Saturday, December 7, 2019

Starlight Has No Past - Chapter 46 Part 3

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Starlight Has No Past
Chapter 46 Part 3

They walked past the hospital ward’s garden, there was a thing layer of ice on the ground. The two of them carefully walked side by side, giving the illusion that they could walk like this till their hair turned white.

Zhou Tingsheng was the first one to open his mouth: “What did you say to her just now?”
“We chatted about random things. I told her about the psychological problems I suffered from and that I’ve only slowly overcome them after I met you. But you aren’t everyone’s ‘Prozac’; I can introduce a good psychiatrist to her if she needs one.”
Ye Qiao went into detail about her conversation with Ruan Feiyan, as if she was afraid that she wouldn’t have anything else to say to him after she ran out of things to say about the topic.

“I guess she must hate my father very much. I told her not to. My father is a rather proud, but upstanding person. When he was still a poor artist, he wouldn’t even give a single one of his paintings as a gift to a high official who appreciated his talent. When I was little, my favorite topic to write about was ‘My father.’ Sometimes, even though the assigned topic was about my mother, I would talk about my father on and on instead.”
“But, I didn’t tell her all that. There’s no point in telling her about things from the past.” Ye Qaio stopped for a little while: “What he did was all for me. I told her to aim all her hatred towards me.”

She knew very well how significant that love was, but it was also what had given her a guilty conscious that she couldn’t rid herself of.
She had wanted to be the pride of her father and had tried all she could to be the glory in his heart. But in the end, she had become the only stain in her father’s spotless life.
She could talk about her father forever.

They fell into a long silence.

Ye Qiao thought they would again part ways in silence. Zhou Tingsheng suddenly stopped and embraced Ye Qiao in his arms without saying or asking anything. His heavy breathes making puffs of fog. Ye Qiao bumped into his chest, the pain from the jolt made even her sighs hurt.

She reached out with her hand, now red from the cold, and lightly pat Zhou Tingsheng’s back: “It’s alright. I don’t blame you.”
Zhou Tingsheng tightened his grip on her, his throat moved up and down but couldn’t make a sound.

Ye Qiao comforted him like she was calming down a wounded animal. She softly stroked over his coat: “The words you told me before, did you say them because of me or this heart inside of me?”
“It’s because of you.” He said.
“I thought about giving up on you back then on the cruise ship.” He snuggled his head next to her neck: “Liang Zirao tried to persuade me many times. She believes that it’s for the best if we stopped interacting with each other. But I can’t do it.”

The path in front of them now had a layer of solid ice over it, blocking their way. Ye Qiao took a deep breath in: “I can’t tell what exactly I’m feeling right now.” She actually felt quite tranquil. But she knew she shouldn’t be this calm. Some of those disturbing feelings were lodged deep within her frozen heart, so deep that she could no longer even sense it.

“Fate likes to play tricks on people. I just never expected I’d be one of its victims.” She concluded.

That night, there was a heavy snowstorm. Even airports in nearby cities had their flights suspended.
The world seemed to have fallen into an endless dark night.



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Friday, December 6, 2019

You're Beautiful When You Smile - Chapter 72 Part 1

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You’re Beautiful When You Smile
Chapter 72 Part 1

Lu Sicheng stuffed the plastic bag into Tong Yao’s hands, took off his shoes, and went to go check his fish.

Tong Yao opened the bag and looked inside. There was only one bag of chips and a box of bandages. It seemed that everything had been bought specifically for her…...Tong Yao felt even worse. Carrying the bag, she followed Lu Sicheng to his desk, watching him lift the fishbowl up with one hand to check. Tong Yao: “Uhr.”-- --

Lu Sicheng turned around.

Tong Yao backed away one big step. She was terrified he would angrily dump the fishbowl on her head.

She nervously looked at Lu Sicheng and squeezed her apology through her teeth. Little Fatty, who had finally figured out what had happened, came over to support her: “Cheer up, just think that your fish had developed wings and flew away-- --In the northern sea there’s a fish named Kun……” [1]

Lu Sicheng raised his eyelids to take a glance at Little Fatty. Little Fatty spinelessly stopped talking. Lu Sicheng put the fishbowl back on the desk, put on his earphones, then reconnected his other equipment to his computer. He did everything one swift motion, though one could sense from his movement that he was far from a happy mood.

-- --Tong Yao didn’t make a single sound for the entire duration.

She didn’t sit down on her own chair until Lu Sicheng had logged on and started a match. She moved her own chair a little bit away from his. As she was scooching her chair, she heard Lu Sicheng say, “Bandage.”

Tong Yao: “......”

She looked up at him and found that his eyes hadn’t left the screen at all. She answered with an “Oh, oh,” then took the bandages out of the bag and put one on her bloody heel. Afterwards she began streaming-- --

The stream soon attracted a large audience. Her viewers found Smiling sitting off to one side of the camera, almost out of the frame. They all began asking her for an explanation.

Tong Yao: “There’s ill feeling coming from the seat next to me. It’s so strong that it can almost cut through me.”

[......Damn, idiot.]

[How can such an idiotic person crush all the other players? I like it.]

[hhhhhhhh, wifey, what’s going on?]

[Didn’t you just come back from the frozen hell?]

[This afternoon some fans swore that you two were back on good terms. In the parking lot, your captain forcefully protected you.]

Tong Yao: “Yes, yes, yes, there was a brief moment when I returned from the frozen hell. But now I’ve gone back-- --Yet, this time it isn’t my fault, it was that beast Dabing-- --That’s right, that cat. The cat ganked my captain’s fish while no one was in the base……………………”

Tong Yao took a look at Lu Sicheng, who was still wearing earphones and busy with a ranked game. She gulped and glanced back at the bullet comments-- --

Tong Yao: “I apologized. It’s necessary to apologize. What else can I do?”

Tong Yao: “But, if apologizing is useful, why do we still need policemen.”

Tong Yao: “Yeah, Dabing is in jail now. En, I locked the cat in the cage-- --I’ve ordered the cat to reflect on its mistakes and correct its wrong doings. If there's a next time, I’ll send it back to my hometown…...It’s not that I’m cruel, the goldfish were here first and have been swimming happily for so long. What right did Dabing have to swallow that fish, right?”

While she was talking, she took a glance at the fishbowl. There were still several cat hairs floating on the surface of the water in the fishbowl. Wracked by guilt, Tong Yao reached over to drag the fishbowl over-- --Lu Sicheng took off his earphones: “What are you doing?”

Tong Yao used her fingers to stir the water and took out a hair: “Cat hair…...I’ll go change the water for you.”

Lu Sicheng said with a stone face: “Put it down.”

Tong Yao used both of her hands and gently pushed the fishbowl back to its original position.


[1]: He is referencing Zhuangzi's 'Carefree Excursion' a story from a compiled list of writings by Zhuangzi and is known as one of the two foundational texts on Taoism.



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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Those Sweet Times - Chapter 59 Part 3

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Those Sweet Times
Chapter 59 Part 3

The more Xiang Nuan thought about it, the more she couldn’t get over the fact that Lin Chuyan constantly played tricks on her. And now he was in her own home acting like it was his. It was too much for Xiang Nuan.

Xiang Nuan thought she had to get even at least once this time.

Xiang Nuan went into the kitchen for a while, then came out and asked Lin Chuyan: “Let me make a cup of tea for you?” Lin Chuyan was flattered. “Oh? Yeah, sure.”

Xiang Nuan added salt, soy sauce, rice vinegar, mustard, and hot pepper oil into the glass, then poured in some water and stirred with a spoon…… She put a slice of lemon on the rim of the glass, giving it a more refreshing look.

She put the glass in front of Lin Chuyan: “Drink it.”

Lin Chuyan could tell from the smell that this wasn’t any normal tea, but he still took a sip of it. The taste was horrifying.

Lin Chuyan covered his mouth and coughed violently, his face twisted in pain. Xiang Nuan gloated: “Does it taste good?”

Lin Chuyan didn’t answer, he was still coughing.

Xiang Nuan: “Drink all of this and I’ll forgive you.”

Lin Chuyan wiped his mouth and cast his eyes down at the hellish drink. He undetectably sighed and said: “I’ll do whatever you ask me to do.”

Xiang Nuan was touched by the soft and tender tone of his voice when he said that.

Then she immediately despised herself: He’s a nutcase! A nutcase!

But when she saw Lin Chuyan pick up the glass and closed his eyes as if he were facing death, she didn’t have the heart to go through with it: “Nevermind, don’t drink it.”

Lin Chuyan put down the glass and looked at her with a smile.

Faced with his bright eyes, Xiang Nuan had difficulty breathing.

She lowered her head and said: “Don’t be too pleased with yourself. It’s only because I’m afraid that you’ll get poisoned and can’t play later.”

“En. I know.”

-- --

Their first match that day started at 10 o’clock in the morning.

Xiang Nuan and Lin Chuyan sat in the study of Xiang Nuan house. Both of them were logged into the chat group. The others in voice chat soon found out that when Xiang Nuan and Lin Chuyan spoke, their voices echoed.

“You two together?” Waiwai asked.

Lin Chuyan: “En.”

Waiwai suddenly felt quite sympathetic towards his good friend Shen Zemu. Shen Zemu had asked for Xiang Nuan’s address from him and it looked like he was planning to send some gift to her. Yet, after sending the gift, Xiang Nuan and Lin Chuyan became even more close to each other……

He really felt bad for Shen Zemu.

Nonetheless, it wasn’t the right time to think about gossip. They had to concentrate on the match they were about to play against Nanshan Institute of Physical Education.

The Institute had always been at odds with their university and recently the rivalry had grown fiercer. This match had caught the attention of the students from both colleges. Waiwai felt the burden on his shoulders was quite heavy, not just the money award but more importantly the honor of his own university.

The match started first with the ban and pick phase.

The Institute team picked all champions that were powerful during the early game: Zhuge Liang, Yuji, Dharma, and so forth.

Xiang Nuan and her teammates didn’t get much training time and had only a few champions they were skilled with. They had practiced more for the later game. Even if they ran into powerful champions in the early game, they had only so many champions they could pick that they could play well.

Xiang Nuan had picked Laofuzi, Lin Chuyan was Mai Shiranui, and Shen Zemu’s archer was Marco Polo.

