Day: May 18, 2024

Chapter 56 – Chinese Bellflower (2)

       Tristana stood on the Crested Ibis and looked anxiously into the distance. After an unknown amount of time, a golden light finally appeared in the dark night sky.

       Ishtar’s huge white wings cut through the night like a sharp sword.

       “They’re back!” Tristana said excitedly. She couldn’t wait for the other party to get closer, so she drove the Crested Ibis to meet them, opened the hatch and received the two of them in.

       The oxygen was thin at high altitude, and Qin Yun was holding Moschery in a panic.

       “Call the doctor.” He gasped wearily, “Don’t mind me.”

       Tristana looked at the large area of ​​burns on his back with a pale face. Moschery’s dragon eye no longer resembled its original form. Qin Yun stretched out his guiding tendrils to repair the other party’s consciousness cloud. Zhongyan was even more seriously injured. Ishtar knelt next to the giant dragon, and was licking and kissing the other’s scarred giant wings.

       When the doctor arrived, Qin Yun had already finished tending. Sentinel had a terrifying recovery ability as long as they were given sufficient rest. Moschery closed his eyes, but Qin Yun knew that he was not asleep, their fingers were tightly intertwined.

       After the doctor cleaned the wound, he looked at Qin Yun with some difficulty and deliberated, “The wounds are too deep, and we don’t have the necessary technical conditions here. If we rush back now, perhaps there’s still a chance…”

       “No need.” Moschery suddenly interrupted, “I can’t leave Olympus in this situation.”

       Qin Yun still didn’t give up, “But…”

       Moschery looked at him, “Even if one eye is missing, it will have no impact on life.”

       Qin Yun frowned, and Zhongyan seemed to sense something. He stretched out his head and rested it on his guide’s leg. Like Moschery, it only had one intact eye.

       “…” Qin Yun sighed and had no choice but to comfort him, “I’ll make you a one-eye patch with rhinestones later.”

       The giant dragon was naturally very happy. Regardless of the wounds on its wings, it turned over and exposed its belly to Qin Yun. It circled its tail and wrapped the person in its arms.


       The explosions in Olympus did not stop for half an hour. According to Shen Zhuofan’s speculation, the floors of Olympus’ laboratories should be covered with explosives.

       “This is also their way of protecting their research results.” Chris regretfully said, “They should have done in-depth research on genetic evolution. It is a pity that it is gone like this.”

       “There is nothing regrettable.” Moschery’s expression was indifferent, “The evolutionary theory of Olympus will always go against the evolution of human beings. The consequences of eagerness for success by any means are not something we can afford.”

       The Land of Gods had lost its superficial prosperity and mystery, left behind nothing but a myriad of jokes with countless wounds.

       Although Lin Dongliang had the impulse to save the remaining laboratories, Moschery’s attitude was indifferent from beginning to end.

       “Human development is long, complicated and slow.” Qin Yun looked at Moschery with a smile, “There are no shortcuts in your heart, only balance and constraints.”

       Moschery did not retort. His injured eye had been simply treated and half of his face was wrapped in white gauze as he lowered his head to kiss Qin Yun innocently.

       “What is more complex than evolution is human emotion.” Moschery said in a low voice, “Adoration, hatred, devotion and reckless determination.”

       Qin Yun thought of Bixi. He tightened the Chinese bellflower badge around his neck and said nothing.

       Moschery continued, “We are all the same. We love others and we are be loved by others.”

       Qin Yun held his hand and put it to his lips, choking with tears as he said, “I love you.”

       Moschery turned his face sideways and looked at his guide tenderly with his perfect black eyes, “I love you too.”


       The regime of the Land of Gods has completely collapsed, and Moschery took over effortlessly. There was no opposition, no resistance. After losing the so-called protection of the god-level, the elders of Olympus were like scattered sand.

       The Emperor built a monument for Helu and Bixi on this ruined wall.

       Qin Yun stood in front of the monument and looked at the epitaph written by Moschery—’Love is silence and protection’.

       Moschery reached out and rubbed the back of Qin Yun’s head, “We can be buried here when we die in the future.”

       Qin Yun nodded, and he couldn’t help but ask, “Have you also thought about our epitaph?”

       Moschery didn’t respond. In his mind, epitaphs were meant for others to see, not for oneself.


