(Cover by Darkstar Dust) This is a story I worked on ages ago that has been refined and edited by adding foreshadowing to events while also simplifying the power system better than before. This story can be considered a prequel to An Adventure Beyond Greatness as it takes place years prior to the events of that story. Short Synopsis: After retiring from the battlefield, my life became empty and lifeless. The regrets of my past haunt me in my sleep. Then a change occurred, a King from another world summoned me to fight for his kingdom, but I died even before I could give him my answer. Now, after a fake God allowed me to reincarnate (albeit imperfectly) with my memories intact, into a world filled with magic and swords. Long Synopsis: This is about a flawed protagonist who only knew to rely on others and not socialise who gets a second chance to change himself in order to live the life he aimed for in his past life. The narrator isn’t exactly trustworthy since it is purely in his bias perspective while other perspectives given by others fill in the blanks that he either leaves out or twists to suit the situation. The story itself can be considered a parody of Isekai’s classic tropes which are given a sense of reality as time goes by. As there exists no ‘Demon Lord’, there is also no black and white, only characters opinions and counter-opinions throughout the story.
"Do you know that stars die?" I asked, breaking the silence. I didn't know where the question came from, but that's the only thing that came in mind. "Yeah," he answered. "And some stars we see in the sky may be already dead. But they're so far away that their afterglow can still be seen above. Some of them may seem glowing but they're actually dead." We all have a little gallery of photographic memories inside our hearts. An exhibit of things we could never forget through our short moments in time. Some were so good, we held it like they were the best part of our lives while some were things we desperately ran away from － they hunted us, and killed our hopes. The beginning of my life ended on my tenth birthday, the day when my childhood was stolen away from me. I longed to run away from that nightmare that held me tightly in my neck and made helpless under its grasp. Going to college had become my final chance to run away. On my seventeenth birthday, after enrolling at a university, my life took another shift. I met a man who showed me the glimmer of hope I always wanted to see. And this was our story. A narration of first love, bittersweet and worthwhile.
Once, there was a tattletale about forgiveness and redemption. As an aspiring reporter, Xuanxu Aomi, scavenged for every bit of news and scandals, following the latest trends with curiosity and skepticism. Meeting a famous Pathologist, Zhang Xiu Ying, she realized that the road she took is harder than ascending the heavens. In the face of reality, can you remain sane?
Wang Yun Lan is a curious, daydreaming business woman capable of handling hundreds of millions of yuan in every deal she makes. In the entertainment industry, that's no small feat. All this diligent work was to protect her inner most desire: to live at peace as an artist, and enjoy a simple life. Branded as a black sheep by the Wang family, she couldn't count on them to protect her dream. Only she was able to protect herself. Considered as one of the most successful people in the industry, at 26, she was already on her way to the innermost rings of Beijing. That is, she WAS. Now at the lowest point in her career, emotions, mental, and life, Wang Yun Lan is brought to the feet of Xi Lei Shun by chance (literally!). He saves her heart from near-certain death before everything she loves is stolen right before her eyes. Xi Lei Shun, the 33 year-old imperial emperor of the entertainment industry, picked her name at random to be his wife. Is this a stroke of luck or doom? Follow Wang Yun Lan as she pursues her true dream and grows into love and into herself with the help of Xi Lei Shun. Maybe even discovering that she's not so random after all...
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