Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Yu Chu randomly found a place to sit down with his back against the cave wall, grimacing as he pulled up his pants leg. When he fell on the stone, his knee was scraped, and now it was starting to hurt.
Zhou Mu didn’t sit down, didn’t say a word, just turned his head and went out of the cave.
Yu Chu didn’t know what he was going to do, and couldn’t be bothered to look at his knees, poking out half his body to look in his direction. The light of the flashlight stopped at a distance of more than 20 meters without moving, but there was the cracking sound of a branch breaking. A few moments later, the light began to move back, and Yu Chu quickly retracted back to sit.
Zhou Mu appeared at the entrance of the cave, holding a large bundle of branches and banana leaves. He put the flashlight hanging from his neck on a high place, and then put those branches on the entrance of the cave, covering it with the banana leaves layer by layer. The cold wind and rain were immediately blocked outside the cave.
After sealing the entrance, he picked up a relatively dry banana leaf and walked over to Yu Chu, saying in his still cold tone, “Get up.”
Yu Chu didn’t know what he was going to do, so he sat still and just looked up at him.
Zhou Mu didn’t explain, and took him by the arm to pick him up. He was now very skilled at carrying Yu Chu, and the moment his butt was off the ground, Zhou Mu spread the banana leaf in his left hand on the place where Yu Chu was sitting.
After putting the person down, he seemed to feel that the position was a bit off, and then held Yu Chu’s shoulders to lift, moving him left and right until the adjustment was to his satisfaction before releasing him.
Zhou Mu found a seat across from Yu Chu, and neither of them spoke again, only the waves roaring in the distance sounded, making the cave especially quiet.
Yu Chu rested for more than half an hour and felt his stamina starting to recover, his body regaining strength. The flashlight was still on, but he had nothing to do, so he simply stared at Zhou Mu’s face across the cave.
Zhou Mu’s back was against the cave wall, eyes closed. Since the space wasn’t large, he had nowhere to put his two long legs so they were crossed on the ground on Yu Chu’s side.
Yu Chu had seen countless handsome people. There were gentle and elegant politicians, a flirtatious Young Master, the most popular actor at Cloud Top, but he really liked Zhou Mu.
He had never met a handsome man like Zhou Mu, who made him more and more curious.
Zhou Mu wasn’t a simple bodyguard, he definitely had his own purpose, and he went behind the back of Yu ShiQing twice at great risk to help Yu Chu secretly. Who exactly was he?
If he said he had feelings for Yu Chu’s original body, Yu Chu wouldn’t believe it, since Zhou Mu looked at him with no other feelings mixed in. And for Yu Chu, what he didn’t believe in was emotion. Everyone would have their own purpose for doing things, and Zhou Mu wasn’t a person who acted impulsively, he must have an agenda, he just didn’t know exactly what it was.
The flashlight shone on the wall of the cave above Zhou Mu’s head, shining a round circle, reflecting the faint light, making his whole body covered with a foggy veil. Yu Chu wanted to pluck that veil, look him straight in the eyes, see in the depths of that calm, deep gaze, searching for the secrets hidden in them.
Perhaps his gaze was too long and unrestrained, as Zhou Mu frowned and raised his hand to touch the flashlight. The light disappeared and the cave returned to darkness with a soft click of the switch.
Yu Chu grunted, “You know I’m looking at you even with my eyes closed, so what’s the deal? Can’t I even look?”
“No.” Zhou Mu said indifferently.
“You’ve never been watched before, have you? Unlike me, I’m used to being stared at everywhere I go.” Zhou Mu ignored him, and Yu Chu’s mind spun before he spoke, “But according to your looks, you should be gawked at a lot, so how can you not be used to being stared at? Are you also like this in front of Mr. Yu? You’re a hired thug, so isn’t it better to draw more attention from the boss? That’s how you’ll have a chance to be rehired.”
Zhou Mu was silent for a few seconds and then said, “Being a grunt is not a profession, and I’m not scared of being watched. I just don’t like being watched by you.”
“Oh?” Yu Chu asked with interest, “Why don’t you like being watched by me? Do you resent me? If you dislike me, why did you save me twice?” Without waiting for Zhou Mu’s answer, he lowered his voice and said in a compelling tone, “Or maybe… You actually care about me in your heart.”
