After posting the photos, Meng Jinhuai directly turned off his light computer. Although he didn’t look at them again, Meng Jinhuai could tell from his imagination alone what kind of hilarious reactions would appear on StarNet after these photos were posted.
Despite the Starnet’s speed, its system was stuck for five minutes after Meng Jinhuai posted the photos.
After receiving the alert and seeing the thumbnails, everyone wanted to open Meng Jinhuai’s account to see the pictures. And because too many similar requests were received at the same time, StarNet’s system actually fell into a processing slowdown.
It wasn’t an exaggeration to say that in this day and age, everything in people’s lives depended on StarNet. As far as anyone could remember, this was the first time that Starnet’s powerful network system had experienced a lag. Although the web page could still be browsed, but after seeing that the refresh and open speed was five or six times slower than usual, everyone couldn’t help but sigh in admiration of Meng Jinhuai and Duan Hengye’s fame.
At the time of the lag, a StarNet staff started to deal with the malfunction. After five minutes, the system of Starnet was finally running smoothly.
However, although the network was smooth, after seeing the photos sent by Meng Jinhuai, everyone’s brain froze for a while just like the system.
The person on the photo Meng Jinhuai posted was Duan Hengye, but …… Apart from his appearance, the person on the screen was completely different from the Professor Duan everyone remembered ah!
“[Look at the picture] Lord Marshal and Professor Duan actually shopped and ate on Southern Star!
” As a Southern Star native! Today my family asked me to go out with them, I actually refused, I really regret…”
But I’m still jealous of you, you breathed the same air as them!
Upstairs, I’m worse than you, about the time they went out, I was in the mall. But I actually didn’t recognise my two male gods. But then again who would have thought that the Lord Marshal would actually go shopping ……
Ahem, ahem, yes. The first time I saw the news, I was like you, before it seems like the Marshal and Professor Duan were unique. So after seeing these posts, I actually feel stunned.
Isn’t the point that Professor Duan looks so gentle? My impression of him has totally changed, isn’t he a cold person? [crying]
Gee, don’t look at who took the photo. I would like to whip Duan Hengxing. The two of them are in such a state, and he actually managed to make up rumors that they are not on good terms ……”
At this moment, not only the netizens on Starnet were shocked, but even those who knew Duan Hengye felt the same.
Now that it was Star Day, the workload of the military department was slightly less than usual. And after being free, Yu Xinran ran to the home of Dongfang Hewen and ate lunch there.
Although the light computer and Star network had become a necessity in people’s lives, Dongfang You was still young. During the meal, her father put her light computer away and told her not to be distracted.
But the adults were different. Now that lunch was about to be finished, Yu Xinram, Dongfang Hewen, along with his spouse, chatted about the recent current news on the stars, and as they talked …… the topic drifted to Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai.
“By the way, this morning the marshal and Duan Hengye took pictures for Star day, after that, the two workaholics didn’t continue to work overtime, but ran to the Southern Star mall!” Yu Xinran said rather gossipy. Although Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai’s outing was kept secret from the public, but as the main person in charge of the security of Southern Star and the Marshal Mansion, Yu Xinran knew where they were going.
Yu Xinran knew that her two old friends were not very gossipy people. But the moment her words fell, the man sitting across the table still put down his chopsticks in shock, and then involuntarily asked Yu Xinran, “The marshal went shopping?”
Dongfang Hewen originally didn’t want to talk about this topic, but seeing the surprised look on his spouse’s face, he still thoughtfully explained, “When the Lord Marshal was small, his parents sometimes used to take him for a walk to the Southern Star mall, so he’s actually kind of familiar with the surroundings.”
“Oh.” The man nodded his head, indicating that he understood.
Seeing that the other two people didn’t have the intention to continue gossiping with her, she was bored, Yu Xinran switched on her light computer by hand. After seeing Yu Xinran’s light computer, Dongfang You, who was eating at one side, gently put down her chopsticks and then glanced over towards Admiral Yu’s side.
“Dongfang You?” After seeing his daughter’s action, Dongfang Hewen scolded her direct. And hearing her father call her full name, Dongfang You stuck out her tongue and then sat back again.
But at this time, Yu Xinran, who was looking at the light computer, gave a small scream and then turned the light screen on.
Yu Xinran pointed at the light screen with a shocked expression and said to the two people sitting in front of her, “Look! The Lord Marshal actually posted a photo just now!”
