Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Editor: SpringBreeze, Kiramekineko
Xie Quan quickly regained his composure after that momentary shock. He looked at Ji Cheying, who came up behind him silently, and did not complain, but said good-naturedly and without haste, “I came out for a walk.”
Ji Cheying, who was carrying some household utensils on his head at present, was almost a head taller than Xie Quan, and looked behind the glass window over Xie Quan’s head. Then he asked, “What’s over here?”
“Don’t you know?” Xie Quan asked.
Ji Cheying raised his eyebrows and asked frankly, “How do I know?”
“If you don’t know, go back.” Xie Quan lifted his feet to walk towards the room where his ward was located, but when he passed by, Ji Cheying grabbed him. “You’re out, so just walk again, don’t you want to see inside?”
Xie Quan looked at Ji Cheying strangely, what did he want to do?
Not really wanting to step on someone else’s paved road, Xie Quan shook his head decisively. “No, I’m not interested.”
Ji Cheying did not give up. “Well? The doctor who reviewed you yesterday, Dr. Tang, is also here.”
Just then, the closed door was opened and Tang Wenshao came out from inside. “Mr. Xie, what a coincidence, are you able to get out of bed now?”
Xie Quan turned around and pursed his lips somewhat helplessly. “Yes.”
Tang Wenshao also greeted Ji Cheying, “Mr. Ji, good morning.” This time, his attitude was much more natural than yesterday.
Ji Cheying smiled gently in response. “Thank you, doctor, for yesterday.”
“It’s okay, I was going to go see Mr. Xie after I was done here. After all, it’s close by.”
Ji Cheying asked aptly, “This side is…?”
“Why, here are some of the patients we saw with the pheromone outbreak, it’s so depressing.”
“…” Xie Quan watched in silence as these two sang to each other’s tune, silently sighing in his heart, do these two know how deliberate they are?
Xie Quan was a little uncomfortable, slightly wanting to say that he wanted to go back to the ward, but also slightly wanting to see the end.
People were still more or less curious.
Finally, Tang Wenshao invited, “Would you like to come in and take a look?”
Ji Cheying smiled and cast a questioning look at Xie Quan, who smiled coldly in his heart, but he still smiled gently and lightly on the surface, without any aggression. “Yes, let’s go in and take a look.”
Ji Cheying raised his eyebrows slightly. “Didn’t you just say you weren’t interested?”
Xie Quan said slowly, “Dr. Tang has kindly invited us.” He slightly increased the tone of the words “kindly invited”.
Tang Wenshao pushed open the door and then welcomed the two people to enter. He said to them in a low voice, with a side glance, “Please do not make any noise, and do not open these ward doors. Although there are isolation shields inside, only a layer of protection is not enough insurance. Opening the ward doors may cause a certain chance of pheromone leakage.”
Probably because the space was closed, there was a dead silence in the room, as well as a feeling of oppression.
But to say complete silence, it seemed not quite right, because the pain of wailing could faintly still be heard in the corridor from the wards.
Xie Quan looked at one of the wards where the woman lay, who had fallen in front of him that day. Her bed was wrapped in a bubble-shaped transparent enclosure. Her body was bound to the bed by several thick straps, but even so, she was still struggling violently. Her originally gentle-looking face was now as thin as a skeleton, with a pair of red bloodshot eyes almost bulging out of their sockets, and was still screaming in hideous pain.
“Kill me, kill me, I can’t stand it anymore, please, kill me.”
Tang Wenshao stood next to Xie Quan and explained in a low voice, “They are betas, but their glands were forcibly developed. Plus, the loon area that controls the glands was destroyed, directly causing the glands to go out of control. The pheromones are uncontrollably rampaging through the body, like an alpha that is always in susceptibility and an omega that is always in heat, but they can’t get any relief. An inhibitor will soon be suppressed by the newly secreted pheromones soon after injection. Under the control of pheromones, they have lost their sanity as human beings and become bodies controlled by pheromones…”
He spoke clearly and slowly as if he was trying to cram every word into Xie Quan’s ears.
“People who do things like that are cruel.”
Xie Quan’s eyes darkened.
Tang Wenshao asked, “Mr. Xie, who do you think would do such a cruel thing?”
Xie Quan said indifferently, “No matter who it is, that person will pay the price.” When he finished, he turned his head to Ji Cheying, who had been silent, and asked, “Right?”
Ji Cheying looked at Xie Quan in silence and finally nodded. The color of his eyes was obscure, and his words were as heavy and hard as stone. “Yes, no matter who it is.”
At night, Xie Quan’s terminal accessed an encrypted signal.
It was Anna.
Xie Quan locked the door, then put on the headset and connected.
Then, as usual, before Xie Quan could speak, Anna threw a series of questions at him, “Where are you? Why did Xiao Bai turn on the alert mode earlier? What’s going on? Do you need me to send someone over to help you? Did you solve the problem?”
“…” Xie Quan sat on the chair by the window, Anna was six years older than him, and had known him for a long time. When he left Epsilon District, it was Anna who helped him settle down in the outside world, and was now the only person Xie Quan could call close. Therefore, Anna’s side was able to receive his terminal’s abnormal alert status.
