Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Luo Pei also came out, recognizing Luo ZhouZhou, the look on his face and his words were surprisingly in sync with Chu Feng’s, “Zhou Zhou, why are you here?”
“I… I came out to look for you,” Luo ZhouZhou said to Chu Feng frantically.
“Dad will be back soon, what are you looking at?” Luo Pei didn’t notice that he used the word “you” 1 , then he stepped forward, grabbed Luo ZhouZhou’s hand and started walking back.
Luo ZhouZhou was dragged for two steps, but couldn’t help turning around frequently to look back at Chu Feng. When Luo Pei saw this, he sternly said, “Where are you looking? Watch your step.”
Luo ZhouZhou saw Chu Feng move in his direction, but stopped in the end and stood still. He was filled with doubts and wanted to ask, but Luo Pei was so fast that he had to suppress his words for the time being while he jogged to keep up.
Out of the garden and reaching the lawn, Luo Pei let go of Luo ZhouZhou’s hand and asked in a low voice, “How much did you hear just now?”
Luo ZhouZhou whispered, “I heard you talking about the medicine in the cipher box, and Chu Feng’s comrades, the twenty-eight who died, and he was asking you for clues and you didn’t tell him, and the fact that the military department took the Benzedrine from the institute despite the opposition of Director Qi—”
Luo Pei’s face grew darker with each additional sentence he said. He was still talking endlessly, when finally interrupted. “That’s enough, stop.”
Luo Pei took out a handkerchief to wipe the sweat from his forehead, looked around, and said, “You’ll pretend you didn’t hear that. You are not allowed to tell anyone, not even a word, understand?”
Luo ZhouZhou didn’t answer, and only drilled a hole with his toes in the lawn.
“I’m asking you, do you hear me?” Luo Pei asked again.
“Do you know anything about Chu Feng’s dead comrades or not? If you do, tell him…” Luo ZhouZhou muttered with his head hanging.
Luo Pei was silent for a moment, then lowered his voice and solemnly said, “You don’t understand anything, so don’t make a fuss about it. Do you think I want to be involved in these things? I don’t have a choice!”
Luo ZhouZhou continued to drill the ground with his toes, “Why do you have no choice…?”
Luo Pei wiped the sweat off his face again and said, “Don’t worry about what you shouldn’t worry about, and don’t ask what you shouldn’t ask. Tonight’s words will be ignored, the less you know the better. “
Luo ZhouZhou nodded reluctantly, “Oh.”
“What do you mean, ‘Oh’? If you heard clearly, answer clearly. What’s wrong with you? Not talking properly, just going ‘oh, oh, oh’ all day long. 2 ” Luo Pei walked to the banquet hall, with Luo ZhouZhou behind him. After taking two steps, Luo Pei stopped and turned around again, and cautiously asked, “You seem to know Chu Feng very well. After he sent you back from the police station, you kept in contact?”
Luo ZhouZhou’s heart skipped a beat and he shook his head vigorously. Luo Pei stared at him, so he didn’t dare to breathe and didn’t move, just clenched his hand tightly.
“It’s best if you don’t,” Luo Pei grumbled over his shoulder.
Luo ZhouZhou let out a long breath.
Suddenly, a drunken man with a wine glass stopped on the road in front of them and said with a loud voice, “Luo, General Luo, I respect you very much, and I wonder if I have the opportunity to—”
Luo Pei’s face was sullen, as he pushed the glass of wine in front of him away without saying a word and walked straight ahead. After taking a few steps, he stopped again, dialed the terminal and said, “Butler Li, bring the car to the gate, we are going back.
Then he turned to Luo ZhouZhou and said, “I’m going to say goodbye to someone, and I’m also going to call your mother. You go to the car to wait first.”
Luo ZhouZhou saw Luo Pei hurrying into the banquet hall. He turned back to look at the garden, but saw only the shadows of flowers and trees, and no one in sight.
Lying beneath his bed at night, Luo ZhouZhou had a rare sleepless night.
He poked his finger at Precious’s black nose and asked in distress, “Precious, what is going on between them? Do you think I should ask Chu Feng? He never mentioned it in front of me, did he not want to tell me these things?”
Precious, wearing a mask and a hairpin, sat silently beside him.
Luo ZhouZhou clicked on the terminal and then hesitantly put down his hand. He let out a long sigh, and hugged Precious as he prepared to sleep, when the terminal blinked, showing that a new message had arrived.
【ID54367】: Zhou Zhou, are you asleep yet?
Luo ZhouZhou replied in a hurry.
【Luo ZhouZhou】: Not asleep yet.
After sending the message, he stared at the terminal intently.
Soon, Chu Feng’s message came again.
【ID54367】: Do you have a lot of questions you want to ask me?
【Luo ZhouZhou】: Yes, but I think you wouldn’t want to tell me.
【ID54367】: Like General Luo, I think the less you know, the better, so I really didn’t want to tell you.
【Luo ZhouZhou】: How do you know that the General said that the less I know, the better?
Chu Feng was silent for a moment and replied.