       The Imperial Starship landed on a sand dune not far away. The exhaust gas sprayed out a huge white cloud. Moschery’s thick scarlet cloak was blown up and down, and the high-beam headlights hit the feet of the two.

       “Let’s go.” The Emperor stretched out his hand to Qin Yun, “To home.”


       The joy of triumph swept across the entire Empire before the Emperor returned. Skarter was not used to it when he was welcomed in the aisle. He couldn’t help complaining to Lin Dongliang, “Not going to be thrown any strange things, right… How come there are no flowers?”

       “…” Lin Dongliang, “How could there be such a thing…”

       The Royal Guards lined up in a cross formation and waited in front of the palace. Ba Jin couldn’t help crying when he saw Moschery.

       “You really don’t take care of yourself.” The old butler cried and complained, “You didn’t even rush back when you were injured.”

       His Majesty the Emperor looked impatient, but he restrained himself from losing his temper. However, Qin Yun, on the other hand, felt embarrassed. In a certain sense, failing to protect his Sentinel as a guide could be considered a dereliction of duty.

       “I don’t mean to blame you.” Ba Jin turned to comfort him, “His Majesty’s willfulness is a real headache. You have worked really hard.”

       Qin Yun: “…”


       Although there were still many follow-up matters waiting to be dealt with in Olympus, Moschery was forced to rest and recuperate, and Lin Dongliang took over the power. Olympus, which was bombed in a mess in a short period of time, could not have other developments and could only reluctantly serve as a fortress or war attraction; although dilapidated, still contained heavy historical significance.

       Qin Yun went to the cemetery of Bixi and Helu for the last time. He sowed Chinese Bellflower seeds nearby, but he didn’t know when they would sprout.

       The moist wind stirred the dust near the tombstone, and the morning sun slowly rose, its radiance piercing through the thick clouds and falling onto Qin Yun’s shoulders.


       Moschery’s dragon eye was not saved after all. When Qin Yun first learned the news, his mood almost hit rock bottom. He patted his cheek to cheer himself up.

       “Fortunately, the wound didn’t get infected.” Ba Jin comforted, “The doctor also said that it will not have much impact in future life, so don’t blame yourself too much.”

       Qin Yun nodded, took a deep breath and entered the room.

       Inside the room, Moschery was half lying on the bed, flipping through a book. He saw Qin Yun and raised an eyebrow. He then closed the page and reached out to him, “Come up and lie down with me.”

       Qin Yun walked over, took off his shoes and pants, climbed onto the bed and hugged Moschery’s waist.

       The Emperor lowered his head and kissed his forehead.

       “Does it still hurt?” Qin Yun muffled his face against the other’s waist and asked in a subdued tone.

       Moschery didn’t care much and said, “I don’t feel anything when I’m injured. The Dragon’s Eye is rather special. I can feel its changes, but it’s not well controlled.”

       Qin Yun raised his upper body. He stared at the gauze on half of the Emperor’s face for a long time and couldn’t help but reach out and touch it carefully.

       Moschery let him touch him for a long time, then said calmly, “Don’t show such an expression as if I’m going to die.”

       “…” Qin Yun frowned, “What are you talking about…”

       Moschery pinched his chin and shook it, “Don’t worry, I won’t let you become a widow… Things like the dragon eye, if it’s gone, then it’s gone.”

       Qin Yun’s complexion still wasn’t great. After thinking for a while, he seemed to have grasped what Moschery meant.

       “It’s like a mark, always reminding me of the things I once carried.” Moschery looked at Qin Yun expressionlessly, “But those things are no longer useful to me now.”

       In a stable social environment, the existence of so-called ‘gods’ would no longer be needed. Moschery finally achieved what he originally said was a stable land and centralised political power, and the god level has become the goal of legend.

       Moschery: “I need to say goodbye to the past.” His palm brushed against the dragon’s eye that no longer exists, “And this is my way of saying goodbye.”


       After about a month of recuperation, Moschery finally had his stitches removed. He replaced the original mask with a black eye patch, and Qin Yun put a rhinestone-encrusted one on Zhongyan.

       The giant dragon wore a sparkling eyepatch and was so beautiful that it wished it could go to heaven and earth. It posed like a pirate captain in front of the unicorn, staring at the other’s reaction with its remaining intact eye.

