Saturday, April 4, 2020

You're Beautiful When You Smile - Chapter 86 Part 2

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You’re Beautiful When You Smile
Chapter 86 Part 2

Tong Yao said: “......I just met the girl of that day, the girl who was with Xu Tailun. In the beginning, I disliked her, but now I feel, besides disliking her, I pity her for being a fan.” Tong Yao put down her hand but didn’t get her hand out of Lu Sicheng’s. “The fans always overrate the person they like-- --be it Xu Tailun, or us…...And he didn’t care about the feelings of the people who liked him and did whatever he wanted. Now he’s been exposed, destroyed-- --When I thought about it, I truly felt that this circle doesn’t deserve to be liked by anyone, it’s too…....”

“It’s not as bad as you think.”

“......”

Tong Yao stopped talking and looked up.

“At least your teammates are handling it very well. No one goes out at all. They’ve turned our base into a monk temple.” Lu Sicheng continued: “Everyone behaves.”

“......”

His face had the expression of a parent who was praising their child.

“It isn’t fair to discredit everyone just because of one or two individuals. Didn’t I remind you about this long ago?” Lu Sicheng had a serious look on his face: “I’m a good person.”

Tong Yao blinked.

At the same time, she felt the hand holding her wrist had tightened slightly.

“It’s worrisome to see you in this condition.”

“......Worrisome?”

“You’ve given up on this circle before I even had a chance to say anything. That’s trouble.”

As Lu Sicheng was talking, he released Tong Yao’s hand. Then it looked like something wasn’t quite right to him and he picked up Tong Yao’s hand again-- --He bent over slightly, got a little closer to that lifeless face, and looked deeply into her still somewhat spaced out eyes.

“There’s still a good man in this circle who’s handsome, wealthy, a good player and never fooling around with fans. The kind who lives in the base as if it’s a monk temple and the only thing missing is that he doesn’t recite the Heart Sutra every morning when he wakes up.”

“......Who?”

“Me.”

“......”

“Therefore.” Lu Sicheng slightly tightened his lips and his dark brown pupils gathered every slightly: “Let me ask you again what I had asked the other day. Do you want to give it a try?”

Tong Yao’s brain couldn’t function anymore.

Out of reflex, she asked-- --

“......Try what?”

“Me.”



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Friday, April 3, 2020

You're Beautiful When You Smile - Chapter 86 Part 1

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You’re Beautiful When You Smile
Chapter 86 Part 1

Tong Yao went back to the arena with a half eaten bread. The second round had already started…...Looking at the fans sitting in the audience with various fluorescent boards supporting their idols, Tong Yao began to feel upset again. She had lost her interest in watching another game and wished to finish her interview as soon as possible so she could go back to base and hug her cat. She went directly backstage without stopping.

What she didn’t expect was the person she saw in the break room.

“Captain?” Tong Yao paused as she was pushing the door into the break room: “Why are you here?”

“The interview changed to double interviews, so I’m here.”

Lu Sicheng looked up from his cell phone and saw a drenched Tong Yao at the door-- --She was soaked; her hair stuck to her face like she had just been fished out of the water…...Lu Sicheng put down the cell phone and raised an eyebrow: “How did you end up looking like this? Didn’t you borrow an umbrella from someone?”

“I did. It’s just that I ran into a little accident.” Tong Yao walked into the room and sneezed because of the cold air from the air conditioning. She sniffled: “I gave the umbrella to someone else.”

Lu Sicheng threw a blanket that was lying around in the room to Tong Yao, then brought a warm, dry handkerchief from who knew where-- --Tong Yao took the blanket and wrapped it around herself and used the handkerchief to wipe her hair: “Where’re the interviewers?”

“They’re waiting. I thought you would want to finish watching the second round, so I asked them to wait.” Lu Sicheng lowered his eyes to take a look at Tong Yao, then paused before asking: “Why haven’t you gone to watch the match?”

Tong Yao stopped her hand in the middle of wiping her hair.

