Chapter 55 – The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System

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Chapter 55 – Life Under House Arrest

Linking the rift between the two realms was a wide stone corridor. Pairs of torches marched endlessly into the distance, and the depths were as dark as a dense forest at night. Looking at the style of murals to the sides of the corridor, there was a strong yin ambiance, and it was clear to see this was Luo Binghe’s headquarters in the Demon Realm.

After the breach sealed, Luo Binghe didn’t continue to restrain Shen Qingqiu, slowly releasing his hands. Shen Qingqiu stood up straight and dusted off his sleeves, not saying a word.

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The two both had nothing to say, not giving each other a sideways glance. One in front and one behind, their footsteps made no breath of sound. The atmosphere was stiff and cold.
  
The forks in the corridor of the underground palace did not make Luo Binghe slow by a hairsbreadth. After strolling a twisted path through the complex for some time, the scene suddenly opened up before their eyes. Architecture in the Demon Realm was mostly entrenched underground in excavated subterranean caves, not seeing sun or moon throughout the year, but this part pierced through the ground at the top, allowing sunlight to shoot in and add more than a little bit of human character.
  
Pushing open the door and entering, the furnishings and arrangement of the room were quite familiar-looking. In fact, it was quite similar to the bamboo house on Qing Jing Peak.
  
Shen Qingqiu felt a mysterious sense of resentment.
  
He really wanted to ask Luo Binghe, “What is the meaning of this?”
  
Arranging up the scene and props like we’re on a theater set, rounding up the players, pretending like nothing ever happened━do you want to continue that daily little play of a loving master and disciple relationship from your dreamscape?
  
Now acting like a miserable child and throwing tantrums, making his heart overflow with sympathy. Now again hitting his face and telling him it was all an act. Real or fake, his eyes weren’t sharp enough to clearly see autumn feathers1 and see through Luo Binghe’s heart to understand what he was really thinking, some parts truth and some parts hypocrisy.
  
While he was still brooding over these thoughts, Luo Binghe walked a step closer to him.
  
If it were a few days earlier, Shen Qingqiu definitely wouldn’t have hesitated to flee, retreating three steps for every one step closer. But now, he obviously didn’t want to make this kind of move. That would look too much like he was a woman from a good family kidnapped by bandits, way too unnatural. Even as a dragon swimming shallow waters or a tiger dropped into the plains,2 he could still scrounge up his last drop of courage to maintain graceful and prudent affectation. By no means would he sink to a thoroughly unsightly appearance.
  
But he was still inevitably tense, his heart stretched taut as a bowstring, his eyelids jumping and fingertips curled.
  
How was Luo Binghe so perceptive? He advanced another step.
  
“Shizun, what do you think I’m going to do to you?”
  
Shen Qingqiu said sincerely, “I cannot guess.”
  
He would never again dare to wantonly guess Luo Binghe’s intentions. The facts were clear, each time he was light-years off the mark!
  
Luo Binghe reached out his right hand. Shen Qingqiu didn’t make a sound or movement, but his gaze couldn’t help but stick to his fingertips, following them as they reached out.
  
That hand was neat and slender. It didn’t look like the hand of a Demon Race young master who had already taken countless lives, but rather one which was born to pluck strings, a hand to burn incense and bathe in snow. It slid shyly over his cheek, faintly brushing his skin.
  
And then it landed on his throat.
  
He didn’t know whether or not it was on accident, but this hand had landed exactly on one of the major arteries of his neck. Shen Qingqiu’s throat bobbed imperceptibly.
  
Luo Binghe retracted his hand. The next time he opened his mouth, it was impossible to tell if he was happy, angry, sorrowful, or joyful. “My blood, it’s not responding to my beckoning.”
  
So when he had touched his skin just now, it was to probe the suppressed Heavenly Demon’s blood in Shen Qingqiu’s body.
  
Luo Binghe said, “It looks like in these short few days, Shizun has had another fortuitous meeting.”
  
Shen Qingqiu said, “Well, what can you do about it? Make me drink it again?”
  
Luo Binghe said, “You’ll run if you drink it, you’ll run if you don’t, both options are the same. I had better not make Shizun add another layer of loathing for me in his heart.”
  
In front of others, he had left not a bit of face for Shen Qingqiu, but in private, he suddenly became polite and courteous. Shen Qingqiu felt a bit conflicted.
  
“Shizun, please stay here for the time being. If you would like, the inside of the underground palace is free for you to wander.” Luo Binghe continued, “I have left servants outside, they will not enter the room. If you need anything, simply send a summons.”
  
Shen Qingqiu said, “How thoughtful.”

Luo Binghe fixed his gaze on him for a time, then said, “Is there anything you desire?”
  
Shen Qingqiu said, “Anything is acceptable?”
  
Luo Binghe nodded. A sudden malicious sentiment arising from his gut, Shen Qingqiu bluntly said, “I want to see you as little as possible. Best if I never see you at all.”
  
Luo Binghe looked like he never expected Shen Qingqiu to make this sort of request, his face paling.
  
Seeing this, Shen Qingqiu felt a flash of schadenfreude but also felt like he had been pricked by a needle, maybe because he had never said anything so vitriolic and merciless to anyone in the past.
  
The blood slowly returned to Luo Binghe’s face. He said, “Shizun once asked me if I wanted to become strong.”
  
Shen Qingqiu said, “That time I asked you that question, I seem to remember I also told you that the purpose of becoming strong is protecting people, not plundering and slaughtering them.”
  
Luo Binghe said coldly, “No. You had it wrong. What Shizun taught, not necessarily every point was correct. Only after becoming the strongest can one keep the people they want to have securely in their palms. I finally understand━it wouldn’t do to wait for Shizun to come over himself.”
  
He clenched his fist, forcefully ripping a vicious smile onto his face. “So, now that I’ve captured you this time, Shizun had better not think of escaping ever again!”
  
After the devil incarnate had exited the scene, Shen Qingqiu knocked on the System. “2.0, are you there?”
  
The System responded:【The System provides comprehensive 24-hour support and lifelike online support.】
  
Shen Qingqiu said, “Uh, comprehensive is enough, forget about the lifelike. What are my current point values?”
  
