Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
The military vehicle drove for another ten minutes or so, arriving near the convention center.
The streets in the area had been blocked off, so pedestrians and tourists couldn’t approach, even if they were poking their heads in from afar, there would be patrols to check their papers.
The main entrance was even more heavily guarded, and in addition to the heavily armed guards, Lan Yu also saw his own mecha soldiers. They were mixed in with the local guards, wearing wrist guards that covered their mecha rings underneath.
After passing through the layers of inspection, the military vehicle pulled into the convention center, followed the edge of the driveway, and stopped in front of a small, three-story building.
The two men got out of the car, led by a soldier, walked to the innermost room on the second floor and knocked on the door.
“Come in…” It was Liu Deng’s voice.
The soldier pushed the door open and stepped back, closing the door after Lan Yu and Lu RanKong entered the room.
Liu Deng sat behind a wide desk and pointed to the sofa opposite, “Sit down and have a drink.”
The two cups of tea on the table were steaming, obviously poured for the two of them.
When they sat down, Liu Deng said, “Your mecha battalions were secretly transferred here, for reasons you all know, so I will not say more. What I want to say here is that the conference center is being controlled by us, and we’re making sure that the Lontan person can’t get in.”
“No way to get in?” Lu RanKong looked skeptical.
“We’re only in charge of the outer perimeter of the conference center, but now if we want to enter the interior, we can’t. The soldiers inside are in teams of two, and they all have HR5 injections.” He elaborated to Lu RanKong, “We don’t have access to the interstellar ruling chiefs, their security is handled by a special department.”
Lu RanKong looked down and mused, “General Liu, keep an eye on Lin Zhu, Kong Fei and Chen YuTan, don’t let them participate in critical missions.”
General Liu said with a serious look, “I know, I’ve been keeping an eye out. When you told me, they had already arrived at Goseti. When this is over, we will check them one by one.”
“So my mission with K is to get inside and protect the emperor?” Lu RanKong asked.
Liu Deng gave him a look and shook his head, “No, Emperor ChengFa is under the responsibility of a special department, the defense is watertight, so don’t worry about that, it’s just…”
Liu Deng put down the cup of tea in his hand, “Just that after the six-day meeting, they will also visit a few sanatoriums.”
“Visiting sanatoriums?” Lu RanKong sat up straight, “There are too many uncontrollable variables regarding that. Can’t it be cancelled in these unusual times?”
“Be aware that there are several interstellar chiefs who are very stubborn and want to follow the steps of every meeting all over again, so they can’t be cancelled.”
Lu RanKong asked, “Then what you mean is that you want me and K to check those sanatoriums?”
Liu Deng said, “Originally, seven sanatoriums were scheduled to be visited, but after consideration, only three were left. The main staff of these three homes had taken stabilizers a month in advance and had no problems. But with the number of convalescents, all taking stabilizers is not realistic, so your task is to disguise as staff to sneak inside and investigate.”
“Which three sanatoriums are those?” Lu RanKong asked, leaning back on the sofa.
Liu Deng gazed at the cup of tea on the table and said, “The mother and child health center, the elderly nursing home, and the mental state nursing home.”
“Maternal and child health center and mental state sanatorium. Aren’t those a maternity center and a mental hospital?” Lu RanKong asked in shock.
Lan Yu also froze.
Liu Deng touched his nose and said, “That’s probably the idea.”
“Probably?” Lu RanKong asked.
The two sat on the couch and looked at each other, and Lu RanKong asked, “No, why should Chief Interstellar visit a maternity center and a mental hospital?”
Liu Deng sighed, “Because only these three sanatoriums have walls and gates. Those other sanatoriums are open without cover and houses all over the mountain, how can we check those? The psychiatric hospital is a psychiatric hospital, it’s better than being taken advantage of by a Lontan person.”
“If you want to deal with a Lontan person, you have to work in teams of two, so how can two of us go to three institutions?” Lu RanKong said.
