Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
They stayed for a while, and then started to look at the other houses. There was nothing special about the other houses, and even after circling around, they still didn’t find anything.
Chu Feng went to the window and looked outside. He said in confusion, “General Luo wouldn’t say anything about the time you were born for no reason. But there’s nothing in the house, and no garage as he said.”
“One day during a thunderstorm, the locust tree behind the house was struck by lightning, knocking down half of the wall to the left of the garage…” He mumbled, “Garage, where is the garage? I just saw a vacant lot in front of your front door, and I think that’s where General Luo used to park his car, but it’s not a garage.”
He was facing the backyard, which consisted of a lawn and a small swimming pool, covered with thick, fallen leaves.
But it looked like it used to be pretty.
In the meantime, Chu Feng continued to ponder, “Thunderstorm, locust tree, garage…”
Luo ZhouZhou couldn’t help but say, “Could this be someone else’s garage?”
Chu Feng thought about it, and said, “Let’s go to the town and take a look around.”
The town was very large, but everyone lived in close proximity to each other, so Chu Feng drove off in his SUV and quickly took a look around the town.
“Look, this one has a garage too.” Luo ZhouZhou said, pointing to the house on the right.
Chu Feng looked out through the passenger window and asked, “Do you see the locust tree?”
“Then it’s not.”
The vehicle went on, passing two more.
“Look, a garage, there’s a locust tree by the garage!” Luo ZhouZhou shouted out excitedly.
Chu Feng lowered his speed to look and said, “That’s not a locust tree, it’s a fruit tree, and the star fruit you ate yesterday is from a tree like this.”
“Oh, I see.”
After looking at the last garage, it was almost noon.
Chu Feng’s demeanor became more and more solemn, and his eyebrows were knitted tighter and tighter. When he passed a beach, he suddenly braked to a stop, then silently opened the car door and walked off.
Luo ZhouZhou watched his back and quickly jumped out of the car to follow him. The grains of sand under his feet were fine and soft, but after a few steps, they found their way into his shoes. Luo ZhouZhou saw Chu Feng walking faster and faster, so he took off his shoes, picked up one in each hand and chased after him.
Chu Feng didn’t stop until he reached the beach, his hands in his pockets, looking into the distance. Luo ZhouZhou stood next to him with his shoes in his hands, sneaking a glance at him.
Chu Feng didn’t look too happy, and Luo ZhouZhou didn’t dare to speak. They stood quietly, with only the sound of the waves in their ears. After a while, Luo ZhouZhou began to move closer to Chu Feng, his tiny white feet moving slowly on the soft sand until his body was pressed against his arm.
Chu Feng suddenly spoke, “Zhou Zhou.”
Luo ZhouZhou quickly answered, “I am here.”
“If the evidence of General Luo is never found, it will be difficult to do anything later.” Chu Feng’s voice was thick with frustration.
“Don’t be afraid, I will protect you.” Luo ZhouZhou put his shoes down and hugged him, “I’m here, no one can do anything to you.”
Chu Feng laughed bitterly and said, “I’m not worried about myself…”
“I know.” Luo ZhouZhou said, “You don’t want someone like Calgar to continue to be president.”
Chu Feng sighed and said, “Yes, if he really is the Holy Son of the Truth Church, then his succession to the presidency would be terrible. He will slowly turn the Alliance into an empire again, being eaten up by the Truth Church step by step.”
Luo ZhouZhou held his arm tightly, looked up at him, and said, “Even if you can’t get proof, I believe you will still find a way.”
Chu Feng sighed, looked away, and said, “What can I do? He’s the president, and I’m his man.”
“He can’t kill you if I’m with you at all times, but I can sneak up and tear him apart.” Luo ZhouZhou said easily.
When Chu Feng heard this, he looked down at him.
Luo ZhouZhou met his eyes, blinked frankly, and said, “So don’t worry, if you really have no choice, I’ll kill him, then rescue General Luo, find Madam and Butler Li, take Big Crow and Little Crow with me, and we’ll run far away, where no one can find us.