The System: 【B points 1330, 《Proud Immortal Demon Way》successfully removed “Landmines Raining Down Like Lightning” tag, reached “Rather Many Tsukkomi Points” stage, encouraging you to continue connecting and striving, looking forward to your next mystery achievement unlock. Coolness points 3840, Anger points 1500, Heartbreak points 4500. Great effort still needed to improve.】
  
Very good. Through his great effort (looking for death), this rotten stallion novel finally saw some improvement in B points. Though “Rather Many Tsukkomi Points” wasn’t any favorable evaluation, it was certainly a few points stronger than “Landmines Raining Down Like Lightning.” The anger points weren’t as heaven-defying as he had thought, but instead, the heartbreak points were high enough that he felt he had been pricked by another needle.
  
Diverting his gaze, Shen Qingqiu said, “With this many coolness points, can I exchange them for something?”
  
The System: 【You can exchange for a System feature upgrade.】
  
Shen Qingqiu said cheerfully, “Okay. Do the upgrade.”

With a ringing notification sound, the System quietly began to download the upgrade package. Shen Qingqiu had a sudden thought and asked, “Right, what is the name of this feature upgrade?”

The System: 【Small Scenario Pusher Luxury Edition.】
  
Shen Qingqiu decisively jabbed at the cancel button on the download window.
  
****, it’s already done downloading, and it took ***ing 3000 coolness points. Zero-star rating!
  
Aggrievedly spamming the System with a pile of complaints, Shen Qingqiu started his life under house arrest.
  
Luo Binghe was busy uniting the Northern Border tribes on Mobei-Jun’s territory and Sha Hualing seemed to be officially starting her great cheating undertaking━in the literal sense. In short, in the near future, Luo Binghe had many targets to obliterate or rope in. With many official duties to attend to, perhaps unable to extricate himself, all along he had not shown his face.
  
…or maybe that day, his glass heart had been shattered by Shen Qingqiu’s harsh words, and he didn’t dare to appear.
  
Shen Qingqiu tore his thoughts away from that latter path with great difficulty.
  
In short, if Luo Binghe continues to leave him alone, this sort of lifestyle, isn’t it his long-awaited goal of days spent “muddling around, eating food, awaiting death, and enjoying one’s later years?”
  
Furthermore, Luo Binghe didn’t act like the characters in the books his younger sister liked to read in his previous life and shackle him with chains, blindfolded and gagged, stripped and beaten. He might as well be content with whatever he has and make himself at home wherever he is.
  
Bull***t!
  
For Shen Qingqiu to attempt to comfort himself with these words, there must be sh*t in his brains! He wasn’t some sort of Stockholm syndrome patient, feeling deep gratitude for being fattened in captivity. Don’t you understand, you need to bring about a fortunate lifestyle yourself, not by relying on others’ charity?!
  
Having defeated his own brainwashing, Shen Qingqiu exerted his strength, a page from a book splitting open in his hands. At the same time, a loud sound of bamboo cracking resounded from outside the window. He lifted the curtain, seeing a group of young Demon Realm servants hurrying about. Poking his head outside, he asked, “What are you doing?”
  
“Master Shen, why did you come out?”
  
The servant had an extremely enthusiastic and deferential attitude, completely unlike someone speaking to a person under house arrest. He smiled and said, “We’re planting bamboo over here.”
  
Shen Qingqiu stared. “Bamboo?”
  
“En. You should recognize this Human Realm plant. It’s hard to plant here in the Demon Realm and won’t mature properly, but Junshang is determined to get it planted here, so everyone just has to figure out a way.”
  
Seeing his strength and the way he moved, Shen Qingqiu knew this definitely was not an ordinary manual laborer. He was afraid that all the demons Luo Binghe had found were all the cream of the crop. To make these experts do odd jobs for him━what a waste of resources!
  
And that wasn’t the end of it. For the first two days, Shen Qingqiu had been apathetic and had no appetite, but on the third day he abandoned his interest in fasting and said a few aloof words to (flirted with) the pale-skinned and busty pretty maid, calling for a meal to be delivered. Before he even picked up his chopsticks twice, he didn’t have the stomach to continue.
  
The maid tilted her head, asking in a laughing voice, “What is it, Master Shen, is the flavor not good?”
  
The taste is good, very good. It’s just that it’s too good, a very familiar good taste, it’s been many years since Shen Qingqiu had tasted this, and that’s why he could not continue.
  
He put down his chopsticks and probed, “Was it you who made this?”
  
The maid chuckled, “How could that be? I only know how to kill and eat fresh or wait for the meat to rot before eating. I don’t know these human recipes, with all the fire and a ton of rice and condiments━it would trouble me to death.”
  
…****, turns out this clear-voiced beautiful demon with breath like orchids was a rotten flesh lover. Shen Qingqiu had long been able to see, making this girl clean tables and sweep the floor every day was debasing her too much. Considering her strength, she was more suited to wielding a pair of broad axes into battle to cut up enemies rather than chopping melons and slicing vegetables, and it was very likely she used to have this exact job.
  
Shen Qingqiu said with a suppressed tone and no change of expression, “Then who made it?”
  
The maid said, “Aiyo, this I dare not say. Junshang would definitely kill me if I did.”
  
Dare not say? Would he not be able to taste it if she just didn’t say?
  
Shen Qingqiu wavered between putting down and picking up that pair of chopsticks. What was that saying? The hand that has received is hesitant, the mouth that been fed is soft.3 Shen Qingqiu very much worried if, after finishing this meal, he could still forcefully take a righteous stance against Luo Binghe. But, in the end, the cook was too familiar with his taste and eating habits, and while he was worrying he had unconsciously cleaned his plate…
  
The maid cleared the dishes and left with a swing of her hips, covering a smirk with her hand. Not long after she left, the curtain lifted and a person wobbled their way in. Seeing this face, a vicious feeling sprang from Shen Qingqiu’s gut. Meeting him with a violent strike, he yelled, “Airplane Shooting Towards the Sky, I–”
  
Shang Qinghua frantically raised his hands to block, a sword shooting out of its scabbard to slash across the space between them, taking an offensive stance. He said, “Ai ai ai, don’t, please don’t. Shen-dada, you really can’t **** with people as you please. If you mess with me, admittedly I don’t have any impressive skills, but don’t think that this one will let you get off easy.”
  
Shen Qingqiu roared, “You sold me out. What about fellowship? Camaraderie from having a common origin?!”
  
