Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Lu RanKong’s robe was loosely tied, revealing his firm pecs. Because he had just showered, his messy hair also fell down in two strands to cover his eyebrows. The old, tacky nightgown was worn by him with a bit of unrestrained taste. He led Lan Yu towards the dining room, “Hungry, right? The restaurant has already brought the food.”
There were seven or eight dishes on a large table in the middle, steaming. Lan Yu sat down next to him and looked at each of the dishes, which he had never seen before, but from the presentation alone, he could tell they were good.
“These are the specialties from different planets, try them and see which ones you like.” Lu RanKong placed the chopsticks in front of him.
“These are expensive, aren’t they?” Lan Yu asked.
“I think so, I asked them to send the best dishes.” Lu RanKong said.
Lan Yu looked at him and narrowed his eyes, “Where did you get the money? Didn’t you say you didn’t want to touch any money other than your salary for now? I have your payroll card here.”
Lu RanKong rubbed his chin and said helplessly, “Actually, it’s not that I don’t want to move it, but I can’t. During the service, all my assets are frozen by my father, and I have to wait until I am discharged.”
“Why did he freeze your assets?” Lan Yu asked curiously.
Lu RanKong said indifferently, “To get me out of the service quickly.”
He explained, “This restaurant knows me, I just need to give my name, and the money will be credited. They aren’t afraid that I can’t pay, even if I owe for eight or ten years, they will not be anxious.”
Lan Yu didn’t ask further questions, just concentrated on eating the food. When he was full and put down his chopsticks, he saw Lu RanKong was still eating, so he didn’t leave the table, but held a bowl of soup, slowly drinking it.
“Do you think there’s something wrong with that Black Crow bar?” Lu RanKong asked as he ate.
Lan Yu put down his bowl and said after a few moments of silence, “I think there’s something wrong.”
“Yeah, you feel the same way as I do. I think it’s more than just a coincidence that this bar was brought up again after the Lontan person incident in QuYa Prison last time.” Lu RanKong said.
Lan Yu didn’t make a sound, considering whether to tell him about the spending card he found in the dormitory.
“Why don’t you say anything? What are you staring at?” Lu RanKong asked.
Lan Yu was a little nervous, and after a moment’s pause, he finally spoke hesitantly, “Do you remember Officer Liu once said that he met someone outside the bar who looked like me?”
Lu RanKong chewed a piece of bamboo shoots in his mouth and nodded, “Yes, why? Were you really outside?”
Lan Yu hesitated and didn’t say anything, but began to struggle internally.
Should I tell Lu RanKong that I am not K or not? It’s a ridiculous thing to say, and I don’t know if he will believe it. But he’s the closest person to me, so there are things that I shouldn’t hide from him. How about… How about… a safer way?
Lan Yu bit his lip and said, “There’s something I haven’t told you.”
“What is it?” Lu RanKong casually raised his eyes to look at him, but found that he looked serious, was slightly stunned, and put down the dishes.
“I can’t remember anything that happened from a certain period of time. I forgot all about it.” Lan Yu said with discretion. Seeing Lu RanKong’s bewildered face, he simply said, “I lost my memory and forgot almost everything.”
This was like being in a previous drama, as long as he could explain the unexplainable things, he could still be with this person, and can use the amnesia trick to deal with it.
Lu RanKong asked after a few seconds of silence, “How long ago?”
Lan Yu said, “Specifically, from birth until three months ago.”
Lu RanKong looked at Lan Yu carefully to see if he was joking. But Lan Yu’s face was full of solemnity and his fists clenched on the table showed his inner tension, making Lu RanKong sure that what he said was true. He asked with a slight frown, “So… Your recent changes are all because you have lost your memory?”
Lan Yu nodded as he stared at the empty bowl on the table.
“Why didn’t you tell me?”
Lan Yu whispered, “We didn’t know each other well before, so how could I tell you that I lost my memory?”
“But we’ve been together for a while, and still you didn’t tell me.” Lu RanKong’s tone was full of incredulity, “This kind of thing should have been told to me a long time ago, but you didn’t say anything until now.”
“It’s not too late.” Lan Yu whispered.
Lu RanKong was a bit aggrieved, “You are my Alpha, but you didn’t tell me about such a big event.”
