Outside the glass window, the floating dusk turned into dotted stars that shone in the night sky.
In the dimly lit room, the snow-white cat quietly walked in and carefully rubbed against the legs of his second master.
His second master held a beautifully bound book and kept shedding tears. The tears fell on his fluffy fur, making Hua Hua stiffen.
The tears had a warm and moist feeling.
He blinked his eyes that were as blue as the ocean and decided to coax this human, who looked a bit vulnerable.
“Bark bark bark.” Stop crying.
Hua Hua made an exception to bark and then arched against his first master, who was holding a tissue. His butt with a love heart shook in the light.
“Meow meow meow.” Bullying isn’t allowed.
There were only two humans present so it must be the fault of his first master.
Immediately afterward, Hua Hua saw his second master crying and laughing while his first master also had a smile in his eyes.
“Hua Hua just barked.”
There was a hint of joy in the slightly trembling cry, like a light feather across the tip of the heart.
Pei Qingyuan stood up. This time, he picked up Hua Hua with a gentle motion.
Then he put the comforting cat on the sofa in the living room.
“I won’t bully him.”
He rubbed Hua Hua’s head and turned to go back to the room.
The cat shrank into the sofa in a silly manner. He was wondering why the first master was so gentle today.
It wasn’t known how long it took before Hua Hua suddenly woke up.
Why was the door of the room closed again?!
He left the cat alone in the living room.
Fortunately, he still had the little yellow duck.
The night was getting thicker and thicker. Hua Hua was about to fall asleep in the arms of the little yellow duck when his two masters came out of the room.
His second master had red eyes and a red face. He sat quietly at the dining table, waiting for the sumptuous birthday dinner.
Taking advantage of the time when his first master went to the kitchen to heat up the dishes, Hua Hua hurriedly ran to Ji Tong’s feet and asked him.
“Meow meow meow meow?” Are you being bullied again?
His first master was really abominable.
How could he close the door and bully people, but still not admit it?
He asked like this and Ji Tong’s face turned even redder.
He tried to change the subject. “Can you bark for me again?”
Hua Hua felt pity in his heart and said, “Bark.”
Once the tears ceased, all that remained was the air of happiness.
Therefore, Ji Tong hugged Hua Hua and looked at him with a smile. “Why are you so cute?”
Hua Hua suddenly became a bit shy when watched so enthusiastically by the beautiful human.
He let go of the cat’s arrogance and reserve. He rubbed against his master’s cheek with his furry face, as if also wishing him a happy birthday.
There was a sumptuous and delicious dinner, a planet-shaped cat, a soft and obedient cat and a lover by his side.
This was Ji Tong’s 19th birthday.
He blew out the candles and made a birthday wish.
He wished he could stay in this world longer and longer, preferably forever.
He made a wish and cut the cake.
Ji Tong cut the planet cake and carefully divided the piece with the little robot.
Then he took a photo and sent it to the main brain.
[It is the happiest birthday. Thank you.]
The time node agreed upon with the Number Five main brain representative was after the mission of winning the international RS Cup. It stood to reason that the main brain should’ve come the moment the task was completed.
However, the main brain’s representative decided to wait until his birthday to announce the settlement.
Ji Tong originally wanted to send a photo to the main brain to make him hungry, but now he really wanted to share the cake with the representative.
Representative Number Five replied quickly.
[Is it for me?]
However, the main brain must not be interested in human food such as cake.
Ji Tong was about to carefully describe the taste of the cake to the main brain when there was a sudden knock on the door outside the house.
The knock on the door was even, regular and rhythmic. It was either a person with obsessive-compulsive disorder or a robot outside the door.
Both he and Pei Qingyuan were stunned at the same time.
This was too fast.
…He wanted the main brain to have a taste of the cake but he didn’t want to see the main brain so soon.
It meant the future of the world would be decided.
As Ji Tong was feeling worried, Pei Qingyuan got up and went to open the door.
Outside the door stood a man who was both strange and familiar.
The man in formal clothes with his black hair in a high ponytail seemed to have come out of a fashion magazine.
Pei Qingyuan looked at these cold and inorganic eyes for a few seconds and couldn’t help saying, “Today, you are much younger than last time.”
The image of the main brain last time was a cold, white-haired grandfather. Today, it was a middle-aged version of the cold, white-haired grandfather.
Ji Tong’s reaction was more direct. His eyes widened and he asked in shock, “What about your white ponytail?”
How did it become black?!
Number Five was expressionless. “Humans generally only have white hair in old age.”
Ji Tong suddenly forgot his worries just now and said bitterly, “But humans can dye their hair and they can dye it any color.”
“Oh.” Number Five said flatly while changing into the slippers handed to him by Pei Qingyuan. He walked into the house.
He saw the planet cake with the little robot on the table, a table full of dishes, an alert cat and the faint moonlight pouring into the house.
This was the birthday considered the happiest by System 0587.
