Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
The people at the General’s residence had been very kind to Luo ZhouZhou in the past two days. Needless to say, Linda fed him non-stop. Butler Li, who was not a smiley man, would pull at the corners of his mouth with a stiff smile when he brought him tomato juice. Even Luo Pei spoke in a delicate voice, his loud voice at least an octave lower. He only spoke to him once, with strict orders not to hang out with Chu Feng anymore.
Luo ZhouZhou was weakly silent.
Even if Luo Pei didn’t say so, he didn’t want to see Chu Feng again.
At least not for a few days.
He had locked himself in his room and was depressed. When he received the tomato juice from Butler Li, he took one look at it and looked away, “Thank you, but take it away. I don’t want to drink this anymore.”
When Luo Pei saw him like this, he tried to say something several times, but Linda interrupted him. She whispered reproachfully, “Leave him some self-respect after all that trouble at the police station.”
Luo Pei suddenly understood, and never mentioned it again, leaving Luo ZhouZhou to continue his melancholy.
Until yesterday evening, when he suddenly received a message from Chu Feng.
【ID54367】: Zhou Zhou, go to the window and take a look.
Confused, Luo ZhouZhou went to the window and pushed open the glass. He saw a familiar black SUV parked in the driveway outside the villa, Chu Feng leaning against the car in his trench coat, his long legs overlapping, smiling at him in the setting sun.
Luo ZhouZhou closed the window again with a grimace.
The incoming call from the terminal immediately rang, indicating that it was Chu Feng. Luo ZhouZhou reached out and hung up.
Then it rang again.
After hanging up several times, he finally got fed up with the call and angrily said, “You’re disturbing me.”
“I’m sorry Zhou Zhou, it’s mainly because I was so eager to take you somewhere fun.” Chu Feng’s voice was apologetic.
“I don’t want to go now.” Luo ZhouZhou said stiffly.
Chu Feng was embarrassed and said, “Then what should we do? I’ve already made reservations for us.”
“That’s none of my business either.” Luo ZhouZhou said and was about to hang up.
Chu Feng said, “Don’t you want to meet a vampire?”
Luo ZhouZhou’s heart jumped and stopped hanging up, “What did you say? There are vampires?”
“You’ll see when you get there.”
A few moments later, Luo ZhouZhou got into the SUV and drove to Bayard. On the way, although he wanted to ask Chu Feng what was going on, he couldn’t bring himself to do so, so he didn’t say anything. Chu Feng didn’t make a sound either.
Chu Feng stopped the car in front of an old brick house, stating, “This is it.”
Luo ZhouZhou got out of the car and tilted his head to take a closer look. In front of him was an old house, the brick walls half-peeled in places. The crumbling wind lamp under the porch, reflecting the cobwebs beside it, gave off an air of decay and decrepitness. Luo ZhouZhou heard his own heartbeat. This was indeed his people’s favorite place to stay.
Chu Feng pushed open the wooden door in front of him and walked inside, “The corridor is a bit dark, but there are no stairs, so you can walk with confidence.”
As if worried that he might be afraid, Chu Feng did not walk too fast, stopping from time to time to wait for him. As he crossed the corridor, the light inside became brighter, and Luo ZhouZhou saw a hall.
The mottled walls, the soft candlelight, and the beautiful carvings on the columns were in the medieval style of decoration. In the middle of the hall were many tables, each filled with people, having their meal and chatting with each other.
This, in fact, was a restaurant.
Luo ZhouZhou’s eyes slowly widened and he was shocked to realize that the tables were —— coffins!!!
Painted black, large coffins, each with a candle lit on top. The dishes were placed on the lids of the coffins. Those who dined wore black tuxedos or court dresses, and had two long teeth sticking out of their mouths.
“How is it? We have arrived in the world of vampires.” Chu Feng saw his expression and leaned down to whisper.
Luo ZhouZhou was in a trance, startled by the scene before him. He then saw a customer eating his meal, then suddenly removing his sharp teeth from his mouth. He said something to the woman across the table, who also removed her fangs.
Yes, they were too strange, vampires didn’t dress like that, and they didn’t usually show their fangs. These were all fakes, a bunch of phony vampires pretending to be something else.
“Do you like it here?” Chu Feng asked again, and took the false teeth and cane from the waiter in passing.
Luo ZhouZhou thought glumly, How could I possibly like this? You guys have no idea what a vampire is. A vampire is not a man with false teeth, a cane, and pale skin. The patriarch said that vampires are simply forgotten by God, without hot blood, but with a heart that beats forever. They are souls wandering in the world, creatures walking in hell. Proud and lonely, with an eternally noble heart.
