Duan Hengye thought that he was very serious when he spoke to Meng Jinhuai just now. But after seeing the other party’s reaction, he had the illusion that Meng Jinhuai was teasing a child. But despite this thought in his heart, Duan Hengye, who had always considered himself to be at a disadvantage, swallowed back the words he wanted to say.
Forget it, let’s talk about it another day.
After seeing Duan Hengye’s current appearance, Meng Jinhuai laughed and shook his head, “Well, go back to the starship and rest for a while, we’ll return later when the weather conditions are good.”
Although the starship was fully able to withstand the largest storms on the test star, but according to the rules of interstellar navigation, they still needed to continue to wait on the planet.
After saying this, Meng Jinhuai first turned around and walked forward, and looking at his back, a strange thought suddenly appeared in Duan Hengye’s heart – Meng Jinhuai really didn’t want to divorce him now?
But at the same time as this thought, Duan Hengye’s mind was filled with one word – that was “pretender”.
Duan Hengye, who was walking towards the starship, never thought that one day he would use that word to describe himself. He couldn’t help it, Professor Duan had some goosebumps on his arm. He threw away the strange idea and quickly followed Meng Jinhuai behind him.
The people of Ye Tian had always had 100% trust in Duan Hengye, but after the news of the first successful test flight of the mecha “Nan Zhu”, the Empire was still buzzing for a while.
The news finally diluted the panic caused by the An Luo attack, and the empire was full of discussions related to this new mecha.
In this same atmosphere, the investigation of the An Luo incident continued, but the students were finally able to leave the planet.
In the interstellar era, each planet had a different orbital speed and rotation period. So now there were as many inhabited planets, there were as many different “years”. In fact, Duan Hengye just read the book where he found out that in this world, “anniversary” festivals were all calculated according to the natural year of the country’s capital star. The holidays that were made with reference to the astronomical calendar were almost all missing.
Although Duan Hengye wasn’t a person who liked a lot of fun, and wasn’t keen on various anniversaries and holidays. But after learning that the concept of “New Year” didn’t exist in this world, Duan Hengye still felt a little lost.
However, despite this, there was still a very important interstellar celebration, regardless of nationality and country – that was, “Star Day”. This holiday celebrated the long-lost era of interstellar discovery, during which the entire interstellar world went on a sabbatical.
During the seven days around Star Day, not only did schools and companies go on vacation, but even the Institute went into vacation mode. Although everyone usually lived on the planet where the institute was located, just like Duan Hengye’s ID’s address was located in “Southern Stars”, the institute’s staff also came from different planets in the empire.
When the holiday began, except for the staff on duty, all the others left the institute and went to their original homes.
Because of the lack of understanding of the local customs after transmigrating, it wasn’t until the entire institute started to get busy because of this that Duan Hengye finally react to the fact that he was witnessing one of the biggest festivals on the interstellar.
Due to its special nature, the military department wouldn’t be on holiday like other institutions. But with the approach of Interstellar Day, the festive atmosphere here gradually thickened.
For example, the marshal’s residence, which was dominated by beige colors, also became fancy overnight. Because “Star Day” commemorated the era of interstellar discovery, the star elements also filled the entire festival.
After getting up, Duan Hengye wanted to go to his study to continue working. But as soon as he pushed open the door, he found that the entire corridor was adorned with fine silver diamonds.
It was only now that Duan Hengye realized that the ceiling of the Marshal’s Mansion corridor was also adjustable in style. Duan Hengye slowly closed the bedroom door, and then turned around and tilted his head towards the ceiling to look.
The ceiling was a varying shade of blue, and even a little purple, like the sky at the junction of day and night. And under the blue-purple ceiling, there were countless fine diamonds that were slightly trembling.
Duan Hengye found that these silver diamonds suspended in the air would move with the air currents, just like the floating duckweed in the water. Duan Hengye couldn’t help it and slowed down his breathing, lest the “stars” in the corridor be alarmed.
But maybe it was because he stood there for a long time, the corridor still had fine diamonds slowly floating down, then it landed gently on the top of Duan Hengye’s soft hair and thick eyelashes.
When Meng Jinhuai came, what he saw was such a scene.
Duan Hengye was wearing a gray sweater and was looking up at the Star Day decorations on the corridor. There were fine silver diamonds floating down and then it fell on Duan Hengye’s face. As a well-known interstellar “flower”, Duan Hengye’s usual temperament was a little cold. But now he was like ice turned into fine snow, soft like no other.
