Chapter 37 Chip Chip Chip Chip Chip?
When Huo Caiyu returned at night, Li Jinyu tentatively approached him with a request, “Zhen would like to ask for your help, Huo Aiqing.”
Huo Caiyu was surprised by Li Jinyu’s courteous tone and presumed that the matter was of great significance.
He straightened and asked, “What can this official do for Your Majesty?”
“Do you know Concubine Lan?” Li Jinyu bringing up the name of a concubine made Huo Caiyu slightly uneasy.
He pursed his lips and replied, “This official heard of Her Highness.”
He had reorganized the imperial harem twice, so he naturally knew the names of the famous concubines.
“Zhen would like you to go to Concubine Lan’s residence and capture a cat.”
Huo Caiyu was taken aback by the unexpected response.
“Yes, a big black cat with green eyes!” Li Jinyu recollected his frightening encounters with a particular black cat.
His spine still shuddered at the memory.
He thought Huo Caiyu might not know what had happened, so he refrained from divulging too much information.
The last time Huo Caiyu broke into the imperial bedroom, he noticed a black figure darting away from His Majesty’s side.
Its shape indeed resembled that of a large black cat.
Huo Caiyu always took things involving the Emperor extremely seriously, so his gaze became cold and serious.
“This official understands.”
“That cat seems to be missing now,” Li Jinyu added, cautioning seriously, “Don’t alert the cat.”
Thinking about Concubine Lan and the palace maid’s fondness for the cat, Li Jinyu added another reminder, “Don’t let Concubine Lan and her people find out.”
Huo Caiyu frowned slightly, but nodded anyway.
Two days later, Chief Kang came to report, “Your Majesty, there is news from Concubine Lan’s palace that the black cat has appeared.”
Li Jinyu sat up suddenly, his eyes shining brightly.
“Quick, go find Huo Caiyu!”
Huo Caiyu went to Concubine Lan’s palace, while Li Jinyu imagined a bunch of ferocious feline faces waiting for him.
His scalp tingled, and he adamantly refused to venture out, preferring to stay within the palace walls while anticipating good news from Huo Caiyu.
Sipping on the tea that Huo Caiyu had thoughtfully prepared for him, Li Jinyu cracked open some melon seeds, fervently praying that Huo Caiyu would be successful in his mission.
Suddenly, a black paw reached out, scratching the black melon seeds on the cloud-glazed green porcelain plate before disdainfully retracting.
“What’s so good about this stuff?”
Li Jinyu’s eyes widened as he gazed upon the black cat that had suddenly leaped out from under the table.
Isn’t this guy supposed to be in Concubine Lan’s Palace?!
The black cat relished in the sight of Li Jinyu’s rigid and scared expression, and with a sly grin, it licked its paws and impatiently tapped the table with its tail, sneering, “Do you really believe Huo Caiyu can catch me?”
Li Jinyu was petrified, unable to move a muscle, and was left gaping in disbelief.
“You put your trust in these self-serving humans,” the black cat snorted and flicked its ears in disdain.
“It is a disgrace to our kind.”
Li Jinyu finally found his voice, and with a shaky voice, he shrank back, trembling.
“Are you a cat demon?”
The black cat hissed, baring its sharp teeth.
“Ask me that stupid question again, and I’ll swallow you.”
Li Jinyu cowered in fear, fully aware that he was in the presence of a natural predator.
Cats loved toying with their prey.
Li Jinyu’s behavior pleased the black cat immensely.
“I was curious as to why the Little Emperor suddenly change his personality and become diligent and caring towards the people?” The black cat circled around Li Jinyu, its green eyes expressing great interest.
“I tested a few times and found out that he was possessed by a spirit.
You could have chosen a better shell.
This Little Emperor’s situation isn’t good, why did you possess him?”
Li Jinyu felt his heart pounding in his chest as he slowly moved away from the chair, backing away from the black cat.
“It wasn’t my intention to possess him.”
Suddenly, realization dawned on him.
“Test? Were you the one who caused the cold air a few times before?”
The black cat “tsk tsk”, shaking its head.
“You’re just realizing that now?”
Li Jinyu held his breath and retreated a few steps.
“What do you want from me?”
Was it going to eat him?
No, he didn’t taste good!
The black cat lifted its paw and its voice grew colder.
“I don’t want you interfering with my plans!”
“Huh?” Li Jinyu was taken aback.
“What have I done to interfere with your plans?”
“What ‘huh’?” The black cat snarled, baring its claws.
“I had several schemes to get rid of Huo Caiyu, but you ruined them all!”
Li Jinyu didn’t expect the black cat to have this sinister goal and blurted out, stuttering, “Why do you want to kill him? He’s the male protagonist of this world—”
Realizing his mistake, he quickly covered his mouth to prevent himself from revealing the truth about the world they were in.
