Chapter 53 – Naming the cubs
The atmosphere in the room was icy for a moment.
The smart Jian Luo immediately sensed that something was wrong. Crap, could it be that Secretary Jin was not Lu Shifeng’s type?
What he already said can’t be taken back, so Jian Luo had no choice but to bite the bullet: “Actually, ahem, it’s ok if you don’t want Secretary Jin.”
Lu Shifeng sat down beside him and glanced at him: “You are quite good at making matches. How about you start a matchmaking agency?”
Apparently he was really angry now.
Jian Luo hurriedly said, “No, no, no. I’m just simply saying it. Marshal, your opinion holds more importance, so you don’t have to consider what I said.”
The youth beside him turned off his information terminal and retracted subconsciously, like a snail that would retract into its shell because of a little touch.
Lu Shifeng found out that Jian Luo’s seemed like someone easy to get along with, but it was actually a facade. Jian Luo was like a small snail inside. If he was hurt in any way, he would immediately retract into his shell and close himself up.
Lu Shifeng changed the subject: “Why do you still call me Marshal?”
Jian Luo choked: “Is there a problem?”
There was a moment of silence in the air and Lu Shifeng had to change the way he expressed himself: “You are the little dragon’s mother, so you don’t need to be like others.”
Jian Luo never expected to be bestowed such an honor!
He touched his chin and asked sincerely, “Then what should I call you?”
The Marshal was not very particular: “What do you want to call me?”
“Um…” Jian Luo started thinking. Using his brain was tiring. Even if he didn’t call him marshal, he couldn’t just call him Lu Shifeng directly, right?
No, no, this was too much of a crime!
What about calling him Shifeng?
It would feel too awkward!
Jian Luo tossed and turned on his bed, lost in thought before finally clapping his hands: “I’ll call you Long ge1龙哥 Dragon bro, but I decided to keep it romanized this time, because ‘哥ge’ or ‘brother’ has a slightly different connotation to bro in English.!”
Lu Shifeng said silently, “Where did you get the idea from?”
“Isn’t it good?” Jian Luo sat cross-legged on the bed with an excited expression: “No one else will call you that.”
Of course not. How could there exist such a person who sucked so much at coming up with names?
What’s more, who would dare to call Lu Shifeng their brother, let alone “Long ge”? They should just go pray for their life instead.
The marshal was very dissatisfied with this new name.
But Jian Luo said, “I think Long ge is a very kind name. Every time I call you like this, I will think of my savior who saved me from danger and always be reminded of Long ge’s reliability!”
Lu Shifeng swallowed the words about how he disliked the name and changed it to: “Whatever you want.”
The matter was settled like this and Jian Luo was ready to take a bath with satisfaction. He took off his information bracelet and put it on the bed: “I’m not going home today, so I have left a message for my mother. If there is any message in a while, help me reply.”
Lu Shifeng responded with an ‘en’ slowly as Jian Luo walked away.
Dragons don’t really need a lot of sleep, but humans are different. Humans are a race that will get sick if they don’t sleep at night. The Lord Marshal was lying on the bed leisurely, flipping through the book in his hand when a sound came.
Lu Shifeng frowned slightly, picked up the phone and saw the content of the message inside:
[Luoluo, I forgot to confirm something with you just now. Didn’t we already agree on a place? But there are a lot of small streets there, which one should we meet at? 】
The sincere question touched some nerves.
Lu Shifeng’s eyes narrowed, but he didn’t help Jian Luo make a decision. He put the information bracelet aside and chose to continue reading.
But the other was very persistent.
Jiang Jiang sent another message: “Tomorrow, there will be more people at this place, so you should tell me which restaurant you want so I can make a booking first.”
“What cuisine do you like?”
“Tomorrow the weather is not very good, you should pay more attention before you come, or should I pick you up?”
The endless notifications finally cracked the Lord Marshal’s patience. The Marshal, who had finished being considerate, picked up the information bracelet and replied succinctly: [He is taking a shower. 】
There was silence for a long time, and someone narrowly escaped death.
