, he made sure that his right palm covered the concrete chunk. By the
time he was up on his feet a second time, the concrete chunk was held securely
inside his right fist.
Get him to talk. Let him brag.
That was pretty close, huh?" Li Yundong said, putting on a charming smile.
"I mean, damn! You're fast! So much faster than before! Was that your top
smiled. "Attack me if you wanna find out."
continue," Li Yundong said, raising his left index finger. "Just
explain one more thing to me."
tornado thing you did with your robe. How does that actually work?"
Mingmu, Li Yundong zoomed in and magnified the view of Lin Youfa's face. The
timing had to be perfect.
chuckled. "I'm honored that a great Zhenren such as yourself would express
an interest in one of my techniques. Well, you see—"
flung the concrete as hard as he could towards Lin Youfa's head.
Youfa caught the concrete piece with his hand like it was nothing.
could feel himself gaping now.
sighed and gave Li Yundong yet another look of amusement. "Tsk, tsk, tsk.
Not yet, huh?"
Li Yundong's jaw
clicked shut. "Not yet what?"
snorted. "You're not desperate enough to fight me for real."
tensed slightly. Desperate? What did he mean by desperate? He channeled more Qi
towards his Lingtai.
was a murderous glint in Lin Youfa's eyes. "Especially if you're resorting
to such petty tricks. Who do you think I am! One of those lowly thugs you beat
up, huh!" Lin Youfa crushed the chunk of concrete with his hand, letting
the pieces fall to the ground. Lin Youfa shook his head. "What an insult!"
wouldn't work. The shockwaves wouldn't work. Punches and kicks wouldn't work. What
the hell was he supposed to do now? If he ran, the bastard would just chase after
him. And truth be told, Li Yundong wasn't even sure he could outrun the
bastard—the guy was frigging fast. Well, at least Su Chan was far away from
chuckled, though he didn't sound amused at all. He sounded… sardonic.
like I'll have to take this to the next level," Lin Youfa said.
f*cking levels was there?
see," Lin Youfa went on. "I could just grab one of the students over
there and kill them. That pretty girl who was on the phone earlier seems like a
good candidate. She's your friend right? I bet you'll start getting serious the
moment her life is in danger."
Anger flared inside
Li Yundong. "Leave them out of it! This is between us!"
smirked. "Ooh… I knew that would work."
dare," Li Yundong growled. "Don't you fucking dare!"
channeled his Qi towards his thighs and calves.
Wonderful, Zhenren Li! Wonderful! If you want to protect your friends… Then why
don't you try stopping me!"
charged towards Zhou Qin. Screams of terror erupted.
In a blink of
an eye, Li Yundong was there to intercept Lin Youfa.
SMACK! Li Yundong delivered three successive kicks, which were easily blocked
by Lin Youfa.
raised his leg and feigned a roundhouse kick to Lin Youfa's face. When Lin
Youfa raised his arm to block, Lin Yundong snapped his legs downwards and slammed
his foot into Lin Youfa's knee cap.
The impact took
Lin Youfa by surprise, causing him to lower his hands and hunch over slightly.
snapped his legs upwards again, delivering a roundhouse kick to Lin Youfa's
head whipped to the side when Li Yundong's feet slapped his left cheek.
stumbled a little, leaving his chest wide open.
Li Yundong made
a sharp twist of his body and then leaped, fully extending his right leg at the
last moment. The sole of his foot slammed into Lin Youfa's sternum like one of
Bruce Lee's famous side kicks.
straightened himself and smiled at Li Yundong.
He didn't like
that smile. It felt like the bastard was just toying with him. Then, a sick
thought occurred to Li Yundong—maybe he was
just toying with him.
charged at him again with tremendous speed.
Aim for the soft spots.
dodged a punch, then launched a front kick at Lin Youfa's groin. Lin Youfa
blocked the kick with his arm and trapped Li Yundong's leg. Then, Lin Youfa
swept Li Yundong's other leg out from under him, causing Li Yundong to fall the
rolled away just in time to avoid having his head stomped by Lin Youfa's foot. I've gotta fight back, dammit! Li
Yundong clambered to his feet but Lin Youfa's punch was already flying towards his
face. Li Yundong titled his head sideways
Li Yundong growled
and grabbed Lin Youfa's extended arm before he could pull it back.
Take this, you son of a bitch!
yanked Lin Youfa's arms towards him, twisting his body around at the same time.
When Li Yundong felt his hip crash into Lin Youfa's groin, Li Yundong bent his
body at the waist, using his hips as a leverage to flip Lin Youfa's body over.
body slammed to the ground.
growled and aimed a downward punch to Lin Youfa's face.