       Ishtar: “…”

       Zhongyan whistled softly, and it lay on the ground again, resting on its front paws, and slowly shook its tail.

       The snow-white unicorn took a few steps forward, gracefully bent its neck, and gently pressed its golden spiral horn against the dragon’s head.

       Qin Yun was obviously used to seeing this kind of scene, walked through the atrium and found Moschery in the garden. Several senators gathered around the Emperor, talking excitedly. The latter looked dismissive. Finally, he replied impatiently, “We won’t consider this kind of thing, so there’s no need to mention it again.”

       The older man was naturally unwilling to give up just like that, “Now that technology is so advanced, how will you know if you don’t try it? Both Your Majesty and His Highness are in good health and deeply in love. It couldn’t be more fitting. Don’t you want to…”

       Before he finished speaking, Moschery suddenly turned his head and looked at Qin Yun, who was standing motionless in the distance.

       Qin Yun: “??”

       Moschery waved to him.

       Qin Yun came over, “What are you talking about?”

       Seeing a smile on his face, the old man was about to speak but was interrupted by Moschery, “It’s nothing.” He glanced at several elders in a warning manner and pulled Qin Yun to his feet, “I’m tired; go have a rest.”

       “…” Qin Yun looked at Moschery with suspicion and fear. He had been tormented by him all night last night and had just regained his strength. His Majesty the Emperor actually had the nerve to tell him that he was tired again?!


       “Are you going to go back to bed again?” Qin Yun was taken back to the room with a depressed look on his face, “I don’t want to be unable to get out of bed all day…”

       “Shut up.” Moschery pushed the person into the quilt roughly, took off his shoes and lay next to Qin Yun, “I won’t touch you.”

       Qin Yun fell asleep nervously, feeling the Emperor’s rhythmic tapping on the blanket, giving him an inexplicable sensation of being comforted like a child…

       Just when he was about to fall asleep, Qin Yun suddenly heard Moschery asking nonchalantly in his ear, “Do you want a child?”

       “?!” Qin Yun cried out miserably, “Didn’t you say you won’t do it today?!!”

       Moschery: “…”

       Qin Yun blinked, with question marks on his face.

       Moschery tensed his chin and took a deep breath, “I meant it literally. What are you thinking?!”

       Qin Yun was shocked, “G-giving birth to a baby?”

       Moschery: “Hmm-mn.”

       “…” Qin Yun thought for a long time, “You or me?”

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Chapter 54 – (Main Story Finale) Thousand Years

       Coming out of the panda exhibit, Song Jun and Xia Hongshen met Long Xing and Xi Anling coming towards them.

       Song Jun became nervous reflexively when he saw Xi Anling and ran to buy her an ice cream.

       Xi Anling took it and took two bites, suddenly feeling that Song Jun was plotting against her, and said angrily, “You want me to eat more and get fatter, right?”

       Song Jun expressed that he was wrongly accused.

       Xia Hongshen said, “Alright, just eat what you want to have.”

       Xi Anling felt aggrieved, but she still couldn’t help finishing the ice cream.

       After returning to the dormitory in the evening, Xia Hongshen went to take a shower, and Song Jun used his laptop to surf the internet in his room. After playing for a while, he saw a QQ1messaging app pop-up window showing that Feng Junyuan had sent him a file.

       Song Jun was stunned for a moment and realised that Xia Hongshen’s QQ was hanging on this computer.

       He received Feng Junyuan’s compressed package and asked, “What?”

       Feng Junyuan replied, “For you.”

       Song Jun was confused. After unzipping the zip file, he found that there were more than a dozen photos in the folder. When he opened it, he found that they were all photos taken at the zoo today.

       Feng Junyuan used his mobile phone to take pictures of lions, tigers, leopards, and cheetahs in the zoo. Except for the lions, Song Jun couldn’t tell whether the other big cats were male or female.

       Anyway, when he heard Xia Hongshen open the door and come in, he immediately closed the photos and deleted them all so as not to show Xia Hongshen those various nude photos.

       Xia Hongshen still had moisture on his body. He walked up to Song Jun and asked him, “What are you doing?”

       Song Jun shook his head and said, “Nothing.”

       Xia Hongshen picked him up and put him on his lap.

