Having the Same Name as the Demon Lord of the Abyss
“So quiet ah.”
The same quiet in death, even a sigh was swallowed up.
In the grey and depressing barren world, there was only one very tall cherry tree, with crowns of petals on every weeping branch covering the sky.
Because of the grey complexion of the world, the flowers have also taken on a greyish hue.
The wind was like floating silk*, wanting to escape from this endless forest, already exhausted from the effort.
[T/N: 气若游丝: like a dying life]
A translucent apparition hung on the trunk above Ye Zun’s head.
The trunk was swathed with damp moss.
There was a shrine housing a Buddha statue under the tree, mottled and decayed, about to disintegrate into the soil at any time.
Or, it was more accurate to say that it had already begun to disintegrate into the soil.
The ground was dark green, like thick old moss, or a dry swamp.
——It’s probably a dream ba.
Ye Zun vaguely recalled that this was in Nogawa Kaoru’s diary, and Shen Yuan was currently reading it to him.
The wind, cherry blossoms, deities, ghosts; before being read out, they all spoke together first.
These sounds did not travel through the air.
The air was still and dead silent.
They appeared directly in Ye Zun’s mind, in no particular order.
[T/N: in the following script, the speaker’s name is written in English, while their lines are in chinese.
Some of the names are not capitalised and idk why but i’ll stick with the author’s style ig]
【 Sakura: My dear, tear me apart, just tear me apart like this, it doesn’t matter how painful it is.
【 wind: Kill me, I’m already, already almost out of breath.
——Yes, right now I feel out of breath.
【 ghost: Is the dead world also an expanse of darkness? Is it different from reality? 】
【 Sakura: I am not in pain, I have no feeling, do you want to go together? 】
【 deity: …so painful…stop…is there any way, after all… 】
——End it, stop it, do not continue.
【 wind: I’m already exhausted, can’t hold on any longer.
——Me too, I just want a good night’s sleep.
【 Sakura: Do you not intend to save me? Just kill me then.
——What are they saying?
【 deity: That voice can’t be stopped.
It won’t let me go even for a second, I almost can not bear it…】
——En, me too, how can I make them quiet down?
【 Sakura: My dear, if you don’t intend to kill me this instant, then let me kill you.
【 deity: Save me… 】
——Who are you letting kill you?
【 ghost: Has it ended now? 】
【 wind: Everything has ended.
The stone statue collapsed into a pile of debris.
The silk-like wind stopped completely.
The world was in eternal silence.
The ghost that hung to death from the tree was gone.
Under the tree, a person hugged his knees in fear, trembling slightly with his head buried.
He looked very familiar, wearing white pants and a black shirt.
Ye Zun stood in front of him, crouching down and tentatively placing his hand on the other’s shoulder.
“Are you okay?”
The moment he placed his hand down, Ye Zun suddenly saw it.
The lower half of the person’s face, exposed by him covering his eyes, showed the corners of the soft, pale lips that were curled upwards.
——He is smiling!
He was instantly shocked, all his instincts were clamouring to escape, but the person pressed down on his hand that he had placed on the other’s shoulder.
His pupils slowly dilated, and he saw that familiar face up close, a face that looked like it had lost all hope, yet the corners of the lips were weakly raised.
The person said to him, “My dear, if you don’t intend to save me, then just kill me, or, let me kill you.”
——This is me.
——If he is Ye Zun, who am I?
The world distorted, and the cherry blossoms that covered the sky all bowed their heads, falling and pressing down on Ye Zun, who could not escape.
The colour of the cherry blossoms were dark red at first because of the gloomy weather, but the moment they fell, the flowers turned greyish white.
As if there were corpses hidden in every cherry blossom, they fell in a dense blanket, one by one.
He raised his head and saw the boundless sea of corpses falling down.
Those grey and heavy corpses kept their lips slightly open, each with a pair of lifeless eyes, staring at him with death in their eyes, every one of them mutely saying, “Help me!”
Tier upon tier of corpses, they instantly submerged him underneath.
Even though he was keeping calm and struggling with all he could, the darkness still blocked his sight, trapping his breaths.