A sharp pain on
his wrist stopped Li Yundong mid-punch.
eyes grew wide. Uh-oh…
screamed in pain, and when he glanced down, he realized that his wrist had been
twisted into a sick joint lock.
hip throw. Impressive." Lin Youfa rose to his feet, then manipulated Li
Yundong's wrist joint again. Li Yundong screamed, then felt his knees hit the
gritted his teeth and tried to pull his wrist free. But all that did was cause
him more pain. He screamed again.
laughed. "I know you're strong, Zhenren Li. But brute force won't get you
out of this joint lock. Pulling will only cause you more pain. This is the
power of Chin Na!"
screamed when Lin Youfa twisted his wrist into a new angle.
The buzzing in
his ears vanished, and his telescopic vision was deactivated. That was the
moment Li Yundong knew that he had lost control of his Qi. The pain was just
too great. The bridge connecting his Three Gates was gone too. His three
Dantians were no longer linked by his Qi.
He had lost the
The Hero of
Tiannan University had just been defeated.
98 Man vs God (Part 3)
you doing this?"
tsk. I'm disappointed that you even have to ask, Zhenren Li." Lin Youfa
laughed. "Why, to find out which one of us is better, of course!"
Li Yundong growled. "You win! You're better than me! Happy?"
Lin Youfa twisted
Li Yundong's wrist again; Li Yundong released a sharp hiss.
Lin Youfa sneered. "I don't see this as a win at all. I see this as an
insult! An insult to me and the Divine Fist School!"
I've never even heard of your stupid
heard of my school? Yeah right! Keep pretending!"
Had he said
that out loud? Apparently he had.
holding something back, Zhenren Li. I know you are. Show me!"
Li Yundong gritted out. "What proof do you have that I'm keeping something
from you?" Stall. Stall. Keep stalling
him until the cops get here. This stupid fight must have gone on for around
fifteen minutes by now.
Lin Youfa snorted. "Not even skilled Cultivators can generate shockwaves
with just a punch like you did!" Li Yundong groaned when Lin Youfa applied
more pressure on his wrist.
C'mon… Reach him with the other hand. I
just need to reach him with the other hand…
"And also this!!!"
Lin Youfa increased the pressure again, causing Li Yundong to scream. "I'm
applying enough force to bend a steel pipe! And your wrist is still intact. Do
you take me for a fool, Zhenren Li?"
No. I take you
for a lunatic. A whack job.
special about you, Zhenren Li. I just don't know what it is yet."
"Nothing is special about me, man. How
many times do I have to tell you that!" Li Yundong snapped. "I'm just
a university student." Who is about to get his ass expelled if you break his
hand and prevent him from sitting for the finals.
be the way you train. Tell me what kind of Cultivation trai—"
groaned in relief when the pressure in his wrist eased slightly. There was a
hissing sound as some kind of mist drifted in from both sides of his cheeks. The
mist stung his eyes a little, so he shut them. Something strange was going on.
Then, he heard
a scream, which, for once, didn't come from him. The pressure on his wrist
eased completely, and his arm dropped limply to his side. A familiar scent
assaulted Li Yundong's nostrils. His eyes shot open instantly.
around my shoulders. Quickly!"
Li Yundong slung
his right arm around Su Chan's shoulders.
move your left wrist. Keep it still," Su Chan whispered beside his ear.
"And hang on to me."
And then they
were flying. They were actually flying.
Flying… floating… levitating… something. He
didn't even know what the hell Su Chan did, just that the ground was suddenly
leaving his feet, and he felt as light as a helium balloon
became a psychic and dodged a bunch of bullets. Then, he saw an old man turn
into a young hunk in some kind of reverse-aging stunt which, he was sure, would
put Benjamin Button to shame.
And then Su
Chan was flying. His princess was f*cking flying.
Li Yundong might
need to see a psychiatrist.
They landed on another
side of the limo—Lin Youfa was on the other side. Su Chan must have done
something to Lin Youfa, because that lunatic wasn't attacking them again. A
couple of injured students on the ground stared at them in shock. Poor fellows
probably needed psychiatric services too—but at least they weren't broke.
you come back? I told you to stay away! This guy is dangerous!" Li Yundong
Su Chan had
already begun working on his wrist. "I couldn't leave you, beloved,"
Su Chan said without taking her eyes off his wrist. "I'd rather die than
bloomed inside Li Yundong's heart. God
damn it! What was he supposed to do now? He couldn't even protect himself
from that lunatic let alone protect his girl. What the f*ck was he supposed to
Su Chan was
suddenly looking into his eyes. He couldn't help but stare right back. Her eyes
were so beautiful.
gonna hurt, beloved."
Li Yundong gave
her a nod.
Su Chan pulled
out several dark needles.
you do to that guy?" Li Yundong asked as he watched her get to work.
"I did the
same thing he did to you," Su Chan snarled, her eyes glinting murderously.