Lu Sicheng raised his eyebrows.

Tong Yao quickly resumed wiping her hair but bent her head lower: “I don’t feel like watching it.” She mumbled in a low voice: “I feel bad watching those fans…...Why do they want to come here, what are they after? The heroes in their minds? Or a public persona they’ve imagined? In reality, the people sitting on the stage aren’t the kind of great people as the fans imagined, or even worse than the fans themselves……”

Once she opened her mouth, random words came out. In the end, her voice became smaller and smaller and her head continued to droop-- --

She didn’t raise her head until she felt a hand pressing down on her hand which was aimlessly rubbing her hair. She confusedly looked up into a pair of familiar dark brown pupils.

Tong Yao: “Cheng Ge, what’s wrong?”

Lu Sicheng said without any expression: “I should be the one asking you that question.”

Tong Yao quieted down.

Then she started talking.



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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Those Sweet Times - Chapter 71 Part 2

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Those Sweet Times
Chapter 71 Part 2

After lunch, Oblivion planned to go to Club Heat’s base right away. Xiang Nuan wished she could see how an esports club looks. Since she didn’t have class after lunch, she asked: “Can I go tour your club?”

“Not sure. Let me call my manager to ask.”

Lin Chuyan asked Oblivion when he saw him taking out his cell phone: “How do you plan to ask?”

“I’ll just ask whether I can bring someone to tour the club.”

“What if the manager refuses? You don’t know the manager that well yet.” Lin Chuyan asked a reasonable question.

Oblivion, stupefied, wasn’t sure what to do.

Lin Chuyan felt Oblivion was a bit too gullible. He used his index finger to tap the table: “Just tell the manager that we’re your friends. Your family is concerned about you coming to Nanshan by yourself to try out and has asked us to come with you to check the place out. You hope the club understands.”

Hearing Lin Chuyan’s explanation, Oblivion felt like he had gained some insight.

“You’re really smart.” Oblivion didn’t forget to praise Lin Chuyan.

“You’re really sneaky.” Xiang Nuan said.

Lin Chuyan messed up Xiang Nuan’s hair.

Professional teams usually cared very much about each player’s family’s opinion. It wasn’t about whether the family was wealthy or not, but the family’s attitude towards the profession was very important. If the family was willing to support the player, then there would be much less confrontation and the player could focus on preparing for competitions with a peace of mind.

The club manager agreed to have Oblivion’s friends over without any hesitation after Oblivion made the request: “Come, have them come and take a look.”

Xiang Nuan was excited to have a chance to visit a professional team first hand.

……

Club Heat’s base was located at a big fancy house in the suburbs. Outside the front door, there was a large sign with the logo of the club, a ball of fire. The club had many divisions for different games. The Kings of Glory division had just been set up last year. Xiang Nuan and the other two were stopped at the reception desk. Oblivion called the manager in front of the receptionist and waited for some time before Manager Zhang showed up.

When Manager Zhang walked into the lobby, his eyes immediately brightened up.

“How are you? How are you?” Manager Zhang was very enthusiastic, running over to shake hands with them.

Lin Chuyan was a bit averse to his attitude and pulled Xiang Nuan behind him while cautiously eyeing the manager.

Manager Zhang didn’t take any offense, put his hand down, and asked Lin Chuyan: “Are you Oblivion? You’re a really handsome guy.”

After he finished saying that, he saw a dark skinned young man raise his hand beside him: “I’m Oblivion……”

“Uh, you……” Manager Zhang was a little embarrassed: “En, you’re handsome too.” Just a bit too dark, he thought to himself.

It seemed to Xiang Nuan that the manager’s concerns were rather unusual. People didn’t use their faces to play games. Whether the player was handsome or not shouldn’t be an issue?

Ever since the manager saw their faces, he had become unusually enthusiastic. He led all three of them on a tour of the base; the training area, the dorms, the meeting room, the gym, the kitchen…...He asked them questions as he showed them around, asking them what champions they played in Kings of Glory, how they did, what rank, champion preferences…...a very talkative person.

