Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Chu Feng, who had been leaning against his desk, straightened up at his comment and asked, “What makes you think those bruises occurred after he died?”
Luo ZhouZhou was momentarily speechless.
When he was still in the tribe, the chief had taught the young vampires a lot about the human body and blood. So the first time he saw the bruises, he was able to identify exactly when they were made, based on their color and the size of the bleeding spots. But he could not tell Chu Feng the origin of this knowledge, nor could he say it was a vampire’s instinctive judgment.
Chu Feng looked at Luo ZhouZhou, waiting for him to reply.
When a person died, the blood coagulated, leaving no marks. The bruises on these bodies, which no one would think of as being caused after death, were tacitly attributed to a struggle with the murderer before death.
Moreover, the murderer would only leave the scene of the crime quickly if they were dead, so why would they bother to leave traces?
Luo ZhouZhou, who was staring at Chu Feng with his round eyes, regretted in his heart why he said that. Luo ZhouZhou was still defeated by Chu Feng’s sharp gaze, “It’s just… I can tell.” He stiffly walked around the desk and pointed his finger at the bruises on the projection, “Look, this, this, and this too, all of them were made after death.”
“Are you sure?” There was suspicion in Chu Feng’s voice.
As a vampire being questioned by humans, Luo ZhouZhou was instantly a little upset. He said indignantly, “Of course I am sure, I have learned this knowledge very well, and I was often praised by the clan chief.”
Chu Feng automatically ignored the clan chief in his reply and nodded, “That’s what blood genetics is all about, you’re probably right.”
“It’s not blood genetics science, it’s the words of the clan chief.” Luo ZhouZhou got even more upset, “And it’s not impossible, it’s absolutely true, that the bruise was caused within five minutes after the person died.”
Was human blood genetics science as good as his clan chief? He was a legendary vampire who had sucked the blood of countless people, been burned by torches, and pierced by crosses without dying.
“Well, he’s impressive then. So can you tell me how you used the knowledge passed down by the chief to be sure that the bruises on these dead were caused after death?” Chu Feng asked seriously.
“Because of the Alinor phenomenon.” Luo ZhouZhou said. Seeing Chu Feng’s puzzled face, he explained, “Alinor is a very famous sucker– a clan member of our tribe, but he is also very cruel, because he – while looking for food – will kill it, and then leave marks on the food after.”
Chu Feng became speechless.
“At first, we didn’t know he did it, but later our tribe’s guild found Alinor, trailing the traces left by the dead food, and put him to death. They pierced him with a cross and nailed him into a sarcophagus, and buried him deep in the ground——” Luo ZhouZhou said everything in one breath, then realized that he had said too much, shut up abruptly, and looked at Chu Feng in a bit of panic.
“So what you’re saying is that this bruise, the Alinor phenomenon, was caused by… your people?” Chu Feng asked with some difficulty. He didn’t understand why he was carrying on with this absurd conversation.
Maybe it was because Luo ZhouZhou’s look was so serious that he almost believed it for a moment. It could also be that the little Omega was blocking the projection, his face and upper body were dappled with light and shadow, and only his big, clear eyes could be seen.
Luo ZhouZhou couldn’t help but say, “It’s not caused by our tribe, it’s this kind of bruise that is caused within a few minutes after death, it’s called Alinor. You can’t tell the difference, but to us, it’s nothing like the marks that are made before death.”
It’s a vampire’s instinct to look for fresh blood. Luo ZhouZhou added in his mind.
“Well, then I’ll go and have it checked again to figure out when those bruises formed.” Chu Feng reacted with a slightly languid tone. Then he looked at the terminal on his wrist and said, “It’s getting late, I’ll take you home first.”
After that, he went back to his desk to turn off the overhead projection.
Luo ZhouZhou knew that he would not see Chen SiHan today, so he obediently walked to the door of the room and waited quietly. After closing the door, they walked down the long hallway, passing doors one after the other, toward the lobby. As soon as they reached the corner, they heard a woman’s wail, long and heartbreaking, like the grief of an animal.
Luo ZhouZhou walked into the lobby and saw a middle-aged woman sitting on a bench, her eyes closed and her head resting on the man beside her. Her mouth was open and she was gasping for air, and her eyes were closed but she was crying.
Seeing Chu Feng, the two police officers stood up straight and took the initiative to explain, “The parents of the Omega victim, having just seen the deceased, are having a hard time accepting the situation.”
