“Brother, what are you and Brother Liang talking about? The countdown for the Chinese New Year has started. The organizers reminded and urged us to get ready!” Zhang Zhengxiong came over. 

“Oh, nothing much. Let’s go then.” Ye Cang immediately logged into DiFeng City in the virtual world. He then came to the waiting room of China’s Red Flame Dragon Stage.

It was in the middle of a singing session where famous artists were performing to the enjoyment of their audience, but not for some of them.  

“I’m bored with the performance already. When are the Three Brothers’ coming out?!”

“If it wasn’t for them, I bet I’m having a hook-up right now.”

“It’s good to be young. You can have as many hook-ups as you want since you don’t have a partner to be responsible for. *Sigh*”

“What’s hook-up?”

“Shhh...it’s a dirty adult game.”

“......”

“It’s gonna be their turn soon. It’s gonna be fast. We have two more short dramas, three songs, and two federal advertisements before them.”

“They’re last, you mean?”

“Why don’t we take a forty winks? It’s gonna take ages.”

“I’m afraid I might oversleep. Sometimes, even alarm clocks can’t wake me up.”

“Then I guess we have no choice.”

In the waiting room, Wu Na was nervous. It’s China’s biggest stage, the Red Flame Dragon Stage! I’m finally going to perform here even though it’s not my own concert. She then turned to look at Ye Cang and the others. 

“Brother, my God Erlang has equipped himself with the Lo Shu Square already! Come and attack me if you have the guts!” Zhang Zhengxiong placed the equipment card with the little figure of God Erlang carrying the Lo Shu square on the table. 

“Oops. I have the Holy Sword of Silvery Flame. Activating the Saint Joan of Arc’s ultimate move! Purging Holy Flames!” Ye Cang placed the card of Holy Sword of Silvery Flame with a cold smile. 

“It’s about time, Brother Lil’White. Hold on! My Pokemons! I choose you! Mewtwo! When activating Mewtwo, all attacks are nullified! After two rounds, this card will return to the Pokeball on hand, joining Mew.” Lin Le touched his cap. 

“Damn it! Lele! Do you know how to play?! His God Erlang already has the Lo Shu Square! If we don’t kill him now, we will be dead meat!” Ye Cang was pissed. 

“At least it’s better than getting killed by your AOE skills. It’s my Yama’s turn. Activating the one and only consumable skill - Death Note! God Erlang, give up the Lo Shu Square! Oops, since you can’t give up all, choose one. Or else, the death penalty will be sentenced. Since I’ve used my Death Note, the punishment will be doubled!” SpyingBlade took out the Death Note card.

“How dare you use the Death Note to eliminate me. If I don’t give up, your card will be wasted. But even if I do, my card will just return to the stack and your card will have to undergo a two-round cooldown.” Zhang Zhengxiong stared at SpyingBlade.

“What should I be afraid of? I have another one here.” SpyingBlade shrugged his shoulders.

“Damn.” Zhang Zhengxiong then put the Lo Shu Square back to his stack of cards and shuffled them, disappointed. 

“So, everyone is ignoring my presence?” Fang Ci sighed and draw a card. “Adding Jingwei in Classic of Mountains and Seas. Summoning Jingwei! Ordering it to fill up the sea! Successful! Everyone lost one round and sacrificed a card by placing it back to the stack while I get an extra round. So, let me draw a card. Hoho. The Nine-tailed Fox of Green Hills. Oh, it’s the Queen of Nine-tailed Fox! Adding the Queen of Nine-tailed fox in Classic of Mountains and Seas. Summoning the Queen! I can draw an additional two cards for the next three rounds. Activating the skill of the Queen! Flames of Fox. Oh no, it’s a fail. If it’s successful, I’ll be winning. Draw again…” 

“Draw my ass! I can’t take this anymore! Activating hidden card! Come out! My Howling Celestial Dog! Bite this bastard to death!” Zhang Zhengxiong activated his hidden trump card, summoned the dogs and killed the Nine-tailed Fox, thus canceling the illusion effect of the fox. He also removed its effect in the Classic of Mountains and Seas and recalled the dogs as his card could only be activated again after two rounds. “Hmph. Don’t you think a tiger is nothing more than a cat when it doesn’t roar?”

“Good job, A’Xiong. Let me lock his Classic of Mountains and Seas for three rounds with my war banner.” Ye Cang placed his hidden card - Iris Flower War Banner on the card of Classic of Mountains and Seas. 

