Chapter 156-1 (A War Without Smoke)
(TL Note: I didn’t split this chapter in two parts. The author mistakenly number the chapter 156 twice. So, in order not to mess up with the chapter numbers, I decided to number it 156-1 and 156-2.)
Murong Shan Shan ordered Sun Never Sets to bring everyone back to leveling. When everyone was gone, she patted me on the shoulder, giving me a bad smile and asked, “Confess! Where do you practice level? You rise from level 37 to level 42 in just 10 hours.”
I said nothing and only shared my Attributes panel with her. After a few seconds, her big gasping would make people couldn’t help but fantasize.
“How is this possible? When did you become Superman?”
I helplessly said, “Do you think I want to? The price of being Superman was to drop 9 levels. And this effect only lasts for 24 hours. It’s now already 18 hours passing.”
“What? When you say so, it means that you haven’t get offline for more than 24 hours.” Murong Shan Shan became alerted at once. A pair of beautiful eyes stared at me fiercely.
“This… It’s probably so…”
Murong Shan Shan eyes suddenly turned red and she gritted her teeth, “Do you want to die? Now, quickly get offline to have dinner. Why don’t you care about yourself?”
I was blanked and said in a low voice, “But Shan Shan, the time for my double Attributes is about to end. If I don’t seize the time to quickly level up, when do you think I can catch up?”
“I don’t care. You get offline right away. I’ll go to your place.”
Murong Shan Shan went offline with red eyes. Watching her figure gradually fading away, my heart actually felt a sense of… bitterness. With a trace of touched.
In the past, Xiao Yu also kept insisting not to let me practice for a long time. Unfortunately, I didn’t appreciate it too much. The current me seemed to have matured a lot. Perhaps, the price of getting mature was a constant lost.
I was hesitant to get offline immediately. True, I was now already close to the brink of collapse. It wasn’t really something that I didn’t have enough sleep. After all, this wasn’t the first time. However, not eating for 24 consecutive hours made me feel a little unbearable. If I calculated, my belly had constantly called over the last 12 hours.
As I was thinking about it, suddenly the system prompted: “The power to your connection has been lost. Please get offline securely within the 3 minutes of the machine standby power supply.”
Huh, how could this happen? Did someone unplug the power?
Complaining voices came from the outside. And as I was getting offline, I already understood what happened… A blackout in our area…
Damn. God’s plans indeed supersede our own. It seemed that even the Heaven didn’t want me to immediately rise to level 45.
After taking off the helmet, I stretched my body for a while. Damn, it turned out that I was still alive…
Because I told Xin Yu and Lu Xue Han that I would get offline at ten in the evening, they hadn’t cook anything for me. Now, the two beautiful women busily rushed into the kitchen.
Xu Lin walked out from her room holding a candle. She sat beside the table and said with a smile, “That Underworld’s Fire Striking Heaven skill is really too powerful. I set on a few fires in Shadowmoon Valley and no other players dare to get close.”
“Then, how is its power compared to Xue Han’s fire magic?”
Xu Lin smiled with pursed lips and said proudly, “Xue Han needed 10 minutes to burn a group of monsters while I only needed two minutes to clear them.”
I nodded. This was normal. Xu Lin was a Mage, her Magic growth should be several folds higher than Lu Xue Han’s. In addition to that, her equipment were also mainly adding Intelligence. It wasn’t surprising that she could kill much faster than Lu Xue Han.
I rubbed my nose and said, “So, you must have practiced leisurely today?”
“Of course. From morning up until now, I’ve risen from level 42 to level 44 with 80% Experience already.”
I was startled and asked, “You didn’t bring Xin Yu and Xue Han to train?”
Xu Lin smiled, “I did. I was always with Xin Yu. She has also reached level 44 already, but she isn’t as fast as I. You also know, the person doing the hit will get a bit more Experience. Xue Han was afraid that she might affect our leveling speed, so she looked for a new training ground and killed monsters by herself. When I got offline, I saw that she had reached level 46. Also quite fast.”
Xu Lin took a sip of hot tea and continued, “By the way, when you killed that level 75 BOSS, did it drop any Guild Creation Certificate?”
“No,” I shook my head and then continued, “I didn’t. That son of a bitch only dropped some equipment. Your orange robe and Xin Yu’s purple leg protector aside, it also dropped a purple cape and an orange Warrior’s armor. There were also two high-grade orange swords: the Lightsaber and Blood Red Sword.”
In her surprise, she sprayed out the tea in her mouth. Blinking her beautiful eyes, she said surprisedly, “Just a single BOSS dropped four orange equipment. Not just that, they’re the only four orange equipment currently in the whole world.”
I quickly corrected her, “The BOSS didn’t drop 4 orange equipment. It only dropped 3 of them. I got the other one from a mission reward.”
