Chapter 79 – Cumbersome crayfish
Jian Luo stood still, and the evening breeze from outside the window blew in, making him look a little silly.
Lu Shifeng stared at him intently, noticing that Jian Luo remained still, his lord’s blood-red eyes fixed on him.
Just as the atmosphere was becoming tense, Jian Luo spoke up, “Um, how do I get out of here? I can’t fly.”
He looked innocent and somewhat puzzled as he gazed at Lu Shifeng, which seemed amusing in the chilly night’s loneliness.
Lu Shifeng raised an eyebrow without confirming or denying anything. He had to admit that this aspect had been overlooked. So, the lord marshal corrected his mistake, stepping back. He hung in the air with one foot, and his body gradually became covered in scales. In less than a moment, a massive black dragon appeared before Jian Luo. This black dragon almost blended completely into the darkness, emanating an immense sense of oppression.
Jian Luo, getting used to this, began to climb out of the window at a leisurely pace.
The black dragon, as if concerned he might fall, caught him with its wings. The slight weight of the young human had almost no impact on the powerful body of the dragon. Jian Luo had sat on the dragon’s back many times before, but he still felt nervous and intrigued every time.
Lu Shifeng’s voice came through the wind, “Hold on tight.”
Jian Luo obediently replied, “Okay.”
As it was almost autumn, the weather was still warm. The dragon soared into the sky, offering a panoramic view of the imperial palace below.
Jian Luo diverted his gaze from below and, finally coming to his senses, noticed the dragon horn right in front of him. He remembered that the priest had told him that dragon horns were a very private matter for the dragon race and were generally not meant to be touched. He hadn’t asked at the time because Lu Shifeng had never allowed him to touch it, and he was afraid of getting an answer he didn’t want to know.
The dragon was incredibly fast. It didn’t take long to return to the military base.
Lu Shifeng came to a halt, and Jian Luo disembarked. He returned to his human form and said to Jian Luo, “Wait here.”
The place they were standing was entirely different from where they had passed through earlier. There were several military ships parked here, each surrounded by lights, and soldiers moving about.
Jian Luo asked, “Which one are we supposed to board?”
Lu Shifeng stood by his side and said, “Come with me.”
Jian Luo looked at the largest military ship ahead, sensing a strong aura of war emanating from it.
As they were speaking, someone came down from the military ship, a man and a woman. The woman was Secretary Jin, who changed out of her secretary uniform and was now wearing a military outfit, looking very dignified. The man looked refined but unfamiliar.
Secretary Jin approached with excitement when she saw Jian Luo, “Luo Luo!”
Jian Luo was delighted to see a familiar face, “Secretary Jin.”
The refined man first saluted Lu Shifeng before turning to Jian Luo and said, “Hello, I’m the marshal’s adjutant.”
Jian Luo quickly bowed and greeted, “Hello.”
Their eyes met, and in an instant, the adjutant’s gaze was fixed on Jian Luo’s belly. It was strange, but Jian Luo unconsciously sensed that this look was neither friendly nor joyful.
Jian Luo felt a sinking feeling in his heart. He had a pretty good idea of what was on the adjutant’s mind.
Secretary Jin stood by his side and remained very enthusiastic, “Luo Luo, it’s your first time on a military ship. I’ll take you around.”
Jian Luo looked at Lu Shifeng, who clearly had no intention of accompanying him. Lu Shifeng only said, “We’re going up to the command center.”
After saying that, Lu Shifeng looked at Secretary Jin and reminded her, “Take good care of him.”
Secretary Jin saluted, saying, “Yes!”
It was unexpected that they would be parting so soon after just meeting.
Lu Shifeng didn’t leave immediately but stood in front of Jian Luo. He looked down at him from a high vantage point and said in a deep voice, “Send me a message if anything happens.”
Jian Luo nodded, “Okay.”
There was a moment of silence in the air.
After a pause, Jian Luo said slowly, “Then, please remember to rest and not overwork yourself.”
Lu Shifeng responded with a “Hmm.”
Behind them, Secretary Jin and the adjutant exchanged glances. As someone who was used to seeing their affectionate interactions, Secretary Jin was unfazed by this, but the adjutant, who was not yet accustomed to it, couldn’t help but feel a bit awkward.
Seeing Lu Shifeng talking to Jian Luo, the adjutant was somewhat surprised. He had thought that Lu Shifeng was strictly business and unfeeling, but now it seemed that this might not be the case. Apparently, even a war god had moments of tenderness.
After a few more words of advice, Lu Shifeng said, “I’ll leave first.”
Jian Luo waved his hand, saying, “Goodbye!”
After Lu Shifeng and his adjutant left, Jian Luo boarded the military ship with Secretary Jin.
Since it was his first time on a military ship, Jian Luo couldn’t help but feel a sense of novelty. He walked alongside Secretary Jin, unable to control his curiosity as he looked around.
The interior of the military ship was enormous. Upon entering, they had to undergo a physical examination and various assessments before they could proceed. The door at the entrance was carved with a lifelike and imposing dragon, skillfully done and exuding an aura of power.
