Ye Qingming secretly glanced at Brother Yu. Jiang Shaoyu looked calm and didn’t seem to be angry.
Xiao Zhou patched it up for Yezi in time. “Yes, our training during this period wasn’t in vain. Today’s championship is the best proof. Thank you to everyone who has supported the national team. We didn’t let everyone down!”
Lao Lin said excitedly, “I have been waiting for this championship for six years. Today, it is finally here! Hehehe, I don’t know what to say to express my excitement. In short, to the family members of the national team, everyone is doing well!”
Liu Shaozhou took the microphone and said with a smile, “I have played in several World Series but this one is the happiest. Everyone is united and trusts each other. It feels really good to work together. The coaching staff is working hard behind the scenes on tactics and the players also trained seriously. I believe that this national team is worth remembering. It isn’t just winning the championship, but also the days when everyone trained together. I am thankful to meet you!”
His teammates applauded Captain Liu. He was right. There were so many things worth remembering about this national team! It wasn’t just the championship. It included everyone writing self-criticisms together, being locked up in the little black room together, and the life-or-death practice process using the devil’s training software. These were all precious memories.
Looking back now, every step of the national team had been very solid. From the selection, training, Asian Championship, and World Series, Jiang Shaoyu was the leader who helped them plan everything.
This was until he led them to the world championship stage together.
Finally, the microphone reached Pei Feng, the captain of the national team.
Everyone shifted their attention to Pei Feng and Jiang Shaoyu next to him.
Pei Feng took the microphone and looked at Jiang Shaoyu with a smile. “Back then, it was because of you that I came up with the idea of becoming an e-sports player. I’m glad that you are willing to accept me as your apprentice and teach me personally.”
“The person I admire the most in my heart has always been you.”
“Today, the MVP trophy of the finals was given to me because I am the first free person in the World Series. But I think this trophy should be given to Coach Jiang.”
“All my playing methods were inherited from my master. All the tactical layout and lineup arrangements in the finals were also decided by Master. In my heart, my master is the real MVP!”
“On behalf of the other players of the national team, I want to give this MVP trophy to our Coach Jiang.”
There was warm applause and cheers from the surroundings. Obviously, everyone agreed with Pei Feng’s approach.
The lights on the big stage were dazzling.
Pei Feng looked at Jiang Shaoyu in front of him tenderly and passionately. There was only Jiang Shaoyu in his eyes.
Jiang Shaoyu’s mind went blank for a moment. At this moment, the noise around him seemed to be automatically filtered by his brain, leaving only Pei Feng’s deep and gentle voice ringing in his ears.
The person he admired the most?
The real MVP in his mind?
This sentence wasn’t a confession, but it was better than a confession.
It was from Pei Feng’s admiration and worship of his idol when he was young to his admiration and desire for exclusivity as an adult. It was only at this moment that Jiang Shaoyu finally understood his apprentice’s emotional changes. After all, Pei Feng had been following in his footsteps since he was young. After a long time… Jiang Shaoyu was the only one left in his eyes.
Pei Feng handed the MVP trophy to Jiang Shaoyu. Jiang Shaoyu was unable to refuse Xiao Pei’s heart in front of the world audience. He took the MVP trophy, which still contained Pei Feng’s hot body temperature.
Jiang Shaoyu held the trophy in one hand and took the microphone in the other. He looked at everyone calmly and said, “I heard your thanks. This is what I should do as a coach. Thank you for your understanding and support. Today, every player of the national team performed very well. As a coach, I am proud of you!”
Pei Feng took the lead in applauding. There was warm applause around him again.
Jiang Shaoyu waited for the applause to stop before continuing, “I would also like to thank the behind-the-scenes team of the national team for their contribution. Vice-chairman Qi, Team Leader Sister Yu, the data engineer Qin Bo, the deputy coaches Old Cui and Old Chang, the assistant Anna, the tactical consultants Coach Zhu, Coach Gu, and Coach Xu, as well as the accompanying chefs and logistics team. Thank you for all your hard work!”
