His call was powerful and full of energy, reaching the skies and shaking the expressions of everyone in the room.
Shi Jin was quick to notice three pairs of eyes filled with murderous intent aimed at him. The man with a refined face even moved his hand towards his gun.
But with a sudden burst of clarity, he calmed his overheated mind and cautiously looked towards the only person in the room without any killing intent - the 'treasure' himself.
He forced a smile and tried to salvage the situation, "My father always calls me 'treasure', he loves me very much..."
The man in the wheelchair remained indifferent, waving his hand to stop the refined man from approaching Shi Jin. His gaze slid gently over Shi Jin's body as he asked, "So?"
The man's voice was clear and pleasant, but Shi Jin felt a chill run down his neck. He desperately called out to Xiao Si in his mind while trying to save himself.
"So, what I mean is... I am Shi Xingrui's youngest son, Shi Jin."
"How can you prove your identity?" The man continued to ask.
Shi Jin swallowed hard and couldn't help but glance at the progress bar above the man's head. He replied, "There is a cucumber pillow hidden under my bed where I live, and my ID is inside..."
At the same time, he couldn't help but worry about Xiao Si's 'treasure', which seemed to be not doing so well with 999.5 points in his progress bar.
As he was thinking, Xiao Si, who seemed to have frozen for a while, suddenly screamed in his mind without warning, like a madman: "...Ah ah ah, my precious, you finally appeared! How did your progress bar reach 999.5, no, wait, how did your progress bar also reach 998.5! Sob sob sob, what should I do, how can Daddy save you all..."
"..." What the hell are you talking about, 'Daddy'!
Shi Jin felt like his brain was about to be scrambled by Xiao Si's screaming. He frowned in pain, and then realized what Xiao Si had said. He looked at his progress bar in shock.
- It really was 998.5, not a single point less! Before, it had only risen to 960, how come now... His heart trembled as he thought of something.
Cold sweat dripped down his forehead as he looked again at the man in the wheelchair, who stared at him like he was looking at a dead person. He sang a song of despair in his heart.
So, the other person did hear him calling him "baby" just now... And not only did he hear it, he seemed to be super concerned about it...
He's done for.
"I won't let anything happen to you, don't worry, Daddy... cough, I'll protect you and make sure you don't hurt each other. Close your eyes, I'm going to use my strength." Xiao Si waved his hand vigorously, proud and confident.
Use his strength? What strength?
Shi Jin was puzzled, but before he could ask, the ground suddenly shook violently outside, and the sound of explosions could be faintly heard. At the same time, the ground beneath their feet began to sway unsteadily.
Holy... crap... Shi Jin was stunned, admiring and exclaiming in his mind, "Xiao Si, I didn't know you were so powerful..."
"It's not me..." Xiao Si weakly retorted, feeling very embarrassed. "I can't use natural powers, I can only give you some buffs and open some back doors..."
"What's going on outside?" Shi Jin was stunned.
Out of the corner of his eye, he caught a glimpse of the progress bar belonging to Xiao Si's precious item, which seemed to be flashing slightly, indicating that it was about to be filled. His heart skipped a beat as he quickly turned his head to take a closer look.
Sure enough, the last half of the bar was flashing, indicating that it was about to be filled. He panicked, but his calmness in times of crisis kicked in. He quickly looked around and noticed that the crystal chandelier at the top of the hall was swaying slightly. Without hesitation, he lunged forward, grabbed the man's leg, pushed him back with all his might, and rolled to the ground.
The chandelier came loose and crashed to the ground in the next second.
Xiao Si only noticed the abnormality of the progress bar at this moment. Seeing the situation, it couldn't help but scream, giving Shi Jin a bunch of buffs all at once!
Boom! The chandelier crashed to the ground, shattering into a million pieces. with many pieces hitting Shi Jin, while the man he had pushed was sent flying with his chair, crashing into the sofa with a loud bang.
