Chapter 1: The Boss in a Wheelchair (I)
Translator: ImmoralShan | TLC: SnowTime
The ticking of the wall clock rings rhythmically and the slender hollow second hand turns around the roman numeral one after another. Outside the Atlantis, a few snow-white seagulls fluttered their wings and flew over the side of the cruise ship from time to time, dropping shadows in front of the huge french windows.
Su Jinzhi shifts his line of sight to the vice-captain walking in front of the standing attendants.
He was tall, dressed in a long black coat with a retro cut, which slightly concealed his fat body. His cheeks were shaved clean on both sides. Half of the decorative brass bracelet hung in his pocket. He was like a loyal old housekeeper in a medieval castle. Only the thin sweat on his forehead showed his restless heart.
“Why are you still not here…” He furrowed his brows as he murmured after exhaling, and then turned to look up at the magnificent wall clock. His eyes suddenly widened, he took a deep breath, shook his head anxiously, and continued to pace back and forth in front of them.
Between the steps, his heel collided with the clean marble brick, and the dull and rapid steps made everyone in the room nervous with him.
Su Jinzhi is the calmest one in the group. He glanced at the vice-captain casually and then raised his hand to tidy up his collar.
His attendant uniform was tailored made and ordered by the vice captain for him. It was more delicate and comfortable—and more attractive—than the cheap clothes worn by other attendants standing beside him. He spent three months as an attendant on this cruise ship and got the clothes. He didn’t get half of his salary and spent almost all his savings. He spent so much energy just for today.
To be exact, it was for the man who booked the highest three floors of Atlantis today—Qin Yezhou, his main target to save in this world.
Atlantis has sixteen floors. It was a super cruise ship with a displacement of more than one hundred thousand tons. It was known as “The Sea City of the Rich”. Just hearing how Qin Yezhou could buy three of the tallest floors was a testament of how rich he was.
But it’s hard to please the rich. There’s less than an hour before the cruise was set to head out, but Qin Yezhou hasn’t boarded yet. If he boarded after the cruise time, the vice captain would have something to be busy about again, so it’s no wonder that he’s so nervous right now.
“Is Mr. Qin here yet? He’s here?! ” The vice-captain held the phone which was he had just picked up and after being confirmed, his face was full of ecstasy. At the same time, he took out an exquisite handkerchief from his pocket and wiped the sweat beads on his forehead, and walked towards Su Jinzhi.
Seeing this, Su Jinzhi quickly put down his hands that were tidying up his collar and put on a false pretense of forcefully hiding the panic and timidity in the depths of his eyes, putting on a neat smile. But even though he had tried his best to make the smile “neat” as possible, the vice-captain was still a bit distracted by it. After he got back to his senses, he immediately went Su Jinzhi’s side and asked the chef to give the food cart to Su Jinzhi. Then he patted his shoulder and whispered in his ear, “Mr. Qin is here.”
“Yes…” Su Jinzhi whispered with his head down. From an angle that others could not see, his lips were slightly hooked. He ignored the sighs of other attendants behind him and pushed the food cart away.
Because of his appearance, Su Jinzhi has been talked about since he embarked on this cruise ship. Even though he maintained the image of a “pure and kind” little white lotus as set by the System to an extreme with absolutely no sign of breaking, he still can’t stop his colleagues’ suspicion and contempt.
What can he do about it though? After all, he was born in the interstellar age, a place without ugly people.
At that time, most human beings had been genetically modified. Not only did they have perfect looks as if God elaborately fabricated them, but also a strong body like steel and a century-long, or even millennium-long life.
But even so, he still died—he died of ineffective treatment.
In the year 3500 of the interstellar calendar, dying in such a way was a very awkward and speechless affair. In that age, more than half of the organs could be replaced by mechanization, and the medical treatment was highly developed. Few people died of ineffective treatment. Most people only died in wars or sudden deaths.
He had been in the hospital at the time, but he still died of ineffective treatment.
Because he was a pure human.
However, it’s no use thinking about this now. He can’t die now anyways.
But even if you can’t die, you can still feel uncomfortable and suffer in pain.
When he reached the 15th floor of the cruise ship, Su Jinzhi’s body slightly shook. He leaned against the wall and took a deep breath. He bit the tip of his tongue and pressed down the disgusting feeling of surging up his throat. Then he moved on.
“Are you not comfortable Host?” Su Jin walked footsteps paused for a second. The System that is said to be bound to his soul spoke. The rigid mechanical voice was unique to the youth’s ears. Su Jinzhi immediately recognized that it was No. 0. It said, “as long as you hurry to Mr. Qin’s side, you will be very comfortable.”
