Hi guys, happy October 15th! I tried and only managed to finish one chapter of Ti Shen. To be honest, I almost thought we’d have to skip the 15th again. That would make for a good horror story. Haha. We’ll try to come back with some True Star next time. I also have a Gong Hua chapter that’s been sitting on the back burner since August. Meaning, I haven’t gotten around to translating a word. Ah, the chaos that is school. The tests just never seem to end. That one week of hell was merely the tip of the iceberg. The things we do for higher education…
That said, we’ll be back after Halloween!
Ti Shen: Chapter 11
“You…” With his sight blurred, Lan Kuang could vaguely see the man with the demon mask approach him, but the man’s bewitching voice was clear beside his ears.
“Hah, idiot. The drug isn’t in the wine, it’s on the glass. People say you’re a cautious man who’s sharp and clever. But perhaps you’re too smart for your own good.” The man smirked at Lan Kuang. He wrapped the whip around his left hand, playing with it. “But don’t worry. I won’t do anything to harm you. The drug was merely an aphrodisiac. You’ll be fine as long as you find a person to help you later.”
Lan Kuang struggled to get up while also trying to get a good kick at the man. The latter dodged easily and added, “I forgot to mention, but the drug isn’t simply an aphrodisiac. I’ve mixed some anesthetics in there as well. It’s normal for you to not be able to control your limbs right now. Don’t even think about trying to kick me. We have to be realistic here. If you have the time to attempt something so pointless, why don’t you try to conserve your energy instead?”
Lan Kuang’s angry expression was immediately replaced by a look of nonchalance. He even chuckled and said, “Oh? My dear, did you bring a whip because you thought it would more exciting? What heavy tastes you have! But if that’s the case, I can go wild with you. Come on, I can’t wait!”
The man in the mask had never faced such a situation before. Why did Lan Kuang suddenly turn passionate and wild? Was he trying to tease him with those words? He couldn’t believe the thickness of Lan Kuang’s skin. Lan Kuang should be glaring at him and demanding to know what he had planned in mind. Why was he being so…so obscene?
Thank god that he was wearing a mask. He wouldn’t be able to live if Lan Kuang noticed the blush creeping up his face. He forced himself to calm down and restrained his mind from wandering into dark places. He glanced over Lan Kuang, who was half-naked on the bed. He then knelt on the sheets and reached to pull Lan Kuang’s pants down.
At the touch of the other’s cold fingers, Lan Kuang felt a wave of cool relief flow through him. Without a hint of embarrassment, Lan Kuang started moaning, trying to get a crack at the man still wearing the mask. “Ah… Darling, just a single touch from you is enough to get me reacting like this. Ah… I feel so good. Oh… Darling, you’re too slow. Don’t just take off my clothes. Do yours too. I can’t wait!”
Hearing those words, the man in the mask could feel his ears turning red and his fingers trembling as he pulled Lan Kuang’s pants down the thighs, calves, and ankles. Before moving any further, he calmed himself, and then ripped off Lan Kuang’s pants in one smooth move. He leaned toward Lan Kuang and lifted the man’s chin with the whip that was still wrapped around his hand. He asked in a low voice, “Where’s the data?”
“What data?” Lan Kuang was shocked.
“Don’t pretend in front of me.” The smile that appeared on the man’s face was rather wicked. He waved the whip in front of Lan Kuang. “If you don’t tell me now, you’ll have a tough time later.”
Lan Kuang’s expression finally turned serious again. “What are you planning?”
The man in the mask swung the whip around a few times and glanced warningly at Lan Kuang. He chuckled and said, “I’ll ask you again. Where’s the customer data from the Long Wei Group?”
Lan Kuang sneered coldly. “Your methods are a little too despicable, don’t you think?”
The man raised an eyebrow underneath the mask. “As they say, all’s fair in love and war. The business world is akin to a battlefield. In a war like this, who can claim to be a gentleman all the time? Even if you can, they are the words of a hypocrite. As for me… Isn’t it better to be straight up vile instead of hiding behind a barrier of pretenses?”
The man swung the whip down to mark the end of his words. A red lash appeared on Lan Kuang’s chest. The man swung the whip again, adding another lash that crisscrossed with the other, making a giant X.
“Where’s the data?” The man’s voice was harsher than before. Lan Kuang now knew he was serious.
