The environment of the store recommended by Hua Ran was very good. The group of people got together to play board games. In order to not be disturbed by messages, everyone’s phones were silent and put away. Pei Feng didn’t see the message immediately.
During this period, they played practice matches frequently. The players who performed poorly in the replay after the game had to write a self-criticism. Everyone was under a lot of pressure. Today, Coach Jiang wasn’t there and everyone finally relaxed. They played in a lively manner until 11:30 and even had a late-night meal together.
Pei Feng glanced at the time, stood up and said, “It is almost time to go back. After returning to the dormitory, if you want to play the rankings, follow dramas or watch movies then you can arrange it yourself. It isn’t good for you to stay up too late.”
Hearing Pei Feng’s words, everyone consciously packed up their things and returned to the base together.
As Pei Feng went to pay the bill, he took out his phone and saw the message sent to him by Jiang Shaoyu. “After you come back, come to my dormitory to find me. I have something to tell you”
The message was sent at 8 o’clock, which was shortly after his master went back from dinner. His master specifically told him to go back to the dormitory to find him. What happened?
Pei Feng was puzzled in his heart. He quickly typed a reply, “Master, the phone was muted. I just saw the message you sent. Did you sleep?”
Jiang Shaoyu replied, “I’m not asleep.”
“Okay, I’ll go back to the base and find you.”
The store they went to play at wasn’t far from the national team’s base. It only took around 15 minutes to walk back. By the time everyone returned to the base, it was already 12 o’clock. Pei Feng quickly climbed up to the fourth floor and knocked on the door of Room 404.
The door opened quickly. Jiang Shaoyu had obviously finished taking a bath and was ready to sleep. He was wearing white pajamas. Jiang Doudou was wagging his tail happily toward Pei Feng at the feet of his master.
Pei Feng often brought delicious food to Jiang Doudou during this time. The canned meat of various flavors had never stopped. Jiang Doudou’s attitude toward Pei Feng was very enthusiastic.
Pei Feng leaned over and picked up Doudou. He looked at Jiang Shaoyu. “Master, why are you looking for me?”
Jiang Shaoyu frowned and hesitated for a moment. “Come in and talk.”
Pei Feng carried Doudou through the door and Jiang Shaoyu closed it behind him. Pei Feng followed him into the living room and saw the commemorative book that everyone gave him was placed on the coffee table of the living room by him. He had already opened it and read it.
Pei Feng said, “Master, have you seen it? I was worried that the gifts everyone bought wouldn’t be to your liking, so I asked them to write blessings to you as a commemoration.”
Sure enough, it was prepared by Xiao Pei. Jiang Shaoyu really liked this gift. He pointed to the sofa with complicated emotions. “Sit.”
Pei Feng sat down on the soft, touched Doudou’s head and let him play by himself. Jiang Shaoyu turned around and handed him a glass of water. Then he sat opposite Pei Feng, raising his eyes to look at his apprentice.
The two of them looked at each other. Pei Feng’s eyes were smiling and his gaze was gentle.
Jiang Shaoyu wasn’t very comfortable being looked at. He took a deep breath, ignored the awkwardness of the two of them being alone, put on a serious attitude and said in a low voice, “Xiao Pei, you should know my temper. I don’t like to beat around the bush and guess things. IF there is something, I hope to solve it directly.”
Pei Feng smiled and asked, “Has Master encountered any trouble?”
Jiang Shaoyu asked sharply, “Tell me honestly, what did you think in your heart when you marked me last time?”
Pei Feng’s heart jumped. He suddenly felt a bit weak at his master’s calm and serious gaze.
The first time he marked, he didn’t have any other thoughts. The incident happened suddenly. Combine this with his master’s aggressive pheromones and when Pei Feng marked his master on a snowy winter night, he only thought if he had been good enough or he might be scolded by his master.
However, the second time, he did have some evil thoughts for his master. The inhibitors were obviously next to him. The pheromones could be controlled as long as the needle was inserted into his master’s arm, but Pei Feng chose to mark Jiang Shaoyu.
