Chapter 84- All men are no good
Jian Luo hadn’t expected him to ask that.
But the adjutant seemed prepared to doggedly pursue this question, his gaze fixed on Jian Luo without a moment’s wavering, as if he were demanding an answer for himself.
Jian Luo paused for just two seconds before smiling. “I definitely like him.”
The adjutant’s hand involuntarily clenched.
Jian Luo straightened in his seat, completely composed in front of the adjutant. He spoke slowly and deliberately, “He’s the father of my child. Why would I dislike him?”
The adjutant set down the information tablet he held and asked, “Aren’t you humans all about love?”
Jian Luo raised an eyebrow. “Does the honorable adjutant also stoop to understanding human culture?”
The adjutant remained silent.
“I don’t care what you want to do, but there’s one thing I hope you’ll consider,” Jian Luo spoke plainly, “Liking whomever you want is your freedom, and it doesn’t affect anyone else. Even if you like Lu Shifeng, it’s no concern of mine. But let me remind you, no matter what you do, Lu Shifeng might fall for you, but when it comes to me, he definitely won’t.”
The adjutant’s expression darkened.
Jian Luo’s words were soft, not forceful, but they carried a deep conviction, the confidence that came from being favored, a confidence that might inspire envy.
Jian Luo yawned. “I’m tired. I won’t accompany the honorable adjutant any longer.”
The adjutant stood up, bowed, and then left.
After he left, the room fell into silence. Jian Luo’s expression also grew serious, not because of the adjutant, but because of himself.
The reason was simple. When the adjutant asked if he liked Lu Shifeng, he hesitated. Even though this hardly amounted to anything, Jian Luo’s heart had been hanging by a thread. When it came to matters of love, even if one had never tasted pork, they’d still seen pigs run, right?
Jian Luo moved to the side and lay on the bed, feeling a headache coming on. He turned over a couple of times and let out a long sigh.
A certain fact seemed to be staring him in the face.
He might, just might, have a tiny bit of affection for Lu Shifeng.
What’s so special about liking the Marshal? He’d always liked that face, after all, he was a sucker for good looks. But… when he used to like faces, he could easily say he didn’t like something. So why was he hesitating now?
Jian Luo, why are you hesitating?
After lying on the bed for a while, feeling like he’d sighed his whole life away, Jian Luo sat up. No matter what, he couldn’t fall asleep anymore. It was late at night, but he had no desire to sleep. He couldn’t use his information wristband, and he had no entertainment devices left. He felt like a lazy fish.
Jian Luo sighed. “I guess I’ll read a book.”
The medical book he picked up seemed to draw him in more and more. It contained a lot of information about body conditioning, particularly the use of food in treating various ailments. There were many common food combinations for health.
Jian Luo came across a section about pregnancy for husbands, listing several suitable recipes for him. Since he wasn’t sleepy and had nothing else to do, he read late into the night, only succumbing to drowsiness when it was almost morning.
“Knock, knock, knock.”
There was a knocking sound from outside.
Jian Luo on the bed frowned, turned over, and chose to ignore it to get more sleep. He was too tired.
The adjutant’s voice came from outside, “Mr. Jian, please open the door. It’s time for breakfast.”
Jian Luo wanted to cover his ears, but the persistent adjutant didn’t intend to let him off. He continued knocking, eventually getting Jian Luo out of bed.
Jian Luo, with his bed hair, went to the door, rubbing his eyes. “You can leave it here, I’ll eat later.”
But the adjutant was not giving up. “I’ll wait here until you finish eating, Mr. Jian.”
But he wanted to go back to sleep.
Jian Luo forced himself to wake up. “I’ll call you when I finish eating.”
The adjutant remained unmoved. “Ensuring you have three meals a day is my duty and responsibility, Mr. Jian. Please don’t make it difficult for me.”
Jian Luo was at a loss. He looked at the table full of food and felt a headache coming on. He hadn’t slept well last night, and he hadn’t even gotten out of bed this morning. A fire seemed to be brewing in his chest.
He was not the type to easily lose his temper or act unreasonably, but right now, he had to hold back the fire.
Jian Luo stepped back. “I don’t have an appetite. In that case, could the honorable adjutant fetch a Holy Dragon Fruit for me?”
The adjutant didn’t argue this time. “Please wait a moment.”
As he walked away, Jian Luo rushed back to the bed. He had barely closed his eyes when the entire spaceship suddenly trembled. The visible trembling jolted him awake.
Jian Luo sat up. “What’s going on?!”
