Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
When Luo ZhouZhou heard Qi Fen’s words, his tightly clenched heart finally relaxed a little. He put his arm around Chu Feng’s shoulders and followed his example, kissing the top of his hair and his forehead, as he had done in the beginning to him.
Luo ZhouZhou calmed in a sobbing voice, “It’s all right, it’s all right, Chu Feng is the best.”
“Yes, I’m fine, I’m the best.” Chu Feng’s faint voice suddenly sounded.
Luo ZhouZhou paused and asked in surprise, “You’re awake?”
Chu Feng was still leaning into his arms with his eyes closed, but he had a weak smile on his face. His drooping eyelashes moved and his eyes slowly opened. The reddish color in his eyes had completely faded away, and they returned to their normal color, a light brown amber.
Qi Fen and Chen SiHan breathed a sigh of relief in unison.
Chen SiHan wiped his face with his hands and said in a hoarse voice, “If anything happens to you again, I’m going to trash the institute. What Benzedrine? I’m so angry right now when I hear that word.”
As soon as the words were out of his mouth, he saw Qi Fen’s hand stop as he packed the medicine box, and his face turned toward him. His eyes were calm, but Chen SiHan could perceive the underlying meaning in his eyes, and he changed his tone.
“But the institute is the treasure of the Alliance, even if anything goes wrong, we have only ourselves to blame, not the innocent Benzedrine…”
Chu Feng moved to look at Qi Fen, and Luo ZhouZhou quickly adjusted his posture to make it easier for him.
“Director Qi, thank you.” Chu Feng said.
Qi Fen snorted and indifferently said, “You were looking for your own death, I can’t do anything about it. You were lucky this time. If the dose had been a little higher, or if Luo ZhouZhou had informed me a few minutes later, your body would have been cold by now, just like the time before—”
He stopped abruptly and didn’t go on, but everyone in the room knew what he was talking about.
When Luo ZhouZhou heard this, his body shook, and he hugged Chu Feng even tighter.
Chu Feng coughed and whispered, “Zhou Zhou, you’re strangling me.”
Luo ZhouZhou reacted and quickly let go. After saying these few words, Chu Feng closed his eyes again and sank down against Luo ZhouZhou’s chest.
“We need to hurry back. We can’t delay any longer, the quicker the blood transfusion, the better.” Qi Fen said.
Several people helped put Chu Feng into the car, Chen SiHan turned on the police lights, and the police car whirred all the way toward the Alliance Hospital.
After half an hour of chaos, it was finally quiet.
Luo ZhouZhou was lying motionless on the whole side of the glass of the blood transfusion room, gazing steadily at Chu Feng, who was lying inside. He had several clear IV tubes attached to him, in which fluids were flowing and replacing his blood.
In the meantime, Qi Fen and the chief of the hematology department were both standing in front of the bed, looking at the blood composition monitor and discussing something. Luo ZhouZhou couldn’t hear the conversation, so he stared at their mouths, hoping to read a sentence or two.
“Zhou Zhou, come sit down for a while.” Chen SiHan sat down on the bench beside Luo ZhouZhou, and said, “You are also very weak, so don’t stand for too long.”
Although medicine had been applied, some traces of the horrifying strangle marks could still be seen on Luo ZhouZhou’s neck, and his voice hadn’t recovered yet, sounding hoarse.
“I’m fine, I don’t feel anything.” Luo ZhouZhou said, and then turned back to look at Chu Feng.
After a while, Qi Fen came in together with the chief of the department. Seeing Qi Fen’s worried face, Luo ZhouZhou asked nervously, “Is something the matter?”
Chen SiHan and Ding An also stood up from the bench where they were sitting.
Qi Fen frowned and said, “We are running out of remaining plasma, because there are more surgeries today, so we are going to go to another hospital to get some more.”
“How long will it take to make the trip?” Chen SiHan asked.
“An hour or so.”
“And how long will his plasma here last?”
