Pei Qingyuan closed ‘Silver Life and Death Love’. He pondered on something after witnessing the system’s poor acting skills. Then he flipped through the materials he hadn’t read yet.
Sure enough, Pei Qingyuan found more novels that were ‘accidentally’ mixed in.
‘Red Life and Death Love’, ‘Purple Life and Death Love’ and ‘Yellow Life and Death Love.’ There were many books in the ‘Life and Death Love’ series alone and it could almost form a rainbow.
Others included ‘Elevator to Heaven’, ‘Interstellar Love Song’, ‘Sorry, I Don’t Love You’…
Pei Qingyuan guessed it had a high probability of being a tear-jerking tragedy of human-machine love.
His mood should be complicated and frustrated.
However, Pei Qingyuan couldn’t get angry when looking at these outrageous titles and the blue eyes of the cat doll blinking quietly.
He even thought it was cute.
“This novel is pretty good,” he objectively commented. “It would be better if the author had laid out hints for this tragic ending in advance.”
The voice that wanted to continue criticizing the ruthless mechanical butler weakened.
Ji Tong looked at his host’s calm reaction in disbelief.
Didn’t the host understand his hints at all?
“But Mary is so miserable.” Ji Tong tried his final struggle. “If she liked a human then it wouldn’t be like this. The mechanical butler has no heart.”
“Yes.” Pei Qingyuan nodded. “Its intelligence level is too low. It is far inferior to you.”
Ji Tong was strangely happy about receiving the host’s untimely praise.
“I am more advanced than him,” he tentatively said, “But I am just an artificial intelligence after all. It is the type without feelings.”
Pei Qingyuan was silent for a while before asking him, “Do you hate me?”
Taking advantage of the roommate’s lack of attention, the cat doll quickly shook his head out of fear of causing some misunderstanding with the host. “Of course not. The host is the best human I have ever seen.”
“That’s enough.” His voice was gentle. “It is time to sleep.”
Pei Qingyuan didn’t care about Ji Tong’s hints this time.
He received the butterfly doll that required more than a dozen attempts before succeeding, recovered a fragment of the heart bathed in moonlight, had a garden full of flowers and spent time together all year round.
These sights and bits and pieces weren’t stereotypical procedures set in advance.
Ji Tong had feelings.
It was just that he didn’t want to admit it for various reasons.
Pei Qingyuan didn’t feel it was Ji Tong’s fault, so he didn’t feel annoyed or frustrated.
He would try to correct all of this.
The moment the cat doll was placed on the small pillow bed made of towels, he still couldn’t respond due to the tragic failure of today’s hint attempt.
He had clearly hinted fully. Why wasn’t the host affected at all?
Was there something inherently wrong with this approach?
Ouyang, you can’t do it.
Ji Tong let out a long sigh. Just as the host seemed to be asleep, he started to quietly count his hair to hypnotize himself.
Several bedrooms away, Ouyang had been sleepless all night and sneezed faintly.
He heard that there was a master of metaphysics in Ji Tong’s dormitory and he was very accurate in calculate fortunes and tarot cards. He really wanted to ask this person to calculate it for him to see if he would experience a bloody disaster recently.
However, he didn’t dare approach the dormitory out of fear he would be punched before he could enter.
Maybe this was what tightrope walking felt like.
Thrilling, exciting and full of unknowns.
In class the next day, Ouyang Yu pulled his roommate who was rolling his eyes wildly. He waited until the class bell was about to ring before entering the classroom.
The last minute seat selection ensured maximum safety.
At the urging of his roommate, Ouyang Yu cautiously observed the entire classroom and didn’t find the slightest abnormality.
Ji Tong and Pei Qingyuan sat back in the same position they used to sit at. They were still at the same table and the atmosphere between the two of them wasn’t awkward. Everything was as usual.
The scene where he boldly offered advice to Ji Tong seemed like an illusion.
Ji Tong wasn’t really asking for a friend, right?
Ouyang Yu had a confusion expression on his face as he was dragged to his old position by his roommate. He secretly looked back at his two classmates from time to time.
This was until the surprised Pei Qingyuan looked sideways and asked Ji Tong, “Why does Ouyang always look back at us?”
He thought about it and described it. “His expression looks a bit guilty.”
“……” Ji Tong laughed dryly. “I don’t know, haha.”
Ouyang Yu was unreliable so he started to worry about what to do next.
Hinting didn’t work and it couldn’t be said explicitly.
He was worrying over it when he heard Pei Qingyuan ask, “Do you want to ride the roller coaster at night?”
“Roller coaster?” Ji Tong was stunned. “Where?”
“The one you built.”
Ji Tong didn’t hesitate after hearing this. “Okay, okay.”
…He would think about what to do tomorrow.
He couldn’t resist the temptation of riding on a roller coaster with the host.
After the amusement park in the consciousness space was built, he didn’t play in it himself in order to wait for the host to cut the ribbon himself.
He had never ridden a roller coaster before.
It was rare for Ji Tong to walk in the consciousness space at night. He looked at the strange and familiar amusement park in front of him with a blank expression.
Where did so many pink and white balloons and twinkling star lights come from?
The gaudy amusement park, which was originally full of childish feelings, suddenly had a touch of romance brought to it. The targets suddenly changed from children to couples.
He quickly proved his innocence to the host. “Host, I didn’t make these decorations.”
“Yes.” Pei Qingyuan was very calm. “I made them.”
Ji Tong: !!!