"I went for his eyes." Then, she turned her attention back to his
wrist. "It's only temporary though." Su Chan jabbed the needles all
over his left arm. Several needles went to the back of his palm, but most of
them were on his forearm. He was pretty sure it was supposed to be a painful
business (it sure seemed painful),
but at that moment, Li Yundong just felt numb.
Su Chan held Li
Yundong's gaze steadily.
He winced a
little when Su Chan twisted his wrist joint back into place.
rotated his wrist a few times while Su Chan put her needles away. All of a
sudden, a sinking sensation formed in the pit of his stomach. It felt as though
he had swallowed a ton of lead. Li Yundong let his chin drop to his chest.
Chan… I… I don't think I can beat him."
expecting you to," Su Chan said, lifting his chin back up. "Because
you can't beat him. It's impossible."
for the vote of confidence." Li Yundong grumbled. "I feel so much
better hearing that."
your fault, beloved—"
me around like I'm some useless toy, princess. I was helpless. Not even my
Su Chan sighed.
"Yes. Because he using the art of Shenda. It—"
screamed. It took Li Yundong a full second to realize that it was Zhou Qin.
Li Yundong! Look out!!!" Zhou Qin yelled.
jumped to his feet and swiveled around. Lin Youfa was charging towards the limo
like a mad bull.
Zhenren Li! Where are you!!! Stop hiding like a coward!"
So he couldn't see us? But why is he
running towards the car…
then! I'll force you out!"
blood ran cold when he suddenly realized what Lin Youfa was about to do.
Not my caaaaarrrrr!!!!!"
here, Liu Chuan!" Zhou Qin yelled. "Do you want to die!?"
roared like a beast. There was a loud crunch as Lin Youfa's foot slammed into
the midsection of the limo's chassis.
A split second
later, the limo was sent tumbling through the air.
instincts took over. He turned around abruptly and shoved Su Chan away from him
as hard as he could.
Then he turned
back around to face the airborne limo which was now flying and tumbling straight at him. Screams broke
out behind him, and a sickening realization dawned on him right then and there:
if he dodged the limo instead of trying to stop it, those injured students
behind him would be crushed to death.
Stop that thing!! I'll move the students away!" Su Chan yelled from
somewhere behind him.
coursed through Li Yundong. His Qi responded by careening along his meridians
towards his three Dantians. Within a split second, Li Yundong's had bridged his
three Gates. More screams erupted, blending with the sounds of crunching metal
to form a symphony of terror and chaos. Li Yundong knew that timing was
crucial. His timing had to be perfect. One slip-up, and people would die.
punched the air in front of him with both hands at the same time. Two
shockwaves swept through the air before they slammed into the underside of the
limo's chassis. The impact generated a torque that opposed the limo's spin,
causing the limo's rotation to slow down.
The limo crashed
into the concrete pavement. However, instead of stopping, it kept sliding forward. "Shit!"
Li Yundong yelled. He knew he needed a follow-up strike, and fast.
No. It might
blow the vehicle apart and the debris might hit someone. Argh! To hell with it. This better work… Li Yundong mobilized his
Qi to the muscles and joints of his right leg. He charged forward with a roar
and then twisted his body sideways while extending his right leg with a powerful
snap. His right foot slammed into the limo's moving body—it was Bruce Lee's
infamous side kick.
There was a
loud screech as the limo—now turned turtle—skidded away in the opposite
direction. In an instant, the screams of horror turned into triumphant cheers: from
behind him; and also from the campus gates, where a new crowd of onlookers had
"Hero of Tiannan University" filled the air, punctuated by Lin
Youfa's roaring laughter and Liu Chuan's despondent wails for the limo's demise.
Then, Su Chan was beside him.
to move. Now. We can't fight him here,"
Su Chan whispered. "Too much collateral damage."
how are we gonna beat him?" Li Yundong said, sneaking a quick glance at
Lin Youfa. "I don't think I'm a match for him—"
him," Su Chan said, her voice soft yet confident, gentle yet resolute.
declaration sent Li Yundong into a tizzy.
you nuts! Didn't you see what he just did? He just flipped a f*cking—"
"I have a
plan," Su Chan said. "I've already got everything set up at a garden nearby.
We just have to get him to follow us there."
Su Chan growled
and yanked Li Yundong's hand.
with me," she hissed. "We'll talk on the way."
