Chapter 1: I know what to do
“What are you going to do now?” Su Mucheng asked, her eyes shone beneath the lights of H City’s night life, crystalline like a layer of glass layering her beautiful honey-brown eyes. She was close to tears and hid it as best as she could.
Ye Xiu put his hands into his coat to shield them from the cold, he smiled to her, “I’m going to rest for a year...” He said. What else could he do? The rule is a rule. He had retired and he needed another year to make a comeback.
Su Mucheng looked down, helpless.
Ye Xiu patted her head, “No need to worry about me, just take care of yourself.”
“Do you accept this?” Su Mucheng looked up, indignant in his place. “How could you accept this? One Autumn Leaf...”
“Is not rightfully mine anymore,” Ye Xiu smiled.
Su Mucheng’s shoulders slumped, “That’s... That...” she shook her head. “I’m so sick of them!” she stomped. “Just wait till my contract expired, I’ll come with you.”
“That’s for the best,” Ye Xiu agreed.
“If only... If only there’s a way to spit on their faces,” Su Mucheng gritted her teeth, frustrated that she couldn't do anything when Excellent Era treated Ye Xiu so unfairly. “I really want them to feel indignant and regret too!”
Ye Xiu looked as his sister figure fumed and cursed under her breath. For a moment he suddenly remembered his own real brother at home, he recalled that stupid and long-buried dream they had when they first started playing piano. “You know what? I know what to do,” Ye Xiu smirked. “If only to make you feel better, Mucheng.”
“Get out! How could you be here?!” Ye Qiu shrieked as he threw another pillow to the shameless man who just scaled the wall to get into his room on the second floor.
“Is that a pajama with the design like a tuxedo?” Ye Xiu narrowed his eyes accusingly when he saw the so-called tux that Ye Qiu slept with. “I knew it, that looks way too comfortable to be a tux.”
“Shut up! I have no time to get ready in the morning, okay? Why are you here anyway? And why my window?!” Ye Qiu clutched a pillow close to himself and protested.
“You begged me to go home in the QQ and when I’m home you cried why?” Ye Xiu said disdainfully as he took one pillow Ye Qiu had thrown and walked to the king-sized bed.
“Eh, you’re right,” Ye Qiu shook his head as Ye Xiu sat on his bed. “But how could you get in?”
“I have your face, idiot. The gate guard let me in, but I have to climb to your room if I don’t want to alert the people in the house,” Ye Xiu said lazily as he laid down.
“Are you ready to replace me then?” Ye Qiu questioned.
“No... I need your help,” Ye Xiu said.
“???” Ye Qiu tilted his head.
“I have no money left,” Ye Xiu even borrowed Su Mucheng’s money to return to B City.
“What? You need money?” Ye Qiu crossed his arms.
“Yes, and I want to mess with someone. Are you up?” Ye Xiu smirked.
“Mess with someone?” Ye Qiu raised an eyebrow. “What does that have anything to do with me? Take care of your own problem, will you?”
“I got kicked out and have no money left, my problem is a bit too emergency. Also, don’t you want to mess with father and mother?” Ye Xiu flopped over and put his chin on his palm.
Ye Qiu blinked and his lips curved into a smirk, “What kind of mess?” Ye Qiu had always been the ‘obedient’ side of the twins, that was a mistake people often made. They’re twins, they created troubles together. It’s just that Ye Qiu’s acting skill was higher than his brother.
“Let’s get famous,” Ye Xiu said.
“Excuse me?” Ye Qiu blinked and Ye Xiu pulled him down. Hugging Ye Qiu close, Ye Xiu whispered something to him and he chuckled. “Really?”
“I’m not really interested in that dream anymore, but now I’m free for an entire year. Let’s do it? You always liked that idea,” Ye Xiu said as he leisurely kicked the air.
“This might get me in trouble and father taking some of my authority away as the result,” Ye Qiu grinned widely. “Perfect. Mother will probably support us, actually.”
Su Mucheng sniffed disdainfully as she entered her room, ignoring the other members who were subtly mocking Ye Xiu to please Sun Xiang. She had no time for their stupid childish game and their childish captain.
The beauty finally sighed when she locked her door, she made her way to her bed and threw herself onto it. She might still in a good shape to play Glory but outside of that, she just didn’t have the passion to. There was no meaning of this place if she didn’t have Ye Xiu.
The only thing that could entertain her now was the Golden Generation Chat Group and Chu Yunxiu.
Su Mucheng raised her head curiously as she looked at her phone by the bedside. She shifted closer to it and grabbed it. “Who?” Chu Yunxiu? Well, she could have some talks about the upcoming drama and gossip about other players’ drama as well.
However, Su Mucheng paused when she saw the QQ notification was from the big brother figure who had borrowed some money from her and disappeared a weeks ago. She immediately jumped, her heart bloomed in happiness that her wayward big brother figure actually remembered to message her. She opened the message.
Ye Xiu: Turn on the TV. Channel XX.
Su Mucheng blinked. She wordlessly exited the QQ and went to the TV app her phone had. She changed the channel to XX and stared blankly as two men wearing masquerade masks came up to the stage and were introduced as the upcoming idol group from OO entertainment.
A mask wouldn’t stop Su Mucheng from recognizing Ye Xiu.
“Oh. My. God...” Su Mucheng murmured before she broke into a grin. “This is your plan...?” She asked disbelievingly to no one and finally. Finally. For the first time in weeks, she laughed. A bit too sadistically, to be honest.
This is going to be a fun year.
With their mother’s connection, the twins could easily debut in a few days. After their debut, their popularity rocketed steadily and they gained many fans as the went. They went by the name Twin Stars, they were going by the cheesiest name. At first, they were gonna call themselves 'Gemini boys,' to stay true to their goal to disgust their family, but their mother opposed it like her life was depended on it so Twin Stars was born.
A month into their career, their fans asked them if they ever gonna unmask themselves. Ye Xiu and Ye Qiu already knew the answer.
“Well, if we managed to gain fans and success without showing our face, we’ll unmask ourselves,” Ye Qiu said with a beaming grin to the reporter. What did we say about peerless acting skill? Ye Qiu certainly nailed it. Moreover, the twins always wore similar outfits with only slight difference upstage, no one knew it was him who was beaming.
“Be patient with us, okay?” Ye Xiu chuckled charmingly as if he was consoling his upset girlfriend.
The fangirls screamed. “OF COURSE WE WILL!!!” They had no doubt the Twin Stars’s hidden faces would be extremely handsome, just look at those smooth jaws, ah! Furthermore, they had fallen for the newcomers because of their music and voice (and a little bit of fanservice), so they would stay true!!!
“What is the definition of this ‘success’, really?” The reporter asked again, not letting them go that easily. “Was it by your vague definition, or something more material?” he asked again.
“Hm, a solid proof that we had made it,” Ye Xiu answered.
“We would never dare to be vague with our beloved Constellation,” that’s their fanbase’s name.
The fangirls screamed again! “AAAAHHH!!! Twin stars!!! We love you too!!!” Let alone be vague, the fangirls would even accept any stupid reasons! Just keep on singing!!!
“What about an award?” A female reporter asked after holding herself back to not to swoon. “If you guys won an award, it’s a solid proof, no?”
The twins looked at each other and smiled, “Sure, why not?”
“Miss Tang, Miss Tang, are you sure you don’t want to play professionally?” Ye Xiu asked to the heiress in front of him. There was an appointment to have a dinner with Tang Family earlier that night and Ye Qiu had dragged Ye Xiu with him. The Tang Family’s patriarch, Tang Shulin, seemed to like the twins and so was his daughter.
Mainly because both twins managed to beat Tang Rou somehow when playing hard piano pieces. Ye Xiu with his speed and swiftness, Ye Qiu with his new speedy arrangement.
Ye Xiu had asked Tang Rou if she knew how to play game when the twins escorted them to the hotel they were staying at.
One thing led to another and the next thing Ye Qiu know, his brother and the Tang’s heiress were already on their computers with the lady playing with his brother’s smurf account.
“Less talking Mr. Xiu, let’s do it again,” Tang Rou said seriously as she waited for Ye Xiu’s Lord Grim to agree to her challenge. She had lost ten times, the other side was good.
“I’m actually making a team, a professional one,” Ye Xiu said as he declined the challenge and Tang Rou uncharacteristically pouted in disappointment.
“Sorry, I’m currently involved in a job. I can’t accept another one,” Tang Rou said.
“...” Ye Xiu looked at Ye Qiu who shook his head in response.
“But you’re not in your family’s business?” Ye Qiu spoke up.
“Not within my family. It’s a job outside that I gained by my own,” Tang Rou said elegantly.
“If you don’t mind, what kind of job is it?” Ye Qiu said gently, calculating the hidden risks of having an heiress working outside. Both for the Tang’s and their security reasons. And for the Ye’s for the danger of the upcoming problem.
“It’s a small job, not worth notice from Mr. Qiu,” Tang Rou smiled delicately.
“A small job?” Ye Xiu blinked. “What small job could retain your swift hand speed, I want to see.”
Chen Guo stared blankly when Tang Rou returned to Happy with a pair of handsome twins on her trail.
“Who are them?” Chen Guo asked.
