The man standing behind Duan Hengye was wearing a black double-breasted suit, with copper-colored buttons that glowed warmly in the sunlight. A ruby brooch was pinned to his chest, which was also exposed to the sunlight, and the light red light from the brooch reflected on Duan Hengye’s chin, adding a touch of brightness to his pale skin.
When he turned around and saw who was coming, Duan Hengye froze in his tracks. If he remembered correctly, Meng Jinhuai should not have any plans to come to work on this star recently. But now, why did he suddenly appear here, at an award ceremony that had nothing to do with the military department?
Duan Hengye couldn’t help but open his mouth, but before he could think of what to say, the man standing behind him gently put his hand on his shoulder and smiled: “Today, it was just on my way to the Light Star, so I came to take a look.” After saying this, the two of them, led by the staff in front of them, sat side by side in the middle of the first row of the guest seat.
Although it was true that Meng Jinhuai would often appear on non-work-related occasions recently, the doubts in Duan Hengye’s heart were still not eliminated.
But at this time, the eyes of thousands of people in the entire meeting were focused on them, so Duan Hengye was not in a position to ask questions. He sat down with Meng Jinhuai, and it was just time for the event to officially start.
The arrival of Meng Jinhuai and Duan Hengye was so sudden that even when they sat down, no one in the audience could react. Only after the host came back on stage to express his gratitude on behalf of An Luo, did a round of applause that could have gone through the roof finally erupted.
The purpose of today’s award ceremony was to recognize the achievements of researchers in the field of pharmacy in the past three years. Therefore, after the event started, the host introduced all the nominated researchers in the order they were nominated. The nominated researchers walked through the same door that Duan Hengye had just entered from, and then sat on the other side of the VIP table.
The audience for this event was mostly pharmacy-related practitioners and current students of the program at An Luo. Whenever the introduction was finished and the guests entered, there would be a round of applause.
After sneaking a glance at the surrounding people’s reactions, Duan Hengye realized that perhaps only he and Meng Jinhuai were the only amateurs in the whole event on …….
Unlike the audience whose eyes were filled with excitement, Duan Hengye felt that he and the marshal were just there for the fun, and were simply out of place in the atmosphere of the event. No, when he thought of it, Duan Hengye looked at the person next to him again …… Why did Meng Jinhuai seem to be quite into the atmosphere?
During this period of time, the frequency of meetings between Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai had increased a lot, so their interactions and chats had gradually become more natural.
For example, taking advantage of the gap between the first few guests entering the room, Duan Hengye couldn’t help but turn his head slightly sideways to Meng Jinhuai who was smiling and applauding, and asked, “Does Lord Marshal know these scientific researchers?”
Hearing the words of Duan Hengye, Meng Jinhuai put down his hand and turned around with a smile on his face and said to him as if it were a matter of course: “I don’t know.”
“…… “As expected, he knew.
The award ceremony was divided into six categories according to the branch of pharmacy, and the monetary value of each of them was very high. Although it was hard to tell people’s age from their looks in the interstellar era, Duan Hengye still aimed at several gray-haired old professors. From the reactions of the participants, it could also be seen that these people were all highly respected seniors in the industry.
To be able to be nominated into the conference together with them as a current student, Lan Jingchi was indeed worthy of being the genius in the field of pharmacy that was specially described in the book.
After waiting for a while, the host finally read out the names of the final group of award candidates. Along with this, the identity of each entrant and his achievements in the industry were introduced.
When he reached the third name, the host paused for a moment before continuing: “…… The next candidate, Lan Jingchi, is from An Luo University, majoring in pharmacy, undergraduate student.”
Although Lan Jingchi couldn’t help but tell Duan Hengye about this, the nomination list for the award ceremony was actually not announced in advance.
After hearing the host’s words, many whispers suddenly emerged from the originally extremely quiet scene of the ceremony. “Undergraduate pharmacy student of An Luo University.” These words would definitely be a glittering name if they were placed outside, but unfortunately, the location they were in now was An Luo University. Looking around, this was already the worst and most insignificant status in the entire hall.
Why would the conference organizers nominate a current student? And he was still an unknown student. Despite the fact that Lan Jingchi’s grades were now at the top of his major, An Luo was a university, and students rarely cared about a ranking as they did in high school.
