Pudding’s comment seemed nonsensical at first glance, but some found it oddly fitting.
Apart from the fact that “Forum Legend” was generally reliable in their statements, the main reason was that Pudding was a crossdressing expert himself.

There had been previous threads discussing Pudding’s sexual orientation.
Despite Pudding himself stating that he only liked beautiful older sisters, most people, trapped by stereotypes, couldn’t quite comprehend why a straight guy would enjoy makeup and dresses.

Those threads had ultimately failed to reach a consensus, but quite a few people leaned towards believing Pudding was gay.

So when “Forum Legend” made that statement, many people began to waver, thinking that the original poster might be referring to Meng Yan and Pudding.

After dozens of comments debating who would be the 0 and who would be the 1, finally, someone with a clearer head spoke up.

– But isn’t it said that two people in love aren’t focused on training? Pudding seems to be unable to participate in training right now…

– Then maybe it’s Nightmare who’s not practicing.
But I’ve seen his livestreams recently, and he seems fine.

– Well, come on, do you really believe what the original poster was saying? Who wouldn’t know how to create such rumors? Let me tell you something firsthand: This matter involves a lot of things, □□, can’t speak too openly about it, those who understand, understand.
If you want to believe, then believe… Who can’t come up with sentences like these?

-Exactly! Someone earlier said it was KongLuan, and everyone believed it was KongLuan.
Now someone else says it’s MengDing, and suddenly it’s MengDing.
Truth be told, I’m with Sunday, and we are the real deal.
I’m about to take this little hubby home to meet my mom [/shy]

-The person above is out of their mind! Sunday is only 16, stop imagining things about him!!! (Grabs Sunday and runs away)

-Oh my, actually not many people are taking the original poster seriously.
We’re just stirring the pot for fun.

-Hahaha, I think LZ is here to make jokes.
Yet there are people earnestly discussing who’s 1 and who’s 0 for so many layers.


-LZ, talk is cheap.
Show us some evidence.
I want to see intimate photos of that couple.

-The one above, better hide your comments on the cp thread.
Don’t think I don’t know you came here as a CP fan to stir up trouble.
[/dog head]

In the end, although the discussion in the thread diverged quite a bit from what Pudding had imagined, at least nobody was taking the original poster’s exposé seriously.

Pudding turned to Weibo and refreshed the page once more.
As he had expected, the original poster seemed to have different motives.
Since the forum discussion hadn’t gained much traction, they submitted their content to some popular gaming Weibo accounts.

Pudding was a bit apprehensive about potentially causing a commotion on Weibo.
After all, the forum was relatively niche, and even if something got exposed, its impact would be limited.
However, Weibo was a high-traffic platform with a massive user base, and it would be difficult to contain any negative fallout if things went wrong.

The playoffs were crucial, and the upcoming world championship was of utmost importance.
Pudding didn’t want his brothers’ mentality or performance to be affected by the online fuss and disturbances.

But he was overthinking it.


He clicked on the Weibo post with the most likes and reposts.
The comments underneath were almost entirely condemning the original poster.

The top comment read: “I bet this was posted by a CP fan, right? This kind of tactic is what I used to do when I chased after celebrities back in the day.
Create some vague news, without any real evidence, just to fuel the fantasies of CP shippers and satisfy their imagination.
Let me clarify—I don’t oppose enjoying CP, but I advise you not to get carried away.
They are players, they’re out there to earn glory on the field, don’t treat them as tools to satisfy your shipping fantasies [/Goodbye]”

Then CP shippers, regular players, and onlookers started arguing relentlessly under this Weibo post.

Pudding hadn’t shared the related posts with his teammates, but he wasn’t the only one who noticed.
The one who discovered the thread first was Meng Yan; someone had sent him a screenshot of “Forum Legend’s” flashy text.
Meng Yan was situated in the team, where being gay wasn’t unusual.
After all, a gay best friend materialized out of thin air, and all it took was a training session to acquire a new buddy.

Moreover, Meng Yan was aware that “Forum Legend” was actually Pudding.

Meng Yan’s mood was complex, so he quickly messaged Pudding in their small group chat.

[Magician Xiao Meng]: Strongman Xiao Ding, Ding Ding Jiang, have you fallen so deeply in love with me that you’re willing to fabricate some scandalous relationship between us on the forum?

[Strongman Xiao Ding]: ? You’ve seen it already?

[Strongman Xiao Ding]: They say you’re really lucky [/shy]

[Quick-handed Xiao Shen]: What’s going on?


