Gah!!! That annoying pest!

In her mind, Su Chan envisioned strangling that man, ripping his face apart, and kicking his gonads harder than she had kicked that half-bald man from Yundong's school.

"Pretty girl?" Yundong's voice ended her murderous thoughts.

Su Chan stole a furtive glance at Yundong. At least he didn't look angry, so there was that. In fact, he looked rather amused at this turn of events.

Small victories, Chan'er. Small victories.

The knocks turned into insistent bangs.

"I know you're in there, pretty girl! I didn't see you leave the building this morning!" Two more sharp knocks sounded. "Come on, open up! I brought breakfast!" There was a pause. "Or would you prefer I take you out to breakfast? That's works too!"

Yundong was already heading to the door before Su Chan could get a word out.

Su Chan hurried after her beloved.

Please don't be mad. Pretty please, please…

Su Chan grabbed Yundong's arm just as he was about to open the door.

Yundong turned around and shot her a questioning look.

"He's been pestering me for days," Su Chan admitted. "He just wouldn't leave me alone. I already told him no. But he kept following me around, kept offering to buy me things." Su Chan scowled. "Apparently, his father is some rich somebody, somebody." She looked up at him through her lashes. "A- Are you mad?"

To her relief, Yundong smiled. "No, I'm not mad." He ruffled her hair.

"Y-You aren't?"

Yundong's smile widened into a grin. "You're a beautiful girl, Su Chan." Yundong hooked a strand of her hair behind her ear. Su Chan wanted to kiss him. "So it's normal for you to draw attention." Suddenly, Yundong smirked. "Besides, it isn't the first time we encountered guys like him." One of Yundong's brows rose. "Still remember Liu Chuan?"

The image of a guy being chased around by bees came to mind.

Su Chan burst into giggles.

Yundong patted her head again. "I didn't handle it well that time." He smiled. "I'll do better this time. Trust me."

Su Chan bobbed her head up and down. "Mm!"

When Yundong opened the door, Mr. Annoying's hand were raised as if he was about to knock again.

Su Chan took pleasure in the look of surprise on the guy's face when he saw Yundong.

"Can I help you?" Yundong's voice wasn't friendly, but it was still polite.

Mr. Annoying cleared his throat. "I'm here to…" He pointed at Su Chan, then raised a bag of food with his other hand.

"Oh?" Yundong feigned a look of surprise. "Are you a friend of my girlfriend?" Suddenly, Yundong turned his head and gave her a wink.

Su Chan feigned a haughty look. "He's the annoying pest I've been telling you about, beloved."

Su Chan tried not to smirk when the bag of food nearly slipped out of Mr. Annoying's hand.

"Is that so?" Yundong pretended to think hard about something. After a moment, he looked towards Su Chan. "I think we should call the police."

Mr. Annoying cleared his throat harshly. His voice sounded… well, annoying.

"There's no need for that. Allow me to properly introduce myself. My name is Shen You. And I'm—"

"Uh… Guys?"

Su Chan turned around and saw the landlady looking at them from the table. Yundong had turned around as well.

"Can we get back to the issue with the lease, please?" The landlady gestured at her satchel. "I'm afraid this can't wait. I have other business to attend to."

Yundong smiled. "I apologize for the delay." Yundong stepped away from the door and moved towards the living room. "Let us continue."

Su Chan turned around to face the door and then glared at that Shen You guy. "Go. Away," she growled. "You've seen my boyfriend. Now leave me alone."

Shen You looked like he'd just swallowed a dozen of flies.

Good. Maybe he would finally get the hint and leave her be.

Yundong's voice drifted from the living room.

"…for the inconvenience, Ma'am. I'm afraid there's no way for me to get in touch with Miss Ning at the moment." There was a pause. "Is there any other way we can renegotiate this deal?"

"What are you proposing, then?"

"I don't think it's my place to make the decision on behalf of Miss Ning," Yundong said. "Would it be possible to delay the extension of the lease until Miss Ning gets back?"

"Delay?" The landlady didn't sound too happy.

"It won't be too long," Yundong added quickly. "A week or two."

Could they rescue Master within a week or two? Had Yundong already come up with a plan?

"A week?" The landlady sounded even less happy now. "I'm afraid that's not possible, young man."

Seconds passed in silence.

"If you can't get in touch with Miss Ning," the landlady said, "then I'm afraid I'll have to terminate her lease."

"I'll lease it!"

Su Chan's gaze snapped towards Shen You, who had just strode into the apartment uninvited.

"Hey!" Su Chan growled, but Shen You was already making his way towards the landlady.

Yundong was following the man's movements with a raised brow.

"I'll sign the lease," Shen You said, stopping in front of the landlady. "How much?"

"What do you think you're doing?" Su Chan snarled.

Oh, she so wanted to rip his face apart. Just how big was this fool's ego?

"Your guardian is unavailable, right?" Shen You was now looking at her as though this was some kind of routine conversation. "And you need a place to stay."

From the corner of her eyes, Su Chan spied Yundong doing a face-palm while shaking his head.

"That's none of your business," Su Chan snapped.

Shen You turned away as though he didn't hear her. "How much is it, landlady?"

The landlady opened her mouth to speak, but Shen You interrupted her with a raise of his hand.

"You know what? Just hand over the contract. I'll sign it right away."

The landlady pulled out those papers from her satchel and handed them to Shen You.

"You really are out of your mind," Su Chan remarked as she watched Shen You scrawl his name on those papers.  

"On the contrary." Shen You smiled and capped his pen. "I think I have just found the perfect solution for you." He slid his pen into his pocket. "I'll lease the apartment and let you stay in it. How about that?"

No thanks.

Su Chan stormed past the man. "Let's get out of here, Yundong." She slid her hand into Yundong's and shot a glare over her shoulder. "I'm not staying anywhere where I'll run into this guy."

***

Su Chan entered her bedroom to pack what little belongings she had. She had come to the apartment pretty much empty-handed. Most of her (and Master's) belongings were back at the Fox Zen School. When Master told her to make a run for it, she obeyed right away and snuck out through the window. She took nothing with her.

She was about to head into the bathroom to take her comb and several hairpins when Yundong suddenly took her hand.

"Beloved?"

"What if your master still wishes to stay here after we get her back?"

Su Chan pondered the question for a moment. Master could easily find another place if she wanted to. Actually, Master didn't even need a corn-door. She could survive out in the woods just fine.

Besides… They could always just let Master stay at their home.

"It won't be a problem, beloved." Su Chan smiled. "Master will understand."

Yundong nodded. "I doubt the landlady is open to further negotiations either. I bet there are other potential tenants who want to lease the apartment." Yundong glanced around the room a few times, then held Su Chan's gaze again. "Does your master keep any important belongings here?"

Su Chan shook her head. "Nothing important."

Master had packed all her important belongings into her suitcase before they left for the Fox Zen School. All that was left at the corn-door were some crockeries, some old talismans from Master's past experiments, and… well, a bunch of vegetables.

"Alright then," Yundong said with a nod. "We'll head back to the Fox Zen School after you pack up."

"Mm!" Su Chan nodded and strode into the bathroom to get her things.

She wondered if she could finally call the Fox Zen School her home.