The work team of the national team often stayed up late and worked overtime during this period. They all played a role in this championship. As the head coach, Jiang Shaoyu didn’t forget to thank everyone for their hard work.
All the members of the work group watched the live stream of the interview from backstage and hugged each other while crying.
It was all worth it for the championship!
Yu Mingxiang said with red eyes, “I booked a restaurant. Let’s go celebrate together?”
Vice-chairman Qi said with a smile, “Everyone, relax tonight. There will be a celebration party after returning home!”
After the interview, everyone went backstage. They took a group photo with the championship trophy. Then they went to a nearby restaurant for dinner under the leadership of Yu Mingxiang to celebrate.
Yu Mingxiang directly reserved the second floor of the restaurant. The players gathered together in a lively manner.
Qi Heng stood up and said, “Come on, let’s have a drink for this rare world championship!”
Everyone stood up in unison and raised their red wine. The clear sound of clinking glasses sounded in the private room. Everyone drank it excitedly.
They couldn’t get drunk during the competition. In case someone got drunk, it would affect them. The red wine chosen by Yu Mingxiang had a very low alcohol content. As everyone was eating, they came to toast Jiang Shaoyu.
Jiang Shaoyu had a bad stomach and couldn’t drink too much. However, the team members were so warm that he couldn’t refuse directly. Once someone came to toast him, he clinked their glasses together and took a sip. A long time passed and he still hadn’t finished a glass of wine.
After everyone took turns to toast him, Pei Feng stood up on his own initiative and said with a smile, “I also toast you. I am really fortunate to worship you as a teacher.”
Jiang Shaoyu met his gentle eyes and his heart jumped slightly. He pretended to raise his wine glass calmly. Pei Feng clinked the glass with him gently and said with a smile, “I’ve done it. You feel free to do what you want.”
There wasn’t much wine left in the glass, so Jiang Shaoyu drank it too.
Pei Feng suddenly lowered his voice and leaned toward Jiang Shaoyu’s ear. “Now that the competition is over and the championship is won, can I chase you? It isn’t the apprentice chasing his master, but the adult alpha who wants to chase his beloved omega.”
Jiang Shaoyu: “……”
The people around him were drinking and chatting in a lively manner. Pei Feng’s voice was very low when whispering in his ear and only they could hear it.
Jiang Shaoyu’s ears felt hot. He didn’t agree or refuse. Before he could speak, Pei Feng stepped back with a smile. “Thank you, Master.”
Hua Ran and Xia Li, who didn’t know the truth, clapped excitedly next to them.
Jiang Shaoyu: “……”
What type of applause? What a pair of fools.
Did the two of them know that Pei Feng’s glass of wine was ‘a drinker not really interested in alcohol’?
The group of people played until 1 a.m. before returning to the hotel.
Jiang Shaoyu had just returned to his room when his phone rang. He checked the caller ID and saw that it was his brother Jiang Shaocheng calling.
His older brother also came to watch today’s finals. At that time, Jiang Shaoyu saw it when the camera of the auditorium showed the audience on the screen. There was a man sitting in the crowd, wearing sunglasses and a mask. He looked out of place. It was Jiang Shaocheng, who was on a business trip to the United States recently.
Jiang Shaoyu picked up the phone. “Brother, you haven’t slept yet?”
Jiang Shaocheng smiled. “I just returned to the hotel. Congratulations, World Champion.”
Jiang Shaoyu asked, “You came to the scene, right?”
“Yes. Although I don’t understand e-sports, today’s match was quite passionate. The Chinese spectators were so excited that they cried. I looked at the Weibo topic and everyone was praising you as the best coach in recent years.” He paused before continuing, “I have posted the hot search about you leading the team to win the championship to the family group chat.”
Jiang Shaoyu was speechless. “Is this necessary?”
