After Yu Xinlan and the two of them went out, Duan Hengye originally wanted to follow the original process of following the two out of the levitator. But before he could take a step forward, Meng Jinhuai, who was standing next to him, gently pulled Duan Hengye’s hand, and then instructed him to look to the side of the hovercraft.
The side of this hovercraft was a single-sided transparent material, Duan Hengye turned around and saw another hovercraft right next to his own. “This is ……” he understood before he finished asking, the people in the other hovercraft were the emperor and empress of the Ye Tian Empire.
Meng Jinhuai nodded towards Duan Hengye, then said softly, “Don’t rush yet.”
While the two were talking, the door of the other hovercraft opened, and under the watchful eyes of the media, a woman in a large red gown took the lead and walked out of the hovercraft.
This was the empress of the Ye Tian Empire, before that Duan Hengye had only seen her once, and that was the time he transmigrated over. In that royal banquet, after seeing himself splashing wine on the head of the heroine, this woman stood in the middle of the hall and applauded with suppressed excitement, every time he recalled it, it made goosebumps appear on his body.
If Zhuo Yan was a gloomy viper, then his queen was a scorpion with a needle sting at all times.
This red dress style was very exaggerated, and after she walked several meters out of the hovering machine, the tail was still in the hovering machine. In addition, this gown was also decorated with precious stones and was now glowing in the sunlight with a blinding light.
When the queen’s skirt completely dragged out, Zhuo Yan only slowly followed one from the hovercraft inside out. Although his clothes were equally elaborate, in the backdrop of the people around him, it was less exaggerated.
Duan Hengye wanted to ask Meng Jinhuai if they should go out now. But before Duan Hengye could say anything, he saw the woman standing outside the hovering machine pause for a moment, then she glanced at Duan Hengye.
At this time, Meng Jinhuai finally took Duan Hengye’s hand and walked out from inside the hovering machine. And after seeing the woman who was still standing there without moving, Duan Hengye also understood the meaning of her early arrival.
Duan Hengye’s memory told him that the original owner, who was the director of the Ye Tian Empire’s Mecha Research Institute, only used a symbolic salute in front of the emperor. But according to the traditional etiquette of the imperial family, the original master, as someone who was adopted and sponsored by the Empress’s family to grow up, had to perform a grand salute to the Empress whenever he saw her, in accordance with the traditions of the Ye Tian Empire.
This banquet, although many Starnet media were invited, was still open for filming by time slot. After the guests entered the banquet hall, the scene was inevitably a bit chaotic, so the filming of the inner court would not open again until ten minutes later. In this way, the media would inevitably miss the scene of Duan Hengye saluting the Queen ……
So she was waiting for that ah.
Although the royal family didn’t know that Duan Hengye had spoken to Meng Jinhuai, in their eyes, he was still an unqualified undercover agent who had clearly shown “rebellion”. Before coming here, Duan Hengye thought that this trip wouldn’t be easy, but he didn’t expect the Empress to be so naive as to set up a barrier for him here.
The cultural setting of “Dumping Interstellar” was generally biased towards China, but in some details, the author still referred to the settings of many other countries. For example, the queen now wore a black ribbon on her chest, and whenever the original owner saw the other side, the salute performed was a very solemn bending of the knee for a half-kneeling kissing hand salute.
…… To be honest, growing up, Duan Hengye had never given a half-kneeling salute.
Although the Duan family was an ancient martial arts family, the family didn’t pay much attention to “false rites”. Even as a child, during New Year, Duan Hengye only bowed at most. Duan Hengye was not used to kissing hands, now he was asked to bend the knee in front of so many people in the stars, it was obviously a very difficult thing.
Perhaps the queen chose to come out early just to remind Duan Hengye that he was still an undercover agent of the royal family. But after seeing the other party’s meaning, Duan Hengye’s heart became extremely resistant.
Duan Hengye walked out of the levitator with pursed lips, because of his bad mood, the aura on his body was almost about to overtake Meng Jinhuai who was wearing a military uniform. He did not know just how stunning he looked now, really fitting in perfectly with the persona of Professor Duan, the flower of the high mountains that people imagine.
After seeing Duan Hengye, the empress raised her chin towards him and smiled, then slowly stretched her hand forward. Duan Hengye now really wanted to walk directly into the banquet hall, but reason told him: such behavior was too childish. After a little hesitation, Duan Hengye finally turned slowly towards the location where Zhuo Yan and the Queen were.
The Star-Times filming devices were microscopic and silent, but after seeing the reporter’s eyes swollen with hidden excitement, Duan Hengye’s ears had even produced the illusion of constant shutter sound.