Shang Qinghua retorted, “What fellowship is there between us unless it was truly love disguised as hate all along? Ah, don’t treat me like this, that really hurts… what could I have done other than selling you out? It was Great God Luo, even if I didn’t sell you out he had pretty much figured you out already. Why would I look for a beating for no reason? This doesn’t mean anything, I just chose to confess and take the easy path.”
  
This reply was so textbook shameless, Shen Qingqiu was a little astonished. After letting his guard down for a moment, Shang Qinghua had already stepped over and sat down beside the table. He set the sword in his hand on the table with a bang and said, “Let’s not talk about this anymore. I was ordered to deliver something to you.”
  
Taking a better look at that sword, Shen Qingqiu’s hand already reached out to caress the blade. It was the very sword which had been shattered into many broken pieces by his destroyed spiritual energy when he had self-destructed. The unfortunate Xiu Ya Sword.
  
Shen Qingqiu still had an emotional attachment to Xiu Ya, and as soon as he had the sword in hand, he had no more attention to devote to beating up Shang Qinghua. Drawing the blade from its sheath, it was as pure white and snow-bright as it had ever been, slender and elegant. Its broken pieces were reconnected as seamlessly as heavenly clothes, overflowing with spiritual energy, not a hairline split to be seen.
  
On the other side, Shang Qinghua laughed nervously and rubbed his hands, clicking his tongue and saying, “Aiyah, I really, really never thought… the storyline would bend so far out of shape. Remarkable, really remarkable.”
  
Shen Qingqiu: “The stallion novel protagonist you wrote turned into a cut-sleeve, shouldn’t you be angry?”
  
Shang Qinghua said sincerely, “It doesn’t matter. Either way, the one he fell for wasn’t me.”
  
Shen Qingqiu gave him a cordial middle finger, lowering his head to polish his sword. Shang Qinghua gave him a thumbs-up. “Really, you don’t need to be so pessimistic. You have good prospects for the future, quite good prospects. These golden thighs,4 they’re strong, reliable!”
  
Shen Qingqiu said, “Take your ****ing golden thighs. If I have to hug those thighs, where do you think they’ll take me? Between the legs!”

Shang Qinghua: “Between the legs is even better, ah. Between the legs is a man’s most important place.”
  
If not for the fact that Xiu Ya had only just returned to his hands and he couldn’t bear to use it for filthy things, Shen Qingqiu really had a mind to slice off a chunk of that place between his legs. Not in the mood for this buffoonery, he straightened his expression and asked, “Since we’re being frank with each other, I’ll ask you: did you ever make any plans for Tianlang-Jun?”
  
Shang Qinghua: “What are you going to do with information about Bing-ge’s dad?”
  
Shen Qingqiu said, “It’s not that I want to do something with the information, I just thought it was strange how you didn’t make a fuss about the protagonist’s dad. I know for a fact that you can write a million words just to add a wife; you could definitely go on for three years to add a father.”
  
Shang Qinghua started. “You really have some good eyes, truly a faithful reader of mine. I’ll tell you, originally, I planned on unfolding the framework of the plot to set Bing-ge’s dad as the BOSS, but as I was writing, my computer died and I lost my outline, and a ton of the details were lost. And at the time the reviews section all wanted a different plotline, the battle of Bing-ge invading a hundred flowers, you understand. A whole hundred sacred flower spirits who had never seen a man since birth, and he dealt with all of them. Cucumber bro, you know how much I suffered to write the hundred flower buds blooming in concert section, but you still roast me…”
  
“…” At long last Shen Qingqiu knew the true origin of all those plot holes. “So you just went to write the harem plotline, and might as well leave the more serious Bing-ge’s dad plotline full of holes?”
  
Shang Qinghua said, “Actually leaving it full of holes is no big deal. The main issue is making it cool for the readers. All the sisters who should have been pushed down were pushed down, all the cannon fodder that should have been killed were killed. Writing a plotline everyone might not be interested in is just spending extra effort for no reward. I just wanted to scrape up a living. If all the subscribers jump ship, I won’t have any food to eat, Cucumber bro.”
  
Airplane Shooting Towards the Sky, you’re really having too much fun chopping down those outlines, but the System’s strict requirements are making me fill all the holes you dug with your malpractice!
  
Shang Qinghua continued, “In fact, I wasn’t completely unwilling to part with it. In my original plans, TianLang-Jun had purer blood than Bing-ge, his martial power was stronger, he earned his fame earlier━his character was just more decked out than Bing-ge. Rising far above the filth of the ordinary world to laugh arrogantly over the Three Realms, and he even had a deeply moving tragic backstory to make one sing or cry, very Jack Sue,5 right? What would I do if by any chance the readers think he’s stealing Bing-ge’s spotlight and start to protest? You know Bing-ge has to be fierce in appearance, fierce in combat, and fierce in giving rewards.”
  
Shen Qingqiu let his head drop to his hands. Hearing this confession from Boss Airplane, he was starting to worry. If TianLang-Jun really had been released, would Luo Binghe even be able to defeat him?
  
But, looking at it from another angle, maybe it’s possible to curb the son by using the father? Shen Qingqiu immediately snuffed out that dangerous line of thought. Regarding a completely unknown opponent who could be righteous or nefarious, a vain attempt to use them might lead to you not even knowing how you’re going to die in the end. So, the conclusion still will never change in ten thousand years: Boss Airplane Flying Toward the Sky really is a genius, setting the standards of literature for the generation!
  
Shen Qingqiu slapped the table. “You better be straight with me, list out everything you had planned but didn’t write when you changed the outline. The important things first!”
  
Shang Qinghua stammered, “Important or not I don’t know, but there is a segment to do with you… or more precisely it has to do with Shen Jiu. Before I was always too ashamed to say…”
  
Hearing this, the hair on the back of his neck stood up in anticipation. Knowing Airplane Flying Toward the Sky’s tendencies, it’d be a wonder if he had given him some normal backstory!
  
Shen Qingqiu said, holding his head in his hands, “Just tell me. I can bear it.”
  
Shang Qinghua started an impassioned explanation of his writing process. “I had a lot of ideas for this character Shen Qingqiu. I had hoped to mold him into a well rounded, three-dimensional character; he’s scum, he’s wretched, but he had reason to be scum and a not scummy side. But, the readers didn’t really buy into it, as soon as I started showing signs of this development they started griping in the reviews. So, I saw the winds weren’t blowing the right way and immediately turned him into a one-dimensional wretched villain. But really he…”
  
Shen Qingqiu had turned his full attention to the explanation when suddenly, the maids outside the room chorused in a respectful tone, “Junshang.”
  