Yang Yin had given them instructions in the chat group about who to ban and who to pick. After they had locked down their champions, Yang Yin told them: “With a lineup like this, you guys will have some trouble in the early game. Hold your ground, pull through their strong period. Wait till you all are well developed, then the team fights won’t be a problem for your guys.”

In a formal competition, the coach could give instructions at the ban and pick phase but once the match started, the coach had to back out and wasn’t allowed to communicate with the players.

After giving her final instruction, Yang Yin stopped talking. Though there wasn’t anyone monitoring, she still adhered to her professional ethics.



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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

You're Beautiful When You Smile - Chapter 71 Part 3

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You’re Beautiful When You Smile
Chapter 71 Part 3

It was already 10 pm when the team arrived back to base.

Tong Yao had slept all the way back on the bus after stuffing herself at dinner. Little Fatty had to wake her when the bus came to a stop in front of the base. She took the jacket off her head and looked around in confusion. “......Where’s our captain?”

Xiao Rui: “All you know is to look for your daddy the moment you open your eyes.”

Tong Yao blushed: “Hey.”

Little Fatty: “Cheng Ge’s gone to buy cigarettes.”

Tong Yao mumbled: “Oh. Didn’t he quit smoking already.” She got up from her seat and took a step. The sharp pain in her right heel reminded her that she had forgotten to have the bus stop at the drugstore to buy some bandages.

Tong Yao jumped off the bus, walked into base, and kicked off her shoes. “Little Fatty, call our captain for me and ask him to buy some bandages for me-- --”

Little Fatty, without much expression on his face, lifted up Lu Sicheng’s jacket from his arms. Lu Sicheng’s cell phone was in his jacket.

Tong Yao: “......Damn, I’ll go buy it myself later.”

She irritatedly threw her backpack on her seat. Her cat, Dabing, was sleeping on Lu Sicheng’s chair. Tong Yao buried her face into said cat’s tummy. Dabing’s tummy felt a little wet, but she figured the cat might have gotten itself wet while drinking water-- --

She got up and turned on her computer. Then she glanced at Lu Sicheng’s desk and casually asked Little Fatty: “Hey, Little Fatty, why are there only two goldfish left in Cheng Ge’s fishbowl?”

Didn’t he always take good care of his fish?

Didn’t he refuse to let any accident happen to the fish?

Didn’t he always remember to change the water for the fish even if he himself was dying of thirst?

“It can’t be.” Little Fatty replied from afar: “There were still 3 before we left this afternoon.”

Tong Yao: “That can’t be right. Come and see for yourself. There are exactly-- --”

Tong Yao: “......”

Tong Yao abruptly stopped talking.

She lowered her head, as if she had suddenly understood something, and looked at the cat that was lazily lying on Lu Sicheng’s chair. She picked up the fat cat and got close enough to smell it’s mouth-- --The fish smell was so strong that she began to panic and almost threw up the lobster in her stomach!

Without delay, Tong Yao used her uniform to wipe the cat’s mouth and scooped it into her arms. She rushed with the cat upstairs to her own room and threw the cat onto her bed then turned around and closed the door behind her-- --

Just as she heard the click of the door, someone came into the base.

Lu Sicheng walked in carrying a bag from the supermarket. Before he could take off his shoes, he saw a silhouette dash down from the second floor like a whirlwind. He paused and raised the bag in his hand: “Shorty, your band-- --”

Before he could finish his sentence, said silhouette rushed into his arms with both arms stretched wide open in a passionate embrace that he had never seen before!

Lu Sicheng: “......”

Lu Sicheng used one of his big hands to cover Tong Yao’s face and push her away from him: “What’s going on?”

Tong Yao took her hands off him and stepped back: “Come to think of it, I haven’t really properly thanked our captain for the education you gave me. You’re like my second parent…… Our captain is kind and benevolent. His heart is as soft as a buddha. He loves all living things on the earth, honors the laws of nature, and respects the food chain that the strong prey on the weak. He never makes unreasonable demands or complaints-- --”

Lu Sicheng: “Tong Yao.”

Tong Yao: “......”

Lu Sicheng: “Don’t beat around the bush.”

Tong Yao: “My cat, according to the laws of nature, ate your fish.”

She had just came back from a freezing hell.

Now, she had a hunch that she was on the road back again.



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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Those Sweet Times - Chapter 59 Part 2

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Those Sweet Times
Chapter 59 Part 2

The next day was Xiang Nuan’s great-uncle’s birthday. Her great-uncle lived in the countryside, some distance from Xiang Nuan’s home. Her parents left the house early in the morning to drive to great-uncle’s place.

Xiang Nuan was scheduled to play a match that day and couldn’t go with her parents, which her mother had grumbled about.

But Xiang Nuan was now immune to her mother’s grumbling.

When she was eating breakfast, she thought about what had happened yesterday and was still quite unhappy about it.

The doorbell suddenly rang and Xiang Nuan went to open the door.

When she opened the door, she didn’t see anyone but found a huge bouquet of flowers.

The flowers were various colors of roses: white, pink, and yellow. Each flower was in full bloom and fresh, all crowded together.

Xiang Nuan was taken aback.

It was probably very rare to find a girl who didn’t like flowers, especially such a large bouquet of flowers beautifully put together.

From behind the bouquet came a familiar voice: “Don’t be angry anymore.”

Xiang Nuan’s facial expression changed, she squinted her eyes and gritted her teeth: “Lin, Chu, Yan.”

Lin Chuyan quietly put down the bouquet and showed his face. With the complement of the flowers, Lin Chuyan looked even better.

He smiled: “Don’t be angry, Xiang Nuan.”

“Go away, go away, go away.” Xiang Nuan said as she tried to close the door.

Lin Chuyan slid through the doorway: “I’m not going.”

Xiang Nuan rolled her eyes.

Lin Chuyan even closed the door for her. Xiang Nuan was once again speechless by how shameless he was.

Xiang Nuan didn’t want to bother with him and went back to the dining room to finish her breakfast.

Lin Chuyan followed her to the dining room.

Xiang Nuan held a youtiao[1] and asked Lin Chuyan: “Lin Chuyan, what’s this?”

“Youtiao.”

“Wrong. This is called Lin Chuyan.” Xiang said and took a big bite of it with a fierce look on her face. “I’ll take a bite out of you, Lin Chuyan. Then another, and another, and another……”

Lin Chuyan turned his head away without saying anything but his eyes were smiling.

After a few bites, Xiang Nuan started to eat millet porridge.

Lin Chuyan saw two hard boiled eggs on a white dish. Without asking, he went to wash his hands and peeled the eggs for her.

Xiang Nuan ate the eggs but said: “Don’t think I can forgive you just because of that.”

“I haven’t had breakfast yet.” He said with a pitiful look.

Xiang Nuan sneered. “Then don’t eat. If you die from hunger, the world will have one less pest.”

Lin Chuyan cheekily went to the kitchen to cook a packet of instant noodles for himself and even added an egg to the bowl.

Xiang Nuan was shocked. “You really don’t treat yourself as an outsider here.”

Lin Chuyan innocently glanced at her and defend himself. “Your mom told me to feel comfortable at your home, just like in my own home…...Don’t you want some noodles?”

“No!”

Lin Chuyan carried the noodles over to the dinner table. He saw half of a youtiao that Xiang Nuan had left on the table, picked it up with his chopsticks and soaked it in the noodle soup before eating it.

“Hey……” Xiang Nuan protested, “I was eating it.”

Lin Chuyan paused, “Why didn’t you say so earlier.” Then he continued to eat it without feeling anything was amiss.

Xiang Nuan blushed and got up to leave.


[1]: 油条 (yóu tiáo) is a Chinese fried donut (without hole in it).



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Monday, December 2, 2019

Starlight Has No Past - Chapter 46 Part 2

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Starlight Has No Past
Chapter 46 Part 2

Ruan Feiyan was lying on the white hospital bed. Two young nurses walked into the room, chatting energetically. One of the nurses said to the other: “I just saw Ye Qiao in the lobby. She’s prettier than on TV.” The other one replied: “Is this the first time you’ve seen her? She was here last time when she got burned while filming. It caused quite a stir. Someone sent her flowers everyday.” The two nurses didn’t stop until they saw the patient was staring wide eyed at them.

One of the nurses did a basic check up on Ruan Feiyan and cautioned her to keep the cut on her wrist dry. Ruan Feiyan was very cooperative and only asked: “Have you notified my guardian? Why isn’t he here yet?”
The nurses had encountered many suicide cases. They’d noticed that the cut on the girl’s wrist was shallow and the patient was eager to recover. She didn’t seem to need any psychological counseling since she showed a strong will to survive. The nurse simply replied: “We’ve already called him. He should be here any moment.”

Ruan Feiyan held her wrist, currently wrapped in gauze, and beamed with happiness. The nurse couldn’t stand it anymore and admonished her: “Young lady, don’t try to take your own life just because of something trivial. You should try to solve any problem you have. Hurting yourself is the most useless way to get over the hurdle.” Ruan Feiyan coldly gave her a glance and laid back onto the bed, unmoving.
Actually, in her condition, there was no need for her to stay in hospital. But since she didn’t seem to have any intention of leaving the bed, the nurses shook their heads and headed out of the room with their charts.

The one who came to visit Ruan Feiyan wasn’t Zhou Tingsheng.
It was Ye Qiao, all by herself, who passed by the two nurses at the doorway and quietly leaned against the door.
Ye Qiao didn’t make much noise and it took a little while for Ruan Feiyan to notice her. The smile on her face abruptly disappeared: “What are you doing here?”
Ye Qiao was surprised by her somewhat hostile attitude and asked: “You know me?”
Ruan Feiyan’s eyes grew evasive and she made up an excuse: “You’re a big movie star, who wouldn’t recognize you.”

Ye Qiao wasn’t that easily fooled, she always had the ability to see through others from the look in their eyes. She closed the door and walked over to sit on a chair next to the bed, then she said: “You look very much like your mother.”
An expression of apprehension flashed by Ruan Feiyan’s face. She didn’t know how to deny it: “How do you know……”
Ye Qiao lightly pointed at the position of her left chest: “Here, I can recognize you.”

In the hallway, Zhou Tingsheng stood next to the window. A row of empty blue chairs next to him reflected his blurry silhouette.
He knew all along that there would be a day like this.