Lan Yu didn’t say anything.
Lu RanKong calmed down and asked, “So who else knows about your memory loss?”
Lan Yu swallowed and said, “Kong Fei…”
“That little lieutenant? The one who follows your ass around?” Lu RanKong almost jumped up, “He knows too?”
Lu RanKong’s mouth pursed into a straight line, staring at him with accusations in his eyes, “You could tell him, but not me, I didn’t know about this until now.” After a pause, he added in a deeper tone, “As your closest person, I couldn’t figure it out.”
Lan Yu also became very confused. Should he not focus on the memory loss itself now? Why was he obsessing over the fact that he didn’t tell him first?
But seeing Lu RanKong so aggrieved, he said comfortingly, “After all, when I lost my memory, we weren’t in this kind of relationship, and we weren’t familiar with each other, so I couldn’t tell you at that time. If I told you I have amnesia, you’d think that I am crazy. After we got together, I forgot about it, after all, it’s not a big deal, right?”
Lu RanKong was about to nod and then reacted, saying sharply, “No, it’s definitely a big deal, but you didn’t even tell me about it.”
“I’m afraid that if you knew I lost my memory, you’d look down on me or something. I feel inferior in my heart, so I’m hesitant, and I feel like I am in the rain or something…” Lan Yu’s mouth was vague and perfunctory, but his facial expression was skillfully adjusted along with the content.
Lu RanKong suddenly paused, his words of accusation couldn’t be said, so he stared at Lan Yu with his gloomy face full of uncertainty. His heart began to soften, but he was still a little sour.
“It’s my fault. I blamed you because you didn’t tell me, and didn’t put myself in your shoes.” He stood up and walked behind Lan Yu, took his head into his arms and said softly, “You must have been very scared at that time, not remembering anything.”
It’s true, Lan Yu’s face was pressed against his hard abdomen and he nodded gently.
“Was it caused by trauma?” Lu RanKong first wondered if he had been injured somewhere.
Lan Yu whispered, “No, it came on suddenly and I couldn’t remember anything for some reason.”
“Have you been treated? Have you checked if there is something wrong with your brain?” Lu RanKong asked.
Lan Yu shook his head.
Lu RanKong touched the top of his hair and said, “Don’t panic, Sasu Planet Military Hospital is very good, I will take you there tomorrow.”
Lan Yu shook his head again and said sullenly, “I don’t want to go…”
“It’s okay, whatever the problem is, Brother Bao will treat it with you, okay?” Lu RanKong persuaded.
Lan Yu could only say vaguely, “Let’s get the job done first. There’s nothing else wrong with my body anyway, and it doesn’t matter if I can get my old memories back.”
Lu RanKong saw that he didn’t want to talk about it, so he gave up asking questions and thought in his heart that he would have to find a chance to take him for a medical examination.
“So I don’t know if the person Officer Liu met outside the Black Crow bar was me.” Lan Yu raised his face and said, “But I found a card from the Black Crow Bar in the dormitory.”
“Yes, it’s similar to the one I found at the home of Kabul today, but I didn’t tell you before, so I didn’t say anything.”
Lu RanKong asked suspiciously, “Is that why you think there’s something wrong with the Black Crow Bar? Because you’ve been there?”
Lan Yu couldn’t say that K was odd all around. As an Omega, he had to conceal his identity to join the army, and there were only a few people from the army on his terminal, and he hadn’t seen any contact information for others.
And after so long, Liu Deng put him on more tasks, and no one had contacted him through the terminal. Such a solitary and misbehaving person would often go to a bar on Sasu Planet; no matter how one looked at it, it was strange.
“Then let’s do this, let’s go to Black Crow Bar tonight.” Lu RanKong didn’t wait for Lan Yu’s answer, so he suggested.
Lan Yu quickly replied, “Then let’s go now.”
At night, the main city of Sasu Planet was completely different from the daytime, with lights everywhere and giant floating screens hanging in mid-air, making even the cold steel buildings look colorful.
The small streets in the middle of nowhere came to life, the simple barber stores were lit up with tri-color rotating lights, the food vendors had their stalls set up by the seams, and the pop music was coming from the clothing stores and fireworks enveloped the whole street.
