Chapter 9 “The Duel”

Chapter Nine The Duel

During the meal, Si Si was furious that they hadn’t come out earlier. Otherwise, they might have even been able to eat at the same table as Xiao Nai.

Er Xi poured down a dose of reality on her: “Don’t dream, the people with Xiao Shixiong were definitely societal figures. Those people were talking business and other matters, definitely in private rooms.”

Xiao Ling was speechless for a while and said, “I heard that Xiao Shixiong’s company might be having problems.”

“No way!” Si Si exclaimed in shock.

Wei Wei and Er Xi had expressions of disbelief on their faces as well. For the younger students in the CompSci Faculty, Xiao Nai was akin to a divine entity. He just did not have problems he couldn’t solve.

“I heard Da Zhong say that. Da Zhong has a friend from the basketball team who is in Xiao Shixiong’s company. They were eating with Da Zhong a few days ago, got drunk and slipped out some things. It seems like something was wrong with the funding from the investors, it was just a few days ago.”

Si Si said, “I still can’t believe it, it’s Xiao Nai!”

Wei Wei was chewing her wings and couldn’t speak. She furiously nodded her head to indicate her agreement. It was Xiao Nai! If a very talented and strong person could be called a bull,[1] then Xiao Nai was definitely a rhinoceros. A rhinoceros, which was a rare bull, very strong bull … … he had things he couldn’t accomplish?

But thinking back to the expression on Xiao Nai’s face, the facade presented to others in the form of a smile but changing instantly to indifference, Wei Wei wasn’t very sure.

Er Xi asked thoughtfully, “Investor? They’re having problems finding money?”

“Dunno.” Xiao Ling emphasized, “Accuracy is not guaranteed, but even if it’s fake, don’t spread it.”

“En en en.” Wei Wei kept chewing on her wing and unclearly mumbled while nodding, “Definitely not saying anything. It will be digested with today’s chicken wings.”

The world of genii was too far away. The girls discussed it for a while and very quickly moved onto other topics. After dinner and back at the dorm. Wei Wei immediately went onto [Dreams of Jianghu], but strangely, none of her friends were on. Wei Wei was terribly bored before she remembered that she was going to participate in the Couple’s Tournament. She went to the game forums.

In the past, Wei Wei very rarely read the discussions in the forums. She never studied any strategies or walkthroughs or the solutions other players had found. She thought that the fun in games came from exploring while not knowing anything. If everything was known, then there would be no fun. But after marrying Nai He, and taking up some responsibility for the well-being of Da Shen in addition to herself, Wei Wei started to frequent the forums to study the techniques couples could use and such. For a while, she had looked into having a baby. However, when she saw that to get pregnant, they had to stay in the bridal chamber for an entire hour, and then afterwards the strength of the female partner would decrease and if she fought too much, there was a risk of miscarriage … …

Wei Wei immediately destroyed the idea of having kids.

This game was too sadistic!

After browsing the forums for a while, Wei Wei didn’t find any new news of the PK tournament. She did find a post started by Zhen Shui Wu Xiang. It was very popular and had been boosted to the front page. The topic was “(Video) Contest: Our Story – The rain falling on the waters of the heart to create fragrance.”[2]

Wei Wei knew about the contest “Our Story” that the gaming company was holding. It was one of the most popular activities at the moment. The contest required players to use the recording function of the game to produce a love story set in [Dreams of Jianghu]. The length didn’t matter and the prizes were very good. The winners were determined by popular voting from the players. Basically, it was just using the recording function of [Dreams of Jianghu] to make a mini-movie. It wasn’t difficult to do and so a lot of players had participated.

It looked like Zhen Shui Wu Xiang was also competing?

Wei Wei curiously clicked to see the post. Posted were a video and a section of words. Wei Wei played the video and watched for a few minutes. It seemed to be a story of a hero rescuing a damsel in distress and then the hero courting the damsel. The main actors were Xiao Yu Yao Yao and Zhen Shui Wu Xiang. Members of the Xiao Yu Family also appeared in there.

After watching for a few minutes, Wei Wei gradually realized that there was something strange going on. Why was a player called Lu Wei Wei Wei[3] appearing as a female character in the video?

And this Lu Wei Wei Wei was also a blade-carrying red-clothed female warrior. She appeared in the story between Zhen Shui and Xiao Yu. In the video, she was portrayed as an ugly and rabid fangirl. The lines she spouted were both rude and narcissistic, in dramatic contrast to Xiao Yu Yao Yao’s well-read and occasionally poetic lines.