The next day.
When Jian Luo woke up in the morning, the Marshal had not left, which was very strange. Usually Lu Shifeng had a lot of things to do, but he would always leave quietly to not wake him up. What he didn’t expect was for the Marshal to also have his lazy stay-in-bed days too!
Jian Luo sat up: “Aren’t you busy today?”
Lu Shifeng was getting dressed. Seeing that Jian Luo was awake, he said in a low voice, “En, there are not many things to deal with today. I will send you to work.”
Jian Luo followed and got up slowly. He stretched his waist and looked at the sun outside: “There’s no need. Due to what happened yesterday, the seeds of the chili peppers need to be submitted and tested to see if they have been altered. That is Wang Heng’s job. I only need to go there in the afternoon.”
This was exactly what Lu Shifeng was waiting for.
The Marshal pretended to be indifferent and said, “Aren’t you going to Phoenix Stage for class in the morning?”
Jian Luo choked: “No.”
Lu Shifeng looked at him: “Then where are you going? I’ll take you there.”
As long as he didn’t take him to class, Jian Luo quickly gave him an address and said, “I have an appointment with someone to discuss something, just leave me there.”
Lu Shifeng buttoned up the buttons of his usual uniform and said casually, “Is that the colleague you mentioned last time?”
Jian Luo nodded: “Yes!”
Thinking of the message last night that the Marshal helped him reply, Jian Luo smiled: “If people often see each other, maybe they can say hello to each other too. I feel that the two of you have a lot of fate with each other.”
Lu Shifeng asked noncommittally: “The fate of replying to one another’s messages?”
Sure enough, it was similar to what Jiang Jiang said. At this point, this section of the road was really congested. When Jian Luo got off the bus, he was already half an hour late to the agreed time.
Because they could not park too long at this section of the road, Jiang Jiang was already waiting inside the restaurant. He didn’t see Lu Shifeng yet at this time as only Jian Luo went inside by himself.
Jian Luo went into the restaurant and waved at him: “Jiang Jiang!”
Jiang Jiang, who was anxiously waiting, trotted over: “Luoluo, you’re finally here. I was thinking if something happened to you.”
Jian Luo smiled shyly.
The atmosphere of this restaurant was pretty good. Jiang Jiang had already ordered some dishes on the table and when Jian Luo sat down, he heard Jiang Jiang say, “Luoluo, I brought the contracts for you to invest in the company. The contract of being Jinjang’s anchor should also be renewed, so I also prepared that contract for you. The split is still the same as before, 70% is your’s, while mine is 30%, but I have a small request. I wonder if you will agree?”
Jian Luo: “Tell me and I’ll listen.”
“Actually, it’s nothing.” Jiang Jiang sighed: “It’s because the timing of your live broadcasts are not fixed. I know that you have an actual job and you may be busy, so maybe you can’t have a fixed schedule. What I was thinking was, if you can, could you fix the time of the live broadcast twice a week, so that it is also convenient for fans to wait for you?”
Jian Luo thought for a while: “Sometimes I have some emergencies, so I can’t have a fixed schedule. How about this, I will try to have more than 3 live broadcasts a week, and I will announce the live broadcast time on my Interstellar web account as appropriate. Is this alright?”
Because of the cubs, he really could not guarantee that he would be free at a fixed point in time. If there were any emergencies, the viewers would be left to become squatting ducks2No livestream, so the viewers left to eat dust in the wind., which was not what Jian Luo wanted to happen.
Jiang Jiang did not make it difficult for him and agreed happily: “Okay!”
The two of them happily signed the contract, after the general contents were read by himself. In fact, before coming here, Lu Shifeng told him to carefully read the contract more to avoid traps. Although they were friends, he still had to be careful. After all, if some of the terms could not be guaranteed to be completed, it will not be good for anyone in the end.
After the business was done, Jiang Jiang began to diverge his thoughts: “Um, Luoluo, let me ask you…”
Jian Luo happily said, “Say it.”
