Chapter 108 Movie Night
what you want, okay. I've already told you the truth." Li Yundong gave
Feng Na a hard stare. "Not that I have anything to explain to you. Whether
or not Su Chan and I have done the deed is none of your business."
Na looked away awkwardly.
relax Li Yundong, she was just joking," Cheng Cheng said. "Hey, by
the way, you don't have classes this afternoon if I'm not mistaken."
Yundong eyed Cheng Cheng suspiciously. "You seem to know our schedule
Cheng chuckled. "It's impossible not to know."
Li Yundong frowned. "What does that mean?"
all up on the forum," Cheng Cheng said.
Cheng rolled her eyes. "You're pretty much a celebrity around here. People
are posting all kinds of things about you. Your schedules, your classes, where
you have lunch, everything."
Yundong shook his head in disgust. "Great," he grumbled. "There
are paparazzi on campus now."
Cheng Cheng continued in a cheery tone. "You should join us at the media
room tonight. We're screening a movie."
Yundong arched his brow. "Since when did that become a thing?"
it's recent!" Cheng Cheng said proudly, then patted Feng Na on the
shoulder. Feng Na's face had taken a deep shade of red.
thanks to Nana, of course!" Cheng Cheng continued. "It was her
Yundong glanced at Feng Na. "Really now?"
Cheng Cheng said. "To spice up campus life, she suggested the screenings
of movies and TV shows every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday!"
Yundong nodded. "Wow. Interesting idea. I'm impressed."
Na was still blushing, much to Li Yundong's amusement. "So?" Feng Na
asked. "Are you joining us or not?"
Yundong thought for a moment. He wondered if he would be able to pass the Zhuji
phase tonight. Su Chan had told him repeatedly that the Zhuji phase was pivotal
in any Cultivator's training. Okay, maybe he wouldn't be able to complete it in
one night, but it'd be better if he started as early as possible. Li Yundong
shook his head. "Don't get me wrong. I think it's a great activity you've
got going there. But I can't join you guys tonight."
Na's face fell. "What? This is my first time! You're not even going to be
there to show some support?"
swiveled their heads around to give them funny looks. Li Yundong did a face
palm. "Would you please stop
saying shit like that? It's going to give people wrong ideas, dammit!"
Na frowned. "What? What did I…" She blushed.
Yundong shot her a glare. "Yeah, that's
Na sneered. "There's nothing wrong with what I said. You dirty-minded
people are the ones who jumped to conclusions!"
if it was even possible for people not to jump to conclusions when she said things
Cheng leaned herself against Feng Na. "Come on, Li Yundong. Are you going
to show up or not?"
a hint of suspicion formed in Li Yundong's mind. His eyes narrowed into slits.
"Tell me. Why is it so important that I show up?" Feng Na was
starting to squirm under his gaze, but Cheng Cheng was still smiling at him
without a care.
show your support, of course!" Cheng Cheng said. "You're our friend,
Yundong smirked. Seriously? Can you girls
be any more obvious? Li Yundong raised his hand. "Enough. I know what
you two are planning, okay?"
Cheng gave him an innocent look whereas Feng Na was now looking at anywhere but
What on earth are you talking about?" Cheng Cheng asked.
Yundong's smirked widened. "This is a publicity ploy! You just want to use
my"—Li Yundong did air quotes—"celebrity status to increase student
Cheng looked sheepish now. "Oops?"
Yundong studied the two women until Cheng Cheng caved in.
come on..." Cheng Cheng smiled. "Just show up? Please? At least for
Yundong's eyes grew wide in an instant. More strange looks were cast towards
them. God damn it. These two really had
no filter at all. None. Li Yundong sighed. "Will you stop bugging me if I
Cheng nodded excitedly.
Not telling you." Cheng Cheng winked. "You'll just have to be there
to find out!"
6 PM, their cab pulled up in front of the campus. Li Yundong paid the cabbie
and got out of the car with Su Chan.
Why are we here at school again? Do you have classes at night?" Miss
Clueless, it seemed, could no longer contain her curiosity. Yundong took her
hand and led her past the campus gates.
not here for classes, princess."
Are we here to fight? Or to watch shamanistic rituals again?"
Yundong pulled them to a stop and stared at her. Shamanistic rituals? Fight? What on earth was she talking about?
Chan seemed to have realized as well that she had said something silly. She
blushed and stared down at her feet. "I- I mean... I- Isn't that what we
did last time when we came to school at night?"
penny dropped. Li Yundong guffawed. Oh, she was talking about the performance
night! And by shamanistic rituals,
she probably meant the dance performance. Li Yundong stopped laughing and
stared at her warmly. Cute. So damn cute.
Yundong patted her head. "No, silly. We're not here to fight. We're here
to watch a movie!"
Chan's smile could probably light up a football field. She jumped slightly.
"They have TV boxes here?"
Yundong chuckled. "Probably. But I don't think they'll be using TVs in the
Chan stared up at him blankly. "Then what will they be using? Will there
be a stage? Or people with costumes?"
Yundong laughed again. "No silly, that's a Chinese opera! Geez!"
probably use a projector and a huge screen."
Chan was staring at him like he had just told her that fish live on land. A
confused Su Chan was a cute Su Chan. Okay. Scratch that. Any Su Chan was a cute
Su Chan. Yes, even when she was kicking people in the nuts and blowing up
kitchens. God give him strength against her lethal cuteness.
there won't be a stage," Li Yundong said as they began to walk again.
"There will probably be a huge piece of flat, white cloth hung in front.
And the images would appear on the white surface."
So it's a flat TV..."
when she put it that way... He shrugged and said, "Yeah. I guess you can
think of it that way."
these flat TVs have the rectangular blocks too?"
Yundong's steps faltered. "Rectangular blocks?"
one with buttons."
A remote!" Li Yundong thought for a moment. "Maybe they do? I don't know."
passed the academic building and made a right turn.
flat TVs won't explode like that stupid stove, right?"
media room was crammed when they walked in. Indeed, a massive projector screen was
set up in front of the room. At the center of the room, a metal mount hung down
from the ceiling with a sophisticated projector sitting on it. Li Yundong
scanned the room for Feng Na. It took him a few seconds, but he located her at
a corner of the room, where some kind of workstation was set up. Cheng Cheng
and a few other seniors stood around her. They all seemed busy, probably with
setting up the projector.
Yundong nudged Su Chan and gestured towards Feng Na. Su Chan tore her eyes away
from the projector. The device had held her fascination from the moment they
walked in. She nodded, and together, they made their way towards Feng Na. Although
she would still sneak glances at the projector once every few steps she took.
Li Yundong found himself wondering at some point which one was brighter: the
light emitted from the projector's lens; or the sparkle in Su Chan's eyes when
she gazed at the projector.
filled the seats, munching on popcorns and melon seeds while chattering away at
each other. Some demanded autographs from him. A few even requested him to take
selfies with them. Li Yundong ignored all of them and made a beeline for Feng
Na and Cheng Cheng.
to the students enthusiasm, Feng Na noticed their arrival before he could greet
her; she waved at them as soon as she saw them walking over.
Yundong returned Feng Na's wave. "So. This better be worth my time. Since
you practically coerced me here."
Na chuckled. "Why don't you take a seat and find out?"
Yundong narrowed his eyes. "Come on. Spill. Tell us what movie you're playing."
Na rolled her eyes. "So impatient," she grumbled. "Fine. We'll
be playing a soap opera today."
Yundong groaned and did a face palm. But before he could say anything, Su Chan
did a cheer. "Yay! Soap shows! Soap shows!" Li Yundong's body pitched
sideways when Su Chan gave his arm a strong tug.
Yundong straightened himself. "Sorry to burst your bubble, princess,"
he said. "But we're going home. This is a waste of time."
pulled Su Chan towards the exit, ignoring Feng Na's protests.
Chan resisted. "But I like soap shows!"
Yundong smiled at her. "You can watch it at home."
Yundong turned around to see Feng Na storming over. "You're already here! So
why leave? You might as well stay and watch the film."
tugs on his hand made him turn, after which he was struck by the full force of
Su Chan's puppy-dog eyes. "Yundong... Can we stay and watch the soap show?
Or maybe we can go home and you teach me
how to pass the Zhuji phase?
Chan's puppy dog eyes shone under the lights. Li Yundong found his resolve
wavering. A minute later, Li Yundong hung his head low and sighed. "Alright,
alright, you win..."
Yundong scanned the room. "Are there even any seats left for us? The place
Na stepped forward and grabbed his arm. "Don't worry. I've reserved two
places for you. VIP seats." Feng Na led them to a row in the middle of the
Feng Na told them once they had both taken their seats. "These are the
best two spots in the room. Reserved just for you two."
Yundong leaned back in his seat. He didn't doubt that this was the best spot in
the entire room. The seats were positioned at just the right distance from the
screen so that they could look straight ahead without having to bend or crane
their necks to see the screen. Bags of popcorns were already prepared beside
Not bad." Li Yundong nodded appreciatively. "Not bad at all."
Na smirked. "Told you, you wouldn't regret joining us."
thanks for—" Pieces of popcorn sprayed his face before he could finish. It
was like being hit by a popcorn shower.
turned and saw Su Chan staring blankly at the bag of popcorn she'd just ripped open.
Half of the popcorn had spilled from the bag: strewn all over their seats,
laps, and the floor.
Chan shot him a sheepish look. "Hehehe... Oopsie?"
Why? Why me? Why the hell me? Why the
f*cking hell me? Li Yundong sighed. "Sorry about this," he told
Feng Na, who was now giggling into her palm. "Look, you go do your thing.
I'll clean this up." He gestured at the popcorn mess.
Na stopped giggling and smiled. "Alright then. Sit tight. We'll dim the
Yundong watched Feng Na walk away, then shook his head.
the time he turned back to deal with the litter of popcorn, most of the popcorn
on their seats were already gone. All thanks, of course, to Su Chan the
a sigh, Li Yundong bent down to pick up the rest of the popcorn from the floor.
One of these days, he was going to drill some table manners into that girl. He
just hoped that he could live long enough to see some actual progress.
minutes later, the students were getting restless. The lights had already been
dimmed ten minutes ago, but the film wasn't playing yet. And Su Chan, of course,
was already devouring her second bag of popcorn.
What's the hold up? Li Yundong
glanced towards the little workstation Feng Na and her friends had set up at
the corner of the media room. Through the darkness, Li Yundong could make out
dark figures bustling around Feng Na, who was gesturing her hands wildly. It almost
seemed like she was panicking. Li Yundong sighed. Maybe this was a waste of
time after all. Nothing was being shown on the screen except for the
projector's brand logo—the default welcome screen. The students were booing and
hissing. Clearly, their patience was wearing thin as well.
Seriously, what the heck is the matter? Li Yundong
moved his Qi towards his Shenting and sorted through the buzzing in his ears.
I've already tried many times! I'm telling you it isn't working!!" someone
said. One of the seniors, no doubt.
Feng Na hissed. "What are we gonna do? I didn't prepare a spare!"
got it!" Another voice sounded. This time, it was Cheng Cheng.
What is it? You got an idea?" Feng Na said anxiously.
Nana! Isn't it obvious? Just play that secret DVD you got from your
was a pause following Cheng Cheng's statement. Seconds later, Li Yundong heard
a resigned sigh. "Fine," Feng Na said. "Looks like we have no
other choice. Cheng Cheng, go grab it for me, will you? It's between the pages
of a book on my desk. The third book from the left."
it!" Cheng Cheng said, sounding way too happy for someone who was supposed
to be dealing with a crisis.
Yundong tuned out the voices and returned his Qi back to his lower Dantian; the
buzzing disappeared. Moments later, Feng Na made an announcement on the microphone.
"Sorry guys, due to some technical issues, we won't be playing the original soap opera."
chorus of boos and hisses filled the room.
a waste of time!"
mean we came here for nothing? Seriously?"
now, calm down people," Feng Na continued in a sweet tone. "I didn't
say we won't be playing anything tonight. Like I said, there'll be a change of
plans due to technical issues, so tonight we'll be watching Cohabitation with A Flight Attendant!"
round of—mostly feminine—cheers sounded. A moment later, the door of the media
room opened and Cheng Cheng ran back inside with a DVD.
Yundong glanced at Su Chan and raised his brows. "Still wanna stay?"
Su Chan said.
Yundong's brows rose higher. "You sure? It's going to be boring, you
Chan's nose scrunched up adorably. "Why?"
they are playing the soap opera you were watching that night."
Su Chan stared blankly at the screen in front, then turned back to him. "I
can watch it again!"
Yundong groan inwardly. "Alright, alright. As you wish, milady."
Yundong turned his attention to the screen. The opening credits were already
showing. Hey... isn't that...
Yundong nearly fell off his seat. His blood ran cold. Oh shit... He shot a panicked look towards Feng Na and her friends.
He wanted to run over and tell them to stop playing the DVD, but it was already
Yundong stared at the screen in horror as the entire media room went into a
ruckus: the guys were cheering; and the girls were shrieking and covering their
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Sola Aoi started an onscreen strip tease, Li Yundong burst into action. He
sprang to his feet and began making his way towards the end of the middle row.
On his way out, he snatched an empty popcorn bag from the floor. Two seconds
later, he reached the end of the row and stepped onto the center aisle where the
projector hung directly above his head. He folded the popcorn bag a few times
while channeling his Qi to his legs. Then, he made an explosive vertical leap and,
while in the air, he shoved the folded popcorn bag into the hollow of the
projector's lens. Darkness suffused the media room as the images playing on the
screen vanished into nothingness. Curses and screams of protest followed suit,
but Li Yundong didn’t care. He was already making his way towards Feng Na and
the seniors in charge of the screening. He reached Feng Na in record time and
hit the "space" key on the laptop to pause the video before closing
the window of the video player application.
Why the hell did it stop playing?!"
c'mon! Keep playing it! We're just getting to the fun part!"
killjoys! Put it back on, goddamnit!"
Maria Ozawa hasn't even appeared yet!"
this is what happens when your porn stash is being played in a room full of
horny guys. Before he knew it, Su Chan was right beside him. Li Yundong forced
himself to take several calming breaths. "Su Chan... It was you, wasn't
it? You gave Feng Na the wrong DVD yesterday."
Chan didn't say anything, though she really didn't have to; the look on her
face said it all. Li Yundong grabbed two fistfuls of his hair and released a
low growl. "What the f*ck? How the hell did this even happen? You were
supposed to give back Feng Na's DVD! Why did you give her mine instead?"
Chan stared down at her feet, still not answering his question.
he hissed, causing Su Chan to flinch.
I broke hers..."
Feng Na and Li Yundong said in unison.
And then... and then I found another one inside your room. They looked exactly
the same, s- so I thought... I swapped it..."
for f*ck's sake..." Li Yundong rubbed his temples. "There's a label!
Didn't any of you read the label?" He glanced towards Feng Na.
Na snapped out of her stupor and moved towards the laptop. She removed the DVD
from the laptop and studied it for a moment. "But it says Cohabitation with a Flight Attendant!
That's the same name as my soap opera!"
Yundong shot her an exasperated look. "But yours didn't come with a label
in the first place, did it?"
Na scowled. "How was I supposed to know! I thought you watched it and then
labeled it for me!"
Cheng gasped. "So it's true... Y- You gave the DVD to him that morning...
You lied to me Nana! And you! Li
Yundong! How could you—"
Feng Na and Li Yundong both said. "Not now, okay?"
Na groaned. "Why... Why on earth did you label your porn collection with
such an innocuous name!"
Seriously? You want me to write 'hardcore sex' on my porn DVD? Even teenagers
know not to do that!" Li Yundong sighed. "You know what, this isn't
helping." Li Yundong paused and turned to face the crowd of students who
were still cursing and complaining. He shook his head. "We need to find a
way to deal with this mess."
Na sighed. "It's too late for that now. We're screwed. No. I'm screwed."
Yundong turned away from the students to look at Feng Na. "It can't be
that bad, can it? Even if the students talked, there's no real proof. Unless
someone recorded this on their phones?" Li Yundong hung his head low, then
raised his head again. "But I think I managed to stop the video before
anyone could get their phones out. Everyone seemed surprised, so I don't think
they expected any of this... What?" Li Yundong stared at Feng Na's grim
don't understand," Feng Na said. "Director Qian already knows."
media room is being monitored," Cheng Cheng said with a grim tone.
Na sighed. "That's how I got the teachers to agree to all of this in the
first place. We can screen movies as long as it's done under a teacher's
supervision." Feng Na chuckled wryly, then gestured at the students.
"Just look around you. Do you think the teachers would allow this bunch to
watch movies in a dark room unsupervised?"
Yundong let his chin drop. "Shit..."
Na tossed the DVD onto the desk where the laptop had been set up. "That's it...
I'm gonna be expelled."
Na's devastated tone brought a stab of guilt to Li Yundong's chest. Li Yundong
stepped forward. "Hey... That won't happen."
were tears in her eyes when Feng Na turned back around. "Don't bother...
It's too late."
Li Yundong stated firmly. "Just let me handle this—"
door of the media room burst open. "You delinquents!" The lights
immediately came back on, and the room fell silent. Director Qian stormed along
the aisle towards them. "Who! Whose idea was it to play pornographic films
Qian stopped in front of them, his eyes bouncing from person to person.
Finally, he glared at Feng Na. "Well? Was it you, Feng Na?"
Na paled. "N- No sir, this isn't—"
did it," Li Yundong said, his voice loud and resolute. He took a step
forward. "This has nothing to do with senior Feng Na." Li Yundong
stared into the beady eyes behind Director Qian's gold-rimmed glasses. Like
hell he was going to allow Feng Na to take the blame. Li Yundong's reputation
as a student was already ruined anyway; one more issue wouldn't exactly make a
difference. But Feng Na had always been a good student with a clean record. It
would follow her for the rest of her life if she took the blame today. And God
knew what Director Qian had up his sleeves. Li Yundong certainly wouldn't put
it past that slimeball to attempt to cut a "deal" with Feng Na—sleep
with me and this thing will never see the light of day. Li Yundong clenched his
jaw. Over my dead body.
Yundong took a breath. "This is my fault. I brought the DVD by
mistake." From the corner of his eye, Li Yundong noticed Su Chan's lips
moving as though she wanted to say something. Keeping his hand hidden behind
his back, he reached over and pinched Su Chan's hip. When Su Chan glanced at
him, he sent her a warning glance: Do not
say a word.
Chan lowered her head and went back to staring at her feet.
moment later, Director Qian released a sneer. "Well, well, well. Look at
you, playing the hero again, Li Yundong. Are you that desperate for attention?"
Yundong squared his shoulders. "You're mistaken." He looked at
Director Qian steadily. "This has nothing to do with me trying to play the
hero. It's called having the courage to
admit my own mistakes." He smirked. "Not that someone like you would
Qian seemed to have caught on to Li Yundong's insinuation as he paled
immediately. However, Director Qian regained his bravado a few seconds later.
He laughed mockingly. "Admitting your own mistakes? What about the other
trouble you've caused? Are you ready to claim responsibility for those
Yundong bristled and opened his mouth to argue, but Director Qian silenced him
with another derisive laugh. "You brought this upon yourself, Li
Yundong." An evil glint formed in Director Qian's eyes. "I've been
waiting for this day, you little troublemaker. Now I will finally make you
Feng Na shouted all of a sudden. "I- I mean, s- sir... I can
Yundong turned around abruptly and gave Feng Na a look. Feng Na looked
extremely pale, like she was about to pass out. Li Yundong gave her a
reassuring look. I've got this, he
mouthed the words to her. Then, he gave Cheng Cheng an eye signal. Cheng Cheng
took the cue and quickly pulled Feng Na away.
Yundong turned around to face Director Qian once again. The old bastard was
looking all too smug now, but Li Yundong didn't care. He wasn't about to let
Feng Na take the fall for his negligence and mistakes. None of this would've
happened if he: A) didn't collect pornography in the first place, and paid
more attention to the DVD instead of letting Su Chan handle it.
it definitely sucked to give Director Qian the satisfaction of having the power
to decide his fate as a student. But it didn't matter, because this wasn't
about him. This was about honor.
to put his pride aside and do the right thing.
Yundong took a deep breath before letting out a long exhalation. He gazed into
Director Qian's eyes steadily. "There is nothing to explain," he said
with a tone of finality. "I'm supposed to bring the DVD for tonight's
screening. But I took the wrong one. It was an honest mistake. An
honest mistake? An accident?" Director Qian snorted. "You expect me
to believe that? After all the trouble you've caused?"
don't expect you to believe anything," Li Yundong said calmly, then paused
to look at Feng Na. "However, I expect you to make a fair judgement based
on the facts." Li Yundong returned his eyes to Director Qian. "Senior
Feng Na is a good student. A responsible one, in fact. Her grades are
impressive, and she has never done anything to discredit the university.
Considering these facts, do you think it's likely that she would pull a stunt
passed in silence until Director Qian snorted. "I suppose not." Then,
the bastard smirked. "You, on
the other hand..."
Yundong gave him a nonchalant shrug. "I've already said it from the start.
This is my fault. But..." Li
Yundong paused and held up a finger. "I must emphasize that I didn't do it
Yundong honestly didn't know why he even bothered. The old bastard was out to
get him from the start, so it was pointless to justify anything. The others
students remained silent in their seats, though Li Yundong could feel their
pitiful gazes on him. They all knew what was coming. It was pretty much
inevitable at this point.
Qian's laughter broke through the silence. "Hah! It's official, then! Li
Yundong! You don't have to come to class starting tomorrow. The university
council will hold a meeting to finalize your expulsion."
filled the room. A couple of students rose to their feet in protest.
come on! That's not fair!"
He said it was an accident, didn't he?"
is an abuse of authority!"
We can file a complaint against you!"
Director Qian's yelled. When the room fell silent once again, he continued,
"Does anyone else wants to get expelled?"
what I thought," Director Qian said.
Li Yundong appreciated the students' sentiments, he also realized that it was
pointless to reason with Director Qian. This was bullshit right from the beginning.
Which student in their right mind would bring pornographic films to campus and then play them on a large screen
in front of so many students? Anyone with a functioning brain could see that the
whole story didn't hold water. Why would Li Yundong, who was already on the
verge of expulsion, do something so incriminating? None of it made any sense.
Director Qian probably knew it too. He was just too much of a scumbag to care
about something like truth and justice.
Li Yundong said. "Consider me expelled, then."
Qian sneered. "You're a disgrace, Li Yundong. And the university is glad
to finally be rid of you."
It was actually the other way around. Li Yundong was glad to finally be rid of
this stinking place ran by morally corrupt people.
Chapter 110 Job Hunt!
Li Yundong was expelled. Now that it had finally happened, it didn't seem so
bad. In fact, he found it to be a rather freeing experience. Now he no longer
had to deal with Director Qian's toxic schemes, early and boring lectures, or
Liu Chuan's obnoxious taunts. Surely, that counted for something. But, of
course, he had to find a way to make money now. He wondered what he could do.
