Chapter 20: Unusable Charm
Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
“So, have you ever eaten dumplings?” Han Tian asked.
“… Huh?” Qiao Xi suspected his ears were broken.
“Dumplings, a very convenient food.” Han Tian nodded with certainty. “I’m going to wrap some dumplings for you and freeze them, so you can cook them for yourself when you’re hungry, cooking dumplings is easy, I’ll send the tutorial to your phone, you can just follow it strictly.”
“I… Haven’t… Haven’t had them, and I don’t know if they’ll be good.” Qiao Xi struggled to adjust his somewhat out-of-control expression. “But, uh, well, I guess I’ll eat whatever you make.”
Han Tian laughed.
That night, the two of them made a total of 60 dumplings.
It’s not quite accurate to say that it was a total of two working.
Because Qiao Xi managed to wrap only five.
The rest of the dumplings didn’t even fit, so Han Tian had to rework and redo them all.
Still, Qiao Xi was so excited that he happily put “eyes” or “tails” on Han Tian’s dumplings.
“Look, does it look like the little mouse in the animation?” He held the fat white dumplings in his hands and looked at Han Tian with hopeful eyes, almost saying, come and praise me, come and praise me!
Han Tian, whose hands were covered with flour, poked the “little mouse” in the ear and said seriously, “Mn, it’s very similar and cute.”
By the time Han Tian had frozen all the dumplings in the freezer, it was already ten o’clock at night.
After watching Han Tian change his shoes, Qiao Xi ran to the entrance, sat down on the changing bench and started to put on his shoes.
“You’re going out?” Han Tian was a little surprised.
“Yes, I’ll take you back to school,” Qiao Xi said frankly.
Han Tian raised his eyebrows. “You? You’re giving me a ride?”
Qiao Xi stood up with a straight face. “Yes, it’s so late, boys are too cute, it’s dangerous to walk outside alone!”
Han Tian hesitated, but finally couldn’t hold back his laughter. “Oh? Me? Cute?”
Looking at Han Tian’s smile, Qiao Xi was a bit vain. Why, is this not the right word to use? I’ve only recently learned this!
However, Han Tian did not seem to question this statement, but asked slowly, “But, when you go back on your own, isn’t it also very dangerous? Do I have to walk back with you again? And then so on, in an infinite loop?”
“Huh? I… I won’t…” Qiao Xi did not expect this layer, was suddenly tongue tied and did not know how to answer.
He couldn’t say, hmph, don’t worry, a mere human, I can put down ten in one breath, right?
“What, according to you, cute boys will be in danger—aren’t you a cute boy?” Han Tian looked at him with a smile under his eyes.
…Qiao Xi flattened his mouth, thinking, why has this prey become a bit more eloquent? How could he even block my words?
“Anyway,” Han Tian still had a smile on his face, but his tone was non-negotiable, “don’t send me away, stay at home.”
“But!” Qiao Xi furrowed his brow and looked reluctant.
“Here’s the deal…” Han Tian reached out and rubbed Qiao Xi’s hair and suggested, “Let’s keep the voice call on until I walk back to school?”
“Hmm… That’s fine…” Qiao Xi thought about it and reluctantly agreed.
After all, the distance from here to Han Tian’s school wasn’t that long, so if anything really happened, it would be too late for him to fly there immediately.
“Well, I’m off, see you on Saturday.” Han Tian put on his Bluetooth headset, pressed call, pushed open the door himself, and stood on the porch.
Qiao Xi also took out his phone, put it to his ear, and waved his hand at Han Tian.
This time, Han Tian did not turn toward the cottage by the lake.
He walked slowly toward the school, step by step, against the moonlight.
“Qiao Xi?” Han Tian called out warmly and softly.
“Mn, yes, I’m here. Don’t worry.” Qiao Xi ran to the second floor, holding the phone, and hid behind the window screen, watching Han Tian’s back.
“I just realized that there are a lot of Le Duchesses planted in this yard. During the daytime, these flowers are purple-red and very bright. At night, the petals are covered with a layer of silver, overlapping, also very beautiful,” Han Tian narrated.
Qiao Xi thought about the view in his head and scratched his head, “I didn’t notice it, but I can figure it out just from what you said, it must be beautiful.”
Han Tian laughed at the other end of the phone.
This low laugh, coming from so close, as if this person is right next to him… Qiao Xi’s breathing, became a little confused
“You’ll be too bored if I tell you something so uninteresting, right?” Han Tian paused for a few seconds and asked slowly.
“No no! It won’t be annoying! I like to hear it!” Qiao Xi denied it. “You can say more… Tell me more.”
“That’s it.” Han Tian began to continue.
He really didn’t have any theme. From the moonlight in the sky to the grass by the road, it seemed that he would describe to Qiao Xi whatever he saw.
Qiao Xi, too, had come down from the second floor, and was wearing headphones and lying on the sofa, listening with great interest.
Half an hour later, Qiao Xi heard the ding-dong bell of the elevator.
“Are you at school?” Qiao Xi asked.
