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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 62

Chen Xingran returned to his room with an expressionless face, closing the door behind him.

The furnishings in the room were almost the same as when he first arrived at the ZMD base—simple and plain. Compared to Luo Baibai’s room, filled with various figurines, it looked as plain as a retiree’s room.

“Plop.”

Chen Xingran took two steps to his bed and buried his face in the soft pillow…

So childish!

Recalling the scene in the hall where he argued with Yang Yunche just now, Chen Xingran wished he could bury himself on the spot and never show his face again.

Not sure which nerve went wrong. Clearly, he wasn’t a real eighteen-year-old kid, and there were more mature ways to handle the conversation with Yang Yunche. However, he chose an extremely childish form of protest, resembling a teenager in puberty.

Chen Xingran couldn’t help but think of his senior disciple in his previous life, who, after having a second child, argued with adults because the child didn’t like coriander. The unyielding attitude was so similar to his own just now. Now that he had calmed down, Chen Xingran wished he could go back five minutes and give himself a couple of punches.

Too childish, too embarrassing, and too deserving of a beating…

Before Chen Xingran could decide on the attitude he should adopt in facing the ZMD group, his room echoed with a voice.

“Xingran, are you in your room?”

It was Fu Zhou’s voice.

Chen Xingran lifted his face, reddened by embarrassment, from the pillow. A minute later, the door opened.

“Are you okay?”

Fu Zhou looked at his expressionless face and cautiously inquired.

“…I’m fine.”

Chen Xingran took a step back and calmly said, “Come in.”

Fu Zhou took the opportunity to enter Chen Xingran’s room, pondering how to phrase his words.

As the team manager, he had dealt with many similar situations before. The young trainees in the ZMD youth training camp often got into small conflicts every few days. In such situations, Fu Zhou would transform into a stern manager, exuding a powerful aura to suppress those immature youngsters.

However, facing Chen Xingran, he clearly couldn’t use that attitude.

“Actually, Yunche didn’t mean it that way just now.”

Fu Zhou thought for a moment and said, “He usually looks like he’s not serious, but when he is serious, that’s how he is. Whenever Luo Baibai and the others do something wrong, he always maintains this serious attitude. It’s not targeted at you specifically. Don’t forget that in your heart…”

Seeing Chen Xingran not saying anything, Fu Zhou continued, “Later, I’ll talk to him. Although Yunche is also concerned about you, his attitude was indeed problematic, right? At twenty-three, he’s not a child anymore. Don’t get into conflicts with young people like him.”

“…”

Listening to this, Chen Xingran blushed again uncontrollably.

If we talk about age, in his previous life, he was several years older than Yang Yunche. Hearing Fu Zhou’s words, he felt as if he was being spoken about.

“I also had a problem just now.”

Chen Xingran whispered, “Sorry for making the atmosphere awkward.”

“It’s nothing.”

Fu Zhou was somewhat surprised. Generally, teenagers of this age had strong self-esteem. Even if they did something wrong, they would stubbornly continue. Chen Xingran’s attitude actually made him feel relieved.

“But Yunche was right just now. Your illness is indeed not suitable for such intense exercise. He has been looking up information about genetic diseases these days. Originally, it was Xiao Nan who helped you contact the doctor, but these days, he’s been coordinating it.” Fu Zhou continued, “It’s clear that Yunche cares about you. If it were Luo Baibai and the others, they wouldn’t receive this treatment.”

“…Mmh.”

Chen Xingran lowered his eyes. “I’ll apologize to him later.”

“You don’t need to make it so grand, as if it’s a big deal. Just talk normally tomorrow.” Fu Zhou waved his hand. “You just joined the team, occasional friction is more than normal. Don’t take it to heart. Besides, Yunche is not in the base right now.”

Chen Xingran was puzzled. “Where did he go?”

“The doctor who will perform the surgery for you arrived in the capital. Yunche went out to coordinate, and he said they would arrange the surgery schedule for you in the next two days.” Fu Zhou said, “He’ll probably come back quite late. You don’t have to wait for him. Rest early. When you recover, take your time to rest. When you feel like using the Thunderclap, do it as you please. If Yunche scolds you again, I’ll scold him for you.”

