Translated by J.
Ye Xi’s gaze followed Shen Xiulin’s finger. The muted smoke formed by Shen Xiulin’s Aura of Tyranny had started to change shape based on the line traced out by Shen Xiulin’s fingertip.
“I can control it.” Said Shen Xiulin, as he spelt out the character for ‘Shen’ with his Aura of Tyranny.
“This is cool.” Ye Xi poked at the faint smoke with his finger, then realised he could not temper its shape.
Shen Xiulin wrote the character for ‘Ye’ next to the character for ‘Shen’ and whispered, “Shen and Ye.”
Ye Xi stared at the two characters, then suddenly cracked up laughing as if someone had tickled his funny bone.
Our Chief Executive’s Aura of Tyranny just formed a ‘Shen’ and a ‘Ye!’
The chief executive was lost for words. He tried to loosen up the atmosphere before bed and seemed to have achieved his objective, but something felt a bit off.
Filled with enthusiasm, Ye Xi madly flailed his arms about as he attempted to tell Shen Xiulin a joke, “Have you heard of this joke before? Once upon a time, there was a flock of wild geese in the sky. They formed an ‘S’ shape while they flew, then changed to a ‘B’ 1…no, ‘N’ shape.”
Shen Xiulin, “…”
Ye Xi awkwardly spluttered out a dry cough, then explained, “N and S are symbols for the North and South Poles.”
What kind of nonsense did I just blurt out in front of the CEO of my company?!!! Why am I acting like we’re on friendly terms?!
Shen Xiulin replied with a low chuckle, “Interesting.”
…He’s not annoyed! Our Chief Executive seems to have a pretty good temper. Ye Xi thought to himself, feeling slightly more relaxed.
He just looks scary!
Shen Xiulin retrieved a remote control from under his pillow. He first switched off the light from the chandeliers before turning on the night lights. An exact replica of the artificial night sky from the Murong residence slowly spun above their heads. The scattering of faint starlight softened Shen Xiulin’s usual icy mien. He reached out and tucked Ye Xi under the covers, then gently asked, “Will you chat with me?”
“What do you want to talk about?” Ye Xi asked.
Shen Xiulin, “Anything you like.”
Ye Xi searched his brain for topics to talk about with the dedication and professionalism he displayed at work. After operating the gears in his head at full speed for a few moments, he said, “How about a report on my work plan for the second half of this year?”
Shen Xiulin immediately refused, “Not interested.”
Ye Xi offered another suggestion, “Then how about an analysis of our company’s strategic outlook?”
Shen Xiulin, “Not interested.”
Ye Xi, “I read an article earlier on the developing trends in online literature, the writer’s perspective was quite original. Shall I repeat some of the key insights from the article?”
Apart from work, I really don’t know what else to talk about with my boss! We’ve already covered his love life during dinner!
The chief executive fell silent from displeasure.
Taking silence as confirmation, Ye Xi cleared his throat and began his recital, “The first point mentioned in the article was…”
Shen Xiulin coldly interrupted, “Be quiet.”
Sob! The Chief Executive yelled at me! Ye Xi could not help but cower under his covers, only leaving half of his nose and his scared, tearless eyes outside his duvet.
A smile swept across Shen Xiulin’s eyes as he watched Ye Xi’s half-buried face, “Why don’t you tell me about yourself?”
There’s really nothing to tell. I lead such an ordinary life, it cannot get any more mundane…Ye Xi racked his brains, but all he could think of was the kind of useless and boring details like ‘I lay out my underwear for each day of the week based on the colours of the rainbow.’
The Chief Executive won’t be interested in the colour of my underwear, alright? Ye Xi stared blankly at the ceiling. Then an idea flashed into his brain – he had finally thought of a topic related to himself.
“Uh, there is something I’ve been meaning to ask you…” Ye Xi revealed apprehensively.
Shen Xiulin’s eyes lit up and swiftly replied, “Go on.”
Ye Xi spoke carefully, “Why did HR transfer me to the BL team?”
Shen Xiulin replied in the official tone of a press release, “It was a decision made by HR after taking several factors into consideration.”
Based on the manner of his reply, the chances of being transferred back to the Male-Oriented Fiction team seemed pretty remote. Ye Xi responded with a disappointed “Oh.”
Shen Xiulin carefully examined Ye Xi’s expression and asked, “How are you getting on in the BL team?”
Seeing Shen Xiulin broach the subject, Ye Xi immediately took the opportunity to vent, “To tell you the truth, sir, I’m not getting on very well at all. You see, as a straight guy…”
Before Ye Xi could finish his sentence, a crack of thunder rumbled across the horizon without warning.
Shen Xiulin’s face turned cold and his Aura of Tyranny started to become restless.
Ye Xi jumped. Thinking it was just a coincidence, he continued, “I’m going mad from having to read BL novels every single day. I respect and sympathise with homosexual people, but as a straight guy, it’s hard for me to overcome my natural physical responses. I get goosebumps all over my body whenever I see a gay couple kiss in a novel…”
Cracks of thunder and flashes of lightning returned to the sky. In an instant, a heavy deluge of rain was unleashed outside and splashing water could be heard beating on the window pane.
Shen Xiulin hmphed with clear displeasure. His Aura of Tyranny danced and twirled menacingly in the air, while a tempest roiled and churned inside his dark crimson eyes, as if wanting to swallow all there was in this world.
Ye Xi, “…”
Aaaahhh!!! I’m such an idiot! Why did I have to say all that to my boss? He didn’t give me a straight answer the first time I asked! It must’ve been because they were short-handed in the BL team, so they transferred me over there to help out! The boss obviously didn’t want to say this out loud, why did I have to embarrass him by complaining about it?! Ye Xi wanted to flick himself on the forehead for being so stupid.