“Mn, I’ve arrived at the apartment.”
“That’s right!” Qiao Xi remembered an important question and sat up from the couch with a swish.
“Hmm?” Han Tian didn’t seem to have entered the elevator yet.
“That is, your dormitory—you, do you have a roommate?” Miquel had said before that they had lived together, so, what about now?
“No. I’m alone,” Han Tian answered quickly.
“Oh. Well, I’m just, uh, slightly curious.” Qiao Xi was relieved.
Although he himself did not know what kind of worry he was worried about.
Half a minute later, along with the crisp ding-dong sound on the other end, Han Tian said, “Okay, I’m here. You can rest assured?”
Qiao Xi gave a “hmm”, but did not hang up the phone.
Neither did Han Tian.
By now it was almost 11 o’clock, and the surroundings were quiet.
The sound of their breathing was transmitted to each other’s ears without a trace.
After two minutes of silence, both spoke at the same time, and stopped at the same time.
“Ahem, you go first,” Qiao Xi graciously stated.
“I want to say, shouldn’t you go to bed?” Perhaps because it was too late, Han Tian’s voice sounded very different from before. It was no longer so crisp and clear, but… A word flashed through Qiao Xi’s mind, a word he couldn’t understand before: sexy as hell.
After this word popped out by itself, it refused to leave no matter what, and kept circling back and forth, so much so that Qiao Xi’s brain was so wooden that he directly said, “Your voice, why is it so sexy?”
After saying that, Qiao Xi directly sucked in a breath of cold air—what did I just say? What did I just say to that innocent little baby across the street?
Han Tian also seemed to be frozen, and only after a few seconds did he respond, “Oh, really?”
The voice this time was more than sexy, it was simply compelling.
Qiao Xi felt that his legs were even a little weak.
“Uh, yes…really… Then that, I… I’m going to sleep. You should go to bed early too, um, good night!” His heart was so weak, that lest he say anything else strange, he could only stutter and ask to end the call.
“…That’s good night?” Han Tian seemed to laugh lightly.
“…Then, what else?” In fact, Qiao Xi did not want to hang up the phone just like that.
If he could, he would like Han Tian to keep talking to him in his ear like this.
“Well… Aren’t you going to take a shower before you go to bed?” Han Tian asked.
“…Take a shower?” Qiao Xi repeated these two words unconsciously.
“Are your headphones waterproof? If you don’t mind, you can also wear your headphones to take a shower. I can always accompany you…” This last sentence, Han Tian said especially slowly, especially sultry.
Qiao Xi even had the illusion that this person was not on the other end of the phone, he was clearly in his ear, talking while exhaling into his ear.
Once this scene came to mind, Qiao Xi’s face and ears swished red.
His throat was even dry, and he didn’t know what to say for a while.
It was only when a voice finally came through the headset again: “Qiao Xi?
He just barely managed to squeeze out a few words. “No, the headset is not waterproof, I- I’m going to sleep. Good night!”
There was a soft sigh and a very gentle “okay, good night”.
Qiao Xi blushed even more.
He didn’t dare to hesitate any longer, quickly cut the call, took off his headphones and threw them on the coffee table, covered his red ears and ran upstairs to the bathroom.
As soon as he entered the bathroom, he impatiently ripped off his clothes, turned on the shower, and stood under the water.
His hands trembled slightly, slowly brushing over his ears, his chin, and then gradually moving along the soft lines, gradually approaching the place where it seemed like fire was burning.
He closed his eyes, his mind was filled with Han Tian’s smile, Han Tian’s eyes, and his long fingers, warm breath…
As his hands moved, his breathing became more and more disturbed, and his body began to tremble—
However, at this most delicate moment, his wings, his horns, and his little tail all sprang out.
The fire in Qiao Xi’s body suddenly went cold.
Sure enough, it was like this again…
He hung his head in the water for a while, and turned off the shower, and collected his mind, and also put away his wings and tail, dried himself off, and put on the big yellow duck pajamas.
As the Demon Academy’s top student, Qiao Xi certainly knew that among the techniques that demons could use, “charm” was the most effective and powerful one.
However, he could not use this technique.
He did not want to, but simply—can not.
When he tried to follow the instructions in the textbook and mobilize his desire, his demon characteristics would definitely be uncontrollably exposed—without exception.
With this strange physique, how was he going to charm a human?
In the heat of the moment, he suddenly found that from the other side emerged horns and wings? Qiao Xi couldn’t even imagine such a scenario.
When Qiao Xi confirmed that he could not use this skill, he decided that he must learn to use other ways to seduce human souls.
Having said that, he still did a good job.
Up until now, the seduction had gone quite well, he guessed.
Only, this last call today, the performance of this prey was a little out of the ordinary.
Is it because I am too tired and have a bias in my feelings? Or is Han Tian so tired that he has changed his style of speech?
Also… Will there be a punishment for stepping in to stop those little bastards today and breaking demon rules or not?
Qiao Xi frowned, tousled his wet and messy hair, and opened the [Guidebook].