Lan Kuang winced at the pain on his chest, but he didn’t say anything. He was more curious about the other’s identity. “Who are you? What are you going to do with the data? What use do you have for it? Who ordered you? Moreover, don’t you know that a cautious person like me never carries important data on my person?”
“That’s a lot of questions.” The man frowned at Lan Kuang. The marks on the latter’s chest were starting to bleed in parts. He turned his head away. “There’s no benefit from knowing too much. I’ll say it again: I won’t harm you, I simply don’t want the Long Wei Group to have it too easy. If you’d been willing to cooperate, then I wouldn’t have whipped you.”
The man turned around and started rifling through Lan Kuang’s clothes. He pulled out Lan Kuang’s wallet, ID, and keys, not a single thing slipping his eyes.
While examining Lan Kuang’s keys, the man found a small flash drive strapped to the keychain. The flash drive was made to resemble a monkey dressed up in hip-hop style. At first glance, it appeared like a normal keychain charm, but pulling off the monkey’s head revealed the USB plug inside.
The most dangerous place was the safest at the same time, was it? Luckily, he had seen plenty of cartoon flash drives before. Otherwise, he’d have completely disregarded the monkey as a simple charm.
Like the demon mask he was wearing, the man smiled wickedly. He pulled the monkey off the keychain and said, “I should’ve known beforehand. For an overly cautious person who pretends to be smart, you’d definitely carry everything on your person. I apologize, but I’ll be borrowing this from you. Please forgive me if I’ve caused you any problems.”
Lan Kuang was already feeling the effects of the drug. The man in the mask noticed his reaction and smiled deeply. “I’ve only given you a taste of your own medicine. You’d followed me out of your own free will. You can’t blame me for this.” He paused, then continued, “But seeing as you rather like me, I’ve decreased the dosage of the drug. Just bear with it. Or…you can go ahead and help yourself. Don’t try to resist it though, I’d feel bad if anything happens.”
Lan Kuang was silent. He was filled with self-hate due to his carelessness. He also hated the brilliant method the other had used in order to capture him.
“Then… Goodbye! Thank you for the data.” The man blew a kiss at Lan Kuang and walked toward the door.
Barely two steps later, the man turned around. Meeting Lan Kuang’s cold gaze, he said, “I guess you can say we are acquaintances now. If not for the data you have in your hands, we might have become friends. Since we’re hitting it off so well, let me teach you something.”
The man raised a finger and smiled, “One, the business world is a battlefield. People who randomly get close to you either have bad intentions or they are corporal spies. Don’t trust anything such as a one-night stand. Especially when it comes to people like me, who are capable of letting go of ourselves in order to trap our target. You should’ve realized that something was wrong the second I insisted on pouring you a glass of wine. But I did take advantage of that. I can only say that you aren’t careful enough. Too much confidence isn’t a good thing.”
The man added a second finger to the first, his smile widening. “Two, don’t suddenly change your approach when you’re capable of controlling the situation. Never let another person take command. The most innocent people are often the most manipulative. Like the smooth surface of a lake, you never know what’s inside the waters. You never know when something might jump out and bite apart your throat.”
The man raised a third finger and leaned down to look at Lan Kuang. He rubbed the latter’s chin in a teasing manner. “Three, don’t carry valuable information on your person. It’ll be the end of you if you come across a calculating man like me.”
The man straightened and added, “How about this? I’ll teach you a good way to back up information. You should go and register for two email accounts. When you come across valuable information, upload it onto one account, then use that account to send it to the second one. Even if one system were to break down, you’d still have another to rely on. You’d never have to worry about losing your information. As long as you have access to the internet, you can view it whenever. As for other people, even if they were to ransack your home or beat you down into the ground, they’d never find it.”
A crafty and arrogant smile appeared on the man’s face. “I feel a bit guilty that you fell for my trap today. In the future…you should be careful.” He patted Lan Kuang on the face. “I won’t say goodbye again. I hope we never see each other again.”
The man leaned down and kissed the whip marks on Lan Kuang’s chest. He then turned around and left, leaving behind an elegant and proud figure.
Completely naked on the bed with both hands tied above his head, Lan Kuang watched angrily as the other man walked away step by step. When the figure disappeared from his sight, he finally broke down in laughter, a dangerous edge in his voice.
