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FOD: Xue Zi Xuan 2.4

Translated by: Vanilla Muse


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Chapter 2.4 – Breeding Hate

Xue Jing Yi’s disease acted up once in the past, and she almost died, so now she was taking a leave from school and staying at home. She began learning to play the piano from the age of four, and she had a spiritual grasp in the field of music. To keep her skills from rusting, she practiced the piano strictly every morning from nine a.m. to ten a.m.
Translations by Vanilla Muse
To learn to play the piano, you must first have a piano. Zhou Yun Sheng waited at the door of the piano room the next day after receiving the task. Xue Jing Yi wore a pure white dress with a green wool cardigan. Her pale and beautiful face coupled with her slender body made her look particularly pitiful.

Once she saw the boy, her gentle smile froze over. When other members of the Xue family were around she would still try to cover up her hatred a little, but once there was no one around, she would never give this twin brother of hers a pleasant look.

Zhou Yun Sheng pretended as if he didn’t notice her rejection of him and greeted her with a smile. “Jing Yi, can I watch you play the piano?”

“No!” The girl categorically refused. Because she normally didn’t raise her voice, her voice cracked when she shouted. She originally intended to treat the boy as if he were not there, but when he stood at the door of the piano room, her inner fear and rejection suddenly reached the limit, and she almost rushed to tear him apart.

He could go anywhere within the Xue manor, anywhere but the piano room! She must never let him touch her piano. Absolutely not! She didn’t know where this obsessive thought sprouted from, but Xue Jing Yi believed that it was her instincts warning her. She walked into the piano room, then she turned around and spoke coldly, “You are never allowed to enter here, otherwise I will have my mom and dad send you back to the countryside.” She thought this was the most severe punishment for the teenager. Who would want to go back to hell once they’ve entered heaven?
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But this threat obviously had no effect on Zhou Yun Sheng. From his perspective, the Xue manor was hell, and Xiao Liu Village, where he had been waiting in poverty and seclusion, was the real paradise. He took two steps forward. Just as he was about to speak, Xue Jing Yi slammed the heavy door in his face. With a ka cha she locked the door.

What the hell? Zhou Yun Sheng stared at the heavy wooden door. His face was blue, but it only took a few seconds for him to conceal his angry emotions and slowly walk back to his room. He turned on the computer and pulled up a few videos on learning how to play the piano. He quickly picked up the skills. Now he only had to practice on a real piano.

He naturally liked this kind of thing with a keyboard and regularity. Others have to practice for ten or twenty years to use it freely, but he only needed to watch a video several times. This was the difference between a genius and a mortal. He even spent twenty minutes compiling a software for playing the piano. His hand movements quickly leveled up from a rookie into a master player. He was someone who could handle even the most complicated manual armor, so how could an old instrument possibly stump him?

Using the software he played the song To Alice. Then he accessed the system to submit the task, but the system told him that only playing the song on a real piano would count as completing the task.

“So I have to sneak into the piano room to play? If I’m discovered then that means I would be sent away, right?” Zhou Yun Sheng stroked his lower jaw. He felt that this task was quite amusing.

“The host must not leave the mission premise, otherwise it is obliteration!” The system issued a warning at the appropriate time.

“Just kidding. Why so serious?” Zhou Yun Sheng waved his hand and left a trace of spiritual power inside the system to break through the first layer of defense and then enter the second layer.

On that day, the family doctor routinely gave Xue Jing Yi a medical examination. Because of his daughter’s poor health, Xue Rui converted the underground parking lot into a small medical room, which was fully equipped with everything. If his daughter has an accident, she won’t need to go to the hospital. They could administer first aid and even perform surgery at home. The doctors and nurses hired by the Xue family were on call twenty-four hours a day.

They could’ve conducted Zhou Yun Sheng’s physical examination in the basement, but Xue Rui was worried and doubtful, so he insisted that his son take him to a regular hospital.

Fu Bo, the assistant, and Xiao Deng all went to take care of the young miss. Inside the manor, it was very quiet. Zhou Yun Sheng opened the door of his room and determined that there were no people around. Then he sneaked to the third floor.

The family doctor arrived early by half an hour, so Xue Jing Yi forgot to the lock the door to the piano room in her hurry. The door opened with a light push. A white three-color piano was placed in the middle of the spacious room. The floor-to-ceiling windows were half opened, bringing in a fresh and clean aroma as the white curtains gently swayed in the breeze. The hazy sun reflected off of the cover of the piano and onto the pure white wall, casting an insipid golden light in the shape of a rhombus.
Translations by Vanilla Muse
This was a very quiet and incomparably bright space. Standing here, an impetuous mood naturally precipitated. Zhou Yun Sheng walked in without conscious thought. He gently and slowly stroked the ancient instrument.

For him, who was from the interstellar era, the piano had long since disappeared. If a person wanted a certain sound, they could be synthesized with the brain. The career of a performer only existed in history. To be able to see with his own eyes, touch with his own hands, and even play the instrument that existed only in the annals, it aroused an uncontrollable feeling of love and reverence towards this piano.