Instantly, the dining room of Admiral Dongfang’s house fell silent. Beside Yu Xinran, the three people, big and small, simultaneously put down what they were holding and then looked towards the light screen.
By the way, at this time, Dongfang You, who had been pretending to eat properly, couldn’t help but speak, “I want to see it too!”
Tsk, it was true that no one would not be curious about Meng Jinhuai’s actions.
In the dining room, the atmosphere was frozen for a full two minutes.
And after reading that status over and over for half a day, Yu Xinran, who already thought she knew Duan Hengye, couldn’t help but sigh, “I didn’t expect that Duan Hengye would be such a person. I thought I already knew him very well!”
“No,” Hearing Yu Xinran’s words, the spouse of Admiral Dongfang sitting opposite her slowly shook his head, then he looked at Yu Xinran and said meaningfully, “This is not his private state, but his state when he is in front of the Marshal.”
“What?” Yu Xinran didn’t understand his words at once. At this time Dongfang Hewen, who had not spoken, finally kindly explained, “It means that you cannot compare yourself with the Lord Marshal.”
“…… Okay.” Yu Xinran sighed somewhat exaggeratedly, then slowly leaned back in his chair and said, “I was the one who was naive.”
Under the anticipation of the crowd, Star Day finally arrived.
Just like what Meng Jinhuai said to Duan Hengye that day, on many planets, there were a series of carnivals going on on Star Day. Although the importance of Star Day was equivalent to the Chinese New Year once, few people spent this big day at home. Every day, countless people on the interstellar would come out of their homes and come to the landmarks of the planet or wait in the square to join everyone.
Now it was sunset at the marshal’s residence, and the central square of the city where Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai went together last time was already full of people waiting for the event later. Finally, when the night was getting dark, a light screen appeared in front of the square.
The carnival was about to start. However, before the subsequent activities began, the photos taken by Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai inside the Marshal’s residence would be released at this time along with the pictures of the rest of the upper echelons of the empire.
By now the night had slowly fallen. Just as the light screen rose, the photo equipment in the square also turned dark at the same time.
The crowd that was still somewhat noisy instantly became quiet, and everyone tilted their heads waiting for the picture on the light screen to appear. A few seconds later, with the sound of music, the first picture appeared on the light screen. In the impression of the entire interstellar population, the words “Southern Star” seemed to be forever connected with the military department of the Empire. And because the presence of the Marshal’s Office was so strong, even the people on the Southern Star often forgot that they were still under the jurisdiction of the Imperial Family above the Marshal’s Office.
The first picture appeared on the light screen, and unlike the expected cheers, the huge square instantly went silent.
It was a picture of the emperor as well as the empress of the Ye Tian Empire, and attached to it were their words of blessing for Star Day.
Although on the surface, it seemed that the Southern Star and the capital star still maintained the same relationship as before. But the truth was that the people of Southern Star were already very dissatisfied with the upper echelons of the Empire. Now that they suddenly saw the rulers’ picture, the atmosphere suddenly became awkward.
As residents of Southern Star, many people here worked for companies or institutions related to the military, and many were even serving in the military. On a day like this, when the rulers’ photo was suddenly seen, the atmosphere instantly became bizarre.
Especially after the photo was displayed, at the Star Day Blessing message, the Southern Stars were also given a sentence that was different from other stars of the Empire – the Imperial Family hoped that in the future Southern Star would always remember their mission.
What was the mission of the Southern Stars?
This was something that any interstellar citizen who had taken an elementary school history class should know. As early as a few decades after the discovery of the Southern Star, the Imperial military was stationed here. At that time, the imperial family of the empire was still firmly in control of the entire Ye Tian. So when the military department came to Southern Star, the empire sent its blessings and expectations to this newly discovered planet: it was hoped that Southern Stat would always remember its mission of guarding the empire and the imperial family.
…… So many years had passed and the Imperial family wasn’t the same as it once was, but they chose this time to send such a “warning” message to Southern Star.
The atmosphere in the square, which had been waiting for the revelry, suddenly cooled down.
Because the Star Day event was organized by the royal family, even Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai hadn’t seen the message left by the other party to Southern Star.
At this time in the marshal’s residence, Meng Jinhuai, who was originally sitting at the table eating dinner, suddenly received a large pile of messages. He had no interest in the Star Day event, so he didn’t open his light computer and watch the series of live events either.
