Author: 年终 / Nian Zhong
Translator: Kinky || https://kinkytranslations.com/
Chapter 124: Goldfish
A bright red goldfish was floating in the water.
The young Zhong Chengshuo was lying in front of the fish tank, staring at the goldfish sinking to the bottom. Its tail had a beautiful arc that scattered in the water like a red veil. Through the cold glass, it seemed to be floating in another world.
It was dying.
He didn’t know why it didn’t eat much. Zhong Chengshuo watched as it weakened little by little, and its dull fish eyes stared at the outside world without blinking, avoiding his gaze.
In the round fish tank, the beautiful tail slowly loosened. Zhong Chengshuo stretched out his hand and lightly touched the surface of the water. He thought for a while, then drew his hand back again.
There was nothing he could do.
His adoptive parents were busy and wouldn’t have time to accompany him to see a vet for the goldfish.
This goldfish didn’t show any typical symptoms; it just went on a hunger strike for no reason. They hadn’t kept it for long, so there weren’t any deep feelings for it. Even if they took it to the hospital, the cost of seeing a vet wasn’t as good as just buying another one.
The fish had no expression and wouldn’t make noise. Zhong Chengshuo liked it, which meant he didn’t have to worry about reacting to the goldfish. If possible, he hoped it could live a little longer.
But if it couldn’t, it didn’t matter.
He stared at the fish quietly, watching it die. At the end of countless inferences, its fate was already predetermined.
‘This was the “most reasonable” development,’ Zhong Chengshuo thought calmly.
In the end, Zhong Chengshuo grabbed the beautiful tail and threw the fish in the trash can. It was colder than when it was alive.
The lid of the trash can closed, and it was filled with odor and darkness, just like at this moment…
Zhong Chengshuo threw out more than a dozen fine needles again. This was his last inventory—since this was an official competition of Shian, he didn’t bring the Evil Fruit, and he didn’t carry any high-end spirit weapons with him.
He only brought some medium-sized goods for defense.
The thin needles stacked on the first wave of long red threads. The gaps between the red threads began to slowly produce transparent diaphragms, which intersected and fused with each other, with a texture somewhat like glass.
In the corrupted, dark flesh cavity, a deformed, rough “glass fish tank” appeared.
Watching the battle, Lu Tanfei let out a “huh”—this time it wasn’t just the evil qi that was sealed, but the little monsters whispering outside could no longer enter the internal space. The two of them were completely isolated from the world, and their aura seemed to have disappeared.
“Xiao Zhong, why are you locking yourself in?” Lu Tanfei said anxiously. “It’s hard to…”
“I can’t stop Yin Ren. Right now, Yin Ren is interested in me, so he won’t run around.”
Zhong Chengshuo took out a lighter from his pocket and clicked it. Cyan flame jumped in the darkness.
As the flame waved and shook, the spirit weapon needles moved at the sound, and the red ropes intertwined again. This time, they returned to their respective positions, and the “glass fish tank” became incomparably neat, as if it had obviously been calculated with precision.
The cyan firelight was reflected in Yin Ren’s red eyes, turning into a little shimmer.
Yin Ren let out a long sigh from his throat.
His head wasn’t a mess, but the attachment was so huge that he couldn’t think smoothly.
In the Archive, he used his mental strength to resist the corruption of the Evil Force… However, this time, the abnormality broke out precisely inside his mind, and it was the first time he had dealt with this situation.
No wonder this kind of underworld competition venue was created… No wonder all the “No. 1’s” of Shian’s three occupations were present… This kid, Fu Xingchuan, was quite tough…
Yin Ren desperately wanted to stop, but his legs automatically walked towards Zhong Chengshuo.
One step, then another.
His “attachment” to Zhong Chengshuo had magnified hundreds of times, and the other party’s vivid state made him unable to look away. Just as a person who was about to die of thirst saw water or a person who hadn’t slept for five nights saw a bed, it was an irresistible desire.
