Chapter 9: How to Take Advantage of a Villainess
(TLN: This is the only part where it shows a first-person pov, so I italicized that part. The rest of the story is in 3rd-person)
(TLN: Little Beggar’s POV)
When the morning bell rang, everyone woke up. The warm sun shined through the thousands of broken mud tiles onto a little girl’s cheek, symbolizing the beginning of a new day. However, it also symbolized that she was about to add another crime or two to her many sins.
But, so what?
She was an evil spirit from hell, born to be neither blessed by the light nor accepted by the world. Her parents didn’t love her and she was abandoned by the world. She was worse than the rodents in the obscure corner. At the very least, those rodents were not as lonely as her.
Today…would today be any different?
Would she steal things, become discovered, and get beaten up by the victims? Or would she steal things and not be discovered, but instead get robbed by others? Either way, she would still have to go hungry…
Why? Why hadn’t she dropped down dead yet? If the average person was in her situation, they would already be dead!
She was hungry. Pain didn’t leave much of an impact on her. Even if she was hurt, she would be alive and kicking tomorrow. Perhaps…she really wasn’t a human, but an evil spirit like a ghost from the undead world who was still drifting in this world.
Sigh, how unlucky. I was discovered by a group of troublesome folks.
Who is he? Why did he save me?
It was a strange person. Were all children of nobility really this foolish? Did he believe that he could fight so many people at once?
He was just a feeble child, this was truly ridiculous!
You should thank your younger sister who suddenly came over. She saved you with her money. No, she used her wisdom to drive the hooligans away.
Long Aotian, the child from the Long family, was a really strange boy. I obviously don’t owe you anything, but you still gave me gold coins. But you gave your younger sister’s gold. Aren’t you afraid of making her angry?
And even if you give it to me, it will still be robbed away from me.
Did you do this to recruit me? Let me be your subordinate…hehe, sure enough, your mind is not so simple, but in any case, this is a good thing for me. But…you have to accept that I am evil. That being an evil spirit is alright.
You…could you truly accept me?
Sure enough, you hold fear within your eyes; you are afraid of me. It’s ridiculous to be under the control of someone who is afraid of me.
Gold coins, it seems that I can’t ask for it. Although gold is really important to me, this obviously won’t do. Just give it back to that young lady!
However, this little girl is really beautiful. She is just like the little angels described by my grandfather. I don’t dare to look at her, but I occasionally sneak peeks at her. I’m afraid of causing harm to her.
Because I am an evil spirit.
She even grabbed my hand. She… isn’t she afraid of getting dirty? As she stated, I haven’t taken a bath for a long time. The last time I did was when there was a rainstorm two months ago. On that day… I wiped my body down a little.
Actually, …she isn’t afraid of my eyes? How, how is this possible! I am an evil spirit. But she, she is not afraid, this… this is impossible!
Unless… unless she really is an angel sent by God.
But…but didn’t the heavens give up on me a long time ago?
Angel! Let me go! I am the evil spirit who crawled out from hell. I am an undead from hell. I don’t dare to besmirch you. You should let me go! I am afraid of harming you.
Why… Why are you so gentle, I… I can’t resist this warmth at all, why, why…
Don’t go! Don’t leave me!
At this moment, I didn’t know why I held her hand so tightly. It was as if she left, I would once again fall into the boundless darkness.
Yes, I am scared of harming you!
Yes, I am frightened!
I want to tell you, but I don’t dare say that I want to be redeemed by a good angel like you. But if I don’t speak, I will miss my chance of going with you and so, you won’t be able to tell me about my only chance of redemption. If I miss it, I will never have another chance.
But… what should I do?
Except for stealing things, I can’t do anything. Was it necessary to burden the little angel? This can’t do… I have to let go of her hand, but…but why is my hand still holding onto her’s so tightly?
Let go of her! Let go of her!
You demon! You demon! Let go of her! Hurry and let go of her! !