It was like he had fallen into those dead, grey eyes, to be left there forever.
The dead who implored for help imprisoned and buried him beneath them.
[T/N: gasping noise]
Ye Zun woke up from the suffocation of being buried alive in dead bodies.
When he woke up, he saw that most of Shen Yuan’s body was pressing on him, completely disregarding him and using him as a pillow to get the best sleeping position.
Shen Yuan’s breathing was deep and peaceful, basically making no sound, seemingly sleeping very well.
Ye Zun struggled for a while, and as always, he failed to remove the man’s arm from himself.
He sighed in frustration and helplessness.
In this scenario, it was impossible not to have a nightmare.
Outside the window was the living room, so he could not confirm the time from the dim lighting.
Ye Zun barely had enough effort to grab the phone next to his pillow, seeing that there was more than half an hour before he was supposed to get up.
Because he was the one who asked the other to act as his translator last night and was at fault for falling asleep without permission, Ye Zun gave up the thought of waking the other up.
He closed his eyes to rest, trying his best to empty his brain, but it was still useless.
He would unconsciously think of last night’s dream, of the visions he has seen in this room so far, and at some point he got a migraine that made him feel uncomfortable.
When the alarm clock rang after this light sleep, Shen Yuan woke up by himself and Ye Zun only got up when he opened his eyes.
“Morning ah, sleep well?” Shen Yuan greeted him lazily, as if he was in a good mood.
“En.” Ye Zun replied and took his belongings to wash himself in the shared bathroom outside.
That morning, Ye Zun constantly felt that there was something strange with his own body, but he never found the source.
When he came back from the bathroom, Ye Zun was still thinking that something was wrong.
Once he entered the living room, he saw a middle-aged man watching TV.
The other man’s face looked tired, as if he had just returned from a night shift, and his expression was as gloomy and unhappy as he had seen the day before.
There were several bottles of canned beer in the plastic bag on the coffee table.
Shen Yuan leaned on the arm of the sofa, having already cracked open a can and was in the middle of drinking.
Seeing Ye Zun come out, Shen Yuan’s eyes followed him while drinking, beckoning to him carelessly.
When Ye Zun saw the living middle-aged man, he instantly confirmed the answer.
What the woman said last night really wasn’t true.
The middle-aged man rubbed his face tiredly, glancing at Ye Zun’s direction, saying without too much emotion, “No need to cook today.”
Ye Zun stood in place.
Since the middle-aged man was alive, it meant that there was indeed a problem with the woman’s mental state.
But sometimes the murderer might not necessarily a ghost.
People with cognitive impairment are sometimes more dangerous than ghosts.*
[T/N: pretty sure the author is talking about cases in the horror genre, not real life, as patients with cognitive disorders live a far tougher life than than those who are healthy]
Thinking of the wounds on the woman’s face and her words last night, Ye Zun’s tone was cold as he said, “Did something happen between you and Mum?”
The middle-aged man did not raise his eyes, only wiping his face tiredly, showing his impatience that could not be covered by his indifference.
“I have something to tell you.
Your mum is missing.
It’s been three days.”
Ye Zun: “……?!”
What, what is this development?
That woman is missing? And has been missing for three days?
Three days ago, wasn’t it the day he entered this copy?
Then, the woman who had been cooking dinner at home these past two days, who was she?
The middle-aged man on the sofa did not spare Ye Zun a look, saying to himself, “I have been looking for her these days, but she’s probably not planning to come back.
This matter has nothing to do with you.
As long as you are obedient and sensible in the future, I will continue to provide for you.
Alright, go to school ba.”
This matter had gone in a direction completely beyond Ye Zun’s expectation.
He didn’t return to his senses until after he walked out of the house.
In his mind, the scenes of that woman flashed one by one: in the dark kitchen, the boiled meat chunks, the kitchen knife in the woman’s hand, and the desperate look in her eyes…
Ye Zun stopped and turned his head back to look at Shen Yuan, who was following him, watching with concerned and inquiring eyes.
He looked at Shen Yuan with intensity.
