Chapter 87 – The most extreme delivery room in the world
When Jian Luo heard Lu Shifeng’s words, he tensed up, and a bold guess formed in his mind, one he could hardly believe.
In an instant, a multitude of thoughts raced through his mind, and this idea sent his heart pounding, even causing him to tremble with fear. He had read about the history of human development in books, from the late 21st century into the technological boom of the 22nd century. In the 23rd century, humans had officially established space stations and established contact with other planets in the universe. Initially, this exchange of technological information should have been a very good thing, but the troubling part was that the Earth’s core had changed, the environment had drastically altered, viruses had erupted, the oceans had swallowed the land, and the Earth had become a living hell. All of this was recorded in books, and it was chilling to read. If he were to go down there now, he feared he might not be able to handle it.
Lu Shifeng held his hand. “Let’s go.”
Jian Luo hesitated. He stood still, his brows unconsciously furrowing, and when he made eye contact with Lu Shifeng, he appeared somewhat pitiful.
Lu Shifeng asked, “What’s wrong?”
“Go? Go where?” Jian Luo’s hand even began to sweat slightly. “I’m feeling a bit anxious.”
Lu Shifeng calmly looked at him. “To the place you’ve always wanted to go.”
Alright, he was ready.
Jian Luo took a deep breath, stepped through the cabin door, and looked up at the world outside. He had mentally prepared himself for facing a vast ocean and a devastated world. But then…
A crisp bird call rang out, seemingly illuminating the entire world. Jian Luo timidly opened his eyes and what met his gaze was a lush green forest. There was no ocean, no imagined virus-ridden zombies, and certainly no world in ruins. It was quiet and full of life, like a very ordinary forest on Earth.
Jian Luo hesitated. “Is this… Earth?”
Lu Shifeng glanced at him. “What do you think?”
This was different from what he had imagined. Jian Luo disembarked from the warship, and he could even say he set foot on the land with a sense of trepidation. Branches made a crisp “crack” as he stepped on them, and then he heard the delightful chirping of birds, a pleasant sound to his ears.
Looking at everything before him, Jian Luo couldn’t help but inquire, “This looks quite different from what’s in the history books.”
Lu Shifeng stood behind him and said, “The ecosystem can repair itself automatically.”
True, just like how the dinosaurs had once ruled.
Jian Luo was puzzled. “Then, if that’s the case, why hasn’t anyone come to Earth? The Earth’s ecosystem should be fine, right?”
Lu Shifeng glanced at him. “Do you think it’s fine?”
Jian Luo nodded.
General Lu didn’t say much more. He simply took out a Sacred Dragon Fruit from his protective suit and tossed it onto the ground. Without the protection of the suit, the Sacred Dragon Fruit underwent a drastic transformation upon contact with the air. The fruit’s body began to emit heat, and it gradually began to shake before splitting into four or five pieces.
Jian Luo widened his eyes. “What’s happening?”
“Do you think it’s okay because you’re wearing a protective suit?” Lu Shifeng pointed to a bird in a nearby tree. “Look.”
Jian Luo looked up and saw that the bird was rather peculiar. It had four legs and only one eye, and it was quietly staring at him. For a moment, it seemed like the entire atmosphere had become strange.
Jian Luo suddenly felt goosebumps all over his body.
Lu Shifeng said, “Although it’s different, according to satellite monitoring, there are still humans living on Earth.”
Jian Luo was bemused. He cautiously moved forward, observing the forest and said, “Are there… two groups of humans?”
Lu Shifeng looked around, his eyes slightly darkened, and he lowered his voice. “Let him explain it to you.”
As soon as he finished speaking, the surrounding forest suddenly rustled. A group of people leaped out from the bushes. Their skin was dark, and they were adorned with white bone decorations all over their bodies. They wore half-masks on their faces, and they were tall and formidable, giving off an intimidating aura.
Jian Luo took a step back.
However, if the military dared to send them down, they were certainly not to be trifled with. In an instant, Jian Luo’s information bracelet automatically triggered a protective barrier, and a column of soldiers descended from the warship.
Lu Shifeng stood calmly by Jian Luo’s side, observing the group of people emerging from the forest.
Jian Luo jumped nervously and whispered, “Who are they?”
Lu Shifeng gave him a glance and asked, “Can’t you tell?”
“… I can’t.”
He really couldn’t tell.
It seemed that there was a leader among this group of people. He saw the row of dragon clan soldiers and appeared somewhat tense. The group of people exchanged glances, seemingly hesitant about whether to attack.
The dragon clan soldiers appeared more composed, accustomed to battle, and they naturally didn’t take this minor disturbance too seriously. When the atmosphere became tense, one person stepped forward from the group. He took a cautious look at them and spoke in a stiff language, “Are you… a Dark Star citizen?”
After speaking, he also looked at Jian Luo, squinting his eyes and examining him closely.
The deputy handed over an interstellar pass to him and said, “Normal landing. Mercury has been under the jurisdiction of Dark Star for 12 years. Please don’t make it difficult for me.”
The leader and his teammates chattered among themselves for a while.
Jian Luo looked at Lu Shifeng with concern. “Is everything okay?”
Lu Shifeng stood calmly beside him. “If there’s a problem, it’s with him. Don’t worry.”
That was tough.
After some negotiations on the other side, it seemed that they had finally come to an agreement. Their leader took a step forward, bowed to the group, and then spoke in the stiff Dark Star language, “Welcome, guests.”
