T/N: Happy April Fools’ Day! XD
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Chapter 10.5 – A World With Only Two People
Xue Jing Yi shouted “Mom” twice, but did not get a response, and finally she realized that there was no one in this family who could stop her brother anymore.
They were both adopted children. So why was the person he fell in love with not her? It should not have been this way!
Xue Zi Xuan extinguished his cigarette. His expression was enigmatic. The semi-threatening words before were just perfunctory, and not his original intention. He had never thought of hiding his feelings. On the contrary, he wished that he could declare it to the entire world.
But his beloved teenager was right by his side. If he were determined to go at it with his mother, the teenager would be forced to bear too much pressure. He was still so young. He deserved to live more carefree and without worries.
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So he took a shot and sent Xue Mother and Xue Father away first. All the rumors, objections, and pressure in the future would be borne by him alone.
There was still a matter in his heart and he was somewhat impatient. He saw Xue Jing Yi still dawdling in the room, unwilling to leave. He said coldly: “Go back and pack your things, I will send you to Switzerland tomorrow.”
Xue Jing Yi wiped away her tears and floated away like a wandering spirit. When she got to the door, she turned around, and her sharp, knife-like eyes pierced the teenager’s chest hard, as if she were going to dig out his heart.
Zhou Yun Sheng was sharp and instantly caught this trace of murderous intent. He could not help but arch a brow, wondering if she knew something. But before he could investigate, Xue Jing Yu had withdrew her gaze and turned to leave.
Then he looked at the young man and asked: “When did we fall in love with each other?”
Xue Zi Xuan leisurely helped him put on a pair of white socks, and muttered: “Always have been. Furthermore, it was on the premise of marriage.”
If he were drinking water at this time, Zhou Yun Sheng would definitely spray it out. He choked for a long time before criticizing: “Don’t talk nonsense. When did I promise to marry you? Same-sex marriage in China is not protected by law!”
“Then we will change our nationality and find a country that recognizes gay marriage. I can transfer Xue’s consortium abroad.”
Xue Zi Xuan’s light tone of voice was the same as if he were talking about trivial matters, and not about immigration, transferring assets, etc, these matters of vital life-changing importance.
Translations by Vanilla Muse.
The fact of the matter was that for him these were really nothing. In his previous life, he was suppressed by Xue Yan and unable to gain a foothold in China. The Xue consortium was also beaten down. As a last resort, he changed his nationality and transferred his assets abroad.
Now that he was reborn again, he was sincerely thankful for the suffering and displacement of his previous life. It made him strong and at the same time gave him the ability to protect the teenager.
So say, he did lose really poorly in his last life. In the face of family coercion, he could only make concessions and compromise again and again. This life was different. He would never repeat the same mistakes.
Zhou Yun Sheng looked deeply into the eyes of the young man and found that there was only firmness and passion in it, without perfunctory and jokes, and finally determined that what he said was true.
If he said that his heart was not moved at all, that would be impossible.
This warm feeling, this wide and warm embrace, has always been his deepest hidden desire.
But he could not forget the young man’s original intention for bringing him back to the Xue family, and he could not believe his sudden and unrequited love. If he blindly placed his hopes on him, he feared that sooner or later he would be disappointed, and even sink into despair. The young man has planned a future for them, but in his future, the young man did not exist.
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In the end, he still did not believe him. Or rather, he did not dare to believe him.
Zhou Yun Sheng stroked his eyelids, dared not face the young man who appeared so sincere at this moment, whispered a “I’m going to the computer room,” and then fled.
Staring at the teenager’s hastily retreating back, Xue Zi Xuan thought that he was scared by the passion just now. He smiled, a helpless smile full of love.
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It’s finally my day off!
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Chapter 6.4 – Not Forgetting the Original Intention
Will happiness really come again? Xue Zi Xuan smiled and exchanged a few large bills for this purple bellflower swaying in the wind. Carefully, he pressed the stalk into the youth’s hands.
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Zhou Yun Sheng was befuddled. But fortunately the young man did not buy roses for him in front of everyone’s eyes. It was easier to accept a Chinese bellflower. He pinched the flower and sniffed the white stamen gently.
The girl hurriedly refused. “It’s only five yuan for a bellflower. Sir, you have given too much!”
“Not too much, it’s worth it, thank you.” Xue Zi Xuan smiled. The meaning of the bellflower in flower language seemed to herald his destiny. Some day after his rebirth, he could get the blessing of “happiness again.” Nothing was more precious than this sentence, this flower.