Maybe become a bodyguard? It wouldn't be a terrible idea. With Eryue, Mingmu,
Xianjue, and all his Qi-control training, he was confident he could become a
decent bodyguard. Then again, would anyone even hire him? What should he even
put on his resume? Catching two girls who had fallen off a seven-floor
building? Dodging bullets? If Zhou Qin was willing to vouch for him and act as
a reference, then maybe someone would hire him...
Yundong led Su Chan down the corridor towards the stairs. They had left the
media room immediately after Director Qian declared his expulsion. There was no
point in staying or arguing with that old bastard anyway. They descended the
stairs and then headed for the building's exit. He walked in silence while Su
Chan trudged along behind him. When they stepped into the crisp, night air, he
suddenly stopped and turned around to face Su Chan. Su Chan clearly hadn't
expected him to stop so abruptly, so she ended up bumping into him. His hands
rose instinctively to steady her. Their gazes locked on to each other the
moment his hands touched her shoulders. Su Chan's eyes were swimming with
unshed tears and filled with remorse.
this way," he said, tilting his head. "We need to talk."
several steps, Li Yundong made a sharp right. Moments later, they were both
seated on a bench outside the building. Light from a nearby street lamp bathed
them in an orange glow.
Do you know what you've done?" Li Yundong said, then sighed heavily.
"If we didn't come here tonight, it would be Feng Na getting expelled, not
me. Do you understand that?"
sorry... I really didn't know what was inside that round thing."
Li Yundong said in a harsh tone. "That isn't the point and you know
Chan looked down at her lap. "I'm sorry... I shouldn't have swapped it
without asking you first."
you should've told me right away when you broke Feng Na's DVD."
sorry... I thought you would leave me if... if..."
you thought swapping the DVDs was a
good idea? Seriously? Are you an idiot? People would realize it the moment they
played the DVD!"
But they looked the same! I thought... I thought they are copies!"
Li Yundong groaned and buried his face in his palms. He had really
underestimated Su Chan's cluelessness about the world. And now his negligence
had come back to bite him in the ass.
so sorry, Yundong. I truly am. I was wrong..."
Yundong raised his head. "Yes, you were."
Chan lifted three fingers. "I swear I'd never have swapped it if I knew
they weren't identical." Su Chan lowered her fingers. "And... I know
I should've told you."
Yundong sighed and patted her head. "No more next time, okay?"
sat in silence for a while.
Is Elder Sister Feng Na going to get into trouble?"
Yundong looked to the side. Su Chan looked genuinely worried. "She's going
to be fine. Director Qian's real target is me, not her."
f*cking son of bitch had been out to get Li Yudong ever since Su Chan kicked
him in the nuts.
You were kicked out of school..."
Yundong chuckled wryly. "Yes... Yes I was."
Then... are we going to end up as... as beggars?"
Yundong pinched her nose. "No, silly. I won't let that happen." He
let his hand drop. "I'll get a job. And then we can figure it out from
I know! I'll get a job too!" Su Chan piped in, looking cheerful for the
first time since the shitshow began earlier.
Yundong regarded her with amusement. "You? Nah. You're more likely to
create more jobs for others than get paid," he said dryly.
Chan's nose scrunched up in confusion. "Are you saying I'm inept?"
Are you saying you're not? he added
silently. Well, Su Chan would make a great masseur, he supposed. Then again,
the idea of Su Chan putting her hands on other men... Nope. Not a chance in
sound of an unfamiliar ringtone interrupted their exchange. Li Yundong glanced
around a few times, but it was just the two of them on the bench. Nobody else
was around. "Whose phone is that?" he muttered.
It's mine!" Su Chan began rummaging through his backpack. Seconds later,
she pulled out the phone that Zhou Qin gave her the other day.
Yundong chuckled. There was only one person who knew this number. So she heard about it already, huh? News
sure travels fast.
Hello?!" Su Chan yelled at the phone. When the phone kept ringing, Su Chan
stared at the phone with a puzzled expression. She shook the phone a few times.
Yundong shook his head in amusement. "Yundong…" Su Chan gave him a
helpless look. "This rude phone is ignoring me…"
Yundong burst into laughter. "Give me that." He held out his hand.
When Su Chan passed him the phone, he turned the device around—she'd been
holding it upside down the whole time—and showed her a button. "You gotta
press this button to answer calls, you got that?"
Chan nodded. "Mmm!"
Yundong pressed the answer key and passed the phone over to Su Chan.
Su Chan said gently, then shot Li Yundong a tentative glance.
Yundong pointed at her ear. "You have to put it close to your ear,"
she said, then did as she was told.
Su Chan spoke into the phone again. She listened to the voice on the phone for
a few seconds, then passed the phone back to Li Yundong.
Elder Sister Zhou Qin," Su Chan said. "She wants to speak with
Yundong took the phone. "So, Miss Zhou. I take it you've heard about the
media room incident already?"
Senior Feng Na called and told me about it." There was a pause.
"Seriously, Li Yundong... How on earth
did you get into so much trouble in literally just... days?"
Yundong released a long sigh. "How much did Feng Na tell you?"
specific, that's why I'm calling you," Zhou Qin said. "She just told
me that something happened during the movie screening, and you got
expelled." Zhou Qin sighed. "I guess I should've been there."
Yundong grunted. "I'd rather you weren't. It wasn't exactly a pleasant
me what happened?"
Yundong spent the next few minutes recounting the whole mishap from the
God, Li Yundong... What is it with you and these strange coincidences?"
Zhou Qin said when Li Yundong was done talking. "It's like the forces of
the Universe are conspiring to get you expelled."
Yundong chuckled wryly. "Tell me about it..."
Come to think of it... I think I saw that DVD when I went through one of your
books the other day. The label seemed pretty innocuous... I never thought it
would be... you know..."
rose to Li Yundong's cheeks. "Can we not talk about my bad cinematic
tastes, please?" Li Yundong cleared his throat awkwardly. "It wasn't
one of my finest moments, okay? I'm not proud of it."
Qin chuckled. "I guess that explains the innocuous label..."
Qin..." Li Yundong said in a warning tone. This was probably the most
uncomfortable phone conversation he ever had. "I'd rather not talk about
this anymore, if you don't mind."
Qin laughed. "Relax... It's no big deal, okay? I'm not judging you."
You're not judging. Just laughing at my expense..." Li Yundong muttered.
Qin chuckled a few more times before clearing her throat. "Just let me
handle this. I'll see what I can do to waive your expulsion."
Yundong groaned. "Again? I always end up troubling you."
Qin's tone suddenly turned serious. "It's no trouble, okay?"
keep saying that, but you've done more than enough for me already. Is this
about me saving your life again? You know you don't owe me anything,
Qin sighed over the phone. "I know my father's secretary spoke with you.
And I know he has insulted you. I guess I want to make it up to you
isn't your fault."
know... But still. Just let me make it up to you. Please."
Yundong sighed. "Alright. Thank you."
Qin cleared her throat again. "So. What's your next step? I'm not sure how
long it'll take to sort things out with the university. So you might be away
from school for a while. "
Yundong chuckled wryly. "My plans? Isn't that obvious? Job hunting, of
course." He paused. "At first, I planned to wait until the summer holidays
to get a job, but now I've got no choice." Li Yundong glanced at Su Chan.
"I've got a chipmunk to feed."
Chan blushed adorably and made a face at him.
What are you..." There was a brief moment of silence. "Oh!" Zhou
Qin's laughter rang out, which lasted for a few seconds.
swear. Sometimes I think she eats more than twenty men combined," Li
Yundong grumbled, then leaned his body away to dodge Su Chan's swipes.
Qin's laughter subsided. "She has a healthy appetite, that's for
sure..." Zhou Qin cleared her throat. "Anyway. If you're looking for
a job, then I might be able to help you on that front..."
Yundong fell silent. If Zhou Qin had a way to get him a job quickly, then all
his problems would be solved. But how was he ever going to return the favor?
Deep down, he knew what he feared the most—that this feeling of indebtedness to
Zhou Qin would hang over his head forever. Worse, Zhou Qin might start demanding
something for him that he could never give—his affection.
Yundong must have stayed quiet for a long time, because Zhou Qin spoke again.
Are you still there?"
Yundong sighed. "Yeah... Yeah, I'm still here."
It isn't compulsory, okay? It's just a job interview anyway. If you don't want
to go, then that's fine as well."
Yundong fell silent again. This was literally the solution to all his problems
right there. He would be a fool to turn away such an opportunity. There were
things more important than his pride to consider, things like paying rent and
feeding Queen of Gluttony over there. "Which firm?" Li Yundong asked.
Assuming that it was even a firm.
Right. Who was he even kidding? This was one of Zhou Qin's connections. Of
course it would be some high-end firm.
real estate firm?" Li Yundong chuckled. "I'm sorry, but I don't think
my skillset matches the job description..." Real estate agents didn't have
to throw punches and kicks, or dodge bullets.
it's up to the firm's President what position to give you. Who knows, maybe
she'll want you as an assistant?" Hmm… Making coffee and carrying folders around
didn't sound too bad. "Oh, by the way," Zhou Qin continued in a
teasing tone, "the owner of that firm is a friend of mine. And she's a
very beautiful woman. In fact, the entire firm is filled with beautiful women.
So you might wanna keep your eyes in check. You don't want to break Su Chan's
heart, do you now?"
Yundong felt Su Chan's tug on his arm the moment Zhou Qin finished that
statement. "No, no, no..." Su Chan mumbled beside his ear, shaking
her head frantically. "I'm going with you! I'm going with you!"
Yundong stared at Su Chan in shock. How
did she hear... Then he remembered that Su Chan was a Cultivator. Must've used Eryue... Li Yundong felt a
surge of warmth in his chest. The fact that Su Chan would feel jealous implied
that he meant something to her. He reached over and flicked her forehead.
"Fine, you can come along as long as you don't cause trouble."
Qin must have heard his exchange with Su Chan, because she suddenly started
laughing. "Hey, Li Yundong," she said. "Put me on loudspeaker
for a sec."
Yundong complied with a push of a button. "There, you're on
Chan seemed fascinated by the fact that the phone could speak as loud as a
human now. "Hey... The box's voice just grew louder." Li Yundong just
shook his head at her and smiled.
Chan..." Zhou Qin's voice rang out a second later. "You must find a
way to secure Li Yundong's heart, okay? Or else other women might try to snatch
him away from you." Li Yundong rolled his eyes. Yeah, right. As if that
would even happen.
Chan nodded with zest. "I know right!" She raised her fist. "He
is mine! And I will not let another dinglu have him!"
Yundong nearly choke on his own spit.
Zhou Qin sounded way too amused now.
Yundong silenced Su Chan with a glare.
Qin sounded like she was trying hard to contain her laughter. "Anyway,
that's the spirit, Su Chan. Li Yundong is quite the catch, so you must—"
Qin..." Li Yundong gritted out. "You're not helping. Keep that up and I won't even show up for the
I was only kidding." Zhou Qin paused for a moment. "All jokes aside,
I really think you should go to the interview. The pay is good."
Yundong switched off the loudspeaker and put the phone back against his ear.
Qin suddenly laughed. "Got you there, pal. I knew you'd cave the moment I
mentioned the high salary."
Yundong blushed and rubbed the back of his neck. "Well... I won't lie.
Money is a little tight these days."
Yundong cut Zhou Qin off. "I didn't take the money your father offered
because it isn't the right thing to do, okay? It's bad enough that I've been relying
on my parents' money all these years. I'm not about to add to that by taking
your father's money for nothing. From now on, whatever money I receive has to
be rightfully earned."
passed between them. Zhou Qin cleared her throat. "Um... Actually, I
wasn't about to mention what my father did..."
Yundong went still. "Oh." Then he blushed. "Sorry. What were you
about to say then?"
Qin sighed. "I was going to say... I have a lot of money saved up over the
years... so... I mean if you really need money urgently, then I can lend you
some. Ah, you can pay me back in the future if you want!"
stretched of silence passed. "Thank you. It's kind of you to offer, but
I'll have to decline," Li Yundong said.
what if it's an emergency—"
about this," Li Yundong cut her off, "I'll let you know if it ever
comes to that. Sound fair?"
Qin let out a long sigh. "Okay. Fair enough."
I appreciate it, okay?" Li Yundong said. "Don't think I don't know
how much you've done for me. But this is my problem, and I need to deal with
it, with or without help. Can you understand that?"
Yeah, I think I do."
you," Li Yundong said. "Alright, then. It's getting late, so I'm
okay. Good night, then. I'll text you the details of the interview later."
Yundong nodded even though he knew Zhou Qin couldn't see him. "Alright.
Thanks again. Bye."
line went off with a click. Li Yundong lowered the phone from his ear and
turned to Su Chan. "Well, that was some conversation," he said as he
put the phone back into his backpack.
Chan was looking at him expectantly. "So... You've found a job?"
Yundong zipped up his backpack and stood up from the bench. "Not yet. It's
just an interview. I might not even get it."
Su Chan reached for his backpack, so he let her have it. She really liked
carrying his backpack around these days. He wondered why.
the matter? You sound disappointed." He patted Su Chan's head after she
had slung the straps over her shoulders. "There's still a chance I might
get the job. So don't look so sad."
Chan shook her head and stared down at her feet.
Yundong hooked a finger under her jaw and lifted her chin. "What's
used the tip of her shoe to play with a tiny pebble on the ground, causing it
to roll back and forth. "It's just... A- Are you still mad at me?"
Yundong smiled. "It depends."
shone on Su Chan's face. "On what?"
whether you'd hide things from me again."
I- I'll try not to..."
Yundong stared at her. Seconds later, he caved. "C'mere." He held his
arms wide open.
Chan's face lit up like a star. "Yayyy!" She crashed into Li
Yundong's body and snuggled against his chest. "I know I'm a
troublemaker," she said, her voice muffled by his chest. "But I'll
try really, really, really hard not to cause trouble again. So... P- Please
don't... don't leave me for other dinglus.
Yundong pulled away from their embrace and looked at Su Chan. "That won't
happen, okay?" He smiled. "I'm a one-woman man!"
Chan giggled and climbed onto his back.
What are you doing?"
holding on to you because you're mine! I won't let any other dinglu have
Yundong laughed, then smacked Su Chan's butt playfully. "Then are you
going to be obedient from now on?"
you won't hide things from me?"
was a brief pause, like Su Chan was hesitating. "Mmm!" she answered
before he could turn his head around to look at her face.
then! Let's go!"
Yundong smacked her butt again. "Where else, silly! Home, of course!"
Chapter 111 White-Collar
Yundong slowly opened his eyes. A jet of white gas shot out from his mouth when
he exhaled, vanishing in a poof the moment it collided with the living room's
wall. The sun was already up, which could only mean one thing. Well, two things to be exact: one, he had
spent the entire night in a meditative state practicing Qi control; and two, he
had to attend the job interview at Dongsheng Realtors in a couple of hours.
job interview was the reason he ended up practicing Qi control for the whole
night instead of lying in bed asleep. Not that he was antsy or getting cold
feet about the interview or anything. He just couldn't stop wondering how he
would fare in the interview. His ceaseless rumination had then led to a bout of
tossing and turning in bed where he couldn't get himself to fall asleep. In the
end, he gave up on sleep altogether and went into the living room to practice
that he was awake, those pessimistic thoughts returned to his mind in full
force. What if he didn't get the job? What possible skillset could he even offer
to a real-estate firm? He wasn't well-versed in accounting or finance. Nor was
he familiar with property deals or sales. Plus, he didn't have a way with
words. Nor was he an eloquent speaker. Unless he wanted to go down in history
as the world's most inept real-estate agent, this all sounded like a terrible
he offer himself to become the firm's security guard instead? But what if the
people who ran the firm were snobs and ended up giving him the brush-off because
he was some penniless university dropout? At some point, he began to wonder why
he even care.
was he even kidding. He cared because he was broke.
Qin had literally thrown him a lifeline when she told him about the job
interview. And he knew immediately that it was in his—and Su Chan's—best
interest not to screw it up. The pay was high, according to Zhou Qin. So he'd
be a fool if he didn't at least give it his best shot. Guess I'll just have to find a way to avoid screwing up then. Li
Yundong stood up from the floor and did a quick stretch. Despite not having
slept a wink, Li Yundong felt complete refreshed. Being a Cultivator was
Yundong lowered his arms and glanced towards Su Chan's door, which was still
closed. He wasn't surprised that she was still asleep even though she was
usually up by this hour. She'd spent the whole night watching over him when he
passed the Ningshen phase. Plus, last night had been an emotional night for
her, so she must've been exhausted.
padded to the kitchen and opened the fridge. Leftovers were never a thing in la
casa de Yundong, not when it housed a girl with an healthy appetite. Good thing
he had some extra snacks stocked up then. There were a few apples and berries,
a tub of Greek yogurt, some ice-cream, and a sandwich. Well, that takes care of Su Chan's breakfast...
Li Yundong shut the fridge door and padded into the bathroom. He took a quick
shower and brushed his teeth, then went to his room to get changed. From his
wardrobe, he pulled out the same dark suit he'd worn to Zhou Qin's party. He
was pulling out all stops today. Go big
or go home, he thought as he put on the suit.
later, he stood in front of the mirror and studied his own reflection. Some
days he was still a little taken aback by how much his physical appearance had
changed. And now with the suit, he couldn't deny that he looked great. Alright, Li Yundong! You can do this! Go
break a leg! Figuratively speaking, of course. He turned away from the
mirror and crept towards his bedroom door, making as little noise as possible as
he walked. He didn't want to wake Su Chan up. Truth be told, he wanted to avoid
having to deal with Su Chan's tantrums once she found out that he wasn't going
to let her tag along to the interview. He planned to leave a note outside her
door(Be home soon. Breakfast in the fridge. Love Yundong) and then sneak out of
the apartment while she was still asleep.
of course, was far too much to ask for.
practically ran into each other outside Li Yundong's bedroom—she was about to
step in when he was stepping out. A split second after their bodies collided, Li
Yundong hands shot out to steady her. Su Chan rubbed her eyes sleepily and then
did a double take when she noticed his attire.
Chan stomped her foot and grabbed his arm. "Mmmm..." she whined,
tugging his arm from side to side. "You were going to sneak out without me,
Oh, shit... Li Yundong chuckled
and rubbed the back of his neck. "Well... I have a job interview, so..."
Su Chan seemed contemplative all of a sudden. Li Yundong wondered what was
going on inside that adorable head of hers.
What kind of job will it be Yundong?"
Hell if I know. Li Yundong
cracked a smile. "I don't know yet. They didn't say. Like I said, it's
just an interview."
Chan pressed her index finger against her chin. "Washing dishes? Milking
cows? Ooh! Counting coins?"
Yundong burst into laughter. Where the heck did she get all these weird ideas
from anyway? Geez. He ruffled her hair, then pinched her cheeks. "I don't
know, princess. I have to pass the interview first."
Chan clung to his arm and stared up at him with her puppy dog eyes. "Take
me with you. Please? Pretty please, please?"
Chan's stomach growled.
Yundong laughed. "Looks like somebody
is hungry." He stopped laughing. "C'mon. Be a good girl and wait
for me at home, okay? There's food in the fridge."
Chan's pout was so huge that it almost gave her those ridiculous chipmunk
pouches again. "Meanie, meanie, meanie! You promised me you wouldn't leave
Yundong chuckled. "I'm not leaving you, okay? I'm just going to attend the
job interview and then be home as soon as I'm done."
Yundong cracked a smile. "Yes, of course! I've got my best girl waiting
for me at home. Where else would I go?"
Chan blushed. "Oh. T- Then... I'll wait for you a-at home."
Yundong patted her head. "Good girl. I'll be back as soon as I can."
He glanced towards the kitchen. "There's food inside the fridge. Should be
enough to last you until dinner time."
parted ways at the door, but not before sharing a long and warm embrace which
turned his insides to mush. He wondered if this was what it felt like to be
he stepped out of the apartment building, Li Yundong stopped beside the street
and glanced up at the 20th floor. To his surprise, he saw Su Chan's tiny figure
waving at him from their balcony. Li Yundong mobilized a portion of his Qi
towards his Shenting, and zoomed in with his telescopic vision. Su Chan was
looking at him longingly as she waved, and she seemed to be holding back tears.
Her lips were moving as well. Li Yundong sorted through the buzzing in his ears
until he could hear her voice. "Come back soon, beloved..."
Yundong smiled and waved back at her. "I will," he whispered, knowing
that Su Chan could hear her too.
Being a Cultivator rocked.
Yundong strode into Dongsheng Realtors' main building with a confidence he
didn't know he possessed, smiling at the receptionist the moment he reached the
morning, I'm here to see President Yin," Li Yundong said politely. "I
have an appointment."
receptionist was a young—possibly in her early twenties—woman who was texting
on her phone when he walked in. She returned his smile and lowered her phone.
"Good morning, sir," she said, reaching for the keyboard. "You
said you have an appointment?"
Yundong nodded. "Yes. I'm here for a job interview."
Please give me a moment to check."
Yundong smiled. "Will do."
receptionist turned to her computer screen and tapped on the keyboard.
are you... Mr. Li?" she asked a few seconds later.
receptionist smiled. "President Yin is waiting for you, sir. This way,
receptionist led Li Yundong through a hallway. At the end of the hallway, they
made a right turn which led them to an elevator lobby. When they stopped in
front of the elevator, the receptionist pressed the elevator call button.
you for your help," Li Yundong said warmly. So far, he'd been treated
politely and with respect. Returning the courtesy was the least he could do.
receptionist smiled. "You're welcome, sir. President Yin's office is on
the 19th floor. Make a right turn after you exit the elevator and you'll see it."
Yundong nodded. "Alright. Thanks again."
Yundong adjusted his tie using the reflective surface of the elevator's
metallic wall as a mirror. After that, he smoothed his palms down his pants and
watched the changing numbers on the elevator's position indicator. He blew out
a breath and began shifting his weight from foot to foot. Damn, he'd never been
this nervous since... ever? How could he stare at the muzzle of a gun and
remain unfazed yet be reduced to a nervous wreck by something as innocuous as a
job interview? Admittedly, a huge part of his calmness during the gunfight was
due to Qi control. But still, internal battles were almost always harder than
external ones. The battle against the self is always the toughest to win. He
reminded himself to move his Qi to his Lingtai later before he entered
President Yin's office.
floor numbers continued to change. Li Yundong forced himself to stand still and
stop fidgeting. On the elevator wall, his own reflection stared back at him,
reminding him of how posh this entire building was—yes, even the elevators
walls were that shiny. This entire building exuded a stylish and opulent air.
Even the receptionist seemed very well dressed. But at least she didn't seem
snobbish. That was a good sign, right?
loud ding made Li Yundong jump. He exhaled shakily. Geez Louise, he really
needed to chillax. He was here for a job interview, not a cage fight. What's the big deal? The doors slid open
in a painfully slow manner. A whiff of feminine perfume assaulted his nostrils.
He raised his head and saw a tall—around 170cm—woman standing outside the
elevator, waiting for him to step out. The woman was professionally dressed.
Her dark business suit—pencil skirt, white blouse, and dark blazer—hugged her
figure like a second skin. Li Yundong pushed away from the elevator wall and
stepped out of the elevator, giving the woman a polite nod when their eyes met.
