Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Lan Yu found the gas lamp in a stone crevice, but it was already cracked in the middle and broken into two pieces. He picked up the two pieces and tapped them in his hand and asked, “What should we do? I can’t see the way back.”
Lu RanKong reached out, “Let me see…”
Lan Yu handed it over.
Lu RanKong took the two parts in his hand and turned them over and over, pulling out a few broken wires from each of them. Lan Yu didn’t know how he knew which one was which, and his hands moved quickly to connect the broken wires together.
A turn of the switch, click, the gas light came on. He glanced at Lan Yu and said, “Let’s go…”
The two of them hadn’t taken a few steps out of the room when he said proudly, “It’s actually very easy to fix a light, as long as you have the hands and the brain.”
Lan Yu lightly shot back, “Those who can’t make plush dolls, not only have no hands and no brain, but also no eyes.”
When Lu RanKong tried to explain, Lan Yu interjected, “Fixing the lamp was a one-time thing. Plush dolls have to be made more often, so if you still want help, better shut up.”
He stopped talking.
After entering the passage and following the way forward, they reached the small hole where they rested mid-way, the next to climb that narrow passage. As soon as Lan Yu saw this, he felt the pain in his knees start to burn again.
Lu RanKong squatted down and looked at the hole, and then looked at Lan Yu and said, “Does your knee hurt?”
“It doesn’t hurt…” Lan Yu said.
Lu RanKong looked at him suspiciously and asked, “You are in pain, but you can endure it, or you really don’t feel pain?”
Lan Yu didn’t say anything, but walked forward, pushed him away from the hole, and climbed straight into it.
Lu RanKong saw that he moved nimbly and didn’t look like he had any difficulty, so he picked up the thin rope he had left on the ground and tied the lamp to his back and climbed in after him.
Lan Yu crawled for a while, and then his knees and elbows started to hurt, so he slowed down and kept adjusting his posture.
He tried to use the inside of the knee to touch the ground, so he had to raise his elbow, and only let his forearm on the ground. So he went back and forth, changing it after every few steps.
Lu RanKong suddenly coughed in the back and asked, “I mean, why do you have to twist your butt so high if you’re just climbing?”
Lan Yu was full of anxiety, and after hearing this, he stopped moving and said, “Where are your eyes looking? Do you have to look where you shouldn’t?”
“Colonel K, you are right in front of me, if I don’t stare ahead, where else can I look?” Lu RanKong returned his previous words.
“You look at the cave wall, look at your own turtle shadow, anyway, there is only one way. If you don’t look ahead, are you afraid of getting lost?”
The back didn’t say anything, so Lan Yu also pulled the prison clothes down and continued to crawl forward.
They crawled until they got out of the cave, and after a while, they saw the exit.
Once outside, he sat on the ground against the wall.
Lu RanKong slowly crawled out and sat on the other side after blocking the hole with a cart.
——His clenched legs were restrained into a sitting position, and his back was slightly hunched.
Lan Yu wondered how Liu Junjie and the others were doing, and whether the prison had taken any measures or not, so he ignored the pain in his legs and stood up, urging, “Let’s go and see what’s going on, and rest when we get there.”
Lu RanKong, with one hand on his forehead and his elbow on his knee, said with his head down, “Wait…”
“Wait for what?”
Lu RanKong said seriously, “Wait, I’m thinking about something, it’s important, you can go first.”
Lan Yu was puzzled as he walked up to him and stopped, his eyes glancing over his body. His eyes slid down from his reddened ears to his clenched legs, and after a brief pause, his face sank.
“Are you rubbing on the ground to cum? Were you crawling in the hole like that?” He asked.
Lu RanKong moved his elbow from his knee to the middle, attempting to block that part.
“Don’t block it, I can see it.” Lan Yu said in a cold voice, “Brother Bao is the biggest in QuYa Prison, how can a single arm block it?”
Lu RanKong said a little sarcastically, “It’s because I’m an Alpha, you know.”
“I don’t understand…” Lan Yu said coldly.
Lu RanKong looked up at Lan Yu and said hesitantly, “Then when I started crawling in front of you and you kept staring at my ass, didn’t you… Weren’t you the same as me?” As Lan Yu’s sight became colder and colder, his voice got smaller and smaller, and finally said desperately, “Would you believe me if I said I was watching the turtle shadow and turned out like this?”