They broke off
into a sprint.
you don't Zhenren Li! Now you're running?! Just when the fun has started?!"
erupted behind them.
turned around and saw Lin Youfa leaping over a sea of students. Lin Youfa
landed with a loud thud and was now running after them.
wanted to say that he was too old for this shit. But then he realized that he
really, really wasn't.
sprinted down the street, ignoring the strange looks that the pedestrians were
giving her. Yundong ran alongside her, muttering a bunch of strange curse words
that she didn't even know existed.
what the hell is going on here? One moment he was still a skinny old dude, then
the next, he looked like Schwarzenegger? What the f*ck?"
sent a limo into the air! And it was spinning, Su Chan! Spinning!" Yundong
kept ranting. "A f*cking limo! That shit probably weighs like 6 tons! And—"
Shut up and listen to me!" Su Chan growled.
Lin Youfa was stirring up a commotion in his pursuit of them.
is a Cultivator like us," Su Chan explained after they had made turn at
the corner of a building, "but he's from the Divine Fist School, so his
techniques are a bit unorthodox. It's a special type of magic called Shenda.
Look, I won't go into details, but it basically involves a bunch of spells and
rituals to request a god or a Shenxian to take over the practitioner's
f*cking shit!" Yundong stopped
running, causing Su Chan to pull ahead a few steps.
A few seconds
later, Yundong caught up to her again. "You mean I was trading blows with
a god for almost fifteen
he's isn't actually a god. He's still
just a Cultivator. It's just that he has access to a portion of the god's power
for a limited amount of time," Su Chan said.
enough, apparently, which was exactly why Su Chan needed to finish this quickly
before Lin Youfa caused more damage. Trepidation tugged at Su Chan's heart.
Could she do it though? Could she really do it?
Yes, you can, Chan'er. You can do it.
Now stop doubting yourself.
god did he summon to turn him from a lanky old man into a hunk?"
Celestial Lord of the Three Rea—"
human language please…"
Su Chan tamped
down a wave of frustration. "Guan Yu, okay? The God of War, Guan Yu!"
stumbled a few steps.
snorted. "Still think you can beat him now? That's why your Xianjue didn't
work on him. Xianjue only works if your opponent is less powerful than you. But
Guan Yu is a Shenxian! He's basically a god! And Lin Youfa has a portion of his
think you can beat him?" Yundong asked.
Su Chan somersaulted over two cars and landed on the other side of the street.
When she turned around, she saw Yundong staring at her from across the street
with a stunned expression. Su Chan sighed inwardly. Sometimes she forgot that
Yundong was still new to Cultivation. Okay, most of the time.
Yundong!" Su Chan pointed at towards her right. "This way!"
moving again. When he finally crossed the street, Su Chan broke off into a
sprint again. A minute later, they arrived at the tiny gate leading into a park.
It had taken her more than ten minutes to locate this area after Yundong had
tossed her away from the scene (and what a toss that was—damned Renyuan Jindan).
It shouldn't have taken her that long, but she didn't know the city very well.
Also, this damned city was seriously lacking in its forestry department! Like, really? She had to search for ten
minutes just to find a few trees! And even then, all she found was a miserable
grove hidden in some pathetic park! Ugh! What was it with mortals and trees anyway? Why did they hate trees so
supposed she could've just used the copse inside Yundong's school—the one with
the gazebo. Then again, that would defeat her purpose. For her to execute her
plan, the area had to be secluded and completely free from prying eyes. Because
for the first time since she met Yundong, she was going to use one of her more powerful
spells. And she couldn't risk using those spells out in the open, lest she be
discovered by the Zhengyi people. Hence the secrecy and the need for seclusion.
Su Chan pulled
them to a stop in front of a park bench, then took Yundong's hand and dragged
him towards another section in the park. When a small garden came into view,
she knew they had arrived at the right place. Su Chan pulled them to a stop
in there," Su Chan whispered, pointing at the grove at the far end of the
What about you?" Yundong whispered.
out here and lead him into the grove."
Are you crazy!" Yundong hissed.
trust me…" Su Chan said, sending him a pleading look.
Li! Stop playing hide and seek with your woman and come out!"
They both froze
and looked at each other for a moment.
Su Chan hissed, shoving Yundong towards the grove. "Hide!"
Yundong growled. "I'll keep my Eryue activated. The moment I hear that
you're in trouble, I'm coming out."
okay! Fine. Just hurry up and go hide."
disappeared into the grove.
needed Yundong out of sight so that the old loony would focus on her instead of
Su Chan pushed
her Qi to her Shenting and activated her own Eryue. She sifted through the
buzzing until she heard Lin Youfa's angry growls.
you, Zhenren Li… Come out and fight me…"
Su Chan tuned
out Lin Youfa's voice.
you stay hidden," Su Chan whispered, knowing that Yundong could hear her.
"Enemy approaching now. When I lead him into the trees, you have to stay
out of sight, you hear me? I can't afford to be distracted."
Su Chan reached
up and removed a golden hairpin from her hair.
Lin Youfa's figure
burst through the garden just then. He started glancing around the garden, no
doubt looking for Yundong.
