Chapter 1 - Unlucky Cannon Fodder (1)
At the end of May, the capital was sweltering hot.
Gu Jin wore a white dress and high heels while toting a number of shopping bags. As she stepped out of the taxi and walked toward her apartment, the taxi driver’s lustful eyes followed her swaying figure. After she swiped her card key in the door’s slot, the entrance slid open, causing some cool air to escape.
This building was a high-end double apartment that was located near the Imperial Normal University. It had tight security and well-made facilities at an affordable price. Since two girls occupied one of the two apartments, the decorations throughout the rooms were very feminine.
As soon as Gu Jin returned to her room and put down her shopping bags, she heard a crisp, feminine voice outside her door. “Little Jin!”
Gu Jin frowned and pushed her bags into her closet. Suddenly, Cheng Xin pushed the door open and entered, wearing a pair of pink slippers. Gu Jin felt that Cheng Xin had invaded her privacy. She didn’t like people going into her room without her permission. However, in the female protagonist’s eyes, she and Gu Jin were close enough to even share the same pair of pants, so entering and leaving each other’s rooms on a whim was only natural to her.
“Little Jin, where did you go today? Why didn’t you call me?” Cheng Xin pouted in disappointment. As if it were her room, she sat comfortably on Gu Jin’s bed, before she asked with suspicion, “Is it…is it because you’re trying to avoid me so that you could visit Shao Chong alone?”
“Shao Chong is busy with his work. How could he find the time to hang out with me? It’s getting hot, so my old clothes are no longer suitable. I went shopping today to buy some new outfits.”
“What? You went shopping alone?” Cheng Xin exclaimed.
Since Gu Jin and Cheng Xin were cousins who grew up together, they became best friends. Cheng Xin naturally had a deep understanding of her cousin’s temperament. Gu Jin had always been a quiet, dull, and old-fashioned sort of girl. Shopping was definitely not something she would initiate on her own.
Suddenly aware of her own overreaction, Cheng Xin coughed to hide her embarrassment before angrily scolding, “How could Shao Chong let you shop alone? That’s not very kind of him. Is working more important than spending time with his girlfriend?” She paused to sigh then continued to offer advice. “You’re too lenient. If you just let a man do whatever he wants, he’ll get used to it. I’ll have a meal with Shao Chong to talk to him about it.”
Upon hearing Cheng Xin’s words, Gu Jin raised a brow and smiled silently.
Cheng Xin quickly tried to veer the conversation to another topic with her lively personality and sharp mind. “Oh right, what did you buy? Let me take a look. My boyfriend, Jing Hao, is too overbearing. He often orders his people to send me custom-sewn clothing. I haven’t shopped outdoors in such a long time. Yet, you’re so mean. You didn’t even call me when you went out shopping!” Cheng Xin complained in a falsely upset voice as she kicked her legs in annoyance, wrinkling the bedsheets even further.
If Gu Jin didn’t know Cheng Xin well, she would have assumed that her cousin was showing off. Fortunately, she already prepared herself. Gu Jin forced herself to look away from the messy sheets. She opened the closet, picked one of the shopping bags, then handed it over to her cousin.
“Hey, I bought these for you. I hope you can somewhat forgive me.”
“Really? You got something for me again?!” Cheng Xin suddenly forgot her dissatisfaction and took the bag excitedly. She eagerly pulled out the clothes inside and held them up to her body. “Wow, Little Jin, the dress you bought is really cute!”
It was a fitted, light-yellow dress, trimmed along the skirt with delicate embroidery that added elegance and daintiness. This dress complemented Cheng Xin’s fair skin and tall height remarkably.
After receiving her gift, Cheng Xin forgot to check out Gu Jin’s other new clothes. Unable to contain her excitement, Cheng Xin eagerly returned to her room to try the new item on.
When she reached the door, she remembered how people talked about the importance of reciprocating other’s kindness. She and Gu Jin had similarly shaped bodies, so she turned around to say, “Little Jin, the other day, Jing Hao sent me a dress. I haven’t worn it yet, and it’s very pretty. I’ll give it to you later.”
The corner of Gu Jin’s lips raised a little. She unhesitatingly refused, “No thanks. Since Jing Hao gave those clothes to you, they represent his feelings for you. I’m afraid of disrespecting his wishes.” She added meaningfully, “Besides, is giving someone’s gift away like this appropriate?”
Cheng Xin agreed with her on this. Jing Hao was very possessive. If he knew that she had given his gift to someone else, he would punish her without batting an eye. When she thought of his punishments, her knees weakened and her cheeks flushed red.
She and Gu Jin were best friends and cousins. Both had no lack of money, so they didn’t need to worry about borrowing money from each other.
Cheng Xin happily replied, “Thank you, cousin! I’ll invite you to dinner tomorrow. I love you so much.”
After spending time and effort to send Cheng Xin away, Gu Jin removed her high heels and massaged her sore feet. She looked down at the messy bed with a deep sigh.
In her twenty-plus years of living, the most annoying task that Gu Jin received was the bystander role, “female protagonist’s best friend.” This character should comfort the female lead when she felt down. After transmigrating into this novel world, Gu Jin’s principles were all broken. That was because her cousin was Cheng Xin, the female protagonist of this world. Countless rich and handsome men pursued her.
Gu Jin did not end up transmigrating as a female rival, nor did she end up as an unlucky cannon fodder who would be cast aside by a lover and die a tragic death. On the contrary, she became Cheng Xin’s best friend, the female protagonist’s most trusted cousin.