“I got it.” Su Jinzhi responded coldly, “you talk too much.”
Anyone who has been repeatedly hearing “do the mission quickly or you will die in pain” for three months would not be in a good mood—especially people like Su Jinzhi—those who want to live and are especially afraid of death.
“Sob sob sob…” No. 0 was scolded by the host and left with some sobs.
Su Jinzhi listened to No. 0’s sobs for a while and felt a bit guilty. Although he knew that this was just an inherent procedure set by an AI, he could not help but feel a bit guilty.
But when Su Jinzhi saw what Mr. Qin looked like, he didn’t want No. 0 to leave, he wanted to pull it back and beat it to death.
“Can you even do anything?”
Seeing Qin Yezhou’s appearance, the teapot Su Jinzhi was holding tilted and spilled onto another teacup on the side. Then, a bodyguard standing beside Qin Yezhou pushed him away so hard that he had to take a few steps back to stabilize himself.
“S-Sorry…” Su Jinzhi quickly bowed his head and apologized for his mistake. His hands were hanging on his side, and they were close to his thighs.
The young man hung his head down, and the black hair of the crow was soft on his forehead. His face was as white as paper. His long eyes were trembling with fear and panic. The young man looked like a white camellia with morning dew. He looked very pitiful, making people unable to scold him anymore.
So the person who pushed him could only open and close his mouth without a further word.
Qin Yezhou, who was in a wheelchair, took the towel from another bodyguard and slowly wiped the water on his leg. He completely ignored Su Jinzhi during the whole process—like that person.
Maybe it was because he saw that Qin Yezhou was not angry, the bodyguard that had pushed him away frowned and sighed, then went to Su Jinzhi’s side and whispered, “Leave, Mr. Qin, does not need anyone to attend to him.”
If it was before, Su Jinzhi might’ve just fought back a bit for the sake of completing the mission in order for No. 0 to stop annoying him. Bur after seeing what Qin Yezhou looks like, all he wanted to do was to run far away from this man and never see him again.
So he bowed and left without saying anything.
As Su Jinzhi walked, he called out the system silently in his mind, “No. 0, No. 0! Come out and explain to me why Qin Yezhou looks exactly like that man?”
“The appearance of the rescue target was chosen by you Host. Does it still need to be explained?” Not only was the sound of the system devoid of emotion, but it was also full of provocation.
“When did I choose it?” Su Jinzhi went into the toilet and poured cold water on his face before he calmed down a little bit. He continued to press the system, “I’m not asking you. What about No. 0?”
“Host had chosen it at the moment of death in your original world.” The voice of No. 1 was colder, “No. 0 went to the headquarters to fight for the latest welfare for Host.”
At the moment of death?
Yes, he vaguely remembers that before his death, No. 0 asked him a question—Please choose the appearance of the target of rescue. Since Host cannot speak at the moment, Host only needs to form a three-dimensional picture in your mind.
It was practically impossible to choose!
At that time, he was right about to die. In his dimming consciousness, he seemed to see that man standing in front of him, so his thoughts were full of that man. Did No. 0 think that that was the model for the rescue target he chose?
Su Jin raised his head and looked at himself in the mirror. After a few seconds of silence, he asked, “Is it too late for me to change now?”
No. 1 replied, “The welfare quota of this option in the headquarter has been snatched clean, host can participate in the fight for that benefit when entering the next world.”
However, Su Jinzhi didn’t have time to say anything more before hearing No. 1 say, “However, the benefit ‘One half-hour of a night in spring is worth a thousand taels’ is still valid.”
Su Jinzhi raised his brow.
As its name implies, the “One half-hour of a night in spring is worth a thousand taels” benefit can be used for all living creatures. The effect can enable the user to allow them to bring the affected target into an illusion and experience a spring night with them without any side-effects. It is safe and secure. It is a treasure for any Host to save the world by relying on his body, sow the seeds of love, and build a harmonious society.
Disadvantage: Can only be used in that very world.
This “One half-hour of a night in spring is worth a thousand taels” benefit is the only reason why Su Jinzhi decided to get on the boat to save Qin Ye Zhou by relying on the power of love after hesitating for a long time.
This was the only way he could finish the task.
Qin Yezhou was handsome and rich, no woman wouldn’t want to marry him. Unfortunately, he had a car accident three years ago that rendered him paralyzed below the knee. He had to stay in a wheelchair ever since. His mother died early. His father took his stepmother right after his leg was broken. He also brought his illegitimate son, who was only two years younger than him, into the house. The intention was clear.
Later, Qin Yezhou refused to recognize them as family and had his father accompany his mother in the grave.