Su Chan slid
the hairpin between her fingers.
he, woman!" Lin Youfa growled. "Tell me where he's hiding!"
smirked. "Catch." With a flick of her fingers, the hairpin whizzed
through the air.
Lin Youfa clapped his hands together and caught the hairpin between his palms
before it struck his carotid artery.
Su Chan turned
around and ran into the grove. Inside the grove, Su Chan leaped onto the bough
of large tree and waited. She kept her Eryue focused on Lin Youfa and tuned out
all other noises.
for my arteries? That girl is really looking to kill me..." Lin Youfa
stepping into the grove now," Su Chan whispered. "I want you to stay
out of sight no matter what happens, okay?"
figure emerged from between two hedges. "Where are they… where are
Su Chan removed
several strands of her hair and pushed her Qi into them. Then, she shut her
eyes and muttered an incantation. Time to
reached the end of the incantation, Su Chan opened her eyes.
Mist…" she whispered.
Wisps of fog shrouded
her body as she descended from the tree and landed soundlessly behind Lin
Youfa. Surrounding objects blurred into streaks of colors as she charged, the
two strands of her—stiffened—hair ready in each hand. However, Lin Youfa turned
around suddenly and swung out his arm.
sidestepped Lin Youfa and went around behind him instead. But Lin Youfa suddenly
unleashed a back kick, forcing Su Chan to retreat before she could poke the two
needles onto his back. The mist disappeared around her legs, and she was once
again face to face with Lin Youfa. Damn
it! How? The Shadow Mist had allowed her to move swiftly and soundlessly. How did he even notice my attacks?
Right. Because she was fighting against someone who had borrowed a portion of a
sneered. "So that's your trick, then. That's how you managed to sneak up
on me and ruin my fun with Zhenren Li." Lin Youfa laughed.
"Impressive. Which school are you from, young lady?"
Like hell I'm gonna tell you…
muttered an incantation while mobilizing her Qi from her lower Dantian. Then,
she released a portion of her Qi from her body through her mouth. Her Qi
morphed a ring of thick smog which surrounded Lin Youfa in a matter of seconds.
Another trick?" Lin Youfa laughed.
The smog began
to shift and morph. Moments later, the smog cleared, and nine clones of Su Chan
stood around Lin Youfa.
moved in simultaneously, striking Lin Youfa in his vulnerable spots.
Su Chan quickly
joined the small army of her clones, hiding herself among them. She just had to
get behind Lin Youfa for a chance to strike him with her needles. This fight
would be over in an instant if she could poke her needles into the two acupoints
on Lin Youfa's shoulder blades—the Gaohuang.
Focus, Chan'er! Focus!
controlled her Qi with her mind. Her Qi clones responded to her conscious will
by attacking Lin Youfa relentlessly, hitting him with one lethal strike after
another: chop to his neck; kick to the groin; palm-heel strikes to the sternum;
finger jabs to the eye and throat.
screams echoed throughout the grove.
Su Chan danced
amidst her Qi clones and crept behind Lin Youfa. Timing. This was all about
timing. She had to distract him just moments before she attacked.
Su Chan inched
Lin Youfa began
to fight back. One of her Qi clones disappeared after he'd punched it. She had
to finish this quickly before she ran out of Qi clones.
mentally controlled one of her Qi clones to knee Lin Youfa in the sternum. When
Lin Youfa staggered backwards, Su Chan flicked two needles at Lin Youfa's
Gaohuang. Lin Youfa suddenly ducked as though he knew the attack was coming.
Instead of hitting Lin Youfa's shoulder blades, the needles lodged themselves
into two spots just under Lin Youfa's ears—the Tianzhu. Lin Youfa hissed in
pain, and swung out his arm in wide arc. Three of her clones disappeared.
knees hit the ground. "Zhenren Li! Are you just going to keep hiding and
let your woman fight your battles for you, huh? Come out here and fight me
Youfa's eyes widened. He reached behind his neck and removed the two needles from
the back of his head. Terror filled Lin Youfa's eyes.
demon witch!" Lin Youfa pointed a shaky finger at Su Chan. "You were
aiming for my Gaohuang, weren't you?"
Su Chan stared
at Lin Youfa coldly. "I won't miss next time."
released a loud roar and stomped his foot.
remember this, you demon witch!"
turned tail and bolted.
Su Chan lowered
her arms and sighed. Her clones transformed back into a smog, and she breathed
her Qi back into her body and returned it to her lower Dantian.
come out now, Yundong," Su Chan whispered. "It's over."
Silence fell. When
she turned around, however, Yundong was standing right there staring at her. Disbelief
colored his eyes, and he was looking at her as though she was a stranger.
hell are you?"
Chapter 99 Revelations
Words can hurt. But sometimes, silence hurts even more.
