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so he could catch anything they said.
As for bragging, he really couldn’t brag so he could only listen without participating.
Zhou Zui would occasionally use the chopsticks to give Xiao Ke dishes which he wordlessly put on the plate so Xiao Ke would eat them whenever he saw them.

There was still not much communication between the two as Zhou Zui was not talkative, while Xiao Ke was much more active than him.
At the table, it looked like he was the one that was part of the group and Zhou Zui was the one he brought over as an outsider.
However, there had always been an invisible pull between the two so with both of their auras combined, there was always a connection even if they did not speak.

After dinner, they naturally went to sing, and from the back door of the hotel, they went directly to the karaoke area.

There was a booth reserved in advance and everything was set up.

Xiao Ke went in and ate a slice of watermelon first before drinking wine to tighten up his throat, which burned.

“Don’t drink the wine.” Zhou Zui sat next to him and told him.

I won’t drink,” Xiao Ke turned his head to look at him and smiled, “I came to sing.”

In fact, Xiao Ke could not drink with this group of people as all of them were wine monsters, and they drank a lot.
However, singing was different as this was his home turf, and he did want to sing a few songs to Zhou Zui.

“Xiao Ke, sing two songs?” Fang Xi asked him as he stood next to the jukebox.

Xiao Ke shook his head, “You guys can sing, I’ll take a break.”

The best singer among them was Old Cao, who was really good.
The others were okay, and Zhou Zui and Jiang Tao did not sing at all.
Old Zhu, Fang Xi and Lin Xuan were just ordinary and not that difficult to listen to.

Xiao Ke kept eating fruit next to Zhou Zui, and the fruit plate was almost gone because of him.

Zhou Zui asked him, “How is your stomach?”

“It’s fine,” Xiao Ke ate the last piece of melon.
“No pain.”

“OK.” Zhou Zui nodded his head.

Xiao Ke grabbed a piece of tissue and wiped his mouth before wiping his hands.
He stood up and looked down at Zhou Zui before hooking the corners of his mouth to suddenly smile as he said to him, “Listen to Master Xiao sing a song for you.”

Xiao Ke also drank a lot of wine as alcohol allowed him to be more open.
He first turned off the reverb almost completely before taking the microphone and saying, “These two songs are for Mr.

Xiao Ke sang English songs instead of Chinese ones as he didn’t want to sing something that everyone else could understand.
Basically, he just opened his mouth to sing two lines and it was enough to make the people in the room amazed.
When Xiao Ke sang in the general crowd, he was able to slay everyone.
Fang Qimiao said that if he didn’t want to be a teacher someday, then he could go to a bar and sing as well.

He sang this song in a room where others certainly would not understand, and he didn’t know if Zhou Zui could understand.
When the first song reached the last few lines, Xiao Ke’s eyes did not look at the screen as he was staring at Zhou Zui.

“If I told you that a flower bloomed in a dark room; 1; Would you trust it?; I mean I write poems and these songs dedicated to you.”

Although they basically didn’t understand the song, it didn’t stop them from hearing Xiao Ke sing beautifully.
The group applauded in an exaggerated manner, and Fang Xi said, “It’s really good, but I don’t understand it.
Xiao Ke should sing another song in Chinese.”

“I don’t want you to understand.” Xiao Ke smiled and walked next to Zhou Zui before turning off the microphone and staring straight into Zhou Zui’s eyes until he could see himself in Zhou Zui’s eyes and smiled as he said, “It means that ‘I write poems and these songs…dedicated to you.'”

Zhou Zui’s eyes were an inky abyss into which Xiao Ke himself was easily sucked into.
He could see his own sincere desires in these eyes, but could not read Zhou Zui’s.

The second song was still in English, and this one was a much lighter and more melodic duet which was sung by Xiao Ke alone.
He had just finished talking to Zhou Zui and did not leave, always sitting not far from Zhou Zui.

“Just a kiss on your lips in the moonlight; just a touch in the fire burning so bright; and I don’t want to mess this thing up.
I don’t want to push too far.
Just a shot in the dark that you just might be the one I’ve been waiting for my whole life.
So baby, I’m alright, with just a kiss goodnight.” 2 

Compared to the previous song, there were at least a few key words of this song that anyone could understand as “kiss goodnight” was repeated many times that led to a group of drunken alcoholics collectively uproaring.

After Xiao Ke sang, Old Cao grabbed a microphone and said, “Old Zhou, you understand what Xiao Ke means, don’t you? The man wants to kiss you! Hurry up and give in, ah! If you do not kiss him, then I will! I want to!”

Xiao Ke sang this song intentionally.
This song was actually very provocative with his intentions on the surface so it was a very straightforward way to tease Zhou Zui.
“Kiss goodnight” was sung so many times to take advantage of the alcohol with the atmosphere of the night to take advantage of Zhou Zui.
When the gang squeezed him towards Zhou Zui, Xiao Ke pushed his way through and did not resist at all.

Fang Xi sat on the other side of Zhou Zui blocking his way while not letting him go at all.

Xiao Ke’s side was also squeezed almost to the point of sitting on Zhou Zui.

“Stop fooling around.” Zhou Zui tried to push Fang Xi away, but Fang Xi turned his head away and the road was blocked.

“Kiss ah! What the fuck are you waiting for?!” Old Cao pushed Xiao Ke, “Hurry up!”

They were so close now that Xiao Ke could see the rise and fall of Zhou Zui’s chest as he breathed and he could also see the pulsation in his neck.

He carefully stared into Zhou Zui’s eyes to discern what he wanted to say, and Zhou Zui didn’t look at him with his downcast eyes.

Xiao Ke’s alcohol consumption made him feel fearless, and he suddenly picked up a pillow to block his face and Zhou Zui’s face.
The two mens’  breaths were scorched together in a very narrow space.

Zhou.” Xiao Ke called out in a low voice and Zhou Zui raised his eyes to look at him, but Xiao Ke did not bother to ponder Zhou Zui’s reaction nor did he observe his eyes for any longer as he brought himself and Zhou Zui as close as possible.
They were so close that the tip of his nose had touched Zhou Zui’s own.
At this moment, his eyes must be glowing red due to the excitement and also through alcohol.

Zhou Zui had also been drinking, so his eyes were also a little red.

Xiao Ke’s eyes dropped, and he continued to draw closer until they stopped at a position where even a little bit of talking could touch Zhou Zui’s lips.

He had been drinking and singing again so his voice was already mute.
However, with a small raspy voice that had always been more affectionate, Xiao Ke said –

“Happy birthday…This is the third time I’ve said it today.
Zhou, you met me when you were thirty-five years old…I hope…I can be there for the rest of your life.”


Translator Notes: Kendrick Lamar – Poetic Justice (Explicit) ft.
Drake Lady Antebellum – Just A Kiss 

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