Chu Feng looked at him quietly, a smile gradually appearing in his eyes.
After a moment, he turned to the sea and said with relief, “Zhou Zhou, you’re right, if we can’t find it, let’s tear him apart.”
“Yes, yes, yes, we’ll tear him apart.”
Luo ZhouZhou happily echoed, “When we get back, I can go find Calgar.”
“Don’t be in such a hurry, let me deal with him first.”
Chu Feng turned around, saw Luo ZhouZhou’s face was red and there were fine beads of sweat on his forehead, so he went to unbutton his small suit and said, “It’s a little hot, take off your coat.”
“Okay, take it off, you take it off too, and your shoes.” Luo ZhouZhou turned around and asked him to take off his clothes.
Chu Feng took off his suit, undid his bow tie, and then took off his own jacket and shoes. Luo ZhouZhou’s legs were stretched out, his hands behind his back, and his eyes were squinting comfortably.
Looking at the sails of the fishermen’s boats in the distance, only a tiny black dot, he began to hum softly.
“…The cat took the air-dried fish and drank all of Mary’s wine…”
Chu Feng had heard him sing a few lines before, but now he simply lay on the beach, rested his hands behind his head, and listened quietly.
Luo ZhouZhou’s voice was clear and soft, and his feet moved to the beat. “…Hans’s bread was toasted and spilled his grandmother’s almond milk. The locust tree in the yard fell down and smashed Tommy’s new garage…”
When Chu Feng heard this, he closed his eyes and laughed, “Zhou Zhou, did you change the lyrics of the song?”
“Change what lyrics?” Luo ZhouZhou stopped humming and asked, puzzled.
Chu Feng said, “I’ve heard this song before, and I remember it was Tommy’s hot water kettle that was knocked over.”
Luo ZhouZhou recalled and said, “I didn’t change it, I sang it just like that, I think it was the kettle.” When Chu Feng looked at him sideways and smiled, he said, “I’ll sing that line again. The cat took the air-dried fish—”
“Not this one.”
“The cat took the air-dried fish—”
“Zhou Zhou, sing from the back, not this line.”
Luo ZhouZhou looked at Chu Feng, opened and closed his mouth, and said, “I can’t remember the lyrics if I don’t sing it from the beginning.”
“Okay, then sing from the beginning.”
“The cat took the air-dried fish and drank all of Mary’s wine. Hans’s bread was toasted and spilled his grandmother’s almond milk. The locust tree in the yard fell down and smashed Tommy’s new garage—”
Luo ZhouZhou sang to a halt here and said with a little surprise, “It really is a new garage.”
Chu Feng reached out his hand, pinched his nose and asked, “Don’t think about it, didn’t you just say that? Even if you can’t find evidence, there will be another way.”
Luo ZhouZhou stared blankly at Chu Feng, but Luo Pei’s voice floated in his ears.
“Zhou Zhou, compete with Dad, who can sing louder.”
“Okay, ready, go.”
” The cat took the air-dried fish and drank all of Mary’s wine…”
“Chu Feng, I seem to have remembered.” Luo ZhouZhou opened his mouth in a daze.
“Reminded of what?”
“The General taught me this song.”
Chu Feng was still looking at him, a look of surprise gradually appearing on his face.
He rolled over and sat up and said, “Zhou Zhou, do you recall that when the General taught you this song, he changed the words?”
Seeing Luo ZhouZhou’s dazed face, Chu Feng began to hum quietly.
As Luo ZhouZhou listened, he seemed to feel that the thick cloth covering his memory was being lifted a little bit, and more sounds and images were eagerly coming out.
“Zhou Zhou, Dad changed the last two lines of the song, it was about the locust tree in the yard falling over and knocking over Tommy’s hot water kettle, Dad changed it to smashing Tommy’s new garage.”
“Okay, but why did you change the lyrics, Daddy?”
“Uncle Tommy lost a bet with Daddy last night, but he denied it and Daddy was mad.”
“Hahahahahahaha, then it’s fine, change the lyrics! Change the lyrics!”
