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*Bonus release part 3/3 and today’s scheduled release will be uploaded later today because I have to head off to work now. Sorry guys! ><
Chapter 13: Midnight Mansion (End)
Awkwardness and guilt. These are the only emotions that Cheng Zhi Chu is experiencing now.
Although he didn’t know himself why he felt guilty————No. Any normal person would feel a certain pressure when being stared at by that oppressive gaze of Bai Yi’s. But what was even more strange was, why was Bai Yi looking at him like that……..
If Bai Yi didn’t mention it, he would have already forgotten about the fact that the other party had witnessed the kiss between him and Joshua. Even if Bai Yi saw it, he thought that with Bai Yi’s kind and gentle personality, he would probably considerately act like nothing had happened. But what he didn’t expect was that instead of keeping silent, Bai Yi actually raised the topic again and asked about it very seriously.
The handsome man stared at him deeply and even the smile on his face had faded a little. He stared at him like this unblinkingly and it made Cheng Zhi Chu feel uncomfortable. He didn’t understand why the other party would be so upset.
He was suddenly shocked when he thought of a horrible thought ———- Unless Bai Yi is just so straight that he hated gays and would not tolerate anyone acting gay in front of him?!
No. He must explain his situation. He definitely can’t let Bai Yi have any strange misunderstandings about him! He’s as straight as a man can be so if a shameful misunderstanding like this caused a big thigh like Bai Yi to leave him, he would definitely be upset to the point that he would vomit blood!!
“Let me explain!”
Feeling urgent, Cheng Zhi Chu reached out and grabbed onto Bai Yi’s clothes. Because he was a little shorter than the other person; by about half a head, he couldn’t help but need to tilt his head up to look up at Bai Yi.
His looks were originally quite youthful so, along with the round eyes, his very delicate and cute appearance and his light-coloured soft hair, he looked like a small fluffy animal.
Seeing him holding onto the corner of his shirt pitifully and looking up at him, a large part of the gloom in Bai Yi’s heart immediately cleared. He was no longer angry, and his heart had softened considerably.
He revealed a handsome smile and gently rubbed Cheng Zhi Chu’s hair. Like he was coaxing him, he said softly: “Don’t worry, I’m listening. Take your time.”
Seeing that Bai Yi was willing to hear him out, Cheng Zhi Chu secretly breathed a sigh of relief. He then quickly said: “Actually Joshua and I………There’s nothing between us! The only reason why I kissed him is because of an ability of mine……….”
Cheng Zhi Chu already trusted Bai Yi completely. Adding on the fact that he was afraid that Bai Yi would hate him, he no longer cared about hiding that shameful ability of his and immediately spilled everything out. As he explained, he even deliberately made himself out to be extremely weak and pitiful and the system as an extremely cruel existence forcing him to carry out those tasks.
“……….It even threatened me. If I don’t kiss the Boss before killing it, I would forever be unable to leave the instance.”
When he was done, Cheng Zhi Chu himself felt that he was really miserable, and his eyes were filled with sorrow. He pulled out the Boss Photobook as evidence and handed it over to Bai Yi.
“In addition to collecting enough survival points, I also need to collect all the boss photos so that I can clear Infinite Escape……So with Joshua……..that thing, it really wasn’t something that I did willingly! I was being forced…….to…….”
Oh no. Why does Bai Yi’s expression look worse…..
Cheng Zhi Chu’s voice got smaller and smaller as he noticed Bai Yi’s lips get thinner and his expression turn darker. This was particularly the case when he opened the book and saw pages and pages of boss silhouettes. His grip tightened and he gradually stopped flipping through. His fingers tightened around the pages and it looked like he was about to scrunch the page up.
At this moment, the page that he had stopped on just happened to be Joshua’s page.
【Source: Midnight Mansion】
【Description: The product of love born from the secret affair between the mansion’s male owner Charlie and maid Mary. After being cut into minced meat by the female owner Mei Jie, his grievances persisted for a long time and condensed inside the emerald. This eventually resulted in him becoming an evil spirit.
The only thing that accompanied him was the necklace left behind by his parents. The evil curse would kill anyone who sets foot into the mansion, cutting him off from all living things and enslaving their souls for him to control. This was the twisted ‘love’ left behind by his parents who wished that he would be able to ‘grow up’ safely.
The dead became the source of his ‘nutrition’. He had never regarded living humans as his own kind and only thought of them as food. The ghosts also were deeply afraid of him and would never appear in front of him.
Every day at midnight, he would wake up from his slumber and before sun rose, he would close his eyes again. There was only darkness in his dreams and because he had never stepped out of the mansion to see the scenery outside, he had never seen the sun.
He felt lonely but he also didn’t know that he was lonely. It was only until many years later when the doors to the mansion was once again pushed open that he opened his eyes and saw you as well as the light in your eyes.
He didn’t know what the “sun” looked like.
But at this moment, he thought.
It probably was similar to you.】
Bai Yi fiercely slammed the book shut. His expression was very bad.
Cheng Zhi Chu was surprised. He stared at the book nervously fearing that Bai Yi would tear it up. Right now, he really regretted taking out the photobook and showing it to Bai Yi because the description filled with gay vibes must have angered the steel straight Bai Yi!
“Sorry, don’t be angry. I’m really sorry for showing you these things…”
Cheng Zhi Chu made an embarrassed expression and cautiously apologised to Bai Yi.
Bai Yi couldn’t maintain that anger of his for long while he was being looked at pitifully by Cheng Zhi Chu. He sighed helplessly and then reached out to gently ruffle his hair. He returned the book back and said gently: “I’m not angry. This is an issue with the game so how can I blame you……..”