“Sorry.” After seeing his flickering light computer, Meng Jinhuai glanced at Duan Hengye then stood up to take the light computer to the side. Although he knew that Meng Jinhuai was supposed to go elsewhere to handle his work in a low profile, Duan Hengye’s curiosity still made his eyes leave the table and then his gaze was fixed on Meng Jinhuai’s back.
Duan Hengye saw that Meng Jinhuai stood by the window and turned on his light computer, and then his hand paused in the air. Although he knew that he had nothing to do with the military department, seeing that Meng Jinhuai had been standing there looking at the light computer without moving, Duan Hengye finally couldn’t help but ask: “Did something happen?”
Hearing Duan Hengye’s words, Meng Jinhuai finally turned around and smiled at him, then shook his head and said, “Nothing big, it’s just that at the Star Day celebration just now, the royal family sent a special blessing to our Southern Star.”
“Specially?” Duan Hengye immediately perceived the difference between these two words.
“Well,” Meng Jinhuai nodded his head, then walked to Duan Hengye’s side and said, “Look at it.” He said while directly bringing his light computer to Duan Hengye. But thinking that Duan Hengye probably didn’t know the meaning of the phrase “Southern Star can always remember their mission”, while Duan Hengye looked at it, Meng Jinhuai also briefly explained the story of Southern Star and the royal family to Duan Hengye.
After listening to Meng Jinhuai’s words, Duan Hengye nodded his head with understanding. At this time, Meng Jinhuai brought the light computer back and then said to Duan Hengye: “The words of the Imperial family will definitely cause discontent among the people of Southern Star. After all, in the era when this planet was first discovered, all of the empire’s affiliated stars were merely subsidiaries of the capital star. In those days, if the capital star was in danger, the rest of the empire’s planets had to spare no effort to go to its rescue.”
Duan Hengye understood Meng Jinhuai’s meaning.
Back when Southern Star made their promise, the relationship between the various planets of the Empire was still unequal. And now, after the obvious change, it was surprising that they brought up that phrase again. Even though everyone knew the allusion, the topic being brought up again in front of hundreds of millions of people on Star Day was really too much.
“So is Southern Star going to give a response?” Duan Hengye asked.
Meng Jinhuai gently nodded his head, then surprisingly, he casually touched the top of Duan Hengye’s hair and said to him, “It’s okay, just leave this matter to Yu Xinran.”
As the admiral in charge of the Southern Stars’ affairs, dealing with major public opinion was also part of Yu Xinran’s job. After all, she was a comrade who had worked with Meng Jinhuai for many years, so she naturally understood what the marshal meant.
Just before the photo of Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai was shown on the light screen in the central square of Southern Star, Southern Star sent out an official response.
It was not a long sentence, but the Southern Star made their position and viewpoint very clear. They said that at the moment of the birth of the Southern Star stars, their mission was to protect the empire and the capital star. Now, with the development of time, the mission of the Southern Star was even richer and more meaningful – in addition to guarding the Empire, they would guard all the people of the Empire and the peace of the stars.
Most of all, the citizens of Southern Star, almost everyone present followed the official account of Southern Star. So a very spectacular picture appeared in the square: at the same time when Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai’s photo appeared, they received a response from Southern Star.
The square, which had become somewhat dull, instantly became lively again, and no one knew who took the lead and they shouted “Protect the peace of the stars!” Then the whole square resounded with such slogans.
The power of people was immeasurable, although there was some distance from the city. But along the open window, Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai still faintly heard the voices from afar. With the stars outside the window, Duan Hengye felt for the first time that “guarding the peace of the stars” wasn’t a false and empty phrase, but rather a rosy and incomparable promise.
“What are you thinking about?” By now dinner was over, Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai were each standing at the balcony with a glass of wine looking at the distant starry sky and the shadow of the city. After hearing Meng Jinhuai’s question, Duan Hengye honestly spoke out what was on his mind.
He turned around and faced Meng Jinhuai and said: “I was thinking, before I always felt that the phrase guarding the peace of the stars was very far from me. But just now after hearing it, it suddenly feels like it is actually not far nor ‘false and big’, but a promise ……”
“Yes …… A promise.” Meng Jinhuai repeated Duan Hengye’s words, and he kept his glass of wine and looked at the sky not far away as he spoke. Just when Duan Hengye was about to forget what the two of them were just saying, Meng Jinhuai said once again, “From the time the Southern Star was discovered and became a military garrison, my ancestors came here.”
Duan Hengye turned to look at Meng Jinhuai, waiting for his next words.