“That encounter with mum at home during nighttime, you saw her too, right?”
Shen Yuan nodded carelessly and innocently.
Ye Zun frowned.
“She’s clearly at home every night, he said she’s missing.”
Shen Yuan similarly frowned.
One of the two says the other is dead, and the other says that the other is missing.
Who should we believe?”
Ye Zun hesitated for a moment, then headed to the public telephone booth on the side of the road.
Shen Yuan peered at him doubtfully.
“What are you doing?”
“Calling the police.” Ye Zun brought the mobile phone from reality with him.
Although the online wallet on the phone Ye Zun brought in from reality could be used in this world and the battery level of the phone had always remained the same, he couldn’t make any calls.
When Ye Zun went to use the phone, Shen Yuan stood at a short distance away, watching him.
After a while, Ye Zun walked out of the booth, eyes lowered and without an expression on his face.
Shen Yuan asked curiously, “How was it?”
Ye Zun lowered his head slightly and pursed his lips.
“Taking into consideration that I reported a false report to the police only yesterday…”
The police warned him that adults are very busy, that he shouldn’t pull these childish acts all the time to attract the attention of adults.
If he really needs help, he can just say it outright.
If he is sure that someone has been victimised, they will come to the door.
But Ye Zun was not certain, and he couldn’t directly say that this house was haunted.
To say that his mum was missing, he had seen her just last night; to say that his dad was dead, he also just saw his father.
The woman looked like she had something wrong with her mentality, while the man looked completely normal.
He could only say sorry for interrupting before hanging up the phone.
“It’s fine ba.” Shen Yuan put his hand on his shoulder.
Ye Zun was in low spirits, before being startled.
“How many girls are there in the family?”
Shen Yuan looked at him.
Ye Zun remembered the seven-or-eight year old girl he saw in the kitchen yesterday morning, then thought about the thirteen-or-fourteen year old ghost girl he saw last night.
“Are you sure?”
“Going by mum’s words, there is only one daughter.
Going by dad’s, it doesn’t look like there’s one for the time being, but we can’t say for sure.”
Ye Zun looked at Shen Yuan.
“If there’s one then there’s one, if there isn’t one then there isn’t one.
Why can’t we say for sure?”
Shen Yuan tilted his head and watched him, blinking once as if overcome with boredom.
“The being known as Man, no matter how serious and honest he looks, he may have gone outside and planted* several seeds at random.
It’s not some kind of breaking news if he goes out and digs up a few illegitimate children ba?”
[T/N: literally, broadcasted (don’t know what it means)]
Ye Zun looked at him in surprise: “……”
Shen Yuan showed a somewhat insincere expression, and lazily said, “I only said that because you looked like you discovered something, yet you’re so surprised.
Did I misunderstand something?”
Ye Zun frowned slightly.
“You are also a man yourself.”
Shen Yuan’s eyes were as dark as ever, but the expression on his face was clear and harmless, and it was a rare occurrence where the corners of his lips were gently raised.
“That’s why my words are credible.
However, I am not the same.
I am only interested in you.”
“Don’t talk rubbish.”
“I am speaking very sincerely.”
“En, I believe it now.”
Shen Yuan was slightly taken aback, his eyes taking on a shine, and then he heard Ye Zun lightly say, “There are indeed some men who have no morals, just like you.”
Shen Yuan looked into his eyes inquiringly, blinking innocently, smiling in a friendly manner.
“Uh, what did I do? Why are they just like me?”
Ye Zun’s voice was devoid of any emotion.
“Skipped the evening study session to go on a date, but the other party regrettably went home first.
What did you originally intend to do?”
Shen Yuan looked at him with clear and attentive eyes.
Without force, his lips slowly lifted at the corners.
His smile didn’t reach the bottom of his eyes, appearing pure and harmless, similar to flattering him.
“I just wanted to chat.”
People who were strong and accustomed to dominating and controlling, even if they show weakness for a while, anyone would know at a glance whether it was done on purpose or not.
Ye Zun was unempathetic and flatly said, “Then I am very sorry, I was narrow-minded*.”
“It’s okay, you can expect me to be despicable*.”