The black cat must not know!
The black cat grew impatient with Li Jinyu’s hesitation and interrupted him, “So what if he’s the male protagonist? It’s precisely because he’s the male protagonist that I want to kill him!”
Li Jinyu was taken aback by the black cat’s answer and stared at it in disbelief.
“How do you know that he’s the male protagonist?”
The black cat was momentarily surprised by Li Jinyu’s question.
“What do you mean, how do I know? If you know, then how could I not know? I know because—”
It was because he had transmigrated from modern society to this world!
Wasn’t this black feline a cat demon from this world?
The black cat’s eyes narrowed, revealing a dangerous glint, as if it had realized something.
Its claws glimmered in the light amidst its paw pads, and it spoke through clenched teeth, “You don’t know who I am, do you?”
Li Jinyu was taken aback, unsure of what to say.
He remembered that this was how Concubine Lan’s palace maid called it.
The black cat’s face contorted with anger upon hearing the name.
Though its fur was already black, it seemed to darken even further.
“You stupid hamster! Do you even have a brain the size of a peanut?” The black cat was so angry that its fur stood on end.
“When you were becoming a spirit, I almost ate you! Have you forgotten?”
Li Jinyu’s vision suddenly went dark.
As animals transform into spirits, they release an aura of dark energy that ordinary humans cannot perceive.
Li Jinyu’s previous owner had a frail constitution, and exposure to this aura could cause grave harm.
That’s why Li Jinyu ran away from home, heading towards a distant park and crossing the last gate.
The park was filled with danger, and it was there that he almost met his end at the jaws of a malevolent black cat demon.
With his quick wits and hamster instincts, he gnawed and fled for dear life, barely managing to escape.
This encounter left an indelible impression on Li Jinyu, causing him to fear cats more than any other rodents.
Especially black cats!
As his eyesight was poor, he had trouble distinguishing human faces, let alone those of feline creatures.
When he saw the black cat’s face, he was overwhelmed with fear and trepidation.
He didn’t expect that the cat demon had also transmigrated to this world!
The cat demon had been in this realm longer than him, possessed stronger spiritual power, and was trapped in a much more formidable body.
What chance did he have of standing up to it?
Horrified, Li Jinyu took a hesitant step backward and stared at the cat with wide, fearful eyes.
“Y-you… you also came to this world?”
As soon as this was mentioned, the expression on the black cat’s face suddenly became somewhat subtle.
The strong chill that had just gathered slightly dissipated.
“Same as you, transmigrated after being struck by tribulation.”
Before Li Jinyu could ponder this any further, the black cat impatiently flicked its tail.
“Let’s get down to business.
From now on, behave well and don’t cause any trouble for me.
We’ll stay out of each other’s way.”
Li Jinyu had planned to stall for as long as possible, hoping to survive until Huo Caiyu returned.
But hearing the black cat’s words made him overjoyed.
“You’re not going to eat me?”
The black cat disdainfully “spat” out.
“Are you delicious?”
Li Jinyu didn’t hesitate to answer, “Not delicious! Very difficult to eat!”
“Then we have an understanding.” The black cat sat back up, licked its paws, and said, “As a fellow transmigrator, as long as you don’t interfere with my plans, I won’t bother you either.”
“Great! I won’t interfere at all,” Li Jinyu nodded eagerly, but then hesitated.
“But what are your plans?”
“Didn’t I say it already? Get rid of Huo Caiyu!”
Li Jinyu’s eyes widened instantly.
The black cat’s response was cold and calculating.
“He’s the main character of this world.
If we don’t eliminate him, he will rule this world and we will never have the chance to enjoy its wealth and prosperity.
As for you, you will eventually be replaced and killed by him.
Don’t you want to be stronger and take control of your own destiny?”
Li Jinyu was stunned for a moment.
From the very beginning, Li Jinyu sensed the binding of the Heavenly Dao and was determined to see the plot through by aiding Huo Caiyu’s rise to the throne.
The thought of replacing him had never crossed his mind.
The black cat peered at the foolish hamster with a knowing look, immediately sensing what was on his mind.
“Are you stupid? If we kill Huo Caiyu, we can enjoy all the glory and riches of the entire Di dynasty.
Isn’t it much better than cultivating in the wild by yourself?”
Li Jinyu’s mind was slightly shaken, and he instinctively retorted, “But I can’t be a good Emperor…”
“What’s so hard about being an Emperor?” The black cat stared at him with a hint of jealousy in its emerald eyes.
“Just indulge yourself.”
“But being an Emperor also involves dealing with politics.”
“Did the original Emperor manage politics?”
“That’s why he was taken down by Huo Caiyu in the novel.”
“That’s why we have to take down Huo Caiyu.”
Li Jinyu was getting dizzy from the black cat’s logic.
