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Although they were holding weapons in their hands, the k!lling force of those weapons was definitely not comparable to the mecha. After Duan Hengye entered the cockpit, the mecha was surrounded by dozens of people in black, and all kinds of weapons were aimed at him, but no one dared to move for half a day.
Duan Hengye’s lack of spiritual energy was known throughout the stars, so after seeing him enter the mecha, those people subconsciously still want to believe that Duan Hengye was only using the mecha as a temporary hiding place. In short …… he absolutely could not have succeeded in opening the mecha.
“Block the exit!” The leader among the men in black waved his hand behind him. A dozen people immediately surrounded the several exits at the bottom of the mecha.
In fact, there were several mecha pilots on board the starship, but another unknown mecha was about to arrive at their location. Because of technical reasons, they couldn’t tell who was on that mecha for now.
But now the starship had entered the first level of alert mode, all the people who could pilot the mechas on it were sent out – no one would have been able to think that Duan Hengye had a mecha opening medal hidden in his body.
But, Duan Hengye was destined to disappoint these people.
There was no doubt that Duan Hengye was very talented in the area of mecha driving. Now, he was in an intermediate mecha, and with his spiritual energy, he could control it completely. With his extremely high spiritual energy and Meng Jinhuai, this special teacher, after a period of practice, Duan Hengye had surpassed most mecha drivers on the interstellar plane.
In addition to talent, Duan Hengye was also an extraordinarily hardworking person. In this recent period of time, every time he had free time, Duan Hengye would go to the Institute’s field to practice by himself. So by now, it was no exaggeration to say that Duan Hengye had formed a muscle memory for some basic mecha movements.
Sitting in the cockpit, Duan Hengye tightly pursed his lips, he was now surrounded by a bunch of people, but he wasn’t nervous. Duan Hengye’s gaze kept moving between several light screens, and his hand movements didn’t stop for a moment. After a few dark blue light flashes, the mecha came to the “identity verification through” beep.
The corners of Duan Hengye’s mouth gently rose upward. He stretched out his hand to slowly stroke over the mecha’s operating panel, his movements were unusually gentle, as if this wasn’t the most fearsome and terrifying weapon of the interstellar era, but a soft little lamb.
Instantly, the blue light on the side of the mecha became so bright. This light reflected in the whole hall, in this moment, it seemed divine.
But such a light for those who surrounded Duan Hengye was like a ghostly fire from the crevices of hell.
The most terrible suspicion in their hearts came true, Duan Hengye actually had spiritual energy! And judging by the speed at which he opened the mecha, his spiritual energy was probably not low, and the operation was also very skilled ……
Although they knew that the laser weapons they had couldn’t hurt the huge mecha in front of them, but the moment the blue light flashed. Without getting a command, all of them instinctively pulled the trigger.
Numerous silver beams of light shot towards the mecha where Duan Hengye was, but this was undoubtedly useless.
The side arm of the mecha slowly lifted up, then began to move forward. In fact, Duan Hengye could now k!ll the people in front of him, but there were still some obstacles in his heart. And reason told Duan Hengye to leave these people, they would become an important clue in the future.
Duan Hengye drove the mecha to move forward, and the group of black-clad people also backed up. Finally, their backs were pressed against the cold bulkhead of the starship.
Duan Hengye also stopped, the huge mecha silently hovered over these people.
They could see that Duan Hengye didn’t plan on eliminating them, so after a while, finally someone was the first one to throw the weapon in his hand to the ground. Immediately after, in the next few minutes, one after another, people began to follow the example of the first person, in turn, they threw the laser g*un in their hands on the ground.
Seeing this scene, Duan Hengye, who was sitting inside the mecha’s cockpit, finally spoke, “Now open the door of the cabin and bring everyone to the hall.” Duan Hengye’s voice originally sounded a bit cold and icy, and now after being transmitted by the mecha, to the ears of those in black, it sounded like a mechanical synthesized voice.
It was clear that Duan Hengye’s voice wasn’t threatening, but in these people’s ears, more than anything else, it had an obvious effect. Even before Duan Hengye could speak a second time, those people in black who were trapped against the wall and didn’t dare to move immediately scattered, then they opened the doors of the cabins with the fastest speed.