“But I’m sure I can overcome all of these challenges! I unconditionally accept my transfer and I will complete every task given to me by my superiors!” Ye Xi hastily tried to salvage the situation, “Actually the BL team is fine! True love does not discriminate between genders! Loving someone is not a crime! Long live BL! The more I read the more I like it! Hahahahaha!”
The wild weather stopped immediately.
In a harsh tone, Shen Xiulin expelled a single word, “Good.”
He turned to lay on his back, then closed his eyes, “You should sleep.”
Ye Xi reflected on his intelligence and emotional awareness, then quietly sighed. Maintaining his overtly straight posture, Ye Xi forced himself to sleep. He closed his eyes and repeatedly stressed to himself:
Don’t toss and turn in my sleep, don’t toss and turn in my sleep…
After an unknown number of repetitions, Ye Xi finally fell asleep…
Approximately ten minutes later, with a distinctly poor sleeping posture, Ye Xi kicked off his duvet and turned towards Shen Xiulin. He stretched out one of his legs from under his nightgown and wantonly laid it on top of Shen Xiulin’s thigh. Resting his head on Shen Xiulin’s shoulder, one of Ye Xi’s arms circled the chief executive’s torso as if holding onto a body pillow, while his lips gently opened and closed, directing his every breath at the chief executive’s neck.
Ye Xi practically threw himself at Shen Xiulin.
Being on the receiving end of such an unexpected wave of good fortune, the chief executive was lost for words.
“Ye Xi.” whispered Shen Xiulin, who suspected that Ye Xi was only pretending to be asleep.
Ye Xi slept like a log.
Shen Xiulin, “I’m going to deduct your bonus.”
Ye Xi let out a string of cheerful snoring.
Shen Xiulin curved his mouth, then very carefully caressed Ye Xi’s cheek.
“Little crayfish…” Ye Xi licked his lips as he mumbled in a deeply affectionate tone, as if calling out to his husband.
Shen Xiulin gently replied, “Hmm, I’ll feed you more of it tomorrow.”
Ye Xi smiled like an idiot with his eyes closed, as if he had understood, “Hehehe.”
Shen Xiulin lowered his gaze onto the leg Ye Xi had rested on top of his body. Like fine porcelain, the pale translucent leg was smooth and shapely, as if enticing observers to stroke it. Shen Xiulin pressed his lips together, he grabbed the covers that Ye Xi had kicked off earlier and pulled it back over the both of them, then turned to watch Ye Xi’s sleeping profile with a calm expression on his face…
Half an hour later, a mysterious spark flashed across their bed.
Carrying the buzzing sound of an electric current, the cold blue spark vanished in an instant, with a speed that would make a person suspect whether their eyes were just seeing things.
Once the spark was gone, the chief executive felt around on top of his pillow with a stern expression until he found a box of tissues. He pulled out a couple and tucked them under the duvet, then after a brief moment, threw the scrunched up paper balls onto the floor some distance away and let out a gentle sigh. Extending an arm around Ye Xi, he held the murmuring, sleep talking Ye Xi close to his chest, then closed his eyes and fell soundly asleep.
No one knew what had just happened.
When Ye Xi woke up on the following morning, he was horrified to find all of his limbs tightly wrapped around his boss like an octopus.
“You’re awake.” Shen Xiulin propped up his torso, the collar on his nightgown opening wide to reveal a set of faint teeth marks on his chest…
Ye Xi could not pull his gaze away from those teeth marks, “Good morning, s-sir.”
Crap! Did I chew on the Chief Executive in my sleep like he was a little crayfish!
However, Shen Xiulin did not seem upset at all. He calmly replied, “Let’s read the next quest.”
Ye Xi rubbed his stomach as it was not feeling too well, then dutifully opened the quest interface.
The previous main quest had been completed while they slept, they were rewarded with the appropriate amount of experience points and the next quest had appeared.
Main Quest 8: After last night, Murong X has decided that he must escape before the wedding by whatever means necessary. However, the security at the Huangfu residence is so tight that he cannot just force his way out. So, Murong X hatches a brilliant plan, which is to feign illness…
Pretend to be sick, then beg Huangfu X to take you to the hospital. Once you arrive, try to escape from Huangfu X’s control, then maintain your freedom for at least 72 hours. (0/1)
Ye Xi, “I finished reading mine. I have to pretend to be sick so I can go to the hospital, then run away.”
Shen Xiulin nodded, “My quest is to be distressed over your illness, then take you to the hospital.”
Ye Xi rubbed his chin and wondered aloud, “Maintain freedom for 72 hours. That’s three whole days, it’s too long…”
Shen Xiulin calmly stated, “You should find a safe place to stay for three days, I won’t really look for you this time.”
“Okay, sir.” Ye Xi patted his chest, then replied with overwhelming confidence, “I’ll try to conquer a male extra during the next three days for some extra experience points.”
Shen Xiulin immediately shot him a menacing glare, his Aura of Tyranny growing restless.
Though Ye Xi was not looking at Shen Xiulin at all, “Sss…my stomach feels weird.”
He covered his abdomen with his hands and ran from the middle of the huge bed toward the edge, “I need to use the bathroom, sir!”
I must have eaten too much greasy food last night!
What was that mysterious spark that flashed across the chief executive’s bed in the middle of the night?
Was it a figment of one’s imagination? Or a result of hallucinations?
Was it some kind of natural phenomenon? Or the mattress leaking electricity?
Was it psychological perversion? Or a sign of moral decay?
(The chief executive: I don’t know how many times I’ll become a cuckold over the next three days, hehe.)