Shi Sheng had a dream.
It wasn’t about her, but Sheng Xia.
The scene was set at a villa, where a little girl was standing before railings wrapped in flowering vines. She craned her neck to peer at what was going on.
In the distance, a family was currently busily packing up to move.
A boy stood in front of a car, his head lowered.
The little girl watched him, but he didn’t raise his head to look at her.
Only once he was called after everything had been packed onto the car did he raise his head and slowly turn to look at the girl.
That gaze…was as vicious as a viper’s.
The little girl was scared into backing away. She then turned and ran stumbling back into the villa, as if a monster was hot on her heels.
The scene suddenly faded away and Shi Sheng sat up on the bed.
[Side Quest Unlocked: Memories in Time. Auto-accepted.]
Shi Sheng was completely woken up from her drowsy state by System’s icy-cold robotic voice.
“What memories in time?” ‘The hell is that?’
[Uncover Yu Jiu’s past and the reason why Sheng Xia’s parents died.]
Shi Sheng, “…” ‘Wut? Didn’t her parents die in a plane accident? And what’s with Yu Jiu’s past?’
System, if you stop randomly issuing quests and adding to the story, I’ll thank your whole development team.’
System didn’t say anything. ‘Well, since Host is so amazing, she’ll be able to solve it just by thinking for a bit…
I’ll just quietly be a system over here…’
Only when Shi Sheng got up from bed did she realise something was off. ‘Why’s the room so tidy? Did Sheng Xia have a habit of cleaning things up in her sleep???’
Though that was clearly not the case.
‘That idiot Yu Jiu must’ve come in! Where’s my(lz) sword?!’
Shi Sheng left and found the living room to be very tidy too. But the silence indicated that no one was home.
Her sword was still lying on the table in the living room, so Shi Sheng went over to pick it up. ‘Forgot to take it back after beating up that fellow.’
As it turned out, Yu Jiu really wasn’t home. The door to his room was open, while his luggage was still placed beside it.
Shi Sheng curled her lips before opening the fridge to look for food.
Gu Yan did employ a part-timer to come clean up the house and restock the fridge every three days.
Shi Sheng found that she’d somehow pretty much emptied the fridge. She sighed and decided to just go out to find something to eat.
Shi Sheng didn’t really bother with touching up on her appearance or anything; she roughly straightened out her somewhat crumpled clothes before leaving the house.
Once she’d had her meal, she strolled around Curio Street with the Treasure-Hunter’s Phone for a bit. By the time she returned, it was nearly 9pm.
When she got out of the lift, she saw Yu Jiu leaning against the door to the house, some items lying near his feet.
“Xiaoxia-meimei, I was beginning to think that you just didn’t want to open the door for me.” Yu Jiu raised his head and gave her a smile.
“Even if I was home, I wouldn’t open the door for you.” Shi Sheng nodded.
Yu Jiu, “…”
Shi Sheng took out the keys and unlocked the door before strolling back to her room, not sparing Yu Jiu a single glance.
“Xiaoxia-meimei, have you eaten yet?” Yu Jiu asked before she managed to get in.
Shi Sheng turned to look at him and, seeming to think of something, began to stalk aggressively towards him. She stood on a chair, so that she could glare down on him. “Who allowed you into my room?!”
Yu Jiu, “…”
‘You’re not tall enough, so you use a stool? Lil green plum, you have great ideas…’
“Uncle Gu.” Yu Jiu lifted his head slightly. His rather long hair parted to reveal his smooth forehead.
Shi Sheng reckoned that if he curled his hair a bit and dyed it chestnut, he would probably be bursting with cuteness.
Shi Sheng thought of the boy in the dream. He unknowingly began overlapping with the current Yu Jiu.
‘This guy isn’t as harmless as he appears…’
And, true enough…
“Xiaoxia-meimei, do you think that if I told Uncle Gu you tailed someone in the middle of the night, would he—”
“Know what I want to do right now?” Shi Sheng interrupted him.
Yu Jiu cocked his head slightly, his smile widening. “…Me?”