Very well! We are enemies from this day forth! You better prepare yourself for revenge.
Lan Kuang glanced at his lower half and another wave of anger rolled through him. With great difficulty, he managed to flip over and rubbed himself against the bedsheet. The rampaging heat inside him subsided for a moment, only to return at full force the next second.
Despite the anger in his eyes, Lan Kuang’s face was icy. He gritted his teeth and glared at the door, as if trying to bore a hole into the wood.
Goddamn it. If I ever learn of who’s behind this, they are dead for sure. My methods aren’t as simple as yours.
Forcing me to do it by myself… Next time, I’ll do it until you’re screaming for help, until you can’t get out of bed for three days!
You will pay me back in double! In triple! I’ll make you penniless, but that would be letting you off too easy!
Shit! Not being able to do anything while this drug is inside my body makes me want to kill someone!
Lan Kuang had never been in such a sorry state in his whole life.
By the time the effects of the analgesic wore off, Lan Kuang was drenched in sweat. His lower half was still swollen to the point of pain. He leaned up and used his teeth to bite apart the belt that was tied around his hands. He then reached down and took care of himself a few times, finally, he felt the heat recede.
Still feeling a bit weak in the limbs, Lan Kuang quickly dressed himself. He left the room and ran in the direction of the security control room.
Hi guys, I am the bringer of bad news today. As I have three tests next week, the chances of me having time to translate is pretty slim. Rather, it’s nonexistent. So you’ll have to pass the first of October without any releases from us. We’ll try to be back on the 15th instead!
For those of you who are also swamped with tests, good luck! :)
Due to procrastination on my part, we only have one chapter for you guys today. And it’s a Ti Shen chapter. Do I hear some hearts cracking in the background at the lack of True Star? >:D Hahaha. After this chapter, I have to say I really appreciate the fact that we have names to refer to ourselves. Having to use “the man,” “the other,” “the other man,” and “the man with X,” to describe someone for an entire chapter is truly tiring. If you can’t figure out who’s who, then I apologize. Maybe I’ll make up my own names next time. I’ll use “The man who’s obviously Ran Feng Ge, but to be mysterious we have to refer to him as The Man for an entire chapter.” Well, at least that could be his moniker for when he decides to be a superhero. Haha
For those of you who’ve emailed me, don’t worry, I’ll get to them. Life is just a bit busy right now. That’s all for this time!
Ti Shen: Chapter 10
In Lan Kuang’s mind, that night was unforgettable.
He had always been unruly and arrogant, but he had met someone even more so that night.
When he’d come across that person, he was engulfed by a desperate need to conquer them. He had wanted to claim them!
That night, after meeting with a few business partners, Lan Kuang had gone up to the balcony and opened a window to clear his mind. He had drunk too much during the meeting. Rubbing his temples, he glanced down at the people who were still mingling on the dancefloor, and sneered in contempt.
The people dancing below were all single-mindedly focused on finding someone for the night, they paid no attention to their rough moves that were jarringly out of place. It was an ugly sight.
As his business was over, Lan Kuang had no reason to stay any longer.
Just when he was about to turn away, he picked up on the sound of cheering coming from the dancefloor. The music had been switched to a fast-paced dance track. Lan Kuang wasn’t interested in that type of music, so he didn’t know the name of the song. However, just by listening to it, he could feel his blood strum in excitement.
The cheers became louder as the heavy beat of the track thrummed through the room like a steady clock.
Lan Kuang looked down.
A man wearing a demon mask was dancing slowly at the center of the dancefloor.
He moved his shoulders, flipped his hair, rotated his waist, and thrusted his hips.
It was carefree. It was confident. It was willful. And it was insolent.
The eyes hidden behind the mask were especially bright.
When the music slowed down, the man’s moves also became gentler. If his earlier moves were aggressive and arrogant, then he could only be described as alluring and seductive now.
The man with the mask fingered the buttons of his shirt, pulling it open and off his body. With a swing of his arm, he threw the shirt into the air.
The crowd cheered and screamed, the noise deafening to the ears.
Lan Kuang found that he couldn’t move his eyes away.
For the entire track, he found himself fixated on the man who was tearing up the dancefloor.
He could feel the desire to conquer welling up inside his heart.
