Regarding the issue of height, Wei He could be said to have a face full of bloody tears. Because he suffered serious discrimination as a child which caused trauma to his soul, he really had no affection for people who are taller than him.
Fortunately, by modern standards, there would rarely be people taller than Wei He’s 183 centimeters. Of course, this very small number of people included Qin Kaiyi and Shen Feixiao.
After knowing the cruel truth that Qin Kaiyi was taller than him, Wei He’s entire person felt not so good. He followed Qin Kaiyi with a sullen face, and after finding a safe place of refuge, he remained silent with unknown thoughts swirling in his head.
“Can you stop using that kind of gaze to look at me?” Qin Kaiyi, who felt goosebumps rising at Wei He’s stare, said with embarrassment, “I won’t become short no matter how much you stare at me.”
“Really…” Hearing this, Wei He suddenly gave an extremely brilliant smile. “I have a method if you are willing…”
“Not willing!” Qin Kaiyi refused with righteous firmness: “Don’t even think about it.”
“Okay.” Big dog Wei He’s ears drooped again.
“But do you think the place I’ve found is safe?” Qin Kaiyi wisely chose to change the subject when he looked at Wei He’s dispirited appearance. “I think staying a bit further away from the Lingshan Sect disciples is better.”
After hearing this, Wei He finally recovered a bit. He looked around and found that Qin Kaiyi had somehow pulled him into a thick bush. The two of them squatted carefully on the ground, looking extremely wretched…
“… How did you figure that this bush is safe?” Wei He turned his head helplessly. “Can you tell me?”
“Ah, this is what I think.” Qin Kaiyi hadn’t noticed the abnormality of Wei He’s attitude, and was very happy to elaborate on his opinion, “Look, anyone who seriously participates in the competition will definitely want to quickly obtain victory. Then we can hide in the bushes, and avoid most of the contestants. Even if we meet one, it should be another one who doesn’t want to participate… Hey? What do you mean by that look? “
“… it doesn’t mean anything.” Wei He covered his face in suffering. “You don’t even know what the rules of the game are… and can actually come to such a conclusion.”
“Is there a problem?” Qin Kaiyi forced a smile.
“Of course.” Wei He was about to say something, and suddenly stopped. He stretched out his hand to cover Qin Kaiyi’s mouth, and motioned for Qin Kaiyi to look to his right.
Qin Kaiyi didn’t understand what Wei He meant at first, and he was stunned when he glanced over—not far from the bushes where he hid, Shen Feixiao, who had just left with Qing Xuzi, was fighting with a few black-clothed cultivators. Although Qin Kaiyi was an amateur when it came to fights, he could still feel that the atmosphere between Shen Feixiao and those cultivators wasn’t quite right… it had the overtones of fighting to the death.
“Your shidi really dares to mess with anyone.” Wei He sighed quietly, “Fighting with three elders of the Red Lightning Sect… he has good prospects.”
“Really?” Qin Kaiyi gave Wei He a suspicious look. Why did he feel like there was a hidden meaning in Wei He’s words?
But no matter what, Qin Kaiyi, a layman, could still see that Shen Feixiao was really powerful. Even under the siege of three people, he was not at a disadvantage. Instead, as time went on, those three black-clothed men that tried their best to attack Shen Feixiao seemed to lose strength.
“What are the rules of the competition?” Qin Kaiyi saw that Shen Feixiao was in no real danger and turned to ask Wei He.
“Oh… It’s actually quite simple.” Wei He stared at Shen Feixiao still fighting with several people and whispered to Qin Kaiyi, “You beat a person until they can’t fight back, and you can get one point.”
“… then?” Qin Kaiyi had a bad hunch.
“Then if someone finds you hiding in the bushes, they will definitely think you’re weak.” Wei He still didn’t turn his head.
“… Okay.” Qin Kaiyi smiled bitterly… It seemed that no matter where he hid, he couldn’t avoid the competition.
“But the problem now is…” Wei He’s voice lightly fluttered. “Let’s first run for our lives.”
“Yi?” Qin Kaiyi paused, then looked into the distance. He was shocked to find that among the four people fighting before, only Shen Feixiao was left standing. The other three were lying on the ground motionless, and it was unclear if they were still alive. This wasn’t the most terrifying thing, the most terrifying thing was… Shen Feixiao, towards where Qin Kaiyi and Wei He hid, revealed an incredibly gentle smile.
…… Qin Kaiyi thought in horror that Shen Feixiao really was becoming more and more abnormal.
“Don’t hide, wait for my call to run, and run quickly,” Wei He whispered and then stood up from the bushes. He then greeted Shen Feixiao: “Yo, long time no see . “
Shen Feixiao’s memory was obviously good. He glanced at Wei He, and hooked the corners of his mouth into a smile. “Long time no see.”
Qin Kaiyi stood up awkwardly and greeted Shen Feixiao. “Hehe, you know each other.”
“Of course we know each other.” Shen Feixiao gave a smile that was not quite a smile. “It’s all thanks to you shixiong. Otherwise, how can we know each other.”
“…” What was going on with this darkly turbulent atmosphere, Qin Kaiyi thought silently. Why did he have the delusion that Shen Feixiao was very angry…
“Ah, little shidi, since you are so busy, we won’t disturb you.” Wei He’s face was obviously thicker than Qin Kaiyi’s. “Right? Qin Shi, quickly say goodbye to your shidi, we still have important things to do.”