Ever since the first time he caressed her bones and kissed the heart that pumped passionately for him under her skin, he thought to himself that there would be an end to his nightmare after all those years. It should end where it had all started.

She was like the moon that’s always there but forever lonely. Her loneliness was like a warm fire on a cold night, drawing him in because both of them were forever weighed by their guilt.
He wanted to stay by her side.

He flicked his gold lighter, igniting a flame, before dying from the cold wind. After repeating the same act several times, it could no longer spark a new flame.
The gas inside the lighter had silently leaked out, carried away by the wind.
He couldn’t remember how many times he had flicked the sparkwheel before the door finally opened. Ye Qiao walked out of the room and faced him.

Zhou Tingsheng had difficulty come up with an audible sound, like someone who hadn’t spoken for a long time: “How was it?”
“The cut is very shallow, there shouldn’t be any problems. She’s in a good mood and was cooperative with the nurses.” Ye Qiao had both of her hands in her pockets, walking towards him. She then asked: “Do you want to go in to see for yourself?”
After considering for a couple of seconds, Zhou Tingsehng said: “Nevermind.” He threw the lighter into the trash can with a loud thud. “If she had her way this time, she might try cutting herself every day later.”

He actually knew Ruan Feiyan’s temperament very well. It was only because he felt sorry for her that he failed to properly guide her like a normal parent. He thought he could change her by being patient, but all that did was make her spoiled.
Sometimes he would also think that maybe his guilty conscience wasn’t good for her.  But he was too young at the time and was unable to resist his family’s decision. He had tried with all he had to make it up to her, but he had used the wrong method.

Zhou Tingsheng couldn’t help feeling remorseful and slowly followed Ye Qiao out of the hospital.



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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Starlight Has No Past - Chapter 46 Part 1

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Starlight Has No Past
Chapter 46 Part 1

The snow on the road had already been swept clean but there were few cars on the road.
Ye Qiao wrapped herself in a white down jacket. There wasn’t much of an expression on her face: “What’s her name?”
Zhou Tingsheng, eyes glued to the road, frowned then replied: “Ruan Feiyan.”
“Her last name is Ruan?”
“......Yes.”

A sudden silence fell between them, but both of them could guess why the other wasn’t talking.
Ye Qiao looked outside the window, but her eyes couldn’t focus on anything: “The last name of that death roll inmate who donated the heart to me was also called Ruan.”
“I heard that her husband had passed away early, before her daughter was born. It was the reason why she took her mother’s family name. The husband had done some illegal things and caused a lot of trouble for the family after he died. People came to ask for money back or even threatened the lives of the mother and daughter. She was an amazing woman who single handedly raised her daughter.”

Ye Qiao told her heart-stirring past in a completely dull voice. The heat inside the car made her head cloudy, she even had difficulty hearing her own voice: “My father did something terrible to her.”
“......What terrible thing did he do?” Zhou Tingsheng didn’t have the courage to turn his head.
“The death sentence didn’t have to be carried out right away. She even had the chance to get the sentence reduced to a fixed term of imprisonment. It was my father who lied.” Ye Qiao didn’t seem to talk to any particular person. She even chuckled about the absurdity. “Later, I heard that she was actually taking the blame for someone else. One of my father’s students.”

Ye Qiao turned her head to look at Zhou Tingsheng. His face reflected the brightness of the snow, making the contour of the face somewhat surreal. She suddenly changed the direction of the conversation: “You told me that you were learning Chinese painting before, remember? When my father holds the brush, the first joint of his index finger will straighten up. You hold it the same way.”
That was how he held the needle while tattooing her chest.

When a person is afraid of something, they are inclined to interpret every hint as evidence that something has happened. Someone who’s afraid of being dumped by their lover sees betrayal in their lover’s every move. Someone who’s afraid of being blamed by their boss feels anxious in all their work despite putting in their best effort. Someone who’s afraid of ghosts will walk cautiously around corners and warily look at every bush fearing they would come face to face with a ghost.
Ye Qiao had just told him everything she’d kept hidden from the world.

Zhou Tingsheng stopped at the traffic light and pulled out a cigarette. He hadn’t smoked lately but now lit one up in front of her. He lowered the window, letting the chilly air in the car. The wind blew onto their faces and stung like needles. Half of Zhou Tingsheng’s face felt numb from the freezing cold. His lips quivered when he put the cigarette into his mouth. Ye Qiao, facing the cold breeze, felt more and more sure of her own hunch.

Her forehead throbbed from the icy wind. It seemed that even the weather was trying to stop her from continuing. Yet she stubbornly continued: “My father only had one student. His last name was Zhou.”
“Don’t say it anymore.” Zhou Tingsheng rolled up the window. The enclosed space suddenly began to fill with smoke.

Zhou Tingsheng extinguished the cigarette in irritation. He couldn’t understand why things had turned out this way.
Fortunately, there were three more kilometers to go before they reached the hospital. They had to be in the car for now and face an even more urgent incident together later. Ye Qiao dropped the topic but spoke self-mockingly: “You knew it all along. You just didn’t tell me.”

It was a red light again and Zhou Tingsheng stopped the car.
He didn’t say a word and prayed that the car trip could last forever.
But time that a person values the most, goes by the fastest. After a few turns, they had arrived at City Hospital.



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Friday, November 29, 2019

You're Beautiful When You Smile - Chapter 71 Part 2

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You’re Beautiful When You Smile
Chapter 71 Part 2

In reality, Tong Yao wasn’t paying attention to Li Huanshuo at all. She was focusing on the guy who was being held down and wearing the Qing Dynasty uniform…...If Tong Yao remembered correctly, her team’s first round of matches against B group next week would be against the Qing Dynasty. The team was third place last season-- --with four Chinese and one Korean. The Korean player was the one pinned down by Li Huanshuo right now. Everyone called him Long Ge, a caring type of player-- --

Why did she think that?

Tong Yao had seen the team’s competition videos. She personally thought this Korean’s Chinese was even better than Lu Sicheng’s…...Because he would at least tell his teammates when the team was at a disadvantage: It’s alright. We can win. Everyone go for it, don’t give up.

-- --Unlike Lu Sicheng, who not only spoke only a few words while in a disadvantageous position, he would speak even less when they were winning. If it wasn’t for the chatty Little Fatty, one would have the wrong impression their bot lane was empty, especially during the early game when everyone was busy in their own lanes.

Besides, just last year, Qing Dynasty was struggling to keep itself in the major league, yet because of this skillful jungler, the team won third place in this year’s spring season.

All Tong Yao was thinking about at the moment was how to beat this team next week. Suddenly, a hand forcibly turned her head around. The man standing behind her asked with a stone face: “Who are you staring at?”

“Long Ge.” Tong Yao answered without thinking.

“What? Long Ge, do you know him well? He’s a jungler and never plays mid. You two can’t possibly face each other before or know each other well. You’re collecting stamps again? You.”

“......I’m not. What nonsense about collecting! I was thinking this guy only came to China this spring season and his Chinese has improved so much, not to mention that he has saved a whole team. He’s really something.” Tong Yao said: “You should consider having him to teach you some Chinese?......Don’t just say all the time: Little Fatty, go forwards two steps to receive some damage so I can get some kills.”

Lu Sicheng: “......”

While Lu Sicheng stared in silence, Little Fatty, who was standing behind Tong Yao and Lu Sicheng, thrillingly gave Tong Yao a thumbs up-- --

In the meantime, Li Huanshuo raised his head and saw Tong Yao.

His eyes brightened up and immediately walked towards Tong Yao, disregarding the protest of the female staff member. He first greeted Lu Sicheng who was behind Tong Yao, then held Tong Yao’s arm: “Jiejie, why are you here too?”

“To eat dinner.” Tong Yao smiled.

Lu Sicheng jerked her jacket from behind.

Tong Yao calmly freed herself from Li Huanshuo’s hand.

“Yesterday, when I was streaming, someone badmouthed you.” Li Huanshuo frankly said in broken Chinese. “I scolded him. I don’t let them say anything about you. You’re very good.”

Tong Yao looked at his expectant face. She really wanted to pat his head and commend him, but her captain was watching her from behind. She could only briefly thank him. Then she lowered her voice: “Don’t do that again. What if they diss you as well, then you’ll be ensnared with me.”

Li Huanshuo bashfully said: “Don’t understand.”

He couldn’t understand what the Chinese phrase for ensnared meant.

He turned to ask Lu Sicheng and Lu Sicheng told him to guess, with no intent on telling him. Li Huanshuo then turned to Long Ge for help. Long Ge explained to him in Korean and raised his head to glance over at Tong Yao’s direction-- --Long Ge and Lu Sicheng started to play professionally about the same time. He even started to play in the Korea region a little bit earlier than Lu Sicheng. He nodded at Lu Sicheng as a greeting.

Then Long Ge turned to say something to Li Huanshuo and Li started to get excited……

Li Huanshuo came back to Tong Yao: “Tailun Ge said you’re very interesting. I told him no way, that you’re another man’s girlfriend. Even if you aren’t, I’m second in line.”

Tong Yao didn’t know how to respond. She didn’t know how to explain to Li Huanshuo that saying she’s interesting didn’t mean he’s interested in her……

Tong Yao and her teammates left Li Huanshuo and the others to go to their table at the back of the restaurant.

Little Fatty had heard Tong Yao’s exchange with Li Huanshuo and giggled: “Why do all the junglers like you-- --your ex-boyfriend, that kid you gave chicken soup for the soul, or this Li Huanshuo. Now even your fighting incidents attract attention?”

“I don’t know. Probably because of my good looks.” Tong Yao sat down at Lu Sicheng’s left hand side and absent-mindedly took the menu: “Don’t listen to Li Huanshuo.”

Lu Sicheng: “Did he say anything wrong?”

Tong Yao raised her head from the menu: “What?”

Lu Sicheng: “How many lobsters do you want?”

Tong Yao: “A lot of them.”

Lu Sicheng: “ Big eyes, small stomach.”

Tong Yao: “I’ll take it home if I can’t finish them. Dabing hasn’t eaten lobster before. After eating lobster, the cat can probably clean its own litter box.”

Everyone: “......”



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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Those Sweet Times - Chapter 59 Part 1

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Those Sweet Times
Chapter 59 Part 1

Xiang Nuan said: “Lin Chuyan, I’ll never forgive you again!”

