Chapter 156-2 (The Past is Like Mist)
One hour later, the electricity went back up, and I got into my quilt. Xin Yu and Lu Xue Han had also gone back to get into the game. However, Murong Shan Shan took a novel book to read instead.
“It’s okay, you just sleep. I’ll go home after I read the book.”
Murong Shan Shan smiled sweetly, her long hair blew on my face gently. I immediately felt as if getting shocked by electricity. Faintly smelling her beautiful fragrance coming from her body, I felt extremely fortunate.
It was until 8 o’clock that I finally fell asleep. Perhaps I was too tired, the sleep turned out to be a night full of dreams –
Xiao Yu’s poignant face was full of tears as she kept on trying to get her words out of her mouth. The scenes of the past events appeared like illusions. Ye Qiu’s firm gaze almost made me unable to show my face. I could hardly face the still terrifying scene of Fine’s bleeding left hand. The TOT squad training room was in a total disorder. Most of the monitors were smashed to pieces, tables and chairs were randomly piled up, and even the picture of the WAR3 Princess Ningxin Er that Ye Qiu held most precious was thrown on the floor, with traces of messy footprints on top of it. All of these was only because of Xiao Yu and me…
I wanted to cry desperately, however, no tears came out. The desperate words of my parents echoed in my ears, “If you’re still playing that game, then don’t come back to this house!”
Suddenly, the scene changed back to that night when I left TOT… It was so cold on the street, not even a half person could be seen on the road in that cold winter weather. I stood at the bus station by myself carrying my blue bag, with no destination in mind. The few money in my pocket wouldn’t be even enough to stay in a hotel.
“Is there anything I can help you with?” I turned around to look at the girl behind me, whose voice was like an angel. She was dressed in a dark gray uniform, with a pair of black leather boots.
I shook my head indifferently. However, that girl continued on, “My name is Xu Lin, are you lost? If you don’t mind, why don’t you come with me back to my place…”
The scene then turned chaotic once more. I heard Xin Yu’s weeping voice. It the quiet of the night, only her muffled sob could be heard.
“Why couldn’t I see through it…”
I reached out both of my hands to hold her, and all of a sudden, a pair of warm and tender little hands grabbed me, and then, a soft sigh came into my ear, “You, you can’t even sleep weel. I can’t keep watching you…”
The nightmares kept torturing me continuously. The guilt, longing, and helplessness thoughts almost suffocated me.
I suddenly woke up. My room was dark. I grabbed my phone to look, it was three in the morning. Murong Shan Shan had gone home already, only leaving her faint fragrance at the bedside.
After putting on my clothes and wiped the sweat from my forehead, I went to the living room. I poured a glass of warm water and sat on the sofa alone in a daze. By the time my senses returned, the water was already cold.
For more than a year, I had been living in guilt. Fortunately, I met Xin Yu, Lu Xue Han, and Murong Shan Shan. Otherwise, things would be very boring. It was especially after starting playing [Moon Monochrome] that finally, I found a little passion for life.
After drinking the water, my head was aching badly. I needed to go back to sleep!
It was already more than nine in the morning when I woke up. From seven last night until now, I had slept for almost 12 hours, so it should already make up for yesterday’s lack of sleep.
I got out of the room and had something to eat. It was when I get back into my room that I saw Murong Shan Shan’s text on my cell phone: “You were calling my name in your sleep, and your salivas were dripping too…”
I burst out in laughter, didn’t know whether or not it was true.
After getting online, the first thing I did was to take a look at the current ranking chart. Compared to yesterday, there was another new change. On the first position was still Blood Red at Level 47, but the second position had changed to Lu Xue Han at Level 46. Murong Shan Shan at Level 44 was finally among the top ten. Since I had killed Romantic Master yesterday and caused him to drop a level, he was now out of the top ten. Xu Lin and Xin Yu were quite overwhelming and had stormed their way into the Top-5. So far, the Green Veggies family had three of their members ranked in the city’s top ten list. (TL Note: Because of the level drop, Lin Fan is currently not in the top ten list.)
I felt some regret, but at that moment, I received a call request from Murong Shan Shan…
“You’re already awake?”
“Last night, you didn’t sleep well.”
“And you kissed my hand.”
“It’s just your hand only…”
“Isn’t it still my hand?”
“And you’re not going to be responsible for it?”
“I… I am…”
“Then in the future, if you get any equipment, you can only give it to me alone. You can’t look at other girls. And also, you have to take me for leveling…”
“Shit, that’s a bit too far!” I finally couldn’t resist saying.
Murong Shan Shan grinned and seriously said, “In what way? Should I take you leveling instead?”
“No need, you’re only two levels higher than me…” I politely refused and said, “Where are you now? Get back to Silvermoon City at once, I’ll show you some good stuff!”
“I’ll be right back!”
In a few moments, Murong Shan Shan had already appeared not far from the city. I quickly waved to her and said, “Come over her, the warehouse!”
Murong Shan Shan immediately ran over. Several players raised their eyebrows watching her beautiful figure.
“What good stuff? Don’t tell me it’s chocolate, or Oreos?”
