Chapter 1: The System is Used for Smashing
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Within a luxurious boudoir, the door was shut and the room was dark. Two moons hung overhead as they coincided. White moonlight slipped from the window door. Only a beautiful girl laying down peacefully in bed could be seen from within the room.
Suddenly, the little girl’s eyes opened as she sat up. She looked down at her delicate little hands in silence for a long time. Sure enough, she was in a world within a novel.
It wasn’t a dream!
She laid back on the bed while she used her arms as a pillow to rest her head upon. She thought about the history of the world…not the old world, but the world inside the novel. It was Long Aotian’s, the protagonist’s, mixed fantasy world. However, Long Shiyan did not know how she ended up here.
“Is this world real?” Long Shiyan whispered, turning over and laying sideways. Although she lived in this world for nine years, she still felt that she was currently in a dream. At first, she thought it was a normal foreign world, but because of a certain “system”, the truth of the world was revealed to her.
Regardless of whether this world was real or not, several of her experiences in it was good. In this world, she was at least able to experience the paternal and maternal love that she never had before. But it was a pity that, that happiness only lasted nine years.
She… was teased by fate.
At this moment, a pearl suddenly floated out from her chest. From within it, she heard a cute girl’s voice. [System number one at your service!]
“What are you planning on doing by coming out again?” Another little girl’s voice echoed, but unlike the former’s, this one had a sloppy tone and a tinge of coldness. Obviously, it was Long Shiyan speaking.
“Oh. Of course, I’m here to help you,” the pearl cheerfully replied.
“I just want to know, what exactly are you?” Long Shiyan arose and leaned on the bed. Although her tone was not light nor dissatisfied, the atmosphere seemed to freeze over from her intimidating demeanor.
The pearl unconsciously shook. Instead of answering, she explained, “Don’t be like that. I am the system. I can give you the best service function there is.”
“Oh, what use do you even have?” Long Shiyan’s little hand stretched out, grasping the pearl. Her beautiful face was filled with disdain as black qi constantly rushed forth from her palms. Her body quickly moved and the pearl was ruthlessly smashed onto the ground.
The pearl penetrated the curtain and only the sound of an item being smashed could be heard within the room.
At once, two black shadows quickly pushed the door and entered the room. Then, they quickly surveyed the room and after discovering no danger, they began to secure the surroundings. Their eyes swept toward a small, frightened figure seated on top of the bed.
The child was only a nine-year-old who appeared to be a third-level magician. But, inexplicable pressure formed within the hearts of the two well-trained secret guards. Soon, they could not help but kneel in front of the child.
Unbelievable, they were all 7th-level fighters!
“I will go to notify the family head!” a female guard relayed to the rest of the guards. After those words, she quickly disappeared.
The last remaining guard had a strange premonition within his heart. The guard quietly took out a lantern and took a glance at the girl who was sitting still on the bed. “Little Miss, we are the guardians sent by the family to protect you. We suddenly heard some strange sounds earlier. Since we just came in, we are unsure of what had occurred.”
This voice was pleasant and feminine, which obviously came from a woman.
What do you want!
Don’t come in!
The child on the bed did not move nor speak.
The guards on their knees felt restless and uneasy. She was nothing more than a little girl. However, the silent atmosphere was unbearable and caused the guards’ hearts to palpitate.
During the day, she was a gentle and lovely young lady, but now…
Recalling thoughts about this household, she could not help but grow silent as she looked through her memories. She had been traveling with her parents and had not returned to their family’s clan for a long time until her parents were killed. After they were killed, they fell into the Tian Jing Mountain Range. It was incredible for Long Shiyan to survive within the mountain range before she was discovered by the family after three months.
Her parents were killed. No one knew about this truth better than she did. If the Long family did not take her into the family, then she wouldn’t know what would have happened to her. Therefore, she understood her emotions the most. She could try to obtain revenge, but she chose not to make a move. While her body and qi barrier were powerful, she was still ignorant of the world.
“Everyone, get out. Nothing bad happened to me. I was merely dreaming of my father and mother,” Long Shiyan finally spoke, her voice was very pleasant to hear. It was especially nice within the empty room.
(TLN: Yan Yan is the nickname for Long Shiyan, a lot of characters in this novel use the repetition of the first part of their surname as a way of addressing in a more familiar tone)
The sounds of people’s steps getting closer did not stop. At this very moment, several people rushed into the room. The first who arrived seemed like a forty-year-old woman. She quickly checked behind the damaged curtain, then ran to hug the little child sitting on the bed. “Yan Yan, what happened? Did a thief break in?”
“Grandmother, I am fine,” Long Shiyan finally reacted, only to speak to her grandmother. “I dreamed of meeting my parents and then, I suddenly couldn’t find them. When I threw this pearl away, the guards came in.”
“Pearl?” QingYu wrinkled her little brows slightly. She then turned to look at every one. Everyone looked back at her, then at Long Shiyan, and finally towards the dark guard who had moved to the rear.
“Is this the pearl?” The old man picked up the pearl as he approached Long Shiyan, handing the pearl back to her. Long Shiyan moved her body as she moved to the edge of the bed. With both of her hands, she took the pearl from his hands and clenched it tightly. Obediently sitting on the edge of the bed, she looked up at the elderly white-bearded man. Long Shiyan smiled. “Thank you, Great-grandfather!”
