The upcoming elimination matches were divided into two stages. In the first stage, all players who successfully advanced were divided into two groups, A and B, and they would compete within their respective groups to select the last surviving 20 individuals who would advance to the next stage. In the subsequent second stage, a 1-on-1 competition would unfold among these 40 individuals until only the final two remained, entering the decisive grand finals.
In short, the finals to determine the champion of this competition was drawing closer.
After the group results were announced, Lu Jingning eagerly checked the official tournament website and was delighted to find that the three members of their Special Imperial Navy Team could finally meet successfully.
Another reason for joy was that Bai Chen, that pest, was placed in another group, completely out of his sight.
Lu Jingning was overjoyed and couldn’t help but hum a little tune while walking.
As for Yan Hebin, he was naturally very satisfied with these results. Having teammates by his side meant that he no longer needed to rack his brains to figure out how to survive until the end.
One had to admit that clinging to a big shot made things much easier.
What was strange was that, from the moment the results were announced, Wen Xingchen seemed to be in a good mood.
When Wen Ye passed by him, he couldn’t help but stop and examine him, finally coming up with the most likely reason, “Xingchen, did you win the lottery?”
Wen Xingchen controlled the curve of his lips and responded, “…”
Wen Ye was about to say something more but was pulled away by Shang Yunlin, who hooked his shoulder and walked outside, saying as they went, “Young people have their own thoughts, perhaps he’s just excited before the match. Don’t worry too much.”
Wen Ye thought about it and found that what Shang Yunlin said made sense. He was led away for a few steps before he remembered to ask, “Where are you taking me?”
Shang Yunlin smiled faintly, “I found a nice dessert shop nearby, I want to try it together.”
Lu Jingning stared at the two of them as they walked away for a while, unable to help but lean over to Wen Xingchen and ask, “What’s going on with my idol and the president? Is there some secret?”
After waiting for a while and not getting a response from the person beside him, he turned to Wen Xingchen and asked, “Why are you looking at me like that?”
Wen Xingchen’s lips curved slightly, and the corners of his eyebrows raised, “I’m thinking that, besides your own affairs, you seem to have an unusually keen sense of gossip about other people.”
“…” Lu Jingning couldn’t miss the teasing in his tone, so after a moment of silence, he asked directly, “Wen Ge, have you been holding a grudge against me for a long time?”
Wen Xingchen asked, “What do you mean?”
Lu Jingning said, “Do you know that your tone right now is very much like a jealous and resentful woman?”
Wen Xingchen’s eyelashes lowered slightly, and this time it was his turn to fall silent.
Lu Jingning couldn’t help it when he saw the other person fall silent because of his remark and danced around a bit, “This won’t do! Wen Ge, as an Alpha, shouldn’t you be more generous? The past is the past, and I admit that I did wrong you at that time. But now, I’ve thought deeply about it, and I’ve decided to take responsibility for you for the rest of my life, haven’t I?”
“More generous?” Wen Xingchen leaned forward slightly, looking at him closely from a short distance, and the corner of his lips lightly curved. “Apart from your own affairs, it seems that you have a particularly keen sense of gossip about other people.”
Wen Xingchen leaned in slightly, his gaze locked onto Lu Jingning’s eyes, and his fingers gently played with the ends of his hair, much like teasing a little cat.
His tone was casual, as if he was discussing some everyday matters, “If you have time, could you please help me create a couple’s thread on the school forum? You’re more experienced in hyping things up, so feel free to make it as exciting as you can. Remember to emphasize their relationship.”
Adding to that, seemingly nonchalant under Lu Jingning’s intense gaze, he added, “Tomorrow afternoon is our next match. Don’t forget to get your classmates to support us on the live stream. Sometimes, we need the love and support of our fellow students, don’t you think?”
Jiang Luan, a seasoned player in the game of love, was completely shocked by this unexpected request. It took him a while to regain his composure and respond, “Hold on a second.”
The communication was instantly cut off.
A moment later, a holographic video call invitation appeared from the other side.
After Wen Xingchen confirmed it, he looked at the image of his friend in the virtual space and furrowed his brow, “Is there anything else?”
Jiang Luan, who had originally intended to say something like “blink your eyes if you’ve been kidnapped,” was taken aback when he saw Lu Jingning lying in Wen Xingchen’s arms. He hesitated for a moment and then said, “No! Nothing at all! I’m on my way!”
As soon as he finished speaking, the video call was cut off again.
Wen Xingchen looked at Lu Jingning and asked with a puzzled expression, “What’s wrong with Jiang Luan?”
Lu Jingning nudged him gently with his elbow and couldn’t help but burst into laughter. “What’s going on, Wen Ge? You’re possessive to this extent? If something happens next time, do you plan to lock me in a small room, like a gilded cage?”
