Chapter 6 – I’ll look after you

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Song Yi came out of Gu Xingchuan’s house and walked to the parking lot. He had just opened the car door with one hand when the mobile phone in his pocket vibrated. When he took it out, the caller screen showed [Song Jie].

The time on the phone already pointed to eleven o’clock. Generally speaking, for one to make a call at this time wasn’t a good thing. Song Yi frowned and picked up the call.

“Xiao Jie1ie Little Song Jie , what’s wrong?”

There was a few seconds of silence on the other end of the phone, then a slight sobbing sound was heard. “Ge…”

Song Yi could guess what happened. He sighed silently. “You two quarreled?”

Song Jie was Song Yi’s younger sister by only two years. The two grew up together and had a good relationship. Whenever she encountered things, the first person Song Jie would think of was her brother.

“En…” Song Jie cried out, out of breath. “Ge, can I come find you?”

“Where are you now? I’ll pick you up.”

Song Jie mentioned an address; a hotel in the city. Song Yi drove to the entrance of the hotel. From a distance, he saw Song Jie’s red and swollen crying eyes, sitting on the side of the road embarrassed.

The early autumn season meant it had already begun to get cold. Song Jie wore a loose purple gauze skirt, her arms and legs all exposed, trembling with cold.

As soon as Song Jie got into the car, Song Yi thoughtfully turned on the heater, and quietly looked at Song Jie.

Just now, it was so dark that he wasn’t able to see clearly. Now that there was light, the bruises on Song Jie’s face and neck were unobstructed. She had carelessly applied a layer of purple liquid medication. Song Yi’s heart clenched as he saw this.

“How did it turn out like this?”

It was fine when Song Yi had not asked, but the moment that question was uttered, Song Jie couldn’t hold back her tears. She plunged into Song Yi’s chest and choked out, “I regret not listening to you. I shouldn’t have married him.”

The clothes on his chest were warm because of those hot dripping tears. Song Yi patted Song Jie’s back lightly, and softly coaxed, “He laid his hands on you?”

At first glance, one could see Song Yi’s brother-in-law as what kind of trash he was. A worthless and useless playboy. Song Yi had tried to persuade her, but Song Jie was dazzled by love and unshakably decided to marry this man.

Less than one year after they got married, too many troubles piled up.

“Yeah.” Song Jie nodded, took the tissue from Song Yi, wiped her tears. While crying, she said, “He went to gamble on soccer and owed three million yuan. He couldn’t conceal it anymore and that’s why he told me. He wants to use the baby’s education money to pay off his gambling debts.”

Song Yi gently touched her face. The scars were shocking. The originally beautiful face was completely unrecognizable, piercing into Song Yi’s heart. He wanted to beat up this filthy dreg scum.

Song Jie said, “I hid the bank card and didn’t give him it. He searched all over the box and beat me when he couldn’t find it, just like a crazy person. How could he become like this…”

“What do you want to do?” Song Yi gritted his teeth lightly.

Song Jie was taken aback. She stared at Song Yi blankly, even forgetting to wipe her tears. “I don’t know.”

Song Yi pulled out a few tissues and gently wiped away the tears on her face. “This is not the first time. This kind of marriage is not worth keeping.”

Song Jie often quarreled with her husband when she first got married. Once, with bare feet and blood on her thighs, Song Jie ran to Song Yi’s house in the middle of the night, leaving Song Yi terrified.

“I…” Song Jie paused, and whispered, “Ge, I’m afraid. The baby isn’t born yet; if he grows up without a father…”

“What you have to consider now is yourself.” Song Yi stroked her long hair and said softly, “Xiao Jie, you should be very clear that letting your child grow up in such a family is the most irresponsible thing to do for him.”

Song Jie gave him a blank look. She sniffed a few times. “Ge, what do you think I should do?”

It seemed that when encountering things, it became a habit to ask for Song Yi’s opinions. Aside from Song Jie, relatives and family friends also called on Song Yi when it came to questions about buying a house, investing or work-problems. After all, Song Yi was the Song Family’s most successful person.

