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Sharpening The Knife Doesn't Delay The Cutting of Vegetables With The Bow

Sharpening The Knife Doesn’t Delay The Cutting of Vegetables With The Bow[eSports]: Chapter 49

49. Single Dormitory

When Chen Xingran left the medical room, curious glances from his fellow students on the campus pathway were directed at him.

For Chen Xingran, he had merely participated in a competition, fulfilling the original owner’s wish. But from the moment he appeared on the New Star Cup competition, his image in the eyes of others had completely transformed.

In just half a day, numerous discussion threads erupted on various gaming forums, discussion boards, and social media platforms like Weibo. Chen Xingran’s background and achievements in the university were exposed—

He had entered Shoudian University with excellent theoretical scores and academic performance. He had always kept a low profile until recently when he appeared on the Starry River platform under the pseudonym “Ye Shao.” In a very short period, he had become a top-tier anchor on the Starry River platform. He had even faced off against the captains of two elite esports teams, Yang Yuche and Lu Mingyu. His extraordinary blade skills were akin to those found in martial arts novels, shrouded in an air of mystery.

Of course, as his background was revealed, various pictures of Chen Xingran from different angles on campus were posted online. In this era of e-sports going mainstream, professional players received celebrity treatment, and those with excellent skills and good looks were always highly sought after. Chen Xingran, a rising star in the Chinese server known for his blade skills, appeared like a handsome young man from a manga. With these qualities combined, Chen Xingran’s popularity skyrocketed even before he began live streaming, with tens of thousands of followers in his channel.

“Chen, Chen, classmate…”

A female student gathered her courage and approached him cautiously. She asked, “Could we take a photo together?”

Chen Xingran was a bit surprised but nodded. “Sure.”

“Thank you!”

The girl excitedly took out her phone, adjusted the angle, and snapped a photo of herself making a peace sign next to Chen Xingran.

Chen Xingran didn’t pose in any particular way, just standing there naturally. Even though his face was magnified many times by the high-resolution camera, it remained handsome and flawless.

“Oh my God, your face is so small!” The girl held the photo, comparing it to her own face, which looked much larger in comparison. She looked at Chen Xingran with admiration. “I’m a fan of your live streams, and I’ve been following you for a long time.”

Chen Xingran smiled and spoke gently, “Thank you.”

Despite being just of legal age, he looked a few years younger than the girl. Nevertheless, she felt her heart pounding. “Um… You should keep up the good work. You must make it to the professional stage, and I’ll come to cheer for you in person!”

“Could I get an autograph?”

After the girl left, another voice came from behind Chen Xingran.

A deep, magnetic voice made Chen Xingran pause for a moment. He turned to see Yang Yuche standing behind him, a hint of amusement in his eyes. “Classmate Chen?”

“Sure,” Chen Xingran replied.

“Where should I sign?” he asked.

“Sign it on my heart.”

Yang Yuche teased.

Chen Xingran rolled his eyes at him and walked away without looking back.

Yang Yuche followed with a hint of grievance in his tone. “When are you going to remove me from your blacklist?”

“It depends.”

“You’re so heartless.”

Yang Yuche was nearly a head taller than Chen Xingran, and he was the epitome of a cool and aloof esports heartthrob when he didn’t speak. However, in front of the old-fashioned and somewhat stern Chen Xingran, he appeared far from aloof. “The competition is over. When are you planning to report to ZMD?”

Chen Xingran stopped in his tracks. “I’m still a student. Don’t I need the approval of the teachers and the dean to join the team?”

Yang Yuche sounded confident. “That’s already taken care of.”

Chen Xingran, “…”

That was fast.

For the school, having a freshman like Chen Xingran become a starting member of the prestigious ZMD esports team could be used as positive material for external promotion. Naturally, the school wouldn’t refuse such an opportunity. While Chen Xingran was still preparing for the New Star Cup, Yang Yuche had already established connections with the school leadership. Under the name of the ZMD team, he had smoothly arranged all the paperwork for Chen Xingran, making it ready for reporting at any time.

“There’s no time like the present.”

Yang Yuche didn’t want to let an opportunity slip away. He said, “Since all the formalities are in order, why don’t we go to the base directly in my car? There are spare rooms at the base, and I’ve already negotiated your contract. We can have the signing ceremony tomorrow.”

Chen Xingran thought for a moment, then nodded. “Alright.”

After the New Star Cup concluded, there wasn’t much for him to do at school besides attending classes. Chen Xingran found the university life at Shoudian University to be quite a novel experience, but in a few days, it would be exam week. He didn’t have the same impressive grades as the original owner, so studying and taking exams like an ordinary student would be quite tedious.

Chen Xingran sent a message to Wu Feiang, then said, “I’ll go back to my dorm and pack some things.”

“I’ll go with you.”

The two of them walked side by side on the campus and returned to Chen Xingran’s dormitory.

It was a single-person dorm, not very spacious but equipped with all the necessities. Everything was neat and tidy, the sofa and coffee table were clean, and the computer and console on the desk were meticulously arranged. All items were in their proper places, just like Chen Xingran’s personality.

“You only need to bring a change of clothes; everything else is available at the base.”

Yang Yuche glanced around his dorm. “If there’s anything else you need to bring, someone from the base can help you pack it up tomorrow.”

Chen Xingran lowered his head in thought. “There’s nothing I need to bring.”

All the items in the dorm belonged to the original owner; there was nothing personal that belonged to him.

He stepped forward and placed the trophy representing the New Star Cup solo champion on the table. The golden trophy depicted the silhouette of a Shadow Dancer carrying a longbow on his back, holding a slender straight blade. The tip of the blade pointed towards the sky, as if challenging the heavens.