“Er… right ha.” Qin Kaiyi felt like the smile on his own face couldn’t hold on any longer–now he was sure that Shen Feixiao’s anger was definitely not his delusion!! Mother’s eggs, that bear child’s eyes were about to turn purple, ahhhhhhhhhhh, Wei He you unreliable fellow, I actually believed in you ahhhhhh, you’re even more fraudulent (T/N: 坑爹 = cheating this daddy) than Yan Gu ahhhhhhhhh.
Just when Qin Kaiyi was roaring internally, Wei He shouted at Qin Kaiyi, “Run!!”
Then he ran away happily, leaving Qin Kaiyi and Shen Feixiao alone to look at each other… After quite a while, Qin Kaiyi couldn’t help but squeeze a “fuck” out from his mouth–he obviously underestimated Wei He’s professional accomplishments as a flower-picking thief. He was a flower-picking thief, besides running away and bed techniques, f*ck your sister, what else can he do!!!
“Shixiong, you won’t run away with Senior Wei?” Shen Feixiao’s voice was soft. If he didn’t know better he would think that Shen Feixiao was quite gentle. Qin Kaiyi wiped the cold sweat on his forehead silently and decided to move Shen Feixiao with reasoning and reality, “Shidi, don’t be agitated hahaha…”
“Am I agitated?” Shen Feixiao slightly raised his chin, expression extremely indifferent. “Where does shixiong see that I am agitated?”
… Your eyes have become completely purple all right! Qin Kaiyi looked at Shen Feixiao walking closer and closer and suddenly had the urge to weep bitter tears, but only the tiny bit remaining of his villain’s dignity stopped him. He took a deep breath, and Qin Kaiyi pretended to be calm. “Shidi what is it that you want to say.”
Shen Feixiao, who was half a head taller than Qin Kaiyi, heard this and smiled clear and bright. “Me? I have nothing to say.” I don’t want to talk to you any more. The trap has been laid out. Although the time has not yet come, that won’t stop me from collecting some interest.
“… Shidi.” Qin Kaiyi looked at Shen Feixiao, and the smile on his face gradually stiffened. He wanted to take a step back, but Shen Feixiao stretched out a hand to his waist and held him in his arms.
“What’s there to be afraid of.” Shen Feixiao’s movements were firm. He held Qin Kaiyi’s waist in one hand and used the other to mercilessly pinch Qin Kaiyi’s chin. “When you used your foot to throw me off the cliff with one kick, why not be afraid then?”
“…” Qin Kaiyi didn’t know what to answer with. He felt that Shen Feixiao’s current situation was very wrong, but he couldn’t find a solution. His IQ wasn’t high enough… the fighting value was not high (T/N: 武力值, force value, gamers refer to this as combat ability in games)… even his villain’s halo was about to extinguish.
“When you jumped into the magma without hesitation, why not be afraid?” Shen Feixiao was still talking. His words finally uncovered that layer of cloth between him and Qin Kaiyi (T/N: figurative cloth).
“I…” The cold sweat on Qin Kaiyi’s forehead dripped down his cheek drop by drop; he didn’t know how to explain to Shen Feixiao.
“Why are you sweating,” Shen Feixiao laughed softly, gripping Qin Kaiyi’s hand harder. He forced Qin Kaiyi to raise his head and look at him. “I already told you, don’t be afraid of me. If not for shixiong, how could I get to this point… isn’t that right?”
“…” In fact, you could have gotten to this point without me. Qin Kaiyi had too much to say that he couldn’t say. At this moment, he finally discovered how great the difference between the Nascent Soul period and the Core Formation period was. When Shen Feixiao let out all of his aura, he even found breathing difficult.
“Shixiong.” Looking at Qin Kaiyi’s panic-stricken eyes and lips gradually turning from rosy to pale, Shen Feixiao’s mood which had become very bad because of Wei He finally improved. He lowered his head and imprinted a gentle kiss onto Qin Kaiyi’s ice-cold lips. “Don’t be afraid of me.”
“…” So then Qin Kaiyi became unafraid of Shen Feixiao–is that possible!! Is it possible!! The truth was that Qin Kaiyi felt that he was about to be scared to tears!! What happened to Shen Feixiao, and why did he change from a stallion with three wives and four concubines to a gay man!! What happened to the plot in this world!!! The defensive line in his heart collapsed instantly. He didn’t know where his strength came from–Qin Kaiyi raised his hand and fiercely landed a slap on Shen Feixiao’s face!
“You stay away from me!!!” Qin Kaiyi bellowed: “Fuck you, you stay away from me!!!”
Shen Feixiao’s movements froze in an instant. His head was still slightly tilted because of Qin Kaiyi’s slap. After a while, a trace of blood flowed from the corner of Shen Feixiao’s mouth.
“…” Seeing that Shen Feixiao was actually hurt by himself, Qin Kaiyi’s heart tightened. After hurriedly gasping for breath a few times, he wanted to reach out a hand to feel Shen Feixiao’s face, but Shen Feixiao avoided him without hesitation.
“I know.” (T/N: can be translated as “I got it.” Or, “I understand”). Those purple eyes reverted to their original black. Shen Feixiao’s face clearly did not have expression, but it terrified Qin Kaiyi: “I know.”
Qin Kaiyi didn’t have a chance to ask Shen Feixiao what he knew. After Shen Feixiao finished speaking, he turned around and left without looking back, leaving Qin Kaiyi dazedly standing alone in the same place.
Somehow, the more I translate, the more an influx of bad reviews comes in on novelupdates.
The reviews regarding plot and characterizations are tolerable, but the ones virtue signalling about how they started reading the novel but then hated that it became problematic later are truly strange. The tags are right there on novelupdates!!! No one is deceiving anyone here!
I’m not thin-skinned but it does take the wind out of the translating/editing sails a bit.