The three of them were exhausted after such an ordeal. Both Zhang and Li had to stop eating halfway through, which was indeed a depressing matter. They both secretly swear in their hearts that they must do it until satisfaction next time!
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Nie Bufan, who did not know their sinister intentions, thought that he had managed to dominate them so he fell asleep comfortably. As for how much tofu was eaten meanwhile, then only the heavens know, you know, I know, but he doesn’t know.
Sleeping together in a harmonious bed until the next day, Zhang and Li, who were used to getting up early, didn’t mention anything about last night. In broad daylight, they were once again two upright and respectable gentlemen.
When he got out of bed, Li Yi stole a kiss on the cheek of Nie Bufan, who was still sleeping like a dead man. Zhang Junshi was unwilling to be left behind. Taking advantage of Li Yi not paying attention, he stole a kiss on the lips of little brother Nie.
However, Li Yi’s eyes were quick and vision excellent, from the corner of his eye he caught the other in the act, and his gloomy face became more gloomy. The two stood by the bed, none wanting to leave the room first.
Zhang Junshi smiled and said, “Brother Li, don’t you need to go freshen up?”
“Don’t need your concern, you can go ahead yourself.”
“I feel that Bufan should be given a quiet environment where he can rest. After all, he should be tired from last night.” Zhang Junshi said insincerely.
In fact, little brother Nie fell asleep earlier than anyone else, and slept more soundly than anyone else.
“That’s right, then let’s leave together.”
“Very good, I was just thinking the same.”
“Brother Li, are you going?”
“I say, are you guys going or not?” Nie Bufan was finally awakened by their immature dialogue and behavior.
The two turned their heads at the same time and saw Nie Bufan leaning on his side, propping his head on one hand and looking at them with a look that clearly conveyed how foolish he thought them to be. Meanwhile, a pale and smooth leg was jiggled out of the quilt restlessly.
This little guy, he really made one want to really pounce on him and fiercely ravage him.
Nie Bufan waved his hand at them with disgust, like one would shoo a fly: “You guys go out quickly and let me have some peace for a while.”
Li Yi looked at Zhang Junshi with weird eyes, as if to say: I want to teach him a lesson, this little guy is too arrogant!
Zhang Junshi looked back: I feel the same, why not teach him together?
The two turned their eyes to Nie Bufan at the same time.
Nie Bufan was completely unaware, turning over and preparing to continue sleeping. But as soon as he closed his eyes, he suddenly felt that the quilt was lifted off, and then his head and feet were hugged separately, and then he was thrown up against the bed curtains, his body suddenly in midair.
“Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh……” Nie Bufan waved wildly in midair and screeched in terror, “I fear heights, I fear heights!”
Zhang Junshi and Li Yi turned a deaf ear, and tossed him more happily.
“Ahhhhhhh hahahaha……” Nie Bufan suddenly burst out laughing, “hahaha, it’s actually quite fun!”
With that said, he then proceeded to make all kinds of cool-looking poses in the air.
Both Zhang and Li looked at each other, and after another high throw, they both retracted their hands.
Without knowing it, Nie Bufan turned around in the air with his limbs wide open, and then slammed honorably into the quilt in a prone position, leaving a twisted human-shaped dent behind.
“Ow……my nose has flattened!” Nie Bufan’s muffled voice came from the quilt.
Zhang Junshi couldn’t help laughing, and Li Yi also covered his mouth and turned around, shoulders shaking in suppressed laughter.
“You guys are so evil.” Nie Bufan complained, touching his nose, “What if I fell and became stupid?”
Zhang Junshi touched his head tenderly: “Even if you become stupid, I will not despise you.”
“If you become stupid, the world will be peaceful.” Li Yi said seriously.
Nie Bufan pursed his lips and harrumphed a few times without replying.
It seemed that he couldn’t continue sleeping anymore. Nie Bufan fumbled and got up while dressing. The corner of his eye inadvertently glanced at the little guy on the bedside table and exclaimed, “Ah! Eyes opened!”