The adjutant returned, and Jian Luo, still sitting up, asked, “The spaceship might have entered an asteroid region. There, the asteroids have strong mobility and are highly destructive. The journey might be a bit turbulent.”
Jian Luo breathed a sigh of relief. “I thought we were going into battle again.”
The adjutant remained silent.
With only a few words exchanged, the adjutant handed a fresh Holy Dragon Fruit to Jian Luo. “Please eat.”
Jian Luo obediently peeled it and started eating. He thought he had lost his appetite for food in general, but to his surprise, after a few bites of the fruit, he found it tasteless.
His stomach felt uncomfortable, and he put it down. “I can’t eat anymore.”
The adjutant wanted to say, “But…”
Jian Luo couldn’t contain his frustration anymore and raised an eyebrow, his eyes flashing with irritation. “But what?”
The adjutant squinted for a moment behind his glasses, a brief flicker of surprise passing through his otherwise emotionless eyes. But he quickly masked it.
Taking the plate, he hesitated for a moment, then bowed. “I will take my leave.”
Watching him go, Jian Luo sighed heavily. He had been quite tired, not having slept enough in the morning, but for some reason, this nap left his mind in a fog.
He tossed and turned on the bed, in a state between dreams and wakefulness. In this daze, he found himself reminiscing about the past.
“Please eat quickly, don’t let Luoluo find out.”
“Mom only bought this little, please don’t tell him.”
“We don’t have much money at home, why spend it on some wild kid?”
Fragments of voices and images kept flashing in his mind, and Jian Luo stood in a dark place, quietly observing these scenes.
It felt like there was a vortex pulling him in, and he had neither the strength nor the will to resist.
Suddenly, something heavy landed on his shoulder, startling Jian Luo. He turned around quickly, and his eyes met a pair of ruby-like eyes.
On his shoulder was a small black dragon, about the size of his palm. Its scales didn’t shine like those of a mature dragon; they appeared softer, and its wings on the back weren’t fully extended, so it used its claws to grip onto Jian Luo’s clothes.
Jian Luo stared at it, almost forgetting to breathe.
The black dragon crawled for a bit, finally steadying itself on Jian Luo’s shoulder. It made a soft, almost coquettish purring sound in its throat, and its head rubbed against Jian Luo’s.
Jian Luo extended his hand, wanting to touch its head.
The dragon seemed to sense his touch and lifted its head. There were still wet spots on its head, likely from tears.
A smile formed on Jian Luo’s lips. “You got my tears on you.”
The dragon seemed baffled and didn’t understand.
Just when Jian Luo was about to say something more, the world suddenly spun around him, and he abruptly opened his eyes, finding himself back in the room on the spaceship.
Jian Luo sat up, touched his belly, and felt puzzled. “Little ones…”
Weren’t there supposed to be three eggs? Why did he only see one baby?
Well, it was a black one, at least. He thought about how Lu Shifeng might react if he had laid a golden one. It was better this way, no need to worry about dragon-sized jealousy.
Jian Luo woke up from his nap with a slightly dizzy head. He tried to stand up, but as soon as he bent his leg, a sharp, piercing pain shot through him. He exclaimed, “Ouch…”
It was a cramp.
When Jian Luo had been pregnant with the three little ones before, he had never experienced a cramp like this. Back then, he had thought that even if he did get a cramp, Lu Shifeng would always be there to accompany him, so it wouldn’t be a big problem.
But now there was no one beside him, and the pain in his leg was making him tremble, rendering him helpless.
Jian Luo took a few deep breaths, trying to endure the pain, but it was of little use. Humans did have a good tolerance for pain, but the worst part was that, perhaps due to the presence of the little ones in his belly, his body reacted more sensitively, and the leg cramp was extremely painful, almost making his whole body unable to move.
Jian Luo gave up. He lay on the bed, waiting quietly for the leg cramp to subside. The pain gradually eased and eventually faded away.
He sighed and, upon regaining his senses, realized that he was covered in cold sweat.
Knock, knock, knock.
Once again, there was a knock on the door. Jian Luo turned his head to the side. “Come in.”
This time, it was Secretary Jin who entered, pushing a cart with a meal. She looked concerned as she glanced inside. “Luoluo, I heard from Adjutant that you’re not feeling well today. What’s wrong?”
Jian Luo exhaled deeply and lay back on the bed. “It’s nothing, just not in the mood for food, I guess.”
Secretary Jin pushed the dining table closer. “The kitchen made a red heart Holy Dragon Fruit milk tea today. Would you like to try it?”
Jian Luo glanced at it. “I’m not interested in Holy Spirit Fruit right now.”
