Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
“It’s not like that Dad! You listen to me explain!” His original, still somewhat confused, sanity was instantly scared awake. Shang HaoJia nearly hit his head on the door frame.
As soon as he leapt up and tried to explain, his old father’s majestic voice came from the phone, “Don’t call me Dad! I don’t have a son like you!”
“I also don’t have a drama club boyfriend. No, why would I have a boyfriend?!”
Even though he had been flirted with in various ways, Shang HaoJia still hadn’t broken the spell of the Emergency Department, and was always in a state where outsiders think he was not single and therefore always single, commonly known as Schrödinger’s single.
Although Wei Long had been very obvious in some sense, according to his werewolf friend, vampires themselves were a superficial race that would habitually flirt with beautiful people. So Shang HaoJia had never taken it to heart – after all, this was a medieval vampire. To round things up, he was equivalent to the age of Lady Dai in Mawangdui. 1 The length between the two can not be called a generation gap, but can only be called a century gap.
“This you will have to ask yourself, my dear son. It was your dear friend who came up and called me a dear father-in-law.”
Hearing his own old father’s platitudes already carrying a distinctly sharpened knife, Shang HaoJia could almost smell the crisp aroma of bamboo shoots fried with meat. He had an extremely terrible headache, and rubbed his temples, then gave a heavy sigh.
“He is joking, and is also quite pompous. Father, I have to be clear, do not be confused by the reactionary forces of his rhetoric. There happens to be two quite important witnesses, I want to immediately take him to the City Bureau, meet with you to explain in detail…”
After hastily pacifying his family, he suddenly felt like he hated the word father-in-law. After changing his clothes, Shang Haojia went out of the dressing room and rushed back to the office.
He JiaLun was driving. Shang HaoJia originally intended to ride the subway but he immediately changed the plan. The young man, who had already slept through the night, was shoved into the back seat.
“Doctor Shang, you’ve been in this car before? Was it driven by Wei Long?”
Seeing his stiff professional posture in the car, He JiaLun guessed what happened, and while starting the car, curiously turned on gossip mode, “What does Doctor Shang think of Wei Long? I see he likes you a lot. He has been single for almost a thousand years, and I have never heard him teasing anyone like you.”
“Mr. Wei has always been single?” He didn’t know if it was the aftermath of the last time, but once in this car, Shang HaoJia began yawning repeatedly and found a familiar spot to nestle into, “I saw he was so skilled, I thought he must have had a lot of experience.”
“That’s probably to blame for the way the vampires choose their mates. In order to ensure the purity of the bloodline, pure-blooded vampires will generally marry internally. The way two vampires will create a contract is to use the blood of two people together to draw a charm. You know his problem, so this was basically a rejection of the contract.”
He JiaLun shrugged, with an undisguised gloating tone, “And for a vampire to be together with an ordinary human, he’d have to turn that person into a vampire first. But how can he turn someone into a vampire when he doesn’t even dare to bite them?”
Doctor Shang, who was drowsy, laid on his arm behind his sore neck and couldn’t help but frown as he asked in a low voice, “Do you have to become a vampire?”
He JiaLun tilted his head noncommittally, turned a corner and drove the car onto the main road, “Well – as you know, their vampire lives are usually quite long. If you don’t become a vampire, when you’re seventy or eighty years old, he’ll still look like the day you met…”
The latter words Shang HaoJia did not hear, because exhaustion had torn him unbidden into the silent darkness. But he had a dream. In the dream, the antique vampire, who looked to be less than thirty years old, was carrying his own majestic old father in a police uniform, while strategizing and wielding the command of the werewolf and vampire battle. The image was so bizarre, that it scared him awake. He jolted his eyes open and sat up.
“Awake? Did you sleep okay?” The car was parked. He JiaLun turned sideways to look at him, and nodded towards the front, “We’ve run into some trouble, I’m afraid we’ll have to delay a little.”
“Not good, had a pretty bullshit nightmare…” Shang HaoJia rubbed his sore temples and shook his head, putting the werewolf and vampire out of his mind. He looked up in his direction, and couldn’t help but widen his eyes in dismay.
In front of their car, a group of werewolves with pointy ears, thick tails and ragged, grayish-black fur were mingling with a group of zombie-like stumbling vampires, blocking the road completely.
“…Doesn’t seem like such bullshit now.” Shang HaoJia rubbed his eyes, looked carefully at the situation in front of him, and shook his head incredulously, “I originally thought that this kind of big battle between two races should be a group of sturdy and tall elite werewolves versus vampires wearing tuxedos like an English gentleman. Now it seems that my assumption seems to be slightly off…”
“Words can not be so argumentative. Don’t you humans also have the difference between two countries at war and a street brawl?” Concerning the dignity of the two races, He JiaLun hurriedly and seriously corrected him, looked at the time, then unbuckled his seat belt, “The day is almost dawn, so most of them cannot stay. If you don’t mind, I’ll go down and yell a couple of times and tell them to disperse before we continue.”
