The fragrance of oil spread and circulated in the huge space like a fog, making people feel euphoric.
Xiang Jinyang couldn’t stop smiling when he heard the words that poured into his ears. He walked step by step to Pei Qingyuan on the edge of the crowd and his feet seemed to be on soft clouds.
“Young Master Pei, don’t be in a hurry to leave. I haven’t seen you in a long time. Why don’t we sit down and eat together?”
After all, there were many outsiders present. He finally suppressed his smile and replaced it with a hypocritical expression of concern.
Pei Qingyuan’s back was turned to him and he seemingly didn’t hear him. However, his footsteps stopped in place.
Xiang Jinyang saw this and became even happier. He could almost imagine the other person’s embarrassed expression.
The person who used to show that look was him. He was the son of the Pei family’s housekeeper and grew up with Pei Qingyuan. He could be regarded as a distant relative, but he never saw Pei Qingyuan’s smiling face.
Pei Qingyuan was always cold and kept him at a respectful distance, as if he had never seen this housekeeper’s son in his eyes. Xiang Jinyang had been stung by this cold look countless times.
Now it was finally Pei Qingyuan’s turn to enjoy such treatment.
It wasn’t in vain that he found someone to introduce this part-time job to Pei Qingyuan.
He had almost laughed with joy in the embarrassing moment when the audience fell silent.
Xiang Jinyang walked faster and faster. He couldn’t wait to admire the expression of the once aloof young master.
Just as he was about to pat Pei Qingyuan on the shoulder, the other person seemed to feel something and turned around first.
He was surprised to see that Pei Qingyuan was holding a little boy with a somewhat gray face in one hand.
The little boy looked like he had fallen many times. Now he raised his head and scolded others with a straight face, “I blame you for going to see your parents. You made me so dirty because I stayed alone… Now do you believe it? They are all scoundrels who don’t want to pay attention to you any longer…”
Xiang Jinyang was stunned when he heard this.
Did Pei Qingyuan already know about this party?
Where did this child come from?
He looked hesitantly at the two people in front of him. The little boy might be dirty, but his appearance was very cute. He held a delicate box in his hand and had puffed out cheeks as he urged Pei Qingyuan to go back.
“Let’s go. What is so good about this place? It is noisy and small. It isn’t as big as my living room…”
The little boy’s dislike of the environment was evident. He was clearly a child who grew up in a wealthy family.
Pei Qingyuan was stunned at first. Then he soon reacted and nodded slightly.
Xiang Jinyang was full of doubts. He saw that the two of them were really going to leave and asked without thinking, “Are you tutoring someone?”
Pei Qingyuan actually knew he would meet Pei Yan’s family when coming to do this part-time job?
Was he used in turn by Pei Qingyuan?
How did Pei Qingyuan find a part-time job as a tutor?
Xiang Jinyang clenched his fists. His joyful mode had disappeared and he felt that the balance of victory had tilted to the other side.
Before Pei Qingyuan could answer, the little boy from a good family stared at him with a dissatisfied face. “You just interrupted discriminately. You are so rude.”
Xiang Jinyang was momentarily at a loss for words. “I…”
“Brother Qingyuan doesn’t want to eat with you,” the little boy suddenly responded to Xiang Jinyang’s first words and made a face at him. “You look like a villain who is full of conspiracy and tricks.”
Xiang Jinyang: “……”
Facing such a small, he blushed and didn’t know how to respond.
“It is really boring. I want to go home.” Before pulling Pei Qingyuan to turn and leave, Ji Tong took the initiative to stop Xiang Jinyang, who was doubting life. “Hey, can you do me a favor?”
Xiang Jinyang felt incredulous at this child’s natural arrogance. The next second, he saw the child commanding Pei Qingyuan to stuff the silver tray into Xiang Jinyang’s arms.
Before he could regain his mind, he could only watch the two of them walk away. In the backlight, the boy looked back at him and smiled. “This dinner tray is more suitable for you—”
Xiang Jinyang was so agitated by the words that his entire body trembled.
After leaving the banquet hall, Ji Tong recalled Xiang Jinyang’s expression and felt quite proud.
It was estimated that a raging fire had been ignited in that person’s heart.
He didn’t know what his host’s emotional zone looked like now. It was a pity that it wasn’t convenient for him to enter and take a peek.
In the empty dressing room, Pei Qingyuan put him on a long bench. Ji Tong obediently turned his back and opened the packing box he had been holding tightly just now. He nibbled on the hot lamb chop while waiting for the host to change clothes.
In fact, he really wanted to see it but the host wasn’t 18 years old yet. This was a prohibited scene.
Pei Qingyuan took off the decent waiter’s uniform, folded it, and put it in the closet. He changed into the short-sleeved shirt and long pants that he had worn when he arrived. The simple style and color were completely different from today’s glamorous Pei Yan.
However, he didn’t seem to care that much any longer.
Pei Qingyuan turned to look at the little child behind him who was huddled up in a ball. He smelled the increasingly rich aroma of meat in the dressing room and couldn’t help saying, “You know that Xiang Jinyang hates others treating him as a servant the most.”
It was an affirmative sentence, not an interrogative one.
He had grown up with Xiang Jinyang and he knew that this person’s inferiority and snobbish nature meant he definitely wasn’t a good person. This was why he tried to keep his distance from Xiang Jinyang.
Ji Tong nodded. “Based on the analysis of his particularly proud expression, he likely asked you to come to the hotel for the part-time job.”
Pei Qingyuan was stunned and instinctively said, “…I thought it was a coincidence.”
“Of course not.” Ji Tong saw that this person had finished changing his clothes and turned around to stare at him solemnly. “You might encounter many things like this in the future but I will help you change all of it.”