“Friends of my family,” Tang Rou smiled bitterly.
“Your suitors?” Chen Guo gasped. Aiya, if the suitors are a pair of twins, it would be a hell of a drama.
“What? No,” Tang Rou shook her head disbelievingly. “They’re my friends, they came to see the place.”
“Hello,” Ye Qiu greeted Chen Guo and offered his hand, “Are you the owner of this Internet Cafe?” When Chen Guo took his hand, Ye Qiu bowed down to give the tip of her fingers a featherlight kiss.
Chen Guo flushed, “Um, yes. I’m Little Tang’s boss.”
“Boss, please don’t mind us. We’re Little Tang’s friends,” Ye Xiu mimicked the nickname with a smile. “I’m here trying to recruit her.”
“Recruit her? What for?” Chen Guo blinked in worry.
“To play for our soon-to-be-formed professional team for Glory,” Ye Xiu said.
Chen Guo was pleasantly surprised and looked at Tang Rou who showed no interest. Tang Rou was indeed talented but it was too hard for Chen Guo to convince her to play professionally, maybe, her family’s friends could?
Chen Guo looked back to the twins, one of them was looking at Excellent Era’s club building down the road and murmured something that sounded vague. (“Huh, so close to this place...”)
These handsome men, are they for real? “You guys play Glory?” Chen Guo asked.
“Only me,” Ye Xiu raised his hand. “I’m trying to drag my dear twin into this. Trust me, I’m getting there.” Ye Xiu glanced at his twin who huffed and looked away.
“How good are you?” Chen Guo asked.
“Really good,” Ye Xiu claimed shamelessly. If he wanted to convince someone about his professionality, he shouldn’t hold back.
Chen Guo didn’t believe him. The majority of people who tried to recruit Tang Rou couldn’t even beat her in 1v1. “Can you even beat Little Tang?”
“He did,” Tang Rou interjected. “I couldn’t win against him even once.”
Chen Guo gasped, “Really?” she turned serious. “So, you guys are serious then. What’s your name?”
Ye Xiu smiled, “I’m Ye Xiu.”
Ye Qiu nodded curtly, “I’m Ye Qiu.”
Chen Guo stared agape as she reached one conclusion in her mind.
Chen Guo tried to deny all the possibility, she tried, really. She didn’t want to jump into conclusion and looked like a fool.
But when the Alliance’s beauty herself graced her Internet Cafe with her presence in the next day, hugging one of two handsome guys after they looked at her and said, “Have a guess.” Chen Guo couldn’t deny reality anymore.
“Aww, going back already? Even though I already risk myself to sneak out to spend more time with you and laugh,” Su Mucheng pouted.
“We’re only here to recruit someone,” Ye Xiu looked at Tang Rou and Su Mucheng nodded. “Little Tang, this is Su Mucheng. Our future team’s member too, you can go and be chummy later,” he said.
Tang Rou, who was on the verge of being persuaded in B City alone, nodded seriously. Since Chen Guo had given her the green light and she was also beginning to be interested in Glory, she decided to see how much challenges she could get in the Pro’s Alliance.
“A sister!” Su Mucheng laughed. “Finally a girl in the same team as me! Phoning Yunxiu only did so much,” she approached Tang Rou and smiled.
“I’m Tang Rou, nice to meet you. My friend is a fan of yours,” Tang Rou smiled and looked at Chen Guo.
“Hello... I-I’m Guo, I mean, Chen Guo. Nice to meet you!” Chen Guo flushed and almost bite her tongue.
“Nice to meet you,” Su Mucheng smiled and offered her a handshake which Chen Guo accepted marvellingly. “I’m Su Mucheng. Thanks for letting your place being our meeting place, it’s been a long time since I saw Ye Xiu- have you explain the name yet?” Su Mucheng looked at Ye Xiu when she said the last sentence.
“We want to give her time,” Ye Xiu said and Chen Guo looked at him in daze. “Actually, I’m ‘Ye Qiu’, but ‘Ye Qiu’ is not my name, it’s my twin’s. When I applied in the first season, I mistakenly brought my twin’s ID and ended up using his name for almost eight years.”
“Indeed. His name is Ye Xiu, I’m Ye Qiu. He ran away from home at fifteen, that’s why he got himself into that situation,” Ye Qiu said.
“Yes, so you know the situation,” Su Mucheng smiled after they were done and looked at Chen Guo with a gaze of ‘please, excuse them.’
“I’ll take this to my death,” Chen Guo nodded dazedly.
Su Mucheng giggled, “No need to. We’ll solve it later anyway, I’m sure they know what to do,” she gestured.
“But...” Chen Guo hesitated. “Why did you retire from Excellent Era, if you still want to play professionality by going as far to recruit new bloods for your new team?”
Ye Xiu and Su Mucheng paused. Ye Xiu sighed, “Let’s just say we have a disagreement...”
Su Mucheng huffed, “They kicked you out just because you have no commercial value, even trapping you to break your contract and retire. Disagreement? That’s taking it lightly...”
“Mucheng,” Ye Xiu reminded.
Su Mucheng looked down, “Sorry...” she looked at Chen Guo and bowed, “You must be Excellent Era’s fan. I’m so sorry, I was a bit angry. Ye Xiu... Has always been my brotherly figure,” and she was forced to be apart from him after more than ten years being together.
Chen Guo shook her head rapidly, “No, no, no, I think I got the gist...” Chen Guo felt guilty. “Never mind that, I’m a fan of you, Excellent Era is just by extension. If they are so shameless as to trap their former captain, I don’t like them anymore,” Chen Guo assured.
Su Mucheng looked up and smiled softly, “Why don’t we exchange QQ sometimes? You guys can contact me anytime and I’ll reply as long as I’m not busy.”
The three girls then exchanged contact information and their QQs.
When she was done, Su Mucheng looked at the twins and said, “I love your last album. Let’s take a pic, I’ll share it when you guys are unmasked.”
“Wait, what?” Chen Guo blinked out of her delight of exchanging QQ with her idol.
Tang Rou was not surprised as she looked at Chen Guo, “They’re actually that idol duo, Twin Stars that everyone is talking about.”
“WHAT?” Chen Guo gawked again.
“You know...” Huang Shaotian started. “I always have this feeling that I knew them from somewhere...”
“Who? The Twin Stars?” Song Xiao tilted his head to look at Huang Shaotian who looked solemnly at the tv screen.
“Yeah,” Huang Shaotian nodded. “But I can’t put my fingers around it. I feel a terrible urge to exclaim indignantly and spew out curses when I see them. But in a good way.”
Song Xiao blinked, “Well, then, who are them?” Huang Shaotian had the sharpest instinct in Blue Rain. He might sound dense with his endless chatter, but don’t let it deceive you. If he said he knew them, then, he should know them.
“I don’t know...” Huang Shaotian shook his head. “But I’ll find out,” he narrowed his eyes dramatically.
Huang Shaotian looked at his phone, “Oh! Old Ye is messaging me! That old asshole! He disappeared for a long time, I thought he’s dead in a ditch somewhere! Leaving in Winter Transfer, who the hell is he? What is he on about? He only now thought of messaging me? Hmph!” he said dissatisfiedly but still opened the QQ message with excitement.
“Huh? Help him in the tenth server? What the fuck is he on about? He’s still playing? In tenth server? Why the fuck he’s playing in a place full of noobs?” Huang Shaotian murmured to himself and snapped to glare at Song Xiao who tried to sneak a peek. “Don’t fucking tell this to captain.”
“How much do you dare?” Song Xiao raised an eyebrow haughtily and Huang Shaotian shoved a hundred yuan into his hands. “My mouth is sealed, Sword Saint,” Song Xiao playfully bowed and stood up to skip back to his room.
“Well damn, Old Ye. Let me see what do you need,” Huang Shaotian mumbled as he fastly typed back. He already forgot about the masked idols on tv.
“I already brought the best Blade Master around to show you how it’s done- why are you still such a klutz?” Ye Xiu complained.
“I don’t want to do this in the first place! I’m doing my best, okay?!” Ye Qiu retorted. “And this is too light! Let me try another class!”
“Hey, I’m okay about being ignored for most. But Old Ye, seriously, what the hell? You said we’re breaking records, I came here to break it with you. But I turned out to be a teacher also to your Blade Master? This calls for a larger fee, you know?” Huang Shaotian demanded.
“See? I’m humiliated because you can’t follow us,” Ye Xiu scolded Ye Qiu again instead. “And this is the fifth time you’re changing class!”
“Hey! Listen!” Huang Shaotian yelled. “He’s already pretty good for a noob, you know?”
“Not as good as me,” Ye Xiu said.
“No one can! Stop putting your impossible standard on upstarts!” Huang Shaotian yelled. “Who is he anyway? Little brother, don’t mind that shameless guy’s scolding, you’re already pretty good!”
“Haha!” Ye Xiu laughed. “How do you know he’s younger than you?”
“Who is he anyway?” Huang Shaotian asked.
“My little brother,” Ye Xiu said.
Huang Shaotian blinked in surprise, huh? Old Ye has a brother? “Well, I’m not wrong then. He is your little brother, it’s easier to call him ‘little brother’, how old are you, little brother?” Huang Shaotian asked cheerfully.