Shi Sheng, “…” ‘Oh fuck your great grandma! Why is there someone more thug than me(lz)?!’
“I don’t think you’re clean enough.” Shi Sheng’s gaze swept across his lower body. “Bet you slept with a lot of people while you were out of the country, didn’t you, Yu-gege?”
Yu Jiu’s eyes narrowed, as he reached out to hold her waist, drawing her into his arms as he pressed her against the dining table. “Xiaoxia-meimei, want to give it a shot?”
“How many years do you think you’ll get for raping an underage girl?” Shi Sheng was very calm.
Yu Jiu laughed lightly. “You’re thinking too much. Both Uncle Gu and my dad want us to be together. Even if I did do anything to you, they’d just bring forward the wedding date.”
Shi Sheng, “…”
“Xiaoxia-meimei, want to consider being with me?” Yu Jiu pressed close to Shi Sheng, smiling ambiguously. “Don’t worry, my first time’s still here. I’m clean as a whistle.”
Shi Sheng made to kick his lower body.
‘Honestly, even if he’s Feng Ci, I still want to pummel him! He’s asking for it!’
Yu Jiu released Shi Sheng, nimbly dodging her kick. He placed a hand on his forehead and laughed. “Xiaoxia-meimei, it’s not good to be this violent, y’know? We can have more intimate contact in future…”
‘Where’s my(lz) sword?!’
Shi Sheng drew her sword and brought it down towards Yu Jiu.
He appeared to have practised some form of self-defence, for he was able to dodge her every swing.
Though in the end, he still ended up getting a beating. Oh, and most of the furniture was destroyed in the process.
‘Lil green plum is too violent!’
“Xiaoxia-meimei.” Yu Jiu dragged his aching body over to lean against Shi Sheng’s door.
“Want another full body massage?” Shi Sheng raised a brow. “Make an appointment for tomorrow.”
Yu Jiu, “…” ‘No, pls.’
He pulled out a box from his pocket. It was a square box that appeared to have been crafted from sandalwood.
“For you.” Yu Jiu handed the box over. “A gift for meeting you again. Of course, you can also treat it as a lover’s token.”
Shi Sheng’s fingers emitted cracking sounds as she clenched them.
Yu Jiu didn’t mind, merely pulling her hand over and placing the box in it. He then proceeded to hold his waist and limp back to his room.
Shi Sheng shut the door and toyed with the box he had given her. After a long while, she opened it up and a dense spirit energy greeted her.
In the box lay a jade pendant.
Shi Sheng was slightly surprised. This was rather hard to get.
Of course, that was under the condition it wasn’t a cultivation world. These things were rather common there.
‘This is what he bought for 3 million? How come I wasn’t aware that this was being auctioned?’
Shi Sheng tried to recall.
She finally managed to recall that several items had been auctioned off without being physically presented to the audience; only their pictures had been shown.
Since her attention had been on Shen Jiayin at the time, she hadn’t really looked at them. That should’ve been when he’d bid for it.
‘But still, wanting to make me pay for it… I still wanna pummel him, even if he was intending to give it to me…’
For several days in a row, Shi Sheng would leave the house early and return late. Yu Jiu was either locked at home or pummelled to the point where he couldn’t get up.
Yet Yu Jiu’s interest in Shi Sheng merely grew.
Shi Sheng was beginning to suspect that had she not been underage, there was a distinct possibility he would’ve straight out slept with her…
As this was the first time she’d encountered such a ‘passionate’ villain, she was feeling rather unused to it.
For the sake of avoiding him, Shi Sheng even ran over to Gu Yan’s company. But she always ended up being ‘betrayed’ by Gu Yan.
Shi Sheng felt like she was on the verge of a mental breakdown. ‘Long-term Meal Ticket, why don’ you love me no more…’
The summer break passed by in a crazed haze. Shi Sheng didn’t meet Shen Jiayin during this period, so she didn’t know how much the latter had earned over the holidays.
 I think this is a catchphrase sort of deal. Probably from the internet or something.
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