Chapter 272: This Life—The Beginning (XIII)
尚可迷迷糊糊睁开眼, 发现自己正躺在卧室的床上，被褥下一丝不挂的身体, 酸软无力。一颗脑袋埋在他的胸口，柔软的头遮住了男人大半张脸, 炽热而有力的呼吸扫过他的皮肤，传来一阵酥麻的感觉。
Shang Ke opened his eyes in a daze, and found that he was lying on bed in the bedroom, his body stark naked under the bedding, sore and weak. A head was buried in his chest, and soft hair covered most of the man’s face. The hot and powerful breath swept across his skin, bringing a sense of weakness.
“You’re awake?” Wei Xun unconsciously nuzzled against the side of Shang Ke’s neck, his voice full of languid satisfaction.
Recalling their frenzy in the car, Shang Ke’s face became hot. After his morals dropped several hundred kilometers, he was too embarrassed to act like a pure and untouchable flower on a tall mountain peak.
“Keke.” Wei Xun hung a hand over his waist and nibbled on his ear.
Shang Ke didn’t want to move or pay attention to him. He only wants to bury himself into the quilt and die.
Wei Xun looked at the warm bundle in his embrace, and a sense of satisfaction seemed to overflow, gently rippling in his heart.
正在尉勋想着就这样抱着他睡一整天，还是先吃个饭再抱着他睡一整天时, 门外传来敲门声, 随即是保镖的声音：“勋爷，快9点了，今天约好要去看老爷子的。”
Just when Wei Xun was thinking about just hugging him to sleep all day, or eating a meal first and then holding him to sleep all day, there was a knock on the door, followed by the voice of a bodyguard, “Master Xun, it’s almost 9 o’clock. The appointment to see the old Master today was made.”
The Wei family’s old Master suddenly suffered a stroke not long ago, and was now recuperating in a hot spring villa. Although he had not handed down his position, a change of power was imminent. The next appointed successor will directly affect the stability of the Wei family in the next few years. Wei Xun was not the eldest son, nor was he part of the bureaucracy, but he still carried the name of the Wei family, and there were some things that can’t be avoided.
Wei Xun’s complexion sank slightly. He kissed Shang Ke on his head, “I need to go out for a trip, and I might not return today. There’s a housekeeper next door. If you want to eat something, just call her over to do it. Don’t be busy and rest properly.”
After hearing Shang Ke’s response, Wei Xun got out of bed to freshen up, and opened the door after he was dressed properly.
The bodyguard stood respectfully by the doorway, his line of vision following the pieces of clothing scattered on the ground. He uncontrollably looked towards the large bed leaning towards the side of the room. The person on the bed was half propped up, with a half asleep and half-awake look on his face. The supple silk bedding slipped to his hips, white skin that looked like a piece of glimmering jade on a piece of deep blue. The charm in that glance made the bodyguard’s heart tremble. There were only two words in his mind: Demonic charmer!
“What are you looking at?” A cold voice interrupted the bodyguard’s daydreaming, followed by the sound of a heavily closed door.
The bodyguard immediately hung his head, not daring to have any more distracting thoughts.
Wei Xun gave him a warning glare, then strode over outside.
The trip took several days. Shang Ke didn’t mind, and got into the laboratory to continue his research.
The relationship between the two entered a hazy love period, with constant text messages and phone calls every day. Wei Xun was getting busier and busier, and Shang Ke also used the majority of his energy to throw himself into the debugging and production of the first batch of robots. Wei Xingye was occupied with bureaucratic affairs, and he didn’t have the time to find and bother Shang Ke.
A year later, Shang Ke officially released his robotic pet research into the market. The first batch was limited to 5,000 units, each with a discounted price of 880,000 and an A grade intelligence level. Shang Ke’s Chu Hao was SS, but pet robots sold in the future will be C ranked with an average price of 100,000. In addition, exclusive customization was included in robots above B grade and below S grade, but the price of custom-made S ranked robots was at least 15,000,000 or higher, furthermore, production is limited to 15 units a year.
Wei Xun has carried out several publicity demonstrations one after the other in several countries. The fame of the new type of intelligence robot became popular all over the world, and was immediately sold out when released. Soon after, many pet robot videos appeared on major websites one after another. The intelligence they revealed was extremely popular with everyone, and the Internet was practically flooded by robots.
