Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
The two were about to leave when footsteps came down the hallway and a young woman appeared at the door with an old man at her side. The young woman was very beautiful, wearing a loose cotton shirt, holding the old man about sixty years old. His suit at a glance was worth a lot of money, his body was also well maintained, at least not deformed.
Lan Yu guessed that this was a father and daughter, a grandfather who came to see his grandson or granddaughter, so he stood still, ready to wait for them to let out the door before going out.
When they passed by, Lan Yu smelled a sweet, cloying smell, like the free face cream given by a nursing home.
“Was Yun Yun a good boy today?” The woman asked the caregiver gently.
“Mrs. Fang, Mr. Fang, Yun Yun was very good, she’s been sleeping all the time, she was woken up by the other children only just now, but now she’s asleep again.” The caregiver laughed.
Mrs. Fang let go of the old man’s hand and walked towards the row of cribs, whispering happily, “Yun Yun, mommy and daddy are here to see you.”
Only then did Lan Yu understand that this was not a father and daughter, but husband and wife. In the past, when he was in the film industry, there were many old men and young wives, so he didn’t think anything of it, and walked towards the door.
Lu RanKong didn’t pay attention to this, just followed behind him.
When Lan Yu turned right out of the door, he saw Mr. Fang and Mrs. Fang standing by bed number 2, looking at the sleeping baby girl with a smile.
So this is the sister and brother-in-law of the young man with the gold-rimmed glasses, he thought subconsciously as he walked down the stairs.
“What are you looking at me for?” He noticed Lu RanKong kept looking at him all the way down and asked in a very soft tone of voice.
Lu RanKong also lowered his voice, “Actually, if you want to have a child, we can have one.”
Walking down the stairs, there was no sleeping baby on this floor, so Lan Yu’s voice got louder, “Aren’t you scared?”
“Scared? What’s so scary about it, the baby was so cute.” Lu RanKong had a face of puzzlement.
Lan Yu walked forward with his hands in his trouser pockets and said, “That’s not necessarily true, maybe you won’t even dare to return home.”
“No way, you’d still be at home, how can I not go back?”
“So if I’m not at home, you really don’t dare to go back?” Lan Yu gave him a sidelong glance.
Lu RanKong laughed dryly, “Look at you, you know how to pick words. Kids are not that scary.”
This was a family-style mother and baby center, the remaining five floors were separate suites, the facilities and environment were first-class, the charges were also very high, so the general public would not choose to stay in.
The two looked at the other floors and saw that it was about time, so they followed the signs to the cafeteria to eat.
The canteen of the sanatorium wasn’t large, but the food was very exquisite and outstanding, not only nutrition with reasonable taste. The taste wasn’t inferior to those high class restaurants, Lan Yu thought, it seemed that there were reasons for high fees.
After finishing the meal, Lan Yu asked Lu RanKong, “Going to the convalescent building again?”
Lu RanKong shook his head frantically, “No, I’m not going.”
“So what are we doing this afternoon?”
“Just wandering around, seeing if the plumbing or whatever needs to be fixed.”
Lan Yu laughed, “You really think you’re a plumber.”
The two of them were walking in the woods when Lan Yu saw some fallen leaves and tried to find a broom to clean them up, but Lu RanKong stopped him.
“We’re not really here to do the hard work, so why sweep the leaves?” He said.
Lan Yu asked, “Aren’t you going to look at the water pipes?”
“You want the Second Prince to clean the leaves? He can even afford to buy this sanatorium.” Lu RanKong said with a straight face.
Lan Yu laughed a little and said, “Now you remember your status as the Second Prince, but not when you were sweeping the duck house in QuYa Prison?”
Lan Yu wandered to the gate, and Lan Yu wanted to go out to see the outside environment, but was stopped by the security guard, “This is an extraordinary period of time, after tomorrow, even visiting relatives aren’t allowed to enter or leave.”
“What about those who have already come in today?” Lan Yu asked.
The security guard replied, “Either leave now or stay inside until the end of these days.”
Understandingly, Lan Yu and Lu RanKong turned around to go back and saw a black car coming from the parking lot, ready to leave the gate.
When the window was rolled down for a security check, he saw that it was Mr. Fang sitting in the back seat.
After seeing Mr. Fang’s car leave, the two men went back to the garden, and when they passed a lawn, they found the young man with gold-rimmed glasses here too. He was sitting on a bench on the lawn, operating on the floating screen while speaking into the terminal. Listening to the intermittent words, he should be an executive of a financial company.
After seeing Lan Yu and Lu RanKong, he averted his eyes with only a faint glance, while Lu RanKong waved at him.
“Aren’t you going to leave the hospital? You won’t be able to get out tomorrow.” Lu RanKong asked.
The youth froze and frowned again. He was reluctant to answer, but seeing Lu RanKong’s enthusiastic face and the fact that he had just coaxed the children with him, he replied briefly, “No…”
“Will it affect your work?” Lu RanKong pointed to the floating screen in front of him.