Xiang Nuan didn’t trust this person very much. She was worried about Oblivion’s future in the club.

After they had toured the base, Manager Zhang asked to test their skill by playing a game.

It wasn’t just testing Oblivion’s skill, but all three of them -- -- including Xiang Nuan and Lin Chuyan.

Xiang Nuan and Lin Chuyan looked at each other and both of them could read from the other’s eyes that they found the situation rather strange.



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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

You're Beautiful When You Smile - Chapter 85 Part 3

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You’re Beautiful When You Smile
Chapter 85 Part 3

On Thursday, the day for the match between Qing Dynasty and Huawei, Tong Yao received an interview assignment that morning about Xu Tailun and the current Korean help in the esports circle. Though ZGDX didn’t have any matches that day, Tong Yao had to get up early to get ready. She was going to take the club’s van to go to the arena which she was quite familiar with now. Unfortunately, it was quite the distance away from the club’s base.

…...Before Tong Yao left the club, Lu Sicheng gave her his blessings: “......It’s Xu Tailun’s last game. The audience is probably going to go crazy. Aren’t you afraid of being attacked by his fans when you show your face at the interview?”

“Well said, thank you for your blessing. Aren’t you going to come protect your team’s mid?”

“I’m not going.” Lu Sicheng said while holding his cup of coffee expressionlessly: “I’m afraid of dying.”

…...This old internet addicted bachelor didn’t know what a romantic action was.

Tong Yao rolled her eyes and left for the arena. She arrived at the arena too early for the interview, so she put on a face mask and sat in the audience to watch the match between Qing Dynasty and Huawei-- --She didn’t know whether Xu Tailun was actually in a bad condition or he was doing it on purpose, but Li Huanshuo did hit Xu Tailun badly as expected. The match went exactly like a traditionally strong team against a traditionally relegation team. Including the intermission, it took only an hour and a half for the two teams to finish the best of three.

After the game was over, the area for the Qing Dynasty fans was dead quiet, so quiet it felt kind of eerie-- --If felt like it wasn’t just Xu Tailun’s personal last game but the last game for the entire team.

As the winning side, Huawei’s players went to shake hands with Qing Dynasty’s players and moved to the front of the stage to bow and thank the audience. While bending over, Li Huanshuo saw Tong Yao sitting in the corner with only her eyes and half of her nose showing. He smiled widely and waved at her……

Qing Dynasty’s players quietly left the stage.

Tong Yao noticed that it was almost the time for her interview but she felt hungry. So she decided to get something to eat before the interview. When she walked outside, it had started to rain. She had to come back in to borrow an umbrella from a staff member before heading out to the next building by herself.

She was afraid that some fans would recognize her, so she chose to leave from the side exit. She had to make a big circle in order to reach the other building-- --There wasn’t anyone on the path. When she circled to the back of the arena, she saw a young woman squatting under the eaves of the building.

Startled, Tong Yao almost threw her umbrella away-- --Until she got closer, she noticed that the drenched person was not only alive but also someone she knew.

“..................Hi?”

Tong Yao stopped next to her, tilted her umbrella a bit to shield her from the rain, and asked after hesitated a bit-- --

“Are you alright?”

For a short while it was very quiet, she could only hear the pouring rain.

After quite a while, long enough that Tong Yao thought the young woman wasn’t planning to respond. Tong Yao looked at the umbrella and as she was making up her mind to give the umbrella to the young woman, the young woman moved-- --She looked up at Tong Yao, her whole face was wet, it was impossible to tell if it was from the rain or her tears…...She slightly squinted her eyes, looking at Tong Yao. After a long, long while, she said in a low and hoarse voice: “Have I destroyed him with my own hands?”

……

Ten minutes later, Tong Yao, soaking wet all over, sat in a bakery by herself, chewing bread while looking at Weibo. She was planning to see how Qing Dynasty’s fans reacted to Xu Tailun’s ban. As she was looking, she saw a new Weibo post.

