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Chapter 41 - Getting Rid of that Bigshot 18

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Every corner of the “s.p.a.ce Between Moments” glinted with the multicoloured gleam of metal, but when one looked closer, it was all data materialised as fluid, ultimately pouring into the Lord G.o.d’s brain at the centre.

The brain slowly pulsed. It was unknown from which fold sounded the low drone, “061, you’ve come.”

061 stood before the gigantic brain. He bowed politely.

The Lord G.o.d said, “Is the task completed? Why are you here?”

061 raised his head.

His facial features were naturally gorgeous. If not for his cold, clean temperament softening his garishly beautiful profile, it would be hard for him to avoid looking overly frivolous.

He said, “I’ve come to ask you, what exactly are you planning.”

061’s tone was very mild, making it impossible to hear any intent to criticise from it, so the Lord G.o.d couldn’t use the excuse of “att.i.tude problems” to drive him out.

“The plan has not yet been fully formed. It’s currently still in its secret stages and needs not be disclosed to you,” the Lord G.o.d said.

061, “Then I think it would be more reliable to have people partic.i.p.ate in it after it’s been formed instead.”

“What do you mean?”

061’s att.i.tude was mild yet resolute, “I mean, I refuse to continue partic.i.p.ating in this project.”

The Lord G.o.d fell silent for a moment. When he spoke again, his voice turned cold and even contained faint traces of anger, “061, I gave you this opportunity, because I thought you worthy of it.”

This was saying that 061 was refusing a toast only to be forced to drink a forfeit.

061 said, “The opportunity is for me, but the risks are being borne by Chi Xiaochi. I refuse to do this kind of thing.”

The Lord G.o.d, “……What do you mean by that?”

061 said mildly, “Would you like me to say it again? You’ll really lose face that way.”

The Lord G.o.d didn’t speak.

And this silence, indirectly confirmed 061’s suspicions.

—— That plan that “couldn’t be disclosed” was closely related to Chi Xiaochi being forced into a world with an A grade difficulty for his second task.

He said, “I’ve gathered all the data in our database. As of right now, the number of hosts that have been able to clear a world of A grade difficulty, is 4; those able to clear a world of S grade difficulty, is 0. In worlds of A grade difficulty and above, the host’s risk of dying increases by 69%. Once they are ejected as a result of dying, the host’s consciousness will suffer severe injury.”

“This is a test,” the Lord G.o.d said, “Host no. 1198 is a subject with infinite possibilities.”

061 nodded.

That was something he had to admit.

“It is precisely because of the clear rate of worlds of A grade difficulty and above is too low, that this project has meaning. Host no. 1198 has the ability to clear A grade worlds. From him, I can collect a lot of valuable data.”

061, “May I ask what data that is?”

The Lord G.o.d said, “That is beyond your jurisdiction.”

061, “But rejecting this project is still within my jurisdiction.”

In the Regulations on the Protection of System’s Rights, systems also had the right to make their own choices. The moment those rights were infringed upon, they had the right to file a complaint to a higher supervisory body.

“No. 1198 executes his tasks very well.” After a repeated rejection, the Lord G.o.d’s voice turned even more chilly. “I think that since he has the ability, there should be no lack of willingness to accept a further challenge.”

061 said, “Pardon my presumptuousness, but I have to ask. Before throwing Chi Xiaochi into an A-grade world, did you ever ask what he thought about that? ‘Willingness to accept’, is about his willingness, not yours.”

A threatening chilliness permeated the Lord G.o.d’s words, “061, you——”

Before the Lord G.o.d could erupt in anger at his rudeness, 061 took the initiative to apologise. “My apologies. It was I who went too far.”

The Lord G.o.d, “……How do you know if he’d be willing? If he knew what this project would get you……”

061 said, “He’s my host. I won’t allow it.”

Before the Lord G.o.d got angry, he politely apologised once more, “My apologies.”

Apologising after having said his piece. The Lord G.o.d simply had no way of venting his anger.