Qi Fen shook his head and replied, “It’s not enough, not nearly enough, and then we’ll have to interrupt the replacement temporarily. Just like that, I don’t know if anything unexpected will happen.”
When Luo ZhouZhou heard this, his heart began to clench again.
Chen SiHan asked, “Would it be faster if I drive a police car to get it?”
Qi Fen looked at him strangely, “Is the hospital ambulance any different?”
“Can we try using my blood then?” Luo ZhouZhou eagerly lifted his sleeve and extended his arm in front of Qi Fen.
“Mine’s fine too,” Chen SiHan said beside him.
Ding An thought about it, “I can do it, too.”
Qi Fen turned to look at Chu Feng and said, “That’s fine. You guys go ahead and see if any of you match Chu Feng’s blood type.”
The results came back quickly, and the result was Luo ZhouZhou lying on the bed next to Chu Feng. The room was quiet, and the only thing he could hear was the faint hum of the plasma changer, which made him feel that the thrilling half-day was a lifetime ago.
He looked over his shoulder at the sleeping Chu Feng, his gaze tracing the bridge of his nose and landing on his slightly dry but gradually reddening lips, filled with gratitude for what he had lost and regained. He turned back and watched the red blood slowly dripping from the transparent tube, and thought to himself, I may be the only vampire who not only doesn’t suck blood, but also gives blood to people.
Chu Feng’s breathing was very slow, and Luo ZhouZhou felt that there was no sound more beautiful than this. At the sound of his rhythmic breathing, he fell asleep contentedly and peacefully.
He was awakened by the sound of a conversation.
The voices were clearly lowered in volume, and it sounded like Chu Feng and Qi Fen.
“Director Qi, every time I asked you about that incident, you never answered me, can you tell me the answer now?” Chu Feng asked.
Qi Fen didn’t reply and remained silent.
“I just want to know how many doses of Benzedrine the Military Department took from you back then.” Chu Feng asked again.
Luo ZhouZhou didn’t open his eyes when he heard them talking about this topic, and listened in silence as if he hadn’t woken up.
He heard Qi Fen sigh, and then answering quietly, “Chu Feng, if there was a matter that required you to shut up, and the price for opening your mouth was Luo ZhouZhou’s life, what would you do?
Luo ZhouZhou’s ears perked up when he heard his name being mentioned.
A short while later, Chu Feng replied, “I understand.”
“Now that you understand, don’t ask any more questions later,” Qi Fen said.
After a moment of silence, Chu Feng’s soft voice sounded, “Director Qi, I’ve been dreaming about my comrades for years. We trained together and discussed our plans after retirement. Some wanted to open a security company, some wanted to stay in the military, and some just wanted to start a family and marry an Omega.”
“They were all in their early twenties and these wishes were taken to their graves…” Chu Feng’s voice grew lower and lower, the rest of it almost inaudible.
When the conversation ended, the room was silent again.
Luo ZhouZhou lay motionless, his heart somehow tense.
“That day, the military department came to pick up Benzedrine twice.” Qi Fen suddenly spoke in a soft voice.
Chu Feng paused, and asked with a little excitement in his voice, “Twice?
“You know, I’ve always been against the army’s practice of injecting normal soldiers with Benzedrine to improve combat effectiveness.”
“I know this,” Chu Feng said.
Qi Fen laughed bitterly and continued, “The result of my opposition was that the military cut off all funding for the lab. At that time, our research was at its most critical stage, and I couldn’t afford to lose the lab because so many Sunset Face patients’ lives were at stake. So, I caved in and secretly provided the military with Benzedrine.”
Chu Feng replied, “I know this too.”
Since Qi Fen already came clear, he no longer stayed silent and continued, “I remember that day, the first time General Luo Pei sent someone, he said there was an urgent mission that needed Benzedrine, and according to the number of people he claimed, I measured the dose within the safe range.”
When Luo ZhouZhou heard Luo Pei’s name, he gripped the corner of his blanket and even breathed very softly.