“Twenty-five,” Ye Qiu replied grimly.
“Huh? Twenty-five? But Old Ye is...” Huang Shaotian hesitated.
“He’s my younger twin,” Ye Xiu informed.
“HOLY FUCK, THERE’S TWO OF YOU!?” Huang Shaotian screamed.
“I’m pretty sure, I know them,” Huang Shaotian said with frustration in his tone as he watched the Twin Stars performing on tv.
“Yes, they’re kinda familiar,” Yu Wenzhou agreed with a nod.
“Yeah! You too, captain?! There’s this uncanny familiarity about them, I felt like I’ve seen them somewhere... Or perhaps one of them. But, I’m not so sure...” Huang Shaotian grumbled as he opened his can of soda. “They’re obviously brothers.”
“Twins according to their group’s name,” Yu Wenzhou said.
“Yeah... Ah, that’s right. I have a training session with Little Lu. I’m going first, captain!” Huang Shaotian stood up and made his way to the trainee’s wing.
Right, Huang Shaotian is very sharp... Really sharp... Though, maybe not the brightest.
“Come on! We’re heading back, Liu Xiaobie!” Yuan Baiqing said.
“Ah? But I haven’t seen the Twins Stars!” Liu Xiaobie said.
“What can you see in that crowd? And we’re only passing by, there’s no way we would be able to see them,” Yuan Baiqing huffed.
“Please, Baiqing. I need to see them, I love their songs!” Liu Xiaobie insisted.
“Um, let’s not fight...” Gao Yingjie said softly. When he saw that the two were still arguing, he looked at Wang Jiexi for a help, “Captain, Yifan is still not found yet.”
Yes. After their outing, Qiao Yifan was separated from the team because of the dense and packed sea of human screaming for Twin Stars.
“Qiao Yifan surely knows the way to return, right? Let’s return first. It would be bad if captain or any of the main roster is recognized by someone else,” Zhou Yebai said with an underlining tone of complaint.
Gao Yingjie pursed his lips and looked at Wang Jiexi and the others who were famous, he looked down, feeling guilty and reluctant. “Th-then... Everyone could go back. I will wait for Yifan.”
“Don’t be ridiculous, Little Gao,” Liu Fei chided. “It’s impossible for you alone to search for him in this place, and if he chose to return straightly, you’ll be the one who is trapped here.”
Wang Jiexi sighed, “Enough. We’ll search for Qiao Yifan for a bit. If we didn’t find him in ten minutes, we’ll return first.” It’s a bad thing that Qiao Yifan’s phone seemed to be dead.
Wang Jiexi’s eyes widened and he turned around to see someone who just seemed to disappear lately with the exception of his destruction trail in the tenth server. “Ye Qiu?” he raised an eyebrow.
“Yo, it’s really you and your children,” Ye Xiu smiled as he leisurely walked up to Team Tiny Herb. “I have your lost duckling with me,” Ye Xiu looked back from his shoulder and a teen stepped out of his back, looking visibly relieved to see his team.
“Yifan!” Gao Yingjie sighed in relief.
“I found him wandering around and I remembered him from your team,” Ye Xiu smiled and patted Qiao Yifan’s shoulder. Qiao Yifan flushed red and lowered his head. He couldn’t act like he thoroughly didn’t know Ye Xiu
“Sorry for being an inconvenience,” Qiao Yifan bowed down guiltily to his whole team.
“It’s fine, try to keep up next time,” Wang Jiexi mercifully nodded. “What are you doing in B City?” Wang Jiexi questioned at Ye Xiu.
“What am I doing? B City is my home city,” Ye Xiu smirked when he saw Wang Jiexi was visibly surprised. “It’s just a common sense for someone to return to his home after his job is no more.”
Wang Jiexi nodded and eyed Ye Xiu’s clothing. Branded clothes as opposed to Ye Qiu’s usual simple ones, Ye Qiu never wore a watch before but now he did. “You look better,” Wang Jiexi commented.
“Yeah,” Ye Xiu looked down on his clothes, he already bought the most simple-looking but, in a glance, you can see it was branded and very expensive. “Well, my new job didn’t really support me for my former cheap and plain life.”
“Job? What kind of-“
Ye Xiu looked back and saw Ye Qiu’s sleek black car, the driver’s car window was lowered and the driver popped his head out as he looked at Ye Xiu, “Sir, young master is waiting inside.”, the car’s door slid open and they could see the silhouette of person inside, but it was too dark to see his face.
“Come on, our time is tight,” Ye Qiu coughed, his voice was low because of cold. Luckily, earlier’s short performance only required Ye Xiu singing.
“Right, right,” Ye Xiu sighed.
“Please enter, sir,” The driver said politely.
Ye Xiu sighed. By seniority, he should be called ‘First Young Master’ and Ye Qiu was ‘Second Young Master.’ But because Ye Xiu ran away ever since he was fifteen, the helpers around the house (including gate guards, securities, drivers, butlers, maids-) were too used to call Ye Qiu ‘Young Master.’ Hence, when Ye Xiu returned he was dubbed as ‘Young Sir,’ instead.
“Bye, Big-eyed Wang. See you around, Little Qiao” Ye Xiu leisurely waved at Wang Jiexi and got into the car.
“Goodbye. Thank you, Senior,” Qiao Yifan bowed down again, a bit flustered but Ye Xiu waved him off with a light smile and the car door slid closed.
Team Tiny Herb gawked as the car went off. Wang Jiexi was rigid, “Sir? Young master?” Moreover, new job? Branded and expensive clothings?
Wang Jiexi was too afraid to connect those together!!!
“Calm down, you. Let’s not jump into conclusion,” Deng Fusheng, who knew Wang Jiexi the best in the team, immediately comforted Wang Jiexi, which Wang Jiexi truly appreciated.
Wang Jiexi really didn’t want to entertain the thought of Ye Qiu being in that forbidden business.
"A current of repetitious days and mundane clouds
I see reflected in you a future you can't possibly know
Even if I wanted to avoid pain by not changing
That will only leave me without even hope nor dreams – So, let’s go!
Why am I searching? What is it that I want?-“
“What are you doing?” Han Wenqing asked and the resting members of Tyranny’s roster jumped violently in their seats, holding their hearts that almost jumped out of their chests.
“Captain!” they all cried out in horror.
Han Wenqing raised his brows, they weren’t this jumpy usually. Of course, Tyranny was a team that respected their captain so much, although their first few months often cost them an insurmountable amount of fear and horror, they got better to deal with it by time. Unless they felt like they had done wrong, they shouldn’t react this strongly to Han Wenqing casually asking them.
“We... We were just taking a break... Because, it’s- um... break time,” Bai Yanfei gestured lamely as he was pushed to the front like a sacrifice to the god... or the devil, whichever. “We’re only watching tv... of the latest famous duo group...” Bai Yanfei really wanted to cry.
“That’s right, captain.”
“Yes, he’s telling the truth...”
“Why are you acting guilty?” Han Wenqing furrowed his brows and they flinched again.
“I’m sorry...” A young sub sniffed softly under his breath.
“Because... Because we’re watching something... not serious?” one member braved himself and said.
“We tried to watch boxing, but the song was too catchy...” One confessed in a particularly pious way.
“?” To be honest, Han Wenqing didn’t care what they were watching as long as it’s not something immoral in a broad daylight. He didn’t know where they got the mindset that watching a boxing match was a must. It would be more productive if they watch a match from other teams instead.
“It’s wasteful to think they’re more involved in a popular genre,” another voice appeared and everyone jumped again.
Han Wenqing glanced to the newcomer, “Zhang Xinjie...” He greeted.
Zhang Xinjie pushed back his glasses, making it glinting in the light. “Captain...” he nodded back curtly to Han Wenqing and looked back to the tv.
Bai Yanfei noticed that and braved himself, “Vice-captain, are you a fan of Twin Stars?”
Han Wenqing scrunched up his nose at the cheesy name.
“No,” Zhang Xinjie answered pretty easily. “At least not entirely. I preferred when they performed way more classical music. They both are very talented in that. But they chose popular genre instead,” he said regretfully.
The others sweatdropped, “Well, because that’s what sells. And they only performed classical performance as a bonus sometimes, people are more hyped with pop genre,” Bai Yanfei nodded. He also liked the idols’ classical performance, difficult piano pieces and graceful violin's pieces. They were truly talented.
He heard they made their own song too...
“Do you guys have any common interest?” The reporter asked and the team turned to look at the tv again.
“An after performance interview,” they murmured.
“Ah, we like to play game,” One of the two male idols answered with a smile as the other one rolled his eyes. “We like to play Glory as of recent.”
“Oh wow! A popular game! You guys are singers, talented in music and also gamers, what else do you guys do?” The female reporter enthusiastically said.
“Stop it, you’re making us blushing,” One of them said with a charming coy smile and it was obvious that the female reporter had used all of her entire beings to not start fangirling there and then.
“Right! If you guys play Glory, who is your favourite pro player?” She asked eagerly.
The twins looked at each other and Ye Qiu subtly stepped behind his brother, letting him answer this particular question.
