Chapter 22 – Holding onto Each Other at Lake Shiwen
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@SockpuppetForSharingPhotos: Yanshan next door’s anime club 9.2 JX3 cosplay photos, The Seventh
Bullet have been compiled! Sharing photos is so tiring, please share them! [Image]
– First! GN you’ve worked hard, mua mua~
– Haha, the Seventh Bullet is the album title? How loving.
– Pretty nice shots. I went there this afternoon to peek as well, and plucked a hair from Brother Tian Ce’s feelers.
– The above girl who plucked hair, behave yourself!! (I want to pluck too!)
– Who has details on the cosplayer for Ha Si Qi? Kneeling to beg beg beg beg
– Begging Wind for Little Antelope’s information and weibo and everything~~
– The girls who want those details can just go to Yanshan’s anime club to find out.
– I know this Chun Yang cosplayer, he seems to be called…. Xiao LingYang?1
– The above!! LOL, I can’t anymore, /pounds floor!!! @XiaoLing@XiaoLing@XiaoLing
– @XiaoLing: Wtf why am I getting dragged in when I’m not involved!!!!
– /Faint, look at the 3rd last photo. Isn’t that passerby A in the background from our school? @LittleBottomDon’tRunAway, confirm it.
– @LittleBottomDon’tRunAway: … /Faint, it really is! @NightWolf, why did you go to Yanshan?!
When Ling Yang returned at night, Xu Xian, who had been lying on the sofa watching television, immediately ran back to his bedroom. Ling Yang quickly stopped him at his door, putting on what he thought was his most ferocious expression as he said firmly, “I have some words for you. I’ll be lenient if you confess, but severe if you resist!”
Xu Xian’s neck stiffened, his expression telling him that he would not say anything even if he was beaten to death. “I have some words too. He is very straight, and he has a wife.”
Xu Xian’s words were more lethal, and the active Ling Yang immediately quietened down, turning around and throwing himself on Xu Xian’s bed. “Damn, can you tell me why is my life so hard? Everyone I like is always attached.”
“Every time? How many times have you liked someone?”
Ling Yang muttered into the bed. Xu Xian could not hear him clearly, only hearing something about being unlucky.
“Enough, Yangyang, there’s many more fishes in the sea. If you want a good man, they’re everywhere, you don’t have to waste your effort on a straight guy.” Xu Xian looked at his pitiful image and felt a little sorry, but he still had to protect the chastity of his childhood friend.
“In these times, all good men already have girlfriends. I don’t dare to fight with them, once is already enough.”
“You fought with someone before?” Xu Xian asked cautiously.
“In the past, why did I never discover that you are so gossipy?”
“I’m just showing concern for you.”
Ling Yang waved his hand weakly. “I don’t want to talk about it. It’s a tragedy. I’ll just go and look for my husband to ask him to console me.”
Xu Xian watched him dejectedly climb out of the bed and walk out. He wondered, when did Ling Yang suddenly get a husband?
【System】<Bell> is now online.
Ye Lang stared at this line on the screen for a very long while. First he suspected that the game client was lagging, then he checked if his computer was dead. Finally he went to take a look at his blacklist, and confirmed that he did not lock the other person in that little dark house. He was perplexed.
Normally, whether it was him or Bell who came online, within three seconds, the other guy would fly over with a long line of tildes. Each time Ye Lang would have to urge to kick the other guy’s face.
But today, Bell had already been online for ten minutes, and there was still no reaction from him. Not only there was no sign of him, there was not even a whisper. This was very unlike the person’s behaviour.
He waited for another five minutes, but there was still no movement from the other side. This time Night Wolf could no longer just sit tight. He started wondering if the other guy was hacked. Remembering that the account Bell had been purchased online on 3715, he had a bad feeling.
He teleported over to Ling Yang. Once the map loaded, he was surprised to find himself at Lake Shiwen.
And the one he suspected had ADHD was actually quietly fishing by the lake at that moment.
【Whisper】NightWolf: Are you actually him?
Although the tilde line was a little short, it could still be roughly determined that it was the actual person.
【Whisper】NightWolf: What are you doing here?
【Whisper】NightWolf: I’m asking, why are you fishing?
【Whisper】Bell: Don’t all people with broken hearts come to Lake Shiwen to fish?
People actually said this? Why did the version he heard about say that all lovers had to come to Lake Shiwen to make a wish? No, hold on, the key point of that sentence just now was…
【Whisper】NightWolf: Your heart is broken?
【Whisper】Bell: Wuwuwu Hubby, please console me~
【Whisper】NightWolf: But when did you fall in love?
【Whisper】Bell: This afternoon.
【Whisper】NightWolf: Then when did you break your heart?
【Whisper】Bell: Just now.
