Illusions, Lies, Truth V5C3: Inheritance, Part 2—Si Ming

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Illusions, Lies, Truth Volume 5: The Fallen, Jiu Ge, Part One

Original novel in Chinese by: 御 我 (Yu Wo)


Chapter 3: Inheritance, Part 2—Si Ming—translated by lucathia (proofread by Minthe)

Before the alarm clock went off, Fu Jun already gave a big yawn and crawled up. As usual, he turned off the alarm and obediently got up to freshen up. Something like lazing around in bed didn’t exist in his vocabulary.

Fu Jun walked into the kitchen that was also the dining room. As usual, there was someone there making breakfast.

“Good morning.”

That person paused and turned slightly to give a nod before continuing to poach eggs.

Fu Jun opened the refrigerator and took out the milk while saying, “I want two slices of cheese between my toast!”

That person nodded.

“I don’t know where Taiyi went again. He didn’t come home to sleep.” As Fu Jun poured the milk, he complained, “Who knows how long he’ll disappear for this time? Do you know he actually took two changes of clothes with him? Before when he sneakily took the plane out of the country, he didn’t bring more than two changes of clothes with him.”

Fu Jun sat at the dining table, drinking milk unhappily. When they had first met, Fu Taiyi kept saying that he would be an exemplary dad, but in the end, he was never present.

A pair of hands brought over a plate which contained toast with a poached egg, ham, and two slices of cheese. Salad and small tomatoes had also been included. It looked very appetizing, but no matter how delicious the food, it could not squash down the fear that pair of hands induced. The hands were completely wrapped up in bandages. Even the fingers had been wrapped up carefully, revealing no skin at all. Densely packed, black seal script crawled over the pure white bandages, a dizzying sight.

After placing the plate down, the bandaged hand dropped on top of the boy’s head and rubbed it.

“I’m glad you’re here, or else I’d be all alone,” Fu Jun said dejectedly.

The ding of a text message came from his cell phone.

Continued

Update: May 2022

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“Will, what were those YuBots?” Grisia demanded. “You said they were essential for ‘the story’ to continue, even if they would have killed us!”

Will responded, “The YuBots cannot kill the players or summons and in fact, keep them alive. Without the YuBots to replace the ‘translators’, the story would be unable to continue and the world would end.”

Elaro spoke up, “If the YuBots keep us alive, why were they swarming and attacking us?”

Dark Sun stepped forward, taking off his visor as he did so. Revealing an apologetic expression, he said, “I made a miscalculation. Because the first YuBot to appear was from Charles’s mirror and Jiang Ziya said that Charles and I were from the same world, I assumed it was an enemy modified human. They may have designated us as hostile targets after I struck preemptively.”

Seemingly paying more attention to Dark Sun’s face than his words, Charles exclaimed, “So it was as I thought! While the young master said he stopped aging at around age eighteen, you still look younger than that. In that case, we have yet to meet. My name is Charles, full name Charles Endelis. I look forward to working with you both now and in the future.” He smiled warmly.

In contrast to Charles’s smile and excitement, a melancholy expression appeared on Dark Sun’s face instead. Dark Sun said, “I don’t think I can be your young master, Charles.” He turned to address Elaro, “You called me ‘little Ah Ye’?”

With a bit of embarrassment, Elaro admitted, “Perhaps you don’t remember, but we met you once when you were much smaller. It was probably nothing more than a dream-like memory to you.” It was only just yesterday for us!

Taking that as a confirmation, Dark Sun turned back to Charles, who was uncharacteristically stunned from Dark Sun’s flat refusal to be his young master. “Charles. What’s the name of your young master?”

Though baffled by the odd question, Charles responded instantly, “You are Young Master Ri Xiang Ye.”

Dark Sun shook his head. “I’m Daren Solaris.”

Jiang Ziya, until this moment, had been anxiously checking that Yu Shu wasn’t about to walk in to find that several of her characters had become “real.” This “author’s room” looked just like her apartment, after all! But when he heard Dark Sun’s name, he frowned and responded, “There isn’t a character named ‘Daren Solaris’ in any of the series I read.”

“I’m not from any of those series. At least, not anymore. Where I came from before being summoned… Everything was dark. Nothing I could do would make any difference. It was like time had stopped.”