He rarely smiled, so when he smiled sincerely, his handsome face seemed to be glowing, and his appearance was also unimaginably gentle. Zhou Yun Sheng gave him a quick glance, then a few seconds later he gave him another glance. He had to admit that he was almost enchanted.
Zhou Yun Sheng couldn’t stand the tenderness and thoughtfulness of the young man. The way he took such good care of him, it made him involuntarily think of the original intention of the young man for bringing him back to the city.
What kind of person could covet his heart (for transplant) and also show him such warm and soft actions? Fine. The young man had schizophrenia, so he could easily switch between being a gentle brother and a cold-blooded killer. In the face of a mentally ill person, Zhou Yun Sheng felt powerless. He pinched the bellflower and continued to wander the streets in the arms of the young man. The expression on his face showed that he was struggling and at a loss.
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How he hoped that the warmth that the young man gave him was from the heart, and not some cruel trick prompted by sudden impulse. After reincarnating for several lifetimes, he longed for stability and freedom. Even more, he longed for a dependent shoulder to lean on when he’s exhausted.
Did this shoulder belong to him? Occasionally he would have these unreasonable wishes, but he would quickly resume his tranquil state of mind. Until he could get rid of the villain system, he was not eligible to own anything.
Feeling that the person in his arms had changed from enthusiastic to absent-minded, Xue Zi Xuan turned to look at him and asked softly, “Are you hungry? Let’s find a place to eat?”
“En, let’s go home early after dinner. I’m worried about Jing Yi.” Zhou Yun Sheng answered dispiritedly.
Xue Zi Xuan’s eyes were slightly dark, but he didn’t say anything. He changed from embracing to holding hands and led the teenager into a very high-end French restaurant. Due to the festive atmosphere, the restaurant was full of guests. Without reservations, there was no seating for a while.
Fortunately, Xue Zi Xuan was a frequent visitor. The VIP card was handed over, and the attendant immediately arranged a double seat for them.
Zhou Yun Sheng was holding the flowers, and he was hugged by the handsome and immaculate man. His height just reached the young man’s shoulder, giving off a vague feeling of a little bird relying on people*. Along the way to their table, people kept looking over. They could recognize him as the piano emperor. With expressions of surprise, they turned to whisper to one another.
[*T/N: idiom for “cute and helpless-looking”]
Xue Zi Xuan’s aloofness was renowned among their social circle. But the him of today was full of tender smiles. He was meticulously considerate, guarding the teenager tightly, compared to his past self it was like two completely different people.
It couldn’t be, was the piano emperor in love? And the partner was a young boy? Who could have thought that he was gay! Within a day, rumors and the like will spread in the upper circles.
Zhou Yun Sheng became more and more confused about what the young man was planning to do. He thought that the other party changed superficially on the outside (while remaining the same on the inside) in order to trick him and find another place to put him under house arrest. But right now, he was taking him out openly to high-end venues. His attitude did not seem evasive; instead, he was even more considerate. This high-profile move was completely contrary to his original intention.
Translations by Vanilla Muse.
Isn’t he afraid that some curious person might look into Huang Yi and break through the conspiracy of the Xue family? Zhou Yun Sheng repeatedly pondered, but he never considered that the young man’s feelings for him were real and not some ulterior motive meant to take advantage of him.
While he was thinking wildly of all the possibilities, the two were seated and the server bent over to present two menus to them.
Zhou Yun Sheng returned to his senses, hurriedly glanced at the menu and then set it aside. With his face flushed, he whispered, “Brother, I don’t understand it.” In fact, his spirit and the system were connected. The system had all the information about the world, including all the history and languages of various countries. Not just French, even if it were some aboriginal language in Africa, all he needed to do was use the database of the system and he could grasp the knowledge instantly. But Huang Yi was from a remote and isolated village. That he could speak Mandarin well was already good enough, never mind foreign languages.
Xue Zi Xuan reached out and squeezed his crimson cheeks. He smiled. “Brother will help you order.” He did not expect that Xiao Yi, who was fluent in ten foreign languages in the last life, also had such times of distress. But he knew how smart he was, and if he was given enough time, he could grow to be better than anyone.
“What is the main dish today?” He used perfectly standardized French to communicate with the waiter.
“Vegetable stew in white sauce, the dessert is a Parisian wheel cake.”
Xue Zi Xuan nodded. He looked over the menu for a few seconds and then pointed at a small line of words. He instructed, “Give us the set meal for couples*.”
[*T/N: 情侣 qing lv – sweethearts / lovers]
Chapter 19 – Team Training Line
Luckily, Sasuke’s lateness was not a repeat occurrence. The same could not be said for Kakashi however.
With nothing to do but to wait for their jonin sensei to show up, Sasuke proposed that they spend that time sparring.
