Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
The moment Lan Yu fell, his eyes glanced at the empty void beneath him and almost lost his voice. Fortunately, he immediately realized that he was still in the warship and swallowed the cry that was about to escape.
Lu RanKong pressed his hands to the sides of his head, confined him underneath, but didn’t make any move, only looked at his face, his eyes not fleeting.
Lan Yu and he stared at each other, which suddenly made him feel a little uneasy.
This Lu RanKong looked a little scary, full of aggression and desire, his eyes were filled with undisguised obsession. The hormonal aura of a mature Alpha enveloped his whole body strongly.
Lan Yu moved his wrist, swallowed hard, and curled up slightly defensively.
Lu RanKong’s eyes, from his face down to the small Adam’s apple, leaned down, and kissed it. He looked up at him again with downcast eyes, his voice low, “There will be no other Omegas, just me, okay?”
Although it was a question, it was said with unquestionable certainty.
Lan Yu didn’t answer, only looked at him.
Lu RanKong lifted a hand and caressed Lan Yu’s face, and gently covered his eyes with his palm, waiting for the eyelashes to cross his palm. Then, he stretched out his fingers to touch his earlobe, and wiped the strands of hair away from his forehead.
The room was quiet, only the breathing and heartbeat of the two could be heard.
After all this, Lu RanKong kissed him on the lips again and said solemnly, “K, you are my Alpha from now on.”
Although it was such an atmosphere and he was still under this man’s body, Lan Yu actually laughed untimely.
“What are you laughing at?” Lu RanKong suddenly raised his head, his face full of alarm.
“I’m not laughing…” Lan Yu had quickly collected the expression on his face.
“You were obviously laughing…”
“You heard wrong…”
Lu RanKong said, “You don’t admit that you’re my Alpha, and you still think it’s funny.”
“Don’t be so sensitive, okay?”
“So are you?” Lu RanKong asked aggressively.
When he was disturbed like this, the strange atmosphere suddenly dispersed and all the uneasiness in Lan Yu’s heart flew away.
Lan Yu looked at Lu RanKong and began to seriously think, ‘Do I want to be with this person?’
There were many images flashing in front of his eyes, those clumsy cares, careful concerns, his face on the basketball court, his sun-dyed brown hair, his gentle eyes… It turned out that unknowingly, he had saved so many heartwarming moments.
Lu RanKong waited for his answer, holding his breath with a hidden panic under his eyes.
“Are you?” He asked again, his voice no longer so sure.
Lan Yu slowly raised his hand, wrapped it around his broad shoulder and said softly, “I’m your Alpha.”
Lu RanKong straightened up, his eyes lit up, and he stared at him in silence.
Time seemed to stand still, and in the Star Warship surrounded by planet stars, only the inextricable love flowed.
After a long time Lu RanKong moved, just when Lan Yu thought he was going to kiss him again, he turned over and lay on his back beside him. He only took Lan Yu’s hand and held it. The two of them quietly looked above their heads, watching the bright or dark planets in deep space. There was nothing in their minds but the feeling of the person next to them, full of joy.
“When I was a child, I used to lie like this and watch planets,” Lu RanKong suddenly spoke up after a long time, “My mother was with me, telling me the stories of planets. Do you see that one?” He stretched out his hand and pointed to a dusky planet in the upper right and said, “My mother said it was called Fan Fan Planet.”
“Fan Fan Planet?” Lan Yu looked curiously sideways at Lu RanKong.
Lu RanKong smiled and said, “She said that children who eat well will receive gifts from the people on Fan Fan Planet. I really believed it when I was a kid, so I ate carefully, and every once in a while I would get a toy from Fan Fan Planet. Every time I received a gift, I was so happy that I ate more seriously. After receiving it a few times, I wanted to return the gift, so I made some handmade gadgets and gave them to my mother to send to the people on Fan Fan Planet.” Lu RanKong said.
Lan Yu laughed and asked, “So did your mother hide the trinkets or what?”
Lu RanKong replied, “She sent them out…”
“Hmm?” Lan Yu was a little surprised, “Did she really send them out?”
Lu RanKong said, “But she didn’t send it to Fan Fan Planet, she sent it to a welfare organization on another planet.”
Lan Yu turned sideways with interest, propped his head up on his elbows and asked curiously, “How did you find out?”
Lu RanKong answered, “Because my mother took me there once, and I saw a child who was holding a little wooden cavalry that I had made.”
“And what did you do when you saw it?” Lan Yu asked.
Lu RanKong closed his mouth a little embarrassed.
“Say it…” Lan Yu poked him with his other hand.
