Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Luo ZhouZhou’s eyelashes quivered under Chu Feng’s hand. Chu Feng said very gently, “You just went through your heat, so your body hasn’t recovered yet, and you can’t stand Alpha pheromones. Let’s do it next time.”
“If you think it’s too cramped, I can sleep under the bed,” Luo ZhouZhou said, “You don’t have to be worried about me.”
He heard Chu Feng laugh, “I’m not worried about you, I’m worried about myself. Go to sleep now.”
As soft kisses fell on his face, Luo ZhouZhou quieted down. With Chu Feng sitting on the edge of the bed, he soon fell asleep. Chu Feng quietly watched his sleeping face, then turned off the light and quietly withdrew.
It was a beautiful day, and the sun emerged and was rising after its long absence.
Luo ZhouZhou went up to the rooftop with the two turtles, Big Crow and Little Crow, both lying on the carpet in the glass house, lazily basking in the sun. When he was about to fall asleep, he heard Qi Fen’s voice calling out, “Zhou Zhou.”
Luo ZhouZhou opened his eyes with a start and sat up quickly.
In the most normal voice, he said, “I didn’t fall asleep, but my eyes hurt after looking at the microscope for a long time, so I closed them for a while.”
It took him two seconds to realize that something was amiss, and that he was actually sitting on the carpet on the roof, not in the lab at all.
“Yeah? Then you’re working so hard that you’re even dreaming of looking into a microscope.” Qi Fen’s voice really rang out coldly from the side.
Luo ZhouZhou looked in the direction of the voice, and Qi Fen was standing at the exit of the rooftop, looking at him with a blank expression. He panicked and blurted out, “Why are you here?”
Qi Fen snorted with laughter and asked, “Why can’t I be here?”
“I… I… this… this is the Chu Feng’s place.”
“What’s wrong with Chu Feng’s home? You can come, but I can’t?”
Luo ZhouZhou closed his mouth and didn’t dare to make a sound.
Without saying anything else, Qi Fen walked straight to the glass house, used his slipper-clad feet to move the two turtles, who were lying belly-up, and took a cushion to sit down.
The turtles had been turned over by Luo ZhouZhou to bask in the sun, so after rolling over twice, they lay flat, then crawled to the side under the table in a panic and hid, refusing to come out again.
When Qi Fen sat down, he didn’t say anything, just looked at Luo ZhouZhou.
Luo ZhouZhou was horrified by his gaze. He slowly turned to the side and turned his back to him, picking at the carpet underneath him.
A little while later, Qi Fen said, “Turn around and look at me.”
“Look-look at you for what?” Luo ZhouZhou mumbled his question, but still turned around and faced Qi Fen face to face. When Qi Fen still didn’t speak, Luo ZhouZhou couldn’t help reminding in a low voice, “Director, I’m looking at you.”
“Strange, is that a pair of eyes or a microscope on your face?” Qi Fen took a breath and asked.
“What?” Luo ZhouZhou touched his face and said, “Eyes, they’re eyes.”
Qi Fen frowned at him.
A footstep sounded and Chu Feng came out from the stairway with two glasses of water in his hands. When Luo ZhouZhou saw him, he hurriedly seeked help by saying, “Chu Feng, come, sit down too.” He glanced at Qi Fen and patted his side, “Come sit here.”
Chu Feng put the glass of water on the low table and sat down next to Luo ZhouZhou.
Qi Fen picked up the glass of water and explained to Chu Feng, “Ten days ago, I showed Zhou Zhou two pictures of the Sunset Virus, both of which had 3rd generation Benzedrine used on it. But Zhou Zhou said at that time that the virus was only dormant, and that it would wake up and mutate in ten days.”
“Well, that’s already awakened, right?” Luo ZhouZhou asked, his eyes shining brightly.
Qi Fen didn’t want to answer, but could only reluctantly say, “It did.”
“I knew it.” Luo ZhouZhou pursed his lips proudly.
Chu Feng touched his head.
“Zhou Zhou, did you guess that day, or could you really tell?” Qi Fen asked, “If it was obvious, what did you base it on?”