Wen Xingchen looked at Lu Jingning’s cheeky expression and raised his jaw slightly. He gently kissed him, their breath entwining in the air. “I can’t bear to lock you up, but it might not be a bad idea to lock us together with handcuffs if it’s possible.”
Lu Jingning imagined such a scene and commented sincerely, “It feels… pretty kinky…”
He glanced up at Wen Xingchen’s incredibly handsome features, and in the next moment, his lips involuntarily curled up. “But, if I can be locked with you for a lifetime, it somehow feels a bit thrilling?”
Wen Xingchen gently held Lu Jingning’s back with one hand, and with a little force, he pulled the whole person into his embrace. “Then, let’s lock ourselves together for a lifetime.”
Today, the forum of the Imperial Navy Academy was in a frenzy.
All of it was due to a sudden exposure post that appeared out of nowhere, as if a bolt from the blue, which instantly drew all the lurkers out.
Before this, discussions about Lu Jingning and Wen Xingchen’s couple pair had been popular on the forum for a long time. But no one had ever come forward like this anonymous poster, revealing heavy-duty news that they were officially a couple!
One was the absolute genius among the Alphas, while the other was an unprecedented powerhouse among Omegas. While everyone enjoyed shipping the two of them, deep down, they secretly hoped that these two would have a head-on clash someday to determine who was the true No.1 in this new generation.
And now, they were being told that, in a place they had no knowledge of, an Alpha and an Omega were already together?
Before they could even wait for the poster to provide evidence, the comments on the post exploded.
[??? Where did this insider information come from? Don’t spread rumors just because you’re anonymous!]
[Though I do think they’re a perfect match, I’m going to be a rational observer.]
[ I was still debating who between them would be better as my husband. Now they’re telling me they’re together?]
[ Ahhh, veteran couple shipper here to report for duty! I’m so excited!!!]
[ I don’t believe it. How could an Omega like Lu Jingning be taken by an Alpha?]
[ Two S-tier individuals together? Can Wen Xingchen handle it? Lu Jingning is the one, after all, right?!]
[ Upstairs, stop talking… Suddenly I remembered the fear of being controlled by Lu Jingning’s pheromones.]
As the anonymous poster who was busy behind the scenes, Jiang Luan was immersed in sorting through materials and didn’t notice the towering skyscr4p3r of a thread that had risen.
When he was about to upload the next set of content, he found that the post had already spanned three pages.
On one hand, he was deeply impressed by the overwhelming popularity of these two top players in the Imperial Navy.
On the other hand, he swiftly and decisively uploaded all the photos he had, one after another.
These photos, of course, weren’t privately stored by Jiang Luan; he wouldn’t dare to do that no matter how much courage he had. After all, he wasn’t interested in ending his life prematurely.
These were all photos that Wen Xingchen had just transmitted to him through the terminal, along with extensive segments of their interactions.
To be honest, if Jiang Luan hadn’t experienced this himself, he wouldn’t have been able to comprehend how strong Wen Xingchen’s determination to come out as a couple was.
As the number of photos and the story behind their relationship were uploaded, the entire post exploded once again.
[Ahhh, I’ve actually witnessed this! Sisters, I’ve reached enlightenment!!!]
[So sweet, so sweet, so sweet. What kind of divine love is this?]
[Timidly raising my hand, I was on the mother ship of the Interstellar Pirates at the time, waiting for this for so long, and finally, I can enjoy the sugar directly!]
[What a dreamy soap opera plot! Born with compatible pheromones, when will I meet my true Alpha?]
[Talking about compatibility, my mind suddenly wandered off to the Harmony Light Cruiser?]
[Is the match tomorrow? It’s tomorrow, right? I must go and cheer for them!]
[What kind of insane power couple is this? I can’t even!]
Wen Xingchen, who was in the hotel, calmly looked through the post and found his mood becoming increasingly joyful. Finally, he handed it over to Lu Jingning.
Lu Jingning glanced at it and felt like he had gained a new understanding of this person’s level of immaturity. He asked in a speechless tone, “Wen Ge, are you happy?”
Wen Xingchen replied, “I’m happy.”
Lu Jingning mimicked the tone Wen Xingchen used to comfort him in the past, saying, “Alright, if you’re happy, I’m happy.”
Wen Xingchen leaned against the head of the bed, looking at him from the corner of his eye, and said, “Would you consider making me even happier?”
Lu Jingning asked sincerely, “How should I do that?”
Wen Xingchen curled the corner of his mouth, revealing a faint smile, and said, “You’ll find out tomorrow.”
T/N: Hey there! There is plenty more where that came from, so stay tuned! And stay healthy! Straighten your posture, so some stretches and drink some water before continuing hehe~
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