Chapter 24 This Is What You
Get for Pissing off a Belle
After Xie Fei and his punks
left, Li Yundong turned back around to face the campus gates and saw Zhou Yu
standing there, looking utterly spooked. Li Yundong smirked at him. "Well?
Didn't you say you wanna go a few rounds with me?" Li Yundong said,
raising his right hand with the back of his palm facing Zhou Yu, then curled
his fingers. "Come on, then. What are you waiting for?"
A chill traveled down Zhou
Yu's spine. He'd just witnessed Li Yundong taking down an entire horde of
gangsters, so he knew he wouldn't stand a chance. Even so, his male ego prevented
him from fleeing the scene right then and there. He just had to find a
legitimate excuse to extricate himself from this f*cked up situation without
making himself look like a coward. "You just got out of a fight,"
Zhou Yu said, trying his damnedest to keep his voice steady. "It wouldn't
prove anything even if I beat you!"
Li Yundong laughed
incredulously. "First you wanna fight, now you're just acting like a drama
queen!" he said, turning away from Zhou Yu to face Su Chan. "Let's
get out of here, missy. I've had enough of this f*cking place! God knows how
many more nutcases we might run into if we stay around!"
"Oh," Su Chan
mumbled obediently. They were just about to leave when another voice sounded, a
voice Li Yundong had recently deemed to be a huge pain in his ass. "Li
Yundong! Hold it right there!"
"Oh, for the love of
everything that's holy... Gimme a break!" When Li Yundong turned around, he wasn't
surprised at all to see Feng Na running towards him looking like she had about
a hundred scores to settle with him. No, he did not want to see this
chick. At all. In fact, the mere sight of her made him want to shoot himself in
the head. Li Yundong released a long groan. "Dammit, girl! What the hell
is your problem this time?"
One really had to give it to
Feng Na for having enough cojones to put tough guys like Zhou Yu to shame. Even
after witnessing the epic ass-kicking Li Yundong had dished out earlier, she
still didn't seem the slightest bit afraid of him. She pounced on Li Yundong
and grabbed his arm. "You lied to me before!" she screamed in Li
Yundong's face. "You said you knew nothing about Taekwondo! You're a
Li Yundong released a long
sigh and allowed his shoulders to sag. "Would you have believed me if I
told you I picked up those moves yesterday?" he said in a tone of
"Ha. I don't know, do
fish live on land?" Feng Na bit back sarcastically.
Li Yundong pressed his palms
together as though he was praying, then bowed slightly. "Please, I beg
you. Just spare me already."
Feng Na mimicked Li Yundong's
hand gesture and bowed. "Please, I beg you. Wouldn't you do your first
fangirl a favor and say yes? Please?"
If he had a gun, he swore to
God that he would put a bullet in his head right about now. "How about I
treat you as my idol and become your
first fan. After that, you can stop bothering me!"
"Li Yundong!" Feng
Na pointed a finger at Li Yundong's face. "You're the one who put Zhao
Yujian in the hospital. That won't change no matter what you say! Like it or
not, this is your responsibility as a student of this university!"
Li Yundong chuckled
humorlessly. "Yeah? Well that's about to change soon," he muttered
"What?" Feng Na
froze. "What's that supposed to mean? Are you transferring?"
Li Yundong smirked impenitently.
"Well, let's just say that someone's been trying really hard to have me expelled."
"Who is it!" Feng
Na said angrily. "Now of all times?! What a fool! They should at least
wait until the exchange visit is over before expelling you!"
Beside Feng Na, Chengcheng
cleared her throat harshly. Feng Na froze again, then blushed when she realized
that she'd said the wrong thing. "Oops..." she thought,
cringing inwardly. "Time to make amends..." Feng Na glanced at
Li Yundong, who was staring back at her with raised brows. She laughed
awkwardly then said, "Oh, come on. Who's been trying so hard to expel you?
You can tell me, you know." When Li Yundong's brows rose even higher, she
quickly added, "I mean, I'm a member of the student council. So whoever's
been trying to have you expelled might listen to me if I go talk to them!"
Li Yundong looked away from
Feng Na and noticed the growing crowd around them. He sighed, then took a step
closer. "It's Director Qian," he said in a low voice.
"Oh..." Feng Na
said softly, then her eyes widened suddenly. "Oh!" There was now a
look of understanding on Feng Na's face. "I get it. I'll go talk to him
and see what I can do about your problem. But," she said, raising a
finger. "I'm gonna make something clear right now. If I manage to convince him not to expel you, you must
return the favor by replacing Zhao Yujian for the performance. Deal?"
After a moment of thought, Li
Yundong realized that it wasn't that bad of a deal at all. For a moment there,
he almost said yes, but then something else made him stop. He sighed and said,
"Look. I get that it's kinda my fault and everything. But you gotta be
realistic here. What kind of performance can I give when I really don't know
sh*t about Taekwondo? What do you want me to do, lie down with a huge-ass rock
on my chest then have someone smash it with a hammer?" (T/N: The rock
smashing on the chest is a common stunt performed in ancient China; it's called
Xiongkou Sui Dashi)
"I bet lame-ass
performances like that are all you have to offer anyway," Zhou Yu mocked.
Li Yundong's brows shot to
his hairline. "Get over here then!" he shouted. "Let's see if
it's still lame when I kick your ass!"
Feng Na shot a furious glare
at Zhou Yu. "Go away, you useless buffoon!!!" Feng Na roared.
"You have no business here!"
Zhou Yu flinched and took a
step back. "Fine," Zhou Yu said with a huff, then glared at Li
Yundong. "I guess I won't beat the crap out of you today out of respect
Just come at me now, you punk. Give me a good reason to f*ck up your
Li Yundong thought, glaring back at Zhou Yu.
Feng Na's impatient voice
pulled him out of his murderous thoughts: "Hey, are you taking the deal or
not? Yes, or no? Quit your dilly-dallying and give me an answer already!"
Li Yundong huffed in
frustration, then reached for Su Chan's hand. "Fine!" he said
grumpily."If you can convince the old geezer not to expel me, then I'll
help you." He stormed off, pulling Su Chan with him.
"Hey! What kind of
performance are you giving though? Splitting bricks? Kicking wooden boards? Or
do you have something else in mind?" Feng Na yelled behind him.
Li Yundong waved a hand
beside his ear impatiently. "Whatever! I'll leave it to you," he said
without turning back.
Feng Na turned away from Li
Yundong and gave Chengcheng a thumbs up. "Done!" she said proudly.
"See? I told you there's nothing that I
reaction wasn't what Feng Na had been expecting at all. Instead of sharing her
joy, Chengcheng was cringing and desperately giving her eye signals. Feng Na
quickly took in their surroundings and noticed the strange looks everyone was
"You're screwed, Nana," she said. "I can already imagine the new
thread that's gonna be up on the forum tonight. Feng Na, the hottest third-year
finance student, falling head over heels for Li Yundong. Good luck trying to
explain that to everyone."
"No! What- that's not!
B- But that's not it!" Feng Na sputtered, then grabbed her hair and
released a shriek of frustration. "It's all that bastard's fault!"
she yelled. "Dammit! This is driving me insane!" All of a sudden, she
released her hair and looked at Chengcheng. "Hey, the enrollment form is
with you right?"
"Tsk! For the
performance," Feng Na said impatiently.
said, then began rummaging through her satchel bag. "Yeah, I have it.
Feng Na gritted her teeth and
said, "Put Li Yundong's name on it!"
Chengcheng froze for a few
seconds. "You're that confident you can handle Director Qian?"
Feng Na snorted haughtily.
"Hah! I assure you there's nothing that can't be handled as long as I'm
involved," Feng Na said, then gave Chengcheng a pointed look. "Write
his name in. Now. Then submit the
"Oh, okay then,"
Chengcheng said, reaching for her satchel again. Then, her hand stilled.
"But what should we put as his performance?"
Feng Na snorted again.
"Didn't you hear what he said just now?"
Chengcheng stared at Feng Na
blankly. "Huh? What did he say?"
"That rock smashing
thing!" Feng Na said with an evil grin. "He said it himself
Chengcheng's jaw dropped
open. "Wh- what! What era do you think this is? Nobody does that
Feng Na glared at her bestie
and took one step closer, all the while eyeing those F-cup melons
threateningly. "Hey... Are you going to write it down or not?"
Chengcheng sighed in
resignation and agreed.
Li Yundong, of course, had no
idea that he had just become the victim of Feng Na's revenge plot. He and Su
Chan had already arrived back at his apartment for quite a while now. When they
walked through the door earlier, he was still fairly pissed off. He'd calmed
down quite a bit since then, but he was still in a sullen mood. Sullen, as in
giving Su Chan the cold shoulder.
Su Chan had never left Li
Yundong's side since they left his school. She never spoke a word, of course.
She didn't dare lest she anger him again. She spent the silent journey home
observing Li Yundong's facial expression, trying to work out his emotions. When
they entered the apartment, he still looked pretty angry, much to her dismay.
But that didn't mean Su Chan was planning to leave him on his own. Instead of
going back to the bedroom when they got home, she followed Li Yundong to the
carpet and sat down beside him.
They spent a long while in
silence with Li Yundong glowering and Su Chan looking at him timidly. At one
point, Su Chan noticed a change in Li Yundong; although he was still scowling,
the anger in his eyes earlier had vanished. "Yundong..." Su Chan
said. "Please stop being mad..."
Li Yundong's eyes darted to
her face briefly, then snorted. "None
of this sh*t would've happened if this chick knew how to keep her mouth
When Li Yundong didn't
answer, Su Chan shifted closer towards Li Yundong and grabbed his arm.
"Stop being mad... Please? Pleeeease?" Su Chan shook his arm gently.
"I'll keep my mouth shut from now on..."
Li Yundong gave her a
sidelong glance. "Yeah, right. I'll
be the next Mr. Olympia if you could pull that off..."
Seeing that Li Yundong was
still ignoring her, Su Chan puffed out her cheeks in disappointment. Then, all
of a sudden, she sat up straighter. "But
will it work?" she thought. She stole a glance at Li Yundong, who
wasn't even looking at her. "Then... Will you stop being mad if... if I
give you a kiss?" she asked tentatively.
Now that, to Li Yundong, was
decidedly the best statement he'd heard in his whole life. His anger vanished
in an instant, and he had a sudden urge to scream "Yes!" until cracks
formed in the soundproof walls of his apartment. But then something held him
back. "Will I sound too desperate if I agree immediately?" he
thought. "Nah... I'll wait for a few seconds... Argh! Screw it!" He
mumbled something that sounded like an "okay."
Su Chan's scent overwhelmed
his senses, then he felt a quick and gentle brush of her lips on his left
cheek. Despite its brevity, the kiss was enough to turn Li Yundong's insides
Su Chan sat back down on the
carpet after she kissed him, then took his arm again. "Are you still
ignoring me?" she asked, staring down at the carpet. When she didn't
receive a response, she looked up at Li Yundong and found that he was rubbing a
spot on his left cheek with his hand — the spot that she had just kissed.
Su Chan blushed and looked
back down at the carpet. "Wh- what are you thinking about?" she tried
Li Yundong said, causing Su Chan's head to snap back up.
Su Chan watched Li Yundong's
face expectantly. He was still rubbing the same spot on his cheek, but at least
his scowl had vanished.
Seconds later, Li Yundong let
out a sigh and said, "I'm thinking which street would have a higher
probability of success when we go to beg for food."
Su Chan released Li Yundong's arm and rolled to the carpet in laughter.
"You're pathetic! Hahaha! Why would you be thinking about stuff like
Li Yundong snorted loudly.
"Why wouldn't I be thinking
about that when I have a troublemaking minx like you hanging around me? Okay.
Let's do some math and look at how much damage you've done. That TV you ruined
would've cost me five to six thousand yuan to replace. Then I covered for those
gangsters' medical fees just now. Poof. Another five hundred gone. Those alone
add up to nearly seven thousand already... Then Zhao Yujian... Well,
technically he was the one who started the fight, but I'm pretty sure they're
gonna ask me to cover for his medical fees anyway. F*ck, I don't even know how
much that would cost—"
Li Yundong stopped talking
instantly when he caught a glimpse of Su Chan's face. There they were, those
puppy dog eyes, staring back at him, tugging at his heartstring like some kind
of mechanical winch.
"You're tired of me
already, aren't you?" Su Chan said in a shaky voice.
And boy oh boy was that voice
Li Yundong's undoing.
"I must've lost my
Li Yundong thought, overwhelmed by a sense of regret. "Why do I even
care about these material things when a girl as beautiful and kind as Su Chan
is willing to stick with a loser like me? She deserves to be loved and spoiled
by a man, yet I'm blaming my own failures on her. God, I'm such an
The next thought he had
though, nearly devastated him: "F*ck...
I'm not even a man... Isn't a man supposed to shoulder all the burden and give
his woman nothing but happiness and comfort?"
time to make things right..." Li Yundong thought, sighing inwardly. He'd realized now
that none of these petty things even mattered, so he did the only thing that
made sense — letting them go. He reached out and pinched Su Chan's delicate and
straight nose. "Of course not, silly girl. I'll never be tired of
Su Chan shrieked and turned
her face away. She stared at Li Yundong for a few seconds. "Then... are
Li Yundong burst into
laughter. He didn't expect Su Chan to bring up the subject of money. "Nah.
I still have some money saved up, don't worry!"
Li Yundong's parents gave him
quite a sum of money when he was young. Thanks to the frugal lifestyle he'd
been leading, he still had about a hundred thousand yuan in his savings account
now. Even after he covered the expenses he'd estimated earlier, they still wouldn't
end up on the streets.
Su Chan was a fox spirit who
hadn't been to the mortal world until recently, so she had no notion of how
hard it was for mortals to earn their keep. Needless to say, when Li Yundong
told her not to worry, she took his word for it and beamed. "You're the
worst!" she said teasingly. "Always scaring me like that!"
The smile on Su Chan's face
filled Li Yundong's heart with warmth. All of a sudden, he felt as though he
was right where he belonged, and that he had nothing to fear, not even if the
sky were to crash down on him. But that didn't mean he wouldn't at least try to
get things under control. He gave Su Chan a stern look. "Then are you
going to listen to what I say and be obedient from now on?"
Su Chan nodded
enthusiastically, like one of those adorable bob heads. "Chan'er will be a
Su Chan's sudden compliance
lit up a fire in Li Yundong's heart. He cleared his throat harshly. "Hm. I
don't think I can believe you, unless you give me another kiss," he said
with a straight face.
Su Chan giggled. "But
haven't I already kissed you once just now?"
Li Yundong couldn't hold back
his smile anymore. "Then kiss me again!"
Su Chan jumped to her feet
and made a beeline to the bedroom, giggling as she ran. SLAM! THUD! Mr. Invincible
Badass, it seemed, was going to get another bump on his forehead since his
badassery wasn't enough to prevent him from running face-first into the door,
which Su Chan had so kindly decided to shut in his face. "Oww..." Li Yundong thought. Su Chan's voice rang out
from inside the bedroom before he could speak: "Nope! No more kisses!
Li Yundong sighed and let his
head droop until his chin touched his clavicle. He turned his head to look at
the carpet, then looked back at the tightly-shut bedroom door. "Why do I get a feeling that this is
gonna happen a lot from now on?"
Su Chan stood with her back
against the bedroom door. "He's doing it again... he's doing it again.
Argh! Things can't go on like this... I need to keep my distance, keep my
distance!" Su Chan raised her head suddenly. "But... why do I
find it so hard to keep my distance? Every time I tried to look cold and
unapproachable... I always ended up smiling..."
"Argh!" Su Chan gripped her hair and
crouched down. "What am I gonna do... I hate this... I hate this..."
she mumbled to herself.
Little did Su Chan know that
an attraction between herself and Li Yundong was inevitable. All entities that
exist in the universe can be classified into two categories: Zhi Yin; Zhi Yang.
The essence of Su Chan's body was that of a fox, and foxes are Zhi Yin
entities. The Renyuan Jindan, on the other hand, is a Zhi Yang entity, so after
consuming it, Li Yundong's body became a Zhi Yang entity as well. The
inevitability of the attraction between Su Chan and Li Yundong was simply due
to an immutable law of nature: Yin and Yang attract each other.
Even a normal man and woman
would be drawn to each other if they stay under the same roof for a long time.
If a Zhi Yin woman and a Zhi Yang man stayed together...
"Su Chan... Su Chan...
Hey! Su Chan... Are you in there?" KNOCK! KNOCK! KNOCK!
Su Chan jumped to her feet.
"Wh- what is it?" she asked.
"D- did..." Li
Yundong cleared his throat. "I mean, just now... did that guy... did he...
Su Chan snorted. "Those
weaklings?" she said haughtily. "I can take on a hundred of them
without breaking a sweat! So... don't worry..."
A silence ensued. Su Chan
stood at the door, waiting with bated breath for Li Yundong to speak again.
About a minute later, Li Yundong finally spoke. "Su Chan... don't take
unnecessary risks next time, you hear me? If... If you run into trouble... You
can come to me and... I'll be there for you."
Su Chan opened her mouth to
protest, but then something made her stop — a warm and tingling sensation in
her chest. "Oh..." she said, biting her lip. "I
"Good, then," Li
Yundong answered, then paused for a moment. "Well, I'm gonna take a nap.
I've still got class in the afternoon."
Su Chan placed her ear
against the surface of the door and listened to Li Yundong's diminishing
footsteps. She stayed there until the only thuds audible were the rapid
poundings of her heart, then retreated from the door and walked towards the
As Su Chan lay on the bed,
staring up at the ceiling, she replayed the events from earlier. Eventually,
she got to the part where that punk from the vegetable stall managed to sneak
up on her from behind. She could've taken him out instantly, but something she
saw back then surprised her so much that she hesitated. It was the change she
saw in Li Yundong the moment that punk yelled to get his attention. Li Yundong
looked different. It wasn't just the way his hair stood erect because of the
Jindan, but it was his facial expression and the pure anger she saw there. He
almost seemed protective.
The smile on Su Chan's face
(when did it even get there?) became warmer and warmer as her thoughts lingered
on Li Yundong. Her large eyes sparkled, and her heart was flooded with emotions
yet unknown to her. She didn't know what this feeling was or what it meant. She
just knew that it felt good. It was warm, sweet, and caused a mysterious sense
of excitement which made her heart race!
Chapter 25 A Massage Is Also a Means of
After a quick nap, Li Yundong
whipped up three dishes using the groceries they had bought from the
supermarket last time. He brought the dishes to the coffee table in the living
room, then hollered to let Su Chan know that it was lunch time.
They sat down at the coffee
table and started eating. As usual, Su Chan ended up wolfing down most of the
food on the table. Not that Li Yundong didn't put up a good fight. If the art
of chopstick fighting existed, he'd probably be a black belt by now considering
how much practice he'd had. He was still no match for Su Chan, of course. Damn,
the girl was relentless. But the most appalling thing of all was that
she'd actually snarled and growled at him when he tried to reach for the food
on the table, the food that he had prepared. The little minx!
Li Yundong laughed.
"Damn, you really are like a kid."
Su Chan burped, then glanced
at Li Yundong sheepishly. "Just... It- it was delicious!" she said,
Li Yundong shook his head and
smiled at her. "Guess I'll have to prepare four servings from now on. Two
servings isn't even close to enough! Hell, I've barely eaten two bites!"
Su Chan's blush deepened.
"Um... I'm sorry," she said, fiddling with the sleeve of Li Yundong's
sweatshirt. "I stole your food again..."
"Nah," Li Yundong
said, waving off her concerns. "It's okay as long as you're full."
Su Chan lowered her head.
"A- actually..." she trailed off, stealing a glance at Li Yundong
from under her lashes. "I'm only about a third full."
Li Yundong's butt fell off
the couch onto the carpet. He gaped at Su Chan for a few seconds, then grabbed
the empty rice cooker beside the table and showed it to Su Chan. "That's
four cups of rice I cooked! And you alone finished three cups! Holy sh*t! What
is your stomach made of?!"
Su Chan's pout was so huge
that her lips were almost pointing towards the ceiling. "I was
"I'll be damned..."
Li Yundong said, then paused to look at her strangely. "Don't tell me
you're still in puberty."
"As if!" Su Chan
said, pushing her chest out proudly. "I'm already past puberty!"
Li Yundong stared at Su
Chan's voluptuous chest, then swallowed hard.
Personality-wise, Su Chan was
just like a child; she was cheerful and perky all the time, innocent, and
perhaps a little bit naive. However, her body was a far cry from a child's.
Hell, who was he even kidding? Her body was absolutely flawless. At 165cm tall, Su Chan was the living personification of
perfection with her slender limbs and long legs, as well as her narrow waist.
Even when wearing his
sweatshirt, which was at least several sizes too large for her, her bust was
still pushing out against the front of the shirt. "That's gotta be a D-cup at least..." Li Yundong thought.
And judging from the two sharp points vaguely visible through the front of the
shirt, she wasn't wearing a damn bra. F*ck.
Li Yundong cleared his throat
and averted his gaze. So help him God, he might lose his marbles if he kept
staring at those voluptuous, alluring, mouth-watering, sexy and—
Li Yundong stood up
unsteadily. "I'm going to clean up," he said, stacking up the used
plates and bowls from the coffee table.
Li Yundong entered the
kitchen with a stack of dishes and headed for the sink. Once he began working
on the dishes, his mind went into autopilot mode. Images of Su Chan's enticing
figure filled his mind, stoking the heat inside his chest. His fantasies went
on and on until a point where he felt something warm on his nose.
He reached up with a hand and
wiped his nose. Blood.
"You've gotta be
sh*tting me..." Li Yundong said. "F*ck! Am I really this pathetic? I
got a nosebleed coz of something like this?"
In the living room, Su Chan
frowned when she heard Li Yundong talking to himself in the kitchen. She rose
from the carpet and walked into the kitchen, where she saw Li Yundong standing
at the sink with his head tipped back and his right head pinching the bridge of
his nose. There were blood stains on his neck and the front of his shirt.
Su Chan ran to the sink.
Li Yundong turned away from
Su Chan awkwardly, blushing to the tip of his ears. "I can't let her
see me like this, dammit!" he thought. "She's gonna laugh at
me if she knew that I got a nosebleed just from having dirty thoughts about
"I'm good!" Li
Yundong said, stepping away from Su Chan. "It's no big deal. I got it
handled." He held his free hand out in front of him to prevent Su Chan
from coming any closer.
He felt a strong tug on his hand, and the next thing he knew he was practically
crashing into Su Chan. He was still drowning in Su Chan's scent when he felt a
light tap on the back of his neck, then another on the top of his head.
Confused, he stepped away and looked at Su Chan strangely. Su Chan was beaming
at him. "Hehe, you're fine now," she said. "Lower your head."
Li Yundong did as he was
told, albeit hesitantly. When he found that blood was no longer spilling from
his nose like a burst pipe, his head snapped back up and he looked at Su Chan
in surprise. "You tapped me two times, and the bleeding stopped..."
he said. "How the... That's amazing..."
Su Chan's grin grew wider.
"Yep, my master taught me that."
"Dayum... Your master
must be some kind of medical genius..."
All of a sudden, Li Yundong's
body grew stiff. "Hey... uh... listen... um... Th- The weather is too hot!"
he stammered. "The nosebleed! I mean that's how I got the nosebleed. Don't
get the wrong idea, okay?"
Su Chan smiled at him and
patted his shoulder. "Aw... You don't have to explain," she said.
"I get it. I understand!"
Li Yundong's face fell. "Oh, f*ck... Does that mean she knows
I've been having dirty thoughts about her? There goes my f*cking
As it turned out, Su Chan did know, but not in the sense that Li
Yundong thought. Su Chan knew the reason behind Li Yundong's nosebleed from a
medical perspective, and she came to the conclusion that it wasn't a good thing
Nosebleeds occur when the
blood capillaries inside the nose rupture, which is typically caused by three
things: one, strong impact on the nasal cavity; two, sudden expansion and
constriction of the blood capillaries due to sudden temperature change; three,
the failure of the body's Qi to control blood flow.
For Li Yundong, it was the
If all the red blood cells in
the human body form an army, then the body's Qi would be the General commanding
the army. This is also why having a powerful Qi is important to ensure good
health; life sustaining nutrients are transported to all cells in the body via
the blood, and Qi helps in that regard by making blood flow more rapidly
through the body. As such, a person with weak Qi would experience a slow blood
flow, which in turn leads to poor health and even the formation of blood clots.
The blood capillaries inside
the nose are delicate and fragile, which makes them highly sensitive to any
changes in the state of a person's Qi. Having been enhanced by the Renyuan
Jindan, Li Yundong's Qi was already more powerful than that of a normal human.
Also, Su Chan had no doubt that the anger he'd experienced during his brawl
with those weaklings this morning had left his Qi in an agitated state. Those
two factors combined led to the rapid flow of blood through his system and,
subsequently, a nosebleed when the capillaries inside his nose ruptured.
Su Chan wasn't at all
surprised to see Li Yundong having nosebleeds at some point after consuming the
Jindan. Still, the fact remained that his nosebleed was a sign of his Qi going
out of control. Had he controlled his Qi and brought it out of its agitated
state, his blood flow rate would be manageable as well.
Su Chan waited in the kitchen
until Li Yundong finished up everything. Then, when Li Yundong was drying his
hand with a dish towel, Su Chan walked up to him and said, "Let me give
you a massage, okay?"
A tsunami of joy crashed into
Li Yundong. He tossed the dish towel onto the counter and turned to face Su
Chan. Boy, her face though. It was like she wasn't just asking him for
permission, but also pleading for permission. In an instant, all the things
that had been troubling his mind earlier faded into oblivion. "Being
able to enjoy a meal with a gorgeous woman, and then get a massage after
that? Am I in heaven or what?" At that moment, Li Yundong was sure of
something: if given a choice between having eternal life and being able to grow
old with the woman he loved, he'd choose the latter any day.
When Li Yundong agreed to her
request with a nod, she grabbed his arm and led him out of the kitchen. Once in
the living room, Li Yundong tried to move towards the couch, but Su Chan pulled
him back, then shook her head. When Li Yundong gave her a confused look, she
pointed at the carpet. Once she'd gotten Li Yundong to sit down cross-legged on
the carpet, she moved around to stand behind him, then got to work.
Su Chan didn't perform the Three-Pronged
Flower Gathering technique on Li Yundong this time since it would lead him to
wearing the crown of three flowers. A person who wears the crown of three
flowers would be in such a state where their Essence, Qi, and blood are the
However, this was the exact
opposite of what Li Yundong needed at the moment, since his Qi and blood were
already too energized. If Su Chan performed the Three-Pronged Flower Gathering
technique on him right now, a nosebleed wouldn't be the only thing he had to
worry about — he would be bleeding from all seven openings on his head!
While she worked, Su Chan
secretly began to mobilize the Yin Qi inside her body, getting it to flow out
of her body from the center of her palm. Then, she pressed her palm down on the
top of Li Yundong's head and began rubbing his Baihui with a gentle circular
motion: 32 times clockwise; 32 counter-clockwise.
The Baihui is the highest
acupoint in the human body. If the human body were a pressure cooker, then the
Baihui would be the air vent on top. As such, the Baihui is a very sensitive
acupoint, the stimulation of which would affect all acupoints in the human
In essence, Su Chan was
channeling the Yin Qi inside her body into Li Yundong's body through his
Baihui. Once her Yin Qi entered Li Yundong's system, it would start balancing
his Yang Qi, thus bringing it out of its agitated state and into a state of
harmony. The combination of Yin and Yang leads to harmony. This is an immutable
law of nature.
Thanks to Su Chan, Li Yundong
was experiencing the most pleasurable sensation of his life. It was like cool
spring water was being poured into his body via some kind of opening on
top of his head. The coolness gushed into his body and spread out through his
body, seeping into every blood vessel. It was refreshing. Invigorating.
It was as though life itself was being poured into his body. Minutes
after the massage began, Li Yundong began moaning and groaning in pleasure.
"Oh God... That feels so
good..." Li Yundong released a long sigh.
Su Chan gave him a stern look
and said, "Don't talk."
Li Yundong clammed up
immediately. He closed his eyes and focused on enjoying the massage and the
cooling sensation spreading all over his body.
After she was done with Li
Yundong's Baihui, Su Chan rubbed her palms together to warm them up. Then, she
covered Li Yundong's ears with her palms and pressed inward. She held that
position for about a minute or so before pulling her palms away from his ears
The moment Su Chan's palms left
his ears, Li Yundong heard a rumble inside his ears. At that moment, it was as
though every single knot inside his body had been untangled and freed. Then,
there was that cooling sensation again, this time originating from below his
navel and surging upwards until it reached his head. He suddenly felt as if his
vision and hearing had never been this clear. He'd never felt this refreshed
"Where did she learn
these massage techniques anyway?" Li Yundong thought, his heart filled
with curiosity and awe. "And the effects are instantaneous... Is that
even humanly possible?"
Li Yundong had a lot of
questions that he was dying to ask. But he didn't want to anger Su Chan, so he
kept them to himself for now. Still, everything felt too bizarre for him to act
like it was just a simple massage. This had to be something else. While Su Chan
worked, Li Yundong kept turning his eyes upwards to look at Su Chan. His
expression was a battle between curiosity, amazement, pleasure, fear, and
"I'll tell you all about
it later, so don't ask now," Su Chan said as though she had read Li
Yundong's mind. "And don't think about anything. Just close your eyes and
empty your mind."
Li Yundong nodded and did as
he was told.
Su Chan's nimble hands worked
wonders on Li Yundong's body, pinching his shoulders, rubbing circles on his
back, as well as patting and pressing down on his head. The pressure applied by
her hands varied. When the pressure was firm and strong, Li Yundong would feel
as though he was standing right under a powerful waterfall with torrents of
fresh and cooling water crashing onto his face. Instead of pain, he felt a
pleasure so immense that he ended up shouting. In a way, it was like taking a
sip of a strong alcohol — it stings in the mouth, but it was the good kind of
sting. On the other hand, when her fingers were gentle, Li Yundong felt as
though he was soaking in a hot spring where he felt warm and relaxed all over.
It was a slow kind of pleasure, like sipping a cup of warm tea.
In the world of Cultivation,
this massage technique was known as "Butterfly Flower Gathering."
Although the name sounded
fancy, it wasn't without meaning. In nature, a butterfly lands on a flower
briefly in order to suck the flower's nectar before flying away. This is a
mutually beneficial interaction; the butterfly feeds on the nectar while the flower
gets pollinated. In the Butterfly Flower Gathering technique, the masseur is
the butterfly. As such, the masseur reaps benefits in the form of the
mobilization of their Qi as well as improving their blood circulation.
Li Yundong ended up falling
asleep not long after the massage session began.
Su Chan stopped massage the
moment Li Yundong fell asleep. With one hand pressed over Li Yundong's Baihui,
Su Chan watched Li Yundong quietly, observing the flow of Qi and blood inside
Su Chan's massage had
mobilized the Essence, Qi, and blood inside Li Yundong's body, getting them to
flow in a complete circuit. In other words, Li Yundong was indirectly
undergoing the process of Xiao Zhoutian, even when he was asleep.
It seemed like an easy way to
Cultivate; after all, anyone could sleep. However, in actuality, this was one
of the most dangerous ways to Cultivate.
A person's Qi has no free
will and conscious thought, so before the meridians inside a person's body are
fully activated, its flow is completely random and disorderly. If a Cultivator
isn't careful during training, it is very easy for them to end up with a
Qi-flow that is completely erratic and unpredictable! Think of electric
devices. Electric devices only function when electricity travels in its
intended circuit. In the case of a short-circuit, not only would the device
stop functioning, but it might end up being destroyed as well. As such, it is
important during Cultivation to ensure that Qi always flows down the path
intended by the Cultivator.
Otherwise, the Cultivator's
body would end up in the most
dangerous state known in the world of Cultivation: Zouhuo Rumo!
The key, of course, is to
always activate one's meridians during the process of Cultivation. When the
right meridians are activated, the Cultivator can ensure that their Qi always
flows down the intended path — the path defined by the meridians that they
Since Li Yundong hadn't been
taught how to activate his meridians, it was absolutely vital for Su Chan to
keep an eye on the flow of Qi to ensure that his Qi flowed down the Xiao
Zhoutian path. The moment Su Chan noticed his Qi beginning to stray from the
Xiao Zhoutian path, she would press down on the acupoint where the Qi flow
branched off and redirect it to the Xiao Zhoutian path. In essence, Su Chan was
physically guiding the flow of Li Yundong's Qi.
It was undeniable how lucky
Li Yundong was. With Su Chan guiding the flow of his Qi as he slept, he was literally Cultivating
without Cultivating! And not to mention the fact that his Qi had been enhanced
by the Renyuan Jindan! On one hand, there were the Cultivators who had spent
years and months of hard work, honing their skills; on the other, there was
this guy who had stumbled upon the Renyuan Jindan (by dumb luck no less!) and
was Cultivating in his sleep! Any trained Cultivator would be pissed off to no
end if they ever found out.
After sixteen circuits of
Xiao Zhoutian, Li Yundong slowly came to. When he was fully awake, he let out a
long and satisfied sigh, releasing a stream of Qi which shot out of his mouth
like an arrow.
"Damn... If I got to
experience this kind of massage every day, I think I really might end up as a
Su Chan's eyes gleamed
brightly. "Then... Can I give you this massage every day?" she asked
hurriedly. "Can I? Can I?"
Chapter 26 Aspire, Then Cultivate!
Delight and surprise washed
over Li Yundong when he heard Su Chan's offer. Alas, those pleasant feelings
were shortlived. "Is... is that even okay?" he asked awkwardly.
Su Chan did her usual bob
head thing again. "It is! It is!"
Li Yundong turned around and
studied Su Chan's expression. Really studied it. That was when he
noticed the flushed state of Su Chan's face as well as the sweat dotting the
tip of her nose and forehead. "Damn... She looks exhausted..."
Li Yundong felt a pang of
guilt inside his heart, but then it was quickly soothed by feelings of
gratefulness. "Nah, it's okay," Li Yundong said, feeling touched by
the lengths that Su Chan had gone through for him. "Look at you, all
covered in sweat."
"Huh?" Su Chan
looked confused for a moment. Then, she reached up to wipe her forehead with
the back of her hand. She smiled at him when she noticed the sweat on her hand.
"Oh, the sweat isn't because of physical exhaustion," she said
cheerfully. "It's due to the circulation of Qi inside my body! I'm not
tired at all! See!" Su Chan got up and jumped around a few times, then sat
back down again. She knew very well that the Butterfly Flower Gathering technique
was beneficial to both parties involved.
"The circulation of
Qi?" Li Yundong asked, his face scrunching up in confusion. He then
remembered the BAMF way she had taken out Er Lu in front of the campus earlier.
Li Yundong looked at Su Chan strangely for a moment, then asked, "Su Chan,
how do you know all these things? Did your master teach you all of this?"
Su Chan nodded. "Of
course!" she said, beaming with pride. "My master is the best!"
"So... let me get this
straight," Li Yundong said, tilting his head slightly. "All that
Traditional Chinese Medicine stuff and the massage techniques... They were all
taught to you by your master?"
Su Chan pondered Li Yundong's
question for a moment. "Hmm...
Technically, master only taught me the art of Cultivation... But then... the
principles of the healing arts are based on the Tao... and the art of healing
is one of the many manifestations of the Tao... So, if he wants to put it that
way, it isn't wrong."
Moments later, Su Chan
nodded. "Yup! She did!"
Li Yundong looked at Su Chan
in awe. "Damn... Your master must be a living legend."
At that moment, the radiance
on Su Chan's face rivaled that of a thousand suns. "She is! And she is
"Wait, are you saying
that your master is even more beautiful than you are?" Li Yundong asked
Su Chan's grin was so wide
that even her eyes had become slits. "My master is a hundred times more
beautiful than I am!"
Li Yundong burst into
laughter. "A hundred times? I call bullsh*t! A woman who is a hundred
times more beautiful than you can't possibly exist in this world. I don't buy
Su Chan glared at him.
"But it's true!" she argued.
Li Yundong pinched Su Chan's
nose and looked at her face with nothing but adoration. "To me, you're the
most beautiful woman in the world. There isn't anyone who can come close, you hear me?"
Su Chan blushed and looked
down. "That's not true at all... I'm actually ugly..."
"Who said that!" Li
Yundong said, feigning anger.
A pout formed on Su Chan's
lips. "My master said it..."
Li Yundong froze, then
laughed out loud. "No sh*t?" he said. "Hah! I bet she's just
jealous of you! That was why she said you're ugly!"
Su Chan had been Cultivating
in the mountains since she was born. Before she ran into Li Yundong, she could
count on one hand the number of people she had actually met! Having lived in
seclusion for so many years, how could she possibly be informed about the
beauty standards of the mortal world?
She had never been praised
for her looks before. Never. In fact, it was the other way around! Her master
had constantly criticized Su Chan's looks while warning her about the dangers
of flaunting one's looks in the outside world. Years of such mental
conditioning had drilled the idea into Su Chan's mind that she wasn't
beautiful, which also happened to be the reason for Su Chan's constant worries
that Li Yundong would abandon her because of her "ugliness."
Still, Su Chan was nothing if
not loyal to her master; her hackles were raised the moment she heard Li
Yundong speaking ill of her master. "Nonsense!" Su Chan snapped.
"My master would never treat me like that! She's the best and the nicest
person in the world!"
Li Yundong feigned a stern
look. "What about me?"
Su Chan suddenly looked
sheepish. "Y- you are the... the second best," she said, twiddling
Li Yundong's face fell.
Su Chan looked up suddenly
and stuck out her tongue. Then, she leaned in closer to Li Yundong and
whispered, "Hey... I'm gonna tell you a secret about my master,
okay?" One would think that her master was actually in the room with the
way she was acting.
Li Yundong smiled in
amusement, but decided to play along. "What?" he whispered back.
"My master is actually
very strict with me," she whispered. "And she's constantly yelling at
me. But I know she's doing it for my own good... So... if you work harder,
maybe you can replace my master and become the best and nicest person in the
Li Yundong burst into laughter,
then stood up, pulling Su Chan to her feet as well. After that, he practically
dragged her into the bathroom and positioned her in front of the mirror.
"Look," Li Yundong said, pointing at Su Chan's reflection in the
mirror. "Look at yourself."
Su Chan blinked a few times,
then turned away from the mirror to look at him. "I see myself...
so?" she asked, confused. She'd been using this mirror every day since she
began staying here. Of course she'd seen herself before. Why was he asking her
to look at herself. What was the point he was trying to make?
Li Yundong cupped Su Chan's
face with his hand and smiled at her tenderly. "So? You're beautiful," Li Yundong said.
"Here, let me show you." Li Yundong turned Su Chan's face back to the
mirror, then began tracing the contours of her reflection's face with his other
hand. "The shape of your face is what we call the melon-seed face. If you
look closely, it's like an inverted melon-seed. So cute, right?" Then, his
finger moved towards the eyes of her reflection. "Your eyes are beautiful
too. They're large, bright, clear, and so full of life... Look at your lashes,
they're so long. Then your lips... so red and full." Li Yundong suddenly
cleared his throat. "Of course, we can't forget your skin. Your skin looks
very fair and healthy. You know, most women can only dream to have your looks.
Even if they spend trillions on plastic surgery they might not look as good as
you. Not even those movie stars and celebrities we see on TV could compare to
Su Chan blushed heavily and
stared at her own reflection with a dazed look. "Maybe... I'm a little bit pretty?"
"Am I really as
beautiful as you said?" Su Chan mumbled.
Li Yundong held Su Chan's
gaze intently. "Of course," he said with conviction. "That's why
I said I don't believe there's a woman who's a hundred times more beautiful
than you. Your master is definitely just jealous of your looks."
Su Chan still didn't like it
when Li Yundong spoke ill of her master. "No, that's not it at all,"
she said with a pout. "My master really is a beautiful woman. You'll know
when you see her in the future."
Li Yundong smiled without
"So I'm actually
pretty... I never knew—" Su Chan gasped all of a sudden. "Is... is that why
master... she..." The revelation came in an instant, like a flick of a
switch that lit up a million light bulbs in her mind. At that moment, the words
that her master had repeatedly told her back in the mountains echoed in her
mind: "Chan'er, if you end up in the mortal world one day, remember to
never ever flaunt your looks."
For the first time in her
life, the true intentions behind her master's words dawned on her. A woman's
beauty is often the root cause of trouble; Su Chan knew this saying like the
back of her hand, yet this was the first time she realized that her master had
been saying the same thing all along! Flaunting one's beauty in the mortal
world would draw the attention of: people who would try to use one's beauty for
their own evil agendas; wanton and lustful people. Her master had told her
never to flaunt her looks so that she wouldn't run into these kinds of trouble!
Tears stung Su Chan's eyes. "Oh, master..."
Poor Li Yundong, who was
clueless about the real reason behind her tears, went into panic mode
instantly. "Hey, hey," Li Yundong said, gripping Su Chan's shoulders.
"Why are you crying all of a sudden? D- did I say something?"
Su Chan looked up at Li
Yundong, her teary eyes pulling at Li Yundong's heartstring relentlessly.
"I miss my master..." she said.
Li Yundong's body stiffened.
For a long while, he stared into Su Chan's eyes deeply, not saying a single
word. A range of emotions battled in his eyes, fighting for control.
Eventually, selflessness triumphed, so he decided to put his own needs aside
and do what he thought was best for Su Chan. He clenched his jaw and exhaled.
"Then... Why don't you go back to her?" he said, trying everything in
his power to keep his voice neutral.
Su Chan jumped in shock, then
quickly seized Li Yundong's arms. "Are you abandoning me?"
Li Yundong looked at her
strangely. "You were the one who said you wanted to leave..."
Su Chan dried her tears.
"Who's leaving!" she snapped. "I
haven't even performed Yang Feeding on you yet! Hmph!"
Li Yundong sadness dissipated
and was replaced with joy and relief. "Didn't you say you miss your
master?" he said with a smile.
Su Chan made a face at him.
"I was only saying, that's all!" she said angrily.
look at her... Happy or angry... she's beautiful either way... I think I'm in
Li Yundong thought. Then, all of a sudden, a depressing thought hit him like a
truck, and he sighed. "Now do you know how beautiful you truly are?"
Su Chan's anger was like the
sky during April; it could change from being overcast to being sunny in a blink
of an eye. "Hehe... If you say so!" she said.
Slightly dazed, Li Yundong
stared at Su Chan's face with sad eyes. Then, he let out a heavy sigh. "A
beautiful girl like you?" Li Yundong said, then released a sad chuckle.
"I bet there'll be a lot of guys lining up to be with you... So, if,"
Li Yundong cleared his throat. "I'm saying if, okay? If you grow tired of me one day..." He cleared his
throat again. "You must let me know first!"
Su Chan looked at Li Yundong
as though he'd grown twenty heads. "Why would I grow tired of you?"
Li Yundong let out a
self-deprecating chuckle. "I bet I could give you, like, a hundred
reasons..." he said. "I'm not handsome. I'm poor. I don't have rich
Su Chan's face scrunched up
in puzzlement. "What does that have to do with anything?"
Li Yundong's smile went from
sad to pained. "Isn't that how girls are these days?"
"That's because they are
blind! To me, you're the best person in the world!" Su Chan declared with
Was that tears in his eyes?
F*ck. He swallowed the lump in his throat and cleared his throat harshly. Then,
he forced himself to smile. "Me? The best? Wow, so I managed to surpass
your master that quickly?" he said in a faux cheery tone.
Su Chan stuck out her tongue
sheepishly. "Your cooking is... tastier than hers..." she said.
Li Yundong burst into
laughter, but then quickly stopped laughing. Deep down, he was still worried.
This couldn't be happening. There couldn't possibly be a girl this good...
could there? "You... you really won't grow tired of me?" he asked,
gazing into Su Chan's eyes.
The eyes. The window to the
Su Chan stared right back at
him. A moment later she grinned and looked away. "I was actually the one
worrying that you might grow tired of me," she said. "Can't believe
you were worried about the same thing too."
Li Yundong looked at her
strangely. "Why on earth would I grow tired of you?"
Su Chan sighed, then looked
at him timidly. "I've caused you so much trouble... and I'm
scared..." she said. "So scared that... that you'll become sick of a
troublemaker like me. Then, you'll toss me aside."
Li Yundong laughed a few
times. When his laughter subsided, he patted Su Chan's head with a sigh.
"God, do you even know what you're saying?" Li Yundong said. "A
girl like you..." Li Yundong chuckled. "Nobody would have the heart
to blame you even if you ripped a hole in the sky."
Su Chan giggled.
"Then... you're saying that... you'll never blame me?"
Li Yundong laughed.
Su Chan grabbed Li Yundong's
arm and swayed it from side to side. "See? I knew you're the best!"
she said smilingly.
At that moment, Li Yundong
felt as though there was a frigging furnace inside his chest. The longer he
looked at Su Chan, the warmer and cozier his chest felt. And it was then that
he knew — he was in love with this girl. "Damn,
there isn't another girl like her in this world, I'm sure of it. Li Yundong!
Get your f*cking act together and treat her the way that she deserves to be
treated! Or else you'll be struck by the Five Thunders of Heaven!"
If a man loves a woman, he
would fight for her, and work hard for her!
At that moment, Li Yundong
made a decision — he wouldn't waste his life anymore. He would work hard and
earn a good living. He would become a man of value, for Su Chan, and more
importantly, for himself.
Chan, I swear I'll never let you down! I'll become a person worthy of your
choice! Just watch me!"
Even if Li Yundong was
completely in the dark about the true purpose Su Chan wanted to be with him,
even if his resolve was built on the basis of a beautiful delusion, the effect
was the same: he found an aspiration.
Once a person finds
inspiration, their Essence, Qi, and Spirit will be transformed.
At that moment, Su Chan could
feel the aura of greatness emanating from Li Yundong's body. The sharp and
faraway look in his eyes bespoke of a great man in the making. Those eyes held
the flames of ambition, and Su Chan had only seen those kinds of eyes in one
other person before — her master's brother. Those were the eyes of greatness,
the eyes of a person who was convinced that they could triumph over anything or
anyone who stood in their way!
Most Cultivators fear nature.
They knew how destructive and powerful nature could be. However, that fear was
a disadvantage where Cultivation was concerned.
Cultivators often spoke of
"changing one's fate and reforming one's destiny." Another Cultivator
named Ge Hong, from the Danding school of Cultivation once said, "the will
of a human triumphs over their destiny." Regardless, both sayings
purported the same idea: those who aspire to triumph over everything, even fate
and destiny, have the ideal mindset for Cultivation!
At that moment, Li Yundong
had this exact mindset.
The moment a person found
their aspiration, the Qi inside their body would be mobilized. As such, the
aura that the person exuded on their external environment would be exceptional!
As Su Chan stared blankly at
Li Yundong, she was suddenly struck by another thought. With his present
mindset and the Renyuan Jindan's enhancements, he had the potential to become a
legendary Cultivator! If he was willing to start his training, that is...
That thought instantly put a
halt to Su Chan's musings. She quickly backtracked and began chanting: "No. No. No. No. Then my Renyuan Jindan
would've gone to waste..."
And that was when she
realized something strange. "It's
true that he has my Renyuan Jindan, but... why doesn't it feel as bad as
At that moment, Su Chan knew
that something inside her heart had changed, and that change threw her into a
Chapter 27 Massage Your Way Into the
The love and adoration Li
Yundong felt for this girl was beyond words. She captivated his mind, bewitched
his soul, and aroused his body. Heck, he wanted to become a better man for her.
He was in love.