“I’m wrong, don’t get angry.”


It was too late, Xiang Nuan deleted his name from her friend list. Lin Chuyan tried to call afterwards, Xiang Nuan blocked his number instead of answering.

Xiang Nuan was very, very angry!

……

In the end Chen Yinghu didn’t join them as he had promised. It was because his cousin, Shen Zemu, suddenly came to find him.

Shen Zemu took him outside and stopped at a dark corner. Then Shen Zemu pummeled him, asking: “Are you going to tell me the truth?”

“I will, I will…...It’s me!”

“When did you do the switch?”

“When you were sleeping.”

Shen Zemu sneered. No wonder he had been staying at Shen Zemu’s house the past few days. When they played games late into the night, Shen Zemu’s mother would invite her nephew to stay for the night and Chen Yinghu had never refused. Shen Zemu finally understood why.

It wasn’t Shen Zemu’s fault for overlooking it. It was because he could never imagine anyone could be this shameless.

Shen Zemu took a deep breath and held back the urge to strangle his cousin: “What did Lin Chuyan offer you?”

Chen Yinghu couldn’t look into Shen Zemu’s eyes: “What did this have anything to do with Chuyan?”

“You aren’t telling the truth? Alright……” Shen Zemu started to pull up his sleeves as he was talking, gesturing that he was about to hit Chen Yinghu again.

Chen Yinghu immediately gave in: “Alright, alright, I’ll tell you…...Chuyan lent me money and I want to pay back the favor so I did this to you. Cousin, please believe me, you still hold an important position in my heart.”

“Not as important as money.”

“Cousin……”

Shen Zemu reined in his urge to hit his cousin and continued the interrogation: “How much did he lend you? Will it do if I give you double that amount? Then you can go play that trick on him for me.”

“He lent me 100K. Cousin, do you have 200K?”

Shen Zemu: “......No.”

Though his family was well off, his parents didn’t let him spend money freely. All his savings were from the scholarship he earned every year. In order to save 200K, he would probably have to stay in university for 20 years.

For any normal student, 100K was a large sum of money. Shen Zemu shifted his attention from the chocolate incident to this unusually large sum of money. He asked Chen Yinghu: “Why do you need such a large amount? Are you gambling? Doing drugs? Patronizing prostitutes?”

“No, no, I’m not. Don’t make wild guesses, cousin. What if other people heard you…...I’m just lending that money to another person.”

“To whom?”

“Keke. She needs money badly, but I don’t have enough. So I borrowed some from Chuyan.”

“Is she that online girlfriend of yours?”

“She’s my girlfriend! Girlfriend!”

Shen Zemu hmphed. Though Chen Yinghu claimed she was his girlfriend, he knew the girl through the internet. Shen Zemu didn’t think there was anything wrong to call her his online girlfriend.

Shen Zemu was rather old-fashioned and grew uneasy hearing his cousin had lent such a large sum to someone he met over the internet.

He worried that his cousin had been cheated and asked: “Has she written an IOU note to you?”

“Well……that’ll be too awkward……”

Shen Zemu only replied with an oh and didn’t say anything more. But it was obvious what he thought from the tone of his voice.

Chen Yinghu wasn’t able to accept his cousin’s skepticism and defended his girlfriend: “Keke isn’t a liar.”

“Whatever, it’s not my money anyway.” Shen Zemu put his hands in his pockets and turned around to leave.

Chen Yinghu watched his back and blurted out: “Cousin, do you feel that everyone in the world is a bad guy?”

Shen Zemu didn’t answer; his slender silhouette gradually disappeared in the darkness.



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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

You're Beautiful When You Smile - Chapter 71 Part 1

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You’re Beautiful When You Smile
Chapter 71 Part 1

When they arrived at the hot pot place, Tong Yao was embroiled in debate at the center of her mind about whether to order the lobster or the 888RMB plate of beef-- --

One voice said: “Are you a country bumpkin? Have you never had lobster before?”

Another voice said: “Are you a country bumpkin? Have you never had beef before?”

One voice said: “You can have beef any day.”

Another voice said: “How can anyone eat 888RMB beef everyday? Have you forgotten that you’ve been deducted 120K from your pay?”

One voice said: “Will eating 888RMB beef make you fly?”

Another voice said: “Well I don’t know about that, so I want to try it. Who knows?”

Tong Yao, deep in thought, supported her head with her arm, barely containing the saliva in her mouth. When the bus stopped, she bolted up from her seat and started to get off the bus. She walked a couple of steps before Lu Yue called after her. “What’s wrong with your foot? You’re limping?”

Tong Yao turned her head back, then lowered her head to check her foot. There was a red spot on the back of her right heel where a blister had formed-- --It was from a simple reason, the new team shoes she was wearing had chafed the back of her foot.

Tong Yao: “It’s a blister. The new shoes rubbed against my foot.”

Lu Yue: “Oh, are you a mute? Why didn’t you say something about the shoes earlier?”

As Tong Yao limped off the bus, Lu Sicheng came up from behind and used both of his hands to lift her onto the ground.

“All the new shoes are like that. It’s no big deal. I’ll just go buy some bandages from the market close to base when we get back.” Tong Yao glanced over at Lu Sicheng. “My friend set the record shopping in Las Vegas for 12 hours straight. By the fourth hour, her heels had already started chafing and she continued to shop for the next 8 hours, just like a mermaid dancing on the tip of a knife.”

Xiao Rui: “A shopaholic mermaid.”

Ming god: “Is this mermaid you’re talking about our next door mid’s girlfriend?”

Tong Yao nodded. All the men in the group had the same expressions on their faces: Sympathy for Ai Jia.

Only the brothers Lu Sicheng and Lu Yue didn’t seem to be surprised, it looked like they were very used to this kind of behavior from women. Lu Sicheng didn’t say anything, but Lu Yue did: “If spending money would let women stop nagging or looking for trouble, then that means we can live longer. If you think about it this way, then you’ll agree that it’s worthwhile letting them spend the money.”

Tong Yao lifted her foot to kick him: “Yeah, women are all like that, aren’t we cute? I can do that too, but I don’t have the money-- --Ah, don’t talk about money, now I suddenly feel chest pain.”

“Serves you right.”

After saying that, Lu Sicheng pulled open the door to the hot pot place. When they walked in the restaurant, they discovered that there were other teams there as well-- --

In addition to Tong Yao’s team, there was Team Huawei and Team Qing Dynasty from B group. The two teams were sitting close to each other. Huawei’s Jungler, Li Huanshuo, was leaning on the back of the Qing Dynasty’s Jungler, holding a wine glass in his hand while calling him “gege” in Korean. Behind him, a girl who looked like a staff member was pulling on his sleeve while sneakily taking pictures of the two junglers-- --

They looked like as if they were a Jenga tower.

Lu Sicheng: “Look.”

Tong Yao: “What?”

Lu Sicheng: “This guy will always have girls around him.”

Tong Yao: “......”



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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Those Sweet Times - Chapter 58 Part 3

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Those Sweet Times
Chapter 58 Part 3

Xiang Nuan didn't know how to face Shen Zemu anymore; she logged off from WeChat and blankly stared into space.

Within less than one second, she received a call from Yang Yin: “Nuannuan, what are you up to? Why aren’t you on the game yet?”

“Oh, oh, I’m coming, I’m coming.”

It was impossible for her to avoid Shen Zemu today because they had to practice as a team for the match tomorrow.

Xiang Nuan was much quieter than usual during training; Shen Zemu was usually quiet to begin with, but today…...he spoke even fewer words.

Only Waiwai who acted as the leader, spoke in the chat. Zheng Dongkai would occasionally chat a bit. The other three members of the team would only give callouts when necessary.

Callouts are abbreviations and terms that players use to inform the team about their location, status, enemy locations, etc.

Yang Yin felt everyone was too quiet tonight and figured it was because they were under too much pressure from the upcoming match tomorrow. When the team finished the first match, Yang Yin said: “Lin Chuyan, sing a song for us. Lighten up the atmosphere.”

“Sure.” Lin Chuyan cleared his throat and started singing: “Chocolate~chocolate~your kiss is like chocolate~ ~ ~”

Xiang Nuan: “......”

She couldn’t stand to hear the word chocolate now.

Suddenly, Shen Zemu spoke: “Do a different song.”

Obviously, he didn’t want to hear the word either.

“Sure.” Lin Chuyan changed to another song and began singing: “You’re a piece of chocolate that I won’t get sick of. I want to slowly-- --”

“Enough!” Xiang Nuan interrupted him. She was going nuts. “Change to a song that has nothing to do with chocolate.”

Lin Chuyan sounded quite innocently: “I thought the songs matched the holiday today.”

“Even so, don’t sing that. All six of us are single, why are you singing about chocolate. Sing ‘Love Song for the Singles.’ ”

“Alright, let me get ready.”

Lin Chuyan quickly covered his phone and turned his head away to laugh.  He was afraid that others would hear him and tried his best to muffle his laughter as his shoulders violently quivered.

Of course, the others in the chat group didn’t notice that.

After a while, Lin Chuyan finally calmed down and started to sing for them.

But after he finished singing, even Waiwai was feeling down now.

Yang Yin was speechless at the result and wouldn’t let Lin Chuyan sing again. She found a playlist of classic music to play for the team. Every song was high energy. No more demoralizing music.

With classical music in the background, Xiang Nuan felt like she had refound her passion, like a warrior ready to charge into battle.

The team could finally play matches normally and Xiang Nuan was finally able to forget the awkwardness.

They finished their training that night earlier than usual. Yang Yin told them to rest well and get ready for tomorrow.

Xiang Nuan was still excited from playing. Lin Chuyan asked her whether she wanted to continue playing.

“Yes. Let’s go find Oblivion…...Hum, Oblivion isn’t on.”

“Let’s find Hu Ge then.”

Chen Yinghu was in the middle of a match, so Lin Chuyan created a chat group and waited for him to join after he’s done.

In the meantime, there were only Lin Chuyan and Xiang Nuan in the group. Lin Chuyan asked Xiang Nuan: “You really haven’t received any chocolate today?”

“No and don’t talk about it anymore.”

“Alright.”

Then Xiang Nuan heard very quiet laughter from Lin Chuyan; it sounded like he was trying to suppress it.

