Chapter 237: Back To That Key Moment ⑦
During their first week in Linde Town, Shang Ke and Lu Xiufan moved about various hotels and special homestays, collected more than a dozen sets of commemorative dynamic postcards and took hundreds of photos, leaving their footprints everywhere.
Lu Xiufan was increasing the treasures in their “treasure chest” little by little, trying his best not to have any regrets in his life.
The two of them went hand in hand to a scenic area along the river which has many idle artists, such as singers, painters, and sculptors gathered, as well as many old people who gathered in groups to play chess and chat.
After looking around for a while, Shang Ke suddenly said to Lu Xiufan, “Let’s have a match, shall we?”
“A match? On what?”
Shang Ke took a few quick steps and stood in the middle of the square, spreading his hands out as if he were showing the world: “Let’s see who can be the most dazzling person here today.”
Lu Xiufan gazed at him deeply. In his eyes, there was no one more dazzling than him.
“Okay.” It didn’t matter whether he won or lost, he just wanted to be happy.
Lu Xiufan was from an aristocratic family, and had the majestic air of a superior. He was the focus of attention wherever he went. In order to conceal his overly fierce aura, Shang Ke deliberately matched him with a pair of glasses and let him change into a set of casual clothes. After the makeover, Shang Ke only had one word – ‘impactful’.
Some people are not easy to restyle by nature and those in the entertainment circle can only make use of their face to pretend. Shang Ke will never admit that he is just bad at restyling someone or that he was deliberately trying to retain his scum aura.
The makeover wasn’t very successful, but at least it no longer makes people retreat at first glance.
Lu Xiufan stood among a group of chess friends, and his tall and upright figure instantly added some murderous vibe to the atmosphere. Even the opposing sides felt external pressure. It was just a round of chess, yet they felt the pressure of an army.
After watching a few games, Lu Xiufan directly took out a limited edition commemorative gold coin to challenge the “Chess King” of this place. The economic value of the gold coin was only around ten thousand yuan, but the coin was very rare and a great collectible.
When the “Chess King”’ saw the coin, he readily accepted Lu Xiufan’s challenge.
The two were well matched in strength, and they played a lot of excellent moves, which was very enjoyable to watch for the chess players around them.
In the middle of the game, Lu Xiufan habitually looked up towards where Shang Ke was standing just now, but found that he was gone. His heart grew anxious and he quickly stood up, causing the people to retreat backwards in shock.
Lu Xiufan’s eyes quickly swept around. Although he had arranged for guards to protect Shang Ke in secret, his heart would not be at ease if he could not see his figure.
At this moment, the melodious sound of Suoqin (an instrument similar to a saxophone) suddenly came from not far away, its pleasant rhythm slowly drifting into Lu Xiufan’s ears.
He looked towards the source of the sound. Under a sculpture in the square, Shang Ke was holding a Suoqin and playing it intently. The white sculpture, the falling leaves, the golden instrument, and the elegant player… formed a beautiful picture.
It’s as if all the surrounding noises have disappeared, leaving only an idiot looking at his lover who was in the distance.
“Hey, are you still going to play?” The “Chess King” who got ignored was upset and interrupted Lu Xiufan’s thoughts by tapping his chess piece.
Lu Xiufan came back to his senses, took his seat again and continued to play the game. The sound of music flowed softly in his ears like the comfort of his lover. Liu Xiufan’s chess moves gradually changed from step by step killing to becoming unpredictable. There was less ‘killing’ and more elegance. The sudden change in style however caught the opponent off guard.
After several rounds of struggling, the “Chess King” was defeated. At the same time, Shang Ke’s performance ended.
Lu Xiufan declined the “Chess King’s” request to play one more game, walked through the crowd. Just when he was on his way to find Shang Ke, he caught a glimpse of someone selling flowers nearby. A thought came to his mind and he bought a rose.
Lu Xiufan walked up to Shang Ke and handed him the rose: “Congratulations on your successful performance.”
With a smile in his eyes, Shang Ke revealed his hand hidden behind his back, also holding a rose in his hand: “Congratulations on your victory in chess.”
The two men stood in the square, each holding a rose, gazing at each other warmly. This image was accurately captured by a photographer and is forever frozen in the frame…
In the end, the two’s match ended under their unlimited show of affection, and no one cared whether they won or lost.
“How were you sure that I won that game of chess?” During their meal, Lu Xiufan suddenly asked.
“If you have lost,” Shang Ke replied as he moved his knife and fork, “you’ll walk more gracefully than usual.”
Lu Xiufan: “I… don’t walk gracefully usually?”
“It is not that you don’t. It’s just that the worse your mood is or the worse the situation, the higher your graceful meter. On the other hand, when you’re in a good mood, you often forget the etiquette. For example, right now,” Shang Ke tapped his lightly glass with his dining knife, “your fork has taken away my tenderloin, and your left leg is molesting my right leg.”
Lu Xiufan: “…” The evidence is present and he is unable to refute it.
While they were eating and flirting with each other, a middle-aged man’s joking voice suddenly sounded from the next table: “You’re a covenantor, aren’t you? What a pity, being sent out by your parents to work at such a young age?”
“Sir, your meal is served, is there anything else I can do for you?” The covenantor waiter replied without any expression.
“Yes, come here and dine with me.”
“I’m sorry. Sir, I’m only responsible for serving food, not accompanying customers.”
