“Since it’s a door meant for humans, why can’t I use it?”
Attendant, “…” ‘Did I not check the almanac before leaving the house today? First there’s an important person I don’t recognise, now there’s a troublemaker…’
“Sir, you can enter from that side.” The attendant politely indicated the other entrance.
Shi Sheng felt like facepalming.
‘Is this fellow really a villain? Because he’s throwing the faces of villains everywhere right now! Look at how Yin Mo showed up! Now that’s the entrance a villain should have, okay?
What’s with asking 100,000 Whys like a scrub?! Pei!
That idiot Yu Jiu is here, better run!’
Having remembered this, Shi Sheng descended the stairs.
Seeing that Shi Sheng had run off, Yu Jiu couldn’t bother with playing 100,000 Whys with the attendant anymore, as he ran off to chase her.
Attendant, “…” ‘Does this kid have a mental problem? He was so good-looking too… How come he’s a retard?’
Shi Sheng was very fast, but Yu Jiu wasn’t slow either; he soon managed to block her way.
“Xiaoxia-meimei, am I so scary that you must run the moment you see me?” Yu Jiu’s breathing hadn’t even been disrupted. His gaze was just a bit dangerous.
“I’m afraid that I won’t be able to stop myself from hitting you.” Shi Sheng was very truthful.
Yu Jiu’s dimples showed. “Your punches are kisses, and your insults are my sweet nothings. Although the way you show your love is a bit hard to understand, I’ll do my best to bear with it.”
‘Bear with it your grandpa!’
Shi Sheng, “…” ‘Yep, really wanna hit him.’
Shi Sheng’s hands were itching, so she dragged him into the flower bushes lining the side of the path and began to pummel him.
Meanwhile, the passers-by could only see the bush shaking about, as well as the occasional glimpse of human figures.
Passers-by, “…” ‘People nowadays really don’t have any shame! Although it’s night time, doing this in the middle of a busy road is simply improper!’
Shi Sheng had been planning on leaving after giving Yu Jiu a beating, but that damned System just had to show up and issue another chain quest. As a result, Yu Jiu suffered another beating.
When they returned to the event, he ran off somewhere to get changed into something much more appropriate.
“Xiaoxia-meimei, aren’t I the handsomest guy here?” Yu Jiu raised his brows suggestively.
‘Sure. Like a fucking cricket!’
Shi Sheng put another three paces between them, a contemptuous expression on her face. ‘My Feng Ci wouldn’t be this retarded! Definitely not!’
There were a lot of young people present, so it was a much livelier gathering than those with only adults.
The older generation brought their children around to associate with other people.
As for those kids who didn’t know where their meal ticket had gone to (i.e. Shi Sheng), they could only stand to the side and watch.
Yu Jiu appeared to have pretty much no sense of presence, since no one came up to speak to him.
‘I mean, look at Wen Jingxuan for example! See how many people are surrounding him?
Yu Jiu, aren’t you the villain? Why is your presence so thin???
Villains should be the centre of attention at gatherings, right? That’s how novels should go!
The hell are you being so lowkey for?’
Right as Shi Sheng was daydreaming, a blonde-haired foreigner came over, carrying a glass of red wine as he called out in broken Chinese.
Yu Jiu gave him a nonchalant look. “Yes?”
“Apologies for disturbing you Mr Yu… It’s to do with that matter. We want to have a word with you.”
The foreigner’s Chinese was rather awkward, so there were plenty of pauses in his speech.
Yu Jiu placed an arm around Shi Sheng’s shoulders and pushed her in front of him. “If you guys can get my Xiaoxia-meimei to speak for you, I’ll agree to your suggestion.”
Shi Sheng, “…”
‘The hell? What line of business are these people in? For fuck’s sake, lil hobby-horse, what’re you up to now?’
The foreigner examined Shi Sheng, his brow furrowing. In the end, he nodded at Yu Jiu before returning to his group and discussing with them, casting the occasional glance towards Shi Sheng.
“Xiaoxia-meimei, when they come look for you, just scorn them all you want. Don’t worry, I’ll back you up.” Yu Jiu turned and murmured in Shi Sheng’s ear.
“So…what do you do?” Shi Sheng’s gaze landed on the foreigners. Two of them appeared to stand out among the rest with their imposing manner. They didn’t seem like normal people at all, much less so when taking into account the bulges at the side of their hips.
‘They actually brought guns to this type of event…
Oi, police? There’re people in illegal possession of guns here!’
Yu Jiu’s eyes curved upwards as he leaned closer to Shi Sheng. “If you want to know, find the answer yourself.”
Shi Sheng wasted no time in expressing how much she thought he was an idiot through her gaze. “And you’re not afraid they’ll end up ‘taking care’ of me?”
‘In no way do those people look like good people! Yet this idiot dares to put me in front of them?!’
Yu Jiu plucked a drink off a server’s tray and handed it to Shi Sheng. “But Xiaoxia-meimei, you’re much stronger than them, aren’t you?”
He blinked at Shi Sheng. That rather immature face was so adorable, it made one want to just pinch it.
He suddenly lowered his head, his warm breath brushing across Shi Sheng’s cheeks. “Don’t worry. As long as I’m around, no one would dare to lay a finger on you.”
“There are plenty of people who’d dare to lay a finger on me.” Shi Sheng frowned and moved away from him. ‘Do you take the FL-sama and ML-sama’s haloes as mere decorations?’
Shi Sheng had just been thinking about the ML, when she saw Yin Mo chatting with the foreigners from before. Since they were too far away, she couldn’t hear what they were saying. But from their expressions, she reckoned they weren’t too happy about each other…
Yu Jiu sipped his champagne as he looked at the crowd, the target of his gaze unknown.
Shi Sheng examined him out of the corner of her eye, while her mind whirred as she tried to put the pieces in place. Unfortunately, there were too few clues for Shi Sheng to come to a conclusion for now.
So she could only give up.
Yin Mo chatted with the foreigners for about five minutes before leaving. They hesitated for a long time before sending the representative from before to head towards Shi Sheng.
But before he could get close, Shen Jiayin popped up from somewhere and bumped into him.
“Oh, I’m so sorry for dirtying your clothes!” Shen Jiayin pointed at the stains on his clothing with an apologetic expression.
“It…is okay.” The foreigner probably didn’t wish to cause any unnecessary trouble, wanting to continue heading in Shi Sheng’s direction. Unfortunately for him, Shen Jiayin kept harassing him with apologies.
Having been delayed thus, he didn’t even notice when Yu Jiu brought Shi Sheng somewhere else.
By the time he looked again, the two had already disappeared. Meanwhile, the host’s side had already sent someone on stage to start speaking into the microphone.
“Ahem… I would like to give my thanks to everyone, for taking time out of their busy schedules to attend this event…”
Everyone immediately quietened down and looked towards the stage.
Opening speeches were always long, drawn-out, and filled with useless words. After around 5 or 6 minutes, he finally got to the point.
“…Everyone knows why we are gathered here today. Then, may I please ask the children who are participating to step forth. We will be testing your basics in a bit.”
The moment the words escaped his lips, some parents were already pushing their children forward, though most didn’t move.
They had only brought their children out to expand their horizons, and knew their limits, so they wouldn’t send their kids up to lose face.
Only those who had confidence in their kids’ stone-gambling abilities dared to send them forward.
 The word for handsome is 帅, pronounced ‘shuai’. Cricket is 蟋蟀, pronounced ‘xi shuai’. Hence she’s saying, sure, you’re shuai alright… Just not that kind…