Secretary Jin knew that expectant mothers could experience heightened sensitivity during the sixth and seventh months of pregnancy, but she couldn’t be sure if that was the case for Jian Luo. She said, “Luoluo, maybe you should give it a taste?”
Jian Luo had no desire to taste it.
But since the meal had been brought to him, not eating would be impolite. He reluctantly stood up, and since the leg cramp had subsided, he could walk. He went to the dining table and looked at the chicken soup in the pot. He pursed his lips, trying to control the discomfort. However, he couldn’t hold back and suddenly retched, vomiting a few mouthfuls of sour liquid into the nearby trash can.
Secretary Jin was taken aback. “Luoluo!”
Jian Luo curled up, trying to suppress the churning in his stomach. He struggled to speak, “That chicken soup had too much oil.”
Secretary Jin looked puzzled. He hadn’t even tasted it; had he rejected it just by looking at it?
She patted his shoulder and hesitated. “Should I skim the oil for you?”
Jian Luo shook his head.
Secretary Jin was at a loss. She decided to take the chicken soup away. It seemed that she was worried enough about Jian Luo to give up.
The following dishes were just as Secretary Jin had predicted. Jian Luo barely ate a few bites before all the dishes were taken away as they were, untouched.
Seeing Jian Luo’s condition, Secretary Jin was concerned. “Luoluo… maybe I should call the military doctor to check on you?”
Jian Luo didn’t object.
Quickly, and with efficiency, especially when it came to Jian Luo, Secretary Jin arranged for the doctor to come. The doctor arrived promptly with a medical kit. She was a woman who first bowed to Jian Luo and then began her examination with various instruments.
Jian Luo sat on the sofa quietly, letting her do her work.
The doctor manipulated the instruments for a while, recording various data. Finally, she sighed and confirmed, “There is a slight case of motion sickness, and you seem to be lacking…”
Jian Luo looked over. “Lacking what?”
“Information pheromones from your partner,” the doctor explained patiently. “In the earlier months, your partner was likely with you, and your body, including the little ones inside you, got used to his pheromones. If suddenly he’s not around, it can lead to psychological and subsequently physiological discomfort.”
Jian Luo looked puzzled. “Can psychological issues really cause this?”
The doctor nodded. “It seems so. Because the mental state of expectant mothers can’t be overly stressed, your body might be taking on some of the burden to help you cope.”
Secretary Jin summarized, “So, Luoluo, this is a mental issue, and the reason for your mental discomfort is because…Marshal Shifeng isn’t here?”
Jian Luo blushed. “No, no, it’s not like that. I’m just feeling a bit unwell these past couple of days. It has nothing to do with Long ge.”
Secretary Jin gave Jian Luo a knowing look that seemed to say, “You don’t need to explain; I understand.”
The doctor offered some consolation. “It’s common, and it’s something you can’t control. Pregnant individuals often rely on their partner’s pheromones for comfort. I’ll prescribe some medication to help alleviate it a bit.”
Jian Luo finally nodded.
After Secretary Jin and the doctor left, Jian Luo buried his head in the covers, feeling utterly embarrassed. How could he be so ridiculous?
Medical supplies provided by the military doctor were in pill form, Jian Luo took one and placed it in his mouth. Instantly, his mouth was filled with a pungent sweetness.
The medicine from the Dragon Clan is really something.
On the other side, Secretary Jin returned with a heavy heart. When she reached the entrance of the training room, she encountered the adjutant who asked, “How is Mr. Jian?”
Secretary Jin shook her head. “Not too good.”
The adjutant remained silent.
“I think it’s best if we report this to the Marshal,” Secretary Jin sighed heavily. “He’s not doing well right now, and if something happens to Jian Luo, the Marshal won’t let us off the hook.”
The adjutant said, “You know the Marshal’s current situation.”
Secretary Jin frowned, showing some resistance. “Whether Jian Luo should meet the Marshal should be the Marshal’s decision. Our job is to report the facts honestly.”
The two of them locked eyes for a moment, and there was a brief silence in the air.
Finally, the adjutant said, “I’ll think it over and give you an answer at noon.”
Secretary Jin didn’t press any further, nodded, and gave the adjutant a meaningful look before leaving.
In the cafeteria, Jian Luo couldn’t stay cooped up in his room any longer. He came to the cafeteria to prepare a meal. Because he couldn’t stand the smell of fish right now, the old man had prepared a room for him with only a few ingredients that Jian Luo liked, letting him cook for himself.
The old man asked, “Are you cooking for the Marshal today?”
Jian Luo sighed, “Yes.”