The black cat had lost patience after speaking a few more sentences and impatiently prepared to turn and leave.
“Alright, just leave it to me.
I’ll handle it myself.”
Li Jinyu subconsciously reached out to stop it and blurted out, “No, you can’t harm him!”
The black cat turned around, a dangerous light flickering in its green eyes.
In that instant, Li Jinyu had already thought very clearly.
He didn’t want Huo Caiyu to die.
He was easy-going by nature, and even after becoming a spiritual creature, he didn’t have much ambition.
He was perfectly content to eat, drink, sleep, and run on his trusty hamster wheel every day.
At first, he was very resistant to taking on the role of Emperor Jingchang.
Wasn’t it better to just be a comfortable little hamster? Why bother being such a troublesome human?
In order to get out early, he had to diligently play the part of Emperor Jingchang and assist Huo Caiyu to the best of his abilities.
But later on, this reason changed slightly.
After bearing witness to the destitution plaguing the people of Qingshui Prefecture and the grotesque corruption of the officials, Li Jinyu gradually began to empathize with Huo Caiyu’s noble aspirations.
The position of Emperor symbolized not only power but also responsibility.
He couldn’t just be an Emperor who only cared about himself.
So he wanted to hand over the throne to its rightful owner.
He believed that after Huo Caiyu came to power, he would definitely be able to cleanse the murky officialdom, calm the turbulent mountains and rivers, and bring peace and prosperity to the world.
Therefore, he would never let the black cat kill Huo Caiyu!
Li Jinyu took a deep breath and faced the intimidating green eyes of the black cat.
His voice trembled, but he steeled himself.
“Huo Caiyu must become the Emperor.”
The black cat gazed at him with an incredulous expression, unsure of whether to admire the foolish hamster’s sudden boldness or be stunned by his wooden-headedness.
“Are you quite all right? What’s the benefit of him becoming the Emperor?”
“If he becomes the Emperor, I can leave the palace and it will be for the betterment of the world’s people!”
“The world’s people?” The black cat’s brows furrowed in suspicion, questioning whether the hamster’s brain was working.
“What have they to do with you?”
Li Jinyu hesitated for a fleeting moment.
He was indeed not a human being, so logically, the affairs of humanity in this world were not his concern.
“Even if I am not a human being, isn’t a world that’s peaceful and prosperous still worth pursuing?”
The black cat’s emerald eyes gleamed with contempt as it sneered, “In a peaceful and prosperous world, where will we demons go? It seems you’ve been raised by humans to be nothing but a fool.”
Finally, the black cat issued a warning, its voice dripping with menace.
“Do not meddle in my affairs, or do not blame me for my lack of mercy.”
With those words, the black cat flicked its tail in a dismissive manner, turned around, and vanished from Li Jinyu’s view in a flurry of agile leaps.
Gradually, the coldness in the air dissipated along with the black cat’s departure.
Li Jinyu remained standing in stunned silence for a few moments, before his legs gave out and he collapsed back onto his chair with a resounding thud, breathing deeply as he felt a wave of relief wash over him.
When Huo Caiyu returned empty-handed, Li Jinyu had already wrapped himself in his blanket and turned into a big dumpling.
After the initial shock had passed, he began to think about his next steps.
Huo Caiyu absolutely could not be put in danger.
He had worked hard to raise Huo Caiyu to this point, and now that he was striving for power, victory was on the horizon.
How could he let go now?
But how could he protect Huo Caiyu?
Li Jinyu recalled his conversation with the black cat.
The black cat had mentioned several times that it had disrupted Huo Caiyu’s arrangements… When was this? Why did he have no memory of it?
The only thing Li Jinyu could remember was the assassination attempt they had encountered on their way to Qingshui Prefecture.
At the time, they suspected it was the Prime Minister’s doing, but now it seemed to be related to the black cat.
But how did the black cat find the assassins?
Could it be that the black cat had taken over the body of some important person?
But it could move freely as a cat, right?
Thinking about how the black cat could move freely with its body, Li Jinyu felt envious.
He also wanted to turn back into a hamster!
Why did the cat have special privileges when they had both been struck by lightning together?
No, he must raise a dog in the palace!
He couldn’t let the cat be so arrogant in his palace!
As Huo Caiyu entered the room, he saw His Majesty pouting in bed, looking incredibly adorable with only his head sticking out.
“Your Majesty, this official has failed to bring back the black cat,” Huo Caiyu said, his voice softening with his heart.
Li Jinyu knew that Huo Caiyu had made an honest attempt but the black cat was notorious for being elusive.
He wriggled in bed, shifting to sit up.
Aware of Li Jinyu’s fear of cats, Huo Caiyu had taken extra precautions after returning from Concubine Lan’s palace, where cats of all shapes and sizes roamed freely.
He changed his clothes to avoid any trace of cat hair or scent that could potentially disturb His Majesty.
