When he left Sun Jiao's room, it was already noon.
A smile rose unbidden to his face when he recalled the intimacy from last night.
She seemed to sense that he'd be gone for a while because she'd been extra passionate.
By the time the two fell asleep in each other's embrace, it was already late into the night.
He stretched his stiff body and walked to the bathroom.
With a light press on the touchscreen, hot water filled the sink. Taking a deep breath, he leaned against the sink and submerged his head into the water.
After holding his breath—
He resurfaced from the water and briskly shook his head feeling refreshed. Jiang Chen looked at his reflection in the mirror and let the water droplets roll down his face.
"It's been three months."
He touched his chin, lost in his memories of three months ago, back in July. It was the middle of summer, and as soon as he came here, he encountered a girl on the verge of starvation.
Jiang Chen laughed.
He wasn't sure why he wanted to laugh. Maybe because the experiences in these past three months had been too exciting? Or because of his own transformation? Or perhaps because it'd been too fulfilling. He vigorously shook the water from his head and picked up the electric razor.
"There are many things in this world that are quite convenient." He plastered a thin layer of plastic wrap around his mouth, and with a click of a button, he could shave his beard away in a second.
This was a treasure to the world.
In the washroom itself, there was a digitalized shower, a smart toilet, multi-functional bathtub with a sauna function, and even the toilet paper was more advanced than the modern world's.
"Life is a magical journey." Jiang Chen looked outside the window.
The view faced the newly expanded wall. On top of the metal scaffolding were workers and engineers order the construction....
He remembered that in the beginning, his only thought was to obtain gold and become a carefree, wealthy man. And as soon as he got his wish, the first thing he did was spend it lavishly, blowing it all away and experiencing the life he had envied before.
But he fulfilled those wishes a long time ago.
"Now is it power?" Jiang Chen stared at his right hand. The water droplets on the back of his hand reflected his matured face.
Once he had the five hundred million USD in his hands, a sprout called ambition grew in his heart. From that point onward, troubles began to hound him.
Sometimes, he imagined what would have happened if he came to this world for the first time and didn't walk into this mansion. What if he didn't encounter the naughty and cute girl, didn't meet so many unforgettable people?
Sneak some gold and sell it discreetly in the modern world, becoming a rich man in the shadows. If he met malicious forces, he would switch cities, or even citizenship, instead of using his power to push them away. If he met mutated bacteria he was unable to resist, he would leave the area. This place was an ATM for him anyway. There was no reason to risk his life to eliminate the bacteria source.
But it would be a different kind of life.
In the modern world, he would enjoy a lavish lifestyle, and in the apocalypse, he would discreetly explore. No attachment, no concerns, perhaps that was the safer choice? Perhaps it was the best way to survive in this world filled with danger?
"But it would lack the excitement of a vibrant life?" Jiang Chen shook his head laughing and walked out the door.
Without a myriad of beautiful encounters, what was the purpose of living?
Since on productivity alone, man could not beat machine.
At the door, he met Yao Yao on her way to the washroom.
She walked half-asleep and rubbed her drowsy eyes with her small hand. The pouted mouth looked like a cherry freshly picked off with the morning dew. Because she was anemic, she couldn't handle mornings very well.
Although she seemed to be overly-conscious about her small flaw, Jiang Chen didn't care. A dizzy loli was too cute to be true, especially when she was asleep and subconsciously sought to hug anything warm.
Ahem, don't ask how he knew.
Just as Jiang Chen was about to say hello, Yao Yao's drowsy face turned beet red, and her body temperature spiked.
"Ahh.... G-good morning!"
"Good morning. Uhh, are you okay?" Jiang Chen asked carefully as he gave a confused look at Yao Yao who had her head buried low.
Her adorable eyes avoided his, and her hands fiddled with each other behind her back.
[She doesn't seem to be in a good mood?]
Just as Jiang Chen was at a loss, Lin Lin also appeared walking towards the bathroom. When she saw him standing by the door, Lin Lin's pale face blushed, but she didn't act shyly. Instead, she threw a dirty glare at Jiang Chen who had put her in an awkward position.
"What, what did I do?" Completely lost, he didn't bother arguing back. Question marks floated over his head as he looked back and forth between Yao Yao and Lin Lin.
But the two of them didn't have the slightest intention to open their mouths. Yao Yao seemed to want to say something, but her trembling lips suggested that she was too embarrassed to say it.
The odd atmosphere lingered.
Finally, the kind Yao Yao broke the silence.
"Umm." Yao Yao still didn't meet Jiang Chen's gaze, her cherry-like mouth pouting in displeasure. She murmured, "It is understandable that a ripe apple tastes good. Yao Yao is not angry. But it is better to be quieter because a small animal can only drool and watch... and be envious."
Her voice became fainter the more she felt wronged.
[What's going on?]
Dumbfounded, Jiang Chen stared at Yao Yao. Her frail and unhappy attitude was cute, but what was this strange way of guilt-tripping?
"Pervert." Out of the corner of his eye, he caught sight Lin Lin mocking him.
Thinking of this pervert's terrible attitude towards her, she felt particularly jubilant seeing his awkward attitude.
[Finally taking revenge!]
She wanted to burst into song to celebrate.
But Lin Lin clearly overestimated her importance. Just as she finished saying that, a chilling stare was directed at her.
"I think a digitalized human doesn't need to eat. Or are you prepared to tell me what happened?" Jiang Chen glared at her as he threatened without considering her feelings.
It was only when Jiang Chen bullied Lin Lin that he didn't feel any guilt at all.
Oh no, not even guilt, the sensation was through the roof.
Lin Lin's expression took a turn for the worse.
As usual, her confident look became sorrowful.
"You, you dare to threaten me.... Ahhhhh! Enough, you're a pervert! Remember to keep it down when you do that thing at night! And, and! Close the door!" Lin Lin ran away sadly.
Shut the door? Keep it down?
Jiang Chen was lost until he recalled Sun Jiao's voice.... He immediately looked at Yao Yao with difficulty. She was still throwing a bit of a tantrum.
Her pouting lips were about to touch the tip of her nose.
"Yao Yao is already working so hard.... And doesn't taste bad.... The one with the loud voice must be happy."
[It doesn't have to do with taste.]
He finally comforted Yao Yao while feeling as though the mansion had become a little awkward.