February 9, 2022

Chapter 69: Beaten

Bao Chi, Private Room No. 806, the music was so loud.

Ever since Lichen came back from the corridor to answer a call, he had been a bit distracted, always raising his eyes to look at the door from time to time.

His friend leaned over, puffing fumes of alcohol, and hit him with his elbow. “What’s the matter? What are you thinking? It looked like you’ve lost your soul.”

Lichen held a cigarette in his hand and breathed out some white air. He said solemnly, “I might get beaten up…”

The music was too noisy, his voice was low, and his friend didn’t hear him clearly. “Huh? What did you say?”

Lichen just smiled and said nothing.

This pleasure-seeking kind of environment was very familiar to him. His family had a share in this club and he has taken his classmates to party here since he was in middle school.

His father was very lenient with him, as long as he didn’t do anything illegal. For other things such as hanging around outside school and having girlfriends, his father never cared about them at all.

He had a good father.

But today, he got a call from Yansheng. It was the first time that the girl who didn’t even look at him took the initiative to contact him, which was a f*cking ‘surprise’ to him.

Although Yansheng said nothing, Lichen had already guessed in his heart what she was going to do.

This made him so jealous that he wanted to grind his teeth.

From a young age, he could get whatever he wanted. Those girls who were shy and reserved were just trying to put on airs. He could coax them with his face alone, not to mention he also had money.

Only Yansheng was so difficult to get.

She really didn’t f*cking look up to him.

Lichen couldn’t be convinced no matter how he thought about it.

He glanced at the door again, lowered his head, and took a sip of his drink.

A friend pushed a girl from some art school next to him. In the winter, in the hot private room, this schoolgirl wore a low-cut halter top, which was covered with sequins and glittered with bling blings. She rubbed against him and complained coquettishly that her phone was too old, and that she really liked the latest model of Fruit.

Lichen retracted his gaze from the door, pushed the schoolgirl back into his friend’s arms, pointed at him with a cigarette, and said, “Let him buy it for you.”

His friend smiled and hugged the schoolgirl.

But how could his friend’s face be compared to Lichen’s sharp and handsome face? The school girl was very reluctant, her eyes were unwilling.

Lichen picked up the wine glass again, and when he was about to take a sip, the door was kicked open with a ‘bang’.

Although the music was loud, the movement was so loud that everyone in the room looked over in surprise.

The girl who came in had her black coat wide open, revealing her slim figure. Her waist was very thin and her legs were very long. Unlike the different colors of hair in the room, her hair had not been dyed and a black ponytail was tied on her hair behind her head.

Her eyes were also dark and her gaze was sharp. They couldn’t be compared to the girls in the private room, who all wore contact lenses, as their eyes seemed to be out of focus.

She had a snow-white face, and at first glance, she had no makeup, completely makeup-free. In this kind of dimly lit private room with disco ball lights flashing and flickering, it looked paler and lighter than in normal light, but it was still so beautiful that it surpassed the girl from the art school.

But she was so imposing that she stood there and glanced around, and the people in the private room were so shocked that no one spoke.

There were many new faces, but there were also a few familiar faces. In her previous life, Yansheng and Lichen hung out together, and she knew some people in this private room and even knew them very well.

The private room was full of smoke, and the heavy makeup and hair of various colors looked like a flurry of demons. Yansheng had to search for Lichen among this pile of people.

Before others could react, Lichen sighed and stood up on his own.

After taking a few steps and pushing away the person who was blocking him, he walked towards her. “Yan—”

Amidst the defeating music, a punch hit Lichen’s beautiful face with a wild rhythm.

Everyone stared dumbfounded at the flickering light, which looked like an action movie.

Someone danced on the table before and adjusted the lights to a flashing pattern. So, with the loud music in the background, the punches and kicks just came and went, flashing like a stop-motion animation.

At this second, Lichen dodged an uppercut.

In the next second, the girl’s slender and powerful leg kicked Lichen in the chest.

In the next second, Lichen fell down on the coffee table, the fruit tray overturned, and the wine bottle fell to the ground.

Then, in a flash of light, the girl seemed to be in mid-air.

The light cut through the continuity of her movements, and in the next flash of light, she was already kneeling on Lichen’s chest and had one hand strangling his neck.

Lichen clutched her wrists with both hands.

These two people who made others feel inferior and stalemate looked at each other in such a posture for a few seconds. Finally, someone in the private room woke up from a dream and turned off the music.

From the loud sound, it suddenly changed to the quiet air. The sound of music coming from the corridor seemed to come from the other side far away.

In the flickering lights, they all felt that everything was so unreal.

Yansheng said, “Tell them to get lost.”

Lichen panted, holding Yansheng’s wrist tightly, and shouted, “All of you, go out!”

Some of them had already stepped forward, some were still hesitant, some were still confused, and some opened their mouths. “Li—”

“It’s none of your business!” Lichen shouted, “Get lost!”

He had always been the boss, both financially and militarily.

When he yelled that, the boys pushed the frightened girls, and even pushed and shoved the others, and they all went out together. Someone cleverly closed the door.

The girls held their coats and bags in bewilderment, while the boys looked at each other outside the door.

“Should we call Brother Chang?” someone asked hesitantly.

Brother Chang was the head of security at Bao Chi and the Xu family was a shareholder of Bao Chi. This was like a small base for Lichen to play. His so-called friends were also familiar with Bao Chi’s security guards.

The recruits were all veterans, all of whom were tough and could survive in the wild.

