Duan Hengye felt that Lan Jingchi had changed a lot, compared to the silent and careful look he had at the beginning, he was like a different person. At this time, standing on the stage, Lan Jingchi looked incredibly confident, and his words and actions were extremely decent, so he could indeed carry the task of representing all the students of An Luo University.
But somehow, as a person who had read the original novel “Dumping Interstellar”, the more Duan Hengye saw such a perfect performance, the more bizarre the scene looked.
Although the book’s Lan Jingchi wasn’t a villain, he had a persona that wandered between good and evil, and now Duan Hengye had no way to connect the person standing on the stage with the book’s him.
Duan Hengye admitted that he wasn’t a person with a high emotional intelligence, but he knew that a person’s personality didn’t change so quickly …… Lan Jingchi learned to hide himself.
When Shi Rongsi spoke to the people around him, he turned his attention to the stage again. He couldn’t see his expression from Duan Hengye’s point of view, but if he paid attention a little, he would see that Lan Jingchi’s speech level was very high, and almost all the people at the table cast a favorable eye on him.
Lan Jingchi went off script, facing this huge auditorium, he didn’t show a little bit of caution or fear. When he bowed at the end of his speech, Duan Hengye heard the excited applause of the students behind him.
Because of his recent heavy work and research on hand, and Lan Jingchi also didn’t take the initiative to tell Duan Hengye of these things. Now, Professor Duan vaguely felt that Lan Jingchi’s strength had become known and recognized, and he had probably become the most popular figure in the whole An Luo.
As the student representative, Lan Jingchi, after speaking, went back to the back of the venue according to the procedure. And after a few more activities, today’s welcome party finally began. The people sitting behind Duan Hengye were almost all An Luo professors, and at the beginning of the banquet, the scene was still relatively quiet, so the sound of the other party’s low-volume speech reached Duan Hengye’s ears very easily.
The content of their chat happened to be about Lan Jingchi.
“…… The person who spoke on stage just now is a student from your college, huh?” Listening to the voice alone, the person who spoke should be somewhat older, and he obviously didn’t know the current An Luo very well.
“Yes,” another person responded, then said, “Lan Jingchi, last time he won the award. Now he’s skipped a grade …… The future of young people is really incalculable ah.”
As expected, after hearing the word “skip”, the person who asked the question couldn’t help but “tsk” a moment, and only after a while did he continue: “He has the shadow of Professor Duan’s aura. ”
Suddenly being mentioned, Duan Hengye couldn’t help but freeze for a short while. And immediately after that, the people at the table behind him began to give the person who didn’t know much about Lan Jingchi, the science of his relationship with Duan Hengye. The speaker’s tone was full of emotion, obviously he didn’t expect that the simple chance encounter back then would subsequently develop such a story.
At this time, the venue gradually became noisy and the people around Duan Hengye left their seat one after another, and began to sit elsewhere with old friends or classmates to exchange pleasantries.
After a while even Su Mingge beside him also stood up, he walked towards a table at the back, looking like he was going to meet his classmates.
At this time, there was no shortage of people who wanted to chat with Duan Hongyi, but they were all bluffed by his aura of rejection, so at this time Professor Duan’s side seemed extraordinarily cold.
Seeing that the main part of the banquet was over, Duan Hengye wanted to leave the venue directly. However, after getting up, he still hesitated, then gave up going out directly through the side door, but turned to the back of the auditorium.
Although there was no one chatting around Duan Hengye, everyone was silently watching him, and Duan Hengye’s action of getting up and walking towards the back of the auditorium was naturally not missed. Now Duan Hengye had long been accustomed to such a sight, although he knew that someone was watching him, his expression and actions weren’t affected at all.
Soon Duan Hengye walked to the very back of the venue and then saw Lan Jingchi who was surrounded by a bunch of students. Lan Jingchi’s side was so busy that no one noticed that Duan Hengye had silently walked to this side. As Duan Hengye wondered whether he should leave first, and wait until Lan Jingchi was free, Lan Jingchi, who was surrounded by the crowd, suddenly raised his head.
Seeing Duan Hengye, Lan Jingchi’s face instantly showed a look of surprise, and then he called out: “Professor Duan!”
Lan Jingchi’s voice wasn’t very loud, but it was loud enough for the people around him to hear. So after Lan Jingchi’s words fell, the students around him immediately turned their eyes towards the direction where Duan Hengye was. After all, even though they weren’t students of the Mecha Department, everyone was still a bit afraid of Professor Duan.
