Having the Same Name as the Demon Lord of the Abyss
Opposite Ye Zun, the solemn and old monk knocked on the wooden fish for a long time.
After reading the last scripture, he finally opened his clear and calm eyes, focusing intently on Ye Zun.
His expression grew more and more serious.
“The ying energy is too heavy.”
[T/N:In ‘ying and yang’, ‘Yin qi’ or yin energy is a passive, cool (and feminine) energy, opposing the active and hot (Masculine) yang energy.]
Ye Zun nodded.
“It really is very heavy.
An entire class has been affected.
Although I’m not entirely sure, I think they are all dead.
Right now, I don’t know if they are ghosts or if they are corpses being controlled by ghosts.
They’re still pretending to be living people, since no one else seems to have noticed.
I feel that sooner or later, other people will not be able to escape.
If you have the ability, I hope you can go and try to assess the situation.”
He handed the prepared written address and the simple drawing of the school building to the old monk.
“I came this time because I wanted to get some magical instruments to protect my body.
I have prepared some merit money.
If it is not enough, I will bring more tomorrow.”
The monk ignored what he said, only taking the paper and carefully examining it.
“Please wait a moment.”
When the old monk raised his head, he saw Shen Yuan, standing at the door and waiting for Ye Zun.
Shen Yuan showed a row of white teeth, a bright and innocent smile, but his eyes were empty and arrogant, staring straight into people as if he could see through their hearts.
Suddenly seeing this display made people uncomfortable.
Ye Zun saw this too, but he was used to this man’s psychopathic attitude, and only nodded slightly to the monk.
“I’m troubling you.”
The monk walked straight out, and when he passed by Shen Yuan, he glanced at him, visibly uncomfortable.
While waiting, Shen Yuan wandered over to Ye Zun’s side, lazily and loftily saying, “Looking at all this, it seems useless ah, this kind of temple with so few people.”
Ye Zun calmly looked at the Guanyin* statue in the temple.
“Useless or not, you won’t know until you’ve tried it.
You seem to be telling me you’ve seen ghosts, and you’re not surprised at all?”
[T/N: the Buddhist bodhisattva of mercy/compassion]
But this guy obviously didn’t see the black stitches on the students in the second year’s Class 1.
Shen Yuan still had that lazy appearance.
“Why would I be surprised? Hearing those tip-tapping footsteps in the living room every night, it’s annoying as hell.
There’s no way to sleep well.
What else can it be if not a ghost?”
He said it all very casually, just like that.
Ye Zun looked at him in shock.
Shen Yuan folded his arms, raising his chin while looking down at him lazily.
——But, this person is always doing things his own way, excited and happy.
He does not seem troubled by ghosts at all.
“It hasn’t come up to my face to bother me.
As long as it’s in the living room, it can do whatever it wants.”
Ye Zun: “But last night, it already entered the room.”
“How scary.” Shen Yuan tilted his head and blinked innocently.
“So, did you see me sleeping in the house last night?”
Ye Zun: “……”
This was true.
“However, if my dearest Didi is scared, Gege can go home and sleep with you tonight oh.”
Ye Zun was afraid that if a ghost really appeared, this person would excitedly and happily push himself over to see what happens.
Despite waiting for a long time, the old monk did not come back.
Ye Zun looked at the time on his phone.
If he stayed longer, the sky will get darker.
Shen Yuan slipped his hands in his pockets, looking lazy and bored.
“I already said they’re frauds.
You open your mouth and immediately talk about incense and oil money, merit money or whatever, of course people will be embarrassed to be too direct.
They’ll just let you dry out here and make a profit.”
“I already asked around, this nearby temple is very effective.” Ye Zun pursed his lips and wondered if he said the wrong thing with his low EQ just then.
In short, waiting like this wasn’t a viable solution, so he simply walked out of the temple to see if there were other monks.
Except for the temple where lights were lit everywhere, darkness began to flood around.
Ye Zun finally saw a novice monk and ran over to ask, but the other party said he didn’t know about the buddhist monk Ye Zun had described.
“Our masters here usually only come for large-scale events.”
Ye Zun didn’t know what to say, so he returned to the hall and waited for a while.
When it was too late, late enough that he wouldn’t make the self-study session in the evening, he finally gave up.
He took out a few bills that he had withdrawn in the morning from his pocket, bowed to the statue of Buddha, then placed the money into the merit box next to the kneeling mat.
Then, among the small Buddha statues enshrined under the Guanyin statue, he selected a five-finger tall figure and slipped it into his pocket.
From the side, Shen Yuan tilted his head and looked at him lazily.