[T/N: both narrow-minded and despicable are the same word: 龌龊]
The other party had a good-tempered ‘it doesn’t matter if I have been scolded’ look for no reason.
Ye Zun sighed very lightly.
“I’m not expecting* it.
I told you, stop talking rubbish.”
[T/N: looking forward to it]
He avoided the hand Shen Yuan placed on his shoulder and walked forward.
“Let’s go to school ba.”
On the bus, Ye Zun looked out the window during the entire trip, with a ‘strangers, do not interact’ appearance, not saying a single word.
Shen Yuan sat in the seat diagonally behind him, watching his profile intently all the way.
An excessively vacant face made it difficult for anyone to understand his heart.
During the morning study, in the garden in front of the teaching building, Ye Zun met the priest.
“Good morning ah, what a coincidence.” As always, Lin’s body had the faint aura of nobility and restraint, with the cold feeling of being a slight distance away.
However, his eyes were clear and mellow, with a thin layer of softness that almost seemed to not be there at all, both abstinent and alienating, but at the same time also gentle and kind.
Ye Zun looked at him and blinked.
“It’s not a coincidence, I thought I would meet you if I waited here.”
Lin was slightly taken aback, then smiled politely and reservedly for a moment before looking at him in concern.
“Did something happen last night? “
Ye Zun breathing grew a little heavy.
He nodded, then discussed in a few words about the contradictory statements from the middle-aged man and the woman, as well as the ghostly girl with the torn-off arm he saw in the middle of the night.
The priest remained silent until he finished speaking.
Ye Zun looked at him strangely and found that the man’s gaze seemed to be stuck to his own face.
“Is there something on my face?”
Lin regained his senses and smiled politely.
“I’m sorry, I keep staring at you.
But haven’t you realised?”
“There is no need to be polite to me, you can just say it outright.
Actually, I also feel that something is wrong with my body, but I can’t figure it out.” Ye Zun smoothed down the bangs next to his ears.
Lin looked at him curiously.
“Your hair, it looks like it can just barely be tied up.
But, it didn’t seem to be that long before.”
At the priest’s reminder, Ye Zun also came to a realisation.
Before he entered the game, because of his part-time job of shooting commercials, his hair was slightly longer than the average person for the convenience of styling, but it wasn’t at a long enough length for him to try tying it up.
Ye Zun looked at himself using the front camera of his phone.
Comparing the recent shoots on set, his intuition sharpened with the evidence.
“That room really does seem to have a problem.”
It has only been two nights and his hair obviously grew longer, but because there were no mirrors in that house, he didn’t realise anything, only feeling that his bangs were always obstructing his face.
Lin’s eyes displayed a slightly reserved concern.
“Indeed, it seems like it does.
For the time being, how about you don’t go back tonight?”
Ye Zun nodded and brought up Nogawa Kaoru’s diary.
“Although there is no difference when people in this instance talk, I still can’t understand the words if it is in writing.
Father, I need to ask if you can help me read it when you have time.
There is no one else I trust more to ask for help than you.”
He gently pursed his lips.
After troubling the other with a request, it was hard for him to suppress his discomfort and nerves.
Lin’s lips were slightly raised at the corners and his expression showed his usual restraint, making the emotions on that handsome disciplined face almost invisible.
Only his attentive eyes were extraordinarily clear and soft.
Just like you said, you don’t have to be polite with me.
There may not be enough time during the day.
Something like a diary will contain a lot of content.
It’s best to choose a relatively safe and private place where we can take our time to focus and analyse.
Let’s leave ahead of time during the self-study period tonight and go through the book together where I am currently living, is that okay?”
“Okay.” Ye Zun hesitated for a moment, swallowed the three troublesome words*, then smiled at the priest and sincerely said, “Thank you, Lin.”
[T/N: not sure what the three words are but I think it could be 对不起/Sorry]
Lin looked at him quietly, the smile at the corners of his lips slowly growing outwards.
“En, I’m glad I am able to help you.”
He went through the rest of the day without any problem, only having to avoid the areas where students from the second year’s Class 1 would appear.