That was the 17th
time Su Chan had called his name without receiving a response. Or was it the
19th? She wasn't sure. She'd lost count some time during their car ride home.
Su Chan rose
from the couch and padded over towards the sliding door, where Yundong stood with
his back to her. He was staring out into the city, seemingly lost in thought.
Su Chan tugged the hem of his shirt. "W- Why aren't you speaking to me?"
You know why, Chan'er, she added
He'd seen her
powers now. He must think I'm a monster…
Just like everyone else does…
After what felt
like hours, Yundong released a sigh. "Chan'er…" His eyes remained
fixed on something beyond the balcony.
Su Chan's grip
on the hem of his shirt tightened. "Y- Yes?"
he said, his voice flat and emotionless. "Tell me everything."
Su Chan froze. Everything?
Including the fact that she was a fox spirit?
Su Chan let go
of the hem of his shirt and took a step back.
She bit down on
her lip and stared at the floor. Could she do it? Could she reveal everything
to him now? Seconds later, she shook her head. He would probably hate her guts the
moment he found out who (or what) she
was. He would be revolted by the mere sight of her. He wouldn't want her around
Foul creatures. Spawns of evil. The depraved. Evil spirits.
Those were just
a few names associated with her kind.
fox spirits were regarded as the embodiment of everything that Cultivators
hated, all thanks to the Mystical Silver Fox, whose actions had besmirched the
good name of the Fox Zen School. There wasn't a single Cultivator alive today
who didn't loathe the Fox Zen School and anyone associated with it.
really see past decades' worth of hatred and accept her for who she was? Could
Yundong overcome the stigma surrounding her kind? What if the idea of having a
fox spirit as a lover disgusted him so much that he got rid of her for good?
And if she was
no longer around…
Who else would be
there to watch over his training and help him pass the Zhuji phase?
Who else would
be there to watch his back and protect him from those hunting for the Renyuan
And speaking of
the Renyuan Jindan…
had already agreed to let her tell him about the Jindan in her own time. But it
seemed like today's incident had triggered his need for answers again.
Oh Tao… What
was she supposed to do now? Well, she supposed she could just tell him about
the Jindan but leave out the bit about her being a fox spirit? But what if
Yundong accidentally let slip that he had consumed the Jindan…
about that made Su Chan sick to her stomach.
Cultivators would never let him live. They would absorb the Jindan and then destroy
his body until there was nothing left of him. Oh God… Before Yundong reached the Shentong—or at least the Zhuji—phase,
he didn't stand a chance. Su Chan raised her head and stared at Yundong's back.
At the end of the day, it all boiled down to one thing: could she trust Yundong
to be discreet?
Hehe…" Su Chan said, injecting a faux cheeriness into her tone. "You've
probably passed the 4th dan of the Ningshen phase by now. And if you work hard,
it shouldn't be long before you complete the Zhuji phase as well… so… maybe
Yundong turned away
from the sliding door until he was facing her.
much longer would that take? Months?" He snorted. "Years?"
Su Chan shuffled
forward a step, then reached out to take his hand. When he flinched away from
her touch, it felt as though someone had stabbed a knife through her heart. Su
Chan swallowed. The lump in her throat was now impossible to ignore. She
cleared her throat. "I told you yesterday, didn't I? I'll tell you everything
when the time is right…"
and stormed past her. "Why? So I can keep walking around like an ignorant
No! So you don't accidentally give
yourself away and end up dead!
followed him into the living room. "I told you it's for your own safety—"
around abruptly, his eyes flashing in anger. "Seriously, princess? Safety?
After everything that happened just
now, you're here talking to me about safety?"
that's different! That was just Lin Youfa looking to regain the honor of his school
after you defeated his disciple. That's not the kind of safety I was referring—"
have got to be shitting me."
Yundong threw his hands in the air and plopped down on the couch. He sat there
with his elbows resting on his thighs and his face buried in his palms.
Su Chan walked
over to the couch and kneeled down in front of him.
These people are dangerous. They have ways to—"
on! Don't you get it yet?!" Yundong growled into his palms.
I think you're the one who doesn’t understand how serious this is!"
suddenly shot up.
is up, princess!"
The sharpness in
Yundong's tone drew a gasp out of her. She stared into Yundong's eyes. The
anger in them had been replaced with a pleading look.
whole charade is over," Yundong said. "It won't work anymore. It's
not going to fool anybody. Not after what happened today."
their eye contact and rubbed a hand across his face. Weariness settled into his
countenance. He sighed. "Whether we like it or not, our cover is blown."
Su Chan shifted
around until she was sitting cross-legged on the floor.
princess. Limos spinning in the air? Some dude generating shockwaves with a punch?" Yundong snorted. "Before we
know it, we're on f*cking national TV."