Because the hatch was violently destroyed by him, the people in the cabin, even listened and tried guessing what was happening in the hall. The remaining captives …… were still confused until they were let out. Some even thought they were about to be “eliminated” and walked on weak legs.
In less than a minute, everyone was gathered in the hall. And when they looked up and saw the white mecha, someone with low mental capacity fell on the floor with a flutter. Apparently he thought that the mecha belonged to the “Star Pirates”.
At this time, Duan Hengxing, who had been standing in the crowd without speaking, suddenly raised his head, then he took a few steps forward and spoke to the mecha: “What do we do now?”
Everyone that had been int that compartment now knew that Duan Hengye had spiritual energy and was piloting the mecha. But it looked as if Duan Hengxing was the only one who had quickly digested this fact and accepted it.
The Empress and Wen Mujia, who were also the first people to know, looked like they had seen a ghost.
As a typical dude, although Duan Hengxing’s popularity in the entertainment industry was high, he didn’t have a real presence in the high society of the empire. So after hearing him suddenly open his mouth, many people around couldn’t help but cast their puzzled eyes over.
Then something beyond their imagination happened, Duan Hengye’s voice actually came out of that mecha.
“Well, check if the weapons have all been thrown away, then put the people in the back compartment.”
Wait …… everyone’s brains short-circuited for a moment, who could explain to them, what exactly was going on? How did Duan Hengye get inside the mecha, and who else was in it besides him?
Most people were shocked by these words and stood motionless in place. But Duan Hengxing had already begun following Duan Hengye’s instructions, he checked whether those people handed over all their weapons.
After all, this was a matter of life and death, although the shock in their hearts was still strong, after seeing Duan Hengxing’s actions, the rest of the people standing in the hall also began to follow him, they checked the weapons on the black-clad people, and then sent them into the back of the cabin.
In just a few minutes, Duan Hengye had successfully logged into the starship’s system through the mecha’s internal light computer. So after all the “star pirates” were sent into the cabin, everyone saw a transparent partition slowly fall down the middle of the hall, separating the mecha and them at the two ends.
…… What was Duan Hengye doing?
These people hadn’t yet come out of the shock that Duan Hengye was actually able to open the mecha, they saw the mecha suddenly turn. Then the hatch directly in front of the cabin opened, and the mecha flew out without looking back. When the hatch closed again after the mecha left, people in the hall were still watching the shrinking figure of the white mecha through the window in disbelief.
At this point, dozens of people stood in the starship’s lobby, they had obviously just escaped the shadow of death, but no one’s face relaxed. They didn’t know how long the silence lasted, but finally someone tentatively turned to Duan Hengxing, the only one who had just communicated with Duan Hengye.
“Professor Duan ……, may I ask if he is driving the mecha?” The person who spoke was a noble of the Empire, and was considered to be familiar with Duan Hengxing. It was just that before today, he had never spoken to Duan Hengxing in such a polite tone. Apparently, the conversation between him and Duan Hengye just now also impressed his former “fake friend”.
But then again, from some time ago, this person had felt that compared to the past, Duan Hengxing seemed a lot more stable.
From the time the white machine flew away from the starship, Duan Hengxing’s gaze didn’t leave the window. When the starship outside was finally out of sight, Duan Hengxing finally withdrew his gaze. After hearing the man’s question, he nodded slowly, “That’s right, the mecha is piloted by him.”
Hearing Duan Hengxing’s answer, the man who had just asked, opened his mouth in shock, then he asked in a whisper towards the person beside him, “I remember that Duan Hengye has no spiritual energy…… did I remember it wrong?”
“I also remember ……” the person next to him turned around and replied with an ugly expression.
Although these two people’s voices weren’t very loud, the cabin was extremely quiet. Their words were heard by everyone, and then the hall fell into a more terrible silence.
These people immediately felt a sense of fear for Duan Hengye. This feeling wasn’t like the fear from a moment ago when their lives were threatened, but from instinct, the fear of a powerful and mysterious person. When they thought about it, in this year, Duan Hengye had given the whole interstellar a lot of surprises.
Perhaps it was because they were used to the “genius” title he held, so everyone seemed very receptive to those surprises. As they thought about it carefully, they got chills down their backs …… Duan Hengye plus Meng Jinhuai, they were afraid that not only the Ye Tian Empire, the entire interstellar landscape would have to be reshuffled because of these two people.