The young man returned with a sense of proportion, “It’s okay…”
He lowered his head and continued to talk to the opposite side of the terminal, and Lu RanKong asked no more questions as he and Lan Yu slowly walked along the path between the lawns.
“Do you think he has a problem?” Lan Yu asked.
“No…” Lu RanKong replied decisively.
Lu RanKong turned his head to look at him for a long time before saying, “I don’t understand any of the terms he used, do you think a Lontan person could speak them?”
Lan Yu laughed, “That makes sense…”
From time to time, they met Omegas who come here to heal, and occasionally saw one or two Betas, either alone or with a companion, taking a leisurely stroll in the sun.
“How can we tell if this is a Lontan person?” Lan Yu sighed, “We can’t just go up to every single one of them and ask them a bunch of nonsense questions.”
Lu RanKong reassured, “We’re just checking. It doesn’t mean there’s necessarily a Lontan person in the center, just ask the suspicious ones you meet.” He looked around and whispered, “If I were a Lontan person, I would rather go to a mental hospital and be a lunatic than come here to sit in a maternal ward. I can’t wait for someone to stick me with a needle every day.”
Lan Yu narrowed his eyes at him and said, “You just said we could have a baby, and you said the baby was very cute.”
Lu RanKong said with a sincere face, “After all, a Lontan person is different from us, right? How can he look at kids from other planets and love them as much as I do? I’m sure he’d love to take a shot at it.”
Lan Yu continued to walk forward, and Lu RanKong secretly breathed a sigh of relief.
When it was getting late, the two of them went to have dinner and then went back to the dormitory.
Sitting on the bunk bed in the dormitory, Lu RanKong found a small carving knife from somewhere and started carving with the stone he picked up from the garden in the afternoon, while Lan Yu leaned on his shoulder to watch a movie.
After watching for a while, Lu RanKong put down the carving knife and took him in his arms for a kiss and a touch. The movie was still playing, but no one was watching it, and clothes were thrown all over the floor.
The next morning, Lan Yu washed up and applied cream in the mirror, urging Lu RanKong who was still lying still. Lu RanKong got up with a sigh, walked into the bathroom naked, put his arm around Lan Yu from behind, and rested his chin on his shoulder.
“How about we don’t take the kids today?” He gently shook Lan Yu’s body, his voice a little aggravated.
Lan Yu turned around and put a hot towel on his face, scrubbing as he said, “How are we going to get close to the adults?”
Lu RanKong thought for a moment and said, “There’s a way…”
After breakfast, the two took over the delivery duties, bringing breakfast to each room.
“Here’s your breakfast, please enjoy.” Lan Yu stood in the doorway and watched Lu RanKong deliver the plates to the tables inside the room.
Without exception, the guests stared at Lu RanKong, their eyes darting back and forth over his handsome face and toned body. Lu RanKong didn’t leave after delivering the food, and started to chat with them in a casual manner.
Before this, all the guests had been checked several times by the military and nothing suspicious was found. But if there was a Lontan person among them, after a period of preparation, it was possible to find their own personal experience and memorize it very well.
The matter was very important, Lu RanKong observed very seriously and carefully, the guests also behaved very enthusiastically.
Lan Yu vaguely tested and when he sent the next one, he asked him to wait at the door and send the breakfast in himself.
Lu RanKong wasn’t happy about this, so he glared at the customers with a black face and stood at the door with his arms crossed across his chest coldly.
When Lan Yu returned from delivering a floor, he passed by a room with the door half open and heard the customer inside complaining, “He’s handsome, but why is he staring at me? Is there such an employee? He looks like he wants to beat someone up.”
By noon, the two went to push the food cart again and were ruthlessly refused by the kitchen master.
“The dean received a complaint, so you two should stop delivering food and go do something else. The food delivery has always been done by smart robots, and they deliver quite well.”
After walking out of the restaurant, Lan Yu calmly asked, “If we can’t deliver the food, how can we approach the customers?”
“How about… Let’s be laundry workers, collecting and delivering clothes to each room.” Lu RanKong said.
“This job is done by intelligent robots, and they do a good job with no fault at all, we may get complaints again if we go.”
Lu RanKong couldn’t think of a better idea.
Lan Yu let out a long sigh, “Let’s go and get the kids.”
“Why?” Lu RanKong steeply raised his voice.
Lan Yu gave him a look, “At least those adults have to visit the kids every day.”
Lu RanKong asked, “Isn’t there a better way?”
“What if we become a chef? They have to go to the restaurant to eat, right?” Lu RanKong had a glimmer of hope.
Lan Yu unceremoniously dispelled his fantasy, “You’ve tasted the food in this cafeteria, do you think it’s possible to be a chef? Not to mention that many people don’t actually go to the cafeteria and order a meal delivery service.”
Seeing Lu RanKong look dead ahead, Lan Yu reassured, “There are only three days left, so let’s wait until they finish the inspection, and then we can leave.”
For the next three days, the two went to the nursery to take care of the children. Every morning during the bathing and massage activities, the parents would come to the nursery and stand outside the glass window to watch.