Such a group of poorly disguised people, you ask me if I like them?
Luo ZhouZhou turned his head to the side.
Chu Feng saw the look on his face and warmly said, “Zhou Zhou, I’m sorry, I thought you would find this place nice. It was rash of me to think so.”
At that moment, a waiter in a vest shirt and sharp teeth came up to him, “Sir, please come with me to your reserved table.”
Chu Feng thought about it and said, “No, we have other plans and will be leaving now.”
The well-trained waiter said, “But sir, then your deposit is non-refundable.”
Chu Feng said, “That’s fine.”
“Then let’s stay and eat.” Luo ZhouZhou blurted out.
His gaze fell on a wall where a large painting hung. The light passed through the dense forest with a pale golden glow, and wild roses grew freely, covering the ground and spreading along the tree trunks. The painting instantly reminded him of his own hometown, a small village nestled in the forest.
Chu Feng flinched for a moment, then turned to the waiter and said, “Then lead the way.”
Going up the shag carpeted staircase to the second floor, the waiter pushed open the door to one of the rooms and said, “Enjoy your dinner.”
As soon as Luo ZhouZhou entered, he was struck by the coffin in the middle of the room. It was wide and glossy black, with a bouquet of dew-soaked flowers on the lid. He slowly walked forward, rubbing his hand cherishing and leaning down to press his face against it.
The woody fragrance seeped into his nose, and he closed his eyes.
Chu Feng did not make a sound to disturb him, but sat down on a chair and watched him with a thoughtful look. It was only when the waiter knocked on the door with the food that Luo ZhouZhou straightened up and sat down in the chair next to him.
After the waiter finished serving the food and left, Chu Feng picked up the wine glass, looked at the red liquid inside, and said, “Zhou Zhou, I apologize for my attitude yesterday. If you consider yourself a vampire, then I should respect that as well. You are both an Omega and a vampire.”
“Both an Omega and a vampire?” Luo ZhouZhou had an odd look on his face.
“From now on, I recognize you as a vampire,” Chu Feng said.
Luo ZhouZhou looked at him in a daze.
Chu Feng put his glass down and locked eyes with him, “But Zhou Zhou, it’s a secret only the two of us can know. Don’t be out in the open, you have to hide your vampire identity, and remember that you are still an Omega.”
Luo ZhouZhou’s heart was a little sour, and he knew that Chu Feng was trying to comfort him.
In fact, all this time, he had an inkling that he might not be a vampire anymore.
He had not drunk blood for a long time without any discomfort, and his teeth had not grown out. His body became very weak, and he could no longer leap from the top of a tree or climb high on the wall. He always knew that something was wrong, but he was only deceiving himself and others, unwilling to admit it.
“Zhou Zhou, do you know what my childhood dream was?” Chu Feng suddenly asked.
Luo ZhouZhou didn’t answer, just looked at the wood grain on the coffin lid.
Chu Feng didn’t mind and continued, “I also had a childhood dream of becoming an astronaut. Of course, unfortunately, I didn’t make it. On one mission, I was driving alone on the border road. It was late at night, and there was nothing but endless wilderness around me, as if I was the only one left in the world. Driving a little tired with the windows and the roof down. The wind was blowing, and the stars were so close to me that I seemed to be able to reach out and touch them.”
He looked ahead and spoke slowly, his tone low and calm, soothing the heart like magic.
Luo ZhouZhou raised his head unconsciously with a serious expression.
“When the car made a sudden turn, guess what I saw?” Chu Feng suddenly asked.
“An astronaut?” Luo ZhouZhou guessed quickly, combining his previous words with his own.
“An astronaut, why would there be an astronaut?” Chu Feng shook his head and laughed. “Zhou Zhou, I saw space.”
Luo ZhouZhou opened his eyes incredulously, “How is that possible?”
“The moment I turned the corner, I saw fireflies all around me, flying all over the sky, connected to the stars… At that moment, I felt like I was in space.” Chu Feng looked at him and said. “I drove a car and imagined I was driving a spaceship. Zhou Zhou, I was an astronaut at that time, and I was flying in a spacecraft.”
Chu Feng’s eyes were gentle, as he softly said to Luo ZhouZhou, “I was very happy.”
Luo ZhouZhou was startled.
“As long as you think you are a vampire, then you are.” Chu Feng whispered.
“As long as I think I am a vampire, I am,” Luo ZhouZhou mumbled and repeated.