061 said, “That’s all I had to say. Is there anything else?”

The Lord G.o.d didn’t speak, so he turned around and began to walk out of the “s.p.a.ce Between Moments”.

Suddenly, behind him, the Lord G.o.d sneered coldly, “Don’t you remember what benefits this project will bring you? Don’t you want to return to your original world?”

061 stopped.

The Lord G.o.d patiently guided him along, “There’s a difference in the pa.s.sage of time between the different worlds. You’ve cleared 100 tasks and worlds and nearly 13 years have already pa.s.sed in your original world. Host no. 1198 is just a test subject. If you take on this a.s.signment, other than his tasks, you’ll only have 10 tasks and worlds left to clear; but if you refuse, you’ll still have a full 90 worlds left. Think about it, how long will it take you? How long will the person waiting for you have to wait?”

061’s back faced the Lord G.o.d. He was silent.

The Lord G.o.d’s mood gradually became happier. Just as he was about to say a little more to strengthen his point, he heard 061 speak, “He’s not a test subject.”

The Lord G.o.d, “……”

“I will not risk his safety.”

061 turned around and looked straight at the slowly pulsating human brain bathed in brilliance. “……In the next world, I hope that everything will return to normal.”

……Of course it would.

The Lord G.o.d feared the supervisory body, and what’s more, this time it was him that had violated the rules.

But as 061 walked out of the “s.p.a.ce Between Moments”, he felt a kind of disappointment and frustration, as if he’d lost.

He bought a few trinkets in the shopping centre, then knocked on 023’s office door.

Both 089 and 023 were inside.

When 061 entered, 089 was bickering with 023.

089, “Why’d you delete my hard drive.”

023, “If I could I’d have deleted you along with it.”

089 said, as if in pain, “That was my treasure, okay! It was a good few hundreds of Gs.”

023, “Yes, much bigger than your kernel of a brain.”

089 sobbed despairingly, “You don’t love Daddy anymore.”

023, “I don’t, f.u.c.k off.”

089 said, “But Daddy still loves you.”

023, “……Are you looking to be peeled.”

089 suddenly became animated, hopping up and bouncing around, “Yo ho, you’ve grown up, still want to peel me? Then come chase me.”

023, “……” Idiot.

Just as 089 was getting c.o.c.ky, the back of his shirt collar was caught by someone.

061 pushed him over to 023, “Here you are, sir.”

023, “Thank you.”

When he was pressed down on the table by 023 and beaten, 089 felt the malice of the entire world.

When he was finished beating him, 023 asked 061, refreshed, “It’s been a long time since I last saw you. How are you and Chi Xiaochi?”

When Chi Xiaochi was brought up, 061 couldn’t help but let out a small smile. “He’s doing very well.”

023, “Have you asked the Lord G.o.d? That experimental plan where your 200 tasks are reduced to 120, when is it going to start?”

061 said, “I’m not partic.i.p.ating in that anymore.”

023 was astonished. “……Why?”

061 explained everything clearly, including his own concerns.

He’d personally seen a host with a damaged psyche, their reactions were slow, they were sluggish, like a puppet, with incredibly strong emotional fluctuations, making it difficult for them to suppress either laughter or tears, so he had no way of accepting this kind of damage happening to Chi Xiaochi. He couldn’t even think about it.

However, 023’s reaction was rather fierce, “Since Chi Xiaochi has the ability, why not do it?”

061 said, “Too dangerous.”

023, “With rewards, comes danger. There’s still someone waiting for you, have you forgotten?”

061 thought, hadn’t he forgotten everything.

To him, everything in the past had already become fuzzy. Only occasionally, when he recalled two or three fragments, would his heart shake slightly.

061 laughed bitterly, “Letting an person who has nothing to do with this take risks just for my own benefit isn’t something I can do.”

“Who says this has nothing to do with him? He……”

Just then, 089 cut 023 off just in time, “You can’t say for sure that he wouldn’t be willing.”

