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Duan Hengye didn’t know much in general, but he had seen those gossip discussions about him and Meng Jinhuai. Compared to the statements on the Star Network, the content on the An Luo communication forum was much milder. But it could also be seen that the students definitely didn’t have low interest in this. Duan Hengye logged in several times and found that in this exchange forum, in addition to the daily chats and academic exchanges, there were also a lot of gossip about him personally.
Although Duan Hengye felt that those discussions didn’t mean anything, his words clearly scared the group of students around him. The atmosphere that was very lively just now instantly cooled down, and everyone was remembering whether they had said anything excessive.
As they spoke, the hovercraft had finally reached its destination. At this time, the event was about to begin, and most of the guests were already there. The place where the event was held was a large auditorium, and from its appearance, it was old. The décor was also a little old fashion, but it had a historical aura.
The event hadn’t yet officially started, and the two sides of the hall were full of photos of An Luo’s history projected by light screens. Led by the volunteers, Duan Hengye walked into the venue. At this time, the guests were either chatting or listening to the volunteers introduce the content of the photos on the two sides of the light screens. But after seeing Duan Hengye enter the venue, all the chattering voices stopped, and everyone coincidentally turned their eyes toward Duan Hengye.
Although he had already become the director of the Institute, in terms of its age, Duan Hengye was definitely one of the youngest guests on the scene. But despite this, this still didn’t affect the rest of the guests’ worshipping or amazed gazes towards him.
After they entered, Duan Hengye didn’t chat with the students, in general, Duan Hengye was definitely the best spokesman for the word “cold”. Although people at the scene had heard rumors that Duan Hengye actually wasn’t as difficult to get along with as imagined. But at this moment, everyone was still stunned by his aura that rejected people beyond a thousand miles, none of them came over to strike up a conversation.
Because the event hadn’t started, most of the guests didn’t go back to their seats, but stood in the open space of the hall. After seeing this scene, Duan Hengye stopped when he was about to reach his seat, and then looked far away towards a light screen beside him “Is this a photo from the mecha department?
The photo that Duan Hengye asked about was taken in mid-air, and although the building below looked a bit strange, the scenery on both sides looked very familiar to him. After hearing Duan Hengye’s question, the volunteers who were following him immediately had a look of excitement on their faces.
Although the number of volunteers for the school festival was large, there were more students from An Luo. To be selected to participate in this event and come to Duan Hengy’s side, one must have memorized a lot of school history information beforehand. Everyone originally thought that Duan Hengye wouldn’t ask, so they were still a bit lost. Now, after hearing Professor Duan’s question, the feeling of loss was instantly swept away.
“Yes, Professor Duan, this is the Mecha Department, the building on the photo is the predecessor of the ring classroom we are using now.” The student beside Duan Hengye immediately adjusted and proceeded to give him a careful talk. Duan Hengye was an excellent listener, and he was very good at giving reactions to these enthusiastic volunteers.
So some of the guests who were secretly checking out Duan Hengye found out that he wasn’t really as cold as he looked on the surface. As Duan Hengye listened to the volunteers, he would make eye contact with them from time to time, and occasionally he would ask for clarification.
Although Duan Hengye’s status was extremely high, most of the people present were his senior after all. So after seeing his exchange with his students, everyone looked at Duan Hengye’s eyes and attitude, he was like an elder looking at his juniors.
Now there was only less than ten minutes left before the official start of the event, the guests standing in the open space of the venue also began to walk back to their positions one after another. Duan Hengye also took a glance at the time, and then also prepared to walk towards his seat. And at this time, a familiar voice suddenly came from behind Duan Hengye.
Although the voice wasn’t loud, there were few people who dared to call Professor Duan’s name on this whole star. So at the same time, not only Duan Hengye, but the people around who heard it subconsciously looked over.
The visitor was wearing a black mid-skirt with a loose silver-grey silk shirt, and because he was walking a little fast, his long, well-groomed hair was gently swaying behind his head with his movements. The visitor was Su Mingge, as the vice president of the Mecha Institute and excellent graduate of An Luo University, he was also an important guest today.
