Chapter 16: Reality (3)
It’s really Winter Branch?
The great god Winter Branch that is recognised by the whole forum?!
Cheng Zhi Chu was so shocked that his first reaction was to check if there was anything wrong with his eyes or if it was just a hallucination. After all, how could a legendary god-level player reply to his post?!
What’s more, it has been two years since Winter Branch last posted and many people even guessed he had probably died but how could it be so coincidental that the return of the great god after two years was just because he wanted to reply to a newcomer’s post…….
In an instant, Cheng Zhi Chu convinced himself that he had seen wrong but at the same time his phone started to vibrate madly. With the non-stop notifications about new replies to his forum post, his phone was about to crash from overload.
Cheng Zhi Chu was stunned speechless for a few seconds. When he recovered, the first thing that left his mouth was “Fuck” before he quickly restarted the phone and then reopened his forum as fast as he could. The moment his post appeared, likes of “???” appeared before his eyes and it was as if the ID on the 2nd Floor was glowing———
After screaming out with excitement, this time Cheng Zhi Chu really fell off his bed.
Not caring about getting up, he continued to lay on the ground like an inverted green onion. He was so excited that his face was flushed, and his palms were covered in sweat. He gripped tightly onto the phone and stared engrossedly at the simple words on the screen.
That’s right, it really is Winter Branch! He has appeared! After a two-year hiatus from the forum, he had actually appeared and replied to his post!!
Cheng Zhi Chu was so excited that his fingers shook. Even if the time that he had known about Winter Branch was short, he still clearly knew about how amazing the other party was. Of course, it wouldn’t be to the extent that he worshipped him. Instead it was more like a “an amazing person actually talked to me” type of surprise and excitement.
The number of replies to the post continued to increase exponentially. Within just two or three minutes, the number of posts had already reached three or four hundred. This would also mean that Cheng Zhi Chu had instantly earned nearly 400 survival points.
Of course, these people didn’t come to read his guide. They were simply shocked by Winter Branch’s appearance and all rushed in to see the great god.
[15th Floor: ????]
[85th Floor: Ah? Real person?? Alive??]
[146th Floor: Did I just encounter a ghost?]
[177th Floor: Fu……..ck………..]
[283rd Floor: Ahhhhhhh It’s really Winter god! Great god, I missed youuuuu…….]
Cheng Zhi Chu felt extremely elated. He scanned through these replies and saw that most of them were expressing surprise at Winter Branch’s sudden appearance. A small number of them asked why Winter Branch would disappear for two whole years without leaving behind any news.
Of course, a very, very small amount of people sighed in envy and commented that the poster has great luck to be able to get a reply from the great master.
In fact, Cheng Zhi Chu himself also wanted to know why. Just now, Winter Branch had said that the instance was interesting but what was he referring to? He didn’t think that the guide that he had written was anything special.
After debating for a few seconds, Cheng Zhi Chu decided to ask and satisfy his curiosity. Although Winter Branch didn’t speak up after that post of his and he probably wouldn’t reply, there was still a chance, so he posted his response with a hint of expectation.
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[Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice replied to Winter Branch: Winter God, hello! I didn’t expect the great god to reply to my post, so I am very happy! I just wanted to ask, what do you mean by ‘interesting’? Is there something special about this instance?]
Cheng Zhi Chu sent the reply out with some nervousness but after more than ten minutes, Winter Branch didn’t reply. The number of people who came in to see the great god however continued to rise and his survival points had exceeded 1000 at this point.
Seeing this, Cheng Zhi Chu decided not to worry about the post and proceeded to spend 700 points to upgrade his text interpretation skill to the second level. He then went to the marketplace to take a look at the topography interpretation skill that Lu Wenjing possessed that would allow him to be able to interpret the terrain. After accumulating enough survival points, he intended to purchase this skill.
Uh……But shouldn’t he give Bai Yi some of the survival points? After all, Bai Yi had saved him several times and he even overexerted himself to kill Joshua at the end. If he didn’t tell him about this, it didn’t seem right.
Thinking this, Cheng Zhi Chu suddenly felt a little bad. He sent Bai Yi a message telling him that he had posted a strategy guide and would earn some survival points.