Lan Yu looked at him with downcast eyes and was silent. After a few moments of silence, he squeezed a word out through his teeth, “Pervert…”
Lu RanKong suffered through his condition in silence, and after seeing that his body had calmed down, he stood up and said, “Let’s go and see how they are doing.”
The two of them walked for a while without talking and Lu RanKong suddenly said, “I’m not usually like this.”
“Is that so?” Lan Yu looked at him askance, “You should remember, when was a day when you weren’t like this?”
“I don’t know what’s wrong with me, I’ve never been like this with other people.” Lu RanKong wiped his face, and his voice was thick with frustration.
Lan Yu hummed from his nose, clearly not believing.
“What about that garden full of flowers of yours?”
“What flowers?” Lu RanKong asked blankly, apparently having forgotten that he had once said that he had as many Omegas as flowers in his back garden.
“Nothing…” Lan Yu didn’t understand why he had asked this question out of the blue.
There was more debris on the road and on the collapsed road ahead, the sound of machinery roaring could be heard.
Lu RanKong said, “Well, as I said, you can rest assured that if something happens here, the warden will naturally try to get us out.” After thinking about it, he added, “You have to pay attention after you get out. I will ask the warden to report the matter of the Jialing crystal up, in order not to alarm the snake, the crystal will not move until we catch the Lontan man.”
“What if he ships the crystals out before we catch him?” Lan Yu was a little worried.
Lu RanKong shook his head, “No, as long as Star Warship is closely inspected during this time, he won’t be able to get out.”
“Brother Bao, Brother Qiao, is that you?” Liu Junjie’s voice came from the front.
Lu RanKong shouted back, “It’s us, what’s the situation here?”
“Digging. The prison is moving fast, you had just left when we heard the sound of the machine.” Liu Junjie’s voice was tinged with excitement.
Lin Lin also said, “Brother Bao, don’t go looking for other ways, just sit and wait.”
“Okay, we’ve searched for half a day but we couldn’t find anything. Since the prison has come to save us, let’s just sit and wait.” Lu RanKong said, as he put down the lamp, then turned to Lan Yu who was standing, “Take a break, don’t stand.”
After Lan Yu sat down, he turned his head and said, “Brothers, I’ll tell you, when you get out, don’t tell anyone about the oil etching on the roof of this cave.”
“Not even for the wolf dogs?”
“Yes…” Lu RanKong replied.
“Brother Bao, but this has to be known to the warden so that we can find out which son of a bitch is trying to harm us.” Qiao Fei said in disbelief.
The others echoed the sentiment, all feeling that they should report it.
“If you don’t want to die, don’t say anything, pretend not to know anything. Otherwise, we don’t know when we will die.” Lan Yu suddenly spoke in a cold voice, his voice was like a handful of ice.
When he spoke, the others were silent.
Lu RanKong continued, “Qiao’er is speaking for everyone’s own good, think about it, the person who can unknowingly smear etching oil here, would they be that easy to catch? You must know what to say and what to keep in your stomach. But Brother Bao gives you the assurance that the person will be caught.”
Several people did feel that it was very strange indeed, so they agreed with this statement, and went out and kept it a secret for the time being, not mentioning it to anyone, only saying that the mine cave collapsed on its own.
Lan Yu looked around and found a piece of ore to sit down on.
After sitting still, his knees and elbows began to hurt. Especially his knee, the burning was hot interspersed with a sharp stabbing pain from time to time. Even though he wanted to ignore it, it was difficult.
When he saw that Lu RanKong wasn’t paying attention to him, he turned sideways and quietly lifted his trouser leg to look.
Both knees were already shocking to the eye, the oozing blood was dripping down his leg and the area had become purple-black and swollen up high. The place where the skin was broken showed pink with a trace of blood distributed in the middle of the purple and black.
It’s not a big deal, it’s just a little broken skin. When acting, you also broke a bone, and when it was reset with the splint you didn’t cry. Lan Yu, if you dare to shed tears, you are a coward, a wimpy Omega.
Lan Yu repeatedly chanted in his heart, opened his mouth and breathed deeply, and kept blinking his eyes.
Think of something happy, don’t think about the skin, think about the old days of walking on the beach, blowing the gentle sea breeze, basking in the warm sun… Now trapped in a prison’s mine… Think of those cute babies, soft little hands and feet, big eyes… I may not even have the chance to have my own baby…
Originally just a little tearful, holding back a little to go back, but the more he thought back to the happy past, the more sad he became.