Li Yundong hadn't been able
to take his eyes off Su Chan since the moment he made his resolve earlier. Not
that he even wanted to look away. In fact, he was pretty sure that he'd never
grow tired of looking at her. Li Yundong kept studying her face and noticed her
knitted brows. She looked really conflicted, and she was biting her lip as
well. Something was bothering her. "I wonder what's on her
mind..." Li Yundong thought, staring at her. "Sh*t... Did the
massage wear her out? Did she get hurt while giving the massage?" Then,
an idea struck him. "Su Chan," he said, getting her attention. When
she looked up at him, he went on, "Why don't I give you a massage
The conflicted look vanished
from Su Chan's face, though her frown deepened due to confusion. "But I
don't need a massage..." she said.
The gears inside Li Yundong's
head turned as he tried to come up with an excuse. When he finally did, he
laughed and said, "Well, your massage techniques are awesome! You should
Su Chan perked up slightly.
Until now, Li Yundong had never expressed interest in learning anything from
her before. Su Chan thought for a moment, then nodded. "Okay. I guess I
can teach you," she said, then sat up straighter when another thought came
to her. "But... you don't know anything about Qi control yet!"
Li Yundong gave her a
quizzical look. "You need to know Qi control to give a massage? I mean, I
thought you just need to know, like" —Li Yundong lifted his hands and did
some weird pinching gesture— "the hand movements, the positions of the
acupoints and stuff?"
"Pfft... HAHAHA! That's
the lowest level of massage you can give!" Su Chan said, then laughed a
few more times before continuing her explanation. "According to the Canon
of the Yellow Thearch, massages are meant to be therapeutic, not just to make
people feel good. They are used to treat joint and muscle pain, even numbness.
But that's only possible if the masseur understands how Qi flows inside the
body. The masseur also has to use their own Qi to guide and regulate their
patient's Qi flow. That's why Qi control is so important. Without it, the
masseur wouldn't be able to deliver the massage's full benefits to their
patients. There are so many benefits though, like Cultivation, and Lianqi..."
Wow... That's deep..." Li Yundong said.
The smile on Su Chan's face
faded instantly. "Phew... Nearly
gave myself away just now..."
Time to change the subject.
Su Chan showed Li Yundong a few hand gestures and said, "Do you remember
the first massage I gave you?"
Li Yundong nodded. "Of
course I remember," he said in awe. "You really could put all
masseurs in the world out of business if you wanted to."
"The technique I used
last time is called Three-Pronged Flower Gathering," Su Chan said, then
She pressed down on a few
spots on Li Yundong's head, then showed him the hand gesture.
Li Yundong mimicked the
gesture, then smiled at Su Chan. "Can I try it?" he said excitedly.
Su Chan smacked Li Yundong's
hands away. "That's way too soon!" Su Chan said in annoyance.
"Just close your eyes and try to feel your own Qi flow."
Li Yundong laughed.
"Geez, you make it sound like I'm learning Qigong or something."
Still, he did as he was told and closed his eyes. "Alright! Qi flow... Qi flow..." He had absolutely no
idea what he was supposed to feel for. The only thing he felt was his own
"Feel anything?" Su
Chan asked after a minute.
Li Yundong opened his eyes
and shook his head.
"Tsk!" Su Chan
said, pressing her palm over Li Yundong's eyes. "Close your eyes. Now feel
it again!" She placed her free hand below Li Yundong's navel, then allowed
her Yin Qi to flow out of her palm. The idea was to stimulate Li Yundong's Yang
Qi with her Yin Qi.
Li Yundong felt a ball of
heat rising from his lower abdomen to his sternum the moment Su Chan touched him.
And, apparently, he wasn't the only one who felt it. His junior down there felt it too and was now rising to attention.
"Yeah... I think I feel
it..." Li Yundong said wryly.
Eventually, Su Chan caught a
glimpse of the tent-like monolith in Li Yundong's crotch. She blushed and
quickly looked away, but it was already too late — her heart was already
pounding rapidly inside her ribcage. "Isn't
it a little hot in here?" she thought, taking a deep breath. "You
felt that Qi? Good. Now, think about getting it to flow to your hand," she
said, trying to keep her voice steady.
Li Yundong closed his eyes
again and tried to do as Su Chan said. He tried, really tried. But no matter what he did, the ball of heat remained
inside his chest.
"I tried," he said
in resignation. "But it's useless. I can't get it to move."
Su Chan went silent in
thought. "Master once said that
there are nine phases in the art of Cultivation... The first three phases,
Sutai, Lianqi, and Ningshen, are the most basic and can be reached by everyone
in the world..." However, she knew that Li Yundong had already
completed the Sutai phase thanks to the Renyuan Jindan. It would've taken years,
or even decades, for a normal human to complete the Sutai phase! That alone
proved just how powerful the Renyuan Jindan was.
At the moment, the Qi inside
Li Yundong's body was thriving. Theoretically, if he was willing to begin his
training, then he could breeze past the Lianqi phase and enter the third phase,
And with Li Yundong's
aspirations and fiery spirit from earlier, getting past the Ningshen phase
wouldn't pose much difficulty as well.
Once he did, he would enter
the fourth phase of Cultivation, the Zhuji phase!
However, completing the Zhuji
phase is a mountainous challenge in and of itself. Only those who complete the
Zhuji phase can become a true Cultivator with the potential to transcend
mortality and become a Shenxian. Throughout the course of history, many people
had stumbled in the Zhuji phase and become forever trapped in the confines of
"Can Li Yundong overcome
the Zhuji phase?"
Su Chan wondered, staring at Li Yundong intently. He had the Renyuan Jindan inside
him, surely that was an advantage? "If he does, what kind of things can
When he didn't get an answer
from Su Chan after a while, Li Yundong opened his eyes. "What's
wrong?" he asked worriedly.
Su Chan was instantly pulled
out of her thoughts. "Don't try to use your muscles to move the Qi. It
doesn't work that way," Su Chan said. "Just focus your awareness onto
your fingertips. Your Qi will flow naturally according to your awareness."
impressive?" Li Yundong asked, sounding impressed.
He closed his eyes
half-skeptically, then tried focusing his awareness onto his fingertips.
However, the ball of heat remained inside his chest after a while. He opened
his eyes dejectedly. "Still couldn't do it," he said.
"Your mind is too cluttered,"
Su Chan explained patiently. "Empty your mind. Imagine that you're the
only thing that exists in this world. Nothing else exists, not even me."
Li Yundong laughed.
"Yeah right. With a beauty like you sitting here, smelling so great, I
won't be able to ignore your presence even if I close my eyes."
Su Chan frowned with
displeasure. "Do you even want to learn?" she snapped.
Li Yundong quickly schooled
his features and said, "Yes, Ma'am!"
Li Yundong shut his eyes and
tried again. "Okay... Fingertips...
Fingertips... Finger—" He felt a breath right beside her ear, then he
heard Su Chan's gentle voice: "Breathe in deep, and don't think about
Li Yundong did as he was
told, then something happened. It was that same feeling again, the one he felt
during the massage earlier, like he was soaking in a hot spring, all cozy and
warm. "Damn... this feeling.... It's
so......" He didn't even have the words for it.
then... Fingertips... Fingertips... Holy sh—"
Li Yundong's eyes shot open
and he looked at Su Chan excited. "I felt it! Haha! I felt it!" he
yelled. "That's amazing! There was this warm... energy... thingy at my
fingertips—" SMACK! "Ow! Hey! Why'd you hit me?" He held his
forehead, where Su Chan had unceremoniously slapped him.
"Close your eyes!"
Su Chan chided, then snorted. "You're acting so smug over this small
achievement? Pathetic! Keep feeling! Keep going until you can will your Qi to
flow to any part of your body!"
Li Yundong chuckled
sheepishly and closed his eyes again. "Haha!
This is so much fun!! Woo-hoo!! Feet... Ears... Left bicep... Right bicep...
Where else... Right knee... Yes!!!" It was like he had just gotten a
Amused, Su Chan watched the
joyous look on Li Yundong face, then checked the Qi flow in his body to make
sure that he was doing it right. After a while, she decided to interrupt his
fun. "Enough, enough. As long as you know how to direct your Qi, then
that's good enough."
Li Yundong's eyes blinked
open. "Su Chan, you've had this kind of training before?"
Su Chan beamed with pride.
"How long did it take
you to be able to control your Qi naturally?" Li Yundong asked.
Su Chan thought for a moment.
"About five days?" she said proudly.
Li Yundong laughed out loud.
"Hah! Yet I did it in just five minutes! I must be a genius!"
Su Chan's face fell. "But that's only because you stole my
Renyuan Jindan!!! Argh!!! Otherwise, you wouldn't even be able to do it even if
you trained for five years!! Hmph!!"
Su Chan made a face at Li
Yundong, then glared at him. "What are you so happy about!" she
snapped. "Now that you know how to control your Qi, try out the massage
technique I showed you!"
Li Yundong jumped at her
sudden outburst. "Damn... How come
she's angry all of a sudden? Is it something I said? F*ck! Really gotta keep my
stupid mouth shut!"
By the time he was done
berating himself, Su Chan was already sitting cross-legged on the carpet. Li
Yundong rose and went to stand behind Su Chan. Then he positioned his fingers
above Su Chan's head based on the Three-Pronged Flower Gathering technique she
had shown him earlier, making sure that his fingers were correctly placed on Su
Chan's Baihui, Shenting, and Taiyang.
He was just about to ask Su
Chan if his hand positioning was correct, but then his words got caught in his
throat when he saw just how absolutely perfect
she looked. The way she was sitting cross-legged on his carpet accentuated her
curves, highlighting the contrast between her narrow waist and her wide hips as
a result of her round bubble butt. Glancing down from his position behind her,
Li Yundong's attention was immediately drawn to her neck, which was long and
slender with a milky complexion. Tendrils of soft hair spread along the column
of her neck. When a breeze wafted in from the balcony, those elegant tendrils
swayed, ticking the skin on her neck, his heart, and his desire. Sitting there,
basking in the afternoon sunlight, Su Chan looked like a beautiful statue sculpted
out of alabaster.
A sculpture of perfection.
"What's the matter? Why
are you spacing out?" Su Chan's voice snapped Li Yundong out of his
Li Yundong met Su Chan's
confused eyes and said, "You're beautiful."
Su Chan smiled at him
sweetly, the annoyance she felt earlier vanishing as pleasure bloomed inside
her chest. When she turned her head to face the front, her eyes were sparkling
Surprisingly, despite being
in the presence of Su Chan's otherworldly beauty, Li Yundong didn't experience
any lustful thoughts while he gave Su Chan the massage. He worked his fingers
gently, fearing that she might break into pieces at the slightest increase of
"Concentrate your Qi to
your fingertips," Su Chan ordered with her eyes closed.
Li Yundong closed his eyes
and repeated the exercise he'd done earlier.
Li Yundong was still a
virgin, so his Yuanyang was pure and, with the Jindan's enhancements, highly
When such powerful Yuanyang
was focused on Su Chan's Baihui, Shenting, and Taiyang, the result was a
stimulation so strong that every ounce of her Yin Qi was drawn out of her body!
Su Chan's body shuddered with
pleasure and her cheeks flushed instantly.
Granted, Li Yundong didn't
experience a sensation as powerful as Su Chan at that moment, but the Yin Qi
radiating from Su Chan's body was enough to bring a slight numbing sensation to
his fingertips. Then, her Yin Qi entered his body through his fingertips,
circling around his system gently like tendrils of hair tickling everywhere
Something sparked inside Li
Yundong, throwing his heart into turmoil. His awareness drifted away from his
fingertips to somewhere else and, when he could no longer maintain the control
of his Qi, he slowly opened his eyes. That was the exact moment he saw it — Su
Chan's look of pleasure.
The flush on her beautiful
face was so deep that her face was practically glowing despite the sunlight
streaming into the living room through the balcony. Her eyes were closed, but
he could tell from the rippling motions of her eyelids that they were rolling
around in their sockets. Her lips were slightly parted as they quivered,
enticing him with each tremble. Then, when a small moan escaped her lips,
something inside Li Yundong's head exploded.
He stepped around so that he
was facing her, then leaned in to capture her lips with his own.
Su Chan's body went taut the
moment she felt the warm pressure on her lips. Her eyes opened into tiny slits,
revealing the lust contained in them.
"Mmph!" Su Chan
went limp, her body falling backwards. The moment her back hit the carpet, she
felt the hardness poking at her inner thigh.
"Ah!" Her eyes shot
open, then she shoved Li Yundong off her body with her full strength.
"No... don't... we can't..." she said.
Li Yundong sat there on the
carpet, looking at her apologetically. "I- I- I'm sorry!" he
stammered. "I just... I lost control! P- Please don't be mad. I- I- I'll
never do it again! I swear!"
Su Chan stared at Li Yundong
blankly, her face flushed, her breaths heavy and labored. After a while, she
leaped to her feet and dash towards the bedroom. SLAM! THUD! Su Chan buried her
head under the blankets.
Li Yundong sat there in a
stupor, staring at the door of the bedroom. Then, he reached up and touched his
lips, where the taste of Su Chan's lips still lingered. "What have I done? What have I f*cking done?"
Chapter 28 But Every Woman Is a Dinglu!
Within the walls of an
apartment, lay two troubled souls, each waging a war against their own
emotions, wading through the aftermath of their kiss. So much turmoil, so much
confusion, so much agitation, yet the only thing separating them was a door.
Amazing what a door can do for humanity these days.
At 2 pm, Li Yundong finally
got up from the carpet. He stood outside the bedroom and hollered: "I'm
going to class now!"
He didn't know if Su Chan
would ever step out of the bedroom again after what he did, but he had to try.
The door creaked open, much
to his surprise, delight, and relief. A beautiful, red-faced girl stepped out
of the bedroom with her head hung low. She approached him with tentative steps
and, when she got close enough, tugged the hem of his shirt.
Li Yundong laughed in relief.
"I really thought you'd be holed up in there forever," he said.
Su Chan raised her head, and
their eyes met, his filled with relief, and hers swirling with conflicting
emotions. "No more next time, okay?" she said in a small voice.
Li Yundong gave her a
sheepish smile. "Yeah... No more next time. I promise," he said, then
cleared his throat. "Come on, let's get going. I'm almost late." He
turned around and strode out of the apartment towards the elevator.
Su Chan followed closely
behind him with a long face, chiding herself all the way to the elevator: "Argh!!! Useless! Useless! Useless! Why
didn't I kick his ass like I had planned! Kick his ass! Warn him not to touch
me again! That was the plan! But my heart turned to mush the moment I saw
him... I just... Argh!! At this rate, we'll end up mating before he's even
ready! If that happens, it'll be a disaster... His body will be ruined, the
Jindan will be wasted, and my own body will be ruined too!"
None of Su Chan's thoughts
were known to Li Yundong, of course. He briskly walked all the way to campus.
However, the moment they entered the academic building, they saw two angry
women charging out of a lecture hall.
"Nana, calm down,
okay?" said Chengcheng.
"That old pervert!"
Feng Na yelled angrily. "How dare he put the moves on me! Even I feel like
kicking him in the nuts after what he did! Now I envy Li Yundong. At least he
got to see the old bastard get kicked last time!"
"Speak of the
devil," Chengcheng mumbled, then pointed at Li Yundong.
Feng Na charged at Li
Yundong. "Hah!" she said. "Finally, I found you!"
It was during times like this
that Li Yundong wished he owned a gun so that he could put a bullet in his
skull. He groaned exasperatedly. "What is it this time, your
Highness?" Then, all of a sudden, Li Yundong looked at Feng Na hopefully.
"Wait, have you dealt with my expulsion already?"
"I wish," Feng Na
grumbled, then snorted. "But don't worry! It'll soon be done!"
"Do you know what Feng
Na had to go through for your sake?" Chengcheng cut in from the side.
"She had to put her dignity aside to beg Director Qian! And you wanna know
what the old pervert did? He asked Nana to sleep with him!"
Feng Na glared daggers at
Chengcheng. "Shut! Up!" she yelled, then lowered her voice into a
hiss. "He doesn't have to know that."
"I just wanted him to
know how much you went through," Chengcheng mumbled.
"That son of a b*tch! He
hasn't learned his lesson yet, has he?" Li Yundong growled. He glanced at
Su Chan who was standing behind him. "You know what, you should've kicked
him harder last time."
Su Chan arched a brow.
"Oh? Fine, then! I'll give him another kick right now!"
That declaration made all
three of them jump in shock
Li Yundong grabbed Su Chan's
arm before she could move, thereby putting a damper on her testicle-wrecking
crusade. "Hey, hey. I was just saying, okay? Don't take it seriously,
geez," he said. "I'll really be screwed if you kick him
Feng Na released a sigh of
frustration. "Argh! The world is filled with scum these days! And who are
the ones who suffer? The good people! So unfair!" She paused mid-rant and
looked at Li Yundong. "Don't worry. I'll definitely take care of this
matter for you. I'm a girl of my word!"
Li Yundong nodded and smiled
at her. "Well, guess I'll leave everything in your capable hands."
Feng Na and Chengcheng left
in a hurry. Once they were out of the academic building, Chengcheng asked,
"What are you gonna do now, Nana?"
Feng Na frowned in thought,
then smiled. "I've got an idea!" she declared.
Chengcheng's eyes brightened.
"Ask Zhou Qin for
Chengcheng gave her best
friend a sneer. "Says the one who vowed to never ask her for help."
Feng Na tipped her head back
and laughed a few times. "The game has changed, my friend. The game has
"That chick does have a
strong sense of justice, I'll give her that," Li Yundong told Su Chan
after Feng Na and Chengcheng disappeared from the academic building's entrance.
If Li Yundong knew about the
schemes she had in store for him during the exchange visit, he wouldn't have
made that comment.
Su Chan nodded in agreement.
"Yup. She really is a good dinglu!"
Li Yundong looked at Su Chan
exasperatedly. "Hey, would you stop that?" he said. "You can't
just run around and call each woman we meet a dinglu, okay?"
"Why on earth not?"
Su Chan gave Li Yundong a look of utter confusion. "Every woman is a
That statement silenced the
entire floor they were on.
The students around them
stared at them in shock.
Heat rose to Li Yundong's
cheeks, then he grabbed Su Chan's hand and stormed off, but not before hearing
the roars of laughter behind them. "Why!
She was so obedient at home, so why is she saying these kinds of things the
moment we're out?"
Li Yundong made it to the
lecture hall with his dignity in one piece. Barely. After arriving, he led Su
Chan to the back of the class. This time, however, they didn't sit in the last
row, but the fourth row from the back instead.
Minutes later, Sun Li walked
into the lecture hall but pulled up short the moment she saw Li Yundong near
the back of the lecture hall. A smile threatened to form on Sun Li's face when
she remembered the spectacle that he and Feng Na had created during morning
class earlier. Sun Li walked past the front rows, then stopped in front of Li
Yundong. "Yo, chick magnet," Sun Li said in greeting, trying but
failing to stifle her smile. "How nice of you to grace our humble lecture
hall with your great presence?"
Sun Li's smile made Li Yundong's
cheek burn. "It's not like I can afford not to come," Li Yundong
said. "I'm about to be expelled."
Sun Li's smile vanished
instantly, and she stared at Li Yundong without saying anything. After a while,
she sighed. "You're always running around looking for trouble..."
"Me? Looking for
trouble?" Li Yundong laughed bitterly. "You're joking right? Why
would a low-key person like me go around asking for trouble?"
Sun Li's eyes darted to Su
Chan briefly. "Right. Low-key while having such a beautiful woman
following you everywhere you go," she said in a strange tone.
Li Yundong sniffed the air a
few times, then feigned a curious look. "Do you smell that?" he said,
turning to Su Chan, then back to Sun Li. "I think that's the smell of
jealousy." He sniffed a few more times before fixing his eyes on Sun Li.
"And I think it's coming from you, class rep."
Sun Li stomped her foot in
anger. "In your dreams, Li Yundong!" She turned around and stormed
Li Yundong shook his head
wryly. "Hey, Li Yundong. Are you really gonna be expelled?" asked a
guy who was sitting in the row in front of his.
Li Yundong glanced at the guy
briefly. Funny how this was the first time they spoke to each other despite
having been in the same class for a year. "Yeah, I guess," Li Yundong
"Sh*t..." said the
guy. "Then what're you gonna do?" Li Yundong thought the guy seemed
pretty taken aback by his answer, though he didn't know why.
Li Yundong laughed mockingly.
"What else can I do other than accept the inevitable? If there isn't a
place here for me, then I'll leave with my head held high. No regrets. The
world's such a huge place. Surely, I can find a place for me out there. At
least it would be better than this sh*thole of a place."
That comment earned him a
round of laughter. Then, another student, a girl this time, turned around to
look at him. "No, we don't want to see you leave," she said.
"You're a great source of entertainment. You can't just let yourself be
Yundong thought angrily. "What am I, a f*cking clown meant for their
He rolled his eyes and
ignored those idiots.
Sensing Li Yundong's sullen
mood, the other students decided not to bother him and went back to their own
The start of the lecture drew
near, and the lecture hall was soon filled with students.
Eventually, the only
unoccupied seats in the lecture hall were the few seats beside Su Chan. Guys
stayed away due to Su Chan's predilection for ruining nutsacks while girls
stayed away to avoid being seen as ugly in contrast to Su Chan's beauty.
When Zhou Qin and Ding Nan
walked in casually, the entire lecture hall plunged into silence. Zhou Qin was
surprised to see the lecture hall so full today. When she saw Li Yundong near
the back, she quickly made her way over to him.
"Hi, excuse me,
please?" Zhou Qin's voice came out soft and gentle when she greeted Li
Yundong. When Li Yundong looked up at her, she actually smiled at him.
Zhou Qin! The Ice Queen!
The students sitting near Li
Yundong gaped at the scene. Zhou Qin was known for being cold and aloof, yet
her voice sounded so warm today. And she smiled at Li Yundong of all people!
What the heck!
Didn't Zhou Qin reject Li
Yundong's confession last time? Could it be that she'd changed her mind? That
couldn't be right, could it?
Then again, Li Yundong was
barely affected by Zhou Qin. Now that he had Su Chan, he was pretty content.
Sure, beautiful women could parade themselves in front of him all they want,
but he would see them the same way as he saw the clouds in the sky — ordinary.
Li Yundong stood up and returned Zhou Qin's smile. Then, he stepped aside and
nodded to let her pass.
Zhou Qin stared right into Li
Yundong's eyes, and what she saw there shocked her greatly. No. It wasn't what
she saw that shocked her; it was what she didn't
see. There was no lust and greed in his eyes. Not one bit. Li Yundongs eyes
were pure and innocent.
What a far cry from the usual
looks Zhou Qin had received from men!
For a moment, Zhou Qin just
stood there without moving an inch, stunned, transfixed by this new side of Li
Yundong. It wasn't until Ding Nan gently shoved her from behind that she was
finally brought out of her daze. Zhou Qin lowered her head quickly. Her dark,
straight tresses fell forward, obscuring one side of her face.
Li Yundong thought he saw a
blush on her cheeks through the dark curtain of her hair.
A short while after Zhou Qin
and Ding Nan had taken their seats, the commotion caused by their arrival died
down. However, there was yet another ruckus minutes later when a guy entered
the lecture hall. The guy paused at the door, glancing around until his eyes
landed on Zhou Qin. He frowned when he saw that the seats on both sides of Zhou
Qin were taken. A look of surprise formed on the guy's face the moment his eyes
found Su Chan, but then turned into a scowl when they landed on Li Yundong.
The guy strode over, stopping
in front of Li Yundong. "Hey, you!" he spoke to Li Yundong rudely.
"I'm taking your seat!"
Li Yundong, who already had a
burr up his ass because of his potential expulsion, glanced up at the rude
voice. The guy in front of him was tall and good-looking. Well, the guy was
basically a second Zhao Yujian. Not only did the guy have good looks, but he
was dressed to the nines too. Yeah, those Armani pants definitely looked like
they cost more than Li Yundong's yearly rent. The girls, of course, were all
staring at the guy and acting as though Brad Pitt had just arrived. Then came
the whispers: "Look! Look! It's Liu Chuan! Oh my gawd... he's so
Li Yundong honestly didn't
know why they were even whispering. They might as well be shouting at the top
of their lungs at this point.
The whispers continued.
"I heard he's super rich
"Aw... Handsome and
rich. He's like a treasure trove... Whoever manages to bag him will be rich
"Hey, I hear he's super
good at basketball as well. People call him Kaede Liu! Oh, you know? After
Li Yundong snorted inwardly. "Yeah, yeah, yeah. Can you girls be any
Then, Li Yundong suddenly
decided to tease Liu Chuan a little. He feigned a look of surprise and pointed
at Liu Chuan's face. "Oh, hey... You look like that action star... Argh...
What's the name... The last name... Can't remember the last name..." Li
Yundong began snapping his fingers. "Dammit... What's the name..."
Deep down, Liu Chuan was
pleased, though he kept a humble exterior. "Action star? Nah... I'm sure
you're mistaken," he said.
The other students took Li
Yundong's word seriously and began appraising Liu Chuan's face curiously, which
inflated Liu Chuan's ego further.
Li Yundong smacked his own
forehead all of a sudden. "Aha! Now I remember," Li Yundong said,
then paused for effect. "Kaede! Kaede Matsushima! It fits, right? Isn't
that what people call you? Kaede?"
Several things happened at
once: the smug smile on Liu Chuan's face vanished; Ding Nan spit out the milk
tea she'd been drinking and burst into laughter; Zhou Qin turned her head away
to hide her smile; the entire lecture hall erupted with laughter.
indeed!! (T/N: Kaede Matsushima is a
Japanese AV actress)
Anger flashed in Liu Chuan
eyes, though for the sake of appearing cool in front of Zhou Qin and Ding Nan,
he kept his composure and smiled, even though it was pointless — that smile
made him look like he hadn't taken a sh*t in years.
Liu Chuan cleared his throat
harshly. "Dude, didn't you hear what I told you just now?"
"What?" Li Yundong
feigned a look of confusion. "I don't think I heard ya."
Liu Chuan pointed at Li
Yundong's seat. "I. Want. Your. Seat."
"Why should I let you
Liu Chuan sneered, then began
nodding. "Oh... Okay... I get it," Liu Chuan said, pulling out a
Hermes wallet from the pocket of his Armani pants. "Here!" Liu Chun
waved a few bills in front of Li Yundong's face.
Li Yundong stood up and took
the bills, then sat back down again. He turned to Su Chan who was sitting
beside him and blinking her eyes at him in confusion — she didn't understand
what the students were all laughing about. "My, my, look at this," Li
Yundong said, waving the bills in front of Su Chan's face. "Someone's kind
enough to give us free money. Looks like today's our lucky day!"
Liu Chuan's face went red in
anger. "Hey! Now that you've taken the money, move away from the
Li Yundong looked at Liu
Chuan in confusion. "Oh, you mean the money isn't a gift?"
Liu Chuan nearly passed out
from anger. "I was paying you for the seat! Now move aside!"
Li Yundong laughed.
"Hey, guys, did he say that just now?" Li Yundong glanced around a
few times, then looked back at Liu Chuan again. "Nope. I don't think you
did. Besides, when did you hear me say that I'd give you my seat?"
"You're messing with
me!" Liu Chuan roared.
Li Yundong smirked.
"Hey, how about this?" he said, waving the bills in front of Liu
Chuan's face. "Now I'm gonna pay you to get out of my sight. How about
"But that's my money!"
"Oh, but you gave it to me, remember?"
"I gave it to you in
exchange for your seat!"
Li Yundong laughed. "But
I never said I'd give up my seat!"
Liu Chuan's breaths were
coming out in angry puffs, his chest heaving and shaking. He gritted his teeth
and yelled, "Fine! You have the money then! You'll need it to buy a
"Sure. I'll make sure to
buy one that fits your size. How tall are you anyway?"
Liu Chuan glared at Li
Yundong, his fists trembling at his sides. "You wanna die?" he
Li Yundong's eyes flashed
like lightning. "Say that again! Let's see who's the one that ends up
Chapter 29 Zouhuo Rumo
The intensity behind Li
Yundong's stare knocked the wind out of Liu Chuan. Liu Chuan's heart clenched
and, all of a sudden, he felt a stifling sensation inside his chest. It was
like looking into the eyes of the Devil, eyes which held the promise of death and
eternal suffering. Liu Chuan quickly looked away from Li Yundong. He had to, or
else he would wet himself and ruin his Armani pants.
Liu Chuan clenched his jaw
and pulled out his wallet again. This time though, he took out all the cash
from the wallet, then waved it at the guy sitting behind Zhou Qin. "Dude!
I'm buying your seat! You gonna take the deal or what?"
The guy glanced at the
colorful stack of cash being dangled
in front of him. He did a quick calculation and realized that the money being
offered amounted to a few thousand yuan at least. All he had to do was get his
ass off this stupid seat and... cha-ching! Hah! This was a no-brainer. He stood
up and ripped the money from Liu Chuan's hand, then gave Liu Chuan a fawning
look. "Boss!" said the guy. "Can I call you boss? Scratch that,
I think I will, since I'm going to be your follower from now on!" The guy
might as well be having dollar signs for eyes at this point.
Liu Chuan waved the guy off
as though he was an annoying insect. Once the guy left, Liu Chuan made a great
show of taking a seat, with haughtiness and smugness leaking out of him in
spades as the glanced around a few times. Look how great I am! There's nothing
I can't buy!
Blinded by his own narcissism
and self-conceit, Liu Chuan failed to notice the looks of scorn and contempt
that Ding Nan and Zhou Qin were giving him.
Nan thought. "Can't believe I used to see him as a good choice for a
dating partner. Well, he is rich. And he's got a sunny personality too.
But I was so wrong about him being cultured and civilized that I must have been
blind! He's nothing but a barbarian! Not only that, he's stupid as well. Tsk,
tsk. But... that Li Yundong...... He's usually so low-key. Maybe there's more
to him than meets the eye..."
Ding Nan nudged Zhou Qin with
her elbow. "Say, Liu Chuan is pretty good at throwing his money around,
isn't he? So. Did he earn more brownie points from you? Or is it the other way
Zhou Qin gave Ding Nan a
cryptic smile. Her eyes, however, were so penetrating that it was as though she
had seen through Ding Nan's thoughts.
"Why are you looking at
me like that?" Ding Nan asked, smiling sheepishly.
Zhou Qin said, turning away. "Class is starting now. The professor's
Liu Chuan leaned forward in
his seat until his head was hovering between Ding Nan and Zhou Qin's shoulders.
He turned to Zhou Qin and smiled fawningly. "Qinqin, I'm throwing a party
at my house the day after tomorrow," he said. "Why don't you and
Nannan join us?"
Zhou Qin turned around in her
seat and said, "I'm sorry, are we close?"
The rejection Liu Chuan saw
in Zhou Qin's eyes and body language hit him like a truck. It was as though
Zhou Qin had put about a thousand miles of distance between them with just a
single glance. Blood gushed out from his wounded ego into his cheeks, turning
his face purple in an instant. He released an awkward laugh, then cleared his
throat to regain his composure. "Come on, Qinqin..." he said.
"Don't be like that. Like it or not, we're still childhood friends!"
If Zhou Qin's eyes looked
like pools of cold water before, then they looked like ice now, as though they
had been glazed in verglas. She gave Ding Nan a sidelong glance. Ding Nan took
that as her cue to start doing her viper thing. "Can't you tell that Zhou
Qin is rejecting you, Young Master Liu? I suggest you bow out gracefully before
the harsh words come out, pal. Coz there's no guarantee that you'll walk away
with your dignity intact when that happens." Ding Nan sighed wistfully,
though her eyes were filled with condescencion. "You know, people should
really have more self-respect and take the hint when it's clear that the other
party isn't interested. Otherwise, they'll just become a nuisance!"
Li Yundong shook his head
slightly. "Ding Nan is gorgeous,
I'll give her that. But that mouth of hers is going to get her into trouble one
of these days. F*ck. What is that tongue made of anyway? Snake venom? Then
again... Gotta admit it feels pretty damn good to see her tear that dipsh*t
Liu Chuan balled his fists in
anger. The only thing preventing him from passing out due to mortification was
the pressure in his palms where his nails were digging in. He glanced up and
saw Ding Nan staring back at him condescendingly. Zhou Qin had already turned
to the front while Ding Nan was still throwing insults at him just now. The
only view he had of Zhou Qin now was the back of her head, which might as well
be an ice block considering how cold it seemed. Still, he refused to accept the
rejection, and he knew that Ding Nan was the only person who could convince
Zhou Qin to come to his party. "What about you, Nannan?" he asked
hopefully. "Will you show up?"
Ding Nan smiled at him.
"Why should I go if Zhou Qin isn't going?"
The corner of Liu Chuan's
eyes twitched. "Time to bring out
the big guns..." He smiled patiently. "There'll be a lot of
celebrities there," Liu Chuan said. "I've invited Jiang Liren, Shen Yu,
Cheng Weidong, and another rockstar, Dong Fangyou. It's too bad if you can't
come. You'll miss out on a lot of fun."
dammit, dammit! They're all top celebs!" Ding Nan thought, biting her bottom
lip. Ding Nan turned around and looked at Liu Chuan in surprise. "Not
bad," she said in an impressed tone. "They're all first-rate
Ding Nan turned back and
leaned in closer to Zhou Qin. "Are you going?" she whispered.
Zhou Qin's lips moved
gracefully, but the one word that fell past them was like a hammer blow:
Ding Nan turned around and
gave Liu Chuan a helpless shrug. "Well, guess it can't be helped then.
Have fun with those celebrities."
Liu Chuan scowled, then
glared at Zhou Qin and Ding Nan's backs. "F*cking
slut! F*ck you and your holier-than-thou bullsh*t! One of these days I'm gonna
strip you naked. Let's see how holy you are then!"
All of a sudden, Liu Chuan
felt as though he was being watched. He turned and saw Su Chan watching him
with curious eyes.
Liu Chuan took in Su Chan's
face greedily. "So beautiful... How
come I've never seen her before?"
Su Chan spoke before Liu
Chuan could put on his best I'm-gonna-get-you-to-spread-your-legs-for-me smile.
"Your Yintang is dark and your eyes are sunken," Su Chan said, then
squinted at him. "Your Renzhong lacks depth and width... You must have a
lot of lustful thoughts about women?"
Liu Chuan's face fell, his
whole body trembling with anger. The sound of muffled laughter from the other
students only stoked the flames of his ire.
Li Yundong tried everything
in his power to keep a straight face when he pulled Su Chan closer to him.
"Don't talk," he said. "Just go to sleep if you're bored."
Anger raged inside Liu
Chuan's eyes as he glared at Li Yundong's back. "How dare you act like an arrogant punk when you're just a nobody!
I'm gonna f*ck you up one of these days!"
All of a sudden, an idea
struck Liu Chuan. An evil grin formed on his lips as he snickered and leaned
back in his seat. He didn't try to flirt with anyone after that.
This was a Social Psychology
lecture. Although the professor was doing a good job presenting the minutiae of
social influence and group dynamics, it all sounded like gobbledygook to Su
Chan, who fell asleep ten minutes after the lecture began.
Zhou Qin stood up during the
middle of the lecture to go to the bathroom.
Su Chan stirred slightly and
twisted her body aside to make room for Zhou Qin to pass. After that, she curled
herself up in her seat and went back to sleep.
Bored out of his wits, Li
Yundong turned to check on Su Chan.
He chuckled at what he saw. "Look at her... so adorable,"
Li Yundong thought when he noticed the subtle twitch of Su Chan's ears as she
slumbered. All of a sudden, he felt an impulse to try out the Qi-control
techniques that Su Chan had taught him earlier, so he closed his eyes and began
mobilizing his Qi.
Little did he know that
mobilizing his Qi in his present state was dangerous if unsupervised. It was
okay earlier because Su Chan was there to keep his Qi flowing in the right path
when he slipped up. But now...
If someone jostled him and
made him lose focus, his Qi would go rampant, which would lead to a disaster!
Li Yundong's Qi was moving
past his Danzhong when Zhou Qin returned from the bathroom. "Li Yundong,
please excuse me," Zhou Qin whispered, wanting to move past him to return
to her own seat. (T/N: Danzhong is an acupoint located at the midpoint between
Li Yundong was going through
Xiao Zhoutian at that moment, so he didn't even hear Zhou Qin's voice.
Zhou Qin frowned when Li
Yundong didn't react to her request. She didn't want to force her way past Li
Yundong, so she patted his shoulder gently.
That was a mistake. A huge mistake.
All of a sudden, Li Yundong's
body started convulsing. Inside his chest, at his Danzhong, his Qi strayed from
Xiao Zhoutian's path, spreading to other meridians and acupoints, like a group
of galloping horses charging wildly after hearing a gunshot.
This was a physical state
highly feared by all Cultivators — Zouhuo Rumo!
At best, the afflicted would
end up paralyzed or losing their mind, and at worst, death.
Li Yundong's body kept
twitching and convulsing as his Qi wreaked havoc inside his body, careening
through his meridians at random. Inside his body, his meridians swelled and
expanded as though they would explode at any moment. Li Yundong had become, quite
literally, a human bomb.
Zhou Qin could already sense
that something was amiss. Worried, she took a step closer to Li Yundong.
"Are you okay?" she said, shaking Li Yundong's shoulder gently. Big
Li Yundong's head snapped up
at the same time his eyes shot open. His eyes were bloodshot. No. they weren't
just bloodshot; they were bleeding.
It was as though the blood vessels in his eyes had burst, causing patches of
crimson to leak into the white of his eye. Those eyes didn't even look human;
they looked like they were the eyes of a demon.
Zhou Qin went weak in the
knees and fell, butt-first, into the floor right in front of Li Yundong.
away..." Li Yundong's voice came out strained as though he was being
strangled. Although his body was in the Zouhuo Rumo state, he was still
conscious enough to try to regain control of his Qi.
Instead of moving away like
Li Yundong had asked, Zhou Qin just sat on the floor while staring at him. She
was too stunned to move.
Li Yundong released a groan
of agony. "G-get out of my way! Now!"
Zhou Qin snapped out of it
and scrambled away.
Li Yundong shot up from his
seat. "Water... water...
water..." he thought. He had to find some water to douse himself with,
because he literally felt like he was a human torch right now.
Liu Chuan, however, saw the
whole situation as his opportunity to become Zhou Qin's knight in shining
armor. He stood up and smacked Li Yundong's head, hard. "F*ck you! Why are
you raising your voice to a beautiful woman like that?"
Unfortunately, Liu Chuan's
hand had struck Li Yundong's Baihui earlier, and it was as though Liu Chuan had
slapped a "Qi magnet" onto Li Yundong's Baihui — all the Qi inside Li
Yundong's body was drawn to his brain in an instant!
Li Yundong's control snapped.
A loud, bestial roar shook the entire lecture hall. Li Yundong's face turned
purple with veins bulging in his forehead as though they could burst at any
Then there was the blood,
which was flowing out of his eyes, nose, ears, and mouth.
When a person enters the
Zouhuo Rumo state, what follows is a three-stage process. The beginning of the
Zouhuo Rumo state is marked by a complete disruption of the afflicted's Qi
flow. Following that, the afflicted would start bleeding from all seven
openings of their head. Then comes the final and most devastating stage — all
Qi in the afflicted's body moves towards their Gaohuang, destroying it. When
that happens, the afflicted would be beyond saving. Not even a Da Luo Jinxian
could save them.
Startled by Li Yundong
terrifying appearance, Liu Chuan took a step backwards. However, a moment
later, he decided not to back down. "What,
it's not like he's gonna try to kill me or anything..."
Liu Chuan puffed out his
chest. "Ooh... What's the matter, tough guy? Wanna fight? Hah! Why don't
you come over here and try it then! Let's see if you have the balls!" he
The menace in Li Yundong's
eyes intensified, culminating in bloodlust. He was going to kill the first
person who was foolish enough to piss him off without regard to the
consequences of his actions.
The lecture hall had long
since plunged into silence with all students and the professor watching Li
Yundong in horror.
CLACK! The chalk fell from
the professor's hand. Li Yundong pounced, grabbing Liu Chuan by the throat in a
single-handed choke hold, lifting him into the air. Liu Chuan gasped for air,
his feet kicking out desperately. SWISH! Li Yundong moved as though there were
springs attached to his soles, leaping past three rows of seats and —
SLAM! Liu Chuan's back
smashed into the wall so hard that the lecture hall actually shook a little.
Seconds passed as Li Yundong pressed Liu Chuan against the wall while the
latter gasped for air. Li Yundong cocked his fist back, then released an evil
laugh. He let his fist fly towards Liu Chuan's head.
Chapter 30 Blessing in Disguise
Su Chan's voice was a balm to
his soul, and hearing it was akin to standing directly under a cool waterfall
during a sweltering weather. It soothed every cell in his body and cleansed
every fragment of his soul, washing away the murderous thoughts, finally
bringing his consciousness back to light. When Li Yundong finally came to, the
first that crossed his mind was that he was afraid, not of what he was doing or
what he had become, but of the consequences of what he was about to do: "If I kill this man, I won't be able to
see Su Chan ever again!"
WHAM!!! The floor trembled
when Li Yundong's fist impacted the wall about an inch away from Liu Chuan's
head. The sound of the impact echoed inside the lecture hall. It was loud, so
loud that anyone outside would've assumed that someone had smashed a giant
mallet against the wall.
Li Yundong pulled back his
fist, and the students sitting in the last row gasped in horror when they saw
the fist-sized dent on the concrete wall.
Li Yundong tossed Liu Chuan
to the side. That was when he saw Su Chan making her way towards him.
"Don't!" Li Yundong yelled at Su Chan. "Don't come any
closer!" The last thing he wanted was to lose control a second time and
accidentally hurt Su Chan, so he did the only thing that made sense at that
moment. He bolted out of the lecture hall as though his life depended on it.
No. Not his life. Her life.
Su Chan began to panic the
moment Li Yundong's figure vanished from the doorway. She knew she had to get
to him before it was too late. There wasn't a single second to lose. SWISH! Su
Chan's body rose into the air, with her arms spread wide like the wings of a
gliding hawk, as she leaped from the back of the class to the first row!
"Holy f*cking sh*t! Did
she just fly?"
"F*ck... Am I seeing
While the lecture hall went
into an uproar, Zhou Qin was still in a daze on the floor. Then, all of a
sudden, Zhou Qin sprang to her feet and ran after Su Chan.
Li Yundong didn't run far. In
fact, he stopped when he reached the nearest men's room and ran in.
A student was taking a dump in a stall
inside the bathroom when Li Yundong burst in. The hair on the back of his neck
stood on end when he heard a series of thumping sound just outside his stall.
It was as though someone was playing one of those bass drums from a marching
band. When he opened the door by an inch and poked his head out, what he saw
would've made him sh*t his pants if he wasn't already seated on a toilet bowl.
Some whack job was smashing his head and fists into the marble sink just
outside the stall!
Startled, the guy pulled up his pants
and bolted out of there. Poor guy didn't even wipe his butt.
Zhou Qin had been waiting outside the
men's room for minutes now, listening to Li Yundong's moans of agony through
the door as well as the relentless thumping from inside. "Oh, my god...
what's happening in there?" Zhou Qin thought, panicking. "Should
I just go in...? But I'm a woman and this is the men's—"
Suddenly, the door flew open and a guy
ran out, holding up his unbuttoned pants.
Zhou Qin burst forward and grabbed the
guy's arm. "Hey, what's going on in there?" she asked.
The poor guy was already at the door of
the men's room when he realized that he had forgotten everything he'd learned
during his potty training. Needless to say, his mood was about as sh*tty as his
butt by the time he was out the door. Having a chick stopping him when he was
tyring to run for his life was the final straw. He yanked his hand free from
Zhou Qin's grasp, causing the latter to stumble. Then, he all but yelled at
her: "Go see for yourself if you wanna know!"
After that, the guy hauled his
"sh*tty" ass out of there.
Zhou Qin straightened herself with a
frown. She glanced at the door when she heard another moan from Li Yundong,
then stomped her foot. "Oh,
whatever," Zhou Qin thought, gritting her teeth and entering the men's
The first thing Zhou Qin saw was Li
Yundong's bloodied face. Her eyes traveled down and she noticed that the front
of his shirt was covered in blood. CRASH! Zhou Qin jumped when Li Yundong
slammed his fist into the mirror in front of him, smashing it into pieces. Zhou
Qin moved her feet and —
BAM! BAM! BAM! CLANK! The marble sink
broke off into several pieces after Li Yundong hammered it with his fists as
though he was the Incredible Hulk.
God... Can anyone be this strong?" Zhou Qin thought, her face as
white as a sheet, her earlier resolve to move in to help Li Yundong completely
forgotten. She couldn't move. She was too stunned and frightened to do anything
other than watch. In her daze, Zhou Qin didn't notice Su Chan slipping into the
Su Chan crept forward until she was
standing right beside Zhou Qin. The girl hadn't realized her presence yet, but
Su Chan wouldn't blame her; it wasn't every day that a mortal got to see
another bloody-faced mortal standing three to four meters away in front of them
while smashing things. "Stay calm... stay calm..." Su Chan
thought as she watched Li Yundong's movements, waiting for an opening for her
to strike. "Now!" Su
Chan burst forward the moment Li Yundong had his back turned towards her, then
slammed the heel of her palm on the back of Li Yundong's neck. Li Yundong's
body went stiff for a moment, but then he suddenly turned around and delivered
SWISH! It missed Su Chan by inches as
she dodged nimbly to the other side of Li Yundong. Three or four meters away,
Zhou Qin's hair fluttered slightly due to the air currents that Li Yundong's
punch had generated.
SWISH! SWISH! SWISH! Su
Chan's body weaved and slithered around Li Yundong like a snake. Li Yundong
kept punching and missing. When Su Chan dodged another punch and ended up
behind Li Yundong, she saw another opening, so she pulled out a strand of her
hair and poked it at a spot behind Li Yundong's head.
Like a needle, the hair
lodged itself firmly in Li Yundong's Tianzhu.
Several violent convulsions
shook Li Yundong's body before his body went limp and he passed out.
Su Chan sighed in relief,
then placed Li Yundong's unconscious form onto her back. She turned around and
leveled a cold stare at Zhou Qin, who had yet to recover from her stupor.
"If you breathe a single word of what you've seen here today, and I mean a
single word, then I will find
you," Su Chan growled threateningly, "and I will kill you!"
Zhou Qin's brows shot to her
hairline as she snapped out of it. But before she could say a word, she saw Su
Chan leaping out of the window while carrying Li Yundong on her back.
"Ah!!!" Zhou Qin
released a scream of horror.
Zhou Qin burst forward and
rushed towards the window. "No! No!
No! This is the fifth floor! What is she think—"
Upon looking out the window,
she saw Su Chan charging away from the building like a gust of wind while still
carrying Li Yundong on her back.
"What..." Zhou Qin stood numbly at the
window, watching in a stupor as Su Chan and Li Yundong's figures passed the
campus gates before disappearing around the bend of the street. Several guys
came into the bathroom just then, but Zhou Qin didn't even notice. She was
still staring out the window, gripping the window sills tightly with both
She trembled, out of what she
couldn't really tell. Perhaps it was fear? Panic? Excitement? Or maybe...
"Li Yundong..." Zhou Qin thought, her eyes
glazing over. "Who are you?"
Su Chan carried Li Yundong all the way
to the apartment. Although she maintained a calm exterior, she was panicking
inside. "Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Why
didn't I warn him not to practice in public! I nearly got him killed!" Inside
the elevator, Su Chan fished out the key of the apartment from Li Yundong's
pocket. When the doors slid open, she ran out of the elevator and straight to
Li Yundong's apartment.