Although the forum wouldn’t allow direct transfer of survival points, he could at least help Bai Yi buy something that he wanted and then sell it to him at a very low price.
At this moment, a couple of quick knocks were heard coming from his bedroom door. Cheng Zhi Chu made a sound of acknowledgement and a beautiful and pure looking young girl pushed open the door with big sparkling eyes. In her hands she held a big bag and she rushed over to his side swaying his arm around while acting spoiled.
“Brother, if you aren’t busy can you help me with something?”
“Hm? With what?”
Cheng Zhi Chu placed down his phone and asked very casually. It didn’t take long for him to react to her request. With a look of vigilance, he looked at her: “Cheng Ling Ling, tell me now. What is it that you want me to help you with? Don’t tell me you did something bad and you want me to take the blame for you?”
“Jeez, how can that be. Don’t doubt me so much. I’ve been pretty good lately.”
The girl stuck out her tongue and then said: “I just want to ask you to help take a photo for me. You should know that I really like Ji Yun Xiao. Recently, they’re running an official event. By just wearing Xiao Xiao’s fan club clothes or holding his photo and posting it up onto the fan site, you could have the chance to be selected to be the audience to a variety show that he would be guesting in…….”
The more she talked, the more excited she became. She patted Cheng Zhi Chu’s bed: “I! Really! Really, really, really want to be selected! If I could see Xiao Xiao up close in reality, I would be able to die without regrets!! So brother, I beg you. Please help take photos for me!!”
“That’s fine, I can help you take them. Should I use my phone or your phone?”
Cheng Zhi Chu nodded and didn’t think much of it. He had always known that Cheng Ling Ling especially liked Ji Yin Xiao. She had started following him ever since his debut and since she really likes him, helping her take photos was nothing.
Two years ago, Ji Yun Xiao had debuted as an idol and had become famous overnight in China. Now he is one of the most popular, top tiered pop singers. Any news about him would be overwhelming and no matter where you went you would see advertisements with his face on it or hear his song playing……Of course, when Ji Yun Xiao was at his peak, he also had a lot of haters.
He had also watched Ji Yun Xiao’s debut MV before and would agree that it was very attractive. Before the camera, the gorgeous idol wore a heavy black uniform that perfectly emphasised his body line and brought along with it both temptation and seductiveness.
His eyes were sharp and handsome and, as the prelude started, he slowly turned his head around to stare coldly at the screen. Lifting his slender hands covered in black gloves, he made a gun gesture. At the same time, the music suddenly reached its climax causing peoples hearts to reverberate along.
“Shoot on your heart.” (KKnotes: This was in English)
That gunshot reached the hearts of countless girls and it also reached his younger sister, Cheng Ling Ling. Since then, she had been a loyal fan of Ji Yun Xiao. With her influence, even their parents had become fond of him.
Of course, he didn’t think that his sister would be selected. After all, Ji Yun Xiao has many fans so the competition must be very intense. His sister’s luck was not much better than his, so it was pretty much impossible for her to win.
“You’re not taking pictures of me. I have already taken photos of myself and posted it. I’m helping you take it!”
Cheng Ling Ling fluttered around and pulled the items out of her bag. Cheng Zhi Chu looked over and saw that it was a t-shirt with Ji Yun Xiao’s face printed on it along with a small doll of Ji Yun Xiao.
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“Friends and families of fans can also participate in this event. If the friend or family gets selected, you can transfer it over to the fan themselves, the more people who do it, the greater the chance of winning. I have already made everyone that I know do it. I’ve even managed to convince mum and dad. There’s only you left now. Hurry and change, I’ll take your photo!”
No way. You want my photo to be taken?
Cheng Zhi Chu felt a little helpless. He didn’t want to have his photo taken but he had already agreed so he had no choice but to change his clothes and hold the doll in his arms.
However, at this moment a call suddenly came to Cheng Ling Ling’s phone. She glanced at the caller’s display ID and paused for a moment before going out to answer the phone.
