At noon the next day, the two of them briefly had lunch in the dining room before bidding farewell to everyone. They boarded the club’s van and set off for the match, ignoring the envious looks.
Some of the other players wanted to complain about the two people’s behavior of going to watch alone. However, Lin Yan had said it was an official invitation and they could only silently swallow down the tears of jealousy and wish the two people a smooth journey.
It was around an hour’s drive to the venue. Lin Yan had stayed up late again last night and fell asleep after getting into the car. Jing Yuanzhou glanced at the sleeping face with amusement. Then he thought of Lin Yan coming to watch the match with him despite a lack of sleep and his heart was vaguely moved.
He asked the driver to turn down the background music and took out his phone to send a message to Ku Tianlu, stating that he was on the road.
He soon received a reply from Ku Tianlu who was apparently shocked after receiving the message: [Are you really coming to watch the match? I just spoke casually yesterday. There is no need to be nervous. Mini has been in good condition recently and the team is fine. Isn’t it just playing in the first round? Don’t worry, nothing will go wrong.]
Jing Yuanzhou couldn’t help smiling. [I’m not here to see you.]
Ku Tianlu: [??? Stop making trouble. If you aren’t watching us when going to see the match, what are you watching? Don’t tell me you are here to see the opponent PILL?]
Jing Yuanzhou: [I was invited by someone, privately invited.]
Ku Tianlu: [……]
Jing Yuanzhou: [You can think of it as a date.]
Ku Tianlu: [………]
Who wanted to pay attention to his dates?!
Jing Yuanzhou glanced sideways at the person sleeping next to him and adjusted the falling blanket. Then he continued to type: [I’m not going to see the BK team. I just want to take the opportunity to get the feeling of being an audience member. Don’t worry about telling Mini about my arrival. Now BK’s battlefield is his stage. I will give him a surprise.]
Ku Tianlu: [Understood.]
Then he couldn’t help asking: [The person with you, is it… the coach?]
Jing Yuanzhou didn’t directly answer: [The match is just around the corner. Is it really appropriate to gossip here, Captain Ku?]
Ku Tianlu was stunned by the sudden business talk and found that he really couldn’t speak to this person. [F&k, I’m going to arrange the final tactics. Goodbye!]
Jing Yuanzhou smiled and glanced contentedly to the side. One thing had to be admitted. From the very first meeting, he felt that Lin Yan’s face was the type he liked. Even now, he felt like he would never get tired of it.
Lin Yan woke up and found the car parked in the parking lot. There was still some time before the match started so Jing Yuanzhou hadn’t been in a hurry to wake him up. Lin Yan opened his eyes and stared at the car roof for a while before remembering where he was. He stretched his body and tidied up his messy hair.
The driver looked back from the driver’s seat. “Should I drive the car to the inner area?”
Generally during a match, the league officials would arrange an independent venue to facilitate the parking of players from major clubs who came to watch the match. There was also a dedicated passage for entering the stadium. The purpose was to prevent players from being recognized by fans and causing unnecessary agitation.
Lin Yan was arranging the tickets. He heard this and nodded while taking out the passes. “Go in.”
It didn’t matter where his ticket was checked. After all, his current status wasn’t much different from an amateur’s. However, Jing Yuanzhou was different. He was a top player in the league, not to mention that this afternoon was the BK team’s match. His identity was undoubtedly more special.
Lin Yan thought of this and glanced at Jing Yuanzhou, “Should we greet the director in advance?”
Everyone needed to pass the ticket check when entering the stadium and professional players were no surprise. The league’s staff naturally became familiar with everyone’s positions. There wouldn’t be a situation where the spectators area was overwhelmed by the crowd but it was normal to create some gimmicks with close-up shots during the match. In addition, Jing Yuanzhou’s identity as the former captain of BK was still hot. If they didn’t greet the camera director in advance then once the audience saw Jing Yuanzhou appearing at the site of BK’s match, it would definitely cause great agitation. It might be a fatal bomb for the diehard fans of the BK team.
To put it another way, it was possible that just showing his face would accidentally take away all the headlines of today’s e-sports magazines. It was naturally safest to greet the director in advance and keep a low profile.
However, Jing Yuanzhou replied lightly, “No.”
Jing Yuanzhou met his gaze and inexplicably smiled. “Why? Don’t you want the attention?”
“Well, of course I want it but…” Lin Yan cleared his throat. “Our club’s popularity is currently sufficient and there is no shortage of attention.”
The expression in Jing Yuanzhou’s eyes changed slightly and he glanced at the BK support cards that were faintly flashing from the distant ticket gate. “However, I’m missing some.”
Lin Yan paused a bit before understanding Jing Yuanzhou’s meaning. It was to make a thorough farewell to the connection between Titans and BK.
Lin Yan was silent for a moment before smiling. “Thank you God Jing for the free traffic.”
Jing Yuanzhou lowered his eyes slightly. “You’re welcome.”
It was almost time for the driver to stop the car in the inner field. The two people put on caps and masks before getting out of the car. They completed the ticket check-in, headed through the dedicated passage, and entered the inner field.
