Ch48.2 – Love Song on Ice 5
Chi Xiaochi was rather amused by his opening statement.
If I do mind calling you uncle, can we discuss calling you bro instead?
Dong Feihong drove an old, silver-grey Buick.
After they got onto the car, he asked Chi Xiaochi, “Have you eaten yet?”
Chi Xiaochi said, “I’ve eaten a little.”
Dong Feihong glanced into the rearview mirror. The corners of his lips curved slightly. “Right now, you’re still growing and you have a lot of training to do. What do you want to eat? Uncle will take you out to eat, and it can also count as us officially getting to know each other.”
Chi Xiaochi confirmed with 061, “Dong Ge really has such a relative?”
061 said, “Even if he does, it doesn’t matter much anyways. Him not appearing in Dong Ge’s memories proves that this person doesn’t make much of an impact on Dong Ge’s fate.”
As he spoke, 061’s voice naturally turned softer, “If you can’t trust him, just keep your distance. Just take him as another friend who can accompany you for meals. Isn’t having another place to stay a good thing?”
Chi Xiaochi breathed in with a hiss and rubbed his ears.
He really couldn’t take 061 speaking like this. Even a normal sentence would turn warm and alluring when it came out of his mouth.
Hearing his quiet breath, Dong Feihong turned and asked him, “What’s wrong?”
Chi Xiaochi said, “I’m a little carsick.”
Dong Feihong steered his car closer to the curb and slowed to a stop. “Think about what you want to eat.”
Chi Xiaochi imitated Dong Ge’s coldness and pridefulness to perfection. “Anything’s fine.”
Dong Feihong said, “Then we’ll just go with my choice.”
He restarted the car. “Do you like eating fish? There’s a restaurant known for its stewed fish nearby. I hear it’s pretty good.”
Chi Xiaochi raised a brow. “……Mm, okay.”
Dong Ge didn’t have any dislikes, anything was fine with him.
But stewed fish used to be Lou Ying’s favourite dish.
His father came from the three northeast provinces and had the deepest feelings of this dish. After his parents died, Lou Ying recorded down the recipe for this dish as a kind of invaluable inheritance and made it for Chi Xiaochi to eat.
To this day, Chi Xiaochi still remembered the taste of that big salmon stewed in a big iron wok. The tender tofu had gone through a thousand twists and ten thousand turns, and was boiled until it was thoroughly mashed so it could be drunk down with the clear, delicious soup.
Afterwards, this dish became one of Chi Xiaochi’s favourite dishes.
Seeing Chi Xiaochi lost in thought, 061 asked, “What’s wrong?”
Chi Xiaochi said, “This world is a little strange.”
The mission target’s surname was Lou, and his surface personality was somewhat similar to Lou-ge’s. Even the original’s host’s memories of the original timeline overlapped a little with Chi Xiaochi and Lou Ying’s past.
Lou-ge had been dead for 12 years, Dong Ge and Lou Sifan had had 12 years of fate together.
Even the original host’s compet.i.tive and closed-off nature had a shadow of Chi Xiaochi from a certain period in the past.
……And now there was yet another addition, in this stewed fish.
061 said, “It is a little strange. I’ll help you keep an eye on this, so you don’t need to worry, just focus on your mission.”
“I’m not worried,” Chi Xiaochi said, “What they say is right, in the unfathomable darkness, there’s ashrivelled calf. If it’s not fate, it’s man’s will.”
061, “…….” Is that what they say.
“You can’t escape fate, but man’s will is also hard to avoid.” Chi Xiaochi propped up his head with a hand against his cheek, looking out at the night view and the multicoloured lights of the vibrant city streets. “Since it’s unavoidable no matter what, then just let the storm rage harder.”
Regardless of whether everything that had happened in this world was coincidental or inevitable, Chi Xiaochi at last knew that this wasn’t aimed at Dong Ge.
As long as he continued to hold his umbrella up for Dong Ge, then he wouldn’t be letting him down.
061 pursed his lips in a smile.
He really liked the enthusiastic way Chi Xiaochi spoke, as if nothing could ever faze him or make him care, but his heart was still warmer than most people.
Chi Xiaochi really enjoyed this meal.
Dong Feihong seemed to be able to deal with Dong Ge’s introversion and reticence very well, not trying to maintain an awkward conversation, just choosing to say only the things which were important.
“Go wash your hands?”
“Can you handle spice?”
“I’ll order you a drink, is corn juice okay, or maybe hawthorn juice?”
He would consult with Dong Ge before making decisions, not at all treating him like a child. The way he conducted himself in public really made one feel comfortable.
After their meal, Dong Feihong glanced at his watch. He said, “It’s already so late, come back to my house and stay the night.”
Chi Xiaochi declined, “I need to head back to the team.”
Dong Feihong smiled. His slightly tilted phoenix eyes were filled with tenderness. “I already contacted your coach. You should come and stay at home for the night, get to know the place. It’ll make it more convenient for you to come by next time. I’ll send you back to your team tomorrow morning. Don’t worry, it won’t delay your training.”