Can’t drop tears, can’t drop tears…
His vision blurred and he wiped away the warm liquid that was dripping on his face.
——It was too hot, but it was his own sweat.
“Pulling up your pants again and looking at your knees.” Lu RanKong was sitting behind a boulder, and his lazy voice sounded, “Are you not trying to act again, so that I will go out later and carry you? There is a slide car to go out, no need to carry.”
Lan Yu silently rolled down his pants and covered his knees without making a sound.
“Brother Bao, what happened to Brother Qiao’s knee?” Qiao Fei asked from the other side.
Lu RanKong tsked and said, “What’s the point of asking such detailed questions? You smoke…”
Qiao Fei seemed about to ask again when Liu Junjie interrupted, “Fuck you, are you a kid? You don’t even understand the posture?”
“But… but Brother Qiao is not the one who smokes?”
Qiu Dao laughed heatedly and two more thuds of fists sounded as Wang Jin said gruffly, “You’re laughing, my ass…”
Lu RanKong looked at Lan Yu, saw him rarely not retorting, only lowered his head sideways to sit, so he couldn’t help but wonder.
“What’s wrong? Not even a word?” He asked.
Lan Yu didn’t say anything, afraid that if he said anything, he would hear his tears, but only pretended to be very tired. Stretching his long lazy back toward Lu RanKong, he made a yawning sound, and rubbed his shoulders and back.
The whole set of movements plus dubbing was quite smooth, tired with languor, as if impatient to answer his questions. Then leaned his head sideways against the cave wall, making the appearance of resting, trying to let the tears dry up slowly on their own.
“Tired?” Lu RanKong asked.
Lan Yu only nodded his head.
Lu RanKong saw that the cave wall behind him was uneven, so he said, “Then you can sit beside me. It’s flat behind here, so you can rest against it.”
Lan Yu shook his head slowly.
But Lu RanKong got up from where he was sitting and walked over to him, “Why are you so lazy? Do you want me to help you personally?”
Lan Yu hurriedly lowered his head and pretended to fix his lapel.
Lu RanKong sensed that something was wrong, and he stood in front of Lan Yu for two seconds before squatting down. His wet pants were drenched, so when he squatted down, he pulled them up, and then went up to look at Lan Yu’s face.
Lan Yu turned his head inward and pressed his forehead against the cave wall.
“Are you still crying?” Lu RanKong said jokingly.
After saying that he also felt it funny and couldn’t help laughing twice.
Lan Yu wanted to laugh with him, but he couldn’t make a sound, so he shook his shoulders twice to look like he was laughing. He wanted Lu RanKong to leave quickly, so why was he just squatting in front of him? It was so annoying!
As soon as he shed tears, his nose and eyes were red, anyone could tell that he had cried, and there was no way to turn his head and reprimand the man to go away. Just as he was wondering how he could get Lu RanKong out of the way, his chin was suddenly held by a hand that reached out to him. Before he could react, his head was turned back to meet the eyes of the person crouching in front of him.
Lu RanKong had a smile on his face, but the smile slowly faded away and he was stunned.
In the light, Lan Yu’s face was covered in tears, and a few wet strands of hair were stuck to his cheeks. His eyes were filled with tears, and his black eyes were soaked in it.
Lu RanKong took a few seconds to regain consciousness, retracted his hand as if burned and hurriedly explained, “I thought you were wiping off the dirt on your face. You love your face, and certainly don’t want people to see, I just… I just…”
Lan Yu’s face began to flush, so red that it seemed to drip blood, and his expression turned from shock to anger, his chest heaving, his eyes spitting out anger.
“I’m sorry… I really didn’t expect… It was too much of an accident…” Lu RanKong’s voice grew smaller and smaller, and finally disappeared into his mouth. He crouched there on his hands and knees, looking at Lan Yu, wanting to ask something but stopping his mouth.
“Leave…” Lan Yu, afraid that the others might hear him, gritted his teeth and said in an angry tone.
“Huh?” Lu RanKong asked blankly, “What did you say?”
Lu RanKong hurriedly stretched out his hand and saw Lan Yu still staring at him with his tear-washed eyes, seeming to understand what was going on, and lifted up again to wipe the tears from his face.