The old man could tell that Jian Luo was feeling down and spoke comforting words, “Luo Luo, don’t think too much. The Marshal is just too busy. Don’t worry about it.”
Jian Luo inexplicably found this situation familiar. It was very much like the way some women at home would console themselves while waiting for their husbands to return.
Thinking of this, he smiled. “I know there must be a reason. I don’t blame him.”
As he spoke, Jian Luo brought over the prepared meal. The old man looked at the plate, which only had a pitiful serving of potato-covered rice, and couldn’t help twitching his mouth.
At first, there were two side dishes and a soup, not to mention anything else, at least there was an egg. But now, the situation had deteriorated to the point where there were fewer and fewer dishes each day. Up to this point, he had simply covered the rice with vegetables to make do.
The old man hesitated, “Is this all?”
Jian Luo tilted his head and smiled, “He’s very busy. If he gets injured, he can just drink some nutrient solution. It’s better for his health this way.”
You must be angry.
The old man didn’t dare to say anything, afraid that if he said something, Jian Luo might not cook for the Marshal anymore. So, he accepted his fate and took the plate.
At noon, when it was time to deliver the meal, the old man brought the meal that Jian Luo had prepared.
The adjutant received it and thanked him before entering the training room. The training room, as large as it was, was in complete disarray. The ground was completely uneven, and shattered stone pillars were scattered everywhere. The space here was vast, but it looked like a scene of destruction.
In the center of the training room, a man sat half-leaning against a pillar. His upper body was covered in black dragon scales, and his eyes were a deep crimson. Sensing someone entering, he raised his eyelids slightly, and a murderous intent emanated from him.
The adjutant kept a safe distance and placed the food down.
In such a raging state as Lu Shifeng’s, it would normally take ten days or more to calm down. However, as Secretary Jin had said, in less than three days, he had already started to regain his composure. It was truly remarkable.
The adjutant respectfully said, “I’ll take my leave then.”
Lu Shifeng’s voice was hoarse. “Are you leaving?”
The adjutant hesitated for a moment, then turned around and said respectfully, “Is there anything I can do for you?”
Lu Shifeng lazily leaned against the pillar, his stern face adorned with a line of scales that resembled a work of art. He slowly spoke, “Did Jian Luo only make this much?”
In other words, is he already starting to neglect me after just a few days?
The adjutant hesitated for a moment before finally speaking, “Yes.”
The air was filled with a deathly silence.
The adjutant could clearly feel the temperature dropping even lower, and the aura of danger growing stronger. In such a situation, just maintaining one’s composure was becoming a challenge.
Finally, Lu Shifeng lowered his gaze and asked in a deep voice, “How is he?”
The adjutant hesitated, unsure if he should speak. When he looked up again, he met the icy cold gaze of those blood-red eyes, devoid of any emotion but filled with an inscrutable scrutiny.
At that moment, the adjutant felt a sense of powerlessness.
At noon, Jian Luo still hadn’t eaten.
The kitchen had done its best, but Jian Luo had decided to cook himself a bowl of rice porridge. He had thought he could manage to eat a little, but after just a few bites, he had vomited it all back up. From morning till now, it had been a cycle of eating and vomiting, and he felt like he was about to regurgitate his entire stomach. Jian Luo was completely exhausted, but he just couldn’t bring himself to eat anything.
Secretary Jin was getting worried. “Luo Luo, how about trying some Sacred Dragon Fruit again?”
Jian Luo, lying like a lazy fish on the couch, shook his head. “I don’t want to vomit again.”
Secretary Jin sighed. “The military doctor said that if you can’t eat because of acclimatization issues, your body will continue to lose weight, and you might have to get nutrient injections later.”
Jian Luo widened his eyes. “Injections?!”
He remembered the painful injections he had seen in the hospital, and it gave him a headache.
Secretary Jin comforted him for a while before leaving, mainly hoping that Jian Luo would rest well, not worry too much, and try eating again with a better mindset. Jian Luo listened as attentively as he could.
Once Secretary Jin left, the room returned to silence.
Jian Luo lay on the couch for a while, intending to get up, but the familiar pain in his legs returned, and this time, it was even more intense than the one he had experienced on the bed. It was so painful that he involuntarily sucked in a breath, and his whole body trembled uncontrollably.
Jian Luo was in tears from the pain. Thinking about the military doctor’s words, he couldn’t help but feel resentful towards Lu Shifeng. With no one else in the room, he pounded his legs and cursed, “You scoundrel! You lured me here and then disappeared for two or three days without a word. Men like you are no good! Who asked you to have a child? I bet when I get back, I’ll take the child and go find…”
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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