Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
The weather on the day of Shen SI’s discharge from the hospital returned to 0 degrees, for the first time in a long while and it had become warmer. The sun hung in the sky unrestrainedly emitting warm light, Shen Si looked at the sky floating clouds, his dark eyes seemingly flowing radiance.
“Where do you want to go?” Jian Nian followed behind him.
“Go home to Yi’an district.” Shen Si opened his phone and looked at his hair, “But shouldn’t I go take care of this first? It’s getting long and the color is fading badly.”
Jian Nian stared seriously at the white hair on his head that had long since turned color, “Are you going to dye it white again or just cut it?”
“What do you think?” Shen Si looked at him.
Still not quite used to Shen Si’s sudden change of attitude, Jian Nian looked at Shen Si, and thought for a moment, “How about dyeing it white again? I think it looks good.”
Shen Si looked at him, and after a moment he smiled, then put his hand in his jacket pocket and continued to walk, “Then let’s dye it.”
And so, the plan to go home suddenly changed to a visit to the hairdresser, and by the time Shen Si finished dyeing his hair, it was already afternoon. It was a nice day, and those who were hiding at home started to try to go out, and people started to show up on the roads, soaking in the sunshine and looking very happy in the fresh air they hadn’t seen for a long time.
Traffic had resumed and buses could be seen running on the roads, so it seemed like there were no more problems.
Shen Si took the subway all the way back to Yi’an district and walked back with his hands in his jacket pockets. It was different since the last time he was here the previously piled-up snow on the road was now cleared away and traffic police could be seen again directing the roads where there was a lot of traffic before.
Shen Si turned around and looked at the changes in the Yi’an district, although it wasn’t very obvious, Jian Nian knew that Shen Si was in a good mood.
Although it was not clear what had happened, the human Shen Si had returned.
Just stepping into the neighborhood, a person suddenly appeared, Shen Si was obviously surprised, he was a little caught off guard and took a step backwards, with a little shock on his face.
“Mr. Shen, you’re finally back!” The big brother wearing a down jacket last time put on a bitter face and grabbed Shen Si’s sleeve, “I’ve been looking for you for a long time, you must help me!”
“What is it?” Jian Nian looked at the man’s hand pulling Shen Si’s sleeve with disgust, his eyes were full of warning about chopping off his hand. The man was stunned by Jian Nian’s expression, after looking clearly at Jian Nian’s appearance he jumped, he subconsciously let go of Shen Si’s sleeve. He looked like even his soul was scared off.
This person knew Jian Nian, and may have heard the horror of Jian Nian’s legend, so the fear in the eyes couldn’t be blocked. Shen Si looked at the man, then he fished out the key from his pocket and threw it to Jian Nian.
After catching the key, Jian Nian looked at it in his hand and then at Shen Si, asking him what he meant.
“You go back first, I’ll come back later.” Shen Si spoke.
Jian Nian blinked, subconsciously clenched the key in his hand, then like a robot receiving orders, he turned around and left. Only when he reached Shen Si’s floor did he shake his head as if he had reacted. He quickly turned his head to look at the entrance to the neighborhood, where Shen Si was talking to that person only five meters away.
I’m so useless, coming here so obediently. Jian Nian spit on himself.
However, this was the key, not the key of Shen Si’s old house, but the key of the house that belongs to Shen Si alone at this place.
The first time he came to see Shen Si after returning from the world of unlimited flow, Jian Nian remembered that he was blocked by Shen Si outside the door of his room, and it took him a long time to be let in. Then he was served a cup of tea, that who knew how long had been there, the water it was made with was barely warm, but now, Shen Si gave him the key.
This was simply a miraculous development.
At the entrance of the neighborhood, Shen Si looked at the man in front of him, who seemed to have a mouse-seeing-cat expression when he saw Jian Nian, his hair almost exploded, and he had an expression of panic that he tried to hide but couldn’t.
“You’ve been waiting for me at the entrance to the neighborhood? What can I do for you?” Shen Si was the first to ask.
After making sure that Jian Nian entered the building, the man gulped, then he looked at Shen Si, reappearing a flattering smile, “Mr. Shen, in fact, it’s the same thing as before, about the Underworld Trade Union organization, I’m not asking you to join, let’s talk first, it’s good to know about the organization! “
“I’m telling you, don’t be so resistant… What?” The man froze for a moment, he looked at Shen Si in surprise, “What did you say, Mr. Shen?”
“I said yes, tell me about the organization.” Shen Si borrowed a chair from the doorman and sat down next to him, “I have a lot of time on my hands, you can take your time.”
Not understanding at all what Shen Si was all about, the man froze for a while without responding.
How could this be? It’s not right!
In his memory Shen Si was obviously a very cold person, obviously they were considered neighbors but he absolutely didn’t know this young man. He only knew that he seemed to be a tour guide, and they would just greet each other in passing. Last time he promoted the Underworld Trade Union, Shen Si had an uninterested expression, and even returned the leaflet to him.
This time why…
“Don’t you want to talk about it?” Shen Si looked at him.