“The temple’s business is more expensive than the specialty products of the scenic spots ah.
With that amount of money to buy Buddha statues at the scenic spots, you can buy something ten times more refined than this.”
“This has been blessed.
My grandma once said, the important thing is intention.”
The two walked down the mountain side by side.
Shen Yuan tilted his head to peer at him, curiously asking, “You believe in Buddhism ah, I couldn’t tell.”
“My grandma believed.”
“Oh, the Buddha must have blessed her with longevity.”
“……” Ye Zun lightly pursed his lips.
“Can you say something that isn’t annoying*?”
[T/N: literally, that doesn’t make people hate you]
“I also know the Taoist temples and churches nearby, want to skip class together? Amulets, crosses and holy water, multiple insurances.”
Ye Zun ignored him, quickening his steps to get down the mountain.
In the dark Buddhist hall, the candlelight went out.
The old monk sat on the worship mat, his wrinkled face full of horror, as if he had seen an extremely terrifying existence.
Footsteps sounded from outside the hall.
“Yi, how did the eternal light in this temple go out today?”
There was the sound of the door being pushed open.
The black and imposing mass in the shadow of the Buddha statue turned its head back abruptly, and before other people came in, it disappeared.
“Master, what happened to you?”
The few people who came in immediately went to support the old monk who was paralysed on the mat.
The old monk had a pale face, drenched in cold sweat.
He broke free from those helping hands.
Trembling fingers held the ball of paper depicting a simple map of the school and its address up to the candle from the helper, lighting it.
Only when he watched this paper burn into ash did he suddenly collapse and faint.
At the foot of the mountain, Shen Yuan turned his head and looked back at the temple from afar.
The corners of his lips curled in a soulless arc and he blew up at his bangs, lazily saying to Ye Zun, “Wait up, let’s go together ah.”
Ye Zun walked very quickly.
Because there was a cemetery on the nearby mountain and the sky was now completely dark, there were no street lights in this section of the road.
He lowered his eyes, looking only a little bit ahead, trying not to squint.
Shen Yuan leisurely followed him, talking non-stop all the way.
“Yi, there’s a cemetery ah.
If these ghosts have nothing to do and come out for a walk at night, do you think they’ll see and think of us as similar beings and come up to greet us? How do ghosts even greet each other? ‘Hello, may I ask how you died’?”
“Stop talking.” Ye Zun’s voice lowered in pitch.
Shen Yuan’s voice was cheerful and undisciplined.
“Oh yeah, can ghosts talk? Or can they only make those ghost sounds? En, what sounds do ghosts even make?”
Ye Zun pursed his lips.
“Something like wolves ba, probably.”
Didn’t the saying go something like, ‘to wail like ghosts and howl like wolves*’?
Shen Yuan cupped his hands around his lips.
“Is that so? Ao——”
Ye Zun pressed down on the the rising arc at the corners of his lips and glanced at him calmly.
“Almost ba, but needs a little more.”
Shen Yuan’s eyes opened without blinking.
He looked at the young man’s clear and pure eyes in the darkness, hiding a little smile in their depths, and unconsciously lowered his voice.
“Then, like this? Ao wu~”
Ye Zun lowered the eyes that couldn’t hold back their smile.
The corners of his lips couldn’t help but lift upwards, and he said lightly, “En, it’s very alike.”
——The neurotic child finds joy in such ways.
As long as you’re happy.
But it was undeniable that with this person walking by his side along the way, it dispelled the fear and discomfort that the darkness brought.
In the end, they managed to arrive back at school before the evening self-study session.
The atmosphere of Class 9 was indeed much better than Class 1.
Ye Zun easily borrowed the homework of the study tyrant behind him to use as reference.
Maybe it was because he had walked up and down the mountain road for more than an hour, but Ye Zun suddenly felt very hungry.
“Here.” From the side, a bag holding a small steaming baozi was handed over.
Ye Zun startled for a second.
He looked at Shen Yuan to his right, whose head wasn’t even raised, and pursed his lips, not receiving the bag.
Shen Yuan lifted his head.
Under the orange light, the face that looked like it came straight out of a manhua wore an undisciplined and bored expression.
Slowly blinking, he dangled the bag of food off the tip of his index finger in front of his eyes.
“It’s vegetarian stuffing.
What, are you worried it’s human flesh stuffed baozi?”
Smelling the tempting aroma steaming from the bag at close range, Ye Zun pursed his lips slightly and stretched out his hand to take it.
He lowered his eyes, fingers lowering themselves into the bottom of the bag, and took a careful bite.
