Chapter 42.2 The Reader and Protagonist Definitely Have to Be in True Love

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Chapter 42.2 – Reader/Protagonist: I’ll accept this task.

In the “Mixed Blood” novel, a lower level person cannot see through a higher level person’s strength. Higher level people can hide the strength of lower level people. They can also suppress their own strength so that they seem lower level.

Humans tend to judge people’s strength through these warrior badges. The warrior badge is an important indication of rank, therefore people are normally eager to go to the various professional guilds to get their badge upgraded.

These were the perfect conditions that allowed the Moe Lord to play the pig to eat the tiger (pretend to be weak). After Xiu got the basic level badge, he never bothered to upgrade it, so in the novel, there was a “rich second generation”1 officer in the Star Empire who looked at Xiu’s low level warrior badge and proposed a duel to the death. When the chapter ended, that **** was still desperately wondering how he could end the abuse that the “Grand Swordsman level” Moe Lord was dishing out.

The readers were lamenting: please allow us to make a sad expression, lol.

When Du Ze and Xiu showed Anne the warrior badge, the receptionist handled everything very quickly. She gave them the new mercenary cards.

“These are your mercenary cards, please accept them.” Anne pointed at the mercenary guild’s magical bulletin board that was constantly updated with new tasks. “That is the task board. You are now mercenary level E so you can only take on E-level or no level tasks.”

Du Ze glanced at the task board curiously. With just one look, he saw that at the top was a task for exploring the Gnome Ruins and the other tasks were all related to the Elven Forest. Then his eyes were caught by an unusual task – an “Anti-Demon Crusade” mission… demons?

Now the demons have appeared on the Chaos Continent?!

Du Ze remembered how he had activated the metal pyramid and his eyes subconsciously moved to Xiu, but he saw that Xiu was staring at something, unblinking. The beautiful face seemed like it was covered with a layer of frost, exuding an intense cold that could chill someone to the bone. Du Ze followed Xiu’s line of sight and read the task that he was staring at. Du Ze could only sigh: Plot god, you are so hardworking, is this the conscientiousness that your profession demands?

After Xiu emerged from the Door of Wisdom, he found that his rival’s mercenary squad had left a message for Xiu: Xiu, if you can see this message go to the Star Empire and find us.

At that time Xiu had awakened four of his bloodlines, so he turned back into his elf form and left the Gnome Ruins. Xiu went back to the mercenary guild and was given a task that was perfect because he wanted to go to the Star Empire. The task poked his G spot.

Just like now.

[Find Ice Crystal Grass: No Rank Requirement. Go to the land of extreme cold to find ice crystal grass, pay is negotiable. Client: Eddie. ]

The content of the task is not important, what is important is the client – Eddie. Rose, do you remember that year when you abandoned the Moe Lord?2

Remembering the past, Du Ze recalled how he had sprayed his computer screen with blood when he witnessed how the Moe Lord was abandoned by everyone, including his childhood sweetheart, Rose, and his childhood friend Eddie. The two of them and Xiu had grown up together in the same orphanage and had entered the Mage School together.

However, when Xiu was arrested by the Temple of Light and tortured, Eddie and Rose did not testify for their childhood friend. They were afraid of being implicated because they had grown up with Xiu in the same orphanage. Du Ze’s heart was broken when Rose made an appointment with the undead Xiu but, instead of a cute sister, a group of knights from the Temple of Light appeared.

**** you! If only you had supported Xiu spiritually, he wouldn’t have blackened! QAQ

When Anne saw Xiu staring at the bulletin board task “Find Ice Crystal Grass,” she very kindly advised him: “I recommend that you do not take this task. Although it doesn’t have a grade, the difficulty is at least A level. In fact, the task has been on the board for a long time. I know the one who put it up, he is also a mercenary. His companion was poisoned by the Black Fire Lizard so he needs to get the ice crystal grass to heal her.

Anne sighed: “They are very pitiful but the extremely cold environment is very difficult to explore. In addition, the ice crystal grass is guarded by a powerful monster. Only an A-class mercenary group can defeat it but he cannot afford to hire a class mercenary group.”

Like in the original plot of “Mixed Blood,” Rose was poisoned and Eddie was trying to recruit mercenaries to gather ice crystal grass. Du Ze looked at the silver-haired elf’s cold face. In order to get revenge on Eddie and Rose, Xiu will accept this task like in the novel.

Xiu noticed Du Ze watching him. He picked up his mercenary card from the counter.

Huh?

Du Ze couldn’t believe it: “You aren’t going to accept that task?’

Xiu gently stroked the back of Du ze’s neck with his hand. His face was still cold but when he looked at Du Ze, there was a hint of warmth in his green eyes.

“You want to go to the Star Empire.”

– Therefore that is unimportant.

Du Ze’s heart started pounding fiercely and he felt dizzy as though he was out of oxygen. His head went totally blank.

Moe Lord, you cannot act like this, if this goes on this young man won’t be able to hold on …3

Some silly, cute person put both hands on his headphones, covering his ears that were feeling hot. His eyes were darting back and forth. His voice sounded strange in his ears, as though someone else was speaking: “You, you don’t want to see them?”

The silver-haired elf was silent. Xiu looked like a volcano covered with ice, icy and oppressive. Seeing Xiu like that, Du Ze put his own mercenary card in front of Anne and said to her: “I’ll accept this task.”

Anne wanted to persuade him not to but she found out that she was totally incapable of entering their world. Those two people only had eyes for each other.

“You said,” facing the startled Xiu, Du Ze said earnestly, “that you would take me to see your ‘good friend’.”

