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The work on Star Day was very important because some staff members were away from the military. In order to ensure the smooth operation of the duty period, this time the technical section chief was personally responsible for the duty work.
So after hearing the words of the staff member who suddenly ran in, the crowd only heard that the original quiet room suddenly had an extremely ear-splitting sound of the chair across the floor. Immediately after that, a person stood up from the chair.
“What …… what?” He shouted with wide eyes to the staff member who had just run in.
The person who spoke was the chief of the technical section, who was mainly responsible for the security of the internal systems of the military ministry, and only after the words had fallen did he realise that there were still Duan Hengye and Yu Xinran and others in the room.
All departments within the Ministry of War had strict rules on official work, such as he was now shouting before the marshal, before today, that had never happened.
The staff member who became the head of the technical section had obviously been in the military department for many years. After noticing that his reaction was too intense, the staff member who had calmed down a little finally stammered and said, “Sorry.” Then he sat back down.
But just like the technical section chief showed, everyone in the room was in a very serious mood, and could even be said to be panicked. The staff member just gave Meng Jinhuai an emergency report, it was also the first time they heard about this matter.
Before that, as ordinary staff of the technical section, they never even knew that someone had broken into the internal system of the military department.
Meng Jinhuai didn’t say anything, while Yu Xinran, who vaguely knew something but didn’t dare to guess, and Duan Hengye’s assistant Ye Pu also remained silent.
After seeing that these bigwigs of the military ministry did not say a word, the sweat on the head of the technical section began to fall drop by drop. Even the hands hanging quietly at his side, also began to tremble with the passage of time.
Just like today’s attack on the military department was a group of “mercenary soldiers”. At that time, there were not many formal military staff in the team that traced Duan Hengue, so most of them were unaware of it. As the person in charge of the maintenance of the intranet, the pressure in his heart had reached the point where it could crush him at any time.
Duan Hengye felt …… as if he had heard the sound of sweat beads falling to the ground one by one on the forehead of that person not far away.
As a person with a conscience, after realising that his own behaviour had scared others, as well as feeling this moment of suffocating silence. Duan Hengye then began to reflect on whether he should confess now or not …… because of the sudden intrusion of the staff, at this time Duan Hengye was still sitting in front of the light computer. His hand somehow clenched into a fist on the desk.
In the time when Duan Hengye hesitated, Yu Xinran had actually been secretly observing Duan Hengye’s reaction. Although there was no evidence yet, but the matter of breaking into the internal system of the military and helping to fix the vulnerability, she really thought that only Duan Hengye could do it.
Yu Xinran wasn’t a person who was good at disguising her eyes, at this time the eyes of the people in the entire duty room were all focused on the three of them. And after noticing Admiral Yu’s eyes, the staff members who were nervous also together …… silently moved their eyes to Duan Hengye, very neatly.
Thanks to the angle, Duan Hengye’s back was almost turned to the staff. But despite this, he still vaguely felt the nervous as well as curious gazes.
If he was a mind reader, Duan Hengye would have been able to hear, at this time the dozens of staff’s thoughts were weirdly consistent – could it be?
…… it couldn’t really be Duan Hengye, right?
Being able to enter the military to maintain the system, the staff present at the scene had enough confidence in their major, and knew the development progress of the whole industry.
Connecting with Duan Hengye’s behavior just now, in fact, if they calmed down a little and thought: looking at the whole interstellar space, people who could sneak into the internal system of the imperial army without knowing it, and then repair the loopholes for them seemed to only be Duan Hengye …
At this time, Meng Jinhuai, who had not spoken, suddenly opened his mouth, he glanced at the staff in front of him, and then said, “I know who it is, don’t be afraid.”
Well, Meng Jinhuai’s words “don’t be afraid” was close to directly read saying Duan Hengye. The mysterious person who invaded the system was definitely on the side of the military and was very familiar with Meng Jinhuai.
So who else could it be other than Duan Hengye?
The Star Day celebration continued, and after this busy period was over, the staff member who was on duty just now also took an early shift with his colleagues. After greeting everyone and thanking all the staff, Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai finally walked out of the duty room.