As promised, it was filled with tofu and vegetables, but it was very delicious.
“Thank you,” he said again.
Shen Yuan propped his head with his right hand, tilting his head and unblinkingly watching him biting the baozi with one small bite at a time, every swallow showing as his little Adam’s apple bobbed with the action.
The corners of the man’s lips gradually rose, and the knot on his throat also rolled slightly after much restraint.
Ye Zun raised his eyes unintentionally, and suddenly saw the other staring at him attentively.
His nerves suddenly tensed, and he sat in place, frozen and stunned.
Shen Yuan blinked once and withdrew his gaze, bored as usual.
His left fingers supported his forehead, and grinned while speaking with a dragged out unruly voice, “Even veggie and tofu stuffing can be eaten so happily, are you a rabbit or a hamster?”
Ye Zun ignored him, eating while his other hand held a pen to write down his homework.
And with this, he ended up choking later on.
“Do you want Gege to buy you a drink?” The saccharine voice next to him pretended to be innocent and cute.
Ye Zun didn’t even lift his head.
After a while, before the second period of the night time self-study session.
Ye Zun returned from his trip outside and sat back in his seat, placing a cup of milk tea next to Shen Yuan who was sprawled over his desk, fast asleep.
He also held a drink in his own hand.
The late self-study music awakened Shen Yuan.
He stretched his waist and saw the cup of milk tea.
While piercing the plastic lid with a straw, he smiled frivolously and said, “Ang, a cup of milk tea as repayment is not enough.”
Ye Zun glanced at him.
“Are you a loan shark?”
“I am ya.” Shen Yuan blinked, and the corners of his lips curled up as he pushed his homework over.
“Finish the entire thing, thank you for your patronage.”
Ye Zun looked at the notebook the other pushed towards him.
He had nothing to say, only sighing softly.
Sure enough, a gift from the devil should not be accepted.
Shen Yuan stood up lazily, slinging his school bag over his shoulder, as if he was about to leave.
“The class time music is still on, school hasn’t ended yet.”
Shen Yuan raised his eyes to look at him, casually saying, “Got a date ah.”
——Dating in a heavily haunted school at night, he really isn’t afraid of death.
Shen Yuan picked up his unfinished cup of milk tea and sucked on the straw while looking at Ye Zun.
“Because my dear Didi will be accompanied by someone else when leaving school, I can only leave by myself.
But if you change your mind, it’s not like I can’t…”
“Hurry and leave.” Ye Zun didn’t bother raising his head.
“Right, on your date, don’t go telling girls that they’ll get old and ugly if they eat meat.
You’ll get beaten.”
Shen Yuan tilted his head.
He blinked twice, and smiled doubtfully, “Have I ever said something like that? When?”
Ye Zun lifted his head and looked at him, flatly saying, “I think the time span between last night and now is not enough for people to develop amnesia.
Whether you really forgot or not, don’t say that to my mother again.”
Although she wasn’t really Ye Zun’s mother, a middle-aged woman who lived like that, being insulted and ridiculed by her boyfriend’s child, it was a sight that made people too uncomfortable to watch.
“Oh——” Shen Yuan looked like he came to a sudden realisation and nodded, unable to hold back his smile.
He blinked once.
“So it’s because such a thing happened, that’s why I was being treated this way ah.”
He wasn’t angry.
On the contrary, he smiled even more, as if he suddenly discovered something that made him very happy.
His white teeth showed as his grin grew more bright and cheerful.
Even his dark eyes were shining for a moment while he looked at Ye Zun .
This person has always been a mental case like this.
By now, Ye Zun was basically used to it, so he simply ignored the other, continuing to bow his head and write the guy’s homework to pay off his debts.
Although Shen Yuan smiled very happily, he didn’t make a sound.
After Ye Zun clearly showed he was ignoring him, he turned and walked out of the classroom.
Not long afterwards, steady footsteps came into the classroom, stopping at Ye Zun’s desk at their own pace.
There was the feeling of being gazed upon by eyes that were like the gentle and serene moonlight.
Even if he hadn’t seen the person yet, Ye Zun was already smiling.
He raised his head and a pair of clear eyes were fixed on Lin.
“You’re here, have you been waiting for a long time?”
The author has something to say:
I feel like I’m writing a sweet campus story (bushi*), dog head*~
[T/N: in English, pinyin for ‘it’s not’]
[T/N: added at the end of comments, telling reader they mean the opposite of what they said]
En, after I finished writing, I realised, the word count is 3520~
What a coincidence ah, there is implication
[T/N: 520 sounds similar to ‘I love you/wo ai ni’]
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