Chu Feng added solemnly, “Zhou Zhou, you also have a talent that no one else has, such as seeing invisible bruises on corpses. This is a skill given to you by your clan. I believe that one day, you will become very remarkable.”
Luo ZhouZhou’s eyes lit up, “Growing fangs?
“No,” Chu Feng shook his head, “Something more precious than fangs.”
“?” Luo ZhouZhou was a bit skeptical.
Chu Feng was determined for it to be true. Luo ZhouZhou’s expression lightened up and tilted his head pleasantly.
Chu Feng was secretly relieved. He gently shook the wine glass in his hand, looking at the bright red liquid inside and sniffing under his nose.
“What’s in there?” Luo ZhouZhou asked. Despite the color, he didn’t think it was real blood.
“Can I taste it?” Luo ZhouZhou eyed his empty wine glass.
Chu Feng shook his index finger at him and said, “No.” Seeing Luo ZhouZhou’s disappointment, he laughed, lowered his voice and mysteriously said, “I’ve prepared a better drink for you.”
Afterwards, under Luo ZhouZhou’s gaze, he pulled out a bag of blood from the leather bag at his side. The package was indeed familiar to Luo ZhouZhou, with the words “Blood Bank” printed on it shakily.
It was exactly the same as the one he saw the last time he went to the blood bank with Lin Fan.
“How’s that? The blood you’ve wanted.” Chu Feng shook it.
Luo ZhouZhou opened his eyes wide in surprise, “How did you get it?”
Chu Feng took the blood bag in front of him, tore a small hole on it, and said as he poured it out, “I didn’t ‘buy it’ by stealing it.”
The blood gurgled into the cup and hung on its wall in a sticky scarlet color. After pouring most of the blood into it, Chu Feng stopped, then tied up the blood bag tightly and put it aside.
“You can take the rest back home and slowly drink it.” After saying that, he pushed the cup in front of him to LuoZhouZhou. “Drink it.”
Luo ZhouZhou couldn’t take his eyes off the cup of blood. It had been a long, long time since he had drunk blood, and the blood looked very fresh. But he couldn’t understand why Chu Feng was doing this, and he didn’t dare to do anything rash. So he just kept staring at the cup, like his eyes were glued to it.
Chu Feng put his arms around his chest and leaned back, his eyes narrowed.
When Luo ZhouZhou didn’t move, he said, “Don’t be shy, drink.”
“Then… then excuse my rudeness.” Luo ZhouZhou swallowed and gulped in his throat.
Chu Feng made a gesture of invitation.
Luo ZhouZhou carefully picked up the cup of blood, brought it up to his nose, and took a deep breath. He wanted to let the long-lost sweet aroma soak into his lungs and permeate every cell in his body.
He let out a dry heave.
“What’s wrong?” Chu Feng sat up straight and asked with concern.
Luo ZhouZhou hurriedly said, “No, it’s nothing.”
When he smelled the blood just now, he obviously felt it familiar, but there was no sweetness to it. It only felt fishy to the nose, which made him feel uncomfortable and almost vomit.
“Oh, go on then.” Chu Feng said understandingly.
Luo ZhouZhou brought the cup to his mouth, hesitating to smell it again. But the smell that drifted up to his nose made him unconsciously hold his breath again.
It smelled really bad.
Chu Feng looked at him and earnestly asked, “Does it not taste good? Would you like to add a sugar cube?”
Luo ZhouZhou shook his head, “No, I’ll just drink it like this.”
He deliberately ignored the tangy smell and took a small sip. Then he smacked his lips.
Across the table, Chu Feng kept looking at him.
Seeing Luo ZhouZhou’s face slowly crumple into a ball, he watched as he put down the cup and covered his mouth.
In the washroom, Chu Feng handed over a glass of water, “Here, this is lemon water. Rinse your mouth to get rid of that taste.”
Luo ZhouZhou huddled over the sink, took the glass, and took a mouthful.
When he calmed down a bit, Chu Feng asked, “Feeling better?”
Luo ZhouZhou raised his head, tears welling up in the corners of his eyes, and said sullenly, “Better.”
Chu Feng handed him a tissue and said, “If you feel better, we better go back, we haven’t finished dinner yet.”
Luo ZhouZhou stopped dead in his tracks.
Chu Feng added, “I’ve asked someone to remove that cup of blood.”
Luo ZhouZhou said, “Oh.” He dejectedly walked out of the washroom.
Chu Feng watched his back with a quirk in his lips. Back in the room, Chu Feng picked up the half-full blood bag and asked, “What about this, do you still want to take it back?”
