ries from his past life, would probably think that Aji and himself had a minor conflict at most.
There were plenty of people in that circle who had their own conflicts, and it didn’t mean they had to resort to such extremes.

There was an indescribable feeling of something being off.

Moreover, for Shen Yanming himself, he had vented his frustrations during that solo match.
He didn’t want to be involved with these people any further, whether they soared to new heights or brought misfortune upon themselves.

Of course, when Shen Yanming saw the people on stage fighting, he couldn’t help but enjoy the spectacle.
He eagerly watched the fight unfold for a while, but then he started to feel embarrassed for them.

Compared to watching these dramas, it would be more interesting to watch a match where both sides gave their all.
Even if the participating players couldn’t display any incredible moves, their serious attitude in the battlefield was admirable.

However, this was He Changkong’s intention.

Although Shen Yanming might have thoughts like “Kong Shen, you’re ruining your image,” he also knew that it was rare for someone to be willing to take risks and do something that went against their own style, just to stand up for you.

After being betrayed twice in a row, although he hadn’t become an introverted person who was afraid to open up to others, his view on making friends had been affected to some extent.

He felt that trustworthy friends were not easy to come by.
In this circle, there was a lot of talk about brotherhood fueled by passion, and there were indeed many genuine friends.
However, weren’t there also many groups formed solely for the purpose of maximizing their own interests?

While under the influence of these thoughts, someone came to him with sincerity.

Having a true friend was still possible, Shen Yanming thought that he could probably become good friends with He Changkong.

From idol to friend, the idea itself was quite exciting.
There weren’t many people who could achieve that, right?

With this in mind, Shen Yanming smiled and said, “Thank you, Kong ge.
I’m happy now.”

Just saying thanks felt insufficient, so he added, “Kong ge, you’re super cool.
I’m feeling great now.”

After saying that, he scratched the back of his head.
It made him feel a bit embarrassed to say such things casually to He Changkong, but he also understood that if he wanted to become friends, he couldn’t be so reserved.
If he always treated the other person as an untouchable deity and kept his distance, their relationship would never get closer.

So, Shen Yanming mustered up the courage to pat He Changkong’s thigh, patting it twice in a row to demonstrate how familiar they were with each other.

It was quite incredible.
He actually dared to pat Kong’s thigh.
Who would dare to do such a thing? Look at the entire Return of the Throne’s circle.
Who could be as cool as him? Even Meng Yan and He Changkong, who had a good relationship, rarely played around like this when they were together.

Wait a minute.

Thinking of this, Shen Yanming quickly withdrew his hand.

Even Meng Yan rarely touched He Changkong like that, so was it too bold of him? He wondered if he would be eaten alive.

A stiff smile gradually appeared on Shen Yanming’s face as he nervously looked at He Changkong, but he didn’t see any change in He Changkong’s expression.

He Changkong just gave a simple “Hmm.”

It was actually Meng Yan who couldn’t stand their lovey-dovey conversation anymore.
He was disgusted, and his goosebumps were starting to show.
He couldn’t take it anymore and rolled his eyes in disdain.
“Stop flirting in public all the time.”

He Changkong: “…”

Shen Yanming also felt that it was strange to be called out by Meng Yan like that, but he was used to this kind of talk, so he took it lightly and even looked at Meng Yan with innocent puppy eyes.
“Is it because I’ve been neglecting you lately, so you’re unhappy? You should learn to be more generous…”

“Damn, you little brat, you’re really something,” Meng Yan jumped up from his seat and made a surrendering gesture.
Then he turned to He Changkong and said, “Kong jiang, you better take care of him.
He’s too frivolous.
Lock him up and give him some tough love in a little dark room.
Don’t let him cause trouble for others.”

He Changkong: “…”

Shen Yanming: “…” Meng Yan was more experienced in this game.
Originally, Shen Yanming wanted to give him a taste of his own medicine, but he ended up being outmaneuvered.
Now it was his turn to be speechless.

He Changkong didn’t bother with their strange conversation.
He wasn’t used to joking around like that anyway.
Just then, he received a message on his phone, and after reading it, he changed the subject directly.
“The organizers are investigating Aji and Cloud’s matter.
It won’t be long before there are results.
Participating in rigged matches and getting into a public fight will have a significant impact.
They’ll definitely receive a lifetime ban.”

Meng Yan grinned.
“Serves them right.”

Shen Yanming didn’t express any opinion.

This matter should end here.

Meanwhile, after a brief intermission, the stage was back in order.
The commentators were announcing the names of the participants for the next match.

“If there’s nothing else, we have to go back and train,” He Changkong asked Shen Yanming, “Do you want to come back to the base with us?”

Go to TMM’s base! Shen Yanming immediately sat up straight.

But one second later, he calmed down.

For outsiders, the team base wasn’t a place they could visit as they pleased.
The players trained there, and if outsiders went in and learned about some tactics or strategies, it would be a big problem if the information leaked.

Of course, he would never do such a thing.

But it would be better to avoid causing trouble for others.

After considering it, Shen Yanming pointed towards the stage.
“No, you guys go ahead.
I want to watch Zhang Xixi’s match.”

“Hmm…okay,” He Changkong forgot that Zhang Xixi was playing in the next match.
He couldn’t force Shen Yanming to stay with him if he wanted to watch the game.

Meng Yan looked at He Changkong and then at Shen Yanming, shaking his head.
“Then let’s have dinner together later, Luanzi ge.
You won’t leave so soon, right?”

Shen Yanming nodded eagerly, resembling a little chick pecking at food.
“Let’s go, let’s go! Let’s have hot pot.”

As the players took the stage one after another, Shen Yanming waved to Meng Yan and He Changkong.
“You guys go ahead, drive safely and take care.”

He seemed really eager to watch the game, appearing quite heartless.

Author’s Message:

Nightmare: Between you and Zhang Xixi, he still chose Zhang Xixi.

Kong: ……

Nightmare: It’s okay, bro.
I’ve worked hard to secure a dinner date opportunity for you.
I hope you make the most of it and make some progress, get closer to him, maybe even have a little tough love in a little dark room.

Kong: Your thoughts are really dirty.

Translator’s Note:
Hii, I’m sorry I can only update this chapter for today, I’ve been a bit busy in real life.
I’ll continue to update one chapter a day though, so please look forward for tomorrow’s update

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