As he said this, he stretched out his hand and put it on Zhou Mu’s calf beside him. His fingers flicked up and down teasingly, touching the solid muscle beneath the fabric. His eyes had grown accustomed to the darkness, and with the faint light, he saw that Zhou Mu was still in the same position, sitting against the cave wall.
After a few moments, Yu Chu muttered in his mind and was about to withdraw his hand when he saw Zhou Mu suddenly move and clasp his wrist with his body.
“To save you is not to let you ruin your own life or to let down the goodwill of others for you.” Zhou Mu’s voice was dark and dull, in which it seemed like he was forcibly suppressing his anger.
“Good intentions? Who has good intentions for me?” Yu Chu keenly caught the other meaning of his words, “I went ashore to ruin my life, meaning I will die if I go ashore? Who wants to kill me?”
Zhou Mu stared at him, his eyes like a large beast’s, glowing in the darkness, and Yu Chu stared at him without fear, even though his wrists had been squeezed to the point of bone crushing pain, he didn’t say a word.
“I won’t save you next time.” Zhou Mu coldly said this sentence, then shrugged off his hand, and clicked the flashlight on.
Yu Chu was shaken by the sudden flash of light, and rubbed his painful wrist, while asking, “So tell me. Why will I die if I leave the island, so that I can be prepared, and not become a ghost for no reason.”
Zhou Mu stood up and went to pull the branches and leaves that blocked the entrance to the cave, saying, “As long as you don’t think about leaving the island again, you won’t be a ghost.”
“Am I going to stay on that island for the rest of my life?”
Zhou Mu said indifferently without looking back, “Then you will be a young master with no worries about food and clothing for the rest of your life.”
“No, if you don’t give me the reason, I will still think about leaving. When I become a ghost, you’ll be the first one I’ll find, sitting on the bed every night and touching your calf like I did just now.”
Zhou Mu threw away the last thick branch at the entrance of the cave, turned around and looked at Yu Chu from above for a moment before asking, “Who the hell are you?”
Yu Chu was surprised by this question, stunned for a moment, before quickly answering, “I already told you.”
“Yes.” Yu Chu nodded seriously, his expression innocent.
Zhou Mu turned around, raised his flashlight and walked out, obviously not bothering to talk to him anymore.
“Hey, where are you going?” Yu Chu, still sitting on the ground, couldn’t help but ask at his back.
“Back to Xing Yuan Island.” It was good that Zhou Mu still answered him.
“Back to Xing Yuan Island now? Aren’t there still wind and waves?”
“The storm has stopped, the waves will follow and go down, so we can go back now.”
“Can’t we wait a little longer? The sea should still be quite dangerous.”
“Either come with me, or stay here by yourself.” Zhou Mu said without looking back.
Yu Chu then realized that, somehow, the rain had become lighter, and the sound of waves from afar was no longer so loud. He knew that the more he dragged on, the greater the danger of being found out that he had left the island, and seeing that Zhou Mu had already walked out a dozen meters, he stopped dawdling and hurriedly got up from the ground to follow.
It was still dark all around, and the flashlight was with Zhou Mu, so Yu Chu relied only on the faint light of the sky to cross the jagged rocks one foot deep and one foot shallow.
“Ah!” It was hard to see, and the surface of the rocks was slippery, so he didn’t step firmly and broke his footing. Stumbling on one knee, and touching the injured knee, he finally didn’t hold back and let out a cry of pain.
The figure in front of him stopped, and Zhou Mu walked back with big strides, reaching in front of him in three or two steps and asked, “What happened?”
“Nothing, I just slipped.” Yu Chu habitually made an expression as if nothing had happened, propped his hand on the stone and was about to get up. But a sudden stabbing pain in his ankle made his feet go weak and he sat back on the ground. He looked up at Zhou Mu, “Why don’t you go ahead and wait for me at the boat, I’ll rest for a while.”
Zhou Mu looked at him for two seconds, shone the flashlight at his foot, and squatted down, “Pull up your pants leg and let me see.”
Yu Chu shrunk his foot back and said in his usual tone, “Don’t look, there’s nothing to see.”
Zhou Mu touched his foot with his flashlight, “Hurry up.”