【I’m a noob in games. Despite my wealth and heaven defying equipment, I still can’t beat the two fools next door. It wasn’t until I used 2 months of pocket money to buy a pet, and finally this couch potato turned over and got revenge. After brushing everything away, I put down my grievances, and my little pet and I have achieved a blissful marriage. Let’s start spreading dog food…】
【Ever since I got Alice, my housekeeper is unemployed, my golden retriever has fallen out of favor, my way of life has changed, my hobby has changed. My personality has been refined, and my mom is no longer anxious about me squandering money (like dirt) and my arrogant personality no longer cheats my friends.】
【What’s the use of being able to play games? My pet is proficient in six languages, can answer the phone, text, scan for viruses, search on Baidu, massage, unlock the door, and also swear at people!】
Most of the customers who bought the first batch of A-grade robots were popular local tyrants or Internet celebrities, who were unparalleled in their ability to persuade and motivate. The various videos they released caused the number of people desiring the robots to peak in just a few weeks.
It’s expected that a buying craze will be triggered after C grade pet robots are officially released into the market,
The emergence of robotic pets had the most impact on every large game company. Their game programs were completely incomparable with the pet robot’s intelligence. If they cannot improve the game mode as fast as possible or upgrade the difficulty, they would be greeted by a devastating blow. The only thing they were glad about was that pet robots were temporarily incapable of mass production right now.
However, it was undeniable that the technological level of Wei Xun’s Intelligent RT company will inevitably have a huge impact on related industries, and may even accelerate the process of technological reform.
Shang Ke was not at all unworried about the development of his career, but he was genuinely concerned about Qi Chen.
Wei Xun protected Shang Ke so thoroughly that not even a drop of water could leak through, and Qi Chen simply had no chance to be alone with him, and all his invitations were rejected. Shang Ke (decided to) return home to visit the Qi parents and deliberately staggered the time.
Shang Ke didn’t want to see him and he also didn’t want to make their relationship too stiff, so he could only drag on first. Not only did Qi Chen have his memories, he also had the system’s aid. If he irritates him, it wouldn’t be good for anyone.
Fortunately, he was recently busy with the development of the robots, and he didn’t have much time to get close to Wei Xun. The situation with Qi Chen also seems pretty calm.
But the capital’s social circle was only so big, and some small-scale rumors appeared in the relationship between Wei Xun and Shang Ke. It’s not a big deal for a rich son to raise a few lovers, but Wei Xun’s identity was extremely sensitive. It was okay for him to associate with women, but to have an unclear relationship with another man was a huge scandal.
“Mr. Shang, this is an invitation from Mrs. Wei. I hope you’ll be sure to show up tonight.” A middle aged man, impeccably attired, politely handed over the invitation.
Shang Ke opened the invitation and took a look. The person who invited him was Wei Xun’s mother, Song Mizhen. The invitation was done under the excuse of watching a private concert.
Choosing a day when Wei Xun was out on a business trip to invite him, they clearly weren’t up to something good. Although he was Wei Xun’s collaboration partner, he did not have the qualifications to participate in Song Mizhen’s private concert. But since he was sent one, he can’t not go.
Shang Ke carefully tidied himself up, then proceeded towards Song Mizhen’s villa with the escort of his bodyguards.
Although he was well-prepared, he was quite startled when he saw the scene in the lounge. The magnificent hall was full of well-dressed ladies from prestigious families only, and he was the only young man there, looking particularly dazzling.
Under everyone’s strange gaze, Shang Ke calmly walked in front of Song MiZhen, bowed slightly, and politely thanked her for the invitation.
Song Mizhen looked him up and down without batting an eye, without showing any disgusted expression whatsoever, just like a gentle lady. She simply introduced him to everyone, and then said to Wang Qinya at her side, “Qinya, hurry up and get ready. You’re the protagonist today, and we really look forward to your performance.”
As soon as he heard it he realized: Was Song Mizhen planning to use her talented and beautiful prospective daughter-in-law to embarrass him, the hidden lover?”
Wang Qinya was born into an aristocratic family. Her figure and appearance stood out from the masses. She also has a bit of fame as a pianist, and was extremely outstanding even in a group of young debutantes.