“No more.” Luo ZhouZhou glanced at the blood bag and wanly said, “I’m only half vampire now, with the taste of an Omega.”
Chu Feng nodded understandingly and said, “Okay, I’ll have someone throw it away then.”
The waiter came in to take the blood bag, and Chu Feng exchanged his plate with Luo ZhouZhou’s, which held the already cut up steak, “Eat. It’s for Omega taste.”
Luo ZhouZhou silently picked up his knife and fork and began to eat.
“So after that, you won’t try to drink blood anymore?” Chu Feng seemed to ask without thinking.
Luo ZhouZhou chewed his food and vaguely said, “Let’s not talk about it.”
Chu Feng softly laughed.
After finishing their meal, Chu Feng dropped him off again.
Still leaning against the vehicle, he watched his back disappear behind the villa gate before driving off.
Luo ZhouZhou took a shower, grabbed the blanket and tried to get under the bed again. As soon as he lifted up the draped sheet, he stopped and slowly put the blanket on the bed. He turned off the light and sat on the edge of the bed in the darkness, staring out the window at the moon.
The terminal blinked twice, and a message arrived. He slowly clicked on it and found that it was from Chu Feng.
【ID54367】: Good night, little vampire.
Luo ZhouZhou looked at the message repeatedly. A long while later, he picked up the blanket again and got under the bed.
Luo ZhouZhou resumed work the next day.
Dropping him off at the fifth-floor institute, Luo Pei stood at the elevator, worried, and asked, “Are you sure it’s okay?”
“No problem, I’m cured.” Luo ZhouZhou waved at him and turned to walk through the door of the institute.
The atmosphere in the research institute today was not quite the same as usual, and it was extremely busy. The researchers were no different from before, focused and orderly. The busy ones were Lin Fan and Luo ZhouZhou, along with a dozen or so cleaners.
“Remember, there must be no dirt in any corner, and the floor must be so shiny that you can lick it with your tongue,” Qi Fen instructed them all icily, the lenses of his glasses reflecting the bright sunlight. His stern gaze passed over each face, “It must be cleaned out before lunch, and if I find it to be dusty, you will lick it off bit by bit for me.”
Everyone stood at attention, not making a sound.
“Dismissed.” Qi Fen announced.
Everyone split up again to get their cleaning utensils.
Qi Fen yelled at the top of his lungs, “Speed up, go, go! We only have one morning left, should we have a cup of coffee before we do anything?”
Everyone started to run, and Luo ZhouZhou also ran to the sink in panic to get his rag and bucket of water.
After the chaos, Lin Fan said as he cleaned the window, “Do you know why Qi Fen is nervous?”
“Why?” Luo ZhouZhou was not curious, but asked in passing.
“His Excellency Calgar is coming to inspect the Institute this afternoon.” Lin Fan looked around and softened his voice a bit.
“Oh.” Luo ZhouZhou breathed on the glass, then rubbed it with a handkerchief. There was a small, stubborn stain on it that needed some work.
Lin Fan was not satisfied with the absence of the expected shock. He looked at Luo ZhouZhou and said, “The president is coming this afternoon. He’s coming into our institute.”
“I see.” Luo ZhouZhou concentrated on the stain.
“Do you know why the president is so important to our institute?”
“…If you’re not clear then ask me.”
“Oh, and why is that?”
Lin Fan shut his mouth in exasperation, but after a few seconds he couldn’t hold it in and continued, “You know Sunset Face, right? Our institute is developing——”
“What are you two doing? Is it cleaning or chatting? Lin Fan, go clean up the analysis area.” Qi Fen’s gloomy voice suddenly sounded from behind them.
Lin Fan shuddered as if he was a frightened rabbit, lifted his bucket and ran away. Luo ZhouZhou continued to work hard to clean the glass, and was relieved when the sight watching from behind disappeared.
This was the second time he heard these words.
The last time Chu Feng said Sunset Face was a kind of disease, then according to what Lin Fan just did not finish, the research institute was developing a method or drug to overcome Sunset Face.
He didn’t know if it had been developed yet, but since Chu Feng was talking about it with a sad expression, it was unlikely. When he thought of Chu Feng, Luo ZhouZhou felt the teeth marks on the back of his neck start to burn again, accompanied by an itch.
He stopped and stared at the rag in a trance, until Qi Fen’s voice came from somewhere close, then he woke up and continued to clean the glass. Luo ZhouZhou was as busy as a top in the morning, cleaning the windows and doors, even the two large potted plants by the gate, every leaf was washed and glowing green.