“Favourite, huh? I actually really admire Han Wenqing,” Ye Xiu smiled mischievously.
“Ah! He said captain’s name!” One of Tyranny’s members exclaimed in surprise and everyone was also very surprised. They didn’t expect someone so famous in the entertainment circle would bring up their captain’s name.
“Han Wenqing! The King of Fighting! Why do you like him?” The reporter asked.
“Well, he’s very steadfast from what I see. Very admirable and bold, I think it’s a charming point of him, no? His stage presence is so big, even we couldn’t compete honestly! Very admirable!” Ye Xiu smirked and winked to the camera.
Han Wenqing and the rest of Tyranny blinked in bewilderment. A sense of familiarity grew in Han Wenqing, but he couldn’t put his hands around it.
“Did he just... joked about Captain?” Bai Yanfei whispered to his teammates.
“What? From what I’ve seen, isn’t it a confession?” Another said unconvincingly and the others nodded.
“I see, hopefully, this interview reached Han Wenqing then, eh?”
It IS! The said captain was currently watching the interview!!!
“So, Castor’s favourite player is Han Wenqing. Pollux, who is yours?” When they started, the twins realized they needed stage names if they wanted to keep it going fun. So they chose the greek gods’ names of gemini constellation. Castor was for Ye Xiu, and Pollux was for Ye Qiu.
Ye Qiu smiled coyly as he grasped on his brother’s sleeve, “Castor is my favourite...” Ye Qiu replied coyly.
Ye Xiu smiled, “Pollux, you’re embarrassing me again,” just say that you don’t know any pro gamers’ names and saying Han Wenqing would sound suspicious and unoriginal, no? However, the female reporter was currently having a brief heart attack, so it counted as a success.
Ye Qiu glanced at his twin. Well, technically, he wasn’t lying. Ye Xiu was a famous pro player, even if Ye Qiu knew the entire Alliance by heart, he would still pick his twin brother as his favourite.
“-Ah,” The female reporter gasped out. “Of course, of course, all things aside, you’re always very loving to your brother. Good solidarity, Pollux!”
Everyone blankly stared at the blank tv screen and looked back to see Han Wenqing had turned off the tv whilst Zhang Xinjie was checking his watch.
“Break time is over,” Zhang Xinjie observed.
“Get back to practice,” Han Wenqing said and everyone gulped.
“Yes, captain! Yes, vice-captain!” They all quickly scrammed out from the common room.
Han Wenqing tossed the remote to the couch and furrowed his brows. He didn’t know why, he usually wouldn’t care about something trivial like that, but when Han Wenqing heard that idol named Castor said that he admired him, Han Wenqing’s bullshit sense just went off pretty violently.
Han Wenqing brushed it off and walked back to the practice room with Zhang Xinjie perfectly three steps behind him. They didn’t know this news would be a very big news in a few hours and Han Wenqing would spend times being stressed about this.
“Modelling again today, Little Zhou?” A bit of too familiar voice called out.
Zhou Zekai slowly turned around and smiled at the masked idols behind him, “En...” He answered as usual.
“This should be the last day, no? You have a match in two days,” Ye Xiu said.
“Yes,” Zhou Zekai nodded.
“It should be okay,” Ye Xiu smiled. The first time Ye Xiu met Zhou Zekai was in their family’s magazine company’s branch in S City, the twins were forced by their mother to playfully model for some. Ye Xiu couldn’t resist greeting Zhou Zekai who was separated from his manager. That was two days ago.
Even till now, Zhou Zekai didn’t recognize it was Ye Xiu.
“Where’s your manager? Are you lost again?” Ye Qiu asked, tilting his head from his place behind his brother.
“No...” Zhou Zekai shook his head. “Thank you...” He looked at them and nodded curtly.
The twins looked at each other as if trying to communicate through their gaze and looked back at Zhou Zekai, “Are you thanking us for our support?”
“We’re just being good samaritans,” Ye Qiu nodded.
Zhou Zekai nodded, “Helping me too,” he said simply.
“We don’t do much,” Ye Xiu waved him off and handed him a canned juice. “Cheer up for your last day of modeling here. A gift from me and Pollux,” Ye Xiu said.
Zhou Zekai accepted the canned drink, accidentally brushing his fingers against Ye Xiu’s, he looked at Ye Xiu’s hand, “Hands...” he said.
It took the twins a while to make sense of Zhou Zekai’s word... and failing. “Hands?” Ye Xiu raised his hand unsurely.
“Mm. Your hands... are familiar,” Zhou Zekai said as he looked at the twins’ hands. Delicate and slender, it reminded Zhou Zekai so much of a certain someone who disappeared mid-season 8. It hurts... Zhou Zekai won the stage at season 8 but he didn’t even know where that wayward god-player is.
Ye Qiu held Ye Xiu’s hand and huffed secretly, “Is that so? People always said our hands are beautiful, we play piano after all,” he said to cover his brother’s identity.
Zhou Zekai nodded, “Play good,” he complimented.
“Thank you,” Ye Xiu smiled. “Good luck, Zhou Zekai!” he waved.
“No. Thank you. Good luck,” Zhou Zekai said and walked away.
“I still think he’s weird,” Ye Qiu said after Zhou Zekai left.
“He just doesn’t talk much,” Ye Xiu waved if off.
“And he didn’t even show an ounce of recognition when he met you even after you blurted out his nickname from you several times,” Ye Qiu said. “I think he might have some mental illness.”
“Ye Qiu,” Ye Xiu turned speechless. “You can’t say something like that about other people. Even a runaway like me wouldn’t be as rude as you just now.”
“I was just saying the truth! I’m not insulting him at all, I was just genuinely concerned. Maybe he needs a psychologist?” Ye Qiu argued.
“Little Zhou is just a bit dumb, cutely dumb, honest cutely dumb,” Ye Xiu said bluntly.
“You’re the one being rude now!”
“What? I know him! This is my opinion of him, and I didn’t insult him!”
A few hours later, Zhou Zekai was sitting in his car, looking out of the window with such a melancholic look in his eyes.
“What’s wrong, Zekai?” His manager asked after he snapped a picture of him for Weibo update.
Zhou Zekai shook his head wordlessly and the manager smiled, going back to his phone. Zhou Zekai sighed, the idol named Castor is certainly a catch and managed to make Zhou Zekai’s heart flutter a few times in the last three days whenever they accidentally met.
But his heart is already with Senior Ye. He felt like a two-timer when his heart flutter for a different man and that made Zhou Zekai avoided to look closely at the twins’ appearance. Normally, when someone is wearing a mask, you would focus on their face to figure out their real face beneath the mask, however, Zhou Zekai didn’t dare to and opted to look past their shoulders to avoid being rude.
If only Zhou Zekai paid more attention to the face covered with a masquerade mask, he would find something. However, Zhou Zekai was indeed too pure.
In the midst of ‘Ye Qiu’s scandal with Excellent Era with Excellent Era’s fans despising ‘Ye Qiu’ and calling him a traitor for going to another team to ‘purposefully’ block Excellent Era in the Challenger League.
Ye Xiu turned to his twin brother as everyone was watching the gossip and scandal mocking their captain with ease. “I think it’s the time,” he said.
“Told you so,” Ye Qiu, who agreed to play Qi Master just for the Challenger League, said blankly.
“Ooh, should I tell MuMu?” Tang Rou smiled a bit too wickedly for a young lady from a clean background. Seems like she’s enjoying this a bit too much.
“Dirty. Dirty. Excellent Era would get a lot of dirt,” Wei Chen commented, he almost pity those fools to mess with Ye Xiu. But then again, they were the one who pissed Su Mucheng which resulting in a pissed off Ye Xiu too... Which also pissed Ye Qiu off. So, no sympathy for the fools.
“Would it be okay? There wouldn’t be a rebound effect, right?” Qiao Yifan asked in worry.
“No worries, they have money,” a lot of it. An Wenyi pushed his glasses back.
“I think that’s the easiest way, alright,” Luo Ji sweatdropped.
“Are we going to beat up someone?” Steamed Bun asked. Usually, something like this was a prelude of ganging up on someone.
Ye Qiu smirked, “No, but we’re going to beat down their spirit.”
“First thing, first. Let me contact Old Feng, I don’t want his heart to stop beating after we do it,” Ye Xiu said as he looked at his new phone.
Chapter 2: Behind the Masks
Sorry for the wait! I was stuck in adding details and make it nice enough!
This chapter features: Fanboy!Sun Xiang
(See the end of the chapter for more notes.)
“Thank you,” Su Mucheng smiled at the staff who handled her package. She flicked a glance to see the sender and her plain smile turned into a beautiful, gentle smile.
“Ah, I still have some more, can you wait for a bit?” The young female staff asked nervously.
Su Mucheng beamed at her, “Sure, go ahead! I’ll be here waiting,” she said and the staff was gone.
She let her door wide open as she waited for the staff and sat down on the fluffy rug in the middle of her room, crossing her legs as she tore down the wrapping of the package. She opened the box and found a pink teddy bear holding a CD container. She gently separated them and smiled.
It was the official newest album of Twin Stars, the doll is cute too, she had to hand it to Ye Xiu for being creative for her. Though, it was probably someone else’s idea. Su Mucheng giggled, he knew it was unbearable for Su Mucheng to be so far away from him so he tried hard to appease her somehow.
