Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
“You may be right, our identity has not been revealed.” Lu RanKong showed a thoughtful look, “So it seems that the reason why the Lontan person stayed in QuYa Prison is to guard the Jialing crystals in this lake.”
“Then General Liu said before that the interstellar channel was opened by Jia beam cannon, it should’ve used the Jialing crystals from here.” Lan Yu said.
Lu RanKong was silent for a moment, then said, “If we exclude Liu Junjie, that Lontan Planet person is in the group outside and is one of them. Because only they can freely enter and leave the prisons, and only they can possibly know about the cave we found yesterday. There were forked holes all over the place, and if someone was hiding somewhere peeking in, we didn’t even notice.”
“The guards… There must be at least a dozen guards out there.” Lan Yu said.
Lu RanKong said, “Not only the guards, but also the drivers who drive the construction trucks, there are twenty-three of them.”
Lan Yu stroked his forehead and said, “Finding the Lontan man out of these twenty-three is more difficult than finding him out of the six inmates I think. After all, there’s not much access to them, unlike the inmates, who can be together at any time.”
Lu RanKong replied, “But the good thing is that we have a general target, it’s better than not knowing anything. There’s always a chance, too.” He asked, “Do you have the injection with you at all times?”
“Yes, I do…” Lan Yu touched the inner pocket of his prison jacket.
“Mn, that’s fine.”
Lu RanKong looked around, and said, “Come on, let’s continue to see if there are any other mysteries.”
Lan Yu put on his shoes and asked, “Did you not find the way on the left? Then let’s go to the right and see.”
After saying that, he walked forward, climbed over two rocks and found that Lu RanKong didn’t follow, so he turned back, and saw him looking at him oddly.
“What’s wrong?” Lan Yu touched his face, puzzled.
Lu RanKong narrowed his eyes slightly, “What’s wrong? You pretended to have a broken leg and asked me to carry you, but when you were being chased by the crystal devouring beast, you ran as if an ion cannon was discharged, and you had the nerve to ask me what’s wrong?”
Lan Yu then woke up to the fact that he started insisting on carrying him on his back because he thought he had a broken leg.
“I always said I broke my skin, when did I pretend my leg was broken?” He defended.
Lu RanKong snickered and said, “Don’t you think it’s funny to say something like that? Colonel K, who is known for his cold-bloodedness all over the interstellar world, would break some skin and cry over it?” He sighed, “But also I was careless, was cheated by you, because you didn’t say you had a broken leg. Even if your bones were shattered, you wouldn’t say a word.”
Lan Yu said with a sullen face, “I didn’t cry.”
Lu RanKong put one hand around his chest and rubbed his chin with the other, looked at him from head to toe and said, “K, I suddenly think, you should consider acting after you retire from the military, hm? With that scene you just did, you’ll definitely win an acting trophy.”
“An acting trophy is nothing.” Lan Yu sincerely retorted.
I have more trophies at home than I can count, and two of them have been used as flower pots by the nanny.
Lu RanKong walked forward with his steps, and when he passed Lan Yu, he smiled and whispered, “Actually, if you call out “gege”, I will carry you, there’s no need to act like that.” After two steps, he turned back and urged, “Let’s go, do you want me to carry you?”
Lan Yu hesitated for a few seconds between continuing to argue and letting him think he was acting, and chose the latter, shutting up and following him with hatred.
The left side of the lake was also filled with some boulders, the two of them went over those rocks and walked a little further, but found nothing.
“Let’s go back, it looks like we’ll have to let the warden come and dig us out.” Lu RanKong said. He turned around and saw Lan Yu twitching his nose and sniffing down at his body, his brow furrowed tightly.
“What are you doing?” Lu RanKong asked.
Lan Yu said, “Smell me. Do I smell?”
Lu RanKong came closer and sniffed twice and said, “Yes…”
Lan Yu’s face scrunched up, “Just now the crystal devouring beast spilled over my head and gave me a face full of blood. I there is a fishy smell.”
“It’s not a fishy smell, it’s your original smell.” Lu RanKong said.
Lan Yu sniffed his sleeve again and asked in confusion, “The original smell? I don’t smell…”
Lu RanKong looked at him for two seconds and then suddenly averted his eyes to look at the lake, saying, “You do smell…”
Lan Yu’s heart suddenly alarmed, could his glandular body patch have become loose, and he smelled the pheromone? He pretended to stroke the wet hair on his head and touched the back of his neck. Fortunately, the glandular patch was properly attached to the skin, not displaced in the slightest.
“Didn’t I sleep with you cuddled in my arms the last two nights? You always smell like that.” Lu RanKong touched his nose.
“Who said it was cuddling? That’s resting against each other for warmth, I use you as a heater.” Lan Yu instantly raised his voice, “I’m cold and leaning on a heater, that’s being hugged by a heater?”
Lu RanKong said, “It is when you lean on the heater, the heater smells you.”
Lan Yu glanced at him and couldn’t help but ask, “What kind of smell?”
Lu RanKong turned his head and looked at him without making a sound.
“Tell me…” Lan Yu pulled down his face.
Lu RanKong suddenly pointed ahead and said, “Hey, what’s that? It looks a little different.”
His way of changing the subject was so poor that Lan Yu said coldly, “You said you would serve me carefully if I didn’t go crazy. Just now, you’ve been blathering and complaining for a while, and now you won’t say anything when asked. I think I’d better continue to go crazy.”
“Hey, don’t.” Lu RanKong hurriedly said.
“Then tell me, what do you smell?” Lan Yu tensed up, hoping that it wasn’t what he thought.
“Just sweet and fragrant, it smells like the bag of shampoo, that one small bottle? I opened it and smelled it, and it was like that.” Lu RanKong said.