Chen Xingran chuckled, nodded, seemingly lost in thought.

When Yang Yunche returned to the base, it was almost midnight. Luo Baibai and the others had already gone to sleep, and the main building of the base was quiet. Not far away, the dormitory building for the youth trainees still had lights on, and faint sounds of laughter could be heard.

Young people, they have so much energy.

Yang Yunche parked the car, contemplating in his mind. When he was seventeen or eighteen, he also stayed up all night like playing. 

Xiao Nan found a doctor who specialized in genetic diseases abroad. The expert was highly prestigious in the field. Yang Yunche went to talk with him and planned to take Chen Xingran for an examination the next day. The expert suggested that as long as there were no accidents, the success rate for such a minor surgery for congenital genetic collapse syndrome was quite high. This made Yang Yunche feel a bit relieved.

He parked the car and walked towards the main building of the base. It was almost midnight. Luo Baibai and the others had already gone to sleep. The main building of the base was quiet, and not far away, the dormitory building for the youth trainees still had lights on, with faint sounds of laughter coming from it.

Young people, they have so much energy.

Yang Yunche parked the car, contemplating in his mind. When he was seventeen or eighteen, he also stayed up all night like playing.

Xiao Nan found a doctor who specialized in genetic diseases abroad. The expert was highly prestigious in the field. Yang Yunche went to talk with him and planned to take Chen Xingran for an examination the next day. The expert suggested that as long as there were no accidents, the success rate for such a minor surgery for congenital genetic collapse syndrome was quite high. This made Yang Yunche feel a bit relieved.

He parked the car and walked towards the main building of the base. It was almost midnight. Luo Baibai and the others had already gone to sleep. The main building of the base was quiet, and not far away, the dormitory building for the youth trainees still had lights on, with faint sounds of laughter coming from it.

Young people, they have so much energy.

Yang Yunche parked the car, contemplating in his mind. When he was seventeen or eighteen, he also stayed up all night playing.

Xiao Nan found a doctor who specialized in genetic diseases abroad. The expert was highly prestigious in the field. Yang Yunche went to talk with him and planned to take Chen Xingran for an examination the next day. The expert suggested that as long as there were no accidents, the success rate for such a minor surgery for congenital genetic collapse syndrome was quite high. This made Yang Yunche feel a bit relieved.

He parked the car and walked towards the main building of the base. When he turned his gaze, his steps suddenly stopped.

There was a figure standing at the entrance of the main building. The street lamp illuminated the person, making it hard to see the face clearly, but Yang Yunche recognized him at a glance.

“Why aren’t you sleeping?” Yang Yunche walked up and looked at the young man in front of him, who was shorter by a head. He asked, “Waiting for me?”

Chen Xingran looked somewhat awkward, avoiding eye contact. “Yeah.”

“The wind is strong outside the base. Wearing so little, are you trying to catch a cold?” Yang Yunche scrutinized Chen Xingran, raising an eyebrow.

The young man was wearing a plain short-sleeved shirt and shorts, looking like he was not well-prepared for the cold. A pair of cartoon-style slippers on his feet were quite eye-catching, and they were the ones Yang Yunche had bought for him when he prepared the room. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, the slippers had a cartoon squirrel pattern, adding a touch of youthful innocence to Chen Xingran’s mature and steady demeanor.

Beneath the young man’s shorts, his slender and firm calves looked radiant in the moonlight, with delicate ankles emphasized by the lines.

Too thin.

Yang Yunche thought to himself.

“Don’t stand outside; it’s cold.”

Yang Yunche waved at Chen Xingran and said.

Chen Xingran obediently walked over and followed him into the building. At this moment, he appeared as docile as a child, completely different from the imposing manner he had displayed in the hall. Yang Yunche couldn’t help but chuckle at the sight of him looking like an obedient child.

“Tonight, it’s my fault.”