Meng Jinhuai originally didn’t want to disturb Duan Hengye, but Duan Hengye’s perception of the surroundings was too obvious. Almost as soon as Meng Jinhuai appeared at that end of the corridor, he turned his body around.
“Good morning.” Duan Hengye said.
This morning, Meng Jinhuai wasn’t wearing a military uniform, and against a background that looked like stars and snow, both he and the curry-colored knit shirt on his body made Duan Hengye feel warm. After hearing Duan Hengye’s words, Meng Jinhuai replied, “Good morning.” Then he walked up to Duan Hengye’s side.
After seeing Meng Jinhuai’s appearance, Duan Hengye wanted to ask him why he didn’t go to work today. Did he also start his vacation? But before he could say anything, Duan Hengye suddenly remembered that his schedule today was “Star Day related activities”. So it seemed that this activity should be with Meng Jinhuai.
Sure enough, after Meng Jinhuai came closer, he said to Duan Hengye: “There will be a Star day activity, which may take up your morning time. Are you busy today?”
In the past few days, only a few small experiments were left in the test star, in general, the whole institute was in a relatively idle state, and so was Duan Hengye. After hearing Meng Jinhuai’s words, Duan Hengye shook his head and said, “No, I’m not busy.” Then he asked, “Where are you going now to attend the event?”
Meng Jinhuai shook his head and said, “Right here, just take pictures.”
After hearing Meng Jinhuai’s words, Duan Hengye finally remembered. Every time there was Star day, the upper echelons of the empire would take something similar to the “New Year’s Pictorial” of the Earth era, and attach their own blessings to it. In last year’s Star Day, the original owner had a photo taken with Meng Jinhuai. So this was the Star Day event that Meng Jinhuai said ……
The residential area of the Marshal’s residence was extremely large, and as they spoke the two walked downstairs to the first floor. There had been no one living here, and Duan Hengye hadn’t even been here much. And when he got to this floor, he found that even the place where no one would normally come had been redecorated for this Star Day event.
Duan Hengye remembered that the previous year the original owner and Meng Jinhuai were photographed in front of the banquet hall of the Marshal’s residence. And this year it looked …… like it was going to be shot inside the residential area.
As expected, just after Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai went downstairs, a few staff members came up to meet them. Because after transmigrating, he often participated in banquets and other public events, Duan Hengye had been very familiar with the staff responsible for the styling.
They came and greeted the two first, and then Duan Hengye was led to a dressing room on this floor.
After entering the door, Duan Hengye saw a beige shirt hanging alone in the center of the dressing room. The staff of Southern Star had always been very professional, but after Duan Hengye saw this shirt, he couldn’t help but turn around and look backward to confirm with them: “…… this shirt?”
Seeing that Duan Hengye asked, a very familiar staff member nodded and said, “Yes Professor Duan, today you only need to change to this shirt.” Although there were a lot of design pants in the closet, Duan Hengye was a little bit incompetent, so he wore a pair of ordinary style black pants when he went out this morning.
But the pants were not the focus, the focus was on this shirt – it was too big a contrast with last year’s outfit.
In last year’s shooting, the original owner wore a very formal suit, the Southern Star’s temperature wasn’t high, but he was hot and sweaty during the shooting. And this year, the formal suit disappeared, a beige shirt was hanging alone.
Despite the doubts in his heart about the clothing, Duan Hengye had never cared much about what to wear. So when he once again looked at the staff with puzzled eyes and got an affirmative nod from the other party, Duan Hengye still walked into the inner room of the lounge and changed his clothes.
After putting it on, Duan Hengye found that the cut of the shirt was very retro. In his opinion, the clothes were very much like the vintage attire of a certain era in the western countries of the earth. But compared to the portraits left behind at that time, it was a little bit more simple.
After Duan Hengye had changed his clothes, the robot brought out another box. After the lid was opened, Duan Hengye found that there was a silver brooch with a long tassel lying quietly in the box. Compared with the previous stones, this brooch was really simple and elegant.
Because the costume for today’s shoot was too simple, after the staff finished finishing styling Duan Hengye’s hair, he came out.
As soon as he went out the door, Duan Hengye saw that Meng Jinhuai was already standing in the corridor earlier than him.
