In front of Chi Xiaochi was a digital display that only he could see. On the display was the original host’s current body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, surrounding temperature, and so on. Of particular interest was a conspicuous bar divided into two colours, red and blue.
The blue bar represented the regret level, while the red bar represented the goodwill level, both with a maximum value of 100 points.
The blue bar was currently stuck at 9 points, while the points of the red bar were steadily decreasing due to Chi Xiaochi’s line of “Does it cost you”.
Chi Xiaochi sighed, “Why is it that people don’t like to hear the truth?”
The system wanted to roast him a little, but held back.
Yang Baihua was disappointed, saying, “Xiao Cheng, how could you talk like that?”
Chi Xiaochi didn’t panic, and simply replied amicably, “Old Yang, don’t misunderstand. My meaning was that my big brother is just looking out for us. With a car, our lives will be so much easier. I don’t have a need for it, but you could use it to drive to work, right? It’ll give you a lot more face in front of your colleagues too.”
His att.i.tude was very pleasant, as if his prior remark that was full of □□ was simply a statement of fact.
Seeing the two-point increase in the goodwill level, the system thought, he’s giving him the stick followed by the carrot. His means aren’t bad.
Yang Baihua calmed himself down.
This child had been spoiled rotten since young and didn’t know the impact of his words. He feared that he completely hadn’t realised just how hurtful his prior words were.
Thinking of this, Yang Baihua gathered the patience of a father dealing with their own child, and coaxed him, saying, “Xiao Cheng, cars are consumables. Have you ever thought about how much it costs to own a car? How much it would cost to pay for gasoline each month, how much it would cost to buy a parking lot, have you thought about it? Is this something we afford right now?”
“I’ll earn money to provide for you!” Cheng Yuan nonchalantly placed his hands behind his back, his smile sincere and gentle enough to make one’s heart melt. “My demos are almost complete. When they’re done, they’ll earn us some money.”
Yang Baihua helplessly replied, “How many times have I told you, this isn’t a proper job.”
“But I like music.”
“Just because you like it doesn’t mean it can put food on the table…… Nevermind, let’s not talk about this.” Yang Baihua generously gave in. “We shouldn’t quarrel.”
“Alright, let’s not talk about that.” Cheng Yuan walked forward, closing the gap between him and Yang Baihua. He gently said, “Actually I was also thinking that we can use this car to fetch your mom and dad. Mom, dad, and third sister are coming to visit next week. When they come, you can even drive them over to Xiaoyan’s school to bring her out for a meal. The last time Xiaoyan came over, didn’t she also ask when you were going to buy a car?”
Those two matters just so happened to poke at Yang Baihua’s weak spot. He was silent.
As he spoke, Cheng Yuan raised his head to look up at Yang Baihua.
Upon meeting his burning gaze, Yang Baihua’s heart skipped a beat.
It was currently winter. Under the light of the evening streetlamps, Cheng Yuan let out a breath of white fog. In the haze of white mist, his fair and radiant face was enveloped in an exquisite halo of light that could move people’s hearts. The circle of fluffy feathers lining the hood of his white down jacket moved slightly in the evening wind, sticking to his slender, white porcelain neck, gently tickling it. All at once, he felt a squeezing, burning sensation in his heart.
Meanwhile, Chi Xiaochi’s attention was on translucent card currently displayed on the operating board in front of him. Its contents were as follows:
Name: Beauty Halo (Trial Edition)
Duration: 10 minutes
Type: Single use only
Points required: 0 (Free trial)
Description: Your simple smile is more radiant than the shine of Gold Coating Silver egg fried rice, more warm than a simmering pot of pork broth soup, more tender than the meat bursting out of a freshly snapped crab leg, and more fascinating than the red oil oozing out of the yolk of a salted duck egg. No delicacy can compare to your smile, illuminated by the dim lights.
Chi Xiaochi asked, curious, “Did the person in charge of writing these descriptions come from a family of chefs?”
The system was silent for a moment. “……09 is the one of the first-generation AIs. It started out as data, it just likes studying recipes.”
Chi Xiaochi found these words to be a little strange.
Started out as data?
Is there such a thing as turning into data?
Before he could ask further, the system b.u.t.ted in with a reminder, “Mister Chi, your task.”
Chi Xiaochi: “Oh, oh.”
