Reborn into a Hamster for 233 Days
Quality Check: Tezuka
First Published on Chaleuria
Chapter Twenty-Four: In Fact, Fishy Was Very Important to Him
Xiao Yu carefully typed using the dialer keypad.
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: Greetings?
[Grey-white SS]: Hah, is this a new kind of scam?
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: What? What? Excuse me?
[Grey-white SS]: How much do you want? Send your bank account number, take it, and scram.
Xiao Yu was almost overwhelmed by how speechless he was.
He even started suspecting if this account really belonged to Yan Jin. This idiotic fellow that reeked of wealth and arrogance, was in fact that cold and aloof Yan Jin?
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: I’m not a conman. I’m just a designer.
[Grey-white SS]: I’ve reported you.
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: What? What? Excuse me?
[Grey-white SS]: Is that all you had to say? Coming out to scam others with such standards? Have you graduated from elementary school? Go back to school.
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: No, I mean, I didn’t act like a conman? First, I did not ask for your QQ account password. Secondly, I didn’t ask for your bank account number either?
[Grey-white SS]: You’ve seen what I posted on my account – that I’ve picked up a hamster, so you came here to commit fraud and demand compensation?
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: …dafuq?
In that instant, Xiao Yu thought that Yan Jin’s explanation did sound logical.
He could look at it from another perspective as if he were in Yan Jin’s position. After picking up a hamster one day, posting random pictures of it every day, and then suddenly have someone add him as friend to claim that the hamster was his, demanding the return of the hamster… if it was Xiao Yu, he probably would also think that this was a scam.
But, Xiao Yu could not believe that Yan Jin would actually say that.
If Yan Jin was Prince Charming, who was a family man while being a little evil and a little caring when he was at home, then the impression that this side account gave was a hedonistic second-generation parvenu who was completely unreasonable.
He spoke in an idiotic manner as if he had all his father’s money to waste away.
Gosh, Xiao Yu couldn’t believe that he would use such terms to describe Yan Jin.
DIDI. Another incoming message.
[Gray-white SS]: Seeing how you discovered my identity, you must be someone reputable. Give a price and stop wasting time.
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: I’m really not here to scam you…
[Grey-white SS]: Impossible.
Xiao Yu stared at that word, momentarily unable to understand the essence of that word.
Impossible? Im-possible? What was impossible?
“I’m not here to scam you.”
What the hell, was that a way to force him to cough up some money?
Thankfully, Gray-white SS quickly replied with another sentence.
[Grey-white SS]: It’s impossible if you think I’ll return Fishy to you. State your price. I’m busy.
Xiao Yu spent five seconds to calm himself down, then replied in the most respectful manner possible.
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: Busy with the order in five days?
[Grey-white SS]: Oh, seems like you’re in the business as well. What do you mean, you said that you’re a designer, so do you want to join YL?
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: Sort of.
[Grey-white SS]: What a joke. Scamming money is one thing, but did you really think that YL would recruit a designer with such ridiculous threats?
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: I don’t mean to threaten you. I really wanted to help YL with my skills.
[Grey-white SS]: Hah.
[Grey-white SS]: So, after saying that much, what evidence can you provide that Fishy was indeed that hamster you’ve lost?
Xiao Yu: ……
Xiao Yu really didn’t understand why the topic kept revolving the hamster. Wasn’t it clear that he had approached Yan Jin because he wanted to be that mystery designer?
He initially thought that Yan Jin would first raise his doubts over his capabilities and then Xiao Yu would present his drawing as a reply. This would shock the hell out of that Chairman Yan and then he would successfully become YL’s designer behind the scenes.
But at this moment, the topic had already run way off-track.
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: Fishy’s original name was Huihui.
[Grey-white SS]: What does that imply? How would I know that you’re not making all this up?
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: The date that Huihui went missing was around the fourteenth or fifteenth of July. I was on a work trip, only to realize that Huihui was missing when I came back. Huihui’s tail is extremely short, and he bites when people pinch him. He hates lying on his back, he loves to eat melon seeds and walnuts, and his favorite flavor was crab meat.
After sending that whole block of text, the other end of the conversation went silent for quite some time.
Xiao Yu’s heart felt very uneasy. He did not know why he sent all that information. But watching Yan Jin provoke him, it was as if Yan Jin was sure that he was lying – that made the anger get to Xiao Yu’s head.
How could he be lying? His owner was himself, there was nothing wrong with that.
It wasn’t considered, well, a real lie….?
[Grey-white SS]: Since you’re Xiao Yu’s owner, why did you abandon him?
Xiao Yu perked up at the reply – seemed like Yan Jin finally believed him. Even though it seemed a little different from what his initial motive was, at least it was a breakthrough.
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: I did not abandon Fishy. It’s Fishy who lost his way. Maybe I did not lock the cage properly. I really did regret it after realizing it.
After typing that reply, Xiao Yu gave himself a thumbs-up for his story-telling ability.
[Grey-white SS]: Then you saw the pictures that I posted and knew that I picked up Huihui?
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: Yeah, I only saw it by accident recently.
[Grey-white SS]: You’re on a new account, there’s no posts.
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: This is my side account. Due to some personal reasons, I can’t use my main account to contact you. So I created this side account.
[Grey-white SS]: Which is to say, do you know me in reality?
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: Naturally. There’s no one who wouldn’t know the great CEO Yan. It was also accidental that I happened to find out that you had this side account.
An accidental surprise it was – all thanks to Lin Zhou’s blessing.
[Grey-white SS]: Hah. I’m not Yan Jin. No one would believe you even if you told them.