He walked to the side of the queen, ready to salute the other according to his memory. But at this time, Meng Jinhuai, who was still holding Duan Hengye’s hand, suddenly pulled him tight.
Meng Jinhuai’s action was a little sudden, Duan Hengye’s hand was even tugged a little painful, he couldn’t help but cast a puzzled look over.
It was not expected that this time the Lord Marshal did not respond to Duan Hengye’s eyes, instead of this, Meng Jinhuai came straight and stood side by side with Duan Hengye.
Meng Jinhuai nodded gently towards the Empress, then smiled and said to the woman dressed in red, “Your Highness, now Ah Heng is from the Southern Star, not the Guiyu Star.”
Planet Guiyu was the location of the Empress’ family, and after Meng Jinhuai said these words, all the reporters around froze in their tracks.
In the interstellar era with a large population, in order to facilitate information statistics and to facilitate people’s life of traveling through the stars, everyone’s identity information had their own belonging star.
When the original owner was small, the star he belonged to on his identity information was his parents’ hometown. After the experimental accident, he was adopted by the royal family, Duan Hengye’s identity information was moved to the Queen’s family, that was, “to Guiyu Star”.
Because the Institute wasn’t enough in the planet level and was not considered a general residence planet, after adulthood, Duan Hengye identity information was still marked with the queen’s planet. Until after the marriage …… it was moved to the southern stars.
This was a bit like the “transfer of accounts” of the Earth era, but the overall process was more rapid and convenient. If Meng Jinhuai hadn’t said it just now, Duan Hengye would have really forgotten that he was now a person of “Southern Star”.
Meng Jinhuai’s words were a reminder to the Empress that, in a way, Duan Hengye was now separate from the Empress family.
In fact, his words were not wrong, after getting married and transferring his identity information to Southern Star, Duan Hengye was no longer related to that noble family, and there was no longer a need to follow the other’s etiquette.
After Meng Jinhuai’s words were spoken, the Empress’ smile froze on her face. After a while, she slowly withdrew her hand and then said with a very hard smile, “Oh, I almost forgot. So Hengye is already the Marshal’s person ah ……”
What kind of words was she saying …… Duan Hengye was disgusted by her gloomy tone. But because of the words of Meng Jinhuai just now, Duan Hengye finally and openly in accordance with his current status as the president of the Institute, gave two salty salute.
A “good show” was thus ended.
After Meng Jinhuai took Duan Hengye’s hand and entered the hall first, looking at the footage filmed in the light computer, the media finally realized the secret rivalry they had just filmed.
At the same time, Meng Jinhuai’s words, “Now Ah Heng is a member of Southern Star, not a member of Guiyu Star. It constantly reverberated in their minds in a loop ……
The doors of the banquet hall were open, and the guests who had already entered the hall had also noticed what had just happened outside. It was an honor for these celebrities to come to the capital star of the Ye Tian Empire to attend a banquet. But after seeing what happened at the entrance, those who were not involved with the two factions of the empire could not help but get nervous, afraid that they might be involved if they were not careful.
Therefore, after Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai entered, the surrounding people were not as active as before, as seen by the naked eye. After seeing Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai, everyone only greeted the two politely and didn’t go forward to talk. The actual fact was, the hall was also centered on Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai, forming a vacuum circle.
Meng Jinhuai wasn’t a person who cared about this, and after the two entered, Yu Xinlan, who came in one step ahead of them, also came over with a glass of wine, then unapologetically glanced at the hall and said, “This hall was built more than two hundred years ago when the imperial family was at its peak, and I realized only after looking at the dress and the old rituals that everyone is performing today that there are still so many people who are nostalgic for that era.”
Yu Xinlan’s words had been very subtle, but the entire audience, except for Duan Hengye, who had failed history, heard the sarcasm in the admiral’s words.
Two hundred years ago, the royal family of Ye Tian was not only “prosperous”, but also extremely extravagant and corrupt.
The hall was now quiet, and Yu Xinlan did not deliberately lower the volume of her speech. While she was speaking, the emperor and empress of the empire walked in.
When they saw this, all the people around them broke out in a cold sweat.
And after hearing her words, the empress stopped as expected. Zhuo Yan gave the woman a somewhat dissatisfied look but did not stop her.
“Admiral Yu is really interesting, according to your meaning, should members of the Ye Tian Empire like warring times?” The Empress asked.
Before Yu Xinlan could retort, she suddenly heard Zhuo Yan, who had been standing there without speaking, call out coldly to the person next to her, “Empress, you have said too much today.”
After hearing his words, the woman in red finally glanced at Yu Xinlan coldly, then she turned around and walked towards the center of the huge banquet hall.
In general, the royal banquet process was very boring, after the end of the routine sessions, the banquet officially began. Because of the previous episode, many people who were planning to get close to Meng Jinhuai had all given up on the idea, and Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai were happy to be free.