On the way out, Yu Xinran was still unsure about whether to follow Duan Hengye or her colleagues. But fortunately, she was pulled back by Ye Pu’s quick eyes and hands, “Your presence is properly reduced a little ……” he whispered to Xinran. And seeing the slightly silent backs of Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai in front of them, Yu Xinran finally instantly understood Ye Pu’s words, and then turned her body hard by one hundred and eighty degrees.
“…… Okay.” Admiral Yu said with a somewhat stiff nod.
The Marshal’s residence certainly had its own transportation inside, but Meng Jinhuai didn’t choose to take it, but walked together with Duan Hengye towards the back of the living area.
Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai walked like this in the working area of the military department, although it was the middle of the holiday, not only the technical section just now, the rest of the department also left a large number of staff for duty work. Most of these people on duty didn’t close their office doors, and after seeing Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai pass by the door, everyone stood up and greeted the two.
Somehow, it was clear that they had just experienced a system attack, but Meng Jinhuai’s mood didn’t seem to be half affected. Even after seeing someone greeting him, Meng Jinhuai stopped in a good mood and greeted them as well.
Although he was always working in the military department, but the “Lord Marshal” for most of the staff here, was still a distant symbol. But now, on the night of Star Day, they not only saw Meng Jinhuai and Duan Hengye with their own eyes, but even received the other’s blessings during the holiday face to face.
He could see that after seeing Meng Jinhuai, the state of these staff members was visible as they became excited.
Although Duan Hengye had been worried about the military system, but now after seeing the eyes of everyone, he couldn’t help but be surprised once again by Meng Jinhuai’s prestige in the Ye Tian Empire.
Although the military department was very large, but in no time, Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai crossed the duty area and reached the marshal’s residence. The surrounding area was silent again, the aerial celebration of Star Day was still going on outside the window, Duan Hengye could even hear the cheers coming faintly from the distance.
Slowly, Duan Hengye couldn’t help but slow down his steps. And after noticing that he had fallen back, Meng Jinhuai also stopped, and the Lord Marshal turned around and asked, “What’s wrong? What’s on your mind?”
After hearing Meng Jinhuai’s question, Duan Hengye surprisingly didn’t know what to say for a while …… what he was thinking, could it be that Meng Jinhuai wouldn’t know? But although he felt that Meng Jinhuai was now knowingly asking, Duan Hengye still seriously answered him: “Sorry about the …… invasion of the military department’s intranet.”
Seeing that Meng Jinhuai didn’t respond, Duan Hengye continued, “In fact, I was able to remove the traces of modifying the system, but I finally chose to leave the traces behind …… on purpose,” he directly admitted this. After all, from the operation of Meng Jinhuai on the system just now, he could see that the Lord Marshal may be a little slower to fix the system, but his knowledge wasn’t lacking.
If it was before today, Duan Hengye might still be able to pretend. But just ten minutes ago in the maintenance room, Duan Hengye also exposed his technical level in front of everyone.
The more he said, the more wrong he was, so Duan Hengye simply came clean.
After hearing Duan Hengye’s words, Meng Jinhuai walked towards him, then slowly put his hand on Duan Hengye’s neck. His skin was really sensitive, and when Meng Jinhuai put his hand on it, Duan Hengye’s entire body couldn’t help but shake along with it.
“Why did you say ‘sorry’ again.” Meng Jinhuai lightly said, Duan Hengye unexpectedly at that time couldn’t tell the emotions from his words.
He couldn’t help it, Duan Hengye slowly moved his eyes upwards for a moment. Then he saw that Meng Jinhuai was gazing at him seriously and said: “At that time you can not believe me. But now and in the future, you must believe me.”
“Well, don’t think too much about it.” After saying that then Meng Jinhuai slowly moved his hand from Duan Hengye’s neck to his shoulder, then gently whispered in Duan Hengye’s ear. “Happy Star Day.”
Just a short distance outside the window, a bunch of fireworks suddenly bloomed in the middle of the dark night sky. At the same time, Duan Hengye’s face also became red in an instant. Because the distance was too close, just when Meng Jinhuai spoke, a tingling feeling also spread along Duan Hengye’s ears to his body.
Meng Jinhuai’s voice was low and nice.
After Meng Jinhuai finished speaking and left, Duan Hengye subconsciously lowered his head, then moved his eyes to the side carpet.