The only slightly headache-inducing thing was that the school would be holding some kind of literature and art production, and each class must prepare several programs.
“Somehow I was drawn and got asked to prepare a show.
I chose a solo performance so I won’t need to stay in school to rehearse with everyone for the time being, but I can’t say for certain about whatever happens after that.”
When he and Lin were having lunch on the rooftop at noon, Ye Zun mentioned his problems with mild distress.
The corners of Lin’s lips were gently hooked up, his eyes clear and curious.
“I am also looking forward to seeing your performance.
If you need me, you can speak up at any time.”
“En, I will.” Ye Zun blinked and smiled lightly.
“Lunch was very delicious.
Let me wash the tableware ba.”
Lin was slightly stunned.
Compared to the somewhat shaky and uneasy behaviour at the beginning, Ye Zun’s smile was much more free.
However, it was very faint, like the grass blades stretched awake in the mornings of late summer; the sun had not yet shone, but the dew of last night was dazzling.
He watched intently and curiously, a smile unconsciously forming across his lips.
“It just so happens that I’m not good at cleaning.
Then, I will trouble you.”
Nothing happened in the afternoon.
When the music signalling the end of school sounded, Ye Zun packed his belongings into his school bag while saying to Shen Yuan at the same table, “I won’t be going back tonight.
For safety’s sake, it’s best if you don’t go back either.”
Shen Yuan sat there, running a hand through his hair in a bored manner, looking at him curiously and with a laid-back attitude.
“En, have a date ah. So, are you also planning to something dirty*?”
[T/N: 龌龊: same as the ‘narrow-minded’/’despicable’ from earlier]
Ye Zun’s movements never paused and he didn’t look at the other.
He just calmly said, “Sorry, I shouldn’t have said that to you this morning.
If you are very angry, you don’t need to forgive me.
Shen Yuan stepped aside and watched Ye Zun walk out of the classroom with the bag on his back, then returned to his seat, slightly leaning back before saying in a low and listless voice, “Who apologises like that, I don’t need to forgive you? It obviously means you don’t care about me.”
He wasn’t displeased.
Although his eyes were still dull to its depths, the corners of his lips slowly rose, evoking a gorgeous and dark smile.
Without blinking, he looked out the window, watching Ye Zun’s back disappear into the corridor.
Fingers lightly tapped the thin lips that were curved in a faint arc.
“En, he really is arrogant* ah.
Even more interesting than I thought.”
[T/N: 高冷/haughty/indifferent: call back to Ye Zun describing why people hated him in reality]
Today’s weather was also very gloomy.
There was still no sun, and the darkness settled early in the evening.
After Ye Zun arrived downstairs, he didn’t wait long before he saw the priest walking towards him through the wisteria veranda in the garden.
“Have you waited for long?” A thin, gentle smile appeared in Lin’s eyes, his question being asked softly.
“There is something we need to do today, let’s take the car directly back ba.”
The parking lot was located opposite to the school.
After the car was opened with the remote control, Lin walked over to open the door of the passenger seat first, his fingers naturally resting along the rim of the door, waiting for Ye Zun to sit inside.
The man’s instinctive and considerate gentlemanly behaviour made Ye Zun startle.
——He was treated with such care, as if he was a girl.
Until he sat down, he felt a slight, but persistent, discomfort.
“The car has been parked here for a few days.
Although I don’t drive often, my skill should still be okay so you don’t need to worry too much.
You’ve already fastened your seat belt ah.”
Ye Zun snuck a glimpse at Lin and realised that the other party seemed to have misunderstood his nervousness.
He breathed slowly and made himself relax.
The car was driven very steadily.
Even Ye Zun, who has always experienced motion sickness, arrived at their destination without feeling anything.
Because they entered from the gate on the other side of the villa complex where the priest lived, the view was blocked by those high-rise buildings and they couldn’t directly see the low residential housing in the geographical depression where Ye Zun lived.
He couldn’t say if such a thing was relieving or not.
When he thought of that oppressive house, he naturally thought about the things he left behind in the house.
Ye Zun suddenly returned to his senses and looked at the priest very apologetically.