Liu Deng waved his hand and said, “Don’t worry, we are working together with the garrison of Goseti, and they are responsible for the two nursing homes, we only need to take care of one.”
“Then we will be in charge of the old people’s home.” Lu RanKong patted the arm of the sofa.
“The old people’s home is already taken care of.”
Lu RanKong wrinkled his eyebrows, “Then we’ll go to the mental hospital.”
Liu Deng crossed his hands on the table and said, “The old people’s home and the sanatorium for the mentally abnormal are open and the management is on the lax side, that’s why the local garrison in Goseti is going there. You will be in charge of the mother and child health center.”
Lan Yu was silent, the scene was very silent.
“What is the specific job we both need to do when we go to work as staff at the maternity center?” Lu RanKong asked.
Liu Deng corrected, “The Maternal and Child Health Center.”
“We go in and wait for babies?”
“It’s to take care of mothers and babies…”
“If there are no comments, then it’s settled.” Liu Deng cleared his throat, picked up his cup of tea and headed out, “I still have something to do, so I’ll leave for a step first. The specific situation will be taken care of by Staff Officer Wang, he will come and arrange it for you.”
The door opened and he left the office as if he had fled and an officer with glasses followed.
“Colonel, I am Wang Kang, the chief of staff of Empire’s fifth unit in Tambunka City, your next mission will be arranged by me to be in charge.” Wang Kang said. He clapped his hands and in came a soldier, dragging two ordinary-looking suitcases. “The mother and baby center has been informed, the two of you can just go directly. There are six days until the end of the conference, so time is short. The two of you can change your clothes and leave, here are your bus cards, IDs, luggage and terminals.”
After Lan Yu and Lu RanKong took the suitcase, he extended his hand and said, “Good luck with the mission, I’ll be waiting for your good news.”
After shaking hands and saying goodbye, the two dragged their suitcases outside and Lu RanKong asked, “Xiao Yu, are we going to deliver babies?”
Lan Yu glanced at him and said, “What are you thinking? We’re both Alphas, so we’ll be plumbers at best.”
Lu RanKong breathed a sigh of relief and said, “That’s better, I don’t know how to take care of a baby.” He glanced at Lan Yu and whispered, “If I want to serve, I will only serve you.”
A soldier led the two to the dressing room, Lan Yu opened his suitcase and took out a set of white T-shirt and casual pants of ordinary style and fabric to change into.
After coming out and handing the uniform to the soldier, he walked out of the passage and saw Lu RanKong waiting outside.
Lu RanKong was wearing a black T-shirt, showing off his beautiful muscular silhouette. He was leaning against a tree with his hands in his trouser pockets. When he saw Lan Yu coming out, his eyes first lit up and then he walked up and took the suitcase from him and whispered in his ear, “I don’t even want to go.”
“Why?” Lan Yu asked, stopping in his tracks.
“I want to take you home now, so that no one else sees you.”
A military vehicle drove up and stopped in front of him, and Lan Yu smiled, “Come on, let’s get in.”
Just as the military vehicle pulled out of the conference center gate, Lan Yu saw Lin Zhu and Chen YuTan, who were standing on the left side of the gate talking. His own subordinate, Kong Fei, was also walking with the two captains to the left, with hurried steps.
Lan Yu kept watching through the car window with mixed feelings. Lu RanKong also looked grave, and sighed after a long time.
When the three disappeared from view, an ambulance bearing the name of the Misty Cage Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center also left the gate.
Through the car window, Lan Yu saw two people in patient uniforms, wearing bite stoppers, with a look of lifelessness.
They should be the local officers sent to cover the mental hospital.
Lu RanKong whispered to Lan Yu, “You went to QuYa Planet like this, and suddenly I thought it’s good that we’re going to the baby center.”
Half an hour after the military bus pulled up at an empty bus stop, the soldier driving said, “There’s still one more stop to go, so I’ll have to bother the two Colonels to take the bus, the military bus can’t be spotted.”