Just like he no longer wore formal clothes, today’s Meng Jinhuai was also not wearing a black military uniform like last year. As the marshal of the military, whenever he appeared in public, Meng Jinhuai always combed his hair neatly behind his head and exposed his forehead.
But today was different, his hair was very natural and his forehead was partially covered by bangs. With the light gray cotton shirt on me, Duan Hengye couldn’t connect Meng Jinhuai with the military marshal.
After seeing Meng Jinhuai, Duan Hengye even couldn’t help but flinch there for a moment. It was only when Meng Jinhuai came towards him that he finally reacted.
Now Duan Hengye had gradually adapted to his identity as a “public figure”, in almost a year, he had also participated in many activities and became a regular guest of the media. But unlike those live news shootings, today was also Duan Hengye’s first time take pictures.
The picture that would be released on Star Day was a still photo, so the overall shooting process wasn’t much different from the Earth era. Now the whole floor had been plunged into a silvery-white mess, and Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai’s hair and eyelashes had fine diamonds ……
Although the overall shooting process was similar to Earth, because the filming equipment was more advanced, and didn’t require lighting and so on, so the whole shooting only took ten minutes. Duan Hengye imagined it would be awkward, but the whole process was very natural. However, despite this, after hearing the staff say that the shooting was over, Duan Hengye couldn’t help but sigh with relief.
Then Duan Hengye, who noticed a fine diamond falling on his shoulder during the shooting, finally couldn’t hold back his curiosity. He reached out his hand and rubbed down the fine diamond that had accumulated in the folds of his shirt shoulder, and then used his fingers to rub it.
What was this thing? Duan Hengye felt the slightly cold touch between his fingers and searched for the answer in the original owner’s memory. But it was a great pity that the original owner had never had a star day since the experiment accident when he was a child. So from his memory, Duan Hengye naturally couldn’t find the answer he wanted.
As if Meng Jinhuai could see what Duan Hengye was thinking, he stretched out his hand and slowly twisted a bit from the air, then walked to Duan Hongyi’s side and said, “This is a metal that will automatically float to the top after reacting with certain substances in the air.”
Hearing Meng Jinhuai’s words, the few staff members around who didn’t go for the time being couldn’t help but be a little surprised, then looked his way. After all, this kind of metal fine diamond decoration was very common in the interstellar, not at all exaggerated, they learned the answer from their parents’ mouths as early as in elementary school.
They didn’t expect that Professor Duan, who seemed to know everything, didn’t know this metal?
Duan Hengye also saw the staff’s surprised expression, then he immediately reacted, he seemed to have accidentally exposed the fact that he had little common sense again ……
“Okay” he gently loosened his fingers, and then he saw that the silvery-white diamonds had indeed drifted back to a place close to the roof. Although Duan Hengye told himself in his heart that he could not do anything more than look at it without surprise. But as the fine diamonds floated upward at the same time, his eyes still couldn’t help but reveal amazement.
Standing on the side, Meng Jinhuai remembered something.
Duan Hengye’s parents died because of an experiment when he was just a child. Now that so many years had passed, he was sure that Duan Hengye had long forgotten the lively atmosphere of the “Star Day”.
So Meng Jinhuai, who wanted to ask Duan Hengye if he was going to work next, suddenly changed his mind and went to Duan Hengye’s side and asked, “Can I borrow your time in the afternoon?”
“Hmm?” After hearing Meng Jinhuai’s question, Duan Hengye didn’t think about what it meant to lend him his time for a short time. However, Duan Hengye’s work these days was already relatively easy, so after hearing Meng Jinhuai’s question, although he didn’t know what the Lord Marshal wanted to do, he still nodded towards the other party and continued, “…… afternoon? Okay.”
It was probably because the Lord Marshal’s decent image was too deeply rooted, so in Duan Hengye’s anticipation, Meng Jinhuai was probably going to use the afternoon to communicate with him about the design work of the new top-tier mecha. It was also possible that something had gone wrong with the investigation of the An Luo incident, so he wanted to consult with him about the situation at that time.
It wasn’t until after the two of them boarded the hovercraft that Meng Jinhuai handed a black coat to Duan Hengye, followed by a duck tongue hat of the same color. Only after seeing these things did Duan Hengye finally feel that things seemed a little off.
He put the coat on and then asked, “Where are we going now?”