Fortunately, no matter how crazy Fu Xingchuan was, he wouldn’t let his own residence blow up… The space here was distorted, which provided a natural protective barrier, so the Evil Force had little impact on the outside world. Minister Fu probably had backup…
Zhong Chengshuo’s head was always clear. If he sensed any risks, he would surely escape…
Immediately afterwards, Yin Ren saw the cyan light of fire, as well as the three-dimensional seal array all around.
Zhong Chengshuo also sealed himself inside the array.
Lord Ghost King’s trance was instantly dispersed by several points. This was the second time that the smart person chose the dumbest path.
Didn’t you say, “I don’t know what to do”?!
The soft white “hyphae” stretched into Yin Ren’s eyes, nose, ears, and mouth, bringing agitation from his heart. Yin Ren forcibly stretched out his hair strands so that they wouldn’t entangle Zhong Chengshuo’s legs. The desire to be close and the idea of protection entangled each other, causing Yin Ren’s vision to blur.
“You can get close to me.” In the dimness, he heard Zhong Chengshuo say.
Under the huge emotional coercion, his body had long been numb, and he couldn’t control his strength. Even a hug may seriously hurt Zhong Chengshuo.
“You need to vent your emotions.” The cyan light went out as Zhong Chengshuo’s voice echoed in the darkness. “Compared to simply suppressing, you can let go.”
“I… don’t want to…” Yin Ren was still struggling.
Zhong Chengshuo didn’t know how to conceal his concern. This person’s awkwardness had the opposite effect, only causing Yin Ren’s attachment to grow wildly like weeds. A lively person, an unpredictable person, so clumsy and cute… He wanted to keep him forever…
Yin Ren bit his lip. In the dull pain, he stopped the thoughts that were gradually getting out of control.
“It’s okay. I won’t be caught by you. It’s just a normal fight—fighting is the best way to vent.”
Zhong Chengshuo even took a bold step forward.
A surge of hope suddenly rose in Yin Ren’s heart, and he forcibly held onto the burning and chaotic emotions. “Do you have a solution…?”
“No!” Zhong Chengshuo turned on the lights and declared, “We’ll figure it out as we go along.”
Yin Ren: “……” Wow. It’s the familiar behavior of Zhong Chengshuo. At this moment, he really wanted to fight with him.
As the thought crossed his mind, his thinking became clear for a moment. Yin Ren hugged his trace of clarity and let go of the suppression on his legs.
He pounced at Zhong Chengshuo like a leopard.
The latter didn’t use the chain, but strangely flew in place and floated in the air. “Puff puff puff.” Muttering complaints came from behind Zhong Chengshuo—
Yellow Millet, the great Class A-A evil, shrank itself into the size of a backpack at this moment and was tightly bound behind Zhong Chengshuo’s nylon belt. It flew quickly with Zhong Chengshuo and continued to mount in disguise.
Yellow Millet couldn’t suppress Yin Ren, but facing a Ghost King who hadn’t used his full strength, it could still temporarily hide.
The distorted emotions instantly had an outlet.
Yin Ren no longer suppressed his emotions and was immediately relieved. He stepped on the corpse and bounced straight to Zhong Chengshuo.
The latter smiled and passed him again. The two drew fuzzy afterimages in the narrow seal. The two afterimages entangled with each other, almost winding into a ball of thread, but never intersecting.
Lu Tanfei was stunned.
Forget about Yin Ren, but was Zhong Chengshuo really a normal human?
At this speed, humans theoretically couldn’t see anything clearly, let alone react, but Zhong Chengshuo not only reacted in place but even paused from time to time, as if observing something.
Yin Ren’s fingers slid over the fabric around Zhong Chengshuo’s waist, and he flipped while flying at high speed. Zhong Chengshuo flew past him, sticking close to his ear, and the warm breath brushed against Yin Ren’s earlobe.