Su Chan sniffed
and swiped away a stray tear. This was all her fault. Yundong got into danger
because of her. He'd been so nice to her, and yet all she brought him was
Su Chan sniffed
again. "W- Would we really end up inside the talking box?"
in silence. And then Yundong laughed. A
genuine and full-blown laugh. What a beautiful sound. And Su Chan had never felt
more relieved in her entire life.
Su Chan sniffed
again. "W- What?"
Her cheeks were
so warm that her tears would probably just evaporate.
laughing right then and lifted her chin up. "I don't know, but I think
Su Chan turned
her head left and stared at the TV for a moment. "B- But… How do we get in
there?" She pointed at the TV. "There aren't any doors."
Su Chan lowered
her hand and stared down at her lap.
his throat. "Well, that's not how it works. I'll explain it to you next
The fact that
there would be a next time eased a tight knot inside Su Chan's chest.
point is…" Yundong said. "There's a good chance that everyone in the city—hell,
everyone in the country—will know
about today's incident within the next few days."
Su Chan fiddled
with her sleeve. "Does… Does everyone have one of those boxes in their
That's pretty much true nowadays." Yundong sighed. "God. I can even imagine
the front page title already. The Hero of
Tiannan University fights Shapeshifting Old Man. And those nosy students
might even be posting about it on Weibo already… Sooner or later, everyone's
gonna know, including the people who are after us."
of silence passed.
could be one of them," Yundong said moments later.
Su Chan's gaze
snapped up. "What?"
and shook his head. "He kept insisting that there's something special
through Su Chan's chest, taking away her ability to breath. Oh no…
what did you tell him?"
it, of course," Yundong said with a snort. "Told him I'm just a
Su Chan sighed
into her eyes. "He didn't believe me though. Crazy bastard kept twisting
my wrist around trying to force me to tell him."
regarded Yundong carefully. So he didn't yield under pressure. Maybe he can keep secrets after all…
he…?" Su Chan cleared her throat. Damn, she really needed a glass of
water. "Did he give you any indication that… that he knows?"
considered her question for a moment, then held her gaze again.
kept saying that he thinks there's something special about me, just that he
didn't know what it is. He thinks it has something to do with the way I train."
So the possibility
that Yundong had consumed the Renyuan Jindan never occurred to Lin Youfa? That
was a little odd. But admittedly, it was also a huge relief to hear. Su Chan hadn't
thought Lin Youfa was one of the people hunting for the Renyuan Jindan. What
Yundong had told her just confirmed her suspicions.
Su Chan shook
herself out of her reverie. Only Master called her Chan'er. But she had to
admit that she liked it better when Yundong called her that. The previous time
when he called her Chan'er, they were…
She hoped she
hadn't started bleeding from her cheeks. And was it a little hot in here?
I've promised to stop pushing you for answers. And I know you're just trying to
protect me. You want me to become stronger first, I get all that," Yundong
said. "But don't you think it would be better for me to know exactly what
I'm capable of so I don't end up doing things that would risk exposure?"
Su Chan froze.
She'd never thought of it that way.
his head. "And not just what I'm capable of. I also need to know what you are capable of. Earlier, I removed
you from the fight because—"
you tossed me," Su Chan snapped. "You tossed me away. Literally."
"I know. I'm sorry. But that's exactly the point. I didn't know what
you're capable of. I didn't know you could do all that"—Yundong did a
couple of weird gestures with his hand—"badass Cultivation stuff or
whatever you call it. I was just trying to keep you safe. That guy was so
dangerous and I didn't know if I could beat him. I panicked! And…" Yundong
lowered his head. "I guess I wasn't sure if I could protect you."
Yundong lifted his head and gazed right into her eyes. "I don't know what
I'd do if I lose you, Chan'er. I… I can't live without you."
Tears stung Su
Chan's eyes as warmth flourished inside her chest. However, that mushy feeling was short-lived as
fear and disappointment soon crept in. Will
you still say that once you find out that I'm a fox spirit? That I'm a demon?
Su Chan decided that she didn't even want to go there. It hurt too much.
Yundong took a
breath. "And of course, there's also the fact that our cover is blown. I
need to be ready. I need to know who or what I'm up against. Otherwise I'll
just end up having my ass kicked like today…"
Su Chan sighed.
He's right... I've been so blind.
Yundong cupped her cheeks. "I think it's time you tell me."
Su Chan nodded.
They sat on the
floor across from each other. Two pads and pens lay on the coffee table between
Su Chan broke
the silence first. "Um… How much do you know?" she asked, pulling one
of the pads towards her.
