Chapter 1 - Genius cannon fodder against the odds (I)
Chi Xiaochi leaning against the car smoking.
It was wiping dark, and a little aura of fire reflected faintly on half of his face.
After smoking a small amount, he glanced at his watch, turned with his cigarette in his hand and dug in through the half rolled down window, took out a mineral water that he had drunk to the bottom, dusted most of the cigarette in with the unbroken ashes, and fished out the gum in his pocket, chewed it hastily and spat the remains into a napkin.
He was going to throw his rubbish in the bin, however just as he turned around, the person he was waiting for arrived.
The first thing he saw was the brand new car parked on the side of the road before he saw Chi Xiaochi.
His expression became a little complicated: "...... Xiao Cheng."
Chi Xiaochi is called Cheng Yuan in this world.
When she saw that face, Chi Xiaochi was so stunned that she forgot to take the initiative to greet it.
The man stood still, waiting habitually for " Cheng Yuan" to come towards him, and frowned suspiciously when he found that " Cheng Yuan" had no intention of moving.
Chi Xiaochi A half-human, half-mechanical voice prompted in his head at the right time, in a businesslike manner and therefore a little cold.
The system alerted, "Mr. Chi, the subject of the raid is calling you."
Ignoring the drop in goodwill from 72 to 70, Chi Xiaochi looked back and commented, "Good looking."
Then he stood up straight and sighed to himself, "I've been single for so long. I've been single for so long.
Chi Xiaochi then pretended to have trouble seeing in the night and squinted before he could see who was coming, and his eyes, which were still a little dazed and unfocused, suddenly took on a joyful look, and the dimples in his cheeks were so sweet that people wanted to smile with him, "Lao Yang!"
System: "......" A second into the drama, it can be.
Chi Xiaochi's full name is Yang Baihua.
He is four years older than Cheng Yuan. He is a clean-living man, with his cuffs tidied up to the right height, his hair and nails neatly groomed, his body with the faint aroma of wood, and the hardness and steadiness that are rare in young men, his chest line wrapped in a white shirt not looking exaggerated, but the outline can easily make people's heart beat faster.
Chi Xiaochi briefly reviews in his mind the information he has received about the world line as he steps closer to the mission objective.
This world is Chi Xiaochi's first mission after entering the system world. According to the system, in order for the questor to adapt faster, the first mission each questor performs after binding to the system, the world line is highly similar to the world line he originally lived in, and the difficulty is also in easy mode.
To put it bluntly, a tutorial for newcomers.
This tutorial shows that his subject, Yang Baihua, is a university student studying software engineering, a golden phoenix who flew out of a southwestern mountain valley with his whole family's support. From his inability to turn on a computer to his success in graduate school, his nearly seven years of studying in a foreign country have worn away Yang Baihua's native aura and at first glance he looks like a young man who grew up in the city.
As for Cheng Yuan, in a nutshell, his family is rich.
As for how much money there is, Cheng Yuan has never cared, that's for his elder brother to worry about.
Cheng Yuan has loved music since he was a child, the kind of music he drowned in. He has a real talent for playing instruments, and his voice has an advanced instrumental quality.
Cheng Yuan met Yang Baihua on campus after attending music school to play with a former high school friend.
At that time, Yang Baihua was in his fourth year of university and was at his best. He was full of vigour and energy, and his fresh and hard-headed energy made Cheng Yuan fall in love with him, and he followed him all the way.
Yang Baihua found it funny at first, but gradually he was drawn to the young master with his thin skin and tender, rabbit-like ears that he could hold in his hands.
It took three years for the two to meet, confirm their relationship and fall in love.
One day, Cheng Yuan got drunk and on a whim, she came out of the closet with her family.
Cheng's parents cannot accept that their son, who was still running after girls as a child, is attracted to a man, especially after investigating Yang Baihua's background, and Cheng's parents express their fierce opposition.
The Cheng Family are not discriminating against Yang Baihua, who has worked his way up through the ranks, but they themselves came from a rural background and started with nothing, so they know how hard it is to work.
However, Yang Baihua had four sisters of varying ages, each named Zhaodi, Pandi, Niandi and Wangdi, and these four names were placed here to convince the Cheng Family that the family would never accept a man who would break the family's lineage and that his hopeless love affair was not destined to end well.
Yet love makes people blind.
When Cheng Yuan sobered up, he didn't listen to his parents' good advice and tried to block them out, fearing that they would make things difficult for Yang Baihua.
The Cheng Family parents are not so low class as to have a problem with a child who has worked his way up through the ranks, but Cheng Yuan's mess has really broken their hearts.