“Chu Feng, that’s the lyric the General changed, he turned the hot water kettle into the new garage!” Luo ZhouZhou rolled over and bounced twice on the spot in surprise, “The garage the General was talking about is Uncle Tommy’s garage.”
“General Luo didn’t get the title of old fox for nothing, using words that only you two understand.”
“But I almost didn’t remember.”
“He had no other way but to hope that you would remember someday.”
Chu Feng brought the shoes aside and quickly put them on, then took hold of Luo ZhouZhou’s bare feet and quickly put on his shoes and socks after knocking off the sand.
“The General is an old fox, so what am I?” Luo ZhouZhou asked spiritedly.
“You’re the little fox.”
“Yes, yes, I’m the little fox.”
Chu Feng stood up, “Come on, let’s go to your Uncle Tommy’s garage.”
“But I don’t even remember who Uncle Tommy is.”
Chu Feng took him by the hand and jogged up, saying, “Let’s go find someone to ask.”
The two of them went back to the old man who had started asking for directions and soon found out Tommy’s address.
The old man said, “Tommy doesn’t live in town, he lives next to his own vineyard. He moved away many years ago and no one knows where he has gone.
Chu Feng thanked him as he ran back off-road, started the car, and drove in the direction the old man had indicated.
The road to Tommy’s house was under repair and muddy, and by the time they reached the house, it had been a half hour.
Luo ZhouZhou got out of the car, careful not to get mud on the door.
After Chu Feng closed the car door, he suddenly remembered something.
“Chu Feng, I remembered that the General had driven out in the middle of the night and came home at dawn with yellow mud all over his car.”
“Is it the same as this mud?”
“Very similar, when I went out the next day, Butler Li was hosing down the car, and it was just like this SUV.”
Chu Feng squinted at the house in front of him and said, “Looks like we’ve come to the right place.”
The house had not been occupied for a long time, and the yard was full of weeds. There was a private driveway next to the vineyard, and they followed it for a few dozen meters before a garage appeared in front of them.
After looking around, Chu Feng said reluctantly to Luo ZhouZhou, “Maybe I will have to destroy your Uncle Tommy’s property.”
Luo ZhouZhou put his hands behind his back, padded his toes, and said, “He’s your Uncle Tommy too.”
Chu Feng laughed and said, “Wait here while I go to the car to get my tools and show you how to break down the door.”
“Oh.” Luo ZhouZhou watched him run back to the road and soon came back with several tools in his hands.
Chu Feng threw the pile of tools on the ground with a bang.
There were screwdrivers, wrenches, hammers, iron bars, and even a jack.
The garage looked ordinary, but it was very sturdy and strong, and the lock was not an ordinary lock, but an information scanner.
Chu Feng showed a screwdriver to remove the scanner, and knelt on the ground to remove it for a while, but it didn’t come off.
“It’s not screwed on, it’s fused to the metal door and made whole, so it’s hard to deal with.” He looked up and explained to Luo ZhouZhou, who was crouching beside him.
“Well, sure, otherwise you would have removed it long ago,” Luo ZhouZhou said trustingly.
Chu Feng tried again, blinked his sweat-stained eyes, and finally gave up on the scanner and picked up the crowbar on the side.
“I’m going to shove the crowbar into the joint between the door and the floor, and then pry it up.” He said to Luo ZhouZhou.
“Wait.” Luo ZhouZhou wiped the sweat off his forehead with his sleeve, before taking a few steps back and continuing to watch.
Chu Feng kept probing for cracks under the door with an iron rod, and even pounded on it with a hammer, but the iron rod could not penetrate a centimeter. After a few moments, he turned around and said, “The ground is very hard, and the gap is too small for the crowbar to reach in.”
Luo ZhouZhou pulled up his sleeve again, came forward, wiped his sweat, and nodded again, “I know, or you would have pried it open long ago.”
Chu Feng met his eyes for a moment, then got up and grabbed him by the shoulders, stepped back a little, then pulled out the gun at his waist and aimed it at the information scanner on the door, shooting it several times.
When the white smoke cleared, a small piece of part fell to the floor and the iron door clicked and shrank up in a short section.
