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Chapter 11.2 – Piano Competition
When he saw the invitation letter printed with gold letters, Xue Zi Xuan’s expression turned dazed for a split second. Memories of his previous life surged through his brain, and made his head ache. This was the place where his love had erupted, and this was the place where his love had ended. This competition elevated the teenager to success, and also ruined their future together.
He subconsciously reached out to take the invitation letter, but someone else got to it first.
Zhou Yun Sheng was originally fiddling with a small mechanical part in the computer room, when he suddenly received a new mission from the system: to participate in the International Chopin Piano Competition.
What the heck? He thought to himself. He had no choice but to set aside what he was doing and look for Xue Jing Yi for more information.
Each mission released by the system was related to a major plot point, either to promote the feelings of the male lead and female lead, or to change the fate of the male lead and female lead.
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Right now, the system’s control over him was very weak. Whether to participate in the competition or not depended entirely on his mood, but he still had to do his best to control this key point, otherwise it would have an adverse effect on his future.
He grabbed the invitation letter and glanced at it casually. Then he pretended that he couldn’t understand English, and passed it to Xue Zi Xuan: “What is this?”
“An invitation to the International Chopin Piano Competition.” Xue Jing Yi raised her chin with extreme pride.
Xue Zi Xuan was a little uneasy. Without looking at it, he put the invitation letter back in the envelope and returned it to Xue Jing Yi. Then he ordered: “Move away after returning to China. Don’t forget it.”
He circled an arm around the teenager, trying to force him away.
Zhou Yun Sheng was a little out of it. He was still considering whether or not he should take the mission. If he didn’t accept it, then he could provoke the system, and he if accepted it, then he could provoke Xue Jing Yi. This was really a dilemma.
“Can I participate?” He asked hesitantly.
Before Xue Zi Xuan could answer, Xue Jing Yi screamed: “No! You definitely cannot participate!”
Her heart thumped, as if she would faint at any moment.
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Intuition told her that Huang Yi must not be allowed to participate in the competition. He would take away everything that belonged to her through this competition.
“Do you think that just any cat or dog* can randomly participate in the International Chopin Piano Competition? Every participant is a well-known figure selected after repeated auditions. Have you studied systematically? Have you participated in any well-known competitions? Do you have an exam grade? Are you famous? You don’t have anything. You just fiddle with those tattered and broken parts, and then come back all dirty and greasy. People like you also want to participate in top-tier piano competitions? What a joke!”
[*T/N: 阿猫阿狗 a mao a gou – literal translation is “a cat, a dog.” It is a contemptuous way to say “anyone.” The English equivalent would be “any Tom, Dick, or Harry.”]
The sense of fear that suddenly struck her heart made her ramble irresponsibly, and she forgot to maintain a gentle and kind image in front of her brother.
Of course, what she didn’t know was that no matter how she pretended, Xue Zi Xuan had already seen through her façade. Xue Jing Yi was still that same Xue Jing Yi, the one who would do anything to obtain her forbidden love. Especially in this life, Zhou Yun Sheng provoked her no less than in the previous life.
Zhou Yun Sheng just let her ridicule him without a change in his expression.
After she finished speaking, he looked at Xue Zi Xuan and declared: “I want to participate in the competition.”
This person was the piano emperor. It shouldn’t be hard for him to get an invitation, right?
“No! You are not eligible to participate!” Xue Jing Yi screamed like crazy.
She must not allow Huang Yi to climb onto that golden stage. She must not let her brother’s eyes stay on him!
Xue Zi Xuan ignored Xue Jing Yi’s clamor, stroked the youth’s cheek, and asked in a low voice: “Why do you want to participate in the competition?”
His heart was confused, and he didn’t know whether to be happy or sad.
The teenager’s hands were worthy of the reputation of being a world treasure. Even if those hands no longer played the piano in this life, they could also switch specialty to machinery. They could play out the most touching and beautiful musical notes, and also make the most sophisticated mechanical parts. No matter where he went, the teenager could create miracles and shine with dazzling brilliance.
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But the more dazzling the teenager was, the more restless Xue Zi Xuan was. It was as if what he held in his hands was sand, and it would leak from his fingers no matter how tightly he held on to it.
“There is no reason. I just want to go and play.”
Xue Jing Yi objected so fiercely that Zhou Yun Sheng, who was planning to push aside the mission to provoke the system, wanted to participate instead.
“Such a serious competition, do you think you can play if you want to play? What do you take the piano for? What do you take music for? As toys?” Xue Jing Yi refuted and looked at her brother’s reaction.
No one knew her brother better than her. He was obsessed with music. Music was sacred. Whoever insulted music would incur his revulsion.