Lan Kuang had always lived under the principle of “If someone dares to be wild in front of me, I’ll be even wilder.”
He pulled out the vampire masquerade mask he’d been given when he’d entered the dance party. Lan Kuang smiled to himself. He put the mask on, put one hand on the railings, and leapt down from the balcony.
It was at least a two-story drop.
Some of the onlookers screamed when they noticed a man falling from above. They went silent and stared intensely at the spot where Lan Kuang had landed.
Lan Kuang had bent his knees during his fall to lessen the impact on his legs. His bent position had an indescribable charm to it.
The man wearing the demon mask had already stopped dancing. He’d collected his shirt and was putting it on, preparing to leave. Before he could step away, Lan Kuang grabbed his arm.
“Is something wrong?” A simple and direct question.
“Why don’t we dance together?”
“Sorry, I’ve just finished so I’m a bit tired right now. Sir, please go find someone else.” The man pulled his arm out of Lan Kuang’s grasp and turned to walk away. But underneath his mask, he was smiling.
Very good. For such an egotistical man, Lan Kuang had taken the bait as expected.
“Then why don’t we get a drink together?” Lan Kuang didn’t force the issue, but he quickly followed after the other.
It’d been a long time since he’d taken an interest in someone. He had to get to know the man better.
As for conquering him, that could come after he’d gotten to know the man.
“All right, my treat.”
“No, it’ll be my treat!” Lan Kuang insisted. He was used to getting his way.
“Then…I gladly accept!”
The crowd watched as the two walked away. For some unknown reason, they felt that the two men matched each other rather well.
Without any further disturbances, the dancefloor resumed its previous noisiness, as if the period of silence had never existed.
The two men each picked up a glass of alcohol and sat down in a corner. After sitting together for a while, Lan Kuang said, “Don’t you think the air is stuffy in here?”
“No, not at all. I think it’s fine.” The man in the demon mask smiled.
Lan Kuang chuckled, his eyes narrowing behind his mask. He leaned next to the other’s ear and murmured, “Have you…done it with a man before?”
The other stiffened in shock, but replied honestly, “No.”
“Do you want to try?” Lan Kuang reached toward the other’s collar, the image of the man’s smooth chest replaying inside his mind. He felt his abs tighten and spoke in an alluring voice, “Try it. I promise, you will die from how good it feels.”
“But I don’t like to be controlled by others.” The man grabbed Lan Kuang’s wrist and stopped it from moving. He emphasized, “Also, my tastes are a bit heavy. Are you sure…you can handle it?”
Lan Kuang watched as an enticing smile bloomed on the man’s face, his smooth lips shining under the light. Although the upper half of the man’s face was hidden behind the mask, Lan Kuang was sure that the other’s expression was one of provocation.
He was the first one to challenge his authority.
Good. Lan Kuang liked it very much.
“All right, I’ve never tried being on the bottom before, but I can make an exception for you tonight.” Lan Kuang was a bit scary when he suddenly acts gentle. “Be nice with me!”
“Then what are we waiting for?” The man with the demon mask stood up first. He pulled Lan Kuang out of the hall they were in and pressed the elevator for the top floor.
Lan Kuang understood what was going on. He’d heard of the popular trend that was going on in society. Young men and women of all kinds gathered at parties to pick out their target for the night. It was common for one-night stands to occur, and deals that lasted past the night happened as well. For men who liked to play around with other men, they were eager to resort to this sort of method.
Only, Lan Kuang was a bit curious as to how the current situation had turned out this way. Even though he had been the one to offer the invitation, why did it feel like the other was laying a trap for him?
Could it be that the other had something in mind? Was that why he had resorted to such an eye-catching dance to draw his attention?
Lan Kuang glanced at the man with the demon mask, who was leaning against a corner of the elevator and studying him. Lan Kuang’s smile deepened.
Ha… Interesting! It was the first time that someone had dared to have any ideas about him. If he didn’t play along, he would be wasting the man’s efforts.
It hadn’t been decided which of them was going to play the demon yet!
The two of them smiled at each other; the meanings behind those smiles impossible to decipher.
When they entered the hotel room, the man with the demon mask pressed his hands against Lan Kuang’s chest and kissed him.
Both of them were wearing masks, but it didn’t prevent them from kissing as the lower halves of their faces were exposed.