“Is that Twin Stars?”
Su Mucheng blinked and looked up to see Sun Xiang standing in the doorway, he looked arguably starstruck as he stared at the CD album in her hand. Su Mucheng hesitated, however, she replied, “Yes.”
Much to her surprise, Sun Xiang just glowed. It was an almost surreal experience for her that she had to blink a few times just to make sure her eyes weren’t just seeing things.
“You like them too?” Sun Xiang asked in excitement, sounding awfully too innocent rather than Su Mucheng’s first impression of him. “I like their songs and music too!”
Su Mucheng coughed, “Really?”
“Yes!” Sun Xiang coughed too, trying to regain back his composure, but failed spectacularly, “Can I come in?” Sun Xiang gestured which surprised her again. Sun Xiang didn’t strike Su Mucheng as someone who asked for permission.
“Sure,” Su Mucheng smiled tightly, not knowing how else to respond with an entirely unfamiliar Sun Xiang before her.
Sun Xiang plopped down beside her, eyeing the CD album in her hand with great wonder, “What album is that? ‘Running Away’ or ‘Stealing then Leaving’?” Ever since their debut, Twin Stars only ever released two albums and several scattered singles.
Su Mucheng hesitated as she read the title, “It’s 'Freedom and Compensation,'” she said. She had a sneaking suspicion the titles for each album was like the twins’ dissing each other. Even the song’s titles...
“No way! It shouldn’t be released yet!” Sun Xiang exclaimed in surprise when Su Mucheng showed it to him. “Did you pre-order? Where? This shouldn’t be on the market yet, how could you get this?” he gazed at the CD in sincere longing.
“A friend of mine is an insider,” Su Mucheng smoothly said.
“How lucky,” Sun Xiang gritted his teeth. “I’ve never been able to buy the first copy of albums because it always sold out.”
“Are you a big fan of them?” Su Mucheng finally asked the question.
Sun Xiang blinked and flushed a bit, looking embarrassed. Now, this was really not the Sun Xiang Su Mucheng came to know and resent. “Well, yeah... Their songs are just powerful and really great. It motivated me a lot to go through all this...” he gestured. “Stupid things,” he mumbled sulkily.
Ah, he meant being relegated and all...
Su Mucheng smiled, “Really?” her tone was considerably lighter than before.
“Yes,” Sun Xiang then took out his phone and showed his playlist to Su Mucheng. Su Mucheng blinked and saw the playlist was full with Twin Stars’ songs. Even his wallpaper was of the twins, actually, was that Twin Stars limited edition pendant he wore around his neck?
So Sun Xiang was indeed a big fan... “Unexpected...” Su Mucheng mumbled.
“I didn’t know you’re a fan too. We should totally hang out,” Sun Xiang said confidently to Su Mucheng.
Su Mucheng blinked and then smiled, this invitation... It was very familiar. It was like when one of the few female players found out they liked the same drama and immediately banded together to have a good time. “Sure!” she unhesitantly agreed. “We should totally hang out more so we can talk about them more.”
Sun Xiang grinned, “I like that. Also, they just won the best upcoming rookie award, didn’t they? I knew they could slay those losers, they should win other awards too, they deserve it.”
Su Mucheng didn’t know Sun Xiang could be such a cute die-hard fan like this, “Totally. I stan them with all my life. Want to listen to the album?”
Once again, Sun Xiang glowed up. “Sure! If you don’t mind, of course-“ He scratched his head a bit, trying to restrain himself but ultimately failed again, “The teaser for ‘Side Dream’ and ‘Unwanted Return’ made me really curious. They both sounded great, didn’t they?” he blurted out.
Not wanting to splash cold water over the excited young man, Su Mucheng nodded with the same enthusiasm, “Yeah, yeah! I’ve heard the teaser,” Ye Xiu even sent her the sample. “They’re both wonderful! By the way, Sun Xiang, what’s your favourite song?”
“Oh, it’s hard to pick. But if it’s a must, I like ‘Use Logic’ and ‘A Daring Choice’,”
“Ooh~ Both have a nuance of metal, aren’t they?”
“I like it when Castor and Pollux pushed their voice to be harsher and vengeful.”
Because those songs were totally not based on reality. “Hahaha! Sure like it! I like ‘Two People Sharing A Soul’, I love their bromance,” Su Mucheng chuckled gracefully. “Especially on stage,” oh, the fanservice is delicious.
Sun Xiang nodded brightly, “Their bond is inspiring,” he said innocently, not knowing Su Mucheng’s real intent.
“Shall we start, now?”
“Yes, by all means!” Sun Xiang nodded hastily, excitement practically radiated from him like a stream of bright dazzling stars.
Adorable. Su Mucheng decided she quite liked Sun Xiang after all.
Windy Rain: Seriously?!
Red Leaves: Sis Su, you’re not pulling our legs here, right?
Dancing Rain: How could I? Am I not your sister? How could I lie?
Dancing Rain: He truly has, like, at least 3 copies of each album, posters of Castor and Pollux littered around his room, a pair of mugs with Cas and Lux’s face on it, that limited edition Cas&Lux Gemini pendant. He’s truly a big fan.
Dancing Rain: I think the gap between that insufferable boy and this fanboy is quite cute /^o^/
Windy Rain: Say no more, sister.
Windy Rain: I’ve been waiting for this day. My conscience wouldn’t let me ship Castor and Pollux. Now I have someone else, you all can rest easy. (y)
Firebird Messanger: Woohoo! Go!^w^ =>w<= ^o^
Red Leaves: But, isn’t it strange to suddenly ship them?
Windy Rain: That’s why this ship would never leave this chatroom, understand? Unless they interracted in the future... Which is highly unlikely but not impossible.
Dancing Rain: Hehe...
Firebird Messanger: By the way, Sis Su. How’s captain in your team?
Dancing Rain: Oh, he’s doing pretty good... Calm down, I didn’t bully him at all ^v^
Su Mucheng turned off her phone and smiled as Sun Xiang came up to her with a package in hand.
“It’s here!” Sun Xiang said proudly as he excitedly tore down the wrapping of the package and opened the package to reveal the new CD album that he pre-ordered with Su Mucheng’s help. “It will only be released a week later but I can have it now! Awesome!”
“Good for you, isn’t it? Now you can listen to it anytime,” Su Mucheng teased. The younger guy seemed to long for her copy so much before, he asked frequently if he could borrow it. Su Mucheng of course offered to let him borrow it for days, but Sun Xiang seemed to reluctant and only borrowed it for a few hours before returning it.
Su Mucheng had no doubt that a few hours was spent on purely listening to it without any interference.
“Yeah...” Sun Xiang flushed a bit. Look at that, how cute... “Thanks for your help, though. You really know a lot of people, huh?” He said as he grinned.
“I’m just lucky,” since half of the Twin Stars was like a brother to her.
“I’ll go first, I’m gonna go and listen to this. See you around!” Sun Xiang bade her his goodbye.
Su Mucheng smiled as he went. “Sigh, I really want a little brother now...” What a strange urge.
“We once again want to thank all of you who have been very supportive, it made us very encouraged to reach this place. Thank you!” Ye Qiu said passionately to the audience. They had made their own concert in B City. After mulling over it, Ye Qiu decided B City might be safer than H City which he didn’t really know the situation of.
After the 2-hours concert which they took turns to sing and perform instrument to save up their energy, it was finally the time.
Ye Xiu raised his mic, “And also, because of everyone’s support, we have won the Best Newcomer award in the last musical award. For that, we couldn’t express how much we’re thankful...” he bowed down to the crowd as they all cheered for their idols’ victory in the last award competition.
A series of “We’re proud of you!” “You guys deserve it!” “We love you!!!” soon dominated the stadium and the twins smiled.
“We truly couldn’t express how thankful we are... This mask is truly in the way, no?” Ye Qiu said playfully as he stepped beside his brother and put his hand around Ye Xiu’s shoulders.
The overflowing people in the stadium were struck speechless for a second before they cheered even louder!! “YES!!!” They agreed wholeheartedly with Pollux!
“UNMASK! UNMASK! UNMASK! UNMASK!” They soon yelled with all their hearts. The stadium trembled with their passionate screams, the people who heard it couldn’t help but to feel goosebumps crawling on their skins and shivered along in excitement.
Ye Xiu and Ye Qiu put their hands on the end of their masquerade masks and the fans screamed even harder. The two whipped off the masks with a snap and the stage went off with firework, the camera immediately focused on their faces and their fans could saw the faces of their idols on the screen above.
“AAAHHH!!!” The screamed in joy when they saw a pair of handsome twins on the stage. Some fangirls even started to cry emotionally.
Smiling, the Ye twins raised their mic again when their fans began to calm down somewhat. “I’m Ye Xiu, the eldest,” Ye Xiu introduced himself.
“I’m Ye Qiu, the youngest,” Ye Qiu chuckled and winked at the camera, effectively sending another wave of squeal.
“We’re twenty-six,” they said at the same time.
“For all of your patronage,” Ye Xiu smirked.
“We all want to thank you,” Ye Qiu smiled playfully.