For Yang Baihua, he fell out with his parents and moved out of the house to live with Yang Baihua.
For the sake of cheapness, Yang Baihua rents a place 20-odd bus stops from the city centre, where there are few takeaways, but the advantage is that it is quiet and the food is cheap.
Cheng Yuan learned how to cook for Yang Baihua and did so well that Yang Baihua complimented him and he made him lunch every day and brought it to the office.
Some of my friends scolded Cheng Yuan, saying, "Xiao Yuan Zi, you're fucking crazy, you can't live a good life for a man who's a chicken?
Cheng Yuan smiled and said, "He's very nice to me, we've agreed to have hotpot tomorrow.
Cheng Yuan is indeed a romantic idealist. Every little bit of his ideal is hopefully recorded on a handy note on his desk, one by one, as if he were writing a poem.
"Tomorrow morning write a song; cook at noon; come back in the afternoon to write a song; go for a walk with Lao Yang in the evening; buy two cups of Sun Kee soy milk, Lao Yang's share with sugar; turn on the air conditioning for half the night and sleep under a blanket."
He never recorded bad things because he felt he was having a really good time.
He also refused to accept his brother's secret offer of help. The only time Cheng Yuan accepted his brother's kindness was when he took his brother's vehicle, a new BYD he had bought. Because he was bus-sick. Whenever he brought food to Yang Baihua across half the city, he dared not eat breakfast for fear of vomiting.
But Yang Baihua didn't like the gift and said that his brother was giving it to Cheng Yuan to remind him of the good old days, so he could drag him home.
The act of receiving and returning the money broke Brother Cheng's heart.
Later, the greeting messages from Big Brother also changed from once a day to once a week or once every half month.
Cheng Yuan was sad, but she thought, "My parents and elder brother just want me to have a good life. If I had stayed with Yang and gotten better, they might have accepted him.
Yang Baihua graduated as a systems analyst in his undergraduate degree and joined a software company after graduation, where he said he was highly regarded by his manager. As for Cheng Yuan, his career is also going well.
In the past, Cheng Yuan never had to think about earning a living, and focused on playing music. The experimental music he wrote was not marketable at all, and Cheng Yuan's parents managed to get connections to package and sell the music, but it was just a small circle of self-indulgence.
Now Cheng Yuan is trying to make a living. The record market had shrunk so much over the years that Cheng Yuan couldn't afford to play with his love of experimental music any longer.
Cheng Yuan doesn't have a problem with letting go of his position in this regard. He likes to write a little bit of everything, classic pop, punk rock, whatever, but he's just a little bit of a picky artist when it comes to quality.
He spent three months of hard work meticulously recording three demos in an original pop style and sent them to several record labels.
Cheng Yuan was prepared for his demos to go down in flames, but he was lucky and soon heard back: his submission was accepted by a small company for $5,000 per song.
The small company expressed their admiration for Cheng Yuan's creative talent and offered to sign him as an artist, and Cheng Yuan was so excited that he signed the contract without even looking at it.
Cheng Yuan was jumping for joy, and before the money even arrived, he had immediately mapped out his $15,000 spending plan, with a Yang Baihua in every one of them.
If we were to turn back the clock, Cheng Yuan would have cursed the ecstatic Cheng Yuan for being such a fool.
The small company's production was inefficient and the end result was unsatisfactory, but Cheng Yuan was happy to see his three songs, "Autumn Thoughts", "Words Between My Heart" and "Love You", each rising in the rankings on music apps.
That is, until he swiped a comment in the song's comments, "Does no one think 'Autumn Thoughts' is a lot like a revamped version of Goddess Tang's 'Si Fan'?"
Soon, someone replied, "Not only 'Autumn Thoughts', but also 'Words Between Hearts' looks like Tang Huan's new song."
...... Tang Huan ?
Cheng Yuan's hand slipped and he exited the software.
He froze for a long time holding the black screen of his phone, sweat pouring out of his body like a nest of ants had exploded in his joints.
He twitched his hand and clicked back on, and the pretty face of famous and popular new singer Tang Huan appeared on the software's opening screen ad, smiling at Cheng Yuan.
On that day, Cheng Yuan's Weibo account, with only a few thousand followers, was swamped by Tang Huan's million-strong army of followers and watermen.
"cnm's copying dogs! Plagiarism kills the whole family!"
"Catch a sheep pulling the wool over your eyes, why are you such a cheapskate?"