       Song Jun reached out and gently brushed Xia Hongshen’s hair, just like how they did for many years.

       Xia Hongshen rested his head on Song Jun’s shoulder lazily.

       Song Jun suddenly said to him, “Let me teach you what lovers would do.”

       Xia Hongshen raised his head to look at him and said, “Okay.”

       As dawn approached, Song Jun lifted the hand that Xia Hongshen had wrapped around his waist and sat up from the bed. Since his soul was restored, his physical condition has improved significantly. For example, at this moment, he had enough energy to go to the bathroom and take a shower by himself.

       He thought of taking advantage of the situation before dawn; otherwise, it would be embarrassing if he bumped into Bu Hui when he got up later.

       As a result, as soon as Song Jun got out of bed, he was stopped by Xia Hongshen and dragged back.

       Xia Hongshen rolled over and sat on him.

       Song Jun cried bitterly, “Senior Brother Xia, stop making trouble.”

       Xia Hongshen obviously refused to give up easily. When Song Jun wanted to sit up, he pushed him back.

       Song Jun tried his best to turn over and crawled under the bed.

       Xia Hongshen suddenly showed his sharp claws and nailed Song Jun on the side of his head.

       Song Jun was startled and then felt something rubbing against his naked back. Without looking back, he could guess that it was Xia Hongshen who had shown his monster form at that time.

       Xia Hongshen bit Song Jun’s neck with his fangs, preventing him from escaping.

       Although he felt that the opponent was restraining his strength and did not want to bite him, Song Jun still refused to do it. He simply showed his original form, and a hard bronze sword fell to the ground with a clatter.

       Despite this, Xia Hongshen still took him to bed, and Song Jun didn’t want to remember what happened next.

       By the time Song Jun opened the door and wanted to take a shower, it was already dawn.

       He was in a daze. As soon as he opened the door, he saw Bu Hui passing by.

       Song Jun was startled and quickly closed the door.

       Bu Hui had already seen Song Jun. He ran over and knocked on the door curiously, asking, “Is it Song Jun? Why are you in the Senior Brother’s dormitory?”

       Song Jun leaned behind the door, not knowing how to answer him.

       In the end, Xia Hongshen walked over to him, opened the door, and said to Bu Hui, “He’s working on his paper.”

       After he heard Xia Hongshen say that, Bu Hui tacitly accepted that Song Jun was writing his thesis with Xia Hongshen guiding him through the night. He didn’t seem to find anything wrong and responded with an “Oh” before heading towards the water room.

       Later, when Bu Hui went out, Song Jun went to the water room to take a shower and then went back to his room to change clothes. He had to go to work at the appraisal centre today, and the senior sister should be discharged from the hospital this week.

       When he was going out, Song Jun saw Xia Hongshen transforming into a little black cat and waiting for him at the door.

       When Song Jun came out, the little black cat came over to tug off his trousers and wanted to follow him.

       Song Jun had no choice but to carry it along with him.

       Throughout the morning, the senior sister who was discharged from the hospital was trying to tease the little black cat, but the little black cat didn’t pay much attention to her. When it was bored, it would circle around Song Jun’s feet.

       The senior sister squatted next to the cat, reached out, tugged the tail of the little black cat, and said enviously, “How did you raise a cat to be so well-behaved?”

       Song Jun forced a smile and said, “Probably because of the breed.”

       The little black cat with nothing to do accompanied Song Jun for the whole day at the appraisal centre, and when there was nothing to do in the afternoon, it lay on Song Jun’s lap and slept.

       When he got off work in the afternoon, the senior sister had already left. Xia Hongshen asked Song Jun to go to Ling Xiao’s bar with him in the evening.

       Song Jun still hadn’t forgotten the time he went to the other person’s bar to cause trouble. He suddenly became a little nervous and asked, “Why do you want to go to his bar?”

       Xia Hongshen put a hand on his shoulder and said, “I want to tell them about the Demon Market.”

       Having said this, Song Jun asked curiously, “Do you know who the new City God is?”

       “It is temporarily vacant,” Xia Hongshen said. “The magistrate and The Lord Magistrate of Yin and Yang Division will manage internal and external affairs until suitable candidates are available.”

       Song Jun nodded when he heard this.

       In the evening, as soon as Xia Hongshen and Song Jun walked into Ling Xiao’s bar, the atmosphere in the entire bar suddenly became tense.

