Quality Check: Tezuka
First Published on Chaleuria
Chapter Fifty-Four: It’s All the Game’s Fault
The holiday ended. Yan Jin went to work as usual.
During this long holiday, there were quite a few people who had contracted the post-holiday syndrome. However, as far as YL’s employees were concerned, regardless of whether they had adjusted themselves back to normal, they had to perk up.
After all, the Autumn Release Conference was right in front of their eyes. The venue had already been built, but the itinerary had still not been released. However, it should be out within a few days.
Yan Jin immediately became swamped with work when he returned to the office and had not left his computer for the entire day. It was only during lunch time when he finally got to catch his breath.
The chairman had contacted Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both in the morning and was told that the participating draft was almost done, although he mentioned that the conditions had to be changed. If he were to get an exhibition booth, he would exchange it for free and the drawing would cost one million dollars.
Yan Jin did not hesitate to agree. One million dollars in exchange for an exhibition booth was nothing – assuming he successfully got it.
In the middle of the afternoon, Yan Jin drank his coffee as he looked at his side account’s social media and accidentally clicked on a post that was shared a few hundred times.
The topic of the post was: When the owner is not at home, what do the pets do?
The replies were full of fantastic oddities of every description. Some replied ‘sleeping’, some ‘snacking secretly’, some ‘waiting for the owner to come home’, and some even said ‘busy destroying’.
The comments that had the highest ‘likes’ were outrageously funny.
One person replied that he had once gone on a trip during the holidays and was worried about the precious cat that he honored like his ancestor. It was a one-day trip, but he was thoroughly worried about everything and could not enjoy himself at all. On his way back, he had brought a cart full of cat food and toys, planning to give his cat a surprise when he got back. Little did he know that when he got home, before he could pull off the surprise, there was plenty of horror instead.
In just one day, the cat who usually acted noble, cool, elegant, and proud, completely wrecked the new leather sofa that he had bought.
When the owner arrived home, the neat and tidy room was gone. What greeted him was soft feathers scattered everywhere, covering the room in a snow white color.
The flustered and exasperated owner wanted to find the cat to give it a good whacking, but he never expected that regardless of how he searched the house, he could not find his cat ancestor. Then, whatever condemnation he had in mind was thrown far away, leaving only a heart full of anxiety. He asked his neighbors, but they had no idea. So he ran to the nearest police station and they dumbfoundedly replied that they could only help find humans, not cats. Later, with his friend’s suggestion, he pasted lost-and-found posters all over his neighborhood.
Finally, the unlucky owner dejectedly returned home. When he sat on the floor covered in soft feathers, wiping his tears, he heard a meow right beside him.
As it turned out, the cat who had tired himself out from all the fun was sleeping on the floor without a twinge of guilt. Because of the cat’s fur color, it ended up blending in with the environment, making it hard to spot the cat at a glance.
In the end, that incident ended with the owner hugging and kissing the cat ancestor in his embrace.
What? What about the sofa?
There was a saying, without discarding the old, there would be no room for the new.
Yan Jin gave that reply a ‘like’ and continued reading the other replies.
The majority of the comments were about their cats and dogs. It was not that Yan Jin did not like them, but he felt like something was missing.
Scrolling further down, the chairman did find a comment that mentioned a hamster.
Innocent small animal lover here. Recently, I had a hamster and two white rabbits. Most of my attention was spent on the hamster. I’ve kept a few of them before, but none lasted long. But this particular one had strong vitality and was quite obedient most of the time. Thus, I put forth 120% effort to take care of it. Because his breed was a pudding hamster, this fellow was named Pudding.
Recently, I realized that Pudding’s food intake had suddenly decreased whereas the food in his dish had not diminished. He did not reject the extra treats like melon seeds or walnuts, but those treats should not be eaten too often, so I did not give him too many. That would mean there was surely not enough to fill his stomach.
It lasted about a week before I felt that something was amiss. I brought him to the clinic, but we could not find any problems. The vet asked me to change the brand of the food, so I did, but there was still no change.
For the next few days, I watched Pudding’s condition, but I couldn’t find anything wrong with him. He just wouldn’t eat. So that piqued my curiosity. That night, before I went to sleep, I set up my phone at the side of the cage and switched on the recording mode.