“I don’t know how to explain it to you, but it’s just a feeling, so don’t ask, I can’t tell you.” Luo ZhouZhou recalled Chu Feng’s words and said, “It’s a gift, called the gift of vampire eyes.”
Qi Fen tilted his head in thought, then turned to him and solemnly said, “Luo ZhouZhou, I am now officially inviting you to join our team studying Benzedrine, do you accept?”
Luo ZhouZhou was stunned for a few seconds, then nodded his head, answering, “Yes, yes, I do.” He looked at Chu Feng excitedly, “I said I would cure Xiao Yu, I can definitely do it.”
“Yes, you can,” Chu Feng replied with a smile.
“Although you will join the team, you won’t go to the institute.” Qi Fen interjected.
Luo ZhouZhou asked in surprise, “Why?”
If he doesn’t go to the institute, how can he do research without those instruments?
“The progress of the institute is under the noses of others, and I don’t trust them, so I want you to conduct your research in secret,” Qi Fen explained.
He might not have said it explicitly, but Chu Feng understood what he meant. Although the experiment of injecting Benzedrine into ordinary soldiers was immediately stopped because of the Special Forces accident, once the new product was available, he was afraid the military department would secretly conduct another round of experiments.
“You mean, establish another institute?” Chu Feng asked tentatively.
He nodded his head in agreement, “That’s what I mean, we should set up another research institute in a safe place where the military forces can’t interfere. There is no need for a full set of equipment, just get the ones within the scope of what Zhou Zhou’s research needs.”
“Safe, and the military can’t interfere with the place…” Chu Feng began to think out loud.
Qi Fen also had a sad face and said, “I can’t think of such a place even after wrecking my brain.”
They pondered in silence, until Chu Feng’s terminal rang. He looked at the number, pressed answer, and Chen SiHan’s image floated in the air.
“Hello Director Qi, are you guys chatting in the sun?” Chen SiHan’s left arm was still in a sling, but the background was already his own home.
“SiHan, are you out of the hospital already?” Chu Feng asked.
“I was discharged from the hospital, and it was too uncomfortable to stay there, so I asked the doctor and he said I should just go home and recuperate.” Chen SiHan replied.
“How are you Chen SiHan?” Luo ZhouZhou saw him looking at him and waved.
Chu Feng suddenly asked, “By the way, SiHan, we’re looking for a place that the military can’t control, can you think of any place?”
Chen SiHan was stunned, “A place that the military can’t control?” He patted himself on the head with his uninjured right hand and said, “Then it must be the underground trading floor, I get a headache just mentioning it, regardless of military or police, we won’t be able to clean it up.”
“Underground trading floor?” Qi Fen and Chu Feng asked the question in unison, and when they looked at each other again, they both saw surprise in each other’s eyes.
“SiHan, thank you.” Chu Feng said.
Chen SiHan was busy asking, “What are you looking for in a place like this? I’ll tell you what, the underground—”
“I’ll tell you later.” Chu Feng hung up the terminal without waiting for him to finish his sentence, “Director Qi, what do you think?”
Qi Fen nodded and said, “The underground trading floor would be perfect, but how can we build our institute in it?”
Luo ZhouZhou, who had remained silent, suddenly spoke up, “I can find someone to help.”
There was a large warehouse in the deepest part of the underground trading floor, and usually the door was locked tightly, piling up some uncommon goods. But now, the closed door of that room was constantly open, and Blue Shark and his men kept going in and out, tearing down the wooden door and replacing it with a metal code door, and later bringing a number of workers with him, clanking about inside, not knowing what they were doing.
Someone peeked in and looked around, but before they could get a good look, they were blocked by two sturdy thugs, “What are you looking at? Go, go, go.”
Especially today, many people were holding and carrying boxes inside. Those boxes were tightly sealed, and no one knew what was actually inside.
“You guys be careful, the contents of the boxes are very valuable, you can’t bump them at all.” Blue Shark saw that one of his men moved a little heavier, so he hurriedly warned.
The man said, “How valuable can it be, compared to a T45 barrel? I just shipped it a few days ago, and I wasn’t even that careful.”
Blue Shark slapped him on the head as he replied, “This contains my sister’s life, do you think it’s expensive?”