I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I have a demon in my heart, I’m sorry, I’m so sorry…
Yes, she said it was okay, she saved me and gave me so many gold coins. This is enough. I can’t ask for too much. I should give her up. The devil inside me, go away!
(TLN: Normal POV)
“Don’t be shy, you’re obviously a very beautiful and cute girl.” Long Shiyan looked at the super cute little Lolita in front of her. This loli was not a real villainess + female harem member yet. She will definitely grow up into a beautiful woman.
Her long black hair was held up by a hairpin. Her eyes lowered in fear of hurting others. Her small lips were slightly pursed, and her delicate face was tense. She was obviously very nervous.
Long Aotian observed the huge changes in the little beggar’s appearance as he was filled with shock. This was inconceivable. Just a moment ago, the beggar was just a stinky and dirty child, but all of a sudden, the beggar turned into a lovable little girl.
A purple dress outlined her body as she blushed. She was completely Long Aotian’s type. Unlike the Long Shiyan’s noble spirit, this little loli was like the daughter of a next-door neighbor. All in all, she was adorable.
—Regretful, he actually made such an error in judgment.
Long Shiyan moved toward the girl and compared their heights as she discovered that they were around the same in height. She then grabbed the girl’s small hand and carressed it. Her hand was tender and felt very good; it wasn’t like a malnourished person’s hand at all.
Although Long Shiyan had long known about Zi Linglong’s true appearance, it was really incredible to actually witness it with her own eyes. She was a child who was bullied from an early age. A child who hadn’t been eating properly. Long Shiyan did not expect that after taking a bath, the child’s skin would be better than the skin of a child from a noble family. Furthermore, her body was in much better condition than a well-trained child’s.
It was inconceivable, but the evidence was right front of the Long Shiyan. Of course, she understood that this was due to Zi Linglong’s special constitution. Even if she didn’t eat and drink or was always beaten, as long as the skies didn’t fall, she could absorb the power of the Red Yin Star and still stay intact. It could be said that she was almost invincible and her body was even more terrifying than the protagonist’s, Long Aotian’s, “Chaotic Body”.
The Red Yin Star was a demonic star and not much was known about this celestial body. Zi Linglong was born with a Red Yin body. The star’s purpose was to destroy the world. There was no other reason and no one could stop Zi Linglong.
If she was willing to die and once she was fully awakened, no one could stop her. Even the God of Creation from the original book could only apply a seal on the Red Yin star to control it.
However, it was later destroyed by Long Aotian.
Long Shiyan did not want her to fall into the tragedy of the original work nor did she want to let Zi Linglong walk on the path of thorns. She also did not want her to go to the road of destroying the world again. Therefore, she will try to influence Zi Linglong with her meticulous love.
Long Shiyan believed that the reason why Zi Linglong became blackened was that she was lacking love. While she did earn the love of Long Aotian, he did not pay much attention to her, Without even the God of Creation to guide her heart, she could only completely fall into darkness.
According to the unreliable system, as long as she treated Zi Linglong better than the original Long Aotian and protected her mind, then she would no longer be affected by the God of Creation nor Long Aotian’s halo.
And even if the system didn’t say anything, Long Shiyan would still take the same actions. Because if she was to live in this world, then she must get rid of Long Aotian’s halo no matter what.
Therefore, after giving Zi Linglong love and care, Long Shiyan will become the most important person in Zi Linglong’s heart. She believed that Zi Linglong, who was a supervillainess, will not become weak.
“What’s your name?” Long Shiyan took Zi Linglong to her home. By the way, she left Long Aotian outside and shut the door on him. She then walked over to her bed sat down on it together with Zi Linglong.
The girl slightly bit her lip and whispered, “I don’t have a name. They all called me ‘Little Demon’.” Once she finished saying that, her small hands tightened around Long Shiyan’s palms.
“Don’t be afraid, I am not a bad person!” Long Shiyan knew about Zi Linglong’s uneasiness. She quickly grabbed hold of the girl’s little hands and hugged the girl in her arms as she whispered softly.
