Chapter 44.2 – Reader: (LOL)
The small Phoenix peeked out from under the hood and its tiny head was immediately covered by snow. It shook its head and looked up at the falling snow, chirping merrily. Du Xe looked at Xiu and finally could not help but ask: “Don’t you hate them?”
Xiu shook his head – these people are no longer worthy of his attention. But even if there is no hate, he won’t easily let go. That person will keep the treasure he wants most. He can only look but not touch, and always looking, forever unable to forgive himself.1
Du Ze feels that life is good: Moe Lord, you are so cute! To think that this young man unexpectedly saw you lay down your hatred today!
“I am very happy.”
Xiu paused, gazing intently at the person beside him: “Then smile.”
Du Ze looked blankly at Xiu as the elf brushed the snow off his hood and softly said: “You have never smiled.”
– Ah Ze, he is an idiot, always giggling.
But… the person in front of him is Xiu
Du Ze slowly forced the corners of his lips to curve up but it really has been too long since he made this expression. Even if there is no mirror, he knows that his expression is stiff and awkward, not like a smile at all, but like baring his teeth at an enemy.
Moe Lord, don’t have nightmares! If you want, this young man can go on the (LOL)2 route!
In the swirling snow, the silver-haired elf stretched out his arms to hold the stiff black-haired youth in his arms.
One day, this man will take off all of his masks3 in front of him and look only at him, laugh only with him.
Xiu watched the snow falling down thickly, like a barrier isolating the two of them, as if they were the only people in the world. It felt … very good.
After a night’s rest, Du Ze and Xiu set off for the Star Empire.
In the seventh era, the humans drove off the beastkin and set up three Empires: the Bright, Moonlight, and Star Empires. The Bright Empire is the strongest. Its area of influence is medium-sized. The whole country, including the emperor, believe in the God of Light, so the Temple of Light is very powerful. It’s ruled by a combination of imperial and theocratic rulers; the government is centralized.
The Moon Empire is the smallest and weakest. It lies in the East of the Chaos Continent and is often invaded by the beastkin.
The Star Empire is vast but, as everyone knows, the government is divided into several factions and the most powerful person there is not the emperor but the prime minister.
It took a day’s travel for Xiu and Du Ze to reach the Imperial City of the Star Empire. Along the way, some silly, cute person has been very worried about how he can get rid of the Moe Lord and find the mercenary team. If Du Ze and Xiu go together to see the mercenary team… First of all, he doesn’t want to say “give me back the doujinshi” in front of Xiu. Secondly, Du Ze genuinely felt that if Xiu saw the mercenary team, he will be enraged and start a killing spree.
Du Ze began to recall the events in the “Mixed Blood” novel, trying to think of how to find the mercenary team. The Star Empire plot can be divided into three story arcs. The first arc is the Thief King task: Jack, the Thief King, gave his only disciple Enoch the task of stealing “time” from Vieruodis,4 a female alchemist. After doing some research on the target, Enoch learned that Vieruodis has a pocket watch. That should be the “time” that the Thief King wanted Enoch to steal from her. However, Vieruodis rarely leaves her magic tower – and mages are very aware of whatever happens in their own magic tower. Inside a mage’s own magic tower, even a fly can’t escape the mage’s inspection.
Fortunately, a source told Enoch that Vieruodis loves the play “Cecil.” Whenever this play is staged, she will certainly watch. Currently, the most famous acting troupe in the entire Chaos Continent was in the Imperial City of the Star Empire. Enoch knows their leader and asked him to help, but the leader couldn’t give in to his request because “Cecil” is famously difficult to stage. The beauty requirement for the main actor is outrageously high. Many actors have attempted to take on the Cecil role, but they got booed by the audience so much that they were unable to act. In order to protect the reputation of his troupe, the leader did not dare to try to stage “Cecil,” but he was so worn down by Enoch’s repeated requests that he promised that as long as the thief can find a suitable actor, he will immediately prepare to stage the play.
Therefore, when the beautiful elf Xiu and the mercenary team met again, Enoch almost flew to Xiu and embraced his thigh: “My savior, you came!”
“The elf in front, brother, please wait!”
Du Ze was a little bit surprised. How come when he thinks of the plot, the plot comes?
A thief jumped in front of them. It’s the mercenary team’s Enoch. When he saw Xiu’s cold, handsome face, first he became frozen with shock5 then extremely excited.
“Can you act?”
Once there was a very beautiful person, his name was Cecil, and his beauty stunned the world.
In order to appreciate Cecil’s beauty, God froze his time so that Cecil would stay forever in his most beautiful moment.
The whole world fell in love with Cecil and envied his lover.
As time went on, everyone felt that the lover was not worthy of Cecil, and the world hid Cecil.
The lover looked for Cecil, but the lakes, the forests, the birds, the beasts, all of them prevented the lovers from seeing each other.
The lark said to the lover: you are so old, how are you worthy of Cecil?
The rose said to the lover: you are so ugly, how are you worthy of Cecil?
The lover began to wonder: If I became beautiful, could I be with Cecil?
So the lover used a taboo magic.
Finally, the lover became beautiful.
God and the world are amazed at the lover’s beauty.
So God unfroze Cecil’s time and froze the lover’s time.
– “Mixed Blood: Cecil”
The author has something to say:
Author: Today I want to slack off and play Jian Wang 36 (LOL).
Reader: Today I want to remove the author (LOL).
Protagonist: Today I want to top the reader (LOL).
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- My editor XD said “that person” means Eddie. As in, Xiu knows Eddie will forever want Rose but he can never have her, eternally tormented by guilt and longing.
- The text literally said “parenthesis LOL” 小生以后可以走括弧笑路线. As far as I can tell the parenthesis is just a way to show action when you chat. Something like – “I think that’s wise” (laughs).
- take off his disguise
- 碧洛迪丝 – Vieruodis
- 石化 literally “petrochemical” but it’s actually an internet slang meaning “so stunned that he stopped thinking and was like a stone”
- A popular MMORPG (online game)