After seeing that the person Lan Jingchi just called was indeed Duan Hengye, those students instantly switched into nervous mode, then greeted Duan Hengye and quickly left Lan Jingchi’s side.
Before Duan Hengye could walk over, Lan Jingchi arrived at his side first. Duan Hengye saw that Lan Jingchi was obviously in a good mood, so he also put his confusion aside and talked to the other about his speech.
Although he seemed a little distracted, he didn’t miss the main content, so the praise was still very much in place. After a few words, Lan Jingchi revealed an embarrassed smile, then said to Duan Hengye: “In fact, for this activity …… I was also very surprised when I received the notice. I wanted to surprise Professor Duan.”
Lan Jingchi’s seat was in the back of the auditorium, but more centered, them standing here together to talk was somewhat conspicuous. So while talking about the speech just now, Duan Hengye and Lan Jingchi walked together towards the corner of the venue.
The reason was that it was far from the core of the venue, after standing here, they could almost only hear the sound of running water from the artificial stream outside the floor.
After slight hesitation, Duan Hengye finally revealed his doubts: “…… I just heard that you refused the Pharmaceutical Academy’s invitation?” This matter wasn’t widely spread, but in the pharmaceutical major where Lan Jingchi was studying, it had been known for a long time.
Although Lan Jingchi also felt that this “small matter” wouldn’t immediately reach Duan Hengye’s ears, he also knew that the other would hear about it one day.
When Duan Hengye came to find him today, Lan Jingchi was already mentally prepared for him to ask about this matter. So when he heard Duan Hengye’s words, Lan Jingchi slowly nodded and said, “Yes …… however, I am very grateful for Director Shi Rongsi’s invitation.”
“Going to work there is the best choice for pharmacy graduates ……” Duan Hengye thought about it and asked, “Is it that you think it’s still a little early?” Although Lan Jingchi had become a senior to a bunch of students in An Luo, but medicine was also a somewhat seniority-consuming profession, this reason was barely reasonable.
If he was worried that his current qualifications weren’t enough to go, Duan Hengye could still understand. But from the last time they met, from Lan Jingchi’s reaction and words, he wasn’t a person who would refuse an invitation for such a reason.
As expected, Lan Jingchi shook his head without a moment’s hesitation and said to Duan Hengye, “I don’t like the atmosphere of the Imperial Research Institute, and I’m not suitable to work there.”
This reason sounded normal to Duan Hengye – no matter how the current Lan Jingchi appeared to be a good orthodox student, at heart he was still the same teenager who chose to drop out of An Luo in a fit of anger.
“Are you going to do your own independent research?” Duan Hengye couldn’t help but ask. Pharmaceutical research required a lot of financial support, and after dropping out of school that year, in order to continue his research career, Lan Jingchi began to deal with the interstellar gray forces. But now with Duan Hengye around, he certainly wouldn’t watch Lan Jingchi go down that road.
Although that road allowed Lan Jingchi to enjoy his talent, it was also a completely dangerous road. So before Lan Jingchi could answer, Duan Hengye continued, “If so, I can be the sponsor of the research.”
“No.” Very unexpectedly, Lan Jingchi dryly denied Duan Hengye’s offer.
Could it be that what he just said was too straightforward? Duan Hengye was confused by Lan Jingchi’s words, and then couldn’t help but reflect on it in his heart.
He didn’t expect Lan Jingchi to smile towards him as he continued, “I don’t need your funding, and I don’t choose to conduct independent research on my own.” He said while looking towards the window, “Although I have obtained a little achievement, my current qualifications are still relatively shallow, if I start independent research blindly at this stage …… then it’ll undoubtedly be a waste of valuable research and study time.”
Duan Hengye finally realised that Lan Jingchi had matured a lot.
Lan Jingchi wasn’t wrong, although he already had a “genius” title, in many places, he was still a little young.
Independent research was certainly good, but it was a little early for the current him. He gently nodded towards the other, while Lan Jingchi continued, “I plan to go to another pharmacy research institute.”
After listening to what Lan Jingchi just said, Duan Hengye suddenly remembered something.
Because of the matter of the poisoning, Duan Hengye had once properly analyzed all the major research institutes on the interstellar, and Shi Rongsi’s place might not have a very good atmosphere, and the freedom of research wasn’t high, but it was a veritable top interstellar research institute. In addition to there, what were other suitable top research institutions?
