Song Jun had been in a bad mood all night until just before he went to bed when the little black cat suddenly barged in.
Song Jun had never seen this little black cat since he saw the cat at his grandma’s place at that time. He almost thought that this black cat wandered outside and got lost and never could come back to campus, but he didn’t expect that tonight he would actually see the cat again.
The cat food Song Jun bought for it was still in the room. Now he put it in a small bowl and put it in front of the little black cat.
The black cat lowered its head and licked the cat food. It seemed to like this taste of cat food much more than ham sausage or the like.
Song Jun was not in a good mood. After watching the cat finish the cat food, he thought it was almost time for him to leave.
But he didn’t know what happened today. After the little black cat finished eating the cat food, he lay down and licked his paws but had no intention of leaving.
It was already Song Jun’s usual time to go to bed. He thought that the window was open anyway, and the little cat could leave whenever it wanted, so he pointed the fan at the small bed and planned to go to bed.
However, he didn’t expect that the little black cat would move very quickly and suddenly wanted to run towards his bed.
Song Jun quickly reached out and grabbed it, lifted it up, and said in shock, “You can’t go up.”
After all, this little cat was a stray cat. Although it looked clean and had smooth fur, Song Jun didn’t dare to let it jump on his bed. What if the cat got fleas?
The little black cat was held by the back of his neck, turned its head, and ‘meowed’ in his face.
Song Jun suddenly felt a little soft-hearted. He put the little black cat on the ground. Before he could say no, the cat ran towards his bed again.
The cat was caught again, and Song Jun was forced and couldn’t do anything. He couldn’t bear to throw it out of the window. After hesitating, Song Jun decided to give it a bath.
Having made up his mind, Song Jun carried the black cat in one hand and the kettle in the other and headed towards the water room.
Even though it was summer, Song Jun still thoughtfully turned the water into warm water before throwing the little black cat into the basin.
The little black cat was thrown into the water basin and immediately wanted to climb out. Song Jun grabbed it and pushed it down.
The black cat, whose fur was soaked by water, looked smaller. Its eyes were round and bright, making it look a little pitiful. But Song Jun couldn’t help but laugh. He poured water on the little black cat’s head and watched it shake its head vigorously to shake the water. He found it very interesting. The bad mood of the night finally became a little better.
Song Jun gave the little black cat a bath with his own shampoo, and Song Jun used a towel to dry it.
The weather was hot in summer. After wiping the cat with a towel, the fur of the little black cat was half dry. Song Jun thought of the mat on his bed, so when he saw it jumping on the bed again, he ignored it.
When he was sleeping, the little black cat came close to Song Jun.
At first, Song Jun was sleeping on his side, so the cat put its head on Song Jun’s arm. Later, when Song Jun turned over and lay flat, he simply lay on Song Jun’s chest.
Song Jun felt that he couldn’t breathe easily under the weight of the cat, so he stretched out his hand to lift it from his chest.
After that, Song Jun felt it circling around him as if trying to find a comfortable position. The little black cat’s tail brushed against Song Jun’s belly from time to time. Song Jun was so disturbed that he couldn’t sleep, so he stretched out his arms to hug the cat to his side.
The little black cat seemed to finally feel comfortable, resting his chin on Song Jun’s arm and stopped moving.
Song Jun fell asleep without realising it.
However, the little cat lying next to him never closed its eyes, staring at his sleeping face in the darkness.
He slept until dawn, and when Song Jun woke up, the little black cat was gone. He was used to the kitten coming and going freely, so he didn’t pay much attention to it.
But when he opened the door in the morning and saw Xia Hongshen’s closed door opposite, he still felt a little uncomfortable.
Regardless of whether Xia Hongshen was a human or a demon, Song Jun dared to say that he was not afraid. What he cared about was probably Xia Hongshen’s attitude. He couldn’t say what was wrong with him, but he was very troubled. He felt very troubled when he thought about Xia Hongshen.
So, for several days, Song Jun deliberately avoided Xia Hongshen.
When he went out, he would open the door a crack and check to make sure the door on the other side was closed before going out. As long as he was in the dormitory, he would try to reduce the number of times he went out to avoid meeting Xia Hongshen.
After almost a week, one night, when Song Jun went out, Xia Hongshen’s door was still closed, but as soon as he walked out, Xia Hongshen opened the door and stood at the door looking at him.
“Senior Brother Xia,” Song Jun couldn’t help but feel nervous when he saw Xia Hongsheng, even though he hadn’t done anything wrong.
Xia Hongshen asked him, “Where are you going?”
Song Jun said in a low voice, “I’m going to go to the lab to surf the net for a while.” The lab had air conditioning and was cooler than the dormitory.