Yundong took a
pen and started fiddling with it. After a moment, he stopped fiddling and sighed.
use to belief in magic and all that woo-woo stuff… But now…" Yundong shook
his head. "Now I think I do. I mean, after everything I've seen and
experienced… It's just…"
Oh, Yundong… You've barely scratched the
his pen and opened his pad to a blank page. He stared at her for a few seconds
without writing anything down. Su Chan felt like squirming under his intense
scrutiny. What was he going to ask first? Her past? Had he already begun to
suspect that she was a demon? Moments later, Yundong scribbled down a few words
and showed her the pad: Fly for me.
something down again: Fly. I want to see
you fly. Like… Like what you did earlier.
Learning how to
fly was the requirement to pass the fourth dan of the Shentong (fifth) phase of
scribbled: Please? I just need to see it
Su Chan stood up, then backed away a few steps from the coffee table. Their
gazes locked, and Yundong gave her a nod. Su Chan closed her eyes and took a
deep breath. A moment later, her feet left the floor.
Su Chan's eyes
shot open and her feet dropped back to the floor with a thud.
were now gripping his hair. "Son of a f*ck!"
crept in. "Just because we have abilities doesn't mean that we're evil or
that we're monsters—"
released his hair and shook his head, his eyes widening in alarm. "No, no…
That's not what I meant… I was just surprised that's all. I didn't mean to
imply that. I'm sorry."
and waved her over.
Su Chan walked
back towards the coffee table and sat down.
really didn't mean anything by my reaction. I was just surprised." Yundong
shook his head, then held her gaze again. "I meant what I told you at the
Well, he'd told
her a lot of things at the restaurant. He might need to be more specific.
"A lot of
things in this world aren't inherently bad. They are just tools. Their value
depends on their user," Yundong said, looking straight at her. "I
won't think of you as an evil monster just for having special abilities. Like
money, it all depends on how you use them."
suppressed an eye roll. Tell that to the
rest of the Cultivation world who wanted nothing more than to wipe out fox
spirits from the face of the earth.
chuckled. "Damn. Now I'm positive that we'll be on TV tomorrow. There were
so many people watching the fight just now and you just…" Yundong paused
and drew an arc in the air connecting one spot on the table to another.
"Like, right in front of everyone."
uncapped her pen and wrote: Made it look
I'm sure that's enough to convince everyone," Yundong deadpanned.
Was he being
sarcastic? Yep. He was. The teasing glint in his eyes said so.
cheeks grew warm. "What? It really did look like a jump." Mortals
could jump pretty high too, couldn't they? Or do those stunts she saw on TV not
chuckled. "If that's what you call jumping,
then you just broke the Olympic record for high jump."
pig? But how could a pig jump if it was already limping?"
Olym—" Yundong dissolved into laughter.
Had her cheeks combusted? Su Chan looked down and
stared at a spot on the table top. "If… If it doesn't work, then y- you
could just… tell them that… that there are springs in my shoes?"
even harder. "Springs in your—" He started slapping his thighs.
"My God you really are a national treasure…"
Well. At least
he was laughing.
recovered himself a while later and took his pad again: This drug I took. Magical?
Su Chan nodded,
then wrote something down on her own pad: Magical
pill. Renyuan Jindan.
it do? How does it work?" Yundong whispered.
Ugh. Where to even
pondered his question for a moment. In the end, she decided to go with the
shorter version. She wrote: Long story
short? Reformed your body. Make your body stronger.
She didn't want
to bore him with details. Besides, a lot of the Cultivation stuff would sound
foreign to him.
suddenly reached up to touch his face, then wrote: That's why I not fat?
Su Chan stared
at him for a moment. Hmm… Technically, he lost body fat after his meridians
were forcibly activated when he went into Zouhuo Rumo state. But the effects
wouldn't be this pronounced without the Jindan…
scribbled: It did play a role. There was
There was a
contemplative look on Yundong's face. Moments later, his eyes widened.
Su Chan shot him a questioning look.
his pen: Three days. I slept for three
Su Chan bobbed
her head up and down.
tired?" Yundong said. "Um… Because I… I have a lot of questions. Oh,
wait." A worried look flitted across his face. "Were you hurt during
Except maybe for her pride, since he, you know, tossed her away and everything. It would probably take her a while
to get over that.
Su Chan shook
her head. "What about you?"
grinned. "I was. But then my best girl fixed me."
fluttered in her stomach.
scribbling again: Run me through?
Su Chan grabbed
her pad: Renyuan Jindan's function =
enhance whatever that is already there.
Su Chan stared
at Yundong for a moment to make sure he was following. Then she wrote again: Everything enhanced. Bones. Muscles. Qi.
in thought, then wrote: Punch machine.
Punch guys into air. Climb up walls. All that.
Su Chan nodded,
picking up her pen again: Stronger.
Faster. More agile. Faster reaction time. Better reflexes. Improved senses.