Song Yi thought about it, his voice was clear and powerful. “I can give you two choices now. The first one is that you divorce him. I’ll introduce a divorce lawyer to you. For your baby’s matters, as your brother, I will do whatever in my power to help you, and you will never need to see this man again.”

“Second, if you don’t get divorced, and you encounter this kind of thing in the future, you call me as soon as he asks for money. I can supply it for you, but you are not allowed to let yourself get hurt. Do you understand?”

Song Jie blinked a few times, put her arms around Song Yi’s neck, and slowly snuck closer. “I don’t know what I should do now. Can I think it through first?”

“You can think about it carefully.” Song Yi sighed lightly from the bottom of his heart, patted Song Jie’s back, and coaxed, “I will take you to my house now. Don’t go out in such a thin dress in the future.”

The fragrant aroma of the car interior permeated through the air. Song Jie sat up, staring at Song Yi’s profile, and slowly rubbed her sour nose.

Song Jie and Song Yi’s father died early. Song Jie’s perception of males came from her brother. Before getting married, she naively thought that all males in this world were the same as Song Yi, steady and gentle. But the cruel reality shattered her fantasy.

Her brother was unlike any other in this world.

“It would be nice if you weren’t my brother.” Song Jie whispered.

Song Yi smiled. “Don’t say anything silly. Take a good rest and get home soon.”

Back home, Song Yi treated Song Jie’s wound carefully, settling Song Jie into the guest room. He poured a glass of red wine and leaned on the balcony with a wine glass in hand.

The city at midnight was bright with glittering neon lights. Song Yi had no intention of admiring it. He pulled up the contact list on his mobile phone. Because of professional reasons, he knew many elite lawyers.

Song Yi took Song Jie’s situation and consulted with them, but the reply was not optimistic.

This kind of divorce lawsuit was the most difficult to fight. The law stipulated that there was a three-month cooling-off period for unilateral forced divorce2 A type of divorce one can apply for when their partner or ex-partner

1) won’t agree to apply for divorce together

2) you don’t want to ask them to apply for divorce together
. The marriage property would be divided in half, and so would the debt.

If Song Jie wanted to force a divorce, the house would be divided, half for the scum while she would have to pay off half the debt.

Song Yi had no intention for this scum to simply gain benefits. How could there be such a good thing in this world?

But he couldn’t think of a proper way to deal with the situation. People like this brother-in-law were like a piece of shit plaster. Not getting any money meant he would be on the losing end.3Ie, Taking it lying down.

Song Yi knew very well that a law-abiding citizen like himself can’t do anything with such a rogue.

In the middle of the night, Song Jie got up to drink water. The TV in the living room exuded a blue light. Song Jie cautiously walked over.

Song Yi hadn’t slept yet, leaning lazily on the sofa, half-squinting as he watched the picture on the TV.

Song Jie felt guilty. “Ge, don’t worry too much about my business.” 

“It’s okay, it’s just insomnia.” Song Yi tilted his head, leaned on the pillow, and yawned lightly.

Song Jie sat beside him gently, and said in a low voice, “I always feel that you put too much pressure on yourself.”

“There must be pressure to have motivation.” Song Yi smiled. “Not to mention that I am currently so young; it’s a good thing to be a little stressed.”

Song Jie hesitated, biting her lips. “But don’t you feel tired? All these years, when it came to household matters, it always fell on your shoulders. Even I feel tired when I see that.”

“I’m an Alpha. It’s okay to be a little tired. I can’t make you and Mom tired.” Song Yi smiled, took off his glasses and put them on the coffee table. “Don’t think too much. With me looking after you, even if I don’t become filthy rich, I’ll at least be able to have you two not worry about food or clothings for the rest of your lives.”

Song Jie was deeply moved. Her heart grew warm. “You have always taken care of others since young. I hope someone can take care of you.”  

“Why should I use someone else to take care of it?” Song Yi took a long stretch. People like him were like weeds on the grassland, able to withstand the battering of wind and rain, not even afraid of the cold winter. Their vitality was stubborn, yet flourishing.

Song Jie could not speak any further. She looked at him helplessly, and was about to get up to go back to the room when she accidentally scanned the TV screen.