Taking advantage of her absence, Cheng Zhi Chu held onto the doll and sat on the edge of his bed. He flipped through the notifications on his phone and saw that Bai Yi had already responded to his question regarding the survival points. He said that he didn’t need to worry and that he should just use the survival points himself.
Cheng Zhi Chu was very moved, but he also felt a little bad about it. He chatted with Bai Yi a few more times when his phone screen suddenly turned blood red and a familiar notification box appeared.
<The cooling session is over. Please select the instance.>
Cheng Zhi Chu: “?!” Wait a minute. The countdown service says that there’s still one day left. Why is the instance starting now??
【Ah, I forgot to tell you. Sometimes the countdown service is a little inaccurate. It is inevitable but the probability of it happening is very low. I didn’t think that you would actually be affected by it.】
Why didn’t you say such an important thing earlier?!
Cheng Zhi Chu was extremely flustered. He and Bai Yi had not yet agreed on the time to enter the instance. What should he do?!
With only a little bit of time left until he needed to enter the instance, he typed out a message to Bai Yi asking for help whilst almost in tears.
[Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice: Oh no, my instance is starting earlier. I have to enter the next instance now!!]
[One Thought: It’s okay, don’t be scared. My instance just ended. I’m coming.]
What? So coincidental?!
Cheng Zhi Chu was overjoyed. It was like everything was working out for him. He had already told Bai Yi the name of the new instance and this time they were able start an instance together and enter the same instance. Thinking this, he felt a lot better and decided to select the instance.
【The player has selected the instance: Abandoned Hospital.】
【Level: 8. Difficulty: Hard. Players: 6.】
【You are about to enter “Abandoned Hospital”. Countdown of five seconds.】
Like before, his surroundings gradually darkened, and the temperature also fell. Cheng Zhi Chu waited to be transferred into the instance when he suddenly felt that something wasn’t right. He looked down and saw that he was still holding onto the Ji Yun Xiao doll in his arms.
If he lost this thing, Ling Ling will definitely kill him!
Cheng Zhi Chu’s expression changed. At this moment, the scene around him also changed. Once again, he was standing in a dark and eerie environment.
The moonlight from the night sky was bleak and he was standing in an area surrounded by a dark, thick forest. Where he stood was a road covered in murky puddles that emitted a strange smell. At the end of it was a wide courtyard. If you looked through the greenery that had grown wildly from lack of tending, you could faintly see a tall building behind it that appeared to be white.
When the light from a flashlight lit up from behind Cheng Zhi Chu, he was so surprised that he flinched, but he quickly realised that it was his teammate for this instance. While holding the doll he turned back and was stunned for a few seconds. A look of surprise and horror gradually appeared on his face and his eyes widened in response.
The person holding onto the flashlight was a young man. He appearance and attire was very flashy, and it clearly looked like it was achieved through styling. The neat black hair was highlighted with dark blue and silver earrings shone brightly from his ears.
His eyes were neat and gorgeous, and his temperament was unexpectedly docile. The first thing the man’s eyes fell onto was the doll in Cheng Zhi Chu’s hands and then at the shirt with a photo printed onto it.
After looking at it for a while, he raised his hand and touched his own face. He looked at Cheng Zhi Chu in daze and Cheng Zhi Chu similarly looked back at him in daze while holding onto the doll.
Bai Yi walked over from another direction with his flashlight. Seeing Cheng Zhi Chu standing there, his lips couldn’t help but curve up. On his face, he showed a gentle smile but when he saw his shirt and the doll, the smile on his face stiffened.
He looked at it for a few seconds and then looked at the young man who was still looking at Cheng Zhi Chu. The smile faded from his face and his eyes got several shades darker. His voice was still gentle but there was a hint of coldness hidden within it.
“………..Zhi Chu, why are you wearing a shirt with his face printed on it?”
Bai Yi’s Diary (Part 16)
If Zhi Chu wasn’t there, I would have peeled off that man’s skin. All of it.
If that man wasn’t there, I would have immediately taken off Zhi Chu’s clothes. All of it.
Although I know that this person is a number one celebrity and that Zhi Chu is his fan but……..I can’t stand it when Zhi Chu has someone else in his eyes.
I only want him to look at me.
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Fanboy Cheng Zhi Chu 😂