She carefully read it through.

Then she stopped swallowing the bread, not knowing how she felt about it. It seemed that for a moment she suddenly felt sad about the whole situation…...It seemed to her that sometimes it wasn’t a simple black and white when liking or hating a person like she had imagined.

After a few hours, almost everyone who paid attention to the esports circle had also seen the same Weibo post-- --

[In your name:

Humans are greedy.

In the beginning, I just wanted to take one more look at you. Gradually, I wanted to be with you. I tried hard to control my possessive desires but sometimes I wanted to have you all to myself. Then I became dissatisfied and critical. Because my wishes couldn’t be fulfilled, I became irritated, anxious, and hysterical……

Without being aware of it, we had kidnapped all the morals and emotions in the name of love. I should have thought about that in the very beginning. I was only standing in the crowd hoping you would gently give me one more look.]



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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Those Sweet Times - Chapter 71 Part 1

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Those Sweet Times
Chapter 71 Part 1

Oblivion took off his jacket when he sat down for lunch. Xiang Nuan saw Oblivion was wearing a blue sweater under his jacket. There was a cute, big fish on the front of the sweater.

“This sweater is hand knitted, right?” She asked.

“En. My mom knitted it for me.”

Xiang Nuan was envious: “My mom never knitted sweaters for me, only for Xiaoxue.”

“Who’s Xiaoxue?”

“Our family cat.”

Oblivion chuckled. Xiang Nuan found that Oblivion liked to laugh. When he laughed, he was bashful and without sound, like moss quietly growing in a corner.

Xiang Nuan couldn’t help herself from looking at him a few more times. Oblivion actually had quite the looks, his straight nose especially made him look particularly robust. The ridges of his brow were high, making him look a bit stern, but when he smiled, his eyebrows dropped down giving him a mild mannered disposition.

The only thing was his skin color, which wasn’t popular among girls nowadays.

Lin Chuyan was a little displeased at Xiang Nuan staring at Oblivion: “Eat, why are you staring blankly?”

“Oh, oh.” Xiang Nuan realized that it was rather impolite to stare at Oblivion and felt a little embarrassed. She buried her head in her food.

She then discovered some pieces of fish in her bowl. They were from Lin Chuyan. She checked the fish pieces and found all the bones had been picked clean.

What a thoughtful gesture.

Xiang Nuan was surprised, but silently a little disgusted. All the fish pieces had been picked clean of bones using Lin Chuyan’s own chopsticks, his saliva was still on them……

“Can I not eat them?”

“I’ll slap you if you don’t eat them.”

“Wu……”

Xiang Nuan felt the need to reexamine their relationship.

Oblivion got up to go to the restroom.

Lin Chuyan moved closer to Xiang Nuan and lowered his head to whisper in her ear: “Don’t be mad. I couldn’t stand to actually slap you.”

Whenever he spoke in a low and gentle tone of voice to her, no matter what he said, Xiang Nuan felt like she was floating in happiness. It was her body’s instinctive reaction by now.

She pushed him away and said in a small voice: “Lin Chuyan, are you trying to seduce me?”

Lin Chuyan chuckled out loud with his head bent downwards.

Xiang Nuan looked over and saw his slightly curved up lips. He wasn’t looking at her, but sitting straight up with his eyes looking at the empty dishes in front.

“You aren’t too dumb.” He said.

He admitted it just like that…...without feeling abashed at all…...Xiang Nuan didn’t know how to continue the conversation.

She could only bury her head in her food again and finish all the pieces of fish.

As she was eating the fish, Lin Chuyan added: “You’ll have to eat it sooner or later.”

Xiang Nuan was confused at what he was referring to. She didn’t realize what he meant until she had finished eating everything.

Lin Chuyan was a scoundrel indeed.

When Oblivion came back, he noticed that even Xiang Nuan’s ears were red. Lin Chuyan, on the other hand, was smiling. Oblivion didn’t know what Lin Chuyan had done to Xiang Nuan, but he figured it must be something embarrassing.