The girl felt that she really didn’t have any resistance to the angelic Long Shiyan. For example, she had begun to like these arms.
I certainly know that you are not a bad person. The girl pursed her lips, but she didn’t dare to break away from Long Shiyan. Long Shiyan’s embrace was like a warm sun, melting the ice within her heart.
“The name ‘Little Devil’ is ugly and I don’t like that. I will give you a good and new name.” Long Shiyan smiled and said in a warm voice, “What about Zi Linglong?”
“Zi Linglong?” The girl repeatedly mumbled that name.
“Yes, the ‘Zi’ from the color purple and ‘Linglong’ as in clever. I hope that your mind is clever through and through so you can see through all the lies. So you won’t care about other people’s opinions and bravely face them yourself. Even if you were born different than the ordinary man, it doesn’t matter. God gave you these pair of eyes that are different from normal people’s eyes. Naturally, you must find your own reason why you were given these eyes. There is no need to be restrained by the ideas of others,” Long Shiyan logically persuaded. If someone came into the room and heard them, then they would find this whole situation odd.
“Reason?” Zi Linglong whispered, trying to look up at the Long Shiyan but still didn’t dare to.
The little girl’s movements easily exposed her thoughts. How could Long Shiyan not know? She clutched the girl’s hands as she encouraged, “It doesn’t matter. Your eyes are very pretty. There is no need to hide them.” While it was a bit embarrassing to say the lines from the original novel, there was no other way.
Zi Linglong’s body trembled in shock. For the very first time, she heard someone complimenting her eyes, and she could not help but feel like a huge wave had hit her. This couldn’t be…was the angel lying to her?
Tightly biting her lower lip, her hand clenched onto her dress, and her heart was palpitating rapidly. Long Shiyan felt the grip on her hand getting stronger. Her adorable eyebrows raised. Her body slowly pulled away from Zi Linglong as she stared at her little face.
Zi Linglong suddenly felt that her body was released. She assumed that Long Shiyan was angry and felt at a loss for a while. Then, she mustered her courage, raised her head, and slowly opened her eyes. Unexpectedly, she witnessed Long Shiyan looking back at her with a gentle expression.
“You… are you not afraid?” She thought that Long Shiyan would be scared, but on the contrary, she did not see even a trace of fear.
“Why should I be afraid?” Long Shiyan’s smile was like a flower. “Of course, I was a little scared at the beginning.” She didn’t have to lie. For the current Zi Linglong, the best course of action was telling the truth and whatever Zi Linglong wanted to hear.
Zi Linglong lowered her head and crossed her fingers with both hands. She looked very uneasy. Long Shiyan looked at her for a while. Suddenly, she used her left hand to hold Zi Linglong’s left hand and did the same with her right hand. In this way, the two sat on the bed, their hands were intertwined as they appeared very awkward. But this indeed gave each other courage.
From her quick movements, Zi Linglong’s body couldn’t help but feel slightly apprehensive. Her hands had been caught and wrapped around by Long Shiyan’s hands so that she could not struggle.
Long Shiyan’s hand was small and soft, but it was very warm. Warm feelings poured into Zi Linglong’s heart. She looked up in astonishment, but she saw that Long Shiyan’s eyes were closed. Long Shiyan’s small lips parted as she said, “Linglong, do you understand how I feel?”
At the same time, Zi Linglong felt that the hands around hers became tighter. But after Long Shiyan said that, Zi Linglong felt bewildered.
What feelings? She didn’t know. She only knew that she seemed to be loved and needed. This feeling…she never felt this way before.
Long Shiyan felt the strengthening grasp. Knowing that, she relaxed her grip and opened her eyes. Then, Long Shiyan hugged Zi Linglong and whispered in her ear, “Shy Linglong is really cute. I like that.”
(TLN: Brace thyselves for fluffiness next chapter~)