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ISUD Chapter 12

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Chapter 12: Cat Born Difficult —  The orange cat had been driven to despair by its no longer handsome face.

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Xia Wei sighed in lament after Mr. Jiang’s statement and looked down at the orange cat in his arms again. The orange cat seemed to not have recovered from the painful loss of its whiskers yet, acting completely dispirited and downcast.

“I saw online that cats use their whiskers to measure things. Without whiskers, they cannot judge distance accurately and will frequently be stuck or fall onto their faces. Is this true?” Looking at its lost-all-interest-in-life appearance, Xia Wei felt that this theory was somewhat true.

Jiang Zhi Zhou had also heard a theory that said a cat without whiskers could not catch prey. He smoothed down the cat’s fur and said, “Before his whiskers grow back, he can stay at my place.”

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Xia Wei complained to him, “I also feed this cat, so why should it stay at your place?”

Having previously seen the cat’s lack of aggression to her, Jiang Zhi Zhou had also surmised that she might be one of the feeding masters. “When do you feed it every day?”

“9:00PM. When I come back for work, it lies down on its stomach in front of Building 3, waiting for me!”

Jiang Zhi Zhou stated, “Then you can come feed it every night at 9:00PM.”

Why?!

Xia Wei, not relenting, argued, “Giving this orange cat to a perverted straight guy like you to feed, heaven knows what you will do to it.”

Jiang Zhi Zhou’s temple throbbed twice. Tu—tu— “How exactly am I a pervert?”

“Ah, aren’t you a pervert? You have even seen my underwear!”

Ding—

The elevator doors just happened to open at this time. Standing inside was the young married woman living next door to Xia Wei, an awkward expression on her face as she looked at them.

Xia Wei: “…”

Jiang Zhi Zhou: “…”

Ultimately, the young married woman squeezed out a smile first. “Mr. Jiang, Miss Xia, good morning.”

“Good morning, haha…” Xia Wei also followed suit with a forced smile.

The other party vacated the elevator with lightning speed. Jiang Zhi Zhou and Xia Wei also entered the elevator before the doors closed.

As if nothing had happened.

The two of them were quiet for a moment before Jiang Zhi Zhou opened his mouth. “Then let’s allow the orange cat to choose where to go.”

He set the orange cat on the ground and said to it, “Go to whoever you want to live with.”

The orange cat, having lost all interest in life, sprawled motionlessly on the floor for quite a long time. It seemed that by losing its whiskers, all meaning in its cat life had vanished. As they neared the 18th floor, it finally mewled weakly and without strength as it shifted over towards Jiang Zhi Zhou.

Xia Wei: “…”

She raised her head to glare at Jiang Zhi Zhou. “How much money did you spend on cat food to feed it?”

Jiang Zhi Zhou: “…”

He lifted up the orange cat and hugged it as he answered, “I have never raised a cat before, so I have no understanding of cat food. Thus, I straightforwardly bought the most expensive brands.”

Xia Wei: “…”

She lost.

She beamed as she stroked the orange cat’s head, saying to it, “Its attractiveness decreased sharply after its whiskers got cut. You can feel relieved while staying at his apartment; don’t go to see other cats.”

Jiang Zhi Zhou: “…”

Delayed by this incident, it was already 10:00AM by the time Xia Wei arrived at the nail salon. Luckily, there weren’t many people in the salon, so she tied up her hair, put on her apron, and sat down on the sofa to send a message.

Asking For Suicide At Eighteen This Year: 「Today, the stray cat Mr. Jiang from downstairs had been feeding was being bullied. He nearly did not roast those two brats and their parents to death.1 Hahaha. Seeing him be so ruthless when roasting others, my heart has suddenly become at ease. 『smile』」  

Invincible Little Sweetie: 「Your Mr. Jiang from downstairs even feeds a stray cat? Then it appears that he is not particularly awful」

Asking For Suicide At Eighteen This Year: 「…How come you said the same thing as my naive younger brother」

Invincible Little Sweetie: 「grin」  

Invincible Little Sweetie: 「I think that a man who would feed stray cats is, at his core, a very warm hearted person~」

Asking For Suicide At Eighteen This Year: 「…Don’t speak anymore. I’m afraid I will vomit 『smile-cry』」    

Not Losing 5kg Not Changing Name: 「Then what? Student Xia Wei Wei, have you realized that recently in our chat, you have practically only been talking about this ‘Mr. Jiang from downstairs?’」

Asking For Suicide At Eighteen This Year: 「Fucking hell, don’t scare me…」  

Not Losing 5kg Not Changing Name: 「You can search through the chat history for ‘Mr. Jiang from downstairs’『smile』」   

Asking for Suicide At Eighteen This Year: 「…」  

Xia Wei really did go search. When she saw the red tags on the screen, alarm blitzed through her heart.

