Hearing the system’s arrogant declaration, Xuan Ming froze while applauding.
Zhuang Li’s tone was still so lazy and casual: “Oh, really? But I’m not worried at all, System. If you escape now, there is still time, I will give you a chance.”
The system was annoyed by his arrogant attitude, so it snorted coldly and said, “Host, I also gave you a chance, but you didn’t know how to cherish it.”
As soon as it finished speaking, a piercing buzzing sounded in Zhuang Li’s mind, and the pitch continued to rise. This buzzing sound was like the circuit feedback generated between the microphone and the speaker, but it was sharper and more unbearable than that.
Xuan Ming was able to intercept the conversation between the system and Zhuang Li, so he could naturally hear this humming. As an indirect victim, he quickly held his forehead and gritted his teeth to prevent himself from crying out in pain.
Zhuang Li, who directly used his cranial cavity to bear the scream, just closed his eyes and waited quietly.
If it wasn’t for his slender fingertips not turning the ballpoint pen anymore, but holding the pen holder tightly, Xuan Ming would have almost thought he didn’t feel it.
Seeing that Zhuang Li was not rolling around in dissatisfaction, nor begging for mercy, the system felt very unfulfilling.
It further threatened: “Host, whether you like it or not, I have bound you forcibly. Oh, there is one more thing I forgot to tell you, after binding, if you can’t complete the task, I can kill you.”
The screams in his mind were fading away, and Zhuang Li began to turn the ballpoint pen slowly and skillfully. He was indifferent to the so-called obliteration.
Xuan Ming suddenly remembered that An Bao’er’s system had also said something like obliteration. If these systems came from high-dimensional space, then they must have the ability to destroy a life.
Xuan Ming’s hands on his knees couldn’t help clenching into fists, and his worried eyes frequently glanced at the curly-haired young man beside him. He knew that his behavior was suspicious, but he couldn’t help it.
The system still didn’t get the expected response, so it couldn’t help raising the volume: “Host, did you hear what I said?”
Zhuang Li raised his eyelids lazily, but his tone was full of provocation: “Kill me? Then try it.”
The system was completely irritated, and shouted: “Host, your emotional intelligence is really low, and you can’t even do the most basic assessment of the situation. As your system, I have the responsibility to teach you a bit.”
As soon as it finished speaking, a whistling sound of electric current rang in Zhuang Li’s mind.
Xuan Ming didn’t know what the system was doing, but he could infer what happened to the curly-haired youth from his reaction.
The young man dropped his pen, and pressed his hands on the table, as if holding back something. Blue blood vessels gushed out from the back of his white hand, and the rapidly flowing blood made these blood vessels fluctuate slightly, which was a reaction to extreme pain.
The system was destroying the youth’s body!
This recognition made Xuan Ming forget to hide his abnormality, and immediately want to send the young man to the hospital, but he suddenly found that his legs were covered with plaster, and he couldn’t even stand up.
He immediately took out his mobile phone and wanted to send a text message to the bodyguard standing outside the meeting room. Just as he typed the words “you come in”, he heard the curly-haired young man laughing softly in his mind.
His hands rested on the bottom of Xuan Ming’s eyes, and the blue blood vessels were hidden under the white skin, like clouds stained with mist and rain, and like white jade soaked in blood, it was shockingly beautiful. However, it was such a pair of hands that fully revealed the pain of the youth.
But his laughter was relaxed and comfortable, without the slightest hint of coercion. He smiled and gasped for short breaths, not as if he was enduring pain, but as if he was enjoying pleasure.
Xuan Ming was dumbfounded, and then goose bumps rose all over his body. He intuitively felt that this kind of laughter was weird, but he couldn’t tell exactly where the weirdness came from.
He began to fidget, and even forgot to send the text message calling for the bodyguard.
The system asked angrily: “What are you laughing at?”
“Ha~ha…” Zhuang Li laughed again and again, sweat dripped from his forehead, but his pale skin was stained with a scarlet color at some point, there was also a slanting red mark at the end of his narrow and long eyes.
Xuan Ming only glanced at it and quickly looked away, his Adam’s apple rolled, and he suddenly felt his mouth dry up. He tore off his silver-gray tie and unbuttoned two more shirt buttons, only then did he feel less short of breath.