Though his laughter was pleasant to hear, the moment Xiang Nuan heard it, a spark went off in her head and she suddenly realized everything. Then she exploded: “It was you? ! It was you! Bastard, bastard, bastard. Lin Chuyan, you bastard!”

“Don’t get angry. I’ll sing for you. Chocolate~chocolate~your kiss is like chocolate~ ~ ~” His deliberate teasing annoyed Xiang Nuan even more.

“Shut up, bastard!”

Lin Chuyan was laughing so hard that he had to rest his head on the desk to catch his breath.

He thought to himself: Xiang Nuan, you’re so cute. How can I let anyone else to grab you away from me.



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Monday, November 25, 2019

Starlight Has No Past - Chapter 45 Part 3

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Starlight Has No Past
Chapter 45 Part 3

Ye Qiao truly hoped that she could remain indifferent.
No one knew that when she was going in and out of consciousness on the hospital bed, she longed for her father to be there. Even if he were there without a warm smile nor a word of comfort, she still desperately hoped her father was right there with her. But he hadn’t come afterall. Whether it was because his poor health had prevented him from coming or he simply didn’t want to see his unworthy daughter again, in the end Xu Zang didn’t come visit his daughter.
Maybe the grudge between father and daughter would always be there.

After Ye Qiao hung up the call from the museum director, she got another call from Shen Ting.
Shen Ting’s youthful, energetic voice pulled Ye Qiao out of her sad memories.

In the meantime, Zhuo Tingsheng brought steaming hot dumplings to the table. Ye Qiao was forbidden from eating hot and spicy food and so he had made a vinegar and ginger dipping sauce for her. While he was still mixing the sauce with chopsticks, Ye Qiao, hungry, plucked one dumpling to put into her mouth. She turned speaker on her phone so she could eat while talking. Shen Ting’s voice filled the room: “Qiao Jie, have you seen the news about Xu Yinshan?”
Ye Qiao grunted from distance.

Shen Ting continued: “There are posts online that are trying to confuse people; they’re posting pictures of you and Mr. Zhou. It isn’t a big deal since not many people know about Mr. Zhou. But by posting the pictures now, people will think it’s related to the scandal and confuse you with being involved in the iCloud thing. It’s going to be hard to clarify.”
Ye Qiao looked up at Zhou Tingsheng to see his reaction. He was still mixing up his soy sauce dipping sauce. He casually asked: “How widespread is it?”

“Ah, Mr. Zhou is there as well?” Shen Ting’s voice became somewhat uneasy: “It isn’t too bad. The pictures are all normal pictures; it won’t be too hard to clarify. I’m just calling to remind Qiao Jie……”
“Well your Qiao Jie is eating right now. Let her finish eating then we can talk about this.”
He hung up the phone right after speaking.

Ye Qiao was astonished: “You didn’t even ask me before hanging up my phone now.”
“It wasn’t anything important about work. No need to talk about it any longer.” Zhou Tingsheng didn’t think it was a big deal. Seeing Ye Qiao’s bloodshot eyes, he continued: “Is your cold getting worse? Better go take a nap after you eat.”
Ye Qiao put another dumpling into her mouth: “I slept two rounds last night. Can’t sleep now.”
“You’ll be sleepy after taking the medicine.”

Ye Qiao’s nose and cheeks were reddish from the cold, making her look like a cute cartoon character. Zhou Tingsheng kept pinching her cheeks from time to time. Ye Qiao raised her chopsticks to block his hand: “Colds can be infectious.” Zhou Tingsheng didn’t seem to care, he even took away a half-eaten dumpling from Ye Qiao and put into his mouth.
After he had swallowed the half-eaten dumpling, Ye Qiao intently stared at him as if she had witnessed something unusual.

Zhou Tingsheng was concerned: “What’s wrong?”
Ye Qiao blinked her eyes and asked in confusion: “The dumpling you just ate had meat fillings……”
He didn’t notice it when he swallowed it. He only felt the taste of ginger fill his mouth and he didn’t feel ill. “It’s nothing.”

Ye Qiao however thought this was a big deal. If he could have one bite, then he could have another bite. Then maybe whatever had been troubling him would disappear. He must have experienced some bloody encounter which he didn’t want to remember and thus refused to eat meat. Ye Qiao knew very well it would take a long journey to get over this kind of traumatic experience. She picked up a dumpling, trying to entice him: “This has a pork and celery filling. The celery has a very strong smell and you’ll only taste the celery when you eat it. Try a couple of them……”
Zhou Tingsheng turned his face away without answering. Ye Qiao had failed at her first attempt and dejectedly put down her chopsticks, not wanting to push too hard.

It was a cold, snowy day.
After eating, Ye Qiao took the medicine with some water. Then she checked her friend circle. As usual, most of the posts were from Qianxi. She always started with three rows of Ahs, then what came next was even more shocking: “I got to work early in the morning and the first patient of mine is my neighbor! I’m scared to death. I ran into her last night when I was having my late night snack and this morning she’s on the emergency bed with a slashed wrist! What’s going on with young girls these days, don’t they treasure their own lives now? I broke up with my boyfriend, work overtime, and have to bear with cafeteria food. I can really be a model worker! Could you guys give me a thumbs up!”

Ye Qiao glanced at the picture Qianxi had taken. A corner of the medical chart was shown, it happened to be the latter half of the address. The picture was rather blurry, making it difficult to figure out where it was but Ye Qiao already knew who lived at that address.

At the other side of the bedroom, Zhou Tingsheng was answering a phone call with a grim face: “Yes, en…...alright, I’ll be right over.”
She had put all the clues together and took another gulp of water, trying to calm herself down. But the water she drank was too hot and burned her throat.

Zhou Tingsheng took his coat off the rack and walked over to her: “I’m going to the hospital, over at Qingjiang Road. You take a good nap. Send me a text to tell me what you want for lunch. I’ll bring it back when I come home. En?”
Ye Qiao stubbornly shook her head: “I’ll go with you.”



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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Starlight Has No Past - Chapter 45 Part 2

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Starlight Has No Past
Chapter 45 Part 2

When Zhou Tingsheng came out with a bag in hand, he saw Ye Qiao staring blankly into space: “What’s wrong?”
“.......It’s nothing.” Ye Qiao recovered and held his hand: “I suddenly don’t want to eat seafood porridge for breakfast now. Let’s go back and have some dumplings, alright?”
“I only have frozen ones. Think you can handle it?”
“En.”

On the way back, Zhou Tingsheng noticed that the knuckles on Ye Qiao’s hand holding the dog leash had turned slightly red from the cold. He wrapped his palm around her hand. Her hand was so cold that it made him shiver. Ye Qiao looked up at him and smiled. The snow that was reflected in her eyes seemed to glimmer.

After they were back in his apartment, Zhou Tingsheng busied himself cooking dumplings. Ye
Qiao took the opportunity to check the news.
As Ye Qiao had suspected, that Zhao something actress turned out to be Zhao Mo. There were four or five other minor actresses whom she had met once or twice that were also involved. Xu Yinshan was the most famous actress among them; her pictures were the most revealing as well. The Weibo sites for both Xu Yinshan and her agent were unusually quiet.

Ye Qiao had a clear conscience and was not afraid of getting involved in the scandal. Yet, somehow, without knowing why, it seemed to be an ill omen of things to come.

Her cell phone started to ring, startling her. When she answered, she heard a man’s voice which she didn’t recognize at the other end of the phone: “Is this Ms. Ye?”
“And you are?”
“I’m Yang Zhisong, the director of Yang City Art Museum. You’ve met me when you were little.”
Ye Qiao searched her memory and quite easily recalled that the director was a classmate of her father when they were young. They were good friends for many years. Ye Qiao replied politely: “Uncle Yang.”

“It’s nice of you to still remember me.” Yang Zhisong laughed, then asked how she was doing with a cordial tone of voice. After chatting a little, he continued: “Your father hasn’t been feeling well lately, he’s been in the hospital under observation for some time now. Our museum is going to have an exhibit of his works in the first half of the new year. He told me that he’s unable to come to the opening ceremony and recommended that you come in his stead as his immediate family member.”
Ye Qiao was taken by surprise: “My father recommended me?”

Even during the days when she was hospitalized from the accident, she hadn’t heard anything from him. The only thing she heard was through Qianxi that Cheng Su was pregnant. Ye Qiao had thought that the kinship between her father and her was already as thin as the fleeting water.

Yang Zhisong gently said: “Yes, your father has only one daughter. It’s only natural that he asks you to be the special guest at the opening ceremony of the exhibition.”
Only she was his offspring..
Ye Qiao suddenly felt saddened. Her eyes welled up and asked lightly: “Could you give me a few days to think over it?”
Yang Zhisong was a bit surprised to hear her reply, as if he hadn’t expected that she would hesitate to do this for her father. But he promptly replied: “Sure…...sure. Take your time to think it over. I understand that you’re a movie star now and compensation for your attendance is negotiable.”
Ye Qiao thought it was a bit of absurd to talk about money and laughed at herself: “It’s not about an appearance fee. It’s just lately…...It’s not convenient for me.”
“Oh? Is that so? If you can’t come, could you introduce me to some of your father’s students to me?”
“Students?” Ye Qiao thought about it then regretfully said: “My father doesn’t seem to have any students.”

Yang Zhisong sounded quite confused: “How could that be. I even know one. Your father’s last student, the only son of the Zhou family.”
Ye Qiao’s facial expression suddenly changed.
“Oh really. It was a long time ago and I don’t have his contact information.”
She sounded very aloof.

Yang Zhisong didn’t seem to notice it: “It’s alright, that would be our last resort anyway. It would be best if you could attend. Promise me that you’ll seriously consider it!”
“En.” Ye Qiao gave him her assistant’s number and told him she would keep in touch.
Her voice sounded rather indifferent now.



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Friday, November 22, 2019

You're Beautiful When You Smile - Chapter 70 Part 3

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You’re Beautiful When You Smile
Chapter 70 Part 3

“Why did you hit her? Haven’t you thought about how it would damage your image? Or is it because you know that you’re the only female player in the league and everyone is watchful of your every move so you couldn’t help yourself so you could attract more attention?”

Tong Yao: “......”

In her mind, Tong Yao cursed the reporter with every dirty word she knew. Did the reporter mistaken her as a movie star who has to make sure she has enough exposure all the time? Before she could come up with a more gentle way to answer the question, a big hand came from behind her and pushed the microphone to the side. A chilly voice came from the man behind her: “That’s enough. How do you expect her to answer a question like that? Which media outlet are you from?”