He squatted next to the little monkey and poked carefully with his finger.
The little monkey wrapped it hands and feet around his finger and even its tail curled around it, and then stretched out its head to lick it carefully, eyes widened and giving a cute dazed look.
“Wukong, you are so cute!” Nie Bufan said excitedly, “Grow up quickly, I will definitely find you a Tang Seng in the future!” (TN: central character in the Journey to the West along with Sun Wukong)
“What is Tang Seng?” Zhang Junshi asked curiously.
“A magical species that can recite sutras, walk upright, and like to attract demons.”
“……” Why does it feel like he is talking about Wang Shichan?
Nie Bufan happily went to feed the little monkey. Watching its cheeks sucking the milk, Nie Bufan’s fingers twitched a bit eagerly, and he really wanted to poke a few more times.
“Bufan, how long do you want to live here?” Li Yi asked.
“En, we’ll go back today.” He turned his head and said to Zhang Junshi, “Zhang Third, can I trouble you to send someone to deliver some fresh milk to Chicken Nest Village every day? I will pay for the traveling expenses.”
So this is how you explain traveling expenses……Zhang Junshi smiled and said, “It’s no problem, you don’t need to worry about the cost, just leave it to me.”
Nie Bufan’s eyes were shining brightly, and he grasped his hand, thanking him: “Zhang Third, you are really a good brother of mine.”
“Ahem!” Li Yi faked a displeased cough from the side.
Nie Bufan patted him on the shoulder, and comforted: “Although you are not very useful, at least you can knead the dough. The dumplings are quite delicious when made from the dough you knead.”
“……” Li Yi was speechless.
Zhang Junshi snickered.
Now that they decided to return to the village, the three of them did not delay anymore, and set off after cleaning up.
As soon as he entered the Chicken Nest Village, Nie Bufan didn’t even have time to say hello to his chickens, but quickly ran into his room, closed the door, and stared fixatedly at the little monkey lying on the palm of his hand.
After a long while, the little monkey remained unchanged, and he was finally relieved. It seemed that after the animals born outside the village return to the Chicken Nest village, they will still maintain their bodies and will not turn into chickens.
Was this the way to break the curse? Nie Bufan’s eyes sparkled, as if he had seen the bright future of Chicken Nest Village.
At this moment, Si Chenyu’s voice came from outside the door.
Nie Bufan opened the door and said with a smile, “Brother Shi, you have need for me?”
Si Chenyu glanced him over, and found that he seemed to be emitting a rather amorous aura, and some suspicious traces were also revealed under his collar.
He couldn’t help teasing: “It looks like you have spent another night full of spring scenery.”
Nie Bufan flipped back a strand of hair that had fallen on his forehead, and cast a wink: “Brother Shi has truly sharp eyes.”
“……” Fine, he once again underestimated the thickness of this person’s face.
“Nie Bufan, look at this.” Si Chenyu took out an object from his pocket and handed it to him, asking, “It was found in your village. Do you know what it is?”
Nie Bufan took it. This object looked like the fang of a beast, the white jade was transparent, and it was carved with exquisite patterns.
“This doesn’t look like a thing from the Central Plains.” Si Chenyu stared at Nie Bufan and asked curiously, “Is it something from Chicken Nest Village?” (TN: central plains was used to refer to China in ancient times)
“It should be.” Nie Bufan thought to himself: there was 80% chance that this was dug out by those guys that liked to dig holes. They didn’t even know to hide it well, actually letting Si Chenyu discover it.
“What is ‘should be’?” Si Chenyu looked suspicious.
Nie Bufan sighed profoundly: “In fact, there are many treasures in our Chicken Nest village, but they are not properly stored. They are often picked up by some naughty chickens to play with, so I also don’t have an exact inventory.”
“You say that there are many treasures in Chicken Nest Village?” Si Chenyu was even more suspicious, “Can you let me see it?”