Lan Yu knocked his hand away and asked in a low voice, “What are you doing?”
“Don’t you want a hand?” Lu RanKong touched the back of his hand which was red. Seeing Lan Yu’s eyes getting more and more fierce, he suddenly realized something and he hurriedly unbuttoned his prison coat, took it off and handed it to him, saying, “Wipe it off, use this to wipe it off.”
Lan Yu had only wanted to quietly calm down and let his tears dry up, so no one would see him cry. As a result, Lu RanKong moved his face over, exposing everything he was hiding in front of his eyes, and now he just felt ashamed and angry, his chest seemed to explode.
He plucked the clothes away, grabbed Lu RanKong’s lapel with his left hand, and raised his right hand into a fist.
Lu RanKong reflexively tried to block his hand, but when he saw his red eyes and nose, and the corners of his mouth skewed downward in aggression, he let his hand drop again.
A muffled sound came from behind the stone, the sound of a fist landing on the body, accompanied by Wang Jin’s angry roar, “Fuck you, you always make me angry, I’ll whack you to death!”
“Oh, can you two stop? Why must you be so affectionate and fight?” It was Lin Lin’s voice.
“Who the hell is being affectionate with him? I’m just angry…” Wang Jin retorted loudly.
Liu Junjie was smacking his lips and said, “You and Brother Qiu, in Brother Bao and Brother Qiao’s words, it’s all called flirting. Flirting!”
“Yes, yes, yes, you guys just love flirting in front of us all day long, gluttonous pigs.” Qiao Fei also said.
Lu RanKong saw Lan Yu raise his fist and didn’t move, so he looked over his shoulder and gave him a wink, signaling him to fight. Lan Yu’s chest rose and fell, but thinking about the conversation next to them, he finally let go of his lapel and dropped his hand in hatred. Just as the corners of Lu RanKong’s mouth showed a smile, he swiftly grabbed the hair on his calf and pulled it outward.
“Hiss!” Lu RanKong’s eyes and eyebrows crinkled together in pain.
“What’s wrong, Brother Bao?” Those next to them were asking.
Lan Yu looked at him viciously again.
“Nothing, my foot suddenly cramped up just now.” Lu RanKong looked at Lan Yu with his eyes as he replied.
There were no more questions, just silence.
Lan Yu was seen by Lu RanKong anyway, so he stopped hiding and simply sat on the stone, using the back of his hand to wipe the remnants of tears openly.
“This side… this side is a little dusty.” Lu RanKong stood up, took two steps back and pointed to his left cheek.
Lan Yu slowly wiped his face clean and straightened his hair, then looked down to straighten his clothes.
Lu RanKong then looked at him with a thoughtful expression on his face. After a while, he said, “I’m sorry, I apologize to you for my presumption.”
Lan Yu paused in his movements and didn’t say anything or look up.
Lu RanKong asked again, “Is it your knee that hurts?”
Lan Yu didn’t make a sound, a silent answer.
Footsteps sounded, Lu RanKong walked to him, squatted down, tilted his head and said, “Let me see…”
Lan Yu hesitated and took his hand off his leg.
Lu RanKong gently lifted his pant leg to reveal his knee and frowned when he saw the purple-black swollen area.
After a while, Lan Yu saw that he kept staring at it and didn’t say anything, so he was a bit apprehensive and reached out to lower his pants.
Lu RanKong held his wrist and stopped him, “Don’t move…”
Lan Yu didn’t move.
Lu RanKong put his finger to his mouth and licked it.
“What are you doing?” Lan Yu saw his action and asked warily.
“I’m going to put some spit on you.” Lu RanKong said.
Lan Yu dropped his pants quickly and said sternly, “Who wants your spit?! No!”
From next door immediately came Liu Junjie’s scream, “Ah ah ah, Brother Bao, Brother Qiao, don’t have sex now! This side is flirting, you are exchanging saliva, let us live! Qiao Fei, let brother kiss you too.”
“Go away, go away, I will not kiss you, I will only kiss Brother Qiu.” Qiao Fei said.
Qiu Dao hissed, “Wang Jin is here. Don’t say nonsense! Except him, I will not kiss anyone.”
“I’m just making an analogy.”
“You’re not allowed to make an analogy.”
“Okay, okay, okay, I’ll kiss Lin Lin, kiss Lin Lin…”
“I don’t want you either, hahaha.” Lin Lin was laughing.