Ji Tong’s shock caused him to take a reflexive step back but Pei Qingyuan’s expression didn’t even change. “It is the first time I tried to make an object in the consciousness space. Is it ugly?”
“It isn’t ugly,” Ji Tong could only answer truthfully. “It is very good-looking.”
It just looked a lot like a date.
The host couldn’t be allowed to create this ambiguity.
He tried to tactfully protest, “But isn’t it too much—”
Pei Qingyuan interrupted him in an unhurried manner, “There will be fireworks later. You can watch it when the roller coaster reaches the highest point.”
Ji Tong’s preferences were completely grasped by Pei Qingyuan and he gave up resistance.
The host remembered everything he liked.
It seemed that the host also had a diary in his heart that recorded the bits and pieces of getting along with the system.
Ji Tong had this thought when he reached the highest point of this secret world and saw the gorgeous fireworks blooming.
The brilliant fireworks entered his eyes.
“Does it look good?” Pei Qingyuan asked him.
“It looks good,” he replied. “It is the best fireworks I have ever seen.”
The roller coaster track that could be controlled at will quietly carried the two figures side by side, staying at the closest place to the sky.
A violent fall followed and a feeling of weightlessness spread in his heart. Ji Tong was immersed in the clear breath of the person beside him and his heartbeat thumped loudly.
In the upside-down world, Ji Tong saw the pink and white balloons that fluttered downward. The orange star lights scattered on the ground flickered and illuminated the cloud of purple flowers in the distance.
He fell into the most beautiful dream, a vast mechanical heart and fireworks blooming in the sea.
In the silence that isolated them from the outside world, stripped of the light jokes of the past… the inability to force a rejection, the familiar self-comfort and the trivial thoughts that lurked in every corner of Ji Tong’s soul suddenly converged into a clear voice.
He didn’t want to do that mission.
He didn’t want the host to see Xie Yuchi.
Even if the other person was theoretically the host’s best business partner.
However, Ji Tong couldn’t say it.
It was just as he had to keep his human identity a secret.
Just like he never told anyone who lonely it was to be alone in a pale and lonely ward for thousands of days and nights.
The roller coaster stopped slowly amidst the endless sound of the wind.
Pei Qingyuan saw that his system was tightly gripping the railing. Then Ji Tong raised his head to look at him again with an interested smile on his face. “Ride again?”
In the end, the two of them rode it three times in total.
Next, there was a series of adrenaline-inducing rides such as the jumping machine and pirate ship.
Without the limitations of his child-like appearance and in a private amusement park where he could act in an unrestrained manner, Pei Qingyuan once again recognized the extent to which his system was enthusiastic about stimulating sports.
He didn’t know if it was because the consciousness space was too fun but Ji Tong seemed to have lost interest in Xie Yuchi. He initially wanted them to meet but now he didn’t seem to be looking forward to it at all.
On the day that he met Xie Yuchi in the school cafe, Ji Tong dawdled in the bedroom for a long time before obediently following him to the cafe.
Pei Qingyuan, who was originally wary of this strange senior, sensed Ji Tong’s slightly negative attitude and was very relieved.
He didn’t know what type of personality Senior Xie had.
Ji Tong, who was walking next to him, was also thinking the same question.
According to the notes he made on the day he upgraded his human form, the host might like the slightly sick type. Perhaps he simply liked those with white skin who were shorter than himself.
…This description was really familiar.
He seemed to have reversed cause and effect.
Ji Tong silently cut off this train of thought.
He had carefully searched for Xie Yuchi’s information and saw the photos. In fact, this senior was quite similar to the host. He was handsome but his expression was always cold.
As juniors, Ji Tong and Pei Qingyuan arrived at the agreed-upon place five minutes early to take their seats while Xie Yuchi was right on time.
A man wearing a large, bright-colored sweater strode in and stopped with an expressionless face at the coffee table of the two juniors. It was as if he was asking for their identities with his eyes.
Ji Tong was deeply surprised and took the initiative to say, “Senior Xie?”
He had the same indifferent temperament as the host and it didn’t really match the bright sweatshirt that made him look like he could go do street dance in the next second.
This senior was a bit unpredictable.
Xie Yuchi nodded and sat down neatly.
Then the atmosphere fell into a long silence.
He was examining the two juniors in front of him with very cautious eyes, so Ji Tong and Pei Qingyuan didn’t dare speak rashly out of fear of interrupting his unknown thoughts.
At the same time, the two men had their own worries.
Ji Tong was secretly sighing at the emotional line mission. He thought that he would take advantage of when the mission panel wasn’t paying attention to step on it.
Pei Qingyuan raised his vigilance value a bit more. Apart from some strange clothes, the senior in front of him basically fit Ji Tong’s aesthetics for human men.
A water wandering around held a menu in his hand and hesitated to approach this refrigerator zone.
A long time passed. Then Xie Yuchi finished observing and finally spoke. His tone was determined. “The two of you are a couple, right?”
Ji Tong was caught off guard and instinctively said. “No, we are both single.”
“Single?” It wasn’t known what Xie Yuchi remembered but he sneered. “Then forget about forming a team. There is no need to talk about it.”
Ji Tong: “……”
Was there a logical relationship between these two things?
Wait, this was obviously the object of the host’s emotional line mission!
Trapped in complicated emotions that was half happiness and half at a loss, Ji Tong was about to discuss in private what to do when he heard Pei Qingyuan’s calm voice.