The two men got off the bus with their suitcases in tow and looked around. The bus stop was already out of the city of Tambunka, and the spacious road was lined with lush trees and a few villas hidden in the distance.
“Are you tired?” Lu RanKong pushed a suitcase in front of Lan Yu, “Sit on this…”
Lan Yu sat down, turned his head to look at him and asked, “You are also here in Goseti, do you want to call your father and gege on the terminal to say something?”
Lu RanKong shook his head, “Forget it, I’m also on a mission, so I won’t bother them.”
Soon there was an unmanned bus, and when the two got on, they found no one inside, so they found two seats and sat down.
The bus was driving on a suburban road, flanked by greenery and woods, with sunlight spilling through the dense branches and leaves and reflecting on Lan Yu’s face through the windows.
He looked out the window and squinted comfortably. After a while, he noticed that Lu RanKong wasn’t speaking, and when he turned his head to look, he met his focused eyes.
“Xiao Yu, you were like this when you were little, squinting when you were in the sun, those eyelashes were like…” Lu RanKong thought hard about the wording, and finally just had to draw an arc in the air with his hand, “Just like this…”
Lan Yu tilted his head and smiled, thinking of his inability to remember things from his childhood and feeling a little melancholy.
Lu RanKong saw his thoughts and reached out to take him into his arms, saying softly, “I’ll tell you a little about your childhood every day, and you’ll probably remember.”
The bus soon arrived at the next stop and the two got off the bus. According to the route map on the terminal, they went into the right side of a fork on the road.
Every so often, there was a small billboard on the side of the road with tips like breastfeeding and how to care for a newborn, and it was clear that the center was almost there.
The two of them quickened their pace and saw the center’s gate a few minutes later. The security guard quickly let them through after checking the admission notice and identification, and enthusiastically showed them the way.
“Come on, let’s go find the director.” Lu RanKong hauled up the two suitcases and the two walked toward the office building on the right.
The Maternal and Child Health Center was quite large and beautifully built, with a large lawn and woods full of greenery, and uniquely shaped houses, all painted in a light blue color with pictures on the exterior walls.
Two people walked into the office building and found the director.
The director was a kind-faced female Beta, about forty years old, who immediately understood after seeing the proof they presented.
“Colonel Lu, K—”
“He’s Qiao YiSi, I am Li BaoZi,” Lu RanKong interrupted the director.
The director changed her tone, “Mr. Li, the military department came last month and gave me and the key staff the potion, so it should be fine.”
Lu RanKong asked, “How many drank it? How many employees in total?”
“The purpose of our sanatorium is to use modern technology to take care of mothers and babies, so there are quite a lot of intelligent robots. Twenty-eight employees were recruited, ten of whom have taken the medicine, and the remaining eighteen will be on temporary leave when the chiefs visit, and will return to work after the inspection.” The director replied.
Lan Yu estimated that the extensive use of intelligent robots was the main reason why this sanatorium was chosen. After all, the stabilizer was precious, and a sanatorium with many employees couldn’t provide it for everyone; this sanatorium had fewer regular employees and needed less stabilizers.
“How many guests are there in the sanatorium?” Lu RanKong asked.
“There are thirty-two Omega and Beta who have just given birth, and thirty-three babies, because there’s a pair of twins.” The director hesitated and said, “I can’t say for sure about the families. Some are here all the time, some come on weekends, but this time the hospital is closed on weekends for visits.”
Lan Yu said, “We don’t need to consider those who come on weekends. How many family members are here all the time?”
“Ten people…” The director replied.
“Can you give us a list? Including their wards, beds and family members.”
The director replied readily, “No problem, I’ve just finished the questionnaire and I can give you a copy now.”
After that, she opened the drawer and took out a form, before handing it to Lan Yu. When Lan Yu looked down at the form, she asked Lu RanKong, “Do you have to identify yourselves to the staff?”
Lu RanKong shook his head, “No, it’s enough as long as you know. I don’t want to reveal any flaws.”
