ing “chaos.” Shen Yanming was caught off guard, hesitating for a moment before responding, “Yes… Hello, Aunt.”

When exchanging greetings, Shen Yanming discreetly sized up Xu Yun.
Although she was middle-aged, she had maintained herself well, still appearing radiant and beautiful.
There was a resemblance between her and He Changkong.

Xu Yun didn’t reply to the greeting.
She continued to smile, though the smile didn’t reach her eyes.
She said, “I need to talk to my son.
Could you give us a moment?”

Shen Yanming felt a bit awkward and glanced at He Changkong.
He Changkong gently squeezed his hand and said, “Sure, wait for me upstairs.”

Shen Yanming left first, glancing back three times as he walked, watching He Changkong and his mother leave the hotel entrance together, his heart hanging in his throat.

He sent a message to He Changkong, asking him to send his exact location once he was seated.

Soon, He Changkong sent him a location, a restaurant downstairs in the hotel.
He even included the name of the private room.


Shen Yanming carried the food upstairs and knocked on Meng Yan’s room.

However, when the door opened, it was Sunday who had come over from another room.
He took the things from Shen Yanming’s hand and said, “The brothers are insulting each other.”

Shen Yanming peeked inside.
Meng Yan and Pudding were playing Overcooked on the Nintendo Switch together — Pudding wasn’t playing in the match, but he still came along.

Meng Yan and Pudding were engrossed in the game.
As Shen Yanming entered, he heard Meng Yan roaring, “Could you stop throwing tomatoes? Are you a pig?”

Shen Yan Ming found a place to sit, and Pudding, with a sheet mask on his face, turned to him and said, “Hey, Luan Jiang is here… Huh? Why do you look a bit off?”

Shen Yanming thought for a moment and said, “It’s nothing.”

Pudding tossed his game controller aside and, ignoring Meng Yan’s yelling, sat down next to Shen Yanming, resting his head on his shoulder.
“What’s wrong, Luan Jiang?”

Pudding’s appearance resembled that of an elder brother ready to listen to someone’s troubles.
Shen Yanming suddenly felt overwhelmed by his kindness, but he wasn’t sure if he should share the matter, as it seemed like He Changkong’s private business.

It was Meng Yan who first asked, after glancing around, “Where’s Kong-ge?”

Shen Yanming hesitated to speak, then said, “He… um…”

Seeing his strange expression, Meng Yan suddenly realized, “Uh, did he meet his mom?”

Since Meng Yan had guessed it, Shen Yanming didn’t hide it any longer.
“Yes, how did you know?”

Meng Yan curled his lips.
“She asked me for the hotel address before, but I didn’t tell her… Damn, she went around asking?”

Shen Yanming: “…”

Shen Yanming weakly asked, “So, what do you think his mom wants from him?”

Meng Yan spread his hands, “She’s probably just trying to convince him to come back home.
I don’t get it, honestly.
In the beginning, if they were worried about him not succeeding in esports, I could get that.
But Kong ge has already won two championships, and his mom still hasn’t given up on making him come back home.”

Sunday, baffled, chimed in, “Is it because Kong Kong ge has a mine at home that his mom wants him to take over?”

Meng Yan responded with a wry smile.
“You’re overthinking it.”

Shen Yanming sat uneasily.
“I have a bad feeling about this.”

Meng Yan stood up and handed both pairs of game controllers to Sunday.
“Where are they? Let’s go find your Kong ge together.
His mom might be a bit difficult privately, but as long as there are outsiders around, she won’t do anything.”

Shen Yanming nodded.
Pudding pointed at the face mask on his face, “You guys go, I’ll stay behind.”

As they headed downstairs together, Meng Yan recounted some past incidents to Shen Yanming, like how He Changkong’s mother was never satisfied, even when he was doing well in school.
Shen Yanming had heard most of these incidents from He Changkong himself, but he had downplayed them.
Meng Yan’s third-person perspective made the stories sound more infuriating.

He mentioned an incident where He Changkong had missed a few points on a math test, and his mother was furious.
She sent him back to school, forbidding him from entering the house and not even providing him with food money until he finished a certain number of exam papers.
If Meng Yan hadn’t coincidentally returned to the classroom to retrieve something, he wouldn’t have known about these events.

One year on He Changkong’s birthday, Meng Yan gave him a model as a gift.
He Changkong accepted it and seemed quite happy.
However, the next day, he returned the gift in its original condition.
There was no other reason for this action except that his mother believed that indulging in material possessions was detrimental to one’s character.

Meng Yan concluded, “These are the things I know.
There’s certainly more I don’t know.
Kong ge tends to keep things to himself.
Well, it’s truly tough for him.
However, he’s been a bit better since joining our team… How should I put it? And it seems like he’s been happier after getting to know you.”

During their conversation, they arrived at the restaurant He Changkong had mentioned.
At the entrance to the private room, Meng Yan added, “You go in first.
I’ll wait outside in case something happens.”

Shen Yan Ming felt heavy-hearted.
He nodded and knocked on the door of the private room.

First, he looked at He Changkong, who was sitting to the side.
Despite his lowered head, Shen Yanming could tell from his profile that He Changkong’s face was devoid of color.

As Shen Yanming entered, He Changkong seemed to belatedly notice someone had come in.

He Changkong turned his head and saw Shen Yanming.
The usually calm expression on his face was now replaced by traces of panic.

On the other hand, Xu Yun’s smile appeared somewhat strange.
She scrutinized Shen Yanming and said, “Oh, it’s you.
You’ve come at the right time.
I also have something to tell you.”

He Changkong stood up, attempting to stop Xu Yun, “Mom—”

Xu Yun ignored him, focusing her gaze on Shen Yanming.
She continued, “Do you know what I hate the most? Homosexuality.
Do you know why?”

He Changkong quickly moved to Shen Yanming’s side, ready to take him out.
He also addressed Xu Yun., “This has nothing to do with him!”

“How could it not?” Xu Yun continued to smile, “Homosexuality is disgusting and morally corrupt.”

Shen Yanming had initially thought that in this day and age, such attitudes had vanished.
Yet, he listened as Xu Yun continued, “My ex-husband, He Changkong’s father, was gay.
He deceived me into marriage and then abandoned me.
Do you understand now?”

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These fans often display intense dedication and commitment, going to great lengths to show their support and loyalty.

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