Ye Cheng Feng had a change in mood when he heard Mo Liu Gui’s request. He couldn’t bear for her to be treated as the bad person even when she tried to show concern for that ingrate. Ye Cheng Feng hesitated: “Xiao Gui, why do you even care about Mo Di? He’s a white-eyed wolf, he won’t appreciate your concern.”
“Caring for someone doesn’t require them to reciprocate this feeling.” Mo Liu Gui smiled and then as though she was saddened thinking about Mo Di, her eyes drooped as she said: “Even if Xiao Di doesn’t understand me, hates me, I will always treat him as my younger brother.”
“Xiao Gui, you…” Ye Cheng Feng felt immense heartache for her. He wanted to say something but only sighed instead.
“You’re too kind and also too silly.”
“Cheng Feng, don’t say that. Just promise me, ok? When you meet Xiao Di, help me to look after him, ok?” Mo Liu Gui sulked, “I haven’t seen him for such a long time, I feel bad about it.”
Ye Cheng Feng suppressed his anger and disgust at Mo Di. He agreed: “Alright, I promise.”
“That’s great. Cheng Feng, you’re the best!”
“I will always fulfill your request.” Ye Cheng Feng looked at Mo Liu Gui affectionately while in his heart, he had already condemned Mo Di to the depths. This kind of vicious and ungrateful person was not worthy of his Xiao Gui’s care. What’s worse was that he had been causing Xiao Gui a lot of pain.
This person should’ve been ruined a long time ago.
Mo Liu Gui blushed shyly, she closed in and said: “Cheng Feng, come to my house the day after tomorrow. I have a gift for you…”
“What is it?”
“It’s a secret for now.”
What was discussed between Mo Liu Gui and Ye Cheng Feng, Mo Di was unaware. At the moment, he had just put down his phone ready to cook some wonton soup as supper for Mu Tian Heng and Lai De Si when they came back.
He was wearing a newly bought light-grey pajama set, playing with Suan Suan while walking towards the kitchen.
The thermostat was turned to twenty degrees, suiting Mo Di’s need for warmth. He went to the fridge and took out the thirty pieces of ready-made wontons and placed them on a large plate. As he busied with cooking, an email was sent to his inbox from the gaming committee.
It was an official invitation for the team to live in the housing area provided.
The news was sent to the team’s public mailbox and soon, everyone else was informed. The group was excited again.
Xian Yu Chao: Did you guys read the email? So this is what the host meant, we’re invited to live in an official base!
Han Chao: Does that mean it’s a closed-off competition?
Zhao Chun: Boys, read carefully. They said we will be filmed and then broadcasted on TV. We’re going on TV!!!
Pang Qiang Lang: Ha! I’m gonna be famous! The deal I made with my mom can now be fulfilled!!!
Xian Yu Chao: Never thought that I’ll ever appear on TV. Shouldn’t this aid in finding a girlfriend?
Lin Jun Feng: It’s possible!
Chen Zhao: I’m going to show the whole country my coolness!
Zhang Jie Meng: Is it a variety show? I don’t want to be on camera, a little scared….
Lin Jun Feng: We might even get to have fans!
Zhao Chun: Oh please, there are so many in a group, they most likely will only film the whole group once and then focus on the more presentable faces. Not everyone looks good in front of the camera ok!
Zhao Chun: Have you never watched variety shows? I can already tell you guys aren’t cut for it.
Han Chao: I think they’ll focus on the group leader. Which means Xiao Di will have more screen time.
Han Chao: Now that I mentioned it, where is Xiao Di? Why isn’t he saying anything?
Mo Di at this point had already finished making the soup. He poured the aromatic liquid into two bowls with wontons and then added relish and fresh shrimps. A few drops of chili oil was added as a final touch.
The spicy flavor instantly triggered his stomach, making Mo Di a little hungry as well.
“Wow, it smells great! What is it?” Lai De Si’s voice could be heard coming from the living room. The two men were back.
Mo Di put on his mitts and brought the bowls of hot wonton soup out for them.
As soon as the fragrance hit his nose, Mu Tian Heng already knew his little friend was cooking for them again. And when Mo Di came out of the kitchen with two bowls of soup in his hands, smiling brightly as their eyes met, Mu Tian Heng’s heart melted into a puddle.
He quickened his pace and received the bowl from Mo Di, “Why are you cooking for us again? It’s troublesome.”
“It’s no trouble at all.” Mo Di smiled: “Brother, eat while it’s still hot.”
“It smells delicious!” Lai De Si rushed to the table. Picked up a wonton and stuffed it into his mouth. He hissed as it was still too hot, “Hmm it’s so good. Xiao Di, your food is just too good. I’ve grown fat these few days thanks to your cooking. Ah, this is bliss!”
“Are you hungry?” Mu Tian Heng gently gave Mo Di’s face a pinch. His eyes were glued to him, “Go get another bowl and we’ll share mine.”
Mo Di wanted to decline but feeling certain happiness from sharing food with Mu Tian Heng, he nodded and ran to get another bowl.
Lai De Si was feeling the sourness again. He grumbled: “There’s plenty, do you guys have to share from your bowl? A certain someone is acting like a beast…”
“Even eating cannot shut you up. Would you rather I take from your bowl?” Mu Tian Heng glared at Lai De Si.
“Xiao Di made this for me, you have no right to take it from me!” Lai De Si immediately pulled his bowl closer, putting his arms around it defensively.
When Mo Di came back, he sat next to Mu Tian Heng with a small bowl. Mu Tian Heng scooped a piece of wonton for him.
When Mo Di finished, Mu Tian Heng scooped for him another one, just like feeding a small animal.