【ID54367】: Because General Luo’s thoughts should be the same as mine when it comes to you.
【Luo ZhouZhou】: But I don’t like being kept in the dark.
【ID54367】: Just go and work in peace, I’ll pick you up at the end of the week, and I’ll tell you the whole story from start to finish.
【Luo ZhouZhou】: Will you tell me everything I want to know?
【ID54367】: All will be said.
【Luo ZhouZhou】: All right.
【Luo ZhouZhou】: Then I’m going to bed. Good night.
【ID54367】: Good night, Zhou Zhou. Good night, Precious.
Luo ZhouZhou turned off his terminal, thought in silence for a while, pulled the blanket over himself, and closed his eyes. After a few moments, he opened his eyes again in exasperation and said to Precious, “He said good night to you, too, so don’t think about it, go to sleep.”
After saying that, he pulled the covers over his head, so his whole person was covered up, and fell asleep.
The next day at work, Luo ZhouZhou stood next to Qi Fen again and watched him do his experiments, but he was distracted by his thoughts of last night. Although Chu Feng had promised to tell him the truth, did Luo Pei really have anything to do with the deaths of his comrades?
Chu Feng once said that the twenty-eight special forces were killed by the Olin Truth Church. Could there be something else between them?
“Go get a bottle of fusion agent from Dr. Oman,” Qi Fen said without looking up.
“Oh.” Luo ZhouZhou responded reflexively even though he was dazed.
Qi Fen waited for a few seconds, realized that the person next to him hadn’t moved, and added, “This is a very simple procedure, no need to stare at these steps. Go get the fusion agent first.”
“Oh.” Luo ZhouZhou still didn’t move.
Qi Fen slowly lifted his head. “Luo ZhouZhou, what the hell are you thinking with that dumb look on your face??!!”
Luo ZhouZhou shuddered at Qi Fen’s close range roar, and only then did he regain his senses. The word “step” flashed vaguely in his mind, and he guessed Qi Fen was asking him about the experimental steps. He hurriedly said in a loud voice, “Add blood and fusion agent to the β5T solution after 10 minutes of storage, and then observe the results.”
Qi Fen gave a cold laugh and said, “Good answer, I am now preparing to add the blood and the fusion agent.”
Luo ZhouZhou had just breathed a sigh of relief when he heard him bellow, “But what about the fusion agent? I told you to get the fusion agent from Dr. Oman, so what are you reciting to me here?!”
Luo ZhouZhou turned around quickly, rushed out of the room, and ran like a whirlwind toward Dr. Oman’s work area. The echoes of Qi Fen’s roar could still be heard in the long hallway.
At noon, after lunch, Luo ZhouZhou went to see Xiao Yu again.
Xiao Yu was still very happy to see him and smiled at him as she was lying on the bed. The two origami frogs that Luo ZhouZhou had given her last time, probably with the help of a nurse, were tied with two thin strings and hung on the bedside table.
Luo ZhouZhou dragged a chair in front of her bed and sat down, saying, “I found your brother, and I also told him what you said.”
Xiao Yu’s eyes glowed and she whispered, “Thank you.”
Luo ZhouZhou understood that she was eager to hear more about her brother and continued, carefully recalling, “They all called your brother Blue Shark, which sounded very impressive. Your brother seems to be living a good life…”
After digging into his brain about Blue Shark, Luo ZhouZhou pulled out his new stack of frogs, one yellow and one red, and asked, “Do you want me to hang them up for you now?”
Xiao Yu nodded her head, “Okay.”
Luo ZhouZhou hung up the frogs seriously and added, “I am now studying with Director Qi, and when I am done, I’ll be able to cure you.”
As soon as he finished speaking, he remembered what happened in the morning when he was yelled at by Qi Fen, and felt a little embarrassed. So he added, “Except for the occasional interruption by something special, I’ve been studying very hard.”
Xiao Yu looked at him trustingly and said, “You will definitely cure me.”
“Yes, I will.” Luo ZhouZhou then lowered his voice and seriously stated, “I’m not lying to you, because I’m not an ordinary Omega after all, and I’m smarter than other people.”
“You are already smarter than other people.” Xiao Yu’s tone was even more certain than his.
Over the next few days, Luo ZhouZhou didn’t dare to wander off again, and he worked carefully with Qi Fen to crush and pre-process the pheromones, remove the protein and DNA impurities, and purify it to get Sunset Face virus.
“Zhou Zhou, come, look at this.” Qi Fen motioned toward his microscope.
Luo ZhouZhou stepped forward and put his eyes on the lens.
“How is it? Isn’t it beautiful?” Qi Fen asked.
Luo ZhouZhou didn’t answer, but held his breath. He had been so shocked by the picture under the high-powered microscope that he couldn’t make any sound.
A beautiful colored ball that kept changing colors was floating leisurely. When it paused, the colored ball gradually bloomed and cascaded like the most beautiful flower, with a warm glow flowing over it.
“Beautiful, isn’t it? I had the same reaction as you when I first saw it.” Qi Fen smiled knowingly when he saw Luo ZhouZhou lying motionless on the microscope. “Just by looking at its shape, you would never expect it to be the most terrifying virus in the world.”