"Young Master Jun!" The man with the refined face, who had been on the phone with his subordinates, dropped his phone and rushed towards the fallen man.
"Jin Jin!" Xiao Si shouted in Shi Jin's mind.
Shi Jin stirred and weakly spoke, "Don't shout, I'm not dead..."
He turned his head towards the sofa, where he saw the man he had pushed looking back at him through the crowd. He managed to force a smile and then passed out with relief.
Surprisingly, his death value had decreased by half. The progress bar of this 'treasure' of Xiao Si's seemed to be easier to deal with than his...
The smell of disinfectant filled the air. When Shi Jin opened his eyes, he saw a man beside his bed. He couldn't help but frown and groan in pain - why did this scene feel so familiar?
"Jin Jin, you're awake! Look, your progress bar has gone back to 880. Hehehe." Xiao Si's energetic voice came through, and Shi Jin reluctantly turned his head to look at the figure by his bed.
The handsome man was still sitting in a wheelchair, but he had changed into a hazel robe with blue flowers. He seemed to sense Shi Jin's gaze and looked up. His lips, pale in color, parted slightly as he spoke in a clear and pleasant voice, "Shi Jin, my name is Lian Jun."
Shi Jin didn't know what to say, so he nodded politely and replied, "Hello."
"Mm." Lian Jun responded to his greeting and lowered his head to poke at the tablet in his hand.
One minute, two minutes...five minutes passed, and Lian Jun showed no intention of looking up or speaking.
Shi Jin couldn't hold it in any longer and asked, "Um, yesterday..."
Lian Jun lifted his eyes to look at him.
Shi Jin couldn't help but admire Lian Jun's stunningly beautiful yet pale face. In a moment of impulsiveness, he advised, "We should be law-abiding citizens in a harmonious society. Playing with the underworld* is very dangerous..."
*T/N: organised crime syndicates in China
"Pfft." Number Two, who was standing guard at the door, couldn't help but laugh.
Lian Jun glanced over at him and then set down his tablet. He said, "I'm not part of the underworld."
As Shi Jin finally noticed there were other people in the room, he felt a bit embarrassed by their laughter. But in his mind, he couldn't help but wonder, "Are they trying to deceive me? With all the talk about guns, explosions, and contact points or base movements, if they're not part of the underworld, then what are they? Could they be regular soldiers or...?"
He couldn't help but widen his eyes in shock.
"I'm not with the government either." Shi Jin's thoughts were almost written all over his face, and Lian Jun saw right through him. He slid his wheelchair over and placed a tablet by Shi Jin's pillow, saying, "You should rest." After speaking, he slid his wheelchair away.
Number Two held back his laughter and waved goodbye to Shi Jin before following Lian Jun out of the room.
The room fell silent, and Shi Jin couldn't help but wonder, "So why was he guarding my bedside? Just to introduce himself?"
Xiao Si had a look of intoxication on his face as he exclaimed, "Ah, my precious baby is so kind. He was afraid that you would feel lonely while recovering, so he came to keep you company and chat with you."
"..." This precious baby filter is too much.
The tablet left behind by Lian Jun was a brand new machine with only some pre-installed system software and no unnecessary extra apps. As he scrolled through it, he became increasingly confused about what Lian Jun was trying to do.
Seeing that there was no one in the room, he silently opened the software download center and searched for mahjong - he needed to relax after the big scare he had last night.
But as a result of this relaxation, he ended up being stuck for five whole days.
During this time, except for the silent delivery guy who brought food and the doctor who came to change his medicine on time, no one else saw or heard from Shi Jin. He couldn't even take a step out of the room.
"What exactly does your precious baby mean by this?" Even someone with the best temper like Shi Jin was starting to get angry from being locked up for so long.
Xiao Si felt a bit nervous and stuttered, "Uh, w-would you like to play a few more rounds of mahjong with me?"
Shi Jin pulled the blanket over himself, indicating his refusal through actions.