Near noon, Qi Fen came to check on the room. He wore white work gloves, inspecting every corner critically, stretching out his fingers to check for dust.
Everyone watched nervously as he moved.
Finally, Qi Fen twisted his fingers and nodded reluctantly, “Let’s all go to lunch.”
After dismissal, Lin Fan went to the cafeteria, Luo ZhouZhou picked up a random meal from the push cart and after walking in circles, he arrived at the analysis area. The last time he cleaned, he had his eye on the small terrace outside the analysis area.
It was secluded, undisturbed, and he could be left alone.
On the terrace, there were several tall potted plants that had been brought out by the research staff to bask in the sun. Luo ZhouZhou went around behind the potted plants, dragged in an empty wooden box, arranged the lunch box, and tucked the disposable napkins in front of his chest.
As if in a fancy restaurant, he sat back, and picked up his knife and fork. As soon as he sliced into the tender steak, he heard footsteps at the door, and someone arrived on the terrace. But he stopped on the other end of the terrace, blocked by potted plants, and could not see this side, so Luo ZhouZhou quietly continued to eat.
The man began to converse with someone else. The voice was talking very softly, not only gentle, but also with a smile, “Mn, I know… I’ll see you later… think I did… love you…”
Although it was different from the usual cold, undulating tone, Luo ZhouZhou could still tell that it was Qi Fen. He looked around, but there was no other way to quietly escape, so he could only sit in fear, with his tucked napkin and holding his knife and fork still.
“I’m worried about you… I’m not tired… for you, it’s not hard…”
After about ten minutes, Qi Fen was still talking, and Luo ZhouZhou was still undetected, so he finally felt more at ease and started to eat. He carefully forked up the meat and fed it into his mouth, then chewed gently, trying not to make any sound.
He just hoped that Qi Fen would end the call and leave.
While he was eating happily, the potted plant beside him suddenly made a rustling noise. Luo ZhouZhou looked at it with alarm and saw the leaves being separated by a hand, revealing Qi Fen’s still smiling face.
Qi Fen’s smile froze, and Luo ZhouZhou stared at him.
After a few seconds of silence, he said to the terminal, “Something’s up, I’ll call you later.”
He hung up afterwards.
“When did you get here? Why didn’t you make a sound? Deliberately eavesdropping on me?” Qi Fen asked icily.
Luo ZhouZhou swallowed the food in his mouth and whispered, “I came after I got my lunch, and I didn’t dare to make a sound. I wasn’t listening on purpose.”
Qi Fen walked up to him, dragged an empty wooden box in front of him and sat down, staring at him critically. Luo ZhouZhou was upset at being watched like that, but he didn’t dare to turn his back like he did to Chu Feng, so he stared at the plate in front of him.
“You saw it all last time, didn’t you?” Qi Fen suddenly spoke up.
Luo ZhouZhou knew he was referring to the kissing of the man in room 060 and stiffly nodded his head.
“His name is Luo Bing, he is my lover.” Qi Fen said again.
“Oh.” Luo ZhouZhou responded woodenly.
After Qi Fen said this, he stopped talking and only gazed into the distance.
Luo ZhouZhou stole a glance, saw his eyes sweeping over, and then quickly lowered his head.
“We were going to get married soon,” Qi Fen said.
Luo ZhouZhou thought about the old man’s face and dryly said, “Congratulations.”
Qi Fen didn’t care about his reaction and fell into a deep thought after he finished. He didn’t say anything, and Luo ZhouZhou didn’t dare to say anything either, so he just pondered randomly.
Luo Bing was the one he saw in the case study area that day, so he should be a patient.
Case Study Department…
Luo ZhouZhou’s mind flashed, and he suddenly remembered what Lin Fan had said, that the Institute was developing a cure for Sunset Face. His heart thudded, and a terrible suspicion surfaced.
He held his breath for a moment.
In the silence, a bird flew across the terrace, waking up the two people who were immersed in their thoughts. Qi Fen raised his head, looked at Luo ZhouZhou, and said with a straight face, “Have you finished eating? After you eat, go back to work.”
“Huh?” Luo ZhouZhou didn’t react yet.
Qi Fen said, “Your steak is cold, and you’ve been eating lunch for half an hour.”
“No, you came within ten minutes of my arrival, and then I listened to you talk, so I didn’t have time to eat.” Luo ZhouZhou was a bit aggrieved.
Qi Fen paused, got up and walked out to the terrace, “Then I’ll give you ten more minutes to eat and go to work.”
