I’ve Got This Servant’s Back (2.1)
The snow was getting heavier and heavier.
For the third time, Young Master Lu grasped a handful of snow. He held it firmly in his palm, until the ice-cold water seeped through his fingers, leaving behind a small group of transparent ice flakes. Then, the sound of hurried footsteps finally came through.
Lu Deng, wrapped in a blanket, raised his head, only to see a tall and thin boy standing in front of him with his chest heaving.
Lu Deng’s eyes couldn’t help but light up.
When he found himself back in his early childhood, he hadn’t really thought that Gu Song would also turn out to be small like him.
Although the young man in front of him already had a slight hint of his handsome and heroic spirit, his figure just started building up, probably because of lack of nutrition, far from being tall and strong like he was in his later life.
He was wearing the clothes of a servant. The snow-white shirt was neatly buttoned up to the collar and tied with a black bow, but the cuffs were hastily pulled up because of the eagerness to find the Young Master. The cheeks were frozen red, steaming white air exhaled out of his mouth and nose and his high and straight eyebrows were plated with a thick layer of snow.
Lu Deng’s lips raised and a chuckle almost escaped.
… Have to throw a tantrum.
Reminding himself of the daunting task once again, Lu Deng took a deep breath, hurriedly curled his lips, raised his head and asked, “Who are you?”
A child’s voice pierced through the darkening sky and rang out crisply amidst the heavy drifting snow.
Gu Song’s heart jumped slightly, and he hurriedly looked down at the delicate face he had carefully memorized just before he came.
His little Young Master.
A child of this age could hardly conceal his expression. He clearly saw the black eyes curved into crescents, and then he tried hard to think of something, frowning his eyebrows impatiently. However, there was still a hint of softness remaining at the bottom of his eyes.
As if he was aware of it, this little light was also quickly hidden, but still effectively calmed the unease coiled in the mind of the young servant who had just been bought.
Gu Song’s heart softened uncontrollably. He half knelt in front of him and lifted his hand to remove the frost hanging off his eyelashes.
“I am your servant, Young Master.”
The small body, wrapped in a fleece blanket, was so delicate that it looked like it would break if you just touched it. Gu Song didn’t dare to use force, tried to raise his hand to embrace his body gently. Instantly, he noticed that the Young Master shivered slightly in his arms.
Although the child had stayed outside all this while, he was kept warm by the blanket. Compared to him, Gu Song’s body was a little colder.
The heart that had calmed just now, was jolted into racing from worry again. Taking a short breath, Gu Song hurriedly withdrew his arms, and said carefully, “Young Master, I’m sorry–“
His retreating arms were suddenly held back. Gu Song was startled, looking at the little white hand that suddenly came out to grasp his sleeve, and hesitatingly leaned back, “Young Master…?”
“Pick me up.”
The Young Master seemed to become even more unhappy. His face sank and his pale lips pressed together slightly, tensing up and becoming more and more serious.
… It’s probably serious.
Reading the emotions appearing on that small, tender face like an open book, Gu Song pursed his frozen lips and lowered his head hesitantly.1MamaGoose: I’ve taken up TL from here, forgive this goose if there are any sudden stylistic changes la~
The moment he saw the Young Master’s soft and delicate self, he wanted to hug him tightly… However, his body was too cold and it would cause him discomfort.2MG: The raws are using baby language, it’s adorable AF, but I’m unable to make it UWU in English without making it sound cringy instead of heart-warming (ಥ_ಥ)
He was specifically briefed about Lu Qingshi’s physical condition before he was assigned to him. Gu Song started getting embarrassed at his own incompetence, and was wondering whether to run a couple of laps and do a few jumping-jacks before approaching the Young Master again. Suddenly, a shadow blocked his vision.
The shadow spontaneously brought forth flashbacks from his days of enslavement.
In the long interstellar escape, every time he slowed down, the only shadows that rained down on him were that of whips being swept down, or the sharp heavy objects smashed down at him, or abandoned meteorites were flung towards him as a means to vent anger. If it’s not because he came from a galaxy where gravity was eccentric, thus making his body stronger than ordinary humans, he would probably have died in the desolate zones of the Asteroid region, just like many of his poor, pitiful companions.
Gu Song instinctively cowered and lifted his hand to shield his head from the incoming impact. Due to being affected by the cold for such a long while, his body’s reaction was slower than usual, and he was inevitably hit by the shadow.
The icy snowball, upon smacking his face, lost its form and disintegrated into many pieces.
Gu Song was stunned for a while by the mini-snowballs held within the Young Master’s grasp, before slowly lowering his arms and standing straight again.
The impact didn’t hurt at all.
It almost felt like… harmless shenanigans, inviting him to play.
Gu Song raised his head, his heart pounding rapidly.
There was no snow where he came from. An acquaintance of his, exiled from a land that had all four seasons, once mentioned about children playing snowball fights during periods of ample snow.
“You shouldn’t do this, Young Master…”
The Young Master’s body was too fragile to play such physically straining games.
Feeling apologetic for rejecting the Young Master’s invitation to play, Gu Song pulled out a handkerchief and wiped the snow off the child’s palm. “Once we get home, I will accompany you to make a snowman or two, alright?”
Lu Deng, who had followed the system’s instruction to the T, acting like a spoiled brat and making trouble: …3MG: BB stepped in to help la~ 一闹二吼三砸人 – First, make trouble. If that fails, yell. If that too fails, beat. In short, be an insufferable brat and throw a tantrum.
The snow flanking Gu Song’s forehead and cheeks quickly melted in contact with his body temperature, and turned into streams of water trickling down the sides of his face.
Gu Song didn’t pay any attention to that, and solely concentrated on rubbing his arms together to warm his body up for the Young Master. Just as he was about to speak again, the little hands that held the snow earlier grabbed his collar, and a warm, soft body rammed into his arms unexpectedly.
At that moment, the water that was about to trickle down his neckline and into his clothes, was wiped by the Young Master’s sleeve.
Children don’t have that much strength to begin with, moreover, he had been squatting in the snow for far too long. The gentle force, along with a warm breath, slammed into Gu Song’s chest at once, causing his frozen rigid body to be stiffened by the sudden warmth. He hurriedly hugged the bundle: “Young Master?”
Before he could say that his body was too cold to hug and check how drenched the Young Master’s sleeves had gotten, Lu Qingshi skillfully pressed his warm, little face firmly against his neck.
The soft aroma of cupcakes filled his nose, mixed with the milky fragrance of a young child. The warm body snuggled further into his arms to find a comfortable posture, and an unhappy nasal harrumph poured into his ears, sticky like glutinous rice.
“I can’t walk anymore.”
Gu Song: “…”
The chilled heart of the young servant, who had been brought home that very day, was then successfully transformed into a puddle of melted snow by the Young Master Lu on the very first task assigned by the system.4Jue: This old single ED is just a step away from dying due to sugar overdose.
- TL – Anna, MamaGoose; TLC – MamaGoose; ED – Jue
MG: We welcome our new ED for IGCB, Jue!!
Jue: Henlo~ I’m being shoved dog-food on my very first project, begging-for-help.jpeg (〒▽〒)
MG: Jue had been in ED training when Kisk stepped in for the previous 2 chapters~ We hope to bring forth as many updates, as soon as possible! As usual, thanks for supporting us, dear readers, and happy reading!