Chu Feng continued to walk out without looking away, but Luo ZhouZhou stopped behind him. He stared at the woman’s face, which resembled that of one of the victims, and suddenly spoke up, whispering, “They’re looking into it, and Alinor will be caught.”
The woman remained motionless with her eyes closed, but her husband looked up at Luo ZhouZhou. Although he didn’t understand what Alinor was, he knew that the young man, who looked beautiful and noble, was speaking with good intentions. So he managed to pull out a smile, and the man whispered, “Thank you.”
Luo ZhouZhou took the two candies out of his pocket again and spread them out on his palm. He tucked the blueberry one back in his pocket, took two steps forward, and placed the orange one gently on the bench beside the woman.
Chu Feng stood at the entrance of the hall, looking at them in silence, with a complicated look, not knowing what to think.
After all this, Luo ZhouZhou rushed to the door in a few steps and said to him, “Let’s go.”
Chu Feng, however, remained standing there and suddenly said to a police officer, “Call the Department of Forensic Medicine to do another autopsy.” After thinking about it, he said, “Tell the head of the forensic department to contact me, and I’ll tell him the details myself.”
“Yes, sir.” The police officer replied.
The military SUV drove down the street and quickly arrived at the checkpoint. Despite the fact that he was wearing an ID terminal and that Chu Feng was sitting next to him, Luo ZhouZhou couldn’t help but sit up straight with nervousness.
He was relieved to have passed through the checkpoint unhindered, he looked over the rearview mirror in front of him and bumped into another pair of eyes. Chu Feng met his eyes brazenly and showed no intention of shying away from his gaze, and even kept looking at him in the rearview mirror.
Luo ZhouZhou, a little short of breath and a little unexplainably alarmed, simply turned his head to look out the window of the car.
Neither of them spoke for the rest of the ride, as the SUV sped down the wide Aleisha Avenue, getting closer and closer to the villa area.
In the slight bump, Luo ZhouZhou couldn’t help but surreptitiously look in the rear-view mirror again, while Chu Feng seemed to have a feeling, and at this moment also raised his eyes to look up, and their eyes met once again.
Luo ZhouZhou: !!!
Luo ZhouZhou quickly turned to the side, facing the car window, and turned his back toward Chu Feng.
Chu Feng looked straight ahead, but the slightly raised corner of his lips showed that he was relaxed and happy.
When the car entered the main gate of the villa area and stopped not far from the General’s residence, Chu Feng said to Luo ZhouZhou, who was still staring sideways out of the window, “Aren’t you getting out? Do you want me to drive you back to the police station again, or do you want to follow me home?”
Luo ZhouZhou just realized that he had arrived, “No need.” He unbuckled his seat belt with a straight face, then opened the door and jumped out.
Chu Feng looked at him with both hands on the steering wheel and said, “You look so unhappy, I thought you couldn’t bear to leave me. I was even considering whether to take you away.”
Luo ZhouZhou angrily slammed the car door shut, looked at Chu Feng through the window, and thought of what to say in return. Something so sharp that it would leave one speechless and unable to retort any further.
Then he saw Chu Feng’s smile.
Chu Feng’s smile was different from the others’, it reached the bottom of his eyes and then rippled out like water waves. It didn’t appear on his face until his eyes could no longer hold it. His face, which had always had an indifferent expression, suddenly became vivid and happy, so handsome that Luo ZhouZhou’s heartbeat instantly accelerated.
He forgot that he was searching for a rebuttal and just stared at him through the open window of the car. Chu Feng’s smile could not help but deepen as he watched him.
Luo ZhouZhou’s face heated up when the window slowly rose and he came to his senses.
The military off-road vehicle also made sounds and revved out with a roar.
Luo ZhouZhou watched the SUV disappear from sight before he turned back to the villa. He crossed the lawned front courtyard of the General’s residence, stepped onto the white marble steps, and pushed open the door in front of him.
Then he saw Luo Pei sitting on the sofa in the lobby, his face full of anger.
“General.” Luo ZhouZhou hesitated a little and came forward to greet him. He was a little surprised that Luo Pei was not resting now, as he usually went to bed at 9:00 p.m. He was very punctual.
But when he saw his face and Linda’s eyes, covered with tears, he understood why he was still in the living room so late. After all, he could tirelessly lecture him, like he was a generator.