“Okay.” Luo ZhouZhou quickly gobbled up his food.
After the hurried meal, he packed up his lunch box and returned to the institute.
Only when he reached the entrance of the lab, he was stopped by Lin Fan, who was looking around in the passage, “What took you so long to eat? Come here quickly.”
Luo ZhouZhou was tugged by him to stand in the corridor, “You stand here, the president has arrived and is downstairs, he will be right in. I’m going to the door, it’s closer to His Excellency Calgar.” Lin Fan hesitantly asked, “Why don’t you come with me to the door?”
“No, I’m fine right here.” Luo ZhouZhou shook his head. He wasn’t interested in the president or anything, but it was nice to stand here, this far.
As soon as the words were out of his mouth, he heard a neat round of applause from the direction of the hall. All the researchers rose and stood by their seats.
“Ahhh, he’s here already, so don’t move around.” Lin Fan’s face was flushed with excitement, and he trotted off in the direction of the gate.
Luo ZhouZhou stood in order and followed with his eyes to the entrance of the hall.
He saw a tall man in a dark suit with a gentle face, surrounded by a group of people, entering the hall with a smile on his face. Qi Fen stood in front of him and said something in a respectful and gentle manner. It seemed that this was the President of the Tylen Alliance – His Excellency Calgar.
After listening to Qi Fen’s introduction, Calgar repeatedly nodded his head and shook hands with the researchers one by one. Luo ZhouZhou’s eyes fell to the group of accompanying people behind him and suddenly saw a familiar figure.
His features were as profound as if it were sculpted, his well-fitted uniform was as straight as a knife, and his tall stature stood out in the crowd.
It was Chu Feng.
He had a serious demeanor and sharp eyes, like a sheathed knife, with an air of strength and indifference. Chu Feng and a shady-looking officer were behind Calgar on the left and right. The officer bowed his head, talking into his terminal, while he listened attentively to the others’ conversations, looking around the institute from time to time.
Luo ZhouZhou became inexplicably flustered at the first sight of Chu Feng, subconsciously clenching his hands, and lowering his eyes. It took a few moments before he dared to look over again.
The group of people crowded around Calgar as he slowly moved forward.
It was evident that Calgar attached great importance to the institute, as he listened attentively while Qi Fen was telling him about it, occasionally even asking a few questions. They would stop in front of each instrument for a moment to be demonstrated and explained by the researchers.
Luo ZhouZhou saw that Chu Feng was also listening attentively, and his eyes were focused on the instruments and the faces of the researchers. But he did not look in his direction.
Luo ZhouZhou felt a little lost in his heart again.
The group of people walked around, inspecting the hall and then headed to the laboratory.
Luo ZhouZhou was standing right next to the entrance to the lab, standing straight up a little nervously. In addition to a little nervousness, there was also an unknown expectation.
Calgar was led by Qi Fen into the corridor to the labs, followed by the crowd behind him. Luo ZhouZhou watched Chu Feng as he looked straight ahead without turning his head, passing by him. He looked indifferent, not even giving a single glance his way.
Luo ZhouZhou could not help but feel a sense of loss in his heart, and at the same time, he became a little aggrieved and sullen.
The group entered the lab, and only two officers remained at the door.
Luo ZhouZhou walked over and leaned against the wall next to the door, peering in from time to time for a quick glance. Because he was wearing a white uniform and was a member of the institute, the two officers thought he wanted to peek at Calgar, so they didn’t mind him.
After all, the president was only seen on TV in normal life, and was still very attractive to such a small Omega. Besides, this Omega was so beautiful, and the two officers watched him peeking around with a smile on his face.
Luo ZhouZhou was about to peer in again when someone tapped him from behind, “Zhou Zhou, bring this cup of water in for His Excellency Calgar.”
He was shocked and turned around to find that it was Hong Fan who had done his brain examination. Hong Fan put the tray in his hand and sighed with relief, “I’m most afraid of meeting strangers, Zhou Zhou, so please.”
After saying that, she was afraid that he would go back on his words, so she turned around and left as soon as the words left her mouth.
Seeing Luo ZhouZhou flinching there, one of the officers thought he was afraid and comforted him, “Don’t be afraid, go ahead.”
Luo ZhouZhou had no choice but to walk into the room.
President Calgar was looking at the 3D display in the center of the room, Qi Fen was saying something to him, while everyone else was standing quietly on either side.
Luo ZhouZhou walked up to Calgar with the tray in his hand, and without looking at him, he whispered, “Your Excellency, please drink water.”