Zhong Chengshuo’s lower lip grazed over Yin Ren’s hair tips. He gathered his body and swam like a fish in the darkness. When the distance was close enough, he could even feel Yin Ren’s heartbeat—even though it was a corrupt object tainted with death, that lively heartbeat felt like it was pounding in his own chest.
Zhong Chengshuo let go of the baton, and the heavy metal slammed to the ground. He pulled out a few talismans from his pockets to suppress the power of the Evil Force and familiarly clamped the talisman between his fingers.
In the shadows, they were like two fish entangled together. Zhong Chengshuo passed by his side again, and Yin Ren abruptly felt a trace of clarity…
There was an extra talisman posted on his neck to suppress his Evil Force!
Zhong Chengshuo was slowly reducing his mental pressure little by little and freeing up his energy.
Wrists, collarbone, exposed waist.
The warm and moist paper was tightly attached to his skin, like someone’s palm, pushing away those annoying attachments. This was indeed not a solution, and Yin Ren tried to concentrate—this wasn’t “yet” the solution, but…
But as an “accomplice”, they should think together.
They would write down the answers together.
“Zhong Ge… come a few more times.” His voice was almost blown away by the fast-moving wind.
Zhong Chengshuo undoubtedly heard what he said.
“Dog Thing, bite!”
Zhong Chengshuo flew over again. His command was ringing in Yin Ren’s ear.
Zhong Chengshuo opened his eyes slightly. He instantly took off Dog Thing stuck on Yin Ren’s nylon belt, only to see its response viciously bounce on the screen.
[Siren: That’s a weak that I can’t eat!!!]
Zhong Chengshuo said sincerely, “It said those things can’t be eaten.”
“Can’t eat or bite?” Yin Ren hummed with difficulty.
As the same kind, since these weak strange things could survive in this place, so can Dog Thing. Zhong Chengshuo couldn’t see them, but Dog Thing could.
“I’ll give you Evil Force. Hurry up…”
“Woof woof!” Dog Thing barked weakly.
Zhong Chengshuo’s eyes lit up as he gripped Dog Thing like a dagger in his hand and stabbed straight towards Yin Ren. Yin Ren broke through the airflow and, in the almost uncontrollable sticky attachment, opened his arms towards the other.
“Ah… Ah… I don’t want to die…”
The white monster almost covered Yin Ren’s body, and those bud-like eyes kept dropping liquid. Those transparent liquids washed away the dirt brought by the corpse, making it seem like Yin Ren’s body had an extra layer of weird white gauze.
“…I don’t want to part… I don’t want to part…”
Unfortunately, these prayers couldn’t reach Zhong Chengshuo’s ears.
He rushed straight to Yin Ren with an imperative momentum.
With a wave of his right hand, a translucent black shadow appeared from the phone. It bit the monster on Yin Ren’s shoulder with one bite, and after the sound of silk tearing, a large piece of the thick “white monster” on Yin Ren’s shoulder was missing.
They made a sound that was close to sobbing.
“No… No… Don’t…”
“I don’t want to die…”
With tactile feedback of Dog Thing, it was as if Zhong Chengshuo could see those monsters. His hand quickly slashed along Yin Ren’s shoulders to his chest, breaking away most of the white monsters. Yin Ren seemed as if he were peeling off the lower half of his white robe.
The black thing on the phone spat out monster fragments, making exaggerated retching sounds from time to time.
Half of the monsters on his body were lifted off, and Yin Ren was able to finally breathe smoothly.
Seeing that those red eyes had some focus, Zhong Chengshuo slowly breathed a sigh of relief, and for the first time, he slowed down his flight speed. The clothes on his back were already drenched in sweat. However, before Zhong Chengshuo could speak, one hand suddenly grabbed the nylon strap on his chest.
Countless strands of hair gently gathered together and hooked Zhong Chengshuo’s waist. Yin Ren’s entire body was close as he pressed the back of Zhong Chengshuo’s head with force.
Zhong Chengshuo’s eyes widened in surprise…
Unlike that firm strength, Yin Ren opened his eyes and gently bit his lips.
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