The Sunset Face virus was beautiful, but that was not what really shocked Luo ZhouZhou. The moment he saw the virus through the microscope, he recognized that he had seen this colored ball before.
When he was still in the tribe, he once went to his teacher to ask him a question. The teacher was not there, and a thick book was spread out on the table. He waited idly for a while, and simply lay down on the table and read the book. The page he turned to was a color illustration, beautiful, with the top and bottom two pages.
The top one had the same pattern as the colored ball he was seeing now, while the bottom half was in the shape of a flower when the colored ball was in full bloom. He rubbed his fingers over the insert and thought to himself, This is really beautiful.
When his teacher came in and saw him, he patted him on the head and said, “Zhou Zhou, if you can’t find your mate, this will grow inside you.”
Luo ZhouZhou remembered himself asking, “How beautiful it is, isn’t it good to let it bloom inside me?
The teacher laughed and replied, “No, if it blossoms inside you, you will become a little old man.”
Luo ZhouZhou touched his face nervously, “No, I don’t want to become an old man.”
“If you don’t want to become a little old man, then when you grow up, you should quickly find your mate.”
“Is it enough to find my mate?”
The teacher pinched his nose again and said, “Yes, if you drink his blood, the flower will not be able to take root in your body.”
“Zhou Zhou, Zhou Zhou,” Qi Fen’s voice interrupted Luo ZhouZhou from his memories.
Seeing him raise his head, Qi Fen said, “Okay, okay, you can’t look up after all this time. Don’t waste time, let’s continue.” Seeing him still floundering, Qi Fen impatiently said, “Have you become stupid again?”
“Director… I think I’ve seen the Sunset Face virus before, just not by that name.” Luo ZhouZhou reacted and said.
Qi Fen didn’t even look at him, but hovered over the microscope and asked, “What’s the name of it?”
Luo ZhouZhou thought about it, but the teacher didn’t say what it was called at the time, so he naively tried, “…Vampire’s Flower?”
Qi Fen looked up at him with a blank expression, “The vampire’s flower?”
After they stared at each other in silence for a few seconds, Luo ZhouZhou deflated and said, “Forget it, you won’t believe me even if I tell you. I’ll go study it myself.”
Looking at his back as he walked toward the other microscope, Qi Fen sighed and shook his head helplessly.
These days, Luo ZhouZhou slowly realized that much of what Qi Fen was saying seemed to be what the teachers in his clan had once taught him. It was just that some of the terms were different, and if they were changed, it would be exactly the same, and even more comprehensive than what Qi Fen had told him.
But he wasn’t sure yet, and was ready to verify it himself before saying anything. By the time the experiment was over, it was time to leave work.
It was the weekend, and he remembered that Chu Feng had said he would pick him up. He hurriedly changed into his clothes in the locker room, grabbed his backpack and rushed out.
Luo ZhouZhou jogged out of the military building, his eyes skimming the side of the woods, and smiled in surprise.
Chu Feng was leaning against a tree with his arms wrapped around his chest. When he saw him looking over, he raised his right hand to touch the brim of his hat, giving a military salute.
Luo ZhouZhou bounced twice on the spot and ran over to him. There were two honks from behind him, and it was Assistant Qin driving his car over.
“Assistant Qin, you can go back first, I have something to do.” After Luo ZhouZhou finished explaining to Assistant Qin, he turned around and found that Chu Feng was no longer there.
He was surprised and looked around and saw that Chu Feng had gone to the parking lot and was standing in front of the black SUV. When he saw Luo ZhouZhou running over, he pulled open the passenger door, then went around to the driver’s side and got into the car.
Luo ZhouZhou’s footsteps gradually slowed down, and his excitement became a little less bright. When he got into the car and fastened his seat belt, Chu Feng started the car and drove out of the military headquarters.
“What’s wrong? You look unhappy. Did something happen?” Chu Feng looked at him sideways and asked, “Did Assistant Qin annoy you?”
Luo ZhouZhou ran his fingers lightly over the car door and shook his head.
Chu Feng said in a warm voice, “Then I’m the one who made Zhou Zhou unhappy.”
Luo ZhouZhou didn’t shake his head this time, but only lightly scratched the car door.
After a moment of silence, Chu Feng sighed and said, “On some occasions, I have to keep my distance from you, because…”
“It would put me in danger,” Luo ZhouZhou sulkily finished his sentence.
Chu Feng made no sound, acquiescing.
Luo ZhouZhou looked at Chu Feng and whispered, “You promised to tell me why you argued with General Luo Pei. And why did it involve the Institute and Qi Fen.”
Chu Feng looked ahead with the steering wheel in his hand, and asked after a moment, “Zhou Zhou, do you really want to know?”
“Yes, I want to know everything about you, both good and bad,” Luo ZhouZhou said, “And you and General Luo are both very important to me, and I want to know what really happened between you.”
“Then let’s find a place to sit down and I’ll tell you all about it,” Chu Feng calmly said.