The night was filled with cheer as another song started.
“Huang Shao!” Lu Hanwen cried out when the orange juice Huang Shaotian just drank sprouted back out through his nose when he saw the face reveal.
“COUGH! COUGH! WHEEZE-“ Huang Shaotian keeled over an continued to hack out the remaining accursed juice out of his respiratory tract.
Yu Wenzhou, who suggested that they should watch a match recording but vetoed because the team wanted to see the face reveal, was shocked witless that he stared blankly at the tv screen. Unblinkingly.
“FUCK! WHAT THE FUCK- ACK! FUCK?! SHIT!? WHAT THE FUCK, OLD YE?!! WHAT THE FUCK IS HE DOING THERE- FUCK! FUCK! I KNEW IT! I KNEW I KNOW THEM! FUCK- THAT’S RIGHT! OLD YE DID HAVE A TWIN BROTHER!!! How could I be so fucking StUPiD!!!” Huang Shaotian hollered at the top of his lungs.
“Calm down, here get those out first,” Zheng Xuan handed a sheet of tissue to him.
“You know he has a twin brother?” Yu Wenzhou seemed to finally snap out of his stupor. Good grief, his team was about to be really freaked out by the unblinking captain.
“Of course, I know! I met them in the tenth server and Old Ye introduced us to each other! Fuck! I should have known since then!” Huang Shaotian cursed out.
“So this is what Qiao Yifan talked about...” Gao Yingjie murmured as everyone looked at Wang Jiexi and the shattered cup of tea by his feet. Thankfully, they wore shoes.
However, Wang Jiexi didn’t even acknowledge the broken cup as he stared at the tv screen along with everyone. “He...” Wang Jiexi felt a headache going.
“Senior Ye is savage, ah,” Liu Xiaobie murmured.
“Eight years with Excellent Era, he vehemently refused to even show his face. When he’s out, he immediately goes and became a famous idol with his twin brother,” Xu Bin’s smile twitched.
“Truly shameless...” Yuan Baiqing ridiculed.
“This is taking zero to one hundred really seriously...”
“... Captain...?” Gao Yingjie called out in worry to the dazed Wang Jiexi.
Wang Jiexi sighed and finally looked down to the shattered teacup. “Thank God. For a while, I thought it was a different kind of job...” He mumbled.
“What???” Xu Bin, who just joined this season, blinked.
The rest of the Tiny Herb choked.
“WAAAAAAHHHH!!!” More screams...
“ASL@!)$U#FKS&$Q#^!V@~!!!!” Horrified screeches...
The common room of Tyranny was filled with screams of horror, indignance, disbelief, and shock when Twin Stars pulled off their masks and introduced themselves.
“WHAT THE FUCK?!”
“OH MY GOD!!!”
“IT’S A FRAUD! A FRAUD! I’VE BEEN DECEIVED!!!”
“THERE’S FUCKING TWO OF THEM?!?!”
Zhang Xinjie took off his glasses, which has somehow cracked whilst the face-reveal took place, and placed it on the coffee table, “Quiet.” In an instance, the members shut their mouths up, looking at the vice-captain and then the captain.
Han Wenqing’s brows twitched furiously, “That man...” what the hell is he doing? He could play around being an idol at the age of twenty-six? He retired because he wanted to be an idol with his twin brother???
So many things went on in Han Wenqing’s head, a part of him wanted to demand a question in disbelief, whilst the other part wanted to ignore Ye Qiu’s foolish action, another part simply wanted to shake Ye Qiu by the collar and demanded what the fuck he was doing being an idol and all.
“Ah! Doesn’t that mean, it was Ye Qiu who said that captain was his favourite pro player which made captain becoming one of the Weibo trending topics for an entire day and received dozens of proposals for an interview?” Bai Yanfei recalled and spoke up. They were just casual fans, they didn’t really know how to differentiate the twins even by clothing. Since ‘Ye Qiu’ was there, obviously it was ‘Ye Qiu’ who said it, no?
Han Wenqing’s eyes twitched, “He really wants to mess around.”
Zhou Zekai watched in astonishment and sparkling eyes. So his heart fluttered because it was Ye Qiu!
“Ah...” Zhou Zekai exclaimed softly and held his head in disappointment. What a fool he was! He had time to get closer to Senior Ye, but he chickened out! Not knowing it was Senior Ye is unforgivable as he had spent three days in the same building and met him several times in the corridor. If only he paid more attention!
Wait, who was Senior Ye again? Castor or Pollux? Ah, whatever. The fact was Senior Ye was there.
Zhou Zekai sighed sadly under his team’s disbelieving gazes.
Everyone from team Thunderclap gathered to themselves and made an expression of both worry and anxiety. Their new captain which they got from Excellent Era just made a ruckus after the Senior Ye revealed his identity.
Liu Hao had thrown everything to the floor, luckily, nothing was broken. He had returned to his room and even then, from within his room, everyone could still hear the sound of things getting thrown around. They were pretty sure some things were broken in Liu Hao’s room.
Dai Yanqi, who roughly knew the problem thanks to the vague summary (It was very vague, but Dai Yanqi was old enough to draw a conclusion, okay?) of Chu Yunxiu who knew it directly from Su Mucheng, played with her phone, “Pretty sure it’s not only things that broke. His spirit and sanity, too, must be broken.”
“Yanqi,” One of her seniors reminded.
“What? I’m just telling my concern,” Dai Yanqi pouted. “If he doesn’t stop throwing tantrum soon, he might break this team apart.”
Everyone sighed, knowing she was right. They can only hope their new captain could recover and stop his tantrum. “Still...”
“Ah, whatever. I’m a girl, I don’t know boys and their problems. I have something else to do, bye!” Dai Yanqi looked at her phone and giggled as the other female pros talked about the recent tide. “Hoho...” Their ship might be possible, after all.
Su Mucheng laughed loudly in extreme happiness and delight, too happy for someone who was a part of a delegated team and in a challenger league at that. She watched everything on stream in her room, locked. But her laughter still could be heard outside the room, all the way to the common room although muffled.
Her beautiful laughter only brought more gloominess within Excellent Era’s club building.
Xiao Shiqin guessed they were watching the same thing then. He smiled bitterly, he didn’t know Senior Ye could be this bold. That isolated senior who refused to even show his face...
“Eh, that’s Ye Qiu and his twin?” Sun Xiang lowered the remote and leaned back with a disbelieving ‘hah?’. For a few seconds, he looked scandalized. However, he soon blushed as one of the twins winked playfully at the camera. He huffed, “No wonder Su Mucheng didn’t want to watch together,” how dare she to hide it from him?
“Are you blushing?” one of them asked.
“Like hell I am!” Sun Xiang hissed.
The others shared a glance. One had to know the young captain of Excellent Era owned all the three albums, singles, and listened to Twin Stars music daily... Well, at least now they knew why Su Mucheng always smirked in amusement when she saw Sun Xiang hearing those songs.
“Captain Sun...” Qiu Fei suddenly spoke up. “I heard you’re a big fan of Twin Stars,” he said.
The others looked at their second Battle Mage, unnerved. What did this guy want? Openly teasing Sun Xiang like that?
“Wh-what? No! I just... listened to musics in particular. It just happens their songs are popular,” Sun Xiang said as he looked away.
“Can you coach me?’
“What?” Sun Xiang blanked as he looked back at Qiu Fei.
“Coach me. What should I do to be a fan of idols?” Qiu Fei said seriously with a deeply considering expression.
“Well...” Sun Xiang hummed thoughtfully. “You should buy the original copy of their albums to show your support. Buy their merch too. As well buy everything that had them on it to show your support-“
“I have to start saving more...” Qiu Fei nodded grimly.
Xiao Shiqin and the other members stared incredulously as Sun Xiang and Qiu Fei bonded on how to support their idols.
It took no time for Tao Xuan to know about it as Cui Li paid him a visit and told him to open his Weibo. What he saw almost made him choked and die then and there. The Weibo practically exploded with Ye Xiu and Ye Qiu’s pictures as their fans worked together to like everything that had them in it, shared everything that had them in it, reposted everything.
They didn’t even try, they were just channeling their hyped-up energy to hype things up even more.
Literally when you clicked to search something. The search machine offered you nothing but ‘Twin Stars face reveal’ ‘Twins of Twin Stars’ ‘Ye Xiu and Ye Qiu’ ‘Ye Twins’ ‘Ye Xiu’ ‘Ye Qiu’ ‘Castor and Pollux’ ‘Which one is Pollux?’ ‘Which one is Castor?’
The trending tags were hogged by them. Five spots. Their face reveal brought hype fever everywhere.
Ye Xiu and Ye Qiu were practically all over Weibo.
The famous newcomer duo that had commercial all over the places... One of them was actually his old friend who refused to do any commercial like his life was depended on it. What... The... Fuck?
“Boss!” Cui Li cried out when Tao Xuan tilted back and fainted in anger and disbelief.