The reporter was taken by surprise and subconsciously backed away a little. The fans swarmed forward to pull him away. The crowd of fangirls noisily jabbered like chattering birds: “This is so insulting.” “Where’s your professional ethics asking a question like that.” The more aggressive ones were more straightforward: “Shit, are you trying to earn more followers? Idiot.”

Tong Yao blinked her eyes, appreciating the warmth the fans had shown her. She took pens and notebooks to sign autographs for a few fans and thanks the fans who had given her gifts. The crowd in front of her dispersed slightly and Tong Yao took a breath of relief and prepared to get on the bus. As she moved forward a couple of steps, she heard someone next to her say: “What kind of professional player is she? Who knows how she became a main player, there wasn’t any news about her being in training at all. I heard that she had signed a contract before that…...Even if she’s really good, but she never had her face cam on before. Who knows whether it’s really her who played all those matches to get her to that rank. The club just signed her up without any proof, tsk, tsk, don’t you think-- --”

It was the reporter who had been pushed away earlier.

He was leaning against the wall, looking down at the pictures he had just taken while suggestively talking to another reporter next to him-- --

As he was talking, he sensed that someone was walking towards him. Before he could raise his head, a slender hand with fair skin covered the len of his camera. The reporter looked up with a start and saw a girl who was one head shorter than him standing right in front of him. Her black eyes were sparkling.

She abruptly lifted her hand up.

Startled, the reporter shrank back.

It turned out that Tong Yao was only using one finger to wiggle in front of his nose and raised her chin up at the same time. She gripped her teeth and said: “You should be glad.”

The reporter: “? ? ? ?”

Tong Yao: “My dad won’t let me cause any trouble now. I’ll let you go this time.”


After saying those words, Tong Yao drew her hand back with some force, disregarding the dumbfounding reporter. She turned around and got back onto the bus, fuming. She sat down on a window seat and pulled the curtain up…...Three minutes later, Lu Sicheng also got on the bus. When he passed Tong Yao, he pulled the hood of her jacket over her head and patted her head at the same time.

Tong Yao slapped his hand away.

Xiao Rui stretched his head over and cunningly asked: “Which dad won’t let you cause more trouble?”

Tong Yao: “......”

Tong Yao silently stared at Xiao Rui.

During the silence, Lu Sicheng stood there and suddenly, after some searching, pulled out a box of milk from the gift bags he had received from fans. He put the straw in and handed it over next to the lips of their angry mid: “Fans want me to give this to you so you calm down.”

Tong Yao took the milk and drank it in two gulps, then she threw the empty box into the trash bag.

Lu Sicheng: “Still angry?”

Tong Yao: “Angry.”

Lu Sicheng: “Then we’ll take you to eat hot pot.”

Tong Yao: “Ok.”

Lu Sicheng: “Still angry?”

Tong Yao: “Yes.”

Lu Sicheng took out all the other boxes of milk and stuffed them into her hands, then he walked towards the back of the bus…...Xiao Rui leaned over: “Well, give me a box.”

Tong Yao grasped the boxes hid them behind her: “No, I won’t.”

Xiao Rui: “They weren’t from Cheng Ge anyway, what’s the big deal?”

Tong Yao thought about it and figured it was true. She took the milk out and watched Xiao Rui begin sharing the boxes. Then suddenly she thought about something else. She got up from her seat and looked to the back row: “Is it that hot pot place that sells a plate of beef for 888 RMB? I want lobsters.”

The back row was silent.

A long while later, a calm male voice could be heard-- --

“As you wish.”



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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Those Sweet Times - Chapter 58 Part 2

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Those Sweet Times
Chapter 58 Part 2

Xiang Nuan told herself to calm down.

She found the delivery slip, the handwritten address was blurry. She searched the slip number online and discovered that it was from Z province.

Shen Zemu lived in Z province.

Xiang Nuan couldn’t believe Shen Zemu would send such a gift.

Shen Xuezhang was a very decent man……

Yet, who knew…...Any normal person who got closer to Lin Chuyan might be influenced by him and become weird……

Xiang Nuan sent a message to Shen Zemu, trying to find out.

Xiang Nuan: Xuezhang, I received a box of chocolate. Is it from you?

Shen Zemu: En.

He admitted it! Without hesitation!

It came as such a surprise to Xiang Nuan. At first, she was shocked, feeling all her admiration of him had crumbled. Then, she found it especially unfair. Even though she used to have a crush on Shen Zemu, she had never done anything to hurt him in any way. Why was she being humiliated like this?

Xiang Nuan replied in distress: Xuezhang, what do you mean by sending this kind of thing.

Shen Zemu: It’s just what you think it is.

Xiang Nuan: Xuezhang wants me to eat poop?

Shen Zemu: ……

Shen Zemu, cell phone in hand, stared at Xiang Nuan’s message, confused. Was this young lady actually brain dead? What sort of logic equated “giving chocolate” to “eating poop”? Even if she wanted to turn him down, did she have to say such disgusting things?

He couldn’t understand it or figure it out.

Shen Zemu tried to gather his thoughts and typed several replies but deleted them all. Finally he asked her directly: Why would you say that.

He was really curious about how she came to that conclusion.

Xiang Nuan sent him a picture of the chocolates.

Inside the exquisite box sat six pieces of poop shaped chocolate.

Shen Zemu immediately understood what had happened. His face darkened, he was furious.

After sending the picture, Xiang Nuan bitterly added: Xuezhang, you’ve changed.

Shen Zemu replied with a dark face: It’s been switched.

Xiang Nuan was shocked to hear that: Ah?

Shen Zemu: It wasn’t like that originally.

Xiang Nuan understood what he meant right away and said: Wuwuwu, I knew Xuezhang wouldn’t turn into a weido. Xuezhang is the last normal person in this world……

Shen Zemu: Thanks.

He truly felt that way himself sometimes……

To be polite, Shen Zemu added: You’re a normal person.

Xiang Nuan: Xuezhang, I’m sorry, I failed at living up to everyone's expectations. I’ve defected already. Q A Q

Shen Zemu stared at her words and found it to be rather unusual for her to say. As he was carefully trying to decipher the meaning of it, Xiang Nuan spoke again.

Xiang Nuan: So, who switched it anyway? I guess someone has nothing better to do?

Who switched the package? Well, he very much wanted to know that himself.

Shen Zemu replied: Let me find out.

Then Xiang Nuan suddenly became very quiet.

……

The reason why Xiang Nuan suddenly stopped responding was because she realized an even more serious and embarrassing problem-- --

Shen Zemu’s chocolate happened to arrive today. So was it a confession? It must be?

She went back to the previous messages and saw Shen Zemu said “It’s just what you think it is.”

It really was a confession.

Shen Zemu had confessed to her the moment she had switched her interest onto other things.

Xiang Nuan had seen a lot of regretful love stories on TV or in novels. But this was the first time in her life that she had experienced the so called “missed each other.”

When Xiang Nuan liked him, he didn’t want to see her. When Xiang Nuan had gradually gone pass him, he came by to tell her that he likes her.

To Xiang Nuan, his ‘like’ came too late……

Xiang Nuan felt it was such a shame and was saddened by it.



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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

You're Beautiful When You Smile - Chapter 70 Part 2

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You’re Beautiful When You Smile
Chapter 70 Part 2

During the duration of her father’s phone call, the only words Tong Yao said were “en,” “ah,” “oh,” “I know,” or “I was wrong.” The only long sentence she had said was immediately retorted by her father. She had no choice but to remain silent for the remainder of the phone call. Before hanging up, her father asked her a question which finally proved to her that her parents hadn’t found her at some trash dump: “Did you get hurt?”

The concern in those words suddenly moved Tong Yao to tears. After she told him that she was fine, her father added one more warning before hanging up: “Don’t cause any more trouble.” Lu Sicheng and her other teammates walked into the rest area right afterwards. Tong Yao took a glance at her stone faced captain and suddenly had a revelation— —

It seems that all men in the world knew how to play the “carrot after stick” trick.

Lu Sicheng found his own coffee mug, sipped some coffee, and turned around to see the team’s mid staring at him with her black and white eyes. He paused and asked: “What are you looking at?”

Tong Yao numbly turned her eyes away.

Lu Sicheng asked Xiao Rui: “What’s wrong with her?”

Xiao Rui: “You guys played the match for 40 minutes and she was lectured by her father for 40 minutes.”

Lu Sicheng raised his eyebrows.

Xiao Rui added: “Her biological dad.”

Lu Sicheng’s eyebrows flattened.

……

Lu Yue was doing an interview outside because he had earned MVP for the second match. Tong Yao walked out of the rest area to stand in the passageway to listen. She heard the host ask Lu Yue how he was feeling coming back onto the stage— —

“Pretty good.” She could hear the smile in Lu Yue’s voice. “That’s why I play a new champion that I’ve been training with.”

“That’s right. It was a real surprise today when you suddenly took out Twisted Fate who doesn’t really match your usual style. So it was something you’ve prepared for a while now?”

“En. Not really. It’s just that our data analyst— —” Shouts and screams came from the audience; some were shouting Ming god’s name. Lu Yue laughed then continued: “Our data analyst told me that a Chinese mid has to know how to use this champion, otherwise I’d lose face. So I practiced him.”

“So that means Smiling can play Twisted Fate as well?”

“Yeah, she plays Twisted Fate well. Actually, I always feel that she seems to play everyone well. In the beginning, she wasn’t good with Azir, but she got a handle with him a bit later.”

“Oh, it looks like there’s not much tension between player and substitute on our ZGDX team— —”

“There’s no tension at all. We have different styles…...Maybe today some people will think that, after seeing my performance, I shouldn’t be just a substitute or something. But the fact is that for now she is more suitable than me to be the main player. Though I’ll be stronger later on, that’s for sure.”

“Looks like this is the reply Lu Yue would say in response to doubts being posted online.”

“I trust my teammates’ ability to make the right decision. If there’s anything I want, I’ll fight for it on my own.”

Tong Yao concluded after hearing the interview that Lu Yue was truly protective of his brother. Then Tong Yao put on her jacket and went to gather their stuff to go to the parking lot— —There were many fans who had waited there right after the match was over and media reporters as well— —Usually there were only fans, but today even reporters were there too. The crowd looked rather large.