He felt sorry for his master and wanted to take care of and protect the other person… even taking his master as his own.
He knew he shouldn’t think this but he couldn’t help himself. It was also at that time that he figured out his feelings for his master. It wasn’t simply worship and respect. There was a deeper love and exclusivity.
Pei Feng smiled and pretended to be relaxed. “Didn’t I write it in the self-criticism? It said very clearly that I don’t want to see you get injections every day, damaging your arms and having to suffer the side effects of drugs. Since my mark has the same effect as an inhibitor and there are no side effects, I want to help you.”
Jiang Shaoyu stared into his eyes. “You just want to help me and don’t have any other ideas?”
Pei Feng: “……”
Those eyes were clear and sharp, as if they could stare directly through all appearances into Pei Feng’s heart.
At this time, he would be exposed if he felt guilty and didn’t dare look directly at Jiang Shaoyu. Pei Feng stiffly faced Jiang Shaoyu’s eyes and said with a smile, “I don’t quite understand what Master means. What else can I think about?”
“You really don’t understand?” Jiang Shaoyu suddenly walked to Pei Feng. He supported his hands on both sides of Pei Feng and pressed forward, encircling this alpha.
Pei Feng watched as his master got closer and closer and his heart almost popped out of his chest. He froze on the sofa and didn’t dare to move…
In the end, Jiang Shaoyu stopped less than 10 centimeters away from him. The two of them looked at each other, their breath almost on each other’s face.
Such a close distance made Pei Feng’s heart beat like a drum. He could almost clearly see his master’s thick eyelashes.
Pei Feng was at a loss. The next moment, he heard Jiang Shaoyu say lightly, “I am an omega and you are an alpha. In addition to temporarily marking an omega, alphas can completely possess the other person. Do you really have no other thoughts about me?”
Jiang Shaoyu was used to taking the initiative and he did this to test Pei Feng. How to test whether an alpha had other thoughts about himself? Get up close and personal and see how they reacted.
The distance between the two of them was already close enough to kiss.
Fortunately, Pei Feng didn’t make any further moves. If Xiao Pei really had any ideas about him, Xiao Pei might not be able to hold back, right?
It seems he was thinking too much?
Just as Jiang Shaoyu was about to retreat, Pei Feng’s ears turned red and he said in an embarrassed manner, “Master is really powerful. You discovered my secret so quickly.”
A trace of blankness appeared in Jiang Shaoyu’s eyes. He hadn’t actually found it and was just testing. He didn’t expect that Xiao Pei really misunderstood that, ‘Master discovered my secret with sharp eyes’ and honestly showed his cards.
Jiang Shaoyu stared at Pei Feng in disbelief. “You really…”
Pei Feng simply admitted it. “That’s right. I am interested in more than a master-apprentice relationship with you.”
Jiang Shaoyu: “……”
Pei Feng looked at him calmly and said, “Now that you know, I don’t want to hide it from you any longer… I like you. It is an alpha’s fondness for an omega, the type of liking that wants to mark you completely and possess you. You are the most important person to me and the only one I want to protect.”
Pei Feng paused and said softly, “Master, if I say that I really want to be with you, will you agree?”
At the young man’s expectant eyes, Jiang Shaoyu’s body instantly stiffened.
He wanted to test Pei Feng but thought he had misunderstood. Then it was reversed. Pei Feng showed his cards and he ended up being the one who found it impossible to stop halfway.
The alpha’s eyes were gentle and sincere. Jiang Shaoyu was inexplicably soft-hearted and he didn’t know how to take this straight ball.
But he still quickly regained his senses. He took a step back with a cold face and said seriously, “I am your master. How could you have such thoughts about me?”
Pei Feng cheekily said, “Master is only four years older than me and we aren’t related by blood. It is just a master and apprentice in name and it isn’t illegal to be together, right? Can’t I like Master?”
Jiang Shaoyu frowned. “Have you ever thought about what others will say about you?”