“Kids, that’s all.” Lu RanKong didn’t want to say anything.
“Say it, say it…” Lan Yu continued to poke him in the waist, “Tell me more…”
Lu RanKong grabbed his hand and held it, pulled it into his arms, and put his other hand under his head and said, “I met that kid on the beach, he was playing with a wooden sculpture, and I looked at it for a while, and the more I saw, the more familiar it looked. When I got closer, I realized that the wooden sculpture was my cavalryman, with my initials, G and F, carved on the back.”
Lan Yu pressed his ear to his chest, listening to the sound as if it came from his chest cavity with a low resonance. He closed his eyes and lazily asked, “How come your initials are G and F?”
Lu RanKong was silent for a moment, and just when Lan Yu thought he didn’t want to answer the question, he said, “That’s my old name, and it was changed to this one.”
“And what was your name before?”
“Why did you change your name?”
Lu RanKong didn’t reply.
Lan Yu sensed that he didn’t want to talk about it, so he said, “Tell me what happened later.”
“Afterwards, I fought with him and took the wooden sculpture away. I took it back to my mother and told her that the thief had stolen the gift I had given to Fan Fan Planet in return. My mother hurriedly dragged me out of the house and apologized to the kid, saying that the trinkets I had made were not sent to Fan Fan Planet, but to the welfare organization here, and then distributed to the poorer children in the neighborhood.” Lu RanKong said.
Lan Yu raised his head and asked, “Did you go and apologize?”
“We didn’t find the child, and the welfare agency didn’t know who the donated toys had been distributed to.” Lu RanKong replied.
Lan Yu narrowed his eyes.
Lu RanKong looked at him and said, “Of course we found them, my mother found them one by one by name and address.”
“And did you go and apologize?” Lan Yu asked.
“I was small at the time, you know, couldn’t save face…” Lu RanKong stammered.
Lan Yu sank down and said, “So you didn’t go to apologize to the boy?”
Lu RanKong didn’t make a sound.
Lan Yu got up from his arms and sat with his back to him. Having grown up in an orphanage himself, he knew what it was like to have a beloved toy taken away from him. Not to mention the fact that he had fought first and didn’t win. He could imagine the aggravation.
Lu RanKong also sat up and said sarcastically, “At that time, I thought my mother had lied to me, but in fact, there was no Fan Fan Planet. My life beliefs collapsed, how could I care to apologize ah. It’s a good thing I didn’t seek death…” Lu RanKong put his hand on his shoulder, but he pushed it away. “Don’t be angry…”
Lu RanKong put his hand up again. “Don’t be angry…”
He withdrew his hand, rubbed the red spot on the back of his hand, and explained, “I didn’t apologize that day, but I met him again the next day when I was out…”
At noon, Lu RanKong pinned a slingshot to the back of his waist and snuck out of the villa while his mother was napping on the second floor. He was on school vacation, so he followed his mother here on vacation and stayed in this highly secure villa.
Yesterday he had a fight with that little wild child, and when he got home he was criticized by his mother for rolling on the floor again, and finally punished by not being allowed to eat dinner and being grounded for three days. The good thing was that the wooden sculpture that he made was snatched back, even if it was not sent to Fan Fan Planet, he couldn’t let the little wild child take it away.
Although grounded, he also had a way to go out. Shielding the security system five minutes later, Lu RanKong easily escaped the villa. Outside was a soft white sandy beach, and further out the beach was the turquoise blue sea. He took the small slingshot in his hand, followed a forest forward, while walking and picking up small stones under the trees, as a projectile to hit those treetops of fruit.
After playing with fruit for a while, and one person playing two roles in the Star Warship warriors vs Star Pirates scene, Lu RanKong felt some boredom, and didn’t feel like walking down the path, thinking about pestering his mother to go back to the main planet.
He had only stayed here a few days and he didn’t want to stay longer, there were no playmates, and no virtual pods to play games. But he had no choice but to follow his mother on a forced vacation here. Fiddling with the grass along the way, he walked into a wooded area where there seemed to be people ahead of him and a faint sound of singing.
Lu RanKong curiously continued to go forward, the song also became clearer, “The moon is bending, shining on the sea, lights are dotted, the fisherman’s return boat. The moon was bending, shining on the beach, the light of the planet is shining, it is your eyes.”
The song was very nice, the voice was like a child’s, very bright and pleasant, so he couldn’t help but speed up his pace. A stream appeared ahead, its water was clear and transparent. He went along the stream to find the song, and after plucking a clump of green leaves, he finally saw the person who was singing.