It was interesting to say that since the last “report” incident, the relationship between Duan Hengye and Su Mingge was getting better, in private Su Mingge rarely called Duan Hengye “Professor Duan”, but directly called him by his name.
There were many guests who were members of the mecha industry or had acquaintances related to the institute. Before that, Duan Hengye and Su Mingge’s relationship had been the subject of gossip. Now they knew that Duan Hengye and Su Mingge’s relationship had become good, but after hearing Su Mingge, they still couldn’t help but look at him in awe.
Su Mingge walked up quickly, his height was about the same as Duan Hengye, but because he was wearing high heels, he was taller than him. After smiling and greeting the volunteers around Duan Hengye, Su Mingge naturally put his arm on Duan Hengye’s shoulder.
“I was scared to death, I was almost late.” Su Mingge spat out. Although dressed very elegantly, Su Mingge’s movement wasn’t for show, he relaxed his body against Duan Hengye’s shoulder. So the unprepared Duan Hengye couldn’t help but stagger for a moment, and then he moved his shoulder to the side.
After seeing Duan Hengye’s action, Su Mingge smiled happily. He turned around and asked the volunteer who had been following him, “Is my seat at table A?”
After receiving an affirmative reply from the person behind him, Su Mingge once again walked to Duan Hengye’s side and then said to him, “Well, we are at the same table, let’s hurry up and go over.” Probably because the event was about to start, Su Mingge finally became serious.
Those who sat at the same table with Duan Hengye and Su Mingge were basically representatives of various important interstellar research institutes. Although they weren’t in the same industry, this year, Duan Hengye had met most of them through various kinds of banquets. Not to mention the fact that there was the outgoing Su Mingge around, as soon as he arrived, he chatted with several people around him naturally. It must be said that Su Mingge was really a master of creating an active atmosphere, Duan Hengye was a bit formal when he first greeted those people, but after a while, he also relaxed.
Now everyone had greeted each other, and there was only one unfamiliar face left on the whole table. After seeing Duan Hengye cast his eyes towards him, the man sitting diagonally opposite smiled at him, and then got up to shake hands with Duan Hengye.
“Hello Professor Duan, I’ve heard a lot about you. I am Shi Rongsi of the Imperial Institute of Pharmacy.” The man stood up and introduced himself.
Although he had recognized him just now, when he heard this name, Duan Hengye’s expression couldn’t help but freeze for a moment. The Ye Tian Empire Pharmacy Research Institute, also known as the “Imperial Research Institute”. The relationship with the royal family and the institute had always been extremely close.
Duan Hengye guessed that the poison in his body was the work of this institute and because the Imperial Institute of Pharmacy was relatively low-key and had too close a relationship with the royal family. The person in charge of it rarely appears publicly, and he didn’t even participate in the industry’s related activities.
Duan Hengye didn’t expect Shi Rongsi to uncharacteristically appear here, and he was also sitting at the same table with him.
In fact, he didn’t know whether the control dr*g was from Shi Rongsi’s team, and even if it was their research results, the other was unlikely to know that Duan Hengye was one of the people controlled by the dr*g. But after seeing Shi Rongsi, Duan Hengye’s mood became a bit complicated.
Perhaps it was because he had stayed with Meng Jinhuai for a long time, Duan Hengye also gradually learnt how to hide and disguise his emotions. No one in the room noticed that he wasn’t in the right state, they only saw Duan Hengye get up and shake hands with Shi Rongsi: “Hello Mr. Shi, I’ve heard a lot about you.”
Now that the event was about to start, the two of them took their seats after greeting each other. And after taking his seat, Shi Rongsi smiled towards Duan Hengye, who was diagonally opposite, “Professor Duan is too polite, our institute hasn’t had much of a presence in recent years, and you probably haven’t noticed it before.” The people around him also laughed.
The joking demeanor of Shi Rongsi as he spoke was somewhat similar to Su Mingge. Although Duan Hengye could see that Shi Rongsi was making a self-deprecating joking to keep the active atmosphere, his heart still twisted.
After all, Duan Hengye had previously investigated the other in detail. It could be said that Duan Hengye’s familiarity with Shi Rongsi, as well as the Imperial Research Institute, was probably higher than any of the people at this table.