Su Chan placed Li Yundong on the carpet,
then quickly knelt down beside him to give him a pulse diagnosis. While reading
his pulse, she also studied Li Yundong's face to check his complexion. "Well, at least the bleeding has
stopped..." she thought, removing her fingers from Li Yundong's pulse
Next, she worked on checking Li
Yundong's Qi flow. In cases of Zouhuo Rumo, there are usually two
possibilities: one, the afflicted's Qi rushes towards their head, impairing
their Baihui, Shenting, Tianchong, and Chenglin; two, Qi goes in the opposite
direction, damaging the Foot's Minor Yin Kidney Meridian and Foot's Major Yang
Urinary Bladder Meridian.
In the first case, the afflicted would
end up with cognitive impairment, and in the second, lower-body paralysis.
Waves of emotion hit Su Chan as she
watched Li Yundong's battered face. After a while, she got up and went into the
bathroom, where she found a few clean towels, which she then used to clean the
blood on Li Yundong's face. Then, she placed one palm on Li Yundong's Huagai and
the other on his Qihai.
Her master had once told her that the
Huagai is located between the two sides of the lungs along the line formed by
the sternum, somewhere between the chin and the nipple levels. All Qi moving
towards the head would pass through the Huagai. The Qihai, on the other hand,
is located slightly below the navel.
a person is angry, they would feel a surge of Qi straight into their head. This
Qi originates from the Qihai, moving upwards through the Huagai, then through
the Shenting until it finally reaches the Baihui. This type of Qi flow would
disrupt the normal Qi flow pattern of the brain. This is exactly why people
become irrational when they are angry.
Those who are adept in Qi control can
prevent the Qi that arises due to anger before it even reaches the brain. The
gist to doing that is to use the Huagai as a gate to prevent Qi from rushing
into the brain.
By pressing down on Li Yundong's Huagai
and Qihai, Su Chan was preventing his Qi from rushing towards the head and the
lower body. At the same time, she was also channeling her own Yin Qi through
her palms and into Li Yundong's body. The moment Su Chan's Yin Qi interacted
with Li Yundong's Yang Qi, harmony would occur as dictated by the Yin-Yang
principle. In an instant, the roiling and turbulent Qi inside Li Yundong's body
The state of his Qi was clearly
reflected on Li Yundong's expression. Before Su Chan channeled her Yin Qi into
his body, his expression was pained. But now, there was a look of tranquility
on his face, as though he was just sleeping. The bulging of his veins subsided
too. Soon, his Qi flow returned to normal.
Su Chan sighed in relief,
though she still kept her eyes on Li Yundong, just in case anything went wrong
Li Yundong had just escaped
death. Barely. Now, his Qi was like a tidal wave that had been directed into an
irrigation canal, flowing and returning to the appropriate meridians.
Minutes passed with Su Chan
watching Li Yundong closely. So far Li Yundong's Qi was circulating normally.
In fact, she'd counted four or five... Xiao Zhoutians? "Wait a minute! He's doing Xiao Zhoutian on his own without
guidance?!!" Su Chan thought, sitting up straighter. She started
tracing Li Yundong's Qi flow again and found that his Qi was indeed flowing on
the path defined by Xiao Zhoutian.
he nearly died just now! He... he went into Zouhuo Rumo! Don't tell me it was a
blessing in disguise...?"
It was as though his
meridians had been forcefully activated when his Qi went on a rampage earlier.
Imagine a torrent gushing through an open wasteland, creating canals and
tunnels everywhere by sheer force. This analogy applies perfectly to Li
Yundong's case. Li Yundong's Qi was the torrent, his body the wasteland, and
his meridians the canals created by the torrent! In other words, his Zouhuo
Rumo really was a blessing in disguise! For an ordinary Cultivator to achieve
the same thing, they would have to first strengthen their Qi to insane levels —
can't really create canals with a tiny stream. That alone would take years and
decades of hard work and effort! Yet, Li Yundong did it by dumb luck.
"For the love of the
Tao... how did this guy get so lucky!!!" Su Chan's mouth dropped open. "First
the Jindan! Now this?!"
Envy rose inside Su Chan.
"You!!" Su Chan pointed her finger at Li Yundong's nose, then held
her head and looked up into the ceiling. "I can't believe you're so lucky!
Argh! Argh! Argh!" She looked back down at Li Yundong. "Hmph! Let's
see how you handle yourself if you go into Zouhuo Rumo next time! Hmph! Hmph! I certainly won't be there to save your ass
because I'm ignoring you from now on! You think you're that good? Hmph! Fine!
Keep performing Xiao Zhoutian on your own and see if you won't run into any
problems without me watching you. Good"—Su Chan stood up
abruptly—"bye!!" She stormed off.
Two steps. That was as far as
she went before she stopped. "But...
his meridians are damaged... and his Qi isn't done repairing them yet... If
something goes wrong again... there'll be no saving him..."
Su Chan turned around and
walked back, plopping down on the carpet with a pout. "I'm not doing this
because I'm worried about you!" she said. "I'm just worried...
worried a-about my Renyuan Jindan! S- so don't get the wrong idea, you
Then, Su Chan began mumbling
to herself: "Such an amateur. How can he be stupid enough to practice Qi
control in public? Does he have a deathwish? What a drag."
Su Chan's eyes, however, told
a different story than her words. When she watched over Li Yundong, her eyes
were filled with concern and worry. She kept staring at Li Yundong
unblinkingly, fearing that something might go wrong again.
On Li Yundong's 36th Xiao
Zhoutian, his body began glowing in a myriad of colors, like the colorful
clouds in the evening sky.
Su Chan jumped slightly.
"Is that... the Jindan's aura?"
Su Chan's eyes flashed with
envy as she watched the colorful glow on Li Yundong's body. The colors were a
sign that Li Yundong's body had fully assimilated the Renyuan Jindan's power.
It also meant that the Renyuan Jindan was about to begin the final phase of Li
Yundong's physical reformation.
At the end of the process, Li
Yundong's Essence, Qi, blood, and physical strength would be boosted by at
least several times!
After a while, the envious
look in Su Chan's eyes vanished. "I guess, master was absolutely right
about one thing..." Su Chan said with a sigh. "The reformation
process for some people really is incomparable..."
With that, Su Chan sat back
down on the carpet and began casting a protective spell on Li Yundong. What
surprised her later was that the process ended up taking two days and two
Chapter 31 Reformed
Li Yundong rubbed his eyes
and slowly sat up on the carpet. "Ugh...
What time is it?" he thought, glancing around. His eyes immediately
landed on Su Chan, who was stretched out beside him on the carpet. Su Chan was
fast asleep and was lying in the same posture as the first time he saw her.
A smile crept onto Li
Yundong's face. Somehow, she looked even more innocent while asleep. Light
streamed in from the balcony, accenting the smoothness of her fair cheeks. The
tenderness he saw there made his heart grow tender as well.
"Adorable..." he thought, reaching out. He stilled his hand when
it was an inch away from her face. "Nah... I shouldn't disturb
For a while, Li Yundong just
sat there, watching her sleep. Eventually, he noticed the bloody towels strewn
over the carpet and remembered what happened back on campus.
Li Yundong raised his hand
and patted his face a few times. "No
blood," he thought, sighing in relief.
Images flashed inside his
mind. He was practicing Qi control during a lecture and Zhou Qin tapped him on
his shoulder. After that he went berserk and nearly killed a guy. Li Yundong
shuddered at the memory. "Man, this is some dangerous sh*t... Can't
believe I nearly died just because someone tapped me on the shoulder while I
was practicing Qi control..." Li Yundong glanced at Su Chan, who was
beside him. "I would've died if Su Chan hadn't been there to save
All of a sudden, suspicion
rose inside him. Why did things go so horribly wrong when he practiced Qi
control? There were probably millions of Qigong practitioners in the world, yet
he'd never heard of any mishaps like this.
And bleeding from all seven
openings on his face during his first
day of training? None of this added up.
If anything, his near-death
experience was just another confirmation to a suspicion that he already had —
something was different about him. For a while, Li Yundong just sat there,
chewing over everything. All of a sudden, every little thing that had happened
to him over the past few days came flooding back to him: that strange ball of
heat he'd been feeling in his chest lately; those Taekwondo kicks he was able
to perform with ease; the strength and energy he felt in his muscles; heck,
even the nosebleed.
"What the hell happened
to me?" Li
Yundong thought. Then, it hit him. Su Chan happened. He realized that
everything that was different about him occurred after Su Chan came into his
life. He glanced down at the beautiful woman slumbering peacefully beside him.
"Is it because of her? Did she cause these changes in me?" Li
Yundong spent another while trying in vain to figure out the ways in which the
presence of a beautiful woman could induce superhuman attributes in a man.
Superhuman libido, yes, but never superhuman strength. "Argh... might
as well just ask her," he thought.
"Hey, Su Chan..."
he whispered, shaking Su Chan's shoulder gently.
Su Chan moaned hazily, which
sent a wave of heat straight to his junior. "Not the time,
little guy. Not the time."
He shook her again. This
time, Su Chan's eyelashes fluttered a few times before her eyes opened
slightly. "Oh, Yundong? You're awake?" she mumbled. "You're
okay? Good... I'm... glaaad. I... I'm so sleepy..."
Li Yundong laughed. Just like
that, his earlier concerns were shoved to the back of his head. It didn't feel
right to start grilling the girl about his newfound superpowers now when she
needed her sleep. Heck, she'd probably dragged his sorry ass home since he
didn't even remember walking home. "Go sleep in your room if you're tired.
It's more comfortable sleeping on a bed."
Su Chan wiggled her
curvaceous body on the carpet a few times. "Dammit! Down boy!
Down!" Li Yundong thought. When she stopped wiggling, her eyes were
closed. "Mmm... I don't wanna!" she whined. "Don't wanna move...
Too sleeeeepy. Carry me..."
"God, this girl's gonna
be the death of me..." Li Yundong thought, rising to his feet.
Then, he bent down and picked
her up in a bridal carry. She felt as light as a feather in his arms, which
wasn't surprising at all considering he was able to pull off ninja tricks while
carrying her on his back last time. Su Chan wrapped her arms around his neck,
then rubbed her cheek against his chest. When Li Yundong arrived at the door of
the bedroom, she started snoring.
Oh, how he loved this
adorable girl to death!
Li Yundong chuckled and
walked into the bedroom. At the bed, he lay her down gently, then bent over to
adjust her pillow. However, when he tried to reach for the blanket, she clung
to his arm tightly, refusing to let go. He tried to gently pry his arm free,
but pulled up short the moment he noticed the state of her shirt. The hem of
her shirt had ridden up to her sternum, leaving her toned and flat abs open to
view. Her scent permeated all corners of the dark and quiet room, wafting into
his nostrils, teasing his heart and soul.
Li Yundong knew it was
dangerous to stay, but somehow, he couldn't bring himself to move away and get
out of the room, so he sat down on the edge of the bed and watched her sleep.
After a while, he caught a
glimpse of the alarm clock on the nightstand. 10 PM. In the past, he'd be
neck-deep in online games at this hour.
Tonight, however, all the
lights in his apartment were off, and there were no signs of activity.
Li Yundong realized something
else right then. His physical attributes weren't the only things that had
changed ever since Su Chan moved into his apartment; his whole life had changed, including his
worldviews and also his attitude towards life. Li Yundong had always been an
avid gamer, yet, all of a sudden, those games had now lost their appeal.
Instead, all his interest was now focused on this beautiful girl with a
Su Chan released Li Yundong's
arm, then turned, reaching blindly for the blanket. When she found the blanket,
she hugged it to her chest, then curled herself into a bundle. She shifted and
wiggled about for a while, and by the time she stopped moving, she was lying on
her side, facing away from him. Even so, her posture was... Well, let's just
say that Li Yundong had never seen a rounder and sexier butt in his life.
time to go..." Li
Yundong thought. He was probably going to do something really stupid if he
stayed. He stood up and switched on the air-conditioner before leaving the room
quietly. He went back to the living room and lay down on the carpet, staring
off into space until he finally fell into a hazy sleep.
The warmth of the morning sun
teased Li Yundong's face. His eyes blinked open while his hand fumbled about
the carpet for his phone. "10 AM!!!!!" Li Yundong sat bolt
upright on the carpet. "Oh... sh*t!!! I've missed half of morning class
THUMP. THUMP. THUMP. Li
Yundong opened the door of the bathroom and —
"Holy mother of..."
stared slack-jawed at Su Chan, who was standing in front of the vanity counter,
yawning and scratching her hair. And boy he never thought his pyjama
shirt would look this good on her, especially when it flowed loosely around her
body like a minidress. Not to mention that the placket between the top two
buttons afforded him a view of her voluptuous —
He was losing his goddamn
It was as though there was a
black hole inside his mind, sucking away all his thoughts. He stood there,
staring at Su Chan, utterly transfixed. The questions he'd been dying to ask
her were all but forgotten. Then, Su Chan turned around. She opened her mouth
to speak, but then stopped. THUMP. THUMP. THUMP. Su Chan was right in front of
Li Yundong, hands grabbing his upper arms and eyes wide as she carefully
studied his face.
Don't tell me I'm bleeding again," Li Yundong thought, reaching up to
touch his face. It wouldn't be an unlikely scenario since this bombshell of a
woman was parading around half-naked in his pyjamas! But there was no blood on
his nose. "What?" he finally asked. "Is there something wrong
Su Chan burst into laughter,
causing Li Yundong to frown. "Wha—" Li Yundong was dragged towards
"Look! Look! You've lost
weight!" Su Chan pointed at the mirror excitedly, her eyes curving into
cute crescent shapes as she beamed at him.
Li Yundong glanced at his own
reflection. "What in the
Gone was his double chin, and
in its place, was a chiseled face with a well-defined jawline.
Li Yundong's hand traveled
down to his abs unconsciously and realized that the flat tire he'd been
sporting all this while was gone too.
"I... I've lost
weight!" Li Yundong said, his tone a mixture of joy and surprise.
Su Chan's grin grew even
wider. "Yup! Yup!" she said, nodding vigorously.
Li Yundong chuckled, then
went back to checking himself out in the mirror. "Hey, you know
what?" he said, turning his face around to see it from different angles.
"I think I don't look half bad after losing weight!"
Su Chan made a face at him,
which made him want to pinch her cheek hard, then kiss it better. "And
it's all because of me!" she grumbled in annoyance.
Li Yundong gave her a puzzled
look. "Huh? What does my losing weight have to do with her?" It wasn't like he had the privilege to engage
in bed—ahem—room activities with her... yet.
Hm... then again... he
supposed it made sense.
Ever since Su Chan came into
his life, he'd been running around, picking fights, and climbing walls. And all
those things must've burnt a ton of calories. So, yep, losing weight definitely
The look of puzzlement on Li
Yundong's face turned into amusement. "I
bet this girl is shamelessly asking for a reward!"
Not that rewarding Su Chan
was a bad thing. He'd be happy to reward her any day, any time. In fact, she
didn't even have to do anything and he'd still try his damnedest to please her,
simply because her joy was the source of his own happiness.
After all, isn't that the
simplest kind of happiness in a romantic relationship between a man and woman —
to derive joy in your joy, and to share your pain when you're in pain?
Little did he know that his
interpretation of Su Chan's thoughts was way off the mark. To Su Chan, Li
Yundong's new look was the combined result of: Renyuan Jindan's reformation of
his body; the Three-Pronged Flower Gathering technique that she'd performed on
him, allowing him to indirectly go through the Xiao Zhoutian process; the fact
that he had actually survived the Zouhuo Rumo state. All three had one thing in
common — they contributed significantly in the activation and unblocking of Li
According to Traditional
Chinese Medicine, the presence of obstructed meridians in one's body is one of
the leading causes of excessive body fat storage. Having meridians that are
fully activated and unobstructed allows one's blood and Qi to flow and
circulate more freely through the body, which in turn speeds up the body's
metabolism and allows the body to burn more calories. This is why all the great
Cultivators in the past — those who became Shenxians — had lean and muscular
bodies. In fact, their meridians were activated to such a level that it was
nearly impossible for them to become fat!
"Wow..." Li Yundong
said, still admiring his own reflection. "I almost can't remember what I
looked like before."
Su Chan grinned at Li Yundong
happily, though she was happy for a completely different reason: "Yay!!! He lost weight!!! Which means
he's already reached the end of the Lianqi phase's intermediate level
Lianqi is the second phase of
Cultivation. To complete it, there are nine stages that the Cultivator has to
go through: Yangjing; Guyuan; Famai; Kuojing; Qining; Ziru; Neishi; Guanxiang;
Liantai. The nine stages themselves are grouped into three training levels —
basic, intermediate, and advanced. Basic level Lianqi training includes
Yangjing, Guyuan, and Famai, which Li Yundong had breezed past thanks to the
Intermediate level Lianqi
training involves the completion of the Kuojing, Qining, and Ziru stages. Among
the three, Kuojing, which literally means "the widening or expansion of
the meridians," is the most difficult stage to complete. However, Li
Yundong had already completed this stage when his body entered the Zouhuo Rumo
state — his meridians expanded during the rampant flow of Qi.
After Kuojing comes the
Qining stage, which involves learning how to condense and gather one's Qi at a
particular spot of the body. The completion of Qining would grant the
Cultivator superhuman strength — they could lift 500 kilos with ease. With
Ziru, the Cultivator learns how to summon and control his Qi at will, thus
allowing them to utilize their Qi in combat situations.
Sunlight streamed into the
bathroom via the small window, showering Li Yundong's face with its warmth. For
a moment there, Su Chan almost thought his face was glowing, as though his face
was covered by a layer of powdered gold. His eyes were sharp and spirited, and
his entire being exuded charisma.
Seeing this reformed version
of Li Yundong, Su Chan was instantly reminded of the teachings of Buddha.
According to the 27th verse of the Diamond Sutra, there are seven treasures in
a man's body, and five punctures in a woman's body. In other words, men had a
distinct advantage over women in Cultivation.
It goes without saying then,
that Li Yundong, a male Cultivator who had been enhanced by the Renyuan Jindan,
could achieve so much more than most Cultivators ever could. In just a few
days, he had breezed past the first phase of Cultivation to reach the
intermediate level of the Lianqi (second) phase.
As a woman, Su Chan would
have to undergo meditative seclusion for a whole month just to fully absorb the
quicker he progresses, the sooner I'd be able to perform Yang Feeding on him...
That thought should've
cheered her up and made her jump around in joy, but it didn't. Instead, she was
hit by a pang of sadness, longing, and fear.
Li Yundong's admiration of
his own reflection lasted until he became disgusted with his own narcissism. He
turned away from the mirror and struck a manly pose. "So. Think I can
become a movie star?" he said, grinning smugly at Su Chan. So much for him
being disgusted with his narcissism.
"Moo-vie star?" Su
Li Yundong sighed, then
straightened himself into his normal posture. "Never mind," he said
with a dismissive wave. "Well, today's a weekend. Let me take you out and
have some fun!"
Su Chan's face brightened
instantly. "Yay!!! Where's fun? Where's fun? Where are you taking
Before he could come up with
a location for their "date," his phone rang. He ran back to the
living room and answered it. "Li Yundong!!!!!" he winced and held the
phone away from his ear before it started bleeding again. "Good morning, Sun Li," he thought, putting the phone
back to his ear.
"Hello to you too, class
rep," he said.
"Who do you think I am?
Your personal assistant?!"
Li Yundong chuckled. "Well,
I don't think I can afford someone as high-maintenance as you, honey."
"Shut up, you bastard!!
Where the hell are you?! Everyone's here waiting for you to show up!"
dumbass! For the exchange visit! God, how the hell did you forget?" He
heard an exasperated sigh over the phone. "Whatever. Feng Na from the
student council is breathing down my neck asking me when you're gonna show up.
I've already done my part and called you. This is your problem now!"
"Err... class rep. Are
you drunk? It's Saturday today. The rehearsal's on Monday."
Sounds of Sun Li's laughter
filled his ears. And no, she didn't sound amused. At all. "Li Yundong, you
really need to have your head examined," Sun Li mocked. "Today is Monday, you moron! Guess you still
haven't recovered from your Hulking out episode the other day."
Li Yundong lowered his phone
and checked the date on the screen. "Holy sh*t!" He slept for
two days straight?! Li Yundong sighed. "Well, guess it can't be helped
"Yo, class rep. Ask Feng
Na if she'd handled my little problem yet. Tell her that I won't be there
unless she'd settled it!"
"Why don't you get your
ass over here and ask her yourself? I don't have time to deal with your
CLICK! The busy tone was all
he heard after that.
Chapter 32 Oh My Gawd! He's So Handsome!
Li Yundong gave Su Chan a
bitter smile. "There goes our dat—" He stopped himself just in time,
then cleared his throat. "Looks like we won't be going out today."
Su Chan's face fell.
Li Yundong smiled and reached
out to pinch Su Chan's cheek. "You're such a cutie-pie..."
Su Chan smiled and dodged Li
Yundong's hand. "And you're such a smooth talker!"
Li Yundong laughed.
"Come on, let's get going. I'm already late."
"Zhou Qin..." Feng
Na whispered. "Will you please do me a favor? I'm asking your help as a
senior..." They were now inside Tiannan University's grand hall for the
rehearsals. Moments ago, Feng Na spotted Zhou Qin and Ding Nan watching the
dance club's rehearsal, so she decided to approach them.
Zhou Qin turned away from her
conversation with Ding Nan when she heard Feng Na's voice. As usual, her
expression was cold and aloof. "Of course," Zhou Qin said. "How
can I help you, senior?"
Although Zhou Qin's tone was
polite and courteous, Feng Na couldn't detect any cordiality in her expression
at all. Zhou Qin's expression was like ice, which rubbed Feng Na the wrong way
somehow. "So this is the infamous ice queen, huh?" Feng Na
thought, clenching her teeth. "Whatever. Gotta do what I've gotta
Without further ado, Feng Na
gave Zhou Qin a brief rundown on Li Yundong's situation. When she was done
talking, she feigned a pitiable look. Heck, she'd even crossed her fingers
together as though she was praying. "I'm so stressed out about this that I
think I'm greying!" Feng Na said. "If Li Yundong got expelled, the
Taekwondo Club would be screwed. You're one of our club members too. You don't
want that, right?"
Feng Na waited expectantly
for Zhou Qin to respond. Seconds passed, yet silence was all she got. "Huh...
Is something wrong with her today?" Feng Na thought, studying Zhou
Qin's face. "She seemed a little out of it just now when I mentioned Li
Yundong... I wonder why..."
When Zhou Qin still didn't
respond to her request about a minute later, Feng Na's dignity couldn't take it
anymore. She put on a fake smile and said, "I guess you can't help then.
Well. Sorry for bothering you. I'm gonna go now."
"Wait," Zhou Qin
said, causing Feng Na to turn back around. "Li Yundong... Is he really
going to be expelled?"
Feng Na sighed. "Yeah..."
she said. "He got on Director Qian's bad side. You... didn't know?"
Zhou Qin regained her
composure and nodded respectfully at Feng Na. "Understood, senior. I'll go
talk to Director Qian now," she said.
Feng Na never thought Zhou
Qin would agree that easily. "Wow! That's great! Thank you so much!"
Feng Na said.
Zhou Qin smiled blandly
before she began glancing around in search of Director Qian.
Sensing that the conversation
was over, Feng Na left the pair and headed over towards another corner of the
hall. Halfway there, Chengcheng walked up to her and said, "Hey, how did
Feng Na gave her bestie a V
sign. "Done! See? I told you there's nothing I can't handle!"
Chengcheng gave her a teasing
smile. "Yeah? By 'handling it' you mean begging other people for
"Shut up!" Feng Na
nudged Chengcheng's side with her elbow. "Hey... this might sound strange,
but I don't think Zhou Qin is as cold as everyone thinks she is. When I told
her about it, she agreed straight away. Do you think she only appears to be
cold but is actually warm on the inside?"
Chengcheng laughed. "I
don't know, maybe she's taken a special liking to Li Yundong?"
Feng Na felt a twinge of
jealousy inside her chest when she heard Chengcheng's comment. However, a voice
interrupted her before she could speak. "My, my, Feng Na. Everyone's been
waiting for so long already. Why hasn't your precious Li Yundong shown up yet?
Even the MC is here already. Hey, can we move our performance before yours if
he doesn't show?"
it's that bitch again..." Feng Na gritted her teeth and turned around to face a
skimpily dressed girl in heavy make-up. And, apparently, the make-up wasn't
heavy enough, since she was currently adding another layer of face powder onto
her left cheek.
Feng Na laughed mockingly.
"Well, it isn't my call," she said. "The organizers value your
performance. What is it that they always say? Save the best for last? So. Why don't you guys just wait?"
The other woman was Zhuang
Hui, Feng Na's classmate and, unfortunately, nemesis. Those two butt heads
everywhere they went and in whatever they did, including performances for the
Zhuang Hui was extremely
gifted in the performing arts, even from a young age. Although she wasn't
enrolled in the university's Art department, she had taken Tiannan University
by storm with the peacock dance she'd performed in the university's talent show
during her first year. Ever since that talent show, she'd been involved with
every dance performance at the university.
Feng Na and Zhuang Hui had
been fighting tooth and nail with each other over the "final slot."
Each of them wanted their club's performance to be the grand finale on the day
of the exchange visit. In the end, it was given to Zhuang Hui's club. But that
didn't mean Zhuang Hui wouldn't try to rub it in Feng Na's face every time they
saw each other.
"What's so great about
that Li Yundong anyway?" Zhuang Hui taunted while outlining her eyebrows.
"I mean, you were practically like a puppy when you looked at him that
time. But what to do? The guy isn't even interested in you. Ah, well... Feng
Na. You really should've picked a
better guy. I've seen that Li Yundong dude before. He's a bit of a loser, if
you ask me. No great physique to speak of. His face is pretty mediocre too.
You've really got weird tastes!"
Feng Na's cheeks had long
since turned scarlet. "Haven't you heard that you should never judge a
book by its cover?"
Zhuang Hui put away her
eyebrow pencil, applied some lip balm on her lips, then turned to face the
mirror and pressed her lips together. "Of course," Zhuang Hui said
without looking at Feng Na. "We shouldn't judge a person by their
appearance, that's true. But what does that guy even have to show for anyway?
Can he sing? Dance? Does he have a good sense of humor? Well, I supposed he's
good at fighting, but that's so barbaric. It might have been fun during the
Stone Age, but not so much today. Hey, come to think of it, doesn't your entire
performance involve kicking, punching, and all those primitive acts? Tsk, tsk.
No wonder you guys didn't get the closing performance. They probably didn't
want to have a bunch of Neanderthals jumping around on stage... Well, I suppose
Zhao Yujian is pretty cool, but I
heard he was nearly crippled... "
Zhuang Hui paused and turned
away from the mirror to look at her handsome dance partner. "Hey, isn't Li
Yundong the one who injured Zhao Yujian?" she asked.
With his cheeks covered in
makeup and rouge, the guy almost seemed girlish when he smiled. "Yeah I
think so," said the guy in an effeminate tone.
Zhuang Hui threw her head
back in laughter. "My, my, Feng Na. I really have to hand it to you,"
Zhuang Hui said. "You're actually letting the guy who injured Zhao Yujian
replace him? HAHAHA! Why didn't anyone think of that genius idea before? Poor
Zhao Yujian... I bet he'll be totally pissed after he finds out what you did.
But are you sure it's gonna work? I mean, Zhao Yujian is the most handsome guy
in the university after all. And Li Yundong is... well, you know what he is.
It's like replacing all the flowers in a bouquet with weeds." Zhuang Hui
laughed at her own joke.
Feng Na trembled with anger.
She stepped forward, wanting to slap that smug smile off Zhuang Hui's face.
Before she could take another
step, Chengcheng pulled her back. "Nana, calm down, okay?" Chengcheng
said. "She isn't worth it."
Now that she was done with
her makeup, Zhuang Hui arched her brow and looked at Feng Na tauntingly.
"What? You wanna hit me?" Zhuang Hui smirked. "Come on then! So
you know a few fancy kicks. So what? You wanna know what's more powerful than
your kicks in today's society? The law."
Zhuang Hui snickered. "Well, I don't expect a neanderthal like you to
understand that hitting someone is illegal."
Zhuang Hui pushed out her
chest to reveal her cleavage, then turned around to look at her girlish dance
partner. "Let's go," she said. "We should go ahead and start our
rehearsal. From the looks of it, some
people won't be doing theirs today since their star hasn't shown up."
bitch!" Feng Na growled.
Chengcheng glared at the
departing Zhuang Hui. "Yeah, that bitch. I hope she falls down on her
chest later and squashes her fake boobs."
Feng Na gave Chengcheng a
sidelong glance. "How d'ya know they're fake?"
Chengcheng snorted. "She
had B-cup last year, and this year she showed up as an E? What do you think
human breasts are anyway? Fermented dough? Going from a B to an E? Please. Not
even the world's greatest yeast infection can have that effect."
Feng Na recovered from her
shock. "She was a B before? How come I never noticed?"
"I guess that's just how
it is with flat-chested women. They think that every other women is
flat-chested like them." Chengcheng sighed wistfully. "Oh well. Can't
blame you girls I guess. You've never experienced the sense of superiority that
comes with having melon-sized boobs." Chengcheng proudly pushed out her
F-cup rack without noticing that Feng Na was already glaring at them
Feng Na growled, then
pounced, causing Chengcheng to twist away with a shriek. "Come here you
bitch!" Feng Na said. "I'm going to turn you from big boobs to no
Their boob war was
interrupted by the melody of dance music coming from the stage. A group of
female dancers dressed in long, red, short-sleeved tassel dresses sashayed onto
the stage and began their performance.
Despite her poisonous tongue,
Zhuang Hui was an exceptional dancer; even the dance majors acknowledged her
talent by choosing her to be their lead dancer for their performance this time.
What Zhuang Hui had was more than just an aptitude for dancing. She had the
physical attributes for it too. Her tall and lissom figure would bring out the
best of any dance routine, and her expressive eyes were capable of captivating
Zhuang Hui flitted about
onstage with graceful flamboyance, taking everyone's breath away. The girl was
made for dancing and everyone in the hall knew it: the students who were now
watching the stage in awe; a few professors who had gone beyond their usual
uptightness by nodding away at the rhythm of Zhuang Hui's movements; even Feng
Na who hated Zhuang Hui's guts.
Zhuang Hui's performance
during the exchange visit was actually a musical. The plot revolved around a
merchant's daughter who encountered the prince from the Kingdom of Deserts
while she was traveling along the Silk Road with her father. The girl and the
prince then began a torrid love affair.
Onstage, Zhuang Hui's
performance was nearing its climax. The background dancers had all moved to the
edge of the stage, leaving only Zhuang Hui and her dance partner at the center
of the stage.
Suddenly, the door of the
hall flew open, and a girl walked in.
The girl strutted past the
rows of seats and moved towards the stage, turning heads along the way. This
girl was none other than Su Chan.
Su Chan stopped in front of
the stage. The spotlights were currently focused on the center of the stage,
where Zhuang Hui and her effeminate dance partner were. Su Chan turned around
and cupped her hands around her mouth. "Hurry up!" she hollered.
"You're such a slowpoke!"
The dancers onstage and the
teachers below stage frowned when they heard Su Chan's voice, which was loud
enough to block out the music playing in the background.
In fact, it was loud enough
to distract Zhuang Hui, making her temporarily forget her carefully
choreographed dance moves. Her dance partner quickly picked up the slack by
taking over the stage until Zhuang Hui recovered. Not that he had to, since
everyone's attention was on Su Chan, and nobody noticed Zhuang Hui's slip-up.
Zhuang Hui sighed inwardly
when she managed to get back into her rhythm. When she did, she stole a glance
at Su Chan, who was standing at the front edge of the stage. "So pretty..." Zhuang Hui
thought. She'd never seen a girl this beautiful before. The only girl in
Tiannan City who even came close to that level of beauty was Zhou Qin.
Another voice sounded from
the door. "Fine, fine! I'm coming already! Geez! Can't you at least show
me a little gratitude? I was only slow because I had to make a stop to buy milk
tea for you."
The door flew open once
again. SWISH. The crowd turned in their seats and saw a man walking in. They
didn't notice anything special about the man at first, just that he had really
sharp and intense eyes, so much so that they were noticeable even from thirty
However, when the man got
close enough, everyone was stunned by how good-looking he was: thick brows;
large eyes; chiseled face with a strong jawline that exuded masculinity in
spades; and, of course, his eyes which were spirited and sharp, like two
The girls couldn't take their
eyes off him. "Oh my gawd, he's so handsome!" one of the girls said
to her friend. "Who is he? How come I've never seen him before?"
"Yeah... I don't think
I've seen a guy so good-looking before. He's so manly!"
"Hey... wait a minute...
I think he's Li Yundong!"
"Li Yundong?? You mean
the King of Love Confessions, aka the King of Parkour? No way! Don't scare me
like that! I've seen Li Yundong's photo! He's chubby!"
"Yeah. Yeah. You're
right. Pfft. What was I even thinking? This can't be Li Yundong. Unless...
unless he had plastic surgery! But that doesn't make sense... I saw Li Yundong
just three days ago. Nobody can recover from plastic surgery that fast!"
"Then who is he?"
Chapter 33 Blind to Your Greatness
Beautiful women are drawn to
brave, charismatic men. They are attracted to warriors, leaders, and even alpha
males sometimes. This fact has been repeatedly observed throughout the course
of human history with scores of anthropological evidence supporting it.
To a learned Cultivator,
these observations are pretty much self-evident.
One of the most fundamental
principles in Chinese philosophy is the Yin-Yang Principle, which states that
objects of Yin and Yang natures (Zhi Yin and Zhi Yang objects) attract and
complement each other to create harmony. This principle alone explains why men
and women are attracted to each other. But why are beautiful women more
attracted to powerful men? Well, the strength of a woman's Yin Qi is associated
with her physical beauty, and the same holds for men; the stronger his Yang Qi,
the more prominent his masculine attributes become. Men and women are attracted
to each other, true. But the strength of that attraction depends on the
strength of each "pole." The attraction between a woman and a man
with a stronger Yang Qi is greater than the attraction between the same woman
and another man with a weaker Yang Qi. Imagine placing the south pole of a bar
magnet near the north pole of another bar magnet. The magnets attract, sure. But
if one replaces the second magnet with a stronger one, the force of attraction
between them will be stronger.
Thus, the more beautiful a
woman is, the more she will feel drawn to a strong man, and vice versa.
The workings of these
theoretical principles could be observed in full force within Tiannan
University's grand hall. Having been exposed to Li Yundong's Chun Yang, the
girls below the stage experienced a feeling of disgust and repulsion the moment
they turned their eyes back to the stage and saw Zhuang Hui's handsome but
effeminate dance partner. In the same way, the effeminate guy was so affected
by Su Chan's presence that he nearly forgot all of his dance moves. Zhuang Hui
didn't fare any better herself either. She'd been missing dance steps here and
there ever since the moment she noticed Li Yundong.
Below the stage, Li Yundong
poke the straw into the milk tea takeaway cup and handed the drink to Su Chan.
Su Chan accepted the cup and took a huge gulp through the straw. "What are
they doing?" asked Su Chan after she'd swallowed a mouthful of her drink.
Li Yundong laughed and wiped
away the stains on the corner of her lips. "They're dancing," Li
Yundong said. "Can't you tell?"
Su Chan's eyes suddenly grew
wide with shock. "What! I thought they were performing a shamanistic
Su Chan's voice was,
unfortunately, loud enough to be heard by everyone in the hall.
"Ah!!!" Zhuang Hui
was now lying down on her sides with her left hand holding her right wrist.
When Zhuang Hui had heard Su Chan's comment, she made a misstep, causing her to
lose her footing. In her attempt to save her silicone breast implants, she
landed on her right wrist and sprained it.
Feng Na threw her head back
in laughter, though her laughs were barely audible amidst the clamor of the
audience. "Woohoo! Nice fall, nice fall!" Feng Na shouted. "Why
didn't it squash her fake boobs?!"
"Hey! That's my line!" Chengcheng yelled, but
she was too late since Feng Na was already charging towards the stage.
"Oh, dear, dear!"
Feng Na approached Zhuang Hui on the stage, feigning a concerned expression.
"Are you okay? Where does it hurt?" Then, Feng Na noticed the way
Zhuang Hui was cradling her right wrist against her artificial melons.
"Ah, you hurt your wrist, I see. Is it broken? Tsk, tsk! You should've
been more careful!" Feng Na put her hands in front of her chest and
sighed. "Now all your hard work has gone to waste..."
Zhuang Hui's cheeks looked
like a ripe tomato at that moment. Tears stung her eyes, though she was too
mortified to even make a comeback.
One of the professors stood
up from the audience seating and pointed angrily at Su Chan, whose back was
facing him. "Where are you from, young lady!" he yelled. "How
dare you cause trouble here? Step outside! Now! We don't welcome people like
Su Chan turned around to face
the professor. "It's not like I wanted to," Su Chan said with a pout.
This professor was well-known
for being a wolf in sheep's clothing. On the outside, he appeared prim and
proper like a saint. But those who'd been acquainted with him long enough knew
who he truly was — a morally corrupt scumbag. When Su Chan turned around to
face him, he was so stunned by her beauty that he choked on his own spit.
Clearing his throat a few times, he said, "Ah... Is that so? Then... I guess
this is some kind of misunderstanding."
Li Yundong, as well as the
other professors, were all staring at him with raised brows. Su Chan, ever the
clueless girl, was still giving Professor Scumbag her puppy dog eyes.
Professor Scumbag harrumphed
again. "Just keep your voice down," he said in a gentle voice.
snorts could be heard from the audience seating, especially from the front
row, where the other professors were seated. Li Yundong, whose hearing had
been enhanced by the Jindan, heard one of the female professor's whispering to
her colleague: "Despicable old pervert!"
Li Yundong sneered inwardly
and ignored Professor Scumbag, turning towards the stage instead. Li Yundong
was unaware of the antagonistic relationship between Feng Na and Zhuang Hui, so
he thought Feng Na's concern for Zhuang Hui was genuine. He turned away from
the stage and looked at Su Chan. "Tsk! See? This is what happens the
moment you open your mouth," Li Yundong said. "Someone got hurt. So
what are you gonna do about it?"
Su Chan puffed out her
cheeks. "Fine, I'll fix her injuries," she said, leaping onto the
Su Chan stopped beside Zhuang
Hui and tried to grab Zhuang Hui's right arm.
Zhuang Hui yanked her arm
away. "Leave me alone!" she snapped, then wiped her tears.
Su Chan gave Li Yundong a
helpless look. Li Yundong sighed and leaped onto the stage. The effortless way
he moved induced a wave of sighs among the female students.
Li Yundong smiled at Zhuang
Hui amicably. "Please don't be mad. I assure you that she didn't mean
anything by her comment," he said. "But I highly recommend letting
her check out your injuries. She's very good."
Zhuang Hui's heart nearly
stopped the moment Li Yundong smiled at her, and the pain on her wrist was now
completely forgotten. She stared into Li Yundong's eyes and nodded stupidly. "So handsome..."
Su Chan held Zhuang Hui's
palm with her right hand and Zhuang Hui's forearm with her left. Su Chan poked
Zhuang Hui's wrist from different angles. "Heh. This isn't a big deal at
all," Su Chan said, raising Zhuang Hui's wrist to eye level. "Her
wrist joint is slightly dislocated, that's all." Su Chan jerked Zhuang
Hui's wrist at an odd angle.
"Ah!!!" Zhuang Hui
Su Chan released Zhuang Hui's
hand and beamed at Li Yundong. "She's fine now! Hehe!"
Zhuang Hui rolled her wrist
around tentatively. "Hey! It doesn't hurt anymore!" she yelled in
The female background dancers
gathered around Zhuang Hui. Seeing that Zhuang Hui's wrist was fixed, they stared
at Su Chan in reverence. But, of course, their gazes soon strayed to Li
Instead of thanking Su Chan
for fixing her wrist, Zhuang Hui decided to use this opportunity to flirt with
the hottie in front of her. After all, why shouldn't she at least try? She knew
she was quite attractive with her huge eyes and her beautiful eyebrows, which
were shaped like willow leaves. Besides, she was also aware of her secret
weapon — her sultry smile.
she said, batting her lashes. "What's your name? I don't think I've seen
you here before."
"What a slut," Feng Na thought. "Flirting
with men wherever she goes! Shameless bitch!" Feng Na sneaked a glance
at the object of Zhuang Hui's flirting. "Well... he is
handsome... But why does he seem so familiar... Wait a minute! That chick!
That's the same chick who's been following... Oh. My. God! Is he Li
Li Yundong returned Zhuang
Hui's smile. "Hi. I'm Li Yundong. Nice to meet you."
Zhuang Hui's eyes went wide
in an instant and her jaw went slack. She looked as though she'd just seen a
ghost. "Y- y- you're Li Yundong?"
Li Yundong grinned. "In
impossible!" Zhuang Hui yelled. "Li Yundong is chubby! And you're..."
Li Yundong frowned.
"Well, what can I say? People change," Li Yundong said coldly.
stupid, stupid! Why did I have to say that? Now he's being cold to me," Zhuang Hui thought.
Li Yundong turned away from
Zhuang Hui. He was done with this shallow girl. "Hey, senior," he
said to Feng Na, "have you settled my little problem yet?"
Director Qian's reprimanding
tone sounded before Feng Na could reply. "Li Yundong!! What are you doing
up there? Get off the stage. You're interrupting the rehearsals!"
Everyone turned and saw
Director Qian, in all his balding glory, scowling at them from below the stage.
Li Yundong sighed inwardly. "Speak
of the devil..."
Director Qian was dead set on
expelling Li Yundong, not for the sake of the university but for his own sake!
He had to expel that kid to save his own skin! Li Yundong was a ticking time
bomb, that much he knew. It was just a matter of time before Li Yundong told
someone about the fact that he had put the moves on an underage girl! When that
happened... Well, his entire career would be over. Even if he didn't get fired
from the university for sexual misconduct, this scandal would loom over him
forever, like a persistent dark cloud that overshadowed his glory.
Director Qian ran a hand
through his comb-over as though the gesture could bolster his authority, which,
unbeknownst to him, was about to be substantially reduced.
Zhou Qin walked up to
Director Qian and said, "Director Qian, may I speak to you about an
Director Qian turned around
and gave Zhou Qin a bright smile. "Oh, it's you, Zhou Qin," he said
cheerily. "What is it? Do tell."
"I heard you're trying
to have Li Yundong expelled?" Zhou Qin said without preamble.
Director Qian's smile
faltered. "How did you know?"
Zhou Qin smiled. "Then
will you change your mind about his expulsion as a favor to me, sir?"
What's so great about this Li Yundong!! Why are so many beautiful women
throwing themselves at him! Zhou Qin! Zhou Qin, the Ice Queen, had voluntarily
stood up for him! This is the third time already!! Could it be that she has
fallen for Li Yundong?"
A dark glower formed on
Director Qian's face as he wallowed in his own angry thoughts.
Zhou Qin frowned slightly at
Director Qian's lack of response. She'd been expecting this old geezer to agree
to her request straight out, yet here he was, making a show of his
A minute later, Zhou Qin
couldn't stand the silence any more. "Pardon me for asking this sir,"
Zhou Qin said. "But has there been a falling out between you and Li
Yundong? You seem to dislike him a lot."
"Not at all!"
Director Qian answered quickly. "What kind of man do you think I am? Do
you actually think I am the type of person who would settle a personal score
through professional means?" Director Qian gave Zhou Qin an affronted
look. "No! The reason I want him gone is because of all the trouble he's
caused in just a matter of days! And look at him! Bringing a girl who isn't a
student here on campus? That is outrageous and bad for the university's
Zhou Qin's lips curved into a
smile, though there wasn't a single ounce of warmth in that smile. "Even
so, shouldn't you at least wait until after the exchange visit before you expel
him, sir? We still need him to take Zhao Yujian's place in the Taekwondo Club's
performance during the exchange visit," Zhou Qin said.
Director Qian didn't comment,
but he appeared to be considering Zhou Qin's words.
Seconds later, Zhou Qin decided
to try again. "Sir, surely a person of your prestige could be the bigger
person and spare him some leniency..." Zhou Qin said, injecting a hint of
flirtation into her tone.
Well, that comment had
clearly caught Director Qian's attention, since he was now giving Zhou Qin a
subtle once-over. All of a sudden, he smiled. "Fine! Since you asked me so
nicely, I'll do it as a favor to you. I won't expel him until after the
exchange visit!" Director Qian's smile vanished and was replaced with a stern
expression. "But I will make one thing clear now. I will get rid of that troublemaker sooner or later!"
Director Qian turned around
and walked away from the stage, leaving a fuming Zhou Qin in his wake.
Zhou Qin's immense
self-control allowed her to maintain her poise under any circumstances. Nobody
could tell from her expression or body language just how angry she was at that
Beside Zhou Qin, Ding Nan
snorted. "Who does he think he is?" she mocked. "Did you see the
way he was undressing you with his eyes just now?"
Zhou Qin curled her lips
slightly in annoyance. However, instead of commenting, Zhou Qin's eyes began to
seek out Feng Na. Eventually, she found Feng Na on the stage, staring back at
her expectantly. Zhou Qin gave Feng Na a nod.
Feng Na's face instantly lit
up, then she nodded back at Zhou Qin.
Overwhelmed by frustration
and anger, Zhou Qin turned around to leave. She needed some time alone.
A few steps later, she heard
Ding Nan's voice from behind her. "The next performance is up. You're not
gonna stay and watch?"
Zhou Qin frowned and kept
walking. "No," she said.
"But aren't you even a
little bit curious about Li Yundong's performance?"
Zhou Qin halted her steps.
"I mean, he must have
some pretty good stuff if Feng Na was willing to go through so much just to get
him to agree, right?" Ding Nan said.
Zhou Qin turned around, then
crossed her arms in front of her chest. She frowned slightly and said,
"Fine. One minute."
Ding Nan smiled. "What a hypocrite..."
Onstage, Feng Na smacked Li
Yundong's shoulder forcefully. "Well, looks like you're in luck," she
said. "Your problem has been dealt with. Now it's time for you to keep
your end of the deal!"
Li Yundong turned to Su Chan.
"Be a good girl, okay? Wait for me below the stage."
Su Chan nodded obediently,
then leaped off the stage. She took another gulp from her milk tea. "Good
luck!!" she yelled, waving back at Li Yundong.
When Li Yundong grinned at Su
Chan, his face glowed with the intensity of a thousand suns. All the girls
there were practically swooning when they saw it.
Li Yundong turned back to
Feng Na. "Well? What do I have to do?"
"Simple," Feng Na
said. "First is the mock combat. Basically, you and one of our club
members will fight each other with each of you pulling your punches. After
that, you have to do a special demonstration."
Li Yundong nodded
confidently. "No problem!"
Chapter 34 Time to Smash Some Rocks! You
Li Yundong's partner for the
mock combat was a fourth-year student from the Department of Physical
Education. The guy was built like a bear with thick arms and a large frame.
Strength wasn't all he had to show for it though. He ranked third (after Zhao
Yujian and Zeng Qing) among the members of the Taekwondo Club in terms of
However, skill wasn't really
an issue for Li Yundong since his body had been reformed by the Renyuan Jindan.