When those reporters saw Tong Yao, they excitedly ran over with their cameras. A swarm of camera lenses and microphones were stretched right under her nose— —

“What do think about the suspension this time?”

Tong Yao: “I deserved it.”

“Don’t you feel that you’re being treated unfairly? People said that you did it because you were protecting your teammates!”

Tong Yao: “I don’t feel it’s unfair.”

“Tell us, tell us.”

Tong Yao: “Tell you what?”

“Are you worried that you’ll be replaced by Lu Yue?”

Tong Yao: “I’m only suspended for one match.”



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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Those Sweet Times - Chapter 58 Part 1

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Those Sweet Times
Chapter 58 Part 1

On Valentine's Day, Xiang Nuan ate takeouts for every meal of the day. Her parents were annoyed that all she did was play games and went out by themselves instead of taking her along.

Xiang Nuan figured that it made sense that a couple would go on a date on Valentine’s day and the person who was single would stay home eating takeout.

During the day, Xiang Nuan received a large bouquet of lilies. The flowers were fresh, beautiful,  and had a pleasant fragrance.

The delivery girl didn’t say who the bouquet was from and Xiang Nuan couldn’t find a card on the flowers either.

Why did the sender want to stay anonymous?

Xiang Nuan took a picture of the bouquet and posted it to her friends: Who sent this?

Three people claimed that it was from them, but Lin Chuyan wasn’t among the three.

Xiang Nuan left a private message for Lin Chuyan: Why haven’t you given me a thumbs up yet today?

After a little while, Lin Chuyan replied: I didn’t see it.

Then he immediately gave a thumbs up.

Xiang Nuan thought the flower probably wasn’t from Lin Chuyan. Somehow, she felt a little disappointed and deleted the picture.

Lin Chuyan gave her a red envelope.

Lin Chuyan: Don’t be angry.

Xiang Nuan: Who’s angry. = =

Xiang Nuan accepted Lin Chuyan’s red envelope and returned one to him with the same amount: Happy holiday.

Lin Chuyan used the money to buy a box of chocolate. After returning home, he opened the box and started to eat the chocolate while playing with Xiang Nuan.

Xiang Nuan could tell Lin Chuyan had something in his mouth whenever he spoke and asked him: What are you eating?

“Chocolate.”

“Who gave it to you?”

Lin Chuyan thought to himself: You did.

But instead said: “Guess.”

Xiang Nuan figured that there was a lot of people after Lin Chuyan and it wasn’t strange that he would receive chocolate from someone. Despite that, she felt somewhat jealous and brushed him off: “I don’t want to guess. Don’t you have anything better to do?”

Lin Chuyan asked her: “Would you like to have some?”

“Hmph, not at all.”

After playing for a while longer, Xiang Nuan heard Lin Chuyan chomp on another piece of chocolate. She unconsciously spoke her real feelings out loud: “I really want to eat chocolate too.”

Lin Chuyan’s voice sounded happy and said in a low voice: “Go buy some yourself.”

Xiang Nuan harrumphed. What kind of suggestion was that? Buying chocolate for herself on a Valentine’s day…...She may be single, but she still had pride.

Someone up there must have heard Xiang Nuan’s deepest wishes. Another delivery arrived.

This time it was a box.

Xiang Nuan took off the wrapping and excitingly stared at the exquisite box. Finally, after waiting for a whole day, she also received a box of chocolate! She was pretty sure it was a box full of chocolates! Without a doubt!

She expectantly opened the box.

The inside of the box was beautifully decorated with gold foil paper and contain 6 pieces of……

Uhr?

Xiang Nuan didn’t want to admit that they were chocolates

The dark brown chocolate pieces were made to look like a pile of poop.

Ahhh, who would make chocolate into this kind of shape? ! It didn’t make sense!

Why would anyone would send this to her as a gift unless they wanted to hurt her feelings……

It was sad enough already that she was single, why did she have to be insulted like this.

She was so upset that she wanted to take a picture of the chocolates, send it to her friends, and trash whoever sent this to her. But she was afraid that her friends would laugh at her, especially Lin Chuyan. They were both single but he had received sweet chocolate while all she got was poop……



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Monday, November 18, 2019

Starlight Has No Past - Chapter 45 Part 1

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Starlight Has No Past
Chapter 45 Part 1

Ye Qiao had begun to settle down. Zhou Tingsheng lightly kissed her eyes and forced a smile on his face: “What is there to cry about? I’m not interested in a underage kid.” He glanced at her and whispered in her ear: “I only like someone just like you.”
His alluring voice was hard for Ye Qiao to resist. Zhou Tingsheng continued whispering in her ear trying to defuse the tension.

As her tears dried, Ye Qiao could hear her own heart pumping. Many faces were flashing through her mind. The girl seemed familiar to her, but was too exhausted from using up most of her strength earlier to continue the thought. When she woke up again, it was like another world was waiting for her.

Something was floating outside the window.
Zhou Tingsheng held her in his arms and lightly said: “It’s snowing outside.”
The first snow of the year, finally fell before Chinese New Year.

Ye Qiao was still in a daze: “That night, the noise that I heard…...it wasn’t you?”
Zhou Tingsheng tried to recall the night and deciphered what she meant: “No, it wasn’t. Her life style isn’t that good and no matter how hard I try to discipline her, it’s been of little use. That day, I happened to be there to see it myself.”

No wonder Qianxi heard the sound of fighting next door that day. The wounds on his face that night were probably because of the fight. Ye Qiao remembered their encounter in the drug store. Suddenly, she realized how blinded she was by jealousy and broke out into a chuckle.

Zhou Tongsheng however was a bit frustrated seeing her mood change: “Don’t you want to know something else?” Though he wasn’t sure where to begin explaining the complicated connections they all shared.
Ye Qiao shook her head: “It’s enough for me. I don’t need to know more.”
“Now you’re so understanding?” Zhou Tingsheng kept teasing her and pretended to be bitter: “Earlier, I thought you’re going to torture me.”

Ye Qiao pinched him: “I didn’t even scratch you…...It was I who was in pain.”
She blushed after saying that, even her ears were slightly pink. Zhou Tingsheng put her hand over his heart and spoke exaggeratedly: “When my Qiaoqiao is in pain, I’m in pain as well.”
“How glib-tongued you are.”
……

It snowed all night. By the next morning, everything was covered in a layer of white frost.
In this pure white world, all jealousy and sins seemed easily forgivable.

Ye Qiao held a cup of hot coffee with both hands and stood in front of the window. Her nose was a little stuffy, the aftereffects of catching a cold last night. Zhou Tingsheng was rifling through drawers trying to find cold medicine for her, but couldn’t find any. Zhou Tingsheng was in good health and seldom got sick with a cold. He had more medicine for injuries and wounds than other basic medicines. He put a down jacket on Ye Qiao and took Desa with them to the drug store.

The drug store was within walking distance from his apartment.
Desa wore the little boots which Ye Qiao had bought for her, happily treading in the snow. Their breath quickly froze into a white mist.

After they picked up cold medicine, Zhou Tingsheng went to pay for it. Ye Qiao waited for him outside with Desa. She heard two office workers standing there gossiping about the entertainment circle.
-- --They say the password to Z producer’s iCloud account was leaked. A bunch of nudes were exposed. There’s a lot of actresses in the pictures.
-- --Wow, it’s just like when someone got his computer repaired and the stuff stored on it go exposed.
-- --Exactly. They said that new movie which they’re promoting lately, <Innocent City>? Quite a few actresses in that movie are in those pictures.
-- --Really? It can’t be Pei Xindan and Ye Qiao?
-- --Not those two. The person in the early photos isn’t that famous, Zhao something. But this morning, a big star gets exposed, Xu Yinshan. Can you believe it!



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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Starlight Has No Past - Chapter 44 Part 3

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Starlight Has No Past
Chapter 44 Part 3

Ye Qiao called Qianxi. After a brief greeting, she asked: “Is the young lady next door pretty?”
“Young lady?” Qianxi was surprised by the question. “Oh, you mean that high school girl? She’s good looking. I figured she could be the prettiest one in her grade.”
Ye Qiao said: “Heart-shaped face, big eyes, about 165cm high, no glasses, is that her?”
“......Yeah.” Qianxi was suspicious. “Why are you asking about her?”
“It’s nothing. I’m hanging up.”

Ye Qiao suddenly lost all courage to get to the bottom of it and abruptly hung up. She curled up into a ball, held her knees, and felt like sleeping.
It was so cold that she had goosebumps on her skin and shivered from time to time. When she closed her eyes, she was back to the night she first met Zhou Tingsheng. The shower in the old building was switching between cold and hot. She could still hear the heavy breathing and moaning in her ears. She had long forgotten what exactly was said, but she remembered that they were rather obscene.
She had thought that it was a thing in the past, who knew that they were far from passing.

She maintained her position and gradually fell asleep in the coldness. In her dream, she began to warm up.
She felt the bed slightly sink and instantly woke up. It was already deep into the night. There was a dim wall lamp right above Zhou Tingsheng’s bed. Without her knowing it, Zhou Tingsheng had carried her back to his apartment. But she felt that she was owed an explanation.

Zhou Tingsheng had discovered the change of her breathing pattern. His arm lightly circled her waist: “You awake?” He smiled with obvious forced casualness: “It’s so cold, yet you slept so soundly.”


Ye Qiao abruptly turned around to face him and asked a direct question: “The young lady today is the student your family has been sponsoring?”
“En.” He didn’t want to lie.
However, her second question struck home: “Is it your family, or you?”
Zhou Tingsheng was quiet for a moment then said: “It’s me.”
Ye Qiao was unusually calm: “That night when I first met you, you just came out from her home, right?”
“......Yes.” He began to hesitate.

Ye Qiao was very sensitive by his reaction. His slight hesitation was interpreted by her wildest imaginations. She pounced at him; Zhou Tingsheng, taken by surprise, fell backwards onto the bed. Ye Qiao sat over him, both hands starting to touch his body.
Her hands slowly went down his body, slowly taking off his pajamas inch by inch. Zhou Tingsheng called her: “Qiaoqiao.” He was trying to get up but she pushed him back down. She bent over and gave him a harsh kiss; she bit his lips and then said: “Isn’t this your most favorite thing to do?”