“Where have you been all this time when you and Chen WenZhou should have gone home after dinner?” Luo Pei asked, “And who was the man who just brought you back?”
He was on his way upstairs, and looked out when he heard a noise from outside. In the darkness, he only saw Luo ZhouZhou and a car, but couldn’t read the license plate.
Luo ZhouZhou knew clearly that he was not allowed to be with Chu Feng, so he kept his mouth shut and did not say a word.
Luo Pei looked at his wife and said, “Go upstairs, I want to talk to him.”
“Then don’t chastise him too much,” Linda pleaded.
Luo Pei sighed, “He’s my son, and he’s an Omega, how else can I chastise him? You go up.”
Linda, who had always obeyed her husband’s orders, gave Luo ZhouZhou a worried glance and brushed past him on the stairs.
“Sit down.” Luo Pei gestured to the sofa, his tone calm.
Luo ZhouZhou was prepared to endure a rant, but Luo Pei was uncharacteristically gentle. He was surprised and sat down.
“What did you do today that made Chen WenZhou refuse to see you again in the future?” Luo Pei asked.
Luo ZhouZhou asked blankly, “Who is Chen WenZhou?”
“The Alpha you met with today, just had dinner with you, and you can’t remember who he is?” Luo Pei couldn’t help but raise his voice.
Luo ZhouZhou finally remembered and said, “Oh, yes, his name is Chen WenZhou.”
The veins on Luo Pei’s forehead twitched, and he resisted the urge to get angry and asked, “Didn’t you promise to go on a blind date properly? Why did he suddenly reject you?”
Luo ZhouZhou looked at him innocently and said, “You have to ask Chen WenZhou about this, but if you ask me, how can I know?”
“He won’t say, that’s why I came to ask you.” Luo Pei suddenly felt frustrated and said, “Zhou Zhou, Chen WenZhou is the Alpha I have chosen and think is the most suitable for you, but you just ruined it.”
Luo ZhouZhou tilted his head and said, “His body odor was very unpleasant, but I put up with it without rudely showing my disgust, so it shouldn’t be my problem. But I didn’t know he was on a blind date, so I thought you were looking for a valet for me.”
Luo Pei stared blankly at Luo ZhouZhou, unable to say a word.
Luo ZhouZhou hesitated, and added, “General, I will forgive you today, because we did not communicate well. But I can’t go on any more blind dates in the future; I can’t be with those people.” Feeling that this was inappropriate, he added, “Of course, I can be with someone, but only one person.”
He was referring to Chen SiHan.
Luo Pei flinched for a moment and asked, “Is the someone you are talking about the one who brought you home tonight? Who is he?”
Luo ZhouZhou shook his head, “Not the guy who sent me back, he’s a pain in the ass.”
As soon as the words left his mouth, Chu Feng’s smile appeared in front of his eyes as he left, and the candy in his pocket became particularly heavy. He changed his mind and said, “He’s not really a nuisance, he’s just a friend.”
After saying this, Luo ZhouZhou suddenly shut up.
Friend, what friend?
The word “friend” was unfamiliar to Luo ZhouZhou, who had been a loner since he left the patriarch and the place where he spent his formative years. He rented a small, humble loft in a commoner’s area and left home early in the morning and returned home late at night in search of his mate.
Every day, he sat quietly on a bench by the side of the street, listening to the music of street performers and watching people come and go. It seemed that all the happiness, sorrow and busyness in the world had nothing to do with him, except for the only belief that made him feel a connection with the world.
He did not know why he had just said the word “friend” so smoothly and naturally.
Luo Pei stopped saying anything else and looked down at the black tea in his hand, his eyelashes blocking his eyes.
Just when Luo ZhouZhou thought he had fallen asleep, he suddenly said, “Zhou Zhou, Dad has told you several times that I can’t protect you forever. The current peaceful days are getting shorter and shorter, and you may encounter unprecedented difficulties, and everything you have will be lost. Daddy knows you never wanted an Alpha, but Zhou Zhou, if Daddy is gone, who will protect you?”
For the first time, Luo Pei spoke to Luo ZhouZhou so calmly, without ranting and anger, only weariness and sadness.
“General, did something happen to you?” Even though Luo ZhouZhou was slow to notice his unusual behavior, he still noticed it.