The next day when I woke up, I finally knew why Pudding wasn’t eating. It turns out that there was a round opening at the side of the cage that lead to the external toilet area, which was about two centimeters in radius. But because the cage was bought a long time ago, that one and a half year old hamster of mine was too big to squeeze into the external toilet. Hence, I made a bigger toilet area within the cage and that opening was now useless, so I used a board to cover it up. Who knew that the opening which seemed perfectly fine was in fact loose.
I watched helplessly as Pudding habitually shifted the board away and peeked his head out at two in the morning.
I’ve mentioned previously that I also kept two white rabbits. Yes, the rabbits’ cage was just beside the hamster cage. The grills of the cage were significantly wider. If Pudding wanted to pass through the grills, it would be a little difficult as his stomach would get stuck. But if it was just peeking his head inside, there would be no problem at all.
I think everyone must have guessed what had happened. That’s right, the spot that Pudding was peeking out from directly faced the rabbits’ food dish. Pudding munched on a big vegetable and a huge chunk of carrot. After he ate and drank his fill, he went back to sleep.
No wonder he wouldn’t eat during the day – he had his fill during the night.
That reply received quite a number of ‘likes’. After Yan Jin gave his ‘like’, he suddenly felt that this situation was quite similar to what had happened with Fishy.
Although Chu Ge had said that it was post-holiday syndrome, but there was no conclusion because Xiao Yu’s appetite had indeed decreased.
Yan Jin did not keep two rabbits in his house, not even as candy. If he made his own meals, his ingredients would be freshly purchased, leaving the refrigerator with only tomatoes.
Before he left the house, he counted them and none of them were missing.
That eliminated the possibility of secretly snacking. However, that reply opened a new train of thought for Yan Jin.
For that past two days, he had been watching Xiao Yu closely, but he could not find anything abnormal. So, could the problem be…
After he had slept?
The more Yan Jin thought, the higher the possibility. A plan quickly formulated in his mind.
Xiao Yu, who did not realize that he was running out of luck, was very distressed. He met very idiotic teammates during the last two rounds that he had played, which caused him to suffer a great loss.
Xiao Yu calmed down and was preparing for another round when he heard noise coming from the opposite side of the door.
Yan Jin was back.
Xiao Yu immediately closed the game and uninstalled it. Right before he closed the iPad, he had a quick look at the time.
Ohmygod, it’s already 9:00 p.m. I played so much that I forgot about the time.
Normally, Xiao Yu would close the game at around five in the afternoon. After all, the game, Toxic, could not be paused once you began a match. Only a forfeit would end the game. But Xiao Yu, who hated anyone who forfeited a game, was not willing to do that himself.
That night, Yan Jin acted how he usually would. He played with Xiao Yu as usual, gave half a melon seed as usual, and said goodnight as usual.
Not a single hint that he was planning something big.
Xiao Yu, who did not sense any signs of danger, did not give Yan Jin a single bit of attention. His mind was occupied with his game.
He only needed to win one more match and then he would be able to level up in rank. Nannan was coming back tomorrow. At that point, it would surely be impossible to play his game without any distractions.
It was midnight when Xiao Yu laid inside his little house as he tossed and turned but could not bring himself to sleep.
He only needed to win one match…
Two in the morning.
Xiao Yu ran out of his little house, leaned against the cage, and observed for a while. He confirmed that Yan Jin was deep asleep.
Yan Jin had left the iPad in the living room to charge, but that did not stop him.
First, Xiao Yu opened the cage. He was used to it. He just had to make sure not to make too much noise. Then, he used the small ladder to descend from the table to the floor.
Yan Jin had not switched on the air-conditioning for the past few days, so he did not close the bedroom door when he slept. With that, Xiao Yu had successfully made it to the living room.
The iPad was lying on the coffee table. Climbing onto the coffee table would need some technique.
Xiao Yu climbed along the sofa and got on top of it. Next, he took a few steps back, ran forward, and jumped!
He spread his limbs out in midair like a parachute to increase his surface area.
He successfully landed on the coffee table.
Xiao Yu was full of excitement as he opened the iPad. Next, he guiltily took a look in the direction of the bedroom.
Completely no sound of activity.
It was now two in the morning. One match would take about half an hour at most. Yan Jin would definitely not realize it at all.
Xiao Yu thought as he installed the game and opened it.
Chose a character, start.
The match opened smoothly. Xiao Yu chose a crowd control support character as the fifth replacement player. It did not have high damage, but he was able to stick close to his enemies. He could easily clear a wave and then run. He followed the archer and obtained the red buff, then stood under the enemy’s tower and taunted them. The archer was good at first and took down a tower quickly, but it was a pity he missed first blood. He was just a little bit off from scoring a kill.