“Just a few minutes after I sent out the first batch of Benzedrine, someone else came with a withdrawal slip from the military department to pick up the second batch,” Qi Fen said in a low voice.
Chu Feng asked, “Then who signed the withdrawal slip for the second batch?”
Qi Fen took a breath then answered, “Qian Sen.”
“General Qian?” Chu Feng asked in surprise, “The General Qian who has passed away?”
Qi Fen said, “Yes, that’s him. Not long after that, he died in a car accident.”
Chu Feng seemed to be lost in his memories and mumbled, “I remember that General Qian was about to hold a press conference to announce something important, and then on the way to the press conference, he had an accident…”
“That’s right, your current position is the replacement for the late General Qian.” Qi Fen’s voice was so low that Luo ZhouZhou had to listen carefully to hear it, “So, I used to think there was something wrong with you.”
“Yeah?” Chu Feng’s voice was slightly startled.
Qi Fen then added, “But now I don’t think so.”
“Because of what you did today.” Qi Fen sneered and said, “Why would a madman who doesn’t even care about his life go to all this trouble for a General’s title?”
Luo ZhouZhou then heard Chu Feng’s voice that had a smile in it as he answered, “Thank you.”
Footsteps sounded outside the door, someone passed by in the corridor, and they both stopped their conversation.
“Your body is fine now and the level of Benzedrine has dropped within normal range. But I have to warn you, don’t touch that stuff again. If you inject even one milligram again, not to mention me, even God can’t save you.” Qi Fen warned as the sound of footsteps went away.
“Thanks for the reminder, I know.” Chu Feng replied.
Without commenting further, Qi Fen walked towards the door, but after a few steps Luo ZhouZhou heard Qi Fen say, “When Zhou Zhou wakes up, tell him that I asked him to rest for two days before he returns to work.”
After he said that, there was the sound of the door slamming, and silence returned to the room.
Luo ZhouZhou was still lying on his back, wondering in what way he should ‘wake up’.
“Zhou Zhou, stop sleeping, it’s time to wake up.” Chu Feng suddenly spoke up.
Luo ZhouZhou rolled over and looked at Chu Feng, “I’m awake.”
Chu Feng also looked at him and asked with soft eyes, “Did you sleep well?”
“I slept well.”
They stopped talking, lay on their sides on the adjacent bed, and stared at each other.
Chu Feng suddenly lifted the covers off himself a little and said, “Come here.”
Luo ZhouZhou got up quickly, took two steps on the floor with his bare feet, crawled over to Chu Feng’s bed, and got under the blankets. Luo ZhouZhou curled against Chu Feng’s warm body heat and nice smell. He hugged Chu Feng’s waist and pressed his face against his chest.
“Scared you today, right?” Chu Feng gently stroked Luo ZhouZhou.
Luo ZhouZhou didn’t answer, but only nodded vigorously and hugged Chu Feng’s waist even tighter.
“I was terrified too,” Chu Feng said, and lifted his lower neck, which still had a few shallow marks on it.
“Does it hurt?” He asked.
“It doesn’t hurt anymore, I don’t feel anything.”
Luo ZhouZhou put his ear to the right side of his chest, listened to his heartbeat, and said, “You can’t do that anymore.”
“Okay.” Chu Feng instantly understood what he meant.
“You also have my blood flowing in your veins, and a part of your body is mine. What you want to do with it in the future will have to be approved by me.” Luo ZhouZhou’s voice came out against his chest, muffled.
“Mn, Zhou Zhou is the owner of my body,” Chu Feng said softly.
“I brought both your lunches, it’s healthy and fragrant…” Chen SiHan said as he pushed the door open and strode in, carrying two food containers in his hands.
When he saw the two people embracing each other tightly on the hospital bed, he blurted out awkwardly, “I’ll… come back later…” After saying that, he was about to go out.
“Wait, SiHan.” Chu Feng called out to stop him.
Without looking at them, Chen SiHan put the two food containers on the nightstand and said, “What for? Do you still need an audience?”