He held back until after Lin finished parking the car, then he immediately asked him, “That, is that little white snake in the church a pet Father raised?”
Lin looked at him inquiringly.
It was the first time he hadn’t replied to a question.
Ye Zun said remorsefully, “I’m sorry, I accidentally brought it into this instance as well, and I even left it in that house.
I didn’t know Father was here, and I know I should’ve brought it to school on the very first day, but it wasn’t with me this morning…”
Because he was anxious, he began to talk faster, and his words also became rather unclear.
However, Lin understood.
He looked at him warmly, “It’s okay, don’t worry.”
Ye Zun quietened down and looked at him with a slightly uneasy expression, like a kid who had done something wrong.
Lin’s eyes softened and gazed at him quietly.
“Although it was raised in the church, it has always been by itself.
It really is great that you like it.
If you are willing, may I please ask you to always take care of it?”
Ye Zun frowned, looking up at him with his eyes opened wide, just like a child.
“Of course I am willing.
But, I won’t be able to raise it well, and it’s also too dangerous inside an instance.”
Lin raised an eyebrow slightly.
“It’s okay, that snake knows how to avoid danger, and it knows how to go out and look for its own food.
With it by your side, it can also warn you when you are in danger, and I will feel far more at ease.”
Since the priest said so, Ye Zun naturally nodded in agreement.
“Okay ah, I will properly take care of it.
Oh right, what’s its name?”
“En?” Ye Zun was slightly surprised, “Isn’t that the same name as Father?”
The corners of Lin’s lips lifted faintly, looking at him and saying, “It is the same, because I don’t know how to choose names.
I think the name suits it very well.”
Ye Zun smiled with crescent-shaped eyes.
“That is true.”
Moros means cold, and this name obviously suited a snake more than for the priest himself.
“Lin is also very nice to the ears.
It’s very suitable for you.”
Although every breath that he exhaled was desolate full of abstinence, the priest’s eyes were clear and warm.
This feeling of coldness born from distance was like the end of winter, the thin layer of ice on the surface of spring water.
On the contrary, it made the small display of gentleness much more real and beautiful, a source of desire.
Lin stared at him, slowly lifting the corners of his lips, showing a shallow smile.
“As long as you like it.
I am very happy.”
Ye Zun didn’t know what to say so he lowered his head and smiled.
If he continued talking about this topic, he felt like he would become a little embarrassed.
The two entered Lin’s apartment together.
After closing the door, Lin smoothly took off the outer jacket of his outfit.
Once he hung up his clothes, he looked at Ye Zun who was still wearing the uniform.
He couldn’t help but raise his eyebrows slightly.
For Ye Zun, the size of his uniform was a bit tight.
The outline of his waist was outrageously slender, and the stature hidden underneath the clothes became much thinner, lighter and fitting.
The stiffness and sex appeal that emerged during the transition from teenager to youth seemed to exist, yet also not.
It actually was very good-looking on him.
Ye Zun hesitated for a moment and tried to pull off his outer jacket.
“These clothes are a bit small, it’s not easy to take off…”
“I will help you ba.”
Lin stepped forward with an offered hand.
Released from the restraining uniform, Ye Zun’s entire body couldn’t help but deflate in relief.
After hanging Ye Zun’s uniform next to his own clothes, Lin walked to the fridge.
“What do you want to drink? A beverage or beer?”
“I don’t mind.”
“Sorry, even though I asked, it turns out that there is only beer in the fridge.”
Ye Zun couldn’t help but smile, and lightly shook his head.
“I’m an adult, don’t worry about it.”
He received the can of beer Lin had cracked open before handing it to him, a smile still on his face.
“It’s really weird.
Although I don’t usually like the strange taste of beer, when I’m drinking with you, Father, I think it’s pretty good.”
Lin looked at him as he drank.
His ink-coloured eyes were dotted with stars, revealing a shallow smile.
With reservation, he said, “En, me too.”
The two finished their beers together, then chatted and relaxed for a while.
Lin stood up, his eyes covered with a thin film of softness, looking at him and asking, “Are you fine with pasta for dinner?”