He sat down and opened the piano cover. Carefully pressing a few notes, crisp sounds emerged from the piano, and a sincere smile bloomed on his face for the first time. Sitting upright, with his ten fingers on the keys, he played the song Early Morning from memory. This was the most commonly practiced song by Xue Jing Yi.

Just after playing the first passage, the door opened, and there was Xue Zi Xuan and Xue Jing Yi standing at the threshold. One had an unfathomable expression, and the other one was so stunned that it looked like her eyes might pop out.

“You played the piano before?” Xue Zi Xuan walked in. He just finished a tour and his luggage was still in his hands.

Zhou Yun Sheng shook his head. “I haven’t played before. I only listened to it a few times.”

Xue Zi Xuan’s face looked a little different than usual. Xue Jing Yi was holding onto the doorframe as if she was about to crumble into pieces. Of course she knew that a boy from the backcountry could not have played the piano before. He didn’t even know what was a piano before. In other words, he was a genius. The kind that could listen to a music track a few times and then accurately replicate it. Then there was her brother who was only attracted to people with rich musical talent…

Get out! Get out of my house immediately! She cursed in her heart, but on the outside she was enduring with supreme effort. Xue Zi Xuan went to the piano and faintly said, “Play again. The complete piece.”
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Zhou Yun Sheng quickly agreed and started playing again from the beginning. From time to time, he stole looks at Xue Zi Xuan. His eyes were slightly closed, and his expression was solemn, while his thumb massaged his temple, as if he was pondering something. Then his look changed to one of forbearance. When Zhou Yun Sheng reached the second passage, Xue Zi Xuan finally showed an impatient expression and he abruptly closed the lid on the piano keys.

Zhou Yun Sheng’s ten fingers were almost snapped off, and the high, chaotic sounds echoed in the empty room for a long time. He forcefully freed his fingers. The inflamed red injury was shocking against his pale white skin. He hissed in pain and looked at the man with angry and doubtful eyes.

“If you touch the piano again, I will break your hands.”

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34 thoughts on “FOD: Xue Zi Xuan 2.4

  1. XZX, you’re so gonna regret that….

    I guess MC’s feelings came through during the first passage of the piano playing, but during the second passage, he was more mechanical, hence ML lost his patience. *sigh* The rebirth can’t happen soon enough.

  2. Grrrrrr to think I felt sorry for him in the original FOD! Now I just want him to suffer ?

    Thanks so much for the update!

    1. You’re welcome. 🙂
      We felt sorry for him in FOD because ZYS ended up turning him into a lovesick puppy through his superb music playing. Plus, he was always the underdog for ZYS’s love. XZX without love is, well, like this. >.<

  3. Oh, gee…. He really did it. Without any warning either.

    Xue Jing Yi’s instincts are much stronger than in the previous art. It looks like she’s definitely having a premonition.

  4. (*゚ロ゚*) he did, he will definitely repent, you will have to make many points if you want to be a loyal dog

    Thanks for the chapter! ???

  5. And the bad first impressions continue! ?Thanks for the update. ?Do you have an estimate for how many parts each chapter will be broken into?

    1. Anywhere between 5 to 8 parts depending on how long the chapter is. For chapter 2, I broke it into 5 parts because I know you’re all excited for chapter 3, which is when XZX is reborn. 😉

  6. Aahhh I am stalking the updates!! I wish updates would be more frequent but don’t worry! I don’t want you to have a bad mood over this comment. I know you are busy and you have your own life and is busy. At least you actually update. Good work on translating!! I am anticipating on his rebirth and MC’s freedom of the system! I am like ah idshfnsdjfhgfdhdfjfsngsj and stuff…

    BTW when I say stalking I mean frequently checking on the update dates. I get confused cause I read a lot of other ongoing BL novels…so I mix up some frequency dates.

    1. Thank you for trying to be patient. I really appreciate it. ^-^
      I would like to update more often too if possible, but my work and other real life obligations do take up a lot of time. I’m really grateful for your understanding.
      I should have the last part of chapter 2 out by the 5th. So just hold on a little bit more.

      1. Yes, don’t worry! You take your time and do things your own pace. Hope with everything you are dong you are also relaxing and resting yourself! \(^ ^)/

        1. Thank you for caring. ♡
          Comments like yours are much more motivating than those who just demand faster updates or more chapters.
          In fact, thanks to you, I finished up chapter 2.5 earlier than planned, because your comment gave me a boost of energy. Consider it a little surprise for being so kind and patient with me. ^-^

          1. No problem!! When I saw the update, it really surprised me! Thank you again for translating this! ^v^ I appreciate it. Again take care of yourself. Because anything could happen!

  7. Wow, sorta didn’t and did expect that. Lol. I wish all the chapters would be updated soon. Cant wait. Really love this novel!Thanks for the update.

  8. Ouch… Poor hands. You Bad Bad boy, XZX.I’m not going to forgive you. But I guess ZYS Will.

    Thanks for the chapter!

  9. But he has actual talent though. The feelings that Xeu Zi Xuan thinks he’s missing can surely be nurtured? Can someone who literally just leant to play the an instrument be perfect in every way? I think this reaction was a bit OTT

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