He had already spoken to this point, and Chi Xiaochi couldn’t find any reason to disagree, so he nodded.
Like a gentleman, Dong Feihong held open the door to the backseat for him. As he reminded him to fasten his seatbelt, he didn’t forget to pop open a White Rabbit candy and stuff it into his mouth.
As Chi Xiaochi savoured the taste of milk candy filling his mouth, he asked 061, “Why did this person never appear back when Dong Ge was still alive?”
So far, the appearance of Dong Feihong had left Chi Xiaochi on edge.
“It’s probably the b.u.t.terfly effect. ……Anyways, isn’t this good?” 061 said, “If it’s as you said, and Dong Ge is still staying in this body, now he has this uncle. He might be able to provide some of the warmth of familial love Dong Ge never received, and let him know what a family should be like.”
Chi Xiaochi said profoundly, “Liu-laoshi, you can know a person and know their face, but still not know their heart.”
061 laughed and said, “You would have to worry about not being able to guess at the hearts of others?”
Chi Xiaochi thought it over carefully for a moment, then said shamelessly, “Beloved official’s words are reasonable.”
061, who had been going to say something, paused.
Soon, he said, “Emperor, from the looks of it, I need to make a visit to the ‘s.p.a.ce Between Moments’.”
The Lord G.o.d was looking for him?
Chi Xiaochi said, “Permission denied.”
061, “Emperor, don’t fuss.”
“You’d be so alright with just leaving me with him?” Chi Xiaochi spoke boldly and confidently, with justice on his side, “What if this Dong Feihong is a shotacon? What would I do?”
061 fell strangely silent for a moment. “…….Mm…… Like last time, when I was summoned to the Lord G.o.d’s s.p.a.ce when you were still conscious, the Lord G.o.d will have another system come and temporarily replace me.”
Chi Xiaochi, “Will it still be 009?”
061, “Is there something wrong with 009?”
Chi Xiaochi said, “The main thing is that this time it won’t be very convenient for me to cook something for him.” The other thing was, by the looks of him, 009 was a weak chicken without any fighting power. If anything unexpected truly did happen, he wouldn’t be able to do anything. Unless he could eat Dong Feihong.
061 laughed, “Then let’s just leave it up to random selection.”
Chi Xiaochi asked him, “How long will you be gone?”
061 said, “I can’t say for sure. If it’s quick, it’ll probably be about ten minutes. If it’s going to take some time, you should just go to sleep, no need to wait for me.”
Chi Xiaochi spoke with deep emotion, “Dalang, come back soon. I’ve prepared some medicine for you to drink when you come back.”
061, “……” Changing settings so quickly huh.
061 left. In the next moment, a new clear and bright voice sounded by Chi Xiaochi’s ear, “h.e.l.lo, h.e.l.lo, can you hear me speaking?”
Chi Xiaochi immediately confirmed that this time, it wasn’t 009.
The person greeted Chi Xiaochi in a familiar manner, “Hai. I’m 089. You’re Chi Xiaochi, huh. A young man with good-looking, delicate features, one look tells me that you have a bright future ahead of you.”
Chi Xiaochi said, “Thank you for the compliment. But I don’t actually look like this.”
089 was stunned for two seconds. “I forgot, I forgot. Sorry, I’m an idiot hahahaha.”
Chi Xiaochi thought, this precise self-positioning was comparable to that of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
089 seemed very lively. He glanced out the window, then asked, “Where are we going ah?”
Chi Xiaochi said, “Going home.”
089, “Going to which home?”
At that moment, Dong Feihong, who was driving, turned around again. “Are you still carsick?”
When 089 saw Dong Feihong’s whole face, he actually stopped his questioning mouth and fell into a minute long daze.
A minute later, he said expressively, “f.u.c.k his father.”
Two seconds later, 089 spoke again to himself, “No, wouldn’t that just be f.u.c.king myself?”
Chi Xiaochi, combining and comparing his experience of the two times someone had helped take 061’s shift, thought, having to look after this group of systems must really take a toll on one’s heart.
In the “s.p.a.ce between Moments”.
Standing before the giant, dark red, human brain, 061 was still neither haughty nor humble. “Is there something wrong?”
The Lord G.o.d spoke in a grim tone, “Do you know what you’ve done? Implanting memories into the people around you and creating a false ident.i.ty is against AI rules.”
After receiving successive notifications about persisting energy fluctuations, the Lord G.o.d searched for a really long time before finally realising the problem was with the world Chi Xiaochi was in.
When he saw “Dong Feihong”, the Lord G.o.d was simply outraged, immediately sending a notice to get 061 to return to the Lord G.o.d’s s.p.a.ce for an investigation.
“Yes. Implanting memories into the mission target without authorisation is against AI rules,” 061 said.
The Lord G.o.d could hear the barb in that comment. His tone became heavy, “……What do you mean by that?”
061 looked straight at the Lord G.o.d. “I just wanted to thank you for personally setting an example.”