And the two also took the opportunity to exchange a few words with the adults, from which they observed and analyzed whether there were suspicious people.
During these three days they were also in constant contact with Liu Deng, always concerned about the movement of Kong Fei, Lin Zhu and Chen YuTan. Liu Deng reassured them that these three people had been guarding the periphery of the conference center and none of them acted unusual.
“You must not let your guard down. A Lontan person is extremely likely to be among them.” Lu RanKong said seriously.
Liu Deng said, “I understand, don’t worry.”
Lu RanKong could already hold a baby more skillfully, hanging a bottle between his neck at all times, changing diapers and bathing the baby. But he complained every day that his ears were deaf, that he heard voices, that he dreamt of crying children, that he was probably going to die.
Lan Yu didn’t think he was really going to die, and he came to life every night after they got into bed, flipping him over and over like a fish.
There were few nursery staff members, and the nursery couldn’t be cut off 24 hours a day, so there weren’t many people living in the whole dormitory building. And the sound insulation between the rooms was good, the two of them fooling around wasn’t discovered by others.
“If there weren’t these little devils, it would be like we were on our honeymoon.”
Lu RanKong went to pour water for Lan Yu, walking around the room naked, with a few scratches on his sturdy back. But he was in great shape and it was a visual treat to watch, so Lan Yu let him.
Today was the day that the chiefs were coming to visit, and the whole institution was in a state of tension, from the director to the staff, all were busy preparing for the reception. Only Lan Yu and Lu RanKong didn’t care so much, they still ate breakfast and went to the nursery.
The two people had one room, and just as they entered the door, Lu RanKong put on the powder blue with lace apron, and then picked up the bottle to test the temperature by putting a drop on the back of his hand, taking the crying baby from the smart robots carrying her.
“Sister, sister, you drink the milk at ease. If there’s something sad, just wait until you finish drinking milk and then ponder.” Lu RanKong carried the baby girl around the room.
The baby girl stopped crying and looked at him with curious eyes, so he put the pacifier in, “It tastes good, so let’s try this first. It’s not too late to cry if it doesn’t taste good.”
The baby girl started to drink milk, Lu RanKong looked around and directed some intelligent robots, “That little fatty has a red face and straight eyes, so he must be pooping, go change his diaper and wash his butt.”
After saying that, he carried the baby girl out of the room, “Sister, let’s change the dining environment. Seeing beautiful people is better for your stomach.”
Lan Yu had just finished dressing a baby after a bath when he saw Lu RanKong holding a baby, nursing and looking at him through the glass window. He put the baby back in his crib, covered him with a small blanket, and went out to ask, “What’s wrong?”
“The baby says she missed you.” Lu RanKong said.
Lan Yu looked into his arms and said to the baby girl, who was sucking on a pacifier, “Baby, did you miss me?”
“The baby missed you, I haven’t seen you for a while.” Lu RanKong replied with a pinched voice.
As Lan Yu straightened his pink and blue striped lace apron, Lu RanKong looked around and saw no one else but a few intelligent caregivers, so he gave him a quick kiss on the lips.
The baby girl was squeezed between the two, her pacifier came out of her mouth and she grunted twice in dissatisfaction.
The two leaned together and talked for a while before they heard footsteps coming up the stairs, thinking that the parents who were watching the baby had arrived.
Lu RanKong greeted them and began to talk to them. By the time all the parents were satisfied and the babies were done with their physical activities, it was almost noon.
On the way to the cafeteria, Lu RanKong began to complain, “One morning with the children is more tiring than one battle, no, more tiring than three battles in a row.”
Lan Yu reassured him, “The chiefs are coming to inspect the place in the afternoon, and as soon as it’s safe, we can leave here.”
On the way to the canteen, two employees were hanging colorful balloons in the distance, and an escalator was in the middle of the road, with large cardboard boxes filled with balloons stacked on both sides.
Lan Yu tugged on Lu RanKong, “Let’s take a detour and go to the back door of the restaurant through the path over there.”
There was a path in the woods to the right, paved with white stones, and the two followed the path forward. After walking a short distance, they heard an unusual sound coming from the woods, like someone was struggling.
The two looked at each other, then towards the sound, and saw a man and a woman in the woods. The man was choking the woman, and leaned her against the tree.
The woman’s hands went to break the hands around her neck, her face turned red, and when she saw Lan Yu and Lu RanKong appear, her eyes were full of pleading.
She looked like Mrs. Fang.
Lu RanKong rushed forward to squeeze the man’s shoulder and slashed his arm around the woman’s neck. The man let out a cry of pain and let go, his arm dropping limply.
As he turned his head, Lan Yu couldn’t help but speak out, “It’s you?”
The man was wearing a pair of gold-rimmed glasses. It was the same uncle they had met and had been coaxing the children together with.
Looking at the woman leaning against the tree trunk, holding her neck and coughing loudly, she was indeed the child’s mother, Mrs. Fang, the sister of the man with the gold-rimmed glasses.