A black and yellow streamlined sports car slowly drove onto the street, trudging through the gaps between the small stalls, honking the horn, urging the pedestrians who were blocking the road ahead but not making way. Some pedestrians recognized this car as it was just listed as a limited edition. They couldn’t help but stop to take a closer look, and the road in front of the car became more tightly blocked.
“The other day, for my birthday, my brother gave me a new car, but I was in the military, so he just put it in my garage.” Lu RanKong said helplessly, “The color seems a little too shiny.”
Lan Yu smiled faintly and said, “It’s okay…”
When the sports car finally crossed the road, the street became empty. The two of them looked carefully at the signs on the side of the road and finally saw the Black Crow Bar. The outside of the Black Crow looked very ordinary, not much different from other bars, with only a few neon boxes on the front door with the name of the store on it.
The vacant lot across the street was the bar’s parking lot, with about a dozen cars parked, all with luxury tags, which didn’t fit in with the simplicity of the place.
Lu RanKong quickly parked his car and the two of them walked towards the bar and pushed the door in.
It was the weekend, and the Black Crow bar was a little more crowded than usual, with jazz music with a bluesy twist, or people talking to each other in the booths, or sitting alone at the bar, looking sideways at the people in the bar, looking for someone to have a night out with. When the bar door pushed open and the chime on the door rang, everyone looked over absently and fixed their eyes again.
The two new customers, both wearing dark shirts, the one in front had an impeccable face, a slender and straight body, slightly upturned peach blossom eyes with half-lidded curtains, and an indifferent, cold and arrogant look on his face. The one in the back was half a head taller than him, and the sleeves of the superior quality shirt were rolled up to his forearms, revealing the smooth lines of muscles. He was handsome, but unlike the one in front, who was on the handsome side. He was tall and sturdy, with deep features, full of mature Alpha aggressiveness.
The two seemed to be used to being the center of attention, unconcerned by the various meanings of these stares, and were led by the barman to sit down in an unoccupied booth by the wall.
“May I ask what you two would like to drink?” The young Beta barman asked in a courteous whisper.
Lu RanKong looked at Lan Yu and asked, “What can I get you?”
Lan Yu thought for a moment and asked the barman, “Do you have any special drinks here?”
“Yes, our bar is most famous for a drink called ‘Crow Wing’, many customers come here to taste this drink.” The barman introduced it.
“Oh, which bartender made the drink?” Lan Yu asked with interest.
The barman let him look at the bar, “That’s our bartender, he made the Crow Wing.”
The two men looked down and saw a young man in his twenties, shaking a bartending glass in his hand, his head half hanging, not looking this way. Lan Yu looked at him for a few seconds and asked the barman, “How long has he been working at your bar?”
The barman replied, “He was here already when I came to the bar, so I guess it’s been a long time.”
“So what’s your name? How long have you been working at the bar?” Lu RanKong asked as if he was interested in the man in front of him, with his hands clasped on the table.
The barman didn’t know what came to his mind, but his face turned red and he whispered back, “My name is Yun Jie, I’ve been here for three years.”
“Three years…” Lan Yu tapped his knuckles on the table and asked, “Have you met me?”
Yun Jie looked at Lan Yu for a few seconds and then smiled, “Sir, I don’t think I’ve seen you before.”
“Haven’t seen me? Are you sure?” Lan Yu asked.
Yun Jie looked at Lan Yu for a careful identification and shook his head a little helplessly, “Sorry sir, I really haven’t seen you before.”
Lu RanKong asked again, “So how are you doing these three years? Is there anything about the bar that makes you feel different?”
Yun Jie, as if he didn’t dare to look at him, just hung his head and said, “I’m used to it, our bar has always been very special, so there are many customers and it has a good reputation.”
Lan Yu saw that his face was so red that it looked like it was about to burn, and Lu RanKong wanted to ask a follow-up question, so he said in front of him, “Just send us two Crow Wings, please.”
Yun Jie answered, turned to leave, before leaving and also sneaked a glance at Lu RanKong.
“Won’t you seize the opportunity to ask more questions? Ask him about Xu.” Lu RanKong asked.