Number Five turned his head and caught the ever-changing complex expression on Ji Tong’s face. He was probably feeling uneasy about the fate of the world that was about to be announced.
He asked, “Do you have anything to say?”
Would the system ask him to preserve everything in this world?
As a result, Ji Tong blurted out, “Your white ponytail is really handsome. Can you turn it back to white?”
Number Five: “……”
System 0587 was arguably the strangest system he had ever seen.
“Okay.” Number Five’s black hair really turned white immediately. He said at the same time. “You used up a wish.”
Ji Tong didn’t have time to be happy and he looked dazed. “What wish?”
Number Five stared at the piece of cake cut for it. “Three wishes as rewards after the settlement passed.
System 0587 was strange and so were the recipients.
They loved this projection world where the plot had gone off track.
Pei Qingyuan reacted faster. “The settlement passed and Ji Tong doesn’t need to leave, right?”
Number Five nodded. “In theory, he can always exist as your system. Your current relationship has been recognized and the relationship line mission has been completely canceled. The career line mission will continue.”
“This projection world can continue to operate stably for many years when natural birth, old age, illness and death are ushered in. Once the host dies, the system will end its work and you will go to the next world.”
Number Five added, “Your settlement results are good so the range of rewards you can wish for is relatively large. For example, allowing the system to truly own a human body, no longer being subject to any rules and only existing in this world from now on with the same lifespan as humans. Another option is that after the host dies naturally, he will become a system and enter the respective worlds to serve your respective hosts in the future.”
Be human and grow up together or be immortal systems but not being able to see each other all the time.
Each option sounded great, but at the same time, there was a little flaw.
After Number 5 finished speaking, the room was silent for a while. Ji Tong suddenly said, “The cake is ice cream and it is about to melt.”
He seemed not to care about the two completely different options and was only worried about the little matcha chocolate-flavored robot falling off the melting planet cake.
“This piece is for you.” Ji Tong looked at it with a smile. “It doesn’t taste good when it melts.”
Number Five hesitated before sitting down on the third chair pulled out by Ji Tong.
He had never tasted human food.
As Number Five was struggling silently, Ji Tong turned to look at Pei Qingyuan. “There are two more wishes. Is it okay to divide it as one for each of us?”
Of course, Pei Qingyuan wouldn’t refuse his request. “Okay.”
What type of reward would Ji Tong ask from the main brain?
In a room where there were always only two people and one cat, there was the extra breath of an elder.
The young man looked at the cold-faced, middle-aged man beside him. He stared at the cake in front of him and didn’t dare move easily. The ponytail under the light was shining silver-white.
“It is delicious.” Ji Tong encouraged him. “You will love the taste.”
When he used to watch TV through Xiao Mei before, he had never seen a middle-aged man with such a cool image on the screen.
If he had ever seen it, he would definitely let his fictional father Ji Yanxing also have a white ponytail.
Therefore, he didn’t regret at all using his precious wish on the hairstyle of the main brain representative.
Number Five finally lifted his fork and scooped up a little ice cream.
It had a cold, sweet and unfamiliar taste.
He didn’t like it but he didn’t hate it.
“I’ve tasted it.”
Number Five was concise and not ready to share his feelings.
But he remembered the taste.
Number Five looked up and saw System 0587 looking at him with an exceptionally bright gaze.
“My second wish is, can you pat me on the shoulder?”
Ji Tong actually struggled for a while over hugging, touching his head and patting his shoulder. Finally, he chose a way that was more in line with the image of the main brain.
The main brain was stunned.
He hadn’t expected Ji Tong’s second wish to be so simple that it was hardly a wish.
But he didn’t ask again. He just reached out a hand and slowly patted the thin shoulder of the young man in front of him.
Number Five had never done this type of movement before. He was slightly rusty and stiff, reminding him of some scene he had seen in human life for some reason.
The taciturn father patted his son on the shoulder and silently pinned all his hope and joy on his palm.
“Thank you for bringing me into this world.”
Ji Tong told him with a smile.
The little bean-green robot still stood on the sweet-smelling tan planet.
There was the clearest moonlight outside the window.
In the data of Number Five, there was one more fragment related to the moon.
The third wish was blank.
Pei Qingyuan said he hoped to keep this wish and wait for the future for it to be fulfilled.
Number Five agreed.
Number Five found that he seemed to have extra patience tonight.
Before saying goodbye to these two humans, he even gave an additional reward.
It was the naming rights of this projection world.
Each main brain representative only had a number to distinguish it but the cat, watch, robot and even car in this world had a name.
System 0587 was clearly fond of naming living or non-living things.
Think of it as giving back for that scoop of ice cream cake.
The middle-aged man with the white ponytail walked into the boundless night. The warm house was still filled with the voices of young men.
“Ruan Ruan, haven’t you thought of a third wish yet?”
“Not for the time being.”