A short while later, Luo Pei raised his hand and stroked his hair a few times. Luo ZhouZhou reflexively started to turn his head, but suddenly remembered the clan chief and stopped moving.
The chief also loved to gently stroke his head with his cold hands, and strangely, he did not want to avoid Luo Pei’s actions.
Luo Pei withdrew his hand, and when he looked up again, the emotion disappeared from his eyes, and he returned to his usual dignified appearance.
“I’m fine, you just need to keep your hands to yourself and not get me in trouble again.” He said stiffly, “At the institute, you should also study more with Qi Fen, read more and ask more questions, could he ignore people and drive you away?”
At the mention of Qi Fen, his voice began to boom again, and he walked upstairs as he spoke, meaning to let Luo ZhouZhou go to sleep. Just as Luo ZhouZhou stood up, he turned around again and said, “I’ve transferred some money to your terminal. And that someone… bring them back someday to meet me.”
Luo ZhouZhou: “…Oh”
After returning to his room, Luo ZhouZhou lay down in the bathtub and wondered how he was going to get Chen SiHan, and then bring him home to show Luo Pei. The hot water was so soothing that he was drifting off to sleep when the terminal next to the bathtub woke him from his reverie with a beep.
With his arms full of foam, he reached for the terminal and a display popped up with a line on it.
【ID54367】: Re-examining the body now, and hope your Alinor brings me luck.
Needless to say, this must be a message from Chu Feng.
Luo ZhouZhou’s heart was pounding, his sleep flew away, as he sat up in the bathtub. He first transferred the money for tonight’s dinner, then racked his brain for a reply.
He used his cell phone in the original world not only to check the time, but also to transfer money to the blood sellers in the underground exchange. No one had ever contacted him in this way, like an ordinary person who had friends and acquaintances.
Luo ZhouZhou looked at the message repeatedly, feeling a little happy.
After thinking about it for a long time, he sent one back.
【Luo ZhouZhou】: Not my Alinor. I ate the candy. The money has been transferred.
When Luo ZhouZhou finished sending it, he read it several times in his mind, and suddenly felt how dry it looked. If you imagine these words coming from Luo Pei’s mouth, you might even think they felt arrogantly provocative.
He thought about it and sent another one.
【Luo ZhouZhou】: The name of your terminal is very nice.
After sending, Luo ZhouZhou closed his terminal with satisfaction and climbed up from the bathtub.
There was no reply from Chu Feng, but Luo ZhouZhou didn’t care; he was just immersed in the joy of chatting for the first time with his communicator. He rolled up the blanket under the bed, got in, and went to sleep happily.
The next day, as soon as Luo ZhouZhou entered the institute, he was assigned by Qi Fen to deliver materials. He walked through the different labs, handing the materials to the various researchers, not bothering to stop for a drink of water.
When he came out of the restroom, he met Lin Fan, who was washing his hands, with a large cardboard box at his feet, and was obviously busy too.
“How was last night?” Lin Fan asked Luo ZhouZhou, who was washing his hands side by side with him, in a low voice. Seeing that he looked a bit confused, Lin Fan said, “Didn’t you say you were going to see Sheriff Chen?”
“Oh, Sheriff Chen, I haven’t seen him,” Luo ZhouZhou replied as he squeezed his hand sanitizer. He sounded a little regretful, but not too sad.
Lin Fan was disappointed to hear, “So you dressed up for nothing yesterday and went home when you arrived at the police station without seeing anyone?”
“No, I ate dinner with an Alpha at Aleisha first and went to Bayard only after dinner,” Luo ZhouZhou said.
Lin Fan said, “You ate dinner with another Alpha before you went?”
Luo ZhouZhou nodded, rubbing foam out of his hands.
“So you didn’t see Sheriff Chen, and the Alpha that you had dinner with took you home?” Lin Fan couldn’t help but ask again.
Luo ZhouZhou said, “No, it was another one who took me home.”
Lin Fan was keenly aware that the corner of Luo ZhouZhou’s lip curled up when he spoke of this other person. Luo ZhouZhou dried his hands by pulling on a paper towel and said to Lin Fan, “I’ll go on with the delivery.”
He threw the paper towel into the trash can, picked up the files and walked out. He went after Sheriff Chen, but had dinner with another Alpha, and was sent home by a third Alpha.
Lin Fan looked at his back in shock and mumbled after a long while, “You scumbag.”