Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Knock knock knock, Lan Yu heard a knock on the door from Lu RanKong’s side and a male voice calling out for Fan. Lu RanKong turned his head to look at it and said to Lan Yu, “My brother is here…”
Seeing Lan Yu raise his hand to close the terminal, he said, “Let’s continue talking tonight.”
“Okay…” Lan Yu agreed.
Lu RanKong went forward and opened the door, calling out to his brother. Gu Jun didn’t say anything, only opened his arms, so Lu RanKong came forward and hugged him tightly.
The two brothers both inherited their parents’ excellent appearance and looked alike. But Lu RanKong was taller and looked more like his mother Lu Yun. His eyes were different from Gu Jun’s single eyelids, they weren’t too wide and double eyelids with slightly sunken eye sockets, making his eyebrows look very three-dimensional.
“It’s good you’re back, it’s good you’re back.” Gu Jun patted his shoulder, “After this time back, lighten your heart, follow your father and brother to learn more. Some things will also be handed over to you.”
Lu RanKong smiled and said, “I just came back to see you and Father, and to do some business. I have to go back to the barracks in two days.”
“You’re going back? You just went out to train, isn’t this the end of training?” Gu Jun said in confusion, “Although the Empire has a tradition of the royal son’s training, which royal son is not finished in a few months? Our father spent a year in the military camp, which was the longest.”
Lu RanKong said, “Brother, you know, I’m not interested in this, and you’re the future emperor, so you’ll be fine.”
“But I need your help too.”
“Brother, I don’t like this. Is Jiang Zhi not good enough? And Jiang She, Jiang Ding, they are all very good.” Lu RanKong smiled and interrupted Gu Jun’s words. Seeing that Gu Jun didn’t say anything else, he opened the door and said, “Come in and sit down…”
Gu Jun entered the room, the two brothers sat on the sofa, separated by a coffee table, both turned their heads to look at the window in silence. There was a desk with the small crafts that Lu RanKong made when he was young.
“I still remember when you made that little carriage. The carving knife cut your hand and blood kept flowing, which scared me a lot.” Gu Jun used his hand to compare the height and said, “You were only so little at that time, and comforted me that it was fine, just a small injury, don’t panic.”
Both brothers smiled as they remembered what happened when they were young.
Seeing that he was in a good mood, Gu Jun added, “During your absence, Father would often come to your room and I saw him once oiling the little crafts you made.”
Lu RanKong was still smiling, but the smile in his eyes faded.
Gu Jun thought for a moment and then carefully continued, “Fan, you shouldn’t blame Father for what happened to Mother, it wasn’t father’s fault, it was Mother herself who was sick. Father is so busy, he has to deal with many big and small state affairs every day.”
“Brother, you grew up with Father, so you saw how much he worked and how hard. And I grew up accompanying Mother, and was watching how she declined day by day because of Father’s coldness.” Lu RanKong took a deep breath and said in a hoarse voice, “Father didn’t have absolutely nothing to do with Mother’s death.”
“Do you think Father is not suffering? How many people have urged him to crown a new queen over the years, but he refused. He always had Mother in his heart.”
Lu RanKong looked at the window and whispered, “So what? After all, Mother died because of him. Brother, you have forgotten, but I still remember.”
Gu Jun lowered his head, and after a long time of silence, he whispered, “Little Fan, some things are not what you see.”
The two people didn’t speak, sitting in silence, only to hear the sound of the gardener using the weed whacker on the lawn outside.
Gu Jun suddenly stood up and said, “Come on, let’s go to the study and meet Father. You should have seen him first when you got back. Father, moreover is the Empire’s emperor, you should go to see him.”
Lu RanKong nodded and followed, standing up.
The two men exited the building and walked along the large garden. In the distance, between the trees, shadows revealed the roofs of several buildings; that was Emperor Cheng Fa’s study, and the place where he held private discussions with people.
“Brother, when are you going to get married? Sister Qin has been waiting for you for years, right?” Lu RanKong shoved his hand into his trouser pocket and looked around as he walked.
A smile appeared on Gu Jun’s face and he said, “It’s scheduled for next year…”
“Then let me know before the wedding, so I can come.” Lu RanKong said.
Gu Jun said, “Don’t just ask me, what about you? Do you have anyone now?”
“Well…” Lu RanKong trailed off.
“No, it’s normal, you can’t even get in touch with Omegas in the barracks, right? The Omega of Speaker Lee and General Riden’s family is similar to your age. Go and meet them, and settle down if you like.” Gu Jun said.
Lu RanKong said, “I haven’t even finished talking yet.”
“Oh? You mean there is a follow-up?” Gu Jun looked at him with interest.
Lu RanKong said vaguely proudly, “I already have someone I like, whom I met in the military camp.”
Gu Jun saw that although he was trying to hide it, he still couldn’t hide his smile, so he also smiled along with him. He pushed away a flower branch in front of him, “The person you like must be good. When will you bring them to Brother?”