Leaning against the door, Lan Kuang tilted his head and kissed the other man back. They ground their lips together, biting and twisting their tongues against each other. Soon, their lips became linked with a thread of saliva.
They could feel the heat rising.
Even though he was unused to being so passive, Lan Kuang allowed the other man to do as he liked.
Of course, he didn’t play along for long. Lan Kuang grabbed the other’s waist and switched their positions, pushing the man against the door. He crushed their lips together in a violent kiss.
Taking the initiative felt very different from being passive. Having everything under his control was a fantastic feeling.
The more they kissed, the more rugged their breaths became.
“Wait…” When Lan Kuang reached down to unbuckle the man’s belt, the latter stopped him with a hoarse voice.
Lan Kuang raised a brow, not understanding what the other meant.
Asking him to wait at a time like this? What kind of person did that?
“Why don’t we have a drink to liven things up?” The man pushed Lan Kuang toward the bed. He then opened one of the cupboards inside the room and as expected, found it stocked with alcohol.
Lan Kuang leaned backwards, supporting himself with both hands on the bed. It was a lazy, yet charming position. “I thought that the glasses we’ve had earlier were enough.”
“But I don’t feel excited.” The man popped the bottle open, and pulled out two wineglasses from the cupboard. “They only have wine here. Do we need to call for something different?”
“No, wine is enough.” Lan Kuang glanced over the other’s body with a satisfied smile on his face. “I’m confident in my skills to make you feel excited in all sorts of places.”
The man with the demon mask gave an enigmatic smile. He poured the wine into a glass. “Here, have a glass.”
Lan Kuang accepted it and raised it to his lips, but he did not take a sip. He stared at the man and asked casually, “There isn’t anything in here, right?”
“Are you scared?” A light flashed across the other’s eyes, bright like the stars in the sky.
“Of course. If something’s in this wine and we end up going overboard because of it… What are we going to do? Although I’m making an exception to be on the bottom for you tonight, I still have my limits. If you’re too rough, I won’t be able to take it.” Lan Kuang swirled the liquid in the glass, staring at its deep red color, his gaze as intense as if he were staring at a glass of poison.
“Then we don’t have to drink.” The man turned to place his glass down. Although he didn’t voice it out loud, it was obvious that he’d lost interest and wasn’t willing to play anymore.
Lan Kuang grabbed his wrist. “Don’t be angry. Why don’t you drink my glass then? I’ll take care of yours.” He exchanged wineglasses with the man and added, “Don’t you think this is fair?”
“All right.” The other quickly downed half of the wine that was in Lan Kuang’s glass. “Are you satisfied now?”
Lan Kuang stared at him. His expression and pose remained unchanged.
The man in the demon mask sighed. “Aren’t you too cautious? Here, why don’t you take the one I’ve drunk from? You can return my glass to me. It’s only a one-night stand. Why do you have to turn it into an assassination attempt?”
The man handed Lan Kuang’s glass back. He took the glass that was originally his and took a sip.
Lan Kuang took another glance at him, and finally drank the wine.
The minute Lan Kuang swallowed, the other man came over and took his glass, tossing it onto the carpet along with his own. He then pressed Lan Kuang down onto the bed, kissing and touching all the while.
The taste of the wine remained in Lan Kuang’s mouth, but he could feel the heat rising from his groin. It felt as if something were trying to burst through his body.
“Hey, you aren’t bad at taking the initiative.” Lan Kuang noticed that the other hadn’t spoken a single word; the man was purely focused on kissing him. Despite that, the man’s hands weren’t idle. They pulled at his clothes and smoothed over his body in an erratic dance. Lan Kuang could feel his body heating up. His eyes were also glazing over. Was his desire muddling with his head?
The man with the demon mask pulled off his belt. Lan Kuang thought, how could he let someone else do as they liked with him? He was determined to switch their positions. Just as he lifted his hand however, he felt his head spin. His body gave way and he fell back onto the bed. His body was hot to the point of agony.
Lan Kuang knew something was wrong. The next second, the man used the belt he’d taken off to bind Lan Kuang’s hands around the headboard. He then got up and took out a leather whip from the cupboard where he’d found the wine. The whip snapped through the air, the sharp sound filling the room. He stared down at the half-naked Lan Kuang, an ambiguous smile on his face and disdain in his eyes.
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