“That is…” Jiang Jiang looked at Jian Luo. To be honest, Jian Luo’s physique was really small compared to the stature and size of dark stars in general, so he hesitated: “I’m a little curious, since you are together with the Marshal, can you really bear it..?”
The air between them suddenly fell silent.
Half a second later.
Jian Luo scooped some vegetables into Jiang Jiang’s bowl: “Let’s eat.”
This meal became inexplicably bad because of that last question. After Jian Luo finished eating, he went back to the cultivation base. When he came to work before, no one really acknowledged him, and some even looked at him strangely, but now it was different.
Director Li waited at the door for a while and finally saw Jian Luo: “Luoluo!”
Jian Luo paused: “Director Li.”
“I have been waiting for you.” Director Li took his hand with great enthusiasm: “The seeds of that batch of peppers have been screened and there is no problem.”
Jian Luo nodded: “That’s good.”
Director Li followed him and sighed: “I’m really sorry for what happened before. It was due to our negligence in work. The last batch of pepper seeds were sent for testing, but we can tell that the results were good. Luoluo, you are very capable. After our unanimous decision, we are going to upgrade your star level and allocate a shed for you.”
In Peace Paradise, they were ranked by stars.
Starting off with one or two stars, the higher a person’s star rating, the more capable the person. However, one’s star rating was not so easy to upgrade, nor easy to earn. If one is not capable, they will definitely struggle.
Jian Luo was surprised: “Are you sure you want to give me a star upgrade?”
Director Li was afraid he was being too modest: “If you didn’t find out about the seeds in time, we would have suffered even more losses.”
Jian Luo touched his chin but finally declined: “Thank you for your kindness, but for the time being, I will only cultivate more batches of chili peppers in this shed. If there are any new products from Phoenix Stage in the future, I will reconsider.”
Director Li didn’t want to agree, but seeing as Jian Luo was about to refuse, he quickly said, “Then, I’ll just leave a shed for you?”
Jian Luo still shook his head. Just as he was about to say something, he suddenly thought of his current problem. Although the land outside is expensive, the price of land and goods in Peace Paradise was not too expensive. Since he wanted to open a factory in the future, why not acquire some land directly from Peace Paradise?
Thinking of this, Jian Luo seemed to have opened up a path for himself. He said, “I will think about it again, thank you for your suggestion.”
Director Li was very happy: “It’s fine.”
After discussing this matter, everyone was happy. Back inside the shed, several young people inside have been waiting for a long time. Seeing Jian Luo, everyone had different expressions, but they all walked out to him:
“Brother Jian Luo, I’m sorry.”
“We didn’t know that Jiang Kang was that kind of person.”
“Fortunately, it was discovered early.”
Jian Luo let go of the door of the shed: “You don’t need to say this now. I am in charge of this shed and all of you, so I am responsible for any problems with the team.”
The few little ones didn’t dare to make a sound. After what happened to Jiang Kang, no one dared to make trouble with Jian Luo again.
Jian Luo spoke upfront: “The pepper seeds have been brought over after the test, so we can start to plant a new batch. This is the last batch of peppers I will supervise. While I’m still with you, hurry up and practice. When I leave later, any problems will have to be discussed online.”
The crowd nodded.
Jian Luo held a small meeting and everyone gave him a rough overview of the problems they encountered these days. After everyone took notes, they were given some precautions leaving. If this new batch of chili peppers were healthy, they would then be put on the market.
During the afternoon break, Jian Luo sat on the rocking chair in the shed to eat snacks. Beside him were several employees who were also resting.
“Sister Qing, are you really pregnant?”
Someone asked first.
Jian Luo was stunned for a moment. He looked at the petite woman and saw Wang Qingqing covering her stomach with a happy smile on her face: “Well, I just found out yesterday.”
Jian Luo said, “Congratulations.”
Wang Qingqing said softly, “Thank you, but don’t worry, Brother Jian. I will still definitely work hard.”