【Whisper】NightWolf: … I really think that no one would regret your death.
【Whisper】Bell: Hubby, don’t be like this, having a broken heart is already very pitiful（/TДT)/
Ye Lang also took out his fishing road, fishing next to Bell.
【Whisper】NightWolf: Then fine, let’s hear how you derailed.
【Whisper】Bell: Looking back, I discovered him in the crowd. At that moment, my heart pounded, as though he was the marriage partner I had been waiting for a thousand years for. He’s my fateful companion, my soulmate, the dream lover I’ve been yearning for, the lover from my past life that I’ve exchanged vows with, the Sha Po Lang that I’ve been praying five hundred years for.
【Whisper】NightWolf: Speak human.
【Whisper】Bell: I fell in love at first sight.
If it was in the past, Ye Lang would scorn this sentence. But for some unknown reason, looking at this today, he felt as though his heart actually moved a little.
【Whisper】NightWolf: What’s the feeling of falling in love at first sight?
【Whisper】Bell: Just like you got an electric shock, bzzzt–
Like an electric shock? Ye Lang recalled that during that moment, there did not seem to be one.
【Whisper】NightWolf: Then, how did you break your heart?
【Whisper】Bell: That guy is a skeleton type elite boss.
【Whisper】NightWolf: What does that mean?
【Whisper】Bell: It means that he has a wife.
【Whisper】NightWolf: Turns out there’s also people in this world that you can’t act upon.
【Whisper】Bell: I also have moral integrity please.
【Whisper】NightWolf: Sorry, I couldn’t tell.
【Whisper】Bell: Actually, I’ve confessed to an attached guy before.
This was the secret Ling Yang had been keeping in his heart. He had never even told his bosom friend Xu Xian, but he did not know why he wanted to reveal at this moment. Perhaps, that was the power of Lake Shiwen.
【Whisper】Bell: I’ve know him for 16 years. We met when we were young, because of our families, and I only know that he had always been around since the start of my memories. It feel just like it’s natural for us to be part of each other.
【Whisper】Bell: He is like my closest brother, and he also has a girlfriend. But I don’t know why, one day I actually went to confess to him.
【Whisper】Bell: What else? Now, we can’t even be friends anymore.
【Whisper】Bell: He didn’t reject me directly, but he didn’t even want to speak a word to me, not even a no.
【Whisper】Bell: It’s completely a bad ending hahaha.
Ye Lang could tell that the other was forcing himself to laugh, but he did not know how to console him.
This person was usually heartless. Suddenly being so emotional, he himself was also not used to it.
He could not understand what it was like to like someone of the same gender, but thinking about it, if his childhood buddy Xu Xian confessed to him out of the blue one day, he believed the shock that he would feel would not be any lesser than that person.
【Whisper】Bell: It only gets worse. Although we’re both of the same age, since we were young, he has always taken care of me like an older brother. Every time we fight, I’m always the one getting angry, he has never scolded me before.
【Whisper】Bell: But the next morning after my confession, because of my unintentional fault, he actually called me and gave me a huge scolding, saying that I was very impulsive, that I was irresponsible etc.
【Whisper】Bell: Oh oh oh, this is still not the unluckiest thing. At that time, I couldn’t pick up the phone, so LuomingWind that guy helped me put it on speaker mode. The entire room ended up hearing it. Until this point in time, I’ve never embarrassed myself like this in front of anyone!
【Whisper】Bell: So I ran away. I no longer had the face to see him, and I did not dare to stay in the dormitory anymore, and also did not dare to go home during the break. I was afraid of getting found by him.
【Whisper】NightWolf: Are you sure there’s no misunderstanding somewhere?
【Whisper】Bell: It doesn’t matter anymore.
【Whisper】Bell: Hubby, don’t you think I’m very miserable? Please give me warmth please comfort me T^T
【Whisper】NightWolf: How do you want me to comfort you?
【Whisper】Bell: A meet up?
【Whisper】Bell: Wuwuwu then, a hug ok?
Ye Lang thought about it for a moment. He still opened the couple ability panel, and selected the option to hug the wife.
Just as he went in for the hug, a cloud of white smoke enveloped the other. Ye Lang was not unfamiliar with this sight. As expected, in the next second, the screen showed an intimate scene of two guys hugging closely together.
He knew that right from the start thata the other guy did not have any good intentions, but he was still foolish enough to believe him, even feeling sad for him for a moment.
But he was even more sure that <Pale Soul OL> was really a bastard game, and that the developers’ 3D team really had nothing better to do.
Bell had changed to a male character. The model was exactly the same as Night Wolf. With both guys of the same height, when hugging together there would not be a delicate and lovely feeling.