One of the great things about the Renyuan Jindan was that it granted its users
excellent motor skills and body control, both of which are essential for
mastering any form in a martial art. This is why Li Yundong was able to mimic
the kicks in Taekwondo with perfect form despite not having gone through a
single day of Taekwondo training! He just had to look at the form once, then
mimic it with his body. There are, of course, nuances in the art that Li
Yundong wouldn't be able to mimic. Things like the breathing methods and the
body's internal structures couldn't possibly be mimicked since they couldn't be
seen by the eye. But form-wise, nobody would be able to tell the difference.
what's with the attitude man?" Li Yundong thought as he and his
partner got onstage to rehearse the mock combat. His supposed partner had been
giving him a hostile vibe ever since Feng Na introduced them to each other just
now. Clearly, the guy didn't wish to have him as a partner in the performance. "Great. Another one who has a problem
with me. Just great."
Little did Li Yundong know
that hatred wasn't the only negative feeling that Mr. Douchebag was
experiencing at that moment — there was fear as well. He was there during the
bout between Li Yundong and Zhao Yujian, so he'd seen the way Li Yundong had
taken out Zhao Yujian with pure strength alone. It was terrifying. However, for
the good name of the Taekwondo Club, he had no choice but to step up.
Li Yundong and his partner
stood on opposite ends of the mat, then bowed to each other. After that, they
got into their fighting stance and began the demonstration.
To the audience below the
stage, what they were doing might seem like a real fight, but in actuality, the
demo was just as its name implied — mock combat. All the movements were
choreographed, and none of the strikes actually landed.
Choreographed or not, Li
Yundong's punches and kicks still struck fear into his training partner. He
didn't even have to be hit to feel the strength and power behind Li
Yundong's strikes. He could hear them and even feel the wind generated by Li
Yundong's fists and legs. He was absolutely terrified, because he knew that he
would suffer the same fate as Zhao Yujian if he got hit!
"This guy is a f*cking
the fourth-year senior thought as he dodged another one of Li Yundong's kicks,
one that he'd been expecting, of course. "Two days ago he was a total
noob! And now his kicking and punching forms are better than Taekwondo coaches?
The f*ck is this shit?!"
Li Yundong stole the show,
delivering kick after kick with strength and power. Everyone in the hall,
students and teachers alike, nodded appreciatingly as they marveled at Li
Yundong's badass performance.
Especially the girls, who
were practically starstruck. There were, of course, several green-eyed monsters
rearing their ugly heads among the girls — those who were glaring at Su Chan.
Zhuang Hui was watching Li
Yundong's performance from the backstage. She couldn't keep her eyes off Li
Yundong, and every time Li Yundong shouted during a strike, she felt her heart
skip a few beats.
What happened to punches and
kicks being barbaric?
Zhuang Hui stole a glance at
her own dance partner. Oh, the difference! Now that she had encountered the new
Li Yundong, seeing this effeminate pretty boy sickened her to her core. Regret
flooded Zhuang Hui's heart. "Argh! Why did I have to say those harsh
things? Why!" She tore her gaze away from her dance partner and looked
at Feng Na. "If that bitch tells Li Yundong everything I said about
him... It'll be all over for me... Arggh!"
So what if it's over! There are so many handsome and masculine men in the
Zhuang Hui kept repeating
that thought in her mind like a mantra. However, no amount of chanting could
keep the pang of hurt in her heart at bay. When she felt tears stinging her
eyes, she stopped chanting altogether. What was the point? It wouldn't do a
damn thing to make her feel better.
A huge round of applause
marked the end of Li Yundong's performance.
Having moved his arms and
feet during the mock combat, Li Yundong looked and felt invigorated — the
physical activity improved his blood and Qi flow, expanding his meridians in
the process. His training partner, on the other hand, had been tense and nervous
throughout the performance — he feared getting hit — and was out of breath by
the end of it.
Apparently, Zhou Qin had
changed her mind about her watch-for-one-minute-then-we-leave rule some time
after Li Yundong's performance began. At the moment, she and Ding Nan were
still sitting below the stage.
"Damn... Never judge a
book by its cover indeed..." Ding Nan said breathlessly. "So this guy
has a hidden talent after all!"
Zhou Qin was trying
everything in her power to tamp down her curiosity and excitement. "Let's
go," she said in a flat tone.
"Huh? But there's more!
Why don't we—"
Ding Nan was interrupted by
the high-pitched squealing sound from the microphone. Ding Nan and Zhou Qin
turned their eyes back to the stage. The MC was walking back onto the stage,
clapping her hands. Once she was on the stage, the MC stopped clapping.
"Not bad! Not bad at all!" she said, flashing a grin at Li Yundong.
"So. How long have you been practicing martial arts? Are you a black
Li Yundong shook his head.
A look of shock flitted
across the MC's face, but she quickly recovered and assumed that Li Yundong was
just being humble. She glanced down at the event agenda sheet. Her face
scrunched up in confusion. "Now, for the next performance, we would like to
welcome our student, Li Yundong to give us a special performance."
Li Yundong froze, then gave
Feng Na a quizzical look. "There's more?"
Feng Na felt a twinge of
guilt, but it quickly disappeared when she remembered the humiliation she'd
suffered at the hands of Li Yundong last time. "Of course," she said.
"We can't just settle with that little performance, can we?"
"Hm... That kinda makes
sense, I suppose,"
Li Yundong thought. "On TV, there's usually some board kicking
Li Yundong rolled his
shoulders a few times and found that he didn't feel tired at all. "Well
I feel pretty pumped up right now..." Li Yundong thought, glancing towards
the stage. "It'd be pretty interesting to know whether I can smash
bricks too... or rather, how many bricks I can break in a single strike... Oh,
what the hell." Li Yundong stared into Feng Na's eyes and declared
loudly, "Fine! I'll do it. Come on, then! Do your worst!"
The MC looked at Li Yundong
in half-amusement and half-admiration. "Alright, then! Ladies and
gentlemen, let us put our hands together to welcome Mr. Li Yundong as he gives
us today's special performance, which, I'm sure those of you who watch a lot of
costume dramas would know, is a popular performance in the ancient days,
Xiongkou Sui Dashi!"
Two things happened
simultaneously when the announcement was made: Su Chan sprayed an entire
mouthful of milk tea via her nostrils; Li Yundong, who had been stretching and
warming himself up, fell flat on his butt.
"What??!! What did you
say?" Li Yundong shouted towards the stage, mouth agape.
Silence filled the hall, and
everyone was staring slack-jawed at Li Yundong. Seconds later, roars of laughter
erupted in the hall.
Apparently, the announcement
was ridiculous enough to bring Zhuang Hui out of her dejected mood, as she was
now giggling to herself.
The corner of Zhou Qin's lips
twitched, causing her to quickly slap her hand over her mouth. Zhou Qin didn't
make any sound, but if one looked close enough, one could notice the trembling
from her shoulders and spine.
Li Yundong raised his head
and looked at the MC on the stage. "Did you read that incorrectly?"
he asked loudly.
The MC batted her lashes and
gave him an innocent look. "Nope," she said, walking towards the edge
of the stage. "See for yourself!"
Li Yundong scrambled to his
feet and ran to the edge of the stage. He took the agenda sheet from the MC and
scanned through the list. "Blah,
blah, blah... Mock combat... Special performance by Li Yundong... Xiongkou...
"Look, there has to be
some kind of mistake. What year do you" — Li Yundong turned towards Feng
Na — "think this is..." Li Yundong trailed off when he saw Feng Na
and Chengcheng laughing their heads off.
Realization dawned on Li
Yundong. "Son of a... She... she
Li Yundong stormed over
towards Feng Na with the agenda sheet in hand. "What the hell is this
sh*t!" he roared, waving the paper forcefully.
Feng Na stifled her laughter.
"What is that? Well, that, my friend, came out of your own mouth!" she
said, pushing her chest out — what she had anyway.
"My own mouth? What the
hell did I say?"
Feng Na smirked. "I can
repeat your exact words for you if you want," Feng Na said. "Lie down
with a huge-ass rock on my chest then have someone smash it with a hammer!
There. That's exactly what you said."
Feng Na turned to Chengcheng.
"Hey, is that correct?"
Chengcheng massaged her
aching tummy, stifling her laugh. She didn't even dare to look at Li Yundong at
this point. She knew she would end up laughing until her stomach burst if she
saw the look on Li Yundong's face at that moment. "Yes, yes! You're right!
Pfft!" Chengcheng laughed a few more times, then cleared her throat.
"I heard it too! I was there!"
little sh*ts are playing me for a fool!"
"Hey! You guys think I'm
an idiot?!" Li Yundong yelled. "Where do you think we are! A Shaolin
temple during the Han dynasty?! Nobody does this anymore!"
Cackles of laughter filled
the grand hall once again.
"Tsk! Tsk! You're not
going back on your word are you?" Feng Na said with a straight face.
"A deal's a deal. I told you I'd settle your problem, which I did! Now
it's your turn!"
Li Yundong was practically
foaming at the mouth at this point. "But this is... this is... this is
Feng Na jutted out her chin,
affecting an air of righteousness. "Ridiculous? You do know that Xiongkou
Sui Dashi is an important part of our nation's repertoire of traditional
performing arts, right? And this year's exchange visit involves the students
from the United States, so showing them an important part of our culture is the
best choice, don't you think!"
Li Yundong glared at Feng Na.
"Yeah, right... Showing culture my
ass! You just want to humiliate me in front of others!" Then, he
turned to Su Chan and gave her a pleading look. Much to his chagrin, Su Chan
was down on the floor in a crouching position with her abandoned milk tea
beside her feet, laughing her head off at his
Li Yundong thought, glaring at Su Chan who was currently massaging the apples
of her cheeks, which were no doubt hurting due to all that laughing.
Li Yundong turned back to
Feng Na. "Fine then!! Bring it on!!" he said with as much bravado as
he could muster. All of a sudden, he felt like a warrior who was about to take
a one-way trip to the battlefield. "On second thought..." Li
Yundong chickened out at the last moment. "But I didn't promise you I'd be
the one with the rock on my chest!" he said.
"Hah! Take that!"
"Oh no you don't!" Feng Na thought. "You
think you can weasel your way out of this? Not a chance in hell!" Feng Na smirked "Well, I've already
called dibs on being the one to swing the hammer," she said smugly.
"Which leaves... what, two more roles?" Feng Na glanced at Chengcheng
for confirmation. The latter nodded before bursting into giggles.
"Yes, two more
roles," Feng Na went on. "The one holding the rock, and... the rock
itself! Go ahead, pick one!"
The students in the hall were
trying their best not to die of laughter after hearing Feng Na's witty
comeback. Li Yundong, on the other hand, was on the verge of having a brain
aneurysm. Oh, how he regretted the way he'd treated Feng Na at the lecture hall
the other day. The things he'd said... Oh God. Calling her dumb.
Calling her flat-chested. Now everything was coming back to bite him in
the ass! Bite? More like mawing his entire backside off! F*ck!
Women. So vindictive. All of
a sudden, he remembered something that a genius once said. There are two types
of people in this world that are most difficult to deal with — women and
children. Was it Confucius? Yes, he remembered now! It was Confucius! Oh, wise
Master Confucius, you were absolutely right! You've become a Shenxian by now,
surely? I'll worship you every day. Please just get me out of this mess. I'll
treat women with respect from now on. I promise!
You hear that, kids? Do not
mess with a woman. Ever. Especially the beautiful ones!
Well, Li Yundong had learned
his lesson. The hard way. Knowing that there was no way he could get out of
this, he threw in the towel. "Fine," he said. "You win. I'll be
the one holding the rock."
Feng Na's face lit up with
glee. "Now that's more like it!"
"Bring out the hammer
then!" Li Yundong yelled, then smirked. "A nice-looking girl like you
dragging a massive hammer around campus? Get outta here!"
"Hah!" Feng Na
said, wagging a finger in front of Li Yundong's face. Then, she turned to
Chengcheng. "Bring it out!"
"No... No way. No
Li Yundong thought, no longer smirking. Chengcheng hurried backstage with one
hand rubbing her stomach while the other was massaging her sore cheeks. Seconds
later, Li Yundong's jaw went slack as he watched Chengcheng returning onstage
with a huge-ass hammer in tow. CLANG! CLANG! CLANG! The girl literally had to
drag that thing along the floor with both hands. "Oh, man... You have
got to be sh*tting me..." Li Yundong thought, gawking at Chengcheng.
It was as though he was
watching a horror movie.
Clearly, the audience
Even Zhou Qin was on the
verge of losing her composure with snickers escaping her lips from time to time.
Beside her, Ding Nan was already laughing hysterically, alternating between
pounding her fist against the seat in front and whistling with her fingers.
CLANG! Chengcheng dropped the
hammer at Li Yundong's feet, jolting Li Yundong out of his stupor. "Holy
sh*t... Th- this... this" — Li Yundong began gesticulating frantically at
the hammer — "Are you kidding me with this!? What did you girls do? Rob a
frigging construction site? Where the heck did you find a hammer that
Feng Na dropped into a crouch,
laughing. "Nonsense! I got it from a hardware store!"
"Oh, you're good. You're
good, I'll give you that," Li Yundong said, giving Feng Na a thumbs up
before lowering his hand. "Fine! What about the rock? I bet you can't buy
Feng Na bit the insides of
her cheeks to stifle her laughter. She snapped her fingers at Chengcheng, then
turned back to Li Yundong. "Buy? Why would I need to buy a rock? Rocks are
Li Yundong gave her a
skeptical look. "Nah... she can't possibly have found a rock that
big... What did she do? Pull a flagstone out from a pavement? Yeah right."
However, so far this chick
had shown everyone that she came prepared. "F*ck... What if she dragged
a concrete slab out of there instead of a rock... Will I even be able to lift
Li Yundong shuddered at the
Then, he gave Feng Na a
fawning smile. "Come on, senior..." Li Yundong said. "We'll be
seeing each other a lot on campus. Do you really have to go this far? Plus, I
wouldn't even be able to support its weight if it's too big and heavy!"
"Aww... You poor
thing," Feng Na said, giving him a merciful look. "Well, don't worry!
I've prepared one that is several sizes smaller!"
Chengcheng returned to the
stage just then. What surprised everyone, however, was the fact that her hands
were empty. Seconds later, they saw Chengcheng bounding towards Li Yundong.
When she stopped in front of him, it seemed as though she was trying hard not
to laugh. Then, she shoved something into Li Yundong's palm and said,
"Here you go!"
When Li Yundong saw what was
in his hand, he suddenly felt as though he was about to start bleeding from all
seven openings on his head again. "For f*ck's sake, what the hell am I
supposed to do with a pebble?!"
Roars of laughter reverberated through the grand hall.
Not even Zhou Qin could hold
it in anymore as she bent over in laughter.
Amidst the cackles and
guffaws, Li Yundong's cheeks crimsoned. "Rock smashing my ass!" he
yelled. "More like corpse smashing!"
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the laughter subsided, everyone eventually came to the conclusion that the
whole display was just a prank Feng Na had pulled on Li Yundong. Smashing a
pebble on someone's chest with a giant hammer might work in a slapstick or a
stand-up comedy, not in a setting where there were dozens of foreigners to be
wowed. Feng Na couldn't possibly be serious about going with that idea unless
her goal was to turn not just the university, but also the entire Chinese
culture, into a running joke. Still, they couldn't deny that the prank was
absolutely hilarious to watch. Although they didn't know the details, everyone
knew that Li Yundong must've done something to piss Feng Na off. Why else would
Feng Na go through such great lengths to set the whole thing up? For one, that
huge hammer must have cost her an arm and a leg, not to mention being a huge
pain in the ass to drag all the way to campus. Nevertheless, they were all
thankful for what Li Yundong did — most of them hadn't had such a good laugh in
years. Some had laughed so hard that some of their faces actually turned so
purple that it seemed as though they were asphyxiating.
of the professors rose from his seat and walked over to the stage.
"Enough, enough," he said, wiping his tears. "Just get on with
your actual performance already. Quit messing around. You can't pull something
like this during the day of the exchange visit, you hear me? The event is no
joking matter. It concerns the university's reputation."
Na grinned at the professor. "Oh! Don't worry, sir! I was just pulling a
prank on my junior over here, that's all!" Apparently, Feng Na had some sense of moderation. Well... okay,
perhaps "moderation" might be a bit stretching it.
prank?" Li Yundong said. "You call this a prank? This is attempted
Na made a face at him. "Serves you right for getting on my bad side!"
"For the love of God, why can't she
just let that go already? Geez louise!" Li Yundong
sighed heavily, then clasped his hands together as though he was praying.
"O great sage! Please forgive your humble servant for being blind to your
greatness before! I've learned my lesson, received the wisdom that you have
imparted, and have since repented my sinful ways... Please accept my alms as a
token of my repentance..."
Na put her palms together in front of her chest, looking dignified and serious
like some Buddhist monk. "Amitabha..." she said with her eyes closed.
"The great Buddha once said that the ocean of bitterness has no bounds.
Repent, however, and the shore shall be at hand. Rejoice! Rejoice my dear
almsgiver! For you have repented. You have found the shore, and all the Buddhas
in the sky shall shed tears of joy!"
Na opened her eyes and shared a glance with Li Yundong. Seconds later, they
both keeled over in laughter.
Yundong's mirth was quite a sight for sore eyes. His face lit up as he laughed,
and his deep, masculine voice resounded through the hall, stirring the hearts
of every female student there.
have an innate weakness for good-looking men with a sunny, outgoing
personality, as well as a good sense of humor. The girls' reaction to Li
Yundong's laughter could readily attest to that fact. Many of the women in the
audience had dopey expressions or starry eyes, while others released longing
sighs and so on.
the swooning subsided, the whispers began.
only I had a boyfriend who is fun and handsome like him..."
the one who once declared that she'd rather die than date an otaku."
if it's a fun otaku like him, then I think I can make an exception..."
was a snort. "Fun? Please. You're just saying that because he's handsome,
can I say? I like handsome guys. And I like guys with a good sense of humor
too. And if they have both... Rawr!"
I suggest you wake up from your delusions, girl. Look at that hot chick beside
him. You think someone like you can
top that? You'd better not do anything stupid or you'll end up humiliating
was, of course, unaware that he had become the subject of gossip among the
ladies. He'd just recovered from his laughing spree and was now looking at Feng
Na with a serious expression. "Jokes aside," he said. "What the
heck do you actually want me to do anyway? If there's nothing else, then I'm
Feng Na said, grabbing Li Yundong's arm. "You can't go yet. We're still
counting on you for the special performance!"
Yundong released a long sigh, his shoulder sagging a little. "Dammit!" He slapped his thigh
with his palm. "For a moment there,
I thought I was off the hook! Ah well. Guess I can't prevent the
inevitable." He turned back around. "Fine. What do you have in
mind? Whatever it is, I'm game."
too complicated. Breaking roof tiles, kicking boards, and all that stuff,"
Feng Na said, then chuckled when she saw the skeptical look on Li Yundong's
face. "What, you think I was gonna ask you to break through the 18
Bronzemen's Formation or something?" (T/N: I've added the explanation for
the 18 Bronzemen Formation in the novel's glossary. There are two contexts in
which this term applies, the modern and historical context. Here, the modern
context is used. Please refer to the glossary to gain a full understanding of
the term. The link to the glossary can be found on the novel's
Yundong laughed out loud. "18 bronzemen. Very funny," he said, then
smirked at Feng Na. "I bet you thought about it, didn't you?" Li
Yundong gave Feng Na a curious look. "Think the people from the Shaolin
temple would come if you asked?"
Na arched a brow, her lips curving slightly. "Oh? So you're saying you
Yundong looked into Feng Na's eyes and gee whiz, look at that, there was an
evil glint there. Yeah, he sure as hell wouldn't put it past this crazy chick
to make it happen. F*ck. He wondered what would happen if he showed up on the
day of the performance and was then thrown on the mercy of 18 bald men covered
in bronze body paint whose sole purpose of existence was to smash wooden sticks
and stab spears into his body. Could his body really survive that kind of
torture? Li Yundong shuddered at the thought.
I don't want to try that. I'm still too young to die," Li Yundong said
Na smiled at him sweetly, though the evil glint in her eyes was still there.
"Hmm... I don't know. You did
humiliate me last time—"
Fine! Geez!" Li Yundong said, raising his palms in a gesture of surrender.
"You win, okay? I bow to your superior authority."
better," Feng Na said smugly.
later, Chengcheng and several members of the Taekwondo club returned to the
stage with some roof tiles. Well, some was
definitely an understatement. More like stacks of them. Whispers washed over the
audience, and Li Yundong's Jindan-enhanced hearing allowed him to overhear a
girl whispering to her friend: "These tiles are legit... Think he can do
"Good question," Li
Yundong thought, heading over to the front edge of the stage. Heck, he'd never
even thrown a punch until recently, let alone breaking roof tiles. Sure, he'd
seen those Karate masters do it on TV a few times, but he'd never actually
tried it himself. In hindsight, he should've tried punching concrete slabs
instead of kicking the lamp the other night. Why didn't he think of that? Dang.
the edge of the stage, he crouched down in front of Su Chan, who was standing
below the stage. "Hey, think I can do it?" he whispered.
Chan waved off his concerns. "Of course. Piece of cake!"
Yundong hadn't been expecting an answer. He was just asking her for the sake
of... well, asking. Nevertheless, Su Chan's answer filled his heart with
confidence. All of a sudden, he felt so much stronger, so much more powerful,
as though he could take on the world.
"I can do this!" Li
Yundong thought, rising to his full height. He took a deep breath, then
released it. When he did, it was as though his body had grown several inches
taller. Amazing what the words of a beautiful woman can do to a man.
angled his head slightly and glanced towards the center of the stage where the
roof tiles had already been stacked up. Two thick concrete slabs were used as
the stack's base support. The slabs were placed about ten inches apart so that
only the two ends of the stack were resting on the slabs. He was supposed to
strike down on the center of the stack and allow the pieces to fall through the
"Let's go." Li
Yundong strode confidently towards the center of the stage, stopping in front
of the tiles. Then, he began practicing his strikes in slow motion, mimicking
the techniques he'd seen from the Karate masters on TV.
Feng Na was watching Li Yundong anxiously. She knew that the time for jokes was
over and that Li Yundong could seriously get hurt if he didn't know what he was
doing. When Li Yundong was doing his seventh slow-motion punch, Feng Na
couldn't take it anymore. She walked over and said, "Hey, can you actually
do it? You don't have to force yourself, you know? If you can't do it, I'll ask
someone else. I just... I don't want you to get hurt."
Yundong turned and flashed her a grin. "Ain't gonna be a problem! Don't
Yundong thought. "If you saw what I
did to the marble sink the other day, you'd know that a few roof tiles are
Feng Na still wasn't reassured. "Remember to keep your wrist straight when
you strike," she said. "And don't hesitate. Strike all the way
Yundong didn't even hear Feng Na's advice. He was already mentally prepping
himself for the strike, staring intently at the tiles."One strike, that's all," Li Yundong thought, raising his
striking hand into the air. He breathed in. "One.
a bunch of roof tiles? You call that a performance? That's just child's
Yundong turned towards the source of the voice. Zhou Yu, the douchebag who
tried to pick a fight with him in front of the campus the other day, was
standing below the stage, and he wasn't alone.
Zhou Yu stood another man whom Li Yundong had never seen before. The man was
average-sized and his attire made him look like one of those Kung Fu masters
from the movies: short-sleeved Tang suit; a pair of Traditional Chinese cotton
have a better idea!" Zhou Yu declared, staring intently at Li Yundong.
"You!" He pointed at Li Yundong. "And us!" He spread his
arms out wide. "We'll have a sparring match in front of the audience
during the exchange visit. How about that!"
Na decided to step in. "Zhou Yu! What do you think you're doing?" she
Yu glanced at her briefly, then returned his gaze towards Li Yundong.
"Stay out of this, Nana," he said, waving his hand dismissively.
"This doesn't concern you."
"Clearly, it's me these two guys
have a problem with," Li Yundong thought. Those two had been
glaring at him from the start. Li Yundong lowered his hand and straightened to
full height. "What's the point of all this?" Li Yundong asked coldly.
Yu ignored the question and pointed at the young man standing beside him.
"This is Huang Yifei, a senior from my martial arts school. He's the fifth
successor of the Lin-style Iron Wire Fist!"
Yifei wasn't a tall guy — 170 cm give or take. He was tanned and had the
typical Cantonese look. Perhaps the characteristic about Huang Yifei's
appearance that stuck out the most was his arms, which were huge, thick, and so
muscular that they looked as though there were a bunch of steel cords sitting
under his skin. Those terrifying arms looked like they could crush bones with
Yifei hadn't taken his eyes off Li Yundong from the moment he saw Li Yundong.
He stared at Li Yundong unblinkingly, like a predator observing its prey before
Yundong felt a little creeped out by Huang Yifei's stare. The perception of
threat, however, kicked his Jindan-enhanced Qi into overdrive. In an instant,
Li Yundong's Qi began pumping through his meridians swiftly. It was a
spontaneous and involuntary response. In fact, Li Yundong himself wasn't even
aware of the subtle changes in his body.
Yundong knitted his brows and met Huang Yifei's gaze head-on. His eyes flashed
like lightning, supercharging the air around him. If someone were to stand
beside Li Yundong at that moment, they would no doubt feel the stifling heat in
the air around him. It was as though the air could burst into flames at any
second like during one of those Super Saiyan transformations.
was the power of the purest form of Yang Qi in existence!
Su Chan couldn't help but be awestruck by Li Yundong's transformation. Even
though Li Yundong's swift progress through the early phases of Cultivation was
due to dumb luck, she couldn't deny that he possessed the disposition befitting
of a master Cultivator — peaceful on the outside but tough on the inside. He
had a kind and warm temperament, which could be seen from his day-to-day
interactions with others, but that didn't mean he was weak. Deep down, he had
conviction. He would fearlessly stand up for what he believed in and would
fight in the name of his pride and honor. That was precisely why he never
hesitated to go up against Zeng Qing and Zhao Yujian even though he knew he
could get hurt in the process. He would never cower in the presence of a
powerful enemy, but would meet them head-on instead!
an experienced Cultivator, Su Chan was aware of the benefits such traits would
bring to any Cultivator who possesses them. But that wasn't all Li Yundong had!
He currently possessed the purest form of Yang Qi thanks to the Renyuan Jindan!
The combination of these two qualities would allow Li Yundong to achieve the
same things that other Cultivators did, but with much less effort! In fact,
this wouldn't be limited to just the world of Cultivation; with such qualities,
Su Chan was confident that Li Yundong could thrive and excel in any field he
decided to go into.
Na could sense a confrontation looming on the horizon. "Way to go, Zhou
Yu," she said in a sneering tone. "You went crying to your senior
after realizing that you couldn't beat Li Yundong? I never thought you'd stoop
to something so cowardly."
Yu chuckled darkly. "As if I'd lose to the likes of him," he
Zhou Yu witnessed Li Yundong single-handedly take out a group of gangsters the
other day, he was too shock and terrified to fight Li Yundong. Zhou Yu was the
one who had challenged Li Yundong first, yet he backed out of the challenge at
the last moment out of fear. Since then, Zhou Yu hadn't been able to live with
himself. His own cowardice vexed him, tormenting his mind and wounding his
pride until the point where he had to do something to get it off his chest. He
ended up spilling his guts to Huang Yifei.
Yifei's response, however, shook Zhou Yu to the core: "You have to defeat
this man, because he has ruined your state of mind. He might not have defeated
you physically, but he has wounded you mentally! If you do not defeat him and
overcome your fear, you'll never be able to improve and take your martial art
to the next level!"
was the moment when Zhou Yu decided that he would defeat and humiliate Li
Yundong in front of everyone, and in doing so, overcome his own fear.
Afterwards, he and Huang Yifei launched into a discussion of the various ways
he could use to counter Li Yundong's strength advantage. Eventually, they came
up with a strategy to defeat Li Yundong. All that was left after that was to
issue an official challenge to Li Yundong, which was why Zhou Yu had shown up
here today with his senior.
Yu pointed at Huang Yifei. "My senior is just here as a witness," he
said. "I'm the one who will be fighting."
the university's vice-chancellor, who had been tasked with overseeing and
assessing the students' performances, wasn't a fan of the idea. He stood up
from his seat and stormed towards the stage. "Enough! What do you think
you're doing! This is a university, not a dojo! Go outside if you want to
Yu turned around to face the vice-chancellor with aplomb. "Mr. Ke, the
whole point of the exchange visit is to promote the Chinese culture as well as
our school culture. In that case, why only allow the Taekwondo Club to perform
but not us?"
is absurd! Is the exchange visit a joke to you? The Taekwondo Club is an
official club of the university! Are you?"
Qian approached the stage as well. "Actually vice-chancellor, there is a Wushu club in our university,"
said Director Qian.
vice-chancellor felt as though he'd just been slapped in the face. He turned
around and glared at Director Qian. "Is that so? How come I've never heard
of it then?"
Qian wasn't the slightest bit intimidated by the vice-chancellor's show of
authority. "Well, it isn't official," Director Qian said with a
smile. "A group of students started the club on their own. It was part of the university's registry a
year ago, but then it got disbanded due to poor management."
vice-chancellor turned back to face Zhou Yu. "This is supposed to be a friendly exchange visit between two
universities," the vice-chancellor stated firmly. "The Taekwondo
Club's performance is violent enough as it is! And now you want to include an
actual brawl as part of it? That is
absurd! It'll send all kinds of wrong messages to the visiting students.
Besides, what if there's an accident? Who's going to take the blame!"
Ke, it is common among martial artists to get to know each other through
sparring," Zhou Yu cut in. "That is what we're proposing. By sparring
with each other, we get to learn more about different martial arts as well as
their practitioners! Don't worry, sir. We'll treat it as a form of practice,
not an actual fight to the death. So, I guarantee that there won't be any
problems! If there is, I'll withdraw from the university voluntarily!"
Li Yundong wasn't Zhou Yu's intent anyway. He just wanted to prove in front of
a crowd that he was better than Li Yundong. He just wanted to be acknowledged.
Qian, the slimeball, already had an evil scheme in mind. "Vice-chancellor
Ke," Director Qian said before the vice-chancellor could protest. "I
think Zhou Yu's proposal is quite reasonable. Think about it. Including a
sparring session between practitioners of two different styles of martial arts
is rather spectacular, don't you think? Besides, they're all adults and well
trained. Surely, they know how to pull their punches and avoid hurting each
for you to say," the vice-chancellor said, glaring at Director Qian.
"You aren't the one who's going to take the blame if anything
Qian smirked. "What do you have to worry about, sir? Deputy Mayor Zhou
would be there as well, and he's in charge of the city's educational policies. You
don't have to shoulder any responsibility if he's there. It's just like the old
saying, isn't it? If the sky collapses, those who are taller would bear its
weight. Personally, I think it is unlikely that this would lead to any
accidents. After all, the students know that it's all just for show. On the
other hand, if the leaders are satisfied with the performance, the credit will
go to you."
vice-chancellor gave Director Qian a meaningful look as he pondered the
moment later, he turned to Zhou Yu. "I have your word that there won't be
vice-chancellor's approval filled Zhou Yu with delight. When he showed up here
earlier, he was prepared for two possibilities: one, his proposal was rejected,
in which case he would settle for fighting with Li Yundong right then and there
during the rehearsals; two, his proposal was accepted, which was the best-case
scenario, since he would be able to humiliate Li Yundong in front of every
student in the school!
moment, Zhou Yu looked like the cat that had eaten the canary. "Yes, sir.
You have my word!" Then, he turned to Li Yundong and said, "I believe
my junior also sees this sparring session as an opportunity to learn and grow
as a martial artist. Ain't that right, Li Yundong?"
Yundong's eyes never left Huang Yifei when he answered. "Hmm. I don't
know. I think it's best if you let your senior spar with me since you're
clearly not a match for me," Li Yundong spoke in an offhand tone. "I
mean, there'll be foreign students watching us, right? The show is going to
become a laughing stock if its over in three seconds."
Yu felt as though someone had slapped him in the face.
Na burst into laughter.
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Chapter 36 "Chef" Su Chan
thing to note about Li Yundong's personality was that he was as stubborn as a
mule. He could be coaxed, but never forced; persuaded, but never strong-armed.
If you wish to get him to listen to you, any approach other than the soft
approach would blow up in your face. Oh, and treat him courteously if you
expect him to treat you courteously in return. If you act like an asshole with
him... Well, let's just say that you'll get a taste of what the word
"asshole" literally means — by having sh*t shoved down your throat.
in fact, was exactly what happened to Zhou Yu. He had tried to insult Li
Yundong but ended up suffering an insult that was several times worse.
Zhou Yu put on a fake smile. "Oh? You sound pretty confident, Li
Yundong," he said. "What makes you think that I—"
well! I'll spar with you!" Huang Yifei said.
Yu gaped at Huang Yifei. "B-b-but senior!"
Yifei ignored Zhou Yu, keeping his eyes on Li Yundong instead. He didn't dare
take his eyes off Li Yundong. Something about Li Yundong made Huang Yifei deem
it unwise to relax for even a second. It was as though he was anticipating Li
Yundong to pounce on him the moment he dropped his guard.
Yifei had joined illegal fight clubs before, so he understood the
"dirty-fighting" mentality where no rules and honor applied. The goal
was to maim, or even kill, one's opponents. Any moment in which one's opponent
let their guard down was an opportunity to be exploited. In this type of
fighting, distractions and carelessness would lead to injuries and, in extreme
cases, one's demise.
was the vibe that Huang Yifei had gotten from Li Yundong the moment their gazes
met, so letting his guard down was the last thing he wanted.
skills have yet to reach the level where you can pull your punches to avoid
injuring your sparring partner," Huang Yifei said without looking away
from Li Yundong.
Yu looked as though someone had just shoved a handful of lemons down his throat
when he heard Huang Yifei's remark. His senior's dismissal was a tough pill to
swallow, but then he realized he had no choice but to play along if he wanted
to see Li Yundong get beaten and humiliated in a fight. Zhou Yu nodded and
turned around to face the vice-chancellor. "There you have it, sir,"
he said. "Having my senior spar with Li Yundong is a safer choice, since
he is so much more skilled than I am. He has perfect control of his strikes, so
you can rest assured that there won't be any accidents during the spar!"
Vice-chancellor Ke was an old scholar who knew nothing about combat and martial
arts. He didn't know that when two skilled martial artists clash, the chances
of injuries and mishaps are much higher. The only way "pulling
punches" can work is if one of the fighters was a total amateur while the
other one was a professional.
the other hand, when two masters fight each other, holding back is the last
thing they want to do! The margin of error is just too small; one misstep might
lead to them being crippled for the rest of their life. That would mean that the
years spent on conditioning their body and perfecting their art would go up in
the long history of Chinese martial arts, there were countless cases where
martial artists ended up injuring their peers during friendly sparring!
not many people were aware of this fact, not the vice-chancellor and the
teachers, nor Li Yundong, who had yet to experience even a single day of
martial arts training. Su Chan was, of course, aware of it, but she wasn't the
slightest bit worried about Li Yundong's chances of winning; the Renyuan
Jindan's power coursing through Li Yundong's meridians pretty much rendered him
an invincible opponent to normal martial artists.
vice-chancellor snorted. "This is absurd!" he snapped, then stormed
short statement alone proved how cunning the vice-chancellor truly was. That
ambiguous parting shot could easily be construed by the students as an
approval, yet, in the event of an accident, nobody would be able to pin it on
him: I told you it was absurd, so I've made my disapproval clear!
any case, he would have nothing to lose. If the idea panned out, he would get
all the credit; if it didn't, he wouldn't have to shoulder any blame.
Qian was fully aware of Vice-chancellor Ke's crafty wordplay. "You cunning old fox,"
Director Qian thought, staring after Vice-chancellor Ke's back. When
Vice-chancellor's figure vanished through the entrance, he turned back and
smiled at the students. "Alright then! The vice-chancellor has
approved," he said. "The exchange visit is in a few days, so you
should spend more time practicing. Just don't embarrass us in front of the
Yifei had been harboring sinister thoughts the whole time he was staring at Li
Yundong vigilantly. Would he charge me if I blink? I heard he's strong, so I
can't let myself take a hit. If he gets close, should I go for the head? Maybe
Yundong, on the other hand, had nothing but pure thoughts; he just wanted to
fulfill his promise to Feng Na and hopefully not get expelled in the process.
The reason behind Li Yundong's confidence was, of course, the powerful Qi
coursing through his meridians. Li Yundong's Qi was so much more powerful than
Huang Yifei's, which was why, unlike the latter, he didn't really feel the need
to be hyper vigilant. With an air of
nonchalance, Li Yundong turned his head to look at Director Qian, but he didn't
like the smirk on the old geezer's face. Not one bit. "The old bastard's up to something," he thought.
sound of whispers pulled Li Yundong out of his thoughts. He turned away from
the old geezer and looked towards the left of the stage where two girls were
whispering to each other animatedly with their heads close together.
I bet it's going to be fun to watch!" Then, he heard a low but
high-pitched squeal. "Ahh! I'm so excited."
do you think will win?"
Do you even have to ask? Li Yundong, of course!"
Yundong shook his head wryly. "So
naive," he thought. "They
all just want a good show and are blind to the schemes of others." Li
Yundong ignored the whispers and returned his gaze to Director Qian. What the
hell was the old geezer up to?
the students, Zhou Qin and Ding Nan were perhaps the only ones who smelled
something fishy, which, considering their background and character, was hardly
surprising. One of them was born in a prominent political family, so she was
aware of the ins and outs of humanity's dark side. The other one was born with
a sharp mind and a knack for reading people.
it just me or is Director Qian up to no good?" Ding Nan said, narrowing
Qin frowned slightly but didn't comment. Admittedly, Zhou Qin found the whole
thing to be a bit out in left field. She hadn't expected a hilarious prank to
turn into something this violent.
go," Zhou Qin said blandly, turning around to leave.
you worried at all?" Ding Nan asked in surprise.
only answer Zhou Qin gave was her gradually diminishing form as she headed for
the grand hall's exit. Ding Nan curled her lips in contempt. "Yeah... Keep being so uptight and
bottling up your emotions. You'll go insane one day..."
Yifei and Zhou Yu didn't see any point in hanging around since they had already
gotten what they came here for — the challenge had been issued. Shortly after
Huang Yifei and Zhou Yu left, Feng Na and Li Yundong's newly-acquired fangirls
crowded him. Li Yundong was barraged with words of encouragement along the
lines of: "Good luck, Li Yundong! All the best! We're all rooting for you!
the fangirling was over, Feng Na gave Li Yundong a furtive and apologetic
glance. "Hey..." she said. "I'm... I'm sorry. You got into this
mess because of me."
Yundong chuckled. "Not at all. My awesomeness incites challenges
everywhere I go. So, none of this is your fault."
narcissistic remark reduced the girls to giggles.
Yundong's remark and, subsequently, the girls' giggles reached the ears of
Zhuang Hui, who was staring at Li Yundong from not too far away. The longer she
stared, however, the more disgruntled she felt. Eventually, she stomped her
foot and left the hall.
the way home, Li Yundong suddenly turned to Su Chan and said, "You didn't
Chan gave him a puzzled look. "Stop you from what?"
Yundong sighed. "I mean you didn't stop me from accepting Huang Yifei's
challenge," he said, pausing to let his words sink in.
later, he continued, "Do you really think I can beat him? I've never had a
single day of martial arts training."
course!" Su Chan answered as though it was the most obvious thing in the
of a sudden, his mind returned to all the questions that he had earlier this
morning: "Why have I constantly been
running into trouble after I met you? Are you the one who caused the changes in
my body? What did you do to me...?"
words were already on the tip of his tongue when he suddenly stopped himself.
"Argh... Whatever. I'll ask her
after the exchange visit... I can't afford to lose focus right now..."
spent the rest of the morning at home, then went back to campus in the
afternoon; afternoon classes were still on despite the rehearsals this morning.
Most of the students had already heard about Li Yundong's upcoming sparring
match with Huang Yifei. As a result, Li Yundong was pestered to no end the
moment he arrived at campus.
some miracle, Li Yundong managed to last through afternoon class without
punching anyone in the face. However, the moment class ended, Li Yundong
grabbed Su Chan's hand and sprinted towards the campus gates. He might lose it
if he heard another "Hey, think you can win the match?"
do you feel like having for dinner tonight?" Li Yundong asked as they
walked into the apartment.
"Finally some peace and
quiet," he thought. Home sweet home indeed. He loved
it at home because the apartment was where he got to spend time with Su Chan
alone with no interruptions. And, of course, no lewd gazes from random men.
Chan clung to Li Yundong's arm. "Whatever you make is fine! I love it
all!" she declared, grinning from ear to ear.
Yundong pinched Su Chan's nose lovingly. "Fine then! I'll prepare a bunch
of junk food and fatten you up!"
food?" Su Chan asked, still grinning.
Yundong paused in thought. In all fairness, it wasn't every day that he had to
explain the concept of junk food to anyone. Moments later, he said, "Well,
junk foods are those oily foods, I guess. Remember McDonald's? Yeah. That's one
example of junk food."
of a sudden, Su Chan's grin turned into a huge pout. "Hmph! I thought you
were being nice back then! So you were feeding me junk! Hmph!"
Yundong laughed. "Says the one who finished her burger in three
Hmph! You fed me junk. I'm mad at you!" Su Chan said sulkily.
"Oops... Seems like the little
princess is sulking. We can't have that now, can we... Well! Only one way to
fix this," Li Yundong thought, rolling up his sleeves.
"Well! How about I prepare a feast for you today! Wait for me at home. I'm
going to get some groceries from the supermarket."
the word "feast," Su Chan nearly salivated all over the floor. "If the usual dishes taste so good...
then a feast would be... Yayyyy!!!!"
Chan grabbed Li Yundong's arms and clung to his side, smiling like there was no
tomorrow. "Don't you dare leave me behind!" she said. "I'm going
sight of Su Chan clinging on to him made his heart race. "Is it just me, or have we become even more intimate... Whoa!
Whoa! Wait a minute! This counts as cohabitation, right? If it is... then what
exactly are we?"
pair left the apartment together and went to the supermarket. When they
returned with groceries a while later, Li Yundong put on an apron and got to
work immediately. Su Chan stayed inside the kitchen to watch him work.
Chan wanted to help, but Li Yundong soon learned that he was better off without
her "help." Way better:
when he asked for the soy sauce, she passed him the vinegar; when he asked for
sugar, she gave him... salt.
Lord... You really can't do anything right, can you?"
on! It's not like I know about all these things!" Su Chan said with a huge
pout. Li Yundong felt a sudden impulse to hang the grocery bag around her lips.
One way of helping, right?
Yundong chuckled helplessly. "Alright, alright, that's enough now. Just
wait for me outside, okay?"
her own uselessness, Su Chan fiddled with the hem of her shirt and headed
towards the entryway with slow steps. She stopped when she reached the entryway
and turned around. Li Yundong had his back turned to her, and he was slicing
vegetables. Su Chan's puffed out her cheeks and said, "I'm going then..."
didn't move but stayed at the entryway, waiting for his response. Li Yundong
didn't even turn around to look at her. Instead, he just waved his hand beside
his ear. "Fine, fine. Just go outside and wait."
Chan turned away and stormed off.
sat in the living room with nothing better to do. Eventually, her mind drifted
off and she began to reflect on every moment since her fateful meeting with Li
Yundong. It was then that she realized she'd pretty much been living off Li
Yundong since the day they met! "I've
been staying at his place, eating his food, wearing his clothes... and
he..." A warm sensation bloomed inside her chest. "He's been so caring and attentive... " She glanced
towards the kitchen. The guy was even standing in front of the stove to prepare
a feast, just because it would make her
happy. "And yet I..."
pang of guilt crashed into her.
yet she was deceiving him, just so she could feed on his Qi once he completed
the Zhuji phase. "I'm horrible,
"No! I have to find a way to make
it up to him! But... I can't repay him with my body..." Su
Chan thought. "Magical items! But
no, no. That would give my identity away..."
second later, Su Chan's eyes sparkled brightly: "AHA! Why don't I learn how to cook and prepare a feast for Li
"I. Am. Brilliant!"
"And since I'm so brilliant...
learning how to cook is definitely not going to be a problem for me! Ooh...
this is perfect!"
"But... what should I make?"
Chan spent a while going through her options until she remembered the fish
they'd bought from the supermarket earlier. "Hey...
didn't I have fish back in the mountains? Master made it a few times,
right?" Still, that wasn't the important point. The most important
point was that... she vaguely remembered how to prepare fish!
she knew it, she was inside the kitchen, tugging on Li Yundong's arm.
Yundong's insides turned to mush the moment he heard Su Chan's sweet, angelic
voice. Well, half an inch more and he might've lost his finger too. Placing the
knife back down on the chopping board, he turned around to give Su Chan a wry
smile. "What is it my dear little princess?"
Chapter 37 Uninvited Guests
I wanna cook for you! Let me cook for you! Please?"
Yundong's brows shot to his hairline. "You wanna cook for me?" Li
Yundong asked quizzically "But why?"
just feel like it! Please let me do it! Pleeeeaaasee?"
if his knees didn't go weak a little when he heard her voice.
Li Yundong smiled. "Ah... I know what this is about," Li Yundong
said, nodding at her. "Aww. You poor thing. You feel guilty, don't
Chan went into a panic in an instant. "Guilty?
Oh, no! He knows! He knows all about my plans to perform Yang Feeding!
mean, I'm in here working hard, but you're out there lazing off. So you feel
bad?" Li Yundong said.
"Oh. Okay. So he doesn't know yet.
Phew..." Su Chan hid her relief and nodded her head
like a chicken searching for food.
again, Li Yundong found himself drawn to Su Chan's irresistible eyes, which
were large, watery, and filled with so much anticipation that he could drown in
it. "So she feels bad, huh? She
really didn't have to... Cooking for her actually makes me happy," Li
Yundong thought. "Then again...
there is one way she could make it
up to me..." Li Yundong smirked, then bent down slightly so that his
face was level with Su Chan's. "You could always reward me with a kiss if
you feel bad," Li Yundong said. "Besides, I don't think it's a good
idea for you to be hanging around the kitchen too much. I mean, it's gonna be
so greasy and smoky in here once the cooking starts. Don't want to ruin your
perfect skin now, do we?"
I don't wanna kiss you, I wanna cook!" Su Chan said, swinging his arm from
side to side. Her voice actually sounded whiny.
alright. Hey, hey, stop. Stop! You're gonna dislocate my shoulder! Geez!"
Li Yundong said, pulling his arm free. "Fine then. What do you have in
mind O great chef Su Chan? Egg fried rice? Omelettes?" Li Yundong smirked.
"Wait. Don't tell me you're planning to make... plain rice?"
Chan blushed and slapped Li Yundong on the arm. "Oh, shut up! Plain rice
doesn't even count as a dish!"
Yundong laughed. "Why not? Plain rice is extremely important! You can't
have a good meal without plain rice. Besides..." Li Yundong poked at Su
Chan's cheek teasingly. "It doesn't require any skill at all."
Chan slapped his hand away. "I can cook!" Su Chan snapped.
"Don't you dare underestimate me!"
okay, my dear princess. I'm sure you can cook," Li Yundong backtracked.
"So. Tell me. What are you planning to make?"
Chan's displeasure turned into delight in an instant. "I'm going to
make... braised fish!"
fish?" Li Yundong said, leaning back slightly. "You know how to make
braised fish? Ooh. Okay... Seems like I've really underestimated you."
course! This is me we're talking
about," Su Chan said, nodding with pride. One would think she'd just been
awarded a Michelin Star.
Yundong stared at Su Chan in amusement. "Very well," he said.
"Show me what you've got, master chef." He headed towards the fridge
and took out a gutted whole fish, then placed the fish onto the chopping board.
He smiled at her and said, "Go ahead."
Chan began rolling up her sleeves. "Prepare to be amazed!"
her sleeves were rolled up, Su Chan picked up the knife and stared at the fish
intently. Li Yundong honestly thought she might start shooting lazer beams from
her eyes to roast the fish on the chopping board. Then...