The woman returned his nod and stared at him curiously for a moment. F*ck. Please don't tell me I have something
on my teeth...
Yundong hurried away from the elevator and took a right turn like the
receptionist had told him earlier. Apparently, President Yin's office occupied
an entire section on the 19th floor's massive floor plan; shortly after he'd
made the right turn, he stood in front of a huge section separated from the
rest of the floor by tall glass panels. An automatic sliding door slid open the
moment he stepped closer.
silence fell upon the entire section the moment he passed the automatic door.
He strolled past desks where white-collar women were giving him curious stares.
He fought down the blush threatening to bloom on his cheeks and kept walking.
hurried past the desk until he reached a short hallway, where he made a left
turn. The words "President" and "Yin Mengfan" carved onto
the nameplate beside the door told him that he was at the right place.
Yundong approached the door and knocked.
answer came almost instantly. "Come in!"
Here goes... Li Yundong closed his
eyes and moved his Qi from his lower Dantian to his Lingtai. Calmness suffused
him when he opened his eyes. He exhaled and pushed the door open.
Chapter 112 Misjudgment?
smell of leather greeted Li Yundong the moment he entered the large office. The
room was bright thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows occupying the edge of
the office. Directly in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows sat a huge desk,
behind which sat a woman with long, dark hair. A golden nameplate sat on the
table's front edge, glinting in the brightness of the room. He wondered if that
thing was made from real gold.
Yundong crossed the expanse of the office with long, purposeful strides. The
woman behind the desk had yet to raise her head from a bunch of documents she
was reading, but he kept walking until he was standing directly in front of her
later, when the woman still didn't acknowledge his presence, Li Yundong decided
to take a moment to survey the large office instead of making his presence
known. A matching leather couch and glass coffee table sat a few feet to his
right—now he knew where the smell of leather came from.
rustling sound of a page being turned brought his attention back to the woman
behind the desk. The woman was still completely absorbed in whatever she was
reading. Li Yundong took a moment to study his potential boss's appearance: a
blouse and a blue blazer; long, dark hair cascaded over her shoulders as she dipped
her head to read her documents.
page was turned, and then more silence. Li Yundong was starting to feel as
though this was a test to see if he'd squirm. The woman clearly knew he was
coming in—she answered when he knocked on the door. Which meant that she was
ignoring him on purpose. What is this? A
test of patience? He smirked. If this was a test, then he could pass it
with flying colors. After all, he could stand there for hours on end performing
Da Zhoutian and still appear as Zen as a Tibetan monk.
the end of his tenth Da Zhoutian circuit, the woman finally spoke. "So.
You're Li Yundong..."
Yundong opened his eyes and regarded the woman briefly. "Yes, I am,"
he said with a nod. "It's a pleasure, President Yin. And thank you for
Yin nodded, seemingly impressed with what she'd seen. Well. So far so good.
Qin spoke highly of you," President Yin remarked out of nowhere.
Yundong took a few seconds to consider his response. In the end, he went with,
"Then I must thank her later."
Yin leaned back against her executive chair. Li Yundong could feel her
appraising eyes roaming over his body from head to toe, as though she was
trying to make up her mind about whether to hire him based on his appearance
while later, President Yin smiled. "So—" She was cut off by a knock
on her door. There was a flash of irritation in her eyes when she glanced
towards the door. The sound of the door opening soon followed. Instead of
turning around to see who had just entered, Li Yundong kept his back to the
door and his eyes on President Yin. He didn't hear any footsteps, so clearly,
the person was still standing at the door.
look of irritation vanished from President Yin's eyes. "Oh, it's you, Shen
Hui!" President Yin smiled. "I'd like to hang out with you, but as
you can see, I'm a little busy right now. Why don't I meet you later?"
Such a spoilsport, couz!"
Yin chuckled. "Some of us have
jobs, you know?"
woman named Shen Hui giggled. "Alright, fine. I guess I'll just go find
someone else to have fun with and let you get back to your boring job. Ciao!"
door closed with a click. President Yin chuckled and shook her head. A moment
later, she regarded Li Yundong curiously.
How many tours?"
beg your pardon?"
military. You've served in the armed forces before, right?"
Ma'am. I've never been with the army." Li Yundong studied the woman for a
second. "May I ask what gave you that idea?"
Yin gestured with her hand. "Your comportment, I guess? The way you stand
with your shoulders squared and your back straight. The fact that you look fit
and healthy. And just now, when my cousin poked her head in, you resisted
turning around to look." President Yin steepled her fingers. "That
kind of behavior implies focus and willpower. Well, I suppose a soldier
would've at least looked to see if the newcomer is a threat."
Yin collected the sheets of paper into a neat stack before pushing it aside.
Yin waved at one of the chairs in front of her desk. "Please, have a seat.
I apologize for making you wait earlier."
Yundong stepped forward. "It's fine, Ma'am," he said, taking a seat.
"Was that a test?"
Yin smirked. "I don't know. You tell me."
Yundong smirked back and gave her a nod. "That's all the answer I need,
smirk on President Yin's face morphed into a genuine smile. "So. Since
you're someone recommended to me by Zhou Qin, I'll cut to the chase." Her
expression turned serious. "What's your area of expertise? I mean, you
didn't send me a resume or a CV, so..."
was the question he'd been dreading since last night. It wasn't that he didn't
want to come prepared. The truth was that he didn't know what to prepare. He couldn't tell the woman that he was good in
pitching sales, or that he had a way with words, because those would just be
outright lies. In the end, Li Yundong decided that honesty was the best policy
in situations like this.
know martial arts," Li Yundong began. President Yin's eyebrows rose just a
tad. And I'm a goddamn Cultivator who can
blow cars away with a punch. He kept that thought to himself. He was pretty
sure he would be sent to a psychiatric ward the moment he said that.
F*cking hell. It was so damn hard
to remain confident when he was sitting in front of a professional woman—who
probably earns enough to feed an army for decades—and all he knew was how to
throw punches and kicks. Especially
when said professional woman was staring at him like he was nuts. And he
wouldn't blame her for thinking that, to be honest—like, who the hell brings up
martial arts during a job interview at a real
about having his balls completely busted. Li Yundong resisted the urge to
squirm in his seat.
Just be honest. Be true to yourself, he told
himself. "I'm athletic. I have good reflexes. I can hear and see better
than most people." Ha. If only she knew what he was truly capable of.
Yin nodded. "Do you have experience in accounting?"
Yundong shook his head.
anything about finance?"
Yundong shook his head again. President Yin was frowning now. F*ck... He was
really screwing this up royally. What was Zhou Qin thinking, seriously? A
real-estate firm? Come on.
Yin leaned back in her chair and looked at him in confusion. Then, she smiled.
"I see. Give me a moment, please."
picked up the phone on her desk and pressed a button. "Xiao Jia, come in here
for a sec."
later, a young lady entered the office. "What can I do for you, President
Yin, who was already reaching for a stack of papers, gestured at Li Yundong
with her free hand. "Escort Mr. Li to Elder Sister Xie. Tell her to assign
a task to him."
president." Xiao Jia turned towards Li Yundong. "Follow me please,
Yundong glanced at President Yin, who wasn't even looking at him now. He didn't
have to be a genius to figure out that this was a dismissal. He stood up from
his chair and smiled at Xiao Jia, who he guessed was President Yin's assistant.
"Thank you, miss," he said. "And I'm sorry to trouble you."
her credit, Xiao Jia didn't seem dismissive at all. Instead, she smiled at him
politely. "It's no trouble at all."
It's okay, Li Yundong. One setback is
he reminded himself as he watched Xiao Jia make her way towards the door. At least she's assigning a task to me instead
of kicking me out… Probably just some menial task that didn't deserve the
high pay Zhou Qin had mentioned. Maybe they wanted him as an errand boy.
Xiao Jia's voice shook him out of his reverie. The door was already opened,
with Xiao Jia standing at the doorway waiting for him to follow her.
Yundong gave President Yin one final glance, then strode towards the door with
his head held high.
Yundong stood at the elevator lobby and watched the changing numbers above the
elevator doors. After a while, he caught Xiao Jia sneaking glances at him, so
he gave her a smile.
hope the interview went well?" Xiao Jia asked.
Yundong groaned inwardly. Great. Small talk. Another thing that he sucked at.
He flicked a glance towards the elevator indicator again. The number had
stopped at 9. He cleared his throat. "I'm not so sure, to be honest. But I
guess it wasn't too bad?" He chuckled wryly. "Otherwise you wouldn't
be asked to take me to wherever it is that we're going." The number was
increasing again. 15, 16, 17...
We're going to look for sister Xie—" A loud ding sounded.
woman exited the elevator and smiled the moment she noticed Xiao Jia.
hey! Xiao Jia!"
Jia bowed slightly. "Hello, President Cao."
Cao's eyes landed on him. "Say... Xiao Jia... Is this handsome young man a
new employee here?"
Jia turned and gave Li Yundong a smile. "Yes, President Cao."
see..." President Cao drawled. She took a step towards him and held out
her hand. "Hi. I'm Cao Kefei, the president of Huasheng Studios. We're an
international entertainment company. And we occupy the ninth floor of this
Yundong took the woman's hand and gave it a firm squeeze. "It's a
pleasure, President Cao. I'm Li Yundong." Li Yundong released her hand.
"Wait. Huasheng Studios?" He suddenly turned towards Xiao Jia.
"I thought this building is owned by Dongsheng Realtors...?"
Cao chuckled. "Oh, yes it is. But it's also a multi-tenant building."
President Cao gave him a wink. "Dongsheng Realtors rent out office spaces
to other firms. Our company is one of the lucky ones."
see." He didn't think Dongsheng Realtors would just allow any company to
use their premises, so Huasheng Studios and Dongsheng Realtors must have some
kind of connection. A subsidiary company, maybe? Li Yundong filed that
then. It's a pleasure to meet you, Li Yundong," President Cao said.
"Don't let me keep you." President Cao gave him a wave and headed
over towards the automatic doors.
Yundong followed Xiao Jia into the elevator. Zhou Qin might be wrong about him
being a good fit in this place, but she was right about one thing—this building
was teeming with beautiful women.
I'm back again!"
the sound of the familiar voice, Yin Mengfan raised her head from the pile of
documents she'd been studiously going through. Her friend Cao Kefei was
sauntering towards her desk like she owned the entire floor. Yin Mengfan
sighed. "What is it again this time?"
Kefei smiled and plopped down in the chair that Li Yundong had vacated minutes
earlier. "Oh. I just remembered that there are a bunch of heavy luggage
that require moving in my office..."
Mengfan raised her brows. "So?"
Kefei's smile widened a tad. "So... I thought I'd come up here and see if
I could tap into your firm's abundant human resources."
Mengfan narrowed her eyes at her friend. "You do know that most of my employees are female, right?"
come on... You have a few guys to spare. I know you have. Can't you help out a
friend in need?" Cao Kefei whined. "Besides, it's not like I won't
return them to you. Their limbs will be fully intact when I'm done with them. I
Mengfan burst into laughter. "What do you mean by when you're done with them. It sounded like you need them for
something other than moving luggage!"
a girl doesn't kiss and tell." Cao Kefei batted her lashes.
Mengfan chuckled. "Cut the crap already. I'm busy. What do you really
Kefei gave her an innocent look. "I just told you, didn't I?"
Mengfan rolled her eyes. "As if I'm gonna buy that manual labor crap. If
you really need manual labor, all you have to do is show your face around and
bat those long eyelashes of yours. Do that, and you'll have every straight guy
in this building eating out of your palm."
Kefei shrugged. "Oops." Then, she gave Yin Mengfan a fawning smile.
"As expected from the great President Yin of Dongsheng Realtors. You're as
sharp as ever."
Mengfan laughed. "Stop trying to butter me up. It won't work. So. Who is
it? Which one of my employees are you planning to steal?"
Kefei smiled. Hmm… How about the handsome young man who just walked out of your
Mengfan stiffened. "Li Yundong?" She stared at Cao Kefei, who was
nodding back at her.
That's the guy."
Mengfan shook her head firmly. "Oh, no, no, no... He's off-limits!"
Kefei's eyes narrowed as she studied Yin Mengfan's expression. Yin Mengfan
tried her best not to squirm in her chair. "Gee... What's got your panties
in a bunch, huh?" Cao Kefei said. "Ooh... Don't tell me... You and
Mengfan threw a paper clip at her friend and shot her a glare. "Tsk! Stop
that. A friend of mind recommended him to me. So don't get any wrong ideas. And
no. You're not allowed to fool around with him either."
Kefei snorted. "Fool around? Who says I'm gonna do anything to him?
Yin Mengfan said, reaching for her coffee cup.
I'm pretty sure he's gay," Cao Kefei said.
Mengfan nearly spat out her coffee. She coughed, then set down her cup.
"What on earth gave you that
Kefei leaned back in her chair and stared up at the ceiling. "Well, for
one, he's immune to my charms..."
Mengfan threw another paper clip at her. "What?! You flirted with him
already? Good God, you sure move fast."
Kefei snorted. "Yeah well, I tried to anyway," she muttered. "Not
that it worked."
Mengfan laughed. "And you think he's gay just because of your flirting
didn't work? C'mon. That's so vain."
Kefei glared at her. "Tsk! You weren't there, so you don't
Mengfan leaned back in her chair. "Alright, fine. What'd you do?"
Kefei leaned forward in her chair. "I caressed him with my pinkie when we
shook hands. Not just a simple caress. I stroked his palm. And then after that
I even winked at him. And guess what? He didn't show a single reaction! Not
even a blush! God, he's like a wooden block!"
that revelation surprised Yin Mengfan a little. Never had she encountered any
straight man capable of resisting Cao Kefei's charms. Maybe Li Yundong really was gay? Wait. No. Zhou Qin did mention
something about him having a girlfriend the other night when she called.
What's that guy's problem, seriously," Cao Kefei finished her rant, then
arched her brow. "So. Is he gay?"
Mengfan smiled. "No. I don't think he's gay. He's already seeing someone.
And..." Yin Mengfan shot her friend a warning look. "I'm pretty sure
Zhou Qin is interested in him too."
Kefei's face fell. "Man... That sucks..." Suddenly, she looked up at
Yin Mengfan. "But I still wanna borrow him."
Mengfan studied her friend for a moment, then smiled. "Sure. I'll call
Xiao Jia later and ask her to bring him to you."
Kefei looked at her in surprise. "What? Just like that? No threats of
lawsuits or bodily harm?"
Mengfan smiled. "Nope."
so you're not afraid I'm gonna drag him into the bathroom and have my way with
Mengfan burst into laughter. "Stop goofing around already, okay?" Yin
Mengfan's expression turned sober. "Besides, you know you're not allowed
to engage in strenuous activity yet. How's your body anyway? Those rioters from
a while back must have driven you up a wall with their protests, right?"
Kefei smiled and stood up. "I'm fine. But thank you for your concern. I'm
much better now. I'm even allowed to stop taking my meds now. But yeah, the
rioters were pretty bad... Anyway! Call Xiao Jia! Ask her to bring Mr. Hottie
to my floor." Cao Kefei walked away and paused at the door to send her a
few flying kisses.
Mengfan chuckled at her friend's antics and shook her head.
after, when Yin Mengfan ended her phone call with Xiao Jia, her door burst open
the hell is that pervert doing here,
Mengfan leaned back in her chair and rubbed her temples. "Geez... Not so
loud, please. And what are you even talking about Shen Hui? What pervert?"
Hui plopped down on the chair in front of her desk and started shouting like
crazy. God, she really needed another cup of coffee. Seconds later, Yin Mengfan
held up her hand. "Alright! Slow down! Stop acting like a drama queen and
tell me what the problem is."
Hui huffed. "That guy you were interviewing! He's a pervert! A molester!"
Yin Mengfan's eyes widened. "Are you sure?"
But Zhou Qin spoke so highly of him…
Hui's face flushed in anger. "He's the one who molested me at Uniqlo! He
barged into my changing room when I was half naked and tried to touch my...
my... my boobs!"
Mengfan gaped at her cousin. "Seriously? Do you have proof?"
Hui growled. "Of course I'm serious! I don't care! You have to fire him!
He can't stay here unless you want every female employee here to be violated by
Mengfan rested her elbows on her desk and steepled her fingers. Was Zhou Qin
wrong about him? Had Zhou Qin misjudged Li Yundong's character?
couz! What's there to think about? Just fire him—"
door of the office burst open again. A breathless and pale-faced employee ran
in. Yin Mengfan knew instantly that something was up. She rose from her
executive chair. "What's the matter?"
trouble, President Yin..." the employee said breathlessly. "There's
trouble on the 9th floor."
Chapter 113 Desperado
Yundong stared at the huge throng of people gathered at the 9th floor's
elevator lobby. "Um... President Cao? Not that I'm an expert in how
entertainment companies usually function, but I don't think this crowd is the status
quo. Has one of the movie actors your company is managing decided to drop in
for a visit?"
woman beside him didn't answer, so Li Yundong glanced at her. President Cao
looked extremely pale. Her breathing was a bit ragged, and one of her hands was
pressed firmly against her chest. A dozen alarm bells sounded in Li Yundong's
head. Is she about to hyperventilate?
He reached out and touched her shoulder gently. The woman flinched as if his
touch had burned her.
you alright, Ma'am?" Li Yundong asked.
Cao shook her head. Her eyes had cleared a little. "I'm fine... Just
wondering what's going on, is all..."
Yundong didn't buy that for a second. Her face didn't look fine; she looked
ill. Li Yundong glanced around a few times. "Why don't we head over
there?" Li Yundong pointed to a spot at the corner of the elevator lobby,
where a tall potted plant sat beside a window ledge. "You look like you
could use some air."
Cao nodded shakily. Then, under the pretense of guiding her away from the
crowd, Li Yundong jabbed his knuckle into an acupoint between President Cao's
shoulder blades—the Lingtai.
the time they reached the potted plant, the color had already returned into
President Cao's face, and she was tapping furiously on her phone. Once again,
Li Yundong was reminded of the fact that Su Chan really did know her stuff.
Stimulating the Lingtai could probably calm an ADHD patient high on cocaine.
Cao released a frustrated growl and lowered her phone from her ear. "Damn
it. My assistant isn't picking up. And nobody's answering the phones in the
Yundong surveyed the crowd once again. What
the hell are all these people doing here? If the floor plan of the 9th
floor was anything similar to that of the 19th floor, then there would be a
long hallway on the right side of the elevator lobby that would lead straight
to the office. And judging from the fact that the elevator lobby was
jam-packed, the long hallway was most likely crowded as well.
Yundong turned towards President Cao, who was still trying to call someone on
her phone. "Do you recognize anyone here?" he asked, gesturing at the
crowd. "Maybe one of your employees?"
Cao shook her head. "Most of them are from different floors."
Yundong frowned. Typical, he thought.
People and their seemingly infinite nosiness. Without further ado, he grabbed a
guy who had just stepped out from the elevator nearest to where they were
standing. "Hey, buddy," Li Yundong said, trying to sound as friendly
as possible. "Do you know what's going on? Why did you come up here?"
not sure what's going on," said the guy. "They said something about
an incident on the 9th floor. That someone died or something."
President Cao gasped. "Who died? What did you hear? Tell me
guy blushed. "U- um... Hi, President Cao. The truth is I have no idea.
That's why I'm here to find out."
guy walked away and quickly joined the crowd.
God... What a mess," President Cao said with a sigh.
down, Ma'am," Li Yundong said. "I don't think we should jump to
conclusions just yet."
for you to say," President Cao mumbled. "It's not your job on the
line here. Someone died, for God's sake."
just what one guy heard from his
buddies, who might be just as clueless as you and I. I hardly think that counts
as hard evidence."
Cao sighed. "Okay. Yeah. You're right." One of her palm moved to her
Yundong continued as he scanned over the crowd with his eyes. "Based on the
size of the crowd, it's likely this has been going on for quite a while now. If
it's true that someone's life is in danger, why isn't the ambulance here yet?
Surely, someone must've called."
Cao looked out of the window for a moment. "Yeah. You're right. No
ambulance yet." She sighed. "I guess I'll have to go over there and
find out. I'm the president after all."
Li Yundong said.
Cao turned back around with a raised brow.
you sure you're up for this?" he asked seriously. "Earlier, you
looked like you were about to pass out." Something told him that President
Cao had a chronic health problem. Call it a gut feeling.
Cao waved him off. "Nah. I'm fine. But do you mind coming with me? I could
use some help."
Li Yundong said.
walked away from the potted plant and headed back to the crowded lobby. As soon
as they joined the crowd, there was a ding. One of the elevators opened, and President
Yin stepped out. There was a young woman with her which... Hey... Isn't that...? He groaned inwardly. Zhou Qin was right. What
was it with him and these funny
Yin had already reached President Cao's side. "What's going on here,
Mengfan." President Cao shook her head. "I'm not sure. I'm about to
go check it out." Then, she pointed at Li Yundong. "And your
brilliant employee is offering me his assistance."
Yundong smiled at President Cao, then stole a glance at the young lady beside
President Yin. The murderous glare she was giving him was a clear indication
that she had yet to forget about the little "accident" at Uniqlo the
other day. Li Yundong forced out a smile, which the lady answered with a snort.
the matter, Shen Hui?" President Cao said in a tone of suspicion, her eyes
bouncing back and forth between Li Yundong and Miss Forget-To-Lock-The-Door-In-Fitting-Room.
"You two know each other?"
Hui snorted, then glared at Li Yundong as though he wanted to skin him alive.
"I'd rather die than be acquainted with a pervert like him." She
jabbed her finger in Li Yundong's direction.
Cao's gaze snapped to him while President Yin did a face palm. Li Yundong
clenched his jaw. He was done with this girl's bullshit.
Miss Shen. I don't appreciate you throwing out wild and unfair accusations like
that," he said, taking a step forward. "It was a misunderstanding and
you know it. You were the one who
forgot to lock the door in the first place. And you could've answered me when I
was calling my girlfriend's name outside that fitting room, but you
Hui looked like she was about to argue, but a loud scream from the crowd made
her stop. Li Yundong glanced towards the crowd, where a commotion seemed to be
taking place. Li Yundong turned back to Shen Hui and shot her a warning glance.
"We'll finish this discussion later. Now we have a problem to deal
with." Li Yundong walked towards President Cao. "Stay behind me,
Ma'am. I'll clear a way for us to get through."
Yundong closed his eyes and began to feel the presence of his Qi at his lower
Dantian. By the time he opened his eyes, his Qi had already been moved to his
Shenting and Lingtai.
split second later, his clear voice sounded over the crowd's din. "Make
way for the president!"
were still trying to squeeze past the crowd in the long hallway when a man's
voice made them stop. "Cao Kefei! You f*cking bitch! Give me the money, or
I'll paint the walls of your office with blood!" Li Yundong could feel
President Cao stiffen beside him. Murmurs and whispers sounded in the hallway.
Li Yundong pushed his way forward. "Make way, make way. Coming through,"
he said in a low tone. He turned back around and gestured for President Cao and
President Yin to follow.