Then Oblivion also blushed.

The advantage of having darker skin was apparent now-- --No one could tell that he was blushing. He was also glad that he had gone to the restroom, otherwise if the couple kissed in front of him, it would make it even more awkward.



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Monday, March 30, 2020

You're Beautiful When You Smile - Chapter 85 Part 2

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You’re Beautiful When You Smile
Chapter 85 Part 2

This young lady’s Weibo username was “Guoguo.” She went over to the trunk and lifted her foot ready to close the back of the trunk. Her eyes caught the sight of a thick scrapbook…...She paused and bent over to take out the scrapbook. She opened the first page. It was the picture of the current public enemy of the esports circle wearing a Qing Dynasty uniform and smiling brightly-- --

The picture was taken when Xu Tailun won his first match after he joined the Qing Dynasty.

At the bottom of the picture there were phrases written in three different languages: Chinese, English, and Korean in highlighter:  Tailun Ge, happy birthday!

She flipped through pages of the scrapbook. There were various pictures each with more sentences in different handwriting-- --[Xu Tailun is the best : )] [Thank you for coming to be with us] [Our little angel Tailun, go for the summer season] [Thank you for bringing me into the wonderful LoL professional scene. I’ve seen many pro scenes and in the end I’ve decided to stay with you always]......

On the last page, [I’ll be at your side no matter what-- --Guoguo]

The last picture was dated August 31 of this year, a date in the future. This scrapbook was put together by many of Xu’s fans as a gift for Xu Tailun’s birthday. They had started compiling the book since February this year. The scrapbook had been carefully sent to forty some cities through express delivery, collecting numerous handwritten wishes from fans all over the country. The book eventually came back to Guoguo…...A thick scrapbook filled with the expectation that it would be delivered to the hand of their most favorite player.

But, there was no use for this scrapbook now.

Guoguo put the book back into the trunk. Another notification chime reminded her of her cell phone…...She hesitated for a moment, then turned to pick up the phone and read through hundreds of unread messages which had came in the last dozen of hours-- --

[Guoguo, are you alright? qaq]

[You cleared out your Weibo. Are you going to leave us? Don’t, wuwuwuwu……]

[Don’t understand why you have to do this.]

[Didn’t we agree not to make these things public? Didn’t expect that the person to betray Xu Tailun in the end would be you…...You also betrayed us. You’re a traitor.]

[Xu Tailun got banned.]

[Thanks a lot.]

[You’re really an evil woman.]

[He’s a jerk. Not worth it. Guoguo, let it go. If I knew in the beginning that he’s this kind of person, I wouldn't have become his fan in the first place, I wouldn’t despite the fact that he plays great games.]

……

[This week is his last match. Are you coming?]

Guoguo’s eyes rested on the last message.

After a long while, she opened WeChat as if she had finally made up her mind and went on to a ticket sales app-- --Her finger on the cell phone was trembling. It suddenly reminded her the first time when she decided to go watch a pro-league game in person. On that Monday morning, she had gotten up early to shower and put on makeup. Afterwards, she went to a Starbucks to meet with some friends and waited there until noon. Then they, each with a cell phone in hand and quick heartbeats, opened the ticket buying app and ordered front row seats for the match scheduled that week……

Qing Dynasty’s match against Huawei was on Thursday and it was already Wednesday. When Guoguo went to the ticket purchasing page, there were only a few tickets in the back rows left. Guoguo randomly chose a seat in the very last row. She clicked confirm and paid for the ticket.

Her thoughts went back to that Monday again. She remembered how she excitedly hugged her friends after they all got front row seats. She didn’t know how to describe the joy she experienced at that time. All she could think of at the time was-- --What am I going to wear that day?

I’m going to put on nice makeup!

It doesn’t matter if he won’t be able to see me. I have to be beautiful that day!

Xu Tailun, I’m really, really, happy I’ll be seeing you.