Lan Yu glanced at him and said with a smirk, “If you keep asking, he will follow you later.”
“Follow me? Why follow me?” Lu RanKong asked inexplicably.
Lan Yu ignored him and took a sip of the water in front of him.
Lu RanKong pondered for a while before finally coming to his senses and asked in surprise, “Are you jealous?”
“I’m only here to drink, I’m not jealous.” Lan Yu said.
“You are obviously jealous.” Lu RanKong looked at his expression, leaned back in his chair and said, “Qiao’er, it’s good to be jealous, it’s good for your health, even if you don’t admit it.”
Lan Yu lifted his eyes and looked at him, “It’s good for your body and mind, right? I see that you are very comfortable.”
“No, no, don’t be ridiculous.” Lu RanKong smiled and rested both hands on the back of the sofa, sighing contentedly.
Lan Yu didn’t bother with him anymore and just looked around the bar. The outside of the bar looked unimpressive, and the terrain wasn’t in the downtown area, but the inside of the bar was good in terms of both environment and atmosphere, and it looked very stylish.
The customers’ seemingly absent gazes always fell on him and Lu RanKong.
Lu RanKong looked like a strong Alpha, and the Omegas and Betas looked at him. But Lan Yu was a bit confusing because they couldn’t see the back of his neck to tell by the glandular patch. So whether he was an Alpha, Omega or a Beta, they were also sneaking glances at him.
Lan Yu faced these stares with aplomb and then looked back. There was admiration, teasing, awe and jealousy in these gazes, but nothing he wanted to see. These people were all seeing him for the first time, no matter what kind of gaze they had, they all revealed a sense of unfamiliarity.
Lan Yu felt a little strange, since the barman who had been in the bar for several years said he had never seen him, and these customers were obviously not familiar with each other, so what was going on with K’s card?
Lan Yu frowned and pondered, not noticing that Lu RanKong across the table was glaring at people. He looked fiercely at those who turned their eyes to Lan Yu, and didn’t stop until they averted their gaze in fear, glaring at them one by one.
Those who saw his exposed forearm muscles bulging solidly, and his tall, strong, fierce face, a look that was not to be messed with, withdrew their eyes. The poor Omega and Beta who were peeking at him were also mistakenly attacked by the indiscriminate sight, and no longer dared to look at the table.
Yun Jie quickly put down two glasses, one in front of Lu RanKong, one in front of Lan Yu, and didn’t look at them, only bowed his head and said thank you. When Lan Yu swiped his credit and paid for the drinks, he turned around and walked away, his ears red.
Lan Yu gave Lu RanKong a cool look and said, “You’ve made people afraid to look at you.”
Lu RanKong picked up his glass and shook his head and sighed, “Although I feel happy that you are jealous, the fact is that you think too much, people simply—”
He raised his glass up and found a sticky note at the bottom of it.
Lan Yu saw his face full of embarrassment and playfully urged, “Take it off, he left you his terminal number.”
He looked like he was smiling, and in the hazy light of the bar, his eyebrows were dark and deep, and his lips were even redder.
Lu RanKong’s heart moved, and he didn’t bother with the paper, only put down the glass and lowered his voice as he said, “Baby, you don’t know that the whole bar of people is peeping at you, I’m sour. You see, you’re not even a little sour over this one, in fact, I still lose.”
Lan Yu secretly laughed in his heart that this person still didn’t know that half of the people were actually looking at him, but since he didn’t know, he wouldn’t bother to remind him. He smiled meaningfully and then lifted the glass from the table.
The drink was a light orange color, in the light, it looked like the best honey. The refraction of the light reflected on his face, his lowered eyelashes were plated with light brown, and his cold temperament was reduced, turning softer.
Lu RanKong was afraid that others would stare at such a Lan Yu again, so he looked around vigilantly, like a male beast guarding his possessions, not allowing any covetous glances. He looked around and saw that no one else was looking this way before turning his head to look at Lan Yu. He found him holding the glass and hesitating to drink it, only raising it to his mouth to sniff it and frowning.
“What’s wrong? Is this drink bad?” Lu RanKong also picked up the glass and sniffed it twice.
Lan Yu said, “No, I think this wine smells familiar, I think I’ve smelled it before.”