It was a child, a little younger than him, six or seven years old, wearing goose yellow shorts and sleeves, squatting by the stream with thin arms and legs, singing and washing something.
Lu RanKong listened to the song and liked it really much. He wanted to talk to this child, but didn’t know how to begin. He was so impressed that he stared at the sky and said, “What a strange bird.”
The child’s song really stopped, Lu RanKong slanted his eyes to glance over, seeing him turning to look back, busy to look away and continue to look at the sky, ready to wait for him to ask him what bird.
“It’s you again, Star Pirate!” The kid shouted when he saw Lu RanKong’s face.
Star… Star Pirate? Lu RanKong hurriedly looked around, found no one else, turned back to look at him and also shouted, “It’s you again, you little brat!”
The kid in front of him was the same one he fought with yesterday, and the two of them were rolling on the beach with their arms around each other, both fighting for the wooden statue of the cavalryman. He was able to break away the child’s tightly squeezed fingers one by one, and the child burst into tears.
Lu RanKong was a bit dazed, so he stopped, and ended up with a face full of sand, not being able to open his eyes for a long time. He started to get angry, so even if he couldn’t see anything, he closed his eyes and held the wooden sculpture tightly in his arms. The child was crying and came to take the wooden sculpture, but he was taller and bigger than the child, so he didn’t let him snatch it away.
Now that they had met again, the child glared at him and turned his head away, continuing to wash his things in the stream. Lu RanKong didn’t want to leave, but he couldn’t find anything to say, so he just stood there. He no longer cared about the fight he had just had yesterday and just wanted to play with the kid, but didn’t know how to strike up a conversation with him.
“The moon is bending, bending ah bending, the moon is bending, big bending, small bending…” He began to hum the song he had started to hear in a desultory manner.
“Heh…” He heard the child snicker.
Lu RanKong flicked a small branch at the shrub beside him and pretended to be deaf as he approached the stream.
After a few minutes of dawdling, he finally stood next to the child. The child was squatting on a boulder with a bamboo basket next to him, and a small puddle of water surrounded by debris with a pile of vegetables inside. Lu RanKong just ate the red rhizome with blue leaves at noon, but it wasn’t very tasty.
The child stretched out his thin arm, took two roots out of the pile, washed them carefully in the stream, and put them in the bamboo basket after washing them.
“You’re washing vegetables?” Lu RanKong asked.
The child was busy with his head down and ignored him.
Lu RanKong didn’t feel embarrassed at all, but was happy that he managed to find a topic to break the deadlock, so he squatted down next to the child and asked, “What is this vegetable called?”
The child kept washing the vegetables and didn’t say anything.
“I just ate this at noon, it wasn’t very good, but my mother liked it. Do you also like to eat this? By the way, my name is Gu Fan. What about you, what’s your name? Do you live nearby? If it weren’t for the fight yesterday, I wouldn’t have seen you.” Although the kid didn’t say a word back, Lu RanKong didn’t think anything of it and kept talking to himself.
He has been here for more than half a month, and there was no playmate of the same age, it was hard to meet someone, but even if they didn’t speak, it didn’t matter, it was good enough that they listened to him. Besides, this child was very beautiful white and tender.
Lu RanKong saw that although he didn’t speak, he also didn’t oppose his intention, so he squatted down next to him, and continued to pleasantly say, “I’ll help you wash the vegetables, okay?”
“No…” The child finally spoke, but his eyes were still downcast, and his pretty little face was tense.
“What kid doesn’t fight? Forget it after the fight, don’t hold a grudge.” Lu RanKong said in a very old-fashioned way what adults usually teach him, “It’s just a small thing, don’t take it to heart, apologize after the fight and you’ll still be good friends.”
“You didn’t apologize to me, and you’re not my good friend.” The child said coldly.
Lu RanKong opened his mouth and closed it again.
“You’re a Star Pirate and you stole my little cavalry.” At this point, the child couldn’t hold back his emotions, his chest began to heave, his breathing was rapid, and he looked like he was going to cry.
Yesterday, he robbed the wood carving, but now, seeing him talking and falling into tears, Lu RanKong was dumbfounded.
“Don’t cry, don’t cry, don’t cry, I’m not a Star Pirate,” He said, soothingly and helplessly.
The child seemed to be able to hold it in, and when he heard this he really cried, “You took my cavalry away, you are a Star Pirate…”
Lu RanKong didn’t cry himself, but despised those who shed tears. A few close classmates were all Alpha, fighting every day and he hadn’t seen anyone cry. Even if they were unable to resist, they would just close their eyes and howl into the sky, it was so noisy.