Jing Yuanzhou was looking for the location of their seats when he found another detail. It might be the inner field but the tickets LIn Yan bought weren’t in the area where professional players gathered. It was all the way on the other side where Internet celebrity streamers and other people in the circle sat. This was obviously to avoid embarrassment when seeing his old opponents.
Jing Yuanzhou had this thought and couldn’t help silently watching the back of the person leading the way.
Since the two of them were almost late, the pre-match preparations were in full swing. The commentators at the scene were working hard to liven up the atmosphere. As usual, the director repeatedly switched the camera to the audience on the big screen.
Occasionally, a few familiar faces would be seen. Every time the professional players greeted the audience through the camera, a wave of restlessness occurred and the screams became even louder.
Lin Yan found that Luni, who just finished the match yesterday, also appeared on the camera. He couldn’t help whispering into Jing Yuanzhou’s ear, “Guess when the director is going to show you?”
Jing Yuanzhou’s ears were slightly itchy because of this behavior and he moved close. “My guess is that it should be the finale.”
Lin Yan looked up and saw that Jing Yuanzhou’s bangs were slightly messy after taking off the cap. He reached out and carefully said, “You mentioned you want to give me free traffic. Pay more attention to the club’s appearance and remember…”
Before he finished his words, he suddenly felt that the originally restless scene had fallen quiet. Lin Yan had a bad feeling and looked up to see the man in the center of the big screen also raising his head in confusion.
Lin Yan, “……”
Before he could take back the hand placed on Jing Yuanzhou’s head, the short silence ended and there was an eruption of screams that completely overturned the roof.
The two of them wore casual clothing today and masks that basically covered most of their faces. There were no other players around so when the director first cut the camera over, their affectionate actions caused the official commentators to consider them a same-sex couple watching the match together.
Fortunately, their professional instincts meant the commentators didn’t tease the men. After a short pause, they recognized Jing Yuanzhou through the mask.
Jing Yuanzhou glanced at the camera that was always focused on his body and took off the mask with a calm expression. Then he raised the support card he bought before entering the venue. On the flashing sign, the words ‘Bk jiayou, Mini jiayou’ shone again and again.
The official commentator couldn’t help being slightly stunned by Jing Yuanzhou’s actions. A bit of time passed before he managed to find his voice and he joked in as relaxed a manner as possible, “I didn’t expect for even TItans to come. The one sitting next to him seems to be Coach Lin of the GH team? He is holding the BK team’s support card. I don’t know how GH feels about Titans’s move of ‘longing to be somewhere else’?”
Lin Yan gestured to the camera in a timely manner, silently expressing his firm support of his player. However, it was clear that no one cared about such a lively interaction.
The scene that lasted a few seconds had already stirred up a thousand waves with a single stone. It made the already boiling match venue completely become a turbulent ocean. The desired effect was received and the director moved the camera away in a timely manner.
A large part of the audience were supporters of BK. Their biggest worry for the mid-season was whether the new player Mini could take over Titans’s position.
They all knew that Lan Min was Jing Yuanzhou’s only apprentice but his previous matches were always in situations where Jing Yuanzhou was present. Now he was completely alone and some of the BK fans were anxious.
Titans’s sudden transfer was always like a thorn in their hearts. The emptiness after the sudden poaching was even more disturbing. Fans had new expectations about BK’s future results but there was a trace of uncertainty that couldn’t be erased.
They didn’t know how far the team could go without Titans but they were careful not to let the players feel more pressure because of their worry. These emotions finally collapsed completely when they saw Jing Yuanzhou at the scene.
They were once perplexed, confused and even angry due to Titans’s departure. However, the fans who supported BK had a voice in their hearts telling them that no player would easily leave the team he had been loyal to for many years and the teammates he had fought with. In fact, they were very clear that the so-called complaints and doubts could only be attributed to their reluctance and regret. Even so, they couldn’t help wanting to complain.
No one thought that Titans would appear in their vision again in such a way. It was in the stadium of the BK team with the name of the BK team written on a support card. Even if he no longer played for BK, the Titans that once belonged to BK was like the fans. He hoped the BK team could go up step by step, becoming better.
Inexplicable feelings poured into their hearts and sorrow instantly made their hearts a mess. It wasn’t known who choked it out first but the BK fans learned from Jing Yuanzhou’s support card and started shouting, “BK jiayou, Mini jiayou! BK jiayou, Mini jiayou! BK jiayou, Mini jiayou!—!”
The entire venue was completely filled with such a sound. Among the voices of the audience, some hysterical shouts could be heard from time to time, “Titans, we are waiting for you to come back!”
Lin Yan was moved by such an atmosphere. “This support card is really worth 35 yuan. Remember to transfer it to me when we get back.”
Jing Yuanzhou had been silent the whole time. Now he looked back and his expressionless face finally showed a slight smile. He leaned over to whisper into Lin Yan’s ear, “I listened to you and paid attention to the appearance of our club. Do you think my performance just now was good enough?”
The low voice was instantly swallowed by the shouts, leaving nothing but the residual heat on his ear. Lin Yan felt like something was burning on his skin and cleared his throat. “Forget it, I will report the 35 yuan to the team’s expenses.”
This could probably be understood as approval of his performance just now.
Jing Yuanzhou’s lips silently curved up. “Thank you Boss.”