Calgar reached out and took a sip of the water, glanced at Luo ZhouZhou as he put the glass down, and paused in his movements. “This is…” he said, “General Luo Pei’s son.”
“Yes, you know him, Mr. President?” Qi Fen was a little surprised.
“Luo Pei brought him to the office two years ago, and I just happened to meet him that one time. His name is… Luo ZhouZhou?” Calgar’s expression was kind.
“Yes,” Luo ZhouZhou replied.
“The little guy is getting prettier and prettier, no wonder General Luo Pei thinks his son is a lifeline.” Calgar laughed to everyone around him and said, “Who would have thought Luo Pei could give birth to such a beautiful Omega.”
Everyone laughed in applause and Qi Fen said, “I was surprised when I saw him the first time.”
Luo ZhouZhou took the opportunity to take a quick glance at Chu Feng. He had a smile on his face as well, but he looked at him as if he didn’t know him, with the detachment and isolation of a first meeting.
Luo ZhouZhou flinched and turned his head.
“Okay, you go out.” Qi Fen gently instructed.
Luo ZhouZhou looked at Chu Feng again. He had turned around and was looking at the 3D display in front of him.
Lin Fan also came to the door, saw Luo ZhouZhou come out, pulled him out and asked, “How’s it going?”
“How’s what going?” Luo ZhouZhou said sullenly.
“Didn’t I hear the president talking to you? His Excellency Calgar is a hero in the hearts of many people, weren’t you excited?” Lin Fan’s face reddened a bit, and his little freckles became more obvious.
Luo ZhouZhou thrust the tray at him and said, “Then you wait here, maybe he’ll need some water.”
Then he walked toward the other side of the passage.
“Where are you going?”
Luo ZhouZhou didn’t need to relieve himself, so he sat on the toilet seat for a while, thinking over and over again about Chu Feng’s look and feeling a little sad.
Why did he pretend he didn’t know me?
After thinking for a while, he got up and pushed open the door of the cubicle for fear that Qi Fen might be looking for him. As soon as the door was pushed open, he saw a man standing by the sink, fixing his hair in front of the mirror.
The face in the mirror was Chu Feng.
Luo ZhouZhou abruptly withdrew his leg and slammed the door shut.
“What are you doing? Why are you hiding when you see me?” Chu Feng’s nonchalant voice rang out.
Luo ZhouZhou sat back down on the toilet seat, biting his lip and remained silent.
He heard Chu Feng chuckle and say, “You’re quite angry.”
Luo ZhouZhou didn’t know why he was so frustrated, especially when his eyes began to swell with tears at the careless tone of his voice.
Chu Feng stepped over to the cubicle and lowered his voice with a bit of frustration, “Zhou Zhou, I have a reason, that’s why I pretended not to know you.”
“What reason?” Luo ZhouZhou didn’t want to pay attention to him, but couldn’t help but ask. His voice was muffled.
He heard Chu Feng say softly, “Don’t be angry, it’s my fault.”
Luo ZhouZhou went on to ask, “What is the reason?”
Chu Feng still didn’t answer his question, remaining silent. Luo ZhouZhou continued to sit on the toilet seat, and after a while, Chu Feng sighed and said, “Are you going to stay locked in your cubicle?”
Luo ZhouZhou said, “I don’t want to go out.”
“But the cleaning lady came to clean up.”
“I am the cleaning lady.”
“Zhou Zhou, I really need to clean the cubicle.” Another voice rang out, and Luo ZhouZhou recognized that it was indeed a familiar cleaner.
“Oh.” He reluctantly responded, only to get up and pull the door open.
When the door opened, the cleaning lady entered the cubicle, carrying a bucket of water. Luo ZhouZhou saw Chu Feng standing in the doorway of the bathroom, looking at him. His eyes were smiling, no longer rusty and isolating like in the beginning, turning back to the same person he was familiar with.
Chu Feng walked up to him and put two small objects into the pocket of his overalls. He rubbed the top of his hair and said, “I’m leaving.”
Luo ZhouZhou watched his back disappear in front of the lab and reached into his pocket. He took out a piece of candy that was just put in his pocket, peeled it off and put it in his mouth.
The cellophane was about to be thrown into the trash, but after noticing the bear design on it, he carefully flattened it and tucked it in his pocket. He let the taste of the orange slowly melt away on his tongue.
Throughout the afternoon, Luo ZhouZhou did nothing but keep an eye on the movements of the president and his entourage.
It was good that everyone was like this, and no one thought it peculiar.