But it was also because of this reason, on screen Bell was turned around, and Night Wolf was hugging the other from the back. With how his chin rested in the crook of Bell’s neck, it looked very intimate.
It was now sunset in the game, and the rays of the setting sun reflected on the lake, making the water glitter with gold. Ye Lang’s top-rated graphics card even clearly rendered the two’s reflections on the surface of the lake.
【Whisper】Bell: Don’t move, we’ll hug for awhile, ok?
YeLang hesitated. He removed his finger that was already ready to shift his character, allowing the characters to continue holding on to each other.
After awhile, Ye Lang was truly unable to get used to the silence between the both of them, especially when both characters were still in that ambiguous position. As such, he could only take the initiative to find something to talk about.
【Whisper】NightWolf: 7/7 has already ended, why did you still keep the gender changing pearl?
【Whisper】Bell: It’s such an interesting item, and everyone also kept them. Could it be that you threw it away?
【Whisper】NightWolf: I destroyed it once the tasks were completed.
【Whisper】Bell: … How stupid. If you want it again, you can only wait till next year.
【Whisper】NightWolf: No need, I don’t want to turn to a girl.
They fell into silence again. Ye Lang discovered that he was really bad at small talk. When Bell was chattering away in the past he never felt that way, but thinking about it now, how was Bell able to liven up the atmosphere just by himself?
【Whisper】NightWolf: You mentioned your love at first sight, what kind of person is he?
【Whisper】Bell: He’s a friend’s friend, I don’t know him.
【Whisper】NightWolf: You guys met at school?
【Whisper】Bell: Yeah, at Cafeteria 2.
Ye Lang’s fingers paused.
【Whisper】NightWolf: What were you doing at Cafeteria 2? Isn’t the food there famous for being horrible?
Ling Yang had long decided not to ever mention anything about his cosplay, so he naturally could not tell the truth then.
【Whisper】Bell: Ah, I met him while buying buns in the afternoon.
Ye Lang thought, that should be right, things could not be so coincidental.
Bell jumped away on his own accord, ending that shared action. Ye Lang sighed in relief unconsciously.
【Whisper】Bell: Ah, thank you, I feel much better now.
【Whisper】Bell: Here’s a kiss MUACKS╭(╯3╰)╮
【Whisper】Bell: I’ll go off first. Good night, Hubby ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ (It’s very long, you can try locking me up, lock me up~~~~)
【System】<Bell> is now offline.
Ye Lang looked at that long string of tildes. It was both amusing and frustrating. The resilience of wild animals was truly very tough. Only in a few minutes he had regained his liveliness, and it seemed like this blow to the heart was not very significant.
Or maybe, right from the start, love at first sight was unreliable, that they were just words.
Ye Lang’s phone vibrated, it was a notification from Weibo.
He took a look. Turned out it was Little Bottom Don’t Run Away mentioning him on some Weibo account, asking if he went to Yanshan that afternoon, as he was actually captured in the background of some photo.
Ye Lang opened the image. It was Xu Xian’s roommate that he met at the entrance of Cafeteria 2. Xu Xian called him Yangyang, and his full name seemed to be Ling Yang. However, he did not know which characters made up that name.
There was someone else next to him. After hanging out with Little Bottom Don’t Run Away for so long, he also somewhat understood a little of the colloquial terms. He knew this behaviour was called fanservice, and he did not know why, but Ye Lang found it difficult to accept the interaction between the two guys on screen.
He looked through the Weibo of the person who uploaded the photos. As expected, there was an album of photos with just Ling Yang alone. He selected it and browsed through carefully.
Having looked through the entire album, Ye Lang confirmed that he did not feel that strange feeling he had felt when he first saw that person earlier in the day.
Ye Lang remembered that he started getting interested in the opposite sex when he was a teenager. His relative had brought him to a shooting location to play, and there were many heavily made-up ladies surrounding him to “tease” him. That heavy scent of make up and perfume had overwhelmed him to the point where he could barely breathe.
They happened to be shooting <The Return of the Condor Heroes> that day. The Little Dragon Girl, dressed in white, stood at a cliff and looked back. She was unwilling to part, but she still leapt down into the abyss.
It was that striking look, and that image of an extraordinary beauty was deeply engraved into little Ye Lang’s heart.
That scene today at Yanshan’s Cafeteria 2 had actually coincided with that amazing memory of many years, and he even felt the same feeling he did from back then.
Ye Lang fiddled around on his phone unconsciously, only to realise that he had saved some photos.
He went back to his photo album, and found Ling Yang’s solo shots in them.
Was this love at first sight? He shook his head, this was impossible.
It must be because Bell was very abnormal today. He had been affected by her as well, and so was brainwashed. Ye Lang’s thumb hovered on the delete option for very long, but in the end, he did not select it.