“Okay, I don’t mind, just let Sister Liu take you.” The director pressed the pager.
A few moments later the door was knocked, pushed open, and in came a middle-aged older sister.
“These two are new employees, named Qiao YiSi and Li BaoZi. Sister Liu, you’re responsible for the arrangements.” The director introduced, “They have already taken the stabilizer and are safe.”
Sister Liu looked the two up and down, “Welcome, now go on then.”
The two people then followed her out of the director’s office.
“I’ll take you to the dormitory first, and then to get your uniforms.” Sister Liu turned her head to look at the two of them, frowned slightly and said, “Although the hospital is looking for two Alpha caregivers, you two are too tall and not very nice looking, so I don’t know if you will scare the children.”
“Caregivers?” Lu RanKong and Lan Yu looked at each other and hurriedly said, “I wasn’t a caretaker when I applied for the job, I was a plumber.”
“Not a caregiver?” Sister Liu stopped in her tracks.
“If you don’t believe me, ask the director.” Lu RanKong said with a straight face. He knew that no matter what he said he was hired for, the director wouldn’t refute it if Sister Liu asked.
Sister Liu refused without thinking, “No matter what position you are applying for, you can only be a caregiver now.”
“That won’t work, I have to go to the director.” Lu RanKong said, “Do you want us to take care of the newborns? Neither of us know how to do that.”
Lan Yu’s face sank as well. It wasn’t that he didn’t want to take care of the children, but now the time was urgent and he had to go to the adults. How could he act if he took care of the children?
Sister Liu sized up the two men in front of her, and saw that although they looked handsome, they were fierce and gloomy, and were indeed not very suitable for the caregiver position. But the interstellar ruling chiefs including the Emperor of the Empire were coming to visit, and the institution’s caregivers were either Omega or Beta. With the addition of two Alpha caregivers, that unique effect will certainly be very good.
Sister Liu said in a hard tone, “You don’t have to take the children, just sit outside the nursery.”
“Just sit outside?”
“Yes, there are important people coming to visit soon, big, big people, too big for you to imagine, which is why you are taking the stabilizer. We will do other work after their visit, until then you will sit outside the nursery.”
Lan Yu understood in his mind that he and Lu RanKong were there to be vases.
Lu RanKong said, “We don’t want to get paid for nothing, we want to do something else then to just wait until the visit and sit outside the nursery. We won’t cause any trouble for the institution.”
Liu’s face flashed a trace of surprise, then she finally showed a slightly gentle look, “I can’t believe that you still love work. How about this, you guys just find something to do by yourselves, see where you are busy to help, wait until the end of the visit, then make specific work arrangements.”
Lu RanKong thought this was good, so he immediately agreed to do so.
Sister Liu went to the warehouse to get new uniforms for the two of them, and had a hard time choosing from the cardboard boxes, “You are so tall, our uniforms don’t have the right size.”
Lu RanKong looked at the pile of powder blue fabric decorated with lace and hurriedly said, “Since we don’t have the right size, let’s wear the ones on our bodies.”
“Okay…” Sister Liu also felt that these uniforms weren’t suitable for two handsome Alphas, so she said, “You will wear your own clothes for the time being. I will hurry to order uniforms for you, but the work card must be worn.”
When the two received their work tags, Sister Liu took them to see the dormitory again.
“See that building? That’s the convalescent building, many people have a misconception about our mother and baby center, thinking it’s the ordinary kind of folk monthly center.” Sister Liu said as she walked ahead.
“Isn’t it?” Lu RanKong asked.
Sister Liu turned her head to look at him and said, “No, we are a maternal and child health center. Many people come here after giving birth and stay here to relax and recuperate, the child is taken care of by professionals, and they wait until three or four months before leaving, which is good for physical recovery and mental health after birth.”
“Isn’t that still a recovery center?” Lu RanKong asked curiously.
Sister Liu sank her face and said nothing more.