Had she really been talking about only Mr. Jiang from downstairs recently? If this was true, then it was because he was too loathsome!

Asking For Suicide At Eighteen This Year: 「That just proves that he really is a horrid person!」  

Not Losing 5kg Not Changing Name: 「It also proves that he has already succeeded in rousing your interest『picks nose』」  

Asking For Suicide At Eighteen This Year: 「Do you really have to scare people like this『smile』」  

Eight Treasures Congee Female Hero: 「Friends! Beloved darlings! I’m coming back!!!」  

Asking For Suicide At Eighteen This Year: 「You finished that engineering project?」  

Eight Treasures Congee Female Hero: 「No…but I can return to rest for several days! I’m taking a Friday morning flight and will arrive in A City at noon! Let’s meet up in the evening!」

Asking For Suicide At Eighteen This Year: 「Meetmeetmeet」  

Not Losing 5kg Not Changing Names: 「『smile』『smile』『smile』」  

Eight Treasures Congee Female Hero: 「I want to go eat at Tian Xia Restaurant! Egg fried rice!」  

Once she said this, Xia Wei actually remembered that plate of egg fried rice she ate last time with slight longing. Unfortunately, this time no one was treating. For her to settle her own bill, she would still have some physical pain.

Oh, that was right. The orange cat was being raised by Mr. Jiang. She could save money on its cat food. 🙂

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When she returned home in the evening, the missing fat-like-a-cake figure lying on the steps of Building 3 unexpectedly made her feel a tinge of loneliness. Entering the elevator, her hand hesitated between 「18 」 and 「19」 before ultimately pressing 「19」.

Even though Mr. Jiang let her visit at 9:00PM to feed the cat, how could she possibly, actually enter his home to feed a cat!

This persisted for two days before Xia Wei could no longer bear it and sent a message to the group chat in the end. 「You know how I mentioned feeding a stray cat before, and I had even sent you all a photo—the Mr. Jiang downstairs had also fed that cat. It is also that orange cat being bullied the other day.」

Eight Treasures Congee Female Hero: 「The cat that looked identical to a large biscuit?」  

Asking For Suicide At Eighteen This Year: 「…」  

Eight Treasure Congee Female Hero: 「How was it bullied?」  

Asking For Suicide At Eighteen This Year: 「Those little devils cut off its whiskers. This isn’t the main point I want to talk about. I wanted to say that after its whiskers were cut off by scissors, Mr. Jiang from downstairs brought it back home to take care of. So the question is, should I go down to take a look at it?!」  

Invincible Little Sweetie: 「I think you two have been brought together by fate…『silly smile』」  

Not Losing 5kg Not Changing Name: 「Mr. Jiang from downstairs again +1」

Asking For Suicide At Eighteen This Year: 「…」  

Eight Treasures Congee Female Hero: 「Since he brought it back home, what are you still worrying about?」  

Asking For Suicide At Eighteen This Year: 「Mr. Jiang is such a pervert, of course I’m worried!」  

Eight Treasures Congee Female Hero: 「I suddenly think what Twiggy said is right. Did you just simply want to see Mr. Jiang?」  

Asking For Suicide At Eighteen This Year: 「……『goodbye』」

Eight Treasures Congee Female Hero: 「Is Mr. Jiang very handsome? Do you have a picture?」  

…Xia Wei straightforwardly exited the group chat.

She left her room a moment later and knocked on Xia Ming Ming’s door. “Xia Ming Ming, are you sleeping?”

“Not yet.” Xia Ming Ming got up to open the door for her. “What is it?”

Xia Wei asked, “Do you still remember the orange cat Mr. Jiang from downstairs is taking care of? That’s actually the orange cat that I was feeding too.”

Xia Ming Ming was dazed for a moment before nodding in sudden understanding. He indeed saw they had cat food in the apartment. “The orange cat truly is very scummy. No wonder it’s so fat.”

“A few days earlier, some brats cut off its whiskers. Mr. Jiang brought it back home with him, so I wanted to go down and take a look. I’m a girl, though, so it’s not very appropriate!”

Xia Ming Ming once again had a flash of understanding. “Oh——then I’ll accompany you?”  

“Mn. You should just say you wanted to see the orange cat!”

