Chapter 260: This Life—The Beginning (I)
【All second chances are completed. The mission is over and the host will return to the real world in five minutes.】
Shang Ke had just finished a happy life with Wen Jingrong, but before he had time to feel sentimental and nostalgic, he heard the system’s prompt message.
“Wait, return to the real world?” Shang Ke hurriedly said, “Isn’t there still the world of Juan Juan and Saya?”0
【任务失败的世界永远消失, 没有回溯的机会；神祇的世界，触及法则, 无法重启第二次。】
【The world which you have failed the mission would disappear forever and there is no chance to go back; For the world of the gods, because of the law of that world, you cannot return a second time.】
“Disappear?” Shang Ke’s heart tightened, “What does disappearing mean?”
【If the mission succeeded, the world is archived; if the mission fails, the world is deleted. In other words, that world is no longer under the control of the system, unless the host has the opportunity to be born into that world in the future so that the system can integrate with the time laws of that world again.】
尚可思索片刻，开口道：“你的意思是, 封隽所在的世界并不是真的消失, 而是独立出去了？”
Shang Ke pondered for a moment and said, “What you mean is that, the world that Feng Juan was in didn’t really disappear, but became independent?”
【It can be understood that way.】
“As long as I can find that world, I have a chance to go back?”
【That’s theoretically correct.】
Shang Ke calmed down a little. Although the hope was slim, it was not impossible. As long as the imprint of time and space is still there, they will eventually meet one day.
It’s just that the mission is already over…
“Will I… still be able to see him?”
【As long as the system still exist.】
Shang Ke’s eyes moved slightly as if he wanted to say something, but he did not say anything ultimately.
【Dear Host, the transfer is about to begin. Are you ready to return to the present world?】
Shang Ke took a deep breath: “Let’s start.”
China’s A city hospital.
A patient who had been in a coma for more than nine months miraculously woke up. After a series of tests, it was determined that all physiological functions were normal and that he could be discharged after rehabilitation.
“My Ke, you’re finally awake!” A young man walked into the ward with an enormous bouquet of red roses, smiling at Shang Ke who was leaning on the pillow and reading a book.
Shang Ke looked up towards him, and his brilliant eyes caused the young man’s heart to move. For a person who has been in a coma for more than nine months, shouldn’t he look gloomy with a pair of dull eyes, thin body and lacking energy? Why does he seem to look even more radiant than before?!
“… Qi Chen?” Shang Ke stared at him fixedly.
“Of course it’s me. Who would come to see you immediately other than me who is your best friend?” Qi Chen placed the rose on the bedside cabinet.
Shang Ke looked at him for a while and suddenly spoke again, “You… look very familiar.”
Qi Chen: “Don’t tell me you have called out my name just now by guessing…”
That’s not the case. It’s just that Shang Ke is more concerned about his name than him as a person. Because, Chen Xiao was called “Qi Chen” before he started cultivating. It was too long ago, plus he has always been called “Chen Xiao”, so Shang Ke had forgotten his real name. It was only when he saw Qi Chen that he suddenly remembered.
However, Shang Ke is very sure that this Qi Chen is not his Chen Xiao. Although Qi Chen also made him feel somewhat familiar, it was not that kind of heart-moving familiarity.
“Well, I’ve already seen you. You can go now.” Shang Ke waved his hand at him disgustedly.
Qi Chen was greatly affected: “I came to see you with good intentions, but you’re kicking me out without even giving me time to rest?”
“You still have the nerve to say? It’s already good enough that I didn’t beat you up!” Shang Ke glared, “If you hadn’t always used me as your excuse to break up, how would I have been blocked by your ex-girlfriend at the intersection and cursed at, and then unluckily got into this car accident?”
“What, there is such a thing?” Qi Chen’s expression changed and asked in a cold voice, “Who was it?”
“What do you mean by who was it?”
“My ‘ex’ girlfriend who caused you to have this accident!”
“You have so many ‘ex’ girlfriends, how would I know which one it is?” Shang Ke looked at him in puzzlement, “I always had a question. Many times when you broke up, I was clearly not present, why do all your ‘ex’ girlfriends seem to know me?”
Qi Chen elegantly pulled out a rose and broke the petals one by one in an attempt to evade the question.
“Say it!” Shang Ke snatched the rose out of his hand, stopping him from continuing his flower destruction.
“Ahem, actually it’s like this.” Qi Chen stammered as he reply, “I took your photos from childhood to adulthood and made them into qq emoji packs. Every time we break up, I bombard them with expression packs…”
Shang Ke eyes were shooting out knives and swords. Countless foul words flashed in his brain which was finally summed up into one word: “Scum!”
Regarding this evaluation, Qi Chen wasn’t hurt and even revealed a ‘seen through life’ look: “Feeling is something that cannot be forced in the first place. Wouldn’t it be good if we part ways nicely just like how we were when we were together? When we were dating, I did not treat them badly. It’s just that my feelings faded, so it is natural to break up.”
Shang Ke: “Haha.”
Other people have not had as many girlfriends in their lives as you have in a month, and you still have the nerve to talk about feelings?
“Let’s not talk about this anymore. The doctor said you can be discharged next month, I will come to pick you up.” Qi Chen eyes cannot hide his joy. Although his character is questionable, his concern for Shang Ke is true.