This is really the worst time you could have come!
  
Hearing this, Shang Qinghua’s expression transformed and he jumped a meter off the ground like his butt had been lit on fire. Rushing towards the back door, he shouted over his shoulder, “That man of yours is here. I’ll tell you later, no, in the future!”
  
Don’t go! Shen Qingqiu stretched out an Erkang hand.6 Take your “I’ll tell you in the future”! Cutting it off at this point is harder to bear than that mushy cliche scene of “witnessing with your own eyes someone on death’s door saying ‘my killer was… was…’ and then spitting out a mouthful of blood and dying”!
  
The green curtain lifted, and Luo Binghe stooped to enter the room. Shen Qingqiu immediately put on an unruffled expression. Because his very important discussion had been cut off, he didn’t have a good look on his face. Luo Binghe’s gaze first alighted on Xiu Ya in his hand before shifting upwards.
  
After a brief silence, it was Luo Binghe who took the initiative and opened his mouth. “These past few days, it seems that Shizun hasn’t taken a moment to rest.”
  
Speaking of rest, Shen Qingqiu immediately thought of dreams; and speaking of dreams, he couldn’t help but remember all the embarrassing moves he made in the dream realm to console Luo Binghe. Shen Qingqiu rubbed his forehead and said, “If I could do it without dreaming, I’d be happy to rest.”
  
Luo Binghe’s eyelashes drooped. After standing for a bit, it seemed he had come to a major decision. He said stiffly, “Even though those earlier events happened in a dream realm, I took advantage of Shizun. But the feelings I revealed to you then, those were not false.”
  
Shen Qingqiu sighed and said truthfully, “Luo Binghe, right now I really don’t know which of your words are true and which are false. Therefore, don’t bother saying things like this.”
  
The Luo Binghe in that dream was truly much cuter. Even though the male protagonist was still the male protagonist, he was wretched and miserable, making one’s guts twist a hundred times, and his face was not bad. Even a straight guy like Shen Qingqiu couldn’t help but take pity on him. It’s just that the more pity he felt at the time, the more pain his face was in after the fact. Luo Binghe had said that the events in Jinlan City were not his doing, and at the time Shen Qingqiu believed him about nine-tenths of the way, but now he didn’t dare put in even a tenth of rash hope.
  
The blood rushed back into Luo Binghe’s face, pinkening his cheeks. Lifting his eyelids, he said coldly, “Shizun is concerned only with my trickery, but if I hadn’t done so I’m afraid I still wouldn’t be able to speak a word to you.”
  
His fingers unconsciously clenched tighter and tighter on Xin Mo’s hilt until his knuckles went white with the strain. Not only his pupils, but his eye sockets themselves began to glow faintly red. “Since when did Shizun never deceive me? You said you did not approve of attaching too much importance to the difference between races, but in the blink of an eye, you refuse to admit it. After your bodily death at Huayue City, I called for your soul hundreds of thousands of times, trying then failing then trying then failing again, never letting my heart fall to ash and my thoughts grow cold.7 Despite this, I never suspected that Shizun would scorn me to this extent, looking at me with a detached gaze and madly playing dumb after returning to stand before my eyes.”

At the end of his tirade, his final syllables were somewhat unsteady, the tones rising in both fury and exasperation. “Now Shizun certainly has abundant reason to denounce me as a devil incarnate, I bring disaster wherever I go. But this time I haven’t done anything at all, but you still scorn me like snakes and scorpions? You’ve tricked me twice, I’ve tricked you twice, aren’t we equal?”

Even though he felt this “one is one, two is two” logic was not a fraction off the mark, Shen Qingqiu couldn’t help revealing his true feelings. “You really hold your grudges.”
  
Luo Binghe sneered, “I’m afraid Shizun has never seen what I’m like when I really hold a grudge against someone.”
  
His face gradually settled into a gloomy expression from his sneer. Drawing closer the distance between the two, he said, “But what if I said, that towards Shizun, I only remember, not hate,8 most likely I wouldn’t be believed.”
  
Seeing the shadow his figure cast increasing in size, Shen Qingqiu hurriedly said, “Compose yourself.” If you want to talk then talk properly, don’t suddenly change your face, don’t get this close!
  
Luo Binghe said in a low voice, “Shizun you could always compose yourself, but I can’t compose myself any longer.”
  
Shen Qingqiu hadn’t fully processed this when with a clunk, his back began to hurt. The next thing he knew, the two of them had already rolled onto the bed.
  
…It’s been so long since I’ve slept on this bamboo bed, why is it so bumpy! Shen Qingqiu yelled, “What’s wrong with you!”
  
Luo Binghe pursed his lips and refused to answer. Just as Shen Qingqiu thought to kick him away, goosebumps erupted over him from head to foot. A hand suddenly reached into his inner robe from the hem.
  
You’ve got to be kidding me!
  
He violently heaved up a knee, but Luo Binghe caught it with a single hand, pressing it down to the side of his body.
  
Shen Qingqiu internally yelled “****” a hundred times, he didn’t want to be forced into this position with his legs spread wide open, lying under another person! He immediately rushed up with his upper body, and with a well-timed burst of energy and a twist of his waist reversed their positions like a shift of the stars in the sky, pinning Luo Binghe under him. He unsheathed three inches of Xiu Ya, coldly pressing it against Luo Binghe’s throat. This was the first time in his life Shen Qingqiu had been pushed over by someone, and he had been pushed into a rage. With a violent grin, he sneered, “So you’re playing at forcing yourself upon your Shizun? En? How filial!” The accusations that had been turned upon him were true, but don’t think he would just quietly submit!
  
Luo Binghe’s escape routes and the vital point of his neck had all been blocked off, but he had a dazzling light in his eyes. Not fearing the sharp blade at his neck in the slightest, he grabbed Shen Qingqiu’s wrist with one hand, the other propping himself up on the ground. With a vigorous attack, he reversed their positions again. Of course, Shen Qingqiu wouldn’t let him do as he wishes, jabbing towards a vulnerable point with Xiu Ya’s hilt.
  