“Mhmm…”

With Xia Ming Ming accompanying her, Xia Wei pressed the doorbell for 1808 without feeling awkward. Jiang Zhi Zhou was still in his stay-at-home clothes. Moreover, it looked as if he had just finished bathing since his hair was still a bit damp.

Seeing the sister-brother duo standing outside his door. Jiang Zhi Zhou was slightly startled. “You came…to feed the cat?”

Xia Ming Ming said he wanted to look at the orange cat.” Xia Wei pointed at Xia Ming Ming beside her, and Xia Ming Ming immediately flashed a harmless-as-a-domesticated-animal smile.

“Come in.” Jiang Zhi Zhou took out two pairs of slippers and handed it to them. He stood aside to let them enter the apartment. Xia Wei mentally sighed a breath of relief. She changed into the slippers and entered, catching sight of the orange cat on the edge of the balcony. It crouched there in front of the balcony glass door, unable to tear its gaze away from its glass reflection. Its expression was very sullen.

“What happened to it? It hasn’t come out of the shadow of losing its whiskers?”

“Mn. It hasn’t moved much these past two days. It’s basically been sprawling there, looking at its reflection.”

Xia Wei: “…”

It seemed that the orange cat had been driven to despair by its no longer handsome face.

Xia Ming Ming didn’t dare come too close, staring at the mandarin cat from a distance. “Haha, it really did get its whiskers cut by scissors. It looks so weird.”

Orange Cat: “…”

Its expression seemed to become even more despairing.

Xia Wei walked up to stroke it twice. This could be counted as comforting it. Jiang Zhi Zhou, to the side, said to them, “Oh, that’s right. That matter of spaying the stray cats that I previously brought up to property management, they said there’s a veterinarian hospital that will spay the stray cats free of charge. They plan to contact them first.”

Xia Wei raised her head to glance at him. “Oh, that’s very good. I did some research online. A female cat is very expensive to sterilize.” Once she said this, she made a pei sound. “Pah, but to a nouveau riche like you, even fur is nothing much.” 2

Jiang Zhi Zhou didn’t issue complaint to the title ‘nouveau riche.’ “But capturing these stray cats isn’t very easy. Property management plans to talk with the residents who frequently feeds these cats.”

“Good. If any help is needed, contact me.” She glanced at the orange cat with quite a bit of sympathy once she said this. “But Tangeriney just lost its whiskers. And will soon lose its…balls. Won’t this be too unbearable, provoking it to jump from a building and kill itself?””

Jiang Zhi Zhou: “…”

He previously also went online to find information about cats being sterilized and had seen many people say that after a cat was sterilized, it would be depressed for several days. Maybe the orange cat truly would be unable to endure this double blow.

“How about we wait for its whiskers to grow back before taking it to be sterilized?” Jiang Zhi Zhou proposed.

Xia Wei nodded. “Mn, I think its mental health is not so good, so it’s better to go slow.”

Xia Ming Ming, who had been standing to one side, suddenly stared at them. “How come you two seem like you’re parents discussing a child’s development?”

Xia Wei: “…”

Jiang Zhi Zhou: “…”

“Let’s go!” Xia Wei ferociously rapped Xia Ming Ming on the head and dragged him out of Jiang Zhi Zhou’s apartment.

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Author’s Note:

I feel sorry for the orange cat.

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  1. See the comments on this chapter for a more in-depth explanation
  2. Moonclipse’s comment: fur is very expensive in china, especially real fur
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  1. “It seemed that the orange cat had been driven to despair by its no longer handsome face.” HAHAHA I feel sorry for the cat but this expression is so dramatic xD
    Xia Ming Ming’s remark was spot on! It’s the orange cat that brings Xia Wei and Jiang Zhi Zhou together for now. I bet the egg fried rice will be the next one haha ^^

  2. “He nearly did not roast those two brats and their parents to death.” It should be “He nearly roasted those…” As that’s what he did :P, he did not have any hesitation when he roasted them so I guess it should be like I previously stated?? Ty for the chappy, I’m in love 🙂

    1. … I don’t know. //sheepish
      The raws have it as “他差点没怼死那两个熊孩子和他们家长” with “差点没怼死” directly meaning “nearly not roast”
      //shrugs it’s not even really ‘roast’ but that’s the closest equivalent I could find. ‘Roast’ in this case is ‘criticize the other party to death’ along with the secondary meaning of ‘impaling the other party through the ass with a pointy stick’ in terms of pain/torment/effectiveness
      So… I think it’s literally JZZ barely preventing himself from reacting so extremely

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