       Xia Hongshen casually sat down on the sofa next to him, and all the demons around him moved away.

       Xiang Wenxi ran over aggressively and said, “What are you doing here?”

       Xia Hongshen said, “Going clubbing.”

       Xiang Wenxi said angrily, “You are not welcome!”

       Xia Hongshen simply put his long legs on the table, folded his hands on his chest and looked at Xiang Wenxi.

       Xiang Wenxi was also a little afraid of him, so he turned to Song Jun and said, “You are not allowed to bring weapons!”

       Song Jun suddenly became angry and said, “What do you mean! There are no rules written at your door!”

       At this time, Ling Xiao came over to stop their quarrel.

       Ling Xiao sat down opposite Xia Hongshen and asked, “What is the purpose of your visit?”

       Their hostility towards Xia Hongshen had been reduced a lot after this demonic attack on the city. At least the purpose of this great demon staying in this city was not to destroy it but to protect it like them.

       Demons were different from deities. They shared this city with humans, and they didn’t want this place to be destroyed easily, so they also had their own order.

       Xia Hongshen did not answer Ling Xiao’s question but asked, “Where are the remnants of Demon Market now?”

       Ling Xiao said, “Mr. Yun is the one who is announcing the news. He said before that the Demon Market would be closed.”

       Xia Hongshen said to him, “I know. Go asked Mr. Yun to come to see me and then run the Demon Market.”

       This time, not only Ling Xiao but also many people in the bar were attracted.

       “You want to reopen the Demon Market?” Xiang Wenxi was very surprised.

       Xia Hongshen asked, “Not allowed?”

       Xiang Wenxi hesitated, “I thought you were going back to heaven.”

       “I’m not going back,” Xia Hongshen said. “I will take over the Demon Market from now on, and I will not ignore the affairs of the Demon Realm.”

       Song Jun couldn’t help but glance at Xia Hongshen.

       Xia Hongshen remained expressionless, and others had no way of guessing what he was thinking.

       But Song Jun knew that he and Xia Hongshen had been together for so long, and he often knew exactly what Xia Hongshen was thinking. In fact, Xia Hongshen just wanted to stay in this city. What happened with Cen Le probably made Xia Hongshen feel a little irritated. He was not willing to have someone to easily cause trouble in this city.

       Xia Hongshen was marking territory. This arrogant big cat had designated this entire city as his own territory, so everything here must be developed under his control. Other beasts that wanted to break into his territory must be evicted.

       Ling Xiao was originally a ferocious beast too, but Xia Hongshen probably didn’t pay much attention to him. In terms of strength, Ling Xiao was no match for Xia Hongshen.

       Fortunately, wolves were social animals. Ling Xiao did not reject Xia Hongshen too much. He said, “I will contact Mr. Yun and tell him your intention.”

       Xia Hongshen nodded, “Tell him to come see me.”

       So two months later, when autumn was just about to arrive, the Demon Market opened again.

       That night, Feng Junyuan stood at the gate of the amusement park checking tickets.

       All the monsters who entered looked at him secretly and then whispered, “This is Demon Zhen’s Gilded Phoenix Wings.”

       “It looks so handsome!”

       “But not as good as Chunjun though.”

       “It’s already very impressive. I heard that Chunjun is here today too.”

       Feng Junyuan’s face was expressionless, and he stretched out his hand to the next monster to enter, “Tickets.”

       The amusement park was very lively. This was probably the most lively time for the Demon Market in the history of the entire city.

       The giant panda was still selling masks at the fork in the road. Long Xing selected for a long time, but he still couldn’t find one he was satisfied with.

       The giant panda took one at random and put it on his face, saying, “Don’t pick any more, they all look good.”

       Long Xing hesitated for a moment, walked to the edge of the swimming pool, and took a look at his reflection in the water as if he didn’t quite believe what the giant panda had said.

       The giant panda waddled over and wanted to say a few nice words, but because its belly was too big, it knocked Long Xing into the swimming pool.

       “Oops,” it cried with little sincerity, “I’m sorry.”

       At this time, a soft silver whip stretched out from the water, wrapped one of the giant pandas’ feet, and dragged it down, causing a huge splash of water.