Pei Qingyuan stared at the oil stains that hadn’t been wiped off the corners of his mouth and asked softly, “Who are you?”
Ji Tong was about to answer when he heard hurried footsteps outside the room. He thought about it, changed his mind and showed a sly smile.
“You will know soon.”
The door of the dressing room was pushed open at the same time. The head waiter didn’t worry about knocking on the door. He hurriedly walked in and looked around. “That… Xiao Pei, are you there?”
He saw that Pei Qingyuan had changed into his own clothes and immediately sighed with relief. “It is good that you are here. Today’s part-time job will end here. I will pay you according to today’s salary…”
Pei Qingyuan’s stunned gaze swept over the head waiter before he eagerly looked around.
The bench was empty. The little boy had disappeared and the packing box he held in his hand was also gone.
The dim yellow sunlight diffused through the slanted shutters, spilling fragments of light on the unoccupied bench and making it shine dimly.
Pei Qingyuan almost thought he had a dream.
In the dream, a strange child asked him if he wanted to cry. This child conjured a packing box out of nowhere and used big words to help him dismiss Xiang Jinyang, who wanted to see his embarrassment. Then the child concentrated on eating.
Was it an illusion?
The head waiter looked embarrassed when he saw that Pei Qingyuan didn’t speak. He was about to say something else when his nose twitched slightly. “How can there be a smell of barbecued meat?”
He looked around in a puzzled manner but couldn’t find anything.
Pei Qingyuan’s eyes suddenly lit up.
It wasn’t an illusion.
Just then, a young male voice was heard in his mind.
“Hello, System 0587 at your service. Can you hear me? Hello? Hello?”
This was followed by the faint sound of tapping on a microphone.
Pei Qingyuan realized something. He had no time to think about how bizarre this was. He just hurriedly said goodbye to the head waiter and left the hotel.
When he reached the unoccupied bus stop, he gasped and cautiously responded in a low voice, “Is it you?”
Ji Tong had thought the host couldn’t hear him and was looking through the work guide to find the reason in a distressed manner. Now he sighed with relief when he heard this. “It is me. Host, you can try to talk to me in your mind. This way, there is no need to avoid outsiders.”
Pei Qingyuan learned quickly and repeated this unfamiliar term in his mind. “Host?”
“Yes, you are my host and am I the counterattack system that serves you. “ Ji Tong walked through the consciousness space to digest the food while introducing himself according to the guidelines in the manual. “You live in a novel. In the beginning, you don’t have a very satisfactory life experience, but with my help, you will change your destiny and reach the pinnacle of life step by step…”
Pei Qingyuan listened carefully and didn’t raise any questions about this strange introduction. He instead asked, “Are you human?”
“Of course…” Ji Tong was about to answer casually when he suddenly remembered the reminder in the manual and sharply changed his words. “No!”
According to the work guide, systems that were human couldn’t reveal their true identity to the host in case it had unpredictable effects on the development of the plot.
“Host, you might be surprised by my high level of intelligence.” Ji Tong started to talk nonsense to avoid the host’s suspicion. “This is normal. After all, I am the smartest AI in the system industry. I have multiple built-in sets of flexible scenario templates to serve the host.”
“But you can become human.” Pei Qingyuan was very sharp. “I hugged you just now and your body temperature was real.”
Ji Tong was a bit shy due to these words and whispered, “The system has the function to change forms freely and the human form is one of them. However, this is closely related to your growth rate and this type of advanced form will have various restrictions. It can’t be regarded as a real human being. Currently, my human form is only three years old and I can only maintain it for one hour a day.”
In order to save this precious transformation time, Ji Tong chose to return to Pei Qingyuan’s consciousness space to give the background introduction.
In this way, he could save time and run out for a late-night meal.
The grilled lamb chops were really delicious.
Pei Qingyuan didn’t know the little calculations in Ji Tong’s heart. He took the bus all the way home and quietly listened to the voice in the depths of his mind, introducing everything that seemed like a fantasy.
The bus stopped and Pei Qingyuan returned to the old neighborhood that he was becoming increasingly familiar with. His head hung low and his hair was messy against his forehead, covering his still childish eyebrows. His entire face was hidden by the darkening twilight.
He walked into the low apartment building and the sound of his footsteps echoed in the dirty and messy corridors covered with small advertisements.
When he was about to arrive home, Pei Qingyuan finally asked in his mind, “Will you… disappear?”
Ji Tong was stunned for a moment before quickly explaining, “We are already bound. I will be by your side unless this world is destroyed.”
The destruction of the world meant Pei Qingyuan disappearing and then he would receive a new task, but there was no need to tell the host about this.
Pei Qingyuan seemed to sigh with relief when he heard this answer. Then he reached into his pocket to get the key.
Ji Tong’s post-meal walk happened to be near the black door. He thought about it and couldn’t hold back his curiosity. He quietly pushed the door open and peeked at his host’s current mood.
The tornado that blew him around before had calmed down and what he saw was an endless desert, with occasional waves of yellow sand. The little robot Ji Tong poked his head through the door and suddenly felt that his body was a bit hot.
He followed the light and saw a small sun at the end of the desert.
It was just like the dusk falling outside the building at this moment. It wasn’t bright but it hadn’t sunk yet. It stubbornly shone with an orange-red light.
Pei Qingyuan didn’t know anything about this. He gently opened the lock, seemingly not wanting to disturb anyone.
Once the door opened, he instantly saw the thin Luo Xiuyun sitting on the sofa. It was as if she had been waiting there a long time to attack him.
He had just been driven away by his adoptive mother and now he heard the long-simmering anger in his biological mother’s words.
In the small living room, Luo Xiuyun stood up abruptly and asked him angrily, “Where did you go today?”
The author has something to say:
Pei Qingyuan: I went to steal lamb chops.