Jian Luo said, “You can also speak Earth’s language. We can understand both.”
The leader raised his head and looked at Jian Luo with a meaningful expression.
Lu Shifeng waved his hand, signaling others to put away their weapons, and said, “It’s abrupt to visit like this, but we’ve brought a little gift. We hope you won’t mind.”
Someone brought out a gift box.
Jian Luo discreetly glanced at it and found two large sealed boxes of Sacred Dragon Fruits inside.
Next came a piece of weaponry and machinery. Lu Shifeng was quite generous with his offerings, leaving no room for anyone to be offended.
Indeed, the indigenous people’s faces lit up with smiles after seeing the gifts, and they excitedly invited Jian Luo and his group to visit their territory.
Lu Shifeng looked at Jian Luo. “Are you going?”
“I want to go, but is it dangerous?” Jian Luo whispered, “Both of us?”
Lu Shifeng raised an eyebrow without giving a definite answer. “Are you doubting yourself or me?”
“Uh… doubting myself.”
Lu Shifeng looked down at him, his blood-red eyes filled with a hint of amusement. He smirked. “You don’t need to worry.”
Being with Lu Shifeng was quite comforting. It was easy to be choked by him.
Because Jian Luo was genuinely interested in understanding the current situation on Earth, in various aspects. He had already noticed that although Dark Star’s environment was good, the soil and certain aspects of the environment were not conducive to the growth of Earth’s plants and organisms. Like the medical book he had read some time ago, many herbs were nowhere to be found on Dark Star. He hoped that humans could reach a higher point and utilize their advantages to improve the environment.
Walking in the forest, Jian Luo continued to observe various animals and plants. Soon, he spotted a certain herb and exclaimed, “Mint!”
The leader ahead turned his dark eyes toward Jian Luo.
Jian Luo asked, “Is it?”
The leader nodded and examined Jian Luo closely after making sure Lu Shifeng was fine before continuing the conversation. “You’re a human.”
“The group that resides on Dark Star?”
“You’re doing fine.”
As he spoke, Jian Luo took another look at the leader and noticed that when he mentioned the group residing on Dark Star, his expression wasn’t exactly friendly. This made Jian Luo curious but unsure of what to say.
Continuing forward, he saw many peculiar-looking animals along the way. Jian Luo furrowed his brow and asked, “What happened to these animals?”
“The Earth’s magnetic field has changed,” Lu Shifeng replied casually. “Genes and chromosomes have also changed.”
Jian Luo nodded.
He had an even more important question in mind, so he gathered his courage and asked the leader, “Have the animals and plants, like vegetables and such, also changed? Are they no longer suitable for human consumption?”
The leader gave him a strange look.
Jian Luo shrank back.
“You can eat them,” the leader’s voice was hoarse, and one of his subordinates was carrying a deer, which he pointed to, saying, “All of them are safe to eat.”
Jian Luo nodded.
The group arrived at the leader’s residence, a tall-walled city with patrols on top. When they saw the leader’s group arriving, there were cheers and excitement.
The leader led Lu Shifeng inside. The houses and furnishings here were not as run-down as Jian Luo had imagined. They were made of cement and tiles, and many women and children were playing and laughing in front of various households. The overall atmosphere was quite harmonious, giving off a sense of contentment reminiscent of the 1980s.
Someone came forward to receive the hunting spoils.
A petite woman threw herself into the leader’s arms, her actions carrying a hint of coquetry. The woman’s belly was slightly protruding, indicating that she might be pregnant.
The leader showed the deer they had hunted to Jian Luo with sincerity. “This is your gift.”
The woman looked delighted, her face beaming with smiles.
Watching from a distance, Jian Luo felt a bit sour. He clicked his tongue and muttered, “People are really incomparable.”
Lu Shifeng, standing beside him, glanced at him when he heard this. “What’s the matter?”
Jian Luo shook his head. “It’s nothing.”
“Mr. Jian means that I’ve treated you unfairly?” Lu Shifeng raised an eyebrow. “Feel free to voice any complaints.”
Jian Luo looked at the leader with a sincere expression and then turned to Lu Shifeng. “Look how well he treats his pregnant wife. Unlike me, since getting pregnant, I’ve been either attending classes or working out. And on top of that, there are acupuncture sessions. Is this how people are supposed to live? The difference between people is just too big.”
Lu Shifeng raised his eyes to look at him. “Are you blaming me for not giving you a gift?”
Jian Luo was caught off guard. “I didn’t say that. I don’t need you to give me a gift. But after the baby is born, you promised me that I could choose a house.”
Wasn’t this frustrating? He had been talking about the house for so long, and yet he hadn’t even caught a glimpse of one. Could it be that he was being deceived?
Hmph, if he dared to trick him, he would run away with the baby.
Lu Shifeng saw Jian Luo’s changing expressions and found it quite amusing. After appreciating it for a while, he finally said, “Didn’t I take you to see it?”
Jian Luo suddenly looked up. “Where? I haven’t seen it.”
Lu Shifeng stared at him silently, not saying a word. Jian Luo had been puzzled, looking at him, and suddenly, in an instant, it seemed like he understood something from Lu Shifeng’s eyes. His eyes widened, filled with disbelief.
Lu Shifeng saw that he seemed to have grasped something and couldn’t help but smile.
“It can’t be…”
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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