Yundong actually felt sorry for the poor fish, which had instantly been cleaved
into two halves when Su Chan brought the knife down onto the chopping board as
though she was cutting down her sworn enemy.
Yundong did a face palm. "That's not
how you slice a fish, missy... What are you making? Minced fish?"
That's... an interesting way to slice a whole fish, my dear princess."
Chan turned around and made a face at him. "Hush! My hand slipped, that's
Your hand slipped," he said dryly. "Well, try not to let your hand slip again."
Chan turned around and brandished the knife. "Go on then! Keep talking and
I'll show you how slippery this knife is!" she said menacingly.
Yundong raised his palms in surrender. "Alright, alright. I'll shut up
Su Chan said, grinning in satisfaction. "Now that's better."
turned back to the chopping board, then stared at the fish which had been
sliced width-wise into two halves. Su Chan's knife hand hovered above the fish,
moving back and forth a few times. It took him a while, but Li Yundong
eventually figured out that she was tracing the fish's body (bodies, really)
with the tip of the knife.
poor fish was cleaved again, lengthwise this time.
Master Chef over there had just quartered the fish.
that moment, Li Yundong looked as though he'd just spent an hour in a torture
chamber thanks to Su Chan's terrific "knife skills." After a while,
when he saw Su Chan rearranging the fish on the chopping board, he decided it
was time for him to intervene; otherwise they might be having fish chunks for
I think you should let me—"
The chopping board fell to the floor. Correction: pieces of the chopping board fell to the floor. As it turned out,
the fish wasn't the only thing that had been quartered.
sh*t!" Li Yundong gaped at the broken pieces on the floor. A moment later,
he bent down and picked up the pieces, then gave Su Chan a huge thumbs up.
"Well done, samurai."
Chan colored slightly. "I- I was a little nervous with you standing so
close. I guess I used too much strength..."
"You guess? You just broke the
chopping board!" Li Yundong thought. "Great, now I have to get a new
one." He retreated all the way to the entryway and stood beside the
kitchen door. "Is this far enough?"
hush!" Su Chan said. Admittedly, she was panicking a little because of the
chopping board's demise. She had no idea that the thing was so soft! How
embarassing! But no matter, she had to focus on the task! Yes, the task!
Braised fish! Good thing she was there when her master prepared it last time. "What's the next step... what's the
next step... Right! The condiments!"
Yundong leaned against the kitchen door, watching her work. He kept his mouth
shut this time lest he ended up having to dodge flying knives. "What on earth is she looking
for?" Li Yundong thought after about a minute of watching Su Chan
bustling about in front of the stove like a headless fly. "Stop moving
around so much, will you?" he said. "You're making me dizzy!"
did you put the salt!"
Li Yundong said exasperatedly. "It's on the shelf on your right!"
Chan moved to the shelf, then grabbed a bottle of something.
hey, not that one," Li Yundong said. "That's pepper!" Su Chan
put the bottle back.
Li Yundong sighed. "That's the chilli powder. Geez, can't you tell the
difference between white and red? Are you color blind?"
for f*ck's sake..." Li Yundong walked over and grabbed the salt shaker
himself after Su Chan's nth failed "attempt" to find it.
"There," he said, waving the salt shaker in front of Su Chan's face.
"Seriously, it's just salt. Is it so hard to find?"
Chan snatched the salt shaker, then went back to work. Minutes passed with Su
Chan fumbling around the kitchen and Li Yundong nagging her ears off from the
door. At one point, Su Chan turned around abruptly with her cheeks puffed out,
then pushed Li Yundong out the kitchen door. She positioned him against the
outer wall of the kitchen. "Stay there!!"
she stormed into the kitchen. A second later, she ran out of the kitchen and
stood in front of the entryway with her arms akimbo. "You're not allowed
to speak either!"
Yundong shook his head and laughed wryly. "Girl's
got some pride, that's for sure."
Yundong leaned his chest against the wall, then peered into the kitchen from
the edge of the wall. More fumbling and moving around ensued, after which Su
Chan began scratching her head with a puzzled look on her face. He had no idea
what the problem was, though he kept his mouth shut.
a long while, Su Chan burst out of the kitchen. "Hey! Can't you see that
I'm in trouble?" She stomped her feet. "You won't even try to help
Yundong wanted to pull his hair out and go bald, honest to God. "You're
the one who told me not to speak!"
You can speak now!"
Yundong tamped down the urge to laugh. "Fine. What's troubling you?"
Chan blushed and looked down, fiddling with her sleeves. "H- how do you
start a... a fire?"
Yundong burst into laughter, then reached out to ruffle Su Chan's hair.
Chan shrieked and leaped away with her hands covering her head.
Yundong stepped forward and held Su Chan's hand, then led her into the kitchen.
They stopped in front of the gas stove. "This is a gas stove," Li
Yundong said. "We don't have to burn stuff to start a fire anymore. This
thing runs on gas." Li Yundong positioned Su Chan's hand on top of the
knob, then covered her hand with his own. "First, you press down. Then you
turn." Tiny dots of blue flames circled the rims of the burner. "See
that? Do you understand how to operate it now?"
Chan was too awestruck to respond. She stared at the blue flames with wide and
curious eyes. What sorcery was powerful enough to pull fire out of thin air!
This was even more interesting than talking boxes!
Su Chan recovered from her stupor, she turned to the side and saw Li Yundong
grinning at her with a teasing glint in his eyes. She blushed and pushed Li
Yundong out of the kitchen again. This time, she pushed him all the way to the
living room. "Stay here! Come in only when I'm done!" she said, then
stormed off again.
Yundong shook his head and laughed, then jumped slightly when the kitchen door
nothing else better to do, Li Yundong reached for the TV remote, only to be
reminded that the TV was probably sitting at the back of some dumpster truck en
route to a waste disposal site. Worse, he hadn't replaced the TV yet.
"Should really go look for a TV
tonight... Can't drag this out any longer. My rent is due soon... I'm screwed
if the landlady finds out..."
she was sure that the door was closed, Su Chan returned to the stove where the
magical blue flames were still steadily burning. She focused her gaze on the
flames, then gave her hand a quick wave. WHOOSH! The flames flew from the stove
to her palm.
Chan toyed with the blue flames, spinning it around on top of her palm. After a
while, she got bored. "What a
disappointment," she thought, staring at the blue flames jiggling
above her palm. "I thought there's
some powerful magic involved. But they're so weak compared to the Flames of
Chan formed a fist, crushing the blue flames.
she went back to dealing with the fish, completely unaware of the disaster that
the living room, Li Yundong had just lain down on the carpet when he heard a
knock on the door.
"Who could it be?" Li
Yundong sat up with a frown. He wasn't exactly a sociable person, so he didn't
have a lot of friends from the university. A few acquaintances, sure, though
none of them knew his address. "Who
could be looking for me at this hour?" Li Yundong thought, standing up
and heading to the door.
Li Yundong looked out through the peephole, he nearly passed out in shock.
plump woman standing outside the door was none other than his landlady!
Yundong thought, casting an anxious glance towards empty wall mount where the
TV was supposed to be attached, then towards bowl-sized hole on the ceiling
where the pendant light was supposed to hang from. "Dammit! I'm screwed..." Li Yundong thought, breaking out
in cold sweat.
Yundong looked through the peephole once again. "Calm down, man. Just don't answer the door. Maybe she'll think
I'm not home, then decide to come back another time, which leaves me with
enough time to repla— Sh*t!"
landlady pulled out a key. Li Yundong stepped away from the peephole with a
are you?! How did you get in there?!" A woman's high-pitched shriek nearly
blasted his ears off the moment he opened the door.
Yundong smiled. "It's me, Madam He! Li Yundong!"
that revelation surprised the landlady even more than finding out that there
was a stranger inside her property. Her eyes, wide with shock, swept over Li
Yundong's figure from head to toe, then back up again. "Can't believe this kid looks so nice once he lost weight... But
it won't make much of a difference if he still continues to dress like a
landlady stood at the door, fanning herself with her hand. "I thought you
weren't home! I called you so many times, why didn't you pick up your
Yundong went back to the living room and retrieved his phone. There were about
a dozen missed calls.
well. Sorry ma'am. We had rehearsals this morning, so I didn't hear your
calls." Li Yundong didn't want the landlady to come in, so he didn't
retrieve the home slippers from the shoe rack for her. "How can I help
the landlady wasn't looking to be invited; she walked in on her own.
"Isn't your rent due in ten days? I have a potential tenant. I'm here to
show them the place and collect your rent at the same time."
feminine voice sounded from outside the door: "Sheesh... What's so nice
about this place? Why do we have to stay here? It's not like you don't own any
there was a chuckle. A man. "It's more peaceful here," the man said.
"Some peace and quiet would do us some good, don't you think?"
lying! You're just afraid to get caught by your wife!"
that's not it! Come on, I already told you that my wife and I are finalizing our
divorce! You're the only one I love! You know that!"
woman snorted. "Men," she said in a contemptuous tone. "You're
all liars. I know I'm just one of your many mistresses."
woman dressed in a cream-colored minidress stepped through the door. "Nice legs," Li Yundong
thought, then glanced at the woman's face. "Quite
pretty. Wonder what she looks like without the heavy makeup..."
woman strutted into the apartment, her heels clicking with every step. When she
arrived at the living room, her eyes gleamed when she saw Li Yundong. "Ooh... And who might you be, handsome?
He's got a sunny look too. Not bad at all..."
the woman, a man walked in. This man was about half a head shorter than the
woman and was dressed in a horrendous floral shirt. And seriously, who wears
shades at night, not to mention inside a frigging building? The top three
buttons of the shirt were unbuttoned, revealing his bare chest and a gold
necklace which was as thick as a human thumb. Around his waist, he wore a fanny
pack, which, judging from its size, was pretty stuffed. Welcome to my humble
abode, Mr. Nouveau Riche and his mistress.
Chapter 38 A Kept Woman's Abode
all his swagger, this man's ego took a huge blow the moment he laid eyes on Li
Yundong. Indeed, not even his bulging fanny pack and the bling around his neck
could prevent the feelings of inadequacy from arising as a result of Li
Yundong's charismatic aura and handsome appearance. When he turned to look at
the woman who had stepped into the apartment before him, he felt even worse.
woman, his woman, couldn't take her
eyes off Li Yundong! His woman was checking out another man, right in front of
him no less! The lust-filled and curious look in the woman's eyes drove him
mad, because she had never looked at
him like that before. She looked as though she were a hungry wolf with a piece
of fresh meat dangled in front of her.
jealousy fueled his anger. His wounded ego couldn't take the beating anymore,
so he had to find a way to boost it. He swaggered forward, then wrapped his arm
around the woman's waist possessively. He glanced around the apartment a few
times, then said, "Place seems kinda shabby, don't you think?"
landlady's fawning smile turned her double chin into a triple chin. "Oh,
come now, Boss Zheng! Surely you don't believe that! How can it be shabby when
it was just renovated last year! Here, let me show you something." The
landlady took a few steps forward and pointed at the ground. "Check out
this fur carpet! I got it for five thousand yuan, you see!" All of a
sudden, the landlady bent down to examine the carpet. Then, she straightened
and glared at Li Yundong. "Li Yundong! What on earth did you do to my
carpet! So much missing fur!" She wagged a finger in front of Li Yundong's
face. "I don't care! You have to pay for the damage. I'm going to take it
out from your deposit!"
Yundong glanced down at the carpet. "Missing
fur my ass... You're just nitpicking!"
at least the landlady hadn't found out about the real stuff that was missing...
landlady returned her attention to Boss Zheng. "Look at it this way, Boss
Zheng. This place is built at a great location! And it's got quality lighting
as well. I assure you it's definitely worth the price. You might want to
I didn't say that I'm terminating my lease, Madam He." Li Yundong said,
interrupting the landlady's spiel.
landlady turned around and appraised Li Yundong condescendingly. "You? Why should I lease my place to a
penniless student who couldn't even afford to extend his lease for more than
two months and who pays his rent on a monthly basis! Boss Zheng, on the other
Zheng would sign a two-year lease and then pay the total rent upfront.
that so?" the landlady said in a strange tone. "Then I have to remind
you that the rent has been raised substantially starting from this month. Also,
there's been a change in the payment policy. I'll be collecting the rent once
every six months starting fro—"
still take it!" Li Yundong said.
landlady nearly choked on her own spit. She hadn't expected to see this kind of
decisiveness from Li Yundong. All of a sudden, she couldn't bring herself to
say the words that had been on the tip of her tongue moments ago. Although she
was profit-driven, she wouldn't go as far as to force her tenants to move out.
Doing so would only give her a bad rap; nobody would want to rent from her
again if it ever got out.
landlady shot a helpless look at Boss Zheng.
Zheng strutted forward, stopping only when he was in front of Li Yundong.
Up-close, Li Yundong found the man to be rather short in stature. Boss Zheng
took out a pack of cigarettes and offered one to Li Yundong.
Yundong waved his hand and smiled at Boss Zheng politely. "Thanks, but I
man who doesn't smoke," Boss Zheng said, then sniggered. "Well,
that's a first."
Zheng brought the cigarette to his lips and took out his lighter. "Lemme
tell'ya something, young man," he said, flicking the lighter. "A man
who doesn't smoke would be at a position of disadvantage in society. Well, I
suppose you might not know this since you're still young and haven't entered
society yet. But once you get out into the world, you'll realize how useful a
cigarette can be."
passed with Boss Zheng sharing his manly "wisdoms" with Li Yundong.
Li Yundong was honestly expecting him to start talking about how every
"real man" should cheat on his wife too. F*ck, he'd rather sit
through ten hours of Director Qian's grilling rather than listen to this
asshole brag about his profound insights into various cigarette brands. "F*cking show off," Li Yundong
thought with a frown, surreptitiously distancing himself from the man.
Boss Zheng had a problem with Li Yundong from the moment he walked into the
apartment and saw Li Yundong in his handsome glory. Apparently, his idea of fixing
his problem was by trying to make Li Yundong feel small. Perhaps he thought
that doing so might allow him to fill up the crater-sized hole in his ego that
appeared courtesy of Li Yundong. As he lectured on, he noticed Li Yundong
subtly moving his feet backwards in order to put some distance between them. "Nice try, kid," Boss Zheng
thought, taking a step forward to close the distance.
went on and on until Li Yundong didn't even bother to step away anymore. He
just stood there and listened to Boss Zheng's incessant blabbering.
Zheng took another pull from his cigarette, then blew out a smoke ring.
"Eh! This Furong Wang's taste is getting blander and blander," he
said, pulling back slightly to look at the cigarette between his fingers. Then,
he looked back at Li Yundong again and smirked. "I prefer cigars! Last
time, I brought back a pack of cigars from Columbia. I'm telling you, kid. The
taste! Tsk, tsk. It isn't something you can—"
for goodness' sake, will you just stop bragging already?" said Boss
Zheng's lady friend. She'd noticed Li Yundong's attempt to distance himself
from Boss Zheng earlier. Clearly, this hottie wasn't interested in this oaf's
bragging, but was just too nice and polite to brush him off. Since she had
taken a liking to Li Yundong, she decided to step in and help get Li Yundong
out of this uncomfortable situation. Maybe later they could...
here, babe!" said Boss Cheng, waving at the woman.
woman went over to Boss Zheng reluctantly. She stole another glance at Li
Yundong when she walked past him and, all of a sudden, the idea of standing
beside a man like Boss Zheng seemed utterly revolting to her.
woman sauntered towards Boss Zheng, swaying her hips in the process. She walked
slowly, delaying her approach on purpose. If she had a choice, she didn't even
want to go over to that revolting man at all.
Zheng wrapped his arm around the woman's waist the moment she was within his
reach. "This is Lili," he said smugly. "Do you know who she
glanced at Li Yundong furtively the moment she felt Boss Zheng's touch. She
blushed and immediately tried to free herself from Boss Zheng's grasp.
"What are you doing! Tsk! Stop! We're in public!"
Zheng laughed out loud and pulled Lili into his arms, then went on his tiptoes
to kiss Lili.
"Wow... This is shamelessness on a
whole new level..." Li Yundong thought.
pushed Boss Zheng's face away and stepped away. "I'm gonna get mad if you
Zheng seemed pretty unconcerned by Lili's outburst, though he no longer tried
to bother her after that. He turned to Li Yundong and took a long drag from his
cigarette. "Lili was the runner-up in Tiannan City's beauty pageant, you
know? Before that, she was also a serious undergrad student!"
Yundong sneered inwardly. "So what?
She was still snagged up by a pig like you."
Yundong glanced at Lili and found that she was looking at him too. Their gazes
met briefly before they both looked away.
that he had Su Chan, Li Yundong no longer lusted after other women like he used
to, no matter how gorgeous they were. As such, he didn't feel any desire at all
when he looked at Lili. In fact, it was the opposite; he found women like Lili,
who would sell themselves to a sugar daddy to live a life of ease, repulsive.
are sensitive creatures, even more so if they have a skeleton in their closet.
Like being a man's mistress, for instance. When she met Li Yundong's eyes
earlier, Lili felt a weight crash down on her entire existence — the weight of
shame. When she averted her gaze, her eyes were downcast and filled with
regret. Dazed, she stood meekly beside Boss Zheng.
Boss Zheng didn't seem to notice anything wrong with Lili's demeanor, mostly
because he was too occupied with bragging about Lili's beauty. "I mean,
holy sh*t! I'm telling you man, you have no idea
how it felt when I first laid eyes on Lili," he said, spit flying
everywhere. "I was like... F*ck! This woman is an angel! You know that
feeling right? Like your eyes are about to fall out of your head? Let me give
you some advice, young man. You gotta work your ass off and become stinking
rich." Boss Zheng snorted. "These days? No woman would want to be
with a man who didn't have deep pockets. Don't you think so?"
Yes, of course," Li Yundong said, smiling politely even though he was
secretly picturing himself strangling the asshole with that thick gold necklace
kitchen door opened just then, and Su Chan poked her head out. When she saw
that they had company, she froze.
entire apartment plunged into silence as Su Chan studied their guests
curiously. She blinked a few times, then turned to Li Yundong. "Who are
our guests, Yundong?"
apartment remained silent. Nobody was capable of words at that moment: Not Boss
Zheng, who was too stunned by Su Chan's beauty to realize that his precious
cigarette had slipped from his hand onto the carpet; not Lili, who was
struggling with the fact that her own beauty was woefully inadequate compared
to Su Chan's; not Madam He, the landlady, who was too busy comparing Su Chan to
a fox spirit to realize that a cigarette was burning a hole in her precious
five-thousand-yuan carpet; and definitely not Li Yundong, who was trying to
figure out a way to extract Su Chan from this sh*tty situation before she
opened her big mouth and spilled the beans about the two missing items in the
them, Lili was especially shocked by the naive and innocent look in Su Chan's
eyes, eyes unclouded by the lust for money and material possessions.
Yundong was the first to recover. "Gotta
do something about this, quick!" he thought, then cast a glance at Su
Chan, who was still staring at him questioningly. He held her gaze for a
moment, giving her a pointed look, then shook his head slightly. "Do not say a word," Li Yundong thought, as though he was
trying to send the message telepathically. Thankfully, she got the message and
kept quiet. They maintained eye contact for another moment or two. That was
when Li Yundong saw Su Chan subtly tilting her head towards the kitchen. He
shook his head again:"No. Stay right
there. Don't go back into the kitchen." Su Chan's presence would
distract everyone enough until Li Yundong could figure out a way to get these
people out of the apartment without raising suspicion.
he was sure that Su Chan was staying, Li Yundong made a quick assessment of the
situation. Boss Zheng seemed to have recovered from his lustful admiration of
Su Chan earlier and was now looking anywhere except towards Li Yundong. The
douchebag's face had turned scarlett. Li Yundong sneered inwardly."Not so smug now, huh? See if your
beautiful Lili could top that."
was a loud gasp. Li Yundong turned and saw the landlady bending down to pick up
the cigarette from the carpet.
"Oh, no, no, no, no......" Li
Yundong watched in horror as the landlady straightened herself. She was now,
unfortunately, facing the wall where the TV mount was attached. "Oh sh*t..." Li Yundong
thought, then covered his ears.
Where the hell is my TV!!!!"
Yundong sprang to his feet. "Look, Madam He, I can explain! It's like
this, you see. I broke the TV a few days ago. By accident, of course! But don't
worry! I'll definitely replace it with a new one!"
landlady placed her hands on her plump hips and let her spit fly:
"Tomorrow!!!! You better replace it tomorrow!!! I want the exact same
model, you hear me! And don't you dare make any delays! I'll drop by again
tomorrow for an inspection!"
no way of justifying his position, Li Yundong nodded compliantly. "Yes,
yes! Tomorrow. Exact same model. Got it, ma'am."
look of suspicion formed on the landlady's face right then. Li Yundong made the
mistake of wincing, which caused the landlady to start glancing around to look
for more reasons to toss his sorry ass out. Li Yundong knew he was f*cked the
moment the landlady looked up at the ceiling. "Ahh!!!! The light!!! Where
is the pendant light!!!!"
Yundong smiled bitterly. "It... It fell off the ceiling two days
ago." Li Yundong cleared his throat. "But don't worry! I'll replace
it! It'll look exactly the same as before! I promise!"
flab under the landlady's chin trembled. "You..." she growled
menacingly, pointing at Li Yundong. "You're out!!! I'm not renting this
place to you anymore!!"
take it! I'll take it!" Boss Zheng cut in, seeing this as a good
opportunity to rub his wealth in Li Yundong's face. "How much is the rent?
I'll pay it now!" Boss Zheng unzipped his fanny pack and took out a huge
wad of cash.
couldn't take the drama anymore. "I'm not staying here," she said
with a frown, then charged out the door. Li Yundong thought he saw tears on the
corner of her eyes when she walked past him.
What just happened?" Su Chan finally broke her silence.
learned his lesson on just how destructive Su Chan's mouth could be, Li Yundong
waved his hand at Su Chan desperately. "Go back to the kitchen. Do your
thing, okay? Let me handle this."
Chan obeyed and went back into the kitchen, while Boss Zheng gaped at Su Chan's
meekness. What a stark contrast from his
woman who came and left as she wished!
Chapter 39 What Sorcery Is This?
Wait!" Boss Zheng shouted, then glanced longingly towards the kitchen.
Seconds later, when he realized that he didn't have X-ray vision that would
allow him to see through walls, he turned around and ran after Lili.
landlady stood in the middle of the living room, staring after Boss Zheng until
the front door slammed shut with a loud bang. There goes her pot of gold.
had been thrilled when she got the call from Boss Zheng. Finally! A potential
tenant with deep pockets! And a promiscuous one too! She nearly passed out from
excitement when she thought about the number of ways she could extort money
from the man. Raising the rent? And all that hush money she'd bag for keeping
his little affair under wraps. But now, all her plans had been ruined by a
penniless university student!
landlady cast a glance at Li Yundong. "Well...
At least he's still renting the
place..." she thought. Good thing she hadn't burned any bridges with
this kid earlier. Otherwise this place would be unoccupied.
again, she did sound a little harsh when speaking to him earlier, which made
things extremely awkward at this stage. Her pride wouldn't allow her to start
grovelling to him, begging for him to stay. At the same time, she couldn't act
bitchy like she'd been doing earlier, lest she lose her only tenant.
Yundong was, of course, clever enough to read between the lines. He knew that
this was a good opportunity for him to smooth things over with the landlady. He
slowly walked up to Madam He, who was glancing around the living room with a
stern expression. "Look... Madam He," Li Yundong said. "In all
honesty, those things were broken by accident. I swear. Come on. I've been your
tenant for almost a year now. Have I given you any problems during my tenancy? I
pay my rent and bills on time, and I keep the place clean. You know that."
After about ten seconds of silence, Li Yundong sighed and tried again.
"Ma'am, you're a successful business woman. Surely you don't want to waste
time engaging in petty arguments with a student like me. You mentioned earlier
that the rent has been raised. That's fine. I'll pay the rent according to the
new rate. Will that do?"
Is that so? Well, I guess I can reconsider..."
He, there will be no more accidents from now on. I give you my word!"
Your word, is that so? Well, since you're a student in need—"
CRASH!!! The entire apartment shook violently after the explosion. Shards of
broken glass hurtled through the air and clinked to the floor as the windows in
the living room and bathroom shattered. The landlady fell on her butt in
fright, staring at the kitchen with wide eyes. The kitchen had just exploded.
Chan!!! Su Chan!!!!" Li Yundong dashed towards the kitchen like a maniac.
crunched beneath his feet as he neared the kitchen. He glanced ahead, towards
the kitchen's entryway. Only the door frame remained; the glass door was gone.
Fear clawed at him, tearing his insides to shreds."Su Chan... Su Chan... Su Chan..." Li Yundong charged
into the kitchen, using both hands to shield his head. He didn't even care if
there might be a second explosion. Several steps past the entryway, he stopped
short. He glanced around, squinting through the smoke. Su Chan was still
standing in front of the stove with her back to him, completely dazed.
Yundong ran forward, grabbed Su Chan's shoulders, then turned her around to
face him. Su Chan's face was covered in soot, her hair frazzled. She didn't
look hurt, just dazed; her eyes were glazed over and she didn't seem to
Hey!" Li Yundong patted her cheek gently. "Are you okay? Are you
response. Li Yundong felt as though his soul had just been ripped out of his
body and then blown into smithereens. He didn't know what he'd do if something
happened to Su Chan. He couldn't imagine his life without her now.
Yundong patted her face with a little more force this time. "Hey! Talk to
me! Come on, Su Chan! Talk to me! Don't scare me like this!" Another
forceful tap. Again, no response. Then, Li Yundong remembered something. He
jabbed a finger at Su Chan's Renzhong.
Chan gasped and jumped slightly. Her eyes were wide, though the fog in them had
cleared away. "What kind of sorcery was that?!" Su Chan exclaimed.
"It scared me!"
Yundong thought he had heard her incorrectly. "What?" he asked,
giving her a strange look.
Chan pointed at what was left of the charred stove and got into a fighting
stance, her expression wary and vigilant. "I did what you told me to do
just now. Press and turn the button. But then it exploded in my face! I was so
startled!" Su Chan gasped, then growled, "Wait a minute... Don't tell me it's got talismans from the Maoshan school?
Which one is it? Huoyang Fu? Baolei Fu?" (T/N: "Fu" is typically
a piece of paper with Taoist symbols and spells drawn onto them; think the
explosive tags from Naruto)
"It's just a gas explosion for
crying out loud! Has she been watching too much Wuxia dramas... wait, no! That
doesn't even make sense... She didn't even know what a TV was!"
Yundong looked Su Chan over again to make sure she was unharmed. Maybe she had
a concussion? "You're really not hurt?" he asked worriedly.
Su Chan lifted her chin haughtily. "As if a low level magic like this
could even scratch me—"
Su Chan glared at Li Yundong, holding her forehead where Li Yundong had just
with that nonsense already! Who do you think you are, a Taoist priest?
priest? Hmph! You haven't seen half of what I
can do..." Su Chan muttered under her breath.
Yundong glanced around the kitchen and took in the damage. The kitchen's window
was blown away, and there was a hole right in the center of the stove. Every
available surface — the fridge, the sink, the walls, the shelves— was covered
in soot. Shards from broken plates and mugs were strewn across the floor, and
Li Yundong was pretty sure that the gooey smudge under the kitchen counter came
from the fish that Su Chan had practiced her samurai skills on earlier. The
whole place was basically trashed, yet Su Chan was there, completely unharmed?
He'd be lying if he said that it didn't feel a little bit strange. Li Yundong
looked over at Su Chan again. Other than the soot covering her face and the
dishevelled state of her hair, there wasn't even a single scratch on her. Which
was a relief, of course. But still, it was a bit hard to believe.
Li Yundong soon turned his attention to an even more curious problem — the
cause of the explosion. He'd been using the kitchen all this while and there
had never been any problems.
did you do?" he asked, raising a questioning brow.
did what you had taught me earlier! Press down on the button and then
turn!" Su Chan said, mimicking the hand motions.
felt off. He was missing something. Then, it hit him. "Wait. I thought the
stove was already turned on?" Li Yundong said, narrowing his eyes.
"Why did you have to turn it on again?"
Chan tensed up, then blushed. "T- the fire disappeared..." she
Li Yundong asked incredulously, shaking his head. "But how?!" There
was a pause. Then, he asked again, "Did you turn the stove off? As in turn
knob in the opposite direction?"
Chan shook her head.
Yundong frowned. "Then how?"
Chan's blush deepened. "I- I don't know!" she said. "It was just
Yundong took a deep breath. "Okay... What did you do after the fire
Chan looked towards the kitchen counter. "I... I went back to the
went back to the..." Li Yundong was beginning to understand how the
explosion happened. "Did you turn the stove off before you went back to the fish?"
Chan shook her head, then looked down at her feet.
Yundong exhaled lengthily. She didn't turn the stove off after the flames
supposedly "disappeared." In other words, gas had been leaking out
from the stove while she was tending to the fish. When she was finally done
with the fish and wanted to use the stove, she turned the knob back, then
turned it on again. But the kitchen was already filled with gas by then...
sound of crunching glass interrupted Li Yundong's thoughts. He turned and saw
the landlady standing at the door with a gobsmacked expression. "Oh shit..."
The landlady fell flat on her butt. Li Yundong moved in to help, but she
smacked his hands away and burst into tears. "My God!! What have you two
rascals done to my apartment! How am I supposed to fix this!"
Chan looked towards the landlady, then back to Li Yundong again. "What's
the matter with her?" she said in a tone of confusion. "Did someone
in her family pass away?"
Li Yundong didn't answer, Su Chan pointed at the landlady and said, "Hey!
What are you crying for? It's not like you're the owner of this place!"
remark reduced the landlady into a quivering ball of fat, like a massive piece
of vibrating jelly. An angry
vibrating jelly. "I'm not the
owner!?" she bellowed. "Who's the owner then? You?! You've just
ruined my apartment, you little slut! How are you ever going to compensate me
for the damage!"
Chan glanced hesitantly at Li Yundong. "Is... is she really the
owner?" she asked timidly.
Yundong walked over to Su Chan. "You idiot!"
he said, poking Su Chan's forehead gently. "Stand aside and don't say
Chan flinched and lowered her gaze. She had caused trouble again. "Argghh.....! Why did I have to open
my stupid mouth! How many times have I caused trouble for him already?"
Chan shuffled backwards and hid herself behind Li Yundong. She stared at her
feet nervously, her knuckles white as she tugged at the hem of her shirt. She
raised her head furtively and took in the sooty wreck of the kitchen. A pang of
guilt hit her, and she dropped her gaze again. "It's not like it's my fault... This place is booby-trapped!
Someone had placed talismans in here! I was caught off guard!"
landlady sobbed endlessly. Li Yundong approached her tentatively, his
expression apologetic and guilty. "Madam He, all this happened too
suddenly. And the gas explosion..." Li Yundong trailed off, choosing his
words carefully. "I'm pretty sure it's an accident too. Like a faulty
stove." It had to be. How else could the flames just "disappear"
like Su Chan said earlier? "Look, I'm not trying to wash my hands of what
happened or deny any responsiblity, alright? I'll pay for everything. The TV,
the light, and also the damage done to the kitchen!"
landlady's sobbing ceased instantly. Even her tears had stopped. "You're
going to pay for the damage?" she said. "Oh! That's good then! But
I'm not renting this place to you anymore. You're probably gonna burn the whole
place down if I do!"
Yundong went into silent contemplation. Admittedly, it was pretty much
impossible for him to continue his tenancy here after everything that happened.
Li Yundong sighed, then nodded. "Alright. I understand. But I still need
to find a new place first. So if you could give me seven days—"
days?" the landlady sneered. "You wish! You have to move out
"You're going to pay, you impudent
bastard," the landlady thought. "I lost my potential tenant because of you. And now look at what
you've done to my apartment! I'll be damned if I don't teach you a lesson today!"
Li Yundong yelled. "Come on, that's not reasonable! This apartment is
filled with my belongings! There is a lot of stuff here!"
landlady snorted. "That's your problem," she said. "I don't want
you inside this apartment even for a single day! Get out of here! Now!"
She pointed at the door. "Or else I'll ask my people to throw your things
be such a bully..." Li Yundong growled menacingly. Even though he was
technically at fault, this bitch had taken things too far.
landlady scrambled to her feet and stood with her arms akimbo. "I'm the
bully?" she screamed, waving her finger in the air. "Look at this
place! And tell me again that I'm the bully." She dropped her hand to her
side. "Whatever. I don't care what you do. Just move out of this
apartment! Oh, and don't forget the full compensation fee. Not a single cent
less, you hear me? Or else I'll call the cops and have them toss your ass in
roiled inside Li Yundong's chest. He balled his fists, heaving with unbidden
Chan couldn't tolerate the injustice anymore. She stepped out from behind Li
Yundong. When she raised her head to speak, however, she saw the death glare Li
Yundong was giving her. She flinched, then lowered her head back down. She
retreated and hid herself behind Li Yundong again, all the while mumbling
the cops involved was the last thing Li Yundong wanted. For one, he was pretty
sure that Su Chan didn't even have an ID card. If the cops got involved,
property damage charges were the last thing he had to worry about; Su Chan
would be facing illegal immigration charges! F*ck. Li Yundong took a deep
breath to suppress his rage. "Madam He, I'll move out. But you have to at
least give me a few days to settle things, right? Where am I supposed to stay
if you kick me out now?"
are so many hotels and inns near your campus. No place to stay? Yeah
right," the landlady sneered. "I don't want to hear any excuses. Pack
your things up right now, then get out of my sight!"
"Breathe... just breathe..." Li
Yundong thought. "Okay, fine! Just one day! One day is all I ask!" he
said. "I'll move out tomorrow!"
the landlady said firmly. "I want you gone. Now!"
come on!" Li Yundong threw his hands in the air. "Where am I supposed
to go with all my things! And I have a girl with me!"
so now you know, you f*cking
brat!" the landlady screamed. "Look at yourself in the mirror, you
penniless fool! You're so young that you should still be wearing diapers, yet
here you are, playing sugar daddy. Who do you think you are?" The landlady
snorted derisively. "Pay me now, then leave. Or else I'm gonna call the
cops on you!"
swelled inside Li Yundong's chest. He growled menacingly and raised his fist.
Sounds of cracking bones filled the kitchen as his fists shook slightly. At
that moment, he was dangerously close to reducing this bitch to pulp with a
Yundong's body language alerted the landlady to an imminent threat. Terrified,
she scrambled out of the kitchen, then out the front door. At the corridor, she
slipped and fell flat on her butt. That was when she began screaming at the top
of her lungs. "Help!!! Somebody help!!! Someone's trying to kill me!!!
This brat ruined my apartment, yet he's trying to beat me to death!!! How could
he do this?! Is there any justice left in this world?!"
occupant of the apartment building poked their head out to check out the
commotion. Soon, a crowd formed outside Li Yundong's apartment; those staying
at the floor above and the floor below had come to their floor. Whispers filled
the corridor and fingers were pointed at Li Yundong and Su Chan.
Chan was furious and miserable at the same time: furious, because of the fat
and unreasonable woman who was bullying them; and miserable, because of the
trouble she had caused Li Yundong.
Yundong stood rooted on his spot in the kitchen, panting and heaving in anger.
His body quivered slightly, and his eyes flashed with murder.
a while, he managed to tamp down the murderous look in his eyes. He took a deep
breath, then released a humorless laugh. "Su Chan!"
Su Chan said softly.
here and wait for me!" Li Yundong said, then ran into the bedroom. Seconds
later, he emerged from the bedroom, his bankbook in hand. He moved past Su Chan
and stepped out of the kitchen, stopping in front of the landlady. "I'm
going to make a withdrawal," he said icily. "Tell me the amount, and
I'll pay you! However..." Li
Yundong stepped into her personal space. "You better don't try to rip me
off. Or else..." Li Yundong sneered, then took another step forward.
"Even if I end up in jail, I will f*cking ruin you."
landlady trembled and subconsciously took a step back. Her courage returned
when the noticed the crowd around her. She placed her hands on her hips and
calculated the amount in her head. Seconds later, she held up five fingers and
said, "50 thousand yuan!"
was the final straw; a fuse inside Li Yundong's head blew. He burst forward,
then dragged the landlady by her collar to the handrail of the corridor. SWISH!
He hoisted the fat woman into the air with one hand. "You're that crazy
about money? Fine! I'll throw you off this building, then I'll burn the money
as an offering to you so you can enjoy it all you want in the afterlife!"
Chapter 40 Do Not Underestimate a Youth in
Yundong's threat caused a huge uproar among the crowd. "Whoa, whoa,
whoa... Calm down, young man. Calm down... okay? Don't do anything
rash..." said someone from the crowd.
a fraud, landlady," said another voice. "50 thousand yuan just to
repair the kitchen? That's an obvious rip-off! It would cost only several
thousands to make the kitchen as good as new. Even if you add in the cost to
replace the damaged appliances, it wouldn't exceed 20 thousand!"
on! How can you do this to the poor kid! He's just a student, for God's
How can you be so heartless?"
landlady was scared sh*tless by Li Yundong's threat. "H- hey, what do you
think you're doing, eh?" she said, her voice trembling. "P-put me d-
down! C- come on, now. Don't do this... W- we can talk things out, right?"
Yundong sneered. "I suggest you think very
carefully about what comes out of your mouth next," he growled. "How.
landlady did the math again, considering every damaged item this time. A minute
later, she concluded that it would cost at least twenty thousand yuan to
restore the apartment to its original state —including the light and TV. After
careful consideration, the landlady wanted to slap herself for coming up with
fifty thousand yuan earlier. It was doubtful that this penniless student could
even come up with twenty thousand yuan let alone fifty thousand! And if the kid
ended up killing himself out of desperation, she wouldn't get a single cent!
She'd been such a huge fool!
thousand! Nothing less!" the landlady gritted out.
Yundong thought for a moment, and eventually found the amount to be acceptable.
Besides, he didn't want to make this a bigger problem than it already was. He
should settle this now before the cops got involved. "Fine!" Li
Yunong put the landlady back to the floor. "Wait here! I'm going to make
Yundong walked back into the apartment and stopped in front of Su Chan who
looked like she was on the verge of a panic attack. Li Yundong pried her hands
away from the hem of her shirt before she ruined it. "Hey. Wait here for
me, okay?" he said. "I'm going out for a bit."
Chan opened her mouth to say something. No words came out. In the end, she
settled for: "B - be quick, okay?"
Yundong nodded and left the apartment with his bank card.
Chan's beauty stunned everyone in the crowd, especially the men, who kept
sneaking glances into the apartment.
glances made Su Chan uncomfortable, so she went into the bedroom and closed the
the bedroom, she started pacing about with her hands tightly clasped together.
Regret gnawed at her insides until she felt a stinging sensation in her eyes. "How did things turn out like
Chan stopped pacing and glanced around the bedroom. "Are we leaving this place behind?" she thought. This was
the first place she'd stayed in since her arrival in the mortal world. She had
developed a subconscious attachment not only to Li Yundong, but to this place
thought of leaving this place filled her heart with panic.
spent a long while inside the bedroom, driving herself insane with her
thoughts. But Li Yundong still hadn't returned. In the end, she opened the door
and went into the living room to see if Li Yundong had returned.
whispering began the moment Su Chan stepped out.
Psst! Here she is! She's coming out! Tsk. Tsk. Look at that face. My God. So
You're absolutely right... So beautiful... No man would be able to resist
up, you fools. Stay away from a femme fatale like her at all costs if you have
any sense in you. Or else, you'll run into all kinds of trouble! Your life
might even be ruined! A woman's beauty is the root of all trouble, haven't you
folks heard of that?" This came from a woman, who was clearly jealous of
Su Chan's beauty.
yes... You're absolutely right. She's too attractive. Ugh. I don't think I have
the guts to be with her. Men would throw themselves at her... What if she
cheats on me... My heart would be..."
Chan tuned out those whispers, but it was already too late. She'd already heard
enough to be on tenterhooks. That woman's words echoed in her mind, making her
skin crawl: "Stay away... root of
all trouble... ruin your life..."
Chan started pacing again. "Oh,
no... Oh no... I've really done it this time, haven't I? What if Li Yundong
left me here... Has he grown tired of all the trouble I've caused... Oh,
no..." she thought, her entire face scrunched up in worry.
there is one thing that most unattractive women in this world hated the most,
it would be temptresses. Admittedly, part of that hatred is justified, like
when a temptress tries to seduce a married man, for instance. Most of it,
however, is born out of jealousy. Why are some women blessed with good looks
while others look like a crone no matter how much makeup they use? The unlucky
ones find the injustice abominable. Alas, even though Su Chan did nothing to
seduce the landlady's husband, the landlady still hated Su Chan to the core:
she hated Su Chan's youth; Su Chan's beauty; Su Chan's alluring figure; Su
Chan's seductive air. She hated everything about Su Chan.
at you, worrying yourself to death," the landlady said. "What's the
point? If I were a man, I'd abandon you too! Just look at yourself. You're
nothing but trouble."
Li Yundong! He'd never do that!" Su Chan yelled, glaring at the landlady,
her eyes swimming with unshed tears.
landlady laughed. "Oh? You think so? Lemme tell'ya something then."
The landlady smirked. "Even if he doesn't abandon you now, he will
eventually! It's just a matter of time!" She laughed again, then looked at
Su Chan with eyes filled with ridicule. "I really don't get you. If you
want to seduce a man, at least seduce a rich one. Why seduce a penniless loser
like Li Yundong? Tsk. Tsk. Looks like you're not just a troublemaker. You're a
brainless bimbo as well. All the more reason for men to abandon you."
Chan trembled with anger. If she wasn't concerned about causing trouble to Li
Yundong again, she would've destroyed this potbellied woman right then and
there. There wouldn't even be a corpse left when she was done.
Chan sniffed and wiped her tears away. "Calm
down... For Yundong's sake... For Yundong's sake..." she chanted
inwardly. A moment later, her chants took on a new form: "Yundong will come back for me... Yundong will come back for
Su Chan thought that her chants would reassure her, then she had another thing
coming. The more she chanted, the weaker her conviction became. Those whispers
she'd heard earlier made even more sense now. She had no useful skills other
than her Cultivation skills, which were all inapplicable to the mortal world.
And look what happened when she tried to prepare a simple meal for Li Yundong?
that moment, Su Chan's heart was like an hourglass, filling up with the sand of
fear as time passed. Su Chan sat on the couch like a lost sheep, her fists
clenched tightly as she endured the endless taunts by the landlady. Tears
pattered against the back of her fists whenever those taunts hit too close to
home. But every time her tears fell, Su Chan just sniffed and pulled herself
together. She would not allow herself to fall apart in front of this obnoxious
Yundong returned in the nick of time to prevent Su Chan from having an
emotional breakdown. He walked into the apartment carrying a red bag, which he
waved in front of the landlady. "I'm gonna get a pen and paper," he
said. "After that we'll sign the agreement!"
that, Li Yundong headed towards the bedroom for the pen and paper. Su Chan got
up and went after him.
Chan threw herself at Li Yundong the moment they stepped through the bedroom
door and sobbed into Li Yundong's chest.
Yundong was thrown into a panic. He pulled Su Chan's face away from his chest
to look at her. "Hey, hey, hey... What's the matter?" he said, wiping
her tears. "What happened while I was gone?"
Chan swallowed the lump in her throat. "They... they told me you were
going to abandon me..."
Yundong's face darkened with rage. "Those bastards..." he growled.
"They can bully me all they want, but how dare they drag you into this!
I'm going to have a few words with them!"
Yundong shifted Su Chan aside and stormed towards the door. Su Chan wrapped her
arms around him from behind before he could reach for the door knob.
Yundong stopped, then turned around. Su Chan was sniffing and wiping her tears.
"I can't do anything right," Su Chan said. "And I say a lot of
stupid things as well. Every time I tried to help, I ended up making things
worse and causing you trouble." Su Chan sobbed a few times, then raised
her head. When Li Yundong saw those eyes, it was as though someone had sliced
his heart open with a katana.
you grow tired of me?" she asked.
Yundong's gaze softened instantly. All the rage he'd felt earlier dissipated.
He reached out and gently wiped the tears away from Su Chan's face. "I'm
neither tall nor handsome. I'm not rich... And I wasn't born with a lot of
talent as well... I won't be able to give you nice clothes or take you to fancy
restaurants..." Li Yundong chuckled self-deprecatingly. "I might not
even be able to buy a house in the future, let alone buy you a BMW, a Lamborghini,
or all those things that you deserve." Li Yundong looked into Su Chan's
eyes. "Will you grow tired of me?"
Chan shook her head without hesitation. "No... It isn't like that. You're
the nicest person in the world. Why would I grow tired of you?"
Yundong smiled, then pinched her nose. "Then I'll never ever grow tired of
you either. You don't have to worry about this, okay?"
Chan held Li Yundong's gaze. She wasn't smiling yet, but an iota of joy shone
through her tears. "Promise?" she asked timidly.
Yundong patted Su Chan's head. "I promise!" he said warmly.
"Unless you yourself decide to leave me, I'll never let you go! Not even
if the sky collapses!"
Yundong's words were like seeds. They dispersed from his lips, landing onto Su
Chan's face. Then, when nourished by her tears, they blossomed into a smile, a
smile that resembled a flower. She threw herself at Li Yundong and started
Yundong patted her back. "Aww... What's wrong this time? Why are you
Chan shifted in his arms, rubbing herself against him. "I don't know... I
just feel like crying," she said.
Li Yundong ran his palm down her back, stroking her spine. "Alright now,
stop crying, okay? I still have to deal with the agreement and stuff." He
paused in thought, then said, "You should get started on the packing while
I handle everything outside. After that, we're outta here."
Chan pulled away slightly. "Where are we going?"
Yundong grinned. "The world's such a big place. We can go anywhere! Why
should we stay here and take crap from these people?"
Chan nodded forcefully. "Mm!!! I'll get started on the packing now!"
Yundong left the bedroom once he was sure that Su Chan had calmed down.
looks were cast upon Li Yundong the moment he stepped out of the bedroom: "I bet those two took a nice tumble
between the sheets just now..."
"F*cking morons..." Li
Yundong thought, ignoring the looks and headed towards the landlady. "See
for yourself," he said, tossing the agreement at the landlady. "Sign
it if you agree. I'll leave after I pay you the money."
landlady scanned through the agreement carefully. "Very well!" she
said, slapping her chubby thigh. "Give me a pen!"
everything was settled, Li Yundong put the agreement away, then gave the
landlady the money. They packed up his belongings into a few suitcases, then
left the apartment under the gazes of the crowd.
landlady came up to Li Yundong while they were waiting for the elevator. The
nosey crowd had moved towards the elevator as well. "Li Yundong, seeing as
you've been my tenant for nearly a year, let me give you a piece of free
advice," said the landlady. "Focus on your studies. Stop playing
sugar daddy to beautiful women when you're still so young. Only rich people can
afford that kind of lifestyle, not a half-broke student like you!"
woman who had taken quite a liking to Li Yundong came to his defense:
"Hey, Madam He. That's a little presumptuous of you, don't you think? How
do you know that they aren't together because they genuinely love each
that she had received Li Yundong's payment, the landlady no longer had anything
to fear; she tore Li Yundong apart with her words. "A penniless guy like
him? Hah! What a joke! Look at him! He doesn't even look like he could provide
for himself, let alone a woman. You wanna know what I think? I bet the chick's
gonna leave him and run off with another man in a few days!"
inside Su Chan snapped. "Li Yundong is the nicest man in the
world!!!" she yelled hysterically. "One day, he will become a hero!