Kefei!! Where are you!! Come out! Now!" Desperation colored the man's
voice, which was a bad sign. Li Yundong knew how dangerous a desperate man
could be; this was Zhao Yujian all over again.
series of screams rang out. It came from somewhere past the end of the hallway,
where the office of Huasheng Studios must be located. "Ten minutes! I'll
give you people ten minutes to get Cao Kefei to come up here! If she isn't up
here in ten minutes, I'll start slitting throats!"
So, he's got a knife, Li Yundong
thought as he squeezed past a guy with a beer belly.
later, they reached the end of the hallway. A few people turned their heads
when they saw them. One of them was about to shout, no doubt to announce President
Cao's arrival, but Li Yundong quickly clamped his hand over the guy's mouth.
"Shh," Li Yundong said. "Don't tell him we're here yet." Li
Yundong held the guy gaze until he nodded. Then he gave the rest of the
crowd—near the end of the hallway—warning looks. "Don't say a word,"
he whispered loud enough for them to hear. When he saw nods of compliance, he
turned around to face President Cao. "Stay out of sight for now. That guy
clearly has a problem with you."
he said he'll start killing if I don't show up," President Cao whispered
anxiously, then glanced down. "My phone's already ringing. Someone's
Yundong shook his head. "Put it on vibrate. He gave you ten minutes,
right? That's more than enough time for me to assess the situation first."
Cao thought for a moment, then nodded.
Yundong gave President Yin a pointed look. "This is your building. Do you
want the cops involved?"
Yin and President Cao shared a look with each other.
Yundong sighed. "You know what, I'll let you two decide." Then, he
held out his hand to President Yin. "Give me your phone."
President Yin looked at him warily.
trust me," Li Yundong said.
Yin pressed her phone into Li Yundong's hand. Li Yundong unlocked the phone's
screen and launched the camera app. He gave the two women a final glance.
"Stay here. I'll be back."
Yundong crept towards the convex corner at the end of the hallway. "Psst,
psst. Guys, make way." He shouldered past a few guys and peeked out from
the corner of the wall. Other than a huge entrance sign with the Chinese
characters "Huasheng Studios" carved onto it, he couldn't see the
entrance. I have to get closer. He
stepped around the corner and crept towards the entrance sign, using the crowd
as his cover. The buzzing was loud in his ears—too many noise within a confined
space. It would take too long to sort through the buzzing, so he didn't bother.
He crouched behind two onlookers, then slowly raised himself until he could see
past their shoulders. A beefy man stood blocking the entrance of the Huasheng
Studios and, as expected, the guy was armed with a knife. The man's attire
stuck out to Li Yundong; it seemed totally out of place. Li Yundong might not
be a fashionista, but he was pretty sure that no one would dress in a thick
trench coat during summer. He's hiding
something under that coat... Li Yundong zoomed in with Mingmu and tried to
identify any bulges on the coat. Well, at least he didn't see any signs of a
gun. When Li Yundong switched back to normal vision, something caught his eye.
A woman lay unmovingly at the man's feet. He switched to telescopic vision
again. The woman's eyes were closed, but she was still breathing. There were no
signs of blood. He raised President Yin's phone to snap a picture of the scene.
later, Li Yundong returned to the end of the hallway where President Cao was
waiting for him anxiously. "What did you see?" she asked.
Yundong handed her the phone instead of answering. President Cao took the phone
and gasped when she saw the photo. "Oh my God... Is she..."
alive," Li Yundong said. "Still breathing. No noticeable wounds.
Probably just unconscious."
minutes, Cao Kefei!" the man yelled. "You've got six minutes before I
start slitting throats! I know you're hiding in your office like a
loud slams followed suit. "Open the damn door! And come out!"
Yundong regarded President Cao seriously. "How do you want to handle
deathlike pallor formed on President Cao's face. "I- I'll have to talk to
him. See what he wants."
President Yin grabbed the other woman's shoulder. "Are you sure..."
Cao's face held a steely resolve. "I'm sure."
Yin nodded and glanced at Li Yundong. "The cops are on the way."
President Yin jerked her thumb at somewhere behind her back. "And my
security team's on standby."
Yundong was a little surprised that President Yin was even telling him all this
instead of just taking charge—after all, she owned the whole building. But for
some strange reason, she was letting him, a total stranger, call the shots.
was only one plausible explanation he could think of—this was another test.
cops can't do anything here," Li Yundong said firmly. "Maybe they can
send a hostage negotiator, but I'm not sure if that will help. And with all due
respect, I don't think there's anything your security team can do either."
Li Yundong peered over President Yin's shoulder towards a few uniformed men
armed with sticks standing nearby. Li Yundong looked President Yin in the eye.
"The bad guy seemed pretty desperate. He might start attacking people if
the cops or your men show themselves. Also, I think he's hiding something under
his jacket. We don't know what he's hiding or what he's planning. It's best not
to provoke him."
Yin nodded her agreement. "So, what's the plan, young man?"
Yundong's eyes slid towards President Cao. "Can you distract him, Ma'am?
Just keep him talking."
then?" President Yin asked.
Yundong looked at the other woman. "I'll sneak up on the guy and disarm
look of alarm formed on both women's faces.
preferably knock him unconscious before he can try anything funny," Li
you sure you can do all that?" President Yin asked.
Li Yundong squared his shoulders and took a breath. This was no time for
self-doubt. "Yes I can."
if you fail and he becomes aggressive? What if he starts attacking people?"
I suppose I have to try my best not to fail."
Yin stared at him for a moment before she nodded. Li Yundong gave her a pointed
look. "President Yin, I think you should accompany President Cao when she
talks to the guy. I think she's unwell."
flashed inside President Yin's eyes, but it was quickly replaced with resolve.
"I will," she said with a nod.
Yundong turned to Shen Hui. "Look, Miss Shen. I know we got off on the
wrong foot, but right now I need your help. Can we put aside our differences
and work as a team?"
Hui huffed. "Fine. What do you need?"
you," Li Yundong said. He took President Yin's phone and passed the device
to Shen Hui. "Show the photo to President Yin's security team. Brief them
on the situation. Tell them to start dispersing the crowd. These nosy idiots
will just get in the way, not to mention give the bad guy more hostages to pick
Shen Hui said grudgingly.
them to do it quietly," Li
Yundong said. "Like I said, the bad guy is unstable. We don't want to provoke
him in any way."
minutes! Come out you cowardly bitch!"
eyes of the onlookers nearby were trained on President Cao. Li Yundong rolled
his eyes. "You know what? You guys might as well make yourselves
useful." He raised his brows. "You guys like to make noise, right?
Well. Go ahead. Yell. Announce President Cao's arrival."
Yundong turned back towards President Cao. "Alright. Time to move. Are you
up for this?"
Cao took a deep breath, then exhaled. "Yes."
worry, Kefei. I'll be there with you the whole time."
Yundong moved around the corner, then crept towards the entrance sign. The
onlookers had begun shouting. "President Cao is here! President Cao has
the man yelled. The crowd fell silent. Li Yundong crouched lower and kept
moving forward through the crowd, squeezing past shoulders while keeping track
of the bad guy's position.
is she?! Where is that bitch?"
over here..." President Cao's voice sounded somewhere behind Li Yundong.
He looked behind him and spotted President Cao and President Yin standing at
the end of the hallway amidst a sea of onlookers.
me. Let me through," Li Yundong whispered, squeezing past a few guys. He
slowly crept forward, making sure to stay hidden behind the bodies of the
onlookers. The whole place was too crowded for Li Yundong to charge at the bad
guy and then do a takedown. Obviously, Li Yundong had to sneak up on him and
then take him out from behind.
here now," President Cao said loudly. "I'm here to listen to your
demands. But please put the knife away first."
demand is simple! Cash!"
Good. Keep the bastard talking. Li Yundong
tapped on the shoulders of the two guys in front of him, then pressed a finger
to his lips when they both turned around. "Let me through," he
name? Why the f*ck do you care? Just give me the money!"
do I know if I'm paying the money to the right person if you don't identify
yourself? For all I know, you could just be some random guy looking to extort
money from my firm."
Yundong squeezed past the two guys in front.
You want my name? It's Wang Yong! And I'm here on behalf of the people your
company owes money to! You can call them and check if you don't believe me."
gasps sounded. Suddenly, the crowd was shifting. The people in front of Li
Yundong were now retreating.
of the way!" Wang Yong yelled, drawing more gasps. The crowd started
moving and jostling again.
Yong was slowly making his way from the entrance towards the hallway where
President Cao and President Yin stood. Li Yundong moved his Qi towards his legs
and arms, just in case he needed to make any explosive movements. Then, he stayed
hidden within the crowd and waited. Moments later, Li Yundong started moving
towards the front of the crowd again. Wang Yong had already moved past him, so
Li Yundong would end up somewhere behind Wang Yong the moment he stepped out
from the crowd.
Put the knife away... Please…" President Cao said.
up!" Wang Yong screamed. "Where's the money!"
was told there is a two-day grace period—"
don't have two days, you bitch!" Wang Yong yelled. "They're gonna
kill me if I don't collect the money from you today!"
Yundong stepped out from the crowd, wincing when the girl beside him squeaked
in surprise. Fearing exposure, Li Yundong quickly took a step back and blended
back into the crowd while keeping his eyes locked on Wang Yong.
Yong was now standing a few feet in front of the two presidents. HHis back facing Li Yundong, and he
didn't turn when the girl squeaked. Li Yundong sighed in relief and stepped
away from the crowd again. This time, none of the onlookers were stupid enough
to make a sound.
down... please... Let's just talk..." President Cao was losing her cool.
Yundong kept walking. He had to go really slow to prevent the heels of his
dress shoes from clicking too loudly against the floor. After a few steps, he
came to a halt; it was too damned hard to walk quietly in these shoes. He bent
down to remove the shoes, then tucked one of them into the waistband of his
pants. Just in case he needed a way to launch a long-range attack.
done talking!" Wang Yong screamed. "Now give me the money or I'll
stab this knife through your heart!"
Cao gasped, then whimpered. President Yin had clearly noticed Li Yundong already
as she was now looking past Wang Yong's shoulder and straight at him.
Yundong pressed his finger to his lips and make a circular motion with his
other hand. Keep him distracted, he
mouthed the words to her. He tiptoed forward, moving much quicker now that he
up! I want it in cash!"
But I can't give you the money because I don't have that much cash right now!"
Yundong stepped over the body of the unconscious woman and kept moving.
like I have no choice but to take things to another level!"
Yong was now gripping the knife with an icepick grip, and the knife hand was
raised above his head. Both President Yin and President Cao screamed.
Chapter 114 Suicidal (Part1)
Li Yundong hurled the dress shoe at Wang Yong. The shoe hit Wang Yong in the
back with a loud smack. The impact caused Wang Yong to stumble forward, but it
wasn't enough to knock him out. A second later, Wang Yong was up on his feet
the f*ck?!" Wang Yong turned around angrily, scanning over the crowd with
Wang Yong pointed the knife at Li Yundong. "Did you throw something at me,
Yundong removed his suit jacket and dropped it to the floor. "So what if I
did?" Li Yundong said, rolling up his shirt sleeves. From the corner of
his eye, he saw a lady pick up his jacket from the floor and then hold on to
Yundong advanced towards Wang Yong, smiling confidently as he did. Behind Wang
Yong, President Yin was slowly pulling President Cao away to the side.
that eager to die, punk?" Wang Yong growled.
Yundong answered the taunt with a smirk. He stopped walking and curled his
finger at Wang Yong. "Stop yapping and come kill me already," Li
Yundong said, then quickly activated Xianjue's clairvoyant mode. A second
later, he was back in normal mode again. His smirk widened just a tad.
it your way!" Wang Yong lunged at Li Yundong. Having already anticipated
when and where Wang Yong's attack would come, Li Yundong grabbed Wang Yong's
wrist mid-slash, and then applied one of Lin Youfa's wristlocks on Wang Yong's
wrist. Wang Yong screamed, and the knife clanged to the floor a second later.
Yundong released Wang Yong's hand and then bent down to pick up the fallen knife.
Wang Yong scrambled away on his knees.
Yundong straightened up and stood over Wang Yong. He held the knife in front of
Wang Yong and then bent it until it snapped at the hilt. He dropped the hilt to
the floor, then snapped the blade in half again.
over," Li Yundong said, tossing the broken pieces aside. "You're
done. And your prison cell awaits you."
Yong recovered from his shock at the mention of prison.
only over when I get my money!" Wang Yong growled and climbed back to his
Yundong shook his head and narrowed his eyes. What the hell is he planning? "Listen, dipshit. How is she
supposed to give you the cash when she doesn't have it?"
lying!!!" Wang Yong screamed. "She's rich! So she must have it!"
Yundong rolled his eyes. Ever heard of
something called a bank? F*cking moron.
you think stabbing her is gonna get
you the money?" Li Yundong snorted. "How stupid are you?"
up!! That stab wasn't meant to kill. She'll give me the money once she
experiences a little pain!"
Yundong rolled his eyes. What kind of stupid logic was that?
is over." Li Yundong took a step
towards Wang Yong. "You're gonna come with me now. I will hand you over to
the security guards and they are gonna escort you downstairs. Don't try
anything funny, or I swear to God I'll break your legs."
Yong started to back away. At the same time, he was reaching for something
inside his trench coat's pocket. A moment later, he pulled out a palm-sized
dozen of alarm bells rang inside Li Yundong's head. "Hey! What's that in
your hand! I said no funny business!"
of a sudden, Wang Yong dropped the trench coat. "Give me the cash! Or
everyone here dies!"
the first time since the whole mess began, Li Yundong saw Wang Yong as real
bastard was wearing a suicide vest.
Yundong stared at the cylindrical object in Wang Yong's hand, which he now knew
was the suicide vest's detonator.
so smug now, huh? Punk?"
Yundong tore his eyes away from the detonator and studied Wang Yong's face.
"Who put you up to this? A debt collector with a suicide vest? Come
Yundong clenched his jaw. Was it He Shao again? Or was it Zhou Qin's father?
Yong sneered and kept backing away until his back hit door. "It doesn't
matter. Either I get the money, or I die." Wang Yong pushed the door a few
times. It was locked. "Damn it!" Wang Yong pounded the door with his
fist. "Who has the keycard!"
Keycard? Li Yundong's glanced
around until he saw a tiny scanner attached beside the door.
gonna ask one last time... Who. Has. A. Keycard! Step out now, or I'll blow up
this goddamn floor!"
washed over the crowd. Seconds later, a man stepped out. "H- Here... I
have the c- card..."
Stop moving! Throw the card towards me!" Wang Yong held out his hand.
Suddenly, he was looking towards the hallway. "Hey! Stay where you are!
Nobody runs unless you want to get blown into pieces!" Wang Yong
brandished the detonator in the air.
Yundong glanced towards the hallway. Those in the hallway had been jostling
their way towards the elevator before Wang Yong's warning, no doubt trying to
sneak away. But at Wang Yong's warning, they all stopped moving. Li Yundong
returned his gaze to Wang Yong, who was now picking up the keycard from the
was a loud beep followed by a green flash on the scanner. Wang Yong pushed the
door open with his back and slowly backed his way into the office. Shrieks and
yells sounded from inside. "Silence! Gather around over there! And sit
later, Wang Yong emerged from the office. "Cao Kefei!! Get your ass over
Yundong turned around. President Cao was sitting on the floor. She looked
dangerously pale and she was holding her chest with both hands. President Yin
suddenly bent down and whispered something into her ear. After that, President
Cao stood up on shaky legs.
Yundong shook his head and refocused his attention on Wang Yong. There was only
one way out of this situation—he needed to get his hands on that detonator. But
crowd stirred as President Cao and President Yin made their way towards the
door. Wang Yong was watching the two women's approach with murderous eyes. C'mon Li Yundong. Think. How can I get the
What if he didn't try to take it from him, but force him to drop it instead?
tiny smirk tugged at Li Yundong's lips. He reached into his pocket and took out
a coin, then held it inside his palm. When President Yin was walking past him,
he whispered, "Stick close to him. And stay on his right side. When he
drops the detonator later, kick it away."
Yin stiffened for a moment, and then walked on ahead. Wang Yong opened the door
wider. "Get in! And shut the door after you!" he yelled, then slipped
back into the office. President Yin paused at the door and gave Li Yundong a
fearful glance. Remember what I told you,
stay on his right side, he mouthed the words to her. She nodded and entered
later, the door closed with a loud bang. Li Yundong turned to the crowd.
"Another keycard," he said, glancing around. "Quickly!"
girl stepped forward. "Here. Take mine."
Yundong took the card and turned to the rest of the crowd. "The rest of
you should get outta here. And tell the security guards to evacuate the
the crowd began to move, Li Yundong turned around and walked towards the door.
Su Chan once told him that the Renyuan Jindan had enhanced his reflexes and
hand-eye coordination to superhuman levels.
was time to put that claim to the test.
Yundong shut the door as quietly as possible. A group of women huddled together
near a desk. Wang Yong and the two presidents were nowhere to be seen. Li
Yundong crept towards the women first. There were seven of them in total, all
of whom shot fearful glances at him when they saw him approach. Li Yundong lifted
a hand to calm them down.
Li Yundong whispered.
President Cao's o-office..." a girl with a pony-tail answered. "Who
a new employee," Li Yundong said. "And I'm here to help."
But how?" another woman with short hair asked.
Yundong thought for a moment. This wasn't what he had originally planned, but
he had to improvise. He turned to Miss Ponytail. "Can you take me to her
Ponytail nodded, then moved to stand up.
wait. I changed my mind" Li Yundong said, pulling her back down. Then, he
turned to face the other six women. "Do you girls know what's going on
guy has a bomb..." Miss Ponytail said.
of the women burst into tears.
Yundong held up his hand. "Girls, calm down. I've got a plan. But I might
need your help."
girls looked at each other fearfully.
What can we do?" Miss Ponytail asked.
Here's the thing." Li Yundong looked pointedly at Miss Ponytail.
"Yes, you're right, the guy has a bomb. And he's got a detonator in his
right hand." Li Yundong looked at all seven women again. "The
detonator looks like a cylinder with a red button on top. Do you follow me so
the women nodded, Li Yundong continued, "Alright. Tell me about office. Is
Ponytail nodded. "Very."
there a way for me to sneak in quietly?"
Yeah, I think so. It's pretty big, and it's got an L-shape floor plan. The door
leads into the shorter leg of the L-shape, and the desk occupies the end of the
else? Furniture? Balconies?" Li Yundong asked.
Ponytail nodded. "A sofa set. Oh, and a coffee table. All those are set up
at the bend of the L-shape. And then there's a balcony beside the long end of
So if I walk through the door, I'll see the sofa set straightaway. And then if
I take a left turn at the corner, I'll see the desk at the end?"
that will do," Li Yundong said with a nod, then rose to his feet.
what's the plan?" Miss Ponytail asked.
a sec, okay?" Li Yundong walked to a random desk and poked around it for a
while. He needed something larger and heavier than a coin. He took a stapler
from one of the drawers and then walked back to the girls.
listen up. Here's the plan..."
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Thank God the bastard didn't lock the
Yundong thought as he slowly opened the door of President Cao's office. Once
there was a large enough gap, he poked his head into the office.
Ponytail—was accurate in her description. The sofa set and the coffee table were
the first thing he saw. Wang Yong and the two presidents were nowhere to be
seen, which meant they must both be at the long end of the L-shape. Probably somewhere
at President Cao's desk...
turned back around to face the girls. "Okay... Remember the plan?"
The girls gave
him grim nods.
you do, do not touch the red button.
And make sure you spread out to cover more area. That will increase the chances
of one of you grabbing it."
Yundong opened the door wider and went into the office first. The girls went in
one by one after him. The floor inside the office was carpeted, so he didn't
have to worry about the clicking of the girls' heels. President Cao probably
preferred a quiet environment. Li Yundong walked in front and stopped at the
bend of the L-shape. Peeking out from the corner, he saw Wang Yong standing in front
of a huge executive desk, on top of which lay a black duffel bag. The bag was
filled with cash and Wang Yong was counting the cash with his left hand. His
right hand hung at his side with the detonator tightly clutched in it. True to
her promise, President Yin stood on Wang Yong's right side. Where's President
Cao...? President Cao was sitting behind the desk, so she was partially blocked
from view by Wang Yong's body.
clutched the stapler tighter and turned back around. Xiao Zhang and the other
six girls were all looking at him expectantly, waiting for his instructions.
waved them over, then pointed at sofa set. "Three of you hide behind the
long sofa," Li Yundong whispered. "The rest of you be on
peeked around the wall again to make sure that Wang Yong's back was still to
them. Then, he turned back around to give the girls the go-ahead. Xiao Zhang
and two other girls sneaked out and hid behind the long sofa. "You guys
are the backup, got it?" Li Yundong whispered to the rest of the girls.
"Just grab the damn thing if it's close to you."
stepped quietly around the corner and slinked over towards the cabinet lining
one side of the office. The cabinet should provide him enough cover if Wang
Yong suddenly turned around to look over his shoulder. President Yin had
already spotted him, but she didn't do anything to give his presence away. From
the cabinet, Li Yundong glanced towards the sofa and saw no signs of the girls,
which meant that they were all well-concealed. Li Yundong peeked out from the
edge of the cabinet and dropped into a crouch. He tested the weight of the
stapler in his palm, and then mobilized his Qi to his right arm.
activated his telescopic vision and zoomed in on the back of Wang Yong's right
elbow. The ulnar nerve. Hitting that spot would cause Wang Yong to loosen his
grip for sure, but the problem was that it was a difficult target to hit.
Should he go for a simpler target such as the head, or the back? Or should he
trust Su Chan's claim that the Renyuan Jindan had enhanced his hand-eye
coordination and reflexes? In the end, he decided to stick with the original
plan to go for the ulnar nerve. Calmness washed over Li Yundong. You can do this...
Xianjue and predicted 5 seconds into the future just to make sure that Wang
Yong didn't make any unexpected movements. A second later, Li Yundong cocked
his hand back and hurled the stapler at Wang Yong.
There was a
dropped to the floor. President Yin reacted instantly and kicked the detonator,
causing it to roll towards the sofa set. All seven girls ran out from their
hiding places and scrambled for the detonator. Wang Yong ran after the
detonator too, but he was too late. One of the girls had gotten to it first.
Wang Yong lunged for the girl with the detonator, but Li Yundong was quicker;
he pounced and grabbed Wang Yong by the throat with one hand. "Secure the
detonator!" Li Yundong yelled as he dragged Wang Yong towards the balcony.
Li Yundong crossed
the balcony's threshold and headed for the railing. The railing trembled when
Li Yundong slammed Wang Yong's back against it.
move!!" Li Yundong growled. Then, he began to rip the vest off Wang Yong's
body, taking extra care not to touch any of the explosives attached to it.
Seconds later, the vest was off. Li Yundong shoved Wang Yong aside and stepped
towards the railing. He had to dispose of the vest just to be safe. Leaning
against the railing, Li Yundong scanned the ground floor desperately. Where... where... where...