“Ah! I’ll say it now!” The man hurriedly opened his mouth to introduce the Underworld Trade Union.
No matter what had happened to Shen Si, what illness he had, the main purpose now was to get Shen Si to join the Underworld Trade Union!
The Underworld Trade Union had issued a new task, whoever could make Shen Si join, the union would give them more than 100,000 yuan 1 as a bonus. It was not a hundred or two hundred, but 100,000 ah! Even in a normal job, a person may not earn 100,000 in a year, he must fight for such a high reward!
As Shen Si’s neighbor, this bonus was his!
The man sputtered, Shen Si sat in his chair and listened quietly, he didn’t seem to feel impatient, but seemed very serious, and he didn’t feel perfunctory at all. Just like that, after finishing, the man was satisfied and stuffed the flyer to Shen Si, and watched Shen Si leave while letting him think about it.
“What a kind man!” The man exclaimed.
With the flyer in hand, he walked into the building, entered the elevator and went all the way up, where, with a ding, the elevator opened. Shen Si walked out from the exit just in time to see Bai JunYi who pushed the door open and walked out.
“Oh, Shen Si?” Bai JunYi’s eyes lit up and he hurriedly walked out, “I heard a commotion across the street and just wanted to see if you were back, and sure enough, you’re okay now, right? I heard about you from the Special Unit, you’re really something, you actually took out a playfield all by yourself.”
“Mr. Bai, thank you for worrying about me, I even asked you to take care of my plants before, it’s really too much trouble for you.” Shen Si thanked him, “I’ll move the flowers back later.”
“Those aren’t a problem, after all, I run a flower store, it’s normal to help take care of the plants.”
Shen Si smiled a little as he nodded, “Okay, let me buy you dinner afterwards.”
“Buy… dinner?” Bai JunYi froze for a moment, “You… want to buy me dinner?”
“Today I need to clean up the room, but also move the plants back, so I guess I don’t have time. But, tomorrow I have time, Mr. Bai.”
“Yes, I do too, but…” Bai JunYi blinked.
“Nothing.” Bai JunYi shook his head, then he nodded again, “Then I’ll wait for you to come to me tomorrow.”
Watching Shen Si turn around and go back to his house after making an appointment with him, Bai JunYi took two steps backwards and leaned against the door of his room as he began to think back on what had just happened. He tried to sort it out from beginning to end exactly how he had run into the topic of tomorrow’s dinner appointment?
Of course, it was normal to ask him for dinner after helping with the plants, but what wasn’t normal was that it was Shen Si who brought it up.
Shen Si has been a cool guy since he became his neighbor, his social circle was unimaginably narrow, he was always solitary and very reluctant to unnecessary socialization. If it was Shen Si, he would use a variety of ways to compensate for this wave of favors but wouldn’t suddenly ask him out for a meal.
So he was surprised to learn that Shen Si had an ex-boyfriend, who was also Jian Nian.
He thought Shen Si would end up alone.
Also, Shen Si was laughing just now, right?
Bai JunYi leaned against the door and smiled a little, with a faint warmth in his eyes.
However, such a Shen Si looked nice, not rude, but not overly polite either, as if the airy wall between them, which couldn’t be crossed, suddenly disappeared.
It became much more pleasant to be around him.
The moment he pushed open the door, Shen Si saw Jian Nian lying on the sofa. The house was no different from the last time before he left, except that there were no flowers on the balcony and there was a large humanoid cat sleeping on the sofa.
Shen Si walked over and took a look at Jian Nian. This guy was still dressed in a very thin, black trench coat and white shirt. If he stepped out of the house, he would be blown away by the wind in that attire. Shen Si put the flyer in his hand on the table, then opened the closet and took out a blanket to cover Jian Nian. When covering him with the blanket, he touched Jian Nian’s hand that was hanging on the sofa.
It was cold, like touching a piece of ice.
He looked at Jian Nian for a moment and then went to the kitchen to prepare some hot water.
Jian Nian’s perception of temperature was still very poor, he seemed to rely only on the weather forecast and the weather to judge the temperature, and never wore clothes that would hinder his movements. He didn’t feel cold, but his body would be affected by the temperature. If his body surface temperature dropped to a threshold, Jian Nian would fall asleep easily.
Just like a hibernating animal.
Jian Nian’s ability allowed him to swallow everything and turn it into his power, but that didn’t mean he was unaffected by the things after swallowing them. So the cold still ate away at his body, unintentionally leaving his body with imperceptible scars.
So what had happened? Shen Si looked at the water pouring from the faucet.
Bai JunYi wasn’t like this, he had normal temperature perception. Xi Luo occasionally complained to him about the cold weather and acted like a cat when it was cold and didn’t go anywhere, occasionally wrapping himself in a furry sheep jacket.
Only Jian Nian didn’t act normal.
Putting the electric kettle on, Shen Si turned around and went back to the living room, where Jian Nian was still asleep, looking very quiet.
Forget it, let’s go ask Bai JunYi tomorrow.
He might know a little more.