Just you wait! And I'll never ever leave him!"
a moment, the echoes of Su Chan's voice was the only audible sound in the
corridor. Seconds later, just as Su Chan had yelled hysterically, the crowd
began to laugh hysterically.
hero, she said! HAHAHAHA! Oh, my tummy! Oh it hurts. HAHAHA!"
landlady keeled over in laughter. "A hero? What kind of stupid declaration
is that? Hahaha!" She wiped a stray tear from the corner of her eyes.
"Boy, oh boy, that's a good one!
HAHAHAHA! What era is this, eh? Hero? HAHAHAHA! Hey, little girl. Just wait
till you've seen the ones with the real deep pockets in the future. Then you'll
realize just how stupid your statement is! Hahaha! What a joke!"
Chan balled her fists and allowed her tears to fall. She released a feral growl
and took a step forward. "That's it!
I'm going to end this fat woman's life!"
she felt a warm hand on her shoulder. She turned and saw Li Yundong's smile
which was even warmer than the heat of his palm. "Oh, you silly
girl," Li Yundong said. "Why waste your energy on shallow people like
them? Just ignore them, okay?"
Chan's tears pattered to the floor. "But I was just telling the truth! You
really are the nicest man in the world! You're nice to me! No one's ever been
nicer to me than you have..."
Yundong's smile widened. "It's only right that I'm nice, isn't it? We
should all be nice," Li Yundong said, his smile turning sad. "The
world's gonna be a much better place if we are."
erupted inside Su Chan, filling her chest with waves of emotion. She released a
strangled sob and unleashed all her emotions. Her delicate shoulders trembled
as she released sob after sob. At that moment, Su Chan realized what a great
man Li Yundong truly was. None of these blind fools could see it. She was
willing to bet another Renyuan Jindan that Li Yundong couldn't see it too, and
she was going to rectify that now. She raised her head suddenly and forced
herself to stare at Li Yundong's face through the blurriness in her vision and
the sting in her eyes. "I have faith in you!" she said, placing her
palm on her heart. "I believe you'll become a great man one day. A
hero!" Su Chan patted her chest a few times. "I believe it in here!"
Yundong's smile was tender and warm. "Okay. Then I will," he said.
"If you want me to become a great hero, then I'll work hard and achieve
that moment, Su Chan made a vow to herself. She was going to turn Li Yundong
into a great man and then make every single one of these arrogant snobs eat
Chan raised her hand and dried her tears with her sleeve, then lowered her hand
to take Li Yundong's hand. When her gaze swept past the crowd, everyone was
stunned by the antithetical qualities of her eyes; those eyes seemed cold, yet
they were blazing with flames of determination.
The elevator doors slid open. "Yundong, let's go!"
Yundong was pulled forward by Su Chan. In front of the elevator, he stopped and
turned around to face the crowd. Most of them had gloating looks on their
faces. Several men were blatantly ogling Su Chan's backside. Then, Li Yundong's
eyes landed on an old man. The old man held Li Yundong's gaze for several
seconds, then gave him a subtle nod. Li Yundong knew what that nod meant — encouragement.
"Take these insults and fuel your
determination. Stand up, young man! Go out there and prove these people
wrong!" Li Yundong nodded in gratitude and stepped into the elevator.
the elevator, Li Yundong gave the landlady a final glance. "Just you wait... I, Li Yundong, am going to show you all how
great I am!"
elevator doors slid shut, and the corridor was once again filled with whispers.
Then, amidst the words of gossip, snide remarks, and lewd comments, emerged the
gentle voice of an old man. Weak and feeble though it might be, that voice
managed to quiet the whole crowd and fill everyone's mind with images of the
young couple who had left in a dignified manner despite all their insults.
Chills ran down everyone's spine at the old man's powerful words:
not underestimate a youth in penury, for their drive is greater than that of
Chapter 41 Choices
Yundong and Su Chan left the apartment building, dragging a suitcase each. When
they stood at the roadside with bags and suitcases around them, they seemed
kind of lonely and adrift, like a pair of nomads who had just arrived at a new
town with nobody to lean on. Su Chan glanced up at Li Yundong, her eyes
unravelling his heartstrings in a thousand ways. "Where are we going to
sleep tonight?" she asked.
Yundong sighed, then went over their options. "We'll crash at an inn near
the campus," he said after a moment. "We'll start looking for a new
Su Chan said, lowering her gaze. Li Yundong had already walked a few steps
ahead, so she quickly grabbed the handle of a suitcase and dragged it along the
asphalt. She caught up to him in a few steps, then raised her head. "But
don't you have classes tomorrow?"
Yundong sighed and kept walking. "Screw classes," he said. "I
don't have any lectures tomorrow anyway. Just tutorials and stuff. I'll just
skip them. Gotta deal with our accommodations first."
Su Chan said, then fell silent.
Yundong walked up to the reception counter once they'd entered the motel. He
slid his ID across the counter.
receptionist on duty was a woman. She felt an instant jolt of attraction the
moment Li Yundong stepped in, then disappointment and shock when she saw Su
Chan walking in moments after Li Yundong did. "What a beautiful couple..." she mused. "But the girl is too beautiful to be
real... Maybe she's some movie star?"
receptionist picked up the ID from the counter. She frowned, then looked back
at the handsome man standing in front of the counter. "Um, hi. But we
require the guest's own ID to book a room."
Yundong smiled gently. "And I've already given it to you," he said,
nodding at the ID in the receptionists hand. When the receptionist gave him a
quizzical look, Li Yundong shrugged, his grin widening. "Think I stand a
chance to win The Biggest Loser Asia?"
receptionist's eyes widened in shock. She glanced at the photo on the ID again,
then back at Li Yundong. "There are
similarities..." she thought. "But
oh, the difference! Especially in those eyes!" The chubby face in on
the ID didn't even come close to being handsome, and those eyes looked dead and
soulless. What a far cry from the man standing in front of her right now, whose
eyes were sharp and piercing, and whose entire being exuded an air of vitality.
receptionist compared Li Yundong's face with the photo on the ID a few more
times, just for good measure. Eventually, she was satisfied that the two were
indeed the same person. "How long will you be staying?" the
receptionist asked, tapping a few keys on her keyboard as she handled Li
room? Or a twin?"
Yundong turned around and looked at Su Chan.
Chan blinked back at him innocently.
"Yeah right. I'd probably win a
Nobel Prize before she could understand the nuances of hotel bookings," Li
Yundong thought in amusement. God, this girl. If he were an ax murderer looking
to kill her and then dispose of her body, she'd probably pick up a shovel and
help him dig her own grave!
the idea of sharing a bed with Su Chan did seem a bit appealing. A bit? Who was
he even kidding. He wanted that more than he wanted to f*cking breathe! Then
"Argh... Never mind..." Li
Yundong thought. They had time, after all. If he hadn't read things wrongly,
this... thing between him and Su Chan
was a long term thing. They were in this for the long haul. It would ruin
things if he gave Su Chan the impression that he was taking advantage of her...
Yundong cleared his throat. "I'll take the twin," he said.
was the only thing preventing the receptionist from rolling her eyes right
then. "You're here, in a motel, with
a girl, in the middle of the night. Is there even a point in this pretense?
Just take the single room!"
receptionist slid Li Yundong's ID back onto the counter along with a keycard.
Li Yundong said, then turned around and led Su Chan to the elevators.
door of Room 205 slammed shut behind them. Li Yundong left his suitcase and
bags on the floor, then lay down unceremoniously on the bed and sighed.
"Great. Starting tonight, we're homeless."
Chan lay down on the other side of the bed, then began sniffing the covers and
sheets. "It doesn't smell as nice!"
Yundong burst into laughter. He crawled over and pinched Su Chan's nose.
"There isn't gonna be any smell in these sheets, silly," he said.
"They change them everyday!"
Chan chuckled and turned away from his hand. She grabbed a pillow and bonked Li
Yundong's face with it. "Go away..." she said, giggling. "Don't
come any closer. Why do you like to pinch my nose so much? You're so
don't want me to pinch your nose? Fine," Li Yundong said. Then, an evil
grin formed on his face. "I'll just have to tickle you instead!"
Su Chan twisted around, then burst into giggles when Li Yundong's fingers
brushed against her waist and armpits.
Hahaha...Stop!" Su Chan slapped Li Yundong's hands away. "Hahaha!
Stop! You meanie!"
of giggles, yelps, and playful growls filled Room 205, a symphony of joy and
mirth. Seconds turned into minutes as they rolled around on the single bed,
pawing and slapping at each other. To an outsider, they would have looked like
newly-weds on the first night of their honeymoon, not two people who just lost
their homes and then got humiliated in the process.
was the power of youthful resilience.
"bedroom activity" ended once they both became out of breath. Now,
they lay side by side, heaving and panting, gazing into each other's eyes, and
studying each other's flushed faces.
Yundong smiled and pushed away a few strands of dark hair that had fallen over
her forehead. "Guess now we only have each other, huh?"
bloomed inside Su Chan's chest, spreading all over her body, culminating in a
wide grin on her face. She shifted on the bed, then snuggled up against Li
Yundong's side, clinging tightly onto his arm. "Mm!!" she said,
nodding a few times. "I'll be a good girl from now on! I'll listen to
everything you say, speak only when you allow me to speak, and only do the
things you tell me to! I'll be super obedient! I promise!" Su Chan pulled
away to look at Li Yundong. "But you can't abandon me! Or ignore me! A- a-
and... " Su Chan blushed, then averted her gaze. "Y- you can't let me
Yundong laughed. "This girl and her
Yundong knew he must have scared her senseless when he left her alone in the
apartment to make the cash withdrawal. He didn't think he would ever be able to
forget the way Su Chan had bawled and clung to him as if he was her last
lifeline the moment he returned.
Yundong stroked Su Chan's hair tenderly. "Mm," he said. "I'll
never abandon you, ignore you, or starve you. And you can speak and do anything
you want. You don't have to ask permission for that. I won't abandon you
because of that."
Chan's eyes widened. "But why? You've run into trouble every time I opened
my mouth. And look how things turned out when I wanted to do something to help
you..." Su Chan trailed off, lowering her head.
Yundong placed his finger under Su Chan's jaw, then raised her head back up.
"The thing I like the most about you isn't your beauty, but your innocence
and straightforwardness," Li Yundong said, staring intently into her eyes.
"I like how unpretentious you are, and how you always speak your
mind." Li Yundong chuckled. "Some of the stuff you said was actually
pretty adorable." Li Yundong stared into her eyes again. "So, I don't
want you to change yourself because of what happened today, you hear me? Just
be yourself, because that's who I like. You."
pregnant paused stretched between them.
Yundong broke the silence with a chuckle, then gave her a teasing smile.
"Besides I don't find meek and spineless women adorable at all..."
he feigned a stern expression. "Do you really want to become that kind of
girl? What if I no longer find you adorable and end up liking you less?"
Yundong's words brought tears to Su Chan's eyes, not to mention filling her
heart with warmth, and turning her insides gooey, among other things. She
didn't understand it. She didn't understand him.
"Why? Why are you so nice to me?"
Yundong laughed, then pinched her nose again. "Well, right now we only
have each other," he said. "Who's going to be nice to you if not
sob escaped Su Chan's lips. She buried her face into Li Yundong's chest, then
began pounding his chest with her fists. "Why! Why! Why! Why are you so
nice to me! I hate you, I hate you!"
Yundong grimaced in pain. "Hey, hey, easy, easy!" He nearly gagged
when one of her hits landed on his solar plexus. "Ow... Ugh. Is that what
human lungs taste like? Coz I think I just tasted mine..." he said once Su
Chan stopped her game of Whack-A-Lung. However, Su Chan never heard him since
she was too busy sobbing into his chest.
pulled away to wipe her tears, then chuckled wryly. "First, you forbade me
from abandoning you, then you beat me up because I'm nice to you?" Li
Yundong sighed. "What do you want from me, princess?"
did she want from him indeed.
Chan shifted slightly in Li Yundong's arms, then closed her eyes. Admittedly,
she'd been asking herself that same question every day since her arrival in the
mortal world. Still, the answer eluded her. In fact, she felt even more
in the name of the Tao did she want?
she changed her mind about reclaiming the Renyuan Jindan from Li Yundong? When
that obnoxious fat woman insulted Li Yundong earlier, Su Chan had vowed to turn
Li Yundong into a great Cultivator. Even now, when the heat of the moment had
passed and she had the chance to look deep into her soul, Su Chan realized that
a part of her was willing to leave the Jindan inside Li Yundong's body to aid
him in his journey to greatness.
realization terrified her to no end.
since its creation, the Renyuan Jindan was the source of rivalry between all
the Cultivation schools in the world. Hundreds of people had died in the
process of acquiring it. In fact, Su Chan herself would've died back then if
her master hadn't distracted her enemies long enough for her to escape.
had been a time when Su Chan was like every other Cultivator in the world:
willing to do anything to obtain the
after meeting Li Yundong...
it or not, she couldn't deny that she had changed. While the Renyuan Jindan had
changed Li Yundong, Li Yundong had changed her.
Because of him, the entire fabric of her existence had been altered. Did she
still desire the Renyuan Jindan? Yes. But was she willing to sacrifice Li
Yundong for it? Not anymore. Not by a long shot.
huge part of life is about making decisions. One's choices determine the course
of one's life. At this stage of Su Chan's life, the choice was: Li Yundong vs
the Renyuan Jindan.
did she really want? Li Yundong? Or the Renyuan Jindan?
options, but with seemingly an infinite number of emotions and consequences
was so tired, so tired of choosing, and of feeling. Her eyelids felt heavy even
though they were already closed. She just wanted to sleep.
Chan sighed when she felt a gentle hand run through her scalp. It felt so good.
she was, finding comfort and falling asleep in the arms of the man who was also
the source of her distress. How ironic.
"Li Yundong or the Renyuan
Jindan... Li Yundong or the Renyuan Jindan... Li Yundong or the Renyuan
Yundong pulled his hand away from Su Chan's scalp when he noticed her breathing
even out. He'd decided to stroke her hair to comfort her and get her to stop
crying. Admittedly, he got a little carried away. Li Yundong nudged Su Chan's
shoulder gently. "Hey, you shouldn't sleep like this," he said.
"You'll catch a cold. Lie down properly!"
Chan hummed and rubbed herself against him. "Lord Almighty..." Li
Yundong had to force himself to imagine Director Qian's comb-over, or else he
might do something really stupid.
it feels so comfortable like this..." Su Chan mumbled. "So
squirming around a bit more, one of Su Chan's thighs slid along his legs and
brushed across his—
How am I supposed to sleep if you keep using me as a bolster?" Li Yundong
said in a strained voice. Alas, Li Yundong's plea went completely unheeded by
Su Chan, who merely turned her head away. Li Yundong tried to push Su Chan's
thigh off his...ahem, but his efforts
only caused Su Chan to cling onto him even more tightly. Before Li Yundong
could protest, Su Chan started squirming again until she got into a more
comfortable position. Comfortable for her,
Yundong groaned and stared up at the ceiling.
now he had to worry about waking up with a hole in his pants tomorrow morning.
Chapter 42 The Early Bird Gets the Worm!
crept into Su Chan at dawn. It was a slow kind of wakefulness, one that made
her want to stretch out every single muscle in her body. So, she did. Feeling
refreshed after the stretch, she opened her eyes slowly. The first thing she
saw was Li Yundong's face. She frowned when she noticed the dark circles around
his eyes, which were closed. His head, which was slowly drooping, quickly shot
back up when it reached its lowest point. Li Yundong gasped and opened his
you're finally awake. Thank the Lord Almighty..."
Li Yundong said, shaking his head a few times. He took a deep breath, then
exhaled. "Now hurry up and get off me! F*ck, I'm stiff all over!"
Chan sat up, then clambered to the edge of the bed. Her eyes followed Li
Yundong's every movement as he sat up with a groan, then stood up to stretch
his body a few times. She sprang to her feet and hurried over to Li Yundong's
side. "Aww, you poor thing," she said, kneading Li Yundong's
shoulders to loosen the tight knots there. "When are we heading out to
look for a house?"
Yundong waved a few times, then pried Su Chan's hands away from his shoulders.
After that, he let his body fall sideways onto the bed. "Don't disturb me
please," he said, his voice muffled by the pillow. "Let me sleep and
don't wake me even if its the end of the world."
was already snoring a second later.
Chan tilted her head to the side and stood next to the bed, watching him with a
puzzled expression on her face. "This
doesn't make sense... Someone who absorbed the Jindan's Qi shouldn't be this
tired even if they went a whole day without any sleep..."
as ever, Su Chan had no idea that while she was sleeping like a log, Li
Yundong's manhood was as stiff as a log. So what if his essence, Qi, and blood
had been enhanced to otherworldly levels by the Renyuan Jindan. Would any of
those enhancements even matter if only one
body part got to reap the benefits? Surely not.
the mysterious workings of the male anatomy eluded Su Chan and, after minutes
of fruitless pondering, she gave up and went into the bathroom to begin her
minutes later, Su Chan emerged from the bathroom, fully refreshed. She'd
expected Li Yundong to be awake by then, so she was a bit disappointed when she
saw that he was still asleep. She pouted, then kneeled beside the bed to watch
him sleep. After fifteen minutes of utter boredom, Su Chan couldn't take it
anymore. "Heeeeyyy...." Su Chan said, nudging Li Yundong's shoulder.
Li Yundong didn't respond, Su Chan tried poking his cheek. "Come on! Wake
up... Time for us to go find a house... Let's find a new house!"
Yundong groaned. "For the love of the Almighty... I just fell asleep,
dammit!" Li Yundong exhaled in frustration. "Just let me sleep for a
Chan rocked Li Yundong's shoulder back and forth. "No, no, no..." she
whined. "How long is a while?"
while is a while..."
The sun is already up! So rise and shine!"
room was silent except for the sound of Li Yundong's snoring.
Chan gaped at Li Yundong's sleeping form, looking utterly affronted. Then...
evil grin formed on Su Chan's face.
pinched Li Yundong's nose without letting go, then burst into giggles.
"One... Two... Three... Four...
Li Yundong sat up on the bed, scratching his head in frustration. "Are you
trying to murder me, you ungrateful minx!"
night, Su Chan had decided that she would help Li Yundong in his path to become
a great Cultivator, and Cultivation begins in the mornings! Su Chan twisted Li
Yundong's nose harshly. "Come on! It's daybreak! The hour of the rabbit!
You should be up and about, feeding on mother nature's Qi! Not lazing around in
Yundong grunted, then slapped Su Chan's hand away from his nose. Nature's Qi?
As if he gave a f*ck. He lay back down and buried his face into the pillow.
"Feeding on nature's Qi? Please. I prefer Yin feeding, thank you very
Chan flushed. "Get! Up!" she said, smacking Li Yundong's thigh. Li
Yundong slumbered on. Annoyed, she ripped the pillow from under Li Yundong's
head, then bonked Li Yundong's head with it. "Get up! Now!"
only response was Li Yundong's snoring.
Su Chan growled, tossing the pillow right onto Li Yundong's face. Then, she
glared at him for a moment.
Chan thought. "You made me do this!
Don't say I didn't warn you!" She reached up and pull out a strand of
her hair. Then, she channeled her Qi into the strand, causing it to become
stiff and rigid like a needle.
"Take this!" Su
Chan jabbed the needle-like strand of her hair into Li Yundong's Baihui.
Yundong yelped and leaped off the bed. "What is the matter with you!?" he yelled, glaring at Su Chan with both
hands covering the top of his head.
Chan thought, grinning at Li Yundong. Then, she pounced and grabbed Li
Yundong's hand. "Are you awake now?" she asked, her eyes sparkling
Su Chan didn't really have to ask, since she knew what she was doing. The
Baihui's position is above all other acupoints in the human body. It is also
the acupoint where all the Yang Qi in the human body converges. Sufficient
stimulation of the Baihui would mobilize the Qi of the entire human body,
bringing instant reinvigoration.
Yundong rubbed his face with his palm. "Huh,"
he thought. "I don't think I feel so
tired now. Weird." He lowered his hand and looked at Su Chan's
strangely. "Must be one of her
medical tricks again." He sighed, then said, "Fine, you win. Let
me go wash up, then we'll be off."
he tried to get up, however, Su Chan shook her head at him and pushed him back
onto the bed. Then, she ran to the window and drew the curtains open. Sunlight
streamed in, giving every surface in the room a soft luster. Su Chan stood in
front of the window, glancing around the room. Li Yundong stared at her in
are you looking for?" he asked.
didn't answer, but ran towards the bed and pulled Li Yundong to his feet
Chan got him to sit down cross-legged on the carpet. "I'm giving you a
massage!" Su Chan said in a cheery tone.
Li Yundong said, closing his eyes. Who was he to deny an "orgasmic"
massage given by a beautiful woman? Please. He effing deserved it after the
torture he'd been through last night.
Chan performed the Butterfly Flower Gathering technique again.
far as Su Chan could tell, the best time for Li Yundong to Cultivate was during
the hour of the rat — the time between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. (T/N: This is a
common 12-hour system used in ancient China and Japan; the day is divided into
12 intervals and each interval is assigned to a Chinese zodiac)
in the mountains, Su Chan had memorized the classic medical text, "The
Illustrated Wings of the Classified Canon," and there was a line in it
that stuck out to her: the Yang's reign begins at the hour of the rat.
In other words, the hour of the rat is the
time period where mother nature's Yin Qi dwindles and its Yang Qi starts to
such, the hour of the rat marks the most effective time period for any form of
Cultivation training. Cultivators who practice Xiao Zhoutian during this time
period would typically feel invigorated for the rest of the day.
The real goal, however, is to reach a stage
where an effective Xiao Zhoutian can be performed at any time of the day, not
just during the hour of the rat. A Cultivator who reaches such a stage is said
to have mastered the foundations of Xiao Zhoutian training. In other words,
they are ready to begin their Da Zhoutian training.
meridians inside the human body can be classified into two types — standard and
extraordinary. Specifically, there are twelve standard meridians and eight
extraordinary meridians inside the human body. In a way, these meridians are
like muscles; they become strong through constant activation. And the way these
meridians are activated is by having Qi flow through them, which is precisely
what Xiao Zhoutian and Da Zhoutian are meant to do. Xiao Zhoutian is taught
first because it trains only two of the eight extraordinary meridians, namely
the Ren and Du meridians. The remaining meridians can only be trained through
The activation of these meridians grants a Cultivator two
abilities. The first is the ability to amass and gather Qi at any part of their
body, otherwise known as Qining (fifth stage of the Lianqi phase/ 5th dan 2nd
phase of Cultivation). Think of the human body as a piece of land, and the
meridians as roads and highways. To access every part of a piece of land, it is
necessary to build roads and highways that link together different regions of
the land. The second ability is the ability to summon and control one's Qi at
giving Li Yundong a massage, Su Chan was trying to mobilize his Qi, which was
essentially the same as Cultivating. Admittedly, the time wasn't ideal since it
was the hour of the rabbit, not the rat. Then again, she figured it wouldn't be
too bad since nature's Yang Qi is the most vigorous during the hour of the
began Li Yundong's journey to greatness.
this a new trick?" Li
Yundong thought. "Feels kinda
Different was definitely an understatement.
Last time, the pleasure was limited to his skin, muscles, and meridians. This
time, however, it felt as though there was a cauldron inside his lower abdomen,
where liquid pleasure brewed. Then, he heard something, two sounds rang out in
unison. The first was the sound of howling wind. The second one was a bit
peculiar, like the cries of a... condor?
Then, the brewing pleasure finally reached its
boiling point. A moment later, it erupted from the imaginary cauldron in his
lower abdomen like a geyser, sending jets of liquid pleasure from his lower
body straight into his head.
Li Yundong was wallowing in euphoria, Su Chan was tense and vigilant. In fact,
she hadn't so much as blinked ever since she began the massage.
was the moment she'd been waiting for, the moment where the Jindan's Qi would
diverge from his Ren and Du meridians and venture into other meridians. In
other words, they were now about to cross the bridge between Xiao Zhoutian and
lot of Cultivators failed during this stage of Cultivation. They couldn't make
the transition from Xiao Zhoutian to Da Zhoutian and, as a result, forever
remained a "Qigong master" rather than a true Cultivator.
Chan would see to it that the same didn't happen to Li Yundong, and she
believed she could do it. Her mastery of the Butterfly Flower Gathering massage
technique, coupled with the Renyuan Jindan's Qi coursing through Li Yundong's
body, would enable Li Yundong to bridge the gap between Xiao Zhoutian and Da
Zhoutian. She was sure of it.
she had to gather Li Yundong's powerful Qi at his Baihui. "Come on, come on..." Su Chan thought, guiding Li
Yundong's Qi flow with her fingers. "Yes!"
Li Yundong's Qi was now gathered at his Baihui. "Time for the next step..." Su Chan took a breath. Now,
she had to guide his Qi into his other meridians. "Here we go—"
Chan jumped, causing her fingers to leave the top of Li Yundong's head.
lost the guidance from Su Chan's fingers, Li Yundong's Qi gushed from the top
of his head back to the rest of his body through the Ren and Du meridians. Li
Yundong's body shuddered in pleasure, and he released a long, erotic moan.
cleaning lady at the door thought she had just overheard a man and a woman
going at it like bunnies inside the room. So early in the morning, no less! How
cleaning lady blushed.
Chan pouted and glared at the door. "Stupid!
Stupid! Stupid! We were so close!" This was why it was best to do this
during the hour of the rat: one, they would unlikely be interrupted; two, the
Yang Qi inside Li Yundong's body would be purer, which would substantially
reduce the amount of time required to bridge the gap.
again, Su Chan was reminded of the wisdom that her master had once imparted on
her. In the world of Cultivation, the early bird gets the worm!
just early in one's lifetime, but early in the day as well!
Yundong's lazy voice interrupted Su Chan's musings: "Ahh... With your
massage skills, we definitely won't starve to death even if we are
Chan laughed and smacked Li Yundong's head. "You're pathetic! Now get up!
Let's go find a house!"
Yundong waved lazily. "Well, come on then. Let's go find our new
liked the sound of that.
Chapter 43 You Again?
come on! Why must we pick a tall building? We can stay anywhere as long as it's
got a roof, walls, electricity, and water! Why does height matter?" Li
Yundong said as he led Su Chan out of the rental agency's office.
Su Chan stopped short.
had nearly gone on a spiel about the Feng Shui principles to ensure an ideal
Cultivation setting, but then stopped when she realized how stupid it'd be
since it would lead him to all kinds of questions, questions that she wasn't
ready to answer yet. How do you know
all this stuff? Did your master teach you all these? Who is your master anyway? Hey... come to think of it, where did you
stay before we met? Oooh, I know! Why don't you take me back to your place and maybe we can stay there
for the time being?
luck answering those, Chan'er.
Because what?" Li Yundong asked. They moved away from the building to the
streets. "You better have a damn good reason because it's gonna be a huge
pain in the ass climbing up twenty floors if the elevator malfunctions..."
Because... Don't you think that living in higher places helps improve the
mood!" There was a brief pause. "Elevated home, elevated mood?"
Su Chan said, then forced out a few laughs. "Ugh!
Yundong pondered her words for several moments, then smiled.
know what, that actually makes sense..." Li Yundong said.
"It does?" Su
Chan thought, staring at him, wondering if he was about to start making fun of
guess we'll be looking for high-rise condos then," Li Yundong said.
"I mean, since you prefer staying in higher places."
Su Chan nodded in relief. Thank the Tao that she was able to convince him to go
along with her advice. After all, there was a reason why all Cultivators in the
past were so particular about their homes. For Cultivators, greatness starts
from the home, where they spend most of their time in training! After they left
the motel earlier, Su Chan had come up with a list of criteria that their new
home must meet: located on the north with the door facing the south; a window
facing the east; surrounded by clean and fresh air; provided wide field of
vision; and most importantly, the place must have sufficient altitude.
Chan followed behind Li Yundong as they walked away from the building they had
just exited, sniffing the air a few times. "Such
poor air quality!" she thought. Nobody would be able to reap the full
benefits of Cultivation here! Unless... she dragged Li Yundong into the
mountains? Su Chan had to suppress a giggle at the thought. The poor guy would
probably lose his mind.
pair traveled around town and checked out several places, all of which were
brutally shot down by Su Chan. Not enough altitude. Too noisy. Not enough
scenery. The door faces the west!
Yundong, on the other hand, was pretty patient. It didn't really matter to him
where they stayed. His primary concern was to ensure that Su Chan was happy
with their new home. In fact, he found this house-hunting thing pretty fun. A
small part of him felt as though they were on a date.
noon, they grabbed some burgers from McDonald's, then made their way towards a
newly-established residential area called Xin An Garden, eating and chatting as
they walked. Yep. Definitely a date.
Li Yundong heard a familiar voice the moment they entered Xin An garden.
Gawd!! What's the matter with you people?! I've already told you whom I'm
looking for! Zheng Youming! Didn't you hear me the first time!"
Yundong turned towards the source of the commotion. "Hey, isn't that..." Li Yundong took a closer look.
Indeed, it was the woman who'd checked out his old apartment with that
douchebag, Boss Zheng, last night. "Lili,"
Li Yundong thought with a chuckle. Was that even her real name? Or was that a
collective term for "girl who f*cks another woman's husband?"
Don't! Care!" Lili yelled again. "Get him down here right this
instant!" She appeared to be engaged in an argument with the security
guard of an apartment building.
"Well, whatever. It's none of my
business," Li Yundong thought. Time to get on with his
when Li Yundong turned, he saw Su Chan gawking at the apartment building,
burger forgotten. Lili was screaming something again, but he didn't care. He
was too focused on Su Chan.
is it?" Li Yundong asked.
like this place!" Su Chan said, her eyes sparkling in delight.
well, well! Would you look at that! Her Royal Highness has finally made her
choice!" Li Yundong said. He glanced up at the apartment building, then
smiled wryly. "Too bad this is a new residential area, which means most of
the apartments here are for sale, not for rent!" Li Yundong gave Su Chan a
look. "You shouldn't get any ideas, okay? I can't afford it."
front of the apartment, Lili turned away from the security guard when she
thought she heard a familiar voice. She turned, then froze when she saw Li
Yundong standing not too far away from the building.
pulled out her phone from her LV handbag and glared at the security guard.
"You're not gonna let me in, is that it?" she said, but with a much
softer voice this time. "Very well. I will call him right now and by the
time he gets here, you'll be out of a job!"
poor security guard, who was merely doing his job, grimaced at the threat.
Before he could speak, however, a clear voice sounded: "Oh, it's you,
Lili! What are you doing here?"
glanced ahead and saw Zheng Youming exiting the building. "To look for
you, of course!" Lili roared. "I doubt I'd even be about to find you
if I didn't come here."
hint of annoyance flickered in Zheng Youming's eyes. However, his annoyance
disappeared when he saw Li Yundong and, of course, Su Chan, standing near the
building. A feral grin formed on his face as his eyes traveled down Su Chan's
body hungrily. "Hahaha!" Zheng Youming brushed past Lili and headed
towards Li Yundong. "It's you again! What a small world!"
Yundong sighed. "Yep. Small world indeed," he said, shaking Zheng
"So we're buddies now," Li
Yundong thought, resisting the urge to roll his eyes. "Great." And no, he did not miss the fact that Zheng
Youming was ogling at Su Chan while shaking his
hand. Son of a bitch was practically undressing the girl with his eyes!
Youming released Li Yundong's hand and offered his hand to Su Chan.
"Eugh!!! Get away from me, you
buffoon! You smell!" Su Chan thought, keeping her hand
behind her back and hiding herself behind Li Yundong. Then, she peeked around
Li Yundong's shoulder and made a face at Zheng Youming.
of Su Chan's beauty, Zheng Youming wasn't offended by her behavior at all. In
fact, he found her even more endearing now. Instead of an impudent and rude
girl, Zheng Youming saw a coquettish girl. He was dying to get his hands on
Youming gave Li Yundong an enthusiastic smile. His eyes, however, held nothing
but disdain. "So! What are you doing here, young man? Lookin' for a place?"
Just passing by," Li Yundong said with a smile. Then, he gestured at the
building. "You own this place?"
Youming laughed. "Just a little business. Nothing too big!" he said
smugly. "Why don't you come in and check out the building? If you want, I
can sell it to you at a special price! It's all negotiable!"
"Special price?" Li
Yundong sneered inwardly. "I bet you
would. But it wouldn't be because of me."
Chan beat Li Yundong to a response. "How much will it cost to buy a unit
on the top floor?"
coursed through Zheng Youming at Su Chan's expression of interest. He took a
deep breath. "13 thousand yuan per square meter. Ah!" Zheng Youming
raised a palm. "Of course, there would be a discount for a pretty girl
like you. 10 thousand yuan per square meter! How about that! This is a great
deal! I guarantee that you won't find a deal like that anywhere in this
"10 thousand yuan per square
meter?" Li Yundong thought, his lips twitching. "The only thing I can afford in that
apartment is a f*cking toilet..."
Chan's face fell. She knew Li Yundong only had around 80 thousand yuan left in
his bank account after he'd paid the obnoxious landlady. They couldn't afford a
"But this place is so nice!"
she thought, glancing around. Wide field of vision, check. Minimal air
pollution, check. "The building is
built at a good location... and the top floor has enough altitude..."
can't afford to make a purchase," Su Chan said. "Are the units for
Zheng Youming said, then burst into laughter.
Su Chan grabbed Li Yundong's arm. "Let's go, Yundong!" she said,
dragging Li Yundong away.
hey! I never said anything about not renting to you!" Zheng Youming
Chan stopped, then turned around. "You'll rent a unit to us? At what
rate?" she asked.
considering it for a moment, Zheng Youming thought, "I can't let this beauty leave. If I do, I'll regret it. It's fine
to lower the price if it will convince her to stay here. As long as she doesn't
leave, I will definitely be able to take her from this pauper."
Youming raised his index finger.
Yundong gasped. "10 thousand per month?" What the heck?
Zheng Youming smirked. "One thousand yuan per month! Lemme' tell ya
something, young fella. This meeting between you and me? This is fate!"
Zheng Youming laughed, then clapped his hands together. "I tell you what,
you can pick any unit, house, or whatever in this whole area. If you find one
you like, go to the sales office and tell them you'll rent the place at the
rate of a thousand yuan per month. Everything will be settled the moment you
mention my name."
passed in silence as Li Yundong stared at Zheng Youming with narrowed eyes. "Still not convinced, eh?"
Zheng Youming thought. "Ah, you're probably worried about the furnishing
costs, right?" he said, waving his hand casually. "Don't worry,
buddy. There's a fully furnished luxury suite on the top floor. TV, couch, bed,
whatever. Everything's there. And it's got an awesome interior design! Ever
heard of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Yeah, this suite has a similar design.
Oh, and the best part?" Zheng Youming held up a finger. "You can move
in right away! So? What do you say, eh?"
Yundong sneered inwardly. "A luxury
suite? For a thousand yuan per month? Bastard's taking me for a fool..."
Li Yundong knew what this SOB was up to the moment the rental rate was
announced. A thousand yuan per month? Even the rent for his old apartment cost
1300 yuan per month. And this was a luxury suite!
that Li Yundong hadn't suspected the guy's ulterior motive before the rate was
announced. The lewd gazes that the f*cker had been giving Su Chan ever since he
came out of the building were a dead giveaway.
piece of sh*t wanted to steal his woman.
Yundong balled his fists in anger.
before Li Yundong could tell Zheng Youming to shove his cheap rates and
ulterior motives up a place where the sun doesn't shine, he felt a tug on his
arm. Following that, he heard a sweet, angelic voice which melted his anger
Yundong! Let's check out the place! Please? Pleeeeassee?"
Yundong turned, then studied Su Chan's face for a while. If it was up to him,
they'd be out of here faster than anyone could blink. Then again... she seemed
so excited. "Running around town
under the sun must be pretty tough for her too... Oh what the hell..."
Yundong let out a helpless sigh. "Okay, fine," he said, then shot
Zheng Youming a dark look. "Wanna
steal my woman? Over my dead body!"
Youming's face looked as if he had just won the lottery ten times in a row. He
turned towards the security guard and said, "Escort my buddy here to the
had been watching the entire exchange from the sideline. She'd come today with
one sole purpose in mind — to bust Zheng Youming's balls. Apparently, he had
found another lover recently.
after witnessing the scene earlier, she was finally able to see Zheng Youming
for who he truly was — a fickle and heartless bastard!
had been with Zheng Youming for quite a while now, yet he wouldn't even
hesitate to kick her to the curb the moment he found a new target.
a heartless and cruel man.
glanced towards Li Yundong and Su Chan, who had gone quite some distance away
with the security guard. Emotions flickered inside Lili's eyes, not jealousy,
not envy, but admiration. She was amazed at what the pair had achieved; even
amidst a society filled with corruption and depravity, their love had remained
pure. "I wish, from the bottom of my
heart, that you'll stick to each other through thick and thin, through
happiness and sadness. I wish for your love to remain pure for the rest of your
pulled Lili out of her thoughts. She turned and saw Zheng Youming approaching
surprised that you still remember me," Lili said when Zheng Youming
finally stopped in front of her.
if I could forget about you," Zheng Youming said in a tone of annoyance.
"What do you want?"
spectacle she witnessed earlier had changed her mind about kicking up a fuss
and busting Zheng Youming's balls. She'd seen through everything now: his lies;
his so-called promises; his shamelessness.
Now, she wanted absolutely nothing to do with this man.
well. I guess I just missed you, that's all," she said with a casual wave
of her hand. "Wait! How come I've never heard about this luxury suite of
yours? The Hanging Gardens of Babylon? That's fabulous! Now I definitely have
to check it out!"
that, Lili glanced around, then headed off in Li Yundong's direction after she
had spotted him.
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Chapter 44 Fall of Babylon
you know Boss Zheng, huh?"
security guard appeared to be leading them towards an office building up ahead.
really," Li Yundong said casually. "I only met him yesterday."
"And I'd rather I hadn't."
security guard gave him a strange look, but didn't say anything else. Thank
God. He wasn't interested in having an awkward conversation which involved
explaining to the security guard that he wasn't Zheng Youming's bastard son
coming back to ask for money. Nope. No thanks.
later, Li Yundong heard Lili's high-pitched voice from the gates. "The
Hanging Gardens of Babylon? That's fabulous! Now I definitely have to check it
Yundong turned and saw Lili heading in their direction. Behind her, Zheng
Youming struggled to keep up. Zheng Youming's face looked pale and, in all
honesty, like he was about to lose his sh*t.
"Their drama never ends..." Li
Yundong thought, then hurried to catch up with Su Chan and the security guard.
again, the drama proved impossible to ignore when Lili entered the sales
later, Zheng Youming burst into the office. "Oh, come on, Lili! Why are
you doing this! Can't you see that I'm busy?" Zheng Youming said,
completely out of breath. "Might want
to cut back on those cigars, asshole," Li Yundong thought.
Did I ask you to follow me around?" Lili sneered. "Nope. I don't
think so. Well, go ahead! You're busy, right?"
Youming's face was red with anger. However, all the color left his face a
second later. He was staring out through the window of the sales office,
looking utterly spooked.
Yundong followed Zheng Youming's gaze. "Well,
well, well... Trouble in paradise." A beautiful woman burst into the
sales office seconds later, her heels clicking with every step. The scent of
perfume wafted into Li Yundong's nose and, when he saw the woman's outfit, he
nearly expected a red carpet to appear out of thin air and start unrolling at
Click! Click! The beautiful woman stopped in front of Zheng Youming with one
perfectly manicured hand on her hip. "Who is she!!"
Yundong winced at that shrill voice. Then, he heard a few chuckles, which were
quickly masked as coughs, coming from a desk nearby. He turned and saw a few
sales agents turning away with their hands over their mouths.
gave the woman a sidelong glance. "And who the hell are you?"
Yundong winced again. The woman looked like she was about to go berserk.
snickered, then raised a brow. "Oh? Is that so?" Lili smirked.
"I thought you were the wife."
do you think you are, you shameless slut! You have no right to be here!"
Yundong saw Lili flinch. Their eyes met when Lili suddenly looked in his
direction, but then she frowned and averted her gaze.
I'm a shameless slut," Lili said, chuckling bitterly. "And what are
you? A virtuous slut?"
filled the sales office.
Yundong smirked. Well, that was a pretty badass comeback, he'd give her that.
What's the matter with those two? Why did they start screaming the moment they
saw each other?"
Yundong turned and saw Su Chan staring back at him with innocent eyes.
Yundong lowered his voice into a whisper. "Well, this is what happens when
the third woman meets the fourth." Li Yundong rubbed his chin, then
flashed her an evil grin. "Then again, it's debatable which one of them is
Chan blinked at him a few times. "The third woman? And the fourth? What do
"I thought only buildings are
numbered? Are women numbered too?" Su Chan
Yundong sighed. "I swear, there isn't another woman out there who's as
innocent as you are," he said, ruffling Su Chan's hair. "You're like
a national treasure."
Su Chan whined, shaking Li Yundong's arm. "Tell me what it
dropped their pen. Li Yundong turned to his left and saw a male sales agent
staring at Su Chan. Poor guy might need to clean his keyboard after this if he
didn't want his fingers to smell like his own drool.
Yundong smiled at Su Chan, then leaned over to whisper into her ear: "It's
like the meeting between the third and fourth concubine."
Su Chan replied. A second later, her face scrunched up in confusion. "But concubines get along just
fine!" she thought, tugging Li Yundong's arm again. "Yundong, I
still don't get it. Why are they fighting?"
Yundong ruffled Su Chan's hair again. "Tsk! Stop asking questions. Let's
just enjoy the show!"
Chan smacked his hand away, then covered her head with both hands.
Yundong laughed and returned his attention to the drama unfolding before their
eyes, which, if he read things correctly, was about to turn into a catfight.
a while, it appeared that Lili had gained the upper hand, and the fourth
concubine was looking towards Zheng Youming for help. "Youming!" said
the fourth woman, with both hands on her hips now. "I demand an
explanation from you, right now! Who is she!"
Yundong sneered when he saw Zheng Youming suddenly glancing towards Su Chan.
The SOB was clearly trying to save face in front of Su Chan. "He's still letting his dick make his
decisions for him even when he's in deep sh*t," Li Yundong thought.
No, it did not escape Li Yundong that Zheng Youming Jr. was the thing that had
gotten Zheng Youming into deep sh*t in the first place.
come on, Mingming! She's Li Congli! I mentioned her to you before!"
Congli laughed mockingly. "Now I can finally see you for who you are,
Zheng Youming." Li Congli gave Mingming a look of wry amusement. "Do
you know what he calls me when we were being affectionate? Xiao Lili," Li Congli said, her tone dripping with acid.
Congli turned towards Zheng Youming. This time, however, her eyes were filled
with contempt, as though she was looking at someone who was utterly beneath
her. "I'll tell you what you are, Zheng Youming. You're pathetic, and you disgust me," she
said. "There isn't a single shred of honor in you. None!" Li Congli chuckled darkly, then pointed a finger at
Zheng Youming's face. "From now on, I don't want anything to do with you.
Sleep with all the women in the city and contract STDs for all I care, you
won't hear from me again. However..."
Li Congli paused, then jabbed her finger into Zheng Youming's chest. "You
better give me what you owe me. Not a single cent less! Or else, I will ruin
what little reputation you have left!"
You think you're so great, bitch?" Mingming said, feeling emboldened now
that Li Congli had announced her decision to back away. "How many
abortions have you gotten because of Zheng Youming? Maybe two? I've gotten
four! Isn't that right, Youming?" Mingming leaned sideways, placing her
chin against Zheng Youming's shoulder, then glanced up at him flirtatiously.
animal," Li Yundong muttered under his breath. It appalled him how those
two women could defile their bodies like that. Four abortions. Four murders.
Youming pushed Mingming off his shoulder and glanced at Li Yundong, then at Su
Chan, who was looking back at him with distaste. "Xiao Bai!" he
yelled at the female sales agent in front of Li Yundong. "What are you
still standing around for? Take them to the suite!"
Bai jumped slightly and quickly turned to Li Yundong. "Please follow me,
if Li Yundong still had the mood to check out the suite. He couldn't even stand
being in the same building with a lowlife like Zheng Youming let alone staying
in a property he owned. Li Yundong took Su Chan's hand and led her to the exit.
barely taken two steps when a hand grabbed his arm. "Sir, please don't
turned around and saw Xiao Bai looking at him with pleading eyes. He raised a
Zheng will deduct my salary if you leave..." Xiao Bai explained, dropping
her voice to a whisper.
"And what's that got to do with
me?" Li Yundong grumbled inwardly. He had a right to
come and go as he pleased, dammit! But then the poor sales agent... Ugh! Fine.
He nodded at Xiao Bai, keeping his expression neutral.
Yundong and Su Chan followed Xiao Bai out of the sales office. Zheng Youming's
loud roar sounded the moment they stepped through the exit: "Shut your
trap, woman! I've had it with your bitchy attitude!"
they heard Mingming's incredulous shriek: "Are you yelling at me?"
sh*t! And I'm gonna hit you as well!"
Yundong clenched his jaw. "Is this how your boss treats women?" he
asked Xiao Bai.
Bai curled her lips, then snorted. "This? This is nothing," she said.
"I've seen worse. Two months ago, there were three of them screaming at each other. Talk about the end of the
world! But yeah, the boss is a pig. A pervert is what he is. Even our staff,
the good-looking ones of course, had to suffer his constant harassment!"
anger burned inside Li Yundong. "Can't anyone just... I don't know, sue
him?" Xiao Bai snorted. "Well, you can try. But all he has to do is
take out his check book and he'd be out of there like a boss."
That is bullsh*t! Where's the justice in that!" Li Yundong said angrily,
then turned to look at Xiao Bai. "Why didn't you resign? What's so nice
about a company like this?"
Bai looked Li Yundong over from head to toe, then looked at Su Chan. Her gaze
lingered on Su Chan for a second longer as she admired Su Chan's beauty.
"You're still a student, I presume?"
Yundong nodded, then looked at Xiao Bai strangely. "How do you figure,
Sister Xiao Bai?"
Xiao Bai?" Xiao Bai laughed. "Do me a favor and don't call me that.
My name's Bai Xiaoyang, so just call me Xiaoyang, or Sister Xiaoyang,
whichever. As for your question, I know because only a student with no working
experience would say something naive like that."
Xiaoyang snorted. "You think it's easy to get a job these days? Think
again, pal! Before I can find a new job, I have no choice but to endure my
brewed inside Li Yundong's heart, stifling him. It was as though there was a
ball of anger trapped in his chest with no way of getting out. "Just how many women has this lowlife
hurt?" he thought. A second later, Li Yundong decided he didn't want
to know the answer lest he be tempted to charge back into the sales office and
rip off the man's balls.
walked in silence until they reached a mini electric car parked some distance
away from the sales office. Bai Xiaoyang climbed into the driver's seat while
Li Yundong and Su Chan got into the backseat. Li Yundong was still scowling.
didn't see any point in this tour since he had already made up his mind. He
wouldn't stay here even if that lowlife allowed them to stay for free. The
thought of being associated with that lowlife made him sick. He only agreed to
this tour as a favor to Bai Xiaoyang. Plus, he didn't want to put a damper on
Su Chan's enthusiasm. The girl seemed to have taken a liking to this place.
Speaking of which, he still had to find a way to break his decision to Su Chan
without hurting her feelings...
took the elevator up to the 25th floor. Bai Xiaoyang unlocked the door of the
luxury suite, then ushered them in.
Chan headed straight to the bedroom the moment they entered the suite. Li
Yundong, however, stood at the doorway with Bai Xiaoyang, watching Su Chan's
enthusiasm with amusement.
me give you guys a tour," Bai Xiaoyang said.