The Lord G.o.d was humiliated into anger, but still suppressed his emotions, “Are you suggesting that I’ve interfered with that world? Where’s your proof? And what right do you have to do this?”
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“Yes, I don’t have the right, and I don’t have proof,” 061 said, “Now that you’ve determined that I’ve violated the rules, you can send me to the supervisory office to make my statement. If I’ve truly done something wrong, and receive punishment after an investigation by the supervisory department, that would be very fair.”
089, “Come on, a three-person tea party……”
Before he could finish, he was forcefully sent off, the floor full of melon seed sh.e.l.ls also sent away with him.
Chi Xiaochi nestled comfortably in his bed. “What did your boss call you for?”
061 said gently, “Just to talk. ……What do you want me to read tonight?”
Chi Xiaochi said, “《Advanced Mathematics》.”
061, “Starting from the third chapter? Last time I read up to Chapter Three already.”
Chi Xiaochi, “……When did you read Chapter Two?”
061 said good-temperedly, “Then we’ll start from Chapter Two today.”
Liu-laoshi began to responsibly and diligently teach his cla.s.s while Chi Xiaochi began to carefreely and leisurely don the role of a slag student.
After coaxing Chi Xiaochi to sleep, 061 put down the book and sent himself back to the Lord G.o.d’s s.p.a.ce.
He knocked on the door to 089’s office.
When he came in, that bag of peppermint melon seeds still hadn’t yet been finished. “Bajibajibaji.”
089 looked up from that pile of melon seed sh.e.l.ls, revealing a face that was shockingly identical to that of “Dong Feihong”.
He said sadly, “Traitorous son, you’re back. Daddy was anxiously waiting for your explanation.”
061, “……” Can you spit out the melon seed sh.e.l.l in your mouth before you start acting out your play.
089 said, “You peeling off my vest to wear is fine, but at least leave your father a haramaki to wear. You took my name, you took my face, you even took my food. How shameless can you get?
089’s original name was Ji Feihong, completely incongruous with his temperament.
061 laughed, “……You actually wear a haramaki?”
089, “Get lost, get lost, get lost, stop adding to the ozone layer. Speak, why.”
Actually, there wasn’t any particular reason. Out of all the people he knew, only 089 was at the age of an “uncle”, so he just casually used his vest.
But he said very tactfully, “Your name sounds very good. You’re also handsome.”
089 was instantly appeased, saying, “Thank you, I also think so. Daddy forgives your little mischief.”
061 laughed, “Luckily you weren’t a.s.signed as no. 88 in the beginning.”
The moment he brought his up, 089’s face was filled with grief and indignation, “I just missed by a bit! Just a little bit!”
Only after his emotions stabilised, did he finally ask again, “You even used my face, why not just directly become Dong Ge’s father?”
061, “……” Because I don’t have a daddy kink.
But this time he actually answered properly, “I can affect the memory of other people, but not the memories of Dong Ge himself. Xiaochi can see what the people Dong Ge knew looked like. In contrast, it’s simpler and more convenient to involve myself in his life to just create a ‘person’ out of nothing.”
“Then why do you have to be his uncle? Why not a friend of the same age?”
“In terms of his s.e.xual orientation, Dong Ge is naturally bent,” 061 said, “With the ident.i.ty of an uncle, I can openly be good to him without causing any misunderstandings.”
089 was amused. “Who exactly do you want to be good to?”
061 played dumb. “What who?”
089, “When I was talking with Chi Xiaochi, I tested him a little and found that he didn’t know anything about you being Dong Feihong. What are you keeping it from him for?”
When Chi Xiaochi was brought up, 061 himself didn’t notice how gentle the look in his eyes became.
“Doing this is against the rules. If I let Chi Xiaochi know about this, it would be taken as us conspiring together; if I don’t tell him, then it’s just my own responsibility, he won’t be pulled into it.”
Even if someone wanted to vent their anger, they wouldn’t be able to move it onto Chi Xiaochi’s head.
061 said, “Anything task-specific is his responsibility. As for him, I’ll be responsible.”
089 didn’t reply. He tossed a bag of melon seeds over. “Alright, Daddy doesn’t have anymore questions.”
061 raised his hand and caught it. “You’re not going to ask why I did something as unnecessary as breaking the rules to create a person?”
089 waved a hand. “There’s no point if I ask too much.”
061 weighed the bag of melon seeds in his hand and couldn’t help but smile.
089, this person, usually let out all kinds of emotions, speaking carelessly without rhyme or reason, but was unexpectedly intelligent.
061 said, “Then thanks for helping me take this shift. Also, thanks for lending me your face.”
“I just have one complaint,” 089 said, “Can you not dress me up like that Zhu Jun from Artist’s Life? It makes me uncomfortable just seeing it.”
061 laughed, “Okay.”
After being reformatted, meeting Chi Xiaochi could be said to be the second lucky thing he’d experienced in this life as a system.
The first thing was that when he woke up, he met this group of friends.
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