Meng Jinhuai continued, “I no longer know how many people in my family have died in battle for the promise of ‘guarding the Ye Tian Empire’ during these years. Perhaps other things I dare not casually promise, but the words ‘keeping promises’ alone, I, like my ancestors, will never forget.”
Although Meng Jinhuai said it in a chatty tone, Duan Hengye could feel an extraordinary solemnity in his words.
Just as the two were talking, the celebration in the distant square proceeded to the next step. Duan Hengye saw that almost half of the planet’s sky was surrounded by fireworks. Instantly, the already darkened world was re-lit by the fireworks.
The light-blue light reflected on Meng Jinhuai’s face as he looked at the fireworks in the night sky and said to Duan Hengye, “This is from Southern Star.”
Hearing this name again, Duan Hengye paused for a moment before remembering that it was the satellite of Southern Star.
Tonight, Meng Jinhuai was wearing a white shirt, the three buttons near his neck were all open, vaguely revealing a bit of his collarbone and pectoral muscles. Because of the wind at the window, he also put a long gray wide trench coat on his shoulders. At this time under the night wind, the aura on Meng Jinhuai’s at this time was more like that of a wandering artist than that of a military marshal.
Meng Jinhuai leaed there, one elbow gently propped up on the window.
“Actually, apart from celebrating the arrival of the era of interstellar discovery, there is another meaning to Star Day.”
Duan Hengye looked over curiously, and Meng Jinhuai continued, “In the beginning, this day was also to commemorate all our pioneers who sacrificed themselves in the era of interstellar exploration. And later on, it took on a bit of nostalgia for our ancestors. It’s just that so much time has passed that many people have forgotten the other meaning of the original.”
Today, when countless people on the stars had forgotten about nostalgia, Meng Jinhuai still remembered. He stretched out his hand and pointed to the sattelite hidden behind the fireworks, “The satellite also represents the watchful eyes of departed loved ones on this day.” After Meng Jinhuai finished, Duan Hengye’s gaze involuntarily stopped at it. Although his eyes were a little sore from watching the fireworks because they were too dazzling, he still didn’t move his gaze away.
After a few months, Duan Hengye once again through the sattelite, remembered his family on Earth …… he didn’t know if they were okay?
Duan Hengye did not know how shiny his eyes looked, as the fireworks reflected on it. Unknowingly, Meng Jinhuai completely moved his gaze from the sky to Duan Hengye’s face. He slowly approached Duan Hengye, as if he had something to say ……
But just at this time, there was suddenly a very urgent sound of footsteps coming. Duan Hengye’s perception had always been very sensitive, and the moment the footsteps sounded, he couldn’t help but turn around and look over to the corridor.
“……” Meng Jinhuai paused.
After a few more seconds, Duan Hengye saw a familiar figure appear in front of him. Surprisingly, it was his assistant?
Unlike Duan Hengye who had his back to Meng Jinhuai at this time, the assistant saw the Lord Marshal’s expression as well as his eyes as soon as he entered, and then he realized – he seemed to have come at a very bad time now.
Although his status was different, after seeing Meng Jinhuai’s expression at this moment, the always very dedicated assistant gentleman couldn’t help but silently gnash his teeth in his heart and recite the name of the person who informed him to find Meng Jinhuai “…… Yu Xinran.”
“What’s going on?” Although Meng Jinhuai’s mood was ruined, he was clear that Duan Hengye’s assistant must have something important to say.
After hearing Meng Jinhuai, the assistant couldn’t help but let out a sigh of relief. He glanced at the light computer that was obviously ignored in the distance, then said to Meng Jinhuai: “The internal system of the military department is now suddenly under a very violent attack. Although it is currently able to resist, Admiral Yu Xinran, who is in charge of this matter, still asked me to inform you.”
Although the light computer was almost omnipotent, if there was an emergency and the owner of the light computer didn’t see the message for the time being, the military department would also call the nearby staff to notify them.
Meng Jinhuai glanced at the light computer, then took the windbreaker off his shoulders as he nodded to Duan Hengye’s assistant and said, “Okay, I’ll go over and take a look.”
After hearing his words ……, Duan Hengye suddenly felt some familiarity. And within a few moments he remembered, wasn’t this the place where he used to steal information? Inevitably, Duan Hengye felt something.
“Wait,” Duan Hengye suddenly stopped his assistant and Meng Jinhuai. He said to them, “I’ll go too.”