The danger hadn’t yet fallen, but this group of the upper echelon members of the empire, had begun to silently make plans.
After flying out of the starship, Duan Hengye saw the familiar mecha belonging to Meng Jinhuai in front of him at a glance. At this moment it was surrounded by twenty or so mechas, but it remained calm.
Although what he was seeing now was only the mecha, not Meng Jinhuai himself, seeing that familiar mecha alone, Duan Hengye felt an unspeakable sourness in his heart. The distance between Southern Star and this uninhabited area was very far, yet Meng Jinhuai was able to arrive so quickly, it definitely took a lot of effort.
But the situation was after all urgent, so this emotion didn’t last long. After getting closer Duan Hengye soon discovered that Meng Jinhuai wasn’t going to shoot down the mechas, he was preparing to take them captive. In fact, it was conceivable that with Meng Jinhuai’s strength, it would be unbelievably easy to directly shoot down the mechas. The reason why he did this was probably because he had already sensed the abnormality of these “star pirates”.
If it was troublesome enough to deal with Meng Jinhuai just now, now Duan Hengye’s sudden appearance had put those mechas in a dilemma of being “outnumbered” in a short period of time – yet they were clearly the ones who had the advantage in numbers.
Duan Hengye’s mecha suddenly received a request from Meng Jinhuai. Because of the information connection done before, there was no need for Duan Hengye to click on the confirmation button, after the beep fell, Meng Jinhuai’s voice came through.
“Ah Heng, pay attention to the right side of the mecha.” Meng Jinhuai’s voice was still as gentle as ever, even though the location he was in now was a vast interstellar and there was a row of mechas flying opposite, he didn’t even panic because of it. This voice called Duan Hengye back to the state he was in when he followed Meng Jinhuai to learn mecha driving, the excitement of joining the battle for the first time disappeared quite a bit, and he became more focused.
Duan Hengye subconsciously nodded a little, “Okay.”
Although Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai hadn’t fought side by side on mechas before, as a mecha pilot who was taught by Meng Jinhuai, the tacit understanding between the two of them was far from what ordinary people could compare.
As soon as Meng Jinhuai’s words fell, Duan Hengye quickly adjusted his mecha to face the right direction, and then launched an attack towards the right, successfully trapping a mecha that was ready to slip away in the chaos. Now there were still people inside the starship, although many of them were nobles who had gradually lost their real power, but if these people had an accident because of this, it would cause an uproar in the Empire.
Especially since the empress of the empire was also among them, after what just happened in the starship cabin, Duan Hengye had reason to believe that it wasn’t only him, the empress was also the target of this operation.
So after cutting off that mecha’s path, Duan Hengye moved the mecha’s position without being reminded by Meng Jinhuai. Now as long as someone wanted to go back into the starship, they would definitely pass Duan Hengye.
At this time, Duan Hengye suddenly heard a soft laugh. It was Meng Jinhuai, obviously the situation outside was still chaotic, but this person was still unhurried. Meng Jinhuai’s performance was too relaxed, as if he wasn’t facing a real battlefield, but a virtual scene in a simulator.
Next, Meng Jinhuai’s voice kept ringing in Duan Hengye’s ears. He began to teach Duan Hengye battle strategies, as well as the best frequency of use of various types of weapons. It was important to know that at this time Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai’s mechas were standing back to back, and the two of them weren’t facing the same battlefield. Obviously, in addition to always paying attention to the mecha in front of him, Meng Jinhuai was also keeping an eye on Duan Hengye’s situation.
But now, after Meng Jinhuai’s “live teaching”, he finally understood why he was highly respected by the whole interstellar.
By this time, the mechas belonging to the “Star Pirates” already had the intention to flee. But at this time, Meng Jinhuai’s movements slowed down, and he started guiding Duan Hengye and analyzing his battle.
In Duan Hengye’s opinion, this scene was now really like a cat that had trapped the mouse. Meng Jinhuai didn’t even mean to eat them, instead he was playing with them. Duan Hengye clearly knew that this kind of scene would only happen only if they had been completely suppressed.