But the child in front of him was crying without sound, only sobbed a few times while bunches of tears were quietly flowing down. The thin body shook with the choking, and looked exceptionally miserable.
“Don’t cry, don’t cry.” Lu RanKong panicked.
“My cavalry…” The child let out a thin whimper, but his hands kept washing the vegetables.
Lu RanKong reacted and started rummaging in his coat pocket, pulling out the wooden cavalry carving.
“Here, the wooden cavalry, for you, I don’t want it.” Lu RanKong offered it with both hands.
When the child heard this, he looked over with teary eyes, reached out quickly, snatched away the wooden carving and put it into his breast pocket again. Then he continued to wash the vegetables with his head down, and stopped crying.
Lu RanKong froze for a long time, squatted over a bit, stretched out his head to see the child’s face, then asked in amazement. “You are not crying? And the tears are gone?”
“Stupid!” The child still had tears on his face, but let out a snort of disdain.
“Ah, that’s amazing.” Lu RanKong smacked his lips and reached out his finger to touch the tears to see if they were real, which the child dodged.
Lu RanKong said, “Teach me this trick, okay?”
“You’re bad, you’re a Star Pirate.”
Lu RanKong patiently explained, “I’m really not a Star Pirate. Because I saw your wooden sculpture yesterday, which I made to give to the people on Fan Fan Planet, I thought that you were a fraud, so I grabbed it back.”
Just after he finished, he regretted a little, afraid that the child asked him what Fan Fan Planet was. But the kid didn’t care about that, just put down the dish in his hand, turned his head and asked, “You said you made my cavalry?”
“Yes, I carved it out with my knife.” Lu RanKong replied with a little pride. Then he took out the slingshot on his waist and handed it to him, saying, “Look, I also made this slingshot myself, and it has my name engraved on it.”
The boy glanced at him, looked away and continued washing vegetables, not believing him at all.
Lu RanKong passed the slingshot in front of his eyes and said, “Look, just take a look, just take a look.”
The slingshot was in front of him, and the child finally saw it. When he saw the two letters engraved on the handle, he shook the water off his hands, took the slingshot, and pulled out his own cavalry for comparison. After a moment of silence, he handed that slingshot back to Lu RanKong.
“Do you like this slingshot? It’s for you too if you like it.” Lu RanKong said boldly.
The child shook his head.
“Then what do you like?” Lu RanKong asked again, “I’ll make whatever you like.”
The child began to wash the vegetables without saying anything.
Just when Lu RanKong thought he would never speak to him again, he heard a voice as thin as a mosquito, “Thank you…” Lu RanKong was stunned when the child continued, “Thank you for the cavalry.”
“Ah, no thanks needed.” Lu RanKong was simply flattered.
The child took out the wooden carving from his pocket and handed it to him, whispering, “I’ll give it back to you. You were actually giving it to someone else, but it came to me by mistake.”
Lu RanKong hurriedly waved his hand and said, “No, no. Ah yes, it was a mistake, but don’t give it back.”
The child looked at him suspiciously, his eyelashes, damp with tears, were still wet and clumped together. He asked, “Weren’t you going to give it to Fan Fan Planet?”
Lu RanKong stammered, “Well, actually, Fan Fan Planet…”
“Where is Fan Fan Planet? If you don’t know the way, I can ask around for you.”
Lu RanKong said helplessly, “Why are you talking so much?” He was about his age, but his tone was so old-fashioned that it made the kid laugh. “To tell you the truth, there’s no such thing as Fan Fan Planet, it’s a lie my mother told me when I was a child.” Lu RanKong pondered for a while and said, “She lied to me for a long time.”
“How did she lie to you?” The child asked curiously, his tear-washed eyes shining like two black jewels.
Lu RanKong then told the story of how his mother had used this lie to fool him when he was a child and didn’t like to eat.
The child pursed his lips and said, “Didn’t you always know?”
“No…” Lu RanKong shook his head honestly.
The child looked at him and laughed, but felt bad for trying to hold it in, and closed his mouth tightly for a few seconds before snorting and simply laughing out loud.
Lu RanKong also started to laugh after him. Seeing the child laughing more and more powerfully, as he almost inadvertently fell into the stream, he rushed to pull him back.
When he calmed down, the child said, “My name is Shu Yu, and I live with my grandfather in the nearby town.” After saying that, he took Lu RanKong’s hand and wrote on his palm, explaining as he wrote, “Look, these two words, Shu Yu.” 1
Lu RanKong watched carefully, and when he finished writing, he also took his hand and wrote, “My name is Gu Fan, Gu— Fan—” 2