At midnight, the music channel was playing Gu Xingchuan’s songs. The picture was of a previous New Year’s party, where Gu Xingchuan stood on a huge stage. Behind him was a sky full of silver lightsticks shining like stars, giving a sense of him being the only person.   

“Hai…he spoke to me before, but didn’t expect him to be so popular now.” Song Jie sighed and said regretfully, “If I knew then, I would have asked him for an autograph.”

“He spoke to you before?” Song Yi was stunned. Damn it, was Gu Xingchuan still a human? To actually make a move on Song Jie.

Song Jie nodded, and gave an embarrassed smile. “On the day you graduated from high school, I rode your bicycle home and passed the alley of our house. He stopped me. At that time, many people were looking at him. Standing there, he was shining so brightly; I was really too embarrassed to talk to him.”

Song Yi frowned. “Why did he come find you?”

“Ah,” Song Jie recalled. “He asked for my name, and then said nothing else; letting me go.”

“He didn’t say anything??”

“Yeah.” Song Jie thought of something again. “But I think he seemed to be waiting for someone. There were a lot of cigarette butts under his feet and he looked very anxious.”

Song Yi’s eyebrows dipped even further. On the day of their graduation, he asked Shen Li to come to the playground, preparing to confess to him. He was always worried that Gu Xingchuan would suddenly appear and cause trouble. As a result, Gu Xingchuan who usually shadowed him was not anywhere to be seen.

He didn’t expect him to wait for someone at his house’s alley. Who was Gu Xingchuan waiting for?

A guess flashed into his mind and immediately, Song Yi understood.

It seemed that Gu Xingchuan had guessed that Song Yi would choose to confess to Shen Li that day, and specifically stayed at the door of Song Yi’s house. Fortunately, it was early in the morning when Song Yi returned, otherwise Gu Xingchuan would inevitably get a fist.

This kid looked upright, but he didn’t expect him to be quite insidious, and even learned how to wait for the other to fall into his trap.

Early the next morning, Song Jie told him of her decision. She wanted to go out for a trip, to be alone by herself, to properly think about how to face her marriage.

Song Yi raised both his hands in agreement. He helped her book air tickets and hotels, and arranged for an assistant to spend a few days with Song Jie.

Everything was settled, and Song Yi went to Gu Xingchuan’s house at the appointed time.

As soon as his front foot entered the door, Liu Zhenzhen’s call followed on his back foot.

Up from his phone screen, Gu Xingchuan glanced across the dining table to Song Yi, slowly continuing to play with the sweet orange in his hand.

Song Yi bit the bullet and answered the phone, “Zhen-jie.”

“Are you at Gu Xingchuan’s house?” Liu Zhenzhen asked, concerned.

Song Yi gave a soft “En” and laughed. “I’m having lunch with Xingchuan.”

Liu Zhenzhen’s heart could finally be placed back in her stomach. “You take good care of him.”

“I understand.” Song Yi’s tone was gentle.

Liu Zhenzhen said, “If you have any grievances, you have to bear with it. Don’t lose your temper, get him to forgive you…”

The dining table was not big. The distance between the two was close enough and the room was rather quiet, so Gu Xingchuan heard exactly what Liu Zhenzhen said. He frowned, unhappy, and kicked Song Yi’s calf lightly under the table. “Pass the phone to me.”

Song Yi looked at him. What are you intending to do? 

Gu Xingchuan glared at Song Yi, “Can I harm you even more?”

Song Yi thought, can you hurt me less? 

Still, he handed the phone over with one hand.

Gu Xingchuan took the phone and pressed on the speaker button directly. A low magnetic voice, like a heavy string bass, voiced out, “Hello Jie4Ie, A casual way to greet a female older than you politely. Also same character as ‘sister’., I’m Gu Xingchuan.”

Liu Zhenzhen was stunned for a few seconds, her voice changed quickly, and like the warmth of spring, her laughter rang through, “Oh! Xingchuan! How is your injury? Want me to see you? I don’t know much, but I’ve been worrying about you these days. All thanks to our family’s Song Yi…”

“Don’t blame him.” Gu Xingchuan glanced at Song Yi, who was also looking at him with squinted eyes..