“I will, when I have the opportunity to come to the main planet, I will take you to have a meal there.”
Lu RanKong said, “Have you changed the cook? If not, change it as soon as possible. The flavor is too heavy and I’m afraid he won’t eat it.”
Gu Jun hissed as if he had a toothache.
“Did you drink the stabilizer I had sent to the military camp last time?” Gu Jun suddenly asked.
“I drank it…” Lu RanKong remembered the bitter taste and frowned, “It’s too bitter, can’t you make a dessert tasting one? Even if it’s not so bitter, we also need to drink it once a month.”
Gu Jun stretched out his finger and nodded at him, “Still the same as when you were a child, being afraid of bitterness even when drinking medicine. But our status is different, we are all people who are able to approach the emperor, so we must drink it. The stabilizer is so difficult to make, every single one of them was made with effort, you can’t not drink it ah.”
“I know the importance, so I’m just saying it casually, it’s all being drunk.” Lu RanKong sighed.
“Are you drinking it on time?”
Lu RanKong choked and said, “Sometimes not on time if I’m on a mission.”
“You must drink it on time.” Gu Jun said solemnly, “So no one has a chance to take advantage of it.”
“By the way, Elder Brother, I have a few things to do.” Lu RanKong said.
“What is it?”
“I have a few friends in the prison who were more or less unjustly imprisoned, and I want to bring up these cases later to the Law Office for retrial.”
“Okay…” Gu Jun patted Lu RanKong’s shoulder, “Do you need me to do it for you?”
“No, I’ll do it myself. Everything is strictly in accordance with the interstellar law, justifiable.”
“Yes, no favoritism. You know how to deal with it.”
Lan Yu received another video message from Lu RanKong before he went to bed. Looking at the background, he was still in his room, but was wearing a military uniform, apparently just returned from outside.
Lu RanKong dropped his military cap on the coffee table and asked Lan Yu, “Are you ready for bed?”
“Yeah…” Lan Yu said.
Lu RanKong stared at him for a while and suddenly said, “I told my elder brother that I have someone I like and I’m going to bring you to meet him.”
“Oh, is that so?” Lan Yu suddenly felt a little panicked.
“Mn, next time we’ll go together.”
“Let’s talk about it later, if we have the chance.” Lan Yu said lightly, but his hand was picking at his pants leg underneath him.
Lu RanKong saw Lan Yu pondering and not saying anything, so he became apprehensive and asked, “What are you thinking? If you don’t want to see him, don’t go to see him, his food is not good anyway.”
“No, I was just thinking about how the weather is at your place.” Lan Yu didn’t want to say why, so he just blurted it out.
Lu RanKong’s eyes lit up when he heard this, “I miss you too, I miss you a lot.”
Lan Yu froze, opened and closed his mouth, and finally whispered, “I miss you too…”
“I’ve already done everything today, and I’ll be back to Zata Planet in the morning on the earliest Star Warship,” Lu RanKong said.
“Mn…” Lan Yu nodded.
The two kept talking and staring at each other when they didn’t have anything to say. It wasn’t until Lan Yu inadvertently saw the time and realized it was now twelve in the middle of the night that he said goodbye and hung up the terminal.
He picked up a glass of water and took a sip to moisten his dry throat, then fell on the bed and rolled around with Gu Gu. Burying his face in its soft belly and lowering his voice to scream, “Gu Gu, Gu Gu! I’m going to meet his relatives, are we going to get married? Are we? It’s all about meeting the relatives!” After rolling around for a while, he said in disgust, “But when can I tell him my identity? It’s too hard to explain why I’m an Omega, right?”
Gu Gu was silent and didn’t say anything, so he stared at the ceiling, his eyes gradually drifting, “And after a few years, we can retire. But during those years, can we do nothing and endure? If I get pregnant with a baby, will it be secretly born in the barracks?” He sat up with his hair in a mess and said with determination, “No, I must retire from the army, in six months at most, no matter what.”
His mind was racing like that, sometimes sad, sometimes happy, and he unknowingly fell asleep in bed. As he was sleeping, he seemed to hear a knock on the door, waking him up from his dream.
Knock, knock, knock.
There was no mistake, there was a knock on the door.
The day had only just dawned with the thin sunlight filtering in through the curtains, illuminating the outline of the room, and Lan Yu looked at his terminal; it was only 6:30 am.
“Who is it?” He asked warily.
“It’s me…” Lu RanKong’s voice came from the doorway.
Lan Yu suspected that he had heard wrong and asked again, “Who is it?”
“Xiao Yu, it’s me” It was indeed Lu RanKong.
Lan Yu was surprised and happy, and got out of the blanket and went to open the door with bare feet, but after two steps he realized that something was wrong and said, “Wait for me…”
The voice outside the door asked, “How long do you want me to wait?”
Lan Yu said, “Ten minutes…”
The voice at the door disappeared, and Lan Yu hurried back to change his clothes and put on his shoes. The robe he was wearing was too revealing and inappropriate, after all, it was only the beginning of their relationship. Last night he had changed his glandular body patch and didn’t have time to clean up. He needed to brush his teeth, wash his face, and comb his hair. He looked like a lion and had to quickly tame it.