Seeing Li Jinyu’s absent-minded look, Huo Caiyu asked, “What’s troubling Your Majesty?”
Li Jinyu tilted his head, sighed heavily, and said, “Zhen is worried about you.”
Huo Caiyu froze for a moment.
“Worried for this official?”
“Yes, worried that something might happen to you.” Li Jinyu couldn’t imagine how the black cat might plan to harm Huo Caiyu, and was so worried that he felt like his head was going to go bald.
“If something were to happen to you, what would Zhen do?”
Although he didn’t know why His Majesty had suddenly become so concerned, hearing that his beloved was worried about his safety made Huo Caiyu’s heart swell with sweetness.
He took a few steps closer and said earnestly, “For Your Majesty, this official will never have any mishaps.”
Li Jinyu gazed at him mournfully, knowing all too well that Huo Caiyu’s assurance of safety meant nothing if the black cat demon was determined to act out.
But then a thought struck him: Though the black cat had made numerous threats, it seemed hesitant to directly confront Huo Caiyu.
Was it also afraid of the Ziwei imperial aura?
Li Jinyu suddenly looked up at Huo Caiyu.
“Has Huo Aiqing ever encountered the black cat before?”
Huo Caiyu was used to His Majesty’s occasional leaps of thought and replied, “No.”
Li Jinyu nodded knowingly.
It seemed that the black cat was also afraid of Huo Caiyu’s imperial power, so it was using others as a proxy.
From this perspective, at least the black cat itself was not much of a threat, and its biggest threat was the assassination attempts by the human forces it was stirring up.
How to protect Huo Caiyu?
Li Jinyu suddenly brightened up.
If one were to talk about the person with the greatest level of protection in the human world, without a doubt, it would be the Emperor himself!
As long as he and Huo Caiyu stayed together every day, and he followed the Emperor’s standards for protection, wouldn’t that provide protection for Huo Caiyu as well?
He still had spiritual power to use!
If there’s ever a life and death crisis, he could still block bullets for Huo Caiyu! And then smoothly fake his death and escape!
…What was more, always following Huo Caiyu around could also ensure that he won’t be harassed by the black cat!
Li Jinyu instantly found the direction for the future, and immediately made a decision.
Huo Caiyu looked up.
“This official is here, Your Majesty.”
“From now on, you must never be more than five steps away from me!”
Huo Caiyu was stunned.
Although he was already used to the Emperor’s whims, he was still a little surprised.
“Starting from tomorrow, no, from this moment on,” Li Jinyu made a determined decision, and a kind of fatherly love spontaneously arose as he looked at Huo Caiyu.
He said seriously, “Zhen will protect you well.”
Huo Caiyu, who suddenly became a damsel in distress in Li Jinyu’s eyes for unknown reason, couldn’t figure out what His Majesty was thinking.
Why did His Majesty, who was still somewhat cold to him not long ago and unwilling to share a bed with him, suddenly become passionate today?
Huo Caiyu’s mixed feelings of surprise and entanglement couldn’t help but speculate about the Emperor’s intentions.
“In addition, Zhen wants to raise a dog!”
Huo Caiyu temporarily put aside his mixed thoughts and focused his attention back on the Emperor.
“What kind of dog does Your Majesty plan to raise?”
“The kind that can chase cats.” Li Jinyu remembered how the black cat could come and go from the palace without anyone noticing and felt annoyed.
He emphasized, “The fiercer, the better.”
In the past, the noble youths of the court had developed a liking for keeping aggressive dogs, which eventually gave rise to a fad for dogfighting.
However, this led to disastrous consequences, as the vicious canines were let loose on the streets, attacking innocent bystanders and causing widespread terror.
This, in turn, displeased the previous Emperor, who took measures to curb the trend and reprimand the major aristocratic families.
Eventually, the situation was brought under control, and the public’s safety was restored.
Huo Caiyu knew that the Emperor was afraid of cats and that he was only momentarily excited about raising a dog.
He suggested tactfully, “Your Majesty, raising aggressive dogs can pose a danger to people.
Why not pick a smaller and more endearing breed, such as the Pekingese?”
Pekingese dogs were cute and small and were a favorite pet in many households.
Li Jinyu knew the size of a Pekingese and immediately protested, “That dog is too small!”
“Small dogs make great pets.
They can amuse Your Majesty.”
“Why do we need to keep cats and dogs as pets?” Li Jinyu, speaking on behalf of hamsters, declared with pride, “Of course, hamsters are the best pets!”
Hamsters were tiny, adorable, and most importantly, harmless.
They couldn’t do any real harm, unlike cats or dogs that could be frightening.
Huo Caiyu was thoughtful, watching as Li Jinyu spoke about the advantages of having a hamster with such sincerity.
Could it be that His Majesty wanted a hamster as a pet?
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