Whatever that was in his hand was flimsy, light and made of who knows what material, Ran Feng Ge pinched it this way and that, and found that whatever it was, it was slightly sticky to the touch; kind of like playdough – yet it was not playdough.
Lifting his small arms, Ran Feng Ge looked at the man in front of him before reaching forward to pinch and pull at the man’s face. He realized quickly that no matter how he tugged at it he was unable to remove anything else. Perplexed, Ran Feng Ge could not help the cute head tilt as he looked up at the man before increasing the strength he was using to try.
The mysterious man allowed Ran Feng Ge to try until the tugging started to hurt, “tsss” hissing in pain, the mysterious man grabbed onto Ran Feng Ge’s little arms: “Stop pulling already, this is my true face. No matter how much you pull at it, it won’t come off.”
Blinking his large eyes, Ran Feng Ge asked without any hesitation: “Then are you able to make a mask that looks like me?”
The man laughed happily: “Of course!”
“Make one now and let me see.” Ran Feng Ge ordered with as much authority as he could manage.
“Eh…” The man scratched at the side of his head, “This will require some time to make preparations…”
“What do you need to prepare?” Ran Feng Ge asked.
“Materials and so forth.” The man said.
“Here, I’ll give this to you.” Ran Feng Ge said as he handed the mask he had in his hands back to the man, “Change then.”
The man stared incredulously at Ran Feng Ge.
“Then you aren’t as good as you claim.” Ran Feng Ge concluded, turned his back and prepared to leave.
The man quickly grabbed onto Ran Feng Ge: “Hey, kid, don’t leave! Let’s first find a place to rest for the night how about that?”
“… Don’t wanna.” Ran Feng Ge insisted, “What if you are a human trafficker? Then what should I do?”
The man stared again.
“You don’t have anywhere to go anyways, why don’t you come with me! I am really not lying to you. You are one kid all by yourself, what if you meet actual human traffickers? That would be worse wouldn’t it?” The man explained quickly.
Ran Feng Ge could not help pouting as he mumbled: “What makes you think I am alone? I have my family! They-they will very soon…”
“Don’t be stupid. They aren’t coming back! I saw it all happen. They abandoned you on purpose!” Frustrated, the man accidentally spilled all the beans before he could stop himself.
As expected, Ran Feng Ge’s little face screwed up as big fat tears started pouring out from his eyes. His little hands balled up tightly into fists as he cried: “No, no, no! They will come backl! They will come back!” as soon as he finished, Ran Feng Ge kicked the man in his shin, “I hate you!”
He turned immediately and started running!
The man’s face paled immediately and he silently reprimanded himself for his idiocy, for adding oil to fire, and rubbing salt into wounds… Why would Ran Feng Ge leave with him now? He hopped up from the ground as fast as he could; reached down for the luggage Ran Feng Ge had left behind and sprinted after the little boy.
“Ai! Little kid! It was my fault! I was wrong! Please stop running! In a snowstorm like this, it will be very easy for you to just slip and fall – aiyar! See, I told you so! Oi! Oi! There is a car coming, are you not going to dodge?”
With his free hand, the man scooped the heartbroken little Ran Feng Ge up from the snow and into his arms and jumped out of the way of incoming traffic. The car barely missing them by a hair’s length – but it still missed them in the end.
No matter how tough Ran Feng Ge pretended to be, he was still but a young child. He did think of the possibility that he had been abandoned, but he was unable to accept the reality of it. Having his emotional and mental scars ripped raw by the man so suddenly, Ran Feng Ge could not help but sob painfully.
The man looked at the heartbroken little boy in his arms and sighed, the arms around Ran Feng Ge tightened as he gently said: “Just cry, once you finish crying, you’ll be alright.”
Sensing the man’s sincerity; the gentle voice comforting him by his head, Ran Feng Ge was soon unable to fight against the man any longer. He buried his head deep into the man’s embrace, his little fists clutching onto the man’s coat as though he were drowning and this was his only lifeline…
After a while, the man noticed that Ran Feng Ge had cried himself to sleep, he reached into the luggage and pulled out a large winter jacket to cover him up properly to prevent the young child from getting any colder. And so, in one hand, the man held onto the sleeping Ran Feng Ge, in the other, the luggage. He walked to the junction they had passed by before, hailed a cab, and the two of them disappeared slowly into the darkness of the snow storm…
This man, Wu Ling, will then become the master of not only Ran Feng Ge, but of Chen Xi Ran and Mi Le. [TN Note: direct translation for Wu Ling is untraceable or shadowless)
Ran Feng Ge who had been submerged in the deep sea of memories did not realize he had been seated at the piano for the entire afternoon, unknowingly, the ten fingers that had been on the piano keys, slammed down hard all at once as though he was trying to grasp onto the disappearing trace of a dream or as though he was trying to repress the haunting image of a nightmare he had nearly forgotten. The ten keys that were forcibly pressed made a horrendous noise and yet Ran Feng Ge couldn’t hear it. All he could do was stay as he was, staring blankly into space as though he were a statue.
The moment Su Yi Mo returned home, that was the one noise he heard echoing loudly, it was a very dull and dreary tone that seemed to carry on forever, carrying with it an emotion of helplessness and despair.
Su Yi Mo’s eyebrow shot up in confusion as he handed the car keys to Ah Jiu: “What is he playing?”
“I am not too sure. It has been like this for a while now, but I did not want to go and interrupt him.” Ah Jiu replied honestly.
Su Yi Mo waved his hand to indicate that Ah Jiu should go and park his car in the garage whilst he made his way into his home.