Xu Lin felt totally amazed and said poutingly, “I really don’t know if you have any affiliation with the boss of [Moon Monochrome]. Even purple equipment were still rare at the moment. The total of all purple equipment in Silvermoon City isn’t more than 50. But you, just shortly, have already gotten four orange equipment. It won’t be surprising if Romantic Master will knock his head on the wall were he to find out about this.”
Xu Lin casually swept a gaze on my face. Her snow white face suddenly bore a captivating blush. After a long while, she mumbled, “Lin Fan, the orange robe’s attributes are really high. Instead of thinking to auction it off, you choose to give it to me. You should know that at the moment, the Mages have all risen up on levels. The price of a level 48 orange robe must be sky-high, perhaps, even more than 100 million…”
I interrupted her and smiled, “Sister Lin, sometimes, having the money needed to use is already sufficient. The more you want it, the more you’ll feel it’s not enough. Since this is a game, we shouldn’t treat it too seriously. Anyway, I’ve earned so much from the game, it should be content. We all have made profits. You’ve also received quite a part of it and should look for a good man to marry in the future. If you’re saving too much, people will only be after your money.”
Xu Lin bit her lip and gently nodded when she said, “Maybe it’s really as you say it. I used to strive too hard for it, so I live so tiredly.”
Xu Lin sighed faintly. Her beautiful eyes flashed with a captivating brilliance.
I smiled and patted her on the shoulder, “That’s right. Happiness and unhappiness are both part of our days. If you worry too much about it, you surely won’t be happy, right?”
She pulled the corners of her mouth, and a charming smile immediately appeared on her snow-white face. Even more surprising, such a charming mature woman like Xu Lin could still reveal a trace of a shy expression…
I quickly looked down and held the warm cup in my hands. Terrible. How come I had never noticed it before that my boss, Xu Lin, turned out to be so attractive?
After a while, Xu Lin asked, “By the way, didn’t you get two orange swords? Have you thought about what to do with the other one? It’s impossible for you to wield two weapons by yourself.”
My face was stifled. After a few seconds, I replied, “I plan to give that level 45 orange sword to Murong Shan Shan. The level 50 sword, I’ll use it for myself. The attributes of the level 50 sword are much higher than that of level 45. Besides, it will only be a moment that I won’t be able to use it.”
Xu Lin let out a surprised look. She turned to look out of the window and said, “That’s also good. None of us here can use the sword anyway. But, I really do admire you, casually giving away a weapon worth of more than 100 million. Even to woo a girl, it’s still quite unacceptable. Its value is really too high.”
I couldn’t help but burst in laughter, “What’s with that? Courting a girl is a very serious matter and can’t be mixed with money. Furthermore, to be able to find someone truly loving you, don’t say 100 million, even a billion would be worth it.”
Xu Lin just looked at me without saying anything. I then continued seriously, “Murong Shan Shan heard that I haven’t eaten anything for 24 consecutive hours. So, she is currently on her way here. She should arrive soon.”
Xu Lin was surprised. After a long while, she said faintly, “She’s really nice…”
Not long after, Xin Yu and Lu Xue Han walked out of the kitchen. They both were carrying hot dishes in their hands. Xu Lin immediately poured a bowl of porridge for me and with a smile, she said, “Eat slowly. Drink some porridge first, it would be easier on your stomach that way…”
I complied and drank up. Right at this moment, a knocking sound came from the door. It seemed that last time, she remembered when I told her my address.
Xin Yu asked in surprise, “At this hour, who could it be?”
Xu Lin pouted and said indifferently, “Your rival. Go and open the door.”
Thereupon, Xin Yu opened the door. Sure enough, it was Murong Shan Shan. Her snow white face had already turned red from the cold.
Xu Lin quickly pulled back a chair at the side and offered the guest to sit down. Murong Shan Shan didn’t hesitate and immediately sat in front of me, staring at me. In the candlelight, that beautiful face was so charming.
I stared at her. Murong Shan Shan immediately said in anger, “Don’t look at me. Hurry up and eat your meal. After that, go to sleep.”
Xu Lin covered her mouth and laughed. After getting slightly surprised, Lu Xue Han also smiled. Sitting beside me, Xin Yu softly said, “Eat slowly, don’t get burned…”
The smell of gunpowders was getting thicker, so I hastened to smooth things over and said, “All right, all right, I’ll just eat. You guys also don’t press it, otherwise, it will affect my appetite.”
Xin Yu said in a low voice, “Eating slowly is the way of maintaining good health…”
Murong Shan Shan laughed softly. Suddenly, as if she was a different person, she said gently, “Lin Fan, listen to Xin Yu. Eat slowly, that will be better for your stomach…”
“Damn, everyone’s fine.”
I was inwardly worried, but then quickly shifted all the attention to the food.
After dinner, Murong Shan Shan didn’t leave immediately. Instead, she insisted on seeing me asleep that she could leave assured. Seeing her like a little wife, Xu Lin didn’t say anything further and let her suit herself.