Wait a minute ……
The one that was under the southern stars was chosen by Lan Jingchi!
Speaking of which, after studying cloning drugs well and getting busy with his work, Duan Hengye hadn’t been idle for a long time as before, so he hadn’t chatted with the AI for a while. Now he suddenly couldn’t remember its exact name. After all, the research institute had only one code name.
However, the more evasive the truth was, the more likely it was to come true. Lan Jingchi didn’t even report its code name, but directly said to Duan Hengye, “I plan to go to that pharmacology research institute under the Southern Star.”
Duan Hengye didn’t think that, as a pharmacy student in school, Lan Jingchi would easily know that Southern Star was behind that institute.
After seeing Duan Hengye’s instant odd expression, Lan Jingchi also unexpectedly didn’t conceal anything. He paused slightly, then he said to Duan Hengye: “This matter …… It was the marshal who personally came to me to talk about it.”
Meng Jinhuai personally went to talk to Lan Jingchi? After hearing his words, he couldn’t help but feel that this world was a bit overly metaphysical. No matter how much the future Lan Jingchi would actually achieve. But the fact remained – Meng Jinhuai was the high and mighty Imperial Marshal who was known to everyone in the interstellar world, while Lan Jingchi was just a student who was slightly famous in his major.
In the eyes of others, Meng Jinhuai and Lan Jingchi didn’t belong to the same world at all.
After hearing Lan Jingchi’s words, Duan Hengye couldn’t help but repeat his words to himself, “Did Meng Jinhuai come to you ……”
“Mm.” Lan Jingchi nodded, “He personally came to An Luo to look for me.”
Even though the overall environment of the empire was relatively peaceful recently, Meng Jinhuai was still very busy. Duan Hengye couldn’t imagine when Meng Jinhuai took the time to come to An Luo to look for Lan Jingchi. “He asked me to not tell you about it.” Lan Jingchi added very magnanimously, obviously the Marshal’s “warning” fell on deaf ears.
When he saw that Lan Jingchi didn’t follow the rules, Duan Hengye didn’t know what to say for a while. After thinking, Duan Hengye directly said the doubts in his heart: “What did Meng Jinhuai …… say?”
Lan Jingchi recalled for a moment, then replied, “The Lord Marshal said to me …… that the research I won last time can help you, so he hopes I can go to the research institute over in Southern Star to continue this project.”
Although he vaguely guessed the reason, hearing Lan Jingchi say it still shocked Duan Hengye.
Duan Hengye had never thought that one day Meng Jinhuai, who was an imperial marshal, would go to a school student for him. But, did Meng Jinhuai say anything else to Lan Jingchi besides this matter?
Probably Duan Hengye’s mood was written on his face, before he asked, Lan Jingchi said: “Professor Duan, you don’t need to worry, the marshal only said this small part. But he also said that he would tell me the ins and outs of this matter in the future.”
Lan Jingchi didn’t tell Duan Hengye how shocked he was when Meng Jinhuai came to find him that day. Although Meng Jinhuai had put aside his work to meet him and promised very tempting research conditions. But before meeting Duan Hengye today, Lan Jingchi was still hesitant. But after seeing Duan Hengye’s expression at this moment, Lan Jingchi was completely sure that he wanted to join the research institute affiliated with Southern Star.
After a long time, he finally said to Lan Jingchi, “Thank you.”
After hearing Duan Hengye’s words, Lan Jingchi gave him an unusually bright smile and then said, “Professor Duan, you have helped me so much, don’t say thank you. After all, Southern Star is the most suitable research environment for me.”
The research strength of the research institute under Southern Star was extremely strong and had a high degree of freedom. Coupled with Meng Jinhuai’s promise to Lan Jingchi, it was indeed a good choice for him to go there.
Today’s event didn’t last long because many of the guests who came to the celebration were already old. And when the banquet was officially over, after meeting the school leaders and returning to the residence, Duan Hengye didn’t open his light computer to work like before, but …… uncharacteristically opened a communication with Meng Jinhuai on the star network.
This time the two used voice communication, on the other side of the communication, Meng Jinhuai was working. As the marshal of the empire, Meng Jinhuai had to deal with various matters every day. Coincidentally, when Duan Hengye reached out to him, Meng Jinhuai happened to be looking at the statistics of the mecha status of the military department in the recent period.