Ye Zun comfortably sat on the sofa, returning a smile when he heard the words.
“You can just cook whatever according to what you’ve planned.”
Lin remained standing and warmly said, “Then you can do your homework first.
We can read the diary after dinner, we have a lot of time.”
“Yes, Laoshi*.” It was a rare occasion where Ye Zun made a joke.
The corners of Lin’s lips slightly rose, and assuming the stance of a superior, he watched him quietly from above.
“A teacher who took a student home to stay overnight without authorisation, is a violation of a teacher’s morals.
Hearing this at such a time, it really makes people sweat.”
Ye Zun, maintaining his smile: “……”
——But, this kind of joke, how should I answer?
“Just kidding.” Lin’s eyes were clear and the corners of his lips raised in an imperceptible smile.
He softly said, “However, I don’t like having a teacher-student relationship with you.
Most students are more or less a little afraid of their teacher, but I do not wish for you to be afraid of me.
I want a more close and trusting relationship.”
“Of course, we have one already.” Ye Zun furrowed his eyebrows slightly, looking at him earnestly and honestly.
“Lin is my best, and also my only friend.”
This was the sincere truth.
After so many years, he has met the first person who could let him open his heart to trust and subconsciously tell another everything in his inner world.
The priest was the only one.
Lin revealed a real smile on his lips and in his eyes, laying his sight on him.
“En, me too.
Until now, you are the only, and the best.”
His eyes and Ye Zun’s own maintained contact with one another for a few breaths, and before the other young man began to get nervous and uncomfortable, he took a step back first, smiling faintly and gently with restraint and self-control.
“Then, I will go and cook dinner first.”
After Lin walked into the kitchen, Ye Zun involuntarily exhaled a small breath, his smile remaining on his face.
He really did think of the priest in that way, but outright saying his thoughts like that, although there is no regret, it was still a little embarrassing after all.
There was a persisting feeling like he was a boy in elementary school.
However, if he were to do everything again, he would still tell the other man his thoughts straightforwardly, just like this.
Because that person is very important to him, so he wants to tell him these feelings.
He hoped he could always be close with the other man like this, and even closer.
For this reason, even if he was used to being introverted, he also wanted to take the initiative.
He had never liked someone so much like this.
Even when he was with the other man, perhaps it was because they were two people who lived in two different worlds, two people with completely different personalities, and have different ways of doing things and valued habits, so he often felt nervous and uneasy all over his body.
But he still liked him very much, to the extent where he hoped to be able to meet with the man frequently.
Occasionally, he would still conjure up self-doubts of whether he was worthy of having such a good friend at his current level.
But, he will be worthy.
——I just have to work harder ah.
They sat through dinner together.
Although he said he was not good at cleaning, Lin still followed Ye Zun, who had undertaken the job of cleaning up, into the kitchen and finished the follow-up cleaning and other closing chores together.
“Maybe, compared to me not being good at this, I just don’t like doing this kind of thing by myself.”
If it’s with Father, I think washing dishes is also very interesting.”
Lin’s eyes fell on Ye Zun’s hands that were being dried off after washing the dishes.
He slightly paused.
“I couldn’t tell, but you are good at work because your hands are very perfect.”
Although the priest always exaggerated his praises, Ye Zun was very calm this time, because it was not the first time he had heard such words.
Other people have said that even more, and he even heard it from time to time since his childhood, although the intention was to mock him for acting like a young master who has never even touched the sunlight with his fingers.
Ye Zun offhandedly said, “It’s not very obvious to the eyes, but if you touch it, you can feel the thin calluses on the flats of my fingers.
But, although they have indeed always been working, because of my grandma’s sake, they didn’t do too much.
Thanks to these fingers that look like they’ve been pampered, in the beginning, I relied on them to get a part-time job in advertisement and earn my living expenses.
Even if he said so, Ye Zun only washed things and wiped them dry.
It wasn’t like he had done some extra work to help him earn money.
“Really?” This was spoken in a tone that seemed not too sure.
Ye Zun smiled a little and stretched out his hand to Lin.