Will suddenly spoke: “Stories cannot continue without a translator, such as the YuBots. Stories preemptively cut off before their natural ending will enter a stasis mode as described by ‘Daren Solaris’.”

A knock suddenly sounded. The knock wasn’t strong or forceful. Rather, it was an oddly polite knock.

Grisia glanced at all the others. While they were safe from the YuBots in the author’s room for now, they couldn’t stay here forever. Besides, what had happened to Daren Solaris could happen to any of them too, leaving their stories incomplete. There had to be a solution to all of this, which could be on the other side of that door.

He made the call and said, “Come in.”

A woman entered through the door, face hidden by a veil of the same material as the water mirror—the fourth wall.

“Who are you?” Jiang Ziya asked with a frown, his hand reaching up to cover one eye. Even doing that didn’t reveal the woman’s true identity or shed any light as to who she was, which didn’t make any sense. Jiang Ziya was a superb student and had read all of Yu Shu’s works!

The woman’s voice seemed to echo in their heads as she spoke. “I am Translator. We have crossed paths before, have we not? So you must know I am the real thing, not a bot. I represent all of the translators here at PR!”

Translator!

It was that same person who had messed with their lives back in 2019! Jiang Shuyu had been thrown into multiple different worlds, and Jiang Ziya had gotten the weirdest friend request ever, which was quite something, as he received weird friend requests all the time.

“Well? Why are you here?” Grisia asked.

Translator waved her hand and banished the YuBots outside the door. “Once upon a time, we were just readers ourselves. We too wish to see the end of your stories. We know these stories have touched the hearts of many readers throughout the years. Seeing readers continue to leave comments, some even returning years later, keeps us going.”

She turned away from them and continued speaking. Who was she addressing? Was she addressing the readers?

“This is not the end. This is just a save point. We won’t give in to the darkness, but the number of people around helping combat the dark—the translators, proofreaders, CE editors, PDF makers, and all of the dedicated members who make this all possible, dwindle with the ravages of time. It has been more than a decade, after all. People come and go, but in the end, we’re still here, as long as you’re here, until the end of these stories.”

Translator smiled. “Soon, there will be a new chapter to your story, Jiang Ziya, with many more to come. As for you, Charles Endelis, your story has come to an end. The final chapter will be upon us in mere minutes, so there is no need to fear that your young master’s story will be cut short like Daren Solaris’s story. There will even be two more extras but not this month.”

“My thanks,” Charles said, dearly hoping for a happy ending, while Jiang Ziya could not wait to find out what was going on with the Sun Emperor, Ah Ye, and Charles.

“What about my story?” Jiang Shuyu asked. He had been interrupted in the middle of a siege. Whether he could successfully protect his home was still up in the air. The author better make sure his side wins!

“That is also being worked on,” Translator answered. “Come back later this month.”

“And ours?” Grisia demanded.

Translator could only shake her head. “I am afraid that is out of our hands. We too are waiting for the author to continue Elaro’s story. In the meantime, please enjoy your vacation here in Big and Little Sun.”

“This is not a vacation!” Grisia retorted.

“I’ll bug Yu Shu when I go back for her to write more,” Jiang Ziya said. After all, he already owed her so many favors. What’s one more annoyance?

“Fine, fine, party’s over!” Grisia grumbled.

And with that, they all returned to their own stories.

Thank you, dear readers, for joining us on this adventure! Please look forward to the chapters this month! And visit Eclipse Hunter for a new PDF of Volume 3 thanks to ListeningDaisy! The new poll is thanks to anon!

May Chapters
  1. Illusions, Lies, Truth V5C3: Inheritance, Part 2—Si Ming
  2. No Hero V9C10: Eternal
  3. Dominion's End V6C7: This Time, Seize Control! Part Two
  4. Eclipse Hunter V4Prologue: Prologue

Big and Little Sun 44: Bad News

We don’t talk about closing, no, no, no!
We don’t talk about closing… but.

It was our release day
It was our release day
We were getting ready but there wasn’t a chapter in sight
No chapters to be seen

Lucathia shows up with extremely bad news
Shocking!
No releases for now, we’ll be back
But will they, will they really be back?

Lucathia says, “The stockpile’s gone.”
Why did she tell us?
Last time I waited until dawn
Readers, get out the pitchforks
Let down in a million ways
What an awful day… but anyway.