Su Mucheng V: Finally! [Su Mucheng in between Ye Xiu and Ye Qiu, hooking her arms with theirs, smiling beautifully at the camera. Ye Xiu and Ye Qiu smiled calmly and charmingly at the camera.jpg] [Su Mucheng wearing a simple pink masquerade mask, winking to the camera with a grin. Ye Xiu and Ye Qiu on either side of her, wearing their own masquerade masks, winking and smiling naughtily to the camera, showing their idol persona.jpg]
- Chu Yunxiu V: Damn girl! You didn’t tell me at all!! >_< I’m upset! Why must you hide such a delicious piece of truth!?
- Huang Shaotian V: I knew it! I knew you know about it! Fuck it! I almost got a heart attack! At least tell us before the bomb so I can prepare myself, Su Mucheng! I won’t forgive you! I knew there was something familiar with them!!
- Li Xuan V: Only Senior Ye... Only Senior Ye...
- Dai Yanqi V: Kya~ How could I almost not noticing it. Senior Ye is indeed very handsome when he took care of himself! Senior Su, GG!!!
- Wang Jiexi V: We’ve been played, aren’t we?
- Sun Xiang V: Wait, when did you meet them??? You didn’t tell me!
- Sun Xiang V: Not like I care. I’m just a casual listener...
- Zhou Zekai V: ..
- Zhang Jiale V: Let’s bring this fucking conversation to QQ. @Su Mucheng V we’re waiting for you in the court.
- Yu Wenzhou V: @Su Mucheng V QQ, sister Su.
- Huang Shaotian V: Go to the fucking QQ group, you coward. @Su Mucheng V
- Zhang Xinjie V: We have a lot of questions. Please go to QQ @Su Mucheng V
- Fang Rui V: Go to QQ, beautiful ;) @Su Mucheng V
- Xiao Shiqin V: QQ, sister Su. Everyone is waiting @Su Mucheng V
- Fading Autumn Flower: Wait! Don’t bring this to QQ! I need to know!
- Love On Top: Wait- what the fuck!? The Twin Stars knew Su Mucheng!? Ye Xiu and Ye Qiu... Don’t tell me, Ye Qiu is-?!?!
- To The Light: !?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! YE QIU IS THAT YE QIU?!?!?!?!?! !!!!!!!!!!
- Cruel Paradise: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Beauty is Vain: Fuck me sideways! God Ye retired to become an idol!?
- Luck is Unfaithful: Check this out! Link: [[Ye Qiu of Twin Stars is Ye Qiu the ex-owner of the Battle God?!?!?!]]
“Mucheng already started the second phase,” Ye Xiu said as he puffed out a cloud of smoke.
“Well, it’s around the time of online match too, no? We should do it before...” Ye Qiu said as he turned off his phone.
“How about the old man?” Ye Xiu asked.
“Contacted me at least ten times a day,” Ye Qiu sighed but the pleased grin on his face betrayed his pleasure in messing up with their father. “But no matter. We already messed with father, let’s go tie up your end.”
The confusion started even more violently. They knew Ye Qiu was in ‘Happy’ (Tang Rou suggested the name when the twins argued about it. Strangely, they accepted Tang Rou’s suggestion even though they seemed to be hellbent rejecting each other’s suggestion. She guessed it might just be brothers things), but ‘Ye Qiu’ did not play Battle Mage nor Lord Grim. No, he played Qi Master...
Today was the team’s first press conference before the official online match.
Ye Qiu covered his mouth, looking somewhat coy and awkward in front of the camera, “I already got a lot of my fans asked whether I was ‘Ye Qiu’ of Excellent Era or not. There are so many who asked it and some accompanied by a lot of hate comments and criticism. Well, here, I want to tell you I’m not Ye Qiu of Excellent Era,” he said innocently. So innocently that Ye Xiu wanted to whack his head.
The reporters were dumbstruck. Who was he trying to deceive? Obviously, his name is Ye Qiu, he’s friends with Su Mucheng, and he also played Glory! Which Ye Qiu that know Su Mucheng?!
They turned suspicious, was Ye Qiu trying to retract back? He saw the outrage and wanted to retreat back from the spotlight? “But, Ye Qiu,” one reporter emphasized. “You know Su Mucheng and even looked so close, she posted pictures about you and your twin. What do you mean you’re not Ye Qiu of Excellent Era? Could it be you wanted to deny from ever eating the cake when the whipped creak is all over your lips and clothes?” Who are you trying to deceive?!
“I am being honest,” Ye Qiu smiled. “My name is Ye Qiu, I know Miss Su. But I truly wasn’t that Ye Qiu. Some people who heard my name would sometimes ask, ‘Are you that Ye Qiu?’ to be honest, it’s kind of a hassle...” Ye Qiu sighed and the reporters furrowed their brows. “I’m not that Ye Qiu, rather...”
“I’m that Ye Qiu,” Ye Xiu continued and the reporters all gawked incredulously. “Some of you probably said, ‘but your name is Ye Xiu?’ yeah, I used my twin’s name as my stage name.”
Silence reigned the place, team Happy kept the mild smiles on their face, non-plussed.
“WHAT?!” The reporters finally found their voices and cried out as loud as possible
“We were separated when we were young. My brother decided to go out and get some experience of the real world, whereas I stayed at home to study family’s business,” Ye Qiu said with a low voice of despise, resentment, and dark jeer, that could easily be misinterpreted as sadness. “He went to H City... There, his story without me began.”
Oh, so it’s on? Ye Xiu closed his eyes. “There, the young and naive me tried to live with every scrap I could manage. Without my family, and most importantly my younger twin, it was hard, but I didn’t want to return or call my twin, I knew he would be sad.”
Not bad. “I told you, it’s my duty as the younger one to go out and search for experience. You’re the real heir to the family but...” I should be the one who ran away, you damn prick. The firstborn should just stay with the family!
Not quite there yet, little brother. “No, you’re reckless. I couldn’t let the pampered you going aimlessly out there,” Grow up. Deal with it. Ye Xiu inhaled, “There, in H City. I met a pair of siblings that took me in. I live with them for a few years before Glory’s Pro Alliance was announced. Then, a nice internet cafe’s boss offered us to play for his team. That team is Excellent Era,” Ye Xiu said nostalgically.
Everyone listened attentively. It was rare to hear a background story of a pro gamer, and ‘Ye Qiu’ was the most mysterious of all.
“I won the first three championships with them, it was very fun and fulfilling,” Ye Xiu said with a chuckle. “But as the Alliance grew, everyone also changed. It’s not them... It’s me who refused to change...”
“What happened?!” some rare female reporters who leaned to the motherly side immediately questioned in desperation.
Ye Xiu smiled, “I just don’t want to be a burden... to my family.”
Ye Qiu’s lips twitched, but no, he couldn’t lose yet. “You’re a joke,” Ye Qiu said darkly. “I can handle myself!”
The reporters watched the drama unfolding with sparkling eyes thirsting for more. What? What was that mean?
“We’re twins,” Ye Xiu explained, gesturing to their faces. “I didn’t want to show my face because it might affect badly to my twin brother.”
“Ah...” Everyone understood.
“It was only a disagreement, really. I was dragging my whole team down with me, so I choose to leave,” Ye Xiu didn’t know how, but he could hear Su Mucheng snorting derisively at that, even though she wasn’t here at all... But it was the truth, Excellent Era offered a position as the coach even as a thorny trap, and Ye Xiu decided to just break the contract and retire. He just omitted some details for the sake of Excellent Era.
“But... You’re still playing brilliantly,” One reporter said. “Playing an Unspecialized is very hard, but you did it flawlessly! You can’t be dragging the whole team down!”
Ye Xiu smiled non-committally. “Well, no matter what. The fact stood that Excellent Era kept doing badly with me so... Sun Xiang came and I left One Autumn Leaf.” Ye Xiu interlaced his hands in front of his mouth to cover a wince, “It felt like I was leaving my other brother as I named him after Ye Qiu too, but it had to be done.”
Su Mucheng, who was the real creator of the name, had given the copyright to Ye Xiu to do as he pleased with it.
Ye Qiu made a choked sound of disgust as he covered his mouth and looked away. Ye Xiu smirked behind his hands, he won this round of ‘disgust your brother to the core’ game. Amusingly, Ye Qiu had a thin face once the mask is out of the way.
The reporters looked at the two brothers with gazes of pity and astonishment. They had their own view of things...
“So, it’s like that,” Ye Qiu beamed as he leaned slightly to his brother. “I’m sure mister Tao and mister Feng understand the gravity of the matter.”
Chairman Feng nodded, “I know. That’s why the involved individuals can’t say anything about it...” Dealing with Ye Xiu was really terrible. If Ye Xiu wasn’t so kind to the old him and told him about the whole thing before, he would have a lot much worse than a bit of chest pain and slight seizure... Yeah, he would be dead already if Ye Xiu didn’t give him a heads up.
Tao Xuan fumed a bit, “You’re very sly, Ye Qiu, or should I call you Ye Xiu now?”
“Please do,” Ye Xiu smiled kindly. “You still owe me a free Dancing Rain,” he added as an afterthought.
“You have to work harder in the Challenger League, then,” a pause. “I would... never thought this would happen,” Tao Xuan smiled bitterly.
Ye Xiu gave him an equally bitter smile, “Neither do I,” but it was Tao Xuan who decided to go to the entirely different path. The path that he knew he was hurting Ye Xiu with, but made no move to stop. The path that he knew he would hurt Su Mucheng also, but still didn’t stop.