Lan Yu sighed with relief, but said with disgust, “Did you even open the lid and put it under your nose?”
“No, no.” Lu RanKong shook his head frantically.
Lan Yu grunted, turned around and headed back to the entrance of the passage.
“Wait…” Lu RanKong called out to him, “That’s a little different up ahead, wait for me to check it out first.”
“Aren’t you trying to find an excuse to change the subject?”
“Change the subject from what? Nonsense…” Lu RanKong pointed to the left wall and said, “Look, there seems to be a cave there.”
Lan Yu looked in the direction he pointed, and there was indeed a cave, the size of which couldn’t be determined, only a small part of it was exposed to the water, and the rest was submerged in the lake.
Lu RanKong walked towards the lake, “You just wait for me here, I’ll swim over to see.”
“You wrung out your clothes just to go into the water again?” Lan Yu asked.
Lu RanKong asked back curiously, “Is it hard to wring out your clothes?”
Lan Yu found it hard to communicate with him and waved his hand impatiently, “Go ahead then, I’ll wait for you here.”
Lu RanKong dove quickly into the water and swam towards the place, and when he reached the entrance of the cave, he took a deep breath and dove down.
The surrounding went quiet, as the ripples Lu RanKong had created in the water surface had also gradually subsided, and Lan Yu stood alone on the shore of the stone, suddenly feeling a little regret.
Thinking of the crystal devouring beast, he regretted that he didn’t follow him to see the cave. The strange fish wasn’t yet dead, who knows if it would suddenly appear again.
Lan Yu was thinking nonsense while staring at the surface of the water, and gradually, his heart began to fill with anxiety.
Several minutes passed, but there was still a calm, not to mention Lu RanKong emerged, he didn’t even see a bubble.
Calculating the time, it had been about five or six minutes. Even if he could hold his breath, he couldn’t hold it for so long.
His heart gave a thud. He could have drowned!
Thinking of this, Lan Yu decided to run to the edge of the lake, head down, and swim to the hole.
When he reached the hole, he took a deep breath, dove into the water, and went in like a nimble swimming fish.
He opened his eyes in the water, looking for Lu RanKong’s figure as he swam, and swam a few dozen meters before surfacing, breathing heavily.
It looked like a passage, but it was much more spacious than the one he had come from, and there were one or two tiny pieces of Jialing crystals scattered at the bottom of the water, and the water light reflected on the cave walls, shining with scale-like waves.
“Lu RanKong! Lu RanKong!” He shouted Lu RanKong’s name into the depths of the passage, and his voice echoed, sending it far out.
Lan Yu’s hands and feet in the water were gently paddling, and his heart was a little more at peace.
They’d hadn’t seen anyone in this section, and if he had entered the depths of the passage, he should be out of any danger.
Continuing to swim forward, he heard the sound of water ahead of him, and from the channel deep in the water, a person suddenly emerged.
Lu RanKong wiped the water from his face, gasped and asked, “Didn’t you say you were waiting for me? Why did you come in?”
Lan Yu didn’t make a sound.
Lu RanKong swam over quickly and said, “Go, get out.”
The two swam back and forth out of the passage, back into the lake and onto the shore.
“Where does that lead?” Lan Yu asked.
Lu RanKong had already taken off his prison clothes and was about to unzip his pants in his undershirt when he caught a glimpse of Lan Yu and withdrew his hand.
He twisted the prisoner’s clothes and said, “Further ahead is an underground waterfall, I don’t know where it goes. And that there are no Jialing crystals there. It’s like a big black hole and I couldn’t see clearly, so I didn’t go forward.”
Lan Yu took off his shoes and poured out the water, complaining, “I told you we should leave just now, but you had to go to see the cave, found nothing, and even got your clothes wet again.”
Lu RanKong didn’t make a sound, just began to shake the water off his head, and water droplets splashed on Lan Yu’s face, so he picked up a small stone thrown over, “Don’t shake your hair.”
The two cleaned up and went to find the gas lamp, ready to go back down the passage.
Lan Yu looked at the glowing lake and asked, “What about the Jialing crystals?”
Lu RanKong replied, “I will ask the warden to report to the military department and let them handle it.”
“Do you think that the Lontan person will have gotten some of it out?” Lan Yu asked hesitantly.
Lu RanKong was silent for a moment and replied, “Definitely got out part of it, the interstellar channel was opened six months ago. But no matter what, these Jialing crystals will also be taken back to the Ministry of the military, even the sturdiest Star Warship can’t withstand the attack of a Jia beam cannon.”
Lan Yu returned to the place where he started from and went to find the gas lamp. When the crystal-eating beast pounced on the shore just now, he didn’t know where he had thrown it.
Lu RanKong saw him looking in the crevices of the rocks, and also followed him to look together.
“By the way, when the crystal devouring beast chased you, were you screaming?” Lu RanKong suddenly remembered this yard, his tone getting more excited excited, “You must have been screaming, right? I think I heard that kind of sound.”
Lan Yu straightened up, looked at him incredulously and asked, “Do you think I would scream?”
Lu RanKong observed his expression, which had neither the shame nor the weakness of being caught, and when he thought about the man’s behavior in front of him, he wasn’t even sure himself.
“Then maybe I misheard.” He said.
Lan Yu snorted, “Did you always want me to scream and shiver in your heart, and that’s why you had such an illusion?”
“How could that be…” Lu RanKong said.
Lan Yu looked down and continued to look for the lamp, saying, “You just want me to be inferior to you. Comparing yourself to me every day, both explicitly and implicitly, like a cockfight.”
Lu RanKong explained palely, “How can that be…”