“Expensive, expensive.” The man said helplessly.
Luo ZhouZhou followed him, with Lin Fan by his side, who held his arm and stuck to him like glue.
“Zhou Zhou, it’s too scary in here, look at this guy in front, he has a scar on his face, he looks so fierce.” Lin Fan whispered to Luo ZhouZhou.
Luo ZhouZhou looked at Blue Shark and whispered back to Lin Fan, “It’s okay, he just looks fierce. If you really don’t like it here, go tell the Director and ask him to transfer you back.”
Lin Fan quickly shook his head, “The Director said, I will be responsible for delivering specimens between the two institutes.” Then continued with a longing face, “You send specimens well, and as a result earn an institute, I also want to send them well, and strive to be like you soon.”
After saying that, he quietly shook his fist at himself.
As Luo ZhouZhou and Lin Fan walked and talked, they saw a few people standing in front of them, the same Alphas that caused the trouble at the trading floor last time. They were chatting with the vendor, and when they saw Luo ZhouZhou, they hastily hid in the room behind the vendor’s booth.
“They seem to be afraid of you?” Lin Fan was surprised as he asked.
Luo ZhouZhou thought about it before replying, “Because they had offended me and were forced to apologize by me.”
Lin Fan stood still in shock and said a silent ‘wow’. Only when Luo ZhouZhou was more than ten meters away did he follow him.
“Take a look, how is it?” Blue Shark stopped in front of the warehouse and gestured proudly to Luo ZhouZhou.
The rusty metal door of the warehouse had been replaced by a silver-white information-scanning door. On the left wall was a black inlaid sign on a gold background, on which was printed: Bayard Trading Grounds First Research Institute.
“The First Institute? Will there be a second institute and a third institute?” Lin Fan asked curiously.
Next to him, a man who looked like a thug replied, “The name was negotiated by us brothers, Bayard No. 1 Police Station, No. 1 Detention Center, No. 1 Research Institute… sounds imposing.”
Luo ZhouZhou tilted his head for a moment and said, “The addition of a first is more elegant.”
“Right, so it seems to be ahead of the Military Research Institute.” Lin Fan also agreed.
Seeing the two men’s satisfied looks, Blue Shark waved his head towards the room again and said, “Come in and have a look.”
Stepping into the door of the First Institute, there were two pots of lush turquoise hairy trees at the entrance, and a small room that resembled a reception desk.
“I will assign two people here every day, one to receive visitors and look cool, like those big companies. The second is to be a security guard.” Blue Shark said.
Luo ZhouZhou and Lin Fan nodded together again, “This is good, this is good.”
The large room past the hallway by the front desk was beautifully decorated, the workstations also set up, and the instruments were all neatly arranged. These instruments were all purchased by Qi Fen from the accounts of the institute, which weren’t too expensive, and could meet Luo ZhouZhou’s basic needs.
But to use the instruments that were not available here, Lin Fan would have to go back and forth.
“How is it? Are you satisfied? There’s a rest room next to it, and it’s also set up, would you like to take a tour?” Blue Shark asked.
Luo ZhouZhou replied, “I’ll go see for myself later, and Director Qi will come to check at the end of the day. Blue Shark, thank you for your help this time.”
Blue Shark waved his hand and said, “Don’t mention it, the sooner you guys study it, the sooner my sister can be saved.”
Luo ZhouZhou learned from Lin Fan about Xiao Yu’s condition. He knew that she wasn’t too well, couldn’t sit up anymore, and spent the whole day in bed. But he didn’t reveal it, lest Blue Shark worry, and could only secretly resolve to develop a new drug quickly.
“You just feel free to research inside, no one can disturb you.” Blue Shark said to Luo ZhouZhou, “Including the so-called military.”
Their underground power was so deep-rooted that if there was no vicious and serious incident, the military would avoid it and wouldn’t take the initiative to stir up trouble.
After the others left, Luo ZhouZhou scanned the documents, opened the passcode cabinet in the corner, and carefully removed the sample of the Sunset Virus from the closed device. In addition to the sample, there were also several milliliters of Benzedrine diluent inside the passcode cabinet that only Luo ZhouZhou could open.