Nie Bufan squinted at him: “Don’t you know that ‘wealth must be kept hidden’?”
“……” Si Chenyu choked.
At this moment, the Tian Nu Nineteen suddenly ran over excitedly. Catching sight of Si Chenyu she was a bit taken aback, and then immediately adjusted her bearing. She instantly changed from agitated and rude to solemn and elegant. The speed of change amazed even Nie Bufan.
“Prince Si, I hope you are well.” She greeted him with a courteous gesture.
Si Chenyu greeted back, then turned his head and said to Nie Bufan: “I hope I will have the opportunity to see the ‘treasures’ in Chicken Nest Village in the future. Don’t worry, I will definitely not take it by force. I will take my leave now.”
After Si Chenyu left, Nineteen immediately pulled Nie Bufan into the room, and then nervously closed the door.
Nie Bufan crossed his arms around his chest and said vigilantly: “What do you want to do? I, Nie Bufan, will not sell my body!”
“What kind of nonsense is in your head?” Nineteen glanced at him contemptuously, then smiled triumphantly, pretending to mysteriously take out something from her sleeve, she whispered, “Guess what I found?”
“A magical egg?”
“Don’t mention eggs to me!” Recalling her painful experience a while ago, Nineteen said fiercely, “This time it must be correct, I found the last key!”
“Oh? What is it?” Nie Bufan widened his eyes with a look of expectation.
“This is it!” Nineteen carefully placed the thing in her hands on the table.
It was a jade pendant carved with a image of a qilin. It was crystal clear and exquisitely carved. It looked very valuable at first glance.
“It turned out to be this!” Nie Bufan said in surprise.
Nineteen proudly said: “You think it’s right too? We all guessed that the last key was based on the qilin image, and it seems to be the case now.”
Nie Bufan didn’t reply, but turned around and walked to the other side, and began to rummage in the cabinet.
“What are you looking for?” Nineteen asked strangely.
“This.” Nie Bufan took out a wooden box, opened it and faced it towards Nineteen.
Nineteen leaned forward and looked, and her whole person became stunned. She saw four jade pendants in the box, carved with a green dragon, a white tiger, a vermillion bird, and a black tortoise. Judging from the quality of the jade and the carving work, it was obviously the same as this qilin jade pendant.
Nie Bufan picked up the qilin jade pendant and said with a smile, “I didn’t think there was one more jade pendant in this set.”
Nineteen pointed at the contents of the box with a trembling finger: “This is……”
“Jade pendant.” Nie Bufan replied earnestly, “this should come from a certain master, and is a rare piece of art, and there is not a piece missing from the collection, making it even more precious as a set.”
Nineteen looked dazed, as if her soul had floated up into the sky.
Nie Bufant sincerely thanked her: “Truly, my thanks to you.”
Nineteen only felt dizzy, and then she desperately beat her fist on the table, a stifled scream sounded from her mouth: “Ah! Why? Just why?”
Nie Bufan kindly poured her a cup of water and comforted her: “Calm, calm.”
“I can’t calm down!” Nineteen irritably said, “I have been searching for so long, why can’t I find the last key?”
“Be patient, you will definitely find it.” Nie Bufan sat calmly at the table, stroking Wukong while he consoled Nineteen.
“I’m almost out of confidence.” Nineteen sat down in the chair dejectedly.
Nie Bufan’s eyes flickered and he suggested: “Why don’t you continue looking for it until after Lixia. If you still don’t find it by then, I will definitely find a way to help you solve the problem. And will definitely not let you lose face.” (TN: Lixia or Start of Summer, 7th of the 24 solar terms)
“Really.” Nie Bufan nodded with prudence.
“Brother Nie, you are so kind!” Nineteen was so grateful, looking at him as if looking at God.
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Nie Bufan’s chin was slightly raised, feeling quite impressive, and he accepted Nineteen’s worshipful gaze with peace of mind.
This fellow was too fudging deceitful!
TN: Nineteen’s catchphrase has now become “Why? Just why?” 😂
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