Pei Feng shrugged and looked indifferent. “What does it matter to others who I like? I don’t care what they say.”
He looked up at Jiang Shaoyu, his eyes bright. “All I care about is what you think of me. Master, do you think this is an offense to you? Will you stop recognizing me as an apprentice?”
Of course, Jiang Shaoyu wouldn’t be ruthless enough to stop recognizing Pei Feng. After all, this was the apprentice he was proudest of. It was also the player of the young generation that he admired the most.
He was silent for a moment before sighing softly. “I have always made a clear distinction between public and private. I won’t affect the affirmation of your strength because of your personal relationship problems. Naturally, I won’t deny you.”
He paused and looked at his apprentice before saying seriously, “I want to know what you really think and I’m also afraid that something will happen when you go to the World Series. Now that I know it, I can be mentally prepared. From now on, apart from the match arrangements and tactical discussions, we will try to avoid meeting alone in private.”
A trace of loss flashed in Pei Feng’s eyes. “Is this the meaning of rejection?”
Jiang Shaoyu looked at his aggrieved look and suddenly felt it was a bit unbearable to make him sad. However, he couldn’t directly agree to Xiao Pei. How could he find a compromise method?
He thought for a while before saying, “I hope you can focus on the match and put aside emotional matters first. After playing the World Series… let’s talk about it.”
Pei Feng’s eyes lit up. “So you aren’t completely rejecting me. I still have hope, right?”
Jiang Shaoyu: “……”
Pei Feng looked at Jiang Shaoyu and said, “I know. Master doesn’t have the energy to fall in love right now. You can rest assured, I will also distinguish between public and private. I guarantee that I won’t let it affect the match. This isn’t a competition for just the two of us. We represent all of China. There can be no mistakes.”
Jiang Shaoyu was relieved in his heart. His apprentice was indeed sensible. He also intended this when he talked to Pei Feng today.
Make everything clear and don’t hide it in his heart, possibly causing problems. The master and apprentice talked openly and frankly. His apprentice knew what was more important at the moment and the rest could be put aside for the time being.
Emotional problems were indeed very complicated and Pei Feng couldn’t immediately give up his liking. If he liked someone, he couldn’t let go just because he wanted it. At the very least, the most important thing at the moment was the World Series. Personal emotions couldn’t be allowed to get in the way.
It was better to be prepared in advance than to have an accident during the game.
Jiang Shaoyu said in a low voice, “It is good that you can understand.”
Pei Feng said, “I know you value the results of the national team the most. Our goal is the same. Bring the Chinese national team back with a trophy. However, can I officially pursue Master after the World Series?”
Jiang Shaoyu: “……”
Pei Feng looked at him seriously. “At that time, can you treat me as an adult alpha who likes you instead of an apprentice who only listens to you? Give me the right to pursue you.”
The young man who seriously said, ‘Can I pursue you?’ was like a big dog wagging his tail and asking for meat and bones. He was straightforward and frank. He was a young man who was brave and cute, not afraid of setbacks.
Jiang Shaoyu didn’t know how to answer. A pursuit? He never thought that anyone would dare to chase him. After all, he had crippled several alphas during his estrus. His personality wasn’t the type that needed protection.
Seeing that his master looked stiff, Pei Feng said cheekily, “If you don’t refuse, shall I take it as your agreement?”
He stood up and said in a low voice, “Don’t worry, I will never affect the game because of my feelings for you. I know what you value the most. Once the competition is over, give me another chance to officially pursue you. I will prove to Master that I am an alpha worthy of liking.”
Did falling in love affect the game? Impossible.
Having said that, Pei Feng would only be more motivated. It was because he also wanted Jiang Shaoyu to look at him with admiration and wanted Jiang Shaoyu to be proud of him. ‘Your apprentice is a world-class sniper. There is no shame in liking me.’
Until Pei Feng turned and left, Jiang Shaoyu was still frozen in place with a splitting headache. Pei Feng seemed to have shifted the problem to his side? At that time, what should he do in the face of his apprentice’s enthusiastic and frank pursuit?