She then lowered her head and whispered, “This is what my mother gave me and I really shouldn’t throw it.”
The people in the crowd exchanged glances. They had no idea what to say. After all, they all knew that this girl had not only lost her parents, but her heart must have also suffered a major blow.
QingYu stroked Long Shiyan’s hair as she persuaded to the others, “Everyone should head back. Don’t make a fuss, I will accompany you all immediately.” Then, she said softly to the girl, “Yan Yan, Grandma will sleep with you in the evening, okay?”
“No need!” Long Shiyan shook her head and smiled at the woman innocently. “Grandma should head back to sleep with Grandpa. Yan Yan is not afraid. When my father and mother weren’t there, I would sleep all alone. Go now, don’t worry about me.”
“But…” As soon as she heard this, the words that were about to slip from QingYu stopped. Tears conjugated at the rims of her eyes. Her poor son and daughter-in-law, ah! How could she not grieve over them? Almost all of her children in this household were gone.
Long Shiyan laid down on her bed, covered herself with the sheets, and closed her eyes, pretending to fall asleep. The white-haired old man next to her suddenly sighed and spoke to the other people, “Go, let Yan Yan calm down.”
A few people hesitated, but soon, they all departed. QingYu gritted her teeth as she followed the elderly man out.
The room was awfully large, void of any human beings. It was extraordinarily lonely listening to the sparse sounds of people walking away. The window’s shutter suddenly dropped. The moonlight was blocked, and the whole room darkened. Only the pearl within Long Shiyan’s grasp would give off a faint light.
The pearl voluntarily floated in the air and then a little girl’s voice sounded out. “Hey, you threw me away again! Shouldn’t you be afraid of losing my strong golden finger?” Then, the pearl mentioned, “Oh, I installed the barrier. Don’t worry about any kinds of troublesome affairs that may arise nearby.”
After Long Shiyan swept a glance at it, she closed her eyes. “I didn’t think you would disappear without a reason. Of course, it would be great if you disappeared now. Even without you, I can still live well.”
“Yeah, right!” The pearl was infuriated. “Don’t you know? If you didn’t have me, you wouldn’t be able to make such a big deal. Sooner or later, you will be taken into Long Aotian’s harem, waiting to be conquered by xxoo!”
“Oh, I don’t think that my destiny will be dictated by a melodrama,” Long Shiyan clenched her fists and opened her eyes. She spoke not too quickly, yet not too slowly, “Leave those trivial matters aside. Right now, you are useless. I have never seen such a system as disappointing as you are.”
(TLN: Original for “melodrama” was “狗血的劇情”, which directly translates to “dog blood”. Since dog blood was often used for exorcism in Hong Kong horror film scenes, it became an Internet meme to describe a trite and highly predictable movie or TV drama scenes or of, relating to a ludicrously unrealistic movie or TV drama scenes aka a soap opera or melodrama.)
“Hey! Don’t believe that! I’m still somewhat useful. Although this one is still in the growth stage, helping you is obviously no problem.” The pearl stopped shining.
“Forget it, I’ll comply with you!” Long Shiyan simply closed her eyes and breathed peacefully in order to fall asleep. The pearl moved to her side, slightly anxious. The…the host’s spiritual energy almost dispersed; it was too difficult to touch. Moreover, the qi barrier of this little girl was really difficult to penetrate into. The pearl really wanted to… beat this little girl up.
How could it think of such an idea?
“Hey, don’t be angry! Your parents’ death is indispensable to the plot. The world had already dictated for it to happen. At that time, you still didn’t know that you were in the world inside of a novel. But now that you know about the story, you can change things. Some normally irreversible things are now possible to change.”
“What I need are facts. I don’t have time to accompany you. I need to sleep in order to adjust my body’s condition. I don’t want my family to worry about me anymore,” Long Shiyan slowly stated.
“Hey, have you already gotten used to this world already?” The tone of the pearl displayed a hint of surprise. “Well, forget it. This isn’t bad at all.”
The pearl paused and said, “Although you may know the plot now, you still need me because you don’t know everything about Long Aotian’s power. It will bring harm to you and your family. Cough. Cough. In fact, although your parents are dead, it’s not like there is absolutely no chance of resurrection.”
Long Shiyan opened her eyes.
“Haha, you should learn my benefits!” The tone of the pearl was filled with pride. If the pearl was in human form, then Long Shiyan should look up at it and beg for it to speak more.
Long Shiyan’s eyes studied the pearl for a second before returning to sleep.
Oh~ Damn it!
The pearl circled in front of her, floated on the tip of her nose, settled down on it, but it also did not talk. Long Shiyan stretched out her hand and grabbed the pearl. She moved her fingers and threw it in the air a couple of times. She then caught it again and asked, “Say, what do I need to do?”
Boohoo, this great female host was begging to abuse this lowly system!
Wait, that’s not right!
The pearl shouldn’t think of such thoughts, it was definitely not trembling right now.
The pearl did a low cough before it awkwardly said, “It’s actually very simple. As long as you complete the task and score enough points, you can resurrect your parents.”
“Wait a minute, you should go and analyze the information in your mind.” The pearl sent a colorful light into Long Shiyan’s mind.
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The novel starts out pretty slow with a bucket load of exposition, but there are fluffy moments. The female lead doesn’t appear until a few chapters later.