After the banquet began, the two sat on a sofa in the corner of the banquet hall, to meet the open and secret gazes, and it was at this time that Meng Jinhuai suddenly opened his mouth and told Duan Hengye about the Empress’ family.
The Ye Tian Empire had a long history, and the Empress family line was equally ancient. The things that Meng Jinhuai said were told in Ye Tian’s history books, and there were even things that people didn’t know.
After all, even the Empress had not appeared several times in “Dumping Interstellar”, let alone the family behind her. And after listening to Meng Jinhuai’s introduction, Duan Hengye finally knew that the Empress’s family was so powerful that it was even once compared to the royal family. Her and Zhuo Yan were a complete “political marriage”, in recent years, the gap between the two was also getting bigger and bigger.
Hearing this, Duan Hengye couldn’t help but spit in his heart: it seemed that in the “Dumping Interstellar” not only he and Meng Jinhuai received the “marriage in discord” script ah ……
“What are you thinking about?” Seeing that Duan Hengye was lost in thought, Meng Jinhuai suddenly reached out and stroked his forehead. Duan Hengye’s hair grew a bit long, and when he lowered his head there would be strands of hair hanging down to cover his eyes, Meng Jinhuai moved that strand of hair tenderly behind Duan Hengye’s ear.
As a person who was not used to physical contact, Duan Hengye had now unknowingly adapted to the shrinking distance from Meng Jinhuai. When Meng Jinhuai just moved the hair in front of his forehead, Duan Hengye even subconsciously moved his head closer, “Nothing, just thinking about the history of the interstellar era.”
Meng Jinhuai had already accepted Duan Hengye’s ignorance, so after hearing Duan Hengye say that, he also smiled a little and said, “It’s okay, none of this matters.”
Just not long after Meng Jinhuai’s words fell, a middle-aged man in a gray shirt walked over. He was holding a wine glass with a serious look. Duan Hengye had not seen this man before, but still judged from the other party’s clothing and demeanor – this man was also a soldier.
After seeing him, Meng Jinhuai stood up from the sofa, then nodded and called out, “Admiral Kong.”
“Good day, Lord Marshal.” The man held a glass of wine and gave a salute to Meng Jinhuai, then also nodded to Duan Hengye who had just stood up and said, “Good day, Professor Duan.”
Duan Hengye thought about it, there was indeed such a person inside Dumping Interstellar, he was the third admiral of the empire and had his own corps that didn’t belong to the military department. Compared to the Southern Star, Admiral Kong, who had been doing defense work, had a much lower profile, and people would even overlook his existence many times.
Just as Duan Hengye was reminiscing, Admiral Kong greeted Duan Hengye and walked with Meng Jinhuai towards the outside of the banquet hall, presumably to find a quiet place to catch up. Only after Meng Jinhuai left did Duan Hengye feel as if he was a little bored sitting here by himself.
But inside the book “Dumping Interstellar”, the banquet was never boring.
The original owner was an undercover agent of the royal family, he had come to the capital star more than once. Just when Duan Hengye was planning to use his memory to find a place with fewer people to rest, he suddenly felt someone walking towards the direction he was.
From the time he entered the banquet hall, no one dared to come close to Duan Hengye’s surroundings. So after sensing the aura that kept approaching him, Duan Hengye’s mind immediately swiped out the words “the visitor is not good”.
Subconsciously, Duan Hengye turned around to look in the direction of the person coming. But to his surprise, the person who was coming towards him was not a member of the royal family, nor a certain upper-class celebrity of the Ye Tian Empire …… but the heroine of “Dumping Interstellar”, Shang Mengzhen?
What was she doing here?
Shang Mengzhen was wearing a long dark green dress today, although she had also made shape adjustments according to the royal family’s dress code, but the overall look was still much more understated than the people around her.
After all, the heroine was the heroine, she knew what look best suited her and now knew how to raise her presence at such a party while continuing to keep a low profile.
“Professor Duan, how are you?” Seeing Duan Hengye turn around, Shang Mengzhen first froze slightly before carefully giving him a greeting. Although not a long time had passed between them, Duan Hengye felt that the female lead had matured quite a bit. Duan Hengye was not a person who would not give face to a person, not to mention that the person who greeted him in front of him was the heroine of the novel.
Although …… Duan Hengye felt that many of the important plots of this world had run their course and his own life seemed to have little to do with the heroine, he still nodded towards the other party and said, “Hello.”
“Uh ……” Duan Hengye’s words were too few, and the atmosphere between the two standing two meters apart after the greeting seemed a little weird. Shang Mengzhen herself knew that many people around her were watching this corner from the moment she walked towards Duan Hengye. In order not to look too awkward, she still opened her mouth and asked, “Professor Duan, do you remember me …… I met with you here last time.”