Wang Qinya sat in front of the piano and skillfully played some classical music. However, the majority of those present, including herself, were not paying attention to the music performance, rather, they were glancing at the corner Shang Ke sat in from time to time.
Shang Ke had a serene expression, and his gaze was like water. He was planning on being a low-key and non-existant wallflower, allowing the women to watch with excitement, then leave like the wind.
Shang Ke was very clear on Song Mizhen’s meaning. She had a good upbringing, and was disdainful of foul language, so she used this type of elegant, not pulling rank way to humiliate him.
Shang Ke had seen all kinds of schemes and he completely didn’t care about this sort of small cheap trick.
After a few songs were played, the hall immediately echoed with warm applause.
Immediately following that, Song Mizhen raised a suggestion that if anyone was interested, they could come up and show off their skill as well. Most of these ladies of noble houses had at least one or two things they were excellent at. They were bold and free of stage fright.
Some played the violin, some sang, some showed tea ceremony skills, some even took out their own deserts and introduced their cooking.
Amongst them, Song Mizhen was the most eye catching. No matter if it was playing the violin, singing a song, tea ceremony or cooking, she was good at them all causing everyone to praise her without end.
Shang Ke watched calmly, diligently being a beautiful quiet man. But as the grass amongst flowers, no matter how quiet he was someone would try to pull him down.
He merely listened as Song MiZhen explained, “Wei Xun is fond of art, and I believe that the friends he settled on must also be talented in that field. It’s rare for things to be so lively today, I wonder if Mr. Shang is willing to perform several shows for us?”?
Wei Xun’s fond of art? You must be kidding me.
Shang ke gave a small smile and said, “Madam is favoring me, I’m just an average tech geek. I don’t really know what to perform.”
“Don’t be a spoilsport, we all perform.” A girl incited him, “Even if you sing it’ll do.”
“Right, right.” Everyone echoed one after the other with eager faces.
Shang Ke checked the time, and told Song Mizhen, “Madam, it’s late, is it possible for me to leave first after the performance?”
Shang Ke looked straight into Song Mizhen’s eyes, his two clear eyes making her somewhat uneasy. On such an occasion, not only did he show the slightest shame, anger, or nervousness, instead, he displayed exceptional self-control and bearing. As matters stand, it actually didn’t matter whether he performed or not. From beginning to end, he didn’t give others any chance whatsoever to embarrass him.
After getting Song Mizhen’s approval, Shang Ke slowly got up and approached the piano, gently caressing the keys with his fingers. Then he began to play.
Originally, when everyone saw that he chose the piano, they all felt that he was humiliating himself. However, the moment the piano music began, they realized that they were completely wrong. Even those who don’t understand the piano can hear the gap between Wang Qinya and Shang Ke. The former was simply rather talented, but the latter was already a class of his own.
After the song was over, Shang Ke bowed to everyone, then took his leave, not paying attention to the turmoil behind him.
Shang Ke didn’t take a car after walking out of the villa. Rather, he quietly strolled on the road by himself. He raised his head to gaze at the starry night sky, and his heart was clear.
Just then, the phone in his pocket rang. As soon as Shang Ke picked up, he heard Wei Xun’s slightly repressed voice coming through, “Where are you?”
“On the way back home.” As he spoke, a car drove by next to him and stopped a couple hundred meters away. Wei Xun got out holding his phone as he looked at Shang Ke’s back.
“I heard that my mom invited you to her villa?” Wei Xun called him while following behind Shang Ke.
“Did she make things difficult for you?”
“No.” Shang Ke said with a laugh, “It was quite interesting.”
Shang Ke waited a bit but didn’t hear Wei Xun’s voice, so he said again, “Wei Xun, no matter what you heard, don’t think too much about it. From the day you broke into my house, I have no way out. You’re overbearing and unreasonable, and you also like to bully others. You completely disregard my feelings and standpoint leaving me to face all kinds of troubles and dangers.”
“But,” Shang Ke laughed gently, ”Do you know why I would stay by your side even though you are so annoying?”
“Because every time you look at me, it’s always with a face lacking love. And I have nothing but love.”
As soon as the voice fell, a pair of arms suddenly hugged him tightly from behind.
Also, I love you, so much I am incapable of extricating myself from you.