Gu Xingchuan turned his face away, and calmly explained, “I was thinking about a new song that day, and I accidentally ran into his car while walking. It has nothing to do with him.”

Song Yi let out a surprised “En”, wondering why Gu Xingchuan had suddenly become benevolent.

Liu Zhenzhen really never expected such a reversal. “This…”

Gu Xingchuan’s chin slightly lowered. He calmly continued, “One more thing. Song Yi and I are classmates. We’re good brothers. I won’t let him suffer any wrongdoing. Please be more polite to him in the future.”

Liu Zhenzhen was immediately stunned. But as an agent, she still had the ability to react on the spot. She laughed and said, “Surging flood waters rushing into the Dragon King Temple, not recognising own family’s ties.5Idiom saying one familiar family not recognising the same family member. Song Yi has never told me about your guys’ relationship. Luckily now, he can also be taken care of by Star Entertainment.”

“Yes, I will look after him.” Gu Xingchuan smiled lightly, seeing Song Yi raise his eyebrows, he hinted meaningfully, “He is my person now.”

The man who’s there to specially serve him — his little slave.

Song Yi frowned. He only was serious for a few minutes before turning to talk nonsense again. Worrying that Liu Zhenzhen would take it the wrong way, he reached out for the phone.

Liu Zhenzhen did have some ideas, but they weren’t as Song Yi thought. Father Gu was about to become the largest shareholder of Star Entertainment. What he lacked the most as he took up the new position was his own people. To become the person of the new BOSS 6Raws had it stated in English one could expect a boundless future!

It seemed that she had to properly love this cash cow named Song Yi. For her future promotion and fortune will all depend on him.

Song Yi hung up the phone. Gu Xingchuan crossed his arms and coldly vented, “Why would you simply endure things that wrong you? You’re not a punching bag.”

Only you treat me as a punching bag, Song Yi thought.

After lunch, Gu Xingchuan connected the gamepad and started playing games again. Song Yi sat beside him and watched leisurely.

The Long-legged Handsome Brother used to broadcast this game. Ever since he started becoming busy, Song Yi never played it again.

Gu Xingchuan played well. His marksmanship was accurate, and he was familiar with long-range headshots. Compared with many professional anchors at Station L, he was a lot better. The only drawback was that he was too impulsive. When he saw someone, he rushed to the front and shot that person. Blood splashed across three steps. Using the online language, this was an “Iron Head Doll”. 7This person is not afraid of death, simply rushing forth. For example, even if you know you can’t fight, you still want to fight.

As a last man-standing game, marksmanship alone was not enough. Psychological tactics were often tested.

“Fascinated?” Gu Xingchuan asked with a chuckle.

Song Yi gave a cold sneer and gave a few pointers. “There is someone in the w direction on your left, the second floor of the blue house. They just showed up.”

“Huh?” Gu Xingchuan gave him a surprised look. In order to verify Song Yi’s words, he took out his gun and rushed to kill that person.

Song Yi pressed down on his arm, slowly explaining, “Just now when you passed by, there was an empty box airdrop. There are two corpses in the wheat field in front of the house. Based on these two known conditions, we can infer that this person has a third class weapon and armour. There’s a high probability he has a 98K. If you go up front now, there’s only one result—death.”

Gu Xingchuan squinted his eyes. Song Yi did speak rather professionally. He looked up and down at Song Yi, weighing him and couldn’t help but look at him with admiration.

After all, Song Yi didn’t look like a person who could play games. When he was in high school and his other male friends played games in Internet cafes all day long, Song Yi was holding a book and memorizing words.

Song Yi grinned. He took Gu Xingchuan’s gamepad and tried the arrow keys. “You can’t rush at this time. We only need a chance.”

Gu Xingchuan turned his head and approached him, watching carefully on how Song Yi operated.

The distance between the two of them was very close. Gu Xingchuan smelled the scent of Chinese bellflower8 on Song Yi’s body. It was shallow yet light, with a hint of sweetness.

This smell made Gu Xingchuan a little upset and irritable. He turned his head. Song Yi waited intently to fire a direct shot. The afternoon sun fell on his fair and delicate face; the golden spectacle frame reflected a dazzling light.