Lin Fan was even carrying a bucket and a rag, pretending to clean and follow the crowd to whatever area they were walking to. Only when they left the institute did everything return to normal.
Qi Fen stood in the hall and said, “His Excellency Calgar has high hopes for all of you and has allocated a sum of money to our institute, so we all have to work even harder to be worthy of the President and the Alliance.”
“Yes.” Everyone replied in a loud voice.
“Then let’s get back to work.”
Everyone went back to work with renewed vigor.
Luo ZhouZhou was about to return to his and Lin Fan’s small room when Qi Fen called out by name, “Luo ZhouZhou, come with me.”
They walked to the director’s office, Qi Fen closed the door, sat behind his desk and asked, “Do you know Chu Feng?”
Luo ZhouZhou wanted to say yes, but then he remembered that Chu Feng pretended not to know him and hesitated. This hesitation was obvious to Qi Fen, who knew him.
“Zhou Zhou, stay away from Chu Feng.” He said seriously.
This was the third person he had heard this from.
Luo Pei, Lin Fan, and Qi Fen.
“Why?” Luo ZhouZhou asked.
Qi Fen was silent for a moment and said, “I’m not at liberty to tell you why, but I won’t harm you.”
Luo ZhouZhou didn’t know where the emotion came from, and yelled, “Is it because he has no background, and ended up being a general, so now you all look down on him, right?”
Qi Fen opened his eyes a little startled and said, “Not because of that.”
“I’m a commoner myself, why would I look down on him because of that?” Qi Fen said.
Luo ZhouZhou never retorted or shouted loudly in normal times and usually did whatever he was told. This was the first time he went against Qi Fen.
Eventually, Qi Fen frowned and said, “I told you not to go near him because there is something wrong with this man’s mind, and I am worried that you will be cheated.”
Luo ZhouZHou lowered his eyes in silence, his face full of defiance.
Qi Fen sighed and said, “You should be more careful in the future.” He added, “Starting tomorrow, neither you nor Lin Fan will be cleaning, so follow me and learn more.”
Luo ZhouZhou didn’t look happy either, and woodenly said, “Oh.”
Qi Fen waved his hand, “Go out, go out, I’ll get angry seeing you like this.”
In a short while, the end of the day arrived and it was time to leave, so Luo ZhouZhou walked out of the military building with the crowd.
Lin Fan whispered to him, “Did you see that? All the Alphas are looking at you. Every time we get into the elevator, they’re like sunflowers, all facing toward you.” When Luo ZhouZhou didn’t respond, he asked, “Did you hear me?”
“I heard,” said Luo ZhouZhou listlessly, “They are all facing the elevator door, okay?”
“I’m talking about their eyeballs, sunflower-like…”
Luo ZhouZhou stepped down the stairs, paused, his eyes unintentionally sweeping across the parking lot, and said, “Goodbye, Lin Fan.”
Lin Fan looked around, “Assistant Qin’s car hasn’t arrived yet.”
“It will be here soon. Have a good weekend.” Luo ZhouZhou said goodbye to him a little eagerly.
“Okay, okay, have a nice weekend, I also saw the butler arriving with my car.” Lin Fan had wanted to chat a bit more, but he had to leave when he saw him like this.
A short distance away in the parking lot, Chu Feng was leaning over the black SUV, his long legs overlapping, squinting at Luo ZhouZhou.
At that moment, Assistant Qin also pulled up in front of Luo ZhouZhou and said, “Mr. Luo.”
Luo ZhouZhou said, “Assistant Qin, go home, I’m going to have dinner with Lin Fan.”
Feeling guilty, he watched Assistant Qin disappear at the end of the road in his car and walked toward Chu Feng.
The sun was setting over Chu Feng’s figure, like a red-orange halo, softening the cold, hard lines of his body.
Luo ZhouZhou looked at him and wondered, Why do they say he has mental problems?
As Luo ZhouZhou approached, Chu Feng, still leaning against the SUV, just raised his eyebrows and asked, “Hello Zhou Zhou, where are you going?”
Luo ZhouZhou looked around at the departing cars and said with a stern face, “Aren’t we going to pretend we don’t know each other?”
Chu Feng slightly smiled and said, “Well, then, how about we get to know each other now?” Afterwards he stood up straight and solemnly said, “This beautiful young gentleman, my name is Chu Feng, may I have the honor of meeting you?”
Luo ZhouZhou looked a little better, he pursed his lips, lowered his head and whispered, “Hello to you too, my name is Luo ZhouZhou.”