Lai De Si rolled his eyes at Mu Tian Heng. That guy is definitely doing it on purpose, giving him one piece at a time like that.
After having five pieces, Mo Di said he did not want anymore. Mu Tian Heng stopped feeding and felt a loss. The obedient appearance when his little one was waiting to be fed was just too cute to let go.
Mo Di sat for a while then checked his phone which was now overwhelmed with messages. He opened the mailbox and sure enough, there was the email sent from the organizers.
“Brother, there’s a new rule for the game competition.”
“What is it?” Mu Tian Heng looked fondly at Mo Di.
“This one.” Mo Di passed his phone to Mu Tian Heng: “We have to live on the premise they provided. The program will also be broadcasted once a week. I think they are going to show clips of us working.”
Mu Tian Heng read through the email but he was not too thrilled about it.
“They want all of you to move there and occasionally shoot your work?”
“En…” Mo Di could feel Mu Tian Heng’s reluctance and said: “Brother, you don’t have to worry about invasion of privacy. They will only be filming us once a week for two hours. And the time is divided amongst every member of every team. One person will have at most two minutes of footage.”
“No.” Mu Tian Heng frowned, “The less important members will not be shown for too long. It’s the team leaders that they will focus on.”
“You have to go?”
“Um. It’s mandatory. We’re reporting in on Wednesday and Thursday.” Mo Di knew the ‘unspoken rule’ that Mu Tian Heng mentioned. It’s present in every part of society.
“Little Mo Di, that means that you’re leaving in two or three days?” Lai De Si sighed, “Looks like I’m going to lose my nightly supper.”
Seeing that Mu Tian Heng was still unhappy, Mo Di said softly: “Brother, we’re not going to be imprisoned there all the time. We’re allowed to go out on the weekends, I’ll come home during that time.”
“I’m not worried about this. I’m scared that someone would…” Mu Tian Heng sighed. He reached and rubbed Mo Di’s hair: “It’s a segregated environment, if anything happens to you I can’t get there in time. I can’t help but worry.”
“I’ll be fine, brother. Since the incident with Du Wen Jing, I’ve been very careful. You can rest assured.” Mo Di grabbed Mu Tian Heng’s big hand on his head and wrapped his hands around it, “You don’t have to worry, I’m going to be fine.”
How could Mu Tian Heng ever feel relieved? However, stopping his love from going was also out of the question, this would make all his previous effort in vain.
“Then you have to be extra careful. Got it? If anything happens, run to your friends then call me.”
“En!” Mo Di made a strong nod. He suddenly lunged into Mu Tian Heng’s body and buried his head into the nook of his neck, “Brother, I will miss you very much!”
Mu Tian Heng immediately reciprocated with a kiss on Mo Di’s ear and locked his arms tightly around Mo Di, pressing him against his chest: “Um, brother will miss you too.”
Lai De Si was violently choked by the scene. The spicy chili oil went up his nasal causing him to burst into tears.
“Ah! Ah….can you pay a little attention to your surroundings? Don’t do that in front of a single dog, it hurts!!”
Very soon, Wednesday arrived. Early that morning, Mu Tian Heng drove Mo Di to the designated location on the outskirts of the city.
Xian Yu Chao and Lin Jun Feng were still back in their hometown and would only arrive tomorrow. The other members agreed to come in by Wednesday night.
However, their presence was not required this early. Only the captain had to come in advance to choose the place of residence and the necessary supplies.
Mo Di arrived at nine and was led to a break room.
From the moment he entered the base, the camera was already rolling. Mo Di held his breath and his face blushed vividly. Under the camera, he looked a little shy and restrained.
When the shot was later broadcasted, immediately, a group of sisters and mothers were enticed. The fans were screaming how cute little Mo was!
However, that was not Mo Di’s aim for acting shy. His purpose was to appear weak and less threatening when meeting with the other team leaders. After all, their game was in the top two positions even with only seven chapters available.
Mo Di pushed open the door to the lounge. At a glance, three team leaders had already arrived. Mo Di said greeted with a smile: “Hello everyone.”
“Hello.” The three stood up and greeted Mo Di.
There were two men and one woman. Both men were a little stout, one was wearing a typical programmers’ style plaid shirt while the other was more formally dressed in suit and trousers. The lady was wearing a white dress with exquisite makeup, looking quite attractive.
Mo Di had some information on these people, especially the one in the plaid shirt as his team was the runner up in this competition in his previous life.
“You’re here early. And I thought I’m going to be the earliest.” Mo Di closed the door behind and smiled amiably at them.
“Actually we’re not the earliest. The first one here just went to the bathroom.” The woman approached Mo Di to shake hands. She had a small build and less than one meter six. The nameplate said her name was Li Qingqing. The other two were Ma Chao and Shen Jiajia.
“That means only five team leaders are here?” Mo Di asked.
“Um but I think more will come soon.”
As soon as Li Qingqing said that, footsteps could be heard coming in, “Here they come.”
The next second, the door was opened and in came a glamorous looking man in a white shirt and beige pants.
“Oh, it’s team leader Ye. I thought someone new was coming.” Li Qingqing introduced to Mo Di: “This is the team leader who just went to the gents. He’s the first to come and also head of the team Yi Ye Sheng.”
Mo Di looked at Ye Cheng Feng without any change in his expression. He was taken by surprise but it did not bring him much shock.
In his previous life, Ye Cheng Feng did not participate in the first game competition, but he was the champion of the second one. There were just too many deviations in this life that he was already used to the unexpected.
“Nice to meet you, captain Ye.” Mo Di smiled at Ye Cheng Feng.