The trophy was placed side by side with the original owner’s computer, and the gentle sunlight from outside poured in, creating a harmonious blend with the golden trophy.

“Aren’t you taking the trophy with you?”

Yang Yuche asked.

Chen Xingran fell into silence for a moment and then shook his head. “No, leave it here.”

After a pause, Chen Xingran casually picked up a piece of clothing from the cabinet. “I’m going to take a shower. Wait for me.”

The esports training rooms at school didn’t have the same high-quality ventilation systems as those at the ZMD base. After playing for a while, it could feel a bit stuffy. Chen Xingran had worked up a bit of a sweat, and the clothes were sticking to his body uncomfortably.

“Oh…”

Yang Yuche absentmindedly nodded and sat on the sofa. However, as soon as he sat down, he felt that something was off. “…Ah?”

Before he could snap out of it, Chen Xingran had already taken off his shirt right in front of him.

The fair skin that belonged to the young man dazzled Yang Yuche’s eyes for a moment.

“Wait, wait…”

Yang Yuche’s voice suddenly stuttered.

“What’s wrong?”

Chen Xingran, who had removed half of his clothes, turned around in confusion.

After taking off his thin long-sleeved shirt, he revealed a loose white tank top underneath, hanging loosely on his body and exposing a section of his fair and slender waist.

“Is it okay… here?”

“What’s the matter? We’re both guys.”

Chen Xingran’s tone was utterly nonchalant. Martial artists don’t care about trivial matters like this. Back when he was at the martial arts gym, he and his fellow disciples would candidly meet in the communal bathhouse.

While that was true…

Chen Xingran’s tone was casual, without a trace of embarrassment, which made Yang Yuche begin to wonder if he had been influenced by his fans and was no longer as innocent as before. He cleared his throat gently. “Alright, go ahead and change. I’ll wait here for you. After you’re done, we can go back to the base together.”

Indeed, they were all guys, so there was nothing to be embarrassed about. In the summer, Xiao Nan and You Hongwei would wander around the base wearing tank tops, and no one said anything.

As Yang Yuche thought this way, his gaze involuntarily drifted toward Chen Xingran.

His skin was so fair, and his waist was so slender…

But he was too thin. It would be better if he gained some weight. Yang Yuche resolved to have Auntie Tong prepare more nutritious meals for him. Professional players needed to undergo high-intensity training and competitions regularly, and without a healthy body, how could they perform?

Chen Xingran casually hung up the clothes he had removed and walked into the bathroom shirtless, leaving Yang Yuche alone on the couch, wrestling with his thoughts.

Fu Zhou: When are you coming back? How’s our new team member? When are you bringing him home?

Yang Yuche’s gaze landed on a message on his phone. He picked up his phone and typed a reply: Soon.

As soon as the message was sent, the sound of rushing water came from the bathroom, unusually loud in the quiet single-person dorm.

Yang Yuche suddenly felt somewhat uneasy. He silently repeated to himself, “They’re both guys, what’s the big deal?” While struggling with his thoughts, he couldn’t help but let his mind wander.

Following the plot of certain dramas, would the next scene involve Chen Xingran forgetting to bring shower gel or a towel and asking for assistance? Should he discreetly cover his eyes?

No, that would be too obvious, like acting in a TV drama, and it would be suspicious.

Should he calmly offer help without making a big deal out of it?

But he’s in the shower, so he definitely isn’t wearing anything. If he stares too blatantly, Chen Xingran might throw a punch, and he’ll end up lying on the ground for a while…

A series of bizarre scenarios flashed through Yang Yuche’s mind.

Ten minutes later, the sound of running water gradually subsided, and nothing strange had happened, as he had imagined.

Yang Yuche sighed with slight disappointment. At this moment, Chen Xingran’s phone, placed on the coffee table, lit up with an incoming call. Someone was calling him.

“Xingran, there’s a call for you.”

Yang Yuche called out in the direction of the bathroom.

“I’m drying my hair, could you please answer it for me?”

Chen Xingran’s voice came from inside the bathroom.

Yang Yuche glanced at the screen. The name “Lu Mingyu” was particularly conspicuous.

He hesitated for a moment and answered the call.

“Chen Xingran?”

Lu Mingyu’s voice came from the other end of the phone, with a hint of undisguised joy. “I’ve talked to the board of directors, and they’ve agreed for you to join All Stars as a starter. The contract will be as a full-fledged member. When are you available to come to All Stars’s base? Let’s have a chat. Wait, are you still at school? I’ll come to your school to find you.”

Even the old fuddy-duddies at All Stars Club were convinced?

Yang Yuche was surprised. Lu Mingyu didn’t seem to have a substantial stake in the club, nor did he have much say among the club’s high-ups. Yang Yuche also had some knowledge of the shareholders of All Stars, and it was quite risky to let an inexperienced newcomer start in the main lineup, especially when All Stars was a cash cow for the club. It seemed that Lu Mingyu had put in a lot of effort to persuade them to bring Chen Xingran on board…

Too bad for Lu Team, they came a step too late!

A mischievous and confident smile curled up at the corner of Yang Yuche’s mouth as he responded over the phone, “Oh? Lu Team, we don’t dig walls, you know.”

On the other end of the phone, Lu Mingyu’s voice faltered for a moment. Yang Yuche’s voice was quite distinctive, and the two had been old rivals on the competition stage for a long time. It didn’t take long for him to recognize Yang Yuche.

“Yang Yuche?”

Lu Mingyu said in surprise, “Have you guys kidnapped Chen Xingran? You have some nerve. Do you believe I’ll call the police as soon as I step out the door?”

Yang Yuche: “…”

???

You f*cker, you’re not right in the head okay? What kind of image do you have of me in your mind ah?

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