       Xi Anling heard the commotion, took a look, then turned back and continued to guard the stall selling cotton candy in front of her.

       The owner of the stall was a squirrel demon. In fact, it was not easy for animals with short life spans like squirrels to become demons. Even if they could cultivate, their magic power was not very strong.

       Facing Xi Anling, it became a bit nervous. The cotton candy it had finally managed to turn around shook a bit when it handed it over, and it fell to the ground.

       Xi Anling said, “Oh” regretfully and turned to look at the squirrel, waiting for it to make one for her again.

       The little squirrel was stared at by Xi Anling, and its two front teeth suddenly began to tremble.

       Xi Anling looked at it strangely, imitating it and chattering her teeth, and said, “What are you doing? Make me a new one quickly, or give me my money back.”

       The little squirrel trembled even more.

       Xi Anling said angrily, “I’m going to find my master.”

       The little squirrel jumped up and ran away from the seat. Xi Anling couldn’t catch up, so she had to give up.

       Song Jun sat at the highest point of the Ferris wheel. Although the lights were flashing, the entire Ferris wheel was not moving, so he could always look down at the scenery from the highest point.

       Xia Hongshen maintained his monster form, lying on the roof of Song Jun’s small carriage, dragging his tail down and knocking on the glass window.

       Song Jun reached out and grabbed his tail.

       Xia Hongshen then flicked his tail and directly rolled Song Jun out and put him on his back.

       Song Jun lay on top of him and looked down with him.

       Suddenly, with some surprise, Song Jun pointed to a bald man in the crowd and said, “Is that Master Yun Po?”

       Xia Hongshen took a look and snorted from his nose.

       Song Jun scratched the hair on the top of his head and said, “Who is that behind him?”

       Xia Hongshen took another look and said, “A ghost.”

       Song Jun looked carefully and found that the ghost following Yun Po turned out to be Wan Mingguang.

       Suddenly feeling a little relieved, Song Jun lay down and brushed the soft fur on Xia Hongshen’s back.

       Xia Hongshen said, “Have you finished writing your paper? Can it be submitted to SCI2SCI stands for Science Citation Index, which is a citation index originally produced by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI).?”

       Song Jun said helplessly, “Can you shut up at this time?”

       At the same time, fireworks bloomed in the sky, and the September Demon Market officially began.

       Chunjun had been accompanying Demon Zhen for thousands of years and perhaps countless thousands more; it will never end.

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Chapter 30 – The Ending

       After returning to Hanguan, life returned to what it was before. Zhuo Yue began to work regularly and complete all the tasks given to him by his master. However, he lost his previous enthusiasm for adapting to the camera. He no longer went to the cage alone and even began to reject adaptation exercises.

       He became increasingly difficult to focus, constantly drifting away.

       Fang Mingyan quickly noticed something unusual, but did not make any comment and continued to adapt to the training as planned. Zhuo Yue began to rely more and more on the man and always preferred to be near him.

       That night, Fang Mingyan worked late in the study and fell asleep on the sofa as usual. When he woke up in a daze, he saw a man sitting beside him and looking at him. There was an expression in those dark eyes that he couldn’t understand, as if there was some intolerance and pity in the gentleness.

       He called out softly, “Master.”

       “Shh.” Fang Mingyan pressed his middle finger on Zhuo Yue’s lips and said, “Don’t talk.” Then he stroked his cheek with his fingers, looked at him quietly from above for a while, and leaned forward to kiss him.

       Zhuo Yue fell into his lingering kiss and stayed in a daze—so much so that when he woke up the next day, he couldn’t tell whether it had really happened or if it was just a dream.

       One night, two weeks after the awards ceremony, Zhuo Yue accepted the order to go to the fourth floor for adaptation training as usual. He knelt in the middle of the carpet, glanced at the camera, and pursed his lips.

       However, Fang Mingyan didn’t come up for a long time.

       As the hour hand continued to move forward, Zhuo Yue became anxious.

       An hour had almost passed, exceeding the usual time to adapt to training. He turned around several times to look at the door, but there was still no movement. He didn’t know why the man hadn’t shown up, and he didn’t dare get up. He could only wait there anxiously, staring at the clock in a daze.

