Despite being an important undercover agent sent by the imperial family to Meng Jinhuai’s side, the original owner had only met the emperor a few times, let alone receive a message from the other personally.
Taking another glance at what was in his hand, Duan Hengye finally carefully placed the capsule back into the necklace. The dazzling blue gemstone was closed back up, and if one didn’t look at it carefully, it would be difficult to see the crack in its exterior.
…Did he actually have any special meaning in doing this? Unlike an important character like Meng Jinhuai, who was described in detail in the original, the Emperor of the Ye Tian Empire was at best just a big backdrop that existed in other people’s conversations in Dumping Interstellar. Just by the last meeting in the imperial palace, there was no way for Duan Hengye to make a reasonable assumption.
After tidying up his collar in the mirror, Duan Hengye walked back to the room he had just been in. The suit he was wearing wasn’t thin, perhaps it was his mind, but when the necklace was put in his pocket, the rubbing of the gemstone against his skin through the fabric was unexpectedly obvious. This feeling was a constant reminder to Duan Hengye – he still had a big problem to solve.
The distance between the marshal’s residence on the Southern star and Tize was very far, and because the starship had reduced its speed during non-business hours, the journey would not be over for several hours. For today’s “parade”, Duan Hengye woke up earlier than usual, but he didn’t rest after returning to the house, but sat on the sofa to think about how to deal with this temporary antidote in his pocket…….
Just at this time, the light brain that had been put aside suddenly flickered. Duan Hengye, who was thinking about the drug, somewhat absent-mindedly clicked on the message alert, and then saw the familiar three words “Lan Jingchi” from the sender.
On the surface, Lan Jingchi was a somewhat introverted and withdrawn person, but his usual manners were not missing. On every holiday, Lan Jingchi would send a message of greeting to Duan Hengye. After roughly glancing the message over, Duan Hengye simply returned a thank you as usual, and then turned it off casually.
Perhaps because of the reminder of “Lan Jingchi” that appeared on the screen, Duan Hengye finally decided after taking a deep breath that even though the experience of poisoning was very bad, if he wanted to get rid of the drug control, he couldn’t just take this hard-won antidote.
It was true that Lan Jingchi was still a student, but Duan Hengye also knew very well that although he knew the story, he was the one who had crossed over from another world and was the big “variable”. He had no way to guarantee that when the day Lan Jingchi’s talent was revealed, he would still be able to wander between the royal family and the southern star like now.
This antidote must remain.
Through his coat pocket, Duan Hengye lightly touched the gemstone. He decided that when he returned to the Institute, he would split the antidote into two halves, and one would be secretly sent for testing first, while the other… would be left for Lan Jingchi.
The starship continued on its course, and after an unknown amount of time, a man in a black suit appeared outside the open hatch of the lounge. He knocked lightly on the door and then said, “Professor Duan, Lord Marshal invites you to the top deck of the starship.”
The top floor of the starship? Despite being a master armor designer, Duan Hengye didn’t understand the construction of starships. In his impression, the top floor of an ordinary starship was usually the location of a luxury compartment or banquet hall. It was just that he was currently on a starship that belonged to the military, and Duan Hengye didn’t think that the structure here would be the same as an ordinary starship.
Although there were some doubts in his heart, Duan Hengye nodded and stood up from the sofa, then followed his assistant towards the corridor.
It was Duan Hengye’s first time coming to this starship, but because of his special identity, to avoid suspicion, after boarding the starship he pretended that he wasn’t curious about the things around him and never wandered off. So carefully, this was the first time that Duan Hengye had stepped inside a starship.
Unlike ordinary starships, there wasn’t any gorgeous interior decoration here, and the corridor leading to the top floor outside the lounge was a bit empty. Even because the floor was made of metal, there would be the sound of footsteps when one walked up to it. Because of the “gift” that he just received, Duan Hengye was already a little nervous. Now when he heard the sound of footsteps in an extremely quiet environment, his heartbeat became even faster.
The interior of the starship was very spacious, but because he was nervous, Duan Hengye felt that he hadn’t reached his destination for a while. The assistant who was leading the way took a step forward and pressed the open door button, then he retreated and bowed to Duan Hengye and said, “Professor Duan, Lord Marshal is waiting for you here.”
Only then did Duan Hengye notice that there were no lights on inside, and the only bit of light seemed to come from the stars in the outer universe of the starship. Looking at this darkness, Duan Hengye was even more apprehensive, but he still nodded slightly sideways towards his assistant before adjusting his breathing and walking into the room.
The moment Duan Hengye walked into the room, the silver door behind him automatically closed tightly. When the lights above the corridor were completely blocked out, Duan Hengye finally saw clearly that what he was facing was not the silver inner wall of the starship, but… an entire glass-like translucent object.
Meng Jinhuai stood by the “glass” with his back to Duan Hengye, and the dark blue planet outside the window quietly cast the same color of light like fireflies. Duan Hengye’s steps forward couldn’t help but pause for a moment, from his perspective, the man across the room looked like he was about to blend into the firefly.
This image was a little too good to be true, but also felt a little like déjà vu.
Hearing the footsteps coming from behind him, Meng Jinhuai turned around and he smiled towards Duan Hengye and said, “Ah-heng, come here.” These words dragged Duan Hengye out of the emotions he was feeling just now, and only at this time did he notice that Meng Jinhuai wasn’t wearing his uniform like he usually did in the past, but instead was wearing a white shirt alone.
This kind of Meng Jinhuai was less imposing, but a lot gentler. Duan Hongyu immediately realized that Meng Jinhuai didn’t call him over to talk about any “business”.
As expected, after Duan Hengye came, Meng Jinhuai turned to look out of the window again. The starship was still flying towards the depths of the universe, and the huge dark blue planet from earlier was gradually shrinking and disappearing.
“The path the starship is traveling now isn’t an ordinary route.” Meng Jinhuai said after looking out the window for a moment. Duan Hengye was somewhat confused as to what he meant, and after he scanned the slightly puzzled eyes of the man, Meng Jinhuai finally explained slowly, “This is a route that only military starships have permission to take, and my mother was an Imperial Lieutenant General in Tize Star before she died, so… when I was little, I also came here more than once! Here.”
There was no detailed description of Meng Jinhuai’s parents in “Dumping Interstellar”, and Duan Hengye only briefly knew that both of them had been generals in the Empire . . military only .
Although he had never been very sensitive to emotions or mental activity, after seeing the slightly nostalgic look in Meng Jinhuai’s eyes as he looked out of the window, Duan Hengye immediately understood that it was best for him to be a listener now .
Meng Jinhuai’s parents had died on the battlefield, and he didn’t know if the grief had been diluted by time, or if the marshal was already used to seeing life and death, but his eyes were nostalgic but not sentimental.
“Not many people have come through this channel, and all have stepped up for the war. Perhaps… except for me when I was a child, no one has looked closely outside the starship window.” Meng Jinhuai turned around, then he looked very seriously into Duan Hengye’s eyes and said, “I’ve believed since I was a child that this is the most beautiful flight path on the stars. And one day I would bring my lover along with me.”