“It’s okay, as long as your employer agrees. I’ll talk to him.” After saying so, he took out his contact device and began to make a call as if no one else was around.
The waiter stood by in silence. When the middle-aged man finished his call and the waiter received a text message from his employer, asking him to meet the customer’s request unconditionally today, only then did the waiter raise his head a little. With a pair of emotionless eyes, he quietly gazed at everything in front of him.
The middle-aged man pulled him to his side and touched him without regard for the location. There was even a nasty smile on his face. The waiter just endured in silence and didn’t make a single sound.
Lu Xiufan gloomily put down his knife and fork, took out his contact device, and quickly sent out a series of codes. A few moments later, several tall men entered the restaurant, came straight to the middle-aged man’s table, and without saying a word, carried him out of the restaurant.
“Who are you guys? Where are you taking me? Security, security!” The middle-aged man was taken out of the restaurant as he was screaming. On their way out, a security guard came over to stop them, but immediately withdrew when he saw the document presented by them.
Shang Ke looked at the waiter who had a dull look and didn’t say anything.
Lu Xiufan reassured, “He’s fine now, don’t worry.” As for the vile middle-aged man, at least three legs will be broken.
“Even though he escaped this time, there will be a next time.” Shang Ke said faintly, “Did you see the bruise under his collar? He may have been abused often.”
Because covenantors are emotionless and have little sense of self-protection, they would not feel sad for themselves even if they are tortured to death.
This unfair state of things is not something that a few laws and regulations can change, at least not for the next few decades.
“What do you intend to do?” Lu Xiufan saw Shang Ke’s contemplating look and couldn’t help but ask.
“I want… to build a school.” Shang Ke looked up at Lu Xiufan and said seriously, “A school that belongs exclusively to the covenantors.”
The first psychotherapeutic drugs developed only repaired the brains and prolonged the lives of the covenantors, but did not restore their damaged emotional elements. They were still accustomed to living by the rules. In that case, he created a basic code of conduct so that all of the covenantors would learn how to protect themselves and how to fight for their rights.
“Then let’s build it.” As long as it was something Shang Ke wanted to do, he would support it unconditionally.
Shang Ke paused and said, “I plan to make preparations for three years.”
In the past, he had the heroic death missions, so he didn’t have much concern and wasn’t afraid of getting into trouble. But now it was different, he wanted to grow old with his lover and have a happy life, so he had to consider Lu Xiufan’s situation before doing anything.
He can be Lu Xiufan’s weakness, but he cannot be a weakness that allows others to target him. In three years, he will conceal his identity, keep a low profile, and make plans for the future. When Lu Xiufan removes all the hidden dangers, he will be able to be with him openly and do what he wants to do.
He can still afford to wait for this amount of time.
Lu Xiufan was a little surprised that Shang Ke delayed the school construction plan until three years later, but he didn’t think much of it at the time. It wasn’t until later, when he chanced upon a business plan in Shang Ke’s computer, that he understood what he was thinking.
Shang Ke wanted to have enough wealth to protect himself as well as the strength to fight alongside him. Instead of hiding under his protection, as he did now, Shang Ke was always worried that he would become a burden to him.
“Keke, I love you.” Lu Xiufan decided to make a habit of confessing once a day.
Shang Ke lay drowsily on the bed: Can you not confess after you cum? He had no energy to respond. Uh… Don’t confess when you’re cumming either, or he would think that he wanted to cum every time he hears him confess. If he got himself ready for him to cum and then he ends up not cumming, wouldn’t it be embarrassing…
One month later, Lu Xiufan received a coded letter from his subordinate, which translated into: 【My brother, come back quickly! Without you holding the ground, the capital would be in chaos again. The queen was so dejected she fell ill, brother is not “happy”, and the world has turned gray.】
Lu Xiufan ignored his brother’s complaint. This guy is good at everything, but was lazy and does not want to be in charge. And he still remembered the fact that he killed Shang Ke by mistake. Although he is not angry and resentful, he is still unable to let it go.
Thinking of this, Lu Xiufan could not help but be wary. No! He had to warn Shang Ke to stay away from Lu Xiuqi, lest he suddenly get violent and hurt someone again. Who knows if history will repeat itself! That guy is definitely a danger who must be kept away from Shang Ke!
“Keke, when you see this man in the future, turn around and walk away immediately. Don’t come within twenty meters of him, and don’t talk to him.” Lu Xiufan pointed to Lu Xiuqi’s photo and instructed very cautiously.
Shang Ke stared at the photo for a while and hesitantly said, “…If I’m not mistaken, he seems to be the Queen’s husband, your older brother?”
“Yes, but he’s not a good person.” In order to make Shang Ke realize the danger of a certain someone, Lu Xiufan slandered his brother’s character without any restraint.
“Alright, if you insist. I’ll try my best to avoid him.”
“My Keke is truly understanding.” Lu Xiufan was satisfied and began to be shameless again.
As expected, someone will reveal his true self as soon as he’s in a good mood…
Brother Lu: Why does Keke run away whenever he sees me?
Lu Xiufan: Because you look horrible.
Brother Lu: That’s not true. Even if I take a punch, I still won’t look as horrible as you.
Lu Xiufan: All right, thank you for giving me this opportunity Y(^_^)Y
Brother Lu: ○|￣|_┌