In the Lost Land, there was a Lich who said to his only companion: “After I get out, I’ll take you to meet my good friend.”

– A very ‘good friend.’

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[Find Ice Crystal Grass: No Rank Requirement. Go to the land of extreme cold to find ice crystal grass, pay is negotiable. Client: Eddie. ]

Xiu’s eyes widened and he stared fixedly at the client’s name.

Eddie?

– Rose and I are innocent, we know nothing.

– We don’t have anything to do with him.

– We’re the ones who are the most frightened, okay?! To think that there was an undead beside us!

“… I’ll accept this task.”

The receptionist saw the task and wanted to advise Xiu against accepting it, but she saw that Xiu seemed frozen.

The receptionist was sure that he was like a devil who crawled out of the abyss to get his revenge.

– excerpt from “Mixed Blood”

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The author has something to say:

Author: [Moe Protagonist: No Rank Requirement. Turn the blackened protagonist back into the Moe Lord, payment is a face-to-face interview. Client: Author.]

Reader: I’ll accept this task.

Author: [Push Down the Reader: No Rank Requirement. Push down the Tsundere Reader, payment is a face-to-face interview. Client: Author.]

Protagonist: I’ll accept this task.

Author: If I were to say that these two tasks are actually just one task, would you believe me? ⊙▽⊙

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  1. Fuerdai – a Chinese term that refers to the children of the nouveau riche in China. It’s similar to “trust fund kids.”
  2. I think this is a reference to the Chinese TV show, My Fair Princess (还珠格格). “Emperor, do you remember eighteen years ago, Daming Lake during the summer rain?”
  3. It doesn’t say what he is holding on to. We readers have to fill in the blank of the “…”

26 thoughts on “Chapter 42.2 The Reader and Protagonist Definitely Have to Be in True Love”

  1. ah… Xiu will introduce Du Ze to his good friend, and Du Ze will reintroduce Xiu to his esteemed companion.. what a beautiful mess it would be if eric and his party accepted eddie’s quest? oh, but I want to see the star empire too…

    Xiu seems to be fond of stroking Du Ze’s neck… Is it just for the feeling of being in control? The sense of trust from our cute reader, letting Xiu touch a very vulnerable region? Or is it something cultural?

  2. “[Insert name of harem member here] found out that she was totally incapable of entering their world. Those two people only had eyes for each other.”

    It’s interesting how other people could tell the special atmosphere between Xiu and his cute silly reader (who still strongly pretends to be oblivious).

  3. I can’t wait for the reunion of these ‘good friends.’ They won’t recognize Xiu (unless he lets them) so he can get any kind of cruel revenge he wants (Personality, I would get the grass, destroy or block off the rest, and then either poison it or stand in front of them and ruin it. Huehuehue How does it feel to be betrayed??!!!!).

    But more importantly, he’ll get to see Du Ze get angry for his sake. Imagine how happy he’ll be to know that Du Ze would hate someone sooo much because that person was cruel to Xiu. But probably after getting jealous of Du Ze’s interest in them.
    What would really hit my meng point…. is if Du Ze really passionately hated them, and Xiu got jealous because someone else gave him strong emotions. It’s like, ‘I’m happy because he’d get angry for me…. But wait, stop paying so much attention to them. Don’t care about anyone but me, and don’t hate anyone but me. Don’t be affected by anyone else’
    (((o(*´∀`*)o)))
    Okay, I’ll stop being gross. Thank you for the chapter! I appreciate your hard work!

    1. Xiu: “actually no don’t hate me”

      That would be one of the fastest games covers I have ever seen. 😂 AND XIU HOW WOULD OUR SILLY AND CUTE READER EVER HATE YOU.💞

    2. I feel so lame asking, but what do you mean by game covers? (´ -`;;)

      I agree though. He’d probably only think that in gnome form, or if he was super worked up over it. Maybe (if he said or implied it) he’d coax him like ‘with our relationship(hits Du Ze’s weak spot), there could never be hate between us. Right?’
      De Ze: *brain short circuit*
      He has to build up a Xiu tolerance or he’s going to pass out lol

      But no matter what Xiu does, Du Ze won’t hate him, and will instead blame himself for “causing” Xiu’s suffering. Don’t tell Xiu this though! The resulting guilt tripping… I can’t even imagine it.

      …ok. I gotta stop being so gross. It’s just that I love passionate emotions in a love story. Give me that pining and excessive affection! \(//∇//)\

    1. I don’t think it’s that “he doesn’t care”, but that to him, Du Ze is more important. And considering how IMPORTANT (aaaahhhhhh) his revenge is, just punches me like nothing else when he chooses Du Ze. 😤💞💞💞

  4. Thanks for the chappie ^ . ^//.The author’s note is quite hilarious.I kinda connect the two task and what came up is:Moe Protaganist,Push Down The Reader.*chuckle*

    Keep up the good work,translator-sama.Your translations brightens up my day.

  5. Ahhhh… Why I am here again?? I’m losttttt… 😅😅😅

    Oh right I’m here To give my thanks to this wonderful author/translator.. 😆😆😆😆

  6. Tsundere is right, Du Ze is definitely one or a kuudere tbh
    I really love how in snatches you can see Du Ze reacting to the fact that Xiu is flirting with him
    And this time around he knows that it is flirting
    Thank you for translating

  7. I’m now anticipating the reunion of three childhood friends lol,
    how would they react to the fact that Xiu is bent tho??
    thanks for the chapter!

    1. They would be too busy suffering Xiu’s revenge. And they would also probably pay for ever laying their filthy eyes on his cute silly reader.

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