That ‘big brother Tao’ has ceased to exist. Ye Xiu, too, never thought it would happen.
“Well, I do,” Ye Qiu slung his arm around Ye Xiu’s shoulders. “You’re an admirable businessman, Mister Tao. But when you built something with cooperation and friendship as the foundation, it’s your job to see it till the end as a partner and friend... Not as a businessman,” Ye Qiu smiled calmly.
Tao Xuan looked at the younger twin and his gaze turned complicated.
“Oh, and we’ll buy Dancing Rain twice the original price you bought it with, please do not worry,” Ye Qiu said.
They talked some more for a bit before the two guests stood up and walked out of the hotel room.
“Exhausting?” Ye Qiu turned to his brother.
“Not really...” Ye Xiu said but he leaned his head to Ye Qiu’s shoulder.
Ye Qiu laughed, “You liar.”
Pollux (Ye Qiu) V : [Picture of Ye Xiu burying his face on Ye Qiu’s shoulder and Ye Qiu glanced at the camera, smiling mysteriously as he made a shushing gesture.jpg]
- Su Mucheng V: ??? What happened? :(
- Chu Yunxiu V: I need context, The RealTM Ye Qiu-ge! Is Senior Ye sleeping peacefully or...?
- Fading Autumn Flower: What happened? +1
- Rennaisance: What happened? +2
- Twin Stars Info Page: What’s wrong? Is Castor feeling bad? Pollux, tell him we’ll always be with him!!!
- Twin Stars GG: Is he CRYING?!
- My Brother Stole My Chocolate: Please tell me he’s just sleeping...
- Charm Is Deceitful: Is it because of the haters? It’s because of the haters, isn’t it? HOW FUCKING DARE THEM!!! THIS OLD MADAM WILL CRUSH THEM!
- Chocolate in the fridge? It’s a free real estate: What’s wrong with God Ye? That is God Ye, right? Since this is the twin brother’s account...
- Fill in The Blanks: What happened? +449
Pollux (Ye Qiu) V: Only a tiring day, no need to worry :)
Ye Xiu V: My brother did something overdramatic yesterday. Seriously, I was just tired and happened to fall asleep. Calm down...
Dancing Rain: Seriously. Can’t I just use QQ and the chatroom to do something mundane without everyone jumping to question me and made it feel like I’m in a court?
Dancing Rain: Sun Xiang is already bad enough and I’m barely tolerating him.
Troubling Rain: No. You’re an offender of the highest degree. How dare you to hide the fact that Old Ye went off and sold his soul to the entertainment industry? I’M BETRAYED, SISTER SU! I thought I can trust you!
Immovable Rock: Nothing is sold. He’s coming back next season.
Troubling Rain: Yeah, but still!
Dazzling Thousand Blossoms: @Dancing Rain Why the hell Old Ye go astray and became an idol.
One Autumn Leaf: What? You think I’m bad!? I should be the one who said that! @Dancing Rain
Dancing Rain: Sorry. But you’re going really bad, Sun Xiang. And just WHY should I tell you guys about Ye Xiu’s decision in his life.
Dancing Rain: You’re not his mothers.
Dancing Rain: Even his real mother didn’t truly know about his life ever since he ran away at fifteen.
Vaccaria: This detail I want to talk about. He was fifteen when he ran away? When did he meet you?
Peaceful Hermit: How do you guys survive?
Windy Rain: Almost his whole life is like a high-class drama. I want to watch it. The only thing it lacked is his poor female lead. MuMu, is there something you’re not telling?
Dancing Rain: Oh, please. @Windy Rain That’s ridiculous. I saw him like my own brother, try to imagine you and your brother getting together. For as long as I can remember, I’ve never seen him as anything more than a brother.
Troubling Rain: Yeah, Yunxiu. Why did you even suggest that? You might ruin their siblings love.
Swoksaar: Not everything needs to be romanticized, Yunxiu.
Cloud Piercer : Inspiring.
Dazzling Thousand Blossoms: Yeah! Yeah! Su-mei and Old Ye’s relationship is like a proof of existence that a woman and a man without blood relation can be best friends!
Vaccaria: Good. Hopefully, that would never change.
Windy Rain: -3- I was just asking! Why is this subtle protest?
Dancing Rain: Actually, if I was really that desperate and no guy can be good enough for me. I’d probably marry him if he also couldn’t find a suitable spouse.
Cloud Piercer: ...
Doubtful Demon: Whatever happened to him being ‘like a brother’?
Troubling Rain: Women change minds more often than they changed their clothes.
Windy Rain: Lmao.
Dancing Rain: Just kidding ^w^ I wouldn’t want to be with him. Too many rivals. You guys can take him.
Dazzling Thousand Blossoms: Hehe...
Demon Subduer: Busted! XD
Lower Your Head: By the way, isn’t the twin brother hot?
Flying Sword: Well, can’t argue with that. I certainly don’t mind to spend my time with him.
Troubling Rain: Yeah, he’s somewhat hot. Lacking Old Ye’s languid and attractive shameless aura. But certainly fulfilled the mysterious and deep sea attitude. He changed masks very easily.
Scene Killer: Seriously they looked the same. The only thing I can differ them with is Old Ye only smiled a lazy smile, or a tilt of the corner of his lips. Whereas his twin did a full blown smile to fans, camera, and anyone.
Doubtful Demon: Yeah...
Doubtful Demon: My heart skipped for the twin, though.
Swoksaar: Go for it ^_^
Vaccaria: Go ahead.
Cloud Piercer: Fight!
Troubling Rain: Lesser rival for me!
Another Sleep in Summer: 50-50 for me. Both are hot. Same-different personality. One of them is shameless whilst the other was professional as long as the other is not within the conversation.
Another Sleep in Summer: I’m telling you, they got into an argument and a fight with each other faster than Huang Shaotian’s trash talking.
Dazzling Thousand Blossoms: You spoke like you have met them, Big Sun.
Another Sleep in Summer: I did. Once. Met them at the day of ninth All-Star, before I unofficially joined Heavenly Sword.
Dazzling Thousand Blossoms: Details. You’re so bad at this, seriously.
Another Sleep in Summer: Meh.
Dancing Rain: As someone who had met and interracted with them. I can confirm they fought a lot.
Troubling Rain: Can confirm as well.
Receding Tide: Lmao. Huang Shao met them in-game but couldn’t figure it out.
Troubling Rain: Shut the hell up, Song Xiao!
Angelica: Haha, fortunately this is the no-Old Ye chatroom, huh?
Lower Your Head: Umn, I actually intended that message for the Girl’s chatroom. But the responses are actually great. So, I guess it’s alright.
None Dare Attack: Lmao. GG, sis!
Windy Rain: This is what I called blessing in disguise.
Dancing Rain: @^w^@
Desert Dust: Stop playing around.
Dazzling Thousand Blossoms: Shoot. No more playing around! Su Mucheng!!!
Dancing Rain: I do not play around??? ovo
Desert Dust: Get that guy in here.
Windy Rain: uwu
Dancing Rain: Sorry! I'm not living with him currently!
Desert Dust: ...
Immovable Rock: ...
Troubling Rain: ...
Swoksaar: That's right. You didn't live with him anymore...
Sobbing Ghost: We just got too used of contacting him through Su Mucheng, didn't we?
Dancing Rain: I have Xiao Shiqin, though.
Life Extinguisher: That's not the point. Don't drag me into this -_-''
Troubling Rain: Right? Exactly where he is now?
Vaccaria: B City.
Troubling Rain: No, fuck REALLY?!?!?!?!?
Cloud Piercer: ?!?!?!
One Autumn Leaf: B City, really?! Are you sure it's not just his main base of idols there?
Vaccaria: I met him once, we talked for a bit and he revealed his home city is B City.
Troubling Rain: Why didn't you fucking say so!? SU MUCHENG, DID YOU AT LEAST HAVE HIS PHONE NUMBER?!
Dancing Rain: o3o Idk. He's really busy being idols and all.
Troubling Rain: Fuck... you're right. Why the hell he went and became an idol anyway?!
Swoksaar: Then, when are we going to be able to talk about this?
Dancing Rain: Idk.
Dazzling Thousand Blossoms: Damn it. What should we do now?
Aweto: That guy is always a piece of shit to be contacted.
Carved Ghost: If he actually uses a phone...
Dancing Rain: But, you know what? Ye Xiu and Ye Qiu will perform in the final.
Troubling Rain: Damn it, Old Ye.
Troubling Rain: WAIT- WHAT THE FUCK?! HE'S GOING TO PERFORM IN FINAL?!?!?
One Autumn Leaf: Really?!
Desert Dust: Alright.
Dazzling Thousand Blossoms: The Ancient has approved!! Finally, a true answer!
Swoksaar: I see.
Cloud Piercer: Got it.
Vaccaria: Can't wait.
Windy Rain: Remind me to bring an empty memory card.
Lower Your Head: ^Got it.
Dancing Rain: Oh no. Why do I feel happy for selling out my brother figure?
This is not truly the last time we saw Tao Xuan. They'll meet again later!