After a few such exchanges, the two were tangled in a lump. They rolled off the bed, turning the whole way, white flashes and sparks exploding every which way, spiritual energy and demonic energy mixing into a confused fog, violent attacks flying at random. After so long spent hiding behind a mask, Shen Qingqiu didn’t know how long it had been since he had fought in such a crude manner. After the battle had reached this level of intensity, Shen Qingqiu suddenly realized.
  
That’s not right, this is a cultivation novel, why the **** should I be fighting with my bare hands? What sort of dumbass has a cannon and doesn’t use it!?
  
He immediately raised his hand, pumping it full of spiritual energy, sending an earth-shattering punch towards Luo Binghe’s lower abdomen.


Reika’s Notes:

Regarding the “Erkang hand,” it’s referring to this meme:

  • This chapter is by Lily.
  • The author calls Luo Binghe “Bing-ge.” The “ge” suffix literally means “big brother” but they obviously aren’t brothers. It’s just a casual way of calling someone. Note that the demons call Luo Binghe “my lord” or something formal.
  • The System’s scenario pusher was used during the Water Dungeon and all it seemed to do was make Luo Binghe (accidentally) partially tear Shen Qingqiu’s clothes off. The upgraded version… what do you think it can do?
  • Next chapter will be released on Feb. 5.
  • This chapter is one of the really popular ones, for obvious reasons. Here’s a screencap from a Chinese fanvid depicting their fight. I particularly like the big smile on the face of this Shizun fanboy, lol!

Please let me know if there are any errors. And no, there is no “missing part” in this chapter. If you think there is, that’s because you read the old version. We are using the newest, edited version of the story. The part you’re looking for is in the next chapter.

I’m absolutely dying to know what everyone thinks of this chapter so please leave a comment if you can. Thanks for reading!



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  1. 明察秋毫 (míng chá qiū háo), chengyu (idiom) literally meaning “to see clearly the downy feather of autumn” or “being sensitive to the finest detail”, “being able to tell right from wrong with acuity”.
  2. 龙游浅水虎落平阳, refers to a situation in which one has no power.
  3. In the original it’s 拿人家手短,吃人家嘴软, but the more ‘standard’ phrasing of this idiom that I could find is 吃人家的嘴软,拿人家的手短. Basically means that one is hesitant to speak up or act out against the person one has benefited from.
  4. Golden thigh – someone strong or powerful. Most likely refers to Shen Qingqiu’s initial plan of thigh-hugging, or sucking up to, Luo Binghe.
  5. 杰克苏 (jié kè sū), lit. “Jack Sue”, the male equivalent of Mary Sue.
  6. Reference to a meme. Basically just reaching out your arm like nooooooo don’t go!!
  7. 心灰意冷 (xīn huī yì lěng), a Chinese chengyu meaning “discouraged”. Translated literally here because it’s quite poetic.
  8. This is a bit of wordplay in the original Chinese. The phrase which means “to hold a grudge” is 记仇 (jì chóu), literally “to remember hate”. The original pulls apart this phrase into its two component parts in this sentence.

114 thoughts on “Chapter 55 – The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System”

  1. I almost hyperventilate ! I was like NO NO- NONOOO! ! LBH !! NO DON’t ! Don’t USE FORCE !! hahaaha

  2. wow, ouch…for LBH. those SQQ words is just too painful even i can feel it. and that Erking hand moment i cannot stop laughing.
    but I really sympathies LBH eventhough his way is wrong. but i can’t wait for the moment they finally papapa. hahaha

  3. I wanna know what is the difference between Edited version and older version! words changes or other things? or just a chapter? Thanks

  4. I love the bickering of SQQ and SQH and how he’s glad he’s not the person that the male protagonist has fallen in love with. Hehe.

    I had hoped that LBH won’t show his face for a while and that maybe SQQ will contemplate and miss him a bit, but oh well, since he’s still on the straight path, this encounter is inevitable. lol! Thanks for the update!

  5. We have seen these in movies / animes -two enemies ( who used to be fimiliar with other ), met again, have misunderstanding , give each other some ( lots of ) 👊 n kicks , then lie down on the ground , looking towards the sky…..

    Then finally decide to talk things out╮(╯▽╰)╭

    Just a feeling ☝THAT WON’T HAPPENED RIGHT

  6. I feel that both SQQ and LBH have their reasons for acting the way they did.

    SQQ: Always thought Binghe was going to kill him, so he was trying to save himself, not realizing until literally a few days ago that Binghe loved him. There’s no reason for him to prove his love for Binghe because that’s not his priority at all. SQQ is trying to save Cang Qiong sect first, and he views his capture as a sacrifice for that end. Binghe being pushy just pisses him off.

    As for LBH: Poor guy thought his Shizun died for his sake for 5 years, kept his corpse to prevent its rot. Now realises it was all a ploy to run away from him. On top of that, SQQ still thinks he is to blame for the sowers etc. Like what do readers expect him to do? No matter how Binghe tries to explain himself, SQQ doesn’t believe him. Plus Binghe’s demon heritage and sword are also causing his personality shift.

    This is not a typical lovey dovey couple. They have communication troubles right off the bat. Give them time to sort it out.

  7. I get that SQQ is being closed-minded, but in the end I still fault LBH more. The poor MC just wants to fucking live, on one hand he is turned into human swine, on the other he is obsessed after with LBH’s love. But if he doesn’t follow the plot it’s all game over. So SQQ was actually supposed to pursue the thin, ‘doesn’t despise but doesn’t like all too much’ route with LBH? Please. I feel sympathy already.

    It’s not that SQQ has only given LBH the cold shoulder either. In the dream world LBH witnessed himself that shizun was still willing to be lenient, pat him on the head. And SQQ is noted to “eats soft food, not hard”, I feel as though since Binghe himself witnessed this, he would keep trying with that strategy instead of trying to force SQQ. Since when did sneering and arguing work to win shizun’s heart? Never. If instead Binghe had done things similar to giving back SQQ sword, making him food, etc. for a few weeks, in general acting meek and pitiful, SQQ probably would have ended up forgiving him. I get that LBH suffered, has anxiety and feels wronged, but if his eNd GoAL is shizun’s heart, naturally he won’t obtain it by resorting to actions like this.

    Plot wise it seems rather forced, just a dramatic ‘KYAA’ moment for the readers to drool at, but in this novel I don’t think there was much plot that wasn’t forced LOL. That was half the point.