Immediately after that, Duan Hengye heard Meng Jinhuai’s soft laugh coming from his side. The sound was like a summer night breeze, sweeping past his ears. As if nothing was taken away, and as if everything was taken away ……
The holidays at the military headquarters were much shorter than the rest of the Interstellar. After the celebration of Interstellar Day, all those staff members of the military department who were on leave before finally returned to the southern star, and then the whole planet once again went into normal working condition.
The An Luo University’s incident involved more interested parties, and the evidence of the incident hadn’t yet been collected in full. So what happened on the night of the intergalactic day was still in a state of secrecy. But in addition to the attack on the system, there was another thing that happened that night – that was, someone hacked into the military system and helped to patch the vulnerability.
There were too many staff members present that night, and because they didn’t sign a non-disclosure agreement, and with the full gossip attribute reason. Later on, someone even accidentally spread it out. A few days later, the news finally appeared on the Internet.
The place where that reply appeared was a certain Starnet systematics forum with average traffic on the interstellar level. Just as people were discussing in a posting whether the top interstellar systematics masters were now working in the upper echelons of various countries, or in private institutions. Suddenly, a person ran out and began to hint mysteriously about Duan Hengye.
Before him, no one in this thread mentioned Duan Hengye’s name.
After all, they all knew that although the mecha system had a great similarity with the Starnet system, yet it wasn’t exactly the same. No one would question Duan Hengye’s achievements in this field, but suddenly mentioning the name outside of the profession seemed a bit amateurish.
So the replies began to refute the owner of the post, and as the replies got higher and higher, the owner finally couldn’t help but say: “Actually, I’m really not just talking nonsense. I have a friend working in the Ministry of the military, he told me that Professor Duan broke into the internal system of the Ministry of the military, and then helped to repair several system vulnerabilities.”
After replying, this owner received several hundred question mark replies in just under a minute. And after realizing that the number of screen peepers were large and their words may be recorded, the post owner then decisively and directly deleted the post and logged out of the account.
But despite this, the screenshot of the post spread all over the Star network in just a few minutes.
People were probably laughing at the random rumour without common sense, and by the way there were people who were not afraid to make a big deal out of it, jokingly @ing the Southern Star, asking them to come over and dispel the rumors. It must be said that the reactions to the poster became intense after being they were attacked by people in the building for the reason of “no common sense in systematics”. To most people, it did seem a bit funny. So as the screenshots became more and more widespread, the number of people who @ed Southern Star to dispel the rumours also increased.
But something unexpected happened, a few hours later, the official account of Southern Star actually replied to this message.
The official account didn’t disprove the rumour, but …… replied with the phrase “the situation is true”.
The people who were waiting to see the rumour monger get hit in the face froze after receiving the message alert and clicking on it. What did the official account of …… Southern Star just say? It was clear that there was only a simple four-word reply, but at this moment, countless people read it over and over again hundreds of times before they dared to confirm that it was truly from Southern Star.
That was to say, Duan Hengye really went into the internal system of the Ministry of Military Affairs, and then fixed the background vulnerability?
For the star network, this may be a big explosive news. But for the upper echelons of the military ministry and Duan Hengye at this time, there were more important things to do.
After the last royal banquet, Duan Hengye had asked the Empress a question on the spot – who was the third person in the lab when the experiment accident happened. But at that time the Empress didn’t directly answer Duan Hengye’s question, but changed her demeanour and then brought the topic around.
Later on, although this matter was being investigated by the military department, Duan Hengye never thought that he would know the answer to that question so early.
In the morning, still on vacation, Duan Hengye continued his work in the study of the Marshal’s residence. At this time, the heavy log-coloured door of the study was suddenly pushed open from the outside. Because the data on the light computer had been carefully observed, and the study had been isolated from the outside world, until this time, Duan Hengye finally raised his head, and then saw the person standing at the door.
Surprisingly, it was Meng Jinhuai who was supposed to be working.
At this time, Meng Jinhuai was wearing the black uniform of the military department, and he was standing at the entrance with a serious expression that Duan Hengye had rarely seen.
After seeing Duan Hengye looking towards him, Meng Jinhuai finally walked in.
“Ah Heng.” Meng Jinhuai suddenly called out to Duan Hengye without a reason, even though Meng Jinhuai hadn’t said anything extra yet, Duan Hengye was already nervous. “What’s wrong?” After seeing Meng Jinhuai’s expression at this time, Duan Hengye couldn’t help but reach out his hand to turn off the light computer in front of him.