During dinner time that day, Shi Jin finally saw some new faces - a young man who had come with Lian Jun and was standing at the door trying to hold back his laughter.
"I'm Number Two," the handsome man with a smile greeted warmly, placing a bag of clothes on the bed. "Change into these, I'll take you out for dinner."
Shi Jin silently got up and took the bag to the bathroom - after five days, he could finally go out for some fresh air.
As they walked out, Shi Jin kept secretly observing his surroundings without saying a word.
Number Two, on the other hand, was talkative and initiated a conversation, "I heard you're the young master of Ruihang?"
Shi Jin glanced at him and nodded, then shook his head. "Ruihang has nothing to do with me now."
"Well, your company was taken by your older brother," Number Two smiled warmly and added, "You're really pitiful."
"..." If the original owner were here, he would probably be crying with anger.
But Number Two wasn't done yet.
He continued, "I heard that as soon as you arrived, you called Young Master Jun 'baby' and even touched his leg?"
Shi Jin's body trembled as he remembered the progress bar that shot up immediately when Lian Jun heard the word 'baby'. He shook his head frantically, "No, I didn't do that, it's all a misunderstanding."
"Don't be afraid, everyone has a desire for the beautiful. Young Master Jun is indeed very tempting, but anyone who dared to have thoughts about him in the past..." Number Two deliberately left the sentence unfinished, leaving them both hanging.
Shi Jin was foolishly hooked and asked nervously, "What happened?"
Number Two had a mysterious expression on his face and slowly shifted his gaze to three inches below Shi Jin's navel, making a scissor gesture with his fingers.
Shi Jin felt a chill in his groin and his mouth tasted as bitter as if he had eaten bitter melon.
He explained in a pale voice, "Brother, it's all a misunderstanding. I like girls..."
Number Two's face darkened and a mini gun appeared in his hand. His tone was ominous as he asked, "Are you saying that Young Master Jun isn't as good-looking as women?"
This guy changed his tune so quickly! Shi Jin thought, feeling deceived by Number Two's previous friendliness.
"Hmm?" Number Two began to twirl his gun.
Shi Jin weighed the pros and cons and quickly flattered, "No, no, no, that's not what I meant. Your Young Master Jun is naturally better-looking than most girls. He's the best..."
Number Two suddenly stopped and all his emotions were instantly suppressed. He reached out and slid open the simple and elegant sliding door beside him, extending his hand with great respect and saying, "This is the dining room, Mr. Shi, please."
Behind the door, Lian Jun, who was sitting crookedly on the tatami mat, looked over through a table of food and asked, "How am I the best?"
Shi Jin: "............"
Xiao Si was so angry that it was about to explode, "This Number Two is a bad person! He actually instigated trouble between you and my precious baby. Look, your progress bar has gone up to 900 again. I don't care, I'm going to beat him!"
Shi Jin also wanted to beat up Number Two, but he didn't move.
He simply said, "Number Two, I know you're jealous that I touched Young Master Jun's leg, but it was to save a life... There's nothing wrong with liking the same sex, don't feel inferior. I don't discriminate against you." He even patted Number Two's shoulder with great force.
Xiao Si secretly added a powerful buff to Shi Jin's hand.
Number Two's expression visibly twisted, but he didn't dare to struggle out of Shi Jin's grasp.
He turned his head to look at Lian Jun and explained dryly, "Young Master Jun, I was just joking. It's because Mr. Shi is so cute..."
"Go receive your punishment." Lian Jun had a heart of stone and ignored Number Two's instant change of expression.
He looked at Shi Jin and beckoned him over. "Come, let's eat."
Shi Jin released Number Two's shoulder with satisfaction and said with a smile, "You're really pitiful."
After seeing Number Two's expression of frustration, as if he had eaten shit, Shi Jin was finally satisfied and walked into the dining hall with a sense of revenge.
He sat proudly across from Lian Jun.