    I feel like the excuse that could be made for LBH is influenced by the heart demon, or that he was just trying to feel SQQ heart beats or some shit like that, heck maybe he was just angering him on purpose cause’ he wanted a reaction out of SQQ, and wasn’t planning to do anything else. Regardless, when the ML stoops to these levels I’ll lose at least half my affection for him.

  8. I have been meaning to ask this for quite sometime now, but i always tend to forget once ive read the feedback section 😂… Um translator-san, when did shizun trimmed his beard? If i can recall he still has the long beard covering his face right?

    Didnt he still got it when he met lou binghe for the first time? But lou saw right throu his face even with the beard.

    1. Aiya~ 😅 im really curious. It was mentioned in the old version but i already forgot how.. It was such a long time ago since ive read it. I think the author forgot all about it while redoing the new version 😬

      Anyways, thank you translator reika-san for reply. And for this awesome chapter, arigatou~ i really admire the wondeful translation 😊 👍👍👍 *thumbs up*

    2. No, I was wrong. It was mentioned in chapter 51:

      “His sparse beard had already pretty much fallen off completely by now…”

      I think we can assume it’s gone.

    3. If I recall correctly… several chapters back he lopped it off but then as a quick afterthought that he lost a good disguise, he decided to yes, grab the beard hair and stick it back on somehow 🤷🏻‍♀️ Then in a more recent chapter he rolled on the ground and suddenly it flew off and he was also clean shaven 😂😂😂

    4. Oh, ive re-read the past chapters ..
      And in chapter 44 it was revealed that he shaved his beard but pasted it back on 😂 i pasted the exact wordinga used:

      “When Shen Qingqiu rolled to the edge of the stream and used the sharp edge of a rock to shave his beard and take a look, this face still looked thirty-to-forty percent similar to Shen Qingqiu’s. He silently picked up the beard again and stuck it back on his face.”

      Pheew, now that mystery was solved. Hahaha 😊 thank you guys for helping me .

  9. I’m… really sorry but I don’t think I can not speak up about this… I’m really bummed abt the ending bc I enjoyed most the chap but then it had to have sexual assault and bc of it I can no longer rec it to my friend… Plus the chapter comments didn’t help…. I love this story but I feel betrayed… T .T I wish MXTX would go back to revise this scene… I really don’t like that all of us fujoshi have to be blamed for romanticizing such a trope just because some like it and they assume all of us do…. oof, I’m sad… I don’t wanna get called out twitter just for continuing to read this

  10. *Sighs*
    Alexa, play Despacito….

    The developments here are painful – it hurts my heart seeing these poor babies fighting, but at the same time…. I love that in this chapter none of it is one-sided. Unlike before, SQQ can actually fight against Binghe, and hopefully to an extent they’ll be able to slowly figure things out now that there’s no more running away.
    Lol though, Cucumber Bro’s interactions with Airplane Shooting Towards The Sky give me life…. and oh heck, the Father-in-Law!!! Scary stuff…

    Thank you for the chapter!!! 🙂

  11. To be honest, I actually love Luo Binghe on my end and I want him to be happy. He’s really suffered a lot and it’s really sad to see the way SQQ treats him now?? I mean that whole part about him saying he wish to see him as less as possible was just a stab to the heart….. :/ I mean from LBH pov, I actually feel for him and I don’t know if I will ship them anymore of this drags on not because of LBH but because of SQQ incompetent in showing me that he loves LBH the same way….

    I don’t want their relationship to be forceful but honestly, I do feel LBH actions is influenced by his sword… After all its called “Xin Mo”(heart demon) for a reason….So no, I don’t blame LBH… I just don’t want it to go that route of them doing it if SQQ doesn’t feel that way for him….I love LBH and I want him to be happier and not regret his actions….

    Honestly compared to MXTX other words….SQQ is the most dense when it comes to his feelings to the point it really annoyed me which I don’t feel in her other two works I.e. MDZS and HOB…Thats probably why SV is my least favorite of the three urgh…

    1. Well SV is her first and shortest work. It’s definitely not as polished as the other series, but it’s a beautiful gem nonetheless

  12. I love this ridiculous story. This author makes fun of herself and this whole genre without any shame, just like Airplane. I also know that this author has a tendency to make her semes pretty domineering at times. It doesn’t bother me because it’s fiction.

    LBGs is having problems proving his affection for Shizun because SQQ disarmed the demon blood in his body, and he hasn’t slept to enter the dream world, so he’s basically making LBG unreasonably desperate. LBG felt terrible after Shizun died. He tried everything to fix his mistake. He feels just as betrayed as SQQ, and SQQ is the one still holding secrets while LBG has been trying to put all his cards on the table. As the Shizun, he’s manipulated Binge since the beginning for his own ends. I love both character s, but no one is a saint here. Neither one of them is handling this well, so consequences will be consequences. Bring it all on.

    Thank you, once again, for the translation. I love how smooth it is and how I can picture everything almost as if it was wrottwr in English first.

    1. I absolutely love your comment, I can’t agree more. I’ll check the chapter again but perhaps die to the wording I didn’t know he forced himself to stay awake to avoid LBH, thanks for pointing that out.

  13. I’M FUCKING SCREAMING i read this entire novel in one night i’m SO EXCCITED FOR THE NEXT PART??????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank u for translating!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. I wonder what binghe would think if he saw his shizun speaking with shang qinghua…. These guys are awesome Bros! ( I mean, you’d have to be a great bro to not cut the author in half after all the shit he’s pulled)

    I do wonder though.. do the scenarios made up but not written by the author still apply? Then maybe op demon King is the one who sent the sowers? Isn’t he sealed under a mountain or something?

  15. Thank you for the update!!

    System: You have upgraded to Small Scenario Pusher Luxury Tier! Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations! (Important things must be repeated three times)

    SQQ: NO

    GAHAHAHA IM ROLLING –
    I’m really looking forward to how that luxury tiered “small” scenario pusher’s gonna turn out hehe. Looking forward to the next chapter!!

  16. I really do love Shizun. He’s not just some passive BL guy. At least he does his best to fight back.

    Except he should have aimed lower. Punch him in the dingaling!