How could Duan Hengye forget the heroine.
After hearing the other party’s words, Duan Hengye nodded and walked to her side and said, “I remember, you are Shang Mengzhen.”
After hearing Duan Hengye’s words, Shang Mengzhen was extremely surprised and looked up at him. Although Shang Mengzhen felt that Duan Hengye would definitely remember her, she wasn’t sure if Duan Hengye still remembered her name.
If the atmosphere between the two was still a bit awkward, hearing Duan Hengye accurately call out her name, Shang Mengzhen couldn’t help but breathe a sigh of relief, and then her mind also began to gradually return.
Although the setting of “Dumping Interstellar” was a bit thunderous, but at least in Duan Hengye’s opinion, as the female lead, Shang Mengzhen was a smart person. After several months of experience in the entertainment industry, the heroine’s already high social skills continued to improve as she smiled at Duan Hengye and said, “I came to bother Professor Duan this time, mainly to thank you.”
Thank me? Duan Hongyi was a little confused.
But before he could ask, Shang Mengzhen herself told the story of the recent period of time …… and she didn’t know if there was any relationship with what happened the day Duan Hengye came, after a period of time, Shang Mengzhen had gotten the first Queen of Film award that belonged to her in advance of the original book plot.
The interstellar entertainment industry was well developed, and the social status of stars was higher than on Earth. Today’s Shang Mengzhen wasn’t here as the companion, but as the “new queen of film”.
With the rise in status in the circle, Shang Mengzhen listened to the upper-class social rumors and gossip more, she finally thoroughly realized …… what kind of crisis she was facing in the royal banquet.
If it wasn’t for Duan Hengye’s action for the Empress, she would definitely continue to hold a grudge against her. And if Duan Hengye hadn’t taken her to change her clothes, she would have missed the opportunity to be exposed after the banquet was over, and from then on she would have passed by an important upgrade in her career.
Although the beginning of the story wasn’t very good, Shang Mengzhen really was a rational person. After figuring out the series of things that happened later, her feelings for Duan Hengye had completely turned into gratitude and …… admiration?
That was right, “Dumping interstellar” originally didn’t pay attention to interstellar politics. The female lead, who was not interested in politics at all, actually started to pay attention to the news. Then Shang Mengzhen was attracted by Professor Duan’s recent period of drama-like rich experience and became a fan of his.
Duan Hengye was confused, he never thought that things would take such a magical direction.
In fact, it was Duan Hengye’s fault for being too busy recently, if he had paid a little attention to the interstellar entertainment news he would have known. The newly-promoted movie queen Shang Mengzhen was not only a well-known fan of his, but also often liked and retweeted various unreadable mecha research news on his social accounts ……
Despite the apparent restraint, the adoration in Shang Mengzhen’s eyes and the pile of mecha-related stuff on her page was unbelievable.
Reason told Shang Mengzhen that the situation at the banquet today was unclear. But out of admiration for her idol, and the concept of “rich and powerful” life. After a short hesitation, Ms. Shang Mengzhen finally went to the side of Duan Hengye – as a person with drive and the aura of a protagonist, she was really not afraid to get involved in the disputes between the Southern Star and the Capital Star.
Duan Hengye felt that this world was really magical.
And just when Shang Mengzhen wanted to continue, Duan Hengye once again felt someone coming, the breath pattern was very familiar. He couldn’t help it, Duan Hengye’s eyes crossed Shang Mengzhen’s shoulder, and looked past. And immediately after that, Duan Hengye saw Meng Jinhuai who had already finished catching up with Admiral Kong.
Although the heroine could not sense the person coming, but guessed from Duan Hengye’s change of sight that someone was coming over, and inevitably, she also turned around to look backward.
” …… Marshal Lord.” Shang Mengzhen froze for a moment.
Meng Jinhuai’s compelling temperament tempered from the battle couldn’t be hidden, even though he had just been able to chat naturally with Duan Hengye, but after turning around and seeing Meng Jinhuai, Shang Mengzhen was still taken aback by him.
“Hmm.” Meng Jinhuai greeted Shang Mengzhen politely, then walked to Duan Hengye’s side and asked, “Ah Heng, is this your friend?”
Seeing this, Duan Hengye finally remembered an important plot that he had almost forgotten because it had nothing to do with the interstellar situation – in this banquet today, the heroine shone and met famous people from all walks of life in the interstellar world …… among them, the Marshal of Ye Tian Empire, Meng Jinhuai.
In Dumping Interstellar, this was the first meeting between the heroine and the male marshal who previously existed only in the narrator’s introduction.