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Saturday, March 28, 2020

You're Beautiful When You Smile - Chapter 85 Part 1

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You’re Beautiful When You Smile
Chapter 85 Part 1

Qing Dynasty’s official announcement created another small earthquake in the esports circle.

Everyone knew that the Qing Dynasty relied on Xu Tailun to win matches. Xu Tailun was the team’s engine, without their jungler the team would at best struggle to stay as a relegation team, but was more likely to drop back into the junior league…...The decision to ban him from any matches was like carving out a big piece of muscle out of the team.

The announcement shocked the majority of the fans who thought all Chinese esports clubs would place their interests first. Most people thought that the Qing Dynasty would just give a superficial punishment to Xu Tailun, such as “giving him a demerit and delivering corrective measures” or a “pay deduction.” They didn’t expect the Qing Dynasty would go so far as to ban their Korean help for the entire season.

In general, most of the responses to the announcement were supportive of the Qing Dynasty. Even the media was reporting positively about it, say how the team was setting a good example for the esports business-- --

[What goes around comes around. The club has made an example out of Xu Tailun. In any case, we support the Qing Dynasty in their decision.]

[The team is used to playing relegation games and not used to being third place in the major league at the time being. So they banned their carry so they could go back to being a relegation team! -- --That’s how the Qing Dynasty’s management rationalized their decision.]

[Even a small team can make such a bold decision, some of the major teams in the league should take heed.]

[I hope everyone can support the Qing Dynasty with their actions. It’s not enough to just give them praise. The team will actually suffer some real losses ……]

[Oh, come on. A good reputation is also very important to a club. Next year, when the team finds a suitable jungler and forms an all Chinese team, as long as they can stay in the major league, they’ll be guaranteed to attract even more fans. You think management is full of idiots? At least I would become a fan!]

There were numerous similar comments. One famous esports forum on Tieba was flooded with related posts. Some were earnestly analyzing the current status of Chinese esports clubs, some continued to expose Xu Tailun. After careful research, they found out that Xu Tailun had more affairs with his fans, other instances where he insulted his teammates, and threatened not to play matches if the team wouldn’t follow his wishes. It was common practice of him to ask for luxury items from his fans-- --

The post about Xu Tailun already had 5000 replies. Towards the end, most of the people posting were young fangirls of Xu Tailun who were usually much more active on these types of posts. Some of them posted [I was blind before, already not a fan]. Some posted [Very sad, don’t @me anymore, thank you]. There were a small group of them who remained silent from beginning to end.

Xu Tailun had officially become the public enemy in China's LoL pro league.

…...

In an empty room, a cell phone which had been discarded on the bed, was exploding with notification sounds from incoming messages and phone calls-- --

The only young lady in the room, who had pulled her hair up and was wearing slippers, was stuffing the remaining clothings into the suitcase-- --She didn’t seem to hear the constant chiming from the phone.

The room was a little messy, like someone had gathered everything inside the room in a hurry. The walls in the room were rather mottled; there were traces everywhere on the walls where posters or pictures had been torn down from where they used to be pasted…...Some of the corners of the posters or pictures were left on the walls. On top of the mirror, there were several banners hanging over it with the slogan “Go, Qing Dynasty” on them. There were some player signatures on the banners……

The banners looked like they had been carefully preserved.

The young lady closed the suitcase, stood up, and coldly surveyed the already emptied room…...Finally, her eyes landed on a huge trunk behind her-- --Inside the trunk, there were several mobile hard disks on the top of the stack. Those disks were full of videos of streams by Qing Dynasty players in the past half year. Under those disks were all the pictures she had just taken down from the walls. In those pictures, there were five young men wearing the same colored uniforms; they were laughing, hugging, bowing on top of the stage, sitting behind computers, celebrating their victories, dejected from their losses……

These pictures had been taken carefully by a single-lens reflex camera, then picked out, photoshopped, and finally printed out.

Then they were treasured.

-- --But now, they were all wrinkled and dumped at the side together with some wallpapers.

The cell phone on the bed was still ringing.



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