|Author: The Sole Survivor||Original Source: SFACG|
|Translator: CatatoPatch||English Source: Re:Library|
I never would have figured Zuoqiu Shanming to be the kind of guy who cracked a lot of jokes, especially how he seemed fond of using his own death to do so.
“You shouldn’t make light of your own death, and you know what I’m trying to say.”
“Okay, okay. But I really don’t remember, I just woke up in this state.”
Unsure of whether or not he was trying to be coy again, I got a little irate. “What I’m trying to ask is, how did you end up as a ghost…”
“I don’t know that either, I just woke up in this state… Are you telling me it’s not the norm to turn into a ghost when you die?” Zuoqiu Shanming replied in an unsure tone.
“Well, if you take into account of Southern Plains’s current situation, turning into a ghost is the norm.” At that point, I decided that regardless of whether or not the man was being serious, there were some matters that had to be said. “But you’ve already been dead for five years. And five years ago, it’s not common for ghosts to appear like that. And just because there are ghosts appearing in Southern Plains now, doesn’t mean the same phenomenon is happening in other parts of Gaia.”
“Five years…ago? I’ve been dead for five years?” Zuoqiu Shanming’s voice turned a little shrill as he forced those words out.
“That’s right, you’ve been dead for five years, or at least that’s what the information I’ve been given says.”
“Five years… five years, and it only felt like an instant for me…” Zuoqiu Shanming murmured despondently. “Then what has happened to Xue Guode? And Committee Member Li… I wish to know what has happened to him.”
“I’m not sure about Xue Guode, but if it’s about Committee Member Li… he seems to be making preparations to become the chairman of the Federation Council.” I opened up a holographic screen. Within was a mature but handsome looking man, black-haired with a short and neat hairstyle, along with a well-pressed tuxedo. “I’m assuming the committee member you are referring to is Li Shengjin.”
“That’s right, that’s him! I would recognise him even if he turned to ashes!” Faced with a photo of his nemesis, I could even feel the rage emanating from him, despite not seeing his face at all. “What is a ******* like him running for chairman for?! How could he be so shameless?!”
I’m sure the man has a skin thicker than a brick wall…
Li Shengjin was the most popular candidate for the next chairman, and from the looks of things, he probably spent a great deal of money to achieve this. So where did his money come from? Apparently, through some very shady means…
But Zuoqiu Shanming wasn’t the only one angered and devastated by this news. Even a bystander like me was shocked by this revelation. Putting aside the murder of a reporter, the fact that someone so unscrupulous could even have a chance of becoming chairman was just chilling. Who knows what would happen to the Federation if a reprobate like him ever became the leader.
“Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to pass on these documents to the relevant department, I’m sure Committee Member Li won’t be smiling for very long.”
“But that scoundrel Li has a wide network of contacts, you can’t touch him. Even the military isn’t safe from his tendrils.”
“It’s all right, I have my own ways. I’m sure Li Shengjin can’t touch me, as well-connected as he might be. Besides, I can just leak all the evidence onto the web, I doubt even his vast resources are vast enough to cover that up, once it blows up.”
“In that case, I’m relieved… While you’re at it, could you take care of Xue Guode as well?”
“Okay, I promise he won’t get away scot-free. Assuming he’s still alive.”
I solemnly swore to the poor food processor, and this was no empty oath either. After all, even if nothing worked out, everything I’ve seen today had all been recorded. As long as I passed this on to aunty Xinqing, there was no way that scumbag could get away unscathed.
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Yes… so what if the masses are easily lied to? Not on my watch! Once this video gets exposed, those two dogs aren’t going anywhere.
“Other than that, do you have anything else I can help you with?”
I was just as sincere when I made that offer. For a brave man like Zuoqiu Shanming, I was more than happy to help him any way I could.
“No, that’s enough. As long as I have lady Mo Ke’s assurance, I’m satisfied.”
Hmm? Why does it sound like he’s leaving his last words behind?
Honestly, I was still shocked at how clean his soul was after that horrific torture he went through.. The fact that he hadn’t turned into a vengeful wraith was astonishing.
“Then… Do you have anyone you wish to see? Or perhaps some unfulfilled desire?”
“None.” He answered without hesitation. “My parents died when I was young, so I have no kin to speak of. And I know myself, there’s no way I can give up on the pursuit of justice. That’s why I chose not to find a partner either… Now that I’ve mentioned it, it’s kinda pitiful that I haven’t dated a girl in all my years, nor have I even held a girl’s hand.”
“Not even a girlfriend?”
According to his data, he would be 35 years old at the time of his death. Now if we were to add in his years as a food processor ghost… he definitely qualified for a job change from Wizard to Sage…
But why do I feel this strange sense of kinship with him? And what is this faint sadness I feel in myself?
Hold on here, I’m still 16! I may not have done it yet, but I have at least had experience with being forced to sign an engagement with another girl! She might be a little too young for me to lay my hands on her, and also because I can’t get it up myself… but still! Why must I feel like I’m in the same boat as this virgin food processor!
Zuoqiu Shanming seemed to have picked up on my sadness as well. And true to his character, he couldn’t help but ask, “Don’t tell me lady Mo Ke hasn’t had a boyfriend yet? What a coincidence. How about I be lady Mo Ke’s boyfriend?”
“Absolutely not!” Before I could even recover from my shock, Lixiang had already answered for me. In fact, she barely held herself back from tossing a talisman his way, right there and then.
“Lowly ghost, how dare you set your filthy eyes on his Highness! Unforgivable!”
“Hahaha, I was just joking… Don’t worry, I’ll make my exit now…” As he said that, motes of light started rising out of the food processor. And as the crystalline particles of light grew in number, his voice grew noticeably weaker. Finally, I could make out his last words.
“A dead person shouldn’t worry so much… Am I right… That’s what being dead means… But a wonderful girl like lady Mo Ke… if only I was still alive, I would court you to the ends of the earth… pity… such a pity… how good it must be to be alive… work hard… and live well…”
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