He spotted the
company's swimming pool on the ground floor. The swimming pool was unoccupied,
which made sense since it was still office hours. Without further ado, he flung
the vest downwards and watched it fall until he heard a loud splash. The vest
floated on the pool's surface.
turned away from the railing and glared at Wang Yong, who looked completely
crushed. "Stay there..." Li Yundong pointed a finger at him.
"I'll deal with you later."
walked back into the office. "Where's the detonator?"
One girl raised
her hand. Li Yundong nodded, then turned towards President Yin. "I've
dropped the bomb into the swimming pool downstairs. The pool is unoccupied and
the water might soften the blast if the bomb goes off."
sighed in relief, then nodded. "Good work."
was a commotion at the door. Seconds later, Shen Hui and several uniformed
security guards appeared inside the office.
God, couz!" Shen Hui's shrill voice rang out. "What happened?"
waved her off. "It's all over now." President Yin shot Li Yundong a
glance. Was there a hint of awe in her eyes? Before Li Yundong could read any
further into it, he was interrupted by a series of gasps and shrieks.
God! What is he doing!" Xiao Zhang shouted, pointing towards the balcony.
whipped his head around. "Son of a bitch!" he yelled, his legs
Wang Yong was
now sitting astride the railing, looking down towards the ground floor. Li
Yundong charged towards the balcony. But by the time Li Yundong cleared the
balcony's threshold, Wang Yong's body was slowly tipping over the railing.
Knowing that he only had a split second to act, Li Yundong did the first thing
that came to mind.
Chapter 115 Dr. Pervert
erupted behind Li Yundong the moment his body flew over the railing. Instincts
took over. He reached down as far as he could and wrapped his fingers around
Wang Yong's ankle. Then, with his other hand, Li Yundong grabbed the bottom
edge of the railing to stop their fall. Next thing he knew, he was dangling
nine floors above ground while supporting the weight of an obese man.
Sometimes, Li Yundong wondered if he was a masochist.
sounded above him. "Hey! Li Yundong!" Li Yundong glanced up. A moment
later, President Yin's head appeared above the railing. Even from his position,
Li Yundong could see the relief on her face when she spotted him.
thank God..." President Yin sagged against the railing.
later, a few of her security personnel poked their heads out too.
in there kid! We're gonna get you some help!"
Li Yundong hollered back. "Let me handle this for now! I'll let you know
if I need any help! "
else had to risk their lives.
Yundong glanced downwards. Wang Yong was trembling in fear. Ha. Maybe the
bastard wasn't that eager to die after all. Still, now he had to figure out a
way to deal with this. Li Yundong shut his eyes. Okay, what now? A few options came to mind. The most obvious
solution was to drop the guy onto the balcony on a lower floor. "Hey! Wang
Yong! Look down! Do you see any balconies?"
only answer he got was a whimper. Li Yundong muttered a curse. This was
starting to piss him off. Mostly he was mad at himself for being stupid enough
to risk his life to save this piece of trash who had just threatened to blow
everyone to kingdom come. What the hell
was I thinking? Right. Of course. He wasn't thinking. He just reacted.
Yundong glanced down and activated Mingmu's telescopic vision. Indeed, there
was a balcony on the 8th floor. There was, however, one major problem. He
wasn't sure if he could make the drop safely. It was too risky—the 8th floor's
balcony didn't extend beyond the 9th floor, so if he let go, Wang Yong would
just fall vertically downwards. Wang Yong would most likely fall past the
balcony instead of onto it.
What if I just drop him into the
swimming pool? But the swimming pool wasn't within Wang Yong's vertical
falling path too, so Li Yundong would have to swing Wang Yong in mid-air to
create a trajectory that would—hopefully—get Wang Yong into the pool. And it
certainly didn't help that: A) Li Yundong was dangling in mid-air; and B ) Wang
Yong was fat.
the second idea was a no-go as well. Hey
wait a minute... I don't even need a swimming pool…
middle-aged man poked his head over the railing. "Yeah? What can we do, kid?"
The guy sounded a bit anxious.
long do you think it'll take to set up an air mattress on the ground
look of recognition formed on security guy's face. "A Rescue Air
Cushion?" He paused in thought. "It probably won't take long to set
it up. Maybe a minute or two to fully inflate it? I don't know. But we'll have
to call the firefighters to get one of those. And how long the firefighters
might take to get here is another story. Can you hold on that long?"
probably could, but that wasn't the problem. The real problem was whether Wang
Yong could even last until the firefighters got here? Li Yundong might not
possess any medical knowledge worth a damn, but he still had a bit of common
sense. Hanging upside down for long periods of time can't be good—what with the
blood rush to the head and all.
had to be another way.
he should just let go and then do the same thing he did to save Ding Nan the
other day. He could carry Wang Yong as they fell and then land on his feet. But
sadly, that solution had its own set of problems—this time, he wouldn't be
holding on to a slender woman as he fell. Shit. Were his arms even long enough
to circle Wang Yong's wide girth? What if he lost his grip on Wang Yong while
they were falling?
Why did he keep putting himself in these situations? Because you're a masochistic idiot with a hero complex, that's why,
a not-very-helpful voice inside Li Yundong's head added.
Yundong let out a frustrated growl. You
know what? F*ck this shit. He glanced up at the railing again. "Hey!
Sir!" He waited until the security guy poked his head out again.
security guy seemed perplexed by that request. "What?"
the balcony! Get everyone away from the balcony!"
security guy stared at Li Yundong like he was nuts. Li Yundong sighed.
"Just do it. I know what I'm doing..."
security guy nodded. "Sure."
Let me know when the balcony's clear."
guy disappeared. Suddenly, Li Yundong felt the load in his arm twitching. Wang
Yong was weeping. Li Yundong rolled his eyes. "Tsk! Pull yourself
together, man!" Li Yundong said. "Nobody's gonna die today!" Not on my watch... he added silently.
Make sure everyone stays inside! Do not
come out until I say so!" Li Yundong hollered back.
Wang Yong!" Li Yundong shook Wang Yong's ankle harshly. Wang Yong
man," Li Yundong said. "I don't know what drove you to become the
suicidal maniac you are. Maybe something happened to you. Maybe shit happened
in your life, and everything sucks. But I'm gonna tell you this. Life is precious. If you wanna risk your life, make
sure that it's for a worthy cause. Don't just throw your life away for nothing.
Today, you've got a second chance, because I'm gonna save your ass. And you are gonna do time and pay for your
crimes. Hopefully you can get your shit together by the time you get out of
jail. Oh, and make sure you grab onto something if I miss."
got another whimper in response. Li Yundong snorted. Right. Guess he better not
difference was immense. He felt a surge of strength in his right arm like never
before. He tightened his grip on Wang Yong's ankle and looked above him. The
railing itself was slightly more than a meter tall, so there wasn't that much
vertical height to clear. The trick, though, was when to release Wang Yong's ankle: too soon, and Wang Yong would
fly away from the balcony instead of onto it; too late, and Wang Yong would
smash right into the railing.
Yundong swung his right arm a little to get a little bit of momentum going.
With a grunt, he swung his arm upwards and released Wang Yong's ankle when his
arm was at the 2 o'clock position. There was a scream followed by a loud thud
seconds later. The railing tremored in his grip, and he sighed in relief. He
did it. He made the toss.
back up over the railing posed no challenge at all—it only took him seconds.
When he landed on the balcony, everyone inside President Cao's office staring
at him in utter disbelief. Weird was the new normal. He'd gotten used to
receiving these looks by now. He walked over towards Wang Yong, who was now a
heap of whimpering mess on the floor. He crouched down and patted Wang Yong's
cheek a few times. "Hey! Breathe, man. You're fine now." When Wang
Yong didn't react, Li Yundong jabbed a finger to his Renzhong—an acupoint
between the nose and the upper lip. Wang Yong gasped and started gulping for
air. Li Yundong rose to his full height and then stared down at Wang Yong.
"This is your second chance. So I hope you get your shit together from now
on. And don't worry. I don't think those guys can kill you once you're in
balcony's sliding door slid open. The middle-aged security guy and his team
stepped out. Li Yundong walked over and patted the middle-aged man on the
shoulder. "Well. I'll leave him to you guys now," Li Yundong said,
gesturing at Wang Yong.
man nodded. "We'll take care of it." He paused, then looked at Li
Yundong with awe. "Holy sh*t, young man... What you did just now... Holy
sh*t..." Suddenly, the man's eyes widened as if a thought had just occurred
to him. "Do you have military background?"
Yundong chuckled and shook his head. "No, sir. I'm not a soldier." Never was, and never will be.
middle-aged man gave a few hand gestures to his team. His men nodded and walked
over to Wang Yong. He turned back to Li Yundong. "But how? The stuff you
did just now... They're mind-blowing..."
Yundong shrugged. "Well. Maybe I'm just a guy who likes Bruce Lee
man snorted at gave him a skeptical look. "Ha. Ha. Ha. Very funny."
There was a brief pause as they both watched Wang Yong being hoisted up by two
guys and then dragged away from the balcony.
um, listen," the middle-aged man said with a low voice. "If you want a
job here, I can put in a good word for you with President Yin."
Yundong stared at the man for a moment, then smiled. "That's very kind of
you to offer. I'll leave the decision up to President Yin." Li Yundong patted
the man on the shoulder twice, then walked back into President Cao's office.
the office, he noticed that President Yin had just gotten off the phone and was
heading towards him.
she greeted. "Are you alright?"
Yundong rotated his arms a few times and shrugged. "A little tired I
guess? But I'm fine."
Yin studied him for a moment. "Good. Well, the police have recovered the
suicide vest from the pool. They have to take it apart before they can figure
out the estimated blast radius." President Yin held Li Yundong's gaze.
"You've done a great job today. Thank you."
was a loud snort. Li Yundong glanced sideways and saw Shen Hui glaring at him.
He sighed and turned back to President Yin.
welcome. It's not like I can just stand by and let everyone here die, you know?"
Li Yundong paused for a while, then lowered his voice. "Listen. About your
cousin. It really was just a misunderstanding. I swear to God, I wasn't trying
Yin raised a palm. There was a look of amusement in her eyes. "I get it.
She's a little… spoiled. Don't mind her."
Yundong sighed in relief. Good then. He really wasn't looking forward to spending
a few nights down at the police station for a crime that he didn't even commit.
regarding your employment…" President Yin said.
Yundong cleared his throat. "I have to be honest here," he said
sheepishly. "I know next to nothing about real-estate, sales, and finance.
Well, like I said, I know a bit of martial arts and I have good reflexes and
stuff." Li Yundong rubbed the back of his neck. "I suppose you can
call me all brawns and no brains…"
Yin opened her mouth to reply but was interrupted by a strangled moan. A loud
crash followed suit.
Yin was already moving towards President Cao's desk before Li Yundong could
figure out what was wrong.
my God, Kefei!!"
Cao was lying on the floor with both hands clutching her chest. Her face was
twisted in pain and she was gasping for air.
Yundong was beside President Yin in an instant. "What's going on?" he
asked, kneeling down beside President Cao's body.
of answering, President Yin turned around and yelled over her back. "Somebody
call an ambulance! President Cao's having a heart attack!"
Yundong's gaze instantly went to President Cao. "Shit…"
Cao clawed at her throat. Li Yundong quickly pried her hands away from her
throat; those long nails could draw blood.
in there, Ma'am," Li Yundong said. "Just hang in there, okay? Help is
Yin kept barking out orders. "Xiao Zhang! Xiao Zhang! Where's Xiao Zhang!"
sounded nearby. A few seconds later, Xiao Zhang appeared.
meds!" President Yin yelled, her voice colored with desperation. "Do
you know where she keeps her meds?"
Zhang turned around and pulled out one of the drawers of President Cao's huge
desk. She rummaged through the drawer for a while.
on, Xiao Zhang! The meds! Hurry up!"
trying, President Yin! But I can't find them! I swear this is where she keeps
them!" Xiao Zhang pulled out all the other drawers and rummaged through
them as well.
Yin got on her feet and ran towards the desk. "You search the left
drawers! I'll take the ones on the right!"
Yin stopped at the desk and turned to the others in the room. "Hey! What
are you guys standing around for! Help me look for her medication! Go through
that cabinet over there!"
Yundong ignored the sounds of feet shuffling and hurried whispers. Instead, he focused
his attention on President Cao.
of a sudden, President Cao stopped gasping. At first, Li Yundong thought that
maybe the heart attack had stopped, but his blood ran cold a moment later—he
could no longer hear President Cao's heartbeat with Eryue.
Yin… I think her heart just stopped," Li Yundong said grimly.
Yin looked up sharply from the drawers she'd been going through.
no, no, no…" President Yin scrambled towards him and kneeled down.
"She's not breathing either. Damn it! We need to start CPR."
President Yin unbuttoned President Cao's blouse, then began a series of chest
Yundong stood up to give President Yin more space to work. He glanced around
and saw Shen Hui and other female employees standing there watching the scene.
ambulance is on the way!" the security guy yelled from the balcony.
"ETA 15 minutes."
they even have 15 minutes to spare?
Li Yundong glanced down at President Yin who was still pumping President Cao's
on, come on, come on…" President Yin muttered. "Don't do this to me,
Kefei… Don't you dare do this to me…"
later, President Yin stopped the compressions and bent down to breathe into
President Cao's mouth.
up! Damn it! Wake up!" President Yin was in tears. "Come on!"
She began another round of chest compressions.
Cao lips had turned slightly purple. Li Yundong knew right then that he had to
do something. He couldn't just watch this woman die.
President Yin's pressing movements were starting to slow down. "Please…
Yundong crouched down and put his hand on President Yin's shoulder. "Let
me try," he said.
Yin looked up at him in surprise.
can do it." Li Yundong gave her a reassuring nod. "I can save
Yin stopped pressing and stepped aside.
Yundong stared down at President Cao's unconscious form. What he was about to
do might very well expose his status as a Cultivator or—heavens forbid—reveal
something about the Renyuan Jindan inside him. Heck, he honestly wouldn't be
surprised if Lin Youfa suddenly showed up to challenge him again after this.
But still, he had to do the right thing.
Yundong looked towards President Yin. "Alright. Now listen to me
her into a meditative posture," Li Yundong said. "And help me keep
her body upright."
Yin quickly did as she was told without arguing. During the performance night, John
had gone into cardiac arrest as well after he got hit in the chest by the shockwaves
generated by Li Yundong's punch. Back then, Li Yundong had resuscitated him
using the Three-Pronged Flower Gathering technique.
Cao was currently in cardiac arrest as well.
would work. It must work.
Yundong rose to his feet and walked around to stand behind President Cao.
mean hold her up like this, right?" President Yin asked, looking towards
him. President Yin's composed, take-charge attitude was now back. "I hope
you know what you're doing, Li Yundong."
Yundong nodded. "Now make sure you don't move her—"
was interrupted by Shen Hui's voice. "I suggest you leave it alone, pal.
If you do nothing, none of this will be your fault. But if anything goes wrong
and something happens to President Cao, it will all be on you."
Hui!" President Yin said, sounding completely affronted.
erupted inside Li Yundong like a volcano. "You heartless and selfish
bitch!" His voice boomed, resounding through the huge office. He glared at
Shen Hui, whose face had suddenly gone pale. "This is a person! Your
cousin's friend! And you're telling me that you're more concerned about politics than her life!"
Hui's face contorted. Seconds later, she started bawling.
Yundong sneered. "Yeah. Cry. Go home and cry to your parents. I'm sure
they are so damn proud of the
heartless creature they've raised. Get out of my sight. You disgust me."
Hui turned around and ran, her wails following her all the way to the door.
Yundong turned back around and saw President Yin staring up at him in shock. Li
Yundong shook his head and got into position again. They didn't have much time
her still!" Li Yundong snapped, then glanced around the room. "Do not
interrupt me, you understand? Don't speak. Don't yell. Don't touch. Don't do
anything until I'm done."
Yundong positioned his fingers on President Cao's Baihui, Shenting, and
Taiyang—the standard finger positioning for the Three-Pronged Flower Gathering
technique. He closed his eyes and took a deep breath. The first step involved
gathering his Yuanyang at his fingertips, which took him mere seconds to complete.
came the hard part. He had to slowly channel his Yuanyang into President Cao's
body and then use it to draw out President Cao's Qi. This was, of course,
another application of the Yin-Yang Principle that Su Chan had so often
expounded—using a man's Yang Qi to draw out a woman's Yin Qi or vice versa.
after Li Yundong's Yuanyang had entered President Cao's body, he ran into
another problem: he couldn't get her Yin Qi to come out.
Yundong was stumped. From what he understood from Su Chan's lessons, it was
supposed to be easier for Li Yundong to
mobilize President Cao's Qi with the Three-Pronged Flower Gathering technique
as opposed to mobilizing John's Qi because President Cao was a woman and her Qi
was Yin in nature. Due to the inherent attraction between Yin and Yang, it is
always easier to guide the movement of Yin Qi using Yang Qi or vice versa. When
Li Yundong resuscitated John that day, he had had to force John's Yang Qi to
of desperation, Li Yundong circled his Yuanyang around President Cao's five
Zangs, hoping to draw out the Qi of her five Zangs. After a moment, he got nothing.
He couldn't even draw out the Qis of her five Zangs. What the hell was going on
Okay… Last resort.
hadn't planned to do this, but now it seemed like he had no other choice. Li
Yundong had asked Su Chan why he had this orgasmic feeling when she gave him
the massage inside the lecture hall the other day. Su Chan had told him that it
was because his Huiyin—an acupoint between the anus and the scrotum/vulva—was
stimulated during the massage. That was when he learned that concealed within
the Huiyin was the purest form of Qi inside a person body.
the problem was, if he tried that on President Cao…
Not only was he risking the exposure of his status as a Cultivator, but he
might get arrested as well. Imagine the headline: Guy Brought Woman to an Orgasm
by Touching Her Head. Nobody would buy that BS.
it. He had to try. At least President Cao wouldn't be dead if it worked. Perhaps
he would be pardoned from these alleged sexual assault charges for the crucial
role he had played in saving a woman's life?
Argh. To hell with it…
Yundong moved his Yuanyang down towards President Cao's Huiyin. A moment later,
he felt it—President Cao's pure Yin Qi was drawn out. It worked. Now he just
had to guide the flow of her Qi in Xiao Zhoutian's circuit. Once her Qi started
to move, her blood would start to circulate and hopefully generate enough blood
pressure to forcefully contract her cardiac muscles.
the fifth Xiao Zhoutian circuit, Li Yundong could feel the heat emanating from
President Cao's head. Good. She was wearing the Crown of Three Flowers now. It
was working well so far. After a few more Xiao Zhoutian circuits, he could feel
the trembles and shudders in President Cao's body. Despite Li Yundong's earlier
request for silence, he could hear the sound of cheers and cries of relief all
around him. Did it work? Was President Cao breathing again? Had President Cao's
heart been jump-started?
must have. Why would everyone be cheering if it hadn't?
final step was to return the purest form of President Cao's Qi back to her
Huiyin, which meant stimulating her Huiyin again.
later, he heard the unmistakable sound of a moan, a feminine moan that could
only be heard during the horizontal tango.
Cao just had an orgasm.
Cao Kefei could
feel herself drifting in and out of consciousness, like she was in some kind of
strange limbo, teetering between existence and non-existence. The pain and
tightness in her chest were now gone. Not only that, but she also felt
strangely good. Her cheeks felt warm, and there was something solid and strong
supporting her back. Am I dead?
her eyes when she opened them. She blinked, and eventually, Mengfan's worried expression
came into view. Oh, so I'm not dead yet…
Cao Kefei shook her head until the ringing in her ears subsided.
Kefei?" Mengfan said. "Are you still in pain?"
coughed a few times. Her throat felt a little dry, like she'd been screaming for
a long time. Someone patted her back. Cao Kefei found herself leaning into the
Mengfan?" Cao Kefei said, clearing her throat again. "What
scared the crap out of me is what happened," Mengfan said. "You had a
heart attack and we couldn't find your meds."
That's because I don't have any left. She'd stopped refilling her
meds ever since her doctor told her she could stop taking them.
Cao Kefei said. "And then?"
suddenly blushing like a school girl. "A-And then… h-he…" Mengfan
cleared her throat. "Li Yundong resuscitated you. He saved your
at something behind and above Cao Kefei's head. Cao Kefei turned and realized
that she'd been leaning against Li Yundong's thighs all this time.
you," Cao Kefei said with a smile, which turned into a frown a second
later when Li Yundong refused to meet her eyes. He was also blushing heavily. Seconds
later, she realized that he wasn't the only one blushing—everyone in her office
was blushing and giving her strange looks. A few men were even leering at her.
Mengfan…" Cao Kefei said, dropping her voice into a whisper. "What's
going on? Why is everyone looking at me like that…?"
would blush when someone just had a heart attack?
Cao Kefei nudged her friend when she didn't answer right away.
You had… You had an orgasm."
A what?! Cao
Kefei gasped. Good God! Was Mengfan trying
to give her another heart attack? Cao Kefei could feel her cheeks burning. She
shot Mengfan a pleading look. Please…Please
tell me it's a joke…
discomfort, Mengfan quickly took charge. "Alright, everyone! President Cao
is okay now! So get back to work! Xiao Zhang!"
to the security booth and get an update from the head of security. I wanna know
the perp's deal."
Li!" Mengfan said. "Make sure everyone gets back to work. I don't
want anybody slacking off!"
A second later,
Mengfan was right beside Cao Kefei again. "Hey. Are you feeling okay? Do
you need to go to the hospital? There's an ambulance on the way."
exhaled and felt around her chest for a while. When she realized that her
blouse was unbuttoned, she blushed again. But other than her mortification and a
wounded pride, she felt surprisingly well. It was strange.
Cao Kefei shook
her head. "I don't know how to explain it, but I feel fine right now. Just
tired." She stole a glance at Li Yundong who was still standing behind
her. What on earth did he do to me? An orgasm? How the hell did that happen? Oh God, don't tell me he had sex with me in
front of everyone?! Cao Kefei quickly glanced down at her legs and was
relieved to find that her skirt was still in place.
groaned into her hands. "Ugh… I think I need to lie down."
her shoulder. "Come on. Let's get you settled on the sofa." Mengfan rose
to her feet. "Can you stand?"
nodded. "I think so."
"Help me lift
her up?" Mengfan said to Li Yundong.
A second later,
Cao Kefei felt an upward force under her armpits. Before she knew it, she was
up on her feet and Mengfan was there supporting her on her left side. Li
Yundong walked around from behind her and grabbed her right arm.
Once they got
her settled on the couch, Li Yundong left the office for a moment and then
returned with a glass of water.
President Cao," he said.
Cao Kefei took
the glass gratefully. "Thank you…"
nodded casually, but President Cao stared at him intently.
for the water, but for saving my life as well." And, apparently, for giving me an orgasm.
smiled. "No thanks necessary, Ma'am." Then, he turned towards
Mengfan, who'd been watching their exchange quietly. "President Yin, is
there anything else I can help you with? If not, I think I'll take my
Mengfan cleared her throat. "I mean there's nothing else for you to do
here. Thank you for everything you've done. Oh wait. Before you go, the police
want to take your statement."
nodded. "Alright then." Then, he looked at Cao Kefei. "You take
care of yourself, President Cao."
nodded weakly and stared at him until he walked out of her office.
waiting for the water to evaporate from the glass, Kefei?" Mengfan's tone
was colored in amusement.