“We didn’t get to go up against each other much at the Academy,” Sasuke said to Sakura. “I want to see how much you’ve improved. Don’t hold back.”
The pink haired girl shook her head with trepidation, but it wasn’t for the reason that one might guess. “If I go all out, I might seriously hurt you. Um, that is not to say that I think that you’re weak!” She squeaked. “I mean Sasuke-kun placed the highest in taijutsu class, and I-”
“Yes?” She squeaked and then blushed.
“I’m training in medical ninjutsu, and at the risk of sounding cocky, I am confident that I can heal any injury caused by a friendly spar. At the very least I can stabilize an injury until professional help comes.”
“If it worries you so much, why don’t you fight against Naruto’s clones first? That way you won’t hurt one of us and we can assess your skills.”
Sakura nodded. “That sounds like a good idea.”
“Though personally, I think it would be more exciting to fight against you without knowing your full skill set.” Sasuke’s lips quirked up in what might be a smirk. “Right now, you are quite the wild card on the team.”
Sakura blushed and played with the skirt of her qipao. “It’s not like I know everything about you two either.”
Naruto and Sasuke looked at each other. A silent exchange passed between them. “And we will remedy that soon enough,” Sasuke said. “But if you don’t mind, I’m eager to see what you can do.”
“Yeah, Sakura-chan, show us your stuff!” Naruto cheered.
“All right.” Sakura nodded with faint amusement and determination. She would not hold anything back. She was going to wow her teammates and let them know that she could stand on equal ground with them.
Some time later, Sakura was panting heavily on the field, and her two teammates were picking their jaws up from the ground.
“Sakura,” Sasuke said as he approached her and laid a hand on her shoulder.
His hand lit up with green chakra and Sakura felt a dose of soothing healing chakra enter her system. She sighed.
“You’re right, I could’ve gotten badly injured if you were serious.”
He recalled the shadow clones that Sakura cleaved in half with her battle-axes. She wielded two of those massive weapons. Her balance was better with two axes, making her much deadlier than if she were to only wield one. The disadvantage was that it wasn’t a good weapon for close quarters and as her control still needed improvement it was best avoided when fighting alongside comrades, least she injured a teammate by accident. However, there was a definite element of surprise to see a petit girl like Sakura pull out giant battle axes, and if Sakura were to fight one-on-one or one-on-many, as she had done with the shadow clones, in an open field, then she and her axes made for a deadly combination. She wouldn’t be much of a match against a jonin like Kakashi, but for a genin she was advanced.
“Perhaps it’s better to stick to taijutsu for now,” Sasuke concluded.
Naruto twitched and muttered, “I don’t think that’s much better. She reminds me of Fuzzy Eyebrows, except with less speed and strength but more viciousness and creativity.”
“Why don’t you take a break now and observe how Naruto and I fight?”
Sakura nodded and took a seat on the grass as Naruto and Sasuke got into position. They made the hand sign for a friendly spar and slid into their stances. A sudden gust was their starting gong, and then the two leapt into a whirlwind dance.
By the time Kakashi arrived in the training area, his team was sweaty and out of breath.
Kakashi was surprised and impressed by his team’s self-motivation. He had expected to find the children sitting around, bored out of their minds. It looked like he would have to revise their training schedule.
“All right, then. Since it looks like you guys have worked out a morning schedule, I will get you started on chakra training exercises when I arrive. After that we will have lunch and take a short break. In the afternoon, we will do some team exercises and then pick up a mission afterwards. Any objections?”
He wasn’t expecting any and he didn’t get any.
Sakura and Naruto got to their feet and stood at attention as they waited for instructions. Sasuke was still lying on the grass with an arm thrown across his eyes. He was a little more tired than his teammates, having used medical ninjutsu to heal some of the nastier bruises they got.
“Come on, Sasuke. Up you go.” Kakashi offered a hand, which Sasuke took with a recalcitrant look. Kakashi pulled the brunette up and waited for Sasuke to steady himself before letting go. Sasuke sniffed at Kakashi’s scent. His features relaxed and he took a step back to fall into formation with his teammates.
Kakashi walked over to a tree, and then with his hands in his pockets he walked straight up the tree. “This is the tree walking exercise. It is said that if you can master this then you can master any ninjutsu.” He continued walking until he was hanging upside down from a branch. “The point is to regulate your chakra flow to your feet. Too little chakra and you won’t be able to stick to the tree. Too much chakra will blow you away from the tree.” He threw down three kunai to his team. “Use those to mark your progress. A running start might be helpful.”
And so their chakra training began.