Judging from the young man’s reaction, he didn’t seem to be defeated in the confrontation.
The system was still clamoring: “Host, is the taste of electric shock too satisfying? Don’t hide your pain with laughter, it’s still too late to beg for mercy. Let me tell you, I can not only shock your body with electric shock, but also kill your soul. You’d better listen to me honestly.”
“Shock my body, are you sure?” Zhuang Li propped his hands on the table and pursed his lips silently: “If it was a real electric shock, there should be burn marks on my skin.”
He said while turning his fingertips.
Xuan Ming’s gaze was immediately attracted by those slender, jade-white fingers with a little pink at the top.
Zhuang Li pressed his fingertips, and continued: “But my skin doesn’t have any scars, what does that mean?”
Come on, come on, the feeling of being deflated was coming again! The system gritted its teeth in hatred.
Zhuang Li chuckled and said: “This shows that the pain of the electric shock is just an illusion. It can neither destroy my brain nor harm my body.”
His hanging heart slowly fell to the ground. It was fine if it was an illusion, he unconditionally believed in the youth’s judgment.
“Is it a hallucination if you are still in such pain?” the system asked unwillingly.
“Do you want me to explain the principle of this in detail? You used a small electric current to strengthen the connection between my nucleus accumbens and the prefrontal cortex. If these two brain areas are overloaded, they will produce strong pain. This pain is just a signal, not a real lesion, and it doesn’t do any harm to my body.”
After saying these words, Zhuang Li lowered his head and searched for something.
Xuan Ming immediately bent down to help him pick up the ballpoint pen.
He thanked him in a low voice, but he didn’t even give Xuan Ming a straight look, and finally started to turn his pen again, ignoring the system in his brain and the pain in his body.
The system was terribly frustrated, and said in a deep voice, “So what if it’s an illusion? Your pain is real, and I don’t believe you can handle it!”
It increased the connection between the two brain regions again, making the pain stronger.
This time, the ballpoint pen on Zhuang Li’s fingertips did not fall off, but the beads of sweat on his forehead became finer.
Xuan Ming frowned and looked over. Although he couldn’t empathize with the young man, he could intuitively see the system’s strong desire for revenge from the sound of the ever-increasing current. It was trying to bring the man to submit by brutal means.
Huge anger filled Xuan Ming’s heart.
But Zhuang Li gasped and laughed lowly: “Is this all you have, System?”
The light blue ballpoint pen twirled and danced at his fingertips, like a blooming flower, which showed his calmness and composure. It showed that he had the chance to win.
Xuan Ming couldn’t take his eyes off the young man.
The system continuously stimulated Zhuang Li’s nucleus accumbens and prefrontal cortex.
The sizzling sound that represented endless pain kept ringing in Zhuang Li’s mind, and it also rang in Xuan Ming’s ears.
A few minutes later, Xuan Ming supported his sweaty forehead, took out his mobile phone, and was about to send a message to the bodyguard again. As a bystander, he couldn’t stand it anymore.
Zhuang Li gently put down the ballpoint pen, and smiled recklessly: “Why is the pain from the electric shock getting weaker and weaker? System, could it be that your conscience has exploded?” The sizzle completely disappeared.
The system snorted coldly: “Is the lesson learned enough today? Do the task obediently in the future, or I will kill you!”
Xuan Ming put down the phone and breathed a sigh of relief. If the young man chose to compromise and accept the task, he could understand and even cooperate. Having participated in the entire confrontation between the youth and the system, it was difficult for him not to feel bad about the other party.
However, Zhuang Li was so stubborn that he shook his head and said with a light smile, “Then you should kill me now.”
Xuan Ming, who was ignored by the youth to the end, was in a very complicated mood.
The system gritted its teeth and said: “Master, do you believe that I will really kill you!”
Zhuang Li leaned back in the chair, crossed his slender legs, and replied lazily: “I don’t believe it.”
“Okay Okay, I’ll kill you right away!” After a familiar hissing sound, the system’s gunpowder-smelling voice returned to the original inorganic metallic voice: “The killing process has started, and after ten seconds, the host’s soul will disappear forever, ten, nine…”
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 The nucleus accumbens is considered as the neural interface between motivation and action, playing a key role on feeding, sexual, reward, stress-related, drug self-administration behaviors, etc.