Xia Hongshen said, “Don’t go.”
His words were so plain and direct, and Song Jun suddenly felt an unknown fire in his heart. Just when he was about to yell, “Why?” he heard Xia Hongshen say again, “Follow me to a place.”
“Huh?” Song Jun’s anger suddenly flew to the sky, “Where to?”
Xia Hongshen said, “Come with me.”
Song Jun followed Xia Hongshen out of the dormitory and walked into the school. Song Jun suddenly had an idea that they were like dating.
In the hot summer, on the noisy campus, he walked slowly with Xia Hongshen. Although they didn’t talk, his mood gradually became better.
Xia Hongshen never told Song Jun where they were going until they all walked out of the school gate and walked towards the river outside the north gate of the school.
Song Jun thought that Xia Hongshen probably just wanted to take a walk with him.
The riverside that night didn’t seem to be any different from that day in the Ghost Festival. In fact, every day in summer, there were many people walking by the riverside in the evening, especially the elderly and children.
It was already dark when they arrived, but the number of people walking had not decreased.
Xia Hongshen walked neither fast nor slowly. When he reached the river, he took Song Jun into the path along the river. The path was covered with willow trees, and Song Jun had to reach out from time to time to brush away the weeping willows blocking the road ahead.
After walking for a while, there were steps next to the path that led down to the river.
At this moment, Song Jun noticed an awning boat parked on the river bank.
He was stunned for a moment. This river ran through the entire city, and it was located in the city centre. Except for the occasional engineering boat for salvage operations, there were no other boats, and there were no boats for sightseeing.
This awning boat was small and looked very old. It didn’t look like a boat that should appear here.
Song Jun subconsciously looked back and saw many people walking along the riverside path, but no one seemed to notice that there was an extra boat there.
At this time, Xia Hongshen had already walked to the river. He leaned down slightly and knocked on the roof of the boat.
Then, he saw a head peeking out from under the canopy of the boat. The man raised his wrinkled face and looked at them. Then he raised his hand and motioned for them to get on the boat.
Xia Hongshen got on the boat first and extended a hand to Song Jun.
Song Jun hesitated for a moment, then took Xia Hongshen’s hand and jumped on the boat.
The boatman got out of the canopy, sat behind the boat and started paddling.
Song Jun grabbed Xia Hongshen’s arm, and Xia Hongshen supported him and said, “Be careful.”
Song Jun hummed and didn’t let go of Xia Hongshen’s hand.
The boat went downstream, not too fast.
Song Jun asked Xia Hongshen where they were going, but Xia Hongshen only said that he would know when they arrived.
After a while, Song Jun saw a thick layer of mist on the river in front of him. The boat paddled into the mist, and the surrounding scenery suddenly became blurred. Only the lights on the distant shore were still bright.
However, not long after, the boat rowed out of the fog, and as Song Jun’s vision cleared, he looked up and saw, to his surprise, a majestic and magnificent temple standing on the right bank in the distance, resplendent in gold and jade.
If Song Jun remembered correctly, that place should have been the main square in the city centre.
Song Jun looked confused. He just thought that this temple probably did not exist in the world or that it had always been standing there, but no one could see it.
The boat swayed close to the right side of the river and docked.
After Xia Hongshen got off the boat, he pulled Song Jun off the boat and then walked in front along a path onto the river embankment. In front of the river embankment was the square in front of the big temple, with an incense burner in the middle. The cauldron had incense candles burning inside.
Song Jun heard the long bells ringing from the temple, and the surroundings were filled with the smell of burning incense. He raised his head and saw a plaque hanging on the temple door with the words ‘City God Temple’ written on it.
He turned around in shock and saw the large temple next to the river. The entire square was empty, with no one in it.
Also, how could there be anyone here? Song Jun had been living in this city since he entered university, and for several years, he had never known that there was such a well-preserved City God Temple in this place. This temple probably truly existed in another realm.
The temple door opened, with a fierce statue of a deity on each side.
When they walked to the temple gate, Song Jun saw the two statues suddenly turned into human forms, holding a spear in the hand and blocking them at the door, shouting, “Who are you?”
Song Jun stopped and looked at Xia Hongshen. Xia Hongshen raised his hand, took out a piece of paper from somewhere and handed it to the guard.
Song Jun didn’t know what was written on the paper, but after reading it, the gatekeeper’s expression obviously softened. He said to Xia Hongshen, “The City God is not currently in the temple; in charge is the official of the Yin and Yang Division.”
Xia Hongshen said, “May I please see the one in charge?”
The two guards looked at each other, and one of them said, “Please follow me.”
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