Lan Yu was busy in the bathroom when he heard the wall adjacent to Lu RanKong’s room being knocked on twice.
“Mhm…” Lan Yu put the replaced glandular patch into a sealed bag and put it at the bottom of the trash can.
“I missed you so much…” Lu RanKong said from next door.
Lan Yu responded vaguely as he brushed his teeth, “I missed you too…”
“I couldn’t wait until morning to leave, so I went to the Star Warship as soon as I finished talking to you last night. I wanted to see you as soon as possible.”
Lan Yu washed his face quickly and applied moisturizer casually on his face, “You left last night, did you sleep at all?”
“Yes, I slept on the Star Warship and had a dream.” Lu RanKong said.
Lan Yu walked out of the bathroom and went back to his bedroom to change, taking off his pajamas and putting a sweatshirt over his head. Lu RanKong also came out of his side of the bathroom and followed him to the bedroom, continuing through the wall.
“You know what I dreamt about?” His tone was becoming a little slutry.
Lan Yu stopped dressing and said, “You don’t have to tell me what you dreamed.”
“But you were involved in the dream, how can I not tell you—”
“You just let me participate in silence, you don’t have to let me know.” Lan Yu interrupted him.
Lu RanKong didn’t continue and asked with a laugh, “Did you clean my room? Of course, it could be no one else but you.”
“I put all your materials and tools in the storage box, so you don’t have to look around.” Lan Yu said.
“I saw. You’re tired, right? Actually, it’s okay not to clean, I’m used to living like that.” Lu RanKong said with a little bit of pain.
Lan Yu grunted, “You can live with it, but I can’t stand it.”
There was silence next door, and just as Lan Yu wanted to ask him what he was doing, he heard his voice pretending not to care, “So have you cleaned that room for that one before?”
“That one? Which one?” Lan Yu stopped putting on his clothes.
“Just that guy, you know.”
Lan Yu asked suspiciously, “Which one? You have to say a name, otherwise how do I know who you’re talking about.”
Lu RanKong didn’t even seem to want to mention the name and quickly said, “Lu Lu…”
Lan Yu froze for a moment and said, “Lu Lu?”
He tilted his head to look at the plush doll sitting silently on the bed.
“Just that one, that Lu Lu.” Lu RanKong’s voice was light, but Lan Yu also heard a sour note hidden in it.
“I’ve said several times that he is called Gu Gu, but you prefer to call him Lu Lu.” Lan Yu reached out and nudged the brown bear’s nose and said silently, “He wants to change his name.”
“It doesn’t matter, it’s the same.” Lu RanKong asked, “So did you help him clean his room too?”
Lan Yu pursed his lips and smiled, and deliberately said loudly back, “Cleaned it, why not? Also give him a bath, so that he is always clean and dry.”
“Bathing? You gave him a bath?” Lu RanKong sounded like he was lying on the bed and jumped up again, the iron bed made a creak.
“You have a problem with that?” Lan Yu asked.
Lu RanKong said sarcastically, “No, it’s in the past, it’s in the past.” He added, “Besides, you won’t bathe him again, will you? I won’t take it personally.”
As soon as he finished dressing, Lu RanKong asked, “Ten minutes are up, can I come over?”
Lan Yu finally looked in the mirror and said, “Come on over…”
Without waiting for the knock on the door, he opened the door to his room and stood in front of it with his heart beating a bit sharply. The moment the door was pushed open, he was swept into a warm embrace, and his burning lips and tongue were filled with a familiar flavor.
Lan Yu’s arms and legs were weak as he sank into Lu RanKong’s arms, responding to this fervent and intense kiss. The two of them continued to kiss lingeringly as he was picked up and placed on the sofa in the living room.
The sun slowly rose, the golden light came through, and the sound of Lin Zhu and Chen YuTan getting up and washing up sounded across the room.
“I couldn’t wait to see you on the Star Warship. I woke up several times in the middle of the day and thought how time was passing so slowly.” Lu RanKong gently pecked Lan Yu’s earlobe.
Lan Yu also reached out and gently ruffled a few strands of hair on his forehead.
“Let’s take the day off and go out on a date.” Lu RanKong looked up at his face.
“How can we go on a date?” Lan Yu’s face was scarlet, like he was drunk, with watery glints at the end of his eyes.
Lu RanKong stopped talking and only gazed at him from above, his gaze burning with undisguised aggression.
When Lan Yu saw his gaze, he gradually sobered up, pushed the person on top of him and said, “What’s on your mind again?”
“I suddenly don’t want to go on a date anymore, I just want to spend the day in the room with you like this.” Lu RanKong said.
Dangerous, too dangerous.
Lan Yu pushed him onto the sofa, sat up sideways, and said in a deep voice, “Since we’re in love, we have to date. Let’s go out and date.”