[Big-Clawed Crab]: You call these yellow pictures?
[100K Volts]: Not me. You.
[Big-Clawed Crab]: ???
It was nearly midnight now. By the time Jiang Xun started his stream, the room was already full of eagerly waiting spectators. As soon as the Team TMW training room came into view, the chat exploded into action.
[Sword-Wielding Plum Candy]: God Xun is here.
[Headless Cabbage]: God Xun, I've been waiting since seven. I couldn't go to sleep until I saw your face.
[The Sun At Dawn]: Ah ah ahhhhhh God Xun, I have to work overtime over the weekend, nothing can comfort me except seeing you play.
[Yunkai Sees Mooncakes]: Me too, me too. Those are my true feelings too.
[ooo]: Congratulations, God Xun. You just won a world championship and now you have a partner.
Many of the spectators had come straight from West's livestream, and they had heard that line West uttered about the captain's 'wife' earlier in the evening. These people had been camping out in Jiang Xun's streaming room for hours for the sole purpose of catching a glimpse of their illustrious captain's wife.
The camera couldn't capture Gu Wei, so he could sit back, rest easy, and watch the chats flood the screen. From the onslaught of messages, he could even occasionally pick out a few nicknames that looked suspiciously like they belonged to his fellow members of T.ATW.
When the subject was brought up, the screen was completely overwhelmed with messages repeating the same phrase over and over again; everyone was demanding to see the wife.
Instinctively, Gu Wei ducked even father away from the camera, and it was just then that he caught Jiang Xun giving him a thoughtful look, with a charming little smile.
Gu Wei frowned.
Pervert. You give him an inch, and he'll take a mile.
Of course, the barrage of comments on screen went crazy all over again.
[Sunny Doll]: God Xun, who did you just smile at! Ahhhhhhhhh, my heart is shattered! I just became a 'FoodForXunWei' shipper, and God Xun has already found a wife?
[Where Are My Pants]: What happened? What just happened? Ah ah ah I'm lagging like crazy, I'm a few seconds behind, did Jiang Xun just smile at someone?
[+vHDConnections]: Is there someone next to Jiang Xun?
[Super Fast Swordsman]: Xun-ge, you have a wife?
[hmwutjoagh]: Then forget the game and talk to us about your partner! Didn't you say in a stream that you're into dudes?
[Two Apples]: What sweet little kid has been led astray by this pervert? Show your face, Jiang Xun's fangirls want to see who's prettier.
[Left-Handed Dragon Art]: Can we please get a visual on the captain's wife?
As he stared at the comments scrolling past, Gu Wei began to blush again. He reeled back even farther, hiding where the camera definitely wouldn't be able to reach.
Jiang Xun took in Gu Wei's reaction and loaded up the game on his machine. "I'm just playing three rounds tonight. You guys should get some rest early."
[DiscoBastard]: God Xun, please properly answer the question.
[Mosquitos Please Bite Me]: Don't hide it anymore, Xi-ge already let the cat out of the bag earlier.
[Goose Goose Goose]: Helloooooo? Is Mrs. Jiang there? Mrs. Jiang, is Jiang Xun usually a bad boy?
"Shhh." Jiang Xun pressed a finger to his lips and hushed the chat. "Calm down. If you scare off my partner, how are you going to pay me back?"
The comments instantly stopped, replaced by a string of people typing just one word:
Once he got into the game and randomly matched into a team, Jiang Xun started his regularly scheduled weekly stream. With his high rank, he naturally matched with players who weren't bad. As he played, he gave out orders to his teammates as well as some advice for improving their technique.
Gu Wei stuck close to Jiang Xun's side as he played. His eyes were glued to the screen as he took in the action and the clacking of Jiang Xun's keyboard.
Jiang Xun suddenly lifted a hand and nudged Gu Wei off to the side a bit.
Gu Wei blinked. "Huh?"
"Don't sit too close to the monitor," Jiang Xun mouthed. "It hurts your eyes."
Little Gu's eyes were so pretty, after all. When he saw Gu Wei practically plastered to the monitor, Jiang Xun couldn't help but urge him to be careful.
Gu Wei thought Jiang Xun had a point, so he obediently moved a little farther away and continued to watch, digging into the snacks as well.
As soon as Jiang Xun returned his hand to the keyboard, his character on screen hefted a gun and took aim, expertly firing off into the distance and striking a faraway target.
"You can use the shipping containers here on the pier to force your perspective. You have to jump over, but you can make it. Take note of the spot I'm marking in red on the map, and…" Jiang Xun trailed off in the middle of his explanation, taking in some of the comments from the chat that had popped up on his screen.
"Not concentrating?" Jiang Xun scolded. "You're all getting extra homework."
[National Server #1XX]: Jiang-laoshi is so strict. Guys, actually listen to him, God Xun's words are worth their weight in gold. You can go pro if you learn from him.
[Smol Birb]: Who were you talking to just now?
[Can Be Denied]: So there really is someone next to Jiang Xun.