At the end of the video, the true person behind Xiao Yu Yao Yao appeared on screen and said a few words. The general gist of it was that she hoped that people would support this video. Under the video were words from Zhen Shui, who used flowery and romantic words describing his feelings for Xiao Yu Yao Yao, hoping that others would support them and that even though the prize wasn’t important, he still hoped to get that only set of seven-coloured couples clothing. Why? Because his wife liked it very much.

The more Wei Wei read, the angrier she got. What was this? If you wanted to show off your sincere feelings, that was fine, but there was no need to make fun of other people. Closing the post and logging in onto the video, Wei Wei had no place to aim her flames as Zhen Shui Wu Xiang wasn’t online. She furiously typed over a message. “This kind of parody and mocking other people is very funny? I didn’t think you were this kind of person!”

The message was sent off. Even though she still was angry, good child Wei Wei couldn’t think of nastier things to say. Wei Wei became even more irritated so she logged off to go to sleep.

On the second day, Wei Wei had a whole day of classes and only went online at nine at night. Immediately after logging in, her friends list bounced furiously. She opened it. It was Zhen Shui Wu Xiang’s message.

“Okay, not as strong as other people, I accept my loss. I will delete the video and record a new one with Xiao Yu. But even so, I would like to explain. That Lu Wei Wei Wei wasn’t Xiao Yu and my idea. We didn’t notice at first and thought somebody was messing with us and didn’t relate it to you. You should be able to see that whatever that character said had nothing to do with the plot. It was only after recording that we knew it was some friends of the Xiao Yu Family pranking us. At the time, the recording was done and redoing it was too time-consuming so we didn’t redo. I apologize for this point. Now that I’ve dropped in levels, I’ve repaid you. We don’t owe each other anything now.”

Wei Wei stared blankly and replied back: “What accept losses, what is dropping levels?”

Zhen Shui Wu Xiang was online but he didn’t reply.

Wei Wei looked at her friends list, Nai He Da Shen’s name was sparkling in light. Wei Wei typed over: “Da Shen, you didn’t kill Zhen Shui, right?”

Nai He: Verdant Mountain, come over, boss.

Wei Wei hurried to Verdant Mountain. Yu Gong Pa Shan saw her and yelled: “Saozi, put an attack in.”

Wei Wei embarrassedly sliced once at the boss. The boss, who only had a very tiny amount of blood, fell to the ground. Wei Wei gained a large chunk of experience for free.

The boss drop gave out a lot of stuff. After distributing the drop, Wei Wei asked Nai He: “Did you really kill Zhen Shui Wu Xiang?”

Nai He: En.

Uh, Wei Wei didn’t know what to say. It seemed like she had once again troubled Da Shen to solve her problems. Even though they were married, she thought that her relationship with Da Shen was a partnership. Her problems should be solved by herself.

Wei Wei: Sorry to bother you >o<

Nai He: Not really, I’ve wanted to kill him for a very long time now.

Wei Wei: … … Why?

Da Shen and Zhen Shui had never met. Why would they have any grievances?

Nai He: Not pleasing to look at.

Wei Wei:  . . . . . .

A very classical Da Shen response.

Yu Gong Pa Shan interrupted: “Saozi, you know about the video too?”

Wei Wei: En, yesterday when you guys didn’t come, I was bored and browsed the forums.

Mo Zha Ta: We thought we could keep you in the dark.

Wei Wei: >o<

Wei Wei: Right, why would Zhen Shui Wu Xiang drop levels? PK won’t drop levels.

PK was in the realm of sparring. Even if it was a loss, there was no drop in levels.

Hou Zi Jiu: Not PK, it was a duel.

[1]In Chinese, a rhinoceros is described by two characters,  the first of which is a homonym for rare and the second character is cow. So a rhinoceros is a “rare-bull.”

[2] The beginning and end takes taking the yu(雨) of Xiao Yu Yao Yao and then the Xiang (香) from Zhen Shui Wu Xiang.

[3]This “Lu Wei Wei Wei” has the exact same pinyin and sound as Lu Wei Wei Wei (芦苇苇苇). However, this “lu”鲁 means crass, stupid or rude while “wei” 猥 is rustic, simple, implying dumbness.