Yundong smiled at the agent politely. "It's okay. We'll check out the
place on our own, thank you."
yourself," Bai Xiaoyang said. "Feel free to look around. I'll wait
for you guys in the living room."
Yundong smiled and nodded at Bai Xiaoyang, then walked towards the master bedroom
where he'd seen Su Chan enter earlier. Along the way, he checked out the living
room. As much as Zheng Youming revolted him, Li Yundong had to admit that the
place looked pretty nice. It was fully-furnished and had a modern, Western
entering the master bedroom, Li Yundong nearly laughed when he saw Su Chan
sniffing at one of the walls. He walked over and dropped his voice to a
whisper. "Hey, Su Chan, are you serious about staying at this place?"
Chan pulled back from the wall that she'd been sniffing and frowned.
"There's a weird smell here," she said, her nose scrunched up
Yundong brought his face closer to the wall and sniffed a few times. "Huh?
I don't smell anything weird."
Chan shook her head, her expression serious. "No. There's a strong smell
Chan poked at the wall with her index finger.
Yundong's eyes nearly popped out of his sockets when Su Chan's finger ripped
through the wallpaper.
sh*t! What the hell was that? The Vajra finger?" Li Yundong gaped at the
hole in the wall.
Chan turned around and scowled at Li Yundong. "What Vajra finger! Come
take a look!" Su Chan waved at Li Yundong.
Chan turned back to the wall, then prodded the wall a few more times.
Yundong leaned in and studied the hole. He didn't see anything out of the
ordinary, but there was a weird smell. Li Yundong brought his index finger into
the hole, then pushed in tentatively.
"What the—" The inside of the wall wasn't even solid! It was
complete goop, like some kind of sludge, or wet mud.
the heck is this?" Li Yundong said, pulling his finger out. "I've
seen tofu-dreg projects better than this sh*t!" (T/N: In Chinese culture,
Tofu-dreg projects basically means jerry-built constructions)
can bring down the whole building with one punch," Su Chan sneered.
"This place isn't liveable."
my God! What are you guys doing?!" Bai Xiaoyang rushed over.
Yundong turned around and glared at Bai Xiaoyang. "What are we
doing?" he asked, then snorted. "What are you doing? You're selling poorly-constructed apartments to the
public! Look at this!" Li Yundong pointed at the hole on the wall.
"This was done using only a finger!"
Xiaoyang groaned and covered her face. "You're going to cost me my
job!!!" Li Yundong roared. "People's lives are at stake here, and
you're worried about your f*cking job!! Do you even have a conscience!"
Xiaoyang gasped and flinched at Li Yundong's outburst.
constellation of emotions flickered inside Bai Xiaoyang's eyes as she battled
with her thoughts. A moment later, she took a deep breath and said, "I
guess there's no point in hiding it anymore." She exhaled. "All the
properties in Xin An Garden were constructed this way. To tell you the truth,
this is even worse than jerry-building. At least they still use rebar in
jerry-building." Bai Xiaoyang released a contemptuous laugh. "You're
not gonna believe what they used here. Cardbord, rocks, and sand."
How the heck did they even manage to construct a building with just those
materials! This doesn't even make sense!" Li Yundong yelled. "What
about quality control? Weren't there civil engineers supervising the
constructions? What about the safety of the future tenants!"
Bai Xiaoyang laughed humorlessly, then shook her head. "The bastard
doesn't even care. All he cares about is making sales!"
Yundong clenched his jaw. "That son of a bitch!" he growled. "I
can't believe he's capable of something like this. This is evil!"
heavens should punish him!" Su Chan growled.
Xiaoyang snorted. "The cops would run out of jobs if the heavens cared
enough to deliver poetic justice." Bai Xiaoyang glanced at Li Yundong,
then sighed. "Never mind. Just get out of here. I'll hand in my
resignation immediately. I guess I should thank you." Bai Xiaoyang looked
into Li Yundong's eyes. "Your words today made me realize that I shouldn't
work here anymore. It's just... wrong.
And if you're looking for a place to stay, I can recommend you to a good place.
It's an apartment building in New Hongshen District. It's right around here
Bai Xiaoyang went on, "The apartment is pretty good. It's a high-end
apartment with a good environment and high-quality construction."
you," Li Yundong said. "I'll check it out."
three of them left the building. "Are you guys hopping on?" Bai
Xiaoyang asked after she had climbed into the electric car.
Yundong shook his head. "Nah. I'll walk," he said. "Need to
clear my head."
Xiaoyang glanced at him, then sighed. "I'll be off then."
Bai Xiaoyang left, Li Yundong glanced around the building. Once he was certain
that they were alone, he brought Su Chan to the back of the building. He had to
test it. He had to know for sure. He located a convex corner where two walls
met, then stormed over and rammed his right foot into the corner. A big piece
of cement coating fell off the spot he'd kicked. Li Yundong bent down and
examined the substance underneath the coating.
Sand. Pieces of crushed pebbles. Plaster.
of a bitch!!!" Li Yundong smashed his fist into the wall. "He's gonna
pay for this!!!"
of a sudden, he felt a tug on his arm.
Yundong! Look! Look!" Su Chan said in awe, pointing her finger at the spot
on the wall where his fist had smashed into earlier.
"Oh, sh*t..." Li
Yundong thought, his jaw going slack.
had begun to spread out from the dent his fist had made. Long, wide, and
Yundong and Su Chan looked at each other in horror.
is this building gonna collapse?" Li Yundong spluttered. "B-but how!
How can a building collapse just because I punched it? This is insane!"
Yundong glanced down at his fist, half-expecting his whole body to start
turning green and emitting gamma rays.
again, this was no ordinary building. In fact, it was debatable that it even
qualified as a building.
Now wasn't the time for him to linger around.
Yundong grabbed Su Chan's hand. "Come on! Let's get outta here!"
Chapter 45 Poetic Justice!
they were a good twenty meters away from the "building," Li Yundong
suddenly realized that they shouldn't act as though there was a horde of
zombies hot on their heels unless they wanted to appear in court as the
greatest vandals in the history of vandalism.
Yundong gave Su Chan's hand a sharp tug, then slowed his steps down to a
hey, slow down," Li Yundong said in a low voice. "We'll look
suspicious if we run."
Chan nodded and clung onto Li Yundong's arm.
Su Chan turned her head around to stare at the building for the fifth time, Li
Yundong smacked the top of her head. "Tsk! Idiot! Stop looking! You're
gonna make us look suspicious!"
Chan rubbed the top of her head and pouted. "I just wanted to see when
it's going to collapse!"
Yundong laughed incredulously. "Wait a minute," he said. "Do you
want it to collapse?"
Chan nodded like a bobble head. "Yup! Yup!"
Yundong suddenly felt an urge to take another look at the building, so he did.
it was, tall and majestic. Pretty on the outside, but rotten on the inside.
What a monumental failure of a monument. Hah.
Chan's wish for the building's collapse was justified. At least nobody would
get killed if it collapsed now.
what if it collapsed before they managed to get to a safe distance?
Yundong suddenly found himself increasing his pace. They ended up running like
hell again. Vandalism charges be damned.
Yundong slowed down once the sales office building was in sight. The electric
car was already parked in its earlier spot.
the time they neared the sales office's front door, their gait had already
slowed to a leisurely pace. As they passed the front of the sales office, Li
Yundong peered in through the glass doors. What he saw made him stop short.
Apparently, the Battle of the Concubines was still ongoing.
him, Su Chan stopped as well. "What?"
Yundong pointed into the office.
they still fighting?" Su Chan said in surprise.
they're a bunch of masochists," Li Yundong muttered. "So
the glass, Li Yundong saw Mingming stand up on wobbly feet, then yell at Li
Congli. Whatever the two women were arguing about must be pretty damn important
considering their total disregard for the disheveled state of their clothing.
More so when taking into account the fact that they were both in public. Their
faces were even covered in scrapes and bruises. Clearly, they had come to
blows. Over what? Money, definitely. Maybe throw in a couple pieces of
blackmail for good measure. Important stuff.
Youming wasn't faring any better himself. On his face were clear signs of
scratches, which, Li Yundong was fairly certain, were caused by fake nails.
next thing that happened made Li Yundong regret his decision to stay and watch
the drama. Zheng Youming saw him and Su Chan through the glass. Seconds later,
the door was pushed open, and out came Mr. Cardboard Walls. All of a sudden, Li
Yundong felt an urge to punch that son of a bitch in the face.
young fella!" Zheng Youming greeted him with a cheeriness that Li Yundong
didn't share. "You've checked out the suite? Well! That was quick! So! How
about it? The place is awesome, eh?" Zheng Youming clapped his hands
together. "Now, regarding the contract and the procedures, you can go
no need for that, Boss Zheng," Li Yundong said coldly. "We won't be
Youming's face fell, and he immediately glanced at Su Chan. The disappointment
in Zheng Youming's expression was so clear that Li Yundong nearly unleashed one
of Zhao Yujian's fancy kicks on the bastard.
Youming looked back at Li Yundong. "What! You're joking, surely!" Zheng
Youming yelled. "Is the rent still too high? Or are there any other
problems? Tell me! It can all be worked out!"
Li Yundong released a dark chuckle. "Here's one. The place sucks."
Youming jumped, looking utterly affronted. "That's rubbish! Just go ask
around!" he yelled, then began patting his chest with his palm.
"Everyone will tell you the same thing! That Zheng Youming's properties
are the best of the best, designed with their occupants' safety in mind—"
sounded no different than the rumbling of thunder, except that the sky was
of dark smoke rose into the air, spreading out like an ominous cloud.
the final wave of rumbling ended, all was silent.
look on Zheng Youming's face was priceless, like he'd just splurged a billion
dollars on a diamond ring only to have it fall into the toilet bowl when he was
taking a dump.
in the vicinity was too shocked to speak, almost as though their mental
faculties had collapsed together with the building.
Yundong was the first one to react. He grabbed Su Chan's hand and sprinted
away, feigning a look of panic. As he ran, he screamed at the top of his lungs.
"Arrrggghhh! The building collapsed!!!!! Get away from here!!!! Run for
they heard Zheng Youming's hysterical scream behind them.
"NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! This is impossible!!!!!"
that was the sound of Li Congli's shrill laughter. "Zheng Youming!! You
soooooo had it coming!!! Hahaha!!! This is what I call karma!!! I salute you,
Lord Almighty!!! Finally! Finally,
You've punished this despicable man!"
echos of Li Congli's laughter filled their ears as Li Yundong and Su Chan fled
the area as though their lives depended upon it.
ran and ran until New Xin An District was too far away to be seen. Then, they
stopped at the side of the road and shared a look. Seconds later, they burst
that moment, both Su Chan and Li Yundong were thinking the same thing: What a
delightful act of mischief!
they had destroyed a building. But in doing so, they had just prevented
thousands of deaths and punished an evil man.
laughed and laughed, drawing the attention of passers-by.
a while, Su Chan recovered from her laughing fit and took Li Yundong's hand.
"Yundong..." she said, tracing circles on his palm. "Will you be
in trouble because of this?"
Yundong held back another wave of laughter, then cleared his throat. "Not
at all!" he said. "Nobody was staying in that building yet. Besides,
this is me delivering poetic justice to a bad man!"
Chan giggled. "Yes!!!!!" Su Chan raised her fist. "An evil man like
him deserves to be punished!"
Yundong tightened his fingers around Su Chan's hand. "Hit on my woman? Hah! I'll hit on your f*cking building until it
Yundong burst into laughter at that thought. Then, he released a long breath,
easing the ball of frustration that had been trapped inside his chest earlier.
He stood up, pulling Su Chan to her feet. "Come on! Time to continue our
pair left New Xin An District behind and eventually arrived at New Hongshen
District, the area that Bai Xiaoyang had told them about earlier.
Chan had that look in her eyes again the moment they entered New Hongshen
District, that bright sparkle, as though her eyes held a constellation of
stars. One building in particular stuck out like a sore thumb due to it's
height; it was a twenty-story monolith amidst a cluster of five-story
buildings. The more Su Chan stared at it, the more excited she became: superb
positioning, check; wide field of vision, check; altitude, check!!
one! That one! Let's go, Yundong! Let's go!!!" Li Yundong's arm would've
been ripped away by Su Chan if the Renyuan Jindan hadn't enhanced his shoulder
Yundong laughed and allowed himself to be pulled forward a few steps.
"Slow down, silly," he said, holding Su Chan back. "We have to
look for an agent first. Otherwise we wouldn't be able to know which places are
for sale and which ones are for rent!"
Yundong led Su Chan towards a building, which he believed housed a rental
agency. His guess was confirmed the moment they stepped into the building,
where they were greeted with: "Hello! Are you looking for a place to
making several inquiries at the counter, Li Yundong learned that there was only
one apartment available for rent on the top floor — an apartment with three
bedrooms and two living rooms. The apartment fit Su Chan's criteria to a tee,
which was ideal, if they weren't stinking broke.
Yundong wondered why these people hadn't been charged and thrown into jail for
robbery yet. 4500 yuan per month! That was essentially the same amount of money
he'd been getting from his good-for-nothing parents every month! F*ck!
when the agent showed them the apartment, Li Yundong had to admit that the
suite was worth every penny.
place was fully-furnished, with everything inside being brand new. Su Chan
found its lighting and layout appealing. Li Yundong, on the other hand, was
drawn to its Chinese style decor.
if you guys are on a budget, you can still move in first," said the agent
enthusiastically. "After that you can find someone else to move in and
split the rent!"
if the agent thought her suggestion could help seal the deal, then she couldn't
have been more wrong. Having another person move in was the last thing on Li
Yundong's mind since it would ruin his "cohabitation" plans. Su Chan,
on the other hand, didn't want an outsider to disturb Li Yundong's Cultivation.
Chan stepped away from the agent and walked up to Li Yundong. Hooking her
finger on Li Yundong's hand, she tugged. "Yundong..." she pleaded in
a low voice. "Can we make this place our home? Please? Pleeeeaasse?"
Yundong gave her a tiny smile, then patted the top of her head. "Don't
worry," he said. "I'd remove the moon from the sky if that's what you
want! Alright then! This is the place!"
Yundong did the math in his head. If he paid the rent up front, including the
deposit, that would likely cost him 30 thousand yuan. Which meant he would have
around 40 thousand yuan left in his bank account. "That should last us for a while..." Besides, the summer
holidays were nearing, which meant he could start looking for a job. Add in the
money he'd be receiving from his parents... "Yup.
It'll be enough to support us."
Yundong was jolted out of his thoughts by Su Chan's crushing hug.
This is great!!!"
Chan beamed at him.
indeed. If the sudden tightness in his pants was any indication, it would
appear that Li Yundong Jr. agreed with Su Chan's assessment as well. Li Yundong
had to force himself to imagine Director Qian's bald patch in order to distract
himself from the feel of Su Chan's tender and (gosh darn it to hell) springy bosom against his arm.
Yundong cleared his throat harshly, then looked down at Su Chan with a smile.
He pointed at his left cheek and said, "Give me a kiss then!"
Chan sneaked a glance at the agent. "N-no..." she said, blushing.
"T- there's someone here..."
Li Yundong hadn't expected her to kiss him anyway. He laughed and said,
"Oh, okay! That settles it then! You can kiss me to your heart's content
when we're alone!"
Chan giggled, then looked away coyly. The faint blush on her cheeks nearly
melted Li Yundong's heart. Before he knew it, Su Chan was dashing off, her
double braids swinging and brushing against her back.
Chan's voice echoed on the walls of their new home, and Li Yundong found
himself utterly bewitched, mind, body, and soul.
they'd settled the deposit and signed the lease, Li Yundong and Su Chan were
ready to head back to the motel to get their luggage.
that they'd found themselves a new home, Su Chan walked ahead with an extra
bounce in her steps. Behind her, Li Yundong watched her in amusement. While
they were leaving New Hongshen District, Li Yundong felt a tingle in his spine;
someone was watching him.
stopped, then glanced around until his eyes landed on a gazebo in New Hongshen
District's garden. Staring right back at him was a girl in a long, pink dress.
This girl looked to be around the same age as Su Chan — probably between
fifteen or sixteen years old. Something about her prevented Li Yundong from
turning away. It was her aura, which seemed ethereal and otherworldly. Li
Yundong took in her face noted the girl's prominent and shiny forehead. Then,
he felt it. He felt it the moment their eyes met — a huge weight on his entire
being, stifling him.
their gazes met, it was like the collision of two fast-moving trucks. The
impact shook both parties, and they averted their gaze instantly.
"Those eyes... so sharp and
piercing," Li Yundong thought. "I've never seen a girl with eyes like that before... I wonder who
Our carriage is here!"
Chan's voice brought Li Yundong out of his trance. He turned away from the
gazebo and looked past the gates. Su Chan was already standing outside, waving
Yundong headed towards the gate, still wondering about those eyes.
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Chapter 46 The Height of Cultivation
the gazebo, the girl stared at the man’s departing form in shock until she felt
a presence behind her. The girl turned around and beamed at the woman.
"Elder Sister Zi Yuan!"
Yuan was about an inch taller than the girl in the pink dress. She was a
stunning woman, like a goddess who wasn't from the mortal world. As she moved
across the gazebo, her dark purple dress flowed around her legs like waves. She
hardly looked like she was walking at all. More like floating.
Yuan stopped beside the girl in the pink dress.
were you staring at just now, Hongling?" Zi Yuan said, her voice flat and
cold as her eyes scanned the vicinity of the gazebo.
Yuan's eyes weren't sharp and penetrating like Ruan Hongling's. Instead, her
eyes seemed pretty dull, as though they were covered with a thin layer of
muslin. Those eyes were inscrutable and enigmatic, like two tiny crystal balls
filled with mist.
Hongling glanced towards the gates and allowed her gaze to linger for several
seconds. The man with piercing eyes she'd seen earlier was no longer there.
"I think I saw a Cultivator just now," Ruan Hongling said, turning
back to Zi Yuan.
are all over the mortal world, Hongling," Zi Yuan replied cooly.
"Running into one or two Waimen disciples is hardly surprising."
(T/N: There are three types of discipleship in the world of Cultivation or
Chinese martial arts — Waimen, Neishi, and Zhenchuan; to understand their
differences, please refer to the novel's glossary; the link to the glossary can
be found in the novel's overview)
Hongling shook her head. "No, elder sister. He doesn't look like a Waimen
disciple at all. I think... I think he's a Neishi disciple. Well, at least he looked like a Neishi disciple..."
eyes held too much power, too much force.
silence stretched between the two women. Ruan Hongling turned and saw Zi Yuan
looking back at her with a questioning brow raised.
were at least fifty meters apart when I saw him," Ruan Hongling clarified.
"Yet when our gazes met, it felt like I had the wind knocked out of me.
Kinda like... being hit by a heavy, fast-moving object. His eyes were... penetrating. It was like he could see
through the deepest part of my soul or something. I can't believe I'm saying
this, but I don't think I could maintain eye contact with him for more than two
flickered across Zi Yuan's usually unflappable expression. "Is that
so?" Zi Yuan said.
passed in silence.
rash. Careless," Zi Yuan said. "And you often act without thinking
things through. However..." Zi Yuan gave Ruan Hongling a sidelong glance.
"You've been training with Master since a very young age, so you have a
decent CQ. Relatively speaking, of course. It's a bit surprising to find
another Cultivator in this small city that matches your CQ." (T/N: CQ
stands for Cultivation Quotient, which is a measure of a Cultivator's skill
level, just like a person's IQ is a measure of their intelligence; if a
Cultivator has a CQ of 52, it means that he or she has reached the 5th phase of
Cultivation and 2nd dan, which is a higher level of Cultivation than say a CQ
of 12; the larger the CQ, the higher the level)
Hongling pouted. "You're horrible, Elder Sister Zi Yuan!" she said
sulkily. "Why do you have to put me down every chance you get!"
Yuan studied Ruan Hongling's face, a subtle smile adorning her lips. Subtle
though Zi Yuan's smile might be, the adoration and fondness it conveyed was
plain as day. "Listen, Hongling. I'm returning to where Master is shortly.
I want you to stay in the mortal world and continue your training," Zi
Yuan said, then paused in thought. "But I must admit that I have deep
concerns about leaving you here on your own. That temper of yours is trouble in
Hongling's pout grew larger. "Come on...
You know that's not true, Elder Sister Zi Yuan..." Ruan Hongling whined,
clinging to Zi Yuan's side affectionately. "I'm not a child anymore. I can
Yuan's only response was a slight curve of her lips. Once again, silence filled
the gazebo, where the two goddess-like women stood. After a while, Ruan
Hongling broke the silence. "Elder Sister Zi Yuan, shall I accompany you
on your journey back?"
need," Zi Yuan said. "I'm leaving now anyway." Zi Yuan looked at
Ruan Hongling sternly. "Remember not to disrupt the lives of the mortals.
This is a commandment that every Cultivator must obey. Have I made myself
Hongling groaned. "Alright, alright, geez. You've told me that a thousand
Yuan shook her head silently.
Hongling had always found Elder Sister Zi Yuan intimidating. Needless to say,
Zi Yuan's sudden reticence unnerved her. She stole a glance at Zi Yuan from the
corner of her eyes and noticed Zi Yuan's pensive expression. "Elder Sister
Zi Yuan..." Hongling said tentatively. "Is there something on your
nothing," Zi Yuan said. "Just wondering about the Jindan's current
thinking about that verse in Master's poem, Elder Sister Zi Yuan?" Ruan
slow smile took over Ruan Hongling's expression. "Ooh... Has a man finally
awakened your inner desires, my dearest elder sister?" she said, wiggling
her brows. "Hah! That's so rare!"
Yuan's expression remained pensive despite Ruan Hongling's teasing. It was as
though she hadn't even heard her.
Yuan's gaze drifted away, off into the horizon. "Where?" she mumbled.
"Where could the Renyuan Jindan be?"
Yundong and Su Chan moved into their new apartment the very same day.
Yundong! Look! It's so wide and spacious!" Su Chan stood in the center of
the living room and spun around a few times.
Yundong laughed. "I'm glad you like it," he said.
that, Li Yundong followed Su Chan into the master bedroom.
Yundong chuckled when Su Chan dove onto the Simmons mattress and bounced on it.
After a few rolls on the fluffy mattress, she leaped up from the bed and ran
out to the bedroom's balcony. "Well,
at least she seems happy," Li Yundong thought. He was happy too; he
was happy that she was happy.
Yundong glanced towards the balcony and nearly jumped out of his skin at what
he saw. Su Chan was bent about 90 degrees at the waist; her entire torso had
extended over the balcony's railing and—
sure that shout would've made Zheng Youming's sh*t building collapse as well.
Hey! Be careful! You're gonna fall off!" Li Yundong ran to the balcony, then
yanked Su Chan's body back inside the railing.
Chan burst into giggles, then turned around to face him. Before Li Yundong
could chastise her again for being careless, he felt one of her hands grab his
arm. With her other hand, she pointed at something beyond the railing.
Yundong! Look! Look! Look faaaarrrr away!" Su Chan yelled, her brows
elevated in excitement. For a moment there, Li Yundong almost thought her brows
would fly off her head.
Yundong chuckled, then tapped the tip of her nose several times.
Li Yundong looked beyond the balcony, he felt that same sensation again, one
that he'd been experiencing a lot ever since Su Chan appeared in his life: that
ball of heat, energy, or... something,
which surged from his somewhere below his navel straight to the top of his
head. There probably weren't enough superlatives in the world to fully capture
how frigging awesome that sensation was.
he felt as though his horizons had been substantially expanded, like he'd just
uncovered an arcane secret of the vast universe. Emotionally, he felt
happiness, and also the same boldness that had led to the pendant light's
demise. Physically, he felt an urge to roar like a beast.
Yundong took a deep breath and opened his mouth.
in the mountains, Su Chan's master had imparted an important lesson to Su Chan.
are born with an instinct to roar. This instinct is closely associated with the
state of one's Qi; the urge to roar is stronger when one's Qi is energized. As
such, anything that can interact with or influence a person's Qi can trigger
that instinct. According to Su Chan's master, such triggers can be classified
into three types.
The first type involves Mother Nature's Qi, whose vastness and
boundlessness is capable of energizing and invigorating the Qi of anyone who
experiences it directly. This typically occurs when a person is granted a
panoramic view of a scenery, during which Mother Nature's Qi interacts with the
second type has to do with negative emotions such as anger, frustration,
sadness, pain, anguish, agony, stress, and etc. In such cases, roaring becomes
a means of emotional release.
third type is the most obvious — the direct stimulation of one's Qi via
Cultivation. When triggered this way, the resulting roar would be unusually
loud. Superhumanly loud, in fact. A
notable example in history is an incident that occurred one night during the
Zhengde period of the Ming Dynasty. That night, Wang Yangming, a great
Confucian scholar, was Cultivating in his military camp. He ended up releasing
a roar loud enough to be heard over several miles! Everyone in the camp thought
that a Shenxian had arrived.
Su Chan had forgotten about this important lesson due to her excitement.
Otherwise, she wouldn't have asked Li Yundong to check out the view.
when Su Chan saw Li Yundong take a deep breath, her master's lesson came back
to her in a flash. She knew that Li Yundong was about to roar, and that the
trigger was a combination of two types of triggers: the first and the third.
The rush of Qi Li Yundong had felt occurred after she had stupidly told him to
check out the beautiful scenery, hence the first type. It was also the third
type because the Jindan had clearly energized Li Yundong's Qi.
Chan struck Li Yundong's Huagai on his chest the moment he opened his mouth.
Yundong flinched slightly, then rubbed his chest with a frown.
Chan sighed inwardly. That was close. Really
were a lot of Cultivators living among mortals. Most of them had covered their
tracks so well that it would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to tell
them apart from a mortal. Su Chan had no doubt that if she hadn't been in time
to stop Li Yundong's roar just now, it would've been heard across the entire
city, especially when considering the highly energized state of his Qi due to
mortals might've ignored the roar, but the Cultivators certainly wouldn't have;
because they knew that no mortal could possibly generate a roar that loud.
Eventually, the Cultivators hiding in the city would trace the source of the
roar to their new home. Since she came from the Fox Zen School, Su Chan was
adept in the stealth arts such as infiltration and the art of concealment. She
could even shield her Qi from other Cultivators. However, Li Yundong knew
nothing about Cultivation! He wouldn't be able to conceal the Jindan's powerful
Qi inside his body if those Cultivators came knocking on their door!
Jindan was the holy grail in the world of Cultivation. Most Cultivators would
do anything to get their hands on it, including kill. If it came down to a
fight, Li Yundong wouldn't stand a chance even though he had the Jindan.
why'd you poke me?" Li Yundong's question pulled Su Chan out of her
don't I give you a massage!" Su Chan said, seeing this as an opportunity
to get him to do some Cultivation, albeit indirectly.
Yundong flashed her a smile. "Nah, it's okay," he said. "We've
been running around town for the whole day. I bet you're exhausted."
Chan gazed beyond the balcony towards
the evening sky. Streaks of red stretched across the sky towards the horizon
where a golden tinge still remained. The Yang had dwindled, and the time of the
Yin had come.
"I guess there's no point..." Su
Chan thought. "He wouldn't
experience the full benefits even if he trains now. Might as well wait until
Chan's eyes gleamed as another idea hit her. "Why don't I help you with
some chores!" she said. "Is there anything I can do? Boil water? Cook
Yundong shuddered, then raised his palm. "Nope! No thanks, my dear little
princess. I'll handle everything on my own, thank you very much!" Then, he
lowered his palm and looked at Su Chan. "Tell me what dishes you feel like
eating tonight. I'll make them for you!"
Su Chan twiddled her fingers. "I feel so bad... You always do all the
work. I never help."
can help me by not doing anything," Li Yundong said with a straight face.
Chan pouted, then smacked Li Yundong's arm.
Su Chan said. With that she turned around and ran towards the bedroom, leaving
Li Yundong's laughter in her wake.
was served a little past six. Li Yundong had whipped up four dishes using the
groceries they had bought in the supermarket downstairs. The pair sat in the
spacious and well-lit dining hall, smiling warmly at each other.
he was, sitting across from a young and beautiful woman, surrounded by the posh
decor of his new apartment, which was spacious enough to fit perhaps two of his
was pretty good.
this is what it feels like to be home, huh?" Li Yundong sighed. "Too
bad this place isn't ours. When I earn enough money in the future, I wanna buy
a place like this too!"
from Li Yundong, Su Chan nodded with zest. "You'll become even more
awesome in the future! A house is nothing!"
Yundong laughed, then pushed a huge bowl towards Su Chan.
Chef Li Yundong's signature dish: Stewed Duck in Beer!
Li Yundong felt a swell of pride with his work. It didn't just taste great, it
looked pretty sleek as well. Chef Li Yundong had paid close attention to every
little detail of the food presentation this time.
Yundong smirked when he saw the way Su Chan was staring at the bowl as though
she hadn't eaten in centuries. However...
Chan picked up a tiny piece of duck meat with her chopsticks, then placed it in
"Okay... what?" Li
Yundong cleared his throat twice, then said, "Go on! Have some more! Don't
be shy now!"
Chan blushed and placed another small piece into her bowl.
Yundong frowned. "Huh? Why is she
acting like some elegant princess all of a sudden? She usually just gobbles
the matter you? Don't tell me you're worried about getting fat..." Li
Yundong said, giving Su Chan's figure a subtle once-over.
"Nope... Definitely no problems on
on, have some more," Li Yundong prodded, then frowned. "Did I mess up
the dish? That's not possible. I'm positive that I—"
Li Yundong yelled, then gaped at the small bowl that Su Chan had pushed towards
him, the same one that contained the two miserable pieces of duck meat that Su
Chan had picked earlier.
where the entire frigging bowl of stewed beer duck was?
so sorry! But thanks a lot!" Su Chan said with a blush, hugging the huge
bowl to her chest.
you little..." Li Yundong pounced.
Hahaha." Su Chan shifted the bowl away before Li Yundong could reach it.
sh*t... You're actually serious about this, aren't you? You ingrateful..."
Li Yundong pounced again, and failed. "Hand it over! Hand. It. Over!"
Li Yundong growled.
Chan wrapped her arms around the bowl protectively. "No! No! No! I won't
let you have it!"
turned around and ate a few mouthfuls straight from the bowl.
Yundong burst into laughter. "Hey! Slow down, okay? It's hot! Don't burn
Chan turned around, then stuck out her tongue at him. "I don't care if I
burn my tongue! And I won't let you have it! It's your own fault for making
such good food!"
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midnight, Li Yundong made a shocking discovery.
found that he didn't feel tired at all. Not one bit.
been running low on sleep for the whole day thanks to his "bolster
duties" last night, not to mention he'd spent pretty much the whole day
being an active participant in their little home-hunting adventure, which may
or may not have led to the demise of a building. The fact that he could even
remain on his feet now was a miracle in and of itself.
here he was, standing tall and strong in the balcony of his new home with the
entire Tiannan City beneath his feet. Su Chan was sitting beside him, and together,
they were like an emperor and his wife, admiring their kingdom after his
how could this be? How could there be this gushing, roiling, and spinning ball
of energy inside his body when he really should be conking out due to
over-exertion? Why did he feel as though he was invincible, like he could go a
few rounds with the Hulk and still walk away with his limbs intact?
what about that motivation and drive which had been brewing in his chest ever
since the encouraging nod he got from the old man the night he left his old
apartment? He'd never felt a drive so strong before, yet he had no idea what to
channel all that drive into.
emperor conquers, he was aware of that. Well, he knew that he should be
conquering something, but he just
didn't know what.
He was no emperor. Not yet, anyway. He was an emperor's newborn son, destined
to succeed the throne, yet clueless about the kind of epic accomplishments that
awaited him in the future.
Yundong released a wistful sigh into the night, then sat down on the floor of
the balcony beside Su Chan. Beneath them, Tiannan City's nightlife thrived with
colorful city lights twinkling everywhere like the constellations in the
Chan..." Li Yundong said, staring up into the sky where trillions of stars
blinked at them.
do you..." Li Yundong trailed off, suddenly feeling hesitant, like he was
afraid of Su Chan's answer. What if the stuff she said about him being a hero
was just a heat-of-the-moment thing? What if she really saw no potential in him
at all? "What do you think I can accomplish in the future?"
him, Su Chan shifted, drawing her legs to her chest then hugging her knees. A
second later, he felt the weight of Su Chan's head on his shoulder. "In
the future..." she said, staring up into the sky as well. "You could
do anything. But whatever it is that you do, I know that you'll be
comment made Li Yundong smile. "But how do you know that?" he said,
then sighed. "The other day when we were kicked out by the landlady, I
made a vow to myself. I told myself that I'm going to work hard and become a
great man one day to prove those people wrong." The balcony fell silent as
Li Yundong considered his words. "But after things had calmed down a bit,
I realized that there's nothing that I'm really good at..."
spell of silence was cast upon them.
Yundong let out a sad chuckle. "Pathetic, right?" he said. "All
those years of schooling, heck, even the one year I've spent in the university
so far... They all amount to nothing..."
Yundong trailed off, staring into the sky as though he thought the answers he
sought were written in the stars.
Chan nearly laughed at how utterly ridiculous Li Yundong's statement sounded.
She raised her head from his shoulder, then looked up at him with blinking
of a sudden, she felt an impulse to just tell him everything. Tell him that the
strength of his Qi had already surpassed that of most Cultivators in the mortal
world despite his total lack of formal Cultivation training, that his body was
now the vessel of the holy grail of the Cultivation world. Maybe she should
tell him just how much power his two hands currently held. That way, he would
stop questioning his own future. After all, what else could be better than
becoming an immortal Shenxian whose future stretches far beyond the finite and
into the infinite.
something held her back. He probably wouldn't believe her if she told him now.
How would she even go about proving to him that the Renyuan Jindan existed to
begin with? The only way she could convince him was by showing him that there
were powers and forces in the universe beyond his current mortal experience,
things that he would undoubtedly deem as "supernatural."
how? By transforming herself back into her fox form right in front of him? Was
she ready for that? Would he even want to keep her around after she revealed
her true identity? More importantly, when
would it be the right time to tell him?
"Definitey after he has passed the
Chan felt a shift in Li Yundong's posture, then realized that he was no longer
looking at the stars but was smiling at her instead. "Meh! Don't listen to
me," he said. "I was just rambling, that's all. Don't read too much
into it, okay? I promise you this, Su Chan. For you, I'll give it my best shot!
I'll work really hard to become someone worthy of you!"
seeped into Su Chan's heart, and she tried to ignore the stinging sensation in
her eyes. She smiled at Li Yundong, then turned away to look at the time.
Seeing that it was just slightly past midnight, she stood up and walked around
to stand behind Li Yundong. "Yundong, do you want me to give you a
all the time they had spent together, Li Yundong had already arrived at the
conclusion that Su Chan was no ordinary girl. Not that it was rocket science,
since the evidence of her uniqueness was everywhere: the strange terms she'd
been using in her speech; the old-fashioned dress that she'd worn when they
first met; her innocence; her profound lack of knowledge about the modern
world; even her badass fighting skills that had allowed her to knock out a guy
twice her size! Even without considering those things, her legendary massage
skills alone would've made her stand out. If she ever decided to start a
company providing massage services, he was pretty sure it would make it into
the Fortune 500 in months, hell, weeks!
he want a massage?
he trusted Su Chan; he knew that she would never do anything to harm him. His
life and his body had been substantially transformed ever since Su Chan's
appearance, true. However, he saw those as positive changes, changes that he
enjoyed. Now, he could look at himself in the mirror and see a better man. Gone
was the fat, lazy ass whose only purposes in life were to get fat and win the
Guinness World record for "the greatest number of rejected love
confessions in a lifetime." In his place was a man with a desire to
okay," he said. "A massage sounds nice."
Chan nodded excitedly and led Li Yundong into the bedroom.
down on the floor," Su Chan said, then ran off to draw the curtains open.
Li Yundong complied and sat down.
no, no. Face that way," Su Chan said, pointing in the direction of the
Yundong chuckled and shifted on the floor until he was looking out into the
night sky again. "Like this?" he asked.
Su Chan yelled while opening all the windows in the bedroom.
moment later, Su Chan's intoxicating scent wafted into Li Yundong's nostrils,
and he felt Su Chan's body heat behind his back.
sit like that!" Su Chan said, smacking his shoulder. "Sit with your
Yundong turned around and gave Su Chan a quizzical look. "Hey, Su Chan,
how come you always ask me to sit cross-legged on the floor whenever you give
me a massage? Can't I just... I don't know, lie down on the bed or
something?" Then, he chuckled. "Every time we do this, I feel like
I'm practicing Qigong or something!"
exactly what you're doing," Su Chan said as though it was the most obvious
thing in the world. "It's all about Qi movement. Remember how you went
into Zouhuo Rumo the other day in class?"
Yundong nodded and said, "Yeah. I still don't know how it happened. I just
know that someone tapped me on the shoulder and then..." Li Yundong
shuddered at the memory.
right. You were interrupted in the middle of your Qi-control practice," Su
Chan said. "When you lost concentration, your Qi ran wild inside your
wow," Li Yundong said, a smile adorning his lips. "I can't believe
that a pretty girl like you knows so much about Qigong! I thought you'd never
been in a fight in your life!" Li Yundong chuckled, then shrugged.
"Guess I was wrong..."
of sudden, Li Yundong turned around. There was a curious glint in his eyes.
"Come to think of it... Why do people usually sit cross-legged when they
practice Qi control? Can't they do it standing up?"
Chan bent over his shoulder slightly and gestured back and forth along his leg.
"The legs usually account for more than half of a person's height. The
longer the legs are, the harder it is for Qi to reach the acupoint at the sole
of the foot known as Yongquan," Su Chan explained.
that's a bad thing?" he asked.
course," Su Chan said. "The Yongquan is an important acupoint on the
Foot's Minor Yin Kidney Meridian and Major Yang Urinary Bladder Meridian. It
would be impossible to go through Da Zhoutian if Qi can't reach that
Yundong went silent in thought. "But how does sitting cross-legged
meridians in the body would be stretched in that posture. That stretch helps
stimulate blood and Qi flow in the meridians. Also, this posture would help
shorten the distance between your Dantians and your legs."
Su Chan said. "There are three Dantians in the body. The Lower Dantian in
your lower abdomen, the Middle Dantian near your heart, and the Upper Dantian
in your brain."
right!" Li Yundong said. "So if I sit cross-legged on the floor, all
three Dantians would be closer to the legs because my legs would be folded
horizontally instead of stretched out in their full length..."
And it also helps keep a person's Qi inside their body."
wow..." Li Yundong said in awe. "Previously, I thought people make a
habit of it because it's comfortable... Ah, I tried it once." He chuckled.
"Ended up with sore calves and numb thighs. Never tried it again after
Yundong suddenly turned around and looked up at Su Chan in admiration. "Su
Chan," he said. "You're really great, you know. You're blessed with
good looks, and you're so knowledgeable..."
Su Chan beamed at him, Li Yundong thought he was falling in love all over
again. He hadn't thought it possible before, but somehow, the ambience of the
night amplified her beauty. Their gazes met with him looking up and her looking
down. When he caught a glimpse of the emotions inside her eyes, he was
transfixed. He couldn't look away. It was as though she was telling him
something with her eyes, but he didn't know what. Except for the heat pooling
rapidly in his lower abdomen, he wasn't sure what else he was feeling.
spell was broken when he felt the firm pressure of Su Chan's palm against the
top of his head.
your eyes, then press your tongue against the roof of your mouth. Empty your
mind. Don't think about anything else!" Su Chan said.
"Well, here goes..." Li
Yundong thought, closing his eyes.
one hand, Su Chan gently massaged Li Yundong's acupoints. After a while, she
pressed both palms on the two spots slightly above his hips, then studied Li
Yundong's face was completely relaxed, which told Su Chan that she had done
everything right, not that she doubted her own skills. At this point, Su Chan
knew that Li Yundong was practically unconscious. If Su Chan were to venture a
guess, she would say that Li Yundong probably felt as though he was immersed in
a hot spring; the flow of Qi inside his body would produce a sensation similar
to that of having his body rinsed with warm water during a cold night in
Chan was once again reminded of the benefits of having a trusted training
partner. With a trusted partner watching over them while they train,
Cultivators could safely allow themselves to go into a semi-conscious state
without having to worry about being ambushed or the risks of entering the
Zouhuo Rumo state. Only in training sessions like this could the Cultivator
fully experience the flow of their own Qi and allow their body's natural
instincts to take over. Something amazing would happen if Qi control was
practiced when the body was in its most natural state — the Qi mobilized as a
result of the training session would be in its purest form. This type of Qi is,
in fact, comparable in purity to one's prenatal Qi.
nothing wrong with Li Yundong's facial expression, Su Chan turned her attention
to the top of his head. When she saw the subtle wisps of white steam rising
from the top of his head, Su Chan knew that the moment she'd been waiting for
had arrived — bridging the gap between Xiao Zhoutian and Da Zhoutian!
morning, at the motel, they'd been interrupted by someone knocking on their door.
This time, however, there would be no interruptions. She hoped anyway.
white steam continued to rise from Li Yundong's head, and Su Chan knew it was
time — the Jindan's Qi had fully gathered at his Baihui.
"Here goes..." Su
Chan took in a deep breath, then exhaled. A stream of white Qi shot out from
between her lips like an arrow. All of a sudden, there was a pale green glow on
her right palm, as though there was a thin cloud of glowing gaslike substance
coating the skin of her palm. Su Chan raised her palm, then slammed it down
onto Li Yundong's Baihui.
Yundong's body trembled the moment Su Chan's palm connected with his Baihui. A
flush crept from his neck up to his face in an instant. All of a sudden, bulges
appeared everywhere on his body as his meridians expanded and pushed out
against his skin. A white, steam-like substance gushed out of the top of his
head, permeating the bedroom in a matter of seconds.
"Please work, please work, please
work..." Su Chan thought, watching Li Yundong nervously.
emission of white steam from the top of the head was the indication that a
Cultivator was wearing the crown of three flowers. This was it, the gateway
into Da Zhoutian. Li Yundong's Qi was about to gush into all the meridians in
his body and hopefully activate his 12 standard meridians and his 6 other
extraordinary meridians (the Ren and Du meridians were activated during Xiao
Zhoutian) in the process. Well, it should
work, since the Jindan's Qi was so powerful. That was her plan all along, to
use the Jindan's powerful Qi to activate Li Yundong's meridians.
white steam continued rising from Li Yundong's head for about a minute or so.
Then, all of a sudden, a series of violent convulsions ripped through Li
Yundong's body. His four limbs shook violently, as though he was about to stand
up and start dancing.
"If my plan works, the process will
be completed tonight and—"
Chan gasped in fright when Li Yundong sprang to his feet.
another part of New Hongsheng District, Ruan Hongling jolted awake, then
blinked a few times to clear her head. She could still hear that voice, which
sounded like the rumbling of thunder, or the roar of a tiger deep inside the
mountains. Ruan Hongling snorted. "Show
off," she thought. That voice obviously belonged to some obnoxious
Cultivator looking to announce to the whole world that he'd made some progress
in his training.
a while later, Ruan Hongling's dismissive attitude turned into shock. "His voice... How come it's not
weakening? It's been, what, a minute?"
The voice was definitely not getting softer. In fact, it was getting louder and
louder by the second!
the five-minute mark, Ruan Hongling leaped out of her bed and ran out into the
balcony, then looked towards the direction of the voice.
"Impressive..." she said. "Which Cultivation school is he
the ten-minute mark, Ruan Hongling felt a tingle in her scalp. Chills ran down
her spine, causing her skin to break out in goosebumps. A roar that could last
more than ten minutes without any signs of growing weaker! How in the name of
the Tao was that even possible!
even Xiansheng Wang Yangming's roar could pass the six-minute mark! Yet this
guy could howl for more than ten minutes, and it was still going strong with no
signs of stopping! Ten! How! How could any Cultivator have a Qi that powerful?
Could it be a reclusive master? Like a hermit? Maybe the head of a Cultivation
school was hiding and training in the mortal world? (T/N: Xiansheng is a title
that Chinese use to refer to a powerful or influential historical
trickled past the ten-minute mark, yet the roar blared on. It was as though the
apartment building in New Hongsheng District had turned into a powerful sound
beacon, sending shockwaves into the night. Ruan Hongling stood on the balcony
of her bedroom, engulfed in the shockwaves which, she was sure, would one day
shake the entire world of Cultivation.
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minutes! That roar lasted for eleven whole minutes!
Hongling stood on wobbly feet, supporting herself with her hands on the railing
of her balcony. She was too shocked to move, too shocked to breathe.
"I can't believe this! A great
Cultivator is living so close to me, yet I didn't even know that until now! We're practically neighbors!" Ruan
Hongling thought after she'd recovered from her shock. "Gotta visit him some day and pay my respects..."
second later, Ruan Hongling wanted to smack herself in the head.
Ruan Hongling thought. "Am I an
idiot? Why would he stay here after disturbing all his neighbors with that
roar? What if he leaves tomorrow out of shame? What if he gets kicked out of
later, Ruan Hongling made up her mind. "No!
This won't do! I have to meet him now while he's still here!"
her waist, Ruan Hongling pulled out a piece of red damask about six inches
long. Then she flicked her hand, and the red damask flew out of the window like
a jet of red light.
Yundong released a long sigh of relief when it was all over.
God.... That felt so goooood...."
you, asshole! Do you know what time it is, you motherf*cker! What the f*ck are
you yelling for!"
you can yell for ten minutes! So what! I hope you run out of air and drop dead,
you sh*t! You can yell all you want in the afterlife!"
the middle of the night, you f*cking piece of sh*t!! Go masturbate
Yundong grimaced, then turned towards Su Chan. They stared at each other for
several seconds, then scrambled across the room to close the windows and
curtains of the bedroom. After that, Li Yundong ran to the door and flicked the
light switch beside the door; the bedroom went dark. Through the darkness, Li
Yundong spotted Su Chan sitting on the floor beside the bed. He shuffled across
the room, then sat down beside her.
yelling in the middle of the night, you nutcase!"
have to go to work tomorrow, you asshole!!"
Yundong sighed and ran both hands through his hair. "Sh*t... What the hell have I done..."
Su Chan burst into giggles, then glanced at Li Yundong's gobsmacked expression.
"I hadn't had so much fun since...
ever!!!" Su Chan thought. It was true. She couldn't
remember having so much fun before she met Li Yundong.
What the hell is your problem, man!! It's in the middle of the f*cking
cuckoo!!! My dog sh*tted itself because of you!"
HAHAHA...." Su Chan began slapping her thigh in laughter. This was
hilarious! In the world of Cultivation, a roar like that would've caused other
Cultivators to start worshipping Li Yundong! Yet, in the mortal world, all he
received were curses and yells. What a world
Li Yundong started to laugh with her as well, though his laughs sounded a bit
bitter. "Damn, these people," Li Yundong grumbled. "Now they're
the ones who're disturbing others!"
the yells and curses of angry residents, Ruan Hongling's red damask drifted
through the air and landed on a spot about five meters from Li Yundong's
"If my estimations are correct,
that voice came from somewhere here..." Ruan Hongling
thought. "But which apartment?"
of this added up. Cultivators usually keep their doors and windows open when
they train to ensure good air circulation. But when Ruan Hongling had piloted
her magical item around the building earlier, she didn't find any open windows
wave of disappointment crashed into Ruan Hongling. "Maybe he doesn't want to be disturbed?" Ruan Hongling's
magical item circled the building a few more times. Still, she found nothing.