Of course, the latter is a rumor. It was not clear whether it was true or not. But Qin Yezhou’s father was dead. It was also true that his stepmother and younger brother were not living well. He doesn’t care about family, friendship or life.
Su Jinzhi was not his father, nor his close friend. To save him, he had to become his lover, warms his cold heart and body with love, making him feel loved, then he could build a better world with him.
With the effect of “One half-hour of a night in spring is worth a thousand taels”, even if he doesn’t truly want to be with Qin Yezhou, it doesn’t matter. He can act in the daytime and put up a show. If Qin Yezhou was actually really handsome then Su Jinzhi wouldn’t mind having a real romantic relationship with him. After all, he can’t revive in his original world.
And before he died he was still a virgin.
He was really such a pitiful man.
Su Jinzhi lived a good life in his past life. He was the only surviving pure human interplanetary diplomat on Earth in the interstellar 3000 year. Yet, after he finished dealing with that extremely difficult human-looking alien that looked exactly like Qin Ye Zhou, he fell unconscious as soon as he got home. After a check— it was confirmed to be multisystem organ failure, the only incurable illness in the galaxy.
He went to the best Nasiga Hospital of β68 Sagittarius star for treatment and invested all his money in the hospital. He managed to survive for five years without dying.
The doctor told him that since he was one of the remnant pure Earthian, he had no antibodies to the microorganisms on alien creatures, and his current physical condition is not enough to support his adverse reactions against vaccination. So for his safety, he should just stay in the isolation room of the hospital all his life to survive.
After entering the hospital, Su Jinzhi has been thinking about if he should just die as the virgin he was, or to go out of the isolation room and die immediately. Finally, he decided to return to the earth and take a final look at his homeland before entering the grave—after all, he had no more money to maintain the operation of mechanical organs in the hospital.
But the morning before he left, the nurse came in with a bunch of flowers and told him that someone had come to visit him. Su Jinzhi immediately fell down, covering his mouth and nose—he died of alien pollen allergy, treatment invalid.
—Who the fuck sent him the alien flower?!
But maybe because Su Jinzhi wasn’t fated to die yet. He didn’t die. After opening his eyes in System Space, he found that he was bound with a “Love Life System”.
This System has two AIs—Punisher No. 1 and Welfare Darling No. 0.
No. 0 was responsible for granting rewards and benefits after missions were completed, while No. 1 was responsible for punishing the Host when they fail their mission or when the Host passively does the mission.
No. 0 was concerned that he had just died and not only did it gave him a free benefit, but it also gave him a very simple mission. In this world, he only needs to arouse the main target’s love for life and he would have successfully completed the task.
Once the mission is successful, he could get “longevity” benefit based on the life expectancy of the world and enjoy the highest treatment in the world. He can live however he wants in the world, he will go onto the next world after living out his life expectancy in this one.
If it weren’t for the extra benefits given by No. 0, then Su Jinzhi’s task in this world would be to arouse the love of ten people and save the main target’s love for life, then he could enter the next world. If the main target of saving was not dragged back from the depression, pessimism, loneliness and any other emotional abyss, or if the ten people did not regain their love for life, then the mission will be regarded as a failure, both conditions are indispensable.
Su Jinzhi lived on Earth all his life because of his pure Earthian identity, but the Earth at that time had nothing to see besides stone. After suffering from organ failure, he saw nothing except the pure white ward and white coat doctor. In addition, his physical condition made his life worse than an ascetic monk’s. But now, not only does he not have to die but he could also enjoy life. What reason does he have to not accept the mission?
As a result, he was tricked by the System.
Qin Yezhou was really a fucking handsome man, but he looks exactly like the alien whom he had last served before death. Su Jin seriously suspects that he was ill because of something strange on that alien. Before he died, he had been thinking that if he had another chance to live, he never wanted to see another alien again in his life, human-looking aliens included!
But now he’s on the thieving system ship. If he doesn’t obediently “save” Qin Yezhou, then there’s no way No. 1 wouldn’t kill him.
No. 1 is the Punisher. If he doesn’t do the mission, his condition in the world will soon worsen and he will live a miserable life. Then he will get the punishment of “long illness without death” according to the life expectancy of the world. He will finally die of inhumane torment by No. 1.
And in this world, he may have to be tormented by No. 1 for a hundred years.
No. 1’s wish to kill him was no longer a recent thing that happened once in a while; it was a daily thing now.
And No. 1 had already dealt with him before, and he’s still working on it even now.
Almost at the same time that this thought appeared in his mind, Su Jinzhi held his hand over his chest painfully and fell down.