The thin and soft voice abruptly broke the silence in the alley.
Ge Xiu was stunned.
Did he make this sound?
He opened his mouth and tried to say something, but what came out of his mouth was—
Ge Xiu slowly lowered his head and looked at his body — fluffy paws, short limbs.
Ge Xiu stared blankly at his paws, looked over and over again, and clawed at the air.
The short claw tips stuck out from the pink pads, looking harmless.
Ge Xiu turned his head and looked behind him, only to see his schoolbag lying on the side, and an empty school uniform thrown randomly on the ground, which was the one he was wearing just now.
So…he has…turned into a cat?
Ge Xiu blinked dazedly, struggling to get up from the ground.
It was really difficult to walk on four legs. He walked forward crookedly, and before he could take two steps, Ge Xiu lost his center of gravity again and stumbled to the ground.
He blinked, keeping his belly up and his paws facing the sky, and fell into thought.
His current state and the strangeness of this world were definitely related to the collar he once saw in the classroom.
The function of the collar was both marking and alienating. The essence was to pick out individuals who were different from the others from the crowd, or it may be used for other more practical purposes — such as tracking and control.
This was invisible discrimination and oppression.
In the classroom, those who wore the collars were all withdrawn and taciturn, not participating in the conversation between anyone even during breaks, the school itself was a simplified microcosm of society. They were made isolated outsiders.
Chen Ziyan himself was a person who “doesn’t need to wear a collar”.
However, after these past few worlds, Ge Xiu had basically figured out the thinking mode of the group of people outside—
they couldn’t assign him an ordinary identity that could be mixed in with the public.
They were good at shaping a hostile world, suppressing and torturing him through the entire environment.
——And Ge Xiu’s experience just now looked obviously like “alienation”.
Outliers could only be re-accepted into the rules of society after they put on a collar.
Then, for him, who had just been forcibly removed of the range of normal people and did not have a restraint collar on him, the situation waiting for him may be very serious.
Ge Xiu rolled over and lay on his side on the ground.
With his short limbs, he propped up his body little by little, and staggered toward the clothes he was wearing.
This short distance took Ge Xiu five minutes to walk, he fell twice in process, but he finally managed to grasp the essentials of walking on four legs.
He stared at the wrinkled clothes in front of him, lowered his head, opened his mouth tentatively, and bit the collar of the clothes with his fangs.
Then, Ge Xiu bit his collar and yanked it to one side.
He loosened his mouth, took a breath, and then looked down at the ground — there were two pointed holes in the collar, but the whole clothes moved by a few centimeters at most, and the schoolbag was still untouched.
——This body was too weak!
Ge Xiu licked his sore fangs, then lowered his head again and bit the same spot on his collar.
This time, he changed tactics.
Four short legs stomped hard on the ground, scratching and kicking randomly.
Three, two, one! ! !
Finally, the school uniform as heavy as cast iron was dragged little by little towards the shadows in the alley.
After dragging his clothes, Ge Xiu repeated his old technique, dragging the pants he was wearing earlier to the same place, stacking them on top of each other all crumbled.
The most difficult thing to do was left — the schoolbag.
Ge Xiu raised his head, looked at the schoolbag that was half a head taller than him, and fell into a long period of contemplation.
How can it be done…
but he couldn’t let these things stay here.
He didn’t know anything about the world and could only predict the worst-case scenario, if the situation was as dire as he had guessed, then if his empty school uniform and the bag with his ID card on it are found in the alley, they secret of his transformation into an outlier will be directly exposed, and his identity and address will be located immediately — he will fall into the worst passive state.
The only thing that was fortunate now was that he had no experience in organizing school bags, so he only packed a few books into the school bag.
Should, still, be able to push.
Ge Xiu took a deep breath, lowered his head, pressed his fluffy forehead against the bottom of the schoolbag, kicked his hind legs on the ground, and arched forward forcefully.
He tugged with his teeth, pulled with his claws, and pushed with his body.
Finally, after doing everything he could, after nearly twenty minutes of hard work, he moved the entire schoolbag into the shadows.
Immediately afterwards, Ge Xiu found some dead leaves and old newspapers to cover up, and hid his school uniform and schoolbag tightly.
By the time he had done all this, the sky had completely darkened.
The dark and deep night shrouded the alley, hiding everything in the boundless darkness.
Ge Xiu lay on the ground, breathing heavily.
He was so tired that he felt his limbs and teeth aching, even his tail drooped weakly, dragging on the ground, not wanting to move.
Because of excessive exercise, the fluff on his body was tangled in a mess,
Ge Xiu lowered his head subconsciously and began to lick his fur.
Before he licked twice, he suddenly realized something, then suddenly widened his eyes and stopped.
——He’s not a real cat! !
Ge Xiu felt like facing a formidable enemy.