Most of the pharmacy students had never heard of the name “Lan Jingchi”, and the few that had heard of it associated it with the “campus bullying” incident a long time ago, as well as the name of Duan Hengye.
It was important to know that there had never been a single example of an undergraduate being nominated before this session of the conference. The people sitting in the place were all the proud sons of heaven, and suddenly hearing that someone of the lower level than them was the nominee on the stage, it was natural to have some imbalance in one’s heart.
Or rather, very unbalanced.
After the name of Lan Jingchi, followed by a long list of paper names. Although Duan Hengye had tried to understand pharmacy terms, he still didn’t understand what the thesis was about. After all, the basic education received by the original owner had no relevant content, so no matter how good Duan Hengye did in his major, it didn’t change the fact that he was very biased ……
Duan Hengye, who was listening to the keywords carefully, didn’t notice that Meng Jinhuai, who was sitting beside him, suddenly raised his eyebrows after hearing the long list of thesis titles.
As the owner of a pharmacy research institute, and a good student who grew up with an interstellar standard education without any bias, Meng Jinhuai was not proficient in this field, but he at least understood what the thesis title was about.
For the first time, he couldn’t help but shift his gaze from the stage to the door and wore a profound expression.
Lan Jingchi’s achievements were incomparable to those of the other nominees, and the introduction was naturally much shorter. After the moderator finished speaking, the door slowly opened again, and the applause that greeted him was indeed a bit sparse compared to that of the other nominees.
But the young man standing at the door didn’t care what others thought of him. Duan Hengye saw that today’s Lan Jingchi was wearing a white suit, and recently he seemed to have grown a lot taller and thinner. Compared to a group of industry bigwigs in black formal wear, Lan Jingchi did look youthful and invincible.
But seeing his young look, and then thinking that someone so young could actually be nominated, most of his peers began to feel inner rebellion.
Lan Jingchi had a “not with the common people” aura. After the door opened, he slightly bowed to the host on the stage and then walked towards the seat without being affected by the applause and discussion.
Duan Hengye and Lan Jingchi were a few years apart, but he was probably influenced by the other party’s youthfulness and the impression that Lan Jingchi was a bullied cabbage when he first met him.
Whenever he saw Lan Jingchi, Duan Hengye couldn’t help but forget about his blackened future in his book and have the illusion that he was looking at his junior.
So when the other party appeared at the door, Duan Hengye’s eyes couldn’t help but take on a little bit of pride.
Because he knew in advance that Duan Hengye was coming, after walking out of the door, Lan Jingchi could not help but cast his eyes to the first row of the guest table, and then started looking for the familiar figure. Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai sat side by side, but his position was more towards the entrance.
Lan Jingchi immediately saw Duan Hengye sitting there applauding slowly for him. However, before he showed a surprised look, he then caught sight of the person sitting next to Duan Hengye at …… Meng Jinhuai?
The nominees’ seats were at the other end of the first row of the guest list, because they didn’t know that Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai would be there on short notice. Before Lan Jingchi, every time someone passed by and saw them, they would give an extremely surprised look and then slow down to say hello.
But Lan Jingchi was different ……
After seeing Meng Jinhuai present today, Lan Jingchi’s eyes suddenly grew cold. He didn’t even pause in his steps, just a casual nod of his head, and then walked quickly to his own seat.
Meng Jinhuai’s identity was very high, and Lan Jingchi was very disrespectful to the other party.
The people in the back row didn’t see Lan Jingchi’s expression, but they gradually quieted down, but the professors sitting in front of him all saw his “excellent performance”. The always reassuring Lan Jingchi was out of his mind today, wasn’t he? When his lab professor saw this, he almost sat up and questioned him.
However, as the object of ignoring, Meng Jinhuai behaved very calmly. He withdrew his attention from the front and then tapped his finger on the wooden seat armrest on one side. This was a small, unconscious action, but it froze the school leaders in the back of the room and made them break out in a cold sweat.
“Is this the student that Ah-heng met last time in An Luo?” Meng Jinhuai asked indifferently.
Duan Hengye after hearing these words, subconsciously became surprised. Then he remembered, when he helped Lan Jingchi, his identity was still suspected of being a royal undercover spy, and the Marshal always paid attention to “abnormal trends “. It was not surprising that Meng Jinhuai knew about it, but his tone was very strange.