  17. This… this… do you guys know how frustrating this stuff is if you’re on SQQ’s place. You’re straight and you don’t like it, you’re trying to save yourself but someone’s being a huge annoying A-hole and keeps on getting in your way. You… you guys, Binghe is hot and misunderstood but this is such a turn off. Sheep boy don’t force it, explain don’t blame. Not to mention SQQ’s action was being guided by the system in the past. And… *cries in frustration* I want SQQ to be happy. I don’t care about sheep boy but I wish for SQQ’s happiness. I love SQQ.

  18. I feel so conflicted? On one side I’m like “YEAAA SHIZUN PUNCH THAT BTCH” but on another side I’m like “Shizun u should stop, he’d probably like that punch”

    Binghe, why are you such an M? Now even I have conflicted feelings on Shizun hitting him.

    Thank u Airplane bro for nothing, hahah. Gods its rare that I like an airheaded sidekick but I just can’t help it, this guy made me laugh too much.

    1. Yea what if he becomes the final boss or smth? Not that he’d beat his own son but WHAT IF??

  19. It would be hilarious to see SQQ and SQH by LBH while they’re bickering.. I can’t imagine SQQ’s face at all xD he’s supposed to be an ice cold beauty… And then here comes his erkang mode xD

    Thanks for the chapter!!!~ 🙇🙇🙇🙇

  20. Since I am not on team LBH, I for once in BL land do not want this ship to sail. I don’t know why others like him but I frankly just want the protagonist to fulfill his wish and live a simple carefree life instead of being chained to this psycho.

    1. Exactly my thought. I adore our Shizun so much and want him to live a happy lazy life together with his family at the sect T T.

  21. Upgraded System version? Cough! Cough! It will reach into a “waist-breaking” heights! 。゚(TヮT)゚。

    Thank you for the chapter!

    I really love the Little Sheep and Shizun Picture! It’s so cute!!! ♡(ŐωŐ人)

  22. –That would look too much like he was a woman from a good family kidnapped by bandits,

    But you ARE like a maiden, and you came from good family (Cang Ya).

    And those “Rather Many Tsukkomi Points” is very on spot. I love how the system started to add new tag because of SQQ’s internal monologue.

    I bet the Luxury Edition is being implemented right now, rolling on the bed, making your clothes askew, it’s truly a very stimulating experience for LBH. And even though he got hit in the stomach, I bet that incurable M will take it happily.

    Thank you for the chapter…

  23. Ok, even before I saw the fanart I was thinking “Binghe’s enjoying this (the tussling around) isn’t he? I suspect even more so the fact that he finally broke his Shizun’s famous previously-unbreakable composure. His eyes reddened, does that mean the demon sword is affecting his actions?

    Ah I’m almost on cloud 9, classes cancelled and a chapter filled with MC/ML interaction. We waited so long for this folks 😭 Arigato translators!

    And man Airplane Bro I’m surprised I was still astonished too, but also I am – impressed. This level of shamelessness…*am actually impressed*

    Gotta say I rarely get tears in my eyes when reading, n this novel did that twice. During the ‘death’ (Binghe’s thoughts/words, considering he had no idea what was going on) and now when I imagined Binghe dutifully cooking for his Shizun…*blinks furiously*

  24. SQH… I think if SQQs ass hurts yours will too lol… Perhaps instead of a banana it will be a sword… so he better do something to help SQQ with this ravenous beast LB or his ass is going to get split!!

    No rape… if there’s rape that’s the end of this journey for me… I want mutual love… I want SQQ willing, I want all their damn misunderstandings fixed up! I really want a LB POV lol, sure I know what he is feeling for Shizun but I want all the backstory for his devotion revealed, I want all his inner monologues for all to see! I wanna squee at his loving thoughts for his Shizun!

    But seriously SQH makes an impact with his 5 seconds lol… he’s like another MC lol ah… I want a story with him and his journey 😀 make it BL too teach him a damn lesson lol lets see how he handles it if he is placed in a similar situation hah! I really love how these 2 interact, its really awesome… this whole novel is full of win moments lol

    1. Isn’t there an extra by MXTX about Airplane bro? Idk if this counts as spoilers but MXTX said that SQH’s side ship is the only side ship she agrees to or smth on that vein.

  25. Thanks for the chapter! I’m glad this story is being translated again.
    Things really stagnate when Binghe and his Shizun separate, so it was nice to get a whole chapter together. But, SQH… even I was to choke you a little! If you spat out the important info as fast as you sold out your friends, how nice would that be! I think this is all still a novel to him, but it’s gotten much more real to SQQ.

    Also, I was confused at first why LBH would be so happy that SQQ fought back, but when QQ came to his senses I realized- in a cultivation world, isn’t wrestling like this just flirting? Who bothers to hold down an enemy’s hands with your own? 😂 Although I should stop being surprised by how M LBH is.

    I want SQQ to hurry up and confess that pushing him into the abyss was to make him stronger, but I wonder if LBH would be more or less angry? That Shizun never hated him would be v exciting, but that SQQ assumed he’d be hated to death might frustrate LBH a lot.

  26. “Small Scenario Pusher Luxery Edition” LMAOOOOOOOO the system never fails to deliver the wrong things at the wrong times

    !!!! I LOVE THIS CHAPTER SO GD MUCH!!! SQQ feels so active instead of reactive here and he!! finally got a clue that he doesnt have one!!!!!!!

    Also that scene where SQQ and LBH just start brawling like yes!!! Go fight you messy idiots oh my god I love them

    Thank you as always for the chapter!!

  27. “Don’t go! Shen Qingqiu stretched out an Erkang hand. Take your “I’ll tell you in the future”! Cutting it off at this point is harder to bear than that mushy cliche scene of “witnessing with your own eyes someone on death’s door saying ‘my killer was… was…’ and then spitting out a mouthful of blood and dying”! ” Hahaha

    Thanks for translating!

  28. me in my head: this two need to talk like NOW
    *chapter 55 happen*
    *facepalm*

    omg, can’t they have a proper conversation?!

    thanks for the chapter!!! its always exciting reading a new chapter in the middle of the week, thanks for your hard work!

  29. Is LBH possessed or what? Shizun will only have hatred for him if he gets raped. I love yandere characters, but forcing yourself upon someone like that simply crosses the line. Ugh.

    Airplane is so low-key scummy and ‘LOL whatever’ it’s endearing.

    Still, “I want to see you as little as possible. Best if I never see you at all.” – that was harsh.