Cao Kefei tore
her gaze away from the door and glanced at the glass she was holding. She
hadn't taken a single sip yet. She blushed and finished the water in a few
gulps. Mengfan took the empty glass from her and set it on the coffee table.
call him back here if you want…" Mengfan said teasingly.
covered her face and groaned. "Oh, God... Mengfan… Here I am, going through
perhaps the most humiliating experience in my life, and you're there making fun
into laughter. However, the laughter quickly subsided. Mengfan pried one of Cao
Kefei's hands away from her face. Cao Kefei glanced up and saw Mengfan's sober
Cao Kefei stared
at her friend for a moment. Then, she covered her face and groaned. "How
am I supposed to face everyone at work from now on?"
her hands away from her face once again. "Hey…" she said in a
soothing tone. "What's important is that you're alive, okay? I'm sure
people will forget all about your… ahem…
pretty soon. You just have to give it time."
Easy for you to say… It wasn't you who
got off right in front of everyone.
God's green earth did he do to me?" Cao Kefei said. "How did I… How
looked about as confused as Cao Kefei felt even though she had witnessed the
"I have no
idea…" Mengfan said, her eyes glazing over.
Did he touch me down there?" Cao Kefei stole a glance at Mengfan who
appeared to be deep in thought.
her head. "No, he didn't. All he did was pressed down on a few spots on
your head, like he was giving you a head massage…"
got me off by giving me a head massage? Come on! You're messing with me!"
not messing with you! That really was all he did! I swear to God!"
"But… But I've
never heard of a woman getting off just from a head massage! Is that even
"When I couldn't revive you with CPR, he told me to get you into a
meditative posture and keep your body upright. Then he started doing this weird
posture with his fingers and pressing them onto your head. Next thing I know, your
face no longer looked pale and you were breathing again. And near the end of
it, you started twitching and moaning like you were having sex."
groaned. "I can't believe this…"
that makes two of us," Mengfan muttered.
stretched between them. About a minute later, Cao Kefei stared at Mengfan with
narrowed eyes. "Spill it, Yin Mengfan. Where the hell did you find a guy
her temples and kicked off her heels. Then, she settled herself comfortably in
the sofa. "I've already told you. A friend of mine, Zhou Qin, recommended
him to me."
eyes went wide. "Zhou Qin? You mean Zhou Keqiang's daughter?"
"Mmm-hmm. The very same."
Cao Kefei pondered
her friend's words for a moment. "Zhou Qin and Li Yundong… Are they an
smirked. "Nah. I don't think they are."
glared at her friend. "Don't give me that look. I was just… curious."
widened. "Yeah. Keep telling yourself that."
up…" Cao Kefei mumbled.
you heard? Zhou Qin is engaged."
gaze snapped to Mengfan. "Seriously?"
"Yeah. She's engaged to He Shao."
curled her lips. "A political marriage. How typical."
chuckled, then nudged Cao Kefei with her feet. "So. How about it? You were
flirting with him earlier, right? Are you interested in him? Age is just a
figure, you know?"
blushed, and then shot her a glare. "Shut up! Who says I'm interested in
I suppose you won't be too disappointed to know that he's already seeing
raised her head so quickly that she might've torn a neck muscle. Mengfan—that
smug bitch—was smirking at her.
she had walked right into that one, Cao Kefei looked away. After a while,
Mengfan nudged her again.
jokes aside, are you really okay? You gave me quite the scare, you know?"
sighed and stared up at the ceiling. "I don't think I've ever felt this
glared at her friend. "Tsk! I wasn't talking about… about… that."
her mouth with a hand. "Sorry. Sorry. I just couldn't help it."
Seconds later, Mengfan cleared her throat. "Yep. Go on."
to describe… But I think I felt lighter in here." Cao Kefei rubbed her
chest with a hand. "It's like a weight has been lifted off my chest."
I thought Zhou Qin was exaggerating when she told me that he's a powerful
person." Mengfan held Cao Kefei's gaze. "She told me that he's the
closest thing to a superhero in real life. And I'm starting to believe her. The
stuff he did today was mind-blowing…"
nudged her friend. "So you gonna hire him?"
back at her as though she'd grown two heads. "You're joking right? Of
course I'm gonna hire him! I'd be an idiot to throw away a talent like him."
thought I could snag him up for myself if you aren't hiring him."
wish." Mengfan snorted. "With Li Yundong as my employee, I don't
think I even need a security team."
her a sidelong glance, then narrowed her eyes. "What? What are you planning?"
my company has been running into a lot of trouble lately, right?" Cao
Kefei smiled fawningly. "Why don't you let me borrow him for a few
narrowed to slits.
Won't you help out a friend in need?"
suddenly smirked. "Hmm… You see, one of my firm's commercials ran into
some problems during its screening… so…"
laughed. "Fine… Consider it done."
then, President Cao. It seems like we have a deal. Li Yundong will be your
employee for two days."
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left Kefei's office after the paramedics had checked all her vital signs and
declared that she was fully healthy. Kefei had declined the paramedics' offer
to take her to the hospital for a full checkup. Which, in hindsight, was
totally understandable. She probably wasn't in the mood to answer any questions
about how she went from being in a cardiac arrest to having a mind-blowing
How indeed. How
the heck did Li Yundong pull it off? It was like magic.
doors opened to the 19th floor, and Yin Mengfan stepped out. On the way to her
office, she stopped by her assistant's desk. Xiao Jia, who seemed a bit shaken
by the incident earlier, rose to her feet the moment she saw Yin Mengfan
are you alright?"
president. I'm fine."
Yundong finished giving his statement to the police?"
sure, president." Xiao Jia reached for her phone. "But I can check."
nodded. "Do that. And if he's done, tell him to come to my office."
entered her office and sat down behind her desk. Exhaustion washed over her. She
closed her eyes and let out a sigh. Her phone vibrated against her desk.
Someone was calling her. At first, she planned to ignore the call. But then she
changed her mind when she opened her eyes and caught a glimpse of the caller
Qin," Yin Mengfan spoke into the phone.
Mengfan. Are you free now?"
Yeah, I'm free."
There was a
Are you alright? You're not in a meeting now, are you?"
frowned and shook her head. "I'm fine. And no, I'm not in a meeting. Why
do you ask?"
a little strange. Like you were preoccupied or something."
chuckled. "That's because I was
Yin Mengfan sighed
and stared up at the ceiling. "With this powerful person you've introduced me to, of course!"
another long pause. But this time, Yin Mengfan had to check the screen to see
if the call was still connected. It was, so Yin Mengfan put the phone back to
her ear and waited for Zhou Qin to speak.
"How is Li
Yundong? Is he doing okay at your company?"
snorted, then mumbled, "To tell you the truth, I have no idea."
rambled on as though she hadn't heard her. "And I think I forgot to
mention something the other day. He's got quite a bit of a temper. But that's
just part of his personality. Please be patient with him, okay?"
laughed. "Oh, trust me, I know
about his temper."
that supposed to mean? What did he do?" There was a hint of wariness in
Zhou Qin's voice.
know Shen Hui?"
Your cousin. Shen Conghai's daughter. The daughter of the Shen family. Why?"
her head off right in front of everyone." Yin Mengfan chuckled. "Not
that she didn't deserve it, of course. But you should've seen the look on
everyone's face when Li Yundong yelled at her."
chuckles drifted from the phone. "That definitely sounds like his style. From
what I see, he tends to blow up whenever he sees injustice. Shen Hui didn't
take it well, I presume?"
rolled her eyes and snorted. "She ran away crying, of course. Typical Shen
There was a
moment of silence.
Qin… How did you come across a guy like him? He's a bit…"
sighed. "Mengfan… Something happened today, didn't it?"
Yin Mengfan waved
her hand even though Zhou Qin couldn't see it. "Yeah well. You'll know all
about it from the news tomorrow anyway. But God… Is that guy even human?"
chuckled. "I was expecting that kind of reaction to be honest. See? I told
you, didn't I? He's extraordinary."
say that again," Yin Mengfan mumbled.
he do though?" Zhou Qin's tone was colored in curiosity. "He must've done
something to give you that impression."
Where to even
begin? Tossing an obese man over his head while hanging from the edge of a balcony?
Giving a woman an orgasm with just a head massage? Talk about mind-blowing.
A knock on the
door interrupted her. "Hey, Zhou Qin. Give me a sec."
in!" Yin Mengfan hollered.
The door swung
open and Xiao Jia walked in. "Li Yundong is here as you requested,
Thanks, Xiao Jia. Send him in."
Xiao Jia turned
around and walked out. Yin Mengfan spoke into her phone. "Listen, Zhou
Qin. I gotta go. I'll talk to you soon, okay? Mmm. Bye."
she hung up, her door opened again. Li Yundong strode in confidently. He
stopped in front of her desk. "You wish to see me, President Yin?"
nodded and gestured at the chair in front of her desk. Li Yundong sat down and
waited for her to speak.
police give you a hard time?"
smiled. "Nah. I just told them the truth."
arched her brows. "And they believed you?"
turned into a smirk. "Well, there were other witnesses, so…" He
nodded. "I already gave them my statement earlier. I told them the truth
as well. I'm sure the stories will match up. Anyway. How are you?"
Just a little tired."
leaned back in her chair. "Good." Then, she stared into Li Yundong's
eyes. "You're hired."
A smile lit up
Li Yundong's handsome features. "Really?"
couldn't help but smile back. "Yes, really. Come to work tomorrow. 9 AM
sharp. Don't be late."
saluted her. "Yes, Ma'am."
chuckled and glanced at the time. "Well. It's five-thirty now. So you can
go home after this."
stood up and smiled at her brightly. "Thank you so much for giving me a
chance, President Yin."
welcome. Now off you go."
nodded and headed towards the door. Then, he paused mid-stride and turned back around.
"Umm… What is my job
specifically? And what about my work attire?"
looked up from the papers on her desk and rubbed her temples. "I've
already asked Xiao Jia to send you an email, but since you asked, I'll tell you
now. I planned to put you on my security team, but that's not what you'll be
you'll be shadowing President Cao. She has a few matters that might require
President Cao runs an entertainment company…"
Yin Mengfan nodded.
"Well, our companies are collaborating on several projects, so sharing
human resources is the norm here."
regarded her for a moment, then nodded. "Okay. But what will I be helping
President Cao with?"
shrugged. "You'll have to ask her that, I'm afraid."
then. Have a good evening, President Yin," Li Yundong said, then left the
Cao?" Li Yundong stopped short outside the building when he saw President
Cao leaning against the wall beside the door.
President Cao said, walking over. "Heading home?"
Li Yundong said. "Are you feeling better, President Cao?"
smiled. "Yes. Thanks to you."
smiled. "No thanks necessary. Well, I'm glad you're alright. I'm gonna go.
See you tomorrow…" Li Yundong smirked. "Boss."
Li Yundong brushed
past President Cao, but a hand on his forearm made him stop. "Wait!"
treat you to dinner," President Cao said. "To repay you for saving my
Li Yundong gently
freed his forearm from President Cao's grip. "I appreciate it, but that's
not necessary President Cao. I have to get home to cook dinner for my girlfriend."
A look of
surprise flashed across President Cao's countenance. However, a second later,
she was smiling again.
this," she said. "You join me for dinner, that way you can even bring
home some food for your girlfriend. My treat."
of cuisine does your girlfriend prefer? Chinese food? Western food?"
really don't have to do this President Cao…"
"Oh, but I
sighed. "Fine… I'll join you for dinner." But only because I don't wanna piss off my new boss on the first day of
Let's go then! I'll drive you!"
I borrow your phone? I have to call my girlfriend and let her know that I'll be
home a bit later."
can use my phone in the car."
Cao led him to the building's parking lot, Li Yundong wasn't at all surprised
to learn that she drove a Lamborghini. President Cao pressed a button on the fob,
and the car beeped.
Lamborghini was pulling away from the building. Li Yundong took President Cao's
phone and dialed Su Chan's number. Su Chan must've been waiting for his call
because she picked up after the first ring.
Why aren't you back home yet? It's so late already!"
laughed. "How did you even know it's me?"
"Oh yeah? Why
don't you tell me how you figured it all out then, my wise princess?"
me how these boxes work, remember? You said that each box has a unique number
sequence, and too make a call, you have to press a bunch of numbers to form the
sequence! But you and Zhou Qin are the only ones who know my number."
cracked a smile. God, it feels good to
hear her voice… "How did you know it isn't Zhou Qin?"
giggled. "Because Zhou Qin's face will show up on the box when she called.
That's what happened last time. But her face didn't show this time, so it can't
be her. Which leaves only you."
chuckled. "Okay, okay. I'm sold. My princess is clever. For that I think
you deserve a reward!"
Su Chan cheered. "What reward?"
chuckled. "Nope. Not telling ya… Did you behave yourself at home?"
didn't break the TV did you?"
I didn't, you meanie!"
smiled warmly. "Alright, then."
you be home? I miss you."
stole a glance at President Cao. Although she was keeping her eyes on the road,
he knew she was probably listening.
"I have to
join my new boss for dinner. So I'll be back a bit later, okay?" Li
Yundong paused. "Go ahead and have dinner first. I'll bring home supper
Don't take too long…"
Bye, Su Chan."
He hung up and
passed the phone to President Cao.
That's your girlfriend, huh."
sounded like you were speaking to a child."
smiled wryly. That's because she is a child… Behavior-wise at least.
pretty?" President Cao asked.
she's the most beautiful woman in the world."
They drove in
silence for the next few minutes. Eventually, curiosity won over. "Where
are you taking me?"
smirked. "Su An road."
nearly choked on his own spit. "B- But… That's Tiannan City's red-light
President Cao burst
into laughter. "Relax… There's a great Sichuan restaurant there. I hope
you can stomach spicy food?"
turned in his seat and smiled. "Spicy? I don't even know what that term
think that's enough baijiu, President Cao." Li Yundong pried the bottle
out of President Cao's hand. Somewhere between her first and second bottle,
President Cao had ditched the glass and begun drinking straight out of the
bottle. And God that woman could drink.
President Cao pointed her finger at him threateningly, though with her loopy expression,
the woman look about as menacing as Hello Kitty. She giggled, then snatched another
bottle from the table and guzzled down more baijiu.
groaned inwardly. Apparently, this was his job for the night—chaperoning his inebriated
boss. What the f*ck was wrong with this woman? Seriously? Getting her pretty ass
drunk in a red light district while in the company of a stranger? Had she no
common sense at all? Or did the heart attack mess up her brain? And she was
supposed to be the driver, for f*ck's sake! How was she supposed to drive them
back in her current state? Li Yundong blew out a breath. Great. Now he needed a drink. Li Yundong poured
some baijiu into his glass and took a swig.
Truth be told,
Li Yundong could've ditched President Cao and went on his way a long time ago.
But then he couldn't bring himself to do it. He might have a temper and might
be a bit impatient at times, but he was never cruel—he didn't have the heart to
leave a completely defenseless President Cao to fend for herself in this
dreadful place; he might as well just throw her to a pack of hungry wolves if
he did. Case in point: President Cao had been receiving countless lecherous
looks ever since they got out of the Lamborghini.
The waiter appeared
beside their table with a bag of takeout boxes. Li Yundong had ordered some of
the things that he thought Su Chan might enjoy for supper. And to be honest, he
felt a little guilty for leaving his princess alone at home for so long. He
figured he could make it up to her with food. Maybe he should stop by McDonald's
on the way home and grab a few ice-cream cones too.
slammed the bottle down on the table. "Hey… you!" she slurred,
pointing at the waiter. "Another… boddle of… of… fffff…."
bottle of baijiu, miss?"
Shoo! Shoo!" She waved at the waiter, then slumped onto the table,
knocking over an empty glass with her forehead.
Li Yundong righted
the glass with one hand and grabbed the waiter's arm with the other. He gave the
waiter a headshake. "She's had enough," he whispered. "Can I
have the check please?"
been taken care of, sir," the waiter answered politely. "Miss Cao told
us to charge everything to her credit card."
sighed inwardly. Good. Because the only thing he could afford at this point was
a couple of cab rides. God, he couldn't wait for the day he got his first
paycheck. The waiter left their table after Li Yundong thanked him. Li Yundong
stood up and grabbed President Cao's handbag from her seat. He took out her
phone, unlocked it, and then scrolled through her contact list.
"Yin Mengfan" on the screen and placed the phone to his ear. Come on, come on… pick up… The call went
to voice mail. Li Yundong lowered the phone and sighed. A moment later, he
While the call
rang, Li Yundong began to wonder who he should call if President Yin didn't
pick up. Should he call Zhou Qin again? Damn.
up, my favorite bitch? Your heart isn't acting up again, is it?" President
Yin's voice drifted into his ear. Li Yundong sighed in relief.
President Yin, this is Li Yundong."
Yundong?! What the hell? Why do you have President Cao's phone? Did something
It's a long story. But President Cao is drunk right now. Can you come pick us
There was some
kind of background noise—papers being shuffled. President Yin was probably
packing up her stuff.
"At this restaurant
called Spicy Memory…"
There was a
brief pause. Everything was silent on President Yin's end. Even the background
noise had stopped.
minute… Isn't that…" President Yin muttered a curse. "God, that idiot! What the hell is she doing in Su
An street?! And after she'd just recovered from a heart attack? Geez. What the
hell was she thinking?"
chuckled wryly. Beats the shit out of me too,
President Yin drew out the word, her tone laced with suspicion. "Why on
earth are you with her? Are you two alone?"
sighed. "Like I said, it's a long story. But she's totally conked out
right now. How fast can you get here?"
maybe twenty minutes?"
then. I'll stay and keep an eye on her."
God's sake keep the bottle away from her," President Yin said sternly.
"She's an alcoholic."
Right. Now that made a shit ton sense.
then," Li Yundong said. "I think I'll let her sleep for now. She
wouldn't be tempted to drink again if she's asleep. Can you send a text to her
phone when you're almost here? I'll wake her up then."
There was a pause. "And Li Yundong… Thank you."
The call ended
with a click. Li Yundong lowered the phone from his ear and stared at the
Yeah. His first
paycheck really couldn't come soon enough.
lifted the President Cao's phone when he heard the ping. He tapped on the notification
banner to read the text.
Almost there. Five mins.
damn time," Li Yundong muttered. He stood up and placed the phone back
into President Cao's handbag, then scanned the table and seats to make sure
that President Cao didn't have other items lying around.
Cao…" Li Yundong shook her a few times. "Wake up, President Cao. Time
to go home."
slapped his hand away. "Shuddup…"
shook her harder. He didn't even get a reaction this time. "I thought
adults are supposed to be responsible…" he muttered.
turned President Cao's face towards him, then jabbed his index finger on her
Renzhong—an acupoint between the upper lip and the nose. When she didn't react
after a few seconds, he increased the pressure of his finger. A few more
seconds passed, and President Cao suddenly sat bolt upright.
What? Who…?" She turned her head around in confusion, stopping when her
eyes landed on Li Yundong. "Oh. It's you…" President Cao smiled
brightly. "My savior…"
pushed away President Cao's attempt to hug him. "Okay… President Cao.
You're drunk. President Yin is coming to take you home, okay? Do you want some
don't want water…"
stood up and returned to his seat. "Then rest up for a while, okay?
President Yin will be here soon."
And so is your massive hangover, he added silently.
me…" President Cao said, placing her elbows on the table and her chin in
her palms. She was staring back at him with glassy eyes.
how you saved life…"
blushed and rubbed the back of his neck. "Err… It's kinda hard to
how you made me come with your fingers."
Li Yundong choked
on his on spit. Someone started coughing a few tables away. Li Yundong took his
glass and took a huge gulp of baijiu.
please keep it down," Li Yundong hissed after putting his glass down.
giggled. "Why? Don't tell me you're shy… Didn't think you'd be that shy
after what you did to me…"
Why? Why me?
sighed. "Alright, enough. You've had too much to drink…"
who's here… If it isn't President Cao of Huasheng Studios… What a
turned around at the voice. Two men were standing behind him, both of whom were
dressed in business suits. The only difference between them was that one of
them had a bald patch while the other had a full head of hair.
sat up straighter. Wariness crept into her eyes. "P- President Zhao? What
are you doing here?"
The man with
the full head of hair flicked a glance at Li Yundong, then flashed a smile at
President Cao. "I have some business to attend to," he said.
"Ah, right. Allow me introduce you to President Xie of Jiahe Timber."
The man with
the bald patch stepped forward and took President Cao's hand. "It's a
pleasure to meet you, President Cao. I've heard a lot of great things about
Li Yundong did
not miss the way both men had given President Cao's body a thorough once over.
It wouldn't take a lot of imagination to figure out what sort of "great
things" President Xie had heard about President Cao. Uh-oh… These two men smelled like trouble.
President Zhao's eyes were on Li Yundong. "And this is…?"
chuckled. "Oh. He's one of President Yin's employees that I borrowed."
nodded. "And you're here as…?"
Li Yundong's answer took President Cao by surprise.
brows drew together. He looked a little confused. Seconds later, he turned to
President Cao with a raised brow.
yeah! That's right! Well! You know about the riots and protesters right?
President Yin thought having a bodyguard is better for my personal safety.
regarded Li Yundong for a few seconds, then extended his hand. "Zhao
Yougen. President of Guotai Electonics."
shook the man's hand. "I'm Li Yundong."
ended as quickly as it began. Zhao Yougen's attention was once again on
President Cao. "So, President Cao. How about we have a couple of drinks
Uh-oh… Li Yundong rose from his seat. "I
don't think that's a good idea, sir. President Cao has had a lot to drink
frowned at him. "I asked the lady, not you."
smirked. "But it is my duty to protect her, sir." From perverts like you.
didn't look impressed. "Are you serious?" He turned to President Cao.
"Is he serious?"
seemed too stunned—and, to be honest, too inebriated—to speak.
stepped forward. "Yes, sir. I'm dead serious. Now if you'll excuse me. I
have a job to do."
Zhao Yougen opened
his mouth to say something, but he was cut off by another voice.
President Yin appeared beside their table, then sighed in relief. "Oh,
President Cao squinted her eyes in confusion. "What are you doing
to pick you up," President Yin said sternly, then turned to give each of
the two men a smile.
Zhao. President Xie. Fancy seeing you both here."
The two men
nodded. "President Yin."
smiled at President Yin. "We were just asking President Cao to join us for
drinks. Would you like to join us too President Yin?" Zhao Yougen's eyes
darted to Li Yundong briefly. "The bodyguard can join too, of
Yin was surprised that Zhao Yougen had referred to Li Yundong as President
Cao's bodyguard, she didn't show it.
Instead, a cold
look formed in President Yin's eyes. For some reason, those eyes reminded him
of Zhou Qin.
for your offer, President Zhao," she said. "But President Cao has had
enough to drink for one night, so we'll pass." Then, without waiting for
the two men to reply, President Yin turned to Li Yundong. "Carry her to my
car. I'll grab her stuff."
can walk…" President Cao argued weakly.
rolled her eyes. "Ignore her. It's much quicker if you carry her."
suppressed a smirk. "Yes, Ma'am."