Xie Quan knew that Anna must be very worried about himself, but he was also in a difficult situation.
Where should he start? From the restaurant captivity?
However, Anna would definitely ask why he was taken, and that would be another explanation. And, that explanation would be even more difficult to know where to start. In fact, from the time he arrived in Noel City, it was a mess.
The identity of “Xie Quan” was too troublesome…
Xie Quan wondered. How did he find such an identity in the first place?
Xie Quan’s mind wandered, and Anna spoke decisively, “Yan Bai! You’re talking to me again and you’re lost in thought! Is it so hard to get your attention when I’m talking?”
Xie Quan said in a gentle voice, “No, I was just thinking about how to talk to you.”
“Oh, did you figure it out then?”
“Well… It’s more of a problem.” Xie Quan said decisively, “I’d rather not say anything.”
“???” Anna yelled, “I’ve been fucking waiting for you for half a day just to get a word from you? Are you kidding me?”
Xie Quan sighed, “It’s really troublesome, and it’s not convenient to say too much right now.”
Once Anna heard that, she lightened her voice. “Is there someone next to you?”
“No one, but I’m not in the apartment.”
Anna looked at the time. “It’s ten o’clock at night, you’re not home. Where are you?”
After going through various places in his head, such as “friends’ houses, the street, the park”, and so on, and finding that none of them were plausible, Xie Quan could only say frankly, “I’m at the hospital.”
Anna’s voice paused for a moment, and then she asked eagerly, “Are you hurt? You really are in trouble! Where did you get hurt? Are you okay now? Which hospital are you in?”
Xie Quan answered one by one, “It’s not a big problem, it’s a small problem, it was… I was forcibly brought here by a ‘kind citizen’, I’m fine now.”
Xie Quan’s voice was the same as usual, and it didn’t look like he was seriously ill, so Anna believed it and she said, “This citizen is quite capable of getting you to the hospital, you don’t want to die in the hospital.”
Thinking of Ji Cheying’s bull-like temper, Xie Quan nodded approvingly. “He is very good.”
He couldn’t beat him.
Suddenly remembering something, Xie Quan asked before Anna could speak again, “Anna, do you remember the silver beetle miniature robot I made earlier?”
Anna froze for a moment, seemingly remembering, and after a few seconds, she responded, “Yes, I remember, why?”
Thinking of the beetle robot he saw in the woman’s hair that day, Xie Quan looked out the window at night, his eyes dark. “Have you ever sold that design to anyone?”
Anna’s voice was heard, she immediately said, “How is it possible? Didn’t you say that the private draft of the sale I couldn’t take to sell, and, at first I only saw your finished product, you did not give me the design.”
Xie Quan remembered that he was at Anna’s when he designed the beetle robot, and after he drew the design, he rushed to the studio to make it. And then, because he stayed up all night that day, his mind was confused the next day. After showing the finished product to Anna, he went to bed in a daze.
After that, he woke up, put the manuscript away and locked it up in the safe at the Imperial Bank. And, he went to make sure afterwards that the contents of the safe were still there intact.
The beetle robot had never been seen in front of anyone else, except Anna.
Likewise, the only person who could have seen his design was Anna.
Xie Quan reconfirmed, “Are you sure you didn’t mistakenly give it out as a trade draft?”
Anna had never been able to hold her breath, so she was impatient. Hearing this, her speech was suddenly faster, crackling like a firecracker. “Am I that unreliable? Although I am sometimes careless, I have always been very careful on such matters, and this black market transaction is not just done casually. I have to hand over a stack of things on the line, and have to double-check, so it is absolutely impossible to make a mistake!”
The voice embodied a sense of urgency, as if the whole person could not wait to drill through the network to explain some.
Xie Qua’s head swelled when he heard this and he pressed his temples. “I’m just asking.”
Anna was angry. “Not even if you ask! You’re doubting my work ethic!”
Xie Quan sighed. “I’m sorry, I won’t doubt you anymore.”
Anna then gave up, and then told Xie Quan to be careful not to be caught by the Imperial Army, nagging for almost ten minutes, before hanging up the communication.
Xie Quan sat in his chair as if he had been tortured, looking exhausted. With a long sigh, it ended.
Xie Quan blinked, his clear eyes showing a sharp light under his eyelashes. There were only two possibilities for this matter of beetle robots:
One, the Imperial Bank’s safe had been snuck into.
Two, Anna was lying.
Emotionally, he was inclined to the former. Rationally, the latter was more likely. After all, the inner workings of the Imperial Bank’s safe was designed by him.
The question came back, from the time he arrived in Noel City, he also ran into all sorts of things, including the case of “beta re-division”. He was besieged by the Imperial Army and found the identity of this “Xie Quan” in a panic.
Did he really find it on his own?
The author has something to say:
No prizes: When Major General Ji , Dr. Tang, and Xie Quan were in the hallway, how many of them were acting? How many of them were acting in a play within a play?
Xie Quan: Ohhhh, I see, you guys were acting.