       When the door opened, nearly eighty minutes had passed. Zhuo Yue was startled and immediately bowed his back with a distressed expression. When Fang Mingyan’s footsteps stopped before him, he spoke with a trembling voice, “Master… I feel uncomfortable…”

       The man did not carry him out as he had done in the past but stood in silence.

       Zhuo Yue bit his lip and raised his head to look at him, only to see Fang Mingyan faintly looking at himself. His eyes moved, and he called out, “Master ……”

       “You plan to continue acting, right?” The man’s voice was extremely cold.

       Zhuo Yue felt his heart suddenly sank and froze in place.

       “Kneel down and look at me.”

       The cold command made Zhuo Yue tremble involuntarily and called out in panic, “Master…”

       “Do you need me to say it a second time?”

       He did not dare disobey the order. He straightened his upper body into a standard kneeling posture and then raised his head uneasily. Their eyes crossed, and the man’s black eyes were as sharp as one’s heart. Zhuo Yue, who was already feeling guilty, was at a loss under such a gaze, and his eyes avoided looking at each other.

       Fang Mingyan drew a black riding crop from the wall, raised Zhuo Yue’s chin with the whip at the front, forced him to look at him, and asked, “What order did I just give you?”

       “Kneel down and look at you.” His throat was dry.

       “Why did you look away?”

       “…I was wrong.”

       “Turn around.”

       He had just turned and knelt when he heard a slight thud. The riding crop hit his back diagonally, making him scream in surprise. The leather of this kind of whip was tough. It made little noise when used, but the pain inflicted was very strong. He had rarely suffered such a heavy punishment, and this harsh pain made him tremble all over.

       “Does it hurt?” A cold male voice came from behind.

       Zhuo Yue’s eyes were red, but he still tried his best to straighten his upper body and kneel down. He then replied, “It hurts…”

       “If you are afraid of pain, answer my question carefully.” Fang Mingyan said, “When did you find out that your camera phobia is cured?”

       The most feared thing finally happened. Zhuo Yue’s heart felt cold, and he pursed his lips tightly and said nothing.

       “If you don’t want to answer, that’s fine.” The man raised his hand and whipped him for the second time. The pain spread, and the whole back was burning.

       The second question followed, “Why did you hide it from me?”

       Zhuo Yue still gritted his teeth and remained silent, but he soon received another whipping.

       “How long do you plan to keep this from me?”

       Still silent.

       The whip did not fall. The man behind him threw the whip aside and untied the fingerprint collar around his neck. Zhuo Yue’s eyes widened as he froze and called out in panic, “Master…”

       “As I said, the relationship between master and slave should be based on mutual trust and voluntariness. If this foundation collapses, the master-slave relationship will cease to exist.” Fang Mingyan paused and continued, “Your pretense wasn’t enough to fool me, and I didn’t reveal it because I wanted to give you enough trust so that you could take the initiative to tell me everything. I gave you a chance, but you didn’t treasure it. Zhuo Yue, since I am not enough to make you trust me wholeheartedly, then the master-slave relationship between us ends here.”

       Zhuo Yue turned around in panic, and the tears in his eyes finally couldn’t be held back anymore and fell from the corners of his eyes.

       His heart ached.

       It hurts a thousand times—ten thousand times more than those whips on the back. It was as if someone had dug it out of his body with blood, turning it into a broken hollow. The pain was so painful that he could hardly breathe. He couldn’t open my mouth to argue and didn’t dare to beg for forgiveness. Zhuo Yue raised his face and begged in the most humble manner, “Master, I was wrong, no matter how you punish me… Please…”

       Please, don’t abandon me.

       “Stand up.” The man’s voice was cold.

       “…because I’m scared.” Zhuo Yue’s shoulder blades were trembling, and there was heartbreaking helplessness and sadness in his crying voice, “I’m afraid that you will let me go after you find out, I’m afraid that I will lose you after I recover, I’m afraid to imagine life without you. I have no other choice but to pretend. Master, I want to stay by your side… because, because…”

       “That’s enough.” Fang Mingyan interrupted the words he had repeated countless times in his heart and said indifferently, “Zhuo Yue, I have terminated the contractual relationship with you. You don’t need to use this title for me anymore. Now, I will treat you as a guest, and please respect me as a homeowner. The fourth floor is my personal private area. Please leave.”

       It’s all over.

       The despair that surged up was like a turbulent sea, turning the world upside down.

