Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
When Jiang ChengLi returned, the atmosphere between Shi Yu and Alice clearly wasn’t right. The little girl was looking down and continued to play the game, but the corners of her mouth were slightly pressed. She quietly looked at him with afterimages and was hiding a hint of avoidance.
Jiang ChengLi glanced at Shi Yu and said in a natural tone, “What’s wrong?”
Shi Yu wasn’t looking up. He casually picked up the water on the table and took a sip, then said in a light voice, “Nothing, go back after eating, Alice is sick and needs to rest.”
The omega tried to look natural, but in the eyes of Jiang ChengLi he wasn’t. After dinner, Jiang ChengLi sent the two home. Shi Yu got out of the car while he held Alice, then he turned back to him and said, “I’ll send her up first. Wait for me for a while. I have something to tell you.”
Shi Yu’s eyes were a bit cold. Jiang ChengLi sensed the difference in his mood and nodded. “I’ll wait for you at the door, there’s no rush.”
Alice was carried to her room. Shi Yu placed her on the soft mattress and took off her coat first.
“I won’t say anything.” Alice whispered.
Shi Yu’s hands stilled, then continued to untie her shoelaces, as he said in a steady tone, “Did you get scared?”
The little girl shook her head, hesitated, and then nodded. “But you two like each other, don’t you?”
Shi Yu’s eyes sank slightly. He set her shoes down and said to her, “Alice, you’re still young and undifferentiated. I shouldn’t have exposed you to these things so early.”
The gege who took care of her all night suddenly became serious. Alice wasn’t able to help but be a little nervous. “What do you mean?”
“In the future, if you differentiate into an omega and meet an alpha like Jiang ChengLi, hide far away.” Shi Yu’s voice was cold. “And if you become an alpha, you shouldn’t do that to an omega.”
The little girl was confused. “Why?”
“Because it’s dangerous.” Shi Yu lowered his eyes. “I gave you a bad example. It’s my fault. So I hope you’ll protect yourself in the future.”
The little girl hadn’t quite understood what he meant, but nodded obediently.
Shi Yu gave her a towel, then wiped her hands and feet. “Sleep for a while and take your temperature when you wake up. Be good.”
Alice lay down on the bed. Before Shi Yu turned off the lights and closed the door, she whispered, “Then gege also has to protect himself.”
Shi Yu agreed in a warm voice. The tenderness on his face dissipated as he went downstairs. He pushed open the door. Jiang ChengLi was standing in the doorway as he looked at his phone. The light fell on his eyebrows and looked extremely deep.
Shi Yu took a deep breath, walked up to him and gave him the present. “Jiang ChengLi. This is a gift from Lian Jing and me.”
Jiang ChengLi’s phone screen locked. He raised his eyes to look at his omega, two steps away from him, took the gift and said softly, “Sorry.”
Shi Yu’s voice stopped for a moment. He wanted to question him, but hadn’t expected that Jiang ChengLi would take the initiative to admit his mistake.
“Alice accidentally went through my phone album. It’s all about you.” Jiang ChengLi frankly handed the phone to him. “Including the video.”
“So what do you mean?” Shi Yu pursed his lips. He thought he would be angry while questioning Jiang ChengLi, but at this moment his thoughts were only confused.
Did Jiang ChengLi know?
If he combined the words he heard in front of the student union office that day with the photo album on his phone, he was sure of two things.
Jiang ChengLi liked him. Jiang ChengLi collected pictures of him.
The answer was clearly frightening, but inside Shi Yu was thinking of something else. He hadn’t any such memory.
Shi Yu also had no memory of that video, but the person in it was definitely him.
Jiang ChengLi saw the confusion he was hiding under his indifference, and dropped his eyes. “Nothing. An alpha is very possessive, and I like you.”
He had thought of a thousand ways to confess his feelings to Shi Yu, but never thought it would be the most wretched one.
Even if the photo was left out of love, really nothing could be said about the video. He was unable to tell Shi Yu that it was evidence of their love for each other, and in this state of unfulfilled affection, he would only be an alpha who illegally seduced an underage omega.
Shi Yu must have been shocked, right?
“You’re going to explain it by liking me, correct?” Shi Yu asked.
Jiang ChengLi’s eyelids lowered. “Then you can send me to the isolation control center.”
“…” Shi Yu was speechless from his countermove. He had inadvertently discovered Jiang ChengLi’s morbid side, but he wasn’t going to bother to warn him. It was as if…he believed that Jiang ChengLi wasn’t such a person.
But then he admitted it to himself. “So how did that video get recorded?”
“It was…” Jiang ChengLi’s voice fell very low. “Last year I was drunk, used pheromones to lure you and left it behind.”
“Have you treated other omegas like this besides me?”
“No. Only you.”
“Who has seen this video except for you?”
“I didn’t show it to anyone.” Jiang ChengLi lifted his eyes and gazed at Shi Yu. “It’s impossible for anyone to see it again after today.”
Shi Yu was deterred for a second by the hidden darkness in his eyes, then he frowned. “You’re still being mean to me?”
Jiang ChengLi blinked and meekly lowered his eyelashes. “No, I’m not being mean to you.”
The alpha in front of him confessed and admitted his mistake too quickly, Shi Yu hadn’t any satisfaction after the lecture, or anger after the duty. Jiang ChengLi was a dominant alpha, smart, powerful, and reasonably shouldn’t have reacted like that when he was discovered.
“I’ll accept all psychological tests afterwards, go for pheromone test reports regularly, and I won’t just mess with other omegas. I’ll delete all videos and photos, and I’ll never use pheromones to do anything to you again.” Jiang ChengLi said while he observed Shi Yu’s eyes. “So can you soften your heart a little, and let me continue to like you?”
Shi Yu’s Adam’s apple slid slightly. He unconsciously averted his eyes. He was struck by Jiang ChengLi’s straight ball to the wrong place.
“Your so-called…so-called liking me is because of our pheromones, right?” He quickly found a way to retort. “Because we are both rare exotic tones and happen to be an alpha and omega–“
“You can’t just misinterpret other people’s likes.”
Shi Yu knew his heart was beating fast, but he pretended to be calm. “Then what do you want me to do?”
“I don’t need you to do anything.” Jiang ChengLi said sincerely. “Just give me a chance.”
Shi Yu had no solution to Jiang ChengLi’s retreat and seemingly gentle concessions, so he took a step-by-step approach. He pulled his lips and smiled. “Then if I want, Student Jiang will… Since Student Jiang is in his third year of high school, he won’t affect my studies?”
Jiang ChengLi gave no answer this time. He looked down and thought. “Okay, I promise you.”
“But you know, my pheromones are highly compatible with yours. I’ll have a hard time not being close to you.”
Shi Yu raised his eyebrows slightly. “So you’re bargaining with me?”
Jiang ChengLi lowered his eyes and opened his phone. He deleted all the photos and videos. “Then I’ll show my determination first and offer my bargaining chip. Shi Yu, I’m changing, but it takes time. On your 18th birthday, can I say happy birthday to you?”