Qi Fen didn’t dare to put the original Benzedrine in the cabinet, but only the dilutions with low content.
However, these dilutions were enough for research purposes.
Luo ZhouZhou was carefully observing the viral reaction to the diluent, and adjusted the proportion of the drug ingredients. Before he knew it, he was immersed in his work.
When he finally finished observing the reactions of this group of viruses, he stretched out with satisfaction. After reducing one of the ingredients and adding a little of the other, the viruses were less active, which made him very satisfied.
Only then did Luo ZhouZhou raise his hand to look at the terminal and give a low ah.
The time showed that it was already eight o’clock in the evening.
Chu Feng also asked him to let him know when the experiment was over, so he could pick him up and take him to dinner. He didn’t know if he was anxiously waiting or not, but he didn’t even realize it was this late.
Luo ZhouZhou hurried out of the lab, and as soon as he stepped out of the corridor, he saw Chu Feng leaning against the door. He was wearing a long and straight beige trench coat, and looked very attractive.
Luo ZhouZhou was stunned at first, then with surprise on his face, he rushed over to the man and jumped on top of him.
“Slow down.” Chu Feng caught the figure in his arms and held him up.
“Are you here to pick me up from work?”
“Yes, I will pick you up from work every day,” Chu Feng said.
Because it was winter, it got dark early, and the streetlights were all lit up by six o’clock. The car drove away from the market and headed downtown. It was drizzling outside the window, and pedestrians on the road were wrapping their coats tightly around themselves, hurrying home.
Luo ZhouZhou looked outside and spotted the sign for a dessert store flashing past. He urgently exclaimed, “Wait, wait.”
Chu Feng didn’t know what was going on, and hearing his urgent tone of voice, he quickly pulled over to the side of the road and asked, “What’s wrong?”
Luo ZhouZhou rolled down the window, stuck his head out to look behind him, and then turned back to look at him. Chu Feng also stuck his head out and looked back, and immediately saw the dessert store.
Luo ZhouZhou said, “It’s a new one, I didn’t even notice it yesterday.”
“Want some ice cream?” Chu Feng turned around and asked.
Luo ZhouZhou didn’t say anything and poked his finger at the vampire sticker on the visor.
“You had a stomach ache the day before yesterday when you drank cold juice, remember?” Chu Feng asked.
The day before yesterday, Luo ZhouZhou drank the whole bottle of frozen juice in one gulp, and his stomach started hurting soon after as a result. After taking the medication, Chu Feng rubbed him for a long time and put pressure on him with a warm water bag before he recovered.
“That dessert store is new.” Luo ZhouZhou replied in response to his question.
Chu Feng ignored him and restarted the car. Luo ZhouZhou just leaned on the window, his back looking disappointed and frustrated.
As the car started, he quietly said, “That night, I was walking alone on the street, and it was probably raining a little heavier than today, and there were fewer people.”
Chu Feng sighed.
Luo ZhouZhou went through the two bottles of wine in the liquor cabinet one night and asked Chu Feng if he could drink them. When he was refused, he casually said, “I also have this kind of wine at home. The last time Sky Wolf stood outside the bar, I hid under the cabinet with this kind of wine by my side.”
Chu Feng softened at once, immediately squeezed him a glass of juice, opened another bottle of wine, and mixed him a glass of red wine juice.
From that time on, Luo ZhouZhou was inspired and would often use this method to get what he wanted.
Chu Feng asked him to work out with him, running on the treadmill.
“Chu Feng, I’ve been running for a long time, so I should be fine.”
“It’s only been five minutes.”
“Really? But I feel like it’s been a long time; as long as on that night I broke through the checkpoint and never got to the end.”
“…Take a break then.”
“Chu Feng, can I have another doughnut?”
“No, you’ve already eaten three, if you eat more you’ll rot your teeth.”
“Well, that’s a pretty doughnut. I wish I had a doughnut when I was walking in the rain to replenish my strength.”
“…I will only allow one more.”
Luo ZhouZhou, now doing that trick again, more and more skillfully matched his expression, looking out of the car window with sadness written all over his face.
Chu Feng sighed, pushed open the car door and got out.