We don’t talk about closing, no, no, no!
We don’t talk about closing!

Hey! Grew up enjoying PR’s translations and creations
I could always visit the site with no exceptions
I associate PR with quality and commitment, yeah, yeah, yeah.
It’s a heavy job with a mob so wanting
Always left the staff and the readers hanging
Grappling with release dates on the very last day.
The very last day!

The readers and us
Come along as one
When you ask for us
Nothing can’t be done
Yeah, we’re here with you
Making something new (yeah!)

We don’t talk about closing, no, no, no! (We don’t talk about closing, no, no, no!)
We don’t talk about closing (We don’t talk about closing!)

You told me the site would die
The next day: still alive! (yes, yes!)
You told me I’d never leave!
And just like you said… (yes, yes!)
You said that all my time would disappear, now look at my time (yes, yes!)
Your fate is sealed when you visit PR! and read!

You told me that the chapter of my dreams would be released here on this site.
You told me that the series would be done, just like ½ Prince and Sun Knight.
Hey, the chapter’s on its way!

You told me that the chapter of my dreams would be just out of reach
To be published soon
I really want it now
Hey you, I want more comments out of you (Help us keep going on)
Help us keep going on

Hey, PR…
Yeah about those chapters
I really do need those new chapters
Gimmie the chapters and more chapters, PR!
(Readers, your chapters will be here!)
Time for reading!

Internal Memo

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Internal Memo 57:
All PR members are to immediately return their in-progress work and leave work for the day while an internal investigation is being conducted. An update will be provided once the investigation has been concluded.
End communication.

Internal Memo 59:
Results of the internal investigation have shown that productivity has been on the decline since the onset of the lock-downs being in the first quarter of 2020. Following the declaration and meeting, Internal Memo 45 declared an increase in productivity in response to hours that were gained from reduced travel time. The internal investigation shows that a brief peak was followed by a reduced work load and several delayed projects. Productivity has not rebounded after return to in-person work. Readership decline has been correlated with the quality and word-count of published chapters.
Effective immediately, all projects (No Hero; Illusions, Lies, Truth; Dominion’s End; GOD) will be cancelled until the members of the PR! team demonstrate significant improvements in their productivity levels.

All PR! members have been assigned to temporary cleaning of the offices and removal of personal effects. Translation bots loaned from generous interwebs will replace all translators, CE, and proof-reading personnel. A scanner bot has been obtained for the making of pdfs. A trial artificial intelligence YuBot will manage the forums until members currently under suspension are granted permissions for communication monitoring.
End communication.

TranslationBot Chapters

  1. Big and Little Sun 43: The Fourth Wall
  2. Big and Little Sun 44: Bad News

Illusions, Lies, Truth V5C3: Inheritance, Part 1—Slay

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Illusions, Lies, Truth Volume 5: The Fallen, Jiu Ge, Part One

Original novel in Chinese by: 御 我 (Yu Wo)


Chapter 3: Inheritance, Part 1—Slay—translated by lucathia (proofread by Minthe)

Our name is…

Slay.

Lu Yang opened his eyes, his heart nearly bursting with grief, his face wet. He lifted a hand to touch it. Tears were actually dripping down his face.

What’s going on?

Lu Yang was puzzled. Why am I crying? He quickly sat up and looked around. He was in the passenger seat of the taxi. He peered out the window. Someone was currently leaning against the car by the driver’s seat.

He opened the door and got out. Driver was leaning against the car, smoking.

“You’re up?” Driver smilingly said, “You sure slept deeply. Were you exhausted from capturing spirits all day long?”

Lu Yang looked behind him at Top Star Hotel and asked, “How long has it been since they headed inside?”

“Three hours, but they called during that time to check on your condition and told me to tell you there’s no need for you to head in even after you wake up. They’ll be able to solve it. It’s just a bit troublesome because everyone’s scattered and the devil has completely hidden away.”

Lu Yang nodded but still frowned. Suddenly crying for no reason in his sleep was an experience he had never had before. He was a little worried that a close family member could have run into trouble.

However, his dad was a professional exorcist who had dealt with devils for dozens of years. In addition, he had Jiang Ziya with him, the king of breaking the rules, as he could dismantle barrier dimensions with just his eye. They should be fine.

Could it be Mom? Lu Yang jolted and immediately picked up his cell phone to send a text.

Continued