[Quick-handed Xiao Shen]: White robbed Angel Xiao He*, why are they gayer than us=o=

While Shen Yanming wasn’t actively browsing the internet, he still checked his messages from time to time.
Therefore, when he received Meng Yan’s questioning message, his gossip radar was immediately activated.

After a brief conversation between Pudding and Meng Yan, Pudding understood that Meng Yan had only seen a screenshot and didn’t know the full story.
Considering that the online discourse hadn’t turned too negative, he thought sharing the post with their teammates wouldn’t hurt.
So, he shared the link.

He also explained why he had used Meng Yan’s name as a shield.
In return, Meng Yan sent him ten cat-flipping-its-eyes emojis.

Shen Yan Ming lay on his bed, reading the post, while He Changkong was in the shower.
As soon as the sound of running water ceased, Shen Yanming raised his phone, pointing at the post’s content for He Changkong to see.
“Someone on the forum spilled the beans for us… Ding Ding Jiang says it might be a crazy CP shipper.”

He Changkong bent over, leaning in close, and naturally pressed a kiss, still carrying the remnants of steam, against Shen Yanming’s cheek.
“Let me see.”

After skimming through the main post’s content, He Changkong furrowed his brows slightly.
“It can’t be a CP shipper; their malice wouldn’t be this intense.”

After all, aside from the part where someone implied they were a couple, the bit about not training properly was the most infuriating.
Who knew what purpose this rumor served? The results would be clear once the major competition started.
Besides potentially leaving behind a dark history, what else could posting something like this achieve?

“True,” Shen Yanming rubbed his chin, “but it’s alright.
In the end, hardly anyone actually believes it.”

He Changkong nodded.
“Yeah, let’s not bother with this.”

Seating himself on the edge of the bed, He Changkong wiped his hair with a towel.
As soon as he moved, the towel was snatched from his hand by Shen Yanming, who had knelt behind him.
Shen Yanming said, “Let me dry it for you.”

He Changkong’s hair was rather short, and it wouldn’t take long for it to air-dry naturally.
However, Shen Yanming seemed to be reveling in this task, his hands moving mischievously through He Changkong’s hair, separated only by the towel.
After a while, he added with a bit of dissatisfaction, “But nobody believes us…”

He Changkong asked, “What do you mean?”

Shen Yanming covered He Changkong’s head with the towel and didn’t bother to move it, hooking his arms around He Changkong’s waist and resting his head on his shoulder.
“No one believes that we’re a thing.
Look at how earnestly that original poster was, but only a few people genuinely believe it… What if we come out in the future, and others still think we’re just joking?”

After all, Shen Yanming had been addressing He Changkong as “wife” for quite some time, and no one had taken it seriously.


He Changkong blinked.
“Do you want to come out?”

“Kind of.
This is something between the two of us, and whether we tell others or not doesn’t seem to matter much.
But…” Shen Yanming became hesitant, “but I think you’re really great! I really want to show you off everywhere!”

After saying this, Shen Yan Ming seemed a bit embarrassed.
He got up and jumped off the bed.
“I’m going to shower!”

He Changkong watched Shen Yanming’s swiftly retreating figure, shaking his head in helplessness.
He then asked, “Did you take your clothes?”

“!” Shen Yanming turned back, “I forgot.”

Shen Yanming grabbed the clothes and entered the bathroom, while He Changkong remained seated on the edge of the bed, unmoving.

At this moment, their feelings should have been in sync.

He too wanted to show off, for he had acquired a brilliantly colored candy.

But now wasn’t the right time.
He wanted to stand on a higher ground.
Doubts would always arise, and he didn’t want Shen Yanming to hear too much of the world’s gossip.
He couldn’t silence everyone’s lips, yet as long as they stood on a higher ground together, they would only see light, only hear the wind, and no longer be plagued by disruptive noises.

He Changkong removed the towel that Shen Yanming had casually thrown over his head and prepared to find a hanger to put it on.
As he stood up, he noticed that his phone, which was charging on the bedside table, lit up.

A text message had arrived, from an unfamiliar number that he hadn’t saved.

The message read: What’s the relationship between you and your teammate named Chaos?

Author’s Note:

*Irrelevant note: Kong ge generally doesn’t mess around with the group name cards in the chat.
He uses his original nickname or changes it to his real name or game ID as needed.
This “White Robed Angel” is changed by Luan luanzi

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