“It’s still the most direct approach that works best,” He told Luo ZhouZhou in his arms.
Luo ZhouZhou looked up at him with admiration in his eyes, “Yes, you are the smartest.”
Chu Feng let go of him and walked forward, grasped both ends of the door, pushed it halfway up, and got in first.
The induction lights came on instantly, illuminating the interior.
He looked around to make sure it was safe before speaking to Luo ZhouZhou, who was standing outside the door, “Come in.” There was nothing in the garage.
The garage was empty, except for a few large tool boxes stacked in the corner, and a lawn mower that looked like it was no longer in use.
Chu Feng separated the stacked tool boxes and examined them one by one. There were only a few rusty lawn mower parts, empty bottles of pesticides and other chemicals.
The two looked around the garage, but saw nothing unusual about it.
The floor was solid concrete, the roof of the garage was the asbestos corrugated shingles favored by residents in the area, and the walls were just plain red bricks.
“There’s nothing here either.” Luo ZhouZhou put an empty cardboard box back in its place and clapped his hands.
Chu Feng checked again and stood still, mumbling, “It must be here… When you were born, there was a thunderstorm, and the locust tree behind the house was struck by lightning, collapsing the wall on the left side of the garage. I was fixing the garage, and Butler Li said your mother had a seizure, and not even half an hour had passed before you were born…”
He whispered to himself, Luo ZhouZhou didn’t dare to disturb him and stood still, even breathing very softly.
Chu Feng looked around at the walls and the roof, and continued: “When you were born, the wall to the left of the… garage collapsed. …Butler Li said your mother had a seizure… The wall to the left of the garage collapsed…”
“The wall on the left.”
Both he and Luo ZhouZhou looked to the left side of the garage at that wall.
The red bricks on the wall were indeed slightly different from the other three, and the colors seemed brighter and less old.
Chu Feng quickly walked forward to examine the wall, and Luo ZhouZhou followed him.
They looked at the red bricks one by one, they even reached out and knocked on some of them.
But there was nothing unusual about the bricks, and there were no obvious gaps between them.
“Chu Feng, could the General just have been trying to tell me something about my childhood?” Luo ZhouZhou couldn’t help but ask again.
Chu Feng’s eyes roamed over the wall, and his mouth returned, “Zhou Zhou, your father could go from being a small administrator in the empire to a general in the alliance, his mind and knowledge aren’t simple. He must have put in a lot of effort to get Calgar’s consent to meet you, so there must be other deep meanings in his words.”
“Well, then there should be other meanings.” Luo ZhouZhou carefully touched the brick surfaces again.
Just then, Chu Feng suddenly thought of something and relaxed his brows, “Zhou Zhou, let’s count the 73rd brick.”
Luo ZhouZhou said, “Okay.” Luo ZhouZhou answered, “Let’s count from the left, or from the right?”
“I’ll start from the left, you from the right,” Chu Feng said, “Start with the first column and count from top to bottom.”
Luo ZhouZhou went to the far right of the wall on the left and began to count the tiles.
“1, 2, 3… Right Chu Feng, why are we counting 73 bricks?”
Chu Feng was used to his afterthoughts, so he explained, “General Luo said it was on the day you were born, and your birthday is July 3rd.”
“I see, Chu Feng you can even think of that.” Luo ZhouZhou exclaimed, looking at Chu Feng with sparkling eyes.
Chu Feng was counting bricks, looked at him sideways, laughed, and said, “No talking or looking at me like that, count the bricks seriously. See, I am distracted by you, and I have to start from the beginning again.”
Chu Feng counted to 73 from left to right and pressed the brick under his hand.
He heard no sound and nothing unusual about the brick. He was about to get a hammer to knock on it when he heard two loud machine clicks from the right.
At the same time, Luo ZhouZhou shouted out in surprise, “Chu Feng, mine moved here.”
Chu Feng flew to his side and saw that the six red bricks connected in front of him were going up in unison, revealing a cavity about a square foot.
In the hole, there was a silvery-white metal passcode cabinet.