“Take this! Trump card - Ord of Elves!” Lin Le used his card, attacked Jingwei and successfully kept it in the Pokeball. *Beep Beep* *Beep Beep* *Beep* *Beep* “Yes, I successfully captured a Jingwei.”

“Pen of The Judge! The effect of the Iris Flower War Banner is canceled and my card is disposed of. Ishh!” SpyingBlade removed the lock on the Classic of Mountains and Seas. 

“Brother Lil’White! The two of them formed an alliance! Shameless!” Lin Le was furious. 

“Hey, you have no right to talk bad about others. But, it’s true that the Classic of Mountains and Seas has to be limited for some time.” ThornyRose who was watching from the side said speechlessly. 

“Hmph! It’s my turn now!” Ye Cang made a hmph sound but FrozenCloud interrupted. “Did you forget about me? Activating Guan Yu’s hero ability! Breaking the Relationship! I won’t have anything to do with the Classic of Mountains and Seas for two rounds. Frost Fair Blade! Execute!”

Instantly, Fang Ci’s Son of Mountains and Sea is being killed and FrozenCloud drew three cards. “Summoning the weapon bearer - Zhou Cang! Able to draw an extra one card every round and two cards if an enemy is killed! Summoning the Red Hare! Activating the Change of Clouds! Skipping Lin Le’s turn and back to me! Activating the ultimate move! Greatest Morality of All Times! Targeting God Erlang! Removing his Lo Shu Square! Turning it into Three-Pointed Double-Edged Spear! Draw two extra cards! Haha! It’s here! Evolve! The Lord Guan Yu descended! Take this! The Martial Art Master’s Executing Chop! Another one is dead! Another three cards! Activating Zhou Cang’s special skill, drawing another two cards!”

“Eww, this game is so lame and boring. I think I’m watching the gala.” Lin Le picked his nose as he stood up and flicked his booger away. 

“True. Who else plays card games during CNY?! *Sigh* Can’t you people do something more meaningful?! Come on. How many times do I have to remind all of you? Since you have some time to spare, go and rehearse for the performance later. Practice makes perfect” Ye Cang threw away his cards and stood up. 

“.....” ThornyRose saw how FrozenCloud became speechless just when she was about to win the game. Hey, is it good to act like that when you’re about to lose?

“Activating the hidden card. I was saving this for going against the team leader but nevermind, I’m using it on you. The Reincarnation of the Nine Yamas! Removing all equipment, status, and summonings of Guan Yu! Interrupting the current round! Advancing to the next round! I’ll be sealed for two rounds and could not do anything, removing the Death Note.” SpyingBlade speechlessly took out his greatest trump card. I saved this for Saint Joan of Arc but who knows this would happen. Lil’Dino suddenly advanced into the Godly Guan Yu, killing two people consecutively. If she kills one more person, she’ll be able to summon the three brothers from the Blossom Garden. If that happens, it’s the end and even my reincarnation wouldn’t counter it.

Angrily, FrozenCloud glared at SpyingBlade. “OldZhao! Can’t you just let me win once?!”

“It’s my turn! Come out! My Pokemons! Snorlax! Haha! Take this! Bodyslam!” Lin Le got alert. 

“Lil’Dino, this game is very cruel. You’re still young. You should be cautious at all times until the game ends. Got it?” Ye Cang suddenly lectured FrozenCloud with the cards in his hand, all prepared to draw them after Lin Le’s turn. 

“You two bastards!” FrozenCloud ground her teeth and took out her hidden card. “Activate Attacking Fancheng! Due to the fact that I’ve lost every equipment and status, I’ll target Lin Le’s Pokemons, activating the Massacre of the Nightmare Demon.”

“What a cruel move. She actually activates the one-time ultimate move. Lele’s 10 collected Pokemons are now killed, including the legendary one - Mewtwo.” Flasher Uncle was observing their battle with his arms crossed. There isn’t anything left.

“Yeap, Lil’White has something up in his sleeves. Lele has also been keeping one card, not even when all his Pokemons are dead. I bet it’s a mega evolution, so he’s going to wait until he gets back Mewtwo.”

“If I’m not wrong, team leader’s card would be Saint Joan of Arc’s Brave Sacrificial. Killing everyone and having one HP left for herself.” Fang Ci was observing the situation too. Damn it. It’s a waste for me. That card I drew just now was Chiyou! If I could activate it, everyone will die! That stupid Howling Celestial Dog’s attack interrupted mine!

“.....” Seeing them playing their game of cards - X-hero seriously, Wu Na facepalmed. Are these people insane? The performance is about to start!