Duan Hengye didn’t say these words out loud. He only shook his head gently towards the other as a matter of courtesy, “Of course not, the Imperial Research Institute of Pharmacy is very famous.”
Seeing that Duan Hengye really responded to him, Shi Rongsi began to compliment Duan Hengye. And as the industry bigwigs complimented about each other, the event was finally about to begin.
Duan Hengye realized that Shi Rongsi was really a very talkative person. Compared with Su Mingge’s slightly straightforward personality, Shi Rongsi always spoke with a little twist. So when the scene lights began to change and everyone stopped speaking, Duan Hengye couldn’t help but breathe a sigh of relief.
It was also at this time that Duan Hengye noticed that Su Mingge’s look at Shi Rongsi didn’t seem so friendly, and could even be said to be slightly contradictory. Apparently it wasn’t only Duan Hengye, Su Mingge could also feel the strange meaning under his words.
After a while the event finally started, as a centennial celebration event, the process was still relatively traditional. Duan Hengye saw that the retired old presidents of An Luo University all appeared on the stage, and after a long period of applause, they began to stand in the center of the field to review the history of An Luo and also deliver their speeches.
Duan Hengye found himself a little out of place with the people around him. Now the people at this table, except Duan Hengye, all had the experience of studying in An Luo. Perhaps the one standing on the stage wasn’t the principal they went to school with, but they understood the history of their school and had deep feelings for it.
The first few principals on stage were so old that some couldn’t even speak clearly. But this was nothing for the former students, those stories and memories alone, was enough to make everyone moved.
Duan Hengye saw that even Su Mingge, who was sitting beside him, was also emotional. His eyes shone brightly, as if already filled with tears. After a while, a lady dressed in a navy blue formal dress walked on stage, compared to the previous speakers, she looked a little younger.
If placed on earth, this lady should be visually estimated to be 50 or 60 years old. But Duan Hengye now knew that in the interstellar world, even if she looked 50 or 60 years old, her real age could be multiplied several times!
As soon as this lady came on stage, Su Mingge’s expression suddenly changed, he raised his hand and began to applaud the woman on stage. Because he was sitting at the first table, Su Mingge’s applause wasn’t very loud, but it clearly reached the ears of the lady on the stage. She couldn’t help but glance their way, and then she spotted Su Mingge.
“You’re giving me a bit too much face Mr Su.” The lady on the stage smiled and waved her hand gently, “It would have been nice if you had given me so much face in class back then.”
As soon as she finished speaking, the people sitting broke out into laughter. When he heard her words, Duan Hengye guessed that the lady standing on the stage now should be Su Mingge’s teacher back then. As expected, after hearing her words. Su Mingge followed suit and laughed a little, then raised his voice slightly, “Yes, Professor.”
Seeing this, that lady smiled and shook her head. And at this time, Su Mingge also noticed a little doubt in Duan Hengye’s eyes, he leaned over a little and then whispered in Duan Hengye’s ear, “On stage is my department head back then, and also a former vice president of An Luo.”
After the speeches of the previous principals, the atmosphere of the venue had become enlivened. After the venue quieted down, the lady on the stage began to speak off script with her words prepared in advance. Perhaps it was because she was slightly younger than the previous ones, she was very natural, and she didn’t forget to interact with a few of her former students in front of her during her speech.
Duan Hengye’s attention was also dragged back.
The lady on the stage also noticed the eyes of Duan Hengye as she was talking. Her gaze suddenly softened up.
“Now when I count carefully, most of my life has been related to An Luo University and mecha design. In all these years, although I haven’t achieved anything significant in mechas myself, I have been fortunate enough to train a batch of outstanding students after another.” Speaking here, the lady on stage smiled and read out the names of the invited students sitting in front of her one by one, and by the way, she also mentioned the number of sessions they attended. Of course, Su Mingge was also one of them.
Her style of speech was very humorous, and after the speech just now, the scene became more active. Now, after hearing her start to read out everyone’s graduation time in turn, the atmosphere was a bit solemn again.
After the students’ names were announced once, the lady’s eyes finally stopped on Duan Hengye. Her voice suddenly became somewhat emotional, “Today you can return to An Luo, to participate in this event, as your teacher, my heart is touched and my feelings cannot be described in words” her words suddenly stopped here, the atmosphere in the hall also became serious.