061 said, “It’s exactly because he’d be willing that I won’t say it.”

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089 understandingly patted him on the shoulder.

Upon returning to the bedroom in Zhou Kai’s villa once more, 061 found that Chi Xiaochi actually wasn’t lying on the bed.

For a moment, he panicked.

……Where had he gone?

By the time he’d come up with a wild plot about how Zhou Kai had hired a killer to harm Chi Xiaochi, he spotted Chi Xiaochi downstairs in the living room.

The television was set to entertainment news, casting a flickering blue glow on his body, wrapping him in a translucent coc.o.o.n of light.

In that moment, 061’s heart softened to an unimaginable extent.

Without Lou Ying, without Dog Meat, in his original world, was he all alone like this?

Depending on sleeping pills to fall asleep, and when he woke up in the middle of the night, he would watch television until he fell asleep again……

061 walked down the stairs step by step. He walked up to him, reached out and stroked his hair.

Chi Xiaochi reacted, with a low voice, “……Wu.”

In his half-asleep, half-awake state, 061’s voice was so gentle it made his entire body go weak. “……Why are you sleeping here?”

Chi Xiaochi tried to raise his eyelids, but his already half-asleep mind made him unable to see anything clearly.

He mumbled, “Liu-laoshi, you’re back.”

061 turned off the television, and the room fell into complete darkness once more.

With a snap of his fingers, the lights in the corridor lit up.

061 asked, “Can you walk on your own?”

Chi Xiaochi gave a token struggle, unable to sit up.

061 couldn’t help but laugh. He turned around and the corridor lights turned off once more.

He said, “Don’t move, I’ll take you back to bed.”

In the darkness, Chi Xiaochi was wrapped in a warm embrace.

Chi Xiaochi immediately woke up a lot more, instinctively panicking a little. “Don’t……”

061 knew that Chi Xiaochi had an aversion to physical contact, but this was, after all, an ailment. Invariably avoiding it was never a good thing, it would be best if he could get him to slowly adapt.

In the darkness, unable to see the other’s face, with only simple contact, perhaps it could eliminate his tension through his senses.

He advised gently, “I don’t hold any malice. I’m just holding you for a moment.”

Even in his half-asleep, half-awake state, this ‘blessed’ mouth of Chi Xiaochi’s exhibited its function without suffering any hindrance, “……So just the tip?”

061, “……”

Chi Xiaochi, “Ha, men.”

A gentle laughter sounded by his ear, “……So would you like this man to take you to your bed?”

“You may proceed.”

However, as he carried him up the stairs, 061 felt every muscle in Chi Xiaochi’s body be pulled taut. When he put him down, his toes instinctively curled, grasping the sheets, looking like an alarmed rabbit. It took him half a day to relax completely.

After helping Chi Xiaochi into bed, 061 touched his stomach. It was soft and warm, no spasming.

061 breathed a sigh of relief. He didn’t rush to dematerialize and re-enter Chi Xiaochi’s body, rather, he lay down about ten centimeters away from Chi Xiaochi’s body and looked at his sleeping face. His heart felt a little empty, but after carefully thinking it through, it once again became full.

A short while later, he closed his eyes.

Being in this dangerous world for so long, 061 had always been keeping watch by Chi Xiaochi’s side, keeping close, making sure there wasn’t even a hair out of place.

This was 061’s first time being able to close his eyes without worry.

—— Very good.

In the future, Xiaochi would at least not have to be dragged down for his own sake.

The author has something to say:

Fan Liuyuan greeted her on the pier amongst the misty drizzling rain. He said her gla.s.s green raincoat was like a bottle, then added a line: “Medicine bottle.” She thought he was trying to mock her weakness, but he then added by her ear: “You are my medicine.”

——《Love in a Fallen City》

Xiaochi is Lou-ge’s medicine, and Lou-ge is also Xiaochi’s medicine.

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