After hearing Duan Hengye’s words, Meng Jinhuai glanced at the outline of the city that had gradually appeared not far outside the hovercraft window, and then said to Duan Hengye very calmly, “To the festival.”
The festival. These three words were really incomparably simple, but when it came out of Meng Jinhuai’s mouth, Duan Hengye had an extremely unreal feeling.
As a famous workaholic in the interstellar world, Meng Jinhuai actually said to him that he was going to borrow an afternoon from him to spend the holidays?
Although Duan Hengye now wanted to ask Meng Jinhuai if he was joking or if he was dreaming now. But reason still told Duan Hengye to put those questions back, he glanced at Meng Jinhuai, then asked, “So, just the two of us?”
“That’s right.” Meng Jinhuai had a straight face.
Wait …… After seeing Meng Jinhuai’s performance, Duan Hengye then realized that he had asked the wrong question. He didn’t want to ask if they were going to the festival alone, but to ask if there were security personnel accompanying them.
“What about the security?” He finally added this.
In fact, if it was in the past, Duan Hengye would never think to care about any security issues. But in just a few months, he experienced two attacks in a row, so now the security had become a matter of great concern to Duan Hengye.
Although Duan Hengye understood this heartfelt activity, the person beside him was Meng Jinhuai. The marshal lord’s identity was special, the security aspect must be paid more attention to.
To the point that after listening to Duan Hengye’s words, Meng Jinhuai smiled at him very easily and casually and then said, “Don’t worry, we are now in Southern Star.”
After saying that, the hovercraft slowly approached a huge silver building that was visually estimated to have more than three hundred floors, and then went through the door of the indoor docking pad located halfway up the building.
The very moment he entered the door, Meng Jinhuai said to Duan Hengye, “This is the largest city in the Southern Star, and also the direct planet of the military ministry.” As soon as his words fell, the hovercraft stopped steadily in its place. Then the hatch opened and Meng Jinhuai also put on his hat and walked down.
Looking at Duan Hengye, who still had his hat in his hand in the hovercraft, Meng Jinhuai said to him half-jokingly, “Won’t you wear a hat? Although there is no problem with the security of the southern stars, if you go out without a hat, it’ll still a bit dangerous.”
After hearing Meng Jinhuai’s words, Duan Hengye finally put on his duck-tongue hat and stepped down from the silver hovercraft. This levitation machine was a device similar to an elevator, through which you could walk to the interior of the building.
After accepting that he was going to appear in public with Meng Jinhuai, Duan Hengye finally asked a question he should have asked long ago. He followed Meng Jinhuai towards the “elevator” while asking, “What are we going to do later?”
Probably because the exposure could no longer be exposed, Duan Hengye also didn’t want to hide his lack of common knowledge in front of Meng Jinhuai. As a newcomer to the interstellar era, he really didn’t know how this era would celebrate Star day.
As expected, Meng Jinhuai wasn’t surprised after hearing Duan Hengye’s question.
“Many planets hold carnivals inside this holiday, but because of the special nature of the Southern Stars, similar carnivals would not be held here. But compared to normal, during Star day, the mall will still be much livelier than usual.” Meng Jinhuai said as an introduction.
As he was talking, the log-colored door in front of him opened, and instantly an extremely noisy sound penetrated to Duan Hengye’s ears. He took a look and found that he was already standing in the middle of the mall.
In the previous life, although Duan Hengye was a geek, because he liked to watch movies, he still went to the mall and other places more often. Perhaps related to the setting, although this huge building from the outside looked very technological, the inside looked not much different from the Earth period shopping malls.
Duan Hengye couldn’t help but press the brim of his hat, although the environment was very noisy, his mood was inexplicably happy with the crowd.
At this time, Meng Jinhuai directly pulled Duan Hengye’s hand, then he came closer and said, “Come on, let’s go see a movie.”
In fact, now Duan Hengye had long been accustomed to holding hands with Meng Jinhuai from time to time, but in the mall, he still reflexively became nervous. But after seeing that the people around him were not paying attention to him at all, Duan Hengye then reacted to the fact that he was now in the interstellar era, and that they would not be gauged by others in the mall by holding hands as they were on Earth.
“Good.” In the slightly crowded crowd on holidays, Duan Hongyi gently squeezed Meng Jinhuai’s hand back, his tone of voice and his faint smile couldn’t be ignored.