Thinking of the husky, Shang HaoJia could not help but start to worry. He sat up straight as he replied, “Of course I don’t mind. But you better remember to come back, because I don’t have a driver’s license…”
“Look at you saying this… As if I have a driver’s license – the hell with a driver’s license! It also needs an ID, so how can I, a large dog, get anything other than a dog license?” He JiaLun was not good when it came to the driver’s license, waved his hand and got out of the car. He broke up the two wolves who were fighting or flirting with the vampire with his bare hands, “All right, all right, disperse, it’s going to be light soon. Don’t make a mess here!”
“I thought it would be some kind of supernatural method. He doesn’t actually need to transform?” Shang HaoJia didn’t expect He JiaLun to go out and roar at the group.
He couldn’t help but shake his head in disappointment, when beside him suddenly came a gentle light laugh, “My friend, you have to understand – after all, JiaLun, in his transformed state, in fact, does not have much deterrent effect, but would add a lot of unnecessary trouble.”
Since he did not at all notice when the person sitting next to him had appeared, Shang HaoJia subconsciously jerked to his feet. Before he could hit the roof of the car, Wei Long was quick to grab his body, and slightly forcefully pressed him to sit down.
“Please don’t worry, it’s me. Please forgive me for taking the liberty. Your father is completely safe, and I was really worried about your state, so I could hardly control myself and tracked you down secretly, hoping to see you in person as soon as possible…” In order to protect Shang HaoJia from hitting his head, Wei Long had almost pressed his entire body in his arms. Wei Long pressed his mouth to his ear and murmured in a low voice, the tone seeming to carry a strange ambiguity.
“I also wanted to see you in person, my dear friend.” Shang HaoJia replied slowly, and the end of the sentence suddenly took on a rather dangerous and murderous aura. Suddenly he clasped Wei Long’s wrist. He twisted and pulled to break free from his embrace. The vampire was pressed to the side door of the back seat, “Conveniently explain to me, under what circumstances can you call my father ‘father-in-law?’”
“I’m very sorry, please forgive my offense and rudeness. Because at first glance when I saw that stupid werewolf was attacking an elderly version of you, I just couldn’t keep calmly standing by and offered some handy assistance to the human side. But after that, I didn’t know how to speak in that situation, so I spoke out of turn, which caused your father to misunderstand you. And in fact, I explained the situation to your father during the questioning afterwards.”
Wei Long did not dodge, and was honestly pinned down by him in the back seat. He seriously apologized, “My friend, please forgive my recklessness and impulsiveness. After all, your attitude is really very important to me. If I cannot make you release your annoyance with me, I will not be able to sleep.”
Hearing that the man’s tone was not the usual oily elegance, but instead carried a rare sincerity, Shang HaoJia also lost his temper. Hearing him mention saving his father, he felt more and more guilty. He pursed his lips and released his hold on him, “Thank you for saving my father. I was too impulsive just now, and I shouldn’t have done anything to you.”
“On the contrary – when you were suppressing me just now, I suddenly felt an uncontrollable excitement. You should know that in fact, both werewolves and vampires are races that aspire to have absolute power…” Wei Long turned to look at him, a bloodshot glint in his midnight-like pupils, and the corners of his lips raised in a meaningful arc.
He suddenly grabbed Shang HaoJia’s shoulders with one hand, curled up a leg half-kneeling on the back seat, and the tall figure immediately filled most of the back seat. The slim but powerful body steadily gathered Doctor Shang, who was still shrouded in guilt.
Looking at the pale, handsome face slowly approaching, Shang HaoJia blinked subconsciously.
He tried to not think about the professional ‘dilated pupils’ and ‘no breathing and heartbeat’ and other series of judgments. The other side suddenly moved over him with a clear intention, and he was sluggish and found it difficult to think.
The young man on the passenger side was still unconscious. It was nearly dawn, and the early morning light was sprinkling down. The Blood belonging to the dark night had captured their heart’s prey, and was ready for the opportunity to move before the break of dawn…
“What are you two doing? Are you planning to bite him just like that?”
- (Xin Zhui, also known as Lady Dai or Marquise of Dai, was the wife of Li Cang, the Marquis of Dai and Chancellor of Changsha Kingdom, during the Western Han dynasty of ancient China. Wikipedia
Born: 213 BC
Died: 163 BC