After lunch and another team exercise, Team Seven ambled towards the Hokage Tower for their second, technically, third, mission.
Along the way, Naruto was chatting up a storm as usual. Sakura listened without much interest, but paid just enough attention to not be rude. Despite her growing fondness for the loudmouthed blond, Sakura still did not have much patience for his endless chatter. Only the thought that it made Sasuke happy to see them get along kept Sakura from knocking the blond upside the head to get him to quiet down. A voice in the back of her mind was growing increasingly agitated with Naruto’s story about ramen and the Hokage’s grandson.
Sakura snuck a glance at Sasuke from the corner of her eye. She cocked her head to the side in thought. “Isn’t Sasuke-kun walking exceptionally close to Kakashi-sensei?” She noted out loud.
This caught both Naruto and Sasuke’s attention. Kakashi was already aware of the brunette in their group slowly inching closer to him as they walked, but it seemed that Sasuke himself was not aware of his actions.
“You smell like wet dog,” Sasuke muttered with his head bowed to hide a growing blush.
Kakashi’s brow rose under his headband.
“Huh? Isn’t that kind of gross?” Naruto asked.
Kakashi twitched. “Now, now, Naruto, if my cute little genin wants to walk next to me then I certainly won’t complain.” To further annoy the blond, Kakashi slung an arm around Sasuke’s shoulders to pull him in close as they walked. He did not miss the flinch or the sudden tensing of Sasuke’s shoulders. Kakashi did not comment on this nor did he remove his arm. After a moment Sasuke took a deep breath of Kakashi’s scent and relaxed into his hold.
“You hentai-sensei!” Naruto accused with a finger in Kakashi’s face. The jonin batted the offending hand away. Naruto continued on his tirade, while Sakura look uncertain of how to respond. By the light flush on her cheeks, she probably found the scene cute.
Their mission that day was to walk the Inuzuka’s dogs and bathe them afterwards. Sasuke’s face lit up when he saw the furry animals. Kakashi smiled under his mask. It’s good to know that the Last Loyal Uchiha was not as iced over as popular opinion believed. There was no doubt that there were underlying issues and trauma that Kakashi would have to work out with Sasuke someday, but looking at Sasuke’s pleased face as a rather giant breed of dog lapped at his cheek, it didn’t feel like such a hopeless task as what he thought it would be when he was first assigned the Uchiha to his team.
Team Seven’s days continued on in this matter, with training in the morning and D-rank missions in the afternoon. The team would always eat lunch together, mostly it was pre-packaged lunch, and on the occasion when Team Seven managed to complete three D-rank missions in one evening, Kakashi would treat the team to dinner.
They progressed to the point where they could complete a team exercise in less than ten minutes, but that’s only when Kakashi decided not to include himself as one of the obstacles. They advanced to water walking. To no one’s surprise, Sakura was again the first to master water walking, with Sasuke and Naruto close behind.
Despite the bone weary training sessions and mind numbing string of D-rank missions, it was all rather idyllic until Naruto couldn’t stand it anymore and blew up at the Hokage one day.
“No! No more D-rank missions! I’m sick and tired of weeding gardens and cleaning out the river. I want a C-rank mission. Give us a C-rank, jiji!”
Iruka tried to talk Naruto out of it, but Kakashi decided to back his team up on this one. His genin were dedicated and self-motivated ninjas. They were more than ready for a C-rank mission.
The Hokage relented and introduced them to their client.
A side door opened to reveal an elderly man wobbling unsteadily on his feet with a sake bottle dangling from his fingers.
“What’s this? They’re all just a bunch of kids,” was the client’s first comment upon seeing Team Seven.
The client took a long drink from his bottle. Sasuke scowled at the alcoholic drink in the old man’s hand, but the client was too out of it to notice the hostile glare.
“Hey, is the shrimp with an idiotic face really a ninja?” The client slurred.
Sasuke gritted his teeth in annoyance. It was Sakura that stepped forward to defend Naruto, “I can assure you client-san that we are all capable ninjas.” She spoke sternly, a voice that brokered no arguments.
The old man grumbled. “I am the bridge building expert, Tazuna. Once I have returned to my country, I will have all of you protect my life with yours while I complete the bridge.”
“That would be a given.” Sasuke said. “Is there any need to reiterate such an obvious thing?”
“Hmph.” Tazuna turned is nose up and took another swing from his bottle.
Sasuke’s hands curled into fists.
Kakashi laughed nervously. “Team.” His genin turned their attention to him. “Gather a mission bag. Pack lightly for an extended mission and don’t forget provisions and sleeping equipment. We meet at the front gate in two hours.”