Jiang Xun continued to work the keyboard, and he soon claimed another kill in the game. The spectators were all sucked in by the action again, forgetting their curiosity about other things for the time being. There were naturally plenty of Jiang Xun's fans who didn't care about his relationships, only caring about his gameplay.
[Yunkai Sees Mooncakes]: God Xun is sick as hell, let's stop talking about this partner and focus on the game.
[The Sun At Dawn]: That move earlier was slick, it's just too bad I can't learn to do it.
[stone]: God Xun is the greatest! We'll support you no matter who you marry.
With the conversation steered back onto the right track, Gu Wei relaxed a little and continued to munch on the chips Jiang Xun had brought him earlier.
After Jiang Xun finished one round, most of the chat was dominated by people discussing the tactics he'd just demonstrated. But there were a few other comments mixed in as well.
[orange]: Who's eating chips?
[Didi Daren]: It's true, if you play back the last part, I swear there was someone eating chips the whole time.
Gu Wei froze.
He was so mortified that he didn't dare chew anymore. These people were really too perceptive.
In order to make sure he didn't disrupt Jiang Xun's stream anymore, Gu Wei reached out and lightly tugged on Jiang Xun's sleeve, whispering, "I'll go wash up first."
"Go ahead, the washroom is at the end of the hall," Jiang Xun said. "I'll take you to the dorms once I'm done here."
To leave the training room, Gu Wei would have to pass behind Jiang Xun. He shot a glance at the camera before quickly darting to the door, practically running. The spectators could see someone move behind Jiang Xun, but they couldn't see Gu Wei's face.
With that, even the viewers who had acted like they weren't interested in Jiang Xun's personal life could no longer hold back their curiosity.
Although it was already well past midnight, the TMW clubhouse was still brightly lit. None of the players had gone to sleep yet. The script of Like the Moon had only stated that Xiao Zihan worked tirelessly to achieve his goals, but it didn't go into detail about the sort of hardships Xiao Zihan actually faced.
Just as Gu Wei finished washing up, his cell phone buzzed to notify him of some new messages. Even though it was the middle of the night, T.ATW's WeChat group chat had gotten active again.
[The Sun At Dawn]: @If You Love Me Please Send Me Money, you there?
[Yunkai Sees Mooncakes]: @If You Love Me Please Send Me Money, come here.
[stone]: @If You Love Me Please Send me Money, we know you're not sleeping. Come out, come out.
[If You Love Me Please Send Me Money]: terrified.jpg
[stone]: So, here's the thing. We were just watching Jiang Xun's livestream. Super engrossed in Jiang Xun's technique.
[Yunkai Sees Mooncakes]: And suddenly, we saw someone else appear in frame. Just for a second. But the legs? The waist? That butt? One look, and we recognized our lead dancer.
[stone]: Right. That's how it is. And we bought that white sweater together.
[The Sun At Dawn]: Tell us the truth. Where are you?
Gu Wei stared at these not-so-baseless accusations.
Seriously, how were these people all so perceptive?
[Yunkai Sees Mooncakes]: ??? You're at Jiang Xun's place? Are you eloping? Or having an affair?
[stone]: Holy shit, I thought there was something going on with you two when we filmed that show, but I didn't think you would move this fast.
[Fu Zhi]: The guy from your arranged marriage… that wouldn't be Jiang Xun, would it? It's very possible your dad knows his mom, the screenwriter, right?
[If You Love Me Please Send Me Money]: You guys! Don't overthink this. I'm just here to learn about the wonders of esports, so I can perfect my understanding of Miao Zihan from 'Like the Moon'.
[If You Love Me Please Send Me Money]: CuteBlush.jpg
But it was absolutely impossible not to overthink it. The group chat heated up so much that even Fu Zhi, who was still out filming a late-night project, joined in on the conversation. They completely abandoned the subject of esports and switched over to fussing about Gu Wei's engagement instead.
[If You Love Me Please Send Me Money]: Go, go, go! Get out of here and go back to watching your livestream.
It was the middle of the night. All this talk about eloping and having an affair was embarrassing as hell.
Staying up late really wasn't good for your health after all. Just look at these lunatics.
Gu Wei quit out of WeChat and opened up Weibo to take a look. In the early hours of morning, his rival had made a post—
@JiangYingKANI: It's not easy being an esports player. @TMW-Xun, Ge, your mental state hasn't been very stable lately, has it?
The accompanying photo was a screenshot of a compressed file named YellowPictures.zip.
Gu Wei had no idea what that was all about.
Was this the birth of a brand new lunatic?
In the 'recently visited' column of his Weibo page, Gu Wei suddenly saw the name 'Little Hedgehog's Sunny Doll' pop up at the very top. The name had left a distinct impression on him, and he quickly remembered it was the aggressive little shipper who had fought so fiercely against his anti-fans for him.
For some inexplicable reason, perhaps driven by fate, Gu Wei tapped on her Weibo page again.
The most recent post was from just ten seconds ago.
@Little Hedgehog's Sunny Doll: Ahhhhhhhhh I'm dead, I'm dying, Jiang Xun is getting married, my 'FoodForXunWei' ship is sinking, waaaaaahhhhhhhh. [sobsob.jpg]
Gu Wei blinked.