After a while, the red damask drifted away from the building.
on her own balcony, Ruan Hongling burst into laughter at all the
"colorful" things she'd heard as the damask circled the building. "Dear me, the mortals really are
ignorant," she thought, her disappointment slowly seeping away. "They'd just heard something legendary
and epic, yet they're cursing and yelling!"
second later, Ruan Hongling turned pensive. "I
wonder which Cultivator has a CQ that high? Which school is he from?"
she thought, holding her chin.
God... Finally!" Li Yundong said, wiping his sweat off his brow. "I
can't believe these people have been yelling for 20 minutes straight! That
doesn't even make sense! Why didn't they just go back to sleep?"
Chan sat up on the floor. Her hair was now a tangled mess after all that
rolling and laughing she did on the floor earlier.
your fault for yelling like that," she teased.
Yundong colored slightly. "I just... I couldn't help it... Wait a
Yundong sat up straighter all of a sudden.
sh*t! That was some badass massage!" he said, staring at Su Chan.
"What did you do to get that kind of reaction out of me?"
of answering him, Su Chan stood up and pulled Li Yundong to his feet. Li
Yundong frowned, but before he could ask, Su Chan dragged him out of the
bedroom and into the living room.
a punch!" Su Chan said eagerly.
Here?" he asked in a tone of surprise.
Chan nodded forcefully. "Yes! Go ahead!"
Li Yundong said, giving Su Chan a strange look. "Where should I
Su Chan said.
Yundong nodded, backing away from the furniture and various appliances in the
living room. A wise move, unless he wanted a repeat of that pendant light
incident. He turned until he was facing the living room's balcony, which was
pretty much empty. No tables and chairs, which made sense. Wouldn't want those
pieces of posh furniture to get caught in the rain, would they? Bravo, interior
"All clear," he
thought, staring at the glass panels attached to the balcony's railing several
meters away. He got into his stance, then punched the air.
Chan watched in anticipation as Li Yundong cocked his fist back to throw a
glass panels rattled against their fixtures.
shards of glass clinked to the floor of the balcony, whereas a few larger
pieces fell backwards off the edge.
series of crashes was heard seconds later, followed by the wailing of alarms.
What the hell is it this time!!!"
Be quiet!!!! People are trying to sleep, dammit!!!"
Chan jumped on the spot, clapping a few times. "Yayyyy!!!!!! I've done it!!! I've gotten him through Da
how..." Li Yundong said, staring at his fist in disbelief. "Wh- what
"This is the power of the Renyuan
Jindan," Su Chan thought. "Li Yundong is literally breezing past the early stages of
Cultivation. Hehehe... I bet other Cultivators would be so jealous..."
Yundong had now completed Kuojing, Qining, and Ziru, which placed his current
CQ at 26. It was now time to begin his advanced training in the Lianqi phase,
which would require him to go through the final three dans of the Lianqi phase:
Neiguan; Guanxiang; and Liantai. Once he had mastered those, his CQ would be
bumped up to 29, by which time he would enter the third phase of Cultivation,
the Ningshen phase!
the Ningshen phase would be the Zhuji phase, one of the most important stages
in any Cultivator's training.
Li Yundong had passed the Zhuji phase, he would officially be recognized as a
"It would also be time for me to
reveal my identity to him..." Su Chan thought.
that, they would travel the world and visit all the mountains and rivers of
great renown, then unite with the Tao together.
"A Shenxian couple... How
nice..." Su Chan thought. "Lovers... Mmm..."
burned inside Su Chan, making her knees go weak. The flames of passion consumed
her, and she allowed herself to melt into Li Yundong's arms.
of Li Yundong's doubts and questions fled his mind the moment he felt Su Chan's
body heat. His arms moved instinctively to wrap themselves around Su Chan's
both moaned at the contact, their eyes darkening with desire. God, she was so
beautiful. In the past, he'd pictured himself being close to a woman, but none
of those images made it past his imagination. Now, here she was, this bombshell
of a lady, inside his frigging arms.
inside Li Yundong's head snapped. It was like he was holding an abyss in his
arms, a black hole in the form of a beautiful woman, and he was utterly
helpless in the face of her seemingly infinite gravitational pull. He lowered
his head and captured her lips, sucking them gently as though they were the
sweetest gelatin he had ever tasted.
giggles escaped those lips as Su Chan shifted in his arms. Then, he felt it,
her tongue poking out from her lips to give his own lips a tentative lick. Then
it was gone, not just the feel of her tongue, but her lips as well; Su Chan had
pulled away and was now laughing at him as though this was all just a prank.
she was playing with fire, a fire that she
had ignited. Desire spread through Li Yundong like a firestorm, and he
a long time, they kissed each other passionately, their tongues tangling and
their teeth clashing. However, before he could take things up a notch, Li
Yundong was pushed away.
Stop! W- we can't!" Su Chan said, panting.
he said, then groaned loudly. He gave Su Chan a scorching look. "I feel so
hot I could explode. God, you have no idea what you do to me, woman..."
chuckled, her voice low and husky, stoking the flames inside Li Yundong.
took another bold step forward, but the pressure on his chest was firm and
unyielding. "Yundong! Stop! We can't!" Su Chan protested. "We
Li Yundong saw the fear and wariness in Su Chan's eyes, it was as though he had
been doused by a bucket of ice water. He sighed and sat down on the floor.
"Okay... I'm sorry..."
second later, a pair of delicate arms circled him from behind. Strands of hair
tickled his cheek, then he felt the warmth of her lips again, which lasted only
for a second. However, he didn't have time to bewail the loss of the touch of
Su Chan's lips as she suddenly began kneading and massaging his shoulders and
least for now..." Su Chan added.
lit up inside Li Yundong. "Then when can we..." he trailed off,
turning around to face her.
Chan's blush was noticeable despite the darkness. Li Yundong reached out to
caress her cheek, but the she turned around and ran before he could touch her.
Sounds of her melodious giggles filled the living room amidst the patter of her
footsteps. At the bedroom door, Su Chan paused and turned around to face him. A
sweet smile lit up her face, and he heard another round of giggles.
a secret! Why don't you try guessing it on your own?" Su Chan said
Yundong's heart plunged to the pit of his stomach when he saw the door close. "This woman will be the death of
me..." he thought. "And all
it would take is one look from her..."
Yundong sighed and rose to his feet, then walked out into the balcony.
this is how our cohabitation begins, huh?" he mumbled, staring at the
shards on the floor. "With pieces of broken glass, and a severe case of
blue balls..." Li Yundong released a wry chuckle. "Great... Now I
have to find someone to fix this tomorrow..."
that night, when Li Yundong was lying on the bed in his own room, staring up at
the ceiling, Su Chan was all he could think about. In the end, he decided that
Su Chan had done the right thing by rejecting his advances. Even if he wanted
to take things further with her, he should at least wait until he was worthy of
her. Right now, who was he? A nobody. Li Yundong sighed at that thought, then
closed his eyes.
next day, Li Yundong was roused by the ringing of his phone. He groped for his
phone on the nightstand.
Li Yundong slurred. "Is it important? If it isn't then please leave a
voice message... I'm hanging up now, bye—"
up? How about I come over and hang you
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rep?" Li Yundong rubbed his eyes, then groaned. "Why are you calling
me this early in the morning?"
think I wanted to call you?!" Sun Li said in annoyance. "The only
reason I'm calling is because a bunch of auditors from the city council will be
here today to conduct an evaluation on the university!"
Yundong yawned. "What? Auditors? From the city council?" He sighed.
"Why don't they just, I don't know, go build new schools for the
underprivileged or something if they're that free? Why bother coming to our
because the exchange visit is in two days," Sun Li explained. "They
probably just want to make sure that we don't screw up and embarrass the city
or something. Look, it doesn't matter. Just get your ass over here. There will
be a roll call in class later. They'll deduct semester credits for those who
are absent, so if you don't care about your credits, then by all means, don't
sh*t! They're deducting credits just for that? Man, what if someone is sick and
couldn't make it?" Li Yundong sat bolt upright. "Argh! Fine! I'll be
there as soon as I can!"
Yundong hung up, then jumped out of bed. When he opened the door of his
bedroom, he saw Su Chan coming out of her own room. "What is it?" she
asked groggily, rubbing her eyes.
to go to campus!" Li Yundong said, then ran into the bathroom. Seconds
later, Su Chan burst in. "I wanna come along! Take me with you!"
Yundong chuckled. "Nah, you should just stay home and catch up on some
sleep," he said. "The auditors will be here today, which means
everyone's gonna act all uptight and formal like a bunch of stuck-up snobs.
It's probably gonna be boring."
Chan wrapped her arms around Li Yundong's neck and hung on. "No, no,
no..." she whined. "You promised me you wouldn't abandon me!"
evil grin formed on Li Yundong's face. Then he opened his mouth and unleashed
his morning breath on Su Chan.
Su Chan flinched, then covered her nose and retreated all the way to the
bathroom's door. "Eww. You smell!" she said, stomping her feet.
"I don't care! I'm still coming with you!"
Li Yundong said, pointing at the second bathroom beside Su Chan's room.
"You should hurry up and get ready. We'll be off in ten!"
Yundong went through his morning routine quickly. When he was done, he walked
out of the bathroom to go back to his room. However, he pulled up short when he
passed Su Chan's bathroom and saw that the door was open. He retreated a few
steps, then leaned against the door jamb to watch Su Chan, who had just
finished brushing her teeth. Su Chan splashed water onto her face a few times,
then pulled her hair up into a messy bun, and that was it. No muss, no fuss. No
fake lashes, eye-liners, or lipstick. Just the good old natural look.
was gorgeous nonetheless.
a second there, Li Yundong almost envied the water droplets that were sliding
along the planes of Su Chan's cheek. If only he could transform himself into
one of those droplets, and experience the feel of her soft skin. The long and
elegant column of her neck seemed glossy and lustrous under the morning sun.
She was a work of art, a beautiful white marble sculpture. Eventually, Li
Yundong pushed away from the door jamb and made a beeline to his own bedroom.
Watching her was torture. Sweet torture.
cab pulled up in front of Tiannan University. The first thing that caught Li
Yundong's attention when he got out of the cab was the flashy banner hanging
above the campus gates: "Welcome to Tiannan University!!!"
Yundong curled his lips in disdain, then snorted. "Much ado about
nothing," he muttered, shaking his head.
Yundong paid the cabbie after Su Chan got out. Together, they entered the
campus and made their way towards the academic building.
afar, Li Yundong noticed a group of women gathered near the entrance of the
academic building. When they got nearer, he noticed that the women wore light
make-up and were all wearing dresses of the same design. And no, it did not
escape him that they were among the prettiest women in the university.
Li Yundong and Su Chan stopped in front of the women, one of the them stepped
away from the crowd and hurried towards Li Yundong.
"You cleaned up good, class
rep," Li Yundong thought with a smirk.
you're here. Finally," Sun Li
said in a low voice.
all this?" Li Yundong asked, pointing at the women.
look of displeasure flashed across Sun Li's countenance. "Don't ask," Sun Li growled.
girls planning to start a girl band or something?"
"No," Sun Li said, rolling her eyes.
"Some genius thinks it's a good idea to use us as usherettes to welcome
our esteemed guests."
the banner wasn't enough to do the trick.
Yundong burst into laughter. "Hah! This should be interesting!"
gloating!" Sun Li said, jabbing a finger at Li Yundong. "You know
what they say about karma."
What are they gonna do to me, eh? Put me in a dress and ask me to parade around
campus as an usherette?" Li Yundong sniggered. "I think not."
Sun Li said, shaking her head. "I've got work to do, so I'm off. Just
don't cause any trouble today. Nobody can save you if you screw up."
Yundong sighed. "It's not that I'm going around looking for trouble.
Trouble has a way of finding me,
that's all." He shrugged. "What can I say? My awesomeness incites
challenges no matter where I go!"
Sun Li burst into laughter. "Real modest today, aren't you."
Sun Li left, Li Yundong and Su Chan walked past the crowd towards the entrance
of the academic building. However, they barely made it a few steps before
another voice interrupted them.
"There you are! I've been looking all
over the place for you!"
Yundong turned around and smiled at the owner of the voice. "Morning,
Senior Feng Na. How can I help you today?"
round-faced beauty sighed. "It's about Zhao Yujian," she said.
"I think you should visit him at the hospital."
Yundong froze. He had actually forgotten about the guy.
him?" Li Yundong asked skeptically.
hear me out first, okay?" Feng Na said, raising her palm. "Look. I
know he was the one who started the whole thing. But like it or not, he ended
up in the hospital because of you. Shouldn't you at least pay him a visit? You
won't be going alone, of course. I'll go with you. I was thinking... I was
thinking we could all pitch in and help cover for his medical fees. Then,
hopefully, you guys can bury the hatchet and move on from that
incident..." Feng Na glanced up at him. "What do you think?"
Yundong went silent in thought. "Fine," he said after a moment.
"How much do I have to pay?"
Na's face lit up. "Is that a yes?"
Yundong chuckled. "Did you think I would refuse?" he said, raising a
brow. "Come on, do I look like an unreasonable person? Zhao Yujian started
it. That's a fact. I broke his leg, that's an undeniable fact too. Facts are
facts. I mean, we all have to own up to the things we did, right?"
Na looked at Li Yundong with newfound admiration. Then she smiled.
"Wow..." she said. "Damn, looks like I've really underestimated
your integrity. I actually prepared several pages of bullet points before I
came to talk to you."
Yundong's eyebrows arched. "Bullet points?"
Na smirked. "Mm-hmm. A list of arguments to convince you."
Yundong laughed and waved his hand casually. "Just tell me when to be
there, and also how much money I need to prepare."
can go now if it's alright with you," Feng Na said. "As for the
money... that's not your call." Feng Na winked. "What, you think you have the right to decide how much
compensation money you need to pay after breaking someone's leg?"
Na laughed gloatingly.
Yundong sighed and touched his bank card in his pocket. "F*ck... I'm really gonna end up broke at this rate..."
we can't go now, right? The auditors are coming today. Our credits would be
deducted if we skip class today... Wait a minute..." Li Yundong narrowed
his eyes. "How come you're not one of the usherettes?!"
shush!" Feng Na smacked Li Yundong's shoulder with her left hand and
pressed her right index finger to her lips. "I barely escaped just now,
dammit!" Feng Na glanced around nervously a few times, then lowered her voice
into a whisper. "This is so stupid! Ugh! Believe or not, this isn't even
the worst part! I hear they're planning to send a group of female students to
the airport on the day of the exchange visit to welcome the foreigners. And we
have to put on mini skirts! Mini skirts!"
Yundong gaped at Feng Na. "You're joking, right?"
Na snorted, then mumbled, "I wish."
Yundong chuckled incredulously. "Man... what were those fools thinking? Is
all that even necessary? They make it look like the US President is coming for
Na's lips twisted in disgust. "I know right!" she said. "So
stupid. The whole point of the event is to promote cultural exchange and mutual
respect! Now they are making it look like we're just a bunch of pathetic
Yundong chuckled. "Come on, look on the bright side—"
What are you girls still doing here!! Go get changed and join the other
usherettes! We still need two more!"
Yundong and Feng Na turned around to face the middle-aged professor who had
just yelled at them.
Yundong sighed. "Well, there goes our plans to sneak off the
This is your fault" Feng Na grumbled, elbowing Li Yundong lightly on the
ribs. "You jinxed it just now! Now that they've caught me, I'll be forced
to become one of their showgirls."
Li Yundong barely heard Feng Na's complaint since he was too busy glaring at
the douchebag professor, who was standing before them, ogling Su Chan lewdly.
Na cleared her throat. "I'm afraid we can't, Professor Liu," she
said. "We have other important matters to attend to."
Liu glanced at Feng Na briefly, then cleared his throat. "Well, you're
free to go if you have other business." Professor Prick's eyes went to Su
Chan again. "But this young lady should stay and join the other
usherettes. We need one of the usherettes to present flowers to the auditors
and also our foreign visitors. I think she's a perfect fit for the role."
Professor Liu's eyes traveled up and down Su Chan's figure.
"Enough of this sh*t," Li
Yundong thought. "Sorry, Professor Liu, we'll pass," he said coldly.
"She's my girlfriend, and she
isn't a student here."
Liu froze. Li Yundong nearly smirked when he saw the look of disappointment and
anger on Professor Liu's face.
a student here?" Professor Liu said condescendingly, then raised his chin
haughtily. "Then what is she doing on campus?"
Yundong had had enough of this professor and his holier-than-thou attitude.
This man called himself an educator, but in reality, he was nothing but a
perverted and morally-corrupt scumbag masquerading as a virtuous saint! Li
Yundong had already stated loud and clear that Su Chan was his girlfriend, yet this prick was looking at Su Chan like he was
seconds away from ripping her clothes off!
Yundong laughed loudly, injecting every ounce of contempt he felt into his
tone. "Oh? So non-students aren't allowed inside the campus? What do you
think this is, military school?" Li Yundong sneered, then scanned
Professor Liu's figure with his eyes. "No offense, but you look nothing
like a military sergeant. You'd probably have trouble lifting a cat."
dare you speak to me so impudently! I am a professor here!" Professor Liu
yelled. "State your name and your department! I will see to it that the
appropriate disciplinary actions are taken against you!"
Yundong, second-year student in the Department of Chinese Language and
Literature!" Li Yundong said. "Why, you're not gonna start throwing
expulsion threats at me now, are you?" Li Yundong laughed derisively.
"Expelling a student just because of a difference in opinion. Go ahead,
then! You're not the first bigoted professor who wanted to do that
Liu wagged his finger in front of Li Yundong's face. "You, you...
Yundong released another derisive snort. "What about me? You have a
problem with me? If you don't, then I'm outta here." Li Yundong turned to
Feng Na. "Hey, are you coming or what?"
Yundong held Su Chan's hand and walked away. Feng Na caught up to them seconds
later, then the three of them headed towards the campus gates.
pal. That's some guts you have," Feng Na said once they were a distance
away from the academic building. "Sassing a professor! I salute you,
buddy. I knew it! I knew there's a reason why you're my idol. You're such a
Yundong snorted. "A little sass is nothing. He's lucky I didn't mess up
his face for looking at Su Chan like a piece of meat. Yet he calls himself an
If you want, I could go back there and ruin his testicles..." Su Chan
Li Yundong and Feng Na froze momentarily.
Don't even think about it!" Li Yundong said.
Chan tugged at their joined hands. "I was just offering to help you blow
off steam?" Li Yundong said, smiling wryly, then pinched Su Chan's nose.
"More like blowing a hole in my savings account."
them, Feng Na's eyes went back and forth between Su Chan and Li Yundong. Then
she stole a glance at their joined hands. "You two seem to be getting
along well, huh..." Feng Na remarked, sounding a bit upset.
Yundong gave Feng Na a modest smile. "Oh, we get along okay, I
Na turned and saw her bestie, Chengcheng, approaching them.
managed to sneak off as well? You go, girl!" Feng Na said excitedly,
giving Chengcheng several high-fives.
sighed. "Well, I'll probably die of embarrassment if I stay. Those idiots
want us to recite some kind of welcoming slogan. Worse, they even added music
to it and made it sound like some kind of stupid nursery rhyme!"
fell upon the group as Li Yundong and Feng Na pictured the scenario in their
Li Yundong and Feng Na burst into laughter.
later, Chengcheng joined in as well.
welcoming banner flapped above their heads as though it was stirred by their
guffaws and cackles.
Chapter 50 Beyond Reason
where are you guys going?" Chengcheng asked after their laughter subsided.
The four of them were standing below the flashy banner in front of the campus
gates. Li Yundong, Feng Na, and Chengcheng had been laughing too hard earlier
to keep walking, while Su Chan was being... well, Su Chan — cluelessly wondering what her three companions were
on the way to visit Zhao Yujian at the hospital," Feng Na answered. All of
a sudden, Feng Na's face lit up and she grabbed Chengcheng's arm. "Wanna
come with us?"
Chengcheng said with a smile. "I'd rather be anywhere but here."
Then it's settled!" Feng Na looped her arm around the crook of
Chengcheng's elbow. "You, my dear bestie, are coming with us!"
Yundong chuckled and said, "You guys make it sound like we're going on a
vacation or something."
Chengcheng said. "Any place that doesn't require us to sing that horrible
nursery rhyme feels a lot like, I don't know, Hawaii. Or Jeju Island."
burst into laughter again. Well, everyone except Su Chan.
group moved away from the campus gates, laughing at the stupidity of their
university's brilliant policymakers. At the main road outside the gates, Li
Yundong felt a tug on the hem of his shirt. He turned and saw Su Chan looking
up at him innocently.
What were you guys laughing about just now?"
Yundong raised his brows. "You didn't understand what we were
Chan shook her head innocently.
dawned on Li Yundong. "You don't know what a nursery rhyme is, do
Chan shook her head again.
Na, who was walking ahead of the group, interrupted before Li Yundong could say
anything. "What? You don't know what a nursery rhyme is? But that's the
kind of stuff you learn about as a kid! How could you not know?"
Yundong frowned slightly; he thought Feng Na's tone sounded a bit patronizing.
Why do I need to know what a nursery rhyme is?" Su Chan fired back.
"It's not even useful knowledge."
gave Su Chan a thumbs up. "Well said! Maybe you're one of those
super-geniuses who skipped grades," Chengcheng said. "While other
kids were singing nursery rhymes, you were doing calculus. Ah... Looks like you
have it all. You've got the brains and the looks. The full package!"
Na smacked Chengcheng playfully. "Look at you, sucking up to the
girl," she said. "Get a grip, will you!"
Yundong chuckled at Feng Na and Chengcheng's antics then stepped off the
pavement to hail a cab for them.
the cabbie dropped them off at the hospital, Li Yundong and Su Chan went to a
nearby ATM machine to make a cash withdrawal. When Li Yundong returned to
Chengcheng and Feng Na, he split the cash so that they could each buy something
before going into the hospital: Feng Na got some flowers from a nearby florist;
Chengcheng bought some fruits; Li Yundong got some health supplements from a supermarket.
No showing up empty-handed during a hospital visit. Not even if the patient was
four of them entered the hospital with their purchases. After a quick inquiry
at the reception counter, they took the elevator and went to the floor that had
Zhao Yujian's room.
they walked along the corridor leading to Zhao Yujian's room, Li Yundong was
once again reminded of how stinking rich Zhao Yujian's family was. Luxurious
VIP rooms lined the entire corridor. The whole floor seemed like a floor in a
five-star hotel rather than a hospital. Heck, he couldn't even detect the smell
of disinfectants. The perks of being rich indeed.
Zhao Yujian's room, Li Yundong heard Zhao Yujian's pleading voice.
Qin... Please. Please just give me a
chance. I'm really serious about you, okay? Just give us a shot and you'll see
that we have a lot of things in common."
Yundong, Feng Na, and Chengcheng shared glances with each other. The
conversation inside the room seemed to have stopped, yet none of them raised
their hand to knock on the door.
by the way," Zhao Yujian continued, "you're very interested in
Taekwondo, right? You see, when I won the city level Taekwondo tournament, they
gave me a special trophy. It's a golden figure performing a kick. It's cute.
I'm thinking about giving the trophy to you."
voice sounded. A woman's, this time. "Zhou Qin, my son has barely taken
his mind off you for the past few days," the woman pleaded. "He
refused to eat and he couldn't sleep just because he missed you and wanted to
see you. Just look at the poor boy... Won't you show him some compassion and
love doesn't work that way. It isn't something that can be given out of pity or
compassion. If it was, then the happiest people on this planet would be
the door, Li Yundong winced at those harsh words. He wondered if Ding Nan, the
viper, had ever poisoned someone to death with her words alone.
Qin... I didn't mean it that way," Zhao Yujian's mother said. "What
I'm saying is—"
are you trying to say, aunty?" Ding Nan cut in again. "You want Zhou
Qin to play Zhao Yujian's girlfriend and take care of him while he's bedridden,
is that it?" There was a loud snort. "Please, aunty. You're so much
older than us, yet you're acting so childishly!"
Yundong shared glances with Feng Na and Chengcheng again. All three of them
were now frowning.
woman's sharp tongue will be her downfall one of these days," Feng Na said
in a low voice.
nodded. "I only heard rumors about Ding Nan," she said. "I never
thought she could be this bad! The things she said just now... God. They're
Li Yundong said all of a sudden.
enough, Ding Nan. Stop talking." Zhou Qin's voice sounded from inside the
room. After a moment of silence, Zhou Qin went on, "Aunty, your son needs
his rest. So it's time we take our leave."
door opened seconds later, and Zhou Qin practically ran into Feng Na and the
Qin stopped herself just in time to avoid bumping into the woman standing just
outside the door, but then froze when she recognized who the woman was. It was
the senior who had approached her during the rehearsals to ask for her help. "Feng Na," Zhou Qin thought,
frowning. "She probably overheard
Na stepped aside to make way for her. Zhou Qin stepped forward and pulled up
short once again. "Li Yundong!"
Zhou Qin's eyes brightened. Even her frown was gone.
Qin felt Ding Nan's presence behind her, so she moved away from the doorway.
Ding Nan stepped out of the room and paused when she saw Li Yundong. Zhou Qin
thought she saw a flicker of surprise and pleasure inside Ding Nan's eyes. "Interesting," Zhou Qin
thought. However, Ding Nan's eyes became cold a moment later. Zhou Qin followed
Ding Nan's gaze and noticed that she was looking at the beautiful girl who was
always following Li Yundong around.
is it just me, or did we just catch a bunch of eavesdroppers in the act,"
Ding Nan said.
Na smiled and said, "Must be some pretty scandalous stuff involved if
you'd accuse us of eavesdropping the moment you see us."
Qin knew she had to step in right now unless she wanted to see a fight
happening right outside of the room. She knew that look on Ding Nan's face too
well. Ding Nan was a sore loser when it comes to ripostes and arguments.
"Nannan, let's go," Zhou Qin said. "Let's not get in the way of
Li Yundong and the others. They're clearly here to visit Zhao Yujian."
that, Zhou Qin led Ding Nan away and moved elegantly along the corridor towards
stared after Zhou Qin and Ding Nan. "The more I look at those two, the
weirder they seem to me," Chengcheng said, shaking her head. "One is
cold and aloof like an enigma, while the other one is as venomous as a
Yundong chuckled. "Well, it's none of our business," he said.
"Let's head inside."
first thing Li Yundong saw when he stepped into the room was Zhao Yujian being
fed a bowl of congee by his mother.
Just ignore women like that, okay? I'll find another woman for you in the
future. One that's a hundred times better than her! That Zhou Qin is just a
cold-hearted woman with a powerful father! Just forget about her!"
Yundong nearly rolled his eyes. All of a sudden, it made sense to him now why
Zhao Yujian was such an asshole; the guy had been spoiled rotten by his dear
Yujian turned his head away in annoyance. "Tsk! Mom! I told you I don't
wanna eat anything, dammit! And I don't need you to find other women for me! I
want Zhou Qin! I don't want any woman other than her! Go away and leave me alone!"
"Yet this is what she gets for
spoiling him," Li Yundong thought.
Zhou set down the bowl of congee and began stroking Zhao Yujian's chest in a
way that almost made Li Yundong throw up. "Okay, okay, I won't say
anything else," Mrs. Zhou said. "Are you feeling uncomfortable
anywhere? Want me to give you a massage?"
Na and Chengcheng shared a look with one another. Li Yundong thought he saw a
hint of envy in their eyes. "Ha.
From the looks of it, not even beautiful women like Chengcheng and Feng Na had
been doted on by someone to this extent," Li Yundong thought.
"Argh! This is awkward..." Li
Yundong thought, glancing at Chengcheng and Feng Na. None of them tried to
interrupt Mrs. Zhou's mother-hen duties with a greeting. Clearly, they felt as
awkward as he did. Judging from the way Su Chan was hiding behind him, he was
pretty sure Su Chan felt the same too.
You guys are here to visit my boy!" Mrs. Zhou's greeting made everyone
jump. The awkward air thickened.
Zhou approached them with a huge smile. "Welcome, welcome. It's so nice of
you guys to come by!"
Zhou took the fruits and flowers from Feng Na and Chengcheng, then turned to Su
Chan. "Oh, you can put it in that cupboard over there."
Why are you here! Isn't it enough that you broke my leg? Now you want to show
up here to mock me?!" Zhao Yujian yelled, pointing at Li Yundong.
Yundong sighed, then shot Feng Na a helpless glance. "See? I told you so..."
Mrs. Zhao had caught on as well. "So it was you! You're the one who injured my dear boy! How dare you show your
face here, you little sh*t! I'm going to beat you to death!"
Yundong frowned when he saw Mrs. Zhao charging towards him. Li Yundong stepped
back unconsciously when he saw Mrs. Zhao raise her hand. The woman wanted to
claw his eyes out. Li Yundong raised his arms instinctively to shield his face.
was only when Mrs. Zhao's fingernails scratched his elbow that Li Yundong felt
something strange. He knew he'd felt it before, but that didn't make it any
less strange. It all happened in a split second: a ball of heat formed in his
lower abdomen; then the heat surged upwards into his elbow.
Zhou fell flat on her butt and began wailing. "Help! He's trying to kill
me! First, this little sh*t hurt my boy, and now he's trying to kill me!!"
Yundong shared a look with Feng Na. Feng Na was looking at him questioningly.
"But I didn't do anything!" Li
Yundong mouthed those words to Feng Na. It was true, he just raised his arm to
shield his face. He didn't even try to push her away!
he saw Feng Na giving him a pointed look. "Don't
say anything, I'll handle this."
Yundong gave Feng Na a subtle nod in return.
we're just here to visit Zhao Yujian," Feng Na said patiently. "And I
assure you that Li Yundong didn't mean to hurt Zhao Yujian the other day. It
was just an acci—"
shameless slut!" Mrs. Zhao yelled, wiping her tears and snot. "Who is
that guy to you, huh!" Mrs. Zhao pointed at Li Yundong. "Why are you
defending him! I bet you're sleeping with him!"
Na opened her mouth to protest, but she was cut off by Mrs. Zhao.
seen plenty of women like you! Accident? What accident! You're all just jealous
of how bright and brilliant my Yujian is! That was why you planned your evil
little scheme to hurt him!"
Please! It's not like that!" Feng Na protested, her face flushed in anger
Yundong couldn't watch this anymore. It was obvious that Mrs. Zhao's behavior
was beyond reason. Besides, this was all just plain wrong. Feng Na shouldn't
even be dragged into this drama in the first place. He should be the one to take this crazy woman's crap, not Feng Na.
He stepped forward and pulled Feng Na back by the arm. "Aunty, I'm very
sorry for hurting Zhao Yujian," he said. "But he's the one who
attacked me, and I was just trying to defend myself. A lot of witnesses can
Zhao scrambled to her feet and started yelling at Li Yundong. "You
slandering bastard! You're in the wrong here, not my Yujian! Yet here you are,
throwing wild and baseless accusations! How dare you! My Yujian is cultured and
educated unlike a bum like you! Witnesses?" Mrs. Zhao laughed derisively.
"Who are these witnesses of
yours? Her?" Mrs. Zhao pointed at Feng Na. "You're sleeping together!
Of course she'd be your witness!"
raged inside Li Yundong's chest like an inferno. "Easy Li Yundong... easy... You're better than her. Be the bigger
person," he thought, taking several deep breaths.
"Regardless," he continued, "I'm the one who injured your son. I
own up to that, and I apologize. Now, if you would tell me the cost of your
son's medical treatment, I'll pay every cent—"
Zhao spat on the floor. If Li Yundong hadn't moved his leg back in time, his
shoes would've been stained. "You?" Mrs. Zhao snorted derisively.
"Don't make me laugh. A penniless bum like you won't be able to afford
half of the fees! No. I don't want your stupid money. Use it to buy coffins for
your relatives instead! Now get out of my sight!"
Zhou's outburst stunned everyone. None of them could comprehend how this crazy
woman had changed from a loving and doting mother into this barbarian in front
next thing that happened brought everyone out of their stupor. The barbaric
woman transformed into a gentle and harmless woman again.
Zhou Qin? Y- you're back? What are you doing here?" Mrs. Zhao said
Yundong and the others turned to the door and saw Zhou Qin standing there.
bed squeaked, followed by a series of rustling sound and a groan. Li Yundong
turned away from the door and faced the bed. Zhao Yujian, who had been reclined
on the bed earlier, was now sitting upright.
Yujian's once soulless eyes sparkled with life again. "Zhou Qin..."
he said happily. "You came back... You came back for me! Thank—"
Yundong, may I speak with you in private?" Zhou Qin asked, then nodded at
Feng Na and Chengcheng.
Yundong turned away from the bed abruptly and stared at Zhou Qin. Then,
understanding dawned on him. She was trying to extract him from this sh*tty
Yundong gave Su Chan an eye signal, then followed Zhou Qin out of the room.
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Chapter 52 I Want It So Bad!
Li Yundong was marching away from the campus with his head held high, Su Chan
didn't share his bravado at all. The time she spent with Li Yundong had long
since changed her. No longer was she the reckless girl who jumped into things
without thinking them through.
caused you trouble again, haven't I..." she mumbled, pulling them to a
stop before glancing up at Li Yundong timidly.
Li Yundong's reaction surprised her. He wrapped an arm around her shoulders and
pulled her against his side. Then...
Su Chan pouted and rubbed the top of her head where Li Yundong's knuckles had
be silly," he said. "None of this is your fault. Educators these days
are just unethical!"
Yundong's statement made Su Chan feel a tad better, but it wasn't enough to
make the frown on Su Chan's brows go away.
but will you be expelled?"
to her surprise, Li Yundong burst into laughter. She didn't understand why he
was laughing. He was the one who told her that him being expelled was a bad
can expel me if they want," Li Yundong said. "I couldn't care less
about getting a degree from a third-rate university."
but... But didn't you accept that man's challenge the other day? Today is the
exchange visit... which means you're supposed to fight him today."
Hahaha. You know that they are the
ones who kicked me out, right?"
Chan lowered her head, scuffing the ground with the welt of her sandal.
Yundong felt a sharp pang inside his heart. While Su Chan was admiring the
on-campus decorations earlier, Li Yundong had been fantasizing about making her
happy. He'd vowed that he would make her smile like that one day, yet look at
her now, frowning and looking so dispirited that it was as though she was
worried about him abandoning her again.
Yundong reached over and cupped his hand on the underside of her jaw, then
lifted her chin so that she was looking at his face instead of the ground.
the long face, my dear little princess?" Li Yundong said with an
exaggerated grin. "Come on, give me a smile!"
Su Chan didn't react, he feigned a hurt look. "Still not smiling?" he
said, pouting a little. "Okay. How about I smile for you?"
released her jaw, then placed his index fingers on each side of his lips. With
his fingers, he pushed his cheeks upwards, producing a smile which put his lips
in a weird and distorted angle.
Hahaha... You look so ugly!"
Yundong dropped his hands and feigned an offended look. "Oh? My smiling
face is ugly, is that it?" he said. "Okay. Why don't you show me how
it's done then. Give me your prettiest smile!"
Su Chan's lips stretched out, pushing the slightly rosy skin of her cheeks
towards her sharp cheekbones... Lord Almighty.
Yundong's heart was beating so fast that he thought his chest might explode. God, she's beautiful... he thought. He
really deserved a pat on the back, or a f*cking medal, to be living with her
under the same roof yet keeping their relationship platonic. Talk about a test
of willpower. Damn.
Yundong cleared his throat. "Alright, alright, your smile is the prettiest
my dear little princess. Seeing you smile puts me in a good mood as well,
so..." Li Yundong suddenly spread his arms wide. "Wanna go somewhere
fun? A day of fun and games! How does that sound?"
Yayy!" Su Chan grabbed Li Yundong's arms. "Where are we going!
Where's fun! Where's fun?!"
making her smile wasn't as hard as he thought it was. Come to think of it, all
he had to do was prepare a feast for her.
Yundong grinned. "Come on! I'm taking you to an amusement park!"
Suddenly, Su Chan's face scrunched up in confusion. "What is an amusement
Yundong chuckled and pinched her cheek. "How can you act so happy when you
don't even know what kind of place it is! You're so stupid sometimes..."
Chan flinched away, then pouted. "Don't call me stupid," she
grumbled. "I'm not stupid!"
Yundong laughed and reached out to pinch both of Su Chan's cheeks despite her
protests. "Nope. You're not stupid," he said. "You're just
Chan slapped Li Yundong's hand away. "Meanie!"
of a sudden, Su Chan's eyes lit up curiously. "Yundong..."
my little princess?"
faarrking means stupid too?"
Yundong choked on his spit and started coughing.
Chan gave Li Yundong a strange look and began patting his back. "What? Is
that a strange question? Just now, before we left your school, you called that
teacher a faarking lowlife. I know that he's a lowlife, and he seems pretty
stupid. So does faarking mean stupid?"
Yundong's coughs turned into guffaws.
Chan pouted and smacked Li Yundong's arms. "Stop laughing and
explain!" she grumbled.
my God," Li Yundong said in between chuckles. "You're a national
treasure, I swear." He stopped laughing, then cleared his throat.
"Well, technically, f*cking
means—" Li Yundong stopped himself all of a sudden.
what?" Su Chan asked with her beautiful brows raised.
Yundong cleared his throat harshly and quickly backtracked. "No, f*cking
doesn't mean stupid. It's a bad word, actually. It's used for emphasis, usually
when you're scolding people. For example, the difference between stupid and
f*cking stupid is the degree. One is just stupid, while the other is... well,
stupid to the point of being retarded."
Su Chan said with a contemplative look on her face.
Yundong looked at her sternly. "Like I said, it's a really bad word. I
don't want you to start throwing it around, you hear me?"
Chan beamed, then stuck out her tongue. "Mm!! I won't say it if you don't
want me to!"
girl," Li Yundong said, stroking her cheek. "Oh! There's a cab!"
Day would fall on the 1st of June, which, to those running the amusement park,
meant more business. Hence, every year during the end of May, Tiannan City's
amusement park would be completely revamped, which made sense, since children
probably wouldn't find much appeal in an amusement park without flashy and
Su Chan wasn't a child. Physically at least. Mentally, however...
let's just say that she was practically floating in the air like those colorful
balloons all over the amusement park when they arrived. And they hadn't even
made it past the entrance yet...
Yundong!! These floating things are so cute!!!"
Yundong! Look! Food! I think there's food in those stalls!"
Yundong grabbed Su Chan's arm before she could charge into the amusement park
without a ticket. "Hey, slow down!" he said, chuckling. "You
should eat later. Otherwise you'll end up puking!"
Why would I puke?"
Yundong smirked, then pulled her towards the ticket booth. "You'll know
was a queue at the booth, though it wasn't a very long one. Fifteen minutes
later, Li Yundong bought two tickets, then led Su Chan to the gates.
they were through the gates, Li Yundong pulled to a halt, then gave Su Chan an
evil grin. When Su Chan gave him a quizzical look, Li Yundong pointed towards
the tallest and most conspicuous amusement ride in the entire amusement park —
Su Chan could ask him what that was, Li Yundong broke off into a sprint,
pulling Su Chan with him.
an hour later, they got settled into the Space Shuttle. With both hands
clinging to the shoulder harness of his seat, Li Yundong angled his face to the
side and gave Su Chan an evil smirk.
can scream if you're scared!" he said. "I promise I'm not gonna make
fun of..." Li Yundong swallowed hard the moment he noticed the way Su
Chan's voluptuous mounds were pushing out against her shoulder harness.
he quickly averted his gaze, he saw, much to his annoyance, that he wasn't the
only one who had noticed Su Chan's well-endowed assets. A few guys were
practically salivating as they ogled Su Chan relentlessly. On second thought, don't
scream, Li Yundong thought with a scowl. Yeah right. As if he would want
other men to hear her scream. The only one who got to hear her scream damn well
better be him, Li Yundong. And hopefully in a place with a mattress and some
goddamn privacy, thank you very much.
do I have to scream?"
Chan's voice pulled Li Yundong out of his thoughts. He turned and saw Su Chan
staring at him with wide, blinking eyes.
Yundong chuckled. "Because you're gonna be scared, that's why!" He
paused. "Didn't you hear those people screaming before our turn?"
Su Chan said nonchalantly.
I bet she's mocking those people for
being cowards, Li Yundong thought. Hehe... Just wait till you experience it for yourself, my dear little
the same time, he secretly hoped the ride would be so scary that the other guys
wouldn't pay attention to Su Chan's screams...
again, Li Yundong supposed he didn't have anything to worry regarding the Space
Shuttle's scariness. He'd ridden it before, so he knew how terrifying it was;
he'd seen tough guys keeling over, hurling out their stomach's contents after
music blared out from the PA system installed around the Space Shuttle,
followed by a voice. A DJ in the control room was giving out some kind of
pre-launch speech. Apparently, the operators thought it was a good idea to get
everyone in the mood. The Space Shuttle shot up several hundred meters into the
air without warning, then plunged down to ground level.
temporary feeling of weightlessness made Li Yundong feel as though his heart
and stomach were floating inside his body.
Li Yundong screamed along with the other riders as though they were a bunch of
pigs being slaughtered.
Yundong sighed in satisfaction when the ride was over, then turned to check on
smirked when he saw the vacant look on Su Chan's face, like she was staring off
into space. Hehehe... I bet she was
Yundong waved his hand in front of Su Chan's eyes. "Hello? Anybody
home?" He snapped his fingers a few times. "Wake up! Ride's
Chan turned to the side and gave Li Yundong a bored look. "What? It's
over? So soon?"
Yundong would've fallen off his seat if it weren't for the shoulder harness.
"What do you mean so soon? You
haven't had enough?"
I didn't even feel anything!"
Yundong nearly choked on his spit. "Damn..." he said, gaping at Su
Chan. "You really have nerves of steel!"
he'd been hoping that Su Chan would throw herself into his waiting arms after
she got utterly scared by the ride. But look at her now! The girl was barely
This wouldn't do! He refused to believe that she wasn't even the slightest bit
don't we go for another round?" he asked after they had both gotten off
the Space Shuttle.
Chan thought for a moment. "Okay!" She walked back towards the seat
where they had just vacated.
whoa! Slow down," Li Yundong said, grabbing her arm. "We have to
queue up first!"
they got into the queue, Li Yundong, whose evil plan was to get Su Chan to cry
in his arms after the ride, began to explain to her the "proper" way
to enjoy the ride.
after their second ride, Su Chan remained utterly unfazed, much to Li Yundong's
disappointment. When they got off, she even gave Li Yundong a blank look and
asked him: "Where's the thrill in this ride?"
they went for a third round.
Yundong nearly vomited blood all over his shoulder harness when he saw the same
vacant expression on Su Chan's face at the end of their third round.
up, slowpoke! I wanna go for another round!" Su Chan said, pulling Li
Yundong towards the queue.
Yundong's feet wobbled a little as he allowed himself to be dragged along by Su
Chan. I can't believe this! Li
Yundong thought. A macho man like me is
actually going to lose to a young girl? No! This cannot be! This is impossible!
Yundong patted his chest a few times. "Fine! Let's go for another
round!" Li Yundong said with as much bravado as he could muster.
did he know that he would come to regret that decision later.
the life of her, Su Chan couldn't understand why the other riders were
screaming. Even though she'd never ridden something like this before in the
mountains, she barely felt anything during their first ride. Admittedly, that
was because she had sealed her Lingtai, which allowed her Dantians to be
secured by her Qi. In other words, she never felt the "weightlessness"
that she was sure the others must be feeling during the ride. No wonder Li
Yundong mentioned earlier about puking and throwing up. Those poor mortals
must've been feeling pretty bad after having their internal organs tossed
around during the ride.
Chan was sure that Li Yundong was affected too, though not as bad as the other
mortals. Even though he had mastered Da Zhoutian, he was still bound by the
limitations of his physical body. No amount of willpower and conviction could
allow a Cultivator to completely avoid the sensations resulting from any form
of physical afflictions. A Cultivator's willpower would help them endure the pain, yes. But they would
still feel the pain no matter how
strong-willed they were. The only way for a Cultivator to transcend their
physical limitations was by completing the Jinshen (eighth) phase of
the start of their second ride, Li Yundong had told her where the thrill of
these rides lay. So, during the second ride, she had released her Lingtai and
refrained from using her Qi to hold her organs in place; she wanted to have a
taste of what the mortals felt during these rides.
had to admit that she liked it.
the end of their seventh round, Su Chan could tell that Li Yundong had had
enough. His face was pale, and he looked like he couldn't walk straight.
You're good!" Li Yundong said. "I can't believe you're not even the
slightest bit affected! What are your nerves made of? Steel wires?"
Chan nearly snorted. You haven't seen me
fly in the air yet, she thought. "Affected? Why would I be affected by
this? This is nothing," she said, staring at him with blinking eyes.
You win!" Li Yundong said, then paused. "There has to be something in
here that can scare you. There has to
Su Chan could reply, she was dragged forward by Li Yundong towards some kind of
spiral track hanging in mid-air with a long cart zooming along it.
roller coaster! Li Yundong bet this one would faze her at least a bit.
Yundong buckled his own shoulder harness before he did Su Chan's. "Don't
cry at the end of the ride!" he taunted.
Chan made a face at him. "Hmph! Let's see who's going to be the one crying
roller coaster started to move, and Li Yundong could feel the chaotic flow of
his own Qi. As the roller coaster climbed up the track and slowly gained
altitude, his temples began to pound with the same rhythm as his heartbeat. For
some strange reason, his Qi was gushing towards his head. When he took a shaky
breath, Li Yundong finally realized that he was nervous.
Are you nervous?" Su Chan said.
Yundong nearly turned and glared at Su Chan. Alright, Li Yundong... Calm the f*ck down. This is just a ride. There's
nothing to be nervous abou—
little minx was actually laughing while he was losing his shit!
they got off the roller coaster, Li Yundong felt as though his legs had turned
into jelly. He patted his chest a few times and exhaled. "Guess this is
what I get for skipping class..." he said, then went on to mutter
something about karma.
just when he thought he was finally free from this torture, he felt a tug on
Again! Again! I'm not satisfied yet!! I want to ride it some more!! Let's go
for another round!"
Yundong decided to soldier on. He had
to, for the sake of salvaging his masculinity, which was pretty much in
shambles at this point. He breathed in deep, then exhaled. He grinned at Su
Chan, his face pale and his lips bloodless. "Alright, then, my lady! Since
you want it so badly, let's go for another round! Your wish is my command, and
your pleasure my responsibility!"
and chortles sounded from around them.
Yundong glanced around and noticed the men giving them knowing looks while the
women giggling into their hands. He replayed his own words in his mind, then
blushed. Good, he needed the blood on his face if he wanted to survive this.
what are they laughing about?" Su Chan asked.
Li Yundong said, then pulled her towards the queue.
wasn't planning on explaining to the poor girl that his promises of ensuring
her pleasure might be a Freudian slip. Nope. No sir, not a chance in hell.
the end of their third roller coaster ride, Li Yundong's face was as white as a
sheet. When they got down, he actually bent over and started dry heaving! How
the mighty had fallen.
he didn't want to see Su Chan's energetic and glowing face; seeing it would
make him feel as though his balls had shrunk down into nothingness.
the girl refused to let him go. "Mmmmmm," Su Chan whined. "One
more round... I'm still not satisfied... One more round! Just one more!"
Yundong sat down on the ground and shook his head repeatedly. "That's
exactly what you said last time!" Li Yundong said, panting. "No!
Chan gave Li Yundong a few gentle shoves. "Mmmm.... Please...? I just want
to go one more round... I want it so bad..."
Yundong groaned as he stared up at the sky.
he wouldn't give for them to be in a bedroom right now, preferably without
their clothes on. If they were, those words would take on an entirely different