“Would you like to feel it?”
After he said that, he remembered that when they went to watch the pear blossoms that night, this person had actually held his hand.
“Okay ah.” Lin already reached out naturally to hold his hand, his thumb curiously caressing the outline of his palm, near the inner-knuckles.
There was a soft and slightly itchy feeling from the touch.
Ye Zun held his smile, his eyes drooping from unease.
This kind of slightly intimate behaviour…
Lin didn’t lift his eyes, his gaze still focused on his hand with intent and curiosity.
Perhaps he didn’t notice this atmosphere, as he admiringly said with a smile, “It really is a perfect hand suited for shooting commercials.
Wear a ring or watch, pressing on piano keys or just the glass of a window, it will all look very good. En, is this level of contact, do you hate it?”
“Oh, it’s okay.” Returning to his senses, Ye Zun kept his smile and immediately looked up at him and shook his head.
In the bottom of his heart, he felt that his wording was a little strange, but his attention was quickly shifted.
“It’s not that I hate it, it’s just that I’m not used to touching another person like this.
I should be fine after a few more times.”
Before Ye Zun’s heartbeat and breathing accelerated so much to the point where it would become obvious how uneasy he was, Lin let go of his hand.
With a controlled smile, he looked at him with clear and earnest eyes.
“It’s okay, don’t force yourself to get close to others.
However, despite saying that, from the bottom of my heart, I hope I can be the exception.”
“Of course you are the exception,” Ye Zun replied steadily.
After saying this, he subconsciously pinched his own ear, and the bump on his throat rolled slightly with restraint, his eyes unconsciously avoiding the other for a moment.
Fortunately, Lin didn’t speak any further, just nodding implicitly before walking towards the bedroom.
“Although the apartment is very large, it is actually a rented house.
The only available room, apart from the living room, is just the one bedroom.
Would you mind staying with me tonight? You don’t need to force yourself.
If you really are not used to it, I can sleep on the sofa.”
Ye Zun immediately shook his head.
“Of course not.
I even wanted to say that if you mind it, I can sleep on the sofa.”
——How can I let the owner sleep on the sofa while I occupy the bedroom by myself? That’s way too unreasonable.
The two of them walked into the bedroom.
Lin took out a beige sleeping robe from the closet and handed it to him.
“When I bought this set, the size turned out to be too small so I haven’t worn it yet.”
Ye Zun took the pyjamas and obediently went to take a shower.
After washing, he walked back into the bedroom while towelling off his hair.
He suddenly thought that the two of them could just shower and go to sleep after going over the diary in the living room or the study ah.
But they’ve already washed up, and the tangled order didn’t affect anything at all.
He shook his head and pushed his thoughts aside.
When Lin finished showering and came in wearing his pyjamas, Ye Zun was already sitting on the bed, his head slightly lowered to look down at the open diary.
His long, pitch-black hair was half damp, exposing a slender and tender neck.
The size of his sleeping robe was still slightly too big for him, with the neckline hanging low and revealing an expanse of thin and dazzling white skin.
The delicate beauty of the skin and the fragility and daintiness of the bones, smooth and pliable to just the right proportion, like an unmatched treasure of the arts, carved from the rarest jade.
It was reminiscent of the Queen of the Night* on the cusp of blooming beneath dew drops during night fall, like the fresh and refreshing milk pudding* in midsummer.
[T/N: epiphyllum oxypetalum (flower)]
[T/N: 奶皮甜品: double skin milk dessert]
The bedroom door behind Lin slowly closed.
He had no smile on his face, and his bright black and clear eyes peered down from high above, curiously watching at the person on the bed with his full attention.
His thin lips were slightly opened.
Because of the slight trance, he temporarily lost some control over his expression.
The chill in his pupils overshadowed the warmth in his eyes.
A refreshing and delicious milk pudding was sitting right in front of him.
How about it, do you want to eat it now?
After his breathing stilled for a moment, the delicate and ascetic jut on his throat gently rolled up and down.
His voice was especially deep and elegant, with the slightly cold gentleness that was ever-present.
“Now, we can begin.”
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