Seeing Chi Xiaochi gather himself once more, the system felt slightly gratified.
When he first took on Chi Xiaochi, he’d immediately noticed that this new host was a little more difficult to handle.
After receiving and reading the information of this world, Chi Xiaochi pondered to himself for quite a while. His very first question was: “Later when we see him, can I directly run that surnamed Yang over with a car?”
The system: “……”
Chi Xiaochi said, “Don’t worry, we’re just discussing this.”
He paused for a while longer, then continued, “Since Cheng Yuan’s family is so rich, if any accident occurred, they could definitely help cover it up.”
The system said, “……You really want to hit him with the car.”
Chi Xiaochi said, “No, no, we’re just discussing a possibility.”
The system said, “Mister Chi, you’re dealing with a living, breathing human being here.”
Chi Xiaochi made a show of being earnest, “Oh. But it’d be an accident, no? It wouldn’t be intentional.”
The system tried to reason with him, “……Mister Chi, the laws of this world aren’t very different from those in your original world. Those who purposefully attempt to harm others will be thrown in jail. Furthermore, if you run your target over, how are you planning on leaving this world?”
Leaving the task world depended on the regret level.
Only when the regret level reached 100 points, would the host be able to leave the current world, and be sent to the next task world.
The system brought up the regret level in order to dissuade Chi Xiaochi from this immoral idea. Who knew that Chi Xiaochi would seriously start to a.n.a.lyse in a reasonable and justified manner, “It’s said that people regret the most in the moment before death.”
The system: “……”
Chi Xiaochi continued, “Even if he doesn’t die and only becomes disabled, he’ll still have a long life ahead of him to regret.”
The system: “……” You can shut up now.
Chi Xiaochi understood the system’s silence. He sighed, “Fine. You, this little comrade, really don’t have a sense of humor.”
……However, the system could hear the clear disappointment in Chi Xiaochi’s voice.
For this reason, the system could not rest a.s.sured, and even thoroughly looked over the information he had on Chi Xiaochi once more.
……Right, Chi Xiaochi definitely was an actor, not some convict with a criminal record.
Even though he had enough black material to cover the heavens; bad-tempered, smoked in public places and led teens astray, uncultured and unashamed, on bad terms with his parents, and had dirty py dealings with all kinds of old men, etcetera, his messy matters too numerous to count, most were just rumours, and it was hard to tell the truth from the lies.
After simply filtering out the tabloids, the system thought, it should be fine, this host just has a somewhat independent, unconventional personality, with some slight mental issues. With some kindness and gentle guidance, there shouldn’t be any problems.
Anyway, Chi Xiaochi had done quite well so far, putting the free skill card to good use. A quick check showed that Yang Baihua’s goodwill level, which had been at a steady decline, already showed signs of rejuvenation.
Every new host was liable to twelve free single-use skill cards. These props had numerous different functions, but they could only be used once. If after trying them out, the host found them useful, they could enter the system’s shop and exchange the goodwill points of the host for props to be used in various situations as needed.
Like right now.
Looking at Cheng Yuan, Yang Baihua lightly swallowed.
He’d known that Cheng Yuan was attractive, but no matter how attractive the person, after a while, anyone would get accustomed to it. But just now, when he looked at Cheng Yuan, he’d regained the itchy feeling in his heart from when they’d first started dating.
The snow-white rabbit that had been lovingly raised since young raised its round, black eyes, attentively staring at him with eyes full of fascination.
Such an outstanding person whole-heartedly relied on him and thought only of him.
……This was only right.
Yang Baihua enjoyed this feeling of “being back on track”.
Holding back a smile, he asked, “You still remember my cousin’s called Xiaoyan?”
Cheng Yuan replied with no small amount of pride, “Of course I remember. If it has to do with you, I remember everything.”
In that moment, Yang Baihua felt the urge to kiss him.
But out of the corner of his eye, he just happened to catch a glimpse of Xiao Liu from the photocopy room next door on his way out, twirling his keys as he exited from the revolving door of the company and discussing with two other colleagues where they would be going for barbeque tonight.
Remaining calm and collected, Yang Baihua angled his body, quietly blocking Cheng Yuan from view. His hand, which originally had been raised halfway to stroke Cheng Yuan’s face, was also lowered and naturally shoved into his pocket, “Next time when you want to add something to our home, don’t forget to discuss it with me first. This home belongs to the two of us, doesn’t it?”