In his heart, Duan Hengye would often call Meng Jinhuai “Film Emperor Meng”. Meng Jinhuai was very good at disguising his emotions. When he was working, he always looked like he was doing business, but when he was in private, he always had a polite smile on his face, so it was hard for others to read any special emotions from his face or tone of voice.
But …… just now Duan Hengye heard a little disdain from the other party’s words, and this emotion was not disguised at all.
What was going on today? Why was it that both Meng Jinhuai and Lan Jingchi were a bit strange. If Meng Jinhuai’s disdain for Duan Hengye was still understandable, then why did Lan Jingchi show hostility towards Meng Jinhuai?
Duan Hengye couldn’t figure it out no matter how much he wanted to.
But when he thought that Lord Marshal knew everything anyway, he nodded his head towards the other party. Seeing this, Meng Jinhuai suddenly asked again, “Then you coming to this meeting today, is it also for him?”
The fact was that there was nothing wrong with this, but after it came out of Meng Jinhuai’s mouth, how strange it sounded. The alarm in Duan Hengye’s brain once again sounded, why was the Lord Marshal suddenly asking about this?
At this time, the next part of the ceremony was about to begin, and when he saw that Duan Hengye had been hesitating without answering, Meng Jinhuai stopped asking questions. He turned around to face the podium again, and if he looked at his expression, Meng Jinhuai still looked gentle and polite, but Duan Hengye felt that the air pressure on the other party was gradually going down.
The film and television industry in the interstellar age was developing very fast, even in a scientific award ceremony, and every time an award was about to be presented, the light screen on the stage began to project it. Then the next research results were briefly introduced to the audience in the form of a documentary.
In the last life, Duan Hengye not only read novels but also liked documentaries and movies in his daily life. Just now he was a little worried that he would be bored because he couldn’t understand the content of the ceremony, but now after seeing the well-edited documentary on the light screen, Duan Hengye’s interest was once again piqued.
There were many nominees today, so naturally, not everyone had a documentary to go with it. What was shown on the light screen was mainly the winners, as well as the records of some famous interstellar researchers.
As the videos played, the time was approaching noon, and the awards for the subjects in which Lan Jingchi won would finally be presented.
On the stage was the president of the Interstellar Pharmacy Research Society, who would come up to the stage to give a brief introduction to the following events whenever an award was about to be presented.
No matter how interesting the video clips of the documentary were, Duan Hengye was still a little tired after watching it like this all morning. However, after hearing the words of the president of the research committee, he finally got his spirit up again.
Unlike before when he was simply summarizing the three years of the industry, now after the chairman’s work was summarized, he obviously started to give targeted praise.
If Duan Hengye’s understanding was correct, then what the other party was saying was exactly what Lan Jingchi did.
“…… When the last award ceremony was held, I never thought that one of the nominees after three years would be such a young researcher.” In the interstellar era, one might not be able to tell which of today’s nominees was the youngest by looking at their appearance alone. But because of the introduction of the “current student” just now, everyone applied the chairman’s words to Lan Jingchi.
Now in the face of the various researchers, the popular man, Lan Jingchi did not show the slightest bit of strangeness. The fact that he was calm, had a big difference with the surrounding peers.
The president took a look at Lan Jingchi and then said: “His research direction also surprised me a lot, it’s a seldom covered field.”
The duration of the award ceremony was fixed, and after these words, the president of the research committee left. Immediately afterward, following the usual procedure of the ceremony, and after going over the names of the winners, the guest of honor, who was in charge of presenting the award, came to the stage.
The person was an extremely senior professor from An Luo, his steps were no longer steady, and his sideburns had been dyed with frost. Duan Hengye saw the old professor pick up a traditional-style envelope from the side, then slowly open it.
Although he could probably guess whose name was written on the envelope, Duan Hengye couldn’t help but feel nervous even as the other party was opening the envelope.
After seeing the name on the envelope, the professor was obviously stunned, and then slowly read: “…… Congratulations, Lan Jingchi! We have the youngest recipient in our history!”
After his words, the light screen lit up again and the documentary on the success of Lan Jingchi’s research began to play.
After the award ceremony, the documentary would be uploaded on the Star Network. So the content that was prepared for the general public, of course, Duan Hengye could also understand.