As he said this, he briefly glanced at the photobook. His eyes were extremely cold but the moment he removed his gaze he hooked up his lips and smiled once again at Cheng Zhi Chu. He repeated: “Really, I’m not angry.”
“Thank you…….” Cheng Zhi Chu was very moved. He knew that, despite being a steel straight man, someone as kind as Bai Yi would definitely understand his difficulties!
“Can I add you as a friend?” Bai Yi’s eyes swept over the photobook a few more times. “This way we can team up together in future instances. When you go to collect those photos, remember to bring me along okay?”
“Of course!” Cheng Zhi Chu was delighted. For him, this was a god-sent gift. “My forum ID is ‘Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice’, like the juice that you drink. What’s yours?” (KKnotes: 鲜榨橙汁 Xian Zha Cheng Zhi. Remember Cheng Zhi Chu’s nickname?)
In Infinite Escape, players cannot communicate through the system and can only add each other as friends through the forum. Some of the forum functions are linked with the system so players can use the forum to communicate with their friends and they could also choose to enter the same instances.
Many players had once complained about this. The system is obviously very clever but why didn’t it allow them to add each other as friends through the system and that it must be through the forum? But after not doing anything about it for many years, the players could only be dissatisfied and feel helpless.
Moreover, players couldn’t use the forum while they’re in an instance. They could only use it when they’re in reality so Cheng Zhi Chu could only tell him his ID first and then add Bai Yi as a friend after leaving the instance.
“My name Is ‘One Thought’ (念一: Nian Yi), the ‘Nian’ in ‘Missing you’ and the ‘Yi’ as in one.” Bai Yi chuckled and looked warmly at Cheng Zhi Chu, “The meaning behind it is…….only thinking about one person.”
“I didn’t expect you to be so romantic.”
Cheng Zhi Chu was surprised and at the same time he was a little embarrassed. Compared to the artistic ID of Bai Yi’s, his ID seemed a little simple and crude. He had just made up one that sounded like his name. After these thoughts flashed through his mind, he was once again excited. He asked Bai Yi curiously: “With that name, does it mean that you have someone you like?”
“……..” Bai Yi paused for a moment and then smiled. “You guess.”
His answer was ambiguous. Cheng Zhi Chu also didn’t probe any further. After all, the two were not very close and this was also his private matter. Since Bai Yi didn’t answer directly, he didn’t ask further lest he gets annoyed.
As for his guess, Cheng Zhi Chu was certain that Bai Yi has a girl that he likes. But that phrase of ‘only thinking about one person’ made it sound like he probably wasn’t together with her yet……..
But with Bai Yi’s handsome appearance and great personality, what kind of girl would reject him………? ‘Missing you’. Does that mean that the girl is abroad, or did she meet an unfortunate death? Pei pei pei, he shouldn’t randomly curse someone. He should stop thinking about it. This is his private matter so what is he doing making random guesses?
“What about you?” Bai Yi acted nonchalant as he asked, “Do you have someone you like? Or a lover?”
“Of course……….” Cheng Zhi Chu was about to answer but a figure suddenly flashed in his mind. His face instantly darkened, and he felt his teeth itch in anger. He then said very firmly: “No! I have been single since birth. Apart from my mum and my little sister, I have not even held hands with the other gender.”
Seeing his angry look, Bai Yi thought that he was being resentful over being single his whole life. He couldn’t help but laugh and say: “Don’t be sad. I’m the same. I haven’t dated anyone before.”
“How can that be!” Cheng Zhi Chu’s eyes widened up in surprise. He had a “stop kidding me” expression on his face.
“It’s true.” Bai Yi nodded his head. He then wiped the smile from his face and said seriously at him, “I will only go out with someone I truly love.”
“………..Then the girl that you date in the future will be very blessed.”
Cheng Zhi Chu said this very sincerely but when he thought back to himself, he couldn’t help but feel a little embarrassed. Fortunately, he was still single so he wouldn’t feel bad for anyone when he kisses the boss………….
The moment he thought of the boss, he suddenly recalled the fact that Bai Yi didn’t seem to like gays. He jokingly emphasised: “Cough, I hope the future bosses are beautiful women and not men. After all, I also only like girls.”
“…………” Bai Yi suddenly fell silent.
“Uh,” Cheng Zhi Chu felt a little guilty, “I know you’re straight………..”
Bai Yi: “…………”
Cheng Zhi Chu: “If the boss that I need to kiss happens to be a man, please don’t be angry……….”
Bai Yi: “………Yeah.”
Bai Yi: “I won’t get angry.”
Bai Yi: “Won’t get angry…….”
Cheng Zhi Chu: “! You’re so nice!”
He was very moved. His eyes were sincere, and his expression was filled with “you are such a good person” and “you are such a great friend”.
Bai Yi: “……..”
Bai Yi: “……..Actually I, the person I like isn’t necessarily a woman……..”
Cheng Zhi Chu: “Thank you very much for today. Next time, we must team up again for an instance. Just don’t be mad that I’m weak…..Shall we leave this instance now?”
Bai Yi: “……….Okay.”
Cheng Zhi Chu: “?” Was it just his imagination? Why does he feel that Bai Yi’s smile seems a little weak?
Bai Yi’s Diary (Part 13)
I had never considered the thought of Zhi Chu only liking girls…..
Just like I had never considered him thinking that I only like girls……..
I……….really can’t turn into a woman. My soul fragments are also all men……..I………
(Hand trembled so bad that he could no longer write)
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KK has something to say:
HAHAHAHAHA Poor Bai Yi
Also some info from author notes: Cheng Zhi Chu is 173cm (his height will always be a stain in his heart and he would usually use shoelifts and claim that hes 175cm.), Bai Yi is 184cm.