Zhou Tingsheng could feel her anger and carefully responded to her kiss. He stroked her back in an attempt to calm her down. The bitterness and anger finally turned into tears in her eyes. A big teardrop fell on Zhou Tingsheng’s eye. His eyelashes quivered. Ye Qiao watched him blink his eyes and suddenly sobbed out loud.

“Qiaoqiao……” Zhou Tingsheng called for her in a hoarse voice, trying to calm her down. But Ye Qiao grew sadder as she cried until she grew tired of crying and laid on Zhou Tingsheng’s body, motionless.

“Don’t cry, don’t cry. Listen to me, I’ll explain everything.” Zhou Tingsheng patted her back. “She’s still a kid, how can there be anything between us?”
Women from 16 to 60 were the same, they were infatuated in the men they liked. The way Ruan Feiyan looked at Zhou Tingsheng was still clearly imprinted in Ye Qiao’s mind. Her fingernails dug into his flesh without even realizing it.
Zhou Tingsheng grunted from the sharp pain and grabbed her hands. He turned around to look right into her eyes: “Qiaoqiao, you must believe me.”



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Friday, November 15, 2019

You're Beautiful When You Smile - Chapter 70 Part 1

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You’re Beautiful When You Smile
Chapter 70 Part 1

Tong Yao followed Lu Shicheng out of the room. Lu Yue happened to be outside and Tong Yao grabbed his uniform to pull him back: “Play well. Don’t screw it up. Don’t be timid, just do it.”

“What’s wrong?” Lu Yue was confused. “You’re going to retire?”

Lu Yue looked at Lu Shicheng as he walked ahead of them: “Did you crush her will?”

Before Lu Sicheng was able to respond, Tong Yao slapped Lu Yue’s back: “Nonsense. If we win this match, we’ll have won every match so far. Didn’t you seen those people outside— — waving the fluorescent sticks? That’s the glory I helped create with my own hands……”

Lu Yue: “And with foot you kicked it all away and paid 120K for it.”

Tong Yao: “......”

Lu Sicheng: “You two are too chatty.”

Lu Sicheng pulled Lu Yue’s jacket out of Tong Yao’s grip. Then Lu Sicheng pushed her back into the room, head first— —After the emotional soul searching talk with Lu Sicheng, Tong Yao felt more relaxed now, the burden on her heart seemed to have lightened. She went back to the rest area to sit with the staff and watch the match on the big screen. To tell the truth, after the lecture from Lu Sicheng, she was now more afraid that Lu Yue would fail this round.

Especially if they lost the match because Lu Yue couldn’t coordinate well with his teammates. If that happened, she felt compelled to kneel down and kowtow to her teammates to apologize— —

Tong Yao was quite nervous sitting in front of the live broadcast. The first thing Red Arrow did when the second match started was to ban Twisted Fate. Because Red Arrow also needed to prevent Lu Sicheng from picking Kalista and teaming up with Little Fatty’s Alista in bot, that they weren't able to ban Azir. Lu Yue got to pick Azir as his champion.

ZGDX’s mid lane effectively had a third turret now.

Tong Yao breathed a sigh of relief after Lu Yue got Azir. She leaned back in the chair and watched the match attentively while chatting with Xiao Rui: “What’s the story about Lu Yue’s Twisted Fate?”

Xiao Rui turned to take a look at Ming god and pointed his chin at the smiling man: “Ask him.”

Tong Yao looked at Ming god. He explained with the same smile: “I taught him. I told him any professional Chinese mid has to know how to play Twisted Fate, a jungler just has to know Lee Sin. The older generation of players practically established this fact— —They’re traditionally strong champions which has nothing to do with the edition of the game. One of these days, we’ll take these champions back to the world stage.”

Tong Yao: “I haven’t seen Lu Yue play him before.”

Min god: “Twisted Fate doesn’t match his style, so he generally doesn’t play— — But once he uses it, it’d be his trump card.  It’s proof that he cares about this match very much.”

Xiao Rui: “True. After all, it’s the fight to decide who’ll be the one staying behind to watch the drinking fountain.”

Min god: “Xiao Rui, don’t go and scare Tong Yao— —But it’s true that Lu Yue wasn’t willing to learn Twisted Fate until I said to him ‘see how smoothly Tong Yao plays Twisted Fate.’”

Tong Yao: “......”

Tong Yao rolled her eyes.

At the beginning of the match, the broadcast was focused on bot because there was more action there. But Tong Yao’s attention was focused on the mini map in the lower right hand corner. She was keeping her eyes on Azir’s profile in the mid— —

Suddenly her cell phone vibrated, she pulled out her phone and discovered that the caller was her father. Tong Yao didn’t think too much about it and answered the phone. Before she could greet him, her dad began lecturing her— — The core contents of his reprimand were “I sent you to play games not to have a fight” “You haven’t even kept the first month’s pay in your pocket for long, now you’ll lose an additional 60K” “Is there something wrong with your brain, a girl having a fight with others?” and etc.

Tong Yao: “......”

Though her parents didn’t frequent the internet, her brother was a different story. She had been wondering yesterday why she hadn’t heard from her family at all and her brother hadn’t told on her yet, it was his favorite thing to do after all……

So her family was waiting for the right moment to give her the ultimate blow.

After Lu Sicheng’s lecturing, Tong Yao got another rebuking from her own father. Tong Yao was a bit overwhelmed. She had her eyes fixed on the screen while holding her cell phone up to her ear, but what went into the left ear went right out the right ear— —The match lasted 40 minutes and her dad’s phone call lasted 40 minutes. When Lu Sicheng and his teammates were pushing Red Arrow’s base, her father had just reached his conclusion— —

One of the conclusions was a familiar one: What sort of man would marry you if you act this way.

Tong Yao: “......I’m quite happy living by myself.”

Tong Yao’s dad: “You dare talk back.”



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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Those Sweet Times - Chapter 57 Part 4

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Those Sweet Times
Chapter 57 Part 4

Xiang Nuan checked the contents of the message, there was only three words: Go for it.

This piqued Xiang Nuan’s curiosity. She sent a reply: Is this that Invincible?

-Invincible-: Yes. =  =

It’s Nuannuan: Thank you. I’ll do my best.

-Invincible-: By the way, whether you believe it or not, I have to remind you that Lin Chuyan is a nutcase and a pervert.

It’s Nuannuan: I know. =  =

Xiang Nuan told her teammates about the challenge from the Physical Education Institute. After they reached consensus, she issued a statement on Weibo: Team Times has only one goal in mind and that is to win the championship. 

With such an ambitious announcement, they brushed off the challenge easily.

Xiang Nuan felt like since she had been with Lin Chuyan long enough, she had also learned how to be pretentious……

— —

The competition on the provincial level was entirely online, best two out of three. It would be held for two days, from the ninth to the tenth of the first month of the New Year. Each team was randomly matched up against another team.

Xiang Nuan checked the official site the first thing in the morning of the eighth and discovered that the first team that Nanshan University was up against happened to be…...Nanshan Institute of Physical Education.

Ha?

The first match would be against the rival of their university?

Xiang Nuan felt the pressure to win the first match doubled after their announcement.

Xiang Nuan’s mind wandered off as she held onto her cell phone.

Suddenly, Min Lili sent her a message: Nuannuan, go for it!

Xiang Nuan: En, en!

Min Lili: Today is Valentine’s Day.

Xiang Nuan glanced at the calendar, it was February 14th.

Min Lili: Have you received any chocolate?

A face came into her head when she heard Min Lili’s question.

The face was handsome, with smiling eyes and lips that were slightly curled upwards, as if asking her: Do you want my chocolate?

Xiang Nuan rubbed her heated face and thought to herself, stop having all these random thoughts, concentrate on the competition.



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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

You're Beautiful When You Smile - Chapter 69 Part 3

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You’re Beautiful When You Smile
Chapter 69 Part 3

Tong Yao’s eyes were sparkling clear and there was only one thing that Lu Sicheng had said earlier echoing in her head — —

[after you start to wear the team uniform, to me, you have only one identity regardless of gender: a teammate.]

She wants to be his teammate.

She wants to be their teammate.

Even if it means that she has to smooth out the edges of her character one day, it’s — —

“You probably feel that you haven’t been treated fairly. You were protecting your teammates and ended up being treated this way.”

The voice coming from above her head interrupted her thoughts. She paused slightly, then raised her head up to meet those dark brown eyes— —The coldness in his eyes had faded, now the dark brown looked as soft as chocolate.

“All of us are very grateful for your protection. That’s why Little Fatty and the others were willing to do the game in the end. It was to provide some useful evidence to reduce the damage you’ve done to yourself.” Lu Sicheng stopped for a moment. Under Tong Yao’s gaze, he slowly said: “And I, I personally am also very grateful for your protection.”

“......”

“No one asked you to smooth out the edges of your character, young lady. It’s just that you have to understand — —Before starting to protect others, you have to learn how to protect yourself well.”

“When do I know that I can protect myself?”

“When you’re strong enough to the point that no one can put you down.”

Tong Yao remained silent, eyebrows slightly gathered, confused by the answer she had received.

Xiao Rui had begun pounding on the door urging Lu Sicheng to get out of the room for the next match. Lu Sicheng raised his hand to pat her head as if to soothe her but didn’t pull his other arm out of Tong Yao’s grip until Tong Yao released it. He then mumbled in a low voice that he’s going back to play and walked forward a couple of steps— —

Tong Yao grabbed his arm once again.

He turned his head.

“Cheng Ge, are you that kind of person?”

“What?”

“Strong enough that no one can put you down?”

Lu Sicheng was quiet for a while then slowly shook his head: “I’m not. There are times when I hesitate and don’t know what to do.”

Tong Yao: “?”

Tong Yao let him go again. Lu Sicheng unlocked the door and was about to open the door when Tong Yao called out to him, still standing in place with her hands behind her: “Cheng Ge.”

“?”

“One last question.”

“In the past two days, why did you ignore me? Just because you’re angry? Or is there some other reason?”

“......”

Lu Sicheng pulled the door open and thought about her question as Xiao Rui nagged at him to go onstage. Then he gave his answer which made Xiao Rui rather confused. Afterwards, he went out the door and closed the door again.

Tong Yao was left inside the room by herself, in a daze.

His answer was that he would become soft-hearted.



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