Was it to make Ji Tong a real human or to make himself a human that needed to serve other hosts?
Pei Qingyuan didn’t want to make a hasty decision.
If Ji Tong had a human body then they could slowly grow old together like ordinary people.
However, maybe Ji Tong was no longer accustomed to the life of an ordinary person. He would worry about becoming fat after eating too much, worry about injuries and pain and not have a treasure chest that could hold things casually. He also couldn’t suddenly turn into a white mushroom.
He didn’t want Ji Tong to go back and miss his life as a system at that time.
Ji Tong blinked. “I thought you would want to make me human.”
Pei Qingyuan rubbed his head. “You are fine as you are now.”
Perhaps he could find a third answer in addition to these two options.
The world was still running steadily and his career had just begun. There were uncertain opportunities or enemies ahead. The days would move forward and there were still a lot of things to do.
Before cashing out the reward, Pei Qingyuan wanted to let Ji Tong fully experience it.
Live in a bionic body without a treasure chest and transformation function and experience an ordinary human life.
Or get along with himself, who had entrusted his consciousness to the Internet and experience an unusual system lover.
Or a more perfect answer.
This was what he would start to work on starting from tomorrow.
As for tonight, he only cared about the extremely beautiful moonlight.
In the quiet night, Ji Tong held Hua Hua and went downstairs for a walk with Pei Qingyuan.
It was because Hua Hua went to the community for a walk in the afternoon. At night, he lay in front of the glass window of the balcony and glanced at the dogs wandering downstairs from time to time.
In Mark’s words, this was probably ‘your lips saying one thing but your body language revealing what you really think.’
The noble-eyed cat elegantly nestled in Ji Tong’s arms, hiding the red love heart on his butt. He was completely different from the little white dog in the afternoon who hopped around, attracting the attention of many dogs.
Ji Tong smiled all the way.
He had a lot to say about his 19th birthday and he wanted to tell everyone who could hear it.
But in the end, it only turned into one sentence.
[Ji Tong: I have the best cat in the world.]
The comments were immediately filled with neat ‘let me see.’
Ji Tong replied one by one, replying to each comment with the system’s default ‘little white dog’ emoji.
Then he got a whole bunch of question marks.
After Ji Tong showed off, he put down his phone and whispered to Pei Qingyuan, “When the next mission is completed and the random reward is shaken, should I do something again and let a little white dog come out?”
Pei Qingyuan was thoughtful. “At that time, I asked you if there was anything wrong with the reward options and you said it was a random result.”
…He got carried away for a moment and accidentally exposed it.
Ji Tong said anxiously, “That—can you guess what is meant by recipients and settlement?”
Pei Qingyuan didn’t expose the little liar system and cooperated with him. “I don’t know. What is it?”
Ji Tong said in a straightforward manner, “I don’t know either.”
He just wanted to casually change the subject.
Pei Qingyuan: “……”
He looked helplessly at the boy holding the cat until he met the sparkling starlight in those eyes.
“It isn’t written in the work manual but I asked Sister Yinyin and Xiao Hao,” Ji Tong said. “They told me that the recipients are a group of people who are far away from us. Perhaps they are humans or perhaps they are machines.”
“The recipients will see a lot of times. Some things will make them stay and some won’t. The fact that we passed the settlement means that enough recipients stayed for us.”
Pei Qingyuan tried to digest the meaning of his words. “Is staying the same as looking at the world?”
Ji Tong scratched his head. “It should be.”
“Then they will know that today is your birthday,” Pei Qingyuan said. “They will also wish you a happy birthday.”
Staying on a planet in the long universe, people inside and outside the planet seemed to have spent a life together, whether it was short or long.
Ji Tong seemed to be encouraged. “I suddenly feel that the extra reward given by the main brain is precious.”
The name determined the sound when called and those syllables would last forever.
Pei Qingyuan nodded. “Yes, this world doesn’t have a name yet.”
Ji Tong immediately said, “I’ve figured it out!”
“What is it?”
Ji Tong imagined the distant happy birthday that might exist and couldn’t help thinking of the happy birthday in his ears when he was secretly alone at dusk. This was why he said categorically, “Don’t covet a beautiful system!!”
“……” Pei Qingyuan stretched out a hand to pinch the slightly flushed cheeks. He gave a low laugh. “No.”
But the world heard him.
The air was filled with invisible particles, converging into flowing data. The smell of the summer night was as colorful as a dream. There were leaves, cicadas chirping and recalled memories.
The little robot that fell from the tornado was full of stars, the desert became a garden, the seasons changed, snowflakes bloomed in summer and butterflies flew out of the white snow.
The man with the white ponytail was about to disappear at the edge of the world. He recalled the taste of ice cream, the gentle moon rising in the void of data and the moonlight shining on lovers walking in the night.
Then the story got its name.
—End of Main Text—
TL: Don’t forget to read the extras! There are still a few chapters left.