Duan Hengye saw the lady on the stage gently shake her head, she said in the direction of Duan Hengye: “But as a teacher and your friend, my heart is also full of regret today. During my many years of teaching, the former director of the Imperial Mecha Research Institute, as well as the former head of the Systems Research Group, were my proudest students. But very unfortunately, because of an accident, they are unable to be here today”
Although no names were mentioned, everyone present knew that the two people mentioned were Duan Hengye’s parents.
After hearing her words, Duan Hengye was slightly surprised because the time was already a bit long ago, and at that time all parts of the empire were relatively chaotic, Duan Hengye’s parents didn’t leave too much information in An Luo, so now Duan Hengye knew that the woman on the stage had taught them.
In addition, he felt an indefinable sourness in his heart.
“Also, Director Duan, thank you very much for your arrival. From you, I can see the shadow of their years.” The person on the stage smiled and gently applauded Duan Hengye, “Thank you for choosing to come to An Luo to teach, which is a fortunate thing for the development of the whole industry. Your parents would be proud of you.”
After saying that, the lady on the stage bowed gently towards everyone and then walked down. A huge applause rang throughout the venue. Although Duan Hengye’s location was very close to the stage, it wasn’t the necessary path to take after getting off the stage. After walking down, the lady hugged several students nearby in turn, while across the crowd, she smiled at Duan Hengye and then mouthed “Work hard, Heng.”
Unlike Meng Jinhuai who often called Duan Hengye “Ah Heng”, the word “Heng” was only called by individual elders in Duan Hengye’s family in his previous life. So although Duan Hengye hadn’t met her before, with just those words, he felt familiar with her.
And when the lady completely left the stage, the next speaker came out, Su Mingge whispered in Duan Hengye’s ear somewhat nostalgically: “The professor really appreciated the old director, she would often mention him in class”
Duan Hengye didn’t respond, at this moment the two fell into their respective memories, only one clear and one blurred.
When the current president of An Luo University finished speaking, the session finally ended. Duan Hengye saw that the next item written on the light screen was the speech of the student representative.
The back row of the venue was filled with current An Luo students, although the event didn’t specify who the representative was, after seeing the text on the light screen, there was still a lot of applause. Duan Hengye guessed that the students probably already knew who the representative was, and admired him greatly.
Mecha was An Luo’s ace major, but it was also a very time-consuming major. In Duan Hengye’s impression, the mecha department didn’t seem to have any students who were too outstanding at the moment, so he guessed that this representative was probably someone from another major.
For the vast number of students in the interstellar world, entering An Luo University was already a very difficult thing, let alone becoming a student representative.
Once he thought of this, Duan Hengye couldn’t help but to cast his curious gaze to the stage. And immediately after that, he saw a familiar figure appear not far away.
In a black suit, the teenager looked mature. But regardless of the change in temperament, that face, Duan Hengye immediately knew it was Lan Jingchi.
Who would have thought that the rebellious youth who dropped out of An Luo in the novel would turn out to be the representative of the entire school students.
And listening to the movement behind him, it was estimated that now Lan Jingchi already had a group of admirers inside the school. Duan Hengye saw Lan Jingchi, and the other naturally saw him too. After getting on the stage, Lan Jingchi first showed a bright smile towards Duan Hengye, and then started his speech.
As an ancient martial arts expert, Duan Hengye’s sense of hearing was very sensitive. At this time, Duan Hengye suddenly heard Shi Rongsi say Lan Jingchi’s name. After that, the person next to him asked, “Does President Shi knows this student?”
“Well,” Shi Rongsi nodded, “An Luo’s pharmaceutical genius refused an invitation to come to the Institute some time ago.”
Hearing this, Duan Hengye frowned in confusion, Lan Jingchi had actually refused the invitation to go to the Imperial Institute. If he remembered correctly, it was only a few months ago that the other had made a pact with him to become the future director of the Institute of Pharmacy.
Although Duan Hengye didn’t take that agreement seriously at that time, as a student, Lan Jingchi refusing this invitation was very unexpected.
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