The neck outside the collar was delicate and pale, the light blue blood vessels were faint, bearing a sense of fragile beauty, just like stalk of night lavender 9夜来香 white flower: , leaving one unable to help but want to smell it.

So Gu Xingchuan did so. He leaned over without any expression. Other than the fragrance from Song Yi’s body, there was no other scent.

But the location of the gland behind his neck caught Gu Xingchuan’s attention. The very ordinary piece of skin was as clean as the rest of Song Yi’s body. The fine hairs on that neck, under the afternoon sun, were seemingly golden. He couldn’t help but want to take a bite.

“The poison ring is here. He will come out soon.” Song Yi hid his figure in the game, opened the scope with a red dot, and explained to Gu Xingchuan as he operated it, “I will throw a smoke bomb first. Let him think I’m on his left, and at the same time I’ll sneak behind him and attack him.”

Gu Xingchuan’s heart was thundering. How could he still want to listen to the game? He gave a vague “En.”

Song Yi concentrated all his attention in the game, not noticing that there was something wrong with Gu Xingchuan. “Okay, I’m going to shoot.”

He showed off his beautiful marksmanship. Although he fired a direct shot from behind, he was particular about where the shot went. Song Yi learned this technique from Long-legged Handsome Brother’s video.

After a few ‘Peng Peng Peng’, the man became a box spirit.

Song Yi was in a good mood. He happily raised the gamepad. “How was I?”

Gu Xingchuan glanced at him; his Adam’s apple rolled a few times, having a seemingly deep response. “Not bad.”

Because of his surging emotions, Song Yi was willing to say a few more words to Gu Xingchuan. “You have to learn to seize the opportunity, create a diversion before striking, then take the kill.”10曲线救国,声东击西: Literally, resist to save the country, create diversion in the east to strike in the west.

“Create a diversion? Striking and making the kill?” Gu Xingchuan chewed on these words. A smile with untold depths was on his face.

Song Yi nodded, and carefully explained to Gu Xingchuan about the essence of such a play style. This was all learned from the Long-legged Handsome Brother. The two tricks of Long-legged Handsome Brother were perfection.

The so-called resisting to save the country. If a battle did not prevail and the frontal means couldn’t solve the problem, then attack from the side to fight; little by little defending the fruits of victory.11From the same raws as per above. 曲线救国,声东击西: Literally, resist to save the country, create diversion in the east to strike in the west.

As for creating a diversion in the east to strike in the west, it was even simpler.

Song Yi finished talking about the game when the notification sound of the washing machine went off. He put down the gamepad and went to hang clothes on the terrace.

Gu Xingchuan stared at him from behind, pursed his dry lips, and drank a large glass of water from the cup on the table, relieving the heat in his heart.

‘Ding Dong.’ On the coffee table, Song Yi’s mobile phone message prompt rang.

Gu Xingchuan picked up the phone and glanced at it.

[You can ask Xiao Jie to divorce me. Give me five million and I will let her go. Otherwise, don’t even think about it. I’ll always pester her. Even the police won’t be bothered to deal with marital rape. Is your sister’s life worth less than five million?]

Gu Xingchuan frowned, picked up his mobile phone and quickly took a photo. He saved the message’s contents, phone number, and nonchanthly placed Song Yi’s mobile phone back.

The author has something to say:

Today I am very thick and long.

  • 1
    ie Little Song Jie
  • 2
     A type of divorce one can apply for when their partner or ex-partner

    1) won’t agree to apply for divorce together

    2) you don’t want to ask them to apply for divorce together
  • 3
    Ie, Taking it lying down.
  • 4
    Ie, A casual way to greet a female older than you politely. Also same character as ‘sister’.
  • 5
    Idiom saying one familiar family not recognising the same family member.
  • 6
    Raws had it stated in English
  • 7
    This person is not afraid of death, simply rushing forth. For example, even if you know you can’t fight, you still want to fight.
  • 8
  • 9
    夜来香 white flower:
  • 10
    曲线救国,声东击西: Literally, resist to save the country, create diversion in the east to strike in the west.
  • 11
    From the same raws as per above. 曲线救国,声东击西: Literally, resist to save the country, create diversion in the east to strike in the west.

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