Shang Ke’s parents died when he was in junior high school, and other relatives were unwilling to adopt him. Finally, it was Qi Chen who convinced his own father to fund Shang Ke’s university fees. This is the reason why Shang Ke is very tolerant of Qi Chen.
Qi Chen and Shang Ke are completely two extremes, one philandering and unruly; the other clean and studious. The reason why Qi Chen’s father is willing to sponsor Shang Ke is because he liked his character and hopes that he will be of help to his son. In fact, other than Qi Chen’s philandering trait was unchangeable, Qi Chen has indeed changed a lot. At least on the surface, he looks like a good-looking person.
“How much did I spend for my hospitalization?” Shang Ke asked. The Qi family’s financial support for him over the years, he remembered every single one of them clearly. It’s not that he was worried about the Qi family fussing about it. In fact, the Qi family treated him very well. Because of this, he did not want to carry a debt while interacting with them.
Hearing this question, Qi Chen’s face showed a seemingly angry yet not angry tangled expression. He quietly said, “You don’t have to worry about the hospital fee, they are paid by the perpetrators.”
“They continued to pay for more than nine months?” The hospital where Shang Ke was in is one of the best in the city, and he was in the vip ward. Maintaining the daily nutritional infusion is a considerable expense and definitely not affordable for ordinary families. Moreover, strictly speaking, the main person responsible for the car accident was not on their side. If he wasn’t accidentally pushed out of the road by Qi Chen’s ex-girlfriend, this would not have happened.
“Yes.” Qi Chen didn’t seem to want to talk much and answered perfunctorily.
That perpetrator was really kind and generous. Shang Ke began to believe in life again.
Qi Chen stayed in the ward for two hours before reluctantly leaving.
Shang Ke looked at the bouquet of roses that dominated the bedside cabinet. Thinking that today happens to be Valentine’s Day, his eyebrows raised. He got into his wheelchair, picked up the roses, then went downstairs to the garden and began to give them away one by one.
In a five-star hotel in the city, Wei Xun walked out of the bathroom naked, not even wiping the water droplets on his body and letting the water droplets slide down his firm muscles drop by drop. His deep facial features looked unusually cold under the projection of light.
At this moment, a cell phone’s ringing sounded in the room.
Wei Xun picked up the phone while wiping his hair, “What is it?”
“Master Xun, the person lying in the hospital has awakened.”
The image of that young man immediately came to Wei Xun’s mind. A few months had passed and he could not remember much about the person’s appearance, but a certain strange feeling always lingered in his heart. Back then, he only caught a glimpse, but it left a deep impression on him. If it were anyone else, it might not be surprising, but Wei Xun has facial blindness. He was certain that he remembered the man’s appearance after only seeing him for the first time.
After thinking about it for a moment, Wei Xun changed his clothes and asked the driver to take him to the city hospital.
Walking out of the car, Wei Xun followed his memory towards the inpatient department. As he passed through the garden, he caught a glimpse of a brilliant red from the corner of his eyes. Turning his head to look, he saw a young man sitting in a wheelchair holding a large bouquet of roses, smiling and talking to the person beside him.
In the world of cool colors, he was the only one who was bewitchingly beautiful like fire. Even if they are tens of meters apart, he could easily take away the attention of others.
Wei Xun can’t help but walk towards him. As the distance draws closer, his face gradually becomes clearer in his sight. Eyebrows, eyes, nose, lips… handsome and meticulous, he had a relaxed look as he smiled.
For a long time, Wei Xun can only rely on the voice, smell, body shape, dressing, pace, habits, and so on to distinguish the identity of the people around him. But at this moment, he had used his eyes to see a person and remember a person.
It was him.
Nine months ago, the young man who was hit by his driver and admitted to the hospital was still in a coma until yesterday.
Wei Xun was very sure.
Shang Ke raised his head, and the figure of this man was clearly reflected in his dark eyes.
No matter how much his appearance had changed, he was still able to recognize him at once.
Shang Ke’s brows curved and he handed over a rose, “For you, wishing that you find your destined partner.”
Wei Xun accepted the rose and said, “My name is Wei Xun.”
“Hello, Wei Xun, my name is Shang Ke.”
“I know.” Wei Xun stared at him unblinkingly.
“I know you too.” Shang Ke laughed, “You’re the boss of the culprit who knocked me into a coma.”
Wei Xun, who had never apologized before: “…”
“No need to apologize.” Shang Ke continued, “You are not responsible for this accident, and you have covered all the medical expenses. Technically speaking, I have to thank you for taking care of me.”
“No need.” In front of him, Wei Xun subconsciously put away his sharpness, looking as poised as a young talented man, making the bodyguard-cum-assistant beside him look frightened.
“Wei Xun, I will be discharged from the hospital next Wednesday, can I invite you to have a meal at my home then?” The first step to abducting a lover is to first have a good relationship. First, grab his stomach with the ultimate invincible food, then grab his heart with his extremely tragic beauty, and then you can happily do this and that.
“Okay.” Wei Xun agreed without even thinking about it.
Master Xun, do you have to agree so readily? Have you forgotten that you are going back to the annual family gathering on Wednesday? The assistant cried out in his heart.
“Then it’s a deal.” Shang Ke showed a perfect at all 360-degree smile, unsurprisingly blinding a certain man’s facial blindness eyes…