Chapter 11.8 – Piano Competition
After bowing to the audience in respect, Zhou Yun Sheng slowly walked off the stage. He saw Xue Jing Yi hiding in the corner with a spiteful look on her face. He arched his eyebrows provocatively. However, he was aware that if Xue Zi Xuan had not held back Big Beard*, his outcome would definitely be what Xue Jing Yi had described.
[*T/N: ZYS literally refers to Olsen as “big beard 大胡子.” Pretty sure it’s his official nickname for the man now.]
If that were to happen, he would lose all face and vomit a mouthful of blood.
He was starting to take this competition seriously.
Two hours later, the preliminaries ended. A total of twenty competitors entered the semifinals. Zhou Yun Sheng and Xue Jing Yi ranked first and fourth respectively. When the rankings were announced, there were screams of excitement and sighs of dejection. There were also some who simply left the area silently.
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Zhou Yun Sheng walked out of the lounge, saw Xue Zi Xuan waiting in the corridor, and ran over to him right away.
Seeing the little rooster flapping his wings as he [ZYS] flung himself into his [XZX’s] arms, Xue Zi Xuan hurried forward to scoop him up. With one hand, he brushed away the messy hair on the teenager’s forehead, and with the other hand, he supported the youth by the buttocks.
“Does Big Beard want to drive me off the stage?” Zhou Yun Sheng asked viciously as he crossed his legs around the young man’s waist.
“I told you before, that he uses his soul to appreciate music.” Xue Zi Xuan held him and walked out. A hoard of bodyguards wearing sunglasses surrounded them, separating them from other contestants and any family members.
They took the VIP passage, which was very secretive and void of pervasive reporters.
Xue Jing Yi chased after them from behind and called out many times, but neither one of them looked back. She was so angry that she almost ended up crying out loud. A lot of the other contestants gesticulated and whispered about her. They had most likely perceived that she was at odds with her adopted brother. Fortunately for her, Xue Li Dan Ni rushed to pick her up quickly, so she managed to save some face*.
[*T/N: “Face” is a Chinese cultural concept. It’s a mixture of honor, pride, appearance, and dignity.]
Inside the comfortable nanny car*, Xue Zi Xuan was still educating his little rooster: “I’ve already told you not to choose an emotional piano score. In order to have you smoothly enter the semi-finals, I’ve already violated the rules. I interfered with Olsen’s decision. Otherwise, as the main judge, he has the authority to remove you from the competition then and there.”
[*T/N: 保姆车 bao mu che – literally translates to “nanny car.” I looked it up and it seems to be referring to big vans (with comfy seats) that celebrities are often chauffeured around in.]
“You’re so good, you’re so great.” Zhou Yun Sheng absently praised while fiddling with the computer.
As soon as the competition was over, the stubborn, unyielding energy in his heart also dissipated. Wasn’t it just his music lacking emotion? How important could something like that be? It wasn’t like he was going to rely on playing the piano to make ends meet in the future.
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“You’re brushing me off* again.” Xue Zi Xuan pulled the teenager onto his lap and firmly bit his thin lips.
[*T/N: 敷衍 fu yan – to do something half-heartedly or just for show]
“Stop nagging. You’re like an old woman. If he wants to give me a score of zero, then just let him. In any case, the highest score and the lowest score don’t count, so his scoring won’t affect me.” Zhou Yun Sheng bit the young man back on the tip of the nose.
“You’re wrong. He can influence the other judges. He is Olsen, the Master of Soul. If he says you’re no good, then the other judges will also side with him. Fortunately, there are only three judges from his faction, and the other three are famous judges belonging to the academy faction, so they pay more attention to standards and techniques. With them present, it is not a guarantee that you will get a high score, but there is at least a little hope of you getting into the finals.” Xue Zi Xuan carefully analyzed.
“How much is a little hope?” Only now did Zhou Yun Sheng start to pay attention.
“Didn’t you say you were only playing around? What are you so surprised for?” Xue Zi Xuan raised his eyebrows.
“But I have already told Xue Jing Yi that I was going to take her championship trophy.” Zhou Yun Sheng felt like Xue Jing Yi and Olsen were joining hands to go against him.
“Her? It’s impossible to win the championship based on her level.” Xue Zi Xuan said confidently.
“No, you’re wrong. She is very likely to win the championship.”
In fact, this championship trophy was prepared by the world’s consciousness for the child of destiny. If Zhou Yun Sheng had not stirred up trouble, then Xue Jing Yi would surely be able to obtain the cup, and perhaps she would then be able to gain the favor of the other child of destiny. Thinking of this, Zhou Yun Sheng looked deeply at the young man.
Translations by Vanilla Muse.
Killing the child of destiny could end up destroying the world, and then Zhou Yun Sheng would die with the crumbling world, so he couldn’t do that. But what if he wrecked the established destiny? What happens when a bug appears in the preset program? What would the system do? Would it crash or become completely paralyzed?
This thought flashed through his mind like lightning, making Zhou Yun Sheng even more determined to win the championship.
The system detected the host’s treacherous thoughts, and even though its energy was about to run out, it still implemented a level three punishment.
Nested against Xue Zi Xuan’s warm and broad chest, Zhou Yun Sheng placed his hands on his abdomen, and he realized that he actually enjoyed this feeling of being hugged tightly while he was in pain.