In the middle of the first row of the VIP seats, Duan Hengye looked up at the light screen. As the documentary played, Duan Hengye’s heartbeat also accelerated a little bit.
Although some of the more profound professional content Duan Hengye still could not understand, only by virtue of the rest of it, he had already seen – the research direction of the award-winning thesis of Lan Jingchi was related to the poison that he was poisoned with!
A long time ago, when Duan Hengye came to An Luo for class, Lan Jingchi once came to see him in his lounge. At that time, Duan Hengye had already gotten his detailed medical report and remembered some abnormal values and toxin residues. Because he had doubts about the data, Duan Hengye vaguely mentioned it to Lan Jingchi in the middle of a chat.
He didn’t expect that a few months later, the other party would actually write a paper based on his casual mentions that was enough to win an award at the conference.
Duan Hengye’s hand slowly moved to the wooden armrest of the chair, and his knuckles began to turn white as he gripped it a little too hard. Duan Hengye stared intently at the image on the light screen, and even his breathing became cautious.
Just at this time, Duan Hengye suddenly felt that Meng Jinhuai, who was sitting on the side, gently placed his palm on the back of his hand. Unlike the cold temperature of Duan Hengye’s hand, Meng Jinhuai’s palm was still so warm that it stabilized his heartbeat in no time.
“If he’s willing, he can come to the LDK-300 Institute during the holidays.” Meng Jinhuai suddenly whispered. As he spoke, the marshal’s eyes were still focused on the light screen in front of him, and he looked so relaxed that Duan Hengye almost thought that what he had just said was his own hallucination.
This time he had learned that the strength of LDK-300 Institute was absolutely not inferior to the Royal Research Institute of Ye Tian Empire. If Lan Jingchi really could go to LDK-300 to study and work, both for his own learning and the progress of his own detoxification, it was a good thing without any disadvantages.
But Meng Jinhuai obviously disdained the other party a few seconds ago, but now he wanted to invite Lan Jingchi to LDK-300.
Soon after the marshal said this, the video finished playing.
Lan Jingchi’s thesis was published not long ago, and because the research direction was very cold, not many people present had read it carefully. However, after watching the video, they finally had a new understanding of his research.
The scientific world, like the battlefield, was a world where strength was important. In just a few minutes’ time, the eyes of the students in the back row towards Lan Jingchi changed from disdain at the beginning to admiration now. But as a little bit of a second-rate male, Mr. Lan Jingchi was still so flattering.
After the short film finished playing, wearing a clean white suit, Mr. Lan walked up to the stage, he received the trophy in his hand and took ten seconds to thank his professional teacher in a very low-key way, then he nodded towards the audience, and walked off the stage directly.
Was this the end of ……?
The youngest winner of the award at the age of about 20 years old, receiving a trophy that was difficult for his peers to touch in their lifetime, and that was all that Lan Jingchi said?
Under the astonished gazes of the crowd, Lan Jingchi walked off the stage in an unrestrained manner. However, he didn’t return to his own position, but turned around and walked over towards where Duan Hengye was sitting.
They saw that just now, Lan Jingchi was very calm after seeing Duan Hengye, suddenly he was like a different person. When he smiled, his eyes involuntarily narrowed, and at this time he smiled like this while calling out loudly “Professor Duan!”. It was really juvenile.
Lan Jingchi came towards Duan Hengye, opened his arms and obviously wanted to hug him. Duan Hengye was not used to physical contact with people, but after seeing the other party’s appearance, he didn’t want to embarrass Lan Jingchi. So at the same time that Lan Jingchi came this way, Duan Hengye also stood up from his position.
Then Duan Hengye noticed that Meng Jinhuai’s palm was still held on the back of his hand next to the other side.
So everyone saw that at the same time that Duan Hengye stood up, Meng Jinhuai also stood up. When they moved their eyes downward, they saw that these two people’s hands had always been tightly pulled together!
The marshal and Professor Duan’s relationship was really good.
Lan Jingchi, who also saw this, subconsciously slowed down his steps, and at this moment, Meng Jinhuai took the first step forward and then extended his free hand towards Lan Jingchi.
“Congratulations.” Meng Jinhuai said to him with a smile.
Damn, that wasn’t congratulations, that was “f*ck off”.