"For more details on the causes and consequences of the plagiarism incident of Xiao Transparent Cheng Yuan and the plagiarism situation, please refer to the long tweet at http://t.cn ......"
"Casually picking through Cheng Yuan's previous work, my desire to know made me click in and my desire to live made me quit."
"Hahahaha sang what Jebao stuff, the guilding of the ghost, which can also be called good, the fans also hold the stink feet."
"Awesome, the song title doesn't even spare Goddess Tang's new album cover ah, a whole set of copies?"
Cheng Yuan couldn't be bothered with the bad reviews.
With his headphones on, he listens frantically to Tang Huan's new song over and over again, his eyes bloodshot and sweating.
...... is really the same.
It's just a tweak in the details, and it doesn't take a professional music student to judge that anyone with a good ear and a decent sense of musicianship can hear that it's a copy of the score.
...... But who is this copying who?
Cheng Yuan assures his innocence that he hadn't even heard a few Tang Huan songs before today, as he remembers toxic musicians commenting on Tang Huan, albeit in an unpleasant way, but rightly so.
"Tang Huan specialises in love songs with saliva. A slobbering love song is one where the song is also slobbering and sung as if it has saliva in it."
Tang Huan's smiling face spins in front of Cheng Yuan's face, and the electronic cover of that new album bears the words, "The queen of love songs takes a gorgeous turn and sings your heartfelt words."
- "Awesome, the song title doesn't even spare Goddess Tang's new album cover ah, a whole set of copies?"
Cheng Yuan clearly remembers that he had chosen the title of the song 'Words Between Hearts', the words he wanted to say to Yang Baihua, the kind of forbidden love that he had restrained and then burst forth, but Tang Huan sang it as a sweet little girl's heart.
Cheng Yuan only felt more insulted than ever.
The biggest blow he had ever received was a failed attempt to come out of the closet, and he had never known what it was like to be disgraced and criticised.
The only thing he could think of was Yang Baihua, amidst the ringing in his ears.
He dialed Yang Baihua's phone and when he heard his voice, his tense emotions instantly broke and he would only cry, "Lao Yang, Lao Yang, come back. Like a child who has been bullied.
Cheng Yuan is indeed a child when it comes to dealing with people, and he is too well protected by his family.
So, while pulling Yang Baihua along, crying that his song had been taken away from him and that he was being pointed at and scolded, Cheng Yuan failed to notice the flash of panic in Yang Baihua's eyes.
But Cheng Yuan was far from expecting that this was just the beginning of his nightmare.
And now Chi Xiaochi's steel-toothed white rabbit Cheng Yuan stands in front of Yang Baihua.
The former smiled and looked up at the latter with a light in his eyes.
Yang Baihua looked at the car and asked with a frown, "Did you buy this car?"
Cheng Yuan turned his head to look at the car and boasted in a childish tone, "Beautiful, isn't it?"
Yang Baihua asked, "How much did it cost?"
Cheng Yuan's eyes curled, "Guess?"
So far, these conversations have taken place as they once did in the original owner's memory, without a single change.
Yang Baihua's brow furrowed and two more points were squeezed out of Chi Xiaochi's favorable rating bar.
Yang Baihua held back his anger for a while and decided to reason with this young master who didn't know the value of wood and rice: "Xiao Cheng, the two of us are meant to be together for a long time. You have fallen out with your family for me, and I am grateful for your dedication and sincerity. But you grew up with a privileged life and don't understand that life should be lived in a long time. If you keep being so generous ......"
According to the original script, the original owner should have bowed his head in shame and admitted that he was joking and that the car was given to him by his brother Cheng Jian.
Chi Xiaochi gave a timely look of resignation, "...... This is from my brother. I tend to get seasick on public transport."
Yang Baihua gently stroked Chi Xiaochi's hair: "Little Cheng, you've grown up, you can't rely on your brother for everything. Your brother has a life of his own, and so do you. If he deliberately interferes with your life and pampers you like this, it will only make you more and more inseparable from the golden silk cage. Don't you think so?"
Chi Xiaochi doesn't say anything and looks at him.
Yang Baihua is very confident.
In the past, Ching had a friend who was strongly opposed to them being together, and after being educated by him in this way, Ching drew a clear line with him.
...... Xiao Cheng doesn't know anything, it's better to listen to yourself, otherwise you'll be easily led by the nose.
At this point, Chi Xiaochi speaks up.
He spoke in such a beautiful voice, soft and gentle, just like every time he had spoken to him in love before, that Yang Baihua didn't even understand at first: "...... My brother was good to me and spent your money?"