Without waiting for Chen Xingran to speak, Yang Yunche spoke first, “I was too harsh in my tone and didn’t consider your feelings. I apologize.”

“…You don’t need to apologize.”

Chen Xingran hesitated for a moment, remained silent, and then said in a low voice, “Clearly, it’s my fault. I didn’t consider my own health…”

“Okay then, let’s not apologize to each other.”

Yang Yunche interrupted with a smile.

Yang Yunche looked at his repentant expression, and it seemed like a soft spot in his heart had just sunk. “Blame it all on Luo Baibai; let him take the blame. It’s all because he messed up the rhythm. When you’re feeling better, help me give him a good beating.”

He expertly shifted the blame, and Chen Xingran couldn’t help but be amused by his casual attitude.

Yang Yunche had been keeping an eye on his expression. Seeing Chen Xingran relax, he couldn’t resist teasing him, “If you want to apologize, this level of sincerity won’t cut it. Don’t you need to bribe the captain a bit? Your expression just now was quite scary; I was afraid you’d punch me into the ICU.”

“Not a chance,” Chen Xingran said softly, then reached into his shorts pocket and pulled something out, tossing it to Yang Yunche. “Here, for you.”

“Really?”

Yang Yunche was just joking, but unexpectedly, Chen Xingran indeed took out something and handed it over. Yang Yunche subconsciously reached out to catch it but missed, and it fell to the ground with a crisp sound.

It was a bag of crispy snacks.

Chen Xingran raised an eyebrow, and although he didn’t speak, his eyes clearly said, “Couldn’t catch that? Weak.”

“My bad, my bad.”

Yang Yunche chuckled awkwardly, coughed lightly, and bent down to pick it up. “You’re quite good at picking the right gift. Didn’t you listen to Manager Fu?”

“Manager Fu agreed.”

Chen Xingran said, “He said it’s to compensate for your injured young soul.”

Yang Yunche laughed, unceremoniously accepting the small bag of snacks, and said generously, “It’s a fair trade, taking your bribe.”

After that, he looked at Chen Xingran’s fluffy head, feeling a bit itchy, and couldn’t resist reaching out to touch it. “Go back to sleep.”

“Yeah… Achoo!”

Chen Xingran had just responded when a sudden itch hit his nose, and he sneezed.

“Wearing so little in the middle of the night, exposed to the wind outside.” Yang Yunche changed from touching to patting, lecturing, “Caught a cold, huh?”

Chen Xingran rubbed his nose, “It’s nothing…”

“It might be nothing for others, but for you, who knows?”

Yang Yunche said, “Can you pay a little more attention to your health? You’re making me more nervous than yourself. Well, come with me. I have ginger tea in my room; I’ll make you a cup. Drink it before going back to sleep.”

Chen Xingran instinctively wanted to refuse, but seeing Yang Yunche frown, the words of refusal choked in his throat. “…Oh.”

Yang Yunche finally relaxed his expression. “That’s more like it.”

He took the new and somewhat troublesome team member to the second floor and brought him to his own room.

This was the first time Chen Xingran had seen Yang Yunche’s room.

Yang Yunche’s room had a lively atmosphere. Things were a bit messy, but at first glance, it was still tidy. The room was spacious, and on the left side after entering, a transparent display cabinet filled with trophies caught Chen Xingran’s attention.

“Professional League MVP”

“S16 Black Tide World Cup MVP”

“S17 Black Tide Asia Tournament Solo Champion”

Rows of trophies were dazzling, almost filling the transparent display cabinet. At a glance, almost all the trophies were gold, with silver ones being difficult to spot.

“These… are all yours?”

Chen Xingran exclaimed.

“Feel free to sit on the sofa.”

Yang Yunche took out a small bag of seemingly expensive ginger tea from the cabinet. While boiling water, he said, “Some are mine, and some are from team competitions.”

Turning his head and seeing Chen Xingran’s surprised expression, Yang Yunche couldn’t help but chuckle. “Impressive, right?”

“Yeah.”

Chen Xingran sincerely said, “Very impressive.”