Luo ZhouZhou blushed a little and crawled out of Chu Feng’s arms, jumped back to his own bed in his bare feet, and covered his head with a sheet.
Chu Feng got up, half leaned against the head of the bed, and asked, “Where is Ding An? What did you do with him?”
“I put him in an undisclosed location and have two trustworthy men protect him,” Chen SiHan assured him.
Chu Feng nodded and said, “Yes, I can’t let anything happen to him.”
“Don’t worry, I’ll keep this place a secret, even from you.”
Chu Feng laughed.
Chen SiHan added, “There is no way to hide this incident, even your men know about it and are searching for Sky Wolf. Sky Wolf hid well and we only caught a few of his men, but they didn’t know anything and didn’t ask any questions.”
Chu Feng indifferently commented, “I never thought of hiding it from anyone. Maybe it was the work of someone?”
“By the way, I haven’t had a chance to ask you yet, what exactly does Ding An know and is being hunted down and silenced like this?” Chen SiHan asked.
When Chu Feng heard him bring this up, he replied, “Ding An once carried a coffin, and he said one was empty.”
“Empty coffin?” Chen SiHan asked in surprise.
Chu Feng didn’t respond, only stared at the sheet and knitted his brows together, his face very unhappy.
Chen SiHan looked at him and said carefully, “Then that means… That means…”
Chu Feng replied faintly, “Someone survived the accident.”
Luo ZhouZhou, buried in the blanket, pulled down the sheet to reveal his eyes and stared blankly at Chu Feng when he heard this.
“Yes, that would explain why a badge was missing. Because someone survived the accident, left the scene at that time, and the badge was also taken with him.” Chen SiHan mumbled.
Chu Feng leaned his head against the bed rail, gazed at the ceiling, and said, “What I can’t figure out is why the disposable cipher box, which was used to deliver the medicine, wasn’t opened. I didn’t examine the box when I received it, but they would have noticed it when they opened it. I got the box later and double-checked it, and it was fine.”
Chen SiHan looked at him, “Since one of those twenty-eight Special Forces survived. Maybe…”
He stopped talking and didn’t go on.
Chu Feng interjected, “If there is an insider among those twenty-eight special forces, the one who survived is the insider.”
Chen SiHan’s face changed, and he asked through gritted teeth, “How can we find out who this person is?”
“The badge.” Chu Feng replied, “The badge was in the house of the victim of the Omega murder case, and Zhou Zhou once bumped into someone who came back to look for it, who should be the murderer.”
“As long as we find the murderer of those Omegas, we can follow him to the owner of the badge.” Chen SiHan said with a sinking face.
Chu Feng continued, “So we have to solve the case as soon as possible and catch the murderer.”
Chen SiHan shook his head and said, “It’s hard. As you said, he killed according to the time and place of the birth of the Five Guardian Generals, so if he doesn’t continue to kill, where can we find him in a sea of people?”
Chu Feng gave out a long sigh and turned his head to the side to meet Luo ZhouZhou’s widened, round eyes.
“SiHan.” Chu Feng looked at him. Luo ZhouZhou wrapped himself tightly in the sheet again.
“Hm, what is it?” Chen SiHan asked.
Chu Feng said, “When he finishes his food, take Zhou Zhou home safely.”
Luo ZhouZhou moved at the words, pulled the sheet down again, and exposed his whole face. He muttered, “I don’t want to go back.”
After today’s events, he had no plans at all on leaving Chu Feng now. As soon as the words left his mouth, his terminal rang, displaying that it was General Luo Pei. Luo ZhouZhou reluctantly pressed ‘connect’.
“Luo ZhouZhou, what time is it? Why aren’t you home?” Luo Pei’s loud voice came out of the terminal, and everyone in the room could hear it.
“I’m outside.” Luo ZhouZhou glanced at Chu Feng.
Luo Pei ordered, “Come home right now.”
“Can I come back in half an hour?” Luo ZhouZhou asked.
“No!” Luo Pei flatly refused.
“All right then.” Luo ZhouZhou pouted.