Jiang Shaocheng let out a low laugh. “Everyone was very excited to see you win the championship. Father was quite proud. He asked me to tell you to go home soon.”
After differentiating into an omega, Jiang Shaoyu came abroad alone for treatment. He hadn’t seen his father and brother in a long time.
In fact, he could understand his father’s worries. Except for Shu Chen, who was a beta, the other members of the ACE team were all alphas. After differentiating into an omega, he developed a pheromone disorder and could go into estrus at any time. If he continued to play in ACE, there would be many dangers. The risk was huge and retirement was the best option.
It was just that his father’s attitude was strict and Jiang Shaoyu had a proud personality. The father and son had a big argument back then. Both of them didn’t want to admit defeat. Their relationship had been tense in the past few years.
Now his father’s anger had long passed. His older brother was here to mediate, so let’s give each other a way out.
Jiang Shaoyu was silent for a moment before saying, “I know. I’ll take some time to go back.”
Jiang Shaocheng said again, “By the way, did Pei Feng say something strange to you recently?”
Jiang Shaoyu raised an eyebrow. “Why are you mentioning him suddenly?”
Jiang Shaocheng answered in a low voice, “Last time I saw him at the national team’s base, his hostility toward me was very obvious. I don’t think that he has a simple master-disciple relationship with you. You should be careful. Don’t look at how obedient and well-behaved alphas look on the surface. He might call you ‘Master’ every time but who knows what he is thinking about you in his heart.”
Jiang Shaoyu: “……”
His older brother actually saw it. Xiao Pei really didn’t have a simple master-apprentice relationship with him. Last time, Xiao Pei confessed. It was just temporarily delayed by Jiang Shaoyu on the grounds that it would affect the competition. Now that the match was over, there was no way to delay it.
During the toast just now, he had the audacity to say that, ‘I want to officially chase you.’
The more Jiang Shaoyu thought about it, the more of a headache he had. He said casually, “You don’t have to worry about the matter between me and Pei Feng. I am an adult. I’ll handle it myself.”
Jiang Shaocheng was skeptical. “Can you really handle it?”
He had little faith in his younger brother’s ability to handle emotional disputes. After all, Jiang Shaoyu never had the consciousness of an omega. He had never been pursued by alphas over the years due to his aggressive pheromones.
What if Pei Feng took advantage of the situation?
As an older brother, he was really worried.
Jiang Shaocheng said, “You’ve been tired recently. Go home and rest for a while. If you want to fall in love, I know a lot of outstanding alphas. I will introduce them to you.”
Jiang Shaoyu frowned. “I’m not interested in falling in love. I will sleep first. Good night.”
Just after hanging up the call, the phone lit up again. It was a message from Pei Feng. “In the interview just now, I didn’t dare to say anything in front of so many people. In fact, you are not only the master I admire the most. You are also the person I love the most. I want to be your boyfriend more than being your apprentice~~”
Jiang Shaoyu: “……”
Then another message popped up. “I will prove to you that I am not only good at playing the game, but also a trustworthy alpha. Give me a chance~~”
Jiang Shaoyu didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
The familiar limes and emojis, combined with the coquettish tone, made him think of a big dog wagging his tail and asking for a bone. Jiang Shaoyu’s heart slightly softened.
Pei Feng had just won the world championship and the MVP of the finals. Now was his happiest and proudest time. If Jiang Shaoyu rejected him at this time, it would be like pouring a bucket of cold water on Pei Feng’s head. It would instantly ruin his good mood.
Forget it, let him be happy for two days.
Calm down first before talking about it.
Jiang Shaoyu replied, “I will seriously consider this question and give you an answer when we return to China.”
Pei Feng: “Okay, Master. Go to bed early. Good night~~”
Jiang Shaoyu put down his phone and went to the bedroom to take a shower.
The hot water washed away the fatigue in his body, but his mind became even more troubled. He had never thought about being with any alpha. Could Xiao Pei really be that exception?
Wasn’t it a bit strange for a master and apprentice to become a couple?