Meng Jinhuai sat down on the chair opposite the desk, he didn’t speak, but placed his light computer on the desk. Only at this time did Meng Jinhuai finally take a deep breath and then said to Duan Hengye, “What you said to me last time on the starship on the return trip to Capital Star, do you still remember?”
The moment he heard Meng Jinhuai’s words, Duan Hengye’s eyes involuntarily widened, and he immediately reacted to what Meng Jinhuai was going to say. “You mean the matter of my parents, that experimental accident back then?” Duan Hengye didn’t know that his voice had raised.
“Well,” Meng Jinhuai nodded once as he continued, “about the third person in the lab, there is now an answer.”
In the incident report that had been released to the public, the only people who died in that one accident were Duan Hengye’s parents. But inside that incident report within the royal family, there were clearly autopsy reports of three people. Intuition told Duan Hengye that there was definitely something fishy about the identity of the third person that was erased.
After hearing Meng Jinhuai’s words, Duan Hengye couldn’t help but become more and more nervous. He could feel that he was now one step closer to the truth.
“Who is that person ……?” Even Duan Hengye himself didn’t notice that when he spoke, his voice trembled.
Meng Jinhuai didn’t directly answer Duan Hengye’s question, but opened his light computer. Then a still photo appeared in front of Duan Hengye, the man on the picture was very ordinary looking, and could even be described as a “transparent face”. Perhaps the most noticeable thing about his body was that – a navy blue uniform belonging to the military department of the Ye Tian Empire.
Despite the fact that the style was slightly different from the current one, but with a few details, Duan Hengye recognised the clothes at a glance.
“This is?” Although he already had an answer in his heart, Duan Hengye still couldn’t help but raise his head and look at Meng Jinhuai, as if seeking his affirmation. After noticing Duan Hengye’s eyes, Meng Jinhuai slowly nodded, then turned off the photo and said, “This is a former Major General of the Imperial Military Department.”
After hearing Meng Jinhuai’s answer, Duan Hengye’s heart couldn’t help but feel empty. He had never thought before that this matter would be related to the Imperial military department. In this way, it seemed that the accident of that experiment many years ago was indeed more mysterious than what people knew and imagined.
Meng Jinhuai couldn’t help but frown, then he gently shook his head and looked into Duan Hengye’s eyes and said, “Before receiving the results of the investigation, this person’s status in the information section of the military department’s personnel was ‘missing’.”
A “missing” military major general, actually died in the experiment accident?
It was clearly early in the morning, but after hearing Meng Jinhuai’s words, Duan Hengye couldn’t help but feel a cold wind blowing past his back.
But Meng Jinhuai hadn’t finished his words, he paused for a moment and then said, “He was a close subordinate of my parents before he was born.” Perhaps fearing that Duan Hengye didn’t understand the meaning of his words, after this sentence, Meng Jinhuai then added, “Just like Hewen Dongfang and Yu Xinlan.”
Hearing Meng Jinhuai’s words, Duan Hengye’s thoughts were once again in disarray. After a long time, he finally asked, “So, was there any other connection between this Major General and my parents …… before I was born?”
At that, Meng Jinhuai shook his head while recalling, “No. In fact, I’ve been wondering about one thing, that was, a dozen or two decades ago, the Ministry of the military and the Institute was indeed a little strange. By definition, these are two organisations that need to maintain close cooperation for a long time, but in that period of time, there was almost no special cooperation between the Southern Star and the Mecha Institute except for the necessary news look-outs.”
But now, they found out that Meng Jinhuai’s parents’ “missing” close subordinate had actually died in that experimental accident long ago.
The atmosphere in the study suddenly became quiet and somewhat eerie.
After an unknown period of time, Meng Jinhuai suddenly opened the light computer once again. Duan Hengye couldn’t help but cast a puzzled gaze at him, Meng Jinhuai flipped through his contacts while quickly saying to Duan Hengye, “Remember the reporter you met last time in the test flight star?”
Duan Hengye couldn’t help but nod “…… you mean?”
“That’s right,” Meng Jinhuai moved his eyes from the light computer to Duan Hengye’s face, then said to him, “That reporter is an old mutual friend of our parents. And is also an old acquaintance that they had known since before they have achieved bright results in the stars.”