  30. BOSS AIRPLANE APPEARED! XDXDXD well at least they’re pushing each other down and trying to top each other… For different reasons. 😀 now I’m really curious about SQQ’s backstory, as in the original not published story with what I feel will be filled with angst and oo and xx :v I mean in that one dreamscape scene, he was sorta tired up and basically miserable :v thank you for the chapter~~ looking forward to February 5th XD

  31. GIVE ME ALL THE SQQ AND SQH INTERACTION XD XD XD ohmygod these comedic duo always gets me!! I wonder if LBH will know eventually that SQQ is not really SQQ but someone from another world :/

  32. What a silly billy, giving LBH a blast of spiritual energy is exactly what he was “recruiting” people to balance out his demonic energy for. Way to show him. Also, I will fume if that upgraded push feature doesn’t activate in the next chapter. Thanks!!

  33. I see why this chapter is so popular. They could be fighting as two powerful men, but instead they are rolling around the bed, that’s too intimate!

    Poor SQQ, he won’t escape his fate. You are the crush of this boy. Just accept it! Haha But hey, LBH could be nicer, not that forceful. He won’t love you If you keep acting like that.

    Thanks for the chapter!

  34. Luo Binghe, if you rape your shizun, he is seriously going to hate you. I hope this series doesn’t go that route.

    1. If he rapes him, I’m out. I must be the only person who doesn’t like Luo Binghe. I am just thankful the author has had SQQ be ballsy and not intimidated. I mean getting kidnapped, kept in seclusion and having your corpse being inappropriately touched by someone you are not attracted to. How romantic… /sarcasm.

    2. I’m not a fan of BL, but these stories have been so well written, like GMDC. In this specific novel Shizun is straight and is just feeling pitty for LB this seems so forceful 😐😐 I just feel bad for him at this point xD.

  35. Is there any way you could link the Chinese fanvid? I tried looking but nothing came up.

    Thank you for the chapter!

  36. Though I am more interested in and want to see SQQ get pushed down by LB, it’s also quite refreshing to see a character fighting back so fervently, like when he said he didn’t want to play the role of the pretty young girleing cornered by a bandit he was not joking!

    All that s resist though, will just make it all the more enjoyable when LB finally does push him down LMFAO I can’t stop smiling

  37. Between the legs of the golden thigh is the most important place

    Well, yeah, indeed (っ´▽`)っ

    Thanks for the updaaaaaate💞💞

  38. Well, it’s not the rolling in the bed I had hoped for… Coughcough..
    But hey, it’s progress, maybe! :3

    Thanks for the chapter~

  39. Between the legs of the golden thigh is the most important place. 😂😂😂😂

    I CAN’T HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    SQQ hold on! (థฺˇ౪ˇథ)

    Thank you for your efforts! ♡♡♡

    1. The author might be low-key shipping them or probably is like: “Go peerless cucumber bro, sacrifice youself for the greater good. Go and pacify the golden thigh. Will support you!” *runs away for his life*

      SQQ: “You! Airplane—” *was suddenly grabbed*

      LBH: “Let’s do what he says.” *looks hungrily at SQQ*

      SQQ: *feels his flower tightening* “….I’m supposed to be the peerless cucumber but now,” *glances at his starving disciple*

      “…my flower is going to be stabbed by another cucumber.” *silent tears*

  40. I know igt’s supposed to be heartbreaking, but I watched too many fanvids and now I can’t help but think it’s them being loveydovey (in a sense(

    Thanks a lot, Reika-sama! May I know which video is it (the screencap) from???

    1. just search “A Book With No Name-The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System” in youtube

  41. Okay, I found this novel by accident (read: I saw pretty fanarts and wanted to find the source). I honestly didn’t expect to love it so much! Ah, those two idiots… Can’t wait to see the upgraded scenario pusher!
    They both have reasons to be angry with each other, but daaamn… so many misunderstandings and angst. Good stuff.
    *Waiting anxiously for February 5th*

  42. I’ve been waiting for chapter 55 all day :)) i even reread them again from chapter 01. I was surprised that so many HINTS already dropped since beginning… But as a reader i am focused more to Shen qingqiu attempts to familiarize himself onto new world than thinking about any other plot probabilities.

    About this chapter: thank you very much! I was laughing nontsop because shen qingqiu vs shang qinggua banter. I am working as freelance artist in certain online platform too, and more or less understand how other artist/author for hire works on their respective platforms. If certain tittle deemed uninteresting, platform owner will cut that uninteresting story shorts. Seeing how popular shang qinghua’s proud immortal demon was, albeit shen qingqiu accusation that such story has so many plotholes and unnecessary additional characters, magical items etc; it kinda make me wonder too what makes shang qinghua able to continue his series to be that long :))
    turns out, original story draft isn’t as brainless as what sqq read online.

    Looking forward for continuation!

  43. Ame el capitulo. Tambien me muero de curiosidad saber cual era la verdadera trama para shizun. Del porque hacia la vida del prota un asco. En la novela original.
    Y apoyo y me identifico con. Shizun. Cuando dijo que no saber lo que pasa ahora era como un moribundo muere sin decir quien es el asesino jaajjajajja.
    Espero que logren resolver los malentendidos.
    Pd. Muchas gracias por la traduccion. 😘😘😘😘😍😍😿

  44. Airplane Bro wanting to write a proper plot and well rounded characters but having to pander to fanbase for money…
    …too real…what a tragedy…

  45. Dammit SQQ you damned well know you turned a Stallion Hero into a cutsleeve yet still doubt his feelings.

    Also that mention for Shen Jiu’s backstory extra, nice!

    Thank you for the update!

  46. WOohoo… SQQ inner talk is too hillarious. Thanks for the update. 😻😻 I was waiting all day. 😣😣

    Anyway, I think you made a typo here,
    ‘Shen Qingqiu said, holding his head in his heads, “Just tell me. I can bear it.” ‘
    The second heads, shouldn’t it be ‘hands’? 😄😄

  47. Thanks for the chapter, btw. The system’s upgraded scenario pusher would be… a kiss? 😂😂😂😂😂

    I love Airplane Bro’s confession! 😂😂😂😂

  48. I can’t explain my feelings eloquently.
    The angst is there, the bitter taste is left in my tongue, the tension is palpable, heart wrenching too because I can’t ship them right now. With all the misunderstandings going on between them and mysteries yet to be solved. *siiiigh
    I’m having mixed emotions from the time they had their reunion.

    Thanks for the chapter~

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