Maybe there was
more to President Yin Mengfan than meets the eye.
you were there, Li Yundong," President Yin said after she had started her
car. "Zhao Yougen has been pursuing Kefei for ages now. The man doesn't
know how to take a damn hint even after the countless times Kefei has rejected
turned away from the backseat, where President Cao lay fast asleep.
held Li Yundong's gaze intently. "That man would've taken advantage of
Kefei tonight if you hadn't been there. So, thank you."
nodded. "You're welcome." Then, he smiled. "I kinda saw it as my
job already, you know?"
returned his smile. "I know. You introduced yourself as Kefei's bodyguard,
chuckled sheepishly. "Yeah. It was the first thing that came to
away from the restaurant and drove along Su An street.
and President Cao are pretty tight, huh?" Li Yundong remarked. It was
probably weird to make small-talk with his superior—even more so considering
how terrible he was at making small-talk—but he couldn't stand the silence
sighed. "Yeah. We're like sisters." She gave Li Yundong a wry smile.
"But I think you figured that out already."
nodded. "You pretty much freaked out earlier when she was dying."
They stopped at
a set of traffic lights. "Kefei… Usually, she likes to flirt around and act
promiscuous. But deep down, she's a good woman."
turned her head and regarded Li Yundong seriously. "People say that she
sleeps around, but that couldn't be further from the truth. She rejected a lot
of men who came on to her. And trust me, there were a lot of those."
turned green, and they drove off once again.
about to leave Su An street," President Yin said. "Where to?"
laughed. "As if you don't know my address already."
sure you don't want to take President Cao home first?"
snorted. "What difference does it make? Just look at her. She's pretty
much dead to the world already."
chuckled. "Good point. Hey, wait. What about President Cao's car? It's
still parked outside the restaurant."
ask a couple of my security guys to pick it up for her tomorrow."
Okay." It was a Lamborghini though. He wondered if it would still be there
to? Do you want me to take you to New Hongsheng District straightaway?"
thought for a moment. A slow smile formed on his lips. "I'd like to make a
stop first, if you don't mind."
shows were a lot more fun to watch when Yundong was around. At the moment, two
women were arguing on-screen about something. Usually, Su Chan would be all
over the place trying to figure out what they were arguing about, or what an
"alimony" means. Tonight, she just wasn't in the mood.
Su Chan grabbed
the remote from the coffee table and pressed a button on its top-left corner.
The colors disappeared from the TV's surface, leaving only darkness. The
apartment felt empty and quiet. Without Yundong, Su Chan's life felt empty.
bounced a little when Su Chan dropped it onto the couch. She stood up and grabbed
her phone from the table. Like the TV, the phone's surface was black. It didn't
glow brightly or played the weird, shamanistic music whenever someone was
calling. She hadn't gotten any calls from Yundong since the last one they
shared. Was Yundong's boss working him hard already? Was Yundong so busy that
he didn't have time to call her? Or maybe he did call and the phone was just too rude to let her know that he
leave the apartment and go look for him? Maybe fly around the city for a bit? Oh don't be silly Chan'er… The Zhengyi
School was still on the hunt for her. She had exposed herself enough already during
that fight with Lin Youfa. If the Zhengyi School got wind of where she was, if
they found her, it wasn't just her life that would be in danger. Yundong's life
would be put at risk as well. So, no. No flying.
What if she
walked? But the city was so big. Where should she even begin the search?
Yundong didn't tell her the location of his new job, so she was pretty much in
the dark. Maybe I should call Elder
Sister Zhou Qin and ask her about it…
There was a
soft rustle. Su Chan turned around and looked towards the living room's sliding
door. Must be the curtains... She
should close the sliding door. With her phone in hand, Su Chan padded towards
the sliding door and closed it. The curtains stopped moving instantly.
was a good way for her to do away
with this constant fretting. She could have Cultivated while waiting for
Yundong to come home. But then she didn't want to miss his return because she
was in a meditative state.
A soft swish
sounded behind her.
Su Chan swiveled
around with a frown. That didn't sound like the curtain at all. Did she forget
to close the sliding door in her room? Just when she was about head to her room
to check, she heard another swish above her. But when she glanced up, she saw
A sharp pain on
her back caused her to scream. Something clattered to the floor, and the living
room began to spin. A second later, her head smashed into something solid. The
coolness pressed against her right cheek made her open her eyes. Blinking a few
times, she saw her phone lying beside her face on the floor.
Her head pounded,
and she couldn't breathe. Something was inside her, squeezing the life out of
her, disrupting the flow of her Qi. Divine aura. She had just been exposed to
Have to… get my needles… Have to stay
awake… Have to hide…
She let out a
strangled gasp. "Yun…dong…"
119 The Hunter vs The Hunted
greeted Li Yundong the moment he stepped into the apartment. "Princess,
I'm home," he hollered, shutting the door behind him. He stood at the
door, waiting for an answer. There was none, only the echoes of his own voice.
He moved away
from the door and stopped beside the couch. The TV was turned off and the
remote was lying on the couch. "Princess?"
Had she gone to
bed already? Li Yundong frowned and padded into the kitchen. That made no sense;
it wasn't her bedtime yet. It was only 9 PM when President Yin dropped him off.
Li Yundong placed
the bag of takeout boxes on the dining table, then walked over to the fridge. Most
of the food in the fridge was gone, which meant that Su Chan most likely had
her dinner already. He placed the two cups of ice-cream beside the Greek yogurt
tub before shutting the fridge.
A slow smile
spread across Li Yundong's face. "Su Chan… You can come out now, you know.
I know you're trying to scare me. It won't work." His smile grew wider
when he remembered the last time she had tried to sneak up on him. They were
still staying at their old apartment back then. She tried to scare him while he
was cooking in the kitchen but got startled by him instead.
Su Chan… Enough games. Come out and eat! I've bought supper!" he yelled, fully
expecting to hear the pitter-patter of Su Chan's footsteps as soon as those
words left his mouth. Food always worked on Su Chan. Always.
Not this time,
into minutes. Still, there were no signs of his princess. A sinking sensation
formed at the pit of his stomach. Where
the hell is she? He left the kitchen and headed for her room. He knocked on
her door a few times. When he didn't get an answer, he tried the door knob and found
that the door was unlocked. Su Chan's scent assaulted his nostril the moment he
pushed the door open. He walked in and came to a halt when his eyes landed on the
empty bed. The sinking sensation grew.
Su Chan… Quit messing around!" Li Yundong yanked open her wardrobe,
half-expecting to see Su Chan pouncing on him or tackling him to the floor. However,
instead of a beautiful girl with childlike innocence, he was greeted by the
sight of dresses and blouses—an entire row of them, hung neatly on hangers.
If this was her
idea of scaring him, it was working. It was f*cking working.
He slammed the
wardrobe shut and glanced around frantically. He hurried towards the corner of
the bedroom and drew the curtains apart. Light from the city trickled in, highlighting
the evidence of Su Chan's absence: the neatly-made bed; her pajamas hanging on
the clothes rack.
He unlocked the
sliding door, then poked his out. No signs of Su Chan on the balcony either. "F*ck…
Where is she?" he muttered. He shut the sliding door, then leaned his back
against it. Maybe she's in the
The thought had
him scurrying out of the bedroom. Moments later, he stood outside the bathroom
with his heart in his throat. She'd checked both bathrooms and came up empty.
What if she left
the apartment to look for him? He ran back into the kitchen and then grabbed
his phone from the kitchen counter. With shaky hands, he switched on his phone.
The phone pinged with dozens of missed call notifications, thanks to his
"fans." He ignored the notifications and dialed Su Chan's number
instead. Horror filled his chest when Su Chan's ringtone drifted into the
kitchen. He exited the kitchen, following the sound of the ringtone.
A soft glow lit
up a corner of the living room near the curtains. No… No… F*ck… No… He bent down and picked up Su Chan's phone from
the floor. The back cover was a little loose, and there was a chip on the
have happened here. Was Su Chan attacked? He glanced around like a maniac, looking
for any signs of a struggle or forced entry. But the living room was immaculate.
Nothing seemed out of place. So why would
she drop her phone here? And where the hell is she?
Li Yundong got to
his feet and started pacing the living room. Alright man… Calm down and think… Suppose that Su Chan was indeed
attacked. And right now, he couldn't find her anywhere inside the apartment.
What did that imply? Obviously, Su Chan was no longer inside the apartment, so
either she had managed to escape from the apartment, or someone had kidnapped
her. He prayed that it was the former. He prayed and prayed as he moved past
the living room towards the front door. His throat constricted the moment he
checked the shoe rack.
Su Chan's shoe
was still there, which meant she hadn't escaped. She'd been taken. Someone came
into the apartment and took her. The intruder must have knocked her out because
there were no signs of a struggle. That must also be why Su Chan dropped her
phone. A swish sounded above him, throwing Li Yundong into high alert. He'd
heard that noise before, like someone waving a flag or a piece of cloth.
Who indeed? Lin
Youfa? Those Zhengyi wackos?
This time it came from the kitchen. Li Yundong eyed the door of the apartment. Should
he make a run for it? Okay, say he managed to get out of the apartment. And then
what? Go to the police and report Su Chan missing? That thought made him sick
to the stomach.
swish. The bathroom! Without ado, Li
Yundong charged towards the bathroom—the one beside Su Chan's room—and slammed
the door shut before locking the door from the outside.
Got you now, you son of a bitch…
she?" Li Yundong yelled from outside the bathroom. "Where the hell
did you take her? I know you—"
Wait a minute… Wait a f*cking minute…
backed away from the bathroom and hurried back into the living room. If the
intruder had succeeded in kidnapping Su Chan, why would they still be here
lurking around in the apartment? Hope kindled inside Li Yundong. The intruder is still here. Which means…
Su Chan might still be hiding inside the apartment. Li Yundong moved his Qi to his
Shenting and walked to a spot in the living room where he knew would put him right
at the center of the entire apartment.
familiar buzzing returned to his ears, Li Yundong began to sort through the ambient
noise. The noises from the neighborhood were muffled since all the sliding
doors were closed. If he heard anything at all, it would most like come from
inside the apartment.
Clock ticking… the fridge's humming…
Come on, princess… make some noise… Water dripping… That goddamn swishing sound
again… His own breathing… Come on…
Then he heard
it. A whimper. He focused harder and isolated that noise from the rest. Oh God…
charged into his bedroom and yanked open the door of his wardrobe. Su Chan's
limp figure fell out and collapsed into his arms. Her face was pale and her
forehead was covered in sweat. She was barely breathing.
mind was racing. Never in his life had he felt so terrified. His heart was beating
so rapidly that it was like his chest could burst open any second. Cradling Su
Chan in his arms, he ran out of his room and placed Su Chan on the couch. Hang on, princess. Please hang on… With all
the haste he could muster, he opened the living room's sliding door and hurried
back to the couch.
Then, he picked
up Su Chan's limp form and placed her on the floor, where he got her into a
meditative posture. Using his knees to keep her body upright, he pressed his
fingers on Su Chan's head and performed the Three-Pronged Flower Gathering
technique. Barely a minute into the massage, Su Chan whimpered and slumped
sideways to the floor. Li Yundong dropped to his knees and tried to help her
into a sitting position again. Su Chan groaned.
still, I'm not done yet," he whispered.
Su Chan pushed
his hands away. "No…" she said weakly. "R- Run… Leave me…"
silly!" he growled. "I'm not f*cking leaving you."
There was that
annoying swish again. What the f*ck? Li
Yundong's gaze snapped to the bathroom, whose door was still closed. "How the
hell did it…"
body skidded along the floor after Su Chan shoved him away. The explosiveness
and strength behind that shove took him by complete surprise. Before he could
react, Su Chan's body flew across the living room and crashed into the wall at
the far end.
Li Yundong was up on his feet in an instant. When he reached the wall, Su Chan
was coughing and struggling to sit up.
Are you alright? Tell me where it hurts?"
Su Chan shook
her head weakly. "E- Eyes… on… t- the… the enemy…"
Li Yundong rose
to his feet, making sure to put his body in front of Su Chan. What the f*ck
happened? Something had clearly struck Su Chan, but he didn't see anything just
now. It was like some kind of invisible force had rammed into Su Chan. And what
the f*ck was causing that swishing noise? I
thought I'd trapped it inside the bathroom… Could there be more than one
Get out. They
had to get out of the apartment first.
crouched down and picked up Su Chan's body from the floor, then made a dash
towards the front door.
not going anywhere, you demon witch!"
All of a
sudden, Su Chan's body was ripped away from his arms. Next thing he knew, he
was falling forward as though he had tripped over some kind of invisible object.
Light exploded behind his eyes when the back of his head smashed into the
By the time Li
Yundong climbed back to his feet, Su Chan's body was floating in midair, her
arms dangling limply from her shoulders. Long strands of her dark tresses hung
down vertically like a dark waterfall around her head.
A ball of heat
formed inside Li Yundong's lower belly. "Let. Her. Go!"
of this, you filthy man! My business is with this demon witch, not you. And if
you get in my way, I'll destroy you too!"
growled. "Give her back!" Li Yundong jumped forward and activated
Xianjue at the same time. Su Chan's body drifted to his left, just like he'd
predicted. He wrapped his arms around Su Chan's waist and yanked her towards
him with all his strength. A loud swish sounded and Su Chan was once again back
in his arms.
He placed Su
Chan down on the floor and jabbed his finger into her Renzhong. A moment later,
Su Chan gasped and blinked her eyes open. The loud swish sounded in three rapid
successions, like it was angry.
regret this, you prurient fool!"
two options," Li Yundong said coldly. "You either show yourself or you
get the hell out of our home."
A strong gust
of wind ripped through the living room. Then, he saw it. Something materialized
in the air slightly below the ceiling. It was a piece of red cloth. No. Not
just any cloth, it was a piece of damask, a three-foot-long damask which glowed
in a greenish light.
voice came out from the red damask. "I'm going to say this one last time,
demon witch. Hand over the Renyuan Jindan! Or suffer the full wrath of the
know any Renyuan Jindan," Li Yundong said coldly. "Now get the hell
laugh blared out from the damask. "Another lecherous fool that this demon
slut had bewitched…"
inside Li Yundong. "Watch your mouth…"
you're about to die for that demon witch. How pathetic."
There was a
sudden flash of red light. The red damask whizzed forward like an arrow
travelling at the speed of a bullet.
Chapter 120 The Heir
permeated the apartment. The walls, the furniture, and the floor, they all
glowed like embers. Li Yundong growled and pushed back against the tip of the
spear-like damask. Scarlet rays radiated from the tip of the damask. The rays
spread along the length of the damask like the tail of a falling meteor.
Yundong's feet slid backwards as the tip of the damask pushed harder against
his left palm. The white glow in his palm was waning, and he knew it wouldn't
be long before the damask pierced through his skin. Out of sheer desperation, Li
Yundong lifted his free hand and tried to grab the other end of the damask. It
didn't work. For some reason, his hand kept encountering some kind of
resistance the moment it got close to the damask—his hand couldn't reach past
the red glow surrounding the damask. Eventually, his attempts to grab the
damask with his free hand turned into punches. He delivered punch after punch,
all of which were repelled by the damask's red aura.
laughter echoed in the room. "Using your Lung's Qi, huh? Not bad for a
to Xianjue, Li Yundong had predicted the damask's trajectory way before it even
hit. He knew that it was aimed at his heart. Even so, he decided to stop it
with his palm because dodging wasn't an option—that f*cking thing would've hit
Su Chan if he dodged.
damask can pierce through thick boulders and solid metal, but you think you can
stop it with your bare hands?" Snide laughter rang out. "What a
damask spun like a drill. The white glow surrounding Li Yundong's palm
dissipated instantly. A stinging sensation at the center of his palm caused him
to scream. No. He was mistaken. The pain didn't come from his palm; the pain
was inside, like some kind of aura
had forced its way into his body, tearing him apart from the inside.
you're a fellow Cultivator. I have no reason to hold back! Now, die!!"
Yundong's insides were on fire, but he clenched his jaw and held on. Don't give up... Keep fighting...
strange sensation washed over Li Yundong, and somehow, it felt familiar. Yes,
he'd felt this before. H experienced this exact sensation when he sent Zeng Qin
flying after the latter had kicked the pad he'd been holding. A strange surge
of strength radiated from Li Yundong's core, and he roared. The enemy's scream
rang out, and the damask was instantly forced away from his palm. The pain
inside his body was gone, but something else was happening to him, something
strange. Li Yundong raised his arms, which were now emitting a golden radiance.
No. It wasn't just his arms. His whole body was emitting a golden radiance.
(T/N: The perfect imagery will be Goku's Super Saiyan first form)
Yundong raised his gaze and glared at the damask hovering a few feet away in
This... aura..." Gone was the enemy's bravado. The voice that came out
from the damask was the voice of a frightened girl.
did you do to me!" Li Yundong growled. "Why am I like this?!" A sudden
burst of light filled the living room, bathing the walls and furniture in gold.
Li Yundong stepped forward. "Answer me!!"
could this... How could the Jindan's aura be... Oh my God... The prophecy...
It's you… You are the Heir..."
Heir? What the hell are you talking about?"
to me! Abandon that demon witch! Abandon the dark side and join us! You belong
with us, the force of good! We can help you achieve your full potent—"
the hell up! And get off your high horse!" Li Yundong roared. "You
break into other people's homes and assault them, and you have the nerve to
call yourself the force of good? You're nothing but a crook!"
Yundong advanced towards the floating damask while it retreated.
Don't come any closer! S- Stay back! I'm the disciple of the Zhengyi School! Y-
You don't wanna mess w- with me!"
damask tried to fly away, but Li Yundong reached out and grabbed one of its
ends. The damask's protective aura fought against his grip but was eventually
overwhelmed by the golden radiance of his hand.
damask suddenly coiled up and slithered along Li Yundong's right arm. Li
Yundong tried to rip it away with his left hand, but the damask slipped down
his legs and floated back into the air again.
your stupid organization to leave us alone and never bother us again!" Li
Stupid organization!" The ire returned to the girl's voice. "How dare
you! The Zhengyi School will not tolerate such utter disrespe—"
don't give a flying f*ck!" Li Yundong pounced on the red damask and ripped
it from the air with both hands. The red aura resisted, but Li Yundong squeezed
as hard as he could. Inch by inch, the red aura diminished under Li Yundong's
grip until it dissolved into nothingness. A green apparition floated up from
the damask, which was now lying limply in Li Yundong's hands. The apparition
took the form of a frightened teenage girl. It was Ruan Hongling.
out!!" Li Yundong stepped forward again. The apparition shrieked, then disappeared
in a flash of green light.
Yundong sighed and moved his Qi to his Lingtai. Calmness suffused him, and the
golden radiance subsided along with all the stress and tension of battle. He
turned around and scrambled towards the girl lying on the ground. Su Chan
seemed to be holding on to the last threads of consciousness. "Su Chan!
Talk to me! How can I help? Tell me what I can do to make it better..."
Chan whimpered and moaned.
What is it?"
clicked in Li Yundong's mind. The massage.
Got it." He picked up Su Chan from the floor and carried her into the
living room, then positioned her on the floor so that her back was leaning
against the couch. After that, he settled himself on the couch behind her and clamped
his thighs on both sides of her shoulders to keep her upright.
on, princess. Don't die on me..." he muttered as he positioned his fingers
on Su Chan's head.
flash of green light appeared on the foot of Mount Longhu. A moment later, Ruan
Hongling's figure appeared on the flight of stairs leading up to Mount Longhu.
Like everything else in the area, the stairs—covered in blue flagstones—looked
elegant in a quaint and picturesque sort of way.
years. Ruan Hongling had had that red damask for over ten years. And now it was
taken from her by that vile, and wicked man, that pathetic slave of a fox
spirit. How could she allow this to happen? How could she? No. She didn't allow it to happen. The man had taken
the thing from her by force. His Spirit was so powerful that it had broken the
connection between her Spirit and the damask. And now the damask no longer
answered to her. Oh, the shame. How could she live with herself from now on?
sob escaped Ruan Hongling's lips. She pressed a hand to her mouth to stifle it.
Good thing she didn't fly straight into Mount Longhu. She didn't want anyone to
see her like this. Well, other than Elder Sister Zi Yuan, of course.
she had regained control of her emotions, Ruan Hongling took the flight of stairs
and began making her way into Mount Longhu. Halfway up the mountain, Ruan
Hongling stopped beside a small Taoist temple. When she raised her knuckles,
poised to knock on the door, it swung open.
Sister Zi Yuan!!!" Ruan Hongling wailed and threw herself into the woman's
God, Hongling. What on earth is the matter?"
damask... Someone took my damask from me!"
Hongling rubbed her eyes and met Elder Sister Zi Yuan's gaze. A tiny smile
graced her ever-beautiful features. "C'mere Hongling."
stung Ruan Hongling's eyes again and she couldn't help the sob that escaped her
lips a moment later. It was like Elder Sister Zi Yuan's gentle pats on her back
had broken the dam holding back her emotions.
now... Stop crying, okay? It's just a red damask, what's the big deal? I'll get
you another one for you later!"
Hongling sniffed. "But it isn't the same! That thing has been with me for
ten years! Master gave it to me himself!"
Sister Zi Yuan just smiled and said nothing. Minutes later, Ruan Hongling's
sobs petered out.
Sister Zi Yuan..."
opened the door when I was about to knock..."
Sister Zi Yuan smirked.
did you know I was returning?" Ruan Hongling asked.
Sister Zi Yuan chuckled. "Well. Let's just say that I read your fortune
before I returned. So I know that you'd run into trouble today. I've been
waiting for your return, you see."
Hongling giggled, feeling joy for the first time since she left New Hongsheng
District. "You could predict that far into the future? You really are
awesome, Elder Sister Zi Yuan!"
Sister Zi Yuan smiled and dried Ruan Hongling's tears gently. "Look at
you. Crying like a baby even though you're already a big girl."
Hongling pouted. "That damask is precious to me, you know..."
know. Come. Tell me, then. Who took it from you? Didn't they know that you're
from the Zhengyi School?"
was a man," Ruan Hongling growled. "A vile, repulsive, and lecherous
slight frown marred Elder Sister Zi Yuan's features. "Oh?"
Ruan Hongling went into a panic. She grabbed Elder Sister Zi Yuan's arms.
"There's something else, Elder Sister Zi Yuan... That man... He... He's
the Jindan's Heir!"
Sister Zi Yuan's demeanor changed in an instant. Gone was the calm and composed
woman. "What?! Are you sure, Hongling? Are you absolutely positive?"
Hongling nodded. There could be no mistake. "I'm sure of it, Elder Sister
Zi Yuan! He unleashed the Jindan's aura. That's how he managed to take the
damask from me!"
could..." Elder Sister Zi Yuan went pale. For long while, she just stood
there, gaping like a fish. Ruan Hongling shook her arm. "Elder
after minutes of silence, Elder Sister Zi Yuan spoke. "Hongling. Go to my
room and grab the jade plate and the mirror."
Hongling's eyes widened. "Seriously?"