       Zhuo Yue stood up stiffly like a puppet with its strings broken and walked towards the stairs outside. Tears rolled down uncontrollably, leaving marks on his cheeks that were difficult to dry. His vision was empty and blurry, his strength seemed to have been drained, and every part of his body had lost consciousness. Just when he lost his balance on the edge of the stairs and was about to fall, someone grabbed his arm and pulled him back.

       Seeing Fang Mingyan’s frowning expression, he apologized anxiously, “I’m sorry…”

       The man grabbed his wrist and entered the guest room on the third floor. He took a nightgown from the closet and put it on the bed, “Sleep here tonight. If you need anything, you can call Zhou Chi. You know his number. Tomorrow morning Lin Hui will pick you up at nine o’clock.” After saying that, he turned and left, closing the door.

       Decisive and resolute, passionate and ruthless, this is Fang Mingyan’s attitude towards his sub.

       Zhuo Yue sat down on the ground beside the bed with red eyes and buried his head in his knees. From the first time he pretended to feel uncomfortable, guilt and uneasiness had always been with him. Whenever he wanted to explain, he lost his courage because of cowardice. He was greedy for the tenderness given by the man. He wanted to maintain the relationship between the two and enjoyed every second spent by the man’s side. He thought he was cleverly delaying time, and finally brought everything to an irreversible situation.

       It was just his own fault.

       He didn’t know how long he had been sitting. When he stood up, his legs were so numb that he could hardly feel them.

       The night was silent without any sound. He walked naked through the corridor, walked down the stairs to the door of the master bedroom, and then curled up against the door. The moonlight filtered in from the corridor window and shone on him, like a gentle companionship.

       Zhuo Yue gradually fell asleep. In his daze, he had a hazy dream. In the dream, the tall man hugged him, placed him gently on the bed, then leaned over and kissed the moist corners of his eyes, and seemed to say something to him. He tried hard to hear the voice clearly, but it was blown away by the sudden strong wind, leaving only the word ‘sorry’.

       When he woke up the next day, he found himself sleeping on the bed in the guest room. A complete set of clothes from inside to outside was placed on the vertical clothes rack next to the bed. He got dressed and went downstairs. The butler, Zhou Chi, stood at the top of the stairs with a smile and bowed slightly to him, “Mr. Zhuo.”

       “Mas…where is Chairman Fang?” he asked.

       “Master Ming said he had something to do and went out early in the morning. I don’t know his specific whereabouts.” Zhou Chi said, “He has arranged a car to pick you up and is waiting outside the door. Do you have any items that you need me to pack for you?”

       “No.” Zhuo Yue’s smile was a little sad.

       From the beginning, he came here with nothing, and ultimately, he left with nothing. Everything he gained was finally lost, and the only thing left was the longing for another man in his heart, but that man didn’t even want to see him again.

       “It’s time for me to go.” Moist mist filled his eyes again. He lowered his eyes to hide his emotions and said, “Please help me bring him a message. Thank you for taking care of him all the time. I will work hard. Please rest assured.” He glanced back in the direction of the stairs and turned to go out.

       Lin Hui, who was called to pick him up at short notice last night, was startled when he saw Zhuo Yue’s red and swollen eyes and pale face. He didn’t dare to ask anything and silently started the car.

       Zhou Chi watched them leave, took a cup of tea to the study, and said to the man standing by the window looking at the lake in the distance, “Master Ming, Mr. Zhuo has left.”

       “Yeah.” Fang Mingyan took the teacup but didn’t drink it.

       “He asked me to tell you something.” The butler repeated Zhuo Yue’s words.

       The man listened with a calm expression and said, “Contact Tang Can and ask him to send someone to keep an eye on Zhuo Yue throughout this period, especially when he is working in front of the camera. If any symptoms similar to PTSD appear, report to me immediately.”

       “I understand.” Zhou Chi stood there for a moment and couldn’t help but ask, “Since you can’t help but worry about him, why don’t you let him stay?”

       Fang Mingyan glanced at the collar on the table, “People always have to make a lot of choices, and sometimes they have to give up something in order to move forward.”

       “You let him go in order to move forward?” he asked in confusion.

       The man smiled lightly, his tall body standing by the window looking a little lonely, “You can think of it that way.”

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