But …… as a student in mecha operation, Duan Hengye really needed this kind of exercise. In the following time, Duan Hengye began to concentrate on the actual operation of the mecha according to Meng Jinhuai’s words. He progressed quickly, and it didn’t take long to be able to attack ahead of Meng Jinhuai’s judgment.
Because Meng Jinhuai was in the opposite direction, there should have been a certain time delay, but he was the marshal of the empire! The ability to make an attack before Meng Jinhuai’s judgment in this situation was already a very, very impressive thing for a mecha pilot.
He didn’t know long it took for the “stationary” Meng Jinhuai to finally move again. Duan Hengye saw that within a short span of ten seconds, the “big cat”, who was tired of playing, finally gave up his childish teasing of the mechas in front of him.
After a few bright lights, Duan Hengye saw that the energy bins of the mechas in front of him were precisely cut off by Meng Jinhuai in a surgeon’s scalpel-like manner. After losing the energy bin, the mechas lost all their supplies and the cockpit went dark at once. Then they silently hung in space, unable move.
As a mecha designer, Meng Jinhuai’s move just now was a lesson to Duan Hengye. Before Meng Jinhuai made that operation in front of Duan Hengye, Duan Hengye didn’t even have the ability to imagine that there would be such a precise attack technique that would hit the vitals.
Although he understood that the only person who could accomplish it in the entire interstellar world was Meng Jinhuai. But after seeing this action, Duan Hengye still made up his mind in his heart: in the next generation of mecha design, he absolutely must hide the energy bin ……
Just when Duan Hengye was thinking about this, the escape pods finally popped up inside those mechas in front. Seeing this, Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai drove their mechas separately and started the capture of the escape pods. This operation had been simulated and practiced many times by Duan Hengye on Southern Star, so his actions were also extraordinarily skilled.
But in just a few minutes, all those escape pods were received by Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai. Only at this moment did Duan Hengye realize that the first real mecha battle he participated in ended with a one-sided crushing ending.
After seeing the prompt on top of the light computer, even Duan Hengye’s reaction time was delayed.
Finally Meng Jinhuai’s voice once again sounded in Duan Hengye’s ears, drawing his thoughts back. “Don’t be dazed, let’s go back.” Meng Jinhuai’s words were tinged with amusement. Although the two of them only used voice communication and couldn’t see each other’s expressions, after hearing Meng Jinhuai’s words, in his mind, Duan Hengye could clearly imagine the other man’s appearance.
“Hmm.” Duan Hengye nodded, then he slowly drove the mecha towards the starship not far away.
Although at the beginning, there was still a distance between the starship and the mechas. At the the confrontation was going on, the distance between the two sides was getting closer and closer. At the later stage, those who were in the starship hall witnessed the perfect cooperation between Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai, and how they easily trapped those mechas.
Of course, when they saw Meng Jinhuai’s mecha, they were all shocked. But soon, everyone’s focus was all on Duan Hengye’s piloting level that looked half as good as that of the Star Pirates. Now the two mechas had flown back and started to put those escape pods into the hall, but the emotions of the onlookers still hadn’t come out of the “war scene” just now.
A few minutes later, the escape pods were all put into the starship. Immediately after that, the bottom hatch of the two mechas were connected to the starship, and Duan Hengye and Meng Jinhuai came out of it in turn. After the two came in, the starship’s hatch closed and the mechas began to fly in companion mode.
Although he had just listened to the voice, after seeing Meng Jinhuai with his own eyes, a strange emotion once again rose up in Duan Hengye’s heart. He had finally discovered his extraordinary dependence on Meng Jinhuai.
When he left Southern Star, Meng Jinhuai was still at work, so naturally, he was wearing a military uniform. A black-clad Meng Jinhuai slowly walked towards him, compared to Duan Hengye who was wearing ordinary leather shoes, with his military boots, he was half a head higher than him.
The distance between the two was shortening, and finally Duan Hengye couldn’t help but suck in a breath, and then he gently called Meng Jinhuai’s name. Immediately after, Duan Hengye was embraced by the other, and he felt Meng Jinhuai’s palm press tightly against his head, and he trembled slightly in response. And because of the height difference, Duan Hengye’s face was buried in corner of his neck.
“…… I was so worried about you.” He didn’t know long the embrace had lasted before Meng Jinhuai finally spoke.
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