He forcibly suppressed his inner urge to lick the fur, and vigorously twisted his head in the opposite direction.
The street lights at the entrance of the alley had been turned on, but the dim yellow light could only illuminate a small area at the entrance of the alley. Other than that, everywhere was a darkness so thick that it couldn’t be dispelled.
Ge Xiu narrowed his eyes thoughtfully.
Now was the time to think about how to make it tonight.
Does he want to find a place to stay overnight, or use his current body shape to inquire about the situation in this world?
At this moment, steady and regular footsteps were heard in the distance, gradually walking in this direction.
Ge Xiu lowered his body slightly vigilantly, staring at the entrance of the alley not far away.
A tall figure stepped out of the darkness, and the light above his head shone down, gradually outlining the figure of the person who came, with broad shoulders and long legs, and a straight back, like a shadow that suddenly penetrated the light curtain, tearing through the night that covered heavens and earth.
The sound of the debris being knocked over came suddenly, sounding very clear in the night.
Shen Boyan paused, his eyes turned slightly, and he looked into the alley where the voice came from.
A thin kitten meowing sounded deep in the alley.
Shen Boyan indifferently retracted his gaze and continued to walk forward.
Before he could take a few steps, he heard the same sound behind him—
Shen Boyan didn’t stop.
the sound came from far behind, almost seeming unreal.
Shen Boyan stopped abruptly and turned his head to look behind him.
He saw a black cat about the size of a palm sitting in the middle of the road under the yellow street lamp, with its fluff up in a mess, its long tail wrapped around its paws, and a pair of small round green eyes following his movements.
Seeing Shen Boyan stop, it stood up, and then followed closer with some unsteady steps.
Shen Boyan didn’t move.
He lowered his head and watched the little black cat walk to his feet, then lay down on the top of his shoe, raise its head and then look at him with those green eyes:
——Ge Xiu was very disgusted with my current behavior.
It was a disgrace for life! !
However, he still had to say that it was the best choice to be picked up by the other for now — after all, Ge Xiu still didn’t know whether there would be any related abnormal detection method in this world, and he knew nothing about the whole world, furthermore, until now, the synthetic sound of the system did not sound, which made it even more dangerous to walk around at will, but it would be fruitless to spend the night in the alley.
This was the only solution that guarantees both.
It just might take a little… sacrifice.
At this moment, Ge Xiu suddenly realized that, unknowingly, he subconsciously believed that it would be safe to be by the other’s side.
Part of it comes from logical analysis.
The other part belongs to subconscious trust.
Could it be that he started to believe in someone other than himself without even realizing it?
——This tendency was a little too dangerous.
Ge Xiu’s heart tightened.
That uncontrollable sense of loss and something getting out of his hands struck again.
This feeling shouldn’t be there.
He took a step back alertly, turned around and was about to run back into the dark alley, but before he could take a few steps, he felt the back of his neck being pinched.
“Meow meow meow!”
The sudden weightlessness made Ge Xiu widen his eyes, and his four paws swayed randomly in the air, trying to maintain his balance.
Immediately afterwards, icy cold, well-defined fingers caught his belly, put him into his palm, and held him up in front of his eyes.
This was the first time Ge Xiu had faced the other face to face since he entered this world.
He was a head taller than his peers, with short hair, deep-set eyebrows and dark, gloomy eyes, hidden in deep eye sockets, with a certain kind of ferocity and danger in them that kept people a thousand miles away.
Ge Xiu didn’t like the feeling of being picked up.
So he blinked and stretched out his paw, ready to give him a slap in the face.
But Shen Boyan seemed to have expected it, and carried the kitten away from him.
The little black cat was waving its short paws in the air, and its light green eyes were staring round. Not only was was it not deterrent at all, but it looked rather funny and cute.
Shen Boyan tucked the cat into his arms, and walked towards the depths of the night.
After dragging his clothes and schoolbag to the corner and hiding it, Ge Xiu had reached the limit of his physical strength.
When he found that he could not escape the restraint of the other party at all, he stopped struggling and began to save his energy — the warm chest was behind him, and the whole cat was swaying with the rhythm of the other’s walking — so, Ge Xiu began to do his best to resist the onslaught of drowsiness.
Not knowing how long it took.
The other side stopped.
Ge Xiu heard the key turning the lock on the door and the sound of the door being pushed open.
The next second, he was placed on the carpet in the hallway.
Ge Xiu squatted at the door, blinked, lowered his head, just about to lick his paws, but suddenly froze when his tongue stuck out.
Just as he was fighting against his urge to lick his fur, the sound of water being turned on came from the bathroom.
Shen Boyan tried the water temperature, then turned to open the bathroom door and looked at the little black cat sitting in the corner.
The black cat looked up at him, his green eyes clear and blank:
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