“All of these are Black Tide trophies. A hero doesn’t mention the bravery of the past,” Yang Yunche tore open the ginger tea bag. “Put in some effort this year, bring back a World Championship trophy for ZMD, and I’ll arrange a display cabinet for you in your room then.”

Chen Xingran nodded. “I will do my best.”

“Sit down, don’t stand. It’ll be ready in a moment.”

“Okay.”

Chen Xingran walked over to the sofa and sat down obediently. Yang Yunche turned around, grabbed a fluffy blanket, hung it over Chen Xingran, wrapping the young man’s body tightly, leaving only a handsome little face exposed. “Sit still, I’ll change my clothes.”

Yang Yunche got up and went to the bedroom. Chen Xingran grabbed the edges of the blanket, tightened it a bit, and as the warm temperature covered his slightly chilled skin from the cold wind, he listened to the faint movements coming from Yang Yunche’s bedroom. An inexplicable feeling arose in his heart.

Even in his previous life, the relationships with close senior brothers were more like interacting with peers. The feeling of being taken care of like a child was quite a novel experience for him. Although Yang Yunche spoke in an unconventional manner, when taking care of someone, he emanated a tender and protective warmth. When his deep brows softened, an unintentional fragrance enveloped everything, providing a strong sense of security.

Accustomed to being alone, he usually maintained a suitable distance from others. However, when interacting with Yang Yunche, he unconsciously narrowed that distance, as if his self-protected territory was being eroded bit by bit. Yet, it didn’t make him feel guarded.

Unexpectedly, Chen Xingran found that he didn’t seem to dislike this feeling, and even subconsciously, emotions similar to attachment seemed to stem from it.

Yang Yunche’s room was filled with his scent and traces of his life. The slight sounds from the bedroom indicated the presence of another person, giving a strong sense of reassurance. The air was filled with the sweet aroma of ginger tea, a faint, almost ethereal fragrance.

Wrapped in a soft and warm blanket, Chen Xingran curled up and leaned against the sofa. A mysterious drowsiness overcame him, making his eyelids gradually heavy, and his breathing became steady.

As a martial artist, he rarely let down his guard in a stranger’s territory. However, perhaps due to the sweet scent of ginger tea, the drowsiness induced by the chilly wind, or some other reason, Chen Xingran, with various random thoughts flashing through his mind, slowly closed his eyes…

When Yang Yunche came out of the bedroom in changed clothes, he saw Chen Xingran sleeping on the sofa.

The slightly long hair of the youth was disheveled, lying on his forehead. The sleeping appearance completely lacked the usual stability and heroic demeanor, appearing soft and messy, like a little squirrel that accidentally wandered into a hunter’s territory, sweetly sleeping while hugging a tempting pinecone. The blanket covering him was slightly open, revealing a section of collarbone and ankle.

Chen Xingran’s Achilles tendon at the ankle was slender and long, making it appear thinner than the average person. The graceful and attractive indentation at the ankle joint made Yang Yunche even suspect that one hand could easily grasp his ankle. Just by looking at it, it was impossible to imagine that Chen Xingran’s seemingly slender figure possessed such great strength; a kick could easily send the heavyweight Yu Hongwei flying.

Following the exposed part of the lower leg upward, Yang Yunche could still see the quiet sleeping face of the youth and the beautiful collarbone below. His short sleeves had a slightly large neckline, revealing a large expanse of fair skin under the neck, with a faint hint of pink.

Yang Yunche’s gaze lingered there, and the room fell into silence, with only the sound of the boiling water kettle echoing.

“Gulu gulu, gulu gulu…”

“Gulu—”

Amidst the sound of boiling water, Yang Yunche’s throat involuntarily made another sound, startling even himself. He snapped back to reality, subconsciously glanced at Chen Xingran’s face—fortunately, still asleep.

Shaking his head, he dismissed the subtle and delicate feeling that had emerged in his heart, walked over, turned off the kettle, hesitated for a moment, but ultimately chose not to wake up Chen Xingran.

Forget it… he could drink it tomorrow; there was still time.

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