This was Duan Hengye’s field of expertise, so Meng Jinhuai shared the contents with Duan Hengye while working. If people heard this, they would probably think that Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai’s conversation was a bit boring, but the two of them really chatted with each other like this, and they didn’t get bored at all.
There was a small time difference between Southern Star and Duguang Star, and he didn’t know how long they’d been talking, but Duan Hengye was slowly getting sleepy. At the time of the communication, he was nestling himself on that small sofa in the study, which wasn’t big but very comfortable. So as they spoke, Duan Hengye gradually became dazed.
Duan Hengye was usually able to stay up late, but who asked him to learn mecha piloting in recent times. Although his state had been much better than the previous period, but his body still needed more adequate rest to replenish energy.
He didn’t know how long it was, but Meng Jinhuai suddenly stopped getting a response. Since a long time ago, in addition to the standard time on Southern Star, Meng Jinhuai also added the time of Duguang star and the Institute. After hearing no sound over there, Meng Jinhuai habitually glanced at the time of the Duguang star, and then found that it was already late for Duan Hengye.
Despite this, Meng Jinhuai still didn’t cut off the communication, he just continued work. Meng Jinhuai’s office was so quiet that he could faintly hear the shallow breathing of Duan Hengye. After a while, Meng Jinhuai finally finished the work at hand, he didn’t rush to rest, but found his assistant and temporarily rearranged his work schedule for the next two days.
The sofa was comfortable to sit on, but it was a little small after all. As he slept, Duan Hengye vaguely felt a little uncomfortable. When Meng Jinhuai came to Duguang Star, he saw such a scene – Duan Hengye had nestled himself on a small sofa, covered with a beige blanket, this image gave him déjà vu ……
After seeing Duan Hengye’s sleeping appearance, Meng Jinhuai couldn’t help but slow down his steps. It was also only at this time that Meng Jinhuai went over and gently turned off the voice communication. The Lord Marshal didn’t wake him up, but went to pick him up slowly from the sofa. Although Duan Hengye was tall, but there was little meat on his body, his weight was frighteningly light.
Suddenly leaving the warm sofa, Duan Hengye couldn’t help but frown a little. But he was sleepy and very trusting of the people around him, so he still didn’t have the intention of waking up.
Suddenly, Duan Hengye felt that himself being gently placed on the soft bed, and then suddenly a shallow kiss touched his forehead.
The next morning, when the sky outside the window was about to light up, Duan Hengye opened his eyes on time. After a good night’s sleep, his mind was exceptionally clear at this time. But despite this, the first thing he did subconsciously after getting up was …… to reach out and gently touch his forehead. The corners of his mouth also held a light smile that he didn’t even notice.
Immediately after, he realised the place he fell asleep last night wasn’t the bedroom, but the sofa in the study!
So, could it be that the feeling last night wasn’t in a dream? Duan Hengye hurriedly turned around and looked towards the other side of the bed that was empty. He found that although there was no one there now, the pillows were placed in a different position than yesterday.
Duan Hengye stood by the bed, then walked barefoot towards the door, but before he could go out, the door of the bedroom washroom was pushed open from the inside. Meng Jinhuai, who was wearing black silk pajamas, came out. He had obviously just finished washing up, a few drops of water were still hanging on the tips of his hair.
After seeing Meng Jinhuai’s appearance, Duan Hengye was completely frozen in place. When they were in Southern Star, he had stayed with Meng Jinhuai in a bedroom. But probably because the room was too big and the bedroom alone had more than one washroom, Duan Hengye had never seen this side of the Lord Marshal before.
“What’s wrong?” Meng Jinhuai asked with a smile, “Still not awake?” Right now, Duan Hengye’s state was really very much like he was sleepwalking.
After hearing the Lord Marshal’s words, he hurriedly replied, “No…… I’ve already woken up from sleep.” Duan Hengye moved his eyes away silently, he would never admit that he had just briefly fallen into a mood called “attraction”.
At that, Meng Jinhuai laughed a little and then said to Duan Hengye, “That’s good.” At the same time, Duan Hengye also finally adjusted his mood, he was ready to walk past Meng Jinhuai and go into the washroom. But just at this time, Meng Jinhuai reached out and pulled Duan Hengye towards him.
I see progress 😭 *finally*
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