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: ……
I cannot believe you’re such a person, Mr. Chairman! Is there any meaning in deceiving yourself?
Xiao Yu once heard a kind of explanation that some people would reveal another personality under the disguise of the internet. Or some people who were always overcautious and reserved in real life would instead become aggressive on the internet.
Initially, Xiao Yu did not really believe that theory. At this moment though, he felt that Yan Jin was that kind of person.
A cold, aloof, and tyrannical CEO in real life. The moment he goes behind the screen, he immediately transforms into an arrogant, pampered, unreasonable rich young master.
The difference was too scary. Not only did it make Xiao Yu think that it was cute, it even made every strand of fur on his back stand up in horror as he became a hamster ball.
DIDI. DIDI. DIDI.
[Grey-white SS]: So, you want Fishy back?
[Grey-white SS]: Impossible.
[Grey-white SS]: If you’re pretending to be reserved just so that you can get more money out of this, there’s no need for that. Just say a price. Fishy must stay with me.
Xiao Yu suddenly did not know how to reply to that. He felt a bit surprised.
He was just a designer who did not really understand business-related deals. But he knew that Yan Jin should pretend that he did not care about that hamster so that he could have the upper hand.
Yet at this moment, Yan Jin allowed himself to be at a passive position just for a cheap hamster.
Was Fishy… really that important?
Was he that important?
Wasn’t he just a hamster? Something that cost a few bucks and that someone could even mail around?
After sorting out his thoughts, Xiao Yu finally replied.
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: I really don’t want the money. I’m not here to scam you for money.
The person on the other end went silent.
At this point, no words exchanged was better than anything. It was as if Xiao Yu could see Yan Jin’s troubled expression. To judge others, one had to put themselves in the other’s shoes. If Xiao Yu was in Yan Jin’s position, if he were confronted by ‘Fishy’s original owner’ who was not swayed by money, he would probably start to think if he should return Fishy back after all.
Xiao Yu was not in a rush, so he waited for Yan Jin to reply.
[Grey-white SS]: Fishy is smart and lovable…
[Grey-white SS]: It’s not right to take away someone else’s precious, but I don’t think you have the capability of taking good care of Fishy. Fishy is happier staying with me.
With regards to Yan Jin’s unknown confidence, Xiao Yu silently smirked.
If it wasn’t for the fact that Yan Jin had money, what trait did he think he had that would make him more suitable than anyone else to keep a pet?
Fine, it was exactly because he had money.
[Grey-white SS]: You said that you wanted to join YL as a designer. YL never accepted anyone because of their background. I can’t promise you directly for this issue. If that was your condition, then I have a suggestion.
Seeing how the conversation was finally back on track, Xiao Yu felt so agitatedly excited.
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: What suggestion is that?
[Grey-white SS]: To let another designer that has a similar style as yours take you in as their assistant. You would be promoted during the internal selection period. But that period won’t be a short one.
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: … due to some personal problems, I can’t reveal myself in real life, I can only communicate through the internet.
[Grey-white SS]: Then what about the contract? YL doesn’t mail our contracts out – you must sign it in person.
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: Not signing.
After those two words were sent out, the human and hamster behind the screens were petrified.
Xiao Yu cringed because he was trying to impress by feigning his abilities, whereas Yan Jin was shocked because that was the first time he had ever heard of such a reply.
[Grey-white SS]: Exchanging nothing for something?
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: … you must be joking.
[Grey-white SS]: Then what are you after? Fame or money?
Xiao Yu wiped off his tears of hardship as he mentally screamed: Have I not mentioned that I’m here to help YL?! What should I do to make Yan Jin believe that???!!!
Perhaps it was the power of frustration that fueled Xiao Yu’s ability to create a story; he thought of an extremely emotional reply.
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: I’m not after fame or money. I only hope that Chairman Yan will treat Fishy well, seeing that I’m willing to voluntarily help YL.
After he sent that message, Xiao Yu felt his stomach churn as if he was going to vomit the melon seeds that he just ate.
[Grey-white SS]: Then how about I let your work be edited by YL’s current designers, then if there are any suitable ones after the amendments, then I’ll let your name be released as the main designer.
Xiao Yu did not know if it was his misperception, but he felt that Yan Jin absolutely did not believe that he would be of help to YL. And it was under the circumstances of not having even seen any of his designs, completely and directly rejecting his ability.
But Yan Jin’s suggestions were gradually matching up with the mystery designer’s circumstances.
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: I have a drawing right now.
[Grey-white SS]: Send it to my email, I’ll give you a reply within seven business days.
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: Just one second. Take it as doing a favor for me and accept the file?
Your friend is sending a file –
File successfully received.
Xiao Yu heaved a big sigh of relief after he finally sent that drawing that would explain everything to Yan Jin.
That drawing was not the final one, but the main highlights had already taken shape. By right, Xiao Yu should have sent a screenshot of the drawing, but since he had planned to give it to YL, he was not really worried that Yan Jin would run away with the actual drawing.
After ten whole minutes, Yan Jin still did not reply.
Xiao Yu could have guessed that Yan Jin may have gone to look for his director of the design department, so he wasn’t in a rush for a reply. He returned to his cage, dug for some melon seeds, and then clicked open the remaining drama episodes that he had watched two days ago as he waited for Yan Jin’s reply while catching up on the drama.
The television drama was playing halfway through when the notification finally rung.
Xiao Yu conveniently clicked open his QQ message, but the reply he saw almost made him spit out his melon seed.
[Grey-white SS]: Credit stealer?
Xiao Yu: You’re the credit stealer. Your entire family consists of credit stealers.