Chi Xiaochi sneered internally.
This home belongs to the two of us? Discuss?
The double bed that could fit your entire family, did you ever discuss it with me?
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However, “Cheng Yuan” wouldn’t have thought of such things.
In order to leave the worlds quickly, his previous hosts had all persistently followed the target’s every whim, first and foremost grinding the goodwill level up to 100 points before doing anything else.
After all, no one knew if insufficient goodwill points would have an impact on the progress of the task.
This was the first time the system had seen such a reckless warrior who dared to remain at the pa.s.sing mark right from the start.
The system flipped through the store, “The things you can buy with 10 goodwill points would be a 30 minute long ‘Beauty Halo’, a 5 minute long ‘Karate Black Belt Buff’, a 1 hour long ‘Painlessness Buff’, a 5 minute long ‘Heartthrob Halo’……”
Chi Xiaochi listened carefully as the system went over it once, “Buy the first one.”
After a successful purchase, he asked, “Is there a longer lasting ‘Heartthrob Halo’?”
The system said, “There is. The longest lasts 1 hour, and costs 40 goodwill points.”
Chi Xiaochi muttered to himself, “Then I’ll have to save up some more.”
……From Chi Xiaochi’s tone, the system got the impression that to him, Yang Baihua was like a meat-producing pig. Today he’d chop off the front legs, the next day he’d chop off some pork belly. After he chopped some meat off, it’d grow back, and when it did, he’d chop it off again, in a cycle without an end.
The slightly terrified system said, “The remaining two points can only buy a few small props and adult products.”
Chi Xiaochi: “Oho.”
The system: “……Mister Chi, we are proper systems.”
Chi Xiaochi didn’t say anything, but he was evidently amused.
The system was incensed by his amus.e.m.e.nt, to the point where his data even showed some slight fluctuations, “We don’t provide that kind of service. Adult products refers to small physical props that can enhance relationships, like flower bouquets, river lanterns, fireworks and so on.”
Chi Xiaochi said, “Get a firework.”
“A firework costs 3 points.”
Chi Xiaochi simply said, “Okay, one then.”
The system: “……”
Chi Xiaochi: “What are you so stunned for? The one who’ll be failing is me.”
The system helplessly thought, of course it’s you, who else would it be, me?
After a successful purchase, the clear sound of a bell rang out, indicating that the item had been placed in storage.
Chi Xiaochi waited for a long time, “Where’s the fireworks?”
The system replied, “The target……” Was still lying there like a corpse, dead to the world.
“Who said it was for him?” Chi Xiaochi said, “Now, light it up.”
The system was a little confused, but did as instructed.
An eight-core firework burst into the sky, drifting down like a snowline, falling like a shooting star, dyeing the dark dome of the night sky with a moving tapestry of light.
The firework had exploded in the distance. Light travelled faster than sound, so as the light, like a string of pearls, scattered into the night sky, Chi Xiaochi suddenly opened his mouth and said to the system, “……This is for you.”
His words hadn’t finished before, with a loud bang, the noise of the firework exploding arrived, late.
The system stared at the dissipating stars in slight shock.
The rearview mirror of the car reflected Chi Xiaochi’s face. He was smiling.
Even though Chi Xiaochi was using Cheng Yuan’s face, his true smile bore no resemblance whatsoever to Cheng Yuan’s innocence. His peach blossom eyes were curved, showing three parts evilness mixed with 7 parts indifference and laziness. It had its own intoxicating charm, an attractiveness that made it impossible to tear one’s eyes away.
Chi Xiaochi said to the system, “From today onwards I’ll be troubling you, please take care of me.”
The system: “……”
Even though he was a little touched, the system inexplicably felt that that sentence wasn’t quite right. It felt a bit like the last meal of a death row inmate before he was sent off to the firing squad.
Very quickly, the system realised the problem. “This isn’t the road to Yang Baihua’s house.”
Chi Xiaochi replied as if it were the most obvious thing in the world, “Of course not. If not why else would I have hypnotised him?”
The system: “……”
Chi Xiaochi glanced the the in-built GPS, confirming his destination before continuing, “…..There’s a place I want to visit.”
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