“You only think about food. This, you can’t eat!” I said, laughing. Meanwhile, I took out the level 45 orange Lightsaber from my inventory.
When I put the shining Lightsaber in the transaction panel, Murong Shan Shan became startled for a while. She stared at it for a long time before she could finally talk, her voice couldn’t hide her excitement, “This… When did you manage to get this item?”
“I get this from the mission that caused me to drop 9 levels. So, is it worth it?”
As I was speaking, I firmly pressed the transaction button.
Murong Shan Shan’s beautiful eyes were sparkling, very heart moving. But after a few seconds, she canceled the transactions.
“What’s the matter, Shan Shan? This isn’t the usual you?” I said in surprise.
Murong Shan Shan bit her lip and said in a low voice, “But I don’t have the money to buy this sword. I’m sure that the price of this sword will be over a hundred million…”
I couldn’t help but laugh, “This isn’t for sale, but a gift for you. You don’t need to pay for it.”
Murong Shan Shan looked at me surprisingly, and said, “What do you mean? You’re giving me this orange weapon as a present?”
I nodded and said, “That’s right, it’s free of charge. In English, it’s completely FREE!” (TL Note: Here the author was using the English word “FREE”.)
Murong Shan Shan suddenly exposed a sweet smile and asked, “Why gifting it to me? Give me an acceptable reason.”
I thought for a moment and then answered in all seriousness, “I like you. Does it count as a legitimate reason?”
“Just barely…” Murong Shan Shan smiled and received the sword. Suddenly, with another pained look, she said, “You’re giving me this sword, but what about yourself? You should need it more…”
“It’s okay, I still have a level 50 sword!”
When I showed her the Blood Red Sword, she finally agreed to accept the Lightsaber and solemnly said, “Thank you, Lin Fan. If there’s a chance, I’ll pay you back the price of the sword.”
I laughed, “Don’t wait for everyone to reach level 100 before you give the sword back to me and then say ‘I’m returning the sword to its rightful owner’.”
Murong Shan Shan stared at me and said in displeased, “Then what do you want? Don’t tell me that you’re just relying on a sword to let me giving myself to you?”
I was scared inside, this girl, she even guessed it right what I was thinking!
“Shan Shan, aren’t you still going to level? Hurry up and go, don’t let me delay your leveling speed.”
“You really don’t want to level together with us? Members of the same guild practicing together will get Experience bonuses!”
I smiled, “No, I’d better find a place to practice by myself!”
After Murong Shan Shan left, I also began to organize my equipment. Right now, of all the equipment on my body, I was only lacking a hand protector. My level 26 blue glove, Justice Contender, had already blown up because its durability depleted. Therefore, I spend 500 RMB in the marketplace to acquire a level 38 green glove. Its Attributes didn’t differ much from the previous one.
It was when I opened the Skills panel that a strange thing happened – both my Harvesting and Mining skills had actually risen to above level 4!
What’s going on here? The Experience of the Harvesting skill only needed a bit more to rise to level 5. I couldn’t remember when I had practiced these skills.
After thinking for quite long, I suddenly realized. When I was in the other dimension, I had gotten 300 XP every time I harvested and mined. So, that was it! Although the skills level had all returned to normal, but the skill Experience gained didn’t get lost. And apparently, the Experience that I gained was already enough for my skills to get to level 4!
With great happiness, I walked out of Silvermoon City. As before, I went to the area of level 50 monsters. Here, not only the prairie Bewitched Grass had low Health and high Experience, but I could also harvest high-level herbs, such as the Iris Flowers,Pears, and the likes. Previously in the dimension hole, I gathered five sets of nearly 500 Agaves and five sets of precious ores, which I had stored in the warehouse already. When my Potion Refining skill’s level had become high enough, maybe I would be able to use those materials.
Compared to a few days ago, there were already far more players in the Silvermoon Valley now. It was still the realm of the Swords and Roses guild, but other players could still freely pass through and train here. Except, Romantic World’s and Mad Warrior’s people were not allowed to pass through the exit. This was also one of Murong Shan Shan’s strategy to restrict Romantic World. At the moment, everybody knew that Silvermoon Valley was a good place to level, but Murong Shan Shan persistently kept the people from Romantic World to come here. Although they had tried to fight, but it was without avail. So, they were forced to move to another training grounds. With this, their overall level would again fall far from that of Swords and Roses guild.
The biggest blow to them was the fight last night. More than 100 players of level 40 and above were actually wiped out by a single person. No need to mention the level and equipment loss, but the hit on their morale was more than enough to cause Romantic Master to have a headache for a while.
Currently, internally in the guild, they were still discussing the matter of last night. According to Young and Frivolous’s information, because of the Romantic World’s heavy beating by Swords and Roses in the last few days, and to add to the fact they were getting beaten again last night, many of their members had resigned from the guild already. Most had then joined Blood Red’s guild “Blood Sky”, and some had also requested to join Swords and Roses, but were refused by Murong Shan Shan without explanations.
As I was still sighing, suddenly the system gave out an announcement: Congratulations to player Mad Warrior for establishing the guild ‘Friendship World’. System reward: Level +1!