After destroying the tower, the Archer returned to the wild area for a red buff. Xiao Yu’s blood bar was low, so he returned to the city in advance. He hid in the bushes as he looked at the mini map, planning to provide aid against the oncoming wave.
Little did Xiao Yu know that at that moment, the red buffed Archer was caught by the opposing jungler. Even with three skills and an evade, he still could not get away.
Xiao Yu immediately cancelled his return trip, but it was too late when he got there. The jungler still had a lot of HP, yet the Archer still headed there to pick on the opponent despite his almost empty blood bar. Xiao Yu released an ultimate skill, sent a mass signal, and quickly ran away.
The jungler and those from the mid lane who rushed over at this point were not able to successfully hold off the opponent’s jungler and even got killed by them.
Xiao Yu silently waited for his blood bar to recharge at the fountain, and that was when he saw a message appearing in the public chat.
[Archer: Sup, wat da heck u mean by dat? releasing an ult after I died?]
Xiao Yu almost puked blood on the screen.
Xiao Yu’s ultimate skill was crowd control. The Archer was obviously being beaten to death, not by the mobs. He couldn’t get the hint to run away, and now he’s blaming others?
Who knew that before Xiao Yu could even react to that, the Archer had sent another message.
[Archer: wot kinda teammate r u? u can’t even provide support. Let’s vote.]
It just happened to be the six minutes in and a voting column for early surrender appeared on the screen.
Xiao Yu held his stuffy chest as he hit the reject button.
Other than the one vote from the Archer, the other four players chose to reject.
[Mage: sorry I got there late.]
[Mage: hang on, we’ll win it.]
It was rare to meet someone who would take a step back in these games. Xiao Yu’s mood was slightly better, so he continued to game. The tower in the bottom lane had been destroyed. The opponent was planning to open a team fight after killing off their Archer but failed.
Xiao Yu noticed that the opponent was at the jungle and quickly rushed over to provide support. The mid lane mage also ran towards the top lane, but just as they were rushing to the top lane for a team fight, the Archer ran alone to the mid lane to destroy the tower. He ended up getting ambushed by the opponent’s mage with a set of skills.
The team fight at the top lane ended with one kill each. The opponent’s mage did not come over and their Archer did not make it either. The fight was still evenly matched.
However, after the Archer was killed off in the mid lane, the opponent’s mage used the opportunity to destroy one of the towers in the mid lane.
Then, another message appeared in the public chat.
[(Public) Archer: the enemy is pushing hard, gank mid.]
Xiao Yu’s anger rose in that instant.
[Support: u crazy? If u can’t play, leave. We can win this and report 2 u once we’re out.]
[Archer: lol. U’re so powerful.]
Twenty minutes into the game, both parties were in a mess. Xiao Yu pulled up the battle score. The current head counts were 28 to 33, and their archer’s score was 1-7-3.
Xiao Yu clenched his teeth, but chose not to say a thing.
It was another team battle and the opponent was planning to kill off their archer. Xiao Yu helped heal one of them back and even scored a kill against the opponent.
[Archer: zzz u sure can kill steal, support.]
[Support: what do u mean by kill steal? U can’t see ur own battle score?]
[Archer: lol. Didn’t u steal all 6 kills from me?]
Xiao Yu was extremely mad. His scores were 6-3-21 and the archer’s score were 1-8-4, yet that archer dared to say he had stolen his kills?
Engulfed by anger, Xiao Yu used the remaining countdown during their death and quarreled with the archer on the public chat.
Xiao Yu, who was completely absorbed in the game, did not hear footsteps coming from behind.
The glowing screen from the iPad was obvious like a lighthouse in this dark night where all the stars had hidden themselves.
[Archer: **u**, u think u’re so great? Come out and fist fight w me. I’ll teach u some manners.]
[Support: u teaching me with such standards? LOL.]
Xiao Yu grew more courageous as the quarrel progressed. Just when he was thinking of how he would not let off that archer even if he lost the match, suddenly, everything turned bright before his eyes.
However, the revive countdown was still counting.
The thing that lit up was not the screen that had dimmed from dying in the game. Instead, it was the light in the living room.
Someone had switched on the light.
There’s a whole bunch of game terms mentioned, please note that I have no idea what it means, and I’ve tried my best with the help of Helli and Etvo (biggest credit goes to them!)
Gank mid – surprise attack from the middle
ADC – attack damage carry