Jian Luo nodded: “Good luck.”
Everyone continued to talk about the topic of the child, such as where the child will go to school after being born, where to buy diapers, etc. They also talked about whether the child may be a boy or a girl, and what name the child will be called by in the future.
Although there were many topics about the hardships of life, most of them were positive and full of optimism.
After chatting, a young man said half-jokingly: “Sister Qingqing, we basically can’t tell that you are pregnant with this belly, but look at Brother Jian, he is really getting more and more blessed. He’s a little thin, but if he lies down, his stomach is fully round. If I hadn’t known the truth, I would have thought he was pregnant!”
No, you don’t actually know the truth.
Wang Qingqing also glanced at Jian Luo when she heard the words, which made Jian Luo look very nervous, but she smiled and said, “If Luoluo is really pregnant, I have never seen a pregnancy as good as his. If one was pregnant, it would already be in the 3rd or 4th month. This would be the time when one’s symptoms would be the most violent, but he is full of energy and nothing has happened.”
The others nodded in approval.
Jian Luo nodded helplessly: “Yes, I just got fat. If I get fatter in the future, be more tolerant, will you?”
The crowd burst into laughter.
In the evening.
When Jian Luo went back, he couldn’t help but recall what Wang Qingqing and the others said. He thought it was quite reasonable. He had severe symptoms before, so why did he suddenly feel better now?
Jian Luo took the initiative to flip through a textbook, hoping to find the answer in the ocean of knowledge. He finally found a detailed explanation on the page of “Things to Know”:
[The symptoms during pregnancy differ between different races, and the timing of these symptoms for dragons will also different from mother to mother. 】
Jian Luo was startled. What did this sentence mean? Isn’t it time yet?
When Lu Shifeng came in from the outside, what he saw was Jian Luo lying on the bed and looking at the book in surprise. The marshal raised his eyebrows: “What are you looking at?”
Jian Luo sighed: “I was thinking when your cubs will start to make trouble with me.”
Lu Shifeng sat down beside him: “Relax and think positively.”
Jian Luo couldn’t help but wonder: “For example?”
“Like it might start tomorrow.”
Jian Luo, who was not comforted at all, really wanted to kick Lu Shifeng. He lay on the bed, thinking about other things when he suddenly thought of a question: “Hey, Long ge, have you ever thought about naming the cubs?”
Lu Shifeng’s movements stopped for a while. His handsome face was rarely confused, but finally his eyes landed on Jian Luo’s body: “Have you decided on it?”
Jian Luo turned over and said, “I think we can come up with a nickname first.”
Lu Shifeng was a little interested, leaning against the bed with a lazy attitude: “Tell me about it.”
“Well…I was thinking.” Jian Luo said curiously: “What words do you dragons use to come up with their names? I’ll follow the customs first.”
Lu Shifeng explained to him: “The dragon clan members have two surnames, a greater and lesser one. The greater surname will be the one officially assigned to an individual. For example, my surname Lu, is the greater surname. The name with the lesser surname will usually be Long or Tian3Long or Tian 龙或天 (Eng for Dragon or Sky), combined with a nickname.”
Jian Luo nodded: “Then let’s think of a nickname first!”
Lu Shifeng looked at him: “Do you have any ideas?”
“Well…” Jian Luo thought about it over and over, hoping to give the baby a more domineering name and not lose at the starting line. After thinking for a long time, he slowly said, “Long Batian4龙霸天 (Dragon tyrant sky)
-Briefly translates to a dragon so overbearing, the limit’s the sky., what do you think?”
T/N: Hello! I apologize for the long wait… I’ve recently managed to get into college after such a long time of yearning to go, and I hope I do well. But, I’m back!! Updates should come as per usual, but I can’t promise anything more than that, only that I will translate this series till the end (at the very least, till ch100 by the end of this year and maybe complete the rest next year). You have my word T-T, please try to be patient and stick with me till the end of our journey together. Let’s both do our best in life while also reading many danmei together for as long as we live <3
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