Normally, if they had a conflict with others, they would not hesitate to call Brother Chang.

But today, there was such a beautiful girl who kicked the door.

Everyone’s expressions became very subtle.

Someone suddenly asked, “Lichen just let her hit him, right?”

Then, there was a moment of silence.

Followed by everyone babbling, “That’s for sure!”

“Do you still need to say that?”

“Lichen can’t beat a woman!”

“This is bullsh*t! She is so beautiful, I would even let her go, I would rather be beaten! This is being a real man!”

After saying that, everyone suddenly felt relieved.

“Then it’s okay, it’s okay.” They all relaxed and began to smile mischievously. “Lichen is now in a two-person world!”

“Hurry up and disperse, disperse!”

“Don’t f*cking be a light bulb, are you looking for Lichen to beat you up?”

“It’s still early, don’t leave yet. Let’s go and continue to another place.”


In the private room, although the music was turned off, the lights still flashed on and off.

Lichen held Yansheng’s wrist but couldn’t break from it at all. He really never dreamed of it, that he could not beat Yansheng.

When Yansheng dealt with Qian’s small group, he knew that she might have been trained, but he didn’t take it seriously.

There were also some decent girls in the fighting club where he trained in boxing, pursuing a tight and fit figure. If they wanted to really fight, they couldn’t do it. The innate power gap was still there.

He guessed that Yansheng must have heard about Zhiyuan and came to avenge him today. Otherwise, with his 100th rank from the bottom, she would not pay attention to him.

Although his teeth were tickled with jealousy, what he thought in his heart was to calm Yansheng. He thought it was already a big deal to hit him a few times without fighting back.

Her first punch had already woken him up.

When the second punch came, Lichen had already entered an alert state. He no longer used his brain to think. It was completely the muscle memory of many years of training and he instinctively counterattacked.

But in the end, he was still kicked to lie on the coffee table, just like now—Yansheng pressed one of her knees on his chest and strangled his neck. He struggled and found that he couldn’t turn her over or get up.

His three views were simply broken.

The soundproof door was closed and the room became quiet.

Lichen was still holding Yansheng’s wrist. “They were all gone, can you let go now?”

However, Yansheng didn’t let go and added a bit of force instead.

“Are you out of your mind?!” she yelled angrily, “Why did you hit Zhiyuan in our class? Are you f*cking sick? What the hell is wrong with you?!”

Lichen almost couldn’t breathe. He even wondered if Yansheng wanted to strangle him just for that weak chicken boy.

He was also furious. “What the hell is wrong with me?! Who the hell is he? How is he better than me? He doesn’t even look as good as me! You don’t like me, but why do you like him?”

Yansheng was so angry that she wanted to kill someone. “Who said that I like him?”

“You—” Lichen wanted to say that he saw it all, how the two of them talked happily in front of the school.

At that time, Yansheng’s eyes were full of brisk smiles. After a semester, he had never seen her smile at anyone like that. She never smiled like that even to the girls in her class.

Not to mention that her gaze at the boy was as gentle as water. He couldn’t believe that she was denying it.

But if she didn’t think she liked that boy, Lichen didn’t want to wake her up and let her realize it.

He would not do that unless he was an idiot.

He uttered the word ‘you’ and then held back the rest of his words.

“Stupid! You’re such an assh*le!” Yansheng gritted her teeth and cursed him. “Do you really think that because I don’t like you, then I can’t like others? That you’ll just keep on hanging on until I fall for you? That you’ll be able to tame a strong woman like me by pestering me?

“Do you f*cking think you are Tianliang Wangpo or Long Aotian?1凉王破 Tianliang Wangpo and 龙傲天 Long Aotian – both are internet buzzwords or names used as reference of a certain character.

“Idiot! I know all your sh*ts very well! Don’t use them on me! They won’t work!

“I already said it before, what can you do to make me like you? See? You can’t even beat me in a f*cking fight!”

Yansheng gritted her teeth. “On Monday, you’re going to turn yourself in to the dean! You have to take all the blame for this matter on yourself! Take the punishment yourself and let Zhiyuan out of it!”

Lichen also felt the anger rise in his chest. “He can’t have punishment, but it doesn’t matter if I carry all the punishment?!”

Yansheng snorted and asked: “Do you even care? Didn’t you enjoy it last time? You should have been punished this time too! You can’t run away! But don’t fucking drag Zhiyuan into this! He is different from you! He cannot be punished!”

The punishment will be recorded in the student’s file.

Zhiyuan wanted to go to Q University, one of the Top 2 universities, where a lot of students in the whole country wanted to enter.

Q University was not short of students like Zhiyuan, so when the time came to check on his student file, a punishment record on it would make him miss Q University.

Yansheng would never allow such a thing to happen, let alone if it was because of her and Lichen.

Lichen looked up at Yansheng’s face.

Her voice was continuous, but her face was interrupted by the flashing lights, and her intense emotions were frozen frame by frame. Each frame was like a blossoming rose with thorns, making people bleed but reluctant to let go.

He thought that her iceberg’s indifferent face was glamorous enough and her gentle smile was bright enough.

But her fierce anger looked even better than that.

It made his blood boil.

The tip of his tongue licked the bleeding wound at the corner of his mouth, then he smiled arrogantly. “Yansheng, you wish!”

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    凉王破 Tianliang Wangpo and 龙傲天 Long Aotian – both are internet buzzwords or names used as reference of a certain character.