Sister Zi Yuan nodded. "Do you know where I keep them?"
and get them. We'll leave the mountain immediately."
Chapter 121 You're Stuck with Me!
okay now, Yundong... Really."
Yundong put the glass of water on the floor and looked at Su Chan worriedly.
you sure? Coz... Fifteen minutes ago, you really looked like you were about to
die." Li Yundong's heart clenched at the memory.
Chan stood up and started jumping up and down. "Hehehe... See! I'm fine...
Yundong pulled her into a crushing hug. "I'm so sorry... Su Chan... This
is all my fault. God damn it. I
should've come home as soon as I left the company. I should've been here! I
shouldn't... I shouldn't have let you go through all that alone..."
moment later, Li Yundong felt the light strokes of Su Chan's finger on his scalp.
He closed his eyes to savor the feeling. He could've lost her tonight, but he
didn't. She was still here, alive. And
that was all that mattered.
okay, Yundong... You came back in time. You saved me. I'm alright now. See?"
Su Chan pulled away. And good God, that smile could light up his whole world.
Yundong lifted his hand and let his fingers trailed along the planes of her
cheek. "Are you really okay? I don't know what the hell she did, but she
hurt you really bad. I've never seen you so…" So lifeless. So debilitated. "I mean, that was the worst shape
I've ever seen you in."
Chan shook her head gently. "The damage isn't physical. It's..."
Yundong jerked back in surprise. "What? What do you mean it's not physical?
Are you hurt elsewhere?" He scanned Su Chan's body up and down.
Chan looked away. "It's the aura. I was incapacitated because I was
exposed to its aura." Su Chan pointed at the red damask lying on the
Yundong stared at the damask while secretly entertaining thoughts about burning
the damn thing to ashes.
bother. You can't destroy it," Su Chan said as if reading his thoughts.
Yundong shot her a worried glance. "But... Is it... Is it still affecting
Chan shook her head. "No. The magic is gone."
Yundong lowered his head with a sigh. Moments later, he glanced at Su Chan again.
"How are you feeling?"
Su Chan said. "But I'm fine. You mobilized my Qi when you gave me the massage.
The movement of my Qi helped expel the aura from my body."
Yundong huffed, then ran a hand through his hair. "This is all on me. I
should've done something." He
paced back and forth in the living room. "I should've told you something
about the noise instead of just dismissing it." He stopped pacing and stared
at Su Chan. "Remember that day when Ruan Hongling visited us?"
Chan nodded meekly.
Yundong shook his head in disgust. "Yeah. That's the first time I heard
the swishing noise. Heard it after Ruan Hongling left. It sounded like someone
waving a flag. Now we know what was causing it." He glared at the red damask.
Chan sighed. "It doesn't matter Yundong. It has a stealth mode where it
she's been spying on us... since...?"
Chan shrugged. "My guess? Since the day she knocked on our door."
Wait. Is that why you hid inside your room that day? Not because..." Not because we made out like a bunch of
horny teenagers and you got scared, he added silently.
But I was listening to your conversation..."
Yundong frowned. Something felt off. "Those guys have been hunting you
since you stole the..." Li Yundong pointed at his chest.
Chan smiled wryly. "You can say it, Yundong. It doesn't matter anymore."
Their cover was blown anyway. Li Yundong cleared his throat. "When Ruan
Hongling came by the other day, it didn't seem like she knew you were here. She
kept introducing herself to me. Then she asked me about my school and who my
master is." Come to think of it, Lin Youfa kept asking him the same thing
as well. Maybe it was a Cultivator thing.
Chan toyed with her sleeves. "That's because she really didn't know that
day. I hid my aura well." Su Chan looked him in the eye. "I think she
came that day because she was curious about you."
But how could she possibly..." Li Yundong sighed and let his chin drop to
his chest. "Right. Because I roared in the middle of the night like some
must have traced your roar to this area," Su Chan said pensively.
"Only a Cultivator can roar that loudly and for such a long period
Yundong groaned and slapped his forehead. "Damn it, I'm such an idiot..."
Yundong stared at Su Chan. "She didn't have to trace the roar here. She lives in this area. I actually saw her the
first day we moved here."
Chan frowned. "What? Where?"
Yundong sighed. "At the gazebo near the gates. I didn't tell you back then
because I didn't think it was significant. She lives in the block just opposite
ours. Remember that morning when I first experienced Xianjue? She's the one I
saw on the balcony!" Li Yundong sighed again. "After that I guess it
just slipped my mind, what with all the crazy shit happening around us. Zhao
Yujian, Lin Youfa, and all that crap..."
Chan sat there quietly with a thoughtful look on her face. Moments later, she
closed her eyes and pounded her head with her fist. "Of course... Of course she would be living here..."
Yundong grabbed her fist and ended her bout of self-harm. "What?"
you see? She's a Cultivator! Of course she would pick this place as her home.
This is the ideal place for a Cultivator to stay!"
those strange criteria Su Chan had when they were apartment hunting suddenly
made a lot of sense.
Chan chuckled. "Ruan Hongling and I were both thinking like Cultivators.
So it's no surprise that we end up staying in the same area."
Yundong shook his head wryly. "I guess it's just shit luck then..."
Chan snorted. "She must have felt dissatisfied after her first visit."
Su Chan stared at Li Yundong. "You practically dismissed her."
Yundong rolled his eyes. "I thought she was nuts. Can you blame me though?
None of the stuff she said made any sense. I even did a search on the internet
Chan look adorably puzzled. Silence spread between them, and the look of
puzzlement on Su Chan's face deepened.
Li Yundong asked.
we didn't have fish that day... or the day after."
it was Li Yundong's turn to look confused. "What? Fish?"
said you searched in a net. I thought..." Su Chan blushed. "I thought
that's... that's what they use to c- catch fish..."
Yundong's laughter expelled every ounce of tension in his body. "Oh,
God... Seriously, Su Chan. I adore you to death... Hahaha... You really are something
else, you know that?"
Yundong reached over and ruffled her hair. "Don't be sorry. I like this
innocent side of you." He sighed. "It's so tiring to deal with
schemes and ulterior motives all the time. Being with a girl like you makes
Even though I'm a troublemaker?"
Yundong chuckled. "Yes. Even though you're a troublemaking chipmunk."
Chan pouted and swiped at him.
Yundong caught her hand and held it firmly in his palm. "Which means she
found you when she was trying to spy on me…"
Chan's expression turned grim. "That's partly my fault I guess..."
Yundong gave her a funny look. "What? Why is it your fault?"
got careless. Didn't conceal my aura well enough... And you weren't here."
presence alone can act as a smoke screen," Su Chan explained.
"Remember when I told you about the night we first met? I hid the Jindan
in your mouth and stayed close to you. Your Yang Qi can mask auras."
that why you insist on tagging along wherever I go?"
Chan nodded. "But that was before."
Yundong's expression softened. "And now?"
it's because I can't imagine my life without you."
think we're all set," Li Yundong said, zipping up the suitcase.
"Anything else you wanna bring, princess?"
Yundong heaved the suitcase off the bed and placed it on the floor.
"Princess?" he said, turning around. Su Chan was sitting on her bed,
staring off into space. She was hugging her pillow to her chest.
tugged inside Li Yundong's heart. "Do you want to take that pillow with
you?" he said, keeping his tone light.
Chan's lips quivered. Moments later, she sniffed. Dark spots formed on the
pillowcase. Li Yundong walked over and sat down on the bed. "What's the
matter, princess? Are you sure you're not hurt anywhere else?"
Chan shook her head and rubbed her eyes. "I... I'm gonna miss our
Yundong's features softened. Su Chan had insisted that they stay somewhere else
tonight lest Ruan Hongling returned with more reinforcements. Apparently, Su
Chan thought they didn't stand a chance against the Zhengyi School, not even
with the Jindan. Li Yundong pulled her into his arms. "It's gonna be
alright," he said, stroking her hair. "Whatever happens, it's gonna
left the apartment with two suitcases in tow. Li Yundong decided to keep the
lease of their apartment until they sorted this mess out, though to be honest,
he hadn't a single clue what "sorting things out" would entail. Was
the Zhengyi School open to negotiations? Would they leave Su Chan alone if he
allowed them to remove the Jindan from his body?
took a cab to town and wandered around for a bit. Two hours later, they walked
into a dingy motel, deciding that it was going to be their place of stay for
the time being. They walked up to the reception and booked a single room. With
the last of Li Yundong's savings, it was all they could afford.
Yundong sat down on the bed with a sigh and pulled Su Chan into his arms.
"Looks like it‘s us against the world again."
Chan wrapped her arms around his waist and snuggled into his chest. "I'm
Yundong stroked her head. "Don't be silly. You've got nothing to be sorry
got into this mess because I came into your life," Su Chan said.
Yundong chuckled wryly. "My life was
a mess before you came into my life. A meaningless mess." Li Yundong held
her gaze and cupped her cheek. "At least now I've got you."
Chan closed her eyes as though she was feeling his touch. Suddenly, she opened
her eyes and pulled his hand away from her face. "You're hurt!"
Li Yundong followed her gaze, his eyes landed on the circular wound at the
center of his palm. The wound had stopped bleeding. It didn't even hurt
Yundong gave her a reassuring smile. "Nah. Don't worry about it. It's just
Chan looked at him like it was nuts. "It's not nothing. You were injured
by a magical object."
Yundong pulled out the red damask from his pocket and held it out in front of
them. "I wonder how this thing works. I mean, right now, it looks just
like an ordinary piece of cloth."
Chan took the damask and stared at it in awe. "This thing is made from the
Yundong shook his head. "The rainbow what?"
Rainbow Cirrus. It's a magical substance found in the Heavenly Lake."
Heavenly Lake. So, what, is that like Cultivators' favorite fishing spot or
something?" Li Yundong joked.
Chan giggled and smacked his arm. "No, dummy."
Yundong smiled. He loved making Su Chan happy. "This Rainbow Cirrus thing…
What does it look like?"
It's a thin, fog-like substance. Just like a thin cloud—a cirrus, basically.
And it's colorful. If I'm not mistaken, the former Head of the Zhengyi School had
extracted the Rainbow Cirrus from the lake and then made this." Su Chan handed
the damask back to him.
Yundong took it and waved it in the air a few times. "What is this thing
capable of? I mean other than invisibility and drilling holes into flesh."
it's basically indestructible. It is resistant to physical damage. Fire. Wear
and tear. All that stuff. And it'll never get dirty."
Yundong stared at her with raised brows.
Chan pointed at the nightstand.
Yundong reached over and grabbed the half-empty can of coke.
Chan took the can. "Hold it away from the bed."
Yundong moved the damask to the side and hold it up beside the nightstand. Su
Chan crawled to the edge of the bed. "Now watch."
Chan splashed the coke on to the cloth. The liquid flowed down the length of
the damask without wetting it, like one of those hydrophobic materials.
Chan placed the empty can on the nightstand and crawled back into his arms.
"You can try pouring other substances on it. Dirt. Mud. Oil. It will never
get stained. Not even corrosive substances can damage it."
Yundong ran his hand over the red cloth. "How does it work though?"
its natural state, the damask has thin layer of protective aura surrounding it.
The aura repels physical objects. That's why no substance can stain or damage
Yundong frowned. "But how come I can still hold it?" He patted the
damask for emphasis.
a closer look at where you're touching it."
Yundong brought the damask closer to his face. "Hey... that's..." Li
Yundong's gaze snapped towards Su Chan, who nodded.
not actually touching it. Your skin is actually hovering slightly above
it." Su Chan shrugged. "Maybe a quarter of an inch or so, I guess?
But with magic, the protective aura can be enhanced. That's why Cultivators use
it as a protective shield against physical attacks and spells."
Yundong nodded. He remembered trying to punch the damask earlier, but none of
his punches got through.
Chan shook her head. "This is one of Zhengyi School's best magical
artifacts. A lot of Cultivators would kill for something like this..." Su
Chan turned around and stared at him in disbelief. "And yet you grabbed it
out of the air just like that. That's amazing…"
Yundong chuckled and rubbed the back of his neck. "I don't even know what the
hell I did, you know? I think it's because of the Jindan."
Chan nodded. "The wound. The Jindan's protective mechanism was activated the
moment the damask pierced your hand. You were able to grab the thing after the
Jindan's aura was unleashed." Su Chan looked at him. "When activated
using magic, the damask's protective aura is strong. But it's still no match
for the Jindan's aura. But that's wasn't all you did. You managed to deactivate
of the Jindan's aura?"
That was because your Spirit is much stronger than Ruan Hongling's Spirit."
Chan nodded. "Ruan Hongling's Spirit was connected to the damask. That's
how she was able to control it. But the connection between her Spirit and the
damask was severed the moment your Spirit overwhelmed hers." Su Chan
suddenly turned around to face him. "You saw Ruan Hongling with your
Xianjue that morning, right? It makes sense now. Your Spirit is stronger than
hers. That's why your Xianjue worked."
Yundong folded the damask into a neat square. "There," he said,
presenting the folded damask to Su Chan.
Chan stared at him blankly. "What?"
Yundong smiled. "It's yours."
Are you giving it to me?"
Yundong chuckled. "Of course!"
But it's yours! You took it!"
mine is yours too, isn't it?"
Su Chan stared at him with tears swimming in her eyes.
of a sudden, Su Chan started to sob. Li Yundong placed the damask on the
nightstand. "Hey... What's wrong? Why are you crying all of a
Chan wrapped her arms around his neck and buried her face against his chest.
"Don't leave… Don't leave me… You can't ever abandon me Yundong! You're
stuck with me forever!"
bloomed inside Li Yundong's heart. "I'm happy to be stuck with you. You're
the best thing that's ever happened to me."
Yundong dropped a kiss to her forehead. "Yeah. You are the cutest, the
prettiest, and the most adorable......"
Chan was looking at him expectantly, her eyes sparkling with hope.
Chipmunk that I've ever met."
Chan's face fell. "Y- You..." She gaped like a fish. "Meanie!
Meanie! Meanie!" She smacked his chest. "I'm not a cheap monk!"
Yundong burst into laughter, then pulled her into his arms. "It's gonna be
okay, Su Chan. I've got a job now. We'll work it out."
Chan tensed up the moment he mentioned his job. He wondered why. "Are you
sure you're okay?" he asked. "How are you feeling?"
Yundong frowned. "Where?"
foot, I guess?"
Did you sprain it?"
don't think I did. But I might not have landed right when I crashed into the
Yundong's eyes glinted with delight.
How about I give you a foot rub?"
don't get it," Li Yundong said as he stared at Su Chan's delicate and
Yundong chuckled wryly and kneaded the arch of Su Chan's foot. Su Chan let out
a breathy moan, causing him to look up. Su Chan stared back at him with glassy
eyes, her bottom lip pulled between her teeth. Li Yundong cleared his throat.
"I mean I don't get how beautiful girls like you have such nice
Chan gasped and withdrew her feet. "What do you mean beautiful girls like
me! Whose feet have you touched? Which girl is it?" she growled.
Yundong laughed and pulled her foot back. "Just yours milady! Just yours!
So don't be jealous."
Yundong tickled the base of her foot, causing her to giggle.
S- Stop... Stop it! Kyaaa... hahaha... Please..."
Yundong took pity on her and stopped his tickling. "Don't move," he
next few minutes passed in comfortable silence with Li Yundong gently kneading
the soft skin of Su Chan's foot and Su Chan letting out a moan or two.
while later, Li Yundong could feel Su Chan's eyes on him. He looked up from her
foot and smiled. "You're staring."
Chan smiled back at him sweetly. "You're so nice to me, beloved."
Yundong chuckled. "Of course." A teasing glint formed in his eyes.
"Like I said, you're the cutest chip—"
Chan kicked his chest gently. "Do not
say cheap monk!"
Yundong laughed and trapped her foot against his chest. Then, he gave her a
genuine smile. "Of course I'm nice to you. You're my best girl."
Chan blushed and looked away.
Yundong went back to rubbing her foot.
moment later, Su Chan spoke again. "Aren't you curious?"
Yundong kept his eyes on her foot. "About what?"
Hongling kept calling me a demon witch," she said with childlike
tentativeness. "She associated me with the dark side. Aren't you gonna ask
what she meant?"
Yundong snorted. "Those people from the Zhengyi School... They act all
high and mighty, like everything they do is righteous. But the truth is that
they are nothing but bigots. Extremists.
They would probably label anyone who holds different views as evil."
But... What if... What if one day I turned into a demon... Would you
Yundong laughed. "So? I don't give a damn even if you turn into a demon."
Because I know you. I've seen your actions. And based on what I saw, I know you
have a good heart."
I?" Su Chan suddenly pulled her foot back and hugged her knees. "All
I did was cause trouble for everyone..."
Yundong shook his head and climbed onto the bed. "You care, Su Chan,"
he said, cupping her cheeks. "You care about people, even when you don't
realize it. You care about me, about Zhou Qin, and even Feng Na." He
paused to let that sink in. "After that DVD incident, you asked me whether
Feng Na would get into trouble because you were worried about her." Li
Yundong held her gaze. "See? You care. And during the fight with Lin
Youfa, when the bastard kicked the car towards me, you were willing to risk
your life to help move those injured students away. You even came back for me
when you could've left."
Yundong pulled her into his arms. "You're a good person, Su Chan. Never
Chan pulled away, and their gazes met. Su Chan's eyes were filled with unspoken
can call you a demon witch or whatever. I don't give a damn. To me, you'll
always be my best girl."
love you, Yundong."
Yundong smiled. "I love you too."
Chan leaned in, and their lips met in a blaze of passion. Su Chan's hands went
to his hair, tugging and pulling. Li Yundong responded with equal fervor,
pouring every ounce of affection he felt for this woman into the kiss.
later, they parted for air. "Yundong... We can't continue," she said,
panting heavily. "Not yet."
Yundong leaned forward until their foreheads touched. "I know. And you
didn't take my advice."
Yundong chuckled. "I told you, remember? If I ever go too far, just kick
me in the nuts."
stared into each other's eyes, their foreheads still touching. A moment later,
they both started laughing.
Chapter 122 The Hero's Fate
Do you wanna shower first?" Li Yundong asked.
Why don't you go first?"
Yundong narrowed his eyes at her, then chuckled. "Fine, I'll go
first," he said, tapping Su Chan's nose. When Su Chan slapped his hand away,
he laughed and got out of bed.
Yundong paused at the bathroom door with his clothes and towel in hand. An evil
grin formed on his face. "Hey, I'll leave the door open. So don't
Chan giggled, then stuck out her tongue. "Who would want to look at you.
Eww, eww, eww. So gross. So hairy."
Yundong laughed and stepped into the bathroom.
minutes later, when Li Yundong stepped out of the bathroom, his eyes bugged out
at what he saw. Su Chan the adorable chipmunk was staring at the wall socket,
giggling whenever she poked her finger into one of the socket's terminals. The
TV was unplugged and shifted to the side.
Yundong rushed over, nearly tripping over the suitcase on the floor. "Su
Chan!" he hissed. "What the hell are you doing! That's
Chan turned around and giggled. "Hehehehe... Brrrr…" Her shoulders moved up and down
as she shuddered. "Yundong! That thing is sooooo fun!"
you out of your—" Li Yundong huffed. "It's a goddamn wall
Chan gave him a puzzled look. "But it's fun! You get this weird tingling
when you poke your finger in." Suddenly, her expression turned contemplative.
"I wonder what kind of spell does that..."
Yundong did a face palm. Seconds later, he started to laugh. Su Chan shook his
arm. "What? What's so funny?"
Yundong stopped laughing and patted her head. "Don't do that again, okay?
Chan stared at the wall socket longingly. "Oh."
slow smile formed on Li Yundong's face. "You know... If you crave a
tingling sensation... You can always come to me..." He wiggled his
Chan blushed. "Hmph! Who needs you, you pervert! Hmph!"
Yundong chuckled and pulled her to the bed. "I was joking." He caught
a glimpse of the red damask on the nightstand. He reached out and grabbed it.
"You really don't want this thing?"
Chan stared at the damask for a moment, then shook her head. "No. You keep
it. You'll probably need it in the future."
Yundong studied the cloth in his hand. A moment later, he smiled. "Give me
your leg," he said, patting his lap.
Chan frowned. "Why?"
on," he urged, patting his thigh again.
Chan slid her foot onto his lap. Li Yundong wrapped the damask around her ankle.
Chan gaped at him. "What are you doing?"
Yundong chuckled. "It's mine, right? So I'm using it as I please." He
winked, then secured the damask around her ankle with a knot. "There,"
he said, leaning away to admire his work. "Beautiful."
Chan shook his head in amusement. "The Cultivators of the Zhengyi School
would flip out if they ever find out how their precious magical artifact is
Yundong shrugged. "Who cares." A surge of anger coursed through him.
"At least it wouldn't hurt others if I use it like this. Just look at how
the Zhengyi School used it. They gave it to some juvenile girl and let her run
amok with it." Li Yundong stared deeply into Su Chan's eyes. "She
could've killed you, you know."
Chan lowered her gaze. "Not until they have the Jindan. They would've
tortured me until I handed it over to them."
spread between them. Once again, the mood had turned heavy. Li Yundong sighed.
Everything was going to shit again. Now they were fugitives from some Taoist
organization, which meant they might even have to terminate the lease of their
apartment at New Hongsheng District.
had always been an issue. And now even accommodation had become an issue. Li
Yundong did a quick calculation in his head. By his estimation, the money he
had left would last them for about half a month or so. Well, at least he got a
job now. That was a silver lining, right?
Yundong sighed and patted Su Chan's foot. "Go on and take a shower. After
that let's head to bed. I have wake up early tomorrow to go to work."
Su Chan was shaking her head desperately. "You can't go to work tomorrow.
You can't leave!"
Chan pounced and grabbed his arm. "The Zhengyi School has spies all over
the place. Their influence goes beyond just the Cultivation world, Yundong.
They have power in the mortal world as well."
what am I supposed to do? I've got the job..." Li Yundong sighed, then
levelled a stare at Su Chan. "Besides, are we really going to hide from
them forever? You know that's not gonna work…"
Chan deflated and let go of his arm. She stared thoughtfully at the sheets.
"Two days. At least wait for two days." After that, she climbed out
of bed without waiting for him to respond. She strode to the suitcase and bent
down to take her clothes.
moment later, the door of the bathroom slammed shut. Li Yundong lay down on the
bed and stared at the ceiling. Technically, it shouldn't even matter. Ruan
Hongling had already seen their faces. If it was really like Su Chan said, that
the Zhengyi School had influence outside the Cultivation world, then it would
be easy to track them down. It really didn't matter whether they hide or not.
What were the chances that the Zhengyi School's influence extended to the
higher-ups in Tiannan University? Or the police? The police had resources that
would make tracking them down mere child's play. He'd checked his bank balance
at an ATM near the motel just now, and the ATM had a security camera. What were
the chances that the police already knew that he was here?
Hiding here wasn't the way to go. But he couldn't just leave Su Chan alone and
go to work either. The best solution was to let Su Chan tag along with him to
work. Li Yundong glanced towards the bathroom door. Now he just had to get Su
Chan to agree.