Along the way, they encountered other soldiers, all of whom were curious and gave them sidelong glances. Although dragons were not known for their curiosity, news of Jian Luo’s pregnancy had already spread, and everyone’s eyes carried a hint of speculation. Even private discussions were taking place:
“Is he really human?”
“Among the Dragon Clan, there are many strong and exceptional ladies. Why does the Marshal prefer humans?”
“Humans are quite fragile.”
“But he’s pregnant! I swear, I smelled dragon scent when I passed by just now.”
“He has a good nose.”
The thoughts of the Dragon Clan soldiers were simpler. On the way, everyone was either openly or secretly observing, while Jian Luo continued to explore the military ship like a country bumpkin.
Secretary Jin led him to a corridor, saying, “These are the rest areas, and the Marshal’s is here.”
Jian Luo followed her inside and remarked, “It’s spacious.”
The size of this resting area exceeded his imagination. It could be described as incredibly spacious, and all the amenities inside were ones he was accustomed to.
Secretary Jin said, “If you need anything, just let me know. I’ll do my best to arrange it for you.”
Jian Luo wasn’t too particular, saying, “It’s okay… you must be busy, right? If you have work to do, you can go ahead. I really don’t need someone to look after me.”
Secretary Jin was momentarily surprised but then chuckled, saying, “Alright, I’ll head back first.”
No one had told Jian Luo about the details of this military ship’s destination or whether there was a war involved, but he guessed it probably wasn’t too dangerous; otherwise, they wouldn’t have brought him, a human, along.
It was already late at night, and his body clock no longer allowed him to stay up.
Inside the rest area was a large bed. Jian Luo climbed onto it by himself, buried his head, and fell asleep.
During this sleep, Jian Luo was in a deep slumber.
When he woke up again, his stomach was growling. He sat up, glanced around the room, and saw that he was still alone. He climbed out of bed, and the room had a window. Outside the window, the scenery had changed. It was a somewhat blue world, and from here, he could see countless stars, with planets of various sizes orbiting in the distance.
Jian Luo stood there and watched for a while. This was the first time he had seen the vastness of space so clearly. It was also the first time he had felt so acutely the insignificance of humanity in the universe. In the grandeur of space, humans seemed utterly inconsequential.
A knocking sound came from outside.
Jian Luo turned around and said, “Come in.”
Outside stood Secretary Jin, smiling. “I heard some noise from your room and thought you might have woken up.”
Strangely, upon seeing her, Jian Luo felt a slight disappointment.
Secretary Jin was considerate. “Our itinerary this time will be a bit tight. Originally, the Marshal was going to come to see you, but during the march, we received reports of an unauthorized fleet in the vicinity, so he had to come and check.”
Jian Luo asked, “Unauthorized?”
“This sector of space belongs to the Dark Star Territory, and any unregistered fleet that enters without permission is considered unauthorized,” Secretary Jin explained. “But in these cases, it’s usually not very dangerous. At most, it’s often just smugglers.”
Jian Luo nodded, trying to understand.
After a good night’s sleep, he was quite hungry. Although he had felt a bit disappointed earlier, he quickly put that aside and became enthusiastic. “Is there food?”
Secretary Jin made a knowing expression. “There’s a kitchen, and the Marshal had me prepare some human-friendly vegetables. I’ll take you there.”
In the kitchen behind the scenes, there were occasional sounds of artillery fire from the military ship, but the corridor was very quiet. No one knew exactly what was happening.
In the dining area of the cafeteria, Jian Luo saw an uncle chef he knew from the military cafeteria.
The uncle chef was delighted to see Jian Luo. “Luo Luo!”
Jian Luo was also surprised and waved. “Uncle!”
“Are you hungry?” The uncle chef brought over a pot of soup he had already stewed. “They say this is good for your body, drink more. There are also vegetables in the pot. Let me serve you.”
Jian Luo quickly realized that these dishes were ones he had taught the uncle chef to make. He took a few bites and found that the uncle chef had done an excellent job.
The uncle chef said, “After you taught us, we tried making these dishes for the other soldiers, and they really liked them. We used to be used to nutrient fluids mostly, but since the cafeteria started promoting these meals, more people come to eat.”
Jian Luo took another bite of food and smiled. “That’s great.”
He sat down with Secretary Jin and started eating. While they were eating, they heard a noise from the front, and some soldiers came in carrying a box. They stood at attention and saluted the uncle chef, saying, “These are creatures we captured from the enemy’s ship. The Marshal asked us to bring them here to determine if they’re edible.”
The cafeteria uncle chef stepped forward, opened the box, and took a look. He shook his head immediately. “I recognize this. It’s too little meat and mostly tough. It’s not edible.”
Jian Luo overheard this and turned his head. He saw a creature inside the box, mostly red in color, still waving its pincers.
“It should belong to an invasive species,” the soldier prepared to close the lid. “Since it’s inedible, we’ll dispose of it.”
The uncle chef had just nodded when Jian Luo stood up abruptly. “Wait!”
Everyone looked over.
“It’s edible, it’s definitely edible,” Jian Luo’s mouth watered as if he saw spicy crayfish waving at him. “Absolutely edible!”
T/N: Hey there! There is plenty more where that came from, so stay tuned! And stay healthy! Straighten your posture, so some stretches and drink some water before continuing hehe~
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