Cutting through the living room and straight up the stairs, step after step, making his way into the room Ran Feng Ge was in. Su Yi Mo pushed open the door and teased: “Are you practicing some demonic ear torture?”
Ran Feng Ge stayed quiet.
Su Yi Mo furrowed his brows and walked right up to face Ran Feng Ge only to notice that Ran Feng Ge was not himself; his eyes gave a blank stare and yet there was a hint of sadness and despair within, and if Su Yi Mo looked even closer, he could see there were traces of dried tears on his face.
“Oi!” Su Yi Mo called out to him.
Ran Feng Ge was still quiet.
Su Yi Mo reached out and held onto one of Ran Feng Ge’s hands, disrupting the piano keys as he repeated a little louder: “Oi!”
Ran Feng Ge finally came back to his senses only to be caught off guard at the sudden image of Su Yi Mo standing right before him. It took him a while to come back to reality and realize that all that pain from before was only from his memories, and it was all in the past.
They are… all in the past now.
The edges of his eyes felt a bit dry, Ran Feng Ge was not too sure if he had cried sometime during the time he had been reminiscing, and he really did not want Su Yi Mo to find out about what he had just experienced or the internal turmoil he was suffering, and so Ran Feng Ge averted his gaze and smiled cheekily, changing the subject quickly: “You’ve returned?”
Looking out of the window, Ran Feng Ge was surprised at how dark it was outside and quickly spun his sights to the nearest clock – it was already past midnight.
He had been in a daze for so long!
Although Ran Feng Ge was trying to lighten up the atmosphere by averting his eyes, Su Yi Mo didn’t miss the fleeting emotions Ran Feng Ge was trying to hide, and he couldn’t help feeling a strange sense of heartache.
Is it only when there is no one around that Ran Feng Ge feels safe enough to show his true self? If that is true then isn’t that too cruel and lonely?
Ran Feng Ge stood up from the piano seat with an air of mischief: “What? Why didn’t you spend the night with your little lover? I thought that the two of you would have a huge night of at least 300 rounds! Or… Are you… In that department… No good? Did you just end the battle as quickly as you can and run back home with your tail between your legs?”
It might have been because Ran Feng Ge was trying to divert all the attention away from himself that he had forgotten that he had been seated in the same position for the entire day. Both his legs were already numb from the lack of proper blood flow, standing up wasn’t too much of a problem, but the moment he tried to take a step, the feeling of pins-and-needles immediately shot up both his legs, causing Ran Feng Ge to lose all the strength in his legs. Unable to stop himself, Ran Feng Ge couldn’t help but collapse forward.
Su Yi Mo took one step forward quickly, one leg coincidentally ending up in between Ran Feng Ge’s thighs as he reached to wrap one arm around Ran Feng Ge’s waist making it seem as though Ran Feng Ge had planned this on purpose to dive straight into Su Yi Mo’s embrace.
“Are you ok?” Su Yi Mo asked gently, a hint of worry lacing his words; the two figures caught in an embrace in a dark room which was only lit up by the moon outside.
Having been caught in Su Yi Mo’s arms, chest against chest, inevitably made Ran Feng Ge’s heart speed up a little. Ran Feng Ge tried to right himself as he didn’t want it to look as though he was just collapsing onto Su Yi Mo. Laughing softly to himself: “I sat too long; my legs have gone numb…”
Su Yi Mo however interrupted him, a tinge of bitterness in his tone as he said: “I was not asking about that. I was asking about what caused you to lose track of time? What made you stay so long in that position?”
“This doesn’t seem to have anything to do with you right?” Ran Feng Ge said as the feeling slowly returned to his legs. He reached both arms forward and squeezed them in the small space between them and gave a little push to free himself from Su Yi Mo, “Release me, I’m tired, I want to go and sleep.”
Instead of listening to him and letting Ran Feng Ge go, Su Yi Mo instead tightened his grip and pulled Ran Feng Ge even closer to him, if it weren’t for Ran Feng Ge’s arms between them, the two men would have been plastered together without any space left in between.
Ran Feng Ge frowned as he stared up at Su Yi Mo, he did not want others to dig into his problems – especially not Su Yi Mo.
Su Yi Mo however, was staring intently at Ran Feng Ge, slowly inching forward until he finally captured Ran Feng Ge’s lips with his own!
Ran Feng Ge could not help but widen his eyes at the sudden kiss, his first reaction was to evade and escape! However, it was as though Su Yi Mo was desperate, he chased after Ran Feng Ge’s lips, recapturing them easily.
Ran Feng Ge started to struggle, but all Su Yi Mo had to do was to squeeze his right leg that had been trapped between Ran Feng Ge’s thighs and push him back against the bookcase, thereby successfully trapping Ran Feng Ge in his arms.
Sensing the desperate fiery need of the lips on his, Ran Feng Ge turned his gaze onto Su Yi Mo before finally slowly closing his eyes. He stopped struggling, leaned back onto the bookcase and allowed Su Yi Mo full access of his body
Su Yi Mo felt the change in the person opposite him and the arm that had been encircled around Ran Feng Ge’s waist tightened as his other arm started to wander along Ran Feng Ge’s back. Instead of calming down after his sudden bout of rashness, Su Yi Mo felt even more crazed, becoming even more unwilling to stop.
for a fact that the person he was kissing right now was Ran Feng Ge; and though he had on the face of Jing Qiu Han, the person Su Yi Mo wanted to kiss so badly was Ran Feng Ge! Forcibly kiss him to no end! And if he could, Su Yi Mo would want to absorb Ran Feng Ge into his entire being!