Sasuke was the first one out the door. Naruto narrowed his eyes at the drunken bridge builder and then followed Sasuke out with Sakura close behind.
Two hours later, Team Seven and Tazuna met at the village’s front gates. Tazuna still had a drink in hand, and Sasuke’s glower had not lessened one bit.
“Sasuke,” Kakashi said in a gentle and low voice as he laid a hand on Sasuke’s shoulder. Sasuke held himself rigid to contain the instinctual flinch, but he soon relaxed into Kakashi’s side at the familiar scent. “Will this,” he wave vaguely at the space between Sasuke and Tazuna, “be a problem for the mission?”
Sasuke glared at Tazuna as the man took another long drink from his bottle. Team Seven had never witnessed Sasuke so openly hostile before. Sasuke bit his lip and turned away from the sight of their inebriated client. “I am well aware of my duties as a Konoha genin.”
Kakashi hummed noncommittally at the answer. He heard the answer underneath the underneath and knew that Sasuke was not committing to a yes or no answer, but he decided to trust in Sasuke’s restraint. After all, Sasauke was a member of his team, and he wanted to believe in his teammates.
“Sasuke-kun,” Sakura hedged carefully, “Why do you seem to dislike Tazuna-san so much? I mean, I know he doubted our abilities and insulted Naruto, but…”
“Only people with something to hide or people with something to run away from cower behind the veneer of spirits and inebriation,” he said this loud enough for Tazuna to hear. The old man twitched at his words. “I do not trust such people. They are the first to abuse your kindness and betray your trust.”
Kakashi thought back to Sasuke’s self-introduction. “I dislike alcoholics, and I hate people who betray my trust and people who abuse my kindness.” What happened in Sasuke’s past to invoke that statement? Was it something that happened in the Uchiha clan or was it something that happened when he was kidnapped by missing-nin? Or was it something else?
“Look here, kid,” Tazuna jabbed a finger at Sasuke’s face.
Sasuke scrunched up his nose and grabbed the old man around the wrist. Then he forced the hand back down, careful to keep his hold gentle yet firm so as to not hurt the client. Tazuna grunted as he tried to resist Sasuke’s strength, but it was useless.
“Do you have anymore complaints about our qualifications as ninja?”
Tazuna was red in the face, but it was hard to tell if it was the flush of alcohol or embarrassment. He grumbled and turned around to head out the gates. Sasuke stopped him with the grip around his wrist.
“Not so hasty now. We wouldn’t want our client to walk unguarded would we?” Sasuke sneered.
Tazuna gulped and Sasuke took point, both to stay upwind from Tazuna and to keep the man out of his sight. The rest of Team Seven fell into formation and they headed away from Konoha. Sasuke barely hesitated when he stepped pass the gate’s threshold. His shoulders slumped as if releasing a pent up breath and then he held his head high and continued forward.
Throughout it all, Naruto was quiet as he observed the on goings of his team. Even his elation at leaving the village for the first time was tempered by the gloomy atmosphere. This trip was nothing like what he had imagined. If he knew that taking this mission was going to put such a pained look on Sasuke’s face then he would’ve held off on demanding a C-rank mission.
Sasuke looked over his shoulder and caught Naruto’s eye. Naruto was guarding the right flank with Sakura on the left and their sensei taking up the rear. The brunette smiled imperceptibly at Naruto and turned back to the front. It made Naruto’s heart clench to know that his teammate was still thinking of him in spite of whatever internal turmoil he must have been battling with.
In reply, Naruto threw his fists up into the air and shouted, “All right! Let’s get this show on the road!”
Sasuke turned to the left and gave a small nod to Sakura. The pink haired girl couldn’t help being worried, but she nodded and slapped on a more focused expression.
“Don’t get too carried away, Naruto. This is still a mission,” she said.
“I know, I know.”
Kakashi shook his head at his team’s antics, but couldn’t help smiling under his mask.
This was his team’s first C-rank mission. How would they fair?
Just a quick update for fans of this story. I recently contacted my co-translator, Moonlightfrost10, and she told me that she’s lost the motivation to continue translating this story, but she will still finish translating chapter 5.3 and after that I will take over as sole translator for this story. While she’s working on chapter 5.3 I’m stockpiling chapters, so that hopefully when I take over I can give you more frequent updates than before. I promise you, this story will not be dropped. Even if real life makes updates slow at times, I still plan to see this project through to the end. So keep an eye out for new updates on this site. See you soon.
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Edit: Unfortunately I don’t know when chapter 5.3 will be up as I am not privy to Moonlightfrost10’s personal schedule. I’m just waiting patiently like everyone else. Thank you for understanding.